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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: Today at 10:46:46 AM »
“Sounds good. News is DC and GM Dazz made life easier for us in the passing game by trading Glass out of the division, and with how Andres abused Camacho when we played Oakland, I’m an even bigger fan of this trade. I feel like we’re in the drivers seat for the division now, Coach, but we’ve got some real tough tests ahead of us.”

General Manager's Office / Re: Memphis Jazz
« on: Today at 09:22:23 AM »
“The scheduling gods apparently wanted to give the guys an extra two weeks to prepare.  I don’t really have a lot to discuss until we see how the guys play when it counts. Anything pressing or are you ready to go?”

General Manager's Office / Re: Memphis Jazz
« on: February 18, 2019, 02:54:15 PM »
“First off, welcome. We’re excited to see the first few weeks of the SBA season get underway even though we didn’t have a game ourselves. To be honest we’re thankful for the extra few weeks of practice we’ve been able to get under our belts. There’s a lot of new pieces here this season and so the added time to just get used to the system and how our coaching staff wants to do things is a good thing. But make no mistake about it we’re itching to get on the court and play meaningful basketball. These guys are ready. We didn’t have to do anything to keep them motivated. This is a game they all love and they’re chomping at the bit.”

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 17, 2019, 12:05:50 PM »

"At this point I'm hands off the steering wheel when it comes to scheme and gameplan adjustments. You, your staff, and the squad have more than proven yourselves capable of being successful and I'm going to leave it in your hands to get the guys motivated after a bye and ready to go against St. Louis. They're definitely not a team to be underestimated, especially with Taylor looking to exact some modicum of revenge against me. But he's one player and we're a team that is continuing to build chemistry and get better week in and week out.

Only question I have for you is regarding the defense and how we adjust if Alvarado isn't ready to go. Obviously Fulcher would fill in for him but would it just be a straight swap with Fulcher taking over Alvy's responsibilities? Or would you rather move Blodgett or Cotter into Alvarado's position and let Fulcher step in elsewhere? I'm going to leave that decision in your hands either way, but I'm just curious as to where your mind is at with that one."

« on: February 17, 2019, 07:23:56 AM »
The Miz and Shane McMahon (c) vs. The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso)

Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin

Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Akira Tozawa 

Bobby Lashley (c) and Lio Rush vs. Finn Bálor

Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Ruby Riott 

Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe vs. Kofi Kingston
Nia Jax and Tamina vs. The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan) vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville vs. The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) vs. Bayley and Sasha Banks vs. Naomi and Carmella


~What match opens the show (main card)? Lashley/Lio Rush vs. Finn Balor

~Which teams start the Woman's Tag Team Elimination Chamber Match? The IIconics & Nia/Tamina

~What are the final 2 in the Men's Elimination Chamber Match? Styles/Bryan

~Who wins the final fall in the Woman's Tag Team Title Match? Sasha Banks

~Who loses the fall/taps out in the SD Tag Team Title Match? Tamina

~Will Becky Lynch make an appearance? Yes

~What is the time of the shortest match (closest without going over gets the point)? 4:15

~What is the time of the longest match (closest without going over gets the point)? 29:17

~What is the announced attendance (closest without going over gets the point)? 25,000

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 15, 2019, 12:48:23 PM »
“I got nothing pressing, Coach. Great job against a talented team. Don’t think anything else needs to be said.”

OOC Boards / Re: HIFL Wagering League
« on: February 14, 2019, 08:23:42 AM »
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« on: February 14, 2019, 12:06:49 AM »

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 13, 2019, 10:47:19 PM »

"First off I just want to welcome everyone to showcase week. We're excited to be able to get our first real up close and personal look at some of the best young talent in college right now. I'm sure you all have questions for me so lets get right to them."

Talk about last weeks game.

"Yeah it was a big game for us, if I'm being honest. That's a nasty defense that they have there in Oakland and I don't think anything illustrates that better than the fact that even after our success against them they still remain the number one defense in the league when it comes to scoring. I'm proud of our effort on both sides of the football, honestly. We made big plays time and again on offense. We kept Caleb upright for the most part. We battled through some injuries and losing some really important players for periods of time and yet the next man stepped up in each instance. I said last week the key to our victory would be to protect our QB and shut down their run and, honestly, we did that and forced them to rely on the arm of John Carr and their receiving corps.

Looking at just the stats alone you might think that worked out well for them but by the time the fourth quarter rolled around we had really put the game to rest and were just doing what we could to run the clock out as quickly as possible. Across the board it was a complete game for us and it was exactly what I wanted to see heading into the bye week."

What are your thoughts on Hilton Keegan and others skipping this Rookie Showcase and committing to either the XFL or AAF?

"I think that each player has to do what is best for them, just like each owner and each general manager has to function in the best interest of their franchise. Though I would disagree with Hilton's assessment that this is a corporate machine and that the GM's don't care about their players. There might be a few here and there who fall into that category but for the most part I think that the majority of us legitimately care about the young men who play this game and represent our organizations. I know that when I make a trade, or am put in the position of needing to release a player, it's never an easy decision. But just like this is the players livelihood, this is mine and my peers livelihood as well. We're tasked with putting the best possible product on the field for our fans and that requires us to make difficult decisions that might, at times, seem callous. That's just part of the business though. We want to win, and win in a league where the best talent resides. That's the High Impact Football League.

I certainly wish the players who have decided to pursue future's in other leagues the best but think that if they truly want to play against the best and the brightest, they're making the wrong decision."

What are you hoping to gain from this weeks Showcase?

"This is a chance for each individual to begin to separate themselves from their peers. And it's an opportunity for us to begin to piece together a body of work on each player and position group we focus on. I know last year between the Showcase and the Combine opinions on a number of different players changed. Some for the better, some for the worse. But this is their opportunity to make a first impression and like it or not, first impressions are often the lasting ones. I consider this an information gathering outing, but there won't be any final decisions made on any player at this event. At least not for me and the Mustangs organization."

What did you schedule for your players during the bye week? Training or a week off?

"Ace was kind enough to pay for an all expense paid three day vacation for our players and their families to Hawaii. So we'll let the guys rest up, relax, and enjoy their time off before returning home and beginning to look at game film in preparation for St. Louis."

Talk about anything else on your mind in reference to the league/sport.

"I want to go ahead and cut off any questions about the Oakland Silverbacks right now. I know there were some accusations about the Silverbacks players and potential payments being made to their players if they injured players on the opposing teams. I'll make a statement about it and then I won't answer any questions further on the matter. We had a few players dinged up during the game but I don't believe that any of those injuries were a result of malice on the part of the Silverbacks players or organization. This is a physical sport. Injuries happen and when they do it's unfortunate. But as far as what I witnessed on the football field it was two good teams playing their asses off trying to win a football game. Nothing more. Nothing less. And I would hope anyone that would throw out accusations and insinuate otherwise would be cautious with their words and not make those kinds of statement without clear and undeniable proof.

Any other questions?"

PBL News and Information / Re: Trade Discussion
« on: February 13, 2019, 04:22:56 PM »
The Jacksonville Hammerheads are open to trade offers on all players (except Elijah Horne) on both their main and reserve rosters.

« on: February 08, 2019, 07:33:09 PM »
"Well, lets give it a shot."


vs. RHP
1. Shane Wilson - RF
2. Mike Pavlich - 2B
3. Elijah Horne - CF
4. Salvador Patino - 3B
5. Abe Sturgess - 1B
6. Jason Alvarado - DH
7. Willie Beltran - LF
8. Dave Wozniak - C
9. Troy Hankins - SS

vs. LHP
1. Shane Wilson - RF
2. Mike Pavlich - 2B
3. Elijah Horne - CF
4. Salvador Patino - 3B
5. Abe Sturgess - 1B
6. Willie Beltran - LF
7. Jason Alvarado - DH
8. Dave Wozniak - C
9. Troy Hankins - SS

Lock In

« on: February 08, 2019, 12:13:26 PM »
"Is he going to be a liability defensively if we give him the start at shortstop over Morales?"

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 07, 2019, 11:56:52 PM »

"You as well."


"Alright, that will conclude our business for the week, Ivanka. Please pass the following information along to the coaching staff."


Set Andrew Vieira to be our Punter
All other strategy, playcalling & decision making are coaches decisions.

In Season Training
4 Hours Position Training
4 Hours Athletic Training
4 Hours Physical Training
4 Hour Film Study

Players: QB Cody Northstar, RB Anthony Chau, WR John Ragland, C Richard Shelby, LB William Fulcher

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts


League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE IV
« on: February 07, 2019, 11:47:34 PM »

The Cleveland Mustangs have negotiated the following contract extension for CB Rodney Greenwood

The contract has been extended to last a total of four years in length. The breakdown of his salary is as follows:

S11 4.75MM
S12-S14 $8MM with $2MM in bonus money

A 1+1 incentive has also been attached to this contract. If Rodney should be named an All-Pro at any point in time throughout the contract, his salary and bonus money will increase by $1MM in each category for the remainder of the contract.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 07, 2019, 11:42:29 PM »

"I can see why players choose you as their agent. Let me know if you ever decide to go into the business of representing General Managers.

You have a deal."

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 07, 2019, 11:34:38 PM »

"I hear you, and if I had the finances to give him that right this second I would do that. Here me out just for a moment because I can sweeten the pot a bit if you're willing to work with me. I'll raise his salary this season from 3.75MM to 4.75MM and starting in Season 12 I'll pay him 8MM with 2MM in bonus money. We're talking an extra 3.75  million across the length of the contract if you're willing to work with me a bit on this right now."

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 07, 2019, 11:25:27 PM »

"Hmmm... Ivanka I think he must have hit a patch of poor service. Could you connect me with Drew Leventhal again?"


"Drew. Not sure what happened there think it was a poor connection but in case you missed it here's why I was calling. I just had Rodney Greenwood in my office and he gave me the ok to get in touch with you about a possible contract extension. So, here's my real question. What would you be looking for to make that happen?"

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 07, 2019, 11:12:44 PM »

"Of course. Again, great game this past week and i'm looking forward to seeing you do that again this week against the Silverbacks."


"Ivanka, I need Drew Leventhal please."


"Drew. Rodney Greenwood just left my office and I asked him if he would be alright if we discussed a contract extension for him. So here's what I'm thinking. He's currently on the final year of his contract. I'd like to extend his contract a further three years after this one at a rate of 6MM per season with 2MM in bonus money."

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 07, 2019, 10:56:38 PM »

GM Eli can't help but laugh and shake his head in amusement for a moment or two before collecting himself.

"While I can certainly appreciate the desire to assert your dominance over him, let's reign that back in a bit. That's one of those things that the league would frown upon and end up costing you time on the field. Neither of us wants that. Just make his life miserable all over again and the whole offseason people will be talking about how you made Ramos your bitch all season long.

As for the league fining you, I've got a solution for that but I wanted to get the okay from you to negotiate a contract extension with your agent. You good with that?"

League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE IV
« on: February 07, 2019, 07:08:56 AM »

The Cleveland Mustangs Announce The Following Roster Moves:

Release WR Ervin Swanson from the Akron Acorns minor league affiliate

Move TE Charles McGhee from the Cleveland Mustangs roster to the Akron Acorns minor league affiliate

Sign P Andrew Vieira to a 3 year, $2MM contract with $.5MM in bonus money

Release P Olen Stewart from the Cleveland Mustangs roster.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 07, 2019, 07:03:10 AM »

"Lovely. While I've got you here I'm going to be making a few other roster moves. The only one that concerns you is in regards to Charles McGhee who I am going to send down to Akron to allow him to get some playing time as he's currently sitting third on our depth chart. We still have plans for him in our future but for the time being he needs to be getting a bit more consistent work to grow. Thanks for your time, David."


"Ivanka, could you let Bobby Shapiro know that we're going to be releasing two of his clients. The first is Ervin Swanson from our minor league affiliate, and the second is Olen Stewart from our main roster. Please extend to both players our appreciation for what they have done for this team in their time with the organization, and wish them luck in their future endeavors.

Also, I'm going to need to see Rodney Greenwood just for a moment"


"Rodney, great game against Michigan. You really shut down Ramos and frustrated him but we're going to need another big effort from you again this week against Oakland. How are you feeling?"

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:40:40 PM »

"Fine. If you're willing to have the contract be split up in $2MM of salary and $.5MM in bonus, I'll show you the Quan."

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:32:13 PM »

"I would be willing to increase my offer to $1.5MM and add in .25MM in bonus money."

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:24:37 PM »

"Fair enough. Thanks Coach."


"Ivanka, David Ames please"


"David, we're interested in your client, Andrew Vieira. I'd be happy to offer him a 3 year contract at $1MM per season."

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 06, 2019, 09:34:33 PM »

"Michigan is similarly talented up front and we ran the ball well against them, and threw the ball well against them as well. So lets stick with a gameplan similar to what we did against them. The worst thing in the world that we can do is become too heavily skewed toward the passing game and have Caleb sitting back there taking shots from Chandler and De La Rosa all day. What we did in Michigan worked well and it feels like we sort of found our groove and enabled ourselves to be more than just boom or bust.

Hopefully we're sitting here having a conversation next week talking about how we were the ones to figure out this defense. I have faith that you can make that happen and I won't distract you from it any longer. Have a good week of practice."


"Ivanka, I need Coach Blitzer again."


"Coach, It's probably a minor thing but could you assess Olen Stewarts performance so far this season. With a punter like Vieira still on the market I'm considering making a run at him if you think there would be a noticeable difference in performance. Right now Olen is averaging a little over 45 yards per punt and has dropped 7 inside the 20. But I've noticed more than a few punts have fallen under the 40 yard range distance wise."

« on: February 06, 2019, 09:20:47 PM »
“It wasn’t good, that’s for sure. So let’s talk what we can do to make sure it doesn’t happen again. The fact that Shane hit below 200 from the leadoff spot, and Morales hasn’t managed a hit yet at the bottom of the order, hurts. How would Hankins hold up if we had him playing at shortstop?”

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:25:38 AM »

"Please doing business with you, Anthony."


"Ivanka, I'd like to speak with Coach Lee, please."


"Nico, I just wanted to take a moment to applaud you for the playcalling and gameplan against Michigan. Even though it was only a one point ballgame I felt like we really controlled the game for the most part. It doesn't get any easier for us against Oakland, though. But I feel like we've got the tools to attack them in areas where they might not be as strong. What are your thoughts? I know their defensive line is a force to be reckoned with. How do we deal with that and keep Caleb upright and give Zeke holes to run through?"

League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE IV
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:16:42 AM »
The Cleveland Mustangs extend Eugene McReynolds current contract ($12MM per season) through the 2022 (S13) season.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:05:53 AM »

"I can accept those terms with the added caveat that if he has an interest in coaching, and if we have an opening on our staff, we would like to have the option to allow him to transition from the role of player to assistant coach should he decide to retire without ever hitting the open market."

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:48:38 AM »

"Great to hear. I'll let you get back to practice and I'll get to work on that with your agent right now."


"Ivanka, Anthony Campanelli, please."


"Anthony, hope your day is going swimmingly. Listen, Eugene and I just had a conversation in my office and I asked if he would mind if I began negotiating a contract extension for him. His response indicated that he wishes to stay here, and we'd like to keep him beyond this season. As a means of laying the groundwork to get this done, what would you be looking for financially if we wanted extend his contract for a further two seasons?"

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:31:37 AM »

"That's fair. The example you continue to set for the younger guys on this roster is immense. With that said, I'd like to start negotiating a contract extension with your agent if you are interested in remaining here in Cleveland."

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 06, 2019, 08:08:53 AM »

"Lets keep it going then. They've got a pretty talented defensive line but you get to that second level and there's no one that's going to slow you down. We need you to break their spirit. Have a good week of practice."


"Ivanka, Eugene McReynolds please."


"I don't know that I can say more than what I already said to the media, Eugene. But you are one of the key reasons that we won that game. All eight of your catches were huge for us in converting first downs or setting us up for short third downs where Zeke could feast. I know you weren't feeling all that confident in the role last week. How are you feeling about it now?"

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 05, 2019, 07:47:50 PM »

"We'll leave it at that then. No need to bring it back up as long as he responded appropriately to how you dealt with it. Great win, Coach. Lets keep building on it this week. I'll let you get back down to the practice field while I meet with a few of the guys in the meantime."


"Ivanka, would you send Zeke into see me."


"Hell fucking yes, Zeke. Brought me back to your days at Ohio State running all over the Wolverines. You deserved to be given that Player of the Week award. But you know what? Screw the media. If they don't want to give us the credit this team deserves that's fine. We'll just keep lining em up and knocking them down. And you know all I keep hearing is how Oakland has this great running back tandem that's been punishing opponents so far. I know Coach Lee is looking to keep feeding you the rock. You still hungry?"

« on: February 05, 2019, 03:00:24 PM »
1. Talk about opening week. What did you take away from it?

"We've got a long way to go if we have any intentions on being a championship team this season."

2. Any news stories stick out to you this week?

"Obviously the PED accusations are going to raise eyebrows. But unfounded accusations go nowhere with me. If you want to convince me that a guy like Cruz is using, bring me actual, tangible evidence. Don't just point at a guy having a fantastic weekend and say that he has to be using. Prove it."
3. Do you think there is PEDs in the game right now?

"Sure. I think it would be foolish to think that there aren't players who are using PEDs. Guys are always going to seek ways to get an advantage especially if it leads to them keeping their job, or to seeing a substantial increase in the money coming into their pockets. Right now it's just one of those things that we just have to grit our teeth and deal with until we find a way to bring it to a halt."

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

"What will we have to improve? Everything. We're going to need to pitch better. Hit better. Field better. Run better. Basically do everything better than we did against Boise. Early in this season this is a must win series for us and I expect the guys to come out and play like it."

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 05, 2019, 12:24:35 AM »

"Let's hope that's the end of it. Have you talked with Rodney yet about it? Where's his head at? If he's calmed down and is ready to move on I don't want to bring him in and get him fired back up about it. But if he's feeling unsettled or anything of the sort I'd like to sit down with him."

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 05, 2019, 12:05:30 AM »

"Alright, any word on what to expect regarding Rodney? I'm hoping these rumors are nothing more than that. He played a hell of a game and really locked down Ramos for the most part."

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 04, 2019, 11:56:14 PM »

"We'll worry about that if it happens against us. Until then, I'm more concerned about the beating we want to give them on the scoreboard. The last thing we need is to get drawn into some nonsense that distracts us from what we want to achieve this season. Besides, with those kinds of accusations I'm sure the referee's will be paying close attention this week."

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 04, 2019, 11:49:45 PM »

"There's a lot of really good things to take away from that game and hopefully build upon. We can reflect upon that during the bye week at the rookie showcase, though. We've got Oakland ahead of us and they're no slouches either."

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 04, 2019, 11:19:18 PM »

"That's very thoughtful of you, Ace. I have no doubt that the guys will absolutely love that. But, you know, I think you should be the one to tell them. That doesn't need to come from me. Let them see how much what they've achieved so far means to you. I'm sure Coach Blitzer could bring the squad together down on the practice field for you to break that news to them."

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 04, 2019, 10:51:15 PM »

"Winning in Michigan has been the highlight of my career here in Cleveland so far and I'm with you, I think it's only the beginning. We've got a lot of work to do, though, before we get to the point of you handing me the Impact Bowl trophy. Besides, credit shouldn't be going to me. I do my best to bring in the best possible talent but they're the ones that play the game, and it's Coach Blitzer and his staff that prepare the guys. They're the ones that are out there proving everyone wrong and if the league doesn't think they're deserving of player of the week awards, that's fine. We'll just keep doing what we've done all year and that's win when it matters the most.

I have to say, though, I wasn't expecting to be meeting with you today since I know you're a busy man. But I'm glad you've taken the time to stop by."

OOC Boards / Re: HIFL Wagering League
« on: February 04, 2019, 10:04:04 PM »
$40 on Michigan (-6.5)
$20 on Milwaukee (+6.5)

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: February 04, 2019, 03:37:09 PM »

"What a game, huh? Man that's everything you want out of a big time rivalry game, isn't it? It certainly feels a lot better on this side of things than it does to be sitting where GM Powers is at right now. But I think when all is said and done years from now he'll be able to look back on this game and see it as one of the most exciting games he ever got to be a part of. Above all else, though, I know that that 500K in Michigan Monsters bonus pool money is going to do wonders for the homeless in Northeast Ohio. Let's get to your questions, shall we?"

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

"Before I even get into answering either of these questions let me just begin by giving Eugene McReynolds all of the praise in the world. When the idea was presented to him about moving into the slot receiver role for us he could have really put his foot down and demanded that he stayed on the outside. He could have just flat out refused to play that role in the offense and with the career that he has had, and all that he has done since coming to Cleveland, he would have earned the right to do that. But instead he was willing to give it a shot, and willing to do anything he could to help the team win. And you know what? He did exactly that. Every single one of his eight catches was massive in extending drives and putting us in position to score. You won't always find that kind of selflessness and professionalism in this game, but Eugene possesses it in quantities almost as great as his on field talent.

As for what went right and what went wrong. Well, I've been saying all season that once our offense starts to click we're going to be tough to beat, and you saw it against a really strong Michigan defense this past week. Caleb made sure to remind everyone just how good he is. Andres Henry and Henry Golden had big time receptions for us and constantly made life hard on the Monsters defensive backs. I've already raved about Eugene's performance. And Zeke... man I think Ace said it best. And I understand that Ortega's numbers are impressive. I certainly don't want to take anything away from him, or from Keenan Daley and his performance for San Antonio this week. But neither of those games were close. Zeke's performance not only stood out, but it stood out in a game where both teams were fighting tooth and nail for the victory and not in games where the opposing defenses had had their spirits broken already. That's two weeks in a row that a deserving Mustang has been robbed of player of the week honors. But it's fine. The guys will use that to fuel and motivate themselves.

Defensively we played well enough to win. We made big plays when we needed it most and really kept an explosive offense in check as much as humanly possible. Colt Soriano had a few big catches, especially in the first half, but really got shut down in the second half. The same could be said about their entire receiving corps, really, outside of one really nice play by Dover.

As for what went wrong. Well, I don't know that I would say it went wrong but I would like to see our special teams perform a bit better. Jorge and Olen both weren't at their best and our kickoff coverage really needs to improve soon.  But, again, we made enough plays to win, so I don't think there's all that much to complain about unless we're really being nit picky."

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

"I'll be honest with you all. If either Ramos or Greenwood are suspended I'll be disappointed. You know these guys are coached to play aggressively and with passion. The league SALIVATES over games like the one that just unfolded between ourselves and the Monsters. They play hard, they play fast, and they play with their hearts on their sleeves. And when things get a little bit chippy now we're fining them and talking about potential suspensions? Come on now. Are we going to start suspending any player that gets called for unsportsmanlike conduct? The referees didn't feel the exchange was enough to eject either player from the game. The penalties were called. They were offset, and everyone moved on with their lives. These are grown men playing a violent sport. Sometimes scuffles like what happened between Ramos and Greenwood are going to happen. The league has already hit their checkbook. There's no reason to punish either them any further."

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 think the way the standings currently sit are probably accurate. Though I would probably rank New Jersey ahead of DC. Clearly, though, Michigan is our biggest threat in the division with Milwaukee making up ground quickly. I know that's probably a bit odd to hear given that the Dragons were the only team to beat us but I think that game was more of the exception rather than the rule."

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?

"Man, Oakland is a tough team. On offense their line is stout and their running backs are skilled and John Carr is playing well. On defense their front seven is top notch and filled with players who are hungry to get after the quarterback. I think that should explain where our keys to victory lie. If we can shut down their running game and protect Caleb in the pocket, we're going to be successful. If we struggle to defend the run and struggle to protect our quarterback, it could be a long day for us. Still, we've shown ourselves capable of beating top of the line competition and we've shown ourselves capable of handling our business in high pressure situations. Hopefully we can continue that trend this week and continue to solidify our position early in the season as contenders in the division, and contenders for the Impact Bowl."

« on: February 01, 2019, 08:52:46 PM »
"Well, lets find out then shall we. We'll revisit this subject after our opening series."

Lock In

« on: February 01, 2019, 02:10:02 PM »
"You're not wrong but that doesn't need to be said in front of the media who would twist that into something it isn't intended to be. Really I think our bats looked good enough in spring training, but I'm a touch concerned about the way our pitching looked. Still, things seemed to settle down a bit in the latter half of our  spring games.

Anyone take any noticeable steps forward or backward over the course of spring ball that you noticed?"

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: January 31, 2019, 05:54:42 PM »

"I appreciate you being willing to make that sort of sacrifice even though you aren't necessarily confident that you're going to be successful. It will only be in certain sets, and at the end of the day I believe in talent, and you've got more than enough of that in you even if you're maybe not as shifty as you once were. So I'm going to give it a shot this week. If it doesn't work we can always revert back to our original formations."


"Ivanka, please pass the following information along to the coaches."


QB- Caleb Smoak
RB- Ezekiel Elliot
TE- Gary O'Donnell
LWR- Henry Golden
RWR- Andres Henry
SWR- Eugene McReynolds
LT- Dale Hardaway
LG- Richard Acuna
C- Dale Hooker
RG- Paris Davis
RT- Dwayne Anderson

Other Depth Chart Moves
Set Earl Kopp to FS1
Set Gary O'Donnell to TE1
Set Ryan Smith to TE2
Set Charles McGhee to TE3
Set Anthony Chau to RB3
Set John Ragland to KR2 & PR2

All other strategy, playcalling & decisions making are coaches decisions.

In Season Training
4 Hours Position Training
4 Hours Athletic Training
4 Hours Physical Training
4 Hour Film Study

Players: QB Cody Northstar, RB Anthony Chau, TE Charles McGhee, C Richard Shelby, LB William Fulcher

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts


General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: January 31, 2019, 04:55:10 PM »
I’ll talk to him then. If he’s up for it we will do it. If not we will leave things as is.


I guess it wasn’t one more conversation. Hopefully this will be the last. Ask Eugene McReynolds to come see me, please.


Hey Eugene. Have an idea I want to run by you. I’m considering moving you to the slot in 3 wide receiver sets to take advantage of a mismatch and give Caleb a target with a little bit more sure of hands. Is that something you’d be up for or comfortable with, or would you rather just keep things as is. This is your call, I’m only making this change if you give it the green light.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: January 31, 2019, 04:27:53 PM »
“We’ll go with that then. Thanks Coach.”


“One last conversation then were ready to go, Ivanka. I need Coach Lee again.”


“Coach, I’ve been giving some thought to ours drops problem. Do you think moving Eugene to the slot in 3 WR sets would be beneficial, and use Golden’s blazing speed on the outside in those sets? Might get Eugene matched up on a weaker CB too.”

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: January 31, 2019, 03:03:50 PM »

"Good deal, Earl. Glad to have you here. Get down to the practice field, meet your teammates, and settle in."


"Ivanka, I'm going to need to see Coach Blitzer again."


"Coach, with the moves we've made and having sent Perryman down to the minors to get some more consistent work, we're in need of another kickoff return man to go alongside Henry Golden. Is there anyone in particular that would stand out in the role to you? I'm thinking of giving John Ragland the responsibility just to get him on the field a little bit."

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: January 31, 2019, 12:56:13 PM »
“Wild ride indeed. We’re happy to have you here, Earl, obviously. We gave up a lot to bring you in, including me having to swallow my pride and give up a kid I’ve backed publicly over the course of last season and this offseason. I think that should show how highly I view your performance last year and so far this year. We need that guy, Earl. I need the guy who erupted last season in Kansas City. I need that attitude that comes with going undrafted and fighting tooth and nail for your place in the league. Make no mistake about it, this is a high pressure situation. We aren’t just aiming for the playoffs, or to contend for a title. We’re aiming to bring an Impact Bowl victory here to Cleveland.

I’m glad you’re here but there’s work to do and no tougher opponent to do it against than Gio Hill, Colt Soriano and the Monsters offense in general. You ready for it?”

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM: CLEVELAND MUSTANGS
« on: January 30, 2019, 04:01:18 PM »

GM Eli blinks and looks around the room, having been certain that Coach Blitzer was still there with him.

"Uhhh... well that's.... something."

Feeling a bit awkward, GM Eli speaks softly to himself. Which he had apparently been doing all along.

"Alright... never going to tell anyone about this."

Clearing his throat, GM Eli shakes his head trying to chase the awkward feeling away.

"Ivanka, please inform the coaching staff of the new additions and when Earl arrives have him join me in my office."

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