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NOS Previews & Retrospectives

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After a couple blockbuster trades led to back-to-back Championships last year the fact that we gave up 3 1st rounders and were on our 2nd year of capping out almost all starters finally came to roost as we played without quality at RB, OL, DL and in the secondary. Despite that, we were way up in the divisional round but underwent a rash of in-game injuries and The G-Men pulled off the big comeback.

Starting off FA we had the same holes and again had to cap people out to be able to fill a roster. We got a couple front 7 starters from New England (as always) and traded away our last decent DL (funny to think 4 years ago we had 3 60+ young DLinemen but we have traded them all away).

At the offensive skill positions are exactly the same as last year (and saw no major ratings changes) but added a rookie RB in the 4th round who looks to be our starter and will be boasting a 99 cohesion rating in the passing game ( knew those capouts were good for something). QB Asherian is 35 years old and in his last contract year. We hope his bars hold so he can be franchised and have 1 more go next season but we have his middling backup in place.

The OLine would like a time machine, not to go back lie the rest of our roster but to jump ahead a year. At C, we chose to sit our stud rookie last year and that looks like a mistake as he has not improved and now we have to make the same choice again while paying the vet $5MM as no one wanted him via trade. The left side of the line remains the same, solid but unspectacular with LT Smith taking a bit of a ratings drop. On the right side we drafted the future and will likely let them play through their growing pains but were sure to pick up cheap Mentors during FA. We traded up to 2.1 to get our RT but he dropped (especially after a position change) and many better players were taken later (big mistake) while the RG looks like a stud.

We swapped out the entire DL looking for 34 fits save for a crappy NT and crossed our fingers that eventually guys would become available. That finally happened in Ex3 and while we do not have a single good player there all they have to do is not be terrible in our planned scheme.

The LB corp is and will be the strength of this defense with a stud OLB and ILB as well as utilityman Hartman on the as cheap deal of his resign. Despite all of this we took a BPA at 2.3 instead of grabbing a linemen and added what looks to be a prototypical run-stopping OLB in Hepburn all but assuring that we will be staying in the 34 for years to come and making Hartman's pending departure more tolerable.

Our secondary hasn't had talent in a years but consistently ranks in the top 8 (mostly due to a top 5 pass rush) and we kept all our starters except for 1 CB while adding a rookie at both CB and S with the only major ratings drop going to our Man Coverage specialist SS.

All in all we are hoping that being able to run for 1st downs due to improvements at RB and OL (by seasons end) will enable us to preserve the leads our passing game will continue to generate. Our division is brutal but we want to get back in the dance and have those young OL guys fully developed. Once you are in, all it takes is a bit of luck and the trophies can come.
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Re: NOS 2027 Preview

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Well, we learned a brutal lesson this season in that if a player has low endurance then they won't get the snaps needed to develop, or perhaps in-season development is just slower in general despite having Mentors at the key spots. Regardless, we did okay during te regular season, largely due an unsustainable TO margin.

Both rookies on the OL missed significant time and did not get to where they needed to be by playoff time and again our complete inability to gain positive yardage reliably on the ground really hurt our Os ability to sustain attacks. We also missed the playbook sim and a good 20-30% of our playbook was useless.

We managed to get lots of prototypical but very raw 34 DL players but again they just didn't develop and any decent running attack could easily get 5+ ypc on us and we were hopeless at stopping those 3rd and shorts. Also, our pass rush suffered greatly having lost the ability to control who blitzes to a greater extent and I have to wonder how viable our defensive model is. Finally, we had at least 1 of our top 2 CBs out most of the year and we also lost our 3rd S to injury with the older vets suffering big ratings drops while we found decent spot starters we really couldn't count on winning any particular matchup and the more balanced teams in the playoffs were all able to exploit that.

2028 will be the last year of the Asherian era with 4 of our 6 top receiving targets on the wrong side of 30 but we won't be seeking a total teardown and will be drafting looking at our next team philosophy which so far will be built upon 2 really strong interior linemen but of course would love to add a couple players on the DL or secondary that could also get us back into serious contention this season. We do have some contracts for our studs that we could capout to play around a bit in FA without hurting their trade value for next season but otherwise will just be resigning restricted FAs and drafting.
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Re: NOS 2027 Preview & Retrospective

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2029 - The Rebuild Begins

After shipping out both of our stud LBs and our stud WR to division rival Carolina along with HOFer Asherian being cut--- we are firmly in rebuilding mode but with clear plans on both sides of the ball.

On O, we have 3 mediocre QBs each with different strengths and weaknesses. All will start games this year and we will have to see where we want to go long-term. The playbook was redone with Cardale Jones in mind but we are gonna let the other dudes have the first 10-12 games this season.

We have a megastud rookie RB (only knock is he is 24 already) and his supposed backup was 2nd in the league in rushing last year. Our Oline features 4 stud run blockers so you could call us a power spread, and the OL features 4 strong+ affinities.

We also drafted a future stud TE to go along with our blocking TEs and we have a nice group of 3 receivers though the rook is pretty raw with a balanced SE, a YAC and bomb FL and the rook who eventually will become a great underneath weapon. Also have 4+ strong affinities in this group.

Running a True 34 means the pool of good fits for the DL is pretty limited but after a bit more development we should have a full stable of run and rush defenders for any situation even without any true all-around studs.

All our LBs except 1 are, or aspire to be, 1-tool (run/cover/rush) players at best and in FOF8 we firmly believe they really need at least 2 tools a piece. You can count on us signing and drafting top-tier LBs this coming offseason, for now we will just see who develops. (makes you wonder why we didnt just keep the 2 we had but felt like we got a good haul and the rest of the team needed a couple years to peak).

The secondary should be better than it looks on paper, we won't be playing any press coverage but have a full stable of man and zone CBs and 2 everydown Safeties.
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Re: NOS Previews & Retrospectives

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2031, figured we would check in again to see how things have developed.

At QB, we opted to pay QB Montgomery starter money this offseason. He has some bad games for sure but is capable of putting up big numbers and we particularly love his 3rd down and accuracy bars. Of course, the glaring weakness rears its head as his Sense Rush is in the teens but by keeping the focus on the run and YAC passing we hope that things can be okay.

We traded megastud RB for 1st rounder and whiffed. Regardless we have an early down back who more than gets it done and drafted an absolute steal 3rd down / receiving back in the 4th which is huge as we need passing targets.

Our TE Givgore put up CalvinJohnson numbers last season and that should continue. We grabbed a very good TE mate for him and have young WR Jamison as the underneath guy. It'd be nice to get a deep threat WR2 but for now we have a bunch of route running dudes to pick up a couple targets per game. We have a really strong affinity thing going on in this group as well.

We have a beast of an OL and it is a shame we run a spread with over 400 points of run blocking. Aside from C-G Berrino they all have weakness in pass pro which are compounded by our QBs lack of awareness. We are banking on being able to run it so much that this weakness is minimized so we will have to see. A lot of cap space is taken up here so if the theory doesn't hold then we will be pretty SOL.

At the DL, after lots of trial and error we finally have a stable of both run stopping and pass rushing 34 DEs to accompany megastud NT Holmes.

We have thrown a lot of draft capital at LB the past couple seasons (2 1sts,1 2nd, 13rd, 1 4th, and 1 6th) but are still 1 OLB short and some guys remain raw. Maybe next year this project will finally be complete to have 3-tool players at each spot.

The secondary is all Man and Zone with no Bump or Run defense at CB and a rotation of 3 good, balanced Ss to back things up. We love it, FOF not so much so far but maybe with better LB play things will click.
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