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Jason La Canfora honest assessment of Falcons

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They are barely under the cap, and there is only so much contract restructuring and cap gymnastics that can go on to try to pretend this team is worth keeping together. They haven't sniffed being a real contender since blowing the Super Bowl to the Patriots and the past two seasons have been over by around Halloween. They are short on offensive linemen, again, and may have to part with a few veterans to have cap wiggle room. They still have no pass rush and no easy path to getting enough. Matt Ryan's pockets are straight and will remain so, but his extension and that of Julio Jones are doing the team no cash/cap favors now. They will likely be saying bye to their starting tight end and running back, too. Better be one helluva draft for a team that hasn't been thriving in that area for quite some time, because other avenues of roster building are bleak with such a heavy percentage of the cap in a handful of players.

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11 minutes ago, gtech1 said:

They haven't sniffed being a real contender since blowing the Super Bowl to the Patriots and the past two seasons have been over by around Halloween.

Everything he said makes sense but this. Did 2017 not happen? They were very much a contender that year.

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1 minute ago, GleasonForever! said:

I agree. All the people that want Clowny, Fowler, and  etc are going to be REALLY disappointed.

 We didn’t get this these type of guys when we had more cap space. Don’t think it’s going to happen with our current cap space either. 

Alex Mack says hi

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Tag and Trade Hooper and trade Trufant and try and pick up two more top 100 picks. Would help immediately. No way they can keep Hooper and Trufant is another bear on the cap. They can open up some space. They have a good bit of dead weight on the roster, but paying Matt and Julio effectively shut the door on any real FAs. 

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1 minute ago, vel said:

Tag and Trade Hooper and trade Trufant and try and pick up two more top 100 picks. Would help immediately. No way they can keep Hooper and Trufant is another bear on the cap. They can open up some space. They have a good bit of dead weight on the roster, but paying Matt and Julio effectively shut the door on any real FAs. 

Dammit, you just stole about half of my upcoming post about what the Falcons SHOULD do this offseason.  Lol.

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To many holes on this team with limited cap space.  My opinion is take all the cap pain that can be taken in 2020.  That means cutting Mack, Free, Rico and many more. Trading Tru and Brown if it's possible. Make 2021 your all in year again like last year but still need to win enough this year to not get everyone fired.  Let Hooper walk and please God don't extend/restructure anymore contracts.

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27 minutes ago, ya_boi_j said:

TBH, a lot of people forgot about 2017, even here. Too many people still stuck on 28-3

Which is crazy seeing how they supposedly were going to have a "hangover" going into that season. They repeated that the whole off season.

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5 minutes ago, gtech1 said:

Dammit, you just stole about half of my upcoming post about what the Falcons SHOULD do this offseason.  Lol.

Lol it's not an ideal situation, but it's not truly dire. I've kept saying, they have a large number of the 22 starters set. Whether we like them or not. 

Matt, Julio, Ridley, Gage, [TE Needed], Freeman (?), Matthews, [LG Needed], Mack, Lindstrom, McGary

That's your offense. Until Freeman is cut or moved, he's a Falcon for now. But even if he's moved, RB's can be found. 

Defense is more dire, but not drastically depending on FA:

Grady, Debo, Trufant, Oliver, Sheffield, Rico, Kazee, Takk, Foye

Assuming base is Nickel, which snap counts say it is, They need another DE and DT. If they bring Clayborn and Davison back (maybe Poe?), they have a base defense. It's a matter of upgrading it. 

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40 minutes ago, A Pimp Named Slickback™ said:

Everything he said makes sense but this. Did 2017 not happen? They were very much a contender that year.

Thank you! 

I hate folks that embellish just to make a point when they have enough data to it without. With that said, the draft portion of this rant was spot on.

I guess if you throw up enough on the fan, something is bound to stick!

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When I need to now who to flex or what defense to play for FF I will listen to what he has to say. When it comes to real football knowledge don’t hear him.

- we have 4 of 5 starters on the OL locked. Either the 5th starter or swing tackle is good w Gono too. We also have depth with our bad UFAs from last season. We need to figure out LG, not many team who only need to address one position in the line. 

- haven’t been competitive since the SB? What about 2017? What about the final 8 games of the season where we handled the 2 darlings of the NFC?

- he can’t say Free sucks one week, then go and say us losing our starting RB is a problem.

- When did Hooper officially become a player for another team? Stating opinion like it’s fact.

- plenty of teams pay their QB handsomely, as well as 2-3 other players. We aren’t in cap he’ll because of Ryan and Julio, but because of contracts like we have Brown and Carpenter, and getting snake bit on contracts like Free and Tru where there play fell off some after we paid them.

overall dude is a clown shoe And doesn’t even have his crap straight IMO. That said many will take his says as gospel because it supports them ****ting on the Falcons.

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1 hour ago, gtech1 said:

They are barely under the cap, and there is only so much contract restructuring and cap gymnastics that can go on to try to pretend this team is worth keeping together. They haven't sniffed being a real contender since blowing the Super Bowl to the Patriots and the past two seasons have been over by around Halloween. They are short on offensive linemen, again, and may have to part with a few veterans to have cap wiggle room. They still have no pass rush and no easy path to getting enough. Matt Ryan's pockets are straight and will remain so, but his extension and that of Julio Jones are doing the team no cash/cap favors now. They will likely be saying bye to their starting tight end and running back, too. Better be one helluva draft for a team that hasn't been thriving in that area for quite some time, because other avenues of roster building are bleak with such a heavy percentage of the cap in a handful of players.

Yep, team is in a bad spot and TD's life long inability to build a decent OL and DL is going to be our ultimate downfall

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49 minutes ago, A Pimp Named Slickback™ said:

Everything he said makes sense but this. Did 2017 not happen? They were very much a contender that year.

We were still pretty shaky in 2017 and the end result was a pretty big surprise given some of the bumps we went through in 2017

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1 hour ago, Francis York Morgan said:

Only part I disagree with is OL being thin. Still, mostly spot on. The cap allocation on this team disgusts me tbh.

All the restructuring has made 2021 a complete dumpster fire CAP wise.  Over half your CAP on your top 4 contracts is unforgivable

Ryan: $40,000,000

Julio:  $23,000,000

Grady: $21,000,000

Matthews: $19,000,00

Then add in Debo, Trufant, Rico etc and it’s a joke 

Top 10 contracts in 2021 account for 155 million of our CAP.  That leaves around 55 million for the remaining 43 spots.  No yea has ever been so top heavy and made the playoffs let alone won a SB.  1-2 injuries to those top 10 contracts and the season is over

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6 minutes ago, FalconsIn2012 said:

All the restructuring has made 2021 a complete dumpster fire CAP wise.  Over half your CAP on your top 4 contracts is unforgivable

Ryan: $40,000,000

Julio:  $23,000,000

Grady: $21,000,000

Matthews: $19,000,00

Then add in Debo, Trufant, Rico etc and it’s a joke 

So who do you let go of those 4 instead of re-signing? Then when they are gone we have a big hole...do we spend the cap space on another teams cast offs to fill the hole?
IMO none of those 4 are bad contracts.

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