Jump to content

Finneran: ‘Heads Are Going To Roll’ If Falcons Don’T Win


Dusty
 Share

Recommended Posts

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Former Falcons wide receiver Brian Finneran, who’s now a local radio personality on 680 The Fan’s The Front Row show, painted a bleak picture of the upcoming season during a segment on the SiriusXM NFL Radio show.

On the eve of mandatory minicamp, Finneran tossed out this bomb when asked about pressure to win this season on a recent segment on NFL Radio.

“But owners want you to win regardless of who’s on the field,” Finnernan said. “Who’s hurt and who’s not. They’ve got to do that this year or unfortunately, heads are going to roll because that’s the nature of this beast.”

Here’s some background on Finneran, who was not re-signed after the 2010 season.

A transcript is below, but some of the highlights included:

–He’s not very high on the defense.

–He believes Coach Mike Smith might and the team is too tight and stressed out. “To say guys are a little tight and maybe a little stressed is maybe an understatement, especially on that coaching staff.”

–He doesn’t know how they are going to replace Tony Gonzalez.

–Rates 50-50 as the odds that Steven Jackson can get the rushing attack moving.

–Joe Hawley will win the starting center competition.

–If they stay healthy, the Falcons may make a wildcard playoff bid.

Q: NFL RADIO: (Not on the clip sound clip, but had to be something about the defense.)

A: FINNERAN: When you look at that linebacker corps for the Falcons, it’s nothing to write home about. Sean Weatherspoon was one of the bright spots and he’s now gone for the season.

Q: Is his career in jeopardy, do you think?

A: I don’t know. He’s one of those guys, like you said, who’s an absolute specimen (with) physical workout speed, agility and power. The stuff that he brings to the football field is just awesome to watch.

Q: Hey, let’s talk a little bit broader about your team as you see these guys. It seems from the outside looking in, a lot of pressure is on the coach. This is the year they’ve got to perform. Do you think the owner is a little antsy with these guys?

A: To say guys are a little tight and maybe a little stressed is maybe an understatement, especially on that coaching staff. Coach Smith may be feeling it the most just because you want to go into a new stadium with a winning record and a winning attitude. That’s what they had up until last year. Injuries played a huge role. But owners want you to win regardless of who’s on the field. Who’s hurt and who’s not. They’ve got to do that this year or unfortunately, heads are going to roll because that’s the nature of this beast. That’s the nature of the NFL. If you don’t win for me and we have a new stadium coming, we have to figure something else out.”

Q: In any other year, no pressure on the coach, coming off a great season, we would have been focused on one subject, replacing Tony Gonzalez. But we almost never get any calls about it on this show. We seem to never discuss it, but ultimately that is a huge hole that has to be filled. How’s that looking?

A: That’s not looking so good at all. You’ve got Bear Pascoe, who can block people I think and maybe catch a ball in the flat every once in awhile off some play-action stuff, but he’s not going to get down the football field at all. You have Levine Toilolo who they had last year as a rookie. (He) surprised me a little bit. Jumped around and made some plays in the redzone. By no means or by (any) stretch of the imagination is he Tony Gonzalez, but he gives you another weapon in the redzone. He’s not a pure type of receiver like Tony was. But he has some ability. A very raw talent. But as far as what they were this year compared to last year, it’s a huge drop off and they will feel it in a huge way. Hopefully, guys like Roddy White can kind of pick up the slack there in third down situations. Harry Douglas, who had a big year last year, can kind of do the same. Those are some big shoes to fill and I don’t know if the Falcons can do it.

Q: When healthy Steven Jackson is an absolute monster. We know that your team wanted to get a little bit bigger in the trenches, not only defensively, but offensively. Obviously, getting (Jake) Matthews as your top draft pick from Texas A&M was huge, but what are the odds that Steven Jackson can get that running game cranked up here?

A: I’d probably put it at 50-50. It’s just a toss-up right now. If Sam Baker can stay healthy, that could give you a good chance. Justin Blalock has been a staple at left guard. Joe Hawley will get the center duties. He finished the season last year at that spot and Matt Ryan likes Joe a lot. With the guys they have on that roster, he’s probably the best fit for that team. Then you picked up Jon Asamoah from Kansas City. It’s a re-defined, whole new facelift line for that (offensive) line. Matt is happy with how they are looking. They are physical. Mike Tice brings an attitude to that offensive line as the new (offensive) line coach. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how the running game changes, but again Steven Jackson has to stay healthy. If he doesn’t, then Devonta Freeman, the kid out of Florida State, enough of a every-down back to help out? I don’t know.

Q: Wow. There is a lot of work to do in Atlanta. After talking to you, I feel differently about this team. They need to get through preseason without a single injury.

A: That definitely has to happen. They have to stay healthy. Julio has to stay healthy. If that happens, Matt will be very pleased and this team will go . . . will (make) a run at the playoffs. Maybe, a wildcard. If somebody else gets banged up on the offensive side of the ball, they are going to have a tough, tough year.

PHASE THREE OF OFFSEASON PROGRAM

–Monday, June 16 – Physicals.

–Tuesday, June 17 — Day One: Mandatory minicamp (Open to Public, 3:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.).

–Wednesday, June 18 – Day Two: Mandatory minicamp (Open to Public, 3:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.).

–Thursday, June 19 – Day Three: Mandatory minicamp. (Offseason program ends for veterans).

–June 22-28 – Rookie Symposium

TBA – (Late July) – Report to Training camp.

PRACTICES WITH TEXANS — Wednesday, August 13 and Thursday, August 14.

Edited by Dusty
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 101
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

When I say the same thing I'm called an idiot. LOL

But the next question is, what does Finn mean we have to win? Win a game? 2 games? 6 games? He didn't say.

IMO 1 and done in the playoffs and Smith is out the door. Then of course, again, I will have proven to be the voice of reason.

Of course all of the homers that now argue against it will all be for it because no matter what coach replaces him he will be the greatest thing that happened to the Falcons.

Homers will be homers. rolleyes.gif

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Lol Finn acts like a casual fan. LBers got no big name so they suck. As far as Tony G yes he is one of the best of all time, but he got that from his time in KC. He hasn't ran a route past 5 yds in like 10 yrs and he hasn't been as consistent. He's been dropping more.

He's still a big loss, but not near as bad as people think. Just using JJ, RW and HD more is an upgrade.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Doesn't sound like Finn knows too much of what he's talking about.

Replace Tony? We already stated we are not trying to. Schematically we are going with a different approach that's better suited for our TEs we have now.

What dies Finn know about our rookie LBs? Nothing, just kune us. Either they will step up or they won't.

We just went 4-12 obviously there's stress.

Not much "truth" from Finn just a bunch of guess work. So he isn't crazy about our D, who really knows what our d is going to be?

He thinks our D will be bad, he thinks our LBs are nothing special, ok what if they are something special and the defense is good? It's 50/50 right now which way that one goes.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I don't see it. Finn is somehow missing the forests from the tree's

Last year with our crappy roster and hole if we stayed healthy we would have been in the playoffs. Even with the disaster of last year we were still in almost all our games.

Our roster this year is MUCH better, we have size, strength and depth in area's we have not had in a decade and we still have all our amazing skill players besides TG who was getting way to slow and Ryan was focusing way to much on anyway. I hope Ryan goes back to gun slinging like in 2008 before TG got here. If SJ gets injured or falters Freeman or A.Smith can easily carry the load of our running games and our improved Oline should actually allow a run game.

I think this is a much more complete and tougher team than we had in 2012. Also losing last year should put some urgency in our a@@ whihc is very much needed.

Edited by MAD597
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I don't know how I feel after reading this article... Let's be honest. Finneran was a very average receiver. I wouldn't put a huge amount of stock into what he has to say. It's almost as if he was looking to give the most pessimistic answer to every question possible. And it's really sad that Bedwetter is so easily swayed as a journalist.

Either way, I'm still excited about our season. Very excited. Regardless of what stone hands has to say

Link to comment
Share on other sites

im confused by his analysis. its like he hasnt been paying any attention to the team the last couple years.

weatherspoon is a tough loss, but we have a ton of high upside backers. the defense should be pretty good.

regarding the line, why is sam baker the key to our running game? that had me confused. we should have very good pass blocking and very good WR's, both will help our run game.

with steven jackson, i dont really care who runs the ball. this isnt 1980. im just not worried about who our RB is. give me smith. id be fine with that.

replacing tony is whatever. we have harry douglas and devin hester. tony brought size underneath, but hd and hester will bring speed. i really wasnt concerned about that either.

then he started talking about injuries and it was like he had never seen an NFL season before. no injuries or were screwed? i guess every nfl team is screwed...like wtf? obviously roddy and julio need to stay healthy, and ryan going down would end us, but other than that i think were good. hopefully people stay healthy, but we can handle injuries. hopefully nobody goes down, but if they do we have depth at most positions

Edited by Truth.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

IMO, I would have rather had Finneran than last years Tony G....Tony, was a blocking liability and slowing down. To me, I don't think his heart was in it really. Losing him is just a scheme change to a different possession receiver. Our LB's may be relative unknowns, but you can't judge based upon that.

But yeah, I heard the original interview, and his whole tone was very pessimistic.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I don't know how I feel after reading this article... Let's be honest. Finneran was a very average receiver. I wouldn't put a huge amount of stock into what he has to say. It's almost as if he was looking to give the most pessimistic answer to every question possible. And it's really sad that Bedwetter is so easily swayed as a journalist.

Either way, I'm still excited about our season. Very excited. Regardless of what stone hands has to say

you have one sentence in there that has two points that really made me LOL, I mean I literally laughed right out loud!

"And it's really sad that bedwetter is so easily swayed as a journalist"

first off, you called him a journalist, at best he's writer, he writes what he sees hears or reads somewhere else, and reports it as news. He rarely gives any 'journalisitc input'

second, and it goes right along with that first part, 'is so easily swayed'.........when he goes from one person (or message board post, HA) to the next, he decides 'oh wait, that's better stuff than the last one'

I agree with several here who A) say that finneran is simply stating the most obvious in some cases; B) doesn't really have any more insight into what's going on than most of us here; c)sounds like maybe he's trying to be overly pessimistic

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Only a Falcon fan would be excited about almost being in all of our games.

Uhh yeah I'm a Falcon fan which is why I'm here, d'uh

Last year was one of the worst seasons I've seen since probably 1986 as far as expectations VS reality but crap man we had such a huge string of injuries and were totally inept on oline and dline the fact we were actually IN most of our games given the circumstances was at leas SOMETHING positive.

Our current roster resembles 2012 + actually toughness and size on Oline and Dline + the NFL's best PR/KR - TG

I think that is a net plus in my book.

Edited by MAD597
Link to comment
Share on other sites

As long as you have a QB that can play, you will always have a chance even if the rest of the roster isn't up to par. It's frustrating to watch, we lost a few close games last year but Matt kept us in all those games. That's why a lot of teams are desperate for a good signal caller, it takes pressure off of having to make the rest of the team perfect.

****, my ADD kicked in... I can't remember where I was going with this.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share


×
×
  • Create New...