Can Atlanta Falcons Get Back on Track vs. Jets?

Confidence at a Low Among Most Fans

Better Get it Going Quickly (AJC)

It’s dark days for us Falcons fans after a terrible start to the season and confidence seems to be at an all-time low in the Dimitroff/Smith Era. Gone are the streaks of rarely losing back-to-back games and finding a way to quickly steady the ship. The Falcons are 1-3 and it feels as though they are 1-8. The Saints are undefeated and quickly running away with the division. The Falcons get embarrassed by the Patriots at home on a national stage, who then turn around and get beat by a young Cincinnati Bengals team.

And even the one win the Falcons earned was a truly ugly one. If there’s such a thing as a must win in week 5, this is surely it. It will be curious to see the crowd tonight as the Falcons take on the Jets and there seems to be plenty of seats available for tonight’s matchup. ESPN is likely not happy they decided on this game for Monday Night Football. If the Falcons can find a way to make a statement, get back on track, win the next few games, then maybe they find a way to climb out of this terrible funk, but it’s a longshot at this point. Throw in the fact that the team itself looks disjointed and overall pretty bad in all facets, and it seems a pretty big longshot. To put it perspective, the Falcons would have to win 9 of their last 12 games just to get to 10-6 and a possible wild card. Not to mention a brutal schedule coming at the end of the season. If the Falcons can’t beat the Jets, what game can they win going forward?

Rest of post coming tonight and tomorrow. Live-blogging thread during the game tonight on Monday Night Football……….

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trademark

October 7th, 2013
8:59 am

D3, I think what’s most frustrating not only for the fans, but for the players themselves is that they are capable of doing all they need to do, but their potential is someone being lost.

Back in the days when a win was a rare thing and a playoff birth was a lottery win, the feeling was one of reaching and exceeding the goals set. I mean, who in the hell picked the Falcons to go to the Super Bowl in 1998? And when they did it, it was something for the fans and players to be proud of.

Now, they are not reaching any expectations. They are badly under-achieving, injuries aside, and losing. It’s a whole different feeling. It’s wasted potential, and it’s sour and frustrating on a different level. It’s the kind of thing that poisons and dismantles teams as finger-pointing and in-fighting begins. And unfortunately, it has already begun at the Branch (i.e.”Punks”, and the coaches throwing the players under the bus).

We are barely hanging on here, folks. Make no mistake. Just winning tonight will heal a couple of what ails us, but a statement win is what is needed as a START. It won’t mean much unless we get to about 5-3/6-3.

Last week I said that we would find out a lot about what kind of season we would be looking at with our performance against New England. Now, only the team can bring it back together. It will be a Herculean gut-check to do it, also.

We’ll see if this team has what it takes to face the hardest adversity: the kind that comes from within. If they can figure it out, and a way to gel, then this will turn to magic.

Anything less is just a big puff and smoke, and the ashes of what could have been.

snacktastic

October 7th, 2013
9:20 am

D3: You hit the nail on the head. The Jets are not the worst team in the game, but every Falcons fan had this as an easy W. Now, it’s a benchmark. Win, and there’s at least a chance the Birds can regain their footing. Lose, and the fanbase 180 is complete.

Personally, it’s weird to not be excited about these games anymore. Now I’m on more of an even keel…hard to say whether that’s good or bad.

***FFL***

After a mix of outstanding performances and uncharacteristically poor showings, the Nuclear Doritos are down nearly 30 to the D3 Arsenal. Victory or defeat for the Snack Attack lies in the hands of two running backs: a small but shifty and powerful backup who has temporarily taken over the feature back spot, and an underrated role player known for coming up big when his team needs it. Will Rodgers and Snelling put the team on their backs and pull out the win? Only time will tell.

Coop

October 7th, 2013
9:42 am

D3 – Thanks for the forum. you are 100% correct. This is a must win game. The divsion is gone. The Saints have that won, so we are simply fighting for a wildcard. Win this game and we’re tied for the 6th spot. The next 4 games are must win. Jets, Tampa, Arizona, and Carolina would get us to a respectable 5-3. Then in the second half you have to win Tampa, Buffalo, Washington, and Carolina. That gets you to 9 wins. Then steal one or two from New Orleans, Seattles, Green Bay, and San Francisco and you can get into the playoffs.

The problem though, hasn’t changed. The team has more than enough talent to go 12-0 from hear. We shouldn’t be scared of the good teams, right? I mean we want to win the Superbowl, so we’ll have to beat them eventually. Unfortunately, our coach has us worried about beating the dadgum Jets.

Paddy O

October 7th, 2013
9:50 am

MB: the fact that you keep harping on Manning the Elder – who is widely regarded as the best QB the last 15 year – or of his generation, simply indicates your tendency to shovel BS. You have the freedom to shovel, but . . . . .being allergic to wisdom is tough.

Coop

October 7th, 2013
10:05 am

Sorry, tied for the 8th spot…

slick_steve

October 7th, 2013
10:18 am

D3, thanks again. Coop, you are right, we have the talent, big question is though, do we have the fight? Somebody has got to step up, and now. It’s not too late yet but this game is critical. A win tonight would put us at 1-1 in the division and 2-1 in the NFC. Aints are 2-0 in the South and no one else has a win in our division. As far as the wild card goes, Seattle, Dallas and Philly are 2-0 in NFC play, GB & SF are 2-1. Some tough starts around the NFC so if we can get on track, turn it up a notch or two (or 10) and then get a little healthier over the bye then maybe, just maybe…

slick_steve

October 7th, 2013
10:20 am

blog monster had me for breakfast

Matty Bicep

October 7th, 2013
10:31 am

Paddy, just looking for perspective. Sure, Manning belongs in the conversation for best ever QB, but his lack of rings, and one and done playoffs cannot be ignored when your having this discussion…I am just curious where the “blame” falls.

So bill B did the same thing to Tony G on a much larger stage multiple times….but Tony is in history as a “great” coach. When I judge my teams, I just look for consistent analysis as to how history judges.

DRGUY

October 7th, 2013
10:38 am

Come on Guys get focused. Get the next first down. Go Falcons !!!!

Arno

October 7th, 2013
10:39 am

D3, trademark– You could patch your two posts together. Nice job.

lorenzo lockhart

October 7th, 2013
11:03 am

before the season started falcons were considered one of the nfls best teams,but they have not done anything to be even in the coversation. they have lost a lot of important pieces to the puzzle offene and defense. they have to start runing the ball a lot better. its been tough for me to watch my favorite team of all sports crumble in the first quater of the season they have way to many weapons to not be able to outscore the teams they have played so far season. the second quater of this season starts off with jets witch is a team that i think is perfect for us to get on a wining rolle. the defense has to step up an make plays,,stop somebody please!!!

Paddy O

October 7th, 2013
11:15 am

I consider Tony G to be a great coach – you can see how Caldwell screwed up the Colts once he left. I don’t consider the Falcons’ problems to be player related.

Paddy O

October 7th, 2013
11:16 am

this is going to be a PAIN IN THE ASS Monday – Falcons, Red Sox and Braves. Would be a nice triple crown if all 3 win!

Greg Mendel

October 7th, 2013
11:27 am

Good morning, Cagers. I haven’t been posting because I have little to contribute, and the 2013 Falcons are a puzzle to me. I have no idea what to expect tonight.

I don’t dismiss observations about faulty coaching and/or schemes. Neither do I overlook the obvious: injuries to key players. IMO, Jackson has been a huge loss, at least from the standpoint of plans made by the coaching staff. While Quizz and Snelling have stepped up, I think Jackson figured heavily in 2013 strategy.

Playing an obviously restricted White has made absolutely no sense to me. White has been a major weapon for Ryan and the team. Playing injured, he’s no more effective than an average WR, and the moment opponents spotted his injury, he became useless even as a decoy. So, what has been the value (and purpose) of putting him on the field instead of letting him heal?

The absence of Spoon and loss of Bierman is huge. Spoon has his critics, but the man plays ball, and has some much-needed fire.

Teams always try to exploit their opponents’ weaknesses, but most teams have strengths as well. It seems to me that when one Falcons weakness is successfully exploited, our strengths can’t compensate. That’s what I can’t figure out. We’re supposed to have a “high-octane” offense, but I haven’t seen it. Without SJax, with a hobbled Roddy, and Ryan behind an iffy O-line, we’re running on ethanol.

trademark

October 7th, 2013
11:34 am

Hang in there Paddy….it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Nah, I think I ‘ll call it for the Red Sox for the sweep, Braves….no frikkin idea….gut feeling is they lose, and tying the series would be a gift. LA is unfortunately lighting up our pitching staff….I mean, c’mon, what good is holding the league’s best ERA for 7 frikkin months if you can’t hold it together in the playoffs??!!

Unfortunately for the Falcons, I feel that we get another bite of Smittyball tonight. We’re going to get up on NY at some point, I figure by 10-17 by the 3rd quarter, then it’ll get too close to call a winner.

And if hat sounds jaded…. *shrugs* Sorry, give me something to work with. We have exactly one blow-out win in a “big” game in 5 years here. I just hope they don’t completely unravel tonight. Gut-check time.

LRD

October 7th, 2013
11:48 am

Huge must win tonight. Cannot imagine what the dome will look and sound like if we go into the 4Q losing…

Matty Bicep

October 7th, 2013
11:48 am

Caldwell…interesting, but part of a head coach is evaluating his staff, Caldwell falls on Dungy….Dungy might have been too loyal to go down as what he could have been, but you have to live in peace with yourself…..no doubt Manning is on fire today though. But the hardest, most elusive question in the universe is what causes and athlete, or team to get “hot”, and why is it not sustainable?

And, unless the Falcons can find that magic, they are gonna have a hard time making the playoffs. That said, I think 9-7, maybe even 8-8 gets a playoff spot…

Matty Bicep

October 7th, 2013
11:58 am

Very interesting that the Falcons are 28-1 to win the Super Bowl, same as the Baltimore, 12th. Considering that we started the season as #4, there is still money who believes….might be a very good time…..

Die Hard Falcon

October 7th, 2013
12:05 pm

Well, tonight is a must win, and really I look at the next 4 games all being that way, that will just get us to 5-3 at the halfway mark. We have 2nd half of the season games against Seattle (at the dome) as well as the Aints at the dome, then 2 brutal road games at SF & GB. We’ll have to find a way to win at least 1 of those and the others which would put us at 10-6.

The way it looks this year, I’m worried that 10-6 might not cut it unless we beat those teams for tie-breaking purposes, it looks safe to say that the NFC East is only going to put forward the division winner, but the North and West are strong and I see the Bears, Lions, Packers, 49ers, and Seahawks all as potential candidates and all of them have a better record than us already. We control our destiny b/c we play the Seahawks, 49ers, and Packers, although we have to win to make it matter.
The only positive about the losses we’ve had up to this point is that 2 of them were AFC opponents, which is the least determining factor for the tiebreak system. Of course, if we do get to 10-6 and the 3 losses are against: SEA, SF, and GB, we’ll have to say a few rosaries or something and hold our breath.
I can only hope we get on a hot streak at the right time and get healthy, it’s a mighty large uphill climb from here.

Go Falcons!!!

Big Ray

October 7th, 2013
12:05 pm

No, you raving lunatic…that means somebody will be easily suckered into the bet…it’s enough odds to let the real betters know that it’s not a good bet. It’s just enough to sucker some fools into taking it. Good Lord…hope you’re not a stock broker…

Die Hard Falcon

October 7th, 2013
12:06 pm

Blog Monster!!!

Matty Bicep

October 7th, 2013
12:25 pm

All odds are to “Sucker” people to bet both sides, but somebody will win.. If they can’t get anyone at 28, they will go to 29, etc, but if they win tonight, it goes to probably around 20, the odds are to encourage people to place bet..jax is 5000 to 1…Demver is 4-1.

But 28 is better than the 8-1 they were (I think) to start the season….

D3

October 7th, 2013
12:51 pm

Great Gameday (I guess) Cage! — Back from my hiatus. I needed an emotional and mental break from my Birds after getting too wrapped up, disgusted, and generally pissed off the last few weeks. I’m here to stay for my Falcons and The Cage for the long haul, but I can’t say that I longer believe in this regime to reach the ultimate prize.

LRD mentioned it a second ago and I fear what we’ll see tonight at The Dome. With two little ones at home, I can’t go to every late night game and so I’ve tried to get rid of them for a full week and it looks as though I will have to eat two tickets. I looked on Stubhub and there are almost 2,000 tickets available for the game tonight. I looked on ebay, and there’s a ton of them that aren’t selling for $20 bucks. Speaking of………..

IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN SOME SUPER (and I mean SUPER) CHEAP TICKETS FOR TONIGHT’S GAME, email me at dawsondevitt@hotmail.com

Part of it is the matchup. Two of the worst teams (record wise) in the league and even though the Jets are a traditional NY draw, this game has no value whatsoever and isn’t even that appealing. We’ll see tonight and of course we’ll get the same old “Atlanta Fans are the worst in the country” BS meme, but I truly think that fans belief and confidence in this coaching regime is at rock-bottom. Issues were always there festering under the surface, but generally since we were able to find ways to win, it would quell the restlessness, even if the playoff failures kept adding up.

Fans aren’t stupid and although they may not be coaches and experts, they know good coaching when they see it and it’s not as if this is the first sign of distress with this coaching staff. I spoke about my own personal “tipping point” on Smitty after the Miami Dolphins debacle. I would never claim to be prophetic, but after talking with many Falcons fans and season ticket holders, the vast majority are ready for a change.

Not only that, but other teams are getting better and we’re going the other way. Yes, it shouldn’t necessarily matter what other teams do, but it does. Especially when the Saints are looking dominant one year removed from a scandal that many felt could break a franchise. I hate the Saints as much as anyone, but ultimately I respect them. They made a change with Payton, one of the best offensive minds in the game. And haven’t been afraid to make changes when necessary (cleaning house after last year). Do we have the same moxy and fortitude to make a change?

I’m not going to pretend to be objective with Smitty and this coaching staff. I truly believe this regime and Smitty has run it’s course. I am firm in my belief in that, and I haven’t taken coming to that decision lightly. The Miami game was it for me. Call me whatever you want, but that’s the way I feel and it won’t change short of a miracle turnaround.

Seminole Warrior

October 7th, 2013
1:18 pm

What’s Up Cage

Not going to add much to the points that have been made or that were made in the previous forum. Simply put, this is a must win game. Will be monitoring it closely from section 209.

D3, do not worry about what others are thinking. For as the great general once said, if all people are thinking the same, someone is not thinking. The facts speak for themselves so let the cards play out.

Adopt the philosophy of the Tee Pee; the Missouri Compromise II as I call it; if you want me to get on board and believe, then simply, SHOW ME AND MAN UP!! And not just tonight!!

Lots of talk this week out of the Branch about people questioning the heart of the team. Count me in the number. I have questioned it and I STILL do. What has this team done but be inconsistent this season.

SW’s Points of Order: New York Jets visit the Atlanta Falcons.

Point One: Can the Falcons contain the Jets rushing game?

One or two series MAX (if at all) for the “designated” starters. See point two for the only exceptions.

Point Two: Can the Falcons rushing attack reach the 100 yard plateau in tonight’s game?

Point Three: Will the Falcons show more balance on offense?

Point Four: Can the Falcons manufacture a pass rush that will result in at least two sacks in tonight’s game?

Point Five: Can Jets TE Kellen Winslow have a big night against the Falcons linebackers in coverage?

Point Six: Is Roddy White ready to have his first 100 yard receiving game of the year?

Point Seven: Which Falcons reserve linebacker emerges in prime time tonight?

Die Hard Falcon

October 7th, 2013
1:18 pm

D3 — If you get a moment, can you please release my post from earlier this morning? Thanks brother and I’m w/ you, it’s just getting plain ugly, today is the least excited I’ve felt about a Falcons game since 2008, I just feel like we have no chance at making the playoffs, even winning tonight won’t do much of anything except keep our foot in the slamming door to the post season

Seminole Warrior

October 7th, 2013
1:20 pm

Monster alert…..free me as well, please?

Seminole Warrior

October 7th, 2013
1:22 pm

Simply put, It’s time. High noon and where will we be at midnight tonight?

Not a lot to say…will be a very stern observer tonight from my perch in the Dome.

Rest assured, I will not be at a loss for words, pro or con, tomorrow.

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D3

October 7th, 2013
1:29 pm

Seminole, SG, Die Hard, and others posts released.

Seminole Warrior

October 7th, 2013
1:33 pm

Thanks, bro.

Die Hard Falcon

October 7th, 2013
2:01 pm

Wings

October 7th, 2013
3:20 pm

DHF – ” Thanks brother and I’m w/ you, it’s just getting plain ugly, today is the least excited I’ve felt about a Falcons game since 2008,…”

I know how you feel! My excitement has been getting lower and lower each year since the end of 2010. I used to watch replays 2-4 times. Since the beginning of last year, I have not watched many games one time. I know they can play better than we have seen – in wins and losses. My hope has been dashed by the conservative ways and the playbook.

Coop

October 7th, 2013
3:40 pm

SW – I’ll take a shot brother!

SW’s Points of Order: New York Jets visit the Atlanta Falcons.

Point One: Can the Falcons contain the Jets rushing game? Probably. I think the Birds have been fairly decent against the run. They give up a couple big (not huge) gainers, but they are usually solid and force long 3rd downs. Then they play a soft zone and give up a 1st down. With this weak plassing game of the Jets, the Birds will load up against the run and do well with it.

One or two series MAX (if at all) for the “designated” starters. See point two for the only exceptions.

Point Two: Can the Falcons rushing attack reach the 100 yard plateau in tonight’s game? Doubtful. I just don’t believe in our blocking to open the right holes and our RBs aren’t dynamic enough to break multiple tackles.

Point Three: Will the Falcons show more balance on offense? They’ll try. If they get up early, which I predict, then they will turn to Smittyball and try to balance run and pass. In the end, I think you’ll see a balance of ATTEMPTS but not production.

Point Four: Can the Falcons manufacture a pass rush that will result in at least two sacks in tonight’s game? Seriously? Hell no.

Point Five: Can Jets TE Kellen Winslow have a big night against the Falcons linebackers in coverage? He should. Can Geno Smith get him the ball? The Falcons have a history of making pedestrian QBs look like Peyton Manning. Plus, TEs usually have big games against us. If I had him in FFL, I would start him for sure.

Point Six: Is Roddy White ready to have his first 100 yard receiving game of the year? No. Still hurt.

Point Seven: Which Falcons reserve linebacker emerges in prime time tonight? Probably Joplu Bartu.

D3

October 7th, 2013
3:42 pm

A little blast from the past. Take a look at this off-season post and count how many of the “biggest games of 2013″ we’ve even played yet. That is a scary thought.

http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-fans/2013/06/08/your-biggest-atlanta-falcons-games-in-2013/

#1) Saints – home
#2) Niners – away
#3) Packers – away
#4) Patriots – home — LOSS
#5) Seahawks – home

This season could get really ugly.

Arno

October 7th, 2013
3:51 pm

Five weeks in and it feels like pre-season game. Who are these guys? Where is our team?

D3

October 7th, 2013
3:52 pm

Couple of points I’ve been running in my head the last week……….

*–Tonight is going to be really interesting in terms of attendance. Part of it is we kind of got screwed in having two primetime games back-to-back at home. By no means am I upset about getting in primetime, but that it’s insane to ask normal working people to be able to attend games like this two weeks in a row. For instance, I have kids and even if I wanted to go, I simply couldn’t. How many people are in that scenario? Second, even if you don’t imbibe before and during the game, it’s still insanely brutal to get home at 1 or 2 am, or later, and get up and go to work……….two weeks in a row. This could really send an unwanted message to Blank that Smith and Co. have lost the fans, even if he hasn’t lost the team yet.

*– I don’t even want to venture into Matt Ryan bashing territory like 92.9 The Game did last week essentially calling him the worst QB in the NFL and it’s all his fault. But that being said, dude is a d@mn robot this year. He seems as though he’s going through the motions. Where’s “get the eff off our field!”, where guess what, we went on a crazy run from that point. Another thing that may be the deciding vote for Blank is that his $120 million QB is regressing, not progressing. Just for fun, switch Ryan’s coordinators and head coach to someone like Sean Payton or Mike McCoy, and then give someone like Brady or Brees a head coach like Smitty. Hmmmmmmmm……..

*–This game feels like more of a no-win situation than last game when we had a chance to “get back on track” vs. an undefeated team. A team with 3rd string backups that rolled in and embarrassed us. Even if we win, will things be any different?

D3

October 7th, 2013
3:53 pm

*– In 6 years as a season-ticket holder, I have never had any issue getting rid of tickets. Either selling for full price, a little over market value, or discounts for friends and family. I literally cannot give away these tickets, and that is no lie.

sinisin59

October 7th, 2013
4:03 pm

Hi Falcons Faithful!

Still bulldozing my way through the comments section of the previous thread on this rainy Monday; been working ungodly hours and haven’t had much time for the things I enjoy lately, like posting here with you fine folks. But reading all of the comments has helped me deal with the devastation of a 1-3 kickoff to the season. So thanks for that!

I did see this from SW, always the voice of reason, on the previous blog:
“But the truth always finds a way to emerge..” and it really struck me. Looking forward to seeing what truth will emerge for this team this year, and tonights game should give be revealing.

As a New Jersey gal, I can tell ya, do not underestimate the Jets. This team has been bashed for years now as a joke, and they have caused plenty of heartache for their fans. But make no mistake, this is a good defense we will be facing. Our thus-far anemic O has quite the challenge laid out tonight. If I see some high-flying super drives tonight, I’m going to be impressed and it should renew my hope for the season.

On the other hand, if OUR defense cannot hold the Jets sad-sack O, without their top receiver and some shuffling going down in the RB corps, to under 20 points, I’m going to be VERY concerned about life after the bye week…

SG

October 7th, 2013
4:04 pm

Die Hard Falcon

October 7th, 2013
4:56 pm

@Wings — I know what you’re saying although, I felt excited last year, and always felt like we had a chance, this year just sucks so far and I don’t know what’s wrong, but there seems to be no fire whatsoever and it’s sickening and embarassing.

Anyone imagine if we would’ve got Andy Reid as our HC? Look at KC, w/ Reid at the helm, we’d be unstoppable, I could say the same w/ Payton, Mike McCarthy, or maybe even Jon Gruden, I just think we need to get a playcaller at the helm, a good one who knows how to adjust on the fly and set an expectation of excellence.

I know this is not a new idea, and I’ve given Smith a lot of love for having made our team a contender year in and year out, but it’s gone as far as it’s going to in my opinion and many others, I am just uncomfortably numb

Unca' Bob

October 7th, 2013
5:07 pm

The Sunday night game was the only game I have been able to watch all year from my house. I did not recognize what I saw. It was a skeleton from what I witnessed last year through the bottom of a beer bottle last year at my local Direct TV tavern. I have no idea as to what is going on, BUT, I do know if we don’t get it corrected soon, we are toast.

Outside of shirts,caps etc, I have nothing invested other than my emotions. I’ve ridden the highs and lows over the years and at some point one needs to say enough! I’m damn close.

I never thought I would ever say that!

Big Ray

October 7th, 2013
5:25 pm

Sinsin ,

Good to see you are still kickin’ it with us ornery fellas. Your comments are very much appreciated.

You are 200% correct in regard to the Jets….well, in my opinion, anyway.

Big Ray

October 7th, 2013
5:26 pm

Unca Bob ,

I’m right there with ya….

Big Ray

October 7th, 2013
5:36 pm

D3 ,

I have an even better one for ya – put Matt Ryan in at QB for the Bengals. Can you say 5-0 and threatening the Broncos? Poor Cincinnati…all they ask Andy Dalton to do is be Alex Smith Lite…and he can’t even do that. Ryan puts up more passing yards per game than Cincy puts up total yards in a game.

Big Ray

October 7th, 2013
5:42 pm

Our running game is troubled by the OL and who we have at RB, but I think it’s a complete lack of commitment more than anything else.

No, seriously. This year, the Falcons are averaging 4.4 ypg on the ground. When is the last time they had this average ypc out of their run game? Try in 2008 when Turner carried the team in his prime as Ryan experienced his rookie year. There was another year, probably 2009, when we averaged 4.2 ypg.

Also consider this –

SJax has yet to be given a chance to prove he can carry a load for us. He had 75 yards on 11 carries one game, then we wouldn’t let him touch the ball on a run after that.

Meanwhile, Snelling is averaging 4.7 ypc. Quizz is only getting 3.5, but I have seen him break a number of tackles. Problem is, those have been on the outside mostly or on draws…but where do we try to run him? Right up the gut…stupid.

I realize he isn’t trusted, but damn – how do you NOT give Vaughn a chance here and there?

Arno

October 7th, 2013
6:07 pm

Yet again we face a team primed to make a statement, in this case the Jets taking the opportunity of escaping the Giants’ shadow. I quote a NY writer: “As long as the Giants are across town, the Jets are destined to play second fiddle in New York. That’s just the way it is.” S59 is right. No way the Jets should be taken lightly. So what is the Falcons’ rallying cry? Where is the soul of this team?

Unca' Bob

October 7th, 2013
6:22 pm

Big Ray

October 7th, 2013
5:42 pm

SJax has yet to be given a chance to prove he can carry a load for us.

I, er ,um. He won’t come back until he’s completely healthy. His post. He hasn’t been on the field long enough to form an opinion my minds eye. Clowney part….?

Wings

October 7th, 2013
6:39 pm

Today, I thought of all those games Curtis Lofton played at middle linebacker without missing a game because of injury. Tonight, the middle linebacker is (darn can’t remember his name).

Unca' Bob

October 7th, 2013
6:43 pm

Sorry. My frustration level has taken new heights. I’ll try my best to behave. Goodly or badly. Nite y’all.

Go Falcons!

Big Ray

October 7th, 2013
6:45 pm

Unca Bob ,

I know about SJax’s health condition, but what about before he got hurt? 11 carries, 75 yards…and you forget the man for an entire half of football?

Is that his fault that he’s not been on the field enough prior to his injury?