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  2. Well said. Evaluate who will be on the roster next season while reducing injury risk to your best players.
  3. GLENDALE, Ariz. — Through the multiple failures the Falcons put forth against the Arizona Cardinals, especially during the first half of Sunday’s game, Matt Ryan was nonetheless brilliant. If you didn’t watch the game, just take a quick glance at his statistical line. With the numbers he put up in a close game, an easy conclusion to draw would be that the Falcons came away victorious. But no, the Falcons faltered and lost their fifth game this season, this time to the Arizona Cardinals, 34-33. While the offense sputtered on what could have been a go-ahead drive with the game tied at 27, Ryan was magnificent throughout the second half. His day ended 30-of-36 passing for 356 yards and four touchdowns with a 144.9 quarterback rating, which, again, would lead you to believe Atlanta was on the winning side. Instead, the Falcons have dropped four consecutive games and sit with a paltry 1-5 record. While the Indianapolis Colts reached the playoffs after a 1-5 start last season, the odds are certainly slim for Atlanta to repeat recent history. For this to happen, Atlanta essentially can only lose twice in the next 10 games to have a remote shot at the postseason. Ryan has had his share of ups and downs this season. Early, he had some costly turnovers in games that proved critical in the outcomes. Ryan’s two interceptions against the Minnesota Vikings were uncharacteristic, as was the one he threw in the red zone against Indianapolis. Outside of the untimely turnovers, however, Ryan has played well for the most part. His game against Arizona was the best he has had this year. At 34 years old, Ryan is still very much in the prime of his career. And that’s what makes a fifth loss in six games that much harder to stomach. After reaching Super Bowl LI, and being so close to bringing Atlanta a championship, this team has taken quite a few strides backward. Yet Ryan hasn’t taken a step back whatsoever. Take for instance this Arizona game: When the Falcons got down 27-10 in the third quarter. Ryan immediately hit Julio Jones for 20 yards, found Austin Hooper for 15 a couple of plays later and saw the drive end with a made field goal. After the first of three consecutive defensive stops, Ryan completed seven of his eight passes that culminated in a 7-yard touchdown throw to Devonta Freeman. Trailing 27-20 in the fourth quarter, Ryan came back to complete five of his seven throws, which included a 30-yarder to Hooper and a 23-yarder to Calvin Ridley. The drive ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Hooper. With the game tied, Atlanta was forced to punt. A poor kick and a questionable fair catch interference penalty gave Arizona great field position that helped lead to a score. But once again, it was Ryan to the rescue. He went 4-of-4 passing for 58 yards on the offense’s final drive. All game, Ryan expertly took what the defense was giving him. And with a great play design that sprung Devonta Freeman wide open on a screen from 12 yards out, it looked like the Falcons were going to tie the score with 1:53 left to play. Of course, Matt Bryant then missed the extra point and Atlanta went home with yet another loss. Ryan proved gracious following a moment no one on the roster could have predicted. “These kind of games never come down to one play,” Ryan said. “I think everybody in our locker room can look at four or five different things that they did throughout the game that we could have done better where we would have been in a different situation at the end of the game.” It’s hard to fault Ryan in the slightest for this most recent defeat. He opened the game with a touchdown to Ridley. While the Falcons were forced to punt on the next two drives, the defense couldn’t force the Cardinals’ offense to do the same until its sixth possession. Ryan, however, placed some blame on himself for not converting more drives into points. “We had a few chances maybe in the first half and at different times in the second half where we had to make those plays, and we didn’t make them,” he said. For the season, Ryan has completed what is a career-best — to this point — 72.1 percent of his throws. He has totaled 2,011 yards and 15 touchdowns, although a lot of the yards have come while his team has been forced to play from behind. But if Ryan continues at this rate, he will wind up surpassing career highs in yards and touchdowns. For someone like Ryan, stats aren’t important. He gladly would trade the numbers for what suddenly have become elusive wins. It’s easy to forget where Atlanta was prior to Ryan’s arrival in 2008. This was a franchise regularly fighting for position among the NFL’s bottom feeders since its inception in 1966. Prior to 2009, the Falcons never had recorded back-to-back winning seasons. In 2011, the Ryan-led Falcons reached the postseason in a second consecutive year for the first time ever, with a third straight playoff trip occurring in 2012. And then Ryan helped lead the Falcons to the postseason in consecutive years again in 2016 and 2017. Ryan, who has only missed two starts in his career, has taken Atlanta to the playoffs six times. Prior to 2008, the Falcons had been to the postseason a combined eight times in 42 years. With Ryan, the Falcons have enjoyed the best decade of football in team history. In Ryan’s six postseason trips, Atlanta made it to two NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl. He won the NFL’s MVP honor in 2016, as well. After Ryan’s addition, Atlanta went from a laughingstock to a contender in most years. But while Atlanta found newfound success under Ryan, the franchise still endured the 2013 and 2014 seasons that saw him unable to overcome the rest of his team’s shortcomings. Despite a great start in 2015 and high expectations entering 2018, the Falcons fell well short of the ultimate goal. This season — barring an unforeseen turn of events — has the makings of being another wasted opportunity for Atlanta with Ryan still in the prime of his career. That’s something that shouldn’t sit well with anyone at team headquarters in Flowery Branch. “Disappointed with the outcome (Sunday),” Ryan said. “Not obviously where we want to be, but our mindset has to be on where we want to go. We’ll get some rest after this trip back and get back to it Wednesday and try to clean up the handful of things we can clean up. We’re definitely disappointed and frustrated with not getting the job done.”
  4. If Falcons Offense faltered in RZ like DET last night. Pitch forks would be out to run him out of town. DET is worse than ATL in RZ.
  5. I disagree, Tom Brady would have been in the same position Ryan has been in his entire career. Crappy defenses, and changing OC's every 3 years, is not conducive to winning. Blank has hired 4 head coaches. 3 have been former DC's and our defense has pretty much sucked for 4 decades. It's been complete crap for the majority of Ryan's career, with a few mediocre outliers.
  6. Parcells once said that "you are what your record says you are" We are a bottom 5 team. Perhaps we could go on a great winning could happen. But right now (in the real world) we are a bottom 5 team.
  7. You have to go back and look at the 2011 draft during that time. Von Miller was looked at as by far the best pass rusher of that draft, and went 2nd overall so the Falcons didn't have a chance to get him. I remember Peter King mentioning that Falcons had a lot of interest in Von only if he fell low enough in the draft to get him. No one had any idea the monster and future HOFer that JJ Watt would become despite being picked at 11. Some thought that the Texans even reached for him at the time. I think Robert Quinn had some sort of health condition that took him off some teams' boards if I can remember. Falcons dodged a bullet not being interest in Aldon Smith. Cam Jordan and Ryan Kerrigan would've been great to have, but I don't think Smitty wanted to take either of them though. There were reports that the Falcons were hoping to land Justin Houston in the 3rd round, it didn't work out the way they planned.
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  9. Does Bevell also coordinate defenses? /s
  10. By 2020 wfw's going to be correcting Twitter posts joking about Trump's oddly built *****.
  11. MNF

    They do have. With student discount it’s $99 per year. They don’t really verify if you are a student or not..
  12. If that's a dated version i'd love to see what a new version looks like. I watched 2 highlights from Sundays game where there was literally no defender within 30 yards of whoever had the ball. That's ridiculous and pathetic. Those 2 highlights were all I needed to see.
  13. That and the Alliances that were hard to make to begin with. Those aren’t coming back.
  14. Vandy, I don't think the OP was suggesting that. I can see the logic in the original post. There is no such thing as momentum from one season to the next. A long range plan is necessary to have long term success. Winning three meaningless games COULD have provided long term improvements to the roster. Even the ability to trade down, draft the same players we ended up getting AND acquiring extra future draft picks would have been better for the team than winning 3 games against mediocre teams. This subject has had its run. Some people believe that never say die. I can respect that, but I like to take a broader view and plan for the future. This season appears to be getting out of hand. If we don't go on a winning streak soon, I am not so sure that a few moral victories would be in the team's best interest.
  15. "Tank-Talent" on the D-Line.. 4-5 top 101st round picks... NFL Pre-Game shows on TV Networks kissing their @$$es already because of the legacy of The 49ers of the 1980s.. The offenses in that division are not dynamic, and Shanahan's offense carried The Falcons to the Super Bowl in 2016. His Falcon offense blew-out most opponents early, had phenomenonal time-of-possession late in that season.
  16. Still waiting for an answer.
  17. MNF

    If they had a streaming service for the nfl ticket. I would purchase it.
  18. I know this is a young team, I watched bits of a couple of pre season games, seem we hold for a half then get blown out. Is this what we should expect for the season? A very miserable year for GA sports, does anyone think the Hawks will be good enough to enjoy this year?
  19. Hooper is the only consistent offensive performer each and every week. Why should the Falcons get rid of him? That's one of the dumbest things I've seen yet. You keep producers. I forgot there's a good chance there will be a new regime come next season. New coach and GM(potentially) aren't obligated to keep anyone who isn't already locked in with a loaded contract
  20. If I were the owner, I would carefully look at what the HC and DC have had to work with. My first question would be: Does the DC get the most out of the players on the field? I don't think Quinn is getting the most from his players' talents. I think the defense looks confused and disorganized. Add in some poor tackling, and you get what we are seeing today. I do have faith in Quinn's ability to run a great matter who he can draft next year.
  21. MNF

    I watched that game and remember him saying that
  22. mdrake34 makes wfw look like a 4th grader.
  23. Survey-Opinion-taker for the media, radio station, or The Falcons. Question-topics since last two losses
  24. One wonders how Grampie will handle 5 more years of Trump in his twilight years? Just leave politics to us younger folks.
  25. Rudy will be next to take the fall just like Michael Cohen did.
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