4:30 pm August 7, 2012, by Mark Bradley
August 7th, 20124:38 pm
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The Falcons in 2012: I foresee a breakthrough - or a bellyflop | Mark Bradley
August 7th, 20124:39 pm
[...] Oh, and for all who feel this post was ambiguous as to my expectations for the Falcons … take a peek at this CineSport video. [...]
August 7th, 20124:40 pm
Well if they buy some admission tickets I am sure the ushers will let them in.
August 7th, 20124:41 pm
Now that I’ve seen the video after that 30 second ad, I will say, lol. “I think this team will go to the Superbowl.” ………..but win it?
August 7th, 20124:57 pm
Panthers are more likely to win the Super Bowl than the Falcons.
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August 7th, 20125:11 pm
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August 7th, 20125:14 pm
Love the bold prediction Mark! No hesitation. “I think this team is going to the Super Bowl”. You get an 8/10 for that, which is a bery mice score. You would have gotten a 10/10, perfect score if you said that you think this team will WIN the Super Bowl!
August 7th, 20125:15 pm
*very nice score…damn autocorrect
August 7th, 20125:21 pm
I give you credit… you got a lot of chuzpa!
August 7th, 20125:22 pm
Mr. Bradley, you have spoken. I, for one hope you are a visionary, as opposed to a hopeful idiot. The Falcons do love to tease with their winning seasons and such. But when it’s time to put up they usually shut up. GO FALCONS, MAKE THUS CRAZY MAN SANE!!!!!
Heavyweight Champion of the Earl
August 7th, 20125:26 pm
Sigh. Don’t we hear this every year? The Falcons won’t even make the playoffs!
August 7th, 20125:45 pm
Whos is this guy thinking that the Falcons are Super Bowl bound!? This guy has spunk! I like his thinking!
Falcons 62 - Saints 7
August 7th, 20125:49 pm
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August 7th, 20125:55 pm
“I think this team will go to the Super Bowl”.
August 7th, 20125:58 pm
love the prediction Mark! new OC new DC, things are already upgraded. 11 wins, south champs, and in the thick of the SB.
August 7th, 20126:03 pm
Your prognostication is not just “nuts”, it’s crazy to the point of lunacy.
No way, no how, no sir, the falcan’t team isn’t going to get anywhere near the Mercedes Benz Superdome in February. They got too many weaknesses on there team. Weakness at QB, which in it of itself will keep them out of the running, weakness at TE where they have a guy almost as old as Mark Bradley pretending he’s still a difference maker, weakness at running back where they have another old guy that is simply burnt out, and weakness at WR where they have a loud mouth, butter fingered goof ball, their kickoff specialist can’t reach the endzone, even with the ball 5 yards closer, their middle linebackers are the weakest in the division, and they special teams returners are shaky at best.
August 7th, 20126:04 pm
Bradley, lay-off the Patron Shots…
Matt "CHOKE" Ryan
August 7th, 20126:09 pm
Of course they are Superbowl bound…..as long as they purchase their tickets
The only thing CHOKE will lead is another one and done and that’s a big if this season if they even make the playoffs.
August 7th, 20126:26 pm
August 7th, 2012
Panthers are more likely to win the Super Bowl than the Falcons
I see Carolina playing some great football but only 2nd place in the NFC South. If that gets them to the Big Dance then congratulations.
August 7th, 20126:36 pm
Not the Bradley curse?????????
You stay away from the Falcons for their own good man.
You killed the Braves the last 2 years with your curses.
August 7th, 20126:39 pm
At least Bradley here is not demented enough to buy a full page newpaper ad in the AJC to guarantee a Super Bowl victory like some other half-wits.
Fortunately, falcan’t fans can take comfort in knowing that someone from the NFC South Division is going to win the Super Bowl this year, it just won’t be their team.
Kelly-era Bills fan
They certainly seem to have the talent in all the key places both sides of the ball. The injury element is always an unspoken factor and how well subs step in and don’t make excuses.
Seems as though their issues have been offensive imagination and defensive aggressiveness. Hopefully, these two issues have been remedied with new coaches.
Given that, it will come down to “want to” in this age of paritiy when on any given Sunday you can be beaten.
The reality seems to be that the winner will be the team that wants it the most.
August 7th, 20126:52 pm
Nothing wrong with that.
August 7th, 20126:57 pm
This is an absolute joke!…………..a real good chance the Falcons will miss the playoffs. Vegas oddsmakers have them on the outside looking in and are currently priced at nearly 30 to 1 to win the SB. Didn’t Bradley pick this last year too? Melt makes plenty enough to afford a comfy box to sit and watch the SB in NO. If the Falcons had any chance at all(which they didn’t), the Bradley curse just officially killed it!
August 7th, 20126:58 pm
My friend, your lunacy is only exceeded by your Troll Fail which only you know why you fail at everything else, probably your parents. Sure, knock on our Top 10 QB, Hall of Fame TE, possibly the best tandem of WR in the game today, our NFC rushing Champion 2 years running. “Kick off specialist”? You don’t know our kickers name do you? Special teams returners shaky at best? Hell, we haven’t had to even use ‘em yet. But I am sure you’ve SeenThemB4. And PLEASE, don’t even talk crap about our D, your who dat crap aints have less D than the high flyin’ Falcons ………..!! So get your food thickener for that stroke condition and maybe you’ll decide to abandon that stupid aints bandwagon you jumped on back in ‘09 for a real football team.
RISE UP BABY!!
OPEN YOUR EYES IS BACK
August 7th, 20127:02 pm
MARK BRADLEY HAVE YOU GONE MAD?
August 7th, 20127:05 pm
AYE SEEN CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT THESE HOPLESS FAILCAN’TS FANS THINK THEY ARE SUPERBOWL BOUND???!! HAHAHAHAHA I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE FALCONS AND MATT RYAN MELT UNDER PRESSURE AGAIN!!!
August 7th, 20127:09 pm
7 wins due weak head coaching, average QB play & slow ability to learn new schemes on offense and defense. It’s hard to say but the Saints without a true head coach still have more organizational stability. Smitty is not a top 10 head coach….go ahead count them and prove me wrong.
August 7th, 20127:12 pm
Super Bowl? They better go ahead order their tickets just like anyone else then.
August 7th, 20127:14 pm
Mark. Love your work in the past but I can’t sit through a 30 second ad to hear it.
August 7th, 20127:41 pm
I still think this team’s OL isn’t good enough to get to the Super Bowl.
August 7th, 20127:56 pm
You say nut, the rest of the world says Homer.
@SeenThisB4 …..Lunacy describes you to a tee! Yeah….I guess since your coach and a few of your players got suspended and with all the negative aura around your team….yall are just going to carry that super bowl trophy Into the sunset…It don’t work that way you moronic hot air bafoon !
August 7th, 20128:14 pm
Falcons do not have a playmaker at QB. Until they get that they will continue to be a good regular season team. When it’s time to put up or shut up, sometimes you just need a guy to make a play. Like Eli in his super bowl wins. Arron Rodgers makes plays, Drew Brees makes plays, Tom Bradey makes plays. Ryan plays the game, he doesn’t make plays
August 7th, 20128:29 pm
@BTWARREN- YOU MY FRIEND HAVE “OPENED YOUR EYES”!!!!!! THATS ALL FOLKS
August 7th, 20128:46 pm
@Sid: You all don’t have a top ten QB, at best he is a mid of the pack QB. He didn’t even make the top 100 NFL players list! LOL! And yes, your TE should already be in the HOF, rocking in a chair instead of getting shamefully beat up on your offensive side of the ball, and I stress “OFFENSIVE!”
@Blake: Happy trails girl!
Mark Bradley, thanks for the laughs, you should have been a comedic writer.
August 7th, 20128:52 pm
The last non-elite QB to lead his team to a Super Bowl appearance was Rex Grossman in 2006. For the Falcons to get there, Ryan will either have to take his game to another level or we’ll have to buck a pretty strong trend.
August 7th, 20129:43 pm
Well, we all know how deadly accurate Mark Bradley is with his predictions every year, so this is sure to happen.
August 7th, 20129:47 pm
The Saints trolls are almost shrill in their posts. You guys sound desperate to drown out anyone who says anything good about the Falcons, as if that will make it true. The truth is, you have no idea how this season will go. Say what you will, but you are scared to death of our team, and you are terrified that your guys will fall apart without Payton.
Yes, the Saints won the Super Bowl in 2009. Good job, guys. We were almost happy for you back then, after everything you had been through.
But your obnoxiousness is wearing pretty thin. It’s not just grating on the Falcons fans, but most of the country is getting pretty tired of your schtick. The pay-for-injury-scheme, the arrogance, the whining. All that’s left is to come on our boards and rag on the Falcons, because looking in the mirror for too long makes you cringe.
Nobody thought much of Drew Brees before he won a Super Bowl—and the Saints have never won anything before or since. Nobody thought much of Eli Manning until he won TWO Super Bowls, and people still look at him kind of funny. So just because Matt Ryan hasn’t won yet, doesn’t mean he’s not going to. When did Peyton win one, in his 9th season?
I know you guys just ignore all the good things the Falcons do, and you only focus on the negatives, but I’m pretty sure there are a ton of teams in the league that would love to have Matt Ryan. And Drew Brees is just about done. Then what do you have, Saints fans?
Nothing. You’ll still be here, trolling our boards, talking about 2009, which is getting further and further away.
August 7th, 20129:51 pm
Davenpoop is back!!!
August 7th, 201210:02 pm
@Larry: What’s your point? Grammar? Is that what you’re hanging your hat on? FAIL.
August 7th, 201210:09 pm
@Nite Owl: Granted you have a point, we don’t know for sure how this season will go. Bradley, however, does seem to know on this video, and that’s what I responded to. As for you, I know that you, as most of your falcan’t brethren are doing, are estatic about Payton being suspended and view it as your team’s opportunity to make a move. Good luck with that, cause even without our coaches and susupended players, the Saints are still generally picked by the experts to prevail in the division race. And yes, we’ll still be here trolling your boards at the end of the season….the real issue will be how many these falcan’t fans won’t be here, and that’s the real shameful truth.
August 7th, 201210:11 pm
Bradley picking the old failcants again. Dude if I were you I would stay away from the night clubs in the atl. The lowly failcants will never win a super bowl. The only team playing in the super bowl from the nfc south will be the saints. They will be the first team to host and play in a super bowl in their own city, and you can take that to the bank.
August 7th, 201210:13 pm
who dat nation in full effect
August 7th, 201211:03 pm
Sure, we’ll see how it goes. I think the difference between you and me is that I don’t take glee in other people’s failures. When I was a kid I lived on the Gulf Coast before moving to Atlanta at age 12. I was always a Falcons fan, but I hated to see New Orleans go through what it went through. My old childhood home got demolished during Katrina.
I will also admit that a wounded animal is dangerous, so the Saints could rally together and have a great season. My point is that Brees won’t be around much longer, and Matt Ryan is just getting started. The guy you are hating on and calling “Choke” has had a much better start to his career than Brees did.
Brees never even threw for 4,000 yards in his first five years. The Chargers went 5-11 in 2001 and fired their coach. Compare that with Matt Ryan going 11-5 in his rookie year and helping us rebound from the nightmare of 2007. Nobody on Earth though we would make the playoffs after the Petrino/Vick debacle.
Chargers went 8-8 in 2002, Brees’ first full season. Then 4-12 in 2003. Then they went 12-4 in 2004 but tanked in the playoffs. Sound familiar? Is that “choking”? Why don’t you go back and kill Brees for that?
My point is that you’re so busy hating—and it’s not in good fun as far as I can see—that you are blind to the context. Any fool can point out the obvious—that we haven’t won a playoff game with Ryan and Smitty yet, and yes we only scored two points against the Giants. I think we’ve built a new culture and we’re going to do better. We’re not going 4-12, 8-8, whatever.
But for you guys to pretend you’re some kind of dynasty because you lucked into landing Drew Brees, that’s just overplaying your hand. After suffering so much as a Saints fan, you should feel grateful. You should be more humble. The weird crowing and childish trash-talking doesn’t suit a grown man. Leave that crap for the Jets fans or Keith Brooking in a Dallas uniform. But it doesn’t belong here.
August 7th, 201211:23 pm
I had a long response, but the blog monster ate it, I think. If I’m double-posting, I apologize.
Go back and check out Brees’ first five years in the NFL. Not even one 4,000 yard season. One winning season with the Chargers at 12-4, then flamed out in the playoffs. Matt Ryan has a much better career at this point than Drew Brees did. Would you call Brees “Choke”? Would you kill him for not winning a playoff game?
My only problem with you guys is that you act like a dynasty because you were lucky enough to pick up Drew Brees. Without him, nothing happens. You got one Super Bowl ring. Awesome. After suffering so much as a Saints fan, you should be more grateful, more humble. Not this weird and manic crowing and childish trash-talking.
And don’t think I’m happy about the Payton suspension. A wounded lion is dangerous. I’d rather beat you guys head-to-head at full strength, because then there are no excuses. I don’t revel in other people’s misery, like you guys seem to do—and it doesn’t seem to be in good fun at all.
I don’t need to kick people when they’re down. The whole tenor of these Falcons blogs has gotten way too hostile because of you guys, and because some Falcons fans are trying to throw the mud right back at you—dragging them down to your level in other words.
But you’re the ones stirring the pot, and it’s not “Who Dat?” Nation, it’s just a few guys trying to jam up a Falcons blog, a few guys who make their team look bad, after it had generated so much national goodwill after the Super Bowl. Your management shot itself in the foot with the pay-for-injury scheme—there’s no one else to blame—and you guys’ attitudes just make it worse.
It’s supposed to be a heated but respectful rivalry, but you guys show no respect to anyone. I’ll ignore it from now on, because there’s literally nothing else I can say to try to change it. I know I’m a fool to try and talk sense to you guys, but I did my best.
August 7th, 201211:30 pm
There is nothing like resolve and the ability to agree to disagree.Even when the Falcons werenot very competitive we played the Saints tough and visa versa.This division and the divisonal race will be brutal.Which ever team doesnt allow Carolina and Tampa from stealing regular season games.Will win the division.I think the Saints weak link is depth in several positions just can’t afford any injuries.And the schedule,some of these .500 teams are good and getting better.You play them at home and they are healthy you could catch an “L”.The acquisition of the two coordinators is big.Real X’s and O’s guys.
August 7th, 201211:53 pm
Aargh. Sorry for the two long posts. Like I said, thought the first one didn’t go through.
Um, go Falcons.
August 7th, 201211:57 pm
Mike Smith’s kryptonite = January!
August 8th, 201212:03 am
August 7th, 2012
“I still think this team’s OL isn’t good enough to get to the Super Bowl.”
Hillbilly hasn’t been wrong on this point since the AJC has allowed comments!
The AJC sports columnist is a blogging fool. But you knew that already
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