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Roman Gladiators 101


“FRANK N. STEIN” over the past few weeks you have in your replies to my draft day articles, I believe, Washington Football Team selecting “almost every player” available it seems like in the draft consistently predicting TCU Trevon Moehrig as FT’s safety. I have a gut feeling that he’s going to be a good player, too.

I don’t really follow the college game so I hardly know most of the players in the upcoming draft.

I am following mocks as many mock drafts as possible but another player who I think outside of Moehrig who is going to have an awesome career is Travis Ettienne, the Clemson running back I have seen play in championship games.

I predict he’s going to be a workhorse back.

Overall, what has been in the news recently for Washington Football Team are reports that WFT might trade all their draft picks for a chance to draft quarterback Trey Lance of North Dakota State University…once again I’ve never seen Lance play live and only seen a few highlights which I can tell next to nothing about how he would perform between the lines on this level.

When I look for a quarterback, I want him to be dead accurate—downfield accuracy and if he can go downfield 45-50 yards at least hitting receivers in stride over the shoulder in the hands that’s a WFT QB.

I have no idea of Trey Lance’s abilities and if he can make that conversion to a NFL pro QB.

I understand (from watching them compete) that WFT quarterbacks such as Rypien and Williams and Theismann all were very accurate down field

For example, they could all throw ‘the bomb.’

Once, a team has a QB they can trust throwing ‘the bomb’…and I believe that Alex Smith and Dwayne Haskins did display that ability, the field can become unstoppable for offenses.

Another way to highlight, Tom Brady in the 2021 NFC championship against the Green Bay Packers with a few seconds left in the first half hit his receiver in stride about 50 yards downfield in the end zone…that’s the type of play I want my quarterback to be able to rely upon if needed and having touch I think Alex Smith was very good at this and I think Haskins actually had a very good downfield accurate pass…but if you have the downfield accuracy then you can work on everything else…if you don’t have the downfield arm strength it is difficult to develop and to achieve success.

I felt like Kirk Cousins, while quite un-charismatic (I mean,he supposedly charted out every 15 minutes segment of his day) also had a ‘bomb’ throw.

Trey Lance,  Taylor Henicke, Ryan Fitzpatrick—all quarterbacks I have no idea if they have a consistently accurate deep pass…I know that Fitzpatrick has the passing numbers.

I know Henicke looked like a very accurate passer on the very small sample I have seen.

Yet, I have no idea about Trey Lance.

I know Kyle Allen seems to struggle with deep passing accuracy but Allen seems to have a hardnose attitude, great touch on an intermediate pass and intangibles which are always fun to watch.

So yeah, since I do not consider these rosters adding and subtraction all that important because all teams rosters in theory are even…since all teams with a salary cap in theory have just about the same abilities to draft the same players with the same speeds and strengths and size.  In other words if we have a speedster probably most nfl teams have a speedster, etc.

I feel more important than rosters is coaching along with coaching comes key instructional know Mark Rypien was a nothing prospects that sat on the bench for years so was Jay Schoeder but we had Gibbs and his phenomenal staff to groom them on the bench—a forgotten belief thanks to Josh Rosen or some insider proclamation that a high 1st rounder better play—weird.

Rivera year one was fantastic still somewhat on a honeymoon, giving him overcoming his prostrate cancer diagnosis and how he got the most out this past season team. restoring a culture to the locker room, Rivera has had a past pedigree of getting players and turning them into stars…Thomas Davis, LukeKeuchel, Josh Norman and Cam Newton…

So yes sir, I do not really care about rosters and feel these constant reviews are some kind of nonsense because there will be different discussion come December or in late November wether WFT is 3-5 or 9-1.

This roster is the best roster WFT has had in seasons. I believe predicted nationally as 19 out of 32.

I think all this punditry business is complete bull…These are pros.  Pundits already predicting all the games in September here now in April…How meaningless to be predicting a win or loss against a 2021-2022 road game Green Bay Packers or home against the New York Giants.

SO, take it from me I could care less if the Washington football team trades their whole draft picks for a quarterback or traded all their draft picks next years draft for an additional pick this year, fine!

To me it’s all nonsense and all this Roman gladiator talk at the end of the day you can leave it. With coaching you can get a horse to water they say I write.

Hopefully, our coaches are teaching ‘the veteran tricks’ and everything else to get these players to be able to catch passes without drops, get to the right spot to make tackles, cover the correct shoulders on defense, have the right balance and play good hard football…and hopefully for the first year probably since WFT had an off-season of Deion and Albert Haynesworth we are optimistic here in April with our roster.

Who knows if we start out right? Who knows maybe we will be talking Lombardi this season ( a discussion given Lord V status here in town)…there’s no reason in this town to stick a fork in a team while they are 0-0 in April.

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3 Responses to “Roman Gladiators 101”

  1. FRANK N. STEIN says:

    You’re right of course.
    We have no way of knowing who they will pick, or if they trade up or back.
    But it fun.
    Reading scouting reports on Trey Lance, they say his foot speed, movement abilities, and arm strength are excellent.
    Accuracy seems his bug-a-boo, just the trait you hoped he has.
    I suppose he can learn not to spray footballs all over the place while on the run, but it’s gonna’ take awhile.
    For that reason alone, I have not been considering moving on him in the first round.
    If he falls to us @ 019, I take him, just as i would for Mac Jones.
    If Kyle Trask, Kellen Mond, Jamie Newman, or Davis Mills are the first round choices left to the TEAM, I say “pass” and take the #1 player at a position of need = FS Trevon Moehrig.
    Speaking or in this case, writing of needs I consider:
    Defense FS 1, CB 5, OLB 1, ILB 2, DE 4 or 5 if RyKer remains, and IDL 5
    Offense WR 2, TE 2 RB 3, LT 1, IOL 4
    We’ll soon be discussing what the TEAM actually did on April 29,30 and may 1.

  2. FRANK N. STEIN says:

    O/K. So we’re one week out from the truth.
    Let’s assume there are no trade ups or backs in the cards for the TEAM.
    Also TEAM only takes a top five QB if one falls into our laps @ 019.
    Let’s see who might be the best player available @ 019 in a position of need based on PFF:
    Overall need: LT 1, IOL 4, QB 4, WR 2, TE 2, RB 3
    Greatest needs LT, WR, TE
    PFF rating in [], draft ranking in ()
    Christian Darrisaw [3] (15) He could fall right into our laps.
    Fall back option
    Liam Eichenberg [10] (52).
    Rashod Bateman [4] (17) Another possibility in the first.
    Fall back option
    Josh Palmer [10] (71). Available @ pick 074.
    Pat Freiermuth [2] (55) Good second round pick. TE rare commodity in 2021.
    Fall back option
    Tommy Tremble [3] (96). A definite round three pick if needed.

  3. FRANK N. STEIN says:

    O.K. so much for the offense.
    Overall needs IOL 5, DE 4, ILB 2, OLB-W 1, CB 4, FS 1
    Greatest needs FS, OLB/ILB x 2
    PFF rating in [ ], draft ranking in ( ).
    Trevon Moehrig [1] (16). If the onslaught of QB and OT picks materializes.
    Fall back option
    Andre Cisco [7] (59). Injured, ACL tear. Stock will fall to pick 125 IMHO.
    Jeremiah Owusa-Koramoah [2] (19). Right in our wheelhouse.
    Fall back option
    Jabril Cox [6] (46). Best cover Will LB. Possible @ 051.

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