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  1. It's bad statistically and bad compared to where Smith wants to go. I think the Ravens/Titan's/Steelers defense is where Smith is looking to go. Big, tough, physical with some elite playmakers. I think he has instilled the attitude but it's like the old adage: "the heart is willing but the bodies not able". We still lack the bodies in some positions. It sounds like the focus is on D this off season so I would look for a significant improvement this coming year. Throw in a defense like the ones from the above mentioned teams and we may not have lost a game this year with a rookie QB! Think about that.
  2. Oops, you're right. And he was one that actually got me thinking about posting this thread. But can he start for this team?
  3. I guess TE & DT are really the two positions that have been discussed on this board which might be most relevant to this list. The rest would be for depth & special teams.
  4. Who of these do you think will have an impact in 09. Who will be gone. All seem to have some upside. All spent some time or in some cases the full season on IR. Do any of them solve the problem at their position if they return healthy? Trey Lewis DT R Foster OL T Brown RB B Hartsock TE D Irons DB L Robinson WR A Harris S
  5. The ability of the Cards DL to jump the snap from the beginning was to me, one key to the game. When their entire front was firing off a split second before the snap tells me that their coaches had a "tell" on our snap count. Our failure to adjust led to several big plays on their part especially the fumble to start the second half. I assume we were going with a silent count to counter the crowd noise but somehow we were giving something away. Face it, the Cards D-line is just not that good. You watch next week and you'll see Carolina absolutely smoke this D-line. We failed to adjust and kept our offense out of sinc all day.
  6. To me it was absolutely a catch but sometimes you gotta wonder about the refs. This was a call left open to interpretation based on the rules which to me suck for these situations. What kind of direction do you think officials are given for plays which can interpreted by refs in a marginal fashion such as this? Do they consider the score? Carolina down 17-3 - shortly before halftime - big division game - want viewers to come back for second half - don't flip to another game - blowouts not good for ratings - any of this factor in do you think? You gotta wonder.
  7. SD being favored is not much of a surprise if you look at it from an unbiased perspective. SD is a talented team but having a tough year. This sure as **** won't be another Oakland type opponent. The oddsmakers know Atl has just come off an emotional, big home win over a division rival. A bit of a letdown for a westcoast road game the following week is to be expected. Championship teams learn to overcome this hurdle. We'll see if the Falcons are up to it. I hope so but I'm not overly confident we're to that level yet. But I'm still pulling for them.
  8. The pass was a great play call. Receiver was wide open. Ryan just failed to execute. It's not like we abandoned the run, just took a well calculated shot for a touchdown that would have put the game away. Championship teams bury the opponent when they have the opportunity. They don't start playing conservatively. I applaud this offensive philosophy. For too many years we've seen the offense go into a shell with a lead only to allow the opponent to comeback and win. This wus offensive philosophy, play not to lose, and the prevent defense are two things I hate most from any coach. Smith has made it clear he plays to win and it shows. Better times are coming for this team.
  9. You shouldn't post crap like this, citing media reports without a link to back up your post. Otherwise you'll get flamed an rightfully so.
  10. Personally, Roddy's beginning to concern me. He's been involved in several minor altercations on the field, nothing serious so far and I keep hearing from various people that he's just beginning to talk too much on the field like Hall. And I watched the replay of the Lions game and at the very end , after the game the last image I see are two Falcon coaches on either side of Roddy literally pulling him off the field as he jawed with someone over his shoulder. Just hope the coaches will bring him back down to earth before this gets out of hand. l
  11. 42 mostly agonizing years with a few bright spots thrown in (but not nearly enough).
  12. OK it's midweek and just for a brief diversion, here's an item in the news. I'll apologize up front for posting this link but the irony is interesting and no doubt this could lead to all sorts of low-brow humor (which I'll leave for others.....) Visit My Website
  13. I tuned in to the game just to watch dhall. I figured the game itself would suck. (now tell me how does Oakland rate a spot on mnf?). Anyhow I tried to focus on dhall's play. And as most have noted - he really sucked and not the first time I've seen him play badly. But the real point is that hall may be a talented player but he is not a "player". Focusing on his play in this game was an eye-opener. He was never first to stick his head in to make a tackle, always waiting for someone in front to make the first contact, even if it meant the ball carrier was gaining good yardage. Then he would make a show of being in on the play. I've seen this before. He seems more intent on waiting for that one opportunity for a "me" play - like an interception, so he can strut and pump his chest. Not a team player at all. His funniest moment was a running play near the goal line. He did a lilttle crouch, shuffled left, then right never making one move towards the ball carrier. I could laugh cause thankfully he's no longer around to embarrass our Falcons.
  14. Your link for bham doesn't show a falcon game to choose....doesn't even list the Tampa game? What's up with that?
  15. Here's a link to an in-game blog from the Detroit Free Press. I think we can feel his pain. DFP I've picked out a few of the more interesting comments below: 1st qtr 13:33: OK, so Matt Ryan's back to pass for his first throw of his.... You can not be serious. A seam route to Michael Jenkins, and it goes 62 yards for a touchdown. The extra point by Jason Elam (yes, he's a Falcon now) is good. 7-0. I know, I know. We've seen this before. It's early folks. 8:15: Falcons take over at their own 20, and on the first drive. Ryan on a third-and-short, to a wide-open Roddy White for a first down. No wonder they got rid of Joey. 7:34: Did I say the defense "improved?" After the first down, Michael Turner, you know, of "I'm gonna draft him on my fantasy team because I've got L.T., too" runs 66 yards for a touchdown. Elam's extra point helps drop the collective jaw of Lions fans everywhere. 3:43: After backup running back Jerious Norwood fakes the flea-flicker (say that three times fast) and runs 17 yards, Turner nearly fumbles the handoff, stiff-arms Paris Lenon and runs another 29 yards. Add a facemask penalty for a first and goal. 3:25:Turner, up the middle for the touchdown. (112 yards, 2 TDs if you started him, by the way). Hey Lions: Um.... What??? 1:01: After a first-down grab by the Transformer, John Abraham puts Kitna in a familiar position: On the ground. The first sack of the season. Minus eight yards. So, that's the end for the first quarter. Don't worry, it can't get worse. The Lions gave up nine first downs, 216 yards and 21 points. OK, maybe it can get worse. Second quarter 13:20: Many people thought Turner was good enough to be a starter when he was stuck behind Tomlinson. Many people were right, as Turner literally runs through the interior defense for 11 yards. :16: WOW! (All caps were needed there) What an incredible catch by Roy in the corner of the end zone for the touchdown. The Lions will go into halftime down a touchdown and they get the ball first in the third quarter. I know the play is under review but, c'mon, there's no way, right? The Lions really hve a chance here... To disappoint all in the third quarter. (No, wait, that's too negative) To come back and win this thing. 3rd qtr 12:10: Kitna going deep on third down... Intercepted by Lawyer Milloy (I thought he retired, too). Falcons ball at midfield. Pearson: "Kitna's got no one to yell at on that one but himself." 9:50: The Lions slow down the mighty Falcons offense just enough to allow a 50-yard field goal by Elam. He made that one just to prove to everyone that thought he was only good because he kicked in the thin air of Colorado all those years. 9:02: You know, for someone who wants to throw the ball so much, Kitna has looked better. Several overthrows and "intriguing" decisions. And that's followed by Kitna running for the first down, but sliding a yard short. Lions punt. I think they're just waiting for the perfect time to take the lead... Which would have been an hour and a half ago. 6:45: Matt Ryan looks like a eight-year pro on this play action and deep throw to (Rod) Roddy White down to the Lions 10. I guess Spartan and Chippewa fans have seen this act before. 6:02: There goes the halftime momentum. Jerious Norwood zips past the would-be tacklers for a 10-yard touchdown run. The Elam extra point opens up a 17-point lead. Welcome back, NFL. Could this truly be the shortest season in history? The quarter ends on a crazy reverse by the Falcons that's called back on a block in the back. The Lions better hope for a bunch more of those because that's the only way they've been able to stop Atlanta. The tackling methods (don't even get me started on their tackling over the years) are not what anyone would call "good." Fourth quarter Period begins with an 11-yard run by Turner, highlighted by several almost-tackles. 11:55: TURNER CANNOT BE STOPPED. Another touchdown... Oh, wait, a Falcons penalty. There's that Lions defense, hard at work, drawing penalties. He's got 196 yards rushing. That's a double wow. 10:47: Elam chips in another three-pointer from 25 yards out. The lead is now 13 for Atlanta. You know what's really cool about the NFL? Nothing's a given. I heard not one person who said the Falcons would lose this one. Be honest, you didn't think this would happen, did you? 4:50: As Paris Lenon hobbles off the field, Michael Turner, in his first game with the Falcons, breaks the team's single-game rushing record. Only the Lions, right? (TICK, TICK TICK TICK, TICK) 2:00: May I have everyone's attention please? There are two minutes left in the football game. That is all. 1:41: Vasgersian: "Ryan will become only the eighth rookie quarterback to win in the opener." That's just awesome. The Lions are out of timeouts,and now, out of time.
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