A Few Transactions as Free Agency Nears
(((Finishing up new Comprehensive Free Agent post, but wanted to get a new thread up as Free Agency draws close)))
After a decent lull following the Super Bowl, the NFL is ready to burst to life once again. This is particularly true for fans of a team that had given up most hope around the midpoint of the season. The Falcons have been relatively quiet in free agency the last few years and it appears that will change this off-season. Whether it be due to the fact that the Falcons simply have tons of holes to fill or that jobs are likely on the line, it seems as though sitting back and waiting might not cut it this free agency period. As the free agency bonanza dawns, here’s a few items and links from other writers and sites to help spur some conversations…..
Ironman and Fan Favorite Jason Snelling Retires
This one came as a massive shock to most every Falcons fan. #44 has been a fan favorite for years
Comprehensive Analysis of Dimitroff’s Moves, 2010-2011
After a general manager has been with a team for several years, the best analysis that can be done is to look at every move over their tenure and see if it was great, good, bad, or terrible. Obviously, the GM’s that have more hits than misses, like Schneider, Ozzie Newsome, Jerry Reese, and Ted Thompson before him, give their teamsC the best chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Dimitroff has constructed a team that has made the playoffs 4 out of 6 years, held the #1 NFC seed twice, and hosted an NFC Title Game. Those teams also boast a dreadful 1-4 overall playoff record. The GM and front office is only part of the equation, for the good and bad, but without a strong front office, it’s next to impossible to win the whole thing. Same goes for coaching staff and committed owner.
Veteran Cuts / Free Agent Non-resigns
Marty Booker, Verron Haynes, Aaron Stecker, Tony Gilbert, Mike Schneck,
A Comprehensive Analysis of Dimitroff’s Moves, 2008-09
*****Part 1 in a 3 Part Series on All of Dimitroff’s Moves as Falcons GM*****
As fans get geared up for the 2014 off-season and all the action that follows, the front office and coaching staff have a lot at stake in trying to correct the nightmare of 2013. There’s plenty of time before free agency starts and even longer until the draft kicks off. That provides a good opportunity to look every aspect of the Falcons organization the last 6 years: the good, the bad, and the really ugly.
Thomas Dimitroff has been one of the main reasons for the Falcons success over those 6 seasons. He’s won Executive of the Year twice and has even created his own “GM Tree,” having Les Snead become GM for the St. Louis Rams and Dave Caldwell being hired as the Jacksonville Jaguars the very next year. There was even talk of his next in line, Lionel Vital, being
One’s a Super Bowl Champ; The Other Won 4 Games
The Seattle Seahawks finish the 2013 NFL season as the Super Bowl Champions. All Falcons fans could do was wonder how the Seahawks made it look so darn easy. Many also probably didn’t actually believe that it was the Falcons who beat the Seahawks in last year’s playoffs. Yes, it did happen, even though it’s impossible to believe after Seattle’s team hoist the prized Lombardi. On the most obvious level, the two teams couldn’t be farther apart. One just won the Super Bowl in one of the biggest lopsided blowouts in recent memory. The Falcons struggled to win 4 games and were absolutely the biggest disappointment of the 2013 season.
To be fair, the Seahawks were and are superior to most teams in the NFL. However, when looking deeper, it’s mind-blowing how the two teams arrived at their 2013 final destination, particularly in how the teams were built, how they play, and how they’re coached, among other things. The
The Godfather, Seminole Warrior, Lays it Down!
Special Guest Writer: Roddy E. Nixon, Jr. (aka Seminole Warrior)
Like you, my fellow Falcon friends, I have had time to sit back and reflect on the season that was lost in 2013. Many fans came into the season with extraordinary expectations of being a Super Bowl team. Many, including many in this forum, warned that the image in the mirror was false. So now, we turn our attention to the reconstruction; the re-tooling of this franchise. This is part one of a two part series that will lay out a plan that, if followed, would restore the faith and confidence of the fans in the direction of the team.
In this narrative, we will assess how we got here. Then, in the next week’s follow-up, we will address, position by position, where the team stands and what must be done to field a consistent winner.
Simply put, our Falcons suffered a major collapse in 2013. The Branch would have you believe that it was all a result of
A Look at the Falcons in Mike Smith’s Six Seasons
Mark Twain famously penned that there are “lies, damned lies, and statistics.” While it’s easy to get to a point of paralysis by analysis, statistics can point to trends, prove or disprove commonly held beliefs, and open eyes in some cases. Mike Smith has been the man in charge of the Atlanta Falcons on the field play for 6 seasons. Many believe it takes at least three years to get good data, so the Falcons six years under Smith can definitely provide some interesting feedback. A look at the Falcons the past six seasons:
Mike Smith’s Regular Season Record
96 Total Games = 60 wins, 36 losses (62.5%)
Playoff Record: 5 games = 1 win, 4 losses (20%)
Record vs. NFC South – 18 wins, 18 losses (50%)
Analysis - This one’s really no secret and is commonly known. Smith has done a very good job in the regular season, compiling one of the best records of any NFL team over the last 6 years (obviously
As we Falcons fans sit on the sidelines and watch the divisional championships this weekend, what’s your biggest concerns for the off-season? Are you worried on a micro level that the Falcons top brass won’t sign the players needed in free agency or will find a way to mess up the draft? Or are you more concerned on a macro level and worried about the ongoing disconnect that seems to be prevalent at the top?
Working on new post about Head Coach Mike Smith’s tenure in Atlanta, but until then share what’s on your mind about the Falcons as we watch the legit teams make a run to the Super Bowl.
Any More Blame to Throw Around?
*****Make sure to stay with us here in The Cage during the entire off-season as we’ll do our best to analyze, break down, and dissect everything Atlanta Falcons Football
Now that the season of misery has come to an end, it’s time to officially move on to the off-season. Thank goodness for that. Long ago when owner Arthur Blank and Thomas Dimitroff said that Mike Smith was going nowhere, it was assumed that some on the Falcons staff would be scapegoated and be relieved of their duties. No major changes to make at the top, only the lowest on the totem pole would be blamed for the wretched season that was. It’s that old adage of stuff rolling down hill (to put it cleanly) and that’s just what’s happened up at Flowery Branch. So, there has already been countless changes to almost every position coach, coordinators, strength and conditioning coaches, and now even one position has been changed not once, but twice in
Comedy of Errors Sees Rival Win Division at GA Dome
It’s over. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The end has come to the Atlanta Falcons trainwreck-boatsink-planecrash-disaster-of-a-season, and most fans couldn’t be happier. There will be a time when the angst and deep-seated pain will wash away and some bright light will shine in…..maybe. Considering no major changes will be made, than maybe not. But this post will serve as a cathartic chance to rid yourself of any and all negative and bad feelings about, arguably at least, one of the worst Falcons teams in recent memory. In fact, fans always reference the 2007 season as one of the worst with the whole Michael Vick federal dogfighting ring and Bobby Prictrino sneaking out in the middle of the night episode. Guess how many wins that team had? And the QB was a mix of Joey Harrington, Byron Leftwich, and Chris Redman. Now that should give pause to anyone who says there should be fundamental, deep, and
Hopeful or Depressed in Falcons Immediate Future……..
***Apologies for letting post expire.
As the Atlanta Falcons get ready to end one of the worst seasons in recent memory, most of the talk, discussion, and thoughts about the Falcons has turned to the upcoming off-season and 2014. Most fans are completely expecting their team to fall to the next two opponents, the Niners and rival Panthers. Two teams that are the exact opposite of the red and black team: tough and physical. The question now turns to whether or not the Falcons can actually fix all that ails this team in one season. Theory would have it that since the team from Flowery Branch has been so successful the last 5 out of 6 seasons, that it would be like riding a bike and they could easily slip back into success.
However, as Lee Corso might say, “Not so fast my friend.” If you look at the Falcons problems in a one-season vacuum, it would be easy