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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. We also will spend too much money at that position - whether it be us releasing Matt Ryan or keeping him on the roster.

We're not getting rid of Ryan because he is a franchise QB. He played better then anyone could have dreamed. Looking at his body of work this year you would be a total dunce to want to get rid of him. If he was a three year VET you wouldn't get rid of him. If he regresses the next year and the one after ..then worry about it.

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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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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.

We also can't block on o-line, have an aging safety, have nobodies at CB, and a very lackluster linebacking crew. The chances of fixing all of that through the draft, whether that be through one or through many, is slim. Big name offseason pickups are a must. And big name does not necessary mean big ego. Asomugha is probably the model team player and lockerroom guy and he's one of the, if not the best CB in the league right now.

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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.

And then proceeded to go 11-5. The Patriots didn't miss Samuel at all.

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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.

Last time the Falcons signed an impact FA: Michael Turner

Last time the NE Pats resigned a super star: Tom Brady, Randy Moss

You're not very bright are you?

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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?

On a side note... did you purposely put 4 of the worst TEAMmates in sports history in your avatar to make a statement. All you're missing is Allen Iverson.

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We're not getting rid of Ryan because he is a franchise QB. He played better then anyone could have dreamed. Looking at his body of work this year you would be a total dunce to want to get rid of him. If he was a three year VET you wouldn't get rid of him. If he regresses the next year and the one after ..then worry about it.

We aren't because we are paying him $72 million dollars.

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Last time the Falcons signed an impact FA: Michael Turner

Last time the NE Pats resigned a super star: Tom Brady, Randy Moss

You're not very bright are you?

When you sign a FA, you have to look at his current worth. When we signed Turner, everybody thought he was a decent back, but it was questionable as to how he'd fair at starting RB. Signing him does not constitute signing a superstar, because he was not a superstar at that time. At that time, he was an OK back, that we overpayed for. Yes he turned out well (though one-dimensional), for every decent guy we sign that turns out to be good, we sign 2 or 3 guys that turn out to be poor. What has Von Hutchins done for us except be a Hartwell part 2?

Brady is a superstar and was resigned - that's true. However, he was resigned for less money then Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, and even has a smaller contract than rookie QB Matt Ryan. Why? Well he knows that the Patriots win - and that's because of their HOF coach. Signing with the Patriots gives you the best chance to win the ring - almost every player knows that.

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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.

You do realize that Ryan was offensive rookie of the year and has many great years ahead of him???

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When you sign a FA, you have to look at his current worth. When we signed Turner, everybody thought he was a decent back, but it was questionable as to how he'd fair at starting RB. Signing him does not constitute signing a superstar, because he was not a superstar at that time. At that time, he was an OK back, that we overpayed for. Yes he turned out well (though one-dimensional), for every decent guy we sign that turns out to be good, we sign 2 or 3 guys that turn out to be poor. What has Von Hutchins done for us except be a Hartwell part 2?

Brady is a superstar and was resigned - that's true. However, he was resigned for less money then Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, and even has a smaller contract than rookie QB Matt Ryan. Why? Well he knows that the Patriots win - and that's because of their HOF coach. Signing with the Patriots gives you the best chance to win the ring - almost every player knows that.

why don't you do us all a favor and just become a cowboys fan? Their philosophy on spending money on FA is right up your ally...

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When you sign a FA, you have to look at his current worth. When we signed Turner, everybody thought he was a decent back, but it was questionable as to how he'd fair at starting RB. Signing him does not constitute signing a superstar, because he was not a superstar at that time. At that time, he was an OK back, that we overpayed for. Yes he turned out well (though one-dimensional), for every decent guy we sign that turns out to be good, we sign 2 or 3 guys that turn out to be poor. What has Von Hutchins done for us except be a Hartwell part 2?

Brady is a superstar and was resigned - that's true. However, he was resigned for less money then Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, and even has a smaller contract than rookie QB Matt Ryan. Why? Well he knows that the Patriots win - and that's because of their HOF coach. Signing with the Patriots gives you the best chance to win the ring - almost every player knows that.

After earning enough dough, I wouldnt mind taking a paycut either if it enabled the club to bring higher quality players onto the current roster. Im just saying a coach can only do so little with a team. Its a state of mind, much like the one TD is about to bring to Atlanta. Everybody focus on the job they are managing, and do what they do best.

Im calling your name Vick-75. Give yourself the chance to save face. You havent answered the question regarding the starting QB of next season, and you answer the same way you answered me in the past - by using your brains. GTFO.

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After earning enough dough, I wouldnt mind taking a paycut either if it enabled the club to bring higher quality players onto the current roster. Im just saying a coach can only do so little with a team. Its a state of mind, much like the one TD is about to bring to Atlanta. Everybody focus on the job they are managing, and do what they do best.

Im calling your name Vick-75. Give yourself the chance to save face. You havent answered the question regarding the starting QB of next season, and you answer the same way you answered me in the past - by using your brains. GTFO.

As of right now I see the organization starting Ryan just because we are paying him $72 million dollars. But we don't know how the QBs will do in training camp or exactly when Vick will be back. We also don't know if we will be picking up another QB or trading for one. We also don't know what injuries players may suffer from now until the start of next season.

So your answer: as of now, Matt Ryan.

why don't you do us all a favor and just become a cowboys fan? Their philosophy on spending money on FA is right up your ally...

And they have 5 rings, back to back winning seasons for the past couple years, etc... Something's working.

-Turner was good wasn't he? He was the best back on the market

-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?

- 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

-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

-You have to look at how good a player is at the time he is being signed in order to figure out how much you should pay. Turner turned out to be good, but when we signed him, he was only a decent back.

-We made him the highest paid fullback before Greg Jones was resigned. Is he a Lorenzo Neal, Mike Alstott, Mack Strong?

-Cutting dead weight happens every season to every team. Gutting just means getting rid of your good players, so the third stringers are still here. Our third stringers are still useless. Just look at teams like the Chargers, Colts, Steelers - their third stringers all can make an impact in games.

-Current GM or not, 'King' Arthur was here during Kerney's time, and he didn't advocate resigning him. This is a critique of the Falcons offseason moves and 'King' Arthur's inability to give the right contract to the right players.

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As of right now I see the organization starting Ryan just because we are paying him $72 million dollars. But we don't know how the QBs will do in training camp or exactly when Vick will be back. We also don't know if we will be picking up another QB or trading for one. We also don't know what injuries players may suffer from now until the start of next season.

So your answer: as of now, Matt Ryan.

Vick will never suit up for the Falcons again. The sooner you accept that and move on, the happier you will be.

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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?

a formidable defense wich has been missing since 1977? where were u like 5 years ago

the point is to develop players and get players through drafts...not try to sign every big star out there. look at what redskins and cowboys have accomplished the last several years...

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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?

dude, your avatar disqualifies you from being taken seriously what so ever.

I can just feel you mentality, it really is pathetic,

grow up kid

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a formidable defense wich has been missing since 1977? where were u like 5 years ago

the point is to develop players and get players through drafts...not try to sign every big star out there. look at what redskins and cowboys have accomplished the last several years...

In each draft, a team probably drafts 2-3 starters, depending on their draft and how good the players are. It also takes about 2-3 years to develop a player, unless he's a running back. Rookie contracts are normally around 4 years depending on draft position.

We need another starting OT, DT, DE or 2, SS, 2 OLBs, and maybe a CB. We also need another decent running back (2nd or 3rd rounder) to complement Turner because Turner is one-dimensional and he is getting too many carries.

So it'll be a while before we fill up the positions. However, the thing is, AS we fill our roster up with talent through the draft, we refuse to sign good players that we've developed. So basically, yes we gain talent, we also lose talent as their contract expires. So, that means that the only way to not have a huge need at any position is to sign someone from the FA.

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