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With the current economic downturn, 'King' Arthur and company will face tough decisions as to who they should sign. Will we finally focus on building a formidable defense, which has been missing since 1977? Will we finally develop a consistent pass rush, either with a superb front four or confusing blitz package?

Either way, here's the Falcon's 'winning' off-season formula...

Player - Contract/Result

Great FA - We don't give a contract to. (Name the last superstar we picked up from the FA...)

OK FA - We give an overpriced contract to. (Peerless Price, Hartwell, Mughelli, etc...)

Poor FA - We sign just because of our roster's lack of talent (Look at any other successful franchise and their third stringers are all effective players. Ours are not.)

Great Player on Current Roster - We let them walk...(Patrick Kerney, Primetime)

The Falcons' inability to either sign great players, or keep them a Falcon has undoubtedly led to us being the only team that has yet to see back to back winning seasons.

Home Depot stocks dropped from over 30 dollars to just above 18 dollars during the mortgage crisis this year. Will 'King' Arthur look to deepen his pockets and refuse to bring in talent?

Don't expect us to sign Asomugha, Haynesworth, Hill, Peppers, Dansby, Suggs, Scott or any other impact player.

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PP wasn't a FA, Rod Coleman was a great FA when we signed him, we gave a big contract to the 'unproven' Turner and that worked out pretty well. Grady Jackson filled a need for us and we got him for good value. Erik Coleman proved this year he can really play and we got him for a bargain.

It's not about paying the most money to attract the big names: it's about attracting players who are the best fits...

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Don't expect us to sign Asomugha, Haynesworth, Hill, Peppers, Dansby, Suggs, Scott or any other impact player.
Do you have any idea that we have a new GM? All of those signings are from earlier GM's.TD gave a backup a lot of money to start. You don't think he would dish some money to a proven FA?? Just think about what you said for a minute or two.
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With the current economic downturn, 'King' Arthur and company will face tough decisions as to who they should sign. Will we finally focus on building a formidable defense, which has been missing since 1977? Will we finally develop a consistent pass rush, either with a superb front four or confusing blitz package?

Either way, here's the Falcon's 'winning' off-season formula...

Player - Contract/Result

Great FA - We don't give a contract to. (Name the last superstar we picked up from the FA...)

OK FA - We give an overpriced contract to. (Peerless Price, Hartwell, Mughelli, etc...)

Poor FA - We sign just because of our roster's lack of talent (Look at any other successful franchise and their third stringers are all effective players. Ours are not.)

Great Player on Current Roster - We let them walk...(Patrick Kerney, Primetime)

The Falcons' inability to either sign great players, or keep them a Falcon has undoubtedly led to us being the only team that has yet to see back to back winning seasons.

Home Depot stocks dropped from over 30 dollars to just above 18 dollars during the mortgage crisis this year. Will 'King' Arthur look to deepen his pockets and refuse to bring in talent?

You face some tough, upcoming decisions yourself. Which username shall you use? Ryan-2, CollegePark-100, or ATL-75? Or dare I say...create a new one? The suspense is killing us all!

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Do you have any idea that we have a new GM? All of those signings are from earlier GM's.TD gave a backup a lot of money to start. You don't think he would dish some money to a proven FA?? Just think about what you said for a minute or two.

TD came from the Patriots school of thought. That means, he'll let players walk too - fits right into 'King' Arthur's philosophy. When was the last time the Patriots dished out money to a big name player or resigned a superstar? They let Samuel walk because he wanted money.

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Do you have any idea that we have a new GM? All of those signings are from earlier GM's.TD gave a backup a lot of money to start. You don't think he would dish some money to a proven FA?? Just think about what you said for a minute or two.

Agreed. The Falcons are apparently about putting a winning team together. Blank has let TD spend the money on who TD feels will help this team accomplish that. I believe they may sign or try to sign one of the top FA available. Hopefully Haynesworth or Peppers....

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TD came from the Patriots school of thought. That means, he'll let players walk too - fits right into 'King' Arthur's philosophy. When was the last time the Patriots dished out money to a big name player or resigned a superstar? They let Samuel walk because he wanted money.

The Patriots have 3 Lombardi Trophies using that philosophy.

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With the current economic downturn, 'King' Arthur and company will face tough decisions as to who they should sign. Will we finally focus on building a formidable defense, which has been missing since 1977? Will we finally develop a consistent pass rush, either with a superb front four or confusing blitz package?

Either way, here's the Falcon's 'winning' off-season formula...

Player - Contract/Result

Great FA - We don't give a contract to. (Name the last superstar we picked up from the FA...) Turner was good wasn't he? He was the best back on the market

OK FA - We give an overpriced contract to. (Peerless Price, Hartwell, Mughelli, etc...) Mughelli may not get his name called a lot but he's on reason why we're so good at running the ball. Can you name a really good running team with out a good FB?

Poor FA - We sign just because of our roster's lack of talent (Look at any other successful franchise and their third stringers are all effective players. Ours are not.) We just gutted the roster and cut dead weight. We ditched either old players or head cases. We were rebuilding this year. It doesn't happen over night

Great Player on Current Roster - We let them walk...(Patrick Kerney, Primetime) Primetime and Kerney left before the current GM, I've lost patience...your an idiot....I give up. Go route for another team if you dislike the Falcons so much

The Falcons' inability to either sign great players, or keep them a Falcon has undoubtedly led to us being the only team that has yet to see back to back winning seasons. Again leave...if your going to whine during the times when our teams achieves more then anyone thought they could and when we have a chance to win multiple seasons in a row then do us a favor and route for the cowgirls.

Home Depot stocks dropped from over 30 dollars to just above 18 dollars during the mortgage crisis this year. Will 'King' Arthur look to deepen his pockets and refuse to bring in talent?

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They also have a couple things we don't have. A HOF coach and quarterback.

Their coach and QB weren't HOFer's the first year. Matter of fact their coach got ran out of Cleveland before he ever went to New England. You don't know what we have or don't have yet. All signs point to greatness. These guys will only get better.

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Look at the Pats, Colts, Steelers and Eagles. They have been the most consistently successful teams in the NFL over the last decade and all build throught the draft and focus on mid-level free agenst, rarely trading top picks for expensive veterans or signing elite FA's. That is the model that TD will be following. Why on earth would you prefer to follow Washignton, Dallas, Oakland? Every year people talk about one or other of those teams, and how much they have improved becasue the have spent heavily on the big name FAs, but what have they achieved?

To succeed in the NFL, you need to build a roster with talent and depth across the board, and you only have finite cap resources with which to do so. Teams that sink too much money in big name FAs end up with a handful of great player surroudned by underpaid, mediocre players - and rosters without the talent and depth to succeed. Signing an elite FA may improve part of the team, but the sacrifices that you have to make elsewhere normally means that rest of your team gets worse. If you pay $10m+ a year to a Haynesworth/Peppers, that is $10m a year less that you have to address your other needs and re-sign your best players. Are you prepared to sign Aso, Haynesworth or Peppers if it means being unable to afford to keep Roddy White, and/or being unable to make any signinficant FA signings for the next 2-3 years?

The draft is THE key, because it's the only chance that you get to make significant improvement to your roster at relatively little cap cost (unless you are picking top 10) . A mid-late 1st round pick will cost less than 1/3 as much as a top free agent, and the later picks will all have negligible cap hits. The draft isn't a sure thing, but the potential upside of getting it right in the draft is huge (an elite player who can beenefit your team for 10-15 years, and will come at little cost for at least the first 4 years), whilst there is also limited risk because it costs little if a player doesn't work out (top 10 draft picks being the only exception).

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Ok then. reword the question. Will we pick up a QB in free agency to start next year?

Matt Ryan has a 6 year $72 million contract with $34.75 in guaranteed money. We also have 4 quarterbacks on the team. As of now, the only viable QB in the FA in 2009 is Matt Cassel - who will also command a big contract.

Picking up another QB will give us 5 quarterbacks, which is pointless. We also will spend too much money at that position - whether it be us releasing Matt Ryan or keeping him on the roster - and that's on top of signing another QB.

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PP wasn't a FA, Rod Coleman was a great FA when we signed him, we gave a big contract to the 'unproven' Turner and that worked out pretty well. Grady Jackson filled a need for us and we got him for good value. Erik Coleman proved this year he can really play and we got him for a bargain.

It's not about paying the most money to attract the big names: it's about attracting players who are the best fits...

Exactly. Leave the football decision to the Falcons football minds. Look at Dallas, Oakland, and Washington who has a tendency to go with big name big ego players who hurt the team chemistry. If TD and Mike Smith has an offseason like this past, Falcons will be in great shape in 2009.

A year ago the pundits were saying Falcons needed help at every position. Now, the only glaring weakness is the DL. I have a feeling Atlanta will address defensive side of the ball through FA and the draft.

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