FalcFans Weekly – July 13, 2014
I know I have not done much of these weekly recaps since the spring but given the dearth of football-related events at this point in the calendar year, it would be a good idea to bring it back. Here’s recapping some interesting Atlanta Falcons-related reads (and listens) I found this week:
In case you were wondering what Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters has been up recently, I conducted an interview of him on Falcons Central Radio on Pro Football Central.com.
Grantland’s Robert Mays wrote a preview of the Falcons this year, with a focus on the 2011 draft-day trade for wide receiver Julio Jones. Mays states what I currently think about that trade, a change from a previous opinion, in that the trade had both a positive and negative impact on the team. Basically the Falcons would not have gotten as far as they did in 2012 without the trade, but also would not have sunk as low in 2013. It’s worth a read and also makes a key point towards the end, which is the Falcons’ success in 2014 seems to be firmly fixed on the health of Jones.
ESPN’s Vaughn McClure assesses that the Falcons’ biggest key to success in 2014 is returning to being an offensive juggernaut. McClure writes that will be the team’s key to success for the upcoming seasons. And similarly, the health of Jones will matter there, but McClure also points out the offensive line upgrades made by the team this offseason in acquiring guard Jon Asamoah and tackle Jake Matthews will be key. Hard to argue against McClure’s conclusions. The Falcons defense isn’t poised to be anything more than above average this year (at best) and until the team makes a similar investment in upgrading their pass rush, it’s unlikely that will be the case in any season in the near future.
On ESPN, voters also expressed their opinion that Morten Andersen’s game-winning kick against the Minnesota Vikings in the 1998 NFC Championship Game that sent the Falcons to their first (and only) Super Bowl appearance is the greatest play in team history. It edged out Michael Vick’s impressive overtime run against the same team in 2002.
Some highlights from the Falcoholic this week:
Pro Football Talk believes the Falcons should be among several teams interested in Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson, should the Texans be willing to part ways with him. Although reports this week indicate there is very little chance that happens.
The NFL held its annual supplemental draft on Thursday, during which no players were selected. There were four players eligible this year, including Virginia-Lynchburg defensive tackle LaKendrick Ross. The Falcons were among roughly a dozen teams that attended Ross’ pro day on Monday. Ross, a 366-pound nose tackle candidate, played only one year of college football at Virginia-Lynchburg in 2012.
Football Outsiders wades into the Matt Ryan vs. Joe Flacco debate. I’m sure this will be re-hashed this season given that the Falcons and Ravens face each other again.
In case you missed them, here are the articles that were featured on FalcFans.com this week:
- Atlanta Falcons Takeaways from Last Week – July 7, 2014
- FalcFans Podcast – Ep. 70 “Do You Remember Where You Were When Courtney Roby Signed?”