HouseofEuphoria reacted to Boise Falcon Fan in Realistic options to sign
I've thought this for awhile. As much as some ***** about Ryan, Ryan's don't grow on trees, and JJ is a whole other matter. I'm at the point that I don't care what it takes. We need a ring, and it's time to move all your chips to the middle of the table.
HouseofEuphoria reacted to Vandy in Where are they now? Bryan Cox, former Falcons defensive line coach
Belichick was his mentor, so it’s surprising he hasn’t landed with someone from that coaching tree in nfl, as there’s so many of them out there.
Must have really burned some bridges.
HouseofEuphoria reacted to Jesus in Where are they now? Bryan Cox, former Falcons defensive line coach
I didn't read it but I assume he is yelling at and failing to motivate someone.
HouseofEuphoria reacted to Goober Pyle in Where are they now? Bryan Cox, former Falcons defensive line coach
Interesting tidbits in here.
Editor’s note: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution catches up with former Atlanta sports figures in this occasional series. Today: Bryan Cox
Former Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox has been doing a lot of soul-searching since he was fired three days after the team’s historic collapse in Super Bowl LI. Cox, 52, who wants to get back into coaching, is still waiting for his phone to ring. Cox was credited with helping to develop defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, and he was the position coach when Vic Beasley recorded 15.5 sacks to lead the NFL.
Cox, a former player and three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, went from his group playing well in the Super Bowl with five sacks and nine quarterback hits to getting fired.
He said he wasn’t given an answer as to why he was fired. He pointed to an incident at the NFL scouting combine the year before, but has since looked internally for possible reasons.Cox, who was a fiery player, shoved an Arizona Cardinals scout at the combine during a disagreement over access to a prospect during the interview process. He later apologized.“
After I got released, I picked my family up and we ran out of town to Houston,” Cox said. “I ran to Houston. We stayed down in Houston for a year. My now 11-year-old daughter said I stole her life from her, took her away from her life and her friends.”
That didn’t sit well with Cox. He moved the family back to metro Atlanta, settling in McDonough. “I’m just down here spending time with the family,” Cox said. “I want to get back into coaching. But the phone hasn’t rung in four years, and that’s a hard thing.”
Cox, a native of East St. Louis, Illinois, was a fifth-round pick out of Western Illinois. He went on to play 12 NFL seasons and earned a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots, who won Super Bowl XXXVI over the St. Louis Rams 20-17 in 2002. He retired after the 2002 season and got into coaching in 2006 with the New York Jets as their assistant defensive line coach. He worked with Dan Quinn, who was the defensive line coach for the Jets in 2007 and 2008.He went on to coach in Cleveland (2009-10), Miami (2011) and Tampa Bay (2012-13) before landing with the Falcons.
Being out of the NFL, has been tough for him. “For me, it’s just a matter of doing some self-analyzing,” Cox said. “Trying to make myself better and go from there. “I’ve been looking at some of the mistakes I made and (thinking about) what I would do differently. Not putting the blame on anybody else, but trying to look at what I could have done personally differently.”
Cox has come up with a few things that he believes will make him a better coach if another opportunity arises. “One of the biggest things that I think I would come up with, when people that are supposedly close to you, but don’t feel like you’re approachable, that they can talk to you,” Cox said. “You have to take a look at that. The people that said they were close to me. That I was loyal to, that I felt like I was close to them, but they were not able to have a conversation with me.”
Cox said he isn’t blaming everyone else. “I must not be approachable in some situations,” Cox said. “I’m trying to work through that. I’m trying to figure out some legitimate reasons why that could have been.”
When Cox was hired, the Falcons were making a big “toughness” push.“When you look at the coaching philosophy, when I came to Atlanta it was all based on getting tougher and being bigger under (defensive coordinator) Mike Nolan and (coach) Mike Smith,” Cox said. “Then I never changed my approach when Dan came in. “The philosophy didn’t change. I had my thumb on guys too hard. I didn’t let them breathe enough. I felt like that was a mistake on my part. I didn’t change my philosophy with the staff that came in. I could have changed some things, but I didn’t. I think that was on me.”
Cox doesn’t believe that the players are much different today than from when he played (1991-2002).“It’s easy for people to say these are different kids,” Cox said. “But the game don’t change. For the ones that want to be great, you can push them and hold them accountable. It’s the ones that are fringe guys, whatever their reasons are for playing, or doing it, might be different from my own.”
The Falcons were featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” in 2014, and one of the episodes showed Cox working with defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman. Cox wishes that he taken a different approach with Hageman, who had legal troubles and has been out of the league since 2016.
“I regret how things unfolded with Ra’Shede, with me being the teacher and me being the guy who was leader in the room,” Cox said. “I could have maybe fostered that relationship differently.”Hageman wasn’t a self-starter. The Falcons drafted him in the second round despite questions about his effort and maturity at Minnesota.
“Maybe I could have done something differently, but again, I was in a place and state where I wanted to be around people that wanted to be great,” Cox said. “Not saying that he didn’t want to be great, but some things he didn’t know how to be great. “Maybe I pushed him to a point of disdain. Maybe dislike for me, dislike for how I was teaching and things of that nature. Again with hindsight being 20-20, maybe I could done something differently to make him be more successful.”
Cox pushed Beasley in his third season, and that helped the Falcons reach the Super Bowl. “Vic was a guy who grew on me,” Cox said. “He was a guy that initially, I wasn’t overly jacked about, but I came to love Vic. I understood who he was. I was able to get the most out of him because I understood who he was and what he was about.”
Cox described Beasley as a spiritual and very kind person.
“You have to be able to get on his level and be able to understand what makes him tick,” Cox said. “If you can do that, you can get the most out of him. Fortunately, during my last year there, I was able to get him to be the NFL sack leader.”
Cox also credited veterans Dwight Freeney and Jonathan Babineaux for helping with Beasley. After Cox was fired, Beasley recorded five, five and eight sacks in three subsequent seasons. Beasley was not re-signed after last season and signed with the Tennessee Titans in free agency.
“You saw the growth that Grady made, the jump that he made,” Cox said. “So, it was a whole bunch of guys. That whole group fought and really filled in the gaps. If I was riding a guy too hard, they were able to go into the situation and really do it.
“I thought Dwight Freeney really made a big impression on the group from his leadership and from his knowledge. By understanding my point of view, he was able to get some guys to understand some of things I was talking about.”
In addition to being a stay-at-home dad, Cox has watched his son Bryan Cox Jr.’s NFL career. The younger Cox, a defensive end who played at Florida, is now with Buffalo after stops in Carolina and Cleveland. He’s played in 25 games and made two starts.
“(Tosh Lupoi), the new defensive line coach with Atlanta, was his defensive line coach up in Cleveland,” Cox said. “So, everything is full circle. Everybody knows everybody. But he’s up in Buffalo. Hopefully, that situation will be good for him up there. ... I’m just being a father. Just being supportive and wanting him to live out his dream.”
Cox plans to be ready when and if his phone rings.
“It’s been hard the last four years,” Cox said. “From a mental standpoint, it’s been a climb. It’s been some struggles mentally being out of it and missing it. Hopefully, something happens.”
HouseofEuphoria reacted to falcons007 in DeAndre Hopkins Thinks He’s Better Than Falcons’ Star Julio Jones
The mental toughness and consistency will matter if you are looking multiple years. There are guys who have incredible potential, talent but fizzle out coz of mental toughness or off field issues. OBJ is just wasting his talent and potential.
HouseofEuphoria reacted to Smiler11 in DeAndre Hopkins Thinks He’s Better Than Falcons’ Star Julio Jones
Hopkins >>>> Thomas. There I hope that makes him feel better but Julio is on another planet
HouseofEuphoria reacted to Snafu in DeAndre Hopkins Thinks He’s Better Than Falcons’ Star Julio Jones
you dont become a top 3 WR in the NFL by thinking other players are better than you.
HouseofEuphoria reacted to CraigSmackDaddy in Do you think that the Falcons are a legit super bowl contender this upcoming season?
Yeah I think so. If they stay healthy and make it to the playoffs with that schedule then they will def. be worthy of making the SB. I think the defense will be much improved and I think the offense will at least be a little better than last season.
HouseofEuphoria reacted to atljbo in Bucky Brooks five most improved units
1. Miami Dolphins secondary: A perfect marriage between personnel and scheme usually produces great results. That's why the Dolphins defense should significantly improve in 2020 with Byron Jones teaming with Xavien Howard on the perimeter. Jones is a sticky bump-and-run corner with the size, length and athleticism to match up with premier No. 1 receivers. With first-round pick Noah Igbinoghene fortifying the secondary as an explosive track athlete with natural bump-and-run skills, the Dolphins have turned a weakness into a strength with a solid set of acquisitions this offseason.
2. Baltimore Ravens defensive line: After receiving a beatdown at the hands of the rugged Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, the Ravens upgraded their defensive line with the additions of Calais Campbell, Derek Wolfe and third-round pick Justin Madubuike. The additional beef along the line will help the Ravens slow down punishing rushing attacks while adding more pop to the pass rush. Campbell, in particular, gives the unit an interior pass-rushing presence that should enable Matt Judon to get more one-on-one opportunities to hunt the quarterback on obvious passing downs.
3. Arizona Cardinals WR corps: Whenever a team can add an All-Pro to a unit that already features a gold-jacket performer still playing at a high level, it should be considered a coup, particularly when it comes from an inexpensive trade that tips in the team's favor. That's exactly what happened in the DeAndre Hopkins deal, giving the Cardinals a five-star playmaker at the WR1 spot while reshuffling the deck to put rest of the WR corps in optimal roles (Larry Fitzgerald at WR2 and Christian Kirk at WR3). For a young quarterback with an Offensive Rookie of the Year award on his mantle, Arizona's upgrade at the position could help Kyler Murray go from good to great in his second season.
4. Cleveland Browns offensive line: As we mentioned earlier in this piece, the Browns needed to upgrade the protection around Baker Mayfield to help him bounce back from a disappointing sophomore season. Enter Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills as the new bookends to help No. 6 feel safe and secure in the pocket. The duo will not only create a fortress around Mayfield but they will secure the edges to help Nick Chubb make another run at the rushing title. If Conklin and Wills settle in as edge blockers early in the season, the Browns' offense could finally become the explosive unit that everyone expected it to be in 2019.
5. Atlanta Falcons defensive line: The Dirty Birds' front line has undergone a massive makeover with free-agent acquisition Dante Fowler and second-round pick Marlon Davidson adding some physicality, toughness and nastiness to the unit. Fowler has come into his own as a pass rusher since leaving the Jaguars for the Rams in a midseason trade in 2018. He has tallied 13.5 sacks and 50 QB pressures over the past 23 games, per Pro Football Reference, while exhibiting a power-based game that overwhelms blockers off the edge. Davidson adds a little pop toa unit that needed a disruptor beside Grady Jarrett on the interior. The rookie flashes a combination of quickness, power and explosiveness with a non-stop motor that could make him a nightmare to deal with between the tackles.
HouseofEuphoria reacted to FalconsAllDayUrDay in Matt Ryan will become the Dan Marino of Atlanta...
I believe he was referring to Ryan being a great QB that never gets a ring.
But you can GTFO here with that negativity as well
HouseofEuphoria reacted to marvinthemartian in Matt Ryan will become the Dan Marino of Atlanta...
I’m not an apologist for Thomas by any means but he has put two rosters together (2012 and 2016) under two different coaches in 12 years that should have won Suoer Bowls if not for boneheaded coaching decisions. Can’t blame Thomas for either of those. We should have beaten New England and I think we would have drilled Baltimore had we not screwed around and lost to SF in the championship game.
HouseofEuphoria reacted to FalconsIn2012 in Matt Ryan will become the Dan Marino of Atlanta...
When Ryan was drafted, if God informed you that ATL just picked this era’s Dan Marino, you would have been giddy as a schoolgirl on prom night
HouseofEuphoria reacted to slider in Asterisk Season Coming
The only reason they shut every thing down in the first place was to flatten the curve so the hospitals didn't get over run and to give them time to stock up on PPE. They accomplished that, now open it up. The government is not here to make sure you don't get Covid. They're only here to provide services paid for by the tax dollars of the citizens. Once those services are protected, let the citizens take responsibility for themselves.
The only problem I have, seeing as my wife has cancer and I'm in the older age group, we have to stay locked down indefinitely but sometimes we do have to go out and you Covid deniers who think it's all about you and your situation are slinging Covid arrows all over the place because you're not wearing a mask.
The experts don't know 10% about this virus yet somehow you do? Think about someone else for a change and wear a mask. Maybe somehow It'll make you feel better for doing your civic duty.
Now open it all up and set my people free. Maybe one day I can join you.
HouseofEuphoria reacted to PokerSteve in Asterisk Season Coming
Very encouraging, although some would argue there won't be an official "end" to the pandemic until there's an actual vaccine and everybody has taken it. However, common sense should tell you with only a microscopic fatality rate for normal age, normally healthy people who don't have any preexisting medical conditions, a potent drug regimen which basically neutralizes the worst effects of the virus if you get it should be plenty good enough to get this country going again, sports and otherwise.
HouseofEuphoria reacted to ADAMSVILLE GYM in Falcons return to the outside-zone scheme
Alex Mack elated about Falcons’ return to the outside-zone scheme
Falcons 11 hours ago By D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Falcons center Alex Mack, a six-time Pro Bowl player, is relishing the team’s return to the outside-zone running scheme.
The Falcons have dabbled in running outside-zone plays over the past three seasons since former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan left for San Francisco, but during a video call with the local media Thursday, Mack confirmed the offseason plans.
“I think it’s an emphasis of the whole offense to make sure that’s something that we want to be really good at,” Mack said. “So, in order to run the wide zone, you have to have a full commitment of all of the guys on the field to make that work. It is a really powerful offense. It’s something that we have a lot of experience with.”
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan battled with Shanahan in his first season in 2015, but they smoothed things out by 2016, and Ryan became the first Falcons player to win the Associated Press MVP award and carried the team to Super Bowl LI with a potent attack.
“The better we can run that, the more it opens up the field, the more play-action opens up,” Mack said. “Having that weapon really opens up the offense. I know it’s something that I’m excited about. I like hearing that because it means we get to run the ball more. It means we have more play-action passes.
“In general, it’s something that I do well. I think if we can get that going, we’ll have a very powerful offense.”
Falcons coach Dan Quinn has mentioned running more outside-zone a couple of times over the offseason, while offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter was vague when he was asked about the outside-zone attack.
Mack believes that adding running back Todd Gurley will help the offense return to being one of the top units in the NFL.
“He’s a really good runner,” Mack said. “I’ve just seen his clips and what he’s been able to do. His first couple of years in the league (were) impressive. Adding that to a wide-zone attack, I think he can be a really good addition to the offense and then a real powerful weapon.”
If the Falcons are more powerful running the ball, that will help them in pass protection. The Falcons’ offensive line gave up 50 sacks and 135 quarterback hits in 2019.
In addition to having trouble running the ball, the Falcons were behind in several games and forced to pass. If they can run the ball better in the outside zone system, that will keep the opposing defenses off balance.
Mack and left tackle Jake Matthews are the stalwarts on the line. There will be an open competition at left guard, while right guard Chris Lindstrom and right tackle Kaleb McGary are expected to make big jumps in their second seasons in the league.
“Chris is going to be a really good player,” Mack said. “I know he works very hard and he’s mentally tied into things. He has pretty good vision on the field.
“Those things are going to take you a really long way. You add that with his physical ability for how quick and strong that he is, he could be as good as he wants to be. He’s got the work ethic to take him there.”
Lindstrom missed 10 games last season with a broken foot he suffered in the season opener.
“If he stays healthy, he’s on the field and he’s learning every day, he’s going to be a good player for a really long time,” Mack said.
The Falcons drafted Matt Hennessy, who played center at Temple, possibly as Mack’s heir apparent.
Mack, 34, is set to enter his 12th season in the league.
“They drafted a lineman,” Mack said. “He seems like a great kid. Excited to have him on board and teach him everything that I can. I think he steps up and plays guard this year or he’s the swing guy, backup center or whatever the future is.”
So far, Hennessy is fitting into the virtual offseason.
“I know I’m happy to have a guy who’s excited to be here,” Mack said. “Who’s really tied in, in meetings. He knows what is going on. It’s really good to have him here and see that he’s excited to be here.”
Mack has a year left on his contract.
“I’m taking it year-by-year, now,” Mack said. “I know my goal when I showed up in the league was (to play) 10 years. I thought that was a really good, lengthy career. From here on out, I want to do the best I can to make sure I play at the highest level. Play one year at a time. I think I’ve got a lot of juice in the tank. I’m ready to bring it this year.”
HouseofEuphoria reacted to Goober Pyle in One more time...more prayers needed
Just spoke with the doctor. She is out of surgery and has been moved to ICU. The doctor said she did great and that everything went well during surgery.
So thankful for all the prayers, thoughts, and good vibes sent our way.
Love to all of you!
HouseofEuphoria reacted to Goober Pyle in One more time...more prayers needed
Hey my Falcons family. Ol' Goober needs your prayers, good thoughts, and just some good, positive vibes....more importantly, Mrs. Goober needs them.
Today is the BIG surgery day, her reconstruction. It's a 10-12 hour surgery, with a 3 day hospital stay afterwards...including a night (possibly 2) in the ICU.
I know she's in good hands...both the Father's and, by extension, the surgeon's as well. Never hurts to have prayers and positivity flowing your way, though.
Thanks in advance! I'll update once I have the info....
Love to all!!
HouseofEuphoria reacted to ADAMSVILLE GYM in Do you think that the Falcons are a legit super bowl contender this upcoming season?
Isn't it amazing how It's all just that simple?