Falcons owner on 1-4 start: “Are you kidding me?”

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Much like the Spanish Inquisition, nobody expected the Falcons to be 1-4 today.

Especially owner Arthur Blank.

Are you kidding me?” Blank replied to a question about their season, after yesterday’s 41-17 loss to the Steelers, via Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Blank’s disbelief was natural, as the Falcons were a trendy pick to return to the Super Bowl. They had stable core of offensive stars, and a bright young defense full of playmakers.

Of course, three of those playmakers are on IR now (middle linebacker Deion Jones and safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen), blowing the middle out of their defense and their chances.

“We can’t erase the last five games,” Blank said. “We have to make adjustments. That’s all you can do. Start out next week and act like it’s 0-0. Nobody wants to hear any excuses. Nobody wants to hear any stories. That’s the nature of this business.”

Falcons coach Dan Quinn is a coach, so he’s forbidden by charter to acknowledge that losing so many players matters. So after another beating, he was insistent the season was not lost.

“The answers are within our own locker room, to play like we’re capable of playing,” Quinn said.

Of course, only nine teams have made the playoffs after such a start, so the odds are clearly stacked against them. But they can’t admit that. You could even say you can’t Torquemada hanging onto the hope this season can be saved.

42 responses to “Falcons owner on 1-4 start: “Are you kidding me?”

  1. The Steelers, like the Pats, seem to tighten up and get better as the year goes on. Falcons should have been able to get them now.

  2. palsgraf21 says:
    October 8, 2018 at 8:51 am
    Never ever ask Devonte Freeman to block. Any of their RBs really but especially him.

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    They’re finding out about cap hell and a lack of depth.

    When NE was decimated by injuries in 2013 and 2015, they didn’t start 1-4.

    This is the difference right here. Freeman should have been dealt. They’re not turning into the Matt Schaub/Andre Johnson/Arian Foster Texans.

    You don’t pay a scatback that kind of money and then have a WR at 15 mil per with a QB at 25 mil per.

  3. shotpeen says:
    October 8, 2018 at 8:50 am
    I’d like to see any team win with 4 defensive starters not playing.
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    The team that Atlanta lost to was missing three defensive starters. Both middle linebackers (Shazier and Williams) and a safety (Burnett). So do injuries matter? Of course they do! Are they an excuse? Only for owners and coaches as a reason not to fire or be fired for an unexpected poor year.
    The fans will yell loud and long about how their team wasn’t at full strength during the down period, but inside they still expect the team to overcome the injuries and pull out the wins.

  4. This has nothing to do with that Super Bowl game. That defense is banged up and was never that great to begin with. The offensive line is also not very talented, which contributes to awful problems in the red zone.

  5. The head coach has to find a way to compete through injuries. Quinn is using the same game plan as if the starters were there. You have to be able to coach around and hide your teams weaknesses. Sure the defense has injury issues but the offense and Special teams are fine…however they score only 17 points and allow 6 sacks and a blocked punt! That’s not injury issues. Also take a look at the goofy time management issues they’ve had since that Super Bowl lost. Dan Quinn is not HC material.

  6. DQ need to do the following: start calling defensive plays and change the defenses to a 3-4 due to the fact we have 4 holes on defense. Rush 3 everybody play zone keep the man in front of you stop letting Trufant many get 15 plus yac on him, sigh sine depth at safety ie Tyvon Branch, Nate Allen linebackers, NaVorro Bowman, Lawrence Timmons. Lastly show some type of emotions if not we loose these 4 games it’s over.

  7. “Remember when Arthur was prematurely dancing?”

    Sure do and wifey was having a good time also. A bit later though, they both looked like wounded pups. Hopefully, he/they learned a lesson that day.

  8. I mean its no secret that both D’s suck, its just that the Falcons D is god awful. I was at the game yesterday and predictably they couldnt stop a fly.

  9. rayjayjohnsonjr says:
    October 8, 2018 at 9:41 am
    “Remember when Arthur was prematurely dancing?”

    Sure do and wifey was having a good time also. A bit later though, they both looked like wounded pups. Hopefully, he/they learned a lesson that day.

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    Wounded pups? They looked like they saw death’s door.

  10. Injuries are part of the game. The organizations that consistently make the playoffs all seem to demonstrate the ability to overcome injury

  11. dadindebt6 says:
    October 8, 2018 at 9:22 am
    shotpeen says:
    October 8, 2018 at 8:50 am
    I’d like to see any team win with 4 defensive starters not playing.
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    The team that Atlanta lost to was missing three defensive starters. Both middle linebackers (Shazier and Williams) and a safety (Burnett). So do injuries matter? Of course they do! Are they an excuse? Only for owners and coaches as a reason not to fire or be fired for an unexpected poor year.
    The fans will yell loud and long about how their team wasn’t at full strength during the down period, but inside they still expect the team to overcome the injuries and pull out the wins.

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    Well, this isn’t the narative when the Pats are decimated and they lose a title game or SB.

    The narrative is “they stink, they’re done”, and all kind of awkward mocking of the greatest sports franchise ever.

  12. LOVED Blank and his wife dancing in the owners box during Super Bowl at 28-3!! That was classic. Since then, he has seen his football world go to @#$%^&* HYSTERICAL

  13. daddeeo says:
    October 8, 2018 at 9:37 am
    Before every snap, they see the PATS symbol flash before their eyes.
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    Do you mean this symbol?

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  14. Once again…paying your average QB elite money reduces your ability to afford depth for the inevitable injuries your team will suffer during the season…Why teams continue doing the same things over and over and expect different results is just stunning…When you overpay for a QB…it doesn’t matter how good they are: Brees, Wilson etc…your team will start to lose for a few years until the contract isn’t taking up so much of the salary cap!

  15. What Blank was really referring to was, “I signed Matt Ryan to a $150 million extension. Are you kidding me!”

  16. Julio Jones has 4 TD in his last 25 games. JULIO FRIGGIN JONES!!!!

    So yeah, I think the coaching staff is deserving of some blame here.

  17. The best thing I heard last week was that Atlanta had a top 5 offense and a bottom 5 defense. Think about that for a minute… That means their offense is trying to score 40 points before their defense can give up 40. Yesterday their defense won the race… or is it lost?

  18. The Falcons are a perplexing bunch aren’t they? They continue to wet the bed in key situations, they are more talented on paper than what they produce on the field. The SB is in Atlanta this year and this squad won’t even make the playoffs. Quinn is on his way out.

  19. “Much like the Spanish Inquisition” what? Nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition to go 1-4? Non sequitur of the year.

  20. Interesting how nobody has anything to say about Dimitroff and how they built this team to have a prolific offense and a pedestrian defense. This Falcons team is a classic reminder of Parcells’ line about shopping for the groceries. Too thin on D. Can’t score 40 every week.

  21. Good thing they paid all that money to Matt Ryan. Blank better get used to being in disbelief because Matty Choker will have many more games to lose games.

  22. Don’t worry Arthur. We’ll fix your offense next Sunday. You can count on scoring at least 40 points.

    Yours truly,

    Gerald McCoy and Mike Smith

  23. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  24. Last week the owner was upset and now another week another loss, I’m sure he is more upset now. Seats start getting real warm for the coach when this happens.

  25. They shouldn’t have given Ryan and Julio those extensions! Blank could have saved money giving Home Depot employees raises!

  26. The Falcons are exhibit “A” as to why football is a game of inches. They could easily be 4-1 if:

    A. Finishing a late drive against the Eagles (why is Ryan still locking onto Julio Jones so much?) Just like what happened in the divisional round loss last year

    B. Getting one stop against the Saints (or winning the coin toss)p Letting Brees RUN for the last two touchdowns. Now THAT deserves an “Are you kidding me?”

    C. Getting one stop against the Bengals. AJ Green was so open on that winning touchdown, I could have thrown it to him (maybe)

    And no, I don’t buy the “Hosting the Super Bowl” curse…The Super Bowl hosting Vikings were only one game away last year, so don’t use that as an excuse

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