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League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE IV
« on: February 14, 2019, 08:41:34 PM »
DC Cobras move WR Gary Stanton to Richmond Ruckus

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: February 13, 2019, 02:30:35 PM »
Right, well. It's a big test this week but you seem to be up for it. Please take this down to the coaches with you.

Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: Coach Prince's choice
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: If Myers is fit he goes to WR1, Pike to WR3, Dodds WR2, Roman WR4. If Myers is still injured no changes from last week.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: February 12, 2019, 05:36:45 PM »
I completely agree. He gave us exactly what we were looking for from him. I'm not going to get carried away just yet but he made a very good first impression. I don't think we need to change anything this week. I know it's a big game but it's time we had some continuity after all of the recent changes. More of the same would be nice. Thank you Coach.

Lolly, could I speak to Donald Doolittle please?

Donald, that was a very good debut from you. You seem to have settled straight in which is good to see. The big tests start now though. We have some very tough games coming up. Keep playing like that though and we'll soon be back on track. Well done.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: February 11, 2019, 05:47:08 PM »
S11 WEEK 5

1. Talk us through this weeks game. What went wrong?  What went right?

This was just the sort of game we needed to get ourselves back on track after a difficult start to the season. 2-3 looks a hell of a lot better than 1-4 but the hard work is just starting. Now we need to put a run of results together and to do that we need to put a run of performances together. I'm not going to sit here and claim this was a complete game from us. I'm not even going to claim it was a particularly good performance but what we showed was heart, desire and a ruthlessness that has been missing so far. Our defensive lads stepped up when we needed them and made plays at the right moments. We were then able to capitalise on them with some efficient work from the offence. Dodds and Doolittle seemed to build an understanding very quickly which paid dividends in the end. I was pleased with the way Doolittle stepped up and managed this team this week and I have high hopes for his future here.

2. Talk about the news that caught your attention this week...

I suppose the biggest news story of the week is Christian Sullivan choosing to become QB in Miami. I think that's a good fit for both and it really could be a huge boost to that franchise. The fans here know how good he is and the difference he can make to a team and I'm sure we all wish him well. Obviously he'll have his shirt retired here once he hangs up his boots but the story that we made an offer ourselves... I don't know where you lot get your information from.

3. Now that you have completed your first round of divisional games, how do you rank the teams in your division and who do you believe will be the biggest threat to your goals?

I've been surprised by the way some of the teams in the division have performed so far. Michigan have looked stronger than I expected and Cleveland are much more inconsistent. St Paul and New Jersey are about what I expected at their stages of their rebuilds. Milwaukee are the ones who are hardest to judge. They beat us in DC but we played particularly badly in that game. I still think the division is going to come down to us, Michigan or Cleveland but we need to build on this week's result if we want to get back into that conversation.

4. Talk to us about your upcoming game this week.  What will be the key to victory as you step out of division for the first time this year?

This week we step out of our division to visit one of the strongest teams in the West. San Antonio are a very good team and have been for a number of years. It's going to be a very tough test for us but it's the type of test we need to be passing if we want to achieve our goals. The key to winning will be to try and control the time of possession and to win the turnover battle. We did the latter well in the last game but we need to get better at the former.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: February 02, 2019, 06:57:42 PM »
Love the enthusiasm. You'd better get back to work. There's a lot to do.

Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: Coach Prince's choice
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Doolittle swaps places on all depth charts with King Carmazzi. Pike to WR1, Dodds WR2, Roman WR3. All other offensive strategy changes are Coach Prince's decisions as per the discussion last week.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: February 02, 2019, 04:43:55 AM »
It's between Turk and Lay for me at the moment but I love Lay at 3. Other than that I don't think we need to change anything.

Strategy changes: swap Turk and Sammons in the batting order.
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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 31, 2019, 03:32:22 AM »
Look I'm really sorry about this but it'll be better for you in the long run. Take the rest of the day off and then come back and start fighting for your place back tomorrow.

Lolly, that was more emotional than I was expecting. Could you make sure we have someone keeping an eye on King? He's had a rough few years. You'd better call Doolittle up to the office now. Thanks.

Donald, I'll keep this short because you have a lot of work to do. You're stepping up as number 1 now. I want you to take this chance to show me I was wrong not to start with you from the beginning. Make it impossible for me not to offer you a new, improved contract.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 30, 2019, 03:06:07 PM »
I'd not be worried about that. As long as he can look after the ball, gain 1st downs when we need them and get us over the line when we get into the red zone I'll be happy enough. That's a decision made then. We'll make the switch this week. I'll talk to Carmazzi and let you get on with preparing the team for the changes we discussed last week. Could you send King up to see me please?

King, I'm sure you're not surprised to be asked up here. We spoke last week and you seemed to understand the position we were in. You needed a big game and it didn't happen. It's my fault. I got ahead of myself after last season and then didn't build the right WR corps for you. Still, in that 3rd quarter once again you showed glimpses of brilliance. This isn't the end for you here and I'm still confident you can be that great QB we're all hoping you to see. If I didn't think you had it I'd just cut you and that would be that. We'd not even be having this conversation. I've done it to other players before. I still think you have an exciting future though. We just need great games rather than great quarters. I would love to give you the season but the expectations on this franchise don't allow me that luxury. I'm going to pull you out of the spotlight for a bit and I want you to continue to work closely with Coach Prince. He still shares my faith in you so if you can show him you're ready in practice you can easily win top spot back. I know it's disappointing and I know it will feel unfair but I need to do what is best for you and the team.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: January 30, 2019, 03:25:23 AM »
We looked better than I was expecting at this stage. My only thought is to swap Turk and Sammons in the batting order.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 29, 2019, 04:24:56 PM »
There are no guarantees in this sport but I'm pretty sure that if we keep playing the way we are we're going to fail to meet our targets this year which then has repercussions for the next years. I don't like the idea of giving up on anybody. If you agree though, I think it's time to give Doolittle his chance. I'm working on a longer term solution but I'm hoping he's going to hit the ground running. How is he looking in practice?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 29, 2019, 03:19:37 PM »
Sounds like Pike, Dodds, Roman then. Thank you.

Lolly, could you ask Coach Prince to come up and see me please?

I think it's decision time. Either we sacrifice the season to see if Carmazzi can come good or we sacrifice Carmazzi to save the season. I don't like either option but I don't think we can kid ourselves any longer.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 29, 2019, 02:05:02 PM »
That's fair enough. I'll have a detailed conversation with Coach Prince about it. Defensively I think we're fine. The target is to get down to 21 points allowed per game this season but the offence need to do their bit so the D aren't having to spend so long on the field. Thank you Coach.

Lolly, can I see Coach Houser please?

Coach, we are really missing you and Myers out there so far. I know we currently have Dodds at number 1 and Pike 2 but there's a good chance we're going to be switching to Doolittle this week so we need reliable hands. Coach Prince thinks we're best off going for quick, short and medium passes if we go with Doolittle. How do you think we should tweak the depth chart to best utilise the talent we have in that kind of offence?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: January 29, 2019, 03:22:28 AM »
I wouldn't say that at all. He's been great in the field but we've not put him in the right spot in the batting order for him to showcase his talents with the bat. That's what Spring Training is all about though, finding out how to get the best out of your players and squad.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 28, 2019, 05:45:08 PM »
You don't sound particularly confident. You're the head coach of this team, not just the defence. If you have concerns I need you to be able to speak freely to me.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: January 28, 2019, 04:00:52 AM »

1. Talk about how you feel spring training went. Who impressed you the most? Who did you feel under-performed?

I think Spring training went very well. You can't read too much into the results but I was very pleased with the way the team played. We have good depth in the batting lineup, the fielding is solid and our pitching improved as we played more games. I'm very pleased.
I was most impressed by Turk. It's the first chance I've had to see him play and I can see why our scouts and coaches are so excited by him.

2. Are you going to make any roster changes before the first series of the season?

We might tweak the batting order a little but the squad is set the start of the season. I liked what I saw from some of the reserves though so I'll be watching them closely this season.
3. As the season gets underway, where do you project this team to finish in the standings?

This is the first year of this new setup so it's still far too early to assess the team's potential. I'm confident we'll have a good season but don't expect a championship team to emerge overnight. We're going to take the season one game at a time and see where we end up.

4. Talk about your first opponent and the key to beating them in the three-game series.

I believe it's Brooklyn up first. They have had a very... eventful off-season so it's hard to know how good they are. Right now we need to make sure we just concentrate on our own game. Do the basics right and be patient, those are the keys at the moment.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 26, 2019, 01:34:00 PM »
Is there something in particular that had you worried then? I know we've been missing Myers so far too. I had hoped Dodds would be able to step up. We just need him to cut out the drops. I may swap the WRs around this week.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 26, 2019, 09:50:43 AM »
Carmazzi knew he needed a big game. He didn't deliver. Time to make a change I think.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 25, 2019, 05:49:50 PM »
S11 WEEK 4

1. Talk us through this weeks game. What went wrong?  What went right?

It's the same old story this week. We started far too slowly and couldn't get any offence going at all. When you give up a big lead going into halftime it's always going to be a struggle to come back. Congratulations have to go to Coach Blitzer and that defence. They didn't let us get our run game established so we weren't able to build off our usual base. Defensively i think we played pretty well. We kept Caleb Smoak quiet, which is never easy, and the corners did a great job containing Henry and McReynolds. But when you keep giving the ball back to the opposition as quickly as we did you don't give the lads defending time to rest or recover and eventually that is going to tell. There are a lot of positives to take from the game though and I think we're starting to turn a corner here. It's been an awful start to the season but we're a long way from finished.

2. Talk about the news that caught your attention this week...

I respect Coach Blitzer massively. We're actually good friends away from the cameras and stadiums, but I'm a little disappointed in his comments about Carmazzi. He knows the lad almost as well as I do and that sort of statement isn't going to help him. Still, Coach Blitzer has never been one to keep his opinion to himself so I guess it's not surprising.

One other thing I will say, even though he still hasn't played a proper defence, Ortega's performance this week will live a long time in the memory. Considering how unreliable he was at the start of his career it just goes to show that faith in someone's ability can reap huge rewards.

3. One Quarter of the way through your season, What have you learned about your team so far, and where do you see your season going?

What I've learned is that this team still has a huge amount of heart and desire to fight. We've been giving away big leads early on but we've still looked strong in the second halves of games and a bit of luck here or there could have made some big differences. We're missing Myers, that's for sure, but once we're 100% fit again I think you're all going to be surprised at how quickly we turn things around. A lot of GMs seem to think I'm going to write off the season and they're making some ridiculous offers. I'm telling the world now though, there is no firesale in DC and we will still make the playoffs this season. Alabama showed what can be done after a poor start last season.

4. Talk to us about your upcoming game this week.  What will be the key to victory?

This week really is a key week for us now. We need to snap this losing run and get a very important win over a division rival. At 2-3 we'd be looking a lot better than 1-4. The key to winning is to not panic. There is a lot of talent in this team still and if we can get them all clicking then we'll be looking good. New Jersey are a very talented team themselves so it's going to be another fight this week. We'll also have to make sure we up our security around the training field if Mr Profits is to be believed.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 23, 2019, 03:56:35 AM »
That surprises me because I have a few concerns over both moves. Still, I'm glad we're all together on this. Let's run the ball a little more often early on and see if that takes some pressure off.

Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 65:35 base
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Glass and Jeffries to swap positions on the depth chart

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 22, 2019, 02:53:25 PM »
thats exactly what we need from you this week. You'd better get back to practice.

Lolly, could I see Coaches Prince and Farmer please?

I've spoken to Carmazzi and he understands that this is last chance saloon for him now. That's the right phrase, right? He understands he needs a big game to keep his place so I'm giving him that chance. I'll take full responsibility if it goes horribly wrong. I still need to shake things up so I'm swapping Glass and Jeffries this week. That's partly to send a message to the team but also because I prefer his pace against Henry.
Have either of you got any concerns about that?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 22, 2019, 03:33:59 AM »
I'm not denying the effort. We can all see how hard you're working. Nobody can question your attitude and Coach Prince and I still see the ability there. What concerns me is that what you're doing in practice isn't translating onto the field at game time. Your performances this season have been below expectations and that last game was so far below that I'm being put under pressure to replace you. I don't want to do that but you need to step it up immediately. We can't afford to give up any more ground on our rivals.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 21, 2019, 03:41:21 AM »
He really does sound like an exciting prospect. Maybe not quite HIFL ready yet though. Thanks for your time.

Ok Coach, I'm going to talk to King before I make a decision. It's not ideal but it might be worth concentrating on those short and medium passes in training in case we make the switch. We'll speak again.

Lolly, could you ask King Carmazzi to come up and see me please?

King, these last few games aren't you. I was very impressed with the way you saw out last season. You looked great against Michigan last season and I thought you played well in the playoff game too. Coach Farmer and I both thought you'd turned a corner and that's why I decided to make you our starting QB and to trade Rizzo away. This season you've shown maturity in the way you've not been trying to pass the blame and I respect that. Your performances though... it feels like you've taken a big step backwards during the offseason. Coach Prince was very positive about you out of camp so we're both struggling to understand your current form. What's changed since camp?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 19, 2019, 02:34:24 PM »
It doesn't sound like we'd have to change things too dramatically. Hang on, let me bring Mr Alonso in on this...

Lolly, could you get Coach Alonso on the phone for us?

Mr Alonso, how are things in Richmond? I have Coach Prince in the office with me and we're discussing QBs. I thought it would be wrong to have that conversation without talking about Hemsworth. How is he getting on there?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 18, 2019, 04:55:54 PM »
A face you want to punch... very different to Hemsworth then!
A game manager might not be a bad thing for this offence with Tank to back him up. How would he fit with your system?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 18, 2019, 04:36:02 PM »
It's something I'm going to have to give a lot of thought. I'm glad to see we're on the same page though. In the meantime, tell me about Doolittle.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 18, 2019, 04:15:14 PM »
I agree with you there. If we can get it right then there's a star in there. I'm tempted to pull him out of the firing line and get him doing extra position practice this year. The worry is that it kills his motivation and confidence but we can't afford to keep losing while he works it out.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 18, 2019, 03:53:57 PM »
The scheme only works if the players do their bit. There are one or two that aren't pulling their weight and it annoys me. On my teams if you don't perform you can be replaced. I'm going to make that very clear this week. Losing at home against Milwaukee is completely unacceptable. I want you working the lads harder than normal this week. I'd better let you get to it.

Lolly, could you send Coach Prince up to see me please?

I'm shocked. It looked much better when we leaned on Tank but that passing was embarrassing. Missing Dodds by that much when he was open is ridiculous. is this just nerves or is there something fundamentally wrong with how Carmazzi is doing things?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: January 18, 2019, 03:38:02 PM »
That's a relief then. Hopefully they don't need that title to show their leadership skills. I'm not making any changes from the pre-camp lock in so I'll let you get to it. I'm interested to see what we're working with.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: January 17, 2019, 05:44:07 PM »
I don't really think there's much we need to discuss at this point. I think it's time to see what we've got here. I'm disappointed by the lack of progress in camp and the lack of leadership on the team though.

PBL News and Information / Re: Trade Discussion
« on: January 17, 2019, 05:42:25 PM »
London Griffins receive:
Edwin Rosales (directly to the reserve roster)

Chicago Mafia receives:
London's 2nd Round Draft Pick


General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: January 17, 2019, 05:01:13 PM »
I want the same thing the owner wants really. To put arses on seats in order to boost the profile of this great sport in this country.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 16, 2019, 04:50:09 PM »
He has the talent but his head isn't right. He needs to work on his accuracy if he wants to make it though. Leave it to me, I will sort it. I'm worried about Cleveland's pass game. Our secondary in underperforming so far.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 16, 2019, 04:26:54 PM »

S11 WEEK 3

1. Talk us through this weeks game. What went wrong?  What went right?
What went right seems like the easiest part of that question. The defence showed once again that, although they may bend, they don't break and our run game looked strong towards the end of the game. What went wrong... we lost at home to a team that we should be demolishing. It was an embarrassment of a performance and result and everyone involved in that needs to feel ashamed. I know I do. I'm shocked at how bad we were this week and you can be sure there will be consequences for such a limp and pathetic performance.

2. The XFL and AAF have been very quiet since their championship games received very low viewership, do you believe there is room for that many professional football league's in America?

Of course there's room for that many professional leagues as long as those leagues understand that they are feeder leagues to the HIFL and the other league that won't be named. There was a lot of talk when those leagues launched about them stealing the top talent and causing huge wage inflation but neither has come about. It's difficult to break into a market that is as well established as this and the XFL and AAF are going to have to find the niche into which they fit.

3. Talk about something going on around the league this season that has interested you in one way or another.

I'm very interested in the rumours surrounding Sullivan. Apparently half the league are looking at him and it doesn't surprise me at all. He's a fantastic player and I'm sure fans of any team would be delighted to see him pull on their jersey. It's the contract that makes things so difficult. That's the problem a few top players will find. Sometimes you need to trade off championships against cash so it'll be interesting to see where he lands. Knock $10m off his contract and every team in the HIFL would be interested.

4. What do you make of the incredible season Jamie Ortega is having this year, first place in passing and rushing TDs, as well as rushing yards all while only having one interception on the season.. is that MVP Caliber in your eyes, and if not, who is your early favorite for league MVP?

What sort of a question is that? Seriously... you're paid to ask this sort of thing? I suppose at this point I should no longer be surprised that people can make a living in the media from asking stupid questions. Come back to me when Ortega has played a team with a decent defence. 

5. Talk to us about your upcoming game this week.  What will be the key to victory?

Unlike other divisions though, every game in the NE is a very tough game. Cleveland are an excellent team led by the best coach in the league and probably the best QB in the league. Their form since I left has really surprised me as I still like a lot of what they have there. We're going to struggle if we can't contain McReynolds and Henry but we have the talent in the secondary to do it. Even if we do they still have Zeke who can rip you to pieces so our front seven are in for a touch challenge too. We need the offence to start clicking if we're going to get back on track though. I have a few ideas for helping that to happen though.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 12, 2019, 04:55:52 AM »
I'm happy to leave the ratio adjustments in your hands in that case. thank you Coach.

Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: Coach Prince to adjust as discussed
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: None

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 11, 2019, 05:10:56 PM »
Then perhaps we lean on the run a little more while King finds his feat. I'm certain it'll click for him.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: January 11, 2019, 03:07:21 AM »
Good day ladies and gents of the press. Welcome to London and the new era of PBL. It's not an exaggeration to say managing a team in my home country is a dream come true. This is a great city and it deserves a great franchise. The owner, Mr Potter, and I share that vision and I'm grateful to him for giving me this opportunity to create a team this country can be proud of and, at the same time, raise the profile of this sport here in Europe. People who know my history will know it's filled with success and I fully intend to continue that trend here. However, I want the fans and media to remain realistic. We can't change things overnight so don't expect championships at the start. What we have here is a team of great young players and some veterans to help guide them and that is the foundation on which future champions are built. Turk, Lay and Sammons are all young guys with great ability and true superstars in the making. We have a lot to be excited about here in London.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 11, 2019, 02:51:43 AM »
That does look a lot more coherent. We'll keep things like that for a few weeks and let it play out. I don't have anything else for you this week. Thank you Coach.

Lolly, could I see Coach Prince please?

We won and the run game is looking strong. Those are the good things we can take away. I'm not too annoyed about the interception TD, they happen. We are clearly missing Myers and Carmazzi seems to be struggling to find his rhythm. Short of selling our soul for someone like Hunter, is there anything we can do to help King out?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 07, 2019, 03:26:26 PM »
I sort of expect those drops figures from our young receivers at this stage. I'm expecting to see huge improvements by the end of the season though. We're missing Myers but Pike seems to be taking his chance well. I may have a chat with Coach Prince about the offence this week.
The defending was much better with me getting out of your way. What did you change?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 06, 2019, 03:36:59 PM »

1. What stood out to you this week from your game, both good and bad?

Obviously I'm going to start with the good things that stood out in that game. We won. That's pretty much all that matters. More than that though, we won our opening home game which is something we wanted to make sure we did to make up for last week's disappointment. Defensively we were much much better this week. No TDs allowed and only 2 FGs all game was a huge improvement. we played better on special teams as well. It doesn't get spoken about enough but getting good field position on your returns is hugely important for setting up your drives. We made some changes this week and it worked out well.
The bad, seeing Stevens get injured early is always a worrying sight but the lads stepped up for him and fortunately he'll be ready for next week.

2. How do you feel about GM's feuding with the owners of other franchises?

I think it's incredibly unprofessional and I really don't understand what the GMs in question are hoping to achieve. Personally I blame Twitter.

3. Two games into the season, are you getting what you expected out of your team?

How can you expect me to answer that only 2 weeks in? I have no idea what we're getting yet. We've had one game on the road where we lost a couple of key players during the game and another at home, where we were missing key players. Ask me again once the divisional games are over.

4. No team is perfect, what do you feel your biggest weakness is going into week three?

It's pretty similar to last season really... converting good drives into TDs. The team is great at getting the ball down the field but we need to get better at getting the drives over the line. We have a new system, new OC, new AC and we have a very young clutch of receivers and QB. It needs time to come together but once it does there are going to be some teams on the wrong end of a hiding.

5. Which match up will be the key to victory for your team this week?

This week we're hosting Milwaukee who are coming off the back of that loss to Cleveland. They're going to be keen to bounce back from that, GM Strike in particular after the unnecessary circus he created around it. We need to build on our victory this week and get some momentum going so this is definitely going to be a very competitive game. Their offence is built around the dual threat that Marshall presents so the key to winning this will be to keep him bottled up. I think we have the players to do that and if we can we should be able to come out with the win.   

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 03, 2019, 03:34:44 PM »
We have Elrod and Bogut in the minors who could come up to play special teams in a few weeks but we'd need to make room for one of them. For now I think we try Stanton. Thank you for the input.

Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 60:40
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Pike to play WR2, Dodds to WR 1. Johnson RDE, McLaughlin LDE.
Burns replaced by Stanton in kick and punt returns.
Defensive strategy changes are coach's decisions

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 03, 2019, 01:40:38 PM »
Well the way I set things up hasn't worked so I give you the freedom to change the defensive system to suit your style and the players we have. I just ask to be kept informed of what those changes are. We can cover that when we speak after next week's press conference. I'll let you go and make the appropriate changes. Just one last thing, I don't want us going for it on 4th and 9 in the first half if we're in Sasser range. We pay him $6m to make those kicks. The first half should just be about getting points on the board, we can chase games in the 2nd half if we have to.

Lolly, could I see Coach Houser please?

Coach, just 2 quick questions for you. Do we just move everyone up 1 to cover for Myers or is there a 1-2 partnership you'd prefer? I'm tempted by Dodds at WR1 and Pike at WR2 but I'd rather hear your opinion on it. 2nd question, is there a WR who would be better on returns, other than Dodds, than Burns was?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 02, 2019, 03:13:54 AM »
Jeffries and Glass are two of the top corners in the league so shouldn't be losing their man like that. I'm not underestimating Ramos and Soriano, I'm reminding you that we face Back this week, Smoak passing to McReynolds and Henry in week 4 and then DGB in week 5. if we keep struggling in coverage against good receivers we're going to find ourselves a long way back in this division. Let's fix it before it comes to that. i would normally leave things a few weeks to see how they develop but something in how we're set up is clearly wrong. Are we in man or zonal coverage and what impact do you think switching the style would have? Would lowering the defensive aggression improve our coverage?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 01, 2019, 05:05:43 AM »
That's a bloody understatement! It was an absolute shambles in that first quarter... again. Our highly rated secondary was embarrassed out there. We'll face better WRs than those later in the season so we need to do something to make sure we're not dominated like that again. The front 7 got decent pressure on Hill so there's no excuse really. These players are far too good to be performing like that so what went wrong in your opinion?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: December 30, 2018, 03:11:42 PM »

1. Talk us through your first regular season game of the season, who impressed, who failed? 

Before this game I made it very clear to the players that we need to work hard on every single snap of every game if we're going to achieve anything this season. They let me and everyone involved with this organisation down with the way they started against Michigan. It was like we were sleep walking into the new season. It was pathetic and it's unacceptable. What's worse is that it was experienced guys we're looking to to lead by example that let us down on defence. The front seven actually had a pretty decent game and put pressure on Hill but the secondary allowed Ramos and Soriano to completely dominate them. We have 2 CBs and 2 safeties who are rated among the best in the league so that shouldn't be happening. Something went badly wrong in that first quarter and when you allow 14 unanswered points that early in the game it is a huge uphill struggle to get back into it. We did manage to pull ourselves back into by the 4th quarter but the effort required proved too much.
I was impressed by 1 player this week but it wasn't particularly for the way he played. It would have been very easy to take the bait you in the media put out for Carmazzi but he showed great leadership and a very mature attitude when he stood up and took responsibility instead of blaming the receivers. I liked that.

2. What do you want to see your team improve on the field?

It's very simple really, they need switch on from the very first play. If we can get a good start in games we've proven that we can go on to great things. That's what we need to improve on.

3. Give us a take from at least two of the stories in the media this week.

The news of Tulsa's financial problems doesn't necessarily surprise me but it's always sad to see a franchise struggling like that and a likely move in the near future. Great timing for Vancouver to be hosting an Impact Bowl though.

The other story I want to cover is the accusations that Seattle sent their QB out with a known concussion. If that's true... and I'd not put it past a GM Jon team... then it's absolutely disgusting and there should be penalties for that organisation. Concussions can have serious consequences for players long after they finish their careers. That is not a risk that should be up to the coaching staff to make.

4. Talk to us about your upcoming game this week. What is the biggest match up to watch in your eyes when it comes to victory?

This week is our opening home game of the season and we host a new look St Paul. We really need to bounce back after a poor performance and result last week and I fully expect that we will. The main match up that will impact this result is Glass v Back. If Alfred can keep Back quiet it takes away a key threat from St Paul and it'll come down to how well we can contain their run game after that.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: December 24, 2018, 10:18:27 AM »

1. SP Bruce Noll
2. 3B Josh Gutierrez
3. OF Billy Bohne


Catcher- John Judd
1B- Lazaro Hernandez
2B- Danny Sammons
3B- Josh Gutierrez
SS- Andy Lay
LF-Montel McCullough
CF-Bubba Turk
RF-David Alcala
BENCH-OF Billy Bohne
BENCH-C Koby Herberg
BENCH-2B Hugo Ayala
BENCH-1B Guo-Liang Tse
BENCH-OF Jaden Harris

SP1- Bruce Noll
SP2- Waleed bin Wajih
SP3- Nick Hudson
SET-UP- Omar Santiago
CLOSER- Edwin Alvarado
BENCH- RP Jose Gonzalez
BENCH- RP Ryan Richter


vs. RHP
1. Sammons
2. Turk
3. Lay
4. Bohne
5. Alcala
6. Hernandez
7. Gutierrez
8. Judd
9. McCullough

vs. LHP
As above

Starting Pitcher Rotation
1. Bruce Noll
2. Waleed bin Wajih
3. Nick Hudson

(Up to 6 Players)
(Hitter Trainable Traits: Approach, Power, Patience, Baserunning, Fielding)
(Pitcher Trainable Traits: Stamina, Stuff, Movement, Control, Specific Pitch [Fastball, Curveball, Changeup, etc], Fielding)
Bubba Turk - Approach
Lazaro Hernandez - Patience
Jason Schuber - Control
Koby Herberg - Fielding
Armando Franco - Stuff
Montel McCullough - Fielding


(Jacksonville) (This is London)
Every fan will get a London Griffins scarf and the stand behind home plate will have coloured squares on each seat to be held up at the start of the game that will read "This is London" in Griffins colours.

(Chicago) (Bubba Turk Bobblehead Night)
The first 2000 fans in the stadium receive a free Bubba Turk bobblehead and everyone in the stadium is entered into a draw to be able to meet Turk after the game. There will be 5 seats selected as winners

(Tokyo) (East Meets West End)
The food stands will serve sushi alongside classic fish and chips. First 10k fans get a free Tokyo/London half and half scarf with more on sale at the club shop. The national anthems will be sung by a well known Japanese West End musical performer.

(Golden State) (The Magic Diamond)
Up close and street magicians will entertain fans in the concourse and in their seats during breaks in the game. During the 7th inning stretch the singalong (seriously, how is that a thing?) will be replaced by a well known London based magician performing a grand illusion on the field.

(Idianapolis) (Indy Night)
First 10k fans get an Indy 500 inspired Griffins cap, first pitch is thrown by British Indycar driver Pippa Mann and the anthems are played by Arctic Monkeys

(Thunder Bay) (Thunderstick Night)
Thundersticks to be placed at each seat in the stadium to be used to distract the opponent or support our lads

(Austin) (London Pride Night)
As the Griffins are clearly the Pride of London, the franchise will team up with Fullers (a London brewer) to showcase the locally brewed London Pride. This will be sold at half price and a special steak and London Pride ale pie will be sold at all concessions.

(Brooklyn) (I <3 LG)
1000 fans will receive a cap in the style of the well known I <3 NY merchandise but branded for the London Griffins. Other similarly styled I  <3 LG merchandise will be sold at the club shop.

(Virginia Beach) (Changing of the Guard)
As this is the last home regular season game it will be marked with the pomp and ceremony only seen in the UK. Detachments of the Grenadier Guards will be invited to perform a mock Changing of the Guard in the outfield before the game and the band of the Grenadier Guard will play the national anthems. The soldiers will then be given seats in the stand behind home plate for the duration of the game. The band will play the music usually played by the pipe organ at baseball stadiums.


1. (Billy Bohne) - (Bad to the Bone), (George Thorogood) (

2. (Bubba Turk) - (Money), (Pink Floyd) (

3. (Bruce Noll) - (God of Thunder), (Kiss) (

4.  (Andy Lay) - (London Calling), (The Clash) (

5. (Edwin Alvarado) - (Cat People), (David Bowie) (

6. (Danny Sammons) - (Danny Boy), (The Pogues) (
Lyrics will show on the big screens so the fans can sing Danny on.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: December 21, 2018, 12:24:17 PM »
We'll do it and see if it makes a difference. Other than that I think we go back to playing like we did against Kansas. Thank you Coach.

Lolly, could I see the captains please?

So here we are on the eve of what is going to be a big season for us. There are great things in our future... but not if we play like we did in the first half against Tucson. That was completely unacceptable! I don't give a fuck if it was only preseason, I expect every player to give his all in every game. Places were up for grabs and yet some of the lads were taking plays off. I look to you as the captains to stamp that shit out as soon as you see it. It can't happen again!

King, could you take this down to Coach Farmer please?

Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 60:40
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Pike to play WR4, Stanton to WR 5, Toler to RB2, Burns to RB3, Schofield plays LB2, Zepeda to LB3, McLaughlin in at LDE.
Primary receiver changes to Myers.

lock in

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: December 17, 2018, 03:21:29 AM »
If they're working well together I'm not going to mess with it. That's why I drafted both of them. Beyond giving the captains an earful I think we're pretty set for week one from a defensive point of view. I'll let you get to practice.

Lolly, could I see Coach Prince please?

Coach, I liked what I saw against Kansas and the second half against Tucson. The less said about the first half the better. The two things concerning me are turnovers and pass competition rates. The former should improve as King adapts to the new offence so I'm going to give that time before acting. As for the latter, I don't think Dodds is ready to be our primary receiver so I'm going to switch that to Myers. Do you think that'll make much difference?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: December 14, 2018, 01:26:22 PM »
Despite what I said to the media I am absolutely fuming about that shocking first half performance. Well done for limiting the damage but I want you to make sure the players know that kind of performance is unacceptable and will not be tolerated again in any game. These lads have embarrassed themselves out there. They are far too good to play like that so the only explanation is a lack of effort. I'll be reminding the captains of our expectations before the new season kicks off.

Luis Peacock had a very quiet preseason. Is there a quality gap opening between him and his brother?

League Office Transactions / Re: PBL LEAGUE OFFICE
« on: December 14, 2018, 01:16:53 PM »
The London Griffins sign OF Jaden Harris for 1 year at $1m

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: December 14, 2018, 01:14:55 PM »
The single year works better for me so I'll get that confirmed and we'll speak again before the end of the season.

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