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Posted April 02, 2013 - 01:33 AM

Dimitroff generally knows what he's doing, but i'm praying we don't pick up a TE in the 1st. we still have some holes defensively that we need to fill.



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Posted April 03, 2013 - 07:44 AM

  Thats cool. I always like a guy working hard to make his dream happen. I hope he does well. Its a depth pick up so he may not get alot of game time.. So nothing major. but I like his story.  Dude was in Prison for 5 years for a rape and kid napping charge and later exonerated of all charges after the woman admitted lying and additional DNA evidence proved he didnt do it. Crazy life.

  FALCONS SIGN LB BRIAN BANKS

The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have signed linebacker Brian Banks.
 
“We are pleased to have Brian join our team,” said general manager Thomas Dimitroff. “We had a chance to work him out last year and have been monitoring his progress since then. He has worked extremely hard for this chance over the last year and he has shown us that he is prepared for this opportunity. We are happy that Brian will have a chance to live out his dream of playing in the NFL and we look forward to seeing him on the field.”
 
Banks, 6-2, 250 pounds, spent the 2012 season with Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League (UFL) where he appeared in two games and posted one tackle. He received tryouts with Kansas City, San Diego, and San Francisco, and attended minicamp with the Seattle Seahawks prior to signing with the Locomotives.

 

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Brian Banks, football player exonerated in rape case, signs with Atlanta Falcons

Banks served more than five years in prison following a conviction a decade ago on rape and kidnapping charges. The woman later recanted her claim and offered to help Banks clear his name.

In an interview with James Brown for "60 Minutes," Banks recalled the phone call from Carroll: "A few days after I was exonerated, I got a phone call from a 213 number. I'm, like, "Hello." And the voice on the other end goes, "Yeah, I'm looking for a linebacker. You know where I can find one?" I said, "Yeah, yeah, you got the right number, but who is this?" And he says, "It's Coach Carroll."

 

Banks performed admirably in the tryout but at the time he was not in NFL shape. He would eventually find another pro team interested in giving him a shot: the Las Vegas Locos, part of the fledgling United Football League.

 

Banks started to get himself ready for a return to football last October when he weighed nearly 275 pounds but determined he wanted to give playing the sport he loves one last chance if he could get exonerated and no longer restricted by his probation.

 

 

As news of the signing emerged on Wednesday, Banks tweeted:

@BrianBanksFREE I feel good this morning :-)

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Posted April 03, 2013 - 01:29 PM

The justice system...
Pau Gasol is TRASH

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Posted April 08, 2013 - 04:24 PM

2 great articles I loved reading:


 

Gonzalez doesn’t think Ryan needs contractual carrot

 

The Falcons apparently plan to give quarterback Matt Ryan a long-term contract sooner rather than later.

Given that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was able to chase his new contract all the way to the Super Bowl win in 2012, maybe it would make more sense for the Falcons to dangle a $120 million carrot for Ryan in 2013.

During Friday’s PFT Live, I ran that possibility by Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, who has a specific self-interest in seeing Ryan get his team to the Super Bowl and win it, Flacco-style.

“I mean conventional wisdom would tell you that if you’re looking at most players but it Matt Ryan’s case that has nothing to do with it,” Gonzalez said.  “He’s not motivated by that one bit and I’d take that to the bank.  He is a self-motivated guy that wants to go out there and be the best quarterback that he can be and keep improving, and that’s why I love him so much.  That’s why I love being around the guy, because he’s a winner.  He has the ‘it’ factor. . . .

“That talent level is high with him but then also work as well with it and put in overtime.  He’s the first one at that facility in the morning and he’s the last one to leave at night.  Sometimes three, four hours after the last person leaves he’s in there watching film, breaking down film until 10:00, 12:00 at night and you got to appreciate that in your quarterback because he’s the most important position on that field and Matt isn’t motivated by this contract, he just wants to go out there and win Super Bowls and go down in the history as one of the best players to ever play this game.  Hopefully he can get to that point.”

Gonzalez is hoping the Falcons can get to that point where they’re holding the Lombardi Trophy.  He came back for one last shot at a championship, and his pursuit of it will be one of the most compelling story lines of the 2013 season.

Here’s the full interview with Gonzalez.  (That’s a very subtle way of saying, “Please watch it.”)

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Atlanta Falcons Organization Doing Just About Everything Right

Yesterday was the messenger of some disappointing news for fans, as the Atlanta Falcons announced they plan to part ways with tenured offensive tackle Tyson Clabo, who started every game for the team since 2007. 

Clabo's release was a surprise, as was John Abraham's earlier this offseason. Abraham, who led the team with 10 sacks last year and is the franchise's all-time sack leader, was let go on March 1, along with tailback Michael Turner and cornerback Dunta Robinson.

Curiously, Turner (31) and Abraham (34) both were arrested back in September for DUI and obstruction of justice charges, respectively.

While Turner's lack of production and Abraham's apparent lack of versatility seemed like the most plausible reasons they were let go, there's reason to believe those mishaps with the law contributed to outing the two veterans from a no-nonsense regime, despite the fact both displayed great character during their time in Atlanta. 

General manager Thomas Dimitroff's standard for player conduct and character has been no secret. Dimitroff, also known as "Comrade" by avid Falcons followers, is known for factoring in much more than just 40-yard dash times and other measurables when deciding on players. 

 

Other than the news on Clabo, Abraham and Brent Grimes' departure, the Falcons offseason has gone rather swimmingly. In fact, it's been possibly the most noteworthy few months in team history.

Who's this Comrade guy?

You don't have to look past the drafting of Matt Ryan in 2008 (Dimitroff's first season as GM) to realize that standard. Ryan was nicknamed "noodle arm" by many, yet his intangibles helped him quickly become one of the elite quarterbacks in the league. 

Dimitroff's soft side for character was put on display most recently when the Falcons announced on Wednesday that they signed linebacker Brian Banks, who was exonerated on rape chargers after five years in jail. Those five years kept Banks away from Southern California, where he had previously committed to play college football as one of the nation's top prospects. 

Banks' signing adds just one more feel-good story to what has been the most buzz-worthy offseason in Falcons history. 

Afterall, veterans Tony Gonzalez (37), Steven Jackson (29) and Osi Umenyiora (31) didn't come to Atlanta for the cash. 

[Gonzalez: "I came back because we have a great team."] (NFL AM interview, h/t Michael David Smith, Pro Football, T

Each of those three players plan to suit up in a Falcons uniform because they want a late-career run at a Super Bowl title, and all three of them believe Atlanta is just the place to do it. 

This surely sounds like a dream team, though Philadelphia Eagles fans won't knock on wood for Atlanta fans there, so digression is advised. 

All three veterans easily, as well, fit the "Comrade Filter." Dimitroff has helped build a core of experienced, highly regarded veteran players and young, blue-collar nobodies with a superstar sprinkled in a few spots (see: Julio Jones...nickname for him still pending).

Sure, Dimitroff has not been perfect. In fact, the signings of Ray Edwards and Robinson turned out to be major busts. 

[Dave Choate of The Falcoholic blog wrote today on where Dimitroff's moves have not shined so bright]

All in all, though, Dimitroff has become a more prominent name with fans than team owner Arthur Blank and head coach Mike Smith. 

The days of dealing with a star quarterback being indicted for dog fighting or hassling with the tragedy of an ultra-talented player being a locker-room cancer (that would be eluding to DeAngelo Hall), are over.

This franchise is unique to Atlanta's history of pro sports teams

The core of players on this team aren't just talented enough to make an NFL team good enough to go 13-3, as well as having a winning record year in and year out (something the franchise had never accomplished from 1966 to 2007 was a team capable of back-to-back winning seasons).

The core of the team is also a reflection of what the Atlanta Falcons stood for as an organization when the regime changed in 2008: integrity.

From top to bottom, there may not be an NFL franchise with more going for it. Yes, Super Bowl titles are the pinnacle, and Blank stated when he bought the team in 2002 that he would not rest until he brought a championship to Atlanta. 

Compared to the disconnected group ownership of the Braves (Liberty Media) and the Hawks (Atlanta Spirit, LLC), Blank's enriched involvement with the team speaks volumes to the fans of the city.

Football fans outside of Atlanta probably see the Falcons as a "same old Atlanta team," which has been the easiest mantra to barf out for years and was made easier when the Falcons blew a 17-0 lead at home to lose the NFC Championship in January. 

But, these are not just the same old Falcons. No, this isn't just another underwhelming Atlanta pro-sports team. 

For the first time since the franchise's existence began, the Falcons have a strong foundation underneath them, and things are looking up. 

Dimitroff's management and creation of a culture has been the cover of the book since 2008, but there's many branches of this team that are just as purely polished.

Blank's Vision

When Blank took over the Falcons in February 2002, he probably really liked the prospect of having Michael Vick as the headpiece of his franchise. Unfortunately, that relationship broke down in 2007, and eventually, everyone in the city found out how bad things really were when Vick admitted he never even studied the playbook in Atlanta. 

You can see why the next step in resurrecting the phoenix was to bring in a no-nonsense standard for players, and so far, it has worked out tremendously. 

Blank and Dimitroff's partnership, so far, has been one of the best things to ever happen to Atlanta sports. 

While it took Blank from 2002 to 2008 to finally have the frame for a quality product (even though the Falcons did make it to the 2004-05 NFC Championship), he redirected the image of the lonesome franchise in many other ways.

One change instituted under the finger of Blank that is rarely brought up was a re-brand. The image of the team was pretty terrible—literally. 

When he first took over the Falcons, the Georgia Dome featured astroturf, the walls inside the stadium were bland, grey stone, the seats were forest green, the rafters hung generic, rainbow-colored flags, the exterior walls of the dome were pink and teal and the uniforms were black and grey with that horrid, stencil logo on the lid. 

That all condensed down to a true red and black identity, a refurbished dome, a team campus in Flowery Branch and a modern, streamlined logo and set of uniforms. You think it would have taken more than 40 years to get all that squared away.

Looking back, it really is amazing how unmarketable the Falcons were before Blank arrived. Now, the identity of the Atlanta Falcons isn't just strong, but it's becoming a symbol in the community. Mind you, this is a community in the heart of football country. 

The next step in this building of a new-look Falcons organization will be when the team opens its new, retractable roof stadium in 2017. That deal will include money coming from Blank's pocket, $15 million to be exact, to improve the neighborhood areas around the stadium site, which will be on Northside Drive just like the Georgia Dome is now. 

The news, which came this offseason, that Atlanta will get a new stadium has, to this point, been Blank's brightest moment.

Smitty, the player's coach, is seeing returns

Mike Smith was a nobody before he was hired to be the Atlanta Falcons head coach, yet he's quickly established himself as one of the best coaches in the league.

He's essentially the personality of a player without a uniform, and his loose, pat-on-the-back attitude has sometimes turned off hardcore fans who preach for personalities that liken to Bill Belichick.

The joke is on the critic, however, because the Falcons were the least penalized team in NFL history last season with 58. 

No, you did not read that statistic wrong.

It doesn't matter if Ryan is "elite" or not. He's simply got "it."

One of the greatest—yet tired and annoying—arguments that accompanies NFL rhetoric is that of who is or isn't an elite quarterback.

The title changes for each guy on a regular basis. This season, Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens seemingly earned a unanimous title of being "elite" after he got hot and won four postseason games to lead his team to a Super Bowl title.

Flacco was drafted in the same year as Ryan, who is just 1-4 in postseason games. Correlating a team's successes to the greatness of its quarterback can be a touchy practice, especially considering how the new-age mantra is that elite quarterbacks win titles, rather than great defenses.

Ryan's track record in the playoffs has made him somewhat of a punchline for the casual water-cooler goer, but there's no doubting he's got tools that most NFL quarterbacks in league history didn't have. 

Ryan has 16 career fourth-quarter comebacks and 23 game-winning drives (per Pro-Football-Refence.com). To this point, he has a 90.9 career passing efficiency ranking and is 57-25 as a starter. 

This past season, he was 10 yards away from sending the Falcons to their second Super Bowl appearance in team history. While his decision to throw the ball on 4th-and-5 to Roddy White was forced, White was interfered with. Also, had Harry Douglas not slipped on a wide-open wheel route just plays earlier, Atlanta would have already owned a late 31-28 lead.

No, there are no excuses here. The fact simply is that it's absurd to label a quarterback as a choke artist when his career as a winner was accompanied with a near-championship victory. 

Any NFL owner will tell you he's the definition of a franchise quarterback. He doesn't have to be elite to the rest of the world; he simply needs to be the right guy for the franchise. 

He's just that. To argue he's already the best player in franchise history is not a stretch.

From the stadium news, to the major veteran signings, to the feel-good story of Brian Banks and the inevitable new contract for Ryan, there's plenty of angles and stories surrounding the Falcons offseason, and so far, all of them have been positive. 

The reason this phenomenon of ground break in Atlanta is so significant is because the way the franchise leveraged a new stadium deal in the community, as well as the way veterans raise eyebrows at what has become a destination organization has served as a proof, or output, to the brand that the Falcons have been building since 2008.

The amount of substance, foundation and potential for future success is something the Atlanta Falcons of old never had the benefit of enjoying.

Arthur Blank's vision was to transform a generic, boring, laughingstock franchise into a flagship organization.

Atlanta showed great promise in 2008, as well as 2010, but to come out and ensure faith in the continued development and growth of the Falcons was something most fans, who are undoubtedly skeptics thanks to the existing sports culture, were hesitant to do.

Five years is a better sample size. This offseason has been quite the ride, so far, as well.

Congratulations Falcons fans. This football city finally has a model pro-sports franchise. Ring, or no ring (though hopes of one coming soon are very bright), be proud to be a Falcon.

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Posted April 11, 2013 - 02:00 PM

RUN WINDU!!! lol

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Posted April 12, 2013 - 06:22 PM

Roddy White Says No One Can Defend the Falcons Now

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Posted April 12, 2013 - 08:44 PM

Roddy White Says No One Can Defend the Falcons Now
http://blacksportson...he-falcons-now/

He's been saying that for a while.

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Posted April 16, 2013 - 10:31 AM

ATL averaged 26.2 ppg last year with a back that only averaged 3.5 ypc. Roddy was right then, but they needed to average 30 ppg. If theye averaged 30ppg they would have been 15-1 and won the NFC Chip.

With Steven Jackson theyre unstoppable. Theres no defense in the NFL that can contain the Falcons.

Last year there were many drives that died on short yardage situations. Falcons fans would have rather had 3rd and 10, than 3rd and 1.  This year we capitalize on 3rd and short conversions and the ball keeps moving. I'm thinking this season the Falcons average 32-33 ppg and thats with running to kill clock.



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Posted April 16, 2013 - 11:34 AM

the majority of this past year's 3rd and short opportunities were cringe worthy, i'd get the same feeling as an MWP fast break



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Posted April 16, 2013 - 11:59 AM

the majority of this past year's 3rd and short opportunities were cringe worthy, i'd get the same feeling as an MWP fast break

hahaha...yea. I remember I yelled at the TV on 3rd and 1...PASS THE BALL....PASS THE DAMN BALL. And they ran it and Turner got stuffed as usual. But a false start blew the play dead. So it was 3rd and 6 and Ryan hit Douglas for 14 yards...lol. This coming year we wont have to worry.

 

My real good friend is a level headed 9er fan and he said the reason they couldnt beat the Rams last season was all Jackson. That they couldnt stop him. That he would fall forward for 5 yards if the 9ers defense got into the back field. And then they would key the run and he would go out into the flat to receive. He described him as a 1 man match up nightmare because of his size, strength, speed and versatility. And he said the 9ers D was basically trying to stop him as the 1st priority, but they couldnt. He's upset we got him...lol

 

So the Turner nail biting 3rd and 1's in our own red zone are over.

HURRAY!


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Posted April 25, 2013 - 05:21 AM

Not that I was worried or questioned Matty Ice staying in ATL at all. But its refreshing to hear a pro sports player just be honest about FA.

 

From where we stand here in April, there's little reason to fret over Matt Ryan re-signing with theAtlanta Falcons.

The Falcons and their franchise quarterback have paused on negotiations toward a contract extension to focus on this week's 2013 NFL Draft, but Ryan is confident a new contract will come in time.

 

"I think both sides have spoken, but that's down the line," Ryan told NFL Network's "NFL Total Access," which will air at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday. "I think at this point, the things I can worry about, the things I can focus on, are trying to improve on the field, and letting the smart people, the guys who are in to that kind of stuff, handle that business off the field."

Said Ryan: "I want to be here, I know that for sure. I think things will take care of themselves, and right now, it's not something I'm too worried about."

The Falcons have been trimming salary figures off the books this offseason, the strongest indicator they are paving the way for a massive new contract for Ryan. He's fully expected -- along with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers -- to shoot past the $120.6 million contract quarterback Joe Flacco signed with the Baltimore Ravens in March.

Flacco's contract soon will appear pedestrian among franchise passers, and Ryan isn't losing any sleep over future riches. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is among the NFL's top front-office planners, and we don't foresee the Falcons turning this into an off-field drama.
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Posted May 01, 2013 - 03:35 AM

For Falcons games, Envelope Design Stadium
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Posted May 06, 2013 - 06:25 AM

Not that I was worried or questioned Matty Ice staying in ATL at all. But its refreshing to hear a pro sports player just be honest about FA.

 

It's easy to do when it's impossible to leave the team because of franchise tags.


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Posted June 04, 2013 - 05:15 AM

Matt Ryan is the best QB the City of Atlanta has ever had. Bar none.

Theres still people in ATL that swing on the Vick nuts. They just cant let go. I was in a great bbq restaurant the other day and the owner came out and spoke with us. Nice guy. Great food. And this is only his sports opinion so no harm done. But he argued with me that what the Falcons need to win a SB is a GB. And then he said that they havnt had a great QB since Vick left. But now that Ryan has 5 seasons under his belt theres a good sample size to pull stats and actually compare. So I broke out my Droid and ran some stats then dropped knowledge on his ass. He turned his opinion around. Heres what i discovered.

 

 

Reality =
Vick played 6 years in ATL and had 1 good season in ATL with a 11-4 record losing in the NFC Chip.
All his other combined Falcons seasons he was 27-28-1.
Matty Ice is 56-22 in 5 years. Best season 13-3 losing in the NFC Chip.
 
Vick total yards in 6 years with ATL (pass+rush)= 15,364
Matty Ice total yard in 5 years = 19,437
 
Vick 6 years total TDs (rush+Pass)=92
Matty Ice in 5 years= 132
 
I LMAO at anyone trying to make a comparison still.

Edited by LakersGAFan, June 04, 2013 - 05:17 AM.


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Posted July 03, 2013 - 01:49 PM

Just bought tickets for me and my dad to the Sept 15th game vs the Rams. Lower Sideline, Falcons side, about the 40 yard line, 12th row. I'm so excited. Hurry up Football!

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Posted July 03, 2013 - 04:33 PM

Matt Ryan is the best QB the City of Atlanta has ever had. Bar none.

Theres still people in ATL that swing on the Vick nuts. They just cant let go. I was in a great bbq restaurant the other day and the owner came out and spoke with us. Nice guy. Great food. And this is only his sports opinion so no harm done. But he argued with me that what the Falcons need to win a SB is a GB. And then he said that they havnt had a great QB since Vick left. But now that Ryan has 5 seasons under his belt theres a good sample size to pull stats and actually compare. So I broke out my Droid and ran some stats then dropped knowledge on his ass. He turned his opinion around. Heres what i discovered.

 

 

Reality =
Vick played 6 years in ATL and had 1 good season in ATL with a 11-4 record losing in the NFC Chip.
All his other combined Falcons seasons he was 27-28-1.
Matty Ice is 56-22 in 5 years. Best season 13-3 losing in the NFC Chip.
 
Vick total yards in 6 years with ATL (pass+rush)= 15,364
Matty Ice total yard in 5 years = 19,437
 
Vick 6 years total TDs (rush+Pass)=92
Matty Ice in 5 years= 132
 
I LMAO at anyone trying to make a comparison still.

 

Vick holds a special place in my heart tho... 

 

I can legitimately say he's the reason I'm a Falcons fan, had me all wide eyed and ooh-in and aah-in as a young buck back in elementary school



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Posted July 17, 2013 - 02:20 PM

Tony Gonzalez: Falcons Offense Can Be “Perfect” With Steven Jackson
 
“Obviously, we’re led by Matt Ryan,” Gonzalez said. “With him pulling the trigger, with Roddy (White), Julio (Jones), myself, we’re going to try and soften up that defense a lot where they got to stand back and play off us a little bit. That is going to make big holes for a guy like Steven Jackson, and we should hopefully go out there and be the perfect offense.
 
“That’s what we strive to be is the perfect type of offense where it’s pick your poison; who are you going to stop? WithSteven Jackson back there in the backfield, it just makes us that much tougher to defend.”
 
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Posted July 25, 2013 - 01:03 PM

Matty Ice signs 5 year $100.3 mill extension. $59 million guaranteed. Highest paid and highest guaranteed amount among all players.
And he did so with no speculation. No public comments. No whining and crying. Class.

Edited by LakersGAFan, July 25, 2013 - 01:32 PM.


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Posted July 25, 2013 - 01:35 PM

Matty Ice signs 5 year $100.3 mill extension. $59 million guaranteed. Highest paid and highest guaranteed amount among all players.
And he did so with no speculation. No public comments. No whining and crying. Class.

Lol the money these players get without doing [expletive].



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Posted July 25, 2013 - 03:12 PM

You gotta lock up your franchise QBs. 


Pau Gasol is TRASH




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