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  1. New head coach and weak schedule and our 50th season....excitement builds for every Falcon fan! First few games, Shannahan uses Freeman and Julio as key players very effectively and Freeman plays with a chip on his shoulders. The team is excited and plays hard and with resilience even Kroy saves the day. We go 5-0 despite some very close calls and games that we could have easily lost. The Saints kill our undefeated hopes and make us look like the not so great team that many thought we were, (including me) starting our turnover woes including to many bonehead plays by Ryan. A game or two later, our play calling gets stale as Julio is double teamed majority of the time and Freeman and our run game starts getting shut down consistently. Quinn makes a rookie HC mistake and goes for a field goal on the 1 or 2 yrd line and relied on the defense to make a stop when we could have had them backed up in their end zone if we failed to score a TD. Fumbling and bad snap woes continue and our pass rush is STILL non existent. The natives get restless...Some calling for Ryan's head, some calling for Shannahan's head, some calling for TD's head, some even calling for Quinn's head....some wishing we hired Rex(idiots) EVEN then we could have still controlled our own destiny to get into the playoffs but we lose to MIN and Seattle does whats needed to boot us out of the playoff picture BUT...there's STILL hope(at least in my heart)...Players meeting...The team is fed up!...We can turn this thing around with some solid play from our offense and minimal turnovers! Yeah! BUT nooooo, we get swept by the Bucs....The freaking Bucs and their rookie QB..... I'm so ashamed right now because I'm the number one s**t talker in every NFL and NFCS rivalry group that I'm in. My take: Ryan didn't just forget how to play football within the last six games. He consistently is at the top of the league in passing yards even getting Harry Douglass 1K when Julio was hurt last year. He hasn't really had solid pass protection or a run game for a while until the first few games of this year. (and as I've stated even that has broken down) Ryan should not have to throw the ball as much as he does...Why are we not running the ball more even with the lead? Our team is crappy and it HAS alot to do with TD! Smitty was a victim of TDs recruiting and a few clock management issues. I'm not saying we shouldn't have let go of Smitty but we just haven't had the talent on both sides of the ball at the same time. Quinn needs another season or two to bring in "his" talent. Shannahan needs to get his s**t together, come up with some better schemes and run the freaking ball more than 14 times with our all star RB. Give Ryan a chance to play action and run a few more freaking screen plays or passes to the flats with Freeman, Coleman, even Hester like we did with Anton Smith. or just get rid of Shannahan period. or Draft a QB and if Ryan keeps screwing up, bench him, trade him, whatever. ...and for God's sake get rid of Kroy, put some fire under Vic's azz, bring in some help at linebacker, pass rushing and opposite Trufant, (and a little more help on the O-line) The season is over for us, but if by some miraculous chance we made the playoffs, we're far from a playoff team much less a Superbowl team, but as far as next year goes, with the right moves, we could be a very good team as long as Blank can put a boot in TD's azz. Just ranting....Still rising up though.
  2. So with Fox in Chicago now a done deal, and Kubiak to Denver all but a formality, it now appears that we will have our choice of either Austin or Quinn for HC. Personally, I see both as great options, and would not feel bad if we hired either one. So, for a moment, let's assume that the HC hiring process is behind us, especially since nothing's going to happen til at least Monday anyway, and talk about the next phase: Coordinators and position coaches. Obviously, we now have a few holes in our coaching staff. We've already lost our OC, DB coach, and OL coach, will probably not be keeping our current DC, and may even lose a couple more, before all is said and done. So then, I wonder, who will be get? As far as OC goes, there are still a number of big names on the market like Trestman, Shanahan, and Gase. There are also still some good DCs out there like Fangio and Schwartz. Of course, our new HC may choose to just bring in a guy that he has experience with to run his system, but for now it's all up in the air. We'll also need to find a new OL coach after losing Tice, so, basically, in general, who do you think that we should and/or could get?
  3. Hue Jackson would make a great DC while he's waiting for a new HC gig... He already has ties to the Falcons from a couple years ago. Mel Tucker has ties to Jack Del Rio who has ties to Mike Smith. Both are aggressive as coordinators and could be had. TD needs to act quick though...
  4. So we are going to look for a compliment to Coach Smith (Possibly a younger guy given Mike Smith's health situation, or someone who knows Smith's scheme/Defensive patterns.) Someone Aggressive who attacks the offense and sets the players up to make plays, this person will work hand in hand (Have as much input on the D as Smitty). From what TD said these 3 guys sound like what TD and MS are looking for. Jack Del Rio- Good friends with Smith, previous HC expierence, worked with Smith in Jax, known for his aggressive style of defense. Mel Tucker- Younger fiery coordinator; in many ways Del Rio's protege's apparently is on good terms with many of the Atlanta staff, however if Mike Mularkey is hired by Jacksonville he'll more than likely stay. Manny Diaz- Even though I have been personally endorsing him, he matches up great with what TD says, he's young, fiery, and aggressive like Mel Tucker. Considered as a defensive mastermind at the college level, largely considered to be the eventual successor to Mack Brown at Texas. He may be looking to take his mind to the NFL however. His D is known for attacking offenses and forcing a lot of turnovers while limiting the big play. Thoughts?
  5. I've seen a lot of people calling Ryan the problem. Calling the coaches the problem, calling TD the problem, but the truth is, this thing is broken. The entire team from top to bottom needs to be reviewed and looked at, to see if we can move forward and finally create a winner that can also transfer that success to the Postseason. For me there is not one place that all the blame falls...it falls on this entire organization. The Falcons are the problem. To listen to Blank's comments after the game, TD and Smith are safe, so those arguments, no matter how valid can be put to rest, but no player, and everyone knows I love Ryan, but NO player is safe now. This team has shown over and over and over (3 overs for the amount of playoff losses) that they cannot compete with teams with playoff teams, and this year, we knew it, but many (like myself), continued to buy this bill of goods that this was a good team that would eventually hit it's stride. It's taken a third consecutive loss in three consecutive ties to realize that this team has hit it's ceiling, as currently constructed. Without changes to coaching and personnel, this team will always be good, but not great. Jim Collins said: "Good is the enemy of great", and thas how I feel about the Falcons today.
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