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|15 hours 11 min ago||Yeah I think he means more||
Yeah I think he means more spread personnel. Fewer FB sets, fewer TE. More WR, theoretically pulling some LBs out of the box.
I think that's more likely than actually changing his preferred blocking technique.
|15 hours 20 min ago||Because the center has a||
Because the center has a better angle at seeing the defensive front. He is in the center, and he is lined up in front of the rest, so if the defense shifts he can see it, whereas the LG wouldn't be able to see the right side of the defense clearly.
That and guards just don't usually make calls, so even an experienced guard has no advantage over a freshman center as far as experience making calls.
It can be done though, it just has its weaknesses.
|2 days 6 hours ago||The pistol changes the||
The pistol changes the quarterback's position and the mesh point of the option. That's it. It is literally designed to not have an effect on RB alignments, much less say anything at all about how many receivers or tight ends are on the field. Pistol doesn't mean much at all as far as offensive scheme. DeBord could easily run his stretch left, stretch left, stretch left action pass offense out of the pistol.
It's a red herring that feels vaguely spready to us because Kaepernick ran the ball a good amount in SF. Meanwhile, Harbaugh ran it a lot with multiple tight ends, e.g. not spread.
|2 days 6 hours ago||I would bet the other way.||
I would bet the other way. When he says he's going to run more spread, I think he means he will continue to run the same power scheme with more receivers on the field. Young OL, he might have an eyes towards helping them by removing guys from the box on occasion.
|1 week 6 hours ago||A larger party is more||
A larger party is more difficult because they all order at once. If you have 5 4-tops, you can stagger the drink orders to give you a bit of time to handle the 20 drinks. A 23-top means you have to punch in 23 drink orders at once and deliver them at roughly the same time. And then food -- everyone has to get their food at the same time. Ever been the one person in a party waiting to get your food while everyone is eating?
It's not math. It's logistics. A large party is more difficult.
|1 week 4 days ago||The line will be pretty||
The line will be pretty young, so there is a non-zero chance of Peters being a leader. But who do you think is more likely to engender the respect of his very large, strong, aggressive teammates -- the one who has never taken a snap, or the one who just won 10 games?
Speight is almost certainly a better leader because he has some credibility. But if you expect the redshirt sophomore, first year starter version of Speight to chew out 4-year starters on the offensive line, you have an unreasonable expectation.
You see the great QBs yell at their lines all the time. But don't confuse cause and effect. They aren't great leaders because they yell at their lines. They are allowed to yell at their lines because they have proven to be great leaders throughout their careers. You see Brady do it every week. Ever see Mark Sanchez do it?
|1 week 4 days ago||Simple reason why you don't||
Simple reason why you don't see that: they could whip his fucking ass without breaking a sweat.
|1 week 6 days ago||As worried as some of us are||
As worried as some of us are about our inexperienced defensive backfield, I think a lot of that will be mitigated by our defensive line getting consistent pressure. I really like Winovich as a rusher, and Gary has all the tools. He's got a great rip move, I think if he improves his hands he can be a sack-a-game guy.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||To be fair, Harbaugh didn't||
To be fair, Harbaugh didn't even get a participation trophy for dunking on his daughter. He did it for the imaginary trophy in his head.
He's a great coach, and I'm sure he's a good father, too. But this isn't his finest moment, and research indicates that kids who grow up in hyper-competitive homes like this often have problems down the road.
I grew up in a house like that. Made me very competitive. Also made me crippled by a fear of failure which I still fight today.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I'd like to convert her to a||
I'd like to convert her to a Wide Receiver.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Plus, he doesn't seem like||
Plus, he doesn't seem like the type to carve out a niche in special teams.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The football equivalent of,||
The football equivalent of, "But, emails."
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I disagree with your friend.||
I disagree with your friend. I think Center is the easiest position to cover. He has help on both sides, and almost no scheme will ever ask him to handle the Nose 1-on-1 with any regularity.
That only applies to his actual physical ability, though. A Center who makes the wrong calls is THE quickest way to destroy an offense.
That being said, although a bad Center is easier to cover than a bad Tackle or a bad Guard, a good Center might stand out more. If you do get one of those Centers who can handle a Nose 1-on-1, that is a huge plus. Also, because Centers are always working combo blocks, a really good one makes the Guards better. Whereas a great Tackle helps the Guards less.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I know. I just said it was||
I know. I just said it was interesting to note. It says something about something.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I agree in principle, but it||
I agree in principle, but it is interesting to note that some people will turn away from the screen when an actor gives another actor a simulated handjob, but not a living soul will turn away if an actor simulates murdering another actor.
I'm straight, but I've seen gay sexual activity in living color. I've also seen a man shot in the belly not 10 feet away from me. The gunshot was much more gross, scary, troubling, etc.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||None of those things has||
None of those things has ever, at any point, been non-politicized. Politics touches all parts of life and society. Academia has always been highly political. Cinema has always been political, often times used as outright propaganda. And on and on.
What has changed is that there is no longer political consensus on basically anything, no matter how trivial or how historically 'removed' from politics it was.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||When a recruit uses the thing||
When a recruit uses the thing we call language to communicate with a coach and the coach uses a word in a way in which no other speaker of that language does, I don't think the recruit is a special snowflake for being upset. Do only snowflakes expect language to provide sounds with meaning?
An offer is an offer. A non-committable offer is not an offer at all. At best, it's an "alternate offer". Just because we do it now doesn't mean it's right, or that the kid is wrong or a special snowflake, or that the foundational understanding of language isn't important.
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||That Braden was invited||
That Braden was invited instead of Magnuson and Kalis shows the lunacy of the combine. He has been invited based on his frame only. I wish him well and am glad he was able to improve as much as he did, but both of those guys outperformed him in college.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||That's not similar at all,||
That's not similar at all, really.
Brian was trying to tell people Morgan was having a great collegiate career. I don't think he ever tried to project what kind of pro he would be.
Plus, Brian was right about Morgan, and it wasn't because of any stats or nerdiness. He was using old-fashioned film scouting.
I'd also suggest to you that most NFL scouts are pretty much horseshit when it comes to projecting college players in the NFL. Its not much better than a crapshoot for most scouts. There are a handful in the league with good track records, the rest are at coin-flip levels.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||But no one wants to read||
But no one wants to read every article on here, much less every comment. And yet people do read a lot of stuff they disagree with, including some of the articles and many of the comments. Why is it that we can't handle only the political ones?
This isn't even directed at you, per se. Why are we incapable of discussing politics in a civil manner, and why does a political statement we disagree with any more troubling to us than the latest WD gear comment, the TIMMMAY comment bashing it, and whatever else we don't care to see?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||How do we define "politics"||
How do we define "politics" or "political"?
Is it anything that deal with a politician? Is it substantive claims about policy? What is it? "Thanks, Obama" doesn't count, right? Does "bigly"?
Because I don't really see the current climate as really political. I think certain demographic groups are terrified about their immediate futures, which is only partly due to politics and much more to do with cultural forces of anger and scapegoating and such.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with you. As soon as||
I agree with you. As soon as a kid signs, I couldn't give a shit what the scouts thought about him. After year 2, I no longer cared, for example, that Kalis was the most college ready guard some guy had ever seen. Because what I saw was a guy who needed a lot of work just to be serviceable.
I was just stating my extremely low opinion of scouting services vis-a-vis OL. I can honestly say I have a better record of predictions after watching one practice than all recruitniks put together, and by a pretty large margin. I'm an idiot-savant. It's my one talent.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||But I would argue that of all||
But I would argue that of all positions, OL is the least understood position by recruiting services. A five star WR is more likely to actually be good than a five star OL.
Someone do a statistical study to back me up, please.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||This is how the vast majority||
This is how the vast majority of coaching hires are made. An out of work guy turns to a HC he knows, and the head coach on the hot seat turns to the position coach he knows to help save his job.
Most head coaches aren't like Harbaugh, where they can offer anyone and anyone would have to at least give it serious consideration.
Jones is a local guy and either knows Hoke from years of camps and clinics or they have many common friends.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||This is true, but as someone||
This is true, but as someone who watched a few of those practices, I can state that Hoke had total autonomy over the DL. Give the devil his due, he can recruit, he can evaluate defensive talent, and he can coach a hell of a defensive line.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||The final paragraph is||
The final paragraph is fantastic. A great summation of a complicated process, put plainly and yet losing no meaning.
Great opinion, and great writing.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||That 2013 class looked like||
That 2013 class looked like it would make up the backbone of a 10-win team.
That 2013 class ended up being the backbone of a 10-win team.
Pretty good recruiting.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||As long as we don't bring||
As long as we don't bring back the Communist Minister of Defence, I'm cool with it.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||In very plain terms, the||
In very plain terms, the greatest strength of the zone scheme is that there are basically two plays, as far as linemen are concerned. Inside and outside. So you can rep those two plays thousands of time during the course of the season against dozens of looks, and you can build some proficiency relatively quickly.
The gap scheme has more plays, and you still have to prepare for those dozens of looks, so each play gets fewer reps. Which is why most teams have a base play, like power O. They get really good at that and use changeups sparingly. Whereas in zone, you only have two plays, so of course that's your base, but also fewer changeups.
I speak only of the scheme as relates the the linemen. There are tons of wrinkles to a zone scheme that you can do with your backfield or formation or motion and what have you.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||If we run a passing spread --||
If we run a passing spread -- and all of the 5-man protections that entails -- next year, we will be bad and a QB or two will die.