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  1. I would certainly agree somewhat, but in the end, Dimitroff is responsible even if, life you say, he is not personally culpable for every decision Smith makes. Why do I blame Dimitroff overall? Because if he felt his coach was making bad decisions, bad schemes, bad whatever, then Dimitroff, himself, as general manager should have fired Smith after last season if he felt things were going the wrong direction. Instead, he stuck with him, which implies he did not believe things were off track, and in doing that, Dimitroff may just let Smith cost him his job. Do I think Dimitroff is solely to blame? No, there is enough blame to go around to everyone in the front office and everyone on the roster, but the buck stops with Dimitroff. Would I be surprised if Dimitroff was allowed to stay? Not particularly. I would be surprised if Smith was allowed to, but it would be well within precedent to allow Dimitroff to keep his job, fire Smith, and bring in another coach, and I think many here should get it in their heads that just could happen.
  2. Really, it is not a matter of it being Dimitroff or Smith's fault in the literal sense. It is about the job they are paid to do. Whether one is a manager of restaurant, supervisor on a production line, or the general manager of a football team, results are the only way they are evaluated. The owner could care less about excuses. He wants his restaurant serving good food in a timely fashion. He wants his products to work as they are supposed to, and he wants his football team to win. The people he hires to insure this, are supposed to insure this, so no matter, what, who, or why things are not getting done properly and effectively, the person hired to make sure they are done so, better correct the problems that are preventing it. My point, if there are problems with players, coaches, or both, it is the responsibility of the general manager to correct them. If things remain dysfunctional, it is the general manager's fault, because that is his responsibility. There are no excuses or shifting of blame. The buck, as it were, stops with him, and the owner does not give a damm what reasons there might have been that things did not get done. It was his job to get it done, whatever that may take.
  3. I would agree with you. Virtually all of life is based on "what have you done for me lately?", so certainly if the Falcons were to make a drastic turn around it would have some people rethink their positions on Dimitroff and Smith, but it would have to be drastic. What I mean is, the Falcons would have to convincingly win the vast majority of their remaining games(no struggling with bad teams and no last second field goals). The Falcons would have to go deep into the playoffs(NFC championship or better), and overall it would have to be very clear and apparent that Dimitroff and Smith have learned how to right the ship and get the job done. Anything less than what I listed above, and I just do not see them returning. They have had plenty of time already, but of course, nothing is a done deal. and Dimitroff and Smith still have offices at flowery Branch. A drastic turnaround of what I speak is not likely, but is also not impossible. If that drastic turnaround does happen, then the unanimity here, that currently has the message board almost holding hands and singing hymns together, will fall apart. Once again we will have those that will want Dimitroff and Smith gone no matter what, and those that will change their minds. Me? I would be open to a change of heart, but as I mentioned, only if things drastically change.
  4. I believe you may be onto something here. He definitely meets most of the criteria I like in a potential candidate. He is the coordinator of a stifling defense for a Super Bowl champion team. He has worked quite a years in the NFL. My only reservation is I would like a little longer track record. Meaning, I would like him to have been coordinator a little longer to see if Seattle is consistent in winning and if his defense stays so dominant. Do not misunderstand me though. That defense was a big reason Seattle won it all, and I would love to see that here. Dimitroff would have to be gone, however, because he does not seem inclined to build such a dominant defense, seeing how we have a former defensive coordinator as coach and yet have no defense.
  5. And no on Sean Payton. Not because he is a Saint, because he has already won a Super Bowl. Again, it is just not a successful route to take. Just like players, so many things go into a coach succeeding with a particular team, to expect them to duplicate that with a different team is more wishful thinking then something that can be realistically expected.
  6. There is one other type I do not like as a choice for head coach and that is former players with notable careers in the NFL. It is has been my observation that for whatever reasons, players that had moderate to great NFL careers just do not do well as head coaches. In fact, their failure rate may be up there with college coaches that jump straight to head coaching in the NFL. Mike Ditka is probably the most successful one, but the list of failures is long. So, like I mentioned in earlier posts, there is a history of coaching hires that gives one the best candidates based on success and failure rates of the particular route that lead them to head coach in the NFL. The best options: · A coordinator from a team with a consistent, competitive history, with a at least one Super Bowl championship. This person will have started his coaching career in the NFL as an assistant. He may or may not have NFL playing experience, but his career in the NFL would not be considered notable. He must be an assistant coach in the NFL first. This means he may have started his coaching career as an NFL assistant or moved from the college ranks to an assistant in the NFL first. This list would be the longest, but among the coaches found this way include Vince Lombardi, Don Shula, Sean Payton, Chuck Knoll, Bill Belichick, Joe Gibbs, Tom Landry, Mike Tomlin, Mike Holmgren, Marv Levy, Bill Cowher, Mike Holmgren, John Harbaugh, Dan Reeves, and Bill Parcells. I would be remiss if I did not mention our favorite former Falcons coach, Leeman Bennett, was picked from the staff of our successful nemesis the Los Angeles Rams. · A successful college head coach that has experience in the NFL. This means that before they had their success at the college level, they were a coach in the NFL as either head coach, coordinator or top assistant. I would not approve of even the most successful college coach being directly hired as an NFL head coach, however, there is some history of coaches coming from college with previous NFL experience being successful. These include Bill Walsh and Pete Carroll. David Shaw or Nick Saban would fall in this category as potential candidates. The exceptions to this rule, of course, are Jimmy Johnson, and to a lesser extent **** Vermeil, and Vermeil only won his Super Bowl after returning to the NFL for a second stint. Barry Switzer does not count at all. He coached a team so talented it would have been hard not to win the Super Bowl. The worst options. · Former or current head coaches with a losing record. The record should speak for itself, because I cannot find any history of a coach with a losing record going on to be successful. This also includes promoting assistants that are under that coach. Former or current head coaches who have won Super Bowls. They rarely, if ever, duplicate that success. Their career has climaxed, so to speak, and probably just lack the hunger they had earlier. · Any college coach being hired directly as head coach in the NFL without any previous NFL experience. This category has a high failure rate and includes Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban, Lou Holtz, Lane Kiffin, Rich Brooks, John Mckay, Dennis Erikson, Butch Davis, and our own Bobby Petrino. · Any former star NFL players. As I mentioned, for whatever reason, history shows former players, with notable careers, make bad head coaches. This list includes Bart Starr, Norm Van Brocklin, Mike Singletary, Jim Zorn, and Romeo Crennel. Now, nothing is absolute, and this is all just my opinion born of watching years of NFL football. As one can see, there have been successful head coaches pulled from many places. Yet, there are routes that have a higher success rate than others.
  7. If I am Coach Smith, it is time to do things different. He should take a cue from George Constanza, and considering most decisions he has made have not worked out of late, do everything the opposite of what he usually does. He should let his instincts decide what to do and then do the opposite. It could hardly be worse.
  8. I probably should have been more specific and said a head coach in college that has any type of NFL experience as head coach, coordinator, or positions coach. It is my opinion that any of those positions can give a coach the experience of working and learning how the NFL works. I believe most of the problems that a college coach faces when he jumps straight to the NFL is mostly caused with how he relates to the players. There are others things they must learn, but I think the lack of experience handling paid professionals as opposed to student/ athletes, is the major issue. So my belief is this. A head coach successful at the college level shows me he can manage a team and coach, but it does not give me any reason to believe he can manage an NFL team. Now, if he has been in the NFL before as head coach, coordinator, or position coach, he has experience working in the NFL, that give me a reason to believe he has a chance at success having been familiarized with how things work. A College coach, no matter how successful, making the jump straight to NFL head coach will be learning how things work on the job. This is bound to cause him and the team to struggle, and it usually does. Taking a successful college head coach who has the experience of working in the NFL and dealing with NFL players, makes him better equipped for the job in my opinion.
  9. I have thought about Saban, but we all know why he would not be a popular choice in Atlanta. I am not saying I agree with those reasons or even understand them, but the reality is, Blank would probably be disinclined to hire such a polarizing coach at this time. I do not pretend to know any better than anyone else on who to choose, just potentials to talk to. From the college ranks, David Shaw at Stanford seems interesting, and Stanford fairs better than most college teams at producing quality NFL coaches. He has NFL experience, and though he has no national championship, I put that in perspective with the fact he coaches at Stanford, not known as a usual power house, yet he has had some success. Overall, I would just be tossing out names like everyone else, but I believe stealing from the staff of a recent Super Bowl champion with an organization, that is run well consistently competitive, is the proven route with the highest chance of success.
  10. As if debating whether Ryan is an elite quarterback, or even a good quarterback is not enough, we have now moved to the Hall of fame debate. Next we will debate whether he can barbecue a good rack of ribs. Gonzalez is just talking like we all do, which means our mouths moving faster than our brains. I am sure he was not even thinking of what he said as a shot at Ryan, and the truth is that no quarterback he has played with is in the Hall of Fame. In fifteen years he may be able to say different. As far as ex- Falcons getting on my nerves, Gonzalez has nothing on Chris Chandler. Chandler was upset about the way he was pushed out, and after that, he never turned down a chance to take a shot at the Falcons' organization.
  11. No NFL coaches, current or former, who have a losing record or have won a Super Bowl. I know that sounds contradictroy, but their champion's hunger is probably not as strong, and duplicating that success does not usually happen. No coordinators from teams that have had no run of success or championships. We tried that already. No college coaches who have zero NFL experience. There are a couple of successful ones, Jimmy Johnson being the best, Harbaugh less so, but as a rule college coaches do not do well on their first run in the NFL. Who do I prefer? Coordinators who have run the offense or defense on a team with consistent competitiveness including Super Bowl championships, College coaches who have NFL experience and have run a very successful college program including national championships. This can include college coaches that have already tried coaching in the NFL, but did poorly, ala Pete Carroll. Successful college coaches who have NFL experience, even bad experience, are more apt to be successful using what they learned from their first go around in the NFL.
  12. In my life I have heard blame put on nearly everyone and everything, but I must admit, this is the first time I have seen someone go after the team surgeon. Is this not akin to saying the butler did it?
  13. Me too. I had a pet tarantula back in my early to mid twenties. I would let it walk on me and take it outside where the kids were fascinated by it. I would not get another one however because exotic pets need special care, and I think I was lax on that. My future wife would not let me move him in when we decided to live together, but he died just before then anyways. One story about it. I accidentally left the lid cracked on the aquarium, so naturally, he got out. I lived in an apartment, and I was just waiting for the screams, or signs of chaos and panic coming from one my neighbors. I was also worried my cat would run into him, but about a week later, while I was talking on the phone, he came walking across the kitchen floor. I said oh, there you are Venkman.
  14. I agree with your agreement. I have mentioned that Ryan has really never enjoyed consistent, adequate protection. Protection has been near decent at times but never what one call solid. It is why I have preached not judging Ryan until he does have consistent, solid protection.
  15. I did not see anyone answer your question, and though I have absolutely no reason to help you or any idea why I would, if you actually do not know how to do a spoiler, the answer is below.
  16. Agree, if this was fifteen years ago, I would be really upset, but those fanatical days are behind me. Since then life has presented me with things that need more of my emotional energy with family, finances, and such. I just do not have enough to spend a whole lot obsessing over the Falcons these days. That all goes in with my thoughts that this country, as a whole, has lost perspective on what part sports should play in our lives. From little league all the way to the pros, people have lost perspective. Parents pressuring kids to play, overlooking, excusing, and even covering up bad or criminal behavior of players, fans brutally beating each other, parents fighting at games, referees constantly verbally assaulted, and for what...to win a game. Sorry for the diatribe, but I feel strongly on this. I am still a big fan. I love football, but I have put that all in perspective now. What is of most importance to me now is to be the best father and husband I can be. I want my daughters, who play basketball, to have the proper perspective about sports and life. Their education and being a good human being have always been more important to me than how well they play a game, so I try to set an example by not acting like a jacka$$ at their games or because the Falcons lost a another game in a horrible fashion.
  17. Sorry, in a season so far so disastrous, I do not see any bright spot, and even I did, what good is it. Like the lone house that still stands after a tornado has destroyed everything else around it, the house is no worse for wear, but the town is still wrecked.
  18. I would never condone such a move, and I cannot see any way that the NFL, an owner, a coach, a general manager(especially those fighting for their jobs), or football organization would ever consider such a move. Explanations are many, but tops are, the NFL would certainly not allow it for the sake of their product's integrity or risk making the fans feel cheated out of an organizations best effort. Of course, I know that last part may describe many Falcons' fans already.
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