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Re: TEAM: MIAMI KILLER WHALES
« Reply #300 on: January 18, 2018, 04:27:43 PM »
My apologies Anthony, didn't mean to waste your time.

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« Reply #301 on: January 18, 2018, 05:42:55 PM »
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« Reply #302 on: January 29, 2018, 01:45:14 PM »




Hello GM Garcia,

We're sitting with a full roster, 1.75MM in salary, and 14MM in PR... We're ready to lock in if you are!
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« Reply #303 on: January 29, 2018, 06:55:30 PM »
Thanks Selina, I will have the necessary documents ready shortly.

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« Reply #304 on: February 06, 2018, 08:35:33 PM »
 




Sounds good boss, Training camp is set to start Sunday, it would be smart for us to get locked in to take advantage of the off-season programs.
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« Reply #305 on: February 07, 2018, 09:08:06 AM »

Depth Chart (from right to left)

Offense:

QB: Reginald Duke - Julius Irvin
RB: Ralph McClure - Justin Haas - Justin Hardy
FB: Sami Ozil
TE: Gene Williams - Carl Long
WR: Daniel Randolph - Mac Richard - Earl Craven - Clayton Wolfe - Floyd Glover
OG: Billy Godfrey - Harlan Slater - Christopher Fernandes
OT: Joseph Worthington - Gary Fenton - Joshua Blanco
C: Robert Woo - Christopher McCauley

Defense 3-4:

DT: Marcus Jackson - Merlin McLendon
DE: David Freese - Robert Cervantes
LB: Samuel Chow - Jared Garza - Juan Albert - Mario Vance - William Wallace
CB: Joseph Carlson - Austin Napier - Kyle Foster - Desmond Hunter
SS: Steven Pickens - Craig Watkins
FS: Scotty Stephens - Keith Marshall

Special Team:

K: Roman Rodriguez
P: Andrew Campbell

KR: Austin Napier - Ralph McClure - Mac Richard
PR: Austin Napier - Mac Richard - Justin Hardy



Strategies

Playing Time: Mostly Starters

Offense:

Attitude: Balanced
Focus: Balanced
Tempo: Slow
Passing: Medium
Pass Focus: Balanced
Primary Receiver: Daniel Randolph
Run Focus: Balanced
RB Focus: Running
Primary Running Back: Ralph McClure

TE Focus: Mixed

Defense:

Attitude: Aggressive
Focus: Balanced
Primary Coverage: Man
Defensive Line Focus: Pass Rush
Linebackers Focus: Balanced
Player Radio: Juan Albert
Match CB to WR: No

Captains:

Offense: Daniel Randolph (Alternates) Christopher Fernandes - Gene Williams
Defense: Robert Cervantes (Alternates) Juan Albert - Austin Napier

Training:

Julius Irvin - Football IQ
Billy Godfrey - Strength
Harlan Slater - Pass Blocking & Run Blocking
Kyle Foster - Tackling



PR Campaigns:

Reginald Duke ($1mm)

Tagline - “The Miami Monarch”

$500k - Royalty themed merchandise, including limited edition Jersey’s, bobbleheads & scarves.

$500k - Stadium advertising with the royal theme, utilising some of the offensive players with no assigned PR alongside him.

Julius Irvin ($500k)

Tagline - “A New Breed of Quarterback”

$500k - A short, hype advertising campaign on local networks in the build up to the new season. Campaign to highlight Irvin’s ability to both pass and run with the ball.

Joseph Worthington ($1mm)

Tagline - “Know your Worth”

$500k - Fund put toward assisting local charities in empowering impoverished areas of Miami. Worthington to be the focal point of the team’s involvement in this.

$250k - Tour bus and other Killer Whales vehicles to be bannered with the Know your Worth graphics, highlighting the player and his prominence within the franchise.

$250k - To be utilized in the STRIVR sponsorship agreement, appearing in promotional campaigns and in a demonstration seminar held at Miami’s training grounds at some point in pre-season.

David Freese ($500k)

Tagline - “The Miami Freeze”

$500k - Special edition jersey & action figure depicting Freese as a superhero - this also ties into special intro graphics for all home games.

Samuel Chow ($2mm)

Tagline - “The Killer Whale Bite”

$1MM - Large advertising campaign on local networks highlighting the PSI bite power of various animals such as crocodiles and bears, with Chow highlighted as number one.

$500k - Special edition jersey, merch and special intro graphic for home games.

$500k - Online documentary on the Miami defense, with special focus on it’s number one predator, Samuel Chow. Highlights presented within the same theme of the rest of his PR.

Jared Garza ($1mm)

Tagline - “Garza County”

$500k - Online documentary on the Miami defense, with special focus on Garza county and Jared’s rise to prominence in the league's best defence. Focus being on the section of the field he dominated, nominally known as Garza county.

$250k - Special edition Garza County merch.

$250k - Jared to be utilized in the STRIVR sponsorship agreement, appearing in promotional campaigns and in a demonstration seminar held at Miami’s training grounds at some point in pre-season.

Joseph Carlson ($1.5mm)

Tagline - “Iron Sharpens Iron”

$1MM - Large advertising campaign on local networks highlighting the teams key signing from free agency; an improvement to what was already a strong defence, show statistics and such to emphasise what he will bring to the killer whales.

$500k - To be utilised in the UNIQLO advertising campaign.

Austin Napier ($1mm)

Tagline - “Caught Napping”

$500k - Short advertising campaign on local networks highlighting Napiers return to Miami, package centered around the caught napping theme and highlighting Austin’s speed and ability in both defense and special team plays.

$500k - To be utilised in the UNIQLO advertising campaign.

Steven Pickens ($1mm)

Tagline - “Unsung”

$500k - Online documentary highlighting the Miami defense of last season, this episode focusing on an unsung hero on the team in Pickens and what he brought to the team.

$250k - To be utilized in the STRIVR sponsorship agreement, appearing in promotional campaigns and in a demonstration seminar held at Miami’s training grounds at some point in pre-season.

$250k - Specialised ‘Unsung’ merchandise.

Scotty Stephens ($3mm)

Tagline - “Free Scotty”

$1MM - Large local advertising campaign paying homage to a rising star for the franchise but also the league in the FS position. The campaign is a light hearted take on the the Free Willy movies, essentially freeing Scotty to do what he does best in defense.

$750k - To be utilised as the main main in the UNIQLO advertising campaign.
$500k - Online documentary highlighting the Miami defense of last season, this episode focuses on one of the key players in that in Stephens. Highlight package to align with theme for advertising campaign.

$500k - Specialised Free Scotty jersey, merch, and intro graphic.

$250k - To be utilized in the STRIVR sponsorship agreement, appearing in promotional campaigns and in a demonstration seminar held at Miami’s training grounds at some point in pre-season.



Music:

“Miami Nights” by Wale

To be played prior to every home game.

“Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd

Played whenever the Miami defense holds a team to three and out.


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Re: TEAM: MIAMI KILLER WHALES
« Reply #306 on: February 17, 2018, 01:05:11 PM »




Hello sir,

Attached you will find our full training camp team report. 

Locally our fan support is doing well, the one challenge is that there is a ton of "stuff" to do in Miami so unless we play well we risk losing fans easily.  Meanwhile Nationally our 8-8 season did catch the eye of some other fans and we do have a small fan base building across the country.

There is no trouble to report on, which is always a good thing.
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« Reply #307 on: February 19, 2018, 08:54:20 PM »
WELCOME TO SEASON 10!
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« Reply #308 on: February 20, 2018, 02:02:27 PM »
Thanks Selina, as helpful as ever! Can you ask Coach Rhodes to come and pay me a visit please.

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Coach, first offseason as a GM is out of the way, I took a lot of what you advised last season into consideration with the draft class and trades that were made. I prioritised a few positions, but I am happy with what we brought in, and I'm excited to see how the offense develops and whether the defense can maintain the level they reached last season. Don't think we mentioned it enough in our PR campaigns...

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« Reply #309 on: February 20, 2018, 07:59:38 PM »
 




I definitely thought we had a productive off-season.
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« Reply #310 on: February 21, 2018, 12:39:06 PM »
Indeed. How has Trevor Jose meshed with the coaching staff and players? I am hoping his experience and leadership will play a role in Irvin's development.


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« Reply #311 on: February 21, 2018, 12:50:02 PM »




He is a very eager and fast learner.  He is going to be a head coach one day, I can tell that.  He's been a great help for my staff and a great mentor in a very short period of time.
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« Reply #312 on: February 21, 2018, 01:21:33 PM »
That is great to hear, I sure we'll be a great platform for him to hone those coaching skills further. In regards to the pre-season games, are there any players with any niggling injuries that could do without playing both games? I'm keen not to make any changes, especially on offence, but whilst we can be flexible, I am open minded to it.

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« Reply #313 on: February 22, 2018, 12:23:38 PM »




Everyone is in top health right now, I think we're safe without any special treatment.
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« Reply #314 on: February 25, 2018, 10:19:52 AM »
Thanks Coach. Aside from my snafu of not fully utilising our mini camp, I feel like the players didn't fully get the most out of it despite it still being beneficial. Is there anything to learn from that on my end?

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« Reply #315 on: February 25, 2018, 10:49:16 AM »
 




I think we did very well in mini-camp actually, any progress there is a benefit as it comes on top of the normal training camp improvements.  One thing to know is the higher a players skill at one particular trait, the harder it is to improve it, also Speed is the absolute hardest thing to improve because even if it does improve its typically only a slight boost.
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« Reply #316 on: February 27, 2018, 05:05:50 AM »
Good to know, Coach. I certainly didn't feel we did poorly, just curious if we could have done more with it. I'll bear in mind what you have advised next off season. As for this one, I think we should get to the preseason games and see what this young offence can bring!

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« Reply #317 on: March 04, 2018, 12:32:12 PM »
1. Talk about your off-season, what did you like, what did you not like?

We had productive off season, where a lot of young, new faces were brought in to an offence that needed improving. We targeted this off season as the first step in defining where this franchise was heading. Of course, the defensive performance of the team last season help push us in a certain direction, but an idea on the type of players I wanted here to work with the great coaching staff we have, and I feel I got those players. There were big targets in free agency that we bypassed, our focus was always on the draft, but managing to bring in Carlson was especially important for us, and he has already begun to show why. That being said, I still have a lot to learn when it comes to working with our PR department to best showcase the talent we have.

2. How much stock do you put into your teams preseason performance?

With as many changes as we have made, there is always some anxiety toward how well the guys will gel and perform as a unit, as you are largely bring them in on an individual basis. So whilst I won't be getting overly excited at two very credible victories, I am very happy to see the performance that was put out from all facets of the team. We dominated Kansas, but they benched their MVP, it won't have done much for Aquino's confidence, but I am sure GM Bone won't be worrying too much about the result. It was a positive preseason though, that is for sure.

3. What did you gather from your preseason games?

That our defense is looking to pick up where they left off, that we have an o-line that is going to be difficult to get around, and a much broader offensive set of tools to worry the Eastern division. Everything a lot of people expected after the off season was wrapped was all but confirmed in the pre-season games, and now we just need to carry that into the more competitive games.

4. What is something you'd like to see your team improve over what they did in the preseason?

The main thing that I'd like to see us do is making smarter decisions on third down, thankfully, Roman is very consistent for us with his field goals. But I'd still like to us be a little more clinical at that stage of the game.

5. Who was your MVP of the preseason?

This is a tough one to answer because I felt guys like Duke, Mac, and our two running backs were great in both games. Pickens & Chow had some strong showings too, but I will go with the aforementioned Joseph Carlson. He has come straight into the team and brought something else to an area of our defence that needed improvement.

6. What is your season objective this year, and where do your see yourself finishing the season?

Our objective for the season is to clear that hurdle that tripped us last season, see some post-season action. But the bigger picture is always at the forefront of my mind,
 we have a lot of developing players and I want to ensure they are given the best platform to learn and grow and help lead Miami into a bright future. Oh, and getting one over on Orlando wouldn't be a bad day for the fans!

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« Reply #318 on: March 04, 2018, 01:57:14 PM »




Good to see some of our guys coming out and playing well early on.
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« Reply #319 on: March 04, 2018, 06:14:22 PM »
Indeed Coach, Haas had some impressive outings, I like the tandem we have between him and McClure. Should we adapt to more of a committee with our running game?

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« Reply #320 on: March 04, 2018, 07:58:14 PM »
 




I think it would be beneficial. If they can keep rotating in then they can just keep on pounding teams into the dirt.
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« Reply #321 on: March 07, 2018, 02:53:45 PM »
Sounds like a good plan coach, I feel this duo and the potential Julius has could give us a lot of options in our running came in the seasons to come. I am not seeing a need to make any other changes, however, I am curious to hear if you feel any differently?

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« Reply #322 on: March 07, 2018, 03:10:25 PM »




No, I feel we have a solid strategy in place as it is.  Julius definitely has a skillset that is not too common at the quarterback position, but I have to say that I am very impressed with Duke's leadership and willingness to help tutor his competition. The two have a good friendship building, which is surprising.
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« Reply #323 on: March 08, 2018, 01:49:35 PM »
That is great to here, Duke stepping up last season was part of the reason I felt Irvin would be a good option for us to bring in. Give him a couple of seasons and allow us to mould an offense around his potential skillset.

Charlotte should be a strong challenge, they have a well rounded team it seems. Anything else you'd like to discuss before I have a quick chat with the team?

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« Reply #324 on: March 08, 2018, 02:07:28 PM »




Nothing additional from me.
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« Reply #325 on: March 08, 2018, 02:28:01 PM »
Thanks Coach.

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Guys, I don't have much to say, we all know what our goals are this season and I am very confident in our ability to achieve them. To the new players on the team, I hope you are settling in well, and know my door is always open to anything you'd like to discuss, just let Selina know. Lets build on the achievements of last season and show this division that Miami is a team that is not only a challenger, but also a team that you never look forward to playing. We're going to switch to a run by committee on offense after the impressive performances of both McClure and Haas in pre-season. Good luck fellas.

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« Reply #326 on: March 11, 2018, 09:08:01 AM »
1. Talk us through this week's game. What did you like, what do you want to see improved?

It was a good, solid win. Charlotte have put together a well rounded team with a talented quarterback, and in the end we won by a comfortable margin. They were resilient though, and from that showing I think they will be a tough challenge for the rest of the division. I think we answered a couple of questions this week, one of them being how capable we are going to be in handling the talented QB's we have in our division, they're a fine crop of players but I think we showed today by only allowing one TD that we are more than capable of containing them. On the flip side, I was very happy with us not allowing a single sack in the game, and whilst our passing game wasn't as consistent as it could be, we offered multiple threats offensively that ultimately they just couldn't live with.

2. What did you make of your teams performance, despite the final outcome of the game?

I'm happy with it, defensively we were defending the pass well and pressuring Sullivan, offensively, we were making plays with both the run and the pass, and with Napier and McClure, we offer that threat on special teams. I felt this game was going to be a good test for the guys, given the squad Charlotte have built, and I very happy with how the players stood up to that test.

3. Are there any major changes you see yourself making this week?

We have no injuries, or concerns with fitness, so there will be no changes.

4. Talk about at least two news stories from this week.

I feel for Ackerman, I feel for any player who see's himself significantly injured due to the actions of another player. This game needs everyone to tow that line carefully,
 we can't lose that competitive edge that makes this sport great, but at the same time, we have to ensure these guys are protected. The fact the call was missed on the day,
 that needs to heavily investigated, it is unacceptable. Outside that story, the clash of coaches at Alabama was interesting. I don't personally see anything wrong with Coach Rudino's choice to rotate his players, it is smart, and it got into the head of the Atlanta coach, you can't let emotion drive your decision making in those moments because ultimately they punished themselves.


5. Talk to us about your match up this week.  Where do you see your opponent having an advantage? What is the key to victory?

Outside of wanting to defeat our local rivals, the games against Alabama will be the ones I look forward to most. They are a franchise with an exceptional history, have ruled the roost on this division for a while, and have a very talented team. We went 1-1 with them last season, the victory over them being one of our defining moments last season. I think it we have similar systems in place, but different strengths & weaknesses, I feel they have an o-line to exploit and if we can numb their running game we can take the W.

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« Reply #327 on: March 11, 2018, 11:11:33 AM »




I don't know how much stock we can put into it, but Alabama's offense was pretty underwhelming when the starters were in last week, if nothing else, they don't have the momentum on offense, so we might be able to send them for a loop if we get off to a good start.
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« Reply #328 on: March 12, 2018, 04:51:59 PM »
It is certainly something I feel we are capable of right now. Do you feel any changes are needed? I'm tempted to see us up our blitz and get at Ortega, but I'm cautious of making any changes that would disrupt the momentum we currently have.

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« Reply #329 on: March 12, 2018, 06:31:48 PM »
 




We could up the blitz if you want to, but it comes down to if we really want our corners going one on one with Tibbetts and Dobbins all day.
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« Reply #330 on: March 13, 2018, 05:44:51 PM »
At this point, I think we'll take it to them with our standard game and see how they handle it. We can gauge the performance here for future fixtures.

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« Reply #331 on: March 20, 2018, 04:21:57 PM »
Talk us through this week's game. What did you like, what do you want to see improved?

We dominated the game up until the fourth quarter our offense looked great, we were running the ball well and finding openings with our passing game but it all felt apart in the fourth quarter after Duke got hit. We'll have to look into what happened with Duke and his concussion, I don't know why he continued to play with the injury, it impacted the teams performance, but most importantly, it put him at further risk. That being said, I wasn't on the sidelines, I can't tell you right now exactly what went down but I'll be looking into the matter, that is for sure. In terms of improvement, I think we can do better at protecting the QB, Alabama have some dangerous players on defense, it was always going to be difficult, but giving up 5 of the 6 hits is something we can improve on for sure. Aside from that, I was happy with the performance, regardless of the result, the whole division knows what this team is capable of now.

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

Haas showed great potential in pre-season, but there you always question whether they can bring that to the competitive cauldron that is the HIFL. I think Haas has shown this and more in these first two games, and his partnership with McClure has given us one of the more formidable run combos in the league.

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

Our offense. I feel we have more weapons this season, we have plays that can change up the way we attack teams, and that makes us unpredictable. Add to that the age of many of these players and it is something that is only going to grow more potent as they develop.

Talk about your news story this week.

I don't have much to add on it, I need to speaking with the coaching staff on the matter. I don't know whose call it was, whether we had league officials OK his return or not. I don't appreciate the shade being thrown at my coaching staff from other GM's though, especially when they are in the dark on the matter as much as I am. Some of them though, they'll take the first opportunity to throw someone under the bus.

Talk about at least two other news stories this week.

The assault on David Nutt is a worrying occurrence, and something that is becoming more and more prevalent these days. I'm not sure of a solution either, just got to prepare thees young players for all the potential threats that face them now they are in the spotlight. The Brewers upset was great to see, everyone loves an underdog story but mostly, everyone just enjoys seeing Rapid City lose.

Talk to us about your match up this week, rebound from defeat.

We visit Orlando searching for a win a lot of us want. We want to be THE team in this part of the world, and to do that we have to overcome Orlando, every single time we meet them. Rivalries truly can get the best out of people, if they are up for the fight, and I can gurantee that Miami is more than up for it!

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« Reply #332 on: March 20, 2018, 04:46:40 PM »




Alright, here is how things went down on our end this week.

Second possession of the game for us, Cobbs sacks Duke, he fumbles it away..  Duke gets up just fine, no signs of a problem.

Third quarter, he takes a big shot from Sanderson, ball comes out, we lose it again.  Duke gets up and walks it off, seems fine.

Fourth quarter, The third fumble comes on another Sanderson sack, this one looked rougher, so we made sure he got checked out afterwards, but he was cleared and said he felt fine...  Next possession Wilkinson cleans his clock with a hard hit that bounced his head off the turf, he was slow to get up, docs felt like he had a concussion, we kept him out.

I think the amount of hits lead to the diagnosis, but I sure as hell would never put a concussed player back on the field mid-game.
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« Reply #333 on: March 20, 2018, 05:12:52 PM »
Thanks for the explanation coach, I never doubted that you’d put a player at risk. Let me have a chat with Duke.



Selina, can you ask Duke to come see me.



Reginald, I’ve been given a briefing of what happened at the game, but I wanted to speak to you about the matter as well. Firstly, how are you feeling?

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« Reply #334 on: March 20, 2018, 05:58:47 PM »




I've felt better, that is for sure.
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« Reply #335 on: March 21, 2018, 06:39:35 PM »
Understandable, hopefully some rest and a proper treatment plan will get you back on track. Now in regards to what was discussed with the media, at what point did you feel concussed?

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« Reply #336 on: March 21, 2018, 07:46:33 PM »




When I took the first hit of the game I was a little stunned, I thought it was just a real hard hit, but when I look back on it now, maybe it happened early?  The docs checked me out and I passed the tests, so maybe not? I don't know boss man.
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« Reply #337 on: March 22, 2018, 06:38:25 PM »
Well, it is the past now. It is a difficult thing to assess in the moment, but your safety should be paramount, never feel like you need to play on if you’re not feeling 100%. We will be cautious this week, give you the time to recover.



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Give Irvin the start this week, er with caution, and bump our run ratio to 60%.

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« Reply #338 on: March 25, 2018, 08:11:43 AM »
1. Talk us through this weeks game. What went wrong?  What went right?

I'm not going to lie, it is frustrating to lose back to back games in overtime, especially with this Florida Cup being on the line. I hope the fans aren't too disappointed, we'll get them next time! Overall, it was a decent enough performance. Defensively we were solid, again, our offensive line protected Julius well and overall I think it just came down to Patton being in very good form at the moment. When you have a player of his calibre playing at the best of his ability, its a game changer, and it proofed to be the difference between us. I felt Julius acquitted himself well given it was his first full game at this level. We need to stop losing games that we play well in though, I'm hoping it isn't becoming a trend.

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

I really don't know what to think of it at the moment, competition is always great, it might narrow the talent pool but it will push us harder to compete within those confines.

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

As an ex-kicker myself, I have a lot of respect for what Sasser has and continues to do with his career.

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

We have got the two toughest opponents in our division out of the way, and whilst we lost, we took them both to overtime. So whilst it is a trend I don't want to see continue, I feel we are still performing and now we just have to punish the guys that we come up against. Music City are next on that list, and expect us to be clinical.

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« Reply #339 on: March 25, 2018, 09:59:38 AM »
 




Two tough performances that didn't break our way, I think this week, with a more experienced Julius, or even a healthy Duke, we win this game.
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« Reply #340 on: March 25, 2018, 10:29:42 AM »
On Duke, I know you have listed him as probable to play, but with a concussion, how comfortable do you feel with him going back in? I want to ensure he is fully recovered personally, but I might be being too cautious.

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« Reply #341 on: March 25, 2018, 10:37:21 AM »
 




We will only let him play if he is concussion free at game time, so if you leave him as the starter, he'll only get the start if he is cleared by the doctors.
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« Reply #342 on: March 25, 2018, 11:31:23 AM »
Ok, we'll revert back to listing him as the starter this week. Hopefully he is cleared. I am quite confident of getting back on winning terms against Music City, with the performance of our running corps, should we make the run play percentage permanently higher? I made the change last week to better suit Irvin's abilities.

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« Reply #343 on: March 25, 2018, 07:30:23 PM »
 




  We are definitely staffed to run the ball passionately, until we have a QB who can take over a game, I think a stronger run percentage would be better.
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« Reply #344 on: March 26, 2018, 01:05:34 PM »
We upped it to 60% last week, should we up that further? I didn't see a marked difference from the performance against Alabama.

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« Reply #345 on: March 26, 2018, 01:14:06 PM »




  I'd say 65% if you want to see a major difference, After a team falls behind more than a couple of scores you almsot have to throw the ball more, because of the clock management aspect and needing to move down the field, which late in games can skew the final totals on run/pass as well.
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« Reply #346 on: March 26, 2018, 04:29:49 PM »
Ok, we'll bump it to 65% this week, and put Duke back in the QB1 spot.

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« Reply #347 on: April 07, 2018, 07:17:27 AM »
1. Talk us through this weeks game. What went wrong?  What went right?

We got back on track with a solid victory, in which we dominated the second half. Having had two back to back overtime losses, it was nice to see the lads control the game toward the end. We did make some adjustments to our game plan this week, and I felt it paid off, McClure & Haas are turning into a powerful combo for us, but with guys like Randolph and Mac, you have to be aware of the threat they cause. Duke came back strong as well, shows a lot about his character, he took a lot of big hits against Alabama, but it hasn't affected his mentality. I still we can be more efficient on third downs, but that is something we can work on in the coming fixtures.

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

I'd say Alabama, they have a star-studded squad, but man, they look pretty average. They are grinding out results, but their performance levels are not what we saw of them last year, and Orlando in particular are taking advantage of that. They aren't the unstoppable force in this division that pundits expected them to be. I'm not sure whether that comes down to coaching, the GM, or how hungry the players are, but we'll be looking to take advantage of it too.

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?

Honestly, no. I think we are the best team in the division. Whilst Irvin did a stand up job, it was his first pro-league start against Orlando, it was always going to be a tough ask, so missing Duke against them and him getting the concussion against Alabama, it affected both games and we still managed to take them to overtime. I thought that spoke volumes for the quality we have, and whilst the standings have us middle of the pack, we could very easily have been sat at the top.

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

I think making so many changes to one element of the team, our offense, was always going to be a challenge as we have a lot of developing talent who we as managers and coaches need to find the best system for, to get the best out of them but at the same time provide them with a platform to grow. I think that is something that is in progress, and will be for a while, but you saw this week the impact those adaptations can have. I think our offensive line is looking strong, the Alabama game aside, we are stopping the opposition getting to our QB on the regular, and that is significant improvement from last season. Haas has really added to that too, as well as making our running game more potent alongside McClure.

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

We have Atlanta visiting us, and we need to guard against complacency, they have proven themselves not to be the pushover people expected, so we have to prepare the guys for that and ensure that we keep on that winning track, and prove why I believe we are the best in the division.

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« Reply #348 on: April 10, 2018, 07:16:23 PM »
Good win, Coach?

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« Reply #349 on: April 12, 2018, 12:07:59 PM »




  Six sacks and a second half shutout? I'll take that 7 days a week and twice on Sundays, plus the great running from Ralph, Justin, and Sami?  It was a good week.
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