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  1. The thought that there is a path to being a top 10 group is on point. There are ways that having a versatile, deep supporting cast can be a strength in the face of lacking elite talent in the prime of their careers. We'll see what kind of chef Brian Daboll can be with these ingredients. Maybe the lack of elite talent in their prime careeer years, often the diva types, can work to the benefit of the team and, after kicking the tires on Antonio Brown, it's what Beane decided they wanted all along. β€œIt is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.” ― John Wooden
  2. Joe Marino's take on how important the Allen/Morse connection is to the team: The Draft Network:  Mitch-Morse-critical-to-Josh-Allen's-growth. I pegged Morse as the most important off season acquisition in a Twitter post to a WGR poll. Aside from acquiring a better center, I thought the o-line got a Kent Hull-like leader that they lacked last season. Kent's son appreciated the thought. Kent got alot of credit from his teamates for their success much like Joe Marino's mention of Alex Mack in the article.
  3. There have been games where Tom Brady was never even touched by a Bills defender. I suspect he has been the best protected QB of the modern era. If he took a hard, legal blow and got up a little damaged damn right I'd cheer as the Bills need more of those. If he I knew he were knocked out of the game, maybe. If he were done for the year or his career, no. It's impossible to know in the moment the full extent of the event. From an intimidating blow to temporary pain to lingering hurt to game, season or career ending injuries. I definintely know the Bills have needed to hit TB (within the rules) way more than they have over the years so any such effort going forward will be greatly appreciated by me. I'd probably cheer when he took the hit, stop if it looked like he couldn't get up and cheer again when did. As for the the TO fans, its tough to know a ruptured achilles from a tweaking of a persisting injury, especially from the nose bleeds. I judge them not.
  4. Maybe Josh should start learning the guitar, buy a cowboy hat and boots and then PS&E can sign him to an exclusive recording contract. Should help with the salary cap down the road. He can't be any worse at music than he was at drawing the Bills' logo.
  5. He answered a question about a Bills draft mistake or draft/roster omission. To me that's just being consistent to a "Twitter Tuesday" questioner. To say that he mentioned it every episode is an exaggeration but it did come up in different circumstances predraft. The topic could be his Bills mocks, draft steals, edge rushers, etc. Two he really liked are DK Metcalf and Winovich.
  6. Agreed. He has a good voice and his delivery is smooth which is a bonus. He has strong opinions that he owns. For instance, he thinks Singletary was the one draft mistake as he wanted an edge rusher and Chase Winovich was still available and he did a hindsight grading of his mock draft from last August, which was pretty good for being that far out, imo.
  7. I believe he was 1) not a leader of men which is closely related to 2) not being an alpha competitor. My #1 memory of his play is of him collapsing to the turf before Bruce even got there. He knew he was coming and did not have any notion of trying to make a play at the risk of taking a hit. He seemed to have more of a need to battle his own coaches than he did any defenders. I always got the impression that he was not respected much around the league.
  8. Not what I meant. This opinion after year 1 seems unchanged from the predraft opinion . Is it due numbers only? Some particluar set? Or did he actually "see" him play and attmept to put numbers into context? Many people who viewed him as bust risk predraft, including posters here, have since modified that view. Aaron Schatz appears to have an unchanged opinion and I would have been more inclined to ask him why.
  9. Here with this Simms piece, as with the Super Cade story and the Mother's Day video that Josh and Matt made, Josh is getting very good at being Josh Allen. Very comfortable, very confidant and willing to connect one on one with people in very different circumstances. Now, if gets to be as good on the field as off it, we will be in for another Golden Era of Bills football. It might happen.
  10. His low completion % is a distortion resulting from: 1) Being near the top in % dropped passes 2) Being near the top in % spikes and throwaways 3) Leading the league in depth of target 4) Being near the top in throws under pressure 5) Being a rookie 6) Lacking enough accuracy on some of his throws (Not hitting his spot or improper timing, route running or reads? We rarely know for sure.) Because of the predraft assessments, for some #6 is the only one that matters. The low comp% confirms what they think they already knew. It's the only one they want to consider and therefore no need to look any further. If #1 & 2 (objectively quantifiable if evenly applied) and #3 and 4 (less so) are considered his completion% would look more like other rookies which is TBF's major conclusion and the basis of this thread title. It makes sense to me.
  11. You can say this and it may be somewhat true of the talking heads in media land. But, there are stories of great players like Thurman and Aaron Rodgers having long held grudges regarding their draft experience, for instance. Apparently, they can hang on some perceived disrespect for a long, long time. Josh's story is full of doubters at every turn, right up until the draft and it still continues. Being labeled a "parody of an NFL QB prospect" is about as harsh as could be. I'd bet he's heard that and all the rest of the chatter. The guy that wrote letters to every FBS school there is asking them to review his JUCO video and for a scholarship, but only got 2 offers sounds motivated by more than just a big payday.
  12. I remember an intentional grounding call that upset me quite a bit.
  13. In a curious set of circumstances, ESPN and Football Outsiders formed some sort of alliance. One product of that is Total QBR and I would assume Aaron Schatz had something to do with its creation. Well, here is the 2018 result with Josh right there with Baker and ahead of some bonafide, highly paid NFL starters. He could have said that he doesn't see a "traditional" NFL starting QB or a "prototypical" one. I could agree with that. He could give him credit for improved play or say his development as a passer is paramount to his future success and it has a long way to go. Agreed. He could have credited Josh with finding ways to be effective for his team in the midst of a poor, unstable supporting cast as many of us do. I just found it odd that he is seemingly unmoved from his harsh, predraft assessment. Josh's rookie year should have moved the dial, imo. 21 Nick Mullens, SF 5.9 23.6 -2.8 1.8 29.0 334 56.2 54.2 22 Matthew Stafford, DET 1.7 25.8 4.2 4.2 49.2 647 50.9 53.8 23 Baker Mayfield, CLE 9.4 34.8 0.9 3.6 51.5 580 55.7 53.6 24 Josh Allen, BUF 2.9 -1.8 24.1 3.5 35.6 461 52.3 52.2 25 Eli Manning, NYG 2.3 30.2 2.0 2.4 54.8 684 51.2 51.6 26 Alex Smith, WSH 4.6 17.8 5.5 2.9 35.0 422 53.8 49.4 27 Derek Carr, OAK -1.2 27.3 2.5 0.2 50.8 669 49.3 49.0 28 Sam Darnold, NYJ -3.0 23.5 3.3 -1.1 36.6 510 47.9 48.4 29 Case Keenum, DEN -4.0 26.9 4.2 3.5 50.6 685 47.9 46.9 30 Blake Bortles, JAX -8.6 9.3 11.6 -1.6 30.5 515 44.1 45.8 RK PLAYER PTS ADDED PASS RUN PENALTY TOTAL EPA QB PLAYS RAW QBR TOTAL QBR 31 Lamar Jackson, BAL -1.2 6.6 13.8 0.4 27.7 338 48.7 45.1 32 Ryan Tannehill, MIA -18.0 -6.3 3.6 0.8 13.4 363 33.1 35.4 33 Josh Rosen, ARI -35.3 -13.6 3.3 1.2 7.9 491 26.6 25.9
  14. Pissing away 2 years in the NFL and millions of dollars that he can never get back. One of the interesting things about him is the way he comes back after major setbacks, be they of his own creation or not. He gets kicked off his high school team two consecutive years @ Red Lion followed by two record setting years at St. Joes. Injured then kicked off the Clemson team, he wins an NJCC championship at Last Chance U. Arrested after the Buffalo night club incident and putting his future in doubt, he leads Ol' Miss to their best season in 40+ years. He blows out his knee, misses the Senior Bowl, gets disinvited from the NFL Combine, ruptures a wrist ligament shortly into his private workout, and gets drafted as Mr. Irrelevant. After that disastrous 5 months, he manages to rehab and work himself into the #2 QB at Denver over the next 16. Then came Halloween. The altercation at the party was probably the angry, ready to fight the world version of Chad. The trespassing incident was maybe knuckleheaded Chad, less ill-tempered but more legally and career damaging. At least he did not fight the vacuum cleaner tube wielding homeowner or the police that arrested him. Call that progress, I suppose. Such a history of screwing up and then making a comeback of sorts. Big personal flaws matched by a big drive to not give up and to work his way back. I'd bet the Colts have clauses for random drug tests and regular counseling sessions in his contract as they supposedly have some sort of zero tolerance plan to keep him out of trouble. I hope it works because I'd really like to see his story have a better ending than the one he'd otherwise have.
  15. I get why the Wyoming numbers lead to that projection. It's about the only thing I knew about Josh predraft. The Bills were going to get a QB and I did not want to have a favorite and then not get him so I didn't follow the predraft process. I did not even seek the highlight video until after the was the picked. The real issue I have is to suggest that nothing he did on the field in 2018 alters that projection. That seems just plain stubborn. Many anti Allen opinions became "He surprised me and did way more in year 1 than I thought he would. He has a chance to be a special QB." There are numbers that support that position and that's why I would have asked Schatz to offer more of the basis for his unchanged opinion.
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