The Atlanta stood in the 2nd of the 2015 NFL draft with a choice. Draft a to fill a ‘need’. Help to shore up their defensive backfield especially at the safety position. A reasonable, conservative approach by a franchise STILL haunted by the departure 8 years ago of Michael Vick to a dog fighting scandal. Or they could take a risk. Use the pick to take a calculated risk to make their team suddenly one to be feared defensively. Randy Gregory, LB/DE of Nebraska was still on the board. Gregory, who by many pundits was rated HIGHER than Falcons 1st round pick Vic Bealsey. Gregory was available because of testing positive for marijuana. Imagine offensive nightmares that could be created by having 2 lightning quick pass rushers on both sides of the field! Atlanta chose Jalen Collins, S, LSU with that pick. Seemingly a safe, conservative pick.
We find out later however that Collins had his own off the field issues, AND had an injury which he needed surgery on before camp. So why not take a chance on Gregory?
Former Pro bowler Adrian Clayborn who looked done in Tampa Bay, seems rejuvenated in ATL. Paired on the same side of the field as Vic Beasley, these two already seem to be making things tough on opponents. Imagine having a pass rusher like Gregory on the other side.
This choice may determine whether the Atlanta Falcons will be simply playoff contenders, or lost an opportunity to be Super Bowl caliber team for years to come. Time will tell (As of this writing Gregory has 2 sacks, Collins has often looked a bit lost so far)
People often ask can one man make a difference. In Sports, especially team Sports that one man is often a head coach. For the Atlanta Falcons that turns out once again to be true. Like his predecessor Mike Smith, Quinn has the team winning and on track to return to the playoffs in his 1st year. Their styles are a different, but so far early results are similar…winning.
Here’s a look at Coach Quinn as he answers a few questions. He talks about the return of rookie RB Tevin Coleman, and WR Roddy White comments about his role on the team.
GA Tech is on the road to battle the Fighting Irish in South Bend. Notre Dame comes off a dramatic last second win vs Virginia. Tech has scored 65+ points against inferior competition. With Maurice Zaire the Irish starting QB his replacement Deshone Kizer must find a way to match the high powered Tech offense. The Yellow Jackets will present challenges on both sides of the ball.
Justin Thomas whose deft handling of Paul Johnson’s spread option has him on the short list of Heisman trophy favorites. GT now adds an opportunistic defense led by DT Aussie Adam Gostis.
If GA Tech wins this one they will be catapulted into the the Top 10, probably even ahead of rival Georgia. The fact that the win would come on the hallowed grounds in South Bend would be a huge boost in recruiting wars that the Bulldogs normally dominate. The road to the CFB playoffs may run through the ‘Flats’ in Atlanta at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Former Philadelphia 76ers star Moses Malone talks to reporters before the start of the 76ers’ game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Friday, March 14, 2003, in Philadelphia. The 76ers’ 1982-83 NBA championship team was to be honored at halftime. (AP Photo/George Widman) From WSB TV
He helped Julius Erving win his only NBA title. He boldly predicted the Sixers championship run with the slogan ” Fo, Fo, and Fo” indicated Sixers would sweep all the series. The Sixers came close losing only one playoff game en route to the ’82-83 title. He helped Charles Barkley grow from the ‘Round Mound of Rebound’ to one of the greatest NBA players ever. Malone played with and impacted some of the greatest front court men in NBA history including Ralph Sampson in Houston, Dr, J and Barkley while on the 76ers, Terry Cummings in Milwaukee, David Robinson in San Antonio, and Dominique Wilkins here in Atlanta. A 3 time NBA MVP, one of the greatest rebounders ever. The Chairman Of the Boards will be missed by all he played with and against.
God bless his family, friends, fans, and former teammates during their time of grief
The KSU football team shined as bright as the beautiful fall sun they played under. The Owls crushed visiting Tigers of Edward Waters winning by 51. KSU struck quickly recovering a fumble a returning it for a TD on the 3rd play of the game and never looked back.
They went up 35-0 in the 1st Quarter and maintained their dominance the rest of the way. Kennesaw State fans have been spoiled so far as the team has scored over 50 points in their 1st 2 wins to start their college football history. It’s been amazing this transition of dream to reality. We have been there from the early press conferences announcing formation of the team, the helmet, etc.
Kudos to KSU for a remarkable culmination of the dream of bring College Football to Kennesaw State and North Cobb county.
Floyd Mayweather as he continues his quest for boxing immortality would seem to be in good shape against an opponent that most experts feel is outmatched.
Shoulder surgery has taken away some of Berto’s power many say, but he 23 of 30 wins have come by knockout. That’s close to the 29 Mayweather has in 48 fights. A puncher always has a chance to land that one big blow that could end the fight suddenly.
Mayweather could be trying prove he be a more entertaining fighter. A tough fight fro Mayweather will guarantee fannies in the seat and huge payday for himself and his opponent.
The danger is he can suffer the same fate as Serena Williams on her quest for history… A huge loss to a unranked opponent. Mr Mayweather beware
Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones during Training Camp. Julio talks about upcoming game vs Miami Dolphins. Facing Dolphins D, former Falcon Brent Grimes, injuries and preseason length #ATLvsMIA #realtalksports
Atlanta Falcon head coach Dan Quinn makes it official today announcing that Rex Grossman has been signed by the team. Citing his quick release and veteran presence as he spoke to the local media at Falcons camp earlier today. (Click HERE to view announcement)
Falcons back up QBs have not done as well as hoped, especially hometown hero T.J. Yates. Yates who grew up in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, GA was thought to be right pick to back up starter Matt Ryan. However he has been ineffective in his 2 preseason stints causing the Falcons to search for veteran help.
Grossman is familiar with the Falcons offense since his last regular season appearance came with the Redskins while Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan was in the same role in DC
Not a good look for Mr. Carter. Interesting though the timing. Why did it take 14 months for this to come out? The NFL, and possibly ESPN knew about this (since it was on the NFL website all this time. Click on link below to read blog by Pro Football Talk from nbcsports.com
Cris Carter apologizes for 14-month old video.