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  1. 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

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  2. 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.... 

  3. 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



  4. 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?

  5. 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!

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  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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!  :tiphat:    

    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)?

  9. 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??

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  10. 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

  11. 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     

  12. I know this is naïve and frankly I don't have the  football acumen to make this generalization, but why didn't sark just take shanahan's playbook and do something extremely similar?  just seems odd and ridiculous that so many of shanahan's top play types (throwing to the running backs down the field etc) were ignored last year

  13. this is all very optimistic.  other than a couple very good 1st and second round draft picks and a better than average right guard, how will things be any different from last year?  just because sark has 'one more year under his belt?"  why will 'Hooper will have a break out season' when he was mediocre last year? 

    my real hope is that returning Beasley to DE to pair with Takk will be a significant improvement.  perhaps that and our new cornerback may bring our defense to an elite level?  will one more year of experience for our young defense make a huge impact?   if so, I share in everyone's excitement.  it's a long wait for the season to begin......

  14. As a fellow drama queen, I totally support the OP.  We have a very small window and our entire success (if we truly want to win a super bowl and be dominant and not just another top 4-5 team) depends upon whether we can score close to what we were scoring during our super bowl run.  It's baffling to me that Blank doesn't just hire the BEST current offensive coordinator guru available (or MAKE one available by offering him unreal money) rather than this 'wait and see' approach to his second year.

    if the offense is still stuck in slow drive over the first 3-4 games this year, what is our alternative strategy?  hire someone else?  will it be too late then? 

    long suffering falcons fans are too patient and trusting in the process - look at the best teams in both football and the NBA championships (Golden State) -- they completely dominate and have incredible coaches.  we have the personel (sp?) but last year showed we go nowhere without elite coaching

  15. yes, I really pushed back on a few people here who wanted to get bell fired for something he said.  I just get tired of the political correctness and lack of forgiveness if someone says something 'out of bounds'--people want other people's heads instead of accepting an apology and going on. 

    there are just a few people as funny and outrageous as bell and I appreciate the guy for making me laugh in Atlanta traffic...


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  16. wish 680 would stop talking so much baseball  I immediately tune out   also tune out when 92.9 FM talks soccer or Hawks (until they stop sucking, I'll jump on bandwagon then).  I know these stations sponsor those different sports (680 for baseball for instance), but it just makes me angry hearing 680 talk braves right after the nfl draft or big nfl game.  also what's the point of having lawyers on unless there is a SPECIFIC legal issue facing sports (ie only occasionally)

    Love Mike Bell

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  17. I said almost impossible (did I hear 13% chance or was that earlier info?)  of course, I was basically saying 'why make it a lot less likely? what a stupid thing to do"  That was good info you provided that not all worst teams get the first pick, but I've seen a couple people use this as excusing the hawks from winning the last two games 'well, they probably wouldn't have gotten the first pick anyway!"  of course, had they lost the games they'd have a much better chance to have that pick... they'd also be more likely to get one of the first three picks which I've heard are really the elite players

    I don't mean you personally as you're entirely entitled to your opinion   I'm more responding to a trend I've seen during all these Atlanta sports disasters of reflexively defending our team's bad choices

  18. just have to say it.  I'm from Atlanta so I've had to deal with how our sports teams continually disappoint for 50 years. We invariably lose in such stupid and humiliating ways ... the recent super bowl will go down as the greatest choke in history (any high school coach would just run the game out and kick a field goal), Vick goes to the dogs (really, is there any more stupid way to lose $100,000,000?), our first super bowl and prostitution sting, winning only one world series with one of the best pitching staffs in history......

    but how the hawks decided to win the last two games and make the first pick almost impossible, that's beyond me.  We're such losers we can't even lose when we need to!

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