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ENEMY LINES
Josh Elliott
September 02, 2002
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Falcons
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September 02, 2002

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Falcons

"Their new owner wants to win now, or at least wants to give that impression. There's no other way to explain overpaying Warrick Dunn, who I don't think was worth the money you pay an every-down back. They also gave far too much money to Todd Weiner. Why would you give that guy a $5 million bonus? Because you want people to believe in you....

Bringing in Wade Phillips was their biggest upgrade on defense. They'll be O.K. in the 3-4, because their linebackers run well....

Keith Brooking is overrated. He flies around, but he's nowhere near the Brian Urlacher-Ray Lewis category....

Their biggest question mark is Patrick Kerney. Last year he was good, but he's not coming off the edge anymore. He'll have to be more stout against the run, something I don't think he'll do very well....

Their secondary is a cause for concern. They'll get beat deep more this year, but they're smart enough to contain things....

Dunn will just be a change-of-pace guy. But he could lead the team in receptions, and T.J. Duckett's a beast....

At wide receiver, Willie Jackson will help, but Shawn Jefferson's slipping, and Brian Finneran is just a possession guy....

On the O-line Bob Whitfield's getting older [he's 30], Travis Claridge is a stiff, and the rest are just adequate....

Michael Vick will have to carry these guys, but in this division, they'll be in the mix."

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