Video blog: On Brent Grimes, Falcons’ offense, early picks

Two important Falcons: Julio Jones (left) and Brent Grimes (who has been lost for season with a torn Achilles). (AP photo)

Two important Falcons: Julio Jones (left) and Brent Grimes (who has been lost for season with a torn Achilles). (AP photo)

Earlier today, I spoke with CineSports’ Noah Coslov about the Falcons’ big win in Kansas City and the pyrotechnics going on with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the team’s new aggressive offensive scheme. Then, of course, the news broke later in the day about cornerback Brent Grimes being lost for the season with a torn Achilles.

So, before we get to the video, a few words about Grimes. This has to be devastating for him personally, not just the Falcons. A torn Achilles is a difficult injury to come back from, particularly for a smallish cornerback who relies so much on his speed and leaping ability.

Grimes, remember, could not come to an agreement with the Falcons on a multi-year contract, so he ultimately took the only other option available: He signed the $10.431 million franchise tender. I know nobody is going to cry for an athlete making that much money, but this is why NFL players hate the process of tendering. Grimes has no security beyond this season, and his market value obviously will be much lower than if he had played a full season and was effective in doing so.

The Falcons, meanwhile, just lost their best cover cornerback. Dunta Robinson is aggressive and physical but gets beat. Asante Samuel was a terrific addition but he gambles and also can get burned, though he makes big plays. The issue is that the Falcons really needed all three because they had planned to play so much nickel defense this season under coordinator Mike Nolan. The assumption here is that general manager Thomas Dimitroff will find another defensive back on the street but it won’t be a starting caliber player. Certainly, it’s not great timing with the Falcons facing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos next Monday night.

Now, onto more positive developments on the team: The offense and Sunday’s 40-24 win over Kansas City.

Also, Noah and I make some early picks for three college games this week. For me, think: Taking candy from a baby.





By Jeff Schultz

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52 comments Add your comment

keep on

September 10th, 2012
5:06 pm

JP

September 10th, 2012
5:10 pm

So … another trade for the Falcons? A mid- to late-rounder for a CB?

The Grinch

September 10th, 2012
5:28 pm

Cheer up, everyone; we still got Chris Owens!

Mitch Kumstein

September 10th, 2012
5:31 pm

As expected, a fairly tepid running attack. How long before opposing DBs just sit on those routes and start eating our lunch.

I’ve been on the blogs for weeks asking where our running game has gone.

Anyone???

Jeff Schultz

September 10th, 2012
5:51 pm

JP — you just don’t see trades for starting CBs during the season, unless there’s some unusual situation like a contract holdout. More likely, team will pick up a street free agent or make a minor deal for depth.

Casey

September 10th, 2012
5:58 pm

Any hunch on who will take his place, either Franks or Owens I would imagine? Grimes was small but our best cover DB. This is not good news indeed going up against Manning – who has to be feeling pretty good after that win last night.

tidog

September 10th, 2012
6:02 pm

Next man step up and don’t let your team down. No one off the streets will get the nuances of the defense in a timely matter to be a factor. Go with what you got come hell or high water.

don

September 10th, 2012
6:04 pm

Nobody’s gonna be eating anybody’s lunch. Too many weapons. We’ll be a more vertical team this year and the running game will perform their role just fine. Now, defensively………..

yo mama

September 10th, 2012
6:11 pm

brian williams anyone?

falCANS

September 10th, 2012
6:14 pm

Smh my fave player….. Keep Daunte @ nickel….. Just woooow. Guess im team #54. Lets Go Birds!! We can still ein ANY shootout

Falcon James

September 10th, 2012
6:17 pm

I hate it for Grimes and the Falcons. I just don’t think Dunta and Asante can fill his shoes. Owens and Franks are lifetime backups. Our line is going to have to get to the QB and apply some pressure. Maybe its too early to say this, but our defensive backfield is going to be our weak link just like last year.

falCANS

September 10th, 2012
6:18 pm

Mike L.

September 10th, 2012
6:24 pm

Bad news for Falcons fans. Sorry for Brent too. Sure, he has a big check this year, but definately had earned a long term deal. I hope he can be 100% next season and at least be young enough to earn 3 or 4 year deal. I’ll miss my favorite Falcon. Our best cover corner for sure. I think people were so shocked by his one year franchise salary that they forgot how good he is. Good luck healing, Brent.

thejama

September 10th, 2012
6:46 pm

Crushing blow to the secondary and entire defense. Opposing QB’s will target Owens as the weak link…a la Rogers in the playoff loss of 13-3 season. Sadly, this is quite possibly the last time Grimes will play as a Falcon. Worse of all now is that his entire 10 million still hits salary cap…what a disaster

Now This?

September 10th, 2012
7:06 pm

Sky is not falling but we will miss Grimy! Hope we can resign him and he comes back healthy!

G

September 10th, 2012
7:21 pm

Should’ve never franchised the little midget

P B Orr

September 10th, 2012
7:25 pm

Horrible news. Ok so he’s only got 10 vs 40 million. So what? The young man is a football player, and his career probably just ended, because as Jeff said, you don’t recover from a torn Achilles tendon.

Can Franks step up? Who knows. He’s not Grimes. Grimes is a gritty kid who was purpose-made for his position.

Terrible news. Football is in many ways an awful sport. It offers dreams to kids who can only show up at the rate of 1 in 1000. And they get there, and they get this sort of injury, and it’s over before it started.

Tell it like it is.

September 10th, 2012
7:50 pm

Owens can play the position,he has the speed and size to get the job done,he just needs to play with confidence.

P B Orr

September 10th, 2012
8:03 pm

Gimme a break. Owens will be torched like the RAF at Hamburg. Remember 2010? Oh yeah. This is a season-altering loss.

Chucktownfalcon

September 10th, 2012
8:19 pm

Lito Sheppard?

LOL at the Braves

September 10th, 2012
8:24 pm

Enter your comments here

NoleRick

September 10th, 2012
8:36 pm

This is a huge loss, with Manning coming to town, then Rivers, then Scam Newton, then RG III….I am just sick

The Burner Turner

September 10th, 2012
8:46 pm

I want to run in the sun.

I want to slam into a winding road.

I want to block out the pain.

I want to win.

Ohhh my legs hurt.

I am hungry now.

Grimes gone. We may be done .

Grimes gone. We will be done.

Grimes gone. We are done.

kingdaddy

September 10th, 2012
10:16 pm

Tough Luck B.G., wishing you the best and a full recovery. You will be missed…

Nique

September 10th, 2012
10:25 pm

J honestly felt like Franks showed promise at the end of the year last year when Grimes was out. For some reason he’s feel into bad graces with the franchise, but i really hope he’s given a shot at playing & filling this role. He;s surely shown more promise in games than Owens has, despite being viewed as to soft by many! I would be ok with going with 22, Robinson, & Franks. I believe that we could still win the division & at least a 1st found game with that secondary & maybe even more depending on how the safties play & the pressure we can generate, but Owens really worries me!!! I just haven’t seen it from him on the field, despite him “earning” the # 4 cb position on the roster despite being injured most of the preseason & heck he might get suspended for a game for throwing a punch Sunday! Anyways, i don’t expect us to pick up anyone, i think we’ll go with the 3 guys we have & hope for the best!

Nique

September 10th, 2012
10:36 pm

I be interested in kicking the tires of Bryant McFadden if we do sign someone. He’s been a starter, for a complex, dominant defense. He’s still young & at 6 ft has good size for the outside position, allowing Robinson to stay inside on nickle situations

Nique

September 10th, 2012
10:38 pm

My keys are failing me, the first post should read I honestly feel… & the 2cnd should be that I’d be interested in…

Dr. Warren

September 11th, 2012
12:55 am

Hat’s off, Jeff. That’s not an easy misfortune to describe convincingly—an NFL player who just made $10 million but may have lost the rest of his career. I do feel bad for him and for all of us fans, too. Here’s the sad truth that NFL forecasts often fail to mention: teams live and die by injuries. Losing Grimes may prevent Smith and Ryan from winning their first playoff game.

P B Orr

September 11th, 2012
4:57 am

I watched the game highlights just now. I hate to say it, but Grimes got torched several times, as did the whole secondary. Unless the Falcons can come up with some blitz looks and pressure the QB, we’re gonna have to score 40 a game to have a good season. The next 8 QBs we face are Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III, Carson Palmer, Mike Vick, Tony Romo, and Drew Brees. Gulp.

SCFalcon

September 11th, 2012
7:40 am

Look what the Packers did two years ago. Numerous injuries and won the Super Bowl. The true character of the Falcons will be tested. We will find out one week at a time.

JSS

September 11th, 2012
7:49 am

Shepard can’t play zone, he was a press cover…

JSS, what a moronic statement you just made...

September 11th, 2012
7:54 am

…obviously you know absolutely ZERO about football!

JSS

September 11th, 2012
8:06 am

Oh, you better hope that Owens is only going to be fined for his fight where he pushed a ref trying to get at that Chiefs’ player…

P B Orr

September 11th, 2012
8:12 am

The best hope for the secondary is now William Moore. He’s always making plays. Bring him on the blitz, again and again into Manning’s stationary frame.

JSS

September 11th, 2012
8:58 am

Could someone teach me football? I’m having trouble understanding the game.

Jarhead Jim

September 11th, 2012
9:31 am

It is really terrible about Grimes and his injury. But as far as his future? Even if he never plays another game in the NFL, he’s getting 10 mil this year alone. Good grief. He should be able to get by on that for a while. I’m not crying in my beer about athletes crying in their beer about their “futures.”

Flacons never learn

September 11th, 2012
10:18 am

HA HA!! Donte Roberson is an old indian name 4 Brunt toast!

Nique

September 11th, 2012
10:27 am

This is exactly why he didn’t get his long term contract, we can’t trust that he’ll stay healthy. Who demands a multi-year contract after a season where your injuried for half of it? & then on top of that he wants to be paid like an elite cb in the leauge on a multi-year contract when the reality is that he’s only preformed that he’s only performed like an elite cb in the leauge 1 year in his entire career!!! Brent, no hard feelings, he should be done as a Falcon after this year, unless he comes back at a dramastic discount! We can’t build a defense around an injury risk

North FLA Falcon

September 11th, 2012
10:51 am

I did not hear Asante’s name ONE TIME during the Chiefs game. He better step it up on Monday night.

Augustabred

September 11th, 2012
10:58 am

Again people; Grimes is the same size at Asante’ and Dunta’ and bigger than Owens. The only big CB we have is Franks! Probably will bring Walls back if he still available.

OK, JSS, I will help...

September 11th, 2012
11:00 am

…just about any CB, if he can play in the NFL, can play in a zone pass defense; what separates pro CB’s like Dion Sanders, Darell Greene, Derelle (sp) Revis’, Asante Samuels, Champ Bailey’s, etc from the rest of the CB’s is that they CAN play press coverage without losing anything. So, IF Lito could play press cover, then he surely could play in a zone coverage.

The most poignant message in your post is the use of the word “was” in describing Lito. By the way, I know someone else brought up his name and you were just responding, but is he still playing? Obviously, I do not keep up with all 32 teams…last I heard he had been cut by Oakland…

So, as we learned in grammar school, you can fool some of the people all of the time, and you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. Carry on…

Uh, North FLA Falcon...

September 11th, 2012
11:02 am

…. the fact that you did NOT hear Samuels name on Sunday means that he was doing a GOOD job, not vice-versa…DUH…

JSS

September 11th, 2012
12:19 pm

I still don’t understand how blitzes work. And do you have to tackle every play?

Nah, JSS...

September 11th, 2012
1:04 pm

…sometimes you just have to touch them once they fall down, or score…

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

September 11th, 2012
1:24 pm

A MESSAGE FROM JOE FLACCO:

How y’all like my deep ball? Aint it pretty?

But yall do look cute throwing those dink and dunks :)

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

September 11th, 2012
1:26 pm

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

The Ravens should pay Flacco anything he wants.

- John Harbaugh

Like I said………………..

Should have drafted Flacco :)

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

September 11th, 2012
1:27 pm

Jeff

What was so big about beating a team coming off of a 4 or so win season and missing 3 defensive starters?

Nice try though :)

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

September 11th, 2012
1:29 pm

Now whipping a playoff team like the Ravens did last night, that is big in Falcants terms, but in Baltimore, regular season games mean very little. :)

Esquire

September 11th, 2012
2:20 pm

G
September 10th, 2012
7:21 pm

Should’ve never franchised the little midget
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I guess I could ask for clarification here but I am pretty sure it wouldn’t make any difference.

I’ll tell you now Grimey, best of luck to you in your rehab. Hope you have that woman of yours under control………as in reel in the credit cards NOW.

Jean Claude Killy

September 11th, 2012
2:34 pm

What is that Funky Smell,,,