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  1. I still remember Campbell putting some cleans hits to Brady in the SB. Get his body more NFL trained; same with Deion, and then we have Riley/Takk/Beasley capable of dropping back in packages. GG, more depth across the board. That leaves S the biggest depth concern on the defensive side.
  2. Could it be he was a bit overworked (total snaps are insane for him) and the Chiefs stopped using him effectively? Maybe some lingering back issues caused him to play tighter and without as much explosion (coupled with the total snaps he saw on D while in KC?) if the idea is he stays close to 330 and his playing weight is there plus is utilized smarter by Quinn he will probably see some production back toward those levels. Even if he gets close to pressure rate he did before he'll be a beast here and help unleash Jarrett, Hageman, AC, Vic, Takk, and the LB'ers stay clean. Add in solid pieces like Crawford, Reed, Shelby, Upshaw (what is his ceiling as a converted DT entering next year plus the coaching from BY?)...look out opposing NFL offenses. We depth now!
  3. I mean, Freeney is gone and AC is recovering from an injury. That's 2 of your top 3 pressure players recently on the mend for a substantial injury or no longer here. Atlanta knew it was going to need adjustments projecting forward with younger players needing to come in house. IF Beasley truly needed another veteran on hand that was the writing on the wall. It was ultimately about vote of confidence in your coach for your team needs with more roster turnover projected. Enter Takk and a very raw player, no wonder the decision. Freeney was most of your consistent pressure in the Super Bowl game, too. Pretty sure Cox didn't train him.
  4. ^Exactly. Hageman is still a role player at this point. As long as he keeps working on maximizing his performance with his snaps he has a chance of making impactful plays. He needs to work for that contract year, too. What else can motivate this guy?
  5. This. Also, the video is basically casual fan banter that happens to know enough to sound smart. Nate at the end says the relevant information worth watching, IMO. Context without these random 'talking point' generated question which make less sense to Falcons fans to understand it's not about "who" is labeled as a starter. They say Freeney is gone, but don't even mention AC. Thankfully, at least Nate thought to say what about Tru coming back. The depth going into training camp on paper is way ahead of where we were last year at this time. Heck, Freeney wasn't signed until August last year anyway. lol My main concerns are: 1) Health (Takk, AC, Tru, Mack, Both OTs, Shelby, Julio bunion recovery...for starters EDIT: Coleman's ankle too) 2) OL performance grades in pass blocking vs last year and RG in general/OL depth grooming on point being stabilized and not a liability. 3) The playcalling of Sark in general and Matt synergizing with him. (Note, Matt also getting more vocal about what to call in situational football and deciding to override if it ever could cost us a Super Bowl again and I Those 3 things work for us this year? Say hello to another deep playoff run.
  6. I gave up on Madden when they left PC to keep playing the console wars between XBOX and Playstation systems. lol They have no loyalty to people that invest in their games on a non-console system just from sheer money side.
  7. The Cowboys thank you for their PTSD trigger.
  8. You guys are right on the mark. The bar for rookie DEs that could turn into complete franchise caliber studs even don't necessarily translate into instant double-digit sack numbers. That'd require an insane level of performance jump from the unit overall for Takk to have enough plays for those cleanup sacks AND our offense keeps putting up points at the pace opponents are required to continue dropping back regardless. I think a goal of 5+ is optimistic. Step 1 is recovering from surgery and having a healthy rookie season; despite the expected nagging nature of these shoulder problems as seen with Vic. Conscious development of moves takes time to translate on the field because other parts of your game suffer slightly when trying to learn something new. As regards our overall pressure improving, Atlanta seems to be leveraging the Poe signing into freeing up everyone else. Freeney being our top pressure guy in the Super Bowl and his overall playoff performance meant someone else had to step up. I hope the plan pays off. The growth of our year 2 and 3 players plus Riley/Takk should mean good things. So, the argument of re-signing Dwight will always hold a degree of weight until reality is on field performance is not lacking; i.e. see our most recent game. The presence in a training camp is less likely due to how late he signed with us. He probably signs somewhere if he wants to after training camps are nearing their end, IMO. The story lines are great, but we have to believe in our coaches with helping everyone develop. That wasn't just Freeney with the rookies eventually tightening things up. That was Quinn, Alford, etc. Great teamwork for their age. Imagine the continued maturation adding an edge to their speed at all times. Instead of being there from speed alone it will be more turnovers from arriving at critical points in the play and hopefully big plays for our D leads to less pressure on our offense who carried most of the season last year; save the SB collapse which was at least 50/50 with IMO most of the blame going to the offense for dropping the ball.
  9. ,,,and Blank put TD in place for a reason...and I'm sure Arthur is glad the guys he put in place did their jobs; as he would have sanely done so having just lost a franchise face to a disgusting cruelty to animals ring, so you're fighting a straw man. The people in place had Ryan as their guy and Blank affirms all of the reasons relevant they'd at some point have presented or 'thrown by' Blank before draft day. Why is that scenario so far fetched? lol
  10. Replacing Michael Vick after the 2007 season was one of the most critical points in franchise history. The final decision on the pick may not be Blank's, but you'd be ignorant to think Arthur was not in any way invested in the potential of a new QB at #3 overall to be the "replace Vick as franchise face" move. However, it isn't Blank's job to make the call. That point is being put out of context. Of course it rests with the final decision makers. This isn't Jerry Jones, but that doesn't mean common sense and Blank's reputation/his personal reasons after being screwed over by Vick would NOT get him more involved than usual post-horrid 2007 season. Both of y'all have points. Arguing over nothing in between IMO. .02
  11. Far too often we allow our opinions to be swayed by the presentation of information. *cough* the media *cough* Matt Ryan is a better QB than Wilson, and several other QBs that have SB rings. Get your ego and smack talk in check before trying to have some real talk. Clutch plays on the back of a run first offense and league feared defense just makes you a poster boy. Give the Falcons 2010 team the 'Hawks SB winning D. We'd have won the SB. Rodgers wouldn't have made it a shootout and eventually gotten his only ring. I rest my case. Unfortunately, our OL broke down in the biggest game of our lives as Falcons fans and our coaches called plays that effectively allowed the other team the opportunity to get back in the game well before the infamous "run 3 times and kick the FG" series. As of right now entering this season, there isn't a QB in the NFL Ryan can't be in league with. He just won the MVP and deservedly so. Career talk is where the SB Rings come out. From the way I see it, he should have several by now and it's not all his fault he doesn't. Plus, he has at least 5 years of a window. Let's go. EDIT: Reading all 9 pages just upset me again that we blew the SB. I hate how blind our team's mentality got and Ryan deserved to get his first ring that game. Worst SB lead lost in history is not just a QB's fault. ****, Ryan's 1 turnover all playoffs was from a teammate missing a block completely on another aggressive play-call with a 16 point lead and only needing to run the clock down. I kid you not, running the ball the rest of the game after 28-9 would probably have led you to a title. 1 FG folks. Just one. Then where is Matt in this whole QB debate nonsense. He is way on top of the world right now compared to Wilson who has been exposed without Lynch and that D playing to it's usual insane levels.
  12. Then keep him away from Matt Ryan.
  13. Was that Matt Ryan?
  14. Unfortunately, our offense was the primary reason we didn't close the SB. Also, the defense is young and we have a draft in 2 weeks. The defense needs more infused into the front 7 and FS; especially along the edges / potentially projecting ahead for DT if Poe doesn't work out by FA next offseason. Atlanta's pass rush is more of an issue overall than it's CB position; not for the price of Sherman. Why give up valuable cap space for someone you never invested in when you could invest into your own draft this year? It makes no sense. We'd have two of the highest paid CBs in the league and the highest paid Nickel. Common sense. The real story was our pass rush died when the offense couldn't stay on the field. Defense to the next level with another corner? There is a reason the DL has gotten a lot of love this offseason already and it isn't over. We lost Freeney this offseason and Clayborn didn't make it to the SB. Imagine the SB with Clayborn and Trufant. We would have won. Then again, Pats didn't have Gronk; still should have won. Alford stepped up his game despite his penchant for getting flagged at times and Collins was a pleasant surprise. You are at least 3 deep at CB in terms of starters. Get Poole more experience and we still have other youngsters being groomed already. There was talk Poole would be considered for FS as well. If that conversion happens then CB depth/a draft pick is a potential this draft or next year. #Depth #RosterTurnover Sherman would be a move for trying to win the SB in the next year or two; however, there are other areas of concern for this team and some of them relate to the draft. The "asking price" would be legitimately to take over the contract and maybe give them a pick? Asking price goes from steep to they are desperate to trade him? Stop reading the media. It makes you drunk folks.
  15. If you have the cash to pay him for restructuring/extension; thereby lowering cap hit over remaining life, then great. This means you project him as your starter past age 32. Not a bad thing, hopefully Mack can be our starter for a few years and his leg heals up well. The thinking at the time was if we overpaid for a FA RG; instead of going after Poe, and thereby everyone on the OL eventually being signed to expensive contracts. Granted, in the next 2-3 years it might make them all seem like bargains.