Your Atlanta Falcons Dream Team

All-Time Atlanta Falcons Dream Team

Deion Leads the Dream Team (AP)

In our 3rd of the Atlanta Falcons Retro Post series, you get a chance to build your own Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Football Team. This was the idea of one of our posters Sgt. Pepper, and it should be a fun one to try and develop. Use any players that have ever played for the Atlanta Falcons. You can choose any player and there are not restrictions. You can do only a starting lineup or you can go all the way and create a Dream Team 53 Man Roster. While the sports boredom drags on with no football in sight, should be a fun little exercise. You don’t have to necessarily rank the players if you don’t desire. The idea is not really to field a team according to Fantasy Football, but rather the best at each position through the franchise’s history.  The Bird Cage’s meager attempt:

Quarterback (3)

Matt Ryan, Steve Bartkowski, Michael Vick

Hard to argue against these three as the best quarterbacks in Falcons history. Bartkowski is the all-time leading passer for the franchise. Vick was one of the most dynamic players in history and Ryan represents one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL currently and gives the Falcons hope that a Lombardi Trophy may finally be in the Falcons hopes.

Running Backs (5)

William Andrews, Gerald Riggs, Jamal Anderson, Michael Turner, Dave Hampton

How would you like to have that backfield listed above? Technically, Riggs is the all-time leading Falcons rusher, but many believe that William Andrews could’ve been one of the best running backs to ever play the game if not for that fateful injury. Jamal Anderson carried the entire team all on his back and led the Falcons to their only Super Bowl appearance. Michael Turner is helping lead the Falcons to being a premiere team in the NFL. Now that’s a lineup. Dave Hampton led the Falcons in rushing four years in a row and is an underappreciated player due to the fact that he was on a fairly unspectacular offense at the time.

Wide Receivers (5)

Roddy White, Terance Mathis, Alfred Jenkins, Andre Rison, Michael Haynes

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) tries to get around the tackle of Baltimore Ravens cornerback Josh Wilson (37) in the first half of their game at the Georgia Dome.

Will Roddy Be All-Time Leading WR? (J.Getz/AJC)

Like Ryan, Roddy White gets the top spot both on what he’s done in his short time as a pro and a Falcon, but also what the future likely holds for him as well. He will almost definitely become the all-time leading receiver in Falcons history very soon, has made the Pro Bowl three years in a row and gone over 1,000 yards receiving 4 years consecutively. Terance Mathis gets the #2 spot as the current all-time receiving leader. Alfred Jenkins in the slot and Rison in the 4 hole? Michael Haynes gets the nod over Wallace Francis due to having more receiving yards and more TDs than him.

Tight Ends (3)

Jim Mitchell, Alge Crumpler, Tony Gonzalez

How do you even begin to try and order these three? Does Jim Mitchell get the nod as the trail-blazing Falcons TE? Or does Alge Crumpler get the starting job since he was basically the entire receiving threat for 5 years or so? Or do you plug in the best tight end to ever play the game even though he is just spending his twilight years here? I know that if I were the coach, I’d be running a ton of 3 TE sets.

Offensive Line (9)

Tackles (4) – George Kunz, Mike Kenn, Bob Whitfield, Todd Weiner

Guards (3) – Bill Fralic, Dave Scott, RC Thielemann

Centers (2) – Jeff Van Note, Todd McClure

Van Note Leads the OL (AJC)

This one’s a tough one outside a few easy choices. Bill Fralic, Mike Kenn, George Kunz, Jeff Van Note, and Todd McClure are pretty obvious choices since several are in the Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor and the others either will be at some point or at least deserves consideration for it. The others are tough calls. No guards have stood out as dominant on the level of Fralic, so consistency and being on some of the best Falcon teams gives Scott and Thielemann the nod over guys like Kynan Forney and Justin Blalock. Surprisingly, Todd Weiner was the starting RT for the Falcons for 8 years and was the only anchor for all those years of leading the NFL in rushing and also helped the Falcons transition for awfulness back to the playoffs very quickly. Whitfield started at tackle for tons and tons of years, 12 to be exact. Tyson Clabo just made the Pro Bowl and has been arguably the best and most consistent Falcon during the Mike Smith era, but the possibility of him leaving free agency clouds the issue.

Defensive Ends (6)

Claude Humphrey, John Zook, John Abraham, Patrick Kerney, Chuck Smith, Lester Archambeau

Claude Humphrey of course sets the bar insanely high and is the obvious pick, as well as hard-nosed gritty sack machine John Zook. Abraham has had some of the best seasons since becoming an Atlanta Falcons many years ago. He still looks to have a few more years left in the tank as well and has basically been the only pass rush the Falcons have gotten for several years now. Patrick Kerney is a tough call since he left and had many good years in Seattle, but his leaving probably had more to do with then-GM Rich McKay snubbing him and letting him walk. Kerney is also only one-half a sack behind Chuck Smith for all-time leading sacks. Chuck Smith played with the Falcons for 9 of his 10 years in the NFL and is currently the all-time leader in sacks for the Falcons with 58.5. Archambeau played 108 games as a Falcon, collared 31 sacks, and 241 tackles. Brady Smith probably deserves to be on here as well with his 32 career sacks, but not enough spots.

Defensive Tackles (4)

Travis Hall, Jonathan Babineaux, Moe Gardner, Don Smith

The cupboard is pretty thin at this position. Travis Hall leads the way 133 games played, 41.5 sacks, and a whopping 334 tackles. Even though he never had a ton of accolades, he was arguably the best player at his position in the entire franchise. Babineaux already is one of the best in franchise history after only playing for 6 years and garnering 18 sacks and 177 tackles. Gardner played for the Birds for 6 years and had an eye popping 420 tackles. Smith started for the Falcons for 6 years at defensive tackle, which is a hallmark for Falcons defensive tackles.

Linebackers (6)

Tommy Nobis, Jessie Tuggle, Keith Brooking, Greg Brezina, Joel Williams, Don Hansen

Nobis Leads a Great LB Corps (AJC)

Nobis, Tuggle, and Brooking are all pretty obvious picks since two of them are in the Ring of Honor and Brooking likely will be at some point. Nobis and Tuggle were exclusively middle linebackers and Brooking was for most of his career, but he did play outside linebacker for awhile as well. Williams was a starting linebacker for the Birds for 8 years and was a part of one of the Falcons best teams in 1980. Brezina started at linebacker from its infancy in 1968 all the way through 1979 and made the Pro Bowl in 1969. Hansen has one of the highest overall ratings from Pro-Football-Reference.com after starting at linebacker from 1969-1975.

Safeties (4)

Scott Case, Tom Pridemore, Ray Brown, Ray Easterling

Case absolutely is a lock here and could be headed for the Ring of Honor at some point. He is tied for 3rd in interceptions, had just an insane number of tackles at 946, and even threw in 7.5 sacks. He did play corner some as well. Tom Pridemore notched 121 games and is 7th all-time in interceptions when he played from 1975 to 1983. Ray Brown is behind only Rolland Lawrence in interceptions in franchise history after playing for 7 years from 1971 to 1977. Finally, Ray Easterling played for 8 years from 1972 to 1979 and is ranked twelve in all-time interceptions.

Cornerbacks (5)

Deion Sanders, Ken Reaves, Bobby Butler, Rolland Lawrence, Ray Buchanan

Although Deion didn’t stay too awful long, he certainly did produce on an insane level while he was here and is in the Ring of Honor. Ken Reaves played for the Falcons for 8 years and is 4th all-time with 29 interceptions. Bobby Butler is 5th all-time in interceptions and played for the Falcons for 11 years and is only 8 games played behind Scott Case at 154. Rolland Lawrence is the all-time leader of interceptions in franchise history and has one of the highest overall ratings according to Pro Football Reference. Ray Buchanan gets the nod over Deangelo Hall with the last spot due to the fact that Buchanan had 13 more interceptions and almost double the amount of tackles that Hall had.

Special Teams (3)

Morten Anderson – K

John James – P

Allen Rossum – KR/PR

Anderson is an easy choice here because he holds the all-time record for field goals made at 184 and kicked one of the most memorable field goals in Falcon history to propel the Birds onto the Super Bowl in 1998. Mick Luckhurst is close, but had a lower field goal % and less field goals made (115). John James gets the spot by a long shot with being the Falcons starting punter from 1972 to 1981 and punting almost double the amount of the next two Dan Stryzinski and Michael Koenen. James punted for almost 36,000 yards in his career as a Bird. Even though Deion was probably more exciting, Rossum blows away the competition with 1,723 punt return yards and 5,489 kick return yards. Even though he only netted 3 total TDs, he had 500 more punt return yards than Billy Whiteshoes Johnson and 2,000 more yards than Deion in kick returns.

Pro-Football-Reference.com is a fantastic reference on Atlanta Falcons history, stats, and starters.

Your Turn

-Time to build your All-Time Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Dream Team

-Agree or disagree with the list?

-Who should be on there that’s not?

-Who should NOT be on there who is?

-Does individual seasons or longevity mean more to you?

-Which positions have been the strongest in history?

-Which positions have been weakest in franchise history?

-What were your favorite years in franchise history?

-What current players can make the list in the future?

68 comments Add your comment

JB FALCON

June 6th, 2011
6:45 pm

D3, what a good idea!

JB FALCON

June 6th, 2011
7:10 pm

21 & I were discussing this idea a couple of days ago. It’s going to take some really deep research to come up with a team & I’m looking forward to seeing the posts!

falcon21

June 6th, 2011
10:00 pm

I will stick with Bart at QB and Andrews and Cain at RB. My WR’s are White, Alfred Jenkins, Frances, toss up is Mathis, White Shoes and Jackson..Frances, Mathis,Shoes and Jackson made many big catches for us. Mathis probably made a few more but Frances in 80 came through at critical times. Gonzo at TE, no brainer. O-Line, I don’t know anything about Kunz so I will go with what I know, Kenn, Whitfield, Fralic, Van Note and Thielemann. I still like Luckhurst and James as our kickers but I do like Morten also. Returners are Billy Johnson and Sanders. Defense later.

PoolerSpirit

June 6th, 2011
10:30 pm

I’d say Rod Coleman should be in there in place of Moe Gardner, much as I liked Moe… I’d like to see Junior Miller in there, but can’t bump Jim Mitchell, Alge or Gonzo to fit him in. Maybe Rick Bryan in place of Lester Archambeau. And I know nobody else will go for it, but I’d put Ken Burrow in there and drop Michael Haynes at WR.

Current players who’ll make this list before it’s all over… I’d start with Hoo-Hoo Julio… just think the stars are lined up for this guy… got picked by the right team at the right time, and with the right quarterback and offense. Also, our safety list isn’t real strong, so I’d think Willy Moore can make it, and I’d give Spoon an outside shot at beating out Don Hansen, who I remember as a pretty good player.

Strongest position on the team… I like the defensive end group with Claude, Zook, and JA55… that’s a great way to start a Dream Team Defense. But when you’ve got William Andrews, Gerald Riggs, Jamal Anderson, MIchael Turner and Dave Hampton at Running Back… that’s pretty strong too…

Individual seasons or longevity… gotta say longevity… the longer they’re in red and black, the longer I’ve been rooting for ‘em…

Great blog….

tony

June 7th, 2011
12:09 am

Either Dawson didn’t watch the games 30 or 40 yrs ago or he was too young to know anything about football because back then players were a helluva lot more physical than todays players because the defense was allowed to be more aggressive. Nowadays QBs and WRs don’t have to worry about getting their bells rong by aggressive safties, linebackers and defensive tackles because the league have placed a shield around them.

Hey, I’ve seen many of times when S.Bartkowski would get droved into the ground by linebackers and big defensive tackles seconds after he deliver a perfect pass to his WRs. Bartkowski is by far the better qb because he was more poise and he could accurately throw the football 70 to 80 yards down field at a time when the league didn’t protect QBs.

How many time have we seen Alfred Jenkins get dumped on his head or took a direct hit too the chest by an aggressive safety? No matter how severe the impact may have been, the man caught everthing thrown in his direction. He was only 170lbs but the man was tough as nails. Jenkins has to be #1 because I’ve never seen the guy drop any passes unless the ball was uncatchable or a early hit.

I can’t say the same things about M.Ryan nor R.White because I’ve seen Roddy dropped way too many passes when there was hardly any pressure on him and M.Ryan would throw interceptions when the defense barely made contact. If they(Ryan/White)played 30 or 40 yrs ago, they would have a difficult time making plays in a league that would knock you silly.

sixyardsheriff?

June 7th, 2011
2:13 am

Definitely include Brooking. What defense is complete without a preening overpaid LB who makes all of his ankle biting tackles long after the damage is done. I can already hear the apologists quoting the number of tackles. I like my LB’s to make their stops behind the line of scrimmage not after yielding a first down or worse. Tommy Nobis and Joel Williams for me. Jessie Tuggle close behind. Brooking counting his money and the meaningless tackles way down field far far behind.

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joe white

June 7th, 2011
8:39 am

Thats a good team there go falcons

CindyMac

June 7th, 2011
10:02 am

Buddy Curry, LB ‘80-’87

Seldom Seen

June 7th, 2011
11:54 am

Warrick Dunn,

Coop

June 7th, 2011
11:55 am

Morning Cage! Great blog as ALWAYS D3. I’ll take a stab, some positions I’ll go deep, others I just don’t know well enough.

QB – Bartkowski, Ryan, Miller: As of now, Bart is the best QB we’ve ever had. Ryan is off to a great start and I think will be the best ever, but man oh man could Bart throw the bomb! No way Vick ever darkens the door of any list of mine (except biggest dirt bag). So that leaves a handful of ho hums (Hebert, Chandler, Archer, Geroge, and Miller). I’ll take the Oregon Duck.

RB – Andrews, Riggs, Anderson, Turner, and Dunn: William Andrews was the most dominant RB I’ve ever seen in red and black. He was an absolute beast. When it’s all said and done, Ovie might be the best FB we’ve ever had, but too soon. As for Dunn, remember DVD? He has to be on the list.

TE – Gonzales, Crumpler, and Mitchell

WR – White, Jenkins, Mathis, Rison, Frances: White will be the best WR ever to wear Falcons unis, but Alfred Jenkins in a different time is the best ever now. I’ll go ahead and give White the nod, cause it’s just a matter of time.

OL – Van Note, Kenn, Fralic, Whitfield, Forney, Weiner, Clabo: Watch out for Blalock

DE – Humphries, Zook, Abraham, Kerney, Smith, Archambeau

DT – Hall, Babs, Coleman, and Grady: Yes Grady. I don’t care what his personal numbers were. When he was manning the middle, our entire D was better. You just can’t beat putting a mountain in the middle of your D.

LB – Nobis, Tuggle, Lofton, Williams: Brooking was not as good as advertised. The best LB on horrible teams is often a poor LB. He does have tons of tackles… mostly downfield. when you absolutely needed a stop, you could count on him giving it up. After the Dalls game, he might as well gas up the dingy and go fishing with Fredo, cause he’s dead to me.

CB – Sanders, Butler, Buchanan, Dunta Robinson: I can’t stand Deion, and for many of the same reasons as Brooking I should leave him off. However, the big difference is Deion could flat out play. As much as I don’t like him, he was the best CB we’ve ever had. As for DRob, I don’t care abuot 1 season only. He shut an entire side of the field down last year. He only had one pick cause no one would throw at him. Grimes owes his probowl to DRob. He made the plays, but he got tons of chances cause they wouldn’t go to DRob. Other than Sanders, who else ever did that for us?

S – Scott Case, Pridemore, Decoud, and Moore: Scott Case may be my favorite Falcon of all time. What a hitter. Deouc and Moore are young and don’t have the numbers yet, but I believe in time they will be the best S tandem we’ve ever had. Moore has the ceiling to be the best S. Put with Decoud and given 4 or 5 more years and we could be looking at Milloy and Law from NE or better.

ST – Anderson to kick, John James to punt, Billy White Shoes to return: Mick Luckhurst gets some attention. Mostly cause I met him and he was a great guy. Anderson made the kick to send us to the Superbowl, so he gets the job. Hell, I’d probably take him at current age. As for returner, give me White Shoes. If for no other reason, I want the endzone dance!

crabapplejoe

June 7th, 2011
12:37 pm

Joel Williams for LB? LMAO….there have been 20 LBs that played for this franchise that were better. He had 7 career sacks (3 as a Falcon) and a grand total of 5 ints (all as a Falcon). Meanwhile the “six yard sheriff” has 21 sacks in his career so far (17 as a Falcon) and 13 ints (12 as a Falcon). Buddy Curry, Greg Brezina, Kykendall maybe but please stop with the Joel Williams nonsense.

uga_b

June 7th, 2011
3:35 pm

D3, you must have rushed through this because I don’t see a Long Snapper. C’mon you’re better than that! :-)

As far as my suggestions:
Fullback – Bob Christian and Ovie Mughelli.

Who are we? The Colts?

Great job D3 and Coop.

Clasl

June 7th, 2011
5:15 pm

I’m missing Fulton Kuykendahl from the list.

falcon21

June 7th, 2011
5:40 pm

I agree with D3 on the D side as far as the ends and tackles go. As for the LBs I would take Buddy Curry over Brooking. The safeties would be Case,Pridemore, Brian Jordan and Kenny Johnson.Cornerbacks, again I will agree with D3. I don’t know much about Ken Reaves but my Dad always told me he was good. That’s good enough for me.

John Waynesworld

June 7th, 2011
5:45 pm

Thanks D3, good stuff. I cannot include folks on the present team that don’t have the time in or else it would be easy to just mail in Matt Ryan and Roddy White as the all time QB & WR, and I want to give the old guys some respect. So since I can’t pick Ryan I’ll definitely take Vick.

Here’s my team and I’m kicking everybody’s ass with these guys…

OFFENSE:

QB: Michael Vick
RB: Jamal Anderson
FB: William Andrews
TE: Alge Crumpler
WR: Andre Rison
WR: Alfred Jenkins
LT: George Kunz
LG: Bill Fralic
C: Jeff Van Note
RG: R.C. Thielman
RT: Mike Kenn

DEFENSE:

RCB: Deion Sanders
LCB: Ken Reaves
S: Scott Case
S: Tom Pridemore
SLB: Jesse Tuggle
MLB: Tommy Nobis
WLB: Keith Brooking
LDE: John Abraham
LDT: Travis Hall
RDT: Rod Coleman
RDE: Claude Humphrey

Special Teams:

K: Morten Anderson
P: John James
PR: Deion Sanders
KR: Billy Johnson
Specialist: Elbert Shelley

Undefeated baby!

John Waynesworld

June 7th, 2011
5:47 pm

And I don’t need a long snapper because we’re never gonna punt!

Seldom Seen

June 7th, 2011
6:35 pm

JB FALCON

June 7th, 2011
7:25 pm

JWW, if you replace Vick with Bart; and Brooking with Curry; and let Van Note do the long snapping IF you had to, then you have my team. I don’t care for D Sanders but that sucker used to amaze me with his speed. He would jog along with the receiver maling the QB think he was beat……until the ball launched.
I have seen every one of the players you named play and it’s like tony said in one of the first posts, those guys played football the way it was supposed to be played. I’ve seen players get stitches on the sideline and go back in.
You have a good memory.

Sportaree

June 7th, 2011
7:56 pm

FYI
Cowboys at Falcons 1980 on NFL Network. 9:30pm

falcon21

June 7th, 2011
8:45 pm

Thanks Sportaree, it is painful to see but I can’t help myself. Gotta see it again as I have many times!!!

JB FALCON

June 7th, 2011
8:59 pm

Sportaree, that was one heartbreaking game. They outscored us 20-3 in the 4th qtr. Maybe there’s a pattern there seeing as what GB done to us, 20-7 in the second half.

ryan

June 7th, 2011
10:35 pm

What about Chuck Smith you guys left out one the guys that got us to the Super Bowl Tuggle one of all time favorite Falcons .

rodney

June 8th, 2011
1:45 am

jamie dukes/ good ol boys i guest

Tha Real Falcon

June 8th, 2011
8:13 am

Man this brought back memories.
We did forget a QB that took us to our only Superbowl.
Even if no one liked him.

Paddy O

June 8th, 2011
9:55 am

Coop – I’d say the gold standard on safeties is Charlie Waters and Clff Harris.

LRD

June 8th, 2011
11:02 am

D3.. as the new arrival, arrived?

rjlet2003

June 8th, 2011
11:36 am

Ill take Tim Dwight to return Kicks. I love Matt Ryan but I agree Chris Chandler took us to the superbowl. i can still remember the feeling that day when we knew it was our turn to go to the big dance.

Seldom Seen

June 8th, 2011
11:37 am

Pr, Eric Metcalf

crabapplejoe

June 8th, 2011
12:29 pm

@JWW: Replace Vick with Steve Bartkowski and you have an excellent all-time Falcons team.

Coop

June 8th, 2011
12:33 pm

I thought of Chandler, and he DID take us to the Superbowl… or was that Jamal Anderson? I just can’t get past Chris Chandelier. He got hurt sneezing in the huddle. Give me Miller. JWW, you have a solid team. If you’re not punting, what’s John James doing? :0

Coop

June 8th, 2011
12:36 pm

Paddy O, perhaps. In 5 years I believe the gold standard will be Willy Mo and Decoud. Remember the hit Decoud put on Brees two years ago to cause a fumble. There was regression last year, but that was two young guys learning each other. Just wait. If they keep their heads on tight, they’ll be fearsome back there.

sam

June 8th, 2011
12:55 pm

What about a dream team coach?

rjlet2003

June 8th, 2011
2:40 pm

I just don’t see how people can still want Vick. Fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me.

RobbE33

June 8th, 2011
3:13 pm

Nice list, D3! No other posts have topped it. It does bring back memories, though, and affirms what a great bunch of guys we have now.

John Waynesworld

June 8th, 2011
3:25 pm

Coop, it was a secondary thought. I don’t know why I picked James anyway. He is the executive director of the Gator Boosters, Inc., an evil corporation, I have no doubt.

I was reading about coaches talking about paying college athletes. What about a different solution…Give all juniors and seniors of the top 5 money-making college sports a “University Credit Card” for spending money, provided by the individual University’s athletic department (with holding money provided by boosters). There would be obvious limitations (for example no beer or liquor sales, 2 transactions per day, $50 maximum per day, $200 maximum per week during the calendar school year, no cash advances, etc). There also could be certain restaurants and stores that provide discounts for using these cards. Players would not have to pay the balance until after they graduate (or leave the team or quit school), and a large booster fund in escrow would pay the interest charges on the cards balances while the players are in school.

Good idea? Bad idea? Already been tried and failed?

Phil

June 8th, 2011
3:40 pm

warrick dunn and rod coleman should be in this.

falcon21

June 8th, 2011
6:45 pm

What positions have been the strongest in history? Well it’s not much to brag about but we have always or most always had pretty good field goal kickers and punters. Many have picked Mort as their #1 kicker. You have to remember that most of Mick Luckhurst career was outside kicking on grass. It does make a difference. If he had been kicking in a dome his numbers would have been a lot better. Anyway I still never had a problem with Mort’s kicking.

Paddy O

June 8th, 2011
7:30 pm

regarding college athletes – if any attended college, you know it took a lot of time studying to obtain your degree. Imagine attempting to obtain a degree AND play any sport at the collegiate level (plus that up for a major sport). I have always thought that college/universities had an obligation to all who were given a scholarship, that the student should be provided tuition & books until they graduate. I would think that all athletes would be offered light class loads while they play, say 3 classes per semester. Once their eligiblity was up, they have to take the usual load – 5 classes – until they obtained their degree. Now, the NCAA is the biggest pimp in the nation – bringing in highly athletic kids, making a ton of $$ off them, then sending them back to where they came from, many without degrees. It is almost as though the NCAA is a psuedo benevolent mafia organization.

Paddy O

June 8th, 2011
7:39 pm

don’t know if any of you Dawgs know it, but in the late 80’s I ran the Gumby’s Pizza in AThens. We had a college basketball player who wanted extra money to live on, so he came & drove for us. But in some arcane way, he was violating athletic rules. He quit once his coach found out. Very weird set of rules (can benefit from being an athlete – although all the adults are racking up as many benjamins as possible; plus, you can’t go get a private job like all the other students to get some spending $$$ – weird, weird, hypocritical?)

Paddy O

June 8th, 2011
7:39 pm

sorry, make that “can’t” benefit -

Paddy O

June 8th, 2011
7:40 pm

I just hope DeCoud reads plays better, and gets better positioning. Our whole defense needs work on zone coverage.

JB FALCON

June 8th, 2011
9:46 pm

Paddy O, Not only does DeCoud need to step up but so does Lofton, Owens, Moore, Spoon and the rest of the defense. I truly believe that TD & Co were counting on that to happen and that is the reason we did not go D in the draft.
Our defense is what everyone blamed the GB loss on but no one realizes that we have a very young, but good, defense that can only get better. This year we are going to have an offense that other teams will want to keep off of the field. Our defense was good, but not great, last year and will be adequate this year. All they have to do is get the ball to the offense. We are going to be very hard to defend but that’s the other teams’ problem.

JB FALCON

June 8th, 2011
9:58 pm

I would like to replace “Rise Up” with “Give your soul to God because you azz is ours!” No offense to anyone but I am excited about this year as I have been every year since the Falcons started. All of the “wait ’til next year” is this year!

falcon21

June 8th, 2011
10:16 pm

I didn’t mean for my 6:45 post to sound so dismal. We have had great QB’s, WR’s, DE’s and many more but we never had the one thing to put it all together. Reeves and Bennett came close under piss poor ownership and they did all they could do. Things are a little different now. We have a great owner that wants to win now and will spend the money to do so. The Falcon world is good and will only get better. Good Night Cages!!!

falcon21

June 8th, 2011
10:19 pm

Cages wow, Cagers later.

CaliDirtyBird

June 9th, 2011
11:12 am

Glad to see some bloggers at least mentioned Chandler @ QB. How could you leave off the QB who not only took us to our only Super Bowl and still best ever record at 14-2 (16-3 w playoff) but had two +1000 yard receivers.
Is it because he’d already developed the nick-name “Crystal Chandelier” at Houston before coming here? Or because some fans hated him after Vick was drafted just because he was stopping Vick from starting? Or both and the two double digit loss years after the Super Bowl.

Listen up! Chandler started a higher percentage of games than Vick after Vick became the starter. He’d taken us to the Super Bowl and Vick had just been drafted. Vick should have sat until he proved his dedication then to the game which he himself has admitted he never did here in Atlanta. Also, the bad years after the Super Bowl werent so much that we had no Jamal Anderson as we didn’t even have a RB on our team besides Anderson that deserved to be elevated off a practice squad. Hanspard & Oxendine, PLEASE?

LRD

June 9th, 2011
12:54 pm

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JB FALCON

June 9th, 2011
7:16 pm

I read today that if this lock-out crap goes into pre-season, it will cost the NFL $1.3 billion. So now they start talking without the lawyers. Hmmm, maybe the Dumb A’s are figuring it out?