I lurk about other boards ( Roost, AFMB) and rarely post, but lately I've seen some excellent posts about the Vegan Genius...here are two
"A key number I will be keeping in mind:
Thats the number of sacks, holding penalties, and false starts Clabo gave up last year.
Another number is 0. Thats the number of games missed by Clabo due to injury in the last 5 years.
How long into the season does it take for Lamar Holmes to surpass 4-1-1 and miss a game?
Yeah. Im gonna be mad about this one for a while. Or proven wrong, which would be awesome.
I was pissed when I thought it was a salary cap move.
Now that we have 7-8 mil in cap room, I am thinking either they tried to outsmart the room and prove the Lamar Holmes reach was warranted, or they had a lack of foresight to know how much room they would have. I believe Tyson was set to make less than 5 mil this year. And I am pissed to the point of being annoying.
The Falcons have had very few really good offensive linemen in our history. We cant afford to throw them away and still be successful. We put Bob Whitfield on a pedestal, and he gave up 2 false starts and a holding penalty...seemingly per game. The guy was f**** blind! Here we had a guy who had started over 80 games straight (I believe 91 straight), and over the course of those 80 games gave up a total of 20 sacks, 6 holding penalties, and 3 false starts, and we realeased him when we were supposedly in a "win now" mode and had the cap room to keep him. Not once did he show up with a walking boot on, or blame his ailing back.
If Clabo had just been kept, no new contract or negotiations necessary, we would barely be discussing the right side of the line. Pencil Clabo in and discuss other issues. Instead, we have a problem.
I get missed draft picks. I dont care if they are from the SEC or a small school, some hit, and some miss. I even get missing on free agents, although sometimes I wonder how you can miss on those with so many experts making millions and so much RELEVANT (like vs the same caliber guys you will be playing against)tape and time to evaluate how they would work in your system. I even get some additions being screwed up due to unforeseen injuries (although I do believe some guys are tough and durable, and others arent, and more often than not there is a pattern). What I REALLY dont f**** get is how you have guys on your team who ARE producing and are a BIG reason for your success, and you have the cap room to keep them around and you just choose to f**** give their rights away to the highest bidder. I especially dont get it if you dont plan to use that cap room. And I dont get it EVEN MORE when you plan to replace that guy with some late day 3 reach you took early on day 2 who has seemingly had a walking boot on for the majority of his adult life and will probably have on the epitaph on his tombstone the word "raw". What in the mock chicken salad f*** was shaggy thinking???
And its pretty much the same story with Abe. Teams leading sack person last year. And the year before. And the year before. And the year before. And the year before. Not a single person you have brought in or drafted has come close to his number of sacks. The closest is probably Babineaux, and he can thank McKay for that one too. AND he leads the franchise in sacks. And we were paying him less than 3-4 mil this year...and we cut him and signed a backup from the Giants...because hes younger. I am anxiously watching to see how that gamble pays off.
And in a do or die year...ROOKIE CB's. Asante WILL be injured some this year. Anyone NOT think that? Thats going to leave an overachieving nickleback (McClain) and two rookie CB's chasing whoever Brees and Newton choose to flip it up to....and either DeCoud or Fragile WillyMo's backup on the tape when they discuss how they took the wrong angle to prevent him from going all the way. Dunta had his issues, but he honestly wasnt that bad. Overpaid, but serviceable. I could see cutting Tyson, Abe, or Dunta and letting Grimes walk, but not all 4 to be replaced by Raw fragile fatass, the lesser of 4 de's on the Giants, and two green as hell rookie CB's.
And did I mention the glaring inability for our LB's to tackle or cover. Seems kind of important for a LB. Tackle or Cover. We have 3 guys who seemingly check neither box. Spoon is fun. Dent will get afforded every opportunity, because like Holmes, he was pulled directly from Dimitroffs ass, and Nicholas isnt even worth discussing. Did we cut all these guys to bring in a LB who can at least tackle Jimmy Graham or Greg Olsenfor a solid pass inference penalty? No. Doesnt seem so.
If I were Tony G I would be pissed. I really enjoyed last year. Reality is coming, and its going to hit hard. With this s***ty defense, and s***ty oline, we are one injury away from ANY of the top 5 weapons on offense from having a miserable fall (Ryan, Roddy, Julio, Tony, SJax). ANy of them go down for any length of time, and I put our odds of making the playoffs at 33%, except Ryan of course, which brings it down to .01% (bomb destroys entire northeast and some of the midwest type scenario).
And NONE of this has ANYTHING to do with the preseason. I could give a f*** about being 0-3 in meaningless games. "
and this from JRid at AFMB :
"completely believe that continuity is extremely important, which is why I was confused and a bit freaked out months ago. I was worried about the center situation before they even cut Clabo because that is a huge deal. Konz has looked pretty good, but he will make mistakes.
They said several times that it's time for these young guys to start playing and step up, but 3 at one time is extremely difficult. I guess they had confidence in Mike Johnson and of course couldn't predict he would go down.
The Oline wasn't very good when we had Dahl, Clabo, and Svitek so we had to do something, There must be a reason for 3 new guys, but I can't figure it out yet. Maybe they were thinking G. Reynolds has played RT, M. Johnson has been around awhile, and Konz, Reynolds, and Johnson have been practicing with each other a lot.
I keep thinking back to what some here have mentioned about using the extra cap space for next years cap space
. There has to be something to that because that's the only thing that makes sense. I've been thinking TD might need the money to make a big trade, but I think there is a slim chance of that now. I also wonder if there was a player TD tried to sign in the off season and couldn't. When Clabo got cut he mentioned there were several players they wanted to bring in so they needed his money..."
so, if TD stays pat, doesn't bring in a vet on the right side of the OL, I think this will be a season where we regress, and some of that has to be on TD.