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  1. Part 2 "Ryan is definitely tough on me, that's one of the reasons I'm here. We have a great relationship. I actually did an internship at Traction last year. Ryan was hard on me even as an intern. He's hard on everybody. He makes the NFL guys feel like they're still in high school. It don't matter who you are, everybody's equal. He comes to work every day. I love being around him, I love his attitude and enthusiasm. "Working some different things. Training is the same, you may do one or two different things than I was doing at APEC. At Pro Day I'm going to run the 40-yard dash again and do some drills. I feel I can definitely do better than I did at the Combine (4.57). I'm not going to tell you the number but I've got a number in my head. I want to surpass the Combine. I feel very good about that. My body is better than I've felt in a long time. "I'm not working out before Pro Day. But I am meeting two teams before Pro Day and working out for some others afterward. It hasn't hit me yet (getting to the NFL). I'm not worried about the draft, I'm just focused on what I'm doing every day. Only thing that matters is what's happening now."
  2. Duke Riley 2017 NFL Draft diary: Elvis Presley, tattoos and the guiding hand of Ryan Clark... LSU linebacker Duke Riley knows the importance of patience. At age 11, he lost his home in Hurricane Katrina, he didn't get a scholarship offer from LSU until the last week before signing day and he didn't become a starter until his senior season. After leading the Tigers in tackles in 2016, he's on his way to the NFL. He's moved his training headquarters from APEC in Fort Worth, Texas, to Baton Rouge following the NFL Scouting Combine to continue preparation for the NFL Draft April 27-29. In February, he launched his personal website TheDukeRiley.com. Follow his journey to the NFL in Riley's weekly draft diary at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. This is the fifth installment. "I got the (Elvis Presley) tattoo last month. I had to find someone who was really good at portraits. I'm a big Elvis Presley fan. It's crazy. I believe in reincarnation. When I was younger I always used to believe I was Elvis, that I was him in my past life. I used to always want to slick my hair back. He was a big part of my life growing up. "I always wanted to go to Graceland and my father took me there a couple of times when I was between 7 and 10 years old. I have some pictures of that. They kept everything in the house the way it was the day he died. I remember seeing his cars, his private jet. That was crazy to see. I saw all the fan mail that started coming the day he died. That was 10-years-plus before Katrina when I went there. "I've read books on him. I've watched all of his movies he was in, listened to all of his songs. I was a crazy Elvis fan. I didn't want to do anything but be Elvis when I was young. That's one of the reasons my hair is like this. I don't slick it back like I used to. I put a little dye in it to make it look different. "It's not one of the movies he was in but I love 3,000 Miles to Graceland, where the guys dress like Elvis and rob a casino. I watched a lot of the ones he was in. I used to imitate him, slick my hair back, since his songs. My favorite is Hound Dog. I still have some of those pictures. I could dance like him. I always had rhythm. Maybe some day I could be an Elvis impersonator. I've never seen one (perform). When I hear his songs I loud them up. "I always wanted a portrait of him as a tat. I found a guy in Texas who was good at it. My favorite tattoo is the Bayou Bengals on my arm (from) like two years ago. LSU is called the Bayou Bengals and I'm from the bayou, and I really bleed purple and gold. I've got a fishhook one, a duckblind in the background. That's my getaway outside football. I've got so many. One is this EKG and at the end I have (the word) 'Live.' It's a message to live life to the fullest. Live for now, I can't control what happens. Everybody dies, but not everybody lives their life. I live through football. This is my life. "Now that I'm (working out) at Traction Sports Performance in Baton Rouge with (former LSU safety) Ryan Clark, I'm doing a lot of stability work, single-leg work, getting my core stronger for when I'm doing drills or running, and a lot of positional work. Me, Tre'Davious White, Dwayne Thomas, Kendell Beckwith is there too, (Davon) Godchaux, (Ethan) Pocic, and a lot of NFL guys, too. It feels really good to be back. Every time I'm done, I go over to LSU to get a Muscle Milk shake, get some protein in my body and then go eat.
  3. Someone say Margaritas? We ate at the Chimes tonight in BTR East. Great food as always
  4. Canadian Offense - The Motion (feat. Sampha) 17 I Guess That’s Just the Motion by Seth Galina@SethGalina Mar 20, 2017, 11:30am CDT TWEET SHARE PIN REC Let me tell you what my least favorite thing about Canada is. On March 14th, we had a blizzard here in Montreal and it was awful. Every school shut down, including the universities. When Montreal shuts down, you know some serious stuff went down. There were 300 people stuck on a highway for eight hours. EIGHT! The middle of March is not when a record snowfall is supposed to happen. What bugs me the most is that a couple weeks ago it was actually “warm”. I went out for lunch one day in just a long sleeve shirt. A week later it’s -20 degrees and I’m wearing long johns just to take the garbage out and then a week after that we have this blizzard. That’s the thing I hate the most about Canada. The winters here are atrocious. I can’t even begin to explain what it’s like to walk outside and have the wind slap your face when it’s below zero. It sucks. My favorite thing about Canada is his offense. I’ve watched Pitt a few times now and I find the offense very interesting. Over the off-season, our dear leader, Billy, has gone over the some of the concepts involved in Canada’s Pitt offense. I’m going to focus more on the pre-snap shifts and motion that are ubiquitous with Canada’s system. One of the reasons that Canada has so much movement in his offense before the snap is to mess with the defense’s rules. He uses the defenses own guidelines against it. We’ll get into that later but I wanted to give a basic run down on some of these concepts first. What is the difference between a motion and shift? I think this is just semantics. They can be interchangeable terms. For this thread, we’re going to call a “motion” the act of a receiver moving pre-snap to another position and a “shift” as the act of a back or tight end moving pre-snap to another position. This is how I’ve always differentiated the two. Why do we motion? The most common reason why an offense would want to send a receiver across the formation is to check whether the defense is in man or zone. FROM OUR SPONSOR - ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW Going to Smoothie King Center? Here’s Where to Eat and Drink Before the Show Paid Content From Let’s take this basic 10 personnel, 2x2 formation: If I send the Z receiver across the formation from left to right, there are a few ways the defense can react: The Weak Safety (WS) can run across the field chasing the Z. This would give offense the idea that the defense is in man coverage. Someone chasing another player across the field is a pretty big indicator that it’s man. Against the same Z-motion, the defense can rotate the Free Safety (FS) down over the Z (who is now in trips) and have the WS replace and become the FS. By doing this rotation, the offense can’t really tell if it’s man or zone. The downside to this is that you may end up with matchups (in this case the FS vs. the Z) that you may not like. You can also bump everyone down and have the Mike backer walk out of the box to play between (apex) the Z receiver and the the right tackle. The downside is that it puts the WS in the box as a linebacker and puts the Mike in coverage. This would be a pretty clear declaration that it’s zone. Why do we shift? If we’re talking about taking a back or a tight end and shifting them from inside the box to a receiver position, we can also get a man/zone read on the defense. A shift like this is going to put the Will in conflict. If the Will chases the tailback (T) to the sideline, it’s most likely man coverage. A defense isn’t going to have a linebacker line up on the sideline and then play zone like he’s a corner. It’s a pretty big key. You see this in the NFL a lot. When it comes to shifting within the box, it’s all about changing the strength of the formation and creating extra gaps. If we send the tight end (Y) to go hang out with the left tackle, what is the defense going to do? The strength of the formation went from right to left. If you’re an “over” defense, like I used in this example, do you now shift everyone to the right to stay in over? Do you stay there in an “under” front. Who is now responsible for the new “D” gap that the tight end creates (the gap between him and the Z receiver)? Changing the strength of the formation is interesting when it comes to how a defense is going to send pressure/blitz. Below we have a pressure from the Sam. If the tight end shifts to the other side, will the defense still want to send the Sam? Maybe, through film study, you don’t want to send pressure away from a tight end. Do you then call off your blitz whenever there is a shift or motion? That would be a little excessive. Does the Will pick up the pressure responsibility and come from the strong side. If you are going to be a team that is going to blitz based off the strength of the formation (rather than where the ball is), then you better be ready to adapt on the fly. These are all questions that a defense has to answer. One of the ways that defenses have adapted to up tempo teams is to have formation checks. Instead of saying, “OK on this play we’re going to blitz the Sam”, they’re going to say, “OK, on this play we’re going to send this type of pressure to wherever the tight end is”. Checking to a certain coverage/blitz against “exotic” formations like empty or bunch has been around for a long time, but teams are starting to use this as a base way of calling their defense. This is where Canada (the man, not the country) comes in. He does so many shifts and motions that the defense is constantly formation checking and it honestly gets confusing. I think it’s as simple as that. Here’s a good example: Let’s just look at the weakside (leftside) front here. We have a defensive end in the C-Gap, linebacker No. 10 in the B-Gap and the nose in the A-Gap. Clemson is fine right now. And then Pitt starts moving people around. This is after the first shift: Still good on the left side that has now become the strong side. The right tackle is split out into the slot by the way. And now another shift: Check the left side again. Where’s the B-Gap defender? Clemson now has five box defenders to the center’s right and just two to his left. Big gain for the running back. Watch Clemson’s defense move around to try and match this. Here’s another shift against Clemson: 3x2 set for Pittsburgh and if you look at the weak safety, he’s about to rotate to the middle of the field and strong safety is going to cover down on the #3 receiver. It’s a pretty good tell that most likely Clemson is in Cover 1 (man coverage with one deep safety). First shift: It’s now become a 2x3 set for Pitt. The Clemson safety rotation now has to rotate back. The SS is now in the middle of the field and WS is back down. Second shift: Pitt brings the back into the backfield. They went from 3x2 empty to 2x3 empty to 11 personnel 2x2. Clemson hasn’t checked to anything different, they’re staying in Cover 1. Every time there’s movement you have to reassess what your responsibility is defensively. When you look at the still shot, it seems pretty obvious. The WS has the D-Gap plus the tight end in coverage, the Will has the B-Gap to the weak side of the field and the Mike has A-Gap to the field side. The two backers are probably going to “banjo” the RB in coverage. If he releases strong, the Mike has him and if he releases weak then the Will has him. Simple stuff but it’s happening so fast. Now, Canada adds misdirection through post-snap motion and the results are serious: Wide Open. One of the interesting things for me is figuring out how all of that movement gets called from the sideline. Let’s say I have this simple Inside Zone play with a slice motion by the Z receiver. I would call this, “PISTOL TWINS Z-SLICE ZIPPI LEFT SAIL BACKSIDE SLANT”. That’s the way most teams verbalize their plays. It may sound like a lot but it’s just so every position group gets their concept. The receivers don’t care that it’s “Zippi”, they’re just waiting to hear their pass concept. In this case, “sail” and “slant”. Vice versa for the offensive line and running backs. The “Z-Slice” tells the Z receiver that he is doing a slice motion. Matt Canada, however, has so much movement before the snap that you couldn’t realistically call every motion with a word or signal. I would imagine that Canada packages his shifts/motions. One word is going to tell the whole offense what formation to start in and then which motions/shifts to use to get into the final formation. Using the example above against Clemson, it’s possible that Canada merely says, for example, “TIGER ZORRO (outside zone) LEFT ”. Even crazier, I could see them calling one word to say everything. According to folklore, the Patriots offense under Bill O’Brien were one of the first to amalgamate personnel, formation, movement and concepts under one word. They’d yell “TIGER” and everyone would know exactly what they’re doing from one word. Nowadays, everyone has these “NOW” plays where one word tells them everything. A team is going to go into a game with about five-to-ten “now” plays. Could Matt Canada’s offense be all “now” plays. It’s possible. I do feel like at least all the movement is done via one word. Every week, we should see some new movement packages. I would imagine Canada spends a 10-20 minute period each practice repping this stuff without a defense. It’s like how a defense has the same period each practice on formation recognition. It’s all a beautifully choreographed dance and I can’t wait to see the fellers in purple and gold running it in the fall.
  5. Will Wade agrees to deal to become next LSU basketball coach: sources. LSU and Will Wade have agreed to a six-year deal for Wade to take over the Tigers men's basketball program, sources confirmed to The Times-Picayune on Monday night.
  6. Will Wade looks to be the major target now. A number of guys in the mix. Things moving fast
  7. Having lost too many to ALS. Lost my Aunt, my good friends brother, another good friends Dad, a classmate. They are getting close in finding a cure.
  8. Congrats to Christian
  9. CHATTER Jamal Adams and Teez Tabor made an NFL draft bet when they were still in high school By Kevin Connell Posted on March 18, 2017 PHOTOS BY USA TODAY SPORTS One thing that’s certainly clear: Jamal Adams and Teez Tabor are two of the top defensive backs in the upcoming NFL draft. One thing that’s not quite as clear: Who will get picked first between them when draft day finally arrives. And for the player who does go higher in the draft, he stands to win a bet years in the making. During the NFL Combine earlier this month, Adams explained the bet and its origin after he was asked on air on NFL Network to explain something Tabor had written on Twitter. “We made this bet in Oregon while we were at the Nike Opening,” Adams said. “Basically, the bet is if he goes before me I have to pay for a trip anywhere in the country. If I go before him, he’s gonna do the same. I told him from the get go that I was gonna go before him, so we’ll see.” Adams’ segment resurfaced Friday while Tabor was making an appearance on NFL Network’s “Path to the Draft.” Though he initially said in the country, Adams later clarified that the trip could be anywhere after he said he was thinking about going somewhere “high class” like Paris for a trip; Tabor said he would go to Amsterdam “or something like that.” Adams, a safety, has been widely projected as a top-five or top-10 overall pick, making it appear more likely that he will get picked first. Tabor, a cornerback, has been projected as a first-round pick by some, though it’s possibly he could go in the second or third round. The Opening is a Nike football recruiting camp held annually for top high school football recruits. Both Adams and Tabor were ranked as five-star prospects during the 2014 recruiting cycle with offers from top programs across the nation. Based on 247Sports’ composite rankings, though, Tabor held the slight edge overall between the two. He was ranked as the nation’s No. 14 overall prospect, while Adams was No. 31.
  10. Loved it. But when I see Dad in a thread title, I get worried.
  11. Went tonight, great turnout for Bryan. The room was kind of small for the number that showed up. Guess they weren't expecting that many. Got to talk with most of his family. Once again, RIP Bryan, he will truly be missed.
  12. My friend gave me a few notes from practice. Matt Canada is getting the most out of his QB's. He is pushing all the QB's hard. Lots of guys out the backfield, catching the ball. RB, H-B, TE's in motion, wanting the defense to cover with a LB or Safety. Making it easy for the QB to know what the defense is doing. My guy said, Guice is ready for a big year. Canada is pushing the other guys hard. Depth at OL is something to watch. With Clapp out, also Deculas is looking like someone ready for the two deep, weight lifting during the summer for him, but he will be in the mix, they know what Clapp can do. Said Aranda's D will be good, moving LB's around. Looking at the DB's. He said the D will be strong even after what they loss. Key coming back, but the young guys getting reps, they are looking good. Looking for a good rotation of the front line players. Will talk with him again Thursday.
  13. From the family, they will have a private service for just the family. The Thursday night get together at Walkon's Burbank, South of LSU, will be it. I have an appointment later Thursday night. But I plan to stop in from 5-6. RIP Bryan. Great guy.