Discuss your offseason.

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  1. antcap24

    antcap24 Walk On

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    I figure it would be fun to make a post about how you feel you did this offseason. Did you address your needs? Did you get good young talent in the draft?

    Ill start...

    On the offensive side of the ball.

    QB- Matt Ryan was the starter last year and will remain the starter. I did not make any moves to find a successor due to his young age so this position is not going to have much of a grade.

    RB- Big changes here. Atlanta decided to trade Michael Turner for a more agile back in Jahvid Best. Looking at his roster the Falcons had a decent backup power back that did not compliment Turner that well in Jason Snelling. Jerious Norwood was too fumble prone for my liking, so he want the combination on a 1-2 punch in speed back and power back. With the combination of Best and Snelling, I think I achieved that, while getting younger at the featured back.

    WR- Roddy White was coming off a huge year, and hopes to continue the same. The Falcons lose their #2 WR last year in rookie Sealii Davis in a trade for Best. As of now, Jenkins will become the Falcons #2. He did not see much action last year due to getting beat out in training camp. Ryan and Jenkins have a long history and he should be able to step right in and be successful. Douglas will remain the slot receiver as he is best suited for that position. He got a nice rating boost in some key categories that should help him be more of a contributor this year. Overall, the Falcons may have taken a step back in the position, but not too far.

    TE- Gonzalez decides to come back which is good news for the Falcons. Can he have another year like last, as he is one year older, and a little bit slower? Is he going to get past by Munchie Cosh or another upriser as the elite TE in the league? For now, if he puts up anywhere close to his last year numbers that will be a good thing for the Falcons.

    OL- Had to take a big hit here. With 3 of my starters hitting free agency, and not much room in the cap, I was forced to make some tough decisions. I had to let go Harvey Dahl and Justin Blalock my starting guards, as well as my starting RT in Tyson Clabo. Fortunately, I was able to resign Blalock and I am current contract talks with Clabo. 2nd year player Kyle Myers will be looking to fill Dahl position, and if Clabo's deal falls through, it looks like 3rd year player Reynolds will get the nod at RT.
    Overall, Falcons take a hit on a position in which was a strength for them last year.

    Defense- Good it get any worse from last year?

    S- Both Falcons starters return from last year. Both one year old and a little bit better than last year. Not a huge progression, so this still remains as an average unit at best.

    LBs- Falcons return starters Weatherspoon and Lofton. Had to cut loose veteran Peterson and replace him with NIcholas. They lost out in the free agent bidding with Keith Bullock and failed to draft the player they coveted in the first round to upgrade the OLB position. Overall, pretty dissapointed with the failure to take care of the need.

    DL- Abraham, Jerry, Babineaux all return. Falcons lost the teams leading sack getter in Biermann. Falcons seemed to upgrade at that LE position with Avril, but rating does not equate in production all the time.

    CB- This unit remains all the same expect the Falcons used their first round pick on Jo Jo Field. While Field brings some youth to this squad his immediate impact does not look likely. So with the unit relatively the same the Falcons did not address a major concern that they had.

    Overall,
    Falcons may have taken a tiny step back in terms of talent. Jahvid Best will be the wild card is this offseason and his big play ability. The Falcons failed to make any impact changes on defense where they needed it most. Mostly due to the inability to draft the coveted players, and losing out on some key free agents.
     
  2. kdpnutter

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    I love the idea of this, and will definitely do something about the Browns tomorrow morning but really nice concept Capp [​IMG]
     
  3. kdpnutter

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    Cleveland Browns Offseason

    After coming off a surprising 13-3 season this past season the Browns had a few issues to address this offseason and the playoffs proved that. With Colt McCoy out with an injury for most of the year Seneca Wallace carried the load and just wasn't what the Browns needed.

    QB- With the Browns seeing backup QB Seneca Wallace retire, Jake Delhomme retired at the end of last season and joined the front office. Cleveland needed to go out and get a QB. With the upcoming draft the Browns looked poised to take a QB in the draft, but surprised a few people when they sent LG Eric Steinbach along with OLB Matt Roth and S Larry Asante to the Chicago Bears for QB Brandon Gonzalez who was the Bears 2nd round pick last yera and has a big arm and big upside along with LG Lentulus Caesar to replace Steinbach and S Roddell Williams who will back up starting SS TJ Ward.

    RB- With Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty both returning the Browns had a formidable back field. But lacked that big home run threat, with the likes of CJ Spiller and Jamaal Charles in the AFC the Browns were looking for that type player, in the third round of the draft the Browns drafted HB Parker Boates who has that break away speed. It should be interesting how all 3 will see action. The Browns have made it well known they are willing to move Peyton Hillis seeking a 2nd round and 4th round draft pick, but are willing to hear all offers.

    FB- Big loss here as Lawrence Vickers hit the FA market after commanding a 5 year deal and a large signing bonus the Browns elected to let Vickers hit the FA market and are still in search of a FB. But President Holmgren and Assistant GM Jake Delhomme are very involved with this and look to get a good balanced FB.

    WR- After coming off a tough playoff loss that really illustrated that the Browns needed a good catching WR, with over 6 dropped passes with Mohammed Massaquoi returning as well as Joshua Cribbs and Brian Robiskie and now 3rd year man Carlton Mitchell, Cleveland looked to find an upgrade and be that solid number one WR and be that guy that when you need a catch you know he will hold on. Cleveland has been hot and heavy in their pursuit of WR Randy Moss. Randy was in the FA market and after having a meeting with his agent and Randy along with the Browns brass, believes Randy will be a great fit in Cleveland especially with a hard nosed President Holmgren calling the shots. Randy is still in the FA market as the Raiders and Chiefs are both involved in trying to get Randy Moss.

    TE- Drop after drop after drop for Benjamin Watson who was a big time player last year for the Browns had the Browns worried about the TE position, in the draft in the 5th round the Browns took TE Tyler Greene who has a good set of hands and speed at the TE position but the Browns are still looking at this position and could make something else happen. But look for the Browns TE position to help a lot in the passing game but also in the run game.

    T- Offensive tackle on the right side of the line was a major concern as Tony Pashos who was the starter last year is now a year older and did show vulnerability this past season. Cleveland went out in FA and made a big splash getting 2nd year player Zach Jackson who will take over the starting duties at RT and of course All-Pro LT Joe Thomas is still there anchoring the left side, I don't know if there is two better sets of tackles in the NFL.

    G- With the departure of LG Eric Steinbach to Chicago it left a weak spot on the OL for the Browns, however Cleveland went inside the division and landed LG Ben Grubbs and along with Shawn Lauvao and Lentulus Caesar and it has been rumored the Browns are in heavy negotiations with FA Harvey Dehl to take over at RG leaves the Browns very flush at G and should be a strong point, Cleveland had shown a big interest in Logan Mankins but ultimately he signed with Miami for 750,000 dollars a year.

    C- With the Center position opening after the Browns traded All-Pro Alex Mack the Browns are in search of a replacement for him. Rookie EJ Devlin Jr seems to be the favorite at this point for the job but also in heavy pursuit of Devlin is the Buffalo Bills. Browns Assistant GM Jake Delhomme said that they have had talks with at least two others in regards to the starting Center position in case things with Devlin do not work out.

    Defense: Coming off being the number one ranked defense in the NFL last year, what can Cleveland do this year, and how long will Rob Ryan stay as DC before another team comes calling for a Head Coaching job.

    DE- Cleveland is pretty stable at DE, returning Pro-Bowler Kyle Vanden Bosch and now second year DE Dion Cooper who last year really started to flurish in the second half of the year. Cleveland also was able to acquire rookie Chris Spence who will rotate in with KVB and get some great tutoring by KVB who has made it known this is his last year in the NFL. Cleveland looks for their DE's to be a strong suit this year.

    DT- "Big Daddy" Shaun Rogers was sent to Washington in a deal this offseason, but the Browns were able to land DT Kelly Gregg to take the nose spot and are told that Ahtyba Rubin will see a lot more playing time this year, so look for the DT position to still be a good spot for the Browns and help against the run.

    LB- Big changes at the LB position as D'Qwell Jackson along with Matt Roth and Marvin Benard are all no longer with the team, 2nd year play Kierre Roberson has been tapped as a starter on defense and the Browns addressed the MLB position in the draft selecting MLB DeMond Cooper during the 1st round of the draft. Acquiring MLB Perry Riley also in the deal that sent DT Shaun Rogers to Washington gave the Browns some hard hitting athletic speedy LB's, oh and the Browns went out and got this guy named Brian Orakpo to play the OLB position and with the addition of Orakpo the Browns hope they found a great Pass rushing threat and container of the run. LB looks to have gone from a semi unathletic position to now a great athletic and hard hitting position.

    CB- Not much of a change here, Joe Haden has been tapped as the number one CB and Sheldon Brown will still be the number two and Eric Wright at the number 3. Cleveland did go and take Brandon Reyes in the draft in the 6th round mostly for Special Teams help but also will see some time on the field in the Dime or Dollar package. Reyes is said to be very athletic and instinctive but needs to learn how to play the position more in the scheme and not just on athletic ability.

    S- This position gained another year experience and former number three overall pick Dorian Hill and TJ Ward are back there again for the Browns, as Coach Nutter has said he believes he defense should be built from the back to the front to help prevent the big play. Roddell Williams will back up TJ Ward as Larry Asante is now in Chicago. Other than that the S position is status quo.

    K/P- Phil Dawson was let go in the offseason and 2nd year kicker Justin Coker who displayed his long leg last year is now taking the full-time job and P Reggie Hodges is back after resigning with the Browns, in Coker the Browns feel comfortable that they can mostly count on at least 3 points when getting the ball onto the other side of the field.

    Overall- Cleveland saw a lot of turnover but addressed a lot of issues especially at the LB and QB level that were the main priorities this offseason. Still need to fill a few spots at the WR and C position but overall really happy with the changes and look for a strong showing this year and hope to see a return to the playoffs as well as a deeper run into it.
     
  4. yankeery25

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    QB - Titans stood pat here, although Kevin Kolb may or may not have been shopped.
    RB - No changes here, although Titans were in the market for a more capable backup running back, perhaps a power back to complement the skills of CJ.
    WR - Bensly Blake departed in a trade, and Nate Washington was cut. This leaves Kenny Britt, and opens the door from A potential Brandon Tracy and rookie Broderick Cotton to start as top 3 WRs. Not that the Titans throw the ball all that much.
    TE - Titans added a great blocking TE in Nate Byham in a trade with the 49ers. Expect to see plenty of 2 TE sets.
    OL - Huge improvements made on the O-line this offseason. The Titans acquired Rob Sims in a trade with the Lions to start at Guard, and drafted Mike Dutko to play Right Tackle. They are both A potential. Combined with LT Michael Roos, the Titans have a very good O-line, behind which Chris Johnson can eclipse his career highs in rushing yards.
    DL - Failed to make any impact moves along the DL, especially at the DT position currently occupied by the aging Tony Brown and mediocre Jay Alford. The price got too high for the coveted Albert Haynesworth. Derrick Morgan, however, looks stronger than ever and can make an even bigger impact this year.
    LB - Drafted Trumaine Dimry in the 2nd round as a luxury/value pick (A potential). He could see time if an injury were to occur to one of the starting LBs. There was not much room to upgrade at this position though, especially given the glaring need at the safety position.
    S - Michael Griffin is returning after being shopped in the offseason. The Titans spent the 21st overall pick on Keylo Turner, a SS who should see the field immediately. There were 4 different starters at SS, and the Titans are hoping Turner can turn around the horrendous safety play of last year.
    CB - Skills-wise, there was really no room for improvement at the CB position. With Darrelle Revis and Cortland Finnegan on the outside, with Alterraun Verner covering the slot, there is no better CB corps in the league. However, performance must improve, and it should with the safety help.

    Overall, the Titans addressed their biggest needs: SS, T, and a speed WR. Teams threw all over the Titans last year, and it should not happen again. No more 71 ovr starters, it is showtime now. The Titans also could not run off-tackle to the right last year for anything, opting to only stay behind Michael Roos. The Titans can now use both sides of the field effectively with the addition of immediate starter/rookie Mike Dutko. Lastly, teams stacked the box against the Titans all year, but the addition of one of the fastest receivers in the league on the outside should keep defenses honest.
    Overall, this offseason gets an A-, the draft getting an A. The failure to make an impact signing in free agency (Logan Mankins, Randy Moss, Albert Haynesworth) is the only thing that hurt their grade.
     
  5. sibellius

    sibellius Too legit to quit

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    Arizona Cardinals
    QB-JaMarcus Austin had some nice some progression after a season that ended up in him winning the offensive ROTY. Max Hall and John Skelton will end up being solid QBs in a few years.
    RB-Resigned Tim Hightower to keep some depth in a RB corps that will see a lot more touches this year
    WR- The offseason has not been kind to the Cardinals WRs. I dropped Breaston and Doucet to FA because the team couldn't afford to resign them. To make things worse, Doucet has already been picked up by NFC West rival Rams and the Cards are locked are locked in a bidding war with the 49ers to keep Breaston. As of right now AZ has only 3 WRs left on the depth chart.
    TE-Lost Spach and Patrick to expiring contracts. Looking to keep Talbert still involved this year but it would have been nice to have another big TE for Beanie Wells to run behind.
    OL-Lost some backups to expiring contracts but overall the starting lineup remains the same.
    DL-Shopped Calais Campbell around to try to fill some needs but didn't have any luck. The AZ d-line is probably the team's strongest asset with Dockett, Dan Williams, and Campbell.
    LB-Proved to be the sore spot this offseason. While there still is a lot of talent here, age and speed is a big problem. This was the position I wanted to address in the draft but all the 3-4 LBs were picked up early in the 1st. Trade attempts have been made to no avail.
    CB-Picked up Earlzo Kyaunn as the team's first round pick in the draft. The Cardinals CBs should be solid this year, expect another big year for DRC.
    S-No need for any changes here as I already have two top tier safeties.


    Overall the offseason didn't go too well. The WR position was gutted because of cap issues and the LB needs were never addressed. There are still some good WRs left in FA that I can pick up and I'm not overly concerned with the lack of speed at LB since they still performed fairly well last season.
     
  6. CWT 3000

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    Season- n –Review 2011 GB Packers

    Following a tough season for the GB Packers, the GMs gathered in the local Motel 8 and hatched out a plan to get this team over the hump. Going into the season current team President and Coach; Cory Thomas, had no idea how his team would play under his new defensive and offensive scheming. Let’s just say there were few inadequacies on both sides of the ball. The GM’s and Team President set out to focus on running the ball more effectively and tightening up the offensive and defensive lines. There was also a focus on the Safety play, but the draft and through the wire GB was left with only a few options. The team will continue to focus on this area in the foreseeable future.

    QB- This was the most solid position all year. Rodgers started off rocky, but his game improved as the season went on. If we sustain an injury here at this position we’re dead in the water. With no decent back-ups the team went out and improved the offensive line.

    RB- This group has to improve for this team to get over the hump. With everyone under contract and an immediate need at other positions this group was given a looser noose. The team is giving them every opportunity to succeed, by improving the front lines run blocking and overall depth at the position. Our FB position is a concern and we were in Free Agent talks with L. Vickers, but couldn’t meet all his demands. The team is continuing its search for better depth. Careers are on the line for this group in 2012.

    WR- A nice solid group of WR, but lacked overall speed when compared to other teams. D. Driver retired in the offseason, but the team already prepared for this day by drafting A. Bell last off-season. Little was done to improve an already strong asset. Rodgers had no trouble connecting with this group all year. Rookie A. Bell improved greatly during the offseason and looks to continue getting better this year.

    OL- Average at best to start the season last year. With a handful of contracts expiring and a draft deep with potential in this position the Coach decided to focus on making this unit bigger, better, and faster. 1st round pick LG- R. Russell and 2nd round pick C- K. Killian both helped and the resigning of RG- Sitton made this line decent again. RT- B. Bulaga improved over training camp and should help anchor a solid O line this year. The run game suffered last season and a lot of blame was put on this unit. So now the run game has no excuses, besides the guys totting the rock. Jobs are on the line this year and the RB’s know they have to put up or shut up.

    DL- The Defensive line was weak and had very little depth. GB in prior years had run a 3-4 defense, but the new coach brought with him his 4-3 style of D and made due last season with what he had. This season the team added depth through the draft and resigned team captain C. Jenkins. There not a perfect bunch of guys, but they work well together, which was highlighted last year by R. Pickett’s elevated play.

    LB- The heart and soul of this defense led by Clay Mathews. Rookie J. Griffin had a solid year and progressed well over the summer. Some are expecting Pro Bowl type play this year in 2012 from him. MLBs Barnett & Hawk took a step back, but both remain on the team and are expected to improve this year. Barnett missed time last year with a broken face.

    CB- A very good group led by Charles Woodson. A. Harris finally retired this offseason, but T. Williams improved, even after missing significant time due to a broken face last season. During the offseason the team spent little efforts on improving an awesome group of CBs.

    S- Probably the most blatant weak spot on the roster is SS. The team tried trading & drafting for a top tier guy to no avail. With the 24th overall pick they were hoping to use it on the SS position, but coveted K. Turner was taken a few picks before. After failing in acquiring one through trade the team looked to Free Agency to improve the team’s depth. Unfortunately Free Agency only yielded slow and over priced safeties, so the team looked for a more younger faster guy on the cheap side with some potential left. The team still considers the job open, but in the meantime the team will continue to use G. Alexander who filled in last year when A. Bigby was lost for the season... to you guessed it, a broken face. Alexander has a solid tool set and should split some time with FA signing Rico Ash.

    Lastly, we put together a good team to match our system best we can. We have a few pieces we still need to address, but for the most part the Packers should field a respectable team. We continue to operate just under the cap, but have made some attempts to be more frugal in preparation of QB- A. Rodgers expiring contract and to hopefully be more active in future Free Agency. A lot will hinge on whether we can run the ball effectively so we don’t have to rely on Rodgers arm all the time. With the upgrades at the OL and DL through the draft we expect better run blocking and defensively putting more pressure on the opposing QB.
     
  7. Subkontraktor

    Subkontraktor Plays with Knives.

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    The Chiefs offseason needs were pretty simple. The defensive line needed an entire makeover with the exception of Glenn Dorsey, but other than that, the needs were role-players and backups.

    QB - Matt Cassell looks like the franchise quarterback KC hoped for. Not spectacular, but decent enough. Graham Harrell returns to back him up and Troy Smith was picked up in free agency to be the third string.

    HB - Interestingly enough, the Chiefs went with a quick running back in the 2nd round of the draft. After the Jamaal Charles injury, we found ourselves in a position we don't want to be in anymore. Thomas Jones doesn't bring the excitement to be the feature back, but he'll still pound in some carries here and there. Look for a split similar to the Barber/Jones/Choice days of Dallas.

    WR - DBowe returns, as well as a nicely-progressed Dexter McCluster. Lavon Waiters, last year's 6'4 speedster rookie with no hands returns with improved hands. The shocker of the first round though was the edition of Michael Lincoln, a 98 speed 6'3 receiver with decent hands. Some have projected him as a Ted Ginn type, and he will get his shot as the kick returner right off the bat. He'll also make for some interesting 4 WR sets.

    TE - Tony Moeaki graduated into the Chiefs MVP in his 2nd year as a pro, mainly because of the Charles injury, but he's sure to play another big part in the offense. Expect a dropoff from last year's numbers with the Chiefs adding a few more weapons to the offensive side of the ball.

    OL - The Chiefs mildly pursued Logan Mankins, but quickly found themselves on the outside looking in. We wanted to address the age of our O-Line, as we have decent guys, but Brian Watters and Casey Wiegmann are going to hang it up any year now. We did add some young depth in free agency, but no new starters.

    DL - Glenn Dorsey is the only returner - albeit a solid one - as Koy Biermann and Albert Haynesworth will be finishing off the front 3. The Chiefs may employ a mix of defenses this year as we now have enough depth to run 4 linemen here and there.

    LB - Jovan Belcher, Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, and Ben Jackson remain the starters for good reason. Andy Studabaker and Demorrio Williams bring solid depth. This position features little to no change.

    CB - With B Flowers, Arenas and B Carr covering the sidelines, the Chiefs felt comfortable enough, but did add a 78ovr through free agency to play dime back.

    S - Like the Cardinals, this position needed no help. Aspha Savage and Eric Berry are two of the best. We may add another backup to bring the unit total to 4.

    K/P - We're all set here. Ryan Succop and Dustin Colquitt keep this unit straight.
     
  8. Jmustang1968

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    **EDIT** Forgot to put grades
    Well I took over the Vikings just before the offseason and made some sweeping roster changes.

    QB - Tavaris is gone, kicked to the free agency curb. We missed out on top target Dougherty when the Bucs foolishly picked him despite other needs. We then missed out on Parris when the Jags took him one spot before us in the 2nd round. We were forced to give up star DE Jared Allen in a trade with Jacksonville for Parris and promising FS R. Smith. Parris has tons of upside and will be our franchise QB. We also snagged young J. Crompton as a depth and development QB should Parris go down.

    Grade: C+

    HB - We have one of the best backfields in the league. Superstar Peterson returns an Gerhart made good strides in the offseason to be able to fill in when Peterson gets knicked up.

    Grade: A+

    FB - We let go of Tahi and his expired contract and went with youth signing Smithey in free agency.

    Grade: C

    WR - Another position of strength. Young stars Rice and Harvin will be with us for years to come and we expect big things.

    Grade: A

    TE - Servicable Shiancoe is getting old and regressing a bit. We injected the team with some youth signing Boss in FA and drafting a young TE with good potential in Brown. Old timer Kleinsasser got the boot. We should have 2 threats out of the double TE formations.

    Grade: B

    OL - We traded away aging stalwart McKinnie for some defensive starters to allow former 1st rounder Wells to shine at LT. Star Hutchinson returns at LG and we re-signed C Sullivan. At right guard we drafted Patterson who should step in and start immediately alongside young RT Loadholt who improved over the offseason. This will be a good unit, especially if we can develop Wells and Patterson.

    Grade: B

    DL - Big shakeup here. We drafted DE Jordan with our 1st rnd #3 pick and expect immediate results. He has big shoes to fill as we traded away Allen for the QB. At the other end Edwards returns after a slumping season, but we expect him to return to form. Griffen is gone in a recent trade along with new FA signing Darter. We lost big P. Williams to retirement and K. Williams is a year older. Newly traded for but aging Kyle Williams will start alongside the other Williams. We also draft R. Robinson as a young project.

    Grade: B+

    LB - We re-resigned Greenway and Henderson and traded for Murell in the McKinnie trade. This should be a solid if unspectacular unit. A bit on the slower side. Not wanting to invest too much in FA, we will look to inject new talent here next season.

    Grade: B-

    CB - Winfield and Griffin get a bit older, but still solid CBs. Young CBs Cook and Allen made strides in the offseason and are prepared to take over for the vets soon.

    Grade: C+

    S - After getting R. Smith from the Jags, the Vikings weren't satisfied and landed Goldson from the 49ers in a recent trade. He is an immediate upgrade and at the cost of 2 backups. T. Johnson at SS developed in the offseason and holds his starting spot.

    Grade: B-

    K/P - We decided not to re-sign Longwell and went with a younger and bargain bin Carter, but who has a killer leg. Kluwe returns as the Punter.

    Grade: C-
     
  9. kdpnutter

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    Nicely done everyone, really like the write ups, hopefully this translates into really great write-ups for the season.
     
  10. Keller

    Keller The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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    Just an excellent thread guys. If I have time this week I will look to get mine up.
     
  11. capp34

    capp34 Say Hello to the Bad Guy!

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    QB position: There was not really changes to made here since we have a young stud in M. Stafford. We released both back up QBs to to get a more CAP friendly back up. At the moment we dont have anyone because GM/Coach Capp34 wanted to wait until the bidding period was up so he could sign a cheap vet.

    Position Grade: B+

    Running Back: This was not position that really needed improvement because we had 2 capable backs even though 2nd year back J. Baker has fumbling problem. But with having great season there was a downside with the draft to add to our young talent so that made J. Best expendable because he was our only trade asset we could trade to upgrade at other positions. So we made a trade with the Falcons for M. Turner, WR Sealii Davis and CB Chris Owens. We were able to get a starting corner and young slot receiver. This move had to be made for the overall betterment of the team even though the media (Podast and Party chat during draft) questioned the move, one media member even went the extra mile and said it was stupid move. (Cant wait til I play him)

    Position Grade: A

    Fullback: We let J. Felton go to test free agency because he was not living up to the contract he demanded. Currently we have no FBs on the roster and we are actively pursuing Vickers in free agency. If we sign Vickers it will be major upgrade if not we will downgrade at the position overall wise but play wise Felton played like he was rated 65 so anything is pretty a plus.

    Position Grade: F

    Wide Receiver: Despite the huge year from Calvin (Megatron) Johnson this position as whole was very disappointing with all the dropped passes and injuries we dealt with. At one point I had 3 receivers injured ( A. Bryant only played 2 games, Burlerson missed half the season) at one point I had 2 rookies a 55 ovr and a 67ovr for my 2nd and 3rd receiver. We were able to acquire Bensly(Beastly) Blake from the Titans for the 26th pick and G R. Sims. We are determined not to be in the same situation as last year so Capp34 pulled the trigger on another trade with the Falcons acquiring 6'4'' Sealli Davis who will be a intrical part of the offense. As you can see we made a overhaul at the position and look to have one of the best receiving cores in the league.

    Position Grade: A

    Offensive Line: To keep it simple we had 2 young guys and 3 old guys that held the fort down last year. At times they were serviceable but at the end the year they began to get dominated especially versus the Packers and Cowboys so we definitely need to upgrade. We were able to sign 3 younger and above average guys to start immediately. This year we have a much better and more athletic line so hopefully the results show on the field with a better run game.

    Position Grade: C+


    Defensive Line: They are major changes going on with this position because Def. coordinator Capp JR. was able to land a HC job with the Saints and he took his playbook with him. Now we are converting to a 3-4, with Suh, Williams and Hill all very young and athletic so they will be our line going for forward and we will be looking depth in the first come first serve free agency period.

    Position Grade: A-

    Linebackers: We went into the off-season looking to make significant improvements at this position because of the switch in defensive philosophy. We made a deal with Chargers that netted us passing rushing specialist Larry English who will immediately start from us. In free agency we picked veteran LB Keith Bullock to add to our depth and mentor the young guys. Hopefully the change to 3-4 will bring more turnovers because we were ranked last in takeaways last season.

    Position Grade: B-

    Secondary: Another trouble area from last year this is the one group that made me bounce the headset on the ground. There were so many dropped INTS that would have made our season that more impressive especially in the playoffs where we dropped at least 4 game changing picks. As it was earlier stated we picked up Chris Owens from the Falcons to start over regressing/dropped INTS/disappointment ass CB Chris Houston. A. Smith progressed nicely to 88 overall and is now our #1 lockdown corner, this guy had a huge playoff run recording 3 picks in 2 games so im expecting big things from him this year. We also snagged free agent Q. Mikell off free agency to help at Safety and make plays on deep balls and post routes.

    Position Grade: C+

    As for the off season as a whole we made some nice pickups to fill some needs but I still didn't get that special play maker on Defense on any level. Hopefully we can overachieve like last year but im not even close to being satisfied with our talent compared to the rest of the teams in the League.
     
  12. stryder24

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    Off-season acquisitions :

    LG Logan Mankins, LG Mansfield Wrotto, SS Bob Sanders, Dwight Lowery, WR Lenoy Tucker(Draft), MLB Pat Angerer, QB Brandon Oakman(Draft), LOLB Paul Donovan(Draft), RT Ryan Diem

    Key Departures:

    LG Richie Incognito, Cb Will Allen, CB Jason Allen, FS Chris Clemons, C Joe Berger, RT Vernon Carey, LOLB Ahmad Brooks, WR Brian Hartline

    QB -- Starter Chad Henne(86 OVR), Back-up Brandon Oakman(rookie)(69 OVR)

    Chad Henne is in a contract year, and has hit some accelerators that will make him very well paid, IF he does well this season, he is only 27 and entering his prime, however, his inaccuracy at times is frustrating, his future is definitely in the air. Oakman is a back-up unless his "C" potential turns into a "AA" potential overnight. Doubtful.

    Grade -- B+

    HB -- Starter Ronnie Brown(89 OVR), Back-up Jake Carver(82 OVR), 3rd string Aaron Bloom(66 OVR)

    Ronnie Brown was given a contract extension in the middle of last year and followed through with a pro-bowl performance. However he is 29 and speedy back-up Jake Carver looks to eat away at Brown's carries. If Bloom sees the field, we have problems.

    Grade -- B+

    WR -- Starters Brandon Marshall(97 OVR), Devone Bess(82 OVR), Lenoy Tucker(rookie)(80 OVR), Back-up/KR/PR Terrence Lucas(65 OVR)

    The Fins traded away Brian Hartline this offseason, hoping to possibly bring in some speed in the draft, and they did so in the 1st round with WR Lenoy Tucker. Bess will move back into the slot roles he flourishes with, and Brandon Marshall will still be the primary go-to guy and will be moved all over the field. Lucas is a great KR and PR, but needs more polish to see the field on offense.

    Grade -- A

    TE -- Starter Jalen Driskell(87 OVR), Back-ups Anthony Fasano(82 OVR) and Billy Acevedo(65 OVR)

    Jalen progressed 5 points after his rookie season and looks primed to have a pro-bowl season this year. Fasano makes a good 2nd T.E. and Acevedo did okay last year in spot duty when Driskell went down with an injury.

    Grade -- A-

    OL -- LT Jake Long(98 OVR), LG Logan Mankins(93 OVR), C Andy Alleman(77 OVR), RG John Jerry(81 OVR), RT Ryan Diem(74 OVR)

    With the addition of Logan Mankins, the Dolphins now have one of the best Left sides of an Oline in the league. The right side... not so much. The Fins desperately needed a MLB and someone to take on Carey's salary after a subpar year last year. They found suitors in the Indy Colts. And while it cost them youngster Chris Clemons as well it was a good trade the both teams left happy with. But RT is now a definite need, and the Fins have a bid in to acquire a RT that might help fill the void, at least for the time being.

    OVR -- B-

    DL -- LE Kendall Langford(83 OVR), RE Jared Odrick(82 OVR), DT Randy Starks(77 OVR) and Paul Solai(81 OVR) Back-ups Phillip Merling(78 OVR) and Mario Rabasa(74 OVR)

    The Fins run a 3-4 and have constant rotation of Lineman which has been very successful. Langford went to the Probowl last year, and all members had success in the pass-rush and run-defense. Hopefull this unit can continue to build upon their success last year.

    OVR -- B+

    LB -- LOLB Koa Misi(84 OVR) MLBs Karlos Dansby(91 OVR) and Pat Angerer(79 OVR), ROLB Cameron Wake(89 OVR) Back-ups LOLB Paul Donovan(rookie)(71 OVR), MLB Channing Crowder(80 OVR) and MLB Tyrone Mckenzie(68 OVR).

    Rumors of Crowder falling out of the good graces of Coach Stryder are 100% accurate. He lost his starting job once Angerer was acquired and the Fins are very motivated to move him. LOLB Misi progressed nicely, while Wake and Dansby did not. On paper this unit seems dominate, but last year this was the Fins achilles heel..

    OVR -- C+

    DB --Vontae Davis(91 OVR) St. Saint(83 OVR), Nickelback Dwight Lowery(81 OVR), J.D. Nealy(83 OVR), SS Bob Sanders(84 OVR) back-ups DB Nolan Carroll(71 OVR) FS Rashad Jones (72 OVR) and SS Yeremiah Bell(79 OVR)

    Pro Bowlers Vontae Davis and St.Saint progressed nicely after their first year working together, and Dwight Lowery replaces Will Allen, who was not resigned. FS J.D. Nealy had a above average first year and hopes to make a bigger impact this year. Veteran Bob Sanders was brought in to supplant Yeremiah Bell, who had a terrible year last year, and dropped 6 points in ratings. His guaranteed salary is the only reason he is still on board.

    OVR -- A-

    ST Kicker Dan Carpenter(91 OVR) P Brandon Fields(76 OVR) and KR/PR Terrence Lucas (99 OVR)

    Carpenter made some big kicks last year, and Fields is.... a punter. Lucas had 2 KR for TDs with a few more called back, look for him to hopefully build upon that success again this year.

    OVR -- A

    Team OVR -- A

    Coming off a division title, the Fins only got better in this offseason, however the Super Bowl Champion Bills are not exactly going to hand it to them the division, look for this division to go back and forth just like last year, and possibly having it come down to the final week. However, the Fins have a few new tricks up their sleeves, and with a Week 1 battle against the Bills, should be a great start to the season!!
     
  13. kdpnutter

    kdpnutter Walk On

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    I gotta say I am absolutely loving this, I think it would be good if we all did this like every 4-5 weeks into the season and kinda give a synopsis of how the team is doing, and what guys are excelling and what guys are not meeting expectations. I think it would be really good. I am hoping to see more teams do this write up also.
     
  14. Keller

    Keller The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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    QB - Rookie QB Chris Robinson returns after a successful Superbowl winning campaign. He progressed nicely in the offseason and entering only his second season as starter, you have to believe his numbers will only continue to get better. Face of the franchise. Backing him up is little known QB Levi Brown. He's been a bit of a project but is finally ready to step into the main backup role with Ryan Fitzpatrick departing to try and secure a starting role in Jacksonville.

    Rating? B+

    RB - CJ Spiller is the first of many weapons in the Bills aresenal and averaged a stunning 7.4 ypc last season in the Bills super season. Spiller carried the team through good times and bad, and figures again to be nothing sort of spectacular again this season. Backup RB and offensive captain Fred Jackson may be past his prime but still toted the rock nicely for the Bills in short yardage situations or around the goal line as well as late in games to seal the win. Both players progressed this offseason and figure to be another key cog in the Bills attack. With a game breaker in Spiller and a great change of pace back in Fred Jackson, this is a top tier unit.

    Rating? A+

    FB - Rookie FB Arthur Acosta takes over for the departed Corey McIntyre. McIntyre was chastised by fans and media for missing key blocks so a move was made. Whether or not it pays off, remains to be seen.

    Rating? C

    WR - Lee Evans returns after trade rumors died off during the Bills Superbowl run. Evans struggled during the season but was super sensationally scintillating (Dick Vitale anyone, lol?) during the post season and actually improved his game despite turning 31. Steve Johnson also struggled, but looks to play a bigger role this season with the blockbuster addition of WR Devery Henderson from Free Agency. Henderson figures to see time in the slot as well on the outside to allow Stevie to slide in the slot and make some plays with his excellent release and catch in traffic abilities while Evans and Henderson stretch defenses on the outside. The odd man out appears to be WR Marcus Easely who actually led the team in touchdown receptions last season. Don't forget about Roscoe Parrish either, who made plays last season as well. This will be a dangerous unit for the champs.

    Rating? A-

    TE - Shaun Nelson, while generally unappreciated, had some big catches last year for the Bills. He has deceptive speed and is adept enough as a blocker to get the seal block that generally springs gamebreaker CJ Spiller for the big gain. Backup Colt Stone is always reliable in the clutch and figures to be a non-factor, although there is talk he will get some additional looks down around the goal line this season.

    Rating? B

    OL - A unit that certainly overachieved last season, this year they were upgraded. Buffalo brought in veteran tackle Bryant McKinnie from Minnesota to take over RT duties which offers a pretty significant upgrade. Rookie free agent E.J. Devlin Jr. is expected to take over the starting Center duties allowing Eric Wood to slide back to his natural position at RG. Demetrius Bell had an amazing offseason and is primed for his best season as a pro at left tackle. Overall this is a young unit, only McKinnie is older than 27, but they have a lot of starting experience outside of the center position. This again should be a fairly strong unit for the champs.

    Rating? B+

    DL - DT Marcus Stroud finally hit a wall and it was time for his departure from the organization. With it, comes tremendous turnover on an average unit at best for the champs. DT Kyle Williams was also traded away during the offseason. RE Dwan Edwards figures to now slide inside at DT, Jamal Anderson figures to continue to start at one of the ends and former 3rd round pick of a few years ago Alex Carrington has progressed well enough to finally be given a shot at the other end. In 4 down lineman sets, last years 2nd round pick Dosha Hutchins will man the other DT spot. In pass rushing situations, Aaron Maybin figures to see some time at end as he made some plays last season when given the opportunity. This is a very average unit at best.

    Rating? C-

    LB - All 4 starters return in Shawne Merriman, 2nd year player Tyree Rush, Desmond Bishop and stud MLB and defensive captain Paul Posluszny. Merriman and Bishop are much the same players while Rush and Posluszny had very nice offseasons and return looking better than ever. The Bills signed additional youth and athleticism from free agency, bringing in two MLB's Wesley Woodyard and Guy Crane. Depending on the situation and scheme, they figure to see limited playing time. This should be a very sound unit.

    Rating? B+

    CB - CB Terrance McGee is finally hitting a wall and has lost his starting gig to CB Patrick Robinson who was traded for in the offseason. Robinson bring additional youth, size and speed to the position and figures to be an immediate upgrade. McGee will try his luck inside but theres a decent chance he could lose that roll to again the younger, faster and bigger FA pickup CB Verlon Hardnett who was extremely coveted by the front office. #1 CB and stud Leodis McKelvin had nothing short of a spectacular offseason and figures to be matching up with the best of the best week in and week out. There may be a question at the nickel spot but the two starters should be very good. Good youth here as well.

    Rating? A

    S - FS Jairus Byrd pulled his hamstring early this offseason and it has affected his workouts. Despite being billed as the next great Free Safety in the league, Byrd has not lived up to expectations. At just 25 years old, there has been a slight drop off for him. He will still be manning the free safety spot all year but there is grumbling that the front office has not been pleased with his inability to play up to expectations. The same goes for SS Donte Whitner, a former #6 overall pick. He is a career underachiever and is undersized for the position and this year the front office finally made a move securing his fate. In the Ryan Fitzpatrick trade, the Bills were able to snatch up 2nd year player SS Marius LaVain. He brings additional size and speed to the position which the front office loves. Whitner will play the all important backup safety roll at both positions and bide his time before hitting free agency next season. The Bills also brought in veteran speedster Daniel Manning via free agency for depth and special teams. Should be a solid unit overall.

    Rating? B

    K/P/Returner - Brian Moorman should continue to put up pro bowl numbers but his age is beginning to be a concern. Incumbent Rian Lindell was not resigned and 2nd round pick Jon Riddick, who reportedly kicked a would be NFL record 68 yarder, now takes over. Expect the long leg of Riddick to be a factor this season - as a second round pick he is very, very good. Roscoe Parrish returns with his Roscoe Magic and all indications are that he has not lost a step yet. He is expected to continue to create big plays in the return game.

    Rating? A-

    Overall team thoughts?
    Last year I really did not expect to be able to hang come playoff time. I did lose some close games in the season but I just didn't think the talent level was there. Too many missed throws, dropped passes, missed tackles and dropped INTs. It just didn't feel like my year. Then come playoff time my team both got lucky and started making plays. The team is no doubt a good bit better than it was last season, as it is a young team overall, so I expect big things from them. If I can coach them at a high level again, I see no reason why we can compete for another championship. Devery Henerson gives my offense that additional zip I was looking for - at a high cost of course - but I think it will pay dividends throughout the season. Hopefully we can hit the ground running.
     
  15. JoHud

    JoHud Walk On

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    It is a very exciting time in Oakland. Johud just completed his first offseason, and the biggest story was Al Davis was not in the War Room on draft day!

    QB- Robert You was acquired via a trade with the Cowboys in the offseason and looks to add stability to a position that has been shaky ever since Rich Gannon left oh so many years ago. Robert is accurate passer but does lack some size. Joe Webb will be backing him up. Joe is a little disappointed about losing the training camp battle but did a solid job last year in a backup role and started several games.
    Rating B and improved

    HB- McFadden will lead the ground attack again this year and will be backed up by the 2nd round pick Bowman. McFadden will possibly reap the benefits of the acquisition of Robert you and may have more running lanes with a more efficient passing game.
    Rating B+ improved

    WR- The WR position did not change much and will still be spear headed by Chaz Schillins and Louis Murphy both in contract years. They will be backed up by speedsters D.Heward-Bey and Jacoby Ford.
    Rating B- no change

    TE- The Raiders posses two of the best tight ends in the game with Zach Miller and DeAndre Jones. Not to mention both made great strides in the offseason at developing their craft and look to have huge years with the addition of Robert You.
    Rating A- improved

    OL- The O-line is still a very solid group and they added RT Jlmeredith in free agency and he will start at RT. They are a good mix of young and upcoming talent mixed with a couple veterans.
    Rating B+ improved

    DL- Depth took a hit this year as last year’s sack leader was traded away to the cowboys for QB R.You. However Douglas and Scott have both greatly improved.
    Rating- B+ Depth took a hit, but starters improved
    LB- The Raiders look to be starting the same 4 guys from last year who all showed improvement in the offseason. Rolando McClain is the leader of this group that looks to be even better than 2011.
    Rating B improved

    CB- While the Raiders field one of the best CBs in the game in Asomugha, it drops off from there. They just signed CB Chris Carr who looks to be a solid nickleback.
    Rating C declined.

    S- When FS Oguchukwu fell to the raiders at pick 16, the Raiders could not pass on him even though they have M. Huff a very solid FS. This gives them very solid depth in the secondary and another player who’s name will give announcers fits!
    Rating A+ Great starters and great depth.

    Team thoughts: Last season JoHud took over a winless squad in week 5 and took them to an 8-8 record. They looked to have improved at most positions especially quarterback. They have beefed up the O-line and added speed and power to the running game. Defensively they have added team speed at line backer and safety, while improving depth. With an improved squad and Al Davis missing in action, there is no telling how far these Raiders can go. Just Win baby!
     
  16. NateDawg

    NateDawg GT- MIZ Nighthawk

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    NateDawg grew up watching the Rams and now he has a chance to lead the team...
    He came in as the new head coach right before the draft. This is how the Rams look after the moves this offseason:

    QB- Of course the Rams are sticking with the young stud Sam Bradford. He had a pretty good year last year, throwing 26 touchdowns for3406 yards. Look for an improvment after another off-season practice.

    HB- The Rams hang on to their stud HB Steven Jackson and the up and coming star House. They also made a draft pick for young HB Loften- keep your eyes on this kid, he can break some tackles!

    FB Karney does what he does... nuff said

    WR- The Rams made a few changes at the WR position. Young stud D. Alexander from Mizzou was traded to the Bengals for some much needed help at LOLB and some depth at the CB position. Mark Clayton was let go. The rams added the previous division rival E. Doucet to their roster. Look for the young recieving core of Avery and Gilyard to step up this season and prove that they can handle the pressure

    TE- The rams had two good blocking tight ends in Bajema and Hoomanawanui. They made an addition to the crew with B. Celek. Look to see some 2 TE sets this season against the Rams!

    OL- The rams have a pretty solid OL with young man Saffold taking the helm at LT, Bell and Saunders leading the pack at the guard position, Brown under Center, and stud J. Smith at the RT position. This squad may not be the quality of the Brown's OL, but it is solid.

    DL- The rams got much better at this position this year with the addition of 2nd round pick E. Cox who will be seeing a lot of time at RE. Also, the rams spent big bucks on the proven S. Ellis- look for him to see time at both DT and the outside. Of course C. Long will be an every down guy on the other side of the line.

    LB- The rams traded their first round pick to the bears, along with a couple other players (speedy CB King was one) to get coveted first round pick M. Moss. This guy is rediculously fast and can be used to cover tight ends and WR's alike! Look for this guy, along with Laurinitus at MLB, to make a big impact this season. At LOLB, the Rams are looking for a combination of M. Johnson from the Bengals and rookie K.connor to step it up!

    CB- The rams have J Murphy, who worked a lot on his man coverage this off season, at the number 1 spot this year. Bartell, Ghee, and Wall provide a solid, but not spectacular, secondary. The Rams will be monitoring this as the year goes on...

    S- Of course AJ Atogwe will be at the FS position. He is getting older but he is still one of the best safeties in the league- look for him to prove it this season with some big numbers! On the other side of the field, multiple players will see playing time at the beginning of the year until someone stands out as a solid number 1 guy- no one has provem themselves yet.

    K/P-No moves here. Solid special team with Brown and Jones in kicking duties.

    Overall, the rams had some good upgrades this season and are looking to test drive this new team tonight in their season opener against the Lions. Tune in for the recap later tonight...
     
  17. rushers24

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    Very nice thread

    QB -- Lost backup QB You to a trade to the Raiders, acquired B. Homan in the draft to replace him. Romo is now 30 and has started to regress a tad. But, he still has the talent, and even though his numbers were forgotten last season due to QB's like Martt Ryan, Romo still had the best QB rating in the league and threw for the fewest amount of INT's. GRADE: A (No improvement)

    RB -- Everyone knows about Felix Jones and what he is capable of. He didn't progress much at all, but is still one of the most feared players in the league. There are few players that are more explosive than Felix. Daniel Frisch had a nice season last year, and has progressed. They should make for a nice one two punch this season. GRADE: A+ (Improvement)

    FB -- C. Johnson had a great rookie season, and seems to be more of a blocking FB then receiving or running FB. He has progressed nicely to a 80 overall. GRADE: B (Improved)

    WR -- Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Roy Williams. Need I say more? Got to be among the top WR core in the league. Dez continues to progress, now having 99 catch! The Cowboys let the TV show winner Jesse Holly go, and bumped K. Ogletree up to the number 4 WR. Ogletree is fast, but has trouble catching the ball sometimes. The Cowboys were wanting to get another good speed WR for the big 4 and 5 wide sets, but were unsuccessful. GRADE: A (Improvement)

    TE -- All 3 TE's return. No changes here at all. Witten is still one of the best though. GRADE: A- (No improvement)

    OL -- Some big changes on the offensive line. Two new starters. One is J. Parnell starting at LG in replace on Koiser. And the other is rookie draft pick R. Trapani at RT starting for Colombo who was cut. Some improvement, but the OL is still average on paper, but provided plenty of running space for Felix Jones last year. Grade B (Improvement)

    DL -- Dallas made the move to bring in the Veteran LE L. Houston from the Raiders. He should fit in nicely. Ratliff is still playing DT and plugging up the middle. They will be playing with RE Olshansky and C. Williams. Overall this should be a good unit this season. GRADE: B+ (Improvement)

    MLB -- The biggest changes are happening here at MLB. Bradie James and Kieth Brooking are no longer starting. Both are getting too old and got hit with some big time regressions. Sean Lee is now the number starter at MLB, and the number 2 starting position is up for grabs. Players competeting for the job will be A. Highsmith or S. Keglar. Both players were picked up in FA. Bradie James will still get some playing time, but really that spot will be by committee for the entire season. GRADE: C (No improvements)

    OLB -- D. Ware and A. Spencer return. Ware keeps regressing (which really pisses me off giving he had a good season last year), but is still a beast. Spencer had a bad year last season, but still has the potential to be a good OLB. Still a great unit. GRADE: A (No improvement)

    CB -- Same unit as last season. Nothing new to report. Newman had a career year, Jenkins has progressed as well as Scandrick. This group was a major reason why Dallas led the league forcing turnovers last season. Not the best group of corners in the league, but very solid. GRADE: A (No improvement)

    S - Once again, no changes. Coxson is now in his 2nd year, and has progressed. Alan Ball is still Alan Ball. One good safety and one average safety makes for an above average unit. GRADE: B (No improvements)


    Team Overall: A-

    No huge changes in the offseason. The Cowboys are basically the same team they were last season, with a few minor upgrades and improvements.... And giving that this team went undefeated in the regular season, that's probably a good thing that the team still has the same core group of players that gave them success last season.
     

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