Cyril wrote:I just think the new Coordinators should play a bigger part than you do; and its why I think the off season was not wasted.
I don't listen to what the organization says because I know they don't know!! I guess the difference is you sense we maybe peaked two years ago; and I think that Koetter's new offense and Nolan's defense will take us to the next level. I can promise you I HATE getting blown out of our last playoff games; but today I'm glad it happened; because now I believe we get better or Coaches get fired; and sometimes that's not bad; as long as your next pick is not a chump!!
I'd like to address this..I think Cyril is on to something....
All politics is local....For those that dont live here, allow me to elucidate.
We have a real problem with traffic here...I know, traffic is bad everywhere, but up on the upper perimeter our highway system is very bad.
The city and it's population have outgrown it's infrastructure. That is a sad fact. (full disclosure: I live downtown and I own rental properties here, and as long as this sh*tty system is in place, people who hate the commute might consider renting or buying from me, so Im not exactly 'unbiased';-)
Now recently we were bombarded with an 8 million dollar PR campaign to 'Untie Atlanta'. This was going to be done with a 'special local tax' or as it was known TSPLOST. The Republican Gov ,the Democratic Mayor held hands and sang 'Kumbayah'..Cox Communications ( AJC,WSB,etc..) was summarily 'bought off' and guys with vested interests ( Clark Howard, the Traffic reporter, etc..) told everyone how great this was going to be.
Commercials aired in primetime. Robocalling. The works. 8 Million dollars, full court press.
It lost, and it lost 'big time'. People like Vincent Fort ( d- a fire breathing occupier) and Chip Rogers ( r- ) read the proposed 'list' of pork barrel 'projects' and came together. The Tea Party douchbeags and the Sierra Club hippies joined forces. The TSPLOST went down in FLAMES.
Now, you guys may not consider this a 'big deal', but I gay-ron-tee one guy who IS paying attention is one Arthur Blank. The populace pretty much told the politicians 'nope. no more $$ for you. '
Now if the housing market is still in the sh*tter, and unemployment does not improve in a hurry, Blank is going to go before the same populace that just kicked a$$ and say 'hey, I know MARTA is underfunded, but I really need this hotel tax $$ to build a completely unneccesary stadium'. I dont think that is going to play out well for him.
Now suppose Cyril is right, and these 'new coordinators' take what we got and reach that 'next level'..We actually win a playoff game. That makes this bitter pill a little easier to swallow. 'Were building a new stadium for the playoff winning Atlanter Falcons'.
But suppose we take a step back. Even in the case of injury to Ryan, I dont think this local population is going to feel very good about giving that 300-400 million for a billionaires 'new toy'. When an 8 million dollar full court press campign was crushed by the internet, social media and meddling politicians and political groups: the handwriting is on the wall. This aint the 'old Atlanta' where some well placed $$ in the collection plate and the lobbyists could get it done. You now have a population with access to immediate information. Now, you have to go before them and 'splain exactly what you need that $$ for.
Why does this matter? Because Kasim Reed made a grievous mistake supporting this, and he may pay the price for it. Hell, I wouldn't be suprised to see the Governor 'primaried'. In fact, there have already been repercussions around town with politicians who jumped on the TSPLOST train.
The person who needs to be worried the most is Smitty
. Because in light of recent developments, and the current attitude towards not only the local Pols but the 'evil evil rich' if we take a step back, Arthur only has 3 choices:
do nothing and ride it out, fire Smith and tell the crowds 'your doing something about it', or scrap the stadium idea.
I see the second option as the most likely to happen.
Now, maybe I'm completely wrong and reading the leaves incorrectly: but I doubt it. All politics is local, and given the devil his due, if this team stumbles this year it's bye bye Smith. And, quite possibly TD as well.
your milage may vary