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    Superstar of this team.... Having a remarkable season.... Even in meaningless late season games, injured, he goes out and plays at a high level. All the while, in Pitt, Antonio Brown is.....well, Antonio Brown. Pay Julio, he is a Falcon for life
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    OK here’s the first cut of my offseason retooling plan. It will certainly change with league cuts, free agency, injury updates, off field indiscretions, combines and work outs coming up in the next few months. Long post. Please don’t quote entire post. Let’s start with the staff. General Manager – this is an important off-season. A lot of key decisions need to be made in terms of cuts, walkers and extensions. He's still failed to solve the issues in the trenches. This has to be resolved to get what we want. Our current lines won't stand up to the teams we have to beat Head Coach – Quinn needs to improve his in-game adjustments, clock management and situational decisions. He also needs to alter both schemes, whether he keeps his coordinators or not. I believe both DQ and Dimi should be on the hot seat in 2019. A playoff berth or to the State Line Coordinators – on the fence with the OC and DC. Both get somewhat of an injury pass, but I'm very disappointed in how long it took them to adjust to the injuries. With that said, I’d only replace them with a proven coordinator with substantial success. Kubiak or Zimmer (if he's fired). Cut Armstrong Position Coaches – with the exception of maybe the QB and TE coach, they all could get gone tomorrow. I don’t think they’re developing the players fast enough and they have not been able to coach out the drops, whiff blocks, dropped picks, missed tackles and stupid penalties. Heads should roll These are the 40 players currently under contract as of 12/31/18, as well as our open roster spots: QB – Matt Ryan, OPEN WR – Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage, OPEN RB – Devonta Freeman, Ito Smith, Brian Hill, Ricky Ortiz, Jeremy Langford TE – Austin Hooper, Eric Saubert, OPEN OC – Alex Mack, OPEN OG – Brandon Fusco, Wes Schweitzer, OPEN, OPEN OT – Jake Matthews, Ryan Schraeder, Matt Gono, OPEN DE – Vic Beasley, Takkarist McKinley, Brooks Reed, OPEN, OPEN DT – Jack Crawford, Deadrin Senat, Justin Zimmer, OPEN LB – Deion Jones, De’Vondre Campbell, Foyesade Oluokun, Duke Riley, OPEN, OPEN CB – Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford, Isaiah Oliver, OPEN, OPEN FS – Ricardo Allen, Damontae Kazee, Ryan Neal SS – Keanu Neal, Sharrod Neasman K – Matt Bryant, Giorgio Tavecchio P – Matt Bosher LS – Josh Harris We currently have $24.7M in cap space according to OTC. There should be a few cap casualties. Here are a few possibilities with their Pre-June 1 savings. I’d cut these guys to free up $39.7M and get to $64.4M under the cap. There could be another couple mil with Post-June 1 designations to establish an emergency fund. Who would you cut? DE - Vic Beasley - $12.8M WR - Julio Jones - $8.1M CB - Robert Alford - $7.9M WR - Mohamed Sanu - $4.6M DE - Brooks Reed - $4.5M OT - Ryan Schrader - $4.0M OG - Brandon Fusco - $3.3M K - Matt Bryant - $2.8M P - Matt Bosher - $2.6M DT - Jack Crawford - $2.5M FB – Ricky Ortiz - $0.6M DT – Justin Zimmer - $0.6M FS – Ryan Neal - $0.6M We have some decisions to make on contract extensions with a few key starters. I would extend them all with an additional $10.0M in 2019 cap hit and spread the rest over future years. That would leave us with $54.4M in available space. Which ones would you extend? Julio Jones Deion Jones Austin Hooper DeVondre Campbell We have 22 of our own players due to be free agents. I've assigned a back loaded 2019 cap hit in case we want to re-sign any of them. I’d re-sign these guys at a $27.0M cap hit in 2019 which would bring us down to $27.4M in space. The rest can walk. Which ones would you bring back? DT - Grady Jarrett - $15.0M, Terrell McClain - $1.5M DE – Bruce Irvin - $5.0M, Steven Means - $1.0M, Derrick Shelby - $2.0M, CB - Brian Poole - $2.0M, Blidi Wreh-Wilson - $0.7M, Justin Bethel - $1.8M OT – Ty Sambrailo - $2.0M OG – Zane Beadles - $1.0M, Andy Levitre - $5.7M, Ben Garland - $2.9M WR - Marvin Hall - $1.0M , Justin Hardy - $1.0M RB - Tevin Coleman - $4.0M LB - Bruce Carter $0.6M FS – Keith Tandy - $0.7M SS – Kemal Ishmael - $1.0M, Jordan Richards - $1.0M TE – Logan Paulsen - $0.7M QB - Matt Schaub - $4.5M LS – Jon Condo - $1.0M We'll need to add 16 players between free agency, draft and trade to get to a 53 man roster. We have nine picks and a balance of $27.4M in cap space at this point. Here are a few possible street free agents that could hit the market. There are dozens more. I would add these five guys with a year one cap hit of $21.0M which would leave $6.4M for the draft. All of them are established vets between 24 and 29 years old who would know how to play NFL football on day one. Who would you add? OT - Bobby Massie, Jordan Mills, Ja'Wuan James Jared Veldheer OG - Quinton Spain, Rodger Saffold, James Carpenter QB - Teddy Bridgewater, Trevor Siemian, Tyrod Taylor, Sam Bradford DT - Malcom Brown, Johnathan Hankins, Danny Shelton, Jordan Phillips, Bennie Logan, Ndamukong Suh, Sheldon Richardson, Kyle Williams RB - Leveon Bell, Mark Ingram, Latavius Murray, T.J. Yeldon, Lagarette Blount FB – Jamize Olawale, Anthony Sherman, Dimitri Flowers WR - Golden Tate, Randall Cobb, Devin Funchess, Tavon Austin TE - Tyler Eifert, Jared Cook, Benjamin Watson, Marcedes Lewis OC - Ryan Khalil, Bret Jones, Mitch Morse, Nick Easton DE - Demarcus Lawrence, JaDaveon Clowney, Ezekiel Ansah, Cameron Wake, Brandon Graham, Derrick Morgan, Brian Orakpo, Dee Ford, Preston Smith LB - Deone Buchanan, C.J. Mosley, Clay Matthews, K.J. Wright, Anthony Barr, Terrell Suggs, Manti Teo, Denzel Perryman CB - Vontae Davis, Brent Grimes, Buster Skrine, Morris Claiborne FS - Lamarcus Joyner, Earl Thomas, Tyrann Mathieu, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix SS - Marcus Gilchrist, Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid K - Stephen Gostkowski, Phil Dawson, Robbie Gould, Sebastian Janikowski P - Ryan Allen, Jordan Berry, Pat O'Donnell At this point most of our glaring holes would be filled, with the exception of maybe CB and RG. We could have as many as nine draft picks. I would go BPA in every round. Add play makers and get stacked. We’re picking 14th. Here are a few guys I like that could be on the board when we pick in the first round. Some may be gone but others could drop that aren’t shown. Who would you go after in the first? Devin White, Jachai Polite, Clelin Ferrell, Jeffrey Simmons, Derrick Brown, Raekwon Davis, Rashan Gary, Byron Murphy, DeAndre Baker, Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence, Cody Ford, Montez Sweat, Martez Ivey There are offseason injury questions to be answered with Free, Neal and Rico, but at this point I'd go something like this which I think would be an improvement: QB – Matt Ryan, Teddy Bridgewater WR – Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Hall, Russell Gage, UDFA (PR) RB – Devonta Freeman, Ito Smith, Brian Hill, Jeremy Langford TE – Austin Hooper, Eric Saubert, Draft OC – Alex Mack, Draft OG – Quinton Spain, Zane Beadles, Wes Schweitzer, Draft OT – Jake Matthews, Bobbie Massie, Ty Sambrailo, Matt Gono DE – Takkarist McKinley, Bruce Irvin, Steven Means, Draft DT – Grady Jarrett, Malcom Brown, Jack Crawford, Deadrin Senat, Draft LB – Deion Jones, De’Vondre Campbell, Foyesade Oluokun, Duke Riley, Draft, UDFA (ST) CB – Desmond Trufant, Isaiah Oliver, Brian Poole, Draft FS – Ricardo Allen, Damontae Kazee, Draft SS – Keanu Neal, Sharrod Neasman, Draft K – Giorgio Tavecchio P – Ryan Allen LS – Josh Harris
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    Extra credit: His low class wife with her big, fat, disgusting mouth, cancels out all the good things about keeping Brent around.
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    I rather get good OL who can make a RB off the street run for 1000 yards. We still have Freeman.
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    I decided to do an apples to apples comparison using only Offensive Coordinator stats (no head coaching years). I also included who they had to work with at QB and RB so there is at least a little bit of additional perspective. The results are very telling and point to one candidate as being the most consistently good over their career. So.. in no particular order: ** UPDATED - Added Mike Mularkey ** ** Numbers pulled from Pro Football Reference** =========================== Dirk Koetter =========================== 2012 8th total yards 8th passing yards (Ryan) 29th rushing yards (This was the "Michael Turner hit a wall" season) 7th in points 6.1% Offensive DVOA 2013 14th total yards 7th passing yards (Ryan) 32nd rushing yards ("End of the road Steven Jackson" year one) 20th in points 3.2% Offensive DVOA 2014 8th total yards 5th passing yards (Ryan) 24th rushing yards ("End of the road Steven Jackson" year two) 12th in points 7.2% Offensive DVOA 2015 (BUCS with Koetter as OC) 5th total yards 17th passing yards(Jamis Winston) 5th rushing yards (Doug Martin) 20th in points -1.1% Offensive DVOA =========================== Bevell =========================== 2006 (Vikings) 23rd total yards 18th passing yards (Musical chairs at QB) 16th rushing yards (Chester Taylor) 26th points -17.9% Offensive DVOA 2007 13th total yards 28th passing yards (Tarvaris Jackson) 1st rushing yards (Adrian Peterson rookie year) 15th points -0.8% Offensive DVOA 2008 17th total yards 25th passing yards (Gus Frerotte) 1st rushing yards (Adrian Peterson) 15th points -9.9% Offensive DVOA 2009 5th total yards 8th passing (Brett Favre) 13th rushing (Adrian Peterson) 2nd points 12.9% Offensive DVOA 2010 23rd total yards 26th passing yards (Brett Favre hit the wall) 10th rushing yards (Adrian Peterson) 29th points -15.1% Offensive DVOA 2011 (Moved to Seahawks) 28th total yards 22nd passing yards (Tarvaris Jackson) 21st rushing yards (Marshawn Lynch) 23rd in points -8.7% Offensive DVOA 2012 17th total yards 27th passing yards (Russell Wilson rookie year) 3rd rushing yards (Marshawn Lynch) 9th in points 18.5% Offensive DVOA 2013 (Won Super Bowl) 18th total yards 26th passing yards (Russell Wilson) 4th rushing yards (Marshawn Lynch) 8th in points 9.4% Offensive DVOA 2014 (Lost Super Bowl) 9th total yards 27th passing yards (Russell Wilson) 1st rushing yards (Marshawn Lynch) 10th in points 16.8% Offensive DVOA 2015 4th total yards 20th passing yards (Russell Wilson) 3rd rushing yards (Thomas Rawls - Lynch hurt, played 7 games) 4th in points 18.7% Offensive DVOA 2016 12th total yards 10th passing yards (Russell Wilson) 25th rushing yards (Christine Michael/Thomas Rawls) 18th in points -2.6% Offensive DVOA 2017 15th total yards 14th passing yards (Russell Wilson) 23rd rushing yards (Eddie Lacy/Thomas Rawls) 11th in points 2.0% Offensive DVOA =========================== Gary Kubiak =========================== Broncos 1995 (Broncos) 3rd total yards 7th passing yards (John Elway) 5th rushing yards (Terrell Davis) 9th in points 18.8% Offensive DVOA 1996 1st total yards 13th passing yards (John Elway) 1st rushing yards (Terrell Davis) 4th in points 13.6% Offensive DVOA 1997 (Won Super Bowl) 1st total yards 9th passing yards (John Elway) 4th rushing yards (Terrell Davis) 1st in points 19.4% Offensive DVOA 1998 (Won Super Bowl) 3rd total yards 7th passing yards (John Elway) 2nd rushing yards (Terrell Davis) 2nd in points 34.5% Offensive DVOA 1999 14th total yards 15th passing yards (Brian Griese) 12th rushing yards (Olandis Gary) 18th in points 3.4% Offensive DVOA 2000 2nd total yards 3rd passing yards (Brian Griese) 3rd rushing yards (Mike Anderson) 2nd in points 19.6% Offensive DVOA 2001 22nd total yards 25th passing yards (Brian Griese missed part of season) 10th rushing yards (Mike Anderson) 10th in points 0.8% Offensive DVOA 2002 3rd total yards 8th passing yards (Brian Griese missed part of season) 5th rushing yards (Clinton Portis) 7th in points 16.6% Offensive DVOA 2003 7th total yards 22nd passing yards (Jake Plummer and a bunch of nobodies) 2nd rushing yards (Clinton Portis) 10th in points 9.4% Offensive DVOA 2004 5th total yards 6th passing yards (Jake Plummer) 4th rushing yards (Reuben Droughns) 9th in points 13.8% Offensive DVOA 2005 5th total yards 18th passing yards (Jake Plummer) 2th rushing yards (Mike Anderson/Tatum Bell) 7th in points 26.9% Offensive DVOA 2015 (Won Super Bowl as Head Coach) 2014 (Ravens) 12th total yards 13th passing yards (Joe Flacco) 8th rushing yards (Justin Forsett) 8th in points 9.4% Offensive DVOA =========================== Mike Mularkey =========================== Pittsburgh 2001 3rd total yards 21st passing yards (Kordell Stewart) 1st rushing yards (Jerome Bettis) 7th in points 14.7% Offensive DVOA 2002 5th total yards 7st passing yards (Tommy Maddox) 9th rushing yards (Jerome Bettis/Amos Zereoue) 8th in points 6.6% Offensive DVOA 2003 22nd total yards 14th passing yards (Tommy Maddox) 31st rushing yards (Jerome Bettis/Amos Zereoue) 19th in points 6.6% Offensive DVOA Dolphins 2006 20th total yards 14th passing yards (Joey Harrington/Daunte Culpepper) 29th rushing yards (Ronnie Brown) 29th in points -10.0% Offensive DVOA Atlanta 2008 6th total yards 14th passing yards (Ryan rookie year) 2nd rushing yards (Michael Turner) 10th in points 8.5% Offensive DVOA 2009 16th total yards 14th passing yards (Ryan/Chris Redman) 15th rushing yards (Michael Turner/Jason Snelling) 13th in points 5.9% Offensive DVOA 2010 16th total yards 15th passing yards (Ryan) 12th rushing yards (Michael Turner) 5th in points 8.0% Offensive DVOA 2011 10th total yards 8th passing yards (Ryan) 17th rushing yards (Michael Turner) 7th in points 6.1% Offensive DVOA =================================================== The clear head and shoulders above the rest winner is Kubiak. Top 10 in scoring all but 1 year of his entire OC history. Top 10 in rushing nearly every year, regardless of the RB. Top half of the league in passing the majority of his OC history despite years with Jake Plummer and Brian Greise at QB. 11 straight years with positive DVOA. I know the Broncos want him back, but Atlanta needs to push hard to get him. Koetter: His running game sucked when he was here.. but look at what he was working with (a finished Michael Turner, a finished Steven Jackson, and a rookie Freeman). He revived Doug Martin's career and got his 2nd best season out of him. Bevell: I'm NOT anti-Bevell, he has had some really good years with some crap talent (especially on his o-line) but based on the numbers his offenses were all over the map (6 of 12 years with negative DVOA). Sure, he rode Lynch to two Super Bowls (1 win) and Adrian Peterson for a few good offensive years... but despite him pushing to draft Russell Wilson it took him 5 years to get Wilson to be a decent passer. Other than 2009 (Brett Favre's emptying his tank), nothing really impresses me. Mike Mularkey: I really am not sure what to make of this one. Yardage and total offense are average but he does have 7 out of 8 years with positive DVOA. **Note: If anyone else starts getting serious consideration I'll add them as well** ** UPDATED - Added Mike Mularkey **
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    Julio Jones may just be the greatest Falcon of all time.
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    If and when Coleman walks, he'll probably trip on his shoelaces. Just sayin'
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    Lol y’all boys gone be begging Sark was back by the end of next season if they don’t strike gold lol
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    He seems to be quite the leader as well not only by his actions/play on the field but also on the sidelines. He talks alot to the others building them up and telling them to go handle business and finish it themselves. I really like his game and how he goes about it. That might be one og Dimi's biggest late round steals when all said and done outside of Grady Jarrett.
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    A shiny new pair of Ray Ban Hindsight Goggles.
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    Amazing how we lose the way we did and now all these reports about how dysfunctional and horrible our bowl practices were come out from multiple credible people outside the UGA fanbase/echo chamber. Several of the players were VERY angry at the way a lot of guys on the team were treating this game. During the game we had guys like Hardman and Holyfield on the sideline trying to get guys motivated and focused and they were straight up being ignored by most guys. Holly Rowe and Todd Blackledge both said that UGA practices were terrible and coaches had to sit guys, some starters, who weren’t putting in effort. This is closer to Florida problems than Bama problems, without the championships to go with the entitlement attitudes. Personally I'm over the fact that we lost. Texas straight up outplayed, outcoached and BEAT US last night. What I’m not over is this bs attitude on our team and Kirby’s stubbornness with the offense and holding onto Jim Chaney. It’s not the same as when Bama lost to Utah or Oklahoma. Bama did not have rumors all season long about a #1 recruiting class full of entitled pricks who think they are God’s gift to the university. Kirby needs to get this **** in check or it will ruin the team and his career at UGA along with it.
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    Agreed. Work something out that keeps both sides happy and watch this monster strip CBs of their dignity for a few more seasons.
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    We need a new OC. Chaney can’t even get the most out of Fromm. Running hurry up more frequently for him is about the most obvious adjustment to make and he never has. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t have a clue how to scheme for a true dual threat QB with elite arm talent. Kirby and Chaney just gonna force every QB we get to be a game manager.
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    Davis is 6’7” 316 pounds of athletic fury. Think a much more polished Hageman.
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    Are you a broken record? Really? Can you offer insight? Really? A rebuttal? Really? Or are you incapable of forming an educated opinion? Really?
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    Media and fans are irrelevant. If Kirby is any kind of coach, he should get a ton of mileage out of this. Much like Saban in 2008 when they just missed out on the SEC and rolled into the Sugar Bowl as huge favorites only to get embarrassed by Utah. They came out on a mission next year and won a National Title. This was embarrassing and humiliating, but also a very valuable lesson to a young team. If Kirby is who we think he is, he's going to drive this lesson home for the next 9 months.
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    Bulldogs dont get to say this game is meaningless after they all got online and threw a fit about Notre Dame's loss.
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    I'm sure most of you on here are from ATL or live in GA near other Falcons fans. I live near Detroit in a house with a Saints fan and an Eagles fan. Lets just say the last 2 years have been rough to say the least. I root against their teams every chance I get but they always seem to have luck on their side (which the Falcons never seem to do). Anyway, end rant. Thanks for being my outlet for fellow Falcons fans and here's to the Eagles and Saints hopefully knocked out of the playoffs! Happy 2019 everyone.
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    It's easier to fool people than to convince them they were fooled. - Mark Twain
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    I used to have naughty thoughts about Darlene...does that mean...wait a minute Que ‘The Crying Game’ music
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    I wouldn't touch LF. He is a cancer who refused to show up for his team's last game.
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    I had three family members at Harrison (two on the football team) and I have a family member on UGA's team so you tell me if you have better sources. I'm not calling the kid a thug or a cancer but he has entitlement issues and helicopter parent(s).
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    The one thing he hasn't done that will be our greatest feat is win a Super Bowl - and that is the one thing he needs to bring to Atlanta. However, to say he hasn't been a contributor or done great things as a quarterback is just negligent. He has, without a doubt, been the greatest quarterback Atlanta has had as a starter. Some of his accomplishments in Atlanta: 3rd in career TD passes for 1st 11 years in NFL history behind Peyton Manning and Dan Marino. Next Falcon QB on the list is Bart at number 46 and no other Falcons on the top 100. 1st in career passing yards for 1st 11 years in NFL history. Next Falcon on the list is Bartkowski at #51. No other Falcons on the top 100. 3rd in career completion percent for 1st 11 years among all quarterbacks with at least 3000 passes (had to narrow down all the guys throwing only a few passes) behind Drew Brees and Kurt Warner. Next Falcon on the list is Bart at number 56. No other Falcons on the list. 5th in career wins over the first 11 years in NFL history behind P Manning, Brady, Big Ben and Favre. The next Atlanta QB is Bartkowski at number 60. There are no other Falcons on the list. Tied for most comeback wins in NFL history for the first 11 years with P Manning. The next Atlanta QB is Bart at number 20. Vick is at #54 but less than half of those comebacks were in ATL. Tied for most game winning drives in NFL history for first 11 years with P Manning. The next Atlanta QB is Bart at number 32. Vick is at #78 but half of those drives were in ATL. Falcons winning percent before Ryan = 40%. Falcons winning percent after Ryan = 58% Falcons playoff years before Ryan = 8 out of 42 years (once every 5-1/4 years). Falcons playoff years after Ryan = 6 out of 11 years (once every 1-3/4 years) Falcons back to back winning seasons before Ryan = 0. Falcons back to back winning seasons after Ryan = 5. Division Championships before Ryan = 3 out of 42 years. Division Championships after Ryan = 3 out of 11 years. Only Falcon to win NFL Most Valuable Player Falcons Single Season Passing Leader - #1 through #7 and all 11 years are in the top 22 - with only 2009 (missed 2 games) being below #15. Falcons All Time Passing Leader in yards, TD, Completion percents (over 10 attempts), TD percent (over 100 TD), Interception percent, QB record, Rating (QB w/more than 3 starts), 4th quarter comebacks, Game Winning Drives, Average yards per pass (QB with more than 3 starts) Falcons have 24 total post season and Ryan started in 10 of those games (41.6%).
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    One thing that was truly great while Dirk was here was that he consistently let Matt Ryan audible and call plays at the line like he was Peyton Manning. When Dirk was here we ran that no huddle offense and it was a thing of beauty to watch. If he’s our new guy I hope to see that come back and be used a lot more than we have since he left.
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    My dream draft would be Devin white with our first round...he’s better than Campbell or Foye. And move back in first round and grab Raekwon
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    I love how yall always assume the team is clueless if you don't know every single thing they are doing so you can judge it. They JUST fired their coordinators two days ago. Give it some time!
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    Here's a disturbing stat... Quinn said it over and over again. The coaching staff was being evaluated not based on a few games but over the course of their tenure here so far...
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    You really quoted all of that to post that? Lol
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    FALCONS FIRE All 3 COORDINATORS Doesn’t DQ get blame for ‘bad coaching? Mark Bradley Only In The AJC Image 1 of 5 NEXT IMAGE FALCONS THE MOST EXTENSIVE COVERAGE AJC EXCLUSIVE FALCONS The Falcons are officially uncoordinated. They just fired Steve Sarkisian, who handled the offense; Marquand Manuel, who handled the defense; and Keith Armstrong, who handled special teams. Dan Quinn, who hired the first two and agreed on arrival to keep Armstrong, remains in place. Think about that. We’ve said for a while pretty much since they took that 28-3 lead in NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, 2017 - that this has been a poorly coached team. They just admitted as much, and yet they’ve kept the head coach. I’m not sure I understand, but I’ve been tracking this franchise for 35 years and I’ve often been bewildered. For example: Why would Arthur Blank take a guy who’d never been an NFL head coach and make him not just an NFL head coach but head of all things football for an NFL franchise? That’s what the high-profile owner did with Quinn, who was then a career assistant, and I wondered, “Just what in this guy’s background makes anybody think he’ll be an ace administrator?” About the administrative part, I was - full disclosure - wrong. Quinn has proved to be an able steward of the front office. He has succeeded in getting demoted-in-power-ifnot-in-title general manager Thomas Dimitroff to fold the sort of players DQ wants. (They’re known in-house as “DQ guys,” and these Falcons now have almost nothing but.) Trouble is, DQ the administrator has been better than DQ the coach, which makes little sense until you recall that these are the Falcons. The Falcons’ roster was ranked No. 2 this season by Pro Football Focus; last year it was No. 1. The Falcons’ record over those two regular seasons was 17-15. That’s a fail. After the Super Bowl, Quinn had anointed two guys who’d never been NFL coordinators - Sarkisian and Manuel - and both are now gone. The season just completed could be broken into two: The first part saw the defense unable to stop anybody, which was semi-understand-able given all its injuries, and the weird middle section that saw this famous offense go five games (all losses) without scoring as many as 21 points. This became a team that invented ways to lose, and that’s always down to coaching. Sarkisian appeared overmatched from the first, and by this year it was clear Manuel was, too. Armstrong’s special teams saw two Matt Bosher punts blocked in the first five weeks, which can’t happen. The Falcons can and should do better, coordinator-wise. That said, at what point does the tag of “badly coached” attach itself to, you know, the head coach? Drafting fast ‘n’ furious players is great, but isn’t the effect lessened when you can’t get those DQ guys to do the stuff NFL players should be doing? It’s clear that Blank has fallen in love with Quinn. He has used that word, saying, “We love our coach.” And yes, DQ is likable and relentlessly upbeat. I’m just not sure how adroit he is at coaching. (Which is land of a big deal, seeing as how he’ll serve as his own defensive coordinator.) How many other professional coaches couldn’t have held a 25-point lead with 1714 minutes remaining? How could he not ask of Kyle Shanahan, “Shouldn’t we be running the ball?” How could he look at the media and say, “We wanted to stay aggressive” and expect nobody to laugh out loud? Within minutes of that mother of all collapses, we were suggesting that the Falcons might never recover. They haven’t. They’ve never looked as crisp as they did in the autumn of 2016. They were still too talented to be dismissed, but they were the sort of misdirected bunch a shrewd opponent loves to see coming. Doug Pederson’s Eagles began their run to an improbable Super Bowl by beating the Falcons and opened their title defense by doing it again - both times with their backup quarterback. The Eagles, again without Carson Wentz, just qualified for the playoffs. John Harbaugh’s Ravens won the AFC North behind a rookie quarterback, having held the Falcons of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones to 131 yards on Dec. 2. Repeat after me: Coaching matters. I understand that the Falcons have invested so much in Quinn that to fire him now would be akin to starting over, which isn’t what you’d want with Ryan being 33 and Jones about to hit 30. But can we interpret Monday’s mass exodus of coordinators as anything but starting over? Quinn spent two years expressing full faith and confidence in his assistants. Three of them just got the gate, and he gets a pass? There’s a part of me that wonders if, for all DQ’s presumed power, this was really his call. Might we have seen the seldom subtle hand of Blank? Might he have said, “I love you, but lose those coordinators”? (Four years ago, Blank dumped coach Mike Smith but kept Dimitroff; the high-profile owner does play favorites.) Might this be Blank conceding his team’s coaching failures while, in a bit of cognitive dissonance, ignoring that coaching nous tends to trickle down? To be fair, the high-profile owner does have his moments. He kept Dimitroff in a lessened role, which seems to have suited him. Maybe something similar will happen here. Maybe a year from now the Falcons will announce that Quinn has been relieved of his coaching duties - to become the full-time chief of football operations. Or maybe they’ll hire slick new coordinators and go 19-0 and we’ll be hailing DQ as the better Belichick. For now, we leave it at this: Not many organizations would effect such sweeping changes without making it a clean sweep. Not many businesses would dump the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 execs and leave the CEO in place. The Falcons just did. Then again, they’re the Falcons.
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    Kubiak is a no brainer, Blank needs to fire up the jet...I think we end up with Bevell because we all know as Falcons fans we cant have nice things
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    @FalconFanSince1970 What do you think? #10, #13, #5 and #7 scoring offense. 43-21 record
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    Wouldn’t mind him as TE coach.
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    Nope. Fournette is injury prone. Been hurt since college. His shelf life is going to be shorter due to his style. I like his game but I dont want him in ATL. Its also very likely he goes nowhere. Young RBs arent moved unless they are unproductive. That said Raiders did trade Cooper and Mack. Ill pass
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    If they are not family members I have folks in Detroit that can help you hide the bodies.
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    Ryan had a top 3 QB rating under pressure. Do you even watch or read?? Seems like you are trolling. Ryan had a 144 QB rating in superbowl. Dude had a 5:1 TD/INT ratio in a year where he had the 27th ranked run game and backups at LG, RG and RT. Ryan is the best thing that happened to the Falcons. Period.
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    hmmm... i coulda swore people were saying he was an awful teammate just 3 months ago... maybe that was a different board
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    Let’s recap: chain link fences surrounding scared immigrant children and toddlers = not a cage. A few feet of brick with broadly spaced wrought irons bars on top = a wall.
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    " I've told you, Justin is staying " Justin's response:
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    He lied to the troops about their pay raise because of national security reasons. That's up there with some of the dumbest things that have been said in these threads. And that's saying something.
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    According to reports, Antonio Brown and Big Ben got into a heated argument. Brown called Ben “a big fat rapist”. Big Ben began to cry and replied to Brown saying “I'M NOT FAT”.
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    If kazee is smart he'll follow Tru around.. Cause every ball bounces off Tru's hands and will be easy interceptions