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2 days ago
tsstamper
Just watched the NFL.com video with Kurt Warner who discussed the 2004 transition from him to Eli Manning with him playing well and the team competing toward playoff contention. Of the various things I've read/seen so far about the switch, I think that's the one I find most helpful. He's such an upstanding professional - like Fitz. Eli was clearly the future - like Tua. My hope (and, honestly
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4 days ago
tsstamper
Love that we took care of business and were able to do so without playing anywhere near our best. Some things I particularly liked: - the fact that our 2 backup TE scored TDs...spreading the scoring opps around so that teams can't almost naturally assume that if they defend Gesicki, Parker and the QB sneak they'll be keying on the right players. - a well-run screen pass to Gaskins. Th
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11 days ago
tsstamper
What a win! Before the SEA game, I told my son I thought it would be 30-24 Hawks, and it ended up 31-23. This week, we were in agreement with most that the Phins were more likely to lose than win in a close one, though I did say "it's one of those games on the schedule that we might steal". Definitely didn't think we'd watch the utter domination we did. Obviously it helps that SF
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14 days ago
tsstamper
I agree that Boyer & Kuntz need to stop the bleeding. In listening to comments by players & coaches this week, there seems to be agreement that communication - specifically post lining up but pre-snap - needs to improve. I'd prefer that this be the big problem rather than things like: lack of talent, scheme that just doesn't work, lack of player development over time, effort/buy-in. Co
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17 days ago
tsstamper
Although I've felt that our coaching staff does a really good job of developing players and putting them in position to succeed, with Iggy, I've been surprised that they didn't keep him in the slot (where he lined up in the abbreviated training camp) and put someone like Needham on the boundary. I get that Iggy is far more talented than Needham, but this early in his career, there's much more th
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17 days ago
tsstamper
It's hard to think that this wasn't directed at what I posted a bit earlier, but I remain exactly where I was before: I'm fully engaged in our 2020 season...rooting for the Phins and whoever's playing the Texans
Forum: Miami Dolphins Civilized Discussion
17 days ago
tsstamper
Wow - Texans fire their coach/gm. I had actually considered him a pretty good coach which was why I didn't think, with relative health of key players, HOU would be picking in the top 5 even with their personnel moves. It's possible this sparks a rally for the rest of their season...or possible things go really south.
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19 days ago
tsstamper
Made too many mistakes and not enough plays...but the reffing wasn't fair today. Tough to overcome a more talented team, your own mistakes AND the zebras.
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19 days ago
tsstamper
Though I'm not predicting a win, it's a winnable game for us. A strong running game and a couple of turnovers will probably be necessary to limit their offense's opportunities.
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22 days ago
tsstamper
I think that's pretty close to where I am. I like seeing what looks like improvement, but recognize it's against talent inferior to that of NE & BUF. I will be surprised if we beat SEA, but expect that nearly all of our games this year should be relatively competitive. Being outscored by a cumulative 102-10 in back-to-back weeks should be something that only happens once in the history of
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24 days ago
tsstamper
I'm fully engaged in our 2020 season...rooting for the Phins and whoevers playing the Texans
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28 days ago
tsstamper
Showing my ignorance and hoping to learn - why were we able to run so effectively early on, and then it became much more difficult? I'm guessing it was some sort of defensive adjustment that we didn't match with an adjustment to how we were blocking, but that's only a guess.
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4 weeks ago
tsstamper
I think, as you laid out, that confidence has different facets. Confidence in your own ability...confidence in your teammates' abilities...confidence in coaching, whether scheme or playcall. Pre-injury, Jones had allowed a passer rating of about 72. Howard has not remotely resembled a shut-down corner yet, and I have to assume a good portion of that is confidence in himself coming out of i
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4 weeks ago
tsstamper
Colonel - I was thinking the same thing re: the mental side and being a step or 2 off. Kept telling my son as we were watching together "they're just not in sync...they're off". To me, this is a coaching issue. Obviously, things were exacerbated by Jones' injury, as they picked on Noah with Diggs all game long. But, more generally, they didn't have answers for what the announcers
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5 weeks ago
tsstamper
Leading up to the game, I was thinking that NE would use the ground game as their primary weapon against us...I just didn't think we'd be that bad at defending it. It will be interesting to see what kinds of adjustments are made because BUF is similarly set up with an athletic QB who's a dangerous runner, too. Their OL probably isn't quite as good as NE's, but their receivers are better. I w
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5 weeks ago
tsstamper
Thank you for your service, Colonel.
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6 weeks ago
tsstamper
I hadn't thought of the release/re-sign scenario. In my mind, I've always thought that Fitz & Tua are similar in a lot of ways. Obviously, the thought is that Tua has some potentially elite traits that Fitz doesn't (e.g. accuracy) and youth. Rosen, on the other hand, clearly has a talented arm (best of the 3, supposedly) but really doesn't seem to share any other traits like awareness, q
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2 months ago
tsstamper
I can see a possibility that Flores - even now - might look back on the Minkah deal and think "I may have been able to handle that better where we get to keep a talented player and have him fully bought in", which is gold - young, talented and fully bought in. Not knowing all the ins & outs, obviously, there's also a good possibility that he's perfectly content with the outcome kno
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2 months ago
tsstamper
Interesting article on the news feed that quotes Minkah at length about the incident(s) that led to his trade along with some analysis that debunks part of what he says and also references how he said the polar opposite about the same basic situation ("I'll do anything..play any position" ) in PIT. That's hypocritical of him and reveals a pretty significant character flaw.
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2 months ago
tsstamper
In general, I agree with the Caldwell's perspective - but I think context plays a huge part, and he alludes pretty directly to that. In terms of the context related to Tunsil, I think there's: - "the Patriot way" of allocating relatively less $$ to the OL as opposed to what was probably general knowledge that Tunsil would reset the market (which he did by $4 mill/yr) - the haul &
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2 months ago
tsstamper
I am not against paying a superstar QB, in a general sense, precisely because the past 20 SB's have been overwhelmingly won by superstar QBs. The trick is - how much do you pay a superstar QB and still have sufficient cap resources to build the rest of the team around him. In the past 20 years, the average winning QB of the Super Bowl consumed 6.6% of his team's cap space in the year they won
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2 months ago
tsstamper
I would be absolutely thrilled if we won a SB with Tua on his rookie contract and had to face the difficult decision of whether and how to keep him beyond the rookie contract. My best guess is that the Mahomes contract will stand for a relatively long time as unique because: - I think he's unquestionably the single best QB in the league for now...no one is really all that close - the effec
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2 months ago
tsstamper
It seems that the negotiated salary cap "floor" for 2021 will be $175 million. While I don't know what that means in terms of what the actual cap will be I would suspect it won't increase, as was previously supposed, to about $210 million. If true, it looks like we have: - about $165 million committed in 2021 to the top 51 player salaries for that year - about $18.7 million in u
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3 months ago
tsstamper
I don't think I'd be heartbroken if he doesn't play at all this year, as that approach certainly seems to have worked for Mahomes recently. I think I inadvertently strayed from my main point of definitely not wanting him to play in 2020 behind an awful OL. Much like I was leading up to the draft with him (not that my opinion matters to anyone official) I'm very open to seeing how things play
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3 months ago
tsstamper
OL is really the #1 thing I'm hoping proves out over the first 1/2 of the season. As bad as it was last year, I'm hoping that it could be graded as top 20 by the mid-point and top half by the end of the year. Truthfully, I think we have the talent (much of it raw) for it to be top 10 by the end of the year...but I don't hold out a lot of hope that in this very different year we'll see the talen
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3 months ago
tsstamper
My question is whether this represents the new norm for QBs who are generally regarded as elite, or if this is a reflection of Mahomes being THE elite QB of this time with no one else even having valid claim to be in the same stratosphere. The Chiefs have allocated about 25% of the current cap to Mahomes with the very real possibility of the cap going down next year. I can't remember where I
Forum: Miami Dolphins Civilized Discussion
4 months ago
tsstamper
May God rest his soul.
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4 months ago
tsstamper
For all of my "performance meets economics" theorizing, I really just hope it's the 2nd coming of Madison, Surtain & crew.
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4 months ago
tsstamper
I've always thought that the pass rush/pass defense were symbiotically related and traditionally the notion has been that pass defenders benefit more from a good pass rush than vice versa. I think that Pats (at least over the past few seasons) have used coverage to benefit their pass rush more (i.e. somewhat flipped the script). I really think they squeezed more juice from their pass rush than
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4 months ago
tsstamper
Overthecap is one of the sites I think provides good information and analysis. They've evolved beyond reporting purely financial/contract information to linking it with performance which I've found helpful. At any rate, a last Fall, they had a piece on how the CB pay scale had essentially stagnated relative to the growth in the cap overall. This month they had an article regarding whether te
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