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  1. This is the game that Kyle infamously called "the [Falcons] Super Bowl" in the days leading up to the game. After rewatching the highlights (BTW it has over 2 million views now which is shocking for a Falcons' game regardless of opponent), I realized that this game played out eerily similar to Super Bowl LIV. Week 15 The 49ers scored the first points. The game was 10-10 at the half The 49ers went up 13-10 in the third quarter. The 49ers go up 20-10 in the fourth quarter. Falcons outscore 49ers 19-2 in the fourth quarter (for a total of 21 points) after the 49ers last TD to win the game. Super Bowl LIV (literally copied and pasted the Week 15 stuff except for last line). The 49ers scored the first points. The game was 10-10 at the half The 49ers went up 13-10 in the third quarter. The 49ers go up 20-10 in the fourth quarter. Chiefs score 21 unanswered points to win the game.
  2. Dear Mr. Blank - If Dan Quinn remains head coach after today’s game, I will not spend another second watching this team or giving you my hard-earned money. How many more games will you allow your HEAD COACH to cost your team games? After years of questionable decisions and then insanely boneheaded decisions the past two weeks — last weekend him not challenging a clear touchdown and today giving the Cowboys at extra 8 yards, which was just enough for a hooking field goal to go through the uprights — he must go. Dan Quinn seems like a nice fella but he is fully incapable of leading us to a championship. As a head coach in the National Football League, he clearly doesn’t understand the basics of football…when to call time outs, how to eat clock with a lead, when to challenge and not challenge calls, etc., etc., etc. And as importantly, Coach Quinn is obviously unable to get his team ready to beat teams like Cleveland (who doesn’t beat anybody) and Dallas at home, with the entire season on the line. Do I need to go into the 28–3 lead that he wilted away in the SUPER BOWL? Nope, everyone knows that story, but since every. single. opposing. fan. constantly reminds us of that atrocious meltdown, let me remind you…Dan Quinn blew THE BIGGEST LEAD IN SUPER BOWL HISTORY. All he had to do was run three times, kick a field goal (he must have forgot that we have one of the most consistent kickers in NFL history), and the Atlanta Falcons are Super Bowl champions. Yep, the basics. You do realize that Falcon fans will never live this down right? Well that is unless we finally hoist that beautiful Vince Lombardi trophy. We are wasting the golden years of our Hall of Fame talent. How much longer do you think Matt and Julio will play at this level? The past few seasons we’ve lost a slew of games to teams that we should not be losing to, in pretty horrific ways. Let me ask you something…do you ever feel overly confident going into a football game? I sure don’t, even when on paper we have a more talented team. Why? Because our head coach doesn’t properly prepare this team. We are an undisciplined, unfocused bunch far too often. Sure we had injuries this year, but Dan Quinn is supposed to be a brilliant defensive mind and his defenses have looked clueless all year. Loyalty is a great quality but not when it’s to a fault. Perhaps others won’t say it but I will…you are too loyal Arthur. Where did your loyalties get you with Mike Smith? Dan Quinn is Mike Smith 2.0 to a T. He’s a good talent evaluator but a terrible head coach. Look at where Smitty is now. Out of yet another job having recently been fired in Tampa Bay. You kept that guy around for far too long and I fear the same thing happening here. I’m tired of Quinn’s bland, repetitive answers when questioned about why we lost a game. I’m tired of his clichés and empty slogans (like “In Brotherhood”). I’m tired of his lack of fire when his team does stupid $hit game in, game out. I’m tired. Actually, I’m exhausted. Being a Falcon fan is completely exhausting. My family and I have been watching this team since year one. We had season tickets up until you point when you decided to build an unneeded stadium, charge an insane amount for PSL’s (effectively pricing us out), and turn our football field into an amusement park, creating empty seats throughout leading to zero energy and fan noise. My family was able to look past that though. While sitting in our seats at NRG Stadium during halftime of the Super Bowl, my brother, father, and I, finally felt that that the 50 years of hardship were worth it. We were finally going to see our beloved team win a title. Enter Dan Quinn. But hey, at least we have $2 hot dogs. Please Mr. Blank…I’m a 42 year old man virtually begging you at this point. Please bring us a proven winner. Please bring in a coach who understands the most simple aspects of the game. Please bring us a coach who doesn’t isn’t satisfied with a small lead and who doesn’t seem to enjoy every game going down to the wire. Please bring in a coach who has that Bill Belichick killer instinct and who goes for the jugular. MY jugular, and heart, simply can’t take it anyone. The fans deserve better. The franchise deserves better. You deserve better. Please. Sincerely, A lifelong Atlanta Falcon’s fan who can’t take more losing
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Long time no see. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Had a bit of free time today and that football itch is starting to get to me -- hopefully that's all it is, she looked clean -- but I digress. At any rate, I was finally after all these months been able to take a few peeks here and there at some of the Super Bowl and big picture aside, there was some beautiful offense being played for stretches in that game. I wanted to take a look at one play in particular from the early part of the second quarter that just illustrates how Kyle Shanahan would just flat outscheme opposing coaches. It wasn't that the opposition did anything wrong, it was just the call and the design just left the defense with no answer. Now one of the hallmarks of Kyle's scheme was pre-snap motion. For anyone who isn't in the know, the reason offenses motion is because it exposed the coverage. There is a whole chess game that is played before the snap. Defenses try to do everything to muddy their looks. Offenses to everything they can to expose them. Here is one of those looks... now I might get a little chatty on this pic because there is a lot to unpack. so bear with me. First, the defense is playing a TAMPA 2, but that comes later. There is no way to know that from this look. The likebackers are mugging the A gaps and the corners are pressed up on the receivers, so just off this look, it could be anything. Could be man under. Could be Cover 0 (all out blitz), could be a zone pressure. The MAIN way quarterbacks are taught to diagnose coverage pre-snap is to look at the safeties. Safeties will always give away the play. Corners can lie to you. Linebackers can lie to you. Safeties will tell you the truth. Two safeties playing 12 yards off the LOS and a little wide of the hash, it's a form of 2 deep coverage. If they're playing flat-footed at around 8-10 and they are kind of hovering over the #2 receiver, it's quarters. If they are under 8 yards, it's a man blitz. They're coming and they're bringing everybody. Of course there's more, but that's the basics. This look right here, that tricky ole ******* Belichick, this here is a pickle, because as I said it is a Tampa 2 but they safeties are not playing at 12 -- they are actually look a little shallow. I'd guess pressure off this look alone, but you don't make a living doing this stuff by guessing... This is where the motion comes into play. Sanu motions across the formation. The corner that was on him stays on that side of the formation. The defense just tipped their hand. It's zone all the way. Matt knows it. The receivers know it. The defense knows they know it. Also, you will notice when I post the video that the safeties back off to 12 yards, further exposing the coverage. Now here are the actual route combinations courtesy of JamesLightFootball, one of the better football guys out there breaking down x's and o's. This just the perfect call vs. that coverage. The defense has no answer for this. Julio is running the vertical from the #3 position. That route eats up the linebacker running the pipe down the middle of the field. Sanu runs the wheel route and Gabriel runs that little dig right there in the middle of the field. Here's what it looks like right after the snap. Matt fakes to Coleman. Julio is jammed at the line then released. Note the linebacker running with him up the seam. Towards the bottom of the screen, this is where New England is screwed. That cover-2 flat corner has two men he has to guard. If he stays with Gabriel vertical, Sanu on wheel is wide open, so he does his job and passes Gabriel off to the safety and stays with Sanu. Problem is the safety, that poor ******* is caught in a backpeddle and he knows there is a linebacker on the best receiver in football so he's peeking over there seeing if he needs to help out, all the while all this mess with Sanu and Gabriel is unfolding on his side of the field and he doesn't know if he should get width and help with Sanu on the wheel or stay in the middle of the field with Gabriel. Here's the video of that play from two angles. There's just not much the safety could have done. I don't recall seeing this play during the season, so he's seeing this for the first time probably, and it was just easy pickings. That funky trips formation just ate up the coverage. Here's to hoping there's a lot more of this in store. BTW... shout out to Tevin on that play. Not the prettiest pass-pro, but he impeded that defender just enough so he didn't get a clean shot on Matt and he was able to make a strong throw.
  6. TLDR; A lot of the SB analysis (especially lazy narratives) we're seeing isn't based off of recent results. Falcons are the hotter team and their defense is not as bad as it may seem. Falcons Win (35-28). Leaning on Narratives for a Prediction Predictions are hard. Let's start with that. Nobody knows what's going to happen during the Super Bowl this Sunday and a number of variables will dictate the result. We can only use the information we have and guess. But it's still interesting to observe the way most people choose to make predictions. There are a large number of people that lean heavily on narratives and I'd argue that it's the laziest one. Stop me if you've heard any of these in the last week: "You can't give Bill Belichick two weeks to prepare for a team." "The Patriots are the most experienced team so..." "Bill Belichick is going to take away your best weapon" Narratives tend to be mostly selectively pulled from a collection of past events. Some are based in truth, but many are just repeated with the assumption that it must be true. Why? Because everybody says it. In many ways, it's the path of least resistance. Narratives allow people easy talking points to lean on, but at what cost? The actual act of making predictions has become more popular in recent times. I've always felt like it's led people to play it safe. People don't like being wrong and these narratives reverberate in the media echo chamber and give people easy outs. But this type of groupthink often backfires. The last five Super Bowl bouts have seen the underdog against the spread win outright. Most of the narratives and Vegas sees the Patriots prevailing on Sunday. Utilizing Stats for a Prediction On the other side of the coin, you have statistics. The best indicator of future performance is past performance. When used in predictions, statistics tend to reflect more recent events. This is a good thing, as going back too far in the future tends to produce irrelevant information. For all these reasons, statistics tend to be more reliable than narratives. Advanced stats in particular are great for adding additional insight into how a game will unfold. And all the prediction-based stats come out to a similar conclusion. This should be a close game. On the surface, the stats say that the Falcons have the best offense in the league, while the Patriots have the best defense. The advanced stats only bear out the same for the Falcons offense. Per Football Outsider's DVOA metric, the Patriots defense ranks as the 16th best for the regular season. This is largely due to a schedule that pitted the Patriots against lackluster offenses all year. Perhaps most interesting, their pass defense comes in with a DVOA ranking of 23rd. This jumps out to me with them facing an explosive Falcons offense led by Matt Ryan who is simply on fire. On the other side of the ball, the Patriots are a good all around offense and only come behind the Falcons in DVOA rankings. The Falcons defense on the surface looks middling to bad no matter what stats you look at. Their defense finished the regular season with a DVOA ranking of 27, but it's not all bad. The numbers also say that the defense has shown improvement over the 2nd half of the season and during the playoffs. Their pass defense has especially improved aided by a pass rush that has had increased success getting to the quarterback. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for their rushing defense, which the stats say has hovered around the bottom of the league all year. Altogether, the stats say this is a close game, but they also point to a slight advantage for the Patriots. Conclusion: What Stats Don't Say To get a complete picture of a team, you often have to look deeper. Analyzing stats will give you a basic understanding of a teams strength and weaknesses, but not the full picture. After the NFC championship game, much of the talk was about the Packers falling short due to injuries. Many said Aaron Rodgers still managed to score three touchdowns and if only the Packers were healthier, who knows? This struck me as a little bit of revisionist history. The Atlanta Falcons got off to a 24-0 lead at halftime in the NFC championship game. Just a minute into the 2nd half, the Falcons scored another touchdown. The score then sat at 31-0. Of course, the Packers ended with 21 points, but this game was over at halftime. This peaked my interest enough to investigate the game flow of the Falcon's previous bouts and what I found was insightful. A quick look at a few box scores throughout the season showed me that the Falcons had bad habit. They tend to let up of the gas or become gassed late in games. Whatever the reason, they have a tendency to give up a lot of points late in games. Even games that have been put away. Their last regular season game against the Saints is a perfect example. The Falcons were up 38-13 going into the 4th quarter. Per ESPN's win probability, the Falcons had a 99.9% chance of winning the game at that point. Drew Brees and the Saints went on to hang 19 points on the Falcons defense. The Falcons ended up winning 38-32, but the score wasn't truly indicative of the game. The Falcons's win probability never fell below 99% the entire 4th quarter. Similarly, the Falcon's win probability never fell below 99% for the entire 2nd half of the NFC championship game. The Saints game is an extreme example, but the Falcons displayed this bad habit throughout the season. Per Oddshark, the Falcons gave up 9.4 points per game in the 4th quarter. This was often in situations where the Falcons were up by multiple touchdowns. Does a tree falling in a forest make a sound when no one is around. I don't know, but I know those 4th quarter points count toward the Falcon's defensive stats no matter the circumstance. In contrast to the Falcons games in the playoffs, the Patriots haven't looked as pristine. While both conference title games were characterized similarly as blowouts, the Steelers were still in the game in the 2nd half. The same can't be said for the Packers. As strong as many of the pro-Patriots narratives are, I just can't close my eyes and ignore what they are telling me. The momentum and recent play of both teams don't match up. Just take a look at the playoff numbers for Tom Brady and Matt Ryan. Tom Brady - 62% completion for 671 yards with 5 TDs and 2 INTs (77.5 QBR) Matt Ryan - 70% completion for 730 yards with 7 TDs and 0 INTs (95.2 QBR) Nobody will be surprised if the favored Patriots pull it out, but that's not the Super Bowl result that seems most likely to me. There's something to be said about momentum and I can't ignore it with the Falcons. In addition to being the hottest team, they can easily make their biggest weakness (rush defense) a non-factor by getting off to a quick start. Despite what the narratives and stats say, the rest tells me the Falcons win Super Bowl 51. Super Bowl Prediction: Falcons Win (35-28) http://newspecsports.com/2017/02/04/super-bowl-51-prediction
  7. Don't want to jinx this game. BUT if the falcons win today, I'm hoping to watch the big game with other falcons fans in Toronto. Looking to book reservations at Real Sports in Toronto! BUMP if interested.
  8. I believe we can beat San Francisco. I watch their games I see they can be an unit that can be outsmarted on offense. At the same time, SF is a team that is physically dominant and can get pressure with their front four. I expect Colin to have a great game and Ryan to play Cassell like as he did last Sunday and in all of his playoff performances till the final minute of the game. I picked Atlanta to win last week but this week, San Fran will win even though I badly want Atlanta to win. San Francisco- 31 Atlanta- 10 While Atlanta will do a great job stopping the run, I expect SF OL to dominate pass blocking and give Kaep all day throwing the ball like Wilson. Kaep has better weapons and he can eat you up in the pocket as well. I expect Kaep to have a great game even if he doesn't run for more than 50 yards.
  9. He is an excellent game manager. He has the touted “it” factor. He is the hardest working quarterback this franchise has EVER had. His short passing game is one of best in the NFL. He knows the right sets to get us to and if you don’t know what I am talking about, watch games of other QB’s in Atlanta before Ryan. He has total command of the offense. I really believe this is the best offensive coordinator we have had in Atlanta. He has complete control on offense like an elite QB, maybe he doesn’t have control like Manning has but no one has that type of total control. That is including Brees, Brady, and Rodgers. He is as sharp as a QB as we have in franchise history. He is one of the best decision makers in franchise history. He is a winner. I love winners and I respect Ryan for that. I would love to get a winner at QB for any QB no matter the talent level. The issue with Ryan is he has absolutely no mobility. It doesn’t matter if it is in pocket or out of the pocket, he has no mobility. It’s like watching a lanky Drew Bledsoe in the pocket in terms of his mobility. He is limited in that regard. He might have the worst mobility we have had at QB ever. Some of our previous QB’s like Miller, Schaub, Johnson, and Leftwich have superior mobility to Ryan. Joey Harrington is better but not by much compared to Ryan in Atlanta and Michael Vick is so greatly superior in terms of mobility I might as well not even bring him up. Since mobility is a major need for the West Coast Offense, Ryan will never be any better in that type of offense now. Ryan just doesn’t have mobility and that limits him in this league. He is a traditional pocket passer. Matt Ryan has a very weak arm. He tries to overcompensate for it by throwing the ball really high which absolutely kills his velocity. His velocity on his deep balls might be the worst in the NFL and only comparable with Matt Leinart. This is why arm strength is considered the most important thing for NFL QB’s via a SI article. You must have the velocity in the NFL to make all throws to become an elite NFL QB. Matt Ryan has awful deep ball accuracy. His deep ball accuracy is comparable to Donovan McNabb who has poor deep ball accuracy as well. The difference between Ryan and McNabb is arm strength. McNabb has one of the best arms in NFL history and Ryan arm is extremely weak. When McNabb is near the WR on his deep passes, he has a big enough arm that the WR can make the play while Ryan doesn’t and the WR is generally brought down after the catch. He gets exposed if the running game is non-existed. Matt Ryan is not a football player in terms of mindset. Guys like Big Ben, Newton, Rodgers, Tebow, even Brady and Manning are football players. They stand strong in the pocket. They move when a rusher is coming. They aren’t scared of a defensive player. Ryan is Chicken Little. He is extremely scared. First signs of a rusher, he falls down to slides to the ground. He is extremely scared. I hear some say he’s tough but he is not tough. He just isn’t injury prone. Being tough and being injury prone is not the same thing. An injury prone player can change. Aaron Rodgers is a prime example. He was injury prone till this season. Sometimes it’s your team like Stafford and Cutler or your style of play like Vick, Rodgers, or Vince Young. But a weak minded QB is always a weak minded QB. A timid QB will always be a timid QB. His lack of swagger doesn’t help either. With that said, Ryan has more strengths than weaknesses; the problem is for our personnel his weaknesses are too much. We have the talent for a high octane offense. Even if Turner is in his last years we can replace him with all around talent named Quizz Rodgers who can be Maurice Jones-Drew lite. Gonzo can’t be replaced but it is not hard to find a decent TE in FA or the draft these days. White, Jones, and the rest of the cast might be the best in the NFL. That is a lot of offensive weapons. Ryan problem is that he needs to play around an elite run blocking line which we were last season, an elite running RB which Turner has been two out of his four years in Atlanta and an elite defense which we have never had in Atlanta in the last 10 seasons. The best solution for all of this is that we have the personnel on offense to explode but maybe it’s time to trade or get a QB for the future since it will not be Ryan. With our offense, we don’t need an elite passer at QB to become a great team or even a produce an elite QB. We need a QB who has a very good arm, has decent football awareness, and is a playmaker. No QB can become elite in any offense if he is not a playmaker. But some playmakers have major deficiencies in other areas. Vince Young and Jay Cutler come to mind. They can win a Super Bowl but both need freedom and an offensive supporting cast to win a Super Bowl. Not many guys who aren’t playmakers can win a Super Bowl. I would say only Trent Dilfer and Rob Johnson is the only QB's who can’t make plays who have won Super Bowls but those QB’s had some of the greatest defenses of all time. Here are the QB’s in the NFL I would take over Matt Ryan and the ones I would draft to eventually replace aren’t quoted. Drafted: Robert Griffin III- He is extremely accurate. He is extremely mobile. Doesn’t have the “it” factor but does neither does Rodgers and he does elite potential as a QB. Andrew Luck- Enuff said. He does float the ball a bit like Ryan but the big difference is he is accurate on his deep balls and he has excellent mobility in the pocket and has decent mobility in general. He is a football player. He will be the elite superior version of Matt Ryan if Sam Bradford is the potentially elite version of Matt Ryan. Kellen Moore- He needs time to adjust like Drew Brees but all has passes have excellent zip. No matter if it’s short, intermediate, and deep. He has great pocket awareness and mobility. Drew Brees like accuracy. The rest was quoted from a different date in a different thread. Thank you for reading. I took off Romo from that list. I remember the reason why I never liked Romo again. He is not a super bowl winning type of QB.
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