Posted: 2:38 pm Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Falcons owner Arthur Blank reveals plan to get tougher 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons owner Arthur Blank spoke before the Rotary Club of Marietta and the Marietta Kiwanis Club at the Marietta City Conference Center on Wednesday.

Afterwards, we talked him about his comments on 680 The Fan concerning his displeasure that players didn’t rush to quarterback Matt Ryan’s defense after he was walloped by New Orleans safety Kenny Vaccaro last season.

(He seemed to get a kick of my new camera phone stand! Check the video!)

The comments to the radio station were not necessarily new, but they continued a theme the team has been ringing all offseason, but in more veiled terms.

Nov. 21, 2013: NFL Network crew: Falcons lack ‘toughness’

Nov. 22, 2013: Mike Smith defends the Falcons’ toughness

Jan. 6, 2014: Blank wants players with ‘capacity to be tough’

Jan. 21, 2014: New coaches Tice, Cox to preach toughness

March 11, 2014: Dimitroff believes Falcons added ‘grit and toughness’

Here’s what Blank had to say on Wednesday:

“(Head coach Mike Smith) has acknowledged that (the need to get tougher) and I think you see that when you look at the backgrounds and personalities of Mike Tice and Bryan Cox,” Blank told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “You see not only the coaching capability, but a certain personality tendency for both of them, both as (former) players and as coaches.

“When you see the movements during free agency and the kind of players that we picked up, I think that reflects those moves as well. It’s easy to say and used the words, but you have to back it up. Smitty feels strongly about that. (General manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) does as well. I think you’ll see more of that continue during the draft as well.”

FALCONS’ DRAFT BOARD

–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown

–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES

–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness

–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day

101 comments
TG88
TG88

The reason we cant make a 3rd and one or inches is we are too WEAK (OLMAN) at the point of attack.

JSSN
JSSN

This is the easiest way to put it for you. If you're suppose to be "elite," then compare yourself to those who have made it to the Grandest stage in American "Professional Football,"  the Super Bowl!

Matt Ryan led Falcons teams Versus Super Bowl QBs since his debut in 2008 (appearances Win or Lose)

Tom Brady 0-2 

Drew Brees 3-8 

Joe Flacco 1-0 

Colin Kaepernick 0-2 

Eli Manning 2-2 

Peyton Manning 1-0 

Aaron Rodgers 2-2 

Ben Rothleisberger N/A (has never played against him)

Kurt Warner 0-1 

Russell Wilson 1-1 

Matt Ryan's Record against teams that have made Super Bowl appearances since he entered the League 10-18

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Camero-Bob......You said the same thing ( under another name ) when the Falcons would not sign washed up Terrell Owens.  Hope this time you stick to your word.  The Falcons blog readers anxiously look forward to your departure when Johnny Football is passed over by the Falcons.  Call me a doomsdayer, but I don't believe you.

RangeRover
RangeRover

So, here's old trademark username vomiting his oral exudate again about Ryan and the Falcons.  Again, Vick isn't coming back, the Falcons didn't hire Lovie Smith, and will you ever stop pouting about such by contaminating these blogs?  

I have to be careful here as you and Ledbetter have this "we must protect this house" black thing going on so he'll let you say anything you want negative about the Falcons because, well, you're a black dude, and I guess that's code.  

I know you have a low cognitive ceiling but please, don't think for a moment that anyone with more than a double digit IQ falls for this "I'm addicted to all things negative toward the Atlanta Falcons because I like 'professional sports.'"  No, your sole mission for coming here 50 times a day is to deride and degrade anything Ryan or Falcons because of your deep, inferiority complex and bitterness that rules your hate toward those mean old white people in Flowery Branch.

Why don't you just go away, you freaking shiny, self-centered, insecure baby and let real men be real men...Matt Ryan is everything and every type of man and professional you can never be....hurts, doesn't it?

OK, Daryl, now you can pull this blog for your brother, JSSN Trademark!  That's pretty weak, Daryl, that you allow this punk free will on here to hate the team and owner that is the reason you have a job!  Look up the term "honor."



maconexpress
maconexpress

The falcons need to get tougher in the trenches and they're sitting in a good spot to grab a few impact players in this year's draft.

1st round - Jake Matthews-OT or Greg Robinson-OT

2nd round- Aaron Donald-DT or Dominique Easley-DT/DE

3rd round - Jeremiah Attaochu-DE/OLB Jackson Jeffcoat-DE (great leader)

4th round - Morgan Moses-OT or Cyril Richardson-OG

I'm with Camaro-Bob on drafting Johnny Football but I also like Connor Shaw who we could take in the later rounds.

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

The proof will be in the pudding. What's really interesting is, it took seven years for Mike Smith to figure that out. The Falcons need to be a head of the curve and not playing catch- up. We beat Seattle in that play-off game and they get a super-bowl ring before the Falcons....

UGA76
UGA76

I agree 100% with Mr. Blanks.  We have a bunch of gutless offensive linemen and the entire NFL knows it.  Worse, they were the 31st rated line and we have only added one starter.  We need to take Robinson or  Matthews with the 6th pick.  If neither are there, trade back to 10 or so but make sure we don't miss out on Lewan.  He has a much needed mean streak.  In the second and third rounds, we need to take a S and an OLB that can rush the passer. 

NO trading away any of the first 5 picks thru round 4 as we have so many holes to fill. 

ryesouvie
ryesouvie

@JSSN... I couldn't agree with you more about Manziel. I think he is going to be a good QB in the NFL, providing he learns to get out of bounds, put in the hard work, and is able to read NFL defenses. Put an adequate offensive line and a running game with Matt Ryan and see what he does. Go Falcons!

ryesouvie
ryesouvie

@JSSN. Are you comparing Matt Ryan to Josh Freeman, Christian Ponder...etc? He is a much better QB than all of those guys you named. Yes, he is 1-4 in the playoffs, but he is a very good QB. I think he is a leader, but the falcons need more leadership. Go Falcons!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@JSSN  Since when was this tennis? QB's don't go one on one vs each other. It makes me sick when people compare QB's based on wins. Football is the ultimate team sport. Deal with it. In my mind, there are only 4 "elite" QB's in the league right now and you can make a case that there are only 3 (Brady, Manning, Rodgers). That's it. Brees is on and off so don't know what to say about him. He's up there though. Matt Ryan is not "elite" just yet. He's a very very good QB who has his moments of greatness and times where he has not so good moments. But he's upper echelon and definitely capable of taking a team to the Super bowl and if you say otherwise you're either A) A hater or B) don't watch Falcon football since 2008 with all the great games Matt Ryan has had and how he's turned this franchise around to relevancy.

zuzu331
zuzu331

@JSSN  Whoever said Ryan is SUPPOSE  (Ha Ha,Law School)  to be elite? No one has claimed Matt Ryan is elite. He is a very good QB,who has a good chance of someday becoming elite if not battered like a pin`ata due to a ridiculous OL.

JSSN
JSSN

@RangeRover  

"I have to be careful here as you and Ledbetter have this "we must protect this house" black thing going on so he'll let you say anything you want negative about the Falcons because, well, you're a black dude, and I guess that's code."

That planet you live on must hellified? A "Black thing," "code," and "you're a Black dude," what a load of crap! So funny, I've listened to your race obsession since day one. Silliness, That "We Must Protect This House" mess has me rolling! A campaign created by this person (the one on the right), he's a hell of a "Brother!" Do you ever think before post? If it was not so mentally sick, it'd be laughable!

JSSN
JSSN

@RangeRover  

Like I said, I knew who would come in with the same silly crap. Michael Vick! Beating Tyler Thigpen, Blaine Gabbert, Jimmy Clausen (multiple times), JaMarcus Russell, Christian Ponder, Kyle Orton, Jake Locker, Tavaris Jackson (multiple times with multiple teams), Philip Rivers, his twin in failure , but at least that one wins playoff games (multiple times), Josh Freeman (6 times), etc etc is how this "great résumé" was built upon taking the scalps of these prodigious talents in the majority of his wins. These coming against QB who can't even get a job in the Arena League. Still, then there are those little hiccups against equally great QBs Matt Flynn, 

As far as for your usual personal insults and assertions, so what! You and your ilk are all the same. Pejorative this, pejorative that...but when the numbers are examined in context, you go to the name calling. Matt Ryan is an NFL QB, that is all that he is "that I will never be!" And that fact doesn't " hurt" one darn bit. Come back with something else equally as stupid. You talk about "honor" when you've had a lick of any in the first place. You keep harping on "race." Funny, look at some of those names silly, they are racial melting pot of QB bums! You're clueless!


RogerHenslee
RogerHenslee

@RangeRover You are getting kind of personal huh? I'm a Falcons fan(season ticket holder) but agree with much of what JSSN says.

I also would like to think that people can be of a different opinion and still be "allowed" to debate and express that opinion without being hateful. I wouldn't personally like to have a discussion where everyone basically pats each other on the back and nods in order to overcome the franchises history of abject failure.

Just my two cents but not sure how race comes in to all this, unless you want to hammer a square peg into a round hole.

UGA76
UGA76

@maconexpress I love your first four picks.  Atlanta needs to draft two OL guys and two DL/OLB guys with their first 4 picks and then use the other 4th round pick for a S.

Bordertownbound
Bordertownbound

@maconexpress To much drama with Manzel and we have a QB. Our QB is no were near in need of replacement. Need a good back up tho and Manzel wont stand to be one, so no need to get him.

JSSN
JSSN

@ryesouvie

Here is my Matt Ryan rider (a coda as they say) My adjoined thought is that Falcons fans remain under the impression that if the Falcons were to get their offensive line and running game in order, they'd magically outscore the Seattle's, the San Francisco's, the Saints, the Packers, and the now dangerously enough the Cardinals of all teams simply because it is a shoot-out. That is dangerous thinking. Are they offensively dangerous? In some ways yes. But when all things are equal, the evidence is clear, unless things break perfectly in their favor, the Falcons and centrally Ryan will give the ball to the other team when they are sound defensively. This team is just trying to become adequate in its defensive form. Anybody who thinks they are going to jump those NFC West teams are just fooling themselves. You better get as far as you can in front of the 49ers as you can before Bowman gets back.

JSSN
JSSN

@ryesouvie  

Nope, I'm saying that Matt Ryan and the low ranked Falcons defense have feasted on those QBs. Sadly, Josh Freeman for all of his flaws and shortcomings still took them to the limit regularly in going 2-6 against them. My goodness, Cam Newton has played on some horrible teams in Carolina, but he's 3-3 in 6 games against an Atlanta team that is supposedly a Super Bowl contender. If Arizona would have had any QB play in 2012 (Ryan's INT meltdownpalozza), they win going away. It is just scary, on the flip side go and look at his record against the NFL's elite. I know some will bring up comebacks. But Brady has schooled him away and home in Year 1 and 5)  This is not Ryan hate as some will come on here crying. It is reality, and that kind of light is harsh.  Steve Young caught hell trying to beat the upper echelon of the NFL after he took over the Niners. When the staff finally decided to balance their team for one year bringing in Deion and being more defensive minded and run-pass balance with Ricky Watters and William Floyd.

Aikman and then Favre owned him.

JSSN
JSSN

@DawgGoneIt  

4-12 isn't one damn bit "relevant." I don't care if you hate the Saints (or whatever silly nicknames you people have for them), Brees is one of the "elite" QBs! That question was laid to rest not just in the Super Bowl, but in that train wreck of a mess in 2012. WIth that defense, they should  have finished with no more than 3-5 wins. When he loses a playoff game (post SD), it is a shoot-out!

You can be sick as you want to be, this is the marquee position and you folks have put him on that pedestal. Montana, Unitas, Bradshaw, Favre, Lamonica, Namath, Bradshaw, Stabler, Staubach, Starr,  even the great big stage losers, Kelly (bless him), Jurgensen, Tarkenton, and Tittle understood it. That's not "hate," it is and will always be reality!

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331  

Oh, you are showing your derrière again? Oh plenty of your "ilk" have paraded through these "Blogs" proclaiming that QB as "elite!" Not good, not above average, but "E-L-I-T-E!" You never learn! Gravy train poster, nothing but silly comments!

Oh to refresh your infantile mind. Exhibit A Jeff Schultz's blog from 01-07-2013

Larry

January 7th, 2013
9:00 pm

"At the end of the day we have the one thing Seattle doesn’t…a top 5, elite Pro Bowl QB having his finest season. This, more than anything, is why we will this game by a minimm of 10 points."

He never got much right! he cried "racism" all the time too! That was when he was not talking up sodomy acts.

JSSN
JSSN

"Again, Vick isn't coming back, the Falcons didn't hire Lovie Smith, and will you ever stop pouting about such by contaminating these blogs?"

The only person still "obsessed" with Michael Vick's job status is you (and possibly Mark Bradley). Seriously, you and that "Lovie Smith" fantasy. Who got the short end of that stick in your fantasy? Why would I pout because your team choose Jim Mora and Bobby Petrino in succession? Meanwhile, even in your "fantasy," the current replacement is sure burning through the NFC Championship banners! Sure, "inferiority complex" certainly matches up there, that .200 playoff winning percentage is outstanding! All about that negative vibe..."Brother!"

TrueFalconFan
TrueFalconFan

@JSSN @RangeRover  So explain ole wonderous one --- what part of RangeRover comments are not true,,, go for it RangeRover say what's on your mind,,, Anybody know who Jack Schitt is = JSSn --- Maybe only DLed

zuzu331
zuzu331

@RogerHenslee @RangeRover  Actually Roger,not too long ago,If anyone had a different opinion on THIS blog your good buddy JSSN would ATTEMPT to troll them mercilessly.I agree with your comment one hundred percent on it's face though.I agree that we all SHOULD be entitled to our opinions.

maconexpress
maconexpress

UGA76, I bet "Matty Ice" will love to have Jake Matthews-OT or Greg Robinson-OT as his teammate.

MAN, I can't get enough of watching Aaron Donald-DT on youtube........the kid is a BEAST! 

slydawg
slydawg

@JSSN @ryesouvie  I think if the Falcons are no worse than 15th in defense and somewhere in the Top 15 in preventing 3rd down conversions and red zone opportunities, they can overcome those teams because of their offensive prowess. The Falcons have had NO defense since Smith arrived. The Falcons have beat both of those same teams before with some of the same personnel on both sides. The defense just has to get a few stops and a few turnovers in big games. That's all the Saints did a few years back.

zuzu331
zuzu331

@JSSN  You really are a sad little whackjob arent you? Do you think you are leaving me 'clues' about something? I do enjoy that you've dropped that 'old wise black guy ' thing though,'Dude'. SMDH! Ha Ha 

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

Nobody knew what Favre was because he was in a state of constant state of inebriation with a head coach obsessed with Elvis! Do you ever shut up? He was here one damn season!

You people spend your days making excuses for the QB who has been given more weapons than any in the franchise's blighted history! The defense had nothing to do with those Pick 6s and that series of offensive inept drives in the Seattle and SF games where they put up a mere 10 points in 2 2nd halves of playoff football! Blown drive after blown drive, if not a fumble, then he's good for a drive killing pick! 

Oh yeah clown, the only "idiot" is you! Go and look at the evidence for a change instead of being a constant state of gravy train diarrhea! PS I left some evidence back on the Blank blog for you. Leave it to the production professionals, you're not one of them!

zuzu331
zuzu331

@JSSN @DawgGoneIt  JSSN-Nope,Wrong Again! I was in Atlanta when Favre was here and he was pedestrian at best.Favre had to be with the right TEAM to be good and that's not a knock on him-It's not an individual sport. For you to be so arrogant to pronounce your judgment on QB s like this is just disgusting. Who are you? What qualifies you to make judgments like this? You have no concept of TEAM at all and your comments are just ridiculous. If you're not trolling you're the biggest damn IDIOT on here.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@JSSN @DawgGoneIt  4-12 last season was not Ryan's fault whatsoever. What about Ryan bringing the Falcons into the limelight when before Ryan got there this was a team that had never even seen BACK TO BACK Winning seasons let alone a string of playoff appearances! 


Ryan is on the cusp of being up there with the greats in the game. He's a top 10 QB easily and you could make a case that he's top 5-8. He's one of the best in the game.


Other than last season, Ryan had never led a team that won less than 9 games and had compiled a 56 win record in only 5 seasons which averages 11 wins a year. 


11-5 rookie year

9-7 2nd year

13-3 3rd year

10-6 4th year

13-3 again in 5th year (NFC title game appearance and we lost due to defense giving up 17-0 lead)


Those were the seasons we had PRIOR to last season when our O-line was abysmal and we lost so many key starters due to injury. Yet Matt Ryan still threw for over 4500 yards and nearly 30 touchdowns after losing Julio for most of the year and Roddy White not being fully healthy all year long behind an O-line that I wouldn't let block for a high school team! You're really going to place the blame on Matt Ryan? I pity you. 



zuzu331
zuzu331

@JSSN  "lecturer someone" indeed

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331  

Every time you jump in (Falcons had contained the Panthers running game). When you learn how a "qualifier" functions, then lecturer someone on "modifier" use. Take another Motrin.

zuzu331
zuzu331

@JSSN @zuzu331  Compared TO your ?  Ha Ha. Another retort from a middle schooler.Give me an example of how Ive shifted. Try to use plurals and modifiers properly please,little girl.

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331  

Old Shifting Sand, keep on swinging Precious, and no, you don't! "Whiny" compared your permanent cramps? I'd take that any day! Take a Motrin!

zuzu331
zuzu331

@JSSN  Here,I'll help the mastermind write ABOVE an 8th grade level (Law School Ha Ha). You must mean, "to blog in AN earnest and comprehensive way." Also,it's CONGRATS not Congrads. You sound like such a whiny little Bi*ch I dont even get mad at you any more,you're just pathetic! So I dont "keep informed" on sports blogs,huh? Ooooooooooooh...

JSSN
JSSN

Oh I always have to add this disclaimer whenever I encounter your AJC online identity, I'm leaving now! You're welcome to continue your daily of tasks of "inciting, posting, acting informed, and engage in more fantasy character assassination!"

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331  

Don't be "picious" as they say in the street, you make sweeping stupid and simply insulting generalized statements: "Whoever said Ryan is SUPPOSE  (Ha Ha,Law School)  to be elite?" Well, somebody did, and there were many, many, many more. And then when confronted with concrete contradictions, you start sifting like sand! Oh, it does not take "keep"ing "notes on random posts; all you have to do is "read!" Schultz's, Bradley, Ledbetter, or even Cunningham, it's "suppose" to be some badge of your great intellect that you don't read a variety of sources? Meanwhile, gravy train bloggers like you continue to rain ignorant statements. Then you have the nerve to try to act informed. I don't like the AJC's fan forum 'The Bird Cage,' but I darn well read that ignorance in order to know what is being discussed or debated. Dawson may not be my cup of tea, but at least he's responsible enough to versed in researching what he says. On the other hand, your broad generalizations are so wrong headed. It is mind-boggling. You truly must know some horribly stupid people if you think this takes a lot of time and effort to blog in earnest and comprehensive way. Oh, but I forgot, you're of that "ilk!"  Congrads, go and post some more 'Sanford and Sons' clips, it is all you have!

PS: You say that you have "Google" (I'm gonna use the name of a place or thing as a verb like you)? Well, I sure wish you'd learn to use it for something beyond fart jokes on YouTube (owned by Google). My fantasy "Mom's Basement" and "47 Cats" must be giving you hell?

zuzu331
zuzu331

@JSSN  Who would keep and compare notes on random posts on Schultz's blog from over a year ago? I dont even read that pinhead's blog,much less post on it. Why are you so keen on fine details from Schultz's Blog,"J.S.S.N."?

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331  

You call people "racist" and "Dimwit." Yet, if you'd read the Ad Age article, you would have seen the following statement:

" ' "Click-Clack" became the basis for the launch of the cleats. Like its "Protect This House" campaign, Mr. Battista says the concepts behind "Click-Clack" are part of the company's deliberate group thinking. "I never take credit for any idea-it just doesn't happen that way here." And the company doesn't use an ad agency. "After five years of working together, it seems like the three of us share the same brain anyway," Mr. Battista says.' "

One claim by you and your mate shot down, now let me work on another, target market.

Now Plank does play a part in the marketing of the company he founded from this standpoint: "Target Market." No, they were not marketing to "Ballerinas." But they were marketing a younger demographic more attuned to motivation and innovation campaigns. Plank's introduction of footwear to what had already caught on from their performance underlining gear just reinforced the things company stood for "We must protect this house" was a company motto! Performance, inspiration (as purchase motivation), and finally an extension of Plank's stat-up idea: the best product! It's not about race! Now, they've evolved their approach since venturing into women's gear (see Huge Inc.), but in 2000 when they start the athletic footwear, it was simply to introduce the brand and capture those who already aware of their garment lines as the brash newcomer (underdog undertones)! It wasn't race! Why use Big Friedgen if you're marketing on race?

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

I love when you post, because you're always wrong! What it must be like to live in a state of constant conspiracies and people willing to sell their convictions for a few coins? Amazing, just amazing!

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

The Trifecta of Stupidity is now complete!

ilka type of people or things similar to those already referred to.

Notice there silly one, nowhere is the term "race" involved. You think alike, you act alike, and you post alike; therefore you are of the same "ilk!" Go to bed, and don't forget to pull up the bed rails, Precious!

zuzu331
zuzu331

@JSSN  Illuminate us and 'our ilk',oh exalted grand poobah of the Blog.

JSSN
JSSN

@TrueFalconFan

Oh my stalker, as clueless as ever. I answered each of his lies in my post. Well, they say "reading is fundamental," in your case, it is impossible! Thanks for proving that you're no more than an aforementioned stalker. Nothing is sillier than one of your posts.

zuzu331
zuzu331

@JSSN  Interesting how you now use 'clown' and  'ha ha' in your retorts back to me,a common trait of the mentally ill and/or trolling kids,to mimic back what people say to them. You are far too easy.

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

"Riiiiiiight," want me to add another set of "modifiers" so you keep misinterpreting things? Ha ha, you're even more precious!

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331  

Nope, I went ignorant. I want you to understand (and you did)! Good job Precious!

zuzu331
zuzu331

@JSSN @zuzu331  Ahem. Does Mr.Law School mean to say,"You're full of it."? Ignorant Boob.

JSSN
JSSN

@slydawg

"Bend but don't break" defenses, that stuff catches up with you eventually. You want to dictate to teams offensively and defensively. As much I like Chuck Pagano, the day he left Baltimore as the DC, I told folks that all the Ravens needed was to jettison that albatross Cam Cameron for the them to get over the hump! The rest was history. Like Greg Mattison before him, Pagano defenses gave up yards, turned people over when they got near the red zone. Problem was, whenever they got into the late playoffs, NE and Pittsburgh had their kryptonite, defenses that could take away Cameron's offense game plans and QBs who did not miss opportunities to put points on the board when they came along. 

The reason I bring it up in such detail is because this is what Falcons fans are banking on. It would be different if you had a defense packed with talent and leadership to get away with it. Regardless of what myth is presented here, Moore is not going to morph into 2006-2010 Ed Reed or similarly Troy Polamalu. The middle of the Falcons defense is not going to suddenly reincarnate the combination of Ngata, Lewis, and McClain. It is not going to field the soul, presence, or talent of Suggs. That defense was a shell of old dominate self. However, they knew the game!

You mention the 2009 Saints, be objective, bounty or not, they've been chasing that formula. Hate him for the sex offender pervert that he is, but Darren Sharper made that Saints defense that you pointed out go along with Vilma who was nothing short of brilliant in recognizing formations and tendencies. See the pattern yet? You can hope all you want. This not being negative, you need an elevation areas to make this happen. Walking around blindly is not going to make it different in context.

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