Blank backs longer season, likes DirectTV

Falcons owner Arthur Blank. (By Curtis Compton/AJC)

Falcons owner Arthur Blank. (By Curtis Compton/AJC)

Dana Point, Calif. – Upon conclusion of the recent NFL owners’ meeting, Falcons owner Arthur Blank addressed the league’s labor situation, the new $4 billion television deal, selling out the Georgia Dome and the league’s plan to grant more access to the media with.

Q: How was the update on the league’s labor situation?
A: Certainly, we are optimistic that the owners and players will do the right thing in terms of being able to come to an agreement. Obviously, we want to do the right thing for the fans. I think we’re working hard on that. We are led by the commissioner, our labor committee and staff. The NFLPA has a new executive director, who apparently is a very competent guy. He’s had an initial very good meeting with the commissioner. So we hope that it’s the first step in the process that will continue with labor peace for all of us.

Q: How will getting a new Collective Bargaining Agreement done help the Falcons?
A: I would just say that the agreement, as we look at an extension, it has to work for all of the partners in the league. Our partners are certainly our fans, players, owners, staff and all of our supplier partners and our media partners. We just need a structure that works for everybody. This has been a healthy industry, a growing industry and one that should have enough resources to accommodate that.

Q: How does the big — $4 billion – DirectTV deal help the owners out?

DirectTV inked a lucrative new deal with the NFL.

DirectTV inked a lucrative new deal with the NFL.

A: It’s great. It’s another signal of how healthy our league is and the demand for the product, the demand for our fans to see it. For last year’s Super Bowl we had 150 million people watch the game, the biggest single event in the history of television. We get 125 to 150 million fans every week that watch football. The DirectTV deal was a function of the people wanting to see the product and people wanting to see as many games as they can. Certainly, in our home, when we finish with our game, as a family we are sitting their flipping channels watching as many games as we can as well.

Q: What’s the Falcons position on the possible extension of the schedule to 17 or 18 games?

Arthur Blank and GM Thomas Dimitroff look over a practice. (By Curtis Compton/AJC)

Arthur Blank and GM Thomas Dimitroff look over a practice. (By Curtis Compton/AJC)

A: We would support that. The broadcast committee is looking at that. Clearly, the preseason games are not the most attractive games to our fans. We have been very public on that. Our fans have been very clear on that as well, in terms of the percentage of fans that don’t show up for those games. So, the league is looking at all of the logistics and dynamics that it would take to extend our season whether if it will be for one more game or two more games. We’ll have to see how that plays out. We are looking at it in a very thoughtful way.

Q: How was the meeting with league coaches?
A: That’s one of my very favorite sessions because you have the opportunity to get all of the coaches in the very same room. We spent the session talking about a number of issues, anything relating to the collective bargaining agreement and giving them the current view on that situation. What direction we are going in from a medical standpoint. We talked about a variety of things from our engagement with our fans to having our coaches being open to the community and ours fans, being more responsive than we’ve been in the past. With these difficult times in the economy, we want to work hard to give the fans more. More exposure, more access. I think our head coaches and our coaching staffs are an important part of that. So we discussed that as well.

Q: How have the rule changes been received?
A: (Rich McKay) co-chairs the competition committee. It’s a compliment to Rich McKay because in most cases, the chairs of these committees will chair for two or three years at the most. Rich has been chairing or co-chairing the competition committee for 15 years now, which is unheard of in the National Football League. He’s been through two commissioners now. It’s a credit to Rich and shows the trust and confidence that he brings to that. Obviously, from an Atlanta perspective it helps because he’s able to give insight to our coaches and general manager on why things are structured the way they are and interpretation of the rules. From that standpoint, it’s nice to have one of the officers in-house.

Sun setting in the Pacific Ocean, from the deck of the St. Regis hotel.

Sun setting in the Pacific Ocean, from the deck of the St. Regis hotel.

Q: There was a uproar from fans when the season ticket plan was unveiled. How are the ticket sells going?
A: We have gotten tremendous response from our fans. Our renewal rate is even higher than we projected. But we still have tickets to sale. We are operating on a very low base coming off the difficulty the franchise had in 2007. We had a wonderful year last year. It was the first time in the history of the National Football League where you had the head coach, general manager and a player — the quarterback who was named the rookie of the year – win awards. That just doesn’t happen. So we are blessed going into 2009 with a lot of hope. I think when the schedule is released you’ll see some national (television) games on it. So we are doing whatever we can to speak to our fans, to service our fans both in terms of season ticket holders, our club seat holders and suite holders. We want to make sure that we meet them where they are. As opposed to asking them to meet us where we are. We want to understand what their constraints are and eliminate any constraints or barriers or issues. We are looking forward this year to selling out like we did this last year, but in this economy that challenge is real. While it’s going to be difficult, I think between the efforts that we are putting forth internally and with the responsiveness of the fans that we’ll be fine. But it’s not going to be easy.

Q: Are you all hoping to never get to the uncapped year?
A: All of our lines are open.

DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA executive director.

DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA executive director.

Q: When the owner’s opted out of the CBA, it sent an ominous tone that a possible strike was coming. How has that changed?
A: The tone now is that we want to have an extension of this collective bargaining agreement. That’s the commitment of our commissioner. The commitment of our labor committee. It’s a commitment that I believe exist on behalf of DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFLPA and our players.

Do you pay attention to the labor strife? Do you think an uncapped year in 2010 would hurt the Falcons? Are you going to throw out your cable operator and order DirectTV before next season? Renewed your season tickets yet?

86 comments Add your comment

Kenny Powers

April 7th, 2009
3:42 pm

I am the first poster! AWESOME!!!

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

April 7th, 2009
4:00 pm

D-Led,

I want to hear some information about the release of Laurent Robinson!!! To move up a few picks in the 5th and 6th rounds…PLEASE!! This guy was, in my humble opinion, the second best receiver we had on the squad. Battled injuries last year…but COME ON? He had immense talent. Team, give me some inside details on this…I’m shaking my head at that one.

FBD

Andyman

April 7th, 2009
4:06 pm

I’m shocked a team owner would be in favor of getting rid of 2 preseason games, and adding 2 games to the regular season. Shocked! I tell ya. Obviously you can sell more tickets in season than exhibition games. Sounds like a no brainer for Mr. Blank.

In case anyone takes what I said the wrong way, I’m not bagging on the guy. That part just made me laugh when I read it.

Joe's place Joe speaking

April 7th, 2009
4:07 pm

D led can you please explain how an uncapped year would or would not hurt the team?

BravesAreDone

April 7th, 2009
4:18 pm

Seems like an ucapped year would help the Falcons because of the extreme amount of money Blank has. Kinda like it helps the Yankees in MLB.

D3

April 7th, 2009
4:24 pm

An end to the salary cap in the NFL would be the worst thing that owners, players, etc. could ever do to the sport. The reason the NFL is the best sport is because of the parity and how even the league is. Only in football could a team like the Falcons or Dolphins have an absolutely horrible year and turn it around and make the playoffs the next year. Surely, they will reach an agreement for the interest of the sport. What do we want a league where teams like the Yankees and Red Sox spend whatever it takes to win? Or choke in the Yankees case.

Just watched ‘State of the Franchise’ on the Falcons from NFL.com and they sounded pretty morose for the most part. They did mention that we need to add some big bodies on the d-line. Again, no mention of Thomas DeCoud, Stephen Nicholas, Trey Lewis, or Chevis Jackson. Little suprised since Steve Wyche was one of the participants.

I don’t have a big problem with the Robinson trade, but that means they better lock up Roddy White NOW! No excuses, pay the man what he wants within reason. Sometimes you got to fork over the money for big-time players.

DOL – is Roddy White officially in a holdout situation? They mentioned it on NFL.com and is there any truth to it? Good post.

We already know we have the NFC East & AFC East, but we also have the Jay Cutler-Bears assuming @ Soldier Field and Green Bay as well. Expectations probably need to be tempered a bit this year record-wise. I think 9-7 would be a great year and may get us in the playoffs.

For those interested in CB Vontae Davis if he drops, I think this quote from Gil Brandt(NFL.com) sums it up:
“Will remind you of DeAngelo Hall as both a player and a person”
Ummmm……NO THANKS!!!!!

richbrave

April 7th, 2009
4:32 pm

SNIDLEY OWL would be non-plussed if the cap isn’t seriously altered or eliminated altogether. He is the GEORGE STEINBRENNER of the NFL.

Reno 911

April 7th, 2009
4:54 pm

I second FBD’s call for more info/insight on the Laurent Robinson trade. I think it’s hard for anyone to get excited about players yet-to-be-picked, but it might sting a little less if we knew that Robinson had some hidden injury, something didn’t mesh, etc. I figure there HAS to be something. The Falcons didn’t get anybody for him, just improved positions. Even if the Falcons had gotten a 4th rounder for him, straight up (which would have been much better than what they got), it still would have been a 3rd rounder for a 4th rounder, which needs some kind of justification. Just sayin’.

Falcon Devil

April 7th, 2009
4:56 pm

I was just looking at the Draft history article and the question hit me…. “How am I still a Falcons fan?”. TJ Duckett, D Hall, Mike Vick, Peerless Price for our 1st rounder. Geez its been torture rooting for the Falcons for so long. That said at least it’s paying off now and the future is bright, badnwagon fans will never share the glory that is coming in the next few years! Go Falcons!

WHAT?

April 7th, 2009
5:00 pm

LAURENT ROBINSON THE 2ND BEST RECEIVER THE FALCONS HAD! Fredrick(Bailey)Douglass, you must be joking. Right? One touchdown catch in two years and he’s ready for the HOF! The whole up roar of trading LR just makes me laugh.

The Dean 21

April 7th, 2009
5:02 pm

It looks like TD and smitty have created a master plan that has confused us all and possibly other coaches & GM’s. One could guess on a 1st round tight end, but could also argue on a first round DE. It appears one thing for sure; the Falcons will either trade the 24th pick or select the best player available for their needs.

I surely can’t argue with this young football genius who has made him self look real good in selecting draft picks. I suggest that we continue our opinions and see who comes close to TD on draft day! Good Luck Falcon Fans! BTW, on the schedule next year, I think the Falcons can and will complete another winning season! GO FALCONS!!

The Dean 21

April 7th, 2009
5:06 pm

On the L. Robinson trade, this guy just was not in the Falcons current and future plans. The Dean was thinking that he was going to be released this year, so why not get some value for him now. This will be move you all will appreciate come draft day. TD & smitty knows what they are doing and must have some key situational players in mind.

I also agree with Stirg on the possible tight end sets, I think Peele & the new tight end will fit that scheme very well, if it’s Pettigrew, then that will no doubt make the Falcons offense more potent than ever. The defense will get handled, trust me Coach Smitty is a defensive coach and he will improve this unit.

D3

April 7th, 2009
5:06 pm

Decided to do a little research to see if Brandon Pettigrew will be available when we draft @ #24 and here’s the results:

#1-8: Detroit, St. Louis, KC, Seattle, Cleveland, Oakland, Jacksonville are all obvious no’s on Pettigrew because that would be way too high for him, they have a TE, or they have more pressing needs.

#9 – Green Bay: will need a LB or DL to convert to their new 3-4 D & they have Donald Lee.

#10 – San Francisco: definitely not. They much, much more and they have Vernon Davis.

#11 – Buffalo: One of the only possibilities. But still a little high for Pettigrew & they need D help badly, especially after signing TO.

#12 – Denver: Defense, defense, defense. And they have Tony Scheffler.

#13 – Washington: Chris Cooley. Nope.

#14 – New Orleans: Jeremy Shockey & D-Needs. Nope.

#15 – Houston: Owen Daniels & D-Needs. Nope.

#16 – San Diego: this ones easy. H No!

#17 – NY Jets: Just drafted Dustin Keller last year. Nope.

#18 – Denver: Too many D-Needs & now QB.

#19 – Tampa Bay: Just made Winslow the highest TE in NFL. What?

#20 – Detroit: Think they got a few more needs than TE.

#21 – Philadelphia: Just let LJ Smith go because they felt ok w/ Celek.

#22 – Minnesota: maybe, but Schianthoe had pretty good year.

#23 – New England: Ben Watson. Definitely NO.

And with the 24th pick in the NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcon select……

So there you have it. Buffalo is really the only team that may take Pettigrew, but thats highly, highly doubtful that they do. So, if the Falcons want him, he’ll probably be available.

D3

April 7th, 2009
5:07 pm

Post eater alert!

mars

April 7th, 2009
5:16 pm

Keep Robinson. Trade the uniforms! Seriously, our uniforms are pimpled-butt ugly. The uniforms are the only thing that idiot Glanville got right. The uniforms we have now appear to have been designed by Nike for a ‘12 & under’ team. They may look good on NASCAR drivers, but I’m a football fan who prefers uniforms that look like football uniforms. Back in black, baby!

Evan

April 7th, 2009
5:21 pm

Mars, I agree with you about the uniforms. I’ve never like them. I’ve known several people that don’t give a hoot about the Falcons actually comment the older uniforms, even saying they were the coolest in the league. The unis would be okay if they simply changed the clownish shoulder patch or just make it solid.

Reno 911

April 7th, 2009
5:47 pm

I think my post was eaten, as well. Lucky you.

Tyger

April 7th, 2009
5:51 pm

The Year of the Hybrid:

A 1st rd pick carries a high value. In the draft point system used by the NFL, the Falcons 24th pick is worth 740 pts., while a top ten pick is worth over a 1,000 points. Historically, those picks have been used on DL/CB on the defensive side of the ball. A strong indicator that teams are looking for playmakers with that 1st pick. LB/S were the least likely selected in the 1st rd.

However, this is CB/DT weak draft; instead there are plenty of good players considered to be hybrids: CB/S and DE/OLB. Players that are versatile and can play more than one position. Or lack the size or skill set to continue playing their college positions in the pros.

Hybrids are all the rage this year, especially outside the top 10 picks, they’re aren’t many truly dominant players. All over the board, players are being re-configured for schemes, rather than their dominant on-field play. Sooner rather than later, they’ll be exposed. We cant make that mistake again.

So, to pull it all together, if the league drafts mostly CB/DL in the 1st and those thin out after about 15-16. Now what? Get a guy that has the size or skill set and move him around to fill a need elsewhere or try and develop him into something else? Risky business.

We need a man-child with that 1st pick that can run with the big dogs on Day 1. We can experiment later in the 4-6th rounds.

The point systems indicates it’ll take something big to get outta that hybrid zone and get a pure player, right now the Falcons dont have it. Trading Vick would do it. Keep your fingers crossed.

1. Peria Jerry/Michael Johnson
2. William Moore/Louis Delmas
3. Asher Allen/Victor Harris
4. Nic Harris
5. Brandon Williams
5. Dominique Johnson

Jamaal Anderson had all the measureables, but was a receiver, tight end and basketball player early on in his college career. Had a decent college career but being 6′6 280 and athletic – he was the prototype, they would coach him up, make a player out of him. Well, they cant coach instincts, he can’t find the ball and just doesn’t have that “DOG” in him.

Reno 911

April 7th, 2009
6:02 pm

(hint: it was a “draft Connor Barwin” rant. …see, didn’t I say ‘lucky you’?)

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 7th, 2009
6:10 pm

FDB: Robinson is a scheme fit tragedy. Mularkey likes those big receivers, who also help out with the downfield blocking. With Harry Douglas stepping forward in the slot, Robinson was going to be the fourth receiver at best so that made him expendable. The 42 spots they moved up (22 in the fifth and 20 in the sixth) is pretty good considering that you were probably going to cut him and get nothing for him. He has hands and big play potential. He just stayed hurt for most of the two years here.

Joe’s place, joe speaking: The Uncapped year would hurt the Falcons if everybody else went on spending sprees and they stayed at home. If all of the teams don’t overspend, then it should not be a major problem. But what will Daniel Synder and Jerry Jones do in an uncapped year? That is what most league owners fear.

D3: Roddy is not in an official holdout mode. The two sides are working on a contract extension and he’d like to have it done before the season starts.

D3 & RENO911: There is no post eater. This is a filter. Those that trigger the filter go to the “waiting for moderation” room. I have to go in there and read them. I can then decide to approve or delete it the post that triggered the filter.

JJ

April 7th, 2009
6:38 pm

D3 Did stirg get to you too? He’s spreading throughout the falcons nation: petti, pettig, pettigr, pettigre, PETTIGREW!

Just kidding Stirg: You had me at petti! (Show me the money)

Hope we get your man, Stirg for the new fanblog! Cannot call it stirgbabe though, maybee just falconfans with Stirg!

D-LED: No insight on the robinson draft swap? Come on man, the incredible, exciting college bball is over!!!

Thank god its Masters week!!!

JJ

April 7th, 2009
6:40 pm

My bad D-Led: this blog eats like crazy, did not see your post in time….

row3

April 7th, 2009
6:51 pm

I read today that L. Robinson either would’nt or could’nt block, and that he did’nt like to go across the middle. I was unaware of this, if so, I could see why he would’nt fit into our offense.

JJ

April 7th, 2009
7:07 pm

D-LED: Is it my computer or your filter that barfs when I hit F5?
Usually, it will go backwards before I get updated comments. I love this blog, but refreshing the page is FRUSTRATING to say the least. This only happens on this blog ,so could it be the filters or ajc?

Reno 911

April 7th, 2009
7:30 pm

Maybe it’s my computer that doesn’t like the idea of drafting Connor Barwin, then. The Falcons won’t draft him, anyway, but I’m betting he’ll end up being a pretty good, long-time player for the Pats (at 23) or Chiefs/Browns in the second. The Falcons could rotate him at Sam with Peterson, play him at DE on some 3rd downs opposite Abe, and then play him as the second/third TE for 10 or so snaps a game on offense, opposite a 3rd round TE (Coffman/Ingram/Casey). Won’t happen, but it’s fun to think about. Barwin is 6′4″, 250+, runs a 4.5, and jumps 40+ vert.

falcon21

April 7th, 2009
7:40 pm

Row3, where did you read that? I’m looking for answers myself.

row3

April 7th, 2009
8:34 pm

falcon21, It was Pat Yasinsksa on the NFC blog page on ESPN.

falcon21

April 7th, 2009
8:57 pm

row3,I found it,read it and I also did’nt know about the blocking issue. Now I do . Thanks man.

YuleeFalcon

April 7th, 2009
9:24 pm

Thanks for the post D3. You deserve a cookie. Thanks for spending the time to research, but I think Philly grabs a TE. I don’t think Celek is the long term answer for them. We will see in less than 3 weeks!
D-Led any thoughts on the Birds grabbing a WR now? Maybe in the 3rd or 4th round? Do you think Finn will be our lock at the 4th WR position? Thanks for the info!

falcon21

April 7th, 2009
9:51 pm

YuleeFalcon, MoMass would be a good pick but I am a Dawgs fan so I better shut up. I don’t think he will make to the fourth round anyway.

falcon21

April 7th, 2009
9:54 pm

make it!!! My bad

Zup

April 7th, 2009
10:07 pm

D3’s post makes a good point for a 1st round Pettigrew draft–I like it. Is anyone really excited with the prospect of Finneran being the Falcon’s 3rd/4th receiver. I like him (he’s a solid guy), but he is not the talent we need to bring Ryan along. Hell, Pettigrew we take over Finn’s role in the first four games. I think round 4 will be the time to take a gamble on a receiver.

Falcon Faithful

April 7th, 2009
10:12 pm

Seems like a sub par year in regard to the players in the Draft after the top 20 players. Substantial drop off. Hope the Falcons don’t go fishing for mediocre players in with their early draft picks. We’re definitely in need of a TE but one that can block, so they better be sure of Pettigrew or however they might draft. I personally like the TE from Rice, Chase i think his name is. Multi-talented player. PRAY PRAY they dont draft MJohnson. More hype than deserved. IF Maybin is there he’s definitely the best choice. And Asher Allen at cornerback would be a great pick, but will probably will have to use 2nd or 3rd round pick.

Falcon Faithful

April 7th, 2009
10:32 pm

Casey not Chase, my bad

falconidiot

April 7th, 2009
11:02 pm

Falcons get Peria Jerry around #15 then Pettigrew or Clay Mathews in early second rd with multiple moves forward in this draft. If Pettigrew is gone the next best TE with the third pick.

falconidiot

April 7th, 2009
11:06 pm

As far as length of season, just trade one for one to start, 3 pre-season 17 regular, allow teams to carry two more players.

D3

April 8th, 2009
12:20 am

DOL – thanks for the update on Roddy. I was startin’ to get a little nervous there. Thanks for clarifying the blog eating monster as well.

Yulee – thanks for the props, but you can keep your cookie. I would highly doubt that Philly will draft Pettigrew in the first. They need too much O-Line, D-secondary, and even RB before they take a TE, IMHO.

JJ- yep, I’ll have to admit that I’ve come back to the Pettigrew argument. That was my original desire, but I’ve kind of become obsessed with the D-first argument. Honestly, there are many draft picks I would be happy with, Pettigrew being one of the top.

Reno – what’s up man? The more I read about Barwin, the more I like. IS there anyway Barwin drops to us in the second? Just think if we came away with Pettigrew, Barwin, and say a Chip Vaughn or R.Johnson? Man, would that be sweet.

If you get bored check out these Safeties, if we were to elect to wait to 3rd round for a SS: Curtis Taylor from LSU, David Bruton from Notre Dame, or Michael Hamlin from Clemson. Just a thought.

Big Ray

April 8th, 2009
2:38 am

I think Stirg is behind this nefarious TE movment…. ;)

Big Ray

April 8th, 2009
2:41 am

Curious that Dimitroff traded away Robinson and landed higher in the draft. I wonder what he’s up to? Based on Ledbetter’s explanation, it sounds like good asset management to me. I did want to see Robinson play, but if the scheme doesn’t call for it…then it doesn’t call for it.

I wonder if we really WILL draft Pettigrew?

There could be some hidden gems in the later rounds of the draft. There always is. So when’s the next mock draft?

westside J.

April 8th, 2009
7:58 am

FDB
Thanks for keeping this Blog Focused. DOL you do a good job but sometimes you get a little to cute with this Direct Tv. Capped, Uncapped, BS I want to hear the real inside scoop on the team. Thanks for laying that out later in the blog. On the trade. I think the TD was short sighted in making this move. I know we all think that he is some kind of WIZZARD but 19 could play. How many of you recall that he was projected as the starter this past season. he had good hands, speed, and a big frame. The only problem was he was picked by the wrong GM. My point is that we knew that we had a talented young guy in 19 this guy will start in the League. who knows what we will get in the 5th rd. that guy may not make the team. I dont think that these birds have come far enough to start giving away real talent. DOL keep it Focused.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

April 8th, 2009
9:26 am

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

clthurman

April 8th, 2009
9:39 am

Unless there is no one high on our boards left on the defensive side in the draft room, then I would pick Pettigrew. The draft which is not deep at all perhaps is deepest at Tight End. No way we pick a TE at 24 and pay him those bucks and basically gorge the offense some more. It’s all about the D in this draft and since the secondary has few if any solid choices that are legit starters from day one….its time to bring on the beef and OLB’S. We need both a rush and stopping the run to have a chance back there since with what we have in the CB dept will get burned like blackened toast. No def Coordinator will be able to hide that sorry lot unless we can rush the passer.

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

April 8th, 2009
10:01 am

Westside J. and DOL,

My point exactly…while #12 had a good year (compared to his previous dismal performances) I still think that he is real SHAKEY!!! #83 is talented and of course #84 is our pro bowl guy. My point: with our budding golden boy at QB, you can never have enough good hands around. What…are we going to keep Finneran around for ANOTHER year?!?!? Put this down as fact…IF Robinson stays healthy, he will make the Rams squad (no hard task) AND score at least 8 TD’s. His hands are upper echelon (unlike #12 he snatches the ball out of the air) and he gave you yards after catch (#12 catches and then goes down…period).

I can’t wait to see who we pick up in the 5th and 6th rounds…they better be impact players on defense.

FBD

David

April 8th, 2009
10:43 am

Having worked in the Cable industry all my life, and Mr. Blank thrilled about 150 million watching the game, this is all about the money. The NFL and Atlanta Falcons would double that to 300 million if the NFL was not so greedy and let all the cable companies have the option to sell the NFL Ticket.
The NFL and thier owners are a joke, they don’t care about the fans, all they care about is the money in their pocket.
David from Huntsville

E-Roll

April 8th, 2009
11:34 am

David,

I hate to break the news to you but according to the U.S. Census Bureau the 2008 estimated population is 304,000,000 so I don’t think that everyone in the country except for 4,000,000 people would be watching NFL games each weekend if the NFL Ticket was on cable.

Now if you are speaking about global exposure then satellite is the way to go instead of cable. By the way, I do think that the NFL Ticket should be on cable TV also.

Reno 911

April 8th, 2009
12:19 pm

D3- when it comes to Barwin, it looks like he might be gone by pick #40 or so, so will likely not be there for the Falcon’s second pick (though Mike Mayock on NFL network says that he should be a third round pick, due to his lack of experience- only one year on defense, the previous time at TE). Who knows. He might be one of those guys like Mike Mamula was ten+ years ago, who was a combine monster and worked his way (in shorts) into the first round, and then spent the remainder of his career demonstrating that he, indeed, should have been a third-rounder. Maybe Barwin’s one of those guys, I dunno. I’d say that one of those established, 3-4 teams, that doesn’t immediately need help on D would be good team to take Barwin, and count on him developing over a year or two and being a dominant player in years 3-? (Patriots, Steelers, Chargers). I just think that he’d be an intriguing pick for the Falcons in that they need a more athletic TE, an OLB, and eventually, another DE who can get around the corner. My thought is that Barwin, being a smart guy and according to cbs’s scouting report (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/556598) is a team-first/unselfish player, might be one of those rare players that you can mix it up with, put in different positions, even on both sides of the ball: rotate in with Peterson and Nicholas for some snaps at OLB, 10-15 snaps on 3rd down at rush end, and 10 snaps at TE (in two or three TE sets, goalline, etc.). He’s a special teams monster, blocking kicks, busting the wedge, etc, but would definitely be a project player, likely not making the “big” plays for two or three years down the road. Personally, I think the Falcons are a year or two away from true contention, and could afford to take on a huge-upside guy like this, but he’s not worth a first-round pick, and based on his workout numbers, will probably be gone by the 40-45 pick range. Ok, this is my last Connor Barwin post, I promise. Thanks for your patience.

Broadcast is free, Unlike Cable

April 8th, 2009
3:01 pm

David,

This is coming from a Industry (Cable) That Gets a $200 check from me every month, and they also sell spots to Local Advertiser, Agencies etc…
Talk about Greedy!! They are about to take the NFL Network off my Comcast due to the fact they aren’t willing to give it to Cable subscribers unless they keep paying $5 a month for it? That is why The NFL is in Negotiations and are about to pull there rights on May 1st. The NFL feel’s it should be like ESPN and everyone who buys a basic package should get it. Those greedy Basta…

SO DAVID,
Before you go telling everyone how Greedy the NFL is, Maybe the next time you step into the office, You take a step Back take a look at how bad Comcast rape’s it’s customer’s on every bill and is looking for even more ways to advantage of it’s customer in Internet & Phone, AND the WORST Customer Service in the WORLD…

Go Falcons

JG

April 8th, 2009
3:06 pm

ESR

April 8th, 2009
3:53 pm

ROLL TIDE !!! Sorry, I just love saying that. Can’t wait till football season.

Eric

April 8th, 2009
4:17 pm

I’d go for a 20 game season! War Damn Eagle!!