Sunday, August 23, 2020

Post Move Update

I am on here to update everyone on the comings and goings after moving. We have settled into our new home into North Carolina. Weston has started school and I have begun to transition into my new work assignment. Things have gotten quite busy and that is why I am here writing this article. 

My new job has me going 100mph. That is 161 kph for my metric readers. I have not had a lot of time to myself. When I get home, I am passed out within an hour of getting home. I am up at like 4 am. It is crazy! I do feel accomplished, however, it is just messing up my time I have on here to write articles. I wanted to start streaming and it has gotten harder to do as well. 

I am writing that review to Ghost of Tsushima, which should be done today. The issue I am having is trying to remain relevant. I am not going to get any attention if I am only writing less than six articles a month. I need to be writing upwards of 20. I think in order to fix this and get more things out, I need to use the blog as a almost daily journal as well. Really hit up that life category. I could have posted a bunch about my cooking as well and totally spaced out on it. I also have plenty of school papers I can use to bring other points across as well. Might start looking into those. Oh, and YouTube!

Regardless, it is my fault this is not updated as much as it should, but I can blame work for that as well. I know I have apologized many times in the past but gotta stop making excuses. Thank you for being with me so far and hopefully you stick around even more!

Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Buser Family Cross Country Road Trip: Part 3

Well everyone, this is the last post to our cross country road trip. I have been in North Carolina for a couple of weeks and feel really bad I just got around to finishing it. Been quite busy since I got here but here it is. The finale!

After leaving Rapid City, South Dakota, we went to a couple of other Kampground of America sites. To be completely honest, nothing particularly awesome happened at these locations. Just like clockwork, my daughter screamed bloody murder about one hour into an average of a six hour ride and said "I am done with this car seat." Pretty funny to say the least. Each place we went we stay for a night. We stopped at Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Newton, Iowa, and Greenfield, Illinois. Once we got to Gatlinurg, Tennessee though, we stayed for a couple of days before making our trek over the Smokies and into North Carolina.

Once we got to Tennessee, we did a few activities but nothing special. We ate an awesome BBQ joint on the first day. We got there later in the afternoon, so we basically just ate and went to bed. In the morning we made our way up to a ranch to ride horse and ATVs.

We got there late to ride horses. Believe it or not we needed to be there basically when it opened but were able to ride the ATVs. Below are some pictures from the ride. We had a lot of fun doing this. It just sucks we were not able to ride the horses.

The Buser Family after stopping at a hill to get a picture.

Believe it or not Riley was excited to ride the ATV, although,
she did hold on for dear life!

We had no idea what to do after this and just went exploring around Gatlinburg and Pidgeon Forge. There are strips of arcades and fun things to do all over the place. We decided to go to a go-cart/arcade and take the carts for a spin. Weston and I got in a cart, while Hillary and Riley got into a another. That was loads of fun and the first time I ever drove a go-cart. I wished Weston could drive it but he was too little. Afterwards, we got ice-cream at Rita's Italian Ice and then got dinner. Super fun-filled day. We woke up the next day and made our way to Fort Bragg, North Carolina!

Thanks for following through this adventure with my family and I. We had a lots of fun. There were many instances where I wanted to scream, but Hillary heled me handle those issues with the kids. We won't be taking a long drive like this for quite a bit, but whenever we go camping, which should be soon, we will post it here. As always, follow the blog and comment and tell me what you think. Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Washington Football Team QB Breakdown

Remember, I am a huge Redskins Washington Football Team fan. I thought it would be good for me to exercise my analytical muscle and breakdown the team's skill positions in the aftermath of the draft and leading up to the eventually preseason. First up, we have the quarterbacks.

Roster Changes

Substractions

  • Case Keenum
  • Colt McCoy

Additions

  • Kyle Allen
  • Steven Montez

Haskins and Allen in 2019

Player Breakdown

Dwayne Haskins

Haskins has had his ups and downs last year playing for Washington, but not all of it is his fault. He was selected at number 15 overall and started playing for a coach that really didn't want him. Preseason saw flashes of excellence, but for the most part, average play. No one can doubt Haskins' commitment to the team, however, as he working hard during virtual training sessions and consistently working out with other players to hone his skill. He even lost weight in order to be more mobile with the football. Something that must have struck a nerve with him as other analysts have said he can only pass with a perfect pocket. Haskins finished the season with 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions and throwing for 1365 yards. He was sacked 25 times in 9 games but we can assume many of these were the result of a weakened offensive line since Pro-Bowler LT Trent Williams did not play for the season. Haskins is poised to be QB1 and has the potential to be a franchise player. However, he is still a kid and only had one year of college. He will need to be developed over the years and Rivera is just the coach to do that. 

Kyle Allen

Allen also saw his fair share of ups and downs last season as well. Allen was an undrafted rookie in 2018 and saw limited action. He ended up starting the last game of the season. In 2019, he was thrust into starting action after Cam Newton was injured earlier on in the season. In his 13 games played, Allen threw a respectable 3,322 yards and completed 62% of his passes. He threw 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. However, like I stated, Allen had flashes of awesome play and then absolute garbage. He was sacked a ridiculous 46 times and lost 7 of his 13 fumbles. At the end of the season, he was benched in favor of rookie Will Grier. I do not think this is indicitive of absolute poor play, but I do think he is not there as a QB1. Allen will get you through the game and maybe two after, but to have him play for an extended period of time right now...I don't think he has it in him.

Montez playing for Colorado.

Steven Montez

Washington was able to pick up the former University of Colorado Buffalo quarterback and not spend a draft pick. During his four years playing for the Buffalos, Montez posted decent stats. He threw for 9710 yards, while completing 62.4% of his passes. He also threw for 63 touchdowns versus 33 interceptions. He is a great pickup. Even better since no draft pick was wasted to get him. He will be on the active roster but do not count on him getting much action. We are likely to see him play more, perhaps even start at the end of the season if Washington does not make the playoffs in order to assess his potential. 

The Latest

Many people questioned why Washington did not go for some of the higher market free agents during the offseason. This included Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, and Rivera trained Cam Newton. The big one was Newton, as he was a former NFL MVP under Rivera and is probably the one QB in the entire league that is most confident and familiar with his system. First and foremost, this would most likely have detrimental effects on Haskins. He is the first-round draft pick and needs to have the confidence to take over the team. You do not draft a QB in the first round and not use him. He was obviously taken to start for the team. If you were to pick up a veteran QB, like Newton, you are just telling Haskins you do not trust him. He already has a mentor in Smith so that argument is just out of the question. Jacksonville was in the same boat with what to do with Gardner Minshew. They opted to put faith in Minshew and this is exactly what Washington needs to do. I have confidence in Scott Turner and Ken Zampese to develop Haskins into the quarterback Washington needs. 

Analysis

Smith will likely contribute as a mentor
for the rather young QB corps.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Haskins is going to get the starting job. Washington under Gruden rarely had three QBs on the full-time roster. This led to complications as Washington suffered injuries throughout his tenure as coach. This was brought to light in the 2018 season as Washington decided to only start the season with Alex Smith and Colt McCoy and went through four starting QBs in a matter of two to three weeks. This led to the signing of journeyman QBs Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson. It is likely for this reason, even though the team has new strength and conditioning coaches, Coach Rivera opted to go with three QBs to make it through the season. He decided to go with Montez taking him as an undrafted free agent. He posted decent numbers as a QB for the University of Colorado. Honestly, a great pickup and didn't have to use a draft pick for it. As for the QBs that left, I am glad Colt McCoy is gone. His fantastic college-level play never really translated to the professional level. He had one good game against the Cowboys and as a result, fans bowed to him. He was better for a less talented Browns team. We are saving a couple a million by not having him on the roster and can use the money elsewhere. As for Case Keenum, I believe he was only here as a role player. We needed a somewhat decent player to get us through the season and that was not McCoy. I never thought he was going to be there long and I fine with his departure. The wild card is still Alex Smith who is still on the team's roster since his probable career-ending injury in 2018. While currently cleared for football action, he is still on the PUP roster. Given the almost two-year-long battle with the injury and subsequent complications from surgery, it is very doubtful he will play and quite honestly, may never play again. He will continue to support the organization as a mentor to the young QBs on the team. It was honestly a heartbreaking injury not only for Smith and his family but for the team. It was likely Washington would have won the division and had a playoff berth. My best assessment is Smith will not play this season and if he does, will be at the end of the season to get back in the groove if Washington does not make the playoffs. Smith very well may be able to play in the future, but will never be at the level he was before the injury. He will likely retire in the next two years.

Projected Depth Chart

  1. Dwayne Haskins
  2. Kyle Allen
  3. Steven Montez
  4. Alex Smith 

If you would like me to conduct an analysis on your team, please reach out to me and let me know. I am always looking for more ways to hone my analytical skills. Yes, I will even analyze other NFC East teams as I need to remain objective in my writing and analysis. I look forward to your responses and questions.