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  1. and one game gives us hindsight capability? lets ask this question in a year... there's a lot in the mix, not the least of which is a fairly decent backup picked up off-the-streets that may turn into the jewel some thought he could be when originally drafted... one game; who knows. WAY too early.
  2. Really? Because "we don't have Julio"? For starters, Julio has been on the sidelines these last couple of years a lot of the time. I dont think having him or not having him is going to make a huge difference this year. Then, 0-8, I'm a Falcons fan. That's it. My second team is the University of Alabama, and my third team is the University of Georgia. Otherwise, I'm a Falcons fan; have been since '66.
  3. Also notice that the closer the analysis is to the Falcons, the more they hype-up that we're likely to take a QB. I think this is the set-up for a trade on one of those 7, 8, or 9 teams who otherwise might sit back or not want to give as much for a trade-up deal.
  4. More than anything else I'm reading the tea-leaves of who we're letting go and who we're keeping. We'll never know the details of why, but we can see what. I think we'll look high in the draft for defense backfield and at running back. I dont think there's a chance in hades we select a QB. We might trade with a 7, 8, or 9 team so that they insure they get Fields.
  5. I think this and some other moves give us a hint at what they're thinking in the head office particularly as we head towards the draft. There was a recent mock draft out that had us trading down to 9th and picking Surtain there, then later trading up to pick up Najee Harris. I'm not sure how far off that was...
  6. Many of us tend to over-think a first draft pick and I certainly have fallen victim to the over-analysis sinkhole. I think there's lots of risk drafting the 4th QB especially at a time where he's most likely to be warming the bench most of the year. The simplest approach is to choose the best-overall player, and in this case I'm with the majority of folks thinking Pitts is that guy. Plus, new coaches especially need as many play-makers out on the field as they can get, and Pitts would be on the field and he is a proven play-maker, while a QB pick sits and learns (with any luck). I think backing up the numbers presented above, we pick Pitts at #4.
  7. I'm just trying to get the attention of a web site person. Home page and others still reference "NEW UNIFORMS".
  8. You thought of him as a journalist or reporter? That's not his job. He was a PR guy, plain and simple. I thought he did a fairly good job putting lipstick on a pig.
  9. Arguably there's probably 6 QB's who all could be first rounders. I'm thinking we'll pick somewhere else, and if one of those 6+- is still around come our second pic we're more likely to grab someone then.
  10. Please, please, please get Najee. ****, if Etienne is available at 36, grab him too, but I dont think either of these guys will make it past 20.
  11. IMHO we should be 4-1; we have the talent. I've seen years when we had nearly no talent except for maybe 4 players total and yet the team found a way to manage a win or two because they didn't want to lose; they refused to lose, even though they really didnt have the talent... This team is extremely talented and deep with talent. Yet, it's acceptable to be 0-5. And, this isn't H/S or college. These guys are professionals. They make millions of dollars at their chosen profession, and yet losing is acceptable. I like Dan Quinn; who doesn't?!?! But, he, Dirk, McKay, possibly another or two; their time is over. I know that Art doesn't typically make moves like this mid-season, but this isn't the normal mid-season. Plus it'll give some of the others on the team a chance perhaps to shine, or show themselves as weak... Time to make moves.
  12. I'm over here thinking "this is what professionals produce"? REALLY? If I did this, on my job, making a small fraction of what these guys make, I'd be fired in a heartbeat. You see, I AM a professional, highly regarded. If I f'd up like that on-side kick, I could expect my next day at the office would be packing my bags... Seriously; where is the accountability? Do we have coaches whose #1 job is training everyone on the rules of the game? If not, then the responsibility falls on Blank and he needs to admit it, take responsibility for it, and put a few people there and hold them accountable for training EVERYONE of the f'ing rules. If we do have people there who are responsible for training everyone on the rules; they FAILED big time. Fire them. How can this be? I had season tickets for 15 years running, and I can no longer afford them because of the salaries we're paying... You want me to watch these over-paid babies screw up by the numbers? Really? No thanks. I'll go watch Idiocracy; it has a better plot with more thought provoking material. My prediction on the next 7 games; we'll find 7 new ways to F up by the numbers and give the ****ed games away.
  13. I've got nearly $1,000 in jerseys and falcons garb in the closet. I re-arrange every day they play so that I can see the game in its entirity, and I've done this since 1966. I had season tickets for 16 years; ROW 1 when the GA Dome opened up; we'd high-five Dionne Sanders all the time... I will not disown the Falcons, but I'm pretty much done with this season. I'm going to get my Sunday's back. Losing because the guys on the field, and I will say yelling, PROFESSIONALS, dont know the ****ed rules of the very game they are PROFESSIONALS at and play; I'm done. Perhaps next year.
  14. For the last 6 or 8 years I've seen MANY games won or lost because a bone head or two just don't know the rules of the game. In many ways we gave away this game, but none so glaring as about 4 or 5 Atlanta Falcons who dont know the rules of the kick, in particular when the ball is in-play for the receiving team. In that case, jump on the F'ing ball! It doesn't matter who recovers it, if it hasn't gone 10 yards, it's Atlanta ball no matter what. JUMP ON THE ****IN' BALL ALREADY. So, the question is, do we have a game rules coach? If not, why not? I know every team has strength and conditioning coaches... Why not rules coaches? If we do, they need to be fired right now. Nobody should be allowed to play on special teams without knowing that rule verbatim.
  15. I'm not sure that Arthur honestly understands what being in the heart of SEC territory and football country really means. I mean, why doesn't the state of Alabama need an NFL team? Because they already ****ed near 2 of 'em; that's why. I'm not here to debate with you, merely to chime in further in that I think your cries will fall upon deaf ears. And, this old hard-core fan will still be a hard-core fan tomorrow, next year, and God willing for many years to come.
  16. Like you, I'm too old to relive this Rankin Smith crap... I like Quinn, but the team as a whole seemed largely ill-prepared and out-manned at nearly every turn. We had some beautiful individual performances, notably Grady and Sanu looked good. I was disappointed in #11, he seems lethargic. And Freeman; great guy but Ito is doing a helluva lot better... And the offense play calling was boring and predictable.
  17. Doug, I think you nailed it. The new guy fetching punts did a pretty good job. Grady was and is a beast. Jones looked really good; glad to have him back. I haven't seen much criticism of Freeman; he's not getting it done. MR2 looks ok, but seems to make ghastly bad decisions from time to time. O play calling; GHASTLY! WTF? Really? My daughter literally calls plays for the O in her H/S, and she does one helluva lot better than what we saw on Sunday; unbelievably predictable and uninspired. Sometimes, when it's an obvious run situation, you need to call a play-action pass. Sometimes, when it's 3rd and fairly long, we need the deep drop draw play with the meat up front paving the way for a stud RB. Nope. Doesn't happen.
  18. I dont know about DQ being a "fuvkin idiot", but the team as a whole looks BAD. O play calling is predictive. O line isn't showing why we drafted O line... D isn't jelling at all. Run D seems to be non-existant. Ryan is frustrated and forcing the ball; he doesn't force it well; never has. Then, he's throwing late or looking at the receiver the whole time. Did I mention that Freeman looks like he should've been cut? It's bad. I didnt necessarily expect a win, but this is flat out embarrassing.
  19. Tim was more than a good player; he was simply great. He is and was extremely smart, and he quite literally have it (the game, and therefor us) his all. It's just how he is. He IS very strong; even when his body leaves him, he is strong in mind and spirit. Please, lets debate the merits and risks of playing football in another place. I'm glad he's had a chance to see his kids grow and mature. I wish his kids could've seen him 30 years ago... He, truly, is a LIFE mentor for us all.
  20. Props also to the team. Starting this season they seem to loaf around, almost lethargic. Not the last 2 games, particularly this one. Everyone was scrapping, both early and late. It's like (for a nice change) they actually WANTED to win the danged game vs. felt like it was owed to them.
  21. Topic typo: We're NOT going 12-4. We'll have to really recover and find who we are to even salvage 8-8... We're hurting.
  22. Anyone remember our 3-13 season; we were lucky to get 2 of those wins... No, this is not our worst team, not by a long shot.
  23. I'll say this: They've been a helluva lot better, season to season, than we were under the previous ownership... Frankly, I'm of the opinion that anyone predicting our season in the 12+ wins this year had their head firmly up their wazoo. As a team though, we have to decide whether we're folding and punting this season, or whether we refuse to accept loss. There are two types of winners; those who relish the win, and those who absolutely refuse to lose. If we're the "relish the win" team, we're screwed. If we're the "refuse to lose" team, then there's still a chance for 8 or 9 wins...
  24. I've always felt that you're either finding a way to win, or you do find ways to lose. This season seems like we're finding ways to lose. Terrible play calling and coaching decisions in the previous game. This game the defense seems to lack any cohesiveness whatsoever. The offense; Matt seemed to be forcing it or holding the ball too long. We definitely didnt work on establishing a run game... Seems to me we're trying to become the new Cleveland.
  25. My first exposure to professional football was with Steve Bartkowski, Tommy Nobis, etc. I've been an unwavering fan since. With that, where are those idiots who were predicting 12 or 13 wins this season? Do we not know professional football? Who can predict injuries. Who can predict whether a team will "jell"? Anyway, I'm here, watching as always. I was hoping for more from Duke Riley when we draft him; I'm thinking he's either a bust or a very slow developer. We're not tackling. We seem to have lost our mojo. There are of course a few exceptions. Kazee seems to really "leave it on the field", but not many others... Is this coaching? Perhaps. I think there's more to it. Anyway, have fun watching the remainder of the season. I'll be here; something tells me it'll be me and Tandy and TheProf at the end of this "going to be tough" season.
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