- 9:30 am Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
The Falcons have scheduled coach Mike Smith’s weekly news conference for 2:30 p.m. So that should answer the immediate question: Is Mike Smith getting fired today?
Owner Arthur Blank is not a man who takes either defeat or public scorn or mocking well. My guess is he’s torn on this decision, and within the Falcons’ organization some people are advising him against making a change right now, primarily for two reasons: 1) Smith had a strong resume in his first five seasons, going 56-24 (playoff failures, notwithstanding); 2) The Falcons, despite having lost five straight and sitting at 2-6 at the [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]
- 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]
- 9:59 am Friday, July 25th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
FLOWERY BRANCH — I usually get a feeling how good or bad I think a football team will be. That doesn’t mean I’m right, but something about the previous season and the offseason at least gives me some sense of direction.
But about the 2014 Falcons: I have no idea what’s going to happen.
If you missed it, I have a column posted on MyAJC.com on the start of training camp later today. Here’s a free link to it.
I’ve posted a simple poll because I’m curious what you think. Rather than guess how many games this team will win, let’s focus [More]
- 9:49 pm Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Last September, when the Falcons were in only the early stages of what would become a calamitous string of injuries, I offered my, “Can’t Afford To Lose” top 10 list of players. The list: Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and Steven Jackson on offense; Sean Weatherspoon, Osi Umenyiora, William Moore, Jonathan Babineaux and Asante Samuel on defense. (Looking back, I don’t know if I overrated the aging Samuel before last season or he just couldn’t get healthy.)
This year’s list wouldn’t change much, which means the Falcons just took a big hit — and they didn’t even [More]
- 8:01 pm Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
I’ve posted a column on MyAJC.com on my Tuesday conversation with Falcons coach Mike Smith. Having spoken to the man a few hundred times since his hiring in 2008, I can attest he was as candid as he has ever been. (Going 4-12 last season after a string of winning seasons might left him believing there was little reason to hold back.)
Smith didn’t talk about specific players. But he admitted he saw warning signs about the team’s offensive and defensive lines as far back as training camp in July and August, particularly when the Falcons held practices against the [More]