Cyril wrote:So you go crazy after an injury, and think we can just steal a good player!! Most teams with the players are trying to win and why give us anything when they know we need it??
Ever heard of Eugene Monroe, Jon Beason, Anquan Boldin, LeGarrette Blount, Darrelle Revis, Carson Palmer, Alex Smith, and Chris Ivory? Maybe Levi Brown, Bryant McKinnie, Isaac Sopoaga, Gabe Carimi, Trent Richardson, and Davone Bess ring a bell?
If you don't know what I'm talking about, then that says a lot. But if you don't know, your ass better call somebody!
But speaking of desperation, you're so desperate to refute the possibility that the Falcons could trade for Josh Gordon, that you're still missing the point. It's not whether the Falcons could have gotten Josh Gordon. It's whether they could have gotten someone better than Brian Robiskie. Someone that actually fit what the team needed: someone that could stretch a defense and offer the faintest glimmer of a chance that we could throw deep on par with any of the other 31 professional football teams. Brian Robsikie is clearly not that player. You'd have to be brain-dead to think that he was that player.
Had they gone with another player they worked out at that time, another ex-Brown Mohamed Massaquoi who has good size and deep speed, instead of Robiskie, we'd be having a very different conversation right now. Maybe Robiskie outworked Massaquoi. In fact, I'm assuming he did (otherwise what's the point). But it's clear that Robiskie wasn't going to give the team what it needed, which was someone that could try to fill Julio's shoes. And if the team had signed Robiskie and then cut him after 2-3 weeks when it was clear he wasn't working out, then we'd be having a different conversation right now. Because all of those things I mentioned are at least attempts. It would show me their trying. Obviously, nobody bats 1.000 on personnel moves, but if you can show me that you can properly diagnose an issue and at least make an attempt to address it, I'll give you points. But when you blatantly ignore a glaring issue or just think you can throw a piece of scotch tape over a gaping wound and that'll stop the bleeding, then you're not going to get any credit from me.
You may disagree with me that the WR situation was the biggest issue that this team faced this year. But what you shouldn't disagree with is that it was indeed a big issue. If not #1 then #2 (I'm trying to be magnanimous here). What hurts a team worse than one with a bad OL is one that also has no threat of the deep pass, which means defenses can just pin their ears back with no fear of consequences. That is describing one of the worst offenses in professional football, which the Falcons were for a large chunk of 2013.
The problems with the OL stem from the team not doing a good job getting/keeping good players. It's simply a matter of drafting better players and spending better in FA, and this team's OL issues will turn around. The problems at WR stem from the team not knowing that it needs good players. Because that can't simply be solved by getting better players, because the team clearly doesn't understand or know that it needs better players. That's a much more glaring problem than the OL when it comes to this organization.
And you can't simply pass the buck and blame Matt Ryan, Thomas Dimitroff, and/or Arthur Blank (as you have so non-subtly done Cyril) for that failing. That's on the coaching staff more than anybody else. Because it's their scheme, and if they don't know or understand that you need to generate big plays in today's NFL, then why are they worthy of coaching at this level?
That has to change. There's no way that this team can think it's gonna win a Super Bowl (at some point) throwing the ball down the field half as muchas the average NFL team. Again, and you can't simply blame the OL for that. Because other teams as I've shown have equally bad OLs and they aren't held back by that belief. The belief that their OL is too s***ty to even try. Arizona's horrific OL didn't stop them from trying. And Jacksonville's horrific OL and bad QB play didn't stop them. Why did it stop the Falcons?
And this thread (and others) has come done to me being upset because the coaches didn't try, and you guys giving them a pass because you believe the OL was soooooo bad that it made any attempt futile. And that simply isn't true, once you look at any of the other 31 NFL teams that play professional football.