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1 minute ago, Rings said:

I don’t think he’s done like many do, I think similar to Free he looked a lot slower, indecisive and older just because of the scheme he was in.  Don’t forget Free looked lost and slow in decision making his rookie year under Dirk and then thrived under Shanny/Sark’s schemes the next few years.  I think it’s very realistic Gurley has a strong season next year if he’s in the right scheme.  

That said, I doubt it’s here based on what someone will pay him.  I think injury may have caused him to lose a half step, again similar to Free, but not to the extent people make it out to be.

Mentioning Freeman, boy i remember a time when people really compared him to hall of famers and dam near prematurely placed him in the hall of fame. That backfired in a major way

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We finished 4-12. Everyone on the team stole.

Not for what he stole, I mean made last year

He's busted.  At this point he's here to placate the UGA homers.

17 minutes ago, JD dirtybird21 said:

Yea, and I admittedly liked the signing. It just didn’t work out 

You know I wasn't thrilled with it from the jump, specifically because of his knee, but was willing to give him a chance.  He can still get the ball in the end zone but man he fell off haaaaaaaaaaaard in the 2nd half of last season and I think it's just going to slowly get worse and worse for him.

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7 minutes ago, Rings said:

I don’t think he’s done like many do, I think similar to Free he looked a lot slower, indecisive and older just because of the scheme he was in.  Don’t forget Free looked lost and slow in decision making his rookie year under Dirk and then thrived under Shanny/Sark’s schemes the next few years.  I think it’s very realistic Gurley has a strong season next year if he’s in the right scheme.  

That said, I doubt it’s here based on what someone will pay him.  I think injury may have caused him to lose a half step, again similar to Free, but not to the extent people make it out to be.  He was grossly under utilized as a pass catcher last year as well.

This x1000...made no sense to me.

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Braves syndrome of getting the band back together. I remember when Braves fans were begging AA to sign KImbrel back for 15M.

Some on Twitter are asking for the same with Brian Poole for some reason as well.

Just move on. Not only can he not bounce out, dude can't break any tackles either.

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1 hour ago, JD dirtybird21 said:

It kinda was, they heavily marketed his jersey for sales too 

I think if they had waited a while longer, the signing wouldn't have happened. When it was announced, there was still LOTS of uncertainty about covid-19 and how it would impact the season.

To my mind, they were hopeful for something resembling years past and thought Gurley would buoy ticket/merchandise sales.

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4 hours ago, Falcons Fan MVP said:

He's a good blocker and in the red zone. Plus he'd be a good mentor for our rookie running back that we draft.

Not worth the roster spot though. Ito and hill can mentor if they are here.

That was like keeping shaub around because he was familiar with the system. Didnt help at all.

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59 minutes ago, Wjcorner said:

I do want a vet RB in the mix. 
 

Would you guys take Mark Ingram or Todd Gurley if prices were the same 

Honestly if we bring in a vet I'm shopping in the bargain bin.

Marlon Mack coming back off an achilles injury, could be a franchise back but with injury he needs a prove it year maybe 2.

Jamaal Williams from Green Bay career back up, might want a chance to earn a starting role, and our RB depth chart is pretty bleak.

Neither one of these guys is getting a big money deal. 

Then I'm drafting 1 by the 3rd round that I think can be the man. Once we've reestablished a run game I'm drafting a RB mid rounds at least every other year and most likely never signing 1 to a second contact.

 

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8 hours ago, egoprime II said:

Article from the Falcoholic, enjoy.    BTW they have lots of articles about the Falcons  every day including the occassional mock draft, every Falcon fan should check them out.

Todd Gurley seems interested in returning to Atlanta, but will the Falcons re-sign him?

If the interest is a two-way street, maybe we see Gurley Redux.

By Dave Choate  Feb 3, 2021, 4:06pm EST 

Todd Gurley’s status heading into free agency seems pretty clear: He’ll be a free agent, and his chances of returning to Atlanta seem slim. That’s based on his likely price point—it may not be $5 million again, but it’s not going to be the veteran minimum given his talent and age—and the fact that he just had a rough season with the Falcons, one that started with great promise and fell apart somewhere along the line.

You could be forgiven for thinking that Gurley might be seeking a new team after the way 2020 went, but that may not be the case. Per Kelsey Conway at AtlantaFalcons.com, Gurley seems intrigued by the addition of new head coach Arthur Smith and plans to gauge the team’s interest in his services for 2021.

“You get excited about a coach that runs the ball which you know doesn’t happen very often,” Gurley said on Wednesday. “So you definitely get super excited about that. I definitely have to reach out to him and [Terry Fontenot] just to be able to talk to them to see what they’re thinking and just get a head start on the free agency thing.”

On one hand, Gurley’s excitement is easy to understand, and if Smith was intrigued you could hardly blame him. Derrick Henry thrived in Smith’s offense in Tennessee over the past three seasons, and that’s especially appealing given that Gurley got an inconsistent workload in an unimaginative, unproductive rushing attack under Dirk Koetter last year. Gurley’s fortunes in 2020 were obviously impacted by injury and a couple of poor decisions by him—we all remember the Detroit touchdown that shouldn’t have been—but his goal line work remained superb, he remains a very good blocker, and he’s still not that far removed from being an elite back in this league. If the numbers work and the Falcons don’t try to draft a true feature back early, maybe this is something that gets done, and Gurley mixes in with a later round draft pick and the options already on the roster to key a quality committee. You could hardly blame Gurley for wanting to stay home and rebuild his free agent value with a coach who prizes running the ball effectively, and there’s little question he’d fare better than he did with Koetter at the helm basically by default.

Ultimately, though, I have to think Gurley will find better fortunes elsewhere while Smith imports a free agent back and his staff are familiar with or a shiny new draft pick to lead the backfield. This team already has Ito Smith under contract and he’s a proven quality commodity as a backup and pass catcher, and Qadree Ollison has barely gotten a chance to show what he can do and remains a physical back with the kind of straight line speed to cause problems in a ground game that can open holes for him. As Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman showed us in recent years, you can also find terrific backs on Days 2 and 3 of the draft, and backs on their rookie contracts typically fare much better than the ones signing second or third deals due to the way this league chews up and spits out players at the position.

We’ll see what the team’s plan at the position are, and maybe they’ll surprise us and bring Gurley back in the hopes of him wreaking a lot more havoc under a new coaching staff.

He would be stealing money at this point. 

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45 minutes ago, joeyg2033 said:

He would be stealing money at this point. 

I'm not endorsing Gurley's re-signing..... I felt this article was of interest to you guys, so I posted it.

Gurley had a season very similar to what Freeman had, last season.   But Freeman got stronger later in 2019, while in 2020, Gurley fell off.   So no, I'm not an advocate of bringing Gurley back, at any price.

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