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BlacksburgHokie

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  1. We won't know until the NFL announces the rules. Since the NFLPA decertified and there is no CBA, the NFL can unilaterally impose whatever rules that it wants (subject to an immediate antitrust suit from the players). My guess is that the rules will probably be in line with what was in place last year, but who knows...
  2. Honestly, I'm still trying to figure out what this line in his ESPN profile under strength/toughness means: "Appears to have added bulk to frame and lower half since junior season but lack of sand in the pants is still a slight concern. He generally wins the battle for initial contact but doesn't win enough phone booth wars versus bigger blockers." So I guess your starting linebacker having sand in his pants is a good thing? And also being able to fight against bigger blockers with phone booths?
  3. I have no doubt that he still has something left in the tank and will make an impact for someone this season. He's always a pretty extreme player - either he plays with all of his heart if he is in a good situation and motivated, or he completely quits if he's not. In the right situation he could be the player this season that everyone is slapping their foreheads over for not considering when he was available. That said, is he a good fit for the Falcons? I don't know, if only because there has been plenty of tension over the years between Smith and several players on the team. The last thing you want to do is put him in a situation where he can be allowed to get sulky or to quit, so who knows...
  4. For all of you talking about how we may be entering a "new era" of super-rich owners outspending everyone else to field the best team, please look at the link above to the richest owners in the NFL and how much they spent on payroll in 2009-2010: 1. Paul Allen (Seahawks) 89M, 30th in the league 2. Stephen Ross (Dolphins)126.4M, 2nd in the league 3. Stan Kroenke - didn't own team (Rams) in 2009-2010 4. Malcom Glazer (Bucs) 84.6M, 31st in the league 5. Jerry Jones (Cowboys) 90M, 29th in the league So of the 5 richest owners in the league, 3 of them are in the bottom 4 of the entire league in spending and a fourth wasn't a owner in the league at that time...
  5. I'm all for giving guys second chances, but he's on his 4th or 5th chance by now. I wouldn't be shocked if they cut him once the labor stuff gets worked out...
  6. I think your garbage analogy is missing the fact that residents pay a fee (PSL or season ticket, in the NFL case) to have the garbage collected (games played) and would be upset if garbage piled up on the streets (games are missed) while the labor dispute was ongoing, regardless of who is in the wrong or who is in the right. If I pay a monthly fee to have the garbage collected, isn't it reasonable to expect that the garbage will actually be collected? Or should I respect the labor dispute and just learn to hold my nose and look away while I drive by it? I think both sides share the blame in this dispute (as all business/union partners do in any labor dispute), and that while it isn't fair to blame one side or the other it is totally in bounds to blame the entire process...
  7. I feel good about the trade - Hinrich is an upgrade over Bibby in every sense except perhaps outside shooting where they are pretty close to even. It will be nice to have a player at the 1 for the first time in several years who isn't completely useless out on the court when his shot isn't falling. Bibby had just become too much of a defensive liability to keep on the court - it was putting too much stress on everyone else to play solid positional and help defense while covering for Bibby's shortcomings. Perhaps the only things you could argue with is the level of improvement or the price. Hinrich isn't a game-changing player for the Hawks, but he should allow everyone to be better especially on the defensive end. Joe (or laughably enough, Horford) won't have to chase around the best guard on the court anymore, which will allow him to focus more of his energy on the offensive end. Loosing Evans hurts a little, but Hinrich's specialty is defending bigger players with his great technique and effort. Wilkins is a decent defender and should be able to fill Evan's minutes at the 3 when the Hawks start Williams on the bench. As far as the price, I don't really have a problem with it looking through Hawks-colored glasses. JC2 may be a decent player one day, but he barely played here even when Joe went down injured. The late first round pick probably won't amount to anything either, especially in this very weak draft. The Hawks are as bad as any team in the league at developing players, something that people seem to forget to consider when discussing our young assets. Heck, Teague is a pretty good player and has shown flashes, but the coaching staff seems committed to effing with his confidence and minutes to the point where he probably never will be a contributor. Overall, a good trade for the Hawks, but hardly a game-changer...
  8. Anyone know if Peerless Price is available? :P
  9. It should be pointed out that teams can't trade players until the start of the "new league year," and the "new league year" won't start until a new CBA is signed. So this article is completely contingent on a new CBA being in place before the draft, which kind of defeats the point - if a new CBA is in place by then, there's a pretty good chance that there will be some sort of free agency period and there will be plenty of time to integrate them with their new teams...
  10. Jay Glazer: I'm reporting the Saints are terminating the contract of TE Jeremy Shockey.
  11. Amusingly enough, the Skype plugin that I have on Firefox highlighted the first part of every one of those stat lines as numbers that I could try to call.
  12. Yeah all of this is a squeeze by the owners to try to get more money out of the players, but the players are hardly powerless in this either. They may even end up with a better deal than they previously had - who knows. That being said, I don't have a ton of sympathy for either side. If the roles were reversed and the players were unhappy with the deal, we'd probably be in this exact same spot except talking about a strike action instead of a lockout action...
  13. Dave Archer: My Qb Coach in Philly was Zeke Bratkowski, Bob's dad. Zeke was solid coach and Bob will be the same. Musgrave will be missed though.
  14. I'm just glad that ESPN got a second source to confirm that a 15% stake of the franchise for $150 million meant that each percentage point was worth $10 million. That's the sort of in-depth reporting that I've come to rely on from ESPN.
  15. Sharper got DPOY votes, Smith was 5th in the league in sacks, Vilma and Harper made the Pro Bowl. Changing coaches certainly helped, but like everywhere else in the league, team success combines good coaching with good players...
  16. As several posters above me have mentioned, players go a long way towards determining whether a coach is a hero or a goat. For example, there have been several times this season where plays were called that should have resulted in sacks but instead resulted in missed tackles and big plays. On the other hand, I've never been completely convinced either that BVG's scheme is the best fit for the players that we have - he seems to fit the players to his scheme rather than fit the scheme to the players. So could firing BVG and bringing in someone new make the defense somewhat better? Possibly. But would it fix all of the problems our defense has and turn it into a great unit overnight? Almost certainly not...
  17. Yep: New reading on Grimes' fumble recovery: 117.8! #project115
  18. Don't forget that Ovie was pretty good in the passing game for a fullback his last season in Baltimore - 21 catches for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns. So is it that he can't be a factor in the passing game or that he isn't asked to be?
  19. If the saints need extra motivation for a Monday night game with playoff implications against a division rival to play hard, that's got to be a good sign for the falcons. That's why this is just all good fun - both team are going to give maximum effort anyway regardless of what is said pregame...
  20. This is not correct. If we lose out, there are several scenarios where we could miss the playoffs.
  21. That's obviously wrong - there are several scenarios where the Falcons could lose out and be left out of the playoffs. But the good news is that that's pretty much what it would take - us losing out...
  22. At full speed, can't blame the refs for making that call, especially considering that they may not have gotten a great look at the play. When slowed down, it's pretty borderline (personally, I don't think he should have been fined, but I see the other side too), but I mean it's only a $15k fine. He averages $8 million guaranteed a year, which is $500k a game. The average game has 65 defensive snaps, so he averages about $7.7k per play if he plays every snap. So basically he got fined less than he makes on average for 2 defensive plays. Hardly something to get up in arms over IMO...
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