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dalemurphy
01-23-2009, 03:18 PM
So, with all the changes, here's how I think it will impact individual players and their performance... Here's the DL assessment:

Anthony Weaver- I don't think he'll make the team unless it's a cap issue that keeps him here. His strength is taking on blocks and securing the corner and his veteran intelligence. I don't think he has the ability to hit gaps, or beat a tackle around the corner. I think he's gone.

Tim Bulman - I think he's likely to be back at DT in a rotation, primarily on passing downs. As a DT, he has very good quickness and has good pass rush skills. I expect 20-30 snaps a game from him at DT next season and probably fairly effective. I don't expect him at DE unless it's to give the LDE a breather or due to significant injury.l

Mario Williams- I suspect we'll see him improve in his ability to read the play- draws, screens, etc... and he may have a few less snaps a game in order to keep him fresh. OVerall, I think he'll have his best season.

Amobi Okoye- He should improve dramatically. Kollar already mentioned that there is work to do on his technique. I think all the DTs will be in a steady rotation. I expect him to provide steady pressure up the middle, shooting the gap. I'm very anxious to see if he has the athleticism to get to the QB regularly or if he's just limited enough to get some pressure. I also expect to see a number of tackles for a loss in the run game.

Earl Cochran- I'm very excited for him to return healthy. I think he will probably play all 4 spots on the Dl by the end of the year... My guess is he'd by at DE on running downs more often and at DT on passing downs. While he probably won't start, I expect him to play quite a bit and probably hang 5 or 6 sacks on his resume by the end of the season.

Travis Johnson- I think he may be the biggest surprise of all. I almost became a fan of his during the first 1/2 of the '07 season. What I like about him is his agressiveness and his willingness to pursue the ball to the sideline. Those are both crucial points of focus for Kollar. What I haven't like is his lack of productivity. However, with new coaching and philosophy, I think it will really pay off for him. My guess is he will play most run-centric plays and rotate off during passing downs. I think by midseason, he'll be a fan favorite.

Dejuan Robinson- I expect he and Travis to handle the majority of run downs at DT. I doubt we see him more than 30 plays a game but I'm excited about him as part of the rotation.

Zgoniga- Simply can't make the team. He doesn't have the ability to shoot gaps or even chase plays. He's gone unless Kubiak is more of a control freak than I think.

Stanley McGlover- Obviously, I have no idea other than to say that he's the only guy on the team right now that has the skills to be a speed rusher at weakside DE- other than Mario who will probably shift back and forth all season. Hopefully, he shows something.

Polo
01-23-2009, 03:24 PM
Don't expect for any of our D-linemen to react well to Screens or mis-directions...That's not gonna be our strenght or our goal...

I think our philospphy is basically going to be disruption and demolition...

In fact we'll probably be more susceptible to being beaten by screens and draws...But we should be better almost everywhere else...

Clamp
01-23-2009, 03:27 PM
I agree about TJ, i think he will have his best season simply because he was a 3 technique in college, and while he has improved at the nose tackle spot, he has obviously been playing out of position. (not to imply that his lack of prouction or anything else stems solely from that alone, but it had alot to do with it in my opinion.)

dalemurphy
01-23-2009, 03:31 PM
I'm very high on our group of LBs. Here they are:

Demeco Ryans- I think there is at least the possibility of a move to the weak side for him. I doubt it though. Anyway, if the team is really going to committ to attack gaps in the front 4, it will be interesting to see how he handles single gap responsibility and probably more engagement by Guards and Centers. That being said, I think he'll have a good season, probably have a couple more sacks and collect more turnovers. If Bush really gets this team on the same page, he may really blossom as an on-field coach and leader of the defense.

Adibi- Probably the biggest X factor. He has the best athleticism we've ever had at LB and he was a big playmaker in college and showed something this season. I think, barring injury, we're looking at a guy that will start at WLB, get 4-5 sacks, and also make a few interceptions. He may be our biggest playmaker on the field other than Mario.

Zac Diles- If he's healthy, I expect him to start at SLB. If he's healthy, I think he starts somewhere, even if it's not on the strong side. I loved what I saw from him in coverage after the 3rd game last year. He flashed the ability to man up on some pretty good TEs. I think he'll be very solid and a strength of the defense that probably goes largely unnoticed.

Kevin Bentley- Excellent backup at all three positions. He's a guy I could see take over at MLB if Demeco gets moved. He can certainly run the defense but I don't like him as much as a starter. He should be first off the bench but his best position is MLB.

Morlon Greenwood- GOODBYE!

Chaun Thompson- He's built like and has similar skills to Karlos Dansby, who Bush coached into a borderline probowl LB. If he's healthy, he's great in the nickel. He can blitz, rush off the edge as a DE, or drop into coverage. I think Bush, a former LB, will recognize that and use him situationally. He'll make some big plays for us!

Coley- He's the reason why we don't go get anybody in FA or early in the draft. Very solid depth. I think he'll be our 6th LB and be active on game day- probably very good on special teams.

dalemurphy
01-23-2009, 03:41 PM
Okay, DBs:

Dunta Robinson- I'm thrilled to see him next year. I think he'll play more with a safety over him which will allow a couple things: he'll be more agressive breaking on balls and picking a few off, and, I think we'll see more CB blitzes from him. In the nickel, I definitely expect to see him play over the slot. This should be his best season since '04.

A. Molden- He's clearly a football player and an excellent athlete. I think he'll end up playing quite a bit- either beating Reeves or Bennett out of a job or replacing an injury. It's more likely he'll start if we have experience starting at safety. I expect a good season from him though I'm sure he'll make a couple bonehead plays.

Jaques Reeves- I think he's excellent depth and expect him to play but lose his starting job to Bennett or Molden or someone else. I don't think he's physical enough or enough of a playmaker for the staff to get too excited about. Also, if they play more cover2, I think that will highlight his mediocre ball skills and minimize the value of his recovery speed.

Fred Bennett- I think he'd be great in cover2 with his ball skills and heighth. I really don't know how this staff will assess him. THis is something I'm very interested in watching during preseason.

Faggins- I've always been a supporter of his, but barring numerous preseason injuries... He's gone!

At safety, I expect Eugene Wilson to be re-signed. Other than that, I have no clue what to expect back there... Except for an improvement.

dalemurphy
01-23-2009, 03:43 PM
Don't expect for any of our D-linemen to react well to Screens or mis-directions...That's not gonna be our strenght or our goal...

I think our philospphy is basically going to be disruption and demolition...

In fact we'll probably be more susceptible to being beaten by screens and draws...But we should be better almost everywhere else...

I get why you say that. However, I disagree. The problem with our read and react defense the past 2 years, is it didn't read or react well at all. I think they were just simply coached poorly. I don't mean to suggest that Mario will fall back when he senses a screen. Instead, I just expect him to recognize it quicker as he's moving upfield- increasing the likelihood of disrupting the play by batting the ball down, etc....

RipTraxx
01-23-2009, 04:29 PM
Nice post Dale.

The only thing i see different is that DelJuan actually making more of an impact on the pass rush more then the run.

Either way i feel we have a solid rotation of DTs to keep em fresh.

painekiller
01-24-2009, 11:59 AM
Zgoniga- Simply can't make the team. He doesn't have the ability to shoot gaps or even chase plays. He's gone unless Kubiak is more of a control freak than I think.

You do know who his DL coach was at Purdue? How about his roommate at Purdue? He will be in camp unless he retires.

DocBar
01-24-2009, 04:02 PM
Nice post. Has anyone looked up FA's our new coaches have coached that are available or anything like that. I haven't had time with my work schedule.

cuppacoffee
01-24-2009, 06:07 PM
So, with all the changes, here's how I think it will impact individual players and their performance... Here's the DL assessment:

Travis Johnson- I think he may be the biggest surprise of all. I almost became a fan of his during the first 1/2 of the '07 season. What I like about him is his agressiveness and his willingness to pursue the ball to the sideline. Those are both crucial points of focus for Kollar. What I haven't like is his lack of productivity. However, with new coaching and philosophy, I think it will really pay off for him. My guess is he will play most run-centric plays and rotate off during passing downs. I think by midseason, he'll be a fan favorite.


[QUOTE=Clamp;1105205]I agree about TJ, i think he will have his best season simply because he was a 3 technique in college, and while he has improved at the nose tackle spot, he has obviously been playing out of position. (not to imply that his lack of prouction or anything else stems solely from that alone, but it had alot to do with it in my opinion.)


Applications now available for tickets on the TJ bandwagon..:d:



:coffee:

pappy
01-24-2009, 08:18 PM
[QUOTE=dalemurphy;1105194]So, with all the changes, here's how I think it will impact individual players and their performance... Here's the DL assessment:

Travis Johnson- I think he may be the biggest surprise of all. I almost became a fan of his during the first 1/2 of the '07 season. What I like about him is his agressiveness and his willingness to pursue the ball to the sideline. Those are both crucial points of focus for Kollar. What I haven't like is his lack of productivity. However, with new coaching and philosophy, I think it will really pay off for him. My guess is he will play most run-centric plays and rotate off during passing downs. I think by midseason, he'll be a fan favorite.





Applications now available for tickets on the TJ bandwagon..:d:



:coffee:

I take it that your driving and supplying the coffee ?

spurstexanstros
01-24-2009, 08:51 PM
Okay, DBs:

Faggins- I've always been a supporter of his, but barring numerous preseason injuries... He's gone!



About four years and 10 games lost due to his big play ability....for the other team.

mexican_texan
01-25-2009, 12:47 AM
[QUOTE=dalemurphy;1105194]So, with all the changes, here's how I think it will impact individual players and their performance... Here's the DL assessment:

Travis Johnson- I think he may be the biggest surprise of all. I almost became a fan of his during the first 1/2 of the '07 season. What I like about him is his agressiveness and his willingness to pursue the ball to the sideline. Those are both crucial points of focus for Kollar. What I haven't like is his lack of productivity. However, with new coaching and philosophy, I think it will really pay off for him. My guess is he will play most run-centric plays and rotate off during passing downs. I think by midseason, he'll be a fan favorite.





Applications now available for tickets on the TJ bandwagon..:d:



:coffee:
Hey now, I've been on that bandwagon since year 2. Everyone forgets how much he stepped up under Kubiak to make the team. He lost a lot of weight, became a lot more ferocious, and played a hell of a lot better than he did his rookie year.

D-ReK
01-25-2009, 07:57 AM
Nice post. Has anyone looked up FA's our new coaches have coached that are available or anything like that. I haven't had time with my work schedule.

Free agents that Bush coached:
Bertrand Berry (also has a Denver connection, he's as good as signed)
Monty Beisel
Karlos Dansby

Free agents that Gibbs coached:
Jarrad Page (RFA, may only cost a 7th rounder)
Jon McGraw
Tyron Brackenridge (RFA, signed as UDFA so I'm not sure what he would cost)

Free agents that Kollar coached:
Copeland Bryan (RFA, signed as UDFA)
John McCargo (likely to be traded or cut, Mario Williams connection)

Denver free agents who may fit:
Tom Nalen
Michael Pittman
Kenard Lang
Nate Webster

Also, with McDaniels coming in, it's possible they cut a couple guys who could make good depth here along the OL.

BigBull17
01-25-2009, 01:08 PM
Don't expect for any of our D-linemen to react well to Screens or mis-directions...That's not gonna be our strenght or our goal...

I think our philospphy is basically going to be disruption and demolition...

In fact we'll probably be more susceptible to being beaten by screens and draws...But we should be better almost everywhere else...

Yep. Which makes it very important to get some run stuffing LB's.

imatexan
01-25-2009, 04:15 PM
Free agents that Bush coached:
Bertrand Berry (also has a Denver connection, he's as good as signed)
Monty Beisel
Karlos Dansby

Free agents that Gibbs coached:
Jarrad Page (RFA, may only cost a 7th rounder)
Jon McGraw
Tyron Brackenridge (RFA, signed as UDFA so I'm not sure what he would cost)

Free agents that Kollar coached:
Copeland Bryan (RFA, signed as UDFA)
John McCargo (likely to be traded or cut, Mario Williams connection)

Denver free agents who may fit:
Tom Nalen
Michael Pittman
Kenard Lang
Nate Webster

Also, with McDaniels coming in, it's possible they cut a couple guys who could make good depth here along the OL.


Im tired of Denve FA and Faggins better be gone!

dalemurphy
01-26-2009, 07:55 AM
Im tired of Denve FA and Faggins better be gone!

Yeah, Nick Ferguson and Chris Myers really hurt this team last year.:sarcasm:

HOU-TEX
01-26-2009, 08:48 AM
Yeah, Nick Ferguson and Chris Myers really hurt this team last year.:sarcasm:

Actually, Myers did in fact hurt the team quite a bit the first half of the season. He did get better towards the end of the season, but overall, he was horrible at run blocking.

All that said, he'll still likely be the starter next season, but I'll be expecting notable improvement.

:texflag:

Insideop
01-26-2009, 09:08 AM
Free agents that Bush coached:
Bertrand Berry (also has a Denver connection, he's as good as signed)
Monty Beisel
Karlos Dansby

Free agents that Gibbs coached:
Jarrad Page (RFA, may only cost a 7th rounder)
Jon McGraw
Tyron Brackenridge (RFA, signed as UDFA so I'm not sure what he would cost)

Free agents that Kollar coached:
Copeland Bryan (RFA, signed as UDFA)
John McCargo (likely to be traded or cut, Mario Williams connection)

Denver free agents who may fit:
Tom Nalen
Michael Pittman
Kenard Lang
Nate Webster

Also, with McDaniels coming in, it's possible they cut a couple guys who could make good depth here along the OL.

:hmmm: That's interesting! Wasn't McCargo the player that Buffalo traded up to draft in the 1st and most people were thinking, What The Hell Are They Doing? I think he was rated a 2nd or 3rd round prospect but the Bills traded up to the 1st to get him. And, if my memory serves me correctly, I think it was to a team the Texans were also trying to trade up with so they could land one of the top RB's, but Buffalo out bid us for the pick. And because we weren't able to move up we selected DeMeco with our 2nd pick. If this is correct (Maybe someone else can verify this and fill in the details.), and Buffalo now wants to cut McCargo, that would be just too funny. It would also bring up the question, did Kollar have any input into drafting McCargo? :hmmm:

bigbrewster2000
01-26-2009, 09:47 AM
:hmmm: That's interesting! Wasn't McCargo the player that Buffalo traded up to draft in the 1st and most people were thinking, What The Hell Are They Doing? I think he was rated a 2nd or 3rd round prospect but the Bills traded up to the 1st to get him. And, if my memory serves me correctly, I think it was to a team the Texans were also trying to trade up with so they could land one of the top RB's, but Buffalo out bid us for the pick. And because we weren't able to move up we selected DeMeco with our 2nd pick. If this is correct (Maybe someone else can verify this and fill in the details.), and Buffalo now wants to cut McCargo, that would be just too funny. It would also bring up the question, did Kollar have any input into drafting McCargo? :hmmm:

Yes you are correct on them moving up not 100% sure they effectively blocked a trade up or not but it seems logical. Kollar probably may or may not have who knows. Had the Bills just waited til the 3rd round it wouldnt have been that big of a deal that he busted. (BTW I didnt realize he was that bad of a player) Their FO is terrible. Thats all you should take out of that pick

dalemurphy
01-26-2009, 10:27 AM
Actually, Myers did in fact hurt the team quite a bit the first half of the season. He did get better towards the end of the season, but overall, he was horrible at run blocking.

All that said, he'll still likely be the starter next season, but I'll be expecting notable improvement.

:texflag:


If he was better than anything we had, anything we could get, or anything we've had on the team for the past 2 seasons, and he was very cheap, then I'm not sure how he "hurt" the team.

I would like to see an upgrade at both safety and center. However, that doesn't change the fact that those two players improved the team while certainly not hurting the cap situation. That means they were very good free agents, though technically the Myers deal ended up being a trade.

dalemurphy
01-26-2009, 10:29 AM
:hmmm: That's interesting! Wasn't McCargo the player that Buffalo traded up to draft in the 1st and most people were thinking, What The Hell Are They Doing? I think he was rated a 2nd or 3rd round prospect but the Bills traded up to the 1st to get him. And, if my memory serves me correctly, I think it was to a team the Texans were also trying to trade up with so they could land one of the top RB's, but Buffalo out bid us for the pick. And because we weren't able to move up we selected DeMeco with our 2nd pick. If this is correct (Maybe someone else can verify this and fill in the details.), and Buffalo now wants to cut McCargo, that would be just too funny. It would also bring up the question, did Kollar have any input into drafting McCargo? :hmmm:

Yes, we had a deal in place with Chicago to go get Deangelo Williams. But, Buffalo outbid us.

cuppacoffee
01-26-2009, 11:29 AM
[QUOTE=cuppacoffee;1105781]

I take it that your driving and supplying the coffee ?


I'll have a full thermos of seaport dark roast..its an acquired taste, so be prepared for a jolt.


[QUOTE=cuppacoffee;1105781]
Hey now, I've been on that bandwagon since year 2. Everyone forgets how much he stepped up under Kubiak to make the team. He lost a lot of weight, became a lot more ferocious, and played a hell of a lot better than he did his rookie year.

Great observation that's been missed by many others. You get to ride shotgun on the bandwagon.


:coffee:

dalemurphy
01-26-2009, 12:07 PM
[QUOTE=pappy;1105820]


I'll have a full thermos of seaport dark roast..its an acquired taste, so be prepared for a jolt.


[QUOTE=mexican_texan;1105893]

Great observation that's been missed by many others. You get to ride shotgun on the bandwagon.


:coffee:


Hey, Barrett and I should be on the front seat also. His agressiveness in '07 was inspriring. Not long after the Trent Green fiasco, though, his play seemed to really fall off. I'm not sure what happened but it was before his injury. I'm hopeful it had to do with the scheme and asking him to essentially play NT.

HOU-TEX
01-26-2009, 01:12 PM
If he was better than anything we had, anything we could get, or anything we've had on the team for the past 2 seasons, and he was very cheap, then I'm not sure how he "hurt" the team.

I would like to see an upgrade at both safety and center. However, that doesn't change the fact that those two players improved the team while certainly not hurting the cap situation. That means they were very good free agents, though technically the Myers deal ended up being a trade.

Saying he's all we had does not excuse the fact that he did hurt the team. He was blasted into the backfield giving up TFL's more than Flabbygan was.

Like I said, I expect him to be back but expect a huge improvement.

barrett
01-26-2009, 01:37 PM
you're out of your mind. i'm not even a meyers fan but that's just wrong comparing him to flannigan. what i'm wondering about meyers is, is there something he's not doing right that Gibbs will figure out or is he just not strong enough. LZ was talking today on his blog about "core strenght" or something like that. maybe he just doesn't have thick enough something.

and yes, for the record, i'm a TJ supporter for some time now.

HOU-TEX
01-26-2009, 02:01 PM
you're out of your mind. i'm not even a meyers fan but that's just wrong comparing him to flannigan. what i'm wondering about meyers is, is there something he's not doing right that Gibbs will figure out or is he just not strong enough. LZ was talking today on his blog about "core strenght" or something like that. maybe he just doesn't have thick enough something.

and yes, for the record, i'm a TJ supporter for some time now.

Geez! I was just using Flabbygan as a point of reference. The purposely misspelling of his name should've given people my overall thoughts of him.....at least I thought it would've.

AGAIN, I expect Myers to be back as our starting C, but expect noticable improvement.

Hooston Texan
01-27-2009, 04:20 PM
:hmmm: That's interesting! Wasn't McCargo the player that Buffalo traded up to draft in the 1st and most people were thinking, What The Hell Are They Doing? I think he was rated a 2nd or 3rd round prospect but the Bills traded up to the 1st to get him. And, if my memory serves me correctly, I think it was to a team the Texans were also trying to trade up with so they could land one of the top RB's, but Buffalo out bid us for the pick. And because we weren't able to move up we selected DeMeco with our 2nd pick. If this is correct (Maybe someone else can verify this and fill in the details.), and Buffalo now wants to cut McCargo, that would be just too funny. It would also bring up the question, did Kollar have any input into drafting McCargo? :hmmm:

I don't know the details of any machinations by us in the 2006 draft, but the players drafted between McCargo and DeMeco included DeAngelo Williams and Joseph Addai. So it could be that we were targeting one of those guys.

But such a move would have cost us the second round pick (DeMeco) and either a third (Eric Winston) or a fourth (Owen Daniels). Maybe we should send the Bills a thank-you note for blocking our trade effort.

Insideop
01-27-2009, 09:40 PM
I don't know the details of any machinations by us in the 2006 draft, but the players drafted between McCargo and DeMeco included DeAngelo Williams and Joseph Addai. So it could be that we were targeting one of those guys.

But such a move would have cost us the second round pick (DeMeco) and either a third (Eric Winston) or a fourth (Owen Daniels). Maybe we should send the Bills a thank-you note for blocking our trade effort.

According to dalemurphy we were trying to get DeAngelo.

"Yes, we had a deal in place with Chicago to go get Deangelo Williams. But, Buffalo outbid us."

This sounds right, at least what I can remember that I had heard/read. And yes, we would've lost DeMeco and probably someone else we drafted. :gun:

It's funny how some of these trades, or in this case, a non-trade, turn out. Some that look bad in the beginning turn out to be quite good, and some that look good in the beginning turn out to be really bad. Time tells all! JMHO!

dalemurphy
01-27-2009, 10:46 PM
According to dalemurphy we were trying to get DeAngelo.

"Yes, we had a deal in place with Chicago to go get Deangelo Williams. But, Buffalo outbid us."

This sounds right, at least what I can remember that I had heard/read. And yes, we would've lost DeMeco and probably someone else we drafted. :gun:

It's funny how some of these trades, or in this case, a non-trade, turn out. Some that look bad in the beginning turn out to be quite good, and some that look good in the beginning turn out to be really bad. Time tells all! JMHO!

While one could argue that Deangelo would be better than Demeco, we also would have lost out on Winston (assuming we did value Spencer higher than him). So, it was definitely a good "no deal".