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#16 I Mean He Was Found Guilty

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:05 AM

we had the best team in the league on paper leading up to the 2006 season.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:05 AM

Can at least say that I'm impressed with what Gettleman has done so far. It definitely looks like this has the potential to be a great offseason. I have more hope for the future of this team than I've had for some time.

This. The fact that Hurney is gone has given me hope for the future.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:08 AM

This. The fact that Hurney is gone has given me hope for the future.


I've lost count of how many people have said we have "a real GM" now.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:12 AM

2003 with Davis, Delhomme, Proehl and Favors

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:17 AM

Nope but I'm liking the positive energy creeping back into the forum

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:21 AM

I think I was making this thread with the idea of "what did we not need to fix vs. what we did need to fix." That 1996 class with Beuerlein, Walls, Greene, and Davis, will probably NEVER be matched in terms of quality of player. That's 3 possible hall of famers in one FA class, all in their prime. A class like this is probably impossible to sign in FA these days.

That being said, we have a franchise QB now, so the holes should be easier to fill, yet we still had significant ones all around the roster. I also probably shouldn't have said "cap situation notwithstanding" because that does have a huge bearing on how incredible this FA period has been, all things considered.

Perhaps I was a prisoner of the moment in making this thread. Of course I knew who Beuerlein, Walls, Davis, and Greene were when we signed them back in '96, but I didn't understand how big that was back then because I was like 12 years old.

If we make a run at the Superbowl this year though, this FA class could be considered one of the, if not THE greatest ever, and that's all I'm concerned with.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:21 AM

Given you judge the quality of a FA class on the field, I will also reserve judgement until I see how everyone plays as a team.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:26 AM

Concisely put, I think a FA class should be judged by how it translates to success on the field.

For as great as that 1996 group was, we didn't really win with them.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:32 AM

For as great as that 1996 group was, we didn't really win with them.


12 regular season wins, a playoff game win, and a trip to the NFC Championship game isn't winning?

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:38 AM

Side Note: Couple of weeks ago, I dreamt that Marty Hurney was named GM of the Falcons :blink:

I was disappointed when I woke up and realized it was only a dream.

Not really appropos. Just thought I'd mention...

#26 Proudiddy

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:38 AM

11 regular season wins, a playoff game win, and a trip to the NFC Championship game isn't winning?

Over the duration of their contracts.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:44 AM

Over the duration of their contracts.


Haven't won with the 2013 group either, but OK :)

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 11:15 AM

We've literally upgraded KR and a few back up spots. I could see Mike Mitchell being a big surprise for us but we haven't upgraded anything else.

Ken Lucas and Mike Whale, Justin Hartwig were huge signings

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 11:29 AM

we had the best team in the league on paper leading up to the 2006 season.

Those were the good 'ol days.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 11:29 AM

i think it's among the most impressive from a cap perspective where we were prior to FA starting and where we are now and having taken no steps backward (and i don't see losing gamble and ron as being steps backward, esp gamble because of how little impact he made).

from a personnel standpoint we are at least as good as we were and in much better cap space with quite a bit of room to use even this year to improve.

it's also given us a glimpse of what we can expect from gettleman in his handling of the cap. remember, he wasn't considered a cap guy...he was considered a football guy whose greatest strength was is talent scouting.

we may want to wait to see what his acquisitions do on the field, but if his ability to scout talent and find hidden gems is his strong point, I've got very little reason to doubt the talent that he's brought in.


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