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  1. Many of you will refuse to give credence to this but in the previous years there was no players with the "C" on their jerseys, no in-season recognized leaders. Is this proof that someone in the organization reads topics on their website? Many detractors will say that it was just a coincidence, yet no one had ever pointed this out. They cite wanting to inspire leadership but I invite you to read the opening statement. I believe, whether you do or not, that they are reading and paying attention to fan sentiment.
  2. One other point: Since Dimitroff's talent "reshaping" of 2013, the team is 6-17. Mike Smith was the NFLs coach of the year twice for a reason, however you cannot overcome a severe lack of talent. First witness: Brian Billick. "The Falcons have the least quantifiable talent on defense of any team in the NFL."
  3. Dimitroff must go, Smith should stay. Argument: While Mike Smith is not a perfect coach, he is a good one. The Falcons are not the beneficiaries of 5 straight winning seasons due to Dimitroff's draft acumen but despite it. Exhibit #1: Upon assuming a supposed talentless team in 2008, Dimitroff only made these consequential moves: Drafting a quarterback for a starter-less team, signing a tight end (Ben Hartsock, who was benched after 4 games) signing Mike Peterson for veteran linebacker help signing Michael Turner and drafting left tackle Sam Baker. Members of the jury, this last point is sign
  4. You are the prosecution or the defense, whichever you choose. The rule is to pick any side, for or against, firing or retaining either Smith or Dimitroff, and give your most compelling argument for your stance. Can you win in the court of public opinion?
  5. Here is a way to put the question into perspective. At the start of the game or overtime, when all of the captains are on the field for the coin toss, the captain with the most stars after the C makes the call of heads or tails. If what many claim is true concerning Mike Smith having control over draft picks, free agency or cuts, then he has the C or is the head of the organization. That is counter-intuitive to a GM running the team and making personnel decisions. Generally the GM is the captain, so to speak.
  6. To clarify, in the microcosm (small picture) there are no team captains as designated by the "C". In the macrocosm (big picture) which I referenced, who in the organization has the big "C"? Is it Rich McKay, Dimitroff or Smith? Regardless of input, SOMEONE has to have the final say, from draft picks to free agency to who to cut. Who is that is the question.
  7. Note that the Falcons are the only NFL team where the leaders do not wear the C**** on their jersey. Manning, Brady, Brees, Wilson and other quarterbacks have the captains C. Each team has defensive players who have the captains symbol. Who are the captains for the Falcons? In the macrocosm, who wears the "C" for the team? Who is the decision maker? That is the root of all problems. This person who makes the ultimate, final decisions whether based on counsel, input or not, decided to jettison Todd McClure, Tyson Clabo, Harvey Dahl, Brent Grimes, Michael Turner (10tds) John Abraham (10 sacks) f
  8. Were the fans supposed to muzzle the Chicago fans? Beat them up? Out-cheer them and make the sound worse? The only solution to crowd noise is to score and stop the other team so they have nothing to cheer about; two things that the Falcons didn't do.
  9. As many of you who read this are aware, since 2010 I have insisted that Thomas Dimitroff is living off of 5 key decisions: Hiring Mike Smith, drafting (or having him fall to him) Matt Ryan, trading for Tony Gonzalez. signing Michael Turner and trading 5 major draft picks for Julio Jones. Other than minor successes, relatively speaking, of Harry Douglas, Desmond Trufant and the solid pick of Jake Matthews, the remainder of his picks/acquisitions have ranged from uninspiring to outright atrocious. If you disagree, then here are a few questions: Who are the "steals", the low round picks who beca
  10. I would like to know who made the stubborn decision to go with the same pass rushers who only achieved 32 sacks in 2013. Even Jonathan Massaqoui has stated in the Bleacher Report that with a pass rush, the team would be 5-0. Whoever made the decision to stand pat and not acquire ANY pass rush help via the draft or free agency is the one who should be in jeopardy. You need line help and draft/sign players but you need a pass rush and sign or draft......no one? That's ridiculous!
  11. A lot of things are perception. TD won executive of the year in 2008 and 2010 because in 08 he selected Ryan and Smith and signed Turner leading to an 11-5 record. In 2010 the team went 13-3 (an aberration since that team had 10-6 talent) and he won on the strength of the NFL's best record. Both years could be argued that he won on the strength of the Ryan/Smith tandem that he selected since the 2009 and 2010 drafts yielded Sean Weatherspoon and Peria Jerry. His big trade was in 2009 for Gonzalez and there was not an acquisition in 2010 that he made to cause a 13-3 record. Once again, percepti
  12. Let me add another question to ponder: If Blank were to fire both Smith and Dimitroff if the season was a losing one, which one of the two would be hired to run a team? Would an owner hire Dimitroff to run his team or would a GM hire Smith?
  13. I think that people who are calling for Mike Smith's head are pointing the finger in the wrong direction. The Falcon five year run is not due to the magic drafting of Thomas Dimitroff, rather two of the maybe six smart choices of his career, namely drafting Matt Ryan (through the luck of the draw) and hiring Mike Smith. Who of you who are calling for his firing believe that he will be unemployed if Blank misguidedly fires him? The real blame is due to the ridiculous personnel decisions overall of Dimitroff. How about the Brady/Belichick comparison? The thing that separates the two comparisons
  14. I bumped this thread so that you can read the mission statement and see how nothing, absolutely nothing changed from the deficiencies cited at the start of the 2013 season to the start of the 2014 season. These are problems that were front and center that many poo-pooed when I addressed them. (just read some of the comments) as many do who. The fact remains that the truth exists, whether you like it or not.
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