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Sydney Carton

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  1. Two firsts and change for a safety seems like a good deal for the Jets? Although as it's the Seahawks the picks will probably be in the high teens or low 20s
  2. I like it but I can see some folk objecting to Braves too ... I fear it will be something bland and corporate that offends nobody like Nationals or Capitols
  3. The Patriots draft is a real headscratcher. I can't think of any team that now has a weaker talent group on offense, especially in skill positions.
  4. 17 games is a strange number - it just feels like a stepping stone to 18 in the following CBA, at the expense of another match in pre-season (which is starting to feel like a waste of time as so few starters get significant gametime).
  5. With an inexperienced HC, then Garrett as OC would make sense especially if he brings Gary Brown as running backs coach to work with Barkley. And Kris Richard may have been a genuine interview as DC, with Mike Nolan getting the Dallas gig. But it wouldn't be the most inspiring coaching team for the Giants, and that's putting it mildly. Surely they could do better than this?
  6. Will the Giants or Redskins use their high draft pick on a QB? A new head coach might be willing to admit that Daniel Jones or Dwayne Haskins look like cat poop and Burrow / Herbert / Tua represent a significant upgrade.
  7. I reckon it will be up to the new Cowboys HC whether he wants to keep Kellen Moore and Kris Richard. Neither have covered themselves in glory this season, but that may largely be down to Garrett and Marinelli. Jerry has sounded pig sick of the lot of them recently and a college coach would be my bet, unless Josh McDaniels could be tempted. Surely Garrett won't get another gig somewhere else? He's just Jeff Fisher with a more talented playing staff.
  8. I don't think the squad is too far away: the problem is the defence and a general lack of heart in the team, but these are longstanding issues. Leno is a decent goalie, Guendouzi + Torreira are potentially a solid midfield partnership, and Aubameyang / Lacazette / Martinelli / Pepe (maybe) will create and score goals. Get Luiz, Xhaka, Ozil and the other wage thieves into the sea. With a Simeone-type in charge and a couple of defensive signings (who don't have a track record of getting injured) in January they could finish top 4. With Arteta, who knows.
  9. The Cowboys (and Patriots) are the most-supported NFL teams in the US, based on viewing figures for individual games. Their recent 13-9 borefest was the most-watched US TV event in the last 9 months and the highest-viewed NFL match in over 20 years (apologies for the mangled English, and I suspect that excludes Superbowls). And they play in a division with big markets (New York, Philly, Washington) and storied franchises (as they put it). So the Cowboys get moved to MNF, TNF, SNF regularly. Plus they always play on Thanksgiving. Looking at the late games next weekend, I'd be amazed if they weren't on again vs Philly. You might not see them after that until next season though. I take the general point that the NFC East is over-exposed, especially when it's a dumpster fire like this year.
  10. If the Jets beat the Dolphins next weekend then I can see them finishing about 6-10, as I don't think they are actually that bad and their schedule looks really soft in November & December. But if they lose to the fish then it's straight over the edge and into the abyss. The Falcons and Titans should pull away to finish at a Giants level of sub-mediocrity. But the others are genuinely garbage and they all need a QB - are there enough to go around in the 2020 draft?
  11. This thread is far more coherent, with more constructive ideas than anything I'll hear on Sportsound. I think it's something to do with the football coaching in this country, but I'm not sure what. Football in the rest of the world has moved on and we appear to be stuck in the 20th century. Whenever I see kids playing football (eg small sided games at half time in a pro game) the standard of play and coaching is risible. Other western European countries have also suffered from a decline in kids playing football in the streets, greater choice of sports, video games, etc - but they seem to have coped with it a lot better than us. And we are able to produce top class players in other sports (Chris Hoy, the Murrays, Stuart Hogg as mentioned above). But not football.
  12. Brisset is worth a run at QB. If it doesn't work out and the Colts bomb in 2019, then they get a high pick in what is reputed to be a good QB draft class and the cycle starts again ...
  13. Lawrence got paid a few months ago. I think they have capacity to pay 2 of Dak, Zeke and Cooper. Dak and Cooper are both going into the final year of their deals, Zeke has another 2 years (before any tagging). And it's easier to replace a RB1 than a WR1 or (admittedly average) QB1. Zeke is getting traded if he doesn't put his toys back in the pram, which would also send a message to Byron Jones, Jaylon Smith, LVE, etc. Of course this could be total bollocks, and they might just pay their best player.
  14. I assume he's fit to play as he passed the medical? This is a big step up from the SPL, as he'll find out against both of the Champions League finalists in the first 4 games. Arsenal have solid holding midfielders but the defence has been iffy for years and the fullbacks get little protection from the wide midfielders. Robertson was able to make his mistakes at Hull and then sat on the bench for 6 months at Liverpool. If Arsenal throw Tierney straight in, then it's sink or swim time. And I'd rather be playing alongside Virgil van Dijk than David Luiz (if he signs).
  15. Raiders to take Lock at no.35? The Cards have been too clever by half - if they were always going to take Murray then they should have traded Rosen before now. Even if he isn't worth a 1st round pick (I think he is, but not a Top 10) then a pair of 2nds or a 2nd + 3rd over 2019 + 2020 would make a big difference in building out their roster. Now they are hoping another QB gets a serious injury in September. And can anyone explain the Giants recruitment + retention policy over the last 18 months? Taking Jones at no.6 is basically admitting that passing on all the QBs in last year's draft was a total f>ck up, usually resulting in the GM getting fired.
  16. What's the priority for your team? Strong safety for the Cowboys in round 2 or 3, otherwise it's best player available.
  17. It's good to see Hastie doing well, he seems to have really benefited from having a run of games at Airdrie last season - I keep a lookout for the loanees that pass through. He could be stunningly inconsistent but showed real potential, either as an out and out wide player or no.10. We don't have enough exciting Scottish players like that. He needs more games though. Going to the Old Firm at this stage in his career is madness (see Watt, Tony for a promising career squandered sitting on the bench). Spend another two years playing week in and week out for Motherwell, iron out the inconsistency and if he's the real deal then go to the English Championship / bottom half of the Premiership ie the Andy Robertson route.
  18. The SFA should be looking at this as a 5-year appointment through to the end of the 2024 Euros, with a break clause in 2022 if the WC qualifying campaign is a fiasco. Invite applications from suitably qualified applicants (Scottish and foreign), against a written job spec with proper Ts & Cs including a salary range. Prepare a shortlist. Interview everyone on the shortlist. Offer the best candidate the job. This isn't difficult, it's how any remotely professional organisation conducts its business.
  19. I would be curious to see us play Glasgow City. I think we'd get beat
  20. In terms of quality that must have been the worst football match ever to be shown live on TV. I knew the standard was bad when I've been at the games, but somehow it looks even worse on screen. Genuine public park stuff, no attempt to control or pass the ball, just hoof it in the direction you're facing. Fitting that the game was decided by a moment of total incompetence
  21. Strange days when the Browns are the franchise in that division who look like they know what they're doing
  22. Tonight's result wouldn't have happened if Celtic's colt team played in the SPFL
  23. It's still the Browns. A shambolic laughing stock for decades, but there is finally light at the end of the tunnel with a core of very good young players. The Steelers look to be on the slide so the division is there for the taking for either the Browns or Ravens next season. Of course, in true Browns fashion they could totally implode and finish 2-14 but whatever happens it won't be boring.
  24. Dallas Cowboys (boo! hiss!) Overall Performance: a season of two halfs, pre and post the Cooper trade. After giving up a 1st round pick and then losing at home to the Titans at the start of November to go 3-5, the season looked a total washout and a huge missed opportunity. To go from there to an NFC East win and sweep the previous year's Superbowl winners was an amazing turnaround Positives: The defense finally looks like we won't need to score 30 points every week to stand a chance. Smith and Vander Esch could be Pro Bowl linebackers for the next 10 years. Linehan has been fired Negatives: Garrett hasn't! Getting to the Divisional Round and then not turning up in what was basically a home game against the Rams was frustrating - unless you're the Pats you don't get many chances to go deep in the playoffs. The offense can be eye-bleedingly awful to watch, especially in the red zone (see positives) Best player: Zeke. No team in the NFL is more dependent on one player Worst player: no obvious candidates from Week 10 onwards but we could have done with David Irving against the Rams. Think he has used up his last chance Best game: there are a few contenders - beating the Saints when they were the best side in the NFL, the Cooper-inspired OT win against the Eagles, putting 40 points on the Jags when they were still quite good, Week 17 against the Giants was a great (if meaningless) game Worst game: shut out by the Colts in Week 15. The offense could have played all week and not scored. 0 flattered us Best play: any of Cooper's 3 TDs vs the Eagles in Week 14
  25. I'd happily take Albania again, they were garbage. Pot 5 is full of sides that will probably beat us 1-0 in the away game. Does the draw start with Pot 1 or Pot 6?
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