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Thursday, April 8, 2010
Gonzalez: Falcons ready to make noise

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Some pretty interesting comments from Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez on Thursday when he joined Gary Williams, an old friend from my Charlotte days, on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio.

Two things really stood out. First, Gonzalez sounded exceptionally optimistic about the Falcons in the upcoming season.

“It’s going to be really, really interesting for us out there with the Falcons this year and I think we’ve got an opportunity to make a lot of noise this year, some big time noise, more noise than I’ve ever made in my whole career," Gonzalez said. “And when I say that I’m talking about going to the playoffs and hopefully getting that Super Bowl ring this year.”

Remember, Gonzalez has been around the league for a long time and he’s not the type to get overly excited if he doesn’t have a darn good reason to feel that way. Makes me wonder what Gonzalez is seeing in the offseason program that’s got him so excited.

The other thing that stood out was when Williams asked Gonzalez, who is a player representative, about the negotiations on a labor agreement and the possibility of a lockout in 2011.

“I am a player representative so I know a little bit more, I guess, than the average player and I’ve been trying to keep a sharp eye on this because it does affect us all,’’ Gonzalez said. “You know what, the whole lockout thing, the agreement, I will say this: If they can’t get to an agreement there’s something wrong. That’s a shame. Because it’s a big golden goose. Everybody’s making really, really good money and for us to screw it all up just because, you know, to make a few dollars more on their part, our part, it just doesn’t make sense."