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  1. I think it's a result of the Bills not taking them seriously, and using them to evaluate depth players. I think it's possible the roster is a bit more set and we may use them more to teach the game, which would be a Good Thing, but whether we're competitive or not...Meh
  2. I think you might have to do a somewhat broader research project to determine which products to boycott.
  3. Sometimes the player will dish - has happened several times, not with Allen/Bills yet that I've seen, but years ago TJ Graham (I think) admitted he ran the wrong route on an INT. Sometimes a commentator with a good amount of playing and coaching experience can make an educated guess, especially if they watch a lot of film on a given offensive system. The route trees and route options in response to different D coverage are fairly standard, which enables this. There was a missed TD assessed by Cover1 last year where he commented that Zay was running the route dictated by one defensive coverage, but Allen was throwing to the route dictated by another (I don't recall who was correct - I think it was Allen). That wasn't his main point in the commentary, it was to break down how Allen was progressing in his reads and that he was improving in that aspect. Sometimes a novice who watches a lot of film, usually coaches film, can make an educated guess - the receiver hesitates and looks for the ball at a place in his route, then continues but doesn't make it to where the ball is thrown. You can guess that the WR and QB probably made a different read on the route option given how they saw the D coverage. I do think it's telling that our WR coach was sent packing.
  4. I want to focus in on this. One of my concerns watching Allen pre-draft was that when he threw way off target, I couldn't tell why - couldn't see what the flaw in technique was. Apparently Jordan Palmer feels he could diagnose/help. And yet, at other times, Allen has laser accuracy including when he's throwing across his body off balance. It needs to be pointed out that when Allen is not just slightly off, but way the heck off, it can be hard for the lay person to tell whether the problem is Allen making a WTF? throw, or the WR not running the route Allen expects (a misread of the D between QB and WR). I believe that was the case in several of the plays compiled in the "inaccuracy" clip in that article.
  5. Couldn't you make that same argument exculpating any player who threatens people with violence or who operates a vehicule "under the influence"? I don't think the NFL is punishing Ritchie for being mentally ill. They are punishing him for terrorizing a group of people with credible threats (he had multiple guns in his vehicle when he became angry and violent and threatened to shoot them). Why he did that impacts what treatment his family and physicians recommend him to seek, but it doesn't change what he did and whether it deserves consequences. It's similar to punishing someone who drives drunk or drug impaired. You might say "he's mentally ill, it's the mental illness that is causing the alcohol use or the drug use". Society says "Whatevs: you threaten lives by driving drunk, doesn't matter why you're doing it, you're a danger to others and you need to face consequences" In my opinion, of course
  6. I think it's more likely to be "scared straight" than a difference in coaching staffs. RI had just spent the better part of two seasons out of football. Even after his suspension was lifted, no team in the league even gave him a shot. I think that was a "wake up call" that led him to seek significant counseling and say all the "right things" to indicate real change: " The 31-year-old also spent about six weeks in in-patient care at McClean Institute in Boston over the summer" and " Incognito's first public comments regarding what he said to make the Bills comfortable with his signing: "I told them what I had learned from the whole situation," Incognito wrote in a text. "That I needed to respect those around me more and that I needed to realize I may find things funny that other find offensive. This whole learning process was about becoming self-aware. About becoming a better person/teammate/leader." Incognito loves playing football and after every team passed on him in the 2014 off-season and season, he was afraid his football career was done. So he made changes, and he was able to maintain those changes for a while. Having Wood as a teammate may also have helped a lot - apparently Wood set a good tone. But like many people who struggle with mental illness and substance abuse, after a while they feel "cured" and start to wonder if they really need all those meds that have side effects they dislike. Or, they slip back into substance abuse. Or in the case of elite athletes, maybe they take a "natural" supplement that reacts badly. And we're off. Though, based upon some of RI's comments (to the effect that Castillo was a stickler for technique and for using "his" technique) I don't think RI enjoyed playing for Castillo, and I think after Wood retired RI may have felt he'd enjoy it less.
  7. The second sentence is correct. The third sentence should be re-written "some of what people call "cheating" is really just knowing the rules.... I don't think there should be much doubt at this point that some of what people call "cheating" by Belichick and the Pats, is just cheating (Spygate, radio shenanigans etc)
  8. Yes - it's really not race per se of course, but the genetic markers that are most likely to be similar with someone from the same ethnic or racial background. Science doesn't care what you feel
  9. I don't think the odds are very good that an Indian person's kidney would be a good blood and tissue type, and cross-match for a Black man. Detroit could work.
  10. He writes his side of that in the link I gave. Way to strawman-ize. No one is claiming "he's just misunderstood" or "that's it", including me. But neither are you backing up your assertion that drug and alcohol abuse are the cause of his kidney disease, nor that he squandered his money. Me, a guy has serious health problems and needs a kidney, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt absent evidence.
  11. I don't think you remember correctly. He did have his moments on the playing field, but so do all fierce competitors. Drugs or booze would usually be liver, not kidneys. https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/albert-haynesworth-letter-to-my-younger-self According to the above account, the investment advisor he trusted ripped him off for millions, so there's that: "During your freshman year, Coach Fulmer will introduce you to a psychologist who will become one of your best friends. He’ll listen to your problems when you’re struggling. You’ll go tubing and water skiing on his boat and hang out with him all throughout college. He will come to your house and meet your mom. I know this sounds crazy, Albert. But do not trust this man. As soon as you decide to declare for the NFL Draft, he will say, “You know, I do some investing on the side. I’ve been helping other guys out for years. You should let me handle your money.” "You’ve heard the horror stories about guys buying a fleet of Rolls Royces and gold chains and going broke. You’re not an idiot. You know you should invest your money, and this guy is showing you a business card that says “Morgan Stanley” and a multi-million dollar portfolio. I know he seems trustworthy. I know he seems smart. But if you let your friend handle your finances, he’s going to take millions from you." ...... " In retirement, you will discover that your financial advisor has squandered most of the money you made with the Redskins, and he will be under investigation for financial fraud. Thankfully, you will have discovered a passion for restoring houses and buying property during your offseasons. You’ll even open up a BurgerFi restaurant in Knoxville (I know you love burgers). Instead of being on the beach in the Bahamas, like most people probably think you are, you will be hanging drywall in a condo in South Carolina. And you know what? That will make you extremely happy." I'm not going to make the assumption that he squandered his money on parties and ruined his kidneys with illegal drugs and booze without knowing more about it. But here's the thing with a transplant: you can't just "pay someone": blood typing, tissue typing and cross-matching all have to line up. A relative is the best chance of that. By the way, NSAID class drugs, including prescription NSAIDs such as Toradol that are heavily used by NFL team physicians, can cause kidney damage.
  12. Great stuff, keep it coming! Yeah, like him, don't like him, it's the gouge on what he's looking for that I'm down with
  13. Thank you for clarifying. However, I don't think this thread is about whether a #1 WR is "the panacea for offensive ineptitude and the key to greatness". Perhaps that is sarcasm? I think the question is "is it important?" (for offensive success), and the answer remains "it depends on your QB". To a lesser degree it depends on your scheme. QB who throw lasers with pinpoint accuracy have less need for that #1 guy than do QB with "zip code accuracy" or fading arms. Smart QB playing schemes which are clever about scheming guys open, can also manage with lesser WR if they're skilled at reading the D and ID'ing where the open guy is likely to be pre-snap (those are usually more veteran QBs). If you want to set up a strawman question no one else is trying to answer about #1 WR as team panaceas and keys to team greatness, Have At It. Please turn out the lights and lock the door when you're done.
  14. There's that and yet....when I watch other teams play, the Rams, the Chiefs, the Iggles.....they all have at least one, maybe two, WR who can somehow reliably haul in that off-target throw. They stretch, they leap, they one-hand it, they stretch out of bounds with toes pointed like a prima ballerina, they somehow find another gear to accelerate for an overthrow throw, they stop on a dime and come back for the short throws. Now, "#1 WR" is almost as bad as "franchise QB" for how slippery the definition is. But to me, a true #1 WR is the guy who's open when he's not, because he will find a way to make that high-degree-of-difficulty catch. The Bills just haven't had that guy much less guys. Even when they had a WR like Stevie Johnson with back-to-back >1000 yd seasons, they did not have that guy. Bean thought Kelvin Benjamin was that guy, but Benjamin's film said "no" before he arrived. Maybe John Brown and Cole Beasley are those guys, I dunno. This is profound. It goes to the heart of the issue "can one have a truly great NFL player on a sub-par team?" To which I say "yes. Yes, Joe, you can have a great, impact player who is stuck on a lousy team."
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