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  1. so why did we take him as a top ten pick??? was Quinn (defensive guru) our coach at that point, I think that was the year Quinn became a falcon??? I know many top ten picks don't pan out, but it's incredibly depressing to think that neither he nor Matthews (our most recent top ten picks) have turned into dominant players. they should be playing at a Julio level of domination. it looks like we'll be picking top ten again or close to it. just got to get it right this time. what's so odd is our later picks have been so consistently great over the past few years, I remember being in awe that we picked ridley for our first round and thinking our GM has balls to make that pick which wasn't a need pick given Julio and our other receivers... it will be even more depressing if we have to go for a DE as our first pick since Beasley is less than stellar
  2. it didn't help that Sherman started things off by burning our fair city
  3. We're in the Bible belt. we think it's our Christian duty to make other teams and cities feel good. I will say, I'd much prefer the heartbreak of almost getting there than just being mediocre forever like Cleveland, Detroit etc even though new Orleans won a superbowl, I think our history since we drafted vick is at least more...exciting ... and frankly I hate brees and overdramatic cam newton (I guess I'd rather lose with the falcons than win with our rivals), I find our players much more likeable which is why all this is so disappointing
  4. I've been really critical of the falcons since the super bowl including ryan's ridiculous contract which could have been used for bringing on or keeping good players also I'm still in disbelief about bringing on sark and losing our completely awesome and nearly record breaking offensive attack the new Orleans game gave me hope however that maybe that offensive attack is almost back... and then of course the injuries came like an avalanche. even if we trade Julio for two first round picks or more, there's no way i'd do it we're just another decent team without him he's dominant like no other offensive falcon has ever been or will be and make ryan much better than he really is (ridley won't replace him although he'll be good) also there's the psychological / branding aspect of Julio he puts us on the map honestly if we lost him, my already waning interest in our falcons would go down drastically--not bc i'm not a true fan but because I'd give up hoping we'll ever be dominant again...you'll say 'that's not being a true fan' but in fact it's almost like falling in love with a beautiful girl who keeps disappointing you and you just can't take it anymore. got to keep Julio he makes you believe at any moment he can break a game wide open
  5. so how would it work if we signed teco to a big contract and let freeman go? would we still have to pay freeman outrageous sums of money bc of the big contract? Or if we traded him would another team pay all that money? someone said above we'd get a third rounder for him? basically how would we also give a large contract to teco?
  6. even if a case can be made that he doesn't deserve an outrageous contract, he will still get it because we can't afford to make him unhappy or let him walk eventually blank also pays big for his favorites
  7. so what did shanahan do in the red zone that shark isn't (what type of plays)? ryan's weaknesses in red zone are evident. how to play to his strengths?
  8. so who can replace him that is available? is knapp much better?
  9. maybe a helpful question is: what was shanahan doing in the red zone to make us successful that sark isn't? by the way, how successful was shanahan in the red zone? did you guys sense that at least sark has more dynamic plays than last year or is all the same? if he was at least trying some different plays, I'd feel better and blame this mostly on ryan and the off. line (Ryan gets the jitters--I have faith he will be back to form and play well. Much more concerned about the play calling at this point) BTW, another question might be: what did shanahan do that allowed ryan to have more time to pass and not be panicked and make bad decisions? I'm just trying to look at this objectively. If people on this board have answers, the next question is why our off coordinator and even Quinn not see what people here see?
  10. someone earlier called me out for being too negative. honestly, like many here we're all hoping for the best and I'll try to put aside my skepticism. i'm really excited how ridley is going to impact the offense that was a bold move on Quinn's part showing they want to be dominant offensively again
  11. I was starting to get excited about this year but this thread leaves me ... apprehensive. why the **** couldn't Quinn and blank just hire the best offensive coordinator available (no, I admit not knowing who that would be) and they've had two years to find him? why take this huge chance with the best team we've EVER had? I just have a sinking feeling
  12. the question really is, are they playing more dynamic plays this year like using running backs to receive passes, more QB rollouts and whatever plays made Ryan a MVP, etc. I haven't seen enough preseason to know. you guys are the experts I thought people were saying earlier that the offensive playcalling looked a lot more dynamic than last year, but people on this thread seem to be saying that's not really the case....
  13. how much is losing poe going to hurt us? is our def line too soft and much worse than last year? can we trust senat to become a grady like quality player? also, what effect will having beastly playing DE this year be playing alongside Takk? these are the big questions to my mind honestly I'm more concerned our offense will never be the offensive juggernaught it was two years ago it was like we were playing knee deep in mud for much of last season
  14. thanks gdawg I don't really remember how good knapp was as an offensive coordinator. I assume he has a dynamic throw it down the field using multiple receivers including running backs approach that will fit our offensive players talents? or is he a more slowly grind it out coach? will he use ryan's talents in a dynamic way that shanahan did with rollouts, hurry up offense, etc? a huge skill we need is making in game adjustments which sark never seemed to do well. do you think knapp will be able to much more effectively?
  15. this is precisely why we MUST go back to being a well oiled offensive juggernaut and sark has to get his act together. We're witnessing something incredibly rare in Atlanta sports, extended excellence. what a waste of talent and GM effort it will be if we don't become dominant again on both sides of the ball. I blame Quinn if sark doesn't improve the offensive attack dramatically the thought of wasting tevin coleman in his last year and not throwing the ball to our running backs makes me sick. but it sounds like sark may be promoting this type of play this year, so there's hope for a super bowl run!