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Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« Reply #2250 on: August 24, 2019, 04:53:44 PM »
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Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« Reply #2251 on: August 25, 2019, 08:44:36 AM »
TEAM CAPTAINS GM's MUST COMPLETE THIS TASK
1. Urban Hemsworth
2. Anthony Smith
3. Brett Myers
4. Sean Johnson
5. Larry Stevens
6. Steve Wright



MINI-CAMP ASSIGNMENTS GM's MUST COMPLETE THIS TASK

OFFENSE:
1. John Young - Hands
2. Urban Hemsworth - Accuracy
3. Joshua Elrod - Hands
4. Tank Mixon – Endurance

DEFENSE:
1. Ryan Peacock - Tackling
2. Lucas Johnson - Speed
3. Allan Tols – Football IQ
4. Michael Thurston – Football IQ



MASTER DEPTH CHART GM's MUST COMPLETE THIS TASK

QB- Urban Hemsworth
QB2- King Carmazzi
QB3- Nelson Dehart

RB1- Tank Mixon
RB2- Christopher Johnson
RB3- Sergio Burns

FB- Ronald Wizard

TE1- Roger Morris
TE2- Patrick Swift

LWR- Brett Myers
LWR2- Todd Pike

RWR- John Young
RWR2- Daniel Roman

SWR- Joshua Elrod

LT- Anthony Smith
LT2- Daniel Ford

LG- William Godfrey
LG2- Everett Conti

C- Makai Si’Lo’Ha
C2- Benjamin Jacks

RG- William Jordan
RG2- Everett Conti

RT- Daniel Ford
RT2- Robert Love

LDT1- Luis Peacock
LDT2-Brad Moanaroa

RDT1- Ryan Peacock
RDT2- Edwin Champion

LDE1- Anthony McLaughlin
LDE2- Kawann Douglas

RDE1- Sean Johnson
RDE2- Kawann Douglas

MLB1- Larry Stevens
MLB2- Steve Wright

LOLB1- Billy Zepeda
LOLB2- Lleyton Kyrgios

ROLB1- Steve Wright
ROLB2- Lucas Johnson

LCB1- Paul Camacho
LCB2- Phillip Johnson

RCB1- Justin Blais
RCB2- Windy Mills

NCB1- Phillip Johnson
NCB2- Allan Tols

FS1- Eric Moya
FS2- Eugene Cash

SS1- Michael Thurston
SS2- Laurence Wimberly

K- Omer Sasser
P- Ronald Edmonds

KR1- John Young
KR2- Joshua Elrod

PR1- John Young
PR2- Dante Bogut





STRATEGY GM OR COACHES DECISION ON ANY/ALL


OFFENSE
Attitude: Balanced
Focus: Run
Tempo: Normal
Passing Focus: Long
Pass To: Outside
Primary Receiver: Brett Myers
Running Focus: Power
Running Backs: Running
Backfield Focus: Committee
Tight End Focus: Mixed

DEFENSE
Attitude: Aggressive
Focus: Pass
Primary Coverage: Coach’s choice
D-Line Focus: Coach’s choice
Linebacker Focus: Run Coach’s choice
Player Radio: Larry Stevens
Match CBs to WRs?: Coach’s choice


Playing Time: Mostly Starters




PLAY CALLING GM Chooses who calls plays, and assigns desired percentages if not left up to play calling coach


OFFENSE RUN/PASS RATIO 60:40

Play Caller: Offensive Coordinator
1st and 10: Coach’s decision
1st and Short: Coach’s decision
1st and Long: Coach’s decision
2nd and Short: Coach’s decision
2nd and Long: Coach’s decision
3rd and Short: Coach’s decision
3rd and Long: Coach’s decision
4th and Short: Coach’s decision
4th and Long: Coach’s decision
Goal Line: Coach’s decision
Last 2 Mins (Ahead): Coach’s decision
Last 2 Mins (Behind): Coach’s decision

DEFENSE BLITZ RATIO Coach’s decision

Play Caller: Head Coach
1st and Short: Coach’s decision
1st and Long: Coach’s decision
2nd and Short: Coach’s decision
2nd and Long: Coach’s decision
3rd and Short: Coach’s decision
3rd and Long: Coach’s decision
4th and Short: Coach’s decision
4th and Long: Coach’s decision
Goal Line: Coach’s decision
Last 2 Mins (Ahead): Coach’s decision
Last 2 Mins (Behind): Coach’s decision



PR CAMPAIGNS 

(Urban Hemsworth) (From Outback to Quaterback) ($0.5m)
A feature length documentary, co-produced by Netflix, covering the story of how Urban Hemsworth made his way from being a regional film star in Australia to the starting QB of the DC Cobras. It will include interviews with him and people who know/worked with him; home video footage from him playing football at home as a kid; clips from his films; behind the scenes footage from practice in Richmond and at DC when he was finally called up and from the games he started last season.

(John Young) (RESPECT) ($0.5m)
A campaign to be fronted by John Young within the DC area combating domestic violence and other forms of domestic abuse. John will give talks at local schools and community centres and will also work with local women’s shelters to highlight the stories of survivors of domestic abuse.

(Sean Johnson) (The Big Johnson) ($0.5m)
All previous Taco based concession stands in the stadium will be replaced with Johnson’s Footlong stands which will specialise in hotdogs and burgers. The signature hotdog will be the footlong Big Johnson which will come with a special sauce and all the trimmings.

(Anthony McLaughlin, Steven Wright and Christopher Johnson) (Home Sweet Home) ($1.5m)
In recognition of the fact that all 3 players had been brought back to DC under the GM Dazz administration the trio will release a cover of Motley Crew’s “Home Sweet Home” complete with music video and behind the scenes making of documentary for Amazon Prime.


MUSICAL LICENSES

1. “Fanfare for the Common Man”, Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Just before the players come out


2. “1999” Prince (LINK TO YOUTUBE optional)
At the end of the game when the team wins


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Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« Reply #2252 on: September 01, 2019, 02:40:00 PM »






While the majority of public opinion is still very poor towards John Young, our PR was well received.  Here is our teamsheet for the S12 season.
 

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« Reply #2253 on: September 04, 2019, 05:26:03 AM »
SEASON 12 - TRAINING CAMP

1. Use three words to classify how your off-season went and explain.

Carefully planned and executed. I realise that's 4 words but nobody counts 'and' do they? I think the words explain themselves. Our off-season started when Coach Farmer left in the middle of the season. At that point I sat with my team to decide what we wanted the DC Cobras to look like going forward. The "bend but don't break" defence was breaking too often and I felt the team needed more experience to help lead the young lads that make up most of the roster. With those things in mind I went out and hired a head coach with a more proactive approach to defence and whose vision matches my own. We then together worked out what the roster needed and I went out and signed those players.

2. Coming out of training camp, where do you rank your team in the division, in the conference, and in the league?

I had a good laugh when I read the media rankings. You lot have made motivation easier for the opening games. I pinned those rankings to the wall of our locker room. This isn't some computer game where you add up the star ratings of players to judge how a team ranks. Those stats ignore how well the roster suits the coaches and system. They also ignore important factors such as team cohesion and familiarity. I'm happy to have my team underrated if it means we can spring a surprise on a few GMs though.

3. Do you have any position battles planned for the preseason?  Which jobs are up for grabs and what do you hope to gain from the preseason games?

Preseason is a chance for lads to make a claim for a starting spot so I expect to see position battles all over the field. Specifically I'm looking at WR and CB though. John's suspension opens a space for someone to make their own and the new look CB corps means there are starting positions to be decided there. People write these games of but they could be the most important games in a few careers.

4. List one victory and one failure for you personally this off-season as the GM

You can only judge victory or failure during the offseason once the actual season has ended. While signing key targets feels like a victory now, it is dependent on their performance week in week out. Again, my biggest failure of the offseason only remains a failure if lessons aren't learned and redemption isn't achieved out there on the field as well as at home. I won't speak about individuals before you ask.
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Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« Reply #2254 on: September 05, 2019, 02:19:25 PM »
"Spectators at training camp have had great reviews of Urban Hemsworth this off-season, Combining that news with the strength of your offensive line with the addition of Daniel Ford, do you believe your pass game will be significantly improved over last season's 206 yards per game?"

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« Reply #2255 on: September 07, 2019, 04:58:26 AM »
We're very happy with the way Urban has been developing and if he continues on this path he's going to become an elite QB. He's not the finished article yet though and we need to remember this is his first full season in the league. I'm not going to put extra pressure on the lad by setting some arbitrary yardage target though. I do think our pass game will improve significantly but I'm more focused on completion rates, TDs and interceptions. Large yardage figures probably show that our defence isn't as effective as we're hoping and that we're chasing games instead of dominating. I am very confident going into the season and I think people have underestimated our team and the Impact Daniel Ford will have.
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Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« Reply #2256 on: September 07, 2019, 11:55:21 AM »
 





Alright Alright! We're ready for our first full-season!

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« Reply #2257 on: September 08, 2019, 04:46:09 AM »
It's a big season for all of us. The pressure is on to get results this season but I finally feel like we have the system and roster I want so I'm excited. I've tried to go out and get the type of players you want so I'm hoping you're happy with the recruitment this offseason. The defence almost picks itself but we've made big changes to our CBs so that's an area I'll be watching carefully. I know we haven't got the star names there but we had 2 big name CBs last season and they didn't do enough really. We know what Camacho and Blais give us but what did you make of the others during camp?
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Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« Reply #2258 on: September 13, 2019, 08:52:17 PM »
 





I think Johnson is our top corner right now, and I think by the end of the season Tols will be in the running for our 2nd or 3rd best. Mills and Reynolds both have good work ethics, so I think we're going to develop a strong group of corners.

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« Reply #2259 on: September 14, 2019, 06:35:35 PM »
That's very encouraging to hear. CB was a big priority for me so I'm glad you like the tools we have there. I don't think there's a huge amount else to discuss until we see the lads out on the field. Could you ask Coach Prince to come up and see me when you head down to practice? Thanks.
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Coach, those media rankings are a joke. I'm looking forward to seeing your offence make a few journalists look stupid this year. The area I think we're going to have a position battle in preseason is obviously going to be WR. With Young suspended I'm not sure who we use as WR2 and in the slot. What are your thoughts on the WRs we have?
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« Reply #2260 on: September 14, 2019, 07:53:52 PM »
 





Well I think Pike and Elrod are the top candidates to battle for WR2/3 honors right now, but Roman and Stanton are both a strong pre-season away from earning a spot over one of the others.  They're all young so I think these two games should be the biggest factor in who we go with week 1.

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« Reply #2261 on: September 15, 2019, 07:50:36 AM »
How do we set this up so we can judge that then? Starting 2 in the first game and then the other 2 in the second doesn't tell us much if the opponents are very different. Are we better off spreading them through the formations or setting the team up to mixed rotation?
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« Reply #2262 on: September 15, 2019, 02:09:26 PM »
 





Hmm, honestly that just a GM decision.  Whichever you prefer.

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« Reply #2263 on: September 15, 2019, 04:20:19 PM »
Fair enough. I'll let you get back to work. Thank you, Coach.

Game 1:
Rotation: mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 60:40
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: John Young sits out. Myers is WR1 is all formations. Phillip Johnson CB1 in all formations. Offensive and defensive depth chart changes as below:
In i-form - Pike WR2 with Elrod as backup
In spread - Pike WR2, Elrod WR3, Roman WR4
Pro set - Roman WR2, Stanton as backup
Shotgun - Roman WR2, Stanton WR3
2 TE - Elrod WR2, Roman backup

4-3 - Camacho CB2
3-4 - Camacho CB2
3-3-5 - Camacho CB2, Tols CB3
Nickel - Camacho CB2, Blais CB3
Dime - Camacho CB2, Tols CB3, Mills CB4

Game 2
As above except for the following depth chart changes
In i-form - Roman WR2 with Stanton as backup
In spread - Roman WR2, Stanton WR3, Elrod WR4
Pro set - Pike WR2, Elrod as backup
Shotgun - Pike WR2, Elrod WR3
2 TE - Stanton WR2, Pike backup

4-3 - Tols CB2
3-4 - Blais CB2
3-3-5 - Tols CB2, Mills CB3
Nickel -  Tols CB2, Reynolds CB3
Dime - Tols CB2, Mills CB3, Reynolds CB4

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« Reply #2264 on: September 21, 2019, 04:05:23 PM »
SEASON 12 - PRE-SEASON

1. Who stood out to you from your two preseason games and did anyone fail to impress you?

You should know by now that I don't single out individuals. So instead of answering that I'll answer the question you should have asked. What impressed me out there in preseason is that we were able to keep two highly rated offences to under 15 points in each game, we forced turnovers in both games and we were able to get our run game going like we did in my first season in charge here in DC. If we can do those things consistently through the season we'll be in a very good position. What failed to impress me was the number of turnovers we gave up over both games and the penalties. We need to work on correcting both of those areas. These are mistakes on our part that need to be cut out as soon as the first ball is kicked on week 1.

2. We saw a lot of big plays in the pre-season, do you think this is a case of starters playing against back ups, early-season rust, or do you predict a season of explosive plays?

I think it's symptomatic of the bloated rosters in the league now. A lot of teams already treated 5 or 6 players as being there to make up numbers when we had a 40 man limit so you can add another 13 players to that for a lot of teams. The result has been to see elite players hoarded by teams willing to spend their cap on 20-25 players and then the league minimum on what's left. What we're going to see is some teams with ridiculously strong starting lineups but with a poor standard of backup so they'll make big plays when at full fitness but as soon as the injuries start to build up there's going to be a big drop off in standard. So expect a lot of inconsistency and a lot of big plays this season. I personally think the more successful teams will be the ones who used the extra roster spots and cap to build deeper squads and that's what we've tried to do here.

3. Did anyone earn or lose a starting job in pre-season?  If so who and why?

I don't think you can judge too much from these pre-season games but with a new CB corps and a the suspension to John Young we had a couple of positions open for the taking. A lot of the lads impressed me so it's going to take a conversation with the coaches to make those decisions. Blais and Tols have made my decision at CB very difficult, which is a good problem to have, while Pike has made a very good case for being started opposite Myers come week one.

4. Has your opinion changed of your team after pre-season?  Care to make a final prediction on your teams regular season record?

Not really. It's always difficult to tell where you really sit during preseason and it's mostly about fitness and getting the players familiar with the systems again. I think I've seen what I was hoping to see from the team and I'm just as confident now as I was when you last asked me.

5. Discuss your week one opponent, and what you need to see from your team to insure a win.

Portland are another team that you lot in the media have been sleeping on in the post season. They have a lot of talent on their team and a GM who has shown a lot of promise since joining the league. I like how they've built the team there and I think this is going to be a break out season for that franchise. With them playing the same teams we did in preseason we've been able to get a good look at how they compare and they really are very different to us. We need to make sure we keep their WRs quiet and we're going to have to find a way past their o-line, which has looked immense against Lincoln and Miami. Getting pressure on whichever QB they use is going to be vitally important, but even if we do that we're going to have to contain their impressive RB duo of Estates and Chandler. It's a pain to plan for. Offensively, we need to make sure we establish the run early and put pressure on them from the start so that we can draw their defensive backs in and give our WRs space to do their thing. If we get behind and are forced to chase the game we could be in for a long day so it's important we sprint right out of the gates. I am confident we can get a result but we're going to have to work for it this week. The home support is going to be huge for us and we'll be aiming to send them all home with smiles on their faces.
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Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« Reply #2265 on: September 21, 2019, 09:19:05 PM »





So just to highlight those turnovers.  We had a Thor and Johnson fumble in the first game, and then Stanton lost one in the second game. 

As for the penalties in the second game, chalk the false starts up to the Pride's home fans being really loud, we had a few late offsides and a pass interference kind of piled on late in the 4th quarter.

I gave the game ball in the second game to Lucas Johnson.  His blocked punt set up a touchdown, and that was obviously huge.


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« Reply #2266 on: September 22, 2019, 03:25:37 PM »
The fumbles concern me but I'm hoping those will be cut out once competitive football begins. They just give me flashbacks to 2 seasons ago when fumbles cost us an overtime victory over Bama. Fumbles just feel like either careless or lazy play and that irritates me. I'll not get too angry about it in preseason though.

I agree with you giving the game ball to Johnson. I love to see that sort of commitment and it shows me that he's pushing for a spot in our starting lineup. Unfortunately for him it looks like Stevens, Wright and Zepeda have been excellent in these two games. I'm really excited about the three of them this season. The secondary looked very impressive against Lincoln as well. I thought we'd be talking about Camacho or Tols as number 2 CB but Blais getting 11 tackles and 5 PDs in those two games caught my eye. I'm leaning towards starting P Johnson and Blais as 1 and 2 and Tols as our nickel back. I'm hoping being dropped out of the starting lineup will encourage Camacho to try and impress you in practice. Is there any reason in your mind for us not to line up like that in game 1?
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« Reply #2267 on: September 22, 2019, 03:38:26 PM »
 





I think that's the right call dude, I like it.

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« Reply #2268 on: September 22, 2019, 03:57:41 PM »
Looking at this week's opener, I'm somewhat baffled by Portland. I watched the video of their games against Miami and Lincoln and, despite having Estates and Chandler, they didn't seem to be able to get the run going. To me that would suggest issues on their o-line. Do you think that's a fair assessment of those two games?
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« Reply #2269 on: September 22, 2019, 04:14:34 PM »
 





I hesitate to say that just because on paper they have a monster-cast of linemen who any team would be happy to have.  ..but results are different than measurables right?

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« Reply #2270 on: September 22, 2019, 05:30:55 PM »
I don't place that much reliance on the ratings. I've seen plenty of 5* guys struggle to get going and loads of 2* and 3* players play way above expectations. It's what you do any given Sunday that defines you as a player and when it comes to the lines those ratings can't tell  you anything about chemistry. That said, let's not underestimate anyone and we'll assume they were playing at less than 100% intensity in preseason.

One last thing before I call Coach Prince in to see me. I know you like to rotate lads on the line and show offences different looks but I didn't see Kawann Douglas appear in the box scores. I brought him in for his ability to penetrate o-lines and to help keep Johnson and McLaughlin fresh during games. Is there something you don't like about him, did he just not contribute or was it simply that we need to look at adjusting some formations to include him in the rotation? I suppose I have a similar query about Moanaroa as well. I know the Peacocks can flag towards the end of games so I was hoping he'd be able to take some of the load off of them.
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« Reply #2271 on: September 22, 2019, 07:29:59 PM »
 





It was just us playing our base defense all pre-season and not doing much else. I'll fix it going forward.

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« Reply #2272 on: September 23, 2019, 10:07:07 AM »
That's what I thought but I just wanted to check I'd not missed something. Thank you Coach.
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Lolly, I hope you're looking forward to another exciting season. I'm hoping it won't be the last we work together. Could you call Coach Prince up to see me please?
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Coach, I want to apologise for screwing up the preseason. I meant for us to look at our WRs but set the team up to run like we normally will be. I should have increased the pass to 60-65% so we could actually learn something. I should apologise to Roman and Stanton for not giving them the opportunity to impress. As things are, though, it has to be Pike as WR2 and Elrod in the slot. Sound right to you?
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« Reply #2273 on: September 23, 2019, 11:29:23 AM »
 





Hey don't beat yourself up. The team is in good harmony right now, so no need to apologize to them.  I agree with Pike and Elrod right now, I think that's the best set we can go with unless one of them falters.

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« Reply #2274 on: September 23, 2019, 01:17:21 PM »
You raise a good point there. What is the view of the players on the John Young situation?
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« Reply #2275 on: September 23, 2019, 01:32:48 PM »





The guys feel let down that he got himself into this situation, but they're ready to welcome him back with open arms.

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« Reply #2276 on: September 23, 2019, 02:59:39 PM »
Pretty much the way I feel about it to be honest. Thanks for your input, Coach. I'll send down the game sheet shortly.

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RCB2- Allan Tols

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« Reply #2277 on: September 23, 2019, 05:16:57 PM »
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« Reply #2278 on: September 28, 2019, 01:55:25 PM »

SEASON 12 - WEEK 1

1. Discuss your first game of the season. The good, the bad, the ugly.

It's good to have competitive football back again and it's even better when you can start off with a win. We didn't start off as quickly as I wanted us to and we had our defence to thank for keeping things close in the first quarter. The game could easily have got away from us but the lads played with real heart and determination. Wright's interception on his return to the team was particularly important and allowed us to keep in touch at half time. Against Portland that was always going to be important because they are such a good team. I thought our offence played much better in the second half and Thor, as we've come to call Hemsworth, rallied the lads to fight back. Again we ultimately had our defence to thank for our win but I was much more encouraged by that second half performance. We need to do better at converting 3rd downs but our discipline was pleasing and made a big difference. i have to give a lot of credit to Portland. They came here and played a great game. They'll do good things in their conference this year.

2. Talk about the news surrounding your team this week.

What else is left to say about Omer Sasser. There is nobody I'd rather rely on from 50 yards out and the game on the line. He is a legend in this city and surely a first ballot hall of famer once he retires. Hopefully there are a few years and a few more rings before then though.

3. Was there a pleasant or unpleasant surprise that you didn't expect from your team in the individual performance category?

You know I don't single out individuals so why even ask? Next time I hear this question I might actually walk out so don't say you've not been warned.

4. Talk about your week 2 opponent and what you need to do to win this week.

People seem to have forgotten that the year before I took over Pearl Harbor and made them the best team in the West they were possibly the worst team in the league. The man who created that mess I inherited is the one they've brought back to rebuild after the GM Eli years. It's utter madness that Franchise is back as GM for that organisation but it just shows how little Mr Profits values the history there. I see GM Franchise has begun the rebuild by still using the key players; lads like Cotter, McReynolds, Hardaway and Zeke, that I brought to Cleveland. I'd advise him to keep to that plan. That offence has barely changed from the one I built so I know them well. They're capable of blowing teams away but if you get to Caleb early and often they can implode just as easily. That suits our defensive style perfectly. They key to winning will be to stifle Elliott and then force Smoak to rush his passes.
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« Reply #2279 on: September 28, 2019, 04:13:46 PM »
 





I know this game means a lot to you, so lets win the damn thing.

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« Reply #2280 on: September 29, 2019, 02:50:59 PM »
Absolutely. This isn't on the target list for Mr Kiss but, after the lack of respect I get after everything I did for that franchise, it's up near the top of my list of goals.

 I loved what I saw from the defence in week 1. I hope that's simply a sign of what's to come. Smoak isn't a particularly mobile QB so we should be able to convert a few more sacks this week. If we can knock him down 3 or 4 times in the first half we'll be in a great place to win. I think our system is set up well to do that. The question I have for you is about Blitzer's defence. I never fully understood it when I was there but I knew it worked. Where do you see the flaws?
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« Reply #2281 on: September 29, 2019, 03:11:25 PM »
 





There aren't many flaws, he's one of the best in the business at dialing up the defense man.. His blitzes are smart, and he mixes them well, the biggest thing is the QB has to make the right decision to step up and throw, or to throw it away.  You can't think long, because before you know it someones coming in to hit you in the face.

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« Reply #2282 on: September 29, 2019, 04:45:15 PM »
So if you're Blitzer and you've sent Cotter and friends on a blitz what's the nightmare play from the offence? A draw maybe? QB run? Screen? This is probably more useful for my McFadden game but I thought it might be worth asking before I speak to Coach Prince.
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« Reply #2283 on: September 29, 2019, 05:35:39 PM »
 





If the offense picks up the blitz, then a QB can sometimes get yardage up the gut, but obviously a lot factors into that.. Screen passes are strong against a blitzing team, and also quick slants and the like, but they do have solid corners as well, so they're hard to scheme against.

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« Reply #2284 on: September 30, 2019, 03:49:07 AM »
Thanks Coach. I know the audibles I'll be calling in future at least. I'm sure Coach Prince knows how to scheme for blitzing teams already. Could you send him up when you get back down to practice please?
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« Reply #2285 on: September 30, 2019, 02:09:17 PM »





We know he is athletic enough to give it a shot. I wouldn't be opposed to sprinkling in a few per game.

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« Reply #2286 on: September 30, 2019, 02:59:18 PM »
Excellent, I'll leave that in your hands then. I think this week will be a good one to try it out. hopefully it will get some blitzing defenders chasing their tails.
I thought we were ok this week but there were too many 3 and outs. Was that just a case of too many 3rd and longs?
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« Reply #2287 on: September 30, 2019, 04:39:01 PM »
 





That and a good defensive scheme from Portland.  We did mix it up more than usual which I think will be good, but our offense is predicated on getting a gain on first down.

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« Reply #2288 on: September 30, 2019, 05:27:07 PM »
We'll see how this goes for a few weeks then and reassess. Thank you Coach.
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Mr Hemsworth, I won't keep you long. I know things didn't quite start how we wanted in that game but you rallied the lads well and led them to an important victory. I was pleased with the end result but I know we can do better. We're going to ask something slightly different of you this week. We all know you have an arm like mjolnir and can see the field like Heimdall but it's your athleticism and strength that we're looking to utilise more. With that in mind we're going to be asking you to run the ball a few times yourself rather than handing it off all the time. I have no doubt you'll be able thrive in the new role and I'll leave Coach Prince to run you through the new plays. Sound good to you?
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« Reply #2289 on: September 30, 2019, 05:56:39 PM »
 





Of course! I'll be happy to use my legs to propel the team to a further advantage.

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« Reply #2290 on: September 30, 2019, 06:03:56 PM »
Excellent, I can't wait to see it. You have the attributes and the attitude to be a fan favourite around here. This one is personal for me so go out there and give Cleveland hell for me.
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« Reply #2291 on: October 02, 2019, 05:56:10 PM »
SEASON 12 - WEEK 2

1. Talk about your teams performance this week, where do you need to improve most?

For me this is a loss that's going to stick in my throat for a while but that's because of the personal importance i put on this fixture. The performance had a lot of positive elements to it and I actually thought we were, overall, the better team. We completely stifled the run game of Ezekiel Elliott and I know better than most just how talented he is. We frustrated Caleb Smoak for large periods, got to him 4 times and pressured him into giving up 2 interceptions to Moya. He, by the way, deserves huge praise for the job he did this week. The secondary have been getting a lot of PDs lately and have scored touchdowns in both games so far which is great for such an inexperienced unit. There is a lot of raw talent in that group that will develop quickly with experience. I am sure they will have learned from the 4 moments that cost us this week as well. We play a very aggressive style which can leave our defensive backs one on one with the best WRs in football and we're asking them to keep them in check. Unfortunately this week a combination of Caleb Smoak, who I still rate as the best QB in the league, and Henry Golden, McReynolds and Henry resulted in 4 TDs and 222 yards in just 4 passes. That was almost half of their entire offence and more yards than we were able to gain through the air in 19 passes. Don't get me wrong, I thought Hemsworth played well and I know he's on his way to games like that himself but Caleb is a special player and one Urban would do well to emulate.

2. Talk about the ATL/BAMA brawl, what do you think of the incident, the build up, the referees involvement, and the fallout.

What an absolute disgrace that was. It's been coming and you'd have to be completely ignorant of the HIFL not to know that matchup was going to be brutal from the start. I don't think the referees were strong enough, particularly when it was clear that Atlanta were targeting Ortega. I think the GMs involved stoked the flames by the way they've spoken in the press and within our own circles. The Coaches weren't strong enough to keep their players in check. The owners of both of those organisations will, if I know them as well as I think, be hugely embarrassed and furious with what they've seen and they must be asking questions about the direction their teams are going in. We're all going to be very damning of the incident but stories of people switching off because of it? Come on, people watch for big hits so I'm not so sure the fans will be as outraged by an old fashioned bench clearing as us GMs and you in the press are.

3. Talk about Marcus Mariota's situation, what is your take?

GM T-Bone was playing with fire when he started poaching players from the XFL so it was inevitable that they would hit back. Nobody comes out of that situation looking good at all but he did bring the problem on himself. That said, I'm pretty disappointed with the lack of class Jay C and Mariota have shown after only recently signing a fully guaranteed deal with the organisation. It doesn't surprise me after the way GMs have played fast and loose with these sorts of contracts in the past though. It's just a very disappointing situation no matter which angle you look at it from.

4. Talk about your week 3 opponent and what you need to do to win this week.

We really could have done without St Paul embarrassing Milwaukee on their Top Gun Night last week. 2 years ago the Barons were a bit of a joke but it's incredibly impressive how GM Strike has built the franchise since then. They've always had an explosive offence but he's balanced that out with a talented defence and they really are one of the contenders in the division... as we learned at home last season. We're probably going in as underdogs for a lot of people this week, particularly with them wanting to fight back after their disappointment, but I think people have been consistently underestimating us and I'll be happy for them to continue to do that. The keys to the game are to take the lessons from last week. Marshall is another QB who can hurt you deep if you let him so we're going to have to try and knock him off his rhythm, get him rushing his passes and we also need to keep an eye out for him going for a run. We need to be better on coverage to take away his options too but I'm sure that's an area the coaches will be focused on. Other than those things though, if we perform like we did last week we'll be in a good place to come away with a win. We'd better. I hate losing and losing 2 games in a row even more. 
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« Reply #2292 on: October 04, 2019, 02:24:38 PM »
 





That was a shitty end to a good game for us.  I hate seeing a pick-six go to waste, and I definitely hate losing in Overtime without a chance to even touch the football.

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« Reply #2293 on: October 04, 2019, 04:14:11 PM »
I really don't like that about OT in our league. At the next GM meeting I'll be putting forward a change to those rules. This is a harsh lesson about playing to the final whistle though and one the lads are going to have to learn really bloody quickly. We really should be able to close out a game from that position. What's killed us is just 4 passes. What happened in those? Were we missing our coverage or were they just that good?
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« Reply #2294 on: October 04, 2019, 04:29:00 PM »
 





The McReynold's play was just an amazing display of running after the catch, the made moves to make guys take some bad angles and he worked down the field after an amazing catch in tight coverage..

Golden's catches were all just gambles that paid off for them.  We sent the blitz, they had a deep pass called and Golden's speed gave him the edge to blow by the corner who was trying to jam him, and then Moya wasn't able to make the plays that he did at other times, he tried to help with the coverage, but Golden took it to the house...  When we play lightning fast guys, as much as I hate it, I might need to cut back some of the blitzing on 3rd down.

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« Reply #2295 on: October 04, 2019, 04:49:11 PM »
I've always championed McReynolds as one of the greats. Ungrateful of him to prove it against us. Sounds like there wasn't much we could do about those so we'll not dwell on it. I think you're right to make those adjustments, much as it pains both of us. We're looking at another QB who can throw those deep TDs this week but Milwaukee have absolutely no run game at all. How do you scheme against such a one dimensional offence?
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« Reply #2296 on: October 05, 2019, 10:48:03 AM »
 





In reality, we're going to play the pass throughout the game, blitz them when we normally wouldn't because its a "run down" and then if that leaves them in long distance to go, we'll play more coverage and force Marshall to prove he can throw it into tight spaces and not just hit guys streaking down the field.

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« Reply #2297 on: October 05, 2019, 12:58:39 PM »
That sounds very good to me. I don't see much need to discuss anything else at this point and I need to be in London tomorrow so I'll leave you to get the team prepped. Let's get out there and put the disappointment of last week behind us.

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« Reply #2298 on: October 12, 2019, 07:58:25 AM »
SEASON 12 - WEEK 3

1. What was your biggest takeaway from your team this weekend?

The biggest takeaway from this week is that we're finding any number of ways to make things harder for ourselves. We have great fight in this organisation and the players won't accept defeat lying down but they'd find winning much easier if they didn't shoot themselves in the foot first. We didn't turn up until the final drive of the first half and that's not acceptable. We found ourselves down 21-0 at one point in the first half, and that's not good enough. We kept giving up sacks for big losses and penalties that are momentum killers, and that's not good enough. I know we won in overtime but I'm not GM Franchise so I won't come in here claiming we were dominant and celebrate a poor performance. You know you're having a bad game when even the punter can't kick the ball as far as the first down marker. Don't get me wrong, we were excellent in the second half but what annoys me is that we had to be just to get back into the game. We're better than that and it's about time the players showed it. That said, Milwaukee deserve a lot of credit for how well they exploited our mistakes in that first half. If they can put together a performance like that across all 4 quarters they are going to be a scary team to play against.

2. Discuss the XFL's potential move to Sundays, do you feel they are a legitimate threat to the HIFL?  Why or why not?  Do you feel that the recent news stories surrounding GM Lucas in Atlanta, and other the rest of you GM's and your declining approval rating with the HIFLPA and its players is worrisome, and how do you fix the collective GM's image around the football world?

This question is all over the place but I will try to answer each part. The XFL moving to Sunday is probably a mistake for them. So far the fans have been able to watch both leagues and it was the NCAA that the XFL was competing with and hurting. Trying to go toe to toe with the HIFL forces the fans to choose between the leagues and we've got the better players, the history and the drama that the fans value.
I don't understand this question about GM Lucas. As it turns out he was the victim of a conspiracy between a HC who wanted him out and a player who was willing to take a bounty to injure a fellow professional. In this whole sorry affair it was the GMs who paid team money to bring in legal counsel to reduce the player suspensions. I don't remember even seeing a statement from the HIFLPA supporting their members. They certainly didn't help The Cotter after his suspension and I never heard from them once this offseason with regards to John Young. The HIFLPA only gets involved when it suits them and their agenda but it's the GMs and agents who look after the players when they need it most.

3. Where do you rank yourself in the league when it comes to your job as a GM, both in the win/loss department and the player relations department.  What could you do better?
 
I was awarded GM of the year in my first season and have only missed the playoffs once in my career so far. I need to do a better job once we get to the playoffs to rate myself up with the best but I've got to be top 10, surely. Just ask the fans in Pearl Harbor and Cleveland what they think of the job I did. I need another year or so here before I'd encourage you to ask the DC fans but I believe I have their trust. When it comes to the players, they know that I'll look after them when they make a mistake and do all I can to help them succeed but that we have very high expectations of them. It doesn't matter who you are or what you've done in the past, if you're not playing to the standard we expect then you won't be playing here. I think the players respect that. We're in this game to win and the group of players I've put together share that drive.

4. Talk about this weeks match up, and also one other game that catches your eye.

This week we travel to Canada to play a team that is hungry to make their mark on the league. They took a bit of a beating last week but if you look at the way they managed to score on a very talented defence then you have to respect that offence. Our defence is going to have to keep up the aggression and keep making plays to restrict them but the key to this will be on offence. We need our lads to come out fast and to play with the intensity they show in second halves from the start of the game. We can't be fighting back from 21 points down again.
The other game I'm looking at this week is Rapid City at St Paul. The reason is simply that we play St Paul next week so I'll be scouting them like any responsible manager would.
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« Reply #2299 on: October 14, 2019, 08:57:01 AM »
 





I am just at a loss as to why we can't get out of the blocks faster.