I like that it came down to the final play and the Hail Mary had a chance of being caught. When the ball was batted in the air and I saw the Pats' receiver moving to catch it...that was a great split-second. I think a lot of eyes around the country suddenly became larger.
Post by mister frau blucher on Feb 22, 2012 13:21:04 GMT -5
Saw where the Falcons may let Abraham and Lofton walk in free agency. Abraham is not exactly a one-note lineman, but bveyond the pass rush he doesn't offer much and is now 34, I think. The staff seems to feel Lofton is a liability in pass coverage.
Without their first round pick, the Falcs will have to upgrade their D through free agency. Looks like some addition by subtraction, too.
Post by vladtaltos on Feb 22, 2012 23:03:38 GMT -5
The decision on Abraham will be tough. He's the only pass rusher the Birds have, and he does want to play here (so his attitude will be in the right place), but he's injury prone and the brass has to think about how much time he has left and will the money be worth it. Lofton is seen as a rising star; I'll be surprised if they let him walk, but Dimitroff may be eyeing other free agents. It will be an interesting time, hopefully, leading up to the draft.
Post by mister frau blucher on Mar 7, 2012 14:42:50 GMT -5
Peyton Manning and the Colts are now divorced! Be intersteing to see all the teams lining up for offers, assuming he gets the strength and accuracy back. I am guessing Arizona and the Dolphins are the front runners.
I hear the Redskins will be making a strong offer, which holds to history. Dan Snyder is free with the money, not always the judgment, but at least the money. I just hope if Manning lands as a starter somewhere, he doesn't go down after one hit with a serious injury.
The radio experts are saying Manning has put the kibosh on the Redskins. Doesn't want to play against his brother twice a year, and I'd guess doesn't want much to do with a team that's still several pieces away. Can't blame him, really.
Post by mister frau blucher on Mar 10, 2012 11:02:07 GMT -5
The deal the Skins made to move up to the 2 spot in the draft is huge, maybe one of the biggest in league history. Bigger than the Eli Manning and Vick deals by far. It seems they are going all in on Griffin. I like that guy, he has the potential to be a great one.
Post by vladtaltos on Mar 11, 2012 13:13:40 GMT -5
St. Louis is doing a little dance today with all those high draft picks; it's reminiscent of the Herschel Walker deal all those years ago, which led to the Cowboys winning a few Super Bowls. I really like what the Rams are getting out of this. I only saw a couple of games of Griffin's at Baylor--it's out of my viewing area--but from what little I saw of him, he looked good. Time will tell if he's worth giving up, what two #1's and two #2's? Ouch!
Post by mister frau blucher on Mar 12, 2012 9:07:51 GMT -5
I guess details of the deal are still a bit sketchy, but the best reports I have found (from profootballtalk.com)indicate three first rounders and a second; the first and second from this year, and first rounders the next two years. Very steep.
Post by vladtaltos on Mar 14, 2012 17:57:27 GMT -5
I see Detroit gave Calvin Johnson a really nice contract. Meanwhile, the Falcons let three starters walk, two on defense--Abraham and Lofton. I hope Mike Nolan is good at creating schemes; we're going to need them.
Post by vladtaltos on Mar 19, 2012 18:17:21 GMT -5
I don't know, the Birds haven't had much success against the Saints in the Payton/Brees era, even with Abraham. They will be a better team with him, but there's still a lot of holes to plug on defense. I hope Dimitroff has something working.
Post by mister frau blucher on Mar 22, 2012 13:22:43 GMT -5
Darkscar, your team got slapped by the league big time! I gotta say, it is hard but fair. The league originally conducted an investigation after the '09 season, at which time Williams and Peyton lied. Instead of ending the bounty practice, they carried it on for two more years, knowing the league had gotten wind of it.
I don't think that really taints their Lombardi trophy. But I don't think we will see any more bounties in the game.
I was hoping to wake up this morning and discover all this was a weird dream. I think we pretty much knew a stiff penalty was coming, but the one year suspension of Sean Payton caught us all by surprise. Williams being suspended indefinitely wasn't as big a surprise as Payton's penalty, to me anyway.
Is it fair? I've heard of bounties before. The Raiders' headhunting DBs Tatum/Atkinson in the '70s come to mind, but I think that was just between them personally, and not a team/coach thing. It would only sound like sour grapes bringing up these cases. So, the Saints have a job on their hands now. Sean Payton called all the plays on offense. ALL of them. His play calling will be the thing that's missed the most this Fall on Sunday. Don't know if they can replace that.