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"The heat is on, and not just of the basketball variety.

Super Bowl fever is burning hot for the Atlanta Falcons this summer, and will only get hotter as the season approaches and kicks in. The fans want it. The players on the field and behind the scenes are chomping at the bit for it. Tony Gonzales agreed to come back one more year to attain it. Bringing the experience and talents of Steven Jackson and Osi Umenyiora into the fold wasn’t a coincidence or just a matter of all parties being in the right place at the right time. Roddy White himself has already stated, “Super Bowl or bust.”

It’s all part of the plan, and the clock is ticking.

Now that the draft is over, a majority of the pieces of the puzzle are available. What remains to be seen is how those pieces will fit. Organized team activities have only been a small part of the big picture, considering that Stephen Nicholas and Sean Weatherspoon are out and Desmond Trufant is back in school completing his degree. Also still up in the air is the status of Richard Seymour, although how big a part of the Falcons’ puzzle he would be is unknown.

The monkey on the Falcons’ collective back is the miserable postseason record, but that monkey has now started to lose his footing.

That monkey is named “Or Bust,” and this Falcons team is determined to send him packing.

The heat is on, and the pressure to deliver will be at the boiling point even in the cold winter months that mark the beginning—and end—of the postseason."

http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/2013/06/02/atlanta-falcons-the-super-bowl-heat-is-on/

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We've had some chances the past five years, but it's truly now or never with our organization. I'm not saying that we will never have a chance after this year but the proof is in the signings. We've geared up to go on a run this year. Me personally, I'm going to enjoy the ride.

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Nor really. We have a good nucleus of young players drafted since 2008. The super bowl or bust teams are the ones with elite/franchise QB's in their 30's - especially teams like Denver, New Orleans and New England.

Yeah, whatever........You all have one of the oldest starting rosters in the NFL, and you all are screaming to add Seymour, yet you have a young nucleus? Yeah Steven Jackson's only 23, right? White, who'll probably be gone after this season anyway, is 23 right?

Open YOUR EYES, man!laugh.png

At least some of you recognize the all in mentality.

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Yeah, whatever........You all have one of the oldest starting rosters in the NFL, and you all are screaming to add Seymour, yet you have a young nucleus? Yeah Steven Jackson's only 23, right? White, who'll probably be gone after this season anyway, is 23 right?

Open YOUR EYES, man!laugh.png

At least some of you recognize the all in mentality.

It's true that a large portion of the Falcons best players are way old. If TD didn't nail this draft, we might be looking at an off year or two here shortly.

The Falcons will probably be very good this year though. Maybe not as good as last year, but the Falcons are a playoff team absent an injury to Ryan.

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Yeah, whatever........You all have one of the oldest starting rosters in the NFL, and you all are screaming to add Seymour, yet you have a young nucleus? Yeah Steven Jackson's only 23, right? White, who'll probably be gone after this season anyway, is 23 right?

Open YOUR EYES, man!laugh.png

At least some of you recognize the all in mentality.

We drafted a te to be groomed behind gonzalez, we have 4-5 young DEs (only vet is Osi) we have two young safeties (and drafted two more this year) we drafted two young corners in addition to 23 year old Robert mcclain. Only vet at CB is Samuel and we drafted his replacement in Robert alford. We have a young good LB in weatherspoon and a promising one in akeem dent. With the release of clabo and McClure we now have one of the youngest o-lines (and biggest). We have a young franchise qb and a young star WR. We will be contenders for a while.

Steven Jackson is 29 but you're forgetting we have young jacquizz Rodgers, who has been a HUGE part of our offense

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We drafted a te to be groomed behind gonzalez, we have 4-5 young DEs (only vet is Osi) we have two young safeties (and drafted two more this year) we drafted two young corners in addition to 23 year old Robert mcclain. Only vet at CB is Samuel and we drafted his replacement in Robert alford. We have a young good LB in weatherspoon and a promising one in akeem dent. With the release of clabo and McClure we now have one of the youngest o-lines (and biggest). We have a young franchise qb and a young star WR. We will be contenders for a while

We just don't have any idea if any of those young players are any good.

OSI, Jackson, White, Samuel, Gonzalez, Babineax....these guys are all proven studs with not too much time left in this league...and I'm not seeing the reinforcements so much yet.

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We drafted a te to be groomed behind gonzalez, we have 4-5 young DEs (only vet is Osi) we have two young safeties (and drafted two more this year) we drafted two young corners in addition to 23 year old Robert mcclain. Only vet at CB is Samuel and we drafted his replacement in Robert alford. We have a young good LB in weatherspoon and a promising one in akeem dent. With the release of clabo and McClure we now have one of the youngest o-lines (and biggest). We have a young franchise qb and a young star WR. We will be contenders for a while

THANK YOUUUUUUUUU!!! All people see is the veterans that we have signed. People do not want to talk about the depth on the team.

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Nor really. We have a good nucleus of young players drafted since 2008. The super bowl or bust teams are the ones with elite/franchise QB's in their 30's - especially teams like Denver, New Orleans and New England.

3/5 of Atlanta's primary offensive weapons will be 30 or older by the time the season starts.
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It's true that a large portion of the Falcons best players are way old. If TD didn't nail this draft, we might be looking at an off year or two here shortly.

The Falcons will probably be very good this year though. Maybe not as good as last year, but the Falcons are a playoff team absent an injury to Ryan.

We might now be as good as last year? We had the 29th ranked run game in 2012, if our run game is even slightly improved (which it will be) we are BETTER then we were last year .

And you can't forget last year was our first year in 2 new systems. We should be a lot better in year 2

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We might now be as good as last year? We had the 29th ranked run game in 2012, if our run game is even slightly improved (which it will be) we are BETTER then we were last year .

And you can't forget last year was our first year in 2 new systems. We should be a lot better in year 2

I seriously doubt the Falcons sniff 5th in the league in points allowed this year. Can't see it at all. Not a chance.

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We have their replacements on the roster already though lol

Except roddy

If we have a replacement for Steven Jackson then why did we sign him?

And you think this 4th round TE can replace the production of the greatest TE who ever lived?

Seems premature to me.

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We have their replacements on the roster already though lol

Except roddy

Jackson is a 3 down back. No one else on the Falcons can match Jackson. Snelling is...Snelling. Rodgers is a change-of-pace back at best.

A rookie TE is an unknown. You have no clue if he can remotely replace a HoF TE.

No replacement for Roddy.

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I seriously doubt the Falcons sniff 5th in the league in points allowed this year. Can't see it at all. Not a chance.

You think losing dunta and abe is changing our defense that much? We were 5th in points allowed due to the opportunistic play of our safety tandem ( still in tact) and asante Samuel (still here). We were the worst pass rushing team, we can't get much worse in that category. If those young guys step up at DE we will be fine. Trufant is a rookie but he is a upgrade to what we had in dunta last year

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If we have a replacement for Steven Jackson then why did we sign him?

And you think this 4th round TE can replace the production of the greatest TE who ever lived?

Seems premature to me.

Jacquizz Rodgers can replace Jackson if need be

You can't replace Gonzalez. He is one of a kind but toilolo will be a good TE. Good size, good hands, good blocker

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Really? You've repeatedly said what a difference maker Steven Jackson will be this year. If his replacement is already on the roster (assume you mean Quizz), why are we not starting him and spending SJax money on other needs?

I obviously don't mean Rodgers will replace sjax this year. I don't think he's ready now but a year or 2 under Jackson will do wonders for him. I think Rodgers could be our replacement rb when Jackson calls it quits

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Jacquizz Rodgers can replace Jackson if need be

You can't replace Gonzalez. He is one of a kind but toilolo will be a good TE. Good size, good hands, good blocker

I don't think any personnel man in the NFL would consider Rodgers a 3 down RB.

You have no clue how any rookie will turn out in the NFL. You can't just say "oh they will be good", because no one knows if they will be or not.

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Really? You've repeatedly said what a difference maker Steven Jackson will be this year. If his replacement is already on the roster (assume you mean Quizz), why are we not starting him and spending SJax money on other needs?

Because Rodgers is not a 3 down RB and the Falcons know it.

The fact that Turner was still the starter despite his struggles and Jackson was brought in shows how much faith there is in Rodgers.

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