Im all over this ..assuming its available here.
Veda the Moor
@Veda the Moor
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RE: Star Wars Episode IX (Official Thread)
I dig that mural actually.
I hear you on Lando, but they could play this right and have it fit right in. The Resistance is down to like 30 people in the Falcon .. it could be Lando-ish to have not gotten involved until really, there was no where else to turn. Sucks Han and Lando didnt get a last scene together but , if Luke and Han didnt I guess we cant expect much as the mere fans.
My expectations have been beaten down by Rian so we will see where this goes. What I am hoping is for a reunification of a shattered fan base. Until Episode 8 I had never disagreed with you (Zeb) and Sammy on anything substantive in Star Wars ever.. and now we dont agree on anything. If nothing else that is the undeniable legacy of Rian at the moment.
I also want : a proper space battle. Where we can actually see some of the battle and ships are fighting ships and we can follow that.. and a battle where troops fight troops. This new trilogy has been very light on the Wars part of Star Wars. The first one had some but even then you didnt really get to follow any space ship on space ship fighting and the second one.. was the first one we didnt even get a lightsaber duel and only a very brief space battle at the beginning.
Lets get back to the roots and make us a real Space Opera with lots of WWII inspired fights that also have emotional content!
RE: "Youre the GM"
I agree that a lot of stuff has to go right but that’s true about winning any Super Bowl. I think more has to go right , and right the first time if you resign your QB at 35. Because you have that much less wiggle room as well.
Zeb and Austin... would you also sign Frank Clark? and wagner? And Reed?
RE: Disney's The Lion King (2019) Trailer
Hmm. Is it just me but if the animals look too realistic it feels bit weird.. like my head is going “they aren’t really talking”.
When it’s animated animated the mind just says “oh.. it’s make believe”. Maybe I will get used to it? I love The Lion King. Probably my favorite Non Pixar Disney movie.
RE: Earl Thomas on retiring as a Seahawk
Bob Condotta had an idea where they make a LOB jersey and hang that in the rafters. I think that would be cool too.
Is it just me that thinks Brandon Browner sort of gets shafted? Yea, he left first and had had a hard go if it later. But his size and power and style was one reason LOB was coined in the first place. It wasn’t just Chancellor. You had three outsized dudes and a little rocket just BRINGING IT.
Miss those early years.
"Youre the GM"
Ok, out of an interesting and long Twitter exchange with @austinslater25 , I was asked point blank.. what I would do with the biggest "situation" of our offseason. Russell Wilson. and Im gonna throw Frank Clark in there too.
Im not going with what Id really do..but what I would wish I would have the guts to do because I believe in it but its risky.
As detailed in the Extension thread here, I think its difficult to re-sign Wilson if the goals is Super Bowl. You need high level quarterback play to win the Super Bowl, that is obvious. But I think it also shows that you need a way to pay less for it because the market has been skewed by most teams trying the Peyton Manning building program.. which is, once you have an elite QB (and a good or better coach) throw every penny at them to keep them, and by doing so ensure youre "always in it"..and that works if "always in it" means the playoffs. Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan and Drew Brees are always in the playoffs..But its very hard, the record shows to get to the Super Bowl if you are paying what the market demands you pay an elite QB. Because everyone is willing to pay anything to always be in contention.
But if youre paying 35 million a year, and someone in your division (and likely more than one) has a good enough QB on a rookie deal.. youre playing an unfair game. Read the Moneyball book..then watch the movie. Brad Pitt is awesome. There is a great scene in the movie that explains the situation. If that other team has 187 million to spend on a team.. but YOU have 153 million.... then youre playing an unfair game. And in the case of the Seahawks.. lets take it one step further.. What if you think youre competing against the popular team to win the AFC North next year in the Super Bowl.. Browns. Yea..I know.Its the Browns. But , its hypothetical right now.
Salary cap.. 188.2 million. We will apply new contracts against that even though thats not how the Seahawks do business.
188.. minus 35 for Wilson. Minus 20 million for Clark. 133 million.
Browns.. Browns got 12 sacks out of Chubb. They are gonna pay him 6 million. Baker Mayfield is going to make 7. So.. 175 million left. After paying 2 of the most expensive positions. The Browns would have 33% more money than us the rest of the way. Thats money theyve resigned their best developing players with . Thats money theyve made a couple of judicious additions with.
Thats a lot.
It is devastating to your chances to compete if you have to pay full price at both those high end positions. BUT if you can get those positions cheap...then its a massive advantage. If you can get a good QB on a rookie scale, then youre like half the contracts of QBs in the Super Bowl in the past 7 years. If youre paying elite money.. youre like 2 contracts in the past 7 years..both Peyton Mannings.
And..what could we GET?
Khalil Mack got the Raiders a first and 6th round this year and a 1st and 2nd next year and the Raiders gave back a second NEXT year and a conditional 5th.
So for Clark I would think we could get.. a 1st and a 3rd at least this year or so.
And then for Wilson.. honestly, to the right team,I think we could get 3 #1st. And maybe even a throw in player.
So.. 4 #1s and a 3rd.
Say that leaves us our #1, the Clark #1, and the Wilson #1 this year. Plus the Clark #3 this year. SO we look like: 1, 1, 1, 3, 3, 4, 5. I would then try to trade back one of the 1s , probably our 21 as I did in the mock.
Then my strategy is to get an EDGE rusher and one of the star safeties in the 1st. If a top rated QB falls to the 2nd and Ive gotten back there I take one but I dont like them as value in the first. If I cant get there than I go with the best OL lineman left. and then in the middle and late rounds I take 2 of the three QBs: Kyle Shurmur, Jacob Dolegala and Gardener Minshew. Probably end up with 2 , and its still a good gamble Im happy with . Dolegala is being overlooked because of his school and what not, but he has things that indicate he will have success. Minshew as well.
For 2020 then we will have 1,1,2, 3, 3, 4,4, 5,5, 6,6, 7 between our picks from trade and our supplement picks. With PC, and JS, our current RBs, Dissly, our elite RBs, growing strength and new pics at DE and DB.. I think wed be in good shape and with more options that locking ourself into "pay Wilson and hope we just get everything right and hope the chips fall where we want".
Clark is really great and he really turned around my impression of him last season. I just cant pay 20 million for his production when he isnt actually a consistent dominator. ANd I do consider Wilson a top 5 QB. I just think the market is skewed.
and I believe in being dispassionate. We should have traded Sherman a year before we let him just walk. We would have GOTTEN something for him. We should have not extended Kam. Should have traded Earl. That is NOT hindsight by the way.. well documented in our podcast. You have to use current value to ensure future talent.
Weve got 4 picks this year when we need to be ascending. To ascend we need new, young, hungry and above all CHEAP talent where the market is making everyone else pay.
It could back fire, but I wouldnt worry about it when I noticed that no other team ends up paying 35 and still getting to the super bowl. The one team right now that might still do it is the Saints because they have hit on a lot of star players in the draft. If you can manage that.. get 6,7,8 stars on their rookie contract all at the same time.. then you can pay your QB. But I think its not as hard to find one good QB and keep flexibility in all other areas of your payroll.
But Im insane they say. ;)
So.. if YOU were the GM.. what would YOU do? Youve got Wagner, Clark, and Wilson..and Reed coming up.
Since I didnt mention them..real quick: Id sign Wagner to a relatively short contract, and Reed Id sign for market value as I think he does unique things that the market doesnt reflect yet.
RE: Extend Russ at 35 million?
Tom Brady , there is more than a fair chance, is getting paid in different ways plus he is being smart doing things I think players should always consider. First the other pay ways -- his company is headquartered in Patriot owned buildings. The rent it pays? Not privy to outsiders. I would bet a fair penny he pays well below market value for his offices and so on.
Plus Tom knows staying with one team his whole career helps his visibility, knows that staying winning elevates his status, staying with the team, coach and system that fits him produces success which again elevates his status. All that translates to money. I get frustrated at QBs and WRs especially who chase 2million more a year, move cities, have to build the image again and have a very big chance of not being as successful -- thats so common in the NFL because it depends on so much more than your talents. Id say well over half the time a guy who moves to get a couple million more ends up making less than he would have because he gets cut or is asked to take a pay cut a year later because his production in the new location isnt what it was.
Tom has a smart agent. Russell Wilson has made the 2nd worst type of choice he could make by using a baseball agent who thinks he can change the league.