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Thread: Grading Tuna, Ireland and Sparano

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    Grading Tuna, Ireland and Sparano

    Tuna

    Grade dependent on Ireland/Sparano and discounted from there for being a quitter.

    Ireland

    2008
    -Drafted franchise LT Jake Long but at the cost of franchise QB john beck.
    -Good picks included DE Kendal Langford and QB Chad Henne.
    -Major FA signing was injury prone OG Justin Smiley who proved to be....injury prone.
    -FA signings also included bust WR Ernest Wilford.

    2009
    -Drafted francise CB Vontae Davis.
    -Drafted bust QB Pat White in the early 2nd round and bust WR Patrick Turner in the 3rd round.
    -Drafted WR Brian Hartline in round 4 (good value).
    -Major FA signing was injury prone C Jake Grove who prove to be....injury prone.
    -Traded away C Samson Satele who continues to play very well for the Raiders.
    -FA signings also included OLB Cam Wake from the CFL (major steal) and bust FA CB Eric Green.

    2010
    -Calls Dez Bryant's mom a prostitute instead of just drafting him. Dez Bryant already an elite WR1 and RS.
    -Trades down and drafts injury prone DE Jared Odrick (had history of leg problems) who proves to be....IR'd.
    -Uses acquired 2nd round pick on OLB Koa Misi who seems just average thus far.
    -Other picks contributing include OG John Jerry and FS Rashad Jones.
    -Major FA signing ILB Karlos Dansby (credit goes more to ownership for spending what it took to sign him).
    -Major trade for WR Brandon Marshall (cost was 2 second round picks).

    Overall, not sure positives outweigh passing on john beck and Dez Bryant while still leaving us with holes on the OL, STs and defense (not to mention no talent at RB for the future).

    Sparano

    Overall, likable guy but can't accept STs disasterous play for the last 3 years, horrible offensive play calling (hate play action on 3rd and longs) and worst of all....our OL is still a mess after his 3 year tenure and he's an OL guy.

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    GRADE F... we are not appreciably better than we were 3 years ago.
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    we were heading the right direction until they gutted the interior o-line thereby ruining our power running game and turning us into a pass first team with dan henning as our coordinator...last night i was thinking maybe ireland should stay but now i'm leaning towards him going as well, he makes some really nice finds (wake, clemons, bess) but also whiffs too many times in big spots i feel...also the FA signing track record of this FO has been horrendous outside of the dansby signing, ross please clean house
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    Objectively & thoughtfully ... as there are ALOT worse in the NFL ... been thinking about this since Tuna abandoned ship.

    Tuna C ... we've come along way, but aren't even at the halfway to our destination .... trip not as planned or advertised
    Sparano B- ... he doesn't have the greatest groceries to cook with, OR a Chef/QB
    Ireland C ... done a solid job & many have done worse ... but the NFL will NOT be beating a path to his door

    I do NOT project the future as a Nostra-Dumbaz ... but have an Important observation on Human Behavior to watch for ....
    I expect Ireland & Sparano to do some surprising stuff now that Tuna is gone. I'll be watching!!!

    Look at all the Jr. politicians or Jr. executives who followed great leaders ... they say they will continue the SAME game plan ... ONCE THEY TOOK POWER, their true personalities & strategies came out, sometimes appearing to swerve 180 degrees!!! i.e. Reagan campaigned to cut taxes & had a huge tax/military buildup ... WalMart's Glass filled the store with chinese crap (Sam was a made in US patriot)




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    Quote Originally Posted by MisiDressing View Post
    Tuna

    -Drafted franchise LT Jake Long but at the cost of franchise QB john beck.
    Sig courtesy of @dolfan565

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    john beck is one of the NFL's best young QBs. I'm sorry but that trumps Jake Long.

    And by the way, ATL also drafted a very, very good LT named Sam Baker in the early 2nd round of that same draft. So we could've had Ryan and Baker instead of Long and Merling.

    I know Jake Long is a great player but again, franchise QB > franchise LT.

    If you don't agree, then just let me know while you're watching the Falcons in the playoffs this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bla bla bla View Post
    GRADE F... we are not appreciably better than we were 3 years ago.
    you can not actually think we were better off 3 years ago.... if so you are a moron
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    Quote Originally Posted by zach8111 View Post
    you can not actually think we were better off 3 years ago.... if so you are a moron
    He said "NOT APPRECIABLY" better...and quite frankly...we didn't look "APPRECIABLY" better last night...
    "May the acorns rest in peace..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by zach8111 View Post
    you can not actually think we were better off 3 years ago.... if so you are a moron
    No we're better than 3 years ago. Cam Cameron was a joke of a HC and Mueller was an all-bust hall of fame GM.

    Sparano is likable as a HC but there's no excuse for the OL, STs and the offensive play calling. Tuna/Ireland have at least gotten us a franchise LT, and franchise CB and some other good starters (Langford in particular) but I don't give them much credit for Marshall and Dansby b/c that's more about ownership being willing to spend the $.

    And Tuna/Ireland are to blame for missing out on john beck and Dez Bryant and for the multitude of big money FA busts (Smiley, Wilford, Grove, Green) and giving away Samson Satele for almost nothing.

    Bottom line is the NFL is still about superstars at the QB position (see Brees, Manning, Brady, Big Ben winning SBs) and we're still searching after 3 years of this regime.

    Tuna/Ireland let john beck slip right by them.

    And passing on Dez Bryant was also a huge mistake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryD View Post
    I expect Ireland & Sparano to do some surprising stuff now that Tuna is gone. I'll be watching!!!
    By surprising if you mean leaving a third string QB "hung out to dry" with
    a decimated offensive line providing NO PASS PROTECTION while rushing 7 times in one game

    Allowing Henning to continue to put nails in the individual coffins of
    both Ireland and Sparano and NOT make any changes whatsoever.

    Saying we are going to be a"running team first" for over a month now and doing nothing to
    solve the problem of "TEFLON HENNING" AND HIS IDIOTIC PLAY CALLING

    FOR NEVER accepting responsibility for anything wrong with this team

    You may be surprised but I will not fall for this poor excuse of a football regime
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