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Podcast: Fear the Falcons?
They're building the right way under GM Terry Fontenot. The Calais Campbell signing is intriguing. The question now is the quarterback. We discuss on the Go Long Podcast.
The Calais Campbell signing should make us all stop and think.
Money talks, sure. But the veteran defensive lineman couldn’t picked his suitor in 2023.
His reputation is sterling — instantly he’s the leader of any locker room. His game hasn’t faded at all — he’s the same Gregor Clegane-sized force eliminating half the line of scrimmage.
So, the fact that Campbell chose the Atlanta Falcons as his next destination should force us all to pay a little more attention to a club that has also lured safety Jessie Bates (four years, $64 million), defensive tackle David Onyemata (three years, $35M) and outside linebacker Kaden Elliss (three years, $21.5M), while retaining guard Chris Lindstrom (five years, $102.M) and tackle Kaleb McGary (three years, $34.5M) with a handful of other smart, low-cost additions: QB Taylor Heinicke, CB Mike Hughes, WR Scotty Miller, WR Mack Hollins.
Nor did I have any clue this team could incite such passion and rage.
Considering my podcast co-host, Jim Monos, worked with Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot on the New Orleans Saints’ scouting staff, it’s time to ramp up the Falcons talk. There’s certainly a common DNA thread to these signings. Atlanta is stockpiling tough football players. These aren’t the sort of vets who will coast once the ink’s dry. Building from the inside-out can work and, as we know, the NFC South is up for grabs.
Also, we pick up the Buffalo Bills discussion. Josh Allen needs the green light to be Josh Allen.
This episode is recorded live at Fattey Beer Company’s Hamburg, NY location with a jazz band providing some soothing tunes in the background.
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