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  1. You think the Raiders are rebuilding? lol None of those teams are rebuilding except perhaps the Lions (they always are), Colts and Broncos. It just so happens that those teams are still trying to find a solid QB. The Bengals drafted Joe Burrow in 2020 - of course that counts as just drafted as he is their QB of the future. Maybe you're conflating rebuilding and struggling? A rebuilding team doesn't expect to compete for a playoff spot.
  2. The cap position wasn't precarious; it was just typical NFL salary cap dealings. The Falcons had been shielded from it for so long, that the fans freaked out when they finally experienced how the sausage is made. I don't think any Falcons fans could survive being Steelers, Patriots, or Cowboys fans; they go through something much worse every year but they know that is just part of the game. Instead, it is called "limbo" here. Regardless, Ryan was tradable. There would have been a $40M hit, but teams have done that before when they are truly rebuilding. It would have been more than worth it for the picks. Again, AS/TF are smart enough to know that they aren't rebuilding; they just kept too many of Quinn's role players.
  3. If the Falcons are in rebuild mode, why did the front office keep a QB that will be retired in 4 years and a WR on the tail end of a rookie deal. Any competent front office would have shipped both off for picks while they still had value. The answer, of course, is that the front office is competent and knows that they aren't in a rebuild situation. AS/TF just wildly underestimated the fight in the roster that Dan Quinn built and were too complacent in replacing the role players that Quinn loved so much. Hopefully they will correct course quickly and I'm highly confident they will.
  4. Every team is "strapped for cash" - the salary cap applies to everyone. The Cowboys have to cut someone and replace with a league minimum every time Dak, Zeke or Amari asks for a raise. This isn't the 1970's. Rebuild in the NFL means keep drafting a QB (or acquiring one) until you find a keeper . The Niners and Cardinals are prime examples. The Broncos as well. The Titans all of a sudden became a deep playoff contender when they acquired a decent QB. Could you name a NFL team that has a solid QB (that they didn't just draft) that is rebuild mode?
  5. I get what you're saying 🍻 IMO, they both failed pretty miserably during their first offseason and AS isn't a good enough HC yet to overcome that. That's ok though if they learn from it. Definitely no need to panic, but AS/TF need to be burning the midnight oil to figure out how to learn from this. It is a odd phenomenon here that the members think the Falcons are the only team that has to make salary cap related cuts every year. AS/TF inherited a very enviable situation where every big money guy was producing at a high level (except maybe Julio) and the rest of the roster was easily replaceable with minimal dead money.
  6. The Falcon's aren't in rebuild mode. They already have a solid QB. It is so easy to turn over a roster in today's NFL; what exactly do expect the Falcon's to do roster wise over the next few years that they didn't do last offseason?
  7. "Rebuild" in today's NFL means "find a solid QB". The Falcons already have that. It doesn't take several years to turn over a roster of role players. It's not like the Falcons have a lot of big money guys that are hard to unload. Julio is already gone and the others are producing. Ridley is still on a rookie deal. If Smith can't compete with the players on the roster, why are they still here?
  8. Based on this list, the burning question of whether the Falcon's made a mistake not taking Justin Fields at #4 can finally be definitively answered. 😇
  9. Just looking at the order of the names shows that this list is meaningless at this time. Justin Herbert is being universally heralded as "special" yet he is #21. Russell Wilson is #17 and Teddy Bridgewater is #3. The sample size so far is only indicative of the quality of the QB's offensive line and the opponent's defense. The quality of the opponent's defense evens out over time in the NFL so the data will become more meaningful.
  10. I don't think TD made any mistakes during Quinn's regime as he didn't have the power to; TD was just a figurehead, spokesman, and cheerleader. Quinn determined the roster, other executives ran the scouting dept, McKay ran operations, and favorite players of Quinn & Blank were going to be retained and paid above market value. Signing Freeman after the Superbowl (or even playing him during the Superbowl) was the biggest mistake in Falcon's history, but that is all on Quinn and Blank. TD just structured contracts that already had their amounts decided on; he just figured how to fit them into the cap. I'm not defending TD, just pointing out that he had no real power to do anything meaningful . I can't imagine anyone thinking that TD had the power to cut Freeman or Beasley.
  11. Every fan base always assigns the qualities of “straight shooter” and “no nonsense” to a new coach when they first arrive. It’s just that fans usually got so tired of the previous staff’s mannerisms and excuses that any change is seen as a “straight shooter” We won’t know anything definitive about how Smith’s personality or how he expresses himself for a while. He’s been fine so far though.
  12. Not sure if you are trying to state that training is just as good as competition to get physically and mentally prepared? Hopefully not as it is pretty much the norm for every world class athlete (and mathlete) to enter a “warm up” competition before the main events. This ranges from friendlies in soccer, to lower level tournaments in tennis and golf, to even powerlifting and track&field. We likely agree that lots of preseason snaps isn’t the only answer, but it is very clear that the Falcons are doing something very wrong in getting the players ready to play. By the time the Falcons finally get it together, they’ve dug themselves into an impossible hole by giving away some easy wins.
  13. You are right - it is a rebuild from Quinn’s very specific player requirements, but Rebuilds in the salary cap era can happen almost over night. Rebuilds only take a long time when either (1) the coach is incompetent or (2) the team can’t find a franchise QB. Defensive players are mostly a commodity now, so they are readily available. High quality pash rushers and DBs are cast off regularly due to their cost so they are also available if that is the missing piece. Other than QB, the offensive line (especially lest tackle) is the hardest to build, but the Falcons are only 1 or 2 players off and in relatively low cost positions.
  14. Having to let some higher priced guys go is not a sign that the Falcons have salary cap problems - every team has to make that decision every year. Be aware that the vast majority of sports writers (and almost all fans) don’t understand the salary cap at all. (Otherwise you’d never see “just pay the man” articles or posts) I remember seeing lists where the Cowboys were ranked to be in great shape when they still had Dak being paid $800k per year while demanding $40m, Zeke holding out because his signing bonus was spent, and Amari Cooper on the backend of his rookie deal.
  15. Hadn’t Smart already chosen Fromm over Eason before that point? It was a while ago, so my memory is probably off.
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