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Rocky's Ol' Man

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  1. The FALCONS do NOT stink as much as the PACKERS. (check that score) OR Was that a very well-coached SAINTS team? (those words taste horrible in my mouth)
  2. Been a fan since the beginning, but ... ( and this is BIG ) have never paid for season TIX, some game by game over the years. I respect those who buy season TIX ( Ya wanna cheer, invest! ). That game by game thing included a preseason game at Tokyo Dome the summer after the Dan Reeves Super Bowl loss. If m'bank account were fatter, I'd go for the game scheduled for the UK
  3. The reason this team SHOULD make the playoffs is that last year's team SHOULD have made the playoffs, but ... Coaching is teaching, and in last year's game against DALLAS, the ATL team looked like no one had been taught what to do with that on side kick. "We like ya, Dan, but you gotta go." So, in the upcoming season the Dallas game becomes pivotal. Will Dan Quinn be taking over as head coach there? Will the Dean Pees Defense make a stand?
  4. Feleipe Franks, QB, Arkansas ( Will he stick? ) Javian Hawkins. RB, Louisville ( Is he too small? ) Marcus Murphy, S, Mississippi State ( Was a Rb, converted to safety. ) Eli Howard, DL, Texas Tech https://texastech.com/sports/football/roster/eli-howard/9731
  5. Thanks for the lovely comebacks. fan=fanatic This means I just don't have any fascination with other teams; fascination, NO; respect, YES. Sometimes respect is limited to an era, like the RAMs in Saint Louis or the Raiders only in Oakland and L.A. and then Oakland again. ( Gruden = booo )
  6. I am a fan of the franchise. I was good with the previous coach and general manager; I am good with the new coach and general manager. I would be fine with Pitts the tight end or either of the quarterbacks at pick 4. However, I would not think that either of the remaining first round QBs ( Fields or Lance ) would OR should be happy waiting behind Matt Ryan. Here is where I can say something outlandish: Matt Ryan in his remaining time should get to the SUPER BOWL again AND should be better than ... the one they call the G.O.A.T. Ryan CAN take the Falcons to the SUPER BOWL. Yes, he lost ONE, Tom Brady has lost more than one. In saying I Am a fan, I am not saying that have paid to see many games. Has anyone reading this seen a Falcons game at the home venue LIVE when a defensive player scored a touchdown. I saw Tommy Nobis score off of an interception in the first home venue (the stadium). Getting back to the draft, taking a QB in the 2nd or 3rd would mean that waiting behind Ryan would be fine even expected. far away means I live abroad in Japan but still keep an eye on the web site.
  7. ooooops, I often say I can keep up with things, though I live abroad, through the inner webs. My excuse for not knowing that the Blank ownership didn't start until 2002 is I live in Japan. However, the SMITH ownership prior to Blank was not the father (Rankin) but the sons which was worse, so the trip to the SUPER BOWL or having DAN Reeves was some kind of blind luck.
  8. There is now Arthur SMITH; there was Mike SMITH. So far two SMITH Head coaches in the Blank era. I am old enough to remember the very beginning which means the Rankin SMITH era. Coaches named Smith = Good; owners named Smith = Booo, Booo, BAD. There have been 2 trips to the SUPER BOWL. Lost both, but both were under the Arthur Blank ownership. And both head coaches for those games had the given name of DAN (Some fans would rather give credit to Shanahan more than DAN Quinn). Back to Coach MIKE SMITH. Maybe I am the only one cares to remember, but someone asked him if he might be (in one of his early years) rebuilding. His answer was that every team is rebuilding every year. I think that was and is true, and it should serve the new SMITH well. Rebuilding and having a shot to go all the way builds from the things that were missing for every team last year. OTAs, mini Camp, training camp. Will it be a full OR partial off season???
  9. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2020/07/11/nflpa-wants-to-spread-pandemic-financial-losses-over-10-years/
  10. You might not want to believe it, but the pandemic would have been a factor. In fact reduced attendance for games means losing money, and the union and the league have agreed to spread loses over a few years.
  11. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/seahawks-fire-brian-schottenheimer-following-seattles-wild-card-loss-to-the-rams/ if I say he might be good for the Falcons, don't think that I mean for the head man; I mean for OC
  12. https://www.nfl.com/news/dan-quinn-agrees-on-deal-to-become-cowboys-defensive-coordinator There is a chance he could be the head man in a couple after serving as DC, just a chance.
  13. So, we are moving on from Dimitroff and Mike Smith and Dan Quinn. They were successful until the weren't. Do we remember any where along the way when any of the 3 said "Ooo, we could do so much better if only we had better scouting of the teams in our Division?" How about Belichick? Losing season presser, and he said "If only we could scout better within our Division?" What? Never said that? A good coach is a good coach. A good GM is a good GM? I don't know, maybe luck has a lot to do with it. Living abroad, I can still keep up with things via online sources like the FALCONs site. I lived here in Japan from '92 to '95, being online was not the same as now-a-days. Moved back to ATL for just a few months in the summer of '95, and the Falcons QB was a former Saints QB. I thought "We are taking left-overs, sloppy seconds." That's what you wanted, something personal As a fan I go all the way back to welcoming the Saints because it would seem like for a brief time they were the only ones we could run up the score on.
  14. I like ALL the candidates for both GM and Coach mentioned on the FALCONs web site, but ... ( this may be a big butt ) ... I absolutely do NOT want anyone for either position who has experience with any team in the same division (TB or Carolina or NewAleans). I like Coach Morris very much but fear his losing the last 3 games on the schedule gives him LESS than a 50/50 chance.
  15. I too agree. The remaining question is: Can ya get him in the 2nd or 3rd, or do ya have to spend the FIRST?
  16. I'm old; m'experience was about 35 years ago with 10 year olds.
  17. Rather than say Quinn must go. Set up what kind of miracle would keep him from going. Like win all of the rest of the games of the season. Possible? Impossible? Just get to the playoffs. Possible? Impossible? ( Playoffs in the pandemic year? ) %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% He gets to stay for the rest of this season, but then if he is automatically gone after the season, who is next? I cannot think of ANYONE who could bring instant success.
  18. Bruce @ TOMMY'S Tampa team had more problems as a coach in the 1st week than DAN QUINN did. Of course, I'm no expert.
  19. I like the 2 delay answers, but no one should choose one or the other because the league will make all decisions last minute. The entire sports world is cancelled until further notice. I live in Japan. The Japanese organising committee for the upcoming Olympics is like the NFL in as much as they want to wait until the last minute (the flame is in the country), but honestly the games are likely to be pushed to early autumn or the spring the following year. The NFL season cannot be pushed without also being abbreviated down to 6 or 8 or 10 games while the new agreement with the players says it should be 17. Rock and a hard place? The draft on time is the first step. It will be the quietest draft in 30 or 40 years. Cannot make much money on a TV show so quiet. The hooting and cheering used to make that show, don't we think?
  20. But did ya click on the link and notice the guy's size. There are some TE prospects that are too short.
  21. I think I want the Falcons to go for a free agent vet to replace Hooper (and I do hate to see him go). But for a back-up tight end, could this WR be converted to a tight end ? ... https://www.nfl.com/prospects/chase-claypool?id=3219434c-4178-1009-34a1-bfb9899e5d84
  22. I don't mean just some fans; I see AJC writers on FAZE Boogie, and it is 2 losing seasons mean the FALCONs must be at the lowest point in franchise history. Hold yer heads up, TRUE FANS. I am against pushing QUINN out. Do ya know of any hire that would instantly make the BIRDS fly high? New blood seems like a good idea just because ya think it could not be worse. Someone replaces Quinn, and you get another losing season for 2020. New blood in front office, maybe; new blood in the assistant coach ranks, maybe. Blank is likely to show confidence in Quinn. Did you hear it first here? Did ya soil yer jammies as I typed it?
  23. the MOCK Draft that goes way beyond all others. No, I am not kidding. Alphabetically, Arizona and Atlanta; Atlanta trades more than Arizona? Arizona doesn't take a QB. Falcons take a small school big guy in the 4th while others say he should be going in the 5th or 6th
  24. In NFL free agency, the biggest moves rarely prove to be worth the price The Jacksonville Jaguars signed quarterback Nick Foles to a four-year contract worth $88 million. (Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union via AP) By John Clayton March 16 at 8:00 AM NFL fans love free agency. You can hear it on sports-talk radio all the time. Whenever a big-name player becomes available, fans imagine how they would fit with their favorite teams. They applaud the aggressiveness of major signings and feel as though they are adding Pro Bowl players who will take their team closer to the Super Bowl. But as exciting as things may be right now for fans of big spenders such as the Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, there often is a big price to becoming a “winner” in free agency. And it’s rare that the cost actually is worth it. To be clear, sometimes the high-priced approach has worked. After the Denver Broncos lost the Super Bowl to the Seattle Seahawks following the 2013 season, John Elway hit free agency hard and two years later delivered a Super Bowl victory. Just last season, the Chicago Bears got to 12-4 after spending nearly $125 million in free agency. ] But in most cases, free agency turns out to be a costly fling. Consider the following: Of the 49 highest-paid players in 2016 free agency, only 14 remain on the teams that signed them. Of the 60 highest-paid players in 2017 free agency, only 22 remain. Of players from the 2018 free agent class who received $5 million per year or more, 14 are already no longer with the teams that signed them. In fact, the entire 2018 unrestricted free agent class produced just two Pro Bowlers last season, and neither was a starter — special teamers Andre Roberts (Jets, now with the Bills) and Michael Thomas (Giants). Colts tight end Eric Ebron and Los Angeles Chargers center Mike Pouncey also made it, but they were street free agents, not unrestricted. As the first wave of free agency heated up this year, so did the casualty list of past free agent classes. The Carolina Panthers cut left tackle Matt Kalil, who signed a five-year, $55 million contract in 2017. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who signed a three-year, $35 million contract in 2017. Running back Isaiah Crowell (New York Jets) and defensive end Adrian Clayborn (New England Patriots) were 2018 free agent signings who were released late this week. The Giants and Browns — before agreeing on the Odell Beckham Jr. mega-trade — swapped the second-highest-paid free agent of 2016 (Olivier Vernon) for the sixth-highest-paid free agent of 2017 (Kevin Zeitler). What’s behind the lack of success for most big-name signings? For starters, the pool of young players becoming eligible for free agency has shrunk over the past several years. With teams more likely than in the past to cut or trade a player who is still on his rookie deal, fewer are making it to free agency at the end of their first contracts. The 2016 free agency class had 66 draft choices whose four-year deals have expired. That was 61 in 2017 and 62 in 2018 before dropping to 51 this year. That, combined with teams being far more reluctant to give players other than quarterbacks or offensive linemen third contracts, due to the injury risk, led to a free agency class this year that most considered to be below-average. A smaller supply of quality free agents drives up the price on the best available options, which is why within the last week we’ve seen record-setting deals, such as the Raiders giving Trent Brown the biggest offensive line contract in history at $16.5 million per year, and the Jets making C.J. Mosley the highest-paid inside linebacker at $17.5 million per year. Deals of that size raise both stakes and expectations, and make it more likely teams will move on if things don’t go well. General managers have also gotten better about limiting guarantees to the first two years, allowing teams an out before Year 3 if a player doesn’t meet expectations. But perhaps the most fascinating thing about these megadeals is that they’re all done over the phone. This year, the majority of agreements took place before free agency officially opened at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Think about it: There are no player visits. There are no physicals until the player signs the contract. In many cases, teams are dishing out $10 million plus per year for players they’ve never met with. There are still some very good players among this year’s free agents, and it wouldn’t be a surprise for guys such as Jets running back Le’Veon Bell and Ravens safety Earl Thomas to become Pro Bowl picks this season. Certainly, at least some teams will see a boost from their high-priced acquisitions. But every GM who dished out a big contract this week needs to beware: In NFL free agency, there are more failures than successes.
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