9:43 pm September 28, 2011, by D. Orlando Ledbetter
Arthur Angry Blank
September 28th, 20119:49 pm
we will leave early I will make sure of that
September 28th, 201111:52 pm
Leaving Atlanta early is good. Showing up early against the Seahawks and staying the whole game is better.
September 29th, 20111:53 am
Seattle 20 Fal-cons 16
The Hits are coming!
Braves Epic Collapse!
up next Fal-cons?
September 29th, 20114:26 am
Sadly, I suspect the Falcons will end this season like the Braves. Thus, at best, I anticipate an 8-8 season. Doesn’t seem to be any fire in their bellies. Poor playing calling, dropped balls, and coaches that don’t do the basics, like remind the d-line not to jump off side during a crucial 4th down. Come on 2012 election year. At least that will give us some weekly fireworks to watch until November 2012.
September 29th, 20116:00 am
I’ve been watching the Atlanta Dreams go ladies Championship Game
Falcon in DC
September 29th, 20117:06 am
Two quotes worry me:
Matt Ryan – “Can’t have turnovers against good teams”. How about “you can’t turn the ball over…..period”.
Todd McClure – “Focus on technique”. How about focusing on technique and kicking the tail off of the man in front of you. How about focusing on winning your assignment.
I have certainly enjoyed the Mike Smith era and hope the winning continues but I have to wonder…. Where is the dog in this team? Everyone is just so corporate. The team needs a player that can bring out the dog in everyone.
September 29th, 20117:38 am
Atlanta went 13-3 last Season. Other Teams are playing Atlanta tougher and more focused this year because of that too . Last Season they were just another Team to them to play . They think beating Atlanta this year gives them an opportunity to make a statement to the rest of the NFL teams that they are somebody too, they beat the Team in the NFC with the best record last year and thats all there is to that.
Atlanta will get it turned around. The Bucs loss should have been a Win. Dont think they will lose another game that close. Should be 2 – 1.
Atlanta over Seahawks by a touchdown !
September 29th, 20117:41 am
FALCONS WILL BOUNCE BACK THIS GAME I DONT SEE SEATTLE WINNING THIS GAME THEIR TOO BAD A TEAM TURNER WILL HAVE A BIG DAY 18 CARRIES 156 YARDS AND 2 SCORES MATTY WILL BE 16-23 FOR 256 YARDS AND 2 TDS PASSING BIRDS WIN THIS ONE 31-13.
Smith I like you, but if you and staff do not get it turned around I smell Bill Cowher in the air. I am not wishing this to come true, but the NFL is all about business and what have you done for me lately! SO GET OUR FALCONS FIRED UP!!!!!!!!
September 29th, 20117:43 am
@Michael. Atlanta needs to make a statement over Seattle. Forget these close games. We need to start blowing teams out. Next up: Green Bay!
D. Orlando Ledbetter
September 29th, 20117:46 am
Greg Moundine — That’s absolutely crazy. Coach Smith has three consecutive winning seasons and two coach of the year honors. He just signed a contract extension. Crazy talk. Just crazy.
September 29th, 20117:47 am
September 29th, 20117:49 am
I think the Falcons need to look at their Offensive play calling its too predictable and Jacquizz Rogers is not being utilized the right way we need to work on some screens and get this guy in the open field!!
September 29th, 20117:51 am
@Ledbetter. Contracts can be broken. I like Coach Smith. I am a season ticket holder, but this is a all business sport and what have you done for me lately.
Plus I think what happened to the Braves can play a role. But like I said earlier, I hope Coach Smith keeps his job, but he must bring the heat!
They say a team plays with the attitude of the coach (New England coach), Smith has to get fired up and so do the players and staff. Go Falcons!
September 29th, 20117:54 am
Its starts at the top of the Food chain Mike Smith AND HIS COACHING STAFF AREN’T DIGGING IN THESE GUYS BUTTS LIKE THEY NEED TOO!!! WE NEED SOME LEADERS ON THE OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE SIDE OF THE BALL TOO GRAB THESE GUYS AND GET THEM JACKED UP AND READY TO PLAY!!1
September 29th, 20117:55 am
….or Coach Smith will be forced to fire people on his staff.
September 29th, 20118:02 am
@SeenThisB_Falcon. I truely agree. These guys need to be fired up! This is what you do to a young team, fire them up!
September 29th, 20118:10 am
I said some of that about lighting the fire under butts in yesterdays post..grins !
September 29th, 20118:44 am
September 29th, 20119:05 am
@Greg Moundine and SeenThisB_falcon….We have certainly seen this before, but here’s something you can think about…since 1969 the Pittsburgh Steelers have had only 3 coaches, and the one mentioned by Greg Moundine (Bill Cowher) was at the helm in 1992 and didn’t win a super bowl until 2005. So i happen to agree with D-led on this one. If anything, I have an issue with the play calling on the offensive side of the ball. Last I check Smitty used to be a defensive coordinator.
September 29th, 20119:15 am
After watching the offensive line they looked liked they were on skates as they were being pushed back on Ryan before he could set up to pass. The play calling is to predictable and Coach Smith we need a more aggressive defense. Coach these are men that have to be held accountable for their actions.. We need to have a attitude on defense every time we play we expect to make the play.
September 29th, 20119:21 am
We need to stop the soft zone coverage and attack the receivers coming off the line and knock them off their routes!
September 29th, 201110:09 am
@NYfalcon..like I said earlier..then Coach Smith will probably be forced to rid of people on his staff if things do not get turn around. I think it is unlikely to happen, but let the Falcons not win against Seattle.
September 29th, 201110:12 am
….also Pittsburgh took chances on players and still do (Harrison), the Falcons will have to understand..those that have had bad baggage can change (Haynesworth with NE) with the right tactics and coaching.
September 29th, 201110:15 am
Last I check Smitty used to be a defensive coordinator.
….K. Warner used to work for a grocery store, but he has a Super Bowl ring.
September 29th, 201110:17 am
We have not done anything to get better on defense. Edwards is a bust Duanta can’t cover or tackle, he can only spear people and who knows what has happen to the offense. The blame is TD and Smith’s coaching staff.
JJ acts like a va-jay-jay
September 29th, 201110:23 am
its 3 games into the season, relax.
September 29th, 201110:37 am
@Greg Moundine….In the post Vick era; it’s highly unlikely that the falcons will take those chances; all they have been talking about since then is “high character” guys. The point I was making earlier was that it may be to soon to start talking about a coaching change and have Blank really morph into Jerry Jones. By the way I thought we were talking about coaching changes not players. Ultimately I feel that the head coach takes the brunt of responsibility, however if the offense should continue to struggle, any changes in philosophy should come on the offensive side of the ball
September 29th, 201110:52 am
@ Greg Moundine…I guess you like the way the Dallas Cowboys are ran. In the post Vick era all we hear from the front office is “high character guys”, so they are highly unlikely to take a chance on some with off-the-field issues. All I am trying to do is point at the history of most teams(falcons included); when there is not consistency with coordinators and mostly with the head coach, the team is likely to not to do as well as teams with the good coaches staying in place. Not to say that coach Smith is or isn’t the guy; just give the guy a chance. The last three years he has done what no other coach in falcons history has done as far as winning. Now after 3 games in a work stoppage year you are ready to start all over.
September 29th, 201110:55 am
@ Greg Moundine…I guess you like the way the Dallas Cowboys are ran. In the post Vick era all we hear from the front office is “high character guys”, so they are highly unlikely to take a chance on some with off-the-field issues. All I am trying to do is point at the history of most teams(falcons included); when there is not consistency with coordinators and mostly with the head coach, the team is likely to not to do as well as teams with the good coaches staying in place. Not to say that coach Smith is or isn’t the guy; just give the guy a chance. The last three years he has done what no other coach in falcons history has done as far as winning..and after 3 games in a work stoppage year you are ready to start all over.
Mr. Swamp People
September 29th, 20112:43 pm
DOL–Qwest field not whatever u said!
September 29th, 20115:05 pm
Bill Cowher is a has been! He only won 1 super bowl over 2 decades. The problem I have been saying since last year is that we need an explosive back. Is there anyone in this room that thinks Snelling could not perform as well as Turner. Turner still has some tread on the tires, but they can’t hold the curves like in the past. I see Turner being cut this year, Snelling filling in and drafting a future replacement back. I thought they would have targeted Dwyer last year or Ingram this year as the future.
Jay Cool 4daBirds
September 29th, 201111:26 pm
GT97 Turner has only been top 5 in rushing yards since he became a starter. The man is really the best thing that happened to the Falcons offense since he got here. Sure he is not as fast as he was 3 yrs ago but he is productive and that’s all that matters. Give him the standard 20-30 carries/game that the rst of the backs get and he’s sure to break one or two, and most of all manage the game.
September 30th, 20112:00 am
I don’t think Coach Smith is worrying about his job yet. When a team hasn’t had success and then they smell a bit of it….management isn’t quick to get rid of that guy usually. UNLESS, these losses pile up and the team stops buying in to him….then the writing will be on the wall.
September 30th, 20112:08 am
Why can’t TD find young gems like the..uh…Aints? They have built very nicely through the draft & free agency. Look at this list of names: Lance Moore, Marcus Colston, Jimmy Graham, Malcolm Jenkins….then veteran free agents that were cast aways: Jonathan Vilma, Drew Brees, Darren Sproles….Darren Sharper (a year ago)… Who is TD finding that is panning out to be a “hidden” talent that blossoms into a solid contributor??? Who is the free agent pick up that makes a big splash every Sunday? Gonzalez that’s who! That’s all i can think of. Somebody tell me I’m wrong. Make a case for TD’s genius….please …..tell me I’m wrong. Because if I’m right, then the Aints will be kicking our a** like it’s a soccer ball for the next few years.
September 30th, 20112:09 am
blog monstered again
September 30th, 20118:39 am
The truth is that Falcons have to play better on Offensive. The Offensive Line has to block for Matt Ryan. I am seeing why OTA are important in the off season because the Falcons are looking awful every Sunday blocking for Matt Ryan. We need to start running the ball because Pete Caroll has issues with his LineBackers group, he put his 1st Round Linebacker Curry on the bench. If the Corner play back against Jones at wide receiver throw the ball to him, he will make them miss. I am looking for Harry Douglas, and Roddy White to have a great game as well. GO FALCONS!!!!
October 5th, 20115:50 pm
Hi, this is a great post! Thanks..
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