FalcFans Podcast – Ep. 188 “Ben Garland For President”


Allen and I are joined by Andrew Parsons of the I Hate Sully Podcast and Raekwon Gilbert of DBN Fanatics to recap the Atlanta Falcons’ Week Eight win over the Green Bay Packers and preview their upcoming Week Nine Thursday Night contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Andrew joins the show first to recap the Packers game and we talk about several topics including the following:

  • (3:45) Biggest takeaways from the Falcons’ win over the Packers from each of us.
  • (7:30) Whether the Falcons defense is good and weighing it against the team’s offense.
  • (10:30) Terron Ward’s improvement
  • (15:30) Assessing Matt Ryan’s improvement as well as that of the supporting cast around him.
  • (21:20) Solid play of the Falcons offensive line including discussions of Jake Matthews and Alex Mack.
  • (29:50) Whether youth and mental errors were the biggest issues for the defense and comparing this year’s defense against last year’s unit.
  • (41:20) Vic Beasley’s usage and a continued discussion of his impact.
  • (45:55) Adrian Clayborn making Allen and my criticism of him in 2015 look silly.
  • (51:30) The rise of C.J. Goodwin and what is actually going on with Jalen Collins.
  • (55:00) Whether the criticism of Ricardo Allen is merited.

Andrew leaves at (1:03:25) and Raekwon joins the show to preview the Buccaneers game.

  • (1:05:00) Raekwon gives his assessment of the Packers game, including the Falcons’ ability to finish strong.
  • (1:07:30) Whether or not the officiating was as bad as it seemed this past Sunday.
  • (1:10:00) Austin Hooper’s veteran savvy and coolness under pressure.
  • (1:16:00) Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith and the presence of other ex-Falcons on the Bucs roster.
  • (1:18:35) How the Falcons can mitigate any injury to Julio Jones by running the ball and relying upon their other wide receivers.
  • (1:23:45) Mike Evans discussion along with what Keanu Neal adds to the Falcons after missing the Week 1 game against the Bucs.
  • (1:31:25) Revisiting the Falcons’ historic struggles against tight ends.
  • (1:33:30) Each of us give our conclusions about the overall issues facing both teams this week.
  • (1:37:25) We each give our predictions for this week’s game.

At (1:41:20) Raekwon leaves and Allen and I round up the show by discussing whether Allen has fallen out of love with Bills Mafia and Halloween candy.

Episode 188: Ben Garland For President [Download]

Duration: 1 hour, 47 minutes

Andrew is on twitter: @ap_idgt. You can check him out on the I Hate Sully Podcast.

Raekwon covers the Falcons and the draft for Draft Charge and DBN Fanatics. You can check him out on twitter: @RxGilbert97.

Allen covers the Falcons for The Falcoholic. His twitter handle is: @Allen_Strk.

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Aaron Freeman
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