Author: Nick Gonzalez

The 2-3 Zone Episode #1: Testing The Waters

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Ty and Dan chat with Josh Norris from NBC Sports and Rotoworld and preview the 2017 NFL Draft. How does Christian McCaffrey fit in at the next level? Who’s the best quarterback in the class? How has talent evaluation changed as the NFL has evolved? And most importantly, what will Josh’s first move be when he’s named Raiders GM in 2020?

Fate Of The Furious Review

In the latest installment in the series, Fate Of The Furious bridges the old classic themes of Fast And Furious with new things to please first-time viewers of the series. How was it overall?

The movie overall is good, very good. It has a common feel factor which makes you feel involved and inline with the story. The main plot will leave tons of sobs and heartfelt people throughout the theater, but it lacks a real hurdle. When the first bad aspect of the plot happens, the climax and resolution come through with no bumps in the road. This is good if you want everything good only to happen to the main protagonist(s), but bad if you like lots of drama.
The biggest problem of the movie is realism. There is a scene, in particular, that is so unrealistic it makes Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare looks like tomorrow’s happening. How does a figure so important experience such trauma with no immediate law enforcement arrival? Not even ONE cop. That’s impossible.
Other than the latter, the movie is great. The story is great especially if you have seen the whole series even with there being no difficulty in the resolution. This is a short review, but that is because the movie really did nothing wrong, but also nothing groundbreaking. It was fantastic all in all.
Rating: 8.5/10
Rent, Buy It, or see in theaters?: It is worth a theater admission ticket.

DeShone Kizer Still Needs A Lot Of Work

DeShone Kizer is considered by many to be a top three quarterback in this upcoming draft, and while I may or may not disagree with that he stills needs a lot of work. Stats aren’t the only thing to look for when seeing if a player is an NFL talent, especially for quarterbacks. For the sake of this article, though, we will compare Kizer to some others via stats first. 

By The Numbers

2016-2017 Stats For Top QB’s

Substance: Now it’s clear, Kizer is competing with Deshaun Watson for the worst statistical quarterback here, that isn’t hard to tell. It is also fair to say that Notre Dame played the worst schedule out of all these QB’s when it comes to playing more NFL talent. He also possibly had the best talent around him here behind Watson. So just after a few basic stats, Kizer is already behind the pack.

Taking A Look At The Film

Kizer should very clearly see the free linebacker coming on the stunt, but he takes a moment and steps up — instead of hitting the check down he looks downfield and takes a sack. This isn’t the only time he does this either.


Kizer has a man WIDE OPEN in the seam but struggles to put good touch on it, in which the ball is almost out of reach. A great recovery from his target saved them from an incompletion.


The above clip shows that even at 6-5, Kizer struggles to get the ball up. He beams the ball right at the crashing defender’s chest. And in other examples, there are instances in which wide open slants end up at the target’s legs even though Kizer has a clean pocket.

Wide open tight end, Kizer sails it. Even though the target fully extended his body and was diving, his target still barely gets a finger on it. Another instance where his touch is lacking.


This time Kizer doesn’t throw it too low, rather this time it’s too high. The ball rises/sails on him, and the target is forced to make a really nice grab to avoid a possible turnover. Once again, he struggles with the touch aspect of the throw which is key when hitting receivers in stride to pick up additional yards after the catch.


This time DeShone fails to lead the target. The receiver is wide open and it could possibly be a TD if he is hit in stride. Instead of the latter, Kizer throws a flat bullet where the wide out has to stop his movement to make the grab behind him, and as a result gets a minimal gain.


This is just one of those, what did he see here? I understand it is much easier to be a “Film QB” then actually sit in the pocket and make reads like some quarterbacks say, but this is clearly covered. The safety is crashing down to lay the target out — which he does brutally — and the corner also is in man and rides the wideout throughout the whole route then jumps the pass.


No idea where this ball was going besides maybe to a trainer. Wide open crossing route set up via nice play design and roll out, however, Kizer flat out misses it. Can’t botch these simple throws at the next level, especially when the wideout is free in that kind of space.

We might have to end this right here, this might be the worst throw from any of the QB’s I’ve watched so far. This throw is bad, I just can’t really even explain it. He abandons his footwork and mechanics as he’s in a hurry to release the ball with the pressure coming. He fails to recognize the safety rolling over, thus is easily picked off. I have no idea why Kizer thought this was a good idea, but on 4th-and-7, he may have been desperate to make a play at this juncture.

Verdict

DeShone Kizer isn’t by any means bad, I just don’t think he deserves to be the #1 or #2 QB prospect in the upcoming draft, like at all. This was not to degrade his skill set, but to show you where Kizer is in his development, in my opinion. DeShone has great size, and natural ability as well as being a very smart kid, but hoping that it translates to where he was worth a high first-round pick is a gamble.

Then again what QB isn’t actually a gamble? I’d probably have DeShone Kizer as the worst between the big four (Watson, Mitch, and Mahomes). With that said, there is undoubtedly a head coach somewhere in the league who feels he can mold Kizer into what he envisions his offense’s leader to be.

Film Room: Brad Kaaya

From being a projected first round pick to now a possible day three to a undrafted guy, Brad Kaaya has surged down many people’s boards. Let’s take a look at some of his film to see what he does right and wrong.

Near The Sidelines

Despite the first clip being an interception, Brad Kaaya’s only positive aspect of his throwing game is probably the rate on which he completes sideline throws. In the games I saw and analyzed, more often than not he put the ball on sideline routes where only his receiver could get it. The above clip shows Kaaya trying to do a little too much to open the game. The wide receiver gets a good break out of his route, but he and Kaaya seem to be on a different page. Brad anticipates a short route, the wideout runs a deeper one. Easy jump and read for the defensive back.

This next clip is one of the times Kaaya hits the route with good confidence and skill. Freshman Ahmon Richards runs a precise route, creates great space, and it is a rather simple throw, but Kaaya hits it with ease, something he doesn’t do often.

Another fantastic sideline throw. It appears to be an out-route and Kaaya puts it only where Dayall Harris can get it. Another thing to note is that Kaaya does suffer from a lot of drops, so there are also many instances where makes a quality throw, but the ball is dropped. This, however, was a good throw and catch from both parties.

Now let’s look at the clip below. Kaaya puts just enough spin on the ball and puts it in the bread basket of Stacy Coley. Really quick, though, can we take a look at the move? Whew. I have no idea what Kaaya’s baseball history is, but he definitely has good spin or curve on out-routes. Like stated before, this is the only pass he is consistently accurate at.

His Touch Is Actually Nonexistent 

I actually have not seen another “draft prospect” QB with less touch than Kaaya. He consistently sails so many balls on open routes, it is kinda painful to watch. This is a great route and great job of getting open by Coley and Kaaya just sails the throw. More than enough real estate for Kaaya to make this throw, but he just doesn’t.  The “touch” throws get worse from here.

Another instance, this time an even easier throw, or what should be one. An end zone is ten yards long and the target was open about 2-3 yards before that. So that is 10-13 yards of real estate to drop the ball in his WIDE OPEN hands, and he sails it out the end zone. That is really, really bad.

 

I don’t even really have an explanation for this. Ahmon Richards is probably a 4.5 40 guy, maybe faster and is wide open against a very solid UNC defense, but Kaaya just sails it.  There’s more than enough room for Kaaya to hit Richards in stride and more than enough space to beam it to his back shoulder. Whatever one works best, but his mechanics forced the ball to go high per-usual.

Very, Very Quick Feet

The second quality aspect of his game is his that he has really quick feet. Kaaya has numerous instances where despite his horrible feel for the pocket, he uses his feet to evade pressure and makes a decent throw. This partly has something to do with the fact that Kaaya can actually run the ball as a quarterback despite not doing it often. Regardless, though, Kaaya is not easy to bring down in the pocket because how quick he moves, even if it negatively affects his throws. It’s a very rare sighting to see Brad plant his feet in one spot, which can be good or bad.

What is this?

I am not even going in to detail with these clips, you guys can do that. I have no idea what these are. 

Some Life In His Throwing Game

Even after all the above naysaying, Brad Kaaya isn’t all lost — well maybe he isn’t. He shows some signs of solid life in some throws over the middle where his arm comes to life and he is able to spin it. The throw above is an example where he trusts Njoku to take the big hit and hang on, which he does, so he spins it to a nice spot and it is an easy grab for David. Below is another quality over the middle throw. It is a little bit low, but still where the receiver can grab it and with enough speed the corner cannot jump it. Good job, Brad.

Summary

Brad Kaaya is pretty bad if we are being blunt. He does some things right and he has good traits, but after starting for three years in a power five conference, if you didn’t have any, you wouldn’t be a draft prospect. Like I said, his mobile feet and position on sideline throws are pretty solid, other than that it really is downhill. I honestly couldn’t take Brad in the first two days of the draft with any confidence he was going to make the roster. Then again, Hackenberg went in round two.

The Penny Plan

When the Penny first came about, its original value was still 1 cent and they still had the authentic bronze tone. The reason for the above-stated tone was because, well they were made of copper. When the latter metals became too expensive, the US switched over to 95% Zinc and 5% copper.

The reason I bring this to you today is because of the foregone conclusion I have made that pennies need to be abolished. A century or more ago, people would melt the pennies to sell the materials profit, because they cost more to make than their value. Even to this date, (February 22nd, 2017) pennies are still worth more to make than their street value in which they are used to buy goods and services.

According to a 2015 article by the “Coin News” the US printed just over 13.2 billion pennies in 2014. For the sake of over and under’s, let us put the approximate pennies made per year over the last decade at 10 billion. According to the Wall Street Journal in an article written by Jefferey Sparshot in December of 2016, it costs 1.5 cents to make a penny. That is an obvious uptake from how much they are worth.

Using our previous number of 10 billion, the United States spends about fifteen billion dollars on pennies per fiscal year, more than the actual value of the pennies they print. All of that money wasted.

Money was invited to make buying things easier, well they actually make things harder. Think about how many pennies you use and lose per day, the amount of excess time you waste counting them at registers and such. About 50 years ago you could actually purchase things with pennies, but thanks to good ol’ inflation, that is no longer such a thing. Vending machines do not take pennies, laundry machines do not, toll booths do not and neither do parking meters. So with the latter said, what are they useful for? Mathematically, it actually equates to you spending more money via time counting pennies than their value.

The next thing you might say is, what happens in exchanges that involve indivisible amounts. The solution is simple, round to the nearest 5 cents. If an item cost $19.97, round to $20.00. If an item costs $19.94, round to $19.90. Sometimes you may be on the short end of the stick, sometimes you might get lucky. It will even out eventually, but if you are really that fussed about the couple cents, having the extra money from abolishing the penny will allow the cutting of income taxes by about 0.03 %, so that is where you can recoup. Prices will not rise nor will charitable donations drop.

The United States has also gone through this before when they abolished the half cent. Everything turned out just fine, and when the half-cent was abolished, it actually had more buying power inflation adjusted than the modern dime.

Rivalry Week Recap: Bergen Catholic vs Don Bosco

*Originally Posted October 2016*

Rivalry week has concluded in North Jersey between the two powers of Bergen Catholic and Don Bosco. Defense, turnovers, big plays and momentum swings dominated this game, so let’s get into the recap.

The Ironmen swept the Crusaders in two matchups last year, so the Crusaders sought revenge this past Saturday. Unfortunately, that would not happen as Bosco would win in Oradell 17–10 in an OT thriller. All in all the game was pretty sloppy, the Ironmen just made fewer mistakes. A combination of Langan turnovers set up Bosco for both of their regular time scoring opportunities on which they capitalized. After that, the Ironmen weren’t giving the Bergen offense anything.

The Crusaders would score in the first half off of a miracle catch by Ankaury, but they would be shut down for the majority of the game. The only time the offense got going again was an attempt at a game-winning drive which was squandered as instead of a TD, the Crusaders would settle for a game-tying field goal.

The Crusader defense was nothing to fool around with either. The Ironmen struggled just as much as Bergen on offense but just had better field position to make something happen. Led by Ship Idrizi and Javontae Jean-Baptiste the BC defense was as stout as ever. The offensive line seemed to be improved when factoring the collateral of how good the Bosco defensive line is, but they still struggled. Marcellus Earlington really dominated the whole game and caused havoc in both the run and pass games.

It was another tough loss for the Crusaders who fall to 1–3 in the last four and are really starting to show their youth now. Hopefully, they can get back on track against Seton Hall this weekend at home for senior day.