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Old 10-19-2009, 07:49 PM   #1
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Not playing like a rookie. Especially at such a cerebral position.

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Old 10-19-2009, 07:50 PM   #2
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Absolutely, I've been very impressed as well.
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While I wouldn't say he's been a monster, he's looked good out there. Most importantly, he hasn't gotten burnt or missed a big tackle. That's all you can ask for.
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Not playing like a rookie. Especially at such a cerebral position.

Couldn't be more impressed by a rookie safety.
Crazy that he's not able to see the field on anything but STs without injuries, huh?

Excellent athlete and he's disproving those scouting reports that said he wasn't a willing tackler.
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they put barrett out on gates 2nd half right?
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Crazy that he's not able to see the field on anything but STs without injuries, huh?

Excellent athlete and he's disproving those scouting reports that said he wasn't a willing tackler.
Only on this team. He'd start anywhere else.

I gotta hand it to Hill. The guy's playing damn near PERFECT as a cover safety. I was dead wrong on that guy.

Goodman I'm still not too fond of. He's playing better than I anticipated and good football at that but lots of room for improvement still.
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they put barrett out on gates 2nd half right?
It was mixed coverage, but he played man on him a LOT in both halves.

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Gates is still the #1 TE match up problem, and I have honestly no idea who we'll decide can execute against him. Dawkins can't imo, Haggan and Dum don't stand a chance. Maybe a special package with Barrett playing him?
I dunno. I think we win this and like the other match-ups, but I don't see the answer for Gates.
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Dude one of my worries was B Dawk getting hurt. No more. McBath straight manned up. I loved it!

Another player quietly making plays is Robert Ayers. He is coming along as well!
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Dude one of my worries was B Dawk getting hurt. No more. McBath straight manned up. I loved it!

Another player quietly making plays is Robert Ayers. He is coming along as well!
He is.

By next year we should have THE best LB corp in the NFL by a large margin
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Crazy that he's not able to see the field on anything but STs without injuries, huh?

Excellent athlete and he's disproving those scouting reports that said he wasn't a willing tackler.
What I have noticed most about him is that he's a good tackler with his arms. He can tackle while contorted in difficult positions at odd angles to the ball carrier. He has an intuitive feel for taking angles to the ball and he can fight through the wash and get to the ball well for a guy his size.

He's also pretty bright and can track the ball while its in the air.

He's much different than Dawkins obviously, and we missed Dawkins while he was out. I think that McBath would qualify as a "ballhawk". Different from B-Dawk, but not bad.

I have been watching him on special teams, and he has stood out. The guys that stand out on special teams usually make contributions as field players.
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He is.

By next year we should have THE best LB corp in the NFL by a large margin
Partly because DJ has been outstanding this year. He's playing at an All-Pro level right now.

Andre Davis has been solid as well as a punishing run stopper.
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Dawkins being out is another story. Notice the Chargers did basically all of their scoring while he was on the sideline. McBath played well but Dawkins changes the defense.
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Dawkins being out is another story. Notice the Chargers did basically all of their scoring while he was on the sideline. McBath played well but Dawkins changes the defense.
More coincidence than anything, imo.

A. Multiple guys were out. Not just Dawk.

B. Our 2nd half adjustments have been crushing all season

C. This isn't meant to diminish what he's accomplished on this team whatsoever.
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I have a question.

Have any of you seen anythign like the gold we struck this offseason?

Davis, Holiday, McBean, Fields, Dawkins, McBath, Smith, Goodman, Hill, Buckhalter, Gaffney, hell even Jordan in his limited role.

Have ANY of you EVER seen anything like that? I mean we ****ing struck gold on damn near ever single acquisition this offseason.
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The light is full on for DJ and I'm here to tell ya watch out from here on out he is a beast. what a great game he had.
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I have a question.

Have any of you seen anythign like the gold we struck this offseason?

Davis, Holiday, McBean, Fields, Dawkins, McBath, Smith, Goodman, Hill, Buckhalter, Gaffney, hell even Jordan in his limited role.

Have ANY of you EVER seen anything like that? I mean we ****ing struck gold on damn near ever single acquisition this offseason.
Guys I personally don't feel should be referred to as anything resembling gold:

McBean
Smith
Jordan

Guys I personally don't feel should be referred to as gold despite playing good football:

Goodman
Gaffney

Off-season acquisitions I loved in the off-season:

Davis
Moreno
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McBath

Ones I was dead wrong on:

Kyle Orton
Hill
Buckhalter
Fields (50%, loved the signing for depth, but not as a starter)
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Goodman has been rode hard and put up wet for 3 weeks in a row, but other than that McDaniels' batting average is probably better than Shanny's so far.
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Eh. BS PI call. I don't hold that against him one bit.
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Eh. BS PI call. I don't hold that against him one bit.
If you dont hold that against him, you could hold about 5 other plays tonight plus the plethora of gaffes he has unfurled over the past 3 weeks.
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Those I do

He's been an above average and pretty consistent player though
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He's been an above average and pretty consistent player though
He and Haggan have been the weak links on defense. Thankfully, our safeties are experienced and complementary to the other players on the field.

Dawkins and Hill have been the best two players brought into the defense. Those 2 guys + Bailey have made an outstanding secondary...best in the league.
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He and Haggan have been the weak links on defense. Thankfully, our safeties are experienced and complementary to the other players on the field.

Dawkins and Hill have been the best two players brought into the defense. Those 2 guys + Bailey have made an outstanding secondary...best in the league.
I disagree. I think Haggan has been great. Played great in spot duty last year too.

Can't understate Dawkins leadership ONE bit, but I think the best PLAYERS have been #1 Davis and #2 Hill
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I love that McBath was able to come in and spell Dawkins, and that Dawkins was going ape****z on the Sideline cheering on the team. Also the guts to come back in and finish the game with a bad hammy! Goodmans coverage has been great but his tackling has been sad the last few games! Excellent Game! One for the ages!!
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