Live from Jersey: A Giant step for the Falcons?

When you’re walking around it carrying two bags, it does feel like a giant stadium. (M. Bradley)

When you're walking around it carrying two bags, it does feel like a giant stadium. (M. Bradley)

When you’re walking around it carrying two bags, it does feel like a giant stadium. (M. Bradley)

East Rutherford, N.J. — The glamorous life of the sports correspondent. Left Sanford Stadium last night at 9:10 p.m. Pulled in the garage at the ol’ homestead at 11 p.m. Left the same garage at 6:35 a.m. Landed in Newark at 10:48. Walked into the press box at 11:48 after a brisk stroll around the periphery of MetLife Stadium. (My cab driver wasn’t allowed to get close to the designated media gate.)

But enough about me. This is a fairly significant game for the evolving Falcons, which sounds nicer that saying “the depleted Falcons.” They’re down three offensive linemen, as you know, and they’re without strong safety William Moore, and they’re playing in the stadium where they managed only a layup when last they were here. (Wild-card game, January 2012. Giants won 24-2.)

That said, I’m not sure the Giants are anything special. They lost their first two games and looked horrid doing it. They won their next two and looked better, duh, but it’s worth noting that Arizona won here two weeks ago 25-14. The Cardinals, however, can play some defense. The Atlanta Falcons are ranked next-to-last in the NFL in that category.

But enough from me. I’m going to eat a sandwich and fuss with my windblown hair, and then I’m going to regale you with travel stories until somebody wins. (Kidding about the travel stories. They get old quick.) I invite you to ride along, and I thank you, as ever, in advance.

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lv1822
lv1822

Butts in seats = Bill Cowher

BillFalcon
BillFalcon

You are 2 feet from the ball and you go offsides.  Not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.

JODILYN
JODILYN

Maliki goodman stupidly turning point of game. What is so bad is we are not just missing a couple pieces on defense. Outside of trufant everyone else subpar. Worrilow tries hard but he starts every play from his heels Moore and spoon average but not pro bowlers either. Thnk we got a good owner maybe he will make some changes. I used to be a mike smith supporter but sick of no changes. Same old same old washed up free agents. If hageman can't help this sorry d in anyway they must be seeing he gonna be a bust too

MoreySims
MoreySims

arthur will not be happy--his young girlfriend wants to go to the superbowl and he's got millions tied up here

JR947
JR947

Word is that upon arrival to the Atlanta Airport this evening, the Atlanta Falcons team will be issued a citation by police for impersonation of an NFL team.


neauxgeaux28
neauxgeaux28

Real owner of the Falcants....Sean Payton....you win one game against the Saints and celebrate like it was a SB victory with no trophy...what a bunch of amateurs....we have a real Lombardi....until you get one...shhhh.....you're just a gnat....go away and back to your irrelevancy....LMAO....

BillFalcon
BillFalcon

TD's checklist for drafting linemen; Short arms, undersized and injury prone.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Blank's to do list

1) fire Dimitroff, Peoli, and everyone else who your paying to be a pretend GM. 

2) Hire a research firm to find the best qualified potential GM candidates,

3)  Let Rich Mckay do all the interviews and hiring.  

4) Get out of the way, and just watch the games.

Jerry916
Jerry916

Mike McCay tore down Tampa before he left, and promptly came over to the Falcons, and now look at them.

Clean house Mr. Blank.  The entire Front Office needs to go.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Jerry916: "The entire Front Office needs to go."

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Pretty pathetic that we've just being saying the same thing about the Braves. And the Hawks are right around the corner.


BillFalcon
BillFalcon

Since we all agree that TD is clueless picking linemen, is it fair to hang Smitty out to dry?

RandyFalcon
RandyFalcon

@BillFalcon I think so. It's well known that Smitty has big input into the draft. And he is the one that is responsible for deciding who plays and how much, as well as developing later round draft picks. He has failed in all 3 categories in my opinion.

lv1822
lv1822

I give Tice credit, he did the best he could with what DIMITROFF gave him

OH-IO
OH-IO

Hire Bobo and Grantham! 

Jerry916
Jerry916

TD has assembled a weak & soft roster.


Can Mr. Blank just release him of his duties now, and get someone in here to start reshaping this roster?


Please get TD out.


This team has no defense.  No one on their D-Line that can beat their man one on one, and pressure the QB!!!


This is going to be a long season.  Where the heck is Ra'Shede Hageman's? A 2nd round pick, that is contributing nothing.  Jake Matthews was man handled by JPP.

bennyhayes
bennyhayes

@Jerry916 TD picked Hageman, bypassing Jeremiah Attaochu. First game for Chargers, he recorded one sack, and blocked a punt. Attoachu played at GT, right down the street. 

BillFalcon
BillFalcon

A graphic popped up saying that Matt's road record was 24-26.  If that is accurate, then that is not bad.

Rhetoric
Rhetoric

Definition of an elite  quarterback: A quarterback that is capable of "carrying a team on his back",

and consistently demonstrates the ability to  win on the road.

Intruder
Intruder

Wait til the Falcons get back home vs a piece of sh-t. They'll show them. Whitey will be smiling on the sidelines.

lv1822
lv1822

The 'Process' has come so far', proud you are

FalconsD
FalconsD

the bad thing about this lost is that the Saint has play like doo-doo this year and they have the same record we have.

FalconsD
FalconsD

It's very fustrating to watch week in and week out and nothing changes.  We try hard to be upbeat and hopeful every week just to get get the same results.

kevkat
kevkat

Tampa know how Falcons feel...blowing the lead

lv1822
lv1822

Arthur Blank must be smoking dope.  He needs to get a pair!

he_of_stinky_wind
he_of_stinky_wind

Refs throwing TB under the bus.  Comical.  No holding on the Saints linemen as then tackle the rushers. 

JODILYN
JODILYN

Quick. While osi is shaking hands with his buddies everyone run and get on bus. Leave his sorry but in New York. We shake bier man at next game. If we r paying them over 500 bucks a week we gettin robbed

MichaelJohnson
MichaelJohnson

Arthur blank need the word of Donald Trump - You Fired!

lv1822
lv1822

If it was only Arena Football, what a B

kevkat
kevkat

Mike Smith will make us all feel better with the post game comments.  Arthur Blank should make some post game comments.. would love to hear him

DawgNole
DawgNole

@kevkat

That weasel won't say crap--just continue to skulk around on the sideline like a Jerry Jones wannabe.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH-IO @DawgNole @kevkat

He's already a billionaire. He just "wanna be" like Jerry and roam the sidelines as if he actually belonged down there.

BillFalcon
BillFalcon

We have had a mediocre to poor defense during the entire TD/MS tenure w/ different D Coordinators and line coaches.  The common thread is poor player selection/development.

We have not made good halftime adjustments in the same time w/different O coordinators.  Identifying the problem is not rocket science.

FalconsD
FalconsD

@BillFalcon But if you are TD, how can you not see the problem and fix it?  We knew we didn't have a pass rusher and didn't fix it.  We knew we had problem stopping the run and we did not fix it. He knew we needed a strong OL (and one man doesn't fix the problem).  This is all on TD.  Is he blind?

FSUNole
FSUNole

sorry team...dmitroff failed to fix a porous defense in the offseason

FalconsD
FalconsD

How can Atlanta fans not want to quit on the Falcons or any Atlanta teams...Atlanta fans have been disappointed so much.

kevkat
kevkat

@FalconsD 


Well, I think the Hawks are maximizing what they have, they have no superstars but they play hard. Now I agree about the other teams.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@kevkat @FalconsD

After 46 years in ATL without so much as a single Round 2 playoff series win, "playing hard" simply isn't enough. Long-suffering ATL fans deserve better.

kevkat
kevkat

@DawgNole @kevkat @FalconsD 


You can always stop watching them. Yea fans do deserve better, but what can you do about it. I'm not gonna blame this team for teams failures in the past 46 years.

kevkat
kevkat

@FalconsD @kevkat @DawgNole 


I understand and definitely agree with you. All I can do is go into the new season hoping for better, and to be honest until Horford went down last season, I thought we would be.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@JerryMcCrary @DawgNole

Absolutely NOTHING in terms of playoff success (except for the '95 Braves and the '80 Dawgs).

Why the hell do you think they call this place "Losersville"?