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  1. DK Dream: WR Metcalf Trade to Atlanta Falcons in ESPN 'Proposal' By Mike Fisher, 1 day ago The Falcons need a wide receiver big time. Why not DK? A DK Metcalf trade to the Atlanta Falcons? It would in theory fix all the things that seem broken in a post-Calvin Ridley world. The Seattle Seahawks buzz about possibly dealing the 24-year-old standout persist … though we wonder why a rebuilding Seattle team wouldn’t just want to build around him. The Falcons are looking for a wide receiver to fill the void left by Ridley, who is suspended for the entire 2022 season . And while there will be several options in the draft, they might not be more explosive than the fourth-year pro. Seattle is publicly saying that Metcalf is not on the trade block. But the rumors aren’t going away. Rather than use a high pick on a receiver to team with Cordarrelle Patterson with the hope that the rookie will become a star catching passes from new quarterback Marcus Mariota … Why not use the extra second-round pick to trade more a sure thing in Metcalf? In fact, ESPN proposed a deal with the extra second-round pick to land Metcalf . The final trade offer? 2022 second- and fifth-round picks (No. 58 and No. 151), along with a 2023 fourth-round pick. Is that experience a reason to try to be bold again? Or a reason to be gun-shy? The big, physical Seahawks star is coming off another fine season, appearing in all 17 games and catching 75 passes for 967 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns in 2021. Metcalf is also an iron man, as he has not missed a game so far in his three-year career. Want “bold”? There have already been blockbuster trades in the NFL this offseason, some boldly involving star wide receivers (Davante Adams to the Raiders, Tyreek Hill to the Dolphins). “Bold” is winning the arms race. Or, in Atlanta’s case, “bold” would be about a huge Ridley-like building block. 2nd, 5th and next year 4th.....🤔 Very interesting but I really want that 2nd tho. Just remembered we have 2 2nd rd picks 😁😱
  2. UNBELIEVABLE! We are currently the Dolphins hidden by the success of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. We are a complete joke of an organization right now! I will not watch anymore Falcons games until Dan Quinn leaves now! I'm sick and tired of this BS! Year after year after year!
  3. Or are we really aren't as talented as we think we are? There's multiple former pro bowlers on this team. The Falcons have so many flaws and problems right now the list is too long to make. Some of these problems, such as bad special teams coverage, horrible starting field position, our offensive line/running back not getting a yard, our defense being mediocre as usual, have been problems with the Falcons for several years now, even in the Mike Smith years. The difference is when we had good teams, we got away with these problems but it always came back to hunt us somewhere in the postseason. Now we have a s**t ton more problems than ever before. Matt Ryan is old. Julio Jones is getting old. Alex Mack is old now. Matt Bryant as great as he is we have to draft a new quality kicker ASAP. Devonta Freeman was built perfectly for Shanahan's offense but with Koetter (including 2014) and Sarkisian, what has Freeman really done? Trufant, nothing more than an average corner, he's never been elite, always been average and good enough to be a solid starter, but in Trufant's 7 seasons with the Falcons, he's only been in the postseason with us ONCE, that was in 2017. He was injured in our Super Bowl run, and we missed the playoffs in 2013-2015, 2018, and now it's going to be 2019. The Falcons need a more physical offensive line, we're working on that, but the overhaul of the O-line may have come at a worse time. Maybe it'll benefit us the next few years, but we don't know for sure yet. Along with our offensive line, we need a bigger workhorse back who weighs more and can help us run out clock better to help the defense, not light weighted guys like Freeman or Ito. Freeman and Ito are good, but we need to draft a fresh big workhorse back, like another Turner, or a Blunt, a Chubb, a Henry, behind a big physical O-line. Freeman was mostly built for Shanahan's offense like I said previously. A bigger workhorse back is built more for the current offense we have now. Last but not least, I don't care what QB we draft, if we don't have the previous I mentioned along with an ELITE DEFENSE or a TOP 10 DEFENSE for once who has a lot of fire lit up on them with great leadership. We will never win the big one. Defense wins championships. Enough of the mediocre sorry defenses in Atlanta with no leadership at all and a lot of sorry players who can't tackle or make good plays consistently. We're not getting anywhere with this current defense. We need to draft better, bigger and more physical guys up front and in the secondary. Just having Grady Jarrett, Deion Jones, and Ricardo Allen is not enough.
  4. What's so special about the AFC? What's so special about that conference to the point where the Falcons can't beat them anymore? I know since the Chargers in 2016, we've lost 11 of our last 12 AFC games overall (including the Super Bowl), but you want to know what's even worse, since 2013, we've lost 11 of our last 12 AFC home games. How could the Falcons have the worst non-conference home record in the NFL the past 6 seasons? I don't understand why this has been the case the past several seasons. This has included mediocre losses to the Chargers, Bills, Dolphins, Bengals, and so forth. In 2015, we beat the Houston Texans by a final score of 48-21. That was Dan Quinn's 1st AFC home game, and it's Dan Quinn's only AFC home win to this very day. Not only that, but it's the Falcons only AFC home win since the 2013 season. We better get over it today, because I was really upset after that Colts loss on the road last weekend. I still want Quinn out after that loss, but if he loses to the Titans today and it's yet another AFC home loss for the Falcons, the writing on the wall will be clear, and the Falcons will have to wait until the Jaguars to get another chance.
  5. You know what I'm worried about the most at this point? Since our loss to the Chargers in 2016, we've literally lost every AFC game in the preseason and regular season except for the Jets on the road in 2017. Seriously. Since the 2016 Chargers, that's 10 AFC losses out of our last 11 AFC games, and if you throw in our 11 straight preseason losses (only one of those was against a NFC team) so that's 10 AFC preseason losses added on. We've lost a total of 20 of our last 21 games to AFC opponents in the preseason and regular season combined. YIKES, and the 2019 version of the AFC South will be tougher than the 2011 and 2015 AFC South divisions we faced. You already know it. Road games against the Colts and Texans will be brutal, but the Titans and Jaguars shouldn't be hard right? Oh wait, we've lost all of our home games vs AFC opponents since 2013 except for the 2015 Texans. In order for the Falcons to win the Super Bowl they have to beat an AFC opponent right?
  6. https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/5-things-to-know-about-falcons-first-round-pick-kaleb-mcgary 5 things to know about Falcons’ first-round pick Kaleb McGary Kelsey Conway AtlantaFalcons.com reporter-ATLANTA – After selecting guard Chris Lindstrom with the No. 14 overall pick, the Falcons weren’t done on Day 1 of the NFL Draft. General manager Thomas Dimitroff traded with the Los Angeles Rams to get back in the first round to select Kaleb McGary with the 31st overall pick. McGary is a player the Falcons zeroed in on in the final weeks leading up to the draft and they knew if they didn’t go up to get him, he wouldn’t be around by the time they made their next pick in the second round. McGary brings the type of toughness the Falcons want from their offensive linemen. And he can move extremely well for a 6-foot-7, 317-pound right tackle. Here are five things to know about McGary: 1. He’s an absolute beast in the weight room Did you say 610 pounds? No problem for McGary to squat. I wouldn’t want to challenge him in the weight room, or the football field, to be honest. 2. He’s your guy… if you’re into archery In McGary’s spare time, the sport of archery is his hobby. So, if you’re looking for McGary on an off day, there’s a very good chance he could be shooting arrows outside somewhere. 3. He’s no stranger to Mercedes-Benz Stadium McGary has already stepped foot onto the turf at at Mercedes-Benz Stadium when Washington played Alabama in the Peach Bowl back in 2016. The Huskies fell to the Crimson Tide, 24-7. Here’s hoping McGary gets a different result the next time he takes the field at his new homefield. *4. He’s a serious hunter * McGary is about as country as they come. When he boarded the plane to head to Atlanta after being drafted, he had his cowboy hat in tow. The day before the draft, McGary went turkey hunting as a way to clear his mind. In fact, he was sharpening his ax on the couch when the draft began. 5. He calls his life a country song When McGary was in high school, his family lost the farm they lived on during the economic recession. The McGary family moved into an RV and a few years later, a fire started in the RV and the McGary’s lost part of their second home. To this day, they are without full electricity in their home. All the while, during McGary’s junior year of high school, an arrhythmia was found in his heart. He’s had three medical procedures since and has never backed down. And on April 25th when the Falcons traded back into the first round to select McGary, it was a dream come true.
  7. This is not a coincidence.... Aaron Rodgers ($33.5M) Matt Ryan ($30.0M) Kirk Cousins ($28.0M) Jimmy Garoppolo ($27.5M) Matt Stafford ($27.0M) Derek Carr ($25.0M)
  8. He has very little to do with how bad the defense has been. If anything, out of all of our 3 major coordinators, Manuel is the one you need to keep the most. Sarkisian and Armstrong can get outta here, I hope everyone understands that. Anyways. Let me get to my point. The poor defensive play has been on DAN QUINN the past 4 seasons. Our defense was problematic in 2015 and 2016 too. The least worst defense or the best defense statistically in the Quinn era, happened last season with Manuel (guess who) as our DC. Manuel comes from the Quinn tree and has been with Quinn going back to Seattle. Our defense won’t change even if we get rid of Manuel. Manuel was the coordinator who dealt with the most injuries from the beginning of this disappointing season, NOT Sark or Armstrong. I believe we have some personnel issues when it comes to cornerback position. Alford and Trufant are at the peak of their careers and have been unimpressive, and they were drafted in 2013 when Mike Smith was still here. Maybe they don't belong in this system anymore. If I choose between the 2, I'd keep Alford over Trufant based on what I've seen from 2016-present, but some might disagree though. If it was up to me. I'd cut at least one of them, draft Deandre Baker from UGA and have Oliver develop and I bet them two would end up being WAY better corners for us in the long run. Here's another Quinn issue and NOT Manuel. We have size issues up the middle and keep getting run over by big physical lines and big backs. Multiple ESPN/NFL analysts and former players have said it. When it comes to the linebackers and D-linemen, I've only seen Grady Jarrett and Deion Jones (for the short time this season) perform at an exceptional level on a consistent basis. Takk McKinley has had a disappointing, sophomore slump season, but I believe he'll bounce back defensively next season like Hooper had to do this year on the offensive side. Vic Beasley must be cut, and if he stays, we better not overpay him.
  9. Okay then. Let me show you the numbers and what Matt Ryan is having to deal with this year. Defensive Drive Stats Overall Defensive Efficiency Quarterback Rankings https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2018/12/14/18140840/matt-ryans-magic-has-covered-up-who-the-real-atlanta-falcons-are Alright Matt Ryan HATERS, try coming at me after all of this! Try to back me up after all of THIS!!!!! What are the EXCUSES NOW!!!!! Man I get so tired of it. Granted, was never a big fan of him getting all that money but I'm not a big fan of ANY player getting a contract too big because of how much it affects the team, but the NFL is a business, can't do anything about that. I'll say one thing, Matt Ryan has been the LEAST of our problems this season. I can't think of any other player on our roster who wants to win more than him right now and it's sad. He has no control over how poor our coaching has been all year.
  10. In the last decade, only one team has allowed a higher per game average: The 2010 Buffalo Bills at 169.6 YPG (who finished 4-12 BTW which is still possible for this current Falcons team). But, but... it's always "fast and physical" "speed and quickness ONLY!" "The lighter the better!" 4 seasons in Dan Quinn. 4 seasons of coaching, draft, and FA! This is what we get!
  11. As the HEAD COACH! I just heard this stat on national radio! This is along with him already having more blown leads than any other head coach the past 4 seasons! This is mind blowing! Enough of the blaming coordinators. This man needs to be on the hot seat now as we speak! He's the worst head coach in the league in clock management, late game situations, making adjustments, and so forth! He continues to get out coached by everybody, even interim coaches!
  12. This is according to pro football reference, BTW, and we still have 4 more games to play. Also, for the 2016 season, I wonder if that was with the postseason games included or not, since 2016 is at #3 at 29 sacks which is shocking to me. Anyways, I'm not surprised with the bad O-line play this year, especially on this 4 game losing streak where we've haven't even reached the 20 point mark. Only scored 9 offensively yesterday. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/play-index/pgl_finder.cgi?request=1&match=single&player_id=RyanMa00&year_min=1950&year_max=2018&season_start=1&season_end=-1&pos[]=QB&game_type=R&career_game_num_min=1&career_game_num_max=400&game_num_min=1&game_num_max=12&week_num_min=0&week_num_max=99&c1stat=pass_sacked&c1comp=gt&c1val=1&c5val=1.0&order_by=pass_sacked
  13. Full link to article - https://atlsportshq.com/2018/11/29/atlanta-falcons-mock-draft-2019-1-0/ Just thought Id post this and get you guys thoughts. Enjoy the game everyone! Go Dawgs! I plan on running the simulator again after getting input.
  14. https://imgur.com/a/zW8sILJ Click on the link up here and tell me what you think? I used the NFL Playoff Predictor on https://playoffpredictors.com I have the Falcons starting 2-3 and winning 10 straight to get to 12 wins, just like in 2002 and 2010 when we also had a long winning streak during the season playing the AFC North with the same home and away schedule as this upcoming season. As I've brought up before, our AFC North schedule matches 2010 and our NFC East schedule matches 2012. We also play the Eagles in Philly and the Cardinals at home again just like 2010, 2012, and 2016 when we won the division. I have the Saints starting 3-0 and losing 9 of their last 13 games to finish 7-9 again, because no NFC South team has ever repeated the division as champs with back to back winning records. I have the Panthers finishing 8-8 because they haven't had back to back winning seasons yet. The Buccaneers are in trouble without Jameis Winston the first 3 games. The NFC South will NOT put 3 teams in the playoffs again, it'll only be whoever wins the division again like most seasons. I have the Falcons losing in Philly and Pittsburgh again just like we did in 2010, but the Falcons still finish with a better record than both teams with the Eagles and Steelers winning their divisions at 11-5. With the Eagles winning the division again, I have all the other NFC East teams missing the playoffs again. The Giants will improve, but they won't be good enough. The Redskins are who they are, even with Alex Smith at QB I don't believe in them right now. I have the NFC West being the toughest and most exciting division in football this year with 3 teams making the playoffs. I believe the Seahawks prove doubters wrong and sneak in with Russell Wilson leading the offense with historical numbers, but they'll be a wildcard team though along with the Rams, and the 49ers are my dark horse NFC surprise of this season. Jimmy G made the 49ers legit late last season and he didn't lose a game backing up Tom Brady in 2016 either. I have the Packers starting 5-0 and missing the playoffs at 10-6 making Mike McCarthy fired from Green Bay, and the Vikings finish 10-6 too but win the head to head. The Raiders will be the surprise team of the AFC West with Jon Gruden as head coach again. The Chiefs still sneak in but have too many question marks with a young QB. The Chargers will still be the Chargers, and the Broncos despite having an upgrade at QB, won't be good enough to make the playoffs again. The AFC East still belongs to the Patriots, but their Super Bowl hangover will show when Deshaun Watson and the Texans go into New England and shock the world come playoff time. The Jaguars and Titans will get a hangover from last season, the Colts will improve with Andrew Luck healthy all year, but a fully healthy Texans team with Deshaun Watson starting will be too much for everyone in the AFC South to overcome. The Steelers are still the class of the AFC North as usual.
  15. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/32275/falcons-foyesade-oluokun-out-to-validate-ivy-leaguers-in-nfl Falcons' Foyesade Oluokun out to validate Ivy Leaguers in NFL By Vaughn McClure Foyesade Oluokun (No. 23) was selected by the Falcons in the sixth round of this year's draft. FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Foyesade Oluokun has a little edginess in his tone and it's not because folks often mispronounce his name. The Atlanta Falcons rookie linebacker from Yale knows there's an undesirable label that follows him into the NFL; one that says Ivy League players are highly intelligent but not necessarily high-caliber athletes. "Once they see you in the Ivy League, they shut off their brains like, 'These are not athletes like other schools are used to playing.' That's the stigma," Oluokun said. "I don't like it, personally, because I think there are a lot of athletes in the Ivy League. And long as we get our opportunity, is what it comes down to in the end. Yes, you kind of have to work harder for it. But hopefully, people are waking up to us." Oluokun, a sixth-round draft pick, joined fifth-round wide receiver Justin Watson of Penn -- drafted by Tampa Bay -- as the only Ivy League players selected in this year's draft. It marked the 46th time multiple Ivy Leaguers have been drafted but the first time since 2013, when the trio of JC Tretter (Cornell), Kyle Juszczyk (Harvard) and Mike Catapano (Princeton) were selected by Green Bay, Baltimore and Kansas City, respectively. Twelve former Ivy League players were on active NFL rosters last season with two of them, fullbacks Juszczyk of the San Francisco 49ers and James Develin of the New England Patriots, earning Pro Bowl status. Notable NFL Players From Ivy League Fritz Pollard, RB, Brown: Pollard was the first black running back to be named All-American and the first African-American to play in the Rose Bowl in 1916. He played for the Akron Pros (1920), who won the first NFL championship, and he became the first black NFL head coach with the Pros in 1921. Sid Luckman, RB, Columbia: The NFL Hall of Famer was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1939 draft by Chicago. He became the first great "T" quarterback and led the Bears to four championships. Chuck Bednarik LB, C, Penn: An NFL Hall of Famer, he was the first overall pick in the 1949 draft by Philadelphia. The guy they called "Concrete Charlie" was a nine-time All-NFL performer who gained more notoriety for a punishing hit on Frank Gifford of the New York Giants in 1960. Calvin Hill, RB, Yale: The Ivy League was officially formed in 1954, so Hill technically was the first Ivy League player to be drafted in the first round (24th overall, 1969). NBA star Grant Hill's father played 12 seasons and was named All-Pro twice. Ed Marinaro, RB, Cornell: The 1971 Heisman runner-up was a second-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings and a two-time NFC champion. Marinaro pursued an acting career and was best known as officer Joe Coffey on "Hill Street Blues." **** Jauron, FS, Yale: A fourth-round pick by Detroit, Jauron had 25 interceptions in eight seasons with the Lions and Cincinnati Bengals. Jauron went on to be the head coach of the Chicago Bears from 1999-03 and of the Buffalo Billls from 2006-09. Gary Fencik, S, Yale: The two-time Pro Bowler was an integral part of the Bears' defense and nicknamed "The Hitman" for his jarring tackles. The 1976 10th-round pick remains the Bears' all-time leader in interceptions (38). Steve Jordan TE, Brown: The 1982 seventh-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings went on to make six Pro Bowls with 6,307 career receiving yards and 28 career TD receptions. He is the father of New Orleans Saints star defensive end Cameron Jordan. Marcellus Wiley, DE, Columbia: A second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1997, Wiley was an All-Pro in 2001 with the San Diego Chargers after recording 13 sacks and five forced fumbles. He is currently a well-known ESPN personality. Matt Birk, C, Harvard: A sixth-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings, Birk was six-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro. He also was named the league's Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2001 while with the Baltimore Ravens. The Buccaneers now have three Ivy League offensive players on their roster, as Watson joins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and tight end Cameron Brate, both of Harvard. Fitzpatrick initially was a seventh-round pick of the Rams in 2005. "There were scouts that came through, but I think the difficult thing in the Ivy League was our schedule was basically seven Ivy League opponents and some Patriot League opponents, so there aren't a lot of NFL prospects on the field," Fitzpatrick said. "Obviously in the SEC or a big-time conference, you are going to have people there watching other people and they can a glimpse of you. "So the difficult thing, I think, was essentially there was me and maybe one or two other guys that were even on the NFL's radar at that point." Ivy League schools have produced a pair of Pro Football Hall of Famers in former Chicago Bears quarterback Sid Luckman from Columbia and former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker/guard Chuck Bednarik from Penn. And 10 Ivy League players have made the Pro Bowl in NFL history, including Luckman and Bednarik. Despite those success stories, skepticism remains when analyzing the modern day Ivy League talent. One NFL executive said you never know what you're getting from an Ivy League player because "they are so underdeveloped." Columbia's Al Bagnoli, the reigning league coach of the year, has seen some of the disregard up close for years. He had been the coach at Penn since 1992 before leaving for Columbia in 2015. "I think [NFL evaluators], they kind of initially go into it with a little bit of a bias," Bagnoli said of the scouting process. "And then it's really critical for our kids to test exceptionally well. I think the NFL, at times, is so numbers-driven that you need a great workout to kind of validate the level of athlete that you may be, more so then someone coming from a more visible program like an Alabama, an Oklahoma, one of those. "So I think there's a lot more pressure in the actual workout to put up numbers that validate what they're seeing on film and validate the type of athlete that they are." Oluokun is the perfect example. He was bound for an Ivy League school coming out of high school in St. Louis, selecting to attend Yale over Harvard and Penn. He developed into a second-team, all-Ivy League performer, thanks, in part, to gaining an extra semester following a torn pectoral injury as a junior. Despite those accolades, he didn't generate a lot of interest at his own pro day at Yale. Oluokun attended a second pro day, hosted by Fordham University but held at Columbia, where he opened eyes by running the 20-yard cone drill in 4.12 seconds, running a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash, a posting a 10-3 broad jump. There were about six scouts at Yale's pro day. At the one hosted by Fordham, where Oluokun completed his testing, there were more than 20. And then Oluokun started to get calls and line up visits. He then trained with a group of top draft prospects at Landow Sports Performance in Colorado, which helped not only get his name out there but helped get his body ready for the NFL. "I went in the draft with no expectations," Oluokun said. "I was hearing people say, 'You might get drafted.' I wasn't going to go in like, 'I'm going to get drafted' and be let down at the end of the day. It's all about making the roster at the end of the day, whether you're drafted or undrafted." Fitzpatrick brought up another interesting point related to the NFL's evaluation of Ivy League players. He said he got a lot questions about his true interest in pursuing an NFL career considering an Ivy League education offers other lucrative job options outside of football. He eventually sold evaluators on football being his immediate plan after college. As for Oluokun, he also has a plan after earning his degree in Economics. He has a desire to be a general manager in the NFL some day, especially if someone can give him the opportunity to shadow and learn the intricacies of the business. But for now, his sole focus is making an impact for the Falcons. "I know I can make one through special teams right away," he said. "I want to be all over the special teams: kick return, kickoff, punt, all of it. Try to fly down -- you know, I'm an athletic dude -- try to use my body in the best way possible to make tackles, make blocks. I love winning, so whatever coach wants me to do to win is what I do. Keep learning my role on defense as a linebacker and try to get myself in the game. "And yes, my dream is to be in the financial side of sports. I'm good at analyzing things really well. So I can analyze players. If I understand those concepts and put money on top of it, I think I can do really well there." Maybe Oluokun will find himself scouting the Ivy League one day. He knows first-hand there are talented athletes waiting to be discovered.
  16. http://www.myajc.com/news/atlanta-federal-prison-camp-drugs-booze-and-mexican-takeout/AQYbbBAq2VpgZnBVsvdUZO/ The criminal complaint an FBI agent filed in federal court laid out some details of the comings and goings after one prisoner was caught Feb. 3. Justin Stinson was returning to the prison camp with a bag containing tequila, a cellphone, scissors, cigarettes, cigars and food, the complaint said. Stinson was indicted on Valentine’s Day on one count of escape and five counts of possession of prohibited items. He is to be arraigned Wednesday.
  17. AUDIO NOT PHONE SPEAKER FRIENDLY too much bass: Here is a vid i shuffled together using the brotherhood videos and other utube vids. Regardless of the end results, we should all be proud of what this team accomplished last season. And use that as our fuel for the fire. Its a short vid and would appreciate any views thanks.
  18. http://atlantasportspage.org/falcons-vs-packers-preview/ Our score prediction is 30-24 Falcons, what's yours? #RiseUp
  19. http://atlantasportspage.org/how-important-is-dashon-goldson-to-atlanta/ CLICK THE LINK IN BIO TO READ MORE!
  20. I am so sick and tired of hearing about The Atlanta Seahawks defense. Ever since DQ has stepped foot in the Falcons facility, our defense has been known as the second coming of the Seahawks D. I mean that is what is expected, it is very apparent that we are no where near as solid on D as they are but I digress. I wished that every news outlet that begins a sentence about our D always starts out " you know DQ is trying to bring the D he put together in Seattle, down to the dirty south" or something along those lines. Every time we sign a player, draft a player, anything to do with a player who plays a lick of D, we are doing it because that is what DQ is trying to do, get fast and physical, just like he had in SEATTLE. "Oh Keanu Neal, perfect fit for the Falcons and that D DQ is trying to build, similar to the one in Seattle". I am just over it completely, I don't know if other Atlanta fans feel the same way, but I want to throw up every time I hear it. So, you can imagine I want to throw up a lot. I just want to say WE are the ATLANTA FALCONS and we are just that. We are no one else but ourselves. I want that to be the case however, as long as DQ is the head coach we will always be known as the Seattle Falcons. Also, I am not hating on DQ I think that he is a good coach. I like his intensity. Hopefully in year 2 he can take even a bigger step forward. He took a last place D and turned it into a mediocre D, (That's a pretty good turn around in my book). Really looking forward to this season. I read the forums other people post being over critical of Vic Beasley. I am a big advocate of getting him with our 8th pick but if you don't think he has lived up to his potential then I believe you are right. There are not many DE's that come into the league straight out of college and dominate. His learning curve may be a little steeper than previously anticipated however, I think that in the long run he will become a very good pass rusher. I mean JJ Watt only had 5.5 sacks his rookie year. PUMP YOUR BRAKES I'm not saying he is another JJ Watt. I am just saying, feel me. This year I predict that we CAN be a 10-6 team, but then again depending we CAN ALSO be a 6-10 team. I think that everything hinges on 1. Our pass rush. Not necessarily getting sacks but getting hurries, pressures, hits, make the QBs we play against uncomfortable. 2. Matt Ryan getting his act together. I know he is better than what he has shown, I hope and think he will have 4500 yds passing, 28 TDs, 8 Ints.
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