citsalp liked a post in a topic by falcons007 in Falcons spend full week on road seeking answers to disappointing start
Man I hope they do make playoffs and do some damage some how. It doesn’t look good but hey one can hope.
citsalp liked a post in a topic by JD dirtybird21 in What is the pulse of this fan base; per TATF on Matt Ryan...?
Definitely the latter. Neither statement is close to true though
citsalp liked a post in a topic by Jen in Bradley and Schultz - Neither One Has the Will to Say Anything
Honestly, they should be talking about the Braves over the Falcons. There's nothing to talk about concerning this team. The Falcons are miserable and the Braves are on the cusp of what looks to be several years of greatness. I'd rather read about a winning team who can get it done in the 9th inning with two outs than these dudes who are so bad they don't even have the opportunity to choke in the 4th because they are already beaten.
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Quinn would have been run out of town in Philadelphia or New York 2 seasons ago by the presses there
citsalp liked a post in a topic by Mr. Captain Falcon in Bradley and Schultz - Neither One Has the Will to Say Anything
Our sports teams suffer because of some editors for newspapers? Lol wut
citsalp liked a post in a topic by PeytonMannings Forehead in After being throttled by Texans, predictable Falcons reach unexpected crossroads
Not a 40 point difference.
citsalp liked a post in a topic by Goober Pyle in After being throttled by Texans, predictable Falcons reach unexpected crossroads
HOUSTON — The Houston Texans had a pretty good feeling what was about to happen.
After a week of preparation, the team the Texans thought they were going to host turned out to be exactly just that. And in the end, Houston put a 53-32 whipping on the Falcons on Sunday. After punting on their first drive, the Texans feasted on a defense that has become more and more suspect each week.
Houston (3-2) put up 592 yards on 10 drives with 166 yards on the ground. Deshaun Watson routinely found wide-open receivers, throwing for 426 yards and five touchdowns. The Texans had 31 first downs and went 10-for-13 (77 percent) on third down.
As Houston started to roll, Atlanta offered little resistance. It seemed to go exactly how the Texans expected it would.
“We knew they were a pretty basic defense that wasn’t going to do too much,” Texans wide receiver Keke Coutee said. “They were going to keep running the same thing over and over. Once we kind of found out their kinks they had, we just started capitalizing on our opportunities.”
Coutee didn’t speak in a demeaning manner. He was making a statement. The film he and his teammates watched throughout the week matched what transpired Sunday.
“We knew we would be able to take advantage of a lot of things — a lot of hole plays,” Coutee said. “That’s why guys were able to catch the ball and get (run-after-the-catch) yards after.”
Coutee said the Falcons ran both zone and man-to-man coverages but that they only blitzed when in man-to-man. The physical and speedy Texans receivers then took what was open. With DeAndre Hopkins shadowed often, other wideouts were left with one-on-one opportunities, and it looked like Houston’s offense did enough to cause some communication breakdowns in the Falcons’ secondary.
Texans wide receiver Will Fuller had 14 catches for 217 yards and three touchdowns. On Fuller’s second touchdown, Houston ran two deep posts that mirrored each other. As Fuller, lined up to the right, broke to the deep left, he was left all alone. The Falcons were in zone, and the coverage broke down. Watson hit him with an easy 33-yard touchdown pass.
“They were really zoning a lot of things off, so we really had a lot of free (space),” Fuller said. “We were running into the coverages untouched. That really helped a lot. As it started getting later, they started challenging us more, but I think we took advantage of the matchups.”
As the Falcons’ secondary was eaten alive, the pass rush was nonexistent. Not only did Atlanta not record a sack, it was only credited with one quarterback hit. Atlanta didn’t blitz too often and couldn’t get a handle on Watson, whether it was because of his prowess in the pocket or as a runner.
Watson was sacked six times a week earlier against the Carolina Panthers. The New Orleans Saints also took Watson down six times in the opener. Atlanta’s inability to bring pressure meant the allowed the most points to an opponent since giving up 56 to Kansas City in 2004.
“It’s disappointing. Disappointing,” defensive end Vic Beasley said. “I played a role in that, and you have to accept it for what it is and then just continue to learn from it.”
Atlanta actually held a 17-16 lead at the half, but the tempo of the Houston offense started to wear the defense down. The Texans hurried to the line a bit, with the defense hitting some quick runs on occasion.
Running back Carlos Hyde, who ran for 60 yards and a touchdown, said he could tell when he had Atlanta’s defense on its heels.
“When we were going up-tempo, you’d see their D-linemen gassed out, hands on their hips, tired,” Hyde said. “When you see that, you want to put the foot on the pedal and go fast. It opens up big plays like that.”
The Falcons’ defense was unable to get pressure up front with any package. The defensive backs allowed some easy completions. With the Texans’ running game creating balance, the Falcons’ defenders were left guessing by a scheme that didn’t deviate from what it had shown through four games.
A week after Watson delved into detail about Carolina’s defense, he was asked to offer a similar assessment of Atlanta’s. Based on his answer, Watson had a clear understanding of what the Falcons were trying to do.
“They play a lot of man, different variations of man,” Watson said. “They play a lot of diamond front — which, diamond front is five across, the center is head up, the two guards are covered up, got the two wide ends with Vic Beasley and (Takk) McKinley, and then you have the linebacker, Deion (Jones). Sometimes they play man. Sometimes they drop out and play Tampa (zone). They do a little bit of zone. They try to do it in — their pressure in empty was to bring the star, press him and cap the safety. I just threw hot both times. One time, (Hopkins) was there, and he didn’t recognize that I told him to break out hot, and he kept running his seam route, so I just (ran) up the middle.
“Then, different blitz zone packages. They play a Cover-6, zoned it off, and then they played diamond two and popped out. So, they did a lot of different things. Low in the red zone they played — we call it a ‘zero rat,’ where there’s no safety in the middle and that rat defender, which is (safety Ricardo Allen, he) doubled (Hopkins). It leaves everyone else one on one, so that’s why (tight end Darren) Fells and (Fuller) were able to connect and win because it was just one-on-one matchups. They did a little other stuff. The zone read package, they made sure they contained me and (were) not letting me pull it. We locked in on each and every play and tried to make sure we knew exactly what they were doing.”
Houston, remember, entered the day ranked 22nd in total offense.
The Texans created the kind of offensive balance the Falcons would die to have. Atlanta’s offense, however, was unable to establish a ground game to keep Houston guessing. Devonta Freeman, Ito Smith and Matt Ryan combined for 19 carries, 56 yards and a touchdown. Once again, Ryan was forced to throw the ball a lot — 46 times.
Texans safety Tashaun Gipson said it’s impossible to game plan for Atlanta’s Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Mohamed Sanu and Austin Hooper. If the passing game is clicking, Atlanta can light up anyone. Therefore, it’s important, as a defense, to shut down Freeman, hope your offense can build a lead and then focus on defending the pass. Just like the Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans, Houston was able to get that done.
“We saw that coming in, that Freeman hasn’t been getting fed like he probably should have,” Gipson said. “And rightfully so, they’ve been falling behind. The defense has been allowing points to be put up, so at the end of the day, they’re playing behind the sticks. You look last week against the Tennessee Titans, they were playing behind the sticks. (Ryan) is having to throw the ball 44, 45 times a game. In that instance, how effective can a guy like Julio be? If I know you’re going to pass, I’m not just going to let you sit over here and beat me with Julio Jones.
“Compared to when you have a balanced attack, I have to respect it. That’s when guys like Julio, Sanu, Ridley are able to take advantage of it. If you look at the Philly game, it was close. They were balanced. Those guys were able to eat, take off on deep routes down the field. Against us, man, our offense controlled the game, and we knew in situations when they were going to pass the ball. We were able to hone in and let our rush guys rush and our cover guys cover.”
Texans defensive end Charles Omenihu also believed taking away the run would be crucial to winning.
“We just made an emphasis that if we make them stop running the ball, then we could go out there and tee off on them,” he said. “It was, ‘Eliminate the run game, make them one dimensional and then get after the quarterback.’”
The Texans sacked Ryan twice — J.J. Watt and D.J. Reader each had one — and were credited with eight quarterback hits.
Both Atlanta and Houston were reeling entering the week. That Houston looked so much better than Atlanta is an awful sign for the Falcons.
“We’re disappointed across the board,” Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said. “One hundred percent gut-check time for us. Not what we expected.”
citsalp liked a post in a topic by vel in The Falcons give a different FEEL than when you watch other teams. Falcon football has a different FEEL to it
Yep. It's a culture problem. Blank's big miss on the stadium is a big part of it. Showed where his values lie. He wants to put on a show and keep his Falcons out of negative spotlight from the players. He's catering to corporate types who only know points and final scores. The problem is this funnels down to how the team is built and operates. It's why the defense always sucks. He's not here for defense. He wants the offensive fireworks. That's what the casual fan enjoys and understands. The problem is he keeps hiring defensive minded HCs who don't have the bandwidth to truly invest in the defense like it should be.
Defensive players are naturally more edgy players. It comes with that side of the ball. Having played defense my whole life, you have to have a different mindset to be good on that side of the ball. With the deck stacked against you, you have to be a downright violent fighter. Look at all of the great defensive players. They all toed that line and at times crossed it. We don't have a single player that gets close to it. That's why nobody is held accountable. When I played, anybody that blew a coverage knew they were gonna have to deal with it on the sideline. It wasn't to embarrass you, but to let you know that shlt won't slide and we were too good for that. You saw the Seahawks would have moments like that and the media would blow it out of proportion. It wasn't because they hated each other, it was because somebody wasn't living up to the LOB standard.
This defense in particular is full of quiet, happy go lucky guys. Tru is soft spoken. Oliver is a borderline mute. Rico is a leader but limited in what he can truly do. Debo is a nice guy who wants his play to do the talking. Campbell sucks. Vic is trash. Grady is similar to Rico. Takk is needs a leader to feed off of. Kazee is similar to Takk. After that, nothing really.
The Panthers defense is good because of Luke Kuechly. Saints led by Cameron Jordan. Even Zadarius and Preston Smith made it their mission to turn the culture of defense around in Green Bay. The Falcons lack defensive leaders with an edge. Bunch of nice guys. It's worse than what it was under Smitty. That's why I blame culture. Because DQ came up around these fiery guys and we haven't sniffed a single one.
citsalp liked a post in a topic by Falconsfan567 in Takk McKinley hinting at possible Dallas Cowboys trade?
You guys are a bunch of drama queens. Stop trying to make something out of nothing.
citsalp liked a post in a topic by Jerz #Quinning in Takk McKinley hinting at possible Dallas Cowboys trade?
Maybe he was rooting for the Cowboys last night. Stop trying to decrypt tweets.
citsalp liked a post in a topic by falcons007 in If Quinn Was Fired, How Soon Would You Expect a SuperBowl Win?
It’s too soon for fire DQ threads. But then again that’s TATF after loss.
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It is tough not to root for the young man. Stole this from Moskakos_Finest
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — He’d been watching the bear for about a month now, ever since he’d spotted the tracks and the scraps of blackberries scattered across the hillsides. He knew the bear’s patterns, knew it would be here at this creek soon enough, and here it was. He raised the .338 he’d borrowed from a friend to his cheek, his heart pounding hard enough to jostle the barrel. He squeezed the tri99er and the bear lay down as if sleeping. One shot, done. He’d brought it down, all 350 pounds of it, all by himself.
Kaleb McGary hunts bears alone in remote Washington state. So, yeah, an onrushing defensive tackle isn’t exactly the most intimidating sight he’s ever faced.
Kaleb McGary. (Illustration by Amber Matsumoto) McGary, a first-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons earlier this year, describes his tumultuous life as a country song, and it’s added a couple new verses since he arrived in Atlanta. There is the injury Sunday night against Philly that left his knee sounding like breakfast cereal, and of course the heart surgery this past summer. No big deal.
“Just a bump in the road,” McGary says, smiling.
The hulking offensive tackle has the potential to be one of the league’s stalwarts. If he does, it’d still be only about the fourth or fifth most interesting thing about him.
Just a good ol’ boy
McGary, 6-foot-8 and 300-plus pounds, looks and sounds like an enormous version of Parks and Recreation-era Chris Pratt, a country-boy aw-shucks attitude concealing a guy who’s watching everything around him — including you — very closely. He walks through the Falcons locker room wearing a cowboy hat and boots with shorts, sporting a sleeveless ‘MERICA F**K YEAH T-shirt (with the lower 48 in place of the **, of course). It’s not an affectation. He’s been this way since high school.
To McGary, the advantages of growing up in rural Washington — a town called Amboy, located in the southwest corner of the state, population 1,600 — were as immense as the Cascades. “I got to go hunt and fish when I wanted. Deer, elk, bear would walk through our yard. It’s the best kind of place I could’ve possibly grown up.” Then he gets poetic: “There’s nothing better than the smell of the pines on a frosty spring morning with everything in bloom. That can’t be beat.”
McGary spent countless hours fishing, hunting, driving through the mountains with friends, chopping wood in the summer to store for the winter. That kind of life — “paradise,” McGary calls it — gets into your soul.
So when McGary’s father Justin contracted multiple sclerosis, leading to the loss of his job and the family’s Amboy farm, Kaleb tried his best to bring the serenity of the wilderness along with him when the family was forced to move north to the (relatively) big city of Fife.
“He was a through-and-through country boy,” says Kent Nevin, then and now the football coach at Fife High School in Fife, located near Tacoma. “He wore a cowboy hat around school. He sang country music, he took great pride in this white junker truck he drove around. It was all in being who he was.”
McGary had to hold onto whatever he could of his life in Amboy, because in Fife, the family had almost nothing. They’d planned to move in with Kaleb’s grandparents. But their home was so stuffed with hoarded treasures of a half-century, there was no room for the McGarys. Instead, they lived in RVs on the property, parents in one, kids in the other.
Nevin still recalls the day he met the enormous transfer student that was coming to wreck the opposition. “The first thing out of his mouth was, ‘Coach, my name’s Kaleb McGary. I’m really looking forward to playing with you.’ And then he shook my hand. You don’t see many 16-year-olds with that kind of maturity.”
That presence extended onto the field, too. On more than one occasion, McGary — already towering over everyone around him — would walk over to a referee, put a catcher’s mitt-sized hand on the smaller man’s shoulder, shake his head sadly, and say, “I don’t believe that was the right call, sir.”
McGary had uncommonly agile feet for someone his size, and hands that could practically slap a salmon out of a river. He lined up at tight end in high school, and all his quarterbacks had to do was loft the ball in his general direction. He’d been through **** the last few years, but at Fife, everything seemed to be stabilizing. And then his heart started fluttering.
Kaleb McGary at Washington, wrecking fools. (Getty) Life-changing moment
In the fourth quarter of a January 2013 basketball game, McGary lost consciousness, toppling face-first onto a row of wooden bleachers in Fife’s gym. While en route to the emergency room in Tacoma, McGary’s heart was beating 300 times a minute. Cardiologists recommended immediate surgery to replace a valve, and hinted that McGary’s days of playing football were over.
McGary was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a condition where the heart muscles flutter at random, unpredictable intervals. He underwent three cardiac ablation procedures — an operation that involves burning a small area of the heart to calm the irregular beats.
One night in the midst of all the woes, Nevin and McGary talked. And the perspective McGary brought to his own life once again surprised Nevin.
“I can sit here and have a pity party,” he said, “or I can turn and fight. I can control what I can control. I can’t control these other things. If I take care of my business, things will work out.”
“That was pretty big for a young man,” Nevin said. “He got that he couldn’t wallow and have self-pity. He could have gotten sidetracked. He didn’t.”
The cardiac ablation treatments were enough to get him prepared and ready for duty at the nearby University of Washington in Seattle — a transition he made with characteristic country-boy insight.
“The traffic. My lord, the traffic,” McGary says. “And I was outraged that I had to pay to park. To spend money, I had to pay money.”
While at Washington, he beefed up and leveled up. He started 47 of his 53 games, and along the way, a realization began to dawn in his mind.
“I didn’t even give any thought to the NFL until my junior year,” he says. “It sounds kind of silly, but I hadn’t even thought about it. But I’d watch games of my opponents, and they’d be playing SEC and ACC teams. I’d see their tackles, who were really highly ranked, and I started thinking, I do my job as good as [ACC and SEC linemen] against some of the same people.”
He won the Morris Trophy, the Pac-12’s peer-voted award for linemen, his senior year. He was selected in the first round — 31st overall — by the Falcons as part of their O-line overhaul. He struck a deal with Atlanta: four years, $10.3 million, with a $5.5 million signing bonus and $8.7 million guaranteed. That was enough to put his parents into a new house this summer—good thing, too, since in yet another verse of the country song that is McGary’s life, the family home had nearly burned to the ground.
And then his heart started acting up again.
McGary protecting Matt Ryan. (Getty) Delayed start in the NFL
The treatment for this latest flare-up: another ablation, and several weeks on the shelf during the most important days of his career.
“I was bummed, very bummed,” McGary says, recalling when he got the news that all was not well with his heart. “But [the procedure] was what all the specialists, all the experts said was the best course of action, so I trusted their judgment. It was not something that I wanted to go through again, but worse things could have happened. It’s just a bump in the road.”
By late August, McGary made his way back onto the field, and even though he was weeks behind his teammates, still played his way into the starting lineup of his first game. He gave up a sack, but won praise from his teammates.
“Fortunately, but unfortunately, as an offensive lineman, there’s no mystery if you messed up,” McGary says. “You’ve just got to tell the truth: you messed up this play, fix the problem, don’t do it again.”
“He’s done a nice job,” Matt Ryan said after the Vikings loss. “He’s worked his way back into condition. He’s played tough for us.”
Sunday night added another chapter to the McGary saga, when an Eagles pass rush threw Ryan into McGary’s left knee, which buckled. McGary had to be helped off the field, and athletic trainers loaded him onto a cart that wheeled him into the depths of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Combined with the injury to fellow first-rounder Chris Lindstrom, who broke his foot in the season opener, it seemed a case of the same old snakebitten McGary, just a different team.
But McGary wasn’t done, not for the season, not for the night. He passed athletic trainers’ tests, he put more weight on the leg, he returned to the sideline to start the second half, and he returned to the game in the fourth quarter. Atlanta won the game, and McGary won the respect of his new team.
“When I saw Kaleb in the locker room at halftime, he looked better than I thought he would,” Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said after the Eagles game. “He was saying he was going to try to come back in. Obviously, that’s a trainer and doctor decision, but the fact that he wanted to get back in there and try, that says a lot about him.”
“That snap, crackle, pop [feeling] is never a good thing,” McGary said after the game. “If I sat out the rest of the game ... that’s admitting defeat and I was letting my teammates down. I never want to let my brothers down.”
The Falcons live and die by their pass protection; if Matt Ryan has time in the pocket, he’s one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the league. This season, the Falcons face four of the top six pass rush units, per PFF, this year — though they’ve already knocked out the No. 1-ranked Eagles. Much of the burden for keeping Ryan clean will fall on McGary, and he’s ready to meet that challenge.
“I have goals,” he says, “but all of them amount to just contributing. If I can help this team any way I can. If they ask me to jump, I’ll ask how high.”
Oh, and there’s just one more goal: “I don’t think it’ll ever happen again,” McGary says, “but one day I hope to score a touchdown one more time, relive the good old days when I was 50 pounds lighter and much faster.”
citsalp liked a post in a topic by Goober Pyle in Here’s the catch: Desmond Trufant has worked hard to ‘turn that weakness into a strength’
Desmond Trufant, dripping sweat, will stand roughly 10 yards from the JUGS machine, catching pass after pass after practice has ended. He’ll stand there for up to 15 minutes doing what might seem like a mundane chore when he could otherwise call it a day. A lot of times, he’ll do this when practice ends, fatigued from the two-plus hours of work he just put in. Or he could do this before practice, depending on that day’s schedule. And if he’s not on the JUGS machine, he might ask to run some routes for Atlanta’s younger quarterbacks during their Plan D period.
Regardless, it has become practically a ritual for Trufant to ensure he works on catching the football. Considering he’s Atlanta’s No. 1 cornerback, Trufant knows he needs to secure more interceptions than the nine he’s had after his first six NFL seasons.
Interceptions haven’t been a staple of Trufant’s career. The most he’s ever had in a season is three, which came in 2014. Considering how fast Trufant is, he is able to stay with or recover on just about any NFL receiver. But being able to pick off passes has been a needed area of improvement and one Trufant recognizes. He’s spent plenty of offseasons bettering himself.
This time around, he’s devoted even more time to become a more recognizable top-flight cornerback.
“I feel like if I can just turn that weakness into a strength, there is no stopping me at this point,” Trufant said.
Because Trufant plays cornerback, he’s aware of the attention the position brings. As he dropped potential interceptions during the 2018 season, he was often criticized, whether by media outlets or fans. Trufant said he did his part to keep things from becoming personal. Still, he saw what people were writing and heard what they were saying. And he wants to prove them wrong.
Trufant understands this, whether it’s fair or not. It’s the nature of the game. When you’re rewarded with a five-year, $68.75 million contract, the expectations are high. Trufant went into the most recent offseason with the realization that he’d have to do more than he has previously when it comes to interceptions.
“It’s the league. I’m in that position. I play corner. It just comes with it,” Trufant said. “But when you know the type of player you are, it is what it is, and I know what I can do on Sundays. It feels good to go out there and play like I know I can play.”
Trufant made his presence felt early against the Philadelphia Eagles in last Sunday’s 24-20 victory. For the first time in his career, Trufant intercepted two passes in a single game.
The first pick came with less than two minutes left in the first quarter. Off the snap, rookie receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside ran a go-route, with Trufant matching him step for step down the field. Quarterback Carson Wentz was forced to roll out to his right before he launched the ball. The pressure helped force an underthrow, with Trufant using his body to shield Arcega-Whiteside from getting back to the ball. Trufant jumped, grabbed the ball and secured his first interception of the season.
The second occurred with less than eight minutes to go in the second quarter. This time, Trufant was matched up against Mack Hollins and stayed on top of his route while recognizing the moment Wentz was set to throw the ball. On film review, it appeared Trufant was the only one in the general vicinity to realize Wentz’s ball was about to fall well short. Trufant quit the route, changed direction and dropped low to the ground to secure the interception. He then popped up and ran it back for 10 yards.
This pick, in particular, was big because Atlanta scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive.
“He gets a lot of chances to jump in front of some balls,” safety Ricardo Allen said. “We’ve been telling him, ‘If you just catch them, you’ll be one of the top corners in the league every year.’ Everybody knows he can cover. Everybody knows he’s one of the most competitive corners in the league. It’s just the reason a lot of people don’t give him the respect on a yearly basis is because he don’t got as many picks as most corners. If he starts catching them like last game, there ain’t nothing they can do to deny exactly who he is as a player.”
On days where Trufant isn’t on the JUGS machine after practice, he will run over to the offense’s Plan D group to catch some passes from second-year quarterback Danny Etling. The Plan D group is designed for the developmental players to get additional reps once practice is over.
Obviously, Trufant is not working on being a receiver. To get the feel of catching a ball from a quarterback, he will run some routes as a receiver with Etling, which proves to be mutually beneficial, because Etling also gets additional work.
“That’s a testament to how hard he works,” Etling said. “Even after a long, hard day out in the heat, he’s trying to get more catches to better himself and make the plays when they come his way.”
Receiver Julio Jones has matched up against Trufant plenty of times at practice over the years. What stands out to Jones are the blended qualities Trufant possesses at the position. He has good size at 6-foot and 190 pounds. He has great speed and agility, too.
Not many corners in the league have both attributes, Jones said.
“With corners, they’re either long and can’t stop, or they’re too small but have short-space quickness. And they can’t really defend the deep ball or jump ball,” Jones said. “But Tru, he’s got great size, great weight, speed, things like that. He matches up well. It’s fun to get each other better every day at practice. For sure, he’s one of the best to do it.”
If Trufant can start accumulating interceptions, he could be in for one of the best seasons of his career.
The speed and change of direction have always been there. He spent a good portion of the offseason working on being more physical at the line of scrimmage, which has shown through the first two games. The lone area that hasn’t always surfaced has been the picks.
If the game against Philadelphia was an indicator, this year could be different. Trufant worked awfully hard at improving his ball skills at the position. With those two interceptions, his confidence is only growing.
“I’m just locked in. I’m ready to take my respect, it’s that simple,” Trufant said. “People say what they say. It doesn’t control me, but I feel it, you feel me? It is what it is. I’m ready to show them what’s good.”
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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Week 2 ~ Waffle House Style
How can you make shredded potatoes fried to a golden crisp better? Anyone who frequents the Awful Waffle a.k.a Waffle House knows how.
A fall Sunday of football is already a great thing, so how do you make it better? Here's how... Waffle House style:
Scattered, Smothered & Covered - If you don't like onions and cheese and you ordered your hash browns scattered smothered and covered; you're in trouble. Once they scatter those diced onions into the shredded potatoes and melt that delicious $0.01 slice of american cheese all over both of them, you just can't separate them...And so it was on Sunday (Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!) Night Football. Our defense was intertwined in their offense, every place they went, there we were. We only gave up 49 yards of rushing (including QB runs) on 21 attempts. Stats often lie, but these stats don't. Our Run D, absolutely scattered, smothered and covered their offense. The All Star - How much better can it get? A waffle, eggs how you like dem, hash browns or grits, toast and either bacon or sausage. That's our offense, Sanu is like the eggs, he can do it all. Run, Catch, Pass, Punt & Block! Matt is the bacon (always get the bacon), he's a little stiff sometimes and would be better if he loosened up a bit, but regardless even bad bacon is still good. Sunday night, MR2 was just like that. Ya, he wasn't perfect, but he's bacon, he's never that bad. Julio is the waffle. The waffle usually comes out a little after the rest of the meal, but when it shows up and you add the butter and syrup, you can't ignore it. It takes up half the darn table, it's piping hot and is always gone in a flash. Ridley is the toast because he toasts everyone. The O-Line is the hash browns "Double order-topped" with chilli. It takes a while to work your way through them. While the 4th and 3 play with the jailbreak screen to JJ was crazy amazing, my personal favorite was the center screen/shovel pass to Free right after the fumble on the 2nd half kick-off. Here's a link to the vid. Notice our two guards releasing just as Free was looking back for the ball, then forming a perfect escort and perfect blocks along with Stocker (#80) waiting patiently for the crack back and not committing a block I the back penalty.
Hash Browns Country please - Who doesn't love some Country gravy on those hash browns? Add an ice cold coke and it's a perfect hangover cure to get you going again whether it's the next morning or just 2am in the morning. Getting going again is what our rookie RT we call "Big Country" is all about. Ya, some say we picked him too high, some say he wasn't the best pick at that spot, some say we shouldn't have traded up for him… but this dude is country style to the bone. Heart procedure in training camp? No problem, he's starting week 1. Carted off the field week 2 after his QB falls into his knee? No problem, he's back in the game by the 4th quarter. Steak & Eggs - Did you know Waffle House serves more steak than any other restaurant in America? Well, you do now and the reason is, they just work great together. A hardy steak, some fluffy eggs. It don't matter if you eat the steak, then da eggs or if you like to take a cut of steak and add some eggs to the same forkful, it just works. You can even squeeze a bite of buttery toast in there and that works. Our Defensive front 7 is the same. They just work great together. I think I've seen more pressure in the first 2 weeks than I've seen in the past 2 seasons. You can rotate them however you want, Takk & Crawford or Takk & Grady… , they just seem to work together to bring pressure and stuff the run. They are not the Gritz Blitz… yet, but there is always hope they can get there. May I get a cheesesteak omelet please? - I don't know if you've ever made an omelet or not, but the key to a great omelet is to get the eggs to be fluffy and cooked evenly. The way you do that is you crack dem eggs into a big ole bowl, den you start a whoopin' dem up. You whoop-em one way, den you switch it up and you whoop-em da other way and you just keep on whoopin' em. After watchin that game Sunday Night, I was convinced Dan Quinn was makin us all a Cheesesteak Omelet because he dropped dem philly boys in dat Mercedez bowl downtown and he whooped dem boys one way, den da otha and when he was done, dem cheesesteak boys from Philly was feeling and looking a little fluffy.. Or puffy.
3 Eggs Over Easy Please - I love my eggs over easy, but I don't like it when MR2 throws 3 turnovers so easily. I think he'll get it dialed in. We've seen this before with new offenses/OC's and as viewers, we don't know if they were really bad decisions or if someone ran the wrong route or if he threw the ball based on what he thought the route was. Either way, it's not good and hopefully we won't see much more of it. No Biscuits please - I love biscuits, but not at the Waffle House. Their biscuits are frozen and they just taste old and lifeless. That's kinda how I felt about our kickers Sunday night, they are just kinda old. They were really good when they came out of the oven, but now you start getting 30 yard punts and missed field goals. I'm glad they are both here, but just remember, they both ain't fresh out of da oven no more. The Ugly:
Hash brown bowl - Sometimes I like to try something different, so I once ordered the Hash Brown Bowl. It wasn't bad… it wasn't good, but it wasn't bad and the whole time I was eating it, I was thinking "Man, I should have just ordered the All Star" as I think of what could have been. That's kinda how I was thinking at the end of the game. We missed a field goal (3 points), we turned the ball over in the endzone (at least 3 points) and we had two other turn overs which they got at least 6 points (maybe 9, can't recall). Regardless, the score could have easily been something like 31 - 17. Post Waffle House - sometimes when I eat at the Waffle House, I don't feel right for 2-3 days. Apparently that's how Philly felt because they had to cancel practice on Wednesday. I'm headed to Indy Friday night to hang with an old Marine brother of mine who is a Colts fan and has season tix. Got tix for me and Mrs CNile, so I expect I have some good sea stories to tell ya'll next week.
What were your GBU's for last game?
citsalp liked a post in a topic by Jesus in Hey Hey ESPN writes a beaut about Julio's 1st TD
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Julio Jones added to his decorated résumé on Sunday night, becoming the Atlanta Falcons' all-time leading receiver on a 54-yard touchdown catch that proved to be the difference against the Philadelphia Eagles.
It was a memorable TD, to be sure -- but not nearly as good as the first of his career.
That happened on Nov. 6, 2011 at Lucas Oil Stadium, the same place where the Falcons will face the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday. Jones didn't reach the end zone in his first five NFL games that year, then missed two games because of a hamstring injury before breaking through Week 9 against Indy.
What does the league's highest-paid receiver remember about that touchdown: an acrobatic, 50-yard grab from quarterback Matt Ryan with three Colts defenders hovering?
"That was so long ago," Jones said. "I know they tried to take my first touchdown away from me."
Here’s how the play unfolded.
It was first-and-10 for the Falcons at midfield with three minutes to go in the first quarter. Ryan took a five-step drop out of shotgun with Jones aligned close to the right as the single receiver and getting a free release.
Jones: "I had a post. I was coming off the hamstring injury because, early on in my career, I didn't know how to take care of myself. So I kept blowing my hamstrings out. I was just very excited to get back for that game and be able to run, to show people what I could do."
Ryan: "I remember talking through the week that we were going to take a deep shot, regardless. If they had single-safety coverage, we were going to throw it up. We felt like we had an advantage of ball skills. So even if it wasn't open, we felt like, regardless, [Julio] was going to go outplay them in that position."
Falcons offensive coordinator (now tight ends coach) Mike Mularkey: "The personnel was 12 Jumbo, which put a lineman in [Joe Hawley] to help pass protect because it was a deep, long-developing throw. The formation was Doc-left-off, so both tackles had guys on the wings to help protect them. So, the play was Doc-Left-Deep-71-Bang-Z-Delta to tell them to bang [chip block] before they go out. ... The 71 is seven-man protection."
Falcons running back Michael Turner: "We knew we had to block those guys on the edges with Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney, two Hall of Fame-type players on the team, which is why we max-protected. Honestly, I was looking around for someone to block but couldn't find nobody."
Colts defensive end Robert Mathis: "They game-planned it well where they were able to neutralize our pass rush. They made sure we didn't get to their quarterback with double-teams and chip blocks. I think we may have had only one sack against them, and I didn't get a sack."
Falcons wide receiver Roddy White: "I thought I was the first read on the play, but I think Matt already predetermined he was throwing that ball to [Julio] anyway. The only good player they had back there in the secondary was Antoine Bethea. They had a real fast dude, [Jerraud] Powers, but everybody else was just all right."
The throw and catch
Ryan heaved the ball from his own 42; Jones caught it right at the goal line and rolled in.
Ryan: "We had the single-safety look, and I basically just threw it as far as I could. And [Julio] made an unbelievable adjustment on the ball."
Jones: "Matt gave me an opportunity ball to make a play on it down the field. Just stayed with it throughout the whole play. The defensive guys kind of gave up on it. I stuck with it and completed the catch."
Colts defensive back Jerraud Powers: "Kevin Thomas was guarding Julio, and I was trying to help from the backside when I saw he was running the post. On that play, it was Cover 3, I'm sure. I was reading Matt Ryan and tried to go help, and once he launched it and I saw Julio had a step on Thomas, I figured Julio would come down with it."
Mularkey: "[Ryan] just took a shot with Julio. It was pretty well covered, but he threw it to a spot. Julio got to that spot and made an unbelievable catch. It was Matt's read to trust the throw, trust everything that's been taught with the read. And he let her go."
Falcons color analyst Dave Archer: "As a former quarterback, whenever there's a middle safety, throwing a post is kind of a no-no. You just don't do that. But this guy [Jones] is a different bird -- literally a different bird. When you've got a 6-3, 220-pound receiver who runs 4.3 that can make those kind of grabs, it doesn't matter who's down through the middle."
White: "That was probably one of the best catches I've ever seen. Julio caught the ball in between three people off the ground. You know how hard that is to do?"
The catch initially was ruled incomplete as back judge Kirk Dornan thought the ball hit the ground, but Falcons coach Mike Smith threw the challenge flag. Referee Mike Carey reviewed it and overturned the call.
Jones: "I knew it was a touchdown, all the way."
Ryan: "I remember [Julio] calling out because they didn't initially rule it a touchdown. He was screaming out saying, 'No, no, no. I caught that.'"
Referee Mike Carey: "He got control of the ball. It never touched the ground. Initially when he hits the ground, the ball flops. It was very difficult at first. Kirk Dornan is an excellent back judge. The movement makes it seems like the ball did, but it didn't really hit the ground. He gained control."
Turner: "Everybody always says they came up with the catch, right? We couldn't see the replay because they don't show that kind of stuff on the video board to help the opposing team. So, we just waited and waited."
Carey: "Typically, there are nine to 40 camera angles -- depending on if it's a prime-time game. You want to talk to the replay operator to get the specific angle. In this particular play, we were looking at two different angles to see if the ball hit the ground. If you see the replay, it looks like I was standing there waiting for TV to come back [from commercial]. That's an indication that it didn't take particularly long to make the call."
Jones: "We did this dance called 'beef it up' at the time. The only thing I can remember is when we started doing it, Smitty [coach Mike Smith] was like, 'Get the f--- off the field.'"
Douglas: "We worked on the dance the week beforehand. When we used to play music at practice, we all used to dance together. I would have to say me and Weems were the best dancers. I don't want to say [Julio] was the worst. [Julio] and Rod were more the calm ones, where me and Weems were more of the outgoing, rah-rah guys."
Ryan: "Those guys were all doing it, but I wasn't included in the dance."
White: "Matt wasn't included because he's the worst dancer we've seen in our lifetime. He has two left feet, man. We call him 'baby giraffe' because he runs around and don't even know where to go."
Jones also had an 80-yard TD in the game on a slant play. He caught three passes for 131 yards -- his single-game high as a rookie -- and two scores, letting the NFL know he had arrived.
Powers: "I went against Julio in college, so I knew what type of player he was going to become. ... Julio is probably the most complete receiver in the game: physical, fast, quick, 'I'm the best' mentality. He's the only guy I saw that could match up with Patrick Peterson and be just as athletic, quick and fast."
Archer: "You kind of had an idea that he was a freak anyway. When you see a guy do something like that, as a quarterback you say, 'Wow, I can throw this guy the ball anywhere now.' You'll talk about your confidence as a quarterback ramping up exponentially when you see a guy make that play."
Ryan: "Yeah, Arch is 100 percent right. That's one of the things we talked about as a team, was saying that this guy is different. He's a guy that you just have to give chances during a game for him to go make a play on the ball. That was the beginning of my confidence level with him just going through the roof."
Jones: "Was that me arriving? Hmm, nah. It was just a glimpse of what I could do and be in the league as far as taking small things to the house and making big plays down the field."