Live from the Dome: Will Falcons find a Bear market?

Here's the touchdown that made the Birds 2-3. (Seth Wenig/AP photo)

Here’s the touchdown that made the Birds 2-3. (Seth Wenig/AP photo)

Here's the touchdown that made the Birds 2-3. (Seth Wenig/AP photo)

Here’s the touchdown that made the Birds 2-3. (Seth Wenig/AP photo)

Not to belabor the blatantly obvious, but the Atlanta Falcons need to win today. They’ve lost two in a row. This will be their last home game until Nov. 23 against Cleveland. (Unless we count the London date with Detroit as a “home” game, which the NFL does but I’m sure Mike Smith does not.)

Lose today and the Falcons could go a while longer without winning. Next up are the Ravens in Baltimore, and then the Lions at Wembley, and then Tampa Bay and Carolina on the road. Lose today and the wondering about Smitty’s job — and Thomas Dimitroff’s, not to mention Mike Nolan’s — could become a clamor by the time November arrives.

The good news is that the Chicago Bears don’t look any better than the Falcons. They’re likewise 2-3, having likewise lost two in a row. But I offer fair warning: There are a slew of Bears fans walking around downtown Atlanta, and I’m guessing more than a few have tickets.

And with that, the figurative floor is again open. I’ll be here until one of these teams is 2-4, and I welcome your company. And I thank you, as ever, in advance.

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DforDawgs
DforDawgs

It's time to clean house. GM, Coach, staff. Need a whole new game plan. I want Dak Prescott from Miss St when available he's the real deal. Build a team around him. Let's lose out for a couple years like "Suck for Luck" Colts did for Andrew Luck - look at them now they rock!

abcdzx
abcdzx

SCENE:
Mike Smiths den. Late Sunday night. Smith is on his second bourbon and sits across from richly dressed man, Arthur Blank.

Smith (shaking head and giggling): "Did you hear those same old wimpass questions after the game from the press? crap, I got nothing to worry about...there's not a ball in the bunch. ha ha."

Blank: "It was a sellout, yeah, what was it PT Barnum said? So what, I got the stadium. It's just entertainment and the money comes to me. Right?"

Smith: "What do I say when someone asks about our 100 million dollar QB who's actually just turning in average performances?"

Blank: "I'd say what a nice guy he is, and he is, but then you know what comes at the end of that statement....where they finish....Look, he's worth the fantasy. ..just repeat the same monotone alibis....the bored fan base always swallow it and the press is hypnotized by it.
I gotta go....there may be an effort to unionize the Depot that I have to crush."

they clink crystal glasses. FADE OUT.

SameOleSheet
SameOleSheet

I use to spend my weekends doing things around the house on SAT and then watching the Failcons on Sunday. I reversed that this weekend and watched MS State & Ole MS games and now I've had my football fill. Mr Blank should hold a lottery and let a fan coach the Failcons for a week. The end result can't be worse. 

Fierce
Fierce

@ Ravens, @ Lions ("home" game in London), @ Bucs, @ Panthers. Maybe a win over the Bucs, but it's on the road, who knows what happens there.


Browns and Cards at home, both can be losses at this rate.


@ Packers at night in December at Lambeau, yeaaaah no chance.


Steelers at home, toss up.


@ Saints and Panthers at home to end the year, 2 more losses.


Maybe 2 or 3 more wins this year at the max.


At this rate, tanking seems like the best option.

etherdome
etherdome

@Snoclaf


Watch us win the last two games.  Someone will say that it is important to win the last games, in order to build MOMENTUM for next season.  


Yes, let's borrow a physics term to describe our strategy. That always works.  

skeeterN
skeeterN

So, why did the featherless falcons not resign Abraham?  Oh, we upgraded with Osi U.  The only sack I've seen by him was last week against the Giants. He and S Jackson haven't produce one iota.

Kigou
Kigou

Three components to winning football.


1.  good strategy and game planning.

2.  good execution.

3.  talent.


This team has neither 2) or 3) above, and 1) is proving to be quite suspect.


Definition of insanity... do the same things, expect different results.

SameOleSheet
SameOleSheet

 I'm TOAST....Tired Of Atlanta Sorry Teams(Failcons, Braves, Hawks). I've been in this city for 40 years and have witnessed nothing but total failure with all the teams. Please stop spending your hard earned money on all of these so called sports teams and the owners will get the message.  You know what turned the NO Saints around????   Those brown paper bags.  For those of you that will still atend the next few home games, please do me a favor and BRING A BOWN PAPER BAG AND WEAR IT

Dirtyb8
Dirtyb8

@SameOleSheet On point. I wish everyone would think like this. But no our fans are too stupid and will show up at any cost to see that pathetic product on Sundays.

SameOleSheet
SameOleSheet

@Dirtyb8 We need to get 5 adjacent fans to wear five bags on their heads with TOAST on them for the cameras to see.  

etherdome
etherdome

@SameOleSheet @Dirtyb8


How about three fans dressed as See No Evil, Say No Evil and Hear No Evil.  Then, let them wear name tags that say:  Tommie, Smitty and Artie.  

Fierce
Fierce

Antone Smith, Devin Hester, and Eric Weems constantly make big plays and actually catch the ball. Roddy White, Julio, and Toilolo keep dropping the ball. Let's see, what's the gameplan now? Leave Weems and Hester at 1 catch a piece, and Smith at 4, and keep throwing the ball to Roddy, Julio, Toilolo, and Steven Jackson, who'll continue to drop it.


Wonderful results followed huh?

etherdome
etherdome

I would not fire anyone during the season.  Doing so would make it more difficult to hire future GM/HC's.  


We need to keep the FO stable and wait until the off season to make the moves.  


Caveat:  Do not let meaningless strong finishes change your mind.  This management team has reached its zenith.  

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@etherdome that is an admirable pt of view - but he has to do something Monday morning to send the fan base a message, what little is left of a fan base. This could unravel to unmanageable fast. And - he may do nothing - which will certainly send the world a message too.

etherdome
etherdome

@St_Simons_he-ne-ha @etherdome


It already is a dumpster fire.  The team does nothing well.  By that I mean that it does not have a trick in the bag.  In sports parlance, it does not have an identity.  


Changing the coaching staff or the front office is meaningless and probably counterproductive.  Wait for the off season.  In the meantime, quietly form a team of consultants to help shape a vision for the type of GM and HC the team needs.     

Big money
Big money

Please Mr. Blank hire me to be evaluator of talent . I can do a better job than your staff.

Fierce
Fierce

@MaybeMaybeNot Would have been a sane gameplan last season, when we should have cut Steven Jackson.

etherdome
etherdome

@MaybeMaybeNot


No thanks.  It is obvious that we need better lines.  Let's not get distracted with pretty RB's.

Kigou
Kigou

So there was one play fairly late when Chicago has the ball. Guess what, sweep right, Forte, our left DE loses the edge, their TE is leading the play, and Falcons 21 is in the lane, ready to cut the TE, destroy the lead blocking, possibly blow up Forte too.  What does 21 do?  He takes a hand to the chest from the TE and bails out.  That was the most gutless play I saw all weekend.


If that's not 'mailing it in' and checking out, I'm not sure what is.  Unless run support is not in his contract. 

Fierce
Fierce

@Kigou the corners don't play the run, they enjoy giving up big plays constantly, and the occasional breakup they have a hand in, they enjoy showboating as if they're the LOB.

Fierce
Fierce

What will Arthur Blank do is the billion dollar question. Choose to lose the fanbase's interest now by cleaning house, or wait it out and risk losing it when the new stadium opens, with only the opposing team's fans in it.

etherdome
etherdome

@Snoclaf


Atlanta Falcon fans will come out of the woodwork to support a good, solid team.  They sell their tickets on stub hub when they know that the team is an illusion.


Hey, at least Mr. Blank knows that Atlanta is a city full of transfers.  It is a good bet that their are plenty of fans from opposing towns.  In money terms, a nearly full stadium is a nearly full stadium.  

Big Wally
Big Wally

The new GM for 2015, needs to pay attention to the article in the AJC today about the Dallas Cowboys 1989.  They traded their only asset, Herschel Walker, to acquire a lot of Draft picks, then used those Draft picks to win 3 super bowls in the next 6 years.  No GM is going to hit on every Draft pick, but a good GM has enough good picks to compensate for the busts.   Dimitroff compounds his mistakes, by trading away draft picks for Julio, then drafting busts for the picks he kept.  Two levels of ineptitude.

etherdome
etherdome

@TheBigWally I would not trade Julio or Ryan.  Everyone else should be fair game.  


It is remarkable that Tommy re-signed Roddy early this season.  Unbelievable.

80sFalcon
80sFalcon

My father took me to my first falcons game in 1975 when i was 6. We had season tickets up until last year when he truly lost interest in going to the dome. He told me back then he didn't think the Falcons would win a championship in his lifetime. He's now 72 and I'm 45 and I believe he is correct. For both of us!

chasjons
chasjons

@80sFalcon  I feel your pain.  I think I went to my first Falcons game around 1975 too. I'm 44 now and don't really see a title anytime soon.  Unfortunately just because we have failed in the past does not mean we are due to succeed in the future.  You can flip a coin 10 times and if it lands on heads 10 straight times that does not mean it is more likely too land on tails for the 11th flip.   Too bad.  As a city we "are due", but that doesn't mean a hill of beans.  We waited forever for our only title in 1995, but it has been nearly 20 years since.  Crazy. 

skeeterN
skeeterN

When da bears defense started to raise their hands asking their fans, in the GA DOME, to make some noise.......I had to get up and go outside for air. You can only do that kind of sh!!!tt in Atl.....EMBARSSING!!

ATLfaninVA
ATLfaninVA

I'm curious…is there a WORSE offensive tackle than Gabe Carimi? As bas as Atlanta has had on the line, I don't think I've ever seen anyone get constantly dominated like he has.

Fierce
Fierce

@ATLfaninVA The guy he's replacing in Lamar Holmes can give him a run for his money....

ATLfaninVA
ATLfaninVA

@Snoclaf @ATLfaninVA True…but man-alive…he was just getting brutalized out there. And here is another problem I have with Mike Smith. You have to notice it! Why not chip him with a TE or a RB? Just don't get it. He peaked a couple years ago…time for Smith (along with MANY others) to go.

chasjons
chasjons

@Snoclaf @ATLfaninVA  Is there not a human being in the world that we could sign tomorrow that would block better than Carimi or Lamar Holmes?  If the answer is no then I can sleep peacefully.  If yes, then frickin find him and sign him asap.


etherdome
etherdome

@ATLfaninVA Yes, but is he versatile?   After all, that is what we value at Flowery Branch.  

DforDawgs
DforDawgs

It's time to clean house. GM, Coach, staff. Need a whole new game plan. I want Dak Prescott from Miss St when available he's the real deal. Build a team around him. Let's lose out for a couple years like "Suck for Luck" Colts did for Andrew Luck - look at them now they rock!

Tvshooter
Tvshooter

Our receiving corp isn't doing well either....Julio and Roddy dropped a combined 5 passes, and Toilolo dropped 3. Ryan was sacked 4 times for 26 yards, and Julio fumbled once. We were 4 for 13 on 3rd down, and a total of 287 yards.


Pitiful. And as for the excuse "3 O-line players are out"....well, Mike Smith and TD have always said the mantra was "next man up". That is obviously just another catch phrase. Our starters could most likely not make the team anywhere else.

atlanta loser
atlanta loser

I liked cant touch this more than rise up but i"m od fashioned

Fierce
Fierce

That Rise Up moniker is going to be put to good use from here on out. When the team comes out flat at home, and the announcer says "Rise Up!", everyone will rise up from their seats and leave the stadium.

DforDawgs
DforDawgs

Ugly man...just downright ugly today. Ryan needs time he is a good QB unless he is on his back 85% of the time.

atlanta loser
atlanta loser

there isn't a qb in th league that looks good  behind that o- line

chasjons
chasjons

Just a hypothetical, but how much would anyone out there be willing to gamble that no Atlanta pro franchise will win a title in the next 3 years?  Let's say you could win $1,000 dollars.  Seems like any bet would be safe at this point to win the money. We seem to have three franchises that are young relatively speaking, but also should be rebuilding because they are flawed.  I never thought I'd say this , but I think the Hawks would actually have the best odds going forward. 


chasjons
chasjons

@DawgNole @chasjons  I know. No one would take that bet.  Realistically we could say 5 years.....10 years, etc.   There is usually a false sense of optimism with Atlanta sports, but at this point I don't even feel that. 

chasjons
chasjons

@DawgNole @chasjons Wait a minutes is there any way to make money betting against the Falcons winning a championship in the future?  If so, count me in.  


DawgNole
DawgNole

@chasjons

I don't believe you'll find anyone who would take that bet.

With ONE championship in 160 seasons of pro sports competition spanning nearly a half-century, who'd be dumb enough to bet that the city would claim its second in the next 3 years?

JSSN
JSSN

@chasjons @DawgNole

Any of you going to London can make that bet at a Sports Book (they make those kinds of bets all the time!