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Falcons Project as NFC South Cellar-Dwellers in 2014

I’m pretty sure all of the die-hard Atlanta Falcons fans stopped reading after the headline. If you were brave enough to venture past the header though, then it’s probably because you bypassed the article to begin posting nasty comments in my comments section lol. I have to give Falcons fans more credit than that though. Some people are willing to hear a good argument even if...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Adrian Peterson may have a point…

Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson endorsed backup quarterback Matt Cassel as the permanent starter after Cassel led the team to a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. This endorsement came in an after-game interview, officially stirring a quarterback controversy in Minnesota. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE »
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October 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Colin Kaepernick’s new nickname: “They Hate Me”

I know it’s a dated reference but I remember when former Carolina Panthers running back Rod Smart used to go by the moniker “He Hate Me.” It was a phrase he picked up from one of his teammates that basically stated that every one of his opponents hated him. Smart really made a statement when he used this phrase on the back of his jersey during his playing time in the failed...
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September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons Will Return to Playoffs, but That’s About It…

Sorry Atlanta Falcons fans but if you’re looking for your team to make the Super Bowl this year then I can save you 20 weeks’ worth of time right now. It won’t happen this year. There don’t you feel better? Now you can just sit back, relax and feel all of the stress and tension ease away from your body as you come to the realization that what I’m telling you is correct...
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August 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Somewhere Wes Welker is Smiling...

Karma is a b****, and the New England Patriots might be feeling her wrath after their mistreatment of former wide receiver Wes Welker. Welker who has been the Patriots most productive receiver over the last six seasons, was unceremoniously allowed to walk in free agency as the Patriots opted for a youth movement in their receiving corps.CLICK HERE TO READ MORE »
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Seahawks prove why competition is good

What was the biggest difference between the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Jets last year? Well the easy response is that the Seahawks made the playoffs last season and the Jets didn't.While this is true, there was one reason above all that had the biggest affect on these teams' seasons: their offseason QB competitions.CLICK HERE TO READ MORE »
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April 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Tebow draws little interest despite read-option trend

Maybe I'm missing something here but I don't understand why New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has drawn so little interest from teams this offseason. Even his hometown team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, is reportedly not seeking to add him to their roster. This despite the fact that he could probably be acquired fairly cheap at this point and they don’t seem to be going...
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April 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Will Tim Tebow reach the promised land?

It may seem a little disingenuous using a biblical reference to describe the latest situation surrounding New York Jets’ backup quarterback Tim Tebow but what would be the point in writing these things if you couldn’t have a little fun with it? Besides, it kind of fits in a way. Especially when you consider how Tebow’s football odyssey has gone so far.CLICK HERE TO READ MORE »
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December 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons’ defense has evolved this season

While calling it “championship-caliber” may still be somewhat of a stretch, the Atlanta Falcons’ defensive unit is playing much better this year than it had the first four years of Mike Smith’s coaching tenure. You probably couldn’t tell by looking at the statistics though. The Falcons rank 23rd defensively and have given up a lot of yards this season. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE »
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December 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Any options left for Michael Vick?

The Philadelphia Eagles have turned the quarterback position over to rookie Nick Foles for the rest of the season which leads everyone to believe one thing: Michael Vick’s days are numbered in Philly. If that is true then we will find out soon if Vick still has a future as a starting quarterback in the NFL. More than likely Vick will be playing for a new team by the start of next...
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December 10, 2012  |  Discuss

NFL Comeback Player of the Year race: Peyton Manning versus Adrian Peterson

When is the last time people were this divided over a Comeback Player of the Year race? Usually this is a pretty cut and simple decision but Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning and Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson have made this year’s Comeback Player of the Year award an actual race.It’s hard to remember when two names as big as Manning and Peterson...
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December 10, 2012  |  Discuss

College Report: Bulldogs’s loss is Richt’s gain

Was the outcome really in doubt? Anyone who actually believed that the Georgia Bulldogs were going to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide in Saturday’s SEC Championship game knows absolutely nothing about football.I know that’s a pretty harsh assessment but truthfully, what has Mark Richt really accomplished during his tenure at UGA?CLICK HERE TO READ MORE »
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December 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons repay Saints for ending their unbeaten streak

The Atlanta Falcons had something to prove going into their matchup with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday. Earlier in the season, the Saints ended Atlanta’s unbeaten record and served the Falcons with their only loss of the season. Now frankly, Falcons really don’t need any motivation to face the Saints. These two teams have been bitter rivals for a long time. Regardless of...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

League-leading Falcons, Texans struggle for respect

10-1. Both the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans share this league-leading record but as players on both teams will tell you, nobody in the media seems to be interested in these two teams’ success. So why has respect been so hard for the Falcons and Texans to come by? Well as a long time Falcons fan I can probably answer why they get so little respect a little quicker. CLICK HERE...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons’ Matt Ryan is league’s top-rated quarterback

I still can’t believe it. In a quarterback-driven league that features marquee names like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning, it’s truly amazing to see the Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan leading the league with a 114 quarterback rating. What’s even better than Ryan’s QB rating though is the Falcons’ 3-0 record so far this season. They are...
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September 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Don’t test him: Peyton Manning’s arm isn’t what makes him dangerous

Sure Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning threw three interceptions against the Atlanta Falcons’ paltry defense and struggled with his accuracy on deep throws. Truth be told, people were foolish to think that his arm strength would fully return so soon after being cleared to resume playing.Or to assume that it would completely return. There is the possibility that we...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Week 1 NFL Rookie QB Report: Redskins’ RG3 Rules

Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season saw a record five rookies starting at the quarterback position for their respective teams. Only two guys were projected to be opening-day starters for their teams when these guys were drafted back in April. Before this year, no more than two rookie quarterbacks have started Week 1 of a season so the 2012 quarterback class has already pushed its way...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Aikman was right: Cowboys’ Romo is a better QB than he was

I have long been a Romo-basher so even I was surprised that I ended up falling on this side of the debate but after taking a deeper look I realized that Troy Aikman may have been right. Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo is better than Aikman was. Now I know Aikman made this comment way back in March of this year so this argument played out months ago but after watching Romo...
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September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Maurice Jones-Drew didn’t win but neither did Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan refused to budge. Although many people believe that Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has outperformed his contract, Khan refused to cave-in to his star running back’s demands for a new contract. And it seems that Khan won the standoff with Jones-Drew after Jones-Drew ended his 38-day holdout and returned to the team on Sunday despite...
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons flashback profile: defensive tackle Jumpy Geathers

For every NFL player, fan and even us media types, there will always be that one player we watched growing up that helped us gain a bigger appreciation for the game of football beyond its X’s and O’s. For me that player was Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle James “Jumpy” Geathers. Now when I say we gain a bigger appreciation for the game, I’m talking about that point in...
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August 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Record number of rookie quarterbacks slated to start Week 1 of season

So far the number is holding at three which would be a record according the Elias Sports Bureau. Since the AFL-NFL merger, no more than two rookie quarterbacks have started Week 1 of the season as their team’s starting quarterback.That looks to change with the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck, the Washington Redskins’ Robert Griffin III and the Cleveland Browns’ Brandon Weeden...
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August 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons’ Julio Jones ready to start his assault on NFL record books

All the talk at the wide receiver position during this offseason has revolved around the comebacks being made by Randy Moss, Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens. While those are nice storylines, the wide receiver most people will be talking about as the season progresses will probably be the Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones. We know that preseason games don’t matter, but an impressive showing...
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August 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Could Andy Reid’s recent tragedy be a good thing for Eagles?

It’s never a good feeling to lose a loved one so this has to be a very painful time for Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid who just lost his son this past week to an apparent suicide.This was already shaping up to be a tough season for Reid who many believe is already on the hot seat but to couple the massive expectations he and his team face this year with the tragedy of...
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August 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks reach out to Terrell Owens

The sideshow that is Terrell Owens has taken another unsuspected turn, this time it may be for the good. The Seattle Seahawks who are in dire need of help at the wide receiver position have called in Owens for a workout on Monday. Owens has been attempting to get back into the NFL since his last stint with the Cincinnati Bengals back in 2010. Although he had a pretty productive season...
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August 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Tatupu’s short-lived comeback with Atlanta Falcons

It’s a shame really. Lofa Tatupu was a strong candidate for comeback player of the year. Tatupu signed with the Atlanta Falcons this offseason after being out of football for a year. Tatupu had played six previous seasons in the league, all with the Seattle Seahawks. Tatupu wasn’t able to live up the expectations of the six-year, $42 million contract he signed with the Seahawks...
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July 26, 2012  |  Discuss
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