- 5:07 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
According to Thursday’s London Mirror (“The Intelligent Tabloid”), under “Football” news, Tottenham was looking for a win over Asteras Tripolis, a Spanish goalie may rehab with Manchester United, and Balotelli threatened a woman who took pictures of his Ferrari.
According to the London Sun (the more interesting paper), there is still time for women to enter the “Curvy Cover Girl” contest and win 1,000 pounds and a modeling contract with Milk Management (I’m not making that up). Also, Natasha tells her heartbreaking story, “I hid under fella’s bed… as rat romped with another.”
I’ve come to this conclusion: The Falcons left the [More]
- 4:02 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
I’ll be back shortly with a full column to wrap up some of the ugliness associated with the Falcons’ 29-7 loss to Baltimore. Until then, here are my three “Short Takes.”
UPDATE: Here’s a link to the full column.
1. So where’s the explosive offense? The Falcons were expected to struggle defensively this season. But nobody could have anticipated the offense would border on anemic at this stage of the season, even with injuries to the offensive line. They had only 61 yards in offense at halftime and until the final minutes botched what few chances they had. It was five [More]
- 11:40 am Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
BALTIMORE – Good morning. I just arrived in Baltimore after covering last night’s Georgia Tech game in Chapel Hill, N.C., where I watched a former 5-0 football team continue to stomp on hope with its second straight unexpected lost.
If the Falcons also lose today, at least it won’t be unexpected. I know, Mr. Nattering Nabob of Negativism, right? (Credit: Spiro Agnew. Kids, Google.) But consider the backdrop to today’s game against the Baltimore Ravens:
– The Falcons have lost three straight and four out of five since a season-opening, 37-34 win over New Orleans.
– They are have lost 10 of [More]
- 3:56 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
With Mississippi State ranked No. 1, the Kansas City Royals going to the World Series and the usually profitable Weekend Predictions struggling in the first half of this economic season — there’s hope: I’m in the NFC South with the Bucs and the Georgia state ethics commission — let me stall a paragraph before getting to the uncertainty surrounding this week’s featured event: Arkansas vs. No Todd Gurley again.
Down in Tallahassee, home of the police force with selective investigations and future Baltimore Ravens executive Jimbo Fisher, No. 2 Florida State faces No. 5 Notre Dame. It’s such a big event [More]
- 7:14 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Welcome back to Weekend Predictions and Occasional Spectacular Grease Fires, Inc., where we will vigorously defend your right to deduct all incorrect financial assumptions that the Falcons’ defense might someday force a punt but never will defend Adrian Peterson, who is alleged to have pilfered donations meant for his fraud foundation to fund an orgy, leading to the question, “Wait. Hookers are deductible? Or does that go under “miscellaneous business expense” with printer ink, desk chairs and Swedish independent contractors?
More on A.P.’s option offense later.
But first, we go to the big story: The End of the World.
There was an incorrect [More]
- 12:18 pm Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
All together now: The Falcons are 2-3. The Falcons can’t win on the road. The Falcons are weak on the defensive front and can’t sustain a pass rush. The Falcons aren’t using Antone Smith enough.
That about cover it for now?
So here’s another voice on the subject — the most important voice.
I spoke to Falcons owner Arthur Blank on the subject of his struggling team. He said some things that I expected. He maintained confidence in coach Mike Smith and his staff and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. But I found it noteworthy that he chose not to issue public mandates like, [More]
- 11:17 am Monday, October 6th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
This isn’t a question I generally ask in the first week of October: But is it possible the Falcons’ season will come down to the next game?
They’re 2-3. That’s not great but it’s also not end-of-the-world stuff because they play in the NFC South, which is the NFL’s Mediocrity Central. Carolina is in first place at 3-2, and the Panthers have a net points differential of minus-16.
The Falcons’ problem — well, one of their problems — is they can’t win on the road. They’re 0-3 this season, 1-10 over the last two and have lost 10 straight games outdoors (going [More]
- 3:28 pm Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
As the Falcons go into their fifth game still looking for a defense, or even a speed bump, or even just a good joke to tell a receiver during a pass route on the chance that he might laugh and fall down — hey, how about setting up a lounge in the secondary with a two-drink minimum? — it’s worth noting Sunday is (and I’m not making this up, unlike most of what you read here): National Do Something Nice Day.
This is the Falcons’ week! The only thing more appropriate for the defense would be National Grease Fire Day.
The Falcons [More]
- 2:46 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Well, look at it this way: The Falcons are still tied for first place.
A season that has the potential of spinning out of control quickly — and we reference last season as Exhibit A — took a bad turn Tuesday when the Falcons confirmed they’ve lost at least two more starters for the season. Center Joe Hawley (knee) and tackle Lamar Holmes (foot) were placed on season-ending injured reserve after injuries suffered in Sunday’s 41-28 loss in Minnesota. Safety William Moore was placed on designated for return-IR with a shoulder injury, which means he is not allowed to practice for [More]
- 7:42 pm Sunday, September 28th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
MINNEAPOLIS — I’ll be back shortly with a column on the Falcons’ 41-28 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Until then, here are my three “Short Takes” on the game.
UPDATE: Here’s a link to the column.
1. DEFENSE! (NOT); DEFENSE! (NOT): Minnesota quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was making his first NFL start. He had tougher days at Louisville. He threw for 317 yards before leaving with an ankle injury. The Vikings drove 73, 53, 61, 80, 84 and 43 yards on their first six possessions for three touchdowns, two field goals and a missed field goal, as well as having one TD [More]