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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
    38 points
  4. 868 Yards 69.27% Completion 8 TDs 0 INTs 110.8 Passer Rating #Declining
    37 points
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Not bad for not being Glenn Dorsey.
    30 points
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Nice. Hope Pitts hasn't murdered anybody. 😂
    29 points
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 25 points
  14. 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
  15. Don't care who got beat up today, I care alot about this though. That's progress
    25 points
  16. 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
  17. Ergo Proxy

    AJ Terrell

    A couple snap shots of Terrell when targeted this year. Good sophomore season thus far! If he turns his head on the PI, he has an INT. Hope he adds some ball skills to his game but pure coverage and tackling seem to be there. Of course, it’ll help if the other side of the field isn’t a liability and maybe a pass rush could force some throws.
    22 points
  18. This is the best line in the whole article. You hear that, haters? Cherry picking bad games isn't just dumb logic, it's literally bad moral philosophy. Ancient sages and wise noble masters who've come before since time immemorial frown upon such conduct. Think about that next time you hate.
    22 points
  19. Swift wanting to trade Matt Ryan straight up for Jake Locker is still the highest of TATF comedy.
    21 points
  20. Today, Ryan was without his top two WR's, and yet... 33 of 45 for 342 yards, 2TD's and 0 ints. 109.7 passer rating. Passed Eli Manning for #8 in all time passing yards. 7th all time to complete 5000 passes. 5th most 300 yard games. 112th time that he's thrown 2+ TD's in one game, more than double any other Falcons QB. He also overthrew a wide open Hurst, but you won't hear anyone talking about that one. Obviously, the dude makes mistakes, as does every QB in the NFL. The haters only ever compare Ryan against other people's highlight plays. They don't look at when those other QB's do something wrong. But at the end of the day, Matt Ryan is the best QB that the Falcons have ever had, and he continues to show it.
    21 points
  21. Reminds me of just how much excitement and good football we've enjoyed because of Mattie Ice. That humble "aw shucks" grin and the praise for his kicker was truly classic Ryan in the presser. It's going to be very sad for the Falcons and the fans when he leaves.
    20 points
  22. Pitts also had another 20-30 yards wiped away by the one holding call on Henny. This was Pitts arrival game. We need our offense to be centered around Ridley, CP and Pitts.
    20 points
  23. Seriously. He's so fkin good. I don't get the hate on him. He has some down games but he's be consistently one of the best
    20 points
  24. Well, this will be humiliating news for the Giants, Jets, and the other 12 teams we are going to beat this regular season.
    19 points
  25. I was at the game Sunday sat right behind the Atlanta bench and after Davis scored that touchdown in the 4th quarter the whole offensive line was going crazy on the sideline. Special shout out to McGary who was going particularly crazy🤣. Just love seeing that passion from the players and coaches. Also wanna thank coach Dave Brock who kindly gave my son his hat from the game and Matt Ryan who gave my son a high five through the glass window just to make his day extra special as shown in this video Was fantastic to see the falcons in the flesh and great to see Matt on top of his game. We are coming over to Atlanta in January to see the hawks and the falcons v the saints. I absolutely can’t wait to experience a game in Atlanta. apologies to sidetrack this thread just had to say what a great day we had on Sunday!
    19 points
  26. Pennel played 5 snaps. Big NT. Yikes! Harmon. Decent games from Henny and Mayfield a welcome change. Side Note: EDIT: Bonus yearly grades to date-
    19 points
  27. To be fair, I only really wanted his mom….
    19 points
  28. You can't teach passion like this, but it is contagious.
    18 points
  29. HASHBROWN3

    Thankful for Koo

    Koo ain’t perfect, but we found a gem of a kicker whose been quite an asset when the team calls his number. None are perfect but Koo is very reliable. We’ve all noticed scores of missed opportunities around the league when it comes to missed FG & Xtra Pt attempts. A good kicker can be the determining factor oftentimes in a competitive league. You must come away with points to keep the heat on opposing clubs. Just look at that close game between Cincinnati & Green Bay. Count em’, FIVE missed FG’s!! That game ended up being an OT squeaker win by a FG. Nice job buddy! Now if we can just track down that dirt bag who swiped your car/cleats…🤓
    18 points
  30. Help us Ade Wan GunDeji, you're our only hope
    18 points
  31. Watching 3 college games yesterday after blowing kisses to the wife and kids as they went out of town, the football gods also gave me 3 NFL games today .I'm gonna watch the 8 oclock game also BTW just setting the stage of how good my weekend has been. -Whats got into this OL? The glaring weak spots have... become league average? At least these last 2 games if not better than? I was convinced WST and NYJ interior would expose Henney and Mayfield with the individual talent they bring. 1 sacks in 2 games? ZERO today, only 2 TFL?. I saw Mayfield pancake 2 guys, one being a LB on second level. Umm OK then. Henney gets bent backwords with bull, but his skates stop, guy must be flexible as shat. -Matt Ryan has 10 TD and 3 ints... looks mighty comfortable. -Is there any question about the combined Ryan and Pitts potential? -Does CP stop returning kicks? He is on an all time pace for gadget productivity and may become to valuable to be back there. With how AS has unlocked his potential, we may see similar production from future specimen signings that other teams could not unlock. This guy is a 9 year pro and has morphed into this? Something to think about. -Is Lee Smith best acquisition of off season? Wasnt he the first ? Wasnt he talking about retirement before trade? -Ogundeji is like inches from having proper bend in his core to make a difference on the edge. The tackle in space was promising athletically , and the missed tackle in space was... he being a rookie. I take his game today, all day. His strength when getting arms extended is ready for pros, if can somehow get a tiny bit better bend for next year... -Hawkins made heck of athletic play. That is a PD, no interception for quite a while in this secondary. -Speaking of Hawkins, Grant flashed like Hawkins did last year. 2-3 record, I bet these guys acted like teenagers on flight home.. -
    18 points
  32. I loved the usage by Arthur how both Patterson and Davis were used today. Besides the hard running from them both, Patterson lining up outside made some huge catches too. Perhaps you may have missed this on your first watching of the game, but Davis made some incredible blocks on free blitzers to allow MR2 to hit those tight windows. I think AS kept each fresh and ran wisely.. great gameplan when shorthanded
    18 points
  33. Why would Philly trade Ertz, just to turn around and trade for Hurst? That would be categorically stupid. They are obviously comfortable with Goedert being the man moving forward.
    17 points
  34. Georgia > Kentucky Isn't that all that really matters?
    17 points
  35. It could be worse. You could hit a foul ball, have the catcher swipe at it and miss, then the third baseman clearly trap the ball according to every camera angle, and still get called out because a stupid rule makes the play non reviewable.
    17 points
  36. I believe he has taken off to delete his emails for the past ten years.
    16 points
  37. Through 5 games, the Atlanta Falcons are allowing the 7th least amount of pressures on all drop backs and have allowed the 6th fewest sacks in the league. Matt Ryan has been sacked only 4 times in the last 3 games.
    16 points
  38. by Josh Kendall The fruits of Atlanta’s biggest offseason decision were on full display Sunday in London. Falcons first-year general manager Terry Fontenot and first-year head coach Arthur Smith had a choice — take a quarterback with the No. 4 pick of the draft and signal the start of a new era or take tight end Kyle Pitts at that spot and leave the organization in the hands of 14-year veteran quarterback Matt Ryan for the foreseeable future. A closer look at Sunday’s game shows why Atlanta chose door No. 2. Ryan threw to Pitts nine times for 119 yards and a touchdown on the way to a 342-yard, two-touchdown, no-interception day in a 27-20 victory over the New York Jets. Meanwhile, Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, the No. 2 selection in this year’s draft, was 19-for-32 for 192 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. That doesn’t mean Wilson won’t improve and have a fantastic career, but it does illustrate the stark difference between building around a rookie quarterback and the Falcons’ path with Ryan. “It obviously helps. You can’t replace that experience,” Smith said. “There are just things that guys see. I’ll die on that hill that it’s the hardest position to play in all of professional sports. The things that come at these guys and how quick and all the variables of football that make the game so great. … That position, holy ****, the looks that they get, what you ask those guys to do in protection, the amount you can put on their plate, it’s certainly a lot easier with a veteran.” On the Falcons’ decisive, 75-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, Ryan went 5-for-5 for 70 yards with completions to three receivers. On the Jets’ ensuing drive, Wilson lost 17 yards while taking a bad sack with 31 seconds remaining that forced the Jets to take their final timeout and moved them from Atlanta’s 14-yard line to Atlanta’s 31. In his first five games, Wilson has four touchdown passes, nine interceptions and has been sacked 18 times. Chicago’s Justin Fields and New England’s Mac Jones were available when Atlanta picked Pitts this spring, and Atlanta might have been able to work a deal to get to the No. 3 spot to take Trey Lance. If any of that trio goes on to a Hall of Fame career, it will change the final calculus on this debate, but it shouldn’t be overlooked that the Falcons currently have a future Hall of Famer at the position. On Sunday, Ryan became the second-fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach 5,000 completions. He achieved the feat in his 210th game, five games off the pace set by Drew Brees. Only seven players have ever done it. “You throw for 5,000 completions in this league, that’s pretty **** special,” Smith said. “I love working with Matt Ryan. You don’t get many opportunities to work with players like that. I can’t say enough good things about Matt.” “I’m proud of that,” Ryan said of the 5,000 completions milestone. “I’ve completed the ball to a lot of great players. I certainly wouldn’t still be in this position if I wasn’t surrounded by a great supporting class. I’m very proud to still be doing it and to feel like I’m doing it at a high level.” Ryan also moved into eighth place all time in passing yards (57,023) Sunday. “It’s one of those things, you don’t think about it as a player. You focus every week on getting yourself ready to play the best you can that week,” Ryan said. “Having tried to stay in that mindset for the duration of my career has allowed me to stack some of those accomplishments and I won’t change. I’m proud of what I have accomplished, but I’m focused on trying to help this team win as we move forward.” Ryan, 36, has been steadfast since Smith’s arrival that he wants to be part of the Falcons’ long-term plans. He banged that drum again after Sunday’s game, saying if Atlanta plays another international game in seven years, he hopes he’s quarterbacking the team then. Ryan seems to be growing more and more comfortable in the system. He has passed for 868 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions in the last three games, and his passer rating has topped 109 in all three games. After a slow start in the first two games, he is 14th in the NFL in passer rating this season (97.1). Ryan has topped 90 in Pro Football Focus’ game grades in each of the last two weeks. He topped 90 in a game just once in two seasons under offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, according to PFF. Smith compared his working relationship with Ryan to “a new marriage” and estimated they are at 70 percent when asked to grade their comfort level on a scale of 1 to 100. “You can see with us as Matt and I have gone through games that there is a natural evolution,” Smith said. “Really pleased with how Matt is playing.” Worth noting • Wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who missed Sunday’s game due to a personal matter, remains “day to day,” Smith said. • There was no update on cornerback Fabian Moreau, who left Sunday’s game with an injury, but Smith seems optimistic about the status of wide receiver Russell Gage and defensive lineman Marlon Davidson, who sat out Sunday because of ankle injuries. “I would imagine it is trending more positive with Russell and Marlon,” Smith said. “We will know more by midweek on those guys.” • The Falcons’ 21-day window to activate guard Josh Andrews from the injured reserve list ends at the end of this week. The Falcons went through camp expecting Andrews to be a starting guard, but he suffered a hand injury before the first game. Rookie Jalen Mayfield has started the first five games in what would have been Andrews’ spot and shown steady improvement after a shaky start. “(Andrews) has been trending in the right direction,” Smith said. “We will evaluate that at the end of the week.” • Smith pointed to Mike Davis’ 3-yard touchdown run to seal Sunday’s win as an example of the type of “culture” he would like to build in Atlanta. “That was really cool to watch,” Smith said.
    16 points
  39. likeriver

    10/12/21 Roster Moves

    Super Bowl Status: [X]Bound [_]Not Bound [Ő̵͙̪̜̗̺̗̕] He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby becomes a monster. A̸͔̰͕̮̹̠̋́͜n̷̫̭̙͕̐̓̔̾̀̐͝͝d̶̯̖͌̆̓͂ ̸̜̫̍ỉ̴̲̘͈̳̱̻͗̈́̎̇͛̏̚f̸̨̘͕͎̪̠̼̠̎̾ ̴̠̳̺̭̪̺͂̈̚ṯ̶͌̈́̃͂͜͝h̵̯̊̅o̷͍͖̎̽̃̌́͒͗͘û̶̢̡̜̪̳̦̈̏̊̉̐̿͋ͅ ̷̨̳̘̳̪̂̑̚͝g̴̛̰̖͛á̶̰̩͈͓̆̔̚̕z̸̘͕͈͑̓̈̀ė̴͍͇͙͕́̒̇̓̔̕͠ͅ ̸͙̰̻̺̔͋̇ľ̴̟̀́̍̚͘͝ō̷̱̘͖͎̳̠̱̏̃̃̒͝n̸͕̂̐̉̀̅̐͘ḡ̷̦̺̥̙͓̪̽̈́͊̇͝ ̴͉̹̰͍̾͜i̶͖̦̐n̵̨̟̳͈̜͊̔ẗ̵̛͔͔͇́̓́͊̉͆͒͜ͅǫ̴̧͕̥̖̇ͅ ̴́͌̈́̇͘͜a̶̢͕̎̒̾̿͘ņ̴̡̪͐͒̀̇͑̾͝ͅ ̸̱̟̜̦̀̓å̶̢͙̗̝̆̐͊͋̋͠b̴͕̎̐y̴̺̯̺̟̼̮͆s̴͕̭̭͎̈͋̉̾̾̆̉s̸̢̫̪͓̗̮̖̀͂͋̃̈́̿̀̇,̶̩̠͚͔̲̠̟̈͗͑ ̵̨̧̛̩͇͚̲̀͗̎̎̓̂̾̅͊̕t̷̲̑ḩ̴̱͕͙̼͙͉͖͓̄͒̈́̇͐̽̋͆̑̌͠ȇ̸͖ ̵̼̖̪͖̉̉̂̇̎̒͠͠a̸͚̩̦̤̖̞͕͇̰̐͐̎́͂͜͝͝b̸̢̨̥̻̦̫͉̙̞̼̮͋͆͜ͅy̶̨̠͙̹̝̠̞̥̫̮̮̜̝͆̂ş̴̡̫̝̝̗̑̆̒̀̒̐͘͝s̵̢̤͕̞̘̮̦̰̲̟̣̄̀͆̋͛̕͝͝ ̷̛̥͎̤̈̃͛̏͂̾̄́̎͘w̵̥̘͋̿̓̈́͌͂̕i̸̢̥͖̝̹͍̙͓̋̕l̴̡̧̪͖͈̑̈́̃́̿̊͌͝l̸̢̮͓̫̙̼̺̪̻̦̪̓̉́̓̎̽̀̍ͅ ̵̩̉̿̒̀̀̑͋͘͜à̴̢͈̺͇͙͚̖̝̤͇̬̩͇͐̌l̵̡̛͚̯̩̯̹̮̰̝̏͂̋̔͘̚s̴̨͓͈̿̄͋̓͋̀͊͝ó̴̢̢̨̀̑͑͊̽̅̔̋̑ ̴̨͎̙̓͝g̴̰̪̥̯̈̈́̐͆̽̏̓͘̕ä̶͓̩̹͖̭́̀̍̀̇͌͛͝ẓ̴̧̢̨̥̝͋̔͆̄̾̇͌̈́̚͝ë̵̡͎̠͓́̃ ̴̪̙̰̟͙̪̰̈͛̾́̅̋̚̕ḯ̸̛͕̫̮̠͖̼̠̤̫̓̈́̆̏̄̓́̈́n̶͓̬̫͇͎̻̣͎̥͙͇̯͆́̇̎̇̈́̃t̷̨̢̛̘̘͔̣̮͍̫̱̋̿̅̐͊̈́̒̕̚͜o̷͈̮͙̟̬̤̩̬̩̽̊͆̓̿ ̶̺͖͔̘̣̻͎̖͐̌̉̅͋̽̍͘ṭ̷̨̯͈͙̰̖͉̱͊̀̈́͆̋́͛̓͗̕͜͝͝ĥ̶̢͓̖̥̻̟̦̥̼̀͒̎͜͜ë̷̡̛͍͈̗̼̯͙̫̳͓̱̠́͊̐̍̓̓̌̓̔̀e̴̘̮̣͍̻̭̽͜.̵̨̮͓̳̲̽̎̿̀̚
    16 points
  40. Just like the rumor last week about Ryan wanting Julio type trade. We can put the “ Is Ryan still a captain?” Conspiracy to rest. The fan base is too busy trying to invent new ways to downplay Ryan. Here is AS in the press conference. AS: “ I Love working with Matt Ryan, you don’t get many opportunities to work with players like that, and throwing 5000 completions, one of seven players to do it is **** special” AS:” Matt Ryan is the leader of this football team”. I can’t say enough good things about Matt.
    16 points
  41. Matt Ryan has eight sacks on the year, one less than Tom Brady. The stat is very misleading, Ryan has been hit additional 27 more times, and Brady took additional 11 hits. Matt Ryan gets hit every 4th or 5th Pass attempt, Brady gets hit every 15th pass attempt. Stafford and Dad Prescott are also the least touched QB in the NFL. AS probably tried too hard to protect Ryan, but those 5-10 yard routes weren't helping the team move the ball or score. With AS opening the playbook, he put the ball in the hands Ryan. Ryan has delivered big play after big play getting hit. The Jets had zero sacks, but they hit Ryan plenty throughout the game. I can post a ton of gifs, but here are the few from NYJ and WFT games. Ryan can barely get his footwork right on most snaps, but he is delivering dimes. The gifs are in slow motion, in real time speed, it’s bang bang. 3rd and short on the first TD scoring drive against NYJ: Ryan buys time with a pump fake freezing the pass rush for a moment, resets, and delivers the ball to Sharpe for a first down before getting hit. Sharpe is the third read of the play. Without the pump fake, it could have been a sack or throw away. Sharpe gets open just at the right moment for Ryan to deliver the ball. Not bad for a statue buying more time in the pocket with a veteran move. Deep Shot to Hurst: Mayfield had help with Mathews helping him out with the doublet team. Lee Smith tried. To hold up, but Ryan had to get rid of the ball while taking a hit. Not a sackbut could have been if Ryan was waiting for Hurst a bit longer. #84 to 2 yard line on the first TD scoring drive: Same story, different snap. Ryan pushed as he got rid of the ball, a split second late, it's a sack. WTH Henny? Kyle Pitts 2 yard TD: Ryan was on schedule as two defenders were within a step or two. He didn't hit the green but got pushed between two defenders. A quick read and ball out just in time for a hit. 3rd down conversion by Pitts on second TD drive: Ryan got drilled on the play as he gets it to Pitts, and Pitts, with a great one-handed grab extending the drive. The defender pushes Mayfield like a rag doll. Big play to Pitts on the last TD drive: Another Big play, another play Ryan ends on his back in the grass. WTH are McGary and Mike Davis doing running into each other? Flashy Patterson's 42 yard TD against the WFT: You know the drill by now, a big play with Ryan ending on his back on the grass. Sure the NYJ didn't sack Ryan as much, but they were very close for 4/5 sacks if not for Ryan Pump faking, sidestepping, or just getting rid of the ball quickly. Put a young rookie QB behind this line, mobile or not. The kid won't even get the first read, let alone 3rd or 4th read, to make plays. The OL play improved, but that is from one of the worst performances. It's still bad but being bailed out by the QB. Hopefully, the OL keeps improving, so Ryan doesn't end up on his back in the grass after big plays.
    15 points
  42. Meanwhile…. Uncle Urban still has a job after diddling coeds at a bar….
    15 points
  43. I’ll throw Arthur Smith in that mix as well. Today when presented with the same thing as last week, where I was critical of him calling conservative plays when they needed to put the game away, first play he dials up a deep shot to Pitts. I love it, he has made his share of rookie mistakes but has learned and adjusted each week to fix the previous weeks mistakes. This year may not result in a deep playoff run, or even a playoff birth, but having a coach that learns from his own mistakes and makes adjustments is the sign of a very good leader. I liked Quinn as a person, seemed like a cool dude, heck even looked the part more so than AS, but Quinn failed to adapt his defense and Dirk failed to adapt his offense. I was disappointed in AS first three week holistically, outside of one series I was a big fan last week and I think he called his first holistic game today and I’m excited to see what the future holds with him at the helm.
    15 points
  44. That dude has 1000% read this board. Like I have absolutely 0% doubt he has been here lurking.
    14 points
  45. True, but everyone picked them to win against us for a reason. I'd counter the "it's the Jets" with "it's us without Ridley or Gage, we racked up 100+ rushing yards against a genuinely good D so far this year and protected Ryan against a D that had 7 sacks last week, and we could have had 40 points if not for fumbles." This was a good win.
    14 points
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