Can Falcons Do the Impossible?

Pride at Stake vs. Saints

Can Redman Step Up? (Kent Johnson/AJC)

The Falcons return to the Georgia Dome on Sunday against the NFL’s best team and one of the more embarrassing scenes in franchise history. Injuries are well-noted and are a legit reason for the Birds travails this year, but the amount to which the Falcons were beaten and battered with the playoff hopes hanging in the balance was pretty upsetting to fans. Emotions were abound throughout the game and the Falcons defense did keep it close for a half, but the second half was atrocious on many levels and some even questioned if the team quit against the Eagles. Even if the Falcons aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, they need an enormous miracle and a monumental collapse by all three teams in front of them, which won’t happen. Playoffs should be the last thing on the Falcons and their coaches mind, pride should be first. The Birds are likely done for the year in terms of the postseason, but they’re playing at in the Georgia Dome in front of the home crowd and a good showing would do the fan-base wonders. Coach Smith commented on the Eagles game that “it was the only game where the Falcons didn’t have a chance to win the game in the fourth quarter.” If they show up against the NFL’s best team than the Eagles game was an anomaly, but if another beatdown ensues, then the Birds will drop under the .500 mark and worry will consume many fans.

Six Searing Questions

1) How will the Falcons Come Out?

The Falcons have always been a fast-starting team under Coach Mike Smith and when they come out of the gate ready to play, they usually come away with victory or at least have an excellent chance to win. The Birds came out flat and lifeless against the Eagles with the playoffs on the line. The offense had many quick three and outs, the defense allowed the defense to march down the field, and special teams gave up a quick fumble that promptly changed the momentum of the game. It’s an old cliché to erase such a bad performance from the memory, but can one that was so embarrassing be wiped away with ease? Many have brought up comparisons to the Jim Mora Jr. era when the team had a complete meltdown in the last of the season, but the team and their coaches insist there’s no sign of that happening. Fans will get a really good idea around 1 pm on Sunday.

2) How Long will the Red Cross Report Be?

Pride on the Line, Coach (Kent D. Johnson/AJC)

A list of who was out against the Eagles on Sunday: starting quarterback, starting running back, starting left tackle, starting right guard, and number two receiver. That’s in addition to the Falcons already being without their starting defensive tackle and starting cornerback including their 2nd round draft pick and slot receiver. Many think that this amount of injuries is a legit reason on the Falcons troubles, but others say that many injuries are simply part of the game and that’s just excuses. Many teams can absorb big losses, but the depth is usually there to offset them and the Falcons just aren’t there yet. In all likelihood, the Birds probably wouldn’t have a much different record to date anyway, but the injuries didn’t help. Could the Falcons have a had a major chance against the NFL’s best team at full strength? Probably not, but it sure would make fans more confident. Can Redman, Snelling, Grimes, Svitek, Romberg, and Booker step up better than they did on Sunday? Let’s hope so.

3) Defense’s Problem: Coaching/Scheme vs. Personnel

This has been the argument that has produced the most passion among the Bird Cage in recent weeks. Is the Falcons defensive problems due to coaching and schemes or a serious lack of personnel? Coach Van Gorder was hailed as an aggressive and intense coordinator that thrived on having tough, gritty defenses at the University of Georgia that annually ranked in the top 5 of college football. Van Gorder was known for his constant pressure and having his defense prepared to play. Last year’s defense was supposed to be a one-time deal with Van Gorder not having his “guys” to implement his aggressive schemes. The Falcons defensive calls have remained pretty basic throughout the year with pressure coming from the predictable places and quarterbacks having all day to throw the ball and get into rhythm. The Falcons are ranked among the leagues worst in almost every defensive category and the excuse of not having the right personnel is hard to swallow with teams like the Broncos and Saints being among the best in the NFL simply with the addition of a new coordinator. Much of fans ire has come from a seeming refusal to attempt new things, even though getting the same result week in and week out.

Mainly Van Gorder's Fault? (AJC)

That being said, a counter argument does have some validity with the holes abound on the defensive roster. The defensive line is one of the lightest in the leagues and that’s not including the injury to first round draft pick Peria Jerry. Trey Lewis was hoped to return to his rookie form, which has failed. Jamaal Anderson has played better at defensive tackle, but gives up tons of weight on the inside. Abraham is a shell of his former self from last year. Kroy Biermann has had moments, but needs more time. Same with Sidbury Jr. Curtis Lofton is having a pro-bowl year, Nicholas is having an OK year, but not fantastic. Peterson has had some good games in the run game, but has gotten burnt in the passing attack as well. Thomas DeCoud and Erik Coleman have shown promise, but have had some serious issues as well. The cornerback situation is obvious. Chris Houston is not progressing, the Tye Hill experiment lasted one game, Brian Williams was hurt for the year, Brent Grimes can’t match up physically, and Chris Owens is finally starting. Coaching may bare some blame, but the Falcons defense has not improved after spending 7 out of 8 draft picks on the defensive side of the ball. Dimitroff certainly needs more time, but the cornerback situation lies at his feet. What do you think?

4) Injuries: Excuse or Reason?

Injuries: Reason or Excuse (Bob Andres/AJC)

The Falcons have been hit hard by injuries as has been aforementioned. The Falcons have lost Harry Douglas, Peria Jerry, William Moore, and Brian Willams for the year. The have also lost Sam Baker, Harvey Dahl, Michael Jenkins, Brian Finneran, Jerious Norwood, Michael Turner, and Matt Ryan for games throughout the season. Many believe that injuries are a part of the game, but this amount is simply unable to overcome. Others however argue that injuries are simply part of the game and the best teams find ways to overcome them. The Patriots lost Tom Brady in the first week last year and still went 11-5. The Saints were without their starting corners and annihilated the Patriots. The Eagles were without Donovan McNabb and won with Kevin Kolb. The Eagles were also without Brian Westbrook and Desean Jackson, and that turned out pretty well for them last Sunday. The Dolphins lost their starting QB and still have been able to win games. If nothing else, its safe to say the Falcons have a serious lack of depth up and down the roster.

5) Can Falcons Contain the NFL’s Best Offense?

Colston, Brees, Bush, Shockey, OH NO!

Drew Brees, Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush, Mike Bell, Jeremy Shockey, Marques Colston, Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem, and Lance Moore. Is there any hope of a defense keeping these offensive stars down? This is the same defense that made fullback Leonard Weaver look like Eric Dickerson last week. The Saints offense ranks as the best in the NFL. The Falcons defense ranks among the leagues worst (28th out of 32). Pass the Tylenol and Pepto-Bismol.

6) What will the Georgia Dome Be Like on Sunday?

The game against the Eagles was understandably emotional and had several reasons for fans not being up to par. Injuries have taken their toll and the Falcons serious second half slide hasn’t helped much either. The Dome has been supportive throughout the year, but the last three home games (Redskins, Bucs, Eagles) have been less than forgettable. Add to that the fact that the Birds haven’t defeated a team with a winning record and this year has not been the most exciting. Regardless, the fans need to turn out and will the Falcons through.

It’s been a tough road this year for the Falcons and their fans and expectations were likely too high for such a young team, but the season still has four games to go. Even though the Falcons playoffs hopes are finished, the fans can find out a lot about the make-up of this team. Is this team only a few players and hires away from a big playoff run next year? Or is this team in need of some serious changes up and down the roster? Fans will find out over the next 4 games, starting against the best team in football on Sunday.

Convo Starter

Your assessment of the season: OK with progress considering injuries and schedule or severely disappointed in what has transpired this year?

 

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Your Turn

-Any change against the #1 team in football?

-Shock the world, or Eagles part deux?

-Should Ryan and Turner go if not 100% healthy or sit them?

-Who’s the most to blame on defense: coaching/scheme or personnel?

-Will Van Gorder be on hot seat after this year? Should he be?

-Injuries a legit reason or paltry excuse?

-Who will torch Falcons D this week?

305 comments Add your comment

Seriously

December 10th, 2009
10:09 pm

If you take away Drew Brees, his left tackle, their top running back, his #2 receiver, his right guard and 3 defensive starters, not even the Saints (who are great this year) could overcome. We have been snake bit with injuries and they came all at once.

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Singletary

December 10th, 2009
11:21 pm

If the Saints almost lost to the “Skins, yes, anything is possible. WE’d just have to play a lot better than we did against Eagles. (I flinch thinking about it.) Browns just beat Steelers. Go figure!

Wabe

December 10th, 2009
11:33 pm

The Browns just beat the Steelers…

Guess anything is possible.

whodat70816

December 11th, 2009
12:04 am

The Saints defense is missing both starting QB (they have been out for 3 weeks and not expected back until the playoffs). Our Defense is depleted and that is why the Redskins “almost” beat the Saints. Our depleted defense could not stop their offense. However our Offense is healthy and thriving.

Unfortunately the Falcons are hurt badly on both sides of the ball and fully expect the Saints to win this game easily.

However, as you guys have pointed out….anything is possible.

Good Luck Falcons…and…GEAUX SAINTS!

whodat70816

December 11th, 2009
12:05 am

I meant CB not QB….

Ed

December 11th, 2009
3:03 am

Excellent work D3 as always. I think last year was a recipe for failure this year. Everything fell perfectly last year and many players came up big. A huge burden was then placed on this team to at least match last season’s results. Throw in all the injuries and a winning season now is in jeopardy.

JJ

December 11th, 2009
7:00 am

D3, great post buddy. Had to work last sunday so I didnt see it but caught every second of it on the radio. One thing the announcers kept bringing up was phillys WR burning lofton over the middle. Obviously this was one of their schemes coming in but we never changed our defensive scheme to combat it. I’m a huge lofton fan against the run but should he come out on passing downs like last yr.?

We need the waterboy to come in, jump over the center and demolish superman brees. Otherwise, its eagles part deux I’m afraid.

-FFL- How can a #8 seed have so many damn points? The war eagles are in for a fight in this 1st rd of playoffs. Nice job with your team Stirg!

Unca' Bob

December 11th, 2009
8:02 am

D3,

Your ability to seamlessly write quality post after quality post is nothing short of amazing, especialy given the atmosphere surrounding our favorite football team of late. A huge tip of the Falcon’s cap to You my friend.

jsmuga

December 11th, 2009
8:05 am

If Redman plays no shot to beat Saints. Redman cannot get the ball past the hands of the defensive lineman……..I am so tired of the batted down passes………

Samuel

December 11th, 2009
8:06 am

The only thing that can help the Falcons is a miracle, and I don’t believe it can happen. Saints 42 Falcons 10 We’re praying for you- go Dirty Birds!!

John Waynesworld

December 11th, 2009
8:08 am

D3, great blog work, as usual. Bringing the optimism despite the overwhelming odds, but still bringing it nonetheless. Great points on both sides and after reading it, I can still see both side of this defensive argument very clearly. I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to dump BVG if I knew he was the problem, Dawg or no Dawg. Heck I’ve been leaning lately toward the fact that CMR has had the benefit of star players at key positions throughout his coaching stint at UGA that played more of a role in his success than HE has. Really. But I was at that game last Sunday and I purposefully watched the blitz packages we were using. There were all kinds of blitzes used and on almost every passing play there were 5+ guys coming at the quarterback, but they were always turned back by the offensive blockers. Every time. They just never got any pressure. I even saw one blitz where my son and I counted 7 Falcons trying to pressure McNabb and all he did was cooly sidestep one rusher and he had another 4 seconds to look downfield, all the while the 7 Falcons were STILL being blocked by the Eagle O line and one running back. That meant 4 Falcon defenders were convering 5 Eagles receivers and the play must have taken 10 seconds before McNabb threw an easy “checkdown” to a wide open guy 25 yards down the field. My take on that play was that if you can’t get to a QB in 10 seconds using 7 guys on 6 guys, there ain’t no scheme in the world that’s gonna work with THESE players.

I also have to agree with D3 about the massive injuries. Can you imagine Mark Brunell running this Saints juggernaut? Umm…NOPE. Injuries to key positions are a harsh reality and not an excuse. Drew Brees is so good he fakes defenders out of their stunts before they even get to do their stunts, if that makes sense.

We will beat these evil do gooders this weekend! G

CBrass

December 11th, 2009
8:31 am

Ron Mexico

December 11th, 2009
8:33 am

The Falcon’s defense this season was never meant to win games. Our offense, based on last year’s success, the upgrades(Gonzo), as well a years experience playing together would simply outscore the opponents. The defense just needed to be competitive and keep us the game. For the most part the defense has.

For some reason, our offense hasn’t performed as expected. It started with the running game. Turner struggled the first couple games, forcing Ryan to throw more than last year. The first couple of games were not pretty, but we got some wins. Then came the Matt Ryan sack-fest. The offensive line couldn’t give Ryan enough time in the pocket, so he devolps “Happy Feet”.

Combine all this with the injuries of the last few weeks and we are lucky to be a .500 team.

Gamer

December 11th, 2009
8:44 am

Tell me, what I heard about Babineaux(The Bamming Bab) isn’t true!!! He is making too much money to be dealing drugs.

IF THE FALCONS PLAY RYAN OR TURNER AND THEIR INJURIES ARE RE-AGGRAVATED,AND CAUSES AGITATIONS NEXT SEASON THEN COACH SMITH WILL BE DUMBER DUMB-DUMB AND SHOULD BE FIRED!!!

THE FALCONS WON’T MAKE THE PLAY-OFFS, GET OVER IT!!!!!!

CBrass

December 11th, 2009
8:46 am

DePlane

December 11th, 2009
8:56 am

I will support my Falcons no matter what.

Is Babs that stupid? No license? Dealing weed? For what…the guy makes a ton of money!

I am so disappointed in him….and this team. But I will always be a fan.

John Waynesworld

December 11th, 2009
8:58 am

Good stuff CBrass. Santa Tony and his elves Turner, Redman and Wire. You know those kids always go to the glass cases first! That’s where the real toys are! lol

Ron, I agree with the summary. Although I would argue that we had a good chance of winning 2 games that we lost, against the NYG in OT (kicking) and unbelievably the first N.O. game (stupid INT late in the game in the red zone and a phantom penalty when we had them pinned deep on 3rd and long, late also). Otherwise spot on summary. We could have easily lost both Carolina games and the CHI and TB games were inches from defeat.

pilgrim

December 11th, 2009
9:02 am

Babs is innocent until proven guilty. But if this is true, what does it say about the Falcons’ locker room? We were led to believe that the integrity of the team’s character was one of the Falcons strong points.

The Real Falcon

December 11th, 2009
9:05 am

You are what your record says you are. 6-6. Saying what should have happened in a game we lost is fruitless. Saints can be beaten. We can beat them. Even without Babs. But only if we play as a team.

D-DawgDavis

December 11th, 2009
9:12 am

Easy on the jumping to conclusions about the locker room. Babs is a bad seed going back to the dog incident and I think a domestic abuse. Fine, OK, we got burned, dump him and move on. Our defense is a young defense, so there will be mistakes, but do not start questioning locker room cohesion just yet.

Sorry the underlying issue is this INJURIES! You cannot lose your top two offensive weapons and keep up the high standards. Back-ups don’t get enough reps and some are hurt too. After New Orleans we have three winnable games.

John Waynesworld

December 11th, 2009
9:13 am

Why can’t these athletes understand that when they are in a car, that is when they are the most vulverable? And what’s so hard about keeping a license up to date? They have toenail polishers on speed dial but they can get someone to take care of their car tag once a year?

WR

December 11th, 2009
9:21 am

D3, great post, you continue to come up with ways to inspire us during a down season and during times of finger pointing, take note, you have made an otherwise down season for the Falcons exciting, and you have brought together a group of people with good insight into the game even when we disagree.

On a sour note, I know Babs is innocent until proven guilty but whats up with the intent to distribute charge if he is guilty. You make millions of dollars and you get caught trying to sell weed, weed, if its the best weed in the world you can’t make much off of it unless your the head huncho, and the head huncho never gets caught with the stuff. Beyond that, the NFL test for substance abuse constantly, why take a chance on the one drug that stays in your system the longest. He’s innocent until proven guilty once again, I know this, but man some of these players are starting to make me realize why there given the wonderlic test, they ought to call it the stupidity test, especially when you make millions but get caught with an expired tag. Maybe he really is innocent, but yet another player guilty or innocent, caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

LRD

December 11th, 2009
9:22 am

You gotta be friggin kidding on Babs. Just read the link.. argh… Whats next the metlife blimp goes thru the roof of the ga dome?

On Defense.. I shall quote Einstein Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
That is how I look at our D right now. And its driving the fans insane, and making the opposing teams look like, Einsteins..

Play Ryan if he can play… all hands on deck game.
Kool Aid is still coming on strong, but the injury report is sobering me up a bit.
I say pride and emotion delivers a squeaker.
And I hope my voice is shot on Sunday from cheering more than “coaching” from the upper deck.
GO FALCONS!

BT

December 11th, 2009
9:55 am

I guess, this needs to be reset?
If your driving through Gwinnett county at 1:00 AM with several bags of weed?
It`s a good idea to make sure your vehicle tag and lights are all in proper order.

WR

December 11th, 2009
9:57 am

Chances are it will spark a beheading but I say the Falcons let Ryan completely heal and throw John Parker Wilson in the fire. On defense, bench Abe and start Sidbury alone with Biermann, give Spencer Adkins saw extended reps, along with Vance Walker. Yes the Falcons still have a slight chance of making the playoffs but this is not a playoff ready team, considering expectations for this season, maybe they and we over thought where this team was. We continue to say its a process, well lets get back to the process, part of the process is player development and what the Falcons are fielding right now is not gettting it done. Here’s my thinking:

1. By playing the talented players I mentioned above they gain experience and the Falcons gain a true sense of their capabilities now and maybe into the future.

2. Worse case the Falcons lose every game from here on out, they don’t put an end to the back to back winning seasons, but they establish the means and logical belief that they will do so, maybe even sooner then we think.

3. They get a high pick in the draft, one that could be used to bring in quality on the defensive line,CB, OL, and LB, because there seems to be nothing else there.

4. Starting some of the youngsters will take pressure off of the Vets and the coaches, the expectations for this season probably were to high, especially from a fans perspective, this team was still in the process and maybe a first time GM and a first time HC had to realize that. Given last years results, maybe they, as we have, thought they were closer then they really were.

5. I’m not saying give up, I’m saying take advantage of the fact that there still is a small chance of making the playoffs, put young players out there with the idea of breathing new life into the team for the final push, if they make the playoffs, what a building block for the future, if they don’t what a building block for the future in terms of gauging who is currently on the roster.

But thats just a thought.

WR

December 11th, 2009
10:00 am

BT, I can’t stop laughing, thats my point, I’m starting to wonder if the more money you make, the more brain cells you kill off, maybe its the shots to the head, wow, these concussions must be more serious then we thought.

An Observation

December 11th, 2009
10:32 am

I agree with an earlier blogger…if Redman plays there is no way in hell the Falcons can win unless a different Chris Redman shows up on Sunday. I’m hoping the Falcons can pull out a win but being a realist, it’s doubtful.

Hopefully during the off season the GM and coaches can acquire some better CBs because Houston, Grimes and Owens are simply way too short to be effective week after week against the larger wide receivers in the league. This entire year I have not seen them jam receivers coming off the line of scrimmage which would help out with the pass rush. They are simply too small to play physical at the line of scrimmage with stronger wide receivers. The pre-season gave us a hint of what to expect and what we saw in the pre-season is exactly what we got…they did not get any better during the season.

Ron Mexico

December 11th, 2009
10:38 am

Anything over 1 OZ. is automatically intent to sell.I doubt Babs was going to sell it if is was indeed his, but its stupid to have that much on your person at anytime. Its also stupid not to renew you tag, drive with an expired liscense, etc…

SnakeStevens

December 11th, 2009
11:25 am

The Falcons DONT need Babs to win the contest against the Saints on Sunday. The Falcons almost beat the Saints the last time they face them at the New Orleans Superdome. Had Michael Jenkins not dropped a pass that would have carried him into the end zone late in that ballgame AND had Ice not thown his second pick of the game, the Falcons would have won that Monday night football game in front of a national tv audience 34-28. I know this MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACKING AND woulda, coulda, shoulda but the Saints have clobbered EVERY other teams they face this season and the Falcons were the only team that played the Saints even and close with a chance to win the football. Had the Falcons won the first saints contest, the momentum from the game would have carried them the rest of the way, and they certainly wouldnt have lost to the Giants and Panthers, which would have put their record right at 9-3, instead of 6-6, with an inside track of making the post-season. NOW, IT WILL TAKE AN ABSOLUTE MIRACLE FOR THE FALCONS TO BEAT THE SAINTS AND WIN OUT THE STRING OF GAMES TO GO 10-6. Then the Falcons must pray for help and hope that the Giants, Eagles or Cowboys finish at 9-7 because all three teams own the tiebreakers against the Falcons. In other words, the Falcons playoff hopes are hanging by a thread or are on life-support. If we lose against the Saints sunday, the season is basically over. I still think the Falcons have the best team in football and that is basically because I am a die hard Falcons fan.

braveheart

December 11th, 2009
11:36 am

I agree with you WR, start Sidbury, I think he is hungry and wants to play. He can put some pressure on Breeze and get a start or two. I dont know why Abraham isnt performing up to his potential could be a injury we dont know about could be the Not For Long syndrome. I also think not having Grady Jackson hurts Abraham because he commanded a double team. Because we have second and third team cornerbacks our DL absolutely has to get a pass rush. The offense needs to play ball control and throw the ball deep every once in a while to keep the defense honest. If they need an extra coach im availabe Mr. Blank. YES WE CAN WIN this game!

CBrass

December 11th, 2009
11:38 am

LRD

December 11th, 2009
11:45 am

Cbrass. thanks. guess the question is will they suspend Babs are let him play.
Since I am a irm believer in innocent until proven guilty, I say let him play.
Maybe he will get it in his head this could be one of his last games as a Falcon and will go on a complete berserker mindset and pummel Brees.

Sporty Black

December 11th, 2009
12:07 pm

I agree with Ron Mexico… In fact, Babs should get fined by the team for being stupid. He signed a $25 million contract last year. You mean to tell me that he could not afford $300 to renew tags and $15 to renew liscense. Dumb a$$.

Mattt

December 11th, 2009
12:19 pm

I just don’t understand the logic from those of you who immediately start whining,”same ole Falcons.” We are still in a rebuilding mode in case you forgot. Yes we had a 11-5 season last year, but it was premature. It amazes me how a 6-6 record evokes calling for smth, dimitroff, and ryans job. Have some realistic expectations people.

Sarah B

December 11th, 2009
1:08 pm

Ron – I was just about to say the same thing. It doesn’t mean he was really planning on selling it just the amount he had. Not trying to defend him though – STUPID STUPID STUPID!!! Leave your weed at home in a nice safe drawer.

Now I will be there Sunday and pray I don’t have to whip out my Saints sweatshirt or sneek out early.

CBrass

December 11th, 2009
1:18 pm

WyleECoyote

December 11th, 2009
1:40 pm

The Falcons will beat the Saints on Sunday 93-17. Go Falcons!

Sporty Black

December 11th, 2009
1:52 pm

That’s correct CBrass. Until proven guilty, it is just hear-say. Babs will have to do a mandated 4 game suspension from NFL if convicted.

Coop

December 11th, 2009
2:04 pm

I really don’t want to, but I’ll say it. This team is crucially close to folding. I fear another Mora on our hands. Why have we lost 6? Injuries, tougher schedule, the bye-week gauntlet. Yeah, it’s part of the game, and most teams that go through it, LOSE! We are not an elite team. We looked better than we were last year due to crafty but slow veterans and a weak schedule. We were on the right track, but I think the players are quitting on each other and the coaches (of course, if I was on D, I’d quit on BVG too).

We will lose and lose bad Sunday. My only hope is that we sack up and win the last 3. Break the curse and set us up for a run next year. If you are going to win all 3, them dump them all for draft picks.

As for Babs, if guilty, cut him immediately. Someone said it’s stupid to have “that much” weed because it is automatically intent to sell. HEY, @SSHOLE!!!! STOP BREAKING THE LAW!!!! DON’T HAVE ANY WEED YOU DUMB@SS!!!!

Finally, I’m sick of watching the fans on TV sounding like a boys choir. Sound off damnit! This city deserves a better team, but this franchise deserves better fans. And all you racists that cheer for Vick can kiss my Texas @ss!

Coop OUT!

John Waynesworld

December 11th, 2009
2:31 pm

“In May of 2008, linebacker Michael Boley was arrested and charged with battery in Gwinnett County. He played and started most of last season, but was also not re-signed.”

I don’t recall this.

So was it really that he could not play pass coverage, or this bust, or a combination? I noticed he was doing a fine job dropping into coverage against us. Of course he had a career day against us. Don’t they all? In every sport?

stendec

December 11th, 2009
3:11 pm

Another Falcon caught breaking the law? I would comment but I am too busy laughing! So much for team integrity. Hope they put him underneath jailhouse and throw away key! Regular working man would be overjoyed to make even small percentage of what these overpaid thugs are paid. Glad I washed my hands of this heartless thug franchise. Fan since 1966. Wonder why it took so long for my eyes to open? Oh well. They are open now! ++STENDEC++

JohnnyR

December 11th, 2009
3:34 pm

Well, what a season and MV7 plays for Philadelphia Eagles so cannot blame Babs mistake on him.I am glad Michael Vick is under all of the haters skin because everyone deserves a second chance especially when he paid his debt dearly lost everything.Next year when he starts for Buffalo many of you will be mad too.Get over it and stop bringing up his name if you hate him that much.The team was snakebit well before he was drafted.Thank God this team has been to the Superbowl 1998 and in a miracle fashion.Eugene Robinson just retarded like BAbinieau Come on MAN!Hopefully the rest of the team can play physical and with some passion otherwise the Saints may sit there starters second half and still pull off 50-17.I wonder how some of you MV7 haters sleep at night.Yeah I am a fan for life and he will be playing with his teamates in the playoffs unlike Atlanta Falcons needing some help when they cant even play smash mouth football for four quarters.Arthur Blank better get some top Free agents in here especially the secondary watch we get exposed again and Babineau’s stupidity just gone fuel the media until Sunday.MV7 always had the team in the playoff hunt and yeah Matt Ryan has potential but this organization has a history of not being competitive.GO Falcons willl they pull off the UPSET “Herman Edwards”HELLO YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME.The team fails to do fundamental football on a NFL level which is sad given the millions of dollars these guys receive in their paycheck.Peace!

SeenThisB4

December 11th, 2009
3:38 pm

“Babs” is GUILTY of a felony until his lawyer gets him off on a lesser charge. Goodell will throw the book at ‘em though, and rightly so.

I have been a Saints fan all my life, so I know what a NFL disaster looks like, and believe me, the falcons…..are a disaster!

The browns beat the steelers last night, so the “any given Sunday” diatribe died for this week with that game last night. It won’t be a “given Sunday” in Atlanta this week. I know it, and you know it.

The New Orleans Saints are going to roll over the falcons like a double decker superfloat on a cloudless Mardi Gras eve. Guess the Saints will start “resting” their starters half way through the first quarter.

Saints 48
falcs 10

jubee

December 11th, 2009
4:26 pm

I’m definitely at an all time low as a life long Falcon fan. Between 1) last weeks disaster (i never expected us to win, but at least try)
2) the fact that MV7 comes back and kills us at home truly makes me wonder if the god’s are against. I’m all for a second chance…but preferably against another other NFL franchise please. Neither Arthur Blank, or the Falcons fans made Vick’s choice, indicted him on federal charges, or sentenced him. It was like getting screwed all over again. Yes, we ticket holders were all screwed for sitting through that awful Joey Harrington season because of MV. Why oh why oh why!
3) I was truly embarrassed to be a fan as I watched the other “falcon” fans around me CHEER as MV scored as against us. Absolutely incomprehensible.

There is no question that the dome is going to be largely filled with Saints fans rubbing our faces in it. Its hard to imagine christmas coming early and us real fans having a good time at the Dome. Its ashame…

stendec

December 11th, 2009
5:20 pm

A note about racist Falcon fans. You SOBs know who you are! These facts are not being taught to school children. African leaders sold their own people to slave traders. Rounded them up then boarded them onto ships. Not in history books. Strange. Overseers who beat the Hell out of slaves often to point of death were usually slaves themselves. Plantation owners had more important things to contend with than a few rebellious slaves. Left out of history texts. Surprise. Southerners bad guys in War Between States? I prefer historical accuracy of Outlaw Josey Wales. Hell of a lot closer to actual facts! Whites did far more damage to Indians than they ever did to blacks. This was Indian country. They were robbed, beaten, tortured and almost wiped totally out. History books gloss over this American travesty. Strange. So spare me the reverse racist bullshet! I am damn sure not buying it. Discrimination? Take Atlanta! Nobody wants or needs the cesspool. There are a handful of Falcon fans this does not apply to. Only a few! BTW- The prez is a Halfbreed – half black and half white. Sorry to burst your bubble! ++STENDEC++

WR

December 11th, 2009
5:42 pm

Gotta laugh to keep from crying, so in dedication to Snoop Dogg,here’s Babs debut single:

Rolling down the street smoking indo, with the playoffs on the line, laid back with the fans minds on the Falcons history and the the Falcons history on the fans minds, rolling down the street smoking indo, with the playoffs on the line, laid back with the fans minds on the Falcons history and the Falcons history on the fans minds

Now that I got my 40 grams of weed,
its the potent stuff with no seeds,

I’m the only one preforming well on the D-line
the season is falling apart but I’ll be fine

Puff, puff, pass, run, run, pass, puff, run, pass, I’m so confused
the defense is more then a joke and I know the fans are not amused

What mr. officer I’m driving on an expired tag
No, no, theirs not a funny smell and thats not my bag

He threw me in the back of the car and drove me away
With the Saints in town and a beating too, maybe I’ll stay

The fans expectations were to high, they thought we would go far
the problem with the fans, they forget we’re the Falcons, they forgot who we are.

This sticky icky, icky, is just part of the process, it helps me cope
Have you seen the help I have on the DL, you too would lose hope.

and I’ll be rolling down the street smoking indo, riding with an expired tag, laid back with the fans minds on the Falcons history, and the Falcons history on the fans mind.

stendec

December 11th, 2009
5:48 pm

NOTE TO NATIONAL FELON LEAGUE: Criminal activity results in permanent banishment. No excuses. No appeals. Weed these criminals out now. Completely. Drug pusher? Gone. Dog killer? Bye bye. Rapist? Asta la vista. Murderer? Not in this league. ++STENDEC++

BT

December 11th, 2009
6:17 pm

WR,
That`s pretty good.
You and I are of the same mindset.
There is no since in being, bitter, P`d off or disgruntled.
All we can do at this point is, find some ways to laugh it off.

JJ

December 11th, 2009
6:17 pm

Stendik, you’re an embarrasement to my race old man! This is a falcons blog, not kkk…frikin idiot!
Sorry D3.