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  1. I think our one big splash in FA will be safety Michael Griffin. We gotta upgrade. I wanted a FA LT at first but the best two IMO are Gaither and Bell and they have had injury problems in the past and are older. I would take my chances with Datko in the 2nd. He's had injuries also but he's a little younger. I think we gotta keep Abe to get that pass rush we need to help out the secondary. Hopefully Edwards steps it up too and Sid should definitely be ready next year after Abe is gone. Just think of Griffin and Moore at safety with a good pass rush.
  2. I would like to have Zimmer as DC but since they didn't keep him when they first took over, I think Tucker would be a good choice. He's been a good DC before. And I really hope we don't promote Tim Lewis to DC. I would also like Hue Jackson as OC but the same applies to him as Zimmer. But I would definitely get Tucker for DC.
  3. Another guy I would like to have is Mario Fannin.
  4. If the league does impose the 2010 system, it will be interesting to see if it brings back the "Final Eight" plan. In an uncapped year, the top eight finishers from the previous season are handcuffed in free agency: The four teams that played in the title games can sign a free agent only if they lose a free agent, and the four teams that lost in the divisional round of the playoffs can sign a player at a modest cost, roughly $3.8 million in the first year. Look at the impact on teams in search of pass-rushers. The Falcons went into the draft without free agency or trades and felt they needed two key parts -- a pass-rusher and a wide receiver. They traded five draft choices to move up to take wide receiver Julio Jones, feeling they could get the pass-rushing defensive end in free agency. Most people believe the Falcons like Ray Edwards of the Vikings, but he would be a restricted free agent in the 2010 system because he doesn't have six years of experience. Jason Babin of the Titans is the best end available in the 2010 system, but most people believe he will follow former Titans defensive line coach Jim Washburn to Philadelphia. Because the Falcons lost in the divisional round, they can only try to lure a free agent with a first-year salary of less than $4 million. To get a pass-rusher, they will have to make a trade. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=clayton_john&id=6527565
  5. On NFL Live, an ESPN program, analyst Cris Carter thinks that the Atlanta Falcons would be the best fit for free-agent corner Nnamdi Asomugha. This is a big statement, because if it were to happen it would create all sorts of problems on the depth chart. I look for the Atlanta Falcons. They traded most of their draft picks to move up in the draft because they had a player they targeted in Julio Jones. Now they need to address their defensive needs, especially their secondary. He [Asomugha] would give them the ability to play zone coverage and man, which most teams don't have because they don't have versatility at the corner-back spot. While Carter makes a great point that having versatility opens up the playbook defensively, I still have no idea how this would go down with Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes. The depth chart would be messed up with Grimes most likely being demoted to the nickel spot which would upset him a great deal because he's been terrific at intercepting passes. Demote Robinson? Then you've upsetted your big, free-agent signing from a year before, limiting his playing time. This would never happen unless Brent Grimes left the football team. I don't see that happening any time soon because just recently he was training with Matt Ryan and the guys at a local high school. Carter had more to say though: The Philadelphia's and Atlanta's, I think because he's been in Oakland and hasn't played on that high level like were used to seeing great players. I think he wants that stage. The Falcons have more pressing issues, mainly at the Defensive End position. Atlanta has been linked to Ray Edwards and Charles Johnson two highly sought after, potential free-agents. http://atlanta.sbnation.com/2011/5/14/2170506/cris-carter-thinks-nnamdi-asomugha-should-sign-with-atlanta
  6. The Falcons traded their first, second and fourth-round picks in 2011 and a first and fourth in 2012 to Cleveland to move up from the #27 pick to the #6 pick to select Georgia WR Julio Jones. “I know they have great defense with (Brian) Urlacher and everybody,’’ Jones said during Game 3 of the Bulls-Hawks series in Atlanta. “It’s going to be great task for me and my teammates to see what kind of team we’re going to have. “Growing up, that was a defense I always looked up to. Even when I was little, the Chicago Bears always had a strong defense.’’ “No, I don’t feel pressure at all,’’ Jones said. “I’m just going to come out and contribute to the team to the best of my ability. It’s football. I can’t go out there and be no superhuman. All I can do is go out there and play ball, like I’ve been doing.’’ Jones is scheduled to make his debut against the Bears at Soldier Field on Sept. 11 if the lockout is resolved in time. http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/falcons_wr_julio_jones_respects_the_bears_defense/4706270
  7. Yep exactly. He is better up at the LOS IMO.
  8. He played better his rookie year on the outside but didn't look good at the NB. Should we switch him and Grimes or just let Owens, Franks, and whoever else they bring in battle for the NB? Check the video from 09. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leeodGyR958&feature=related
  9. NFL | Will not shut down business if lockout lifted Thu, 12 May 2011 08:29:54 -0700 Contrary to speculation, the National Football League will not shut down business if the lockout is lifted, according to a prominent league man. Such a strategy would be considered corporate suicide. 0 Comments | Share: | Source: ESPN - Chris Mortensen
  10. 2009 1st Rd.: Tyson Jackson (DE), Aaron Curry (LB), Larry English (LB), Robert Ayers (LB), Peria Jerry (DT). 2nd Rd.: Clint Sintim (LB), David Veikune (DE), Sen’Derrick Marks (DT), Cody Brown (LB) 3rd Rd.: Alex Magee (DT), Jarron Gilbert (DT), Jason Williams (LB). 4th Rd.: Darrell Scott (DT), Kaluka Maiava (LB), Vaughn Martin (DE), Stanley Arnoux (LB), Laurence Sidbury (DE), Terrance Taylor (DT). http://www.nfldraftbible.com/Impact-Analysis/the-bust-factor-analysis-of-2007-2009-drafts.html
  11. Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur has every right to refer to the draft-day trade between the Browns and Falcons that netted his team five picks in exchange for the No. 6 overall selection as “probably one of the greatest trades in draft history.” Many view the trade similarly. No question the Falcons paid a high price in shipping the No. 27 overall pick, plus their fourth- and seventh-round picks this year and first- and fourth-round picks next year, to move up 21 spots to get WR Julio Jones. Ignoring snap-judgments for a moment, every trade has two sides. NFL Network analyst Daryl Johnston sees it as a deal the Falcons, coming off a 13-3 season, “had to make” because their window to win is now. “Teams aren’t foolish enough to set their franchise back without getting something they really feel they have to have to get a championship,” Johnston says. “The Falcons had home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs but couldn’t keep up with the Packers on their home field. They had to combat that, and points are at a premium in the NFL. “Add all their pieces together, and you can see why the Falcons felt it was so necessary, and wagered so much, to move up to get Jones. … If Jones is who a lot of people think he will be – especially the Falcons – this could be a good deal for them.” If the Falcons believe they are contenders and Jones is the one missing piece in an offensive puzzle that includes Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and Michael Turner, it’s both an astute and aggressive move. And, as Johnston suggests, don’t discount that the deal also sends a clear message to the locker room the team believes it can win now. http://blogs.nfl.com/2011/05/11/johnston-falcons-had-to-make-blockbuster-trade/
  12. Yep. I thought we would play that way the rest of the season. It worked good against NO.
  13. The only corner we have that really "jams" a receiver at the line is Owens. Franks wasn't a press corner at OU. Dunta has always been a press and bail corner. He doesn't "jam" the receiver either.
  14. 1. Rooney Family, Pittsburgh Steelers 2. Robert Kraft, New England Patriots 3. Packers Executive Committee 4. Mara/Tisch, New York Giants 5. Jeffrey Lurie, Philadelphia Eagles 6. Steve Bisciotti, Baltimore Ravens 7. Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts 8. Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys 9. Arthur Blank, Atlanta Falcons 10. Woody Johnson, New York Jets http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post/_/id/28755/power-rankings-top-10-nfl-owners
  15. Good Fits: Andrew Jackson, Atlanta Falcons: Just as Hudson was an ideal match for the Chiefs due to his quick feet, "The President" is an intriguing fit for the power-based Atlanta attack. Jackson isn't a nimble athlete, but his size (6-5, 299), strength and tenacity could make him a pleasant late round (7th round, No. 210 overall) surprise for a Falcons team potentially in need of reinforcements up front with guards Harvey Dahl and Justin Blalock scheduled for free agency. Jackson would have gone a few rounds higher had he not lost most of his senior season to a nagging ankle injury. http://rob-rang.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/13682485/29176942
  16. The Atlanta Falcons’ trade with the Cleveland Browns to move from the 27th slot in the first round to the sixth – giving up a total of five selections in the 2011 and ’12 NFL drafts – was unquestionably the biggest story of last month’s draft. With that move, Atlanta selected Alabama receiver Julio Jones, the dominant receiver who played valiantly through the 2010 season with a broken hand and then tore up February’s NFL scouting combine with a broken foot. That said, the move to get Jones was curious to some, given the fact that he’s seen as more of a possession receiver as opposed to a pure speedster. Based on most predraft evaluations – and backed by A.J. Green’s(notes) selection two picks earlier – most didn’t have Jones as the top receiver in his class. In addition, the Falcons’ 48-21 playoff loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers revealed a secondary that was torn to shreds by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers(notes). But Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff didn’t believe that Atlanta’s underrated secondary was the problem – the real issue was a receiver corps that offered a great deal in efficiency and sustainability but not enough in big-play threats. Dimitroff knew that Rodgers had been blowing up various NFL secondaries throughout the season, and that making a base judgment on one game is how personnel executives get fired. In addition, Dimitroff was smart enough to know that while his offense is full of playmakers in quarterback Matt Ryan(notes), receiver Roddy White(notes), tight end Tony Gonzalez(notes), and running back Michael Turner(notes), the team’s inability to get downfield resulted in too many close games which should have been laughers. Atlanta ranked 15th in the NFL with 3,567 passing yards, but 31st in passing plays of 20 yards or longer (with 32) – only the woeful Carolina Panthers were worse (with 30). Looking at Jones’ Alabama tape shows far more than a player able to get yards after catch on short routes – the “possession receiver” term is pejorative in this case because there’s so much more he can do. This was especially true in a narrow loss to Auburn last November – Jones caught 10 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown and proved that in an offense already stacked with talent, he could be the player to put that unit over the top. Halfway through the first quarter of that game, the Crimson Tide lined up at their own 32-yard line with a three-receiver look against Auburn’s Cover 2 defense. Like the Falcons, the 2010 Crimson Tide offense had enough weapons to make focusing on Jones difficult; Alabama also had fellow first-round pick Mark Ingram(notes) in the backfield. As much of a threat as Jones looked to be on the play, Auburn spread its defense out against all three receivers and set multiple defenders to spy Ingram out of the backfield. At the snap, the cornerback covering Jones and both safeties gave a first look to Ingram, who was running a flat route. That split second was all Jones needed to blow by the cornerback – the defender wasn’t going to catch up to Jones and his underrated speed. At the same time, the strong safety had to follow the tight end running a short seam route, and the free safety cheated to look at the slot receiver running a crossing route from right to left. Put simply, Jones was the X-Factor – that one too many for the defense to handle – and that’s what Dimitroff and the Falcons are hoping he’ll be for them as well. Too often, Atlanta’s 2010 offense resembled what would happen if you erased Jones from this diagram; the hope is that in taking that major gamble with five draft picks, the Falcons will cash in with a Super Bowl victory and an offense that is the envy of the NFL. http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ys-farrar_jones_lands_in_perfect_system_051011
  17. Seventh-round DE Cliff Matthews (No. 230 overall) — GM Thomas Dimitroff said the Falcons will need to refine Matthews' pass-rush moves, but they like his relentlessness. He has a motor that doesn't quit. Matthews will need to add strength in the weight room.
  18. Of the Falcons' three free agent offensive linemen, RT Tyson Clabo is considered the most likely to depart. The Falcons could slide Garrett Reynolds or Jose Valdez into Clabo's spot at right tackle. The other free agents are RG Harvey Dahl and LG Justin Blalock, both of whom received tenders. As for the 29-year-old Clabo, Pro Football Focus rated him as the 11th best tackle in the league last season. He's been a better pass blocker than drive-blocker in recent years. http://rotoworld.com/player/nfl/3095/tyson-clabo
  19. Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal reports that the NFL is working on free agency rules for the 2011 season that “would be very different from 2010.” As Kaplan writes on Twitter, though, no decision has been made to go forward with those potential new rules. And if the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals does not overturn Judge Susan Nelson’s lockout injunction, the NFL still could choose to revert to the 2010 rules if and when it has to begin the 2011 calendar season. The biggest difference in the 2010 free agency rules was that a player had to wait until after his sixth year before he became an unrestricted free agent (as opposed to after four years in the previous salary-capped seasons). For players who had four accrued seasons after 2009 and would normally have become unrestricted free agents, a reversion to the 2010 rules for 2011 would be the second-straight season they would be restricted in their free agency. As the NY Times reports, the ending of the lockout also could allow the NFL to create more stringent drug testing rules, because there would be no union to stop it. Roger Goodell already is on record as saying he wanted blood testing for human growth hormone, and this might be a good opportunity for him to do it (even though many players would vehemently disagree with that decision - unfortunately for them, they have no union to negotiate on their behalf). “Our thought has been we have always been looking to make our program as effective as it can be,” an unnamed N.F.L. executive told the Times. “There have been some things, H.G.H. is one of them, that the union has resisted. When we get to the point where there is not a party involved, maybe we should consider what we consider important to keep pace with science and trends.” http://eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/29174660
  20. *One of the reasons the Falcons weren’t disappointed to get Julio Jones instead of A.J. Green is Hines Ward. Explanation: Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey coached Ward in Pittsburgh, and was high on Jones in part because he saw what an ultra-tough, ultra-physical, ultra competitive receiver can do for an offense. And whereas Jones will play at more than 220 pounds, Green was down to 204 for his pro day. http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/NFP-Sunday-Blitz-3374.html
  21. I wanna start seeing some of these players on game day. Players like Sidbury, Franks, and Adkins. Sitting on the sideline is not helping out. They need to be on the field more.
  22. Well it's gonna be this way until we can find somebody to play some "consistent" CB. It is what it is.
  23. Marshall would be a good pick up. He makes a lot of tackles too. Give me him or Franks. http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-fantasy/09000d5d81cd55b5/Panthers-defense-INT
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