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    Ben is a quality guy. Going from TE coach to offensive assistant is a pretty big step down, but at least he's still in the league. Dirk would be hard pressed to get a better guy to help him install his offense. Fun Fact: Ben caught the first NFL TD ever thrown by Aaron Rodgers. Falcons hire Ben Steele as offensive assistant Posted by Charean Williams on January 24, 2019, 5:33 PM EST Getty Images The Falcons are hiring Ben Steele as an offensive assistant, Field Yates of ESPN reports. He is following Dirk Koetter from Tampa Bay to Atlanta. Steele, 40, spent the past two seasons coaching the Buccaneers’ tight ends. He played two seasons for the Packers, appearing in 17 games in 2004-05, and making four catches for 42 yards. The Bucs’ job was his first in coaching.
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    https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/cowboys-kris-richard-seahawks-bobby-wagner-among-those-heaping-praise-on-dan-qui ORLANDO, Fla. – To those he worked with prior to his arrival in Atlanta, Dan Quinn is more than just a football coach. He’s a leader, a teacher and someone who respects those around him enough to let them inform his decision making. Those who have spent time working with him still hold Quinn in high regard, as was apparent during this year’s Pro Bowl. Generally, when a member of the media approaches a player or a coach he or she is met with a cautious façade. But at the mention of Quinn’s name, a smile crept across the faces of Bobby Wagner, Kris Richard and Gus Bradley. That cautious façade replaced by a willingness to talk about a man they respect. “He was amazing, man,” said Wagner, a linebacker with the Seattle Seahawks who played for Quinn in 2013 and 2014. “I loved working with him. Every second. He’s so smart. “The way he approached the game, the way he prepared, it was inspiring. It made you want to watch more film and make sure you were doing your job, because you knew he was doing his work. He’s a great leader and a great person. Just a good dude to be around.” Quinn spent two seasons as the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive coordinator, helping the team reach back-to-back Super Bowls and establishing the Legion of Boom, one of the best defenses in modern NFL history. After spending the past four seasons as the Falcons’ head coach, Quinn will once again take charge of the defensive coordinator role in Atlanta. “I think my background in the scheme of what we do and the style exactly like I want to do it,” Quinn said of his decision to take over the defensive play-calling. “I like doing it. I've done it before both as a defensive coordinator and as a head coach some. I just thought that was the best way for us moving forward, and something I'm looking forward to.” Injuries played a key role in what was ultimately a lackluster and disappointing season for a Falcons defense that appeared to be trending upward after a strong finish in 2017. But Quinn’s decision, as he explained it, seemed to be more about a desire to get his style of defense back to exactly where he wants it rather than an indictment of former defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel’s ability in that role. Quinn’s ability to identify and develop a very specific style of play on defense is a strong suite of his, according to those who have worked with him. So too is his ability to communicate that style in an effective way that makes it clear to Quinn’s players exactly what their role is in the defense. “He has a vision of what it should look like and then he does a great job of illustrating that to the players, so it is very clear,” Bradley said of Quinn, who served as the Seahawks’ defensive line coach in 2009 and 2010 while Bradley (shown below) was defensive coordinator. He is a tremendous leader and has great understanding of the defense as a whole.” Falcons fans saw a glimpse of the type of impact Quinn can have when taking a greater role in the defense. During the second-half of Atlanta’s 2016 Super Bowl run, Quinn took over the defensive play-calling and had a defense with four rookie starters peaking at just the right time. The defense surrendered an average of 28 points and 386 yards prior to Quinn taking over and gave up just 20.5 points and 346 yards per game during the rest of the regular season. But while Quinn has a proven track record and a clear vision for how he wants his defense to play, he isn’t a rigid leader who dictates terms to those who work for him. Richard, the Dallas Cowboys defensive backs coach who worked under Quinn in the same capacity for the Seahawks before replacing him as Seattle’s defensive coordinator, remembers how empowering his former leader was. “What’s really special about him is that he utilizes the people around him, and he trusts them to give him the information that he needs,” Richard said. “He recognizes that he’s not in there and it’s not him solely trying to get everything done, it’s a collective effort. And that empowers everyone around him, which in turn, gives him great authority. “That’s so valuable from a leadership standpoint because he’s grooming you, whether you realize it or not. So, he’s putting that trust in everyone around him and in turn everyone around him trusts him to be accurate, and he is.” Relying on help from his assistants, Quinn will seek to realign the Falcons’ defense with the exact style he expects. Quinn discussed constantly throughout the 2018 season his desire to see the team create more turnovers, generate increased pressure on opposing quarterbacks and get off the field on third downs and in the red zone. He will have the ability to have a direct impact on those desires not only in practice but on Sundays moving forward. While the intricacies of defensive play-calling may not be talked about as often as those on offense in this era of high-scoring football, each defensive coordinator has a unique fingerprint. “For us, the defenses always remained the same,” Wagner said of the Seahawks’ defensive scheme. “The difference is there are certain plays that Gus liked to run more than DQ, and coach Richard liked to run more than DQ. It’s just like that vibe. [Quinn] prefers certain fronts more and he prefers certain things more. He blitzed a little bit more, so I loved that. He was really good at scheming the team.” As a head coach and a defensive coordinator, Quinn will have more on his plate than ever before. But this is a scheme that Quinn understands in its entirety and utilized to unassailable success while in Seattle. There will likely be some adjustments to Quinn’s approach during the week, but any NFL head coach is already involved in every aspect of the team anyway. Quinn won’t just be involved with the defense in Atlanta now, however. He’s taking ownership of it. “I think as a defensive coordinator if you know the front, linebackers and the coverage, that’s so important,” Bradley said. “I think that’s what he did when he was at Seattle, he could bring those three together. “For Dan, he’s been so involved from Day 1 that I think it will be a real smooth transition for him.”
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    If we take a corner with the first round pick after taking one in the 2nd round last year with the needs we have on both lines.... I wouldn't be a fan of that pick.
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    He was defending his sister in high school I believe. Has been a model citizen since then.
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    Hoop is funny to me. He always looks like he's just chillin. Dude is California to his bones.
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    Exactly. I was so depressed when the 43 yard catch was made. I was furious with Joyner - and my heart was crushed. Absolutely no reason that ball should have been caught. I just knew they would run the clock down - kick it and the game would be over. Then they threw the missed catch. I was like - what? Then the time out - I perked up a little. Then Kamara. Then - THE play. Then the Rams had it back -and I was thrilled - get a touchdown - I was nervous - and excited - and felt like I was rooting for the Falcons - it was insane. Then they started acting like the Falcons for a minute and I was like - ****! But they did tie it. Then the Saints got the ball in OT - and my heart sunk again - and all I could think about was the SB - and I thought - it's over - and I almost turned it off - but I didn't. Then the interception. I started squealing. Then the kick. I was running around the house - screaming - jumping all over. The only NFL Football team to ever make me do that in the past wore Red and Black - but there I was - jumping up and down - running all over the house screaming like a kid! It was amazing. It was merciful. I did not celebrate the same way as the NFCC the Falcons won - because I cried like a baby both times before - cried hard and was in a state of shock both times. But the screaming and jumping was the same.
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    If there's one word I'll trust on this topic it's yours.
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    My family and I were at a restaurant with a lot of other family, and we sat at a huge table and there were huge TV's all around us playing the NFC championship game. When Goff threw the interception before the Saints took a 13-0 lead my dad slammed on the table and water spilled all over my pants. We were all rooting hard against the Saints and hoping the Rams would pull it out. We saw the fake punt the Rams did down 13-0 and we left the restaurant when it the Saints were up 20-10. We listened to the rest of the game on the radio on our way back down south. Right when we got home in our driveway the Rams kicked the 57 yard field goal and we were all screaming loud with so much relief inside of us. It's that feeling when you survived a near death experience or something. In my years of watching my favorite teams whether it's the Dawgs, Falcons, Braves, etc. I had never been so ANTI against a team in my entire life. There had never been a loss more important than the Saints to the Rams. I have my hated teams in college football and hated rivals who have won national titles, but the Saints fan base tormenting us in Atlanta and winning the Super Bowl down here would have killed the legacy of Atlanta sports forever. The Saints getting their 2nd world championship in Atlanta after we blew a 25 point lead 2 years ago, there would be nothing our Falcons fanbase could say for eternity. It would be like the Saints woman tormenting a Falcons man in her voodoo **** for eternity, giving you excruciating pain on your skin and bones that would never go away the rest of your life. Okay, maybe I'm being too dramatic... NOPE, the magnitude was too high. This was the greatest loss in Atlanta sports history, or maybe even Georgia sports history in the last half a century.
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    Every. Single. Bit. Of. This. I celebrated that 57-yard kick almost the same way I celebrated our OWN NFC Championship win. The friends I was with were like, "Man, you like the Rams that much?!?" No, friends. No. I just hate the Saints that much. We never would have lived down even them marching into Atlanta (and certainly never would have lived down, as you say, them winning it). I have definitely felt much more JOY in my sports fan life than that 57-yard kick. From my own team. But never ever EVER have I felt such RELIEF as a sports fan as when that thing went through. And that flooding sense of relief is mirrored in the Saints' fans - it's just that for them, it's coming out in spluttering rage. They had their chance to get the "mic drop" on this rivalry. That chance is gone. Turns out the football gods have a small dram of mercy for Atlanta after all.
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    I covered this in another thread, but you're one guy I'm willing to cover it again for. Andrew decided to hang it up with the NFL - the schedule and demands made it impossible to be the father he wants to be, especially now that he has an infant daughter to go with his 3-year old son. So he decided to move the fam back to Phoenix, where his mom and I, and most of his wife's family all live. He was prepared to completely reformat his life, but then a funny thing happened. Rick Neuheisel heard through the grapevine that Andrew was a free agent and asked him to join the staff of the AAF Arizona Hotshots. He's currently the RBs coach and on track to be the OC next season. Best part from his point of view is that the AAF is only active for about five months out of the year. He'll have family time, an opportunity to launch a planned business venture, and a healthy AAF paycheck to boot. And I get unlimited grandkid access. Grandson Liam spent most of yesterday with us. He helped me mount a trailer hitch on my car by handing me bolts in a timely fashion. Today we repair a leaky toilet. As weird as all that sounds, my life is wonderfully full.
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    Organic Kale people don't wear sweet Submariner Rolex watches. People just hatin the playa!
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    As the rage throughout Who Dat Nation continues following Sunday's no-call on a pass interference on Rams corner Nickell Robey-Coleman, L.A. prepares for the Super Bowl. The blatant non-call has led to a cavalcade of anger from New Orleans Saints players, fans, and many non-partisan spectators. In an odd twist, the pervasive bitterness now seems poised to morph into a locker-room rallying cry in Los Angeles. Respected veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworthjoined the Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday and noted the call wasn't the only one missed in the game. "You see the arguments from some of the Saints' players about the rule about the commissioner restarting the game over or from that point or whatever," Whitworth told Eisen, via Turf Show Times. "My argument to that would be, Rich, is then Jared Goff got a facemask on the second down on the possession before that was not called. That'd be first-and-goal at the 1 down three points. If you look at our odds from the 1 this season, that's seven points. So, they'd be down four, and a field goal wouldn't matter. They would have had to score in that situation either way. So, the reality is, where is the last foul that you want to argue? Whether it's blatant or not is not a matter. It's whether it's a foul. "So, it's just one of those things that's a slippery slope, and it's an excuse. [However] you cut it. And the reality is they got football after that snap. They played in overtime with the football. New England had the same situation and won the game. They didn't score; we did. "We can argue about it all day, but they had an opportunity to win the game and we won it." Heading to the first Super Bowl of his 13-year NFL career, Whitworth has had his experience with bitterness after playoff losses following referee's decisions. He was part of a Cincinnati Bengals team that fell to the Pittsburgh Steelersafter former assistant coach Joey Porter coaxed a personal foul penalty. "I've played a ton of games. I've had a ton of calls that could have gone one way or the other or should have or whatever that have claimed to have been missed," he said. "But I've lost a playoff game to a coach being on the field getting a personal foul drawn from our players. "So, I've experienced it, man, and I know it's tough. But the reality is, football was played after that snap, and you know what, whatever team tries to win the game from there and wins it won the football game."
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    Sounds like the name of a new show on NBC. BEN STEELE, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR Fridays at 8, on NBC
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    Ya know if you bottle you tears you could probably get 1k for them .... Just think what you could do with a thousand dollars ... get your teeth fixed ... get some antibiotics to clear up that swamp critter VD .... get a dna test to find out which of your moms cousins is your dad ... the possibilities are endless...
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    CBS 14. Atlanta Falcons Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson. When you have Grady Jarrett why not add a second Clemson defensive tackle with him? Two Clemson defensive tackles are better than one Clemson defensive tackle. 247SPORTS 14. FALCONS - JACHAI POLITE, DE/OLB, FLORIDA Florida's Jachai Polite a more stout than a Montez Sweat or a Josh Allen. He is a very good pass rusher though. He recorded 45 tackles, 11 sacks, six forced fumbles and four pass deflections last season. The Falcons' season was derailed with a slew of unforeseen injuries. Polite can step in immediately and start for the Falcons. NYUP.com 14. Atlanta Falcons: Devin White, LB, LSU Devin White is arguably the top linebacker in this draft and the Falcons need to as many top caliber players as they can find. White is known for his ability to pursue in both the pass and run game, but will need to develop instinctually at the next level. SportingNews.com 14. Atlanta Falcons Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson The Falcons have had success turning to the Tigers for defensive linemen, and they should consider going back to Clemson for big space-eater in Lawrence (6-4, 351 pounds). Grady Jarrett is a priority re-sign for their defensive line before he becomes a free agent in March, but they need a run-stuffer to put between him and the edge-rushing Vic Beasley. BleacherReport 14. Atlanta Falcons: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston no info WalterFootball Atlanta Falcons: Jeffery Simmons, DE/DT, Mississippi State The Falcons were expected to address their defensive line during the draft, but the spend too much energy doing it. They'll need to make amends for that next spring. Jeffrey Simmons is an extremely disruptive interior force, but was found guilty of simple assault charges. He could be a top-five pick if teams are fine with his off-the-field issues, as he has an amazing blend of power and athleticism. Pick change; previously Christian Wilkins, DT
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    https://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2018/9/30/17920702/matt-ryan-regular-looking-athlete-twitter-jokes-trader-joes Organic kale enthusiast Matt Ryan was ready for game day. By James Dator Sep 30, 2018, 3:46pm EDT Matt Ryan is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He also dresses like the cover model of that 2006 J. Crew catalog you see in the waiting room of your dentist. View image on Twitter 633 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy It’s the tote bag that really caps off this ensemble. It says “I am an adult who is DETERMINED to get some microgreens at the farmer’s market to top off my omelette.” It’s great. Seriously. How many people do you know who can dress like this and then utterly dismantle people with a cannon arm? I thought so. That said, we can still poke just a little bit of fun at Matty Ice for this look — and Twitter has already taken care of that for us. This my QB but **** what a nerd. You guys know there is a Cobb salad in that bag with the ‘spicey’ blue cheese on the side — Zach Davis (@davisz) September 30, 2018 544 people are talking about this See Almost Paradise's other Tweets 1,108 people are talking about this 18 people are talking about this See Caroline Darney's other Tweets See Zaboomafoo's other Tweets See Sarkis Adajian's other Tweets 79 people are talking about this You do you, Matty Ice — and pick me up some broccolini.
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    DQ had the rep and pedigree as DC before becoming the Falcons HC. That’s the biggest reason he was interviewed to begin with. A leader and a guy that knows what it takes. So, now that he has the experience as a HC for 4 years this should be a smooth transition. Compared to say him trying to be a first time HC and remain the DC. This should be a natural progression as long as the offense and some critical HC functions don’t suffer with his attention/time being centered on the Defense way more. Enter the other assistant roles and a proven OC that just so happens to have HC experience/previous success with Ryan & Julio. Add in some guys that know OL and run game/TE factoring in; well we got a shot to have much higher productivity for the talent on the roster. All of that is the upside to the presumed much improved LOS we should have on roster by the end of the draft.
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    I know this sounds a little insane ...... but this restored my faith in the Falcons winning a Super Bowl. Maybe even soon. After Joyner missed that EASILY DEFENDABLE BALL, what went through my head was, "The universe actually hates the Falcons." Even after 28-3, I didn't feel that as intensely. We just screwed ourselves there. But the indignity of this - of the Saints possibly winning it all in OUR house only two years removed from that utter heartbreak. It truly felt like a curse when that 43-yarder was caught. But the Rams somehow pulled it out. The universe had some mercy. (Some beautiful, poetic, Saints-fan-destroying mercy.) And now I still feel like we have a fighting chance.
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    Our country is trillions in debt, government workers have been furloughed (until a few minutes ago), and tons of other stuff going on. Yet, this clown is so butthurt because his team didn't win a ballgame in their house that he wasted valuable time on the Congress floor to speak about it? The only thing I wished had happened during his speech was that the Georgia contingent of representatives started laughing out loud, only to be joined by representatives from the states of Minnesota, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, California...
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    https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/buccaneers-receiver-mike-evans-believes-falcons-will-have-a-top-five-offense-wit ORLANDO, Fla. – The Atlanta Falcons have no lack of offensive firepower and are just two years removed from averaging 36 points per game. RELATED CONTENT How to watch the 2019 Pro Bowl Pass-rush options emerge at Senior Bowl Fans are hoping the Falcons’ offense can move closer to that mark under new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, and Buccaneers Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans believes he is the right man for the job. “He made us one of the top offenses in the league, so I think he’ll do the same in Atlanta,” Evans said during the first day of practice at the 2019 Pro Bowl. “He has the weapons. It will be a top-five offense, for sure.” That type of production is certainly something the Falcons are capable of. In 2018, Atlanta was sixth in yards per game, averaging 389.1 yards, and it was 10th in points per game with an average of 25.9. The year prior, the Falcons averaged 364.8 yards and 22.1 points per game, which was eighth- and 15th-most in the league, respectively. But while the Falcons were brilliant at times under former offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, they have the talent on hand to reach even greater heights. The Falcons’ offense produced three Pro Bowlers in 2018: Julio Jones, Alex Mack and Austin Hooper. Jones was the NFL’s leading receiver, catching 113 passes for 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns. Mack has long been one of the top centers in the league and an anchor in the middle of Atlanta’s offensive line. And in his third season, Hooper put up career-high numbers across the board, catching 71 passes for 660 yards and four touchdowns. PHOTOS: Mack, Hooper at first Pro Bowl practice TE Austin Hooper and C Alex Mack attend the first practice of the 2019 Pro Bowl. Mack is returning to the Pro Bowl for the sixth time, and it is Hooper's first Pro Bowl of his NFL career. TE Austin Hooper, C Alex Mack Atlanta Falcons / Kara Durrette TE Austin Hooper Atlanta Falcons / Kara Durrette In addition to those three, the Falcons also have an MVP-caliber quarterback in Matt Ryan and two very talented receivers opposite of Jones in Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley. Koetter’s job will be maximizing that talent and getting consistent high-level production from the offense. Consistency was an issue for Atlanta last season, as evidenced by its five-game losing streak in which the offense failed to score more than 20 points. “We had a disappointing year,” Mack said. “We won some games towards the end and patched things together, which is ending on the note we wanted to. But we weren’t playing good enough in the middle of the year early on.” There are some questions the Falcons will have to answer on the offensive side of the ball this offseason as well. Coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff will likely take a long look at the offensive line, which had a disappointing season and was hindered by injuries. Quinn recently said on his radio show that the only two offensive line spots he’s “comfortable” with are left tackle Jake Matthews and Mack at center. It also remains to be seen whether the Falcons move to retain running back Tevin Coleman, who is set to become a free agent, and how fellow running back Devonta Freeman recovers from an injury that cost him much of the 2018 season. But there is still much for Koetter, who previously served as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator from 2012-14, to work with in Atlanta. Evans knows first-hand what type of offense Falcons fans should expect with Koetter in charge. “An explosive offense,” Evans said. “He was explosive before he left [Atlanta], and then he came to us and made us way more explosive than we were … He’s going to have that receiving corps nice, and the run game.” Koetter’s offenses have been plenty explosive. The Buccaneers were second in the league with 71 pass plays of 20 yards or more in 2018, and their 14 passes that went for 40 yards or more were fourth-most. During his three seasons in Atlanta, the Falcons averaged 5.7 yards per play and 363.5 yards per game. Now back with the Falcons, Koetter is charged with getting a talented unit to play up to its capabilities on a consistent basis. “I’m looking forward to working with him,” Mack said. “We’ve got a lot of real talented people in the building. I think we should have an explosive offense, and I’m looking forward to figuring out how we’re going to do it.”
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    If the truth be known -- the 43 yard pass that before the missed call should have been knocked down. That was a piss poor play by the defender.
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    This guy is spitting fire and facts. I didn't realize how bad that interception that Brees threw actually was. I was too busy celebrating. That thing was high and wobbling. It also looked like a punt that could have been a fair caught.
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    I am high on Greedy Williams, but I think we have other more important needs with the first pick. I like Oliver and as I said before or Simmons.
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    Bro I usually agree with you on everything. But I just don’t see it with Lawrence. He’s a worse prospect than Vita Vea and Danny Shelton were and neither guy had the impact expected. He looks goofy in space and clearly has issues carrying that much weight. He is violent, but I just don’t see how a guy like him is worth a 14th overall pick. He’d basically just be a less good Dontari Poe on a rookie contract.
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    coffee hasnt kicked in. Can someone translate this for me? "The Falcons were expected to address their defensive line during the draft, but the spend too much energy doing it"
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    I’d love to have this one guy named Andrew, but I hear he’s doing well
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    You have to understand what he is saying and not put your own interpretations on it. If he says " No way Im firing either one" people would be losing their sheet that there is no accountability. What he says is, to paraphrase," let's see how the year goes" and all the sudden people accuse him of not supporting continuity. Seriously AB can't win with this question. We should take it at face value. What he says is, "in a year we will know more". There are a ton of what ifs. What if we go 16-0? what if we go 0-16? what if we win or lose games based on talent? What if we win or lose games based on HC decision? Anything he says now will be thrown in his face next year "you said so and so were attached at the hip, why aren't you keeping your word."
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    It’s Oliver ED OLIVER – INTERIOR DEFENDER, HOUSTON There is not much more for Oliver to prove in the college game as he has been a force on the interior for three straight seasons, recording PFF grades of 88.0 in 2016, 91.4 in 2017, and a spectacular 93.4 in 2018. You will be hard pressed to find a better defender against the run, where Oliver has recorded PFF grades of 88.0, 91.4, and 93.4 each of the last three seasons. Heading into 2018, Oliver needed to improve upon his ability to rush the passer, and he’s done just that by producing a pass-rush grade of 88.7, good for fourth among interior defenders. All Oliver does is accrue defensive stops, racking up 47 in 2017 (second) and 26 this season (fourth).
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    Nothing but facts in the video. Aints had homefield advantage, majority of the calls (and non-calls) went their way, got the ball back first in OT and they CHOKED. And the very fact they not only got a taste of their own medicine with bogus calls, they may NEVER get an opportunity like that ever again. All that laughing they did during the season and now there at home with the rest of us. AMAZING
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    Ding ding ding. Close the phone lines, we have ourselves a winner. That's exactly the reason why they're so butthurt right now. Those folks would've been on the first bus, plane, car, motorcycle, or starship smoking down here had they won that game, along with their local media folks to rub salt into the wound. Other big rivalries in the league (see Packers/Bears, Ravens/Steelers) don't have the unique dynamic of 1) having a large number of transients from its' rival reside in their towns and 2) worrying every few years about hosting a Super Bowl with its' archrivals playing in it because they don't get to host that game to begin with (Dallas being the exception with Jerry World). While it's one thing for them to have been gifted with a trophy and chanting that score ad nauseum, what they really wanted was that finishing maneuver, that one notch on the belt that can never be lived down. That was their logo splattered all over downtown Atlanta and on Falcon property in Flowery Branch. It was their fans preening and prancing up and down Peachtree Street for two weeks and goading anyone in the vicinity into a verbal or physical confrontation. If their team took the liberty to urinate in the middle of the Georgia Dome turf after a game, no telling how badly they would've trashed Falcon HQ and/or taken a billion pictures of them in it to share on social media. The Falcons could win the next three Lombardis after that and we still wouldn't have an answer for 'yeah, but we played for (or egads, won) a Super Bowl in your house!!' That opportunity was swiped from under them like Lucy snatching the ball away before Charlie Brown tries to kick it. They know that such an opportunity to call 'scoreboard' on this feud is gone and our team is one great season away from pulling even in the championship department. That's where all of the vitriol, piss, and vinegar from them is coming from...
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    Considering how Lousiana and NO are run, this really isn't surprising. Really sad and pathetic, but not surprising.
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    It's getting to a point where I believe the Saints coaching staff, players, and fans cared more about tormenting us in Atlanta than actually being in the Super Bowl. They know they can never have this back because next season the Super Bowl is in Miami and the next time the Super Bowl is in Atlanta what are the chances a completely different era of the Saints are back in this position?
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    Yep, I wish we could drop this off on the Saints board for them to watch.
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    It just doesn’t make sense to spend a 1st on a CB when the Falcons already have Tru, Alf, Oliver, Poole and Kazee. Id like Rock Ya-Sin in the third becaus he’s a perfect fit for our defence, but no CB is worth #14 to the Falcons.
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    Regarding best FA signings, has Morten Anderson been mentioned yet? He’s responsible for my favorite all-time Falcons moment. And we took him from the Taints.
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    https://theathletic.com/783174/2019/01/24/schultz-blank-opens-up-on-super-bowl-falcons-season-and-ownership-future/ Arthur Blank went on one of his greatest rolls as a sports owner in 2016. In May of that year, Atlanta secured the rights to host the 2019 Super Bowl (beating out New Orleans on the final ballot). When all the bidding was done, Blank’s new stadium (still not built) landed the college football national title game, the NFL title game and the Final Four in consecutive years. Nine months after winning the 2019 Super Bowl bid, the Falcons found themselves playing in the championship game in Houston. But this is where Blank’s dream sequence ends. When next week’s Super Bowl is played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Falcons won’t be there. After starting the season with title hopes, they stumbled out of the gate, got hammered by injuries, imploded with a five-game losing streak and never contended for a playoff berth. Blank is trying to put on a happy face and says he’s ready to play the gracious host. He spent some time with The Athletic on Wednesday and addressed a number of topics, including his hopes for Super Bowl week, the Falcons’ season, his plans to possibly never sell the franchise, memories of the 2000 ice storm and the futures of Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Everybody in the organization has acknowledged the importance of next season. Blank reiterated that he has confidence in Quinn and Dimitroff to fix the problems, but perhaps Blank’s most interesting response came when he was asked if the head coach and GM are linked, as many have assumed, should next season go poorly. “That’s a whole year away,” he said. “They’re two different people with two different roles. I understand the question, and I understand the answer you would like. But the answer I’m giving is the honest answer, which is that we have a year for things to play out.” The following is my Q&A with Blank, held at his family foundation office: I checked the advance forecast for Super Bowl Sunday. It was a high of 53 and a low of 37 with a 40 percent chance of rain, so not bad. I’m not happy about the 40 percent chance of rain. Yeah, but it’s not like an ice storm. Are you saying a few extra Baruch-as? I’m praying as much as I can. There’s a lot of stuff to pray for. The last one was here in 2000 (Super Bowl XXXIV, Rams-Titans), and you know what happened. I was at that game. I remember the whole week was a disaster in terms of the traffic and getting people around. The game itself was a great game. It was decided on the last play. I was a guest of commissioner (Paul) Tagliabue, and I got to the game and experienced a great game. So did the fans. But it was difficult in Atlanta that week. What’s your dream for next week? Our hope is that Atlanta will do what it does well, which is host big national events. We did it last year with the national championship game; we’ll do it this year with the Super Bowl and next year with the Final Four. We’ve done it with the SEC championship and the Falcons and the MLS now. The whole community has done a fabulous job. I would imagine you’re happy that Mercedes-Benz Stadium has been well-received. It has every amenity you’d want, and I’m excited about sharing our food and beverage philosophy of low pricing. Will the roof be open, or is that contingent on the weather? I think we’ll have an opportunity to show off our hardware — show how the roof opens and closes. That’s my hope and the hope of the league. So maybe it’s open during the pregame and then closed for the game? You’ll just have to wait and see and be surprised like everybody else. Your dreams when Atlanta won the bid were to have the Falcons in the game. Does it feel like there’s a hole in the week? Candidly, yes. Obviously, we’d be the first team in 53 years to have hosted the game and played in it. We were competitive at the end of the year, winning three games in a row. Down 17 points in the last game (at Carolina) and winning it was important to the players and the coaching staff and the fans. But we didn’t have the kind of year we wanted, and Coach Quinn would be the first to tell you that. He’d be the last to tell you injuries were a factor, but they are reality. We learned a lot about our young players who stepped up. We’ll get the injured players back next year. The draft and free agency will be focused on the trenches, which is where it needs to be. How do we get better on the offensive line? How do we stop the run better? Are you going to pick a side to cheer for in this game? I ask that because you admitted to me that you were “happy” that New Orleans isn’t here. My side is the side of the NFL and the side of the fans. We want a close, competitive game. I’m close with both owners (Robert Kraft and Stan Kroenke). We have storylines on both sides. We have a historically great coach (Bill Belichick) in New England. We have an emerging coach (Sean McVay) with the Rams who comes from Atlanta, went to Marist High School, and his family is in the area. We have two running backs (Todd Gurley and Sony Michel) from the University of Georgia. Les Snead, the Rams’ general manager, worked for us for 13 years. John McKay, Rich’s son, works for the Rams. So we have a lot of connections on both sides. If Saints-Patriots was Atlanta’s nightmare Super Bowl, are you saying you don’t lean toward the Rams even a little bit? (Blank smiles.) I’m very close to Robert Kraft. He’s been a good friend to me. We wouldn’t have Thomas Dimitroff if it wasn’t for Robert. He had to intervene during the interview process to make sure we had an opportunity to interview him. He didn’t have to do that. And I have great affection for Stan Kroenke. Back to the Falcons. How difficult was it for you to deal with this season? Well, we changed three coordinators; that’s always difficult. The three we changed were all good people, and they worked hard. But sometimes you need a different approach, a different voice in the room. Sometimes they represent the kind of balance that the (head) coach wants. One great thing about Coach Quinn is he’s very honest with himself, and he’s willing to look at things objectively. He’ll be calling plays on defense, and the last time he did that, we went to the Super Bowl in 2016. So I’m encouraged by where we are, but we have to get through the offseason, get the players we need, the OTA, preseason, and then the bell rings. Is there anything you can say about the confidence level you have in Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff moving forward? Very high confidence level in the two of them. I said the same thing to them. I have no reason to think they won’t be successful and get us back to the championship level that we think we’re capable of. Are they somewhat tied at the hip? They’re tied at the hip in a positive way in terms of their decision-making. I’ve seen them disagree on things in a respectful way. They definitely have different views on some things, but we encourage that as part of our culture in all of our businesses. Usually, if they disagree on something, they move on and try to find an option they both feel better about. Would they be tied at the hip if things didn’t work out? I don’t know that. That’s a whole year away. They’re two different people with two different roles. I understand the question, and I understand the answer you would like. But the answer I’m giving is the honest answer, which is that we have a year for things to play out. You redefined the retail industry with Home Depot. That’s going to be your legacy in business. What would you like your legacy to be in sports? Whether it’s football or soccer that we were a great experience for the fans, that they felt we were competitive every year, the owner and the management team was doing everything they can to have a winning product on the field or on the pitch and that we leave no stone unturned in doing that. It is fans first, and I view myself as the steward for them. So when I have to make difficult decisions, I think about what’s right for the fans, what’s right for the people who are giving us their time, their passion, their financial resources. If you hit the finish line as an owner and you haven’t won a Super Bowl, how would you feel? I’d be disappointed. I assume the finish line means I’m no longer a body, just a soul? Am I just a soul floating around? Ha. Are you saying you’re never going to sell — you’ll own the Falcons until you die? Well, I have no plans on selling it. We love doing what we’re doing, and our family does. I’d like to see the family go on and run the businesses and really do what the fans and the community are telling us. I only brought it up because you told me once before you weren’t sure if anybody in the family wanted to run the Falcons, but you knew your son, Josh, liked soccer. All the kids have a variety of interests in all our businesses, whether it’s the ranch, the soccer team or the football team. Whether they have an interest or not is one thing. They have to have the capability and be properly trained. There’s nothing to be given to them on a silver platter. I feel that way, and their mother feels that way, and even more importantly, our associates and businesses have earned the right to have great leadership. Final question: Does it eat at you that Lowe’s is a major Super Bowl sponsor and not Home Depot? I appreciate the fact that Brian Rolapp, the chief revenue officer for the league, called me, and my first question was, ‘Did we ask H.D.’ He said, ‘Yes, we did.’ That’s the only obligation the league has, and they fulfilled it. Home Depot has been a great partner for us. I’m sure Craig Menear, our chairman and CEO of H.D. now, will not be thrilled to see blue banners and blue billboards everywhere. But Home Depot is running an incredible company today.
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    I just think its funny. Matty is just Mr. Average ... and he's riding that into the HOF one day LOL.
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    I’d be happy with any of these really. But I’m still on the Ford bandwagon.
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