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  1. When Thomas Dimitroff was hired as GM of the Atlanta Falcons, team followers were told that Dimitroff's scouting background instilled in him the belief that building a franchise should be done through the draft. In his first 4 years with the team, we've seen Dimitroff dealing away 2 1sts, 3 2nds and 2 4ths, plus a number of minor draft choices. All of the early picks were made with the idea of building around Matt Ryan, but giving up so many high picks seemed to conflict with Dimitroff's team-building model. My question is: Did Thomas Dimitroff make the Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones trades because he saw a window of opportunity for this franchise or did he make the deals in realization that Matt Ryan was not the kind of QB who could make those around him better and would need every playmaker the GM could find in order to succeed? That may sound like the same thing, but it really isn't. Elite QBs win championships on the strength of their arm, nerve and guile. Game managers can win the title if they get the right support structure in place. Did Dimitroff trade for Tony G. and Julio Jones because he realized Matt Ryan could never be elite?
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYLBSa2M08M Watching the first 10-15mins of this recently and noticing how eerily similar this is as to where our franchise, players and fans are at the moment as to where the Colts were 10ish years ago. Now please don't take this out of context (I feel absoulutly sick today) and I'm not trying to compare Ryan to Manning, Smith to Mora/Dungy etc. Changes need to be made and we can all agree to disagree which ones... Take a few minutes out of your day before you flame me and watch from 8mins to about 13mins... If after watching this you don't see the similarities, then flame away... Just thought I'd offer a little perspective and hope! P.S. Nobody wants to be Mike Vanderjagt on these boards lol.
  3. Admit it, if you see that the defense jumps offsides when we're on offense you know Matt Ryan's going to throw a "screen" to Roddy White. Usually these plays go for at most 5 yards or so and we end up taking the penalty anyway. I'm asking, no begging, Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Mularkey, Smith, whoever to do what every other team in the league does and run the play. Teams regularly just go deep on these plays be cause they know they're guaranteed 5 yards no matter what (I remember the Seahawks scored a TD on us this year on such a play). I'm all for being conservative when it's necessary but when you literally have nothing to lose and everything to gain, why not? At the least throwing not throwing that quick pass to Roddy won't open him up to an unnecessary hit.
  4. Matt Ryan eclipsed the 4,000 mark. Roddy now has 1,227 receiving yards. Julio now has 883 receiving yards. Tony now has 867 receiving yards. I know stats don't matter but with 117 receiving yards next week against a depleted Tampa Bay team, we'll have two thousand yard receivers. And if our wonder boy Tony G can somehow rack up 133 yards receiving, we'll have three thousand yard receivers. When's the last time the Falcons have had three thousand yard receivers? Let alone two?
  5. Regular season wins after 4 seasons I put this list together by hand from the stats at NFLReference.com, so I'm sure I'm missing some names. Let me know if you find someone with 20+ wins that I left off the list. Ryan 42* Flacco 42* Marino 41 Big Ben 39 Elway 38 Warner 35 (sat out first season) Brady 34 (sat out first season) Rypien 33 Peyton 32 Palmer 32 McNabb 31 Eli 30 Kosar 30 O'Donnell 30 Orton 29 Everett 29 Bulger 28 Kelly 28 McMahon 28 D. Williams 28 Aikman 27 Namath 27 V. Young 26 Rivers 25 (sat out first two seasons) Cutler 24 Vick 23 Dilfer 23 Brees 21 Griese 20 Montana 18 *With two games left to play
  6. Can Falcons Win in January?: http://www.nfl.com/videos/atlanta-falcons/09000d5d82519047/Can-the-Falcons-win-in-January Matt Ryan 1-on-1 with Deion Sanders: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/09000d5d82517a1f/Ryan-ready-to-get-the-Falcons-back-off-the-ground Can Falcons make a run?: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-thursday-night-football/09000d5d825155c9/Falcons-can-fly-but-can-they-run
  7. Disclaimer: I like Matt Ryan. Career splits, QB Rating: Home: 96.1 Road: 80.5 My simple, honest question: does this concern you?
  8. I'm a Ryan supporter. Just want to let that be known. I think he is the guy for the job and it would be a mistake not to stick with him... When he's on he's a top 10 QB in my opinion. Coincidentally when he's on it's usually when he's calling his own plays at the line of scrimmage not being restrained by MM's predictable and inefficient play calling. But lets just say for all you Ryan haters.... When do the Falcons pull the plug on Ryan. I mean his rookie contract has to be up next year right? To my knowledge he hasn't signed an extension. So lets say they choose to let him play out his contract next year and they're getting the same results. Good enough to keep the team competitive but not quite the guy. This would mean he plays through the 2012 season. Taking us to the 2013 NFL draft... Where as of know the Falcons have a 1st round pick. Do they pull the plug on the guy they've tried to force feed the fan base as being the face of the franchise??? Lets look into the crystal ball here and see what QBs are potentially available in the 2013 draft... Assuming RG3, Luck, Barkley, and Jones come out for the 2012 draft. As of know that puts guys Tyler Bray of Tennessee, Tyler Wilson of Arkansas, and Aaron Murray of UGA as the projected 1st round QBs.... Do you honestly think any of them can come in and do a better job than Ryan??? I know all you UGA homers are gonna be all over Murray in a year anyway so why not get the debate going a little early, since the Ryan hate seems to be at an all time high,
  9. As you've guys have heard me whine and carry on before about Mike Mularkey, it seems his time is all but done in Atlanta, against the Titans the Falcons went no huddle on offense until they reached the redzone. We came away with 2 touchdowns on 5 redzone attempts. This was where Mike Mularkey was calling plays, and it looks like after this week he may completely lose his play calling abilities. The difference between Matt Ryan playcalling and Mike Mularkey playcalling in terms of offensive production is astronomical, since going to the no huddle at the end of the New Orleans game last week, Matt Ryan has started spreading the ball out a whole lot more. Rarely used WR Harry Douglas has caught 13 passes for 188 yards. That's more than half of his total receptions this year in two games. The O is also seeing a lot more spelling of Turner in passing situations, with Jason Snelling and JacQuizz Rodgers coming on. Eric Weems has also seen a bit of action outside of special teams the past two weeks, recording 6 catches the past two games after only have 1 prior to that. Even WR Kerry Meier made it onto the field for a couple of snaps during this weekends game against the Titans. Atlanta still retained it's run first identity however, allowing Turner to tote the rock for 21 times for a buck total. Atlanta also used their heavy package the least this season, it only made it on the field for 9 snaps against the Titans. Over the past two games where Matt Ryan has been granted more control over the playcalling and substituions on offense he has posted his first ever back to back 300 yard games, while as I said before keeping Turner still very much involved. It's almost unheard of for a QB this young to be given this much control over the offense, but Ryan has proved he can handle the load. During this two game stretch Julio Jones was only on the field for one total quarter. As Atlanta's offense continues to become more spread out, it looks like the offense is finally on the verge of bringing it all together. All of these under the command of a 26 year old quarterback. TL: DR Atlanta's offense has been much more opened and much more spread out while still retaining it's smash-mouth identity over the past two games. Mike Mularkey has basically lost all of his play calling and substituions duties to Matt Against the Titans, Mularkey only called the plays in the redzone, this is the one area where Atlanta struggled the most throughout the game.
  10. I remember reading many articles like this before the 2010 season, where Matt Ryan studied all the top QB's in the game, and said that he noticed alot of them would check down or take shorter routes if they were there. In effect, making more high percentage throws to help open up the deeper stuff. In 2010, this worked well for us. We would work the underneath routes, open up the deep shot once maybe twice a game. I think back to the Cincy game last year, 3rd and 1, Ryan audibled to a PA deep route to Roddy, who started split out wide to the right of the formation, beat the corner and blew past the safety to the far left endzone where he made a diving catch after sprinting across the field. I believe he was the ONLY receiver out in a route at the time, which sold the playfake. Point being, we need to get back to this, and I think we're heading there. OL is blocking better, and now we need all the receivers to MAKE THE CATCH on the shorter-intermediate routes, force the safeties to commit up, then later in the game send Roddy or HD (or Julio if he's ever healthy) deep and hit that homerun. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/matt_ryan/07/11/mmqb.matt.ryan/index.html Thoughts?
  11. IS it just me or has Matt Ryan this year been the opposite of what everyone was abusing LeBron for in the playoffs... Matt seems to play badly for the first 3 qtrs then in the 4th turns it on... I agree with what the commentator said when we went into OT, which was basically that we should stay in our 2 minute offense considering that was the only time we looked dangerous in the game. It could all be the work of Turner making the defense tired so Matt can thrive in the 4th.
  12. http://www.cbssports...Atlanta_Falcons I'm sure this thread will be hijacked, but it's nice to see the media noticing Matt's toughness if a few of the douchenozzles here can't.
  13. But Matt Ryan is putting a little too much air under his deep balls. Take a little off there, gunslinger!
  14. I wrote an article last year at about this same time suggesting that Ryan was not an elite quarterback, rather that he was a good quarterback that we could win a Superbowl with if we had a good team around him. He's not a guy that makes everyone around him better necessarily. After watching Ryan for the first five games of this season, I'm still not convinced that he's ever going to be an elite quarterback. So here is my post that I put up earlier today explaining why I think that way. http://tommeltonscouting.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/matt-ryan-is-he-overrated/ Looking forward to seeing what some of you think about this.
  15. He simply can not get it done. I don't know how he did it in the past, but the truth of the matter is he never did it when it matters, NEVER. He holds the ball way to long, he can't throw deep, and he also has no balls ( he could have gone head first for the first time on that one play yesterday when roddy white got the unsportmanship conduct), he simply needs to go. We need to trade him for a qb and pick up someone else. THIS IS OUR FAULT,,, we kept on giving ryan the benefit of the doubt (the oc, the offensive line) but in reality he just can not get it done. Our concerns in order: 1. Matt Ryan 2. BVG 3. MM 4. Our secondary 5. Offensive line
  16. One of the bigger mysteries surrounding the Falcons this week is what kind of approach Mike Mularkey will take with his offense. Will he try to grind the tempo of the game way down by running Michael Turner early and often in order to keep Aaron Rodgers and the explosive Green Bay offense off the field? Or will he utilize the hurry up like he did throughout the first half last week in Seattle, even though it may lead to a shootout with one of the most dangerous offenses in the league? If it were up to me, the choice would be easy: Put the ball in Matt Ryan’s hands and let the offense run through him. Turner was the backbone of the offense in 2008 and Falcon fans were grateful for him. He took a lot of pressure off Ryan’s shoulders and allowed Mularkey to pick his spots in the passing game. Without Turner, the Falcons don’t make the playoffs that year. That said, Turner’s game has been regressing for three seasons now. Even though he’s averaging 4.5 yards per carry this year, the majority of his 304 yards have come on two big runs. Even though his offensive line has struggled to open holes on a consistent basis, watch Turner closely and you’ll see a running back that has lost most of his burst. He’s certainly still an effective back but Mularkey is fooling himself if he believes Turner is a 25-plus carry workhorse like he was in ’08. That’s why this must be a transition year for the Falcons. They’re going to suffer through some bumps in the road, just like they did in the first four weeks. But now isn’t the time to revert back to their old ways. They must push forward with Ryan as the centerpiece. I really liked what Mularkey did in the first half last week, and not just because the Falcons were able to build a 24-7 lead. He was able to strike balance between the run and the pass while utilizing the hurry up, which clearly plays into Ryan’s strengths as a quarterback. Mularkey also got Jacquizz Rodgers involved early, which showed his willingness to use all of his weapons. But after the Falcons took a 27-7 lead in the third quarter, Mularkey reverted back into the same coordinator he’s been since 2007. Gone was the hurry up. Gone was Rodgers. Gone was the balance. On the Falcons’ second and third possessions of the second half, Mularkey ran Turner on first and second down. It wasn’t until the Seahawks cut the Falcons’ lead to 27-21 that Mularkey went back to the pass on early downs. But by that point everyone in the stadium knew the Falcons had to go back to throwing the ball, which made Mularkey’s playcalling awfully predictable. So what will the story be on Sunday night? Will Mularkey prove that he can grow as a coordinator or will he use the same conservative approach he’s had since arriving to Atlanta in ’07? The Packers don’t have many weaknesses but they’ve struggled in pass coverage this season and their pass rush hasn’t been as effective as it was last season. Thus, it’s not like Mularkey doesn’t have weaknesses that he can exploit this weekend. They’re out in the open – he just needs to figure out what kind of approach he wants to take. We as fans should probably forget about the “explosive offense” talk we heard this offseason. The Falcons simply aren’t built to be a pass-first team, mainly because of their offensive line. But that doesn’t mean Mularkey can’t transition from leaning heavily on Turner to putting the game on Ryan’s shoulders. There’s no reason to cut a still effective running back completely out of the game plan but at some point this has to be an offense that revolves around Ryan. At some point, Mularkey must put the offense in Ryan’s hands for four quarters and trust that he’s going to lead the Falcons to victory. He can start Sunday night against the Packers. http://www.falconsfo...st-the-packers/
  17. When the Falcons let Matt Ryan run the no-huddle offense, let him call and run his own plays, he's just a different quarterback. When they realize that they have to relinquish some or a lot of the playcalling duty from Mularkey and give it to Ryan, they will then become an elite offense. No one on this board or outside the Falcons headquarters knows more than the Falcons coaching staff, however we all have eyes, we know what we see, and if you just look at Matt Ryan's body language, the way he throws the ball, steps up in the pocket, when he's calling the plays in that no-huddle offense, it's the difference between night and day heaven and ****, versus when Mularkey is calling the game. Ryan just seems more confident, more in control, as if he knows that he has the other team on their heels, and he's the ultimate decider in the game. He throws the ball more decisively, with more zip, it's just a completely different human being on the field than when he's a general carrying out orders from his commander. Not to say that the Falcons' offense is not formidable when Mularkey is calling the game, because they are a good offense no matter who calls it. However, there is a plateau, a level of elite offense, that the Falcons begin to taste only when Matt Ryan runs the offense. The Falcons cannot be timid or scared to be great. They have to understand what they have in Matt Ryan, release the chains, and allow him to become the commander and general on the field. There will be bumps in the roads, but you don't back down or turn around, because only through Ryan can this offense truly be all that they can be. Even when Ryan calls a run, such as the huge 4th qtr. Turner run, they're timely. Ryan is a rhythmic passer, he needs to establish a rhythm to be effective, and only he can get himself into a rhythm, so let him call plays at the perfect time that he designates so he can take control of this offense and get this offense beating to the rhythm of his drum. When the Falcons stop using the no-huddle offense as a change of pace technique, allow Matt to call the majority if not the entire game, relinquish power from the Falcons offensive coaches and unleash Matt Ryan, then and only then will the Falcons get it. Maybe one day they will, let's hope it's soon.
  18. COuld someone please get me the clip of Cullen Jenkins launching into matt ryan and asomugha launching into roddy?
  19. This year it's become increasingly clear that we're in danger of being left behind a large portion of the league in terms of offensive production and scheme. A vocal majority of the board has been very clear about their distaste for Mike Mularkey's offense, however most of those comments are of the "Open it up!!!" nature...criticism that doesn't accomplish anything in terms of actual solutions and, instead, sounds like bellyaching for bellyaching's sake. In reality, there are very clear problems with our offense that amount to more than "opening it up." Specifically, those problems relate to how our coaching staff is actually underutilizing the talent gap we have over most teams in the league. The first two weeks of the season have really hammered home what our problem is. We have failed to adapt to the "modern" NFL be adopting a more spread-esque offensive philosophy that would allow our considerable talent advantage to reap rewards. Instead of approaching offense similar to the way that the more explosive, less talented teams are approaching it, we've opted to continue to same old "grind it out" style that makes us easy to defend and, more destructively, easy to predict. Two teams in particular are laying the blue print for how our offense should look on a more consistent basis: the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills. In 4 combined games, the Pats and Bills have put up 152 point utilizing a variety of spread principles that have left their opponents incapable of slowing their offense. By utilizing 4 and 5 wide formations, these teams are spreading defenses thin and causing mismatches all over the field. Buffalo specifically, is doing this with a fraction of the talent we have on this team. They are the poster children for the new NFL....a pass happy, high yardage NFL seeking explosive passing plays and keeping defenses on their heels. Why aren't we adopting similar strategies? There is very little downside to doing more of this sort of thing. Instead of giving away crucial first downs with the exact same counter that we run on a majority of our first downs, we aren't we seeking to use slants and drags to pick up 3-5 yards at a clip? Why do we feel like Michael Turner's carries will magically become more efficient once he crosses the 18 carry threshold? I understand the value of wearing defenses down, but other running backs with similar or inferior skill sets are being used in a more efficient manner and keeping their legs fresh. These principles (spreading the field, not giving away downs, increased efficiency) were noticeably present in Matt's no huddle attack on Sunday. Obviously, this is our best shot at beating the better teams in the league and reaching the full potential this year has. Matt is a smart enough decision maker and capable enough QB to eliminate the "take what the defense gives us" approach and, instead, adopt an approach more conducive to dictating terms to the defense. Organisms that fail to adapt to changing environment die off, as their tired attributes render them unsuitable to continually compete with innovative entities. If we do not begin to adopt a more up tempo, spread out offensive strategy, we are going to be left in the dust by the Buffalos, the New Englands and the Detroits. The Packers, the Eagles and the Saints. We need to be aggressive, not passive. We need to adapt.
  20. Watching the film from the last game, it seems Matt's second option is to check down to the running back. Shouldn't Matt be checking down to the next reciever or tightend, and the running back last? On several plays Matt looked quickly down field and then right away threw it to the running back. Our offense should be more than look at the #1 reciever and if he's not open check down to running back. Am I seeing this right? Thoughts?
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