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04 Apr 2006

Four Downs: NFC South

by Darrel Michaud

Did you miss the first 2006 edition of Four Downs: NFC South? You'll find it here.

Atlanta Falcons

Your defense is offensive

Atlanta entered the off-season with a clear goal: improve the league's worst run defense according to DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Replacement, explained here.) With defensive end Brady Smith a cap casualty, Atlanta targeted the top end available: the New York Jets' John Abraham. The Falcons traded away their first-round pick for Abraham, though they also received a 2006 third-rounder, and a 2007 fourth-rounder. Atlanta promptly signed Abraham to a six-year, $45 million contract, so he's costing them a lot of money and a high draft pick. While an upgrade over Smith, Abraham comes at a steep price, especially considering he often goes down to injury and offers little run support.

With the departure of safety Keion Carpenter to free agency, however, Atlanta seized an opportunity to grab a run-stopping safety: Lawyer Milloy. Milloy, the only bright spot on the 31st ranked Bills run defense last year, represents a huge upgrade over Keion Carpenter and should help bolster the defense.

For the other safety position, Atlanta traded a fourth-round pick in this year's draft for Cleveland's Chris Crocker. Crocker, a cornerback at Marshall, specializes in coverage. Crocker will battle with incumbent Bryan Scott for playing time.

Atlanta also recognized talent in its own camp, re-signing unrestricted free agent wide receiver Brian Finneran. Finneran, although by no means a top receiver, catches everything thrown his way and has been the most valuable Atlanta wideout for five straight seasons according to DPAR (Defense-adjusted Points Above Replacement, explained here.)

Atlanta's biggest loss came when tackle Kevin Shaffer departed to Cleveland. Unlike other Falcons linemen, Shaffer is well-rounded and not just a run blocker who fits into the Alex Gibbs cut block scheme. Don't look for Atlanta to make a big splash in free agency, however. The Falcons look for athletic linemen to fit into their scheme and usually get them in the second day of the draft.

Draft Preview

With a draft as deep and wide open as ever, and no pick until 47, Atlanta could potentially take a wide range of players filling in a host of needs. Many people speculate Atlanta could take an offensive lineman such as guard Davin Joseph of Oklahoma, but Atlanta has not drafted an offensive lineman on the first day since 2000. Expect the Falcons to draft help for the secondary, perhaps in the form of Florida State cornerback Antonio Cromartie, but if LSU running back Joseph Addai drops to 47, Atlanta will find it difficult to pass him up. Later in the draft, Atlanta will focus on adding depth along the trenches. One thing is for certain, though: if the Falcons draft a wide receiver with their first pick for the third year in a row, Matt Millen just might be running things in Atlanta.

Carolina Panthers

Fee fy mo Meshawn

In arguably the best free agent move in the NFC South, Carolina signed Keyshawn Johnson to a four-year, $19 million deal. Keyshawn provides a much needed weapon to keep five defenders away from Steve Smith. No longer a superstar, Keyshawn lined up across from Terry Glenn last year and contributed a DVOA of -0.1 percent, meaning he was nearly exactly average. But even if Keyshawn's only an average receiver, his ability to draw defenders should help the Carolina offense. That is, of course, if Jake Delhomme will just give him the damn ball.

After Seattle re-signed Shaun Alexander, Carolina felt the need to re-sign DeShaun Foster. Football Outsiders has shown no love for Foster, an oft-injured, inconsistent running back. Last year, DeShaun exploded for three games: two against Atlanta, the worst run defense in the league, and one against a Giants team playing the game without a first-string linebacker on the field. Don't expect Foster to run for a combined 300 yards against the Falcons next year when he has to stare down Lawyer Milloy in the box.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers released veteran defensive tackle Brentson Buckner to get under the salary cap. With Buckner gone, and Kris Jenkins perpetually injured, Carolina signed two defensive tackles to provide depth. Maake Kemoeatu, a 6-foot-5 350-pound space-eating tackle, let Ray Lewis and Edgerton Hartwell destroy opposing ball carriers in Baltimore for four years. Damione Lewis, a former Ram, will provide depth at defensive tackle if and when Kris Jenkins goes down with another season-ending injury. Jenkins, Lewis, Kemoeatu, and Jordan Carstens should provide a steady rotation of defensive tackles for the Panthers in 2006.

Carolina lost outside linebacker Will Witherspoon to the St. Louis Rams. Witherspoon complemented Dan Morgan well, and finished 2005 with 80 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and two interceptions. Second year safety/linebacker tweener Thomas Davis will likely step into his spot, but Carolina might look to the draft to replace him.

Draft Preview

Even with the signing of Keyshawn Johnson, Carolina still needs to upgrade its offense. Drafting 27th, Carolina could look to go a similar route as Pittsburgh did in 2005. With the 30th pick in the draft last year, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted tight end Heath Miller. The rookie ranked fifth in DVOA among tight ends last year, adding an extra dimension to Pittsburgh's passing offense. This year, three tight ends look to go in the first round: Maryland's Vernon Davis, Georgia's Leonard Pope, and UCLA's Marcedes Lewis. Lewis, the third-ranked tight end in the draft, should fall to Carolina, where he would provide a big target and take even more pressure off Steve Smith.

Carolina will look to add depth all around in the later rounds of the draft. The Panthers will shore up their defensive tackle and outside linebacker positions, which have been hurt in free agency. Carolina could grab another running back as well, since this position has been marred by inconsistent performance and injuries over the past few years.

New Orleans Saints

The Man

Drew Brees arrived in New Orleans with much celebration. The Brees signing has all of New Orleans excited for football again. And why shouldn't it? The signing of Drew Brees represents the beginning of a new regime in New Orleans, one that's willing to do what it takes to win -- whether that means firing the whole staff or spending money to bring in a top quarterback.

Not only did the Saints sign Brees, they signed him to a great bargain. The deal, lasting six years and worth $60 million with a $10 million signing bonus, guarantees only the first year. Essentially, Brees signed a one-year deal and must now go onto the field to prove he's worth $60 million.

Perhaps the biggest winner in all this is tight end Zach Hilton. Hilton, a fan favorite since he first joined the practice squad, showed promise last year as he caught 35 passes for nearly 400 yards and accrued 7.2 DPAR. Hilton's no Antonio Gates, but his 6-foot-8 frame provides an even bigger target for Brees.

Defensively, New Orleans knew it had to upgrade its linebackers. The Saints inked Anthony Simmons, a Seattle linebacker who missed last season with a wrist injury. Simmons is primarily a run stopper that can blow up plays before they get started, but he lacks the ability to cover well. The Saints also signed Scott Fujita, who followed Sean Payton to New Orleans from Dallas.

Not all is well on the free agent front, however. New Orleans signed running back Michael Bennett away from the Vikings. Bennett provides insurance for Deuce McAllister, who's returning from a torn ACL. Realistically, however, Bennett just gives the Saints another injury-prone, overrated running back. Last year, according to DPAR, Bennett ranked 51st out of 53 backs with at least 75 rushes.

Like Atlanta, New Orleans also lost its top offensive lineman to the Cleveland Browns, when center LeCharles Bentley signed with his hometown team. Then, defensive end Darren Howard signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Howard, once the best defensive player on the Saints, was no longer one of the two best defensive ends on the team. The loss of Howard should allow Will Smith to shine and become a household name.

Draft Preview

This is where things get very interesting. New Orleans, who holds the second pick in the draft, by all reports was ready to select quarterback Matt Leinart before the signing of Drew Brees. Now, New Orleans has a host of options which make the draft one of uncertainty.

First, Brees is far from a sure thing, coming off a shoulder injury last season. Brees' contract is only guaranteed for the first year, and drafting Leinart is not out of the question. That said, Drew Brees came from a similar situation with Phillip Rivers, and New Orleans simply does not have the luxury to pay two franchise quarterbacks.

Second, New Orleans could stay put and take potential impact players such as Virginia left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson or NC State defensive end Mario Williams. While Ferguson would fill a much more pressing need, "Super Mario" Williams displays athleticism that draws comparisons to Julius Peppers.

If the Saints decide one player can't fill their needs, however, New Orleans could work a trade to move down in a deep draft. However, only the Jets and the Broncos possess two picks in the first round. The Broncos have no need for a quarterback. The Jets could theoretically trade both their firsts for the privilege of taking Matt Leinart, but there's a chance Leinart will fall to the fourth pick anyway.

Either route they take, the Saints' mantra should be "best player available." More than anything, New Orleans needs an injection of talent.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Free Agency

Perhaps the least active team in free agency, the Buccaneers signed only Vikings guard Toniu Fonoti. Lack of cap space will leave the division winners looking mostly the same.

While Brian Griese and Dexter Jackson are leaving, Kenyatta Walker, Ike Hilliard, Matt Bryant, Mike Alstott all return. Backup quarterback Brien Griese's departure to Chicago further reinforces Chris Simms's position as a starter. However, with Tim Rattay also an unrestricted free agent, Tampa Bay could end up without a quality backup for the young Simms. The only other passer on the roster is second-year quarterback Luke McCown. Former Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson leaves Tampa Bay for the second time in three years. Jackson, who's heading to Cincinnati, will be replaced by second year safety Will Allen.

While Tampa Bay's been inactive in free agency, things could have been much worse. The increased salary cap allowed Tampa Bay to keep expensive starters such as Anthony McFarland, Derrick Brooks, and Simeon Rice, all of whom were rumored to be possible cap casualties before the new collective bargaining agreement.

Draft Preview

With the 23rd pick in the draft, Tampa Bay will focus on one of three main areas. Most importantly, Tampa needs to focus on improving its offensive line, a perpetual weakness. Look for Tampa to take Auburn tackle Marcus McNeil. If some team snatches up McNeil before Tampa, the Bucs could look to their linebacking corps or their defensive line, where their star players are aging. Players like outside linebacker Ernie Sims of Florida State could keep the defense a top unit for years to come.

Thursday: AFC South by Ned Macey

Posted by: Guest on 04 Apr 2006

51 comments, Last at 16 May 2006, 8:24am by TenaciousD


by Tom Kelso (not verified) :: Tue, 04/04/2006 - 5:14pm


As a fan of Edge Hartwell ever since the Ravens drafted him, it would seem his return from injury would be the biggest boost for Atlanta's sorry run defense. Any word on his prognosis?

Also, I think you got a little confused on the Falcons and drafting O-line. They 'usually get (linemen) in the second round of the draft,' but they haven't drafted a lineman on the first day since 2000? Or did you mean to say, 'second day of the draft'?

Already making a note to grab Zack Hilton in the late fantasy rounds next season........

by admin :: Tue, 04/04/2006 - 5:41pm

Apologies, this article was mistakenly posted before editing was finished.

by Sean D. (not verified) :: Tue, 04/04/2006 - 5:47pm

Haven't the falcons already used their last three first round picks on WRs. Roddy White, Michael Jenkins and Peerless Price (gave up a 1st rounder to get him). To their defense, didn't they also change GMs during that time frame?

by Tom Kelso (not verified) :: Tue, 04/04/2006 - 5:54pm

Thanks for the clarification, guys.

Say, as a Ravens fan, any chance I can get my posts in purple? ;)

by Green Bay for Life (not verified) :: Tue, 04/04/2006 - 7:03pm

RE 4

hey now if you get purple I want a mix of Green and Gold every other letter ;-)

by usedbread (not verified) :: Tue, 04/04/2006 - 7:14pm

after taking smith, grant, and the other kid from georgia(who i believe is a tackle, but still) with their high first round picks in the past 3 years, i will be awfully peeved if the saints take another DE that high.
also, haslett(def. co.) was the coach then. payton(off. co.) is the coach now. i think theyll go with ferguson, although i would prefer they trade down, maybe with the jets, and grab justice(usc) and jackson(fla). joe horns not getting any younger, and stallworth is too damned inconsistent.

by playoffs (not verified) :: Tue, 04/04/2006 - 8:33pm

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the Panthers will be exceedingly arrogant next year, no matter what their final results.
I'll go further out on a limb and suggest that if they make the playoffs, this site will be flooded with fans trying to brag about how they have the most impressive playoff victories in history.
But who knows, past performance does not always predict future performance. So maybe the team will be humble and respect their opponents, and the fans will do the same at this website!

by Mr Shush (not verified) :: Tue, 04/04/2006 - 8:52pm

I still think if the Saints want to force a trade, their best hope of doing so is to draft Leinart on the basis that the Titans want him badly enough to cough something extra up for him. If it turns out they don't, Brees will either return to form, which would give him excellent trade value at the end of the year, or fail to recover, which would make taking Leinart the right thing to do anyway.

by A. Diggity Dawg (not verified) :: Tue, 04/04/2006 - 9:01pm

RE: Comment 2:

Note: if you use double quotes in your comment, it will get truncated (cut off), so don't do it.


Also, on a more substantive issue, is there an OLB, or even an MLB, that would be worth taking when the Panthers pick? I just feel like, with letting Witherspoon go, Morgan's injury problems, and Short likely leaving, they just need more bodies in the LB unit as a whole.

by Kuato (not verified) :: Tue, 04/04/2006 - 9:12pm

Maybe Brees needs a hot young highly drafted QB on the bench behind him to kick his super powers into gear, so drafting Matt might be a good choice!

by Sara (not verified) :: Tue, 04/04/2006 - 10:49pm

#7 - Maybe there's an alternate FO universe I don't know about, 'cause there aren't nearly enough Panthers fans on this site for you to justify that generalization.

Me, I'm worried about the fact that the Cats let go Witherspoon, Buckner and McCree so that they could have room to re-sign Foster and Weinke. Not what I would've done, but we'll see...

by morganja (not verified) :: Tue, 04/04/2006 - 11:57pm

#7 Wow.

Where did that come from? The Panthers arrogant? John Fox and the say nothing but nice things about your opponents Panthers? What are you talking about?

by morganja (not verified) :: Tue, 04/04/2006 - 11:58pm

How did the Panthers end up taking a TE in yet another draft preview? That has been the #1 prediction every year for them and it will never come true unless John Fox has a huge dramatic change of philosophy.

by Crushinator (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 12:18am

If the TE can't block, the Panthers will not take him. I don't know anything about the blocking abilities of the more highly touted TEs in this draft, however.

If he falls that far, I can see the Panthers snagging Lendale White.

by crcalfa (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 1:05am

I (an avid panthers fan and frequenter of the site) agree with posts 11-14. Except that i feel that resigning 'spoon would have been too costly, davis should be a good replacement. The panthers also manage to get good production from no name safeties (such as mcree) so why waste money when branch will do.

I can't see a TE in the first (despite every mock draft predicting it) not when there is a deep talent pool of TEs and a glaring need at the other OLB position (davis-morgan-???) i doubt the coaches have enough faith in last year's 5th rounder seward or the potential resigning of short to fill that void. Personally i'm hoping the panthers draft Lawson and convert him a la Ware, but White would be hard to pass up...

by Matthew Furtek (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 3:39am

Adrian McPherson...

What happened to him? Is he a viable option to think of as a starter if Brees can't go? Or is he just one of those pie-in-the-sky types who fans tend to overrate?

by Matthew C (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 8:33am

A few points: firstly, Kemoeatu wasn't a four year starer in Baltimore, so he's a little more of a risk than this article suggests (how often have you seen a player have a career year when in his contract year?).
Secondly, letting Witherspoon go was a great move, $5 million+ for a LB when the draft is full of them is insanity.
Finally, the Panthers will grab a TE with one of their first two picks because they have so few other needs and this is a great draft to be looking for a TE but they will prefer a blocking TE, it would fit their scheme

by Harris (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 8:58am

It's funny, the talk all season in Philly was how terrible the OLBs were and how the team desperately needed an upgrade at the position. Among the coveted was Will Witherspoon whose stat line, as it turns out, is nearly identical to Dhani Jones' (80 tackles, 1 interception, no sacks). This is why I refuse to take sports radio seriously.

by Mr Shush (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 9:38am

Yeah, but defensive stats for individual defensive players in different systems don't make for meaningful comparison. For all the stats tell us, Dhani Jones tackled a load of guys six yards behind the line because teams knew he sucked and ran at him whenever they could, while Witherspoon's tackles are a mixture of stuffs for a gain of one and getting across to plays on the other side that were deliberately run away from him. Not saying that's the case - I don't follow either team closely enough to know. We'll have a better idea when PFP comes out with last year's stop rate numbers. What I am saying is that individual conventional defensive stats are pretty useless in assessing a player. DaShon Polk had 93 tackles and 3.5 sacks last year. Would you rather have Polk than Witherspoon?

by Tom Kelso (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 10:27am

In fairness to Maake, the Ravens are such a rotation team on their D-line that starter/non-starter really isn't that great a distinction. He will be missed greatly.

So much, in fact, that if either Ngata or Bunkley is still on the board, I'm betting that Baltimore makes the fasterst draft choice in history. Letting Keomeatu go was a huge blunder.

Still no purple? (Sigh.)

by Arkaein (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 10:53am

''allow Will Smith to shine and become a household name.''

I don't know if that was done on purpose, but I thought it was quite funny.

by Green Bay for Life (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 11:11am

To be honest the two teams that I am going to be worried about out of this conference are:

Tampa Bay and Carolina

The reasons for this are:

no matter how much you love or hate Coach Gruden he knows how to make alot out of a little. and Coach Fox is just remarakable with the people that he gets to play for him. With the signing of 'Meshawn' I have a feeling that Smith will be more open then he has in the past. Now if Carolina gets a decent RB that can consistantly put up numbers...... watch out

by NYCowboy (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 11:26am

16- Based on his abilities in Madden, he's a Hall of Famer. Don't really know how that translates into real life considering I won 3 straight Super Bowls with Quincy Carter as MVP each time.

by Sophandros (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 11:32am

19: Keith Brooking goes to the Pro-Bowl every year for making 100+ tackles a year 6+ yards downfield.

by Mr Shush (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 12:37pm

When Hartwell went down, did Brooking move back inside, or did Jordan Beck (listed as the backup MLB) come in there, with Brooking staying outside? Looking at ALY, it seems Atlanta were especially horrible on runs listed as left tackle or left end, which presumably is where Brooking would have been spending his time if he was playing WLB.

On the other hand, the Falcons' run defense was consistently about average through the years where Brooking played MLB (and made huge numbers of tackles) - suggesting that his play in that period probably wasn't too horrible - and then collapsed in 2005 when he moved back outside. Not any kind of proof that he's good, but it does seem to discount the possibility of the Polk scenario, where a horrible player makes a lot of tackles because his team sucks so badly there are just that many to make.

by Sara (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 12:40pm

#15 - I could use the same argument against resigning Foster. Why spend more for a hit-and-miss injury-prone back when there are so many on the market? I'm not saying it was a mistake to spend cap money on him rather than 'Spoon, just that it raised my eyebrows.

by Shawn (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 12:44pm

#25: Beck was on IR all year.

by Scar (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 12:50pm

There was no need to actually delete my comment... you can admit your mistake without deleting somethign someone has put in there tryign to help you out.

by Walker (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 1:04pm

I'm not sure it's accurate to say the Bucs have been inactive in free agency - they've signed 13 free agents (plus Torrin Tucker to an offer sheet) it's just that most of them played for the Bucs last year. That's not insignificant since the signings represent 5 starters, the nickel corner and 3rd receiver.

Also, Tim Rattay is not a free agent of any kind. There are some rumblings in Tampa that he may be behind McCown in the pecking order in fact.

Re: Comment 1 - If I recall correctly, the Falcons run defense was getting gouged even with Hartwell in the lineup. They gave up 150+ to Buffalo and Seattle, and 140+ to the Pats with Hartwell on the field.

by ABW (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 2:32pm

Hartwell went down early in the game against the Pats IIRC.

by mawbrew (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 2:44pm

I'm thinking that after a year in NO, Brees will be hoping that they cut him loose. The other three teams in this division all seem very competitive and any success they enjoy won't come as a surprise .... but does anybody think NO will be anything other than a disaster this year?

by playoffs (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 4:54pm

Sorry you missed some of the steroid antics of your team in the last few years! During the playoffs, fans at this site were going on about how the Panthers were the most dominating playoff team ever, just before they got slaughtered by the Seahawks.

by MikeT (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 5:16pm

Someone asked about Wil Witherspoon's defensive stats, in comparison to Dancin' Dhani Jones'.

Spoon made 45 tackles on pass plays, 30 of which were considered Stops according to the FO/TMW criteria. He made 49 tackles on run plays, 34 of them stops.

Shani made 25 tackles on pass plays, 14 of them stops, and 47 tackles on run plays, 30 of them stops.

I think Dhani is taking a little too much heat for his mediocre season: he really wasn't that bad, he just didn't make many big plays. Spoon, both from the stats and what I watched last year (and from listening to Greg Cosell), is one of the best LBs in the game right now.

by JRM (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 5:58pm

Adrian McPherson…What happened to him? Is he a viable option to think of as a starter if Brees can’t go? Or is he just one of those pie-in-the-sky types who fans tend to overrate?

McPherson is a project. I'd be shocked if he were ready to go before 2008, if ever. Having said that, I saw him as a nice gamble in the fifth round.

by Mr Shush (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 7:30pm

27 - Ok, thanks. So did Brooking move inside, then, or did someone else come in at that position?

by kyle(tcn) (not verified) :: Wed, 04/05/2006 - 11:26pm

brooking moved inside, and demorrio williams played OLB.

by J (not verified) :: Thu, 04/06/2006 - 9:56am

'Lack of cap space will leave the division winners looking mostly the same.'

A reliable source has TB with $9,776,635 cap room, as of end of March.


TB may look the same, but they do have cap space.


by Dreds (not verified) :: Thu, 04/06/2006 - 12:34pm

Moreganja: give it up. A few lousy posters does not make a panther (or any team's) fan base. You should check out the bear fan posts prior to that game :)

nfc south teams have good fan bases in general.

by Sophandros (not verified) :: Thu, 04/06/2006 - 12:38pm

BTW, Falcons at Saints Monday, 9/25/06. First game in the Dome since, well, you know.

Great move by the league.

by JonL (not verified) :: Thu, 04/06/2006 - 3:30pm


The Saints traded Gandy to the Falcons. Could this mean there's a D'Brickashaw in their future?

by Green Bay for Life (not verified) :: Thu, 04/06/2006 - 7:08pm

RE 39

Since what? What happened to the dome? ;-)

by JonL (not verified) :: Thu, 04/06/2006 - 7:36pm

they repainted it.

by Fnor (not verified) :: Fri, 04/07/2006 - 10:15am

I like giving the Saints a favorable matchup on the MNF game. Good move.

by Green Bay for Life (not verified) :: Fri, 04/07/2006 - 11:57am

RE 42

Cool. what color cuz you know that gray concrete look was just horrible. I hope they repainted it the Saints colors black and gold.

by TenaciosD (not verified) :: Sun, 04/09/2006 - 7:32pm

The Cats dont take a TE. Try knowing something about em before you suggest they should draft like everybody else. Our TE's are blockers first and foremost. While we did draft a

by TenaciousD (not verified) :: Sun, 04/09/2006 - 7:34pm

what happened to my name and the rest of my post, is this punishment b/c i sounded harsh against the article?

by Pat (not verified) :: Mon, 04/10/2006 - 10:50am


You used double quotes. See the bold disclaimer right above the post you entered.

Maybe they should make it blink in order to catch people's attention more.

by TenaciousD (not verified) :: Wed, 04/12/2006 - 7:04am

Gotcha, thanks Pat. Anyway, anyone that's still reading this, we dont under John Fox draft TE's for down field threats. A power back is what we'll go after, since the back we took last year is looking more like a FB as of late. What we NEED to take is an O-lineman, trade up for Ferguson somehow, or hope Justice is available.

by lafcadio (not verified) :: Sun, 04/16/2006 - 4:13am

The last team I heard which was run-oriented and which drafted a TE in the first round to acquire a receiving TE for the first time in more than a decade won the SB the following year...(And yeah, I'm speaking of the Steelers.) Maybe Fox could have a moment just as Cowher had last year...

by Ryan (not verified) :: Sun, 05/07/2006 - 8:48am

It sounds suspiciously like you are blaming VIck for the Falcon's defense giving up more than five yards rushing a carry.

This fails to compute. . .

Had the defense not done this, the team woudl have been "WInning again"

by TenaciousD (not verified) :: Tue, 05/16/2006 - 8:24am

Well lafcadio, if you'll remember he let Wesley Walls go to the Packers, allowed Jermaine Wiggins to venture off to Minnesota. Beside we have a decent recieving TE already Michael Gaines. He really sucked in '04, but made nice catches in traffic last year, but for some reason they are stuck on Kris Mangum. Mangum been fine for us but we need bigger and younger weapons, and Gaines can fill that need, Fox just doesnt use TE's for the same role as everyone else. We did pick up a TE in the draft but somewhere late like the 5th or 6th round, and he too will block when called upon. But as I stated we picked a RB, just the wrong type....we already had a scat-back in Foster. God I hope Williams can do something for us quick