richardc Posted December 26, 2022 Share Posted December 26, 2022 I don’t think many, if any of us, put the mortgage money in the Falcons winning the Super Bowl this year…or going to the playoffs…or having winning record. The 2022 season isn’t officially over, but it’s technically over. The Good: - We can run the ball. Some of the best ground and pound drives I’ve seen since MV7/Dunn or Turner the burner or the Dirty Bird himself, were this year. -TA - This guy is a brick layer. No tiptoeing, no dancing, no hopscotching, just laying bricks, all day, every play. Add an off-season of good food and NFL workouts, this guy will be nothin but thunder. No lightning, just thunder. - London/Pitts - they should be a potent combo going forward…if London can hold onto the football and we find a QB who can make plays. I’m not an NFL analyst, but Pitts seems lost sometimes on plays, unsure of his route, etc. When he is confident, it shows and his talent takes over with great play. - Penalties- AS has them playing clean football. Very few penalties are a sign of a well discipline and prepared team. offense, defense and special teams. Reminds me of when Dan Reeves came to town, got them playing clean football, with a running game, and built on that to go to the SB the next year. FYI, I’m not predicting SB next year, just saying penalty free football with a violent run game goes a long way. The Bad: - Pass blocking - We just can’t do it. With three 1st rounders, (4 if you count Pitts) on the line, it’s a sad situation. I’m hopeful this gets resolved for 2023 and beyond. That said, I expected it to be addressed last off season. - QB - Mario wasn’t good, but he was better than Ridder has shown. Regardless, the focus is Ridder. Is he the guy for 2023? When I look around the league at backup QB’s, and compare them to Ridder, I have to say no. He is not making plays. Yes, he’s a rookie and I expect some mistakes, but if he is “the future,” I also expect to see some flashes of talent where he makes some plays. I’ve not seen him scramble away from pressure and make a play. In fact he looks very slow. His deep balls have not landed within 5 yards of the WR. Many passes seem off target (behind, above, low, etc). I cannot recall a pass where he hit his target in stride and out in front. Will he develop into great QB? Maybe he will, but he has shown no evidence of such talent. I know he’s a rookie, but if you look around the NFL, most starters (not all) either have it from day 1 or they don’t. Yes, they develop and improve over time, work out the kinks, less mistakes, but they have it. I was in the GA dome when MV7 took the field the first time. It was just for a series, he later admitted he couldn’t even call the play correctly nor the protection, but he dropped back, a defender broke broke through the line, he rolled left, looked downfield some more, then took off running. The GA dome erupted. Not over her 7 yard play, but EVERYONE saw it. We all saw this guy had it. I was also there when MR2 threw his first pass. Literally the entire GA Dome was silent for a few heartbeats while the reality of what had just happened registered. Then it erupted, because EVERYONE saw it. Has everyone seen it with Ridder? I’m not hating on him, just being honest. - Pass Rush - We still don’t have one. We may have made improvements, but I don’t think any teams we are playing is worried about our pass rush. The Ugly: - Talent - After years of losing seasons and high draft picks, we still have no talent. Why is that? See the next item. - GM - TF has 2 drafts under his belt and 2 off seasons of FA. TD was terrible and left the team in cap he11, so there is a lot to correct. Yet, how much has been corrected? You expect your 1st and 2nd rounders to be starters. Pitts and London are starters. Now ask this question? Where are the others? Allgeier, Grant, I think Anderson is now starting. So that’s 5 starters from 14 draft picks? Should we even discuss the failed Watson move? Was Mario really the best QB on the market? I just saw Philly’s Gardner Minshew play a heck of a game in Dallas. He’s way better than Mario or Ridder. Maybe the Huntley guy in a Baltimore who just beat us. What about we could have drafted Purdy in the 7th round? Why didn’t we? Our Front office does not seem to evaluated NFL talent very well. Again, should we discuss the Watson move? The Falcons obviously thought he was “all that,” but he has 2 TD’s, 3 INT’s and a 69 QB rating. Do you expect the 2023 draft to somehow be suddenly better? Will we get 3 or maybe 4 starters? Past performance suggests we won’t. One thing we will have is FA money. On the surface this is great, but I question if TF will bring in more 5 more Mario’s, Watson and who knows who else that wouldn’t start in any other NFL team. listen to Kirby Smart, he is all about getting talent. They say Purdy is playing great because he has great team around him. Ok, I’ll buy that, so that means Ridder and Mario are not great because they don’t have a great team around them. Why don’t we? Because our FO is a joke and will prevent us from being a serious competitor in the NFL for the next several years. I hope I’m wrong. Feel free to flame on and tell me why I’m wrong. Go Falcons! MilleniumFalcon, Captain Falcon, FalconFan'72 and 3 others 2 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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