July 26, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Overcoming adversity

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“Meyer said his primary concerns are the depth at the offensive line and linebacker positions, and he said those can probably only be fixed “with another recruiting class.” Taylor Decker has emerged as the leader to fill the right tackle position, though the offensive line is not yet intact with center Corey Linsley still limited while recovering from foot surgery.” [Jackson/FSO]

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“The Indians are currently facing the adversity of their shortcomings and must deal with them. I speak much about statistics as if they are the end game in every discussion of a baseball team. Nevertheless, as is the case with any contending team, the Indians must show the heart and determination to stay in the race, no matter what their Pythagorean win-loss might be or how many runs they are creating per plate appearance.” [White/It's pronounced Lajaway]

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“In 2012-2013, Jack attempted 500 midrange shots (which we’ll define as between 10-23 feet) according to basketball-reference.com. At slightly over 6.3 per game, that would put him in third among point guards in attempts per game from this range (according to Hoopdata.com, who apparently has different statistics on the amount that he’s shot from 10-15 feet per game, but we’ll roll with it). For point guards that play at least 25 minutes per game, the NBA-average field-goal percentage in the midrange is about 39.8% on about 3.4 attempts per game. Jack takes nearly double the average amount of these shots and converts them at a 45.2% clip.” [Vecenie/Fear the Sword]

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QB nonsense index. I guess this is good? “25. (Tie) Jake Locker, Titans; Christian Ponder, Vikings; Brandon Weeden, Browns (zero). Three small-market semi-prospects who have not done enough good to be noteworthy or enough bad to become a punchline.” [Tanier/Sports on Earth]

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And finally, on Chris Perez and minor missteps: “Everyone has off nights. Everyone has times where they don’t perform their best. It goes beyond baseball, beyond sports. Human beings are fallible and we make mistakes, we do bad things, we’re not at our best. It happens. I lose track of this sometimes, especially in baseball, and expect more perfection on the diamond, when it’s often simply not realistic.” [Ed Carroll/Wahoos on First]

  • Ezzie Goldish

    So while Jack is relatively good at midrange jumpers, he’s still shooting too many shots that net about .9 points per possession. Not exactly a good thing…

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    His addition was a great choice period. His positives will far outweigh his negatives.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The Indians are up against it. Unfortunately I think they’ll need more then heart and desire. Despite improvements to the roster during the winter the shortcomings have caught up and are quite apparent. It’s because of this that the Indians will fall short of a playoff race. That doesn’t mean this wasn’t a very good season. In fact I’m sure you’ll hear the Indians spinning it saying something like “We made alot of changes starting with Terry that improved the team this past year. We knew we still had more to do but this past season should prove to be a great foundation for the upcoming season. We expect bigger and better things in 2014.”

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Agreed, just commenting on his shot selection. Definitely important that he shoots those better than most and that it forces teams to defend it rather than just letting him shoot inefficiently, but…

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Lets hope Dion Waiters shoots as good. ;-)

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Ha!!

    Waiters gets to good spots. If he can start hitting at a half reasonable rate for those spots…!