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Stop with the Lamar Jackson would be better than Matt Ryan nonsense

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The fallout for the Atlanta Falcons continues with more outlandish takes and opinions on social media.

By now, Atlanta Falcons fans fall into two categories – 1. Matt Ryan is the problem or 2. Matt Ryan is far from perfect but is doing his job just fine and gives the Falcons their best chance to win. There is no middle ground at this point.

His detractors love to tell everyone that his stats and numbers are nothing but “garbage time stats” simply because the team lost. The fact is, Matt embodies what everyone wishes their quarterback would do and that is battle until the final horn blows.

As stupid as that statement is, and it’s a favorite among his haters that claim to love the Falcons, the even worse argument that is being seen everywhere for the second straight year is that the Atlanta Falcons are garbage because they passed on Lamar Jackson in 2018.

This statement should be a signal to everyone around you that you have zero ideas what it takes to play football let alone be successful at it.

Had Lamar Jackson been drafted by the Falcons in 2018 instead of Calvin Ridley, Jackson would be sitting on the Falcons practice squad at the moment and not electrifying NFL fans all over the country.

What makes Lamar so effective is that he went to a team with an offensive coordinator that was able to see what makes Lamar so damn special and designed his offense around those traits. Greg Roman did something as an offensive coordinator that most coaches will never do – he put his ego to the side and decided to make his offense fit a player and not force a player to fit an offense.

This is a reason that really talented QBs around the league struggle, they are surrounded by coaches who don’t take into consideration what they do best, and yet this is one of Matt Ryan’s best traits and one that fans give him zero credit for – adaptability.

Matt Ryan is the best option for the Atlanta Falcons.

Matt has had four offensive coordinators during his career – all with very different schemes and ideas on what success looks like. Yet, Matt Ryan has been able to put up NFL record-setting numbers and win a lot of football games in an Atlanta Falcons uniform.

No, he hasn’t won a damn Super Bowl, but fans need to start blaming the defensive coordinators he has had as head coaches who can’t figure out how to build championship-level defenses.

When you look at QB’s like Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, or Russell Wilson, they have had a very limited turnover in their offensive philosophies. Drew Brees has had the same coordinator his entire run in New Orleans – remember he was almost out of the league before landing there.

For Tom Brady’s entire run in New England, even when an OC would leave, Bill Belicheck promoted from within so the offense never changed. Until 2019, Aaron Rodgers had the same luxury as Brady in Green Bay. Russell Wilson has had just two OC’s during his 9 years in Seattle.

Stability matters and instead of realizing Matt Ryan has done what he has without that, the Atlanta Falcons have fans that want to live in some alternate universe that believes their OC that cannot scheme Todd Gurley into a game would somehow make Lamar Jackson great.

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Matt Ryan has his limitations like every NFL QB, but they are not nearly as bad as fans on social media would have you think. These fans will find out very soon that the grass isn’t always greener and they will look back wishing that they spent more time appreciating Matt Ryan instead of wanting to replace him.

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Did Teddy Bridgewater help or hinder the Panthers in Week 3?

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Did the performance of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater help or hinder the Carolina Panthers during their Week 3 win at the Los Angeles Chargers?

The long wait for a win is finally over for the Carolina Panthers. A fine effort saw them come away from SoFi Stadium with a notable 21-16 success at the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3 that might propel them to bigger and better things going forward.

This is not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination. The Carolina Panthers are bracing themselves for a clash against stud quarterback Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals next weekend. With the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, and New Orleans Saints also upcoming in the next few weeks.

If new head coach Matt Rhule can get his young roster to build momentum, then there might just a chance the Panthers can become a nice surprise at this stage of their rebuild.

There is much work to be done, but this will do Carolina’s morale going forward a tremendous amount of good.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is going to be a key component in any success that comes their way. The signal-caller provided a reliable presence under center for the Panthers at the Chargers in a solid if not spectacular performance that ultimately came down to a dramatic stand from the defense in the dying moments.

There is a lot of scrutiny on Bridgewater during what is his second chance at a starting opportunity. The early signs have been mainly positive, but did the former first-round pick help or hinder the Panthers during an elusive first victory of the campaign?

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Chicago Bears: 3 overreactions after Week 3 win at Falcons

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The Chicago Bears lost their first game of the season and the world is burning

I wrote the bulk of this intro before the Chicago Bears came back and won. In fact, I’m actually going to leave my headline and copy below it to show just how bad of a hole the Chicago Bears were in. So here it is.

Everybody knew that this Chicago Bears team wasn’t quite ready to make a Super Bowl run. They scraped by two bad teams that have not been impressive this year. The team hasn’t been the same team that we saw in the past couple of years. They’ve essentially played one quarter in both of their games to this point.

As I’ve said though, they’ve been able to win up until now. And perhaps that has been enough for the Bears staff to avoid making any big changes. But as Week 4 is in the rearview mirror, all of that went down the drain. Chicago finally lost a game as their fourth-quarter comeback fell short.

Despite the fact that they almost came back, this should not be a result that anybody is proud of. The offense looked dead for most of the game against a Falcons defense that was riddled by injuries and just plain bad, even without injuries. The defense struggled against a Falcons receiving core that didn’t have the most talented receiver of his generation in Julio Jones.

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Bengals’ tight end Drew Sample will be a key player against the Eagles

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As the Bengals seek their first win of the season, tight end Drew Sample will have to make a big impact against the Eagles.

After an offseason full of optimism, the Cincinnati Bengals find themselves without a win through their first two weeks of play. On Sunday, they will have another chance to get rookie Joe Burrow his first career win over another winless team in the Philadelphia Eagles.

To come away with a win for the first time this year, the Bengals will need tight end Drew Sample to have a big day. The second-year tight end has already put together two solid performances, but will need to continue his upward trend in week three.

Going into the Bengals’ week two matchup against the Browns, Sample was not the starting tight end in Zac Taylor’s offense. However, after a devastating injury to C.J. Uzomah that took him out for the season, Sample will be Cincinnati’s top tight end for the rest of the year.

In Uzomah’s absence against the Browns, Sample had an impressive showing. With 7 receptions and 45 yards, the 2019 second-round pick was tied for a team-high in catches on the night.

Week three features favorable matchups for Drew Sample

Leading the team in receptions against the Browns, it is clear that Sample is a player that Burrow trusts. The two will need to continue having a solid connection to exploit the Eagles’ weakness against tight ends.

Through just two games, the Eagles’ defense has already given up four touchdowns to tight ends. Against Philly, Logan Thomas of the Washington Football Team found the end zone once in week one while Los Angeles Rams’ tight ends scored three times in week two.

The Bengals have not been strong in the red-zone so far this season. If they can utilize Drew Sample against the Eagles in the same way Philadelphia’s first two opponents have, it could be the key to turning things around in the money zone.

However, Sample won’t only be needed as a pass-catcher. He will also be needed as a blocker, which is considered by most to be his biggest strength.

According to Pro Football Focus, Sample has a run-blocking grade of 67.7 after two games. With star running back Joe Mixon struggling to get anything done on the ground so far this season, Sample will be crucial as a blocker if the Bengals want to get him going.

With an overall grade of 74.4, Sample is PFF’s #14 tight end after two games. In his first full game as a starter, he should be able to exploit the Eagles’ defense for the best game of his young career.

To avoid starting with an 0-3 record for their second straight season, the former second-round pick Sample is going to have to step up in a big way.

Next: Joe Mixon is finding more success running to the right

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