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Discussion in 'Game Summaries' started by KnightNoles, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. KnightNoles

    KnightNoles Learn to Compete

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    DIVISION WINNERS:
    2012-2013: Pittsburgh Steelers
    2013-2014: Cleveland Browns
    2014-2015:

     
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  2. KnightNoles

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    Camp Questions
    Cleveland Browns: Head Coach ryty32
    1. Ry, is Weeden #1 from the get go?
    2. Regardless of the QB, how much has the OL improved?
    3. Does a lingering injury to Trent Richardson concern the staff at all as we expect him to be in the top 5 of carries in 2012?
    4. Haden, Gocoung, Fujita, and Phil Taylor look to be out for the opener, what do expect to see out of your defense for week 1 and the rest of the year?
    Cincinnati Bengals: Head Coach ChildPlease9
    1. Who will step up and be the #2 wide receiver, opposite of AJ Green?
    2. How will the cornerback position shape up and who will start at SS?
    3. Can Andy Dalton and the offense evolve in a positive manner?
    4. Will the OL show significant improvement?
    5. Bonus: Will Vontaze Burfict make the roster?
    Baltimore Ravens: Head Coach Papa Perry
    1. How do you respond losing a tough AFC Championship game?
    2. Replacement for Terrell Suggs?
    3. Can the OL still get it done in their old age or does Ray Rice get beat up this year?
    4. WR is the deepest position right now in camp, who is kept and who will be given the slip?
    Pittsburgh Steelers: Head Coach KnightNoles
    1. What happens with Mike Wallace?
    2. How does the ffensive transition into Todd Haley's scheme happen?
    3. How will the running backs be used?
    4. Who are the team leaders now that Hines Ward and James Farrior are gone?
    5. Bonus: What does the defense look like with some old bodies in certain positions?
     
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  3. Ryty

    Ryty Over the Cap

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    Camp Questions
    Cleveland Browns: Head Coach ryty32
    1. Ry, is Weeden #1 from the get go? Absolutely. He has the arm strength and accuracy that we want to build our offense around. In order to be fair to Colt, we will look to trade him once the preseason starts.
    2. Regardless of the QB, how much has the OL improved? I think the unit has improved dramatically since last season. We have two pro-bowlers in Joe Thomas (Best LT in the league) and Center Alex Mack. We added RT Mitchell Schwartz in the 2nd round of this years draft (he has struggled mightily in his first 3 preseason games irl) and have two promising young guards in Jason Pinkston and Shawn Lauvao. I think we will be one of the better lines in the league this year and will be a top 5 OL in 2-3 years.
    3. Does a lingering injury to Trent Richardson concern the staff at all as we expect him to be in the top 5 of carries in 2012? I would be lying if I said I wasn't slightly concerned. He missed the combine this year after a "minor" knee injury and just recently had a some minor surgery to remove cartilage fragments in that same knee. Two knee surgeries in less than 9 months on a running back would have any coach concerned. However, there is no more of a physical specimen in this league than Trent Richardson. The sky is the limit for this kid once he is back and completely healthy.
    4. Haden, Gocoung, Fujita, and Phil Taylor look to be out for the opener, what do expect to see out of your defense for week 1 and the rest of the year? Haden hasn't been suspended, yet (may appeal) and Fujita is confident there will be a temporary restraining order to block the NFL from suspending him at least in the short term. As far as Gocong, he is a big loss for our defense. However, we have a few young guys that could potentially step up and gain some valuable experience at the LOLB position. Finally, we are hoping to have Phil Taylor back by week 8. If you saw any games played by Taylor last season, you know that he will be very difficult to replace. He is a perennial pro-bowler in the making. With all that said, I think this can be a good defense. Most people don't realize that this was one of the top 10 defenses in the NFL as far as yards against. I think that can be duplicated again this season with the return of a player like TJ Ward and the additions of Frostee Rucker and Juqua Parker to man down the RE position. There is a bright future ahead for this group once all of the pieces are back in place....
     
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    Who will step up and be the #2 wide receiver, opposite of AJ Green?
    We're really looking for one of three guys to step up in the preseason. We obviously feel strongly that Mohamed Sanu will be a productive player at the NFL level. He has an NFL body and is ready to step into a starting role immediately. Armon Binns is another guy who fits that mold; he's a big, strong, possession guy with great hands that could be productive opposite of AJ. I think that the wildcard here is Brandon Tate; he's an absolute burner and is ready for an expanded role after playing almost exclusively on special teams in his time in Cincinnati.

    How will the cornerback position shape up and who will start at SS?
    Nate Clements and Leon Hall are the undisputed starters at corner. We really have a whole lot of depth here after being handcuffed a little bit the last few years, and the potential for a trade exists. Terrence Newman and Adam Jones will likely battle it out for the nickel position, and Dre Kirkpatrick will see limited time as a rookie, which we feel is going to be great in developing him long-term. Jason Allen will see some time at both safeties and will have the opportunity to compete for a starting role with Taylor Mays at strong safety.

    Can Andy Dalton and the offense evolve in a positive manner?
    We sure hope so. BenJarvus is going to be a key addition for us, and his ball security is really going to be an asset. We're hoping to avoid the Ced Benson 3-yard-and-a-cloud-of-fumble approach this season and may even look at adding another back to compliment Green-Ellis and Scott. Jermaine Gresham is in a make-or-break type of season, and for us to be as successful as we'd like, he's going to have to play at a Pro Bowl level.

    Will the OL show significant improvement?
    Obviously, Andrew Whitworth is a player. We've brought in Travelle Wharton and drafted Kevin Zeitler, and hopefully we can shift to a more ground-centric attack. Regardless, there's not a whole lot of depth, and offensive line play is going to be judged on our ability to protect Andy Dalton.

    Bonus: Will Vontaze Burfict make the roster?
    Yes.
     
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  5. KnightNoles

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    Pittsburgh Steelers: Head Coach KnightNoles

    1. What happens with Mike Wallace?
      • He finally arrived to camp and played in the first preseason game, he dropped one pass in the endzone and had another target in the game. Besides that we expect a lot of our offense to be centered around Wallace on the outside.
    2. How does the offensive transition into Todd Haley's scheme happen?
      • More ground attack then over the last few years but Ben will still be able to open it up and gun sling. Mendenhall and Dwyer will pound the rock while Rainey will be the change of pace guy.
    3. How will the running backs be used?
      • Mendenhall/Dwyer 1/2
      • Rainey special packages and 3rd down pass guy
      • Either Batch or Redman will be the 3rd down power/pass block guy
    4. Who are the team leaders now that Hines Ward and James Farrior are gone?
      • It is Ben, Pouncey and Heath Miller on offense while Timmons, Clark and Polamalu we be the vocal leaders on defense
    5. Bonus: What does the defense look like with some old bodies in certain positions?
      • DT: Alameda Ta'Amu and Steve McClendon will back up Casey Hampton
      • MLB: Sean Spence and Stevenson Sylvester will back up Larry Foote
      • CB: Ike will be heavily graded over the next year but he can still be a top corner
     
  6. Papa Perry

    Papa Perry Leeroy Jenkins!!!

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    Baltimore Ravens: Head Coach Papa Perry

    [*]How do you respond losing a tough AFC Championship game?

    It was a tough loss in a very winnable game. We experimented with bringing in Lee Evans last year and not only was he inactive most of the year but he dropped a pass in the end zone that would've won us the game. Then the missed FG by Cundiff just hurt us more. However, I do believe that loss brought a lot of hunger to this team that wasn't around last season. Ray Lewis is back and from what I can tell is in the best shape of his life since his mid-20s and I can tell you that NO ONE is more hungry for a Super Bowl than that man.

    [*]Replacement for Terrell Suggs?

    Well first of all you don't just replace a player the caliber of T-Sizzle. We drafted Courtney Upshaw in hopes of him playing the opposite OLB of Suggs. Paul Kruger will probably occupy Suggs' spot while Upshaw gets acclimated with the LOLB position until Suggs is back.

    [*]Can the OL still get it done in their old age or does Ray Rice get beat up this year?

    The OL did age quite a bit with Ben Grubbs departure followed by Bobbie Williams arrival but we intend on our younger guys giving them enough of a break. With guys like Kelechi Osemele and Jah Reid able to come in and spell McKinnie and Williams, I'm comfortable with our OL situation.

    [*]WR is the deepest position right now in camp, who is kept and who will be given the slip?

    It's tough to decide right now. Obviously, Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin have their jobs secure as they continue to work hard to build on what they have already done. Jacoby Jones is more than likely gonna secure the 3rd spot and we'll take 3 more. I like how Tommy Streeter and Devin Goda look as they're both big physical targets. Tandon Doss has done a lot to improve in the offseason and could see the field as well. Patrick Williams and Laquan Williams may not make the cut as Deonte Thompson is a serious wildcard if he shows he can make plays.
     
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  7. Ryty

    Ryty Over the Cap

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    Damn...this is shaping up to be a sick division. Easily the toughest division in HK. :)
     
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  8. Papa Perry

    Papa Perry Leeroy Jenkins!!!

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    I agree to an extent as I don't know much about the PS3 side but I can see the playoffs having 3 AFC North teams with the AFC champion being one of them.
     
  9. KnightNoles

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    Are the men in Steel city in trouble starting off 0-2 with a trip out west to Oakland coming up in week 3? Can they get a win going into the bye week and turn it around for the rest of the season? We must continue to play good to great defense but our offense needs to step up from bad to just average and we should see a major turnaround.
     
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    Whats going on in Pittsburgh? Can the Steelers recover from an 0-3 start? If so, how? Is Coach Noles regretting moving on from Houston?
     
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  11. KnightNoles

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    AFC NORTH UPDATE
    Through Week 10
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    5-4 PF: 194 PA: 208

    Being one game over .500 and leading the division while being -14 is pretty impressive. The Browns longest win streak on the year is two games and after that they have traded Ws and Ls. Taking a loss to the Ravens in week 9 is potentially a derailment for their season as they go on the road to the Cowboys in week 11 and then return home to face division foe in the Steelers. Week 11, 12 and 13 are very critical if they want to stay atop the North.
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    5-4 PF: 252 PA: 184

    The Steelers have one of the best defenses in all of HK in the top 5 week in, week out. The lack offense plummeted them to an 0-3 start but have since rebounded after a week 4 bye as they rattled off 4 straight wins. They could potentially be on a 6 game win streak if they didn't blow the play call against the Giants in week 10. Regardless they sit pretty after a week 10 win against the Chiefs, they will host the Ravens in 11 and already mentioned the Browns in week 12 then on the road for the second straight week in Baltimore. Week 11 through 15 look like a very difficult schedule: Ravens, Browns, Ravens, Chargers and Cowboys.
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    4-5 PF: 309 PA: 271

    A team despite being +38 points is 4-5 in the win/loss columns, after a 1-0 start the Ravens sunk to 1-3 over the next three weeks. Then they found a way to win two straight before dropping another to the Texans before a bye week. Another divisional win against the Browns put them at 4-4 and hosting the Raiders and after week 10 was done and over they sit at 4-5, a crossroads to their season. They will play: Steelers, Chargers, Steelers, Redskins and Broncos during the week 11 to week 15 stretch.
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    3-6 PF: 225 PA: 231

    The Bengals have the most work to do out of the division and they get the Chiefs in week 11 to try and jump start them. Dropping the last 4 weeks, the Bengals saw there nice 3-2 record go to an ugly 3-6 one. Does this team have enough in them to get to 10-6? It is pretty well known that Dalton is having a sophomore year slump, but with the Chiefs looming a chance to catch fire is there. Even if they finish 5-2 the rest of the way an 8-8 season would be a success.
     
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  12. KnightNoles

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    The AFC North produced two playoff teams in 2012-2013 season, the Cleveland Browns under Coach ryty32 and the Pittsburgh Steelers, under KnightNoles . With Ry overseas during the last part of the year and into the playoffs ended the year in the wildcard round. A great year for the Browns as they were in the playoffs but disappointing in how they played all year. The Steelers were in as the AFC North champions and hosted a playoff game and then traveled on the road for the divisional. Everything went their way and the AFC Championship was hosted in Pittsburgh, as they won that and faced the Green Bay Packers for the Super Bowl. They would go on and defeat the Packers bringing the Lombardi trophy back to Pittsburgh for the seventh time and to the AFC North again!
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  13. KnightNoles

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    Year two of the AFC North slug fest resulted in ryty32 Cleveland Browns taking home the division crown while ChildPlease9 Cincinnati Bengals were in the playoffs as a wildcard team. Neither team would advance out of the wildcard round and the North was sent home packing from the post season. All teams ended with winning records. As the second year ends, the AFC North looks like the toughest division in HK and maybe in the history of Hard Knocks. What will season three give us?

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  14. Ryty

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    If Pittsburgh is to have a chance to get back on top of the division, we will need to see more of this! (ask BobJr if Cam can run...)

     
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    I didn't realize Cam was a Deion fan.

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    Season 3 Week 4 Conference Update
    Team (North Record)
    Ravens (1-0)
    Browns (2-0)
    Bengals (0-1)
    Steelers (0-2)

    Through four weeks of the season, the AFC North is being led by the Baltimore Ravens and Papa Perry . They have one divisional win so far coming in OT against the Bengals. Cleveland Browns led by ryty32 are a solid two and will be back to #1 after the Ravens bye. They have swept the Pittsburgh Steelers to start the year and put them at an 0-2 divisional hole. While there is plenty of football to be played the Ravens and Browns have started off on the right foot, while the Cincinnati Bengals ChildPlease9 and the Steelers have their work cut out for them to win the hardest division in the league.
     

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