Atlanta Falcons: Fans Biggest Questions

Three Weeks to Go

New Crew, Right Results? (AJC)

The No-Falcons, No-Football deadzone is in full swing, but we’re barely 3 weeks away from training camp and the blessed season will return. With many Cage Family members taking vacations, taking time to be with loved ones, or just taking it easy, Football talk has slowed to a crawl. So with that, a chance for you the fans to offer up and answer some of your most burning questions as football season is drawing ever so closely……..

Bird Cage’s Take

1) Will Falcons be flying under the radar in 2012? Should they be?

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2) Are there any roster shocks in order before the season begins?

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3) Will Dirk Koetter use Jacquizz Rodgers like Maurice Jones-Drew?

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4) Can one of the young tight ends make a move to earn a roster spot?

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5) What kind of breakdown of the defense will fans see in the 4-3 vs. the 3-4?

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6) Who will lead the team in sacks in 2012? Predict the sack numbers for each player if you care.

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7) Who wins the middle linebacker job: Tatupu or Dent?

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8.) Which player will or should be punt and kick returners?

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9) Can all three cornerbacks (Robinson, Grimes, & Samuel) co-exist?

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10) Give your entirely too early season prediction if you dare.

Enjoy!

164 comments Add your comment

Joe Smith

July 5th, 2012
11:14 pm

Joe Smith

July 5th, 2012
11:15 pm

Oh Yeah! Go Birds!!!! Thank You Joe!!!

Ken

July 5th, 2012
11:22 pm

FALCON WIN IT ALL THIS YEAR!!! SUPEBOWL CHAMPIONS!!

Marcus Johnson

July 5th, 2012
11:29 pm

Prediction…. Superbowl.

Brian

July 6th, 2012
12:02 am

1) No, I believe the whole NFL is aware of how deadly the Falcons offense is and the addition of Mike Nolan, Samuel, Tatupu and Hope to the Defense is HUGE! 3 former pro-bowlers and 2 Super Bowl rings will really help with depth and guidance.

2) YES! We need to add a solid veteran LT in case Baker flops again.

3) He needs to! Guy has skills and looks hungry!

4) I think Aron White will surprise all and outright win the 2nd TE spot. (UGA biased)

5) We will see SW56 blitzing off the edge with KB71 and Sid standing up often.

6) Spoon 10+, Abe 7-9, Ray/Kroy 5-7, Babs/Sid 4-6, Peters/Nich 3-5, PJ/Mass 2-4, VW/DRob 1-3

7) Even. Dent 1st/2nd downs & obvious run situations. Lofa plays 3rd down, Nickle & pass downs.

8) HD! Showtime!

9) Absolutley! This has become a passing league and as far as I’m concerned, there are 3 starting CB positions needed on all teams. A Nickle Back is now consodered a starting position being that teams line up in the Nickle over 50% of downs. I would like to see Dunta man up and be a good teammate and completely restructure his deal so he can remain on the best team in the NFC for the duration of his career. Also I would like to see Grimes be a team player and be reasonable when signing his long term deal which should be coming sometime soon. Screw fair market value, let’s build a winner and not squabble about an extra million or 2 when you are already rich as hell!

10) 12-4, First place in the South. Win a playoff game and lose to Green Bay in the NFC Championship, UNLESS it’s in ATL in which case we will be in the Super Bowl barring significant injury troubles.

Brian

July 6th, 2012
12:06 am

1) No, I believe the whole NFL is aware of how deadly the Falcons offense is and the addition of Mike Nolan, Samuel, Tatupu and Hope to the Defense is HUGE! 3 former pro-bowlers and 2 Super Bowl rings will really help with depth and guidance.

2) YES! We need to add a solid veteran LT in case Baker flops again.

3) He needs to! Guy has skills and looks hungry!

4) I think Aron White will surprise all and outright win the 2nd TE spot. (UGA biased)

5) We will see SW56 blitzing off the edge with KB71 and Sid standing up often.

6) Spoon 10+, Abe 7-9, Ray/Kroy 5-7, Babs/Sid 4-6, Peters/Nich 3-5, PJ/Mass 2-4, VW/DRob 1-3

7) Even. Dent 1st/2nd downs & obvious run situations. Lofa plays 3rd down, Nickle & pass downs.

8) HD! Showtime!

9) Absolutley! This has become a passing league and as far as I’m concerned, there are 3 starting CB positions on all teams. A Nickle Back is now considered a starting position, being that teams line up in the Nickle over 50% of downs. In addition, I know he already made a small adjustment but, I would like to see Dunta man up, be a good teammate and completely restructure his deal so he can remain on the best team in the NFC for the duration of his career. Also I would like to see Grimes be a team player and be reasonable when negotiating his long term deal which should be coming sometime soon. Screw fair market value, let’s build a winner and not squabble about an extra million or 2 when you are already rich as hell! IT’S ABOUT THE RING NOT THE BLING!

10) 12-4, First place in the South. Win a playoff game and lose to Green Bay in the NFC Championship, UNLESS it’s in ATL in which case we will be in the Super Bowl barring significant injury troubles.

CaliDirtyBird

July 6th, 2012
1:11 am

CaliDirtyBird

July 6th, 2012
1:14 am

What’s to say. The article is right, nothing going on at the moment. And Brian answered the questions about as well as anyone can at the point.

Oh, I guess there is one thing to say, “Go Falcons!”

falCANS

July 6th, 2012
1:35 am

Birdwatcher Jack

July 6th, 2012
7:33 am

Birds win no less than 12 games.

Spoon gets no less than 15 sacks.

Falcons will destroy whoever they face in the playoffs.

RobbE33

July 6th, 2012
9:22 am

Who cares about individual stats as long as the players buy into and execute the coaches’ new schemes? I’m hoping Spoon can multitask and the DB’s cover well enough to allow for LB and safety stunts. I’m hoping for receivers that will scrap for balls and O linemen that can keep Deuce upright. I hoping for coordinators that can adjust on the fly and special teamers that can block half as good as Finneran. C’mon Falcons!

John Waynesworld

July 6th, 2012
9:51 am

Thanks D3 for keeping us occupied while riding through Dark Territory.

1) Will Falcons be flying under the radar in 2012? Should they be? Yes they will and yes they should be. Although they have been making great strides since the Vick/Petrino detonation, nationally they are a huge disappointment, mainly because the national media pinned the hero tag on Matt Ryan much too quickly and ignore the fact that we have been getting bad draws in the 1st Round of the playoffs (all 3 losses to the NFC Champs, 2 losses to the Super Bowl Champs).

2) Are there any roster shocks in order before the season begins? We will be in the Left Tackle market up until season opener. I expect some familiar names on the O line to be roster casualties (or to make room for a FA LT) and if I were Johnson or Reynolds I would be worried. After watching some of the line play last season and with the hiring of a new OC and line coach, I don’t think there will be any allegiance to anyone whose contract is up soon, including one Mr. Baker. On the defensive side, I think at least one DT will be cut, probably P. Jerry (if he doesn’t get hurt first) and Schillinger may be done as well with Chris Hope in camp.

3) Will Dirk Koetter use Jacquizz Rodgers like Maurice Jones-Drew? We all know he will try, but Koetter will soon find out that MJD is on a different level than Quizz is right now. In a defender’s grasp, MJD is really hard to slow down enought to get him to the ground, where defenses seem to be able to corral Rodgers relatively easily once they get a hand on him. Quizz gets kudos for 2nd effort on some plays and making those extra few yards, but he doesn’t have the brute strength to break away and run for scores like MJD. Still, the screen pass in general will be a welcome sight to Falcon fans.

4) Can one of the young tight ends make a move to earn a roster spot? I am interested to see Aron White, as besides hearing a lot of hype I didn’t see much of him as a college player (except falling into the hedges). I am hoping we may enter into the Visanthe Shiancoe sweepstakes, but more likely we will see how Palmer has progressed and lean heavily on TG for his last season.

5) What kind of breakdown of the defense will fans see in the 4-3 vs. the 3-4? I would guess 70/30 in Nolan’s first year with our 4-3 personnel taking the majority of snaps. From what I read and heard, we will be in a nickel formation 60-70% of the time, so the percentages aren’t as important as the situations in which Nolan uses them.

6) Who will lead the team in sacks in 2012? Predict the sack numbers for each player if you care. Abe – 14, Weatherspoon – 10, Edwards – 6, Biermann – 5, Sidbury – 4, Massaquoi – 4, Peters – 4. If rumors are correct, we may pick up Aubrayo Franklin as a 3-4 DT plug, so that may lend to all potential OLBs including Kroy and Sid, getting more sacks (since there will be more of them on the field). That’s why I have Spoon getting double digit sacks. It is his breakout year and this new hybrid defense will showcase his speed.

7) Who wins the middle linebacker job: Tatupu or Dent? I think Tatupu wins the MLB job initially and adds veteran stability to the defense while it learns its new identity. I think with the 3-4 being used occasionally, Dent will get plenty of snaps and Nolan may even put him on the field instead of Tatupu in 4-3 jumbo packages. I believe Akeem will eventually take the MLB spot later into the season due to wear and tear on the elder Tatupu, and then going into the playoffs they should be able to platoon relatively smoothly.

8.) Which player will or should be punt and kick returners? Since the kickoff return is all but extinct and considering all kicks not booted out of the end zone are returned from 5+ yards deep, the job should be given to the fastest guy on the team who ISN’T A STARTER. The punt return spot is the most important and I hope Harry wins the PR job because of his hands. With a good offense waiting on the sideline, our main concern should be ball security (remember that Eric Weems made us forget Adam Jennings).

9) Can all three cornerbacks (Robinson, Grimes, & Samuel) co-exist? Without a doubt. There is a good vibe growing between these three and this team’s core will keep everyone together. In fact all three will probably be on the field 80% of all snaps, with goal line and short yardage situations being the only exceptions.

10) Give your entirely too early season prediction if you dare. 11-5, NFC South division winner.

Firey Falcon Fan in the Sweltering Southern Sunshine

July 6th, 2012
10:20 am

John Waynesworld – Great breakdown, thanks!

Agree that we will be under the radar this year

Disagree that we will be looking for a new LT, it will be Baker unless he gets hurt. Not my first choice, but what do I know?

I would be surprised if more TE’s enter into the picture unless the position is decimated by injuries. High draft pick next year, perhaps.

All three CB’s on the field maybe 50%, then mostly 4-3. 3-4 in special situations only.

My prediction? 11-5, shot at 12-4 with the team staying healthy, 9-7 if Matty Ice gets hurt while the OL is being rebuilt.

Biggest difference? On D, I go with our third CB, lots of synergies there.

On O, I go with (wishful thinking here) Holmes as a big surprise. He takes the starting spot by midseason, and locks it down. 4th and one no longer becomes a disaster.

snacktastic

July 6th, 2012
10:35 am

1. Of course the Falcons will be under the radar. Always have been. The only way other teams, fans, and the media will take notice is if we start to beat above-average teams and get a good win streak going. This, I think, will happen.

2. As much as the Cage and I would rather it didn’t happen, I think Harry Douglas will be our kick returner. Don’t know if that counts as a shock, though.

3. No. Carries will be split more evenly between Turner and Rodgers, with Snelling getting the leftovers. As I mentioned before, I’d rather there were a three-way even split.

4. I’ll have doubts about Gonzalez’s performance dropping off enough for any other Falcons TEs to matter until I actually see it happen.

5. No idea.

6. I think Edwards and Abraham will have roughly equal sack numbers this year. Nolan’s more aggressive scheme will give us more opportunities, and players will quickly start to take advantage of them.

7. Again, no idea.

8. See #2. I think James Rodgers should return punts/kicks, but I don’t think that’s who will end up doing it.

9. All three cornerbacks will coexist and thrive.

10. When the schedule was announced, I predicted 12-4. I’ll stick by that.

Now, let’s get these Olympics started so I can forget about how there’s no football yet.

Paddy O

July 6th, 2012
10:47 am

I like flying under the radar. Less pressure, less pain in the butt journalist asking anal questions; easier for the players to focus on the task at hand. I’ll be happy to be the dark horse up until the SB, if we are lucky enough to get there. Pre-season will tell us a lot of what kind of progress the team has made.

steeleye

July 6th, 2012
11:33 am

It’s fun to diddle around with questions like this but the truth is nobody knows the answers yet. Lets look back after about six or eight games and see where we are.
I will say, however, that as much as I like Rodgers, I would like to see a bigger speed back like Antone Smith get more playing time behind Turner.

FalconRick

July 6th, 2012
1:38 pm

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FalconRick

July 6th, 2012
1:46 pm

1) Not sure they will be flying undere the radar…but hope they have a chip on their shoulder on game day

2) I really hope there is at left tackle…but its looking more grim day by day

3) I think he will use him more like NO uses Sproles….Jone is a stronger foward runner than Rogers…Rogers is better on the outside

4)Maybe if they see a spark ….have someone for Gonzalez to work with…but I dont see it happening

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5) This will be interesting to see…we know smitty is a 4-3 guy…and Nolan loves the 3-4 …How much of either will let us know if Smitty is holding back his staff…or if hes turning them loose..

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6) Hard to say without seeing the defense…..I would love to see Bierman come up with double digits…

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7) Tatupu will start the season…No doubt

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8.) I certainly looks like they are positioning Douglas….I hope Rogers….I dont like a starting WR as a return man

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9) This WILL be different than the situation in Philly….Nolan will make it work

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10) 10-6 playoffs 1st run win

Enjoy!

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John Waynesworld

July 6th, 2012
2:30 pm

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Like the Andrews Sisters…

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Birdman

July 6th, 2012
3:35 pm

I am thinking and hoping that our Birds do well this year . You Know guys this could be a big learning year for our team and a lot of mistakes could be made lets just hope not a lot of bad ones .

I am thinking tho that a full season of training ‘ UNLIKE LAST YEAR ‘ will make up for that. But will the players be able to adapt to different schemes in just one training season ? Are will that be a problem this year ?

Here is an article I got in the E today . I know that the real camp has not started yet and I know that we did not get a first rounder . But here it is .

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1244666-rookie-progress-report-for-every-nfl-teams-rookie-class-so-far/page/3

RobbE33

July 6th, 2012
4:02 pm

Interesting article analyzing the Falcon’s offensive line play against the Giants from a former lineman’s perspective-
http://footballoutsiders.com/word-muth/2012/word-muth-scouting-falcons

Big Ray

July 6th, 2012
5:19 pm

JJ

July 6th, 2012
6:34 pm

BR, know its slow buddy but you link a ajc site? OK, maybe sir links should take over !!! J/k buddy, but were already on the ajc fish wraper so to link it is kinda like telling the officer you had more than a couple after you blew above a .o8.

Paddy O

July 6th, 2012
6:41 pm

robbe- interesting post. Seems to support the assertion – line did OK, play calling was the culprit. Ryan needs to work a little on game management – if the call is doomed – opt for a time out. Maybe it will be better with Welcome Back.

JB FALCON

July 6th, 2012
6:47 pm

JJ, football news right now is more scarce than a drop of rain. Radio’s link, posted by BR, is only getting whatever is left in the bottom of the bucket. It was a pretty good item and I am totally lloking forward to, and expectiing to, seeing Spoon in the Pro Bowl, IF they don’t cancel it for lack of interest.
On the bright side of this dulldrum, I scored 2261 on solitaire! My life, during this time of the year, is choked full of interesting things like that. My grass grew 1/4″. I could go on but I’m modest.

JJ

July 6th, 2012
7:43 pm

JB, yes its slow unless your preping for the draft. Just giving My fav patrol colonel some smack, he knows its all good. After leaving the hawk blog, he came on here a few yrs ago and quoted some philosophers (sp), this BBAD has more brains/memory than I do.

Which isnt saying so much, j/k BR.

One day, one day we will all meet on P’TREE!!!

And I will buy the first round!!!

JJ

July 6th, 2012
7:45 pm

and Ill be taking Marta Big Ray!

JB FALCON

July 6th, 2012
8:12 pm

I guess I’ll have to take a cab, but I’ll buy the second round!

Firey Falcon Fan in the Sweltering Southern Sunshine

July 6th, 2012
8:41 pm

1) Will Falcons be flying under the radar in 2012? Should they be?

They seem to do better without the harsh spotlight of expectations blinding them, so yep. Some expert prognosticators have forecast the Falcons watching the playoffs from home this year, even the first game!

2) Are there any roster shocks in order before the season begins?

Likely any roster shocks will be from spots opening up due to injury. TD likes his core, why he concentrated on resigning this offseason.
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3) Will Dirk Koetter use Jacquizz Rodgers like Maurice Jones-Drew?

Doubt it.

4) Can one of the young tight ends make a move to earn a roster spot?

Palmer is set, and TG is set in stone (petrified wood?). IF there is a third TE on the 53 man roster on day one (and I doubt it), it will be a ST stud that impresses in camp.

5) What kind of breakdown of the defense will fans see in the 4-3 vs. the 3-4?

3-4 will be rare on the initial lineup, more nickel and 4-3
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6) Who will lead the team in sacks in 2012? Predict the sack numbers for each player if you care.

Abe. Then Biermann, and look out for Peters improving this season up the middle.
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7) Who wins the middle linebacker job: Tatupu or Dent?

I think they will want Dent, but Tutupu will get some snaps as his health allows.
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8.) Which player will or should be punt and kick returners?

Best shot for a UDFA to make the team. Kickoffs, maybe a possession receiver instead of speed because of the way the game changed last year. Perhaps a place Meier can contribute. I suspect they will try HD, but he is such a fragile little thing.
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9) Can all three cornerbacks (Robinson, Grimes, & Samuel) co-exist?

Yep, very successfully in this pass happy league. THEY are what we need to win in the playoffs.
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10) Give your entirely too early season prediction if you dare.

12-4 best case scenario, 10-6 is we have issues getting the new OL settled in.

You want predictions, we got your stinkin predictions .
Anyone remember when the Falcons went into Minnesota and best the Vikes to play in the superbowl?
2013, Falcons vs. the Pack in Green Bay for the NFC Championship, 4 int’s in the Falcons new pass D, Rogers is knocked out of the game, Falcons win in an upset and head for he Superbowl. Bookies around the country fly off rooftops and splat on the sidewalks like a flock of seagulls with diarrhea were flying by.

JJ

July 6th, 2012
8:50 pm

SP, good post.

JB FALCON

July 6th, 2012
9:00 pm

FFF, love the Bookie part! On any given Sunday! Bottom line? That’s why we are all on the cage! We love football and we love our team!

JB FALCON

July 6th, 2012
9:10 pm

One of my favorite sayings;

There’s nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.” — Alfred Hitchcock

Firey Falcon Fan in the Sweltering Southern Sunshine

July 6th, 2012
9:34 pm

JB, Thanks! Just trying to have some fun.

Seriously (for just a bit), I think this team is built for the playoffs, more than any others.

1) In the playoffs you play the best of the best QB’s, and they pass quick out of the pocket, accurate, and to multiple receivers. We are now in a position to cover those multiple receivers and pressure the QB’s enough to encourage mistakes. Samuels was acknowledgement that we must be structured to beat those teams on the big stage, a first for us.

2) In the past good coaches ate our lunches with halftime adjustments. We were constantly beat like a Govt. mule in that aspect of the game. Nolan and Koetter should even the playing field in that aspect of the game, another key to winning playoff games.

3) The team is structured different, fundamentally. We are retaining players, experience, building that knowledge base on the field that we need to beat the really good teams – where we have struggled in the past. TD stopped trying to remold everywhere, concentrating on building from within and adding talent in the weakest areas.

4) Our structurally deficient areas were OL and Pass D. TD invested significant resources in both areas with our big acquisition in the D, and our first three picks on the O line in the draft (I count FB as another blocker, so call him O line support).

Build on positives, inject talent in negatives, retain hard earned skills and knowledge. I feel GOOD about this season.

Big Ray

July 6th, 2012
9:38 pm

SP is straight killin’ it….

JJ ,

I see you mooooockin’ me, maaaaaaan! LOL

Big Ray

July 6th, 2012
9:39 pm

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcsouth/post/_/id/36416/nfc-south-links-gauging-weatherspoon

Idiots. The stats quoted there may be what they are, but a natural playmaker ‘Spoon is. They’ll be trotting to a different tune this coming season, mark my words…

JB FALCON

July 6th, 2012
10:17 pm

FFF, not only do I love your optimism but I love the fact that you can back it up! Football is all about FUN and anytime I watch the tapes of our OTA’s, etc., I see an awful lot of smiles. This team has something we have been missing for years,…atitude!
“If you think you are going to lose? You’re probably right.” This year’s team, as far as I can tell, has no intentions of losing.

Firey Falcon Fan in the Sweltering Southern Sunshine

July 6th, 2012
11:11 pm

JB, thx, I am realistic enough to know ALL teams are “legit” superbowl contenders at this time of the year, but this year feels different, the structure of the team, while still under construction in key areas, feels more sturdy, more lethal.

I know that there will be some that will find sincerely felt flaws that they will surely point out over and over and over (and I am as guilty as anyone, all fans feel pain when their team underperforms)- BUT – ALL teams have flaws, it depends on the synergies that are created by the individual pieces, and the character of this team is primed to create that kind of synergy.

Can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Firey Falcon Fan in the Sweltering Southern Sunshine

July 6th, 2012
11:12 pm

And, no, I am not changin my moniker to Pollyanna :-) .

JJ

July 7th, 2012
10:01 am

The Pollyanna principle (also called Pollyannaism or positive bias) is the tendency for people to agree with positive statements describing them. The phenomenon is similar to the Forer effect. Research indicates that, at the unconscious level, the mind has a tendency to focus on the optimistic while, at the conscious level, it has a tendency to focus on the negative. This unconscious bias towards the positive is often described as the Pollyanna principle

Firey Falcon Fan in the Sweltering Southern Sunshine

July 7th, 2012
10:39 am

JJ – Psychology?

How about Pavlovian stimulus/response?
As in,

I see the ‘aints take the field and I Gag;

When I see Vick, I scowl and have a feeling of betrayal;

When I see the Falcons take the field, by adrenalin starts to pump and my pulse increases.

When I see TG snag a 10 foot tall lob in the end zone, or
when I see JJ streaking towards the end zone like the road runner flying past wily coyote with an acme safe on his foot, or
when I see Turner burst out of the writhing mass of humanity and turn on the jets

I jump out of my seat.

Cant help it, Pavlovian reactions

Big Ray

July 7th, 2012
3:04 pm

Damn that Pavlov…he’ll have us all up to our arses in koolaid….what’s in YOUR wallet?

DHunt

July 7th, 2012
4:28 pm

JB FALCON

July 7th, 2012
7:30 pm

DHunt. yeah I read that out of boredom. So Ipads are just like computers, “Garbage in, Garbage out.” It depends on what is programed into the Ipad.
BR, JJ, and FFF, I don’t know a darn thing about Psychology but my job requires a lot of Diplomacy. That ’s like telling a customer the he has an open mind, and he thanks you for the compliment, when you are acutally telling him that he has a hole in his head.
You can call me Pollyanna, Pavlov or what ever. I have spent the last 46 years predicting a SB for the Falcons and I always start my season prediction at 19-0. Anything less than that is totally unacceptable. We will go through this season moaning and complaining if my prediction is not met.
I can accept somthing less than 19-0 BUT, if any team is playing in this league without that same idea they should just quit before the season starts.
The purpose of Arthur Blank of owning the Atalanta Falcons is to win the Super Bowl. He did not start Home Depot with the idea that he might FAIL.

Firey Falcon Fan in the Sweltering Southern Sunshine

July 7th, 2012
8:40 pm

JB -
“I can accept somthing less than 19-0 BUT, if any team is playing in this league without that same idea they should just quit before the season starts.”

TOTAL cosign.

I teach adults at two places, and the biggest thing I find that I need to instill is confidence. With that, mountains can be overcome, one step at a time.

Same sports, in my opinion. Do it with class, but do it with confidence – if you think you will lose, then you have already lost.

Firey Falcon Fan in the Sweltering Southern Sunshine

July 7th, 2012
8:41 pm

Of course, the 5 Ps still apply :-) .

JB FALCON

July 7th, 2012
9:10 pm

FFF, okay, give me the five P’s. The first one should be Positive Mental
Attitude.

John Waynesworld

July 7th, 2012
9:16 pm

FFF, synergy is a good term, especially concerning the O line. Our offensive line had it during the 2010 season, but after the exit of Harvey Dahl they lost that synergy and it was on display throughout last season. Synergy is so important to our team’s success that Falcon management drafted two offensive linemen with their first two picks, added a veteran Guard, and brought in Pat Hill with 23 years experience as an O line coach to in order to re-create that synergy. The fact that the perceived problem was addressed in a variety of ways gives me optimism about our direction.

JB FALCON

July 7th, 2012
9:38 pm

JWW, Okay, I had to go look up synergy:
This is from Webster’s.com, “a mutually advantageous conjunction or compatibility of distinct business participants or elements (as resources or efforts) ”
Color me stupid but I’m sure ya’ll meant well..I’m gponna’ guess that we are all on the same page?

John Waynesworld

July 7th, 2012
10:12 pm

Ha, JB the word probably had more meaning in college dorms. I don’t know about Websters.com but here is the definition I like from Wiki…”Synergy is two or more things functioning together to produce a result not independently obtainable. The term synergy comes from the Greek word synergia συνεργία from synergos, συνεργός, meaning “working together”.

Same page works for me too!

FFF, I also agree with you about our team’s confidence and enthusiasm. Enthusiasm however is not a monopoly and we are not alone. There are reasons for many NFL teams having such genuine optimism about the upcoming season as seen and heard in many offseason player interviews. Most of it is related to high draft picks, high profile players returning from injury, or new additions via free agency, and most of the optimism is warranted. The NFL has crafted this parity so well that almost every team really does have a chance to make the playoffs every year, and that makes millions of NFL fans very happy. Obviously it depends heavily on management being competent in handling situations as they come in the form of contracts, trades and draft choices (see Oakland), but in this modern era, teams have begun constructing their organizations from other successful models like the Patriots, Steelers and others. Even teams in downturns can look at recent previous cellar-dwellers like the Lions and the Bengals making it to the playoffs and the Falcons are a great example. so it brings great anticipation to a point to where team optimism, and fan optimism, is a renewable annual mindset. The Falcons’ goals and fans’ expectations are thankfully higher, as are other teams who have made the playoffs recently, but our fans are as excited in a positive way as the fans in Buffalo or D.C. with their offseason moves. It’s a good thing all the way around.