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  1. Good morning fellow Falcons, I just wanted to wish everyone a blessed and happy Easter! I hope you all are well, especially with all the things going on right now.. Whether you do or do not celebrate, may the Resurrection of the Lord give everyone faith through this crisis! Stay safe and healthy, and stay faithful. Whether you do believe or not, the idea that someone else is praying for you can be very consoling, especially when everything is going down the drain somehow. So I figured you could simply ask for a prayer here if you should feel the need. Or you know, even offer one! Everyone as he or she may feel like. I hope I got the place right. I simply thought that - during those days and especially today - some form of companionship cannot be a bad thing.. Wishing you all nothing but the best! God bless
  2. Hi #Falconsfam, I'd keep an eye on this guy TCU DT Ross Blacklock. Dude is rising. He was mocked 47 pick to our team. My first mock ever. I tweeted out 2 weeks ago on Twitter. And in my mind. Fits what the #Falcons need up front. I think he'd pair well with Grady Jarrett. And is becoming a viable legitimate option for #Falcons at 16. His stock and brand are picking up. http://www.nfl.com/m/share?p=%2Fvideos%2Fnfl-now%2F0ap3000001105458%2FRoss-Blacklock-describes-how-a-college-injury-made-him-a-better-athlete
  3. Checkout #P4PATL video by Toby D..On 4 things he feels new #Falcons Defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi need to do. To have success out of the front in 2020. Share if you agree or not worth discussing? It was on my mind. So I wanted to share my thoughts. Thank you!
  4. Checkout #P4PATL the latest video with me Toby D. addressing a poll I put out on twitter. "Have 2 7-9 Seasons Damaged The confidence Of The Fan Base In 2020". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke9NvR3yFlg
  5. This team is very frustrating. Very. From getting blown out and embarrassed week one to bouncing back in convincing fashion in week two to laying a complete egg in week three. When you can't even rely on some of your pillar players to play a clean 60 minutes of football, what do you do? Matt had a great game, but his INT led to another 10 point swing in a game we lost by 3. That is just plain old inexcusable and not something a HC can fix. Players constantly jumping offsides. Your stud DT not getting off the field resulting in a 12 man on the field penalty. Basic, elementary level stuff that millionaire players shouldn't be struggling with. Especially since they aren't rookies. Mistakes happen. But these mistakes are just careless. It shows the players aren't fully locked in and engaged. Julio was the only player who showed any degree of fire and frustration. This was a very big problem right now that can potentially tank this team and this season. The good news? It's only week three. As much as I was confident this team should have beaten the Colts, I knew this result was much more likely to happen than I cared to admit. This was the most Falcons thing to happen. They got comfortable. They relaxed. They didn't take the Colts serious. They saw the same talent gap we all saw. They thought just showing up would be good enough. But they forgot they still had a game to play. By the time they woke up, it was 20-3. You saw the talent gap in the second half, when they held the Colts to 7 points while scoring three straight TD drives. But the problem was the continued self inflicted mistakes that no coach should take the blame for. Jumping offsides is a player issue. Every single time. It extended several drives, which either resulted in points or restricted the offense's ability to exploit their advantage further. Until the players hold themselves and each other accountable, you can bring Bill Belichick in here and they'd still be trending for an 8-8 season. We are 1-2. Ugly loss to a solid Colts team that should not have happened. This was the worst defensive performance from this team: Even with Matt's INT, this offense wasn't stopped. Yet, just look at the EPA from the defense. It was worse than the Steelers game from last year. DQ didn't do his part. At all. Playing soft was stupid. Period. Why he didn't force Brissett into mistakes is a big question he needs to ask himself. But again, the players were still bad. I saw Debo jogging to cover a deep crosser behind him that was easy pitch and catch for the Colts because of his poor effort. How does your MLB play like that? Seriously. He's supposed to be the heart beat of the defense and if the other players see that, what do you think is going to happen? It's unacceptable but that's player accountability. DQ and Ulbrich can cuss him out all they want, but you never see Luke Kuechly doing that. He's got a standard for himself that he holds everybody else to. Until the players have that for themselves, you'll continue to get these ugly performances. Last point: Even though it-'s frustrating and grim, one thing DQ has proven is that he won't let this thing get out of hand. Yes, 2018 was ugly. They went on a skid. But they also bounced back. Ugly losses happen to every team. The Titans even beat the Patriots 34-10 last year. Think about that. The 9-7 Titans. The Patriots rolled into Nashville and thought the Titans would roll over and this happened in November. Well into the season. They also beat the Eagles last year too. The two SB participants the year prior came to Nashville and left with L's to an inferior team. A team that didn't even make the playoffs. It happens. The players still respond to DQ and he continues to coach and look at the issues head on. It remains to be seen how 2019 will pan out, but best believe, they lose to the Titans and a 1-3 record with this roster and DQ won't be seeing 2020. I know people are down on him. Rightfully so. But DQ has looked in the mirror more times than I think the players have. They need to decide what kind of team they want to be. At the end of the day, the talent on the field has to produce. What made the LOB so great was not Pete Carroll and Dan Quinn, but the players on the field that could take what their coaches were trying to do and bring it fully to life each and every snap. From Sherman's brash and arrogant nature, to Kam's ferocious physicality, to ET's cerebral and confident demeanor, those guys brought it every week and didn't let anybody, neither their opponent or their teammates, have a breather from the pressure of the LOB. Until this team, defense in particular, finds those fiery players, it won't matter. Head Coach: Mike Vrabel Offensive Style: Balanced, West Coast Offense Defensive Style: 3-4 defense 2018 Record: 9-7 Falcons All Time Record: 7-7 The Way I See It: Quite frankly, the Titans are a mediocre team. Which means jack shlt with this Falcons team, since they're just as mediocre right now. Throw the rosters out of the window. The Falcons haven't decided who they want to be. The Titans are relying on a very subpar QB, but the gap between Mariota and Ryan isn't as big as it should be given Matt hasn't been making good decisions on his own. I said this in the breakdown about the Colts game: It applies here. They didn't take the Colts seriously until it was too late. This Titans team is just as capable of leaving Atlanta with a 35-10 victory as they are getting blown out 35-10 on the road. Just like Atlanta. Mess around and you will be 1-3 and you are what your record says you are. How We Match Up: Again, we match up well. Since the Vikings game, we haven't had a match up problem. It's a want to problem. If they don't want to play on Sunday, then all bets are off. They'll let inferior players out play them in match ups they should own. If they play their game, the Falcons should win this one. Same thing I said last week. The Falcons play the first half of the Colts game like the second half, they win 42-14. The ability is there. The Titans aren't any less talented than the Colts. They have talent on offense in Henry, Lewis, Davis, Brown, Humphries, Walker, and Sharpe. Mariota is subpar, but the same was said about Brissett and the defense chose to let him look like Matt Ryan. On defense, the Titans have a good chunk of talent. Very well rounded but can be inconsistent and poorly coached. Sounds like a spitting image of the Falcons defense. I don't know who these match ups favor honestly, because both teams are wildly inconsistent. When the Falcons are on Offense: Matt Ryan. Man. 29/34, 85%, 304 yards. 3 TDs. 8.94 YPA. Matt Ryan should have been praised this week for having a phenomenal game, picking apart a defense I noted didn't match up with this offense at all in anyway. Especially without Leonard. They dominated the soft middle of the defense like I expected. But the one glaring thing is the interception. I know people are pointing to the defense and saying "So Matt has to play perfect for us to win?!". I get all of that, and I'll get to the defense very shortly. But Matt is continuing to make grave mistakes in scoring positions. That pass to Stocker is completely indefensible. Not only was it to a limited TE in double coverage, but it was ridiculously high and just a poor decision to any weapon not named Julio. If that throw was to Julio, I'd grumble and move on. But forcing that pass to a blocking TE in scoring position is just not one I'm going to let slide. He throws that ball in the dirt and the Falcons might have won this game. Same with the Eagles game. And even the same with the Vikings game. He's throw three straight INTs in scoring positions. Two inside the ten yard line. That's up to 21 points right there. He needs to stop. The second half though, he was electric, leading the offense to three straight TD drives and several third and long conversions that shouldn't have happened. That's the Matt we've been waiting on. It's as simple as that. Matt shows up and balls out, the Falcons most times will win. This Titans defense is tough and not going to give up things like the Colts defense. But they are also prone to some clueless plays that make no sense. If we get second half Matt, they win. The running game showed some signs of life, but had to get shut down due to the situation. Freeman was at 5.5 YPC. It was consistently churning out 3-5 runs. You saw it on that 15 min drive in the third quarter. That's what wins games. They'll need that again Sunday. When the Falcons are on Defense: I really hate these guys man. Something I've said multiple times now, they are too busy listening to the noise on how good they should be and were after the Philly game. Are they talented? Yes. Should they believe it? Yes. Should they play like it? Yes. Do they? No. When you have players who can actually be flat in September, only two games into the season, you may have a problem. The coaches shouldn't have to get them up. Like Rico said, it's the players. The other problem is this whole "We play better when we're under dogs..." Who is calling you the underdog? The media. So you're telling me the media can influence your week to week performance? Again, that's the players. That's pathetic. And until the players choose to change, it won't matter who the coach is. They are focused on being praised instead of kicking a**. They are missing a lead dog. Alpha male won't let a Jacoby Brissett just march down the field repeatedly on them without getting pissed about it. Who would be in his teammates faces pissed that they keep jumping offsides. There is no killer instinct on this side of the ball. That doesn't come from coaches, no matter how many times fans try to make that case. If it did, they'd have it in spades with the DC from the LOB. Mike Smith coached a very physical and at times dominating Jags defense, but that mentality didn't come here because he couldn't bring Donovin Darius, Mike Peterson, Rasean Mathis, Marcus Stroud and John Henderson with him. Those guys were hard hitting, nasty men who didn't just role over because the media said they were good. Yet, Smitty couldn't react it here because he never had those types of guys on his roster. When your best player gets called for an offsides and 12th man on the field penalty, that's want to. Does this defense want to? I guess they may since people are talking so bad about them now. Maybe they'll want to make a point that they can play fast and physical every week, not just the prime time games. I don't know. This one honestly doesn't come down to the Titans offense. It comes down to the Falcons defense. You saw in the second half, Brissett turned back into a pumpkin because the defense chose to play better. But even when it was time to make a play, they chose to step on their dlcks with a penalty instead of a play. Yes, DQ is bringing in a full referee crew this week for practice, but jumping offsides isn't because of the refs being ticky tack. It's because the players are lackadaisical. They can get 5 sacks and multiple three and outs, or they can struggle to get off the field. Neither would surprise me. Vegas Line: Vegas has the Falcons as a 4.5 point home favorite, with the o/u set at 46.5. Take it for what you will. Prediction: Oh well. The Falcons chose to show they don't know how to take every week seriously. We can get a very good game that convinces us to be fans again. Or we can get a stinker that convinces more people on the "Fire DQ" bandwagon. That's where we are three weeks into this thing. As an eternal optimist, I'm also very rational and don't blame people for it at this point. They haven't earned any goodwill. All of it is gone. Each week for the next few weeks is going to be a wait and see approach. I thought we'd know who this team was after the Eagles game. But it's clear, this team doesn't even know who they want to be yet themselves. We'll keep waiting, but at this point, nothing will surprise us on Sunday.
  6. That's how you bounce back! I knew all week this group was too talented to not bounce back. That was the team we expected to see to start the season. The Dome was rocking and the players made it worth it. The defense made a big statement Sunday night, shutting down the Eagles running game and knocking Wentz around to the point Josh McCown had to actually come in the game. When's the last time you could say that about a Falcons pass rush? The run defense was legit, with Davison and Bailey showing exactly why they were brought here to run with Grady. Folks thought that Eagles OL was going to bully us, but forgot to look at who the Falcons were bringing to the game as well. Same with our OL. They showed up big. Schwartz had to send his kitchen sink and his mom's to get pressure on Matt. Think about that. With Lindstrom out and McGary going down, they still needed to blitz. He got some wins, but in the grand scheme of things, all that blitzing only netted 1 sack and 6 hits. That's a win for the OL. Hat off to Jamon Brown as well. The Big Fella showed what 340lbs of mass on the OL can do for you. Cox was neutralized repeatedly and even dumped on his back for a pancake. You never saw that with Cox against this OL before. This was just a physical, sixty minute fight, and the Falcons were the ones bringing it this time. DQ also showed he's not some push over coach like some fans think. He was pissed and got that team right in a week's time. Give him his credit. We are 1-1 and I love it. Getting one win out of two versus Minnesota and Philadelphia is big. This may be a tie breaker for playoff implications, but for now, it's just a big win, at home, on primetime TV to avoid an 0-2 hole in a wide open NFC South race! On to Indianapolis: (Disclaimer: This is the Baltimore Colts logo, but I like it more than the plain horseshoe.) Head Coach: Frank Reich Offensive Style: Classic West Coast Style Defensive Style: 4-3 defense (Cover 2/3) 2018 Record: 10-6 Falcons All Time Record: 2-14 (!) The Way I See It: The Colts are a solid team. Losing Luck does not help their cause. At all. Brissett is fine, but he's not Luck. No matter what anybody tries to say or convince you otherwise, one is a four time Pro Bowler and the other was a career back up that was thrust into action when Luck was hurt in 2017. That's a massive difference. They've suffered some other injuries/losses, so it makes it a little tough to figure them out. There will be no Jabaal Sheard, no Devin Funchess, and potentially no Pierre Desir, Darius Leonard, or Kemoko Turay. Those last three guys are major parts of the Colts defense, with Leonard being the biggest potential loss. This is an opportunity to show the Falcons are a class above the Colts in their current form. Don't hang around with lesser teams or take them lightly. We saw this group get ran out of Cleveland last year because "it was the Browns". Show you take every game seriously and start re-staking your claim in the top tier of the NFL. How We Match Up: With or without the injuries, I liked this match up coming into the year. No, the Falcons don't have a great record against the Colts. But that doesn't matter to me. It's 2019 and right now, I think the 2019 Falcons have more talent than the 2019 Colts. Especially without Luck and the current slate of injuries. Brissett is a career check down QB. He's not going to throw it deep. That means team speed, tackling, and discipline is how you stop this offense. DQ is going to make his money again. Their defense was a very conservative bunch last year. A ton of soft zones to keep things in front of them. They ran zone the most in the league last year. They are trying to run more man this year so they don't just get picked apart. They improved their CB talent on the outside, but I don't think it matches up yet. To get 10 wins on the season, you are required to win on the road. This match up should favor the Falcons doing that. When the Falcons are on Offense: Welp. Matt just had back to back games with multiple INTs for the first time since 2017. That's also his worst week two game under DQ in terms of rating. But he did what he needed to do to win that game. That's all that matters. We know he's not going to keep throwing multiple INTs. We also know he won't keep missing open TDs like he has three times in two games now. We saw first hand why Koetter is one of the best OCs in the league. He was attacking all night, but was also baiting Schwartz into making a fatal mistake and timed it perfectly. That's NFL level coaching. He got the offense on track and kept it wide open for Matt to work through it. I know there are complaints about the lack of running, but when you have a QB like Matt, you give him the latitude to exploit the defense how he sees fit. Matt was 6-6 on RPOs, called runs that Matt saw the pass being the better option and he was right. This game, I expect to see the running game get going. No Leonard is going to hurt if he can't go. He's their Debo and we saw just how different our defense was with and without a star LB roaming the middle. If the OL continues to gel and find their groove, they can handle this front. It's not of the caliber of the Eagles. The Chargers ran for 6.0 YPC and the Titans ran for 5.4 behind Henry. There should be a steady dose of rushing attack this week to show Freeman still has it and Ito is a good complement. Beyond that, we continue to see nobody can guard Julio. They had trouble with Keenan Allen. The Falcons offense is trotting out Julio, Ridley, Sanu, Hooper, Freeman on any given play. I just don't think the Colts are equipped for that fight. Especially not banged up. Not if Matt plays clean football for the first time this season. When the Falcons are on Defense: Get to Brissett. He's a very safe and conservative thrower. He's averaged 6.6 YPA for his short career. In 2017, Football Outsiders rated him the #1 deep ball thrower, classifying deep balls as anything beyond 15 yards. When you dig in, you see he only threw 60 of such passers, completing only 22 of such passes. He threw deep 8.7% of the time in 2017. It's not his game. In any way. Yes, he's "accurate" but he's not threatening. There is a difference. Long pass in two games is 25 yards. He's averaging under 4 air yards per pass. He's not a mobile neither like Wentz. So if they can collapse the pockets some, he'll get rid of it. The offense is based around safe, high completion throws to get the ball out of his hands fast and into the playmakers hands. The problem is they don't have many playmakers that teams are scared of. Hilton is a dog. But beyond that... Ebron's had a resurgence. Their strength is their OL. Nelson is going to body somebody. We know that. But Grady should be able to dominate Glowinski like he's done everybody else so far. The Colts are going to have to lean on their running game, which we are equipped to defend now. They've run the ball more than they've thrown it. That's what they'll look to do here. They've broken some big ones, so they Falcons will have to be disciplined. This will be a game to see not only if Davison, Grady, and Bailey can remain consistent in shutting down running games, but Vic, Takk, and Clayborn are consistent in their run fits. They do that and put this game in Brissett's hands, it should be fun to watch their defensive performance. I'm confident in this group after Sunday. Vegas Line: Vegas has the Colts as a 2.5 point home favorite, with the o/u set at 47. Take it for what you will. Prediction: I said last week this Falcons team had to show me who they were Sunday night and I'd believe it. Well, they showed their muscles, hitting hard, flying around, and making a clear statement that they aren't to be trifled with. Now, Matt Ryan is the last piece holding this offense back from glory. If him and the running game get back on track this week like I expect, I think they win handily. They should have hung 30+ on the Eagles. They Colts only gave up 30 points twice last year, so I don't see that happening Sunday. But if this defense steps up again, they should hold this offense under 20 points. If they allow over 200 yards passing, I'll be disappointed. This is a game set up for them to show off their team speed on defense, consistently clamping down on short passes and making the Colts frustrated. Play disciplined and physical in the run game and hold this Colts team for ransom. Also, it'll be my birthday on Sunday so they better bring home a W! RISE UP!!
  7. RISEEEEEEE UP FALCONS FANS!!!! We are now approaching our first game in just a couple of short weeks and I could not be more excited! We are in need of 50+ reliable, friendly,upbeat volunteers to assist working the stands during the Falcons home games throughout the season. As a volunteer you will receive FREE Entry into all games that you work, 1 FREE meal and get released around the beginning to mid of 3rd quarter of EVERY game. All volunteers must be 18+ and have a valid state ID. If you are a falcons fan, a college student that needs volunteer hours, just someone looking for something to do or know anyone that fits those descriptions... CONTACT ME! Please email me at glvolunteersquad@gmail.com if interested. LET'S GET READY FOR A KICKASS SEASON!
  8. Well after the accent thread I made earlier sputtered out, I'd like to make a new thread that encourages only liberals and leftists to post here. In accordance with the COC to promote the germination of this thread, any posts from non-Liberals should be entirely ignored and left unaddressed. There will be no active campaigns to discourage non-Liberals from posting but rather a complete apathy and avoidance of any posts that right wing trolls or right wing moderates post.* Since this fully respects the COC I hope it can bring new life into our relevant discussions. If any participators have suggestions to improve the civility in the thread please do so, with the aim of making this the most civilized thread ever. Game On *there is no enforcement mechanism for this policy and this policy is entirely self-policing.
  9. 2017 Super Bowl: Falcons hit big on draft picks to construct a winner quickly By Rob Rang The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com 7h ago • 4 min read http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2017-super-bowl-falcons-hit-big-on-draft-picks-to-construct-a-winner-quickly/ How the Atlanta Falcons catapulted from a .500 non-playoff club to NFC South champions and a berth in Super Bowl LI is really quite simple: They've hit it big with first-round picks. Since taking over as general manager in 2008, Thomas Dimitroff has drafted franchise cornerstones in quarterback Matt Ryan (2008), wide receiver Julio Jones (2011) and edge rusher Vic Beasley (2015). While other recent first-round picks like left tackle Jake Matthews(2014) and free safety Keanu Neal (2016) were not among the six Falcons named to this season's Pro Bowl, their stellar play so early in their careers suggests it won't be long before they too are recognized among the best at their positions. Quarterback, wide receiver, left tackle, edge rusher and safety -- a checklist of the most important positions in today's NFL. Quarterback is the most important position in all of sports and Ryan, the Pro Football Writers Association MVP, certainly deserves all of the credit he has received. in the regular season, Ryan threw for a franchise-record 4,944 yards with 38 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His career-high 69.9 percent completion rate is all the more impressive given that he averaged a league-high 9.26 yards per attempt. Perhaps the greatest argument against Ryan's candidacy for MVP is the wonderfully gifted Jones, who many scouts believe is the best receiver in the NFL, if not the best overall player. Beasley, who led the NFL in sacks with 15.5 (after recording just four as a rookie) would be a candidate for Breakout Player of the Year if such an award existed. The combination of Ryan, Jones and Beasley is as dynamic as any trio in the league but exceptional individual talent does not necessarily equate to victories. Historically speaking, toughness has proven every bit as critical to success in the often cold, always hard-hitting games of the playoff chase. Atlanta had developed an unflattering reputation throughout the league as lacking grit, at least since the "Dirty Birds" squad that took the team to its first Super Bowl in 1998. That is why the addition of intense, defensive-minded coach Dan Quinn, as well as highly physical free agents Alex Mack (center) and Mohamed Sanu (wide receiver) have also proven to be perfect fits. Mack, a first-round pick by Cleveland in 2009, was voted to his second straight Pro Bowl (and fourth overall). He has been the center of Atlanta's success on offense, the only one in the NFL to finish among the top five in passing (second, averaging 295.3) and rushing (fifth, averaging 120.5) yards. Sanu has not received as much fanfare, but the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder quietly posted a career-high 59 catches this season, serving as an ideal complement to the flashy Jones, just as he did to A.J. Green in Cincinnati. The Falcons found success in the middle rounds with RBs Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman. USATSI With Ryan and his receivers starring on the outside, the Falcons' two-headed monster of middle-round running backs Devonta Freeman(fourth round, 2014) and Tevin Coleman (third round, 2015) have been able to feast on the empty boxes, combining for 1,599 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns, as well as 85 receptions for 883 yards and five scores via the air. Proponents of the idea that teams need not invest early picks (or big contracts) in running backs can point to the success Atlanta has enjoyed. Of course, Atlanta's offense has been stellar for the past several years. The key difference in this Atlanta squad is the intensity, speed and explosive hitting on defense -- which mirrors in many ways what Quinn helped build while serving as the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks. Though each player obviously comes with his own unique strengths and weaknesses, it was almost as if Quinn carried a Seahawks blueprint on how to build a defense when joining the Falcons. A closer look at how Atlanta's defense was built shows that maybe, in fact, he did, finding difference-makers with similar styles at nearly the same points in the draft. Consider that the first pick of the Dimitroff-Quinn era in Atlanta landed Beasley, who at 6-3 and 246 pounds is just five pounds lighter than edge rusher Bruce Irvin, who often played a similar role on the edge for Quinn as Seattle's first-round pick in 2012. Taking Neal in the first round a year later mirrored Seattle's strategy (and success) with Earl Thomas, the 14th overall pick in 2010. Adding an instinctive middle linebacker in the second round in Deion Jones and a raw but athletic outside linebacker in De'Vondre Campbell in the fourth is reminiscent of Seattle's selections of Bobby Wagner (second round, 2012) and K.J. Wright (fourth round, 2011). Projecting Jones and Campbell to enjoy the same success as Wagner (an All-Pro in 2016) and Wright (a Pro Bowl alternate) is admittedly premature, but Atlanta's youngsters offer similar frames and playing styles as Seattle's standout linebackers. No one should confuse Seattle's hard-hitting 6-3, 225-pound strong safety Kam Chancellor with Atlanta's 6-foot, 305-pound defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, but both former ACC stars have since outplayed their fifth-round selections after falling down the board due to questions as to their fit in a "modern" NFL defense. These birds, it seems, do flock together. Beasley's gaudy sack totals and the speed of Atlanta's young defenders have earned each plenty of hype. Defensive linemen Tyson Jackson (the No. 3 overall pick by Kansas City in 2009) and Jonathan Babineaux also deserve attention. Babineaux is the longest-tenured Falcon as a second-round pick in 2005. Veteran rushers Dwight Freeney (three), Brooks Reed (two) and Courtney Upshaw (one) have "only" contributed a combined six sacks on the season but could prove important against Tom Brady and the Patriots' quick-hitting passing attack. Unlike with the Seahawks, Quinn inherited a strong group of cover corners in former first-round pick Desmond Trufant and second-rounder Robert Alford. Flashy second-year pro Jalen Collins (second round, 2015) has lived up to his selection and possesses similar size (6-1, 203) as what Quinn and Seattle head coach Pete Carroll preached in Seattle. Alford (5-10, 186), Collins and rookie undrafted free agent Brian Poole (5-9, 213) have played well since Trufant went down with a pectoral injury in November. They and starting strong safety Robert Allen (a 5-9, 186-pounder selected in the fifth round in 2014), however, certainly are a major contrast to the Legion of Boom. That said, given the reliance in New England on the quickness of its primary pass-catchers now with Rob Gronkowski sidelined, Atlanta's secondary might match up better, proving even more the brilliance behind the roster management of Dimitroff, Quinn and the rest of the Falcons' staff.
  10. This mf dissing our slogan...says winners dont need slogans. Well wtf do you call ROLL TIDE. or GO PACK GO. I can't wait till we shut his punk a55 up. Hopefully we will have more haters on Feb 6.....if you ain't got no haters you ain't balling. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=/amp/www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/colin-cowherd-roasts-the-atlanta-falcons-over-rise-up-slogan-013017%3Famp%3Dtrue&ved=0ahUKEwjfr7GDlOvRAhWILyYKHRwqAqkQqUMIMzAF&usg=AFQjCNHTK-ibX7brtMSVtWeZlX2PPUjZMA
  11. Shhhh..... The media noise The talk from the other side The talk from the brand-new "fans" The back and forth from the ATLiens Let us ALL: 1) Take a breath 2) Quiet our heads 3) FOCUS 4) SMILE....we're baaaaaaaaack! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMAntzckPjI
  12. The 15 Most Spoken Languages 1. Mandarin Chinese Native speakers (2010): 955 million Non-Native speakers: 194 million Widely spoken in: China, Taiwan, and Singapore 升起 2. English Native speakers (2010): 360 million Non-native speakers: 603 million Widely spoken in: the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), Republic of Ireland, Africa (as a lingua franca, official or educational language in 20 countries), the Americas and the Caribbean (Canada and the United States as well as in 15 Caribbean countries), Asia (India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore and Sri Lanka), Australia and the Pacific Islands (Australia, New Zealand and over 15 pacific islands) RISE UP 3. Spanish Native speakers (2015): 427 million Non-native speakers: 91 million Widely spoken in: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and widely spoken in over 20 more countries Crecer 4. Hindi Native speakers (2010): 310 million Non-native speakers: 120 million Widely spoken in: India, Nepal, Fiji, and Pakistan उतराना 5. Arabic Native speakers (2010): 295 million Non-native speakers (estimated): 127 million Widely spoken in: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Palestine and Western Sahara يرتفع 6. Malay/Indonesian Standard Malay native speakers (2007): 77 million Indonesian native speakers: 170 million Widely spoken in: Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore Bangun 7. French Native speakers (2007): 80 million Non-native speakers (2010): 153 million Widely spoken in: Europe (France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaca, Switzerland), Africa (spoken in over 26 countries, including Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco), the Americas and the Caribbean (Canada, Haiti, French Guiana, Martinique, and Guadeloupe), and in three Pacific Islands Se soulever 8. Bengali Native speakers (2010): 205 million Non-native speakers: 19 million Widely spoken in: India and Bangladesh জেগে উঠো 9. Portuguese Native speakers (2010): 215 million Non-native speakers (2012): 6.3 million Widely spoken in: Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Angola, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé Erguer-se 10. Russian Native speakers (2010): 171 million Non-native speakers: 30 million Widely spoken in: Russia and countries that occupy the former Soviet Union (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Byelorussia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine) Подниматься 11. German Native speakers (2010): 89 million Non-native speakers:52 million Widely spoken in: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg Aufgehen 12. Japanese Native speakers (2010): 127 million Non-native speakers (estimated):12,000 Widely spoken in: Japan 立ち上がる 13. Lahnda/Punjabi Native speakers (2015): 102 million Widely spoken in: Pakistan and India ਵਧੋ; ਖੜ੍ੇ ਹੋਵੋ 14. Javanese Native speakers: 84 million Widely spoken in: Indonesia and Suriname Munggah 15. Telugu Native speakers: 74 million Non-native speakers:5 million Widely spoken in: India లెగువు 15. Korean Native speakers: 77 million Widely used in: The Korean Peninsula 일어 나라 일어 나라 ......so now the WORLD knows.........
  13. This has been a magical and memorable season....we still have one more to go..I'm drunk...and I'm going to savor the moment. ..2 weeks from now...let's put a stamp on this thang and bring that trophy home...it's been a long time coming. ..
  14. Not sure how many of you saw this little gem during the broadcast.
  15. NFCCG ROSTER COMPARISONS OFFENSE QB Matt Ryan VS QB Aaron Rodgers TIE RB1 Devonta Freeman VS RB1 TY Montgomery ADV ATL RB2 Tevin Coleman VS RB2 Christine Michael ADV ATL FB Patrick DiMarco VS FB Aaron Ripkowski ADV ATL WR1 Julio Jones VS WR Jordy Nelson ADV ATL WR2 Mohamed Sanu VS WR Randall Cobb ADV GB WR3 Taylor Gabriel VS WR3 Davante Adams ADV GB WR4 Justin Hardy VS WR4 Geronimo Allison ADV ATL WR5 Aldrick Robinson VS WR5 Jeff Janis ADV ATL TE1 Austin Hooper VS TE1 Jared Cook ADV GB TE2 Levine Toilolo VS TE2 Richard Rogers ADV GB LT Jake Matthews VS LT David Bakhtiari ADV GB LG Andy Levitre VS LG Lane Taylor ADV ATL C Alex Mack VS Corey Linsley ADV ATL RG Chris Chester VS RG TJ Lang ADV GB RT Ryan Schraeder VS RT Bryan Bulaga TIE DEFENSE DL1 Grady Jarrett VS DL1 Mike Daniels ADV GB DL2 Jonathan Babineaux VS DL2 Letroy Guion TIE DL3 Ra'Shede Hageman VS DL3 Kenny Clark TIE DL4 Tyson Jackson VS DL4 Dean Lowry ADV ATL PR1 Vic Beasley VS PR1 Clay Matthews ADV ATL PR2 Brooks Reed VS PR2 Nick Perry ADV GB PR3 Dwight Freeney VS PR3 Julius Peppers ADV GB PR4 Courtney Upshaw VS PR4 Datone Jones ADV GB LB1 Deion Jones VS LB1 Jake Ryan ADV ATL LB2 De'Vondre Campbell VS LB2 Blake Martinez ADV GB LB3 Paul Worrilow VS Joe Thomas ADV ATL CB1 Robert Alford VS CB1 Damarious Randall ADV ATL CB2 Jalen Collins VS CB2 LaDarius Gunter ADV ATL CB3 Brian Poole VS CB3 Micah Hyde TIE CB4 CJ Goodwin VS CB4 Quinten Rollins ADV GB FS Ricardo Allen VS FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix ADV GB SS Keanu Neal VS SS Morgan Burnett TIE SPECIAL TEAMS K Matt Bryant VS K Mason Crosby ADV ATL P Matt Bosher VS P Jacob Schum ADV ATL KRs Eric Weems, Justin Hardy VS KRs TY Montgomery, Jeff Janis, Christine Michael ADV GB PRs Eric Weems, Justin Hardy VS PRs Randall Cobb, Micah Hyde ADV GB LS Josh Harris VS LS Brett Goode ADV ATL TEAM STAFF Owner Arthur Blank VS Owners Green Bay Packers Assoc. (Shareholders) TIE GM Thomas Dimitroff VS GM Ted Thompson ADV GB HC Dan Quinn VS HC Mike McCarthy TIE OC Kyle Shanahan VS OCs Edgar Bennett, Tom Clements ADV ATL DC Richard Smith VS DC Dom Capers TIE STC Keith Armstrong VS STC Ron Zook ADV ATL ONGOING OFFENSIVE INJURY REPORTS THAT COULD CHANGE ABOVE COMPARISONS ATL: Julio Jones Probable, Toe Taylor Gabriel Probable, Foot Jonathon Babineaux Probable, Shoulder GB: Davante Adams Probable, Ankle Geronimo Allison Probable, Hamstring Morgan Burnett Questionable, Quad TJ Lang Probable, Foot Jordy Nelson Questionable, Ribs Quinten Rollins Questionable, Neck/Concussed CONCLUSION Our QB must keep up the MVP play. Our RBs must keep up the fantastic play, through the ground and air. Our FB must remain excellent finding his blocks. Our WRs must make the big catches when opportunities come, and run well after the catch. Our TEs must continue to improve, making plays as our offense's least worried about threats. Our LT must hold off Clay Matthews. Our LG must continue his strong play, paving holes for the run game. Our C needs to continue his Pro Bowl play, in runs and passes. Our RG needs to turn back the clock for another game, and open holes for our runners. Our RT needs to continue his great play VS Nick Perry. Our DL must finds ways to collapse Rodger's pocket and clog running lanes against a top end offensive line. Our PRs must find creative ways to hit and pressure Aaron Rodgers, or it will be a long day. Our LBs must cover the dump off and underneath routes with speed and tenacity, and meet runners up the middle and seal the edge all game long. Our CBs must contain Packer WRs big plays and make tackles to stop receivers in their tracks. Our FS must be opportunistic about any turnover opportunities afforded and make the final line of defense tackle all game long. Our SS must set the tone for passes over the middle of the field and for runners who test him on the edge. They must feel his presence. Our K must continue to be the other Matty Ice. Our P must play a heck of a game, flipping the field on more than half of his attempts to keep the Packers in poor field position. Our KR and PR must find ways to affect the game on a couple of returns, allowing our explosive offense a shortened field. Our LS must long snap. Haha. Our Owner and GM must get out of the players and coaches ways, and enjoy a historic event. Our Coach must effectively time manage. Be bold, yet sensible. Know when to steady and when to incite his team in this battle. He must excel at halftime adjustments. Our DC, OC and ST need to effectively carry out the game plan, and trust the preparation and their players to come through. They must excel at halftime adjustments. GO FALCONS!
  16. We've had numerous discussions about the phrase since it's inception, the Snakes on a Plan guy commercials, Mike Smith and choirs... now Dan Quinn's org. I've been thinking more and more about the phrase, at first when it came out, cringing at its cheesiness, Lately redefining it and asking myself what it means and can mean. One certain thing... Rise Up has so much more meaning when you are ACTUALLY RISING, up from the 2013, 2014 seasons... up from whatever something small or big--rising is a direction of forwards, upwards and not downwards, not backwards and not reverse. We're now 1 win away from a place many of us believed we could reach, if only we left the failures of the past as just starting points and rose high enough, used the failures to measure the success we see today, and at this elevation we can be thankful for so much. I know Dan Quinn has brought a new culture to the ATL, brotherhood, fast and physical, competition, but the Falcons are still our Falcons... the Falcons that may as well be called Phoenix's by the MSM in just a few weeks... Now that we're here, or very close to it, what does Rise Up mean to you?
  17. Honestly, this might be the least upset I've ever been after a loss. Especially considering we got screwed. It's because I now know how good this team actually is. And it's really ******* good. To go on the road for 10 days, play in Denver, fly directly to Seattle afterward and stay there a week, play a **** good Seattle team coming off a bye week, go down early and fight back in the hardest stadium to win in in the league against the best defense in the league and only lose because of a no call and a self inflicted interception... I mean, I'm not sure we've ever seen a Falcons team THIS good. If we showed up a little earlier and decided to run on that first down instead of pass (benefit of hindsight, fine with the call), we walk out 5-1 with the hardest schedule in the league. It's okay to be upset at the garbage officials in this game, but let's not lose sight of the ultimate goal. This team has higher aspirations than a week 6 win in Seattle. This team is built for greatness. So instead of arguing with each other over what went wrong and placing blame, let's rally behind this team. The people that are able to go to the Dome this week, go in there and blow the ******* roof off and give our boys the homecoming they deserve! #RiseUp #Brotherhood #UnitedWeStand #DividedWeFall
  18. It's not the team, it's the curse of Atlanta.
  19. I have been a Falcons fan for some time now and I am not sure what is going on with our fans. We lost a game to an average team and so what. It is football and thats the best part of it because anyone can beat anyone. Instead of crying and whining, how about we make the dome LOUDER than it ever was. Win or Lose be loud on every down not only on 3rd down. Take a look at Seahawks fans and how loud they get. They are breaking records along with their team. I believe we can RISE UP and shut down Tom Brady. We the fans can be the 12th player on the field that causes chaos for Mr.Tom Brady. There is no need to look back and be negative. Lets go 13-0 and believe we can do it! Lets boost the confidence of our team by showing up early to the dome and start being loud from the second they get on the field. I AM READY for Gisele
  20. http://www.wofmts.com Coolest shirt I have seen in a while! I bought two this morning, jump on the wagon!!!
  21. Call it superstition, voodoo, black arts, Scientology or whatever. I am making the 75 mile trip to Exton, PA today to drink beers and worship on the same streets and fields on which Matt Ryan was raised. What should I offer up as a sacrifice to our quarterback god?
  22. Since you all seem to think Newton is going to have a better career than Manning just because he eclipsed his rookie record I want to see how much faith you have in Cam. I will place a sig of Cam doing the superman on my profile if he wins one game against the Falcons this season, but if he fails to do so and we sweep you then you have to put a positive picture of Matt Ryan in your signature. I'm waiting.... anyone? Conditions Matt Ryan and Cam Newton must start and finish both games. If one doesn't start or is injured and doens't finish the game then the bet is invalid. The losers signature has to be approved by other board members as a legitimate mark of shame. Lastly, don't take this shiz too seriously it's just a bet.
  23. I'm sick of seeing all of these post about Falcons Fans Suck, Falcons Fans leave early, Falcons Fans show up late, etc.... Yes I arrive late and yes I've left early and yes I complain about RYAN but Sugar Honey Ice Tea, I'm still a fan... If your a true fan and God has blessed you with your health and wealth, you should be making this trip to Carolina this weekend. I'm traveling with crew of DIE HARD fans to Carolina for the 8th straight year. Were going to eat and drink Falcons Football all weekend long. After we win, were going to celebrate like it's New Years Eve and if we happen to lose the game were going to complain and whine just like any other fan will do. So stop talking about the Falcons Fans suck.... Join us in Carolina for the game it's only a 3 hour drive.
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