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  1. Looks like they’re calling for rain Sunday. I’m sure that could shift as we get closer.
  2. Few things: 1) our defense is good 2) we have given up zero points in the second half of both games. 3) I think people are underplaying how good our defense is. 4) our offense is better 5) our QB is better I don't see this being a close game. Maybe the fins score a garbage TD late to make the score look closer than the game really is. I don't think either of our rookie corners change how we play defense in this game. Would be the same either way. Micah Hyde is the bigger missing piece this week and I still think we do okay without him. 28-17 Bills win. I wouldn't be shocked if we score more than 35.
  3. Just to be clear in the court of law Matt doesn’t need to prove he is innocent. The burden is on the plaintiff to prove he is guilty. I think this is why there is such a polarizing opinion. He’s not guilty of this crime until he’s proven to be guilty. Everyone assumes he is guilty and should suffer. However the reality is unless the plaintiff can prove Araiza was in the room and raped her then it’s pretty much moot point. I do think a jury however will lean towards the plaintiff because the suit is such a disturbing claim. In the suit though there’s a lot of speculation like it says Araiza should have known she was drunk, etc. It also says he told her to have sex with him and she did. Does it actually say he raped her? I never read it that way. The claim is that he led her back into the room where she was gang raped. So based off her own diary she contradicts herself that she doesn’t remember who was there or who brought her to the room. But I’m the suit it says Araiza brought her to the room as well as should have known she was drunk. I get the feeling the attorney is fishing for more information/cooperation from Araiza to help piece details together that he believes only Araiza can help confirm. This next part is all pure speculation. The feeling I get from this whole suit is that Araiza was there, had sex with the girl (as he admitted to) and may possibly know what happened after he hooked up with her. I get the vibe that he probably knew about or became aware about what happened afterwards. That is why they are going after him. I also have strong feelings about a 17 year old girl at a college party at a house on campus. I don’t fault him for that personally. However if he was aware of the gang rape I think he should have informed. That’s not something to stay quiet about. If he was involved he should be prosecuted criminally. His life will be ruined. If he wasn’t involved I hope the plaintiff’s attorney loses his license for they way he destroyed this kids life. I will wait judgement until this sees it’s day in court. I wonder why San Diego PD hasn’t moved forward or made a statement about any of this? I wonder if the civil case helps or ruins any criminal case they had been working/building.
  4. I honestly don't care about that statistic as much as Allen vs all other visiting QB's during that span. The reality is whether plays a huge factor. If Josh's stats are better than the visiting QB's over that span then that is what matters to me. IF you watched the wind game last year vs the Pats he put balls in receiver's chests that were dropped. In the rain and snow he completed throws as well. I am not sure his statistics will always beat out the opponents in the weather (see Philly at Bills with Wentz) but I think it averages out better. Especially in 2020 and 2021. If weather is a neutralizer then I want our QB to be able to perform better in those games which I believe he does. I wouldn't discount running in those games either because those are free yards (or as I call them a guaranteed completion). I also don't believe in the sugar high Josh Allen comments. My biggest argument against that nickname is look at Josh's stats in primetime and playoff games. He has some ridiculous numbers. We have the right guy. I wouldn't change anything about his game right now. Even the running. I don't think he needs to throttle back on scrambles. I wouldn't mind him running out of bounds instead of lowering a shoulder. But he seems to have reigned that in a bit with each season.
  5. I am not opposed to him. I am only saying if Shakir shows he’s at the same level during preseason then I believe he offers more diversity at other positions. I also wonder if waiting until the 5th to take a WR means the front office believes enough in McKenzie to contribute more on offense this year. I have no hate on Crowder. Nor am I assuming that Shakir is better as a 5th round rookie. But if he shows to be comparable in camp I think the front office would stick with a rookie with the ability to also help out with return duties over him. If there’s room for them both I’m sure they will keep them both. I think the more telling play would be Bernard at CB pushing for the other gunner spot. That would free up the 3rd RB spot on game days. whem all is said and done this draft more than most years could end up shaping our special teams more than any of the previous ones. May have 3-4 core teams players out of it.
  6. Not sure how to merge topics. I just posted something very similar. I think we made our defense and ST better. We got a couple of speed options on offense. Overall good upgrades/additions. A couple positions I wish we addressed but alas I don’t think the front office saw position value or agreed with me about the need. I’m happy with the draft. Admittedly a Homer but I think we we got better.
  7. 1) Elam- possible/probable starter 2) Cook- probably a lot of touches as a 3rd down back at least 3) Bernard- special teams starter/probably back up LB/maybe some big nickel stuff? 5) Shakir- possible punt returner/WR contribute as a rookie (maybe/hopefully)? 6) Araiza- possible starter at punter (one would hope) 6) Benford- reserve/possibly could start as a gunner (perhaps moving on from Taiwan Jones?) 6) Tenuta- I have no expectations whatsoever from him but who knows with how much depth there was in this year’s draft class. I’d imagine practice squad based purely on roster numbers 7) Spector- Similar to the pick above. I have low expectations. Not because of ability but how stacked our roster is. Probably practice squad. I think all things considered if we walk out of this draft with just a starting outside CB, punter, and solid punt returner that have immediate contributions this season that would be huge for this year. Not to mention Cook at RB if he demands touches because of his ability. I think long term I was hoping to walk away with IOL and TE. But I don’t know the front offices plan with resigning. I’d imagine Knox gets resigned. I think the team loves him and he has a great relationship with JA. Hopefully Shakir is good enough to allow us to cut Crowder. That would be big for our team if he can force BBB to make that decision. Our draft class definitely seems hungry to prove themselves. They sure give off that impression in their interviews. I’m excited for training camp. The smell of super bowl championship is in the air!
  8. I realize you can only play who is on your schedule. I won't argue that we had a good defense. We were a very good defense. I suppose the term "legit defense" I should have replaced with the word intimidating or scary. But if that is what you took from my post so be it. If you thought our defense last year was dominant or feared I think we will have to agree to disagree. I love this team as much as the next fan and realize I am a homer as well. But our defense last year (#1 ranking or not) was not a feared defense. IMO our offense was more fearful than our defense. I am sure the Von Miller signing and some of the other moves will show as much this season.
  9. I am pretty unbiased on which CB we chose so long as it was addressed. I figured if we didn't grab one in the 1st or 2nd round we would be signing a veteran this weekend. I am glad we have a cost controlled contract on a rookie CB though with Tre already being signed to the big deal. I have always thought our defense was 1 good cover CB away from being a legit defense. Hopefully with our interior beef on DL and Von Miller/progress from young DE's it catapults us into being a scary defense. I do feel like last year we were ranked better than we were on defense because of how poor our schedule was. this year will be a better gauge on our ability on defense I think. I realize depth at several positions may be a priority but I am of the mindset of more playmakers on offense too. That puts us into scary opponent territory.
  10. I would still happily give my money to Apple over Direct TV. The customer service with Direct TV is absolutely the worst.
  11. While I agree with the strategy I don’t think this is the year to toss away extra draft picks. Maybe some late round ones. But this draft class should be loaded. A lot of athletes who sat out the Covid year came back this year to play. It’s a really deep draft class. I think there’s draft-able starters in the 4th this year. Maybe even 5th. Time will tell but this may be the most exciting day 3 draft watch for me in several years.
  12. But it seems like an eternity for me 😂
  13. Nelson CB from Eagles still out there. As is Chandler Jones. Really not as much movement as I thought on day 1 of tampering period.
  14. A legitimate question but the Broncos and Giants both are looking to develop young QB’s. Perhaps they both were considering Flores and how he messed up the development of Tua? Just a possibility. I’m not denying that racism is involved. I actually think him being fired by the Dolphins is more of a problem than not getting hired by the other teams because he had done a pretty decent job with what he had there. Also not saying I agree with Dolphins ownership about tanking but if that was true they are the owners. If he as a coach is an employee and didn’t do as told or asked wouldn’t that be grounds for dismissal? Again not saying I agree. Really the Dolphins situation to me seems more messed up. Also the Rooney rule is going to be flawed yes. There have been several good coaches to come out of it though. Marvin Lewis did a great job with the Bengals but couldn’t get over the hurdle. Dungey was a great coach. I think the rule is necessary and good things do come from it. Unfortunately it just comes at a slower pace than many want. But the reality of change is it never happens as fast as we want it to. I think Bienemy would be having his name talked about more.
  15. To be honest my favorite moment was Josh’s last two drives vs the Chiefs in the division round. Showed he was a big time player on the big stage. I realize defense/coaching shat the bed. But I don’t remember ever being that psyched as I was when he scored with 13 seconds left.
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