Ignoring The Falcons

June 26th, 2020

The hated rival Falcons look like they will at least tie an NFL record when they host the Seahawks on opening day.

Atlanta is expected to roll out 11 first-round draft picks as its starting-11 offense.

It’s a mind-blowing stat, and it’s one reason the Falcons should not be chalked up to being a garbage team by Bucs fans. Joe knows many Bucs fans who think, ‘Falcons, pffft, they suck.’

Here’s that list of Falcons offensive first-rounders, via CBS Sports.

QB: Matt Ryan (2008)
RB: Todd Gurley (2015)
WR: Julio Jones (2011)
WR: Calvin Ridley (2018)
WR: Laquon Treadwell (2016)
TE: Hayden Hurst (2018)
LT: Jake Matthews (2014)
LG: James Carpenter (2011)
C: Alex Mack (2009)
RG: Chris Lindstrom (2019)
RT: Kaleb McGary (2019)

Joe has no great fear of the Falcons, and there certainly are first-rounds busts in that group, such as newly-acquired Treadwell who flopped in Minnesota. But when the talent pool is that deep, surprisingly good things tend to happen, like the rise of former first-round pick Breshad Perriman last year in Tampa.

Joe brings this up today because former Bucs rockstar general manager Mark Dominik, who remains a Bucs fan, chatted on SiriusXM NFL Radio about how predicting Tampa Bay’s record this season is so difficult because the Falcons are so underrated and the Saints are elite.

Joe is just hoping the Falcons are sitting at 1-3 and imploding after four games.

After getting the Seahawks at home, they go to Dallas, come home for Chicago and head to Green Bay on Monday Night Football.

If that doesn’t virtually knock out the Falcons, their schedule gets significantly easier over the next five games before their bye week, including two against the Panthers, and home games against the Lions and Broncos.

Two of the Bucs’ final three games are against Atlanta. With a little luck, Todd Gurley will be burned out by then and the entire Atlanta coaching staff will be thinking about their next destination. If not, those Bucs-Falcons games likely will be for one Wild Card berth.

18 Responses to “Ignoring The Falcons”

  1. Mort Says:

    Treadwell. LOL get out of here with that garbage.

    700 yards and 2 TDs. Not last year, that’s the total for the last 4 years combined. He would be lucky to make our roster.

    Yeah the falcons have some real good players… But he ain’t in that group.

  2. Lokog Says:

    F@&k the falcons, their city, their players and their fans

  3. Ship Thief Says:

    Still waiting for Durango’s reply.

    Should be golden!

    Stay tuned!

  4. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    No such thing as a simple schedule before the season starts.

    King Kong ain’t got nothin’ on us!

  5. BigHog Says:

    Lokog/sometimes we take things to far…that’s Chocolate City…wash your mouth out out and bow down!!!!

  6. SOEbuc Says:


    16-0 AND A SUPER BOWL!!!

    GO BUCS!!!

  7. Buddy Says:

    Uh Joe you might want to do a little stat checking. 11 is not even close for the record for first round picks on a nfl roster. Nobody wrote “NFL roster.” You might want to read what’s written here again. –Joe The 1995 Miami Dolphins had 19 on theirs (looki it up) so the measly 11 that Falcons tie for isn’t that impressive.

  8. REDZONE BA Fan Says:

    “Foreshadowing” post for 2020…..

    Seems all reporters are overlooking and discounting the Birds and focusing on Saints and Brady for NFC South crown. Matt Ryan is excellent QB, and even with poor cast of supporting team members, Ryan is always a threat to lead team to a win.

    SB loss —idiot play calling, not on Ryan.

    New Falcons Roster requires attention– and if…. Gurley can perform at 90% of his rookie year health, the dude is dangerous. And the other players mentioned in post, are still studs. Just need to be put in right circumstance.

    Bucs and Saints > be aware.

    I predict Birds finishing second in division at worst. #1 spot Bucs or Saints.

  9. El Buco Realisto Says:

    There should be “real” concern of the Falcons rolling over the hapless bucs!!!!!!! The Falcons finishing 6-2 was impressive, and the sheep that are not paying attention will “realize” what a detriment of a new qb with limited practice and a brand new mish mash of an offensive scheme will cause!!!!!!!!!!!

    bucs best hope will be third in the division, and another failure season for ole stale biscuit, who has not had a successful season flr what will be an astonishing 6 SEASONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    Atlanta is ok, they certainly can beat the Bucs but the Bucs are the better team.

  11. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Don’t sleep on the Falcons. They are a solid organization with good ownership, a solid coaching staff and some talent on both offense and defense. I think in some respects, the Falcons are suffering from what the Bucs went thru for many years….a lack of true elite talent. Ryan is a very capable QB, who only had one true elite weapon….Jones….to carry the offense. When you look at them this year, still nobody really scares you….on offense or defense. But I suspect the Falcons could be an 8-8 team this year.

  12. Cobraboy Says:

    The Bucs could field an offense or defense with 1st round picks from their history that wouldn’t win one game.

    No worries here at all.

  13. Buddy Says:

    Joe so why are you posting about their back up first rounders then?? Do we care if the falcons have ex-first rounders that are now backups? You are trying to make a big deal about all the ex-first rounders they have but some won’t see the field. And now your salty cause your 11 isn’t even that big a deal.

  14. Buczilla Says:

    I’m still pi$$ed that the writers screwed Jameis over for rookie of the year when they gave it to a less deserving Gurley. He’s pretty much toast and outside of a couple of good years has been highly overrated from day one. Half the guys on that list are not very good and I like our chances.

  15. Lokog Says:

    Bighog i dont bow down to no f@$$#t especially no b!#&hes

  16. BigHog Says:

    Lokog:: you will soon learn, as will all of the USA!!!

  17. SOEbuc Says:

    Tom is such the GOAT playing, reading D’s, locker room and franchise leader. I don’t see this team getting under 28 points , win or loss, all year.


    GO BUCS!!!

  18. El Buco Realisto Says:


    Some don’t need to learn, because we already knew!!!!!!!!!! So you better start to listen up bubba!!!!! While you think you are teaching, you might be playing the wrong game!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!