Q&A Smitty: Michael Turner’s load to get reduced

Mike Smith calmly asks DeAngelo Hall to take a long walk off a short pier. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Mike Smith calmly asks DeAngelo Hall to take a long walk off a short pier. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

BIRDLAND – Falcons head coach Mike Smith spoke to the media at the NFC coaches breakfast at the league meetings in Orlando on Wednesday.

Smith talked about reducing Mike Turner’s work load, the new overtime rule, cornerbacks Dunta Robinson and Chris Houston, defensive ends John Abraham and Jamaal Anderson, the continued improvement of quarterback Matt Ryan and having the defending Super Bowl champs in his division.

(A special thanks to the Pro Football Writer’s of America, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle and Sportsxchange.com for providing a transcript of Smith’s interview.)

Here are some excerpts for his session:

Q: What do you think about the overtime rule?

A: I’m in favor of it on a couple of fronts. It’s an improvement from the rule we had. The main reason I like the rule is it puts the onus on teams to score touchdowns. Ultimately, that’s what this game’s all about. And it keeps the sudden

New Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson on Monday, March 8, 2010. D. Orlando Ledbetter, dledbetter@ajc.com

New Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson on Monday, March 8, 2010. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

death element with it.

Q: The rule puts more pressure on coaches. Does that part bother you?

A: No, it doesn’t. It’s no different than coming down at the end of the game. There may be a few nuances we have to become familiar with, like play management.

Q: Does the rule put more pressure on you to win the game by scoring a touchdown at the end of regulation rather than kicking a field goal to force overtime?

A: When you’re the home team you play it differently at the end of the game than you do if you’re the visiting team. I think that’s already part of the formula. Who you’re playing, what players will be on the field for your team and their team.

Q: Why was Texans (cornerback) Dunta Robinson your No. 1 target in free agency?

A: Our philosophy is to identify where you can improve your team in a number of areas. Corner was an area we wanted to improve. When it became apparent Dunta was going to be available, we went full force in that direction. We feel like we’ve added a player with the skill set to be a very efficient and effective corner. He’s a very physical player. He’s got good size for a corner. We expect him to be a leader on the back end. He’s very active in the community. He’s from Athens. He went to South Carolina. I think he’ll be a great addition in the dressing room and in the community. Signing him changes our thoughts on the draft. It eliminates that as a position of need. He gives us an option of using him against the opponent’s best receiver or keeping him on one side. He’s done both. Early in his career, he played inside, too.

NFC South foe New Orleans coach Sean Payton.

NFC South foe New Orleans coach Sean Payton.

Q: Since the Saints won the Super Bowl, should they be favored to win the division?

A: Arguably, I think the NFC South is the toughest division in the league. Almost every year there’s been a different winner, but with the Saints as the defending Super Bowl champs, they’ll go into the (division) as the favorite. Offensively, they’re very talented, and it starts with Drew Brees. They’re a powerful offense. Last season, they were probably the most opportunistic defense in the league. They did a great job of attacking the ball and creating confusion and forcing turnovers. At Carolina, John (Fox) will have his team playing hard and well. I think their offense will be set up around their two running backs (DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart). They’re always going to play strong defense with John and (defensive coordinator) Ron Meeks. I think (quarterback) Matt Moore has a very good skill set. He’s got the height and arm strength. He doesn’t have the experience Jake (Delhomme) had. He’s got a chance to be a very good quarterback. I think Raheem (Morris) will make big strides in his second season. I really like their big quarterback, Josh Freeman. Not only does he throw the ball, but he can run, too. He’s got some escape ability. He can extend the play. They made a lot of improvement, especially on the defensive side, attacking the offense. I see this as a typical year in the NFC South – some real battles.

Q: As a former defensive coordinator, what do you think about the rules that keep being changed that seemed to affect the defense the most?

A: Most of these rules are about player safety. They defined a defenseless player a little more in depth.

Q: What is Michael Turner’s situation after being hampered last season because of ankle injuries?

A: Michael came back, and in the first game he was back, he injured his ankle. He was really politicking to get back. The doctors cleared him. I think I looked at it in a different light. He’s such a tough guy he wanted to get back in and play. I think he’ll be bigger, faster and stronger this year. It’s important for us to do a good job of monitoring his carries for the game. We have to make sure we don’t overwork Michael throughout the season. We designed our game plan to get others involved. We thought the addition of (tight end) Tony Gonzalez would take some carries away from Michael.

Matt Ryan read to lauch a pass against.

Matt Ryan ready to launch a pass last season.

Q: What do you expect out of Matt Ryan going into his third season?

A: Matt improved from Year One to Year Two. I think there’ll be significant improvement from Year 2 to Year 3. He’s improved on and will continue to improve on the two traits all great quarterbacks have. One is decision-making, and the other is accuracy with the football. Matt has really improved in his decision making as far as what he can see and where he goes with the football. His accuracy has improved as well. We’ve opened up the playbook from Year 1 to Year 2. We’ll continue to expand what we want to do offensively. It was very important for us to add more weapons, like Tony Gonzalez. He had 83 catches, and we had almost 100 from the tight end position. We had, like, 14 the year before. That opens up his options and increases his ability to read the defense and get the ball into the right guy’s hands.

Q: What kind of season do you expect from defensive end John Abraham?

Smitty is expected a big bounce-back year from John Abraham  (Curtis Compton/compton@ajc.com)

Smitty is expected a big bounce-back year from John Abraham (Curtis Compton/compton@ajc.com)

A: John had a great year in 2008, 16 ½ sacks. His numbers weren’t nearly as good last season. As we watched tape and spent time evaluating him, we still felt like he had some very effective rushes. The sacks just didn’t come. Historically, he’s had a down year every third or fourth season, and he’s bounced back. We anticipate he will again. Sometimes we missed pressure up the middle when (defensive tackle) Peria Jerry went down. We felt like he was really coming along and could win some of those one-on-one battles.

Q: Why are the pass-rushing defensive (ends) so hard to find?

A: When you find the guy who can win one on one, you’ve got a special player. Sometimes teams commit six to seven players to protection.

Q: What about defensive end Jamal Anderson?

A: Last year, I thought he made big strides in terms of his end play in our base defense. He moved inside the majority of the time with our (nickel) package. He ended up spending half his time inside in passing situations.

Q: What kind of draft is this?

A: I think it’s a very deep draft at a number of positions. There’s going to be value in all rounds at all positions. It’s become an evaluator’s draft as far as who’s going to be available at what position. We have (eight) picks. Our No. 1 priority is to get as many good players as we can.”

Q: Tell us about cornerback Chris Houston, who you traded to Detroit after you signed Dunta Robinson.

A: Chris started 37 games for us and played well. He’s very physical. He can play man coverage. I think he’ll do a real good job at Detroit. When we made the move to sign Dunta, we made a decision. We felt good about our two young cornerbacks, and we acquired Brian Williams last year. Chris is a good guy. He started 37 games for us. It was an organizational move that once we added Dunta, we could (trade Houston).”

136 comments Add your comment

fanoffalcons

March 24th, 2010
5:15 pm

Get Spiller!

The Grinch

March 24th, 2010
5:26 pm

The fact that their going to reduce Turner’s carries (which is a good idea) makes the tendering of Norwood even more confusing. We need a change of pace back that can stay healthy and not get arm tackled by an 8 year old, and now it looks like we won’t draft one. I’m confused; this is a run first offense, isn’t it?

The Grinch

March 24th, 2010
5:26 pm

“They’re;” excuse me.

Formul8or

March 24th, 2010
5:29 pm

He doesn’t really say they’re going to make him a less percentage of the time, just looks like they’ll pass more. I don’t think it means Norwood or Snelling are getting more carries.

Tim Tebow's Tears

March 24th, 2010
5:32 pm

I agree. I want Spiller. Or BayBay

JJ

March 24th, 2010
5:33 pm

DOL, thanks for intel, very insightful especially with mock friday coming…D3’s of course! We have your RSVP on the spoon train, no backing out for OC or you may lose your seat.

JJ

March 24th, 2010
5:38 pm

Spoon, Graham or Mays unless they trade Norwood, then Spiller can be discussed. They will not carry 5 RB’s on a 53 man roster. Snelling is the future after they wear out Turner. Love Spiller over tiptoe Spiller but theirs no room for both. So, SPOON IT IS!!!

JJ

March 24th, 2010
5:39 pm

My bad…”tiptoe Norwood”.

Brian Hunt

March 24th, 2010
6:04 pm

Smitty is such a class guy. I like that he won’t talk ill of the departed, but it’s funny that he refers to Houston as “physical” when the lack of that trait is what got him benched in 2008. His evasive answer of the Anderson question is pretty telling.

chuck

March 24th, 2010
6:08 pm

The GM and Head coach want to be strong at the lines of scrimmage. That means a DE in the first round and I would be surprised for an OL to be one of the 3rd round picks. It pains me as a loyal UGA alumni to say this but maybe we will get lucky and have Morgan fall to us at 19. No way they pass on him.

SirReal

March 24th, 2010
6:11 pm

We’re not getting Spiller point blank.lol Though many of us would like to see it, I dont think we’ll get that one. lol They would not have tendered both Snelling and Norwood if they were not willing to keep them. I think our RBs are actually pretty good from Turner all the way to Norwood (when he’s not hurt) We’re drafting defensively first. Lets just be honest. Afterward, the next rounds we find a couple gems on offense ( a nice center to groom, maybe a TE?) and continue to add depth at LB, and the WHOLE D-line. We need more depth. Maybe we find an Elvis Dumervil-type in the later rounds? We’ll see! :)

mystikal

March 24th, 2010
6:12 pm

Im also skeptical why we tendered injury prone Norwodd, I like the guy, but he’s no good in street clothes all the time. Feel great having Snelling in the rotation and would love to see Spillers in the mix. Think he could be like our Reggie Bush as far as being that x-factor, especially if Douglas comes back healthy. This is only if we can trade Norwoood which I don’t see happening and I dont think Spillers will drop to us anyway. Definitely many needs on defense and I like Weatherspoon!

chris taylor

March 24th, 2010
6:14 pm

Dont get me wrong, i really love Spoon. i think he could really make us better. But in a 4-3 base DE’s r ur playmakers. If we got graham & move JA inside to rotate with babs and jerry that would strengthen us more than adding spoon. Sign j peezy for a year then pick up a 1st round OLB next year is what i’d do bet hey, im not a GM either. Spoon or Graham either is a good move.

falcon 71

March 24th, 2010
6:27 pm

take spiller and trade norwood for a nose guard

falcon 71

March 24th, 2010
6:28 pm

they missed Grady

waynester

March 24th, 2010
6:32 pm

Guys, please–
I know Spiller is great, but he’s not the only great change-of-pace back in this draft. Dexter McClusters will be just as good if not better as a pro. If Spiller IS there at 19 we should be on the phone with S.D. to trade down to 28 and gain an extra pick. We could get D McC at a more reasonable spot and cover several positions with a more versatile player. The Bills and G.B. are looking at McC in the mid-2nd so if we want him in red&black we need to jump on it…..

waynester

March 24th, 2010
6:37 pm

P.S. to my last post
If we do as I’ve suggested earlier and Kyle Wilson is still on the board(doubtful, but possible) we immediately get on the phone with the Lions and trade back to the top of the 2nd, and go to town with all our newly acquired extra pix…..

chris taylor

March 24th, 2010
6:49 pm

Spiller. C’mon ppl. Why dont we bring Reggie White in. How bout lets draft Lawrence Taylor. Spiller is not gonna make it out of top 10. It will cost us too much too move into second round much less up in first. No one wants norwood or any of our other tendered guys. Our offence is maturing, douglas coming back, fewer carries for turner so he should be more consistent. I have to believe jenkins feels the heat on his back so he should step it up even though he’s often the 3rd read so the balls gone by time he’s looked at. Keep reloading on defence & we’ll blow everyone away.

JJ

March 24th, 2010
6:51 pm

They do not miss Grady, we finished 2nd in the league against the run! We need penetrating, pass rushing DT, not grady. We run a 4-3, not a 3-4. With hiphop peria back, our push up the middle will collapse the pocket given our DE a better chance of sacks.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 24th, 2010
6:51 pm

Folks, you all need to get off the SPILLER train. He’s not coming here. He will be on a plane to San Fran by the 19th pick. But like old hoop coach Petey Gillen used to say, “Never say never!”

Brian Hunt
— He was very kind in his assessment of Jamaal Anderson. But you understand that he can’t go around ripping his players in public after he publicly stood up for them like he did in the Washington game (see photo above).

JJ — My mock will be updated on Friday, too. There’s enough mocking to go around for everybody. The Spoon train may have left the station. I’ll have more than a few bombshells for my folks!!!

Falcon71 — Big Grady Jackson is available. But Peria Jerry was slated for that role last season.

Mystical
— I understand your position on Jerious. But that’s not the team’s position.

chris taylor

March 24th, 2010
6:59 pm

I really like McCluster too. You know how a drunk driver wrecks & never gets hurt by staying loose. Thats McCluster, he holds the ball tight with both hands at moment of impact yet is loose enough to take alot of punishment. Where is Mughelli at? Does he help us enough to keep him? He’s overpaid & under produces. We should combine something with norwood to get McCluster in second.

JJ

March 24th, 2010
7:19 pm

Dol, bet you’re going Graham or Mays this week.

JJ

March 24th, 2010
7:20 pm

McClusters in 3rd?

JJ

March 24th, 2010
7:20 pm

or AJ Edds in 3rd? lol

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 24th, 2010
7:29 pm

NFL HAS RELEASED OFFICIAL DRAFT ORDER
FALCONS DRAFT ORDER
1st round 19th overall
2nd round No pick
3rd round 81st overall
3. (98th overall, compensatory)
4th round 117
5th round 149
5th round (165th overall, compensatory)
6th round 171
6th round 189

Mike Jay

March 24th, 2010
7:31 pm

Mughelli under produces? How do you figure that? He’s not a pass catching FB nor a rushing one. He is one of the BEST blocking FB’s out there. That is his job, not to produce offensive numbers. He helps other’s do that. Sure he makes a lot but he is one of the best at what he does. Ask Turner if he under produces.

Brian Hunt…
Yes, Smitty is world class. Fantastic hire, I hope he coaches here forever.

Lastly,
Stop the Spiller madness! Please, just stop. This is not fantasy football.

Mike Jay

March 24th, 2010
7:34 pm

More lastly,

Please for the love of all. Stop with the “we should trade Jamal Anderson or Norwood to move up” nonsense as well. I keep hearing that and it’s silly. JA has ZERO trade value. let me repeat that. JA has Z E R O trade value. Norwood ‘might’ fetch a 6th – 7th rounder in this draft. Might.

Ok I feel better.

PlanB

March 24th, 2010
7:35 pm

I want Grady back. Don’t know why we don’t try to get him. He was a starter for us and is as good as anyone we have with the possible exception of Jerry. I think he had several tackles for losses, so he can make a good push plus requiring a doubleteam most of the time. If nothing else use him for depth at DT.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 24th, 2010
7:37 pm

PlanB — GRADY, GRADY, GRADY!!!!

PlanB

March 24th, 2010
7:40 pm

And I think we should trade #19 for 2 second round picks.

PlanB

March 24th, 2010
7:42 pm

DOL please splain GRADY, GRADY, GRADY!!!!

chris taylor

March 24th, 2010
7:42 pm

We all know exactly what ATL should do. WIN. I cant see any teams fans blog’n/caring as much as us. Go Graham…Go Spoon…Go Falcons….i’m just ready for the season of dishing out a$$ whippin’s to begin. I only hope we got vaccinated for the injury bug. Must sweep division. I want to shut up the nay sayers and show everyone this team is serious. I firmly believe we can go undefeated at the beginning of every season. But 12-4 or 4-12 i’ve always been a fan so i guess i’m just blinded by love for my home team. ATL born & raised.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 24th, 2010
7:50 pm

PlanB — I was leading the cheers for you. You said you wanted Grady back.

gman

March 24th, 2010
7:52 pm

Enter your comments here

waynester

March 24th, 2010
7:52 pm

JJ
I just saw a mock on another site that had McClusters going to us in the 3rd and Edds as our 3rd rd comp. Assuming a DE in the 1st, I think I might pee in my britches just a little…
chris taylor
I’m right there with ya buddy–can’t wait to kick some ass in 2010….
DLed
No more Gravy, please. I do like us taking a penetrating DT like big Smith from La or G Atkins from here in Athens at the 149 or 165. Atkins may go earlier than this however…..

Mike Jay

March 24th, 2010
7:53 pm

I wouldn’t mind seeing Grady back for the right price. He certainly eats up space. Though I hate to admit it….Jamal Anderson played fairly decent in the middle last year. I know, crazy right? but there it is.

chris taylor

March 24th, 2010
8:10 pm

We dont run enough double back sets to have simply a blocking FB, u need some kind of versatility back there. Snelling, Turner, Mughelli all have same running style.

gman

March 24th, 2010
8:41 pm

i say, we should trade norwood, not for a first round pick, but a swap in the first and a second round pick. take our 1st pick DERRICK MORGAN GT , our 2nd pick WR ARRELIOUS BENN ILL, with our 3rd pick OLB A.J. EDDS our second 3rd RB BENN TATE AUB. our 4th DT D ANTHONY SMITH LOU TECH our second 4th CB/S MYRON LUIS VANDERBILT our 5th round C ERIC OLSEN ND our second 5th OLB RENNIE CURRAN GA our 6th G BRANDON CARTER TEX and the second 6th K HUNTER LAWRENCE TEX. after that draft SUPER BOWL

DC Dirty Bird

March 24th, 2010
9:00 pm

The one thing that Smitty said in his interview that struck me was that he said that they needed to get as many “good” players in this draft as they could and that this was an evaluators draft. I know that should be the mantra of every team, but what i gleaned from this was that they will draft based on value and not based on need. So, at the end of the day, the Graham/Spoon debate will be answered by who TD and Smitty grades higher for the 19th pick. If we don’t trade up into the 2nd, I see us drafting a high value CB (Owusu-Ansah, Cox, Warren), OLB if they take Graham (There are few OLB’s that are likely to be around in the 3rd with Dekoda Watson being the best), DE (Ricky Sapp) if they take Spoon, a speed WR, a developmental TE (Graham from Miami), and more lineman.

reallygroovy7777

March 24th, 2010
9:02 pm

TRADE ALL PICKS FOR SUH AND TEBOW AND TAYLOR MAYS USC.

Chop Buster

March 24th, 2010
9:08 pm

Good to hear…don’t run the young man in the ground. Even Smitty has said the league is going to more of an aerial attack game and using the run to keep teams honest. I still like a strong power and lightening running game though–eats that clock. I think our guys come back stronger this year with something to prove.

The Grinch

March 24th, 2010
9:08 pm

Count me in on the Dex. McCluster bandwagon. He would be a perfect fit.

joswald

March 24th, 2010
9:11 pm

DE or OLB is a lock in the first round. Now what is the scoop on this OLB Edds DOL?

Maxx

March 24th, 2010
9:14 pm

We’re nit Draftin Spiller or Bay-Bay at 19, we’re drafting Sean “Ham” Witherspoon!!!

Maxx

March 24th, 2010
9:15 pm

McCluster would be a nice pickup in a later round

Maxx

March 24th, 2010
9:15 pm

Would rather have Jhavid Best though!

Old Man

March 24th, 2010
9:21 pm

OK, my Metamucil break is over. Sorry I’m late.

JJ, I agree that Snelling is the successor to Turner, but not later. NOW. Turner is going to go from “Turner the burner” to “Turner the burned out” pretty soon. In fact, last season was the beginning of that. Snelling, when he plays repeated downs, is the kind of back that gets in a rhythm, see week 17 against TB. And he catches the ball, which Turner never does. Snelling is on the cusp of breaking out. I want him on my fantasy team (aka, the Atlanta Falcons) when he does that.

Listen people: trade Turner for some picks while he still has value (and trade Norwood for whatever). We need the top explosive back in the draft (Spiller?, McCluster?, Matthews?) whether it takes a 1, or 2, or 3 pick. And with the other picks we have loaded up with via trade address DE, OLB, etc. Snelling in tandem with the top explosive back out of the draft is what we need.

Think outside the envelope, people. NE, IND, PITT do it all the time.

Old Man

March 24th, 2010
9:26 pm

Maxx, if Best is the the “best” explosive back in the draft, then pick him. I’ll put him in the group with Spiller, Matthews, McCluster. Frankly, none of us can make that fine a distinction on players we may have only seen one of a lot. That’s TD’s job. The point is, why carry two bonecrusher backs who can start for most teams (Turner and Snelling) but we don’t have a second round pick, or a DE, or an OLB, or an explosive RB. Something’s wrong with that picture.

JJ

March 24th, 2010
9:29 pm

Turner does not reach his numbers without the best blocking FB Mughelli
in THE LEAGUE. STATS dont lie…or ask our man DOL who covers them fulltime. Mr. DOL, in league circles, where does Mughelli rank as a blocking FB say 1-100? As my friend Nookah says, ’nuff respect!!!

Old Man

March 24th, 2010
9:35 pm

JJ:

Excellent point. To some extent, whoever Mughelli blocks for is going to have space to run. The downgrade we suffer for moving Turner is minimal or non-existent, and we would could gain a lot in terms of picks, a speed RB, etc. Honestly, this is one of the ways in which the Mughelli investment pays off.

Old Man

March 24th, 2010
9:41 pm

DOL:

I’ve been like a dog with a bone on this. What would Turner bring in terms of players/picks on the open market?

joswald

March 24th, 2010
9:46 pm

Hey Guys…Michael Turner will be a Falcons for the next 3-4 seasons. And productive seasons too. Trading him is out of the question…

gman

March 24th, 2010
9:52 pm

UPDATE: our second 5th round pick TE SCOTT SICKO N.HAMPS

GT3O

March 24th, 2010
10:03 pm

GET BEY-BEY THOMAS!!!! Drop Jenkins! Get Matt one more good weapon and watch out!

Singletary

March 24th, 2010
10:37 pm

Taking off from Brian Hunt’s point, I think Smitty WAS being honest and self-limiting. Chris H was “physical.” He just didn’t seem to often have his brain in the game much less a nano-second flash of brilliance to put him at an advantage over a WR. I remember one game on 09 where the commentators said (and I paraphrase) “rookie (or Pop Warner) mistake. He never turned to get one eye on and then play the ball.”

chris taylor

March 24th, 2010
10:38 pm

Maybe i have overlooked Mughelli’s value. As most FB’s r overlooked. Always thought of Mike Allstot as ideal FB. I know i like Spoon, Graham, McCluster. I like Michael Turner but there were some spurts of mediocrity. I just feel like if he cant put out 1500yds/season Snelling can do what he does & catch a few screens out of backfield. The leage is changing in that there aren’t many 3 down backs anymore. I hope Turner can return to form. Still think McCluster is worth at least a 3rd. He can impact in all 3 phases and versatility is where it’s at nowadays.

Paddy

March 24th, 2010
10:52 pm

That interview did not sound like coach Smith. That sounded like coach Speak. Absolutly nothing there. Hope that changes.

Old Man

March 24th, 2010
11:04 pm

“I hope Turner can return to form.” Are you kidding?

Give me a break. So that’s what a top-flite GM does? “I hope my players do better?” Heck, no.

Find out where you have surplus. Figure out what your needs are. Move players after they peak, before they fade. Did anyone out there see Turner’s drop off. Did anyone see Snelling beat TB single-handedly?

Oh, well. I guess you guys are content with being second fiddle to NO. We had two winning seasons in a row, right? What more could you want?

Big Ray

March 24th, 2010
11:09 pm

Mike Smith did well by his players, and he spoke well of them. He’s got class.

However….

We know Chris Houston was traded because Robinson is way better, and the younger guys have shown the potential to be better than Houston was. A lot better.

Big Grady was let go for a reason. Bringing him back is not a smart idea.

Jamaal Anderson is on the bubble. Either he becomes a very serious run stuffer who can occasionally collapse the pocket, or he becomes a good rusher at the DE position. Or, he gets a ticket out of town. It’s really that simple.

Big Ray

March 24th, 2010
11:11 pm

Some of you just don’t get it. Coaches and GMs are not going to tell you their innermost thoughts during interviews. Duhhhh….

Turner is not burned out yet. So throw Turner out with the bath water? Then what happens when Snelling gets hurt, like Turner did? Wow do we have some geniuses in here

Young man

March 24th, 2010
11:14 pm

Strange, seems injuries had a lot to do with us not making the playoffs last year, or was that just a figment of my imagination? Turner came back too soon after missing games due to injury, but that means he’s all washed up? :roll:

We also were missing our starting QB for a few games, a starting DT for the whole season, a starting WR, and a starting CB. Nah, none of that had anything to do with it. Just like it had nothing to do with New Orleans going 8-8 the year before. Right.

Somebody needs to take the computer away from the “old man” at the nursing home…. :lol:

Tdawg

March 24th, 2010
11:24 pm

I really like Spiller but if memory serves me right he was often injured while at Clemson. What do you think is going to happen when he gets into the pros. Those guys hit much harder than the college kids. I personally think that Norwood has a lot left in the tank and there’s not a more explosive player on the field when he’s fit. Really wish that we would go after his teammate though, J. Ford now there is some serious speed, he could still be around in the 4th or 5th round. Can return punts and kickoffs also. First pick we should go after the best defensive player available who ever that may be.

toby

March 24th, 2010
11:36 pm

25 years of being a season ticket holder I’ve never felt more confident in letting the coach and the G.M. do what they think is right for my Birds

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Flo-Ri-Duh!

March 25th, 2010
12:09 am

If C.J. Spiller was a vaiable Atlanta would draft him but he wil go between 10 & 15. The Falcon’s will pick a DE or LB and that is no surprise.

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Maxx

March 25th, 2010
2:08 am

TDawg- Spiller never missed a start at Clemson

Steve

March 25th, 2010
3:24 am

If you want to lighten the burden on Michael Turner then quit giving him the ball on meaningless off tackle plans 10 times in a row!!

Armond Hill

March 25th, 2010
3:36 am

Old man has the right idea. Gotta stay ahead of the competition (ie the Patriots way). The average life-span of a running back is measured in nano seconds. Especially one who takes multiple hits on every carry like Turner. Rule 1. evaluate players better than your competition. Rule 2. Sell sell sell just after they peak. Rule 3. Treat the employees well while they’re here. They’ll recruit for you and perhaps come back at a discount later to add depth and experience.

WreckinBall

March 25th, 2010
5:40 am

Turner is a long way from peaking. The N.O. Saints HAVE peaked. If their QB is injured, they are done. It took everything the Saints had, and a lot of bad officiating in the aints favor, for them to record wins in the two games they played against the Mighty Falcons in 2009. The Mighty Falcons will be on top of Southern Div. of the NFC at the end of the 2010 season. — FLY HIGH MIGHTY FALCONS — DEFEAT THE NO AINTS —
The Saints will be saying — WHO DAT WAS? WHO DAT WAS? WHO DAT WAS, DAT JUST KICKED OUR A$$, two times in 2010, after the MIGHTY FALCONS have run over them like a Mack truck on the I-75.

SHO-NUFF

March 25th, 2010
5:55 am

Young Man — You are correct sir! But, I do not believe Old Man is in a nursing home. He is probably in his bedroom, getting in one last comment before his Mama comes to tuck him in. He will need a good nights rest so he’ll be alert at Middle school tomorrow morning.

The Real Falcon

March 25th, 2010
6:52 am

I will be SO glad when Spiller is off the board and we can go back to reality.
Defense!

Old Man

March 25th, 2010
7:11 am

SHO-NUFF

I’m busted. Yeah, my elective in 6th grade this year is Sports Management. My project this term was “Falcons Player Management, 2010.” Moving Tuner and Norwood, and replacing them with Snelling and Spiller/Best/Matthews/McCluster plus a couple of high 2nd rounders was my thesis. I got an A+.

(”Mom, where did I leave my shoes? Is the bus here yet?”)

Mike Jay

March 25th, 2010
8:30 am

Trade Turner? The cap hit alone would make that impossible. He’ll be fine theis year if the oline stays healthy.

FalconsFan

March 25th, 2010
8:42 am

For anyone saying Norwood is “injury prone” let’s look at how many games he’s missed:
2009: 10 games played in
2008: 16 games played in
2007: 15 games played in
2006: 14 games played in (Rookie year)

So, outside of 2009 when several players missed several games Norwood did not play in 3 games in the previous 3 seasons. How is that injury prone?

Norwood’s style of play and positions he plays does leave him open for big hits but he’s really only missed significant time in 2009. To give up on him now would be silly.

D-Bird

March 25th, 2010
8:42 am

Spiller! Spiller! Spiller! its time for the GM to become a Genius. Create a master plan and find a way to get Spiller in a ATL Falcons Uniform. Jarious Norwood time has came an gone. He is very expendable and we have no need for his services at this time. I said once and I will say it twice: If you want to sell out the Ga Dome, then bring the ACC offensive player of the year CJ Spiller to the ATL Falcons.

shannyeight

March 25th, 2010
8:52 am

As for you folks talkin about “get a WR”-aint gonna happen in the first 4 rounds. D Thomas will be gone by then. And we just got back Harry Douglas. Get real. We are NOT getting Spiller! We could have a chance for McCluster however, but I know they def need to go DE with the 1st round pick. I agree with Old Man to trade Turner, but with the contract he’s wrapped up in right now, no team is gonna wanna touch that. With the Dunta Robinson trade, there’s not a pressing need to worry about the secondary too much anymore, but I would be looking to snag a better WR in the late rounds coz Jenkins is not it.

Falcon's Brass Are Clueless

March 25th, 2010
9:09 am

Can someone PLEEEEEZE tell me what has TD accomplished since he’s been here thru the draft.?
Baker= borderline bust
Peria= Injury Prone
Moore= Injury Prone
Ryan= jury still out- he really hit the wall last year, hopefully will bounce back in 2010

That’s a lot of unknowns from TD, so what make you think TD will do any better this year in the draft?

Now, we are all talking about bringing Grady back when they shouldn’t have let him go last year just to play a bunch of ROOKIES, anyways.
I’m always perplexed by the love-fest for TD, a GM who has proven nothing, and the thought that we can draft more rookies this year and make it to the playoffs…it won’t happen.

Orlando- the Falcons need another RB and they need one fast. Turner is not a back with any type of acceleration that can break thru holes, and our OLine is not that dominate. My point- if you’re going to maintain an average OL like the one we have now, you’d better get some players that can improvise on a dime like CJ Spiller, or else Ryan will continue to have issues in the backfield.

One other thing- I’m still in shock the Falcons have not added more VETRANS to this team to help with the Dline.

Bottom-line- the Falcon’s Brass are still Clueless- when will they learn that a NFL team hardly ever wins or make the playoffs with a bunch of rookies or lack of playmakers on the DLine, and that’s where the Falcons are headed this year as well…out of the playoffs in Jan.

Mike Jay

March 25th, 2010
9:10 am

Spiller? LOL. I love it everytime I hear it. You can’t pay another RB first round money when you already have Turner making what he does. You cannot spend that much cap space at one position. The rest of team would suffer. That’s like us resigning Vick at 7 mil a season to come and be a change of pace/short yardage QB.

The Dome sold out fine the last couple of seasons without the Great Spiller. How many home games have been blacked out recently?

SHO-NUFF

March 25th, 2010
9:17 am

Ttadin’ Turner would be an unsmart move, and it ain’t gonna be a happenin’. I don’t think Norwood has any trade value, causin’ he stay hurt too much.

SHO-NUFF

March 25th, 2010
9:18 am

I be meanin’ to say Tradin’ Turner.

Blue Fender

March 25th, 2010
9:22 am

For all that keep saying “we need to trade our number 1 pick to get more picks”, who are you going to trade to? Unless someone wants to move up, you’re stuck. Say who you are going to trade with and I’ll quit griping about you being stupid.

Mike Jay

March 25th, 2010
9:25 am

Can someone PLEEEEEZE tell me what has TD accomplished since he’s been here thru the draft.?
Baker= borderline bust – maybe, maybe not. He’ssolid but probably needs to be on the right side
Peria= Injury Prone – after one season and one injury? Really?
Moore= Injury Prone – see above. Football is rough and physical dude.
Ryan= jury still out- he really hit the wall last year, hopefully will bounce back in 2010 — haha. Every analys in gootball disagrees with you. They are smarter, sorry.

LOL, seriosuly?

you forgot to mention

Lofton : multiple pro bowls in his future
Bierman : break out season coming, Heart of a champion
Sidbury : tremedous pass rushing upside
Decoud : breakout player last season imo, future looking bright
Owens : coaches are still big on him
Douglas : Explosive reciever who can do lots of things

Plus he stole the best TE to ever play the game for 2nd round pick. The falcon’s Brass has done an outstanding job rebuilding this team from the abysmal place it was only 2 seasons ago. It takes around 3 years to complete the job and during this rebuilding process they have made the playoffs once and just missed it the next season with a sleu of injuries at key postions. I don’t know what team you have been watching but it must be from another time, like the late 80’s. TD is hgihly regarded throughout football for a reason. He was the freaking executive of the year already.

SHO-NUFF

March 25th, 2010
9:30 am

Some of the peoples on this here blog, needs to be submittin a resume to Mr. Arthur for that GM job, they be havin it all figured out about what the Falcons need to be a doin with their personnel.Matt Ryan hit the wall in 2009, you be foolin, right?

Hamp

March 25th, 2010
10:09 am

Everyone is calling for spiller DUMB move at 19. We have a change of pace back waiting on the practice squad with a year in the system. Antoine he played at Florida state and is one of their best backs in history. Bring the kid up if he can make the roster.

I would not put the burden of letting Douglas play special teams the first year back from injury. Weems is not that bad. I don’t know how douglas returning affects his roster spot. \

Just thinking we can bring up the RB kid because Snelling can occupy the other FB slot and you kill two birds with one stone. We seem to be full at WR after signing Finn for another year. I think we are in a very good situation.

I would take a good hard look at Antoing the RB and then all this spiller talk can go away. McCluster is interesting but after not having a secon do you go get him in the 3rd he may not even be there when we pick. These are just my thought some out loud.

JJ

March 25th, 2010
10:29 am

Mike Jay, agree, some others are completely clueless. TD is the best GM this organization has ever had, period!

Sid

March 25th, 2010
10:39 am

What is the deal with Spiller folks………..? Would love to have him but he will be long gone……… You don’t trade up in this type of draft, not unless you are going for #1 of which Spiller is not a #1. Plenty of talent in many key positions.
I will say this, Turner started out last year very passive hitting the line. You get injured more often playing half speed than all out. Ask defenses if they want us to get rid of Norwood, he is very dangerous if he can find some open field. I think Ryan will break some Falcon records this year, he has the tools, now he has the experience.

blord

March 25th, 2010
10:49 am

Wow, MS was very kind when speaking of JA98. Sort of sounds like what was said about him before the start of last season. In our system it appears he is nothing more than a backup DT. There are so many teams out there going to the 3-4 Defense that I wonder if we have received many calls about JA98. He can hold the point of attack which is what a team running the 3-4 looks for in a DE from my understanding. It is pretty obvious that we don’t really want him so I wonder if there is much desire for the guy. If so I wonder how high a draft pick we could get for him? A 4th? 5th? A 2019 7th?

blord

March 25th, 2010
10:54 am

Hamp:
I am a huge FSU fan and would not go so far as to say that Antoine Smith was one of the best backs in school history but I do like the kid. He suffered in college from being behind a substandard Oline and I think he has huge upside. I am really pulling for the guy.

DOL, any idea on how the Falcons view A. Smith?

Elvisinthehouse

March 25th, 2010
11:00 am

Falcon71,its not grady its big greedy.

Mike Jay

March 25th, 2010
11:02 am

JA Has ZERO trade value. Z E R O. He makes way too much money for his production. We would have already cut him if not for the high cap hit. We just can’t afford to trade him and take the cap hit for what would be at best a 6th-7th round pick. So we let him play a little inside and BU at the end, which he is decent at and get what you can out of him until his contract expires. (Same reason we did not cut MV initally) As bad as he is we would be awfully lucky to get even his samll bit of proodcution out of a 7th round pick. This is one of the reason the owners and GMs are strongly pushing for a rookie salry cap. Your hands get tied when you miss in the first round and are stuck with the contract. The miss rate is high in the first round, every GM whiffs now and then.

blord

March 25th, 2010
11:08 am

Mike Jay
The contract does appear to be holding us hostage with JA98. At this point I would take a 2004 7th rounder for him:)

cwltank

March 25th, 2010
11:15 am

I am very excited about this year draft. In my opinion the Def held its on. We did not score enough points. Douglas, Jerry, & Norwood were big issues last year. PETERSON DID WHAT HE DO BEST but we need a upgrade at both OLB positions. I suggest we upgrade the OT we need more size and speed at these positons.

Old Man

March 25th, 2010
11:29 am

Somebody educate me. If this year is “uncapped,” and you move someone like Turner or JA, is there a cap hit at all?

Mike L.

March 25th, 2010
11:38 am

Hey Orlando, any talk about Sidbury. That guy is loaded with talent. Coming out of 1-AA(FCS) Richmond last season. Is he in the Falcons plan at DE. He has pass rusher speed.

blord

March 25th, 2010
11:43 am

Something we may all need to keep in mind when thinking about this year’s draft is that we are simply not use to this. By “this” I mean having a GM, coach, and owner in place that knows what they are doing. “We” as long time Falcons fans just are not use to draft picks working out. Let me explain further. A lot of people want a DE in the first round. I understand this and wouldn’t rule it out; however, TD has taken one the last two years in Sid and Beerman. As Falcon fans we are accustom to these picks not amounting to much and they definitely wouldn’t become starters. We assume that at best they could be nothing more than rotational players. I have also heard many on these boards beg for a big OT which once again I wouldn’t have a problem with. We need to be reminded though that we took one last year that is huge yet we once again assume that he will not be starting material because we are Falcon fans and that is just what we are accustom too. Let’s trash that thinking because it is a different day. We are no longer losers. We can have confidence in our front office now. Not every pick we make will work out, but we do have a GM that will find starters in the 4th round and all pro players in the 3rd. There is much to be excited about and I am proud to be a Falcons fan.

Falcon's Brass Are Clueless

March 25th, 2010
11:50 am

Mike Jay- the players that I listed are injury prone as they were back in College. The chance of those players having additional injuries far exceeds a healthy pro career.

Meanwhile the players you mentioned are “wait and see” type of players, which further proves my point. TD has nothing or a player to point his figure at and say that this player changed the dynamics of the Falcons with the exception of Turner.

Thus far, TD has squandered six (6) top draft picks (including 2nd rounder) on injury prone, unproven players. Remember, we gave up two (2) 2nd round picks to jump back into the 1st rd to get Baker. So if you count those 2 players plus Baker, Peria and Moore that would make six players that have yet to impact the team.

Btw- TG was a good addition, but it all went to waste because the trade didn’t provide the returns we’d hope for. No Playoff, not to mention, we gave up this years’ 2nd rd pick.

WAYNE P

March 25th, 2010
11:58 am

Section 108

March 25th, 2010
1:02 pm

If Grady is available, we need to snatch him up with a quickness. It’s very simple – We were a better defense with his big bad self on the D line.

DOL – Love the picture of Smitty getting in D. Small’s face!!

Terrell

March 25th, 2010
1:02 pm

JJ- FYI, we were 10th in the NFL in stopping the run.
2009 without Grady: 1711/ 4.0 yrds/carry and 10TDs
2008 with Grady: 2046 yards/ 4.9 yrds/carry and 17TDs

So we improved last year w/o Grady and people want him back? Nope, no thankyou. Also keep in mind that we held the top rushing team in the league last year in check, so I don’t want to hear how we played weak teams down the stretch. I just don’t think we need to bring Grady back who was only effective in the running game when we have guys who can be effective in the running and passing game.

Hamp

March 25th, 2010
2:00 pm

Blord:
Now one could have said what you just said better.

As with smith even behind that suspect oline he is has stats in the top eight in history and I think he had 15 TDs (infor from team roster) I just think people are calling for spiller Smith fits that role and has been in the system for a year.

Why take a RB first that is why you have practice squads to develop players. Spiller is talented but look what NO did when they took Bush #2 bush is a little injury prone and his size contribute to that and most backs that size except Chris johnson from TENN won’t regularly run between the tackles if needed.

I ny opinion you can find RBs like this from smaller schools who can’t get big backs. But again you have to develop the player. Why spend so heavily if you are not sure what these type players brings.

There are no Chris Johnsons in this draft but you can find a number of reggie bush types Pick you poision and do it carefully!

Hamp

March 25th, 2010
2:02 pm

sorry for the type-Os @ work tying fast.

SHO-NUFF

March 25th, 2010
2:09 pm

OLD MAN — If you move Turner or JA is there a cap hit, at all? U should forget about moving the Falcons #1 O. weapon and use that brain power on something real, he aint goin anywhere.
Now for ur question, if you move Turner or JA is there a cap hit? Didn’t you just get an A+ on ur thesis FALCON PLAYER MANAGEMENT 2010(see 7:11am).Shouldn’t u have covered that in your paper?
FALCONS BRASS R CLUELESS – WOW! – With ur knowledge, u should go for that GM job right away. The next time I speak to Mr. Arthur I’ll mention ur name, meanwhile send in that resume so he can see all of ur experience in running an NFL team.
BY THE WAY, who is this Spiller guy everyone on this rag keeps talking about, is he from around here?

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Mike Jay

March 25th, 2010
2:51 pm

marcus

March 25th, 2010
2:52 pm

i like hardesty who will maybe be goon by the third round but spoon in the first round is a good pick for the birds he will go well with lofton and peters what i would like to see for the birds is a change at the safety position coleman i seen get beat a lot in the pass last year do u think moore can take he’s spot that would be good i’m not realy a fan of norwood but he does dring big play ability to the o i would like to see him change direction a lot beter be more shifty he’s got the speed to take it to the house i want a number two wr to and i mean a number two who is going to make plays or should i say catch the ball without pushing off but about the work load with turner they should run the ball down teams throat in the third and fourth with turner and snelling he’s a big body us him i realy think in the dallas game last year if they would’ve keep feeding him the ball they could’ve wore that d down cause he broke a few big one thats just how i fell

FalconHeroZero

March 25th, 2010
3:48 pm

Doubtful that The Falcons will find themselves back into the 2nd round.. without giving-up their 1st.

What team will be willing to just trade The Falcons a 2nd rounder (during this deep draft)? The Falcons are not a deep team with much to talent to trade. There is no excess of “name-brand” talent at one position on The Falcons roster to package with a 3rd or 4th pick..

“TD” has had some good roster stocking drafts of good players, and projects, but not real names other than QB Ryan and MLB Thornton…yet.

Maybe The Chiefs will give trade their pick back to them, but no both.. Just getting say…one 2nd rounder form them for #19 is a real loss, and The Falcons probably don’t want Dorsey’s salary now..(Beyond this season).

SHO-NUFF

March 25th, 2010
3:48 pm

SHO-NUFF

March 25th, 2010
3:49 pm

SHO-NUFF

March 25th, 2010
3:51 pm

SHO-NUFF

March 25th, 2010
3:51 pm

Mr. Phil

March 25th, 2010
3:57 pm

Maybe DOL was on to something a couple weeks ago. According to espn.com
“Ken Laird of 1250 ESPN Radio in Pittsburgh is hearing that the Steelers are “very high” on Pouncey, and are considering him at No. 18 overall. If he’s taken by the Steelers, he may be shifting back to right guard — “

Mr. Phil

March 25th, 2010
3:59 pm

If the Falcons don’t take Pouncey it might be because he is gone. I need to review tape. Is the guy this good? Really?

FalconHeroZero

March 25th, 2010
4:05 pm

“Spoon” is probably the pick..

The public loves the back-ups at DE …They really love Bierman(well…if they actually blossom into starters..)

The Falcons will give them a chance.. I do not see a DE draft pick until late, if at all.. Remember, they signed Davis to a nice deal, and Anderson is still on he roster. They may not draft a DE at at all next month.

Small RBs and TE’s burned The Falcons on screens..and it began with The Preseason Game against The Chargers..Falcons Defense was beaten with dump-offs, screens, WR screens, shovel passes..(most to the outside). I saw their LBs trailing Reggie Bush and other speed RBs into the end-zone on 2nd and 3rd downs..

Drafting an under-sized OLB in lower rounds (that they are not sure can cover) will make them weaker against the run.. That is why they chose not to re-sign OLB Michael Boley.

What good is a rookie DE (or any other position-player) if he doesn’t start? lolol. If he is “red-shirted”, and used to “create competition” at a certain position? As an organization, your 1st pick has to start Game 1 (with confidence). Even your second rounder should start..

Mr. Phil

March 25th, 2010
4:14 pm

Good point HeroZero. But think about this. Did any player on the Falcons offensive line play so well last year that they could not possibly lose their job. I don’t think linebacker is the pick because I think Peterson, Lofton, and Nicholas are entrenched for the time being. We do need another starter, and I think it will be a defensive lineman. Tackle or end.

FalconHeroZero

March 25th, 2010
4:17 pm

Expect Boston College C Tennett..and a DT to be selected with a higher pick than expected (Jerry injured, Babineaux case—That’s your starters).

No positive mention of the other DTs on the roster.

FalconHeroZero

March 25th, 2010
4:18 pm

Jamaal Anderson is tall at DT, and his legs are cut, or chopped-blocked when he stands-up. When he began batting-down passes at DE and DT, the opposing OTs and OGs would fall-down in front of him.. I’ve seen this a great deal. He can’t side-step them because of his long frame. The refs never call it…lol. It’s difficult for a very tall man to remain low.

FalconHeroZero

March 25th, 2010
4:31 pm

@Mr. Phil

I’ve heard positive reports from the local media and the team’s officials regarding the teams’ DEs, and O-Line.

Ryan has a quick-release.. So, he may make his O-Line better than what it really is..Still, most OTs who can possible play both RT and LT probably will be lone gone by #19 (with The Best 5 OTs probably selected within the top 17 picks).

Supposedly, The Falcons like “Jigsaw” Reynolds at RT, and I doubt that another team will match a 2nd round pick tender for RT Clabo, and RG..

No major changes there.. Franchise OTs do not drop.

Boston College C Tennett knows Ryan. He’s not supposed to be a “power-center” like the one from Florida (Pouncey), but he knows Ryan a bit.. I assume.

marcus

March 25th, 2010
5:36 pm

yeah anderson has like what one sack sence he’s been in the league but look at it like this he’s up side is he’s play against the run last year i seen team running away from him but getting sacks is what gets the press coverage the one sack he got last year came when he was at the DT spot so what does that say about him i mean i’m cool with a pass rushing end but find one with size that can play the run and the pass that want be ran off the ball and can say maybe anderson would do better with his pass rush if he played with better leverage being a good pass rusher isn’t all about speed watch some old school film from before the LTera

marcus

March 25th, 2010
5:38 pm

i do think sidbury a do fine with some coaching in camp

PlanB

March 25th, 2010
8:03 pm

@Terrell – I didn’t know Grady was individually responsible for stopping the run. If you remember, released players Brooking, Boley and Malloy were on that 2008 team, that I assumed were supposed to give Grady an occasional helping hand. Detroit released him a few days age. He could help this team. Some where I read Big Ray say, we got rid of him for a reason. I don’t think he or I know what that reason is but I’m betting it’s because TD had planned to draft a DT in the first round (P. Jerry). I wish he had kept him for depth since Jerry only played in two games.

I MUS WRITE

March 25th, 2010
8:16 pm

Toby Gerhardt in the 3rd.

I MUS WRITE

March 25th, 2010
8:17 pm

Grady Jackson is 37 years old, we can do better in the draft or keep JA98 at DT.

PlanB

March 25th, 2010
8:20 pm

one more thing @ Terrell – You say Grady was only effective against the run. DT’s don’t get that many sacks but if they have to be double teamed, you’ll find that you DE’s and LB’s will be getting alot more sacks.

PlanB

March 25th, 2010
8:27 pm

@ I mus write – Last year Grady was 36 and Detroit signed him for a 3 year $8 million deal. Yes he was released but for $2.67 million a year for a proven DT with a year or two left and used only in rotation, why not. It’s not like we are giving anything up for him.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 25th, 2010
10:33 pm

I can see that you all have been enjoying yourselves in here today. Coach Smith put a lot out there for you all to discuss.

Don’t understand the love affair with Spiller. Just don’t.

I don’t think Grady is an option unless there are some injuries.

Some of the trade proposals are just nonsensical.

Polishing off the Mock! Promising some bombshells with the some new information coming out of the league meetings.

PAPOOH

March 25th, 2010
10:48 pm

I still say we draft like this

1.Sean Weatherspoon OLB/MIZZ
3.J.D Walton C/BAYLOR
3.Willie Young DE/NCst
4. Dennis Pitta TE/BYU
5.Eric Decker WR/MINN
5.Zane Beadles OT/UTAH
6.Walter Thurmond
6. Brandon Carter OG/TXT

THAT’S HOW THE FALCONS SHOULD DRAFT OR SOMETHING CLOSE TO IT…
GOOOO FALCONS!!!!!

PAPOOH

March 25th, 2010
10:50 pm

Walter Thurmond is a corner back from Oregon SORRY.

Ackshun

March 26th, 2010
7:35 am

This is exactly the kind of crap that ticks me off. Coach Smith point was to be careful not to run his star RB into the ground and lose him to injury (see Jamal Anderson and LaDainian Tomlinson). The point is NOT that his role is being reduced in the offense (it isn’t). Why do a headline like this just to get some attention when you know the implication is false. Very disappointing.

SHO-NUFF

March 26th, 2010
8:39 am

10:33pm — DOL, does nonsensical mean the same thing as stupid?

SHO-NUFF

March 26th, 2010
8:40 am

Springman

March 26th, 2010
9:50 am

I like Smitty, TD, the team. Looking forward to another year of improvement from them – that’s job 1. But reading their answers is like drinking decaf, lite beer or skim milk – short on substance. It’s like all answers are over rehearsed. Cmon guys, loosen up. You don’t have to tip your hand or talk smack but give us some news. (Yeh, I know…..that’s not Job 1.)

funballad

March 27th, 2010
12:26 pm

i tend to believe that mike lipata would be an immediate improvement to our OL and able to switch from guard to tackle at need. Protecting Matty and driving holes for our running backs should be our top priority.

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xdrtybirdsx

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getting sick of hearing all of this grady talk, if anything DT is one of the best postitions on the team. Babs and Jerry will hold down the middle of our D with Lofton for years to come.

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