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  1. Hello all you #TFF(True Falcons fans). This is going too be a great season, we will win games, and possibly in the playoffs. I'm guessing though, and now I'm huge fan. I just don't think they are ready yet, With all the young players. man I love to watch GJGrady Jarrett, he works so hard with not much help. Not a big fan of Donte Fowler. I hope he does alot better this year, but answer me this Falcons fans. Do you believe Fowler is already washed up, I mean in the Rams he had 11.5 sacks, I wonder was he just being lazy, or the coaches not utilizing in a place too thrive.our secondary is Really young, The best Group being the linebackers . Debo Who is great in coverage and stop the running game. Our offensive line, is going to be good, they have to protect Ryan, I mean the man was sacked 42 times last season. We have really good running back group, Davis is a bit slow but he is big so he can knock people down, also good hands. Now I think we got a hidden gem, with Javien Hawkins. This kid is not big, but so shifty picks the right hole and if that happens,with his speed, and his strength, I believe he depth chart will change. Now it's Mike Davis, Quadrea Ollison, Hawkins, then Cordell he is last on depth chart, but he can be used in pass game. As well as running back, definitely will be our kick returner. So I'm I'm going to say, they win 7. And again not bashing him but next season we will be set!! Also want to mention the best Falcon of all time Julio(jet)Jones. Atlanta Falcons fans should respect this man, after all he did for Falcons. He would just go out play hard, I never seen a man in NFL, who would go and tackle the guy who Matt over threw pass. I have also seen him play safety. Well . Comments are welcome. But no trash talk, and if you are need to be A #TFF(True Falcons fans). Can I get a #Risup
  2. So I was busy being ticked about Calvin being snubbed from the Pro Bowl and I thought, Why doesn't Calvin have a nickname yet? All the good players have them. The Refrigerator, Megatron, Jet Jones, Nuk, Matty Ice, etc. And that led me down a rabbit hole. Which other NFL players deserve a nickname?
  3. Hi all P4PATL is back with another show. Jimmy and Mike do a breakdown of Atlanta Falcons coaching staff. Gives us your take on this topic as well.
  4. Hi all, we've added to the Pound 4 Pound ATL family. 2 guys Jimmy and Mike W. with a passion for their Falcons. They have joined us from their show DownYounder sports. Checkout their show.
  5. Hi all, I know special teams is not the most sexiest phase of football. But I wanted to share a video I did. On why I believe it could be the glue to what Falcons need. To help propel them back into the playoffs in 2020. Feel free to share your thoughts.
  6. Hi all, we like for you to check out our latest video. We covered a wide range of topics. Would like to get your take on some or all of what was discussed. Thank you!
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. Hi #Falconsfam, checkout Pound 4 Pound ATL video. As J.R. Clark speaks on why #Falcons need to invest more in the secondary. To help the pass rush. If they can't bolster the d-line in 2020. Share your thoughts. #Riseup #InBrotherhood
  11. Us Falcon fans have dealt with 4 weeks of inconsistent football. We’ve dealt with an entire off-season of watching the front office scramble around to get deals done, locking in our most important players. We’ve dealt with days of players and coaches pointing fingers trying to figure out what’s going on. Now it is time for us to shut up and let this team, this organization answer the question of who the real Atlanta Falcons are, because from reading the boards everyday, I don’t think any one in this motherf***er knows. I don’t even mean that as a slight; We are genuinely confused as to who the Falcons are after an entire off-season of promise. Now, we know what some fans want to believe; This team from top to bottom, outside of Julio, Deion, and Jarrett is straight garbage. I’ve been defending this squad the entire season and my good friend (who happens to operations manager at my company and season ticket holder) basically said “Shut up, no more talking for them, they need to talk for us”. She is right. My optimism has been subsided for the rest of this season. Everyone in here knows that this team hasn’t played a complete game of football in 3 years. As fans? What the **** are we supposed to do with that? We have been waiting 3 lonnngg years to see this team perform with peak promise. It needs to... Wait, you know what? No...It BETTER happen this Sunday or this season will be pretty much over. I just purchase a Matt Ryan jersey not long ago and wore it to work every Friday, expect this past one. Falcons need to show me they’re worthy of support on THAT level. So, one more time, will the REAL Atlanta Falcons please stand up!?!?!
  12. Hi all, on Sunday it's going down. And with all the excitement about the big contract, Wr Julio Jones just received. I'm also excited about seeing also paid Falcons LB, Deion Jones. Hitting the field for the first time on Sunday vs Vikings. I did an audio-video on why I believe Deion Jones can have an even better year. Behind this defensive line. Then he did when Dontari Poe was here in 2017. If you have a chance to watch the video. That would be much appreciated. But I would like to know if you share the same sentiment about Deion Jone in 2019? Also, do you feel that Duke Riley can build off of what he showed in the 3rd preseason dress rehearsal game? #Riseup
  13. Hi all, J.R. Clark from Pound 4 Pound ATL. Shares his thoughts on the Atlanta Falcons offense. As he shares his thoughts. We look forward to hearing yours. #Riseup
  14. Checkout Pound4PoundATL's video on what we saw on the Atlanta Falcons Military Appreciation Day. From our live stream on our channel.
  15. 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.
  16. RED ALERT! RED ALERT! The nightmare Super Bowl match up in our building is one step closer! The Patriots and the Saints are ONE win away, but it's going to be up to the Chiefs and the Rams next week who are going to have rematches against these teams who beat them in the regular season. The Patriots have to go to Kansas City this time, but the Saints will still be in their voodoo house again vs the Rams. The legacy of Atlanta sports could be tarnished for eternity if the Chiefs and Rams don't pull these victories out.
  17. I find this interesting. I'm going to leave this here. Feel free to discuss your thoughts and I'll chime in later.
  18. Projecting what an NFL team is going to look like in two years is hard. Go back to Week 1 of the 2016 season and you'll see what I mean. Drew Brees was throwing to Brandin Cooks and Coby Fleener. The 49ers shut out the Rams and starting quarterback Case Keenum 28-0 in a game in which Blaine Gabbertstarted ahead of Colin Kaepernick. The starting running backs in the Dolphins-Seahawks game were Arian Foster and Christine Michael. Things change quickly. Recently, I was talking to Lindsay Jones of The Athletic on my podcast, and we started wondering what the 2020 Raiders' roster might look like as Jon Gruden & Co. make their move to Las Vegas. We didn't get very far, and that was before the Amari Cooper trade happened. I think it's an interesting exercise, though, so I've gone ahead and tried to project which players from each team's 2018 roster are likely to make it onto their roster come Week 1 of 2020. Those rosters will obviously include 2019 and 2020 draft picks, and there are young players who will emerge as meaningful contributors between now and then, so consider this an imperfect look into what each team's long-term core currently looks like, nearly halfway through the 2018 campaign. I've split each team into three groups. The virtual locks section is for players I think have at least a 90 percent shot of making the 2020 roster, given their contract situation and draft status. In most cases, I would expect 2017 and 2018 draft picks taken in the top three rounds to make it to 2020, which is reflected here. The on the bubble group is for the players I think have something closer to a 55 percent shot of appearing on the roster in 2020. They might be starring veterans who have onerous contracts in the future, young players who haven't found their role, or placeholders who are likely to be usurped by a draft pick or let go as part of a regime change. Finally, the unlikely notables section is for players who have no more than a 15 percent shot of making it to 2020 on the same team. This section is for mid-30s veterans who are likely to retire, young players who are riding pine, and regulars whose contracts will be even more difficult to swallow by the 2020 offseason. I've tried to limit this to more notable players, if only to avoid listing every practice-squad member or backup long-snapper and make this column five times as long. As always, I'm sure a player or two sneaked through the list, but this should be some comparative insight into what each NFL organization has built for the future. Some of the cores surprised me. Let's start with a team in the middle of a massive rebuild and go in alphabetical order: Atlanta Falcons Virtual locks: QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones, T Jake Matthews, DE Takkarist McKinley, S Keanu Neal, LB Deion Jones, CB Isaiah Oliver, DT Deadrin Senat, WR Calvin Ridley All the agents for Deion Jones and Neal have to do to point out their clients' value is show tape of the 2018 Falcons' defense after they went on injured reserve. Ridley has nearly as many touchdowns in a half-season (six) as the three top-10 wideouts of the 2017 class have over their first year and a half combined (seven). On the bubble: DE Vic Beasley, C Alex Mack, CB Robert Alford, T Ryan Schraeder, CB Desmond Trufant, S Ricardo Allen, RB Tevin Coleman, DT Grady Jarrett, LB De'Vondre Campbell, RB Ito Smith, CB Brian Poole, TE Austin Hooper, LB Duke Riley Atlanta's defensive collapse might call its cornerbacks into question, with Alford standing out as a frequently burned problem. The Falcons will have to work out new deals for Jarrett after 2018 and Beasley after 2019; given Beasley's lack of production since leading the league in sacks in 2016, the Falcons should lean toward renewing Jarrett and letting Beasley test the market. Unlikely notables: WR Mohamed Sanu, RB Devonta Freeman, G Andy Levitre, G Brandon Fusco, K Matt Bryant Freeman has missed time in both 2017 and 2018 since signing a five-year, $41.3 million extension before the 2017 campaign; the Falcons can get out of his deal with $6 million in dead money before 2020 and might be better off using the savings elsewhere. http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25133131/projecting-2020-roster-locks-bubble-players-all-32-nfl-teams#atl
  19. https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2018/10/2/17923576/dan-quinn-already-missed-his-chance-to-fix-the-atlanta-falcons-defense Remember last week? I sure do. It feels like only a few days ago. As per usual, the Atlanta Falcons were hit with another major injury to their defense after their defense had already hemorrhaged yards and points for four quarters and one awful overtime drive. We offered up some potential fixes for the team that would be just enough glue and tape to keep the defense together until Deion Jones returns. Those players included Eric Reid, John Simon, and Earl Thomas. Those players have been signed by the Carolina Panthers, broken their leg, and signed by the New England Patriots, respectively. It looks like Quinn missed his opportunity entirely to shore up the problematic secondary. There were options, but he was not interested in any starters. Well, lets see how that plan worked out. Kemal Ishmael only played on special teams. Jordan Richards only played 19 defensive snaps. Last Monday’s plan didn’t last six days. Instead, Brian Poole played a lot of safety, pushing the very raw Isaiah Oliver into action. None of that worked. Andy Dalton toss up 37 points. You don’t end up at 1-3 without some problems. Criticism will come naturally from that record. Unfortunately, Quinn painted himself into a corner. The easiest moves are gone. The Falcons were struggling with the loss of Adrian Clayborn and Dontari Poe, then they lost Keanu Neal, Deion Jones, and Ricardo Allen. That’s five starters from 2017, and the Falcons have signed Sharrod Neasman. Sorry, but that’s a bad move. This is reminiscent of watching the league’s worst defense in 2014. We heard each week the staff would look at personnel, scheme, and play calling, and we saw the exact same result every week. Sometimes teams need to be aggressive. Last week was Atlanta’s time to do that. The Falcons defense may improve, but it’s not going to bounce back to a strength with this personnel.
  20. I'm surprised no one has taken note of this. If we want to save our season against the Bengals this Sunday, we have to get over this ridiculous, aggravating, and frustrating stat that we couldn't overcome against the Bills and Dolphins last season. I understand that 2013 and 2014 were the ruff years with Matt Ryan when our O-line was bad and our defense was atrocious, but with the easy schedule we had in 2015 and the good teams we had in 2016 & 2017 considering the AFC teams we played at home, this has become unacceptable and I'm tired of it. Heck, we have a better point differential on the road against AFC opponents than being at home vs. AFC opponents since 2012, because even in 2012 our wins on the road in Kansas City and San Diego were blowouts but our home wins against the Broncos and Raiders were decided by 6 or less. 2015 vs. the Texans, the franchise whose home was the Super Bowl we ended up playing in the following year is our only AFC home win in that stretch. The Falcons must put to an end to this issue now! I'm sick and tired of losing to AFC teams on our HOME turf where the crowd should be showing up. We were doing this "winning the Super Bowl in Atlanta" talk all off season long (which seems unlikely now considering the injuries we have). Well, if you can't beat an AFC team on your home turf, then you don't deserve to go to the Super Bowl in your home stadium with a shot against the AFC championship winner. Why are the Falcons better on the road playing AFC teams lately? Why can't we win a home game against AFC teams? Why can't we ever win in our home red jerseys or black jerseys playing AFC teams? We let a Colts team without Andrew Luck beat us in 2015. We were the only NFC South team with a loss to the Chargers in 2016. We lost to the Chiefs on a pick 2. We couldn't beat a Bills team with Tyrod Taylor at QB. We were the only NFC South team with a loss to the Dolphins with Jay Cutler. Something must change now, and it starts by having success against AFC teams at home again by beating the Bengals this Sunday in a game which is a must win now. Edit: The trend continues.
  21. 2008: (11-5) Falcons 14 vs. (9-6-1) Eagles 27 2010: (13-3) Falcons 17 vs. (10-6) Eagles 31 2012: (13-3) Falcons 30 vs. (4-12) Eagles 17 (some people don't realize how huge this win was, our first win in Philly since 1988 and our only win in Philly in 11 tries since 2000; however, this was Mike Smith's best team vs Andy Reid's worst team) 2016: (11-5) Falcons 15 vs. (7-9) Eagles 24 (worst offensive performance of the year) 2017 Divisional Round: (10-6) Falcons 10 vs. (13-3) Eagles 15 2018: Falcons 12 vs. Eagles 18 All anger aside for how this game turned out (and I understand the frustration because I'm not done yet), let's be honest Matt Ryan has usually played his worst game of the year in Philadelphia throughout his career except for 2012, and in a lot of those seasons the Falcons still finished with a better record than the Eagles unless it was the postseason like how last season ended. All of these Falcons teams were playoff teams as well, however, I'm not betting on the 2018 Falcons to make the playoffs if Sarkisian and Matt Ryan (yes even Matt) can't get it together. This is NOT including Michael Vick's playoff exits in Philly too where he also played horrible as well. The Falcons have always scored under 20 points in Philly in a lot of these trips and the Eagles defense was very stingy and dominant against our O-line. I want to also add that while Pittsburgh is not Matt Ryan's home city, it's still in Pennsylvania and the last time Matt Ryan went down there we lost 15-9 in OT WITHOUT Big Ben starting, and our 2018 opener in Philly was a complete repeat of that game. We play in Pittsburgh later in the year and the Steelers defense could make it real ugly for the Falcons if our offense doesn't fix its redzone issues, and we've never won in Pittsburgh before either.
  22. Of course in 2009, Matt Ryan was injured, which was the reason we probably went 1-3 vs. the NFC East, but in 2012 we had a complete 4-0 sweep over the NFC East in the year we went 13-3 and also played the AFC West, and all of our 3 losses came with splits against our divisional rivals that year. 2012 was Mike Smith's best team, and we played Andy Reid's worst team (4-12) in Philly for our first win down there since 1988, we beat the eventual NFC East champs the Redskins (10-6) in Washington with RGIII for a little bit until we knocked him out and Kirk Cousins played the rest of the way, we beat the Cowboys (8-8) in a grinder defensive battle for our best 8-0 start in franchise history, and finally we got sweet revenge over the Giants at home in an exciting shutout to complete our first sweep. Keep in mind, since we've been in the NFC South, 2012 is the only year we've made the playoffs with the NFC East on our schedule, which is weird considering we've had success over this division. Our second sweep over the NFC East came in 2015 when 4 of our first 5 games were against that entire division. The first game was Dan Quinn's first ever game as our head coach against the Eagles (7-9), and we won in a thrilling 2 point victory where everyone favored the Eagles prior to the game, and that was our previous win over the Eagles on our home turf when Chip Kelly was still the head coach. In week 2 we beat the Giants (6-10) in a come from behind victory that included a key Kroy Biermann fumble against the Giants in the redzone that helped us comeback and prevail. We took down the Cowboys (4-12) in Dallas again where Julio Jones had a really big day and it was a good preview of what Kyle Shanahan was going to do with the offense the following year, then finally, we beat the eventual division champs Redskins (9-7) again for another 5-0 start which was an ugly game all round but we were still able to escape in OT somehow someway. Unfortunately, the 2015 Falcons did not capitalize off their easy AFC South schedule and we struggled against our own division for a disappointing 8-8 finish. So let's look at our 2018 opponents in the NFC East this year. We are facing Doug Peterson and a much better Eagles team in Philly who are defending Super Bowl champs in 2 days, and it's going to be nationally televised on NBC. We are at home facing a rebuilding Giants team on Monday Night Football who should be improved from their terrible 3-13 season last year, but they still won't be world beaters or anything, still a year away. We shouldn't have any trouble beating the Giants, even if it's a 7 point game and not the 2012 shutout again. We face a Redskins team who just upgraded at QB with Alex Smith, however, we've won the previous 5 over the Redskins (even tho all previous 3 were close) and Jay Gruden can't be trusted in clutch moments with a mediocre organization. Washington is never an easy place to play by any means so still can't take them lightly. Then of course, we have the Cowboys, and we are 3-0 vs. Jason Garrett which is good, and the Cowboys still have a lot of question marks in Dak Prescott's 3rd year and Ezekiel Elliott having a bounce back year. Thankfully we have them in Atlanta again, but their O-line is going to make sure they come out a lot more physical against our D-line so don't expect as many sacks as last year. If Matt Ryan claims this is his best team ever, then with the tough NFC South we have to face, a very talented AFC North, and us drawing the Packers in Green Bay in December, I think it'd be very good if we swept the NFC East again and for the 3rd straight time just like 2012 and 2015, what do you think?
  23. 18 regular season games and going down to 2 preseason games would be simpler, why IMHO, because then that's 6 games from your division as always, 4 games from another division in your conference, 4 games from another division in your conference, then 4 games from a division from the other conference. You wouldn't have to worry about drawing games from the teams you placed in from the divisions the previous year. There would have to be 2 bye weeks of course, but it would be worth it. For example, let's say in year 1, the Falcons play the AFC South (vs Jaguars, at Colts, vs Titans, at Texans), the NFC East (vs Eagles, at Giants, vs Redskins, at Cowboys), the NFC North (vs Packers, at Lions, vs Vikings, at Bears), and our entire division as always which is 6 more games. Then in year 2, the Falcons play the AFC West (vs Raiders, at Chargers, vs Broncos, at Chiefs), the NFC North (vs Lions, at Packers, vs Bears, at Vikings), the NFC West (vs 49ers, at Seahawks, vs Cardinals, at Rams), and our entire division as always which is 6 games. Then in year 3, the Falcons play the AFC East (vs Jets, at Dolphins, vs Patriots, at Bills), the NFC East (vs Giants, at Eagles, vs Cowboys, at Redskins), the NFC West (vs Seahawks, at 49ers, vs Rams, at Cardinals), and our entire division as always which is 6 games. and so forth I actually prefer this rotation over the current one honestly.
  24. In 2018 the Falcons are being heavily favored by the media to win the Super Bowl this year based off the way our seasons ended in 2016 and 2017, and we deserve that praise, however, that is VERY DANGEROUS at the professional level, most teams who win their first Super Bowls had a mediocre campaign the previous season and nobody believed in them coming into the season. The Falcons are getting way too much hype and it worries me. Throughout my time being a Falcons fan, our best seasons have always come when you didn't expect much from the team coming into the season, and they overachieved the expectations we had before the season went on. Look at the years we've won the division throughout our history and tell me what our records were the years before? What was the record of the 1997 Falcons and the 2015 Falcons before our Super Bowl appearances in 1998 and 2016? Why did the past 3 teams in the Super Bowl out of the NFC had a record of 8-8 or worse the previous year? Based off the preseason performances, the Panthers and Saints have shown better depth than the Falcons right now (2 teams who were 11-5 last season which were better than our Falcons). Here's all the teams 0-3 in the preseason so far. The Eagles, who just won the Super Bowl so that's understandable, and they were 6-10 in 2005 after their previous 13-3 campaign in 2004 losing the Super Bowl to the Patriots. The last time the Eagles started 0-3 in the preseason was 1999, and they were 5-11 that year. The Seahawks, who we all know have been on huge decline the last couple years and they might get worse as the Rams and 49ers become the class of the West the next few years. The Cowboys, because they are the Cowboys who are only good once in awhile. The Dolphins because that's who they usually are, always inconsistent. The Titans because they'll probably take a step back after miraculously making the playoffs as a wildcard last year at 9-7. Then of course, our Falcons. Notice how outside of the Falcons and Eagles, every other team who's 0-3 right now clearly has struggles. Bottom line, whether people want to deny this or not, teams in NFL history who have gone 2-2 or 3-1 in the preseason playing their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd stringers for even amounts of time have a better chance of making the playoffs, getting to the conference championship, or getting to the Super Bowl than teams who have gone 0-4 in the preseason. No team who's gone 0-4 in the preseason has won the Super Bowl in a full 16 game season, and only 2 have been to the Super Bowl. You have the 1982 Redskins I get that, but that was a strikeout year with 6 less regular season games so that made the season chaotic. Keep in mind, the 1998 Falcons were 2-2 in the preseason while the 2016 Falcons were 3-1. I hear a lot of people saying those teams were 0-4 when that wasn't true, do your research. The preseason reveals your depth across the roster and your coaching. The Redskins and Giants' depth had no trouble beating the Jets depth, but the Falcons got shutout in New Jersey not having a single 1st down until the end of the 1st half and getting shutout. The Falcons offense did well against the Chiefs, however, the Chiefs had the 28th ranked defense last year and we still gave them their only preseason win so far in the 2nd half. The Jaguars defense was a good test for our offense and while it wasn't all on Matt Ryan, he still could have done a little bit better, and our STARTING receivers were still dropping balls and making mental errors just like last year. Our O-line is still okay but very vulnerable, can't afford any injuries whatsoever. Our D-line however, has clearly taken a step back, I saw the Jets running on us easily and so did the Jaguars with solid running backs such as Leonard Fournette. Deion Jones, Desmond Trufant, and Ricardo Allen being out shouldn't have made our D-line struggle like that. I think we should have kept at least one of Poe or Clayborn. So here's the story of the Falcons upcoming season to me, if our offense is still inept making the same mistakes as last season and our D-line takes a step back, we miss the playoffs this year. We aren't going to be as lucky as last season. Our defense carried us to the playoffs last season more than our offense unlike 2016. Don't think year 2 for Sarkisian is going to go exactly like year 2 for Shanahan, a lot of people are totally mistaken by this assumption. Shanahan in year 1 with LESS talent still had better play calling than Sark in year 1 with MORE talent, and even on the defensive side of the ball the 2017 Falcons were way better than the 2015 Falcons. I think our defense is still a year or 2 away. Get better at the interior and then we'll have veterans across our defensive roster by 2019 or 2020. The best defenses in Falcons history are 1977 and 1998, which is in a 21 year span, and 2019 is almost here, so we're getting there. A lot of people including myself have said that the Falcons have always been an even numbered season team, and I get that, but not every even year has been good for the Falcons. 2006 and 2014 weren't good, but in 2002 we did make the playoffs but we were 9-6-1. Since we've been in the NFC South, the even years we played a western division (AFC West and/or NFC West) we had double digit win seasons, usually 11 wins or 13 wins in seasons such as 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2016. However, in 2002, 2006, and 2014, we didn't play a western division and we either missed the playoffs or barely made it. The Falcons do not play a western division in 2018. The Falcons are 0-3 in the preseason so far still having execution problems on offense, D-line issues, and finishing out games. The Super Bowl is in our home stadium this year and no team has ever done that, the teams who have hosted Super Bowls have always come up short or done really bad. Matt Ryan is the highest paid QB in the league, which means he's in the top of the salary of all QB's across the league, and last time I checked, highest paid QB's tend to not play well historically (including Matt Ryan in 2013). I hope Julio Jones holding out of practice all that time doesn't affect his play throughout the season. People are saying that our window is now or never, but I disagree, I believe we will still have a shot with Matt Ryan in 2019 or 2020, even if the 2018 Falcons don't do well. If having a disappointing or absolute bust season motivates us to win a Super Bowl over the next couple of years with the media doubting us, I'd rather take that. I see a lot of holes in this current Falcons team so far. Hope they prove me wrong throughout this upcoming season. I'm just ready for Thursday Night in Philly to begin.
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