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3. Matt Ryan’s play This has not been the start to 2017 that Matt Ryan dreamed of following his MVP campaign. After throwing just seven picks all of last year, Ryan has five through the first four games. Ignoring the stats, that are far from the numbers he was putting up a season ago, the eye-test will show a more skittish and unsure quarterback in 2017. He has made some boneheaded decisions that have resulted in turnovers and finally cost the Falcons a game last Sunday. Turnovers are the most obvious blemish so far for Atlanta, and one that the Falcons must fix...Continue reading »

There have been rumors of dysfunction in the Braves organization behind the scenes for weeks. This stirred up a lot of rumors regarding the future of Brian Snitker. John Coppolella had made some snarky comments regarding Snitker, which led many to believe he could be out the door. However, it appears this was more of an internal issue in the front office, and it is now Coppy who is out. It was reported today that the Braves will pick up their option on Brian Snitker, making him manager for the 2018 season: Brian Snitker will return as the Atlanta manager in 2018....Continue reading »

John Coppolella’s resignation came as a shock to the baseball world. While there have certainly been reports of tension in the Braves front office, many felt that this was due to the manager controversy going on with Brian Snitker, as his status seemingly has changed every week. It appears the problems were way bigger than anyone thought. Coppy has reportedly been being investigated by the MLB for rules violations, and frankly being a scumbag to his peers. Coppy has done a solid job of laying the foundation for the Braves rebuild alongside John Hart. While his...Continue reading »

Both of the Falcons leading receivers left Sunday’s game with lower body injuries and never returned in the Falcons 23-17 loss to the Bills. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Jones’s left with a hip flexor injury. Falcons WR Julio Jones has a hip flexor injury but with a bye this week, Atlanta does not expect him to miss playing time, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 2, 2017 Dan Quinn stated that Jones did want to return to the game after exiting, but was held out for precaution. With the Falcons heading into a bye week,...Continue reading »

5. Matt Ryan has to be better After shocking the world on the way to the 2016 NFL MVP, Matt Ryan has not had the start he envisioned coming into the season. Through four games, Ryan has just five touchdowns to match his five interceptions (good for third in the league), although he has thrown for the sixth most yards thus far. Turnovers have been a huge problem for Ryan in year’s past, and they cost the Falcons big time in this one. The loss of Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu did not do him any favors, but an MVP caliber quarterback is expected to find a way to win...Continue reading »

John Coppolella has officially resigned from his position as general manager of the Atlanta Braves. The MLB started investigated Coppolella for numerous reasons dating back to a few weeks ago. Multiple reasons have been cited for investigation: MLB was looking into everything from Braves' int'l operations to its domestic draft to Coppolella's treatment of Braves employees. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 2, 2017 Passan has exposed that Coppy was essentially loathed by those around him. Coppy has a bright mind but is not one to bite his tongue....Continue reading »

The Five Stripes gave Arthur Blank a spectacular birthday present by clinching a playoff spot with a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Union, extending their unbeaten streak to seven matches overall and 12 matches at home. They are the first expansion team to qualify for the playoffs since the Sounders back in 2009. Needless to say, it was a special night in the ATL. The first half started with a few chances that Atlanta were never able to capitalize on, but in the 27th minute, Julian Gressel broke through. Not only did the goal open the scoring for the home side, but it...Continue reading »

When trading for prospects, it is essential to remember you are essentially buying lottery tickets. The team is now three seasons into its rebuild. They have built a great young core and have been smart with money. Basically, they are building the foundation for when they will make the final push to spend. We have seen teams such as the Cubs and Astros use this formula to build sustainable success, and they are set for years to come. As the team improves, better players will take the places of players who are just excess from the rebuild. If the team wants to take the...Continue reading »

For the second time in just three short weeks, the Falcons held off a ferocious comeback with a goal-line stand. This was not the case for the majority of last season when the ball had to be in Matt Ryan’s hand if it was close at the end of the game. That correlated with the Atlanta’s 27th ranked scoring defense, but around week 10 last season this group of young talented players began to turn the corner. With arguably the team’s best defensive player, Desmond Trufant, absent for the remainder of the season with an injury, a defense led by eight first...Continue reading »

The catcher position was arguably the biggest question mark going into the 2017 season. The team searched for answers after the retirement of A.J. Pierzynski, and while they had had an incumbent option on the team in Tyler Flowers, they searched for another veteran to pair with the local product. Kurt Suzuki ended up being that guy. Both players have played huge roles and have had career numbers in 2017. Tyler Flowers can attribute his career year to changing his approach at the plate. At first glance, one would assume Flowers is a power hitter due to his sheer massive...Continue reading »