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  1. #3. It man change tomorrow but after 2 weeks the Falcons have a defense...
  2. I posted a video I did about Dan Quinn. How I felt that he could become coach of the year. if this defense becomes what we all believe it can be. After the 2019 season. I would love to see what you all views are on the subject. If the video interests you in watching it. Thanks on behalf on Pound 4 Pound ATL.
  3. https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2019/5/18/18627770/the-falcons-have-only-had-two-top-10-defenses-since-1998 The Falcons have only had two top 10 defenses since 1998 Expecting the Falcons to take a leap this year? Beware history. By Dave Choate May 18, 2019, 3:00pm EDT Having a good Saturday? Well, time to talk about the Falcons defense! There has been a lot of discussion about this Falcons defense and what we might reasonably expect from it. With better health and some key additions like Adrian Clayborn, Tyeler Davison, and depth in the secondary, it seems reasonable to expect it will not be a massive liability the way it was throughout much of the first half of the 2018 season, but can it be the (at least on paper) top ten unit it was in 2017? The chief reason to be skeptical (and I am) hinges on history. Here is the complete list of defenses that have been top ten in points and yards allowed since 1998. 2017: Points: 8, Yards: 9 1998: Points: 4, Yards: 8 Here’s the complete list of Falcons defenses that have been top ten in either points or yards allowed since 1998. 2012: Points: 5, Yards: 24 2010: Points: 5, Yards: 16 2002: Points: 8, Yards: 19 That’s it! That’s the list. This tells a pretty somber story, but not one that is going to surprise the bulk of Falcons fans. This team has had some superlative talent on defense over the years, but rarely enough to push them into being what we would consider a good defense. The 1998 Super Bowl team boasted a phenomenal unit, that 2017 team was stingy and dangerous and nearly smothered the Eagles in the playoffs, and the team was opportunistic enough to hold teams in check in 2010 and 2012. But that really has been about it, and any chance of the team repeating their success in 2017 was destroyed by the cumulative loss of Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen, and Deion Jones, plus injuries and ineffectiveness for key players like Robert Alford and Vic Beasley. This is why the Falcons, despite their evident talent and Dan Quinn’s hands-onedness, shouldn’t be counted on to take a major leap on that side of the ball in 2019. I’m confident they’ll be much better than they were a year ago, and I’m equally confident that being top ten in points and yards isn’t the end-all, be-all story for a defense. But I’m also pretty hard-pressed to be confident that the team will reach those lofty heights given that they’ve done so just twice in 1998, and they’ve only been top ten in points five times and yards just the two times in that span. With the offense in place, even modest improvement will do the trick, but the grandest surprise would be one of the league’s best rankings for a unit that could do it despite the weight of history.
  4. https://twitter.com/FOXSportsBraves/status/905556194730754049 Here is a great video to give you some insight into our club, and it's defensive improvements. This video is also why I believe Riley will improve drastically when he gets here.
  5. DEFENSE STILL WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE END OF THE DAY!!!!!! This Super Bowl was NOT about Tom Brady or even Julian Edelman (even tho he deserved MVP), this Super Bowl was about the Patriots top 10 scoring defense (ranked #7 all year). They overpowered that high powered Rams offense. All year long people thought this would finally be the year a high powered offense wins it all and the talk was this is becoming an offensively friendly league and defenses are going down the drain. Not so fast my friend. If you're a real fan of the sport, as much as you hate the Patriots, you gotten love the defensive scheme and the packages they brought in to take away what the Rams did best. This reminded me of what the #1 defense of Broncos did to Cam Newton and the Panther's high powered offense a few years back. The Falcons have only had 1 top 10 scoring defense after our first Super Bowl appearance, which was in a year that wasn't Matt Ryan's best season and that defense still didn't get enough turnovers. That's unacceptable. Despite how good the 2017 Falcons defense was, I still believe the 1998 Falcons was the last team that gave this city a defense worth getting really excited for. We've had talent like John Abraham, Brent Grimes, Willy Moore, Dwight Freeney, Grady Jarrett, Corey Peters, and so forth, but with the scheme we've had and most of our personnel, we have been a mediocre or average at best defense. As long as Matt Ryan is our quarterback, until our front office can finally put together a great defense, a defense with great leaders that have that dawg and fire in them, we aren't going back to the Super Bowl anytime soon. I don't believe it. High scoring offenses will set all these records in the regular season, but once they get in the playoffs or get deep in the playoffs, a top 10 scoring defense always beats them somehow someway. You don't have a historical offense every year, but you can have no worse than a top 10 scoring defense every year if you have the right scheme, personnel, and coaching staff, and with the amount of numbers Matt Ryan has put up in his 11 seasons in Atlanta, it's a shame that we can't ever give him a defense and it angers me TBH. I don't care how it happens. Dan Quinn should be taking notes here. @JD dirtybird21 You are right. Tom Brady is a great player, but he doesn't deserve all the credit for the Patriots success over the years when you have those top 10 scoring defenses combined with the success of Bill Belichick (the Saban of the NFL) taking away what an opposing opponent does best.
  6. In the last decade, only one team has allowed a higher per game average: The 2010 Buffalo Bills at 169.6 YPG (who finished 4-12 BTW which is still possible for this current Falcons team). But, but... it's always "fast and physical" "speed and quickness ONLY!" "The lighter the better!" 4 seasons in Dan Quinn. 4 seasons of coaching, draft, and FA! This is what we get!
  7. Enough said. I know there are people on here who believe Manuel is not the guy, but our defenses were mediocre in 2015 and 2016 too before Manuel got here "fast and physical" my ***.
  8. Let's be honest people, coming from an extreme Sarkisian hater since he arrived here in the 2017 off season, I will say that this year Sarkisian has improved. He hasn't gotten any worse, and no, he will never be on the level of Shanahan, and that's okay. As long as the offense is productive enough we are good, and our offense has been really good this year. The 2018 O-line for the Falcons that Sark has to deal with is no where near as good or healthy as the 2016 O-line Shanahan had. People need to understand that no franchise in the NFL has a historical offense every year, not even the Patriots. Only the Rams from 1999-2001 were be able to accomplish that feat in a 3 year span. Look at the 2015 Broncos when their offense was a complete shell of their former selves compared to 2013, but their championship defense prevailed them. It's the defense that has been the biggest problem with the Falcons ONCE AGAIN, and our special teams (especially the kick coverage and return game) is very poor. I'm very disappointed in Dan Quinn. FOUR seasons in and you haven't given us a good defense yet? Even in 2017 the numbers say we were top 10 in scoring D, but our D still couldn't get enough turnovers. The difference is that our defense was clutch at the end of a lot of games such as the Bears in Chicago, Lions in Detroit, or Saints at home. I fully understand all the injuries that have happened, but when it comes to our long term injuries like Deion Jones, Keanu Neal, and Ricardo Allen, 2 of those 3 guys are from the secondary, and only 1 is from the D-line. Our D-line depth was already soft and weak coming into this season. People may continue to disagree, but the losses of Poe, Clayborn, and Upshaw hurts the D-line more than people want to believe. I believe Trufant and Alford have been so bad this year because they are missing the leadership of Neal and Rico on the field. Throughout 2017 I believe Neal and Rico being there helped elevate Trufant and Alford's game, in fact, I think most would agree that last year was the best season of Robert Alford's career, but this year he's right back to mediocrity like he was earlier in his career. Trufant has been the biggest disappointment for me, and he wasn't even that good last year coming off injury. Now he's a lot worse. Making him the highest paid corner after a SEASON ENDING injury was the dumbest move the front office as ever made for a long term player on our team in recent memory. Trufant before the injury was never on the level of a Norman or Sherman, so what was the point of that stupid contract? Despite all of what I've said, Trufant and Alford have been here since 2013, and for 2 veteran corners there are no more excuses for playing at such a poor level. That 3 game win streak we had, people acted like our dominant win over the Redskins in Washington was like the previous 2 games in our streak. If it wasn't for those long field goals towards the end of the Bucs and Giants games by Bryant and Tavecchio, we would have started 1-5 after the Bucs and the Giants would have tied us up and forced OT and who knows what would have happened. Dan Quinn continues to get out coached in the 2nd half and choke away late leads in the 4th quarter. We haven't been clutch in the 4th quarter lately, and we find ways to lose or almost lose. We should have sealed the Bucs game 31-29 with a 1st down but we made it harder on ourselves. We should have sealed the Giants game 20-12 with a 1st down but we also made that one harder on ourselves. See the problem? The Redskins game made it seem like we were impressive in that 3 game win streak but if you go back to the Bucs and Giants game you'll know we were just as vulnerable against the Browns in Cleveland. As long as Matt Ryan is still our QB, until we can finally put together a championship defense (which we HAVEN'T, not even 2012 or 2017) we will never get a Super Bowl with Matt Ryan. It's not happening. Until Quinn and Dimitroff can get BIG PHYSICAL guys up front instead of just focusing on speed and skill position all the time, we will continue to suffer as well. Matt Ryan, you have enough weapons, how many more guys do you need? As for the defensive side of the ball, speed is good, but you need big guys too and not just small guys. Or you will continue to get warn out in the 2nd half of games or get pushed around by big physical O-lines or ran over by big backs.
  9. That’s an amazing task to do even with the Giants Oline struggles and the Cowboys line not being the dominant force of 2-3 year ago. I love what the Skins are doing from a draft/FA aspect of the Dline. Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Tim Settle, Matt Ionaddis, Caleb Brantley on the interior. WOW and the pass rushers... Preston Smith, Ryan Anderson, Kerrigan and co The falcons have their work cut out for them. I’d also like to see us add some athletics lineman without sacrificing size like the Skins do this offseason.