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Falcons Team Report

Posted: January 1, 2008

D. Orlando Ledbetter

For Sporting News

OFFSEASON PLANS

The No. 1 priority, no matter who the GM and coach are, is to build a NFL-quality offensive line and choose a style of play it can execute. Replacing Michael Vick at quarterback remains a priority, but given the play of the line, it wouldn't matter if Y.A. Tittle or Slingin' Sammy Baugh were back there. The line needs to be situated before Vick's replacement is found. The line's pass protection issues where exposed without Vick around to avoid sacks.

The line also couldn't open holes for what had been the league's No. 1 rushing attack after the team ditched its cut-blocking scheme. Season-ending injuries to four tackles, including starters Wayne Gandy and Todd Weiner, didn't help matters. Ts Renardo Foster and Tyson Clabo, G/C Doug Datish and G Justin Blalock are promising young players around whom the unit can be built. If Atlanta can add a veteran free agent, such as Pittsburgh G Alan Faneca, draft some linemen, and retain G Kynan Forney and C Todd McClure, the rebuilding of the line will be well under way.

The defensive line and the safety position also need the new GM's immediate attention.

FINAL GRADES

Offense: D-. The line must be rebuilt to allow WRs Roddy White and Laurent Robinson and RB Jerious Norwood to make plays.

Defense: C-. The unit became overexposed when it stayed on the field too long because of the offense's ineptitude.

Special teams: C. Morten Andersen returned to save the unit again. The team needs to keep him until he needs his rocking chair.

Coaching: F. Bobby Petrino threw his hands up and walked out the door. He was last seen doing the "Pig Soooooey" chant somewhere in Arkansas.

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Wolf disinterested in Falcons

Former Packers GM says 'bury' the thought

By D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 01/01/08

Former Packers general manager Ron Wolf told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday that he is not interested in coming out of retirement to run the Atlanta Falcons.

"I have not been contacted by them and I have no interest," said Wolf, who built the Packers Super Bowl teams in the 1990s after getting the Falcons to trade Brett Favre to Green Bay. "Let's bury that one right now."

Wolf, 69, has been retired since 2001, has informally consulted with Bill Parcells, a longtime friend. Parcells recently snubbed the Falcons to become the executive vice president for Miami.

Also, the Falcons have received permission to interview Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrent, according to the Dallas Morning News. The newspaper cited unnamed sources. The Falcons are set to interview Tony Sparano, the Cowboys assistant head coach, on Wednesday.

http://www.falconsroost.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=11301

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slimjim (1/1/2008)
Falcons Team Report

Posted: January 1, 2008

D. Orlando Ledbetter

For Sporting News

OFFSEASON PLANS

The No. 1 priority, no matter who the GM and coach are, is to build a NFL-quality offensive line and choose a style of play it can execute. Replacing Michael Vick at quarterback remains a priority, but given the play of the line, it wouldn't matter if Y.A. Tittle or Slingin' Sammy Baugh were back there. The line needs to be situated before Vick's replacement is found. The line's pass protection issues were exposed without Vick around to avoid sacks.

The line also couldn't open holes for what had been the league's No. 1 rushing attack after the team ditched its cut-blocking scheme. Season-ending injuries to four tackles, including starters Wayne Gandy and Todd Weiner, didn't help matters. Ts Renardo Foster and Tyson Clabo, G/C Doug Datish and G Justin Blalock are promising young players around whom the unit can be built. If Atlanta can add a veteran free agent, such as Pittsburgh G Alan Faneca, draft some linemen, and retain G Kynan Forney and C Todd McClure, the rebuilding of the line will be well under way.

The defensive line and the safety position also need the new GM's immediate attention.

FINAL GRADES

Offense: D-. The line must be rebuilt to allow WRs Roddy White and Laurent Robinson and RB Jerious Norwood to make plays.

Defense: C-. The unit became overexposed when it stayed on the field too long because of the offense's ineptitude.

Special teams: C. Morten Andersen returned to save the unit again. The team needs to keep him until he needs his rocking chair.

Coaching: F. Bobby Petrino threw his hands up and walked out the door. He was last seen doing the "Pig Soooooey" chant somewhere in Arkansas.

-smh-

It's really a shame that the nation is finally realizing that it was our O-Line that was the main kink in the offense, zone blocking scheme or not. Especially the pass blocking. I'd been telling people for years that Vick ran mostly for his life, not by design. The pass blocking for this team is horrendous. I know Blalock is going to have to be the cornerstone of the line as the LG, but everybody but Clabo can let the door hit em on the way out. People talk about needing to cut or trade D-Hall, yet they ignore the elephants that are our terrible offensive line.

But yeah, TSN hit the point. We build from the trenches up, and build around White and Norwood, and our offense will be a force to be reckoned with soon.

Defensively, they would benefit from the offense getting better. The problem with the defense was that they were put in such precarious situations by the offense not moving the ball at all or making a turnover that would have the D's ears pinned to the wall. You can't expect a defense to do well when it's always starting in its own territory. O

That being said, our D is really in bad shape. Sanders and Houston need to get better FAST, Hall needs to stop being so **** aggressive and learn how to tackle, Brooking needs to move back to MLB or stop playing while invisible, and our D-Line needs to get a push.

For the millionth time, this will be a true rebuilding process for whoever decides to come here.

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