5 tips to help you live without the NFL this weekend

Yard work is out of the question today. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Yard work is out of the question today. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

The dreaded first weekend without NFL football is upon us.

I knew most of the hardcore football folks would struggle. Normally, we’d at least have the Pro Bowl.  But was played before the Super Bowl this year.

There is not one football game on television this weekend. Not even one of those bad all-star games.

So here’s a survival plan. Five things to help you get through the weekend:

  1. Yard work is normally a winner, but thanks to the snow we can push it off for another week. (Yeah!!!)
  2. Do some NCAA basketball tournament scouting. Watch some of these mid-major games. (Remember, we dropped that hot Cleveland State first-round upset tip for your brackets last year.)
  3. At some point, try to slide your batmobile around to the nearest Mall or Wal-Mart to get the Valentine’s Day gift for your Queen or King. (Just take it real slow on the roads. Slow down, it’s not a NASCAR race.)
  4. Make the Blockbuster run on the way back. My neighbor George – the big Falcons fan and season ticket holder – is a Netflix guy. He was telling about how you can download the movies to your computer.
  5. Normally, grilling out would be an option. But  you’d have to  invoke the “Wisconsin Grilling” rules.  (Wisconsin Grilling rules – put on your coat and gloves and get out there anyway.)

Couple of housekeeping matters:

  • If you haven’t already, check out the latest fan blog. The Bird Cage is hot. Dawson Devitt is talking defense in this one.
  • Talked with Tim Lewis yesterday. We’ll have that up Monday morning.
  • We’ll get the “Early Pre-Combine Mock 1.0″ ready for Friday.

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FINNERAN TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW DEAL: Falcons wide receiver Brian Finneran, who was set to become a free agent on March 5, signed a one-year contract

Brian Finneran (By Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

Brian Finneran (By Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

extension on Thursday, the team announced.

Finneran could have waited and had other teams bargain for his services, but the nine-year veteran wanted to return to the Falcons.

Finneran, 34, was waived by Seattle and Philadelphia before being signed by the Falcons to the practice squad on Dec. 13, 1999. He hopes to finish his career with the team.

“Now, I know I’m going to be a Falcon next year and I can start preparing that way,” said Finneran, a fundraiser for Haiti that he was attending. “Being up there up at the facility and working with the team, the coaches and everything else. It gives you a leg up and it takes away that uncertainty.”

Finneran played in 10 games last season and caught 11 passes for 111 yards. He also contributed on special teams. But he suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against New Orleans on Dec. 13 and was placed on injured reserve.

The torn PCL did not require surgery.

“I’ll be back for OTAs and mini-camp,” Finneran said. “We start offseason training the end of March. I’ll be ready for that.

Wide receiver Harry Douglas is on schedule to return to the field soon. (Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

Wide receiver Harry Douglas is on schedule to return to the field soon. (Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

I’m already up there a little bit. I’m planning to be back up there working out and doing some different things. It’s feeling good. It should be 100 percent before we get ready to go.”

In 2008, Finneran made a successful comeback from a right knee injury that required two surgeries, which caused him to miss two seasons.

In the first surgery, a cadaver’s ligament was used to rebuild the torn anterior cruciate ligament, but it gave way during training camp in 2007. During the second surgery, Finneran’s own tissue and patellar tendon were used to rebuild the ACL.

He played in all 17 games in 2008.

Finneran, who played collegiately at Villanova, is not sure where all of the time has gone.

“I can still remember my wife pulling up to the old Suwanee facility and bringing the two little kids out, and sitting down and watching practice,” Finneran said. “We are rooted here now. This is home for us. We love Atlanta.

“We love being here. We love the organization. We enjoy being around Arthur Blank and his wife Stephanie. To finish here is a big goal of mine. I appreciate the Falcons allowing me to do that.”

In his career, Finneran has played in 112 games with 37 starts and has totaled 219 catches for 2,927 yards and 16 touchdowns.

In 2005, he led the Falcons in receiving with 50 catches for 611 yards. In 2002, he amassed a career-high 838 yards and six touchdowns.

Last season, Finneran was named the Falcons nominee for the 2009 Walter Payton man of the year award, which honors the league’s top civic minded player.

FINNERAN ON THE SAINTS SUPER BOWL TITLE

The Falcons took note of the NFC South champion New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl.

“It was tough,” Finneran said. “You always wish that it was you. It’s bittersweet. I guess you’ve got a team in your division representing for the NFC South.

“I know we have to battle those guys year in and year out. It seems like the NFC South always has something to do with the playoffs all the way up to the NFC championship game at least. . . Hopefully we can do that next year. That gives us something to shoot for. We get to play the Champs twice. We’ll take full advantage of it and give it our best shot.”

Brian Finneran agrees to one-year contract with the Falcons on Thursday. (By Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com)

Brian Finneran agrees to one-year contract with the Falcons on Thursday. (By Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com)

Falcons to help raise cash for Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund

Several members of the Falcons will take in part in a fundraiser to help raise funds for Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot.

Finneran, fullback Ovie Mughelli,  linebacker Coy Wire and offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds will be on hand to offer their support.

“The people of Haiti have experienced unbelievable loss and destruction since the earthquake on January 12,” said

David Ralston, Georiga’s speaker of the house. “I believe that we are in the position to help this nation get back on its feet. That is why House Republicans and Democrats are joining together in a bi-partisan effort to host a fundraiser to bring much needed funds to Haiti to help provide people with food, water, and other supplies.”

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have joined forces to lead a major relief effort to benefit Haiti .

“We appreciate the opportunity to join in the effort to help our neighbors in Haiti ,” said Rep. Dubose Porter. “When tragedy hits we need to pull together as one people to help those in need with our thoughts and prayers.”

nikki randall

Nikki Randall (D-Macon)

In addition to Speaker Ralston and Minority Leader Porter (D-Dublin), the host committee will include the following members of caucus leadership in the Georgia House of Representatives: Speaker Pro-Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton), Majority Leader Jerry Keen (R-St. Simons), Majority Whip Edward Lindsey (R-Atlanta), Majority Caucus Chairwoman Donna Sheldon (R-Dacula), Majority Caucus Vice-Chairman Jeff May (R-Monroe), Majority Secretary/Treasurer Allen Peake (R-Macon), Minority Whip Carolyn Hugley (D-Columbus), Minority Caucus Chairman Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus), Minority Caucus Vice-Chairwoman Nikki Randall (D-Macon), Assistant Minority Whip Rob Teilhet (D-Smyrna), Minority Secretary Kathy Ashe (D-Atlanta), and Minority Treasurer Don Wix (D-Mableton).

“I appreciate the efforts of House Minority Leader DuBose Porter, Minority Whip Carolyn Hugley and all of the Minority Caucus leadership for their partnership in this very worthy cause,” Ralston said.

Contributions will be accepted at the door the day of the event at the discretion of the donor.

Falcons’ 1966 throwback look    is here to stay

BIRDLAND –  The 1966 throwbacks uniforms are here to stay.

For at least four more seasons, the Falcons will strut in those classics for at least one game.

Falcons president Rich McKay told the team’s website the story about how the plan involved a five-year commitment to the old jerseys, helmets and pants.

Falcons Cheerleaders sported Throwback cheer outfits for the Carolina game. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC).

Falcons Cheerleaders sported Throwback cheer outfits for the Carolina game. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC).

Last season, they asked the players if they liked how the uniforms looked. The players approved of the look and asked to wear them for two games.

The Falcons went 2-0 in the throwback uniforms.

They fared pretty good in a 28-20 victory over Carolina on Sept. 20, but the ghosts from Falcons’ past came out of the Georgia Dome closet in the second game.

The Falcons needed a touchdown pass with 23 seconds remaining to beat 1-9 Tampa Bay and four  starters – Michael Turner, Matt Ryan, Sam Baker and Harvey Dahl – were injured in the game. Turner was gone for the rest of the season.

DUNN GIVES AWAY TWO MORE HOUSES:  Falcons part owner Warrick Dunn sent out this tweet today: “Not

Falcons will sport their throwback uniforms on Sunday against Tampa Bay. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

Falcons will sport their throwback uniforms on Sunday against Tampa Bay. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

gonna lie. Felt good to help 92nd & 93rd single parents make ‘Home’ dreams happen. Their 4 kids will rest easier tonight. Thanks ALL!”

You can make donations on his foundation’s website.

SUPER BOWL CLUB: With the Saints leaving the ranks, there are only four teams left in the “Never Been to a Super Bowl” club.

Now with the Saints victory, there is hope in Cleveland, Jacksonville, Houston and Detroit. (However, it must be pointed out that the Browns won 5 NFL titles and 4 AAFL titles while dominating in the 1940s and 1950s. They won their last NFL title in 1964.)

MOCK DRAFT: Let’s practice some “Citizen Journalism” today.  We didn’t start doing our Mock Draft until March 20th last season.

I like to wait until after getting, digesting and then sharing the information from the NFL Scouting Combine.

Anybody who’s doing a mock right now is basically throwing darts. Teams are getting closer to finalizing their boards, but most will undergo major reconstruction after the NFL Scouting combine, which will run from Feb. 24 until March 2 in Indianapolis.

Should we start the Mock’s early – this Friday — or wait until after the combine? A simple, yes or no would help. It would be fun either, way.

Excited about the throwbacks? (I’m assuming the cheerleaders will wear their throwbacks, too.)

124 comments Add your comment

Athdog

February 9th, 2010
5:52 pm

I was seven years old the year the Falcons started. I remember Randy Johnson getting creamed game after game, I remember watching the greatest linebacker in the history of football, Tommy Nobis, who should be in the HOF, make tackles from sideline to sideline. Wade Traynham’s missing the ball on the kickoff. Man, those unis were so awesome, I am glad to see them worn by a decent team.

Greene Hornet

February 9th, 2010
5:52 pm

I wish they would use the current logo on a red helmet- that would look great… Or the throwbacks with a red jersey…

SWAT Native

February 9th, 2010
6:01 pm

I love the throwbacks, but I always preferred the new school black jersey to the red one, as do most of the fans based on which one they buy to wear to the games. I guess this means we won’t see those again for a long time?

waynester

February 9th, 2010
6:09 pm

Strange that after all these years the original unis still look the best! Great move guys….

matt ryan wears a dress

February 9th, 2010
6:23 pm

we will wear dresses in at least one game also…

MCook

February 9th, 2010
7:12 pm

Love the original unis…also Greene Hornet’s idea of the current logo on a red helmet is an awesome idea.

Mark

February 9th, 2010
7:14 pm

Fox Sports’ Adam Schien has Falcons at the top of his “9″ list to be next year’s Saints!

Jack

February 9th, 2010
7:37 pm

Dimitroff said that the Falcons would continue wearing the jerseys for several years back in the fall. It was at the same time that he noted how the NFL barred the Falcons from taking this step for several years after the ownership change. What’s the news in this blog post?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 9th, 2010
8:31 pm

Watching American Idol. Ellen is hilarious. I wish that guy Skiiboski didn’t get gonged.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 9th, 2010
8:32 pm

Jack: It’s a blog. Not a news story. Thought Rich’s take was interesting about how popular they were with the players and that it was a five-year deal.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 9th, 2010
9:09 pm

Check out Roddy White TV.

http://roddywhite.tv/

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 9th, 2010
9:11 pm

MESSAGE TO THE FANS FROM RODDY WHITE:

First off, thank you to the Falcons fans who helped get me into my 2nd straight Pro Bowl! It means the world to me to be considered one of the best in the league, and it was a blast playing with all the great players in Miami. I even had the most catches in the game, which was great. Going up against the best corners in the league like Revis and Nnamdi is always a challenge, I love playing against the best. And I could get used to Miami, wow! South Beach could be the greatest place on Earth, everyone needs to visit it at least once in their lives. The weather over the weekend was sunny and beautiful, and it made for an awesome time. Now, I’m just chillin, enjoying the off-season and getting excited for the Super Bowl. Even though my boys from the NFC South – the Saints – are playing, I gotta roll with Mr. Manning and the Colts. We played them two years ago and he carved us up just like he does to everyone else. Brees and the Who Dat boys are great, but I like Indy to win it all this year.

I’ll be back after the Super Bowl with my thoughts on the game, be sure to keep checking out roddywhite.TV for the latest updates, and make sure yall hit me up on Twitter, @roddywhiteTV!

Richard Dawson

February 9th, 2010
9:43 pm

Love these throwbacks. The only improvement I’d like to see in the uniform department is to go back to the red/gray unis that were from ~78-89 or so. Thanks to the antichrist Glanville for screwing that up.

Chaz

February 9th, 2010
10:47 pm

Keep the throwbacks, wear the present-day unis twice a year instead. At least wear red helmets. The black helmets always make me think of Jerry Glanville. *ick*

1966 Falcons

February 9th, 2010
11:05 pm

I am the happiest of all for the comeback of the original 1966 uniforms. Several years ago I mentioned the throwbacks in blogs here on the AJC website, so I like to think someone heard my calls to bring back those very sharp and timeless uni’s. I only wish they would wear them all the time, or at least put the newer Falcon logo on a red helmet with the black jerseys. Here’s predicting a 2011 Super Bowl of the Chargers and Falcons!

willie

February 9th, 2010
11:06 pm

I love the throwbacks. Start the mocks now! I’m thinking Kyle Wilson, the Boise St. CB, for Falcons in round 1!

Dr. R

February 9th, 2010
11:07 pm

I like ‘em, and I liked the all-black look. What I don’t like are the newfangled multicolored pants — black, red green — and the monochromatic all one-color look. Makes teams look like a Division III college team, Augustana or something. Pro teams look better in white, gray or gold pants. Clean, classy, professional.

The Grinch

February 9th, 2010
11:28 pm

Thank you, Roddy, for giving us a consistent deep threat. As for the unis, the throwbacks look way better than the current ones; no question. Same for the cheerleaders; the current ones are too distracting. Simple black is perfect for naturally (or artificially) beautiful women.

HOWEVER, whatever you may think of Glanville the unis during his tenure are the best looking unis ever trotted out on a football field IMO. I remember at the time a bunch of my friends from other cities told me “you guys suck, but I wish we had uniforms that cool.” Well, we don’t suck anymore. Bring ‘em back.

The Grinch

February 9th, 2010
11:33 pm

Wow. Thanks, AJC, for throwing my post away. Stay classy.

frankly

February 9th, 2010
11:54 pm

I think the throwbacks are sharp. Good deal.

Mr. Obvious

February 10th, 2010
12:21 am

Throwback uniforms, colors & logos are just another way for greedy professional sports teams to fleece their fans for more money.

Mr. Obvious

February 10th, 2010
12:23 am

“Third” Jerseys are also manure.

see also: Hawks and Thrashers

Jeff

February 10th, 2010
12:44 am

As a lifetime Falcons fan, I have to say that I’m glad to see this… I enjoy the touch of nostalgia that pro teams bring to the game every now and then…

As for Mr. Obvious’s comment about “Throwback uniforms, colors & logos are just another way for greedy professional sports teams to fleece their fans for more money”…. ummm, dude, exactly how? YOU DON’T HAVE TO BUY ANYTHING!!!!! Just enjoy the aesthetic look of the different uniforms! My god, people love to complain about pro sports… all you have to do is watch the team on TV, cheer for them, and maybe spend $80 or $100 once a year to buy a pair of tickets. You don’t HAVE to spend anything more… no jerseys, no hats, no memorabilia, no concessions… just enjoy the sport and the team on a basic level!

I, for one, love to see different looks sometimes in pro sports games… my personal wish for the Falcons is that once a year, for a home game, they should break out a certain era uniform… maybe an early-80s throwback or an early-90s-all-white combo or a 1998-Super-Bowl-team jersey… don’t ALWAYS have the 1966 look as the throwback.

Personally, I would LOVE the NFL to have an “All-1980s” day once each season…. have a team wear their unis from 25 years ago. We’d see the classic Eagles green & silver, the Giants with “GIANTS” on the helmet instead of that stupid NY, the Chargers in dark blue helmets, the Titans would wear Oilers gear, and the Jets would have the fancy Jet-flying logo… oh, and Seattle would go back to its CLASSIC colors. I think it would be a great idea… what do you all think?

BosnianBaller

February 10th, 2010
1:08 am

NO

Wait til the combine in Indy

The Ghost of Norm Van Brocklin

February 10th, 2010
1:33 am

The “throwback” uniforms should become the “regular” uniforms.

The new uniforms look like bowling shirts.

Let the NBA cater to the hip-hop crowd, let us have regular uniforms and not bowling shirt/hip-hop attire.

BB

February 10th, 2010
1:36 am

I am personally looking forward to several more years of the throwbacks. I think they should be a permanent addition to the team. I like how they have options.

As to the use of mock drafts, I agree that it is early to be making out final picks. But they best part about mock drafts are that they can be edited. I have already done my mock 1.0 draft on my blog and have gotten a big response from it. I plan on doing two more. One after the combine and another right before the draft. I don’t think it is bad to think about it early. Plus, we will never get everything right on about us playing GM for all the NFL teams. But it sure is fun.

Charlie

February 10th, 2010
3:56 am

While we’re on the subject of NFL throwback uniforms, can we please, please, PLEASE put the referees back in regular throwback referee stripes, not the funky things they wear now?

Love the old Falcons look, btw…

Bad Karma

February 10th, 2010
5:17 am

Happy to see the”throw back” uniform return. The present uniform was a Jerry Glanville scheme. The uniform has nothing but stupid, low rent, goofy memories tied to it, such as; the infamous “California trophy.” BTW, where is that thing? (MC) Hammer on the sideline, tix for Elvis, a few years later Jeffie George piddling in his pants on the sideline on MNF. And least I forget the “Mike Vick Experience” whatever that was. Change is good.

alanfalcon

February 10th, 2010
7:47 am

The throwbacks should be the uniform of choice, have been and will always look the best.

willie g at yur service

February 10th, 2010
8:56 am

the talcons are 2 or 3 years from a super bowl,but it does XXXXX that still the trade for vick haunts this team as SANDIEGO GOT THOMLISON AND BREES AND WE GOT A DOG KILLING FOOL AND THE SAINTS GOT A SUPERBOWL QB this is the reason the falcons will never win a superbowl for making stupid trades like that look how long it took the saints to recover from the ditca debacle on trading all the draft picks for ricky since we feel sorry for hurricane towns the next super bowl winner haS TO be the houston texans as the hurricane in texas was 10 times worse as little katrina the saints make me sick.

willie g at yur service

February 10th, 2010
8:58 am

where is my comment

SeminoleWarrior

February 10th, 2010
9:02 am

What’s happening DO Led..

The throwbacks are great and I hope that TD and the Falcons keep them around for a long, long time.

As far as the Mock Draft is concerned, my brother, I will start the same train in your blog that I started over in the “little brother” blog. My pick is the outstanding talent from Mizz, Sean Weatherspoon.
WLB is a liability for the Falcons and drafting Spoon not only gives us a great talent for years to come but it gives BVG considerably more options when it comes to pass coverage and the blitz options.

Another great post bro…you are the man!!

Sautee

February 10th, 2010
10:33 am

I wonder what our buddy “Choke” thinks of Vick’s admission that he “settled for being mediocre” while with the Falcons?

I’m a Michael Vick fan and it saddened me greatly. What a freakin’ waste.

I’m just glad that he has some perspective now.

And I’m glad we have a QB who busts his a$$ in preparation and training.

Falcon Devil

February 10th, 2010
10:49 am

Seems a little early for a 32 team mock draft before the combine but looking at Falcon targets is always worth doing. I’d like Sergio Kindle because of his ability to both play OLB which we need to get younger at with Peterson aging and also he could provide situational pass rush for when Abraham inevitably gets injured. I’d like to see us find a serviceable CB FA who can play immediately and continue to allow Chris Owens and Grimes fight for the other spot. I do like Kyle Wilson alot though. I’m just hesitant to have another year of a rookie CB trying to fight his way for playing time. I’d rather an OLB or Pass rusher or hybrid that can make an immediate impact. Other guys I like could be Brandon Graham from Michigan or Dunlap ( I’ll forgive him for going to UF). For one of our 3rd rounders check out Chris Magaha WR from ASU. He has the best hands I’ve ever seen period. Checkout this catch make sure you watch the slow mo replay cus I guarantee NO ONE has ever seen a better catch….. EVER.

Falcon Devil

February 10th, 2010
10:51 am

Falcon Devil

February 10th, 2010
10:51 am

There ya go nvm

uberVU - social comments

February 10th, 2010
10:55 am

Social comments and analytics for this post…

This post was mentioned on Twitter by AJCFalcons: @zachkleinWSB Just needed a reason to get the cheerleaders in the blog in their throwback uniforms, too. http://bit.ly/aNz6BS…

Michael Foster

February 10th, 2010
10:57 am

The NFL rule is that a team can have one “primary” jersey, and one alternate jersey that can only be worn twice a season.

They softened up on the rules this past year so teams in the AFC could wear their AFL Anniv. uniforms. Then the NFC teams like St Louis, Tampa, and Atlanta jumped in.

If you noticed Denver wore their throwbacks AND their alternates during the year. The NFL does not allow this on a regular year.

Unless a rule change is made, this means Atlanta will not have the new school black uniforms around.

However, they could at least wear black pants…something they didnt do in 2009

TNfalcon

February 10th, 2010
11:11 am

The mock draft is fun no matter when it is done. What the silver britches?

TNfalcon

February 10th, 2010
11:16 am

Sorry for the type error. What about the silver britches?

Michael Foster

February 10th, 2010
11:28 am

They never released silver pants with their new uniform set. They have white and black.

JJ

February 10th, 2010
11:59 am

DOL, yes on mock draft. Yea its early but everyone can bring up some sleeper names in later rds. I agree with my brother SW, spoon baby, spoon. Would not be upset with Bulaga either but after looking at the stats, WLB is the weakest link. Have tremendous respect for Peterson but after Miami, his age showed (although he finished 2nd in tackles).

PMC

February 10th, 2010
11:59 am

I dig the throwbacks. It has a clensing feeling when they win with them.

Stirg d'Nahsif

February 10th, 2010
11:59 am

Let’s do the mock, D.O.. It’ll be interesting to learn if we know what we’re talking about. Early or not, you should be able to detect, by now, who’ll ascend at the combine if you know the sport. I, too, like Sean ’spoon but I suspect that his stock will rise after his exposure from the Senior Bowl and the combine. Let’s do it…

…nice unis. They look better than Denver’s.

JJ

February 10th, 2010
12:09 pm

Stirg buddy, where you been?

teamguy

February 10th, 2010
12:19 pm

Take a shot at the draft now. .hey, what else do we have to do? Part of the fun of being a fan is the “what if”. .something Kincade needs to learn. The throwbacks are fun to see. .actually, like some of you, I like them better, logo and all, than the current uni’s.

Stirg d'Nahsif

February 10th, 2010
1:11 pm

What’s going on, JJ? I been digging out snow…that’s where I’ve been! Gosh, I miss home. Ready for the mocking? Ready for the combine? Ready for the what-ifs, the should-could’ve beens and the famous “we-ought to’s”? This is the time, last year, that we came together and shaped, what is now, the Cage. Last year, we bitched, moaned and groaned about Clay Matthews, Jr., Louis Delmas, Clint Sintim, Ziggy Hood and Hip-Hip Peria. Remember that? Matter of fact, I begged for Brandon Pettigrew because I thought a complete tight end would solidify our offense. Enter Tony Gonzalez. Same concept, different personnel.

This year, I’m agreeing with the most of you. I, too, think that we need to fix some elements on defense, particularly CB, WILL and the pass rush; however, I strongly believe all that can be fixed with the signing of Vince Wilfork. I know you’ve read this before but I’m going to moan and groan until something of that nature is completed. I have also suggested in bringing a cheaper Richard Seymour home. Can you imagine a pass rush with a defensive line containing John Abraham, Vince Wilfork, Richard Seymour, John Babineaux, Chauncey Davis, Kroy Biermann, L-Sidbury, Jamaal Anderson and Hip-Hip Peria? It’ll be the best defensive-line rotation in the N.F.L. It won’t even matter who’s in the defensive backfield; however, it would allow us to concentrate on cornerback and WOLB. I like Sean ’spoon; I like Sergio Kindle. I like Patrick Robinson’s heart and I like Kyle Wilson’s attitude. Both characters are needed opposite Christopher Owens (Brent Grimes can play nickel-back all season; that’s his sole job). I also like Brandon Graham but you know how I feel about the time it takes for a defensive end to mature in the league. Take the top defensive end in last year’s draft and you’ll see. Tyson Jackson was taken 3rd overall, he finished the season with less than 40 tackles and no sacks.

Go and sign Wilfork, immediately. Sign Seymour and let him play our 3-4 downs (he’s old, he’s cheap and he wants to come home). Draft Sean ’spoon (if available) in first round and grab a Parrish Cox-type in later rounds. We’re ready for New Orleans, baby!

aswingruber

February 10th, 2010
1:17 pm

Why don’t we just go back to the old school look altogether, like the Sixers did in the NBA? Correct me if I’m wrong, but the new look was rolled out with Vick in mind as the organization wanted a logo that was “faster”. Now that that era is dead and gone why even keep the new look? The original logo and uniform was better to begin with and now we have a good reason to go back.

tinstar

February 10th, 2010
2:22 pm

I have hated the new logo and busy uniforms since they rolled them out. The look should simply be called “Vick”. I remember mentioning the ugliness to a Champs employee in Georgia in ‘03, who argued that it was a great use of the colors, etc. I thought, “I’m not buying that ugly ass jersey, dude. I was making conversation.” Please, make these beautiful retros permanent.

MW

February 10th, 2010
2:25 pm

RE: Classic uniforms versus newer uniforms

The black shirts are OK, but the old logo has to go. The newer falcon just looks better than the static-looking falcon of the 60s. Black shirts, red helmets and the new logo or red shirts, black helmets and the new logo!