UPDATE: Falcons sign Grossman, so we know what they think of backups

Rex Grossman, who was cut by Cleveland in the preseason last year, is working out for the Falcons. (Ron Schwane/USA Today)

Rex Grossman, who was cut by Cleveland in the preseason last year, is working out for the Falcons. (Ron Schwane/USA Today)

Rex Grossman, who was cut by Cleveland in the preseason last year, is working out for the Falcons. (Ron Schwane/USA Today)

FLOWERY BRANCH — There’s a chance the Falcons will sign quarterback Rex Grossman and I’m sensing the immediate reaction among the fanbase is: “AAAAAAGGH!” But there’s nothing wrong with the team’s move, other than it shines a light 0n one of the shortcomings of the team’s offseason.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday, “I wouldn’t (read) too much into” the fact the Falcons have brought the veteran into camp for a physical and a tryout (though they haven’t signed him, yet). Quinn maintains the move is reflective of something he and general manager Thomas Dimitroff would do at any position to potentially create competition, not just quarterback.

UPDATE: The Falcons officially signed Grossman this morning, after he had worked out for the team and passed a physical Tuesday.

This is what we call: spin. If Quinn and Dimitroff were really happy with how backups T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree have looked in mini-camps, training camp and two exhibition games, they wouldn’t even be looking at Grossman. Nobody thought about bringing him in before training camp. That should tell you something.

In short:

— The good news is that Grossman may improve the Falcons’ backup quarterback situation.

— The bad news is that Grossman may improve the Falcons’ backup quarterback situation.

He is 35 years old and hasn’t taken a snap since 2011, when he started 11 games for Washington. He was on the Redskins’ roster in 2012 and 2013 and was out of football in 2014 after being cut in the preseason by Cleveland. (The Browns sought to re-sign him for one week in December for the veteran minimum after losing Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer to injuries, but Grossman passed, preferring to spend the holidays with his family in Palm Beach rather than collect a game check in excess of $50,000. Must be nice.)

I don’t have a problem with the Falcons’ bringing in Grossman, or even signing him if it comes to that. He has played 54 NFL games, started 47 and, yes, was Chicago’s starting quarterback in 2006 when the Bears went to the Super Bowl.

If he a starting-caliber quarterback now? Of course not. But the Falcons could make worst decisions for a backup behind Matt Ryan, and they apparently have.

Statistics in exhibition games can be misleading, but Yates isn’t making a strong case for himself, completing only 17 of 30 attempts for 183 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions (rating: 46.9). Renfree has been a little better: 16 for 21, 162 yards, zero TDs but also zero interceptions (rating: 97.7). Each has been sacked twice.

If Ryan goes down, the Falcons are dead, anyway. But it would be nice to think they have a reasonable option behind him.

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Wilbo
Wilbo

Who are these guys trippin' on this board?

tennDAWG
tennDAWG

Who in the HELL screwed up the UGA board ???

Gman84
Gman84

Rankin Blank's Falcons will be awful again this year...really hope that new stadium is empty next year

Floppy
Floppy

@Gman84You, sir, are a negative Nelly.  I am too..

JSSN
JSSN

@Gman84

Holy crap, that nickname was hilarious, and a sad indictment too!

Michaelee
Michaelee

The Falcons could have The Packer's QB at Number one, the Saints at number two and The Giants at number three holding up the jock straps of the first two and still end the year with an 8 - 8 Season. I have lost all faith in this team to get by one playoff game. They just can't find what it takes to get to the Big Game.


I remember the NFC Title Game and wasn't Tony Gonzales open in the end zone waving his arms for Ryan to throw to him? I must have thought I saw that. Oh, I remember the Dan Reeves Team that played in the Big Game, so don't think I forgot. It is time for the Falcons to take three steps forward and no steps back. Play the Big Game and win a Superbowl.


Will it happen this year? Nope!

Next year? Nope!

The Year After? Nope!


In the HereAfter, after we are all on the other side? Absolutely!

WhopperDawg
WhopperDawg

I feel like throwing up. After 7 drafts, no backup QB exists. A HC from a real organization what knows what NFL players walk like, talk like and play like rolls in and Dimitroff's draft choices are dropping like flies. Konz, Southward, Holmes are going to be the latest to see the knife.

RangeRover
RangeRover

Guess two just became a Steeler's fan?  JSS (Insert Trademark Here). that's who?

He has hated Blank and the Falcons after not hiring Lovie Smith in 2008 and releasing Vick in 2007 and now he has his perfect team...a black head coach and a black QB.

Where's a photo of that sign of his when I need it that says:  "Black QB Lives Matter!"

JSSN
JSSN

@RangeRover

Good things you're not a pronositgator! Go and buy some more Rex jerseys fresh off the 2nd hand rack just for  you! Lollipops and unicorns PSLs are available on Ticketmaster! "Crone lives don't matter!"

JSSN
JSSN

@RangeRover

Dude, get your secretary to explain the difference between the words: "who" and "two!" You know, the one at the desk of your "two" imaginary businesses!

spike79
spike79

Every good back up that the Falcons ever get, they trade away. Why cant they do what the Packers did?  49ers? Patriots? etc etc

DawgNole
DawgNole

@spike79

Because those teams you cite are champions! Falcons are not!

freezboy
freezboy

he's all they can afford

JSSN
JSSN

All you gravytrain posters are going to have to come up with new material! Get your Rex jerseys! 

JackClemens
JackClemens

@JSSN What drives you to engage others in such an insulting manner? What is missing in your life that you are compelled to try to place yourself above your fellow man? And, don't say they start it, because you clearly come looking for it and have for years. Seek grace through gratitude. It will bring you peace. Namaste.

RangeRover
RangeRover

@JackClemens

Because he's a not so covert racist, that's why?  A former Falcon Season Ticket Holder, JSS (Insert Trademark Here) has hated Blank since he released his black QB idol, Mike Smith and didn't hire Lovie Smith over Mike Smith.  That's why he's obsessed with anything that involves a Falcons HC or QB.  

He unequivocally WANTS the Falcons to fail because of his utter, unabashed hatred that is the offspring of his racism.

JSSN
JSSN

@RangeRover @JackClemens

You two are beyond stuck on stupid. Mr. "Beans and Rice" knows his bed is made and paid for in my book. Each season he picks up a defender (or series of them), and by February they've crawled off in the hole with the rest of the keyboard phonies! KerryB, Big Ray, ZuZu, Cobb County (that threatening phony bounty hunter must sharing a jail cell with Jared Fogle), and all the rest of the blah blah blahs who liken being a "Falcons fan" to sainthood, make it personal and will be personal. Don't get it twisted, they can't talk football.

I never say "They start it." Peace is relevant, I've had it for years, sorry don't preach it at me. Oh, stay out of it. It doesn't 1. concern you and 2. involve you. If you want to become a part of it, be my guest! However, I think you'd be wiser than that in fact.

JSSN
JSSN

@RangeRover

How could the Falcons hire "Lovie Smith over Mike Smith?" I want you to think hard about that statement for the 9 millionth time! With all of the tampering rules in the NFL. With all of the contract matters that would have had to been broken in money to break the contract he already in Chicago, how could Lovie Smith been considered for the Falcons in January 2008 when his team was one season removed from playing in the Super Bowl and the McCloskey family (that Halas's daughter) hadn't even entertained letting anyone speak to him? 

These are just some of the reasons I mock you, All Day, Any Day! It is because there is no lie you won't tell! Go ahead, if you were smart enough, I'd tell you to put a "copy command" into a macro key with the name "Mike Vick or Michael Vick" (you're not, no worries).  Because that's all you've got, and the famous secondary lie about his "being cut" unleashing some hatred of Blank! Liars love the vacuum of a lack of common sense. I hate that an owner was stupid enough to hire Bobby Petrino! Only he deserves the bipolar love/hate rantings of a person like you! Sarcasm alert: "Thank goodness that on January 7, 2007, he suckered Blank literally! All of that "Entitlement Money" (somehow disguised as checks from ABC/Disney) was saved from being wasted!

Oh yeah Business Master of the Universe 10-22 must look outstanding on your tax write-off? Ha ha, real business leaders don't let phony business leaders avoid becoming Falcons season ticket holders!

BooBooBear
BooBooBear

I'm guessing neither Bret Favre nor Bobby Hebert wanted to come out of retirement and wear the ole red, black and silver again.

C. Diff
C. Diff

The Falcons could make WORSE decisions. Geez! Does nobody proof read anymore?

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

My daily dose of comedy is back! Wow I love reading these blogs!

likeitis
likeitis

Getting cut by Cleveland is a real downer...He deserves another chance. 

HonestInformed
HonestInformed

Serious answer to the question: Only if he can play LG or RG as well as someone like Evan Mathis.


WHY WHY WHY have we not been negotiating with Evan Mathis???????????????  The only G on our roster who has demonstrated the ability to play RG or LG at an acceptable level is Asamoah and the Falcons obviously do not think he is a good fit for the ZB scheme.

dawgs1
dawgs1

@HonestInformed  He wants too much money. Notice all the other NFL teams have passed on him.

kirkinga
kirkinga

@HonestInformed Because the Falcons are too suborn to admit both lines still need work and they are too cheap to sign the guy for $2.5-$4 million apparently. The Broncos didn't have an issue with that and signed him.

JSSN
JSSN

@HonestInformed

Like I said: "Stay on the AJC Blogs," your day just went to the potty! Mathis to the Broncos (take that 63), and you and that phony Trump wannabe's obsession is in the PGH! So much for your "honesty" and that "informed" thing!

JSSN
JSSN

@dawgs1 @HonestInformed

If he could not have his big payday, he wanted to play for team "honestly" in the hunt for Lombardi, not the other way around!

Baghead
Baghead

Dumbtroff out biking around Kennessaw Mountain this week.  No time to think about assembling a winning team.  Blank should've sent him back to his grounds keeper day job.  The longer he lingers, the more years you can add to a rebuild.  

BLowE12
BLowE12

@Baghead Is he?? Let me see if I can knock off that bike and mess that hair up! Maybe even rip those silly looking shades he wears indoors like a clown.

likeitis
likeitis

Dumbtroff is at it again.

ConscientiousProjector
ConscientiousProjector

He lost the Heisman to Eric Crouch in '01 as a sophomore by the narrowest margin in 12 years.  Only in 2009 did we see that narrow of a margin again.

RangeRover
RangeRover

@JSSN

And why do you care?  Why are you here?  You hate anything Falcons!  Oh, I remember. It's that Falcons QB message alert you obsessively listen for and respond to.

You're one sick puppy, JSS (Trademark Inserted Here)!

JSSN
JSSN

@RangeRover

Oh, and dumb horse's hind end, the blog column had been up for more than an a hour, and I didn't comment. You're hilarious, keep poking the bear!

RangeRover
RangeRover

How long will it be before JSS (Trademark Inserted Here) is on here lusting for his man crush, Mike Vick, while lambasting the Falcons and Blank (a team and man he once so adored) in waving his newly made banner:  "Black QB Lives Matter!"

3.....2....1..... 

JSSN
JSSN

@RangeRover

Not worth commenting on. You're a crone. Keep building your little wall of myth. You're gonna have another long season of discontent.

RangeRover
RangeRover

@JSSN

Nope, unlike you, I'm my own man, goober, having earned (understand this?) the privilege of owning and operating several companies; about to launch another!  Then there's Mr. Entitlement and Mr. Dependent, JSS (Trademark Inserted Here) who is a taker, follower, laggard, and...perpetual victim.

I can see you now banging your fist on the floor screaming:  "I hate Arthur Blank, I hate Arthur Blank, I hate Arthur Blank and now I hate the Falcons too!"

Poor baby...want me to rub salt on it? 

JSSN
JSSN

@RangeRover

Nope, you keep telling us of your greatness. Please go and buy another 20,000 PSLs.  I'd love watching that about as much as I'm enjoying folks who have their money tied up in energy equities drinking bottles of Pepto and Mylanta the past two days!

Same old old myths of my poor being since 2007, must be a RangeRover post!  Let me check my bank statement. Still got my own money, that I made! 

HonestInformed
HonestInformed

@JSSN @Rory_Bellows  I am here & you should be impressed. JSSN has proven many times over to be inaccurate, obnoxious and is definitely a racist Mike Vick Lover who hates everything Falcons and/or Matt Ryan (I think he hates Matt Ryan simply because Matt happens to be white & I do not think he would salivate over Mike Vick IF Mike was white......BOOM!). I could absolutely care less about a persons race; it simply should not matter what race you happen to be in the great USA.

JSSN
JSSN

@HonestInformed 

"I'm here & you should be impressed." Hell nah!

I guess my assessments of my pre-draft choices on Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, and Flacco just make me so "inaccurate?" Just like my words on Christian Ponder, Tarvaris Jackson, and John Parker Willson were so "inaccurate!"  Because it just doesn't matter, but does all day in every post you make. 

Your day is about to get much worse. Don't get off of the AJC Blogs for the next 3 days. I hope you enjoyed being "Rickrolled!" Oh the only things I "salivate over" are on a plate served and crafted by a professional chef! 10-22,that was a hell of a turnaround!