Flying High. Chase Kuech emailed me saying,I have some very strong and mixed emotions about the addition of Alge Crumpler and I asked for some insight. We're fortunate to have opinions I solicited from two friends who happen to write here on MVN's Atlanta Falcons site,
To me, Alge Crumpler is a lot like Josh Smith, the Atlanta Hawks forward. There are times when Crumpler makes plays that you can't even believe. He looks like an All Star at times and you wonder why he isn't the type of tight end that Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez are. He loses focus at times though and drops the ball and runs poor routes and refuses to block. At other times, he becomes a problem in the locker room and says stuff to and about the coaches that are detrimental to the team. He has the ability to be one of the best players in the NFL and yet he loses focus and can be a problem in the locker room. If he plays the way he should, you guys have a steal because he is an amazing player. If he is unhappy and doesn't play well, he will be a problem and you will want to get rid of him. Physically, as a player his strengths are his athleticism and size. Sometimes his hands betray him and he isn't the fastest tight end ever, but overall he is an All Star caliber player.
Crumpler is coming off a knee injury. RUMORS are that it was worse than the Falcons let on. Last season was his least productive and most injury prone. Dropped balls, bad routes, and the injuries had many speculating that his prior success was a product of a poor passing Mike Vick and his inability to get balls to his WRs. Under the carousel of pocket passing QBs the Falcons offered up last season, WR production increased dramatically while overall TE production was down considerably. Crumpler was also mentioned as one of the most vocal supporters of Vick AND one of the mob leaders in the locker room stirring the pot with the coaching staff. He was vocal regarding Coach Petrino's leadership and direction he was taking the team. He was also vocal about the cutting and/or reduced playing time of some of the veteran players. Crumpler is willing to block but it is not his mainstay. Last year's drops were a major concern. Combine his worst season, his big mouth, and his injury and you have a casualty that was not necessarily the result of a big cap number. I don't know the details of the contract he signed with the Titans. Hopefully you got him for a fair price and had some incentive clauses should he perform well.