"Exhibition" season doesn't count!
For 2014, according to NFLPA documents, they have 47 players under contract. Team cap of $118,135, 821. Cash value of $98.297,656 million. Roughly $20 million under right now.
I haven't start preparing for the draft. Share some info on them.
In new salary cap era, there's not enough cash to fix everything. You have to get by with marginal players somewhere. They are trying to develop both lines. Early returns are not good. DeCoud is a Pro Bowler, but they do have three backup safeties on the roster. Nolan likes him and he'll have a chance to play out of a slump.
Somewhere between 10-6 and 6-10.
What are those necessary changes? I'm pretty sure he wants to win.
Peyton Manning is the MVP. Kiko Alonso or the Long kid for the Bears for ROY.
Clabo has given up 7 sacks and is about to lose his starting spot in Miami. He wasn't playing that well, but I would have kept him until Holmes or Johnson beat him out. I would have kept Abraham, but he didn't want to be a designated pass rusher. He might have gotten through and got a sack on the last drives against Miami and New York.
He's a backup! He's the FIFTH tailback behind Jackson, Rodgers, Snelling and Antone Smith. He could get some run with Jackson out and Snelling in the Concussion Protocol program.
It's a fact. Can't stop with the facts.
The trade got you to within 10 yards of the Super Bowl last season. 2nd or 3rd best season ever in team history. Can't say the trade hasn't paid dividends.
Yes, until Weatherspoon and Dent get back.
Hey Khoi -- Joe Hawley or Harland Gunn might get a shot at RG. I know Coach Smith likes him Gunn. Schraeder played some in the Super Jumbo package vs. the Jets. They will likely stay the course for now with -- Baker, Blalock, Konz, Reynolds and Trueblood. Holmes is clearly still developing.
MARK WILSON -- Dled - looking at the numbers the problem this year is the defense, currently we are giving up 26 points a game, last year we only gave up 18. I was all for letting Duanta Robinson and Brent Grimes go both very good players but given age and injuries not worth the salary cap hit, but looking at it now does that seem to be a mistake? Do you think Nolan will go with more pressure packages to try and help out his young CBs? Keep up the great work!
LEDBETTER: Thanks for your kind words. I’m sure Nolan would have like to have kept the veterans, but the salary structure of the team change and they needed some younger and cheaper talent. I don’t think he can send much more pressure. That will expose the young guys even more. I think you send the pressure, but you know it won’t get there, you’re committing suicide by deep bombs.
Section 318 -- I don't we're going to see this. There isn't much out there on the street worth signing.
DEONTRE McCLEE: Do you see changes coming after the bye and if so what do you see happening?
LEDBETTER: Perhaps more double-tight end formations. A little less 3-WR sets if Steven Jackson can make it back and more two-back sets. Baker should be healthy. Nothing really major or dramatic. They’ve been in every game. Douglas likely won’t be returning punts. Robert Alford or Robert McClain will take over there. I’d like to see them pass from some three TE formations with Tony, Chase and Levine in the red zone. Chase can catch. But teams may know you’re not running because he struggles with his in-line blocking.
FANSINCE87!!!: "Does anybody else feel that we should start questioning the coaching? If we have lost 4 games by one possession and on the last minute of each then why are the coaches not being held accountable like they should be?
LEDBETTER: I understand your reasoning, HOWEVER, COACH didn’t drop the pass in the end zone at New Orleans (Steven Jackson). Coach didn’t blow coverages (DeCoud) nor did he muff the punt (Douglas) at Miami. They got beat by New England and rallied to make it look close. I didn’t like the soft coverages against the rookie QB against the Jets. Send the kitchen sink at him and get a turnover.
KEVIN JONES: why trade Tony. He's the best we've got right now. And, he may leave on his own at the end of the season
LEDBETTER: He came back to win a ring. If you’re 1-6, you’re probably not winning a ring. But, like I stated, the Giants went 9-7 and won the Super Bowl after the 2011 season.
HOGAN: The loss of Julio Jones and Roddy White is a blessing in disguise. Here me out D. Led! Matt Ryan received a league max contract this off season meaning we are stuck with him without having the necessary means to surround him with top tier talent on either side of the ball (opposite side of the spectrum is Seattle who has $2 or $3 mil committed to the QB). With 3 of his top 4 offensive weapons out for at least the next 2 games, I am encouraged to see exactly who he is. His whole career he has been surrounded by talent. Tom Brady doesn't seem to need much to remain competitive. The same can be said for Breese and Mannings. One thing they all seem to have is a solid offensive line year over year (minus Eli this year). That said, I am encouraged to see what Matt Ryan does with this team WHEN he isn't being bum rushed WITH the current roster for the next 2 games. If he has some shining moments, them maybe Dimitroff will see that the $ needs to be on the trenches where true football fans know will win you games and lose you game more than any other area!
LEDBETTER: I don’t know what your question is. Looks like a statement. You want to see how Ryan plays without his weapons. You’re hoping this will show Dimitroff he needs to spend money on more linemen?
KENNY GANNON: If Gonzalez asked for a trade, would the give it to him? Should they?
LEDBETTER: No. Not now. If they go to 1-6 before the Oct. 29 deadline, I’d feel sorry for him and trade him back to Kansas City for an offensive lineman and some Gates Bar-B-Que.
ANDREW JEFFREY: "Given the way the season has played out, how many wins do you think the Falcons will get this season?
Given the issue with loss of Julio who do you think is the most likely to be the best to replace him?
What do you think is going to happen with the offensive line given it's struggles this season?"
LEDBETTER: Going to be tough to get to 8-8. I like Kevin Cone. It’s time for him and Drew Davis to get on the field. Robiskie was impressive at times as a Buckeye, but three teams have passed on him already. He was a second-round pick though. They’ll have to draft offensive linemen next season and/or go into free agency to find a tackle.
WILL GARRISON: Why haven't the falcons gone after Terrell owens or traded for better offensive linemen , and linebackers, ? I just sold my season tickets for half the price , seems to me this team is pathetic , dimitroff gutted this roster.
LEDBETTER: Because Mr. Owens is washed up. They like the linemen they have. They believe they are “developing.” They tried to fix the linebackers by keeping undrafted players Joplo Bartu and Paul Worrilow. Some tough decisions have to be made when you spend big at the quarterback position. The Colts built a championship team around Peyton Manning this way.
RUSSELL: When is (Steven) Jackson due back and can we reinvent ourselves as a run oriented team?
LEDBETTER: He said he’ll be back when he’s “100 percent healthy.” Falcons said 2 to 3 weeks. The injured happed on Sept. 15. So the Tampa Bay game will be the 5th week. If it’s a three degree strain, those take 4 to 6 weeks.
DEBRA: "I saw where Matt Ryan says the rookies need to step up. Really???
He needs to step up. Mike Smith needs to call for more passing of the ball and not run so much. Rodgers is too small and cannot break through the line. I hope we get a win with Tampa. "
LEDBETTER: He said that he needs to step up, too.
PAUL: Should Fans protest the falcons if they don't trade Tony Gonzalez? After all, they not only receive money from the fans but from the tax coffers of Atlanta - so shouldn't the falcons have to listen to what Atlanta wants (which I assume is to give Tony a shot at a superbowl)
LEDBETTER: Yes!!! That would be ridiculous. Normally, that would be how it works.
WAYNE: R the falcons really thinking of trading Tony Gonzalez if so big mistake and how about some help for Matt Ryan you can't expect him to do much when he's running for dear life all the time.
LEDBETTER: No. That was a fabricated radio show story.
DREW CANDLIN "After coughing up a 17 point lead at home in the NFC Championship game and essentially having one of the worst defenses in the league thus far in 2013, why hasn't Mike Nolan been fired? His prevent defense late in games, PREVENTS THE FALCONS FROM WINNING!!!
Better yet, why hasn't Dirk Koetter, Mike Nolan, or Mike Smith been fired? Play calling is beyond terrible and the only reason Koetter is in Atlanta is because of Mike Smith! "
LEDBETTER: Calm down. They are 1-4 and the losses have been by a margin of 4.75 points. Nolan has made some good calls that haven’t been executed. Can’t fire all of the players though. Koetter can’t block. He’s not the problem.