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  1. The Seahawks and Wilson are not seeing eye to eye at the moment. Since Wilson wants an O-Line and the teams below could use a change at QB which team is more likely to trade for him? Falcons Bears Steelers Denver Washington Football Team Raiders Poll in Comment Below
  2. 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
  3. Hi all, after the hit on Redskins TE Jordan Reed. Some may have been trying to label Safety Keanu Neal as a dirty player. I wanted to talk about. And would like your take as well.
  4. 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?
  5. Scout's Honor podcast looking at Giants, Falcons, Packers before heading to training camp https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18379434
  6. When we’ve talked defensive player options in regards to the NFL draft, everyone has brought up defensive tackle in the first round. To me, there are only 2 DT’s that could make an immediate impact on our defense day 1. Quinnen Williams Ed Oliver Both will be gone by the time it gets to #14. Which leaves us with 3 options. Reach for a defensive lineman (Yes, all other defensive linemen options will be a reach in the first round), take an offensive lineman, or trade down. I will definitely be fine with the latter two ONLY if the front office makes it up to us by picking up this player in the draft. Jachai Polite I’ve watched film... Dude has first round-grade talent. But a lot of pundents are saying “But the attitude and piss-poor combine and football IQ”. All smoke... The dude is a competitor and a football player. Combine that with the fastest first step I’ve seen in a while and dude is THE best pure pass rusher in the draft and it’s not even close. I honestly think he screwed himself in the combine on purpose because he actually plays to the measurables Vic Beasley posted in the combine. As a matter of fact, if we pick him, I think he’ll be everything Vic was supposed to be for us and could make an impact day 1. People talk about him falling to the 3rd round.... He absolutely will not lmao mark my words. I would be chomping at the bit if he fell to the late second round. The best chance we would have at getting him will be to trade down. He fits the Dan Quinn mold for sure. I hope we could get him some kind of way. In the right system he could be an absolute pass rushing monster.
  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. The man racks up receiving yards like no other!
  9. http://www.nfl.com/stats/player According to NFL.com, when it comes to the most important player stats. You have SIX major factors. Passing yards, tackles, rushing yards, sacks, receiving yards, and interceptions. 3 on the defensive side. 3 on the offensive side. Guess what? HALF of those leaders are all FALCONS! Guess who they are! Wait a minute, you're telling me that Matt Ryan is higher in passing yards than Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff even after that historic 54-51 game!? You're telling me that Matt Ryan is higher than Big Ben? You're telling me that Tom Brady and Drew Brees aren't top in the league in passing yards? Julio Jones remains top in receiving yards. I'm sure no one is surprised by that. I'm more surprised Antonio Brown is not top 5, but that's probably because the Steelers are a way more balanced team than the Falcons. How about Damontae Kazee? The breakout player for the Falcons D this year? It's gonna be hard for all 3 of these players to replicate that in 2019, because who knows if they'll have the same type of year or if they'll be as healthy the following year. You know what this tells me though? This Falcons team is as bad as the Browns of the previous 3 seasons without these 3 players on our roster. You know what else this tells me? The Falcons are wasting precious talent this year. The Falcons have inept coaching issues. Don't tell me that without 3 pro bowler injuries on the defense (NONE come from our poor D-line play this year) would have made this team Super Bowl contenders. You think this team would have gone from currently #7 in the draft pick (not even middle pack in the league) to being Super Bowl contenders and #29 or #30 in the draft? Oh please. The Seahawks with Russell Wilson (an elite QB) and Pete Carroll no longer have the legion of boom and they have key players on IR yet they've rallied to 6-5 and another possible playoff trip and their defense is TOP 10 in scoring with less talent than us! Or maybe our talent on the defensive side was never as good as we have thought all along? Please explain this to me?
  10. Today is the NFC South's turn and they are showing an NFL films look at last season today at 5:30 of the falcons
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y6vua9yrlk&list=TLGGjdleFp9pyfcyMDA5MjAxNw
  12. http://www.nfl.com/photoessays/0ap3000000848245 NextGen Stats recorded Teco at just over 21 MPH, ahead of Kareem Hunt, Gurleyx2, and Jalen Richard! Fastest RB in the NFL baby! - Also a great stat at the bottom against Rodgers regarding our D!! #Riseup
  13. 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.
  14. http://nflplayoffpredictor.com/?L=Aw18ZXTt-DFOS1b0ckA when you have time http://nflplayoffpredictor.com/?L=IzBM9MRTxjbRsy1G3aiapLasOKTTPQ5CxSpABiQLuKYPvqKxUI5bPfhBocuZEcKwsqxIkzyogA
  15. Why is there an assumption that Matt Ryan is a boring, charisma-challenged quarterback for the Falcons? Does he excite you?
  16. http://footballgameplan.com/fbgps-nfl-gameplan-week-5-preview-redskins-vs-falcons/ Good morning Falcons fans! Good luck this week! Em
  17. http://espn.go.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/16110/qb-injuries-makes-matt-ryan-appreciate-health FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Tony Romo is down with a broken left collarbone.Drew Brees is day to day with a bruised rotator cuff. And Josh McCown just got cleared to return from a concussion. The injuries involving starting quarterbacks around the league is an aspectAtlanta Falcons signal-caller Matt Ryan is well aware of. And it certainly makes Ryan appreciate that he hasn't missed a game since 2009. "Knock on wood," Ryan said. "You don't like see anyone get hurt. But there's something different to the quarterback position. You kind of get to know those guys you play against, some of them for a long time. When you see guys go down, I hate seeing it because I know, when you get to talk to them, how much they put into it, how much they care, and how important it is to them. "I hate seeing guys get injured." The injury to Romo will prevent a showdown with Ryan from happening this Sunday. It's unknown how Brees will progress heading into the Week 6 showdown between the NFC South rivals, although Brees doesn't plan to miss any action. All the Falcons care about it keeping Ryan's streak of 85 consecutive games alive. He has never had any type of arm injury. And Ryan last missed a game on Dec. 13 of 2009 against the Saints at the Georgia Dome, when he was sidelined two contests due to turf toe. "Just not being able to be out there," Ryan said of the frustration he felt back then. "Everybody in this locker room wants to go out and help contribute and help the team win; do what they can and pull their weight. And when you're on the sideline and you're unable to go, you don't feel like you can do that." The veteran McCown admires Ryan's durability. "I have a ton of respect for Matt for a lot of reasons, and that would be a major one," McCown said. "It's a combination of his toughness, intelligence, and ability to play fast and get the ball out that I think has allowed him to stay on the field." Having a strong offensive line surely helps the cause, and that hasn't necessarily been the case for Ryan and the Falcons in recent years. Ryan was sacked a career-high 44 times in 2013 and 31 times last year. Of course, he attempted many more passes under former offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, but that's still too many sacks to take. So far through two games this season, Ryan has been sacked three times in 85 dropbacks and been hit 11 times. More emphasis on the running game and the ability to move the pocket in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme should help Ryan remain upright. Veteran left guard Andy Levitre, who watched a couple quarterbacks he's played next to go down with season-ending injuries --Trent Edwards (ankle) in Buffalo and Jake Locker (shoulder) in Tennessee -- said the onus should be on the line to make sure Ryan remains on the field. "An offensive lineman's job is to keep the quarterback up; to keep him healthy," Levitre said. "To let something like that happen on your account is obviously ... you should take that personally. It's your job to protect him. Allowing somebody to get to him in the first place and then the him getting hurt as well, you never want to see that. It comes down to us doing our job and protecting."
  18. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000531857/article/atlanta-falcons-look-tough-under-dan-quinn-no-surprise-there ATLANTA -- Strolling the sidelines before Monday's season opener, Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff carried the type of cool demeanor that has so often defined him -- but also escaped him late in each of the past two years. A new season often brings such serenity to a man in his position. In this league, a few months' time is generally enough to heal a bruised soul. "I feel really good about this," Dimitroff said, looking in the direction of his new head coach, Dan Quinn, who was making some rounds of his own. " (Quinn) just has such a positive demeanor. It's contagious. Everyone feeds off of it." As a reporter or a fan, it's easy to dismiss this optimism as spin. Hope in early September is like a weed: The winter might kill it, but even the slightest bit of sunshine can bring it back to the surface. Atlanta's recent history is a perfect example. But soon after the Falcons' season kicked off Monday night, you didn't need words to make you believe this year might actually be different. You only needed eyes. Through most of four quarters -- yes, even as Chip Kelly's offense stepped up its pace -- the attitude and approach on both sides of the football looked notably different. "It's all about playing fast and physical," wide receiver Julio Jones said on the field immediately following Atlanta's 26-24 win over Philadelphia, fresh off a performance that earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. It begs a question: Shouldn't we all have seen this coming? No doubt the result of too many unfulfilled expectations over the past few years, the Falcons made changes -- starting with the addition of Quinn -- that should've made Monday's success less of a surprise than it was. That's not to say the NFL is full of haters or doubters when it comes to theFalcons. Nobody can be blamed for taking a wait-and-see approach to a team with a first-time head coach. But among all of the Week 1 overreactions, it might not be an overreaction at all to say theFalcons have jumped to a new tier of NFC contenders in just one game. Every game, all season Think about it: The question has rarely been a matter of talent and skills -- but rather, toughness and strategy. When you couple Quinn's culture with new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's creativity, you already have remedied a bulk of those previous deficiencies. That's an oversimplified perspective, no doubt, but the premise holds some weight. And we saw exactly that Monday. We saw it in the creative ways Shanahan deployed Matt Ryan, utilizing play action and a fast pace to turn an offense that has been so inexplicably boring into one that actually pushes the potential of its skills players. It is a reminder of Shanahan's schematic brilliance. How did we not see this coming? How did we so quickly forget what Shanahan did with Matt Schaub in Houston? Why didn't we recall the transcendent rookie season Shanahan fostered from Robert Griffin III? Give the guy Ryan and Julio Jones and Roddy White, and you've got 2016's front-runner for upcoming head-coaching vacancies. But this is far from Shanahan's show right now. It's one thing to employ smart offensive strategies. It's quite another to have a team willing to buy into a culture of toughness and physicality. Quinn has turned a soft (yes, soft) defense into an attacking unit capable of keeping pace with Philly's up-tempo attack. The Falcons were tackling better than we've seen them do in years. And while they did, in fact, let the Eagles back into the game during the second half, a late third-down stop that led to a crucial missed field goal proved they weren't willing to lay down easy. This might sound like a far-too-excited look at a team after just one game, but let us not forget just how bad Atlanta's defense performed last season. On average, teams put up more plays and yards per drive against the Falcons than any other team in the NFL. You could easily make a case that Atlanta's D was the league's softest, most vulnerable unit. And so, when the Falcons are able to thwart a team that is constantly praised for its incredible pace, that's not just an impressive start. That's an incredible turnaround. We'll have to find out how teams are able to adjust to what Atlanta did Monday. This was the first chance any of us got to see what Quinn would do with the Falcons' defense and Shanahan with the offense. Now, opponents will have plenty of tape to dissect and scheme against. The next two games are against the Giants and Cowboys, both on the road. If the Falcons can pull out even one of two wins, they'll be sitting at 2-1 overall and within conference play. You easily could have made the case, just three days ago, that Atlanta would have been a prime team to open the season with three straight losses. So, yes, the Falcons have new hope. They have new optimism. But perhaps unlike years past, we're not looking at a team that will die by winter. Maybe this time, the hope was warranted.
  19. I posted this in the other qb thread about another nfl.com list, but thought since it was a new list, a different list, that it deserved its own thread. Dameshek's top 14 Qbs. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000493095/article/aaron-rodgers-ben-roethlisberger-top-list-of-nfls-best-qbs
  20. 15 games missed in his first four years in the league. Does he overcome it..........ala Thomas Davis..? or.... Does he continue down that path, like DeAngelo Williams? I like JJ , even if he's on a dried turd of a team. I hope his first four years is only a short string of bad luck when it comes to the injuries and he can put them all in the rearview mirror moving forward.
  21. A few things I would like to know from some of you. I understand football more than the average fan with having some background playing in college, coaching, and having friends as professional coaches that I have lost touch with (or I'd ask them). Many of you watch these games over and see more technical things than I do; so I'll be hesitant to say I have 'never' seen these things. I'm thinking about these things and I can't remember seeing some of these things after watching every play every season. Help me out. I'll be chasing a check soon! LOL I'm pulling for the birds as always...but I wonder.... In the last two years; haven't seen (or seen much of...): 1) Two tight end, or tackle eligible formations- I do remember the first series having a tackle eligible; but that's all I can remember. We like to think back to Michael turner; but it was also that mind set. We would catch teams in a nickel zone coverage, and bring in a TE (or add OL) and go no huddle and just slam a defense into submission. Not seeing anything like that. 2) Our offense in a spread/ spreading defenses. Our offensive formations are merely variations of WR sets (3/4/ FB) etc We used to do this, and run true delay/ draws. These would slow down a rush immensely. Running out of our basic set allows pass rushers to push up field with little gap responsibility. The opposing DLs can play 'on their toes' and we have to block them when they have leverage. Our attack comes from the middle early in the play and the defensive 'attack' is more concentrated. We do not 'spread' the defense's responsibility. Doing that would make the opposing DL play flat footed. Has anyone seen anything that is different than what I am seeing? 3) Counters. Do we ever get the DL moving one way and go back against the grain with a run? On the rare occasion we run a double reverse...our line still moves with the eventual ball carrier. Other than an occasional double reverse; not seeing any misdirection. Any of you that have ever played know you can get ff a block or make a block of a bigger opponent if their feet are moving. This is how to play bigger (and better) lines. Even in a fit if you get the opponents body moving, and feet (they lose leverage)...you got 'em! 4) Raising arms and hands during the pass rush. We did this a little early against NYG and we got some batted balls. Haven't seen much other than that. Have you? 5) Sweeps. Have we done any of this? We have smaller and more athletic OL than most teams we play. Why not getting them moving (again) on a sweep to the weak side of the defense. Good old fashioned numbers game which the offense has a better chance to win. Not to mention it makes LBs and DL players pursue...which will work on their 'wind' late in the game. 6) DL 'stunts'. Anyone seeing any type of stunts or variations in the location of our pass rush? Our pass rush is predictable and the OL can 'play on their toes'...block downhill; as we ty to push that player back. This is just pure physics. Not to mention; are you seeing many variations in our blitz packages. Its generally a delayed blitzed. We ahve 1-2 defenders 'lost' (caught between blitzing or coverage as compared to playing true LB placement) on every play. 7) 'Pressing' corners/ disrupting of routes. I can't remember seeing any of our players ever knocking a WR or TE off their route; even a little. No nudge...nothing. We have 5 yards. We can at least change their timing. I know we dont lay a lot of press coverage; but we can still 'squat' on the opposing routes. This is a matter of good scouting and catching tendencies. 8) Adjustments - I'll let you all fill in the 'blanks'. No pun intended...Arthur. 9) Offensive pass routes - We have been running the same routes that last 2 years. You think NFL coordinators haven't caught this and had their coverage people on our routes. How often do you see our receivers with any space at all? You will notice opposing defenders are always at our receivers when the ball arrives. often they are there early. Referees around the league have been allowing a slight early arrival if the defender is in position. MR2 has to put the ball in an exact place (while under a heavy rush) for the receivers t have any chance. Then there's the dropped balls. Much of that ahs to do with the anticipation of close coverage/ hits. A predictable catch point (such as 10-12 yards down for the TE stopping and turning on a spot for the catch). Safeties can predict the spot and start theor hit early. They are coming in delivering a full load of wood (thats what she said last night). 10) QB roll outs. MR2 can move. I agree we dont need him running like Cammy Cam or anything; but a roll out and he can decide the risk will slow the rush don as well. Plus...on a 3rd, 4th and short....and the defense is bunched in with 9 in the box is begging for a roll out. Maybe FB or TE rolling down field to keep a snooping safety honest. 11) the grossly obvious. Why aren't we playing ASmith more? I mean...really. His big plays and presence in the back field will slow down a rush as well. Not to mention; we are a better team with him in the game. I dont necessarily mean making him the bell cow...but dang! Did he pizz MS or MN off somehow? PS- I know I never want to see another defensive lineman covering a receiver. Ever. Ever! Add your thoughts. I would love for Dirk Diggler, MN, MS; or any of you to tell me where I'm off base here and give me some real answers.
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