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Wow! Respect from NOLA! Thanks 123000. We have definitely been and currently are a solid team. OP, we have had several solid teams. Whats with this "finally" crap?

We can use another reciever maybe, a LB, maybe an OT at some point. Realistically, the only thing we need is MORE intelligent fans because most of the fans here know we are a better than average team who should contend for a ring this year!

MORE fans who are intelligent and know who we are always appreciated!

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Looking at our starting lineup....Jerry and Spoon are unproven. Sure....I see tons of upside and I want to be optimistic....but it is what it is. However....I'm glad we have them because there is a ton of upside with both.

Offensively...on paper we are solid. But...face it...this unit underperformed in 09. That needs to stop this Sunday in Pittsburgh.

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Short answer is yes, falcons are solid. There's not a team on the schedule they can't beat.

Long answer- they have as many or fewer question marks as any other team in the NFC, except for DAL, MINN, NO & GB.

Yeah wide receiver depth may be an issue [though having a 6'5" 260 lb TE who made the team as a pass catcher may ease those concerns]

Youth/inexperience may be a problem.

I'm convinced Ryan will be an elite QB, but this year, he may just be a very good QB.

Injuries could derail the team again- but the same with every team- look at NYG and PITT- both have good Ds that were decimated by injury last year.

But look around the conference-

SF-Smith is the answer at QB?

ARI- Anderson at QB?

CHI- Cutler, Martz? A guy running a scheme that relies on accuracy running that scheme with a QB that threw what, 30 picks last year?

CAR- Brown replaces Pepper? Really? And do you want to bet the falcons will face Claussen twice this year?

TB- got some nice pieces, will win a game or two, but that's it. Hope one win is against NO.

PHIL - is Kolb the real thing?

WASH has a new QB, plus hanyesworth

SEA is just a mess

NYG- was last year an aberration due to injuries or are they trending down?

And the big guns aren't safe either- DAL, MINN, GB & NO could all tumble out of elite status. GB & DAL have Oline issues, MINN has a geriatric QB and injuries to key skill players, NO probably can't duplicate 40 TOs this year and their D may be exposed, which is fine as long as Brees is healthy. W/O Brees, they're a 500 club. Basically, they're all an injury or two from looking much more ordinary.

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From reading this board it's obvious the Falcon's need:

1. forty leben dozen new WRs

2. 6 bushel baskets of new kickers

3. 1/2 dozen of one or 6 of the other (which ever is the most) new DEs

4. A brigade of new O-linemen

5. a sprinkling of new CBs

6. a dash of new running backs

Then bake for 24 hours and it may be solid

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a big part of being solid in my opinion, is not losing the games we shouldnt lose vs bad teams.

Remmeber the Mora days, when we would potentially beat the Colts or Patriots one game, then lose to the Lions or Browns the next game. THAT is not solid, that is inconsistent and bad.

in 2009, we beat every team we were "suppose" to beat, with maybe the exception of one or two (like Philly).

We are getting closer.. just need to keep proving it this year, and the Steelers without Ben should be a game we can win. If we lose in a hard fought, less than a field-goal loss, thats one thing.. but we cant get blown out here.

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In the NFL today, you need one thing, a solid team. I think were mighty close minus a few spots. So, the question I ask you guys, is where do we lack if any spot at all?

This team has the potential to be rock solid at every level of the defense and in all phases of the offense except one - WR. How much will that hold the Falcons back. I don't know, we'll see.

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a big part of being solid in my opinion, is not losing the games we shouldnt lose vs bad teams.

Remmeber the Mora days, when we would potentially beat the Colts or Patriots one game, then lose to the Lions or Browns the next game. THAT is not solid, that is inconsistent and bad.

in 2009, we beat every team we were "suppose" to beat, with maybe the exception of one or two (like Philly).

We are getting closer.. just need to keep proving it this year, and the Steelers without Ben should be a game we can win. If we lose in a hard fought, less than a field-goal loss, thats one thing.. but we cant get blown out here.

The Panthers was the bad one. Philly was bad too because the team didn't really show the effort that we are accustomed to seeing under Mike Smith, but the loss wasn't unexpected with Ryan out.

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WR to start!

Don't neg JKH I totally agree. The path to the Super Bowl would be a lot easier if we upgraded at WR. Yesterday the ESPN writers basically gave the Lombardi trophy to the Ravens with 8 votes but we did get 1 vote.

They felt the Ravens with Flacco, Boldin, Mason, now TJ, Heap, and their D that the TJ signing put them over the top as the team to win the Super Bowl. All based on a legit #2 WR threat due to Mason's age and declining skills was a #3 at most.

After reading their article I realized how we mirror the Ravens.

Flacco/Ryan

Boldin/White

Mason/Jenkins

Heap/Gonzo

Team emphasis on defense

I guess you could compare TJ/Douglas but to me they are two different types of receivers. With the TJ signing you can change it up a bit.

Flacco/Ryan

Boldin/White

TJ/Jenkins

Mason/Douglas

Heap/Gonzo

I think we compare nicely to the Ravens but the unbiased questions you now have to ask.

1) Will Flacco have a better season than Ryan with his new targets ?

2) Will TJ have better numbers than Jenkins ?

3) If some of you think needing a legit #2 WR is off the mark Why did TD try to trade or look into Boldin? I'm sorry it goes beyond due diligence just my opinion.

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I think we need better depth at WR and LB'er. Might strike WR off the list next year, should Meier prove to be as good as all the hype he recieved during preseason :)

I really think we should invest something in a long term kicker solution, possibly groom one up like we did Koenen and stick with him.

Other than the before mentioned positions, I would say the past 3 draft classes have got us loaded with talent and quality depth.

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