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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.

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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

(Goal by Yasef Asad pic above – AccessWDUN )

 

#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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Pic – Forbes.com

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

Ryan silences critics with record 500 yard passing performance

3 Oct

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Matt Ryan has heard the grumbling from fans and the press after last seasons 2nd half collapse. The red zone interceptions. Clear discomfort in Kyle Shanahan’s new offense. The clutch QB play that earned him the nickname ‘Matty Ice’ had been replaced by a hesitant error prone imitation of himself. During his limited work in the 2016 preseason he didn’t look much better.

Ryan stoically handled the criticism as the professional he is and waited to the regular season to unleash the new Matt  Ryan aka  ‘Matticulous’. Ryan has been unstoppable for the 1st quarter of the new season putting up numbers that lead the NFL. He won player of the month for Sept. That was followed up by throwing for a Falcon record 503 yard, 4 TD performance vs the Panthers. He easily won the duel with reigning league MVP Cam Newton who was actually knocked out of the game with a big hit by Deion Jones.

He has been utilizing the many weapons he has at his disposal connecting with 8 or more players in each of the last 2 games. But in yesterday’s game the main thrust of the aerial assault came by ‘Jet’. Julio ‘Jet’ Jones had a career best 300 yards receiving on just 12 receptions. A stunning 25 yards per catch. His last one was a breathtaking  grasp and dash 75 yard TD which sent the Dome into a frenzy. It marked the 1st time in NFL history that a QB threw for 500 or more yards, and a receiver had 300 yards receiving in the same game.

The Falcons offense after 4 games lead the league in scoring, passing yards, and total yards. Ryan also leads QBs in passing, is on a pace to throw for over 5,500 yards and 44 TDs. Of course the season is young, and the NFL unpredictable. But for now Matt Ryan and Falcons can sing to the naysayers – “Turn down for what”

By Minister Jonathan Simmons

Stats from NFL.com

Does Ga Tech have what it takes to compete for a championship?

3 Oct

It was a sunny warm day full of sunshine and warm breezes.The Miami crowd covered in orange,  was loud and raucous.after the Hurricanes scored a touchdown . A colorful display against the blue sky made it a great picture of a perfect college football Saturday.  Then I looked around and remembered I was in Bobby Dodd Stadium in midtown Atlanta ,not Hard Rock stadium in Miami Gardens.

This was the case when Clemson came to town too. Even the Mercer Bears fans made their presence known.  Maybe it’s and Orange thing.

There just doesn’t seen to be the same intensity in the Tech fan base.

The buzz(no pun intended) pales in comparison to that which surrounds their arch rivals up the road in Athens. Why? In the last 7 years under Paul Johnson has played for an ACC  Championship 3 times, and played in 2 Orange Bowls. In that same span Georgia has played in 1 SEC title game and no major bowls.  Ga Tech won a national title in 1990. UGA in 1980.

Maybe it’s the lack of player star power. Georgia consistently gets some of the best high school recruits. When is the last time you heard anticipation about an incoming player at Ga Tech? Because of that, Georgia has put significantly more players in NFL than GA Tech over the last 7 years too

Maybe it’s the competition with all of Atlanta’s attractions. There always is a slew of things one can do in metro Atlanta that may take you away from going to the game.

Whatever the cause the GA Tech may have to think about the goals for their football program. Is the fan base and administration willing to to do what it takes to build a consistent winner that can compete again for a National title. There is more parity in college football than ever before. The upsets of traditional power schools is on the rise. The CFB playoff surely will expand to as many as 8 teams in the not to distant future. They play rising SEC contender Tennessee in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff in the new Mercedes Benz Atlanta Stadium to start the 2017 season

Georgia Tech has won 4 national championships in their history. Let’s see if they can add another to the trophy case soon.

 

 

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