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robertap

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  1. A little while back, I was asking a friend of mine why he hates Matt Ryan so much. He gave me the usual talking points, "can't throw deep," "can't win in the playoffs," "can't hit a runner in stride," "folds under pressure." So, I went through and, using stats, proved all of that wrong. When all was said and done, I asked again, "So all of that stuff that you said wasn't true, so what's the real reason." He said, "I don't know what it is, I just don't like the guy. No one could ever replace Vick." **** you not, those were his exact words. So, yeah... In some folks minds, R
  2. I've never seen anyone with a negative comment karma on here before...
  3. He also flipped off the fans, refused to play if he wasn't perfectly 100%, and his 2nd year was the best year of his career. (IE, he never developed.) If the dude had put in any effort, he could have been one of the best ever. Instead, he acted like a thug and fought dogs in his free time. Vick was an example of wasted talent, not someone who deserves any special recognition.
  4. Agreed. It is a bit hypocritical. However, I do have an explanation. Circumstances were a bit different during the Roddy holdout. (social media wasn't as big when Roddy held out) When Julio held out, he distanced himself from the team, quitting the social media pages and such. He also skipped OTA's. In general, Jones has never really seemed to support the team. https://www.ajc.com/sports/football/julio-jones-skips-first-day-otas/uHvbUUvM1NoQEd0hWQzQAL/ https://brobible.com/sports/article/falcons-julio-jones-social-media/ Roddy also held out, but to my knowledge, he didn't really dis
  5. For my, "Falcons Rushmore," I have a few stipulations. Memorable Career as a Falcon. Spent most of their meaningful years in Atlanta. Stand up teammate and human being . (As a player, didn't do or say anything that reflects poorly on the team or city) Tommy Nobis - Mr. Falcon. Jessie Tuggle - 14 seasons, all as a Falcon. Roddy White - Man seems to bleed Falcons red. Matt Ryan - He could still screw this up, but nothing in his character leads me to believe that he will. Honorable mention: Jeff Van Note, Mike Kenn, Steve Bartkowski, Claude Hu
  6. Last year, the Falcons were 22 points away from being 10-6. We lost 6 games by a total of 16 points, and that was with Julio out for 7 games, and largely ineffective for another 3 games. Despite the coaching problems and injury problems, we were not too far off from being a respectable football team. That suggests that we have talent on the roster. Under Dan Quinn, we had a lot of player personnel issues. There was the obvious problem with Julio's holdout in 2018. We also had some players who had really bad attitudes along the way, who we eventually parted ways with. I don't know if this
  7. Wasn't hindsight for me. When people take unprecedented actions that negatively impact the team, it's a very clear sign that they're not interested in, "helping," the team. Blank should have realized that Julio's actions were problematic, and should not have rewarded it. The teams' response should have been, "you're under contract, do your job," or they should have traded him. Paying him simply pushed the problems back by a few years. We could have gotten multiple #1's for Julio at the time, and would not have incurred the cap problems that we're having now. Again, it is my sincere hope t
  8. I know that this is gonna sound crappy, but we should have traded him when he held out for a bigger contract. "Falcon for life," was a really dumb move that netted us absolutely nothing, and now Blank is a liar. Hopefully Blank has finally learned his lesson. Maybe the new regime won't have to worry about a privileged old white man, with no football acumen, making player personnel decisions.
  9. I don't think so. I think that Ridley could have a solid, long career as a possession receiver, but I don't see him as someone who can do it all, the way that Julio, in his prime, could. I think that Pitts is one to keep an eye on though. If he can translate his physical gifts into production on the field, he could have a Julio-like career.
  10. Yessir. I've been around since about that time as well, though I'm not certain of my official start date. hehe.
  11. Last time I bought anything player specific was Deion Sanders... Learned my lesson. I almost got myself a Vick jersey, but I fell out of love quite quickly with Vick during year 3. Dude had so much potential, but just kinda pissed it all away. My dad got me a Matt Ryan jersey for Christmas one year, as a surprise. I never would have done it myself. I suppose if there's a jersey that I'd be happy to own, Matt would be the one. Matt's never said a cross word about the organization or any of the players. He's never shown a lack of effort. He's played through some injuries that would ha
  12. It's possible that all of this is true. But I don't blame Julio for any of it. I blame Arthur, "Falcon for Life," Blank. "We treat star athletes better because they're better people." - Mr. Garrison. You would have thought that Blank would have learned his lesson after he got screwed by Michael Vick. Blank wheeled his hobbled butt onto the field in a wheelchair. Vick responded by refusing to get back on the field once he was healthy. He later gave the middle finger to the home crowd, and got arrested for dog fighting. Did Blank learn his lesson? Nope. Blank clearly does not understa
  13. I disagree. He held out for more money in the 2nd year of a new contract. No one does that. He frequently takes off optional team activities. He's not a huge prima donna or anything, but he's also not this perfect specimen of professionalism either.
  14. It all depends on the trade... IMHO, the primary purpose for trading Julio would be to free up cap. I don't think that many teams are going to give up too much to acquire Julio, but whoever would be willing to trade would likely be in a win now mentality, so compensation would likely come either in future draft picks, or from a position that the other team has in abundance. (perhaps RB or DE) I don't have the time or inclination to go digging for the perfect trade partner for that scenario, but I doubt that the brain trust would get rid of Julio if they weren't going to profit from it.
  15. With the players that we have on roster and with a scheme that doesn't blow, on paper, we have a top 5 offense. The only significant, "hole," on offense is at RB. If the coaching is there, we will be a formidable offense. On the defensive side of the ball, there are many question marks, in terms of talent. Of course, that was ALWAYS going to be the case after the annual failure that Quinn brought to the party. We honestly don't know if the problems with the defense were lack of talent, bad scheme, bad development, etc. Now, we will have proven coaching in place. (Pees, most recently,
  16. I think that if I'm entertaining the idea of trading Julio, I'm looking for more than just lottery tickets. (draft picks) If I'm giving up a known commodity, I want a known commodity in return. The Falcons are rich at the receiver position at this point. There are other teams that may be rich at a position that we covet. For the right player, I pull the trigger. The value of the trade can be balanced out with draft picks.
  17. I traded down with Philly, grabbing their #23, #34, #107, and 2022 1st rounder... Kyle Pitts dropped to #23... I drafted him. I'm a draft genius! LOL
  18. Same here. Matt Ryan won me over after his first NFL pass. He had me thinking Superbowl after the Chicago game. It blows my mind how underappreciated he is. All that he's ever done is put up numbers while the rest of our team has been craptastic. Run game is non-existent. Defense can't get off of the field on 3rd down. Coaching staff can't draw up a game plan or make halftime adjustments. Matt Ryan is obviously the problem... <sigh>
  19. I used to post over at Falcfans. Pudge and I would get into some real heated arguments. That said, he was always respectful, and hopefully I was as well. Aaron's alright in my book.
  20. Looks like John Abraham, Rod Coleman, and Chris Doleman are the only pass rushers (post '76) that have been worth a ****. There are several folks who ended up with a bunch of sacks, but their year to year numbers are not consistent at all. Most of our high number guys have been one year wonders.
  21. Matt Ryan. When we drafted Ryan, I wanted Glenn Dorsey. Obviously, Ryan has gone on to have a HoF career. Dorsey... Not so much.
  22. No way that Brady should have won MVP. The defense was the story of this game. They held one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL to 3 field goals. This is yet another example of people putting way too much stock into QB play.
  23. A game plan that plays to our strengths and exposes our opponents' weaknesses. Half time adjustments which change up our attack to exploit potential changes the defense may make. A bigger, younger, zone system HB. Potential draft picks: G, TE, HB Forget about free agency. Trade back from #4 and pick up day 1 & 2 draft picks. If we can grab DL, OL, RB/TE, and FS/SS/CB in between days 1 & 2, we should be pretty set.
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