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DE JAMAL ANDERSON was selected eighth overall last season and inserted  as the starting left end to help solidify the run and get pressure on the quarterback- similar to what patrick kerney had done before he bolted to seattle via free agency. Anderson, who needs to improve his overall strength to match his speed and athleticism, failed to register a sack in 16 starts, but was adequate in his run support. By no fault oif his own, anderson didn't have tackle rod coleman to ease some of his burden. He was forced to play more head up than he did in colledge, when he lined up off the edge. Though the falcons didn't acquire much help at tackle in this draft. Anderson has a year under his belt, which tends to bode well for ends[ see mario williams]. He is working with former falcons sack specialist chuck smith to improve his technique, a step that shows he wants to get better. Anderson doesn't want to be a failure and is taking the off season-measures to improve. Those have to translate to on-field production, though. If anderson shows progress, it could make a huge difference in the defenses production.

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I like anderson so, yeah we all know he didn't register no sacks in 07/08 season

but i beleive with his 1yr under the belt and he gets some strength training he'll be an beast in 08/09.. Talent just doesn't go away and i beleive he still has it

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Jamaal was a good pick and will improve by putting pressure on opposing QB's and actually get 5 1/2 sacks-----I have a crystal ball. DE is actually a difficult position to come in and play on an NFL level. Gaines Adams did just alright and thats the DE I wanted the FO to pick. Same with Laron Landry (whom I thought we would get a shot at) at CB, he looked wicked, but again he too had to learn that the NFL is not twice but five times more talented than your average division 1 football game.

Jamaal knows you guys are on his back. Fortunately the media has given him a break because all the other problems the Falcons have.

Once you have met Jamaal, you will see that his improvements on the field go with a great personality.

Trust me---he was worth the pick

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FalconMama (6/8/2008)
Lindys?? What's that?
Actually they're a client of mine....Basically they're a sports publishing company out of Birmingham, Alabama. Lindy's produces several sports annuals....college and pro football, MLB and NBA......
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This is like saying Chris Houston is on the hotseat because he got no interceptions.

Both rookies need work to get to the next level, and neither ended the year with the "big plays".  Thank goodness Anderson THIS YEAR (Ray Hamilton) has the kind of coaching that we know Houston was blessed with last year (Hall of Fame CB Emmitt Thomas)

Houston needs to learn how to track the ball in the air as last year he rarely had a clue where it was and got burned several times because of this, despite having tight coverage. Houston proven he an play on te hip of WRs, but he will not make the big plays unless he starts being able top track the ball.

Anderson has a similar situation....he needs to learn how to stop OTs from holding him at the line of scrimmage in order to make big plays. Ray Hamilton already saw that last years DL coach we had that had no NFL experience was using him wrong......Hamilton noticed right away that Anderson had success lining up off OT instead of directly in front of the OT. This maximizes Anderson's quickness.

I' tired of hearing how great Houston is going to and how we can only hope Anderson isn;t a bust...it's ignorant to pretend they are at different stages of their development form rookie to second year. They BOTH are in the same place.

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I' tired of hearing how great Houston is going to and how we can only hope Anderson isn;t a bust...it's ignorant to pretend they are at different stages of their development form rookie to second year. They BOTH are in the same place.

Good points Gaz.....You know what happens all of the time on this message board?......Group think.....An idea expressed by one or several posters becomes the accepted norm.....Jamaal Anderson has an admittedly (but not wholly unexpected for a rookie) less than stellar year and it becomes an accepted idea that he is already a bust....

Go back and watch some film people....Think for yourself. Don't expect instant results from every single player......;)

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I still don't look for much from Jamaal.  Hated the pick originally and I never saw a thing to make me think otherwise.  I also didn't see any great plays against the run either.

Going to a new defensive scheme can't help a young players development but I do think that he was used wrong last season.  DE's like him need to use their speed to get up field because that's their biggest asset.  They don't have NFL knowledge of how to play the game or the strength yet so they have to rely on their speed.  Moving Jamaal inside where more hands can get on him is just the wrong way.  This staff seems to want to move Jamaal out in space more which is the best way to use a, "speed" rusher like Jamaal.

Like I said though I still don't expect much from him because I don't believe in him but he should get to atleast play out his contract so he has a few more years left to prove or disprove.

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gazoo (6/8/2008)
This is like saying Chris Houston is on the hotseat because he got no interceptions.

Both rookies need work to get to the next level, and neither ended the year with the "big plays". Thank goodness Anderson THIS YEAR (Ray Hamilton) has the kind of coaching that we know Houston was blessed with last year (Hall of Fame CB Emmitt Thomas)

Houston needs to learn how to track the ball in the air as last year he rarely had a clue where it was and got burned several times because of this, despite having tight coverage. Houston proven he an play on te hip of WRs, but he will not make the big plays unless he starts being able top track the ball.

Anderson has a similar situation....he needs to learn how to stop OTs from holding him at the line of scrimmage in order to make big plays. Ray Hamilton already saw that last years DL coach we had that had no NFL experience was using him wrong......Hamilton noticed right away that Anderson had success lining up off OT instead of directly in front of the OT. This maximizes Anderson's quickness.

I' tired of hearing how great Houston is going to and how we can only hope Anderson isn;t a bust...it's ignorant to pretend they are at different stages of their development form rookie to second year. They BOTH are in the same place.

I couldn't agree more with what you are saying, your right! JMO

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gazoo (6/8/2008)
This is like saying Chris Houston is on the hotseat because he got no interceptions.

Both rookies need work to get to the next level, and neither ended the year with the "big plays".  Thank goodness Anderson THIS YEAR (Ray Hamilton) has the kind of coaching that we know Houston was blessed with last year (Hall of Fame CB Emmitt Thomas)

Houston needs to learn how to track the ball in the air as last year he rarely had a clue where it was and got burned several times because of this, despite having tight coverage. Houston proven he an play on te hip of WRs, but he will not make the big plays unless he starts being able top track the ball.

Anderson has a similar situation....he needs to learn how to stop OTs from holding him at the line of scrimmage in order to make big plays. Ray Hamilton already saw that last years DL coach we had that had no NFL experience was using him wrong......Hamilton noticed right away that Anderson had success lining up off OT instead of directly in front of the OT. This maximizes Anderson's quickness.

I' tired of hearing how great Houston is going to and how we can only hope Anderson isn;t a bust...it's ignorant to pretend they are at different stages of their development form rookie to second year. They BOTH are in the same place.

atleast houston was always in a  position to make a play,unlike anderson.

anderson couldnt outrun drew bledsoe

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gazoo (6/8/2008)
This is like saying Chris Houston is on the hotseat because he got no interceptions.

Both rookies need work to get to the next level, and neither ended the year with the "big plays".  Thank goodness Anderson THIS YEAR (Ray Hamilton) has the kind of coaching that we know Houston was blessed with last year (Hall of Fame CB Emmitt Thomas)

Houston needs to learn how to track the ball in the air as last year he rarely had a clue where it was and got burned several times because of this, despite having tight coverage. Houston proven he an play on te hip of WRs, but he will not make the big plays unless he starts being able top track the ball.

Anderson has a similar situation....he needs to learn how to stop OTs from holding him at the line of scrimmage in order to make big plays. Ray Hamilton already saw that last years DL coach we had that had no NFL experience was using him wrong......Hamilton noticed right away that Anderson had success lining up off OT instead of directly in front of the OT. This maximizes Anderson's quickness.

I' tired of hearing how great Houston is going to and how we can only hope Anderson isn;t a bust...it's ignorant to pretend they are at different stages of their development form rookie to second year. They BOTH are in the same place.

atleast houston was always in a  position to make a play,unlike anderson.

anderson couldnt outrun drew bledsoe

Anderson was in position alot too
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