There is no “Free” in Free Agency

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff promised that the team would not be emotionally driven when making some tough decisions this offseason.

The team’s laser-focused evaluations have pushed several players into free agency including longtime local legend Keith Brooking.

Also, out on the free agency market are cornerback Domonique Foxworth, safety Lawyer Milloy, linebacker Michael Boley, defensive end Chauncey Davis.

The team is clearly planning to rebuild the defense.

Milloy and Foxworth must be replaced in the secondary.

Brooking and Boley, both of the outside linebackers are exploring other opportunities.

On the line, nose tackle Grady Jackson is also a free agent.

That’s five of the 11 starters. However, linebacker Coy Wire, who started for Boley late in the season is set to sign a two-year deal on March 1st.

The good news on offense is that they have the “Bruise Brothers” – right guard Harvey Dahl and right tackle Tyson Clabo – back. Both were restricted free agents.

Here my list of five possible free agent targets for the Falcons:

RON BARTELL, CB, Rams: Could be a nice replacement for Foxworth. He went to Howard University, so we know he’s smart.

MIKE BROWN, S, Bears: Savvy veteran who could stabilize the unit.

L.J. SMITH, TE, Eagles: A decent pass-catcher, but would have to get reacquainted with blocking. (My man PhillyDawg told me that the next block he throws will be his first. That won’t flow well with offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey.)

DRE BLY, CB, Broncos: The veteran cornerback market could be a nice option.

SEAN JONES, S, Browns: Former Georgia Bulldog is the type of combo safety the Falcons covet.

Also, we’ll check on defensive end PAUL SPICHER, 33, who spent time with head coach Mike Smith and defensive line coach Ray Hamilton in Jacksonville.

So do you like the Falcons’ moves? Where is Brooking going to land? Would you welcome him back if the free agency thing doesn’t work out? How can they let Foxworth go? Share your list of free agents you’d like to see the Falcons pursue.

198 comments Add your comment

Sarah B

February 27th, 2009
9:44 am

Brooking needed to go, sorry to see Foxworth go he did a great job last year. If free agency doesn’t work out Brooking could come back at a very reduced rate and be a good back up. I’m already ready for OTA’s.

Brett Johnson

February 27th, 2009
9:54 am

I think Brooking will be back after the market puts a price on him. He’s not going to garner a lot of big offers but maybe several short, small ones. Losing Foxworth would be a big loss, unless they are expecting Houston and Jackson to be CB’s 1 and 2. I would like to see the Falcons add Sean Jones to play along side Erik Coleman and maybe pick up a veteran defensive lineman on a small deal. Everything else will be up to Dimitroff’s draft magic.

Pi$$onaDAWG

February 27th, 2009
9:59 am

Keith I love you and I think if you don’t play next year would you consider coaching at Ga. State with Bill Curry? Signed: Palmetto resident, Tech fan, and lover of Respectful and Caring Pro Athletes.

doodoobailey

February 27th, 2009
9:59 am

Brooking will test the market…the market will let him know that he needs to re-sign for leage minimum in Atlanta and be a core guy, or retire with pride.

Mike

February 27th, 2009
9:59 am

This list of possible free agents is retarted. Does D.Orlando actually liten to what Dimitroff says?? Mike Brown and Dre Bly are not younger guys and certainly are going to ask for significant contracts, so count them out. LJ Smith can’t block so I’m not sure why he’s even on the list. Sean Jones looks like the only decent possiblity….nice list D.

Mitun

February 27th, 2009
10:01 am

What about S Roy Williams cause Dallas is wanting to trade him

Falcon_Lifer

February 27th, 2009
10:02 am

Thank you! Thank you! Please don’t let the prescious Home Town Hero back! He is un-wanted!

dl

February 27th, 2009
10:06 am

Let’s go after Jermaine Phillips from Tampa Bayy. He is a UGA grad so we may get a hometown discount?

hatfieldgeoff

February 27th, 2009
10:08 am

Brooking at his best was never one of the top 20 linebackers in the NFL. He was a hustle guy that was a little small and a little slow and that has become even more pronounced the last 2-3 years. His play down the stretch this year proved he had to go. Good Luck to him, but the defense we need can’t include him.

Deep South Falcon

February 27th, 2009
10:11 am

I cannot believe that they are going to let Foxworth go!! He is the only legit cover corner we have in our secondary. Houston gets beat all the time, and looks lost the other half. They really should just go ahead and release him and find someone else to tandem with Foxworth. Whoever, suggests Roy Williams as a capable replacement for Milloy needs to watch more football. The reason Milloy was not resigned was because he cannot cover man to man when needed, Roy Williams is being trade because he cannot cover either!! Sean Jones would be a great pick up! He is still young, and he played for the Browns…would you play hard for that difunctional team. Get him with Mike Smith and who coached him in college Van Gorder, and I promise he will be in the pro-bowl. Secondary in my mind is most important area of need, D-line second. KEEP FOXWORTH-GREAT COVER CORNER

Dan

February 27th, 2009
10:11 am

Like to see them get Foxworth or Bryant McFadden for CB or both. Would like to see them get Sean Jones or Jermaine Phillips at Safety.
Would like to get Shaun Cody a young DT that also organizes charities would fit well with Arthur Blank. Jon Stinchcomb for the Offensive Line

VICK SUPPORTER 2

February 27th, 2009
10:13 am

HOW ABOUT THAT BUST D. HALL SIGNING A 70 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT LAST YEAR AND THEN ANOTHER 54 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT THIS YEAR. GUESS BUSTS GET REWARDED :)

HOW DARE THE WORLD NOT LISTEN TO FALCONS FANS TELLING HOW USELESS D HALL IS :)

Also a Dawg Fan

February 27th, 2009
10:16 am

We need D.Foxworth… I like J.Phillips as Strong Safety… It’s past time for Brooking. I’ve never seen him cover a back out of the backfield and he will make a tackle..15yds down the field..Don’t let the DOOR KNOB HIT YA WHERE THE GOOD LORD SPLIT YA..

Collegeparkguy

February 27th, 2009
10:19 am

Finally Brooking jeresys 75% off lol…I liked keith as a person, really great guy, i mean it but he was a good tackler but always 2 steps behind on a play. He should be thankful he stayed around for as long as he did. I like wire though a better LB than brooking… The “All American” as he has been labeled by certain fans is finally gone

rainman

February 27th, 2009
10:25 am

For the time being we are trusting TD and Blank to assemble a team that will compete for a championship. They will find the honeymoon short lived if the status quo is acceptable or if there are any signs of regression. Every other team is working very hard to improve and we have to hope our FO can compete with anybody. Blank is one of the richest owners — I hope he is willing to spend whatever it takes to bring Atlanta a super bowl.

Clayton

February 27th, 2009
10:28 am

After last year we can’t really doubt Dimitroff and Coach Smith. From a fans point of view its a shame D Foxworth has to go, he is the only player mentioned that I believe the Falcons will miss. We all know that Chris Houston is no number 1 and for that matter maybe not even a number 2 cornerback. I read the Falcons have 20M of cap room, maybe they are being smart and saving for and most likey when they have to release Vick, another good draft like they had last year and they should be ok

scottinjaxbeach

February 27th, 2009
10:29 am

I can all but guarantee you that Paul Spicer will wind up in Atlanta along side his former coaches. I think Spicer is about on empty but he has one more year left in him and he would be a good fit.

SJones and JPhillips would also make ideal fits for the rebuilding secondary. I still believe that they should pursue Foxworth but he maybe asking more money than he is worth. I would want to see another year out of him before I offered him a big contract.

hallelujah

February 27th, 2009
10:31 am

‘probably a very nice guy, one that you would want to have a brew with, but watch some game films and focus only on him. Just not the butt-kicking guy many thought he was.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 27th, 2009
10:31 am

HERE ARE a couple updates:

Brian Mackler, Foxworth’s agent, sent a text earlier this morning telling the AJC that his client is set to visit with the Baltimore Ravens.

Looks like Boley is headed to the New York Gaints, according to the Newark Star Ledger.

Http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2009/02/source_freeagent_lb_boley_to_v.html

MIKE: Glad you enjoyed my list!!! Don’t sleep on the old DBs Bly and Brown. Give me your list.

RedTailHawk

February 27th, 2009
10:34 am

Don’t understand letting Foxworth go unless he wanted huge money. TD has had only one draft here and admittedly did a great job. He has me on the edge of my seat with this one already. Looks like we are truly rebuilding on D. I’ll drink the kool-aid for now. It certainly is not gonna be dull. GO BIRDS.

Ken Strickland lives in his mom's basement

February 27th, 2009
10:37 am

There you go, Ken Strickland, you freaking idiot. The Falcons have spoken. NO ONE CARES THAT BROOKING LED THE TEAM IN TACKLES BECAUSE WHEN YOU PAY SOMEONE 9 BILLION DOLLARS THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO DO MORE THAN JUST TACKLE.

THE DAYS OF ARTHUR BLANK BEING AN IDIOT AND FORKING OVER MILLIONS TO PLAYERS JUST BECAUSE HE THINKS THEY’RE GREAT GUYS IS OVER, AND THANK GOD.

NO MORE PEERLESS PRICE, WARRICK DUNN, MICHAEL VICK AND BROOKING CONTRACTS.

DWR in Atlanta

February 27th, 2009
10:38 am

No reason to deal Keith to free agency, put him in a lesser role. Furthermore, the press is summing up his career on one play in last years playoff game vs. the Cardinals. He deserves far more than a bad decision on one play.

BB1

February 27th, 2009
10:39 am

To all you Brooking haters and “Dawg Fans”, be happy…. he’s gone. Hopefully you can convince the Falcons to sign up every Georgia player available thru free agency and then, maybe just then you all will smile. There is a reason the Falcons haven’t signed players when they came out of Georgia, think about it. With all the Georgia players you would like to have on the team, the Falcons should be able to compete in the 2nd tier of the SEC, but would never make it to the upper echelon of the NFL. All you great soothsayers have your wish, forget about Brooking, be greatful you now have a journeyman outside linebacker as a starter in the place of your leading tackler for 8 years…nice move.

CDW

February 27th, 2009
10:47 am

DOL,
Don’t you think the Falcons should pursue LB Bart Scott (although I read hes about to sign with the Jets and his former D coord is now coaching there)? That would be a good LB team of Lofton and Scott.

DEFalconFan

February 27th, 2009
10:47 am

Brooking was a great player, but great players get older, lose a step. On a rebuilding team, which, make no mistake the Falcons still are, young is needed. A new coach needs to be able to mold players, not reprogram them. Bring on the young hardnosed, ball hawks to learn the system and thrive under Mike Smith. Just please avoid LJ Smith, go for Jared Cook in the Draft. In free agency, look for Jim Leonhard from Baltimore. He is 26 and was an understated leader on a tough Baltimore Defense.

Hollywould

February 27th, 2009
10:55 am

Bly is nothing but overrated. Mike Brown too injury prone. I still think we have a chance with Foxworth. It was time for Brooking to go.
Who cares about D. Hall? Damn, VS2 everytime you say something it is either wrong or stupid. How was your Hall in Oakland? Just like people
who know football tried to tell you. Let the redskins spend all their money on Hall and Haynesworth. I love it as the Redskins come to the dome this year. Hall will get torched again(as usual)

Cheesemaster 09

February 27th, 2009
10:58 am

When it’s time to go it’s time to go. Hometown hero or not, the dude is a liability on the field at this point. I’m just saying, what if someone younger, faster, and smarter had been in on that 3rd and 16 against the Cardinals? He may have racked up the tackles, but his tackle numbers are less impressive when you realize how many of them were made catching someone downfield that should not have gotten there to begin with. So long and good luck.

GATORZONE

February 27th, 2009
10:59 am

Falcons should have kept Foxworth. I think they should make a run on Jermaine Phillips as well. He is a good player w/potential to become great, he just needs to stay healthy. I look for Houston to really have a good year. His seasoning took place last 2 and he will step it up this year.
Trust TD and Smith, they will make the right moves!

Go Falcons!

TheManMike

February 27th, 2009
10:59 am

DHall was given a large contract last year, and look where he went with it. end of discussion.

Brooking – Good luck in FA.

Boley – Good luck in NY.

Foxworth – See ya in Balti!

All you ans talking about all these players we should pick up, filling every D role, haha….TD said specifically we would not be making a big splash in FA….so, dont look for ALL our needs being met in FA…hehe…too funny.

TheManMike

February 27th, 2009
11:01 am

Look for our other guys…David Irons, Chevis Jackson, Coy Wire, Stephen Nicolas etc. to really be pushed to the forefront….with a few FA and Draftees to supplement

Brandon

February 27th, 2009
11:02 am

Brooking is too slow and must go.

RED-CLAY

February 27th, 2009
11:06 am

That’s the best move yet. He was the most overrated Falcon of all-time. I loved his passion but, passion never makes plays.

JG

February 27th, 2009
11:07 am

How bout this Lineup?
Bryant McFadden CB
Chevis Jackson CB
Jermaine Phillips Safety
Eric Coleman Safety
John Abraham DE
Jonathan Babinauex DT
Trey Lewis DT, Vance Walker DT
Kroy Bierman DE / Jamal Anderson DE
Curtis Lofton LB,
Stephen Nichols LB,
and Clay Matthews LB,

We can’t fix it all in one year, Look at another Linebacker next year and DE next year to replace Anderson. GOOD BYE Anderson!

GATORZONE

February 27th, 2009
11:07 am

What about Chauncey Davis? I would have loved to see him return… DOL, do we have a chance with him?

Cybed

February 27th, 2009
11:08 am

Sad to see Brook go but this is “a business” Thanks to Brook for playing as hard as he could as long as he could . His drive WILL be missed.

lionsfan

February 27th, 2009
11:12 am

Dre Bly is all hype, no production.

Sportznutt23

February 27th, 2009
11:16 am

Spicer would be a good option because of his days under Mike Smith, but is there any talk on Mike Peterson?? No one has mentioned him at all… and you know he’s not resigning in Jacksonville. He was great under Smith, why dont we bring him in here?

JG

February 27th, 2009
11:18 am

Chancey’s Agent is trying to get him a starting gig, and as long as we have Anderson, It won’t happen. Petrino left us, and drafted some winners for us. Wierd, Two Arkansas players drafted by Petrino? I wonder if that helped him get the job?

Tapate50

February 27th, 2009
11:20 am

Its SPICER… and he is exactly what we need. Down year last year but a vet DE with a unreal motor.

They have picked up LJ Smith already per Rotoworld.

GATORZONE

February 27th, 2009
11:22 am

Good Point JG, that is rather Ironic!
I still think Houston will be a good player, but as for Anderson…B-U-S-T!

Tapate, thanks for the update. I think that will be a good addition. what do you guys think?

JG

February 27th, 2009
11:27 am

We need a blocking and recieving tightend. There is a reason Philadelphia got rid of him. He doesn’t block, There are too many tightends in this draft. It is deep and those kids are young and hungry.They are also not leaving Philly with a attitude. Waste of money we could spend on a safety.

Mac

February 27th, 2009
11:30 am

Hey, folks, the Falcons haven’t lost Foxworth, yet. I’d like to see them add a really good DB in the draft and maybe pick up another in free agency. Hope they can get Davis re-signed. I don’t trust Boley anymore and think he will sign elsewhere.

Sportznutt23

February 27th, 2009
11:31 am

I agree JG… No to L.J.

Way too many TE in this draft, Pettigrew, Coffman, Cook…etc.

Use the money on DEFENSE DEFENSE DEFENSE!!!

Mac

February 27th, 2009
11:31 am

Also, as I’ve written before, please address tight end. Don’t ever want to see another pass thrown in the direction of Marcus Pollard.

Parkview Power

February 27th, 2009
11:32 am

BYE BYE BROOKING!!! FINALLYYYY!!!!! GET JAMAL ANDERSON GONE NEXT!!!! We need foxworth!

Character

February 27th, 2009
11:37 am

Bad move Falcons…lose your leadership on D. Good Luck Keith.

shannyeight

February 27th, 2009
11:38 am

i like the idea of sean jones being with the falcons…and spicer too…if the falcons could get those 2, they wouldnt have to address too much in the draft…as far as TE, i’d go with jameel cook or chase coffman…i’ve seen l.j. drop too many “on the money” passes…

D3

February 27th, 2009
11:40 am

TD is holding true to his word and I love it. We appreciate everything KB has done for this organization & city, but its time to move on. Look at the best franchises, Patriots-Steelers, they cut them loose when they feel they have to overpay them too deep in their age. Patriots let Rodney Harrison go as we speak. Emotion has to be taken out to be successful in the NFL.

Well, it looks as though the staff thinks enough of Chevis Jackson that he can take over as the #2 CB, and a returning Von Hutchins can take over the nickel, which I can understand. Would’ve loved to keep Foxworth but maybe he was asking too much.

Letting Foxworth go means they probably plan to spend a 5th rd pick (Asher Allen anyone?)or so on a corner. I can’t fathom they will go after another top-tier corner like Bryant McFadden or Dre Bly. They may decide to grab a second-tier DB like Barlett from the Rams to shore up the secondary. TD likes getting those second-tier role players. Last year he picked up Hartsock & Coleman which served us well and didn’t break the bank. Finally, we have a GM who knows what the H he’s doing. Compare that to the Redskins. Making Haynesworth the highest paid player in the NFL ($40 Million Guaranteed) and D.Hall the highest paid CB, are you kidding me?

Just read that the Falcons placed a call to DE Antonio Smith, who’s 27 or 28. This means they may be considering on pushing Jamaal Anderson inside, which I’d love. They should add one of the following: DE Antonio Smith, S Sean Jones, or S Jermaine Phillips. Filling S, 2 OLB’s, DT, & TE through the draft will be impossible.

drmondo

February 27th, 2009
11:44 am

Brooking was a great player who lost a step or two. Hopefully he’ll test the free agency waters and then sign with ATL. We could use him as more of a backup/LB player-coach. His value now isn’t what he does on the field but what he can teach the younger guys on the team.
DOL, why didn’t the team cut DE Anderson? He’s been a real bust so what is his value to the team?

Poor McKay

February 27th, 2009
11:44 am

DOL, is Chris Houston a sure-fire lock to keep his job? Why not try to go after two experienced CBs?

Also, any word on Trey Lewis?

Deep South Falcon

February 27th, 2009
11:44 am

The only reason Chris Houston is not a B-U-S-T is because he was not drafted in the first round. They guy is “Big Play Ray” all over agian. At least he does not run his mouth like him Ray Buchanan!! Dre Bly is too old, and Mike Brown is one stubbed toe away from retirement! Come on DOB, We are looking for younger, not two year rent a players like L. Milloy!!

GATORZONE

February 27th, 2009
11:45 am

Apparently Pettigrew did not impress too much at the combine. IF Jamall cannot shed a block on the outside, how well will he do in the middle? It seems that he is rather weak when it comes to an up the field push.

A.S.

February 27th, 2009
11:47 am

i will definitely miss Keith. He has been in Atlanta for as long as I can remember. The Falcons need to address their needs defensively via free agency by adding some veterans. They can they draft some rookies.

E-Roll

February 27th, 2009
11:50 am

D.O. Led, I haven’t heard anything about Stephen Nicholas and Trey Lewis lately. If they are both in good shape for the 2009 season, I think that two of the spots on our defense could be covered right there.

Also on the NFL website, Vic Carucci has Demetric Evans and Mike Montgomery as defensive ends and Jim Leonhard at safety as players that can add some pop to teams at a price that is a bargain in today’s NFL. Do you have any thing on these guys?

TheManMike

February 27th, 2009
11:50 am

I say we keep all the available Safties where they are and keep for that Polomalu type in the Draft…..GOD I LOVE TROYS LOCKS!

Dennis

February 27th, 2009
11:56 am

I am both a Falcons and UGA fan, but appreciate what Brooking has done over the years. Those of you who belittle him and others because of the college teams they played for are total idiots. When they get to the Falcons, they are Falcons, plain and simple.

Grow up, whiney babies.

Seth

February 27th, 2009
11:57 am

I say we DRAFT Lauranatis, ya his stock fell in the combine but I say we either take him at 24 drop back a few spots and then pick him up. Im not sold on the Oklahoma TE. I think the Defense should be the top priority.

Sportznutt23

February 27th, 2009
12:07 pm

Here’s some FAs I wouldn’t mind if the Falcons signed:

S Sean Jones
LB Mike Peterson
LB Jonathon Vilma
S Mike Brown
DE Paul Spicer
DT Grady Jackson (is always welcome back)

Look for in the Draft:
1 Brandon Pettigrew
2 Michael Johnson
3 Rashad Johnson
4 Asher Allen

Strawman

February 27th, 2009
12:22 pm

Hey, Brooking and Foxworth, and others aren’t gone yet. The Falcons can still sign them and may have inside track given their success here. I agree that Brooking will not get big offers elsewhere and will probably re-sign. Since Dimitroff has lifted the ban on signing Georgia players I’d go with Jermaine Phillips at S. I’d push real hard to keep Foxworth and Chauncey and make Chauncey the starter at DE. Don’t understand not pursuing Haynesworth unless they are resigned to a big cap hit from Vick. Maybe draft an outsdide linebacker like Cushing (upfield speed please not a sideline to sideline guy like Brooking.) Need a big DT, I think Raji will be long gone but maybe round 2 another guy or bring in a second tier FA. Grady may last one more year. I’m a bit hesitant to say keep all the same guys after a relatively mediocre year defensively but that’s the way I’m leaning. Glad to see Clabo and Dahl back- we have 8 draft picks and I don’t care if they are all Defensive players. I still think you can’t have enough cover corners so I’d go for one (Allen?) somewhere rounds 1-4. Even first round if there is a good one there.
How much cap room do we really have now that Brooking and others are off the books?

Reno 911

February 27th, 2009
12:26 pm

Welcome back, VS2. Have fun pulling for the Redskins this year. They’re going to suck.

BugKiller

February 27th, 2009
12:30 pm

D-LED!!!

I know exactly where Brooking will end up, and he will go there for less money, too.

The only team that will offer him a chance to play within himself and his diminishing skills, that won’t ask a lot of him running around trying to do what he can’t do, that’ll put him in the middle of a 3-4 defense, letting him clog the middle of the line, and the only team that will give him a chance to win a Super Bowl before he retires.

The New England Patriots.

They value experience, even if the experience is as washed up as lets say a Junior Seyou or Keith Brooking, who can be out-right liabilities when asked to be true starters on different teams.

Keith Brooking can disappear into the anonymity of the Patriots defense, be a part-time player, and win a ring.

Trust me. Brooking is going to New England for one or two years to join their aging linebacker corps to back-up Bruschi and Vrabel.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 27th, 2009
12:31 pm

Love most, though I get the feeling that the loss of Chauncey Davis could come back to bite.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 27th, 2009
12:32 pm

Just did a spot with 790 guys Jeff Wolverton and Brandon Adams. They were hyped on the Falcons moves. Wanted to know if Derrick Brooks would be an option for the Falcons.

GATORZONE: DAVIS could be back if no one offers him starter money.

JG: Nice lineup.

POOR McKAY: Houston is going to face some competition for sure. The Falcons want him to play more physical.

STUCK IN SC

February 27th, 2009
12:34 pm

Its about freaking time! Brooking, don’t let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out!

Hunk Erdown

February 27th, 2009
12:34 pm

Brooking is a class act and imo has had to play above his ability to have lasted as long as he has. Unfortunately, his ability just don’t cut it. I also cannot agree with wasting a roster spot on him at any price. If the Falcons are to do as good or better than last year, those roster spots are going to have to be tough decisions on really good players. Or at least on some young blood that we can bank on their future. Lauranitis may be a decent fix, but it would be great to be able to get a Ray Lewis clone.

As far as Brooking goes, I think he would make a great Linebacker coach at a D-1 school. I wish him the best and hope he will go out with his pride and dignity.

David

February 27th, 2009
12:36 pm

How about Keiaho at LB, just released by the Colts, draft Peria Jerry DT Ole Miss, Chase Coffman, TE Missouri, Connor Barwin, DE Cincinnati, Alphonso Smith, CB Wake Forrest.

Darrin "The Vent King"

February 27th, 2009
12:37 pm

Brooking has always put his best effort out on the field and I will always admire that about him, but at one time or another in every NFL player’s career the time will come for a change. I’m not just talking time for him to leave, but the possibility of him testing the market, not getting the price he thought he’d get, coming back in a reduced role (for league minimum) and helping mentor our future line backing core. If he leaves, so be it and best of luck, but I actually think we could benefit in utilizing his experience and teaching some positive things to next generation of LBs we’ll end up with. Either way, I’m not going to cheer too loudly the departure of one of our players that put it out there everyday, but do realize this move needed to be made for some time. So just say I’m “respectfully” glad this is happening and wish KB luck where ever he ends up.

GO FALCONS!!

Joe

February 27th, 2009
12:41 pm

Can someone please tell me why antonio smith is even an option?????!!!!!!! The guy played on a 9-7 team that had one of the worst defenses in the league and we want this guy!!!!!!! Who cares they had a lucky streak to make it to the super bowl!!! What does this guy offer us?????? If he was so good he would have made his defense good!!!! Now if anybody can explain to me what this guy has to offer then please do but until then I am completely against going after that loser!!!!

Also how come we can’t be major players in the free agency????? If the redskins can sign haynesworth to a $100 million deal and hall to a $54 million dollar deal them why can’t we sign atleast one good if not great free agent?????????

richbrave

February 27th, 2009
12:44 pm

D.O.LED:

DAN SNYDER collects FA’s like a night-time thief in OCALA stealing grapefruits from a farmer’s grove. While the TITANS and the new regime in ATLANTA shun these misanthropes, UNCLE DANNY provides them with a collective home, and the playdough to spend on shrinks who attempt to make them less sociopathic. Meanwhile, the results show on the field. You have nothing to fear from the REDSKINS, FALCONS fans. They will continue to be mediocre whilst you ascend the NFL’s hirarchy of teams toward a SUPER BOWL victory. Roll on.

BugKiller

February 27th, 2009
12:46 pm

That overrated sissy from Ohio State, Laurinitis, would just be more of the same we got with Brooking:

Can’t cover fast backs in the flats.

Can’t cover tightends up the seem, or slot recievers on crossing routes.

Makes the majority of his tackles 8 yards down the field when he plays actual good teams.

LSU and SoCal specifically targeted that overrated CLOWN in their offensive game plans and thoroughly embarrassed him.

As Peter King quoted a defensive coach at the Combine in his MMQB column who asked Laurinitis, “When the hell has a linebacker come out of OSU and been worth a $hit?”

Andy Katzenmoyer, AJ Hawk, and now Laurinitis… all NFL BUSTS.

Dimitroff is smart. He won’t be drafting the overrated, crappy, and SLOW players from the Big-ZERO anymore.

It’s SEC, Big-XII, and SoCal all the way with Dimitroff.

David

February 27th, 2009
12:52 pm

Foxworth has signed with Baltimore. Hope Von Hutchins is healthy. Plus, we still have Brent Grimes at CB.

Joe

February 27th, 2009
12:56 pm

The salary cap doesn’t affect the redskins or the cowboys so why in the hell does it keep us from signing any good fee agents!???!!!!!!???????? I’m pissed that the falcons actually think that starting over completely on defense is what we need!!!!!!! Sign some big free agents and then build through the draft. NOT drafting our defense through the draft!!!!! I mean sure we will find some good if not great defensemen in the draft but to think we will rely on going to the super bowl with all rookies and some part time veterans ( wire ) is absolutely insane!!!!!!!!!!! Thomas dimitroff is really starting to piss me off!!!!!!! Spend some money on much needed pieces on defense and then draft the other needs and we should be fine!!!! But mark my words. We will not go anywhere anytime soon with coy wires and rookies on defense!!!!!!!!!!!!! D Orlando Ledbetter what do you have to say about that???????

Greg

February 27th, 2009
1:00 pm

Would love to know why the Broncos released Bly. Is there a red-flag story there?

Greg

February 27th, 2009
1:02 pm

Mike brown has been hurt a lot. Wouldn’t go there.

BugKiller

February 27th, 2009
1:03 pm

Joe,

You’re an idiot.

You don’t know a damn thing what it takes to win a Super Bowl. Thomas Dimitroff does.

The Patriots made ONE large free agent expendature in their time as the only dynasty of the free agency period.

ONE.

And Roosevelt Colvin got hurt, and didn’t contribute to the Super Bowl they won that year.

They got everyone else on the scrap heap, like Corey Dillon.

Or fleeced teams in trade, like with Randy Moss.

They sign middle-tier guys who play within the system, with no egos, and who help the TEAM, not the I.

They also let their guys go when they demand more money than they’re worth, like with Adam Vinitieri.

And the Patriots DRAFT well, even though they’ve been in the bottom half of the draft every year this century.

But you would have the Falcons blow their wad on two players like the Redskins did, when the Falcons have far more needs than two players.

You’re a moron. Dimitroff knows exactly what he has to do. He’s a Grand Master Chess Champion who is 10 moves ahead of everyone, including you, because he learned from two other Grand Masters, Pioli and Belichick.

He got us FOUR starters in last year’s draft. He will pick up a few, team-first free agents to be starters, and a few more for depth (I’m hoping on hard-hitting Sean Jones).

Then he will OWN the draft board, getting the Falcons even more starters.

So shut the frak up, because you know absolutely nothing.

Kappellmeister

February 27th, 2009
1:05 pm

Hey MIKE – nice job misspelling ‘retarded’.

Sportznutt23

February 27th, 2009
1:07 pm

BugKiller…

Amen.

mars

February 27th, 2009
1:14 pm

Hello? Come on, people! The O-line still needs attention, and unless I’m mistaken Jon Stinchcomb is available. Signing him is much more important that tight end right now. Remember, this is a big tight end draft. Stinchcomb and Phillips, everything else can be addressed in the draft.

Reality Time

February 27th, 2009
1:14 pm

Vick Supporter 2: Yes, DeAngelo Hall can sign really big contracts. The problem is that he never stays with the team long enough to collect. He didn’t do anything in Oakland and did very little in Washington. Washington just happens to have an idiot owner. Wait until Hall is able to produce and collect all of that big new contract before you start calling him a “cover corner” again. And yes, I’m still happy he isn’t in Atlanta.

Mark

February 27th, 2009
1:15 pm

Just heard about Fox signing with the Ravens. Big loss for the secondary. Gotta go after Bartell. Found a highlight video of him online. http://broadbandsports.com/node/24121

Sportznutt23

February 27th, 2009
1:21 pm

Everyones worried about the secondary, as am I… and I think our D-line is going to be fine (TD will add something there)… But guys, our linebacking core is suffering right now… That is where the big name free agent needs to come (at LB)!!! I’m still a big advocate of Sean Jones though… Go Dawgs!!!

JG

February 27th, 2009
1:24 pm

BugKiller,
You are wise, I will read your comments.

Mars,
Yes we need Oline help, but not as immediately as Defensive help.
I wouldn’t doubt that we draft Andrew Gardner from Ga Tech in The 6th or 7th round. Because we are looking for a serviceable backup till we can draft a starter, maybe 2010?

JerseyFalcon

February 27th, 2009
1:40 pm

Thank god TD didn’t go after Albert! As for Brooking and all these other Georgia players..just because you went to college in GA doesn’t mean you will be a great player for the falcons. I am not from GA, so I am not bias. I am from North NJ..and with that said, Do NOT draft Brian Cushing…one roid test will ruin him. Pick up Philips as a saftey, maybe Rogers from the browns, if he is cut. Bartell as corner and then draft the rest as needed.

D Money

February 27th, 2009
1:47 pm

Liegh Bodden-CB (big, quick corner)
Sean Jones- SS big safety that has pretty good coverage skills and a big hitter.

Everything else get from the draft.

Seth

February 27th, 2009
1:57 pm

GATORZONE

February 27th, 2009
1:59 pm

Bugkiller.. I agree, Joe you are an idiot! Look what years of free agent signings have done for the Redskins and in previous years, the Falcons!

Build through the draft and with team first players!

Maddog

February 27th, 2009
2:01 pm

Gee, big loss. He looked about as good covering passes as I do in a Speedo.

JerseyFalcon

February 27th, 2009
2:06 pm

What did the Falcons give up to acquire Foxsworth last year?…was it a 5th round pick, or a 7th?

Joe

February 27th, 2009
2:09 pm

Bugkiller,

Ok first of all I never said break the bank on anybody!!!!!! All I said in a nutshell was that an ALL ROOKIE defense will not go to the super bowl!!!! You may need to learn to to read before you start bashing peoples comments like that!!! TD has and does a hell of a job doing what he does and yes I understand the patriots drafting low and still succeeding but what rebuilt team do you one of that went to the super bowl with all rookies???? The patriots were by no means a rookie rebuilt team they picked up free agents and then built through the draft! Over the years then finally it was super bowl after super bowl for them which also had to do with coaching! I was wondering how other teams like redskins and cowboys seem to never me affected by the salary cap yet we can’t get 1 big name to help lead our defense like a ray lewis to help the younger rookies develope!! So please answer my question! What all rookie defense do you know of that went to the super bowl? Let alone win it!!

BugKiller

February 27th, 2009
2:20 pm

Dude… again, you’re an idiot.

Curtis Lofton. Coy Wire. Chauncy Davis. John Abraham. Chris Houston. Even Jamaal Anderson if they turn him into a decent tackle.

That’s 6 experienced, non-rookie starters.

Free Agency is EXACTLY 14 hours and 16 minutes old.

Dimitroff will get who he wants, when he wants them.

The salary cap DOES affect the Cowboys and Redskins, moron.

When’s the last time either of those teams won a playoff game? The Cowboys haven’t since 1996.

Why? Because they sign big “name” players for more money than they’re worth along with their big egos, and then they have NOTHING left over to help with depth.

Depth is what keeps you in games in the 4th quarter, something teams like the Cowboys, Redskins, and Raiders, with their idiot owners, can’t ever seem to grasp.

They also throw away draft picks like it’s cool to trade for overrated, past-their-prime players as well. Would you have Dimitroff do some of that?

Calm the frak down, shut the frak up, and stop typing. For your own good.

JG

February 27th, 2009
2:21 pm

Seth

It is amazing how good you can make someone look through the magic of video?
Weak Conference, horrible bowl record.
SEC 3 National Championships in the last three years, and USC, Oklahoma, Texas are all NFL player Factories even the ACC has a ton of quality of NFL players.
I don’t want to hear about Ohio State anymore.

darrell starks

February 27th, 2009
2:22 pm

Defense defense and more defense big loss with fox worth a solid CB,and now chaunce davis is gone another solid backup at defensive end, in this this year draft we need defense only. GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

poppa falcon

February 27th, 2009
2:27 pm

A HEALTHEY Von Hutchins will MORE than make up for the loss of Foxworth

Seth

February 27th, 2009
2:28 pm

My bottom line is this, We need people who can: open field tackle / Lay the wood / Injure / Cause concussions / make you stomach curl when you see the replay… we need them at OLB, Safety, and anywhere else where we made cuts… You know its a bad sign when your safety (Milloy) had the most tackles on the team, because that means the 7 guys in front of him didn’t… so i dont casre who it is but we need those kind of players.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 27th, 2009
2:32 pm

JG

February 27th, 2009
2:35 pm

Seth,
I agree with that statement.

We need hitters!
TD will find them.

Reno 911

February 27th, 2009
2:40 pm

Foxworth’s presser with the Ravens is about to start on NFl Network. Losing him may hurt. Any ideas as to how TD fills all these Defensive holes? We need two OLB’s, at least one Corner, a safety, and a TE. Can’t fill all those with rookies. I’d bet TD will try to net one of the safeties out there in FA: Sean Jones or Jim Leonhard. We should steer clear of LJ Smith. He’s not the versatile TE that the offense needs. The draft is deep in LB’s (at least in the first two rounds) and TE’s, but do we dare fill four of these five positions with rookies? Joe is right (in part) in his assertion that rookie defenses don’t win championships. I don’t believe the Falcons are building to win a championship this season, though. This team is still two years out. Next year’s schedule will be tough, the team will grow, learn, but ultimately disappoint compared to 2008. Yes, they could have legitimately made it to the NFC title game last year, but were in reality just barely good enough defensively to hang. They’ll get better, but won’t be a top ten unit this year. the pieces just aren’t there. What do you guys think? How many rookies play significant playing time on D next year, and who are they? Matthews or Cushing at OLB (1st round)? DJ Moore or Alphonso Smith at Corner (2nd rounders)? Coffman at TE (3rd)? I used to subscribe to the thinking that Jeria Perry at DT would be just the push we needed in the middle, but with all of these holes at OLB, C, and safety, I think drafting toward that need gets put on the shelf for a year, and we just have to hope that Trey Lewis pans out.

Joe

February 27th, 2009
2:44 pm

Bugkiller your the only idiot I see!!!!! Your incompetent a$$ still haven’t answered my question!!! What all rookie team has went to the superbowl???? And didn’t the falcons sign big free agents last year!????!! Yes they did you idiot!!!!!!!! His name was michael turner and don’t forget jason Elam!!! Without those two holding down the run game and field goal unit down where would we have been???!!!!!! And if you aren’t going to answer my questions then don’t waste my time responding you illiterate person!!!!!

darrell starks

February 27th, 2009
2:47 pm

The first pick LB JAMES LAURINATIS OF OHIO STATE OR BRIAN CUSHING OF USC SECOND PICK SEAN SMITH OF UTAH WHO CAN PLAY SAFETY OR CB WHO WILL BE A BEAST IN THE NFL I would play him at safety with coleman third pick DT Dorrell Scott from CLEMSON TIGER OR ALLEN ASHER FROM GEORGIA. GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JG

February 27th, 2009
2:55 pm

If we have to take the hit for Vick on our Salary Cap.
When do we do it? I agree with Reno 911.
Don’t expect the Falcons to repeat last years record. We have a incredibly hard schedule and Do we may want to take the majority of the Vick hit on our Salary cap this year?
So that in 2010 we can be bigger players in free agency or early round signing?

I am not sure how it works maybe someone can explain. How do you sign Haynesworth for $100 Mil, Hall for $56 Mill, and have room under the salary cap to pay your 13th pick in the draft? Or any early picks in the draft? They still have Chris Samuel, Portis and Cambell right? How are they staying under the cap?

Sportznutt23

February 27th, 2009
2:58 pm

Peria Jerry wouldnt be the worst pick… I kinda like that pick actually. LB’s and TE’s are really abundant throughout this draft, so let’s go after DT’s and S’s either early in the draft or in FA.

Joe

February 27th, 2009
3:02 pm

And I did not insult thomas dimitroff ability to draft I just said we have to many holes to fill via the draft!! We need some free agents I said nothing about trading any draft picks!!!! What are you reading!!??? And I also never said anything about how many championships the rs or cb won!!!! I was saying that they are always signing whoever they want, that doesn’t mean they win that just means they sign whoever they want!! Idiot!! Dude are you just wanting to argue or what?? Again just so you understand completely, Thomas is the best gm and talent evaluator in the game but we still need some free agents.

Sarah B

February 27th, 2009
3:12 pm

D Money is Leigh Bodden available? That guy is great. And he returns kicks for TD’s. I know I had him on my fantasy team.

Reno 911

February 27th, 2009
3:24 pm

Heard on NFL network interview with Winslow that Leigh Boddin is in New England today, presumably talking with the Patriots.

Sarah B

February 27th, 2009
3:24 pm

Joe, take a pill dude or your head is gonna blow up. Bugkiller is right. Ut oh – now he will need another pill.

Scott

February 27th, 2009
3:26 pm

I absolutely hate that Foxworth is gone. But, what’s done is done, time to move on. To replace him, I would like to see the Falcons get Bartell from the Rams. Very similar athlete in respect to Foxworth. Safety Mike Brown from the Bears would nicely replace Milloy, very nice pick up if the Falcons are wanting to pursue a good safety. Also, isn’t Von Hutchins, free agent CB from last year, going to be available for play this coming year?

Sarah B

February 27th, 2009
3:26 pm

Reno 911 that’s sad news :( I love that guy.

Mark

February 27th, 2009
3:27 pm

Does anyone remember the CB for the Rams that ran down “The Burner” Turner in Week 17 inside the 10 to strip and recover the ball in the endzone? That was Ron Bartell and the Falcons desperately need him with the departure of Fox to Baltimore.

Hunk Erdown

February 27th, 2009
3:33 pm

Bugkiller-
How dare you try to suggest that the Falcons make a run for the Super Bowl with an all-rookie defense! … Oh… Wait… you never suggested anything of the sort, did you? Actually, I don’t think anyone did… Seems to be some arbitrary accusation just plucked from the sky.

Anyone missing their bi-polar meds?

Seth

February 27th, 2009
3:42 pm

I know we may be putting a band-aid on a wound but ill throw this out there…. What do you think Brian Dawkins price tag is for a 1-2 year deal?

singndablues

February 27th, 2009
3:44 pm

Just don’t get the Falcons letting Foxworth get away. I mean they have indicated that they intend to improve the defense. Strange place to start by letting your best CB walk. I’ll just have to trust TD knows what he’s doing in the meantime.

Falconboy

February 27th, 2009
3:48 pm

DOL, Has TD met/talked with any free agents today?

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!!

February 27th, 2009
3:50 pm

I wish Brooking the best. He is one of the best linebackers in falcons history. He will be missed.

D3

February 27th, 2009
3:54 pm

As mentioned many times before, TD is going to have to add at least one position on D via free agency, assuming Coy Wire or Stephen Nicholas slides into one of the OLB slots and Chevis Jackson or Von Hutchins take over for Foxworth, we still have a safety, LB (possibly 2), DT, and TE to fill. I think the best option would be too add Sean Jones or Jermaine Phillips and concentrate on LB, DT, and TE. Adding depth to T & CB in the 4th & 5th Rounds.

JG

February 27th, 2009
3:57 pm

Guys/ Gals etc..

Foxworth was a serviceable Corner. He did well for us.
BUT, Was not a shut down corner. Definitely is not worth 28 million for 4 years. That would count too much against our salary cap and I can think of other Positions / Players that deserve 7 Million a year before he does. Don’t forget we have to resign Roddy White next year, and would you rather have Roddy White or Foxworth? That is no Brainer to me. ProBowler or serviceable Corner?

richbrave

February 27th, 2009
3:59 pm

JOE:

Listen up to bugkiller. He’s got the knows. I’ll repost my thinking on DANNY BOY and his bag-man VINNIE.

DAN SNYDER collects FA’s like a night-time thief in OCALA stealing grapefruits from a farmer’s grove. While the TITANS and the new regime in ATLANTA shun these misanthropes, UNCLE DANNY provides them with a collective home, and the playdough to spend on shrinks who attempt to make them less sociopathic. Meanwhile, the results show on the field. You have nothing to fear from the REDSKINS, FALCONS fans. They will continue to be mediocre whilst you ascend the NFL’s hierarchy of teams headed toward a SUPER BOWL. Roll on.

Hunk Erdown

February 27th, 2009
4:12 pm

Starting last year with a new GM, Head Coach, and rookie QB… plus all the questions about O-line and D-backs… well, I figured we were in for a 7-9 season at best. I think most knowledgable fans (skip that part Joe) expected we would be at least a couple of years away from building a team that would make the playoffs. That being said, Dimitrof has earned our respect and deserves the benefit of the doubt in whatever decisions he makes to continue building this team, which was a mess.

Brent S.

February 27th, 2009
4:17 pm

I would just like to say to everyone, that Keith Brooking was a CLASS ACT guy for the Falcons. Yes, I’ll be the first one to admit that he has/had lost a step or two over the past few years. Considering the situations he’s had to play in during the ‘99,’00, and ‘01 seasons and then couple that with the the whole 7-9 underachieving year in ‘06, and the DISSASTER of ‘07, give the guy a break!! He was the only one among the veterans, i.e..D. Hall, Crump, etc, that never complained, pitched a fit or showed his butt in the press and sports talk radio. Keith always carried himself with class and integrity. I am a die hard Brooking fan, and if we aren’t able to re-sign him after he tests the FA market, then God Bless him. He was a wonderful mainstay in Atlanta, and carried himself in a manner that is second to NONE! Thanks for the great hustle and memories Keith–your one of a kind!!

jackson

February 27th, 2009
4:54 pm

Free Agency is the time after the season when fans are worked into a frenzy about the “all we need” factor. Too often, Owners and GMs fall prey to what they think their fans want. At the end of the day, the businness of sustainability and keeping within a theme are paramount. Smith, Mularkey, and BVG all believe in the philosophy of Run the Ball and Defend the Run. Period. As such, everything revolves around the core of ball control and running… for those who still remember the 98 run, the Falcons focused on those things… when it comes to identifying what you need it comes down to DTs that command double teams and quick DEs… fast LBs and hard hitting safeties. (See Steeler/Ravens football model). CB is important in the scheme but not as critical as a good safety… thus Foxworth over valued. Brooking, tough lunchpail guy, but did not match the defensive philosophy, Milloy had the requisite skills but not the value needed for sustainability. I would bet the biggest heartburn for the staff was Chauncy… not an elite guy but definitely a top tier second tier… a tweener. those guys are critical. As for how FA shapes up, look at depth to plug holes rather than top tier talent…

As for the draft… the Falcons will go S with the first pick… no doubt. (polamalu was a 16th pick and reed was a 24th pick… both fit the falcons scheme). I would think best value OL next, followed by OLB/TE/CB. DE could pop up any time after the first based on value. OLBs can often be converted to situational DEs… meaning Anderson lines up at DE on Run situations and DT on passing situations. TEs might be deep in the draft but they are grading out poorly in blocking capacity… something this staff covets. Look for a late rounder at TE. Overall, the FA departures are important but not game changers and as such we should not lament on their loss. By the same token, I think we as fans have done enough in acquiring high valued high cost FAs that haven’t panned out… think Price, Hartwell, and even Abraham(I love him but we spent a lot to get a phenomenal part time DE).

NEXT#13

February 27th, 2009
5:00 pm

VS2,SKIN’S OWNER DANNY SNYDER HAS ONCE AGAIN THROWN AWAY GOOD MONEY @ LOSER PLAYA’S!!! HANYESWORTH HAD A CAREER YEAR DUE TO CONTRACT TIME(WHICH WANT BE DUPLICATED,EVER AGAIN IN HIS CAREER),ME ANGELO IS…WELL HE’S ME ANGELO!!! CAN’T COVER(EVEN IF HE HAD A BLANK) WANT TACKLE(INSERT GURLY GUY A.K.A. HE’S SKEERED) CHECKOUT DAN S.S’ PAST AS ALWAY’S HE THROW’S MONEY @ LOSER PLAYA’S!!! HE’LL NEVER LEARN THAT CHEMISTRY NOT MONEY WIN’S IN THE NFL!!!

Falcon Devil

February 27th, 2009
5:16 pm

Please dear god don’t get Dre Bly, he sucks!

Falcon Devil

February 27th, 2009
5:20 pm

Jackson, you are saying Abraham didnt pan out?!! Did you watch a single game last season? What a joke. Lets get FA secondary and stock up in the draft on LB and DL. Drafting secondary doesnt work for the Falcons i.e. Chris Houston, D Hall, etc. They take forever to develop and are huge gambles.

SL3

February 27th, 2009
5:28 pm

Finally the Falcons have professional management. Wish the Braves would take some cues. That crucial play against Arizona that would have given us one more chance is still in my mind. Announcers and most any knowledgable fan saw that coming, but Brooking looked clueless. Time for younger faster talent.

Trent

February 27th, 2009
5:35 pm

DOL, I like the idea of adding Bartell and Sean Jones. If not Jones, Jim Leonhard might be a solid option. I think I’d try to get by with our existing TEs and maybe one via the draft (2nd or 3rd round) before I’d sign LJ Smith. At LB, I’d look at maybe Vilma or Eric Barton. Just my quick thoughts.

Falcon Devil

February 27th, 2009
5:37 pm

Jim Leonhard is legit

Reno 911

February 27th, 2009
5:42 pm

Vilma just re-signed with the Saints.

Ken Strickland

February 27th, 2009
5:58 pm

RENO 911-I don’t think we’ll start 2 rookie LB’s. Probably either Wire or Nicholas will man one of the OLB positions. I think we’ll try to sign a vet SS and draft his replacement in the later rds. We’ll have 3 CB’s, DIrons, BGrimes and VHutchins, returning from IR. Hutchins was signed in FA to be the starting CB. When he became injured, he was replaced by Grimes, who also became injured. Grimes’ injury prompted the trade for Foxworth. I doubt if there will be more than 2 rookie starters(TE and OLB), unless DT Jerry falls into our laps and we draft him.

Most of our picks will be used as backups and on special teams. Honestly, I believe the coaching staff rates DE a higher priority than DT.

dude

February 27th, 2009
6:36 pm

Congrats to Keith Brooking on great career w/ Falcons. I personally hope u’ll be back bro. But I wish u the best. Good luck!

VICK SUPPORTER 2

February 27th, 2009
6:42 pm

FOXWORTH……GONE

MILLOY…..GONE

BROOKING (WEAK BUT)……GONE

15-MILLION CAP HIT…..GONNA HURT

4TH TOUGHEST SCHEDULE……OUCH

GOOD LUCK 2009

Realist

February 27th, 2009
6:43 pm

Brooking gone? Only about ten years too late. Sure he gets tackle stats. But, where are those tackles made? Not in the back field, that’s for sure. No sacks, no interceptions, no fumbles forced. Not worth the money, never has been.

Now if we could just get rid of Sonny and Saxby.

dledbetter

February 27th, 2009
7:52 pm

FALCONBOY: We are hearing, but have to confirm, that nobody was in today. L.J. Smith rumors are out there. Paul Spicer doesn’t seem to make sense. Agents have been pretty busy today. L.J. has Mackler, who was busy showing Domonique Foxworth the money today.

Good to see that some bloggers are showing Brooking some love. He did give the Falcons a lot over 10 seasons.

Rod

February 27th, 2009
8:36 pm

I think that letting Keith Brooking go was best for both sides, but it also provides us the opportunity to see if Stephen Nichlas is as good as they though he would be. I think that picking up LJ Smith is a great move considering that most of the TE’s will be gone within the first two rounds. I think that people have forgotten how good LJ realy is and if the Falcons can keep Abraham healthy 16 games…..I say get LJ. Resign Chauncey Davis. Pick up Jermaine Phillips (S) and Cato June (LB) and let the draft supplement the rest. 1st Round – Larry English (DE/LB). 2nd Round (CB). 3rd Round (LB).

zach

February 27th, 2009
10:17 pm

i believe we need to pursue S Sean Jones, S Jermaine Phillips, or S Roy Williams to fill the gap that Lawyer left. They all have shown that they can play at a high level and we do need young and better talent at the S position. For CB we should look at Ron Bartel or Dre Bly they both have talent that the falcons need to improve the secondary. Also Paul Spice would provide some leader ship for a young defense. Hope we draft a tight end or linebacker in the draft. Thats what we really need in the draft.

poppa falcon

February 27th, 2009
11:03 pm

I can’t believe some of u are cowering in the corner over this upcoming so-called “tough schedule!” the NFC EAST doesn’t strike fear in me! The Giants are good, but DALLAS, PHILLY AND WASHINGTON honestly don’t scare me! in fact, whoever we play SHOULD BE FEARING US!!! Some of u got this team mixed up with your “daddy’s” Falcons.

Big Ray

February 27th, 2009
11:23 pm

Brooking was a good guy. If he comes back, I say let him come on back. He wouldn’t hurt us, though he probably will be a situational guy. Enough of the bashing. Nobody’s talking about giving him $50 million and a starting role.

I thought Foxworth was a keeper, but I don’t know what the financial details are. I didn’t like losing Milloy either, he’s a tough guy who was a good leader of the defense. Yes, I know he’s 35/36 yrs old.

Dimitroff says they will rely heavily on the draft, but you have to think that some veterans will be added, particularly in the secondary. I think he’s just being very careful about showing his hand on that side of things. Also, consider that Vick is out, and going home to “house restriction” until his sentence is up. Though it’s not a guarantee, the Roger Goodell will probably reinstate him, and then we’ll trade him. Who knows what we’re looking to get back in return, or will get in return.

I notice some teams won’t take Vick because (well, they say because of pressure from PETA and others) of what he went to prison for. Guys, this is the NFL. I can see California teams not going for him, since Cali is where a lot of these tree-huggin’ freaks come from. But somebody will want him. If not, then it’s the greatest self-induced tragedy I’ve seen of an NFL talent in a long time. But I doubt it. Vick will probably play, and somebody will want him. I’m sure Dimitroff and crew are thinking up an angle on getting a good piece or draft pick (or a few) as we speak.

I’m really excited about the draft.

And no, I wouldn’t sleep on guys like Bly and Jones. I wonder just how strong the LJ Smith connection is. If we sign him, that will most likely tell us more along the lines of where we’re going in the draft. Sign Smith and say goodbye to the idea of Pettigrew, most likely.

Sportznutt23

February 27th, 2009
11:47 pm

YO! POPPA FALCON!!!

I like that attitude!!!

GO FALCONS!!!

VICK SUPPORTER 2

February 28th, 2009
1:00 am

2009 UPGRADE?

FOXWORTH……GONE

MILLOY…..GONE

BOLEY…..GONE

BROOKING……GONE

UPGRADE?

BETTER KEEP UP WITH THE REST OF NFC SOUTH!

2009 AND 4TH TOUGHEST SCHEDULE……GOOD LUCK!

todd

February 28th, 2009
2:14 am

D Hall was released early into the season by the first team that offered him a big contract. just wanted to remind you in case you forgot.

darrell starks

February 28th, 2009
4:56 am

2009 Starting defensive line, ABRAHAM, JONATHAN B, DORRELL SCOTT FROM CLEMSON, JAMAAL A,back up, BIERMANN, TREY LEWIS , KENDAL MOREHEAD, starting lb, BRIAN CUSH FROM USC or JAMES LAURINAITIS from OHIO STATE, LOFTON, CORY WIRE, back up, STEPHEN NICHOLAS, starting cb, CHEVIS JACKSON, the beast SEAN SMITH FROM UTAH i will starte him at corner only if we get SEAN JONES FROM CLEVELAND back up BRENT GRIMES, CHRIS HOUSTON,starting safety,ERIK COLEMAN, SEAN JONES, back up VON HUTCHINS move him to play safety, THOMAS DECOUD . GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rex D.

February 28th, 2009
6:45 am

Let’s keep it real – Brooking would have been best as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. But we never had a 3-4 scheme. He was rarely out of position, and he also had a lot of fire. And early on, he had speed. But he never had the aggressive pursuit or tackling instincts of a real MLB like Orlacher or Ray Lewis. And he didn’t make enough “plays” to be a star OLB. So he never really found a position of the field that made sense, and they kept moving him from the outside to the middle, and back to the outside, because he was a talent without a position. I think if he had played ILB in a 3-4 scheme, and was pair on the inside with a TRUE MLB, then he would have been an asset to the team. But in a 4-3, he was either a non-impact player on the outside (a position that breeds playmakers, i.e. see LT, Andre Tippett, etc.), or a liability in the middle because of his style of pursuit and tackling . . . As for his tackle stats, and “leading the team in tackles,” etc., most of us understand that this can be one of the most overrated stats in the league . . . If you are left unblocked, and a guy runs past you for 7 yards, and then you make a shoestring valuable, that is NOT as valuable as, say, a Ray Lewis being double-teamed and yet pursuing the ballcarrier to a point that he must turn his running back into the crowd of defensive linemen and other linebackers for an easy tackle one yard behind or past the line of scrimmage . . . Brooking never really was involved in a lot of plays like that, and I hated year after year seeing his tackle stats printed . . . He played 100% of the snaps, and Loften played about 45% of the stats, so it was obvious he would have more tackles than Lofton because he had more chances, but clearly Lofton was the better pursuer and more aggressive tackler . . . Keith, we’ll miss you because you wore the uniform with pride, and never totally gave up on a play, but I think this is a veru good day for the 2009 team. Rex D.

bigdon85

February 28th, 2009
8:26 am

Can’t say that I liked Brooking or any other Falcon for that matter because I don’t know them on a personal level. What I can say is he needed to leave and he’s gone. I spend waaaay to much money on season tickets to get personally involved with players and “rewarding” them for good service or “insulting” them with “small” single digit million dollar contracts. What does insult me untimately is that they are insulted by these “lowball” offers. Hey, pal, there ain’t a schlub out here on the street that wouldn’t pay to play on the Falcons so you, Glavine, Francour, Smoltz and all you other athletes can bite me. Other than that GO Falcons. Boo-hoo, Keith. Now you have to spend the rest of your life figuring out how to spend your millions. My heart bleeds.

Birdy

February 28th, 2009
8:34 am

Letting Brooking enter free agency definitely is a step in the right direction. The reality is, however, that it is likely that he won’t sign with any other team because only in Atlanta does he get a free ride of zero accountability. He will have to come upfield and fill gaps and make solid contact in a new environment — things he never wanted to do here because of the risk of injury (and why risk get injured when you have the owner/Marketing Dept in your pocket and jeopardize a huge contract?).

Once he and his agent receive the “clarity” regarding his free agency worth, they will be ringing Dimitroff’s phone off the hook with various promises of how he’s going to be a good sub, “leader”, gopher, you name it — for one last cool million bucks.

A guy who has played the system like he did here won’t sign anywhere else. I said this weeks ago and we will all see it proven correct in the next few weeks.

Sage of Bluesland

February 28th, 2009
9:25 am

Good ol’ Keith isn’t gone yet, folks. Once he finds out there isn’t much of a market for ankle-grabs eight yards downfield, pile-jumping, or empty ‘rah-rah’ bombast, he’ll be back here to continue his tradition of being the most overrated, overpaid (even at vet-minimum), fraud of a linebacker I’ve ever seen.

The front office will bow down to the pathetic sheep and re-ink him for his “leadership”.

It will be their first big mistake and the honeymoon will indeed be over. So be it.

darrell starks

February 28th, 2009
10:33 am

SAGE OF BLUELAND i strongly suggest before you make a comment on any one that you go back to summer school of american education service and let them teach you on how to use your own imagination when read some one sentence TY STAND FOR THANK YOU . GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!

Ken Strickland

February 28th, 2009
10:51 am

REX-the Falcons did play a 3-4 DEF under HC Dan Reeves, when Wade Phillips was the DC. Brooking played inside LB and was selected to the Probowl. Most of these distractors feel compelled to go overboard with their negative assessments of him. They either ignore, or trivialize, his accomplishments(leading tackler 8 consecutive yrs, and A 5 time Probowl selection, playing both inside and outside LB). They focus on selected trivialities(like forced fumbles) in an attempt to hide the real and personal reasons they wanted him gone. And they pretend not to notice, and refuse to address, the fact that their negative assessments of Brooking are in total opposition to what our coaching staff thinks about his abilities and contributions. TALK ABOUT BEING DELUSIONAL AND IN COMPLETE DENIAL. I WANT TO SAY GOOD LUCK KEITH BROOKING. INFORMED FALCON FANS APPRECIATE YOUR CAREER CONTRIBUTIONS, UNSELFISH ATTITUDE AND TEAM SACRIFICE. ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END, SO FAREWELL FALCON WARRIOR.

I believe we’ll go after a SS, LB, CB, and maybe a TE, in FA. Looks like Dimitroff is using the same blueprint and approach that’s been used so successfully to help New England build and maintain a winning organization.

POPPA FALCON-NOW THAT’S THE WAY TO COME OUT STRONG. I LIKE YOUR SPIRIT. I’ve said on several occassions, the schedule can’t beat us, only the teams on the schedule can. Winning teams like the Patriots, Steelers, Colts and Giants play the strongest schedules annually, and they still manage to win a Superbowl or two, or three, or six. Even last yr, DEF’s were forced to find ways to stop our rushing OFF. Early in the season they crowded the line and forced us to pass, because we had a rookie QB and our passing OFF was extremely limited. After our bye week, and the installation of our complete passing OFF, teams had to find ways to stop that.

We failed to go farther in the playoffs, because our DEF didn’t hold up. This yr, DEF’s will be forced to deal with the NFL’s strongest rushing OFF, a very much improved passing OFF(with the addition of a pass catching TE) and one of the NFL’s most balanced and potent OFF’s. We made them worry about our OFF last yr, why would anyone think it will be any different this yr. This yrs OFF will be even more potent and versatile than the one that finished the 2nd half of last yr so strong, and at the top of the NFL in rushing. Upgrading our DEF by adding more speed, quickness, athletism and depth will make us much stronger overall. THE FALCONS DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE SCHEDULE, OR THE TEAMS ON THE SCHEDULE. IT’S THE TEAMS ON THE SCHEDULE THAT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT US!!!!! THE ATLANTA FALCONS WILL NO LONGER BE AN EASY WIN FOR ANY NFL TEAM, LIKE IN THE PAST, NO MATTER WHO THEY PLAY.

willie

February 28th, 2009
11:48 am

I am constantly amazed at how so-called Falcons fans rip Keith Brooking. In this day and age, don’t you think we need more guys that play hard on every snap and keep their noses clean off the field. And you don’t get to 5 Pro Bowls without being a heck of a player. I agree that he has he lost a step and probably should not be starting, but show the guy some respect and quit ripping him. I have to assume that most of this is from obnoxious UGA fans, since he went to GT, but enough is enough.

tom

February 28th, 2009
1:02 pm

Over the last few days, I’ve heard some Falcon fans get hysterical over the players we’re losing to free agency.

Can we all take a chill pill for a second and remember that last year’s defense was ranked in the leagues “BOTTOM 10″ (25th against run – 24th in yards, etc.). The bitter pill we all must swallow is – with that group of guys our defense was not going to get better.

It may take a year or so to gel – but I believe that Smith & Dimitroff know what they’re doing. Go find fresh young talent and mold them into great team players that will take our Falcons further than any regime has ever taken this team before!

SlimG

February 28th, 2009
2:01 pm

Only one of those I like which is Jones, solid tackler who can cover deep. I think you’ll see us getting younger through the draft. Defense seems to our focus, how about a WR we can call on when it’s 3rd down and 6.

Lets pick up in this order, DT, S, and TE. Then maybe a linebacker or two. Don’t resign Brooking or Boley please.

Later fellas

Brent S.

February 28th, 2009
2:08 pm

Willie, thank you for saying that. I have read blog after blog ripping Brooking. It kills me that people don’t recall all the bad Falcons teams he’s played on since he came into the league in ‘98. He has carried himself with class and integrity, willing to help young players develop and learn their assignments. Yes, his INTS, FF, and sacks have gone down in recent years, but everybody gets older. Heck, I can’t run like I did when I was 20, and I am 37 now. So yeah, age catches up with everybody if injuires don’t get them first.

Cameron

February 28th, 2009
2:23 pm

Can someone please do their job and find out who the falcons are pursuing? NOT a list of who they might be interested in, which turns out to be a list of all the top potential free agents at each position. Have we contacted Jermaine Phillips or Sean Jones yet?

WAR EAGLE!!!!

February 28th, 2009
2:42 pm

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TRUFalconFan

February 28th, 2009
3:21 pm

Foxy is gone, Boley is gone, weneed sean jones from cleveland, mccallister from baltimore, canty from dallas, and cushing from USCproblems solved

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 28th, 2009
3:26 pm

CAMERON: All’s quiet on the Falcons front. This is what happens when you’re not a major player like TD said. Haven’t heard back from Sean Jones agent. I have Jermaine’s number. I’ll just call him and see what’s going on. Be patient CAM. When things start popping, we’ll be in the mix.

falcon21

February 28th, 2009
4:00 pm

D.Led just wondering, would te Winslow been a good pick up or was the price to high or maybe to many red flags?

chuck bennett

February 28th, 2009
4:12 pm

all the negative talk on anderson…

yoiun folks must not realise just how young this guy is and probably out of position…..

he’ll fit in fine….

“Trust The New Team”

that’s what it’s about “TEAM”

looking forward to the draft and a few DBs in FA

Ken Strickland

February 28th, 2009
5:18 pm

I’m pleased to see how all of the negative comments about certain Falcon players has prompted a number of level headed, unbiased Falcon fans to comment.

OLEDBETTER-I have a series of questions to ask you.

(1)Do you think DE has become a bigger priority on the DL than DT?

(2)Do you think our coaching staff is more interested in drafting a pass catching/blocking TE as a fulltime starter, or signing a FA that’s a situational pass catching TE?

(3)Do you think we’re more interested in drafting a top tier SS as a starter, or signing a vet FA SS to start and mentor the 2nd tier SS prospect we can draft in a lower rd?

(4)If DE has become a priority, does that mean our coaching staff is not sold on either DE’s KBiermann and JAnderson as fulltime starters opposite DE JAbraham?

(5) Do you think we’ll pass on DT Jerry if he falls into our laps at #24? I just don’t see DT Raji falling that far.

country boy

February 28th, 2009
5:45 pm

Hello all. Sports Illustrated website seems firm in their report that Falcons and TE Smith from Philly are close to a contact.

Birdy

February 28th, 2009
6:26 pm

BROOKING SIGNS WITH THE COWBOYS!!!

Best of luck to him and THANK YOU, Wade Phillips!!!!

Falcons now a good ole boy team& loser

February 28th, 2009
6:40 pm

If you think this years team will win 11 games this year you are nuts. Foxworthy, gone, boley, gone, thank God brooking is gone. a want to be at QB will get killed this year by defensive, still weak offensive line. And yes a Gm that is a want to be bank on it. you think mckay was bad wait snow board man is clue less and must go!!! yes you heard it frist here watch and see!!

Truth or Consequences

February 28th, 2009
7:26 pm

My God! What a nightmare.

Mel Kiper Wakes In Middle Of Night Thinking He Missed NFL Draft

NEW YORK—Football personnel analyst and perennial NFL Draft fixture Mel Kiper Jr. woke from a sound sleep Wednesday night with a start and a muted shriek that startled his wife, Kim, whom he told he had dreamt about missing the entire 2008 draft. “I woke up, you know, and looked at the calendar, and it was Monday? And the whole draft was over? And I’d slept through it because I figured it started at 3 p.m. this year instead of noon, so I didn’t set an alarm?” Kiper said through chattering teeth while his wife tried to calm him by attempting to stroke his meticulously gelled hair. “But I had worked so hard putting together Mel Kiper’s Draft Preview and I was sleepy, you know? So I slept so hard I slept through it and—and—and they had it without me. Without me!” Mrs. Kiper was eventually able to soothe her distraught husband, and the couple passed the rest of the night without incident on the makeshift bed on the steps of Radio City Music Hall, where they spend the time from the end of college football season until Draft Day.

RB

February 28th, 2009
7:53 pm

Glad to see Brookings go.Never a big time linebacker.

mars

February 28th, 2009
7:55 pm

Good luck, Keith. Thanx for the productive years. May you find invigoration in your new venue. Now my main concern. I knew the Falcons weren’t going to be aggressive in free agency, but…geez, I’m starting to worry! Is anybody going to be left on the market when they finish their coffee?

Falcon 8211

February 28th, 2009
9:38 pm

I hope we get Cato June to replace Boley on the outside. Alright TD work your magic again.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2009
9:54 pm

Wow, Brooking in a different uniform will look pretty weird.

Mediator

February 28th, 2009
10:47 pm

Brooking with Dallas…reminds me of when Scott Case went to Dallas….Oh look…umm… he use to play with Atlanta…that’s all. Brooking is like Scott Case…you knew he could tackle, but you also knew he would give up two touchdowns a game…Toast!!! I can see it now..Brooking trying to cover Norwood on a wheel route out the backfield for 2 TDs….1st and 3rd quarter…LOL!

marcos

March 1st, 2009
1:04 am

whats up everybody is making big splashes in free agency all the teams we face next year are really upgrading their teams what about us any big name any star or just draft for us or like every year the same

NiteOwl

March 1st, 2009
2:07 am

I was checking for updates when I stumbled across some old predictions for the 2008 season. That was some funny stuff, looking back on it.

I have to believe TD knows what he’s doing. He overhauled the roster last year and came up with a top-10 offense that will be in place for years. Even when we didn’t have the greatest talent level on defense, they coached ‘em up.

We haven’t had management and coaching this good at the same time ever. Never ever. Dan Reeves was a great coach, but often a questionable judge of talent. When we did get big-time players in here, we surrounded them with garbage or had clowns on the coaching staff. (I’m looking at you, Jerry Glanville and Jim Mora.) You didn’t know what you were getting from year to year.

From nailing the first-round draft pick for Ryan to the big free-agent pick-up with Turner, to the mid-level starting safety Coleman that turned out to be pretty good, even down to picking up Foxworth and Peele at the last minute—TD showed that not every move had to be a big splash. He got role players, complementary players, and the coaching staff took care of the rest.

As for the guys who are gone, they won’t be too hard to replace:

Foxworth: gave up nothing to get him last year; got a good cheap year out of him; now let someone else overpay him. We gave Jackson, Houston, and Grimes another year to develop. If Foxworth were worth the money, we would have paid him. Mr. Blank did not misplace his checkbook.

Boley: not enough fire, so they went to Wire. (Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss.) I’d take Wire (and Nicholas for that matter) over Boley, and again, they’re cheaper.

Brooking: no longer a starter; can’t be a backup b/c you’re not going to put him on special teams. Done. Nicholas, draft pick, whatever. Anyone who can run and hit would be an upgrade.

Milloy: worries me the most. We need someone to step up at safety, and I’d already prefer Fudge or DeCoud in pass coverage. It would be nice to have someone who can do that and really hit, too. I think TD will figure it out.

Chauncey Davis: it would be nice to keep him, but Biermann can be the swing guy, and there’s always Spicer or a draft pick. No big deal. Again, let someone else overpay him.

In the end, this team is finally a team, and whoever comes in is going to be the kind of guy who busts his tail, and he’ll be coached by guys who can coach.

Instead of spending big money on the overpriced FA defenders that are out there, let’s use it to extend Roddy White’s contract. Just sayin’.

I’m setting my alarm clock for draft day. Good night and God bless us, every Falcon one.

Dan Laubler

March 1st, 2009
7:29 am

Its all up to Dmitroff to out smart us all.

A lot of last years success was a very weak schedule due to the Vick debockle. But the organization made all the right moves and took advantage of it. This year we will have a tougher schedule and a lower draft choice, and now the additional challenge of replacing some very servicable veteran players. It will be critical to make some key free agent signings and perhaps one or two key trades.

I would love to see Laurenitis and Orakpo make their way here personally.

Not many free agent LB’s or Dlinemen out there.

crabapplejoe

March 1st, 2009
10:53 am

Birdy wrote: “Letting Brooking enter free agency definitely is a step in the right direction. The reality is, however, that it is likely that he won’t sign with any other team because only in Atlanta does he get a free ride of zero accountability.”

Wow, Birdy, you were certainly spot on with that comment. Let’s see, 36 hours into free agency KB gets signed by the Cowboys….guess they saw something you missed. LOL. Got us any tips for the stock market?…Citigroup, Bank of America maybe…

marko

March 1st, 2009
11:12 am

We’ve lost three starters, and seem totally uninterested in this years free agents. I can only assume Mr. D. really likes what he’s seeing in the draft. I really have no clue as to where they’re going with this thing.

Falconboy

March 1st, 2009
11:15 am

Blog on the official sight says that LB Crowell is in Atlanta today visiting with TD. This could be just a rumor, but I thought it could atleast bring some sort of news. Also says that things are pretty much done with LJ Smith. But like I said, just rumors from some guys on atlantafalcons.com so it could be nothing

Ken Strickland

March 1st, 2009
11:21 am

NITEOWL-I’m glad to see you contribute, and contribute you did. Can’t argue with a thing you said, nor would I want to. From what I’ve read, CDavis wants to start and is a bit upset that JAnderson was given the starting job even though Davis matched or exceded his production is far less playing time. If Davis resigns, it will probably mean some assurances have been given about his chances of becoming a starter.

If we can get pressure on the QB, it will take a lot of pressure off our secondary. It appears our DEF philosophy is to play a lot of man coverage, and have our CB’s be physical at the line of scrimmage, which is the knock against Houston. I think the cost, along with the return of CB’s VHutchins, DIrons and BGrimes from IR, promped the decision not to resign Foxworth. LB Boley’s production fell considerably because his style of play just didn’t fit the new DEF scheme and he didn’t adjust. I don’t think he would have come back no matter what the coaching staff decided. After all, he went from being considered a Probowl calibur LB in 07, under HC Petrino’s DEF scheme, to being demoted and replaced by CWire under the new DEF scheme. Can you blame him?

I believe SS will be our major focus. We’ll either draft one with our 1st pick, or pickup a vet in FA, and draft his eventual replacement in a lower rd. We might do the same thing at TE. I think we’ll definitely go after a DE, SS, LB or DT(if Raji or Jerry are available) with our 1st three picks, but not necessarily in that order.

At any rate, we’ll have two new starting OLB’s(probably CWire and SNicholas, unless they fall flat on their faces), a new SS, DT and possibly a new DE. The combination of a quicker, faster, more athletic DT with more stamina(TLewis over GJackson), a SS with pass coverage skills(replacing Malloy), 2 OLB’s(possibly Wire and Nicholas) that are better fits in our DEF system(replacing Brooking and Boley), and a DE that can pressure the passer and take advantage of the opportunities created by DE JAbraham(replacing JAnderson), could signal the beginning of a solid DEF to match our OFF.

Tell me NITEOWL-isn’t it amazing how some Falcon fans get all worked up and develop this WOE IS US attitude just because our schedule will be tougher? For that reason alone, we’re starting to here from some of them the same stupid, uninformed predictions of doom and gloom that so called experts predicted for us last season. I agree with what you said about losing CB Foxworth, SS Malloy and LB’s Brooking and Boley. Replacing them, their salaries and cap charge, just might end up making us better in the long run. I don’t think Brooking went elsewhere because of money. I believe it was his refusal to accept the role Smith and his DC projected he would play if he resigned.

Bigtime Fan

March 1st, 2009
11:25 am

How about going after one of those OT’s from the eagles. Tre Thomas or John Runyan. Maybe we can solidify the offense and build the D through the draft. Right now were taking a beating.

crabapplejoe

March 1st, 2009
11:31 am

Mediator wrote: “Brooking is like Scott Case…you knew he could tackle, but you also knew he would give up two touchdowns a game…Toast!!!”

I believe you have mistaken Brooking for Lawyer “burnt like a boy scout marshmellow against the Cardinals for two TDs” Milloy. First it was Fitzgerald then Boldin.

Birdy

March 1st, 2009
11:46 am

Crabby wrote:
“Wow, Birdy, you were certainly spot on with that comment. Let’s see, 36 hours into free agency KB gets signed by the Cowboys….guess they saw something you missed. LOL. Got us any tips for the stock market?…Citigroup, Bank of America maybe…”

LOL you got me there, Crabby. I harbor no ill will towards Keith 3:16. I just want him gone from the team.

And on the subject of Milloy, you mention the names of the WRs that beat Milloy, Fitz and Bolden. Both All-Pro calibre guys. Who was it that “beat” Keith 3:16? That’s right. Some journeyman TE no one had even heard of with no stats. Warner wouldn’t have even thrown to the guy had Brooking not blown the coverage.

Falconboy

March 1st, 2009
12:10 pm

DOL, any truth to Crowell meeting with TD today?

marko

March 1st, 2009
12:25 pm

tons of cap space and no urgent interest in the free agent market. Does anyone out there susspect a trade?

crabapplejoe

March 1st, 2009
12:26 pm

Birdy wrote: “And on the subject of Milloy, you mention the names of the WRs that beat Milloy, Fitz and Bolden. Both All-Pro calibre guys.”

I’ve already e-mailed Dimitrof and Smitty to not bother trying to cover any receivers that might be “All-Pro calibre” next year…its just useless. How’s LawDawg doing in free agency by the way? And you know that KB didn’t get beat by the Cardinals TE…he released him to Milloy in the deep zone (23 yards downfield)….old LawDawg got there, but just a bit late…guess he has “lost a step”…

go away

March 1st, 2009
12:46 pm

Keith left, maybe crabapple will to.

Birdy

March 1st, 2009
1:19 pm

Crabby, try as you might to blame LawDawg for Keith 3:16’s defining moment, but the truth is, he already owned up to blowing the coverage. The 11-year vet simply blew his coverage, didn’t know his assignment, bit on the release of a back running a 5-yard hitch already covered by lofton, and gave the season away. Smitty couldn’t believe it. Now everyone’s moved on. No need to be bitter and project blame all over the place.

Ken Strickland

March 1st, 2009
1:46 pm

BIRDY-Amen to your last post. Brooking has a new contract with a new team and he’s been reunited with his old DC, Wade Phillips. Everything has worked out for Keith and the Falcons, so CRABAPPLEJOE, either move on to something else, or become a Cowboy fan.

Kris G

March 1st, 2009
2:15 pm

Crabapplejoe appears to be that mentally challenged guy who has the one obsession. Like Mary’s brother in “Something About Mary” running around yelling “franks and beans.” I’m glad Brooks’ with the Cowboys, but seriously? The Cowboys are your validation? Seriously?

WILLSTER

March 1st, 2009
2:29 pm

GET DERRICK BROOKS.

crabapplejoe

March 1st, 2009
2:57 pm

I’m glad KB has moved on to another team where, maybe, the fans will appreciate him. But I do hate the Cowboys…so I’ll still be around calling BS where I see it. Like the folks now wanting Derrick Brooks….pleez. Other than having the politically correct melanin content what on earth does he bring to the table?

marcos

March 1st, 2009
3:38 pm

i think we should do big upgrades on defense because everybody we face next year are very agressive in free agency we face dallas phily wash and nyg every each of those teams already are upgrading whay about us is real the draft class this year or just busts?

Bill in Dallas

March 1st, 2009
3:58 pm

After the changes that TD and Co. have made, I’m not going to second guess them.

I admit that I was a little worried by the fact that there is almost no news with the falcons (other than the guys that are leaving), but I realized something. Would you want to bring in FA’s into ATL this weekend? How many guys are going to be excited to come to snow and cold? Remember, perception is reality.

The other big concern I have is this overwhelming desire to say we need a starting XXXXX out of the draft. We’re picking 24th, and if we focus on a certain position, we will not get the best player. I’m sure some will misunderstand what I say, but my point is we can’t say we have to have a linebacker and pass up a higher graded safety or lineman.

Some players that I’d like to see us try to get. I’m looking for youth and guys that won’t break the bank.

OT Khalif Barnes – Coach Smith will know if he’s worth bringing in
DB Ron Bartell – Young and fast
S Sean Jones or Jermaine Phillips – Jones is a younger, Phillips is bigger and more of a true SS
LB Cato June or Napolean Harris – Both are solid

Before we panic about losing players on defense, remember that Pittsburgh seems to lose players every year and are still winning. They have a good system in place and have qualified backups that can step in. That seems like the direction we are headed.

mars

March 1st, 2009
4:57 pm

Jon Stinchcomb! Jon Stinchcomb! Jon Stinchcomb! Besides Phillips the big hitters on defense have been taken, so lets continue to build that OFFENSIVE LINE THAT WE STARTED ON!!!! Jon Stinchcomb. The Man. The Mountain.

NiteOwl

March 1st, 2009
5:14 pm

Thanks Ken, looks like you’ve really thought things through, from scheme to personnel and back again. I think the biggest difference in our management now is that they can find the role players and the mid-level players that make a huge difference when they’re put in the right scheme and coached well.

After being on the job for just one year, all they need to do is fill a few holes on defense, upgrade at TE, and maybe get some more depth on the O-Line. I feel that, going forward, it’s just going to be a matter of fine-tuning, bringing in more unsung gems and making them stars (like Foxworth).

I may be getting light-headed or something, but I feel like we’re going to follow the model of the Steelers and Patriots for years to come.

And we’ve only broken the bank twice, for Turner and Ryan, and they were both home runs. We’re not creating any more dead money.

As for the schedule, I’m not thrilled, but I’m not scared either. To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. I do know that every year, teams that were good last year stumble the next. So some of the teams we face next year won’t be as good as they were this year.

Also, I don’t bow down to the AFC East and NFC East like a lot of people do. While I expect every game to be tough, I’m not too worried about the Jets, Dolphins, Bills, Eagles, or Redskins. And who’s to say we can’t stand toe-to-toe with the Patriots, Cowboys, and Giants, and maybe steal a couple of those games?

The thing I loved most about us this year was that we made the other team worry about us. We came out of the gate and jumped all over teams, for the most part. We’re acquiring passionate players who don’t know fear and don’t defer to the supposedly big-time franchises. I love it.

BB1

March 1st, 2009
5:33 pm

Congradulations to Keith for signing with the Cowboys and leaving the Falcons fans behind. The fans have complained for years about a guy who has given his all to the team and community, now it will be interesting to see who else they can blame for the lack of defense. Maybe they’ll get their wish and the entire team will be loaded up with former Bulldogs, wouldn’t that be just great. Let see we now have a 2nd year middle linebacker, a guy who is as old as Keith but was never a Pro Bowler who started only 4 games, and another guy who couldn’t beat out anyone at the other linebacker spot last year. Plus, we’ve lost another linebacker, a strong safety, our best corner and possibly Grady in the middle on a defense that wasn’t that great last year anyway. Most importantly without Keith and Lawyer there is no leadership on the D. John Abraham is a great defensive end, one of the best, but I’m not sure he wants to take a leadership role. Personally I hope Keith has his best ever game as a pro when they play Dallas next year, he desires the respect that he couldn’t get in Atlanta over the last few years. You wanted him gone and now you’ve got it, let’s see what the future holds for this new D we’re building.

NiteOwl

March 1st, 2009
6:02 pm

An article from si.com pointed out something I had forgotten about, which makes it an even better move to hang back and not sign a bunch of over-valued free agents.

Not sure if anyone else mentioned this already, but we would get compensatory draft picks if it’s deemed that we lost more in free agency this year than we gained last year. (Or something. Not sure how they figure that out exactly.)

Bottom line is we could get a third-round compensatory draft pick in 2010 for each of the dearly departed Foxworth, Brooking, Boley, and Milloy. Four extra third-rounders?

Yes indeed. I’ll take it.

And by the way, BB1, I’m with you. I liked Brooking. I hate that there was so much hate on him. I believe he gave it his all through some difficult times. I’m not going to knock him for not being Brian Urlacher or whoever. But it was definitely time to go, for the good of everyone involved.

I’m still not rooting for the Cowboys, though. Never. At least, even if Brooking has a good game against us, I know he’ll have more class than to take a Jeff George victory lap.

Also, BB1, you got me thinking: as for the Bullodogs lineup, we already have D.J. and Thomas Brown and Martrez Milner, so we’re off to a good start. But if we pick up Butler at safety, maybe we can call it a draw and put all Bulldoggies on offense and all the Yellow Jackets on defense. Draft Michael Johnson, pick up Gerris Willkinson from the Giants since they just got Boley. Hmmm…

Maybe this could bring harmony to the AJC Falcons blog, at long last.

[...] mean that there aren’t guys out there that the Falcons could and should pick up. D. Orlando Ledbetter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a short list with some useful names, which many of you have [...]

NiteOwl

March 1st, 2009
6:05 pm

Oops. Milner’s gone. Guess we’d have to go back and pick him up.

And by the way, sorry to go on and on with each of my comments. I’m just psyched about having something to talk about since the season ended so abruptly.

chi chi

March 1st, 2009
6:12 pm

um any free agent scoops ajc

robdawg08

March 1st, 2009
9:44 pm

I’m thinking they need to sign two linebackers now. I believe Ray Lewis and Derrick Brooks are available. They would fit nicely for the next 2 years. I hope they sign at least a couple IMPACT free agents. As of right now, they are a worse team personnel-wise than they were last year. Regression ain’t good. Show us something Falcons !

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 1st, 2009
11:42 pm

ALL quiet on the free agency front.

STRICKLAND: (1) Do you think DE has become a bigger priority on the DL than DT? NO.

(2)Do you think our coaching staff is more interested in drafting a pass catching/blocking TE as a fulltime starter, or signing a FA that’s a situational pass catching TE? We’ll see. If they sign L.J. Smith, he’s a situational player who doesn’t block.

(3)Do you think we’re more interested in drafting a top tier SS as a starter, or signing a vet FA SS to start and mentor the 2nd tier SS prospect we can draft in a lower rd? Doesn’t look like it. They are being rather passive in free agency.

(4)If DE has become a priority, does that mean our coaching staff is not sold on either DE’s KBiermann and JAnderson as fulltime starters opposite DE JAbraham? No.

(5) Do you think we’ll pass on DT Jerry if he falls into our laps at #24? I just don’t see DT Raji falling that far.

I don’t see Perry falling to 24.

Sam Herndon

March 2nd, 2009
7:41 am

The Falcon’s current management seem to be taking an Football operational approach instead of a marketing/sales approach to personnel decisions. I prefer a Falcon team built along the team concepts of Colts/Patriots/Steelers. Building teams of big names (and egos) has not worked for Cowboys/Redskins/Tampa Bay. Build for the long term thru the draft with a few key value added free agents (Turner).

marko

March 2nd, 2009
7:44 am

scott pioli has shown that he likes to trade with old friends, i would think that would include our own beloved dimitroff. thinking along these lines, a trade i’d like to see would jamaal anderson for tony gonzalez and a mid round draft pick. i think it would win win for both sides. jamaal seems to be a better fit for three four and tony wants to play for a contender. we get a great older player. the mid round pick would allow us to train tony’s successor, and kc get a good young player to build around. aint it great to be a contender. who’d a thunk it a year ago.

tapate50

March 2nd, 2009
8:41 am

Not sure how Paul Spicer doesn’t make sense for the Falcons. We are losing Chauncy Davis, and Kroy doesn’t appear ready. JA98 is a black hole at LDE.

Spicers a vet (which we are gonna need on that young D) and we cant fill every hole we have via the draft. Spicer gives you 150% on every play and works as hard as anyone. He had a down year bc of the youth movement in Jax but can still get after the QB and actually plays the run better than the pass. He is a MASSIVE upgrade over anything on the roster currently.

Fox leaving hurts. That secondary is gonna be YOUNG.