Soon to be London Franchise Team Hub

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  1. Wyrmreaver

    Wyrmreaver Ready for Madden 15 on Xbox One, lets get it on!

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    I wanted to wait until the dust settled on waivers and trades and such before posting my team hub, but here it is!
     
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    Wyrmreaver Ready for Madden 15 on Xbox One, lets get it on!

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    After an off season vote by the leagues owners, its official. The HaWFL is going international baby! The Jacksonville Jaguars, languishing in the worst market in professional sports have received league approval to go to London and bring american football to a whole nation who could give two shits as long as we dont fuck with their football (soccer). Look for fish and chips, bangers and mash, and interceptions from the home team in the new London football stadium come year 2!
     
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    Wyrmreaver Ready for Madden 15 on Xbox One, lets get it on!

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    Season 1 Preview (yes, it can still be a preview even after week 1 has been played)

    The Jaguars have been purchased by former player turned financial mogul Shane Falco who famously sucked as a highly drafted rookie, sort of like Blake Bortles. Shane is taking a hands on approach demanding that new coach Gus Bradley not only run the same offense and defense as mad scientist Chip Kelly, but also forcing ol' Gus to dress like Chip, eat like Chip, and where a Chip mask to all meetings with ownership.

    Key Offseason Moves
    • Turns out Justin Blackmon can play after all, with 32 new owners, Roger Goodell was sacked in favor of new Buffalo Bills owner Iron Fist Mc'tyrant. I mean, thats not his real name, but the other owners are too afraid to ask what it is for fear of ending up like Brian. Anyhow, Mc'tyrant commuted all suspensions saying, something akin to, "fuck it, let em play."
    • A second opinion on top pick Dante Fowler revealed that he can in fact play this year, the new doctor simply amputated his leg rather than repair the ACL and replaced it with a bionic leg that requires no rehab, because its the future and shit.
    • The Waiver Wire was kind. The Brits (soon!) inked deals with a number of players expected to contribute early. Lance Dunbar steps in at HB as the starter, Prince Shembo will start at OLB, Alfonso Dennard is set to start at corner and speedy tight end AC Leonard will see the field in 2 TE sets.
    • Blake Bortles threw 4 INTs in a narrow week one victory. He's also kinda big and weird looking. I mean, he's not slow, but he just looks awkward as fuck. Given his odd appearance, the Jags decided to give up a third round pick for a short, pimply, alcoholic QB who was drafted after Bortles and looked utterly terrible as a rookie. Johnny Manziel is penciled in as the week 2 starter assuming he makes it to the team facility before kickoff. The offense is similar enough to what he ran in college and it's not like he can do much worse than 4 INTs like Bortles, so Blake is relegated to a pricey backup and Johnny Football gets a shot to start, probably his last chance if he can't make it work.

    Position by position Breakdown
    • QB: Johnny Football (75 OVR) is at the helm and footsteps Falco expects him to be ready to run around like a crazy man and throw jump balls down field as often as possible.
    • HB: Dunbar (76 OVR) and backup Denard Robinson (73 OVR) are both undersized speedsters who should share touches throughout the year. They will be operating in the shotgun mostly and are likely to get a fair number of targets in the passing game as well. Falco hopes that their speed and agility in the open field makes up for their inability to move the pile
    • WR: Justin Blackmon (80 OVR) and Allen Robinson (80 OVR) make for adequate targets on the outside while the agile Marqise Lee (74 OVR) looks to make a difference in the slot. Allen Hurns (75 OVR) and Arrelious Benn (74 OVR) make this a group with fair depth.
    • TE: Julius Thomas (87 OVR) came over in free agency and immediately becomes the teams premiere offensive weapon. AC Leonard (68 OVR) will be in the #2 spot and makes up for a lack of skill by being one of the fastest TEs in the league. Clay Harbor (74 OVR) will be the H-back seeing time as a FB or third TE.
    • OL: The starters are Luke Joeckel (81 OVR), Zane Beadles (80 OVR), Stefen Wisniewski (79 OVR), Brandon Linder (87 OVR), and Jermey Parnell (79 OVR). This group only has one real stud, but they also dont have a glaring liability in the starting lineup. Hopefully with a quick release passing game and a mobile QB this group can play better than they look on paper (no sacks allowed week 1)
    • DL: Sen'Derrick Marks (85 OVR) isn't a natural nose tackle, but he can do the job well enough. DE Jared Odrick (83 OVR) benefits from the move to a 3-4, able now to take advantage of his 300 lb frame and have Marks on one side and an edge rushing backer on the other. Ryan Davis (74 OVR) on the other side has a shot to show whether or not he deserves to start. He's a little undersized and the team may look at his position in the offseason if he doesnt play well.
    • OLB: Newly acquired Prince Shembo (76 OVR) is young with adequate athleticism and pass rushing skills. Look for him to start all year and possibly earn the job for next season as well. Opposite Shembo is Rookie Dante Fowler (80 OVR in depth chart) who is very athletic and already an effective pass rusher, already having recorded a sack in his first NFL game. Barring injury, Dante should be a mainstay for this defensive unit.
    • MLB: Veteran Paul Posluszny (84 OVR) is one of those fundamentally sound Penn State backers who will always have a job in the league. look for him to hold down the middle and captain this defensive unit. The spot next to him in the middle is a bit less certain.Telvin Smith will be given a shot, but word around the organization is that at just 218 pounds, smith may be moving to safety once the team moves across the pond. This is a spot that the team is likely to address in the offseason.
    • CB: Waiver wire claimed Alfonzo Dennard (78 OVR) will start opposite Davon House (81 OVR) for a unit that has nice depth but lacks star power. Dwayne Gratz (77 OVR) is the nickel corner and Demetrius McCray (76 OVR) will see the field as the dime corner.
    • S: Sergio Brown (80 OVR) is a solid FS with nice size. Starting opposite him is Johnathan Cyprien (75 OVR) who some folks like, but who Falco sees as a liability.

    Season One Outlook
    • Looking at the teams schedule and their roster, Footsteps Falco is asking for 6 or more wins. If the team can come together and some of the young players on this roster can step up, it could be a good year. If not, the lack of veteran leadership and blue chip players will become evident in a hurry.
     
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    Season 1 in Review

    Record: 10-6, missed playoffs
    Overview: As a whole this year has to be seen as a success. New ownership was hoping for an 8 win season so getting to 10 is pretty great and includes big time wins over the Titans, Falcons, Buccaneers, and Dolphins who are all in the post season. Statistically the team ranked in the middle of the pack on offense and defense and the hope here in London is that with some development and a few solid moves this team can be a contender in season 3.

    Report Cards!
    QB: Johnny missed some games due to injury and his play was a mixed bag throughout the season. Tim Tebow was dug up off the scrap heap when Manziel got hurt, stepped in for an inept Blake Bortles and played pretty darn well, earning himself a tentative roster spot for year 2. The big question mark here is whether or not Manziel will be the guy long term.
    verdict: C+
    HB
    : Lance Dunbar had a really nice year, gaining 1475 yards on the ground and 11 rushing TDs while averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He also added 301 receiving yards and a TD in the passing game. While his viability as a bellcow type of back is still in the air (less than 15 rushing attempts per game average) he certainly showed that he can be a versatile and effective runner. The backups were pretty quiet as a whole so there is still some who think that the team may need to bring in another back to share the load or even make Dunbar the change of pace guy.
    verdict: B+
    WR/TE
    : This unit played well throughout the year. Blackmon and Robinson made some big plays throughout the year, Lee was a threat underneath and Thomas was a mismatch until being hurt, then Leonard stepped in and played pretty well in his absence. While it would be nice to get an elite big WR or a guy with gamebreaking speed into the mix, this unit appears solid for the time being which allows the team to look at other units with offseason moves.
    verdict: B
    O-Line
    : The eyeball test indicates that this unit really struggled in a few games, but given the teams yards per rush attempt and the fact that they only took on average 2 sacks per game (roughly average for the league) we will have to conclude that they did a better than expected job. Looking a little deeper, the team couldn't get consistent pass protection for downfield routes and against some teams struggled to get push in the rushing attack.
    verdict: C+
    Defense
    : The team was #15 in total defense, #16 vs the run, #11 vs the pass, #9 in points allowed, #23 in sacks, and #7 in interceptions. This unit played well enough considering the talent available. Sen'Derrick Marks had an okay season but was clearly less than comfortable in the 3-4. Dante Fowler had a nice rookie season with 8 sacks and a pair of INTs. The secondary held up reasonably well in the pass happy HaWFL despite their lack of shutdown corners and elite safeties. The questions here are can the team improve up front or add a true playmaker to the secondary. If so, this defense could make a step up into the top 10 next (played) season.
    verdict: B-
     
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