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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Hadn’t Smart already chosen Fromm over Eason before that point? It was a while ago, so my memory is probably off.
  6. Very hard to do that in a salary cap league as the team would miss out on most of his rookie deal and would be paying $40m per year by year 3 on a QB that is relatively unproven. In a salary cap league, it doesn’t make sense to draft a QB I’m the 1st unless he is expected to almost immediately take over from the starter e.g. Mahomes for Smith.
  7. Jacob Eason thought the same way Smart valued that road win at Notre Dame way too much.
  8. “Dead money” is very overrated. Teams can easily avoid dead money by just keeping guys on the roster who don’t play at all rather than releasing them. “Dead money” sounds scary, but in most cases the roster spot is far more valuable than just keeping a non-producer on the roster. The exception, of course, is the triggering of the acceleration of huge signing bonuses into one big hit. Even then, the Eagles chose to take the hit with Wentz. it was silly to let Carpenter go, however. I know the fans here were hypercritical of him and Quinn didn’t like him, but now we see what a truly bad guard looks like. To be clear, Ryan’s cap hit is very much in line with a QB of his production and if anything is on the cheap side. Ryan’s cap hit has never been an issue.
  9. I think that is more of a college thing where opponent’s offensive schemes can vary wildly from week to week (triple option, air raid, etc) so they use walk-ons and guys buried in the depth chart to “simulate”the best they can. In the NFL, I’ve never heard of practice squad guys routinely changing from week to week just to fit the opponent. They are project players and practice depth e.g. WR3 or RBs for when the starters are too banged up to practice. I don’t doubt that Smith said it, but he says a lot of coachspeak things that can’t be taken literally. This reminds me more of the old story of Jimmy Johnson getting upset with Troy Aikman and cutting the backup punter. This seems like the staff is either making room to demote some fringe main roster guys or weren’t happy with what those three were bringing to the practices.
  10. That is why it is ignorant for anyone to blame TD or McKay for the team makeup. Quinn and Blank controlled the roster and Blank still does to a large part. The players knew the way to survive as a Falcon was to ingratiate themselves with those two. The GMs here have no real power - for big money guys, Blank decides who stays and goes so the GMs have no leverage in negotiations. They can only figure out how to make it as cap friendly as possible. Nothing will change until Blank stops getting to know the players personally.
  11. This is sad to read as it is this attitude that keeps the Falcons irrelevant. The Falcons consider the Saints games as their "Superbowl" - with two chances to claim victory. It is unfortunate that Blank also shares this attitude. Reminds me so much of Auburn and their "little brother syndrome" they have with Alabama. It's not healthy to care more about beating your rival and playing spoiler than competing for championships. I'm still shocked that Quinn was retained and I don't see how we move ahead as a relevant franchise anytime soon. Quinn is just too good at motivating the team during "garbage time".
  12. Dominant RBs aren't needed in today's NFL and in many cases may be a hindrance due to taking up too much of the cap. Signing Freeman to the extension was a mistake - no need to compound it just to get a UGA guy.
  13. I hold Freeman single-handedly responsible for 28-3. Others messed up afterward, but without his screwup (busy thinking about getting paid), the others don't happen.
  14. Playing Arthur Blank at QB would indeed be a bold strategy. Reminds me of the movie "Heaven can Wait"
  15. The problems are well beyond being fixable by an inspirational speech - that's something that Quinn has never understood.
  16. You know who the next Mahomes is? Meanwhile, we have a top-tier QB that is stylistically similar to pretty much every SB winning QB over the last 20 years. Regardless, neither Watson or Mahomes have won anything yet.
  17. Every offensive scheme that does not require a dual-threat QB is suitable for Ryan, Julio & Ridley. If Blank does go the running QB route again, we should just have a fire sale and the Falcons file for liquidation.
  18. It is doubtful that a coach will be hired that will require a new offensive scheme. If that is the case, the Falcons should have a fire sale now. Far more likey is that the Falcons go with a standard Payton, Shannahan, McCarthy, McVay type coach rather than a Lincoln Riley. Ryan, Julio, Ridley, Hooper (if extended). most of the OL, etc will work with most offensive schemes. The new DC will likely want to build his own scheme, but the good news is that the Falcons defense doesn't have any truly bad contracts. The defense could be restocked in one offseason and augmented over the next couple.
  19. Barring catastrophic injuries, the team doesn't have to do much though. The offense is mostly set and the defense can be restocked pretty easily without much (or any) pain.
  20. Yes, because it is *projected* and not actual. The Falcons don't have any true big money signings or extensions coming while other teams do. Another example, the Cowboys look to be in great shape in the graph, but they have both Dak Prescot and Amari Cooper looking for new contracts. That is potentially $60M/yr that is unaccounted for.
  21. This graph is tremendously misleading and doesn't mean what you think it does. The Falcons are actually in one of the best cap situations in the NFL. By this graph, the Redskins look to be in a much better situation, yet they've got another $71M in cap space allocated a QB that may never play again.
  22. If the Falcons coaching staff doesn't care about it, why would the officials or announcers?
  23. Coaching, both preparation and gameday, is by far the primary differentiator in the NFL. In college, mediocre coaches can ride elite talent to wins - not in the NFL. With the coaching being this bad, it is hard to judge the roster. The Patriots and 49ers roster would likely have the same record with this coaching staff.
  24. Something (perhaps 28-3) has sucked out all of the fight out of Quinn. He is a shell of a man walking the sidelines.
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