How About an NFC South thread?

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  1. Tarantism

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    If I remember correctly, on the other board we had some fans of NFC South teams. How about a platform to discuss the goings on for the teams in this division?

    I know we all want to opportunity to discuss how the Falcons are going to dethrone the Saints this year at the top :mrgreen:.
     
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    And the Bucs are gonna suck... to come back stronger than ever next season to dethrone everybody!!!!


    Bucs----> :nuts: <---- Rest of the NFC South
     
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    Haha my brother is a big Bucs fan...he is not so optimistic.

    It also means that I have some great Bucs trash talk saved up...
     
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    Training camp starts tomorrow!!! :partydance:


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    Gerald McCoy and Donald Penn signed!!!!! :rock:


    It's great to have Gerald in training camp already. He's only missed a session, so it's not a big deal. He'll be ready to kick some ass come regular season time!!!


    Hate the Donald Penn signing... but he had the Bucs by the balls. He's only average... but we just couldn't go into the season with Demar Dotson at LT or Freeman was gonna get killed. Necessary evil, I guess.
     
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    I agree TMC, we got Spoon signed the day before camp.

    So far so good for the Falcons. Turner looks slim and agile out there. Norwood, Harry Douglas, Peria Jerry and Brian Williams are all reportedly healthy, though I think that Douglas has been held out of team drills so far.

    Man it's nice to see that football is right around the corner...it will be nice to watch the Dirty Birds reek havoc upon the NFL this season. I think that we are truly going to be a force to be reckoned with.
     
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    As long as everybody stays healthy and somebody steps up at DE, I see the Falcons as the biggest threat for the Saints in the division.


    As for us, 7 wins would be a GREAT season. 5-6 sounds attainable. If we win 6 and two of them come against the Panthers, I'll call that a HUGE success.
     
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    I thought this story was pretty amusing. Spoon is going to be a beast...if we start him next to Lofton (might be the best kept secret at LB in the league right now) and Nicholas, we may very well end up with the best young LB corps in the NFL.

    Word is he followed up that nasty hit (and subsequent chewing out by the coaching staff) with a nice diving INT over the middle.
     
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    Remember this name: Kroy Biermann, DE, Atlanta Falcons.
     
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    Don't be surprised if Nicholas gets demoted to the bench and Spoon, Lofton (don't think he's a secret at all... well, maybe for those that don't follow the NFC South) and Peterson get the starting spots.

    Well, I wouldn't keep my hopes up. If somebody is going to provide the needed puss rush there, I'd bet on Sidbury more than Biermann.
     
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    Training camp notes, BUCS Edition:

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    * McCoy is looking really good, as expected, but there's another guy looking incredibly good, much better than expected. Fast, agile, smart... that's Brian Price ("He wrecked practice", according to Raheem). And Roy Miller is having a decent camp as well (more on him later). Suddenly, one of our weakest points has become a strong one.

    Of course, it's only training camp, but it's really encouraging.

    * Only three guys are 31 or older... and all of them will be starters. Stylez G. White, Ronde Barber and Keydrick Vincent. The latter has recently signed, but he's looking real good and playing LG with the first team. He'll be a big improvement over Zuttah, and a much needed one since Sears was released.

    * Tony Dungy really, really likes Josh Freeman. On all levels, not only as a player. That really means a lot coming for somebody like him.

    * The youth movement will really show at WR, our position in most need of playmakers, as Mike Williams, Sammie Stroughter and Been are fighting for the starting spots. Seems like Reggie Brown will be the #4.

    * Everybody seems really happy with Quincy Black so far, and that's big, because he was our worst LB last season. Has all the physical tools, and seems like this training camp, he's developed a lot, particularly in terms of positioning and reading the offense. It'd be BIG for us... but, of course, traning camp means nothing, and less when you talk about reading an offense.

    * Brent Bowden seems like the real deal... as our punter. But it's always nice to know that you may have secured that spot for the next ten years.

    * And the surprise... Roy Miller, our #3 DT... has been taking snaps at FB. Seems like the idea is to use him in goal line situations instead of Graham... and it's not a bad one.


    Still, I think this is a 5-6 win team... but looks MUCH different from last year's already. At least that's the feeling around camp, that they're finally taking steps in the right direction.
     
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    HAHAHA I always forget that guy changed his name to Stylez G. White. HAhahahahahahahHAHAHa.
     
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    So the first preseason games are less than a week away, who will you be keeping an eye on?

    For Me:

    Matt Ryan (obviously)
    Michael Turner (with all of the reports about how he slimmed down and gained agility/speed, I want to see him in action)
    Harry Douglas, Peria Jerry (injury returns)
    Sean Weatherspoon, Kerry Meier
    The kicking game
     
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    For the Falcons, I expect Harry Douglas to be a BIG boost for their offense, and if Turner is healthy, they have everything to be the biggest threat to the Saints in the division. Now if the D can step up and the pass rush is improved, they might be their biggest threat in the conference.

    Might sounds weird coming from a Bucs fan... :shrug: but I've got nothing against the Falcons. Or the Saints. The Panthers and Packers are the ones I can't stand.




    As for my bucs, I'm interested in LOTS of things in preseason.

    On offense:

    The WR corps, particularly Mike Williams and Benn. Seems like Stroughter will be our slot WR, Reggie Brown will be #4 and Clayton and Stovall will fight for the last spot on the roster.

    The #3 RB... because I'm a big Kareem Huggins fan.

    Freemans development (obviously)


    On defense:

    The DTs, McCoy, Price, Miller and Dre Moore, who should improve that area by leaps and bounds.

    Who will play DE opposite to Stylez? (because I don't feel too confident with Kyle Moore and Crowder)

    Quincy Black, who seems to be a much "smarter" player in training camp and is getting rave reviews. Geno Hayes is already the best LB you've never heard of... but you will.

    Sean Jones beating Piscitelly at SS (and I'm afraid to be relieved at the mere thought... that's how atrocious Sabby was)

    The whole unit having a full training camp of the Tampa 2, a system they should have never changed.

    Brent Bowden... or, as Rah called him, our punter for the next 10 years.
     
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    Sabby sucks. I can't believe that replacing him with Sean Jones is even a question.

    And who is that punter? Was he drafted?
     
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    Yeah, he was a 6th round pick this year from Virginia Tech.
     
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    Vastly improved Ryan has Falcons poised to catapult Saints

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- For the first time in franchise history, the Atlanta Falcons have put back-to-back winning seasons together, and they appear far from satisfied.

    And there's a quiet confidence building in Falcons training camp, a confidence I believe is warranted.

    I think they're going to give the Saints all they can handle this season in the NFC South. The Falcons right now are poised to win that division, and they're talking like that very quietly, very humbly. But they can start to shout it because they're loaded, and the players returning are getting noticeably better, especially at the most important position: quarterback.

    Matt Ryan has looked terrific in camp. He reminds me of Tom Brady when Brady came into the league. The Patriots QB was skinny and slow, just like Ryan was in his first two seasons in Atlanta. But Ryan's been locked in that weight room for the last six months, and it shows.

    He's bigger, he's stronger, he's faster. He looked good on the bootleg when I saw him practice against the Jaguars on Tuesday. His deep ball is significantly better. He threw a 60-yard pass that Roddy White was unable to close on, demonstrating his new arm strength

    Ryan told me that he has a lot of leeway running the Falcons' offense. "I can help move plays in and out of the lineup," he said. I think he and the Falcons are poised for a big season.

    OBSERVATION DECK

    » The offense, despite a rash of injuries last year, still ranked 16th. One of the Falcons' major points of emphasis this summer has been their first-down package. They were a top-10 third-down offense, but coach Mike Smith and Ryan both say the team needs to do a better job on the early downs.

    » The Falcons have a plan if wide receiver Michael Jenkins -- the team's No. 3 passing option behind White and tight end Tony Gonzalez -- isn't available for the season opener at Pittsburgh. Brian Finneran is the answer for the No. 3 spot in Jenkins' absence, but the checkdown game to the backs is going to be featured more this year.

    » Atlanta's pass defense was ranked 28th last year, but the Falcons have improved in this area on three levels. They will be better up front rushing the passer with the return of DT Peria Jerry, who missed most of his rookie season with a knee injury; the addition of rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon; and the offseason aquisition of cornerback Dunta Robinson.

    » There's a big battle brewing at the corner opposite Robinson. Brian Williams isn't healthy enough yet to compete, but Brent Grimes and Chris Owens are going at it with no clearcut leader. The Falcons, who were in nickel and dime defenses 58 percent of the time last year, should be in those pass-defense situations with less frequency this season.

    SURPRISE, SURPRISE

    Don't be surprised if ...

    » ... Running back Michael Turner, who has never caught more than six passes in any of his six NFL seasons, is more involved in the passing game. He has made a big effort to improve as a receiver.

    » ... There are several changes in the starting lineup by opening day, even though 21 starters return from 2009. There could be a few rookies breaking into the lineup, including Weatherspoon and DT Corey Peters.

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    » ... The Falcons roll through more personnel groups in a game than most teams. I watched a 20-play team period against the Jaguars on Tuesday, and the Falcons used 12 different personnel groups.

    ROOKIE REPORT

    » Weatherspoon, the team's first-round pick, is working with the starting group with Mike Peterson sidelined, but he might never give the job back. He plays like he's been out there for a few years. Yes, the coaches are hard on him, but he flashes some rare speed and power. He also looks like he will stay on the field for third-down packages.

    » Peters, taken in the third round, has the bulk to hold up against a double team and the quickness to penetrate. Coach Smith pointed out that Peters has the hips to get through a gap and work down the line.

    » Mike Johnson, a guard taken in the third round, is playing in the shadow of the starters and is finding it hard to evaluate at this point.

    » Joe Hawley, a fourth-round pick who played guard at UNLV, could be the heir apparent to Todd McClure at center down the road. He plays and practices with lots of intensity.

    » Kerry Meier, a fifth-round wide receiver, is a very good route runner who is making enough plays at practice to gain the confidence of Ryan.

    » Dominique Franks, taken in the fifth round, will compete for a job as a returner and backup corner.

    LASTING IMAGES

    There were many the day I watched the Falcons practice against the Jaguars, including:

    » Turner running 30 yards for a touchdown on the first play of 9-on-7 drills, which is a period dedicated to the running game and the defense knows what's coming.

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    » Weatherspoon keying and diagnosing a run play and meeting the running back in the backfield as he got the handoff.

    » The Falcons' offense calling a "G" power play with Justin Blalock pulling from the left guard and fullback Ovie Mughelli blasting through the left side of the Jaguars' defense.

    » Tackle Sam Baker blocking Jaguars linebacker Derrick Harvey and making him a non-factor as a pass rusher.

    SAY WHAT?

    "All I want to do is lead the NFL in receiving this year."
    -- White

    "I can match up with the top receiver, play on the left or right and the slot if they want me to. When I played on just one side, teams avoided me and I get bored."
    -- Robinson

    "No one knows how long we will all be together, especially great players like Tony Gonzalez. Our time is now."
    -- Turner

    EXTRA POINT

    Last year seven starters missed games because of injuries, and the Falcons might have had the toughest schedule in the league.

    The front office spent a lot of time this offseason thinking through the medical plan for all the injured players. It appears intent on not rushing players back, so don't expect to see a lot of injured guys playing in the preseason before they're completely healthy.

    "I could go right now," said Robinson, who suffered a hamstring injury in the first week of camp and has missed several practices, "but they want me to take another week off."
     
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    everyone is a champion in pre-season.

    not talking specifically about this article but this same article is being written by every single beat writer for every team... happens every year. Falcons should be a good team this year however.
     
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    Derrick Brooks has finally retired!!!!


    Best player in NFC South history (and my favorite player ever) gonna get his deserved credit and a real homage!!! This is probably the defining moment for the Bucs season, so they better don't botch it like they did with Sapp or Doug Williams. Brooks deserves to be the face of this franchise, even if he's not part of it (by contract, I mean).


    More on this later, btw...
     
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    yup, I have the ultimate amount of respect for Brooks.
     

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