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  1. echeese

    View from the Cheap Seats-Tulsa

    Thanks but I may not have put enough emphasis on just how poorly this team played. Football is an emotional game more so than any other sport (well maybe boxing). One emotion/mental state is teams that just know they can put someone away. If not for 3 missed FGs (and one got a mulligan), we lose this game.
  2. CTH and the TEXAS crew entered last nights game in desperate of a tomato can. . . .a slump buster to come to town, collect a nice paycheck and give up a big score to make us feel better about ourselves. Look no further than a Tulsa team coming to town, a team TEXAS has never played. Everything seemed right including great weather for TEXAS to put Maryland behind them and move closer to pre-season expectations. For a half, things went very well. TEXAS would score TDs on 3 of it's 1st 6 drives putting up a 21-0 score despite being stopped on 4th and goal (still think it was the right call, just not the right play) at the Tulsa 4. Perhaps the most exciting revelation of Half #1 is play calling seems to be keeping Tulsa off balance. Tulsa D coached by long time BigXII DC Bill Young who is an excellent DC. Early efforts have the crowd electric and jacked up. A big crowd taking advantage of Del Conte's long over due move to turn the area around the stadium into a giant pre-game party/pep rally. CDC seems an outstanding hire as our AD. TEXAS would take the opening 2nd half kickoff and go from Dr Jekell to Mr Hyde. 3 plays, 6 yards and punt, 2 plays Fumble, 4 plays punt, 5 plays punt. So much for the 3rd quarter. Meanwhile Tulsa would put up a TD. TEXAS would eat up most of the 4th quarter with a 13 play 75 yard drive for a TD and a 10 play 56 yard drive to end the game. The problem is Tulsa wasn't ready to roll over and would put up 2 TD drives of it's own. So after winning the 1st half 21-0, TEXAS would lose the 2nd half 21-7. Fortunately Tulsa would miss 4 FG attempts (officially 3 as 2 attempts came on the same drive kept alive by yet another TEXAS player mistake) so TEXAS eeked out a win. So what do we take away from last night's efforts? Well for one thing, winning ugly better than losing pretty. There is that. The lack of 2nd half offense clearly took it's toll on the D which gave up 3 TD drives late in the 3rd then in the 4th. It was clear the D was starting to get gassed which is not a good sign given the offense future opponents like OU put up. 2nd half play calling seemed to regress to Maryland levels which was disappointing after such a positive 1st half. PROS Sterns & Foster. Not talking about the quality bedding firm, our true freshmen Safeties each recorded their 1st INTs. Nor would these be the only plays they would make. We landed some studs in the secondary, going to be fun to watch them grow up. 22 and 24. Say what? The last 22 times TEXAS has turned the ball over, our Defense has only allowed 24 points. Now that is some championship quality D. This team goes as far as Coach Todd's guys carry us. Running Backs. We actually have running backs who can make people miss. Keaontry Ingram reminds us a tad of Jamaal Charles and Tre Watson is a welcome addition. Sam. While his 3rd quarter fumble was ugly, his night overall was very good. He played within himself, ran when he needed to and had a couple of outstanding deep balls on his way to a 21 of 27, 238 yard 2 TD evening. Pass Blocking. We had time to throw. We both had similar schemes with our D, rush 3 drop 8. Thus no sacks recorded by either team. Sam was flushed a few times but seemed to be able to make Tulsa pay when it happened. 3-15. D's performance on 3rd downs, very good 2 of 5. D's performance in the red zone, obviously aided by 3 missed FGs Shane Buchelle. Did you know he has more starts than any other BigXII QB and is 2nd in passing yards behind Grier of WVU? We didn't either but he's also shaved off the porn stash. CONS 2nd half play calling. Now 2 drives started inside our own 12 while all 6 2nd half drives started inside our 25 so we lost the field position battle in the 2nd half. Excuses aside, we simply could not get out of our own way. Great run by Ingram to move the ball out of the shadow of our goal posts only to come back on a dumb holding call. Fumble by Sam killed another drive. D got tired. gave up 21 points in the 2nd half. Yes some of that is the O's fault but looking at the offense teams like OU, WVU and OSU will bring to the table, it may be a long Fall for the Horns. Lack of a killer instinct. In baseball, the term would be a closer, a pitcher who takes the mound and simply shuts out the other team. In football it's more about attitude. Up 3 scores with the ball to start the 2nd half, TEXAS fails to mount a scoring drive to "put a nail in the coffin" until the 4th quarter. Lack of pass rush. Now some of that by design but without Davis and Jones, we simply do not have the experience in the secondary to shut down WRs for 4,5 or 6 seconds. Coach Todd used to be known for running a pressure D. 5-12 O's performance on 3rd down. . . .ugh. Vs a weak team? not a good stat. 3-4, D's performance on 4th down, not good at all. 4th and 2 at Tulsa's 40 and we punt????? Oh how we long for the days of Mack Brown who LOVED to go for it on 4th and short on the other teams end. How demoralizing for other teams to see drives kept alive. Another up and down week for our Aussie punter So where do we go from here? USC on deck. They managed a wopping 3 points vs a Stanford team that today appears the class of the PAC 8/10/12 (how many do they have?). Cheap Seats thinks USC will be critical to the murder's row stretch of games. TEXAS faces USC, TCU KSU then OU in successive weeks. With a pass rush, USC is beatable. Glad this one's at home. We are trying hard not to be debbie downer and a win is a win but given the 2nd half, Cheap Seats not sure where this team is or where it is going. RANKING THE BIGXII, no major changes, basically 3 tiers of teams, the top of OU/TCU/WVU, the "they likely go bowling" middle and the mutts. #1 OU. . . .till someone knocks them off, they will be #1. Sucks to type #2 TCU. . .beat up a bad SMU team #3 WVU. . . #4 OSU #5 TEXAS Yeah bit of a homer call but think we beat KSU #6 KSU #7 TT Ran up 77 trying to save KK's job #8 ISU losing ugly #9 F Baylor #10 Kansas when does basketball season start? Though props to them for their 1st road win in 46 tries Standard disclaimer, the Cheap Seats is written before reading or watching any of the post game breakdowns. Opinions are exclusively ours. Question came up this week.
  3. View from the Cheap Seats-Maryland Deja Vu. . . .All over again To quote the late great Yogi Berra, it was deja vu . . . .all over again. Stop me if you heard this before, defense gets exposed, offense struggles and Sam hurts the team with late INTs. We'd like to cut CTH a break, we'd like to buy into the excuses being made. But it would be nonsense. There is too much talent on this team, too many 4 star and high 3 star players. Other than OU and USC, TEXAS has more talent on it's roster by a pretty large margin than anyone on the schedule. Especially Maryland, which candidly is not a good team though now they have a leg up on getting to a bowl game. Their schedule has Bowling Green, Temple, Indiana Illinois and Rutgers as winnable games for them. Without this win, virtually impossible for them to reach a bowl this year. If you are looking for sunshine pumping, the Cheap Seats doesn't have much for you. We are reminded why we don't bet CFB anymore, we'd have taken the 10 points TEXAS was giving. Were we better than last year? Not sure, we gave up 24 points in the 1st half and the bulk of Maryland's yardage on our vaunted defense. Not sure we ever stopped the jet sweep, which is fundamental defense, never lose contain. Then when TEXAS climbed back and finished a 22-0 run to take the lead, we gave up an 11 play 75 yard drive TD scoring drive. Championship defenses slam the door at that point, they don't lift their skirts. Not to mention keeping several Maryland scoring drives alive with some REALLY stupid penalties by supposed team leaders. Cheap seats predicted no one would score 31 or more on TEXAS this year. That was blown early but it likely is reached often this year. Today we'd say at least 4 more teams reach that as there are much better offenses on our schedule. Want a silver lining? We don't have to worry about Coach Orlando going anywhere this year. Sorry Tim Beck et al, we remain unimpressed with the passing scheme which seems far too basic. One play highlighted the difference in schemes. Maryland lined up with twins left (2 WRs lined up wide left). They ran an X, the outside receiver ran a skinny post to the goal line while the inside receiver ran an out to the sideline. The TEXAS DBs collided with each other and the outside DB went down leaving the outside WR wide open for a TD. A simple play design, not even a true "rub" route where the scheme "ran" a WR open. We don't do much of that and it doesn't seem like our WRs are coached to find a hole in the zone or come back to the QB when Sam scrambled. Now someone will get offended with that and say we aren't qualified to make that judgment. Fine, we're not chefs but we do know when the steak is over cooked or dinner isn't very good. Thought Kris Boyd over all had a nice game but he gave up a huge 3rd down reception where the Maryland WR left him searching for his jock on a slant picking up a long 3rd down. Brandon Jones had a nice game but his biggest impact was in the punt return game where he certainly did his part. Otherwise, very little pass rush and only 1 sack which certainly didn't help the DBs. Gary Johnson took himself out of the game with an ignorant penalty. QB slides, don't lay into him especially into his head. Offensively, we showed no creativity in the passing game at all. Now the Cheap Seats loved it when we went up tempo and basically out talented Maryland's D but that seemed the only time we could establish a running game. When they are dropping 8 into coverage and you don't see a WR open, Sam needs to take off, gain 5-7 then slide. Late 1st half and 2nd, when we did that, it worked well but dropping 8 means WRs/TEs/RBs usually covered up. 3-0 Single biggest stat of the game. We lost the turnover margin 3-0. All 3 came in the 4th quarter with the game on the line. 2 INTs, one a poor throw, the other a poor read and a fumble. All three came on drives where we seemed to have Maryland back on their heels. Other key stats: Offense 3-15 on 3rd down, frequently we were in 3rd and long. And the key there was an overall inability on 1st down to gain 4 or more yards. Field position. TEXAS lost this badly with only 3 drives starting in Maryland Territory. All 3 ended in TDs. Otherwise TEXAS was pinned to our own 33 or worse including 9 from the 27 or in and 4 inside the 10. How much we missed our Ray Guy winner while his cousin had a decent day save 2 horrid punts. Which is about how Dickson performed as a freshman, alternating good kicks with poor ones. Penalties 10-102. They most often killed TEXAS drives or kept Maryland drives alive. Though the holding call on Shack was complete BS. Offense 1 Sack. While the run blocking certainly wasn't what it needs to be against an undersized DL, the pass blocking was actually pretty impressive. Sam generally had a clean pocket to throw, he took one sack but that as much a coverage sack as anything. Of course it helps when you have a QB who did a very good job of avoiding/escaping pressure but OL is clearly better than last year. Defense 1 Sack. And worse, generally little pressure on Maryland's QB which left the DBs hanging out to dry. 32:46, Maryland's Time of Possession 7 Maryland drives of 6 plays or more, 4 of which were scoring drives SILVER LININGS Brandon Jones-YUGE on special teams, 3 punt returns for 56 yards. 2 of them moving TEXAS from the shadow of their goal post to across the 30 and decent field position. Cheap Seats called Lil Jordan Humphrey as our offensive star of 2018 and he did nothing to change that opinion. Duvernay laid out for a magnificent catch and Collin Johnson had an equally impressive TD grab in the end zone. While his QBR score reflected his 2 late INTs, generally we thought Sam had a good game and he had some magnificent deep throws. As previously mentioned, Maryland's passing game scheme was far superior to ours. 22-0 TEXAS went on a 22-0 run from the 2nd quarter through the 3rd. Offense looked more like what we expected and in that run while the defense stopped Maryland 4 times on drives of 6 plays or less including a 4th and 1 STUFF which lost 2 yards. FUTURE It's been claimed that TEXAS isn't going to face as difficult a murder's row of QBs as it did in 2017 and that will be true. But don't confuse that with TEXAS is facing dogs. Will comment on some of the QBs in the BigXII rankings but both Tulsa (Luke Skipper) and USC (JT Daniels) had nice games against inferior opponents. Now Maryland did return 4 OL starters from 2017 so we need Coach Todd to make some adjustments to our pass rush from here our or it's going to be another underperforming year. We said 8-4 would be the 2018 floor. Looking more like the ceiling right now. We suck until we don't and right now, we still suck. Seriously, hard to brag about looking "better" in this year's opening loss than last year. So we won't act like an aggie. BIG XII RANKINGS #1 OU Kyler Murray with a very nice start vs a tomato can #2 TCU Shawn Robinson with 3 TD passes to 3 different WRs and 2 rushing TDs, again vs a tomato can #3 WVU Will Grier kicked off his Heisman campaign leading WVU to a drubbing of SEC Tenn, 429 yards and 5 TDs. Likely the best QB the Horns face Big Gap #4 OSU Taylor Cornelius, a former walk on opened with 5 TDs vs a tomato can in Missouri State #5 TEXAS #6 KSU Eeked out a win over South Dakota, neither QB impressive #7 ISU Opener with Neb cancelled due to weather #8 Baylor Played ACU, another tomato can (seeing a pattern?) #9 TT Drubbed by Ole Miss #10 Kansas Needed OT to beat Nicolas Sorry guys, wish we had something better to report. Though our OB lunch was fun.
  4. View from the Cheap Seats-2018 Pre Season It's on like Donkey Kong Welcome back our small but demented following of Cheap Seat readers for the kickoff of the 2018 season. (Bonus points if you can name the movie reference). The only thing the Cheap Seats likes better than watching TEXAS football is talking TEXAS football and real football is right around the corner, we are under 1 week from the start of the most glorious sport on the planet, LONGHORN FOOTBALL. . . . can I get a HOOK'EM. . . Let us make no mistake, 2017 was pretty meh season and started Coach Herman (CTH from here out) off with a stumble from the blocks. Yes, we had a winning season, hell we expected that from the likes of TEXAS where even average coaches produce winning records, see great player but over his head HC David McWilliams, Fred and Johnny Mon. The only reason 2017 was even tolerable was the prior 3 years of the worst HC in TEXAS history, CFS. Somewhere Jack Chevigney is looking down and saying "whew, I'm not longer last". If you do not know the Jack Chevigney story, it is a great one and he was a great man. His story recanted in the excellent book by Jeff Walker, The Last Chalk Line. Jack would give his last full measure of devotion to our nation as a Marine Lt on Iwo Jima and is the only coach remembered in DKR with a bronze plaque. Absent Companions Coach and Semper Fi And on the subject of military men from TEXAS, we would be remiss if we did not take a moment to address the passing of one of the teams BIGGEST supporters and a 4 time Silver Star recipient, Frank Denius. His life is chronicled in the book "On The Way", which is an artillery term alerting a forward observer that a round was coming. Frank was an artillery spotter and his 1st Silver Star was earned sitting on a hilltop surrounded by Germans calling in artillery on tanks. Had those tanks reached the beach, one of the 4 beaches would have been lost, maybe 2. Frank was a warm wonderful man, he gave so much back to TEXAS and the community. Was honored to spend a half hour with him at Michelle's 1st game in person. Absent Companions Mr Denius Now back to the 2018 season and expectations for CTH and crew. Time to look forward not back. And make no mistake, it's hard to type this but most are hoping for an 8-9 win season. From the Cheap Seats, 8 wins is the absolute floor. And that's 8 regular season wins. Oh how we miss the days of bitching about Mack Brown "ONLY" winning 10 games a year, of ONLY going to the Rose Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl, nope the bar at TEXAS has been dramatically lowered. Coach it's time to get this one figured out because today, TEXAS is a dark horse (at best) to play for the BigXII title in what might be the down-est (isthat a word? it's the cheap seats, we don't do grammar Nazis here) year for the BigXII in . . ...well. . . .. EVER. Not one Heisman candidate in the conference. Not one QB on anyone's watch list. We're not trying to be Debbie Downer here and we do think CTH is Da Man. . . . .but time to show us on the field. So let's start with the pros then we'll hit the cons then we'll do our pre-season ranking of the BigXII. PROs Let's make no mistake, biggest plus is the Defense on this team. Coach Orlando and staff have their young charges ready like a stallion at the starting gate. And oh lordy, the young DBs who stepped on campus . .our only regret, most will likely only be here 3 years. ..they are that good. And they are hardly the only stars. Brecklyn Hager plays like a man possessed and Gary Johnson may well be a better LB than Malik. Not to mention, DBU is BACK in a big way. If there is one side of the ball (barring a Manny Diaz-like, sophomore year implosion) we are not worried about, it's the D. TEXAS has easily one of the Top 2 Ds in the league and likely one of the best Ds in the nation. At the Cheap Seats. ..WE LOVE D . . . ..defense wins championships. While potential means you ain't done it yet (how many remember who uttered that quote 1st?), Cheap Seats uber excited about the potential of our WRs and a bit less so our RBs. And in full disclosure, we have some impressive TEs as well. The 2 question marks, QB and OL but there is a pro for each one of those #1 CTH named a starting QB early (well 2 weeks) and said, we're riding this horse, we will not rotate QBs. We didn't care which one he picked, though Sam was the obvious choice but pick one, stick with him. #2 When you have a problem, do something to solve it. Problem? Offensive line. Solution? CTH went out and hired one of if not the best OL coach in the nation. Coach Hand has been a breath of fresh air so far and his efforts will be aided by some talented but inexperienced guys growing up with another year in the program. CONs While defense wins championships, that doesn't mean you don't need offense. Teams that move the chains wear out other Ds and let your D rest. 2017 TEXAS ranked #84 in 3rd down conversions, simply HORRID. That was around where the 2010 team ranked. Let's be candid, CTH is known as an offensive guru, TEXAS fans did not see that in 2017. Between his seeming refusal to get involved with play calling to some REALLY bizarre player personnel decisions, CTH came out of the gate stumblin'. Worst example was OT in the OSU game, at the 7 yard line, 1st and goal with 4 WRs in the game. Now we understand Jerrod Heard is one of our best WRs but Collin Johnson was on the bench, John Burt was on the bench and Lil Jordan Humprey was on the bench. All big guys who can go up and get balls. WHY????? Ok, rhetorical question but it was on glaring example of a season of bizarre personnel decisions. QB play. While we are pleased CTH named ONE QB and said let's ride and while we love Sam's potential, we need to see it. And we need Sam to stay healthy which hasn't happened since 3 seasons ago. Having said that, we have zero doubt both QBs are better than 2017, the negative, that's not a very high bar. OL play. Yes, one of the excuses from 2017, our OL sucked. Sadly it's sucked for awhile. Going from below average in 2017 to average in 2018 would certainly be an improvement but we are not going to win titles with average play from any position group. Referencing above, #84 in the nation in 3rd down conversions, not good. Offensive coaching staff. Truth is going to offend some, seek safe space. While the Cheap Seats leans toward the optimistic side, we don't pull punches. Only change CTH made from last year's underperforming O staff was adding Coach Hand to handle the OL. . .a big Pro/positive. As for the rest of them, TEXAS plays big boy football, not sure the rest of CTH's staff is ready for the bright lights. We lost the best punter in TEXAS history and our kicking game is shakey. Yes, better than Russell Exerclabain (sp?) Our best defensive weapon was TEXAS 1st Ray Guy award winner. We went down under again to land his cousin to replace him so hope he's ready as the crowds are a bit bigger than the Aussie Rules games. Conclusions/predictions 9 win season. We think the offensive is enough better and the defense plays up to their standard. Alamo Bowl invite. . ..win 10 and we play New Year's Day and we don't think 10 is far fetched. An 8 win season our bare bones floor and would represent another year of under performance. Late Oct/early Nov, the speculation heats up as to where Coach Orlando lands a HC gig. Does TEXAS look externally or promote someone internally? If so, whom? Gary Johnson Defensive player of the year Sam Elhinger Offensive Player of the year but Watson gives him a run for his money. Watson and Ingram rush for over 1000 combined only because we get 5 RBs significant carries. OU and TCU square off for the 2nd time in the BigXII title game. BigXII preseason standings OU Lord does that suck to type, someone want the #1 spot? you gotta beat the champ TCU till they prove otherwise they get the 2 spot but they do have a new QB there WVU Might have them over rated, they lost some talent but best returning QB in the conference TEXAS Hope they are at least 2-3 by mid season OSU They do better, Gundy's an even better coach than we think KSU Snyder is the Mick Jagger of CFB, the man just keeps going and he's a really good coach ISU Think they go bowling again then someone steals their coach, they land BigXII's last bowl game Baylor Lord does that suck to type, they can join the Penn States and Ohio States of the world, as long as you can win a football game, we don't care who you abuse. TT Cheap Seats is warming to the idea of Kliff at TEXAS in 2019 as OC at TEXAS. . . he will need a job Kansas Is it basketball season yet? Thanks for reading. We have no doubt we've made some mistakes and we have no doubt some will point it out. Shit happens. Hook'em PS, was asked who I saw us beating/getting beat by. Cheap Seats does not try to predict specific wins/losses, why we no longer bet College Football. What we do is rank teams into 3 groups. Games we are underdogs, toss ups and games we are favored. Underdogs: OU and TCU, in both cases till we prove otherwise Toss ups: USC/WVU/OSU Favored: KSU ISU Maryland TT Baylor Tulsa Kansas So if we sweep the toss ups or split the underdogs and go 2-1 vs toss ups and sweep the favored games (which we should). 10-2 season. We'd love to call it but think we run into a turnover fest somewhere like the great plains of Lubbock where weird shit happens.
  5. 1st I have to say no aggy being included is simply a crime again humanity. . . .or is that sheep???? Can't say I disagree with their pick. Lil'Jordan's underuse last year likely cost us a game. 22. Texas: WR Lil'Jordan Humphrey The versatile Humphrey lit up Texas' spring game, suggesting he could be in for a big season. The Longhorns have longed for a go-to wide receiver for years now. Humphrey and teammate Collin Johnsonseem primed to finally fill that void. -- Trotter http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/23804063/most-exciting-player-top-25-college-football-team
  6. 1st, when I go to the home page it logs me out. Thought that was odd. And my suggestion, we start a 2019 recruiting commitment list like we have the 2018 class up in the drop down menu.
  7. echeese

    Herman Era Year 2

    Yes but he took a shot in the RRW which lead to him having 2 liver operations recently.
  8. echeese

    Herman Era Year 2

    I heard that. Also heard he built a runway on his ranch so Sergio could fly in. Marty was one hell of a lawyer after football, landed at the time one of the biggest settlements in legal history. He got screwed by the "powers that be" trying to run for Gov, left him a bit bitter. I don't know him well but really enjoyed visiting with him then I went to see him and his wife when he was recovering from liver surgery in Dallas.
  9. echeese

    Herman Era Year 2

    Yep
  10. echeese

    Herman Era Year 2

    Best I got was buying him enchiladas and budwiesers at Matt's. coach dabbs set it up. See my sig pic Bonus points if you can name the All American in the shot with us. Hint, it ain't me.
  11. echeese

    Review of Dallas' Draft

    I can see 4-5 of them easily as starters in 2019. LVE CW Gallup Schultz With Wilson and Armstrong as contributors. If Hurns is not re-signed, can see Wilson starting with Gallup in 2020 Keep in mind that Tevon Austin is effectively a 6th rounder for us so another contributor. 4 starters and 3 contributors out of 10 picks. . .that's quality drafting. PS, Dallas will have $60-70 million in cap space next year so Martin is easily retained, locking up this OL for 5 years and if Lawrance repeats, money to sign him as well. Plus they can "go shopping" for a key piece unlike years past in FA.
  12. echeese

    Review of Dallas' Draft

    Overviews above are from NFL.com Below is the evaluation of Dallas' draft by PFF. https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-all-32-nfl-teams-2018-nfl-draft-grades 1 (19) Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State, 89.8 2 (50) Connor Williams, T/G, Texas, 85.7 3 (81) Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State, 92.1 4 (116) Dorance Armstrong Jr., Edge, Kansas, 78.5 4 (137) Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford, 82.1 5 (171) Mike White, QB, WKU, 84.2 6 (193) Chris Covington, LB, Indiana, 85.5 6 (208) Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State, 89.2 7 (236) Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama, 75.6 Day 1: Dallas made some interesting picks in the draft, and none more than their top pick of Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch. Despite being older than the other top linebackers in this class, Vander Esch is actually younger than all of them in terms of playing time experience, with just one season of significant playing time in college. That season though was spectacular, seeing him lead the nation with 76 defensive stops and showing the kind of flow to the football that teams love. His potential remains high because of that lack of experience, and if he can develop his coverage skills to match his run defense he could quickly become one of the game’s best linebackers. Day 2: When the Cowboys were at their best, they had the league’s most dominant offensive line, and they’re trying to get back there with the offseason hire of offensive line coach Paul Alexander and now selecting Connor Williams in the second round. Williams was the No. 2 tackle on our draft board and allowed just one sack across three seasons of play for Texas. He has shown excellent pass-blocking and run-blocking skills and looked to have the ability to stay outside at tackle but was seen as a candidate to move in to guard by many. Dallas could use an upgrade at either right tackle or left guard, and they will need to decide how they are going to deploy Williams and La’el Collins to best improve those two positions. The Cowboys also added a PFF favorite, Michael Gallup, the highest-graded wide receiver in the nation in 2017 and one of the most productive players in college football. Gallup faced press coverage on 64 of his targets in 2017, catching 30 of those passes for 568 yards, and showed well at the Senior Bowl against improved competition. Day 3: Dallas grabbed QB Mike White in the fifth round to back up Dak Prescott. He posted the sixth-highest grade in the draft class on deep throws. Cedrick Wilson adds nice receiver depth to this group and at 6-foot-3, he gained 4.6 yards per route against Power-5 competition in 2017, leading the FBS. With their last pick, they grabbed Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough, who never quite lived up to his huge frame, breaking 62 tackles on 267 college carries. Overall grade: Elite
  13. Quick over view of Dallas 2018 draft. 1st round LVE, uber athletic LB who'll play 3 downs and be the MLB of the future. B+A- pick only because he's not a day 1 starter 2nd round, Conner Williams, A pick, day 1 starter, great fit for Dallas 3rd round, Michael Gallup, B+A- pick, VERY Dak Friendly. only question is how fast does he adjust to the NFL So 1st 2 days of the draft are very high B+/A-, addressed 3 key needs and landed some serious talent. Day 3 begins and we see Dallas reach a bit for Dorance Armstrong with their 1st 4th rounder. Solid player, rotation guy on the edge then Dallas takes an excellent TE prospect in the 4th who may well be a Day 1 starter if Jason Witten retires. So give the 4th round a solid B+ 5th round sees the Cowboys take a QB. Not a big need but they wanted a developmental guy. Mike White, likely the best QB on the board but he is the opposite of mobile and this offense should be built around a QB who can move around/buy time in the pocket. C grade. 6th round we see a great pick and a serious ?????. Getting Cedric Wilson at this point (3rd/4th round quality) is an A pick. But taking a 1 year starter not overly productive guy (his teammate a better pick) at LB when you still having addressed S or DT. . .sorry, better quality there. Averages out to be B-/C 7th round, wheels come off, they take a RB who's frankly not very good and really has no role on this team unless you think he's a STs demon. Only way he makes the roster. D Now Dallas did execute 2 trades, 1 giving up a 6th (they had 3) for Tavon Austin to play 3rd down back. Excellent value, he's far better than anyone available. And Ryan Switzer to the Ray Duhs for their 2nd round bust DT from 2016. While we needed to clear out our WR room, would much rather take a chance on a high motor guy in Poona Ford than a bad attitude player who's one step out of the league. Hoping Da Boys land some quality with UDFA, they have done well there over the years. For the record, 2-3 years from now I see 5 starters from this draft and 3 "contributors". . .LVE, Williams, Gallup, Shultz and Wilson are starters, Armstrong and Ward as rotation guys and TA as a 3rd down/change of pace back. That's a pretty salty draft Player breakdowns below Leighton Vander Esch A-: Overview Vander Esch is a loose-hipped, instinctive linebacker who played in 2017 like he had a GPS tracker on the football. His production totals against both the run and pass are rare for being a first-year starter and with a frame that is primed for more muscle, his NFL ceiling is high. Vander Esch might benefit from a reduced role his rookie season while he improves his play strength and becomes more skilled at taking on blocks. He's an every-down linebacker with very good starting potential and the talent to fill up a stat sheet. Strengths Big, long and athletic Has history of achievement with dominant performances and state titles in two sports in high school Former basketball standout with fluid hips and smooth movement around the field Almost no delay in his change of direction Has agility and quick-twitch for sudden lateral bursts in his slides to close out slashers Triggers with compact burst to the ball Works under climbing blockers to stay clean Easy sideline-to-sideline range as tackler Has athletic ability to recover and tackle despite over pursuit Widens frame and opens arms to welcome his prey as a tackler Generally wraps up Very talented in coverage Quick but smooth in his drops Mirrors quarterback's eyes with ability to redirect from side to side as he follows Uses active, catch-ready hands to breakup the pass or take it away Shows real rush talent and instincts as a blitzer May have enough ability to beat a tackle as edge rusher from time to time Weaknesses Has just one year of starting experience Still filling out his frame Play strength has room for improvement Has some struggles in taking on blocks and will get washed away by down blocks Hasn't learned to use hands effectively to punch and separate Takes himself out of tackle opportunities by attacking iso-blocks and lead blocks with a shoulder At times, will over pursue or run himself out of position in attempt to play fast and avoid having to deal with blockers Conner Williams A Overview Williams has been a personal favorite since studying his freshman season, but his 2017 tape didn't match his previous body of work. Williams seemed to lose some lateral quickness and had troubles holding up at a high level in protection. A move to guard or center is a possibility depending on how his arm length measures out. Williams is a plus run blocker with plug-and-play technique across the board. If he regains his 2016 form, he will be a good NFL starter. If not, he'll be an average NFL starter. Strengths Leader in locker room and voracious worker in weight room Carries good lean muscle mass Outstanding technician from before his first college snap Works for centered blocks Good redirect and is fluid in pre-strike movements Snaps hips for additional anchor when base blocking Generally smooth with lateral footwork and slide sets Works his tail off to gain position and secure playside blocks Efficient in space and capable of making adjustments to moving targets Sticks to blocks with powerful hands for long engagements Quality finisher with some mean Outstanding hand placement Understands target points on defender's frame and shoots hands into them like a marksman Pass sets with plus mirror and body control Footwork and eyeballs are seamless on E/T or T/E stunts Sees and responds Has a good feel for quarterback depth and rarely oversets pocket Has late hip sink and anchor when rocked by initial contact Weaknesses Lack of length could be a concern as NFL tackle Doesn't have length to catch -- needs to punch May need to carry hands higher in pass sets to expedite punch-timing Gets too straight-legged and bounced back into pocket by initial bull move Core strength appears to be average Has a habit of defaulting to punch-and-lean against rushers with power Opens himself up to push/pull moves His 2017 tape was disappointing relative to previous seasons Lower body looked tighter Overall lateral quickness and mirror quickness looked a little off this year even before injury Had trouble getting to cross-face blocks that he was making previously Drive leverage was inconsistent this year Edge rushers had more success than expected Inside post was a little soft against counter moves Michael Gallup A Overview Natural athlete with good size who finds ways to get open through burst and athletic ability. Gallup has posted outstanding production during his two years in the Mountain West at Colorado State, but his level of play took a dip in his matchup against Alabama early in the season. Gallup is still a little raw, but is quickly fine-tuning his game and may have the ability to become a good WR2 in the league. Strengths Possesses good combination of height, weight, speed Light-footed, bounding athlete Sudden feet and quick hands are effective in ridding himself of press attempts Drives off cornerback into an aggressive backpedal with hard vertical push up the field Has 20-yard speed to climb over cornerbacks trying to squat on underneath stuff Routes showed improved attention to detail this year Can brake sharply to uncover on short routes or create separation from route stems and breaks on intermediates and posts Very competitive after the catch Has burst from a standstill Offers unique open field instincts as a runner finding optimal space to run Springy leaper who plucks it way out in front of his frame Uses body control and timing to win contested catches downfield Thrives on back shoulder throws Weaknesses Pigeon-toed in his set up and has to adjust front foot to come off the line Still shows a little additional upfield drift on out-breaking routes at times Needs to get his head around earlier for improved ball tracking down the field Adjustments to poorly thrown balls is just average Needs to actively scramble along with his quarterback when the pass play goes off schedule Aware of lurking safeties in the middle of the field which causes a drop in focus Will coast on some routes when he doesn't expect the ball Confidence and/or focus seemed to wain in second half against Alabama secondary Need to see more effort as run blocker Dallas lands a quality TE with their 2nd 4th round pick. Dalton Shultz TE A-Stanford. 6'6" 250 4.75 speed. Block 1st pass catch 2nd guy but he does have ability in the pattern. NFL analysis: Overview Schultz is a Y-tight end with the ability as a run blocker to help bolster a team's rushing attack very quickly. While his frame could still use more mass, he plays with good technique and play strength at the point of attack and shows an ability to impose his will upon edge defenders if they half-step into the rep. Schultz is a capable and reliable target underneath, but his living will depend on how he impacts the running game. Schultz's limited catch production could drop him a round, but he should be a solid, early starter. Strengths Very tenacious and tough as a blocker Well-schooled in blocking fundamentals Leaned on as vital part of the run blocking unit Initial hand placement is good Ability to sustain and finish Improves positioning after contact and can generate some movement at point of attack without a double team Gave it to USC's Rasheem Green on more than a couple of snaps when matched head to head Sinks hips into breaks Opens sharply on underneath routes to look for the throw Has good feel for attacking the voids against zone coverage Will shut routes down early to keep throwing window open for quarterback Physical in creating space at top of his routes Short area footwork is adequate Has ability to become a reliable target over the middle and in traffic Weaknesses Receiving production has been underwhelming throughout his career Routes can be monotonous and predictable Allows too much leeway for defenders to play the catch point Needs to play bigger in space and use his frame Lacks speed to attack over top Struggles to separate against man coverage on intermediate routes Could have somewhat limited workspace as NFL pass catcher Not as physical after the catch Slows feet into contact and won't always fall forward Strikes first, but will lose initial hand placement when long defenders get into him Can improve approach angles to help keep angle blocks centered Had Dorance Armstrong B on my mock drafts but not in the 4th round. So good player but he's a clear reach to me. Having said that, he has good size and a great motor for a DE, he projects well to be an OLB in a 3-4 but dallas doesn't play that. And today I'm betting Kris Richard is Rod Marinelli's heir appearant so expect to see 4-3 for some time with Da Boys. . Armstrong is an intriguing prospect with the build and fluid athleticism of a shooting guard. Armstrong’s drop in production can be attributed to a change in scheme that asked him to play run first and pass second. His game revolves around athletic ability over technique, but his poor forty times at both the Combine and his pro day could cause concerns. Armstrong has the tools and upside to become an eventual starter at outside linebacker in a 3-4. 6'4"+ 257 4.9 40 guy not a strong SPRAq guy, I'd have taken Josh Sweat here. Overview Armstrong is an intriguing prospect with the build and fluid athleticism of a shooting guard. Armstrong's drop in production can be attributed to a change in scheme that asked him to play run first and pass second. His game revolves around athletic ability over technique, but his poor forty times at both the Combine and his pro day could cause concerns. Armstrong has the tools and upside to become an eventual starter at outside linebacker in a 3-4. Strengths Angular with long arms and well-defined build Plays with loose hips and plus agility Can be both smooth and explosive in his movements Features considerable acceleration from standstill and change of direction and pursues all over the field Has rush experience standing and with hand in the ground Able to hit accelerator once he gets to the embankment as rusher Good inside spin counter Bends and flattens to quarterback Effort level is consistent Active hands at point of attack Jarring initial punch with upper body twitch to discard blockers quickly Sees past blockers Has sudden responsiveness in his chase Shows ability to sink and battle back against wash-down blocks Weaknesses Played as a 4-3 end, but may not have the frame for it moving forward Will have to become comfortable standing and handling added duties as outside backer Contact balance is slightly below average Doesn't have base and play strength to withstand squared blocks at point of attack Will opt for athleticism over technique at times Saw significant drop in production with sacks going from 10 to two and tackles for losses falling from 20 to 10 Too often a one-note rusher Can do better job of setting up blockers before countering Needs more effective use of hands in his rush and a go-to move Dallas uses their 5th rounder to take a QB. They had stated they wanted to take a QB in this draft and this is by far best QB left. Originally projected as a 3rd 4th round guy. Mike White C Western Kentucky Overview White saw major downturns in every important passing category this year, but evaluators will have to balance his inconsistent play against the porous protection he got. White has good size and a live arm which is enough to get him drafted, but if he doesn't do a better job of recognizing blitzes and making decisions faster, his arm talent won't matter. White has QB3 potential with a shot to move up the ladder as a backup. Strengths Arm talent is the first thing you notice Former high school pitcher with 90 MPH fastball who can crank up that heat when he needs to Has good drive accuracy Able to push the ball into tight windows Has velocity and accuracy to attack the middle of the field Can alternate between heat and touch Throws catchable deep ball and has ability to drop it over a cornerback's head down the sideline Can be dangerous from the pocket when he's protected Completed 57 percent of his deep throws when protection was better in 2016 Resets feet before throwing when he leaves the pocket Asked to make full-field reads at times Weaknesses Heavy feet take time to set up in the pocket Struggled to deal with poor protection Lacks feel for pressure off the edges and drops his eyes when he sees pocket push Pocket mobility is poor Was responsible for his share of the 46 sacks Sluggish processor when initial reads are covered Stayed on covered targets rather than finding better options Relies too heavily on arm over anticipation Looks lethargic when trying to roll and throw Fumbled 12 times this year and 17 times over two seasons I'd have liked a QB closer to Dak in terms of play calling/style. With Dallas' 1st pick in the 6th round. . .they picked a LB out of Indiana, Chris Covington. Who???? Not a pick I would have made but they like athletic guys (don't blame them). I'd have taken his teammate Tegray Scales if I'd wanted a LB but big need at 1 Tech and 2 very good ones on the board. Here's hoping they nab one of them with their next 6th rounder. Overview Chris Covington C-/D Covington is a better athlete than skilled linebacker at this point in his development, but he has intriguing length, speed and athleticism that could be moldable on the next level. He still needs to get stronger and improve his technique, but he could become a special teams factor on coverage teams if he makes the squad. His ability to play in the league may rest upon whether or not he can improve his instincts and feel for blocking schemes. Strengths Long arms dangle from his long, athletic build Former quarterback with room for more weight if needed Plus play speed in pursuit of the ball Flashes burst to close Plays with good energy and a desire to make plays Inexperienced but learning Big spike in playmaking production including 12 TFLs in 2017 Physical field demeanor Strikes with force against ball carriers and some pulling guards Good finisher Comes to balance and swallows prey when in position to tackle Athletic dropping into space Adequate man cover talent with athletic traits to challenge catch Weaknesses One-year starter Instincts and play diagnosis are well below the mark at this time Gets out of position and loses leverage when trying to protect his gap Still learning to recognize blocking schemes and read keys properly Gets trapped in traffic Will need to learn to sift from safety before shooting downhill Below average playing off blocks to tackle High-cut with issues maintaining contact balance against blocks Pursuit can be undisciplined Will outrace his run fits Trying not to be pissed because this is actually a decent pick but Dallas didn't need another WR, they need a 1 and Poona was there, so was Derrick Nnadi. . . both are quality 1 Techs who would be instant upgrades to the DL. . ..which frankly needs help up the middle. Well I will say this, wasn't just Dez getting a message. Would not be shocked to see none of the Top 5 WRs from 2017 on the roster in 2019. Overview Cedric Wilson A Excellent value, 3rd/4th round talent maybe higher in the 6th. Wilson is a former high school quarterback with just four years of experience as a receiver including two on a major college level. He showed improvement from his junior to senior season and should continue to get better with more coaching and experience. Wilson has the potential to be a quality backup who might find time in three wideout sets. Teams may choose to use him as a big slot option with the potential to challenge on all three levels. Strengths Comes from football bloodline Possesses good height and exudes confidence game-in and game-out Can work outside or from slot Nuanced route runner Changes speeds inside his route to open doors for separation Disguises route intentions underneath and on deep outs with strong vertical push Able to coax off-man corners to open hips early Has build-up speed with an extra gear when tracking the deep ball Saw 26 percent of his catches go for 25-plus yards Athletic and competitive with ball in his hands Used on all three levels High school quarterback who completed all four career pass attempts on gadget plays Can compete as kick and punt returner Weaknesses Is a step slow into his routes off the snap Had issues finding clean releases against aggressive press Likely to see immediate, physical challenges off the snap as a pro Won't always keep feet under him which caused occasional stumbles at the top of his routes Ball skills and hand-eye coordination are average Is a little tardy in making adjustments to off-target deep balls Below average finishing challenging catches outside his frame Won't have a highlight reel filled with circus catches Interesting stats, Dallas got the top 2 yards per route WRs in college football though both coming from small schools. Dallas continues head scratching moves and takes a weak RB prospect with their 7th round pick. Poona Ford and Kendrick Moore (Miami) still on the board. No S, no DT for Dallas. I'll wager this guy doesn't even make the practice squad. Well on second thought, Special Teams guy???????. Dallas did trade Ryan Switzer to the Ray-duhs for their 2nd round bust pick from 2016, DT Jihad Ward. Don't mind starting to clean out the WR room, maybe Dallas thinks they can make him a reclamation project. While we thought Wilson was great value in the 6th and Covington a WTF pick, we see this guy as a waste as well. Overview Bo Scarbrough D/F Scarbrough can be a runaway locomotive, but he needs a long track to get rolling or his effectiveness will drop sharply. Scarbrough won't make tacklers miss, but he is a brute force who can add yardage to the end of runs. Scarbrough is a one-cut runner who is best in an under-center rushing attack where he can get carries in bunches. He has the talent to be an effective NFL running back, but durability concerns and a lack of pass catching ability could cap where teams are willing to consider drafting him. His explosive testing at the Combine could intrigue teams who had written him off previously. Strengths Tapered, powerful physique Is a punisher behind his pads Can absorb solid blows and keep runs alive Will always fall forward once he gets a head of steam behind him Plays with steady tempo Has surprising ability to gather weight and cut sharply downhill as outside zone runner Generally comfortable making reads and choosing track from I-formation Tackling him high ends poorly for defenders Able to create additional yardage through power and long speed Able to batter defenses late in game and then hit the chunk play Short yardage touchdown specialist who can leap up-and-over the pile Had dominant stretch against Auburn, Florida, Washington and Clemson late last year Can thump in blitz pick-up Hasn't had to handle a heavy workload thanks in part to Alabama's committee approach Weaknesses Plays with upright running style Frame too accessible for big hitters looking for a slab of ribs Durability is a major concern Has suffered through multiple lower body injuries dating back to high school Long strider who needs a long runway to get to top speed Doesn't have bend and footwork to string moves together Too big and leggy to counter sudden penetration in backfield and needs runs to stay on schedule Impatient with a penchant for crowding lead blockers and eliminating his own escape routes Burst and feel for running lanes is below average Defenders got hands on him much earlier in the carry than his teammate Damien Harris Missing second-level vision to play chess against linebackers
  14. Well that didn't take long. . . . G/F already recanting her story, says she lied. . . .oddly, she did the same thing while they were at Iowa State. https://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2018/4/23/17272430/report-police-investigating-serious-allegations-against-cowboys-david-irving “I was very upset and made some allegations that were false at the time due to our vocal argument and my emotional state,” Sanchez said in a statement she released to SportsDay. “I had no intentions of getting David into trouble. I was just very emotional and upset ... David did not put his hands on me at any time.” Still wish Indy had signed him. . . .man what we could do with a trade back to the bottom of round 1 and 3 picks in Round 2. . . .it was my fantasy. Will H LVE Top flight WR (we likely could pick among James Wash/Anthony Miller/Eq St Brown) and you could add a top flight TE knowing there would be a good S available with the 3rd round pick. Oh man what a draft that would have been.
  15. I had hoped someone like Indy had made him an offer and we'd have gotten their 2nd round pick. Many thought I was nuts but didn't see him in Dallas beyond this year anyway so why not get something for him. Now we have a guy who'll miss 6 games.
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