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2014 Preseason Week-3 Dynasty-Fantasy Recap: Rams vs. Browns (8/23/2014)

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 – I’m going to assume, like most, that Sam Bradford (4-9 for 77 yards, 0 TD/0 INT) is now all but done in the NFL. I’m sure he’ll give it another college try, but for our Dynasty/Fantasy purposes, I’m done…not that I was heavily invested. The multiply hurt, tend to get hurt again. Which is why I cannot gin up renewed excitement for Ryan Broyles/DET, and why I am begging you NOT to bypass one of Graham-Julius in your redraft, because you claim Rob Gronkowski is your fallback option.  

Shaun Hill (2-5 for 45 yards, 0 TD/0 INT) isn’t horrible, but he is not taking this team to the playoffs. They’re going to have to make a deal. Everyone is pointing to Mark Sanchez. The Rams need to give up a #1 pick for Sanchez, if that’s the best they can do, because this season is lost otherwise…and the whole lot of them may be in employment trouble if this season flames out. They have to overpay for Sanchez, because there is probably nothing else available that can patch in the quickly.

This is why I think the people who run NFL teams, by and large, have little-to-no business acumen whatsoever. I’ve said it a thousand times, “If we all agree the QB position is the most important times infinity, then why do NFL teams settle for garbage/Blaine Gabbert as backup QBs?” It would be like Southwest Airlines cutting back to all single-engine planes in their fleet, and hoping for the best…because, you don’t understand…it’s a really GOOD engine. Would you want to fly from Baltimore to Vegas with one-engine Southwest, if multi-engine aircrafts were available all over on other reputable airlines for  around the same price? Why NFL teams bet it all on one QB given the gravity of the position…I really cannot comprehend.

Why wouldn’t you want more of the most important thing there is? Head Coaches would rather have a 6th Offensive Guard active ‘just in case’ than an ever-idle 3rd-QB. Why? Because head coaches ‘make’ QBs (in their minds)…not the other way around. The QB is not important because they are all headaches, and whichever ‘next man up’ theory comes about at QB (like Shaun Hill), if they’ll just study our Encyclopedia Britannica of a playbook and ‘focus’, hell, anyone can play QB under me (coach). ‘Just don’t turn it over’. How simple it all is…

The Rams entered the 2014 NFL Draft with a QB who had been seriously hurt almost every year since/in his college days. The Rams were a team on the rise in 2014. Everyone loved them as a sleeper as long as Bradford could stay healthy. Faced with that business dilemma, the team drafted Tre Mason in the 3rd-round. In other news, Zac Stacy is really good, and Benny Cunningham is running on par with Stacy this preseason (actually better). One of the dumbest things a team that was a QB away from serious contention could do is add a 3rd-string RB instead of a real QB hope…if Tre Mason gets to 3rd-string, that is. Tom Savage was there for the taking. There are many good 3rd-string QBs hiding on other teams that they could have cheaply traded for in May 2014…Ryan Nassib or Ricky Stanzi, etc. Nope. I’m sure Austin Davis will be fine. Garrett Gilbert…wasn’t that good before all his drug problems.

If the Rams take another Isaiah Pead pie to the face in 2014, in the form of going 6-10 because they had no true QB, when will front office people be held accountable? They won’t. We will make excuses like “What did you expect without a QB?” I say, “That’s exactly why people should be removed..no QB plan.” They’ve done almost nothing aggressive at QB…the most important thing in the entire business.

How many years do want to be lauded for your 1st-round picks a monkey could have made…and then finish 7-9, without a franchise QB, or Plan-B QB…again? The Bradford thing is bad luck, not their mental issue, per se…it’s all the other not doing anything at QB that’s the issue.

 –  The only coach I’ve ever heard give an honest answer about the importance of QB is Cleveland HC Mike Pettine…which is why I love him so, and feel bad that he is in one of the worst work environments in the NFL. I guarantee, Johnny Manziel (10-15 for 85 yards, 0 TD/0 INT) was not what he wanted to do. Later, he’ll be fired when it doesn’t work out…when the owner’s/homeless man’s pick doesn’t work out…Pettine will pay.

That’s your brilliant NFL minds at work, running things like ‘a top’.

One quick thing about Jonathan Manziel Esquire in this game…

He rushes/dives in for a 7-yard TD…the greatest 7-yard TD in history, apparently (I was watching the Browns home feed), and then he jumps/springs up to his feet so he can go over to the fans ASAP, and do his asinine money gesture. The gesture may have made you mad, because you don’t like him. There was more…

When Manziel dives in, and then springs up…3-4 of his teammates rush toward him to celebrate. Which shocked me that teammates would want to hug him. He frantically runs past/through them, as if he was in Walking Dead episode trying to elude zombies poised to eat his brain, in order to go show the fans the ‘money’ gesture. THEN he turns back to his teammates to celebrate with them.

Your favorite NFL team abruptly fired/replaced the respected GM they had for all of one-year this offseason, and then couldn’t find a coach willing to join the organization for a while, but finally did. The new coach and GM worked tirelessly, no doubt, to scout the draft and make plans, and then the owner colluded with a homeless person to usurp all the hard work of the football people to grab Johnny Football at the last second.

Cleveland Browns season tickets are still on sale…plenty of good seats available. Come support the team that is working hard for you, the fan!

Here’s the Manziel TD video, look for two things: (1) Watch Manziel blow-off his teammates post TD. (2) Let the video celebration run after to see what could be that famous homeless man/Browns GM in question…the one with all the clapping rhythm of Steve Martin in The Jerk. He’s delirious with Browns fever…and if he is, I don’t want any.

Link : Manziel TD Run

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 – Andrew Hawkins (5 rec. for 36 yards and 1 TD on 5 targets) is very plausible PPR WR3 for 2014…with Brian Hoyer. When Manziel takes over, probably not so much.

 – Brian Quick (4 rec. for 47 yards and 1 TD on 6 targets) does look a heck of a lot better this preseason, than in preseason’s past. However, he is just a spoke in the wheel with Kenny Britt (2 rec. for 68 yards on 2 targets) active…and Britt made two great plays in this game. Shaun Hill might be OK if he just throws jump balls to Britt every pass…based on this brief performance.

 – Terrance West (7 rec. for 17 yards, 1 target) has my full attention. No 2014 rookie RB has run the ball with such savvy, like West has. It’s almost creepy how NFL-ready he runs (as a rookie). I thought he’d be too raw (because of playing at Towson) to matter in 2014. I was wrong. His Pro Day agility numbers came in weaker than expected, so we downgraded him, but my eyes say that was wrong…he’s incredibly agile, or has such vision he can compensate. More and more impressed.

Ben Tate (3 carries for 5 yards) is really good, so as long as he is healthy, West is second-fiddle this season. I’d love to have West when /if Tate gets hurt ahead. I like Tate, and scoffed at West…I’m changing my tune: they are both very good from what I’ve seen.

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 – My favorite football analysis moment from this game:  All-world DT prospect Aaron Donald (2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF) got off the line so quick on his sack…that it was scary. The Right Guard/Tackle had no prayer…Donald was two steps by him immediately, and rocked Brian Hoyer, forcing him to cough up the ball.

Those of you, who subscribed to CFM can visualize what happened…and just how it is a 300-pound DT could do such a thing, because DTs don’t normally speed rush for sacks.

The home/Cleveland announcer screeched…WHAT HAPPENED? THAT’S A BROKEN PLAY. I’M TELLING YOU THAT HAS TO BE A BROKEN PLAY. WHAT HAPPENED? THAT CAN’T HAPPEN! Followed by slo-mo replay showing Donald’s utter dominance/speed past the helpless O-Lineman, all while the same announcer kept freaking out about a ‘broken play’ between 4 and 11 more times.

It was broken alright…

 

– R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics.com, and a football projections analyst for Fantasy Football Metrics.com. His group also provides player projections for Advanced Sports Logic’s football software “The Machine.” See “The Machine” hereThe Machine via FFM

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