New league year under way. Lots of player movement. 

GO HAWKS!

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Three days in and already eighty players have changed teams!

Do you like what your team has done thus far?

Witten was a mess and lost on camera. Good riddance. Still miss the star power of the bygone era. It's just another game now

bomba503 posted:

Witten was a mess and lost on camera. ...

He was fun in a Joe Theismann, what the hell is he talking about, did he really just say that, can he be that dumb way.  "You can't put up points in this league unless you score."  Joe Theismann.

stefaniawine posted:
bomba503 posted:

Witten was a mess and lost on camera. ...

He was fun in a Joe Theismann, what the hell is he talking about, did he really just say that, can he be that dumb way.  "You can't put up points in this league unless you score."  Joe Theismann.

The thing that drove me crazy was he would always look at the other person in the booth when speaking and I never felt like he was addressing the audience. It was uncomfortable to watch

Things are rolling now.  I caught a little preseason action. 

When is it too soon to start picking on Gruden?  I mean pretty much a blindfolded drunk monkey throwing darts at a roster list would be better for picking out talent right?

Cowboys are in the crunch I predicted last year but playing it much smarter than I thought they would.  Elliot in Cabo all year really isn't going to hurt them and it sounds like they are playing tough with Prescott.  

I think the 49ers are the team most likely to have a huge turnaround and the Cardinals are the very definition of why relegation would be a good thing for the NFL. 

stefaniawine posted:

Things are rolling now.  I caught a little preseason action. 

When is it too soon to start picking on Gruden?  I mean pretty much a blindfolded drunk monkey throwing darts at a roster list would be better for picking out talent right?

Cowboys are in the crunch I predicted last year but playing it much smarter than I thought they would.  Elliot in Cabo all year really isn't going to hurt them and it sounds like they are playing tough with Prescott.  

I think the 49ers are the team most likely to have a huge turnaround and the Cardinals are the very definition of why relegation would be a good thing for the NFL. 

I think Dak is a very average QB without Zeke to take the pressure off of him.  I wouldn't give him the $ he is looking for, $40/million per ?  Crazy talk.

Most excited I've been for a Browns season since the Bernie Kosar days, I hope they don't let me down.  

jcocktosten posted:

I am going out on a limb here, the Dolphins will stink

You say that each year, and 99% of the time, you are right.

doubled posted:

I'm nervous about the Steelers.  I don't think they did enough on Defense.

Devin Bush will be their next great linebacker.  It will be great to root against him, since he is now both a Xichigan and Shitsburgh team member. 

billhike posted:

This is the first time I’ve been excited about the Bears since before the Jay Cutler era.

Bears were +12 in turnovers last year with no recent history of being a plus team.

Bears lead the league in defensive touchdowns (6), a stat that is largely luck and not repeatable.

Bears go from playing a last place schedule to a first place schedule.

Those are three of the biggest predictors of poor performance relative to the previous season I've found.  That's a bad combo for the Bears.  It's almost exactly the same combo as the 2017/18 Jacksonville Jags. (10/7/worst to first schedule)  I predicted the Jags last year as no better than 8-8.  Finished 5-11. 

The Schedule thing is a killer.  Last year they had seven, 7, count them 7 games against out of division sad saps.  This year they've got 2.

If the Bears make the playoffs this year beer is on me for my net Chicago visit.  Confident I wouldn't be buying.

stefaniawine posted:
billhike posted:

This is the first time I’ve been excited about the Bears since before the Jay Cutler era.

Bears were +12 in turnovers last year with no recent history of being a plus team.

Bears lead the league in defensive touchdowns (6), a stat that is largely luck and not repeatable.

Bears go from playing a last place schedule to a first place schedule.

Those are three of the biggest predictors of poor performance relative to the previous season I've found.  That's a bad combo for the Bears.  It's almost exactly the same combo as the 2017/18 Jacksonville Jags. (10/7/worst to first schedule)  I predicted the Jags last year as no better than 8-8.  Finished 5-11. 

The Schedule thing is a killer.  Last year they had seven, 7, count them 7 games against out of division sad saps.  This year they've got 2.

If the Bears make the playoffs this year beer is on me for my net Chicago visit.  Confident I wouldn't be buying.

Hopefully that visit is soon!

Khalil Mack basically had no training camp last year - same with Roquan Smith. I can see six defensive TD's with this team easily, to be honest. 

Yeah, the schedule is a serious challenge. If Trubisky can progress and gain some consistency, I'm optimistic what he can do with some additional weapons they picked up. No blockbusters but nice pieces that can be rotated and kept fresh if they aren't selfish. 

Unfortunately, locally we are still talking way too much about f***ing kickers. 

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