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Should the Atlanta Falcons consider trading quarterback Matt Ryan?

Should the Atlanta Falcons consider trading quarterback Matt Ryan?

The Atlanta Falcons are 1-5. In the odd sport of football, the quarterback often gets the blame for poor records — just as they get the praise for a good one. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has gotten his. Is it so bad that Atlanta should trade him? Deep breath: N-O.  Let’s repeat that: N-O. The […] The post Should the Atlanta Falcons consider trading quarterback Matt Ryan? appeared first on ClutchPoints.
The Falcoholic Oct 17, 2019
From afterthought to asset: Austin Hooper flourishing with the Falcons

From afterthought to asset: Austin Hooper flourishing with the Falcons

Photo by Christian Petersen/ After struggling to find his niche in his first two seasons, the fourth-year tight end has established himself as a dependable playmaker. On Dec. 7, 2017, the Falcons were facing the Saints in a crucial matchup. The first half was a stalemate with both defenses elevating their games for the occasion. On the first play in the second half, Matt Ryan tried to hit Austin Hooper on a quick hitch. It was a well-thrown ball that hit Hooper right in the hands. The pass unfortunately bounced off his hands into the waiting arms of Chris Banjo. It was a costly...
The Falcoholic Oct 17, 2019
What is there left to say about the 2019 Falcons?

What is there left to say about the 2019 Falcons?

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports This week’s big question is a resigned one. When you think about the 2019 Atlanta Falcons, the only thing to do is stop thinking. Otherwise you get into unpleasant territory very quickly. Sunday’s dismal loss to an objectively bad Arizona Cardinals team is a new step down into the descent, a clear and fiery reminder that this team is a catastrophe. In July, we wondered if they would rebound. In October, we wonder if there is a level beyond numbness, almost a cosmic source of embarrassment that leads to Matt Ryan being the first quarterback in NFL...
The Falcoholic Oct 15, 2019
Post-game podcast: Falcons offense can’t overcome putrid defense vs. Cardinals

Post-game podcast: Falcons offense can’t overcome putrid defense vs. Cardinals

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports We discuss this and more in our latest post-game podcast. The Falcons offense put up 33 points on Sunday and still managed to lose the game. When Matt Ryan completes 30/36 for 356 yards, 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions and you still manage to lose, you know something has gone horribly, horribly wrong. Is Dan Quinn done as the head coach? We discuss this and more on our latest postgame podcast. The Falcons offense having two straight 30+ point games still can’t overcome a defensive effort that may be one of the worst ever Can the Falcons win more than...
The Falcoholic Oct 15, 2019
Falcons snap counts for yet another loss to the Cardinals

Falcons snap counts for yet another loss to the Cardinals

Christian Petersen/ The subtle changes the Falcons promised were awfully subtle. At this point, the Falcons are who they are, and they show no signs of changing. Their offense has picked up speed in recent weeks but the defense remains a kind of lethal trouble spot they can’t seem to fix. As Dan Quinn promised it would be, changes to playing time this week were subtle to the point of hardly being noticeable, with the exception of Kendall Sheffield taking on a huge role with Desmond Trufant out. Let’s talk snap counts. Offense Matt Ryan: 69 Jake Matthews: 69 Alex Mack: 69 Kaleb...
The Falcoholic Oct 14, 2019
Falcons vs. Cardinals: Who was the offensive player of the game?

Falcons vs. Cardinals: Who was the offensive player of the game?

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Several guys showed up big in Arizona. The Falcons offense was the least of the worries on Sunday against the Cardinals. When you score over 30 points, the responsibility falls on the defense to get the job done, which they clearly didn’t do. Let’s take a look at who stood out on the Falcons offense against the Cardinals. Matt Ryan The fact that Ryan is setting records and still losing tells you everything you need to know about the 2019 season. After a rough start, the QB has turned in several strong performances, highlighted by this nearly perfect...
The Falcoholic Oct 14, 2019
Falcons vs. Cardinals: 3 Falcons up, 3 Falcons down after Week 6 loss

Falcons vs. Cardinals: 3 Falcons up, 3 Falcons down after Week 6 loss

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Fact: Matt Ryan’s tonsils removed themselves The Falcons lost their fifth game of the season yesterday. They are now 1-5 with a difficult slate of games ahead. In short, things are not going well. We’ll try to dissect why that is and find some kind of silver lining in the days ahead, but for now, let’s take a closer look at some of the best and worst individual performances from yesterday’s game. 3 Falcons Up Matt Ryan Ryan is here because he deserves to be here. It isn’t easy to watch your career window shrink while playing for a bad team....
The Falcoholic Oct 13, 2019
Doomed Falcons QB Matt Ryan once again achieves new high water mark in crushing loss

Doomed Falcons QB Matt Ryan once again achieves new high water mark in crushing loss

Photo by Christian Petersen/ We’re running out of creative ways for Matt Ryan to lose. Matt Ryan has done his fair share of stat padding this year. For a fanbase that has justifiably and endlessly mocked Drew Brees for doing just that during his 7-9 years with the Saints, we’ve got to be willing to acknowledge when Ryan is throwing for gobs of yards and touchdowns when the game is already out of reach. It doesn’t diminish Ryan’s general excellence to do so, but it is an acknowledgement of how this season has gone and how the offense has tended to struggle early in games. On...
The Falcoholic Oct 13, 2019
Falcons 33, Cardinals 34: A heart breaking loss sends this team spiraling

Falcons 33, Cardinals 34: A heart breaking loss sends this team spiraling

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports A brilliant performance by Matt Ryan is wasted yet again. At 1-4, the Falcons came into this game with no margin for error. If they were going to turn around the season, this was the game to do it. The Cardinals are a rebuilding franchise with a rookie QB and a rookie head coach. Did Atlanta hold off the grim reaper? Let’s take a look at how things played out. First quarter The Falcons won the toss and opted to receive the ball to start the game, which seems like a first in the Dan Quinn era. Ito Smith returned the ball to the 20 and on the first play of...
The Falcoholic Oct 13, 2019
Falcons G Jamon Brown injured in the 3rd quarter

Falcons G Jamon Brown injured in the 3rd quarter

Photo by Michael Reaves/ The hits keep coming for Atlanta’s offensive line. Atlanta’s offensive line continues taking hits week after week. Jamon Brown, who just returned from a concussion, was led off the field by trainers in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals. With Brown exiting the game, Wes Schweitzer steps back into the right guard role, where he almost killed Matt Ryan last week. Jamon Brown was injured on the previous play. In comes Wes Schweitzer.— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) October 13, 2019 We’ll see if Brown makes his way back into the game, as Atlanta...
The Falcoholic Oct 12, 2019
Falcons - Cardinals: One reason to feel confident, one reason to worry

Falcons - Cardinals: One reason to feel confident, one reason to worry

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ It’s going to be the kind of game where the throws are plentiful, and that’s good and bad news for the Falcons at the same time. Feel confident that the Falcons will pass like crazy...and it will work Matt Ryan is tied for the league lead in passing attempts with 222. He’s tied for second in passing touchdowns, third in completion percentage, and second in yards. Frequently digging out of holes caused by sluggish first halfs and awful defense, Ryan has been throwing it a ton. His zero touchdown game against the Titans was pretty disappointing, for certain,...
The Falcoholic Oct 8, 2019
Falcons snap counts: Making sense of playing time in another crushing loss

Falcons snap counts: Making sense of playing time in another crushing loss

Photo by Mark Brown/ Is the problem with who is playing or who is coaching them? Offense Matt Ryan: 74 Jake Matthews: 74 James Carpenter: 74 Alex Mack: 74 Wes Schweitzer: 74 Kaleb McGary: 74 Mohamed Sanu: 62 Austin Hooper: 62 Calvin Ridley: 61 Julio Jones: 56 Devonta Freeman: 40 Ito Smith: 35 Luke Stocker: 17 Russell Gage: 16 Justin Hardy: 9 Keith Smith: 8 Jaeden Graham: 4 The Falcons got their first fully healthy game from a five man offensive line in a while, and they managed to actually score 30-plus points, avoid turnovers aside from a single irrelevant late game pick, and allowed...
The Falcoholic Oct 7, 2019
Falcons vs. Texans: Who was the offensive player of the game?

Falcons vs. Texans: Who was the offensive player of the game?

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports It’s time to vote for the least offensive player! Under normal circumstances, scoring 32 points on the road should get you close to winning the game. These are not normal circumstances. Even on a day when the offense struggle-scored over 30, the defense managed to crap the bed to the tune of 47 points allowed. Let’s take a look at who was the least offensive on the offensive side of the ball! Matt Ryan The pick six to finish the game will surely stick in the minds of some fans, but on a day when Ryan was continually harassed in the pocket (Kaleb McGary...
The Falcoholic Oct 7, 2019
Falcons vs. Texans: 3 Falcons up, 3 Falcons down after Week 5 road loss

Falcons vs. Texans: 3 Falcons up, 3 Falcons down after Week 5 road loss

Tim Warner/ Fact: Matt Ryan ghost wrote Taylor Swift’s new album The Falcons have a lot of soul-searching to do in the days and weeks ahead. Dan Quinn’s job is apparently safe for now, but his status beyond this week’s game is decidedly uncertain. Where do they go from here? Is this season officially a lost cause? I can’t answer those questions, but I can tell you who excelled and who struggled during yesterday’s game. So without further ado, here’s this week’s edition of “3 Falcons up, 3 Falcons down.” Three Falcons Up Matt Ryan Pick 6 in the 4th quarter aside,...
ClutchPoints Oct 6, 2019
Falcons QB Matt Ryan admits the team hasn’t played well

Falcons QB Matt Ryan admits the team hasn’t played well

On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons fell to 1-4 with their 53-32 loss to the Houston Texans. Their quarterback, Matt Ryan — who threw for 33o yards, three touchdowns, and an interception — isn’t going to sugarcoat where his team is at. “We just haven’t played well,” Ryan said after the loss, via D. Orlando Ledbetter […] The post Falcons QB Matt Ryan admits the team hasn’t played well appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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