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  1. I think the OP's point is in connection to the fact that the most recent Ravens game, pretty big game, didn't sell out. They've been running at 95% capacity, which in the middle of the league despite putting up their best season in a long time. The Ravens game amounted to a good proxy for a home playoff game http://www.espn.com/nfl/attendance/_/sort/homePct I was at the Eagles game in Week 7, which also was a pretty big match-up given where they were at the time. The game did not sell out (also poor weather) and probably a 1/4 of the crowd were Eagles fans
  2. Ralph Wilson and Marv as GM with their "cash to the cap" approach that basically said they were content with being mediocre
  3. A bunch of people were 2 weeks ago...
  4. I think playing to 45 is unrealistic. He retires. Why on earth would he want to tarnish his image trying to stay 1-2 seasons longer? Montana w/ KC, Favre w/ Jets, Thurman w/ Dolphins and so many other examples.
  5. If we lost 3 of 4 in December and limped into the playoffs at 10-6, it would be very disappointing. We'd be going in on a low and likely lose in the first round. The only positive to say on the year would be that "at least we made the playoffs"... no thanks at this stage! Let's focus on beating Ravens!
  6. Lets not forget about McKenzie, who I think is a total 'x' factor. They always seem to find a way to do something interesting with him
  7. Let's take another stab at this silliness.... AFC Would NOT -- Ravens, Texans, Chiefs Not Sure -- Jets, Browns WOULD -- Broncos, Pats, Steelers, Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Chargers, Bengals, Dolphins, Raiders NFC Would NOT -- Packers, 49ers, Cardinals, Seahawks Not Sure -- Cowboys, Eagles WOULD -- Giants, Vikings, Saints, Redskins, Bears, Bucs, Falcons, Panthers, Lions Pats, Vikings and Saints would want to wait until after this year is complete
  8. I had never really thought about the Broncos taking a QB in that draft, but in hindsight, of all people, Elway should have seen some of himself in Allen
  9. This is one of my favorite clips and this exchange happened back in April. I'm sure Kiper was doing plenty of smirking last night! He also is one of the only analysts that thought Allen should be taken #1 overall
  10. The exact quote that Joe tweeted was "Lets pump the brakes on the Ford v. Von Miller love". As a reporter, I'm sure he may also look at this forum and analyze social media posts. This forum had a thread right after the game title "Put Down the Pitchforks (Specifically those sharpened for Cody Ford)" which focused on how Ford handled Miller. And I'm sure Twitter had plenty of commentary declaring Ford's battles against Miller a rousing success. So as he promotes his story, which is normal for a reporter, he highlighted what he found on the All-22 putting the match-up into perspective. That's all it is, I believe. The subsequent article does not disparage Ford, it simply points out that he didn't single-handedly shut down Miller. There was lots of help. As I've stated in replies above, there's nothing wrong with that. But the reporters' analysis is helpful in understanding where Ford is at this point in his rookie season.
  11. Cover1 is outstanding work!! However, he picks and chooses what he finds interesting to showcase and then does an outstanding job at it. He doesn't grade each player, each week over the course of the season. As you point out all this is just another input to shape our understanding of the team and its players. As has been stated above I don't like it when one of us points to the JoeB analysis as a counterpoint to "xxxx sucks" and then the response to that is "JoeB sucks" so that doesn't count
  12. BTW, his headline on Ford is: Ford was solid but primarily received a ton of help with Von Miller
  13. Fair enough and you're right. Here is the disclaimer that he puts in each article as he dives into the grades. He doesn't appear to be doing it by himself. He probably should state who else is part of the grading. I've bolded statements that acknowledge the potential shortcomings of the work. However, I'll stand by that this has to be a more objective review of each player than people who just watched the TV broadcast (even re-watched it) and could only observe select highlights. How the standards work Every Tuesday, when the All-22 film becomes available, we’ll go through and watch every player on every play as many times as necessary to assess letter grades. It is a subjective analysis, and it’s important to note we do not know the play calls and full responsibilities. The grades stem from technique, effort and presumed liability. The study accounts only for players who take a snap on offense or defense. Players with fewer than 15 snaps — unless they have a significant impact on the game — will not factor into weekly rankings. Season-long grades will be tallied and documented, with a single game’s grade weighted based on how much the player was on the field in a given week.
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