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  1. We should call that play BiG BEN III after we beat the Saints twice in the last seconds with long passes from Bartkowski.
  2. Mooch was only defending that one play, not the whole season. You can blame it on execution, which was a factor, but it was apparent that Sark was running another man's offense. If he stays another year, he needs to undergo an indoctrination period more intense than any rookie would take....or we'll have a similar year next year.
  3. No way Arians comes here, get another fantasy.
  4. Coleman was gaining yards around the end with his speed, he couldn't do the same thing when the field is compressed in the Red Zone. Freeman had been repeatedly stuffed all day, e had to pass the ball.
  5. Better go to bed early, the Easter Bunny comes tonight.
  6. AJC

    FLOWERY BRANCH — Ask yourself this: Had Carson Wentz been healthy Saturday and the Falcons reduced to deploying Matt Schaub, how big would the Eagles have won? Something like 24-7, right? In your wildest dream, could you envision the Falcons doing with their backup quarterback what Philadelphia did with its? No? So how did the Eagles win by five on a day when the quarterbacks were Matt Ryan and Nick Foles? How did the team with the 2016 MVP go pointless over the final 35 minutes and 40 seconds? How did the team recently equipped with a scorched-earth offense muster only 113 yards over the final two quarters, even as the Eagles, working with a passer who couldn’t throw the ball 10 yards downfield, managed 164? The answer is coaching, or the absence thereof. Knowing their limitations, the Eagles constructed a game path and clung to it like grim death. They did this even after all but handing the Falcons 10 points via turnovers. Those turnovers were all that made this a game. Left to its own devices, this once-raging offense laid a goose egg. How does that happen? How does the team with Ryan and Julio and Sanu and Freeman and Coleman accomplish next to nothing? And what, according to Philadelphia reporters, did the Eagles yell to one another when the Falcons aligned themselves for fourth-and-goal at 2? “This is it!” they cried, meaning a rollout to the right, which it was. Outplayed and outcoached: That’s how you lose to a diminished opponent. Even worse is this: The Falcons’ final act was no one-off. They played nine games against teams playoff qualifiers. They scored 17, 7, 17, 9, 20, 13, 22, 26 and 10 points. They lost six of the nine. They managed 11 touchdowns over those nine games, kicking 19 field goals. If we didn’t see what happened in Philly coming, it was only because we weren’t paying attention. In preseason, Pro Football Focus rated the Falcons’ roster the NFL’s most talented? How often was that talent brought to bear? Against Green Bay — that’s one time. Against Seattle — there’s two. I’m less impressed by the Dallas victory because it was accomplished against a team missing its best player, but feel free to include it. The victory over the Saints was a halting thing (Matt Ryan threw three interceptions), and the playoff clincher against Carolina was a function of Matt Bryant’s foot. The wild-card showing against the Rams qualifies, even though the Falcons were outgained. But if we count how many Falcons’ victories could easily have been otherwise — Bears, Lions, Saints here, Buccaneers there — it’s nearly a wash between shaky victories and stirring performances. A year ago, we got the sense that the Falcons were on to something as early as October. We were never sure what to make of them this time, which is why bowing out against Nick Foles was no seismic shock. This team wasn’t very good very often, and then only in fits and starts. Without Kyle Shanahan, an offensive regression was inevitable. What came was a collapse. Julio Jones, the NFL’s best receiver, caught four touchdown passes in 18 games. (Mohamed Sanu caught more.) Taylor Gabriel, exploited to great effect by Shanahan last season, slipped from six touchdowns to one. Ryan threw for 849 fewer regular-season yards. The Falcons scored 11 touchdowns in their final seven games; one of those was on a fumble recovery in the end zone. If the argument for keeping Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator is that Shanahan’s first year here wasn’t very good, either, we need to note: Shanahan at least had a history as an NFL play-caller. Sarkisian inherited one of the 10 best offenses in NFL history and rendered it toothless. That’s an “F.” The defense was better statistically than in the Super Bowl year, but this defense couldn’t get off the field in the second half in Philly. Vic Beasley Jr. went from NFL sack leader to forgotten man. Desmond Trufant returned from injury and wasn’t the same; once the cornerback nobody tested, he became the one everybody challenged. Keanu Neal still hit hard, but his coverage skills remain suspect. His leap-in-the-air-for-a-pass-that-hit-him-in-the-knee will stand as a weird memory of Saturday’s wretched loss. A year after they should have won it all, the Falcons couldn’t get out of their own way. This makes us wonder which was the one-off in Dan Quinn’s stewardship — the year after the Super Bowl, or the Super Bowl run itself? If Quinn’s ceaseless happy talk has grown old to us on the periphery, imagine hearing it every single workday: “Iron sharpens iron” and “It’s all about the ball” and yada yada yada. The shelf life on rah-rah is never long, and DQ is about to head into Year 4. If the Falcons underwhelm again next season, the tune-out factor — and I’m talking in-house — will become a mighty wave. Bill Belichick has won five Super Bowls with nary a buzz phrase — unless you count, “Do your job,” which is the antithesis of buzzy. He keeps winning because he takes whatever talent he has and wrings the most from it. (Remember, the Pats beat the Falcons without Gronk.) Can anyone say that Quinn and Sarkisian wrung every drop from this gifted team? What assurance is there that next year will be any better? Only two coaches have taken the Falcons to a Super Bowl. Quinn is one. He deserves the benefit of the doubt. But we’ve reached the point where it’s fair to ask if Coach Brotherhood has more in his bag o’ tricks than a box o’ bromides.
  7. LOL ! I had to laugh at my own dumbass self for that one. I got so involved with the whole concept of what I was thinking about Quinn that I just forked up. My bad, but I think the other points were valid. That's what I get for not proof reading what I write. I guess I just pulled a D Led. Forgive me......Mea Culpa.
  8. Let's examine the main players of this season : DAN QUINN Quinn was an excellent DC for the Seahawks, helped them win a SB, but the last thing he did before coming to Atlanta, was to call a play that lost a SB. He had a brute of a RB on the goal line but didn't use him. He opted for a pass play that was intercepted. A decision made under pressure. A portent of things to come ? His pressure decisions here, Clock management, time outs, challenges etc have not been stellar to say the least. I wondered why our pass routes were seldom as open as other teams. It seemed that any completions were barely without a competing DB right on our WR, including Julio, who is purported to be good enough to defeat double coverages. Sanu was the one WR that was most often open. Other teams seemed to exploit our defense in the middle of the field with a TE or RB, while we never seemed to return the favor. Julio was often successful at that, but always with a DB right there. Maybe taking your DB coach who had never coached WRs was not such a good idea. Maybe that's one reason the pass routes were sometimes rounded off, and not quite as crisp. Shanny was a stickler for detail, and would not have put up with a WR coach who allowed that. Quinn hired Sarkisian, who had almost zero experience with the NFL offensive schemes, and directed him to learn a very complicated scheme that he had never seen before, in a relatively short time. Sark, learned the basics of Shanny's scheme, but it was not HIS scheme. Sarks scheme was birthed in the college ranks. There was no possible way that he could be totally sold on the intricacies of Shanny's scheme. He mouthed the platitudes that said he liked the offense, but there had to be doubt in the back of his mind. Plus he kept hearing and reading that it was Shanny's scheme. Had to rankle him at least a bit, and tempt him to change a little thing or two to make a at least a little part of it HIS scheme. Shanny was obsessed with scheming players open and confusing the defense. The scheme was his baby, and he doggedly worked to make it even better. Sark was running another man's offense, maybe begrudgingly It seems that Quinn has hired people that he liked, not necessarily the most competent men for the positions, and he has doggedly stayed true to them in spite of some obvious deficiencies. I don't think Sark will be fired, but something must be done to improve this obviously under performing offense . Maybe a new QB coach who is already familiar with a system similar to Shanny's . He and Sark could spend the off season refining the nuances of Shanny's system. The nuances are what have been missing. The different formations, calling a play to set up a later play, scheming WRs open etc. These are things that Sark MUST pick up and become proficient at, or we will suffer through another year of a sub standard offense. The Draft and FA will also play a big part in next years success or failure. We MUST get a competent Guard and/or Tackle in Free agency to strengthen the Oline. No time to develop a rookie. We can use the draft for other players. Dan Quinn has been given total control of this team, in spite of never having been either a HC or GM . His decisions this off season will be critical. The onus will be on him for the success or failure of this team. .
  9. Awww man, loosen up and tell us how you REALLY feel about Sark.
  10. KOG

    I'm OK with that as long as we get a good guard or Tackle in FA. We need someone to step right up and pick up the slack from day one.
  11. Watching other QBs like Brees and Brady, they have a lot more time in the pocket to go through progressions, Ryan has much less time, and usually throws it under duress. Matthews is good but not great, hopefully he can get to that level. Our RT and RT are a work in progress at best, who knows how good they can be.. Mack is the only one on the O Line who can be called outstanding . Our QB has been lucky to escape serious injury behind that leaky O Line. Serious decisions need to be made in the off season to make that O Line not just good, but formidable , the Saints did exactly that in one year, we can do it too. And for Pete's sake can we get a kick returner who is actually a threat to take it all the way for a TD ? Roberts is a joke.
  12. O Line has to be beefed up.....regardless, They were manhandled tonight. We need a Guard and Tackle, preferably experienced. Get the checkbook ready Artie..
  13. We will soon see .
  14. Falcons need to dink and dunk to slow down pass rush , and open up the run game. They will run into a brick wall if they try to run first. Philly's secondary is not as good as their front seven, that's where to attack, not their strong point.