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  1. 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?
  2. Baaaahahahaha!!! Btw, great review of the game on this twitter account.
  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. https://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/34559/inside-julio-jones-first-ever-touchdown-that-was-almost-taken-away FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Julio Jones added to his decorated résumé on Sunday night, becoming the Atlanta Falcons' all-time leading receiver on a 54-yard touchdown catch that proved to be the difference against the Philadelphia Eagles. It was a memorable TD, to be sure -- but not nearly as good as the first of his career. That happened on Nov. 6, 2011 at Lucas Oil Stadium, the same place where the Falcons will face the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday. Jones didn't reach the end zone in his first five NFL games that year, then missed two games because of a hamstring injury before breaking through Week 9 against Indy. What does the league's highest-paid receiver remember about that touchdown: an acrobatic, 50-yard grab from quarterback Matt Ryan with three Colts defenders hovering? "That was so long ago," Jones said. "I know they tried to take my first touchdown away from me." Here’s how the play unfolded. The setup It was first-and-10 for the Falcons at midfield with three minutes to go in the first quarter. Ryan took a five-step drop out of shotgun with Jones aligned close to the right as the single receiver and getting a free release. Jones: "I had a post. I was coming off the hamstring injury because, early on in my career, I didn't know how to take care of myself. So I kept blowing my hamstrings out. I was just very excited to get back for that game and be able to run, to show people what I could do." Ryan: "I remember talking through the week that we were going to take a deep shot, regardless. If they had single-safety coverage, we were going to throw it up. We felt like we had an advantage of ball skills. So even if it wasn't open, we felt like, regardless, [Julio] was going to go outplay them in that position." Falcons offensive coordinator (now tight ends coach) Mike Mularkey: "The personnel was 12 Jumbo, which put a lineman in [Joe Hawley] to help pass protect because it was a deep, long-developing throw. The formation was Doc-left-off, so both tackles had guys on the wings to help protect them. So, the play was Doc-Left-Deep-71-Bang-Z-Delta to tell them to bang [chip block] before they go out. ... The 71 is seven-man protection." Falcons running back Michael Turner: "We knew we had to block those guys on the edges with Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney, two Hall of Fame-type players on the team, which is why we max-protected. Honestly, I was looking around for someone to block but couldn't find nobody." Colts defensive end Robert Mathis: "They game-planned it well where they were able to neutralize our pass rush. They made sure we didn't get to their quarterback with double-teams and chip blocks. I think we may have had only one sack against them, and I didn't get a sack." Falcons wide receiver Roddy White: "I thought I was the first read on the play, but I think Matt already predetermined he was throwing that ball to [Julio] anyway. The only good player they had back there in the secondary was Antoine Bethea. They had a real fast dude, [Jerraud] Powers, but everybody else was just all right." The throw and catch Ryan heaved the ball from his own 42; Jones caught it right at the goal line and rolled in. Ryan: "We had the single-safety look, and I basically just threw it as far as I could. And [Julio] made an unbelievable adjustment on the ball." Jones: "Matt gave me an opportunity ball to make a play on it down the field. Just stayed with it throughout the whole play. The defensive guys kind of gave up on it. I stuck with it and completed the catch." Colts defensive back Jerraud Powers: "Kevin Thomas was guarding Julio, and I was trying to help from the backside when I saw he was running the post. On that play, it was Cover 3, I'm sure. I was reading Matt Ryan and tried to go help, and once he launched it and I saw Julio had a step on Thomas, I figured Julio would come down with it." Mularkey: "[Ryan] just took a shot with Julio. It was pretty well covered, but he threw it to a spot. Julio got to that spot and made an unbelievable catch. It was Matt's read to trust the throw, trust everything that's been taught with the read. And he let her go." Falcons color analyst Dave Archer: "As a former quarterback, whenever there's a middle safety, throwing a post is kind of a no-no. You just don't do that. But this guy [Jones] is a different bird -- literally a different bird. When you've got a 6-3, 220-pound receiver who runs 4.3 that can make those kind of grabs, it doesn't matter who's down through the middle." White: "That was probably one of the best catches I've ever seen. Julio caught the ball in between three people off the ground. You know how hard that is to do?" Overturned The catch initially was ruled incomplete as back judge Kirk Dornan thought the ball hit the ground, but Falcons coach Mike Smith threw the challenge flag. Referee Mike Carey reviewed it and overturned the call. Jones: "I knew it was a touchdown, all the way." Ryan: "I remember [Julio] calling out because they didn't initially rule it a touchdown. He was screaming out saying, 'No, no, no. I caught that.'" Referee Mike Carey: "He got control of the ball. It never touched the ground. Initially when he hits the ground, the ball flops. It was very difficult at first. Kirk Dornan is an excellent back judge. The movement makes it seems like the ball did, but it didn't really hit the ground. He gained control." Turner: "Everybody always says they came up with the catch, right? We couldn't see the replay because they don't show that kind of stuff on the video board to help the opposing team. So, we just waited and waited." Carey: "Typically, there are nine to 40 camera angles -- depending on if it's a prime-time game. You want to talk to the replay operator to get the specific angle. In this particular play, we were looking at two different angles to see if the ball hit the ground. If you see the replay, it looks like I was standing there waiting for TV to come back [from commercial]. That's an indication that it didn't take particularly long to make the call." The celebration Jones: "We did this dance called 'beef it up' at the time. The only thing I can remember is when we started doing it, Smitty [coach Mike Smith] was like, 'Get the f--- off the field.'" Douglas: "We worked on the dance the week beforehand. When we used to play music at practice, we all used to dance together. I would have to say me and Weems were the best dancers. I don't want to say [Julio] was the worst. [Julio] and Rod were more the calm ones, where me and Weems were more of the outgoing, rah-rah guys." Ryan: "Those guys were all doing it, but I wasn't included in the dance." White: "Matt wasn't included because he's the worst dancer we've seen in our lifetime. He has two left feet, man. We call him 'baby giraffe' because he runs around and don't even know where to go." The aftermath Jones also had an 80-yard TD in the game on a slant play. He caught three passes for 131 yards -- his single-game high as a rookie -- and two scores, letting the NFL know he had arrived. Powers: "I went against Julio in college, so I knew what type of player he was going to become. ... Julio is probably the most complete receiver in the game: physical, fast, quick, 'I'm the best' mentality. He's the only guy I saw that could match up with Patrick Peterson and be just as athletic, quick and fast." Archer: "You kind of had an idea that he was a freak anyway. When you see a guy do something like that, as a quarterback you say, 'Wow, I can throw this guy the ball anywhere now.' You'll talk about your confidence as a quarterback ramping up exponentially when you see a guy make that play." Ryan: "Yeah, Arch is 100 percent right. That's one of the things we talked about as a team, was saying that this guy is different. He's a guy that you just have to give chances during a game for him to go make a play on the ball. That was the beginning of my confidence level with him just going through the roof." Jones: "Was that me arriving? Hmm, nah. It was just a glimpse of what I could do and be in the league as far as taking small things to the house and making big plays down the field."
  5. This will be my go to scream every Julio td this year. Idk whos seen the ig post of julio but I'll try and get the vid embedded.. Rise up!!
  6. 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?
  7. The man racks up receiving yards like no other!
  8. https://www.atlantafalcons.com/_mobileview/news/quickest-to-10-000-yards-julio-jones-set-to-blow-past-all-time-greats keep in mind he missed 13 games in 2013.
  9. But let’s cut him still.
  10. Dude literally almost had all our offensive yards. Not to mention they didn’t count his 50+ yard catch. Ryan gets paid 30 millions a year to be a freaking game manager. I’m tired of protecting him. Julio is the one that need protection. Pay the man!!!!!
  11. Dont know if this was posted but I ran across it and thought it was interesting. It echoes some of the sentiments I feel about Ridley and what he will bring to the offense. We’re in a very unique situation because even tho Julio has two guys watching him at all times if Calvin makes an immediate impact it won’t be so easy to double Julio and Matt will have games where he can’t miss because the defense is helpless. Most teams only have ONE Good corner. A few Two like us. And usually that 3rd one is gonna get it. With us basically having 3 #1 wr’s that 3rd guy is gonna get it. Especially if Sark gets the pre snap movement back on track. Watch out falcons fans. Get ready for the ride!!
  12. Ladies and gentlemen: start your engines! https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/julio-jones-reportedly-willing-to-skip-all-training-camp-as-he-looks-for-new-contract/ When the Falcons report for training camp on Thursday, Julio Jones won't be there. One of the league's best wide receivers skipped offseason workouts and now, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Jones is willing to skip the entirety of training camp while he waits for a pay raise -- despite the Falcons making it clear that they had no intentions of doing so at this time. Nonetheless, Rapoport adds, "[Jones] appears resolute in his mindset." Jones risks $40,000 per day in fines. Jones inked a five-year, $71.25 million contract extension in August 2015 (including $47 million guaranteed) that now makes him ninth in average annual salary among all wideouts. And while it's one thing to make less than Antonio Brown ($17 million annually, on average), it's something completely different to be looking up at Sammy Watkins ($16 million) and Davante Adams ($14.5 million). Jones is set to make $14.2 million in 2018, which goes a long way in explaining his decision to stay away from the Falcons' facility. Jones ranked sixth in efficiency among wideouts last season, according to Football Outsiders' metrics. He had 88 catches for 1,444 yards but managed just three touchdowns in 16 starts. But 2017 was Jones' least productive season since 2013; in 2016 he averaged 17.0 yards per reception and scored six times; in 2015 he had a whopping 136 receptions for 1,871 yards and had 104 receptions the season before that. Still, Jones is the centerpiece of the Falcons' downfield attack, one that starts with franchise quarterback Matt Ryan and now includes rookie first-rounder Calvin Ridley. Back in May, Jones told TMZ that his absence during offseason wasn't about money. "It's not even about [my contract]," Jones said at the time. "Everybody wants a story right now. There's no story to be told. I'm just working. I'm getting myself better. I'm just working on myself right now. There's no bad blood between me and the team or anything like that. Everybody on the outside trying to look in and destroy what we built there." It sure sounds like this is, in fact, about money. And that's understandable. But the Falcons don't appear interested in negotiating a new deal, what with Jones having three years left on his current contract. Now the question becomes: who blinks first?
  13. Link There's a 3 minute video I can't embed. Basically feed Julio. Though it does say a Panthers loss might kill their playoff chances.
  14. Looking at Julio's plays from last season and the catches he made in the SB, if we would've won the SB, I think he would have won MVP and he would probably be 1st ballot. Without the SB win and SB MVP, he is still on target for HoF. I just look at TO and Moss and with what they did and are having a hard time getting in. Yeah, I know their antics and diva persona are weighing them down now. Otherwise, WTH isn't TO 1st ballot. 2nd in majority of stats behind Jerry, SMH. If Matt Ryan wins SB MVP, he will be a 1st or 2nd ballot HoF. But Kurt Warner did have to wait to get in. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000813486/article/julio-jones-heads-nfls-most-indispensable-offensive-players
  15. I know we've heard about this before, but I was always under the impression that Belichik was coming from strictly pick vs pick value angle... As if Julio needed another motivation to kick *** in the Bowl...
  16. As I watched Julio do his Trick Montalban karate chop on the Packers defenders, I starting thinking on how we got to this point. The beatdown we received in 2010 is what started this transformation. Without this historic move by TD in the draft, we would be watching Julio perform these unearthly feats in another uniform. We just obliterated GB with the weapon we acquired to match GB's offense. It will be special when we hang his number above Mercedes Benz Stadium in the future. http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap3000000777851/Julio-Jones-Highlights
  17. Can we finally stop hearing that Antonio Brown is the best WR in the league. Dude was doubled today and rendered ineffective. Julio seeing a double is standard and has still made plays when completely blanketed (see last year). Julio missed 2 complete games and was still 40 yards off from leading the league in yards. He has been playing with bad wheels since the first GB game and is still a DCs nightmare. If you single cover him you are either dumb or have him on your fantasy team. Sorry for the rant, but it is time for that debate to finally wash out.
  18. So proud of all these men... http://www.snappytv.com/snaps/gbvsatl-julio-jones-about-nfl-green-bay-packers-at-atlanta-falcons-conference-championships-on-nfl-2016-live-1-00-_5s
  19. As stated in other threads, Julio and Matt could have gone for more yards. Carolina put one on one coverage - if someone makes this mistake again - I see Julio having another historic day with Matt at QB. Saw this picture and thought I'd share it hah
  20. Good stuff from our players. It started here, it stays here...
  21. It's not the team, it's the curse of Atlanta.
  22. I have been reading a lot of threads lately and listening to a little bit of talk radio. I have to say what I have been hearing is worrisome at the very least. I understand the disappointment in the fanbase, as a fan of decades this season is no stranger to me. We have certainly seen many like it. Still, this time it is a bit different. We were winners not too long ago, consistent winners for the first time ever actually. This is obviously not a lack of talent problem we are facing, because we have only lost a few guys from that 2012 NFCCG team. In truth we, as a fanbase, need to step up our game. We need to recognize that this is a coaching league, first and foremost, and a great coach can win championships with near average talent. That said, a really good coach should be able to win with Atlanta's talent on a very consistent basis. In an offensive league, we have potentially the most deadly weapons in the league. We should be playing for Lombardi Trophies over the next 10 years, and that all starts with bringing in the correct guy. So, who is the correct guy? Well, there are a few candidates who look really solid on paper. I won't bother going into it too much because you will hear all about them in short order. I have to say I don't know who the right guy is anymore than Arthur Blank does. Guys that come to mind right from the start would be Daniels from NE, Munchack or LeBeau from Pitt, maybe a Dan Quinn? Blank did the right thing with hiring the firm to help select candidates as TD has never done it before and I'm sure Blank wants a second opinion. I know Arthur is getting some heat for leaking this info before the game yesterday, but I think we need to give him a pass on that one. Blank wants nothing more than to bring a Lombardi to this city, and no city deserves it more than Atlanta. If my owner could only have 1 trait of my choosing then that would be my choice, as it is a trait which has been missing before in this town. So that brings us back to how to reheat our day old pizza, aka how to get back to the 2012 team that was a play away from a Super Bowl...and maybe even go further. What became painfully obvious against the Panties was that we are physically outmatched up front on a consistent basis. We need to find more big, explosive, fast, disruptive athletes to play up front for us. And we need to bring in the best coaches to maximize their talents. We also could use a legit #1 RB, some more OL quality & depth, a Safety, a playmaking TE, and a Fullback. Add those to the horses for the front 7 on D, and it's going to take a couple of years to retool this team to where it needs to be. A lot of people on this board act like this team had a bunch of talent when TD & Smitty got here, but the truth is there are maybe one or two guys who still play regular snaps that were around on that 2007 nightmare team. In six short years, we have put together a solid roster on top of that skeleton crew that was here in '07. That's not too shabby. Keep in mind that we don't have to replace every struggling player on our roster in order to get to the top. No team is capable of that, and we just need to put in replacements that will elevate the other guys we decide to stick with. We could be back in the thick of things next year, honestly.
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