Welcome to the Falcons Lounge
Greetings Falcons nation. I’m going to pull back the curtain today. Break the fourth wall as it were. Every post that is written for Blogging Dirty is written using the following tabs open in the background. Open these three links in separate tabs and experience the mellow.
Now that you’re properly prepared, hit the jump to peruse the Falcon-related stories you may have missed.
NFL pre-camp previews: NFC South
Peter Schrager breaks down the NFC South in his pre-camp Two-a-Days column.
"“In 2010, Atlanta’s primed to make a run at the NFC championship.”“The defense — young, uber-talented and under-the-radar — could actually end up being the stronger of the two units. If that’s the case, watch out, New Orleans.”"
Practice dates, times for Falcons training camp
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the complete Falcons’ training camp schedule including which practices will be open to the public.
Pro Football Weekly’s Exclusive trenchmarks
The Falcons’ offensive line ranks 20th in their rankings. As they explain:
"“In the following PFW exclusive front-line breakdown, we highlight the top line combinations in every division, using a formula derived from each team’s O-line and D-line final grades that appeared in the Pro Football Weekly/Yahoo! Sports 2010 NFL Preview.”"
Matt Ryan Meets the Stars as he Turns into One
Ryan was interviewed by 790 the Zone in Atlanta. Highlight:
"On playing the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints twice:“That’ll be a lot of fun. You know what? In the two years I’ve been here, we’ve played them really tough all four times. We’re 1-3 against them and, frankly, that’s not good enough, but it’s going to be a lot of fun. They’re going to be a good football team. I know it’s going to be a tough, competitive game and hopefully we can come out on top both times.”"
Summer Scramble 2010: NFC South Burning Questions, Bold Predictions
Chris Harry asks: “Will the Falcons get production from their defensive ends this season?” and in the Bold Predictions section:
"With running back Michael Turner returning from his ankle injury, the Falcons will be back to being one of the best rushing teams in the league and dethrone the Saints as division champs."
Training camp battles: NFC South
Clark Judge analyzes the Falcons kicker position battle. P.S. It’s dreadful.
"Bryant has a strong leg, too, nailing a 62-yard field goal in 2006, and he is more accurate — a lot more accurate — than Hauschka. He hit 82 percent of his attempts but was cut by Tampa Bay last season after blowing two field goals in a three-point loss to Washington. The Falcons can’t afford to miss on a placekicker — which is what happened last year when Jason Elam went south, and Atlanta suffered the consequences."