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  1. He's trying to get Eddie Lacy weight bonuses.
  2. Sounds awesome actually when you hear all the features together. But like TD said recently, once we get this thing open, it will be a recruiting tool. I bet the locker rooms will be 100000x better than what they currently have. I remember doing a tour of the GA Dome when I went to GSU. It looked so ghetto in the locker rooms. The pictures I took were bad though when I look back... I got MeAngelo and Pigtrino in em.
  3. What? So he's essentially a foreign exchange student that gets sent back next semester? Sucks for the guys trying to get reps in Training Camp.
  4. Probably doesn't have a good chance but he looks fast.
  5. The Falcons haven’t even broken into their first organized team activities session yet, and they’re still tinkering with the roster. Such is the way of Dan Quinn. This signing is a bit more noteworthy than most because the man in question isn’t an undrafted free agent or a regular free agent. He’s arriving in Atlanta from a different country and a different sport. Gray, who is listed at about 6’4” and 231 pounds, will apparently attempt to play tight end at the NFL level. He joins a crowded depth chart that features Austin Hooper, rookie fifth round pick Eric Saubert, steady veteran Levine Toilolo and intriguing youngsters like D.J. Tialavea and Josh Perkins. That’s a long-winded way of saying he’s guaranteed nothing, but you knew that. What Gray does bring to the table is speed and physicality, two things Dan Quinn relentlessly covets, and two things that will always give him a shot. Besides Hooper and Toilolo, nobody’s guaranteed a spot on this roster, though Saubert should be able to hang on as a high-upside draft selection. If the Falcons choose to once again keep four tight ends, maybe we’ll see Gray make the cut.
  6. Seattle 2-0. Refs 0-1. I honestly think Tampon Bay offers the biggest challenge. The division games are always tough and Mike Smith actually knows how to coach defense. Who's going to cover Mike Evans and they finally have a WR2.
  7. Whoa there. We've heard this story before with the Browns. I remember pundits saying they were going to turn things around after the 2007 draft. They got Joe Thomas and Brady Quinn. Nabbed Eric Wright, Brandon McDonald. What happened to Quinn anyway?
  8. DQ didn't seem to have trouble adjusting. I think Sark will be fine. He has the MVP to help him along the way.
  9. So we have "players coaches" at HC, WR/Asst HC, OC, DC, Dline to name a few. Combine that with actual winning, brotherhood atmosphere, state of the art stadium, great facilities at flowery branch, and you got yourselves a top destination for free agents. All we need now is a Lombardy to add history to the mix.
  10. I was on the Dorsey/Brohm/Henne train like everyone else. I was still skeptical about the pick but my girlfriend (now Wife) got me a Ryan jersey which I rocked week 1. After Ryan's first pass, and Turner's monster game, I knew TD was the man.
  11. Bryant Young, #97 Position: Defensive Tackle, Defensive End Years Played for the San Francisco 49ers: 1994-2007 Hall of Fame Class: Eligible as of 2013 Statistics: 6’ 3” 291 lbs Pro Bowls: 4x Pro Bowl Selection (1996, 1999, 2001, 2002) 1x First Team All Pro (1996) 3x Second Team All Pro (1998, 1999, 2001) Championships Won: Superbowl XXIX (1994) NFL Career Achievements NFL AP Comeback Player of the Year Award (1999) 49er Team Awards Len Eshmont Award (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) Ed Block Courage Award (1999) Matt Hazeltine Award (1999, 2005) Garry Niver Award (2006) Bill Walsh Award (2004) Playing Career Offense is where the glory is, we all know that, but even among the defense there are divas and high profile positions. Bryant Young was neither a diva, nor high profile. Those positions were taken by teammates like Deion Sanders, Merton Hanks, and Dana Stubblefield. Playing on the interior of the San Francisco defensive line, Young clogged up the lanes and freed up HOF players Chris Doleman, Rickey Jackson, Kevin Greene, Richard Dent, and Charles Haley to do their thing. But while those men played for other teams and ended their careers, Bryant Young kept pounding away at opponents while wearing the same uniform for fourteen years. You rarely notice an interior lineman when he is doing his job. Their highlights don’t make the reels; the majority of fans don’t notice them; their stats don’t usually pop the way other positions do. No, they toil in the trenches so that someone else can get the glory. Young graduated from Notre Dame and was drafted in 1994 with the 49ers first round pick, 7th overall. He was an immediate starter, playing all 19 games that year en route to the 49ers record setting Superbowl win over the San Diego Chargers (go to **** Spanos). With 45 solo tackles and 6 sacks, it was a **** of a way to start a career. Nine out of his fourteen years Young started all sixteen games of the season; and at no time did he play less than twelve games. He battled through injury time and time again. The most notable of those times was his season ending injury in 1998 when teammate Ken Norton Jr’s helmet collided with Young’s leg during a week thirteen game against the Giants. Both his tibia and his fibula were broken. It was a sickening injury that was replayed over and over again during the broadcast. His teammates looked horrified, and worried. On a personal note, this is one of the games I remember the clearest. Young was my favorite player at the time and watching the injury happen, combined with listening to the announcers opine on how this was probably a career ending injury, was truly heartbreaking for me. The fact of the matter was that Young was too tough to let his career die after only four years. He would return the next year and continue playing with a titanium rod still in his leg. It would be the second time his sack totals reached double digits earning him his Comeback Player of the Year award. Young formed close relationships with his coaches over the years as he racked up team accolades and stats. His tenacity combined with his years under defensive coaches like Pete Carroll, and Dan Quinn would result in impressive rankings in the team stats (You’re welcome for the HC, DC, and scout that built your Superbowl team Seattle. You’re welcome Atlanta; thanks for giving us our second generation of Shanahan.). He ranks seventh all time for the team in adjusted value, right behind Ronnie Lott. He’s tied for third in number of games played for the 49ers behind only Jerry Rice and Jimmy Johnson (not the coach, the corner). His twelve forced fumbles ranks third for the team. His 89.5 sacks, averaging out to over six per year, makes him the 49ers all time sack leader; (Haley had more in his career but “only” 66.5 with the 49ers) and fourth all time in the NFL for DTs, or third all time in the NFL for DEs. He ended his career with the fourth most all time tackles on the team and currently ranks fifth. His three safeties lead the team all time and puts him in a tie for fourth league wide. Coaching After retiring from playing, Young began coaching at his Alma Mater in 2009. After a year at San Jose State, Young was hired by his former coach Dan Quinn to come coach the defensive line at the University of Florida. In 2013, Young announced he was leaving Florida to spend more time with his family. Rumors of his son struggling with a brain tumor began to come out. Then in 2015 Young announced the cancer had returned. Sadly his son would pass away late the following year. Despite nearly a decade having passed since he played, Young and his family received vocal support from former teammates and Eddie Debartolo Jr. This family tragedy temporarily derailed his return to coaching, but as of this year Bryant Young has returned to the NFL. He has once again reunited with Dan Quinn and will be coaching Atlanta’s defensive line. You’re gonna love this man Atlanta. Awards Young was consistently regarded as a leader for the 49ers during his career. Quiet leadership is hard to talk about though. There are no flashy headlines, highlights, or stats to rave over. There are, however, the team awards. The Bill Walsh Award was established in 2004 to honor the team's greatest coach and GM. This award is the team MVP and is voted on only by the coaches. (2004) The Garry Niver Award is voted on by the San Francisco chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America. Who knows what their criteria are. (2006) The Matt Hazeltine Award was established in 1987 and is named after the longest serving linebacker for the team. Matt Hazeltine was one of three 49er players from the mid 1960’s to eventually die from ALS. It honors the “most courageous and inspirational defensive player”. Only 4 players have won it more than once. (1999, 2005) The Ed Block Courage Award is handed out yearly by each NFL team. “The award is presented in his name each year to the player that exemplified a commitment to sportsmanship and courage. Ed Block Courage Award winners from each of the 32 NFL teams are honored at a banquet in Baltimore, MD. All proceeds from the event benefit the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation’s Courage House National Support Network. Named after the NFL team in a respective NFL city, a Courage House is a facility that provides support and quality care for abused children and their families in that community.” (1999) The Len Eshmont Award is the team's highest honor. It has been awarded yearly since Len’s death in 1957 to the player who “best exemplifies the ‘inspirational and courageous play’ of Len Eshmont.” No other player has won the award more than twice, not Jerry Rice, not Joe Montana, not Steve Young, not Dwight Clark, not Roger Craig, not Charles Haley, not Patrick Willis, not Jimmy Johnson, nor even Justin Smith. Bryant Young won this award EIGHT times during his 14 years on the 49ers. (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) Series Hub
  12. "I'm tired -- and you guys should be tired of it as well of the talking: 'The Falcons were soft, the Falcons aren't tough,'" - Mike Smith 2017 Falcons have something to say about that coach.
  13. I think Shede (as well as Vic, Grady) started clicking once we got a real D-Line coach... Freeney. From the interviews of Vic last year, it sounds like they never developed personalized game plans on how they were going to attack an offensive lineman til Freeney got here. That just seems crazy. Brian Cox wasn't getting the job done (as proved by his firing). I think Bryant Young will be an upgrade but it would be nice to have Freeney back helping Takk along.
  14. While I wish no wins for the Saints, I would rather have them at 7-9 than 6-10. The streak of 7-9 must go on.
  15. LOL. Thought the same exact thing. Man, it looks like this Brotherhood thing has taken root deeper than I thought. Even the rooks are eating and breathing the message. Saw Duke talking about the same stuff. Can't wait for this season to start.