Throwback: ESPN Michael Smith on Falcons signing of Dontari Poe

I’ll make this as clear as possible, I despise everything about ESPN. They have been totally asswipes when it comes to giving my (OUR) Atlanta Falcons any type of respect.

It’s the lame ass 28-3 jokes. Reese Waters bullshit piece dissing Falcons Fans, and their constant shoving of Tom Brady down our throats….

I don’t watch at all.

I would much rather watch Ray Lewis coon ass try to explain why Colin Kaepernick isn’t in the NFL.

However!!! I came across a story I found interesting and have a QUESTION for YOU, Falcons Fam.

Michael Smith of ESPN thoughts on the signing of former Kansas City Chiefs DT Dontari Poe.

Do you like the signing of Poe? How will his presence impact the Falcons defense?

Giving Devonta Freeman more opportunities to make plays – Good or Bad Idea?

Falcons Fam were you wondering how things were going to change under new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian?

Well According to AJC DOrlando Ledbetter. Sarkisian has put a small wrinkle into the offense early in camp.

Showcasing running Back Devonta Freeman pass catching ability in unique different ways.

What are your thoughts on using Devonta Freeman in screens? Good or Bad idea?

Will The Falcons Soak In Their Loss Like The Panthers?

Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell is taking a stand and ensuring fans they will not end up like Carolina Panthers after their Superbowl Bowl loss.

The Cam Newton led Panthers started were 17-2 2015 and finished 2016 6-10

Campbell didn’t shy away from controversy. He gave his opinion on why Panthers had a down year.

“felt sorry for themselves”

Campbell placed the blame solely on Quarterback Cam Newton for not setting the proper tone for his team.

I tend to agree with Campbell.

The Quarterback performance sets the tone for his team. Newton had without a doubt the worst year as a starter with a completion percentage of 52.9, 3509 passing yards, 19 TDs, 14 Ints and a quarterback rating of 75.8

Far from his MVP Season where he had 3837 Pass Yards, 35 TDs, 10 Ints 99.4 QBR

The question I have for YOU, Falcons Fam. Will the Falcons soak in their Super Bowl loss like the Carolina Panthers?

Here’s what De’Vondre thinks

“I did not like that, man,” Campbell says. “You’re the quarterback of this franchise. You lost. Get up there. Be a man. And talk about it. You can’t get it back. There’s nothing you can do about it except go up there and be a man about it. … He’s the captain of the team. They sulked so much that it definitely affected them last year if you ask me.”

Lets make this CLEAR!!!

Matt Ryan and Cam Newton are COMPLETE OPPOSITES. Ryan takes full responsibility for the loses. Has never soaked in sadness after a big loss like Newton.

So I wouldn’t worry about reigning MVP Matt Ryan not stepping up. He’s the definition of a TRUE leader. You don’t have to worry about keeping him motivated, nor acting like a spoiled brat in a press conference.

You can bet your last dollar the Falcons will be ready to kick the Chicago Bears ass in the September 10 Week 1 opener.

Is the GREAT Julio Jones underachieving? 

Analyzing PFF

This is without a doubt one of the foolish articles I’ve read in a while. Not only is this subjective and opinionated. It’s just STUPID. 
Surprising because I thought writers at pro football focus were smarter than this. In their latest article released. PFF states that quarterback Matt Ryan is missing Julio Jones underneath on short routes…. Maybe I’m reading it wrong, I don’t know. 

It gives the impression that Matt Ryan (who is having one of his better starts to a season) is doing a poor job connecting with Jones. Check out the article in it’s entirety, but here’s a snippet. 

Last week he was held to just one catch for 16 yards on seven targets, but if you look at those targets he was open pretty much all day — Ryan just wasn’t able to put the ball where it needed to be. If you’re facing Jones one-on-one and you’re not one of the game’s best corners, you’d better hope Ryan has one of those off-days.

Let me know what you guys think. Is Julio Jones underachieving? 

Is Matt Ryan missing Julio Jones on underneath routes? 

Or is his lack of numbers by design? 

Again, let me know what you guys think…. 

Who deserves more credit Matt Ryan or Kyle Shanahan? 


The Atlanta Falcons are 2-1 first place in the NFC South. The offense is better than ever and ROLLING! 
The question everyone wants to know is WHO DESERVES CREDIT for the offensive success? 

Is it Matt Ryan who is playing lights out with 70.9 completion percentage,  970 pass yards, 7 touchdowns and one interception. Or is it Kyle Shanahan who has the Falcons offense ranked 34.7 PPG 448 Total yards and 136 rushing yards a game for 5th in the league. 

Here are my thoughts on the matter 

Fan Reactions 

Now that you have heard/seen everyone’s thoughts and opinions… I want to know your honest and sincere thoughts on the matter. 

Should the Falcons use more no huddle? 

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​The question every Falcons Fan, writers journalist want to know 

“Why won’t the Falcons run more no-huddle offense?” 

Good question because Ryan is known for having success in the up-tempo no huddle offense. He’s an intelligent QB that many compare (including me) to the Great Peyton Manning. He’s shown the capability to read a defense. 

But under Kyle Shanahan, Ryan’s control of the offense has dramatically decrease. 

Everything is robotic… It’s one call, one look and run Kyle Shanahan’s play. 

This is dangerous way to run an offense. 

Everything it starts with the Quarterback. 

If he’s not comfortable IT’S GOING TO BE A LONG DAY. You have to cater to HIS strengths, even if his strengths doesn’t fit your philosophy. 

Something Shanadoofus has NEVER been good at. He refuses to adjust when his offense isn’t working. 

Which takes me back to the question everyone wants to know. 

Why don’t the Falcons allow Matt Ryan to use more no huddle? 


Here’s Matt Ryan had to say on the matter.  

“Our coaches feel and believe that getting in that huddle and creating motions and shifts and using some of those things to our advantages to get the fronts that you want is an advantage for us. And again, I thought we did some good things. We moved it efficiently. Had we cleaned up a few of those (procedural penalties) in the red zone, I think you’re talking about a really good offensive performances.”

Final Thoughts 

Falcons want to establish the run FIRST. And an uptempo offense requires constant communication from the Quarterback. Players can get the signals wrong (especially with loud crowds) and turnovers can occur. 

So it takes a intelligent quarterback and an offense who has been together for a while to make sure everything runs smoothly. 

When it’s on point the no huddle offense can drive the defense crazy. Prevents defenses from getting set… resulting in fatigue, causing them to use time outs and use back up players. 

You must find the right balance. That is where coaches come in.. They have to have a good feel for the game. 

What are your thoughts? 

Should the Falcons run more no huddle offense? 

Related Stories – Julio Jones no huddle 

Does Desmond Trufant Deserve Elite Corner Money? 

Trufant contract negotiations

​Falcons corner Desmond Trufant is without a doubt one of the best corners in the league. Some have him ranked in the top 5, others in the top 10. 

HOWEVER! Owner Arthur Blank sees him as a key component in Dan Quinn’s revamped defense. 

Question everyone wants to know, Is he worth Elite corner money? 

​When will the deal get done? NFL Insider Jason Cole answers that question… 

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 Will Matt Ryan Take Full Control Over The Falcon Offense?

Despite getting off to a 6-1 start, Falcons offense was incredibly inconsistent. Matt Ryan threw HORRIBLE interceptions, had untimely fumbles and issues with the snap. Turning the ball over seemed inevitable in 2015. Especially in red zone opportunities. But none worse than the pick six that came via D’Qwell Jackson of the Colts. 

Since Matt Ryan was drafted in 2008, I’d like to think I know him a little bit. Offensive chemistry has NEVER been an issue. That’s until Kyle Shanahan (The Quarterback Killer) has been offensive coordinator. I’m not hear to solely put the blame on Kyle.  

What I am saying…. Team chemistry directly affects the Quarterback. When Ryan is uncomfortable, he forces throws. With average arm strength, that doesn’t bode well for the offense. 

I’ve stated this opinion over and over again. If Ryan had more freedom to change out of plays, Falcons offense would have been better in key situations. 

I can hear the skeptics now, Ryan had the ability to audible out of plays. Yes! Yes he did but not like in the passing game. 

Kyle Shanahan let it be known he wants no part of the hurry up offense. He believes it causes issues with protection…blah blah blah. I can understand how he felt that way. Getting familiar with the new players, trying to figure out their strengths… I get it. 

HOWEVER! With the addition of pro bowl center Alex Mack Kyle has no excuses for not using hurry up (passing) offense. It’s what Matt Ryan excels at. Why would you not want him comfortable? 

That’s just Mad Mikes opinion…. I want to know how YOU the fans felt . I went to social media and asked a couple of close friends how they felt. 

Will Kyle Shanahan finally give Matt Ryan more control over the offense? 

Here’s how they responded. 

Fan Reaction

Atl_falconsnews (Instagram)  had this to say. 
“I feel Matt Ryan will have more freedom this year due to him learning Kyle’s system and being able to read a defense. He will gain more freedom as he learns and perfects Shanahan’s system.”

Mad Mike Question – So basically Matt Ryan’s struggles were due to him being in a new system?

Atl_falconsnews – “Exactly we saw this same struggle his rookie year and when Dirk Koetter became the new offensive coordinator of Atlanta.” 

@HarbaughtheGOAT Twitter

“Ryan will definitely get freedom to call and change plays this year. 

Mad Mike question – Which do you prefer? Hurry up offense or shots down field? 

@HarbaughtheGOAT I prefer the hurry up offense. Shots down field are essentially 50/50 balls and that’s too risky 

Mad Mike Question – Agreed… With that said… What are your expectations for the offense in it’s entirety? As far as scoring rank and passing TDs 

@HarbaughtheGOAT – I think with the additions on our o-line and a stable running back situation, the offense will improve. I hope to a top 10 offense this season. 

Chico Chapman Facebook 

“I hope he can change plays in the middle of the ball being in the air going into the defenders’ hands.  How about him being able to call a play that sends Shanahan’s ass across the middle and make him go up for it.  That would impressive. Seriously though, I’m not sure if boy wonder Shanahan would allow anyone else to call plays consistently.”

@TChannell_4L Follow on twitter
“He is the leader of the offense. If he doesn’t feel comfortable with a play, he should be able to audible out of it.”

@Atlanta_Homer – Follow him on Twitter 

Shanahan actually talked about this about a month or so ago. Matt Ryan does have freedom to change the playoffs about 50% of the plays. The reason he (Kyle) doesn’t want Ryan to change it a lot of the time is because sometimes you have to run the ball in an eight man front to keep them honest. 

Mad Mike Question – Shanahan also stated that most of the audibles were checks to the run. How does that help the passing game? Falcons were pretty good in the running game. 

@Atlanta_Homer – Last year the passing game was hampered by having only 1 serious target. Tamme/Freeman aren’t a big threat in traffic and Roddy couldn’t get separation. And now we added Sanu and Hooper which will help the passing attack a lot more. 

To get back to your question, the running is less important this year because the offense won’t need play action as much as it did last year. With Person at center if he’s able to attack on play action passes he’s a good blocker but just a normal shotgun play he can’t attack and struggles. Mack is good at both

@pitner_tom – Follow him on Twitter 

The failure will be on Kyle Shanahan, Dan Quinn and NOT Matt Ryan. Matt will have ability to audible. But doesn’t change the fact that Kyle’s offense isn’t tailored to Matt’s strengths. 

DreMack @sportseliteblog 

In order for the Falcon offense to succeed, Kyle Shanahan has to trust that Matt Ryan can and will direct the offense like Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Tom Brady do. Whenever the  Falcons ran the no huddle, they were very effective. That needs to be implemented more and not the vanilla offensive playcalling that cost the Falcons games and Ryan’s worse statistical season. If the Falcons want to be elevated to Superbowl contenders, Shanahan has to let Matt Ryan be great and trust him to run the offense.

Final Thoughts 

After interviewing these incredibly talented sports fans. I’ve come to the conclusion that most believe Matt Ryan will have the opportunity to audible. 

HOWEVER! Not everyone is sold on Kyle Shanahan. Fans just want what’s best for the team. Right now Kyle is the offensive coordinator, so he and Matt Ryan MUST find common ground to prevent another atrocious year. 

If not, fans sure as hell will be calling for BOTH their jobs. 

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Will Keanu Neal Have A Great Impact On The Falcons Defense?

Rookie safety Keanu Neal is coming into this season with a lot of pressure.

Many thought the Falcons were in need of a pass rusher. Dan Quinn did not see it that way. He wanted a safety who was capable of covering tight ends, running backs as well as help support the run. Here’s what defensive backs coach Marquand Manuel had to say about Neal.

“His man coverage abilities have been on another level,’’ defensive backs coach Marquand Manuel said. “People criticized that, but they really didn’t watch the tape. … When you’re watching him play what we call our off-technique and he’s covering wide receivers, if he can cover wide receiver, I’m not worried about him being able to cover a tight end.

“His ability is out of control; his change of direction. His length — he’s bigger than what you think he is. He’s 6-1 and he’s just 210, 211, but he’s got 32½-inch arms. That, in itself, negates a lot of things. When you stand there and watch his stature, he’s bigger than what he appears. And he can cover any tight end. He can run.”

Can Neal hold up in coverage? Is he fast enough?

Neal was clocked at an average 4.62 at the scouting combine and a 4.59 at the Florida pro day. Quinn is familiar with Neal. He was involved in the recruiting process of Neal during his time as an assistant with the Gators. Here’s what Quinn had to say regarding Neal’s pass coverage skills.

“He has the quickness to play zone defense,’’ Quinn said. “We’ve seen him matched up man to man against the tight ends and the backs and we’ve got some hard matches to go against.’’

Keanu Neal is going against Devonta running back Freeman and tight end Jacob Tamme. They are very good at getting open according to many sources, Neal has done well holding up against these guys.

He’s younger, faster and healthier player and from what defensive coordinator Richard Smith says, he’s intelligent for a kid coming out of college. (unlike former safety William Moore) That in its self should be a huge plus for the Falcons defense.

With that said, I expect Keanu Neal to be a pro bowl player in his rookie season.

What are your thoughts?

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Will Keanu Neal have a great impact on the Falcons defense?