Osi’s Dream Team

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Osi Umenyiora is giddy over the prospects of his new team. I guess he was too busy playing last year to actually watch what transpired in Atlanta...or in Philadelphia.

 
Quick Out, March 30, 2013

Osi Umenyiora has proclaimed that the Atlanta Falcons—his new team, you understand— is “the most talented team that I’ve probably seen in my life.”

Well…maybe they are, too. Of course, while that says a little bit about the Falcons, it says a lot more about Umenyiora. It also tends to put a lot more pressure on people: Matt Ryan, Mike Smith, Umenyiora himself. Not to mention Rodney White. If they’re really this talented, why haven’t they ever won a championship? Or come close, without shitting the bed?

Oh, they’re the most talented now! After free agency (even after losing John Abraham, Brent Grimes, Todd McClure, etc). Gotcha. So, they’re kinda like a …Dream Team?

Does Osi ever watch the show? Does he not recall the last time a player gushed about how wonderful it was to play for a team that loaded up on a bunch of new guys in the offseason, before waiting to find out how they would mesh as a group, or how they would play in a different system?

I’ll give the Falcons this: they’re not the train wreck waiting to happen that is any Andy Reid Production. But if they think they’re now fully loaded and ready to take on all comers, they’re more than a little mistaken. Their problem isn’t, and hasn’t been, lack of talent.

Their problem is lack of balls.

When the going gets tough, the Saints play tough, and occasionally they play with brilliant audacity. That’s how they managed to come back from a 10-point deficit and shock the world (thanks, Kurt! Great line!) in Super Bowl XXLDGFIIIII. By contrast, when the going gets tough, the Falcons collapse. Not just lose: collapse. Like, 24-2. Like, consecutive second half efforts that I could smell from 200 miles away. That’s why Drew Brees was right last season, when he said the NFC South still belongs to us. (Before he went out and, um, threw five six interceptions? Shut up.)

So far, Joe Namath has a stranglehold on the title of NFL Prophet. Everyone else who’s ever tried it has wound up looking like an idiot. Now it’s Osi’s turn…and frankly, I think this bodes rather well.

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  • PhilistineMarch 31, 2013 at 10:40 am

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    As Dan Pompei says this morning, “*Osi Umenyiora was signed by the Falcons to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. But he’s also doing quite a job of putting pressure on Falcons coach Mike Smith.”

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  • AcadieMarch 31, 2013 at 11:34 am

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    My football hindsight not being anything like 20-20, can anyone tell me if a football team has ever actually managed to win it all by virtue of a shopping spree? I understand it is not entirely unheard of in baseball. For us, Championships seem rather to hinge on intangibles, like psychic connections between quarterbacks and receivers, or those flashes of inspiration that enable a corner to jump a route (any more news out there regarding Tracy Porter?), or the magic combination of training and strategy and meshed personalities that lets some squads function as an elite unit, a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

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    • HimselfMarch 31, 2013 at 12:49 pm

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      I can’t offhand think of one. There have been hugely significant single free agent acquisitions, like Drew Brees and Reggie White, for instance; but the wholesale remaking of a team into a champion through free agency? Not that I can see. Go down the list of Super Bowl champions, and all of them from the free agency era have been built slowly, through the draft, with a few judicious free agent signings occurring over multiple seasons. No shopping sprees.

      There’s another aspect of doing so that hardly ever gets mentioned: the destruction it causes to any sense within the locker room of that “band of brothers” mentality that almost all champions have. Instead, you get the implicit message that you’re all replaceable mercenary cogs in an impersonal machine. Not good for morale.

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    • Rob Ryan's VanMarch 31, 2013 at 1:16 pm

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      The only team that comes to mind is the ’94 49ers who signed Rickey Jackson, Deion Sanders, Richard Dent, and maybe some others (?) the prior offseason.

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      • HimselfMarch 31, 2013 at 5:46 pm

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        The only really significant signing there was Sanders. Jackson had an okay year replacing Kevin Fagan; Dent barely played. Frankly, at that point in their careers, signing Jackson and Dent would be like signing James Harrison and Kyle Vanden Bosch: big names from the past who can fill a hole, but aren’t anything like what they were in their prime. Sanders was different: he had his best season in SF.

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    • PhilistineMarch 31, 2013 at 9:13 pm

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      Beats me, lady. I’m just here for Happy Hour.

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  • vjdancerApril 1, 2013 at 11:22 am

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    Really Osi? “Most talented you’ve ever seen”??? Like EVER?? Including the TWO – versions of the Giant’s teams that managed to win a championship? Ugh. Sit down and please do not speak into a microphone anymore.

    Talk about taking the “be complimentary of the new boss/teammates” schtick too far.

    As a NJ native, with the Giants being almost everyone in my family’s favorite, as well as my very, very, (ok maybe another very, very) distant second favorite team, I might have actually been offended by his remarks. You know, if the fact that he was talking about the Falcons didn’t make it so…laughable.

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