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    I'm sure everybody knows what "IT" is. It's like opening a big scabbed over pus wound. Some thoughts: 1) Anyone who thinks Devonte Freeman can be replaced by "any 3rd-4th round back" needs to watch this season's highlights, including the Super Bowl. This guy is the hidden engine that makes our offense work and so many times makes yards out of no yards or big yards out of a few yards. Coleman is scary good, but he does not have the field vision and elusiveness that Devonte has for the ZBS. Devonte is a SPECIAL back. He is similar to Marshall Faulk with the Rams years ago. Despite the QB and all the great receivers, HE is what keeps the defense off-balance. 2) Overall, our team never gave up. Especially our defense. And also that guy #11. There were still outstanding individual efforts right up until the end of overtime. The difference is, New England had MORE outstanding individual efforts, at least in the 2nd half. The NE defense put their big boy pants on in the 2nd half. They got mean and physical. But ours had been playing that way the whole game. Ours just ran out of steam. 3) New England was LUCKY to win this game. Sure, they had to play extremely well to come back, but they still had multiple "freak" things occur, any one of which could've changed the outcome. Tipped balls and timely calls or non-calls being the primary factor. 4) This isn't news to anyone, but we were seriously out-coached. New England made scheme adjustments as early as the 1st quarter. We refused to give Matt more protection late in the 2nd half even when it was clear that both OTs and our Center were getting whipped at the LOS. Not only that, we kept running at the edges even though the ONE time we ran the ball up the gut, it was successful. By the end of the game New England was expecting it. On the key 1 yard loss after Julio's amazing catch, that convinced Kyle he needed to throw the ball, New England KNEW what was coming. Their CB crashed into the backfield right off the snap to disrupt the pitch play. 5) I really don't know what either of our kick/punt returners were doing. All game. Weems was bad. Hardy may have been worse. Running straight out of bounds on the 10 when we're trying to kill clock??? C'MON MAN!!! I still wonder what would've happened this year had we kept J.D. McKissic simply to return kicks. We might have ended up with 600 points. 6) Overall, Jake Matthews had the worst game of his career. Two crucial holding calls, both of which put us out of FG range. There's the one everybody knows after Julio's catch. But there was also one after the failed on-side kick. EITHER time the 3 additional points would've been enough to win the game. Jake was beaten repeatedly all game. I hope he re-assesses himself this off season. This is not how a high 1st round franchise LT is supposed to play in the biggest game of his life. If we think we are "all set" at OL other than RG, we may be in for a rude awakening. 7) Officiating: The three holding calls in a row on third down was the initial reason the TOP was so lopsided. At this point, the game looked like a first half blowout. The last thing the NFL wants in the Super Bowl, with millions of ad revenue on the line in the 2nd half, is a first half blowout. I'm convinced (and forever will be) that those calls were designed to prevent 100 million people from turning the game off after Lady GaGa. Then there were the NON-CALLs: Once New England looked like they were headed to a historic comeback, they simply weren't flagged for ANYTHING. Multiple illegal picks on the drive to bring them within 7. A blatant hold on the tying TD at the point of attack on Jackson (who was 2 yards in the backfield before the handoff). Their right guard simply GRABBED Jackson's left arm and spun him around. Two blatant offensive PI "blocks" on the tying 2-point conversion. A blatant hi-low on a screen pass on Deion Jones during the final OT drive, also right at the point of attack. And a blatant HOLD on Deion Jones right at the point of attack on the winning TD. You can say what you want, and I know that playoff games are called "looser", but it's hard to believe that many officials could miss that many repeated fouls, all of which directly influenced the play, without some sort of agenda being involved. Sure, we should have won the game anyway. But frankly, we ALLOWED the NFL to "job" us in order to extend the legend of Brady and Belichek, and they obliged. 8) The look on Matt's face late in the 2nd half and after the OT coin toss was this same tense, poker-faced "I've seen this before" look. It was like he knew what was pre-destined once we lost that toss.
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    He is overrated, overpaid and in decline. Of course Seattle wants to trade him.
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    They let a FB who played under 50% of running play snaps and cost $8.5 million walk and let a bunch of backups walk. Truly this is the end of the world.
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    Things have been a little slow around here lately. Enjoy.
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    We are loaded and are continuing to load up. Our offense is stacked with all major contributors returning - Ryan, Julio, Free, Coleman, Sanu, Turbo, Mack, Hoop and so on. On defense we have - Beasley, DeBo, Keanu, Jarrett, Collins, Poole, Alford, not to mention Trufant coming back from injury, Upshaw being providing versatility to our DL rotation, Hageman, now add Poe into the mix, I am pumped for our defense in year 3 under DQ and this is BEFORE the draft!!! Quinn/TD/Pioli have really knocked the past 2 drafts out of the park - grand slams - and I do not see a reason why this success won't continue. Quinn has a vision and it really is taking form. He has also changed the culture in Atlanta. This might be the most talented we have EVER been. I can't wait to see who we draft this year!
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    Today is Knight of God's birthday. I know him off of the board. He is one of the classiest, most grounded guys I have ever met in my life. I am blessed to count him as one of my friends. Join me in wishing my bud a very happy birthday.
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    lol you better get on your flame retardant lead suit...
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    Oops!! Should have traded him straight up for Jake Locker when we had the chance.
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    Are you for real. Why are we off loading our best corner? Why do you think it's a good idea to get rid of players we have developed. Threads like this make me think we have fans who are intent on sabotaging our team let alone think there improving it.
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    That's not why we didn't make playoffs in 2013-14. We drafted poorly (2009-2012) to the point we got old real quick and had some unfortunate major injuries plus after 5 years of hearing the same thing over and over again the coaching got stale. Not gonna happen with this team.
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    Isnt that "scariest defense in the division" the one that Matt threw for over 500 yards against and Julio had 300 against?
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    He was a beast gunner though. He made almost all the plays defensively on kicks, I think people fail to see that. The guy is a football player
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    C'mon man! I thought there was something saying we had signed him or something man!!!
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    By: Brandon Scott | March 20, 2017 1:23 pm Last offseason Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan orchestrated a players-only passing camp for team members. Aided by veteran tight end Jacob Tamme, who had participated in similar camps with Peyton Manning as a member of the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts, Ryan invited a group of approximately 27 players. The inaugural camp took place at a Fort Lauderdale high school in south Florida and obviously was a big success. Coach Dan Quinn offered the following comments about the camp to which neither he nor any of his staff had been invited. Ryan is taking that last sentence to heart as he is reportedly working on organizing another players-only camp to take place in the coming weeks. Following last season’s evolution into one of the most high-powered offenses in league history, the franchise quarterback is extending his invitation list. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this year’s camp will include linemen and kickers in addition to the skill players. Quinn again has no reservations about the players-only camp and is, in fact, excited about the proposition. The voluntary investment of these players’ personal time in order to better themselves as a unit speaks to the “brotherhood” that coach Quinn has established during his short reign in Atlanta. http://thefalconswire.usatoday.com/2017/03/20/falcons-organizing-second-annual-players-only-camp/
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    This can't be true. Several posters told me that all players care about is money and Poe will sign the highest offer.
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    He started 32 games in his first 3 years in the league and then spent all of last year on IR. Sounds like a good signing to me. Bring him in, let him compete, and with the 1 year deal, no harm no foul if he sucks.
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    Kemal Ishmael agrees to terms with Falcons. One year $2.5 million. Per source.
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    He screwed us out of a title. **** him.
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    Hah! Fun with numbers. Let's see if I can play that game...
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    No, we could have stopped Brady in this game by being efficient in play calling and if our offense could have held up. We left the defense on the field too long If they don't do something to shore up the offensive line so they can hold on for 60 minutes a game instead of dying out in the 4th quarter - then we are in the same boat. I love what they've done - but they have to address depth and stamina on the OL.
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    I have been bird-dogging this Poe situation for 3 days - nothing, nothing, nothing. I go into a 2 hour meeting and this happens!!! LOL What is the old saying - "A watched POT never boils"
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    He!! Yeah! Oh yeah! Ok. You can draft two OG in the first and second. I gives a crap!
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    Also, this tweet rings very true to me. DQ is establishing a new culture in Atlanta that we haven't seen. I love it.
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    History also did not support a team making a 25 point comeback in the Superbowl or an overtime occurring in the Superbowl. However, both happened.
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    He played less than a third of our offensive snaps last year and full backs are very easily replaced, often by undrafted players. Look it up if you don't believe me.
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    "We need to watch out for Shanahan." I wish someone had made a thread with this EXACT title right before the Super Bowl.
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    Regardless of the heart wrenching ending to our season - it was an amazing season - and our arrow is pointing up with the leadership on this team - not only in the coaching staff, but the players as well!
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    If Blank is at the dinner, he'll be signed by dessert.
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    Funny stuff! Always cool to see banter between teammates.
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    Reading his mocks are a waste of time imo. He's doesn't understand a thing about us, nor does he wish to. Though, imo, most mocks aren't worth reading either. The only one I even really care about each year is Mayock's right before the draft.
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    I'll let the guys that won the NFC handily against the hardest schedule with a bunch of rooks,cast offs and 2nd year guys make the decisions. In Quinn I trust.