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    • 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.

  1. 3 hours ago, abcranford2 said:

    Cool...I just watched Tom Brady throw 3 ints and his defense not give up any points off of them.  However most of Tampa's points came after turnovers.

    Defense won that game.  To be honest Brady looked like hot garbage for most of the game. 

    Two more picks were dropped.  Brady played like total crap, but he actually had a defense to bail him out. I honestly don't see how people can willfully ignore this kind of stuff.  All they see is W's and have absolutely no ability to recognize how those W's happen.

    That said, Brady is in the Superbowl. Ryan and Belichick are at home.

  2. 12 hours ago, thanat0s said:

    I was. The night I saw this kid I'd never heard of whip it around vs Ga Tech, I was like who is that guy, and why isn't he on my team?


    I'm all for giving kids a chance, but when my current guy is still playing at a very high level, who that young guy is, is a discussion for a few years down the road. 

    2008, week 6.  Bears @ Falcons. Falcons are down 19 to 20 with 11 seconds left on the clock. Harry Douglas returns the ball 10 yards.  6 seconds left.  Matt Ryan drops back, has a rusher in his face, drops a perfect ball into Michael Jenkins and he steps out of bounds with 1 second left on the clock.  Elam kicks the field goal.  Falcons win 22 to 20.

    This is when Matt Ryan showed me who he is. Matt Ryan is special. A whole lot of people simply don't appreciate what he's done for this franchise. They don't seem to understand the challenges that Ryan has had to face that a lot of his peers have not had to deal with. How many times has the defense utterly failed him? How many times has Ryan bailed them out despite their ineptitude? And yet, he's consistently been regarded as, "the problem."

    Under Mike Mularkey, we decided to, "simplify the playbook," instead of pushing Ryan to develop. We all but abandoned the hurry up offense, even though Matt looked great in it. We almost completely eliminated the deep ball. And yet, Ryan still showed that he was more than capable of carrying his weight if given the opportunity.

    Leading up to our Super Bowl in 2016, Matt put up one of the greatest playoff performances in history. In the Superbowl, he put up the highest passer rating of a losing QB ever. We blew a 28-3 lead in 16 minutes of football.  Yet we somehow found a way to blame him for the loss. The following year, trying to fight our way back into the Superbowl by beating the Eagles, Matt delivered a perfect throw in the end zone where only Julio could make a play on the ball...  The ball went through Juilo's hands...  We blamed Matt and Sark for the loss.

    There are a lot of really crappy Falcons fans. I kind of wish that before Matt retires that we would trade him to San Francisco or New England so that he'd at least have a real opportunity to solidify his place in the Hall of Fame.

  3. 36 minutes ago, Refried Beans said:

    Blank hit on it time and time again about building a franchise that is a consistent winner. Well, this all comes back to front office structure. PERIOD. So OBVIOUSLY the front office you have now will not get you a consistent winner since all your current front office has brought you is consistent MEDIOCRACY.  You gotta get a SEASONED NFL Exec from a WINNING organization that can come in and rebuild your SCOUTING department AND  hire you a winning coach. McKay, Emery, and Webster clearly cant get it done. Brandon Hunt from Pittsburg, Joe Hortiz from Baltimore, Ed Dodds from Baltimore, or Terry Fontenot from New Orleans and NONE of these guys are going to come work for Falcons UNDERNEATH people like McKay, Emery, or Webster. So I guess you gotta make some decisions dont you big boy? You wanna be a winner or keep your friends employed in the current Falcons structure. Wont work both ways.  Notice how all the GM candidates McKay, Emery, and Webster have brought in are really green. We did this with TD, and all this is doing is building a layer around McKay, Emery, and Webster for job security. Hiring a fall guy. Nonsense needs to stop. 

    This is a bit NSFW, BTW.


  4. 24 minutes ago, jidady said:

    I would be extremely pleased with this scenario if one of those two corners were on the board at #12. I actually quite like Pitts, but I think we all know this team needs defense, defense, defense.

    I don't know if Pitts would be my pick here, but I love the trade. If we're going to be rebuilding, having a bunch of picks would be of great benefit since the Ryan/Jones contracts will make acquiring free agents prohibitive.

  5. 17 minutes ago, Sun Tzu 7 said:

    As it has been said you are what your record says you are and the Falcons are a 4 win team.

    Yes, they are. The point he's making is that with decent coaching, the talent on the field could have put up a much better record. I tend to agree. I don't think that we've had a respectable head coach in about 20 years. The vast majority of our success has been due to having a hall of fame QB and WR. For two seasons, we had a **** good OC.  For two additional seasons, we had a pretty decent OC, but decided to throw him under the bus instead of the head coach and defensive coordinator, where the problem was. Then we made, possibly the worst decision in franchise history by bringing back a horrible OC to pair with an equally horrible HC. This team has been horribly mismanaged for a very long time, despite having some hall of fame talent in key positions.

  6. New GM and Coach's first duty should be to set up Ryan's final contract restructure. Sign him for the next six years with a decent signing bonus and a massive cut in overall pay.  Tell him, "this is it dude...  6 more years. COVID is killing the salary cap, and if you want to win, we gotta get your contract down. Do you want money, or do you want to win?"

  7. I don't think that the Falcons can afford to do anything other than go all-in on Matt Ryan. I think that the first priority of the new regime will be to get him a restructure/extension with a significant pay cut. The salary cap is going to go down hard over the next two years, and the only way that this team can survive the cap problems is going to be to restructure Ryan.

    We might be in a better situation with Jones, and I certainly wouldn't restructure/extend Jones.

    Coaching and culture is going to make or break the next 5 years. IMHO, the culture problem starts with Blank, and the new people coming in had better get him out of Flowery Branch and keep him up in his box on gameday. The feel-goodness of being on the field and being, "part of the team," has never paid dividends. It's almost entirely unique to Blank and the Falcons, as is the history of blowing huge leads. Maybe, just maybe, the two are related.

  8. 14 hours ago, 408Falcon said:

    That's not situational football. Not only the Falcons, but plenty of teams run a prevent D or soft defense and let teams drive down the field at the end. To your point though, KEEP THEM OUT OF THE ENDZONE. One job. 

    It'd be interesting to poll coaches and see what each of them would say. I feel like kneeling and FG to win would be the way to go, but what do I know. I'm just a Couch Potato Coach. 

    IMHO, Points > clock. Especially if your defense has held the other team to ONE touchdown all game. The problem here is a mental problem, not a capability problem. "No lead is safe," has become our cultural norm. That's a massive problem. We need to get over the 28-3 mentality and dictate our will to other teams. We aren't, "soft," we're, "scared." Although, with this past week's dominant win, perhaps we're starting to come around...

  9. 16 hours ago, 408Falcon said:

    Mehhhh. I get what you are saying. But kneeling the ball and kicking the FG is the better move there. We'd be 5-1 and I think you know that. 

    Disagree.  We're talking about the Falcons. We could have fumbled on the next play, or botched a snap, missed the field goal, etc. Frankly, everything about this situation is toxic as ****, and is the perfect illustration of how/why our culture sucks. As much of a fan of Matt Ryan as I am, he was completely wrong in this situation.

    If I'm the coach, I'm taking those points 10/10 times. The attitude of, "oh no, we scored too soon," is a defeatist attitude, and it's no wonder we lose in those situations. Have some **** confidence in your team. There was only 1 minute left, and our defense had only given up one touchdown the whole game. Our attitude should have been, "We freaking got this.  Defense has shut them down all game, and they can't settle for a FG. This game is ours."  But no...  We're thinking that we've already lost this one because we scored a TD. <sigh>

    And why in the **** did we go for 2 on the conversion?  it was 20-16. A field goal doesn't change anything, and a touchdown doesn't change anything. Just kick the PAT and move on. I dunno...  Maybe Koo was hurt or something...  <shrug>  Or maybe the culture sucks to the point that the coaches are unable to do math.

  10. This is a very hard call. There are issues with the culture in the building, and I don't know how firmly entrenched those cultural issues are with the temporary staff. It is obvious that this team has some considerable decision making issues, but all but a handful of NFL teams do.

    IMHO, it starts at the top. AB needs to get out of the way entirely and let whoever takes over, run the show. Stay in the box.

  11. 59 minutes ago, jetpac said:

    Stock pile picks?


    So we can draft players like..... Oliver.... Terrell.... Beasley?



    TD is gone.  Quinn is gone.  If you want to turn the ship around as fast as possible, the best way to do it is to fill up the stockade. Someone will be willing to trade the farm for Lawrence. If we fall that far, and were to make the trade, we would likely pull in two 1st round picks and one or two 2nd round picks. (perhaps more) If you want to rebuild, that's how you do it.

    If you don't trust the new GM with that kind of draft capital, then you might as well throw in the towel right now. 

    Though Matt may not be everyone's favorite QB, he can get the job done for several more years. Also, his cap hit makes it impossible to trade him for a couple of seasons. You could use any of those acquired picks to draft Matt's replacement. If we draft Matt's replacement, they're not going to be as good as Lawrence, but they'll get to learn under one of the best QB's of the past decade, and there won't be a big rush to get them on the field immediately.

    And if we were to draft Lawrence, Matt and Julio's contracts make it impossible to build a team around him. It has been made clear as day that even if you have a QB that performs at a top level, they simply can't carry the rest of the team to a Superbowl win. You need a TEAM.

    One thing that this team has really sucked at is taking advantage of value. If we had, we would have traded Julio when Julio held out for more money. At that point, Julio had tons of value, and we could have used that value to acquire a defense. Ryan never actually needed Julio, what he needed was a defense. Defense has been the problem in all but one year since Ryan has been here.

    So, while Lawrence might be the best QB ever, by drafting him, we pretty much ensure that he won't have the team that he needs in order to be successful. Seems like a very Falcons thing to do.

  12. 9 hours ago, MAD597 said:

    Our season is already over. This team is not good enough to rattle off the amount of straight wins we need to get back in playoff hunt.

    I'm sure as soon as we are eliminated from the playoffs we will probably win 7 in a row.

    We're plenty good enough.  We're scoring 30 points a game. We had 15+ point leads going into the 4th quarter of two games. Quinn's defensive scheme doesn't work. It hasn't worked for as long as he's been here. Time to fire him and move on. I would fire him today, and not wait two weeks. Give the team a chance to rally before it's too late.

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