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  1. Why on earth would anyone consider trading one of the only key pieces on defense?
    38 points
  2. First mock of the off-season. Kind of a combination of what I'd like to see versus what I expect from the off-season based on what little we've heard as far as philosophy goes from TF and Arthur. Not gonna worry too much with salary cap numbers as of now until a number is set. The swings in which people think the cap will land are just too wild. Anywhere from 180-200 mil so guessing right now is futile. This mock is going to hammer the secondary hard. I feel like every single spot needs to be replaced except AJ. For us to have any chance of making any free agency noise though, a
    28 points
  3. k-train

    Thanks, Rico!

    No matter what your thoughts are on his performance in recent years, you've gotta appreciate the effort that man put forth in his time with this team. After getting released in his rookie year, he did everything he could to improve & was able to make the practice squad. His dedication to getting better & his willingness to do whatever it took to be a part of the team allowed him to fill a void when he made the move to FS. From there, he wasn't satisfied with just being a solid contributor, so he worked to become a leader in the secondary. What he lacked in athleticism he made up
    28 points
  4. I can hear @Knight of God popping the champagne from hundreds of miles away.
    26 points
  5. Dear Ricardo Allen: you were one of the greatest 5th round picks in Falcons history. And you always made me proud as a fan with your tireless work ethic and dedication to improvement. Thank you for everything. Good luck with the rest of your NFL career!
    23 points
  6. 23 points
  7. Something about a Falcons DB and a Hooker doesn’t sit well with me...
    22 points
  8. Rings

    My Hopes on the Draft

    I don't start a lot of topics, I tend to piggy back off of others and either agree or disagree and why. But I figured I would spell out what I'd like to happen, or not happen, this draft. What I want us to do. 1) Trade Down. This to me is the biggest thing we can do in my eyes. There are very few blue chip players in this draft, the good thing is most of them are QBs and as we have seen so far in offseason trades, teams feel they need one bad and are willing to overpay. I would honestly prefer multiple trade downs if possible, but we will see how that plays out. I love the dra
    20 points
  9. He will have a long way to go to beat the 77 Falcons defense coordinated by Jerry Glanville
    19 points
  10. I, for one, believe building a great team is indeed a good approach for sustained success. Isn’t it nice to have such flexibility with the draft capital the Falcons have this year? It could be that building around an established QB is the smartest move for not just 2021, but 2022 and 2023 moving forward.
    19 points
  11. Yeah ....I think we move Ryan..... Right behind the center....
    18 points
  12. I never got the TATF love affair with Kurt Benkert... Toodles!
    17 points
  13. “We don’t want to make decisions in 2021 that are going to hurt us in 2022, 2023 moving forward,” Fontenot said. “So, we’re going to have that big-picture mindset and make sure that we’re going to make decisions for sustained success.”
    16 points
  14. I am so happy we hired Smith, but he always looks like he's being sodomized by a dominatrix by remote control on these Zoom conferences.
    16 points
  15. Yeah, because we'll be in our feeling for years to come when we have to draft or sign another one. Haste makes waste. These guys you all like are avg at the NFL level.
    16 points
  16. We all saw that with better planning, a scheme and some real coaching we were a playoff team, believe it or not.
    16 points
  17. First, just a recap. Kyle Shannahan found ways to get the most from our offense and came up with great game plans to take advantage of defenses. He took us to a SB. There, his weakness was exposed. Kyle wants you to know he can pass on any defense any time. But, he cannot. He needed to select his moments for passing and run the ball when he needs to. As further evidence, he repeated this when he took the Niners to the SB. He displayed the same weakness. Shannahan was the best thing that happened to Quinn. DQ may be a good defensive coach. I am not convinced. Time will tell. Bu
    15 points
  18. I would draft a QB later in the draft to see if we can catch lightning in a bottle. If that doesn't happen, look to use a higher draft pick next year to acquire one.
    15 points
  19. DonOfThemBirds

    Jaylinn Hawkins

    Has a t-shirt with Dennis Rodman on it and "Picture Me Naked" sign in the background. Nothing more Dennis Rodman than that.
    15 points
  20. I really love this approach to the draft. Fontenot gave this response in a meeting with season ticket holders. Use FA for known commodities to fill specific needs and use the draft for skillsets you love.
    15 points
  21. Perception is a wild one. Anybody can really take whatever quote and justify what it means for the purpose of what you want to do. This could easily go many ways and after it all goes down somebody is going to look back and say "SEE! I told you this is what he meant." It's the offseason and exciting especially after the terrible season so I'm happy we all get to speculate, but simply put....things do and don't mean what you think. Happy hunting for those next few quotes that give you "insight."
    15 points
  22. Reaching for needs is what got dimitroff and quinn fired.
    15 points
  23. What did ESPN say before the hiring? Falcons HC and GM were least attractive because of Ryan and Julio cap problems.
    14 points
  24. He made the job attractive because he has such great trade value. /purp
    14 points
  25. What else could he say in a F2F meeting with the cameras on? "Hey Matt, you suck but nice to meet you! Be on the lookout for a trade here soon bud" Not saying what he said isn't true, But of course he is going to give high praise to his new teams QB.
    14 points
  26. You wasted a few minutes of my time. I hope you're ashamed of yourself
    14 points
  27. "We're gonna suck next year and there is no way we won't" crowd divert your eyes... https://www.nfl.com/news/ranking-all-eight-candidates-to-go-worst-to-first-in-2021-nfl-season Atlanta Falcons NFC South · 4-12 Encouragingly for the Falcons, when I talked with people who worked for teams searching for head coaches, they said Arthur Smith jumped out at them in terms of his charisma and ability to excite people. There is no question Smith has offensive talent to work with in Atlanta. Even if the Falcons select a quarterback fourth overall in the draft, Matt
    14 points
  28. One aspect of our offense that should finally get back on track under Arthur Smith is YAC. The last two years under Derp Koetter, Ryan ranked 32 of 32 starting QB’s in YAC. It almost seems impossible with receivers like Julio, Ridley, Gage & Hurst on the team. Its so frustrating the FO wasted two prime years of Ryan/Julio with such a clueless OC. A great OC can scheme easy yards for his receivers. The fact Koetter took our Uber talented receiving corp and finished dead last in consecutive years tells you all you need to know about Derp. Arthur Smith took Ryan Tannehill
    13 points
  29. My plan -- and I'm not the GM so I don't know what his plan is -- would be to stockpile draft capital. I would trade down in this draft and not trade back up. I'd use the assets acquired in next year's draft and re-assess. If Ryan plays well and is not injured going into 2020, I might trade out of the round again next year with one pick, probably not both. Stockpile more. Then, when the iron is hot, you have the draft capital to strike. Best case scenario, someone you like falls to your spot, wherever it is. Worst case scenario you are stockpiling a lot of picks and can use them to
    13 points
  30. why try for a SB now? So what if the experts are saying they think we will bounce right back next year? We should break it all down, cut Gradys, Ryans and Julios, trade all our picks and move up for a QB. Then, in 3 years, we can find out of that QB is a bust or not!
    13 points
  31. I’ve told the story a bunch of times, but I went to Purdue with Rico and his wife (she was a graduate assistant at the time). Salts of the earth people and wish him and his family the ABSOLUTE best in the future. Grateful for his commitment to the Falcons and will always root for him
    13 points
  32. Another case of a GM holding on to a diamond in the rough he found for way too long. Did Rico out perform where he was drafted? Yes. But that doesn’t make him a quality starter.
    13 points
  33. Wentz was literally one of, if not THE, worst starting QBs in the league last year, he makes more than Ryan and gets that in a trade. Where are the people who think we could only get a third for Ryan again?
    13 points
  34. and this projection includes Atlanta trading with Carolina, which is probably less likely than Atlanta taking a TE in the 1st round
    12 points
  35. Yup. Plus, if we trade down from 4 and get a future first, that gives us more ammo if we need to move up from say, 32nd overall.
    12 points
  36. Jesus

    Quarterback WAR:

    68 more days of this.
    12 points
  37. love this..... to all those wanting to add top free agents and get Falcons to extend Matt & Julio (to create cap space) - I don't see it. Dimitroff was always breaking open the piggybank and extending guys for one last shot - too many high dollar players coming off three non-winning seasons and Fontenot and Smith don't carry the baggage of Dimitroff and Quinn. 2021 is not the new guys' SuperBowl. I expect what Joel Corry said in the D-Led article is correct - especially if Falcons go QB at #4. You could be seeing two of the best Falcons players in Falcons history in thei
    12 points
  38. If not for boneheaded DQ, ST and crappy D. The team would have started 3-2 or 4-1 not 0-5.
    12 points
  39. Does Henry need Smith?
    12 points
  40. It’s been time to improve at FS for a good while now, but Rico was a good guy and an okay player for a good portion of his career here. At the very least he’ll be missed in the locker room. Hopefully we can get a difference maker at that position this offseason.
    12 points
  41. Weird how all these teams keep giving up valuable draft picks for QB's when there's no fewer than 5 guaranteed HoF'ers in this draft class.
    12 points
  42. Two firsts. Anything else is a hard pass.
    12 points
  43. "If you start reaching for needs, you'll get yourself in trouble." Music to FF70's ears (and mine)
    12 points
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