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Grow up, Atlanta Falcons

Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:51 am
The Atlanta Falcons embarrassed themselves Monday night, and I'm not talking about the final score, which was 45-16 in favor of the New Orleans Saints.

I'm not talking about being victimized by Saints quarterback Drew Brees for the 304 passing yards he needed to break Dan Marino's single-season record of 5,084 yards (Brees finished with 307 yards, for a season total of 5,087).

I'm talking about the Falcons' reaction, late in the game and then afterward, to the sight -- shocking! -- of Brees still in the game, still throwing passes, in the final minutes.

The Falcons gestured and stared. They pouted and sulked. They gave our Pete Prisco passive-aggressive comments of the most gutless variety -- anonymously, because none of them had the stones to attach his name to it -- about the nerve (the nerve!) of Saints coach Sean Payton, who let Brees play the game for 60 full minutes.

See, the Falcons wanted pity. They wanted Payton to feel sorry for them by letting off the gas, stop playing the game, stop trying. That would have made the Falcons feel better, I guess: The sight of the Saints feeling sorry for their woebegone little defense.

So at this point, I have a question for the Falcons and their coaches: Are you guys professionals, or are you babies?

This isn't high school, and that wasn't one Class 5A monster running up the score on a tiny Class 1A opponent. This was one NFL playoff team playing another NFL playoff team, in a league with a salary cap and reverse draft order and other rules designed to promote parity.

Sure, Brees could have stopped playing in the fourth quarter, could have come up a few yards short of the record, could have subjected himself and his team to a week's worth of distraction entering the regular-season finale Sunday against Carolina -- a game the Saints need to win to have any shot of a first-round playoff bye.

But never mind that!

The Saints should have worried about the feelings of the poor Atlanta Falcons!

Hey, Atlanta, when you're done with that baby's bib ... please send it my way. I think I'm going to be sick.

Category: NFL

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:46 am

Grow up, Atlanta Falcons

Why are you giving Prisco a "pass" on this? He's the one who quoted these unnamed sources and basically turned a sports column into a gossip column. He's the one who used his keen writing skills to insinuate that Sean Payton is a liar. He's the one who tried to subtly disparage Drew Brees accomplisment ("It's kind of funny that a man throws for over 5,000 yards and the pass that broke the record traveled only 9 yards in the air."... what was he insinuating? Why is it "funny"?)
I'm not suggesting that the Falcons aren't being childish, but don't let Prisco off the hook. Yes, i understand that he's a colleague. But he's just as much to blame and clearly operating from a place of some bias.

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:59 pm

Grow up, Atlanta Falcons

Why are the Falcon players and fans crying?  It was perfectly acceptable when they scored 27 points over Jacksonville, but when they end up with egg on their face it's considered disrespectful.  GET OVER YOURSELF !!! You guys got beat by a better team and were down right embarrassed on MNF.  Deal with it.

Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:33 pm

Grow up, Atlanta Falcons

I saw this coming as soon as he set the record.  I mentioned it to my wife, who is far from a football fan, and she gave the perfect response - "They can do whatever they want.  They're kicking their ass."

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:07 pm

Grow up, Atlanta Falcons

You know, this second guessing Brees and the Saints about him staying in the entire game is absurd.  The Saints were playing their archenemy, the hated Atlanta Falcons.  With that said, would the sports writers and talk show people be this up in arms if Rodgers was in a similar situation against the Bears of Vikings?  How about Brady going for the same record and the Pats were playing the Jets?  Better yet, what if Eli and the Giants were playing either the Jets, Eagles or Cowboys going for a big record?  The answer is HELL NO!

C'mon folks, you want to break records, have once in a life-time highlights and similar events occur against your arch rival.  The Falcons used to own the Saints and in fact, not that long ago, they posted numerous victories over the Saints by 20, 30, 40 and more points.  These are professional players and if they don't like getting torched, then go out there and stop someone.  Openly complaning about it after the fact to the media just goes to show that the Falcons are a bunch of toothless, gutless cry babies.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:05 pm

Grow up, Atlanta Falcons

SirRosis wrote,

Pathetic.  He had the chance to get the record instead of waiting and risking something happening in practice where they wouldn't play him.  He had the chance to do it - you go ahead and do it.  Simple as that.  Falcons crying about it is the most ridiculous thing I've seen in a while, although I am sure somebody will do something dumber soon enough.

If something happens in practice this week and he can't play in Week 17, this will be the shortest-held record in history! If he doesn't play Brady will surely get more than 190 yards in passing against the Bills, and will take over the record.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:53 pm

Grow up, Atlanta Falcons


I didn't wish injury on Brees. I'm stating a fact, that there might some player on the Falcons D that will end up taking a cheap shot at Brees becuase of this nonesense. I wouldn't condone that conduct however.

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:51 pm

Grow up, Atlanta Falcons

Actually at J-Ville's 30

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:51 pm

Grow up, Atlanta Falcons

At no point during your rambling incoherent paragraph did you even come close to making a point. Everyone who reads this is now as dumb as you. Do you even realize that that the Pats, and Packers have done the following: 1.) Clinched their division 2.) Clinched a playoff birth 3.) Gotten a first round bye. Before the complete destruction and domination of the Falcons the Saints did not have the division clinched because the Falcons were in the way. I guess running up the score against Jacksonville doesn't count does it? Which is exactly what the Falcons did one week ago

NOT TRUE the Falcons unlike the Saints had the ball at there own 30 with 3 minutes left and chose to run it on 4th and 10 instead of passing. Check the tape

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:39 pm

Grow up, Atlanta Falcons

Brees has worked his ass off for his success. He has always been considered too small and as not having the arm strength to succeed as a QB on the next level.

He led his Austin, Texas HS team to an undefeated season and the 5A Sate Championship. Despite playing in Austin, UT didn't recurit him nor did any of the other Big 12 schools like A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, etc.

Ended up at Purdue where he took them to their 1st Rose Bowl since some time in the 1960's. I think one of the main reasons for Drew's success is that he is extremly intelligent. Besides finishing 4th in the Heisman voting, he was voted Acadimic All-American player of the year his senior season. Gets passed on in the 1st round and falls to San Deigo in the 2nd.(kind of reminds you of another pretty decent QB named Rogers doesn't it).

People say he is a product of Sean Payton's system and offensive scheme, but most good players are to some extent. That is what good coaches do. They design a system that takes advantage of their players strengths.

Full disclosure.. I am a Saints fan and a Drew Brees fan. I had the chance to meet him at a charity event in New Orleans a couple of years ago. Even though we only spoke for about 5 minutes, I came away with the impression that he is the real deal when it comes to being humble and caring about the fans and city of NO.

My son and I were at the game last night and the dome was rockin. The guy sitting next to us had a radio so we knew he only needed 30 yards. I wasn't there for the NFC Chapionship game against the Vikes, but when he completed the pass to Sproles the noise was like nothing I had ever heard at a game. We will never forget it! 

So I guess what I am trying to say is, no matter what anyone in the media writes or the people(and I use that word losely in some cases)that post to the various boards have to say about how the record was set it can taint the moment for us and other members of the Who Dat nation.

THANKS DREW!        

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:30 pm

Grow up, Atlanta Falcons

The only thing better than beating the Falcons twice is beating them three times! WHO DAT!!!!

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