Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Don't let the door hit ya....

Greatest picture I've seen in a looooong time. LOL @ the Cowboys.

6 comments:

Worm said...

He has been a good player for the Falcons. Not that good anymore, but he used to be pretty good. The reason I will not bash on him is because of his loyalty to the Falcons and his desire to stay with his home team to try and help them win. Great person and a 5-time pro bowler that played behind the worst Dline in the NFL for most of his career.

Bop said...

By all accounts, yes he is a very good person. That being said, you lost me six words in with that comment. I could not disagree more. Arguably the most overrated player I've ever seen. As a player between the lines, when it comes to making plays that determine wins and loses, this is addition by subtraction for the Falcons. Funny how he made it one year with Dimitroff, Smith and BVG at DC. Long overdue departure. Long long overdue. But yeah, he's seems to be a fine man off the field.

JJ said...

Brooking is/was worth somewhere between 1-2 losses per year ALONE. It is very difficult for one player on a football field to be that bad.

His best season was his rookie year when I don't believe that he started a game. He single handedly kept the Falcons out of the Super Bowl this past season with one of the worst single mistakes that I've ever seen a professional athlete make. (Yeah, I know there were mistakes made by other players before that, but the fact that Arizona was able to close the game out on that play was the biggest reason the Falcons didn't advance.)

Brooking is the most overrated pro athlete in the history of football. (Not arguably, he just is.) No player has ever gained more off the assisted tackle (the dumbest stat in football.)

He stayed with the Falcons because nobody else ever wanted him. You could watch 5 minutes of game film of him and figure that out. The only reason the Cowboys signed him this year is because they are going in the direction to bring some character to the locker room. He'll give them that, but nothing more. He will not start for Dallas next year. He'll finish out this contract (if he isn't cut before its over) and then he'll start coaching somewhere. Probably back in Atlanta as a coach soon. Falcons fans can only hope he's a better coach than he was a player.

I wish him and his family well in their future endeavors. I have never been more pleased to see a player leave Atlanta.

Worm said...

No question it was time for Brooking to move on. Old, slower and too much money would be the reasons. He didnt single handedly cost the Falcons the Super Bowl, thats ridiculous. It was a huge mistake though. All I am saying is when a 5 time pro bowl player stayed in Atlanta for 11 seasons, he deserves a little less bashing than he is getting. I wanted him to leave just as much as anybody. But when JJ says "I have never been more pleased to see a player leave Atlanta" and we had Vick and DeAngelo Hall on our team just 2 years ago, its just seems a little much.

JJ said...

Worm: I've watched every Falcons game during Brooking's time in Atlanta, and I bet I can't count on more than 2 hands the number of times I remember him making an impact play. I've been screaming for him to get gone since his 2nd year in the league. He has truly held back the Atlanta defense (and the franchise for that matter) from becoming elite. There was no question with Van Gorder became DC that Brooking's days as a Falcon were numbered. Blank loved him because he was a Georgia native, was well spoken and stayed out of trouble. He was probably a great example for the rest of the roster off the field. He knew the playbook and could call the defense. Beyond that, he was slow, had terrible tackling technique, and worst of all he couldn't cover Grady Jackson if he was playing tight end. Always has been atrocious in pass coverage which was exposed most as he was playing on the edge at various points in his career.

Like I said, I wish him well. I won't argue he has been a good Falcon from a PR standpoint and projects well for the community. His Foundation has done great things I'm sure (another thing that I'm sure Blank doesn't want to go away.) But his skills are beyond weak and have been for a while. Removing him from an aggressive defense like Van Gorder's will knock the lid off the Falcons defensively. Wait and see. Coy Wire may or may not be any good, but he'll be a vast improvement.

Vick and D. Hall forced Blank's hand (and the NFL's in Vick's case) with their actions off the field. The on-field equivalent of Vick and D. Hall was what Brooking was pulling off for the last 10+ years. Whiffing 5 tackles a game and getting beat by scrap heap tight ends for his entire career did at least as much damage in the win/loss column for the franchise, as Vick did by fighting dogs and running the 2007 season into the ground.

Worm said...

JJ, you are arguing with someone who agrees with you. Brooking should be gone and should have been gone a few years ago. I certainly dont think I know as much about football as you or Bop. I just dont think he was as bad as you guys think. He was a 5 time pro bowler, a really good guy and a Falcon.