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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:43 am 
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By D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

FLOWERY BRANCH — Despite ending up 10 yards short of the Super Bowl, the Falcons had a pretty long offseason to-do-list.

With the first week of free agency complete, some of the boxes can be checked off:
Get future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez to return. Check.
Re-sign Pro Bowl safety William Moore. Check.
Re-sign starting left tackle Sam Baker. Check.
Re-sign starting right guard Garrett Reynolds. Check.
Replace running back Michael Turner. Check.
Get a starting cornerback to replace Dunta Robinson. Open box.
Get a defensive end to replace John Abraham. Open box.
Get a beefy tackle to sit in the middle of the 3-4. Open box.

The Falcons know they have holes and have watched as the competition in the NFC has made some nice moves.
San Francisco added wide receiver Anquan Boldin, and Seattle has improved its offense and pass rush by acquiring wide receiver Percy Harvin and defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett.

The Falcons countered by getting Gonzalez back and picking up former St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson.

Those remaining and glaring holes will be filled in the NFL draft, which will be held April 25-27.
“The next phase after free agency will be the draft, and that is really what our focus is on,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We have to make our team better. We can’t really concern ourselves about what other teams are doing. We’ve got to focus on the Atlanta Falcons.”

The defense finished ranked 24th overall (356.6 yards per game), 21st versus the run (123.2) and 23rd against the pass (242.3). But in today’s NFL — a passing league where the first team to 30 has the best chance to win — the key stat is takeaways. The Falcons had a turnover differential of plus-13, which ranked fifth in the league.
The bottom line is that they reached the NFC championship game with a bend-but-don’t-break defense that created turnovers. Smith knows the unit must improve.

“We have a plan in place,” Smith said. “(General manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and his staff have done a great job in identifying it. We know there are areas of improvement, not only on the defensive side, but there are areas that we have to improve on the offensive side.

“Our goal, like every offseason, is to acquire the best talent that we possibly can, and on the coaching side (we have to) schematically work to put our guys in the best possible positions that we can.”

Former Falcons great Chuck Smith (1992-98) runs a defensive line camp where he works with pass rushers from around the country. He’s worked with some of the top prospects in the draft, players such as LSU’s Barkevious Mingo. He believes the Falcons should take UCLA’s Datone Jones, a 6-foot-4, 275 pounder, with the 30th pick.
Smith insists he could turn Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann into a 10-sack per year player if he came to his camp.

But the Falcons have been drafting at the position, and Cliff Matthews (2010) and Jonathan Massaquoi (2011) will get a shot at juicing up the pass rush.

“You build your roster to replace guys,” Mike Smith said. “We feel that Jonathan Massaquoi and Cliff Matthews are guys that are on a very nice track to this point in terms of their development. They are going to be called on in the very near a future to go out there and help us win football games.”

The Falcons have seven picks in the draft and could be awarded two compensatory picks for losing linebacker Curtis Lofton and special-teamer Eric Weems. Comp picks will be awarded during the league meeting next week in Phoenix.

In addition to addressing the front line, the Falcons are heavily scouting linebackers. Texas A&M’s Sean Porter recently had a private workout with the Falcons. He’s projected as third rounder by nfldraftscout.com.
The Falcons appear thin at cornerback. Asante Samuel and Robert McClain would have to be listed as the starters, with Dominique Franks as the nickel. They also have Peyton Thompson and Terrence Johnson on the roster.

Brent Grimes and Christopher Owens are free agents.

Dimitroff is confident that he and the scouting department can plug the current holes in the roster.
“This year’s draft has a really nice defensive element to it,” Dimitroff said. “There are some really passionate, urgent and fiery athletes. There is some nice speed in there. I think both sides of the lines — the offensive and defensive side of the line — in this year’s draft is big and strong. There are numbers as well as talent. That’s a positive thing.”

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 Post subject: Re: Chuck Smith has lost his damn mind
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Is Chuck crazy for suggesting Datone Jones or for turning Kroy into a top flight pass rusher.

Don't think either is crazy. Kroy's problem is that he doesn't have great technique to make up for his lack of size and speed. If Chuck could teach him that, then I think he would be more effective. 10 sacks a year is pushing it. But saying 7.5 sacks a year just doesn't sound as sexy.

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Pudge wrote:
Is Chuck crazy for suggesting Datone Jones or for turning Kroy into a top flight pass rusher.

Don't think either is crazy. Kroy's problem is that he doesn't have great technique to make up for his lack of size and speed. If Chuck could teach him that, then I think he would be more effective. 10 sacks a year is pushing it. But saying 7.5 sacks a year just doesn't sound as sexy.


Didn't he train JA98 for a time? Didn't really help him much if he did..

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My recollection is that Chuck helped Anderson prior to the 2010 season, which was his best year.

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Chuck doesn't have these prospects come year after year for no reason.......

In fairness its hard to really call Chuck great, if you could teach meanness he'd be a
big winner. The thing about Beermann is I think he really wants it; and Chuck could help
in a small group.

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Pudge wrote:
My recollection is that Chuck helped Anderson prior to the 2010 season, which was his best year.


good grief. there is so many jokes in there, Im just gonna let that one lie.

'helped'. guffaw. really? :rofl:

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Pudge wrote:
My recollection is that Chuck helped Anderson prior to the 2010 season, which was his best year.


It was his best year and it was so good that he got cut after that season.

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Chuck Smith was no angel either (suspended the last season of the last game with June Jones) Their's lots of mean guys who will stay in line if they feel they're treated right.

Jones would be a great pick!!

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My recollection is that Chuck helped Anderson prior to the 2010 season, which was his best year.


It was his best year and it was so good that he got cut after that season.

Yet he still manages to stick in the league as he's currently with the Bengals. In 3 years with Falcons Mr. Anderson had 2.5 sacks and 11 QB Hits. Then worked with Chuck, and since has 5 sacks and 9 hits in 2.5 years. Essentially he's able to turn those hits into sacks, doubling the percentage of hits that turn into sacks. Biermann had 4 sacks and 12 hits last year. If he did the same thing it would translate into 8 sacks. :so:

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Chuck was known for his nasty temperament from Day One and I don't know that such a thing can be taught. I think Chuck was suspended by JJ the same as that DB named Ross was for basically speaking too critically of Jones who was on his last legs. He had completely lost control of the team by that point. But CS was talking s*** with the opposing teams from the day he got here. Glanville wanted him cut and called him a "dog" in the AJC. I don't know that he will ever get in the ROH but he deserves it. He could use a guy like Chuck now. Any team could.

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Pudge wrote:
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My recollection is that Chuck helped Anderson prior to the 2010 season, which was his best year.


It was his best year and it was so good that he got cut after that season.

Yet he still manages to stick in the league as he's currently with the Bengals. In 3 years with Falcons Mr. Anderson had 2.5 sacks and 11 QB Hits. Then worked with Chuck, and since has 5 sacks and 9 hits in 2.5 years. Essentially he's able to turn those hits into sacks, doubling the percentage of hits that turn into sacks. Biermann had 4 sacks and 12 hits last year. If he did the same thing it would translate into 8 sacks. :so:


Nope. Chuck Smith couldn't make Biermann a 5 sack player, let alone a 10. :snooty:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/i ... l-anderson

so let me get this straight. In 2008, JA got 2 sacks. In 2009, he got half a sack..then he went to the amazing Chuck Smith's school of sackery~ and what was the result?

In his 'best year' he got 2 sacks in 2010! :roll:

Then when he went to the Colts for that lost season in 2011, Chuck Smith's tutelage helped JA get a massive 3 sacks. And that was primarily not because of CS, but because he got to work with Mike Murphy, who had been the LB coach....for a dominant team for over a decade. And you would think that Chucky's help would have at least kept him at the 2-3 sack level, but last season he recorded...wait for it...zero sacks.

Not buying it. He has a better chance of Christopher Reeves getting 10 sacks then Biermann. :ninja:

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Not buying it. He has a better chance of Christopher Reeves getting 10 sacks then Biermann. :ninja:

Well I can't really argue with that. :roll: :lol:

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Of course Chuck Smith is going to make exagerated claims, he's selling a product. This is how he makes a living.

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