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Re: TEAM: MILWAUKEE BARONS
« Reply #200 on: March 28, 2018, 07:35:48 PM »
They're the first, but they're probably not going to be the last by any means.

If anything, knowing GM Kirk and his crew, they're approaching this one carefully. How are we looking for a breakdown on how Jersey's defense stacks up and where it'd be best to attack them?

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« Reply #201 on: March 28, 2018, 11:02:53 PM »




They are giving up about 120 per game in rushing and 287 in passing. 

(OOC: ranking #'s are not available due to other games being simmed already)
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« Reply #202 on: March 29, 2018, 03:42:47 AM »
Well, either way...we're gonna have our hands full. I know the buses are nearly here and I don't have much else this week, Coach. Good luck to you guys.

As per usual, coaches' decisions on all aspects of strategies and formations.

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« Reply #203 on: April 11, 2018, 09:39:51 PM »
1. Talk us through this weeks game. What went wrong?  What went right?

We moved the ball accordingly on offense and we kept the pace for three quarters, not letting things slip out of hand...that's one of the things we can say we did but as for what went wrong, it's more so the fact that we definitely gave up a lot on the ground and having two crucial turnovers throughout the game didn't help matters either. But this was a much closer game than what it looks on paper and I'm sure GM Kirk knows it as much...even through all his Twitter shade.

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

The fact that St. Paul's offense is flaccid and their entire team has mostly acted like...well, I'm trying to think of a compensation joke that hasn't already been done yet, but nothing comes to mind. Next question, please.

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?

I feel that as an expansion team, we'd like to have had another win or so under our belts but as of now, this is where we currently stand and a record we have to improve on. I do fully give credit to our defensive efforts against St. Paul for helping us get that first win on the board and am fully confident that as our offense finds its groove that we're going to be able to take a few more W's before the season is done.

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 believe our biggest challenge is our defense against the run. It's been shown as much on the stat sheet and I'm sure our coaching staff and our players aren't happy it is the way it is either but hey, work in progress. I have felt that our red zone possessions have improved little by little with each game and am glad to see our guys being able to put in work in that area. Just gotta keep grinding, cliche as it sounds.

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

Playing in the toughest division in football alone is enough preparation as it is, but we've got Cleveland this week...a solid team with great players, excellent coaching and one of the most obnoxious owners in the entire league. Needless to say, we've got our work cut out for us but we are at home and I believe we have it in us to come out, play as hard as we can on all ends of the spectrum and succeed against a tough division foe. Anything can happen in the HIFL.

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« Reply #204 on: April 12, 2018, 12:54:16 PM »




With Smoak out with injury I really like our chances against Cleveland, as long as we can hinder Zeke as much as possible.
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« Reply #205 on: April 12, 2018, 04:47:01 PM »
Timing is everything but yes, we definitely have to worry on the Zeke front. Given that we have had our struggles on the ground over this first quarter of football played, would you think some extra time for our defense dedicated to position training with a focus on stopping the run would be helpful or is it one of those cases where Iím reading too much into it?

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« Reply #206 on: April 14, 2018, 08:39:59 PM »
 




We can definitely work that if you'd like, but it's one of those things we aren't going to vastly improve with a week of practice.
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« Reply #207 on: April 15, 2018, 02:35:44 PM »
I wouldn't expect overnight results by any means, but something that can be worked on a steady basis might do the trick. I know the guys already work hard enough as is on defense, but would you say an extra hour of position training added to duties would work without overworking them?

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« Reply #208 on: April 18, 2018, 02:20:02 PM »
 




Yeah, one extra hour a week won't kill them.
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« Reply #209 on: April 22, 2018, 02:11:29 PM »
Alright then, Coach. I'll make my rounds talking with some of the guys over the next couple of weeks but in the meantime, I'll let you all get back to work.

As per usual, coaches' decision on strategies/formations for the game...

And of course, this bit is to apply to all of our players on defense:

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« Reply #210 on: May 20, 2018, 04:39:55 PM »
1. Talk us through this weeks game. What went wrong?  What went right?

Well, what was a close game during the first half ended up going out of control as Cleveland did the smart thing by running the ball and letting Elliott grind it out alongside making the stops they needed to make. That said, I'm pleased that we only kept things to one turnover only rather than multiple ones and we have to continue to keep the ball secure to give ourselves a shot at competing during games but we're going to take this whooping we took and just move forward. We've got some kinks to figure out on both sides of the ball and having gotten through some very tough conference games, we hope to take the good and the bad from them, learn and take them into the next couple of weeks to make some wins happen. Credit is very much due to Coach Jason Blitzer for dealing with his starting QB being injured and doing the work he's done to keep Cleveland a contender, even without a GM helping them out and with an ownership team that's the equivalent of one of the worst things to ever happen to this league.

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

We've got Portland, who's another expansion team and who's tasted big time victory with their upset over the defending champions. They're well-rounded on all ends and that makes it tough to specify one particular thing to prepare against them but what I know we can do is just continue to prepare ourselves...to keep studying tape, to be sharp in practices and for this team to just keep playing more and more alongside one another, getting used to the guys next to them and to continue growing through whatever pains we experience throughout this season. Nobody likes losing and we definitely aim for victory this week and any week we go out into the field, but we also know we've got work to do on all ends in order to be a successful team for years to come.

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« Reply #211 on: May 28, 2018, 10:08:33 AM »
 




That Cleveland offensive line is no joke, the way they opened holes all day long made life hard.
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« Reply #212 on: May 28, 2018, 05:23:37 PM »
It's a versatile offense. Kudos to them, we'll be more prepared for it on round 2 when we see them again in a few weeks.

Portland on deck, however...and well, they have one more win than us as of right now. Not for long, if we can help it.

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« Reply #213 on: May 30, 2018, 09:31:50 AM »
 




If we can manage even a bit of consistency on defense, I think we'll pose a challenge for them.
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« Reply #214 on: May 30, 2018, 07:41:08 PM »
Agreed. Although itís only been the early portion of the season, mood in the locker room good or any concerns that come to mind? I know I havenít exactly visited with people much this season, but also figure the boys focusing on football was a bit more important than just calling up guys left and right for minor check-ins.

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« Reply #215 on: June 02, 2018, 11:19:11 AM »




Overall everyone is hanging in there just fine.  We knew as an expansion team we would have our fair share of losing efforts, we just have to keep focused on learning from them.
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« Reply #216 on: June 02, 2018, 11:38:32 AM »
Agreed. The more we learn, the better we will get. Just let them know Iíll be calling up a few of them to check in next week in this case, Coach. Till then, no changes to what we set-up last week with the extra hour of training continuing for the defense.

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« Reply #217 on: June 12, 2018, 01:55:22 AM »
1. Talk us through this weeks game. What went wrong?  What went right?

We got 'em. Portland made it tough on us, but we got things moving on offense and got our second victory of the season - something that goes well when heading into a bye week with the college showcase coming up. Happy with the way we moved the ball through the air and the ground, happy that our defense kept their heads on a swivel and kept Portland from scoring albeit we can still use some more improvements on our run defense and really, as an expansion franchise, you're learning from everything the league can throw at you...but I'm happy for the guys to get another W under them and experience the joy of winning.

2. Talk about this weeks league news, what stood out most to you?

Well, the situation in Tulsa immediately comes to mind but a part of me can't help but wonder about whether Aaron Kitchen is letting the chip on his shoulder get in the way of his throwing accuracy. It's good that a young man like him is upset he wasn't taken higher and is using the motivation to propel himself - and hopefully for him, the rest of his team - to the next level...but there are times where letting your temper get the best of you isn't going to do anything but make you enemies in this league. Trust me, I know that one firsthand.

3. What do you make of the news of the newest GM's to join the league? What advice would you give them?

I'm happy to see some new blood come together. GM Eli being a Cleveland aficionado and bringing that passion to that Mustangs team might very well make him better equipped to be the face of that franchise compared to the egomaniac that writes his checks and GM Bennett strikes me as a guy with a good head on his shoulders that knows what challenges are ahead of him. As for any advice? Look, I'm not a winning GM at this particular moment nor a guy with championship rings but I'd just honestly say taking it one week at a time, not letting emotions sway them and if they can keep their noses clean, that'll mean longevity and that's a big thing here in the HIFL.

4. With the draft class being announced later this week, do you plan to target personalities, skill sets, or position groups at the college showcase?

We're definitely going to be looking at a good amount of defensive positions to look towards strengthening that side of the ball come next season. It's something many - ourselves included - believe that we direly need in the future and along with that, I am going to be looking at guys who have a bit of a competitive streak in them as well. With the growth of this franchise, we are going to be expected to compete down the line and I do want men who have that hunger in them to continue to strive for better with each week to accentuate the talent and competitive spirit we've got in our own roster here now.

5. What do you hope to gain most this week during the bye week, for yourself but also for your team?

More knowledge for the future that awaits us, some well-deserved rest after a very tough first six weeks of football and a means to look at what we've done during that time and how to improve that going forward. We've come in as a franchise by making a lot of noise and with a lot of energy, we look forward to delivering more of that and making Barons football that hot ticket that everyone wants to see with their own two eyes.

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« Reply #218 on: June 12, 2018, 12:20:48 PM »
"Rumor has it that LaVar Jackson is going to attend the rookie showcase in hopes of encouraging you to add more "Big Ballers" to your club, what are your thoughts?"
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« Reply #219 on: June 12, 2018, 08:04:21 PM »
LaVar is getting his feet in the agent game, so that much doesn't surprise me one bit. Given how well Steven's been playing for us here and the potential he has, I'd say it's worth taking a look at all options that come our way.

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« Reply #220 on: June 13, 2018, 11:52:25 AM »




Nice to get a win out there this week.
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« Reply #221 on: June 13, 2018, 10:12:27 PM »
Absolutely. Good work out there altogether, Coach. I've already sent the assignments for the showcase to the scouting team, so I'm looking forward to see what comes out of it. That said, six weeks into the season, what are the things you've been seeing out there that you've liked or anything that you noticed we perhaps should be doing a bit more of on the offense's side of the ball?

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« Reply #222 on: June 14, 2018, 12:15:20 PM »




I am wondering if we should slightly increase our run game to help open up the pass game more, and also possibly reducing Walker's snaps in the slot to give our receivers more opportunities as well.  Walker has a lot of catches, but also a lot of drops.
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« Reply #223 on: June 15, 2018, 12:39:08 AM »
That's definitely an idea and I'd be OK with it being implemented. What ratio are we currently running on run/pass as of right now and what rate would you like to see us try our next game to get a feel for it?

As on Walker, I think it's fine to reduce those snaps from the slot for him. He'll grow with time but I've noticed his amount of drops as well and his hands aren't there just yet for that much. Who do you see out of our receivers as a better choice for the slot? Or do we do it by some sort of committee option?

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« Reply #224 on: June 20, 2018, 09:45:35 AM »




Right now here are our ratios.
1st and 10 - 40% pass
1st and Short - 35% pass
1st and Long - 70% pass
2nd and Short - 45% pass
2nd and Long - 80% pass
3rd and Short - 55% pass
3rd and Long - 99% pass
4th and short - 50% pass
4th and long - 99% pass
Goal Line - 50/50
Leading w/ 2 mins - 50/50
Trailing w/ 2 mins - 99% pass

I Think we'll look at spiking an extra 15% run into most situations... and as far as the slot goes, I think Bello deserves first crack at the job since Isaacs is still out.
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« Reply #225 on: June 23, 2018, 01:17:54 PM »
The 15% run spike is good with me, Coach. And yeah, giving Bello the shot at the slot while Isaacs is still healing up also works. Please feel free to use those changes accordingly through practices and onto our gameplan going forward, then let's see where it goes. I figure it might be the time to talk with some of the guys again here so they don't feel I'm ghosting them or something, Coach. Anything else on your mind before I let you get back to practice, Coach?

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« Reply #226 on: Today at 11:13:16 AM »
 




I'm good.. Going to go check out what all the fuss on Bleacher Report is about, apparently Twitter is "on fire" right now?  ...Anyways make sure you note those changes when you lock in.  Thanks boss.
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