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Poll: Falcons open camp, what’s your pick?

  • 9:59 am Friday, July 25th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
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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]

NFL must deal with Irsay (and Roddy White weighs in)

  • 1:21 pm Monday, March 17th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has admitted to abusing painkillers in the past and as recently as five months ago claimed to have not had a drink in 15 years. But he was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance, and now many are wondering if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will deal with an owner as severely as he does the league’s players.

If Irsay has relapsed, that’s far more significant than anything else that may come his way, including the four felony charges stemming from his arrest. Carmel, Ind., police said they [More]

More NFL playoffs? Too late for ’09 Falcons

  • 2:11 pm Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
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There is a very good chance that the NFL expands its playoff field from 12 teams to 14 teams, and for at least two very good reasons: 1) Happy fans in two more NFL cities spending money in January; 2) Happy network executives willing to pay the NFL more money to broadcast two more games because they’re selling more advertising.

In the NFL, as in life, follow the money for the reason why anything will or won’t happen.

But prepare for more mediocrity.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that there’s growing support within the league to add two playoff teams. The new [More]

NFL may eliminate PATs but why not other special teams?

  • 11:25 am Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the league is considering proposals to banish the extra point after touchdowns.

That would be a start. This would be better: Eliminate all, or most, special teams.

In what I’m guessing was a completely orchestrated interview on the NFL Network, studio host Rich Eisen set things up for Goodell by likening PATs to pennies and said he has heard rumblings about a potential rules change.

This was Goodell’s response: “The extra point is almost automatic. I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd (attempts). So it’s a very small fraction of [More]