So all of the above are reasons why I think I had Lofton over rated!!
Took you long enough viewtopic.php?f=2&t=14099
f course not the steal Samuels was but at the end of that preseason we didn't trust anyone at that position, and I thought it was a great move by T.D. You never really gave T.D. any credit for him; but we argued over it. Your young mind will remember his name (:
Actually I did.viewtopic.php?p=109164#p109164
I just didn't let it trump all of the other questionable moves.
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How much does it matter if TD DOES hit it out of the park and has an outstanding draft, if the guys aren't used properly? Get a 2nd rounder and play him at a different position then his natural one. Keeping guys on the field (Jerry) because they are first rounders even when they get outplayed by 3rd and 4th rounders( Peters) .
I think you are conflating Smitty's and TD's responsibilities. Almost immediately after drafting Konz did TD himself call him a "guard/center": http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/ ... peter-konz
Also Jerry played because Peters was injured for 6 weeks. Once Peters returned, he was out of shape and had to be eased back into the lineup. And truth be told, Jerry was actually decent in the month of December. The decision to keep Jerry on the roster was made in the off-season by the GM who rules over all during that half of the calendar year.
The Julio Jones trade is sticking out more and more to me as a bad move. I know that many of you think the opposite, but unless Mike Smith commits to being an all out passing offense for 4 quarters, the Julio Jones trade was the wrong move for our organization. We should have used that draft to beef up the lines so that we could better play Smitty ball.
The reason why I've shifted my opinion on this matter is because of Julio's play in the 49er game, as well as throughout the end of the year and the playoffs.
Julio's presence, coupled with that of Roddy & Tony gave the Falcons the lone "special" quality about them, that allowed them to get as far in the season as they did. The inability to be a dynamic passing game is what is holding back the Houston Texans, held back the Falcons previously (pre-trade). It's what has propelled the last 5 NFC Champions to the Super Bowl, including a run-first team like the 49ers with the switch from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick, who along with Joe Flacco were probably the two best downfield passers in 2012.
I don't think the trade was a homerun by any means, because of course the trade-off for that is being weaker at other areas of the roster, including the running game, offensive line (two areas that were strengths for both SB teams), as well as potentially defense.
Overall, it's either a wash or slightly more positive than negative given how far the Falcons went this year.
Yes its becoming clear to me the Qb must have a great post season. It is asking a lot and a reason P. Manning, D. Breeze, and others only have one win. 11 TOUCHDOWNS
and no interceptions is so much better than Flacco played during the season.
I don't want to lose in post season again and act surprised we lose if Ryan has two turnovers. I understand their are other positions besides Qb, but the Qb mistakes changes momentum. I thought I knew how important a Qb was, but have come to understand in the Playoffs the turnovers and touch downs are what count.
You could have taken that post in one direction Cyril, and I'm glad you didn't.
Because you pointed out examples of other QBs that haven't gotten it done. Examples of Manning, Brees, and now even Brady is in that boat due to his postseason struggles over the past 5 years, is that more often than not these guys don't do it. But all you need really is that one year where you do elevate your play and prevent those turnovers.
I agree, Ryan's turnovers were major reasons why the Seahawks and 49ers games were so closely contested and in one case ultimately lost. But I do like the fact that Ryan played arguably his best football of the season in the playoffs. The turnovers were unfortunate, because when you think about it that INT to Earl Thomas, and that botched snap were really his only 2 mistakes of the playoffs. And of course the INT vs. SF was because Roddy slipped, neither's fault. The same as the INT in the endzone vs. GB.
The direction you could have taken that post was the specific mentioning of Ryan and the suggestion that he is incapable of doing it, when I don't think that's the case at all. Given his play besides those 2 TOs, I think he's shown he "has what it takes." It's just about the breaks going the Falcons way.
And I think the past few Super Bowl winners show you that is what it is really about. The breaks that went in the favor of the Ravens this year are plays like that Rahim Moore botched coverage vs. DEN, Vernon Davis dropping that bomb in the SB, etc. We saw it last year with the Giants, with Gronk being injured, the Kyle Williams punt muff, etc.
Ryan could play a decade here in Atlanta, and 9 out of those ten years, he never gets those breaks. But all that really matters is the 1 time he does get those.
IMO, I think the Falcons got the majority of the breaks this year, except they didn't in the NFC Championship Game. It's one of the reasons why I think this year was regrettable since it may be our best shot for some time.
But for me, the criticism shouldn't be that they can't
do it, it's that they didn't
do it. I think far too many fans think in the former terms at the end of the season as opposed to the latter. I thank you Cyril for seemingly not going down that same path.