Our Atlanta Falcons: Retooling in 2014 (Special Guest Post – Seminole Warrior)

The Godfather, Seminole Warrior, Lays it Down!
Special Guest Writer: Roddy E. Nixon, Jr. (aka Seminole Warrior)


Like you, my fellow Falcon friends, I have had time to sit back and reflect on the season that was lost in 2013. Many fans came into the season with extraordinary expectations of being a Super Bowl team. Many, including many in this forum, warned that the image in the mirror was false. So now, we turn our attention to the reconstruction; the re-tooling of this franchise. This is part one of a two part series that will lay out a plan that, if followed, would restore the faith and confidence of the fans in the direction of the team.

In this narrative, we will assess how we got here. Then, in the next week’s follow-up, we will address, position by position, where the team stands and what must be done to field a consistent winner.


Simply put, our Falcons suffered a major collapse in 2013. The Branch would have you believe that it was all a result of …

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Mike Smith’s Atlanta Falcons in Statistics

A Look at the Falcons in Mike Smith’s Six Seasons

Smith in Stats (AJC)

Mark Twain famously penned that there are “lies, damned lies, and statistics.” While it’s easy to get to a point of paralysis by analysis, statistics can point to trends, prove or disprove commonly held beliefs, and open eyes in some cases. Mike Smith has been the man in charge of the Atlanta Falcons on the field play for 6 seasons. Many believe it takes at least three years to get good data, so the Falcons six years under Smith can definitely provide some interesting feedback. A look at the Falcons the past six seasons:

Mike Smith’s Regular Season Record

96 Total Games = 60 wins, 36 losses (62.5%)

Playoff Record: 5 games = 1 win, 4 losses (20%)

Record vs. NFC South – 18 wins, 18 losses (50%)

Analysis - This one’s really no secret and is commonly known. Smith has done a very good job in the regular season, compiling one of the best records of any NFL team over the last 6 years (obviously …

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What’s Your Biggest Off-season Concern for the Atlanta Falcons?

Big Off-season for Blank's Falcons (AJC)

As we Falcons fans sit on the sidelines and watch the divisional championships this weekend, what’s your biggest concerns for the off-season? Are you worried on a micro level that the Falcons top brass won’t sign the players needed in free agency or will find a way to mess up the draft? Or are you more concerned on a macro level and worried about the ongoing disconnect that seems to be prevalent at the top?

Working on new post about Head Coach Mike Smith’s tenure in Atlanta, but until then share what’s on your mind about the Falcons as we watch the legit teams make a run to the Super Bowl.

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Atlanta Falcons Scapegoat OL and DL Coaches

Any More Blame to Throw Around?

Anyone but Us Two (AJC)

*****Make sure to stay with us here in The Cage during the entire off-season as we’ll do our best to analyze, break down, and dissect everything Atlanta Falcons Football

Now that the season of misery has come to an end, it’s time to officially move on to the off-season. Thank goodness for that. Long ago when owner Arthur Blank and Thomas Dimitroff said that Mike Smith was going nowhere, it was assumed that some on the Falcons staff would be scapegoated and be relieved of their duties. No major changes to make at the top, only the lowest on the totem pole would be blamed for the wretched season that was. It’s that old adage of stuff rolling down hill (to put it cleanly) and that’s just what’s happened up at Flowery Branch. So, there has already been countless changes to almost every position coach, coordinators, strength and conditioning coaches, and now even one position has been changed not once, but twice in …

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Atlanta Falcons Joke of a Season Comes to Merciful End

Comedy of Errors Sees Rival Win Division at GA Dome

Nice Moment (AJC)

It’s over. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The end has come to the Atlanta Falcons trainwreck-boatsink-planecrash-disaster-of-a-season, and most fans couldn’t be happier. There will be a time when the angst and deep-seated pain will wash away and some bright light will shine in…..maybe. Considering no major changes will be made, than maybe not. But this post will serve as a cathartic chance to rid yourself of any and all negative and bad feelings about, arguably at least, one of the worst Falcons teams in recent memory. In fact, fans always reference the 2007 season as one of the worst with the whole Michael Vick federal dogfighting ring and Bobby Prictrino sneaking out in the middle of the night episode. Guess how many wins that team had? And the QB was a mix of Joey Harrington, Byron Leftwich, and Chris Redman. Now that should give pause to anyone who says there should be fundamental, deep, and …

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What’s Your Level of Hope in Atlanta Falcons Future?

Hopeful or Depressed in Falcons Immediate Future……..

Davis with a Nice Game (AP)

***Apologies for letting post expire.

As the Atlanta Falcons get ready to end one of the worst seasons in recent memory, most of the talk, discussion, and thoughts about the Falcons has turned to the upcoming off-season and 2014. Most fans are completely expecting their team to fall to the next two opponents, the Niners and rival Panthers. Two teams that are the exact opposite of the red and black team: tough and physical. The question now turns to whether or not the Falcons can actually fix all that ails this team in one season. Theory would have it that since the team from Flowery Branch has been so successful the last 5 out of 6 seasons, that it would be like riding a bike and they could easily slip back into success.

Trufant and DB's a Strength (AJC)

However, as Lee Corso might say, “Not so fast my friend.” If you look at the Falcons problems in a one-season vacuum, it would be easy …

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Atlanta Falcons Squeak By Lowly Redskins

Another Weak Showing

Needed Tipped Pass to Win (AJC)

It’s a win. That’s about all fans can say after this one. If ugly wins are still wins, than this has to be one of the ugliest the Falcons have played in a long time. As will be mentioned in the post, the Falcons had 7 takeaways and needed a last second tipped pass on a failed two point conversion to win the game. The Falcons found a team that was as bad or worse than them and barely managed to beat them. Problem is, one of the teams had it’s backup quarterback and the other did not. The Falcons sit at 4-10 and have two more games before this season comes to it’s merciful end. A look at the bad game that was.

How is this Play Justified?

Happened a Few Times (AJC)

Injuries, injuries, injuries. That’s why the Falcons are playing so bad right now, correct? It’s true that the Falcons have had their share of injuries throughout the year, but trying to chalk up the entire season’s collapse to a handful of injuries is …

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Atlanta Falcons Find a Way to Lose in Green Bay

Another Game, Another Loss

Falcons Fumble Another One Away (AP)

It looked the Falcons of old for a half. The offense was moving well and the defense came up with some turnovers and the Falcons looked like the team that had done so well the past 5 years. And then the second half started. The Falcons ugly habit of blowing leads, regardless of how big or small, continued yet again on Sunday. Atlanta’s team seemed to be in a good position to win their 4th game of the year vs. an Aaron Rodgers-less Packer team, until halftime at least.

Second Half Collapse

Must Have Been 1st Half (AP)

Fans are sick of this. The argument can be drilled down to why a thousand times over, but the simple fact is this: Mike Smith the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons Football team. He is the person charged with fixing things that need improving on the field. The Falcons have been a disaster coming out of halftime since he has been head coach and there is literally no improvement. If anything, …

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Atlanta Falcons Show Guts in Win Over Bills

Not Pretty, but a Win’s a Win

Gonzo with a Good Game (AP)

Even though the season’s long been lost, the Atlanta Falcons showed some grit and found a way to win against a very talented Buffalo Bills team. It took some big strokes of luck at the end of the game (recovering not one, but two fumbles on possible game-winning drives), but the Falcons will take any breaks they can get in a season full of woes and faceplants. In actuality, the Falcons probably shouldn’t have won, but there’s quite a few games they probably shouldn’t have lost earlier in the year either. Going out and winning games such as this when the season’s over in terms of the postseason shows a toughness of character that the Falcons can use next season. There’s still a long, LONG ways to go, but there are some signs of life in this team and that couldn’t be said a few weeks ago. They have a good schedule in terms of difficulty, where they can use as a possible jumping off point for 2014. At this …

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The Atlanta Falcons Going Forward

A Glance Ahead Amid 2013 Trainwreck

One Positive Play from 2013 (AJC)

The dead horse has been beaten to a pulp on the awfulness that is the 2013 Atlanta Falcons. The collapse, undisciplined play, poor effort, weak coaching, and on and on and on have been analyzed, dissected, complained about, and taken apart for months now. And there probably will be more to come when they play their remaining games in 2013, but most fans need something, anything, to take away from the pain of the 2013 season. In short, it has been an unmitigated disaster of epic proportions. In fact, the Falcons have the distinct luxury of being the very first NFL team officially eliminated from the playoffs. Everyone already knew it, but it became official when the 49ers beat the Redskins on Monday Night Football.

DeCoud Toast Again (AJC)

There’s five more games, so there will likely be plenty more teeth gnashing ahead. But to offer something a little different from the gloom and doom of 2013, this post …

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