Posted: 1:51 am Friday, March 14th, 2014

UPDATE: Falcons are $10.1 million under the salary cap 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

After the recent $80.5 million free agency spending spree, the Falcons are $11.6 million under the $133 million salary cap, according to NFLPA documents.

UPDATED SUNDAY AT 8:40 AM: The NFLPA documents have been updated to include Joe Hawley’s contract. The Falcons have $10,194,447.00 million (top 51) under the cap for 2014, according to NFLPA documents.

NFLPA UPDATE

Current Contracts:58

TR Share:$353,718,750.00

Adjusted Cap: $135,743,934.00

Benefit Share: $33,250,000.00

Team Cap: $125,549,487.00

Salary Cap: $133,000,000.00

Cap Room: $10,194,447.00

Adjustments:

Previous Year Carryover:$3,129,200.00

Sportrac has the Falcons cap space at $9.639,256

ORIGINAL POST: The Falcons now have 57 players under contract, but counting the top 51, per league rules, they have used up $123.9 million of their adjustment cap of $135.7 million.

The only contract not in the NFLPA documents is Joe Hawley’s two-year, $6.5 million contract. His cap number is $2 million for 2014. So the cap space will be reduced by his number subtracted from the 51st lowest salary.

So for projection purposes, the Falcons are at about $9.6 Million under the cap.  

Here are the 2014 cap numbers of the recently signed players: offensive guard Jon Asamoah ( $2.8 million),  defensive tackle/end Jonathan Babineaux ($2.6 million), defensive end Tyson Jackson ($3.1 million), offensive tackle Mike Johnson ($675,000), defensive tackle Corey Peters ($1.468 million) and defensive tackle Paul Soliai ($5.4 million).

The Falcons, who have holes at free safety and tight end, could be set to turn their attention to the draft based on transactions in previous seasons.

It’s no secret that the Falcons have been heavily scouting the talented safety class for the upcoming draft, which will be held May 8-10. They could also pick up a tight end in the draft.

“We’ll continue to look in free agency as well as potentially in the draft to shore up our tight end position,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said when asked about replacing future hall of famer Tony Gonzalez.

While they have enough room to add another veteran, they are likely saving the cap room for rookies and emergencies.

Last season, the Falcons carried about $7 million of salary cap space into the season and said that was for emergencies.

122 comments
ConradsFolly
ConradsFolly

Alright I have a question... Why is Shaun Phillips name not being mentioned in association with Atlanta.  He would be the perfect guy for Atlanta and here is why.


A)  He is an aging veteran coming off a productive year.  Most of you may say "Exactly, we dont need old people"  but when you pay your QB $20 you have to go into the bargain bin at some positions.  Phillips, at 33 won't command a huge contract but fits in perfectly as 3-4 pass rusher. Plus, look at his last few years...he can still get to the QB. 


B) He brings a veteran presence to what will be a very young LB core.  Next year we are looking at using 2 second year LBs in Bartu and Worrilow and potentially a 1st or 2nd round rookie.  What better way to bring a Khalil Mack up than having a guy Shaun Phillips mentoring him.


C) When I look at our roster right now I don't see how they can't go with an edge rusher in the 1st round.  I think the team would be better with Johnson or Camiri starting at RT than having Bierman and Bartu as our outside pass rush.  Signing Phillips allows us to go into the draft with at least one set pass rusher.  Meaning at 6 we can go with Robinson/Matthews and not worry about how our defense will get people off the field.  Don't get me wrong we still need a young pass rusher but we can wait til the 2nd or 3rd round and bring someone in to develop.


D) The move will pay for itself...ish.  If we add Phillips, then there is officially no need to include Osi on the roster.  Osi is not a good fit for a 3-4 and allows the falcons to release Osi and save $3.5- $4.75 Million.


Thoughts?

HotDawg
HotDawg

And what would the falcons have, cap wise, if Tony Gonzalez signed his retirement papers?

Falcons gave him a contract that he accepted. Paid him well and allowed him to be with family instead of training camp.

And this is how he treats the falcons and their fans? Cause he wasn't traded? He is ruining what was once a good reputation. Millionaire athletes acting like spiteful babies. He was well paid for his service.

If he signs retirement papers, he can always unretire if wanted by another team.

If he doesn't sign retirement papers, the Falcons lose over a million $ in cap space.

The only party being hurt in this are the Falcons.

Doesn't harm Tony G. In any way to sign papers or not sign papers. But it would be very courteous and mature of him to sign them for the Falcons sake.

HotDawg
HotDawg

How much do they typically need for rookie contracts?

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

All you internet GM's need to shut up. Dimitroff knows what he's doing. He changed the culture here in Atlanta from the time he got here in 2008 with his first pick Matt Ryan. From then, the franchise of Atlanta changed. We had a bad year last year, but are you going to ignore the other 5 seasons? 


11-5 in 2008

9-7 in 2009

13-3 in 2010

10-6 in 2011

13-3 in 2012 (NFC title game)


Up until last year, we had not even had a losing season. These coaches, the GM, etc know what they are doing. They aren't starting from scratch here. We get healthy, have a good draft class, and with the new coaches we have on the O-line and D-line, and added players we could see dramatic improvement. So Please, give it a rest before you bash the work Dimitroff and Smitty have done. It's been tremendous. 

Dman
Dman

What do you guys think about cutting QB Davis and bringing in Schaub to back up Ryan? We need a backup bad.

Reidtt
Reidtt

Isn't going 4-12 a emergency??

JSSN
JSSN

@ Ledbetter

Did the Falcons adjust $500K some where in the pay structure in previous year or this League year?

keendaddy
keendaddy

We could trade down, pick up a few Draft picks, and still get Barr...

keendaddy
keendaddy

@Big Crim

We can't go wrong with pass rush, or OL at 6, but I don't want to reach here. Get an impact player at 6, or trade down. Lots of great young players in first few rounds, annnnnd Atlanta needs lots of help! I wouldn't take a safety in Rd 1. We really, really need a OT, a LB with speed to cover TE's, or a speed rusher DE. We need so much, that we would plug a hole just throwing darts. I doubt Ryan can take another tail whipping like he got last year! In my opinion, it would be a mistake to trade up....

HonestInformed
HonestInformed

HUGE mistake if we do not draft OT with 1st pick, S with 2nd pick and LB with 3rd pick!


Find solid TE in free agency..........tentative plan to draft TE in 1st round next year.

UGA76
UGA76

The draft picks are usually fairly well slotted in salary and cap space.  Assuming than Dimitroff doesn't try and trade up and get fired in doing so, what is the cap cost of our draft picks?

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

kingdaddy..agree with you on Mack

keendaddy
keendaddy

Bring in a proven FS and another Olinemen if possible. I think if Robinson, Clowney not available, then Mack would be a great pick at 6. If none of these available at 6, I would fish the pick to move back, but only for a boat load of picks, or a trade for Veteran pass rusher/Olinemen. We really need to upgrade our pass rush. A better DL , will obviously make our secondary better...

MikeisBack
MikeisBack

Dled, in my estimation...money d@m well spent!

falcon82111
falcon82111

What you guys think of bringing in Ryan Clark @safety to help our younger corners develop. I think R. Alford mentioned that he was training with him this offseason. Just a suggestion.

Gopher86
Gopher86

The  one player the Falcons can have in the sixth round as a solid 3-4 DE is right in Athens. Garrison Smith is a proven DE in a 3-4 Defense, but is actually better in the "3" technique as a DT for the hybrid defense there talking about running. Last year I wrote that Marlon Brown would be the steal of free agency, and he went to Baltimore and didn't disappoint.  With this defense, this sets up for a Barr(UCLA) Draft. Robinson(AU) and Clowney will be gone. A steal in the fifth round will be Attochau out of GT at WLB for a 3-4. he can covert with ease from the three point to standing up!

JSSN
JSSN

@ConradsFolly  

He's perplexing because he's that same mercenary spot that Cliff Arvil and Michael Bennett were in. He's wants a ring, and there are some more intriguing chances for him. Other the other hand, Tennessee can throw more money at him. 

Dman
Dman

@HotDawg

Let me explain why he did what he did. If he signed his retirement papers, the Falcons would have rights to him and he would not be free to play on any team this year if he does decide to come back for half a season. So he did what he did which forced the Falcons to release him making him a free agent. Now he can play for anyone IF he dicides to do so.

UGA76
UGA76

@DawgGoneIt I like Coach Smith.  Dimitroff has been a failure.  This article was about drafting a TE.  Dimitroff drafted one last year in the 4th round.  Please tell me we aren't going to blow an early as in first 3 rounds pick on a TE.  This team still needs a C and a T (probably two) for the OL and at least 2 DLs or one DE and a OLB that can rush the passer.  The first 4 picks should be to address the lines.   

JSSN
JSSN

@DawgGoneIt  

Yet "Dimitroff knows what he's doing;" he's having to do a major rebuild following an NFC championship game less than 14 months ago. Yeah right! Stop it, it is what have you done for me lately. When you have Super Bowl titles, then you have largesse. A roster with no depth gets you questioned and demeaned!

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman  

Schaub is going to Oakland.

I've told you before that injury excuse is a crutch to no end. It is time for for you put it on the shelf and let it gather dust. That team had no depth, it had been exposed in the 2012-2013 postseason. They survived one game, and the Niners took to them to the woodshed in the 2nd half (actually the last 32 minutes of the NFC championship) on both sides of the ball! I know you keep telling yourself and reinforcing that myth in your mind (an elite football team). Under the best of circumstances, they would end up 10-6. Under average circumstances, 9-7 at best or 6-10 at worst. Under the reality of circumstances as they played out, they were shown to be a very bad football with many flaws, period!

Dman
Dman

@Reidtt

Not really when you consider why they were 4 & 12. INJURIES

Consider the fact that all of those injured players will be healthy this season, God willing, and we have corrected a huge problem with the OLine and DLine plus two top picks at #6 and #36.. 2014 looks brighter every day. RISE UP ATL...

Dman
Dman

Doubt that unless we trade with Tampa...

JSSN
JSSN

@UGA76  

Now that the initial free agent period has ended; about a week ago I asked Ledbetter if he might do a blog post on the issues on the subject of rookie draft transactions (known as the The Rookie Cap). The matter of the concept of "The Cap within the Cap" is somewhat nuanced. Hopefully he'll discuss it.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

King......Bulls -Eye!

I'm warming up to taking an OL with the 6th pick.

I've been in favor of either Clowney or Mack prior.

The key to this squad winning is getting a healthy Stephen Jackson carrying the ball 20+ a game. Forget Julio, the Birds were their absolute worst last yr when S-Jack was out. :(

If Robinson, Matthews or Lewan help with that, draft em.......only if Clowndey Mack or Watkins are gone!!

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Don't sleep on Osi!!

Hair-Gel better not cut Osi & keep #71.

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Biggest team needs:

1. TE

2. S

3. OL

4. OLB

5. Head Coach :(

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@JSSN @ConradsFolly

I like that idea but if he is in that spot were Avril and Bennett were in with reagrds to getting a ring...............it aint happening no time soon in Tennessee......IMO. He wants the last payday!

GA_Murf_
GA_Murf_

@UGA76 Although I agree with you about not blowing an pick on a TE Dimitroff is not a failure. Every pick is not going to be a hit. There are plenty of bust out there, that's why the draft is considered a gamble without cap crippling financial obligations. The Falcons has posted 6 winning seasons out of the past 8 seasons while appearing in the playoffs in 5 of the seasons. No team accomplishes that with a failure for a GM, no matter how good the coaching is. However I will say Dimitroff can do better.

Dman
Dman

@JSSN

Major Rebuild? What are you talking about. We got rid of two starters and are replacing two with free agents. I don't call that even a rebuild. A tweak maybe but not a rebuild. Give me a break... The sAints got rid of a lot more folks than us so are they doing a super duper major rebuild???

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@JSSN @DawgGoneIt  If you know so much and are so smart, why aren't you the GM of an NFL franchise instead of working at Checkers on the weekends?

JSSN
JSSN

@DawgGoneIt  

And when I say "Major Rebuild" that includes the GM having to bring in a "whole new scouting and support structure"  as well the majority of his personnel in terms of line coaching. But is still hesitant and resistant to replace a training and medical staff that cannot seem to keep the roster available on the field? Yeah, good luck with that stuff.

JSSN
JSSN

@ConradsFolly

Ask Michael Bennett about ego. He's 32, and Von Miller is going to have a difficult rehab as well as a 2nd strike under the Drug protocol. Still, if ego is a situation, you take Tennessee's money and call it a day. 

ConradsFolly
ConradsFolly

@JSSN @AnsweredTHISI am not saying I disagree with either of as you bring up good points however you are both saying why he wouldn't sign not why the Falcons aren't pursuing.


If they pursue and he signs elsewhere, so be it.  I just want the Falcons to make the effort.


I do disagree about Denver JSSN.  I don't see anyway Phillips resigns with him.  With Ware and Miller, Phillips would have accept a backup role at some point this season once Miller is fully healthy.  I don't think Phillips ego could handle that.  He did put up double digit sacks last year.

ConradsFolly
ConradsFolly

@JSSN @AnsweredTHISI completely get that there might be places that are more tempting given what hes looking for but that doesnt explain why the falcons aren't going after him.  Make a play for him and if he chooses elsewhere then so be it.


I don't see him going back to Denver with Ware and Miller already penciled in as the Starting OLBs.  Basically it would mean Phillips would be 2nd string when Ware and Miller are healthy.  I don't thinkhis ego is willing togo there even for a ring.


Plus you have to like the falcons next year with the big bodies up front, a young athletic secondary, Phillips and a first or second rounder coming off the edges.  Throw in a vastly improved O-Line (Assuming we get Robinson or Matthews) Matt Ryan and a healthy Jones and White.


That team would do some damage.

JSSN
JSSN

@AnsweredTHIS

It is why I said: "On the other hand." Dependent upon the health of Von Miller, Elway may decide to bring him back under certain conditions.

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman  

"The Falcons lost last year because of the FACT that 11 out of the 22 starters on Offense and Defense were injured part of the season or all of the season."

Like I said before, your logic and evidence is flawed. Here is another chart showing again that the numbers don't match. Moreover, two players that you continually note (Babineaux and Peters) were relatively healthy status wise missing between then 1 Game the entire 2013 season!  In all actuality, those two two players spent more time nicked up and on the injury report in 2012! Brett Grimes is better than Asante, plain and simple!


"If they would have played healthy like the previous season, we would have won our division and possibly the Superbowl."

The Falcons did what they have done since Smith and Dimitroff arrived; they tried to hide players who should have been on the IR if they had replacements who were qualified! You mention Samuel, Jones, and White. I've evidenced before that Samuel has been injury prone since Day 1 in Atlanta. It was foolish of them to count on him. They've been dodging the bullet on a major Roddy White injury for 3 seasons. It finally caught up with him . Don't believe? Hit the previous season link. The same and worse with Julio Jones. He's like a GM recall car that car builder refuses to admit there's a problem with. 

I've said it before, they've had injuries, it just generally came at timely situations and they overcame them in a masquerading manner. Seriously, losing a player like Grimes in 2012 in week one, but losing someone like Johnson (who was a de facto starter, he'd never won a job in his time in Atlanta) the first week of training camp was a death knell? Sorry, that just was not as good as advertised.

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman  

"Could seatle be where they are if half of their starters didn't play this season? Answer NO..."

What did he say about Seattle? Thanks for the laughs! Hey Super Fan, get back at me when you learn how to spell "Steven Jackson!" 

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman  

Seattle played the bulk of their heart of their schedule with 2nd and 3rd string O-linemen (including the Atlanta game), so did the Green Bay Packers and the Patriots!The Falcons have no one but themselves to blame for the mess they made of their season! Ha ha, Percy Harvin played 1.5 games for the Seahawks, you are laughable!

People told them in 2012 that Asante was done when he started braking down 2/3rd of the way that season. You people panicked and jettisoned Brett Grimes. Sorry to tell you that was "calculated risk!" You should have had a better training staff. Maybe if they have extended Grimes in 2011 when you had a chance to do it as a reasonable rate! Oh that's right, you made two horrible signings  (Robinson and Edwards) and added a makeshift cover corner (Samuel) add to your cap hell!

You can parse this  all you like (that is all you do)! Your team lacked quality depth! Big Crimson 75 has said it best, when the key to your defense is Kroy Biermann, you got problems way beyond the silliness you are arguing!

I'm going to break this down for you one more time. When you keep rolling out Brady Ewing, Mike Johnson, Sean Weatherspoon, and Sam Baker and saying you're depending on them to be healthy, no one is going to take you seriously. Therefore, then I'm sorry to inform you that you're going to be far dependent on luck. That is hoopity car living!

"You avoided what I said. You post mostly NEGATIVE crap on these blogs to try and make fun loving Falcon fans like me and others hate our team." There is no "avoiding," I dismiss your premise because "being honest" is conjectured as "negative" in your alternative universe. Most of the people in this sphere are grown! They can take criticism, they can take compliments, and most know when they aren't for a situation (social media or real world). You need to do some examining and maybe find a cheerleading camp.


Dman
Dman

You avoided what I said. You post mostly NEGATIVE crap on these blogs to try and make fun loving Falcon fans like me and others hate our team. I love my Falcons and I believe in them. Now here are the real facts about the falcons injuries last season. The Falcons lost Julio. Now that is a key injury. Then add Roddy White, Stephen Jackson, Bradie Ewing, Sam Baker, Mike Johnson and that's just the Offensive Starters. Add Kroy Biermann, Corey Peters, Sean Weatherspoon, Jonathan Babineaux, Asante Samual on Defense and those are just the starters. That is exactly Half of our Starters that missed a large majority of the season or all of the season. The ones who came back played injured and should have stayed out. You don't have a good argument when you look at the facts. Could seatle be where they are if half of their starters didn't play this season? Answer NO...

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman  

"I wish you would find peace with whatever causes you pain."

You are deranged, that's a football team that doesn't give a hoot about you. 

Now back to football, even at full strength, that team was not going to make any waves. That defense and I repeat, that defense was out gunned! The rest of the world see it! Even with Michael Johnson and Baker, that offensive line was not going to be strong enough at the point of attack because of the softness of the guard-center on the right side! You would have been the same spot as New Orleans with less dynamics (Gonzalez while good for his age is not Graham), stop living in a cloud of denial. 

If you are a NFL team you have to have depth that is quality. I've been over the weekly injury reports 3 times this season and now off-season with you. You keep repeating the same outright lie (11 out of 22 starters)! You have no idea what it means to give context to a statement! I won't even go over the mess that you make over Peters missing a game and a half! You act like the NFL and followers of the League do not keep accurate track of games missed by players

The Falcons lost 5 players to season ending IR (Johnson -PUP, Ewing - 15G, Biermann - 15G, Jones -11G, and Peters - 1G ) the rest in-between amounted to 72 games. Again, the playoff teams that were the Indianapolis Colts and New England lost more games by starters than the Falcons. You are going to tell the world that Reggie Wayne and Vince Wilfolk are not special game changing players? The NY Giants lost more than 19 more games in terms of starters injuries than the Falcons and still did not fold like the Falcons or Bucs, but somehow found a way to pull 7-3 (final 10 games) out of their depleted roster to finish 7-9! You're an excuse maker!  Or, here's a novel idea, they just weren't that good in the first place!

Dman
Dman

@JSSN I respectfully disagree with you and no I won't give up on what is a fact. The Falcons lost last year because of the FACT that 11 out of the 22 starters on Offense and Defense were injured part of the season or all of the season. If they would have played healthy like the previous season, we would have won our division and possibly the Superbowl. All you always bring up is negative vibes. I wish you would find peace with whatever causes you pain.

JSSN
JSSN

@Dman  

"We got rid of two starters and are replacing two with free agents."

Look at the 2013 Depth Chart on opening day, now look at the roster that you presently think you are going to put on the field opening weekend (there's a whole lot wishing)! Don't keep insulting people with that mess about injuries and you're again expecting rational observers of this team to count on this team's make-up until they can make it beyond the 5 game mark in the least way in physically good health. 

"Give me a break." What is your fixation with the damn Saints? I don't care beyond the basic fact that they are pro football team unless I'm in a chat or board that is one relating to their roster! You want to have a "pissing contest" with Saints supporters go do it. it is not me! They are making no qualms about the fact they are rebuilding their roster! The 2013 opening day roster and their current transactions shows it! Don't keep insulting us, it is "self-evident!" Oh, by the way, it is not the first time they've purged. Go look at the 2008 roster and then their 2009 Super Bowl winning one! Balls to the wall, love 'em or hate 'em, Loomis and Payton take gambles!

JSSN
JSSN

@HotDawg  

"Since you're dropping names like rain drops, what is it you do exactly?"

For 3 years and 10 movies I did stunts on movies until my ankle was destroyed in a car wreck. Since 1997, I've a Sr. Production Associate for a series of major and independent companies until 2007 when my Mother suffered a series of medical setbacks and I moved back to GA and start consulting on story development deals for productions (TV and movie) world-wide dependent on my Mother's health needs. It ain't "name dropping" when you get the calls!

JSSN
JSSN

@HotDawg  

Nobody is stopping them from doing (or not doing) "their jobs!" 

 "Sounds like you've got an axe to grind, by your comments."

Damn skippy, I don't like watching bad professional football! I don't like watching it in Houston! I don't like watching it in Oakland!  I don't like watching it in Jacksonville! I don't like watching it in Cleveland! I didn't like watching it in Philadelphia (Lurie corrected that)! I didn't like watching it in Arizona (Bidwell seems to have finally corrected that)!

"And appreciative of everyone involved, from owner, staff, and players. What's wrong with that?"

Nothing if you don't try to masqueraded pass it off off as being "E-L-I-T-E!" They charge premium prices to watch the National Football League whether it be in person or in some cases through media outlets. Even though I haven't had to pay for NFL content since joining first Touchstone Television back in 2003 then its reincarnation ABC Studios, but I'm never forget that I saved my first month of salary in 1989 to purchase my first set of season tickets for the Falcons at the old AFC Stadium. I kept those tickets upgrading 6 times until the day they hired Bobby Petrino!  I was done! People deserve better, and should demand it! Otherwise, be prepared to being fans of the 1990s era Vikings and Chiefs! It looks promising to those happy not to be in the cellar but no real challenge to the teams built to really win!

I have said they have taken a good first step in terms of becoming a "sound professional football team." But for any of you still being frauds and thinking this team even with a home run draft (and that is a big damn if) is ready to take on what the Axis of the NFC West or even what is being reshaped in Green Bay, Detroit, or the Eagles! 

HotDawg
HotDawg

Jssn...Since you're dropping names like rain drops, what is it you do exactly?

Sounds like you've got an axe to grind, by your comments.

Dawggoneit and others are appreciative of the Falcons success the past few years, compared to their history. And appreciative of everyone involved, from owner, staff, and players.

What's wrong with that?

Last season stunk, but it doesn't take away their previous success. Of course some changes were made to help everyone do their job better. Now let them do their job.

JSSN
JSSN

@DawgGoneIt

"Checkers?" Nice joke steal, because it is not worth the money (which isn't great) Roger Jackson (long-time Vikings/Ravens scout) and Fred Hoaglin (long-time NFL O-line guru) told me years ago when I was first exploring secondary careers in case I decided to forego the entertainment business to never consider the NFL (coaching or administrative) because you have no life.

I'll take 60 hour work weeks with Eastwood, Raffella DeLaurentiis, Michael Apted, Jon Avnet, Gulliermo del Toro, Jennifer Collins, Jodie Foster, the late John Frankenheimer, and hundreds of others any day over working for Arthur Blank!  

But for right now, I'll do my contract work and enjoy the time my Mother has left making sure she is well cared for everyday! Why? Because I worked hard enough for 30 years to be able to cut back and and do it (as if it were your business)! 

JSSN
JSSN

@GA_Murf_

Don't lecture me on what NFL trainers and medical staffs (or training staffs above the local physical therapy clinic level). One of best friends is a two time Collegiate trainer of the year and one of the most respected physical therapists and athletic trainers in North America. 

"He plays in a less strenuousness sport." NBA and professional basketball played without pads and the amount of protective afforded to NFL, lacrosse, or hockey players is as bruising, and dexterity taxing as football in many ways and beyond ask Derrick Rose. Wade (like Rose) has been reckless (in style of play) in how he plays and he's nearly 140 games a year (including his commitment to USA Basketball), he's not the player you want to hold out as the example, he's the cautionary tale.

As far as professional football players, as my friend puts it, "some teams get, some teams don't!" You brought up Bettis, thank you for all of his many physical issues (I lived in Pittsburgh between 1999-2000), the Steelers training and medical staff is renowned for extending, rehabilitation, and techniques that kept Bettis performing on the field far beyond where his peers had fallen off in production and physical health.

"If you're going to be critical of the Falcons training regarding this, you have to be critical of every other t(e)am in the league." I would if other teams sucked as much as the Falcons training and medical staff has since the day that made Dimitroff (the New England way) Rod Medlin start reporting to a non medically clinical therapy trained superior in former employee Jeff Fish. You then double down on the mistake and let Fish bring in Lauzon and almost the same entire staff that had been cashiered in Cleveland! The only thing the Falcons have not had in the 7 deadly plagues of training staff yet is MRSA! This staff is suspect! I'll be back with the specifics (again)! This is not my first time shooting the excuses for this staff down. You want Jiffy Lube results, keep using such flawed products.


GA_Murf_
GA_Murf_

@JSSN @DawgGoneIt  Actually the training staff primary role is to help players recover from injuries as  quickly as possible. Although they work with players to keep them on the field, its not job threatening if the player suffers another injury. In the NFL there is a 35% to 40% that a player other than the QB, K/P, will play all 16 regular season games not to mention the playoffs. Players get hurt in this league because it's a violent game. This is why league the commish wants try to protect the players. Owners realize the players are getting hurt frequently and therefore the best product can't be on the field. Owners don't want anything to cost them money and this is a factor that plays a role in that. This sport is not even classified as a contact sport, it's actually classified as a collision sport. Players will get hurt, some more than others. If a player is prone to injury then there is not much one can do to change that. Sometimes there is no signs in college that a player may be injury prone but may have trouble staying on the field in the NFL. The league is just that taxing on the body and every player body is not going to respond the same way no matter the treatment they receive. Dwayne Wade is a good example. He doesn't even play football but his knees are shot to hell. Of course the team has changed trainers to help him get on the court but he still misses games just to rest his knees. He plays in a less strenuousness sport, although they play plenty more games, some players bodies cant handle or will not respond well the the physically of the game. Micheal Vick mention in an interview that  he would feel like he was in a car accident the morning after a game. Jerome Bettis also stated the so rough on his body that he couldn't even get out of bed the next day, These are players the are known not to have many injury problems and if they felt like this after games imagine how worst it is for guys the struggle to stay on the field. My point is players will get hurt over the course of the season and every team has there fair share of injuries. If you're going to be critical of the Falcons training regarding this, you have to be critical of every other tam in the league. To have the as much success as they did over the years is a good thing. Some teams don't even sniff the playoffs yet alone win the Superbowl.

JSSN
JSSN

@DawgGoneIt

You assume you didn't have many injuries. No, what the Falcons had were a "timeliness to their injuries" (except in 2009). 

In 2008, you limped with injuries and issues into the playoffs with most of your LBs, especially  Boley, Milloy, Webster, Mughelli among others and Weiner and Baker (who lost for the season halfway through). You did same in 2009 with losing Peele before the season even commenced Ryan, Turner, Dahl, and many others in your defensive backfield. They scapegoated Rod Medlin (the former trainer). In 2010, you had injuries going into the playoffs in the DBs especially key nickel back Brian Williams (sound familiar and with again with Baker being hampered). I I could go over the mess with Julio's foot. I could go over the mess with Turner's hamstrings and lower legs. I could go over the compensating injury to Grimes's Achilles tendon after the knee injury. Baker had to go outside of the franchise to get his back issues straight. Then as soon he gets back in their protocol, the knee becomes an issue. 

Next time, ask somebody, you'll know better. This training staff is suspect!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@JSSN @DawgGoneIt  Dude before last season, we were one of the best teams in the NFL in terms of staying healthy. We didn't have many injuries until last year. The injury bug just wouldn't stay off of us last season. Week 2 against the Rams, we lost like 4 starters in one game. Then lost Julio for the year against the Jets. From 2008-2012 we were very good at staying healthy....2013 was just a bump in the road. We will be back.