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How 'alpha' Are 'young' Ryan And The Falcons?


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Just like in every day life in which there are alpha males, rising alphas, and everyone else, the NFL has a very similar hierarchy of alphas and non-alphas. It's very easy to tell who's alpha. Those who are highly successful, confident, leaders, and are respected by everyone around them are alphas. Those that have some of those traits but not all are rising alphas. And those that say they are alpha (but no one respects) them and those that just aren't alpha fall into the everyone else category.

Alphas are rare, and in the NFL that is also the case. Here is how a few NFL franchises rank:

At the very top of the food chain lies the Patriots. The Patriots have been successful and are still very successful. Everyone knows they are the alpha dog, the Patriots know they are the alpha dog. This alpha dog mentality transcends to their on and off the field attitude. When they win, they say little. When they lose they say even less. For these alpha dogs, beating a divisional rival, like the Bills, is business as usual. Nothing to see here just another Sunday afternoon.

Some teams have flirted with this top dog status, including the Colts with P. Manning and perhaps the Packers, but none have been more dominant than the Patriots.

A step below the top teams are your rising alphas. These include teams like the Texans, who have slowly become dominant, or teams like the Ravens and Steelers who have been successful, but do not command the respect a top dog does.

A step below that are teams like the semi-alpha Saints. Like alphas, the Saints are confident and successful. However, unlike the alpha dog Patriots, the Saints still feel like they have to prove that they are part of the alpha club. As is such, they aren't truly in the alpha club. This is visible through their constant verbal abuse of divisional rivals like the Falcons. A true alpha knows they are top dog and does not waste words with those that don't deserve them. Many rising alphas end up falling into this category as they feel like they need to prove something. True alphas don't need to prove anything.

Below your alphas are what are called forgettables. Forgettables fall into two categories. The wannabe alphas and the non-alphas. Wannabe alphas, which include the Lions, Falcons, Buccaneers (under Raheem Morris), Bills, are the teams that talk like they are alpha dogs but just cannot command the respect an alpha dog does. They generally do more talking than walking, and enjoy beating up on the other group of forgettables. They are quick to brag about short term successes and cry about not gaining enough respect. However, when a true alpha dog walks by, wannabe alphas are quickly put in their place. The wannabes do not have the respect of alphas and have the respect of other group of forgettables ONLY because they beat them.

The final group of teams are just teams that aren't good enough to be included in the conversation of alphas. These include the Jaguars, Raiders, Chiefs, etc... These teams know their place in the NFL and know that in their current position, there is no room for talking. They can only continue to work hard and hope to become alphas one day.

Where would you rank the Falcons in terms of alpha?

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Below your alphas are what are called forgettables. Forgettables fall into two categories. The wannabe alphas and the non-alphas. Wannabe alphas, which include the Lions, Falcons, Buccaneers (under Raheem Morris), Bills, are the teams that talk like they are alpha dogs but just cannot command the respect an alpha dog does. They generally do more talking than walking, and enjoy beating up on the other group of forgettables. They are quick to brag about short term successes and cry about not gaining enough respect. However, when a true alpha dog walks by, wannabe alphas are quickly put in their place.

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Aren't we already alpha males because we scored in the first series of the preseason & did well in the 3rd preseason game? Or this another changing standard?

Positive performance in the pre-season used as an indicator for performance going into the season is unrelated to level of alpha.

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**** bro, if that is where you rank your team on the message board that you frequent, that is your business. I understand all the hard talk, he77 I go there occasionally, but gotd@mn I just don't see it that way brother. If that is the way you feel then you should go one more "up" on us and join the ranks of your boy Lofton.

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