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Old 04-13-2005, 10:13 AM   #31
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I too was in favor of the Brunell deal initially. Ramsey wasn't ready early on, and Brunell was a proven veteran.

Looking back on last year, yeah Brunell played pretty bad, but he had some help in that. The offense as a whole was just totally out of sync. I'm not saying he would have looked like a Pro Bowler if the guys around him played better, but it could have made a difference to a degree.

The thing that bothered me most about Brunell was how timid he seemed in the pocket. He always seemed to have happy feet, perhaps his hamstring injury had something to do with it too because it really looked like his mechanics were way off.

Brunell isn't a fastball pitcher who can just rear back and throw heat, he's an off-speed pitcher who needs to be fundamentally sound, and he clearly wasn't last year in my eyes. Whether or not he can recapture that is yet to be seen, and hopefully we can keep Ramsey on the field so we don't have to find out if Brunell really has simply lost it completely.
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Old 04-13-2005, 11:28 AM   #32
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Yep, I was also a fan of Brunell. I felt it was a good move to give him the starting job - clearly Ramsey wasn't ready to start at the beginning of the season. I'm with you Matty, I think Brunell had a lot of help with his poor play.
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Old 04-13-2005, 11:41 AM   #33
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People need to remember that Springs and Griffin were various degrees of washed up before before they were allowed to thrive in Williams' talent exaggerating defensive schemes, and Pierce was a complete nobody. While all three players had great years last year, their success was largely facilitated by their assimilation into a new defensive culture. So how does Lavar fit into this?

First, to argue that Lavar is not the best athlete on our defense is insane (not that anyone would); but to argue that he isn't the best player when he hasn't been privy to the same year of coaching that has made probowlers out of scrubs is equally mad, or at least shortsighted. Remember how Lavar played under Marvin Lewis, before George Edwards basically sent him out there to run around and jump on people? Or remember how the patently inferior Lemar Marshall played in Lavar's stead under Williams' coaching. It's not a coincidence that a group erstwhile bums all became good players at the same time

Before we turn on yet another Skin let's at least accord him the same opportunity enjoyed by his defensive peers.
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Old 04-13-2005, 11:43 AM   #34
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People need to remember that Springs and Griffin were various degrees of washed up before before they were allowed to thrive in Williams' defensive talent exaggerating schemes, and Pierce was a complete nobody. While all three players had great years last year, their success was largely facilitated by their assimilation into a new defensive culture. So how does Lavar fit into this?

First, to argue that Lavar is not the best athlete on our defense is insane (not that anyone would); but to argue that he isn't the best player when he hasn't been privy to the same year of coaching that has made probowlers out of scrubs is equally mad, or at least shortsighted. Remember how Lavar played under Marvin Lewis, before George Edwards basically sent him out there to run around and jump on people? Or remember how the patently inferior Lemar Marshall played in Lavar's stead. It's not a coincidence that these erstwhile bums all became good players at the same time

Before we turn on yet another Skin let's at least accord him the same opportunity enjoyed by his defensive peers.
Nice take, I agree!
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Old 04-13-2005, 12:35 PM   #35
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i know it's frustraqting for everyone, real slow offseason, (everyone's suffering from sensory deprovation), and the ugliness of cole crap and now lavar, hurts. we have no input or true understanding of what spured it on. fear, frustration, who know. but come regular season when he knocks someone into next week all will be forgotten.winning will solve everything. it's not easy shedding this whole losing thing we've had. it's qa fight. hang in there
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People need to remember that Springs and Griffin were various degrees of washed up before before they were allowed to thrive in Williams' talent exaggerating defensive schemes, and Pierce was a complete nobody. While all three players had great years last year, their success was largely facilitated by their assimilation into a new defensive culture. So how does Lavar fit into this?

First, to argue that Lavar is not the best athlete on our defense is insane (not that anyone would); but to argue that he isn't the best player when he hasn't been privy to the same year of coaching that has made probowlers out of scrubs is equally mad, or at least shortsighted. Remember how Lavar played under Marvin Lewis, before George Edwards basically sent him out there to run around and jump on people? Or remember how the patently inferior Lemar Marshall played in Lavar's stead under Williams' coaching. It's not a coincidence that a group erstwhile bums all became good players at the same time

Before we turn on yet another Skin let's at least accord him the same opportunity enjoyed by his defensive peers.

VERY, VERY Well said.

fyi, there actually are certain people on this site that have tried to argue that Lavar is not the best athelete on our defense. I won't mention names. They know their folly.
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Old 04-13-2005, 01:45 PM   #37
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People need to remember that Springs and Griffin were various degrees of washed up before before they were allowed to thrive in Williams' talent exaggerating defensive schemes, and Pierce was a complete nobody. While all three players had great years last year, their success was largely facilitated by their assimilation into a new defensive culture. So how does Lavar fit into this?

First, to argue that Lavar is not the best athlete on our defense is insane (not that anyone would); but to argue that he isn't the best player when he hasn't been privy to the same year of coaching that has made probowlers out of scrubs is equally mad, or at least shortsighted. Remember how Lavar played under Marvin Lewis, before George Edwards basically sent him out there to run around and jump on people? Or remember how the patently inferior Lemar Marshall played in Lavar's stead under Williams' coaching. It's not a coincidence that a group erstwhile bums all became good players at the same time

Before we turn on yet another Skin let's at least accord him the same opportunity enjoyed by his defensive peers.

I won't argue whether Lavar is the best athlete. We have several "best athletes". S Taylor, C. Portis, LaVarr, and M. Washington come to mind. Pretty hard to rate one above the other.

I never thought Springs or Griffin were in various stages of being washed up. I thought each of their signings was dependent on several issues, injury and their past productivity inclusive. But not washed up. Me, well, I AM washed up! I'm twice the legal age, and over-weight! So, any attempt to sign me would have been a total wash-out!

I've heard a couple of sound bites, and read both the Post & Times on the Press conference. I do agree with the Sports Reporters, 980 Sportstalk, which I was barely able to tune in here in Norfolk, VA. Their assessment was: Why have a press conference for every little distraction such as Arringtons outburst, and S. Taylor and Moss's absence?

Now THAT, I agree with! We have the NFL Draft that the coaches should be concentrating on. These other "minor" blips will be over and forgotten the day after the Draft, and a long distant faded memory come training camp time!

If we take a page from the SB Champion Patriots, who would never have a press conference for such as this, we should do exactly as they! Never even acknowledge it in the press or any other setting. Of course, then, what would we have to talk about?
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