May 12, 2012; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith (front) and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan look on during Falcons rookie camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE
I don't know if you guys knew, but the Falcons had a State of the Franchise event with about 800 season ticket holders recently. If you're unaware of what that is, basically the whole motley crew of Blank, Smith, Dimitroff, et al come and speak and answer questions from some of the season ticket holders. I don't know how many teams do something like this, but that doesn't matter. The fact that these guys took some time out of their lives to spend some time with dedicated season ticket holders speaks very highly of the coaching staff and front office members.
Immediately, Dimitroff set the tone for the evening by saying that, contrary to popular belief, our "lack of activity" was because critics didn't consider our internal resignings to be part of the term "activity," which, as Dimitroff suggested, is very far from the truth. He also added that there were no regrets about Julio Jones. Good for you, Dimitroff. There shouldn't be a single regret about that move.
You see, I think this team - more than ever, perhaps - gives fewer craps about what anyone else thinks than most teams in the entire NFL. It requires thick skin to be in the public eye all the time, and the Falcons' staff, as well as the players, take that same mentality. I think that is a type of "edge" itself, and it is one that will take the Falcons a long way. Why do you think the Jets can't take that final step to be a truly elite team? Too many media craps being given.
Dirk Koetter was there and promised more screen passes. Remember how much hatred we threw at Mularkey for not running screens and how, at times, it seemed like the coaching staff was totally oblivious to the lack of screen passes? Well guess what? They weren't oblivious at all. Mike Nolan was also there and said he liked what he had seen thus far, and I think he'll be a great fit for us.
I encourage you all to read the article. It's very neat, and just remember, even though we like to be armchair GMs, these guys weren't born yesterday. These guys - every last one of them - have a vision and a purpose for the team and I really believe that this staff will be the one to break our Super Bowl drought.