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  1. 👍 And obviously in my blathering about needing to beef up the D in the draft, the WR corp should be a major emphasis as well. I'm really at a loss about who to take... the top 3 all look like potential studs to me. I'm mainly at a loss because I thot Cooper was the answer to all the questions. 😶 Now I only have questions...
  2. Alright, there's two things Chad and I agree about already this year...that's two more than all of last year. I absolutely agree--no first round pick on a QB. Too many other bigger needs. Tom points out the defensive stats weren't that bad league-wise. I dunno...it didn't seem like that translated on the field near that much. The picks should mainly be for defense. Then after that, defense. And after that, more defense. And, yeah, I don't see Brady at all. And I don't think there'd be interest on either side. Unless Brady has a big gambling problem we don't know about and Atlantic City has only been a short flight away his entire career. And I'm on record saying Gruden wants a mobile QB. My grandma is still faster than Tom Terrific (God rest her soul.)
  3. Here are some other views on Patterson (the first is what I was referring to in my original post about him): From: https://walterfootball.com/draft2020QB.php Patterson has completed 57 percent of his passes this season for 2,828 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. He hasn't developed enough as a pocket passer to be an early-round prospect. Patterson is a streaky quarterback. He can make some accurate throws when he is in rhythm and can use his legs to make some things happen. Patterson revealed some bad habits against Penn State. There were plays where he had a clean pocket, but Patterson would get frantic and rattled by a rush that wasn't there. There was one play where he made a jump pass when he had a clean pocket and it would have been an easy completion if he had just thrown the check down with his feet set. On the next play, Patterson threw a terrible pass right to a defender on an attempted screen. Patterson's field vision and composure need a lot of work, as he often gets flustered when his first read is covered. Patterson has a skill set with a strong arm and mobility, but he looks like a third-day prospect who should be a third-string developmental backup to see if he can improve enough to be considered a backup. He has a long way to go. From: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2825810-a-way-too-early-look-at-the-potential-2020-nfl-draft-qb-class#slide6 (written in May) Michigan's Shea Patterson may not push himself into the first-round conversation by next year, but he does possess some intriguing qualities. He's athletic, can excel on the run or from the pocket, has adequate size (6'2", 205 lbs) and has flashed good accuracy at times—he completed 64.6 percent of his passes in 2018. Patterson is also an intelligent signal-caller, as Matt Miller explained. "I think, from an evaluation standpoint, he has enough tools and he's a smart enough quarterback and that could really help him. He could push up through the (draft) process," Miller told Nick Baumgardner of the Detroit Free Press in December, with Patterson mulling declaring for the 2018 draft. "You're going to test well, you're going to interview well. You could probably push yourself up throughout." However, Patterson isn't a high-volume quarterback—he had just 325 attempts and 2,600 yards in 2018; for comparison, Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins had 533 attempts—in Michigan's offense and isn't going to produce eye-popping numbers. He doesn't have any special traits either, which may lead teams to view him as a Case Keenum-, Cody Kessler- or Josh Dobbs-type prospect.
  4. Well...ahem. Can I say I was tempted to delete my entire original post? 😉 Patterson's long ball is obviously terrible. Ironically his best was his first and it got dropped and it snowballed from there. Nothing even really close after that. On the other hand, the Gruden offense doesn't put a lot of stock on a lot of deep balls. He also only completed 17 of 37 which is obviously terrible too but on the surface but I saw close to a half dozen drops. On the plus side, I loved his pocket awareness and the plays he made with his legs. His medium and short balls were for the most part fine but even on some of those he put his receivers off balance with some poorly placed throws. Aside from the long ball issue (and that's obviously a major one), I didn't see anything else that soured me on him. But I can kinda see the 5-7 round preliminary draft grade now. I think he'd be worth taking a flyer on at that range assuming they haven't taken a QB before then but I think they will depending on how the draft shakes out. Bottom line is he was the second best QB on the field. Patterson had a running game working for him yet could never dent the 'Bama defense for really anything significant. The Jones kid outplayed him. True he had Jeudy, etc., but that's an argument Carr backers have long made--give him the weapons and he'll do lots of damage too. And Michigan's receivers are not slouches.
  5. Happy New Year, everyone! Wishing you all good health and prosperity in 2020!! Wanted to get on the board before the 'Bama/Michigan game and say I'm somewhat intrigued by Shea Patterson. Haven't watched a lot but what I've seen I've liked. Came up woefully short in the two biggest games of his career but I believe the offense put 20+ on the board in both. I firmly believe Gruden wants a mobile quarterback, be that Carr or someone else. Carr has not really shown that ability IMO. When he got the corner against SD late this season Gruden mentioned "RPO" in the postgame press conference. Only time I heard him say that all year and I really thinks he wants that to be a much bigger portion of his offense. I think Patterson can bring that element and I think he can extend plays with his feet as well. His rushing numbers, however, this year were terrible so I may not have a point. 😉 But they were a little better the season before and of course have nothing to do with extending plays. However, I read one brief scouting report on him and it sounded like he had some of the problems that plague Carr. I'll dig that up if I can find it. Anyway, Patterson doesn't get talked about much in this year's QB crop and I've even read where he can possibly be had in the 5-7 range. I think that's perfect. He could end up being another Tom Brodie. 😉 This game will be a good showcase for him. 'Bama's offense is terrific and their D would seem to have some things for him to exploit so it'll be interesting to see if he can keep the scoreboard operator busy and Michigan in the game. I also think he's playing in the senior bowl as well.
  6. In the Mary Ann vs. Ginger debate, you decide Mrs. Howell doesn't look all that bad either and deserves some consideration as well.
  7. Speaking of Walgreens, left there a couple weeks ago with FOUR prescriptions!!!!!!
  8. 2019 sack totals: Bears 32.0 (24th in the league) Raiders 32.0 Individual players Max Crosby 10 (top 10!!!) Nick Bosa 9.5 Khalil Mack 8.5 This is somewhat of what I meant toward end of last year when I said "screw tanking, go for the W at all times, let draft position take care of itself and you will be rewarded by the football gods." Now if we could only do something about the officiating!!! I thot this was so great I posted in 2020 thread as well. When do we officially make the switch? I see some already have. So confused...
  9. 2019 sack totals: Bears 32.0 (24th in the league) Raiders 32.0 Individual players Max Crosby 10 (top 10!!!) Nick Bosa 9.5 Khalil Mack 8.5 This is somewhat of what I meant toward end of last year when I said "screw tanking, go for the W at all times, let draft position take care of itself and you will be rewarded by the football gods." Now if we could only do something about the officiating!!! I thot this was so great I posted in 2019 thread as well. When do we officially make the switch? So confused...
  10. Oh, geez. Gruden made his share of blunders this year, no doubt. The utter failure of the offense in the second half the whole year is his failure by and large. But he's made significant progress over two seasons. There are not many coaches in the league I'd swap Gruden for. He's the right guy for this team.
  11. This is definitely some food for thought, Tom, especially the last part. I may be shortchanging Carr some in this area. 👍
  12. This cannot be stated enough. Carr's stats look fairly impressive but they don't translate where they need to.
  13. This would mean more (but still not much) coming from a Broncos fan. 🤣 They may lose to Denver, Carr may not be the answer but they will not trade the farm for the No. 1. If Mayock and Gruden didn't know what they were doing, maybe they'd package something but they absolutely nailed the first draft and they're not packaging a bunch of picks to move up to No. 1. While the board is pretty split on Carr most everyone agrees they have much bigger needs than QB. Addressing those, then seeing where Carr's at would seem to be the right play.