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  1. Checkout #P4PATL the latest video with me Toby D. addressing a poll I put out on twitter. "Have 2 7-9 Seasons Damaged The confidence Of The Fan Base In 2020". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke9NvR3yFlg
  2. So overall I think this past year was a success despite the 29-53 record in year 1 for Pierce. The young guys played well for the most part and we were able to get guys like Len to play well in our system. Excited to see where next year takes us. We competed in a lot of games we lost too. As the year went along, we played better which is a very good sign. Trae Young averaged 19.1 PPG and 8.1 APG. His 3 ball was only around 33%, but he was up to around 35% after the all star break. That number is only going to get better IMO. Post ASG, he averaged 24.7 and 9.2 APG. He was 2nd in the NBA in assists and 5th in APG. John Collins averaged 19.5 PPG and 9.8 RPG. For a sophomore year player? Yeah, we've got us a star on our hands. Kevin Huerter averaged 10.5 PPG post ASG which is good too. He is only going to get better and get more comfortable. There were also positives to take away from a lot of over guys: Alex Len, Taurean Prince, Omari Spellman, and even Bembry showed progress (still mad about tonight though lol). We have a nice young core that is only going to get better. Some key offseason dates: April 21st: Final day for underclassmen to declare for the NBA draft May 14th: NBA draft lottery May 14th-9th: NBA Draft Combine May 29th: Final day for underclassmen to withdraw from the NBA draft June 10th: Final day for non-NCAA players to withdraw from the NBA draft June 20th: NBA draft July 1st: Free agency begins, but players can't sign yet Draft picks: 1(5)- ATL pick; 5th slot in lottery 1(7)- DAL pick; T-7th slot in lottery, top 5 protected 2(35)- ATL pick 2(41)- ATL pick 2(42)- ATL pick
  3. Well, it’s time we finally admit the truth about this franchise. By Cory Woodroof @CoryWoodroof47 Dec 12, 2018, 8:00am EST Leodis McKelvin was right. The Atlanta Falcons are, have been, and for the immediate future, will be front-runners. Go back to 2016 with me, if you will. The Falcons had just lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, one of the team’s few 2016 regular season flops. The game showed what happened when the historic offense met a fierce defensive front. The team was held to 15 points on offense and lost control of the game’s tempo, which sunk the explosive mentality the team thrived on way back when. Post-game, McKelvin uttered the awful truth no one wanted to believe at a time where things were about to break even for Atlanta in the biggest way possible. “I was telling the defense, this is the type of team, they are a front-runner. They are a front-running team,” he told reporters (via ESPN). “If you go out there and make some stops, they eventually are going to be dying down.” The quote, at the time, was great bulletin board material for a team that surely used that moment to jettison to a better place (well, almost). But its the most telling observation about this franchise ever relayed by an opponent, and the defining problem of this team in the post-Michael Vick era. The Falcons are front-runners. They do wilt at immediate adversity. Slow them down, knock them out of the fight. It’s how it’s always been, and 2018 is that in grand amplification. Let’s go back to any big moment in recent team history. Looking Back The 2010 season ended in the divisional round with Aaron Rodgers coming out, guns blazing, to stop the Falcons after they got out to an early 14-7 start to see 35 unanswered points derail a promising campaign. The 2012 season ended with a collapsed lead in the NFC Championship to the 49ers that kept the team from going to its second Super Bowl. The week prior, they did the exact same thing to the Seahawks, but the mighty foot of Matt Bryant saved pain for a week later. In February 2017, well, we won’t go there. Look at the 2013 season, when, after a rash of injuries, the entire half decade of goodwill seemingly evaporated and led to the end of an era with the firing of Mike Smith in 2014. Look at the 2015 season, when the team let a few close games gather moss down the rolling hill to lose six straight. Look at the 2011 season, when the team fell flat at the Meadowlands by only scoring two points. Look at January’s Eagles debacle. Want more examples? Google: “Falcons blow lead regular season.” Sometimes, in large part thanks to Matt Ryan, they can fight their way back for the comeback. But we haven’t seen that much as of late. And it still doesn’t discount the fact that they had to be in that situation to begin with. The team’s problems haven’t changed once since 2008. They can’t handle teams with stout trenches, and the teams with strong run games and even stronger defensive lines always win out against the Birds when the things get close. The Falcons never seem to find success in addressing their own trenches, which have both been decent at the best since the turn of the millennium. The team can’t handle compounding injuries, they can’t handle blown leads, they can’t handle what happens when things go wrong. They have to have everything in place to succeed. It’s never quite broken even in their favor. They’ve gotten close, but not quite. Why is that? Why is it this team can’t get into the tough moments and box out a win? Why can’t this team withstand injuries? Why can’t this team hold a lead? Why does this team spend so much time worrying about rising up? What about staying up when the punches come in bunches? Don’t throw around curses, or “that’s just the way it is,” or more jargon about this or that with the team’s history. This is football, not World of Warcraft. You’re not bound to some ancient hex or manifest destiny. It’s just a game, and anyone can fix anything at any time to win whatever they want to win. The Falcons are front-runners, and it’s time for Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff to fix that. Looking Within Quinn has helped solve some of that problem of the team being accused of being a finesse outfit. He drafted guys like Deion Jones, Keanu Neal, Takkarist McKinley and Grady Jarrett to change the mentality. He wanted guys who were fast and physical; we all know that. For the most part, he’s gotten that exact result. But this team never seems to escape this belief that it’s, as Fox Sports’ Nick Wright said after the team lost in Philly in January, “a soft, finesse dome team.” Is it time we all start taking that moniker seriously? Is this just who the Falcons are, at least right now? Are they really just birds of comfort? These old legacy teams like the Patriots, Packers, Steelers, Bears, Giants, Broncos, Eagles, Dolphins ... the win-in-the-elements, smack-you-down, mean-machine outfits who can win with two teeth, a busted jaw, and a broken leg. We’ve seen the Falcons play tough in this Quinn era, so that total perception isn’t quite true. But we’ve seen them wilt down the stretch too many times in equal measure, often to these types of teams who keep swinging even when the Falcons seemingly have them pinned. The Falcons saw their greatest weakness send them home from Houston without a trophy. They faded down the stretch in the franchise’s most important moment in the exact way McKelvin said they would. The Patriots got some stops, got a few scores, and whammo, a 28-3 lead disappears like a thief in the night. The Patriots didn’t steal the Super Bowl; the Falcons gave it away. They couldn’t overcome their grandest problem, and it stole the greatest victory a football team can achieve. Looking ahead This team has been a front-runner for as long as I can remember, unable to handle the smallest dose of adversity. The team rebounding after 2017’s Super Bowl fracas to get to the divisional round was an incredible feat, but they had time to plan. Quinn has been wondrous about fixing problems in the offseason and letting the team grow. He’ll most likely do that this spring. But when new problems pop up in-season, the team just doesn’t seem to have the wherewithal to withstand them. It happens time after time. The Falcons have to have everything break their way in order to achieve ultimate success. If that doesn’t happen, neither do the Falcons. The rare example of this came in 2016, when the team lost Desmond Trufant to injury, and Jalen Collins stepped up. The team did get the benefit of having Quinn take the plays over in that stretch, which gave them the defensive boost they needed. Collins is gone now, and Quinn hasn’t called the plays since the Super Bowl. But what would’ve happened that year if the team had gotten more banged up? Well, you saw down the stretch. What will the Falcons have to do to fix this? Who knows. It’s not something you can just pinpoint to fix through the draft, or in free agency, or with a coaching change. The entire mentality of the organization has to change, the players you bring in have to have fight in them, the entire team has to have a strong left hook and a nasty counter-punch. No matter the eventual solution, McKelvin called it two years ago. He doesn’t have to stay right, though. If the Falcons want a Super Bowl, they’re going to have to figure out how to be tough and resilient ... no, not in general. When it counts. It’s time for the Falcons to break away from the front-running mentality. It’s time for them to shed the dome-friendly visage. It’s time for them to be 100% tough. It’s time for the Atlanta Falcons to get a backbone. Here’s desperately hoping they find one.
  4. Full link to the article- https://atlsportshq.com/2018/11/15/atlanta-falcons-2019-offseason-free-agent-wish-list/ Would love to know how you feel about some of these players. Some may not be affordable but I listed them to scrounge up some ideas from the fanbase. See someone not listed feel free to comment on who and why the Falcons should sign them. Also, there aren't any Falcons free agents listed because I wanted this to be around the league free agents.
  5. Let's be honest, the Falcons are not going to make any big moves in free agency. All we need to do is get another OG, another DT, and pick a WR prospect in the draft. Other than that, we are trying to keep cap space open for several players. The main ones are Matt Ryan, Jake Matthews, Grady Jarrett, Deion Jones, and maybe Vic Beasley. I see us plugging a few holes with average journeymen players that won't make many headlines. We're essentially trading out dudes like Clayborne for more dudes like him that didn't get a 6 sack game last year.
  6. Calling all Falcons fans. Why do certain people/or yourself think we need a Tight End(TE). Because I'm under the belief we don't need a TE. Tight End is not a need for the Atlanta Falcons. The people trying to make this a need is mind boggling to me. So help me understand. Because Austin Hooper in a sophomore year was decent. And average around where the Veterans were averaging in the league. Considering the entire offense was lackluster. He was decent. And if the team gets back to the offense we know they can be(It doesn't have to be Shanahan offense) but back to the good offense we remember in the Matt Ryan years. Then Austin Hooper will be fine. But if you feel different, let me know. So I can see where people are coming from with this need at TE. That nobody see but fans.
  7. Adam Schefter reports that the Atlanta Falcons have re-signed Roddy White to a 1-year, $2.5 million contract. This brings back a veteran presence and locker room leader to the Falcons and will allow Roddy White to retire as a member of the Falcons. I know this is a messed up one but April Fools.
  8. He is old as dirt, but can he still play? I haven't payed any attention to him since he left the Cards. Should we pursue him???
  9. WR With Sanu signing a 5 year deal, I really feel like that eliminates the possibility of drafting a WR, at least in rounds 1-3. DQ already said at the combine that Hardy had made some good strides and was excited for his production to improve in year 2. Julio/Sanu/Hardy are now our 3 WRs is most packages for the next 2+ seasons. We may draft a WR late still. C Kelly and Martin were both trendy picks for the Falcons in the 2nd round but with Mack's arrival neither will be taken there. G Extremely surprised we didn't go after any guards, RG is a crying need for us. Osemele got paid a chunk so that's understandable but we weren't even linked with anyone really. Not sure what their plan is here but you have to feel like guard is a legitimate option for us in the 2nd round. Unlikely Whitehair falls that far but I really like Garnett from Stanford. TE Another position I was surprised we didn't go after is some regard early in FA. Dwayne Allen got PAID so maybe that's why. The coaching staff seems satisfied with Tamme and "the relationship he's building with Ryan". I'm on the fence about that and we'll see. Draft wise a lot of love recently for Nick Vannett from Ohio State and rightly so. He's a very complete player and seems like a good fit with how athletic he is. He is a potential 3rd round pick for us but I don't think he makes it there. Hunter Henry falls in a weird spot for us where it's too early to take him at 17 but also he'll probably be gone by pick 50. I think we take a later round TE and hope he develops. OFFENSIVE OVERVIEW Unlike a lot of people on this board, I'm excited to see what this unit can do in Shanahan's second season. I think with the addition of an athletic guard that's good in pass protection we can have a really strong offense. We don't really have any glaring needs and have great skill position players. We need to do a lot of red zone work and find some creative ways of targeting Julio inside the 20. DT This draft class is littered with 1/2 round graded DTs, it's a goldmine. Currently on the roster is Mbu, Jarrett, Hageman, Babs, which I feel like is a decent group. This will be Babs last season and I think we will address that need but not necessarily in rounds 1/2. Round 3 seems like a smart place to pick up the best available one thats falls and fits our scheme. DE Was a HUGE need before the Shelby signing (which I really like) and it seems like we are pursuing Long. Before FA, this position was a lock to be one of our top 2 picks. This is still a need though and I expect this to be addressed somewhere between rounds 1-4. MLB With us tendering Worrilow and looking to pick up Laurenaitis (and being in contact with Freeman) this looks like another position we are looking to address in FA. DQ seems to like Worrilow for the base package (I don't), I don't think we'll ever see him on the field for our sub package anymore though. He is one of the worst linebackers in coverage that i've ever seen. We can't rule out Ragland in round 1 but really the team has more pressing needs. WLB An unbelievably KEY player in coach Quinn's scheme because the way the blocking scheme works he is usually free, we absolutely need an upgrade here. Durant started the season decently there but his play fell off big time down the stretch. He was also fairly poor in his sub package work and looked like he was playing hurt at the end of the season. Rewatching the tape from the saints game was painful, not only could he not cover Cadet out of the backfield, he couldn't even get near enough to make a tackle. We rightly cut ties with him. Weatherspoon is an interesting one but clearly can't be relied upon to start for us for the whole season, he's too fragile. This position WILL be addressed in round 1 or 2. If Darron Lee is on the board the pick will be in inside 30 seconds. If Lee is gone maybe Deione Jones in the second? All Quinn talked about all off season was getting faster on D and we're yet to see that come to fruition. SS Currently we only have Ish on the roster at this position, and it's a key one again in Quinn's scheme. This is a HUGE need. I really like Killebrew and Joseph and I really think this will be one of our top 3 picks. The talent really falls off after Killebrew/Cash/Joseph at this position and moves more towards project players which we don't really have time for. This player has to contribute this year for us which makes me think this could even be our first round pick, maybe after a trade down. DEFENSIVE OVERVIEW We have some much bigger needs here than on O, I wouldn't be surprised to see the first 4 rounds of picks all be defensive players. DT/DE/ILB/WLB/SS are all concerns to a degree, would be great to inject some young, athletic talent to all these positions.
  10. I'm dumbfounded that the Bear's snagged Trevathan away from us for only freaking 4 years/24 mil. We want to offer Sanu 7 per but couldn't offer the same to Danny T to pry him away? I mean I like our haul so far, but we need a beast MLB, we haven't had one since Tuggle and that was almost 20 years ago now.
  11. The Falcons should keep their eyes on O'Brien Scholfield. He is an UFA at the end of this year. He probably could be lured to Atlanta to follow Quinn. Seattle definitely cannot afford to resign him.
  12. Falcons Off-Season Cuts/Release - Asante – obvious move. Frees up cap space - Stephen Nicholas – Paying this guy way too much to be an average linebacker - Thomas Decoud - Babineaux – Keep trying to fit him in but I don’t see us resigning a DT on the back 9 of his career unless it’s for very very cheap. - Garrett Reynolds - Dominique Franks - Mike Johnson – Injury Prone Resigns/Extensions - Roddy White – Sign for hometown discount 3 year deal with performance based incentives - Corey Peters – He has become a disruptive DT and has more potential to grow - Peria Jerry – Although he hasn’t lived up to his potential he proved to be a solid rotational guy putting up more sacks than babs playing half the snaps. Sign him for 3-year deal dirt cheap with performance incentives. - Chase Coffman – Solid blocking TE that has the ability to catch. Can get for dirt cheap - Robert McClain – Solid 3rd CB although sometimes inconsistent, he can be the guy to make the big play - Drew Davis – Adds solid depth at receiver - Peria Jerry – he has turned into a solid rotational guy. Re-sign him for cheap and depth - Joe Hawley – showed he has the ability to play center when he stepped in for Konz Free Agents LT – Anthony Collins (Bengals) - Is a soon-to be starting RT. Didn’t give up one sack last year when he filled in for their injured RT start mid-season DT – Paul Soliai (Dolphins) – The big body we need to play nose tackle and obvious run downs FS – Louis Delmas (Lions) – He will be an upgrade at FS, brings turnover and playmaking ability. CB – Corey Graham (Ravens) – Falcons FO are not ready to hand the Left cornerback position over to Alford or McClain. OG – Gabe Carimi (Bucs) Draft 1. DE/OLB – Khalil Mack / 6-3 248lbs (Buffalo) Will give us the edge pass rusher we have needed for a very long time. 2. DT – Rashede Hageman / 6-6 310lbs (Minnesota) Will solidify the interior Defensive line and give us a guy that can penetrate and blow up run plays and also collapse the pocket. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvngYn7-TCs 3. OG – Gabe Jackson / 6-3 336lbs (Mississippi St.) Guy is a mauler and has shown to be a consistent pass-blocker in Mississippi State’s offense ran mostly out of the shotgun. Will move over to RG and start day 1. 4. OT – JuWuan James / 6-6 311lbs (Tennessee) Has the frame and the quick feet to play Left Tackle at the next level. Give him 1 or 2 years behind that scrub Baker and he will become a solid starter. 5. TE – Marcel Jensen / 6-6 259lbs (Fresno State) Falcons will be looking to get back to power running game and adding this guy into our 2 TE sets will help. 5. (comp.) OG – Brandon Linder / 6-6 311lbs (Miami Fla.) Linder will be a great value sleeper pick. He played every position on the line and brings depth and versatility to ours. 6. WR – Jalen Saunders / 5-9 165lbs (Oklahoma) Averaged 15 yards per return throughout his college career. Will bring that return threat that we have needed since Allen Rossum. 7. OLB – Khairi Fortt / 6-2 248lbs (California) Incredible hustle and ball awareness. Will add depth to our LB corps and bring in a special teams standout. 7. (comp.) QB – Jeff Matthews / 6-3 224lbs (Cornell) Intelligent QB that is able to read defenses quickly and should add depth and challenge Dominique Davis for 2nd spot. 7. (comp.) CB - Charles Sawyer / 5-10 (Ole Miss) 175lbs Has quick hips and is fluid. Was the only bright spot on Ole Miss defense due to injuries and played a little FS too. Depth pick. 2014 Depth Chart Bold = New Addition Blue = FA Green = Rookie Offense WR – Julio Jones / Harry Douglas / Darius Johnson LT – Sam Baker / Ju’Wuan James LG – Justin Blalock / Brandon Linder C – Peter Konz / Joe Hawley RG – Gabe Jackson / Gabe Carimi RT – Anthony Collins / Lamar Holmes TE – Levine Toili / Marcel Jensen / Chase Coffman WR – Roddy White / Drew Davis / Jalen Saunders QB – Matt Ryan / Dominique Davis / Jeff Matthews RB – Stephen Jackson / Jaquizz Rodgers / Jason Snelling / Antone Smith FB – Bradie Ewing 4-3 Defense RDE – Osi Umenyiora / Malliciah Goodman / Stansley Maponga DT – Rashede Hageman / Corey Peters DT – Paul Soliai / Peria Jerry LDE – Kroy Biermann / Jonathan Massaquoi ROLB – Khalil Mack / Joplo Bartu MLB – Paul Worrilow / Akeem Dent LOLB – Sean Weatherspoon / Khairi Fortt RCB – Desmond Trufant / Robert McClain LCB – Corey Graham / Robert Alford / Charles Sawyer SS – William Moore / Zeke Motta FS – Louis Delmas / Khemal Ishmael 3-4 Defense RDE – Osi Umenyiora / Jonathan Massaquoi/ Malliciah Goodman / Stansley Maponga NT – Paul Soliai / Peria Jerry LDE – Rashede Hageman / Corey Peters / Stansley Maponga ROLB – Khalil Mack / Joplo Bartu ILB – Paul Worrilow / Akeem Dent ILB - Sean Weatherspoon / Khairi Fortt LOLB – Kroy Biermann / Joplo Bartu RCB – Desmond Trufant / Robert McClain LCB – Corey Graham / Robert Alford / Charles Sawyer SS – William Moore / Zeke Motta FS – Louis Delmas / Khemal Ishmael Special Teams K – Matt Bryant P – Matt Bosher KR – Jaquizz Rodgers PR – Jalen Saunders
  13. I cannot wait to see what happens tomorrow and the subsequent days following to see how the Falcons retool their team. I think they will be looking at a few veteran pieces on the defensive side of the ball, as well as attempting to get Steven Jackson in Atlanta. One thing I honestly don't want to see is Tony Gonzalez back in Atlanta. I'm not bashing him, and I appreciate everything he has accomplished in his career, but his asking price and the demands are just simply too much. The money could be used elsewhere to help the rest of the team, and the training camp demand would just absolutely open up the flood gates for every other NFL player who is working on a new contract. It just wouldn't be a smart football decision. I love everything that Tony brought to the table, and it will be hard to replace him, but this is a bussiness and it needs to be treated as such. Don't let an emotional attachment cloud your judgement for the betterment of the team. Players at positions we should take a look at: TE: Dustin Keller - coming off an injury, so his asking price shouldn't be too bad. He has great hands, and is fast for a TE. Martellus Bennett - good blocker and receiver. If you put him in the right system he could thrive. He is also still very young. - If we bring back Tony, obviously neither of these will happen (nor will many other signings happen). However, if Tony is not brought back, and we do not sign a TE in free agency, look for our 1st round pick to be on a TE. DT: Desmond Bryant - I think he could be a decent fit in Atlanta. He went to Harvard, so obviously the Falcons filter is a non issue. 6'6 311 pounds, and is only 27 years old. In 18 starts (past two seasons), and other games that he has played in, in 4 years he has totaled 11.5 sacks. Pat Sims - At 6'2 335 pounds, Sims physically looks like a force. However, he has only played in 19 games over the past two years and hasn't started more than 8 games at any point in his pro career. The price tag is probably not high at all, but he may just not be good enough to be more than a rotational guy. Sammie Lee Hill - Although we didn't draft him, this is the kind of guy that TD and Mr. Blank love. Small school guy, with great size. He stands 6'4 and weighs in at 329 pounds. He has virtually played in every game in his short career. He doesn't have gaudy numbers, but he has also been playing behind Suh and Fairley, so i'm not sure how his production could really be forecasted. He's still really young, and should come pretty cheap. DE: Michael Bennett - Former division rival, and everyone here seems to want him. He's young, and is coming off a career year. His production last year could have been a fluke, or it could be the start of a very promising career. We will need more than just him to keep his production level up. Cliff Avril - He kind of worries me. He has been playing next to some really great talent (I think he could be Ray Edwards 2.0 for us). When you play next to guys like Suh, and Vanden Bosch, they will demand double teams. I'm not sure Atlanta has the cap space to get guys who will demand double teams. I am putting Avril's name up here because it wouldn't surprise me to see Atlanta make a run at him. Maybe he is versatile enough to play 4-3 DE, and maybe 3-4 OLB. Osi Umenyiora - With no real veteran presence on the defensive line (aside from Babineaux and Biermann), we need a guy like Osi. He may be a bit past his prime, but I still think that his presence alone on the field could help. - I would have put Abraham on this list, but his release was an absolute shocker. I don't see his release as a move to get him back at a cheaper price. I think they want to go in a whole new direction, and I do not think Abraham was a part of that new direction. LB: Dannell Ellerbe - If Nolan wants to move to a base 3-4, I think Ellerbe needs to be scooped up from Baltimore. Ellerbe would be playing closer to home, and he was a very productive member of the Ravens last year. The Ravens have made resigning Ellerbe their #1 priority, so if they have made him their priority, you know he is a good player. Justin Durant - Another Detroit Lion looking to hit free agency. He's fast, and plays good pass defense. Not much of a pass rusher, but he can tackle in the open field which is something we absolutely need. Connor Barwin (listed as DE/LB) - A very under the radar kind of guy. Of course, when you are playing in a defense that had Mario Williams and Brian Cushing you will go unnoticed. However, he has played and started every game in the last two years, and has tallied 14.5 sacks in those two years (11.5 in 2011, 3.0 last year). I think 2011 they played him at DE, and then 2012 they moved him to OLB. Keith Rivers - A once promising LB out of Southern California, he never really lived up to his high draft position in Cincinnati. he tallied 44 tackles in 11 games for the New York Giants last year, but I think he would take a lesser contract to prove that he still can play at the NFL level. Rivers is tough, physical with excellent play reading ability and the range to make plays in pursuit. He is very fluid in his movements when dropping back in pass coverage. CB: There are too many options here to list reasons why I wouldn't mind the Falcons taking a look at them, so I will just post the names: Brent Grimes Tracy Porter Leodis McKelvin Chris Owens Marcus Trufant Chris Gamble ---------------------------------------- These are not guys I want the Falcons to sign. These are just some of the names I would like the FO to be associated with when free agency opens up tomorrow.
  14. After finally reaching the needed 100 post count, I'm starting my first of hopefully several versions of a mock draft. For my first one, I'm taking things I've learned from my fellow posters - AKA stealing a great idea or two from G-Dawg. Free Agency: Retire: Todd McClure, Tony Gonzalez Cut: Dunta Robinson, Michael Turner Resign: Brent Grimes, William More, Sam Baker, Robert McClain, Vance Walker, Garrett Reynolds Sign: Any DT that can come in day one and play next to Babs. Draft: Round 1 (30): This is the idea I stole from G-Dawg that I alluded to earlier. Les Snead, a former Falcon, is now the GM of the Rams. I believe Steven Jackson is done in St. Louis and a new lead back with be needed. Either Eddie Lacy or Gio Bernard will be the pick here for the Rams who give up their 2nd (46) and 3rd (78) to grab the best RB available. - - Round 2 (46): Alex Okafor, DE, Texas, 6'4'' 260lbs. -Any time you can trade back several spots and still land your guy, you're happy about it. This is the kind of deal that has made the Patriots great for so long. That, and that Brady guy, but whatever. Round 2 (60): Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers, 6'1'' 230lbs. -Really digging this guy. The pick could be Arthur Brown, I'd be happy with either. I see Brown going before Greene so call this me keeping it safe. Round 3 (78): Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida, 5'11'' 209lbs. -The dynamic running back that we so desperately need. Don't get me wrong, I love Quizz, but he can't be our number 1. Would love to land someone like Lacy but in this scenario we wait a couple of rounds and land another SEC-product. Round 3 (92): Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati, 6'6'' 260lbs. -The most dynamic TE in this class, and my personal favorite. Dude's built like a receiver - a very, very, very big receiver. I think he will can compensate for the loss of Tony while doing things that Tony even couldn't do. He might even compensate for HD when he doesn't have his best days. Round 4 (124): Zaviar Gooden, OLB, Missouri, 6'2'' 230lbs. -Another guy to improve our linebacking corps, which most will agree that other than Spoon could use some work. A trio of Gooden, Greene, and Spoon would give us a lot of defensive fortitude. Round 4 (Comp.): Ace Sanders, WR/KR, South Carolina, 5'8'' 175lbs. -Someone that can come in day one and take the returner role that we've been lacking since we lost Weems to Chicago. Could eventually fight for reps on offense and maybe even displace HD if he shows better separation skills. Would be a great addition to our ever-expanding screen game. Round 5: Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State, 5'10'' 193lbs. -I've got around between several different corners in these later rounds. San Diego State is putting out several quality talents right now so I'm jumping on the McFadden bandwagon. Seems legit from everything I've seen. Round 6: Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia, 6'4'' 268lbs. -Not sure that he's available here but if he is then I don't see why we wouldn't snatch him, even if we have to use a seventh (we'll potentially have four) round pick to move up and grab him. Most posters would agree that we need as much help as we can get in the pass rushing department and this guy is pass rushing specialist that could become more one day. Would bring this guy in on obvious passing downs. Nascar defense, anyone? Round 7: Drew Frey, FS, Cincinnati, 6'3'' 212lbs. -The Falcons double-dip from the Cincinnati talent pool after grabbing Kelce a day prior. Insurance policy in case an injury bites us. Last year we were pretty much injury free (except for Grimes, that one hurt) and I hope for another year like that. Couldn't hurt to grab some back-up though. Round 7 (Comp.): Brent Russell, DT, Georgia Southern, 6'2'' 297lbs. -This is my homer pick. Most of you don't know much about me, as I'm relatively new here, but I'm an Eagle and very proud of it. Though I hope we land a surefire DT in FA, I'd love to see the team that I love draft from the team that I love. Could be a practice squad member that could eventually move up to the main roster. This dude was a superstar at the FCS level. Commands double teams and makes the opponents pay when they don't put two men on him. Has had a couple of off-the-field issues but also has a couple of kids that I think will help keep his head straight in the future. So, how did I do, Falcons fans? I know there aren't a lot of original ideas here but I think this would be a great draft for the Birds that could really help us out on both sides of the ball. I would have liked to sneak a guard in there somewhere but I think getting Reynolds back will help as long as we stay healthy. Clabo could move inside if needed as I think we might be deeper at Tackle with Holmes waiting in the wings. Might try to do one of these a week if I can make any changes or as the Falcons do something real that could affect any draft plans. Looking for some criticism that can help me get better at this. As much as I would appreciate the "Nice mock/Good stuff" type comments, I'm hoping for some substance that can help me get better. The King Has Spoken.
  15. QB- We've got the first thing every team in this league needs, a franchise QB. Ryan (27) had his best season, just like he has every year in his career. How do you know if you have a franchise QB? Do you expect him to go down the field and win the game on the last drive? Without question I do and you can bet he is highly respected around the league. Ryan has even found ways to get it done with seconds left on the clock instead of minutes. Ryan also demonstrated great toughness in the last game of our season, not missing a snap. I fully expect Ryan to be even better and put up even more absurd numbers. Watch some of his highlights from this year and see how he dropped balls into tiny inches wide windows. That's something you either have or you don't and Ryan definately has it. Consider that Gonzalez was open on that 4th and 4 pass interference not called play and that Ryan would have had time to find him if a LB wasn't coming in unblocked and think of how great he will be once we improve the OL. Backup McCown is a UFA and may be replaced by another vet for cheap or we may go with Davis as the 2nd QB and look to add a late pick or UDFA. We should be more focused on making sure Ryan gets protected better than his backup. RB- Turner built this into a respectable team from a bad one but his time may be up. He is 30 and has a large cap hit and may be cut to free up space. This is a passing team now and his style doesn't quite fit. If he can't catch on with another team he certainly deserves a chance to come back and get a ring with us, he deserves it. Rodgers (22) as of right now will get a chance to be the featured ball carrier in this pass first offense. The staff tried to force that some this last season and Rodgers responded with some good things behind some bad run blocking. He definately impressed with his run vs Sea. He could be even better next season especially with improved blocking and is very young. I like him as an inside runner but the reality is he lacks homerun speed. He can still be a very productive player but we need to add a speed back. He had 53 receptions but averaged 7.6yds with only 17 first downs and 1 TD Snelling (29) Barely got to touch the ball and was used more as a receiver than runner, but was less efficient than Rodgers. In the playoffs the times he did get to touch it he ran like it was the last time he'd get to touch the ball. He may be in line for more touches if Turner is cut but may be pushed down the depth chart again by further moves. He may see time at FB or as a 2nd RB if Gonzalez retires and we go with more 3 WR 2 RB sets. I see Turner most likely being cut, Rodgers getting a shot at a starter, but we need to address the lack of speed at RB. We could do it with an impact FA like Reggie Bush or a cheap one like Larod Stephens Howling but the best way is probably to use a early-mid round draft pick on a rookie with blazing speed. Ideally one that can contribute as a weapon in the return game too. The offense is lacking a RB with that homerun speed that is always a threat, can rip off those big runs when the defense is focusing on the receivers, and can get big gains as a checkdown receiver. Adding an explosive RB as a runner and receiver will add a new dimension to the offense and offset the potential loss of Gonzalez. FB- The 3rd pick of last years draft was 5th round pick Bradie Ewing. He got injured last year and will get a chance to secure the job. Mike Cox is a UFA. Snelling may see some snaps here. The front office obviously felt good enough about Ewing to take him when we didn't have many picks. His team bio says he had 30 touchdown blocks his senior year, maybe he gets healthy and provides a much needed spark to the run blocking and a bodyguard for Ryan. TE- The big wildcard here is Gonzalez. I have a feeling he'll be back. He'll probably take his time. The best thing the team can do is prepare as if he is retiring by improving the OL, adding a speed RB, and getting ready to draft a TE, and when he decides he wants to come back you can bet we'll find a way to make room. Even if he does decide to retire I don't want to waste cap room on any of the FA TEs. Palmer is a RFA and Coffman is a UFA. I think our best option is to take a TE in the midrounds where great value can be found like Gronk, Hernandez, Finley and others. While we could certainly use an athletic young mismatch TE, it may be easier and more helpful to find a big bodied TE like a Kyle Rudolph. A guy who can be a factor as run and pass blocker, and who gives us a tough big body with big hands over the middle that we don't have in Douglas. WR- Jones (23) beasted even harder in his 2nd season as expected and emerged as a dominant force while staying healthy for every game (13 reg season games played as a rookie). He makes the spectacular look routine and is as deadly a physical talent as you will find in the league. He and White basically split duty as #1 receivers. Next season he will take over as the clear #1 target and beastmode even more. He and Ryan are going to give defenses nightmares for a VERY long time. I loved the beginning of the 9er game when we just got the ball to Julio and let him take over the game, I have a very hard time understanding why we went away from him and to Douglas with the game on the line. Hopefully the coaches learned from that. White (31) turned in another workhorse season like he always does, and the continued emergence of Jones helped White post his highest avg per catch since 2008 and 3rd highest yardage total. He and Jones are the best WR duo in the game. Jones taking over as the workhorse next season with Roddy as the #2 will continue to create opportunities for White and prolong his career by saving him defensive attention. He will continue to produce at a high level for another 2-4 years Douglas (28) had an underwhelming season statistically as he always seems to, but we should consider that without even including the RBs he's behind Jones, White and Gonzalez. He did seem quite involved as a blocker in our screen game though. I wish that with the game on the line we forced the ball to our big 3 receivers instead of Douglas, or atleast got him involved earlier in the game if we were going to go to him in the crunch. If Gonzalez retires Douglas will certainly get a shot at more targets, especially if we're trying to bring along a rookie TE. I don;t want Douglas catching passes over the middle tho we should look to get it to him in space and on screens, and use his speed to attack defenses deep. Use a big bodied TE for those tough catches over the middle. WR is certainly one of if not our strongest unit, at the top anyways. We could use some depth and I wouldn't mind a speedy WR who can contribute as a returner in the mid-late rounds. We will run a lot of 3 WR set but have no 4 WR and may need that depth over the course of the season. OL- The OL seemed better in pass protection but not good run blocking and not great overall. Not quite a playoff caliber line. Baker (27) apparently played a bit better but I saw him leave the QB hanging out to dry plenty of times and has a history of back problems. Maybe he gets resigned for relatively cheap but if we're going to be spending big money I'd prefer to try to upgrade with Jake Long who should be available, and give Ryan a real franchise LT he can trust. Blalock (29) is one of the few parts of the OL you can feel confident about Konz (23) should replace McClure at C, giving us a much needed upgrade in size. That should help improve the run blocking and ability to anchor a pocket. Konz took his licks at guard as a rookie against the likes of Suh and hopefully shows a good leap in his 2nd year settling in at C. Clabo (31) has been our RT but I think with his size his best fit right now could be RG, where no one stood out and we need someone with Blalocks size like Clabo to actually move DTs and anchor the pocket. At 330 Clabo gives us that, and allows us to get more athletecism at the OT spot in this passing offense Holmes (23) was a 3rd round rookie while Konz was a 2nd. I don't think Holmes saw much action as a rookie and is a real wildcard here. He's got great size at 6'5 333. If the staff thinks he's a LT and is ready that would open the option of letting Baker walk and replacing him with Holmes, then focusing on getting a RT or RG. I think a much more realistic option though would be starting Holmes at RT, which would allow us to upgrade our size at RG and C with Clabo and Konz. It would also open the option of starting Holmes at 1 tackle spot and then grabbing an OT with our 1st rounder. Hawley (24) didn't do much to distinguish himself and has the look of a backup interior OL at this point. Primarily a C with his size Johnson (25) was a 3rd round pick in the draft that Hawley was a 4th. Johnson has better size at 6'6 but has not distinguished himself either and has been injured. Right now he looks like a backup G/RT Baker could be resigned, upgraded through FA or even replaced by Holmes or a rookie. Whether it's through FA or the 1st or 2nd round (no more mid rounders) I think we need to add 1 talented OL whether that's replacing Baker or to fill the void at RG/RT. I think Konz will start at C and be better than as a rookie, and hopefully Holmes can emerge as a starter. I'm not confident in Johnson or Hawley emerging as an impact player. I think the safest way to upgrade the OL is instead of paying injury prone Baker we spend on a franchise LT like Long, making everyone else better combined with the young draft picks stepping in Up next Defense and Special Teams
  16. This is what I would like us to do this offseason and we should look at incorporating more 3-4 looks. Resign: Sam Baker, LT (5yr/30mil) William Moore, S (5yr/24mil) Brent Grimes, CB (3yr/14.5) + Incentives (Same deal as Asante) Free Agency: Michael Johnson, DE/OLB (6yr/44.5mil) Randy Starks, DT/DE (5yr/30mil) Terrance Knighton, NT (3yr/12mil) Release (Cuts & Retirements): Not Resign: Luke McCown, QB Will Svitek, OT Todd McClure, C Lawerence Sidbury, DE Vance Walker, DT Mike Peterson, LB Mike Cox, FB Cut: Dunta Robinson, CB (8mil) Michael Turner, HB (5.5mil) Peria Jerry, DT (2mil) Kerry Meier, WR *Jonathan Babineauex (4.7mil) (Only if we sign Randy Starks, he has no dead money hit) Retirement: Tony Gonzalez, TE (expect the worst hope for the best) Draft: In order of who I want: 1st: Barrett Jones, OG, Alabama (To me instant pro bowl caliber guard, I'm not high on Warford and the guys in round 2-3, slide Konz to center and our Oline becomes a strength of the team.) 2nd: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas or Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn (Tremendous upside) or John Simon, DE, Ohio State (Highest motor of a player you'll ever see.) 3rd: Mike Gillislee, HB, Florida (My opinion he's the best back in the draft. Reminds me of a DeAngelo Williams/Arian Foster type.) or Montee Ball, HB, Wisconsin or Stefan Taylor, HB, Stanford or Marcus Lattimore, HB, South Carolina 4th: Travis Kelce, TE, Cinncinati (Reminds me of a better blocking Brent Celek, huge sleeper.) or Vance McDonald, TE, Rice (Best TE at Senior Bowl, another sleeper.) 4th*: Tyrann Mathieu, CB/S/PR, LSU (I would take a chance on him, he's a football junkie.) or Shawn Williams, S, Georgia (Nolan likes 3 safety looks.) or Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia or Robert Lester, S, Alabama 5th: Chad Bumphis, WR, Mississippi State (Very savy player give him a year and he'll probably beat out Harry for the slot.) or Jonathan Brown, OLB, Illinois or Kenjon Barner, HB/PR, Oregon (Dynamic returner.) 6th: Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State (Even though Bryant has been clutch, it's better to replace him now than when he falls off the wagon.) or Caleb Sturgis, K, Florida 7th: Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky (Was 3rd in the nation in sacks, has terrific size, destoyed Alabama, but is coming off an ACL he was only considered at 5th round pick so he'll slip in the draft). If we have an offseason like this our new defensive front could look something like this. Defensive front 7 in a 3-4 look: DE: Randy Starks | NT: Terrance Knighton | Travian Robertson | DE: Corey Peters | ROLB: Michael Johnson | Draft Pick (2) | Quanterus Smith (7) | Cliff Matthews | ILB: Sean Weatherspoon | Akeem Dent | ILB: Stephen Nicolas | LOLB: John Abraham | Kroy Biermann | Jonathan Massaquoi | I think Nolan could do alot with that.
  17. We will be faced with a big decision this offseason, perhaps our biggest when it comes to our own personnel: William Moore, strong safety out of Missouri. Moore showed a lot of promise at Mizzou, at one point leading the nations in interceptions. We have asked him to play strong safety to mixed results, but he was really good for us this year when healthy. I don't know if he was hurt still today but I don't think so and he was pretty brutal in pass defense. Our zone coverages were screwed up by everyone from SLB Nicholas back to both of our safeties. We already re-signed DeCoud, and we have a decision on Moore coming up. I really like Moore, I loved him out of the draft and was elated when we selected him. But spotty injury history, spotty play, and poor play in both of the playoff games has me wondering if we'll invest with him as a start for another 5 years. He's good, but we need great safeties now a days to win the NFL. Look at the safeties of the two teams left standing: Baltimore (Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard) and San Francisco (Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner). The Patriots have young promising players in Pat Chung and Devin McCourty, and the Seahawks have Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Moore doesn't have great speed, and had trouble covering Vernon Davis or wide receivers deep. There will be a plethora of free agents at the position available this offseason, and we may be forced to take a look at some of them. We could also walk into another Curtis Lofton situation where we peg his value at x and he wants more so he looks elsewhere. Even if he doesn't get it he may not return to us with his tail between his legs and he could go somewhere else for a bargain short term deal and hope to re-hit FA later. Chemistry aside, I think Laron Landry could be a good changer for our secondary. He's only one year older than Moore, and led the Jets with 99 tackles, 4 FF, and 2 interceptions this season. Keep in mind that the Jets were always playing from behind and teams were running on them, which would decrease his interception total. On a team like ours who would get tested vs. the pass sine we'll be playing with a lead, Landry could become a Sean Taylor-esque impact safety. Landry has legit 4.3 speed, lays the wood better than any safety, and has rangy ball skills. He's basically a faster William Moore who's a better tackler. Do not get me wrong, I love William Moore and would be happy if he stayed. But if that means that for the next 5 years we come up short because we can't stop the best NFC teams (49ers, Seahawks, Packers) passing offenses, and even the Saints and Giants will be in hunt, then I don't think it's a good idea. Having Landry instead of Moore today could have brought us a victory potentially because I think Landry can shut Vernon Davis down. Davis runs a 4.3, so does Landry, and Davis cannot out physical Landry. Google pictures of him. The guy is a weight room freak, and he's an even bigger physical freak because his size and strength doesn't take away any of his speed. It's insane. My ideal scenario would have been to let DeCoud walk and bring in Ed Reed next to Moore, but DeCoud had a surprisingly good year. We also had the weakest schedule in the league, and I'm a little nervous for our safety tandem next year if they come back intact. DeCoud and Nicholas' were the biggest goats in coverage today, aside from our D-Line who generated embarrassingly little pressure once again. Moore is going to want as much money as any free agent safety, so we may as well do our homework on the others. Laron Landry is an option Ed Reed is an option Dashon Goldson is an option, and he's been an All-Pro for a few seasons now (despite getting roasted by Julio today) Louis Delmas is an option I'd rather not pursue since he's very injury prone Jarius Byrd is an option but on this list he is least likely to actually hit free agency as he'd a young ballhawk and perhaps the best free safety in the league right now Our communication would take a hit at first with DeCoud and Landry as the safeties, but they could build some chemistry. I know we pride our team on great chemistry, but sometimes you need to make some cold calculated decision to become a better team. Landry for Moore would do that, but so would many other moves. Landry just has much more range and speed and is a better player. But for the same money it would be worth it. I'd imagine any player would want to join our team for a guaranteed starting spot, playing on a SB contender in a Dome. Not many SB contenders have the sales pitch we have, to play with Asanta and Dunta and DeCoud, etc in the Georgia Dome. We could also bring Moore back, but I hope it's because we think he gives us the best chance to win and not because we don't want to upset the locker room. We're good but we are not great yet. Sometimes greatness means sacrifice. As much as I love Willy Mo, I'd sacrifice him for a better player and a Lombardi.
  18. The TABT section is more insane than the Saints board finding out about bounty gate. I thought chat would be great once free agency started, but its actually worse. Did any non falcon fans not see this coming for the falcons? Really with 17 FA`s and 20 mill give or take. Did other fans actually think the falcons could land Mario? Was it even a shock to see the Bucs get Nicks with all the cash they had? Oh there is always next week. Hopefully the boards will calm down by then and the smoke will have cleared. So rep to the RC section of this board. For your own sanity avoid TAFT until someone, anyone egts signed.
  19. Too many teams overpaid today. Like always. Smart teams sit back and watch. I wish we were making moves and bringing in guys for visits but jumping out and trying to sign people, but at the same time patience is key.
  20. Letting Lofton walk is only okay IF we sign Mario Williams and one of the available defensive tackles: Kendall Langford, Jason Jones, Red Bryant, or Sedrick Ellis is released. I assure you if Lofton was a 3 down linebacker that could cover the likes of Jimmy Graham, Greg Olson, and Kellen Winslow over the middle then we'd be breaking the bank to keep him. However Curtis is a thumper (a great one at that) and can't cover -- thus he is a liability in pass defense and this is the very liability that has been our undoing in the playoffs for the past few years. We need an impact player or two on defense to truly upgrade our D. Lofton is being replaced by a competition between a hopefully healthy Lofa Tatupu and a progressing Akeem Dent (supposedly a Lofton clone). Sean Weatherspoon is emerging as a star at WLB, and Nicholas is a decent if not solid SLB. If the Raiders let loose Kamerion Wimbley I'd be clamoring for Mario and Kamerion as our 4-3 SLB. If we didn't extend DeCoud I'd say our two most pressing needs would be DE and S (LaRon Landry), but we did. Right now if we sign Mario Williams to a big contract, and instead of a second mega contract we split that money between 4-3 DTs Kendall Langford, Red Bryant and OT Jared Gaither we will be light years ahead of where we were last year in terms of personnel abilities. Adding two 300+ lb DTs up front who can also rush the passer with Mario Williams as Abe's replacement and Kroy and Ray battling for snaps on the other side, our defensive line should be tops in the NFC. What then do we do in the draft? Stephen Hill of course to give us some insane 3 WR sets. Explanation here:
  21. Letting Lofton walk is only okay IF we sign Mario Williams and one of the available defensive tackles: Kendall Langford, Jason Jones, Red Bryant, or Sedrick Ellis is released. I assure you if Lofton was a 3 down linebacker that could cover the likes of Jimmy Graham, Greg Olson, and Kellen Winslow over the middle then we'd be breaking the bank to keep him. However Curtis is a thumper (a great one at that) and can't cover -- thus he is a liability in pass defense and this is the very liability that has been our undoing in the playoffs for the past few years. We need an impact player or two on defense to truly upgrade our D. Lofton is being replaced by a competition between a hopefully healthy Lofa Tatupu and a progressing Akeem Dent (supposedly a Lofton clone). Sean Weatherspoon is emerging as a star at WLB, and Nicholas is a decent if not solid SLB. If the Raiders let loose Kamerion Wimbley I'd be clamoring for Mario and Kamerion as our 4-3 SLB. If we didn't extend DeCoud I'd say our two most pressing needs would be DE and S (LaRon Landry), but we did. Right now if we sign Mario Williams to a big contract, and instead of a second mega contract we split that money between 4-3 DTs Kendall Langford, Red Bryant and OT Jared Gaither we will be light years ahead of where we were last year in terms of personnel abilities. Adding two 300+ lb DTs up front who can also rush the passer with Mario Williams as Abe's replacement and Kroy and Ray battling for snaps on the other side, our defensive line should be tops in the NFC. What then do we do in the draft? Stephen Hill of course to give us some insane 3 WR sets. Explanation here: http://boards.atlant...ost__p__6681302
  22. Letting Lofton walk is only okay IF we sign Mario Williams and one of the available defensive tackles: Kendall Langford, Jason Jones, Red Bryant, or Sedrick Ellis is released. I assure you if Lofton was a 3 down linebacker that could cover the likes of Jimmy Graham, Greg Olson, and Kellen Winslow over the middle then we'd be breaking the bank to keep him. However Curtis is a thumper (a great one at that) and can't cover -- thus he is a liability in pass defense and this is the very liability that has been our undoing in the playoffs for the past few years. We need an impact player or two on defense to truly upgrade our D. Lofton is being replaced by a competition between a hopefully healthy Lofa Tatupu and a progressing Akeem Dent (supposedly a Lofton clone). Sean Weatherspoon is emerging as a star at WLB, and Nicholas is a decent if not solid SLB. If the Raiders let loose Kamerion Wimbley I'd be clamoring for Mario and Kamerion as our 4-3 SLB. If we didn't extend DeCoud I'd say our two most pressing needs would be DE and S (LaRon Landry), but we did. Right now if we sign Mario Williams to a big contract, and instead of a second mega contract we split that money between 4-3 DTs Kendall Langford, Red Bryant and OT Jared Gaither we will be light years ahead of where we were last year in terms of personnel abilities. Adding two 300+ lb DTs up front who can also rush the passer with Mario Williams as Abe's replacement and Kroy and Ray battling for snaps on the other side, our defensive line should be tops in the NFC. What then do we do in the draft? Stephen Hill of course to give us some insane 3 WR sets. Explanation here: http://boards.atlant...ost__p__6681302
  23. Letting Lofton walk is only okay IF we sign Mario Williams and one of the available defensive tackles: Kendall Langford, Jason Jones, Red Bryant, or Sedrick Ellis is released. I assure you if Lofton was a 3 down linebacker that could cover the likes of Jimmy Graham, Greg Olson, and Kellen Winslow over the middle then we'd be breaking the bank to keep him. However Curtis is a thumper (a great one at that) and can't cover -- thus he is a liability in pass defense and this is the very liability that has been our undoing in the playoffs for the past few years. We need an impact player or two on defense to truly upgrade our D. Lofton is being replaced by a competition between a hopefully healthy Lofa Tatupu and a progressing Akeem Dent (supposedly a Lofton clone). Sean Weatherspoon is emerging as a star at WLB, and Nicholas is a decent if not solid SLB. If the Raiders let loose Kamerion Wimbley I'd be clamoring for Mario and Kamerion as our 4-3 SLB. If we didn't extend DeCoud I'd say our two most pressing needs would be DE and S (LaRon Landry), but we did. Right now if we sign Mario Williams to a big contract, and instead of a second mega contract we split that money between 4-3 DTs Kendall Langford, Red Bryant and OT Jared Gaither we will be light years ahead of where we were last year in terms of personnel abilities. Adding two 300+ lb DTs up front who can also rush the passer with Mario Williams as Abe's replacement and Kroy and Ray battling for snaps on the other side, our defensive line should be tops in the NFC. What then do we do in the draft? Stephen Hill of course to give us some insane 3 WR sets.
  24. Letting Lofton walk is only okay IF we sign Mario Williams and one of the available defensive tackles: Kendall Langford, Jason Jones, Red Bryant, or Sedrick Ellis is released. I assure you if Lofton was a 3 down linebacker that could cover the likes of Jimmy Graham, Greg Olson, and Kellen Winslow over the middle then we'd be breaking the bank to keep him. However Curtis is a thumper (a great one at that) and can't cover -- thus he is a liability in pass defense and this is the very liability that has been our undoing in the playoffs for the past few years. We need an impact player or two on defense to truly upgrade our D. Lofton is being replaced by a competition between a hopefully healthy Lofa Tatupu and a progressing Akeem Dent (supposedly a Lofton clone). Sean Weatherspoon is emerging as a star at WLB, and Nicholas is a decent if not solid SLB. If the Raiders let loose Kamerion Wimbley I'd be clamoring for Mario and Kamerion as our 4-3 SLB. If we didn't extend DeCoud I'd say our two most pressing needs would be DE and S (LaRon Landry), but we did. Right now if we sign Mario Williams to a big contract, and instead of a second mega contract we split that money between 4-3 DTs Kendall Langford, Red Bryant and OT Jared Gaither we will be light years ahead of where we were last year in terms of personnel abilities. Adding two 300+ lb DTs up front who can also rush the passer with Mario Williams as Abe's replacement and Kroy and Ray battling for snaps on the other side, our defensive line should be tops in the NFC. What then do we do in the draft? Stephen Hill of course to give us some insane 3 WR sets. Explanation here: http://boards.atlant...ost__p__6681302
  25. No Write up, Just a quick view of what i think we do this offseason Release/not resigned: Chris Redman John Parker Wilson Mike Cox Ovie Mughelli Harry Douglas Eric Weems Reggie Kelly Sam Baker Kirk CHambers Brett Romberg John Abreham Jonathan Babinaux Mike Peterson Curtis Lofton Kelvin Hayden James Sanders Restructure: Matt Ryan Dunta Robinson Resign: Brent Grimes(franchise tag) Kroy Biermann Thomas Decoud Todd McClure Jason Snelling Vance Walker Free Agency: Mario Williams Marcus Mcneil Kendall Langford David Gerrard Ted GInn Jr Lofa Tatupu Draft: based from Walter football 2rd: Mychal Kendricks LB CAL 3rd: Brandon Brooks OG Miami(OH) Trade Stephen Nicholas to indy for their 4th 4th:Vontaze Burfict LB Arizona State 5th:Janzen Jackson S Mcneese State 6th:Adrien Robinson TE Cincinnati 7th:Kellen Moore QB Boise St. Depth Chart: QB: Matt Ryan, David Garrard,Kellen Moore RB: Michael Turner,Jason Snelling,Jaquizz Rodgers FB: Jason Snelling WR: Roddy White, Julio Jones, Tedd Ginn Jr, Kerry Mier, Kevin Cone TE: Tony Gonzales, MIchael Palmer, Adrien Robinson LT:Marcus Mcneil, Will Svitek LG: Justin Blalock, Andrew Jackson C: Todd Mcclure, Joe Hawley RG: Brandon Brooks, Mike Johnson RT: Tyson Clabo, Garrett Reynolds LE: Ray Edwards, Kroy Biermann RE: Mario Williams, Lawrence Sidbury, Cliff Matthews DT: Cory peters, Kendall Langford, Peria Jerry, Vance Walker OLB: Sean Weatherspoon, Mychal Kendricks, Akeem Dent, Spencer Adkins,Robert James MLB: Lofa Tatupu, Vontaze Burficit CB:Brent Grimes, Dunta Robinson, Darrin Walls, Chris Owens, Dominique Franks. FS: Thomas Decoud, Janzen Jackson SS: William Moore, Shan Shillinger K: Matt Bryant P: Matt Bosher KR/PR: Tedd Ginn JR LS: Joe Zalenka new staters soo yea thats my Mock what does everyone think
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