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  1. On 9/14/2020 at 11:47 AM, biju said:

    It pains me to say this as a fan but in a redraft I would look to sell Russell Wilson high.  Hear me out...

    The Falcons were--for most of the game when in non-passing down situations--using a jam front which is designed to limit the run game and force them to pass (which was a particularly bad idea given the state of their secondary).  I think he'll come back down to the ground in week 2 as there is no way Belichick will put the game in Wilson's hands, and it's possible the rest of the league realizes they would much rather have Seattle's run game than their pass game.

    Aaaaand it's possible this is a real change too:

    https://sports.yahoo.com/report-russell-wilson-demanded-seattle-233052625.html

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  2. 3 hours ago, -jb- said:

    I’ve now seen Chris Carson on two sites being called a sell high. What say ye?

    I'm sure the idea of selling high is because he needed the two receiving TDs to make his week and his rushing totals were exceptionally down, but the defense the Falcons played was designed to limit the run.  He'll do fine this year as teams realize they would rather let him run than Russ throw.

    One thing to note: Carlos Hyde and Travis Homer were used during the game a heck of a lot more than I was expecting but weren't terribly effective.  I think this is more about the lack of preseason games as the Seahawks used a very deep rotation in the WRs and across the entire defense too.  It *might* be about keeping the entire team fresh, but when the backups were out there it showed and Carroll will eventually revert to his tendencies.

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  3. It pains me to say this as a fan but in a redraft I would look to sell Russell Wilson high.  Hear me out...

    The Falcons were--for most of the game when in non-passing down situations--using a jam front which is designed to limit the run game and force them to pass (which was a particularly bad idea given the state of their secondary).  I think he'll come back down to the ground in week 2 as there is no way Belichick will put the game in Wilson's hands, and it's possible the rest of the league realizes they would much rather have Seattle's run game than their pass game.

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  4. On 7/27/2020 at 2:08 PM, Tool said:

    Have you looked at this stats at the beginning of his career? Lower scoring games are not good. His good stats historically have come in high scoring games when they’ve fallen behind

    I wouldn't worry.  Seattle's plan has basically always been to be ultra-conservative until absolutely necessary.  Even when they had that amazing defense they would routinely be losing in the first half and have Russ bring them back in the second.  Don't expect that to change anytime soon.

  5. 19 hours ago, Apple Juice said:

    The run sets up the pass. Pull the defense in, create plus matchups downfield. That's what Seattle has done for years. They set up Wilson to succeed.

    They could have him throw more, take more hits and be less efficient. Instead they commit to the run which doesn't work 100% of the time but it's still the best way to consistently good week to week. And as others have said it prevents Wilson from taking a beating and let's him take defenses by surprise with his deep strikes. 

    Not this year.  Right now, teams are far more afraid of the pass than they are the run and it's early passing that has opened up the run game.  While I'm a big believer in Chris Carson, it's really because you can't stack the box and let the WRs have one-on-ones with Russ back there.

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  6. 22 hours ago, Stompin' Tom Connors said:

    Really interesting question.

    There are definite players that an offense gameplans for. Schemes to address disruptive players like Mack and Donald; leveraging routes and 2-4th receivers to circumvent shut-down corners; creating mismatches with hybrid TEs or flanking out RBs.

    Defenses preparing for offenses likely have that too -- you need to prepare to shore up run support for a team like the Giants or Dallas. Likely some tape study for talents like CMC or Cohen who can be used in such versatile ways. How you can cover Kelce or a Gronk. You need to double a guy like Megatron, arguably Hill.

    But would imagine for Ds, it's more about defending tendencies on down and distance than game-planning for specific people outside of the above examples. To @Hankmoody's point, how do you specifically prepare for Tyreek? The guy is blazing fast so you put bracket coverage or press man to slow him down, but you know the routes he makes and how he does it -- it's almost just as much about disrupting Mahomes in the pocket and preventing roll-outs and those crazy on the run deep shots he can make, and that Hill can get open for. In that case, it's more defending the play than the man.

    Would love to know more about this. Teams tend to be fairly secretive about how they gameplan, but would be very interesting to know some of the ins-and-outs of how both Os and Ds approach this.

    Good thoughts.  I'm going to throw in my two cents here.

    It's also about the individual matchups.  I follow the Seahawks and I remember back in 2013/2014 when it was "en vogue" for the media talking heads to criticize Richard Sherman for "only playing one side of the field" instead of following the opposing team's #1 player.  His response (paraphrased) was that he had to study all of the receivers on their team in order to understand what they were doing which was actually more difficult to do.

    The way I'm reading this is if a CB has to prepare for the week and may potentially go head-to-head against Hill, he might not necessarily be studying his understudy as much which may lead to some early confusion.  A good example of how this translates is how the Raiders were not prepared for Demarcus Robinson and he torched them accordingly, however has remained in check moving forward (once CBs had some tape on him).

    Given this, I would expect that if Hill goes it might be a bit of a timeshare early on to see which WR the CB prepared for.

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  7. 1 hour ago, Stompin' Tom Connors said:

    :clap:

    I would have used the dancing pickle, as it's closer to how I feel, but I think that has connotations I don't know about.

    Likely still a bit away from him starting again, but this is the news I've been waiting for -- tangible progress.

    We'll see if it's a limited practice or if he's in full pads and taking contact. 

    :pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle:

    :pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle:

    :pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle::pickle:

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  8. 39 minutes ago, Dizzy said:

    Short week after a heavy workload... any concerns that Penny (assuming availability) takes a chunk of the work off of Carson vs Rams?

    I believe so, yes.  It seemed to me like he was probably ok to go Sunday (or close enough, but this is conjecture) but they held him out on purpose.  I have a feeling Penny is going to be at least 50% on Thursday.  I'm still going to roll out Carson but I'm expecting RB3 numbers personally.  Again, not justified and more of a gut instinct.

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  9. 1 minute ago, Mark Football said:

    What is the explanation for last week's zero touches? It does seem to me like this was a wildcat gimmick week. Then next week back to limited touches.

    I don't know and didn't watch either games.  Having said that, perhaps the other way to think about this is "what is the explanation for the change from week 3 to week 4"?  That answer might very well be being 0-3 and a winning game formula might not necessarily change in week 5.

    If I were a Connor owner I'd be looking to buy Samuels quick while there's just one game of production.

  10. 2 minutes ago, Milkman said:

    I don't think so. Jaylen Samuels looks better to me. Jaylen Samuels being on the field more is a significant risk to Conners future. 

    I haven't read through the entire thread so I'm unsure if this was already mentioned, but it's worth noting that Jaylen Samuels' position coach at NC State--Eddie Faulkner--is now his position coach with the Steelers.  I'm wondering if that has played a role thus far and may continue to...

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