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Falcons remain overlooked, despite recent success

The Atlanta Falcons have put together four straight winning seasons.  And yet they rarely are mentioned among the elite teams in the NFL.

They’ve got one of the best young quarterbacks in the game (although with four seasons under his belt he’s not exactly “young” anymore), great receivers, a Hall of Fame tight end, a workhorse running back with tread left on the tires, and an improving defense.

So why don’t they get more attention?

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution joined PFT Live on Tuesday to address that question and various others, including the one in the box below.

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21 Responses to “Falcons remain overlooked, despite recent success”
  1. dogluverssuck says: Jul 4, 2012 8:02 PM

    Matt Ryan at age 27 is playoff winless and Mike Vick was 22 years old when he won his first playoff win vs Green Bay, giving Green Bay their first playoff loss in NFL History in Lambeau.

    They are not overlooked, they just have the biggest CHOKE in playoff history.

    Its been 8 seasons since their last playoff win. What’s good about that?

    Joe Flacco at 30 million with 5 playoff wins, 2 championship games, is a far better bargain than 72 million and 0-3 in the playoffs.

  2. wtfchiefs says: Jul 4, 2012 8:04 PM

    Um…have you seen their last 2 playoff games?

    They’ve been outscored 23- 72 in them. And the score wasn’t even an indicator of how easily they were handled in those games.

    They’re not overlooked, just not taken seriously. Nor should they be until they prove they can beat elite teams.

  3. randallflagg52 says: Jul 4, 2012 8:13 PM

    Doubt Turner has much tread left on those tires with the amount of carries he’s been getting. They better start looking for a replacment soon if they want to keep their regular season success up.

    Oh and they might want to get a QB to push Ryan. For all the hate on Flacco, at least he has progressed as a player. Ryan has been stagnant for 2 or 3 years now despite having an elite supporting cast. If you gave Flacco that type of talent he would have had a ring or two by now, and that’s a fact. Flacco has been hindered by subpar recievers since he entered the league.

  4. teal379 says: Jul 4, 2012 8:26 PM

    Well being 9-7 means a winning season so let’s not get too excited about just saying “they had a winning season”. That’s hardly exceptional.

    I think the reason is HOW they’re losing after that season.

    Green Bay DESTROYED them, at HOME.

    People don’t forget things like that and it takes quite a bit of luster off the “winning season” just prior.

  5. dogluverssuck says: Jul 4, 2012 8:39 PM

    Vick put them on the map and Ryan took them off……

    Pretty sad actually, but Art Blank got what he deserved.

  6. jacobslatter says: Jul 4, 2012 8:41 PM

    They got smacked around in the playoffs by the eventual Super Bowl champs, TWICE, nothing to be ashamed of. They’ll be fine and power packed, calm the F down.

  7. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jul 4, 2012 9:11 PM

    Wait – are the Falcons football or hockey?

  8. dogluverssuck says: Jul 4, 2012 9:15 PM

    @jacobslatter

    If they would have beat those teams then there would have been another superbowl winner.

  9. laserw says: Jul 4, 2012 9:17 PM

    The Falcons deserve to be overlooked. They are a team like the Cowgirls which looks all pretty in the regular season and suddenly turns into Mimi (Drew Carey Show) in the playoffs. The Falcons have looked dreadful in the playoffs and their quarterback is one of the reasons and their play calling is suspect.

    It’s time now to move the Falcons down to the second level – pretenders looking up. When they can start winning playoff games in successive seasons, then they can be considered “elite”.

  10. santolonius says: Jul 4, 2012 9:25 PM

    atlanta fans know it is past time to show our team some tough love. the falcons (and the other pro teams in this city) have for too long appeared to be satisfied with a B+ at the end of the season. show us you mean business, boys. until then, no one is giving you credit for anything.
    (now commmme on……)

  11. tmar1961 says: Jul 4, 2012 9:53 PM

    People tend to forget the chaos the Falcons org went thru with the Vick dog scandal and a head coach leaving mid season; they have done a fantastic job of turning around the team and building a perennial playoff team. All 3 teams they lost to in the playoffs were eventual SB reps from the NFC so no shame there, they are on the right track and will breakthru soon.

  12. andrewfbrowne says: Jul 4, 2012 10:11 PM

    You wonder if Matt Ryan is a good but not great QB. It will be interesting to see what they do with a new O coordinator. I have never been a fan of Mularky.

  13. zaggs says: Jul 4, 2012 10:28 PM

    “jacobslatter says:
    Jul 4, 2012 8:41 PM
    They got smacked around in the playoffs by the eventual Super Bowl champs, TWICE, nothing to be ashamed of. They’ll be fine and power packed, calm the F down.”

    An elite team would have kept the score close at least. Not gotten down on all 4’s like Atlanta has done.

  14. disgruntledlesbian says: Jul 4, 2012 10:36 PM

    lol actually vick took himself off by committing crimes and getting his stupid as sent to jail. Blank loved Vick and you know it. He f**ked things up for himself

  15. schmitty2 says: Jul 4, 2012 11:18 PM

    randallflagg52 says: Jul 4, 2012 8:13 PM

    Doubt Turner has much tread left on those tires with the amount of carries he’s been getting. They better start looking for a replacment soon if they want to keep their regular season success up.

    Oh and they might want to get a QB to push Ryan. For all the hate on Flacco, at least he has progressed as a player. Ryan has been stagnant for 2 or 3 years now despite having an elite supporting cast. If you gave Flacco that type of talent he would have had a ring or two by now, and that’s a fact. Flacco has been hindered by subpar recievers since he entered the league.

    Oh come on now..progressed as a player? He’s the same as he has been for a few years now. And don’t act like Ryan has so much more talent than the Ravens. Take Roddy out of the mix and it’s about the same. Don’t let being a Raven’s homer cloud your judgment

  16. 1historian says: Jul 4, 2012 11:24 PM

    Try this – they are 0 for whatever in the playoffs.

    That was easy

  17. dal24la says: Jul 4, 2012 11:58 PM

    I like how on a topic that has nothing to do with them we get someone who has to insult the Cowboys. True hater.

    Anyway Falcons are overlooked because the past 3 postseasons they have 0 wins and the last 2 they were BLOWN OUT THE WATER with the game all but over before the 4th quarter even started.
    Not once the last 3 years have they looked like a legit contender.

  18. borisbulldog says: Jul 5, 2012 12:02 AM

    Because Mattie Ice craps his pants in big games!

  19. daknight93 says: Jul 5, 2012 12:42 AM

    Falcons aren’t a sexy team…they do have some solid players, but they just don’t have the heart and will to move to the next level once playoffs begin…It’s difficult to find true falcon fans in Atlanta because the city is filled with out of town residents from other cities+ Falcons are a reflection of their head coach: conservative and boring

  20. benchwarmer69 says: Jul 5, 2012 2:39 AM

    It’s simple.

    Go 9-7 or 10-6 every season, but don’t make playoffs… You’re nothing but a tease, and might as well be last anyway (better draft spots).

    They are trapped in mediocre status.

  21. dawgs105 says: Jul 5, 2012 5:48 AM

    I don’t care what people say about Matt Ryan. I think he is a good QB and so do the football analysts that know what they are talking about. So who cares what fans on PFT think? I remember back when people said Payton Manning couldn’t win a playoff game and he choked every year in January. Right up until the year he won the Super Bowl. Then he was the best QB in football. Not saying Matt Ryan is as good as Peyton, but he is still a good QB despite a bad playoff game.

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