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Falcons players call Edwards’ release a “wakeup call”

Discussion in 'NFL Zone' started by MCIWEST, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. MCIWEST

    MCIWEST Member

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    This is what is needed on our team!

    When the Falcons released defensive end Ray Edwards, they made it clear that it was a decision made because Edwards’ diminished play no longer warranted a spot on the team’s roster.
    They didn’t say anything about also wanting to send a message to the rest of the team that neither your name nor your salary guarantee you anything in Atlanta, but it doesn’t seem like they needed to be explicit on that front. The Associated Press spoke to several Falcons players who said Edwards’ departure was a reminder that they were constantly being judged by the coaching staff and front office.
    “It’s a wakeup call,” safety Thomas DeCoud said. “The message has been received.”
    “It’s scary,” guard Peter Konz said. “It makes you think. But if you do the right things, get the job done on the field, you don’t have to be too worried about it.”
    “That’s the way this game goes. You can be replaced,” cornerback Dunta Robinson said. ”Ray was a great friend of mine. I hate to see him go. But it’s a business. Things like this are going to happen when it’s a business.”

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/15/falcons-players-call-edwards-release-a-wakeup-call/:bow:
  2. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    ATL is in a different place than we're in. But, yeah, that's a well-coached team right there. I'd love the move if I were a Falcon fan. You just know he had that in his back pocket for the week after the first loss.
  3. DBOY3141

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    Let them win a playoff game first. Dallas won a couple of NFC East championships under Wade and had a 1st round bye one year. They won 1 playoff game.

    Atlanta under the great Mike Smith and Matty Ice have not won anything. They got smoked at home two years ago and scored 2 points last year against the Giants.

    I'll believe in them when they produce in January.
  4. ChldsPlay

    ChldsPlay Well-Known Member

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    Don't forget their first round loss to Arizona in 2008.
  5. Little Jr

    Little Jr Well-Known Member

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    .Cutting a bad player really doesn't show anything
  6. Bluestang

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    Ray Edwards had only played in 212 snaps, 112 run def, 95 pass rush, 5 pass coverage.

    While his replacement Kroy Biermann played in 399, 148 run def, 218 pass rush, 33 pass coverage.


    Ya message sent, backup players are at risk just like in any other NFL team.
  7. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    There are lots of reasons to lose playoff games. Leading the league in fewest penalties, nearing the league lead in fewest turnovers, best record, and then cutting a somewhat-significant player to make a point...that's pretty impressive in my book.
  8. rocyaice

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    Edwards was a bum and was holding his team back. Who on the Cowboys fits that mold? The closest you'll get is Felix but he's not nearly as bad as what Ray Edwards has been doing. He literally would stand there and not even attempt to get to the qb.
  9. DBOY3141

    DBOY3141 Well-Known Member

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    Nope. It's what you do in January. Period. That's what the media tells us. If you don't win in the playoffs you are an underachiever. Dallas has that tag and so should Atlanta.
  10. MCIWEST

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    I think the main point is "ACCOUNTABILITY" pull your weight or you will be looking for a job! It’s easy to say backup player but Edwards was bought in as a starter and was paid starter money…How often do we hear a player’s contract is the reason why clubs don’t cut a player because of?
  11. Proximo

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    Well said. Sometimes I think our fan base has too much of a "grass is always greener on the other side" mentality. Wanting to be like everyone else all the time.

    Wasn't there an overtime game where Mike Smith went for it on like 4th and 1 on his own 30, and Atlanta got stuffed, then subsequently lost the game on the next series? Imagine if JG pulled a move like that...
  12. Little Jr

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    He wasn't a significant player. He was a back up and not a ver good one. Really wasn't that big of a deal
  13. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    Exactly.

    They cut a back up.

    Big whoop.

    Teams do that pretty much every week in the NFL.
  14. Bluestang

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    And if the argument persists that ATL paid him to be a starter, well folks that falls on the GM/Owner/Coaches for mis-evaluating him as a player.
  15. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Well, you're not going to cut one of your all pros. He was a recent addition and a big money FA contract, and they obviously timed cutting him with the loss to make a point.

    It isn't that big a deal, but it was a nicely placed reminder to the team that nobody's safe. Other good coaches have been known to do similar things to players for minor offenses, like sleeping in a tape session.
  16. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    Wake up call? Reading way too much into this move after just one loss on the season.
  17. Aven8

    Aven8 Well-Known Member

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    Somewhere Marc Columbo is smiling. :)

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