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  1. Tuco

    QB Headsets

    And now you know how he came to be the GOAT. https://nypost.com/2014/10/12/they-are-cheaters-spygate-the-nfl-scandal-that-started-it-all/ "And that’s why certain allegations — including that the Pats were using a radio frequency outside the NFL’s purview to ­illegally communicate information to quarterback Tom Brady during the game — were seemingly ignored." But it wasn’t just a matter of filming opposing team’s coaches — it was also how that information was allegedly passed to Brady. As the scandal broke, the NFL was investigating a possible violation into the number of radio frequencies the Patriots were using during the Jets game, sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who reported at the time that the Pats did not “have a satisfactory explanation when asked about possible irregularities in its communication setup during the game.” Offensive plays would be called based on stolen signals and the information relayed straight to Brady’s helmet, O’Leary theorizes. In this scenario, the extra frequency is critical, as it allows the team to do something in real time with the stolen signals, out of earshot of the NFL monitor, and change its plays accordingly. If there’s an open channel during the play itself, you can also alert the quarterback to open receivers he may not see. O’Leary repeats a rumor that Pats backup quarterback Doug Flutie once said he accidentally picked up Brady’s helmet during the 2005 season. “He was amazed that the coaches kept right on speaking to Brady past the 15-second cutoff, right up until the snap,” ­according to O’Leary. “The voice in Tom Brady’s helmet was explaining the exact defense he was about to face.”
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    THE ROCKPILE REVIEW - Just Plain Bad

    Can't argue with you here. I don't think I've ever said that to you.
  3. Tuco

    Why the Bills changed punters

    Might be a long wait. With Peterman playing we don't usually get past 3rd and long.
  4. Tuco

    Should The Bills Trade McCoy

    I voted yes, but anybody who thinks we're getting a 2nd or even a 3rd, wow.
  5. Hey Shady, we're not benching you but like, could you just lay on the ground for a while real early in the game so, you know, we can preserve you for a draft pick? Thanks.
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    Quick Fantasy Question

    Play Shady. He's guaranteed to have a big day because my opponent has him.
  7. Well since CBS has the double header they will be showing one of their early games. I imagine it would be the Houston game.
  8. Since it's not competing with the Dallas time slot I would expect it to be on all of Texas and the surrounding area.
  9. It's not how much time he has to throw, it's how much time it takes him to throw. TT led the league last year too. So yeah, it counts the time he's scrambling. Passing Stats Time To Throw (TT) Time to Throw measures the average amount of time elapsed from the time of snap to throw on every pass attempt for a passer (sacks excluded).
  10. Some people here seem to remember Elway as being strong right out of the box. He wasn't. In his first season Elway started 10 games (4-6). He completed 123/259 (47.5%) for 1663 yards (166.3 per), 7 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Oh, and the fans dogged him big time. Yes it might be a few years til we can see how this year's class compares.
  11. Tuco

    Vontae money coming back

    That's a damned good question. The only thing I've been able to find is the Over The Cap site has KR listed as on injured reserve. Spotrac has him as reverve/did not report, and the Bills don't have him listed at all. I have a feeler out to try to find out more, but here's my best guess(es). The fact the Over The Cap site lists Robinson on injured reserve makes me think possibly he was injured. If he was headed to injured reserve he would still be entitled to his salary paid through the season. Of course we all know teams like to reach injury settlements with players on IR they know won't be coming back. It frees the team from having to provide medical care throughout the season and giving the player access to facilities, etc. And it helps tie up loose ends not having the player on their books for anything any more. Now I'm really guessing here, but I do know KR signed what's called a qualifying contract. Briefly, a qualifying contract is a one year deal that vested veterans can sign for the minimum amount while having a slightly lesser amount charged to the cap. If you look on Spotrac it shows KRs bonus plus salary as $835,000, while his cap charge is only $675,000. The idea is it's a way for teams to be able to keep old pros around by paying them the minimum salary for their accrued years while getting charged a little less against the cap. But qualifying contracts are very specific and have numerous limitations. One of those is that it can't be renegotiated during the season. I wonder if reaching a settlement with a player who's being paid all season on IR is still considered a renegotiation. I guess technically that's what it is. So maybe the Bills, knowing KR was headed for IR but wouldn't be coming back in the future, and maybe since KR also realized he wouldn't be coming back, he was allowed to announce retirement while the Bills still agreed to pay him what he would have coming on injured reserve anyway. Seeking reimbursement for salary and cap charges when a player retires is a team discretion. The team is only forced to do it if the player's forfeitable breach was due to substance abuse violation. So possibly since KR would have to be paid on IR, and since maybe they wouldn't be allowed to reach an injury settlement as mentioned above, it may have just been in everybody's best interest to go ahead and let him announce his retirement while agreeing to still pay what he had coming if put on IR. He would still get paid what he had coming for being on IR, but the team wouldn't have to provide any further medical access or be forced to allow access to training facilities, etc. Outside of KR being sent a check each week during the season, the Bills would effectively have him off their books. This is mostly conjecture, fueled by the fact the one site lists him on injured reserve, which makes me think all the above could have happened. And if it all happened at once then that would explain the news reports about retirement but not anything about injury or injured reserve. But I don't really know at this point.
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    Vontae money coming back

    Was bored at work. My boss would be so proud.
  13. Tuco

    Vontae money coming back

    Certain things can be worded, but the CBA can't be overwritten. Marrone's contract isn't bound by the CBA so they can write anything they want in there. But you're somewhat mistaken about Dareus. The CBA clearly states that if a forfeitable breach occurs due to a player's retirement, the team has the option of seeking repayment of the applicable amount of his prorated signing bonus in addition to base salary refunds. This makes sense because, in a case like VD's, the Bills have every right to expect repayment. You don't give a guy $1.5 million on top of a nice salary just so he can quit on you halfway through the second game. But it's not a mandatory repayment because, say a long time player was in the 4th year of a 5 year contract when the team says hey we no longer need you so we're gonna let you go. Or, if you'd like to retire and fade away gracefully we're not going to demand repayment of the final year's worth of your prorated bonus. That's why the CBA gives teams the choice. I suppose, since repayment due to retirement is a team option, it's possible the Bills contract with VD says he doesn't have to repay his bonus if he retires after 1 1/2 games. But I wouldn't bet on it. Overdorf's contract with Dareus did make waves, but it wasn't for language he included, but rather, for language he didn't include. In this case, many large contracts include language that will void the guarantees on future year's salaries if the player gets suspended at any point. Overdorf didn't include that in MD's contract, and that raised a rukus among fans for a bit. But as for Dareus repaying a portion of his signing bonus, since the suspension was due to substance abuse, the Bills were required by the CBA to request repayment of the applicable portion of prorated bonus along with any other salary (and cap) reimbursements. This is specifically spelled out in the CBA and can't be written out. https://www.sbnation.com/2016/8/16/12505890/bills-dt-marcell-dareus-facing-4-game-suspension . . . . With a base salary of $7.9 million for 2016, Dareus will lose more than $1.85 million for the four weeks he’s on suspension. . . . . With $5 million of his $25 million signing bonus counting against the 2016 cap, he’ll also be required to pay back 4/17th of that amount. That’s another $1.17 million. . . . . Likewise, with a $7 million option bonus earned this year, Dareus will be required to pay back $274,510, per a source with knowledge of the specific calculation. . . . . The Bills are required to seek repayment, even if they don’t want to.
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    Vontae money coming back

    Here's where it's at. Until VD is technically retired he still counts against the cap. And everything from game 2 counts even though he quit halfway through - at least for now. If the Bills want to go after 1/2 a games money they will have to go through an arbitrator. Until then, VD's 2 games count. Before the season VD had a cap charge of an even $5,000,000. This is broken down in the following manner- Base salary - $2,250,000 Signing bonus - $1,500,000 Workout bonus -$250,000 Roster bonus - $250,000 These amounts total $4,250,000 In addition, VD had a weekly roster bonus (it's not that uncommon by the way) of either- $46,875 if on the 46 man roster (X 16 games = $750,000), or- $15,625 if only on the 53 man roster (X 16 games = $250,000). It's one or the other above each week, not both. Before the season the NFL looked at the contract and decided the $46,875 per week was a "Likely To Be Earned" (LTBE) incentive, so they charged that amount ($750,000) against the cap at the start of the year (LTBE incentives that aren't earned get refunded as the season goes on). The $750,000 added to the $4,250,000 is where the total cap charge of $5,000,000 VD had before the season comes from. Now if you look at the Spotrac page, it now shows a cap charge of $4,312,500. The roster bonus that used to show $250,000 now shows $312,500. That's because the roster bonus for week 1 ($15,625) and week 2 ($46,875) have been paid and added to the $250,000 roster bonus figure. That brings the original $4,250,000 up to $4,312,500. Or, more specifically, since the announced retirement, the league (or at least Spotrac) have decided the remaining weekly roster bonuses are no longer LTBE so no longer charged, bringing his current charge down to $4,312,500. Where we are at this point. VD hasn't been officially retired by the league. Technically he could walk back in and say he changed his mind and still wants to play. If so the Bills would have to decide to release him (letting him keep almost all his guaranteed salary and SB), or accept him back, possibly with suspensions and fines for conduct detrimental, etc. Maybe even so far as seeking to have the contract voided by an arbitrator. Either way, If VD changes his mind it would be very ugly. So let's say he stays retired. If VD is deemed officially retired he will get to keep his first 2 game checks plus the per game roster bonuses. Base salary is divided by the 17 weeks of the season, so he keeps the 2/17 ($264,706) of his base salary, plus the $62,500 per game bonuses. Also he keeps the $250,000 original roster bonus and the $250,000 workout bonus, whatever that all adds up to. We'll get to his signing bonus below. Once he becomes officially retired the Bills will get cap relief in the amounts of $687,500 for the no longer LTBE weekly roster bonuses (according to Spotrac they already have, whatev). They will also be refunded $1,985,294 (15/17 of the $2,250,000 base salary) for a total of $2,672,794 towards the cap. Additionally, they have the right via the CBA to request repayment of 15/17 of the $1,500,000 signing bonus. If VD repays it they get credit immediately. If not the Bills will have to go through a system arbitrator who would most likely award them an additional $1,323,529. So all told, the Bills could eventually recieve $3,996,323 in salary cap refunds. Plus, I suppose, they could also go through the system arbitrator for 1/2 of a game's refunds. No telling how that would go. It's never been done before.
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    Playoff tie-breaker question...

    Other Tie-Breaking Procedures Only one club advances to the playoffs in any tie-breaking step. Remaining tied clubs revert to the first step of the applicable division or Wild Card tie-breakers. As an example, if two clubs remain tied in any tie-breaker step after all other clubs have been eliminated, the procedure reverts to Step 1 of the two-club format to determine the winner. When one club wins the tiebreaker, all other clubs revert to Step 1 of the applicable two-club or three-club format.