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ig deeper before they say this play was good

Toronto FC Media Day has never been better.  Seriously. Seven years of losing has brought many different faces, players and management, to the annual pre-season get-to-know-the-team round up.  Unfortunately for those player-media relationships initiated and cultivated, most of the interviewees have been shipped out prematurely.  Media Day became a meet-and-greet, followed by a see you later. Tuesdays team time out for Torontos media throng had a much different vibe at the Kia Training Grounds.  A good mix of young up-and-comers with a core of veteran leadership has been assembled after an off-season of change, signings, spending and hype.  First impressions are just that, but on initial glance, it all felt right.  Nothing has been accomplished yet.  But every ship needs a sail before heading out to sea.  The good news is the mast is up and the TFC ship is heading in the right direction.  Hopefully.  Finally. Progress, alas.  Stability and confidence go hand-in-hand.  The revolving door of players and personnel has been TFCs worst enemy.   General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko and Head Coach Ryan Nelsen have been busy in recent months filling the gaps and adding genuine quality.  Bezbatchenko, hired in September, likes what he has in his group.  "Im very comfortable with where we compare with other teams right now," said Bezbatchenko.  The roster has coming a long way since end of season apologies and promises.  On February 11th, comfortable will suffice.  More is to be done, at least one more player is coming in, and more will go out.  A work in progress. Here are eight notable notes from the eighth Media Day in franchise history. 1) Brazil Head Coach Felipe Scolari confirmed the seeming inevitable early Tuesday; that goalkeeper Julio Cesar, 34, has in fact joined Toronto FC on loan.  The club refused to confirm anything,  "I havent spoken to Julio for a couple days, but I think it would be really nice Ö I may have to give Scolari a call," said Nelsen.  Give that man a phone!  All sources indicate the deal for Cesar to join TFC on a short loan is done.  Hes coming.  The club will save that announcement for another day, with the five-time Serie A and UEFA Champions League winner in the flesh.  Save that ink for another day.  A lack of confirmation didnt stop anyone not named Bezbatchenko from heaping praise on the pending new arrival.  Nelsen Ė "Hes a gentleman of a man, hes a quality guy, his character is flawless, and hes great around the locker-room.  When you see him at work, theres a reason hes played nearly 80 times for Brazil and won everything in the game." Michael Bradley -"Its amazing, speaks volumes for the direction that this club is going.  A week ago, if anybody had told us that now another guy like Julio Cesar would come in, I dont think anyone would believe them." Dwayne De Rosario Ė "Hes a winner. To have him here is a great opportunity to learn from him."  The excitement is palpable.  Although goalkeepers are often times interchangeable in MLS, the Cesar move to Toronto not only adds quality but also further shows the symbolic shift in approach and ambition of the franchise. 2) Last seasons number one goalkeeper Joe Bendik is the potential short-term loser with Cesars arrival.  Key word: potential.  It all depends on how Bendik takes the setback.  Although Bendik wont play much, if at all in the opening months, its his job for the taking long-term.  How he handles the situation will reveal whether his mind is on self or team.  Cesars arrival is an opportunity not wasted rather than a shot at Bendik.  The 24-year-old signed a new contract in December and has to understand this.  Regardless, Bendik was noticeably uneasy about taking a back seat to Cesar.  "It motivates me.  Obviously its a little shot and a bomb to swallow Ö but it cant go badly because I can learn a lot from him and compete with him every day to play.  Its a win-win."  Bendik has to keep the long-view in mind.  He need understand Bendik will be relied upon post World Cup as the team marches towards a potential playoff spot; the time with least room for error. 3) Big money signing Bradley didnt back away from my question regarding the sentiment amongst many MLS analysts saying Toronto FC overpaid for the midfielder.  "I think its great, were now to the point with the growth of soccer in North America, a decision like mine to come to Toronto and back to MLS can illicit such a wide variety of responses and opinions Ö it doesnt bother me."  Bradley remained poised throughout his time with the media.  His teammates glowed when speaking about The Generals presence already in camp.  De Rosario even spoke about meeting with Bradley and captain Steven Caldwell about direction and leadership.  Bradley ticks all the boxes in terms of leadership and on-field qualities of a winner.  Money necessarily spent. 4) Many players believe TFC have become the hunted after years of being the hunter. Caldwell is one of them.  "We are probably the team to beat in MLS and its going to be difficult wherever we go."   Teams will have undoubtedly taken notice the moves Toronto has made.  And its unlikely the Reds will be MLS doormat of previous years.  But it takes more than a team on paper to be the class of the league.  Caldwell acknowledges as much, that the work is still to be done.  Still, the acceptance of expectation is a healthy mindset and speaks to the newfound confidence in the group. 5) The third, often times forgotten designated player, Brazilian Gilberto has set lofty goals for himself for his inaugural MLS season.  Through a translator, the striker stated his aim to score 25 goals.  Seriously.  No hesitation.  Camilo Sanvezzo won MLS Golden Boot last season with 22 goals.  Perhaps the proclamation was somewhat lost in translation, as the Brazilian says his biggest challenge right now is learning the language.  After I wished him luck at learning English, he wished me luck learning Portuguese.  Gilberto is a really friendly guy.  He will be easy to cheer for, especially if he scores 25. 6) I couldnt resist asking Nelsen what he learned about MLS officiating last season.  Nelsen, like many others, grew frustrated by the inconsistency and downright inferior refereeing performances on a regular basis.  "They are really good guys, but for me, (they) just need experience at the very top level.  In my humble opinion, theyve come to the top rather quickly without the pressure soaked experience. Its tough for them."  It will be tougher for Nelsen to bite his lip when officiating goes against them this year.  The stakes have been raised.  How Nelsen grows from year one to year two in composure and approach will be a test.  The manager sets the tone.  Consistency will be key and a massive challenge for a manager with questions to be answered. 7) An ongoing worry among the media and diehards is the salary cap situation.  Its a rather nerdy habit to worry about a GMs bookkeeping.  Bezbatchenko tried to alleviate worries on potential limited financial flexibility.  "You can always make room on your team for new players.  We do have some space left.  We always have space."  This is a much different tactic than previous regimes, which overspent on players and used the cap ceiling as an excuse for lackluster play and lack of positive player movement.  Bezbatchenkos experience with MLS puts him and the team in good stead in cap management.  So dont lose sleep, moves can be made.  8) The clock is ticking on Toronto FCs efforts to resolve Matias Labas future.  A loan move within or outside MLS is the most logical step.  Laba is in Toronto and the club continues to consult with the player on whats best for the Argentines future.  Bezbatchenko is clearly aware of the messy, borderline deceitful break-ups between club and player that have contributed to a negative perception of TFC among agents and power brokers. "Were trying to treat our players a little differently than in the past," said Bezbatchenko.  This isnt a shot at past management.  Its the truth.  Good on him and the front office to right this long-standing wrong.  The Laba situation will continue to be handled with kid gloves.  Reputations and the future of a good young player caught in the middle of a rebuild are on the line. Cheap Authentic Nike Shoes Wholesale .C. United on Wednesday night. Forward Bright Dike scored the games only goal in the 85th minute on a foggy night in Bradenton, Fla. Cheap Nike Shoes From China Free Shipping .ca. Mr. Fraser, I think everyone would like to hear your opinion on what sort of suspension Zac Rinaldo should get. His comment after the game of I changed the whole game, man. Louis against the Blues. The Canucks picked up their second straight victory in the swings opener on Tuesday in Calgary before getting routed in Minnesota last night, 5-1. Nike Shoes Wholesale Free Shipping . 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You study film, make decisions based on what your players can do and practice these concepts in game situations. Then, you call the game and adapt as you see things unfold. Letís review how coaches prepare to call plays throughout the week. The coaches will watch game videos that are sorted by many situations that happen throughout the course of a game. Here are examples of a few common video reports that are studied offensively: 1st and 10 start of a Drive 1st and 10 within a drive 1st and 10 after a turnover 2nd and Short 2nd and Medium 2nd and Long 2nd and Extra Long Backed up Red Zone Goal line Stunts Dogs Blitzes 2 Back Formations 1 Back formations 2 TE sets 2 Point plays Zone Read plays against You watch the film to see deficiencies, patterns or tendencies that you can use against your opponent. You then categorize your game plan by these situations and practice them throughout the week versus as many different scenarios as possible. The coaches will then decide how well the plays worked and whether or not they will make the game plan. There is a game plan meeting in which the plays are organized by the categories and put down into the play call sheet. Strange as it sounds, but this was the most stressful part of the week for me as a play-caller. This is when you make the decisions that would be called in the game, like the two-point play and the first play from the goal line or the first play of overtime. Once the call sheet was done, I brought all the QBs and coaches back to go over it. The starting QB had the freedom to reorganize the plays or veto ones with which he was not comfortable. Once the game plan is settled, the players walk through everything by situation and are prepared for what to expect game day. Most teams do a very thorough job of preparing the players. As you begin to call the game, you evaluate whether or not the team is playing the way you saw in the breakdowns. You will adapt the game plan and your play calling based on a few factors - weather, injuries to you and the opponentís players and the evaluations of the game plan calls after each series. You have to get a good feel for what the defence is trying to do against you and how they will attack you. If you can understand that, then calling the game is easy. You should be able to put players in a position to be successful. Understand this, that is all a play-caller can do: put the players in the best position to be successful. The rest of a playís success depends on the players executing. A coach once said that ďthere are no great play calls, there is only great execution. I like that line. I am sure that when Doug Flutie played, he made a lot of play calls into good plays because he was a tremendous player who made plays. What I usually see from the fans and, at times the media (which I am now a part of), is this very simple evaluation of play calling. If the plays works, it was a good call and if the play does not work, it was a bad call. Oftentimes, the same play is run two or three times with success in a game and nothing is said and, then, the fourth time if it does not work, it becomes a bad play call. Most play-callers donít have the ability to see into the future like the people who watch the games. You will hardly hear someone say after a successful play that they thought that was a terrible play call. Another thing I struggle with is when I hear people say that they felt the QB was ďoff his reads or wasnít following his reads. How would they know? It would be a very select few who did know what the coach is teaching him. Letís talk about some plays and review them. In the Toronto win over the Tiger-Cats, a couple of plays were talked about as bad calls. The Tiger-Cats were up by 17 points with a minute left in the third quarter and they ran a speed sweep and then tried a reverse off of it. The execution of the exchange between the two receivers was bad and resulted in a fumble and a turnover. The Argos scored off the turnover and it helped start the Argos rally for the win. A lot of people have said that the play was a terrible call based on the fact that there are two exchanges and an exchange between two receivers. A lot of people say that with a big lead, why call a play that is so-called high risk? For me, high risk would be calling plays that you havenít practiced or plays with which the players are not comfortable. I may not have called that play in that situation, but I also know that I donít label it as a bad play call just because it doesnít work. In 2009, as offensive coordinator for the Roughriders, up by 21 points in the third quarter, I called a double reverse pass that scored a touchdown. I felt that with a lead was the time to attack and go with the unexpected. Andy Fantuz caught a TD from Jason Armstead and we continued to score en route to a big win over the Blue Bombers. The play worked and, if it didnít, itís okay.ddddddddddddThe defence needs to get back on the field and stop the offence from scoring. People always are talking about offences that are not creative or imaginative enough, but when you call a creative play that is not successful, people donít like the call. Well, the Ticats were trying to be creative and imaginative and the play did not work and the people said the call was bad. You have to be confident enough to call what you believe in and up 17 points with 16 minutes left is not enough of a lead to start playing the game conservatively. Especially not when youre facing Ricky Ray. Again, I am not sure if I would have made that particular call because I donít have all the information related to it, but I wonít condemn the call, either. Do you know what the highest scoring play and the play that gains the most yards in the CFL is each year? It is the missed field goal return. That play yields the most returns and often leads to a TD because of the returner having the width of the field and many offensive lineman who arenít used to covering kicks. Understanding this information when I was the head coach for Winnipeg in 2010 and Toronto lined up to kick a 55-plus-yard field goal, I chose to have our dynamic returner, Jovon Johnson, return the kick if missed and instructed the players to block by calling a return. One player missed his block and Johnson was tackled around the 25-yard line. The media asked me after the game why I didnt take the single and get the ball at the 55-yard line. Well, based on the information I had in my experience and the previous information about missed field goal returns, a return - especially one from the 55-yard line - was the best decision. I still believe the decision was right based on the facts and information but the execution was not and people tend to base their opinion on the results alone. Later in the Toronto game from last week, Hamilton was beat for a TD by Chad Owens and he was being covered by Erik Harris, who is technically called a linebacker, even though those strong side LBs (SAM) are defensive backs. People asked why Chad Owens got matched up on a LB? How could you blitz in that situation? First of all, Erik Harris is playing the SAM LB. I think the term LB makes people think that the situation of Owens being covered by Harris never happens. If Chad Owens lined up as the number-three receiver to the field or boundary the entire game, he would be covered by Harris. Watching the film, there were other times that Harris was aligned over Owens in man coverage. Erik was beaten by alignment because they were in a blitz coverage, which has the defensive backs aligned inside of the receiver to prevent giving up the inside throw on account of having no help inside. Owens motioned inside and was taken by the inside defender and then ran away to the corner. No DB on the roster would have been able to make the play when they were in that coverage. The problem was, when you pressure the QB without safety help, the DBs are on an island with inside leverage. The extra blitzer has to get to the QB and force an early throw, disrupt the throw or sack the QB. I believe from seeing the film that Craig Butler did not get home quickly enough to pressure the QB. Also, the other defensive players who were in one-on-one pass rush situations did not get home, either. So that is why the defensive play did not execute and allowed Owens to leverage his coverage person and score. Is it a bad call? If the blitz got home to the QB, we arenít even talking about it right now. When one player fails, they all fail. That is the beauty of being a team. The other question that everyone asked was why would you call a blitz against Ricky Ray? Ray had 90 seconds to be able to drive and take the lead. That is plenty of time for him to march down and score. He is as good at exploiting zone coverage as anyone in the game today, so sitting in zone is not the answer for the rest of the game. If the Ticats stayed in zone the whole time and the Argos drove the length of the field and scored, people would have asked why didnít you pressure the QB? This was a factor in the loss, but not the only factor. Hamilton still had a minute to get in field goal range to win, but fumbled the snap and turned the ball over. There are certainly plays that I do not agree with calling, but they are based on something more or less than the results alone. I also understand that when players execute, the plays called tend to work and lack of success is not only from the play call alone. As a coach, I tried to blame myself for every time we didnt have success. Did we practice the play enough? Was it taught well enough? Did I call it from the best protection possible? Should I have called it so the QB would be rolling to the right to his throwing arm instead of against his body? The coach should exhaust every possible scenario before blaming the lack of execution on the players. The play-caller should not worry about the noise of people questioning play-calling. Itís part of the job, so forget about it. I think everyone else needs to dig deeper before they say this play was good and this play was bad. As for this article, it is really easy to say it worked or it did not! ' ' '

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