John Madden is not too impressed with the undefeated Falcons





FLOWERY BRANCH – Hall of Fame coach and renown broadcaster John Madden is not sold on the Atlanta Falcons as Super Bowl contenders.

On his weekly show “Madden Football” show on SiriusXM NFL Radio show, he repeatedly called the league’s last undefeated team “solid.”

“Solid” is good for .500 team. “Solid” is not good if you plan to contend for the Lombardi Trophy.

Former Oakland Raiders Coach John Madden gestures toward his bust during his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, in 2006. (Associated Press/Mark Duncan)

Former Oakland Raiders Coach John Madden gestures toward his bust during his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, in 2006. (Associated Press/Mark Duncan)

“I think they have solid players,” Madden said. “They are solid on offense, solid on defense, special teams, the whole thing. They play very well as a group, as a team. But at this halfway point, I know they are undefeated. They have the best record. But I’m not really ready to say, ‘OK the Super Bowl is theirs. They are the World Champions.’”

Madden also doesn’t believe the Falcons are going undefeated.

“I think they are going to have, I heard Rich (Gannon) say earlier, that he thinks they are going to lose a game in route and I do to too,” Madden said.

The bottom line for Madden, and it seems for the rest of the nation, is that the Falcons have flopped in the playoffs in three of the past four seasons.

“But how are they going to do in the playoffs?,” Madden said. “At some point, with the Falcons I think you can be ready to jump into the playoffs and say how are they going to do there and that’s where I would start to have questions.”
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139 comments Add your comment

hiramsaint

November 8th, 2012
11:29 pm

niether is the rest of the country.

hiramsaint

November 8th, 2012
11:29 pm

Mike

November 8th, 2012
11:38 pm

You will be impressed Sunday hiramsaint.

Calistoga Dawg

November 8th, 2012
11:40 pm

Up to our boys to change the perception. Won’t happen until they win a playoff game. No sense worrying about it until then.

Billy O

November 8th, 2012
11:41 pm

I hope Mr. Madden does not take this personal, but we don’t care what he thinks. And that goes for you too, hiramsaint.

Mike

November 8th, 2012
11:43 pm

I’m guessing Madden is copying the newspaper articles he reads with the negative comments columnists keep publishing while the nurse is wiping his butt and putting on a new diaper.

wins-by-a-link

November 8th, 2012
11:59 pm

Madden is right, Falcons could easily be 5-3 instead of 8-0, You have to admit they were lucky to win some of thier games, On the other hand if a team goes undefeated a certain amount of luck is involved or required thats why it is so rare.

John

November 9th, 2012
12:00 am

John Madden coached 40 years ago and was part of the NFL at a different time. I don’t take any of his comments seriously. He should stick to making video games because outside of that he is a joker. When he did Monday Night Football I couldn’t wait for him to leave because he was clueless. Falcons on their way

IlliniDawg

November 9th, 2012
12:04 am

Sad. Madden hasn’t been relevant for the past decade or so. The guy needs to hang it up.

Gman 84

November 9th, 2012
12:09 am

Too bad for John that Favre retired-not much to talk since.

He is correct that the Falcons are solid. They also have a knack for winning. Sometimes “solid” but unspectacular teams keep winning until the become something special. Let’s hope the Falcons are building to something great instead of another playoff pratfall.

Funny how A Rodgers didn’t win a playoff game until his 6th year. Ryan is in his 5th. Most conventional wisdom in the NFL is based on past accomplishments (like most predictions). They fail to recognize they might seeing because of games played 1-4 years ago.

Falcon Flap

November 9th, 2012
12:13 am

The falcons have a better chance at winning a super bowl than his video game has at ever being good again.

DW4

November 9th, 2012
12:17 am

Madden hasn’t comprehended an actual football game since 95. He probably thinks Deion is too flashy and Jeff George has a strong arm but lacks the touch.

Big Ray

November 9th, 2012
12:38 am

What makes me laugh is hearing the same talking heads yapping about Dallas and Philadelphia.

Really? So what have those two teams been doing in the SuperBowl lately? Huh?

If what the Falcons do in the regular season means nothing, then why are talking heads yapping about the Aints trying to get back to .500 or the Bears, or anybody else. I mean, nothing means anything till the playoffs, right? Oh wait, that only applies to the Falcons because haters can’t stand that we have yet to lose.

Puma

November 9th, 2012
12:50 am

Who gives crap what everyone else thinks, just keep winning games. I think 8-0 is all that matters.

PNice

November 9th, 2012
1:09 am

At the end of the day, there are going to be haters out there. They will say that this is the same old Atlanta Falcons team that cant’t will a playoff game. Real Falcons fans know that this is a special team. All we do is win…win…win…… I will see you in New Orleans!!!! Enough said!!!!

Rise Up # 9

November 9th, 2012
1:11 am

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DR. FALCON

November 9th, 2012
1:39 am

WHATEVER, WITH HIS FAT BUTT! MADDEN NEEDS TO GO BACK TO HIS SORRY ASS RAIDERS, AND RESURRECT THAT TEAM! I’VE LOST ALL RESPECT FOR HIM, BECAUSE, AS AN EX-COACH, YOU WOULD THINK HE WOULD FEEL THAT EVERY WIN IS HUGE, “SOLID” PLAYERS OR NOT! ESPECIALLY, IN THIS LEAGUE!

Mora less Petrino

November 9th, 2012
2:01 am

After the Falcons hang 50+ points on the Bounty Boys, the pundits will still be saying the same things. Who cares?

atllaker1

November 9th, 2012
2:23 am

we r heading to the superdome this Sunday…and we will be heading to the superdome come Feb. and I dont want to hear anybody except Falcon fans talk about what a great World Champs they are…RISE UP!!!

BobbyDawg

November 9th, 2012
2:31 am

John Madden has never impressed me with anything.

Knockahoma

November 9th, 2012
3:09 am

Nobody should be saying that the Falcons are a lock for a Super Bowl appearance, much less a win. This team has set themselves with a great opportunity to lock down the division and home-field advantage in the playoffs. That needs to be there main concern.
I think this lack of national respect is getting too much play. Nobody should be sitting here thinking that the Falcons are a clear-cut favorite over the Bears, 49ers, Giants, Texans, Steelers or Patriots in a winner take all match-up.

retired

November 9th, 2012
4:02 am

Dear John Madden , ESPN and all others doubting the Falcons.
Remember what Lynyrd Skynyrd said about Neil Young same goes for you!

SawThat1nce

November 9th, 2012
5:42 am

John Madden is still alive?

SawThat1nce

November 9th, 2012
5:46 am

If they only win their 4 games left against the taints and the Buccaneers, that will be ok with me.
Although, I would like to see them get as much home field advantage as possible.

KornDawg

November 9th, 2012
7:08 am

SSDD, he’s not saying anything different than anyone else. The Falcons will get no respect from the rest of the country until they win a playoff game. I’m just enjoying the ride while it lasts, hopefully until the Lombardi Trophy resides in Flowery Branch.

Greg

November 9th, 2012
7:10 am

Let’s beat a team that has a winning record this year, then we can start talking.

Esquire

November 9th, 2012
7:15 am

wins-by-a-link
November 8th, 2012
11:59 pm

Madden is right, Falcons could easily be 5-3 instead of 8-0, You have to admit they were lucky to win some of thier games, On the other hand if a team goes undefeated a certain amount of luck is involved or required thats why it is so rare.
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Samuel

November 9th, 2012
7:15 am

If I were a Falcon I woudn’t be concern about what others think. All you need to do is win your division.And secure a bye and get ready to elevate your game when the playoffs start. Once you win your first playoff game, then go from there. As Mike Smith would say, it’s a process.

ernisTbass

November 9th, 2012
7:16 am

Odd that Denver beats KC,Oak,&S Diego and Peyton is a great player and Denver is On The Move but Atl beats the same teams and they are dismissed as weak competition

SawThat1nce

November 9th, 2012
7:16 am

Through week 8, three of the Falcons opponents would have had a winning record, if the Falcons had not beaten them, and one opponent would have been .500.
This does not include the Broncos, who do have a winning record.
So that argument is kind of lame. imo.

JosephDakoolest a.k.a No Answer For Julio

November 9th, 2012
7:18 am

I agree Knockahoma, nothing Madden said was wrong. We are solid. Although we are the only team in the NFL gettting judged in the regular season by what we do in the playoffs, I dont have a problem with Madden’s comments. I don’t have a problem with the national respect either. As long as we stay focused on the task at hand we will be fine. And that is the next game on the schedule. I actually like the lack of respect from the media. This way we will stay hungry and we will perform in the post season. Go Falcons!!! Don’t Let Up!!!!!!

Esquire

November 9th, 2012
7:19 am

Greg
November 9th, 2012
7:10 am

Let’s beat a team that has a winning record this year, then we can start talking.
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Denver is 5-3, San Diego, if we had not beaten them, would also be 5-3, Start talking.

SCFalcon

November 9th, 2012
7:32 am

If the Falcons listen to all this hype and doubts about their record and they will start loosing some games. They need to just focus on the next game and playing consistently. They started missing some tackles in the Dallas game after have a better game vs Phillly. Play consistent football, get better every week….. the record and the playoffs will take care of themselves.

Esquire

November 9th, 2012
7:39 am

ernisTbass
November 9th, 2012
7:16 am

Odd that Denver beats KC,Oak,&S Diego and Peyton is a great player and Denver is On The Move but Atl beats the same teams and they are dismissed as weak competition
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Not to mention the beat down Denver put on New Orleans? They also beat Pittsburgh the week before they came to Atlanta for the MNF game.

AllofAtlanta

November 9th, 2012
7:39 am

Steve79

November 9th, 2012
7:49 am

Am I correct in saying the Falcons don’t make their own schedule? They can only play the teams on their schedule. If the teams we are playing were having their customary seasons{New Orleans for example}, our schedule would appear much tougher. Don’t overanalyze-8-0 is 8-0!

Cloudodust

November 9th, 2012
7:56 am

I don’t dismiss Madden’s assessment of the Falcons. Simply put, the odds are in his favor prediction wise. Talk of winning out from a portion of a giddy fanbase and going, ‘All-Tha-Way’ is foolish-speak, even if spoken with one game left to play in the regular season and that mythical game being against the Browns scout squad. Solid is good enough for me at this juncture from a guy with a ring or two…

Jimmy Crack

November 9th, 2012
7:58 am

And the beat goes on……until our upcoming playoff game.

It’s only gonna get worse the more our guys win.

Yeahsure

November 9th, 2012
8:18 am

Every week comes by and people say “This is a statement game. This is a MUST WIN. KC on the road, Broncos MNF, San Diego on the road, Eagles (Reid after bye), Cowboys TNF”. Every week thus far, we have won and nothing has changed.
This weeks Aints game is no different. We lose, we will get no respect. We win, we will get no respect.

I seriously think its a southern bias. We have teams that have not proved anything in playoffs recently like the Cowboys, Eagles, Texans (Schaub), Bears. Even the Seahawks or Cardinals get more respect if they even sniff 2 wins in a row.

Realfalconfan

November 9th, 2012
8:18 am

Esquire is a dork

dean

November 9th, 2012
8:36 am

Realfalconfan is a troll ‘aints fan?

Defend thyself “Real”. Esquire has put facts before you.

Roy

November 9th, 2012
8:52 am

I agree with Madden we are doing just enough to win. There are only good teams in the league now not great ones parity has come to the NFL with that said we are one of the good teams.

Jim

November 9th, 2012
8:56 am

Heck I didn`t even know Madden was still alive! LOL

Timbo

November 9th, 2012
9:12 am

I thought he was dead.

Good Grief

November 9th, 2012
9:13 am

The mark of a good team is that they win close games, win blowout games, and find ways to win even whn they shouldn’t. You can say the Falcons should be 5-3 or 4-4 all you want. The fact is, Atlanta is 8-0. They are the only unbeaten team in the league. They’ve won ugly and they’ve won pretty. Over the last few regular seasons, opposing teams have learned one thing: Do NOT give Matt Ryan the ball with less than two minutes left and Atlanta less than a touchdown behind.

And now, with Dirk Koetter running the show, the offense has grown. They’re no longer three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust. The running game or Turner and Rodgers and Snelling can keep a defense up close to the line, while aerial weapons like Jones, White, Gonzalez and Douglas can stretch the field. The kicker appears to be more comfortable from 40+ yards out, meaning some pressure if off the offense. And Matt Ryan really has taken the next step. I’ll admit that, in the draft we got Ryan, I was in the group looking for Atlanta to take Glenn Dorsey. I’ve never been more happy to have a day of disappointment in my Falcons-fan-life.

Timbo

November 9th, 2012
9:17 am

Boom!

-John Madden

Wilson Pickett

November 9th, 2012
9:26 am

JMO but it seems like others are making more out of what John said. He is an old school guy and when he says SOLID he means a good football team. How many NFL teams have won the all? The Falcons will have at least 3 L’s before the regular season ends but just get into the playoffs and lets see where it goes. There is no need to judge the past years playoff record with this year’s version since they’re much better coached on both sides of the ball and by miles. The Falcons need a bigtime RB and a couple of offensive lineman going forward and this team will be just fine. Need some injury luck going forward no doubt. Get a little thicker skin Birds. John didn’t bash the team.

Delusional

November 9th, 2012
9:28 am

Why do Falcons fans attack everyone who is not believing in their fools gold? Maybe you guys should be redirecting your anger where it belongs – at your 72 million dollar draft pick who is 5 playoff wins and 2 championship game appearances behind his counterpart.

[...] think they have solid players,” Madden said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They are solid on offense, solid on defense, special teams, the whole thing. They play very [...]

DK

November 9th, 2012
9:31 am

I don’t agree Orlando. I am a huge Falcons and I think his assessment is right on the mark. I disagree that an 8 – 8 team is solid; I call that inconsistent, not solid. While it’s certainly possible that we could go undefeated, it’s very unlikely, and I’m not going to make that the bar for success. Every team except one that’s won the Super bowl, has lost at least one game on the way. The goal is winning the Super bowl, and it’s far from certain that will happen. The way to make win the John Maddens of the world over is to play the rest of the season has hard and smart as possible, then go home with that Lombardi Trophy in our pockets.