Falcons Ready for Patriots

Four Fiery Questions of Preseason

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) loosens up for the exhibition season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 13, 2010.

Is #2 Locking on to #88 Again? (CCompton/AJC)

The Bird Cage is back and ready to go after a short break and the week of preseason and training camp have definitely started to make things a little more clear than they were on the first day of Training Camp when the Falcons opened in shorts and helmets. Some names have risen to the top of the heap and some, unfortunately, have already seen the Turk. After a pretty good showing against the lowly Chiefs, fans expect the Falcons to ramp up the competition as they play one of the best teams of the 21st century in the New England Patriots. As the Birds prepare for a big preseason test (and their last preseason game at home), The Bird Cage ponders several questions and looks forward to getting the true experts (Bird Cage and Falcons fans) opinion as preseason rolls forward:

1) Are the Piling-Up Injuries a Major Concern?

No Falcons fan in their right mind could believe that the devastating injury bug could strike nearly as bad as it did last year. The Falcons lost reserves, starters, and even franchise cornerstones to multiple injuries where they missed many games and, in some cases, major parts of the season. The Falcons lost both their 1st and 2nd round picks essentially for the year (Peria Jerry and William Moore). They lost Harry Douglas for the entire season. Brian Williams missed almost three-fourths of the season. Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Sam Baker…..well you get the picture. The Falcons haven’t had many major injuries yet, but their big off-season signing, Dunta Robinson, has barely participated since the first week of Training Camp. Brent Grimes just injured his groin. Jerious Norwood, Thomas Johnson, and William Moore have all missed time and Michael Jenkins is out 4-6 weeks. Besides Jenkins, they’re all expected to make a pretty quick return, but is heartbeat beating faster than it should be?

2) Is Matt Ryan Again Depending on Tony Gonzalez Too Much?

Granted, Ryan only played a handful of snaps in his first preseason game and almost everyone looked rusty in some form against the Chiefs, but Ryan going to Gonzalez repeatedly may cause some concern for fans. Its hard to argue throwing to #88 (he is a future Hall of Famer, by the way), but fans saw what happened when they took Gonzo and Roddy White away….bad things happened. Lack of wide receiver production and poor play-calling were major factors as well, buts its hard to argue that the Falcons haven’t improved their WR depth (albeit very young) and Mularkey hopefully will improve. Its way too early, but Ryan’s got to spread around the wealth, doesn’t he?

3) Should the Falcons Put Norwood on the Block?

Most fans will immediately scoff and say no, but considering that the Falcons seem to have found some gems in Dmitri Nance and Antone Smith, who are nicely complementary to each other, and Jerious Norwood can not stay on the field….literally. Norwood ended the season hurt and has begun the preseason hurt without getting many reps or looks for a rebound season. Before dismissing it outright, Norwood’s vast potential is only just that if he continues to stay hurt. It’s pretty easy to say that Norwood is injury-prone at this point. Disregarding the NFL Owners and Player’s Union current strife, the Falcons will eventually have to decide between either Snelling or Norwood, because both will seek to be at least number 2 backs and be paid as such. Even though injured, Norwood’s potential would probably garner some interest and that would allow the Falcons to develop the gems they mined in Nance and Smith. Even though the Falcons definitely probably will never entertain offers for #32, should they?

4) Is the Falcons Defensive Tackle Position Finally a Strength?

Do Abe and Biermann Have Some DT Help? (CCompton/AJC)

Only two short years ago, the Falcons defensive tackle position was in total disarray and easily considered one of the weakest areas of the team. Grady Jackson was the star and he was let go. Jonathan Babineaux represented potential, but hadn’t arrived. Journeyman Jason Jefferson and like occupied the DT spots. But after good signings and draft picks, has the Birds D-Tackle position finally become strength? The Falcons boast a potential Pro Bowler in Babineaux (should have got it last year), a promising 1st round draft pick determined to get back in Peria Jerry, a rookie who has quickly created a buzz at camp in Corey Peters, two players that played extremely well in starting roles at the end of the season in Vance Walker and Thomas Johnson, and the x-factor in Jamaal Anderson moving inside and adding weight, push, and run-stuffing ability to middle. The Falcons also have Trey Lewis trying to get back his rookie form and nab a spot. Even though Peters is a rookie and Jerry’s injury history is worrisome, have the Falcons finally transformed DT into a strength?

(Editor’s Note: Have No Fear, Many More Questions to Come Soon!)

Experts Weigh In (Your Turn)

-Answer the Fiery Four Questions of Preseason

-What questions do you have for future preseason installments?

-Are you concerned with all the injuries, albeit mostly minor at this point?

-Too early to tell on Ryan focusing too much on Gonzalez?

-Should the Falcons put Norwood on the block?

-Has DT finally become a major strength for the Falcons?

636 comments Add your comment

Sarah B

August 17th, 2010
9:41 pm

HA! Now I’ll read the article.

Falcons Will Win

August 17th, 2010
9:45 pm

I can see Thomas Johnson as the odd man out, this might be the deepest position on the team, DT.

LJ

August 17th, 2010
9:46 pm

The injuries don’t bother me much. I thought the same thing about Matt locking in on #88, but let’s see what happens when Harry is back in the mix. DT is a big strength potentially.

Willy Mo #25 will be OK!!!!!!!

Sarah B

August 17th, 2010
9:50 pm

No

No

No

Yes!!!

LRD

August 17th, 2010
9:51 pm

Injuries: I would say, for once we have depth, and good skilled depth… granted if Ryan goes down we have an OH **** moment.. but the depth is going to help this year. That said, after watching brady pick apart our secondary pretty much at will(again, 7on7 and no pass rush) but if our Secondary does not stay healthy, we are in trouble.

Gonzo: With Douglas back…well, maybe the pressure falls off…and if Roddy stops dropping..

Nance could be a very good find! Dang is he quick, and watching them from the “end zone” sunday, when Nance gets the ball, his size and shifty speed makes him very hard for one to see behind our O Line. He is well hidden back there and with his speed could lead to few big gainers, if he gets the chance.
DT as a strength, man o man do I hope so..as our secondary is going to need that push to force the QB to get rid of the ball quicker or to make some bad decisions, especially if we go back to the first question.. injuries..especially to our secondary…

Cbrass..hope you liked the Biermann pic(Ha).. he was also sitting down to be interviewed by 790 while we left. The dude is simply huge..but then you see him standing next to Jamaal, and it really sinks in just how big Jamaal is…

ATLFalconsRWD

August 17th, 2010
9:51 pm

1. Compared to last year no. Injuries at this point (with exception of Moore) arent troublesome as much as they are precautionary. If we had Pittsburgh tomorrow all these guys would play. Maybe not B.Williams but Jerry, HD, Dunta, Norwood all in.

2. He is but it’s not concerning. With guys like HD and Meier in the slot those options will make Roddy and TG tougher to take away from Ice. Also, when Matty scrambles as he was forced to against KC, you can’t help that the guy found TG twice – he’s the biggest target on the field. I was, and continue to be however, discouraged that it didn’t seem like ANY of his throws complete or not were in progression and to any receivers in their routes open in man or through a slot in coverage. That bothered me.

3. Great question. If Nance develops in the pre-season enough (and we need to see the kid out of the backfield with his hands more) then maybe. Turner and Snelling are your rocks, and if Nance can be the change of pace and threat on screens/RB slants then as much as i love him, why do we still need Norwood and his injuries. Norwood is like Vick was, exciting as hell to watch in the open field and explosive, but everytime he gets hit you hold your breath. This could be interesting especially with J-rock in a contract year.

4. DT IS a strong position to the point where big contributors from last year like Johnson, Lewis and Walker might be the odd man out. JA, Peters, Babs and Jerry are in. So do we want two of the three or just one and maybe have the ability to keep 6WR or 6CB? we shall see.

Moose

August 17th, 2010
10:15 pm

Good thing about practice with the Pats is three of Atlanta’s first four regular-season opponents use the 3-4 scheme…….

1) Are the Piling-Up Injuries a Major Concern?

The Piling-Up seems to be the same guys and yes it is a concern……..

2) Is Matt Ryan Again Depending on Tony Gonzalez Too Much?

With HDouglas back we’ll see more love spread around…..

3) Should the Falcons Put Norwood on the Block?

He would not get a whole lot of takers right now but Snelling would…. just thinking…….

4) Is the Falcons Defensive Tackle Position Finally a Strength?

As Sarah B said…….. Yes!!

Moose

August 17th, 2010
10:20 pm

D3……… Good one as always and I hope your feeling better…….

Rock n Roll Falcons…………..

Moose

August 17th, 2010
10:23 pm

LRD……….. Heard JA98 came off the field with an ice pack on his knee…… Did you see him after the second practice?………..

LRD

August 17th, 2010
10:42 pm

Moose. He was standing on the sideline at the very end of 2nd practice with bag of ice wrapped with ye ole ace bandage on his knee. He was “hobbling” just a little during the practice. So could be nothing more than of a preventative measure…

LRD

August 17th, 2010
10:43 pm

as he looked fine during warm up and drills. So maybe just took a knee or helmet to his knee since they were not wearing any leg pads.

Coop

August 17th, 2010
10:44 pm

1) Are the Piling-Up Injuries a Major Concern?

Not major yet, but in some areas our depth is not that deep. Norwood, OK. HD, ummm, OK? But at CB or DE, we can’t afford injuries. I’m not too sure we could handle losing two or three OL like last year either. So, not too bad yet, but keeping an eye on it.

2) Is Matt Ryan Again Depending on Tony Gonzalez Too Much?

Not sure. I’ll say this, if I had that piss poor powder puff OL pass protecting for me, I’d sure as hell be looking for my HOF TE. Listen folks, we run block as good as anyone, and maybe Matty isn’t the next Peyton, or maybe MM is an awful OC; but one thing I know is a FACT… our OL CANNOT pass protect. KC does not have a good DL (avergae at best). When MR2 dropped back to pass, the pocket was collapsing before he could set his feet. I’m a big proponent of throwing deep more just to keep the D honest, but he has ZERO time with this pass protection. OL needs MAJOR upgrades next year. I hope Hawley, Reynolds, and Johnson pan out.

3) Should the Falcons Put Norwood on the Block?

They should put JRock AND Snelling on the block and trade the first they get the best offer for. Snelling is serviceable and saved our bacon last year, but he’s not a #2 option. Keep one and let the other go. I agree with Moose though… good luck getting an offer on Norwood. Need to draft a RB next year in the first 3 rounds.

4) Is the Falcons Defensive Tackle Position Finally a Strength?

OK, I don’t like any of these guys except Walker. However, I admit, they did look good. KC is not good, so I’ll wait to see against NE. But I did see a push in the middle and an anchor on all but one play. If that continues, all our D will look better from DE to LB to CB.

On a side note from last blog, Spoon was Ok for first game. Not overly impressed though. Definitely has a high motor, but a lot of sizzle with lieelte steak. Saw him take a cou-ple bad angles and overplay the ball. SW, I got that’s his first preseason game, but other rookies lloked real good. I’m reserving judgement, but he didn’t win me over yet.

As for JA98, he is a 100% bona fide bust. Got it. He’s also a good football player we should keep. He takes up space, plays the run well, and is hard working, good teammate. He’s better atr DT than Walker, Lewis, Johnson, and probably Peters (that’s 3rd on the depth chart at DT). He’s also better than Davis at DE which is 4th on the depth chart. No, we’re not getting 1st round production out of him, but we might as well keep him.

He either breaks out (doubtful) or he provides valuable depth and a great attitude. No sense taking the cap hit when we have nothing better. I say the Falcons are making the most of a busted draft pick.

Moose

August 17th, 2010
10:46 pm

Thanks for the info LRD……… He may be in for a big year………. Who knows?…….

Moose

August 17th, 2010
10:54 pm

OK, I don’t like any of these guys except Walker.
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Coop……… We got Babs at #1 and then a nice rotation to follow……. Whats not to like?………

Coop

August 17th, 2010
11:03 pm

Moose – I don’t hate these guys, I just don’t like their size. Babs needs a big body (ala Grady next to him) to be great. Not sure how long you’ve been in the Cage, but I’ve been a huge proponent for DT. I wanted Dorsey and Cody (or someone like that ) this year. TD and Smitty are obviously looking for different type os DTs.

So my point was to admit to the Cage who knows, I don’t like these guys (meaning, I didn’t lobbied for any of them), but I recognize that they played well.

My way of saying, I may have been wrong about our DTs.

It would help if Babs would, “STOP BREAKIN’ THE LAW @SSHOLE!”

BT

August 17th, 2010
11:12 pm

-Are you concerned with all the injuries, albeit mostly minor at this point?
Not so much, it`s football.
Minor injuries are bound to happen, they have lost nobody, so far.

-Too early to tell on Ryan focusing too much on Gonzalez?
Yeah, having healthy HD and Norwood (if used correctly) will open things up.
Pass protection is a bigger concern, given time, Matt will find somebody open and deliver the ball.

-Should the Falcons put Norwood on the block?
NO, he`s an important piece of the offense if, used correctly and he is healthy.
As impressive as the two FA rookie RB`s were against the Chiefs third team D.
They are not in the same class as Norwood, neither is Snelling for that matter.

-Has DT finally become a major strength for the Falcons?
Seems like it.
Walker has PS eligibility left, he will go there and get scooped.
Peters, Jerry, Johnson and Lewis will make the final 53 man roster.
Babs will come off of suspension (after week one) and his roster exemption will expire.
At that point, Johnson or Lewis will get cut. (that`s your DT competition)
With JA #98 rotating in the mix and the winner of the Lewis/Johnson battle in the fold.
We will finally have a good set group, after week one.

Moose

August 17th, 2010
11:20 pm

Coop…… This is from a buddy of mine…….. Could not say it better myself……… I too was a Dorsey fan and thought that should be the pick……. Glad we got Ryan………

“Dimitroff’s right hand man when it comes to player scouting. He was the first guy Dimitroff hired out of New England.

I remember this guy saying:

“The Falcons don’t draft FAT GUYS.”

Sure all linemen are huge, but there is a difference between huge and FAT.

Cody is grossly FAT.

BT

August 17th, 2010
11:30 pm

Coop,
You may have been slightly off base what Smitty and TD are looking for in their DT`s.
I concur, with the idea of selecting a day one RB in the next draft but I put OL and DE ahead of that in priority.

Coop

August 17th, 2010
11:33 pm

Moose – Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Dorsey or Cody are what we need, I’m saying that TYPE of DT. Our problem last year is that our DTs (even Babs) can’t anchor the line and provide a push up the middle. It affected our rush and showed against LBs and CBs. Peters and Jerry may both be better than Dorsey, but if they can’t anchor the line, we’ll face the same issue.

Last year, our underisized DTs got wash to the outside repeatedly. Even though our DEs got great end rushes, there was no middle to the pocket, so QB after QB stepped up and ran for first downs or made easy dumps for completions.

That’s why I wanted a 315+ DT to clog the middle.

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Sarah B

August 17th, 2010
11:34 pm

Hey hopefully we’ll be drafting 32nd!

Coop

August 17th, 2010
11:34 pm

BT – I admit, I disagree with Smitty and TD. I hope they’re right, but last year was not good at DT.

I agree that Ol is ahead of RB. I’ll wait on DE, but you may be right there as well.

Sarah B

August 17th, 2010
11:36 pm

Coop – 315+??? Hell he could just eat the other teams OL lol.

Coop

August 17th, 2010
11:38 pm

Sarah, as long as he eats two at a time.

Sarah B

August 17th, 2010
11:41 pm

Good one Coop!

Big Ray

August 17th, 2010
11:48 pm

Coop ,

Ya had me spittin’ gatorade all over the place with that Jim Carrey line “Stop breakin’ the law, a-hole!”

Coop

August 17th, 2010
11:49 pm

Big Ray – Well played. Exactly the quote. I love that movie.

Coop

August 17th, 2010
11:52 pm

Big Ray – Great movie.

Coop

August 17th, 2010
11:55 pm

Just one preseason game. Saw some improvements on the DL. LBs didn’t look any better. CBs looked better (Jackosn and Owens).

OL looked the same. Turner was mcuh better, but passing game looks the same. Poor calls, poor protection, dropped passes, MR2 locking on TG.

Time to work it out, but that’s what I saw. Very interested to see us against NE.

Sarah B

August 17th, 2010
11:56 pm

The monster sucked up my last post – I asked if the line was Fun with D & J? I guess it didn’t like the D word…

BT

August 18th, 2010
12:01 am

Coop, good point.
Last season, only one of our DT`s (Babs) required two blockers to prevent him from being disruptive.
At least, after P.Jerry went out early in the season.
This season it`s whole different situation with Peters, and a healthy return of (hopefully) Jerry and Lewis.
There should be a fresh, disruptive DT being single teamed on just about every play.

Coop

August 18th, 2010
12:01 am

Sarah – Liar Liar.

Sarah B

August 18th, 2010
12:04 am

Oh yeah – I’ve seen them all and couldn’t place it.

R. Merriweather

August 18th, 2010
12:13 am

@ Coop…

Thank God someone finally knows football! We need more people like you on here with knowledge of how the game is played. I have been saying this since we lost DT Grady Jackson. Our problem is, is that we have a bunch of undersized DTs playing in this scheme. Many people may make the argument that we don’t need a V. Wilfork or a H. Ngata type DT in a 4-3 scheme, but I always tell people why not? What many people do not realize is that in a 4-3 base package defense you need one DT who can pass rush, and the other to run stop. The same with DEs as well.

I personally think that Jamal Anderson should continue to start at DE in 1st and some 2nd downs because he is a great run stopping DE. In passing situations he should definitely be substituted for the likes of Biermann or Sidbury. I just wish there was some way that coach Smith wouuld return to the 3-4 scheme that made him so successful in Jacksonville. I know that would be impossible now due to our recent draft picks in the past few years (i.e., Jerry, Sidbury, Peters, Biermann), but it would be great to have that extra OLB who has cover skills and the ability to rush to QB.

But thanks Coop. At least someone understands what I’ve been trying to get at. (lol)

Big Ray

August 18th, 2010
12:15 am

1) Injuries – Always a concern. Lord willing, we don’t experience the sheer number of key injuries we had last year. Jenkins being out hurts (even if his production to date has been less than what we’ve needed), but it may help us discover some things:

A. Harry Douglas will see the ball more.

B. Kerry Meier may get to see more time as well, and prove that he can play when the bright lights come on. Rookie WRs can have an impact…

C. This might help force Mularkey to try the intermediate passing game more.

As for the other guys, it’s smart to let them get fully healthy. We learned that from hurting so badly last year with key injuries. Consider this as added perspective – Mike Smith once mentioned that the New Orleans Saints were actually good the year before they won the Super Bowl. He said that they had experienced a lot of injuries while going 8-8 for the season. Now…WE went 9-7 last season with a major rash of key injuries, and a very tough schedule. It’s wise to let these guys get 100% healthy and ready, period. A healthy Falcons team is better than 9-7. Better perhaps, by FAR.

At the same time, I’m bothered by injuries to guys like William Moore, who is missing out. He needs to get healthy and stay healthy. If he needs further motivation, he can talk to Trey Lewis, who the team once held high hopes for. Now, he’s in the background while rookie Corey Peters appears to be getting things done. Two years of being injured and not coming back strong is all it takes.

Where Dunta Robinson is concerned, again…this is pure wisdom. Anybody remember how much we signed the guy for? You don’t pay that much to rush somebody back into play at a key position of former weakness. It ain’t smart.

2) Matty Ice and The Hall of Famer -

Okay…I’m not too terribly worried with what Matt Ryan is doing in two series in the first preseason game. What were the play calls? Who did he have to go to besides Gonzalez and White? Let’s see what he does in preseason game 2, when Harry Douglas plays. Let’s see if there are more plays where the ball is thrown to the running back. Ryan seemed to spread the ball around okay the last two seasons, despite some issues.

Let’s also see guys catch the ball instead of dropping it. Last I looked, a completion is a completion. If Ryan is ignoring guys who are open, or not trying to make plays with guys who are capable of doing so, then I’ll be concerned. Fact is, he scrambled and took care of the ball pretty decently for a guy who’s offensive line didn’t seem to know how to pass block…

3) Norwood on the block – Ehhhh…no harm in listening to offers. After all, it’s prudent to do so, and listening to offers for a guy is NOT the same as shopping him.

Norwood still has that change of pace game that none of our other backs have. Nance and Smith have some potential, but just how much do they have? Both are thicker and stronger than Norwood, but neither have his speed and elusiveness. Yes, he really can be a game-breaker if properly used.

Having said that, one more year of being on and off the injured list can’t sit well with the decision-makers. Let’s see what happens when he plays (hopefully in the next game). Listen to offers? Yes. Shop him around? No, not yet.

4) DT being a position of strength -

Possibly. Babs will only serve suspension for one game, our season opener against Pittsburgh, which is good news. He’s Pro Bowl level. The game against Pittsburgh will give 2nd year man Peria Jerry and rookie Corey Peters a chance to show what they can do. Jamal Anderson will also likely see time at the position. I don’t know where Thomas Johnson and Vance Walker stand, and Trey Lewis seems to have lost some ground.

Right now, the two guys who might be the biggest keys to this unit are also the biggest unknowns (again, Jerry and Peters). With both unproven, I’d have to call this unit a position of depth , as opposed to a position of strength . We can have 7 or 8 able bodies at this position, but unless they are quality players, then there is only depth, not strength.

These guys have to anchor well against the run, push the pocket on the pass, and be a rock in general. Depth and rotational versatility are what they have right now. Strength and quality is yet to be fully determined. But I like what I see so far, at least from Peters.

Coop

August 18th, 2010
12:18 am

RM – Thanks.

BT

August 18th, 2010
12:19 am

John Henderson and Marcus Stroud makes two DT`s.
The backbone of Smitty`s 4/3 in Jacksonville.

Big Ray

August 18th, 2010
12:23 am

R. Merriweather ,

I believe there is a fundamental difference between an opinion on a subject and actual knowledge of the game. But hey, if you think Coop is the only one who understands what you’re saying or knows football because he holds similar opinions about the DT position, then to each his own…

Having said that, we had drafted a rather thick young fellow by the name of Trey Lewis, who the GM and Head Coach were rather high on. He remained injured the last two years. Trey was the run stopping type at about 325 pounds or so. Now while I wouldn’t render final judgement on a single preseason game that I watched, I believe our new guy at that spot could be Corey Peters. I’m not sure what happened to Lewis, but he seems to be well behind the curve. I watched Peters play in the preseason game, and I specifically remember him taking on two offensive linemen more than once, and it happened when our ends were getting pressure on the QB.

Again, just a single preseason game, but it jived well with the training camp raves that he’s been drawing from observors and Falcons staff members. One can only hope..

Hard to ignore

Big Ray

August 18th, 2010
12:25 am

BT ,

Yeah, I was kinda thinking Smitty ran a 4-3 in Jacksonville. In fact, I don’t remember him running a 3-4 anywhere, but am more than happy to be corrected if I’m wrong about that.

In the meantime, I’m not anxious to get back into an argument about who/what we should have drafted when and where…

BT

August 18th, 2010
12:38 am

Big Ray,
Well put in your reply to Merriweather.
Seems, I remember Smitty being on the Baltimore staff as an assistant and they ran a 3/4.
He is well versed in how it works.
Speaking of Trey Lewis, he is the only DT with the size to line up as a NT in the group.
I would like to see some 3/4 D thrown in on occasions.
That`s the reason I have been pulling for Trey to come back and make the squad.
Would be a nice option but even with that, not sure we have the LB`s to run it.

Big Ray

August 18th, 2010
3:10 am

BT ,

My personal opinion is that we don’t have the LBs to run a 3-4, and if that is what we wanted, then we certainly should have drafted differently. Of course, I’m talking about running one full time, but I don’t know that it means we can’t run it sometimes, here and there.

As for Trey Lewis, I may have been hasty in my judgement of him -

http://www.atlantafalcons.com/2010/08/jays-takeaways-august-17/

Big Ray

August 18th, 2010
3:11 am

It seems Mr. Trey Lewis is not out of the game just yet, and may yet become a very serviceable member of the DT unit. As with all others, we shall see…

JJ

August 18th, 2010
6:54 am

D3, great job, hope you feel better (rec- 2 shots of jack once your home.)
LRD- tks for pics, showed up moose /SarahB, guys come on, wheres our pics?
SW, please stop the rain dance just for a day or two so we can finish this job, lol.

Dan

August 18th, 2010
8:10 am

Trade Jamal Anderson for Dorsey!!! Chiefs need a DE

The Real Falcon

August 18th, 2010
8:13 am

Why would ANYONE think Robinson and Williams will make a “pretty quick return?” Not to quote AI but this is PRACTICE! It counts.

The Real Falcon

August 18th, 2010
8:15 am

And don’t get me started on Moore.

Bangkapi Ajarn

August 18th, 2010
9:15 am

Hi Folks;

Great stuff this morning, thanks folks! I especially was impressed with Big Ray’s analysis and insight, which I can only nod and agree with. I am thinking of answering the questions de jour, but I would likely just repeat Big Ray’s comments, albeit in a less coherent fashion.

Regards Trey Lewis and the DT’s, I fear that Trey may not be able to handle the long haul now that we have Peters,and Walker came on so strong last year. I am NOT sure how great we will be there yet depending on the rotation that the coaching staff comes up with, simply based on the ability of the Chiefs to run in the 2nd half last week against reserves. Personally, I like the rotation of Babs/JA/Peters/Jerry, with Walker or Jefferson possibly sticking for injury coverage. They aren’t as stout as Trey, but they are hopefully agile and strong enough to shed blocks and make tackles.

As Big Ray so astutely observed, DT is more depth than strength for us at this stage, fragile depth with Jerry’s and Trey’s injury history, Babs predilection for stepping over the line with the law, Trey’s weight being his strongest assert,and JA’s inexplicable stranglehold on the DE position.

CBrass

August 18th, 2010
9:18 am

D3,

As always great job. I’m not to worried about these injuries. Better now than during the season. Just little nagging stuff that needs time to heal. With the way that Smitty go about things he will take it slow with them all. I think once HD is back on the field or when Meier learn the offense better Ryan will not be so stuck on Gonzo. As mentioned before last season the receiving options were very limited past Roddy and Gonzo. That will not be the case this season. Norwood is not going anywhere before the end of the season. If both Nance and Smith progress the way that they have so far it will be real interesting what TD may do. The DT postion is most certain a strength. Peters is looking good early on and I just hope he continues to progress the way that he has so far.

LRD,

Thanks for the picture. He is very big man but looks like a child when standing next to Mr. Bust. That just goes to show that size isn’t everything. Just looking at JA98 you would think he would be hard to stop. I took a picture of the defensive ends at mini-camp and I had the same thoughts and you.

chelf

August 18th, 2010
9:18 am

my favorite post in a while yo. must be because theres finally football being played. i say throw to tony g on every play. the man’s a beast. that said, i am curious to see how the receivers are shaping up, specifically harry douglas and the highly praised rookie. dt depth- man would that be a nice change of pace. and yes, sell norwood now while you may still be able to get something for him. dude’s good, but i cant remember the last time i actually saw him play. done. out.

Bangkapi Ajarn

August 18th, 2010
9:27 am

Regards injuries,
“Are you concerned with all the injuries, albeit mostly minor at this point?”

I would say I am always concerned, BUT this is more the norm than not. Every training camp there are injuries. Having said that, I am curious about one thing, and would appreciate if someone knows the answer to this:

How make days practice have been lost to injuries for those players that participated fully in the MMA training???????

Regards the team as a whole, most of the injuries I have seen have been to players that have been historically injury prone – Moore, Jerry, Norwood, Williams. Minor injuries to other players I don’t worry about much, nicks and strains SHOULD be treated special at this time of the year, and may well not result in any missed playing time in mid-season. Jenkins is the only “major “injury I know of, and he still should return by time Babs does. No season ending injuries yet, thank God (Peek was paid an injury settlement when cut, but I didn’t see where his injury was considered major), but we have only played one preseason game.