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  1. Weak, I wanted a scrambling punter, not some statue.
    64 points
  2. Just want to point this out, since there were some clear positives and massive negatives (coughfumblesanddropsorwescore40pluscough) that have already been brought up. Pitts is the really obvious one. Dude had over a hundred and his first TD, including several special catches (that one hander was amazing). Grant is finally getting reps on the D and showed that he deserves them with a couple big plays, including dislodging the ball on a pass to break up a 3rd down conversion and a great run blitz. Mayfield was moving bodies all day in the run game and holding up great against Rankins and Quinnen Williams. Yet another challenging slate of DTs, but he met that challenge. That push on the Mike Davis TD (Lee Smith especially) was awesome. Lee Smith in general has been a terrific add. Ogundeji got his first sack and blew up a short pass too. Most consistent pass rusher besides Fowler and he's getting better every week. When you add in Avery Williams looking like a decent dime CB and good STer, this rookie class is starting to come into its own.
    54 points
  3. Bair: What I've learned about Matt Ryan's work, reputation covering him up close Oct 12, 2021 at 01:34 PM Scott Bair Falcons Digital Managing Editor Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan prepares to play the New York Jets at London's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Photo: Andrew Fosker /NFL I've been covering the Falcons four-and-a-half months now but have been writing about the NFL a lot longer than that. The previous 13 years were spent chronicling teams on the West Coast, a continent away from what was happening here in Atlanta. It's fair to have categorized me as a casual Falcons observer before taking this job, and that includes Matt Ryan as a public face of the franchise. I can vouch for his solid national reputation as a reliable, standout quarterback as good as any in the league. He's also known as a polished presence, someone who is always calm, cool and collected on the field and off. The dude's nicknamed Matty Ice for goodness sakes, and it seemed to fit. While all those things are true, I have discovered since moving to Atlanta that his national perception is incomplete. There's the polished Matt Ryan you see at the podium every Wednesday during the season. Then there's the passionate, fiery leader in practice and games who looks (and talks) like the guy heard on camera telling his teammates to "Get [freaking] set," only he didn't say freaking. I don't claim to know Ryan on a personal level – the pandemic has eliminated any real chance to speak with him outside press conferences – but I can say he cares deeply about each outcome and the work that's put into it, demanding similar commitment from those around him. While the national perception omits a few key details, I've discovered some of the locals also don't have it right. There's an active and vocal faction who thinks Ryan is washed, underserving of a place in Canton, Ohio, and should be exiled in favor of a young, drafted quarterback. I felt compelled to combat such false logic on a regular, spending one Bair Mail after anotherdebating detractors with hard evidence and what I've seen with my own eyes since coming to the Atlanta. Ryan's still got it. He can still be awesome at 36 years old. He can lead this team to victories the Falcons wouldn't earn without him. That's relatively common knowledge outside the ATL. That it's debatable inside the market was truly shocking to me. If the argument can't be settled with words, may I humbly offer up the past three games as Exhibit A. Ryan has 868 yards, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions while completing 69 percent of his passes. During that span he eclipsed 5,000 completions and became No. 8 all-time in passing yards. For those who don't care about numbers unless they're wins and losses: the Falcons were 2-1 in that span, should’ve been 3-0. Ryan engineered a fourth-quarter comeback in one win and sealed the other with a 75-yard drive in the fourth quarter. And before we start belittling the accomplishments by degrading the opponent or pointing to earlier games with less success, remember he's new working with head coach Arthur Smith and the scheme being run. "As Matt (Ryan) and I have gone through games, I have gone on record and said that there would be a natural evolution because it's like a new marriage so to speak, I guess," Smith said. "I'm really pleased with how Matt's playing." Are you? Or, better question, how could you not be? And, don't hold your response until he makes a mistake or has a subpar game to volley a, "See? I told you so." That's no way to live. Appreciate what you've seen and what you're witnessing now. Don't saddle him with your disappointment over the lost Super Bowl and the lackluster run that followed just because he's a rare holdover from those times. And don't think for a second fans of other teams struggling to find a franchise quarterback wouldn't give it all up for a decade-plus with Ryan under center. While Ryan has made it clear he wants to continue playing [and playing here] for a long time, there will be a succession plan executed at some point and a formal changing of the guard. We're not there yet. Instead, we're seeing Ryan enhance his legacy by continuing solid play while helping usher in a new era of Falcons football. "You focus every week on trying to get yourself ready to play the best you possibly can that week," Ryan said. "I think having tried to stay in that mindset for the duration of my career has allowed me to kind of stack some of those accomplishments. "I won't change. I'm proud of what I've accomplished, but I'm focused on trying to help this team win as we move forward."
    52 points
  4. Guys and gals, yes the team is playing poorly right now. No, there is nothing any of us can do about it. We as mods have been extra lenient regarding some things because we understand the passion behind the posts. There's a trend starting that has to be slowed before it gets any worse. The unnecessary disrespectful name calling during disagreements have to stop. That's pretty much one of the main things we ask. That and lay off on trying to bypass the language filter. In the past 2 weeks, people are throwing out bootlicker, idiot, stupid, nut hugger and other names directed towards other posters and it's going to start receiving attention. This goes for everyone. We get told "let the people talk" yet when we respond be more respectful, that's frowned upon. End of the day, we all support the same team and want the same outcome for said team. There's no reason to continuously be disrespectful towards each other because you can't agree on a topic. It's not hard to disagree respectfully. So if you start getting warnings and or suspended, please be aware that you did it to yourself. And warned posts will be hidden so that you can't alter it in order to save face. We're all grown 18+. Love it or hate it, this site is connected to the org. If you want a free for all site, there's other sites out there that allow it. If there are any questions, feel free to contact myself, @JD dirtybird21, @Rings or @VTCrunkler via PM. We're aiming to make this place a pleasant visit for all, even the couple hundreds of lurkers daily. Some people love the drama, some people don't like the drama. Thanks.
    43 points
  5. 868 Yards 69.27% Completion 8 TDs 0 INTs 110.8 Passer Rating #Declining
    37 points
  6. I could have sworn Wilson was supposed to magically turn a franchise around from day 1 no matter how bad they are. The Ryan Retirement committee lied.
    37 points
  7. Mcgary against WFT completed his first full game of the career with No sacks, no hits and no pressures allowed. A clean pass blocking game for the young man. Hope he continues to improve and it will go long way in helping the OL. I
    37 points
  8. Two weeks in a row he made an impact play. Yesterday, he fought through this hold by Nate “Holder” and still got the strip sack with the game on the line- If we get this moving forward, who knows?
    37 points
  9. Ryan didn't show regression yesterday.
    37 points
  10. I am not a huge Fowler fan, but I appreciate looking after teammates. Kudos to Dante. At the end of the first quarter, Zaccheaus was knocked out of bounds on a punt return. He was closely followed by a Jets player. Nothing happened on the sideline, but Fowler ran a long way in what appeared to be an effort to make sure that remained the case.
    35 points
  11. He “regressed” to 300 passing yards and 35/46 passing. If he regresses to 400 next week we should just release him and take the cap hit
    34 points
  12. If you really mean it, give me permission to lock your account out until next September
    33 points
  13. For as much as we all busted on him after his 1st game some deserved even though it was his 1st game ever at a new position. Over the last 2 games he has improved alot from where he started and this is a pretty quick improvement. True he will have bad days still for sure where we get on him again but he has proven he does have the talent and with time he could become a solid player for this line with more experience. He looked much better out there today and you could tell it is slowing down for him and he is atleast reacting to the right blitzes and helping the right guy out in open space when he needs to. Glad to see him get beat up like no other lineman i've seen whipped before in his 1st game and then not get down on himself and improve against 2 solid D-lines back to back each game. Dexter Lawrence, Leonard Williams, Danny Shelton, and Austin Johnson are not a easy task to handle for a young guy like him and he did way above my expectations against that group.
    32 points
  14. Smith not pulling him gave him confidence. Improvement is improvement no matter how you shake it
    32 points
  15. This game should have been a massive blowout. 2 fumbles in scoring territory and about 10 drops. Overall AS was great today, players have to execute better
    31 points
  16. Before the draft there were several folks on this message board talking about how Kyle Pitts couldn't play TE in the NFL cause he couldn't block. Well this should put that myth to bed. JPP is one of the best pure pass rushers in the NFL and Pitts more than holds his own here.
    31 points
  17. Not bad for not being Glenn Dorsey.
    30 points
  18. Seen a lot of talk about how this staff is already doomed, so I just want to put this out there. The one posted earliest was Dungy with the Bucs. Lost 34-3 week 1, started 0-5, finished 6-10. First season Beli was with the Patriots? Lost to the Bucs week 1, started the season 0-4, ended 5-11. With the Browns too, he lost week one and finished 6-10 his first season. My man Bill Walsh? First season started 0-7 and ended 2-14. One of my favorite coaches started off looking like a disaster. Joe Gibbs? Started with a loss 26-10 and 0-5 to start the season. Turned it around a bit to close 8-8, but wasn't looking like the best thing since sliced bread. Look - I'm not saying Smith is gonna be great no matter what. Maybe he bombs this season and the one after and gets canned. Maybe he never adapts and his offense is trash and the board is filled with "I told you so's" and people bemoaning Ryan's wasted career. But the people already making huge judgments not even a season in, or half a season, but after a game...every single one of you would've looked like idiots with 3 of the best HCs in the game (and Dungy). All started out 0-4 or worse. Maybe we can stay measured? Call the offense flustered and messy, sure. Call out mistakes and criticize bad playcalling. But maybe take a chill pill on saying he's already failed.
    30 points
  19. Good article, but Bair is wasting his time trying to change the mind of the same locals he calls out in this article. All of the supporting stats have already been spoken about, and they aren’t going to change these folks minds. That said, I give Bair credit For being willing to put his neck out on the line make such a bold statement. I can tell you be up in PA, there are fans on both PA teams that would take this guy in a heartbeat.
    29 points
  20. Nah, chief. It wasn't the Jets game that makes Matt Ryan the undisputed leader of this team. It's the 14 years of being as tough as anyone in the NFL, a Rookie of the Year award, an MVP, an Offensive Player of the Year, an All-Pro selection, 2 NFC Championship games, 1 NFC Championship, 7th most completions all-time, 9th most passing yards all-time, 5th most passing yards per game all-time, 9th best pass completion percentage all-time, 8th most 4th quarter comebacks all-time, 10th most passing touchdowns all-time, 12th highest passer rating all-time, 3rd highest playoff passer rating all-time, 2nd highest playoff completion percentage all-time, etc., etc., etc.. It's the fact that Pro Football Reference lists the following QBs as Matt Ryan's career peers: Dan Marino*, Drew Brees, Brett Favre*, Fran Tarkenton*, Peyton Manning*, Joe Montana*, Ken Anderson, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Warren Moon*Aaron Rodgers We don't "got a long way to go" when it comes to Matt Ryan...you do, because Matt left your narrative in the dust long ago.
    29 points
  21. Nice. Hope Pitts hasn't murdered anybody. 😂
    29 points
  22. Give me that mobile quarterback who was sacked 9.5 times. 🤣🤣🤣
    29 points
  23. That's the kind of game shape that 2 snaps in 3 preseason games gives you
    29 points
  24. AS needs to be more aggressive especially with No Punter and Defense with no pass rush. Gotta be aggressive on the first down to get chunk yards. What a game by Patterson and Ryan. Ridley doesn’t look like a WR1.
    28 points
  25. Sure. This seems legit. If anyone wants out its Calvin Ridley. At least he tried to get out but his hands kept slipping off the door knob.
    28 points
  26. Vandy

    Isaiah Oliver

    Oliver was TAFT’s fav whipping boy last year (much as Mayfield is this year, but that’s a topic for another day). My contention has always been Dan Quinn had Oliver playing out of position, that his best fit was in a hybrid corner/safety/nickel role. Once Quinn was fired, Morris/Ulbrich moved him into that role, and his play improved dramatically….and Pees has followed suit. https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/falcons-daily-why-you-may-owe-isaiah-oliver-an-apology so far, so good. 😈
    27 points
  27. Andy Reid got run out of Philly because he could never win the big one. If we had hired him this board would have said we hired a re-tread instead of a new, young and innovative mind. We are never happy. ****ed if you do and ****ed if you don’t
    27 points
  28. Just kidding or using troll logic. Ryan has thrown TD passes to 7 different Receivers in the RZ, most in the NFL in first five weeks of 2021. Falcons are thin at WR but Ryan is getting it done. Ryan has 9 TD in the RZ(Probably more if the skill players didn’t fumble or drop passes in RZ) behind Mahomes and Brady in RZ TD. If Ryan keeps spreading the ball, he may break the 2016 Record of throwing TD to 13 different receivers… Falcons are 8th in RZ TD % , a big jump from last in NFL after week 1.
    26 points
  29. AS stayed aggressive on the 4 min offense and the team Scored a TD. He has shown to be a quick learner. He has come long way from the Run, RUn, Penalty, Run on third and long, and Punt just before the Half against Eagles. AS admitted in the hindsight for being conservative in final minutes of the WFT. The play calling was aggressive, and Falcons left around 14 points on those fumbles.
    26 points
  30. You see Mr. Blank, I told you that no matter how good Matt plays there will always be some fools on TATF blaming him....
    26 points
  31. Get ready for all the agenda-drive replies, bro. 🤣 I promise somebody’s gone look at these stills and convince themselves a mobile quarterback coulda completed every one of them. Yeah, the Giants had a good gameplan. No doubt. And they were disguising a lot. I know what school that defense comes from and I figured they, along with everyone else we gone face, are going to stay two deep until we force them out of it. That makes me even more curious about our gameplan. Giants have some talent up front, but they’re giving up a lot of yards up front. Makes me feel some kind of way that we only got 69 yards on the ground against them. On another note, this kinda confirms what I suspected. Matt’s been getting through his progressions pretty smoothly. He doesn’t look lost out there with the new system at all. There’s just nothing there.
    26 points
  32. Jesus

    Congrats Matt

    Comeback #40 and TD pass #350
    26 points
  33. Rookie TE after 5 games. Kyle Pitts 308 Yards(1st all time) Aaron Hernandez :301 Yards (2nd) Jordan Reed :298 yards (3rd) Kyle Pitts and Aaron Hernandez are the fastest TEs to reach 300 yards. Looking forward to many big games, wins and record breaking numbers.
    25 points
  34. Don't care who got beat up today, I care alot about this though. That's progress
    25 points
  35. Not sure sure why anyone would believe the Falcons have an Elite offense anymore. Matt’s an efficient QB who isn’t a playmaker or creator. The HOF receiver left the building. The OL has been bad for awhile. The best talent on the offensive side is a rookie with a low usuage rate. We have a nice weapon in Patterson but he is on backside of his career and more of a hybrid player No Bellcow at RB. Ridley is underperforming right now. This ain’t 2016 folks.
    25 points
  36. Shut your mouth. I like when we win. Everyone is happier around here.
    25 points
  37. Someone tell me how to feel and how to quickly overreact
    25 points
  38. We need a new punter...
    25 points
  39. he should. BTW, Calvin Ridley is dead to me
    24 points
  40. This is great rookie NFL QB play QBs like this do not come along every day. Do you remember his first NFL pass went for 62 yards and a touchdown? Do you remember we won that game? I hope the 2021 rookie QBs do learn and have good careers. I do not think one of them has the mettle of Matt Ryan.
    23 points
  41. Man ain't even gave us time to enjoy the win before asking about Washington
    23 points
  42. So you are saying we shouldn’t fire TF for drafting him like some here suggested? That some may have over reacted after week one? That’s weird.
    23 points
  43. That's kinda what franchise quarterbacks do
    23 points
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