Favorite (and Least) Falcons Game of the Season

Which Games Stick Out?

A False Hope (Curtis Compton/AJC)

 

As the playoffs progress to the quarterfinals, we still have a few more posts to cover our Falcons performance from the 2009 campaign before we officially transition over the 2010 off-season. Many seasons can turn on one game or even one play, and examining 16 games may not be easy, but a few games must stick out and certainly may be different from one fan to the next. In that spirit, what game was your favorite of the year, least favorite of the season, and which game changed the season, in other words which one had the biggest impact on the Falcons finishing with a winning season but still missing the playoffs.

Favorite Game

Curse Breaker your Fav? (AP)

This one could be broken into several categories. On one hand, fans can look at the 4-1 start and the positive victories that came out of that: the opening wins against the Miami Dolphins and 2008 #2 seed Carolina Panthers at home seemed to potentially set the tone on a year with one of the league’s toughest schedules, but looking back after the end result doesn’t lend to much at this point. Even though the Panthers and Dolphins finished somewhat strong at the end of the year, the Falcons caught them when they were not exactly a top-tier team. The San Francisco game definitely was the most complete game to that point where everything seemed to click, but the terrible streak that awaited seems to tarnish that one a bit. The Chicago Bears game on Sunday Night Football was tons of fun and saw a very exciting game, but knowing what became of Cutler and Bears takes that one down a good bit as well. Might be a stretch to think that beating the Redskins and Bucs at home was a favorite, but if you hate Deangelo Hall or the rival Bucs, than maybe so. The Bills game can surely fall into this category as well.

The Bucs game in the Dome was a really ugly win, but it did show a team that refused to quit that had been virtually beat the entire game. Knowing what we know now about the Jets, was the victory in New York your favorite, with the Falcons staring down the red-hot Jets, standing at 6-7 on the year, and having serious injuries across the board? This one kept alive the chance to break the curse. Or was the final game in Tampa Bay to break the curse once and for all your favorite? Especially the way the Falcons won, tied 10-10 and just turning the ball over to the Bucs, ceding all momentum to them? Now, obviously listing your favorite win over all teams that didn’t have a winning record save for the Jets, is like listing the best interview to a job you didn’t get, but might be fun to at least acknowledge which game gave you the most joy.

My Pick – At the time, the Bears win was a big one and seemed to cement the fact that the Falcons were headed for big things in 2009, but its impossible to list that one knowing that the Bears fell apart from that point on. The Bucs game to end the curse certainly gets consideration, but the come from behind victory over the Jets in the Meadowlands was a huge win in many ways. The Falcons were anemic and had pretty much been dominated the entire game, but the team found a way to win. The defense stood tall at key moments and it made the death of the curse possible.

Least Favorite Game

Burnt in Dallas (Michael Ainsworth/Dallas Morning News)

There are so many to choose from this year that saw the Falcons underachieve somewhat. When the Falcons came out flat against the Patriots in New England and waited for Tom Brady to put them away, that’s a nominee. The beat-down in Dallas certainly should get consideration, particularly after looking fantastic on the opening drive and completely collapsing after that. Was it the Saints game in New Orleans where the Falcons had every chance to win the game, but blew it as well. Losing to the Panthers in Charlotte, who were seriously struggling at the time, was ridiculous to watch. Many fans just kept waiting for the Falcons to let them get hot, and sure enough they did. The Birds came out flat again in New York against the Giants, but battled back, only to lose in overtime. Probably the biggest “least” favorite had to be the worst butt-whipping of 2009, and the widest blowout in the Coach Smith Era when the Eagles came in and stomped the Falcons to the dirt, not to mention the toxic environment that ensued. The Saints game in the Dome was a hard-fought effort, but again saw them blowing it in the end. Many losses and it’s really hard to decipher which one was the worst because they all sucked.

My Pick – Might be a crazy pick, but losing to the Panthers in Charlotte when they were down in the dumps was ridiculously insane to watch. The Falcons were 5-3 and had to have that game to keep pace in the playoff hunt. The Panthers were 3-5 and seemed to have their season quickly unraveling. The Falcons came out and let the Panthers get into rhythm and they did. A big injury to Michael Turner, a missed field goal, and game-killing interception is not hard to see why this was a least favorite. Granted, a win here may not have made a difference in the grand scheme, but this was legitimately a game the Falcons had to win and should’ve won.

Game-Changer of the Season

Which game had the biggest impact on the Falcons not making the playoffs? Was it the game in Dallas that started the 2-6 stretch that the Birds were about to start? Was it the failure of the Falcons to shock the world and beat the Saints in the Superdome, something the Bucs (and Panthers and Cowboys) were able to do? Was it the Panthers game which the Falcons definitely should have won? Or was it the failure of the Falcons to close the deal against the Giants in New York after fighting like mad to come back? So many to choose from.

My Pick – Dallas game that saw the Falcons come out and march down the field to score a touchdown on the opening drive only to completely collapse the rest of the way. The Cowboys opened a serious wound that teams exploited for the rest of the year in totally destroying the Falcons secondary. Tony Romo had a huge day and Miles Austin torched the cornerbacks all day. Not necessarily that the Falcons lost, but the way they were pummeled set the foundation for the 2-6 streak the Birds were about to embark on.

Pour over all the games from the season and decide on your favorite, least favorite, and game-changer of the season. This week and next we’ll finish up review from the 2009 season discussing some different topics before we embark on the long drive towards the Scouting Combine, Free Agency, and Draft.

Wins (in order)

Dolphins 19-7, Panthers 28-20, 49ers 45-10, Bears 21-14, Redskins 31-17, Bucs 20-17, Jets 10-7, Bills 31-3, Bucs 20-10

Losses

Patriots 26-10, Cowboys 37-21, Saints 35-27, Panthers 28-19, Giants 34-31, Eagles 34-7, Saints 26-23

Enjoy…….

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156 comments Add your comment

Sarah B

January 10th, 2010
10:15 pm

Still reeling over the Cards/Pack game!!

I vote for the JETS or the BUCS too. Actually I think the actual curse breaker wins!

Sarah B

January 10th, 2010
10:16 pm

Worst – dropping the to the Panthers on the road….

wAw

January 10th, 2010
10:18 pm

Favorite- Jets. Showed us this is a determined team when down, and one we can be proud to root for.
Least Favorite- Philadelphia. Seeing Reed and company laugh on the dome sidelines vaulted the Eagles over the Cowboys as my least favorite NFC team.
Season Changer- In Charlotte. This one stung, and told me the Falcons had problems.

falcon21

January 10th, 2010
10:22 pm

I loved beating the Dolphins because I hate them, sorry Sarah. Losing to the Eagles and the way it happened made me want to puke. Nuff said, season over and a new beginning.

Sarah B

January 10th, 2010
10:22 pm

Wait – NO that pathetic home game against Phiily really hacked me off!! I never leave early but that day I did! Thank God it was b4 the Vick lovers started the “chant”

Sarah B

January 10th, 2010
10:24 pm

I typed that before I saw your post Falcon 21 – really – swear to God!

falcon21

January 10th, 2010
10:26 pm

No prob. Sarah.

wAw

January 10th, 2010
10:38 pm

New here – barging in. 9-7 was more a RELIEF than anything. The consequences of losing that game to the Bucs were UNTHINKABLE.

falcon21

January 10th, 2010
10:44 pm

Good to see you in here wAw. 9-7 was a relief to all of us,welcome.

falcon21

January 10th, 2010
10:48 pm

D3, I hope we have our DC by tomorrow. Have a goodnight everyone.

D3

January 10th, 2010
11:09 pm

Great points all around guys and gals.

Sarah B.</b – Almost had to take the curse breaker too, especially the way it was won, but the Birds could have SO easily folded on that cold day in late December but found a way….somehow.

wAw – Welcome my friend. You won’t find a more respectful and enjoyable group of Falcons fans anywhere around than here in the Bird Cage. Almost had to take the debacle of a Philly game as well, but have to think that was a one-time deal with all the emotion involved in the game. The Eagles certainly got theirs last night and I loved every minute of it. Karma’s a bioooooooooootch!

falcon21 – I hope so for chrissake. I’ve been on pins and needles all day, scanning looking for anything and one website (footballcoachscoop.com) or something like that is the only thing I can find that absolutely says its true that Smart is coming. A buddy in Athens said he would be “shocked” if it weren’t him. But if it’s not than I will be completely happy with Grantham, who seems to be the next in line and a great hire, but Richt will have some egg on his face if this one falls through (just like Bud Foster and John Chavis).

Have a great night and see you all on the flip……….

falconfan

January 10th, 2010
11:34 pm

the dallas game was a wierd one to watch. romo had the game of his life and not all could be blamed on the secondary. if he needed a ball thrown an inch and a half off of the star on the helmet he did it. The games after that they played with half of the offensive starters. The falcons went 9 and 7,2 games worse than last year. not a bad year considering the injuries.

Ed

January 11th, 2010
2:40 am

D3 my favorite win was the one against the Jets in their place, the last team to beat them, making it possible to have a winning season.
Least favorite is the loss to the Panthers when they were still struggling.
The season changer is the failure to seal the deal against the Giants wasting a great comeback.

BT

January 11th, 2010
6:50 am

Great game last night in the desert.

My favorite Falcons win was, sweeping the Bucs on the last game.
Ending the season on a high note after what otherwise was a disappointing season.

Least Favorite Falcons game, the home loss to Philly.
The only game where the team lost thier composure.

sk

January 11th, 2010
7:40 am

Since this is a retrospective …

The last game was the most meaningful game of 2009. Thanks, 2009 birds, for breaking “the curse”.

As it took 11 wins for a wildcard seat, losses to Giants and Saints (either game) suck towards that end.

Was the SF game a blessing or a curse?

WR

January 11th, 2010
9:01 am

The Philly game seemed to be the worst with the games against the Boys a close second. Those were the only two games where it appeared the Falcons weren’t even ready to play, overcoming the beatdowns in those games really established the team as having heart in my opinion. As for the best game, although they were both losses, the two games against the Saints widely considered the most explosive team in the NFL, showed the true makeup of where the Falcons are headed, how the coaches and front office will help get them there, and the talent that is on the roster in just TD and Smith’s second season. If the Falcons are truly finally building for the long haul, I believe we got a glimpse of it this season.

D3, on your previous post you mentioned Derrick Morgan from GT, and I honestly believe it was truly out of analysis not your love for UGA, that you had doubts, but to counter your argument, Morgan preformed well throughout the season. If you go back to even the UGA game, the Dawgs slowed him by using a combination of double teams, and designed blocks to take him out of the game, the only time Morgan was slowed was due to Tech not having adequate DL help. Remember Morgan was the only returning starter on Tech’s DL this year, the other three were drafted and contributing in the NFL, one of which was right here in the ATL. As horrible as the DL was and the defense in general, Morgan was the constant. He’s a big fast DE that already has been dropping into coverage which is what NFL teams are asking and looking for beyond a sack machine. He has a Jared Allen type motor but with more speed. Thats not to be bias about Tech players, because last year everybody and their mother was talking about Micheal Johnson, and I didn’t see his game transferring well to the NFL, so far it hasn’t, he has the potential the same way he did at Tech but you have to wait for the light to go on with him, Morgan’s not like that at all, he will be a stud in the NFL, and he will go top ten, he’s really that good.

WR

January 11th, 2010
9:06 am

One more idea to add to my belief in the Saints games being significant, the Saints added a bunch of veterans to their defense in order to improve, early on it paid big dividends but as the season wore on, the age of that defense started to show. The Falcons on the other hand, decided to get younger on defense, and build a defense through youth, it looked horrible in the beginning but as the season wore on they started to gell and come together. Now I ask, would you rather have a decent aging defense, or a youth up and coming defense that can be the staple of your team for years, I think I know the answer to that one, and it appears that the Falcons are working to get the Defense there.

LRD

January 11th, 2010
9:18 am

Favorite Game and Least Favorite game rolled into one.: This is weird saying it that way… but for me it was the Saints here at home. Even though we lost that game, I had a blast at the game as the Birds hung tough on this one. But this one is kinda right up there with the least favorite as we had ample opportunity to win this one with all our injuries, with Redman taking the snaps, and our secondary standing up to the Brees onslaught.
Some bad play calls imho, helped to toss this one away (no pun intended). This shoulda, coulda , woulda been a big win for us.

that being said I hate the fact we lost to Carolina.

mike goode

January 11th, 2010
9:43 am

if not smart, i hear that they will make a run at muschamp

WR

January 11th, 2010
10:29 am

Off the subject, but I wanted to express my admiration for the UGA basketball program, and to let the UGA faithful know if they haven’t realized it yet, the Dawgs finally have a good basketball coach in Fox, I thought Tech’s lost to the Dawgs last week was a joke, but after the Dawgs preformance against Kentucky at Kentucky I realized that the Dawgs have a good coach and Tech played a very good coached team, no excuses the Jackets should have won, but looks like UGA basketball will be turning things around, and Harrick is not in the building. I keep up pretty well with UGA basketball, a fellow alum Janese Hardrick played for the lady dawgs.

birddawg

January 11th, 2010
10:40 am

the eagles loss was maybe the worst loss in franchise history. when you consider how big a game it was and the butt kicking we were handed. the real reason though, is the circus that ensued. the thought of idiots chanting and cheering for vick still makes me wanna puke. there were people dancing and cheering in the streets like we just won a playoff game. why????? is it the fact that he murders dogs that make you like him so much. or the fact that he totally let down the team you supposedly root for and made us a laughing stock? or the millions of dollars he still owes mr. balnk and the franchise? how about his admission of last to arrive and first ot leave when he was a falcon? i need someone to explain how any falcon fan could root for him when he plays against us. i know the obvious answer, but i would love to hear it for someone else.

probably the lowest moment i can remember as a falcon fan even though for some others it was a big party. the bad guy won. no such thing as karma.

SeminoleWarrior

January 11th, 2010
10:51 am

What’s up Cage. Good morn one and all.

Before I begin, I will use, for the first time in 2010, the favorite word of Mike Smith and myself when it comes to the Atlanta Falcons, PROCESS. This season was the process at its best and worse. But we are on our way to being a better team LONG-TERM for it. We are not there yet, work remains, but the ship is heading in the right direction.

My best game was the season opener against the Dolphins. The Falcons came ready to play that day in all facets against a very good Dolphins team. Both teams were young, fresh off playoff years and historic turn arounds the season prior, and poised to do great things in 2010. We ran the rock, MR looked poised, and the defense was very aggressive. All that was so good last year rolled into 2010 with a bang. But reality would hit hard soon there after, with injuries, lack of depth, youth, inexperience, and questionable effort coming into play too often over the next 11 weeks or so. The PROCESS would be tested to the maximum extent. But Falcon fans would discover that the right captain was in control of this ship…Mike Smith.

The Eagles game would be too easy to call the worst game of the season for me. It was not the worst game of the season; it was the WORST game of my lifelong Falcon experience. And it had nothing to do with game. Let me be clear; I support everyone’s right to free expression. I have given a large part of my life defending that right as has many Falcons fans. But the scene in which our fans turned on our team in favor of a criminal, yes, CRIMINAL, that BETRAYED our faith, trust, and loyalty was more than I could take. I’m not a perfect man by any means but that was an insult to the members of the Falcons, past and present, the city, and LOYAL fans. Forgiveness has to be earned, not expected. The fans of Atlanta WERE wronged by the selfishness of MV7. BOTTOM LINE!! And Andy Reid is garbage for facilitating that crap. But he got what he deserved courtesy of Jerry Jones and the Cowboys!! Personally, I will never forget MV7s’ arrogance, I will never forget that sellout by those fans, and I will never forget the anger I felt that day for those that did it right. I can not imagine a darker day that I will have as a fan of the Atlanta Falcons.

The Process continues…

As far as the worse game of the season, there were two and they BOTH involve the Saints. To quote Denny Green, we let them off the hook. They were the darlings of the NFC, a team on cruise control, already to head to Miami for Super Bowl week activities. But we stood toe-to-toe with them, like two heavyweight fighters, each seeking one more round in hopes of that elusive title shot. They won this set of battles but I can not wait to wage war again in 2010.

birddawg

January 11th, 2010
11:06 am

amen, seminloewarrior. its a shame there arent more TRUE falcons fans like us. btw, this is coming from a guy who wore the 7 jersey, argued in his favor tiil i was blue in the face, and has a picture of him and i together along with his autograph framed in my house [before i knew of him being the low life criminal and back staber that he is, of cource]

my fav. of the season in hindsight is the jets game. at the time the most fun to watch was the niners, and most fun to attend was the bears

very excited about a team thet still played their butts off despite bening ou of the playoffs and ended the curse. the 05 team could have done the same, but layed down and got pummeled by the panthers at home. shows some character difference between mora/vick team and the smith/ryan team

SeminoleWarrior

January 11th, 2010
11:10 am

I feel ya Birddawg. They may upset me at times but I have and always will love my Falcons. I just can imagine another team having my heart. I’m with them till the end.

SeminoleWarrior

January 11th, 2010
11:23 am

Thought for my Cage Family…

We all feel we need to look at a larger, aggressive CB for the Falcons. Instead of using a top draft pick on one this season (of which I think there are none), let me offer a suggestions. We have TWO free safeties on our roster that are capable of playing the CB position. They both are young will very good skill sets and both are physical players. You have seen one in action; the other was injured and did not play this season but has serious skills. And at 6′2, 205 and 6′0″, 220, they are the big guys that not only can provide a physical nature against the pass, but can be assets in the run defense game as well.

Thomas DeCoud and/or William Moore are the young men I am talking about. For as good as DeCoud was at FS, I think Moore, when healthy, can be even better, thus allowing us to move DeCoud to the CB slot. Or if we feel DeCoud, is a star in the making at safety, then Moore could be the answer at CB.

Thoughts?

CBrass

January 11th, 2010
11:24 am

D3,

Once again great post. I feel the same as many other here that the Philly game was the worse with the Panthers game running a close second. My favorite game would have to be the 9ers game. Hands down the most complete game that you played during the season. The game against the Bears would have to be a close second.

SeminoleWarrior

January 11th, 2010
11:24 am

Oops…that should read young with very good skill sets and both are physical players.

CBrass

January 11th, 2010
11:36 am

SW,

Just saw your post on the eagles game and that my friend was well said.

SeminoleWarrior

January 11th, 2010
11:47 am

Thanks CB.. Hope you are having a good morning my friend.

dx107

January 11th, 2010
11:47 am

My Favorite win came when we went to San Fran and put a good old butt whippin on the 49′ers just like they used to do to us.

My Worse would be losing to the Eagles/Giants – we always seem to loose to both of these teams.

WR

January 11th, 2010
12:03 pm

Seminole, you know hindsight is 20/20 so for me to say what I’m about to say probably seems like a mute point to most but I’ll offer it anyway: I as well as my older brother met Vick at the Mall of Georgia before all the dogfighting issues came out and to really paint the picture of how things went here is the dialogue; My brother, “hey isn’t that Micheal Vick”, Vick and his entourage put on the nastiest of faces because they overheard him, Me: “yeah thats Vick, why is he with all those hoodlums though”, seriously it appeared to be a bunch of teenagers with their pass hanging to their knees and Vick was dressed the same way. My brother, ” I’m going to see if its really him” mind you my brother never once approached Vick or his entourage in a threatening way, but he went up to them and asked Vick if he was Micheal Vick, and I swore we almost had to fight our way out of the Mall of Georgia. As birdman said, I was a big time Vick fan, hell, Vick got my sister to start watching football diligently, but that they I realized that he would never be a great quarterback, that they I thought for all the players I have met in probably the worse of situations, in clubs, here is a guy in the Mall that has an entourage of kids looking up to him and defending him as he walks around with pants hanging all of him like he just stepped out of a taping of shawshank redemption.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for forgiveness when one admits and tries to reconcile wrong, but to see people cheering on someone who really hasn’t did anything for his crime but serve the time, left me hallow, hallow for the people some individuals people stand behind, hallow for the people who point fingers and believe that a small group of people represent an entire race of people who don’t condone the actions of this one individual. I have always been a forward thinking person, If Peyton Manning was here today and gone tomorrow, I would still be a Falcons fan, a little sick at his departure of course, but I would continue to support. What the Fans displaced at the Eagles game to a nationwide audience, is that in Atlanta we’re not fans of the team, we’re fans of the individual, and to me thats not an accurate betrayal, because there are good fans in Atlanta and I think the direction the Falcons are headed in will eventually bring them out.

CBrass

January 11th, 2010
12:10 pm

SW,

I’m doing well. Hope the same goes for you. You bring up a very interesting question re guarding Moore and DeCoud. Have either one of them every played corner? DeCoud has the making of being a star at safety and with a year under his belt I would hate move him and take away what he’s building on. As for Moore I really can’t say because I’ve never seen him play.

ForrestTucker

January 11th, 2010
12:26 pm

The games which stuck out to me were the Jets game and the last Tampa game. Matty Ice came back to life in those games, guiding the Falcons to clutch, stunning victories and showed everyone why he is the franchise quarterback for the Falcons. Ice will be a phenominal qb in this league PLUS I think he is a lock for the hall of fame once his playing days have expired. The only reason I mention him being a lock for the HOF is because of his steller rookie season, which was THE GREATEST ROOKIE SEASON FOR ANY QUARTERBACK IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL. Period.

LRD

January 11th, 2010
12:38 pm

SW and Birddawg.. here here.. very nicely stated.

SeminoleWarrior

January 11th, 2010
12:38 pm

CB, Moore is a beast at the FS position. He has the range to play CB based on what I recall from his MIZZOU days.

DeCoud has played every position in the secondary at some time or another, especially during his time at California. He is an astute study who works hard to master and improve his craft. That is why I like the kid so. He is a keeper!!

Will definately be watching the Senior Bowl at the end of the month as well as the Combine next month. If I had to select a pick right now for us, I am sending my man Sean Weatherspoon’s name to the podium. His skills against the run and in pass coverage would be a major upgrade for our defense. And he could step in right now and play just as well as what we got out or Mike Peterson this past season.

LRD

January 11th, 2010
12:39 pm

sorry, should read Hear Hear.. i swear ever since IM came along my grasp of writing and speaking the english language has simply gone to H. IM is and will be the downfall of the language.

SeminoleWarrior

January 11th, 2010
12:44 pm

LRD, thanks. The Falcons are on the move…and our day is coming soon. We are just a few moves away. And in TD/Smitty, Arthur Blank had best trust LONG TERM.

SeminoleWarrior

January 11th, 2010
12:45 pm

LOL LRD…It’s not the IM bro. It’s the intense passion of wanting to get the comments out quickly. I feel ya though..

wAw

January 11th, 2010
12:55 pm

Reasons the Dallas loss didn’t bother me (as much):
-Dallas was desperate to define their season.
-All their scores came from outside the twenty, except for the one when Romo when made a ridiculous scramble.

Agree with others here: The performance against Andy Reid’s crowd was the worst Falcons moment since Lawrence vs. Pearson. (But 9-7 helps.)

SeminoleWarrior

January 11th, 2010
12:55 pm

CB, I think that Moore could make the transition to CB. Again, he brings just as much value as anyone that we could draft. And there is not much out there this year in terms of FA corners. Besides, the cash we would spend on a FA CB would be MUCH better served going after my man Vince Wilfork.

My God, what is the world coming too? Here is a Seminole lobbying for a former Hurricane to be on his team. Thank God, I quit drinking years ago.

SeminoleWarrior

January 11th, 2010
1:23 pm

WR, I share your analysis of Morgan. He is a MUCH more complete player than Michael Johnson was. However, I am confident Morgan will not be there for the Falcons to pick. St Louis SHOULD take Suh with their pick unless they decide to go QB which, given this class, is a risky move. There is no doubt in my mind that Tampa Bay and Detriot both are aiming to improve the DLs and will take either the BEST DE or DT available with their pick. If Morgan is there, Raheem Morris and/or Jim Schwartz will take him without blinking an eye.

JJ brought up an interesting point a couple of days back. If we do not think Biermann is up to the task at DE, which I think he DEFINATELY is, why not move Babs outside and see if Trey Lewis is back enough to be a potential impact as the big in the middle next to Jerry or Johnson.

Just a series of thoughts and opinions..

SeminoleWarrior

January 11th, 2010
1:24 pm

A healthy Jerry or Babs would be SWEET next to Vince Wilfork though….

CBrass

January 11th, 2010
1:32 pm

SW,

I didn’t know that about DeCoud. It’s just that I loved what I saw from him this season. Let’s say we move him to corner and it doesn’t work out then he is moved back he would have lost valuable playing/learning time at the safety position. However, you have pointed out that DeCoud is a student of the game so there is no doubt in my mind that he would be successful at any position in the secondary. Hope that I didn’t contradict myself in say that.

With TD having a good eye in scouting DB talent he may have already thought of this, so who knows, we may see this play out. He may also find another steal in a later round.

SeminoleWarrior

January 11th, 2010
2:07 pm

CB, your point about his year at the safety position is quite valid. I guess I am trying to figure out what we are going to do with a talent like William Moore. He is too good to ride the pine that is for sure.

But I can see and respect the point you made on DeCoud and the FS role. It is good to have options…

CBrass

January 11th, 2010
2:43 pm

SW,

That was my next question. What will happen with Moore once he’s healthy?

Unca' Bob

January 11th, 2010
2:57 pm

Seminole Warrior,

Good to see you back in force my friend.

We already have backs that are cross-trained to play CB and Safety. Our O and D-lines are cross-trained as well and Snelling plays both running back spots.

BT

January 11th, 2010
3:21 pm

Smart has turned down UGA`s offer?
What now?

CBrass

January 11th, 2010
3:26 pm

BT,

Great question. Now what?

mg3

January 11th, 2010
3:28 pm

new to blog as well…..anyway, best game was the beat down of SF, team really looked dominant and ready to take the next step (besides I hate SF) and the worst was the Philly game no doubt the team was flat and looked disjointed in addition I didn’t like seeing our former QB come back to haunt us….but oh well they’re out of the playoffs as well..Falcons are headed in the right direction and I think there will be another winning season next year and hopefully a playoff run.

MCook

January 11th, 2010
3:56 pm

D3

Forgive me if I get out of line…
The Eagles USE to be, outside of our Falcons, one of my favorite teams. They, along with their no class, bush league coach , and moron team who vote some “courage” award to that piece of crap can go to HE## !!!

I was already pi$$ed off but after todays article about that LOSER, I hope their team bus gets hit by a train next fall.

sorry…