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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen, one of the designated "chiefs" of the team, said there's no need for a players-only meeting in the midst of a three-game losing streak.

The 3-3 Falcons took such a measure two seasons ago following a four-game losing streak then proceeded to lose the next two after the meeting and finish 8-8 without making the playoffs.

"No, we don't need one because we're grown men and we know what we've got to do," Allen told ESPN. "We understand: We're not winning games. We understand we've got to tighten up. That's point blank, period. It's not like a surprise. We understand what we're messing up.

 

Safety Ricardo Allen on Atlanta's three-game losing streak: "... we made it to the Super Bowl after a 4-3 start. I'm going to take the positive." AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File

"It's not like we're just going out there and all s--- is just going bad. It's small things, and those small things come back to haunt you. We've been here before. We've lost games before because of doing that s---. But we also have gotten it right before and started winning. That's all we have to do."

The Falcons started 3-0 but then dropped three straight to AFC East opponents: Buffalo and Miami at home, then New England on the road. They play their fourth consecutive game against the AFC East on Sunday at the New York Jets (3-4).

Defensively, the Falcons have been like a sieve against the run, getting gashed up the middle while allowing the Bills, Dolphins, and Patriots to run for 117, 138, and 162 yards, respectively. The Falcons also wiped away two interceptions with roughing the passer penalties and lead the NFC which three such fouls.

Offensively, the Falcons converted just 38 percent on third down against the Bills and only 22 percent against the Patriots. They are 4-of-9 in the red zone during the losing streak.

 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the "bear is not loose" regarding matters spinning out of control. During "Tell the Truth Monday" the team aired out all issues, as is the case following games.

"We always tell the truth," Allen said. "We didn't get in there and it was a brouhaha. It was another meeting that said, 'Get you s--- right, and you know what we have to do.'"

Allen is confident this team won't allow the current issues to mount into something like the six-game losing streak that occurred in the first year under Quinn.

 

"And then things went up last year," Allen explained. "If you're going to look back two years, you can also look back one year. If you look at history, we made it to the Super Bowl after a 4-3 start. I'm going to take the positive. I'm going to go off that."

The Falcons believe they have leadership in players such as Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Allen, and now veteran linebacker Sean Weatherspoon who just re-signed this week. Allen said he doesn't need to pull anyone aside for a pep talk.

"They know," Allen said. "You can look at their faces, and you can tell they know. Just body language, just the sense of urgency around here. You don't see nobody pointing fingers. Everyone knows they have to do it themselves because I'm not perfect. I've got to play better, too.

"If I go around him pointing fingers and telling everybody I'm perfect and I'm a god, things are going to start going wrong on me, too. People understand what to do. You're in the league for a reason."

 

 

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52 minutes ago, nomak said:

Then prove you know what you and the team needs to do! You can say you know, but can you actually do what's needed. A loss this week and you lose a city...Ricardo that's truly is "point blank, period!"

What city is that? Cause if they lose Atlanta after a (possible) loss this weekend, then they never had the city. Especially if they never lost Atlanta after the Jerry Glanville, Jim Mora, Bobby Pertino eras. And many more.

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I do think there needs to be a little fire and brimstone shown out of the players. None of them look excited, EVER! Well Julio did after he made that "give me that **** ball" TD Sunday night. That is the effort I hope to see come Sunday. I want to see players dishing it out. Taking the game to the Jets and not the other way around

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20 minutes ago, Flyin' In DC said:

I do think there needs to be a little fire and brimstone shown out of the players. None of them look excited, EVER! Well Julio did after he made that "give me that **** ball" TD Sunday night. That is the effort I hope to see come Sunday. I want to see players dishing it out. Taking the game to the Jets and not the other way around

I agree that there has been a general lack of passion from this team all year.

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9 minutes ago, RoddyWhite84 said:

DT will be the number one need going into the off season that's for sure that's ******** awful 

Seems like they forgot about the beef in the middle with worrying so much about being faster. 

We could use a couple of anchors in the middle to clog things up and force runners outside to where our “Fast” can be “Physical” with them! 

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1 hour ago, Flying Falcon said:

What city is that? Cause if they lose Atlanta after a (possible) loss this weekend, then they never had the city. Especially if they never lost Atlanta after the Jerry Glanville, Jim Mora, Bobby Pertino eras. And many more.

They can't even get a new stadium full...they don't have full grasp of Atlanta now...a new state of the art stadium. Atlanta United can get that place rocking though.

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1 hour ago, Peyton said:

I agree that there has been a general lack of passion from this team all year.

Easy to do when your getting dragged 5 yards trying make a tackle, whiffing blocks, having balls sail over your head,  blowing leads, getting shut out for what seems to be weeks at a time lol 

hopefully we get this train back on track starting this week 

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1 minute ago, Diesel_Bird said:

Easy to do when your getting dragged 5 yards trying make a tackle, whiffing blocks, having balls sail over your head,  blowing leads, getting shut out for what seems to be weeks at a time lol 

hopefully we get this train back on track starting this week 

I think the lack of passion is the reason those things are happening, not vice versa.

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7 hours ago, Goober Pyle said:

"They know," Allen said. "You can look at their faces, and you can tell they know. Just body language, just the sense of urgency around here.

Oy, this could be a good thing or bad depending on the body language he's seeing.  If people are moping around and feeling sorry for themselves because they've had some bad games, then we're sure as heck gonna have some more bad games.  I sincerely hope the 'body language' of the players is showing a lot of anger and fight. 

Julio doesn't talk a lot, but the team needs to follow his leadership by example and take all the fire he showed on his TD and light something like that in themselves.  Outside of Julio and Free, I don't see anybody playing ANGRY, like they're actually going to FIGHT you for those extra yards, and that needs to change.  

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7 hours ago, Goober Pyle said:

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the "bear is not loose" regarding matters spinning out of control. 

Am I the only one that thinks of Red Dawn when reading this DQ quote?  It's just such a non-cliche metaphor for a coach to use.  John has a long mustache.  The chair is against the wall.

Maybe he's signaling to the NFL that now is the time to begin their secret plan to give us favorable calls and start down the path of giving us our makeup SB for throwing the last one!  /conspiracy

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5 hours ago, Ezekiel 25:17 said:

Seems like they forgot about the beef in the middle with worrying so much about being faster. 

We could use a couple of anchors in the middle to clog things up and force runners outside to where our “Fast” can be “Physical” with them! 

Not sure they forgot the beef. Poe is the biggest DT we have signed since Big Grady. Now he just needs to play like it.

now getting one light fast LB is one thing, but stockpiling them is something I question.

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5 hours ago, Ezekiel 25:17 said:

Seems like they forgot about the beef in the middle with worrying so much about being faster. 

We could use a couple of anchors in the middle to clog things up and force runners outside to where our “Fast” can be “Physical” with them! 

Exactly wouldn't mind a Grady Jackson type on run down last and yes I know that it doesn't fit what we do..but I don't like seeing is getting bullied up the middle for 6 yards a **** run..I'd rather get passed on all day than ran on then watch the dude get up like he's superman because he just ran over 6 falcon defenders (ie landry) made me sick 

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FAST PHYSICAL AND YOUNG DONT win Super Bowls and playoffs look at Jacksonville and Cleveland who get great draft picks every year. It's finally coming together for Jacksonville but Cleveland is still stuck in the quicksand. We had a lot of experienced players and Coaches loose their job and it hasn't made us better. I'm so glad Ricardo is a respected veteran even if this Board is always trying to replace him. Wirherspoon and Rubin wrre steps in the right direction. I hate we let Fenney, LeFluer, Hage, Tamme and Dimarco get away but it is what it is.

 

 

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