Read: How The 2014 USA Team Could Shake Out

At USA Today, Kevin Allen thinks that the Rangers will only have one representative on Team USA at the 2014 games in Russia.

He thinks that Ryan Callahan will once again play for Team USA but doesn’t mention Ryan McDonagh as one of his top seven, but does say he is likely the next on the list.

As for coach, Allen picks John Tortorella who was an assistant on the 2010 team in Vancouver that won Silver. One thing that could hold Tortorella back though would be his personality, “a coach’s primary mission at the Olympics is to win, but one reason why the NHL agrees to send its players to the Olympics is to celebrate the sport on the sports world’s biggest stage. Would Tortorella be willing to be more PR-friendly to serve the game’s best interests? If the answer is yes, he’s probably the favorite.”

Allen adds that Tortorella has paid his dues as a coach at the international level by coaching in the World Championships and with Ron Wilson in 2010.

It was wondered after last season if Tortorella had lost his chance at coaching Team USA because of how rough he was with the media.


Allan Muir, at Sports Illustrated, picks McDonagh and Callahan to play for Team USA.

On Callahan, he writes “he boasts leadership, smarts and a willingness to pay any price to win a game.”


At ESPN.com, Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun pick their USA Rosters.

Burnside says that Derek Stepan will get a look at center, but Ryan Callahan will be the only American forward to make the team.

LeBrun agrees that Callahan will be on the team.

Neither Burnside or LeBrun has McDonagh on the team, but LeBrun mentions McDonagh, along with Stepan, as someone who is “on the radar.”

Burnside picks Dan Bylsma to be head coach with John Tortorella as an assistant while LeBrun has them flipped and Tortorella being named head coach.


In the NY Times, Jeff Klein and Stu Hackle think that Tortorella is the front runner to be the coach of Team USA in 2014.





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Bent
Bent moderator

@bob I bet you like the "Paw it forward" shirts.

Joe B.
Joe B.

@bob I wonder if she's into sniffing as much as you Bob. 

bob
bob

@Bent @bob 


Yep I show everybody my shirt on my smart dog phone next to the neighbor's mail box His lawn is nice and green around da mail box.

Joe B.
Joe B.

@tsjc68 Based on what I saw in that video I'm thinking Weddle is going to miss Gilchrist. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Joe B. @tsjc68

Yeah, as maligned as Gilchrist is and as celebrated as Weddle is, in terms of reputation, their interchangeable game that they ran really worked quite well for the Chargers.

Joe B.
Joe B.

@tsjc68 @Joe B. I don't really understand the criticism of Gilchrist this is a  low risk (less than 4million guaranteed) signing. I personally think it's one of the overall better moves this offseason. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@Joe B. @tsjc68


Yeah, I guess out of the guys available, it was either him or Parker and they showed interest in Parker who ultimately got slightly more (5/25).


Parker's coverage numbers were only slightly better than Gilchrist and he had a worrying 22 missed tackles (MG had four).

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @Joe B. @tsjc68

Yeah, Parker is a guy I zeroed in on (along with Da'Norris Searcy) as a good value signing in the second tier of the S market, but Gilchrist could easily end up as the best of those three.

roadyhorns
roadyhorns

@UncleJoe 

Wow, QBs completing 75% of their passes at him when he's playing free safety.  That's not encouraging.  Definitely not A1.

levi
levi

@Bent  I was waiting for you to correct this.

UncleJoe
UncleJoe

@Bent @UncleJoe His numbers in coverage are concerning though and they say the Chargers moved him the last 2 years to SS for a reason. Should we be concerned? After all, our intermediate zone is where we have issues.

UncleJoe
UncleJoe

@Brendan @UncleJoe Yes, I have read a lot of various articles on Gilchrist and what I come up with, is that he is shaky in coverage.

UncleJoe
UncleJoe

@Brendan @UncleJoe "According to Pro Football Focus, Gilchrist allowed 117 receptions on 155 throws in his direction (75.5 percent) for 1,198 yards, 12 touchdowns, three interceptions and six passes defended over the past three years while playing primarily strong safety and slot cornerback."   That is concerning, being that it is our weak area!

Bent
Bent moderator

@UncleJoe @Brendan


Those numbers are perfectly acceptable for a guy who was primarily targeted when playing in the slot.  (For example, he gave up a QB rating of 97.8 last year, as compared with 111.9 for Wilson).


And if he's the deep safety he won't be being targeted in the slot very often, will he?

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Joe B. @UncleJoe @Brendan

Both Weddle and Gilchrist played both SS and FS for the Chargers the past few years.


Jahleel Addae also played a ton of safety for San Diego, and when I saw him he was always lined up at FS, but Bent probably has better snapcount numbers than I do (since he watched more games).

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 @Joe B. @UncleJoe @Brendan


Yes, on rushing downs they both played SS and FS.


In 2013, Gilchrist was usually the deep safety on passing downs.  In 2014, Addae was the deep safety in the nickel and Weddle was in the box with Gilchrist in the slot.


2013 FS reps


Gilchrist 583

Weddle 510


2014 FS reps


Gilchrist 208

Weddle 516

Addae 347

Stuckey 102

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @roadyhorns

I can't wait to use the A1 line at a bar and get slapped. 


If you want to do that, first you have to be in the zone like Marshawn Lynch.


You know, where your mind takes a backseat while your body and mind takes over.

Joe B.
Joe B.

@tsjc68 @Joe B. @UncleJoe @Brendan Exactly...Those numbers are misleading. If I'm going to take anything away from the articles I've read about Gilchrist it's that he's versatile.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @tsjc68 @Joe B. @UncleJoe @Brendan

And, again, to reiterate what you said in the BGA (and numerous other BGAs and places), the coverage grades you see for Gilchrist aren't stellar, but they're also not notoriously bad, either, because 


A.) many worse coverage safeties never even are given those coverage matchups in the first place, the defense tries to hide them in deep zone FS coverage, matching up with nobody, and

B.) PFF coverage grades for safeties are their least reliable coverage grades (and they themselves admit that), since it's so hard to truly assign a specific receiver to a specific safety and be sure that he was the one who was supposed to be covering that particular pass target, and sometimes they have to assign credits/debits by guesswork, and 

C.) The other guys who actually do see as much direct man-to-man matchup assignments (either on the line as an SS, paired with a TE or slot WR or RB, or in the slot as a nickel CB) as Gilchrist did in 2013 and 2014 actually graded out WORSE than Gilchrist did.

Bent
Bent moderator

@UncleJoe


"Gilchrist has lined up at cornerback—on the outside and in the slot—and at strong safety in his career, but he has never manned the free safety position on a week-in, week-out basis."


WRONG.  Flat-out, 100% wrong.


He played free safety in 2013.

Brendan
Brendan

@UncleJoe So, you weigh the guy who is 100% wrong about Gilchrist's usage as much as, if not more than, Bent's BGA which was infinitely better written and researched? If those two articles are on a scale the scale's even? 

Brendan
Brendan

@J. Smooth I fell in love this weekend, so I'm going to use the line on her and see how that goes. 

Brendan
Brendan

@fatrex $155 million fortune in May. He has lost $23 million in two court judgements (with another one coming, which will be based on his current net worth). I doubt he's sunk $100 million into SMS or something, which is the business he tried pulling the same stunt with before the trial happened. 

fatrex
fatrex

@tsjc68 Could you imagine losing 155 million dollars?

Brendan
Brendan

@fatrex He hasn't. This is posturing because he's on the hook for punitive damages. 

fatrex
fatrex

@Brendan @fatrex he filed paperwork in court saying he has 30 million in assets and more than or equal to that amount in debt.

Brendan
Brendan

@fatrex I am fully aware of what he's said. It's posturing. The guy ain't broke. 

fatrex
fatrex

@Brendan @fatrex No. You can play that game if you file as a business, he has filed as an individual and listed the debts as consumer debt. Unless he has money hidden overseas which I doubt, he's in real trouble.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @fatrex

I can't wait for 50 Cent to successfully escape paying these legal judgements due to his bankruptcy filing, only to be arrested on tax evasion charges and money laundering.


You know it's coming.

fatrex
fatrex

@Brendan @fatrex That's an extremely dangerous game to play if true, that's a Federal crime.

Bent
Bent moderator

@fatrex @Brendan


A hip-hop artist committing a Federal crime?  Unthinkable!