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  1. I'm no fan of Trump, but the, "hoax," thing was a blatant misrepresentation of what he said. His statement was that the Democrats were turning the Coronavirus political; That their statements against him and his handling of the situation were their new hoax. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-coronavirus-rally-remark/
  2. Expect? <sigh> So hard to say. What I'd like to see is an offense that leans on the run first, then makes big use of play action. We're absolutely loaded for this kind of offense, and could see a return to a dominant offensive force if we go about it this way. If we over commit to the passing game, then we're going to have another mediocre year.
  3. I wonder if the fake crowd noise would cheer for the other team from time to time, as we often see with, "Falcons," crowds?
  4. Replaced them with Treadwell, Hurst, and Gurley. Not in my wildest dreams would I have thought that we'd go into the draft with this much more talent on offense. I honestly don't think that Koetter is up to the task of getting the most out of this offense. But if the right side of our line comes out better after a full off-season workload, we might be in business to do a lot of damage. (hey, it's even Koetter's 2nd year... Matt makes everyone look great in their 2nd year)
  5. If folks would stay home for a few weeks, only going out to get the essentials, then no, the NFL season would be just fine. However, that's not what folks are doing. The longer people ignorantly fight against the quarantine, the longer this thing is going to last.
  6. We probably won't be getting any comp picks. The two biggest comp players that we had were Beasley and Hooper. Fowler and Gurley signings pretty much negate those two.
  7. Yeah, it is strange to see some kids wash out at the NFL level after dominating in college.
  8. This guy could explode for us. If his hands and speed are as good as they look, Ryan's going to make him a pro-bowler. We might even be able to afford to keep him in two years when some of our dead cap falls off.
  9. It will all depend on what people are willing to pay him. He's not a game breaking TE. He's a dependable go-to guy. If teams are willing to reset the TE market on a possession TE, then the Falcons will not get him back. However, if other teams recognize Hooper for what he is, and no one drops the big bucks on him, then he could be back in a Falcons' uniform in 2020. I figure that if he was available in the 7-8 million/year range, we would happily jump at that. 10+ million is just too much.
  10. This is exactly how Arthur Blank thinks, and it's exactly why we're consistently mediocre. "We're just one piece away," should be this Team's mediocre mantra.
  11. No one here cares about Vet Min. We need to mortgage the future to bring in Chase Young, or break the bank to bring in Clowney. We need BIG MOVES, not useless vet min guys. /s
  12. It isn't the same people. Generally, the people saying that we need to sign Hoop are the same people that wanted Julio, Jarrett, and Jones to get paid. They believe that the salary cap is a recommendation, not something that actually does anything. You can put me down as a person that was against paying Freeman and wanted to trade Julio before his most recent contract. I was mostly fine with signing Jarrett and Jones, though, at the time, I was worried about overpaying for Jarrett. (20+ million/yr) His contract turned out to be pretty reasonable. I would never pay big, free agen
  13. Who hates Julio? I wouldn't think that any Falcons fan hates him. Maybe the rest of the NFC South. There are people, like myself, who aren't fans of his contract, but that doesn't mean that we hate him at all.
  14. Sark certainly wasn't the biggest problem. He was scapegoated. I can't really say if DK is better or not. Frankly, I think that we've made some significant mistakes in personnel over the past 3 seasons. (Freeman, Julio's BONUS contract, the backup guards last year...) That said, I think that we continue to draft well, but we are horrible in free agency.
  15. Yeah, it's not under the table at all, it's right out in the open. I don't know how this can possibly be considered, "legit." At the very least, it should be a conflict of interests considering the salary cap. How much money do the Patriots pay the TB12 organization?
  16. I have corners valued right after the lines. And again, I stated that the secondary + LB are more valuable than any of the skill positions on offense. (outside of QB) In my rankings, where would you value them?
  17. There are many ways to skin a cat, but it's not necessarily about how much money you spend. It does matter where you place importance. From my experience, QB, OL, and DL are the most important parts of a football team. If you draft to maximize the effectiveness of these 10 positions, you will improve the ability for the other 12 starting positions to do their jobs. On defense, the secondary and linebackers play more of a role in helping the DL than the WR's, RB's and TE's play in helping the OL. Thus, my overall order of importance is as follows: QB, OT, DT, DE, C, OG, CB, LB
  18. This is one of the best lineups I've seen yet. You're addressing all of my major concerns. I'm still hoping that we manage to get some kind of compensation for Hoop in this draft. (franchise tag + trade)
  19. If we go DL in the 1st and OL with our first pick in the 2nd, I don't care what we do with the rest of the draft. CB, S, RB, TE, and LB could all use some love at this point. I'm also ready to move on from Allen and Neal. Perhaps I'm a poor judge of safeties, but Neal has missed most of the past two seasons, and Allen just doesn't seem to be worth what we're paying him. I'd rather stick Kazee at FS and grab a SS via the draft or FA. Maybe keep Neal around to see if he can stay healthy and draft someone in the mid/late rounds as insurance.
  20. Freeman was a top RB when we paid him. I wouldn't have done it, but he was worth the $$$ at the time. Still shouldn't have done it. Vic was still on his rookie contract. It was an option year, but you're also talking about a guy who regularly flashes for a few games. Let's not forget, we're only 4 years removed from him leading the league in sacks, and Beasley is #5 all time in Falcons sacks. As much as he sucks, he's one of the highest performing DE's that we've ever had, sad as that might be. Regarding Hooper, he's simply going to be too expensive. That's what happens when th
  21. I'm good with Graham. There will be some dropoff from Hooper, but Graham has all of the tools to do the same job as Hooper. He probably needs to spend the offseason working out with Matt, if he's up to it.
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