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  1. He wasn't a draft steal as defined for this article.
  2. It is hard to appreciate JVN. He is from another era. It is a lot easier to get excited about guys we can watch today. I hope Grady is every bit as good as your selling him.
  3. Actually, it would have to happen early in his career, then continue at that level for another decade. That said, I'm a Grady fan as well!
  4. On a personal note, Jeff is also my personal favorite Falcon ever. When I was in the 6th grade he came to my rec center teams end-of-year banquet. I was the center for my team. I was probably one of the shyest people on the planet. My dad had to lead me up there by the hand to talk to him and shake his hand. The first thing that struck me physically about Jeff was his hands. They were everything that you would imagine the hands of an NFL center would be like. His fingers seemed as big as my wrist and the surface of his hand was a lot like dried leather. So, I said, "hello, I'm the center. It is great to meet you." As I turned to walk away he held hand in his firm grip and introduced me to the other Falcon sitting at the table. The years have blurred my memory, but I think it was Jeff Yates. We probably talked for 5 minutes, but it seemed like forever. Anyway, it was a great memory. This is one of the many reasons I will always be a fan of the Falcons.
  5. CBS Sports Article This shows what I don't know about the Falcons and the NFL. I didn't even know the draft had 11 rounds. I'd say it is hard to argue with VanNote as the biggest draft steal ever. You could argue a few UDFAs, but as far as drafted players, this was a great 11th round haul. Atlanta Falcons Jeff Van Note, C, 1969 11th-round pick Van Note played his entire career in Atlanta, starting 226 games from 1969-86. He was named to five Pro Bowls, and was an inaugural member of the Falcons' Ring of Honor along with Steve Bartkowski, William Andrews, Jessie Tuggle and Tommy Nobis. Other candidates: Jamal Anderson (seventh round), Todd McClure (seventh round).
  6. Pardon the source (Fox), but this is a great article written by a forensic psychiatrist in 2013. It basically says everyone in this thread is right. He almost certainly wasn't born bad. He did endure tragic circumstances. Having your head pounded on by football during your youth can do bad things to the brain. Add bad choices on top of all of this and we are all correct. None of his "circumstances" either dictated or caused his demise. His choices combined with all of factors did, however, make the end sadly predictable. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/04/19/inside-mind-aaron-hernandez.html
  7. They had to move the date of one game to move it to Tech as the result of this change. The other two impacted home games were rescheduled for later in the season in the new stadium.
  8. Most stats are a rolled-up number that can be broken down. The talking heads were correct in so much as the Falcons had zero games lost at OL and that was a HUGE factor in their success.
  9. I see the logic. I fear two players of depth may be better than one potential starter at a position of relative depth. Poe may help the pass rush off the edge, even if we keep the same players in those positions. I don't undervalue pass rushers in the least. That said, I think many tend to undervalue depth. The OL is our weakest strong point. We have 4 starters, but we have very little depth that you want to see playing 6-10 full games as a stand in. I think our success at avoiding the injury bug on the OL last year is both encouraging and decieving. You can't expect that to happen every year. Notice how the offensive production feel off in the championship game after we took a OL injury? Coincidence? Hard to say, isn't it?
  10. To a degree. However, in the most extreme sense it is only true in the short term. For any season, you can accommodate just about any amount if you truly feel you are one guy away from a championship. The Saints are the perfect example. They tried for 3 straight years to hang on by their fingernails for one more shot at a title. The net result has been an roster with insufficient talent, constant finger pointing and sustained losing. You can only kick so many cans down the road for so long. At some point the bills do come due.
  11. I believe that week 8 was a turning point in a lot of ways. After winning four straight, we lost two "winnable" games to the Seahawks and the Chargers. Each was forgivable on the surface. You could argue that the Seahawks game came down to a late call, and that the Chargers game was the inevitable let down after a brutal 2 games road trip out West. Enter week 8. We are on the big stage. The, "Just like 2015," talk is already starting. Will the Falcons squander another fast start (4-1)? The Falcons won vs. Green Bay and stopped the slide. Sometimes, how and when you win is just about as important as the fact that you did win. With most of FOX's national audience watching, Rodgers scores with mear minutes to go in the game and the announcers begin his coronation. The Packers, with no RBs and down a WR and LB are about to get healthy vs. the porous Falcons defense. But, what is this? Matt Ryan leads the Falcons on a clock draining drive, rudely interrupting the coronation of Rodgers (remember, Ryan had come up short in late possessions vs. the Bucs, Seahawks, and Chargers) . The Falcons score in the last minute, but surely Rodgers is just going to blow the Falcons defense up in four plays and win the game. Instead the Falcons defense gets after Rodgers and really never gives him a sniff of a play. Earlier in the second half, the same lack luster defense had made two third down sacks that stopped the Packers as they had crossed into the Falcons half of the field. The offense was consistent, and the defense was opportunistic. Those trends would only grow stronger as the season rolled along. Sometimes you can narrow down the path a season will take to just a few snaps. I feel like the Falcons season was hanging on the edge heading into week 8. We all know the boring truth is that all 16 games are equally important. If any win turns into a loss, we don't get the 2nd seed. That is the tangible analysis. However, in my mind week 8 is clearly: "The rest of the story." It was just one game. However, I'll always believe it was a fork in the road. The Falcons followed the "W" sign and took us for one heck of a ride.
  12. There is nothing wrong with admiring a player for his contributions and still hoping we can find a better option. That is where I'm at with Freeney. I admire and appreciate him, but I hope we can do better with that roster spot.
  13. I think they are preparing for life in the NFC South. Cam is consistently derailed by pressure. Brees forces the ball under pressure. Winston is getting more experience and a WR2 to compliment Evans. It just so happens, the formula is universal. Push the center of the OL, get quick pressure off the edges, and have six or seven athletic guys with their eyes forward hawking mistakes.
  14. Go back and look at the roster. The age of those starters was considerable older than this unit. The unit was at the end of its useful service life, and we tried to milk it for one more run at glory. We ended up one game short. I know they were "good." They were almost good enough. But, they were the geriatric gang.
  15. The needs are so much different it is a weak comparison from my point of view. In 2012 all of our starters were old. Similar to this year, we had the oldest roster in the NFL. The difference then was that the geriatric crowd was starting for us. This year the old guys are primarily depth and two are already gone. This off season most of our offense stars are young or in the prime of their careers. Our defense is young and talented. The only similarity is in the "splash" factor. In 2012 we were trying to use bamboo and bailing wire to keep the free-falling "window" open for one more year. This off season, we are trying to maintain momentum and manage the cap in a way where we never end up trying to prop the "window" open with sticks. In 2012 we were old and tired. This year our starters are young and talented for the most part. So, you can argue that the level of activity is similar. I would contend that the needs are very different. The mistake was in 2012, not this off season. We should have cut bait with the old guys then and started the rebuilding process a year earlier.