How Big is the Dolphins Game?

Four Questions as the Falcons Prepare for ‘Fins

Can 1st Unit Score a....TD? (CCompton/AJC)

 The Falcons are looking to wipe away some bad memories after the Patriots came in and ripped the Birds pretty much from the opening kick. We all know its preseason and you simply can’t draw too much from the games that don’t count. How soon can fans forget that the Detroit Lions went 4-0 in the preseason and then went on to finish with the worst record in the history of the National Football League at 0-16. The third game has developed into the “biggest and most important” game of the preseason where teams will treat it most like the real deal. Starters will see 30-35 snaps and actually will gameplan some to try and get the best possible look at their first units. Many of us had some bad mojo after the embarrassment that the Patriots put on, but its easy to forget that these games simply don’t count. More than anything, Coach Mike Smith and General Manager Thomas Dimitroff deserve the benefit of the doubt and then some for accomplishing something that all the other coaching staffs and front offices couldn’t do since 1966. And that was including some serious adversity and a major injury-plagued year. Fans hope and expect not to see a repeat performance as they ready for the Dolphins, a team on the rise and also a franchise picked by media-heads as a dark horse much like the Falcons. Some questions to ponder as the “big” preseason game approaches:

1) What’s Your Feelings on Spoon?

The highly rated first round draft pick out of Missouri has immediately become a fan favorite in Atlanta and was a no-brainer when the Falcons pulled their draft card at #19. He’s had an excellent camp, at least according to all reports and very much looks to take a starting outside linebacker spot outright. He had a pretty good game in his first action against the lowly Chiefs, but had a typical rookie outing against the Patriots. He missed a couple of plays overall, but the one that sticks out the most is where he got torched for a red zone touchdown by Tom Brady and Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez. Although he didn’t have his head turned around, he was in perfect position. News also comes out that the Falcons didn’t hardly game-plan at all on defense. As pointed out by several Bird Cagers, most rookies are making their debuts against 2nd and 3rd team units. So, typical rookie struggles or a touch concerned?

2) Who Will Be Odd Man Out on O-Line?

Does Adkins Need a Big Game? (CCompton/AJC)

The trade of Quinn Ojinnaka comes as somewhat of a surprise since he was quite possibly the most versatile offensive lineman the Falcons have had in a long time. He was able to play almost every single position on the line except for center, and may have actually worked there a tiny amount. After Thomas Dimitroff drafted guard Mike Johnson and center Joe Hawley, the writing was quickly on the wall for a couple previously safe O-Linemen. The starting five are obviously a lock (Baker, Blalock, McClure, Dahl, Clabo) and so too are Mike Johnson and Joe Hawley. The Falcons kept 9 total offensive linemen, so someone’s likely still to go. Garrett Reynolds was a TD draft pick, but Brett Romberg and Will Svitek were both Dimitroff free agent additions. Jose Valdez is reportedly having a good camp after a year on the practice squad. Who will be the NEXT odd man out on the OL?

3) Did Trey Lewis Work Himself Back In?

The big-bodied rookie had a fantastic start to his career in Atlanta, but two consecutive knee injuries was thought to derail his career. He battled back several times and actually secured a spot on the roster last year while slowly working his way back into game speed. Many thought that Lewis would definitely be on the block when the Birds drafted DT Corey Peters and expected Peria Jerry to fully recover. The Falcons carried 9 defensive linemen last year with Jamaal Anderson working at both positions. Vance Walker show some great flashes as a 7th round draft pick and Thomas Johnson also looked good as a starter towards the end of the season. Lewis reportedly looked good, but was fighting an uphill battle with Corey Peters also having a good camp and Jerry’s progress on target. Lewis’ fate may have changed with Peters getting injured and Jonathan Babineaux serving a one-game suspension. Combine that with Lewis getting good reports from Coach Smith and the big man may have worked himself right back in the mix.

4) What Darkhorses Need a Huge Game?

Can Nance Get a Spot? (CCompton/AJC)

The third game is the “big” game of the preseason where the starters get their most snaps and its most similar to a real game situation. Both first units will be looking to gain a little bit of swagger back after a poor performance against the Patriots, and the first offense unit not scoring a touchdown yet. That being said, several players are on the bubble and could make some major strides in securing one of those coveted roster spots. It is true that the 4th game is one of the biggest for those last-minute battles, but if a player could put on a show in this all-important third game then they might could put some distance between themselves and their competition. The biggest battle is at receiver where Troy Bergeron could continue his push, Eric Weems could make some plays on special teams and wideout, and rookies Brandyn Harvey and Ryan Wolfe would have to have a big game to leapfrog the favorites. Running backs Antone Smith and Dmitri Nance have both had their ups and downs and it looks like the Falcons will keep only one. Does William Moore need to have a solid to good game to put the doubters to rest? Robert James, Spencer Adkins, and Bear Woods are all locked in to fight for one last LB spot. Tight ends Michael Palmer will continue pushing Keith Zinger for that last TE spot. Who’s the darkhorse that needs the biggest game to get a spot?

The Experts Turn (You Debate)

-Answer the questions du jour for the Falcons-Fins game.

-Standard rookie troubles for Spoon or a little worry?

-Who’s likely to go on the OL?

-How many DT’s will we keep and which ones?

-Did Trey Lewis work himself back in the fold?

-Which darkhorses need a big game to take a roster spot?

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573 comments Add your comment

CBrass

August 24th, 2010
10:00 pm

Nookah

August 24th, 2010
10:08 pm

CBrass,

I just hit the refresh button to see you took the honours. Where’s Sarah B? Is she losing her touch?

Greetings to all Cagers!! Great blog as usual D3. You keep us fed with football food for thought.

I’ll be back to comment. Got to shower and pay homage to Mrs. Nookah!!!

Go Falcons all night til’ daylight!!!

drew

August 24th, 2010
10:09 pm

drop romberg, t. johnson, r. james, zinger, weems, bergeron, smith, wolfe, and woods.

CBrass

August 24th, 2010
10:10 pm

D3,

All I’m going to say is WOW and that’s not a good wow. I’ll leave it at that. Good night.

Jeremy Vachon

August 24th, 2010
10:20 pm

The game is completely meaningless… Preseason. Stay healthy fellas!

ATLFalconsRWD

August 24th, 2010
10:33 pm

cant keep both romberg and hawley… 3 centers? i know they can cross-utilize hawley a bit too, but those are two very similar players. one of them is odd man out

LRD

August 24th, 2010
10:38 pm

Not to ignore your questions D3 but…i must say the questions in my mind right now.
Will we prepare for this game? or will this just be another practice?
I want to see Moore out there and I would like to see Dunta lined up against Brandon Marshall.Will we see that match up?
Will Beirmann run roughshod over the Fins like he did last year?

Spoon. Not concerned yet.. Continue the baptism by fire. I will hold to the faith he will be fine and that he will grow into his role.
Can we please get the O past the 30yd line in the first qrtr for a TD
If it is raining can Bryant make the kick if we do not get pass the 30?
And hopefully NO INJURIES…

Nookah

August 24th, 2010
10:50 pm

Greetings Cagers!!!

I am not worried at all about Spoon. As WR commented on thee last blog, he’s a rookie and will take a little time to absorb all the info. Of course all of us Falcon fans would love to see instant impact but this a’int KFC. This will take sometime. It’s a process!!! What can I tell you? Spoon will be fine.

The OL question is a tough one for me. I’ll leave that the the more learned on this blog and I will sit back and gain the knowledge from the more crebral among us.

A couple of blogs ago I asked how Trey Lewis was looking in camp. I have a “soft” spot for Trey because I think he has fought through adversity and deserves a shot. I really hope he can regain his pre-injury form. I will keep the faith.

I like Antone Smith and because of his persistence, Troy Bergeron. Those are my dark horses. I haven’t seen a lot of Harvey although he was making some waves early in camp. I guess the pads do make a difference huh?

On the note of receivers, that’s where I am worried. I really don’t think we have the weapons that will allow defenses to single cover Roddy. After Roddy you have TG and who else? HD is coming off injury so we are hoping he comes around but we all know how challenging it is to come off an ACL. That is where I’d love to be honest with myself rather than a subjective fan and say we have a darkhorse emerging. However, I really can’t say that. Please someone give me some optimism here!!!

When all is said and done I’ll be supporting my Birds to the death!!

Go Falcons!!!

Nuff respect everytime.

Nookah

August 24th, 2010
10:53 pm

One more thing Cagers, I am concerned about our ability to pass protect. I don’t think MR2 get’s enough time on a consistent basis to really get the passing game going. Perhaps it’s vanilla season so I’ll stand corrected.

Go Falcons!!!

dbird1

August 24th, 2010
11:30 pm

Lets just hope all the guys stay healthy. I could care less if we win the next 2 weeks. I would like to see a good show, but i’ll be counting down till Smitty pulls all the starters. pull’m sooner than later. I believe Spoon will be fine. He will have his growing pains, but who doesn’t have them. I would like to see Lewis make the squad, he’s been getting better. between Nance or Smith.. flip of the coin right now. who ever makes it will get playing time. As much as I like Norwood, he is just to fragile. This is going to be a great year. I have nothing but Faith in Smitty and TD to make the right moves. RISE UP!!!!!

dbird1

August 24th, 2010
11:38 pm

P.S. Is anyone els REALLY sick of hearing about the Jets.

Sarah B

August 25th, 2010
12:09 am

Nookah – Sarah B’s internet was out all night and just came back a few minutes ago.

In other news – tune out if you do not care – off topic: As of Friday morning I am once again gainfully employed!!!!

Now back to read the article…

Nique

August 25th, 2010
12:26 am

Hello don’t ppl realize that Aaron Hernandez is also a rookie, so that notion that he struggled bc he’s against 1st teamers goes out of the window!
I like Palmer @ TE & James or Atkins as the last LB, but one of them will need to make a bid play to seperate themselves from the croud! I’d like to see Sid continue to emerge & get another sack this week, show that we have a 3rd option @ DE for all of the plays Abe will sit out, since I haven’t seen C. Davis make any plays this preseason! Really excited to see how our D, put particularly our secondary looks with ppl back!
Seeing Robinson out there will be great, he’s gonna make such a difference & it’ll be good to see how B. Williams is bouncing back from the knee.

Nique

August 25th, 2010
12:55 am

I saw that quote from Smith ealier today as well & I also heard that the Falcons have requested permission to talk to Vincent Jackson. Here’s the link from an earlier post: Any truth to this?

http://www.xxsportsradio.com/common/global_audio/40/21230.mp3

JJ

August 25th, 2010
1:13 am

SarahB – CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oranjucejonz

August 25th, 2010
1:21 am

Glad to hear Coach Smith say that they will go after another receiver after they are down to the 53 man roster and Meir can be placed on IR

Ed

August 25th, 2010
1:40 am

Good stuff as always D3, and congrats to SarahB! Personally, I’d love to see a big game from Harvey as we badly need someone to step up at WR. Ryan is severely handicapped by a lack of quality WR’s and it shows in his dependence on Gonzalez. If the offense doesn’t come to life against Miami there’s definitely cause for concern.

WR

August 25th, 2010
7:53 am

D3, great read as usual, giving a topic for the optimist and the pessimist is truly great journalism. Now on to the Questions:

Not concerned about Spoon, the guy has had everything including the kitchen sink thrown in his lap, while I may want a big splash now, I think I take my chances on the huge dividends later. Two different positions in a rookie season, either of which you could be named the starter, and annoited savior, yeah, there’s going to be some setbacks.

The OL, I want to say peace to Romberg, but I don’t see the Falcons putting themselvs in position for Hawley to takeover this season if god forbid MCClure goes down, this one is coming down to the wire and whomever is cut will be swept right up by another team.

The DTs, locks, Jerry, Babs, Peters, not as close Walker, and Johnson, it would seem that Lewis is on the bubble but I doubt it, he’s in and thats six, JA#98 may play some DT but he’s considered with the DEs. Then you have Abe the Biertruck and Sid. This might be out there a bit but Davis may be in trouble at DE, I see the Falcons keeping more DTs because of the uncertainty with Jerry, the injury to Peters, and the one game suspension of Babs. Can’t risk cutting the DTs in hopes that they’ll clear waivers and considering the injuries just way to much uncertainty there.

I like Bear Woods, but he needs an extremely big time showing the next two games to make the team. The Falcons look Adkins speed and his ability on special team, then you have Spoon,Peterson,Lofton,Nicholas, and Wire. Bear is a strong candidate for the PS.

Lastly I have heard more from the cage regarding Harvey or Wolfe then I have seen on the field. There also seems to be alot of hope for Bergeron in the cage, but I’m starting to wonder is that because of what he did in the Arena league, because so far he can’t even make the roster. At RB the battle between Smith and Nance continues to be to hard to call, as much as I like Nance, I kind of give the edge to Smith because once the Falcons have figured out that they have had enough of Norwood they will need a back with Smith type abilities.

WR

August 25th, 2010
8:10 am

D3, didn’t know if you had time because of your schedule, so I was going to do an FFL check, so far BT, SW, Sarah, JJ, Moose, yourself and myself have been constantly on board but with the draft this weekend I wondered was Strig and Lil Dave still in and what has been decided between Unca’Bob and Nookah.

FFL draft Saturday Aug 28 9:00am

SeminoleWarrior

August 25th, 2010
8:17 am

Good morning Cage Family…

Let’s get right to work.

The final composition of the offensive line is a SIGNIFICANT area to watch closely for two reasons. First and foremost, we want the most consistent line out there protecting our QB and opening those lanes for the Burner to do his thing. That means that we will definately be bringing back Baker, Blalock, McClure, Dahl, and Clabo. Depth will be ensured with Hawley, Svitek, Johnson, Valdez, and Reynolds. Yes, I am projecting that we take 10 offensive linemen into the season. We are already seeing issues with minor injuries and we will have to ensure a stable, strong line this season.

Point two on the offensive line. Next season, the 2011 season, if we have football (I think we will), is crucial for the Falcons. I have been consistent in stating that the Process continues and will have its moments of what appear to be setbacks. Next season, the OL is in for what could be a setback year. Currently, 80% of the offensive line starters (Clabo, Dahl, Blalock, and McClure) COULD or WILL BE GONE as they are either free agents or possibly, retiring. And while the Process has already started to re-tool, the growing pains have been evident thus far in camp and practice. What was a position of strength is all of a sudden becoming a possible liability next season

The odd man out this season is Romberg. Hawley will serve as the backup to McClure. He has to be ready to step in this season if needed. He is definately the likely choice to be the starter at C next season. He has the size and the experience at center and is NINE years younger than Romberg.

CBrass

August 25th, 2010
8:22 am

Sarah,

That’s very good new go log in and see. I’m so happy for you!!! CONGRATS GIRL!!!!

SeminoleWarrior

August 25th, 2010
8:31 am

Part Two: The Dark Horses

Nance is my number one keeper. I love the bigger backs. I personally feel the Falcons should keep four backs on the active roster this season. I would keep Turner, Ovie, Snelling, and Nance. The time has come to close the book on Norwood. The pairing of Turner and Nance give us two big backs that have a natural strength of interior running. They both have the ability to turn it to the outside and accelerate in the open field. Nance has good hands in the receiving game and is the perfect candidate to sit and grow behind Turner (much in the way Turner did in SD). Snelling adds versatility as be can play both FB and RB. We have VERY limited FB depth if Ovie should miss time. And we know how valuable the FB is to the blocking scheme in the ATL offense. Snelling is a good blocker and also add value as a receiver coming out of the backfield.

My man Antone Smith has heart and can be something special. I really want to hold on to him but I will opt for the size and versatility I can get from Nance in the line up.

The WR situation remains confusing. I liked what I saw of Harvey and Meier. Meier is headed for the IR once we set the roster; he showed enough to be kept and given another shot next season. We saw promise out of Harvey in minis but he has been missing in action in the preseason as has Wolfe. Smitty is suggesting that we will look for outside help once the cuts are made. I personally would like to see us acquire a young, experienced WR that could serve as a #2. I suggested a move to acquire WR Chansi Stuckey from the Browns. He is just what I think we could use.

No other significant darkhorses come to mind for me. Will just let this play out.

DePlane

August 25th, 2010
8:34 am

Congrats Sarah B! That’s great news for you…I know you’ve been looking a while. Back to work!

SeminoleWarrior

August 25th, 2010
8:37 am

Point three. Trey Lewis

The big man made an impression on me during a brief conversation we had during mini camp. He seems so humble but had a determined look on his face. I honeslty feel that the Falcons would be making a mistake if they let him go. He is the largest DT we have on the roster. If he is released, he will be picked up in short order. Worst case, he could be a situational player or add depth to a DL.
Personally, he is a better DT keeper than a certain roster slot-eating player.

Trey is a presence inside. He can handle two OL which frees up the undertackle to make more plays. If there is a need or desire to play an intermittent 3-4, he gives us the nose tackle needed for that facet of the game. And he is young. Given the injury bug and the age of Jerry (old than most first rounders), depth at the DT position is crucial. Stay with the youth. Jerry, Walker, Peters, Babs, and Lewis are the DTs we need to retain. Sorry, Thomas Johnson. Thanks for your service.

SeminoleWarrior

August 25th, 2010
8:38 am

A pause here…

My Lady Sarah, congratulations on the new job! Told you that your blessing was coming. Incredible endurance, persistance, and faith have paid off. And now, you will make someone wonder why in the hell they waited so long to bring you onto the team. Congrats babe!!

uga_b

August 25th, 2010
8:43 am

I agree with the CAGE that Romberg was a long shot once the announced galifianakis (since all people with beards apparently look the same.

We are going to lose someone at DT that is good enough to be on the team but T. Lewis, T. Johnson, & V. Walker seem to be similarly productive players. In reality, you would like to keep the youth but Johnson is the best of the three. It may be Vance.

Spoon will be fine. Yes Hernandez is a rookie but also a hybrid TE that presents problems for many LBs and Spoon was there. The bigger question is who the heck else do you keep as a LB? Leading into…

I agree with most people here that Bear Woods can actually darkhorse it up. James is gone. Spencer is still raw. Shann Schillinger still needs to help himself. Most of these guys are really auditioning for the practice squad like Antone Smith (faster), Ryan Wolfe/Harvey/Strickland (White/Jenks/Harry/Fin/Weems active), and Bear. I am just not seeing much shakeup of the roster.

SeminoleWarrior

August 25th, 2010
8:52 am

Before I make comments on the final topic, let me paint a picture for you, my Cage family.

In my 8:17am post, I gave you an insight into what looms in 2011 as far as the offensive line looks. If you felt a sense of urgency about that, you may want to make an appointment with your doctor when I tell you the ground will shake even more so in 2012 on the defensive side of the ball. We could be looking at the loss of TWO starters at DE, Biermann and Abraham, both starting safeties in Coleman and DeCoud, and our MLB, Curtis Lofton

This is a VERY critical situation that will have to be addressed. It will be but a lot of cash is going to be dropped. Biermann will draw CONSIDERABLE attention after the breakout he will have this year. Coleman still has value, DeCoud is a rising star, and Lofton has All Pro stamped all over him for the foreseeable future. TD has his work cut out for him.

Bangkapi Ajarn

August 25th, 2010
8:54 am

Sarah;
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Now, hopefully, my turn :-) .

uga_b

August 25th, 2010
8:55 am

Seminole, I agree that Jerious is an enigma wrapped in a riddle wrapped in a catfish (man is super MS county and I love it). But, with all the BS going on at WR his ability to split out gives this team another dimension. I know it’s only when he’s healthy but that is something most of the league is looking for.

Dream scenario for us: Roddy stretching vertical (or Jenks), the other working short to mid, Harry able to run underneath, Tony matching up with LBs and strecthing, Turner busting people up, Ovie roadgrating with an occasional swing pass, AND to top it all off an outside homerun one-man-misses-me-and-that-is-six scat back.

Lastly, since this is something I have just noticed recently, most of Jerious’s injuries are running injuries and I think He or the Falcons seriously need to look into a track coach and maybe get that man to some yoga.

LRD

August 25th, 2010
8:57 am

Sarah. NICE! Congrats!! Gotta be walking on air a bit now.

Nookah

August 25th, 2010
9:02 am

Good morning Cagers!!!

Sarah B, I just saw the good news. I am so happy for you. I wish you nothing but the best going forward. It’s news like this that make us realize there are far more important things than football…………….but not Falcon Football….lol..Just kidding Sarah B.

Go Falcons!!!

SeminoleWarrior

August 25th, 2010
9:04 am

Priority will have to be given to Lofton, DeCoud, and Bierman in my opinion. They form the nucleas of the defense. They and a certain young man that I will now comment on…

There is no secret that I have been totally obsessed with Sean Weatherspoon for the last 2.5 years. I brought him to the Cage family, I lobbied for him, advocated his draft, and celebrated when it all came to be. This kid IS going to be one hell of a linebacker for a long time in this league. He has it all and it will come into play.

His growth and development in the system continues. He has consistently been near the play in each game he has played thus far. His lapse in the last game (did not get his head turned around) resulted in a TD to Hernandez. But give some credit please…first, he was in perfect position to make the play and secondly, that was a strike of a pass from a veteran QB, Tom Brady. Trust me, it would have been a reception on many a defenders.

His development has been on par with the other LB taken in the first round, Rolando McClain. Both have made minor hiccups, primarily due to overactivity and eagerness to contribute. I will not fault that. Both are going to be studs long term.

Sean Weatherspoon and Curtis Lofton are going to be the most dynamic pairing of LBs that the Falcons have EVER had on the field at the same time. Their energy and impact play will raise the energy level of the entire team. Add Stephen Nicholas to the mix, along with the likes of Owens, DeCoud, Biermann, and Grimes. If we can keep this young coure in tact, this defensive unit can and will be aggressive and special.

Back to Weatherspoon. This kid is special, talented, and a very hard worker. He will be a star in this league. He is going to make some big time plays. And he will make the Falcon Nation proud. Trust me.

SeminoleWarrior

August 25th, 2010
9:05 am

BA, claim it in faith!! Your blessing is about to be delivered as well.

CBrass

August 25th, 2010
9:08 am

SW,

I see your Norwood hate continues.

SeminoleWarrior

August 25th, 2010
9:10 am

UGA B, let me be clear on this. I am not anti-Norwood. I am more in favor of ensuring quality depth at the RB position. In the case of the Falcons, clearly the running game is a MAJOR strength. I want to ensure that positioning.

Norwood can not withstand the pounding of the game. He can not be an asset inside. And he, bless his heart, is not durable enough to be a viable option outside for more than three or four series a game. That hip seems determined not to stand up to the rigors of a power attack like we run. Also, I have defined, IMHO, the need for BALANCE and DEPTH at the position. God help us if we suffer SERIOUS injuries to Turner and/or Ovie. We need size, speed, and flexiblity. Nance and Snelling as a pair give us that.

SeminoleWarrior

August 25th, 2010
9:12 am

My Dear CB,

You defend Norwood with the same intensity that I defend Weatherspoon and I have nothing but respect for it. I simply am making my case for the depth and flexibility that my two pairings would bring to the strongest offensive facet the Falcons have, the running game.

SeminoleWarrior

August 25th, 2010
9:27 am

Snelling and Ovie are a solid pair at the FB position with great depth and flexibility. Power runners in the short game, effective blockers, and good hands (especially Snelling) coming out of the backfield.
Turner and Nance, bigger backs, exceptional speed in the open field, (Nance, a quality receiver), and can run inside with conviction. Got to protect this facet of the game…for the ability to run the rock is going to be CRUCIAL in the coming two years as we undergo the transitions I identified on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

Other than the straight line speed facet, the numbers show that the difference between Snelling and Norwood are minimal. It will be the versatility and ability to stay healthy which separates the two.
If I was TD, the choice is clear. Snelling has the greater long term value.

http://www.nfl.com/players/jasonsnelling/profile?id=SNE717004

http://www.nfl.com/players/jeriousnorwood/profile?id=NOR780922

uga_b

August 25th, 2010
9:32 am

While I would totally be on board with selecting a running back in the first round next year, a large majority of Norwood’s injuries are non-contact stretching related injuries, which makes me think he needs work on his stride or better flexibility. I personally think this RB corps is a little thin behind Turner. Snelling is a nice player but not particularly dynamic. Klecko is ok but not Ovie.

uga_b

August 25th, 2010
9:36 am

And I like Jason Snelling I just feel he has overachieved.

Jerious is not a replacement back for Turner and should be treated more like a special complementary weapon.

Does anybody see an upset at WR? I have not been able to attend any practices so I don’t know if anyone will challenge Roddy, Jenks, Harry, Finn, & Weems. Does Wolfe have a shot?

blord

August 25th, 2010
9:37 am

D3 loved the post. Good job my man. Here are some of my thoughts:
James is gone at LB and I wouldn’t be surprised if Woods is on the practice squad. I think Palmer will be the keeper at TE. He has more upside IMO and by my limited observation he seems to be doing well. I think Walker doesn’t make the team and big trey gets a roster spot. He adds some needed size to our line. Sure hope Jerry comes back strong.
In regards to WR… Carpe Diem my friends. It is time for one of these young whipper snappers to show out and take advantage of the void left by Meir. I think we all have to temper our expectations with HD. It is going to take him a while to be the spark that we hope he can be. Weems scares me for some reason. If he gets a lot of playing time I don’t think that is a good sign for our offense.
Don’t worry about Spoon. He is doing well for a rookie. I was actually encouraged by his coverage on Hernandez. That was a perfectly placed ball. Sometimes you just have to give an offense credit for making a heck of a play.
Have a great day cage. Rise up!

SeminoleWarrior

August 25th, 2010
9:46 am

UGA B, I recall a certain fullback out of Auburn that the Falcons gave a chance. And that over achieving back went on to Pro Bowl staus…recall, William Andrews. I know WIlliam Andrews’ well, from our beloved THS, to Auburn where he blocked for James Brooks, and on to the Falcons.

Andrews, the overachiever, surprised. Snelling will do the same in due time.

SeminoleWarrior

August 25th, 2010
9:48 am

BLord, I would keep Palmer over LSU tight end we have on the roster (name slips me at the moment). Much greater upside in my opinion as he learns behind Gonzo. Peele is the stop gap and bridge for one more year in terms of depth.

darrell starks

August 25th, 2010
9:51 am

Not concern about the defense yet my only worry is the off. at WR.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!

uga_b

August 25th, 2010
9:52 am

darrell starks

August 25th, 2010
9:53 am

Hopefully some one step up at WR against the dolphins.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!

blord

August 25th, 2010
9:55 am

You have to like what Snelling brings to the table. I really expect him to be a bigger part of our offense this year. He is going to be depended on to take some of the snaps off of Turner. He is not a explosive guy but can be an important part of the team. He is sort of like a utility guy in baseball. He may very well be our Omar Infante1

Sara B, Congrats on the new job. I hope it goes well for you and you get to enjoy what you do. I join the rest of the cagers in celebration!!!

blord

August 25th, 2010
9:57 am

SW,
I agree on Palmer. I have sort of wondered how Zinger has stuck around for so long. Palmer could be a surprise. By the way (off subject) what do you think about the new book out where Bobby B talks about being forced out at FSU?

Hamp

August 25th, 2010
10:04 am

Sarah B I was so happy to hear you found a job. God bless you!

We have a young team that should be good for a long time. I would hate to let either of our DL go they are really starting to gell. I think Trey has had a very good camp but you expect that being two years removed from havig his tires blow out twice. I want to see Jerry this game will tell us alot.

It’s a good thing when you have so much talent you don’t want to let anyone go. Chauncey has been quiet I say trade him if he is not in your plans don’t let him walk because he will probaly get snatched up quick.

On the OL I say Romberg is in trouble.

uga_b

August 25th, 2010
10:04 am

Let’s not get too carried away. The man averaged 4.3 YPC which is very good but I would point to the fact his longest run out of 143 carries was 31 yards. This ties him for the 67th last year. Turner ties 25th with a 58T yrd run. He also averaged a full half yard more (in a down year) at 4.9.

Over William Andrews career he averaged 4.6 YPC. To be fair he did not break off long runs either, but he did have many catches over 40 yds and Snellings longest last year was 38.

All this proves is that they are productive, steady, reliable backs. No argument there. But I would rather CJ, AP, and other great second-level backs. No need to give the safeties all those tackles.

SeminoleWarrior

August 25th, 2010
10:10 am

BLord, I am going to pick it up today. I have been looking forward to it. I understand that we all have to go but the way it was done to Coach Bowden was wrong. One thing is for sure…the story will be told with truth and respect.

Loyalty can be hell. And loyalty was what cost Coach more than anything. He was fiercely loyal to his staff even when it was clear that things needed to be changed. The heart of FSU’s offense went to UGA with Mark Richt and we never recovered. Defensively, the talent never bought into the style of Coach Andrews, who after the loss of his own son, was never really the same. But we make no excuses. We played the hand we were dealt and to some, it was not good enough.

We are moving forward in Tallahassee but there is not a single Nole fan anywhere that has breath that can not and will not ever forever be grateful for the contribution of the great Bobby Bowden. He will forever be, the coach….for it was he that gave college football reason to FEAR THE SPEAR. Now, Jimbo must bring it back. And he is most capable of doing so.