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  1. You know, it seems almost every game we play the commentator in the booth used to play for the other team. ___________ Jay Cutler doesn’t have to wait long to return to Soldier Field. The former Chicago Bears quarterback is scheduled to provide color commentary during the Atlanta Falcons Sept. 10 season opener against the Chicago Bears. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Fox Sports’ Charles Davis said on Tuesday he and Kevin Burkhardt will be joined in the broadcast booth by Cutler when the Falcons and Bears face off during Week 1 of the regular season. After the 11-year NFL veteran was released from the Bears in March, Cutler announced he joined the Fox Sports broadcast team as an analyst. The Bears and Falcons will kick off their 2017 seasons at noon at Chicago’s Solider Field. http://www.ajc.com/sports/jay-cutler-call-falcons-bears-season-opener/H9Pc6qaAnfKcGhcuZGeIVO/
  2. BOOYAH!!!
  3. Basically a commentary on Prisco's interview with Matt. __________ Mark Bradley AJC.com Full credit to Pete Prisco. The CBS Sports writer got Matt Ryan to do something nobody — at least nobody to my knowledge, and I keep track of this stuff — has done. He got Ryan to say something less than gracious. In a conversation with Prisco this week, Ryan essentially blamed the Super Bowl collapse on Kyle Shanahan, who’s now coaching the 49ers and who, it must be said, turned Matt Ryan from a good quarterback into the NFL’s MVP. I’m not here to argue that Shanahan didn’t botch the final eight minutes of regulation in NRG Stadium. He demonstrably did. Still, hearing the speak-no-evil Matty Ice say it out loud and for the record is rather jarring. Ryan to Prisco: “We made the play to win the Super Bowl to Julio (Jones).” Apparently Shanahan called that one, too, but never mind. What happened next lost the Super Bowl. The Falcons ran the ball and lost a yard. Ryan got sacked on second-and-11 from the New England 23 when a field goal would have clinched the Lombardi Trophy. Jake Matthews was called for holding. Ryan threw incomplete. The Falcons didn’t even try a field goal. They punted. Ryan to Prisco on the second-down sack: “Kyle’s play calls — he would take time to get stuff in. As I was getting it, you’re looking at the clock and you’re talking 16 seconds before (the microphone in his helmet) cuts out. You don’t have a lot of time to say, ‘There’s 16 seconds, no, no, no, we’re not going to do that. Hey, guys, we’re going to line up and run this.’ You’re talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.” Then: “With the way Kyle’s system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot more than we did with Dirk (Koetter). You couldn’t get out of stuff like that. We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I’m all for it, but there’s also winning time. You’re not being aggressive not running it there.” Again, not to defend this particular play call — there’s no defending the indefensible — but Ryan could have called timeout if he objected strongly. No, you don’t like to stop the clock if you’re the team holding a late lead, but you’d rather do that than get sacked. Speaking of which … On the strip/sack that ended the Falcons’ previous possession and changed the game, Ryan had no chance. Devonta Freeman blocked air, as opposed to the blitzing Dont’a Hightower. On this sack, Ryan might have gotten rid of the ball and saved the yards. The pressure came late and up the middle from Trey Flowers, who had flung the ailing Alex Mack backward. And maybe I’m making too much of this, but that final bit — “There’s also winning time” — is pretty much what these fingers typed in the immediate aftermath and could be read as rebuke of Dan Quinn, whose postgame comments about “staying aggressive” bordered on gibberish. Ryan told Prisco he has put the Super Bowl in the past. To a man, the Falcons keep saying that. But here they are, about to go to camp, and Peyton Manning is making jokes about them and they’re still trying to explain themselves. http://markbradley.blog.myajc.com/2017/07/20/matt-ryan-to-pete-prisco-shanahans-super-bowl-calls-were-too-slow/
  4. This is the first time in his history that in an interview he did anything but give all the 'correct' responses. He's the most boring interview in football. Good to see Matt finally give an interesting interview and told us how he really felt..
  5. As long as they don't surprise the Falcons.
  6. I totally agree with where you're coming from, and agree. Missed a few games last season and we chugged right along. Having said that, he really made the difference in the playoffs. He was a beast. If he wasn't healthy for the playoffs I would be somewhat concerned. He became more than just the bacon in the playoffs IMO.
  7. The biggest whiff at the biggest part of the game.
  8. Yeah. I liked all 42 times they showed it. Nice hit.
  9. Great highlights but did they have to start off with the SB BS? Could have been a lot more uplifting if they hadn't. And spare me any Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes. Like starting a person's life achievement video with shots of them in their casket. I guess you can tell I'm over it, huh?
  10. Said what I was trying to say above, just better.
  11. Nah. I'll always have some regret about that one. Even if we win 3 SBs, for me it will still be the one that got away and we could have had 4. Don't get me wrong, it's not going to taint any SB win or diminish any joy over any SB win we do have. But I won't ever forget that one. Not after being up 28-3.
  12. Dude....step away from the weed.
  13. That's my biggest concern about Sarks. I hope he has the same play calling ingenuity that Shanny had.
  14. I hope he's right. It's time for the Falcons to prove it.
  15. You guys have got to be kidding. You don't remember all the complaining (and probably from you too) about us not running the ball in the SB instead of just throwing a 'normal' pass? You let one of these things go wrong and this board would melt down in 1 second flat. Maybe in the first quarter when nothing is on the line and it will be forgotten if it goes wrong.
  16. We ARE going to get better and better, but this is just a sound bite from a coach that isn't going to publicly dis any team. He probably would have said the same thing about whoever he was asked about.
  17. You would think the people that make these lists didn't even watch last season. Behind Oakland and GB? Okey dokey.
  18. That surprises me that he's not there on play action. Seems like they were always talking about his great play action stats last year.
  19. He certainly can repeat again. Sarks just needs to keep the O dialed up.
  20. SI.com ANDREW PERLOFF As they embark on a campaign to erase the memory of their own title game choke job, the Falcons should take note of how the Warriors did it. Dan Quinn doesn’t seem like a coach who needs help coming up with motivational gimmicks, but I have a suggestion for the Falcons coach to wrap up minicamp Thursday: Go into the locker room, turn on the Warriors’ championship parade and make everyone watch it. Then go to the big meeting room and put on the tape of the Warriors losing in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. Or better yet, throw togather a montage of last year’s Finals and the end of this year’s Finals set to one of Quinn’s favorite old-school rap songs. For the Falcons, the 2016-17 Warriors are a perfect model of how to come back stronger after a crushing defeat. I know, I know … Golden State added Kevin Durant, and Atlanta hasn’t done anything like that in the aftermath of their Super Bowl LI loss. Matt Ryan couldn’t send a text to J.J. Watt or Aaron Donald and say Come down to Atlanta like Draymond Green did with Kevin Durant. But there’s a significant lesson to be learned from the Warriors’ mentality. They moved on after blowing a 3–1 lead in the Finals. They didn’t get weighed down by the past. In less than an hour, they were thinking about how to move forward. Social media made pretty clear the parallels between the Falcons and the ’16 Warriors. Both suffered the kind of losses that can paralyze any team or athlete. Think of the Red Sox after Bill Buckner or the Cubs after Bartman. Greg Norman never won another major after his collapse at the ’96 Masters. The Bills still haven't returned to the playoffs since the Music City Miracle way back in January 2000. The post-Super Bowl loss letdown is well-known in the NFL. The last team to return to the title game the year after losing it was the ’94 Bills. For a long time, Super Bowl losers rarely even made it back to the playoffs, though that jinx has softened—seven of the last nine Super Bowl losers have returned to the postseason the following year, but none of them have gone all the way. Last year, everything seemed to go wrong with the Super Bowl 50 runner-up Panthers: They made a mistake by letting cornerback Josh Norman go, defenses seemed to figure out Cam Newton and injuries plagued the roster throughout the season. The Patriots themselves have lost Super Bowls in tragic fashion to cap off the the 2007 and ’11 seasons. They didn’t immediately return the next year, but they always managed to stay on a championship trajectory. Bill Belichick seems to be a master at getting everyone to focus on what’s happening now and not the what went wrong or right in the recent past. It was the Pats who were proactive with their personnel this spring, adding offensive weapons like WR Brandin Cooks, RBs Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead, TE Dwayne Allen and CB Stephon Gilmore and DE Kony Ealy on defense. It’s almost as if they had lost the game and were gearing up for another run at Atlanta. But the Falcons didn’t need to do much roster tinkering. They actually don’t need a Durant. They have multiple ways to hurt you on offense. And their defense has the pieces to take a step forward this season, especially with DT Grady Jarrett stating his case as a difference-maker in the Super Bowl and cornerback Desmond Trufant returning from an injury. A large part of how the team responds comes down to Ryan. Is he the MVP we saw all last season and for most of the Super Bowl, or the QB who throws too many interceptions and takes bad sacks that we saw earlier in his career and the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl? We’ve seen QBs losses carry into the next season before—like Carson Palmer after he turned the ball over six times against the Panthers in the NFC Championship Game. And how will the loss of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan affect Ryan? We’ve seen other QBs disintegrate after Shanahan left town. Falcons fans have to hope something clicked with Ryan that unlocked a consistent level of excellence. Everything comes down to confidence. Do the Falcons believe they can do it all again after coming so close last season? The first public window into the team’s mindset came at the draft, and it was an encouraging one. The front office and coaching staff celebrated the first-round selection of pass rusher Takkarist McKinley like they had just won a playoff game. The positive energy Quinn exudes appears to have spread throughout the organization. No matter what, Golden State and Atlanta will forever share space on the list of the greatest collapses in sports history. But the Warriors didn’t dwell on that defeat and were able to put it behind them quickly. They blew a 3–1 lead in the Finals, but that’s not how anyone will remember that core of players now. If the Falcons can adopt the same mentality and focus, they might have their own parade before long. https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/06/15/falcons-warriors-blown-lead-championship
  21. I heard that and was going to look for it to post it. That was a great interview.
  22. So...there is an honorable mentions list before the real list. Even Brent Grimes is on it. And in the top 10? No Trufant. Are you kidding? Brent Grimes is an honorable mention and Tru isn't even on the list period? More 'this is your mind on drugs'. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2717888-nfl1000-ranking-the-best-shutdown-cornerbacks?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=nfl
  23. I bet Sark is faster than Shanny.