Keeping the band together an offseason priority

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Destiny's Child wasn't able to keep the group together.

Van Halen survived the exits of David Lee Roth and Sammy Hager.

The Jackson 5 weren’t the same after Michael Jackson went solo.

The Temptations were just fine after Eddie Kendricks took over for David Ruffin.

The Supremes were not the same after Diana Ross left.

Journey wasn’t the same after Steve Perry left.

We haven’t heard much about that Destiny’s Child reunion tour since Beyonce went solo, either.

What does this have to do with the Falcons, you ask?

Well, given the way this team played for this coaching staff after being eliminated from the playoffs, they have to keep the band together.

One of the offseason keys for Falcons coach Mike Smith will be retaining his coaching staff. Last season, the Falcons only had one assistant coach leave.

Van Halen survived the departure of David Lee Roth.

Van Halen survived the departure of David Lee Roth.

Assistant Special Teams coach Tom McMahon left to become the St. Louis Rams’ special teams coordinator. Others had opportunities to leave, but elected to keep the band together.

Also, Smith said the team’s offseason training program will start on March 24 while doing his final radio segment of the season on Sirius Radio’s “The Opening Drive” show Tuesday morning.

The offseason program will run through the end of June.

Other important offseason dates for the Falcons include:

Jan. 30 – Senior Bowl, Mobile, Alabama.  More than 80 of the nation’s top college players will play in the all-star game. The group of defensive backs who have already committed to play include: Alabama’s Javier Arenas, South Florida’s Nate Allen, LSU’s Harry Coleman, Boise State’s Kyle Wilson, Florida State’s Patrick Robinson, South Florida’s Jerome Murphy, Notre Dame’s Kyle McCarthy and Southern California’s Taylor Mays. (The secondary is a perceived  need area after the Falcons finished 28th in the league against the pass. Also, last season this is where they interviewed second round pick William Moore.)

Feb. 24 – March 2 — NFL Scouting Combine, Indianapolis. More than 300 draft eligible players go through a

The Tempations kept the hits coming after the David Ruffin era.

The Temptations kept the hits coming after the David Ruffin era.

series of drills, tests and interviews with more than 600 NFL personnel including head coaches, general managers and scouts. During the combine, the league will have the coin flip to determine if the Falcons or Houston Texans pick 19th in the draft. Also, teams are normally awarded compensatory draft picks here. The Falcons could receive as many as four extra picks for the 2010 draft because of the free agents they lost last season.

March 5 — Free agency begins. The Falcons have 15 free agents in wide receiver Marty Booker, right tackle Tyson Clabo, right guard Harvey Dahl, wide receiver Brian Finneran, safety Jamaal Fudge, linebacker Tony Gilbert, safety Antoine Harris, running back Verron Haynes, punter Michael Koenen, running back Jerious Norwood, offensive guard/tackle Quinn Ojinnaka, quarterback Chris Redman, running back Jason Snelling, safety Charlie Peprah and cornerback Brian Williams. Clabo, Dahl, Fudge, Koenen, Norwood, Ojinnaka and Peprah are in the group of 212 players league-wide who will remain restricted free agents if a new labor deal is not signed by March.

Journey just wasn't the same after Steve Perry went solo.

Journey just wasn't the same after Steve Perry went solo.

March 21-24  — NFL Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida. Rule changes from the competition committee will be announced. Also, the labor situation will be updated by commissioner Roger Goodell.

April 22 – April 24 – NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The NFL Draft will kick off in primetime for the first time.  The first round will be held on Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m..  The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m..  Rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m.

May 24-26 — NFL Spring Meeting, Dallas, Texas. Future Super Bowl sites are usually announced during this meeting. The game is set for Dallas in 2011, Indianapolis in 2012 and New Orleans in 2013. Some of the sites mentioned for the 2014 game include London, Los Angeles, Tampa, Miami and New York.

93 comments Add your comment

Kurt

January 5th, 2010
12:01 pm

Continuity is key. Hopefully, the coaching staff sees that something special is happening in Atlanta and will want to stay and be a part of it.

P. Bull Terrier

January 5th, 2010
12:05 pm

Van Halen survived the exits of Roth and Hagar? I didn’t realize that.

It’ll be interesting to see how much demand there is for Snelling after he got some meaningful playing time this year, and if the Falcons can afford to keep him. It looks like there will be some more compensatory draft picks in 2011.

EJ

January 5th, 2010
12:10 pm

Third, Get DX and NWO back together!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 5th, 2010
12:34 pm

P. Bull Terrier: Smitty was raving about Snelling on Sirius this morning. He played fullback for Ovie, scatback for Norwood and finally tailback for Turner. He’s a 3-in-1 back and runs with serious power.

FoxNoise.net

January 5th, 2010
12:53 pm

We’ve got to use the draft to get a pass rush, another quick running back and some offensive linemen. Sign defensive backs through free agency.

FalconsFan1

January 5th, 2010
1:24 pm

I haven’t heard much about this, but what about the defensive coaching staff. BVG did an “OK” job, but some calls were questionable at best (granted he continues to get a lot of out of the pieces given i.e. Vance Walker, DeCoud, etc). But what about the secondary coaches? Maybe the probelm isn’t teh players, but their coaching. Repeatedly, the guys seemed to be in teh right position, but just not getting their heads around. That has a lot to do with coaching and in my mind, I think it could be improved..

Birdseed: January 5, 2010

January 5th, 2010
1:29 pm

[...] There’s comfort in familiarity and, as D. Orlando Ledbetter puts it, “keeping the band together.” [...]

JSS

January 5th, 2010
1:50 pm

The Supremes actually produced “Stoned Love” and “Up The Ladder To The Roof” after “The Boss” left with her coke habit and backstabbing… The Falcons are more like DeBarge, they have a following that is not sustainable…

michael

January 5th, 2010
1:51 pm

Orlando do see any chance that the falcons could draft Sergio kindle out of texas? i would love to see him in a falcons uni have him take jamal’s spot??? also what about drafting safety taylor mays out of usc any idea if that is a possibility?

A thoughtful falcon

January 5th, 2010
1:54 pm

There’s not much room for “addition by subtraction” on this team. Ideally, we’ll keep most everyone around (players, coaches, staff) and pick up a handful of fresh new faces.

Question: Do you guys think an uncapped year would help or hurt the falcons? It would limit the number of free agency moves… I’m thinking I’d rather see a capped year.

Atl Resident

January 5th, 2010
2:09 pm

Keeping all the coaches is the key in offseason? Are you damn kidding me?

DDawgDavis

January 5th, 2010
2:15 pm

Musgrave going to UVA to be their offensive cordinator.

dawgrific

January 5th, 2010
2:30 pm

Prince did fine with the different Revolutions, the NPG and especially solo. But I don’t think that Van Halen was nearly as good without Roth, nor was Chicago as good without Cetera. Anyways, I understand what you are saying, but it is also a compliment to the hiring practices of Smith and the front office if poeple off of your staff are plucked and promoted. I feel VERY strongly that both the 3 game winning streak to end the season, and putting the 2 winning season thing to rest show just how different the culture is in Falconville with this new regime. Go Falcons!!!!!!!!

boiler up

January 5th, 2010
2:46 pm

Add more offensive weapons and a pass rusher. The defense will grow. Draft a rb and a tight end and continue to add depth to the offensive line. Look at Indy.. perfect example of where we need to be. our team is becoming similar to them 9 years ago.. Go Falcons!!!!

Marcus

January 5th, 2010
2:49 pm

Keeping up w/the theme …. NWA wasn’t the same without Ice Cube … but did GUY really miss Timmy Gattling?!?!? Hardly.
I think our Off. and Def. coordinators would be voted “most likely to jump at an NFL/College HC gig at the drop of hat”, with Musgrave being a very close 3rd. I am sure, given our relative success (compared to years of feast or famine) Coach Smith has a contingency in case either or both move on.

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

January 5th, 2010
2:59 pm

P. Bull Terrier, are you NUTS?

Snelling #44 is the best all around player we have on the squad. The man could play tight end, outside LB and even strong safety if you REALLY needed him to. I want to see us use a package that includes Turner, Ovie, Tony G. at slot and Snelling in a H-Back role. Sophistication says that we could have Snelling run option routes based on the coverage…would always be open like Indy’s TE. But, thats for another season, and maybe another QB…

Clabo and Ojinnaka are gone. So is Norwood, Finneran and Booker. I liked Charlie Peprah though in special teams. Looked like Elbert Shelley (for the real falcons fans). I like Mark Bradley’s boldness in saying that Jenkins #12 needs to go. He does.

I wonder if Brian Williams can come back? Was his knee injury a complete reconstruction, knee cap, simple ligament damage or what?
He is a good vet to have around the pups.

FBD

Falcons are Pros

January 5th, 2010
3:17 pm

The key will mot be just keeping the coaches,but to keep the offence intac and add peaces to the defence,and then hope that matt ryan has a better year than last.This will be Ryans third year time for him to show his worth.

Jake

January 5th, 2010
3:39 pm

I think we need to focus early in draft on the right side offensive line. Don’t have the exact numbers, but bet sacks more than doubled 08 to 09. Ryan needs better protection and especially more time to become a Manning like QB. Far too many hurries and forced throw aways.

PMC

January 5th, 2010
3:53 pm

Van Halen didn’t survive. They continue to tour… but they didn’t survive. Not in the least.

what

January 5th, 2010
3:54 pm

Ryan has proven his worth already.

truth

January 5th, 2010
3:59 pm

Are the hurries and throw aways a lack in receivers not getting open. You can watch film and Ryan is looking down field for someone to throw the football to. Some forced throws causing int’s could be frustration from having to throw away so much and just trying to creat something. Farve throws a ton of int’s and no one questions his ability.

The Grinch

January 5th, 2010
4:25 pm

Jenkins needs to go, but they just inexplicably gave him a 4 year $20 million extension in the offseason. That’s way too much for a 4th wideout, which is basically what he is despite his size and speed.

F-105 Thunderchief

January 5th, 2010
5:55 pm

Beyonce is beyond hot, but Kelly Rowland is not too shabby her ownself. Hope they keep the staff, Dahl and Snelling especially. It’s probably time for Finneran to retire. Koenen needs to stay, as does Redman. I can’t believe I wrote that about Redman.

Atlanta Peach

January 5th, 2010
6:08 pm

Choke, “Howd you Doin”?!!! Don’t blame me darlin that you got kicked off the blogs ! LMAO !!!

RUDEDOG

January 5th, 2010
7:12 pm

I agree Jenkins should have been gone yesterday.It drains the whole offense.Hope we can retain B. Williams the corner,and please take lil’Grimes & Houston away. Maybe we can get a real secondary coach,no disrespect Emmitt Thomas but I think the game has passed you bye.

JD

January 5th, 2010
7:13 pm

I will not be surprised if we see Norwood cut and have Turner and Snelling in the backfield next year. Also, lets draft lots of linemen this year. As we all know games are won in the trenches. Our CBs started coming around at the end of the season im sure they are looking forward to next year.

Atlanta Peach

January 5th, 2010
7:18 pm

Orlando, Did Arthuor Blank and management think about ever bringing Brett Farve back to Atlanta to play out his career and be a mentor to Matt Ryan ?! It’s hard to believe they didn’t consider that option.

DrJ

January 5th, 2010
7:45 pm

Speaking of Van Halen, how about Chicken Foot? Anyway, our defense suddenly comes to life, and even stopping the run, so how did that happen? I believe that Jenkins has to go, based on his inconsistent play, but with that huge extension, how much would it cost the team. Ojinnaka and Clabo should go, and as much as I like Finneran, he has had too many injuries. Ryan is here to stay, but I can’t say I was happy with his throws against Tampa. It probably was his sore foot, but I’m thinking he needs better pass blocking and to beef up his throwing arm. And the Jets advance?
We were really close to winning a few more games…

DrJ

January 5th, 2010
7:48 pm

Chickenfoot (one word), sorry.

poppa falcon

January 5th, 2010
8:11 pm

When we were able to rush the passer (especially as of late) we were able to force the qb to make bad throws that gave us turnover oppurtunities. Brent Grimes has been a ball hoggin’ magnet since he moved over to Chris Houston’s spot. ANOTHER PASS RUSHING DE and a cover CORNER is a MUST in this upcoming draft. In this division, it is essential to rush the qb off the edges. I’m afraid that John Abraham no longer has ANY gas left in the tank.

poppa falcon

January 5th, 2010
8:13 pm

DE Brandon Graham could fall RIGHT into our lap at either pick 19 or 20. He would be the ideal pick for my Falcons at this spot.

Benje Smith

January 5th, 2010
9:08 pm

This message is for anyone primary for the Top Brass of the Falcons: Blank, Thomas, Smithy please read…

I’m fifty years old and I have been a Falcon fan since eight years old. Falcons played their best football in 1980 when they had William Andrew and Lynn Cain in the back field. It appears there needs to be some players and coaches subtracted and added. Let start with the coaches.

Mike Mularkey play calling in the Red Zone is predictable. He will run the ball to the opponents territory then try some fancy pass play and have Ryan throw a interception or get sacked. He should run it down hill with the power game. The way Carolina did to us last year on Sept 28, 2008 when they gash our defense an ran the ball almost 80 yards for a score more than once. Carolina did not even have a quarterback on the field and ram it down the Falcons throat the whole length of the field using the Wildcat. They did not even consider putting a quarterback in the game until the Falcons showed they could stop the run. The Falcon never did. My point is if the run is working don’t stop until it fails. Beat a team down into mud. Brian VanGorder has never impressed me, he does not know how to sit a player down when he is not getting the job done like Chris Houston who is always trailing the receiver but never in the position to make a play on the ball, this is not Simon Says follow the player only game. His defense does not know how to get a pass rush. I think the Linebackers played well. On the back in the defensive backs improved the last quarter of the season. I love the physical play of Grimes and Owens. Grimes can jump out the stadium. These corners are keepers if not next year starters. Decoud is a keeper all he does is knock folks out. The Falcons have never had a hitting safety like this. The only other player that has played for the Falcons and was a hitting machine was Jessie Tuggle. For some reason the Falcons don’t go after hitters who make running backs, wide receivers and tight ends tip toe on the field. Smithy I would keep most of the coaches in place except I would let them know their weakness and demand improvement or else. Now players it’s a different story.

Offensive Cuts
1. Michael Jenkins – dropped passes
2. Norwood – injury prone or spread him out like Westbrook.

Offensive Needs

1. 4.2 forty speed wide receiver with good hands to stretch the field that demand a safety over the top (Tampa Two) this will pull a safety out of the box.
2. Speedy running back that can catch out of the backfield if you cut Norwood
3. Tight end to groom for Tony G. might retire after next season
4. Offensive lineman
5. Offensive tackle
6. A Wes Walker type of possession receiver, Finnerian may retire

Defensive Cuts
1. Chris Houston- cannot knock the ball down or intercept like the ball is off limits
2. Jamal Anderson not mean enough

Defensive Needs
1. Defensive Lineman
2. Defensive End
3.Corner back
4.Another smart, healthy , speedy , hammer hitting safety to compliment Decoud

Special Team Needs
1. Field goal kicker

Red Flags that really hurt us this year.
1. John Abraham sack numbers are down, we needed him to dominate some games
2. Michael Jenkins & Roddy White dropped balls, they need to catch every ball that touch their fingers
3. Last year top 2 defensive draft picks may be injury prone, college injuries,NFL injuries , injuries still continue
4. Passing play calls have all the receivers in one location or they cannot make separation from defensive backs to get open
5. Not using Norwood the same way Philly uses Westbrook.
6. Matt Ryan too many interceptions, until Smithy gets in his face when he throw a interceptions he will keep throwing them, Matt timing and accuracy was off this year also. He needs to be yelled at.
7. Too many missed field goals.
8. Demand touchdowns in the Red Zone. I rather lose the game trying to score touchdowns than lose it from missed field goals or not enough touchdowns to win. Get the San Diego mentality kicking field goals all the time will not win you enough games to go to the big dance
9. Gave up too many long passing plays.
10. Arthur Blank Spend some money and get some pro bowl caliber players, some players need their salary cut to make room for other good players. Too many overpaid players like White, Ryan, Abraham, Jenkins and a few others. They may be worth half of what they make.
11. Now I have picked on everyone excepts the offensive line and linebackers. The offensive line needs to get nasty and mean like Dahl, stop giving up sacks and keep opening holes. If you get into fight and get two or three 15 yard penalties for fighting during the season. That’s OK. Linebackers watch film on Jessie Tuggle, Ray Lewis, Dick Buckus, Mike Singertary. You tackle good however you should hit harder and knock somebody out or knock yourself out. Somebody needs to leave the game OK. Coach be careful with Gimes pound for pound he is the best player you have. If you don’t start him, please don’t cut him and find a place for him on the field.

Falcon Fan Forever

Yulee Falcom

January 5th, 2010
11:15 pm

I see Finn retiring this year and Booker being let go. Houston is probably gone too. Tye Hill may be right behind him.

singletary

January 6th, 2010
12:52 am

Uh, not to be an “athletic supporter” because I’m not an athlete…

If you are playing Pro Ball, you reel in the one handed grabs, get under the long-throw time pattern OR you get Lasik so you can find that ball. I’m not asking for Polamalu one-handed INTs. I’m only focused on two-handed, shoulda-been-there catches.

I’ve never seen that beady-eyed look in a still photo of the ball coming in to Jenks hands except for that Chicago 11 second situation last year. Coach Robiske needs to go meet his mama or release him.

Nick

January 6th, 2010
2:57 am

Re-signs:

Jason Snelling
Brent Grimes
Brian Williams
Eric Weems
Chris Redman (only if we can’t upgrade)
John Parker Wilson
Keith Zinger
Michael Koenen
Marty Booker (depth)
Coy Wire

Cuts:

Jerious Norwood
Verron Haynes
Aaron Stecker
Justin Peelle (in order to make room for our TE of the future)
Quinn Ojinnaka
Will Svitek
Brett Romberg
Michael Jenkins (over-paid contract, and only 1 TD)
Thomas Johnson
Trey Lewis
Tony Gilbert
Jamaal Fudge
Mike Schneck
Joe Zelenka
Matt Bryant
Charlie Peprah
Eric Brock
Antoine Harris

Potential Walkers:

Harvey Dahl
Tyson Clabo
Stephen Nicholas

Trades:

Jamaal Anderson
Chris Houston

Draft/Free Agency

OLB
DE
WR
RB
DT
OT
OL
MLB
CB
TE
QB
FS
K

Joe Bag o' donuts

January 6th, 2010
6:31 am

You’re right about everything except one. It was Robert Edwards (Cloud 9, Ball of Confusion and Papa was a Rolling Stone) who took over when Ruffin left. Eddie Kendrick was already in the group from the begining and eventually left the group as well.
That said PLEASE keep this group together. Even BVG deserves another shot to keep this thing going. Let’s just get him some more players to use.

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PLZ.......tell me

January 6th, 2010
9:55 am

How many TDs-INTs did Matt have this year? And after you post that explain why you think he is an inaccurate passer.

Deborah Hall

January 6th, 2010
11:11 am

RUDEDOG and the rest of the negative commentors about Grimes, you need to get a life and leave him alone, football is over for now. Unless you are a coach pretending to be someone else it really doesn’t matter what you think at this point. As for ET I am sure he really cares how you feel. What is your job, because you seem to want everyone to lose their livelihood.

HGN

January 6th, 2010
11:15 am

Guys, we can replace the Mike Jenkins , Ojinnaka’s , and Clabo’s all we want. But the real question is who do we replace them with? We can probably get ONLY one good lineman (starter) or receiver in this draft with our 1st Round pick. We need more starter material. And we will only get 1 or 2 in the draft at most. Thats why I see The Falcons holding on to the Jenkins, Clabo’s and Ojinnaka’s. There will be no one in the draft or in free agency better than what we already have.

I see The Falcons again having a defensive draft. With a sprinkle of offense being thrown in. Say a RB, OL , WR…. But we still need more support on the defensive side of the ball. Especially a DB and a pass-rusher. A good starting Linebacker (McClain) or defensive lineman (Cody) or DB (Berry) who can remain healthy for a change, would look very good in Round-1. If they last to pick # 20 on draft day.

I think TD and Coach Smith did well with last years draft, except for injuries to Jerry and Moore. . Now they need to put together one more Bulls-Eye.

tyger

January 6th, 2010
11:26 am

The Numbers don’t lie…

Babineaux led the team in sacks, Abraham-Biermann close second. 1st rd. pick Jamaal Anderson had 0.5 sacks. Sidbury, Davis, Johnson, Walker are playmakers. Perry replaces Anderson. Morgan nor Hughes impressed in Bowl games. If Florida DE Dunlap available – get him.

Grimes led the team in interceptions. Owens flashed late. Houston, Jackson nickel-dime package. DeCoud and Coleman were excellent. A healthy William Moore adds high end depth. Draft a 4 star CB.

Peterson-Lofton are thumpers. Nichols 1st yr. starter. Peterson aging but intense. Wire excellent special teams and backup. Another high-end 4star OLB makes sense here. Adkins may be a steal.

Norwood is injury-prone, but when healthy is one of the best change of pace backs in NFL. Turner seriously injured. Snelling is a bull in china shop. A 3-4 rd. pick here makes sense. Joe McKnight can play some receiver too.

WR’s need upgrade. Douglass, Finneran hurt. Big LSU kid could be worth #1 pick or Dez Briscoe later.

Justin Peele is an excellent TE. Another in the pipeline wouldn’t hurt, but not a priority.

I MUS WRITE

January 6th, 2010
12:18 pm

The only keppers on our free agent list worth keeping are …..Snelling,Dahl,Koenen

We need a nasty athletic OT, a LB to groom behind Peterson, and a Rb like the kid best from Cal…….Fa CB/DE

I MUS WRITE

January 6th, 2010
12:21 pm

Agreed Nick -I could live with that

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12:26 pm

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Craig

January 6th, 2010
1:05 pm

A lot of you guys are suggesting changes that look more like overhauling the whole team. Nick, you had some good ideas, but you pretty much gutted the team and hope to get them back in the 15 draft picks you listed. I think we only have 6…maybe up to 10 by draft day. Would you rather have a bunch of untested rookies on the field then a few guys that just need to take that next step? The Falcons have a pretty good team, we caught some breaks last year, we fell on some tough times this year. Either way, nobody wanted to play us by the end of either year. People are so quick to criticize TD and Smitty and even Matty Ice. Do you not remember the Joey Harrington Falcons from a few years ago. If you are a true falcons fan, you should wake up everyday and thank the Good Lord for the hiring/signing of those 3 guys. You might want to pray also for the re-appearance of Michael Turner. Please tell me we didnt give 50 million to a one year wonder.

Sit back and relax and let the guys in Flowery Branch do their thing. How about going to a Hawks game? Anyone notice they are in second place and the arena is over half empty every night?!?

Ben

January 6th, 2010
2:03 pm

Why should we pray to have someone who has not won a playoff game???
I pray for these kind of things like my family, thier health, job, ect. The only time I will pray for a player maybe if he gets hurt or lose his job. This is not that serious Craig. Enjoy all sports.

jae

January 6th, 2010
2:08 pm

Agreed gutting the whole team is a#$ backwards after your first back to back winning seasons. pick up some secondary and Oline help in FA resign B.Williams and Grimes and they should be solid grab a DE w/ the first pick Jason Paul-Pierre, Dunlap,D.Morgan one of those studs should be there 2nd pick grab a OLB or WR VIOLA!!

tyger

January 6th, 2010
2:42 pm

Jamaal Anderson signed a 5yr. $31M contract/ $15M guaranteed in 2007.

Craig

January 6th, 2010
3:25 pm

The problem with people today is they want it all and they want it now. I’ve heard a couple of times from flowery branch….ITS A PROCESS…sound familiar? I think the process is headed in the right direction. No we didnt make the playoffs. But look at the schedule we had…one of the hardest ever…you cant blame the falcons for that. We also lost 3 or 4 games b/c of a missed field goal. Everyone should feel good about the past 2 years and stop being so judgmental. You think you could do a better job? How did your fantasy football team do? Win the division? Didn’t think so.

And if you don’t pray for your football team Ben, then you aren’t a die hard fan anyway. So don’t worry about it, I wasn’t talking to you.

Southside Falcon

January 6th, 2010
4:52 pm

@Jae we dont have a second round pick that turned into Tony Gonzalez my friend, which I kinda wish we didnt give but he did win at least 3 games this year. We need DE pass rusher but Im not sure we can get it in a rookie. The ones in this years draft dont put the fear of Gosh in me they just look like Hybrid 3-4 linebackers really. Besides that Jamaal Anderson pick has just toatlly turned me OFF to taking a rookie DE so does Vernon Gohlston remeber him he came from florida if im not mistaken. We should use BALANCE with the draft and Free angency, The draft cant solve all problems neither can Free agency but do them right and have some type of balance we could really go far in 201o. Now getting a cover CB is paramount Brent Grimes came on in the second half and I take back all the bad stuff ive said about him, and believe me it was BAD. Chris Owens showed some promise but we need to fortify the CB positions And for the love of god get more atalent a WR Jenkins should have had a monster year this year with all the attention given to Roddy Tony and Turner