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1704, 2016

Carson Wentz is Rising up the NFL Draft Boards

By |April 17th, 2016|Football, Sports|Comments Off on Carson Wentz is Rising up the NFL Draft Boards

 Can Carson Wentz become a Franchise Quarterback?
Name Position School: Carson Wentz, Quarterback, North Dakota State

Games Watched: Jacksonville State, North Dakota, Northern Iowa

Measurables: Wentz is six foot five and a solid two hundred thirty three pounds with excellent ten inch hands to go along with his frame. He ran a 4.77 forty which is slightly faster than Goff but not enough to turn heads or cause a defense to have headaches. Wentz has the ideal body to play in the NFL, but he also had a broken wrist that caused him to miss a large chunk of the 2015 season. His measurables are excellent for a prototypical NFL quarterback.

Strengths: Wentz has an adequate arm that can make every throw in the book but it is not a very good arm. Wentz can lead a comeback drive and can lead a team to victory. He does not make many boneheaded throws and usually makes the right decision. He can work through progressions and

Weaknesses: Wentz is not a fast processor of information and in the NFL that problem will be magnified. His arm strength is only okay and will not be able to challenge defenses on all levels of the field in a dangerous manner. In addition to not processing information fast, he also has extremely slow feet in the pocket and cannot reset as fast as Goff can.

Summary: Usually small school prospects are more polished because of the continuity on the staff and the benefit of staying in school or four to five years but Wentz looks to be an exception as he is raw. Wentz checks many of the prototypical boxes that a team values in a prospect but he does not have the mental side […]

1704, 2016

NFL Draft – Is Jared Goff ready for Prime Time?

By |April 17th, 2016|Football, Sports|Comments Off on NFL Draft – Is Jared Goff ready for Prime Time?

Why Jared Goff could be an NFL Franchise Quarterback
Name Position School: Jared Goff, Quarterback, California

Games Watched: Utah, USC, Air Force

Measurables: Goff is six foot four which is a good height for a quarterback. He is not in the extremely tall range where quarterbacks often struggle (like Ryan Mallett at six foot six) but he is not too short to struggle in the NFL (sub six foot). His frame is smallish but he survived his time behind a horrendous offensive line at California. A NFL weight room and conditioning program will serve him well as he prepares to start sixteen games. His hands are small at nine inches but it is not an absolute death knell for a quarterback like it is portrayed to be. He ran a 4.82 forty time.

Strengths: Goff is often knocked for playing in the Bear Raid (a take on the Air Raid) but he shows the mental tools needed to succeed in the NFL. He has extremely quick feet as he moves through his progressions. He can work through progressions both in trips formations to one side of the field or in two by two formations (two receivers on each side of the offensive line) looking at the whole field. He often throws his receivers open and anticipates when receivers will be open. An excellent example of this was when he threw a go (streak) route for a touchdown in the Utah game when the receiver was merely half a step ahead of the cornerback and he placed the ball perfectly. In another example from this game, Goff play action fakes to the running back only to find him being trapped by a defender. He spins out of a sack and […]

1604, 2016

Trading the Farm

By |April 16th, 2016|Football, Sports|Comments Off on Trading the Farm

Does Trading the Farm Work?
Analysis of the Blockbuster Rams – Titans Trade
Four years ago, the Rams held the second overall pick and traded back to sixth with the Redskins so they could select Robert Griffin III (RG3). Now the Rams paid the painful price to move up from fifteen to one to select a quarterback in this year’s draft.

The terms of the trade were the Titans receiving the 15th (1st round), 43rd and 45th (second round), and 76th (third round) selections this year from the Rams as well as their 2017 first and third round picks. The Rams receive the first overall selection from this year as well as the Titans’ 113th (fourth) and 6th (sixth) round selections this year. These types of trades usually leave the team moving up devoid of a core to build around the player (usually a quarterback).

However the Rams four years ago moved from second to sixth to fourteenth and received a bounty of players. The Rams selected Michael Brockers, Janoris Jenkins, Isaiah Pead, Rokevious Watkins, Alec Ogletree, Stedman Bailey, Zac Stacy, and Greg Robinson as a result of the big trade and the smaller trades with those picks. Michael Brockers turned out to be a solid defensive tackle for the Rams. Janoris Jenkins was a very good player before he left this off-season to get paid by the Giants while Isaiah Pead was a disappointment who is now with the Dolphins. Watkins is out of the NFL. Ogletree is an average player while Stedman Bailey was an okay player who got shot in the head and looks to make a comeback this year. Stacy was very good in 2013 and dropped off in 2014 before the drafting of Todd […]

1204, 2016

Clemson Spring Game

By |April 12th, 2016|Football, South Carolina, Sports, State|Comments Off on Clemson Spring Game

A record fifty thousand fans clad in orange came
to watch a hundred odd college football players
don the orange and white to play in
a game where the score doesn’t matter.
The Orange team won 17-9 but what matters is the performance of individual players. Of course Deshaun Watson will light up the defenses, but what is more important is how the younger players and backups played.

The good performances:

Adam Choice showed why he won more awards at the 2015 Team Banquet than Deshaun Watson as he cemented his status as the backup behind Wayne Gallman. Choice showed impressive acceleration and selected the correct holes to run through. While Wayne Gallman should be the entrenched starter it has nothing to do with Choice’s performance, especially coming off of an ACL tear. Choice could start on most teams in the country and should have a heads up on the starting job if Wayne Gallman likely leaves after this year.

Ray Ray McCloud shined as he caught three passes for 98 yards and a touchdown including a sixty one yard pass where he had a step on the defender, Watson dropped it in the bucket, and he beat the tackle to score. McCloud showed many facets of his game including his ball skills, agility, and speed. Something to note is that McCloud is not that tall yet won on the deep balls thrown to him. Artavis Scott is already an All ACC player, but he excelled in both the receiving and returning games this Saturday. He showed a willingness to play larger than his size and break tackles until the end. To be fair, the special teams were diluted so many players could play according to Coach Swinney.

The Davis twins have […]

2803, 2016

Shaq Lawson Scouting Report

By |March 28th, 2016|Football, Real Deep, Sports|Comments Off on Shaq Lawson Scouting Report

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Clemson University’s Shaq Lawson
Scouting Report
Shaq Lawson will forgo his senior season at Clemson and opt for the NFL draft.

Measurables: Shaq Lawson checks in at six feet and 2.75 inches and weighs at 270 pounds which are solid measurables for an NFL end. His arms are shorter than the NFL pedigree which is 33 inches while he has 32.75 inch arms. This is some cause for concern because he could struggle with NFL tackles that have longer arms. His 40 time at 4.70 seconds is adequate, and his ten yard split is 1.63 seconds. His bench press abilities are unknown because he did not lift at either the NFL combine or the Clemson pro day. His vertical jump was 33 inches and his broad jump was 120 inches. His shuttle time was 4.21 seconds while his cone time was 7.16 seconds. The measurables are not the most important part of an evaluation but it can alert teams to red flags or athletic freaks.

Games Watched: Florida State, North Carolina, Alabama, Notre Dame

Medical: Note that he was injured during the Florida State game and again during the Oklahoma game. He played the Alabama game at around fifty percent and he had a shoulder issue from his freshman year that was tagged for recheck at the combine. He turned out to not need corrective surgery. He has mild medical concerns but nothing that will have his stock slide.

Strengths: Shaq Lawson uses his hands well and has a variety of pass rush moves in order to beat offensive linemen. He can choose to go around or through you, but he is not exceptional at either. His spin move is excellent. It appeared that his first responsibility was to […]

1902, 2016

Behind The Scenes Of The High-Tech Golf World

By |February 19th, 2016|Sports|Comments Off on Behind The Scenes Of The High-Tech Golf World

We don’t usually associate golf with high-tech equipment and cutting edge gadgets. It’s a lazy Sunday morning away from the technology of everyday life. The entire point of golf is to reconnect with nature, not tech! We know that football and the Super Bowl is pretty high-tech, but golf? However, there are some fantastic technology products helping take the game to the next level. If you want to be the best in the game, gadgets can help you get there. Today, we’re going behind the scenes, and looking at the next-generation technology pushing the game further and further.

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First of all, let’s look at the clubs themselves. Modern clubs are so much more than simple metal and wood. There’s a reason why the best clubs cost in the range of $5,000 each! High-tech golf clubs are accurately designed to improve your swing, and improve your game. How? Well, they use a sophisticated MOI technology. MOI stands for ‘moment of inertia’. The best clubs have a high MOI, meaning you’re likely to hit the ball, even if you have a sketchy swing! You most often find this technology in drivers, but a similar stabilizer effect is happening in the best putters.

Just as the clubs are optimized for better performance, so are the best golf balls in the game. Now, if you’re hitting the driving range, you probably don’t want to waste your money on high-tech golf balls. However, if you’re playing a high-stakes 18-hole round, you’ll want the best balls possible! You might not know this, but different balls are optimized for ability. Some balls are harder, and optimized for high speed swingers. Others feel softer; perfect for low-speed swingers and beginners.

Let’s face it, we all […]

1002, 2016

Andy Griffith Advising Cam Newton

By |February 10th, 2016|Football, Sports|Comments Off on Andy Griffith Advising Cam Newton

We love Cam Newton and perhaps some criticism is deserved and some isn’t… but on Facebook, user (Gilly Kidd) thought a good Andy Griffith life lesson was more in order.  In the first two days his simple video creation has received three million views… after all, think what you want about Cam, but who doesn’t love Andy Griffith?

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Posted by Gilly Kidd on Monday, February 8, 2016

802, 2016

Super Bowl Debrief

By |February 8th, 2016|Football, Real Deep, Sports|Comments Off on Super Bowl Debrief

The Carolina Panthers were an excellent team
but sometimes records do not tell the whole story.
The Pythagorean Wins Formula is much better for determining how good a team is. The Carolina Panthers scored 500 points on offense and had 308 points scored against them. The Broncos had 296 scored against and scored 355. The formula is: (PW = (pf^2.37)/(pf^2.37 + pa^2.37) x 16 to get your total wins. The Panthers had 12.15 Pythagorean wins while the Broncos had 9.7 wins. This suggests that the Panthers were the significantly better team but that both teams were overrated. The caveat to this is that the Broncos switched between two quarterbacks in Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler while the Panthers started hot and slowly lost players due to injuries.

Since the Pythagorean Wins Formula established that the teams were both overrated but that the Panthers were better – how did the Panthers lose? Most losses are caused by multiple factors that compound and eventually send the house of cards tumbling down. Carolina was not a fraud and was the second best team, but at some point the math catches up.

Injuries are not the most important reason, but they are an important factor when playing almost twenty games in a year. The Broncos only had one major contributor out for the Super Bowl – Tackle Ryan Clady. The Panthers lost Kelvin Benjamin before the season but as the season wore on two key players were lost for the season at the same position, cornerbacks Bene Benwikere and Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman. Cornerback Robert McClain did not record a defensive statistic until Week 17, and he had to face a combination of Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. It did not help that the […]

2601, 2016

NFL Group Think

By |January 26th, 2016|Football, Sports|Comments Off on NFL Group Think

NFC Champions: Football Principles
we can learn from the 2015 Carolina Panthers
The NFL is a league that has similarities to George Orwell’s 1984. The same retreads are recycled over and over again, the same concepts are run by every team, and there is an NFL group think mindset. Occasionally players or coaches break the mold of the league but are destroyed unless they destroy the competition. Then the others adopt and take credit for the innovator’s ideas. The Carolina Panthers have stormed their way to 17-1 and a Super Bowl by being unique. The NFC Championship game against the Cardinals was a lesson on how NFL teams should operate, and certain principles can be drawn from this game to apply to the league as a whole.

Dual Threat Quarterbacks Are An Advantage

The NFL is in the midst of this transition but it took over a decade for the league to truly evolve. Mathematically, a dual threat quarterback makes you play eleven on eleven football as opposed to ten on eleven. The pass rush is not as simple as attacking with interior or edge pressure and watching the quarterback cower. Cam Newton is both quick enough to evade sacks and strong enough to extend the play and throw. In pass coverage the defenders must stay disciplined and with their assigned man or zone. When Newton recognizes that he can’t pass, he takes off for a first down. The quarterback must be a suitable passer and growing pains will occur, but Newton has become so proficient of both a passer and runner that there is no way a defense can win: (http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2016012401/2015/POST20/cardinals@panthers#menu=gameinfo%7CcontentId%3A0ap3000000627858&tab=videos )

College Football Principles Can Work in the NFL

The NFL has long engaged in the group-think lie that […]

2501, 2016

Clemson Players and Draft Decisions

By |January 25th, 2016|Football, Sports|Comments Off on Clemson Players and Draft Decisions

Clemson Players and Draft Decisions: Rights and Wrongs
This only takes into football factors into consideration. This does not take into account financial situations or academic situations. Peyton Manning (for example) chose to stay for his senior year when he would have been the number one overall pick, as have other notables.
Leaving Players

Mackensie Alexander –

Mackensie is the definition of a lockdown corner. He is widely regarded as the number one or two cornerback in this draft class and he has two years of stellar tape. He is my number one cornerback and he has elite man coverage skills.

Shaq Lawson –

First team All Americans with his draft projection, film, and measurables don’t stay unless they want to enjoy college. He will enjoy a long career in the NFL and could be better than Vic Beasley.

Kevin Dodd –

He only has one year of tape as a starter, but it is impressive tape that improved as the season wore on. Word has it that some teams are grading him above Lawson. He is 24 right now and would have been 25 if he had stayed, so that further helps his decision to go. Six months ago declaring would have been absurd, but he made a lot of cash this season.

Zac Brooks –

He is a late round prospect at best, and that is being extremely optimistic. Brooks could have started as a graduate transfer next season but he chose to go to the NFL instead. He showed flashes his entire career but never started consistently. Brooks has enough talent to go to training camp, make the practice squad, or be a reserve running back. But he was injured at the most inopportune times, including a season […]