Colin Cowherd Praises Atlanta Falcons, Rips NFC South

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Quarterback Matt Ryan
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Quarterback Matt Ryan /

Fox Sports Host Colin Cowherd is a former Matt Ryan and Atlanta Falcon critic. This season, Cowherd is high on the Falcons and low on the rest of the division.

In the past, Colin Cowherd, host of FS1 The Herd with Colin Cowherd has not been the biggest fan of Matt Ryan. In fact, back in 2017, Cowherd called Ryan “Andy Dalton in a dome.

However, since the Falcons Super Bowl run, Cowherd has started warming up to the Atlanta Falcons and the team’s fanbase.

In fact, this past week on his show he unintentionally discussed the state of the NFC South.

Carolina Panthers

First, he mentioned that the Carolina Panthers landed No. 5 on his NFL Dumpster Fire list. Cowherd went on an explained that instead of the usual top-ten list, this list would include the ten worst teams for this upcoming season.

The reasoning behind the Carolina Panthers scoring so low was because of Cam Newton’s lack of progress as a precision passer. This offseason, the team added veteran offensive coordinator Norv Turner to help shape the former MVP quarterback into a more steady player. If Turner is unable to do so, this Panthers team will be lead by a quarterback that can take his team to unbelievable highs and incredibly gut-wrenching lows.

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Looking at the Panthers record since Newton was drafted, the team has never been able to post back-to-back winning seasons under the former Auburn quarterback. Additionally, after Newton’s MVP season where he threw for 35 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, he has thrown for a combined 41 touchdowns and 30 interceptions the past two years.

Cowherd also went on to say “the [Panthers’] division is really, really good. Atlanta is the best team in that division, maybe the best team in the NFC after Philadelphia.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The No. 2 team on his dumpster fire list was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cowherd cited quarterback Jameis Winston missing the first four games, and Winston’s corresponding lack of maturity as red flags for the franchise moving forward.

“Do you really want to give the keys to Jameis Winston? He’s been in trouble in college, now he’s trouble in the NFL… he’s just not mature enough for the position. If he was a right guard, corner, or a linebacker I wouldn’t care.”

All said, looking forward if Cowherd is correct then the Atlanta Falcons will only have to worry about the New Orleans Saints pushing them for the title of best in the NFC South.