2) There are so many young players getting a lot of time and yet they all seemed to regress towards the end of the year with the only exceptions being Boley, Hall, and Jenkins.
I disagree here. For the most part the rookies didn't really regress in my opinion. Roddy developed a touch of the dropsies but many passes found Roddy in heavy traffic. He made a lot of circus catches. Davis & Babs stayed pretty much on par with what they had been accomplishing all season long. Although Davis looked much better in preseason. This of course is why we call it pre-season.
3) Talent-wise, this team is in the bottom of the league without Vick....on par with maybe Cleveland or Detroit.
I disagree big time with this statement. Here is a list of teams that I believe we could are at least on par with without Vick: Green Bay, Minnesota, Detroit, Cleveland, Miami, Arizona, St. Louis, San Francisco, New Orleans, New York Jets, Buffalo, Houston, Tennessee, Oakland. We are in the 'middle' class of the NFL. Good enough to at least be borderline Playoff contender even without Vick.
4) The willingness to dump millions of dollars into the laps of old, unproven, or overhyped (Whitfield, Hartwell, & Price come to mind) players will tie our hands for years to come. I could even throw Dunn into that mix to a lesser extent.
Again I disagree as I really think you are addressing the old regime (the Dan Reeves era) as Whitfield and Price both decisions from before McKay came here. I wouldn't add Warrick Dunn because he has done what we signed him to do. Did we over pay him? Yeah we did. Hartwell hasn't even had a chance to make an impact on this team. He had what seemed to be a fairly severe injury hampering him through most the season. We can judge Hartwell next year and I don't consider 27 to be old.
The Falcons have been committed to brining in young talent. But we still need veteran role-players and leaders (See Ike Reese). If this team was pure raw and young talent then yes we would be on par with Cleveland because everyone would be developing and most veteran teams would take us to task.
5. McKay would need to have at least 3 more terrific drafts like the last 2, and be willing to dump a lot of veterans, to really get this franchise turned around.
Again I don't agree. We have so much young talent that is developing. We saw key young players take big leaps namely Jenkins and R. White. I would like to see the Falcons part with veteran players that are overpaid and underperforming. Most noteably Dez White, Todd McClure, and Brady Smith. IMO Keith Brooking played well enough to save himself from the chopping block. But what does this franchise need to turn around? I think this is more of a "Sophomore Jinx" for Jim Mora Jr. In almost every sport and at almost every position of the game you experience a "Sophomore Jinx" and I think Mora went through it. But this team does not need to be "turned around" it needs holes filled (specifically RDE, DB, S, C, LT).
6. Arthur Blank wants a winner NOW and is less concerned with this team becoming a premier franchise in the NFL than he is with selling more tickets & merchandise, which is why he is already on Mora's ass.
I am with you on this one Incomp. Mr. Blank does walk a tight line of becoming Al Davis/Snyder type owner. I would really like to see him stay off the field and in the Skybox. Every meddling owner in the NFL you can find on the sidelines at the end of a game. I don't mind if he does a pre-game walk through but stay off the field after the game and talk to the player sin the clubhouse. Sometimes it looks like the den mother has come down to tend to her wounded cubs. Ever notice he almost always goes straight to Vick after a game too?
7. This coaching staff leaves a lot to be desired in a lot of areas, but Mora is one person I would trust with a team if I were an owner.
I agree for the most part. I think Donatell is the highest on the list of possible cuts. For being such a high-regarded coach our secondary coach (Emmitt Thomas I believe?) we have pretty bad DB's. I would also consider releasing our defensive line coach. Other then that I think we have some top notch coaches.
8. Michael Vick, nor any other player to ever play in the NFL, cannot win by himself. It took Michael Jordan 7 years to win a Championship, and it would have never happened had they not brought in Pippen, Grant, Kerr, Kukoc, etc.
I cannot comment on Mike Vick until camp time. I will simply say agree (and I think Crumpler is Vick's Pippen, Dunn his Kerr, and Jenkins or Roddy will be his Kukoc).
9. Michael Vick is a proven winner and is as clutch as they come, but he cannot stop the other team's RB.
10. It will take a long term, focused effort to get this franchise turned around and there are already rumors about McKay leaving to become commisioner or something, Blank buying the Braves, and other disturbing news that disrupts continuity & draws focus from the long term goal.
Again I don't think this team needs to be "turned around." We have arguably the most talented linebacking unit in the league to go with a pretty talented D-Line. Our receivers started to break out last year a long with Warrick Dunn and some minor improvement on the offensive line. This team needs to plug some holes but they do not need to 'turn it around.'
I don't think McKay is a risk to leave I think Pudge noted that our beloved current Commish signed a 4-year contract extension this past season. So McKay isn't leaving anytime in the very near future. Even if McKay does I have no doubt Atlanta has someone learning from him and will be able to assume his roll when the time comes.