Saturday, October 6, 2012

Performance Review

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SUBJECT: Performance Review

To the staff, players, and ownership of the Rich Liberal Trendy Cause,

The DDL has completed one quarter of its scheduled sixteen game season, and as such it is time to evaluate the performance of everyone involved in the organization. This review is for the sole purpose of improving the franchise as we go forward, and any and all feedback is welcome from both staff and personnel.

The Board of Directors
Rich Liberal Trendy Cause


Tom Brady - 4 starts, 4 quality, 1 superstar, 4th in total points at position

The franchise has invested quite a bit in Tom Brady, and thus far he has performed adequately to the needs of the team. His Week Four performance was a stellar result, and a reminder to the DDL that Brady should not be underestimated. However, we expect him to finish in the top three at the position, and we hope that he trends more towards 20-25 points a week.


Running Back

BenJarvis Green-Ellis -  4 starts, 2 quality, 2 decent, 19th in total points at position

CJ Spiller - 2 starts, 1 superstar, 1 quality, 1 superstar on bench, 3rd in total points at position

Ryan Mathews - 2 starts, 2 DNP, 1 decent, 1 subpar

The running backs of the Cause have been spotty, but effective. CJ Spiller delivered a fantastic game while on the bench, and a fantastic one in the starting lineup, which validated his draft position. The Law Firm is steady in his scoring, but we cannot rely on him to score more than 10 points a week. Finally, given his injury status, it is too early to evaluate Ryan Mathews. We would like to see significant improvement from the running backs, but given the draft strategy of waiting at the position, we are content with the results.


Wide Receiver

Hakeem Nicks - 2 starts, 2 DNP, 1 superstar, 1 bad

Julio Jones - 3 starts, 1 great, 2 bad

Antonio Brown - 2 starts, 1 good on bench, 2 good in lineup

"Inconsistent" doesn't even begin to describe the work thus far put in by the Cause's wide receiver corps. Antonio Brown has been the best of the bunch - every time he plays, he at least give us a decent outing. Nicks has been battling an injury all season, and he did put up a fantastic week 2 score. But Julio Jones has been downright disappointing - games of 3 and 1.5 points, including a Monday Night Football disaster where he needed just one more yard to seal a victory, simply will not do. Worst of all, the bench fill ins have not plugged any holes when they have started, although Lance Moore has been intriguing. Quite simply, the wide receivers need to do better.


Tight End

Jimmy Graham - 4 starts, 2 quality, 2 decent, 3rd in total points at position

Graham has been very steady all season. We hoped he would be leading the league at tight end through four games, but although this hasn't happened, his consistent performance and his upside give us every confidence that he will continue to meet or exceed our expectations.



The front office has elected to make use of the waiver wire to plug in both of these positions as necessary, and thus far the results have been mixed, but not awful. With the recent acquisition of the Cardinals D/ST, we have every confidence that this unit will get to where it needs to be.


Front Office

The Cause sits 4th overall with a 3-1 record, and would make the playoffs if the season ended today. The front office has aggressively pursued trades to improve the team, and while early indications suggest Julio Jones' acquisition has not panned out, we hope to see improvement from him as the season goes on. However, the start of WR Randall Cobb in Week 3 over Antonio Brown was questionable at best, and it contributed to our only loss of the season. Hopefully, starting rosters will be optimized more carefully as the season rolls on.


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