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« Reply #1800 on: March 22, 2018, 11:36:32 AM »





Yeah, I can make sure we add some to the play calling sheet.
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« Reply #1801 on: March 22, 2018, 02:05:38 PM »
Excellent. Our run game is going to be drawing in a lot of defences so it'll open up gaps deep to exploit. Particularly this week against Michigan. We need to target those corners when we get the opportunities. Otherwise I think we're well set.
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« Reply #1802 on: March 24, 2018, 05:37:17 PM »
1. Talk us through this weeks game. What went wrong?  What went right?

This week was a very good result for us. Any win over a division rival is a great thing but to do so away from home is even more important. If we want to achieve our goals this season we'll need to win a few games away in the division so to get one of those victories this early in the season is a big boost for us. There was a lot to like about this performance. We were dominant in every phase of the game. We moved the ball well, restricted Michigan to only 8 1st downs all game, kept their rushing to less than 100 yards and kept Hill below 50% completion. In the end we just didn't convert that dominance into points and we allowed too many big plays against us. We also didn't look after the ball as well as we have been doing and gave away too many penalties. In the end the difference between us and Michigan was the ever reliable Sasser. I've been on the wrong end of his boot previously so it's good to see him do it for one of my teams for once. We should have won this game comfortably but it's a great confidence boost to all of us to know that as long as we keep the game close we'll always have that chance to snatch victory at the death. One of these weeks we'll turn our dominance into points and the rest of the league will know what we're capable of. I'll take scrappy wins for now though.

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

The AFL was a good place to find talent and coaches previously so hopefully that will be true of these new rivals. I'll be interested to see just how competitive their league is and perhaps look at our options then.

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

What's interested me is seeing the way the fancied teams have been struggling while some of the expected strugglers have been performing above themselves. To see the previous Impact Bowl teams losing 2 out of their first 3 games just goes to show that things are not predetermined in this league. That should give a lot of teams hope and should lead to an exciting season.

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

This week we face one of those teams I was talking about. The pundits were tipping St Paul to be one of the Impact Bowl contenders this year but they've been under-performing so far. After 2 disappointing losses they'll be desperate to get their season back on track so this is going to be a very dangerous time to take them on. St Paul are a team that has historically started slowly and gone on to finish strongly and I expect the same from them this season. GM Gooch is very good at spotting the issues and solving them... I just hope he takes a little longer this time. The keys to victory this week will be to establish our run early and to control the tempo of the game. Car has had a tough couple of games and his confidence will be low at the moment. We need to get pressure on him so he makes some bad throws and we can't allow him to get into a rhythm.

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« Reply #1803 on: March 25, 2018, 09:47:24 AM »
 





Solid victory, gotta love the Clutchness of Sasser.
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« Reply #1804 on: March 25, 2018, 03:53:32 PM »
He's a machine, I'm sure of it. We shouldn't have needed him to win it for us, though. We were so much better than Michigan in almost every way so why did we not win this one more comfortably? I'll ask about the offence later but defensively... some great stuff out there but yet again we allowed too many deep plays. We're not getting the penetration on the line that we need, I get that, but we still shouldn't be caught out by the deep pass like this. How do we tighten up the coverage?

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« Reply #1805 on: March 25, 2018, 07:56:09 PM »





I've made a couple of tweaks to try to put us in more man coverage, so Glass can try and lock down the receiver on his side, and let Jeffries work on the other, but that is just a shift in focus, not a guaranteed fix.
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« Reply #1806 on: March 26, 2018, 03:42:33 AM »
That's something I was going to ask about so it's good to see you're that step ahead of me. Love the proactive approach, Coach. I know there are going to be some growing pains as our rookies get used to the league so I'm not overly concerned yet. We just need to keep ahead of it in order to keep this promising start going. I'm considering giving the rookie safeties and the Peacocks some extra film time for a few weeks, unless you object. Other than that I see no reason to change anything else. Our defence works really well except for these occasional big plays so I'm sure we'll only improve with time.
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Coach, that was a good win. I'm very pleased with getting one over on Michigan in their place. It was a pretty dominant performance too. Just a shame that wasn't reflected on the scoreboard. We seem to do a great job of moving the ball, then get bogged down in the red zone. Do you have any thoughts as to why that is?

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« Reply #1807 on: March 26, 2018, 12:51:08 PM »





Extra film study won't bother me, that's fine.









If I knew why, I'd definitely have fixed it. 
This week though, incomplete passes made for tough running distances, and the last FG of the 4th quarter was because we were out of time, just 15 seconds and no time outs left, no need to risk it and lose.
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« Reply #1808 on: March 26, 2018, 01:07:26 PM »
Would changing our passing focus from over the middle to balanced have much impact? I generally like playing the way we are but as space closes up in the red zone we might benefit from stretching the field with some additional out routes.

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« Reply #1809 on: March 26, 2018, 01:10:52 PM »
I agree with your approach by the way. The FG was definitely the right decision. Overall it was a great game and if we keep playing like that we'll be in the playoff hunt.

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« Reply #1810 on: March 26, 2018, 01:37:29 PM »





That could help, but hard to say for sure without doing it and letting it ride a few weeks.
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« Reply #1811 on: March 26, 2018, 04:26:05 PM »
Let's do exactly that then. i don't want to change too much because things are working well but hopefully this slight tweak will create some space to get those elusive TDs. Thanks for the input Coach.
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« Reply #1812 on: March 26, 2018, 09:13:37 PM »
 





Will do boss, appreciate the kind words.
 
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« Reply #1813 on: March 27, 2018, 03:52:10 AM »
I'll let you get back to it. Could you take this to the coaches on your way back to practice please?

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« Reply #1814 on: April 04, 2018, 12:32:33 PM »
S10 WEEK 4

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

This was a very even game against a very good St Paul team. Don't let their current position fool you, they are better than their results so far. Of course when you have these very even games it takes a special player to do something special to make the difference. We had a lot of good performances this week but once again it was Sasser who made the decisive play. 56yards with less than a minute on the clock is a pressure situation but he seems to thrive on those. What went right was us moving the ball well on the ground and Rizzo making his throws when we needed him to. We also avoided the big plays we've been giving up, which was encouraging. What went wrong is the same thing I've been talking about all season, not converting the yards into TDs. I'm confident that we'll solve that before long though.

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

New Jersey have surprised me. They put big beatings on Michigan and Milwaukee when the pundits were expecting them to struggle again this year. We definitely won't be taking them lightly.

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?

We're probably slightly ahead of where I expected us to be at this stage of the season but I think we absolutely deserve to be there. We've been competitive in every match so far and that puts us in a strong position. If I had to pick 1 player I'd have to say Sasser is the reason we sit in 2nd. He's won 2 of our 3 victories with his boot. I don't think his teammates will disagree either.

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

The biggest challenge so far has been self inflicted really. When I came in I made sweeping changes to the coaching staff and the system on both sides of the ball. That's a lot for players to adapt to but they've put in the effort and shown that they're capable. I expect performances to continue to improve as the lads get more comfortable with everything. As for most improved, I've only been here for quarter of a season. Ask me again at halfway.

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

I love a good rivalry and I know the fans do too. There aren't many as big as DC and New Jersey in this league. We've had a good record on this one so I want to make sure I continue that for the fans. Apparently this is a grudge match for GM Kirk. Every week seems to be one for him. We're going to have to prepare to restrict the deep threats the Dragons have if we want to win this one. If we slip up even once they're capable of punishing you. If we can disrupt their deep passing then I think we have a good chance of sending our fans to work happy on Monday morning.

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« Reply #1815 on: April 10, 2018, 11:36:08 AM »





#1 in total offensive yards, #3 in rushing per game, and #5 against the run..  If we can tighten up against the big pass plays we're going to fast-track our way to the top. 
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« Reply #1816 on: April 11, 2018, 03:34:31 AM »
We're playing well and are slightly ahead of my expectations. That just means I need to shift our targets to match. We have all of the pieces here to build a great team and we just need time really. I'm sure we'll solve the big pass play problem but that's still a big worry going into this next game. New Jersey have some home run threats we're going to have to try to contain. We can't afford to carry any passengers on defence this week. Which brings me to Lucas Johnson. I've not seen his name come up once on the game reports. Is he missing his tackles? Is he just floating around out there? Are we playing him out of position? Is he just there to watch the game from the field? Should I be charging him admission?

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« Reply #1817 on: April 12, 2018, 12:45:37 PM »





He's averaging about 10 snaps per game due to so many teams running a 3 wide receiver set, forcing us into the nickle most of the time.  He hasn't missed any tackles, but he's only made one... hard to tell if its his fault or just plays not coming towards him?  Not sure, but also you have to factor the fact that Larry Stevens takes a ton of tackles away from other players with his elite quickness and decision making.
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« Reply #1818 on: April 12, 2018, 01:13:33 PM »
The Dragons generally run the ball heavily so we'll get a chance to see if it's him or circumstance this week. If I still don't see anything from him I'll want to give Schofield a shot. In future weeks might it be worth playing out of the nickel as our primary formation? I don't want to make sweeping changes but if we're playing that way anyway we may as well train that way. We certainly have the corners for it.

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« Reply #1819 on: April 14, 2018, 07:55:50 PM »
 





I wouldn't change it, because the nickle isn't the most effective against the run game, so its better to deploy it when the offense throws out 3 receivers and just match their sets, but beyond that, if Lucas can't perform this week, I'd be fine giving someone else some playing time.
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« Reply #1820 on: April 15, 2018, 04:53:41 PM »
We'll leave things alone and see how they develop over the next few games then. What do you make of our rookie safeties so far?

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« Reply #1821 on: April 19, 2018, 06:33:29 PM »
 





I like them.  Bostic's been slow to improve but he's talented, while Moya has shown some strength gains which is a positive for sure.
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« Reply #1822 on: April 23, 2018, 03:27:27 AM »
That's very encouraging. I have high hopes for both of these lads. We'll stick with the extra film study for now and reassess in a couple of weeks. Thank you Coach.
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Coach, we allowed quite a few yards on the ground against St Paul but otherwise we've been very strong against the run. Obviously that sarts with the d-line and I think you deserve credit for that. Against New Jersey it's going to be even more important to contain the run. We're also going to need to get pressure on Lynn. That's an area where we're a little weaker. You mentioned some concerns about the Peacocks and Tipton in your post-camp report. What do you think of them at this stage?

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« Reply #1823 on: April 23, 2018, 09:56:24 PM »
 





The kids are winning me over.  They've performed well so far and haven't given me any trouble so that's all I can ask.
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« Reply #1824 on: April 24, 2018, 03:26:30 AM »
Excellent. It's always great to see the young lads performing well and it bodes well for the future of this team. The hard work you're all putting in is definitely being appreciated. Looking at the here and now though, I'm in two minds about how to approach New Jersey. We either come at them hard and try to throw them off their rhythm or we sit back in coverage to counter the deep threat and trust the line to hold their run game. Could this young line handle that?

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« Reply #1825 on: April 25, 2018, 04:16:58 PM »
 





I believe that they are capable, but are they consistent enough to bank on it?  I am not confident that we can just tell them "go get them" BUT that being said, with our linebackers being as athletic and fast as they are, especially Stevens, we could roll the dice this week.
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« Reply #1826 on: April 26, 2018, 01:20:58 PM »
I'm very tempted to do just that but I think continuity is going to be more important at this stage of the season. We'll revisit this later in the year when the lads have been playing together longer. Thanks for the input, Coach.

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« Reply #1827 on: May 21, 2018, 05:03:25 PM »
S10 WEEK 5

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

This game was probably the most satisfying of our victories so far this season. We got out to a good lead in the first half and controlled things from there without ever really feeling threatened. People will look at the total yards and completed pass stats and try to argue that we were fortunate but what makes the difference in these games is efficiency. Our 3rd down conversion and pass completion rates were much better than New Jersey's and we converted our red zone opportunities. Of course the biggest difference came on the ground. Tank Mixon gets a huge amount of attention, deservedly so, but the partnership he has with Johnson is what makes this team so dangerous. Christopher had a great game out there and got his reward with a touchdown.

I know GM Kirk will go on about how New Jersey was the better team because he can't accept that his team was well beaten. Sure, they gave up a lot of penalty yards but that's what happens when you try to build up every game as a grudge match. He wound his players up to a point where an explosion was inevitable. I'm very proud of the professionalism my players showed despite the dirty play of the Dragons and we got our reward for that.

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

This week we visit Tulsa at the start of a very important period of the season. We've set ourselves up well against the division rivals and we need to keep that momentum going through this next run. Tulsa haven't had the best of times recently and they're coming off the back of a pretty painful loss. People will be expecting us to go in and roll them over but there really are no easy games in this league. They'll be hurting after that loss and will be keen to bounce back. It will be our job to make sure they don't do that against us. The difficulty will be in stopping their passing game. We did very well at doing just that against the Dragons but Tulsa have lads capable of making those home run plays so we'll need to make sure we cover that properly. If we can get our run game going, get out to an early lead and put pressure on their line on defence then I think we'll be able to come away with an important win.