5 reasons to feel confident about the 2009 Falcons

Here's reason to believe: Matty Ice as franchise cornerstone. (AP photo by Jeff Roberson)

Here's reason to believe: Matty Ice as franchise cornerstone. (AP photo by Jeff Roberson)

For no reason beyond this being the team with the great fickle bird as its logo, I’ve done much handwringing over the state of the Falcons already. I’ve worried about injuries. (Harry Douglas’ knee, in particular.) I’ve worried about jinxes. I’ve worried about worrying. But today I put on my happy face and offer these reasons to be of good cheer.

1. The general manager is the smartest the Falcons have ever had. I once likened this to being considered the finest yachtsman in Kansas, whereupon a dutiful reader informed me Bill Koch, who won the America’s Cup, is indeed from Kansas. So let’s skip the flawed analogies and just say, “Even if he hasn’t eaten a hamburger in 20 years, Thomas Dimitroff is one clever fellow.”

2. This coaching staff is the best the Falcons have ever had. (Sorry to disappoint all those Greg Knapp fans out there.)

3. Matt Ryan isn’t going to fail. He works too hard. He cares too much. And he’s not exactly untalented, either.

4. The talk of a jinx has actually put the Falcons on alert. “We read that article,” said the discerning Mr. Dimitroff, meaning one of mine, “and it got some guys’ attention.” (Glad to be of service, TD.)

5. The Tony Gonzalez acquisition made the Falcons believe in the way only a major addition to a solid nucleus can make players believe. Players are human. They love to see gifted new players walk through that door. In the history of football, there might have been five tight ends as gifted as Gonzalez. There also might not have been.

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MattyB

August 28th, 2009
2:34 pm

One thing’s for sure, we’re about to find out.

MightyQuinn

August 28th, 2009
2:42 pm

Ummm, Mark, is there going to be a reverse position blog on this one? You usually let us know.

Top 5 Reasons for Falcons Confidence

August 28th, 2009
2:44 pm

1. No More Mike Vick

2. No More Vick “Supporters”

3. No More Keith Brooking

4. No More Ted Kenneday

5. CHICK-FIL-A is currently test marketing a new “Spicy Chicken” sandwich

Paul H

August 28th, 2009
2:49 pm

Won’t be a reverse blog on this one fellas. This team is the real deal. It’s not just talent, it’s mindset and stability. From the GM down to the very last player, this team is on the same page. They refuse to fail.

The Real Falcon

August 28th, 2009
2:52 pm

I am so ready for my 24th season as a season ticket holder!

how2fish

August 28th, 2009
2:54 pm

First few games are going to be a real test of a new defense..if we can stay healthy even with a demanding scheduel we could win the division..if everthing falls into place….heck lets just start the season.!

bigeasy830

August 28th, 2009
2:55 pm

The best coaching staff the Falcons ever had was the Dan Reeves lead staff that included 2 others with head coaching experience in the NFL. Those 2 were Art Shell who was the best offensive line coach the Falcons ever had and he had a winning record as a head coach and Rich Brooks who is a great coach and a great defensive coordinator that Rams defnse was the best in the league under him, he should have cut ties with Tony “can”t hold onto a snap” Banks. One season do not make your GM a godsend. Bill Parcells did a great job in Miami. I still say trading 2 second round picks to get Sam Baker when he would have been available when you drafted in the second round is not smart. And to Trade Laurent Robinson for a sack of beans is not smart. Robinson will be a “Beast” for the Rams this year. After the Falcons go 4-12 this season lets see how smart you think your GM is then. Falcons suck.

Falcons will be 4-12 in 2009
“Back To Life, Back To Reality”

Jamaaliver

August 28th, 2009
2:55 pm

Does anyone else regret the way Dimitroff has dealt with vets this past offseason. (Milloy especially)

Think maybe that’ll come back to bite us in the backside someday?

mountain_jim

August 28th, 2009
3:01 pm

Lets Kick off the Season already!!

Alan

August 28th, 2009
3:05 pm

The necessary cuts have been made (Brooking, Milloy and Jackson) they have done there due and it is time to move on, the draft has been sucessful once again, FA pick ups have been made and they are all blending into a sucessful team. Record wise anything above 8 and 8 will overcome the past, look for 10-11 wins.

Now is the time for the true fans to do their job and get behind this team, the past is behind us, thank goodness. GO FALCONS !!!!!!!

DawgFan

August 28th, 2009
3:07 pm

“I still say trading 2 second round picks to get Sam Baker when he would have been available when you drafted in the second round is not smart” Actually, you have no way of knowing if Baker would’ve been there or not. I’m well pleased with the job the front office is doing. Unfortunately, because of the schedule, we’re likely to see a better team with a worse record than last year.

Falcons 10-6 in 2009

mountain_jim

August 28th, 2009
3:08 pm

I regret absolutely nothing Dimitroff has done… though if Laurent Robinson has a probowl season at WR this year, I will feel Dimitroff did not get full value there (swapping 5th and 6th round positions for a good 3rd round WR who I admit was injured alot and maybe did not like to block enough for the current staff…)

mmgtfan

August 28th, 2009
3:08 pm

Hey Mark,
Do you think that the possibility of a “blackout” could be done for the panthers or bucs game when they’re wearing the throwbacks? Because the Dome I think would look very intimidating blacked out

Paul H

August 28th, 2009
3:10 pm

Bigeasy, don’t be jealous of the Falcons and what they have here. Focus on your Rams. 4-12 is ridiculous (unless we’re talking about the Rams), even if it is the toughest schedule in the league.

Southside Falcon

August 28th, 2009
3:13 pm

Who is this Big easy Kat? Take that crap back to Nawlins Aints please, You are in Falcons Terriotry jack!

Mark Bradley

August 28th, 2009
3:19 pm

No reverse this time.

Bama Falcon Fan

August 28th, 2009
3:25 pm

Best GM – Reeves with TD on his heels
Best Coach – Leeman Bennett, then Reeves
Best QB – Vick, Steve Bartkowski and Matt Ryan on their heels
Best RB – Jamal Anderson, William Andrews, Gerald Riggs, maybe Turner if he survives this season.

Bill

August 28th, 2009
3:27 pm

Mark you are spot on here.The jinx will continue this year.The defense is just too young.However the jinx will be broken the following 2 years because of points 1,2,and 3.

Mark Bradley

August 28th, 2009
3:28 pm

You know, I saw so many black jerseys during the Glanville years I’m almost impervious.

Bama Falcon Fan

August 28th, 2009
3:30 pm

Cuts made by TD on defense were painful but needed. Milloy and Brookings skills had clearly begun to degenerate. Trading Laurent Robinson made no sense to me either. But he did seem to have lost weight and was much quicker.

Androidawg

August 28th, 2009
3:33 pm

1 sad little saints fan comes on here and blabbers like a drunk stripper. Anyone who supports the selection of Reggie (please don’t hit me so hard) Bush second in the draft can’t comment on the moves made here in ATL. Hope you saints can score 80 points a game with your JV defense.

Daniel Bell

August 28th, 2009
3:37 pm

It entertains me that a Saints fan is posting how the Falcons suck. Didn’t their quartback almost break a passing-yards record last year … and lead his team to an 8-8 season?

Nativebird

August 28th, 2009
3:41 pm

6. Arthur Blank continues to stay out of trying to run a football team.

Nativebird

August 28th, 2009
3:48 pm

7. Mike Smith and Mike Mularkey finally agree with Dimitrof that he is not an NFL calibur quarterback and to go against Arthur Blank’s need to placate his Homer-ism target fan market, and cuts DJ Shockley.

Nativebird

August 28th, 2009
3:51 pm

8. The Tampa Bay Bucs will start Byron “the Statue” Leftwich at Quarterback.

Bad News

August 28th, 2009
3:51 pm

All I have to say is “SHOW ME”. It’s like that sprite commercial “image means nothing, thirst is everything”.

It’s been 5-seasons and no playoff wins. Vick is gone, so no more Vick excuses.

Nativebird

August 28th, 2009
3:56 pm

9. Jim Mora is actually trying to re-assemble the 2006 Falcon team members in Seattle.

MightyQuinn

August 28th, 2009
4:06 pm

I wonder what you are predicting for the Saints this year, BigEasy. You gotta play the NFC and AFC east this year too don’t they? Yeah you do. Your schedule is not that much different than ours, so whats up?

Mark Bradley

August 28th, 2009
4:13 pm

Full disclosure: I thought the Texans were nuts for not taking Reggie Bush No. 1 overall. I thought the Saints got an absolute gift when he fell to them at No. 2. And I do think his arrival, in the wake of Katrina, helped re-energize that franchise. Now, that said, has he become the pro I thought he’d be? No, he hasn’t.

mike jay

August 28th, 2009
4:14 pm

I remember when every Falcon’s home game was a blackout..

What's Important

August 28th, 2009
4:26 pm

Bad News, for three of those seasons Mike Vick was the quarterback.

Mark Bradley

August 28th, 2009
4:27 pm

Mike Jay, I recall in 1984 — my first year here — I drew the assignment of going to the Falcons’ Monday night game against the Rams and listening to the ABC feed on a headset and writing what the crew — O.J. Simpson was part of it — said about the game. Because it was blacked out locally. I remember O.J. laughing about how many dinky passes the Falcons threw (Dan Henning was the coach then). I also remember the Rams winning easy.

Nativebird

August 28th, 2009
4:32 pm

10. Jamaal Anderson gets moved to DT…(3rd string).

What's Important

August 28th, 2009
4:34 pm

Mark, Dan Henning was one of the worst things to ever happen to the Atlanta Falcons.

moboman

August 28th, 2009
4:46 pm

Wish we had Laurent back.

best running back? who was the guy they stopped the game for getting 1000 and then he lost three on the next play??

Mark Bradley

August 28th, 2009
4:47 pm

I would not deem myself a fan of Dan Henning.

Mark Bradley

August 28th, 2009
4:56 pm

Dave Hampton, moboman.

Nativebird

August 28th, 2009
4:57 pm

Moboman, That’d be Dave Hampton. Excellent running back, although he gets lost in the conversation with Riggs and Andrews.

shadykraft

August 28th, 2009
4:59 pm

Love the good vibes Mark. I remember the first Falcons game I went toagainst the Rams in like 1978 or 79. Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. I think the Rams were up by 2 touchdowns within a couple of minutes. The best part about that day was the Red cotton candy.

Mark Bradley

August 28th, 2009
5:02 pm

The Falcons had some big wins against the Rams — I remember the Monday nighter in the ’70s — but there were some years the Rams just came here and cleaned the Falcons’ plow. (Kentucky phrase.)

shadykraft

August 28th, 2009
5:06 pm

Just out of curiosity Mark. Have you thrown in the tomahawk yet? I cant believe we dropped two to the lowly Padres. I know this is a football blog but just curious. Have a great weekend.

Mark Bradley

August 28th, 2009
5:08 pm

I haven’t, ShadyKraft, and here’s one reason why.

Nativebird

August 28th, 2009
5:14 pm

Best Running Back? I bet Gerald Riggs gets ticked that William Andrews flag is hanging in the dome, and he out-rushed him to be the all-time Falcons Rushing leader.

Denver Bird

August 28th, 2009
5:15 pm

Mark, my Dad took me to that 1984 MNF game vs. the Rams for my 19th birthday present – it was on Oct 22. I still remember, late in the 4th quarter, when the Birds finally scored a touchdown to cut the deficit to 20 or so, they began blaring a song called “Fly Falcons Fly!” over the PA… Those of us who were still in their seats could only wince and roll their eyes. Never heard it before; never heard it since.. Lord, I am so glad those days are gone forever… we have really paid our dues.

Paul H

August 28th, 2009
5:44 pm

Mark, is Hudson really the reason you think the Braves still have a shot? I don’t really see how our pitching can get much better, and swapping KK for Hudson seems like a lateral move. All we had to do on game 1 against the Padres is not leave 10000 men on base, or score 2 runs, or have Diaz NOT try to bunt…

greg

August 28th, 2009
5:56 pm

8 wins 8 loses….the defense is average at best..all teams have good players and coaches…they will be middle of the pack just like the Braves…good team that is flawed

beautifulbeasts

August 28th, 2009
6:08 pm

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beautifulbeasts

August 28th, 2009
6:13 pm

boy ill tell ya, this aint a page for haters, if you dont like the falcons who’s you team.
its probably the falcons when their winning. but just to be safe, hate on them.
falcons SUPERBOWL bound. and nobody but GOD can stop them. go TD,
go SHITH, go falcons

gman

August 28th, 2009
6:13 pm

Duluth Gator

August 28th, 2009
6:16 pm

1. Ryan, Turner
2. Turner, Ryan
3. Ryan, Turner
4. Turner, Ryan
5. Ryan, Turner