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  1. Every Team in the NFC South has a speedy fast game breaker at Punt Returner and Kick Returner who puts their team in good field positions Saints - A. Kamara, T. Ginn Jr Panthers - C. McCaffery Buccaneers - D. Jackson WHO is a real-life practical Solution for the Falcons at these positions (KR, PR) since ours has obviously been neglected....?
  2. I only made this thread because I was listening to First Take on my break today and they said something about "intangibles vs natural gifts" talking about Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum. I always bring it back to football, and I realized that if you were to grade QBs based ONLY on Intangibles all lumped into one category and Natural Gifts all lumped into one category, Cam Newton and Matt Ryan would be the poster boys for each category. Coming out of college in 2008, the flavor of the month in February and March on the NFL Network was intangibles. Mike Mayock was always talking about how amazing this Matt Ryan kid's intangibles were, and boy was he right. If you're gonna give Mayock credit for anything, give him credit for being right about Matty Ice. Then, three years later, this physical freak was coming out of Auburn and Mayock wasn't so much a fan. Neither were most people on the NFL Network, but I don't think anybody here looks to them as the end-all be-all of NFL Draft scouting, so it's kinda whatever. Cam Newton is 6'6" 250lbs, has an absolute ROCKET for an arm, surprising speed for a guy his size, and yet he can't seem to pull games out when they matter most. He represents everything natural. The guy has every physical tool you could possibly ask for in a QB. On the other hand, Matt Ryan has a frail frame. He was around 215 coming out of college and has worked his *** off to put on another 15-20 pounds to thicken up and toughen his body up to be able to take more hits and get up from them. He's never had a very strong arm, and even when they did the QB Challenge thing for college prospects, he didn't out-throw the likes of Flacco or Henne. Sure, he out-threw JDB and Brennan, but those were guys who nobody really expected to have huge arms because they were both system guys, what with JDB playing in the west coast style USC offense and Brennan playing in the Run and Shoot style Hawai'i offense that featured tons of screens and short, quick passes designed to get YAC all day. My point is, in the game of physical attributes, Matt Ryan's only real advantage is his height - he IS 6'4, and you can't take THAT away from him. Other than that, one could very easily say he got the short end of the stick. On the other hand, though, you've got Cam Newton. This is a man who has every single physical advantage that a Professional Quarterback could possibly have. His questions coming out of college were simple: can this kid play QB in the NFL? Can he play within a system? Can Cam Newton become a professional STYLE Quarterback with the ability to throw the ball and come back in the fourth quarter when it matters most? I find it strange how two teams in the same division have drafted such polar opposite QBs in the last five years. It's also seemingly re-ignited the rivalry between the Falcons and Panthers, even though the Panthers in the Cam Newton era haven't figured out how to actually BEAT the Falcons. Matt Ryan: 15-8 through his first 23 games Cam Newton: 7-16 through his first 23 games That's somewhat telling about what exactly is most important at the QB position in football, but even more telling is the 4th quarter stats. In his rookie season, Matt Ryan's shining moment was that beautiful deep corner to Michael Jenkins to get us in field goal range against Chicago. He led the previously 4-12 Atlanta Falcons to an 11-5 record and to the playoffs - that's called winning games. On the other hand, you've got Cam. Sing it if you want, Deion. 6-10 his first season after a 1-5 start; 1-6 his second season so far, but also after a 1-5 start. If there's one thing you've GOT to give to Cam, it's that he's consistent. In his second season as a pro, his completion percentage is 0.1% down from last season. His YPA is down .05 from last season. His TD:INT ratio is up from last year - by 0.05. One thing I will give him is that he's gotten better running the ball from last year, with a massive 1.53 YPC improvement and he's done it on almost the exact same amount of carries through 7 games. That's the good. The bad is that in 13 games where he's had the opportunity to come back and win in the 4th quarter, he's 1-12, with that 1 being the fourth game of his career against an absolutely AWFUL Jacksonville Jaguars defense. Cam Newton has every physical tool a QB could ask for, but his intangibles are questionable. Or are they? Matt Ryan has every intangible you could ask for, but his physical tools are questionable. The difference is clear: intangibles at the QB position win you more games than physical tools. The difference is also clear in another category...the Panthers are in for a very rocky ride for as long as they want to stick with the notion that Cam Newton is THEIR GUY.
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKLlb3Yc-Us
  4. http://www.carolinahuddle.com/boards/topic/76941-were-going-to-win-atlanta/ Some Highlights: -Half the team crashed back to reality last night, you could see "Jesus. We suck." on their faces by the end of the game. It's going to take us a while to get away from this. We'll score more on the Falcons but they're a much better team. Ryan/White/Jones are going to eat our lunch. Turner is going to have a resurgence. Add in our recent record in Atl and I'm not feeling this game at all. -The Falcons are probably the 2nd best team in the NFC. We will get absolutely destroyed and the huddle will be on suicide watch again. -they're going to have to scrape our flattened road kill corpse off the floor of the georgia dome. where is this optimism coming from
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