It’s been a weird week in sports to say the least. As the dust settles, we’re here to answer your Falcons questions in this week’s mailbag.
There weren’t a ton of questions this week, likely due to the never-ending onslaught of news this week. The United States is in the middle of battling COVID-19, a global pandemic. The NBA and NHL have suspended their seasons. The NCAA canceled the men’s and women’s tournaments. Other major sporting events, Broadway shows, and concerts have been canceled in an effort to slow down the rate at which the disease is spreading and prevent overloading our nation’s healthcare system.
Meanwhile, in the NFL, teams have pulled scouts and coaches off the road. The NFL banned all visits with draft prospects, either traveling to visit players or hosting players at team facilities, for the time being out of an abundance of caution. Many teams have closed their facilities for deep cleaning and are having staff work from home.
Unsurprisingly, our first question today is about this crisis and how teams are handling it.
Not Falcons specific but reporting said that most teams were only allowing "essential" ppl to work. What/who is considered "essential" to a football org during offseason? Im a military dude so "mission essential" holds some weight. Genuinely curious.— pizzafaice (@pizzafaice) March 13, 2020
I honestly don’t know. An essential employee, in this case, should be one whose physical presence is necessary to protect the health and well being of others, but with team facilities closed entirely, I don’t think anyone but cleaning crews are essential. All of the team press releases I saw regarding facility closures specifically mentioned that as a priority to ensure the safety of employees when they return.
Can we have nice things?— Amy E (@statusQoH) March 13, 2020
Unfortunately, it does not seem that we can.
What free agents make sense for the Falcons to target?— J. Jason Joiner (@CyclePirateJJJ) March 13, 2020
The Falcons don’t have a ton of money to work with, unfortunately. Replacing Austin Hooper is going to be a priority, and the Titans did waive Delanie Walker on Friday. He certainly hasn’t been as productive as Hooper recently, but he can catch and his price point shouldn’t be terribly high after just 215 yards and two touchdowns over seven games for Tennessee last year.
Do you think the new CBA gets approved by the players?— Justin (@ATLJustinTyler) March 13, 2020
There have been very strong mixed feelings from players about the new CBA. The proposed agreement is one that will benefit players at the lower end of the contract scale significantly, but it’s not so friendly for top tier players and it does gut disability benefits for former players in addition to adding an extra game to the regular season schedule and changing the playoff format. I’m leaning toward it not passing, but it really could go either way.
Does arthur blanks money have anything to do with us not winning a super bowl. I play alot of madden. I know cap, but with signing bonuses and coach salaries. My question is does arthur possess the power to win, are we at a disadvantage compared to other teams money wize?— RiseUp! (@BLS5856) March 13, 2020
Arthur Blank’s net worth is currently $5.3 billion. His pockets aren’t keeping the team from winning a Super Bowl.
This isn't a question but I just want to thank Dave and others for being so committed to tones of existentialism and nihilism over the years that have prepared us so well for this moment— Mike Foster (@MagpieMike_ATL) March 13, 2020
Well, friend, that’s what we’re here for.