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  1. The Falcons mess people up so bad they want to hurt when we win too.
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  2. And yet you aren't on here as Stu da milkhead promising to video yourself drinking a glass of that Carolina reaper milk. Coward.
    7 points
  3. by Tori McElhaney Players report in a week and training camp gets underway shortly thereafter. To usher in the new season, The Athletic will take a look at each Falcons position group, posing one question each group will need to answer by the time Week 1 arrives. Broken up into offensive and defensive units, here are some of the key questions to ask the likes of Dean Pees, every safety on the roster and the rest of the Falcons defense. Defensive tackle: How quickly can Marlon Davidson ascend? Davidson didn’t have the rookie year many wanted from him. Likely, he didn’t have the rookie year he wanted, either. He was injured early and then had to be placed on the COVID-19 list. He didn’t see the field nearly as much as he needed to, and he didn’t have much of an opportunity to get into any type of flow. With that being said, Year 2 will be important for Davidson to prove he can be Grady Jarrett’s No. 2. He’ll need to establish himself in 2021. He’ll need to have a healthy season, or as healthy as it can be for an interior defensive lineman. The Falcons don’t need another miss on defensive line. Deadrin Senat hasn’t amounted to much since he was draft in the third round in 2018. The hope is Davidson won’t follow that path. When Davidson did see playing time in 2020, he flashed at times. He could be a player Pees enjoys using, but only if he can get into the rhythm he wasn’t able to in his rookie year. Until he does, we are left to wonder how impactful he can be in Atlanta. Outside linebacker: Who will take charge of this group? The pressure is on Dante Fowler to be the answer. It’s why the Falcons picked him up last offseason. And in the wake of Barkevious Mingo’s release, the pressure has reached a boiling point. More than anything else defensively, the Falcons need to establish a pass rush. It’s been a weak spot in recent years, and Atlanta hasn’t found a viable way to build up its strength. The previous regime thought it would be Fowler, but like Davidson, Fowler couldn’t get into any type of rhythm in 2020. It opened the door for Jacob Tuioti-Mariner and Steven Means, who both did enough to warrant another year in Atlanta. But of the three, who’s going to create the consistent production this group needs? And if they can’t, who can? The Falcons have the opportunity to pick up another outside linebacker via free agency (or even a trade). They have money to play around with now that Julio Jones is off the books. So, if they don’t believe these three can get the job done, perhaps there’s someone on the open market who they believe can. The next month will be important for this group to figure all of that out. But one thing is certain: someone — anyone — needs to step up. Inside linebacker: Can this group lead? Between Deion Jones, Foye Oluokun and Mykal Walker, this trio was arguably the most consistent the Falcons had on defense. Oluokun and Walker were a nice surprise in 2020, and because of their production, the expectation for the two goes up in 2021. Oluokun will be looked at as more of a leader in the coming season, and he has the wherewithal to be that. Walker can continue to grow in Year 2, and he may even make more of a jump in play with a year’s experience. Then, there’s Jones. When the Falcons were crunching numbers back in March, Jones was someone the new front office saved by restructuring Matt Ryan’s contract. He’s been a prominent figure amongst the Falcons defense for years now. His consistency is paramount to the defense’s overall success. The Falcons added Brandon Copeland this offseason to round out the position. He’ll play a key role within the group, too. And with these four, the expectation is that they will lead this defense. They should be the ones who shoulder that burden. Cornerbacks: Who will emerge opposite AJ Terrell? It seems the Falcons have been looking for a lockdown corner for a while. Drafting Terrell was a decision met with frustration by the fan base but it has worked out. By rookie cornerback standards, Terrell was exactly what the Falcons wanted/needed. But the spotlight is less on Terrell throughout this year’s training camp. Sure he’ll need to perform well in 2021, but he’s proved he can handle himself. Any other corner on the roster? Not so much. Kendall Sheffield and Isaiah Oliver haven’t been up to snuff in recent years. So, the Falcons picked up Fabian Moreau in free agency and Darren Hall and Avery Williams in the draft. If you’re putting money down on who gets the nod, Moreau may be the safest bet to make. But the others have an entire training camp to change the coaches’ minds. Safety: What will this rotation even look like? No position group went through the turnover the safeties did. The roster makeup couldn’t look more different as Jaylinn Hawkins is the only player returning with even a smidgen of playing time in 2020. The Falcons built this position back up through the signing of veterans on one-year deals and the draft. Expect Erik Harris and Duron Harmon to be heavily featured. They’re both on one-year deals and brought in to make sure the secondary isn’t solely made up of young faces. And speaking of young faces, the Falcons’ second-round draft pick is one to keep an eye on. By several pre-draft accounts, Richie Grant was the best safety in the class. If he lives up to that title in his rookie year, that should earn him quite a bit of playing time. There is no precedent for how this rotation will run, nor do we know how they’ll look together. It’s a good thing training camp is coming up because there’s a lot more than one question that this group needs to answer.
    6 points
  4. Someone should email the Pfizer and LinkedIn marketing departments.
    6 points
  5. Growing some full on C-Reapers in my back yard....should fruit full-on in time for week one (late August). We win, I'M IN. Full chomp...5 minute afterburn. 1.97-2.21 SHU. These are DIRECT plants from SC. We go playoffs. I go Pepper X.
    5 points
  6. 5 points
  7. Former Falcons wr'er has been officially hire as director of players affairs.. he had previously worked with Georgia Tech and now joins the Falcons administration
    4 points
  8. BOOM! BR a Dawg!
    4 points
  9. Or that all of the treatment for his covid that he got in the hospital hasn't been officially approved by the FDA either.
    4 points
  10. His interception vs. Brees in the endzone to lock a game is the one mental snapshot of his career that I'll always remember. https://youtu.be/m4QkFI7Y-Yg
    4 points
  11. Player affairs. People be sleeping with everyone 😄 Kidding, kinda.
    3 points
  12. Holy ****, that's a high schooler?
    3 points
  13. It is hard to really answer the question of whether he has more to work with here than he had in TN 2018/2019 because any attempted comparison is clouded by hindsight of who the TN players are today vs who they were when Pees took over their defense. It would take a pretty deep dive into articles from 2018 to really get a legitimate idea of how the talent level was viewed at that time.. and I really don't have the time to do that. But, what we can do, is look at is the 2017 roster vs the 2018 roster, see what changed and then see the results from the changes. So from 2017 to 2018, the Titans replaced 3 starters on defense (Sylvester Williams NT, Avery Williamson RILB, Johnathan Ciprien S). They replaced those 3 with Austin Johnson NT, Jayon Brown RILB, and Kenny Vaccaro S... and they brought in Pees. 2017 - 20th in total yards, 17th in points allowed, 24th in passing TDs, 25th in passing yards, 1st in rushing TDs allowed. 2018 - 8th in total yards, 3rd in points allowed, 6th in passing TDs and passing yards, 5th in rushing TDs allowed. So they replaced a pretty terrible safety (Ciprien) with a journeyman (Vaccarro), an older player (Williams) with a 2nd year player (Johnson) and a young guy (Williamson) with a rookie (Brown) ... and added Pees (good coaching) which resulted in exponential improvement in every one of hte above categories but rushing TDs (a little hard to improve on 1st.. nowhere to go but down). Mostly the same defensive talent they had the year .. but dramatically different results. Again, looking at what the Falcons defense did against KC last year tells me there is more talent here than fans and media are willing to give credit for. I would argue we upgraded safety (Allen/Neaseman vs Harris/Harman... Grant vs Neal could potentially be a push now.. but I think Grant could be even better down the road), I think Moreau could be a big surprise and will end up being an upgrade over Dennard. There are a lot of unknowns with all the rookies though... but given who they are replacing, I think there is a good chance they can at last provide the same level of solid play as the guys we lost. We'll see, but I'm feeling cautiously optimistic that we'll see defensive significant improvement.
    3 points
  14. You could've left that last part out. This thread isn't about his coaching record. It's about a human being fighting to live. If you want to crap all over him, go start a 'Knapp sucked as a coach' thread. Sheesh.
    3 points
  15. This I agree most with. We have some talent but we arent going to out talent many if any. There were games though, after Raheem took over HC, that we saw our defense improve and hold teams down much better than in DQs defense. KC game is a perfect example that we couldnt out talent someone, but we could hang with a good game plan on D.
    3 points
  16. Need to know first whether he smokes weed or not
    3 points
  17. That’s in LA, not San Fran, dumb *** As to San Fran, “San Francisco’s rate of property crimes – including shoplifting (Figure 1) – has plummeted to its lowest level since reliable crime statistics were first compiled 45 years ago. That’s a cause for celebration, right? Apparently not. Ignoring these clear trends, the May 21, 2021, “California Today” column by the New York Times’ San Francisco Bureau Chief Thomas Fuller declared in alarming tones: “The mundane crime of shoplifting has spun out of control in San Francisco, forcing some chain stores to close.” Fuller’s evidence? Anecdotes, quips, and claims from spokespersons for Walgreens that thefts from its stores in San Francisco are “four times the chain’s national average, and that it had closed 17 stores, largely because the scale of thefts had made business untenable,” and from CVS branding the city “one of the epicenters of organized retail crime.” In fact, Walgreens is closing hundreds of stores nationwide in a cost-cutting measure, and the trend toward fewer but larger retail thefts is occurring statewide, not just in San Francisco. Since 2016, thefts valued at $400 or more have risen by 19 percent, while thefts valued at under $50 have fallen by 21 percent. Why did the New York Times see fit to print an article sensationalizing San Francisco’s supposed “surge” in shoplifting that Fuller claims has worsened since he moved to the city in 2016? “The retail executives and police officers emphasized the role of organized crime in the thefts. And they told the supervisors that Proposition 47, the 2014 ballot measure that reclassified nonviolent thefts as misdemeanors if the stolen goods are worth less than $950, had emboldened thieves,” Fuller wrote. “The one trend we are seeing is more violence and escalating — and much more bold,” said Commander Raj Vaswani, the head of the investigations bureau at the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). “We see a lot of repeat offenders.” In fact, San Francisco’s rates of violent and property crime peaked in 1992 and have since fallen” http://www.cjcj.org/mobile/news/13165 There was a major bust of organized shop lifting in San Francisco in October 2020, in “Trump’s America.” https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/10/06/major-san-francisco-bay-area-retail-theft-ring-busted-five-suspects-arrested-8-million-in-stolen-merchandise-recovered/ Meanwhile, from a local San Fran newspaper: “What you no doubt haven’t heard, because it garnered only one article in mainstream media, is that Walgreens settled a $4.5 million wage theft suit last November for robbing its California employees for years. According to plaintiffs, Walgreens failed to pay minimum wages, overtime wages, compensate for meal periods, refused to authorize and permit rest periods, lied on wage statements and engaged in an assortment of alleged illegal business practices — fleecing millions from its low wage workers. Millions that couldn’t be spent on food, diapers, rent, life-saving medicine. Millions whose absence no doubt caused countless hours of stress and mental wear and tear to the check-to-check workers that money was owed. But because it was spread out over years and the victims were disproportionately people of color — and the suspects faceless executives — it went virtually unnoticed. Assuming the man in The Video stole the maximum allowed for his misdemeanor charge — $949 — this would mean the Walgreens wage theft story involved 474,183% more theft yet resulted in one story compared to 309. Why? Corporate wage theft, severalstudies show, is much more prevalent than all other forms of theft — larceny, robbery, car theft — combined, yet is almost never covered in our media, outside of a handful of legal trade publications.” https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/San-Francisco-s-shoplifting-panic-desperately-16327614.php tl;dr, is anyone shocked that the guy who repeatedly advocated for people on welfare to be indefinitely stripped of voting rights would share a video of a black man committing property crime and refer to it as “Biden’s America?” I for one am not.
    3 points
  18. FFS70’s annual 3 day sabbatical
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  19. He ain’t going nowhere
    3 points
  20. I don't think he intends to be
    3 points
  21. I will be doing the full bundle too once we get closer to football season, so that I can watch my school as well as your favorite Disney shows as well!
    2 points
  22. Would love to see Davidson develop into a true complement to Grady this season. The writer totally ignored Cominsky, but his development will be huge, too. If both of those happen and if either Ogundeji or Graham is a diamond in the rough, defense might not be a liability this season.
    2 points
  23. I don’t know about the NCAA as they are a completely different beast with dealing with their stuck in their ways Alumni/booster groups that have a certain image of what a coach should be in their heads already.
    2 points
  24. They were going to do that anyway. But now you don’t have them using parliamentary tactics (“POINT OF ORDER, POINT OF ORDER, POINT OF ORDER”) to turn the hearings into a circus. And now they can’t drag out things like subpoenas and depositions with those parliamentary tactics. I think they played the entire thing wrong. They would have been better off with the original bipartisan commission where they could block subpoenas and/or call their own witnesses.
    2 points
  25. This is great stuff man. Thank you. Will probably buy a bunch sample stuff
    2 points
  26. Fox News and Tucker Carlson should be held liable for this. He's regurgitating thier talking points.
    2 points
  27. Oooooh I like the Bamba idea. Does he come with the song as well? We could possibly get him and keep our entire core together mostly. No one is trading Hunter or Cam for Bamba lol. No one sane at least.
    2 points
  28. Hey @JD dirtybird21! Glad to see you with the "Bourbon Bros". My man @k-train knows his stuff! When I first started drinking bourbon, my initial thought was to find smooth easily drinkable whiskey. But as I explored different brands and types of bourbon (mainly thanks to this thread), I realized that I didn't particularly like smooth - I was craving something something that I could detect the different flavors in and that had a little bite to it. I have some reflux issues, but still drink the 90-120 proof stuff....I just add some water to the higher proof ones. The flavors are still there, but the heat isn't as bad. Once you start trying the barrel proofs, the bottled-in-bond, and single barrels - then God help you and your wallet! But your mouth is gonna be so happy!
    2 points
  29. Black DC cops are “radical leftists,” white cops with tattoos are “gang bangers.” Back the blue!
    2 points
  30. My birthday brother, if it brings you happiness, then that's all that really matters. However, if you're interested, you can do MUCH, MUCH better than Basil Hayden's, especially at that price point. It takes some determination to build tolerance to higher proofs & develop a palate to recognize different flavors, but the pay off is tremendous for those who put in the effort. Just for the record, good bourbon often has next to nothing with being "smooth". It's kind of like the idea of "soft rock"... when you make it soft, it no longer rocks. That's not to say good bourbons can't be easy-drinking, but what a lot of folks actually are picking up on when they say something is smooth is a lack of dynamics, bold flavors, heat, oak, and/or spice... basically it's smooth because it's lacking the very components which set the profile of bourbon apart from other spirits. Quite often, the higher the proof, the more flavorful the bourbon. This Basil Hayden's is just 80 proof... which is the absolute lowest something can be & legally still be called bourbon. So, it's best to invest in better quality, slightly higher proof bourbons, because you can always add a drop or two of water to proof them down slightly as you acclimate. Rather than spending $50 or so in this 80 proof Basil Hayden's, drop $30-$40 on a bottle of Knob Creek 9Y & add a few drops of water as needed. Then slowly add less & less water, until you get acclimated to drinking it neat. Your palate will thank you.
    2 points
  31. Hard to say a bunch of knuckleheads have been running the defense the entire time I've been a fan.
    2 points
  32. It was reported about 20 minutes ago that Texas will officially inform the Big 12 they are leaving. According to the report they will do this within the next few days.
    2 points
  33. Aren't you supposed to know these things? Better watch your back man. JD, Crunk, and Rings ain't telling you ish lol. Also, still waiting on ol' buddy with the popeyes biscuit deat.........I mean challege.
    2 points
  34. Needed a safety more than an RB. Grant will outshine them all. Interesting about Mayfield tho.
    2 points
  35. I've always thought he sounded like an alcoholic hobo who just woke up on a park bench.
    2 points
  36. I would rather sit here and chew up this box of tin foil into small pieces I brought back from Kroger today, than listen to DLed. I'll wait for a recap
    2 points
  37. I hate how optimistic I'm feeling about our defense. You'd think after five decades I'd learn.
    2 points
  38. I have posted this before but it bears repeating: My company had a product endorsed by Joe Namath. He was at a dinner I attended in Atlanta. I asked him what it was like to play against Humphrey and Nobis. “Humphrey would chase you around and talk smack all day” he said instantly. Then I asked him about Nobis. He stood there silently for several seconds and the expression on his face indicated he was thinking of a specific incident. When he finally spoke, he spoke quietly and with respect and simply said “ When Tommy Nobis hit you, everything went dark.” True words direct quote from a HOF QB. Nobis not in the HOF is a disgrace.
    2 points
  39. Why does this sound like a subliminal mod attack
    2 points
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