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The Falcons have needs on both sides of the ball, and limited resources and roster space to fill them. Which position can they stand to ignore this offseason?

We talk a lot about the moves the Falcons need to make to get back to form in 2014. The offensive line desperately needs to be upgraded, and the Falcons can't afford to ignore the lack of anything resembling a pass rush that has plagued them the last few seasons. Those needs are glaring and must be addressed this offseason.

Beyond that, though, the Falcons do have some other positions of weakness. Their run game ranked dead last in the league last season, the tight end position is somewhat of a question mark after the retirement of Tony Gonzalez. The linebacker position is awfully thin after cutting veteran Stephen Nicholas, and Thomas DeCoud's poor play at free safety was rough enough to warrant Mike Nolan mentioning him by name.

Getting the easy answers out of the way first, we can go ahead and cross quarterback off the list. Matt Ryan is the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, the end. The Falcons might look for a backup via the draft, but with Dominique Davis and Sean Renfree both under contract they really don't need to do anything to address the position. Atlanta is also pretty set at wide receiver, with Julio Jones returning from injury andRoddy White expected to sign an extension this offseason.

Cornerback isn't much of a question mark, either, with Desmond Trufant coming off an extraordinarily impressive rookie season and Robert Alford looking promising as well. The Falcons will need to make a decision about free agent nickel back Robert McClain, but McClain likely won't be terribly expensive to re-sign if that's what they choose to do.

Upgrading the offensive line is not negotiable, and addressing the defensive line is a must as well. All of the potential starting defensive tackles are free agents and the pass rush has been a liability for the last few seasons. It's pretty important to at least establish some depth at linebacker, also.

Of all of the units that performed poorly last season, the one that is probably the least urgent is running back. For one thing, poor blocking did contribute to the poor production from the Falcons' ground game, and if the upgraded offensive line can be more effective run blockers it could have a very positive impact on the game. Mike Smith alluded to the fact that the team still has confidence in Steven Jackson to get the job done behind a better line, and Atlanta also has the versatility of Jacquizz Rodgers and presumably the untapped potential of Antone Smith, who averaged 29 yards per carry last season on very few carries.

Which position of need do you think the Falcons can afford to overlook this offseason?

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You lost me at limited resources?

come on man that's not the theme and we all saw that.

It's that it will be hard to address all the positions, WHICH one can we afford to not address.

Just trying to put up new topic's to discuss, Look I will step aside why don't YOU GO FIND SOME THAT YOU APPROVE OF! smile.png

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Patch , cobble together, throw some darts at the draft board, make some worthless FA moves hope and pray they all "gel" . That's been the TD / MS system here. Hoping the new blood in the front office helps ,If they try to do too much or too little this team will be a bottom dweller. This off season should be about developing a solid plan and direction more than trying to win the SB this year. You wont fix this mess in one year either but you can get half way out of the hole.

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We will get another OT, we will get another G, we will sign a C (whether Hawley or someone else), we will get a TE, we will get 3 DT's, we will get a LB, we will get 2 CB and we will get a S.

That's 11 players. We could probably go without a WR or RB but I suspect we'll address that too one way or the other...

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We will get another OT, we will get another G, we will sign a C (whether Hawley or someone else), we will get a TE, we will get 3 DT's, we will get a LB, we will get 2 CB and we will get a S.

That's 11 players. We could probably go without a WR or RB but I suspect we'll address that too one way or the other...

I have to leave but I had to +1 you before I go! I hope you have a great day that has been 3 years coming and I'm sure not easy! smile.png

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Since this is a deep defensive draft we should go hard for def this year. Mathews and g robinson are just the best options for this year. Other drafts will have better offensive drafts. Oline can be fixed and stabalized with FA and it takes longer for olinemen to gel in an offense than dline to gel into a defense.

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I'm taking care of D through free agency and the oline in the draft. The only way I don't take Robinson at 6 is if Mack or Clowney falls to us.

Otherwise I'm signing Soliai, and either Bryant, Joseph, or Jones. My top choices is of course Soliai and Joseph. And yes if he's available signing Byrd.

So my FA is: Byrd, Soliai, any of the other three DTs.

My draft: Robinson 1, Richardson 2. UNLESS Mack or Clowney falls to 6.

At DE we have Osi, Mass, Maponga, and Goodman. Let's focus on stopping the run first this year and letting Nolan get creative.

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We will get another OT, we will get another G, we will sign a C (whether Hawley or someone else), we will get a TE, we will get 3 DT's, we will get a LB, we will get 2 CB and we will get a S.

That's 11 players. We could probably go without a WR or RB but I suspect we'll address that too one way or the other...

I think Center is a major weakness on this club and I really hope you're right that TD brings someone in who is big enough, strong enough and athletic enough to establish the middle or our line for the next six to eight years. Hawley should never be more than a back-up and Konz should get out of football and find something he doesn't suck at.

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IIRC Smitty has already came out in an interview and said that is not happening.

I am pretty sure he was quoted saying Sam Baker is in fact our LT. That said after watching TD on Eisens podcast I have no idea. They're always secretive but this year is different.

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I am pretty sure he was quoted saying Sam Baker is in fact our LT. That said after watching TD on Eisens podcast I have idea. They're always secretive but this year is different.

Like i said if i'm remembering correctly, what i am talking about is Smitty shooting down the idea of Baker playing RT. But i could be off. I'll have to do some searching.

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We will get another OT, we will get another G, we will sign a C (whether Hawley or someone else), we will get a TE, we will get 3 DT's, we will get a LB, we will get 2 CB and we will get a S.

That's 11 players. We could probably go without a WR or RB but I suspect we'll address that too one way or the other...

When you win 4 games, isn't it obvious there are needs on ALL phases of the game, don't exclude that "NOT so" Special Teams!
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Just solidifying the o line and getting playmakers back makes the defense better by keeping them off the field a bit. Also last years time the rookies got on the field will pay dividends . Toss in a little luck of the draft and the defense can change real quick - but simply making the o line better makes this team what it was before last year - a threat to go deep in the playoffs and with a little luck even further.

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I just hope TD has urgency when Free Agency starts, we're in a good position to fix a lot of areas, and I hope we're not drafting this high up for awhile. We need to establish a dominating defense now and to take into the new bird nest.

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sorry but anyone who says a team that has around 30 million in cap space and 7-10 draft picks ( depending on comp picks) lacks resources can not be taken seriously.

We have enough cap room for 4-7 free agents plus the draft, and a couple more easy ways of getting even more space.

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I'm taking care of D through free agency and the oline in the draft. The only way I don't take Robinson at 6 is if Mack or Clowney falls to us.

Otherwise I'm signing Soliai, and either Bryant, Joseph, or Jones. My top choices is of course Soliai and Joseph. And yes if he's available signing Byrd.

So my FA is: Byrd, Soliai, any of the other three DTs.

My draft: Robinson 1, Richardson 2. UNLESS Mack or Clowney falls to 6.

At DE we have Osi, Mass, Maponga, and Goodman. Let's focus on stopping the run first this year and letting Nolan get creative.

So you want some rookie OL protecting your $100 million QB. Please, be for real! We should upgrade the OL via free agency. We should be able to get a RG in Free Agency, maybe even a RT. Then use the draft to get our defense in order. Offense puts points on the board, but DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!!

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So you want some rookie OL protecting your $100 million QB. Please, be for real! We should upgrade the OL via free agency. Then use the draft to get our defense in order. Offense puts points on the board, but DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!!

This man gets it.

+1 mill bro.

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