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Morning links: The curse of Juan N. Dunne

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 8, 2013 at 8:21 am with 21 Comments »
January 8, 2013 9:21 am
Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham, third left, sits on the bench with his teammates during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

John McGrath of The News Tribune delves into the Atlanta Falcons recent struggles in postseason, aptly name “Juan N. Dunne.”

McGrath notes that although Mike Smith has compiled a 50-24 record in five seasons, his Falcons are 0-3 in the playoffs, hence McGrath coining the term “Juan N. Dunne.”

McGrath: Three playoff games since 2008 have produced three quick, one-and-done exits for Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan.

The Falcons won’t be talking about it this week, but until they prove differently, Juan N. Dunne remains a pattern on the threshold of a curse.”

Here’s my story on Chris Clemons’ ACL knee injury, which ended his season. I’ll provide updates later today if the Seahawks make roster moves.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times says that the Seahawks are dispelling early season myths about their team, including that Seattle was wasting a championship-caliber defense and it could not come from behind.

Vegas lists the Falcons as a 2 ½ point favorite.

Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post come cleans – he swung and miss on his prognostication about Seattle and Russell Wilson this season.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution gives Seattle the edge over Atlanta in special teams.

Ben Stockwell of Pro Football Focus reviews the Hawks-Redskins game.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated gives John Schneider his vote for NFL executive of the year.

Mike Jones of The Washington Post reports that Robert Griffin III may have suffered two ligament tears according to MRI results.

Jim Corbett of USA Today writes that Washington is accusing the Seahawks of cheap shots during the game, including defensive end Red Bryant allegedly trying to step on running back Alfred Morris.

Morning links
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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “Peter King of Sports Illustrated gives John Schneider his vote for NFL executive of the year.”

    I second that!

  2. NYHawkFan says:

    Cute title McGrath, plays well to the home crowd. But I don’t feel comfortable feeding the Falcon’s any more information board material. This is going to be a tough match up; early game, 2nd time (3rd if you count round trip) crossing the country this week, Clemmon’s injury, Falcon’s well-rested and eager to prove their record is legit, etc., etc. Hope we can pull it off.

    I don’t think that coaches should be allowed to do ANY interviews during playoffs. Not fair to the coaches, not fair to the players to have that kind of a distraction during post season.

  3. Vegas56 says:

    Both of the visiting underdogs are pretty good plays this week in the NFC as the home teams both have questions to answer (S.F. has tailed off in the second half and Atlanta’s easy schedule and reputation for softness). The Niners are only a 3 point favorite…Atlanta 2 1/2. It appears that the NFC is where the action is this year for tough, good games.

  4. Eric: The link to Peter King is to a different article.

  5. NYHawkFan says:

    Vegas56 – Considering we’re down by less that a field goal, I sure would like to know how Hauschka is doing. Are we still looking around for a backup?

  6. Skavage says:

    Funny thing about all the Sherman “chattiness”, is that he obviously is one of those players with two different personalities. The on-field and the off-field. Not many outside of the Seattle fans/media have seen how articulate, intelligent, and well spoken Sherman really is. All they get to see is the snippy, in-your-face, trash talk he uses as a weapon. The guy is so smart that he knows it is another part of his game that he can use to get the upper hand on his opponent. And usually the opponent that reacts, does so because they’re a bit of a mental midget. I.E. – Too dumb to realize what’s happening to them.

  7. Vegas56 says:

    I have heard that two experienced kickers are coming in for a look this week. (The names escape me, but they are posted on other recent threads here).

  8. IBGoofy says:

    “May history repeat itself” : “Juan N. Dunne!”

  9. TomlPDX says:

    Ryan Longwell and Neil Rackers I believe

  10. Vegas56 says:

    On other threads, it was said that Longwell and Rackers are coming in for a look this week. I don’t think any of the reporters here have confirmed that (to my knowledge anyway).

  11. TomlPDX says:

    I wonder who will bring in for depth at DE. I hope we take Atlanta seriously and are ready. This will be a good game and I hope we are the victors and get to face SF in the NFC Championship.

  12. Vegas56 says:

    Yes, our defensive front is the biggest question in the game. Just from attrition it has become what could be our Achilles’ Heel. I doubt there is anyone out there that could solve that for us…the solution (if there is one) has to be in the defensive game plan.

  13. chrisj122 says:

    I agree 100% with Skavage’s comments about Sherman. This is why he has become one of my favorite Seahawk players!

    Sherman kinda reminds me of Gary Payton back in the day but with a little more intellect.

  14. NYHawkFan says:

    Thanks! Challenging personnel decisions this week. Do we take up a roster spot to add a backup kicker or does Hauschka get an early off season? Tough choice because we could use that roster spot to beef up our defensive line. The coaches have certainly proved that they know what is best regarding moving personnel around, hence we can trust they’ll make the right decisions. So little time to get someone into our system though.

  15. jboard1 says:

    I feel like the hawks can get win this game, but i am nervous about it. Atl has a great passing game, great receivers and an all time TE. For the most part i think our corners can and will shut down the outside, besides maybe a couple deep passes/catches (inevitable), but its the passing game against the zone, i am worried about most. Just hope without Clem, we can contain the run, limit the big plays down field contain the over the middle stuff as much as possible. I have faith that our offense will move the ball, just hope it happens a little sooner than last week

  16. It really pisses me off the way the East Coast Media rags on Sherman and compares him to Courtland Finnegan. Sherman plays within the rules, and has never been accused of being a dirty player, while Finnegan not only talks, but openly admits his goal is to be the dirtiest player in football. Yeah, Sherman mouths off a lot, but so did Deion Sanders, and just like Sanders, Sherman more than backs up his talk.

    With Sherman, you can tell his talk comes not just from confidence, but from the chip on his shoulder he always carries around, still pissed at all the teams who passed him over for guys not even in the league anymore. He’s trying to prove everyone wrong and rub their nose in it–whats wrong with that?!

    And the Skins got away with a lot of fouls, especially that tackle/takedown of Browner after the Thomas pick. I still cant believe the refs didnt throw a flag; in fact, Garcon should have been ejected.

    People are deliberately confusing trash talking with dirty play and after-whistle fouls, and thats simply inaccurate and unfair. You dont have to like Sherman or his trash talking to be aware he plays the game within the rules.

  17. Boy! If I didn’t like Sherman, I wouldn’t be much of a Seahawk fan….
    He’s one the best players we have… Yes, we have several, but he sure is one of the most colorful players to watch….

  18. seatowntp says:

    I have NEVER been a fan of Peter King, but I admit I am beginning to soften that stance. Not only does he consider John Schneider the NFL executive of the year, he names Russell Wilson his Offensive Rookie of the Year AND Bobby Wagner his Defensive ROY!!! I’d love that to happen!!! All well deserving of the respective awards.

  19. Eric; Pay no attention to me. I know nothing. Link is fine (duh!).


  20. Skavage says:

    Atlanta, may the curse of Juan be with you!

    And may both teams come away with zero injuries, regardless of the outcome. Hated to see two knee’s blown last week. I’m fairly confident the field conditions contributed highly to both.

  21. IBGoofy says:

    John Schneider sure deserves a huge amount of credit for the jump in competitiveness of this team… PC & coaching staff also, of course, but the ability/impact of the rookies on an ongoing basis is uncanny…

    Let’s see, how about Denver vs Hawks in Super Bowl?????

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