Falcons talk to Pettigrew and Gardner

INDIANAPOLIS alias THE NORTH POLE – The NFL scouting combine kicked off in earnest today with the several team executives — including Falcons head coach Mike Smith – addressing the media.
The offensive linemen, special teamers and tight ends are flowing throw the media room to do interviews.
Georgia Tech offensive tackle Andrew Gardner and South Carolina tight end Jared Cook have been through.
Just got done talking with Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State’s stud tight end. Nice kid. He’s already spent 15 minutes with the Falcons last night.
Gardner interviewed with the Falcons, too and Cook is set to visit with them later.
Smith basically covered all of the stuff in his end of the season presser. Off to the aside, he wouldn’t take the Michael Vick bait, when I asked him about the team’s efforts to trade the suspended quarterback.
Arthur Blank is due to fly in later tonight and is set to take all of the team’s executives to world famous St. Elmos Steakhouse.

128 comments Add your comment

Phar71

February 19th, 2009
4:45 pm

What would it take for Raji to fall to us? Any chance?

Atlanta Jackets

February 19th, 2009
4:47 pm

First!! LOL!

Next year the Falcons select Josh “the Robot” Nesbitt. Second rounder. Book it. He’s the perfect compliment to Matty Ice.

Travis

February 19th, 2009
4:53 pm

nice try with nesbitt going pro

gp295

February 19th, 2009
4:58 pm

I think peria jerry would be a nice fits for D. line.

Andre

February 19th, 2009
5:01 pm

Forget Pettigrew get James Casey later and go defensive early

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 19th, 2009
5:31 pm

Hey y’all. It’s cool up here. BRRRRRRRrrrrrrr.
Hope the rain is gone and everybody is not driving around I-285 like it’s a NASCAR race. Heard
about the crazy rain.

The draft is supposed to be deep at TE. Don’t think Raji will drop to 24, but stranger things have happened.

Deangelo Falls

February 19th, 2009
5:56 pm

I’m calling it right now. Louis Delmas S is our first round pick. Ron Brace DT is our second round pick. Best TE available in round 3.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 19th, 2009
7:59 pm

Deangelo Falls: Like your picks. Let’s file them and check back later.

Bill

February 19th, 2009
8:17 pm

DOL I really enjoyed the article today about the free agents. As you reported, the Falcons are targeting KB as their top priority. Do you see the organization bringing him back in a starting capacity or do you see us trying to get younger at that position through the draft assuming a Cushing, or a Everette, or a Spikes is available there at 24 or lower for a possible trade down the draft board? What are your feelings about DT? Free agency (Haynesworth is he fits the organization, resign big Grady) or address through the draft? Lastly, do you see Anderson becoming the playmaker we hoped when we drafted him? Thanks for the insight and stay warm in Indy.

falcon21

February 19th, 2009
8:24 pm

D.Orlando Ledbetter,do you think the Falcons will resign KB and if so why? I would like to see Milloy back, I think he can still be an impact player. What are your thoughts? I know it has nothing to do with the North Pole, just asking.

falcon21

February 19th, 2009
8:43 pm

Sorry Mr. Ledbetter I just went back and read your article on KB. I still cannot see it as a priority.

Ronnie

February 19th, 2009
9:15 pm

Why is it such a priority to re-sign a LB who hasn’t forced a fumble in four years despite never coming off the field? I wouldn’t trust Brooking to play special teams. Dimitroff, we’re all adults here: we can handle an Atlanta Falcons team without Keith Brooking.

ShamusThacker

February 19th, 2009
9:49 pm

I can’t imagine another year of KB as a starter.

He might take a backup’s salary to stay here, but I’d rather see him elsewhere.

Ken Strickland

February 19th, 2009
10:09 pm

While I’d like to see us upgrade our OLB positions, you can’t ignore the fact that Brooking led the team in tackles, again. Of course, you can try and manufacture the rediculous excuse that he makes too many of his tackles 5-10yds down the field. Why complain about him being able to do something apparently no one else was able to do. Brooking and Malloy are the only vocal veteran leaders on our DEF, so I can see why Smith would want him back.

Gerald Paschal

February 19th, 2009
10:53 pm

I think all of you should just join me and become Lions fans. Cause it’s all the way up from here baby.

Supes

February 19th, 2009
11:06 pm

No matter, Brian Cushing should be the 24th pick in the draft. I don’t care if KB is here or not. He’s the past. Time to move forward and draft our future outside LB!

darrell starks

February 19th, 2009
11:20 pm

No offensive only defense defense and more defense, the FALCONS have never had a dominating defense in the HISTORY off this franchise.GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

74Dawg

February 20th, 2009
12:06 am

Darryl,did you forget the gritz blitz? What about Claude humphrey,John Zook,and the great linebackers behind them/ In the early years the defense carried them . They had no offense. Never until Bartkowski and jENKINS.THEY WILL GET THERE . THIS TEAM HAS THE SEED TO DO IT,AND THE MANAGEMENT HAS THE BRAINS TO FINISH IT.

FalconDane

February 20th, 2009
3:30 am

I can’t believe we are even considering bringing Brooking back, from assisting Bush on the goalline to the 3:16 play – havent we (and the front office) seen enough of this overpaid fraud?

Makes me sick to my stomach to imagine him playing for us next season :-(

Any faith I had in the front office will completely evaporate if we resign the softest linebacker in the NFL.

crabapplejoe

February 20th, 2009
8:12 am

FalconDane wrote: “Any faith I had in the front office will completely evaporate if we resign the softest linebacker in the NFL.”
Let me guess….your faith in the FO also evaporated when they took Ryan instead of that “stud” Dorsey in last year’s draft. LOL

gdg73

February 20th, 2009
8:49 am

Crabapplejoe, you were surprisingly absent from the board when that KB article came out two weeks ago when it was evidenced by him and Schultz that he messed up on 3rd and 16 and had an overall terrible game. Why didn’t you come to KB’s rescue then? Why are the Falcon’s intent on having an old, slow linebacker playing the WLB position? When it comes to making the tough decisions with certain washed up players, the Falcons have always failed to pull the trigger. But for other players, they never hesitate to cut bait (see Crumpler, Tuggle, probably Boley and Milloy too). Until this team starts using the same evaluation criteria for all these decisions, we will never win a darn thing. Just look at Pitts. Joey Porter was the fan favorite and heart and soul of that SB defense 3 years ago. Do they miss him now?

FalconDane

February 20th, 2009
9:02 am

crabapplejoe: No, I haven’t seen enough college games to have an informed opinion of college players. I really wanted some violent circus freaks since I believe it all starts up front, but if a confessed “QB snob” wanted M. Ryan – that was fine with me.

But Brooking have for the past 3-4 season been stealing Cap-space from the Falcons with his soft play. The next time he takes on a lead blocker and blows him up will be his first! He is paid as a superstar player, it isn’t too crazy of me to expect him to perform like one, is it?

Even if people wont accept that he never was that good, can we at least agree that he is over the hill now? Fullbacks outran him for christ’s sake!!!

Get younger – we dont need his kind of leadership!

SCFalconfan

February 20th, 2009
9:02 am

Ken Strickland – Amazing how Brooking can “lead” the team in tackles so often yet he hasn’t forced a fumble in over 4 years.

crabapplejoe

February 20th, 2009
9:22 am

“Even if people wont accept that he never was that good” Yeah, that’s right….five pro-bowls voted on by his peers…but I’ll take your opinion instead. ROTFFLMAO

Redbird

February 20th, 2009
9:24 am

400+ tackles without a forced fumble is that even possible? Sure is when you are grabbing ankles and pile jumping. 2 years without an impact play..No forced fumbles ,No Int’s , No Sacks…again how do you start in all those games and have NO impact in the game except negatively. This would be the WORST signing we could possible have this year set this lawn ornament out to pasture…he’s done and been done for 4 years now. Football teams don’t win games reading Green Eggs and Ham.

Redbird

February 20th, 2009
9:26 am

I would rather have Jessie Tuggle as he is today then Keith 3:16 and his “leadership” back on this team.

Michael Parsons

February 20th, 2009
9:31 am

We have overpaid Keith Brooking for many years. He is the second highest paid linebacker in the NFL but is a consistent liability against the run and pass. Offensive coordinators actually scheme against him and he should be cut. He has milked this franchise enough and should retire with grace if no other team picks him up. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ARTHUR. We need a playmaker not a marketing scam!!! I know Thomas D. and Mike Smith are stuck unless Arthur lets him go so do the right thing.

crabapplejoe

February 20th, 2009
9:35 am

gdg73 wrote: “When it comes to making the tough decisions with certain washed up players, the Falcons have always failed to pull the trigger. But for other players, they never hesitate to cut bait (see Crumpler, Tuggle, probably Boley and Milloy too).” Let’s see, Tuggle was 35 when he retired after starting only eight games….Brooking is 33 and the Falcons are probably working on a two year deal…so things are about the same. By the way, did you know that your hero, Tuggle had no interceptions or pass defenses in his last five years in the league…hmmmm. And we sure did miss Alge’s 250 receiving yards this year…not to mention his game losing fumble at the goal line against the Ravens. And do you really think that Boley had a better year than Brooking…give me a break. If Boley doesn’t drop the easy int. against the Saint we wouldn’t have had to fly to Arizona. But, hey you must be right…it’s all KB56’s fault. LOL. And Milloy….pleez don’t even get me started. I still have visions of him chasing Boldin down the sidelines after taking a terrible angle and missing the tackle…and that’s after he got beat by Fitgerald for the first score….but no Milloy hasn’t “lost a step”.

Redbird

February 20th, 2009
9:38 am

“While I’d like to see us upgrade our OLB positions, you can’t ignore the fact that Brooking led the team in tackles, again. Of course, you can try and manufacture the rediculous excuse that he makes too many of his tackles 5-10yds down the field. Why complain about him being able to do something apparently no one else was able to do. Brooking and Malloy are the only vocal veteran leaders on our DEF, so I can see why Smith would want him back.”

Yeah good thing we had those two in the playoffs..their contibutions we just fantastic.

Thesouphead

February 20th, 2009
9:41 am

The back of Brooking’s helmet made more plays(unintentionally) than he did. The green dot was better in pass coverage than Keith was.

Thesouphead

February 20th, 2009
9:43 am

Rebird…..yes, Brooking had a lot of tackles….but that is what happens when you make those tackles 5-10 yards down field. You give the other team more 1st downs, which gives you the chance to get more tackles on the drive. Keith is a GaTech man….he knows how to engineer his tackle stats.

Thesouphead

February 20th, 2009
9:46 am

Brooking was a good player for us in his career…..he just isn’t what he used to be though. I guess most line backers are not in their 10th and 11th seasons.

Brooking as a rookie in 98:

wasn’t even a starter….was a rotational player and he had…

1 INT, 5 passes defended and 2 forced fumbles.

Brooking in 2008 as a full time starter:

0 INTs, 4 passes defended and 0 forced fumbles.

note: 3 of those 4 passes defended were passes that hit Brooking in the back of the head.

note: Brooking has not had an INT in the past 3 seasons.

note: Brooking has not had a forced fumble in the past 4 seasons.

he just doesn’t make big plays like he used to. he wiffs on the the would-be tackles for losses. he wiffs on the would-be INTs.

It’s time to hang it up, Keith.

gdg73

February 20th, 2009
9:49 am

Keith 3:16, ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!

JJ

February 20th, 2009
10:00 am

Someone wrote a great blog on here awhile back explaning how a great front 4 would benefit the dbacks better than vise-versa. If so, dont we want the best dt, then lb, then safety? Crabapple- if your man is brought back for less money and backup/tutor/leader – than fine. I finally trust our falcons to put the best athletes on the field.

Mike

February 20th, 2009
10:08 am

Please. PLEASE. PLEEEEEEEEEASE NO MORE BROOKING.

PLEASE. NO MORE. PLEASE!!!

brian22

February 20th, 2009
10:23 am

If he’s a backup, fine, bring back Brooking. Otherwise, it’s time to move on.

JJ

February 20th, 2009
10:24 am

D-led, love the new format. Just hope barry(one hb) and vs2 go easy on the obnoxious smileys. When will the falcons find out about vicks cap hit? Unless his agent reworks his contract, no one will trade for him. And if he’s out of halfway house in july, then we wait on goodell I guess. How can the falcons know how much under the cap in APRIL?

Gazoo

February 20th, 2009
10:38 am

The Falcons should try to tie up Brooking long term so he is not a threat to escape.

Gazoo

February 20th, 2009
10:40 am

Bring’em HOME McTD!!!!! Make the haters squirm…..I LOVE IT!!!

FalconFan

February 20th, 2009
10:46 am

It sucks that Keith’s coming back but I’m a Falcon fan and I support Thomas Dimitroff and staff.

Thesouphead

February 20th, 2009
11:07 am

Gazoo……….where did you go wrong? I believe I supported your thoughts on Vick…….but you are out of your mind with Brooking.

gdg73

February 20th, 2009
11:10 am

Gazoo, if you were a “true fan” that wanted to see this team win, you would not want to see Brooking back playing WLB. I agree, that the Falcons should tie him up. The should then ship him to a retirement home for over the hill NFL linebackers. Give him a room next to Buddy Curry and Clay Matthews. The 40 year old LB we got in free agency back in the 90’s, LOL.

Lance

February 20th, 2009
11:20 am

Keith Brooking has been a Falcon for 10 years. How many amazing linebackers have the Steelers LET GO during that time period, linebackers far superior to Keith Brooking? It makes me sick.

Face it, Keith is a nice guy, a good ole boy, and a decent spokesperson for the franchise. But real football fans want a linebacker that inflicts the maximum amount of disruption on the other team. That isn’t Keith’s game. I don’t want to see him dress out ini a Falcons uniform agin.

Bill

February 20th, 2009
11:32 am

I might be thinking about this incorrectly but I think the Falcons could benefit by bringing KB back in a backup role if the price is right and he is willing to accept that role and work hard to resign Boley. If Lofton can continue to anchor the Mike spot, Boley is 26 and if he can perform like his 07 season we have two solid performers. The question then becomes what is the highest priority in the draft? DT, OLB, or S? And if anyone can figure out our cap space with Vick how do we address our needs through free agency? My perfect world, Haynesworth through FA (if he fits the organization and cap space) and target a LB with first pick. Cushing at 24 if he is available. I know, unlikely scenarion, but it would be nice.

tbhawksfan

February 20th, 2009
12:18 pm

Look for a DT or WLB as our big FA. Couple lesser FA’s to plug some holes in need of depth.

Draft either DT or OLB first, then; SS/OT/TE/CB/LB.

Something like that should work with our needs.

Reno 911

February 20th, 2009
12:20 pm

Why is it that any time someone presses the KB button, crabapplejoe comes out of the woodwork, quoting other posts in relentless, vehement, blind defense of KB on the 3rd and 16, “rolling on the floor…”, etc, etc, yet when KB himself admits that he played poorly in that game, crabapplejoe is decidedly (perhaps purposefully?) absent.

From the Schultz column, 13 February:
“In his last game for the Falcons —- and it remains to be seen if it will be his last game for the Falcons —- Keith Brooking now admits: “I was in a funk the whole game.” The fact that game was a playoff loss in Arizona means it will linger for a while. “I hold myself accountable, and I’ll say that’s one of the worst games I’ve ever played,” Brooking said.

That loss isn’t on one man’s shoulders, of course, and I like what KB has done for the Falcons over a decade+ (though I think he has been a bit overrated). I just think that it’s funny when crabapplejoe goes ballistic on anyone for saying anything negative about KB, except, of course, when KB calls himself out for poor performance. Where were you that day, bro?
At the risk of redundancy, is it really worth everyone’s time and effort discussing KB when he is, realistically, about the 20th most important player on the team? Let’s put this thing to bed, people (again).

Ken Strickland

February 20th, 2009
12:26 pm

74DAWG-nice recall. You took the words right out of my mouth.

It would be nice if GA Tech and UGA fans would leave their college attitudes and loyalties out of Falcons football. Obviously the coaching staff feels Brooking is worth resigning, and that’s enough for me. Since I’m not a UGA or GA Tech fan, I’m not emotionally involved with the decision either way. Brooking has led the team in tackles for the last 4yrs, and some of you are trying to downplay an accomplishment no other player on this team has achieved. Bears LB Lance Briggs had 110 tackles and only 1 FF, the Bucks Derrick Brooks had 73 tackles with only 1 FF and the Ravens Ray Lewis had 117 tackles with only 2 FF. You guys are reaching for straws and looking for excuses.

Brooking had 102 total tackles, and our entire DL had only 132. DE JAbraham is the only DL with a FF(4). After KBrooking, the next 4 leading tacklers had only 1 FF each, except FS Colemen who had 2. Brooking might not be what he once was, but he’s a lot better than some of you are desperately trying making him out to be, especially some of you UGA faithful. IT’S TRUELY SAD WHEN CERTAIN SO CALLED FANS HAVE TO RESORT TO TRIVALITIES, LIKE FF’s, TO VILIFY A PLAYER THAT LEADS HIS TEAM IN TACKLES. AND YES, BROOKING DID GET BURNED ON SOME CRUCIAL PASS PLAYS, BUT SO DID MALLOY, AND I DON’T HEAR ANY OF YOU BLAMING HIM FOR THE LOSS, OR CALLING FOR HIS RELEASE.

Why don’t you Brooking haters let this thing rest. If the idea of the Falcons resigning him makes you sick to the stomach, there’s always Pepto Bismal. I’ll trust GM Dimitroff, HC Smith, and his coaching staff’s judgement in this matter over a bunch of disgruntled, emotionally driven fans.

Falconbill

February 20th, 2009
12:42 pm

Keith was recently interviewed on AM 790 and talked about how impact plays just haven’t come to him lately. Impact plays don’t come to you . . . you have to go out there an make them happen by hitting people. You’re a linebacker . . . sheesh! 336 tackles including assists over the last 3 years and not a single fumble caused. For a linebacker. That doesn’t cut it. I appreciate the long service to the franchise (for which he’s been paid very well), but it’s time to move on.

Thesouphead

February 20th, 2009
12:48 pm

To those of you that think Brooking still is a top tier player….let me ask you this:

When was the last time you saw Keith Brooking put a serious hit on a guy?

When was the last time he came up and knocked the snot out of a running back?

When was the last time he rocked a QB?

I have racked my brain and I just can’t recall that happening in recent memory.

Now go watch the other top paid LBs in the NFL……..they make those hits week in and week out.

Mike Moore

February 20th, 2009
12:51 pm

I trust Dimitroff will make the right decision here and let Keith go. No reason to re-sign him. The Defense needs to get younger.

Marcus

February 20th, 2009
12:57 pm

DOL,
Saw your report on GT DE Michael Johnson. Actually saw NFL Networks NFL Combine coverage early this morning (tape from last nite) where Mayock basically said the same thing.
I am not a GT or UGA homer, so I have no issue with his comments. Any team cannot afford to invest 1st round (much less top 10) money if a players’ performance over time (his collegiate career) is inconsistent with a ‘lights out’ Combine performance.

ICEman

February 20th, 2009
1:05 pm

Hey lets forget about things like fumbles and interceptions and lets look at other stats like tackles for lost and solo tackles. What you will see is Brooking is not the great linebacker your trying to make him out to be. The Falcons need to cut Brooking and let him go. Also do not try and compare Brooking with a player like Lawyer who also needs to call it a career. Compare Brooking to other linebackers making as much as he is and see how he trully stacks up and compares.

Falcfansince68

February 20th, 2009
1:22 pm

Ken Strickland is an idiot. Brooking is the 2nd highest paid linebacker behind Ray Lewis. Can you even compare the two? He is an utter liability. Anyone who does not think so is blind. Just cut him and be done with this. It is sickening to even contemplate resigning this overpaid underperforming Hometown Hero. I really hope Thomas D. reads this blog.

Thesouphead

February 20th, 2009
1:23 pm

Right on ICEman…..

Brooking should be compared to the other top paid LBs out there. Like Ray Lewis.

Lewis has played about 2 seasons worth more games than Brooking, but when comparing their stats, it looks like Lewis might have played 10 more seasons than Brooking.

Lewis: 33.5 sacks
Brooking: 17 sacks

Lewis has almost double….

Lewis: 28 INTs
Brooking: 12 INTs
Lewis has more than double….

Lewis: 2 Def TDs
Brooking: 0 Def TDs

well…yeah

Lewis: 98 passes defended
Brooking: 48 passes defended

Lewis has more than double…..

Bill

February 20th, 2009
1:33 pm

I am not passing judgement on the decision to bring back KB, but assuming both he and Boley leaves, obviously a LB is a huge need through the draft. However, who is third starting LB in 2009? TD just addressed the Haynesworth issue by not being a player in FA market, so DT has also become a huge need through the draft. So I ask, if both KB and MB leave to FA, how do we fill all of these holes? Remember we still need depth at OL and our defensive backfield is a mess.

D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER

February 20th, 2009
1:37 pm

Matthew Stafford was just in the room. He was engaging. Confirmed that he was not going to throw at the combine. He had a two-hour dinner with the Lions last night at St. Elmo steakhouse and order SALMON. (Bad move). He said he wanted to be lighter when he weighed in today. He weighed it at 225 pounds.

Dimitroff was good. Said Falcons were not entering the Haynesworth Derby and will put an emphasis on the draft.

They are working to get Brooking back, but will make him beat our Nicholas and the host of others LBs they’ll pick up in the draft and free agency. Nothing much on Boley, so he’s probably headed to free agency and may draw some interest from Detroit, New Orleans and Tampa Bay.

Foxworth’s price tag keeps going up with all of the the other cornerbacks getting franchise tags. Foxworth, Ron Bartell and Bryant McFadden will be the top CBs in free agency.

Ken Strickland

February 20th, 2009
1:43 pm

I’ve been reading articles about what the Falcons are considering and it makes you wonder. Dimitroff is not your typical GM. He has administrative skills, but he also has the expertise, experience and ability to evaluate talent like a scout. That give him the ability to find 1st and 2nd rd talent in the lower rds.

I think he’ll use FA to try and sign a TE and possibly a SS. Thers 2 positions will cost the team less than trying to sign a FA DT or CB. Our passing attack, with WR’s White, Jenkins, Finneran, Douglas and Robinson, was pretty darn good even without a pass catching TE. I think Dimitroff realizes we don’t need a Probowl quality talent at TE to make our passing OFF stronger. The right side of our DL seems set, since HC Smith seems sold on Babineaux as the staring RT next to DE JAbraham. They’ve stated their excitement about the return of DT TLewis. If he returns to form, they will likely start him next to Babineaux and draft a DT in the 2nd or 3rd rd to back him up. If JAnderson doesn’t beat out DE CDavis, he’ll likely backup Babineaux. That means our 1st pick will likely be a LB to replace MBoley, or a SS to replace Malloy. We also have to consider LB SNicholas, who has played both OLB positions. Even though Brooking might return, there’s no guarantee he’ll start. What we acquire in FA will determine what we draft with our 1st 2 picks.

Dimitroff realizes this yrs draft is deep at DT, TE, S and OLB, and might use his expertise to find a couple of TBrady types for our DEF in the lower rds.

Ken Strickland

February 20th, 2009
1:55 pm

FALCFANSINCE68-I guess you consider GM Dimitroff, HC Smith and our DC idiots aa well, since they made the decision to consider resigning Brooking. Stop giving in to your emotions amd try thinking for a change.
Read the 1:33pm post by BILL and get an idea of what intelligent thought an assessment are like.

TheManMike

February 20th, 2009
2:15 pm

Just like i thought – and agree with. You see the hit the Braves got with losing their Veterans – why not keep KB around for minimum salary and let him try to win a starting job. I mean, if we draft LB’s and pick up any in FA and he WINS a starting job, well then everyone can just shut up. hehe. If he does not win it, which we think he would not, then he would be an asset off the field and can mentor young Birds to become Falcons. Dont release the guy, I bet he makes one hell of a LB coach some day.

thoughts?

Cameron

February 20th, 2009
2:25 pm

I do not think we should take Delmas in the first round. I think we should take Cushing no matter what if he is there. If not, take Peria Jerry. Unless, there is an offensive tackle waiting for us to jump on. Ron Brace will be gone before we pick in the second round, if not the Falcons will jump all over him. I do not think any of these safeties are first round grades. If we can get Delmas in the second round, then great. I know one thing is for sure. We are not going to draft Larry English like Mel Kiper says. He is an OLB for a 3-4 or an undersized 4-3 DE. We already have one undersized DE and do not run a 3-4. I don’t know why Mel is even saying that. I normally agree with him most of the time, but that is just stupid.

Reno 911

February 20th, 2009
2:38 pm

Ken Strickland- I like your logic re: not needing a grad A weapon at TE and the Falcons feeling optomistic in their interior line (the great Trey Lewis question comes into play here: will he be as good as some of the coaches seemed to think he’d be?). Your argument is well reasoned.

I think it will all depend on who the best player (of three or four possibles at OLB, DT, or Safety) are remaining at 24:
Brian Cushing, OLB
Louis Delmas, S
Peria Jerry, DT

I’m betting that Cushing will be gone before 24, maybe long before, so if Delmas is there, and he’s assessed as having the physical tools, then I’ll bet they take him. I’m not sure about this Larry English guy, out of Northern illinois that ESPN thinks the Falcons will take. Sounds like he’s either a 3-4 OLB or needs to put on about 25 pounds to play 4-3 DE. Maybe the thinking is that we’d take him and develop him for a year before he’s ready to play a lot of snaps at DE. Not sure. Dude is fast, though.

I still think that TD might pick up a TE in the draft, depending on how things shake out, though I’d agree that it wouldn’t be in the 1st or 2nd round. Looking at the list of TE’s available in FA this year, none jump out as viable weapons (http://www.walterfootball.com/freeagents2009TE.php). Kleinsasser, from the Vikings, is solid, but at 32 his best days are likely behind him. That site has Owen Daniels as # in FA, but I can’t honestly say that I’ve ever seen him, so who knows. If the kids from Southern Miss (Nelson) or Rice (Casey) have somehow slipped to the bottom of the 3rd, then we’d have to take them.

So, if I had to guess today, I’d say:

#1: Delmas or Peria Jerry
#2: Clay Matthews, OLB, USC; if he’s not there, Ron Brace, DT, BC
#3: TE (hoping that Shawn Nelson will be there, from Southern Miss.)

Need a serviceable O-lineman or two, but if it comes down to it, the rest should just be defense and more defense.

BTW, I don’t think he fits the Falcons’ scheme, but has everyone seen the video of the kid from San Jose State, Jarron Gilbert, jumping out of the pool? Silly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXDSPbZ_OUw

TCMAFreak

February 20th, 2009
2:41 pm

In regards to Brooking, I think it is telling that while Keith seems to be a spokesman of sorts judging by media quotes, he wasn’t selected by his teammates as a captain. If the Falcons feel the need to keep an older player primarily for leadership reasons and stability, it should be Milloy. He is the one the players said they respect. I am not a Brooking “hater” and wanted the Falcons to draft him in 1998, but now I can be honest enough to say it’s time to go.

T.C

February 20th, 2009
2:46 pm

Why are people even talking about kB like he was one of the falcons best players in history.He would rank below the bottom of the short list the falcons have.Send him packing like they should have done 6 years ago.

darrell starks

February 20th, 2009
2:56 pm

BIG MISTAKE NOT GOING AFTER HAYNESWORTH, why play your cards and tell everyone you want go after big free agent, thats not good especially if HE WANTS to come to the falcons and maybe take less money who noes, signing HAYNESWORTH AND making that one big splash in free agent would set the tone for this year draft, AND NOW YOU CAN use that first pick on LB CUSH FROM USC OR LAURINAITIS FROM OHIO STATE. GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bill

February 20th, 2009
3:03 pm

Again, I am not passing judgment on th KB issue, but if both he and MB leave, who are the starting LB’s. Lofton, ?, and ? It is one thing to say we should send the bum packing, but it is another to understand that you have to fill the spot. I would love to upgrade at OLB. SN is nice, CW is nice but they have minimal expereicne. Are they a true upgrade to KB? I would remind everyone that depth is a great thing in this league. So going forward, I would ask that when you post to throw the bum out of town, follow up who replaces him and MB.

Bill

February 20th, 2009
3:08 pm

darrell starks, i would love to land AH, but i believe that TD is setting the fanbases expectations going into FA next week ahead of time. I also think he is setting a market and sending a message to FA’s players and their agents out there that offers that come from the Falcons will have limited elasticity for negotiation.

Reno 911

February 20th, 2009
3:12 pm

Bill is smart.

allycks

February 20th, 2009
3:13 pm

When was the last time Brooking made an impact play (for the Falcons, not for the other team)? Are the Falcons standards for linebackers so low that they re-sign an old, soft Brooking who hasn’t made a real punishing NFL hit in years? Sorry but Keith Brooking stinks and needs to be let go.

Falcfansince68

February 20th, 2009
3:13 pm

Strickland, You fail to realize that the front office is not calling the shots here. This is Arthur’s move no doubt. Because of that, you will get your wish. The Falcons will not be a better team with him though. He’s awful.

mars

February 20th, 2009
3:17 pm

Bill, I’m afraid Boley’s ‘07 season was just a fluke. Otherwise, he surely wouldn’t have wasted all the good will and money making potential he earned by just wandering around the field last year. He didn’t even wait for a contract before he started slacking off. Brooking no longer needs to be a starter and Boley no longer needs to be a Falcon.

Bill

February 20th, 2009
3:20 pm

Mars who are you starting at OLB next season?

Doug

February 20th, 2009
3:35 pm

Yes…We Can! Ignore the fact that Booking or Brooking (led the team in tackles) if they were all 15 yds. down field. Put Milloy in at LB and Brooking at Free Saftey (as a hybrid-LB). No tackles for loses…especially when your defensive scheme is for the LB’s to make the tackle. Teams are calling timeouts when he is not in the game…Who do we run at? Brookings is out the game…TIMEOUT Ref! I bet KB supportors don’t remember when Brooking helped Reggie Bush score on the Goal Line by tackling the heck out of Milloy…Classic!!

Jupiter

February 20th, 2009
3:35 pm

I feel that if Pettigrew is available then that will be our pick. If he is not I think the defensive prospects are wide open and we could go with guys like:
1) William Moore (S)
2) Vontae Davis (CB)
3) Michael Johnson (DE)
4) Perria Jerry (DT)
5) Clint Sintim (OLB) Great choice to replace KB if Cushing or Maualuga are off the board.

I personally feel like our Secondary is a weak link that needs shoring up first and foremost. Any thoughts out there?

Good Luck Falcons!!!

Brooking Seriously?

February 20th, 2009
3:40 pm

Brooking has sucked it up for YEARS and he’s coming back and you have Boley who made more plays than Brooking in his bad year and we’re letting him walk? Why let Boley go and keep Brooking?? Brooking stays another year and he’ll be targeted again and RB’s and TE’s will continue to abuse him. I bet Brian Westbrook is salivating at the mouth right now waiting to get another piece of Brooking. What about the former DT turned FB that embarrassed him against the Eagles? The Falcons are making a big mistake by bringing him back.

Brooking Seriously?

February 20th, 2009
3:42 pm

Brooking can’t even sack a qb anymore. Am I the only one that remembers him sliding down Tavarius Jackson like a stripper slides down a pole? Come on Falcons, you’ve got to be kidding me with this move!

Birdy

February 20th, 2009
3:58 pm

The simple truth is that Keith 3:16 plays soft to avoid the type of contact that will necessitate him coming off the field.

As an overpaid vet, he nows all to well how his charade will be exposed if any other LB in the league gets a chance to play in his stead.

Brooking is a guy who tows the company line in exchange for an exemption from accountability. He is heavily marketed by the team in certain merchandising aspects (ee al the kids-stuff at the former Falcons365 stores).

In short: Brooking is a fraud and the team nows it.

country boy

February 20th, 2009
4:10 pm

I don’t give a rat’s rear end if Dimitroff uses our first round pick to select a PUNTER from Northeast Louisiana Poly Tech State College. I trust him after last years draft and signing RB Turner and upgrading CB with Foxworth. Falcon’s are in good hands.

The Dondo

February 20th, 2009
4:22 pm

Thanks for the updates D. It’s kind of a relief to move on from the Haynesworth saga. I’d rather re-sign our key FAs and trust Dimitroff to find an interior lineman in the draft or in a trade. What’s been the reaction from the press and scouts about Andre Smith not participating in drills?

crabapplejoe

February 20th, 2009
4:23 pm

reno 911 wrote: “Why is it that any time someone presses the KB button, crabapplejoe comes out of the woodwork, quoting other posts in relentless, vehement, blind defense of KB on the 3rd and 16, “rolling on the floor…”, etc, etc, yet when KB himself admits that he played poorly in that game, crabapplejoe is decidedly (perhaps purposefully?) absent.”
I was waiting for Milloy to come out with a similar assessment of his own poor play in the Arizona game….tick tock, tick tock. LOL

tmoney

February 20th, 2009
4:39 pm

ok… lets make it simple for TomD and smith. u got a pretty good LB in jacksonville that mike smith is familiar with. get mike peterson, plug him outside, let nicholas and a rookie man the other side and we are ok. grab sean jones pay him 2-3 mil a year to come home and there’s your playmaking safety for years to come and use draft for TE and DT

Thesouphead

February 20th, 2009
4:42 pm

Crabapplejoe……

Milloy at least played well for the bulk of the season…..and last season too. The same can’t be said for Brooking. Also…..Milloy got hurt before the Arizona game…..he was playing hurt….and yes, that might have been a mistake on his part…..but he was hurt. Brooking has no excuse.

gdg73

February 20th, 2009
4:51 pm

Crabapplejoe, Milloy got beat by Boldin (Future HOF and Present BEAST) and Fitzgerald (Future HOF and Present BEAST). Brooking got dooped by a TE that was out of the league last year selling vacuum cleaners.

crabapplejoe

February 20th, 2009
5:03 pm

Mike Singletary — Hall of Fame
Retired at 34 — 12 years in the league

Career: 19 sacks; 7 interceptions

Last four years: 3 sacks; 1 interceptions

Keith Brooking
Presently 33 years old– eleven years in the league

Career: 17 sacks; 12 interceptions

Last four years: 8 sacks; 4 interceptions

I remember all the Chicago fans trying to run Singletary out of town those last few years. sarcasm/off

Ken Strickland

February 20th, 2009
5:18 pm

FALCFANSINCE68-First, you call me an idiot for not joining in on trashing Brooking. Once I brought it to your attention that resigning Brooking was Dimitroff, Smith’s and our DC’s decision, you changed course and blamed ABlank for the decision. It’s totally rediculous for anyone to say ABlank alone is responsible for all player personnel decisions, just to try and justify your knee jerk responses.

We managed to win 11gms last yr with Brooking. How stupid do you have to be to think bringing him back would destroy all of that. Our DL was awful against the run, and except for JAbraham, was unable to put pressure on the passer. LB MBoley had only 73 tackles to Brooking’s 102. But because Boley had 1 FF, some of you more emotionally driven and/or clueless fans, think he had a better season than Brooking. SS LMalloy had fewer tackles than Brooking, was beaten as ofen in pass coverage, and he’s a DB, yet certain individuals have chosen to direct their rath on Brooking. Some of you clowns are truely pitiful. Dimitroff and Smith are trying to put a solid football team together. Last yr they successfully constructed a solid OFF, and this yr they will construct a solid DEF. How can anyone with a football IQ allow themselves to get hungup on one player, or one position, and think the entire success of the DEF will be determined by that player or position?

You can waste all of the time and energy you want rediculing, demeaning, comparing, or getting as sick to the stomach as you want about Brooking. The Falcon’s braintrust has decided they want to try and resign him, period(despite how all of you Brooking haters feel about him and his performance). Nothing any of you say or feel will change that decision, so grow up and learn to live with it. HOW SILLY, TRIVIAL AND NEGATIVE MINDED ARE SOME OF YOU?

I don’t have a problem with the Falcons resigning Brooking or awarding him the starting WLB spot, if he earns it in training camp. I do have a problem with a DL that was near the bottom of the league against the run and sacking/pressuring the QB. If our DL had done a better job, LB’s Brooking, Lofton and Boley, safeties LMalloy and EColeman and CB CHouston wouldn’t be the teams top 6 leading tacklers. STOP FOCUSING ON YOUR PERSONAL/EMOTIONAL ISSUES, ESPECIALLY THOSE INVOLVING INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS, AND FOCUS ON TEAM ISSUES. TRY BEING FALCON FANS INSTEAD OF BROOKING HATERS.

JJ

February 20th, 2009
5:28 pm

DT/LB/SS/CB/TE – WE NEED THE GRITZ BLITZ TO HELP HOUSTON! HOUSTON COST US ALMOST EVERY LOSS + CHICAGO’S WIN. A DOMINATE FRONT FOUR/THREE WILL DRASTICALLY HELP OUR AVG. D-BACKS! HOW MANY TD DID # 23 GIVE UP?

JJ

February 20th, 2009
5:32 pm

Apologise for yelling, but I’m tired of yelling at #23 during the games. Would rather spend big bucks up front than d-backs, unless we could of had that oakland guy that they tag’d.

RedTailHawk

February 20th, 2009
5:43 pm

Keeping KB in a sub role will be fine ONLY IF he will take SUB MONEY.
Our most pressing need is a BIG MONSTER_HITTING LB. Truly devastating hits were very rare last year.
Refresh my memory but the ONLY really bone-crunching big hits that I recall by any Falcon last year were by Lawyer Milloy. LM has certainly lost a couple steps but when he connected you could hear it C_R_A_C_K!!!
Those type of hits really prop up a defense and deflate an offense.

no way 2 win

February 20th, 2009
5:45 pm

Falconfansince68, if Ken cannot find anything wrong with a blog he will make something up. If he does find something wrong with it, he will add alot more to it that was never said. Ken being Ken.

Dennis G. Berdanis

February 20th, 2009
6:16 pm

Brooking needs to go. He can’t keep up and we can’t afford to both pay him and block the younger guys playing behind him from getting field time and progressing.

Thesouphead

February 20th, 2009
6:22 pm

crabapplejoe,

you make a good point by showing some similarities that Brooking and Singletary share.

Let me point out another one.

In Singletary’s 11th season with the Bears, they went 11-5.
In Brooking’s 11th season with the Falcons, they went 11-5.

In Singletary’s 12th season with the Bears, they went 5-11. (It would be his last season)

Lets just avoid having that comparable with Brooking, ok?

Reno 911

February 20th, 2009
6:36 pm

Wow. Well played, Crabapplejoe. Your diversion calling attention to a Safety (Milloy) who has lost two steps did an excellent job of deflecting criticism from an OLB who has lost three (Brooking). I think that we all feel confident now that KB’s got another few great years in him of playing one-man “bend-don’t-break” defense 8-15 yards downfield.
Weak sauce.
Please note that none of the criticism of Brooking has ever hinged on the assertion that Milloy played a great game. It hinged on Brooking’s failure on that play to cover a marginal TE, which he inasmuch acknowledged in the 13 February Schultz interview.

I agree with Ken S, though– if not Brooking, who plays OLB? The free agent market is as weak as crabapplejoe’s arguments (but less obnoxious, without the ubiquitous LOL’s, ROTFLMAO’s, etc), so I guess the best we can do is split time between Coy Wire, Nicholas, Brooking, and a rookie draftee. Let’s hope one of the good OLB’s slips down to us in Cushing in the 1st or Matthews in the 2nd.

bobby

February 20th, 2009
6:50 pm

Agree wholeheartedly with Doug at 3:35 PM. Brooking is not an impact player unless you count that play FOR New Orleans peeling our guy off Reggie Bush. He is a good lead blocker on the goal line. LOL.

crabapplejoe

February 20th, 2009
6:57 pm

TheSoupHead wrote: “In Singletary’s 12th season with the Bears, they went 5-11. (It would be his last season)

Lets just avoid having that comparable with Brooking, ok?”

Wow…now Brooking is responsible for Singletary and the Bears going 5-11 back in the late 80s….not much comment on the similarities between the individual statistics of a Hall of Fame linebacker and KB56s stats…I guess that’s why we went to the team concept. Now I’m really ROTFFLMAO. Sorry Reno 911 but it’s just too funny dealing with obsessed Brooking haters. You guys should really be happy the Falcons are trying to resign him. If Brooking becomes a Cowboy who will ya’ll hate on all next year. If KB comes back and the Falcons win a game 44-0 we can still have these threads talking about how “Brookings(sic) tackle in the second quarter was 3 and a half yards beyond the line of scrimmage…he’s lost a step, never was any good”, etc. Won’t we all miss that entertainment?

crabapplejoe

February 20th, 2009
7:16 pm

Reno 911 wrote: “Let’s hope one of the good OLB’s slips down to us in Cushing in the 1st or Matthews in the 2nd.”

No way dude…I have emailed both these guys and told them never, never come and play linebacker for the Falcons. Imagine, if either one of them came here and did not win at least six pro-bowl honors, with stats comparable to a Hall of Famer, they will be maligned on these boards and in the stands…..I think they are both the wrong color, if you know what I mean…not “athletic” and will probably “lose a step” in the first year or two. Please let these two talented LBs go somewhere else. We need to draft another Jamaal Anderson or maybe a Glenn Dorsey…remember the Falcons’ message boards this time last year? Hating on the Ryan pick and begging for that “stud” Dorsey. How many impact plays has Jamaal made in two years and yet I never see a thread hating on him. And, just for you, I’m not going to end this one with any letters…but I will be laughing at the fun.

crabapplejoe

February 20th, 2009
7:21 pm

gdg73 wrote: “Crabapplejoe, Milloy got beat by Boldin (Future HOF and Present BEAST) and Fitzgerald (Future HOF and Present BEAST).”
Why don’t you e-mail Mike Smith regarding next years schedule and identify all the “future HOFs and Present Beasts” wide receivers we will be playing based upon your opinion. Then we can just tell our SS not to bother to cover them because they are “future HOFs and Present Beasts”…and can’t be covered. Takes care of that problem.

Ronnie

February 20th, 2009
7:34 pm

What’s the point of comparing Brooking with Milloy anyway?

The people to compare them to are the guys who play the same positions on the league’s good defenses. On that count both of them come up short. Can you imagine the Steelers or the Ravens keeping Brooking around for 11 years? Could he have made the Titans roster? Heck no. Milloy played his position adequately this year – he’s a heck of a run defender, but his coverage is really poor and we can’t afford to keep him on the field on passing downs.

Only once in the past 11 seasons did the Falcons have a top 10 defense, and that was 1998. Brooking was a role player that year. Pretty much the last decade though, he has been the featured player on crappy defenses, but somehow escaping all blame for their suckitude. It was time to move on two years ago.

no way 2 win

February 20th, 2009
7:44 pm

Crabapplejoe and Ken think 80% of the people on this blog are wrong. Crabapplejoe thinks 50% are racist. If Crabapplejoe would say something negative about KB then Ken would change his thoughts. I guess its a kiss butt world.

crabapplejoe

February 20th, 2009
7:48 pm

@no way 2 win: Got anything relevant to say about the Falcons? Or are you one of those girly guys just into ad hominem attacks. Do you even watch football?

Truth or Consequences

February 20th, 2009
8:29 pm

I challenge any of you to come up with something original(positive or negative)about KB. Don’t you folks even bore yourselves saying the same thing(s) over and over? Apparently not.

JJ

February 20th, 2009
8:30 pm

Crabapple, do you think we have covered the brooking blog enough? We all know how you feel about brookings and the detractors have had their say, can we get past this subject? You guys are arguing in circles!!! He comes back or not because of the dimitroff/smith. Can we please fuxx n move on to something else like the draft?!!

Someone on this blog gave a detailed explanation on how a great defense is born in this cap era. ONE, you spend the big bucks on def. backs which will shut down the opp. passing game and force them to run. TWO, you spend the money on the front four which will not only help are avg. secondary, but help our run defense AS WELL. ANSWER THIS RIDLE GOTHAM, WHY NOT A DT/LB FIRST????????????????? lol, no reason this cant be fun- charliewilson!

Ken Strickland

February 20th, 2009
8:31 pm

Like I said, the decision to try and resign Brooking has obviously already been made by the Falcon braintrust. Anyone continuing to focus on making excuses for not resigning him has to be a football illiterate, or just an idiot.

NO WAY 2 WIN-I didn’t make the decision to try and resign Brooking. And, I never said anyone was wrong, just stupid for continuing to make an issue of a decision that’s already been made. I’ve chosen not to make it an issue, because I support whatever Dimitroff and Smith decide to do to improve the DEF. If they think resigning Brooking, instead of trying to draft replacements for both he and Boley, or spending big money signing 1 or 2 FA LB’s, makes us better, I’m all for it.

While CRABAPPLEJOE tends to go overboard with his adulation of Brooking, others, like you, are going overboard trying to undue, in your dilusional minds, the decision to resign him. The Falcons need a DT, TE, SS, CB, LB’s and possibly a DE. Yet, clowns like you are focusing on the possiblity of resigning Brooking and rediculing me for supporting the decision. You redicule me, but it’s clowns like you, who think you know more than GM Dimitroff, HC Smith and our DC’s about Brookings abilities, and continuously complain about their decision to resign him. I’m going to leave the possible Brooking resigning to you obsessive minded, football illiterate fans and focus of the overall improvement of the team, especially the DEF.

no way 2 win

February 20th, 2009
8:34 pm

Back the hell up Crabapplejoe, you are the one with the man crush on Keith Brooking. What else can it be? He sure as hell can’t play football worth a crap anymore.

CYRIL

February 20th, 2009
8:34 pm

This guy named Gazoo? ( I think its Keith ) had this Q & A going around? I thought it was a joke then
I realized they are actually people who think Keith Brooking is a NFL linebacker? Anyway here’s the Q & A . I tried to be nice but his answers made me want to vomit?

(ABOUT BROOKING)

0 sacks(Was never asked to rush the passer much)
He was asked to Blitz about 40 times, he was pathic!!

0 INTs(I will give you the next three)
Brooking played on all passing downs, 0 interceptions is not leadership!!

0 forced fumbles
This is actually disgraceful. I’d quit today if I played all season with out a forced fumble.

0 fumble recoveries
Speaks for itself!!

0 TDs(None of our LBs did, lets get rid of them too)
0 safeties(Same as above)
0 blocked kicks(See above)
1 game changing assist(Just what you think you remember)

So we are admitting linebacker is our weak area except for Lofton?

3 bone head plays(Same as above)
1 playoff game losing play(So one play lost us the game? Where were the other two LB’s?)

The other two linebackers were right where they we suppose to be, the Cardinals went after Brooking because he would make a rookie mistake at this point in his overpaid career. It paid off for them didn’t it? Why don’t you answer the questions with football answers?

There is no doubt that Brooking is as washed up as an old rag. Notice no one said a good thing about Keith’s football play!!(There is none)

Its a shame a veteran who could never stand up to Tuggle or Nobis would ruin what reputation he has left!! Brooking was a disgrace last year, Thomas D. will not sign him, he’s not stupid!!

JJ

February 20th, 2009
8:34 pm

actually it was the other actor that bugged the scotch bottle, gufferson? great actor

JJ

February 20th, 2009
8:42 pm

deep breath you brooking lover/haters – life goes on!!! Does D-Led ever answer/respond to our questions?

Questions? Def. Tackle ? Lb ? SS ? TE? CB? to sit on houston!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!dingdingding

JJ

February 20th, 2009
8:45 pm

what is our cap space? If vick doesnt count until july, what is our april pre-draft cap?

Sage of Bluesland

February 20th, 2009
8:53 pm

Before any yahoo (umm, Ken Strickland, that’s you) criticizes anyone for being “illiterate”, I recommend you first learn how to spell “delusional”…

Let me guess, Ken, you’re a product of the public school system? You must be proud?

Now, back to our precious Hometown Hero. I have one name for all of the folks who actually believe the propaganda about this fraud of a linebacker: You are sheep.

Pure and simple. It’s embarrassing, really…

Dan

February 20th, 2009
9:07 pm

Disclaimer: would like to upgrade at OLB as well. But if both Boley and Brooking leaves, who plays SLB and WLB?

Brandt

February 20th, 2009
9:18 pm

By the way. Where has DOL been? He has been in Indy for three days now and we get three lame a$$ stories (Falcons Scout Defense; No Current Interest in Vick: Falcons Will Not Pursue Haynesworth) and two updates on the blog. That is weak DOL. I can remember when Dave O’Brien was at winter meetings, at least two meaningful stories a day and updates galore on the blogs.
How arethe top names performing at the combine? Who looks good, who does not? What player is most impressive, who is too overhyped? Come on man, get out of the clubs and go do your job.

crabapplejoe

February 20th, 2009
9:19 pm

SageofBluesland wrote: “Now, back to our precious Hometown Hero. I have one name for all of the folks who actually believe the propaganda about this fraud of a linebacker: You are sheep.

Pure and simple. It’s embarrassing, really…”

Just curious…are you including Thomas Dimitrof and Mike Smith in our group of sheep? Let me guess….you wanted us to take Dorseys instead of Matt Ryan right? LOL (sorry Reno 911…its just too much fun)

crabapplejoe

February 20th, 2009
9:27 pm

JJ wrote: “Crabapple, do you think we have covered the brooking blog enough? We all know how you feel about brookings and the detractors have had their say, can we get past this subject?”

JJ, I think you are on to something. Actually I came onto this thread to read about Pettigrew and Gardner…you know, the subject of the article. Then I come across these wonkers trashing a five time pro-bowler who has given his all to my team and this city…so I responded. You’ll note that I don’t start any “Keith Brooking is the greatest LB ever” threads. But I, and others, tire of the outright hatred of the dude. There is a poster on AtlantaFalcons.com whose signature is “Google” the worst linebacker ever and the answer is “Keith Brooking”…pleez. I really hope the Falcons release him so he can play to a fan base that appreciates him. It really is a racial thing and everything in Atlanta is racial….I know I grew up here.

Sage of Bluesland

February 20th, 2009
9:33 pm

A racial thing? I’m white. Pitiful attempt–try again.

Typical emotional nonsense from a sheep…

What makes it even more laughable is how ignorant that statement is!

(Oh well, sheep have proven they’re not too smart)

Stirg d'Nahsif

February 20th, 2009
9:58 pm

D.O. Ledbetter, my man!

I’ve read a number of comments in regard to re-signing of Keith Brooking (KB). At first, like the novice Falcon fan, I was upset at the notion of bringing him back, considering his faulty closing at the post-season. Later, I thought about it and it actually makes sense to keep him on the team.

Here’s why: KB and the nation of the NFL is not oblivious to his deteriorating performance. It happens; it happened to the great Neon Deion “Primetime” Sanders, it happened to KB. The organization can afford the option of offering KB pocket change to play in the same state as he played high school, college and pro football. If he goes anywhere else, he’ll never receive the respect of “playing the game” that he would receive from the fans of Georgia. We keep a leader on the team for little and he can earn his starting position. Now, We have depth and leadership. For this reason, the Falcons should also consider re-signing Lawyer Milloy and draft at safety position. Louis Delmas is an excellent candidate for tutelage at his position.

What are the chances, based on his presence at the combine, Delmas is available when Falcons pick in round 2(55)? If you don’t expect him to be available, does he rank well enough for the organization to consider him for the number one pick (at 24) or trade up, before the second pick, to nab him? I referenced Yahoo’s NFL mock draft: Version IV. How I wish the Falcons were able to pick like the eagles. I say:

round 1
(24)Brandon Pettigrew
round 2
(55)Louis Delmas
round 3
(90)Best DT or OLB available

gdg73

February 20th, 2009
10:29 pm

Crabapplehoe,
Is it racial when white bloggers “hate on” Brooking? What about when black bloggers say Jamaal Anderson “SUCKS”? Could be that they are both speaking the truth. And another thing, who in Atlanta was singing Jamaal’s praises when he was drafted? I don’t think anybody was. Just you making *ish up!!

crabapplejoe

February 20th, 2009
10:40 pm

SageofBlueland wrote: “A racial thing? I’m white. Pitiful attempt–try again.

Typical emotional nonsense from a sheep…”

Dude, I knew you were white…c’mon with a moniker like “SageofBlueLand”. The white “self-loathers” are the worst. I kind kinda respect the black Brooking bashers…they’re playing for their team…like the O.J. jurors on the murder trial. But you white “self-loathers” are the worst…you are the ones who throw out the phrase “athletic” most. By the way, you didn’t respond to the more important question…do you think Thomas Dimitrof and Coach Smith are ignorant sheep?

crabapplejoe

February 20th, 2009
10:46 pm

gdg73 wrote: “Is it racial when white bloggers “hate on” Brooking? What about when black bloggers say Jamaal Anderson “SUCKS”? Could be that they are both speaking the truth.”

C’mon gdg73…are there one one hundreth of the threads talking about Jamaal versus Brooking sucks. No. And never forget that Jamaal has “potential” and is “frustrated”. LOL (sorry Reno 911). As far as white “self-loathers” hating on KB56 please see my previous post to SageofBlueland

Ken Strickland

February 21st, 2009
12:04 am

It’s going to be very interesting to see who we draft with our first 2 picks. Will we take a TE, DT, LB, SS, or maybe a DE with the 1st pick. Will we try to acquire a TE, SS and/or LB during FA. Very often, a coaching staff will value players for their leadership and intagibles, much like Brooking and Malloy. That’s one of many factors that’s very difficult for football illiterates to comprehend, especially suedo intellectuals that have been privately miseducated.

ORLANDO LEDBETTER-what is the teams position on possibly resigning SS LMalloy? The coaching staff obviously soured on LB MBoley’s attitude, off season issues and overall decline in production. Also, are there any indications they’re considering using on of our picks on a DE?

TEAMPLAYER

February 21st, 2009
2:57 am

What in the world is going on…..”Crabapple Joe” YOU and few others need to apply for own sports columns and quit taking up space or get the phone numbers of these people you’re going back and forth with about this display of support for KB…move on man and let the front office take care of this matter…..

Mediator

February 21st, 2009
10:28 am

Cut KB sign him back for the league minimum and play him on 4th downs punt time. There everyone is happy!

ATL32FALCONS

February 21st, 2009
11:40 am

Obviously, there will always be people out there who can’t see and won’t accept the fact that one of their favorite players is just not getting the job done anymore. Both sides of this discussion can always find stats, numbers, comparisons to other players etc. to support their opinion. Here’s the thing….. IF YOU WATCH BROOKING PLAY, HE IS NOT GOOD ANYMORE AND IS A LIABILITY EVERY SNAP THAT HE IS ON THE FIELD FOR. It has gotten progressively worse to the point that I cringe every time the ball is headed in his direction either pass or run. I used to really like his play, you know, back when he played really well, so I am not a “hater”. I’m a realist, I know football and he has no business being a starter for ANY team at this point in his career. So with that said, I am very confident that if he is resigned it will be as a backup and for a substantially reduced salary. I don’t dislike the guy, he hasn’t done anything wrong, I truly believe he plays hard, but his ability to perform at an NFL level has diminished, simple as that. Any one that does not see that is in denial, there’s no other explanation.

Tim Parker

February 21st, 2009
12:51 pm

It amazes me that people fail to see what Brooking STILL brings to the field every play: character, leadership, intensity, professionalism, and solid football play. Does he miss an occasional tackle? Yes. Does he blow an occasional coverage assignment? Yes. Does he get trucked occasionally? Yes. Now, give me the name of ONE NFL LB that doesn’t, and before you give me some BS answer to some player that you have a hard-on for, make sure that you know what you are talking about.

ATL32FALCONS

February 21st, 2009
2:14 pm

Tim,

First of all, KB just doesn’t bring solid football play to the field anymore. He just doesn’t. And as for the other attributes you listed, his character and leadership are apparently not as incredible as you think according to his teammates who did NOT vote him in as a captain for this upcoming season. This was mentioned previously but is very telling of what the most important people think of him, which I’m pretty sure they have better knowledge of than anyone here.

But hell, even if he is of great inspiration to younger players, a class act, professionalism to spare, etc. he can still do that on the bench the way Joe Horn did for our receiving corps in 07.

falcfansince68

February 21st, 2009
7:11 pm

Professor Strickland,

Pseudo is spelled with a silent P you imbecile. Don’t attempt to be intellectual yet misspell numerous times on this blog. It is sad. Do you watch the games? Are you a season ticket holder? Bottom line, Brooking is soft and overpaid. Do you think that he has earned his paycheck the last 4 years? Answer that and I’ll know whether you understand one iota about the game of football.

Robert

February 22nd, 2009
9:48 am

Man, all the hate for Keith. I was angrier about that supposed “star” at CB, Chris Houston, being beaten on almost every play. Keith did make some good plays this year, but y’all are correct in saying he didn’t make game changers and for what he is, he’s much overpaid. That said, if they can re-negotiate I’d take him…..the Falcons don’t usually keep their stars until they retire, and I’d like to see it w/Keith.

SCOTT

February 22nd, 2009
2:11 pm

Now is the time to also get rid of Keith Brooking

guy0nthec0uch

February 23rd, 2009
1:23 pm

Stirg… you seriously wrote this?

“At first, like the novice Falcon fan, I was upset at the notion of bringing him back”

Novice? You think people that read these blogs just started watching the Falcons? Keith “Caught-Looking” Brooking lost it 5 years ago. He was Charlie Hustle when we signed him and since hanging out with Warrick Dunn, found the fountain of Youth. It’s simple, don’t get hit. As a FOOTBALL fan I can’t think of a more over-rated LB in the NFL. Keith is doing nothing more than keeping a roster spot from someone that can play WLB. Who if it’s not Brooking? Why not someone like Lofton? Didn’t he start all last season in Keiths “unnatural” position? Atleast Boley and DeMorrio showed signs of playmaking in the past couple of seasons. What do we have left? Brooking. The one guy that doesn’t effect the game in a postive way at all. He’s a rah rah team guy but he’s done. With a superior supporting cast “New England, Pittsburg, etc” he may still have a career. But as the leader of our defense we rank in the bottom 20%. Let him go to a team that can hide his flaws. Those being tackling above the ankles, picking off a pass, sacking a QB and making first contact on a player. The Falcons can survive without him. It’s a miricle they survived with him.

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