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  1. Hi all, Pound 4 Pound ATL is back. We haven't posted in a while. There hasn't been alot of new to talk about. Other then th 2 weeks of winning. But if you have time. Check us out. Share your thoughts on some of the topics we cover about our Falcons.
  2. 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.
  3. I find this interesting. I'm going to leave this here. Feel free to discuss your thoughts and I'll chime in later.
  4. Let's be honest people, coming from an extreme Sarkisian hater since he arrived here in the 2017 off season, I will say that this year Sarkisian has improved. He hasn't gotten any worse, and no, he will never be on the level of Shanahan, and that's okay. As long as the offense is productive enough we are good, and our offense has been really good this year. The 2018 O-line for the Falcons that Sark has to deal with is no where near as good or healthy as the 2016 O-line Shanahan had. People need to understand that no franchise in the NFL has a historical offense every year, not even the Patriots. Only the Rams from 1999-2001 were be able to accomplish that feat in a 3 year span. Look at the 2015 Broncos when their offense was a complete shell of their former selves compared to 2013, but their championship defense prevailed them. It's the defense that has been the biggest problem with the Falcons ONCE AGAIN, and our special teams (especially the kick coverage and return game) is very poor. I'm very disappointed in Dan Quinn. FOUR seasons in and you haven't given us a good defense yet? Even in 2017 the numbers say we were top 10 in scoring D, but our D still couldn't get enough turnovers. The difference is that our defense was clutch at the end of a lot of games such as the Bears in Chicago, Lions in Detroit, or Saints at home. I fully understand all the injuries that have happened, but when it comes to our long term injuries like Deion Jones, Keanu Neal, and Ricardo Allen, 2 of those 3 guys are from the secondary, and only 1 is from the D-line. Our D-line depth was already soft and weak coming into this season. People may continue to disagree, but the losses of Poe, Clayborn, and Upshaw hurts the D-line more than people want to believe. I believe Trufant and Alford have been so bad this year because they are missing the leadership of Neal and Rico on the field. Throughout 2017 I believe Neal and Rico being there helped elevate Trufant and Alford's game, in fact, I think most would agree that last year was the best season of Robert Alford's career, but this year he's right back to mediocrity like he was earlier in his career. Trufant has been the biggest disappointment for me, and he wasn't even that good last year coming off injury. Now he's a lot worse. Making him the highest paid corner after a SEASON ENDING injury was the dumbest move the front office as ever made for a long term player on our team in recent memory. Trufant before the injury was never on the level of a Norman or Sherman, so what was the point of that stupid contract? Despite all of what I've said, Trufant and Alford have been here since 2013, and for 2 veteran corners there are no more excuses for playing at such a poor level. That 3 game win streak we had, people acted like our dominant win over the Redskins in Washington was like the previous 2 games in our streak. If it wasn't for those long field goals towards the end of the Bucs and Giants games by Bryant and Tavecchio, we would have started 1-5 after the Bucs and the Giants would have tied us up and forced OT and who knows what would have happened. Dan Quinn continues to get out coached in the 2nd half and choke away late leads in the 4th quarter. We haven't been clutch in the 4th quarter lately, and we find ways to lose or almost lose. We should have sealed the Bucs game 31-29 with a 1st down but we made it harder on ourselves. We should have sealed the Giants game 20-12 with a 1st down but we also made that one harder on ourselves. See the problem? The Redskins game made it seem like we were impressive in that 3 game win streak but if you go back to the Bucs and Giants game you'll know we were just as vulnerable against the Browns in Cleveland. As long as Matt Ryan is still our QB, until we can finally put together a championship defense (which we HAVEN'T, not even 2012 or 2017) we will never get a Super Bowl with Matt Ryan. It's not happening. Until Quinn and Dimitroff can get BIG PHYSICAL guys up front instead of just focusing on speed and skill position all the time, we will continue to suffer as well. Matt Ryan, you have enough weapons, how many more guys do you need? As for the defensive side of the ball, speed is good, but you need big guys too and not just small guys. Or you will continue to get warn out in the 2nd half of games or get pushed around by big physical O-lines or ran over by big backs.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Read the rest here: http://isportsweb.com/2012/01/23/2013-belongs-to-the-saints-and-new-orleans/
  10. Read the rest: http://isportsweb.com/2012/01/05/wild-card-weekend-game-preview-lions-at-new-orleans-saints/
  11. Read the rest here: http://isportsweb.com/2012/01/03/new-orleans-saints-opponents-for-the-2012-season/
  12. Read the rest here: http://isportsweb.com/2011/12/18/new-orleans-saints-week-15-recap-breesd-beat-vikes-soundly/
  13. Looking for more separation for the Saints in the division this weekend after New Orleans beats the Lions and Atlanta loses to the Texans.
  14. Read the rest here: http://isportsweb.com/2011/12/05/new-orleans-saints-week-13-recap-lions-implode-saints-march-on/
  15. Read the rest here: http://isportsweb.com/2011/11/29/orleans-saints-week-12-recap-saints-dominate-over-giants/
  16. Read the rest here: http://isportsweb.com/2011/11/26/orleans-saints-week-12-pregame-giants-saints-preview/
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