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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'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!
  16. Is his height, weight and speed comparable to Tony gonzalez and other great TEs? If so, then I have faith all this hard work will pay off, but someone mentioned above that he lacks ability (speed?) to get separation?
  17. this is good news but we're assuming our mediocre offensive coordinator will actually use all these players to their potential. is there any indication sark intends to throw more to our running backs this year downfield ? that to me was the most exciting part of our indomitable offense when we went to the super bowl also will he put Julio all over the field the same way shanahan did--that really confused defenses. if we regain the ability to attack with multiple players all over the field, then I'm in
  18. help me understand why we are a lot better than last year. we still have a very mediocre offensive coordinator who slowed down our talented squad and we're assuming he'll be a lot better bc it's his second year will our new draft picks make a huge impact? the best answer may be that our young defense has more experience so maybe there's hope in that, but last year I saw a very talented team that barely won lots of games, played sloppy and couldn't DOMINATE like the year before. we were in the top 6 or so teams which is fine, but why are we suddenly going to win a super bowl? I do think we'll be better and it will be a fun year my point is unless we can dominate again and keep teams in awe of our talent like two years ago, we're just another good team
  19. it sounds like we'll restructure Julio's contract next year. will this have a huge impact on who we re-sign or will it just be a bit more money for Julio to keep him happy? are we likely to lose one of our top players because of this?
  20. what I don't understand is why our head coach and blank don't see this, really it's completely baffling to me
  21. Please forgive me for another Julio topic. This is the one time I will do this but it seems like an interesting question that goes well beyond Julio. Basically with Ryan's huge contract (even though it seems about the same percentage we'll be paying for him in the future from what people here have pointed out) ... how much extra is Julio asking for and what would it mean to signing our other players over the next 2-3 years? Can you see us also keeping our best young defensive talent when their contracts come up? will we have enough money to keep this team largely in tact for 2-3 years? I love Tevin coleman--any way we keep him? so who is up for a new contract or will most likely have to leave the falcons because of giving more money to Julio? finally, doesn't Julio have three more years on the contract? what if we just don't pay him any more (or rearrange the contract with more money up front)? would Julio become disgruntled and start to suck or even demand a trade? what typically happens in these circumstances? if you were Blank and Quinn what would you do??
  22. thank you for the 'that is the right question' comments. It's always good to admit one's ignorance, then people are gentle in their responses even after opening another Julio thread, ha! It is interesting that these answers don't specifically address the impact of adding $ to Julio's contract would be on paying for other players--in other words, regardless of whether we pay Julio more, it sounds like coleman and one of our elite defensive players are goners after this year (or the year after?). sad indeed. logically, it seems the best approach is to give him 'face saving' change to the contract that doesn't break the bank, but basically make him play through the three years of his contract. After three years, I imagine his physical abilities will be on a major decline given his injuries like dez Bryant or is he just a ridiculous physical specimen like LeBron who will play at a high level for multiple years? I wonder though if playing hardball will impact Julio psychologically--he won't play as hard or become a locker room cancer (hard to believe Julio would do that given his team player image)?
  23. I don't really know how all this works. can Julio decide to sit out the entire season? what if we refuse to give him new money, can he force a trade? what could we get for him if he's traded (the last thing I want to do--I'd rather have him than two first rounders you never know how they'll turn out)?
  24. to those like me who had the dubious pleasure of groaning up -- excuse me, that was a typo -- growing up in Atlanta and made to witness all the close calls and humiliations just as it looks like we're going to have respectability (a prostitution charge the night before our first super bowl, dog fighting--seriously, think of the ridiculousness of that!--the most infamous loss in super bowl history two years ago, even the braves only earning one championship with their greatest ever pitching staff), i'm always looking for the 'one fatal flaw' that keeps us from winning championships. Heist just named it above. and yes I keep hoping because growing up in Atlanta makes one a freakin masochist and I'm just grateful I don't have a son (just daughters) who would be as traumatized as I guess I am..... Dammit, falcons, you guys are so close ... just win one for us. be ruthless and only care about winning: get a top knotch off coordinator if needed the pats are quickly fading, this is our year if we just learn to have a winner's mentality and stop making excuses
  25. by the way I know even using the same playbook doesn't show the nuances of shanahan's ability to make adjustments mid game ... just why doesn't sark try his best to copy one of the most prolific offenses in history? many people on this forum more knowledgeable than I have pointed out basic plays and strategies of shanahan's that sark didn't use