Dear Atlanta Falcons, Please Don’t Draft Matt Ryan 3rd

Photoshop of Matt Ryan holding a Falcons jersey at the draft

The Atlanta Falcons have the third pick in the 2008 NFL Draft that is being held in New York this weekend. Matt Ryan, the quarterback from Boston College has been tabbed as the most likely candidate to be drafted first among the quarterbacks eligible. Being that the Falcons have Chris “I was selling insurance a couple of years ago” Redman, Joey Harrington (cut then inexplicably re-signed cheaper), and local hero DJ Shockley, it would seem that the Falcons need to address the quarterback position. In fact it is apparent they will draft one, it is just uncertain when that will be.

I am not 100% sold on the fact that Michael Vick is not coming back to the Falcons to play football. I cannot treat the situation like the Cub fans did Kerry Wood and Mark Prior for years – expecting them to come back and be lights out. I did like how Redman played last year and was fond of Shockley before his injury. Harrington is nice enough but tried to give the job away to Byron Leftwich and ultimately Redman on numerous occasions. Him being back on the team is more surprising than Alge Crumpler, Warrick Dunn, DeAngelo Hall, Rod Coleman, and the others not being back on the team. It appears that Shockley will likely be the odd man out when the new QB is picked.

The Falcons need many things and are loaded with picks to get them in this draft. My hope is that they pass on the uncertain Ryan in favor of a defensive player like Glenn Dorsey and grab a quarterback later. There is a chance that Ryan could do a Brady Quinn fall and the Falcons could trade back up to get him then. Any of the second tier QB’s in the draft paired with Dorsey net a bigger gain then Ryan and anyone else in my opinion.

Also quarterback drafting is far from a science. This study (aimed at jabbing at Brett Favre’s replacement Aaron Rodgers) shows the high risks involved with drafting a quarterback in the first round (not to mention the ridiculous costs for players that have yet to touch the field).

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Brett Favre retires…again

In his press conference today, Favre announced that he will retire from the NFL.  I tuned in to the presser today online, and I was surprised when his very first words were to re-affirm his decision.  I thought he was going to retract his announcement from 2 days ago and make himself available to other teams.  Over the past 2 days, the mood had seemed to indicate the “retirement” that had been announced was not necessarily Favre’s idea.


Aside from his boyish good looks, rocket arm, ability to find Warren’s baseball, gunslinger attitude and record-shattering career, why are we so infatuated with this guy?  OK.  So there’s a lot to grab on to, and the story has been run through the ringer by now.

But I’d like to take a minute to acknowledge that this time it felt like he was finally doing the right thing.  As I stated before, the prior “will I/won’t I” antics seemed selfish, and the Pack was stuck with sitting their successor and #1 pick for three full seasons with barely a sniff of the Lambeau turf.  I admitted to eating crow for part of that rant, by the way.  Today I expected another chapter in that runaround of a saga, but Favre slammed the door.  And to that, I say:


(seriously…I may be poking fun at this dude, but not at #4)

This is me taking my hat off to Favre.  Great career.  Great story…guy could be the very best or the very worst, depending on what day you saw him…but he always let it fly (which is ultimately why I think he’s so revered).  Great perseverence.  Not-so-great drama…but he got it right in the end.  I ain’t mad atcha.

PS–you gotta check the Onion article embedded in the “drama” link. Top-notch…top-notch.


Brett Favre Retires Again and His Agent Says He Wasn’t Ready To

Brett Favre in Jean Shorts

Green Bay Packer quarterback Brett Favre is set to retire from the NFL. This time it appears to be for real for now as the future hall of fame quarterback passes the reigns to Aaron Rodgers. Brett Favre has somewhat held the Packers hostage over the last few off-seasons with his indecisiveness as to whether to continue playing or not. Rodgers was drafted as a result of this and subsequently signaled the beginning of the end for “old chuck and pray”.

This past season Favre played like the classic Brett Favre and many felt that there would be at least one more season since he was playing football at an MVP level. Favre made the Pack relevant again this year so the announcement comes as a surprise to many, including some teammates that read the announcement on television. He cited being “mentally tired” as his motive for retirement in a voicemail message to ESPN’s John Clayton (how did Clayton miss one of the BIGGEST calls of his or anyone’s sports journalistic career?).

The story should be that simple and Cheeseheads should take it as it was time for him to go. They should be happy that he didn’t carry this decision into the draft or too deep into the free agency period. After all, this has been a Super Bowl bearing marriage and all good things come to an end. Bus Cook, Favre’s agent, and other league officials are not so sure. Cook says to an extent that Favre feels the Packers did not want him back. There are rumblings that maybe he could be talked into coming back to the Packers or that he may be interested in joining Bill Parcells down in Miami with the Dolphins. Cook said he that Favre wanted to play at least another year.

I for one would take Brett Favre back to the Atlanta Falcons to keep Michael Vick’s seat warm for the year… as long as he vowed to stay clear of the painkillers and if he promised to bring those jean shorts he was wearing when we drafted him back in the day. Randy Moss is back with the Patriots, so we can’t meet that demand. We do however have underground player parking at the Georgia Dome for his truck, so Brett can go to and from the games without talking to a single fan just like in Green Bay. Atlanta is a good fit for him… come on down Brett.

The Packers have set up a breaking news site to follow this news story as it unfolds, or you can just chuckle at an image somebody photoshopped of John Madden and Brett Favre together in a wedding.

AWWWWWW Konichiwa Bitches

Yep. I have several things to report…

First, I owe Brett Favre an apology. I said they would suck whether he came back or not. Fine. You had a great year and got an MVP vote. And if you do this decision thing for another full offseason, I’ll still think you’re dramatic. (wow: I just re-read that article and it was HARSH…dude is obviously big time and the Pack was better than i gave credit for). And I must point this out…I’m still right about the playoffs.

Tagooch is finally gainfully employed. People were getting worried. Spanky?

I don’t get cable. When did it become cool to watch this in prime time? The reason we watched TPIR is because we didn’t have jobs and it was 10 AM.

Oh-hoooo…look whose football team sucks now!?!?!?!? I didn’t even get any crap from the Hawk fans about losing to USC by a few dozen. They know the feeling.

I’ve only begun to rant