Atlanta Falcons: Top-seeded NFC team called ‘Super Bowl Fraud’

FLOWERY BRANCH – Minutes after the 30-20 loss to Carolina, tight end Tony Gonzalez admitted to hearing things.

What he heard was people jumping off the Falcons’ bandwagon.

But some folks have clearly never been sold on the team tied for the best record in the league and the only NFC team that has a playoff berth wrapped up. columnist Adam Schein wrote a column trying to separate the Super Bowl XLVII contenders from the pretenders.

The Falcons, Houston, Baltimore and Chicago fall into his pretenders group.

The Falcons and the Texans share the best record in the league at 11-2 and are trying to earn the No. 1 seed in the NFC and AFC respectively.

Baltimore just fired its offensive coordinator Cam Cameron after losing to Washington. Chicago got worked out by Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings.

He called the Falcons ‘Super Bowl Frauds, contended that Russell Wilson rookie was better than Matt Ryan, that Mike Smith can’t coach, the defense stinks and they don’t have any confidence.

Here’s want he wrote about the Falcons:

I credit corner Dunta Robinson for telling us on the SiriusXM Blitz that he understood the skepticism and the doubters. The Falcons knows they need to win in January to silence the haters. I just don’t think they are capable. The Carolina Panthers debacle was alarming. A game like that was a long time coming. San Francisco, Green Bay, and the Giants would suffocate Atlanta in the postseason. I think the Seattle Seahawks, with their great defense, power run game and wise-beyond-his-years quarterback, also could win in the Georgia Dome. No matter who they play in the playoffs, the Falcons will fall short in key matchup areas of quarterback play, defense, head coach and confidence.

Here’s a link to the entire column.

Are the Falcons the real deal or frauds as Mr. Schein suggests?


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December 11th, 2012
11:04 pm

I love this team, but they aren’t as good as their record. He’s more right than he is wrong.

Doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t win though.


December 11th, 2012
11:06 pm

First? Yes they are the real deal. Go Falcons!!


December 11th, 2012
11:07 pm

After Sunday’s debacle and no current playoff wins, hard to disagree with him at the moment.

Rupe in DC

December 11th, 2012
11:18 pm

Only the playoffs can answer this question. So let’ see what happens.

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December 11th, 2012
11:22 pm

January come take us away. That’s all that matters right now. Win 2 out of the next 3 games and get everyone healthy for the real season. The PLAYOFFS… Yep Yep – It’s Our Time To Shine…

Esquire is in the HOUSE

December 11th, 2012
11:24 pm

Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!




December 11th, 2012
11:24 pm

Schien is one of the lamest NFL commentators out there…he’s a fraud NFL pundit. He’s bounced between more networks and web sites than fake pictures of naked Brittany spears. I find it laughable he would say that.

Charles Jackson

December 11th, 2012
11:27 pm

Lose to the NYG Sunday and Mr. Schein’s observation is correct.


December 11th, 2012
11:30 pm

He was one of your biggest cheerleaders this summer, wow how fickle are your loyalty to your supporters!


December 11th, 2012
11:33 pm

He is 100% correct. The Falcons already are dreading that “Atlanta Syndrome” or ATLJINX that the Braves and DAWGS have experienced. Too bad they are getting a lot of people all hyped up for another huge letdown. Sorry, it just happens and is to be expected. Jump off now and save yourself some misery.


December 11th, 2012
11:34 pm

Adam Shein? Never heard of em


December 11th, 2012
11:35 pm

So he thinks Russell Wilson is better than Matt. Wow, he is sooo wrong and if I write anything further on that I will be a bigger idiot than . . .

We are a legitimate 11-2 team and we are SB contenders because we are in the playoffs. If we don’t control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball then we may be one and done again in the playoffs.

Gman 84

December 11th, 2012
11:38 pm

There is a new Super Bowl champion every week in the NFL Chatterverse. Every team has flaws (though NE looks like the real thing). Every team has flops. The Falcons clinched the NFC South last week and the entire Carolina roster was playing for their jobs. The game was sandwiched between the Aints and Giants.

This week will be a better barometer, but the Falcons need to establish something on defense. NFL pundits always gravitate to the easiest narrative: The Falcons haven’t won in the playoffs. Ergo, they never will. A lot of deep thinking going on with Schien and company.


December 11th, 2012
11:39 pm

On serious side note, Ledbetter when are they going to get serious on the Ryan extension again?

Tom, Tom The Atom Bomb

December 11th, 2012
11:48 pm

He is right. The Falcons are way overrated. They offencive line can’t block and the running backs can’t run with authority. Ryan doesn’t have time because the line can’t block and protect him. The defense can’t defend against the run, and the passing defense can’t knock down a pass unless they commit a penalty. So, look for them to lost another game or two, then one playoff game and they are gone again….Just wait until next year….


December 11th, 2012
11:51 pm

He is right and I hate Smitty is not on the hot seat due to their record. They will continue to get exposed and come up lame in the playoffs. There is no sense of urgency and Turner’s big azz is trash! We do so many teams have backups that are far better than SLOW BURNER TURNER?!!? Examples…Brown in Philly, Ivory in N.O. and Wilson whom the Giants will continue to unleash Sunday!

ezzy e

December 11th, 2012
11:57 pm

Cam has alway hurt us…. but there’s no pretenders in the playoffs any team can win…
struggle with
ATL- mobile qb’s run/pocket
SF- can’t comeback if down
GB- A-ROD off game no chance
NY- inconsistant/secondary
SEATTLE- can’t comeback, road trouble
CHI- inconsistant, no TURNOVERS for D can’t win
REDSKINS- overated/secondary
DALLAS- inconsistant/coach


December 12th, 2012
12:01 am

I just dont like, the Panthers talked NOISE before the game to Falcons and went out and backed it up….how could we lose that game? Now we have the Giants, if we lose this game, Smith deserves to be on the hot seat, regardless of records. The Hawks make the playoffs every year. Are we wanting playoff 1 and done or a Superbowl? Just a realistic fan…..


December 12th, 2012
12:02 am

When the Falcons crank up the intensity and play with poise (Matt Ryan – lose the happy feet) they can play with anyone. Hard to do both for a full 16 but it’s not something you can just turn on and off.


December 12th, 2012
12:14 am

are ya’ll “so-called” falcon fan’s serious??? Has anyone watched
them every single game like me?? no ol, no run game, no pressure on the qb’s, can’t catch, can’t throw because of the ol??? improve the ol, dl, get rid of mt; any secondary under 6′ 5″ get rid of etc., etc., etc, in other words fire the entire team!!! yes i admit it’s the best we have ever had but yes improvement from the coaches down needs to start asap!!! tired of the same lame ass excuses.1st round and done as usual like the other “choker’s”. any taker’s???

Choke On My Grits

December 12th, 2012
12:15 am

The Falcons proved they can play ball against teams like the Chargers and the Eagles on the road….it’s just up to them when they decide to play ball or not…They took a day off against the Panthers !


December 12th, 2012
12:26 am

Only question I have to this joke of an article is who the hell is Adam Schein? Never heard of him so listening to him say anything means absolutely nothing. You can hate but you are a lame excuse for a critic, reporter, or media rep and should not be allowed to say one more word. Go find another job because talking sports is not your forte….

Brian Smyrna

December 12th, 2012
12:35 am

Wow, I thought D Led was rough on the video interviews. Mark Bradley is a snoozer.

But, my issue with the Falcons is that we have the same issues as last year and can’t seem to address them. We are going to go back to the playoffs and get beat because of the same problems we had last year. How does that happen? We can’t pressure the QB. How long has that been an issue, 3 or 4 years now? We can’t run the ball in crucial situations. This has gotten worse. We use to be able to run the ball and just not do it on 3rd and short. Now we can’t run the ball at all.

I have not had any major issues with Matt Ryan, but he can not extend the play when we need it. That is going to keep him from being elite and will keep the Falcons from winning it all. Every elite QB is able to extend plays if protection breaks down a few key times during the game. Matt has not been able to do that.

old falc

December 12th, 2012
12:37 am

WE may not have the best o/l or the best d/l but they are good not great but good. this is a good team as long as MR JJ RW TG ANDsome dam good defensive players are in the game we have chance

Dr. Warren

December 12th, 2012
12:40 am

Adam Schein is the most annoying blowhard in the NFL universe. He screams and talks in that fake, derivative Chris Berman voice. What qualifications does he have to make an analysis? The team is 11-2. He clearly wants attention and the AJC has given him that…


December 12th, 2012
12:55 am

I hope I’m wrong but I said it at the beginning of the season that the Falcons have good skill players but they don’t have toughness on either defensive or offensive line and the LBs are good not great. We’ll see how they do against NY but I expect them to get pushed around. The tough, big, and bruising guys show up at season’s end and this is why we’ve faded away the last few years. You would think every coach would know this and build a team around big, tough guys. I don’t know how Bellichek does it with so few high draft picks every year but he always seems to end up with a group of big, tough guys who push their oppenents around. What New England did to Houston was embarrassing. Atlanta is more of a finese team with a decent QB and some great receivers. Obviously Atlanta has been able to win with good team ball and team effort this season but I’m not holding out for much in the post season. Again, hope I’m wrong but I doubt it.


December 12th, 2012
1:07 am

Mike Smith needs to go packing if we go one and done again.


December 12th, 2012
1:09 am

I’m weary of all the talk either for or against. It will be played out on the field. Everyone will then know what is what. What a great waste of time ~ all this talk. I guess the guys who can’t play have to run their mouths since that is all they are capable of. I’m just wasting my time reading all this bunk and in fact for typing on this blog.


December 12th, 2012
1:11 am

man don,t bet save yourself from the misery. the aints won a sb.

old falc

December 12th, 2012
1:15 am

i see were david wilson had 200 return yards and 100 rushing yards. please get franks out of there !!!! tim toone is much better, if you have to let him catch it and handoff to smith, davis, cox somebody

Strange Murphy

December 12th, 2012
1:19 am

Adam Schein? Who gives a rats butt what a shock jock from New York City thinks.


December 12th, 2012
1:35 am

Matt Ryan is and has always been a good throwing pansy that doesn’t finish plays like the better QBs out there (/Rodgers/Brees/Mannings/ or any other MOBILE qb). When he puts the team on his back– they score points. He’s got too many weapons to falter the way he does, but the bigger problem is, he’s got too many worshipers in the media and he just a goodboy face for the franchise. Also we need someone worthy to light a fire at 2nd string to start a controversy…


December 12th, 2012
2:32 am

I’ve watched every single Falcons game since 1994. I know this doesn’t mean I know the team more than anyone else, and this is just my opinion, but we will never win big with Matt Ryan. In fact, in my opinion, he is just good enough to be a long-time starter and pretty much set this franchise back 10-12 years in the goal of winning a Super Bowl.

Falcon James

December 12th, 2012
3:11 am

I am very concerned about this team. We have holes top to bottom and I just have not seen any improvement for weeks. Tacking still remains a problem, a defense that can’t stop the run or a pass except in the Red Zone. A running back that we keep handing the ball that loses more yards than he gains, can’t get of the field on 3rd down, can’t convert a 3rd down, can’t score in the Red Zone, kicker missing Field Goals and the list goes on and on.

Where is the creativity we saw against Denver from the coaches? Why are beating the worst teams in the NFL by an average of 3 points?

I hate to say it before Sunday………so I won’t


December 12th, 2012
3:17 am

The Falcons don’t look like a contender and the mental toughness isn’t there on both sides of the ball..The falcons will either score most of their points in the 1st half and fizzle in the 2nd half or start slow and start cranking it up in the 2nd half…there’s no consistency with them and the time is now where we see who are pretenders from contenders and I agree with this guy cause the falcons are not separating themselves from rest of nfc…Falcons just don’t look like a team ready to elevate their game…Look at the Patriots, they are averaging 36pts per game and demolished the Texans..the falcons should be dominating and cranking it up but lose to a 3-9 team that trash talk them in the media and backed it up in dominating way…that is very embarrassing..yes, no one will take the falcons seriously until they beat quality teams and win a playoff game.

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December 12th, 2012
4:19 am

I love my Falcons, but I’m not naive. Although I want to believe they can overcome anything, that isn’t entirely been proven true. Which other team is as loaded as we are on both sides of the ball and still play this inconsistently? The other top teams don’t have the weapons we have but still perform. Yes. Coaching is definitely an issue. But regardless of how this season ends, I don’t see the Blank, Dimitroff, Smith love triangle ending anytime soon. As a fan, you get the sense that they aren’t as frustrated as you are with the lack of success, which is even more frustrating because they’re the owner, gm, coaches and players that aren’t getting it done. Losing is gonna happen, but there are just some games you shouldn’t come close to let alone lose.

Big Daddy

December 12th, 2012
4:46 am

If you have ever watched the Giants play the Patriots, they get after Brady better than any other team. Nobody else makes him look that uncomfortable and rush his throws. That said, Matt Ryan is going to be in for a tough afternoon if the coaches don’t come up with some quick hitting plays and formations that allow pulling guards to open holes for Turner and Rogers. They will be blitz often and must be able to keep Matt from getting rattled.

This is our biggest game of the year. Yes, we are 11-2 and you don’t get to that point unless you got some big play folks on your squad and a better than average quarterback. However, the teams that will make the playoffs and be even somewhat successful are the ones who have dialed up the play calling and the defense packages to make the opponent feel uneasy. Mike Smith, you have your work cut out for you. GO FALCONS!!!


December 12th, 2012
5:49 am

This should be enough motivation for the Falcons to come out every game and put teams away early. We have the talent and the coaching staff, but execution seems to be the problem at times. Shut them up, by putting up. One game at a time and win the Superbowl. We are never going to live this down unless we get some playoff wins. People think the Falcons are soft when it comes to playing teams of their caliber. Pull the Lebron James stunt and win. He shut all of us up by winning. Go Falcons!


December 12th, 2012
5:57 am

We’ll know what kind of team, and what kind of chance we have in the playoffs, late Sunday afternoon, but based on the eyeball test, this team is mediocre at best. That 11-2 is very deceiving. Time to get it together…unless (shudder) they really are what I’m afraid they are.


December 12th, 2012
6:21 am

It amazes me that you so-called fans are calling for the head of Mike Smith, but I’m more so confused by why anyone would say that Matt Ryan will never win a big game. Do you not watch them play? When they were down 23 to Carolina did you not kinda think they would come back and win? Exactly.

Frauds? Exposed? Yepper!

December 12th, 2012
6:34 am

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Frauds? Exposed? Yepper!

December 12th, 2012
6:35 am

This Failcant team will never win a SB..

Frauds? Exposed? Yepper!

December 12th, 2012
6:35 am

FAILCANTS are what their record says they are…

-said no one ever


December 12th, 2012
6:39 am

“They” said Eli was not elite until he won a couple of Super Bowls. Yes, now is the time to put up. I wish we had a better pass rush, OL and running game but we got what we got. When healthy and on, we have a passing attack and secondary that can play with anybody. This Sunday is not do or die but will go a long way in showing if the Falcons can play with the Big Boys. A decisive win will go a long way in silencing the critics. It might even engender a kind word from JSS. Lose and only a playoff win will begin to fill the bandwagon again.


December 12th, 2012
6:41 am

So the Falcons are pretenders, yet the 49ers are contenders after not being able to beat the RAMS….. TWICE!??

one and done

December 12th, 2012
6:41 am

Smith could not win a playoff game with Grimes, Lofton, Dahl, and Weems. None of the players now at their positions are as good as they were with the possible exception of Samuel, who is now injured. The Falcons are 11-2 because they have played the 32nd weakest schedule in the NFL according to Football Outsiders. Their only real hope is that Koetter and Nolan will make a huge difference. If they don’t, it’s one and done.


December 12th, 2012
6:48 am

Dunta and asanta tired of all this trash talk about the atl–the falcons will beat ny by 13 and win out! take it to the bank.

Billy Bob

December 12th, 2012
6:49 am

It’s not the players fault. The true fraud is Dimitrioff. He has tried to draft OL and DL. He just has whiffed. Line play wins super bowls. Ain’t gonna happen here this year. And chances may drift further away as we see retirements from McClure, Gonzalez, and maybe Clabo and Big John. Average drafts are taking their toll.