Battle for DE – Biermann vs. Sidbury Jr.

Defensive End Battle

 

Training Camp Updates

Updates will be provided here in The Bird Cage as they become available.

  The Bird Cage will be starting a 2010 Training Camp Battle Series that will run through the Grand Finale of Camp. The Battles will examine the situation and position, as well as the players up for the job. Check out the arguments and choose who you think will win.

First up is one of the more intriguing battles in trying to figure out who will be the main man lining up at the open defensive end spot opposite John Abraham: Kroy Biermann or Lawrence Sidbury Jr.?

A Huge Need

The Falcons ranked as one of the worst in the NFL in terms of getting pressure on the quarterbacks last season, and the entire defense paid for it. Most QBs were allowed to pick them apart when they got hot, players ranging from the predictable Drew Brees and Tom Brady to the heavily struggling Jake Delhomme. The Falcons ranked 26th in terms of sacks and 28th in pass coverage which seems like a pretty appropriate correlation. Abraham had 5.5 sacks, but many believe that it’s a possible product of having no help on the other side. Biermann had 5 sacks, but 2 of those came against Miami in the opening game. Lawrence Sidbury Jr. only had 1 sack, but also didn’t see much time. The bottom line is that the Falcons just didn’t get it done in terms pressure. It really says something when your leading sack artist is your defensive tackle. Jonathan Babineaux had a Pro Bowl worthy year, but he should be getting a ton more help from the defensive ends. It’s almost a certainty that there will be some rotation, but if one of them can prove they deserve the job permanently, can Coach Smith keep them off the field?

Kroy Biermann

The Bier Truck looks to have the inside edge in taking the starting spot, although a heavy rotation looks pretty imminent. He is one of the hardest workers on the team and has been committed to improving his physical skill set since he was drafted in the fifth round out of the University of Montana. He came in at 241 lbs and some thought he would play linebacker. Not the case after he put on almost 20 lbs. His career track looks pretty good after posting 2 sacks in very limited action as a rookie and posting 5 sacks last year with not even 500 snaps. He committed to mixed martial arts training, known as MMA, to help take him over the top. Hard to believe that Biermann won’t take the job.

On the other side, some claim that #71 hit the wall last year and that he might be a pass rushing specialist only and not necessarily an every down defensive end. He notched five sacks last year in limited time, but 40% of those came in the first game, and another came in the blowout against San Francisco. If he was and is the future, why didn’t he get a ton more snaps last year?

Lawrence Sidbury Jr.

Sidbury is the great unknown to this point and extremely talented, but obviously raw. He was one of the most athletic players when he was drafted in the 4th round in the 2009 NFL draft. The pick was roundly praised as a huge steal by Thomas Dimitroff. Not too much was expected as a rookie behind Abraham, Jamaal Anderson, Kroy Biermann, and even steady backup Chauncey Davis. He didn’t get on the field too much, but when he did he made it count, coming up with a sack and a fumble return for a touchdown later in the season. The question is whether Sidbury Jr. can click in his sophomore year, or just hope to get a few more steps. He will have to really wow the coaches to surpass Kroy Biermann, but if anybody can do it, the ultra-talented Sidbury Jr. can.

Sidbury Jr. Got a TD as a Rookie (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Conversely, its going to be a huge climb for Sidbury Jr. to prove he merits a chance to surpass all the other D-Ends, and as the coaching staff showed with Biermann, they seemingly like to bring along their defensive ends very slowly, so its doubtful that #90 can do anything more than gain more snaps.

X-Factor

A huge question, and a maddening one to fans, is how many snaps will Jamaal Anderson poach from the young guns. Coach Smith loves his rotation on D-Line and he’s even stated that Anderson will continue to work on the outside. Chauncey Davis has also proven to be a very steady and versatile backup when he plays. The question is whether this rotation is and will stunt Biermann and Sidbury Jr.’s growth?

The Bird Cage Take

Both Biermann and Sidbury Jr. have a ton of talent and look to be on a high arc for the future, with some believing that they both might eventually take over as starters. Due to Coach Smith’s headstrong belief of a heavy rotation, it looks that both will see more snaps with Biermann getting more and Sidbury Jr. getting more as well, but expect Jamaal Anderson to continue to take snaps away from them both.

 

Decide and Debate (Your Turn)

-Straight out: who will win the defensive end starting spot?

-Who’s more likely to get the most snaps at DE?

-Is it Biermann’s time to make the jump?

-Can Sidbury Jr. blow past Biermann to take it?

-Will Jamaal Anderson take snaps away at DE? Should he?

-What’s your thoughts on Coach Smith’s rotation philosophy?

 

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D3

August 1st, 2010
11:49 am

Special thanks once again from Jason Butt of CBS Sports Rapid Reports for the Training Camp updates………

11:14 am K Matt Bryant on kickers’ competitions in the NFL: “Say I go 70 percent all of camp and he goes 60 percent all of camp. Well, there are still 31 other teams out there…The bigger picture is that it’s not 1 on 1. It’s 1 on 30 or 40.”
11:06 am K Matt Bryant on his preparations for the kicking battle between he and K Steve Hauschka: “I tried to do a little more pool work, doing kicks in a pool so to speak. I went through the whole offseason program.”
11:01 am K Steve Hauschka on if he’s learning from K Matt Bryant, an 8-year veteran. “We don’t really talk about those things but there are things he does that any of the successful guys do. You just kind of learn by watching these guys through experience.”
11:00 am K Steve Hauschka on preparing this offseason for competition between he and K Matt Bryant: “I’ve just tried to replicate my kicking form over and over again, just try to perfect it heading into training camp like any year.”
10:10 am Practicing with the KR group, which is an open position, are WR Eric Weems, RB Jerious Norwood, RB Dimitri Nance, RB Antone Smith and CB Dominique Franks.

That’s one of things I forgot to discuss after my Camp visit was kicker. Obviously, it was there first day and they were just kicking field goals, but Steve Hauscka looks like the guy to beat at least from that session. Hauscka’s kicks were consistent, high, and right down the middle on most all of them. Matt Bryant on the other hand looked pretty bad. Missed several kicks and ones that he did make were barely getting there. Still very surprised that they cut Garrett Lindholm so early and didn’t at least let him get to Camp. Sure hate to see us go through with Matt Bryant what happened with Jason Elam last year.

JJ

August 1st, 2010
11:57 am

D3, great stuff and tks for all of the updates. With a improved secondary and push up the middle, this should be a great yr. for all of our DE’s. But that being said, this is the yr of the Biermann truck!
Like the rotations, keeps them fresh. Think Sid will prove TD right and all the draft analysis were wrong about our “greatest weak link”. Plenty of snaps for all 5 DE, with Abe and Biermann on pass plays and Sid, Davis and Anderson on running plays. This defense will be very tough barring injuries.

GEORGIA

August 1st, 2010
12:05 pm

DAMN ALMOST 1ST!!!! JUST MOVE JA98 INSIDE AND LET DA 2 ROTATE DUHHH!!!!

falconsruletheworld

August 1st, 2010
12:16 pm

I think we should rotate them both out. For God sakes please bench Jamaal Anderson. He stinks. He couldn’t sack the QB if the QB was standing there and he was given a free rush. He’s much better playing DT in stopping the run. Biermann will notch double digit sack totals this season IMO and I think he will help out Abraham tremendously.

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BT

August 1st, 2010
12:21 pm

I also, would like to thank every one for the updates.

Sounds like the WR camp battles are going to be as fun to watch as the TE battles.
Kerry Meier has also gotten my attention, I am hoping he can pick up the offense quickly and earn a roster spot.
Peek and Palmer hope to unseat Peele or Zinger for a roster spot or at least a spot on the PS.
That will not be as easy as it appears on the surface, the roster spot at least.
The addition of Robbie Agnone has made that battle even tougher.

Beyond that, my attention goes to the D-line.
Trey Lewis needs to have a good camp and preseason, having him back at full speed would be a big plus for options for the D-line roatation and open up the possiblility to utilize the 3/4 D on occasions.
The progression of L. Sidbury is also worth watching, he has shown the raw skills to be a very effective edge rusher.
I am in hopes that he refines his hand techniques, leverage and power, with slight improvement in play reconition to maintain gap control.
That guy has the potiental to be a special player and very important piece on the D-line for years to come.

WR

August 1st, 2010
12:28 pm

D3, great topic to get the camp battles started off. The Bier-truck is the fan favorite and the clear leader thus far, but I see big things coming from Sidbury. Abe even took him under his wing and had him train amongst some of the elites during his special section for getting ready for the season. We all know Abe, between myself and Stirg we have had great disagreements about his leadership some just, some not so much, but what does it say when Abe actually takes a guy with him to participate in his pre-training camp routine. Its only a thought, but I’m Abe, I’m not an idiot I know my days are numbered in this game I love, but last year I felt I was getting it done but I needed at least a little help to show more production then the statistics show. I haven’t been know much for a team leader or vocal leader but hey this guy Sidbury looks extremely talented if I can help switch on the light for him, I can get maybe two more years out of this ride. Now thats just a thought, might just be my imagination, but Abe has had Jamaal around for years, the Bier-truck has been around for a few years now, Davis has also been around for sometime, but Abe just happens to take the Raw but extremely talented Sidbury with him. Last year Sid was considered a steal, but without much production he was somewhat of a afterthought in media circles, but the man constantly on the grind with him, the man that needs someone, anyone, to step up at the other DE position just happens to pick him out of a crowded bunch, that same man is not known through out his attire career of doing such things, might be me but I believe that man has seen what TD saw, that same man knows if he can get what TD saw out of this guy sooner rather then later, he could be on to some big things and the team can be on to some better things, JMHO.

BT

August 1st, 2010
12:33 pm

Yup, just what I was thinking WR.
l. Sid is the guy to watch..I know we all love the Beerman (as we should) but L Sid (IMO) has the higher upside if his potiental is realized.

WR

August 1st, 2010
12:33 pm

By the way, for the FFL cagers, anyone notice that Lil’Dave has reappeared, hopefully he gets a chance to post soon, glad to have everyone back in the fold. Its been a better year so far so I got a chance to change my team name, don’t quite feel the way I did last year during this time, so I’m looking forward to the season, FFL, and football in General.

BT

August 1st, 2010
12:39 pm

I noticed Lil Dave`s e-mail.
Great to have him back, that means only one opening (if we stick to ten teams) and Moose seems a perfect fit.
Should be a great season for the Falcons as well as the TBCFFL.

BT

August 1st, 2010
12:42 pm

I should have said, We had only one opening,,if, We stick to ten teams?

JJ

August 1st, 2010
12:48 pm

BT, hope we stick with 10 and not 12.

Bangkapi Ajarn

August 1st, 2010
12:50 pm

Back online, and I see where I have missed a LOT, not the least of which is Spoons signing. I still haven’t had the chance to catch up, but at least I have internet now (but NOT cable TV, AT&T U-Verse folks have lied to me twice now, grrrr). Back on the road Tuesday.

At the risk of saying something stupid since I haven’t read up on what I missed, here is my take on D3’s question dejour –

-Straight out: who will win the defensive end starting spot?

I will answer this in two parts–
1a) Who will WIN the spot? – choke, gag, pause for breath, gag again , dry heave, deep breath– I believe that Jamaal Anderson will WIN the DE STARTING spot (emphasis on those two words). Why risk incurring the wrath of the cage elite – and pretty much anyone else that closely follows the Falcons? Because Coach Smith said so before training camp even started! He is the man, he chooses who starts, so I would take his word on it. He isn’t taking a vote on it, isn’t asking for our opinions, his word is rule, his word is law. Deal with it or grow ulcers.

1b – Who will EARN the starting DE spot? Bierman. However, I am thinking that by the end of the season Bierman will have as many ifnot more snaps at DE as Anderson. “Starter” in this years rotation may not mean as much, which is a good thing.

Semantics are important here – Starter goes to Anderson, Coach Smith doesn’t want to demotivare Anderson, or make him lose face with his teammates. He will migrate into a new role and maintain his status (and try to enhance his trade value in the process). “WIN” verses “EARN” is important here, earn gets snaps, win gets status upfront.
Sophistry? Perhaps, but isn’t that what good coaches do to motivate?

-Who’s more likely to get the most snaps at DE? –
Bierman, then Abe, then Anderson, closely followed by Psycho Sid (as opposing QB’s will soon see him as). After 16 games. Not THAT bid a difference in snaps between, no more then 200 or so between Bierman and Psycho Sid

-Is it Biermann’s time to make the jump?
Yep, given the chance. If he works at it really really hard, he may even be able to upgrade from his reality show arm fluff princess to a genuine Cage queen – if he gets really, really lucky, or course.

-Can Sidbury Jr. blow past Biermann to take it? Nope, I think PsychoSid will backup Abe for the most part, and JA will share time with Bierman on the other side. Complimentary, synergistic forces working together as an unstoppable force of nature.

-Will Jamaal Anderson take snaps away at DE? Should he? Yes – No

-What’s your thoughts on Coach Smith’s rotation philosophy? I like the concept a lot – keep the DE’s fresh and hungry while minimizing the chance of injury hopefully. Those fresh energy bursts should serve the team well.

BT

August 1st, 2010
12:53 pm

JJ,
If, a couple of mainstay Bloggers like Box, Falcon21, JWW or CBrass wanted in?
They would be more than welcome by me.
Just my 2 cents.

Bangkapi Ajarn

August 1st, 2010
1:02 pm

D3-
Total agreement on the K situation – I was surprised that they cut Lindholm so early, without giving him a shot. Another meltdown at K would be deviating given the potential with this team.

BT

August 1st, 2010
1:04 pm

BA, good post.
I did not think about L.Sid being Abe`s primary backup at RDE.
Still think he has more upside than Davis, Anderson and Beer truck.
That`s why, I think his development is so worth watching.
I hope your wrong about JA 98 getting more snaps than he has earned.
Just coach speak (hopefully) from that article the other day and he really did not appoint the exact rotation, he just gave the break down of the number of snaps from the base D from the Sub D.

DePlane

August 1st, 2010
1:05 pm

I just love everything about the way this team is shaping up. WR, can’t help but agree with you on Abe taking Sid with him. Abe has said himself that to this point in his career it’s been about him. Nice to see him take quietly take a leadership position as a mentor to these young men. If it benefits him in the long run, so much the better.

When the pads go on and the intensity picks up we are going to see a different camp. Like everyone else, I expect the Biertruck to have the inside track on starting. But it will be a great competition in camp and hopefully Sid can turn his raw potential into major contributions this year. What a great problem to have!

WR

August 1st, 2010
1:05 pm

I’m fine either way when it comes to the FFL, technically I don’t want to expand, but at the same time it was fun joking it up with everyone last season. Expansion may take away from the players available, at the same time it brings more fun and like the NFL more parody. No one can stockpile players, chances are there will be more trades and activity between the FFL group and in the end we can all have a good laugh and cold buur as Strig would say.

SeminoleWarrior

August 1st, 2010
1:08 pm

Good afternoon Cage Family..

Taking this weekend off to chill as things are about to really ramp up in the world of high school, college, and the NFL. Been following all the updates from the Branch with a careful eye. Looks to be an interesting camp with some very intriguing battles, just as most of us thought there would be.

As I have stated for months now, the time has long since past to give Bierman a legitimate shot at the starting end position opposite JA55. We have seen enough “lack of productivity” at that slot to know that he definately can not do any worse. JA98, I’m not even going there. Chauncey Davis, a Nole, has been a role player at best. When he had his chance as a starter, he was inconsistent and did not seize the moment. Sidbury, if not stuck behing the travesty that is JA98, would have more chances to show what he could/can do. But his time is coming as I see a greater role for him this season.

I like the fact that JA55 took Sidbury to workouts with him this past offseason. The attitude I saw and heard from the young man at mini-camp leads me to believe that he is ready to take it to the next level. He just needs the chance.

Back to Biermann. There are those that would say that he is a role player, a situational specialist. How in the heck can you say that? When on the field in reserve or as a special team, his impact has been felt. He has done all that we can ask of him; worked hard, conditioned himself, studied hard, and remained focused on the team. I think it is time to return some dividend on his investment.
Again, he definately is an immediate upgrade over any other DE on the roster not named Abraham.

I stated it before and I still stand by it. If Bierman is allowed to start at least 10 games this season, I guarantee, 10 sacks from him. Take that to the bank. Trust me, if we allow this young man to get away from the Falcons, we will pay the price for a long, long time.

SeminoleWarrior

August 1st, 2010
1:10 pm

The future at DE is with Biermann and Sidbury. TD knows what he has…and soon, the rest of the league will find out as well.

WR

August 1st, 2010
1:14 pm

Deplane, BT, my thoughts exactly, everyone compares the Biertruck to Patrick Kerney and its not a bad comparison, but Kerney was a beast that was a star at Lacrosse and took on football as a second option. Kerney was talented and worthy of his first round selection, Biermann has more then covered his later round selection with his work ethic and commitment. As a fan of football in general you wish for nothing but the best for Biermann, as a fan that wants to march down Peachtree street you hope that the light goes on in Sidbury’s head the man has monster written all over his skill set. I guess its much the same as Coleman, he’s been very seviceable, even going beyond that at times, but the talent level to be exceptional lies in William Moore, so while you believe and root for Coleman you desire to see Moore on the field.

DePlane

August 1st, 2010
1:15 pm

BA welcome back!

I hear what you’re saying about Coach’s statements regarding JA98. He has in fact stated that he likes to consider all of the depth on the team as “starters”, just that they may not take the first snap of a game. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised to see JA98 taking more snaps inside with the Truck or Jr out there with him on some passing downs.

I think this is Kroy’s year to show he is worthy of the most snaps and believe he will do so if his work ethic and dedication are any indication. Sid working behind Abe is also a sweet possibility, though I’m not sure if he’s comfortable coming from that side. Might we see a line of Kroy, JA98, Babs and Jr on some obvious passing downs when Abe is taking a rest?

waynester

August 1st, 2010
1:18 pm

Perhaps Abraham and Sidbury are buddies or a mentor/student or both but either way, I think it’s beneficial (at least I hope it will be) rather than a sign of division in the unit….

WR

August 1st, 2010
1:21 pm

SW, remember there’s nothing wrong with being consider a role player especially early in your career, for example look at one Mr. Justin Tuck of NYG. He was a role player that gathered alot of attention in that role, when Strahan retired he assumed the position and there has been no looking back. Sid is the future batman of the DL if the light goes on, but Batman needs a Robin and Biermann fits the bill.

WR

August 1st, 2010
1:27 pm

Waynester, its not about division, sometimes as a player, especially a Vet you see something in someone that you know use to be you and you want to improve that because their improvement only improves your chances, especially in positions where one suffers without the other. Kind of like Mo-Pete taking Spoon under his wing, Pete knows his days are numbered, but the more he continues to get it done against the run while coaching Spoon up in the nickel the longer time he has as part of the team, not just as a player but as a potential assistant if he so chooses. Spoon reminds Mo-Pete of himself, a young fast vocal LB, the opportunity to train and guide your eventual replacement isn’t a bad thing, its an enhancement of character and the good ones understand that.

SeminoleWarrior

August 1st, 2010
1:27 pm

WR, well stated.

SeminoleWarrior

August 1st, 2010
1:28 pm

But the role player has to have the heart and desire to excel. Enough capital has been spent on JA98. Time to shift the investment’s focus.

SeminoleWarrior

August 1st, 2010
1:30 pm

WR, I’m telling you. When Moore is healthy and Spoon is on the field full time, all those doubters will be sing their praises. They are one hell of a combination and they feed off each other.

BT

August 1st, 2010
1:30 pm

SW,
I was thinking about rolling down to the Branch for the afternoon session.
Already hear thunder in that direction, today could be as hot, muggy and as washed out with thunderstorms as yeasterday.
What`s your read on todays weather?

SeminoleWarrior

August 1st, 2010
1:38 pm

Bt, today is the classic hit and miss scenario. There will be scattered storms over the area, especially northern GA, due to the presence of a residual frontal boundary and afternoon heating. If you are in the right place, you could pick up a quick .25 or .50 inch of rain. Some isolated areas may get more. Coverage will be not as great in central GA where I am; we could use it though.

Heat will still be the major issue so be sure to keep the water, G2, or Powerade handy.

SeminoleWarrior

August 1st, 2010
1:42 pm

BT, I’m going to chill in the TeePee today. As I stated, resting up as the rolls will be fast, furious, and extensive here in about three weeks or so. I have to roll south to see my beloved high school football (Thomasville), then do the FSU thingy, followed by the Falcons. Throw in the desire to see what Coach Bill Curry has established at Georgia State (I have incredible respect for Coach C), and you can see that this grey rabbit must get his rest before the season hits full stride. Keep the peace with the family as well as my doctor…lol.

BT

August 1st, 2010
1:45 pm

I think, it`s a bit unrealistic to expect Moore to surplant Colman at this point.
He has gotten no game reps and only a partial TC so far.
I am not saying it won`t happen in the future but look for Colman to be in the starting lineup againts the Steelers and for Colman either Colman to play his way out of the lineup or Moore to play his way into it, on down the road.

WR

August 1st, 2010
1:49 pm

SW, I know, believe me I know, this team has finally been built for the long haul, not a bunch of has beens, stop gaps, or get you over the hump types, but a team. While my hopes are high for this season I’m more impressed with what has been built for the future. Some would say its Superbowl or failure this year, I disagree, I would love for TG to get a Superbowl win before he retires, but this team has been built to where I honestly believe the city of Atlanta will have to clear room on Peachtree whether this year the next or soon. The 98′ team was a good unit, with good players in key positions, but that team was built without depth, this team is built with some serious depth. Personally I was one to call it the Patriot way, but what this team is putting together makes me proud to call it the Falcons way. Great teams in history have always been the image everyone has looked up to, I believe this regime is putting this team and organization in place to be one of those teams.

BT

August 1st, 2010
1:51 pm

Thanks for the professional update on today`s forcast SW.
These storms have been crazy all summer, 5 miles away they could get 2 inches of rain in an hour and me not get a drop at the house.

Bangkapi Ajarn

August 1st, 2010
1:59 pm

BT – Thanks! I am just thinking that the rotation seems to be shaping up that way, with an eye towards having tried and true replacements for JA and Abe whenever they move on. Sounds like a process to me!

DePlane, I agree, I suspect ABE may evolve to a role player, pass russ specialist, as time rolls on to protect his body an dkephis motor running at a very high rev level at key points in the game.

Think of Breez dropping back in a 3rd and 8 situation in the 4th qtr, with a fresh Abe bull rushing from one side, The Biertruck bull rushing from the other end, Babs and Jerry providing a strong surge up the middle, and Robinson, Grimes, Spoon, and crew waiting for the chance to snag an errant , tipped, or hurried throw. Breez has an instant to make a perfect throw or get hit, and if the throw is less than perfect he risks a pick6. Can he throw a perfect, hurried pass every time???????
Can’t wait!

WR

August 1st, 2010
2:00 pm

SW, between myself, you, and JJ, I believe we’re all wishing the best on the concrete jungle known as Georgia State. U know I’m a big time supporter of GT, but I can honestly see GSU taking over the state of Georgia and yes that includes UGA if GSU makes a strong commitment to the sports program. My reasoning, GT is hard for anyone to get into especially an athlete, UGA has good academics and has a been known for being a party school with great tradition. GSU on the other hand is in the mecca of the south in General with a consistent top ten ranking as far as business schools go throughout the country. Its in the mecca as stated earlier, Atlanta, and to think the Falcons are about to build on that. What other college can a player go to outside of Pasedena Calif, or UCLA in LA Cali, but still be in the heart of everything while getting a great education. If GSU does things right by 2020 there not only in division one but there contending for national championships in division one. They just need to take it more seriously then they have in basketball and I believe they will.

BT

August 1st, 2010
2:11 pm

I am taking a wait and see approch to GSU.
Agree, on CBC as a great coach to get their program started off on the right foot.

WR, on the idea of GSU surplanting UGA and or GT as the football power in this state?
That`s a hell of alot of long standing tradition to overcome.
Don`t hold your breath, my friend.

SeminoleWarrior

August 1st, 2010
2:15 pm

BT, not looking for Moore to supplant Coleman but he will be a key player by the critical stretch of the season.

WR, as long as Coach Curry has anything to do with the program, they will be focused and it will be a fine program. GSU is a fine school from what I have heard and it has the potential to be an force in the state in sports. Concur with your assessment completely…

As far as building a championship program the right way, take a look at what is being done over at Philips Arena. I know a lot of folks do not like the WNBA but I love the game. And I love the team we have in the ATL. Those young pros put on a great show (an occasion lapse here and there) but when they are on, they are ON!! If you have not seen them in action, check them out at the “P”. Or check them today on SportsSouth at 3pm. You will not be wasting your time…

TD and Smitty are doing it as well. The Braves seem to be primed to return to that type of success. The Hawks, well, they are the Hawks.

A world title is coming to the ATL…trust me. It is just a matter of time.

SeminoleWarrior

August 1st, 2010
2:17 pm

BT, I think what WR meant is that there are a lot of great football players in this state that do not get the chance to play “major” college ball at GT or UGA. GSU represents the chance to play on a big stage and that is a major plus. I agree with him; they will, in time, enhance the college football atmosphere in this state.

SeminoleWarrior

August 1st, 2010
2:24 pm

WR, you are right. Patriot Way South has evolved into the Falcons Way. Recall before TD’s arrival, there was NO way. Just a swing and a miss approach. TD introduced us to the Process.

As I have said before, using my best Jesse Jackson teachings…

The PROCESS is in PROGRESS towards long term SUCCESS with not intent to REGRESS to the past days of professional sports STRESS.

SeminoleWarrior

August 1st, 2010
2:25 pm

Breaking right…going to chill for a while and await the Dream on SportsSouth. Check you later.

BT

August 1st, 2010
2:33 pm

SW, no question GSU will enhance the college football opportunity in the state.
Don`t forget GA. Southern has a decent program for the level they play.

I see, CBC staying at GSU for only a handfull of years while building a foundation.
It will be up to his eventual sucessor(s) to build a power.
A much younger guy to accend to the program to it`s potiental, a good number of years after the foundation has been set.

LRD

August 1st, 2010
2:43 pm

Thanks everyone for the updates… and jealous ofyou all who made it up to Camp as I am sick and cannot make it yet.
BA nice take on win vs who should win.

How has Jerry looked? Very curious how that #1 pick is doing.

Moose

August 1st, 2010
2:59 pm

Howdy Cagers…… D3, Good one as always…

If Jamaal Anderson takes quality snaps away at DE this year I will be ticked off…… He had more snaps than Biermann and Davis last year with less production than either one…. Sir Sid should move into the number 3 spot by midseason if he can get the playing time…

Rank em…..

1 John Abraham
2 Kroy Biermann
3 Chauncey Davis
4 Lawrence Sidbury Jr
5 Jamaal Anderson

If anyone wants to say JA98 can at least tackle better look at last years stats first… It was pretty eye opennig to me…

http://www.profootballfocus.com/by_position.php?tab=by_position&season=2009&pos=DE3&stype=r&runpass=&teamid=2&numsnaps=25&numgames=1

BT

August 1st, 2010
3:00 pm

LDR, rest easy about Jerry.
Smitty has been easing him back slowly, as with Moore and HD.
It will be mid way through camp or the after the 1st preseason game before we are able to get a read on their return progress.

Bangkapi Ajarn

August 1st, 2010
3:04 pm

I join SW, WR and JJ to wish nothing but the best for GSU. I am a UGA fan for sure, but no hate here for the other instate teams.

I am thinking (hoping) that GSU found themselves another Erk Russell that can take GSU to the same levels of success Erk took Ga. Southern.

They have a LOT to offer a potential student athlete, and I hope a lot of quality young men use Coach Curry’s experience, GSU’s academic opportunities, and the ATL networking Mecca to create successful careers and lives for themselves and their families. Opportunity is knocking, if they are smart enough to listen – ride the bench at an SEC, ACC, or other major conference school, vs. playing a significant role for a proven coach squarely in the media spotlight in Atlanta!

Moose

August 1st, 2010
3:05 pm

HDouglas looks to be Out on KR…….. Good……

CBS Sports reports Atlanta Falcons WR Eric Weems, RB Jerious Norwood, RB Dimitri Nance, RB Antone Smith and CB Dominique Franks returned kickoffs Sunday morning.

BT

August 1st, 2010
3:06 pm

Good afternoon, Moose.
I put L.Sid above Davis in your ranking.

Agreed, everyone likes to talk about JA being good against the run.
That`s not so.
It`s only when it`s compaired against pass rush rating it looks OK.
We have been hearing the same thing since his rookie season.

Moose

August 1st, 2010
3:09 pm

I agree with GSU being a solid program that is on the rise………..Good thinks are comming for Atlanta sooner than later…….

Moose

August 1st, 2010
3:10 pm

Hey BT……. Sir Sid will be there soon enough…… Just gotta get JA(* off the field to give him the playing time……..