Take care everyone. Have a good offseason.
CASEY -- Yes. He won't be ready until August.
Johnson is back in the weight room. Jones is off crutches. Not sure about Biermann, that's an 8-month injury.
Coach keeps mentioning that they didn't coach as well this season. So they take some of the blame too. I don't know if you put the block and missed tackling on the coaches, though. Certainly, signing off on playing Roddy on one-leg was a coaching decision.
Tony Gonzalez is at his last practice right now. (I covered Brett Favre and Reggie White. They had several comebacks.) Will Tony really retire?
Both. They drafted Konz and knew his bench press, but obviously didn't consider that to be functional strength. There was a change in the S&C department.
Matt Ryan has had a tough sixth year in the league.
RON – Would be the best realistic offseason free agent targets to provide immediate help to get the Falcons back in the playoffs?
LEDBETTER – Offensive or defensive line help.
JAMES -- "Best player available" aside, who should the Falcons make their first draft pick?
LEDBETTER – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M. He’s is the best player available, but he might be gone by the time the Falcons pick. Then the Lewand kid from Michigan.
MARK JOHNSON -- Shouldn't the Falcons make Tony G an offer he can't refuse, 1 more year!
LEDBETTER – He signed a two-year contract, but it was so that they could spread his signing bonus over two years. I’ll have to look up the numbers.
L. J. WOODS - "Antone Smith has done a great job when he's in the offensive lineup. He also does a great job on special teams. Why isn't he in the offensive lineup more often? Is he hurt, or is he being diciplined?"
LEDBETTER – Yes, he’s been hurt. But he’s back for this game and could get some action.
TIM -- Any chance Tony Gonzalez will decide to come back? With this season being such a let down, would he want to come back to try and end it on a better note?
LEDBETTER – He signed a two year contract, but this looks like the end. I think he’d wait and study the offseason moves first.
STAN -- Do you think that the offense would have been had the same results if Jason Clabo and Todd McClure were still apart of the team?
LEDBETTER – No. They would have been able to block some people.
MG -- How much of this year's dismal season should we place on Coach MS and GM TD? Plenty of other NFL teams were hit by the injury bug and seemed to play through it yet the Falcons seemingly collapsed.
LEDBETTER – They deserve much of the blame for the decisions along the offensive line, letting Tony stay away from camp and for trying to play Roddy while he was hurt. It’s been a complete all around failure and I’m sure they’ll take their share of the blame.
RICHARD -- This team was never built to win. look at the New England, they ran out 7-11 rokies this season, not to mention pretty much an all rookie receiving corp. They are still in the playoffs and still in position for a first round bye- a team built to win no matter the situation. Now look at the falcons- they knew going into the summer the right side of the offensive line was going to be an issue and they never addressed it. I think their comment in the paper was, we feel who we have on the roster is good enough. Well even I, who has never played a down of pro football could see that, if they were good enough they wouldn't have been sitting on the bench last year! Now look at the defense. They were bad last year, so how do they fix it, they release or let go Grimes, Robinson, and our only pass rusher in John Abraham. So they bring in rookies and again only one pass rusher in Osi. So a team that could not rush the passer last year feels like bringing in only one pass rusher is the answer??? Well as we know now that didn't work out. Have the falcons been hit with injuries, sure, so have every other team in the NFL But look at the team now, only Baker and Jones are out on the offensive side of the ball. And we still can't run and the deep threat is no where to be found. The defense is missing, what maybe 1 or 2 people. So I ask is/was this team ever built to win.
LEDBETTER – Blocking and tackling were major problems for the 2013 Falcons.
CHRIS CHANDLER -- What pending free agents do you think the falcons will target next year?
LEDBETTER – Haven’t gotten to studying free agency yet. That’s not an in-season project.
CEDRIC -- With the Oline blocking a little better does that sway your decision on where to draft first next year ?
LEDBETTER – No. They still need a horse to lead the plow on the oline. If one is available (Matthews) take him.