Found July 11, 2013 on Football Nation:
The Atlanta Falcons were one of the most explosive teams in the National Football League in 2012, getting off to an undefeated 8-0 start and ultimately finishing with an NFC best 13-3 earning home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.  But as far as Falcons fans were concerned, that's where the questions really began.  They knew already that Matt Ryan was an outstanding regular season quarterback, that he could be relied upon to lead one of the most explosive offensive attacks with the likes of Roddy White and rising superstar Julio Jones at wide receiver and future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez working the middle.  But throughout the course of his professional career, Ryan's outstanding regular season's have been followed by disappointing playoff appearances.  First, he was outperformed by veteran Kurt Warner of the Arizona Cardinals on his way to Super Bowl XLIII.  Then, after a disappointing 2009 season, Ryan led the Falcons to the best record in the NFC...

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At the QB position, the Falcons have a franchise Quarterback in our 6th ranked Matt Ryan. He is a perennial lock for 4,500 yards and 30 touchdowns and can take another big step forward to the tune of 5,000 yards and 35 TD. He is a great option at the back of the fourth round and doesn't have the risk of injury carried by Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, or Cam Newton. Also,...

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2012 Record: 13-32012 DownfallSecond Half CollapseHad it been a regular season game, fantasy owners of Julio Jones would have rejoiced. His two first-half touchdowns (11 catches for 182 yards on the day) would have been beneficial, but not as beneficial as it was to Atlanta, who led 17-0, and then took a 24-14 lead into the half against San Francisco.Those 24 points would end up...

Falcons News and Links for July 12th

The off-season is still upon us and we've been quite here at Grits Blitz as we gear up for training camp and the pre-season. Some of us have been getting married (I will let you guess who), some have been working (actually that's a lot of us), some of us will be going on vacation (that's me) and others just spend a ton of time on twitter (that's Zach and Eric). Anyway...
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