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Old 09-27-2018, 10:39 AM   #301
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Old 09-27-2018, 10:45 AM   #302
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So, we end up... basically the same team. 10-6, pass-heavy, and among the second tier of conference contender. We lose the division on a tie breaker, and settle for the 6th seed and nearly certain doom.

GML: Baltimore Ravens 2077

QB Bush basically replicated what we have come to expect from our QB slot, for tiny money. Interesting. WR Dodge was again a target hog but not very productive with them, his 7.4 ypt was below the team-wide ypa.
RB Schwartz managed to get more carries than my rookie Wetzel - that's just poor gameplanning on my part, but neither was more than a replacement-level producer, so no sense that we lost out badly there.

Defensively, we got turnovers and past that we were not that good. Hancock and Osborne posted 25 sacks, but overall our PR% was only 18.6, way way too low to make this team work properly. LB Marsh was great in coverage (19 PD!) and helped to cover up our other weaknesses, it seems. Work to do there.


Better than expected season, all told. Go, Gino!
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Old 09-27-2018, 02:03 PM   #303
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i know we're all killing time before fof9, but im still in on this thread quik. dont give up

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Old 09-28-2018, 10:55 AM   #304
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we're one and out

squirrel wins

guys retire

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Old 09-28-2018, 11:27 AM   #305
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we're one and out

squirrel wins

guys retire

grass grows

But chemistry is forever
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Old 09-30-2018, 09:27 AM   #306
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But chemistry is forever

let's hope so...
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Old 09-30-2018, 09:29 AM   #307
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Interesting side light... QB Irving Mathews signed last year (3/$85m) with SF, only to carry a clipboard in a non-injury league and get discarded this offseason. Applying real-world logic here would give rise to tons of issues, but we'll just leave it at this: nice payday, buddy.
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Old 09-30-2018, 09:33 AM   #308
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Still at QB...interesting dilemma here. Are we so completely "system" that we could just plug in anybody and get a solid 300 yards a game with a 2:1 ratio or better? Gino Bush, in a walk year, presumably will hold out, right? And if he does, do I give in and grant him a $22m/yr deal? That's low-end money for a pro bowl candidate, but a lot of money (a star player in another slot, in cap terms) if he's merely replacement-level, and any old guy (like our washout soph Terwey) could do more or less as well given a shot.
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Old 09-30-2018, 10:59 AM   #309
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By the way, WR Artie Dodge suffered a ratings dip, and we lost two of our veteran TEs to retirement, including our 6th year "long term starter." We might not be a system team any longer... this could easily be the year where we have 650 attempts for only 4500 yards, and our pass-first approach crosses the line to being truly counterproductive. Just tossing it out there.
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Old 10-02-2018, 09:21 AM   #310
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Traded away our 1st round pick for a future 1st, landed a solid-looking TE with our 2nd round pick

Signed a build-around LB with bog money, and a veteran pass rusher on a no-risk deal - Transactiona page
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Old 10-03-2018, 10:39 AM   #311
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le transazioni continuano

If I'm going to misspell it and make it look like fake Italian, might as well go all in...
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Old 10-03-2018, 10:43 AM   #312
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RB Hector Schwartz leaves for a deal with Houston. I never really got what I had hoped for from him - 7 seasons as a time-splitter, but only 3.97 ypc and 6.36 ypt. I'll chalk it up as a mild failure... I reckon my gameplan isn't super RB-friendly overall, but I really did expect that a RB2 in this offense would find a good deal of open spaces to run into. So it goes, I made him an offer but didn't really put up much fight for an 8th year meh sort of guy.

RB Sebastian Graham will get a look for the 3rd down role.
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Old 10-03-2018, 10:54 AM   #313
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The more interesting transaction is one that didn't happen for us. We got outbid for our stopgap chem leader for the D7, which basically just hastens in a new era for us. One-trick pony DE Ellis Palma just seems too good to let get away, so he will be our build-around guy for chemistry going forward. 4th year guy, 99 leadership means he will stay in the role forever, and 97 personality means every relationship will be strong. He's already got the starts to "count" so this is just a matter of giving him a few places to pin his ears back and stay happy enough to re-sign. hey, if you're only going to have one skill as a defensive end, he's got the right one.
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Old 10-03-2018, 11:29 AM   #314
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...the downside of which is that we have a load of good D7 players in the 11-12 group already. I will likely phase them out by attrition, but that will be a major leak of talent.
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:35 PM   #315
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So yeah, stuff happening.

I ended up with a familiar conundrum. Not that exciting, but I'm not that excited.

It's cutdown day, and these two guys are on my bubble:
CB Mason Rogers
CB Johnnie Horner

So, the deal is... I know guys can gain real value just by being on your team forever. So, even though these guys drifted from borderline contributors to bench-bound after a few seasons on the bench, the fact is they could really have value at some point. But... the thing is I always stumble across guys who just seem a touch better, and then I lose faith... and cut guys like them - which is what I'm almost certain to do here, this season.
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Old 10-11-2018, 09:19 AM   #316
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The dreaded 7 seed

GML: Baltimore Ravens 2078
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Old 10-24-2018, 10:58 AM   #317
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Things have happened. None very exciting. We have submitted a file for another regular season. Expecting another mediocre 7-9 wins, I guess. We're thinner at WR than I can recall, and our rookie at 1.11 turned out to be a nice WR3 rather than a true WR1. We'd probably be better off tanking, but I'm putting in a "do our best" lineup and the same gameplan as usual.
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Old 10-25-2018, 09:01 AM   #318
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Season summary: GML: Baltimore Ravens 2079

11-5 and a bye. Didn't see it coming. Writing it off as a fluke.
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Old 10-25-2018, 09:03 AM   #319
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Seriously, this is a bye team? Pass for just over 7 yards a target, meh. No RB gets even 4 yards a carry, meh. Nobody gets 1,000 yards rushing or receiving, period, meh. Nobody gets 10 sacks, meh. Did we win 11 games with punt returns?
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Old 11-02-2018, 08:48 AM   #320
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Draft recap here: 400 Bad Request

Traded out of our 1st rounder to get a future 1st, that's fine. In the draft, it looks like we landed a playable TE, and a couple utility RBs, okay then. Two (mediocre) long snappers, really? Awesome.

Anyway, I presume we've got another season of "the same" ahead here. Should be solid, not great. I think last year's bye week was a fluke, we're a 9-win team on average if we ran this sucker 100 times.

That's fine, I'm basically just treading water here. Other stuff waxing while FOF waning, it happens.
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:45 AM   #321
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So, we can neither confirm nor deny the rumors that the Ravens actually talked with another team about trading away QB Irving Mathews. We would aggressively restate that we are committed to him as our build-around passer going forward, and resist any suggestions to the contrary.

Now, it is also true that we will be watching a certain combine-freak QB Kai "The Golden Hurricane" DeVore with some particular interest in the seasons ahead. Just for, you know, academic purposes.

http://gml.fof-belco.com/playercard.php?playerid=50849

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Old 11-07-2018, 05:12 PM   #322
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file submitted. not a bye team. Ben's rankings put us something like 26th. Maybe 8 wins? 9?
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:03 AM   #323
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WTF we're crazy good 14-2 and #1 seed

GML: Baltimore Ravens 2080

So, what happened here?
QB Bush was solid but not great...8.4 ypt, 37/21 ratio
Rushing attack rebounded, with rookie RB outperforming expensive guy
Soph WR Cailletau emerged as a legit WR1 with 11.4 ypt and 104-1,688-12
We were... WTF -15 on turnovers? How on earth did we win 14 games?
Defense seemed okay but not particularly good... 12th in ypa

I do not get it. We'l take it, I guess. Snakebite coming soon, though. #PaperTigerRavens
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:39 PM   #324
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standard snakebitten one-and-out, as predicted

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Old 11-16-2018, 08:53 PM   #325
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another crappy draft, rated #31 of 32

400 Bad Request

how do we win anything ever?
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Old 11-21-2018, 02:28 PM   #326
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file sent, again

hopes low, again

beats me
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Old 11-21-2018, 07:33 PM   #327
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(rotten twist, we turned in a file including one or two team conflicts at QB... got screwed in the open market from getting the OL leaders I wanted, and basically punted after that...so it goes... just don't have the energy to invest in this right now, tryna manage professional and political turmoil in my real life)
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Old 11-22-2018, 10:40 AM   #328
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Well, if your team is mediocre... over a two year span, it would be best to have all the good luck in one year, and then eat the shit sandwich in the other.

So be it.

GML: Baltimore Ravens 2081
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Old 11-22-2018, 10:41 AM   #329
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(Tiny sample size theater says... a chemistry based team simply cannot afford to play a season with a chemistry problem)
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Old 11-24-2018, 09:50 AM   #330
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working theory - we overused our low-endurance WR1 and paid a big price for it
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Old 11-26-2018, 09:42 AM   #331
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Opening up free agency, we look a bit like a team in "go for it" mode. Two big money signings (albeit non glamour positions, DT and OL) and two early draft picks (WR and OT) ought to get tongues wagging in Baltimore.

We don't exactly have a, you know, quarterback, but I'm told that's not a serious consideration.
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Old 12-05-2018, 08:46 AM   #332
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Submitting regular season file today. Here's the summary:

-We look like a bottom half team this year

-We have a new, unproven and non-affinity guy starting at QB

-Our draft rated mid-pack, but that was with two picks in the top 15 overall... got serviceable but not superstars at WR and OT there

I expect to take some pressure off our WR1, try to get what we can from our offense behind a guy who seems to have "good enough" skills, and hope we can get a few dice rolls our way to eke out a 9 or 10 win season. 6-10 would not be a shock, but neither would 11-5.
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:07 AM   #333
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12-4 and a bye week, because, you know, it's a funny shaped ball or something

GML: Baltimore Ravens 2082
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:59 AM   #334
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Assessment:

QB Howard got us back to the 5,000 yard level, albeit only 7.7 ypa which isn't dominating

Dialing back on Cailleteau was the key, I think, he was back to 9.3 ypt and our rookie posted 10.0, so we have a tandem now, which really helps

Running game stinky, as usual, despite our C getting OL of the Year plaudits

Louis Herdeg was a guy I nearly cut for chemistry reasons, but instead posted an all pro season - playing mainly as our nickel guy, but he's a serious ballhawk, interesting skill set
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Old 12-07-2018, 02:25 PM   #335
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Snakebitten, yet again

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yet another one and out in the playoffs

career playoff record: an appalling 20-43



Can it be that we are running a flawed gameplan that defeats zombie AI teams, but fails to real people? We have had way more than our fair share of seasons like this - double digit wins, often with a bye week, followed by home playoff losses in short order. Seems more than coincidence.
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Old 12-20-2018, 08:04 PM   #336
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Big problems this season.

Booted first round draft pick on a mediocre-at-best WR. Missed on the stud FA I really wanted. Messed up a key file and had my favorite player cut by the AI. Screwed up the recovery and only had 52 players for the season with a scrambled depth chart.

GML: Baltimore Ravens 2083

12-4 and a bye week, because the world makes no sense
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Old 12-20-2018, 08:07 PM   #337
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...I actually suspect that my game plan was messed up, also. So, there's that too.

Seriously, no components of this team say "power team." We're paper tigers, and will presumably meet our usual fate, perhaps an undignified home loss in our opener, for a one-and-out exit at the hands of AVAILABLE.
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Old 12-21-2018, 09:41 AM   #338
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Yup, one and out. Ben wins. Yay. All is right with the world.

Career playoff record: 20-44... that's a .313 winning percentage (a number dear to me) which is unbelievably hard to manage as a frequent resident of the upper tier. I'm sure we even have a losing record in playoff HOME games. Silly stuff.
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Old 01-02-2019, 09:56 AM   #339
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File sent for the next season. QB stuck around to start for a third season on only a $4m salary, unexpectedly. We will have to make a call there next season, he will want to get paid.

We are rated #28 in the BELCo power ratings, for whatever reason. I'm not one to brag on my team, but even I think we're better than that. Not sure we are a bye week power team again, but I could see 10 wins happening. Or 7, sure. We'll pitch it around a bit, though.
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Old 01-03-2019, 09:58 AM   #340
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Oh, we suck now.
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Old 01-16-2019, 09:35 AM   #341
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File sent for new regular season. Brought QB back on one year all cash deal. Draft stinks, per usual, only my 1st and 7th round picks even chart in Ben's ratings list, where we land at 30th of 32. It's a wonder we don't just fall apart completely and dawdle into a stud QB. But that's not the plan this year - more likely around 7-10 wins again.
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