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Everything posted by AMPHAR

  1. Let's have a talk about the offensive line

    I’m in favor of signing Warford. They are dangerously thin and largely unproven. Micheal Jordan may become an All Pro this year but he was horrible last year. Warford gives you upgrade at a starter position then bumps everyone down improving depth.
  2. Let's have a talk about the offensive line

    Under Alexander Hopkins was inserted as a starter at RG over Andre Smith back 2017. He wasn’t buried behind vets under Alexander. He could handle a Ketchup bottle if you know what I mean. Hopkins is just alright if he was surrounded by high performing tackles like Bodine his play would receive more critical analysis from fans. Still a better player than Price and Bodine. I would say he isn’t as good as Kyle Cook, yet. The overall goal would be to have Hopkins as your worse lineman instead of having players with that distinction lining up at tackle. Hopefully Jordan and Williams answer the praise and become budding all-pros. Find a decent answer to RT. I doubt we ever see the Bengals getting to the divisional round with the level of play at RT and LT with Hart etc.
  3. Will There Be a 2020 NFL Season?

    NFL facilities opening up on Tuesday
  4. What About the Defense ??

    As you look at this to a path of when their next Division title occur. The improvement of the defense is critical. They spent a ton and then invested draft picks too. They must have major success on that side of the ball so the focus can be turned into finishing off the O-line. The job was simply bigger that 1 off-season IF you didn't trade down. They didn't. The Bengals added a massive amount of defensive talent. I also don't think you take the CBs and call it a wash. Scheme, and coaching points are very important. When was the year that the world's best CB "Awesome-O" was pursued and the winning Eagles team won him in Free Agency and then was determined they were a dream team? Flopped. If these CBs are just better at tackling it's a major boost. Anyhoo, I think it's fair expectations to think this defense should move up dramatically in the rankings to near top 10. If they remain a bottom tier defense, I think you gut the entire Defensive coaching staff. It's a drastic move but improving the defense after these investments is critical otherwise they can't move on to other areas of weakness like the o-line. They'll realistically probably need to add 1-2 starters there.
  5. Stealers looking for PK

    Not a shocker. Harrison is lucky he didn't get the Shazier consequences. Would it shock anyone that the Huber broken jaw was a bounty? During those times there are so many targeting issues ON BOTH SIDES. I'm sure each team had some pools going on.
  6. Let's have a talk about the offensive line

    Watching a lot of previous seasons during the shut down. It's pretty clear IF they could sit Dalton in shotgun. Then pre-snap Dalton could identify soft coverage the offense wasn't horrendous. Seattle gave this look repeatedly through out the whole game and not to any surprise was probably their best offensive performance given the level of competition. When teams were able to force Dalton out of the quick read and fire the line's inability to protect became an issue. For this year it's going to be necessary to get Mixon going early. Of course AJ/Ross must be on the field or available. I think those factors will give a young QB easier coverage reads and help protect a line weakness. Then you have to have Williams lock down one side. Jordan really has to improve in pass pro. I don't care what Turner says about Hart above. The fact is they talked Hart up last year. Then supposedly he played good last year. But he's in a position battle with a guy that was un drafted and a wavier wire pick up? Seems kinda odd if Hart really and truly had a good season. I think they give up way to much ground on the edge at an alarming speed. They struggle to flatten the rush or widen them too often.
  7. Will There Be a 2020 NFL Season?

    I think College Football could be in danger because you have different entities making the call. However, there is a lot of revenue from TV that supports entire athletic departments and smaller school programs. Not allowing Alabama to crush East Dump Truck State on ESPN might force a East dump truck state to make cuts. Plus if you look at college athletic facilities not all that is paid for. So there could be problems with that given a decline in revenue.
  8. Will There Be a 2020 NFL Season?

    MLS has started voluntary workouts already. College Division 1 extended their dead period for recruiting. However D2 athletics will lift their dead period May 31st which would allow schools to hold recruiting camps and campus visits for prospects. So it then becomes up to the school. Not sure what was behind the NFL's extension but they have time.
  9. Let's have a talk about the offensive line

    This is from Great Blue North draft report: As a whole they weren't impressed very much regarding O-line:
  10. Let's have a talk about the offensive line

    Saw on another board that had tweet naming the Bengals with 4 other teams showing interest in Waford. So here’s to hoping!
  11. Attention all degenerates...

    I would take the over on Mixon. However he gets dinged and misses a couple games every season it seems. Health is the key. The Bengals added a capable Free Agent upgrade (on paper) at every level of the defense. Plus attacked the biggest weakness via the draft. I think the Defense performance improves. Maybe that bumps up the number of offensive plays AND shifts some of the passing plays to rushes.
  12. 1st Round Pick: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

    The fall out from COVID would be felt in the Salary Cap. IF COVID shuts down attendance or the league. The salary cap is determined by Defined Gross Revenues. So in theory the salary cap could go backwards OR growth slowed. This happened back when Steinbach was a FA. The owners made a bad extension that jumped up the percentage and cap growth for a couple seasons then when a new long term agreement was reached the cap slowed (can't remember if it ever went backwards) some teams were caught for a couple years with tough cap situations. Now the league could step in and adjust the formula for the salary cap. As for individual contracts; a lot of contracts have guarantees like roster, signing bonuses. However, they don't receive salary checks until the regular season games start. I think they get minor amounts during preseason. It would be interesting to hear if there is anything that would disrupt those payments. Earned roster, signing bonus would not be effected is my guess. No relief from guaranteed payments without revenue could bankrupt some newer ownership groups. Therefore as a minimum you can guess they'll do everything they can to at least get the games on TV to fulfill contract requirements there and get that revenue. I'm not sure how much revenue is wrapped up in fans attending games but they can also shed some costs. Loss of TV revenue probably goes straight to the bottom line.
  13. Farewell Andy Dalton

    Dallas is smart choice, IMO. Sure Dalton could have held out at that elusive chance to start. Maybe that opportunity comes along and maybe it doesn't. What if it did? Cowboys are a favorite for the NFC in a not so great division. A lot of times they are overrated because they have a massive following. The Cowboys QB spot is unsettled maybe a holdout. I think Dak is the same level QB as Dalton. Maybe Dalton gets lucky and finds himself driving the Cowboys to a Superbowl. This is the Dallas Cowboys and they are supposed to be a good team this year. What? Dalton going to hold out to be Jacksonville's starting QB over that? I dunno, I'd probably take Dallas too.
  14. Let's have a talk about the offensive line

    At the same time they are asking Turner to be David Copperfield turning too many late rounders and young players into viable starters right away. By my count: Hopkins - Un-drafted (Beat the odds already an got a contract extension) Williams - 1st rounder (Has to come up big) Jordan - 4th rounder (Wasn't very good at all last year; He has to come up big this year) Then it's 2 starting jobs and a key swing tackle spot coming from this group: Filo - 2nd rounder (Key back up for the Cowboys) Hart - 7th rounder (Beat the odds, getting contract extension and is firmly planted as bottom tier tackle) Johnson - Un-drafted - Need him to come up big. Price - 1st flat out bust at this point need some magic beans. Redmond - Un-drafted beating the odds a little still with the team has started some. Prince - 6th rounder Hakeem - 6th rounder 2 spots Filo and Hopkins have decent NFL film and performance (NOT All Pro, decent). 2 guys I think could get cut (Price and Hart) and never enter a team's camp as a starting option. I just don't see how they stand pat with this group. Adding a Pro Bowl guard even if he's on his downside helps tremendously.
  15. Let's have a talk about the offensive line

    Intel I gathered from Saints boards. Andrus Peat (LG) got extended to a huge deal (5 years 57mil) Last year the Saints traded up to grab McCoy (C from Texas A&M). This year they drafted Ruiz (C from Michigan) at 24. So one of them are getting bumped to RG. Sean Peyton had a quote saying something like they didn't draft Ruiz to sit. A writer from the Athletic says it shouldn't be surprise Warford got cut because the Saints made it a priority to improve interior protection for Brees. Apparently Warford gave up a key sack in the playoff loss. Most Saints fans on the board wanted his cap room to sign another FA. Some were hopeful they could have traded him and a few wanted to keep him for depth. I say bring his ass in and cut whoever you have to. I just watch our late season "improving" line vs. the Dolphins. Dolphins recorded the fewest sacks in the league last year. We gave up 4 sacks and a ton of pressure. The offense sucked up until 30 seconds left when they pumped 16 points on the board to tie it. We need improvements across the board with this line. Dalton was not the weakest link on the team, not an elite QB either, so I understand and wanted a drafted QB. But when they try to run a normal offense it's jail break on the QB. Dalton these past 3 years saved a bunch of sacks and hits. To ask Burrow to come in here a be Houdini as a rookie is too big of a risk to what they are trying to do.
  16. AJ Green is fully on board

    Mixon has passing game value and very much worth a 2nd deal at a major price. I don’t care what the current trend on RBs says.
  17. Let's have a talk about the offensive line

    Warford is a guy I wish they would have pursued 3 seasons ago after Zeitler left in FA. I wonder what the story is with him? 3 pro bowl years with Saints. Would be a homecoming of sorts, played at UK and to high school about 2 hours away from Cincinnati. On paper it’s a major upgrade.
  18. AJ Green is fully on board

    They need to keep AJ for at least 3 more seasons.
  19. Will There Be a 2020 NFL Season?

    Burrow starts his career on the National stage. CBS National game and then Thursday Night football.
  20. Will There Be a 2020 NFL Season?

    Major League Soccer has opened their facilities. I think FC Cincy starts work outs Friday. Kinda strange NBA and MLB are quiet on this.
  21. 1st Round Pick: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

    Tua took the number “1” to mock Burrow and his followers
  22. Will There Be a 2020 NFL Season?

    NFL/College football has major revenue risk IF they don't get their games on TV. Horse tracks are opening back up (some never closed). They raced without fans. I think it's a question of whether or not you'll be able to attend the games. If horse tracks can figure out how to handle their backside operations which are small communities that would dwarf a NFL operation then the NFL and Power 5 will find a way to get their games on TV at the very least.
  23. Let's have a talk about the offensive line

    We’ve seen our pass rushing assets render ineffective by targets that come open quickly underneath, running attack and poor tackling. AJ staying healthy and coming back just as dangerous is a big key because there is less press coverage against him. Ross being a threat wouldn’t hurt either.
  24. Let's have a talk about the offensive line

    Bengals are bullish on Micheal Jordan. Latest Bengals.com feature claims he is a force waiting to happen.
  25. Farewell Andy Dalton

    IMO, I’d rather pay Dalton on a yearly deal and then maybe short term vs. Dak 30+mil a year with a good portion of that guaranteed.