THE AFTERMATH: Kiper, Character and Kelly

AFTERMATH TOWNSHIP — The Falcons draft basically started last Thursday, when they completed the Tony Gonzalez trade.

The Falcons said it came together quickly last week, but the hall of famer said that the Chiefs had called him

The Falcons hit the draft running after trading for tight end Tony Gonzalez, here with his lovely wife October. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

The Falcons hit the draft running after trading for tight end Tony Gonzalez, here with his lovely wife October. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

about the deal last Saturday.

“They guaranteed a good draft right away, before the draft actually started, by acquiring Tony Gonzalez,” NFL Network analyst Charles Davis said. “Then they could go defense. I think they were afraid and it turned out that their fears were well-founded that the guy that they wanted in the first round, which I thought all along was Brandon Pettigrew, would be gone. He went 20th to Detroit. I thought it was a tremendous start for them and then it just kept getting better.”

The Falcons had a first round dilemma. In the Michael Vick aftermath, they are not taking any chances on players with character issues. Because of that, they passed on cornerback Vontae Davis of Illinois. He had some discipline issues at Illinois and Pro Football Weekly compared him to DeAngelo Hall as a player who could bounce around and was not coachable at times.

But if Davis, the younger brother of San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis, matures and turns into a lockdown corner then the Falcons could be kicking themselves later.

The Falcons needed a cornerback. Who doesn’t need a lockdown cornerback. The cornerbacks they selected — Chris Owens and William Middleton — are not of the same level and Vontae Davis.

But Thomas Dimitroff and the personnel department are getting the benefit of the doubt for taking Jerry over Davis. About the only knock on Jerry is his durability.

October Gonzalez liked the trade, too. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

October Gonzalez liked the trade, too. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

“He just went one pick later to Miami,” Charles Davis said of Vontae. “I think they had to decide if Davis was a big time guy, it was a matter of who they had rated higher on their board. . . They went boom, Jerry. He’s higher rated that Vontae Davis.”

ESPN’s Mel Kiper doesn’t think the Falcons made a mistake by selecting Jerry over Davis.

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“I understand what you are saying about the corner,” Kiper said. “I understand what you are saying, if you thought they should go in a different direction. But to me Peria Jerry made a lot of sense. I like what Atlanta did with him.”

There is a major problem with “needs first” drafting verses “best player” available. They Falcons went with a “need” two years ago and took defensive end Jamaal Anderson with the No. 8 pick. Patrick Willis, the best linebacker in the draft, was sitting right there and went two picks later to San Francisco.

ESPN’S KIPER ON THE FALCONS DRAFT: “Peria Jerry was my most under-rated player all year. I had him in my top 25 and nobody else did at the time. People were saying ‘why do you have Peria Jerry so high.’ Peria Jerry made a ton of plays behind the line of scrimmage. He was one of the best pass rushers for a defensive tackle that I’ve seen over the last couple of years. . .

“He’s 6-2, 305 pounds. He beat centers and guards on the SEC level on a regular basis. He’s a battler. He works hard. He stays on his feet. I don’t know what you don’t like about Jerry. I didn’t think Atlanta would necessarily take him. I thought he could go a little earlier to Tampa or maybe to Indianapolis. . .

“I like the William Moore pick. I talked about him before the draft as being one of the guys who could go in the second round and be a steal. I like Christopher Owens. (Lawrence) Sidbury, I like. (William) Middleton has speed and size. I thought he was a good player at that level, but an average prospect. I like Garrett Reynolds, he’s a guy who can make it as a backup. (Spencer) Adkins could be a back up and special teamer. Vance Walker can make your team in a rotation. I gave it a B grade. You have a lot of guys that are going to make this football team and four or five that are going to be major contributors.”

NFL NETWORK’S CHARLES DAVIS ON THE FALCONS DRAFT: “They got an inside run stuffer in Jerry. William Moore is a guy that I really like. I know a lot of people had him sliding. They talked about him playing linebacker. . .

“This guy was hurt a lot as a senior. You can go back and ask them, off of his junior tape he was a top 20 pick in the draft. That’s how good he was. To me, it was a great gamble for them. Ultimately it could be a steal. . .

“Chris Owens at corner is a big help. (Video check: Sidbury is a nice pass rusher. I like a lot of their moves. Vance Walker in the seventh round can be a guy that could be a surprise and a steal.

Why is Walker such a steal?

“He’s a battler,” Davis said. “I had him down there at the Senior Bowl. I watched him go to work. I think in the seventh round it’s a great value pick.”

KIPER ON CLEMSON QB CULLEN HARPER (Sequoyah High): “I think in terms of Cullen Harper, you look (at him) overall and he had 14 interceptions and 13 touchdowns. He just wasn’t able to maintain that type of grade. When you look at him, he has the size. He has the arm. I think when you put him under the microscope his stock started to drop. . . With the unorthodox delivery, the slow delivery. . . The numbers dropped from where they were when he was a junior when he had 27 touchdowns and six interceptions. . . . I think that was the real reason why. But a lot of quarterbacks didn’t get drafted. A lot of quarterbacks were in that same realm. . . . It wasn’t a shocker that he didn’t get drafted.”

Mel Kiper thinks Aaron Kelly needs to start eating spinach and get stronger like Popeye.

Mel Kiper thinks Aaron Kelly needs to start eating spinach and get stronger like Popeye.

KIPER ON CLEMSON WR AARON KELLY (Walton High): He caught a lot of passes. A tall angular kid. He didn’t always play to his level. . . Had speed, but didn’t always explode out of his cuts. Has straight line speed. To me, getting proper separation was an issue at times I thought. To me, you look at (North Carolina’s) Brooks Foster and he does 27 reps (lifting 225 pounds). (Kelly) did 11. . . He’ll be a nice free agent acquisition, but I thought he was a borderline draft choice. I have him a 6/5 grade. Which means he was a sixth round type of guy. A sixth round type of guy can be a free agent very easily.” Kelly, the ACC career receptions leader, signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Falcons.

MOCKING THE MOCK: My Dad, Albert D. Ledbetter Jr., is the official Mock draft scorer and I got 27 of the 32 first round picks, he said. l have to go back and get the direct hits (right player, right team). Falcons GM Rich McKay said anything over 25 is a passing grade. Also, we listed five players the Falcons could draft in Saturday’s editions and Jerry was in the Fab Five.

BUT AFTER THE DRAFT every year you have to listen to some Public Enemy. Because all of the hyped players will have to take the field soon for mini-camp and back up all of the good stuff folks are saying about them.

DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE — BY PUBLIC ENEMY

LYRICS- COURTESY OF LYRICSDEPOT.COM

Flavor Flav! (Got to get one of those clocks!)

Flavor Flav! (Got to get one of those clocks!)

Back
Caught you lookin’ for the same thing
It’s a new thing check out this I bring
Uh Oh the roll below the level
‘Cause I’m livin’ low next to the bass C’mon
Turn up the radio
They claim that I’m a criminal
By now I wonder how
Some people never know
The enemy could be their friend guardian
I’m not a hooligan
I rock the party and
Clear all the madness, I’m not a racist
Preach to teach to all
‘Cause some they never had this
Number one, not born to run
About the gun…
I wasn’t licensed to have one
The minute they see me, fear me
I’m the epitome – a public enemy
Used, abused without clues
I refused to blow a fuse
They even had it on the news
Don’t believe the hype…

Yes
Was the start of my last jam
So here it is again, another def jam
But since I gave you all a little something
That we knew you lacked
They still consider me a new jack
All the critics you can hang’em
I’ll hold the rope
But they hope to the pope
And pray it ain’t dope
The follower of Farrakhan
Don’t tell me that you understand
Until you hear the man
The book of the new school rap game
Writers treat me like Coltrane, insane
Yes to them, but to me I’m a different kind
We’re brothers of the same mind, unblind
Caught in the middle and
Not surrenderin’
I don’t rhyme for the sake of of riddlin’
Some claim that I’m a smuggler
Some say I never heard of ‘ya
A rap burgler, false media
We don’t need it do we?
It’s fake that’s what it be to ‘ya, dig me?
Don’t believe the hype…

Don’t believe the hype – its a sequel
As an equal, can I get this through to you
My 98’s boomin’ with a trunk of funk
All the jealous punks can’t stop the dunk
Comin’ from the school of hard knocks
Some perpetrate, they drink Clorox
Attack the black, cause I know they lack exact
The cold facts, and still they try to Xerox
Leader of the new school, uncool
Never played the fool, just made the rules
Remember there’s a need to get alarmed
Again I said I was a timebomb
In the daytime the radio’s scared of me
‘Cause I’m mad, plus I’m the enemy
They can’t c’mon and play with me in primetime
‘Cause I know the time, plus I’m gettin’ mine
I get on the mix late in the night
They know I’m livin’ right, so here go the mike, sike
Before I let it go, don’t rush my show
You try to reach and grab and get elbowed
Word to herb, yo if you can’t swing this
Just a little bit of the taste of the bass for you
As you get up and dance at the LQ
When some deny it, defy if I swing bolos
Then they clear the lane I go solo
The meaning of all of that
Some media is the whack
You believe it’s true, it blows me through the roof
Suckers, liars get me a shovel
Some writers I know are damn devils
For them I say don’t believe the hype
Yo Chuck, they must be on a pipe, right?
Their pens and pads I’ll snatch
‘Cause I’ve had it
I’m not an addict fiendin’ for static
I’ll see their tape recoreder and grab it
No, you can’t have it back silly rabbit
I’m going’ to my media assassin
Harry Allen, I gotta ask him
Yo Harry, you’re a writer, are we that type?
Don’t believe the hype
I got flavor and all those things you know
Yeah boy, part two bum rush and show
Yo Griff, get the green black red and
Gold down countdown to Armageddon
-88 you wait the S1Ws will
Rock the hard jams – treat it like a seminar
Teach the bourgeoise, and rock the boulevard
Some sau I’m negative
But they’re not positive
But what I got to give…
The media says this

Well, what do you think about the draft? Are you believing the hype? Is this tight “character first” stuff costing the Falcons some good players? Should they keep up with this sign all of the Boy Scouts stuff? Do you agree with Kiper and Davis on the Falcons draft? Do you like Flav’s clock?

249 comments Add your comment

Stephen

April 28th, 2009
8:14 am

Great Article!!! I am one of those long time ATL Falcons fans that is impatiently waiting on the NFL season to begin. Only time will tell, but it appears, based on the players selected, that the defense will definitely be better than last year’s team. Even though the schedule will be tougher, I believe the team will again exceed the expectations of the sports analysts and the naysayers. GO FALCONS!!!!

YOU HEARD IT!

April 28th, 2009
8:20 am

Character and heart will always beat out “big name, me only players”. TD and Smith got rid of those kind of players in Atl and in return got an 11-5 record and the playoffs. Heck that’s only 4 wins less than the previous two years. GO FALCONS! KEEP CHARACTER AND HEART!

FDB

April 28th, 2009
8:22 am

Can the Falcons please sign Leroy Hill. This situation is manna from heaven. The Falcons need to get this deal done.

Michael

April 28th, 2009
8:23 am

Two great consecutive draft from Dimitroff and Co. should equal back to back winning seasons and playoff. Best pick will turn out to be Sidbury, he has a great mentor to watch in number #55. Like Chuck Oliver said on the radio yesterday, Sidbury is a Drew Brees killer.

Pete

April 28th, 2009
8:42 am

Love the draft picks. Our D will be a major NFL force. You could have forgot the loony, imbecile song (that’s a stretch) lyrics and photo of the dope head. Beyond childish.

TROTTINGHOME

April 28th, 2009
8:48 am

Is this the new journalist taking Uncle
Tom Terence’s place?

Paschal Da Don

April 28th, 2009
8:51 am

D. Led Awesome blog. To bad TrottingHome and Pete couldn’t make the connection. I get it. DON’T BELIEVE THE DRAFT HYPE.

KEEP IT MOVING, D. LED!!

YuleeFalcon

April 28th, 2009
8:52 am

The clock is passe’ and as for character over capability, I’m all for it. You just have to realize that a united, focused locker room is more valuable than an immature lime-lighter. You see how well Adam Jones worked out for the Cowboys, right? The community will be better for it, the fans will be more supportive, and the team will work together on the field as a dedicated, unified machine. If the NFL adds a twelfth position of ‘whine-backer’ then we can start looking for some malcontents and me-before-we players. Until then…….keep on keeping on Smitty and Mr. D!

Marko

April 28th, 2009
8:56 am

I’d suggest that we separate Tony and October at least Forty-eight hours before game time. I can see where a lady, like October, could sap a guy’s strength pretty quick.

As much as I liked Clay Matthews, I wasn’t the least bit disappointed when the Falcons selected Jerry. I didn’t think Peria would still be there at twenty-four. I predict a lot of teams will regret passing on him. As I look deeper into my crystal ball, I predict that Jamaal will really enjoy playing next him. I guarantee you Abraham enjoys having Babs as his little buddy.

I’m short on time, Thanks Orlando, that was a very informative post.

JG

April 28th, 2009
8:58 am

DOL,
Question 1,
What is there left to do about Michael Vick.
Obviously no one bit at the Draft. Is there anything we can do with him, or should we just let him go?

Question 2,
Leroy Hill, everyone keeps screaming for us to sign him. Obviously we want players who fit our system. Is this a fit or just another pretty thought? Boley was fast and obviously the Giants thought he is worth a lot, but he didn’t fit our system either.. What do you think?

WR

April 28th, 2009
9:02 am

D-Led, I think it depends on the player and the problem or problems surrounding them. Take for instance Percy Harvin, all we heard from the experts is how explosive he is, basically Reggie Bush of the NFL, not Reggie Bush in college, he would be a great pick-up for a team in need of a playmaker. All of a sudden he tested positive for the happy stuff and then the experts start to bring up character issues. Vontae Davis on the other hand had an attitude problem, not only in his personal life but also on the gridiron, which made it rather difficult to coach the guy a la Deangelo Hall. For a young team like the Falcons its not worth the gamble, if you have a strong foundation in place you can take a chance because you surround a troubled individual with a strong supporting cast, look at Moss up in New England, goes from NFL bad boy to NFL saint, probably not a saint but you get my drift. As the Falcons continue to build a strong foundation, players like the examples above will become available and they will take a chance because not all of these players will turn into Matt Jones, some will be a Warren Sapp, and its in the best interest of your team to do whats best for the team but you start with individuals who believe in team first, once you have those individuals in place you can take a chance. Harvin appears to be a team guy, thats why after talking to Urban Meyer and his family Minnesota made him the 22nd pick. Davis could blossum into a shut-down corner but Miami took a chance because Bill Parcels has a history with dealing with tempermental players,Keyshawn,LT, T.O and others, the Falcons don’t have that foundation in place and they don’t have the personality type of people in charge that can handle these so-called characters but I believe they eventually will. Besides I’m happy with the guys the Falcons selected, pretty good players that were not gambled on, team first type of guys. Let’s face it, teams win championships, not the defense, not the offense, and most certainly not individuals, TEAM.

FalconFan57

April 28th, 2009
9:03 am

What’s up with the Lyrics crap. This is supposed to be a football blog, not a rapper blog!!!

But I guess you just spend as much time researching that as you do the Falcons. Steve Wyche, PLEASE come back!!!!

WR

April 28th, 2009
9:06 am

Marko, just read your post I too agree, Keep Gonzo away from the cookies at least 48 hours before game time. He doesn’t have to worry about after the game issues, you can never be to tired for that.

kdbanks

April 28th, 2009
9:15 am

Man, we sure upgraded the player’s wife section by getting Gonzo.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 28th, 2009
9:23 am

WR great post on players with character issues. Well though out.

FALCONFAN57: My good buddy Steve left and is not coming back! The lyrics fit the draft theme! It would be wise to DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE until these guys hit the field and make a tackle, catch a pass or score a touchdown. Get it now? Stay with us here.

Rufio

April 28th, 2009
9:28 am

man… could you imagine this team with patrick willis on it instead of jamaal anderson?

if only…

Baba O'Riley

April 28th, 2009
9:38 am

Patrick Willis instead of Jamaal Anderson and Chris Paul instead of Marvin Williams.

brAves Sucios

April 28th, 2009
9:51 am

mudcat

April 28th, 2009
9:53 am

Loved our picks! Sidbury was a 2nd round pick in some mocks. Most of these players will be starters or big time contributors soon. Already looking at the early 2010 mocks! Hopefully, next years first round pick will be the 32nd pick of the draft. Go Birds!

SeminoleWarrior

April 28th, 2009
9:58 am

Outstanding piece D O-Led!!

Has October ever looked so good? Speaking of the month here…LOL. Right Wow, Tony is the man!! I’m listening to some classic Richard Pryor as I talk here and one of his jokes is cracking me up as I look at the photo of October. I will not go into here out of respect but, it is Richard Pryor. Yep, I’m a bad man. LOL.

A great draft and I think the nucleas is in place to build something special. Enough wouda-shoulda-coulda. Let’s look forward. Even with what we have secured, TD is already thinking of ways to bring even more to the team. The man is relentless in his pursuit. The Falcons will be fine.

In TD and Smitty I trust.

Maybe even put her and the cheerleaders on one of the rotating bulletin boards downtown. Talk about incredible advertising. No wonder Tony has been so successful. I’m with Marko. Move the brother into FLowery Branch or a hotel ro

SeminoleWarrior

April 28th, 2009
10:02 am

Marko, I will gladly open the guest room at the Teepee for October if Tony needs some free time…LOL, though I may need a damned good lawyer after the fact. LOL.

Great points on Davis, WR. I’m glad that we did not go that route. A quiet approach to building, using the CLEAN side of the Patriot way, is going to pay HUGE dividends in the long term.

SeminoleWarrior

April 28th, 2009
10:05 am

D Led, keep doing what you do brother. Your last mock draft blog and the aftermath had to set some sort of record for the AJC this past weekend.

The Posse has your back now and for all times. Steve can make a cameo when he desire; he too is a lifetime member of the FALCON NATION.

Big Earl

April 28th, 2009
10:05 am

FDB – I thought the same thing about Leroy Hill till I read this:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/seahawks/2008667833_hawk25.html
Falcons won’t touch him!

Falcon228

April 28th, 2009
10:10 am

Nice piece D-Led. At some point they will take the chance again on the marginal character player. Right now it’s just not safe. They can’t afford to have the type of situations on and off the field that have happened in the past couple of years. They had to dump a TE, a DB and a RB they really could have used last season. Those of us that follow this team know that if the Falcons had those three players last season it would have been a better offense and defense. I’m not saying they’re gun shy by no means. They’re just playing it down right now.

Brian Hunt

April 28th, 2009
10:40 am

In two drafts, TD has remade the roster. Next years draft will now just fine tune the nucleus. Sidbury is a steal. He reminds me a little bit of Dwight Freeny. The offense will score points and a good pass rush will be the key to stopping teams that will hopefully be playing from behind. A push up the middle from Jerry and Babs with Abe, Bierman, and Sidbury coming of the edge… it could work out very well. With Anderson able to play every line position and Davis back the Falcons have a very deep and athletic front now. Which DE is going to be cut? We now have five…

SeminoleWarrior

April 28th, 2009
10:45 am

Was just reviewing the free agent moves post draft. Some nice depth in there. Not being a homer, but I like the signing of Derek Nicholson from FSU. Speed and solid play at WLB while at FSU. I think he has a chance to grow and become a force. Lots of depth in the rotation.

Moorehead was released so it appears the Trey Lewis may be farther along that is being reported. And Walker is in the mix from a depth stand point.

SeminoleWarrior

April 28th, 2009
10:46 am

Brian, I would initially take a shot and say Willie Evans is the odd man out.

SeminoleWarrior

April 28th, 2009
10:58 am

Actually, the Falcons found two good ones in the post draft signings. LBs Brick Christopher and Derek Nicholson. They both played middle LB at in college but have the speed, skill set, and felixbility to move outside to SLB and WLB respectively. Easily could make the team as special teamers and develop, moving up the depth charts next season or in a couple of years. Great signings for a still suspect LB corps!!

SeminoleWarrior

April 28th, 2009
10:59 am

Oops..that’s Brock Christopher. Sorry.

Falcon Devil

April 28th, 2009
11:02 am

Where is D3 at? I’m curious who won the Mock Draft contest.

Joe Paterno

April 28th, 2009
11:03 am

you are an idiot!!!! you don’t know nothing about football or the draft. You are as wrong as wrong can be I think the other stupid writer that is leaving needs some help packing and unpacking, go make yourself useful!

Ken Strickland

April 28th, 2009
11:11 am

What excites me most about our draft acquisistions isn’t the quality of talent as much as the fact we covered ourselves by getting exactly what we needed. In other words, we succeeded in drafting the best players available to us, talent and character wise, and still satisfied our needs.

(1) We’ve desperately needed a run stuffer that can also provide an inside pass rush. WE GOT THAT IN DT PJURRY.

(2) JAnderson is, and has been since his arrival, our pass rush and we’ve been living on the edge because of his injury problems. WITH LSIDBURY, WE NOW HAVE A POTENTIAL JABRAHAM TYPE PASS RUSHER TO FALL BACK ON IF ABRAHAM GOES DOWN FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME.

(3) We now have 4 safeties, WMoore, TDeCoud, AHarris & JFudge, that are fast, quick and versatile enough to allow us to play any type of DEF and still cover the entire field. That will allow our CB’s to be much more aggressive than in the past.

(4) After losing starter DFoxworth to FA, and with 3 of our CB’s coming off IR, we needed more insurance and talent at the position. We didn’t get the top rated CB’s in this draft, but with a solid front 4 and a good pass rush, we won’t need the best.

Overall, we did very good. TE, DT, DE, LB and S were our positions of need. We got a Probowl TE that’s arguably the best ever. We got the best DT in the draft based on our needs. Both Jerry and Raji are run stuffers, but Jerry is a much better pass rusher, which we needed. So, that makes him the best DT in the draft based on our needs. We desperately needed an additional edge pass rusher to take the pressure off JAbraham. We also needed insurance in case of injury, and we got it.

WHEN YOU EVALUATE OUR DRAFT BASED ON TALENT AND VALUE, THEN ADD THE SATISFYING A NEED FACTOR, WE SHOULD GET AN A+. THE ONLY THING THAT WILL KEEP US FROM DUPLICATING OR EXCEEDING LAST YRS 11-5 WIN TOTAL WILL BE INJURIES, NOT THE SCHEDULE OR THE OPPOSITION. GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

row3

April 28th, 2009
11:12 am

Big Earl..Thanks for the link, I had forgotten about that, why does everybody always seem to get in trouble in Atlanta?

Paddy

April 28th, 2009
11:13 am

Wr …. good post but I must disagree with one point. TD and Coach Smith are extremely cable of handling any troubled player that may land on their roster. What in their make-up suggests to you that troubled players would run over them. These are top pros and will put any Pac Man Jones type in their place in a NY minute.These are top administrators who fear no player or thier antics. Bill Parcells is not the only guy that has success with malcontents.

mountain_jim

April 28th, 2009
11:30 am

Good informative blog and great October pics D’Led.

I am real happy with draft. In TD I trust!

Hoping for Sapp2 out of Jerry and Moore will be the best safety our team has ever had, hopefully.

No problem with theme lyrics – some of these commenters are pretty juvenile, really like to abuse the privilege of talking back at you ajc writers. If they think they are so good, maybe they can try and find a sports writer job in a rapidly declining market for such services.

Marcus

April 28th, 2009
11:31 am

must be nice to be a HOF TE. DOB, bump your Mock Draft score, you get A+ for this blogs photo gallery.
Like someone else said, Trey must be further along. Now if he, P. Jerry, Babs, and maybe J. Anderson can get in the DT rotation (along with one of the vets we might hang on to), we might be good.

RAY ZADD

April 28th, 2009
11:31 am

THE ONLY THING I LIKE TO SAY IS, IN Mr.THOMAS DEMITROF, WE TRUST.

row3

April 28th, 2009
11:32 am

I was a little suprised that we did’nt sign a TE as a free agent, someone for TG to mentor. Is there anyone left thats worthy?

SeminoleWarrior

April 28th, 2009
11:39 am

Falcon Devil, the contest was won by Reno911. You tied for fourth place my brother…

KC

April 28th, 2009
11:42 am

I agree with Ken’s comments. BTW – ” The clock is idiotic” !!!

Barry

April 28th, 2009
11:49 am

Hey Y’all:

Character means a lot to a team. We do not need bad character players on this team who are disruptive in the community and to the team. These players wind up being “I” players and people and do not care about the “TEAM” but only themselves. They can cause a heart attack on the “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!” with their disruptive behavior. Our current stars are “we” stars not “I” stars. They appear to work together and cover for each other, on and off the field. They are involved in the community. They cover each others back. And when they play, from the coaches on down to the waterboy, you can see they are communicating with one another to get the job done in a coordinated fashion. They work together with pashion for the game. That is why we are “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!”. We cannot disrupt the joy of winning that comes with that by have wreckless players who do not look at the repercussions of their behavior on the team and its “positive vibe and mental make up”. Therefore, stay away from the disruptive “I” type players. Look for the non disruptiive “we” players. These are the ones who will take us to the Super Bowl. These are the ones who play with “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!!”. WE ARE A TEAM: (T)ogether (E)veryone (A)chieves (M)ore. Let’s continue to do it in “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!!”

GO FALCONS!!!!!

SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a SECRET fro a FALCON FAN. TELL EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

…………………….ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!!!!!………………….

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

April 28th, 2009
11:58 am

OL, love the piece and I love me some Mrs. Gonzalez. This was the best trade ever. I wonder if she likes a karate man

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

April 28th, 2009
12:01 pm

P.S. October has always been my favorite month. Trick or Treat? TREAT

Nookah

April 28th, 2009
12:04 pm

D Led, you the man. Great article. I enjoyed it but you will have to try hard to exceed the energy you created on the last blog when all citizens and even visitors invaded Falcon Nation!! Great!!!. So far I also see most of the ususal suspects are back, Seminole, WR, Marko, Ken Strick……..Reno 911, D3, Stirg where you at, can’t forget our honorary member…Unca’ Bob.

WR, enjoyed your post and I concur with your views, well done. To endorse pretty much what you said I think they are a number of issues we as fans tend to ignore, not that we don’t know but it is not in our DNA to look at these issues, because we are fans. We tend to look more at the on-the-field product we would like to see. In the case of management, especially ours that have bitten by the “lack-of-character” bug, there are different sides they have to look at and we have to wlak in their shoes for a moment:

1) Impact of “bad character” guy on the locker room and ultimately the franchise.
2) Negative media attention, thus distracting all from the real job at hand and ultimately poor performances on the field.
3) From #2 reason, the additional non-productive time spent in dealing with the issue or issues that may arise; the media questions etc.
4) All of the above contribute to the increased cost of developing a “bad character” player and resulting in a negative return on the investment.
5) After the negative feedback on the franchise via the media (they like bad news), significant impact on the cash flow due to declining sales of memorobilia, and TV opportunities. Remember if you have a bad season one year, you most likely will not be picked up by the media the following year so your team falls deeper into obscurity until, you are able to right the ship. It also causes the franchsie, (as we did ), to clean house so to speak, and re-bulid again. We have been fortunate in that we made the right picks and accelerated the recovery process much quicker than any of us could have imagined.

It’s great to be back!!!! Can’t wait until the OTAs start!!!

Go Falcons!!!!

Nuff respect everytime!!!!

Reno 911

April 28th, 2009
12:12 pm

Barry’s back! Tell everybody!

D3

April 28th, 2009
12:16 pm

Falcon Devil – here’s a re-post of the Mock Draft Competition final results. I posted them on Sunday afternoon, but it got buried under all the other tons of posts.

AND THE WINNER IS………….Reno911, with 8 direct hits, 1 right spot, 1 right team, & whopping 18 points!

Congrats Reno, you deserved it after the Heyward-Bay Golden Strike.

Full List
1)Reno911(18)- Stafford, J.Smith, A.Smith, Heyward-Bay, Raji, Jenkins, Harvin, Jerry, Freeman to TB(1), Moreno to Denver(1)

2)D3(15)- Stafford, J.Smith, Raji, Jenkins, Cushing, Harvin, Wells, Freeman @ #17(1)

T-3)Marko(13) – Stafford, Curry, A.Smith, Maybin, Cushing, Freeman @ #17(1), V.Davis

T-3)JJ(13) – Stafford, J.Smith, Curry, Maybin, Jenkins, Freeman @ #17(1), Davis

T-3)Nookah(13) – Stafford, J.Smith, A.Smith, Monroe, Freeman @ #17(1), Harvin, Nicks

T-4)Falcon Devil(11) – Stafford, J.Smith, A.Smith, Jenkins, Freeman @ #17(1), Jerry

T-4)Dean21(11) – Stafford, J.Smith, A.Smith, Raji, Freeman @ #17(1), Jerry

5)Stirg(10) – Stafford, T.Jackson, Raji, Maybin, Nicks

T-6)yeahbaby(9) – Stafford, Raji, Jenkins, Freeman to TB(1), Wells

T-6)Seminole(9) – Stafford, T.Jackson, Raji, Jenkins, Freeman to TB(1)

T-7)WR(7) – Stafford, A.Smith, Harvin, Freeman @ #17(1)

T-7)dacha(7) – Stafford, Jenkins, Cushing, Freeman to TB(1)

8)irvin(6) – Stafford, A.Smith, Wells

Tons more to come.

Thanks for the new post DOL! Great work as always.

Greg from Marietta

April 28th, 2009
12:24 pm

Great Article. I think it is going to be fun watching what Coach Smith and his staff are able to do with the new players as they integrate them in with the veterans. Smitty said last year that he and his staff had only scratched the surface of what they had in their playbook and were limited because of the “Type” of players that he had and the “Experience” (or lack there of) under his system. Now that the team is being transformed with the type of players Smitty wants and the majority of the team has had a year of experience the overall team performance should improve dramatically.

I read on the different Blogs where fans are fearing the tougher schedule and specifically the large number of games that the team has to play against teams coming off Bye-Weeks. After spending many years in the U.S. Army as an officer I have learned that a well trained organization can over come all sorts of over whelming obstacles and if coach Smith and his staff have show me anything it is that they believe in training and execution. I feel good about the draft picks, I feel better about the Falcons as a team this coming season, but I feel really great about their future. GO FALCONS!!!

Dylan w/o the dead

April 28th, 2009
12:25 pm

think the falcons chances are directly tied to the curse of the 370 carries. Turner last year surpassed the 370 carry mark and that has meant injury the following year for just about every running back that has accomplished the feet. I hope norwood is ready to get the ball alot and can make something happen with it cause I got a feeling he will be the RB for next season.

PMC

April 28th, 2009
12:31 pm

They had a NEED too and passed up Amobi Okoye.

They passed up Patrick Willis and Amobi Okoye for a freaking project.

That’s one of the worst jobs in history in the first round. They took a guy that essentially needed 3 or 4 years (IE could have gone in the 3rd) and they took him 8th over all. Really Dumb move in a series of defensive mistakes in FA.

Not McKay and crew’s finest moment.

It’s not like he can’t play but the pick at 8th over all… and moving up… HORRIBLE.

Oh well, done is done. Happy to have Jerry.

Unca' Bob

April 28th, 2009
12:50 pm

Nookah I’m still here lurking in the background. Congrats on your T-3 with great picks on your draft.