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    If they release Sanu I'll be really pissed . That dude is worth every penny!!
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    Better situational coaching and game planning by DQ and his staff should be up there fairly high....
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    I get it, on both sides. It sucks. If we didn't have Tavecchio locked up there's no way this happens. Also, to any fans thinking of being jerks to Melissa - please don't. It's hard moving a family.
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    Before the three cuts went down we were $14.5M under according to OTC. That includes 12 camp bodies on the roster that may be gone. They count $6.4M against the cap. So if you include their cap relief with the $15.2M freed up by cutting Bryant, Alf and Reed, we're sitting at around $36.1M as of now. We could free up an additional $25.2M and get to $61.3M by cutting Beasley, Fusco, Bosher and Shraeder (post June 1). That's enough to sign Grady, extend Julio, Debo and Hoop, re-sign some of our key free agents, sign three or four bonafide street free agents for the Oline and Dline, then sign our draft class.
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    Athletic =/= Small and Weak There are powerful guys who can move. Based off what Quinn said, we're looking to add more of them this offseason.
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    http://www.espn.com/blog/nfcsouth/post/_/id/73771/matt-ryan-winning-a-super-bowl-motivates-me-to-get-out-of-bed ATLANTA -- Every NFL player's dream is to win a Super Bowl, but Matt Ryan admitted achieving such a goal wasn't at the forefront of his thoughts when he first entered the league. Ryan, the No. 3 overall pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2008 draft, was "a little naive" back then regarding the chances of winning a title. His mindset quickly changed. "I think after my rookie year was the first time I thought about it," Ryan said. "We got to the playoffs, and we lost to the Cardinals. Then the Cardinals went on to play the Steelers in the Super Bowl. That was the first time I was like, 'Man, we played them tough. I can do this. We can do this.' "You have the belief from that point. Prior to that, you're not even thinking that way. Then after that playoff game, I really felt like, 'All right, we're right in the mix. We can do this.'" Eleven years later, Ryan has yet to hoist the Lombardi trophy. That elusive title fuels him daily. He was named the league MVP in 2016. He has won an NFC Championship. He signed a deal worth $30 million per year and $100 million guaranteed in 2018. In the grand scheme, none of those accomplishments compare to owning a Super Bowl title. Ryan's feelings haven't changed since his rookie season: He firmly believes he can do this. "It's the No. 1 goal for me," Ryan said of winning a Super Bowl. "It's the ultimate and what motivates me to get out of bed every morning and to try and put in the work as hard as I can, to bring a championship to this city and to our organization. That's what it's all about." Coming close is never good enough Ryan doesn't spend too much time dwelling on what happened in 2016 when the Falcons made a run to Super Bowl LI only to blow a 28-3 third-quarter lead in a 34-28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots. That same year, following a 44-21 triumph over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, Ryan got a call from a two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback. "The first guy was Peyton [Manning]," Ryan said. "He called me that night and said, 'Hey, man, any help you need, if you need anything, here's how to schedule your week.' He's been great to me." Ryan also has communicated with Tom Brady, now a six-time Super Bowl champ, over the years. "I spoke with Tom and texted with Tom, regularly," Ryan said. "He didn't give much of a formula -- just supportive." Ryan would love to be the one offering advice to others on what it takes to win a Super Bowl. Most believed the Falcons were legit Super Bowl contenders leading into the 2018 season. However, the team placed six starters on injured reserve, losing five of them for the season. The Falcons couldn't fully recover from a 1-4 start, a five-game losing streak in November and December, or the slew of injuries, leading to a 7-9 finish. "It was really disappointing," Ryan said. "The No. 1 thing was we had opportunities to finish games multiple times throughout the year, and we just fell short with too many opportunities. So that's got to be the No. 1 point of emphasis, in my mind, moving forward, is finding ways to finish teams out. It could be at different times throughout the games, but we've got to find ways to finish." Looking ahead to 2019 The process of rebuilding for next season already is in full swing. Coach Dan Quinn made drastic changes with the staff, firing offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel and special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. While Quinn will take over the defensive playcalling, he hired Dirk Koetter, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach and one-time Falcons coordinator, to run the offense once again. "Dirk, he's an excellent playcaller," Ryan said. "He connects with the guys really well. I think he kind of adjusts to where he's at. What they did in Tampa was different from what he did in Atlanta [the first time], which is different from how they played in Jacksonville. He looks at what you have, and he tries to take what you have and make what you have the best it can be." Quinn also has begun to reshape the roster, cutting ties with veteran kicker and fan favorite Matt Bryant, starting cornerback Robert Alford and defensive end Brooks Reed. Those moves will clear almost $15.5 million in salary-cap space for 2019, and the Falcons have prioritized signing nose tackle Grady Jarrett to a lucrative contract and reworking wide receiver Julio Jones' deal. The most significant personnel change, however, could be the return of two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman from a season-ending groin surgery. "It's huge," Ryan said of getting Freeman back. "He's a great player. Anytime you add a great player back into the mix with a bunch of other guys that are great players, it's a good thing. And he's a dynamic player. He can make things happen in the passing game and in the running game. His ability to cut back, his ability to make people miss, his ability to run with power, all that stuff is good." Ryan wants to do his part in, perhaps, leading the Falcons back to Super Bowl contention. He posted MVP-like numbers this past season with 4,924 passing yards -- the second-highest total of his career behind the 4,944 during the Super Bowl season -- a 69.4 percent completion percentage, and 35 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. Despite those gaudy numbers, Ryan believed he fell short in at least one area, an area he plans to address this offseason. "I think it's probably trying to find ways to utilize all of our guys the best way we can," Ryan said. "Like I think Hoop [tight end Austin Hooper] did a great job [last] offseason of coming to work, having a clear plan of what he wanted to improve on and how we're going to use him. And I think we can expand his role. But it's doing that same thing with Calvin [Ridley], doing that with Mohamed [Sanu]. Spending individual time with those guys, one-on-one, in that way, I think, is beneficial. "To me, it makes me a better player when I understand how those guys operate, what they're hearing when I'm talking to them, and what they're saying back to me. I think improving those relationships is, to me, the most important thing." Ryan plans to spend more time in California with Hooper individually and hopes to do the same with the others mentioned. He already has a good feel for working with his top receiver, Jones, Ryan's teammate since 2011. While Ryan does his part, the front office has to do its job in securing more talent on the offensive line to protect Ryan and open holes in the running game. The line also has to be addressed on defense to be stouter against the run and better at rushing the passer. Matt has 'it in his future' Team owner Arthur Blank told ESPN he believes the Falcons are in "good, competitive shape" to return to the Super Bowl. And at least two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks think Ryan has what it takes to finally win it all. "I think, certainly, Matt has it," said Joe Theismann, who won Super Bowl XVII with the Washington Redskins. "He's been there, and he's been close. The one that got away, you never know if you're going to get another chance. It's a little bit like Dan Marino. "But Matt, with the people around him, I think their football team offensively is as good as there is in football. The question is, how well are they going to play defensively? They're in a tough division. But I think Matt certainly has it in his future." Kurt Warner, who won Super Bowl XXXIV with the Rams, pointed to one quality Ryan possesses that could help put the Falcons over the top. "I think the things I love about Matt is, I believe to be a great quarterback in this league you have to have the ability to make those second-level throws -- what I call 'chunk throws' -- and to be able to make those consistently, and I think Matt does it as well as anyone in the NFL," Warner said. "We've seen Matt play at an MVP level. We've seen him play in the Super Bowl. But that, to me, is what helps separate him. Not everybody has that ability. Most guys can make the 5-to-10-yard throws. Most guys can make the deep throws. Can you make those medium-range, chunk throws on a consistent basis, and Matt does it as well as anybody."
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    I won't say big splash but a number of solid moves. So far they haven't made a mistake in my opinion. This roster is primed to be revamped and they aren't holding back. It is shocking they are moving so early. Historically, they've waited until late Feb-early March to make these moves. Since DE is wide open now, I've expected them to go after guys like Preston Smith, Zadarius Smith, Shaq Barrett. Even Brandon Graham shouldn't be widely expensive compared to the true big fish like Demarcus Lawrence and Jadeveon Clowney. If we added two of those guys on the edges, we'd be cooking with a LOT of gas in my opinion with real edge rushers and not patch work guys like Reed and Shelby.
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    Yes, swing tackle. Anyone who wants Sambrailo as our starting right tackle is smoking that real good stuff, my man.
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    https://theathletic.com/803358/2019/02/06/falcons-qa-ito-smith-ready-for-team-to-get-that-sour-taste-out-of-our-mouth/ Growing up as an aspiring football player in Mobile, Ala., Ito Smith never had the opportunity to attend a clinic led by professional football players. As a youth, it probably didn’t seem like a big deal as he worked his way into being a high school standout and a college star at Southern Miss. Following his rookie season with the Falcons, Smith was given the opportunity to teach some football skills to a group of elementary school children at a recent clinic at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta. Smith said it was a good way to spend some offseason downtime while giving back to his new community. “We’re tossing the football around and handing out autographs,” Smith said. “It’s motivating and inspiring them to be like us.” The event was hosted by Panini, a licensed trading card company that was in town for the Super Bowl. Smith, along with NFL players such as Denver running back Phillip Lindsay and Cincinnati receiver Tyler Boyd, was on hand to go through some drills and to sign some autographs for the kids. The players led the kids through some basic drills and taught some fundamentals. Smith said it was good for the school children to get a first-hand experience with the players they look up to on Sundays. “To give back and be there so they can actually see you in person — they see us on TV all the time,” Smith said. “To see us in person, they can say, ‘I saw him! I got his autograph!’ That’s very motivating. It’s a cool thing.” Smith figures to be in line for a bigger role from the start in 2019, especially if Tevin Coleman heads elsewhere in free agency. Selected in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL draft, Smith began last season as the third-string running back and expected to see most of his time on special teams. Injuries to Devonta Freeman relegated him to only two games, which propelled Smith into a greater role. Smith showcased his potential as a shifty and agile runner, with his best highlight coming against Carolina when he spun off of a tackle attempt from linebacker Luke Kuechly. Smith’s rookie season ended with 90 carries for 315 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught 27 passes for 152 yards. Smith’s year concluded before the final two games, however, as he suffered a meniscus injury against Arizona. Prior to the Super Bowl, Smith caught up with The Athletic to discuss his rookie year, his health and what he learned to get through his first long NFL season. How is the knee doing? Are you feeling better, and are you ready to get back in the swing of things? Yeah, I can’t wait to get back. The knee is feeling really good. I’m almost back to 100 percent. I’ll be back for OTAs, and I’ll have a full offseason. I’m just ready to get back out there with my teammates to get that sour taste out of our mouth. Obviously, there were a lot of expectations going into the year. If you could pinpoint something that led to the 7-9 season, what do you think it was? It was just execution and too many mistakes. Turnovers, that killed us. Just execute, man. We have to play better football, sound football. If we make the plays we’re supposed to make, we’ll be fine. Did you all (as players) put that on yourself as a team, as a collective group? Were those things you think you can correct on the field, and not necessarily from anything coaching related? Coaches coach, and we go out there and play. You can watch the games, and we made a lot of mistakes. We have to play better football, like I said. What have you been doing since the offseason began? I assume you’ve been doing some rehab, but what’s been your timeline since that last game? Just rehabbing and relaxing, trying to get my body feeling really good. It’s a long NFL season. I had workouts at pro day, so last year was a really long year for me. I’m trying to get my body back right. I’ll relax while I got the time and enjoy it with my family. I’m going to get my mind right, so I can be 100 percent ready for next season. Are you already anxious to get back? I say that because obviously there is some uncertainty with Tevin being a free agent. If he does go somewhere else you’re that No. 2 back. Are you anxious at all to take on a big role? I’m a competitor so I’d embrace it. I want that bigger role. Tevin did a great job, but whatever happens, happens. Whether I’m the No. 2 or No. 3 guy, I’m going to go out there and do my job the best I can for my team so we can have a better season next year. What do you think you learned the most during your rookie year? Just staying focused. It’s a long season. The weeks, they get redundant. You’re doing the same stuff every week. It’s staying focused and sticking to it. It’s chugging on, I guess. It has to be tough — you get to Week 10, 11 and 12, the hits are harder than they were in college. It’s such a high level. And you still have six weeks to go, and if you’re still playing like right now, it’s up to 20 weeks. How do you keep your mind right with such a long year? On your off days, it’s having a real off day. Get you a little studying in but other than that, you have to get your rest. You can’t be staying up all night. It’s taking care of your body, doing all your rehab — therapy, hot tub, cold tub, needle room, massages. Do whatever you got to do so that when Sunday comes around you’re full-go. Have you had a chance to speak with Dirk Koetter yet since he became your new offensive coordinator? I have not spoken with him yet. Are you familiar with his offense or have you studied any of it yet? They say he’s a very balanced guy so we’ll see. He’s known for a lot of inside zone (runs). I feel like that fits you. Do you feel the same? I’m a good inside zone runner. I’m a good outside zone runner, too. I am a better inside zone runner than outside. I did do a good job with the inside zone runs. It’s continuing on and building off of that. Who or what was your biggest inspiration, whether it was to play football, whether it’s to succeed? I don’t want to say inspiration, but growing up I used to like Reggie Bush. I used to like his style and stay up late watching him when he was on the west coast in college at USC. He was a really good college player. Mainly him.
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    “RYAN CANT BE ELITE BECAUSE HIS WIFE ISNT A SUPERMODEL!!!!” - Swift
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    PRE-6/1 RELEASE 2019 Dead Cap: $3,800,000 2019 Cap Savings: $3,950,000 POST-6/1 RELEASE 2019 Dead Cap: $1,300,000 2020 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2019 Cap Savings: $6,450,000
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    Like throwing a INT in overtime of the NFC championship game?
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    Negative ghostrider. PFF: Matt Ryan leads NFL in passing yards under pressure since 2006 https://thefalconswire.usatoday.com/2018/07/03/pff-matt-ryan-leads-nfl-in-passing-yards-under-pressure-since-2006/ Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown for more yards under pressure than any other QB in the NFL over the last 12 seasons, according to Pro Football Focus. Ryan’s 9,930 total yards in those situations rank ahead of Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, Joe Flacco and Russell Wilson. View image on Twitter View image on Twitter Pro Football Focus ✔ @PFF Matt Ryan is just 70 yards shy of 10,000 passing yards under pressure. 215 1:16 PM - Jul 2, 2018 97 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy A lot goes into those numbers but the best QBs in the NFL like Ryan and Wilson all share the ability to anticipate the rush and make a throw before the pressure arrives. This is an area Ryan has always excelled at, and one of the reasons he’s been so successful for the past decade.
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    majority of teams wait unti; FA, post June cut, etc etc. And it makes it very hard on teams to sign players at last minute. Bryant and Alford are now able to look at offers, teams are able to look at them. So while it is hard to let go of them. Falcons at least made it where they can move to another team, instead of doing it late and them not finding a new home. Because I have seen that a lot.
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    queue up "Thats my quarterback" memes but yes like that drive by mr2
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    ***Mods, I know this is an article about the SB between the Pats and the Rams, but at it's essence it's about football and I think it applies to the Falcons. Given it's the offseason and things will be fairly slower, please don't move this unless nobody reads/interacts. Now that that is out of the way, Matt Waldman is one of my favorite Twitter follows when it comes to breaking down film and digging into the game of football. He's smart and understands it and knows how to give it to the casual fan so they can truly digest the game. He sat down with one of the contributors to his site and I think the conversation is one of the best I've read and I think it would be beneficial for this place as a whole. I also believe part of it applies to the Falcons and how we can/should look at this offseason and the related moves. Stoner: Vic Ketchman will forever be my spirit grandpa. Hightower and Gilmore played their ***** off. Great defense is not always sacks and turnovers. I feel bad for Wade Phillips and the Rams defense. Waldman: The Rams confused Brady, too. The Patriots defensive game plan forced more errors than the Rams’ plan. Folks want to blame Goff but we’ll get to that later because it is a simplistic conclusion and often rooted in a couple of plays, especially when one of them was arguably a bad no-call that could have tied the game late. Stoner: The Rams mostly played a great game on defense. Ray Ratto was dead-on about the Patriots with the important exception of his final sentence below. [Belichick] has known more ways to win a game than most of us have learned to watch on, and with every trend int eh sport going toward offensive pyrospectaculars and playbooks powered by dilithium crystals, he decided to force-feed America a three-hour tutorial on Chuck Noll and Don Shula and George Allen and Bud Grant. It was the early 1970s, and you were there. It is a lesson America didn't enjoy and one it will hate all the more in years to come, but Belichick, who has adapted to changing mores in the sport as much as any coach, dragged us all by our slackened eyelids back to a time when we though presidents didn't come worse than Richard Nixon and sports was designed solely as a lesson in denial of pleasure and a repudiation of style. This was him saying, “This is a game you’re too young to remember, but I’m not, and I know how to make you sit at this table and eat it until it’s gone.” “You’re ******* right. Every other coach is like: “this is the scheme we use” and Belichick is like: “this is the scheme that this situation calls for.” How can no one else get this?” Stoner: I see this criticism all of the time. It’s valid on some level, yes. I also think people underestimate the amount of knowledge necessary to do this. It’s like what you wrote in your “Can He Make Music,” piece. You need to be able to speak the language of whatever country you’re in and ALSO need to know how to communicate things lost in translation on the fly. Waldman: I know scouts who understand less scheme than I. And to think a coach trained in one language can adapt to another so fast is not realistic. I wish I were 20 years younger and had the kind of time I had 20 years ago, too. Stoner: Ray Ratto’s Deadspin piece is great, you’ll like it a lot. I keep going back to the Pepper Johnson piece, too. Especially when he said Bill literally signed Mike Vrabel just to pick his brain on LeBeau’s defense. And nobody else really does that, LMFAO! Going back to the scheme, it’s not just about knowing where the X’s and O’s are supposed to go. The techniques for each can be so different. Adjustments are so different. You know this but the example of zone versus gap have WAY different micro-adjustments just in the angles you take to reach the second level. Let’s look at stretch versus one-back power. What blow ups both of these plays? A strongside, tilted nose tackle and weakside linebacker gap exchange. These are WAY different rules to simply run the ball to the strong side and this is just for the offensive line, not the backs. Now imagine every team using vastly different terminology for this ****! Waldman: Good point. Stoner: Then you have to teach the technique. A scoop and a double-two LB has way different footwork and second-level aiming points. Then only after considering the scheme and technique, consideration of the opponent’s personnel creates even more changes. Does your opponent have a stud nose tackle? If so, you need to cut him down because he’s going to hold up the double team and well never reach the linebacker. Is the nose tackle soft? Then we can ride him the direction he wants to go. Are the linebackers slow? If so, we can double the nose and put him in the lap of the linebacker. Guess what? All of this goes out the window if the defense decides not to really run this NT-WLB gap exchange. All of these considerations are all focused on just one offensive adjustment to the most common defensive adjustment used against the two most heavily used run plays. That’s a lot of shlt to know and that’s high school football 101 knowledge versus an extremely basic even front. Waldman: Football is an elegant game. There are so many elements at play but fans are continually trying to simplify and second-guess what’s happening. When I listen to a lot of analysts these days, their analysis often sounds like: “We understand that there are a lot of variables to take into account…yadda, yadda, yadda…but seriously, my emotional reaction to one play outweighs all of those variables and I have stats to back it up!” You’ve taken us in the weeds with one in-game adjustment that’s fundamental to almost all levels of football but there are folks out there who don’t understand this when they criticize a team for not altering its zone blocking scheme to account for a back that it had little intention of using this year who is better at gap. They aren’t seeing that it’s a consideration of the demands on 5-7 players versus 1. Stoner: I get why so many teams run zone instead of Gap. The rules for Zone are more consistent play-to-play for the offensive line. Gap schemes require a lot of memorization simply from the volume of options. Every run play is trying to accomplish something a little different. Waldman: Right. And for the backs, Gap is diagnostically easier on the back because the line is handling the diagnostic burden while Zone is more conceptually demanding for the runner because the scheme is designed to be easier for the line. Stoner: I agree. This game comes down to a really bad performance by Sean McVay — it was bad planning, bad game management, and McVay didn’t stick to his own offense. If Bill gives you something — in this case, the jet sweep — he is daring you to run it 10 times in a row until he stops it. Bill knows you won’t try it because offensive coordinators and good quarterback are often impatient. Waldman: The Seahawks knew Peyton Manning would be too impatient to nickel-and-dime his way downfield in its Super Bowl matchup. They gave Julius Thomas to Manning early, betting that physical play against Thomas would lead to mistakes and Manning would begin forcing the ball downfield. It’s exactly what happened and the Seahawks stifled and blew-out one of the most prolific offenses in football history. https://mattwaldmanrsp.com/2019/02/04/stop-making-sense-a-post-super-bowl-conversation-with-eric-stoner/ There is more to the article, but it focuses in more on Goff, Brady, and is truly not related to the Falcons. But the parts I highlighted I think absolutely do. Especially about the zone running. People here still complain about not being able to be a physical zone running team. That's just not true. But this also speaks to why some RBs struggle with zone running concepts, something that isn't discussed enough. You see once we started losing OL, the continuity is paramount in a heavy zone based running game. But once they have that continuity, they can pick it up quicker. Hence why Shanahan's have leaned on later round OL because it's more about consistency than true talent. It's also why you can take RBs later, so long as they truly understand the rules of zone based running and follow them to a T. Also, the first/last bolded parts are why I'm excited about DQ going back to being DC and why I was never a fan of Manuel. Belichick is good because he isn't so focused on relying on his "scheme" but instead looking at each opponent and figuring out what needs to be done to stop that particular opponent. That's what made DQ great. He didn't live and die with the 4-3 Under in Seattle. He dusted off the bear fronts that gave the Niners fits. As you see with the last bolded part, DQ can figure out great offenses. He's got the reigns now. Overall, don't cry over us sticking with the zone running scheme. Also, with the additions of Koetter, Mularkey, and Knapp, this gives the offense the variability that you see from the Pats (hopefully). Being able to match up and run schemes each week is key going forward. One offense doesn't beat every defense. One defense doesn't beat every offense. You have to be ready to beat that week's opponent. Even if it means going back to 1970s football and making it boring and ugly. At the end of the day, if that's what it takes to win the SB, do it.
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    Matt Gaetz told a room full of parents of Parkland shooting victims that background checks on all gun purchases won’t stop gun violence. And simultaneously said that a border wall would prevent gun violence. What a piece of poop.
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    He needs to go. He hasn't been the same since he got that concussion a couple of seasons ago. At first, I thought keeping him as a backup swing tackle might be okay, but I don't even think that now. He needs to be cut.
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    Man, I know you don’t hate him. There just isn’t really a lot to replace him with and with a few of the moves coming up, it will place us in a bad spot for the draft an FA to walk him
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    Seeing Auburn people accuse UGA of paying for a player and act like they don’t or haven’t is the funniest **** about today.
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    Looks like we may be done with the days of mediocrity and it’s celebration
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    Pass pro doesn’t change, ZBS or power, both types of guards should be able to pass block. So there’s no philosophy that emphasizes ZBS and not pass pro or vice versa.
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    This is starting to feel like someone's offseason thread.
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    The Falcons have never toyed with their guys when it came to cutting them or not re-signing. Players may not like it but they have to respect it. The Falcons really do have mostly a classy organization. It just sucks that we don't have a winning one.
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    Keeping the lights on and food on the table motivates me to get out of bed
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    She has a Julio jersey and an Auburn Jersey. I think we have an auburn cheerleader outfit that doesn't fit yet that's a hand-me-down from her cousin. Speaking of which, her cousin's hand me downs have saved us probably thousands in clothes.
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    His contract ran out, so they don't need to cut him.
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    I’m not sure I would jump on that grenade for a man who covered up multiple rapes. He may not have committed a crime it’s disgusting what he did. Scratch that, no way in heck would I battle for him. Especially against the president of my university who determines my job security.
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    Yeah, I've never really understood this argument. But I've seen it for months on the UF and Vols forums. And then there is this : No idea why the tweet came out looking different than on Twitter, but here's the easier to read version: UF in 2nd place over the last two seasons combined; with Vandy in last place. But in recruiting points UF is closer to Vandy than it is to UGA
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    Vic’s going nowhere...Quinn believes in him. You don’t accidentally fall into 16 sacks. Vic is far from perfect, but his athleticism is far from ordinary
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    This ^^ I think in the past we might have made some assumptions about some more powerful guys not being able to move well enough for our scheme. I heard Mike Munchak interviewed during SB week on local radio, and he said that had been Dimi's biggest mistake in evaluating O-linemen. He said a good coach could have taken a guy like Larry Allen and made him great in the ZBS. Athletes are athletes.
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    I will never be able to understand the relationship between your screenname and your complete disdain for everything Matt Ryan does...
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    Its called BUSINESS. Actually she should vent to Matt Ryan for taking the big piece out of a pie.
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    My main motivation to get out of bed is to find out whether my back will ache less if I'm upright instead of prone.
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    This doesn't make sense. You are implying that Matt Ryan makes excuses. Please show us a single, solitary time he's done so. Ever.
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    Yea, but playaction and disguising run and pass looks pre-snap helps a bunch. Shanny was a good playcaller because he was good at disguising.
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    Cody is still my favorite at #14. Jonah I don't think sniffs outside the top 10. If he does, gimme gimme. I think he's Jack Conklin part two. Either way, I doubt we find a RT in FA so get one at #14. If both are gone, drop back a little and take Dalton Risner. I'd call him a top 35 lock. He's not getting past Gruden and the Raiders in the second. My absolute favorite player at #45 is Garrett Bradbury. He comes from NC State's ZBS. We were hot on Joe Thuney. Almost the same player. Bradbury has been play center, but I think he can easily play LG until Mack hangs it up. He's the best interior ZBS lineman in this draft in my opinion. He would seamlessly step in and be a day one stud I think. He can make every block you need. At that point, you've solved two OL spots with two picks. RG.....?
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    really hope none of you here start bad mouthing her. matt and melissa are two great people and deserve nothing but love. its understandable to be upset.