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OOC Boards / Re: New GM's [Welcome, Advice, and Placement]
« on: May 25, 2018, 10:54:06 AM »
Sounds good to me. Bring some of that real Cleveland spirit to the Mustangs.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: May 20, 2018, 07:09:28 PM »
I set that tone in the press conference last week, so I'll take responsibility for this loss. Despite the fact that we are 2-3, we've shown that we can hang with the best teams in the division. A tweak here or there and we'll turn these close losses into wins. The next phase of the season is vital, though. We need to win most of these non-division games to take advantage of our gentle schedule and put ourselves in a strong position when we start playing the NE again. Any concerns about Tombstone?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: May 19, 2018, 10:04:16 PM »
S10 WEEK 5

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

We just ran out of time in that one. We finished the game strong and I think the Cobras know that they escaped with a win this week. I don't think we did very much wrong other than maybe forgetting to send the officials Christmas cards last year. We moved down the field well, took care of the ball and forced a turnover. I'd say we were the better team in pretty much every facet of the game but we were killed by those flags. 14 penalties for 120 yards vs. 2 penalties for 10 yards is the story of that game. The way the Cobras put pressure of the officials to throw a flag on pretty much every play was smart and even the fans got in on the act. Some of those calls seemed to be made based on an alternate-universe version of this game and it clearly affected our guys. Our players didn't know what was going to be called against them next and it caused us to play a little too cautiously. The Cobras made it impossible for the officials to call a fair game and that was just one part of their anti-football strategy in this game.

I'm don't think GM Dazz actually wants his team to try to score TDs and they only end up getting them because they run out of field to inch their way down. They stumbled into two TDs in the send quarter and then just smothered the game from there... with a lot of help from the penalties called against us. I don't think many people left that game thinking that the Cobras were the better team and they certainly didn't leave entertained by them. It's a pity that they were denied the joy of seeing Crawford sprinting down the field with McIntyre on the other side due to some rough play that wasn't flagged. Anyone who buys tickets for the rematch in New Jersey will see that and plenty more in a stadium that welcomes exciting football.

Before I move on to the next question, I'd like to show off these muddy cleats that Sasser handed to me at the end of the game. They will be displayed prominently in my guest bathroom until it's time to bring them out again for the photoshoot when he signs for us in free agency.

2. Talk to us about your upcoming game this week.  What will be the toughest thing to prepare for this week?

Next up, we have Tombstone. The toughest thing to prepare for is going to be their 17 game losing streak. A record like that is dangerous because it can trick you into thinking that you can win the game just by showing up. Tombstone are not a terrible team and they have been scoring points in some games this season. You can't sleep on Harrell and DGB and just expect to walk away with the W. We have to play them as tough as we'd play anyone else and work harder than them on every single play. I'm confident that we will and that we match up well against them.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: May 01, 2018, 10:39:09 PM »
Let's go and step on these Cobras and remind the league who owns this division.
- Player Rotation: Mostly Starters
- Tempo: Normal
- Run/Pass Ratio: 65:35
- Depth Chart Changes: Fredrickson replaces Cuevas as starting LB in 3-4.
Held steps in for Thompson and Smith takes Held's previous spot as backup.
- Strategy Changes: None
Lock in

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: April 27, 2018, 12:25:35 AM »
Of course. I know you have a lot of work on and the updates aren't as imortant as the actual progress the guys are making. I'll let you get back to it.
Tong An, as we haven't suffered the wrath of the league office, I'm going to assume that I got the DTR and player call-up right and move on towards locking in. I'll appreaciate a reminder in 6 weeks' time that Thompson is coming off the DTR so I don't forget to free a space for him, but I'll make a note of it myself as well.

Can you call Cuevas and Fredrickson up to see me, please?

Arthur, you've played great so far but we're going to make a tactical switch for this game. John, you're going to start in the 3-4 at MLB this week with a view to containing Tank Mixon. Arthur, you're still getting the call in our other formations that defend obvious passing situations but I want to shut down DC's ground game this week. Are you both cool with that?

General Manager's Office / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE III
« on: April 25, 2018, 07:58:37 PM »
New Jersey assign Scott Thompson to the DTR list and call up Enrique Smith (G) from the Footlongs.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: April 25, 2018, 07:19:41 PM »
At least it's clear where we need to focus their training. Thanks for the information. There's no rush on the full report but I look forward to seeing it. At this time, I'll probably take Smith from you for a few weeks to.cover an injury, but the rest will stay with the Footlongs.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: April 24, 2018, 12:38:18 AM »
How does Barrett look compared to Soliz?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: April 21, 2018, 03:50:46 AM »
Instead of sitting here twiddlng our thumbs, you can send Matthew in so that we can get some details now and he can fill in the blanks later.
Mr. Murrell, how are the lads getting on with the Footlongs? I'm particularly interested in hearing about Enrique Smith, Roger Barrett and Albert Cox. Smith and Barrett might get a call up and I'd like to know what we have with Cox incase we need a change at kicker. There's no rush with a full report for the team as I don't really plan to move anyone else around before week 8.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: April 16, 2018, 01:53:16 AM »
I'm happy to hear that and I'll let you get back to work.
Tong An, I'm just waiting on the Footlongs report and then we'll be ready to go.

OOC Boards / Re: Domain Renewal
« on: April 12, 2018, 08:08:02 PM »
I'm travelling to Shanghai today to spend £300 on replacing my lost passport (thanks to my wife). Sorry Talon, I actually had some money in a foriegn account for once but the timing is shit. I'll get you later.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: April 12, 2018, 07:58:11 PM »
I'll leave any other adjustments up to you, but I like what I see from our defence at the moment. I'd like to see scores against us come down a little further, but the way we're playing is putting a smile on my face. Good job so far, coach.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: April 11, 2018, 09:49:31 PM »
I'll check that he qualifies and make the adjustment if so. Other than that, I'm not going to change what's working. You can get back to the team, but ask Coach Knight to see me, please.
Coach, although we're second against the run, the last game was clearly a big factor in that. Tank is having a special season, so we need to slow him down. Perhaps we could use Fredrickson this week instead of Cuevas? We'll lose a bit on coverage, but I'm not ad worried about Rizzo as I am about their running game.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: April 09, 2018, 02:15:52 AM »
Hopefully the big scores have our owner and fans feeling the same about our future. I think we keep doing what we're doing on offence. DC have a great secondary on paper, but they've been giving up big plays each week. Wit our WRs, I think we have what we need to take advantage of that without shifting anything around. With Thompson out for a few weeks, do you think it's worth placing him on the DTR list and having a look at Enrique Smith as backup to Held? I'll have to look up how the DTR works exactly, but it would keep us with depth on the o-line for the little injuries the guys seem to pick up during games.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: April 02, 2018, 09:46:21 PM »
Just a quick correction for one of my earlier answers. Oher has 27 pancakes in the last three games. Even more spectacular than advertised.
(If no more questions)
Coach, fantastic performance this week. I loved watching us keep pushing for more right to the very last second. Considering the way things went last season, I don't want to see us leaving the field without scoring every single point we can. It's good to see you seem to feel the same. It's a huge confidence boost to see the big scores on the board at the end of the game. Well done.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: April 02, 2018, 08:57:19 PM »
S10 WEEK 4

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

Not a lot went wrong. We had another fumble but recovered it and the Barons scored a few more TDs than I would have liked, but they are a talented offence with dynamic young receivers, so it wasn't entirely expected. What went right was everything else. John Lynn keeps making smart decisions and finds our players in positions where they can turn upfield and break out big plays. He should have been player of the week for his 4 TDs off 25 passes instead of Pruitt, who needed 60 passes and some runs to manage only 3. When our WRs drop a pass, they don't cry about it or start hiding like some players on other teams, they focus on making up for it later in the gameand they did just that this week. Crawford's 65 yard catch came at a key moment and helped us push on in the second half. None of that happens without the solid contribution of our o-line, who have been playing great football so far. It was bad to see Thompson go down with a pretty bad injury, but that gives Held a chance to come in a stake a claim on a starting spot.

I can't finish without talking about Leslie Keefer. I know he won't want people to keep talking about the injury that looked like it had put him out of the game, but his two DTDs got the biggest cheers of the night where I was sitting, and I even think the Barons fans were willing to give him grudging respect for them. There's a lot of love for him in this organisation, so it's great to see him thriving in a Dragons jersey again.

2. Which of your division rivals has surprised you the most so far this season?

St.Paul. They spent a lot of other teams' money to build that roster which looked on paper to be even better than last season, but they've been stinking the division out this season. GM Gooch is a smart GM, but he abandoned his philosophy and sold his soul to the likes of Hagan to try and push his team to that next level. It's backfired on him so far and we know from experience that early struggles can start to become a viscious cycle if you don't sort them out quickly. A lot of guys from this team moved over to the Lynx when the grass seemed like it was getting greener over there, and I don't blame them for it. My message to them is that the weather is looking rather nice in NJ at the moment and we're always happy to see old friends.

3. With where you sit in the standings, do you feel it is a true reflection of your team? Where do you feel you should stand, and who on your team is most responsible for your current standing?

I think we could be a spot higher as we pushed Cleveland close, but or position at the moment is probably fair. We're growing into ourselves, so I think we'll be knocking on the door of the top two spots for most of the season. Coach Stark is most responsible for our current standing. We've asked him to run an offence that isn't something he's used to, but he's taken Dragon Fire and made it lethal. Despite all the talk of retirement, he's still our head coach and he's still the best in the league.

4. What has been the biggest challenge for your team so far this season, and who would you say was your teams' most improved?

Our biggest challenge has been getting to grips with the 3-4. I think we're progressing well with that and we're making some big plays on defence, even as we still give up the occasional big play as well. Most improved is tough. The guys who are still starting from last season are the guys who played well last season. A lot of the players who are doing things that we weren't doing last season are new faces. That's not to say that there isn't improvement, far from it. We've seen improvement across the board, but it's tough to single anyone out. McIntyre has had a great start to the year, but who's to say he wouldn't have done the same with more starts last season? From our regular starters of last season, I think I have to credit Lynn with the biggest improvement. 12TDs and 0 interceptions so far. Those are the numbers of a potential MVP and have helped us to be the no.1 scoring offence in the league after 4 games. He really took to the coaching during pre-season and he looks great.

More interesting to me is the improvement of the whole team after the first week. We are unrecognisable from the team that lost to St.Paul and have improved in pretty much every area since then. One example: Juan Oher only managed on pancake block and allowed a sack in game one. He's stacked up 20 pancakes and only allowed one sack in the 3 games since. I could reel off all sorts of stats like that. The improvement has been astonishing.

5. Talk to us about your upcoming game this week.  What will be the toughest thing to prepare for this week?

DC are one place ahead of us in the standings and the one team we always want to beat the most. With GM Dazz jumping ship from Cleveland before honouring the terms of our trade last season, this is a grudge game with added spice. We need to stay disciplined and keep making the right decisions, as we have done up to this point. Everything in DC runs through Tank so keeping Tank Mixon quiet is going to be the toughest thing to prepare for. If we can stuff him at the line, we put pressure on Rizzo to show he can carry a team on his shoulders and we likely keep Sasser to 60 yard FG attempts. We do that, and we give our offence another chance to explode all over a division rival. It's great to be able to say division rival and actually mean it again.

Deadwood should definitely be on my list. You can drop pretty much anything else from it because Deadwood would be at no.1. I can't believe I forgot about it.

I forgot about The Shield. The first couple of seasons were brilliant.

1. Strike Back
2. The Wire
3. Game of Thrones
4. Red Dwarf
5. South Park
6. Archer
7. Black Sails
8. Top Gear
9. Yes, Minister
10. Spartacus

The 3 season rule takes away so many good ones that were cancelled too early or only just started. Westworld will be on here and probably Almost Human. William Shatner's Star Trek was only 2 seasons.

The High Impact Football League / Re: HIFL ON TWITTER
« on: March 30, 2018, 01:45:22 AM »

GM Kirk @GMKirkRules  - Just Now
@LavarBigBaller @StrikeGuy2K18 Just got good look @SJAXBBB11 against my boys. Red zone threat, but Booth looked a real player. GG Barons & beautiful stadium. Almost as beautiful as our W. #Dragon-Fire
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« on: March 29, 2018, 01:26:30 AM »
Let‘s get back to it. Starting with NJ kicking Milwaukee's ass.

« on: March 28, 2018, 06:51:41 PM »
I'm all for it, but I'd like to see the games kept up longer (as Talon already said he would) and I'd like to see coaches reacting if a GM makes a call during the game. I think that would pull the sims more into the real game and adds even more immersion. Also, fake punts.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 27, 2018, 09:32:58 PM »
Thank you. Here's the plan for this week's game.


- Player Rotation: Mostly Starters
- Tempo: Normal
- Run/Pass Ratio: 65:35
- Depth Chart Changes: None
- Strategy Changes: Slowly phase in some screen plays, as discussed.

In-Season Training Schedule 1
- 3 hours Position Training
- 0 hours Athletic Training
- 0 hour Physical Training
- 0 hours Film Study

- Dacey
- Griswold
- Crawford
- McIntyre

In-Season Training Schedule 2
- 0 hours Position Training
- 2 hours Athletic Training
- 0 hour Physical Training
- 3 hours Film Study

- Fredrickson


General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 27, 2018, 12:41:14 AM »
Good man. I look forward to hearing the coaches raving about you over the next few weeks.
Tong An, I think we're almost good to go. If we book an interview with Ibrahimovic and pay his rider, can we set that up for next week rather than this?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 26, 2018, 10:29:39 PM »
I was referring to the team's stumbles last season, because the defence clearly struggled at times, particularly at the back end of the season, despite individual performances. I was concerned that the team's poor season and your position on the depth chart so far this season might be getting you down, and wanted to encourage you to keep pushing. Like I said, I know you're a good player and I want to see you showing it on the field... but that will only happen if you can push yourself ahead of the other guys in Coach Knight's thoughts.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 26, 2018, 07:30:18 PM »
That's exactly what I want from all my players.
Tong An, I'd like to speak to John Fredrickson.
John, I know you haven't seen the field much and it must be frustrating. In order to get out there, you need to impress Coach Knight in training. You're one player I have my eye on the most because I think you have so much more to give. I know the Turpin Report shredded your confidence and the stumbles last season won't have helped, but I'm not ready to give up on you and shouldn't be, either. You're still young and obviously talented. Work your arse off in practice, make the most of the extra training you've been given and prove the scouts right about you. I want to see you on the field dominating games like I know you can, but you have to want it as well and show how much you want it.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 26, 2018, 12:53:21 AM »
Cheers, Mike.
Tong An, I'd like to speak to Juan Oher.
Juan, fantastic start to the season. Your pancake numbers the last two weeks have been incredible. You said you were going to prove that you were worth the price we paid to draft you and you have certainly been doing that. All you boys on the line have been doing well so far. Keep it up.

General Manager's Office / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE III
« on: March 25, 2018, 11:58:14 PM »
New Jersey sign Albert Cox (k) to the Footlongs for 2 years, $500k

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 25, 2018, 10:47:15 AM »
Milwaukee had a big win for their opening home game, so we're going to need another big effort from the pair of you to put them on the back foot right from the start. I know we'll get it, too.
Tong An, I'd like to speak to Mike Maker.
Mike, I'm looking for a kicker to play on the Footlong's roster and to give Tennant some competition. I didn't see Albert Cox signed anywhere. Would he sign for the standard Footlongs contract of 2 years, $500k?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 25, 2018, 10:14:02 AM »
I might look at a couple of options to bring in someone more useful to you. I know he's a good player, but he just doesn't seem to have a role in your defence. I'm not going to mess about with anything else on defence. We've played the three toughest teams in the division and mostly held our own. I look forward to seeing what you can do when everyone is finally comfortable. You can get back to it.
Tong An, can you send up Storm Force for me?
Lads, I know you haven't managed to break out to many big plays so far this season but the relentless work you're putting in has been a huge help to Lynn and the passing game. I know those gys are getting a lot of the attention, but I want to know that I appreciate the hard work you're putting in week after week.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 24, 2018, 08:22:52 PM »
If they want to remain as Dragons they'll toughen up. I'm going go give most of the defensive guys a break from it as I focus that a little more on the offence. I need to send a message about these bloody fumbles. I want to ask about Fredrickson. I've not seen much of him in the stat sheets even though he's backup in a lot of positions. If he's not getting on the field, I'd rather not be paying him 8mil.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 24, 2018, 11:08:40 AM »
Fair enough. I don't know how international football teams work, so thought you might have run accross him at some point. I like the guys on the roster and I don't like upheaval in season, so we'll keep pushing on with what we've got. I'd appreciate you working on Lynn's movement in the pocket, however long that will take to see some progress. That's all I've got for you at the moment, so I'll let you get on. I'd like to speak to Coach Knight, if you can send him up.
Coach Knight, the defence seems to be coming along but obviously still work to do. How are the guys taking to the extra training I've had them doing?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 24, 2018, 10:24:57 AM »
Lynn is my long term plan for our QB, so long term ideas are just as good as short term gains in this case. That's assuming that the Ibrahimovic kid isn't actually a cross between Trevor Jose and Curt Robles, as his stats suggest he is. I think we'd be in a decent position to land him, but I'm of the opinion that he was likely a big fish in a very small pond. Besides, with Lynn, Storm Force and our Fantastic Four, I don't see where he'd fit unless you really want me to go after him.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 24, 2018, 09:25:57 AM »
I don't want to keep changing formations, so I'll just up the ratio. Obviously St. Paul's piss poor performance last week will have helped Milwaukee's stats, so I don't want to take the ball away from Lynn too much based on that. We do have to respect them, though. I'll let you get to work. Send Coach Mackey in for me, please.
Coach, the offence looks good but we let that game slip away from us. One problem was the sacks that took us out of FG range. Is there anything we can do to help Lynn be a bit more slippery in the pocket? I don't mean to turn him into Ortega, but Big Ben in that other league makes life hard on defenders without really leaving the pocket.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 24, 2018, 08:56:43 AM »
Hopefully our RBs can actually catch the ball or we'll be solving a minor problem by creating a bigger one. Let's talk about Milwaukee. First question, why didn't they choose a city that's easier to spell? Secondly, after the way they just picked apart St.Paul's passing game, are there any adjustments we need to make? I really didn't expect much from their defence this season, but those home fans sure seemed to make a difference.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 24, 2018, 04:03:58 AM »
No point messing with that, then. The only thing that concerns me is that he's going to get to predictable if he's just throwing to those guys. Maybe we can add in some screens to get him used to the RB as an option? If you don't think it's a big issue, I won't force anything on you but I don't want it to become one later in the season.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 23, 2018, 11:08:12 PM »
I'll add Dacey to the list because he really needs to be reliable as a check-down option when he's on the field. Maybe we can add Breaux at RB for the more obvious passing situations. I don't know if you can throw him for the 2 minute drill if we're down or if he has to be added for a specific formation. Maybe the spread?

OOC Boards / Re: Rivalry Trophies
« on: March 23, 2018, 10:47:56 PM »
The Sasser Trophy: a golden leg kicking a football.

OOC Boards / Re: Rivalry Trophies
« on: March 23, 2018, 10:45:36 PM »
Where the Powers -v- Kirk rivalry  ;)

That's far too one-sided to be considered a rivalry.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 23, 2018, 08:45:15 PM »
I agree, particularly on offence. If we had Sasser, that was a 6 point victory for us so we're close. We're fumbling the ball far too often this season, though. It seems to be a bit of an epidemic this season but 3 fumbles from receivers this week and one lost on a big play, a lost fumble against the Lynx, another fumble against the Monsters and a clutch of them in preseason. Lynn has played some mean defences and kept the ball away from their ball hawks, but we're trying to give it away in other ways. I want to add some extra training for the receivers this week just to tighten their technique up a bit, but who else has been dropping the ball?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 23, 2018, 07:14:44 AM »
S10 WEEK 3

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

We made the best team in the league work very hard for their victory, so obviously a lot went right. John Lynn kept pace with Smoak and made all the right decisions. Our WRs made big plays and really hurt an elite defence on multiple occasions. Unfortunately we made too many mistakes at key moments. A missed kick and a lost fumble on a 50 yard play cost us this one, but that's football. We outplayed Cleveland for much of the game but they played mostly mistake free football and we didn't. That's the difference between an Impact Bowl contender with continuity on their roster and coaching and a team picking themselves up from a poor season. 3 points. I'm proud of the effort.

2. How do you feel about the emergence of the Alliance of American Football and the XFL?

I think it's good to have a couple more feeder leagues for us.

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

It's interesting to see Rapid City doing a DC. It shows just how difficult it is to stay on top as the target on your back gets bigger while your players start to get too comfortable. We'll see how the GM and the team.handle the disappointing start and how quickly the fans turn on them.

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

The Barons are a dynamic team with dangerous players on both sides of the ball. The key is going to be for us to get out to a lead early and silence the crowd. You saw how much the fans lifted the Barons' players last week, so we have to take away that wind beneath their wings and put them firmly in the danger zone. It won't be as easy as other teams seem to have expected, but we won't be making the mistake of underestimating them.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 19, 2018, 10:12:19 PM »
That confidence will be important again this week. Cleveland are tough against the pass, but you're smart enough to pick the right passes. I'll let you get back to it.
Tong An, here are the instructions for the week.

 Player Rotation: Mostly Starters
- Tempo: Normal
- Run/Pass Ratio: 60:40
- Depth Chart Changes: None
- Strategy Changes: Dragon Fire


General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 19, 2018, 08:57:28 PM »
That's what I expected, but I wanted to check because I know some people pick things up quicker than others. I'll let you get back to preparations for Cleveland. Can you send Lynn up to see me, please?
John, fantastic game. You tore Michigan up and I couldn't be prouder of you for it and you fully deserved your first player of the week award. Cleveland is another proposition entirely, but we're confident you'll pick the right passes against them. The key is going to be taking care of the ball and taking our opportnities when they present themselves. Smart play, which we know is your style. Feeling confident?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 19, 2018, 02:11:20 AM »
We go to Oakland in week 12, so I'm sure we'll make good use of your notes then. This week we have Cleveland. I think it's time to unleash Dragon Fire on the league. Are there any adjustments you need me to make for it or any guys who need a little extra work to get to grips with how we want to play?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 19, 2018, 01:31:11 AM »
Good to know. I might look to add him as an AC if he proves helpful this season. Alright, you can head back to practice. Send Coach Mackey in to see me.
Coach, how was your jersey retirement celebration? See anything interesting while you were down there?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 18, 2018, 11:53:26 PM »
I agree. Throwing the ball at all is a risk with their secondary, so we might as well go with big play potential when we do it. Hopefully Lynn can have another game like this week. How did you get on with Mississippi as your OC for the game? Obviously the score speaks for itself, but how much was he involved?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 18, 2018, 07:30:54 PM »
The owner's priorities are for us to beat DC and Cleveland, but Michigan were always top of my list. We don't get to celebrate for very long as we have another huge game, against Cleveland. I don't see any weaknesses to exploit, so I think our best chance is to go with our Dragon Fire offence and give them something the league has never seen before. Maybe they will take long enough to.adjust for us to get out to a lead. Even if Farrow is good to go this week, I'm tempted to go with Crawford and McIntyre ahead of him. Do you prefer their deep threat or a more sure pair of hands for this game?

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:15:08 PM »
S10 WEEK 2

1. Talk us through this week's game. What did you like, what do you want to see improved?

I very much enjoyed seeing my team pick apart Michigan and I just wish I could have seen the look on GM Powers' face when we scored the TD at the death. John Lynn had an incredible game and has quite rightly been given POTW for his perfromance, but it really was a team effort on offence. Our O-line stood strong throughout the game, not giving up a single sack and Oher and Kelly were monsters out there. We have such a mix of passing options for Lynn and the pace we have with Crawford and McIntyre will cause problems for any defence. I'd like to see the defence tighten up a little more, as the game seemed like it might get away from us in the 2nd quarter, but they are improving every week and I am happy with a lot of what I saw on that side of the ball as well.

2. Through two games this season, who's surprising you for the better, and for the worst?

I don't think anyone has surprised me, really. Glenn's big performance against the Lynx might have been a surprise if he hadn't already hinted at the step up he's made during preseason. I don't think many people expected Lynn's 5TD performance against an Impact Bowl team, but I wouldn't say I'm surprised by him because we knew how talented he was when we signed him last year. Nobody has played badly, so I wouldn't say I'm surprised that way either. We're seeing what we expected to see from the guys so far, and we expect to see even more as the weeks roll by.

3. Which one-part of your team do you believe is only going to get better going forward?

Our defence. Tonnes of talent on that side of the ball and they are going to show it as they get comfortable with the system and the way Coach Knight wants them to play. If you want a specific position, our OLBs are really DEs so they have potential to make huge improvements as they learn the position.

4. Talk about your news story this week.

What was the news story this week, other than our big win against a team I personally hate? If you're talking about the suggestion that Pate could be an option for Seattle, he's only an option if GM Jon picks up the phone. I haven't heard anything, we love Tashaun here and he hasn't made any indication to me that he's unhappy, so it would take a big offer to get him anyway.

5. Talk about at least two other news stories this week.

Las Vegas is a minefield for a young athlete with money to burn. I think GM Metro needs to do more to protect his rookies off the field and he might want to think harder about the age of the guys he drafts. I don't know why the Scorpions haven't got somone on their staff to look after their young stars in such a lively and seductive city.

Another thing that caught my eye was Stephen Crawford's big day. It's been sad to see such a great player cling onto the game for too long and tarnish his legacy in the way that Crawford has over the last few seasons, so it's great to see him finally thriving in a new team with the pressure taken off him. He's a big part of this league's history so he deserves a strong season to close out his stroried career.

6. Talk to us about your match up this week, how do you build on last weeks success.
We have to be ruthless and make the most of our chances like we did against Michigan. Cleveland are probably the best team in the league, so we can't afford to make mistakes or let them off the hook when we get into their territory. Getting in Smaok's face and putting him on his ass has always been the best strategy to deal with their offence, but that's easier said than done when you also have a RB like Elliott to deal with. I think keeping the game close and staying competitive for 4 quarters will be big for our confidence and set us up for positive performances in the following weeks.
Coach, fantastic result this week. I couldn't be much happier than I am right now. I loved that last second TD. Great work.

General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 14, 2018, 02:03:56 AM »
Thank you.
Tong An, I'm not going to bother any of the players this week. They have plenty of work to do to get ready for Michigan and don't need me distracting them. Send the strategy to the coaches, please.

 Player Rotation: Mostly Starters
- Tempo: Normal
- Run/Pass Ratio: 60:40
- Depth Chart Changes: None
- Strategy Changes: Coaches' decision


General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : NEW JERSEY DRAGONS
« on: March 13, 2018, 08:49:54 PM »
As long as he's aware of the risks and you're not overly concerned, he can play. I'd like him to have regular checks with you, though. Not every week, but once a month.

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