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« Reply #450 on: August 05, 2018, 04:50:37 PM »
Indeed Coach, the signs were there though that we were improving, everyone kept on task and we're looking good! I feel like we are now in a position where the majority of teams in the league are going to have to adapt to beat us, which is a fantastic position to be. We clinch that division title and that position becomes even stronger.

Now with all this in mind, I have been looking at contract extensions, and I of course want to keep this coaching team in tact. I'll have to speak to everyone individually, but first I had to see what you felt at the moment? I'd prefer to get this resolved prior to any post-season action so we can focus on the task at hand.

In terms of a contract offer, you were part of the re-build here in Miami before I joined, and I feel you have been integral since I have been involved. I'd be looking to keep you here as long as I could, I'd be willing to go for a four year contract, with a $10mil salary on the table.

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« Reply #451 on: August 05, 2018, 08:38:29 PM »




I consider myself better than some of the other "great" defensive coaches in the east like Blitzer, Crowder, and definitely Farmer.. All of them are making 10.5-12MM per season, so I would expect the same. 

I'll sign for $12MM now, with the promise that when we win the impact bowl later this year, I won't be expecting to tear up the deal to re-do it to make up for the Championship on the resume.
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« Reply #452 on: August 06, 2018, 08:12:18 AM »
I can agree to that Coach, I feel you have proven yourself worthy of such a raise. I'll have the paperwork arranged shortly for a new four year extension with the pay rise coming in place this season. In regards to the game against Charlotte, tactically, do you feel we are best maintaining our man on man coverage to nullify Sullivan?

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« Reply #453 on: August 06, 2018, 02:05:13 PM »




Excellent, Happy to sign on and stay here in Miami.

...as for Sullivan and the Crowns, I do think our man coverage is the way to go, I think our defense should be able to stifle Spurgeon, or at least hold him in check to force them to throw more than they'd like.
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« Reply #454 on: August 06, 2018, 03:03:42 PM »
I'll keep that in mind, thanks Coach. Can you ask Coach Patricia to come see me please.

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Coach, we want to keep our coaching staff here in Miami to continue the progression we have made together. We have negotiated a new contract for Coach Rhodes, and we'd love to do the same with yourself. We'd be looking to offer an over 50% pay increase for a three year contract at $5MM.

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« Reply #455 on: August 06, 2018, 08:45:36 PM »
 




We can discuss it in the off-season, I'd rather focus on winning the championship right now.
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« Reply #456 on: August 07, 2018, 08:34:26 AM »
Understandable Coach, we'll talk then.

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Coach, we have been looking to handle our staff re-negotiations early, are you open to these talks now or would you prefer to wait until the off season?

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« Reply #457 on: August 08, 2018, 08:33:07 AM »




  Sure, what did you have in mind?
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« Reply #458 on: August 09, 2018, 11:58:29 AM »
2 year extension starting next year at $5MM.

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« Reply #459 on: August 10, 2018, 11:43:59 AM »




  Hmm, that is fair.  I'll agree to that deal.
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« Reply #460 on: August 10, 2018, 04:07:32 PM »
I'll get the paperwork arranged Coach, thanks,

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« Reply #461 on: August 22, 2018, 10:58:23 AM »
1. Talk us through your Week 12 Game, What did you like, what didn't you like?

I'm not someone who likes losing, but I really don't like losing like that! But we're not over-reacting, Charlotte got the win and they earned it, but look let's look at this game and take into context just what it took for them to get it. A big loss for us was the injury to Cervantes, thankfully, it wasn't anything serious, but he couldn't continue, and that us defensively without a captain and without a highly effective player for us. We had to adapt and Charlotte took advantage of our make-shift defense. It is a great example of what happens when you remove one cog from a well-oiled machine, and whilst we still performed well in certain areas, there is no doubting that this was not the defensive performance you are used to seeing out of Miami. They did a solid job stopping our run game, especially our bruiser, Haas, but ultimately, there is no stopping our run game, you figure out Haas, and Ralph is right there finding the holes we need! Unfortunately, though, Sullivan just played a fantastic game, we forced fumbles, we got sacks, we got picked him off, and he was still throwing bombs and finding his man in the most crucial moments. It was an elite performance from Sullivan, but despite that, and despite our defense not being at its strongest, it still took a 6o yard freaking field goal to win the game! That is the context I am talking about! If anyone sees this defeat and thinks we have faltered and that we're going to fall off, think again. We're at our most dangerous when you underestimate us, but we're always dangerous, one loss won't change that. We're still the best damn team in this division!

2. Talk about anything interesting you around the league...

I found the Orlando/Atlanta game very interesting. Patton and Mazza both struggled, and Orlando really seemed to coast when they have got the points they needed, it surprised me that they wouldn't push for a more comprehensive victory. Atlanta capitulating wasn't a shocker, but still, they had been finding some good form lately and you would expect better from a truly competitive team within the league.

3. Talk about your game this upcoming week, what do you need to do to win?

We play the aforementioned Atlanta, and we need to get back in the win column. We'll analyze their performance against Orlando and see what we can do to ensure that victory, but with Orlando most likely getting the win against Music City, we need to keep, we need to keep that pressure on, and as Atlanta showed this week, they capitulate under that pressure!

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« Reply #462 on: August 27, 2018, 01:25:45 PM »




A tough loss to swallow, but I am a believer in hitting the reset button and using this loss as a wake up call that we are not invincible.  We'll learn from it.
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« Reply #463 on: August 28, 2018, 05:48:03 AM »
Yeah, I don't like losing like that. I personally felt we could have managed the game a little better in the fourth quarter. I do have a few questions about the game though, obviously, Cervantes was a big miss, our pass rush still appeared effective at times but they broke through our lines a few too many times with their running game. What is our strategy when we lose someone at DE, who comes in?

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« Reply #464 on: August 28, 2018, 12:37:19 PM »
 




In the 3-4 sets, McLendon comes in, and in a 4-man front since he's already on hte field, Wallace comes on at DE
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« Reply #465 on: August 28, 2018, 01:05:37 PM »
So we were mostly utilising McLendon then, ok, good to know. Is this an area where we should have a third man who cover the defensive line roles? I'm not sure how much faith I would have in Wallace covering that role for more than the odd 4 man-front set.

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« Reply #466 on: August 28, 2018, 01:10:50 PM »
 




I am always a believer in carrying an extra defensive end for emergency purposes.
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« Reply #467 on: August 29, 2018, 08:31:56 AM »
We will look to fill that gap when we can. May have to wait for the off season. Was shoehorning McLendon and Wallace into the DE position the main contributor to our inability to stop the run? I felt we pressured Sullivan well enough, but the coverage was lacking at times. That wasnít the defence we are used to seeing though.

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« Reply #468 on: August 29, 2018, 01:16:48 PM »
 




McLendon was doing a fine job, but overall a big part of it was just the football IQ of Sullivan, he's great at finding a man when their shouldn't be one open.
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« Reply #469 on: August 30, 2018, 08:55:19 AM »
He did have a strong performance. Do we think this Mazza kid can give us the same kind of problems? I feel like we need to up the aggression on defense but with the quality of the QB's in our division I am not sure if it is a wise long-term strategy, what do you think?

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« Reply #470 on: August 31, 2018, 12:33:47 PM »
 




Mazza doesn't particularly scare me.  I think we'll fluster him just fine.
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« Reply #471 on: September 01, 2018, 03:43:23 PM »
Will just get right to it then Coach, you and the team know what you're doing. Lets get back to winning ways.

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« Reply #472 on: September 05, 2018, 02:11:20 PM »
1. Who was your star player this week? Who disappointed?

I am going to name joint star players for us this week and they are Austin Napier and Julius Irvin. Our backfield defense punished Mazza all game, Stephens amongst the strong performances but Napier stood out. I was happy for him, he gets labeled a special teams specialist, but returning an interception like he did just proves that his skillset has a place outside of special teams. It has been an area of our team that has had some criticism this season, some of it unwarranted when you look at the stats. As for Irvin, I am very proud of the quality he produced when he came on, throwing his first pro touchdown, it is a big moment for him and I hope we see many more. As for who disappointed, it is hard to pick someone out when you dominate a game like we just did, but I feel Duke, whilst he managed the game, he needs to complete a couple more of those plays. We obviously didn't throw the ball out a lot, but the completion percentage from Duke could have been better.

2. How would you evaluate your team over the last few weeks?

I think our performances have been good, I think we are one of the best teams in the league and the stats would agree. We are one of the highest scoring teams and we have conceded fewer points than every team outside of Vegas and St Paul. We have the loss to Charlotte in there, which was disappointing, but as I said last week, it takes a herculean effort to beat us this season. Orlando has the advantage on us because of their divisional record, but when you analyze the performances and the quality of play, I still put us as favorites for the division and our recent form has not dissuaded me from that.

3. With three games remaining, what is the plan to end the season on a high note?

We just keep doing what we do, we have big games ahead, Alabama and the Florida Cup are very important fixtures and are vital to our progression, we will make adjustments for each opponent, but overall, I feel they are going to need to change how they play to avoid the L.

4. What do you have to do to win the game this week?

Shut Holt up. We are dominating teams with our running game, but don't let that fool anyone into thinking we don't have a potent receiving corps. We have some raw talent captained by a talented leader, and they are more than capable of troubling any defense in the league, especially Orlando. Comments like Holts will just motivate the guys even more. I think they were lucky to beat us last time out, and the Florida Cup deserves to be and will be in Miami by the end of the season.

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Re: TEAM: MIAMI KILLER WHALES
« Reply #473 on: September 05, 2018, 02:38:26 PM »
 




Well said across the board.
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« Reply #474 on: September 07, 2018, 10:44:48 AM »
Solid win this week Coach. Nice to see Irvin get some plays this week too. I'm excited to see how he develops the longer he is with us.

Orlando up next, big game, owner & the fans want to see us take that Cup! How do you assess them as a threat, are we primarily going to be concerned with Patton and his receiving corps?

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« Reply #475 on: September 08, 2018, 11:54:13 AM »




Absolutely correct.  They live and die on the arm of their General Patton.  They are 3rd in the league in scoring, behind Alabama and ourselves.  They are #2 in passing and #23 in rushing, so if we shut down Patton, we shut down their Stampede.

We have the defensive advantage. 3rd in points allowed, and 9th vs the pass, where they are 19th in points allowed and 22nd vs the run and despite Alabama rushing for so many yards lately, we are still #1 in the league in rushing, running for over 200 yards per game. 

We have the components of a championship team, despite our last-ranked pass attack.
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« Reply #476 on: September 09, 2018, 09:30:24 AM »
Should we lower the blitz rate? I'd like us to avoid exposing our secondary like the Charlotte game.

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« Reply #477 on: September 12, 2018, 08:24:48 PM »
 




That could be a beneficial move, we have the men upfront to get pressure, hopefully, and if they do then we'll be in a great position.
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« Reply #478 on: September 14, 2018, 07:47:07 AM »
Right, how about we make the below changes:

Attitude: Balanced
D-Line Focus: Pass Rush
L-Back Focus: Coverage

Would this be too much of a fundamental change to our defensive setup?

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« Reply #479 on: September 14, 2018, 10:13:19 PM »
 




It wouldn't turn our boys on their ear, we could definitely take that approach.
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« Reply #480 on: September 15, 2018, 04:46:20 PM »
Okay, well letís make them changes this week and go get that Cup!

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« Reply #481 on: September 17, 2018, 02:47:30 PM »
1. Talk about this weeks performance from your team.

It was incredibly frustrating to watch us lose the Cup in overtime. Especially given the chances we had to win in the 4th quarter. I feel like a broken record but teams have to do something special to beat us, but for us to go to overtime three times this season and lose all three against divisional rivals is simply not acceptable. Yes, they have to play extremely well, but at the end of the day, in two of those results we have given up interceptions and fumbles, and it really starts to become an area of concern because it then becomes us giving them a win that we have done so well to avoid. Additionally, we are all more than aware that converting one third down out of ten is not acceptable and is an area we will address before the Alabama game. We still have two games to go through, and we can still catch Orlando, that is all that matters now.

2. Talk about your team's news this week.

Fans might want to point the finger at Rodriguez for missing the FG but he has been very consistent for us this season and we had other opportunities to finish off the game. Yes it is frustrating, but he will be more frustrated than anyone else, and I am sure he is eager to make amends for it.

3. Talk about at least two other news stories of interest.

Kings beating Charlotte keeps the pressure off of us a little, but at this point, I think I might have preferred it. I have to have a chat with the team, because we need to be hungry every game of the season, whether it is looking likely we are playoff bound or not, that competitive nature is a part of what should define this franchise, or at least it will once I am done with my job. I can't stress how unhappy I am that Holt is the guy that made the difference in our game. We'll shut him up next time!

4. What do you have to do to win the game this week?

Alabama up next and my old foe GM Pancho, I won't get involved in the war of words between him and GM Lucas this week, but I am glad he is back looking fired up! He looked like he had fallen out of love with the game earlier in the season. Robles seems to have gone up a gear out of nowhere this year, especially in the second half of the season, and it is going to be a tall task stopping him this week. But we'll both be battling with the running game, and the way I look at it they have two men to stop and we just have the one. I'm looking forward to the tussle, and we'll be doing everything we can to keep ourselves in the divisional title race.

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« Reply #482 on: September 17, 2018, 02:52:10 PM »
 




For us to force a fumble and prevent them from getting a touchdown to win in overtime, only to see it thrown right to Holt on the very next play, then see them score and win on the following play... that was a horrible way to lose. 
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« Reply #483 on: September 17, 2018, 03:09:48 PM »
I'll be honest, I feel like we have seen us come up short at crunch moments in big games a few too many times this season. As much as I appreciate the game management of Duke, I'm beginning to question whether he has the mental strength to cope in those moments. What happened on our third downs, what led to us coming up short so many times?

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« Reply #484 on: September 17, 2018, 03:27:48 PM »






Here is our 3rd down break down from this game

1 - 3rd and 9 becomes 3rd and 14 after a false start on Mac Richard.  Then on 3rd and 14 Duke to Randolph is incomplete.

2 - 3rd and goal at the 5 - Duke to Randolph for a touchdown.

3 - 3rd and 14 - Duke to Randolph incomplete

4 - 3rd and 1 - Duke to Williams incomplete

5 - 3rd and 7 - Duke to Long is dropped

6 - 3rd and 21 - McClure runs for 2 (moments before halftime, we worked to punt and end the half)

7 - 3rd and 13 - McClure runs for no gain.

8 - 3rd and 10 - Duke to Richard incomplete

9 - 3rd and 18 - Haas runs for 1 yard

10 - 3rd and 8 - Duke to Randolph broken up by Holt.
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« Reply #485 on: September 17, 2018, 05:09:22 PM »
A lot of incomplete passes coming at vital moments. How crazy would it be to put in Irvin against Bama? I know he has a better arm than Duke, and his run game will only add to the rest of the offence, but he is young, and largely untested, and he didn't fare too well against Alabama earlier in the season. What do you think?

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« Reply #486 on: September 17, 2018, 05:21:55 PM »




It wouldn't be unprecedented.. There was once a team in San Francisco in another league that brought in a more dynamic QB late to make a run at the championship, they fell short, but it also burnt the bridge with the other quarterback, who was more of a game manager.

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« Reply #487 on: September 17, 2018, 06:13:03 PM »
It would certainly have its risks. I may be getting caught up in the moment, and overlooking the rest of the season. We will give Duke the Alabama game, give him another opportunity to do the job for us in a big game.

How do you feel our defensive adjustments went? The injury to Carlson probably didnít help our overall game in that department.

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« Reply #488 on: September 17, 2018, 07:40:54 PM »
 




We were in it with chances to win, but Patton still did a great job moving the football against us when it mattered, so I'm not sure.  6 Sacks were nice, but they made plays when we needed to get stops, and that's a testimonial to how good Patton is.
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« Reply #489 on: September 18, 2018, 06:25:53 AM »
Defensively I think we will shift to more of a run focus but keep our backfield balanced. Do you feel our offense could do with some tweaks to freshen it up? Of course we won't change up what we are doing on the run, but can we do to play to the strengths of Duke? Is our current system asking too much of him?

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Re: TEAM: MIAMI KILLER WHALES
« Reply #490 on: September 18, 2018, 11:34:11 AM »
 




Not really, we've tweaked the offense to be more of a cautious "game manager" style offense for the quarterback, if he isn't doing well with what we have, it is more indicative of him than it is of the play calling.
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Re: TEAM: MIAMI KILLER WHALES
« Reply #491 on: September 18, 2018, 11:54:42 AM »
That is the answer I was expecting but I have to explore all options. Thanks Coach, I'll have those defensive adjustments for you shortly.

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Trevor, me and Coach Rhodes have been discussing the use potential use of Irvin toward the end of this playoff run if Duke continues to struggle in key moments. How do you feel he has developed so far this year?

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« Reply #492 on: September 18, 2018, 02:54:36 PM »
 




Duke has the experience, but Irvin definitely provides the higher ceiling.  He could add something to our offense that Duke just doesn't possess.
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« Reply #493 on: September 18, 2018, 03:49:10 PM »
Given our current offensive system is to fit the style of play that gets the best out of Duke, what adjustments do you believe would be needed to see Irvin shine? We know he has a better arm, and he is dynamic and can run the ball, attributes that perhaps won't necessarily shine within Duke's system.

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Re: TEAM: MIAMI KILLER WHALES
« Reply #494 on: September 18, 2018, 03:59:10 PM »




He isn't an Ortega, where you design a lot of runs for him, but he can escape if he has to..

As for play changing, I'd just want to add some other deep shots and more aggressive passes to the play book, nothing drastic, just some minor changes and splashes here and there.
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Re: TEAM: MIAMI KILLER WHALES
« Reply #495 on: September 19, 2018, 04:55:24 AM »
Thanks for the input Coach, I will bear it in mind for future decisions.

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Right, guys. You know I'm not the pep talk type, I respect the qualities you all bring and I don't necessarily feel you need me cheerleading you to perform better than we all know you are capable. That being said, we don't have the Florida Cup in our hands, and we aren't topping the division, and what makes that hard to swallow is that we are the best team in the division. We are better than Orlando, better than Alabama, we have proven this season that we are one of the best teams in the league. So what is happening, in those key moments, in those big games, where we can't find the pass, or we lose our man, or we can't execute the game plan like we have done so well throughout the season? We all know this team is going to get stronger and stronger, but if we are going to make the Killer Whales one of THE franchises in the league, we need to find that killer instinct. Have confidence in yourself and your team-mates, and when mistakes happen, don't back up, when a crack appears you seal it! In overtime against Orlando we did what we do on defense, we get the fumble and we get the ball, then the mistake comes, but mistakes happen all the time, and on the next play, the next damn play we lose the game. We can't let one mistake snowball us like that. Orlando didn't beat us for the Cup, we gave it to them. So I guess what I want to know, is if you guys, this talented bunch of men, young and old, whether you are winners, or when it comes to testing times, you are just happy to be playing. I'll take your answers on the field, against Alabama.

We're going to make some slight adjustments from what we did against Orlando, with Robles being their primary threat, we still want to keep that pressure on Ortega.

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