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    "I understand that drafting a [quarterback] in the first five picks is an option, but historically it has not been that successful," Dimitroff said. "It's not like I have a strong belief or philosophy with the top-5 picks. If the right player, a quarterback, offensive lineman, linebacker, running back, if that player truly fits and we're ready to go forward, then we will.

    "Quarterback is a unique position though because you need a supporting cast to be successful in this league. We're going to have to do a lot of work evaluating quarterbacks that are coming out in the draft."

    Then also we hired the DBacks coach from Jax...and he's the one responsible for coaching up Mathis into the great corner he's become. I love that we got a guy to learn from Thomas for the next couple years...our staff is looking better to me now. I know they have a lot to prove because of the bigger names that we passed over to select them. But I'm really happy with the direction that the GM and HC both want.

  • #2
    Oh yeah...and this too...

    Some players could be asked to take pay cuts, but there also could be some painful roster cuts. High-salaried players like tailback Warrick Dunn, linebacker Keith Brooking, wide receiver Joe Horn, offensive tackle Wayne Gandy, defensive tackle Rod Coleman and tight end Alge Crumpler could be on unsettled ground.

    "I don't know if it will be what you would call 'salary-cap casualties' but I think they'll look at guys and see if the talent is still there and is it worth what we're paying them," Falcons owner Arthur Blank told the AJC. "If somebody can't play, it doesn't matter if he's young or old. Then you have to make a decision if a guy can play, how much do you want to pay for that level of productivity. If it makes sense, you keep them."

    Sounds like Blank wants to apply moneyball now...

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    • #3
      I would love it if we cut Alge Crumpler. I dont like him too much. Maybe replace him with Cottam (I think it was him. The giant from the Sr. Bowl).

      Yeah. It once again seems like Dimitroff isnt interested in picking a QB top5. Maybe its all a smokescreen?

      That article also said something about building up the middle, so I am assuming OL and DL will be a huge priority during FA and draft? I hope we can land a couple of OL during FA so we only have to draft 1 OL in the first 2-3 rounds. If not, I would want more.

      "He's the leader of the next great class of NFL players." - John Elway on Matt Ryan

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      • #4
        I think a healthy Alge is a top 3 TE in the league and I don't want him to go anywhere. If he can't get healthy though, then it may be time to send him packing, but we'd really need to draft a TE then, and my favorites to replace him as a receiving threat would be Davis from USC (who reminds me of a younger Alge) or Kellen Davis...friggin specimen that would become an incredible player eventually...but is a project.

        I really hope we can land our Offensive Linemen in Free Agency and be able to pick Ellis in the first round, then maybe Nicks at the top of round 2 and Wheeler in the middle of round 2, I think that'd be incredible...

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        • #5
          Crumpler top 3 TE? Better than which one: Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Kellen Winslow, Jason Witten? Maybe healthy and at the top of his game he is number 5. Anything other than that, I would rather have guys like Shockey or Davis.

          I really like Jon Carlson, but we cant spend that high of a pick on a TE right now. If we do spend one later on, I really like Brad Cottam.

          "He's the leader of the next great class of NFL players." - John Elway on Matt Ryan

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          • #6
            You overlook too much of the important part of the game...blocking...Alge when healthy is one hell of a matchup nightmare. He's WAAY > Gonzo now, Gates is better receiver but he can't block his way out of a wet paper bag. Winslow is becoming a great threat, but still is no Alge, Witten is the #1 now...

            Overall:
            Witten #1
            K2 #2
            Alge #3

            Receiving:
            Gates #1
            Witten #2
            K2 #3
            Alge #4

            Blocking (of THOSE TEs)
            Alge #1
            Witten #2
            Gonzo #3
            K2 #4
            Gates #5

            So yeah, Alge when healthy is a top 3 TE no question...you didn't even mention one of the finest TEs in the league either...I'll let you figure out who's missing from the list and you can bring him into the conversation, but a healthy Alge is just an absolute nightmare...ask Derrick Brooks or anyone who's tried to cover him...he's been constantly at the top of the TE charts by everyone. This season made a lot of people sour on him because he came in out of shape and never really got healthy til very late in the season (he did have a couple very good games this season too...if you forgot)

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            • #7
              Alge Crumpler is not that good. He was a product of Vick's inability to throw to his wide receivers. He is short, has bad hands, and has had major weight and health issues.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by iloxygenil View Post
                You overlook too much of the important part of the game...blocking...Alge when healthy is one hell of a matchup nightmare. He's WAAY > Gonzo now, Gates is better receiver but he can't block his way out of a wet paper bag. Winslow is becoming a great threat, but still is no Alge, Witten is the #1 now...

                Overall:
                Witten #1
                K2 #2
                Alge #3

                Receiving:
                Gates #1
                Witten #2
                K2 #3
                Alge #4

                Blocking (of THOSE TEs)
                Alge #1
                Witten #2
                Gonzo #3
                K2 #4
                Gates #5

                So yeah, Alge when healthy is a top 3 TE no question...you didn't even mention one of the finest TEs in the league either...I'll let you figure out who's missing from the list and you can bring him into the conversation, but a healthy Alge is just an absolute nightmare...ask Derrick Brooks or anyone who's tried to cover him...he's been constantly at the top of the TE charts by everyone. This season made a lot of people sour on him because he came in out of shape and never really got healthy til very late in the season (he did have a couple very good games this season too...if you forgot)
                The TE you are talking about is not coming to mind.

                But I wouldnt put Crumpler's blocking number 1. He is good yes, but I would say Witten is better than at him in blocking. And in receiving he is easily number 5 or 6. Like Shiver said, he is fat and drops alot of balls. He does have some good games though, but I still dont like him too much. He is going to need to get his act together if he wants to stay on this team, in my opinion.

                And its completely plausible that he gets his act together.

                "He's the leader of the next great class of NFL players." - John Elway on Matt Ryan

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Shiver View Post
                  Alge Crumpler is not that good. He was a product of Vick's inability to throw to his wide receivers. He is short, has bad hands, and has had major weight and health issues.
                  To say that Alge has bad hands nullifies anything you have to say...honestly...This season Alge struggled, but Alge has some of the best hands anywhere generally. Big soft paws that just bring in passes like nothin, one handed grabs etc. To say that he has bad hands is just foolishness...if it was a Vick problem, then why was there 'too much zip' on passes to the WR (who were farther away so the ball had to have slowed down a little) but not for Alge? No, the ? has NEVER been Alge's hands. Also note I said when healthy...but you ignore that. He had ONE season where he wasn't a unanimous pro bowler and now all of a sudden he's not that good.

                  'Short' is all relative...if you're as good at finding holes in zones as he is, then the height doesn't matter...at all.

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                  • #10
                    Depending upon who our qb is next season, I feel that Crump will have his best season of his career under Mularkey (former TE).

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by iloxygenil View Post
                      You overlook too much of the important part of the game...blocking...Alge when healthy is one hell of a matchup nightmare. He's WAAY > Gonzo now, Gates is better receiver but he can't block his way out of a wet paper bag. Winslow is becoming a great threat, but still is no Alge, Witten is the #1 now...

                      Overall:
                      Witten #1
                      K2 #2
                      Alge #3

                      Receiving:
                      Gates #1
                      Witten #2
                      K2 #3
                      Alge #4

                      Blocking (of THOSE TEs)
                      Alge #1
                      Witten #2
                      Gonzo #3
                      K2 #4
                      Gates #5

                      So yeah, Alge when healthy is a top 3 TE no question...you didn't even mention one of the finest TEs in the league either...I'll let you figure out who's missing from the list and you can bring him into the conversation, but a healthy Alge is just an absolute nightmare...ask Derrick Brooks or anyone who's tried to cover him...he's been constantly at the top of the TE charts by everyone. This season made a lot of people sour on him because he came in out of shape and never really got healthy til very late in the season (he did have a couple very good games this season too...if you forgot)
                      I do not see how Alge is, or has ever been, better than Gonzalez. Gonzalez can block, he has much better hands, he is smart, and he is faster than Alge.

                      I do not see how you say he has great hands either. He drops a lot of passes.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BamaFalcon59 View Post
                        I do not see how Alge is, or has ever been, better than Gonzalez. Gonzalez can block, he has much better hands, he is smart, and he is faster than Alge.

                        I do not see how you say he has great hands either. He drops a lot of passes.
                        1 season he dropped 'a lot' of passes...he's never done that before...ever. Gonzo is very old, and very much on the downhill of his career. It's over for him, he hasn't been 'elite' for the last 2 seasons...Alge when healthy (which he was towards the end of the season for the first time) is still uncoverable. Gonzo can block fine, he's NOT at all faster than Alge...Alge is so smooth he doesn't look as fast as he is.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by iloxygenil View Post
                          1 season he dropped 'a lot' of passes...he's never done that before...ever. Gonzo is very old, and very much on the downhill of his career. It's over for him, he hasn't been 'elite' for the last 2 seasons...
                          He dropped passes this year and last year.

                          The second part is so, so inaccurate.

                          Tony Gonzalez
                          This year...(16 games)

                          99 receptions
                          1,172 receiving yards
                          5 touchdowns

                          Last year (a supposed down year)(15 games)...

                          73 receptions
                          900 yards
                          5 touchdowns


                          Alge Crumpler has never had a year with as many receptions as Tony Gonzalez' down 2006 season (73 vs. Alge's high of 65).

                          Alge Crumpler's last two seasons receptions combined (98) combine for less receptions than Gonzalez had this year alone (99).

                          Tony Gonzalez has never had a season with less yards or catches than Crumpler.

                          Even if we ran the ball more than Kansas City, who is also a running team, it was not by too much.
                          Virginia Tech.
                          ACC Champions 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010

                          Next Up: 2012

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                          • #14
                            You are severly overrating him. He was a top 5 TE because of Michael Vick. Now he's probably in the top 10.

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                            • #15
                              He has had dropsies in more than just "1" season. His catch percentage has always been around the 50% rate, which is pretty bad for a supposedly "top tier" TE.

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