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22 Aug 2013
Here's your open thread to discuss all the preseason action in August 2013. Let's hope we keep the torn ACLs to a minimum.
Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 22 Aug 2013
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Every time they show Garrett on TV I think my hue saturation is off.
Chris Johnson just schooled the Redskin secondary. And, FWIW, Orakpo.
But so far the Redskins look good. One good play for Titans vs. two good drives for Skins.
Russell Wilson is made of magic and greased cheatcodes.
End verdict: Titans ran well against the Redskins. Redskins moved the ball with three different QBs, not one of which was named Robert Griffin. Such is the pre-season.
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Some notes on the Packers after a single half of preseason football. I'm going to write like it's football that matters, but I'm aware it's preseason.
Davon House is apparently a rented mule as everyone is just beating him. Same type of issues he had last year, bites on moves, doesn't have recovery speed, allows receivers to force separation. Micah Hyde looks like a rookie. Hopefully Williams and Hayward come back from injuries OK.
David Bakhtiari is living up to the training camp comments of being very solid. It's preseason but I'm less worried after a couple of quarters. Newhouse still has issues getting his hands up quickly.
Packers defensive line isn't getting pushed around quite as badly. If Burnett isn't on the field, McMillian and Jennings still have issues making the calls. Not really getting any pass rush, but they aren't really doing any blitzing, sub packages but fairly straight up D.
Packers o-line still isn't getting a ton of push in the run games, but the backs are doing alright with finding what they can. No explosiveness from any of them yet.
Harrel looks better under center but he still makes some bad decisions, and his throws while crisp are off target a bit making receivers having to adjust to make catches. That can be some of thee 2nd/3rd string receivers too. None of the TE's have looked very good.
Masthay is punting well and the coverage teams are doing well. Yay I guess.
NFL network goes to a split screen for the last play of the Pats-Eagles game along with a random play in the middle of the Cowboys-Raiders game. Really? Is this really the time for a double-box? Mind you, the Patriots were up by 9, so there was no way for the Eagles to tie the game, even from the Patriots' 1. OTOH, who cares about a random 2nd quarter play from Dallas?
In any case, just pick one play or the other. And then show the other on replay, if you must. With the double box I cannot see either.
Kickalicious goes 2/2 on FG, one from 49, and one from 50. There's no way he's making this roster over Akers, but I really do hope he catches on with a team. It's a fun story.
Btw, when he came on the field, the crowd gave him a louder ovation than Megatron got during pregame introductions.
I'd really hate it if he ended up on the Packers...
Me too. Rugland ending up on some AFC team (Texans? Shayne Graham has never been that impressive) would suit me just fine.
I'm not old enough to have seen Deacon Jones play, so I'm curious, is this his head slap move? http://www.steelersdepot.com/2013/08/steelers-versus-giants-breaking-dow.... If it's not, does anyone have a video that shows it being used?
That looked more like a club to that back of the head, but with the intention of shedding or even chucking the blocker. I think Jones' was more of an open handed, arm extended slap to the side of the head.
Deacon usually aimed for the earhole.
Thoroughly enjoying the fact that the preseason is broadcast on Telemundo. Spanish broadcasters beat the hell out of Aikman and Buck
08/23/13 prediction: The Seahawks are going to smoke the Packers tonight, and Packers fans will whine about it being preseason and how the Seahawks played it like it was their Super Bowl.
Well, it's tied at halftime and Wilson has tossed two INTs to a defense playing mostly backups while Rodgers only played the first half. So yes, if Seattle blows out the Green Bay in the second half I will say the Seattle backups did wart it more. And if Wilson starts the second half with Lynch in the backfield, they were playing like it was the SB. what's your point?
I was right. Wilson was just sacked by a player who probably won't even make the team.
What's going to happen if that player gets picked up by the Seahawks and later sacks Aaron Rodgers? I assume your head is going to explode.
Nope. I've accepted that as good a team as they've put together, they haven't done a good job with the OL. Frankly, I'm surprised Rodgers is still standing after the last two years.
I'm sure your proud that the Seahawks just got a TD against the Pack's third team.
I never thought I'd see trash-talking in the "Open preseason game discussion thread"
I admit I had been drinking. I'm just tired of a team's fans who can't even accept winning gracefully.
Give us a trophy or two and we'll be fine.
Well, I think we can all agree that the officials were the worst team on the field last night. Good Lord, they never let either side play.
Also, justanothersteve, your defense was not mostly backups for Wilson's ints according to your depth chart; but if it makes you feel better, then think that. Also, one of those ints was pure bad luck; but the other was a forced throw Wilson shouldn't have taken, for sure.
McCarthy sure game plans for preseason, though. You guys were using a lot of different defensive looks and stunts, and blitzed a lot.
Actually, I thought the officials were pretty good. I even agreed with both of Carroll's challenges before the refs overturned the calls.
Watching the failed 2-point conversion by the Rams with 1:56 left in the game raises the question: just how long does a receiver have to control the ball? And why? What's the purpose of that rule?
The Rams receiver caught the ball, got a foot down, got a knee down, hit the ground, was out of bounds, sliding, and then lost the ball.
If the receiver goes to the ground, they must demonstrate control throughout. It's like the Calvin Johnson thing a couple years back, Johnson used the ball to sort of right himself, and in so doing the ball slipped out.
Right now, the defensive back can't touch the receiver, can't hit him hard, and can't even look at his head the wrong way. The rules are heavily in favor of the offense, so the least you can demand of the receiver is to hold on to the freaking ball until he can get up and hand it to an official.
Watching Gino Smith pull an Orlovsky, and then watching Sanchez try playing with 3rd stringers and mess up his shoulder is vintage Jets. Hilarious and sad at the same time.
Gino did that in the bowl game, too. Maybe it's a New York thing with him.
Don't forgot Rex Ryan's bizarre press conference after the game. The Jets are going to be an absolute circus this season. They should strike a marketing deal with Ringling Bros.
The way Ryan has handled the roster the past two years, combined with his public demeanor (starting with the foot fetish video), makes me suspect that this is all some sort of performance art piece similar to what Joaquin Phoenix did a few years ago.
Do the Jets have a sponsorship deal with the Brooklyn Museum of Art? Perhaps we'll see a portrait of Rex Ryan splattered with elephant dung?
If that actually happens, I have a feeling it would only be the 6th wierdest thing that happens to the Jets this season.
Weird double post.
Weird triple post.
SNF goes to commercial playing Cake in a game featuring the 49ers, and the camera isn't on Harbaugh. Missed opportunity....
I'm thinking of going all Al Davis on my FFB draft and taking Denard Robinson with the first overall pick. That or Usain Bolt. Sure Bolt's ability to run an offense might be in question, but dude is a physical specimen and can run!
Rex Ryan won the weekend. Him and his American right to give interviews sideways. :D
Agreed, that was a solid coach press conference tirade. I think for FO 10th Anniversary, in addition to best players, they should have a list for best coach media meltdowns. We can than have an Irrational "Playoffs!?" vs. "THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY ARE" Thread.
I think we can just go ahead and crown Denny Green's ass right now.
And let Jim Mora off the hook?
He's just hoping he wins a game!
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