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Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
« Reply #2250 on: March 23, 2018, 03:54:09 PM »
Perhaps Coach Barbour could lend some insight into what could help. I will speak to him later.

Letís talk Jose Pruitt.

He doesnít seem to be hitting as many targets and I was wondering if you had an idea why? Is it the line, the receivers or something off with Jose? I know drops hurt us against Seattle, just trying to get an idea because if he connects on a few more, games could be vastly different.

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« Reply #2251 on: March 23, 2018, 08:26:21 PM »





Jose is one of the most accurate passers in the league, so I really think the lack of production is stemming from the 11 drops we've had through three games. i don't know if its throwing off his confidence in them, or what the main problem is but I don't have any doubt in Jose Pruitt's abilities on the field.
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« Reply #2252 on: March 23, 2018, 08:51:49 PM »
That had been my thought too. The line seems to be doing a good job at giving him time.

Is there any way we can fix our drop problems? Or is that just something we have to love with going forward?

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« Reply #2253 on: March 23, 2018, 10:56:36 PM »





Well if we love hard enough, anything is possible?
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« Reply #2254 on: March 24, 2018, 08:01:55 AM »
Fair point. I meant live. Is this just something we will have to live with this season? Would extra training help their hands?

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« Reply #2255 on: March 24, 2018, 08:53:08 AM »
 





It might help a little, but hands are a big trait, it takes some time to really improve them over the off-season.
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« Reply #2256 on: March 24, 2018, 09:02:29 AM »
Then perhaps itís best not to push them for minimal gains.

Basically coach, Iím just looking at ways to how we can get back on the winning track. I know some of it is just time to click, but I like to see whatís possible.

Now looking ahead to Lincoln...how do we match up against them? Whatís the best way to attack them?

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« Reply #2257 on: March 24, 2018, 09:05:40 AM »





Defensively they are giving up tons of points, 35 per game to be exact and that is with their defense giving up a lot of yards on the ground, and middle of the pack numbers vs the pass (20th and 12th).  We match up well there with our 9th ranked run game and 14th ranked pass attack.  Meanwhile on the flip side, they average the 2nd most points per game at just a shade under 35, and are 6th in rushing and total yards, 16th in passing.   Defensively we are giving up 27PPG, are 23rd in yards allowed, 17th vs the run and 21st vs the pass.
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« Reply #2258 on: March 24, 2018, 09:32:22 AM »
So what Iím thinking is we increase our run game to take advantage of that 20th ranked run defense and hopefully can chip away through the air as well. The key will be stopping them as well. Plus if we run it more we can hopefully limit the difference in possession.

We had it at a 55/45 run/pass split in week one. Do you think that is a good number or would something like 60/40 be a bit better?

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« Reply #2259 on: March 24, 2018, 10:15:59 AM »
 





I think we go 60/40.
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« Reply #2260 on: March 24, 2018, 10:34:51 AM »
Then that is what we will go with.

I donít think thereís anything else that was pressing for me. Iím going to speak to the other coaches. For now I will let you get back to practice.

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Alright coach, obviously we donít have the same run defense we used to and opponents are taking advantage of that. What I want to ask you, is with our current personnel is there anything we can do to lessen the blow? We will be slotting Kennedy in for Pierce, but outside of that is there any other changes or just kind of hope we can limit it as is going forward?

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« Reply #2261 on: March 24, 2018, 06:30:52 PM »
 





The only thing I can really suggest is to shuffle the linebackers around?  Maybe move Nakamura and Webb outside and Bailey/Crane inside and see if that changes anything.
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« Reply #2262 on: March 24, 2018, 08:22:27 PM »
Would it make much of a difference? I mean, I understand the purpose but would it do more harm then good to warrant taking a flier on?

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« Reply #2263 on: March 25, 2018, 09:49:43 AM »





I don't know, that's why I said "maybe"  and "see if that changes anything."

It's a tweak without making a scheme change, so we can try it and see, or hope that what we are doing now clicks eventually and works.
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« Reply #2264 on: March 25, 2018, 02:43:18 PM »
Well perhaps it might be worth a try. I have a few things in discussion to try and help us but if nothing works out perhaps we make a switch and see if that helps.

Beyond that is there any other issues with the defense you see?

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« Reply #2265 on: March 25, 2018, 07:48:00 PM »





We have a clear drop off from Luis Brown to James Richmond, but that is also because Luis was a great player in our history.. Nothing else comes to mind overall.
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« Reply #2266 on: March 25, 2018, 08:59:59 PM »
That is true. Iím hoping Richmond gets more comfortable and shows his talent out there. Heís got the ability to do great things.

Thanks for your insight coach I will let you get back to practice.

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Coach, as Iím sure youíve been told we are going to run the ball more this week in hopes to exploit their defense. But I wanted to check with you and see how you felt about the offense overall.

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« Reply #2267 on: March 25, 2018, 09:47:11 PM »





I think its showing that we are missing Matthew Grover, but overall we've still got a great group of players, we just need to find our footing.
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« Reply #2268 on: March 26, 2018, 12:50:07 PM »
I can agree with you there Coach.

With Dickey likely out, obviously we are going to be running out Brown and Stands. Hopefully we can get Asheworth a little more involved so we donít have to rely on just those two for our catches.

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« Reply #2269 on: March 26, 2018, 12:51:48 PM »





Definitely.  Jose looks his way quite a bit, so I expect him to try to rise to the occasion and have a big game.
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« Reply #2270 on: March 26, 2018, 03:10:51 PM »
Excellent.

Will we need to change who our primary receiver is for this game? I mean, it will likely be Brown but I didnít know if we had to note it in the final information or not.

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« Reply #2271 on: March 26, 2018, 08:03:10 PM »
 





If we don't officially change it in the lock in, we just don't have a "primary" target.
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« Reply #2272 on: March 27, 2018, 12:27:43 PM »
Alright thanks for that coach. I will let you get back to practice.

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Quick question Coach. As of now, with Kennedy sliding into the DE2 spot, do you feel we will be fine not signing someone for depth?

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« Reply #2273 on: March 27, 2018, 01:57:30 PM »
 





The only concern is another DL injury leaves us really in a bind, but it's just a risk we either take or don't.  Talent-wise, I think it's fine.
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« Reply #2274 on: March 27, 2018, 07:39:27 PM »
Iím going to roll the dice and take the risk. Might not be wise, but our budget doesnít really give us the room right now, without cutting people. If itís not dire, we will take the chance.

If you could take this with you on the way back to practice, we will gear up for the game ahead.

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Tempo: Very Fast
Rotation: Mostly Starters
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60% Run/40% Pass
Primary Receiver: Ralph Brown
Morris Kennedy to DE2

Everything else coaches decision.

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« Reply #2275 on: April 03, 2018, 09:40:25 PM »
1. Talk us through this weeks game. What went wrong?  What went right?

That was a close one. It was a great game, and even though we got off to a slow start, we picked it up as the game went along, we kept the pressure on and thanks to Hernandezís 51 yard field goal, we forced overtime and won it. The team showed a lot of heart coming back like that and never giving up.

Jose Pruitt put the offence on his back and led the team down the field, hitting receiver after receiver, handing the ball off...he was managing the clock well and kept us in that game to the bitter end. With Dickey out, Brown, Pond and Stands stepped up and made life tough on Lincolnís defence. Our own defence did their part to make this game close. They did their best to hold the Pride down after they got ahead early, and Joseph Uptons defensive touch down really gave us a shot. This was a prime example of a lot of things going right, an example of a team win.

The downside was we lost a few more players to injury which is never good. But other then that and our slow start, I think we really kept the heat on Lincoln the whole game.

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

I would have to say Portland. Sure we are all tied record wise, but for them to have beat us and Kansas...well theyíve shown that they are more then the bottom feeding expansion team a lot of critics pegged them as.

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?

2-2, and everyoneís tied. Itís almost like we are back to week one in a way. I feel that this team has the talent to be 4-0, and if our game against Portland bounces differently we would be 3-1. I know we have the ability to go on a tear and become that top team that I know we can be. Obviously, a lot of where we are now goes to Pruitt, especially after last week. Without him putting the team on his arm, we could be sitting 1-3. But instead we are tied with everyone in the division, and are in a good position to go on a run.

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

Health, injuries and stopping the run.

We have lost a lot of players to injury so far which has taken some of the wind out of our sails. But we have powered through which is a testament to this team. Everyone is fighting hard to win. Most improved? Iíd say Morris Kennedy. To start he was on the bench, but since heís gotten the time in the starting line up, I think heís showed he is a good asset for our defensive line.

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

We take on St. Louis. The toughest thing to prepare for is that defense or theirs. They have some great talent there and itís going to be a battle to score on them. But I think this team has shown that they donít back down from a challenge which is what this will be. And if we can keep their offence off the board then we have a good chance to win.

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« Reply #2276 on: April 09, 2018, 10:44:49 PM »





Is there a team in New Orleans putting a hex on us, because we are losing players at a voodoo-ish pace.
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« Reply #2277 on: April 10, 2018, 06:17:24 AM »
Tell me about it coach. Itís crazy how we are losing guys each week. Itís hard to build consistency when someone new is leaving the lineup each week. The only bonus is we get Dickey and Berry back this week so thatís at least a plus. We are going to have to sign a Linebacker, but with Berry back it gives us some flexibility to do so. Hopefully we get some of the others back soon.

Looking ahead to St. Louis, theyíve got a tough defence, but Iím hopeful that our offense can get the better of them throughout the game. Do you have a preferred run/pass split this week?



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« Reply #2278 on: April 12, 2018, 11:31:36 AM »





They are #1 vs the pass, only giving up 161 yards a game which is insane.. Meanwhile they give up 169 on the ground.  We might be best suited to attack them on the ground slightly more than normal.
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« Reply #2279 on: April 12, 2018, 12:28:17 PM »
I thought they were giving up less on the ground. Well then we should definitely attack them more there. You said more then normal...I was thinking maybe going as high as 70/30 for the split, up from the 60/40 we had against Lincoln.

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« Reply #2280 on: April 12, 2018, 01:08:39 PM »





If that is where you want to go, we'll roll it out.
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« Reply #2281 on: April 12, 2018, 03:33:23 PM »
Alright. It will be one of those two for sure, we are definitely going to set up to run more this week.

How do we match up against them defensively? I know we havenít been great but are we going to have trouble containing them, especially with our injuries.

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« Reply #2282 on: April 14, 2018, 08:22:32 PM »
 





They are #7 in rushing and we are 17th against the run, that's the toughest part.  They are 20th in passing and we are 23rd against the pass right now, and overall they are 14th in scoring and we are 13th in points against. 
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« Reply #2283 on: April 14, 2018, 10:17:59 PM »
So we have to do our best to contain that run. But I like our odds against their pass so maybe we can force them into some bad throws.

Thatís all I had to ask, coach. For now I will let you get to practice.

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Coach, the more weeks go by, the more injuries pile up. With Berry back, Iím going to try and move Allen down to the minors and sign a LB. Iíve got a guy in mind since I doubt we have a suitable fill in in our minors.

Beyond that, how does the team look depth wise? Last week we discussed not signing a depth defensive lineman, so just wanted to check that we were still good to roll with what we have, or if you think we would benefit having someone there to back up Gaskins and Kennedy?

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« Reply #2284 on: April 15, 2018, 11:15:16 AM »





Depth is always nice, but it's not something we /have/ to have if we need to strengthen other areas.
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« Reply #2285 on: April 15, 2018, 11:33:47 AM »
Good, good. Iím hopeful we can get through one more week and then we will be better off in that department.

We gave up three large touch down passes against Lincoln. Were they due to our corners and defensive backs being out played? Or just a breakdown somewhere?

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« Reply #2286 on: April 18, 2018, 02:19:20 PM »
 





  I would lean more to breakdowns in coverage vs. being straight up out played.
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« Reply #2287 on: April 19, 2018, 07:32:43 PM »
Well, I guess that's the better way for it to unfold.

Alright, that's all I had for you know, coach. I will let you get back to practice.

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Ashley, can you get me in touch with Amber Molina please?

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Amber, how are you doing? I wanted to talk to you about your client Russell Allen. Due to our rash of injuries, we are in need of some cap space so that we can sign a player, and I was wondering if your client would be open to the idea of going down to our minor league affiliate? I am hopeful that we are going to be able to bring him back up soon, and that he won't spend the rest of the year down there.

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« Reply #2288 on: April 20, 2018, 10:49:19 AM »






We've already had to move him to safety, he is not interested in moving to the minor league.
   
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« Reply #2289 on: April 20, 2018, 12:49:07 PM »
That is understandable, we have asked a lot of Russell. I will see what else I can possibly do, however if there are no alternatives, we are likely going to have to release Russell. That will be a last resort, however, I just wanted to keep you aware.

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« Reply #2290 on: April 23, 2018, 09:32:31 PM »
 





Its a business, I'm sure you will figure something out.
   
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« Reply #2291 on: April 24, 2018, 12:01:42 AM »
Thatís the goal. I will let you know. Thanks for speaking with me.

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Mr. Curran, I know you are working on a report of the entire minor league system, but I was hoping you might be able to give me a sneak peak. Specifically when it comes to Herman Schiller and Jack Rosenberg. How has their development progressed? Do either look like they could contribute to the big league team this season?

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Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
« Reply #2292 on: April 25, 2018, 04:13:15 PM »





  Both are coming along nicely, but neither is better than the guys they'd be trying to replace on the roster right now.  They would be great injury replacements if it came to it at corner or backer, but neither seems ready to make a leap into a full time starter job.
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Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
« Reply #2293 on: April 26, 2018, 09:26:27 PM »
Excellent. Thank you for that insight, Mr. Curran. Definitely gives us perspective going forward.

I wonít keep you much longer, and will let you get back to your report. Looking forward to reading it.

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Ashley, i believe LB Greg Adams is still a free agent. If that is true, could you get me in touch with his agent Eli Harris?

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Eli, good to speak to you. I wanted to talk about signing Greg Adams. How would a 1 year deal worth $250K sound?

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Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
« Reply #2294 on: May 01, 2018, 01:32:58 PM »
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Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
« Reply #2295 on: May 07, 2018, 06:43:48 AM »
Pleasure doing business.

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Ashley, could you get the coaches for me?

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Alright coaches, we are ready for the week. Tough test but I know we are ready to pull out the win and climb back on top of the division. We have some injuries we have to work through but I think we will be able to weather the storm of them. Now letís go out there and tame the stallions.

Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:

65% Run/35% Pass
Primary Receiver: Clint Dickey

Greg Adams to fill in for Hiro Nakamura
Sebastian Berry back to active line up

Everything else is Coaches decision

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Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
« Reply #2296 on: May 19, 2018, 11:34:22 PM »
S10 WEEK 5

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

What a close game. That one came down to the wire. St. Louis has a good defense and it showed, but we had the tenacity and the perseverance to stay in the game and pull out the win in the end. Our defence kept them at bay and gave us that chance, and even got things started. Greg Adams did a hell of a job, especially for a guy who was only signed this past week. The whole defence stepped up though. On offense, sure we had a scare when Pruitt was taken out as a precaution, but Harry Fletcher stepped up and helped get us in position to hit field goals, and then he hit that game winning touchdown. Credit goes to the offensive line as well for giving him the time. Everyone stepped up and got this team back on the winning track.

What went wrong? More injuries. It seems like every week we have someone going down. We should have Pierce, Pruitt and Dickey back for next week, but possibly losing Bowman for a bit hurts as well. Luckily we have depth to keep us going.

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

We head home and welcome in Cleveland. They have a good team over there, so itís going to be hard to prepare for everything they can throw at us. But I m confident that we will be able to. They have some weapons but if we can keep them honest and limit their opportunities, we will come away winners. If we limit our turnovers and penalties, and donít give Cleveland the extra chances, we will be able to keep the winning ways going.

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Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
« Reply #2297 on: May 20, 2018, 01:33:36 PM »
 





It wasn't our finest week, but we got out of there with a win, now if we can build on it by taking down Cleveland, we're still doing just fine.
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Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
« Reply #2298 on: May 20, 2018, 04:05:08 PM »
We are on the right track thatís for sure. It wasnít pretty but we got out with a win which is what we aimed to do. It might not have been so close if Pruitt hadnít of had that scare but it was good to see Fletcher step up. Heís had some big moments when heís had more then mop up duty and held his own.

We have lost more to injury though so hopefully some of our questionables are able to go. We do luck out with missing Smoak though.

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Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
« Reply #2299 on: May 28, 2018, 10:04:48 AM »
 
 





Most definitely.  Smoak and Hardaway being out is a big advantage for us.  We should be able to get some pressure on them and bottle of Elliott, hopefully.
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