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  1. Pretty Awesome! We got a winner, folks! This is amazing for a first year receiver! Shout out to Taylor Gabriel too - hated to see him leave - awesome player! Article here An impressive stat for an impressive rookie. By Adnan Ikic@SayWhichWay Feb 15, 2019, 8:00am EST SHARE Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images Calvin Ridley had no business falling to pick No. 26 in the NFL draft last year. He essentially fell into Atlanta’s lap because of draft talk fatigue and general managers talking themselves out of love with the best wide receiver in the class, and he’s proven it. Ridley came into his first NFL season as the most polished rookie wide receiver in his class, and he was expected to make an impact right away. His crisp route running was on display all year, and it was even better than I thought it was. RotoUnderworld, which is powered by NexGen Stats, highlighted just how effective Ridley was at getting himself open for quarterback Matt Ryan: View image on Twitter In addition to creating the most separation among all qualified WRs, Ridley was also sixth among all players in the NFL in QB rating when targeted. Matt Ryan had a staggering 129.0 QB rating when throwing the ball in Calvin Ridley’s direction this season — the highest mark on the team. Ridley finished the season leading all rookies in receiving yards with 821 and receiving touchdowns with 10. His 64 total receptions were second among all rookies, behind only Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley. Ridley finished third among all Falcons in receiving yards, and he led the team in receiving touchdowns. The best is yet to come, as Ridley is expected to take up an even greater role in the team’s passing offense next season.
  2. On my original psl tickets, for me, yes. At a price of $14k for the 4 tickets, at 8.5% per annum over 10 years, it made sense for me to pay it off. I expected to keep those seats until we went through the first season and realized there are no exits on that side of the stadium. Leaving the games was too much stress so I ended up selling those and buying on the other side. I hated that process, but eventually found great seats that fit my needs and in the end, even with the fees, my total expense for the 4 seats I have now was less than $6k, well under the face value for the 4 fully paid psl seats I have and I can concentrate on ST costs only.
  3. That is exactly how I got the tickets in 104 so low. The deadline was coming for season tickets and the owner moved out of town. I had those tickets in my watch list, but they were higher than I wanted to go. I got an email that the price dropped on those seats and made a low ball offer just to test the waters and he took it. I was thrilled. The ones in 350 were so low, I just couldn't pass it up. Worked out for me but I looked for a long time and made other offers which didn't work out before this became available. That and the fact that my 4 aisle seats together in 117 went for a good bit over my Original cost in just a couple of days made it work out in the end. Sometimes patience works. I spent some time waiting for the right deal.
  4. I looked through the first few pages, but didn't see this posted. Here is the link to an article on the Falcoholics web site: Matt Ryan 2018 Matt Ryan’s 2018 was one of his greatest years, and it was spent under siege Ryan got hit a lot. Was it out of line with career norms? By Dave Choate Feb 10, 2019, 8:00am EST SHARE Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images I set out, with this article, to see how Matt Ryan’s 2018 performance stacked up against the rest of his career when you consider the number of sacks and hits he took. I was expecting to see that Ryan, like most quarterbacks, fares best when he’s not getting knocked around by defenses, and that 2018 would prove to be the best year of his career when he was genuinely under siege. A true outlier, in other words. I sort of found that, but I also found that Ryan’s career doesn’t quite follow the neat and tidy narrative. The initial takeaway from this chart is going to be an odd one, one that sort of upends everything the Falcons keep telling us about how important it is to protect Matt Ryan. But that is, quite naturally, not the story we should actually take away from this, so go ahead and review it and let’s come on back. Please note that these numbers are, as far as I am aware, only available back to 2009. 2018: 42 sacks (13th), 102 QB hits (6th) 2017: 24 sacks (27th), 87 QB hits (15th) 2016: 37 sacks (11th), 106 QB hits (6th) 2015: 32 sacks (23rd), 89 QB hits (17th) 2014: 31 sacks (19th), 89 QB hits (13th) 2013: 44 sacks (10th), 100 QB hits (5th) 2012: 28 sacks (25th), 83 QB hits (8th) 2011: 26 sacks (27th), 84 QB hits (7th) 2010: 23 sacks (30th), 69 QB hits (21st) 2009: 27 sacks (25th), 67 QB hits (21st) In light of this, Matt Ryan has had his three best seasons when the Falcons have allowed somewhere in the top ten most quarterback hits in a given season, and a pair of lesser seasons (a still very good 2011 and um 2013) when facing the same. Ryan has been impressively durable all these years taking a huge number of hits and, especially over the last several years, getting sacked quite often. But does that mean he doesn’t need quality protection to thrive? Sort of. The 2016 team was hellbent on making big plays happen, which meant more time in the pocket for Ryan and a greater strain on a very capable offensive line. Ryan took more hits and sacks that year—the highest total in his entire career—because the offense wanted him to hang in there until a killer play materialized. They didn’t always, but they did often enough that the Falcons enjoyed the best offensive season in franchise history, one with a terrific rushing attack to balance things out. The story was similar in 2012, when the offensive line was stone solid and Ryan was trying to push the ball downfield, though he did not have the advantage of a compelling ground game this year. Otherwise, things went as you’d expect. Ryan was quite good in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2017 (even if the stats didn’t show it) when he was pretty well-protected, and in those early years the Falcons weren’t quite so gung-ho about going downfield and largely had a bruising rushing attack to help out. The real outlier on this list, then, still is 2018, when Ryan’s line was crumbling around him, he took the second-highest number of hits and sacks of his career, and he still put together a campaign that would credibly have been MVP-worthy if not for the team’s poor record and the season Patrick Mahomes put together. The upshot of this is that Ryan is still very good, very durable, and very capable of making plays under duress, which sets the Falcons’ offense up quite well for years to come. But the Falcons would not have been able to pull off their 2016 success without an offensive line that gave them the time to unwind some elaborate machinations and get receiving options into positions for big plays, and with Dirk Koetter coming back on board, it would be a mistake to suggest that Ryan’s relative success in 2018 would be repeatable with poor blocking in front of him again.
  5. They will. I originally had 4 seats in 117 and wanted to move to the other side so we'd be closer to the exits. I ended up in 104 - row 10 (actual 4th row) - 2 seats from the aisle. Totally amazing seats. I only got 2 seats there - and the other 2 (which are for anyone who tags along) - we got in section 350. At the time of the purchase - I had already paid for my season tickets in 117 - and once I sold them - they gave me credit for that - towards the season tickets in 104. It worked out in the end - but yeah - that 10% is a *****. I also ended up paying for 3 transactions, but as for the PSL - I actually gained quite a bit in all the transactions - so now we are sitting in great seats - easy access to the exits - and my PSL cost was a lot less when you take the profit from my sale and the price I picked up the new seats for. Overall - I am happy with it now. Might end up dropping the 2 extras though.
  6. Julio is still the man! If you were the DC on the other side - there is no way you ignore JJ for CR! They are going to be quite the pair out there. Boldin and Fitz!
  7. I hope you are wrong about this. The players deserve to see the support they got in the The Dome, even though that was criticized constantly.
  8. Certainly steep. I wonder how it was for those sitting down in those center seats with the gigantic seat cost. Just curious. Sorry to hear that.
  9. In all the offers I've received, the price of the tickets were face value. Our seats are in section 104, so we don't get the offers you are talking about. What section are you referring to - and what pricing were you offered for the tickets? One thing I know is that the team doesn't set the price for the Super Bowl - the NFL sets that. I'm not sure about the SEC Championship game.
  10. On most events, we get a pre-sale option to buy tickets prior to tickets going on sale to the public. . Some PSL owners with the really high end pricing - get an option for all events - but most get it for everything except those really high end events like the Super Bowl. But, we get them for concerts and sporting events other than those elite few things. I actually have used some of those events to help offset the cost of my PSL. I have bought a few choice tickets and resold them for a pretty good profit. I remember one of the first ones offered was for a Garth Brooks concert. Not knowing if it was a good investment, I asked my sister and my granddaughter who are both fans - and they both said - go for it. I bought the tickets and sold them for double the amount in the same day. I don't do that often - and it's the only one I ever doubled (just as what I thought was a starting cost) , but at the time, it nearly paid for my annual PSL payment. I doubt I will do that now that they are paid off - but it certainly helped ease the pain of having the PSL cost added - which nobody liked.
  11. Annual payments. You have 10 years to pay Mine are paid off so I only have the season ticket to deal with annually now. They are good for 30 years.
  12. I swear - sitting at the games - you see a lot more than they show on tv when it comes to those hits after the throw - and sometimes, he's knocked around like a rag doll - and just gets back up. It's crazy. Anytime I see someone posting about him not having heart or that he's playing afraid - I just shake my head. They are out of their minds.
  13. I just log in to my PSL account - the balance is there. Mine are paid for now - so I don't have a balance, but there should be an invoice there for this year if you need to pay and it should show your balance. https://am.ticketmaster.com/falconspsl/ Your screen will show the details like this:
  14. I didn't do a lot of research - here - but there is an article on NFL.COM - winners and losers in the deal This was in that article: LOSERS John Elway: So, wait, am I piling on Elway, too? Well, judging a trade minutes after it's agreed to, and nearly a month before it can be finalized, is a fool's errand. Yet, Elway's track record provides a troubling backdrop for his latest QB move. Since importing Peyton Manning in 2012, Elway has swung and missed at every turn in his attempt to find a reliable signal-caller. He drafted Brock Osweiler 57th overall in 2012. He took Trevor Siemian in 2015. He traded up for Paxton Lynch in the first round in 2016. And he handed Case Keenum a two-year, $36 million contract last offseason. Each move has blown up in Elway's face. Now a mid-30s Flacco is supposed to be the panacea for Elway's typhoid QB fever? Parting ways with Keenum would also leave $10 million in dead money on the Broncos' salary cap (versus $21 million if he's on the roster). Combine that with the $18.5 million Flacco is set to earn in 2019, and that's a high-priced QB room with little upside. Perhaps Elway still goes out and lands a hotshot rookie signal-caller in the draft, Flacco serves as a one-year stand-in (again) and the newbie becomes a franchise staple (finally). Maybe in that hypothetical scenario, the trade won't be viewed in a negative light. Another swing and miss, however, and even the most ardent Elway supporters in Denver will begin to waver.
  15. That was it. But, the addition of a really good FB and Mularkey working with the TE on blocking will also help.
  16. He is still the head coach - but he will take on the roll of DC as well - including calling the plays. This is why he will need some help managing those areas he already struggles with during the game, time management, replays, etc.
  17. No where near that number. Our defense gave up yards - even in the games we won handily. Especially in the later quarters.
  18. Happy Birthday! Rise Up!
  19. True, but sad. Vinatieri at age 46 was starting to show it this year - especially in the playoffs. I think the Cardinal's have an older kicker on roster as well.
  20. Great read. I am truly excited about Q taking over defense. I'm more than a little nervous about our offense until I see what they do with the line, and while I want to hope they will have a little room to get in sync, there is also a time factor for a defense to gel. With the number of coaching changes, and the number of players that need to be changed, it may be something we have to give time before we get major results. While I think they are making positive moves for the future, it's rare to see the coaching staff gutted and instant results occur simultaneously. I am hoping though.
  21. Always be a Falcon to me, Money Matt! Good Luck -
  22. I have to add the 'flop' against Aaron Rodgers on the sideline - Lebron even took notes! Good Luck Alf!