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In the #CelebrationBowl the cheers are about family as much as #football

16 Dec

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As the hours are counted down before the 3rd annual Celebration Bowl the head coaches and players took time out to speak to the media in their final press conferences. The Celebration Bowl matches the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champions in Atlanta to determine the kings of Black College football.

There were plenty of Q & A regarding team strategy, key player strengths, school pride and the like. What stood through the answers from the coaches of both teams was the importance of being a family.  It was wonderful to hear what that meant to coaches personally as well as for their teams.

Check out our videos from each coach below to see and hear for yourself

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Ryan and Quinn need to find their A game for #Falcons to reach #NFLPlayoffs

12 Dec

 

In the roller coaster season for the Atlanta Falcons the only constant has been questionable play of QB Matt Ryan and on field strategy of Head Coach Dan Quinn. These two, with Ryan being the bigger culprit have either cost the Falcons games outright, or made the wins much closer than they should have been. Matt Ryan the MVP of the NFL last year, has regressed. Gone is the maestro orchestrating one of the best offenses in league history. In 2016 -17 he seemed to always make the right throw, at the right time. Ball security was excellent having a 5-1 TD to INT ratio while still throwing enough to have almost 5000 Yards passing.

Dan Quinn was the captain of ship of players after his own heart . Rookies he helped select were making huge contributions on defense.  His hand picked OC Kyle Shanahan went from Atlanta’s most wanted out, to the hottest head coaching prospects and landing the 49er job.

This year there are multiple new coaches including new offensive and defensive coordinators, and QB coach. The defense has improved statistically moving into the top 10 in fewest yards allowed. However the dominant, record setting offense has taken a big step backwards. Quinn also continues to make strange, risky decisions in crucial times, especially clock management.

As for Matt Ryan, all of his key measurables up to this point in 2017 are down in comparison to last year. TD to INT 17/11 vs 38/7. QB rating 92.4 vs 117/1 . 252 yards per game passing vs 309 per in 2016. One of the greatest offenses in NFL history last year has become average and predictable. Scoring per game is down 33% averaging 22 points per game down from 33 per game.

Quinn has been given a pass by most of us in the media due to his upbeat nature and energy. Ryan has been criticized more often, sometimes unfairly especially by fans many who point to him as why the team can’t reach its potential.

The team still has the ability to reach the playoffs in their own hands. Win out, they are definitely in. Take 2 of 3 probably still will make it. The task isn’t easy. All 3 games are against division opponents. New Orleans and Carolina are ahead of them in the standings.

One other thing this years Atlanta Falcons have also been is resilient. If Matt Ryan can play more like the reigning league MVP, and Dan Quinn can make sound Late game decisions this team has the personnel to make some noise in postseason.

But if they don’t at least get there, Ryan and Quinn will face some hard questions this offseason. Explaning why this became such a ‘year of living dangerously ‘m

Is @AtlantaFalcons Matt Ryan a future Hall of Famer?

22 Aug

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Is Matt Ryan QB of the Atlanta Falcons a future Hall of Fame player? Many people both in and out of Atlanta are either #SMH or #ROTFL after reading this statement. But is it that far fetched? One Super Bowl winning season would make him a candidate at the very least. Here’s why.

  1. Impact on the teams you played on. Did you make them better and/or were an invaluable part of your teams overall success.-  For Ryan the answer is an overwhelming yes. When Matt Ryan arrived in Atlanta as the #3 overall pick in 2007 the franchise was in disarray after the Mike Vick situations. He stepped in as the starter won and led the Falcons to the playoffs. He then became the first Falcons QB to lead Atlanta to back to back winning seasons. He also has been durable missing only 2 games thus far
  2. Post season appearances -He has led Atlanta to the postseason 5 of his 1st 9 years, including 4 times in 5 years from 2008-2012. In his 2 NFC Championship games he has thrown for almost 400 yards in each one (392 in ’12, 396 in ’17)
  3. Personal awards –  Pro Bowl 4X, All Pro – 1X, NFL MVP – 1X,  2008 Offensive Rookie of the Year
  4. Overall Stats and Performance rank vs his peers – Top 5 among active QBs in Avg yards per game, Avg, Comp % per year. He is in the Top 10 in virtually every other measurable passing statistic among active players

A franchise changing career, league MVP, Super Bowl winner, and ranked  among the best statistically at his position during his playing days. Sounds like a pretty worthy resume…if the Super Bowl ring is won.

Despite loss, #ATLUTD and Arthur Blank big winners in epic opening night

6 Mar

The final score from the pitch at Bobby Dodd stadium on the Ga Tech campus was NY Red Bull 2 Atlanta 1. But in every other way the Atlanta United Football Club (@ATLUTD) inaugural game was a huge success.

The game was a sellout. ‘Fan Village’ set up in front of historic Bobby Stadium was filled with a diverse group of fans in full party mode. Some fans waited as long as an hour to buy their official ATLUTD garb at the store in Atlantic Station. Is that the hum of the money machine we  hear?

Once again the genius of ‘Uncle Arthur’ Blank was displayed in another successful sports business endeavor. Hats off to him and ATLUTD for their smashing debut

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#Miami captures first bowl win in a decade thanks to victory over West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl — #CollegeFootballTalk

29 Dec

Great article by @ProFootballTalk about bowl win by #Miami Congrats #MarkRicht #RealTalkSports

Mark Richt returned to his alma mater this year to win national championships but his first task in the postseason was to end Miami’s decade-long drought of frustration when it came to bowl games. After Wednesday’s 31-14 Russell Athletic Bowl triumph over West Virginia, you can cross that one off the list for the head…

via Miami captures first bowl win in a decade thanks to victory over West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl — CollegeFootballTalk

Then there were 6 – Penn State win helps keep #CFBplayoffs in chaos

4 Dec
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The #CFBplayoffs committee have a problem. There are six teams with compelling reasons, using THEIR criteria, to be part of playoff that consists of only four teams. Of those teams, Penn State looks to have the most compelling case to be in.

Penn State had only 1 reg season Big 10 loss, and won on the field the Big 10 championship arguably the best conference in football this year. Their Sagarin strength of schedule ranking is better than #3 Clemson or #4 Washington. They beat #2 Ohio State. They have won 9 straight games. These are all the things the committee says are reasons to be in the CFB playoffs. It would appear that Penn State should be in ahead of Washington, Clemson or Ohio State even though they have 2 losses and the rest have have 1.

The problem is that the Nittany Lions are not a exciting pick. They don’t have the media popularity and fan notoriety of Ohio State or Michigan. Plus their may be some lingering dislike of the program because of the past sex abuse/molestation scandal. This could impact revenue generated by the game which we believe is as important to those in charge than getting the champion that did best in competition on the field.

To find out more about the committee and the process click HERE to go to CFB playoffs page. We shall see how the committee proceeds in the process. Is it business at usual for behind the scene power brokers? Is more money the mission, or producing a true on the field champion. We shall soon find out.
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By: Minister Jonathan Simmons

Why #GaTech fans should stop complaining about Paul Johnson

29 Nov

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Why do #GeorgiaTech fans keep complaining about this man? Paul Johnson has steered Tech to another winning season. It’s the 8th time in his 9 years at the school. The Jackets just beat rival Georgia for the 3rd time in last 5 games. All 3 wins have been in Athens!

And look at this info from the Ga Tech FB website 

• In his first two seasons at Tech, Johnson was named the ACC Coach of the Year and added his third award in 2014.
• In 2008, he was named National Coach of the Year by CBS Sports.
• Tech has played in three ACC Championship Games in his eight years.
• The Yellow Jackets have finished first or second in the ACC Coastal Division in six of Johnson’s eight seasons.
• Seven of the 10-best seasons of total offense in school history have come under Johnson.
• Tech posted its ninth 10-win season in 2014 and fifth 11-win season.
• Under Johnson, Tech’s Academic Progress Report (APR) scores have risen every year with the most recent scores among the top 10% in the nation.
• Tech led the nation in rushing in both 2010 and 2014, and finished second in 2011.
• In 63 of Johnson’s 105 games at Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets produced more than 400 yards of total offense.
• Under Johnson, Tech produced five single-season 1,000-yard rushers — Jonathan Dwyer in 2008, Dwyer and Joshua Nesbitt in 2009, Anthony Allen in 2010, and Justin Thomas in 2014.
• Johnson has seen 15 of his players earn first-team All-ACC honors.
• Tech has produced three first-team All-Americans under Johnson — Michael Johnson in 2008, Derrick Morgan in 2009, and Shaquille Mason in 2014.
• Since Johnson’s arrival, a Tech player has been named ACC Offensive Player of the Year (Dwyer in 2008) and ACC Defensive Player of the Year (Morgan in 2009).
• Johnson is 14-8 at Tech in games decided by five points or less.
• Tech has scored more than 30 points in a game 52 times under Johnson and has a 43-9 record in those contests.
• In 2009, Tech won in Tallahassee (Fla.) for the first time in school history, beat a top-five ranked team at home (Virginia Tech) for the first time since 1962, won on the road in Charlottesville (Va.) for the first time since 1990 and earned its highest national ranking (7th) since 1999.
• In Johnson’s eight seasons, Tech has scored 26 non-offensive touchdowns (including school-record six defensive touchdowns in 2014).
• Johnson is 8-2 in home games against top-25 opponents.
These stats don’t include this years big win on the road against 2016 Coastal champion Va Tech which was ranked 17th in the polls at the time.

People talk about the offense being boring, high school like. Well based on the info above it sure seems to do well vs major college opponents. They say getting good recruits is a problem because of the offense. Well in college football all you need is one marquee player to make your team a championship contender. You see that in Louisville this year with their QB Lamar Jackson. Maybe some of the problem is the fan base itself. Are all the home games sold out? Does the team travel well? Are Tech fans and boosters ‘pumping up the volume’ with support and cheers, or complaints and jeers behind the scene? Do the fans have unrealistic expectations?

The stark reality is that Tech’s last National title in football was a shared one in 1990. Before that it won in 1952. Even rival Georgia with it’s history of top athletes, playing in the powerful SEC conference hasn’t won it since 1981. The athletic facilities for football aren’t on par with many of the major programs in college football.

So, with all that being said… Maybe it’s time for real fans of Georgia Tech to take a look at the man in the mirror. Or in the words of Pogo “We have found the enemy and he is us” Stay calm Tech fans. Paul Johnson is your Head Coach, one of the best you ever had

By: Jonathan Simmons
Real Talk Sports
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In battle of the ‘Birds #Falcons resilience shows in win over #Cardinals

28 Nov

In #ARIvsATL #Falcons  RiseUp for 38-19 win over the visiting Arizona Cardinals.  They looked rested and relaxed in front of a late arriving crowd at the Georgia Dome.

This game between Dirty Birds and Desert Birds, pitted Arizona’s top ranked defense vs Atlanta’s top ranked offense. Falcons were good on both.  The defense limited star Cardinals star running back David Johnson to 58 yards rushing. They turned their attention to QB Carson Palmer who was sacked and intercepted as Arizona only scored 6 points in the 2nd half.

Offensively it was more outstanding play. Once again the Falcons used their ‘Pick your Poison’ approach as Matt Ryan spread the ball around to 8 different receivers. Ryan was 26-34, 269 yards 2 TDs 1 INT, and WR Taylor Gabriel racked up 102 total yards and 2 TDs. The biggest key to the win for the Falcons was the resiliency they showed in responding when the momentum started to shift to the Cardinals.

Arizona cut the Falcon lead to 17-13 right before the half getting a last second FG after set up by an interception when Julio Jones bobbled into air a Matt Ryan pass. They then sacked Matt Ryan 3 times in 6 Atlanta plays to force a punt. However Atlanta forced a 3 and out, then had a 13 play 77 yard TD drive to make the score 24-13. They never looked back after that. That kind of toughness was lacking in last years team. The growing confidence in the Quinn/Shanahan scheme and themselves make this team a playoff contender, and a treat to beat any team they face.

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Can #Falcons #LegionOfZoom stop the #Seahawks and #RussellWilson ? #ATLvsSEA

16 Oct

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Can #Falcons #LegionOfZoom stop the #Seahawks and #RussellWilson ? #ATLvsSEA

@AtlantaFalcons ‘D’ now has a name -The #LegionOfZoom . Coined by (@RealMattlanta )Matt Chernoff  of (@680_The_Fan) this morning. This fits the way speedy young Atlanta defenders flew to the ball last week vs Denver last week. This quicker defense setup was needed due to multiple injuries at the LB position. It used SS-Kemal Ishmael (@B4_Kemal)  as a LB,  and had rookie S Keanu Neal (@Keanu_Neal) play close to the line of scrimmage. OLB Vic Beasley was moved around the field more often.. Lined up as DE on some plays. Pass rushed from the inside on stunt moves. Dropped back into coverage at other times. This allowed the ‘DirtyBirds’ to record 6 sacks, 3.5 of them coming from Beasley.

Even when their LB corp is at full strength the Falcons should play more of this quicker nickel package. The numbers and result from last week don’t lie

The #LegionOfZoom  will be needed today vs Seattle led by Pro Bowl QB Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) Although battling injuries, Wilson has shown he is still a dangerous weapon for the Seahawks. Last week he through for 309 yds, and 3 TDs in site on not being 100 percent.

It seems like the Falcons may have started something. The evolution has begun, and it will be televised.

By Minister Jonathan Simmons

Big day by #Beasley leads way as #Falcons corral #Broncos 23-16

10 Oct

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When the Falcons drafted Clemson’s Vic Beasley #6 overall in the 2015 NFL they felt they had someone who would finally give them a legitimate pass rusher of the edge. This was something not present since the departure of John Abraham a few years ago. In his 1st season however Beasley had very little impact. He tallied only 4 sacks 2 of them coming in game 15 vs the Panthers. Some of this was due an injury the severity not publicly disclosed until after the season.  2016 seemed to be going the same way. Beasley was constantly stymied by bigger lineman from the teams Atlanta faced. That all changed in Denver.

Check out our Vic Beasley interview

The 2nd year player who been moved to linebacker, finally became the game disruptor the Falcons thought they were getting when they picked him. Beasley had an epic game. He lead the team with 7 tackles, forced 2 fumbles, and most important tallied 3.5 sacks as Atlanta beat the Denver Broncos 23-16. Now people will point out Denver played rookie QB Paxton Lynch, and an injured lineman. But Beasley was in the Broncos backfield all day long making plays.  The difference was intensity,placement, and technique. The young LB was unrelenting in his pursuit of the ball carrier on run and pass plays when on the field. As we have advocated for repeatedly, he was moved around. First set up on the edge to rush the QB. Then in the middle on a stunt to create pressure from the middle. Next faking the rush and dropping back into coverage. He used his hands and arms more to create leverage and keep lineman from getting in to his body to block him. All told the Falcons defense registered 6 sacks on the day including the final one by Beasley’s former Clemson teammate Grady Jarrett. Next up is the team the Falcons are trying to model their defense on, the Seattle Seahawks

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