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  1. The thing is, this might understate Smith's influence in all the drafts we have had during his tenure here. The opportunity to get his pieces hasn't been negligible. I do think, though, that there is an overstatement of his situational shortcoming--one that will be lessened if we establish a run game to close out games in the future. Just by the nature of how the NFL clock works, it's an important component to finishing games you start strong in. I do agree that Smith may be being impeded on changing due to initial success. People often come into something new, and when they see an element of
  2. Well, I wouldn't say a draft's worth of value, just number of picks. I'm also not sure that the issues you feel strongly about can't be greatly mitigated by this incoming draft class. And, to be fair, if we find a pass rush and better pass protection, we should be a legitimate threat in the NFC.
  3. Ha, that's a funny question, and a fair point. Still, its meaningless to compare him at all. There are only 31 other GMs, a small sample size, and we are trying to gauge something that has a huge number of factors to consider on a team-to-team basis. You're absolutely right, the concern is what TD is doing--not what others are. It seems the area of disagreement for you and me is the belief that the problem is being rectified now. Irrespective of peers, it does seem like Falcons' management is making the right moves so far into this young offseason. In that way, there are always trade-offs. E
  4. Well, what I am saying is that the response at that time was to go get Julio Jones. Also at that time there was no apparent concern over the line (and, to be fair, it was an average, maybe just below average line). The need only became extreme this last season.
  5. That is a product of survivorship bias though, and in comparing TD through that lens, of course it would underestimate his tenure as a GM. As you yourself said though, this isn't about others, its about the Falcons and their current scenario. Since that bias naturally exists in relative measures, I am not sure he can be gauged based off similarly tenured managers.
  6. Perhaps, but I also think it is a consequence of the Green Bay playoff game in 2010. Their aerial attack crushed us. In what, I believe you and I will agree on, was a huge mistake was the fixation on getting more "explosive." While the need was there, we erred on excessive and ignored the lines. At this stage I think we can safely say the problem has been made clear, and moving forward is the time to judge how appropriate have the corrective actions been and future actions will be. It's just hard to condemn TD for making moves with clear intent to address, honestly, what a lot of your points a
  7. I wouldn't argue only the O-line; however, I would say the trenches as a whole have been. I, and probably most, do not think of TD as a tremendous scout of lineman talent. If you consider your original post, each is associated with the line in some form or another. Typically the Falcons do not have their backfield, receivers, or DBs questioned. The most consistent complaint is losing at the line of scrimmage. For the record, I do not find these to be anomalies in the slightest. Looking at the body of work, controlling the line is the most glaring deficiency on this team. What I am really getti
  8. I think making the leap to this inference requires certain assumptions; all of which pertain to our GM's efficacy. Another way to consider this is that TD took a 4-12 team to frequent playoff appearances, but recognized the trenches as an area of weakness. In that way, bringing in Pioli might have actually been a very wise move since one of the merits associated with him are his line development for KC. The interpretation here is skewed by preconceived notions about TD. Also, for the original points you mentioned, while distinct, are actually attributed to three facets of the game. The pass ru
  9. I think it could be huge. One thing I noticed, and maybe I'm in the minority here, but I feel like we have barely had any good rushing games after Mughelli went down in that Detroit game. Literally, since then, our run game has been in a state of steep decline.
  10. This is a pretty cool game. Here is mine: 6 DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY SOUTH CAROLINA 37 DT AARON DONALD PITTSBURGH 68 G GABE JACKSON MISSISSIPPI STATE 99 CB JAYLEN WATKINS FLORIDA 135 TE JACOB PEDERSEN WISCONSIN 166 RB JAMES WILDER JR. FLORIDA STATE 197 CB WALT AIKENS LIBERTY
  11. Don't even have to take my word for it. Here's an example http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/532103-nfl-playoff-picture-eighteen-teams-control-their-own-destiny
  12. You've never heard that phrase in sports? It means you can make the post season without relying on the help of others losing. As far as I know this is commonly used (quick Google confirms this).
  13. It's an uphill battle, but mathematically we control our destiny right now.
  14. I like the fresh perspective, but I also disagree. Two reasons: first, our investment in our offense seems significantly higher, and subsequently, it should be doing a lot more damage than it does (and perform better than our defense). Also, when offense is scoring like 3-7 total in those second halves (and way more often that it should, even 0), they can't be exonerated of blame. Unfortunately, at this point, there's enough to go around too.
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