Confidence at a Low Among Most Fans
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
The Atlanta Falcons continued their tour of crap on Sunday Night Football and they looked every bit as terrible as those old Falcons, pretty pitiful overall, in their attempt to beat a quality opponent that was severely handicapped. This team is now 1-3, reeling, and looking like the end of an Era because this team looks as lifeless as a dead jellyfish. Half the stadium was empty in the 4th quarter of a nationally televised game. More to come on the garbage that was, but for now, give your take if you can hold the vomit at bay……….
Ridiculous Collapse Sees Falcons Go Under .500
They dominated every single part of the game but found a way to lose the game. The Atlanta Falcons look really pathetic overall as they literally find a way to lose instead of finding a way to close out the game and win. They had a great run game in Steven Jackson’s absence. Julio Jones and Matt Ryan had another good game. They got really good pressure against the Dolphins, but its sickening on how the Falcons allowed their opponent yet again to climb back in the game and find a way to win. They have the talent to win any game, and maybe it can’t be put solely on coaching, but this team’s idea of hoping for a Super Bowl berth or Lombardi seems as good as the latest joke you might see. This is one of the more terrible losses in the Smith Era. There’s no reason whatsoever you lose a game like this, as the announcers mentioned many times, but by goodness, they find a way to lose. Just inexcusable.
Same Identity Shows Up Yet Again
That old and familiar scenario came once again with this Mike Smith-led football team: get an early lead and, for whatever reason, lets any and every opponent back in the football game, and must make a last gasp push to either win the game outright or pad the lead just enough. Fans are tiring of this identity. The Rams are a dang good football team and nothing should be taken away from them. But when one team is clearly the superior football squad on a given Sunday like this, it is maddening and supremely frustrating for fans to see this breakdown time and time again. It happens all the time and every single year often throughout the season.
Hardly anyone, even the most rabid fan, expects their team to go out and completely dominate every single week, especially in the parity-driven NFL. That’s not the issue here, though. Fans are sick of seeing the Falcons being the
Eerily Similar Loss Sees Falcons Choke @ Saints
Is this the 2013 NFL season or are we stuck in 2013 playoffs? The Falcons started their season almost exactly the way the ended it, yards short of victory. As will be discussed in this post, it’s only mile one in a long marathon, but fans are tiring of seeing the same mistakes pop up and cost the Falcons wins when they seem to as talented as any team in the NFL. The team from Flowery Branch might deserve a new nickname of “Schizophrenic Falcons,” where they predictably come out fairly strong, hit a lull, let the team back in the game, and when they realize they have to pull it together at the last moment, they do. And then the part comes where they fall short. Again, there’s a reason they call it “overreaction Monday,” where fans wait for 7 months to see their team play and a loss seems so crushing. The reality is that it’s a long season and even most of the recent Super Bowl
Roster’s Set, A New Season Dawns
Well, it’s finally here Ladies and Gentlemen of The Cage…….Game Week! A new season dawns as the Falcons have their roster set (save some waiver wire pickups or last minute adjustments) and the men in red and black will be getting set to start off the season with their biggest rival, the hated New Orleans Saints. What a way to begin a new season filled with so much hope than on the road against your biggest rival with something to prove. Preseason isn’t the end-all-be-all and Mike Smith admitted to “trying” a lot of different stuff, but it surely gave fans a reason to hit the pause button on the “Super Bowl or Bust” hype. There are major questions abound as the Falcons travel to the New Orleans in week 1, and some of them start with the final 53 man roster, at least as it stands right now. This post will take a look at the final 53 man roster, as well as a brief look at what lies ahead in New
Team Gives Fans a Reason to Pause the Optimism
It’s only preseason. As fellow Cager Big Ray said, “say it out loud, listen to yourself very carefully, and repeat several times.” After all, the Patriots just got destroyed by the Lions 40-9. Mike Smith and Co. intentionally used vanilla gameplans to not show anything to our future opponents. OK, so now that we’ve gotten the rationalization out of the way, let’s look at the ugly fact: the Falcons stunk in almost every facet of the all-important 3rd game. The offensive line was atrocious, the offense was terrible in the redzone, the defense made Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick look like Brady and Manning, and the young rookie corners were officially baptized to the NFL in a pretty ugly manner. Mike Smith and the Falcons obviously get the benefit of the doubt due to their immense record and winning records since he’s been coach, but that was one ugly display after the first quarter or
Depth Still a Concern, Much Better Effort
After looking so poor in their first preseason game, the Falcons reminded fans why they’ve been one of the best franchises in the NFL the last five years, at least early on. Both the first team offenses and defenses looked as though they were getting closer to regular season form, save a few hiccups. The men from Atlanta stormed out to a big lead against the defending Super Bowl champions in their house before the 2nd and 3rd string teams gave away a huge lead that led to the loss. As the preseason is on the downslope to a close, fans are feeling less and less worry and more and more optimism as the regular season is less than 3 weeks away. A look at the game in Baltimore………..
Ryan Close to Stride
For those worried that new contract might give the Falcons franchise QB a chance to coast on his huge new deal, the preseason are putting those concerns quickly to rest. Sure it’s
Part 2 from Cage Member Anthony Scott Cooper (Coop)
7. Sunday, Oct 20th vs. Tampa Bay 1:00 pm
Following the SNF, MNF, BYE, it will be nice for the fans to get back to a regular ol’ Sunday afternoon game. Further, after 3 straight AFC East games, the Falcons gear up for an NFC South foe looking to rebound after a couple of down years. Some think this could be Josh Freeman’s make it or break year, but with the coaching changes a year ago and all the upgrades to the D in this offseason, I think he’ll get at least one more year if they don’t improve greatly this year. Make no mistake, Freeman is a talented physical QB, but he hasn’t had the coaching, preparation, and supporting cast to hang with one Matty Ice.
The Bucs almost conceded that in the offseason by bringing in CBs and Safeties to help defend against MR2, Drew Brees, and company. Passing for the Falcons will be more challenging than most games, but after watching JJ11 torch San
Schedule Breakdown and Predictions to Bye Week
Guest Post – Anthony Scott Cooper (Coop)
First, let me say thanks for this opportunity to guest write for my esteemed colleague formerly of Clayton County. As a fellow alumni of Jonesboro High School (shout out HD83), I can only say things have gone downhill.
Breaking it DOWN!
So, it’s my privilege to break down the 2013 schedule, one of my favorite parts of the season. Evaluating every team that we’ll play is fun, but before that, let’s look at some interesting facts about the schedule.
1. The Falcons play 5 nationally televised games this year. The most I can ever remember and though I couldn’t confirm, I’m willing to bet the most in franchise history. They will play two Monday Night Football (MNF) games against the Jets on Oct 7th and in San Francisco on Dec 23rd. They also scored two Sunday Night Football (SNF) games against the Patriots on Sep 4th and at the Packers on Dec 14th.