head coach – Three Wise Men Blog http://threewisemenblog.com/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 08:17:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://threewisemenblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/3.png head coach – Three Wise Men Blog http://threewisemenblog.com/ 32 32 Blog with Hoops, Nathan Cleary, when will he play, return date revealed, Adam Reynolds, Covid, return date, Brisbane Broncos, Penrith Panthers, Parramatta Eels https://threewisemenblog.com/blog-with-hoops-nathan-cleary-when-will-he-play-return-date-revealed-adam-reynolds-covid-return-date-brisbane-broncos-penrith-panthers-parramatta-eels/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 06:46:00 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/blog-with-hoops-nathan-cleary-when-will-he-play-return-date-revealed-adam-reynolds-covid-return-date-brisbane-broncos-penrith-panthers-parramatta-eels/ The NRL relaunches into orbit on Thursday night with a hundred stories guaranteed to catch fire once the new season begins. Penrith Premiers are confident half-back Nathan Cleary will be given until match day to prove he is ready to feature in the season opener against Manly. Stream every game from every round of the […]]]>

The NRL relaunches into orbit on Thursday night with a hundred stories guaranteed to catch fire once the new season begins.

Penrith Premiers are confident half-back Nathan Cleary will be given until match day to prove he is ready to feature in the season opener against Manly.

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The Panthers don’t. 7 had a right shoulder reconstruction late last season and was originally scheduled to be sidelined until the third round.

But as we know with champion Penrith and the NSW half-back, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Cleary has timed his rehab to the millisecond to the point where there’s every chance he’ll be there to take on Tommy Turbo and the Sea Eagles.

Can the Panthers become just the second team in 25 seasons to face each other?

If they want to do that, they need Clive Churchill’s medalist Nathan to be fit and shooting for most of the season.

On the other hand, it’s been a rollercoaster initiation for prized Brisbane Broncos rookie Adam Reynolds, who has come down with COVID and is highly unlikely to play against his former club South Sydney on Friday night.

Adam Reynolds will likely miss the Broncos’ season opener against the Bunnies. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

The Broncos are fuming over mixed messages from the NRL around COVID protocols, with the game’s governing body essentially shifting responsibility to the 16 clubs as to when players can return to training and playing.

Once the players leave mandatory seven-day isolation, everything becomes clear as mud when it comes to the NRL’s advice as to when they should be back in full swing.

The most important question Broncos fans want answered is whether Reynolds will play the Bunnies and at this point Brisbane coach Kevin Walters is saying the small no. 7 is highly unlikely.

Ding, dong, could the eels finally kill the witch and end the NRL’s longest premiership drought of 36-plus seasons.

Parramatta’s premiership window is definitely wide open and there’s a sense if it’s not this season, then when?

Will it start to close once they lose Reed Mahoney, Marata Niukore and Isaiah Papali’I to other clubs at the end of this year?

And although they fell into a hole towards the end of last season, they found a way to kick things up a notch and gave Premiers Penrith one hell of a game in week two of the final.

Could the Eels finally end a 36-year wait for a prime ministership? Photo: Damien ShawSource: News Corp Australia

Will the Bulldogs improve now that Gus Gould is back as Canterbury-Bankstown minister for all things Rugby League?

Or should head coach Trent Barrett be nervous given they have a tough draw for the first six rounds and who knows what will happen if it’s more or less the same as the year last?

The Sydney Roosters are getting cavalry back in the form of point guard Luke Keary, guns center Joey Manu, forward rower Lindsay Collins and hooker Sam Verrills and it feels like if they all stay fit, the Chooks will be awfully hard to beat.

They also added experience in terms of depth in the crosses with Paul Momorovski and Kevin Naiqama.

The Dragons looked lively in tryouts as manager Anthony Griffin looks to really put his stamp on the Red V.

How will Souths go without Reynolds, Dane Gagai and Jadyn Su’A and the biggest loss of all – super coach Wayne Bennett?

Can Tommy Turbo replicate the standout season he staged last year for Manly again?

The Melbourne Storm are still a juggernaut, but have just had the most interrupted pre-season in the club’s history in terms of headlines off the pitch?

Somehow, you feel like if anyone knows how to handle this, it’s going to be Craig Bellamy and Frank Ponissi.

We could go on and on. Three more nights and football is back. How good is this.

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The Newcastle United Blog | Howe stresses focus as Newcastle slip out of last six https://threewisemenblog.com/the-newcastle-united-blog-howe-stresses-focus-as-newcastle-slip-out-of-last-six/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 23:35:19 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/the-newcastle-united-blog-howe-stresses-focus-as-newcastle-slip-out-of-last-six/ Newcastle climbed out of the last six to take 14th place in the table with a resounding 2-0 victory at Brentford. While Josh Dasilva’s early exit helped things, the guys put on a very professional performance to earn the three points. Other results around the league have followed Newcastle’s path as Watford and Burnley have […]]]>

Newcastle climbed out of the last six to take 14th place in the table with a resounding 2-0 victory at Brentford. While Josh Dasilva’s early exit helped things, the guys put on a very professional performance to earn the three points.

Other results around the league have followed Newcastle’s path as Watford and Burnley have only managed draws with other clubs around us suffering defeats. Here’s a look at the leaderboard as it currently stands.

club matches Goal difference Points
12 AstonVilla 25 -4 30
13 Leicester 23 -6 27
14 Newcastle 25 -17 25
15 Brentford 27 -17 24
16 Leeds 26 -31 23
17 Everton 24 -13 22
18 Burnley 24 -8 21
19 watford 26 -22 19
20 Norwich 26 -40 17

The focus shifts again to our next opponent. On Saturday, Brighton, who lost three at the trot, come to St. James’ Park. The Seagulls were beaten by Aston Villa, the only club in the bottom half of the table other than Newcastle to win today.

It’s easy to get carried away by this recent wave. Newcastle are in a very good position at the moment, but a few bad games can easily ruin things. The emphasis must therefore be placed on the continuation of this formidable race.

Eddie Howe was quick to point out that the job is far from done. There are still 13 games left and the guys need to keep scoring to avoid the final three.

Here are the head coach’s words of warning as published in The mail:

“The relegation picture for me goes straight to the wire. We don’t want to get involved, but our next set of games dictates what happens. We have to be focused, not get carried away with the results.

Newcastle are just 4 points from the drop zone, with Burnley calling Leicester to Turf Moor on Tuesday. The gap could be even smaller if the Clarets maintain their invincibility.

The next few weeks could determine just how nervous this season’s home stretch is. There are five games left before the international break in March. It is imperative that Newcastle maintain this momentum.

Things can change very quickly in this league. Brentford were flying high to start this season but are now in the midst of a relegation battle. Their fall mirrors that of Leeds who have crumbled in recent weeks.

In a season of coaching changes, there could be yet another casualty. Athletic’s David Ornstein reports that Leeds could part ways with Marcelo Bielsa after a four-game losing streak.

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Joe’s Morning Cup – JoeBucsFan.com https://threewisemenblog.com/joes-morning-cup-joebucsfan-com-3/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 23:38:42 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/joes-morning-cup-joebucsfan-com-3/ Welcome to your Morning Cup of Joe, an eye-opener to help Joe readers adjust to their busy work day with some football links, goofy news and a pleasant distraction. Entertainment of the day Aaron Donald says he won’t retire if the Rams bring everyone back. [PFT] Larry Fitzgerald finally announces that he is done with […]]]>

Welcome to your Morning Cup of Joe, an eye-opener to help Joe readers adjust to their busy work day with some football links, goofy news and a pleasant distraction.

Entertainment of the day

Aaron Donald says he won’t retire if the Rams bring everyone back. [PFT]

Larry Fitzgerald finally announces that he is done with the NFL. [CBS]

Poor people of Minnesota: Awful Mike Pettine named Vikings assistant head coach. [Yahoo!]

Expect the Bengals to regress whether or not they correct their offensive line. [NFL]

It’s not just the NFL: NBC is looking to buy the media rights from B1G. Throwing insane numbers like $1.1 billion annually. Football (or “Yellowstone”) seems to be the only thing people watch TV or the networks can make money for. As Joe likes to say, “The sooner we understand that America is a nation that loves football, the better off we will all be as a society.” [Front Office Sports]

Under the Radar: As the NFL world focused on why Kyler Murray deleted all references to the Cardinals from his Instagram, Crows receiver Hollywood Brown (nephew of Antonio Brown) erases on his social media all mentions of Crows. [BroBible]

When swimming with a great white shark, don’t be surprised if you become lunch. Video way! [New York Post]

Hey, you wanted him to wear an Antifa mask so badly, go with it. [Outkick]



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Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Schalke: CONFIRMED line-ups, match stats and live blog! https://threewisemenblog.com/fortuna-dusseldorf-vs-schalke-confirmed-line-ups-match-stats-and-live-blog/ Sun, 13 Feb 2022 11:42:20 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/fortuna-dusseldorf-vs-schalke-confirmed-line-ups-match-stats-and-live-blog/ Ao Tanaka is only on the bench for Fortuna Dusseldorf in the first game under new coach Daniel Thioune as they welcome Schalke from Ko Itakura (kick-off 13:30 CET). Last >> Click here for the Düsseldorf-Schalke LIVE blog! After a 1-0 loss to Holstein Kiel last weekend, Fortuna parted ways with Christian Preußer and appointed […]]]>

Ao Tanaka is only on the bench for Fortuna Dusseldorf in the first game under new coach Daniel Thioune as they welcome Schalke from Ko Itakura (kick-off 13:30 CET).

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After a 1-0 loss to Holstein Kiel last weekend, Fortuna parted ways with Christian Preußer and appointed Daniel Thioune as their new head coach. He takes over a side that slipped into the relegation play-off spot in midweek, after Sandhausen beat Karlsruhe, and with just one win from their last 10 games he has his work cut out against a Schalke in form. Fortunately for Thioune, the experienced Adam Bodzek is back in training after recovering from a broken rib, although he is not yet fit enough for this game. Top scorer Rouwen Hennings returns to lead the attack after being left on the bench last weekend, and with Kristoffer Peterson suspended, Daniel Ginczek keeps his place alongside Hennings. Tanaka was an option to replace the injured Edgar Prib, but Thioune opted for Polish midfielder Jakub Piotrowski instead, as he starts with a clean slate.

Unbeaten for five years, Schalke have fought their way into the heart of the most exciting promotion battles of recent years, and they will be looking to fight their way into the top three with a win. Last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Jahn Regensburg came at a price, however, with Andreas Vindheim pulling his calf muscle. He will be away for a few weeks. Reinhold Ranftl was the only equal substitute, but coach Dimitrios Grammozis replaced Marius Bülter instead after some impressive performances from the bench. One player he won’t change is Simon Terodde, who joined Guido Burgstaller at the top of the goalscoring charts with 15 goals in 17 appearances this season.

Look: Terodde on target as Schalke beat Regensburg

Match statistics

  • Fortuna’s top scorer with nine goals, Hennings leads the league in shots scored with three (from three attempts) and also has five goals in his last five games against Schalke.
  • Three of the four Japanese-born players in Bundesliga 2 currently could feature in this game with Dusseldorf’s Tanaka and Shinta Appelkamp against Schalke’s Itakura.
  • Düsseldorf made the most crosses from open play in the division (330) but only scored four goals as a result.
  • Terodde joined Burgstaller at the top of the scoring charts with 15 goals in 17 appearances this season, including two against Dusseldorf. He’s had six in his last six Bundesliga 2 games against them.
  • The Royal Blues have scored 38 per cent of their goals when attacking from the left flank of Thomas Ouwejan, who is fourth in the division in assists with seven and second in crosses from open play (82).
  • Although the head-to-head record in Bundesliga 2 is tied with one win each and one draw (four goals each), Schalke have dominated this game across Bundesliga-era competitions with 23 wins from 51 (D15 , L13).

Alignments

Fortuna: Kastenmeier–Zimmermann, Hoffmann, de Wijs, Gavory–Piotrowski, Sobottka, Narey, Ginczek, Appelkamp–Hennings
Subtitles: Wolf, Klarer, Hartherz, Oberdorf, Tanaka, Klaus, Pledl, Bozenik, Lobinger
Outside: Bodzek (Fitness Match), Iyoha (Muscular), Peterson (Suspended), Prib (Muscular)
Coach: Daniel Thioune

Schalke: Fraisl – Thiaw, Itakura, Kaminski – Palsson (c) – Bülter, Zalazar, Idrizi (Lee 60′), Ouwejan – Terodde, Pieringer (Churlinov 60′)
Subtitles: Fährmann, Lode, Sane, Matriciani, Flick, Rzatkoswki, Mikhailow
Outside: Aydin (hamstrings), Drexler (muscular), Langer (knee), Vindheim (calf)
Coach:
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UConn Baseball Position Overview: Pitching Team https://threewisemenblog.com/uconn-baseball-position-overview-pitching-team/ Sat, 12 Feb 2022 18:15:00 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/uconn-baseball-position-overview-pitching-team/ LSU is DBU, Alabama produces excellent running backs, and UConn men’s basketball consistently produces elite point guards. Like these position factories in their various sports, UConn baseball has benefited from many stud pitchers over the years. They also had the depth to reload every year, a necessity when you send players to the big leagues […]]]>

LSU is DBU, Alabama produces excellent running backs, and UConn men’s basketball consistently produces elite point guards. Like these position factories in their various sports, UConn baseball has benefited from many stud pitchers over the years. They also had the depth to reload every year, a necessity when you send players to the big leagues every year.

Heading into 2022, pitching coach Josh MacDonald could have his biggest rebuilding job yet. The 2021 staff weren’t the most talent-heavy, but were extremely deep and had at least one above-average arm for every role.

Randy Polonia was an (extremely) experienced arm in the middle of the bullpen, posting a career-low 2.02 ERA in his senior year at Storrs. Caleb Wurster has been the closest to UConn, sniffing out 52 batters in 41 working innings at an unusual arm angle. Andrew Marrero was his reliable setup man with funky lineup and a killer lead, while Kenny Haus and Joe Simeone filled in as starters or relief as needed.

Reggie Crawford’s absence will be felt more in the lineup than in the bullpen, but the gap will still be felt. He was expected to be either a Sunday starter or a bullpen ace heading into 2022, but an arm injury in October ended his season before it even started.

And that’s just the bullpen. Ben Casparius was an elite prospect and he was rewarded for his 127 strikeouts, the second-highest season total in UConn history, as an MLB Draft selection by the Dodgers of Los Angeles.

This may be one of the biggest kick-off staff rebuilds in school history, but UConn has important core elements returning, along with a slew of new talent ready to contribute. .

“I like the pieces, I just have to figure out how we’re going to use them. Last year’s team, looking back on it, we were really lucky,” pitching coach Josh MacDonald said. “I have pieces as good in terms of talent as [those guys]I just don’t know which ones will react under pressure.

Austin Peterson is a fourth-year junior who really came into his own last year, after transferring from Wabash Community College, as a valuable member of the weekend rotation.

He locked down the starting spot early on Sunday, going 7-1 with a 2.58 ERA, 82 strikeouts in 80.1 innings and a .201 batting average against. Later in the season, Peterson became the de facto Friday night starter as Casparius battled nagging injuries. He started and won the Big East Tournament and NCAA Region opener.

Peterson’s fastball is set in the 90s, and his pitching repertoire includes a four-seam, two-seam, slider, curveball and changeover.

UConn’s second rotation spot will most likely be third-year sophomore Pat Gallagher. Like Peterson, Gallagher had to fight for his role in 2021 and became the Huskies’ third starter about halfway through the season. Gallagher is a strikeout specialist, knocking out 60 batters in just 52.2 innings in 2021 with a fastball in the 90s, a curveball and a change.

UConn will have healthy competition for the third starting spot, which often means weekdays will be in good hands as well. Cole Chudoba is a transfer from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, who is set to quickly earn a starting spot on the weekend. He has a fastball in the mid-90s with some bite and had an impressive summer in Cape Town with the Bourne Braves. If Chudoba doesn’t end up going, expect him to feature in the back of the Huskies bullpen.

Another transfer vying for a starting spot is Enzo Stefanoni, who arrived at Storrs from Harvard this offseason. Stefanoni is not a power thrower, but his tricks are hard to hit and throw balls on the ground. Stefanoni had a breakout season in 2019 with the Crimson, posting a 2.82 ERA in 19 appearances, and in his first full season post-COVID, posting a 3.86 ERA in 37.1 innings for the Vermont Mountaineers this summer in the NECBL.

In the bullpen, rookie Jack Sullivan has the chance to mark the Huskies’ season. Sullivan is a 6-foot right-hander from Carmel, New York, and has already made a name for himself on campus with a fastball in the mid-90s and a Frisbee ball that knocked out both UConn roster members. and minor leaguers. return to the Huskies facilities.

“I think of Jack’s world. Even without having played a game yet, I think he will be a very good pitcher for us,” said head coach Jim Penders.

Sullivan will mostly play as a bullpen arm to start, as the setup man for returning Justin Willis, but could see a few starts down the road, especially as the games start to pile up in the playoffs.

Right-hander Ian Cooke is another freshman who is expected to play an important role in the coming season. Cooke attended Canterbury in New Milford, where he was named one of the top 15 rookies in the state by Collegiate Baseball. At just 19, he has a fastball hitting the low-mid 90s, and a wicked switch and curveball.

In the bullpen, fifth-year senior Justin Willis is ready to take on a leadership role. The right-hander was an intimidating presence in a stacked bullpen in 2021 despite standing 5-foot-8, making 16 appearances with a 2.60 ERA and holding opponents to an average of .138 against. Brendan O’Donnell is a southpaw looking to bounce back from an inconsistent 2021. His unorthodox wind-up and frisbee slider disrupts the rhythm of his opponents, and he has a chance to establish himself as a late game option if he can control his free bases.

Pitchers like Brendan O’Donnell and Bobby McBride will also fit into the bullpen as returning arms ready to make an impact. Hector Alejandro, a redshirt sophomore from Waterbury, Connecticut, also has a living arm and will fight for a spot in the bullpen this season.


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RB Leipzig vs. Cologne: Probable Lineups, Match Stats and LIVE Blog! https://threewisemenblog.com/rb-leipzig-vs-cologne-probable-lineups-match-stats-and-live-blog/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 00:42:19 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/rb-leipzig-vs-cologne-probable-lineups-match-stats-and-live-blog/ Tyler Adams is pushing to start for RB Leipzig against a Cologne side without injured star striker Anthony Modeste on Friday (kick-off: 8.30pm CET). Last >> Click here for the Leipzig-Cologne LIVE blog! Adams missed Leipzig’s 3-2 loss to leaders Bayern Munich with a thigh injury sustained on international duty. It remains to be seen […]]]>

Tyler Adams is pushing to start for RB Leipzig against a Cologne side without injured star striker Anthony Modeste on Friday (kick-off: 8.30pm CET).

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Adams missed Leipzig’s 3-2 loss to leaders Bayern Munich with a thigh injury sustained on international duty. It remains to be seen whether he will return to full fitness in time, although the American may have to settle for a place on the bench after midfielder Konrad Laimer returned to form. Head coach Domenico Tedesco is also sweating over the fitness of defender Mohamed Simakan, who was another spectator in the game against Bayern. Lukas Klostermann should continue in his place. Further forward, meanwhile, Dani Olmo tried his luck to kick off a second consecutive league without any harm with an impressive solo display last time out. The in-form Spain international will likely keep Dominik Szoboszlai on the bench as Leipzig chase a win that would take them to fourth in the table, at least overnight.

Cologne start the weekend with a point better than Leipzig, in sixth place. The Billy Goats edged surprise compatriot Freiburg a week ago, courtesy of top scorer Modeste’s second goal in as many games and 14th of the Bundesliga season. Indeed, the Frenchman has only managed to score once in his last six league outings, of which Cologne have lost just one. The Frenchman’s absence through illness will be keenly felt by Steffen Baumgart, who cut a lively figure from the comfort of his own home but is expected to return to the touchline at Red Bull Arena. Personally, the 50-year-old is unlikely to stray too far from his winning formula, Modeste aside. Any adjustments would likely benefit midfielders Ondrej Duda and Louis Schaub – both second-half substitutes on Matchday 21.

Look: Modeste helped Cologne draw with Leipzig earlier in the season

Match statistics

  • Christopher Nkunku is Leipzig’s top scorer in the Bundesliga this season with 10 so far, but Andre Silva is just one behind him.
  • The Portugal international has scored six goals in seven appearances under Tedesco, double the number he managed in the first 14 matches.
  • Eight of Leipzig’s nine Bundesliga wins this season have come at home.
  • Eight of Modeste’s 14 goals this season put the Billy Goats ahead, four equalized and two brought them within a goal of the opposition.
  • The Billy Goats had a league-high 317 crosses in open play, leading to 14 goals. Twelve of them were headers, including nine from Modeste alone. Leipzig as a club have five headed goals.
  • Cologne picked up eight wins, 34 goals and 33 points last season finishing 16th. After 21 games this season, they already have eight wins, 33 goals and 32 points.

The probable compositions

Leipzig: Gulacsi (c) – Simakan, Orban, Gvardiol – Klostermann, Laimer, Kampl, Angelino – Nkunku, Olmo – Silva
Outside: Halstenberg (back)
Doubtful:
Coach: Dominique Tedesco

Cologne: Schwäbe – Schmitz, Kilian, Hübers, Hector (c) – Özcan – Thielmann, Ljubicic, Kainz – Andersson, Uth
Outside: Chabot (not included), Modeste (sick)
Doubtful:
Coach: Steffen Baumgart


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How to rebuild the Houston Texans https://threewisemenblog.com/how-to-rebuild-the-houston-texans/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 20:00:00 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/how-to-rebuild-the-houston-texans/ The Houston Texans have finally hired a head coach after a long and arduous search. Kudos to Lovie Smith for getting the job, hope he outlasts David Culley and isn’t as stupid and selfish as Bill O’Brien. With this hire, the Texans are focused on free agency and the draft, and the Texans are focused […]]]>

The Houston Texans have finally hired a head coach after a long and arduous search. Kudos to Lovie Smith for getting the job, hope he outlasts David Culley and isn’t as stupid and selfish as Bill O’Brien. With this hire, the Texans are focused on free agency and the draft, and the Texans are focused on their current rebuild. The question now is:

How do you want the Texans to rebuild?

The first step is carved in stone, and that is to find your calling signal, whether it’s Davis Mills or not, that’s always the first step. The second stage, however, is where things get tricky. Would you rather spend high value draft picks protecting your franchise guy and then spend the money on high value free agents for weapons, or the opposite would you rather spend high value picks on weapons for your quarterback, then spend a lot of money to protect your quarterback.

I believe in building from the trenches. Assuming you have your franchise quarterback, I strongly believe in offering him a great left tackle and then going out and getting a smart cross. If you look at some of the most successful young quarterbacks, most of them have good crosses. The Buffalo Bills went out and paid a bounty at the time for Mitch Morse, the Los Angeles Chargers also paid a bounty for Corey Linsley, and the Arizona Cardinals went out and acquired Rodney Hudson for Kyler Murray . Those same three quarterbacks also have high-value left tackles. The Bills have Pro Bowler Dion Dawkins, the Chargers spent a lottery pick on Rashawn Slater, and the Cardinals spent big money on DJ Humphries. Even look at Lamar Jackson. Baltimore spent a lot of money locking up Ronnie Stanley. The first steps after finding your franchise quarterback are to lock in a blind blocker and get a smart center. For the Texans, Laremy Tunsil currently sits at that left tackle, but since signing that massive extension, he hasn’t played as the seventh-best left tackle in the league.

The second phase is to get weapons for your quarterback. Reconstruction teams should spend draft picks on receivers, instead of spending a lot of money on them, let the guns grow with the quarterback and grow together as soon as that receiver hits the NFL. However, once the quarterback has established himself, it’s time to go out and pay big bucks for the guns.

Never. And I mean NEVER. Splurge on a running back. The NFL is in a transition period where teams are going to a committee of running backs instead of sticking with one guy with the only real outliers being Derrick Henry and Jonathan Taylor. I’m not against paying ball carriers if it works. Henry is the vocal point of the Tennessee Titans offense, Alvin Kamara literally carries that New Orleans Saints offense on his back, and Dalvin Cook saves the Vikings multiple times a season. Yet there is a flip side to this. Ezekiel Eliot is the highest paid running back in the league and he’s not even the best guard on his team, Christian McCaffrey is great but he’s never healthy, and the New York Giants have passed the second overall pick over Saquan Barkley instead of Quenton Nelson. The best running teams in the NFL have rookie contract running backs and committee backfielders.

The third phase is where the defense comes into play. Most teams build their defense from front to back. Defensive line at the linebackers then at the secondary with a major exception, the New England Patriots who build their defense from back to front. Texans general manager Nick Caserio, for better or worse, is a disciple of Bill Belichick, so they’re expected to build the defense like New England.

Personally, I would start in the middle. It put a lot of value in the signaling defense, and most of the best defenses have solid to excellent linebackers. The Patriots have former Pro Bowler Donta Hightower, the Bills have Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds, the Saints have Demario Davis, the Bucaneers have Devin White and Lavonte David, the Colts have Darious Leonard and the 49ers have Fred Warner. All-around linebackers are becoming a hot thing right now in the NFL because of the wide variety of roles they can play.

From there, he turns to the defensive line. Get a damn rusher pass. There’s a chance in this upcoming draft to take a really good passing thrower, and that opportunity doesn’t come around very often. A solid pass thrower does so much more than just get sacks, he frees the guys inside because he demands a double team. It forces the offense to keep a tight end or pass block return, limiting a team’s pass-catching options. A strong pass thrower makes life horrible for linemen and quarterbacks and that’s why they get paid. The inside line comes next and it’s interesting with the Texans because Roy Lopez and Ross Blacklock both had solid seasons and are on rookie contracts. It’s weird because for a roster so full of holes, the inside of the defensive line has serious potential.

Finally we come to the secondary, the only reason it’s last is because locked corners are really hard to find, and they’re not only hard to find, they’re even harder to develop. When Marlon Humphrey was drafted he had a terrible rookie season where he barely started, his next year improved but not by much, and in his third year he finally broke out as a solid corner with a huge take-out potential. There aren’t many guys in the league where you can say match with every receiver in the league. Jalen Ramsey, Tre’Davious White, JC Jackson, Marlon Humphry, Xaiven Howard, Marshon Lattimore and Darius Slay are some of the top guys who are comfortable going one-on-one against the other team’s top receiver. Good securities aren’t easy to come by either, and when you have one, it’s hard to justify paying for them unless it’s a game-changer.

This is the order to have a successful reconstruction. The Texans need to find a center for Davis Mills, draft skilled players, choose not to invest heavily in running back, find a top linebacker, develop their pass rush, and then focus on the secondary. If they do, the next good Texans team could arrive sooner than expected.


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2022 Houston Texans coaching staff: let’s see the plan https://threewisemenblog.com/2022-houston-texans-coaching-staff-lets-see-the-plan/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/2022-houston-texans-coaching-staff-lets-see-the-plan/ When an NFL team hires a new head coach, they need to not only understand how that candidate will fit into the current organization, but also what program they will bring and who they will hire to implement it. It’s hard to imagine David Culley bringing in high-level offensive and defensive coordinators, which is likely […]]]>

When an NFL team hires a new head coach, they need to not only understand how that candidate will fit into the current organization, but also what program they will bring and who they will hire to implement it.

It’s hard to imagine David Culley bringing in high-level offensive and defensive coordinators, which is likely why Tim Kelly and Lovie Smith were basically given the green light by Nick Caserio in 2021, regardless of Culley’s hiring. .

Now with Brian Flores, Jonathan Gannon and Ryan Fitzpatrick Josh McCown as reported finalists for the current open head coaching role, Caserio apparently opened up the roster and let the candidates voice their vision.

Most new head coaches use coordinators and assistants they know and trust to complement their staff. It remains to be seen what this means for Lovie Smith with one of these candidates.

Brian Flores has taken this route before, as the former head coach of Miami DolphinsFlores successfully built and led an entire coaching staff for three seasons.

Jonathan Gannon, the current defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eaglesseen as a candidate for boom or bust, is going through this process for the first time.

Josh McCown is, well, cruelly unqualified…

Hopefully that means Houston will announce a decision soon. And hopefully that move doesn’t mean a one-year, $22 million contract for Josh.



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Reality before nonsense, please. – JoeBucsFan.com https://threewisemenblog.com/reality-before-nonsense-please-joebucsfan-com/ Thu, 03 Feb 2022 22:13:00 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/reality-before-nonsense-please-joebucsfan-com/ Click to shop at BillCurrieFord.com.Bill Currie Ford GM Sean Sullivan is ready to help you PERSONALLY and provide you with the Ira Kaufman discount.You just have to ask! BY IRA KAUFMAN Let’s stop the nonsense – he won’t come back. The Bucs may be desperate to land a veteran under center, but Bruce Arians isn’t […]]]>

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BY IRA KAUFMAN

Let’s stop the nonsense – he won’t come back.

The Bucs may be desperate to land a veteran under center, but Bruce Arians isn’t desperate enough to bring Jameis Winston back for a second stint.

Although he is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Winston could be the most coveted free agent quarterback on the market in a few months. That doesn’t mean he’s a natural fit for One Buc Place as long as Arians is still sitting in the head coach’s office.

The Arians rated Winston during the 2019 season and it didn’t end well.

No chance, writes Ira Kaufman.

In fact, it ended terribly.

Positioned for a second contract, Winston self-destructed in the last two games, prompting the Arians to turn their attention to the No. 2 gate. We know what happened next – two years of surprising success, a national exhibition and a turnstile rush, all initiated by Tom Brady.

Arians has already passed judgment on Winston, the first pick in the 2015 draft.

“He had a great run,” Arians said after the 2019 season. “We had a good shot to make it 9-7. And then we lose a few games on pick sixes and that was disheartening because he made some progress…and then he regressed.

After sitting behind Drew Brees in 2020, Winston played well in New Orleans last year before suffering his injury against the Bucs. The faltering Saints are thinking about making Winston a competitive bid to stay, but the Steelers might also have an interest.

There’s another way to look at the unlikelihood of a possible Winston-Bucs reunion.

From Winston’s perspective, why would he want to play again for a coach who said no thank you the first time around? In the unlikely scenario where the Bucs become contenders, one would think Winston will have several other options to consider in free agency.

tank talk

It was natural to think of Winston and the Bucs when news broke this week that Brian Flores is suing the NFL. One of his allegations is that owner Stephen Ross offered him money to lose games for the 2019 Dolphins so Miami would have a higher pick to draft a quarterback.

Memories of the Glazer team.

Flores said he refused to follow and the Dolphins ended up picking Tua Tagovailoa at No. 5. Ross denies the allegations.

A few years earlier, the Bucs fueled their own tanking controversy. Heading into the final game of the 2014 season, a loss would guarantee Tampa Bay the first pick in a draft led by Winston and Marcus Mariota.

The Bucs were 2-13, on a 5-game losing streak when the Saints entered Raymond James Stadium. With Tampa Bay leading 20-7 at halftime, coach Lovie Smith removed Mike Evans, Lavonte David and most of his offensive line from the field as the Saints rallied for a 23-20 win.

When New Orleans dropped Josh McCown for a last-minute safety to secure the win, RayJay’s northcourt erupted in cheers. After the match, Smith dismissed all suggestions he made for Winston.

We know better.

Sean Payton kept his mouth shut until 2020 when he was interviewed by a Baltimore radio station.

“Damn, they (the Bucs) lost the game to us on purpose at the end of the season,” Payton said. “They forced Lovie to pull their starters out of the game so they could get the No. 1 spot to draft Jameis.”

We all know how it happened. To be fair, neither Winston nor Mariota have established themselves as a franchise quarterback.

Next step

If bringing Winston back doesn’t make sense, what does?

You have come to the right place. The Bucs could do much worse than Jimmy Garoppolo. Just because the 49ers are smitten with Trey Lance, don’t overlook what Jimmy G. accomplished with San Francisco.

Consistent winner.

This guy is 33-14 as a starting quarterback in the regular season and he’s 4-2 in the playoffs. Last season he made 68% of his shots and his 98.9 passer rating was better than Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert and Josh Allen. More impressively, he averaged 8.6 yards per pass attempt, No. 2 in the league behind Joe Burrow.

Better yet, it is available. It’s no mystery – the 49ers are leaving Garoppolo. He’ll be with another team in 2022 and it’s not like John Lynch is going to demand a massive comeback.

The Bucs can win with this guy, but it will take a different offensive strategy. Tom Brady threw an NFL-high 719 passes, most with great success. Brady threw a lot because it worked, not because it was necessary.

After Brady, this offense is going to change significantly, and that’s great. Jimmy Garoppolo is not Tom Brady. Who is? But he’s smart and he makes good decisions.

Right now, he’s standing behind door #2.



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I’m disinterested in finding a Texans head coach https://threewisemenblog.com/im-disinterested-in-finding-a-texans-head-coach/ Thu, 03 Feb 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/im-disinterested-in-finding-a-texans-head-coach/ Last year was different. Last year, when the Houston Texans were working to find a new head coach and general manager, there was a sun that the team revolved around. Rick Smith did the hard work and found what every team is looking for: a franchise quarterback. Deshaun Watson was a top five quarterback despite […]]]>

Last year was different. Last year, when the Houston Texans were working to find a new head coach and general manager, there was a sun that the team revolved around. Rick Smith did the hard work and found what every team is looking for: a franchise quarterback. Deshaun Watson was a top five quarterback despite his teammates not allowing him to pull off the miracle to win the close games they won in 2020. Despite going 4-12, an immediate rebound was in sight. Find a head coach who could plan an offense to get the most out of Watson, cut fat on the roster, and find players to build around Watson with.

When looking for coaches last year, there was a plan there. A franchise quarterback is the staple of teams that consistently make the playoffs. It’s not a big running attack, or secondary, or a win in a hard, gritty way. Many parts come together to win this way, creating multiple points where one part can break, forcing the whole operation to fall apart. A quarterback is immune to this to some extent. Year after year, great QBs consistently carry a team into the playoffs.

Head coaching decisions made from 2017 to 2020 should have been entirely based on getting the best out of Watson. Bill O’Brien came up with a great game plan at times, but overall his heavy offense limited Watson’s performance and production. The Texans won due to the overall talent of the roster. O’Brien was able to get by year after year, until the dam finally burst. Tim Kelly did the bare minimum in O’Brien’s absence. He used a loose pass offense, with Chad (CHAD) Hansen and Jordan Akins at wide receiver, Watson separating defenses from five wide receiver formations, using his running ability as a circuit breaker if all was covered. Houston had the best passing offense of O’Brien’s entire tenure in Houston in 2020, and that came after he was fired.

Who could build an offense around Watson year after year was the question to answer. Brian Daboll’s quarterbacking program transformed Josh Allen from an incredible athlete into an MVP-caliber quarterback. Eric Bieniemy calls the pieces of Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs‘passing attack of all time. Byron Leftwich could bring the vertical passing scheme he learned from Bruce Arians. Greg Roman would surely grind Watson to dust, but Watson could finally tap into his rushing ability.

Those were the ideas we had a year ago when the Texans were looking for a head coach. Then it was rumored that Watson was about to demand a trade. Next, Watson was charged with sexually assaulting 22 women. Everything collapsed. Houston fired O’Brien to get ahead of other head coach searches and ended up being the last team to hire a head coach, a guy named David Culley. The ideas we had were gutted.

A year later, the Texans finished 4-13. Culley was one and done, unable to perform the minimal aspects of the job. Insane in-game decisions, players constantly out of position, an obtuse loyalty to the NFL’s worst offense…the Texans are now back to the drawing board and trying to find a new head coach.

I don’t care at all.

The difference this year is that the Texans no longer have a source of light and energy. The franchise is cold. Maybe Davis Mills can improve his accuracy. Maybe Houston can create a competent running game, acquire second wide receivers, and Mills can become a starting quarterback. Maybe Jonathan Greenard can be the third best player on a good front seven. Maybe they finally stop messing around, leave Tytus Howard at left tackle and trade Laremy Tunsil, who has an impossible cap in 2022. Maybe being that the rookie class of 2021 has a starter besides Roy Lopez.

The Texans have a talent problem. O’Brien mortgaged everything to give Kansas City a 24-point lead in the 2019 Divisional Round NFL playoffs. O’Brien’s failures and mismanagement of the offensive line led to Tunsil’s trade. DeAndre Hopkins became Brandin Cooks, Ross Blacklock and David Johnson. Eric Murray was the answer to a crumbling pass defense. The defensive talent that had carried O’Brien for years waned due to the weather or moved to other franchises. The Texans were left in ruins.

There is no pattern that makes perfect sense for the Texans as they are currently constructed. Jonathan Gannon’s quarterbacks defense (the one he couldn’t quite lead in Philadelphia without linebackers or safeties), Kevin O’Connell’s zone-heavy play action offense, the action pattern of Leftwich’s vertical play, the high-blitz defense of Todd Bowles and Brian Flores … none of them matched the current Texans personnel. Except for the FCA leadership traits that Josh McCown brings.

Houston may have a key player in Howard. Others require more work and time to discover if they will stand the test of time.

The key to this offseason is for Nick Caserio to find good football players. That’s it. It’s simple. Firing Culley allows Houston to bring in a head coach who can grow with the team and match an ideology to roster building. There is no perfect pattern. Houston is malleable. The key is to find players around whom the next good Texas team can be built, when it finally can be.

For that reason, I don’t care who the Texans hire as their head coach. It could be Flores, O’Connell or McCown. It does not matter. What matters to me is what Houston gets for Watson and Tunsil, if they trade from that third overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draftwhat positions they’re tackling in the draft and free agency, and which one-year hirelings are staying for another season.

The coach and the program don’t matter at the moment. Finding good players and improving the overall talent level of the roster is what does.


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