The Bird Cage will be a touch out of commission over the weekend, so in honor of the 2010 Atlanta Falcons Training Camp and New Season, Three Torching Questions (Six Searing Questions during season) will be posed to whet your Falcons and Football appetite. By the way, the time is so very close now. Only 14 days until Atlanta Falcons Football Returns!
Training Camp hasn’t even started but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with who’s in or who’s out in this insanely competitive preseason. With Thomas Dimitroff and his front office having two and half years under their belt, this looks to be the deepest roster competition that the Falcons have had in ages. It’s quite possible that many big names may not be there, and some unheard of’s will be ready in September. With that, here’s this ridiculous attempt……
QB: Matt Ryan, Chris Redman, John Parker Wilson (3)
RB: Michael Turner, Jason Snelling, Jerious Norwood, Ovie Mughelli, Antone Smith (5)
TE: Tony Gonzalez, Justin Peele, Colin Peek (3)
OL: Sam Baker, Justin Blalock, Todd McClure, Harvey Dahl, Tyson Clabo, Will Svitek, Mike Johnson, Joe Hawley, Garrett Reynolds (9)
WR: Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, Harry Douglas, Eric Weems, Kerry Meier (5)
DL: Jonathan Babineaux, Peria Jerry, Corey Peters, Vance Walker, Trey Lewis (5)
DE: John Abraham, Kroy Biermann, Lawrence Sidbury Jr., Chauncey Davis, Jamaal Anderson (5)
LB: Curtis Lofton, Stephen Nicholas, Sean Weatherspoon, Mike Peterson, Coy Wire, Spencer Adkins (6)
S: Thomas DeCoud, Erik Coleman, William Moore, Shann Schillinger (4)
CB: Dunta Robinson, Christopher Owens, Brent Grimes Chevis Jackson, Dominique Franks (5)
P: Michael Koenen (1)
K: Steve Haushka (1)
LS: Joe Zelenka (1)
Extra Credit – Practice Squad (8)
Gabe Derricks (S)
Ryan Wolfe (WR)
Michael Palmer (TE)
Thomas Johnson (DT)
Bear Woods (LB)
Jose Valdez (OL)
Dmitri Nance (RB)
Brandyn Harvey (WR)
Its not fun to play in fatalism or speak in absolutes, but to get the convo’s going this should be a good one. Is 2010 the Year or Bust? The idea is not necessarily talking about this year per se, but rather if the Falcons are due to take a step back in 2011. The arguments…….
A) The Offensive Line Will Change
Tyson Clabo, Harvey Dahl, Justin Blalock, and Quinn Ojinnaka are due to become unrestricted free agents in 2011 if no new contract is reached. Three of the current line are starters, and its fairly rational to think that only one will be renewed. Mike Johnson (LG), Joe Hawley (C), and Garret Reynolds (RT) were all Thomas Dimitroff draft picks. They look to join Sam Baker (LT) in “the New Falcons OL.” There will be some major changes to an offensive line that has benefited from three years of working together.
B) Tony Gonzalez looking at retirement.
The greatest Tight End to ever play the game is nearing the age of hanging up his cleats. And frankly, why shouldn’t he? Judging on stats alone, he simply is the best TE to ever suit up in the NFL (yes better than Kellen Winslow). He is awaiting a quick entry to having his bust mantled in Canton, Ohio as one of the best players to tie his cleats on Sunday. He may come back if he knows he’ll get a ring, but that depends on this year.
C) Major Issue at Defensive End
John Abraham will be 33 years old and we don’t yet know what we have with Kroy Biermann and Lawrence Sidbury Jr. (assuming this is 2011) and we do realize we’re giving up one of the best sack machines in recent history with no apparent replacements. Barring Biermann or Sidbury Jr. completely blow it up, we’re in for some transition.
We have plenty of time to examine each opponent over the next six months, but this is just asking for a gut reaction after you’ve seen the Falcons schedule. Certainly welcome to analyze each game, but there’s plenty of time coming very soon.
Bird Cage Gut Reactionary Prediction:
-Give your ridiculously too early 53 man final roster
-Extra credit for the 8 practice squad positions
-Is it 2010 or bust?
-Can Falcons win big without Tony Gonzalez, John Abraham, or Tyson Clabo?
-Don’t think too much, but give your 2010 Prediction Gut Reaction