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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: Today at 03:09:11 AM »
It's not mine either. I'm going to speak to Mr Kiss about this. My intention is to suspend John for 8 games and his salary for those will be donated to women's shelters and charities that help survivors of domestic abuse. John will be doing work with those charities to see first hand how that kind of abuse can destroy lives. Are you on board with that?

Mr Snyder, I don't want to make this go away but I do want John to avoid prison. How expensive is that going to be?

High Impact Football League Information / Re: TRADE DISCUSSIONS
« on: June 19, 2019, 05:44:29 PM »
Looks like I'm looking for a speedy WR and a speedy CB.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 19, 2019, 05:28:28 PM »
For fuck sake. That sort of behaviour is completely indefensible.  I just traded Dodds away because I believed in John and planned to build around him. Mr Snyder, thank you for the advice. Mike... I have a lot of respect for you as an agent. Are you willing to stand behind a player who has been caught on film striking a female companion?

League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE V
« on: June 19, 2019, 04:54:52 PM »
DC Cobras spend $2m to attend the official HIFL Combine.

DC Cobras will not be attending the ComBBBine

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 19, 2019, 04:51:55 PM »
I'm sure you'll slot right back in. I'll let you enjoy the rest of your vacation now.

Lolly, I'd better speak to John Young and his agent, Mike Maker. You'd better get me Benjamin Snyder as well.

John, I've seen the news. I'm disappointed. My players should only be in the press for what they do on the field. What happened?

League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE V
« on: June 19, 2019, 04:40:22 PM »
DC Cobras us the franchise tag on 5* rated CB, Jerald Jeffries. 1 year contract at $18.25m.

League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE V
« on: June 17, 2019, 03:47:24 PM »
DC Cobras are pleased to announce two big deals for returning players:

LB Larry Stevens: 4 years at $20m and $5m in bonus money.

WR John Young: 3 years at $8m and $1m in bonus money

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: June 15, 2019, 08:06:47 AM »
I can't take all of the credit for it. I just give you the pieces and you've built a great team here. Those movements in the batting order seem to have paid off immediately as well. Virginia Beach are going to be a big challenge but I'd back us in a tight series every time. No changes from me this week. Thank you, Coach.

Hermione, how are attendance figures looking and what's the fan support like?

League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE V
« on: June 14, 2019, 12:27:19 PM »
DC Cobras are delighted to announce that LB Billy Zepeda has re-signed for:

3 years at $7m and $0.5m bonus

League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE V
« on: June 13, 2019, 06:26:56 PM »
Qantas and the DC Cobras are proud to announce the signing of the following Australian camp players to full HIFL contracts:

Logan Searle, RB
2 years at $1m

Allan   Tols, CB
3 years at $1.5m

Brad   Moanaroa,   DT
3 years at $2.25m

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: June 13, 2019, 05:20:30 PM »

1. Discuss the latest series.

What a fantastic advert for this league and this sport that series was. It was as closely fought as I expected it to be and I'm delighted to come out on the winning side. I know people like to see high scoring games but I love the tight ones where every run is a battle and the drama lasts to the final out. The series was built on great pitching from both sides and not just from the starters either. I know the headlines are all about Noll, Wajih and Hudson but I want to draw attention to our relievers and particularly Alvarado. It's a great confidence boost to the starters to know they can walk off the mound and trust the lads following them to finish the job.

2. Talk about at least one piece of news.   

I have to talk about the huge ratings that our latest game achieved. My goal here is to put UK baseball on the map and to be achieving these sorts of results so early is huge. The way you do that is not just by winning but by beating the best. That's what we've been doing so far this year. We have another great team this coming week and I'm hoping we can build on our popularity.
3. With the creativity some teams have explored such as starting your ace in Game 3 and using an "opener" approach. If you've used one of those strategies, will you continue them? If you haven't, will you start? Why and why not? 

You call it creativity but I call it a gimmick. If it helps the teams doing it then good for them but we think we know how to win baseball games and we'll keep doing it our way.

4. Talk about your opponent this week. Which one of the games is the most important to win for your team?

This week's game is huge for us. We again take on one of the top teams in the league and our closest rivals in the division. Despite our fantastic start to the season we're not that far out ahead in the conference or division so winning this series would be a massive boost. We can't go in there expecting to do that though. Game 1 is always the most important game to win in a series like this, particularly away from home. You have to set out your stall early and put the home team under pressure from day one. It then gives you a platform from which to build.

HIFL Hall of Fame / Re: Hall of Fame Discussion Thread
« on: June 11, 2019, 03:44:44 PM »
At that point - I'd like to nominate Johnny Hekker. He smashed a Kardashian and never once dropped a pass.

Great point well made...

HIFL Hall of Fame / Re: Hall of Fame Discussion Thread
« on: June 11, 2019, 03:07:37 AM »
Houser and Kidwell were no brainers and so is Tibbetts. I like Wenzel for the HoF because of 1 stat that nobody else has. 1 drop in his entire career. Top 5 doesn't mean you were the best at anything but Wenzel had the best hands in league history and his achievement won't be replicated in this drop heavy league.

HIFL Hall of Fame / Re: Hall of Fame Discussion Thread
« on: June 10, 2019, 06:52:50 PM »
WR - Jonathan Johnson
QB - Michael May
QB - Jerry Harris
RB - Alphonso Montes a couple of years back
HC - McFadden. i'm sorry, he may have been a great in the pre-GM era but he was basically just a character from what i saw of him.

Some of those had a few good seasons but weren't consistent enough to be HoF material. That's just my opinion though and I'm happy to be talked around if the argument is there for them.

HIFL Hall of Fame / Re: Hall of Fame Discussion Thread
« on: June 10, 2019, 06:30:47 PM »
I'd rather vote for a guy who's been great in an unglamorous position than some of the mediocre players in glamour positions being suggested.

League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE V
« on: June 10, 2019, 06:19:34 PM »
DC Cobras announce the following full contracts for the former Richmond Ruckus players:

WR Joshua Elrod, 2 years at $2m
WR Aaron Cahill, 2 years at $0.75m
WR Gary Stanton, 2 years at $0.5m
LB Lleyton Kyrgios, 2 years at $1m

DC Cobras regret to announce the following players are being released

LB Robert Gray
RB Angel Toler

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 10, 2019, 05:03:00 PM »
As you will have seen from the trade news, I have been working on improving the team already. I have my plans in place and targets already shortlisted. It doesn't matter to me that I'm one of the few GMs in the league without a contract as I know you're behind me.

Lolly, I know the players are on vacation but can I speak to Steve Wright please?

Steve, it's GM Dazz from the Cobras here. I wanted to call you to welcome you home to DC. The opportunity to pair you with Larry again in a Coach Graham defence was one I did not want to pass up on. I'm really looking forward to seeing you pull on the Black and Gold again.

High Impact Football League Information / Re: TRADE DISCUSSIONS
« on: June 09, 2019, 05:39:12 PM »
Rapid City gets:

WR James Dodds
LB Taco Tipton
S12 1st round pick (Oak)
$1m S11 bonus funds

DC gets:
LB Steven Wright
DE Kawann Douglas
TE Patrick Swift

HIFL Hall of Fame / Re: 2018 Hall of Fame Voting Period
« on: June 09, 2019, 05:18:21 AM »
Last year's snub of the following was a disgrace. Has me worried that Robles and Tibbets will be snubbed this year too. Most of these guys should have been in first time so we need to make up for it this year. Let's not embarrass ourselves and the league again.

2020 HOF RESULTS (75% of the vote required to be inducted)

HC Bernard McCarthy - 71%
HC - Benson Stark - 43%

RB - George Carlson - 64%

WR - Hector Houser - 71%
WR - Alberto Kidwell - 64%
WR - Marvin Wenzel - 14%

TE - Joseph Herzog - 64%

LB - John Maxfield - 21%

P - Hitomi Aoki - 7%

Not Receiving Votes (from last years voting)
OT Cecil Watson
RB Dan Rhodes
RB Alphonso Montes
OG Ivan Brewster
LB William Saunders

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: June 08, 2019, 06:00:36 AM »
Consider it done, Coach.

Starting lineups

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

vs. LHP
As above

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

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 07, 2019, 03:13:16 PM »
I just hope the players can contain theirs or it might be difficult for them to run. I'm glad you're on board. If I can get the right CBs it should be an exciting season. I'll let you get off on vacation, coach.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 04, 2019, 03:13:03 PM »
That's very good to know. Good luck with your next project.

Lolly, could I speak to Coach Door please?

Coach, weve obviously seen a huge change in our defence this season. What do you think of it and are you comfortable coaching like this?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: June 04, 2019, 03:05:55 PM »
Absolutely. If we can win this series it'll really get the momentum building here in London. I thought our change in the batting order had a big impact already last week. Is there anyone else you think is batting at the wrong position?

« on: June 02, 2019, 05:24:41 PM »
Not sure you can give a HC award to a team with the best players. Of course they should be #1. It's harsh on the coaches but I just can't see Bama doing much worse with a different HC.

« on: June 02, 2019, 04:50:42 PM »
Don't be ridiculous Jon. The MVP needs to be someone who makes the biggest impact to their team and Bama have a lot of guys who contribute to Ortega's success. Plus Ortega never played against a proper defence. 

Only joking. Of course it should be Ortega.

« on: June 02, 2019, 04:48:15 PM »
To manage to get a team like Tuscon to the playoffs when having to deal with a GM like Kirk, I think Travis Knight deserves this award.

« on: June 02, 2019, 04:46:42 PM »
I went for Digger because Pancho is going to get another ring as his reward and Digger definitely deserves recognition for the team he's put together.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 02, 2019, 04:33:11 PM »
I really hope a team here in the HIFL hires you because you would be a big loss to the league otherwise. I'm sure the XFL will swoop in if my fellow GMs overlook you, though. Wherever you go I'll be keeping a close eye on your career and I hope we'll get you back on our coaching staff again in the future. Thank you for the update on the WRs. I will certainly keep that in mind. Thank you as well for all of your hard work this season and for the years you've served this organisation. I doubt you'll ever have to pay for a drink in the DC area again.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: May 31, 2019, 06:45:45 PM »

1. Discuss the latest series. Was it how you expected it to go?

After losing a series like the one against Tokyo the next series is always going to have that extra importance. You find out a lot about your team and your players in those moments and our lads didn't disappoint. Another series victory is a great way to bounce back and to do it by sweeping the series just adds to the confidence the lads must be feeling. We'll need that going into this next series.

2. Talk about at least one piece of news.   
One of the main goals I set for myself when I took this job was to help to increase the profile of this sport here in the UK. The owner and I see eye to eye on that so I'm sure he'll be delighted to know we're achieving that this early on in our project. The hype over here for this next game is definitely justified. It also shows that the league was right to trust this city to host a team. This city is buzzing and we'll need to make sure we live up to the expectations.

3. Who are cheering for to win the College World Series?

I honestly don't care. I went to McGill.

4. Talk about your opponent this week. What will you need to improve upon to take the series?

Golden State are playing some great baseball at the moment and are pushing us on to up our game every week. I'm trying to think of a weakness we can exploit but it's very difficult to do when you look at their roster. In the end the games will simply come down to who the better team is and who wants it more. I don't think we need to improve particularly but what we will need is for our fans to bring the atmosphere that is unique to England to help give us the advantage.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 31, 2019, 06:01:04 PM »
I think I may have the d-lineman lined up so that's part of it sorted. If we allow Jeffries to go and trade away Camacho we'll need to rebuild our CB corps from scratch. That's not going to be easy to do, particularly with the new roster requirements meaning everyone is going to be looking for CBs. I will do what I can though. Thank you Coach. I'll let you get off on your vacation. We'll speak again before the combine.

Lolly, could I speak to Coach Houser please?

Hector, I wanted to let you know that I'm pretty pissed off about these new staffing rules brought in for next season. I think you've been doing a great job here and I would keep you on if I could. You clearly have a talent for this so I hope another team, preferably in the West, takes you on. Before you go, I have 2 questions for you. Would you be willing to take on a role at our training camp to help train the WRs if you don't get an OC spot elsewhere? Secondly, how do you rate the WRs now that you've worked with them for the season?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 29, 2019, 03:48:21 PM »
This season is going to leave a bitter taste I may never shake but I honestly feel we're in a very good position to build from now. Our success will taste all the sweeter for our suffering this season.  I completely agree about our HC and QB and I'm excited. Thank you for believing in me, Mr Kiss. I'll not make you regret it.

Lolly, could you ask Coach Graham back up again?

It seems you've got me for another season at least. Before we go our separate ways I want to put in a plan for UFA and our scouting pre-combine. I want to make sure I'm going after the right players. Other than Stevens I only plan to keep Zepeda or Johnson at LB. I have a deal agreed in principle for an experienced LB and I plan to bring Kyrgios into the first team. Tipton is one I'm on the fence about. I might make him available for trade but I'd like your opinion first.
I also want to bring in some additional depth at D-line. If you could design a guy for that role what would they look like?
Finally, in the secondary I'm tempted to only keep Thurston, Moya Camacho and Reynolds. Do you think it'd be a mistake to let Jeffries go? I just feel the secondary wasn't good enough so I'm tempted to rip it up and start again.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 29, 2019, 03:07:00 PM »
I'm not going to hold that against you. I expected there to be those sorts of bedding in issues and that's why I brought you in when I did instead of waiting. I'd rather we learned what we have now instead of finding out that we needed big changes part way through next season. I'm already confident I made the right choice. I'd like to discuss how we go about building your team before you head off on vacation but first I need to see if I still have job. I'll catch up with you after.

Lolly, I want to thank you for all of your hard work over the past 2 year. It is definitely appreciated. Could you find out if Mr Kiss is available to see me please?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 28, 2019, 05:00:33 PM »
S11 WEEK 18

1. Discuss your final game of the regular season.

It was a very disappointing end to a very disappointing season. Getting a win over New Jersey would have been a boost going into the offseason but I thought it was more important to give some of the fringe players a chance to show what they can do. Some took their chance and others told me their time is up. I'd rather focus on the positives this week though. Those came in the final quarter. Urban gave us a glimpse of what he can do to drive the team down field 3 times in that quarter. There's also the record equaling performance of Anthony Smith. He's unlikely to be celebrating but he derserves to be congratulated for that.

2. What was the most memorable win of the year for you?

The win against Rapid City right after Coach Farmer resigned. The team had an excuse to give up but they rallied around each other and Coach Prince and it was one of the proudest moments of my career.

3. Which loss stands out or stings the most?

The loss that stands out is our recent loss to Michigan. We looked great through large parts of that game but didn't have enough stamina to see it out. It showed that we have the talent to compete and also highlighted the areas where we need to improve. For those reasons it was as close to a good loss as you can get. Of course there's no such thing as a good loss and anyone who disagrees will struggle to win anything important.

4. Do you think you could have done anything differently this season to better your standings?

Absolutely and we're going to spend a long time going over those during the offseason to make sure a season like this is never repeated.

5. Who was your teams MVP this year?

I'm going to cheat. Offensive MVP is Smith and defensive MVP is Stevens. Both deserve to be in the conversation for the league wide player of the year awards too.

6. How do you grade your coaches performances this season?

The d-line and LBs have been consistently good all year and Coach Door plays a big part in that. I think he's a credit to the organisation. Coach Prince and Coach Houser came in to change up how we play this season. That's never an easy thing to do and I made that more difficult. We started 3 different QBs this year. That lack of consistency doesn't help but both coaches have got on with their jobs without complaint and I think we've got a very good coaching staff here. Coach Graham has made a huge impact on this team in the short time he's been here and I'm looking forward to a long and successful partnership. Assuming I keep my job.

7. Grade your own performance, how did this season compare to others.

Really? This season was nothing short of failure. I think that's pretty obvious. I take full responsibility for that. Until now my name has been synonymous with success. So how do you think the season compares?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 26, 2019, 08:01:14 AM »
Thanks Coach. I think you and I are going to be a good fit.
I have a pretty good idea of what I plan to do with this team in the offseason but I'd like to look at a few of the lads we don't normally use. Defensively that'll be Blais, Reynolds, Thurston and Tipton. On offence I would like to look at Conti, Pike and Roman. I'll let you get back to prepping for this week. I know I'm making changes but it's still very important that we beat the Dragons. Could you send Larry Stevens to see me.

Larry, I promised your agent that I'd speak to you about the change of management. You're a very important player here and one everyone respects. I also want to involve you and the other senior players more in the discussions in future.
What's your view of Coach Graham and the new system?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 25, 2019, 01:13:11 PM »
Thank you for the very thorough breakdown. That has helped me make some decisions. On a more general thought, how do you find the roster as a whole?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 25, 2019, 06:51:54 AM »
That was one of the most frustrating victories I have ever witnessed. Defensively we were brilliant. This is the sort of thing I was looking for when I hired Coach Graham to lead this team and it's the sort of performance that must have our rivals worried for next season. What frustrated me was that our offence decided not to show up. We forced plenty of turnovers, like we did against Michigan, but then did nothing with those. It's almost like they were waiting for Sasser to win the game for them. It was pathetic and against a team we should have battered. There are plenty of guys on this roster who are sitting comfortably and just coasting this year. A lot of them are going to get a shock this offseason. Out of the players we have heading to free agency, right now I'd only offer contracts to maybe 3 of them. Not all of the lads with time remaining should be confident they'll still be here next season either. What we're looking for is guys who want to be the best they can be and want to win all there is to win. There is 1 game left for lads to change my mind about them and to show me they belong here. Our record this year is not because of a lack of talent, it's been a lack of effort. That will not be tolerated again.

Coach, great defensive display let down by lacklustre offence. I know we won but the result is far less important than the performance. Let's focus on the good though. I may have a deal in place for an elite LB and a D-lineman with the versatility you look for. Before I pull the trigger on that I'd like to know you assessment of our front 7. Particularly the DEs and LBs, excluding Stevens. Right now I'd only re-sign Stevens out of our departing LBs.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 24, 2019, 10:58:24 PM »
Some very disappointing names on that list. It does explain a lot though. Quite a few changes needed in the off-season then.

I thought we looked pretty good against Michigan so I'd like to go with the same setup this week and see how we get on. Thank you Coach.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: May 24, 2019, 07:20:52 PM »
How about we swap him with Alcala then. He's been having a very good run lately so let's get him cleaning up for us.

Starting lineups

vs. RHP
1. Turk
2. Sammons
3. Lay
4. Alcala
5. Bohne
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

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 24, 2019, 04:41:10 PM »
S11 WEEK 16

1. With two weeks remaining in the regular season, what is your approach and why?

The same approach we've been taking for the past 3 weeks. Bed in Coach Graham's system and assess what we have here on the roster and how it fits in with that. We've had mixed results so far but I think we're starting to get an idea of what works and where we need to tweak things.

2. There is a rumor circulating that the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that is being finalized between the league office and players union will significantly change the HIFL for years to come.. What is one thing you would want to see added and one thing you would want to see removed from the league if you had the power to make it so.

I don't think there's much wrong with the league as it is, to be honest. The only thing that winds me up is when a player demands to be released and then expects to be paid half their salary if a GM gives them that. So I'd like to see players forfeit their salaries if their request for a release is granted.
As for something I'd prefer to see removed... i still think we should not be trading cap space between teams.

3. If your team had news this week, discuss it and your game this week?

The media wants to focus on the big play in OT that cost us the game. These deep plays aren't new for us this season. Even when we were playing a more cautious style under Coach Farmer we were giving up similar plays. We need to look at the balance in the secondary and work out how to provide more cover back there for the aggression we're going to bring now. What i'd like to focus on, though, is the increase in turnovers created and the way we managed to unsettle Gio Hill like few teams have this year. The stats look bad but they don't tell the full story. We were in control for large periods of the game but just weren't able to hold out in the end. A few extra yards in that final quarter, an extra first down, a few yards closer for Sasser in the dying minutes and the result would have been different. That we were competitive in this game... and for large sections of it the better team... is a big step forwards for this team this year and shows we're moving in the right direction. We'll carry on working to improve.

Coach, that result does not match the performance that went with it. We deserved more from the game but we need to get better at managing the game in the second half. Fitness and speed need to be top priorities when we add to this team in the off-season. Is there anyone you've seen on the roster at the moment who doesn't look up to it or up for the challenge? I don't want players coasting here on this team.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: LONDON GRIFFINS
« on: May 24, 2019, 03:25:42 PM »
Thank you for taking care of the media for me, Coach. I know that's not your job so I apologise for putting you in that position again. I will try not to miss any more of those but if I do I will hand in my resignation. It's not fair on you, the organisation or the fans.

Getting down to business. It's disappointing to lose a series at home but it was going to happen eventually. I'm not going to dwell on these losses though. Instead I'd like to focus on the batting order. We're playing well but I can't help but feel like our batting could be better. How is Turk coping as lead off hitter?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 20, 2019, 04:56:51 PM »
I'm glad we're in agreement. Thanks Coach.

Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 60:40
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Sergio Burns moves to RB 2, Dante Bogut to RB 3, John Young to WR 1, James Dodds to WR2 and Brett Myers to slot receiver. All other offensive changes are coach's decisions.

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League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE IV
« on: May 19, 2019, 05:50:57 PM »
DC Cobras announce that RB Angel Toler is being sent to Richmond Ruckus and RB Dante Bogut promoted to the main roster in his place.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 19, 2019, 04:35:18 PM »
That's very disappointing to hear about Toler. The scout reports raved about his intelligence so you'd think he'd be smart enough to know you have to work hard to make it. I think we increase the use of Sergio then. He may not have a particular strength but his purpose will be to give Tank a rest so that he can continue to be effective when we need him to be. I'll swap Toler and Burns on the depth chart and you can work him in how you think best.

In fact, I'm so angry about that report that Toler can finish the season in Richmond. Dante Bogut has speed at least so we'll see something different from him. I'll let you decide how to best utilise Tank, Dante and Sergio.

I do have one more wild idea I wanted to run past you for this game only. With our defence still settling into the new system I'm expecting our best chance of winning this is if we can win a shootout. My idea is to use the run to draw them in and then the pace of Dodds and Young to stretch the field. The idea would be to play Young and Dodds at 1 and 2 WR and then use Myers either in the slot or... and this is the wild bit... at TE. Thoughts?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 19, 2019, 06:23:53 AM »
Good. I think that's exactly what we need to do. A team this young should not be struggling with fitness or stamina. I think after this week we'll start talking about the roster. For now I'm happy to let you get on with getting the team ready.
Lolly, could I see Coach Prince please?

Coach, it became clear to me that Tank doesn't have the stamina to carry the load we're asking of him. He had a fantastic first half but then when we needed to keep the ball on the ground towards the end to control the clock he just wasn't able to gain any yards for us. He needs help. I'm tempted to switch to a committee approach but I want to know why you don't trust Toler or Burns enough to give them any carries. How do you rate the two of them?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 17, 2019, 03:40:18 PM »
S11 WEEK 15

1. What was your biggest takeaway from your game this week?

We got our first win for Coach Graham in another thriller. That has to be the big takeaway from that game. That and the performance of John Young of course. He's added a new dimension to our attack since he's been here and is the return man I've been looking for since I joined the league. I'm glad we managed to make a deal for him earlier this season and I'm very happy with the results of that. Like everyone here this season, he has a great chance to claim a starting place in the team for next year and the years to come and he's going about it the right way.
That said, not everyone has been doing quite so well at that. Despite the win, that performance wasn't what we are looking for so there are some areas we need to improve in. The next 3 weeks are going to be very important for this organisation and the players here.

2. Talk about this weeks game and what it will take to win.

A game against Michigan is always a huge game and at home that has even more significance. This might not be a division decider this year but we're going to be playing it like it is. What it will take for us to win is focus, effort and making sure we get to Hill early and often. He's a very slippery QB so we need to make sure we keep him bottled up. Of course you have to make sure you stay on top of the mind games when up against GM Powers. That's why we're going to make sure the visiting locker room is as up to date and as fresh as it can be so he has no reason to demand a change of venue.

3. Talk about anything you would like from this past week.

That episode of Game of Thrones was really something wasn't it? I know the series has had it's critics but that was just what i was hoping for. Truly one of the great moments in TV history.

Ask a stupid question...

Coach, congratulations on your first victory here in DC. Not exactly how either of us would have liked it though. Far too many yards allowed through the air and too many TDs. The team needs some improving in the secondary and in the depth of the roster. We seemed to control the first half and then tired in the second. Is that about your assessment of it?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 10, 2019, 04:19:16 PM »
For a scout who's contract is also up at the end of the season it's a very brave thing to tell me you can't judge 6 months into the future. Thank you for your time.

Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 60:40
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: coaches decisions

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 10, 2019, 01:34:21 PM »
I'm not expecting them to be Stevens next season but how do you think they compare to Lucas Johnson or Schofield? If they need another season in the minors to smooth off those edges that's fine. I just want to work out where I'm going to have to focus recruitment in the offseason.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 09, 2019, 03:52:09 PM »
Good. I hate losing any game so we're on the same page there. I'm quite excited about Hemsworth myself as well. He needs to develop still but his potential is huge. It's obviously too early to start talking about the roster and how you think they fit so we'll save that for later in the season. Despite the loss I think that was an encouraging performance. I could see the extra aggression right from the off and it seemed to stop Smoak from finding his rhythm. That pressure is what we've been missing. I'll stop taking up your time and let you get back to prepping the lads for the next game.

Lolly, could I speak to Ricardo Alonso please?

Coach, with the season in the final stretch I am acutely aware that we have a lot of defensive players about to reach the end of their deals. In particular, we're potentially going to have to replace two or three LBs. what I would like to know is how Lleyton Kyrgios and Robert Gray have been developing. Do either of them look like they might be ready for the step up next year?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 07, 2019, 04:46:05 PM »
S11 WEEK 14

1. What was your biggest takeaway from your game this week?

That was another exciting game and one we can feel we should have taken something from. We were unfortunate in the end not to be able to complete the fight back but the lads showed a lot of heart out there. We need to start quicker and stop giving our opponents early leads though. Yes we have the heart and desire to come back from behind but this game is much easier to play from the lead. Still, that we were as competitive as we were against a great Cleveland team in Coach Graham's first game in charge was very encouraging. It's going to take a while for the lads to get used to the changes, and I think the penalties showed that, but when they do we are going to be a very difficult team to score on.

2. Talk about the fight in the LB/OAK game and your take on the suspensions handed down.

That's the sort of thing you expect in Ice Hockey, not Football. I can't believe that Coach Hall is encouraging that kind of thing but culture starts at the top. It's very disappointing to see that sort of thing but I doubt the neutrals were complaining. I think the league has done the right thing though.

3. Talk about this weeks game and what it will take to win.

This week we have ourselves a chance to repay what was probably our worst loss of the season. Milwaukee are a much better team than they were last season so it's not going to be an easy game by any stretch. If we want to win this game we need to continue to show this new aggression but without stepping over the line like we did last week. we need to cut out the penalties and we need to start the game on the front foot. if we can put pressure on them early hopefully it will take their crowd out of it and we'll be able to control the game like we were doing last season.

4. With 4 games to play, what do you have to do to close out the season strong & where do you see your team finishing in the playoff race?

  I'm going to echo what Coach Graham has already said, these last 4 games are about seeing who deserves to be here next season. This city and this organisation expect the best and we've not been getting that this season. Some of these guys are playing for their jobs now, others have got the opportunity to make a claim for a starting role. What I expect to see is heart, effort, desire and a winning mentality. The coaches and I are going to have a lot of conversations about the players between now and the end of the season. Each player on this roster can influence those conversations by what they show us on the field and in practice.
As for our playoff hopes, we need to win out and hope results go our way to make it in. It's asking a lot but I'm not one to ever give up until it becomes mathematically impossible.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 01, 2019, 08:02:10 AM »
Sounds like it could take some time to get used to but that's why I wanted to bring you in now instead of waiting for the offseason. This way you get a chance to bed the system in and assess how the players are coping before we go into free agency and the draft. If we can win out while doing it that would be a big bonus. I want to win every game but I understand there's going to be a transition and I'd rather that be now so we can hit the ground running next season. I'll leave you to it. Thank you Coach.

Rotation: mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 60:40
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Defensive changes are Coach Graham's decision.

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