Ex. Season Week 4

Ex. Season Week 3 Games

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New Orleans
Hitchcock
25-43, 219
Mayes
11-102
Farrell
10-100
Tulsa
Kwan
12-17, 128
Drury
23-71
Bell
2-81
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Shreveport
McGinnis
11-24, 140
Compton
9-33
Pritchett
8-94
Fargo
Boone
14-21, 163
Ellison
15-40
Ferguson
9-154
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Hartford
Gietka
13-18, 91
Gramatica
19-80
Pike
4-42
Santa Cruz
Ellis
13-18, 133
Maroney
15-45
Aghajafari
6-99
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Iowa City
Kelley
25-46, 228
Turnbull
13-62
Evans
4-60
Anchorage
Hiscock
8-12, 79
Brewer
5-30
Bramlett
5-53
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Albany
Alexander
19-25, 205
Marshall
10-69
Hozan
4-63
Oregon
Winters
13-19, 141
Lowe
17-100
McIntyre
4-86
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Atlantic City
Boykin
14-25, 176
Blake
21-121
Barker
1-64
Texas
Moss
8-16, 103
Briley
15-101
Briley
7-84
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Baltimore
Browning
9-19, 134
Brooks
13-43
Sweeney
4-67
Las Vegas
Cook
7-10, 34
Hernandez
14-51
O'Donnell
6-42
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St. Louis
Cotter
13-24, 113
Vinatieri
9-18
Duncan
5-37
Tucson
Tuck
19-35, 213
Hawkins
16-124
Suhocki
5-73
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Omaha
Crane
19-23, 289
Doughty
19-61
Struble
1-66
Honolulu
Allen
20-34, 272
Dasilva
12-47
O'Donnell
5-84
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Brooklyn
Bensen
13-24, 117
Brandon
11-64
Lefkowitz
5-47
Death Valley
Ellard
5-11, 53
Preston
4-26
Beyer
2-28
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Tennessee
Mackie
12-24, 140
Naeole
15-41
Grant
3-78
Denver
Whitehouse
8-15, 105
Torres
20-45
Ramsey
5-77
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Boston
Bensen
29-57, 237
Simmons
8-35
Powell
4-61
Atlanta
Cowher
7-15, 76
Logan
20-95
Bradley
4-67
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Cleveland
Benson
14-25, 166
Boyd
25-91
Wilcox
3-66
Boise
Arredondo
7-10, 114
Farmer
3-37
Heath
3-67
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San Antonio
Bates
12-30, 160
Farrell
10-34
Purnell
3-59
El Paso
Fitchie
12-22, 119
Jeffries
19-82
Mersky
2-27

NEWS

Midweek for monday

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JJ Smitty
Fri Jul 29 05:19 AM

We have a request for a midweek, it will run on monday.



Atlantic City Season Preview - The new QB is here!

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rbeyer
Wed Jul 13 12:40 PM

With the 2nd pick in the 2046 CFL draft, the Atlantic City Phantoms select quarterback Jared Graham.

With those words, a flash of hope was seen in Atlantic City. The Phantoms appear to have a young franchise quarterback to add to 2044 top pick WR Dan McLaurin. With a strong defense returning, the question is can this team rebound from a down year to fight for a playoff spot, or at least a .500 record?

Offense: The offense has some excellent talent but seriously lacks depth. WR McLaurin (67/67) and TE Barker (58/58) are excellent targets for the young quarterback. However, it will be up to the running game of RB Emack (46/46) and FB Diego Loupe (68/68) to grind out some yards to keep the pressure off Graham.


Quarterbacks

2045
- Burt McGinnis - 11th year - 40/40 - NEW
- Amir Upshaw - 3rd year - 22/45
- Darren Connell - Rookie - 11/32 - NEW

2046
- Jared Graham - R - 32/65 - NEW
- Amir Upshaw - 4th year - 10/18
- R.J. Large - R - 9/25 - NEW

The Phantoms had hoped that they could sit Graham behind McGinnis for a season but McGinnis decided to hold out for unreal money and was released. Now it is the Jared Graham show, ready or not. Upshaw must have some kind of drug problem as he has dropped from a promising signal caller to the scrap heap. Large was a flyer in the 6th round but must have already been hanging out with Upshaw as he is barely fit to carry a clipboard.

UPDATED Ex. Week 3 - QB Chris Boykin (6th year - 34/34) was signed to provide some insurance behind Graham. Graham is still the #1 QB but at least there is a capable backup now on the roster.


Running Backs

2045
- Jeffrey Emack - 5th year - 46/46
- Julian Blake - 4th year - 38/38
- Ray Lang - Rookie - 31/31 - NEW

2046
- Jeffrey Emack - 6th year - 46/46
- Julian Blake - 5th year - 37/37
- Donte Terrill - R - 34/42 - NEW
- Ray Lang - 2nd year - 27/39

Emack is coming off his sixth straight 1,100+ yard season and is still a viable #1 running back. ACI needs another good season if they hope to improve their record. Blake ran for 708 yards while averaging 4.1 yards per carry last season and has played better than his ratings indicate. Terrill is the surprise of the group after a strong training camp. Signed as an undrafted free agent, he looks to be another compliment to Emack while also being the best pass receiving back on the roster. A second round pick in 2045, Lang has not progressed as the team hoped but will still be given a shot to contribute.


Fullbacks

2045
- Diego Loupe - 2nd year - 60/72
- Deion Bishop - 10th year - 47/47 - NEW
- Zion Price - 6th year - 40/40

2046
- Diego Loupe - 3rd year - 68/68
- Deion Bishop - 11th year - 38/38
- Zion Price - 7th year - 32/32

Atlantic City has always like fullbacks and tight ends. That trend continues with Loupe, a second round pick in 2044 who has become one of the best fullbacks in the CFL. Look for him to get more carries this season. A former 4-time first team fullback, Bishop brings experience and leadership while still being a force on special teams. Speaking of leadership, Price is a mentor who also provides exceptional special teams skills.


Wide Receivers

2045
- Dan McLaurin - 2nd year - 68/68
- Jose Robinson - 9th year - 44/44
- Winfred Pearson - 8th year - 39/39 - NEW
- Tommy Price - 11th year - 39/39
- Jerald Francis - 10th year - 38/38
- Neil Fisk - 3rd year - 26/31

2046
- Dan McLaurin - 3rd year - 67/67
- Jose Robinson - 10th year - 38/38
- Tyler Sporer - 8th year - 30/30 - NEW
- Jerald Francis - 10th year - 29/29
- Neil Fisk - 4th year - 20/24

McLaurin is the wide receiver that Atlantic City has been looking for but needs to take that next step with the young QB. In 2045, he caught only 42 passes in 16 games but has exceptional skills. Robinson has taken some ratings hits but is still a good #3/#4 receiver. Unfortunately, he is the #2 receiver on this roster. Sporer, who chose ACI over four other offers this offseason, was brought in for his punt return skills but will need to make some plays on offense. Francis has shown big play ability in the past and will also need to play above his ratings in order for the passing game to succeed. I am not sure why Fisk is still on the roster. Perhaps for special teams abilities because he really sucks as a receiver.

UPDATED Ex. Week 3 - Depth was brought to the roster with the signing of WR Corbin Cecrle (5th year - 31/31).


Tight Ends

2045
- Jeff Barker - 7th year - 60/60 - NEW
- Dan Shea - 8th year - 36/36

2046
- Jeff Barker - 8th year - 58/58
- Dan Shea - 9th year - 29/29
- Jerry Smith - 2nd year - 19/36 - NEW

As I mentioned, ACI loves their tight ends. Barker was signed in 2045 to replace Carlos Polhemus and was a bit of a disappointment with only 32 catches and no touchdowns. Part of that can be blamed on the play calling but a turnaround is desperately needed. Shea enters the last year of his contract and continues to head south in the ratings. Smith is a good blocker who was signed for depth but is not what the team expected when he arrived in town.


Centers

2045
- Bennet Lay - 7th year - 52/52

2046
- Sherman Welch - R - 21/28 - NEW

Ouch! Lay was not resigned and the idea was to bring in someone via free agency but the Phantoms whiffed at all of their targets. Even in the draft, they were unable to find a true center. Welch, a 4th round pick, spent his entire college career at right tackle but has been moved to center and has been very unimpressive. Look for a new center to be signed in week 2 after the league roster cut down.


Guards

2045
- LG - Sedrick Janjic - 9th year - 68/68
- RG - Dakota Carr - 5th year - 47/47 - NEW
- LG - Bart Zepeda - 9th year - 40/40
- RG - Richard Keith - 10th year - 33/33 - NEW

2046
- LG - Sedrick Janjic - 10th year - 53/53
- RG - Richard Keith - 11th year - 52/52
- RG - Dakota Carr - 6th year - 39/39
- LG - Bart Zepeda - 10th year - 33/33

Janjic and Keith are a very good set of guards despite their age. There have been rumors about Keith and PED's but for now he has passed all drug tests. Carr is a good backup but not someone you would like to see with a lot of playing time. Zepeda is reaching the end of his usefulness in Atlantic City.


Tackles

2045
- RT - Carlos Urbanchek - 11th year - 53/53
- LT - Jose Finch - 7th year - 46/46
- RT - Corwin Gray - 3rd year - 34/34

2044
- RT - Carlos Urbanchek - 12th year - 53/53
- LT - Brenden Ishii - 6th year - 32/32
- RT - Corwin Gray - 4th year - 41/41
- RT - Dan Walton - R - 14/37 - NEW

Urbanchek fits in perfectly with Janjic and Keith as solid offensive linemen. He just signed a new contract for two more years in Atlantic City, which may be the biggest signing for ACI in the offseason. Ishii was supposed to be the answer at left tackle when he signed with the Phantoms but his ratings took a hit in training camp. With right tackle Gray a better player than Ishii, it would not be a surprise to see Urbanchek at left tackle and Ishii relegated to a backup. Walton, taken at 2-2, so far looks like a bust.


Kicker

2045
- Caden Roberts - 4th year - 38/38 - NE
- Renaldo Burmeister - Rookie - 18/64 - NEW

2045
- Renaldo Burmeister - Rookie - 19/40

Roberts left in free agency, leaving the job to Burmeister. During free agency, ACI decided not to sign a veteran kicker as they decided to give the kid a chance. In training camp, he took a bit hit in ratings so that strategy may change. Stay tuned.

UPDATED Ex. Week 3 - The decision was made to bring in some competition with the signing of Rich Dahlin (13th year - 53/53). This was not necessarily a knock on Burmeister who still has a chance to make the roster as a future kicker but this team needs a reliable kicker (Dahlin was 91.4% on field goals last season). It also doesn't hurt to gain some leadership from a former Hartford player, even if he is a kicker.



Coming soon - the defense.

Defense: The strength of the Phantoms for the past 4-5 years has been the defense and 2046 is no exception. The defensive line is strong and deep, the linebackers have some talent but the defensive backs (specifically the corners) could be the Achilles heel.


Defensive Ends

2045
- RDE - Winston Harper - 9th year - 46/46
- LDE - Justin Ford - 8th year - 46/46
- LDE - Louis Dennis - 3rd year - 42/43
- LDE - Jon Hernandez - Rookie - 38/52 - NEW

2046
- LDE - Steven Markley - 6th year - 56/56 - NEW
- RDE - Winston Harper - 10th year - 40/40
- LDE - Jon Hernandez - 2nd year - 55/63
- LDE - Louis Dennis - 4th year - 45/45
- LDE - Rodolfo Thorn - R - 28/31 - NEW

Markley was a late free agent signing and was brought in to be the defensive mentor due to conflicts with the previous defensive front mentor. He not only solves some personality issues but he will team with last year's #1 pick Hernandez to form a very strong rotation. Harper is the only right defensive end currently on the roster, which will likely change before the start of the season. He enters the last year of his contract so this may be his last season in Atlantic City. Dennis is a candidate to help at right defensive end but whether he moves or not he is a steady backup. Thorn is an undrafted free agent who is also a candidate for right defensive end thanks to good run stopping skills but could be the odd man out if a better option is available in free agency in a week or two.


Defensive Tackles

2045
- LDT - Benjamin Holmes - 8th year - 67/67
- LDT - Ted Scancella - 5th year - 45/45
- LDT - Jumbo Bertrand - 6th year - 48/48
- RDT - Jack Farley - Rookie - 33/65 - NEW

2046
- LDT - Benjamin Holmes - 9th year - 68/68
- RDT - Jack Farley - 2nd year - 45/69
- LDT - Ted Scancella - 6th year - 45/45
- LDT - Jumbo Bertrand - 7th year - 39/39
- RDT - Darrin Arnold - R - 27/38 - NEW

Holmes continues to anchor the interior of the defensive line and is a force in the middle. Farley was a 2nd round pick last year who is turning into a future star. Scancella can back up either defensive tackle spot and is a good all-around player. Bertrand has begun to fall in the ratings but can still be stop gap tackle when needed. Arnold was a 7th round pick who just might show enough to hold down a roster spot.


Linebackers

2045
- MLB - Elliot Earle - 4th year - 59/59
- SLB - Britt Madison - 5th year - 42/42 - NEW
- SLB - Axel Carrere - 3rd year - 38/55
- WLB - Billy Joe Butler - 6th year - 45/45
- MLB - Walt Horton - Rookie - 28/54 - NEW
- WLB - Wesley Emmons - 7th year - 28/28

2046
- MLB - Elliot Earle - 5th year - 60/60
- SLB - Axel Carrere - 6th year - 37/37
- WLB - Wesley Emmons - 8th year - 21/21
- MLB - Walt Horton - 2nd year - 33/53
- SLB - Brit Madison - 6th year - 33/33
- MLB - Tyrus Pritchett - R - 17/29 - NEW

Earle is the clear star of the linebacker group. His name was discussed in numerous trade talks in the offseason but there were not any offers made that were enough to pry him away from the Phantoms. He was recorded over 100 tackles the past two seasons and also added 5 sacks in 2045. Carrere has dropped in ratings but is still a strong run defender who can get the occasional sack. With his move from WLB to SLB, he will need to improve his pass defense skills. Sadly, Emmons is the best the team can roll out WLB at the moment. Horton is a former 3rd round pick who looks to have a ton of promise who will get a look at WLB in the preseason. Madison is taking a step back as a leader on the team but will still have a role as a backup. Pritchett is part of this year's draft class that has been very underwhelming so far.

SIDE NOTE - how about that 2045 draft in terms of defensive players:
1st round - DE Jon Hernandez - 55/63
2nd round - DT Jack Farley - 45/69
3rd round - LB Walt Horton - 33/53


Safeties

2045
- SS - Craig Fann - 4th year - 47/47
- SS - Rod Lewis - 9th year - 43/43
- FS - Ryan Wheeler - 5th year - 43/43 - NEW
- FS - Cary Gonzalez - 7th year - 33/33

2046
- SS - Craig Fann - 5th year - 47/47
- FS - Ryan Wheeler - 6th year - 31/31
- FS - Marvin Barrett - R - 18/20 - NEW

Fann has been a disappointment since he held out in 2045 for a better contract. Regardless, he is the top safety and will need to cover a lot of ground. Wheeler took a hit in ratings and is not starter worthy at this point but the team doesn't have any other options. Barrett is yet another rookie who looks like a good option to be cut.


Cornerbacks

2045
- LCB - Alex Dunn - 5th year - 40/40
- LCB - Keegan Eid - 7th year - 40/40
- LCB - Ron Gonzalez - 8th year - 36/36 - NEW
- RCB - Claude Ahmad - 5th year - 41/41
- LCB - Arnold Ellard - Rookie - 17/41 - NEW
- RCB - Camden Chester - Rookie - 20/36 - NEW

2046
- LCB - Alex Dunn - 6th year - 41/41
- RCB - Dakota Caputo - 6th year - 29/29 - NEW
- LCB - Ron Gonzalez - 9th year - 29/29
- LCB - Arnold Ellard - 2nd year - 24/26
- RCB - Angel Newman - R - 28/35 - NEW
- RCB - Camden Chester - 2nd year - 19/31
- LCB - Edgar Forbes - R - 17/28 - NEW

Realistically, Dunn is the only cornerback on the roster who deserves a job. The rest of the group, a mixture of young and old, is so bad that we will not even talk about them. Turnover needs to happen at this spot throughout the season. There are not a lot of options out there but they have to be better than this mess.


Punter

2045
- Jose Wynn - 6th year - 54/54

2046
- Jose Wynn - 5th year - 40/40

Wynn has been a middle of the pack punter for ACI but his numbers continue to drop. He is a good directional punter which is why he is still on the roster. However, if a better option comes up he could be replaced.

by rbeyer at Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:30 PM

Great Job on this Rick.

by JJ Smitty at Thu Jul 14, 2016 04:31 PM

Thanks. I wish I had more time to write articles.

Rick - ACI

by rbeyer at Fri Jul 15, 2016 05:44 AM

There's talent but it will take awhile to mature. 8-8 would be a great season. One more good draft might make ACI a contender.

by Rip Murdock at Sat Jul 16, 2016 02:08 PM

In a tough division with experienced owners I think 8-8 is a stretch. I'd predict 6-10, the QB play is the most interesting variable.

by Josh124 at Sun Jul 17, 2016 03:25 AM



Webstie donations and paypal info

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Mon Jul 11 05:17 AM

here's where to send it.

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LONG LIVE THE CFL...

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by JJ Smitty at Mon Jul 18, 2016 05:23 AM



Draft utility ready for 2046 draft, starts June 27th

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JJ Smitty
Sat Jun 25 01:06 PM

Link: http://www.thecfl.us/fof_draft/

To register, go to the link above and select the register tab. Your username is your teams full city name. For example, my username is Durham.

As always, you must register before the draft clock starts or your picks will be autopicked for you.

Draft time limits (clock runs from 8am to midnight, Eastern):

Round 1: 4 hours
Round 2: 3 hours
Round 3: 2 hours
Round 4: 2 hours
Round 5: 1 hour
Round 6: 1 hour
Round 7: 1 hour

If you miss a pick then your time is reduced for the remaining rounds.

Please register early and let me know if you see any problems. Happy drafting!



What should they do...In Honolulu?

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Red Zone
Thu Jun 23 06:13 PM

Sharks Coaches and scouts met today with GM Red Zone
to discuss the upcoming draft and decide what direction the team should go in.
It appears there are even more questions now than before this meeting.
A list of options was presented to Red Zone
and each option had some backing from either coaches or scouts.

1) Stay at 1.1 and Draft a WR
this is, if you are sold on Devante Brandon at QB

2) Stay at 1.1 and Draft a QB, and then deal QB Brandon
or let them battle for the job and deal one of them next season.
You can always Trade a Good QB, and having 2 isnt a bad thing

3) Stay at 1.1 and Draft a RB, CB, T, G, or DE
finish building the rest of the team and allow Brandon another season to develop.
A 2nd RB would allow the team to focus more on the Running Game, and Guard is not exactly a team strength.
A 2nd CB would make the pass defense better, and a LB would help the run defense.

4) Deal down and accumulate more Picks.
With a tight cap, this seems unlikely, but there are veterans that could be moved to open up cap room.

Option 3 is actually 5 different Options, depending on what Position is targeted, so there are 8 different ways the team could go.

What is the most likely scenario right now?
Red Zone evaded the question when reporters asked, but its no secret he was unsure about the Brandon Pick that was made right before he was hired, and he wasnt thrilled with the teams offensive production last season.
That comes down to either a lack of playmakers at WR or you have to blame QB Brandon.

A Stud RB would take the pressure off Brandon, if there was one in this class. Honolulu is looking at 3 RBs but they dont consider any of them to be a stud, and one is a Red Flag, something Red Zone usually avoids.

With pick 1.14 Honolulu can address a Guard or a Linebacker

What they will do at 1.1 is anybodys guess

If a team that needed a QB very badly came along and offered a young Stud RB and picks...they might be able to deal up to 1.1 Or maybe its a package of picks this yr and next with The Sharks moving down.

If a team made a serious offer for QB Brandon, that might make the decision very easy for Honolulu.

On Draft Day, Devante Brandon was Dealt to Las Vegas for 3 Number 1 Picks, and then at 1.1 Red Zone took the guy he liked all along...QB Cooper Allen from Florida State. At 1.14 Honolulu took CB Jace Norgard and at 1.25 The Sharks took WR Heath Castillo.
At 2.1 the pick was SS Adrian Hawthorne, At 3.26 Guard Carson Clements was selected and finally at 4.1 Kicker Brad Stephens was selected.
6 of the top 97 Picks,and all players Red Zone feels can contribute this season.
With 2 Number 1s in each of the next 2 Drafts, The future looks bright in Honolulu.

by Red Zone at Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:12 PM



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