Your Overall Take on the Season

What’s Your Opinion on the Year at Large?

Which Way Do You "Lean" on the Year as a Whole? (AP)

The feeling is still fresh and enjoyable of breaking the preposterous curse that has dominated this franchise for so long and is, at the minimum, wonderful to be able to end it as a conversation piece once and for all, and who knows what momentum it might build for the future. The Falcons ended on a big hot streak winning their last three games, but as DOL points out, the Birds only beat one team with a winning record (NY Jets) on the year and had some not so memorable contests in the middle part of the season. It’s been a long season filled with ups and downs and it might be tough to be objective this soon after the momentous curse death, but let’s hear it from you Bird Cage Falcon Fans. What’s your overall take on the year, starting with the torching of the secondary by Phillip Rivers and Billy Volek (and John Beck of Ravens as well) in preseason all the way to beautiful destruction of the Never Back-to-Back Season Curse.

Here’s some cues and categories that may assist you in the process:

All Things Considered, Outstanding

Tough Year, Excellent Effort? (AP)

The Falcons had the 3rd hardest schedule in the NFL and played a first ever league record 4, count’em four, teams coming off their byes. Which they went 2-2 by the way (Bears & Redskins-W; Cowboys & Giants-L), not too bad. The spate of injuries was beyond ridiculous, even for a really unlucky team. The Falcons lost the following for the season: slot receiver, punt returner, starting corner, 1st round draft pick, 2nd round draft pick, 4th receiver, and two backup safeties for the year on injured reserve. Lost starting quarterback, starting running back for over three games in critical stretch; lost starting left tackle and starting right guard for several games, and even number 2 receiver for a game. Backup running back was lost for over 6 games or more. The Falcons even lost their long snapper. Not to mention the fact that 30 yard field goals became a chore. All considering, the Falcons did good to finish 9-7, break the curse, and get momentum for next year.

Solid, But Too Many Missed Opportunities

Beat Panthers and Giants = Playoffs (Foster/Charlotte Observer)

The Falcons did some good things in 2009, but not great. They broke the curse, went 6-2 at the Dome, and won the final three games to build some momentum, but too many opportunities were missed to call it a great year, even considering all the factors. The Birds started off hot, beating two playoff teams from 2008 (Dolphins and Panthers), two potential playoff teams (Bears and 49ers) and even held their own with the team of the decade (Patriots) in their own backyard. And then the bottom fell out. The Falcons were sporadic to say the least, and became schizophrenic as a team. Starting in Dallas, they became a one half team, either starting fast and then folding in the second half, or digging such a hole in the first that a miracle was needed in the second half to pull off the win. Had chances in Dallas, New Orleans, New York, Saints in Atlanta, and especially in Carolina to a team that was in dire straits at the time. Some good things to build on for next year, but a few key plays and erasing mistakes could have the Birds getting ready to make a wild card jaunt this weekend.

Simply Put, Underachieved

2-6 Stretch After Starting 4-1? (Ainsworth/Dallas Morning Star)

No excuses, injuries and schedule are a part of the game. The schedule turned out to be a normal NFL slate and was more in line with the norm as opposed to last year’s ridiculously weak one that inflated expectations. Byes have proven not to be that advantageous statistically in the NFL. Injuries are a part of the game and Dimitroff took risks when he draft Jerry and Moore, because they both had injury histories. They added future Hall of Fame tight end Tony and Gonzalez and the offense heavily underachieved. The defense couldn’t stop anyone through the air for a long time and the Birds should have made the wild card at least. Losing to Carolina and New York was inexcusable. A few good things to build on, but the Falcons should have done better.

Obviously, there’s a wide range of opinions presented above and the categories are just examples and some of them may be reach, but what’s your overall opinion of the year as a whole?

Remember to pace yourself, because we’ll be having many more in-depth, specific posts in the coming weeks (favorite game, biggest blown chance, MVP, etc.) before we officially transition over to off-season talk.

Great article by Mark Bradley on the 5 players the Falcons could do without.

Enjoy…………..

83 comments Add your comment

steve

January 4th, 2010
10:47 pm

the season was a testament to the team’s fortitude; now fine tune some personnel and strategy and the birds will be on to something really big, not just in 2010, but then and beyond

coleman 78

January 4th, 2010
11:53 pm

Well first I shall say its over. Now let move on and build on it for next year. I a first time s t h. I enjoy the experinece with my son. There was some good games and some we shouldn’t not have lost. With the injuries we should have showed better effort. The both Saints game were very winnable the Gaints and Panthers to name a few. I though in the beginning the coners were going to be a problem. B Williams was playing so ball b4 the injury, Houston seems to struggle at times. Even though Grimes and Owens showed good flashes I still think their height may be a problem at time but I like how physcial those guys are. The O Line should stay intact if they can, the run game started to pick up. Offense should have been better, D started balling hold runners under 100 yards the last few gamee. Just looking forward to next year and some of the changes we may make. Planning renewing my tickets as well.

Ed

January 5th, 2010
4:03 am

Good post as always D3. Last year everything fell into place and it was a magical year. This year I would call a very gutty year for the Falcons. There were many issues which you have adroitly detailed, but the burden of having back to back winning seasons can’t be underestimated. Trying to better an 11-5 mark and having those expectations carries a price. The Falcons stumbled but didn’t fold, and that finishing 3-game streak showed a lot of heart as things still weren’t clicking on the offense.

Looking ahead to the draft, there is so much quality this year, there can still be an excellent player when we pick. This player may not be the ideal position, but if he’s on the board when the Falcons choose, we have to take him. This team still has so many areas that could use an upgrade, no position would be off limits except QB.

Brian

January 5th, 2010
4:29 am

First the bad…
1) The Front Office- How the hell are you gonna start the season without a 6ft aggressive corner on your roster? I knew from the get-go that we did not stand a chance without a cover corner on the D. (thanks Petrino for causing us to lose D.Hall). Brian Williams was not the answer. What about Chris McAlister or Mike McKenzie?? They were available almost all year! Where are they now? Chillin at home with a first round bye, starting for the Saints. Both of these guys are better than any corner on our roster.

2) Elam- blew a couple wins. Period. No need to explain this. If you disagree then you did not watch the Falcons this year.

3) The Secondary- Again, I put the secondary blame squarely on the front office. In a league full of 6′4 shooting guards playing WR (Marshall, Moss, Fitz, Calvin Johnson, and the list goes on), you can not compete with DB’s under 6ft. I don’t care if Grimes can jump out of the Dome in a single bound. The game has changed. We would never be able to compete against the playoff teams with players to defend like Colston, Sidney Rice, or Fitzgerald. Thomas DeCoud was the lone bright spot. He had a great year considering what he had around him in the secondary. I will not watch the Falcons next year unlees we have a true cover corner starting that is a minimum if 6ft with speed.

4) The Pass Rush- I know Big Abe was double teamed all year due to the early loss of out of position Jerry. Who should be playing 3-tech DT not NT.

Brian

January 5th, 2010
4:58 am

First the bad…
1) The Front Office- How the hell are you gonna start the season without a 6ft, aggressive corner on your roster? I knew from the get-go that we did not stand a chance without a cover corner on the D. (Thanks Petrino for causing us to lose D.Hall). Brian Williams was not the answer. What about Chris McAlister or Mike McKenzie?? They were available almost all year! Where are they now? Chillin at home with a first round bye, starting for the Saints. Both of these guys are better than any corner on our roster.

2) Elam- blew a couple wins. Period. No need to explain this. If you disagree then you did not watch the Falcons this year.

3) The Secondary- Again, I put the secondary blame squarely on the front office. In a league full of 6′4 shooting guards playing WR (Marshall, Moss, Fitz, Calvin Johnson, and the list goes on), you can not compete with DB’s under 6ft. I don’t care if Grimes can jump out of the Dome in a single bound. The game has changed. We would never be able to compete against the playoff teams with players to defend like Colston, Sidney Rice, or Fitzgerald. Thomas DeCoud was the lone bright spot. He had a great year considering what he had around him in the secondary. I will not watch the Falcons next year unless we have a true cover corner, starting that is a minimum of 6ft with speed.

4) The Pass Rush- I know Big Abe was double teamed all year due to the early loss of out of position Jerry, (who should be playing 3-tech DT not NT, but we’ll get back to that) But the question is, WHY THE HELL IS JAMAAL ANDERSON STILL STARTING??? Bust city, get him to renegotiate or trade/release him…NOW! He is a financial cancer. Beirmann and Sidbury should have shared every single one of his snaps.

5) Lack of a true NT- This goes back to the basic rule of football…”Run the ball (which we got down pat, and stop the run.” How do stop the run without a true NT. I thought Trey Lewis was supposed to make an impact this year? Did he even get on the field? What happened?

Now for the good…

1) Mike Smith/Mularkey and the whole staff- Considering the players they were given (especially the secondary) they did a great job overall. Would like to see everyone back next year.

2) Tony Gonzo- Great, smart year. Pro Bowl snuffed.

3) Harvey Dahl- Another Pro-Bowl snuff. This dude plays balls out every snap all the way through the whistle. Exactly as taught since Pop-Warner. Please resign him for 6+yrs.

4) Roddy White- He was keyed in by defenses all year and still put up great numbers. He looks like the next Anquan Boldin with his aggressive play. Thank god he forgot how to drop the ball. The guys is money! Pro bowl snuffed as well. The NFL chose Percy over Roddy?! Are you serious?!!!

In closing, the offense and Ryan didn’t put up huge numbers due to the injuries to Turner, Norwood, and Douglas. The defense was on the field the whole time getting passed on. I did question Ryans toughness a bit by missing key games due to turf toe. I’m not a Dr, an don’t really know what turd toe is exactly but, whatever. Redman did a good job filling in. Lofton, Nicholas, DeCoud, Peterson, Abe, Sid, Kroy, Grimes and Babineux can definitely play and should be back. With a strong defensive draft and adding an true NT, an aggressive cover corner, and maybe another weapon for Matty Ice, we should be dangerous next year.

WRB

January 5th, 2010
8:09 am

Elam lost a couple of games for the Birds . We would be in the playoffs if not for that but we probably would not make it past the first game due to injuries . But then again the way the team was playing at the end you never know.
Snelling could be a break out next year if he is givin the ball more.And I agree we still need help in the secondary and corners. But I also look forward to 2010 to see this team really explode .
Great job once again D3 . Thanks

The Real Falcon

January 5th, 2010
8:41 am

Good post.Things we have to do:
Experienced backup QB
Experienced depth
Sign a good Right OT
Decide if Baker is the answer at Left OT
Another big body at DT
Draft a young pass catching TE
Make Mike Mularky call screen passes and draw plays to slow down the pass rush

GO FALCONS

Crabkilla

January 5th, 2010
9:30 am

Very disappointing to see such a solid start go to waste. Injuries or not, we had plenty of games we could have won. The only teams I recall losing from start to finish were Dallas and Philly. I think that the kicker killed us more than injuries.

Having said that, I am thrilled to get that “back to back” winning seasons monkey off our back. Starting fresh is always nice, but we need to make a few things happen. First, we need to get rid of players like Jammal Anderson and Michael Jenkins and resign players like Koenan and Snelling. Second, we need to make sure our IR players are healthy and ready to play next season (losing Harry Douglas was huge). And lastly, we need to nail the draft. We need a monster interior DT to help with our pass rush. We need another right tackle because Clabo might be gone. Our Corners started looking good, but we still need help. We need a KICKER!!! MATT RYAN, I love you, BUT LEARN HOW TO PUMP FAKE!!!!! Take a lesson from Favre, Manning, or Brady!!! That is why you throw INT’s. You need to trick the defense. They can read you like a children’s book.

collegeballfan

January 5th, 2010
10:03 am

Falcons did better than I expected, I picked them for 8 wins in August.

Looking at the schedule they gave up 17 points or less 8 times. The defense played much better than it should have when you factor in the
injuries. The defensive staff gets a bonus for this year. Damn good coaching, took a defense depleted of its former stars, had a bunch of injuries and still had a good year.

The offense is OK, but the injuries really hurt. Losing Harry Douglas
really hurt.

See ya at draft time.

CBrass

January 5th, 2010
10:07 am

Not sure if you guys have seen this or not but here are the 2010 opponents.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d8157a75c&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

JJB

January 5th, 2010
10:13 am

I think that this season was one to build upon. The offense was a disappointment this year. There are many reasons for it, but I think that they are certainly correctable in the off season. I think Ryan will get better- but he did okay this year. I think he can be exceptional. I think the defense is a work in progress. But we all knew that going into the season. think the linebackers gelled by the end of the season, but we need some there and another DE. Let’s see how the year 2 players do next year. I am optimistic

LRD

January 5th, 2010
10:18 am

0.02.. and mileage may vary.. but all things consider (as highlighted by D3 from Schedule to injuries) it seemed like The Fates threw everything they could at this team, and the took it on the chin, got up, dusted themselves off and ended with a winning season.
I know D3 said save some for future.. but losing the Carolina game hurt, but to me we blew it against NO at home, and that is the game that haunts me…But victim of the crime on that one.. seeing Mularky calling that dang awful end around,and then Redman tossing the pick… that is the one that slipped away that we should have had…. again my 02

Ken Strickland

January 5th, 2010
11:03 am

BRIAN-I simply don’t understand this obcession some of you have with the idea of us needing a big bodied NT, especially with your corresponding idea of us needing to improve our pass rush. Please explain how a much bigger, slower and less athletic NT is going to improve our pass rush? And please don’t use the rediculous excuse of us needing a big bodied NT that can command double teams. Didn’t we have a really big bodied NT that commanded double teams in GJackson, and didn’t we routinely finish at or near the bottom of the NFL in rushing DEF the entire time he was here?

Grady commanded double teams only in certain run situations, certainly not in passing situations. Why would any team feel the need to double team a big bodied NT that lacks the speed, quickness and mobility to initiate any meaningful pass rush or engage in persuit if the play was away from him? When Grady was here, teams took advantage of him being in the gm on rushing downs(1st and 2nd downs), and completely neutralize him by using play action. They were so successful with that strategy it almost always put our DEF in 3rd and short situations, which is why our 3rd down DEF was so poor.

Why would anyone suggest we even think about going back to that crap when our current DL, over the last 5-6gms, consistently demonstrated its ability to dominate the line of scrimmage, and ended up being the NFL’s most dominant rushing DEF over that period? We’ll likely start next season without a single rookie in our DL rotation. A yr of experience, familiarity, an off season to work on technique, and another training camp to work exclusively on everything they’ve learned will help our pass rush tremendously.

It’s much easier for a 2nd yr player to improve, because unlike a rookie, he’s already been around the league once, doesn’t have to spend most of training camp trying to learn his teammates, coaching staff, routine and the different terminology and schemes. He just concentrates on working on and utilizing what he’s learned from last seasons experiences and off season work.

As far as needing a CB that’s 6′ or taller, consider this. You actually want everyone to believe you wouldn’t watch the Falcons next season if they acquired ASamuel, MTrufant, TNewman, RBarber, CFinnegan, DRevis and AWingate. The 2 things these CB’s all have in common is they’re all under 6′ tall and have had at least 1 Probowl selection over the last 3 seasons. I suppose you’d curse the Falcons if they acquired 5′9″ Probowl CB AWingate.

Unca' Bob

January 5th, 2010
1:13 pm

Ken,

I agree with you on our DT’s and CB’s. We will certainly look to upgrade both positions as well as OLB and TE. I feel we now have the basic foundation in place and simply need to build on it.

A lot of bust talk has surfaced about our 2009 draft. With the exception of Wm Middleton, who is now playing with Jax, everyone of our picks are on our roster and contributing(Perry and Moore on IR).

CrowlerWilkinson

January 5th, 2010
3:11 pm

The 2009 season was a huge disappointment. The Falcons had the personnel to go undefeated, yet like the Atlanta Hawks, played totally uninsured football. I would grade the year an F in the hopes that it never happens again. There were no excuses: all world receivers; all world tight end; all world running backs; excellent defense; excellent special teams, but the totally of the group didnt play as a team. For the most part, they played totally uninspired football and quite lathargic at times. Way too many 3-and-outs for me to stomach. Ryan was inconsistent and Elam was pathetic. We could have made the playoffs with better effort, fewer penalties and more energized play. Not making the playoffs is totally unacceptable. I grade the season an F with the exception of the play of Weems, Snelling, Gonzales and White; I would give those four players a grade of A+

WRB

January 5th, 2010
4:13 pm

CrowlerW
This team has come a Long and I mean Long way . Getting Back to Back winning seasons for the first time says a whole lot as to where they are now .

Smith and all of the Coaching staff plus Mng ” Now has two winning seasons in just there second year . ……….. Very good for things to come !!

D . This team has the makings of one of the best ” with just a little adjusting and a little new help . Also there speed and coverage was getting a lot better towards the end of the season .

O . Starting to get things going good also . Look how they were starting to play so well without there injured Star RB . He will be back next year hopefully injure free and Snelling ” he will be no 2 if not no 1 ” . And lets not for-git about HD who we all hope will stay healthy . What another big weapon he could be . Ryan does have a few things to work on but remember its just his second year and go check out his stats compared to others in there second year . And he is young he will only get better at his age and a lot of years of play to go . Heck he,s just starting off.

Owner . He is the kind of man every player coaches and fans want as an owner of there team . He has done a heck of a job now in here getting people to run things and coach this team . And will spend a lot has already spent a lot to get a championship team. Which is on its way .

WRB

January 5th, 2010
4:22 pm

How many coaches have started there carrier as a head coach had winning seasons in there first 2 years ? I am sure there are others just curious how many .

JJ

January 5th, 2010
4:32 pm

Crowler, great thing about this blog is everyone (well most) can view their opinions. Coach Ken routinely differs with me during the offseason. Last yr. before the draft, I went off on Houston and Coach K said he will be fine with our new DT. He never played so its hard to tell who’s right. This yr we have our DT camps, DE camps, CB, OLB and even WR wants a WR. No ones wrong because its just an opinion and its fun to banter. With that said, you’re an idiot if you grade the falcons with an F. With their schedule(3rd hardest), teams off byes (4) and huge, huge injury hits–they came within 2 games of last yr “easy” schedule. They played their hearts out last 3 games and for that, a grade of F is insulting. I would give them a C+ but after the last 3 weeks, it’s a B. Nothing personal, just a blog buddy.

mountain_jim

January 5th, 2010
4:34 pm

I felt the Oline was exposed this year, Ryan never had a pocket or time to look and throw long. I have seen the stats on low sacks, but so many dump off passes or throw-aways kept the sacks down. Ryan’s decision-making and accuracy was worse this year, but I think alot of that was due to poor pass-blocking and max-protect schemes leaving fewer options.

I hope Dimitroff or someone convinces Mularkey that the passing scheme needs work, more variety, better options, more screens, less ability for the opposing teams to know what’s coming because the pass-game is so rudimentary. Ryan will never reach his potential with this oline, scheme, and OC, in my opinion. I bet a stat on attempts down field would show way few long and intermediate throws this year compared to last, somewhat because the oline could not pass protect against the better defenses we faced this year.

This season is partly TDs fault for not fixing the CB situation before the season, and not replacing the kicker after the first 2 games showed his mechanics and accuracy were gone. Moving to replace Elam early would have been enough to get us the playoffs – he cost us 2 games. Losing the coin-toss in OT cost one game (I wish they would change overtime rules), and Jenkins drops cost another game.

Need a starting CB, a new number 2 receiver, and better talent and depth on oline.

Without-a-clue

January 5th, 2010
5:13 pm

The defense(even against the pass)improved throughout the year. As is the case with the offense, the return of some key players, some FA pickups, a good draft, and re-signing some of our FAs, will give us a very competitive team next year. And most importantly, they didn’t fold but fought to the end. Yes, it could have been better but I’m proud of the Birds!

JJ

January 5th, 2010
5:26 pm

CBrass, agree with your mb post. Need to hire 2 men and a truck and move it over here.

2 Men and a Truck

January 5th, 2010
5:31 pm

CBrass

January 5th, 2010
4:34 pm
Mark,

Trade Nicholas with Houston. If you think about it Nicholas was basically a rookie this year due to the fact that his son was battling for his life last season. This year he was fully able to concentrate on football and it showed. He started the year slow but finished the season strong.

I see that you have an explanation as to why Houston or Grimes is not on the list. In Houston case, if your argument is height and speed, please save yourself the time. Year three have come and gone for him and he still continue to make rookie mistakes.

Grimes is a keeper. He may not be the tallest player but at least he puts himself in a position to make a play on the ball. Houston has 3, yes that’s right 3, career interceptions(doubt that would have changed if he was able to play the last couple of games). Grimes doubled that with 6 this year. Why? Simply because Grimes gets his head around and locate the ball while it’s in the air. Think about that. Pro-bowler and shut down corner Darrelle Revis have 6 INT’s this year also (not saying that Grimes is the next Revis. I’m just making a small comparison as far as INT’s go). The one thing that Grimes needs to work on is tackling better. At times he just comes flying in and not properly wrapping up the ball carrier.

Basically my whole argument is that both Grimes and Nicholas have soon improvement where Houston have not.

***tks for the work jj, we got the hit out for the imposter jj – free of charge***

Atlanta Peach

January 5th, 2010
6:06 pm

Choke, Guess who ? “Howd you Doin” ?! LMAO !!!!!!!!!!

CBrass

January 5th, 2010
6:09 pm

JJ,

When I read “your” post over there I knew that wasn’t you. I hope Playa is doing better. LOL

CBrass

January 5th, 2010
6:18 pm

***…”have shown improvement…”

I have to start proof reading my post.

Atlanta Peach

January 5th, 2010
6:24 pm

Someone is really angry at me ! Can anyone guess ?! LMAO ! Anyway, Go Tech !!!

Unca' Bob

January 5th, 2010
8:14 pm

JJ,

I think Crowler is grading on a curve. What;s up with Rockie???

CBrass

January 5th, 2010
8:23 pm

Unca’ Bob,

How are you doing?

Sarah B

January 5th, 2010
8:27 pm

CBrass, UB you surviving the cold ok? Is something wrong with Rocky?

Billy Bob

January 5th, 2010
8:31 pm

Any Super Bowl Picks? Anyone want to see the Saints in it or are the going into sleep mode?

CBrass

January 5th, 2010
8:32 pm

Sarah B,

Just ridiculous how cold it is outside. I hearing that snow is possible later on this week. I hope not. I got enough of that last March. It’s not suppose to snow again for another 15 years!!!

How are you doing? How’s the job hunting going?

CBrass

January 5th, 2010
8:35 pm

Sarah B,

It’s crazy how cold it is outside. I like cold weather but this just getting ridiculous.

How’s the job hunting going?

CBrass

January 5th, 2010
8:37 pm

Monster is out!!!!

CBrass

January 5th, 2010
8:38 pm

Sarah B,

It’s crazy how cold it is. How are you doing?

Unca' Bob

January 5th, 2010
8:42 pm

CBrass,

Doing well. Thank you for asking. I hope everything is going wonderfully for you my friend.

Sarah B,

It’s becoming an issue as far as the cold is concerned. Being a Hoosier I should have moved farther South(lol).

falcon21

January 5th, 2010
8:47 pm

WR, are you around? Good look to Tech. I don’t really mean it just being respectful.

falcon21

January 5th, 2010
8:48 pm

CBrass

January 5th, 2010
8:49 pm

Unca’ Bob,

I’m doing well. Just trying to say warm.

Unca' Bob

January 5th, 2010
9:00 pm

Ain’t we all Baby Brass? My next move is to Key West Fla.

CBrass

January 5th, 2010
9:03 pm

Unca’ Bob,

I hear ya. LOL

CBrass

January 5th, 2010
9:16 pm

Basketball up date. Dawgs 73 Nerds 66

Go Dawgs!!!

Unca' Bob

January 5th, 2010
9:20 pm

I’ve liked what I’ve seen this year. The Falcons have shown true grit this season, and it bodes well for our future. At some point and time, it will no longer be, wait ’til next year. Next year is now!

Unca' Bob

January 5th, 2010
9:34 pm

Good night Y’all.

falcon21

January 5th, 2010
9:51 pm

I agree Unca’Bob, it all starts with the owner and we have a good one. CBrass, I caught the last 5 minutes of that game, it just keeps getting better. Now can you tell me who we are going to get for DC for our football Dawgs?

Singletary

January 5th, 2010
9:52 pm

Kicking game was flawed. If I could point to any one thing that took the wind out of everyone’s sails it was, as D3 phrased it and a Venter posted, “when 30YD field goals become a chore in a Dome” and “when will this adventure in kicking end?”

Elam had kicked his way out of slumps before. I just think everyone underestimated his aging hamstring problem, including him. That’s three games I’d like a do-over just to see the outcome in that proverbial alternative universe.

P.S. I’d like to invite the Commish to saddle the SB winner with 4 Bye Week rejuvenated teams to see what they can produce in Fall 2010. Double-dog-dare you, Roger.

CBrass

January 5th, 2010
9:57 pm

falcon21,

Have no idea. We were talking to the DC at LSU but he got a raise and is staying put. Richt said the search may go to the end of January.

Good night all.

falcon21

January 5th, 2010
9:58 pm

Thanks CBrass, have a good one.

JJ

January 5th, 2010
10:11 pm

Hey gang, as a gsu alum, root for tech just like dawgs! Show respect cage, it’s techs turn for a little limelight.

Cbrass/UB/Sarah, little rocky is doing fine;however, the colder it gets, the longer he takes….focus buddy…focus!!!

Hope all are doing well in the new yr, luv ya all!

Dawson Devitt (D3)

January 5th, 2010
10:14 pm

Great No-Feel Tuesday Cagers! :grin: Still enjoying the feeling of destroying the curse? I know I am. Maybe not so pumped about ending the ridiculous thing, but the way the Birds did it was pretty awesome. Down to 6-7 with three games to go and playing the red hot Jets, the Bills, and a Bucs team sky high after beating the 1st seed in the NFC at home. Things even looked grim with 11 minutes left in the game, but the Falcons tighted their helmets and found a way to win.

steve – Couldn’t agree more. Nicely put.

coleman78 – Completely in tune with you on your assessment, we should’ve beat the Giants and Panthers.

Ed – Thanks for props as always. Excellent point with draft picks. All positions should be on the table. JMHO, I’m thinking DT, DE, OLB, or CB. I thought for awhile maybe OT, but it would be hard seeing us take an OT without giving Garrett Reynolds a shot at RT, his natural position, but the Patriots did take a guard (Logan Mankins) in the first round in 2005, who made the Pro Bowl.

Brian – Good points for sure. TD is evidently very particular about his corners and when Chris Owens and Brent Grimes formed the tandem it worked, but the coaching staff was dead set on benching neither JA#98 or CH#23. We’ll see.

WRB – Thanks for the props. Elam choked us down pretty bad I’m afraid. Making some big kicks against New Orleans(away), Giants, and Panthers was awful. In those games combined, he missed 5 FG’s. That’s completely unacceptable in the NFL. Glad to have you aboard in the Cage.

The Real Falcon – Couldn’t have said it any better. They should have 8 draft picks in April (5 normal, 3 compensatory), so almost every position should be addressed. Don’t forget a kicker as well.

Crabkilla – Something I mentioned after the New Orleans game at home about Jenkins, that we should at least draft a WR no later than the 5th rd, to provide depth and competition. Weems is a solid #5, not a #4 IMHO and HD is coming off major knee injury.

Collegeball – I wanted to believe that the HD injury wouldn’t hurt as much as it did, but it DID. I was hoping that someone, anyone would step up at the slot. Marty Booker was weak and I couldn’t understand why Weems didn’t get more looks. Never know.

JJB – Nice thoughts on returning players. We’ll get Peria Jerry and William Moore back next year, not to mention year 2 for Chris Owens, Lawrence Sidbury Jr., and Vance Walker.

LRD – Spot on as always. BTW, you’re now tied for second in our BP with three games to go (not including tonight).

Unca’ Bob – How goes it my SC friend? What happened to our SEC brethren in the Papa John’s Bowl? Well said on TD’s draft class. Not sure what happened with Middleton.

falcon21

January 5th, 2010
10:18 pm

Singletary, our o-line is the main fault. Ryan had no time at all to throw this season, when he did have time he did well but that was rare. I agree on the kicking game. 35 yds and in should be a chip shot. We also have to get more pressure on the QB or our CB’s will eaten alive.