Message to Falcons Fans: Don’t Panic

Julio Jones wants YOU not to panic. Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The Falcons were expected to be big players in free-agency. They were supposed to be players for Mario Williams, Carl Nicks, somebody. Falcons fans were promised by media all over the nation that Atlanta would be good for that “one big splash in free-agency”. So far, all that hope and speculation, is for naught.

The urgency in the hearts of Falcons fans has reached fever pitch. The stream of ridiculous comments have continued to be made on local radio stations that the Falcons need to go after Mario Williams, that moves need to be made, moves that the Falcons absolutely cannot afford to make given their current salary-cap situation. I must admit that I have begun to get very concerned that not one significant move has been made by the Falcons during this free-agency period. If one were to make the argument that the Falcons as a team have taken a step back as of right now (with losses of John Abraham, Curtis Lofton, and Todd McClure), one would probably have hit the nail on the head.

But now is not the time to panic. We see Tampa making huge moves all over the place, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we need to to anything drastic to change the complexion of the team. Just because the Falcons front office didn’t make a move in the first 24 hours of free-agency doesn’t mean they won’t sign a player who can make a major impact. I would expect this player not to be a skill position player, but a lineman. There are a couple impact left tackles on the market, and there has been little to no reports connecting them with anyone. That gives the Falcons opportunity to jump in there in the next couple days and sign said player at significant discount. Also, don’t be surprised if a defensive end is signed, but it’s not going to be a difference making type of player. I would expect the player to be a solid, but not particularly spectacular, veteran player.

I have no doubt the Falcons have a plan. They would be foolish not to, and they understand the possible repercussions of not having a solid play in place. Thomas Dimitroff is not sitting on his hands. While we haven’t heard anything yet, I am sure he is actively doing something to attract talent to sign with the Falcons. Gaining significant talent through the draft may not work out terribly well, but it is entirely possible that there are starters and future stars could be found in this draft.

The message here is clear: Trust the front office to make good solid decisions to keep the talent level at least as good as it was last year. We aren’t clued in to what the Falcon’s plans are, but we need to keep in mind that they are not intentionally holding the team back. Stay tuned Falcons fans. Things will be looking up soon enough.

 

Topics: Atlanta Falcons

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  • bdilly

    Well if we didn’t sign old ass grimes we could get Mario. But we waste our money on shit we don’t need.

  • Greg Huseth

    Well Grimes hasn’t signed his franchise tag yet, so there is still hope we can get a long term deal worked out that would decrease his cap hit. But its a moot point if he gets a long term deal and there are no good free-agents to sign.

  • bdilly

    OK so we get Grimes. But who will tackle. Lofton. Gone Abraham gone. Is a whole d worth old ass grimes

  • Greg Huseth

    I understand; Lofton was a terrific tackler, great locker-room guy, and will be missed. We are certainly going to miss Abraham’s pass rush. I agree that as of right now, if there are no further signings, the Falcons have definitely taken a BIG step backwards, the wrong direction from the Lombardy Trophy. But we do have veteran leadership in Tatupu, a rising star in Weatherspoon, good solid talent at D-tackle, and the secondary will be sticking together for the foreseeable future. We lost some teeth to the defense, but it is not talent-less, make no mistake about it. I would address offense, but we look great there….except at left tackle. 

  • bdilly

    Tatupu. Old had surgery he won’t be the same. Mario in red and black will be our only shot for wild card. Bucs will be to good now. Saints well its how they are.

  • Greg Huseth

    Tatupu isn’t really supposed to be a great playmaker, the Falcons will be asking him to mentor Akeem Dent. He is here to groom Dent to take over the pre-snap defensive adjustments that the Falcons lost when Lofton left. I agree, we won’t be able to get much done if we can’t generate a pass rush, but we will probably not be completely destitute. The simple fact is that we have $7million in cap space–if that. It is currently financially impossible to bring in Mario.
     
    We can definitely see the Saints taking at least a small step back. You don’t lose the best guard in the league and not miss a beat; the Falcons lost Harvey Dahl last offseason, and suffered mightily. Dahl isn’t anywhere near the talent that Nicks. Not to mention the fact that they lost Meachem to San Diego, and will most likely lost Tracy Porter in FA as well. The Bucs are scary. If they figure everything out they could be really good. They were a 4 win team last year, but if they didn’t give up during the season, who knows how good they could have been. We just have to hope that Freeman doesn’t improve on the type of stats he had in 2010 (25 TDs, 10 INTs, 3500 YDS), but with the massively improved O-line and addition of Vincent Jackson, the whole team just got better. They have a top-10 draft pick too–yikes.

  • dirtybirddu21

    Dnt need lofton he was a weak leak n pass coverage..at da pro level ur suppose to know how to tackle..akeem dent is faster den lofton n he kan tackle..he even put sum hits out on special teams wen he tackled..hell take lofton spot..mike nolan will use him better..lets jus hope dent is better n pass coverage..if mike nolan kan generate a pass rush n ATL out defense will b good..teams arent bout to run on us not worried bout dat…and if da Oline will block dis year n matt ryan pull da trigger a lil more…well b great aint worried bout it..we got a good team…we jus need pass rush n oline to block

  • Greg Huseth

    I couldn’t agree more. Dent is probably an upgrade athletically, but its his play calling at the line that may not be as good. Once he has command of the defenseturn it over to him by all means

  • dirtybirddu21

    @Greg Huseth i feel dat

  • Greg Huseth

    yv@dirtybirddu21 also, you’re right about the offensive line. I think we are done adding at right guard but if we add Bell or McNeill at left tackle, Ryan can complete those long passes. I think we both believe he can get it done with decent protection.