Tag Archive: Julio Jones

By:  Jason “Big J” Allen

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Jason “Big J” Allen

This is going to be fun, especially since I live OTP (Outside the Perimeter) in Atlanta.  We all can see that Hotlanta has been very Luke Warm, and Matty Ice has melted away this year behind a terrible line.  Everything that could go wrong for the Red and Black has, and now all the ATL is hoping the Dirty Birds “Rise UP!!!” or nose dive into oblivion.  Now I figured the Falcons wouldn’t make the playoffs I wrote that in the NFC Predictions (granted I had the Steelers in the Superbowl vs. Niners, and I thought the Bucs would be better, so what the heck do I know.) I just didn’t foresee them being this bad.  Well I guess I’m transforming into Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, or should I say turn into Al Borland, because if you ever watched Tool Time (Home Improvement) you know Tim could never fix anything.  Either way I’m here to tell the world “How to Fix The Atlanta Falcons”.

Speaking of Tool Time, I really could go for Pam Anderson helping me write this article.  Sorry I take that back, I’m a Married Man now.  Anyway let’s get to it:

1.  Jonathon Martin-  I know everybody just let their jaws hit the floor, but Atlanta needs Offensive Line help badly.  BADLY! even to the point that if the Dolphins release Martin, or Richie Incognito they need to jump through the hoop of fire to pick either one of them up (honestly you hope for Incognito he is a better lineman, but maybe a bigot).  If Martin is available they should give him a try, just to see if he will want to prove the world wrong and show that he can be tough and you don’t need to N-Bomb him or threaten his family on voice mails (for the record who leaves messages anymore, text harassment is the new wave).

2.  Get the team off the trainers table.  These Falcons have got to get healthy and get Roddy White, and Weatherspoon back.  They need these guys to help contribute to the team.  The injury bug has ran through the team and no one is knocking on the door to save the day, so the first needs to be the last and Roddy White needs to become the number WR he used to be.

3.  Find a way to get after the Quarterback.  I would be having FA try outs for any pass rushers that would/could at least breathe on an opposing QB.  The Falcons need to generate some kind of pass rush, and honestly Mike Nolan should start taking blitz schemes from teams like New Orleans, New York Jets, and other teams that don’t have dominate pass rushers ( no disrespect to Mo Wilkerson, cause he is a beast!).  I know the best pass rush is rushing 4 and dropping 7, but the Falcons actually have really good corners, rookies or not, they do a decent job in man to man and zone coverage.  So Nolan’s main objective is Quarterback harassment.  Throw the book at the teams every week, make the Gritz Blitz Deluxe at least if you don’t win you could possibly sell some merchandise.

4.  Change the Offense back to the early Matt Ryan days.  Go back to basics and run the ball, even if it is not effective, it will keep teams honest.  Actually when the Falcons run to the right side of the line they are averaging 4.4yds a carry, and 3.5yds running up the middle.  So stay away from the left side, but run there to keep teams honest.  Also get back to the WR, TE, and RB screen game to slow down opposing teams pass rush.  When you have a sub par line you have to do anything in your power to protect your QB so getting the ball out quickly and confusing the defenses so they can’t tee off on Matt Ryan.  Screens, Draws, shuffle passes, misdirection runs, and counters.  Sometimes you will have to frustrate the fan base and run on 3rd and longs.  The point of the offense should become no MISTAKES!!!  No 7 turnovers in 2 weeks!  Allow your defense and playing the field position game help you keep the games close and then let Matty Ice, be Matty Ice with clutch plays down the stretch to win games.  Tony Dungy once said you can win 10 games a year if you don’t beat yourself with turnovers.

5.  Maybe the fans want the high draft pick.  Maybe tanking this season will help for the future?  You needed pass rush help and yet the Falcons drafted 2 corners last draft (which I said was dumb), and you brought in a has-been Usi who has done nothing, so cut him at the end of the season.  Let Roddy White go unless he wants to take a home town discount (doubt it because I know he doesn’t tip well at restaurants).  In the draft use early picks on pass rushers and O-Linemen, and use late picks on a running back, and wide receiver.  Build the team around Julio Jones, and Matt Ryan.


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By:  Raymond “Big Play” Miller

From week to week I will be looking at a match up that I consider the game of the week.  This week I’m looking at Falcons @ Saints, in a battle of division rivals sometimes one game can determine the whole season (as far as tiebreakers).  As Matt Ryan leads his defending NFC South Champion Falcons to the Big Easy to face the surgeon Drew Brees and his rejuvenated Saints.

Falcons advantage: With the Falcons being able to spread the field with Julio, Roddy, HD, and Gonzalez the Saints won’t be able to load up the box to stop Steven Jackson, who should run wild on the Saints run Defense.

Saints advantage: Brees against that Falcons pass Defense.  Brees is a surgeon and will spread the ball to pick apart any weakness he sees in the secondary and force the Falcons to double Graham in the slot.

Who I like to win and why:  In a close high scoring game I like the Saints to win 31-28.  I’m just not comfortable with the Falcons 2nd and 3rd corners yet.  In a battle of scoring I will take Brees/Payton (who is 11-2 versus the Dirty Birds), over Ryan/Smith.

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Raymond "Big Play" Miller @bprunsportsmenm

Raymond “Big Play” Miller

I looked at Atlanta’s draft and I was really not impressed.  I think two corners in their first 3 rounds is not the best chance to take this team over the hump.  So I looked at past picks for the Falcons and I traced everything back to a central point…  Julio Jones!!!  I know hindsight is 20/20, but lets jump into our “Time Sled” with H.G. Wells and go back and look at “if the Falcons never traded up for Julio.”  I know Falcon fans have just tuned out, but let’s take a look.

            Now I know talent like Julio is hard to come by.  Jones is in an elite group of WR talent that doesn’t show very often in NFL history, but I ask the question when was the last time a big time WR took a team over the hump?  The 49ers won a Super Bowl before Rice was part of the team.  Moss still no ring after 2 Super Bowl appearances.  You can make a case for Irving, but Irving’s athleticism is not in the same league as Moss, A.J. Green, and Jones.  So we can safely say that WR are never the missing link for Super Bowl rings.  Yet the Falcons felt Jones was?

            So we rewind to the 2011 Draft, the Falcons traded their 1 round (27), 2nd round (59th), 4th round (124), 1st (22), and 4th (118) in 2012.  Now the Falcons struggle in what areas currently in 2013?  Cornerback, Pressure on the QB, and maybe the O-line could use some tightening up.  In 2011 if they kept their pick they would have had the opportunity to get Jimmy Smith (27 pick), ESPN Scouting report on Smith:

“Smith is an excellent combination of size, strength and athleticism for a perimeter defender. His length and strength enables him to be physical to reroute receivers off the line of scrimmage. He anticipates well to jump routes in the passing game and can be a physical run defender.”

If you still wanted a WR you could have drafted Jonathon Baldwin (26 pick and that was the advice of Bill Belichick).  Now I’m picking Jimmy Smith, and as we have seen Smith has a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens, and Jonathon Baldwin is a board line bust (and Thomas Jones busted him in the eye) in Kansas City.

            Now this is where it gets interesting, because we know that “elite” or very good QB’s make the players around them better, so what if Atlanta fans would have heard, “With the 59th pick The Atlanta Falcons draft Torrey Smith.”  Again hindsight, but there is your dynamic WR, Smith can stretch the field and blow the top off of a Defense.  ESPN Scouts said:

“He has excellent burst off the line of scrimmage with run-after-catch ability in space. He has a good receiving radius but needs to improve his short and intermediate route running. Smith is an excellent, young perimeter target.”

Ask newly paid Joe Flacco the impact of Torrey Smith on the offense.  Smith was the 58th pick, one pick higher than Atlanta, what if no one would have traded with the Falcons so they could pick Smith before the Ravens?  Well Randall Cobb was the 64th pick.  Cobb could have added versatility in the return game where the Falcons are abysmal, and he would have been a change of pace third down option.  Now we are looking at CB and WR possibly being taken care of.  Yet let’s say you’re not sold on the Jimmy Smith pick.  At the 124th pick the Falcons could have drafted Richard Sherman (154).  Arguably the best CB in the league at least in Sherman’s mind.

            Now we bounce to 2012 Draft, and the Falcons had a good 2011, but yet again get bounced in the 1st round and you realize “We need help getting to the QB” so in 2012 you want to get defensive pressure.  You have the 22nd pick in the first and you target either Chandler Jones (6 sacks 3 forced fumbles in 2012), or Don’t’a Hightower (4 sacks and one fumble returned for a touchdown).  Also you traded Cleveland your 118th pick in the 4th, which could have been used on Guard Joe Looney.  Looney is a 4th round pick of the 49ers, and has only played in spots but has massive potential.  Nfl.com said this about him:

Looney is a strong interior lineman who has been consistent for the Demon Deacons since stepping on campus. He is an athletic mover who blocks well in the run game and has great size. He has fourth-round value based on his production and ability to be inserted right away.”

            Now again its easy for me to sit here and say man Atlanta Falcons messed up on drafting Julio, but in the attempt to chase a ring they forgot a key part, TEAMS win championships not one exceptional talent.  Look at our last couple of Super Bowl attendees, Ravens, 49ers, Giants, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Patriots, and the Saints what do they have in common?  They rarely trade away picks to move up for one player.  They typically trade a few spots for a player or trade back in rounds for value.  The Falcons have done this lately but in 2011 they went another direction and I feel that direction will hunt them in the long run.  Ok back to 2013 “Time Sled” and see what the future holds. 

Jason “Big J” Allen


Falcons Don’t Fly in Philly

The high flying falcons come out of the bye week at 6-0. However, people still have a lot of questions about their authenticity, & for good reason. With the 3-3 Eagles awaiting the Falcons, we may as well consider that winning streak broken. That’s right, go ahead and chalk them up 6-1. The Falcons haven’t won in the state of Pennsylvania since 1974, with an embarrassing record of 0-11-1.

This has been a season of firsts for the Falcons: their first 5-0 start followed by their first 6-0 streak. Matty Ice is the front runner for the MVP, Julio and Roddy alternating week to week to see who goes off, and the ageless Tony G just down right ballin’. With all of these factors on the field, the Falcons should continue trending right, and going on to their first 7-0 winning streak. After that, they just need possibly two more wins to wrap up the NFC South.

I say, “Hell Nah.” This is a bad matchup for the Falcons on all kinds of levels. Between Andy Reid being 13-0 after the bye, the elusiveness of Vick and Shady McCoy, and the speed of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, I don’t see them pulling out a win. All of these factors combined will prove too much for them damn dirty birds. My prediction is that the Falcons take the L.



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