This was the sort of 48-hour story that nobody will recall 48 hours from now, but these were bizarre hours. Jones was named team captain Friday, even as his status for the opener remained hazy. Stop me if you’ve heard this already, but this is a massive season for the Falcons, and mostly for their head coach. Imagine Dan Quinn’s reaction if one of his two best players, one of the key members of the ballyhooed Brotherhood, chose to skip Game 1 because 13 months of talking had accomplished nothing.
Moot point now, though. Julio has his money, and we can assume he’s a happy guy. (We know for a flat-out fact that Dan Quinn and Matt Ryan and Dirk Koetter are having a contest to see who can heave the deepest sigh of relief.) The Falcons can turn their gaze to the Vikings, who aren’t great but are favored by four points. With the Eagles coming to Atlanta next weekend, an 0-1 start could well be 0-2, meaning the DQ Watch would be well and truly on.
Say this for Julio: He made a case to get paid without making himself the absolute center of attention, which isn’t always the way of the NFL. Ninety-nine percent of all summer stories written about the Oakland Raiders involved a receiver who will never play a real game for that club. Brown – who has dubbed himself Mr. Big Chest – considers himself the NFL’s best wideout. He’s barely in the NFL - he signed with the Patriots late Saturday - and he was never better than Julio Jones.