Mike Mularkey MUST GO! He should have been fired after the 24-2 loss to the Giants on 01-08-11. I would love to see the falcons bring someone in like Todd Haley the former Head Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brian VanGorder- I think he is a decent coordinator, the issues the falcons experienced on defense this year were more personnel related. He has officially taken the Auburn defensive coordinator job, and I am not overly upset about it.
Now the falcons should bring in someone like Jack Del Rio the former Head Coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, or Steve Spagnuolo the former head coach of the Saint Louis Rams. Another guy I like is Charlie Strong the Head Coach at Louisville. I think he would be an excellent defensive coordinator in the NFL. I just don't know if they could pry him away from Louisville.
Players the falcons need to resign.
Brent Grime- By far the best option the falcons have at corner back. I am thinking about a 3 or 4 year deal averaging about 5 to 6 million a year.
Curtis Lofton- This guy is the anchor of the falcons defense.
Todd McClure- This guy is the anchor of the falcons offensive line. The only way I could justify loosing him is if the Falcons move Joe Hawley over to center and some how sign Carl Nicks. Nicks will have a high price tag, so I do not know how feasible this would be.
James Sanders- I love the way this guy plays.
Kelvin Hayden – When healthy this guy was pretty good at the nickel spot.
Kroy Biermann- He is a high energy guy, not a starter but great for the defensive line rotation.
Mike Cox- I think he can be a solid fullback in the NFL.
Harry Douglas- I think Mike Mularkey misused a majority if not all of the weapons he had on offense this year and Douglas is one of those weapons.
Players the falcons need to let walk.
John Abraham- I love Abraham as a player, but you have to just face it he is getting older.
Thomas Decoud- I don’t know where to begin, this guy is horrible at pass defense. He seems to be more concerned about dancing during pregame than playing in the game.
Players the falcons need to release.
Dunta Robinson– This guy is just overpaid, he is one of the highest paid corner backs in the NFL and he can’t cover anyone in man to man coverage. It seems as if he is lost whenever they play zone coverage. I like that he is physical and all but when it comes to coverage, he doesn’t cut it. If he were a safety I think he would be okay, but he is just too small for that.
Sam Baker- Nothing really to say here, his production speaks for itself.
Ovie Mughelli- I think Mike Cox can fill this position for a lot less money. I love Mughelli, but for salary cap reasons I would part ways.
Team needs in my opinion.
Running Back- The falcons need some explosiveness at this position. Michael Turner has lost a step as far as explosiveness is concerned. I believe this position could be addressed late in the draft.
Tight End- A long term solution post the Tony Gonzalez era is needed here.
Defensive End- The falcons need a dominate force on the defensive line, Ray Edwards did not show enough this year in my opinion. I think a player like Mario Williams or Calais Campbell could do the job here.
Safety- Thomas Decoud is not the answer at this position. I think William Moore is a solid starter, and if the falcons can resign James Sanders he could possibly start alongside Moore. I would love to see someone like Laron Landry or Tyvon Branch in an Atlanta Falcons jersey next year, but I doubt it would happen for salary cap reasons.
Cornerback- This position has always been a weakness for the Atlanta Falcons. If the falcons can resign Grimes, release Dunta Robinson, and bring in a player like Lardarius Webb or Cortland Finnegan, I believe the secondary would be upgraded to an extent.
2012 Potential Free Agents
Calais Campbell- Arizona
Mario Williams- Houston (coming off injury)
Laron Landry- Washington
Tyvon Branch- Oakland
Lardarius Webb- Baltimore
Terrell Thomas- New York Giants (coming off injury)
Cortland Finnegan- Tennessee
David Wilson- Virginia Tech
Jeff Demps- Florida
Bernard Pierce- Temple
Dan Herron- Ohio State
Dwayne Allen- Clemson (highly unlikely just a little wishful thinking)
Ladarius Green- Louisiana Lafayette, I think this guy will be a beast in the NFL, If the falcons can grab him in the 3rd or 4th round that would be great.
Mike Adams- Ohio State
Andrew Datko- Florida State
Zebrie Sanders- Florida State
Sam Montgomery- LSU
Janoris Jenkins- Northern Alabama
Brandon Boykins- UGA
Trumaine Johnson- Montana
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