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Your Bynum to the Cavs trade machine scenarios- “No matter what happens or doesn’t happen on the Bynum-to-Cleveland trade front, this is the first great example of what valuing cap flexibility and acquiring tradable assets can do for a rebuilding team. By carefully managing the cap and his assets over the past couple of years, Chris Grant has put the Cavs in a situation where they might be able to acquire an excellent player because they’re one of the only teams in the league that can help the Lakers land Howard and the Magic push the reset button on their franchise.” [McGowan/Cavs the Blog]
Browns’ Linebacker primer- “Johnson is expected to play an immediate role on special teams too. Don’t look for Johnson to be a playmaker — instead, think of “stability.” He will make the sure tackles and should not be a huge liability against the run or the pass. He will try to challenge Maiava for Fujita’s starting role over the first three games. Considering Maiava is entering the final year of his contract, if the coaching staff feels Johnson can play at a similar level, it might be good to let him get the experience early on.” [Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature]
Wow. That would be a bold move by the conference- “In light of the events at Penn State, the Big Ten is considering a proposal that would give commissioner Jim Delany the power to fire coaches. Yes, commissioner Delany would like to be known as dictator Delany.
According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, the 18-page proposal would allow Delany, in conjunction with a committee of league presidents, to penalize members of an institution — coaches, presidents, athletic directors, etc. — if their actions damage the league’s reputation.” [Watson/Dr. Saturday]
Great read on zone blitz schemes- “Even as offenses have grown accustomed to the zone blitz, however, the blitz remains particularly effective on third down. That’s because it forces quick decisions. The overload blitz often leaves an unblocked defender, forcing the quarterback to get rid of the football quickly.
It’s not all cake for the defense, however. The zone behind the blitz is not full proof. It generally includes only six–not seven–defenders as in traditional zone concepts. Further, the defense has a defensive linemen dropping that is unaccustomed to playing zone coverage. As such, the defense has underneath holes.
But the three deep coverage over the top is sound. And a quarterback that has to get rid of the football quickly against a scheme that has holes in the underneath coverage is generally going to throw it underneath. On third down and medium or long, a defense with three deep defenders facing the backfield can then come up and make a tackle short of the first down. That is why teams like Ohio State that are not blitz-heavy teams nonetheless often employ zone blitzes in these situations.” [Fulton/Eleven Warriors]
So, do me a favor and leave a comment if you are remotely interested in things like this, or if uniform discussions bore you. [Robinson/Getting Blanked]
Finally, I thought it would be fair to check in on Bradley Beal’s summer league so far- “Here’s one word to sum up Beal’s performance so far: steady. He has been solid on both ends of the floor, and his 42 percent field goal percentage undersells his offensive game a bit. For one, like nearly every rookie in attendance, Beal is battling conditioning issues. Coaches have repeatedly mentioned the so-so conditioning of the rookies, pinning the blame on the fact that they don’t see five-on-five action between college and summer league games. Beal has also had the freedom to test himself with difficult shots, earning 36 foul shots over a five-game span.
Beal has shown a very diverse offensive game, with Wizards coach Sam Cassell allowing him to run pick-and-rolls and even man the point at times. He got into the lane effectively on the pick-and-roll, using both hands and smart change-of-pace dribbles to get defenders on their heels and attack the rim. He sometimes pulled up a bit early for long jumpers when more probing would have created better chances and passing lanes, but he was mostly in attack mode. That also goes for plays in which Beal curled off screens in the style of Richard Hamilton or Ray Allen, the veteran to whom Beal is so often compared to. Beal rarely settled for long jumpers on those plays, choosing instead to catch and take a dribble into the middle of the paint for a floater. Those are tough shots, and Beal was hit-or-miss in terms of spotting open teammates — especially the screeners who set the initial pick to spring him. He’ll get better at those shoot-or-pass choices, and at the more complex parts of NBA defense.” [Lowe/The Point Forward]