John Kincade



This is no time to sit on the fence. You are either all in or get out. The playoffs is not the time to waffle. Make a call. I’ll make mine.

The Atlanta Falcons are going to win vs. Seattle. They are going to win by ten points or more. You won’t be crying in your beer on Saturday night. Get ready to party.

Falcons 27-17

Atlanta Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo, right, celebrates with Austin Hooper 981) and Jacob Tamme (83) after Toilolo scored a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Atlanta Falcons celebrate with a touchdown in the second half of game against Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

There are many reasons to like the Falcons on Saturday. Here is why I do:

  1. The Falcons offense is prolific. They average over 33 points a game. If they are even held down a bit by Seattle, they still get into the mid 20’s.
  2. The Seahawks offense does not travel. This is a team has averaged just 16 points a game on the road this season. In four of their road games they averaged ten points  or less. That’s mediocre to poor.
  3. Russell Wilson was in the bottom quarter of NFL QB’s on the road. He averaged just a 48 QBR away from home all year! He had less than a 50 QBR in 5 of his 8 road games. He had less than a 39 in half of them.
  4. The Seahawks offensive line stinks. They are arguably one of the worst 5 units in the NFL.

I’m confident that this was the best possible matchup for Atlanta.

I look forward to discussing the NFC Championship Game with you next week!

– John Kincade
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Kincade’s Random Thoughts – 01/03/17


I’ll be glad to say it…”Boy was I wrong!”  The entire off season of 2016 I was a non-believer in Kyle Shanahan. I thought he was a petulant, unbending football mind unwilling to cooperate with his star QB.  Yep, got that one really wrong. I never once gave the guy the benefit of the doubt that he could learn and evolve. He taught me a lesson in harsh judgments. 

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan walks on the turf before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

This summer I predicted a Falcons step back to 7-9, based mostly on the schedule difficulty they faced. I was off by 4 games as the Falcons mostly cruised to 11 victories.

I criticized the drafting of Keanu Neal. Though I did not trash him as a talent, I thought that his selection at 19 was far too aggressive. After this impressive rookie campaign I see his upside and can understand why they fell in love with him. In fact, there were not 18 better rookies so TD and the Falcons get the win there.

Those are the three things that I got wrong on the 2016 Falcons. I’m thrilled that I get to own up to them publicly. This team is in excellent position to reach a Super Bowl. That is good for my business and theirs! Stay tuned and enjoy the playoff ride.

Buy those playoff tickets NOW!


nfl-playoffs-bannerThe playoff tickets are available NOW. You can go to and get them!  Great seats ARE available.  I know because I bought mine today!  You know the day and the game time. You want to have Atlanta fans buying up these seats before the opposing team is named. If the Packers or Giants come to town they will bring along a lot of fans. Block that opportunity NOW! 


Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes the ball as New Orleans Saints defensive end Paul Kruger (99) looks on during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Falcons QB Matt Ryan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

It is not just about the statistics, even though almost every single category wins the argument for Matt Ryan.  He never had a dip that lasted more than a half this whole season. Take that Aaron Rodgers! He was not suspended for 4 games either. Sorry Tom Brady! The Dallas rookies can have a category for rookies all their own.

Matt blew away his career statistics in season 9. He was far and away the most consistent QB in the game. Give the guy his due.


Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick stands on the sidelines before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Former Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

I was proud of Mike Vick in his homecoming and even more of the  hometown fans who gave him his ovation. Mike paid his debt to society and more importantly to the people he owed money. He is an example of redemption and continues to lead a changed life. Bravo Mike and congrats to our own Brian Finneran too for being honored.


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I’ve grown tired of the people who are demanding a playoff victory to validate this Falcons season as “progress”. I know that they are currently only 8-5 and have just matched last seasons win total, but I see so much more.

Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Vic Beasley runs for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Falcons LB Vic Beasley. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

During that tremendous beat down of the Rams I tried to find a unit that I felt was playing at a lower level than they were in early October. Good News? I really can’t find one. The running game isn’t putting up crazy numbers, but points per game is all I want to judge an offense by. They currently are 5.4 points per game better than the second best team in the NFL. They are almost 12 points a game better than last year. That is nothing short of amazing and PROGRESS.

Yes, the defensive statistics have regressed this year, but the experience on the roster makes that explainable. I also know that they are younger, more talented and more athletic than last year. That is worth celebrating. Falcons fans have seen an improved defense over the past 6 games with 5 of them being better than the average. This team is headed in the right direction even if the steps are small.

If the Falcons win ten games and go to the playoffs I will consider that true PROGRESS and a success. If they win a playoff game my grade of A will become an A+. I don’t expect 2016 to end in the Super Bowl, but things have progressed nicely.



geo-helmet-awayThe talented Adam Gillespie “Road Dawg” has a blog up on the website about the current cost of funding a coaching staff at Georgia. The 5th most expensive assistants in America. I think it is fair to question whether the coaches earned their large paychecks. Larger than Michigan, Ohio State, Clemson, etc…

My issue continues to be with a bonus structure for underachieving. It doesn’t exist in any other line of work. Your company doesn’t reward you for 7-5. The paydays for mediocre performance is out of control.



christmas-wreath-high-res-psd88499I love spending time with you every weekday and Sunday on The Fan. I appreciate you interacting with us and always voicing your opinions. I’m expecting an exciting start to 2017 with the Falcons in the playoffs and a trip to the National Championship Game in Tampa.

The last two weeks are a great time to reconnect with my family and for us to travel to Philadelphia after the holiday. I hope you and your family have a blessed holiday season. I look forward to being back on the airwaves nationally on New Years Day on CBS Sports Radio and on Buck and Kincade on Monday, January 2nd.


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Kincade’s Random Thoughts For Dec. 1st


One of the best parts of doing sports talk radio in Atlanta since 1995 is the funny emails and tweets you get from fans. These are especially funny if you are an “outsider” and not a fan boy for the local team. When you are negative on the local team and deservedly so, you get the you’re an Eagles fan responses. Then when you brag on the team and deservedly so, you get the you’re being a fan boy response. Let me break it down for you. I love being able to evaluate the Falcons with objectivity. I don’t ride the roller coaster. I can evaluate with my head and not my heart. By the way, I love it when they win because they have good people in the organization I like and it usually helps to line my pockets with cash.

Atlanta Falcons fans cheer. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Atlanta Falcons fans cheer. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

I’m convinced that the 2 seed in the NFC is not out of reach. I’m also convinced you can’t get it without a win on Sunday vs. the Chiefs. The Falcons have to create a home field advantage and it needs to start now. At 7-4 the Falcons are in good shape. Win your remaining home games and they are in GREAT shape! 

Buck and I argue constantly about whether a team wants the easy path to a title or the hard path. You know the answer that the athletes won’t ever admit. They want the easy path. Do you want to have to win 3 games to go to the Super Bowl or 2? Of course you want the bye so can rest and only have to win 2. Do you want to play at home or on the road? Of course you want to play at home.

The Falcons can possibly get to the Super Bowl if they get the 2 seed. If they are the 3 or 4 I don’t see it as a viable dream. I don’t envision the 4 seed Falcons beating the Giants, then going on the road to beat Dallas and then on the road to beat Seattle. Be honest, with this defense you don’t either! Now, if you tell me they get the bye week and have a game vs Seattle at home to win and then a trip to Dallas dream away! 

The defense is younger and more athletic, but they are worse off in every category that matters but sacks from last season. The offense is amazing but Kyle Shanahan may be out the door in January. Win now Falcons, win now.


Matt Ryan (David Goldman-AP)Matt Ryan’s career QB Rating is 92. His best season in his first 8 years was 99. This year he is at an outrageous 114, 22 points above his career average. That is crazy.

You can’t find any QB that has that kind of jump 9 years in. Congrats to Matt, still,a young 31, for being an old dog that can learn new tricks! 


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– John Kincade
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“Those people” just don’t get it. ‘They” think they can talk down to us and tell us what is best. I’ve heard too much of this kind of talk in the last week and I’ve finally reached the tipping point. I can’t hold my tongue any longer. May I have just a few minutes of your time to speak the words I’m not hearing anywhere else?

I’ve heard pundits saying “How did we get here?” all week long. Many of these same voices are the exact reason we ARE here and they refuse to take ownership of what THEY created. Endless hours of preaching to their own choirs. Liberals flocking to slanted media outlets, while conservatives do the same. Years of hearing and reading and seeing twisted accounts of the same stories so they can be shoe horned in to fit a particular narrative.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich reacts to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, May 2, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is “sick to my stomach” over Trump’s victory. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Now we have our NBA coaches, sports writers and columnists speaking out to tell us all how horrified they are with the election results. Their bubbles of like thinking have been burst and they are angry. They are as angry now as the other half of the country has grown angered the last 8 years. You see, for every liberal who hates the things Trump has said about women and Mexicans , there is a conservative who hated being told in 2009 that “Republicans needed to get to the back of the bus” or that “Rural Americans cling to their bibles and guns”. Both sides of what has become our great national argument stopped listening to each other long ago.

The most successful TV News outlet on cable fed off this anger and built and empire and a movement. The rest of the more mainstream media spent the last decade working as cover for failed policies and perceived corruption. You know what came before the last 8 years in Washington? Failed policies and perceived corruption!

Nobody wants to own their own messes anymore. People refuse to admit on both sides when the ideas they believe in are implemented and they fail. They take issues and refuse to think that there might be two sides to the argument. Without that two sides of an argument premise, my industry is dead. Unfortunately it died in media coverage years ago. What it has created is a tone deaf society where both sides do a horrendous job of learning from each other. It is what caused me to cast a vote in every ballot initiative in 2016 EXCEPT this Presidential Race. I’m sorry, i had no interest in aligning with any of you.

Bruce Springsteen holding concerts to tell people how they should vote. After making a career of being the voice of the American worker, the factory guy, the blue collar voice in music. Ironically, those same people overwhelmingly rejected his chosen candidate. Conversely those who wrap themselves in the flag and constantly question whether a liberal “loves America” or whether someone else is a “Good American” because they won’t preach from the same talking points they do.

The largest urban areas in America strongly supported Clinton. Those centers of more liberal thinking can’t take a minute to understand how their message and world view was rejected by almost every small town and more rural city in America. It’s ironic because those same people can’t understand why people in the big cities are angry at the things Trump has said. They claim they are only words.

To both sides I say WAKE UP! Those large urban areas that supported the Democrats boast our highest crime rates, worst schools and failed economies. Many in rural areas chose to ignore hateful rhetoric, never putting themselves in the shoes of those who have been subject to this kind of talk in the past and never want to go back. Strangely, I don’t blame either side for being disgusted with the other. I’m disgusted with you both.

I am suggesting today that we all take some time to go back to kindergarten and “put on our listening ears”. Instead of crawling back into our myopic echo chambers let us turn our energies into demanding our press goes goes back to doing their job. That the news be reported with a critical eye. That opposing views be given a forum and consideration. Enough of thinking YOUR SIDE has it all figured out. Let me tell you, I have 16 years of American history since 2000 to tell you that YOUR SIDE doesn’t. They have both failed us, miserably. Unfortunately, we have all failed each other too.

My show has never been a “safe place”. I don’t foster a forum of let’s suck our thumbs and cry over spilled milk. I’m more like blunt force trauma. I love all my listeners, even the ones who tweet me nasty comments or send hateful emails. I consider those listeners a product of the environment. An environment that we all created. I know this…if we created THAT environment in 2016 America we can ALL create a new one.

Now, can we all just get back to things we can all agree on? Like the Cowboys suck or the Patriots are cheaters? Just kidding….much love to you all.

– John Kincade
Co-Host “Buck and Kincade” – 680 The Fan

Host “John Kincade Show” – CBS Sports Radio
Co-Host “BIG Podcast with Shaq” – Podcast One

John Kincade: Random Thoughts 11-07-2016


Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) is under center Alex Mack (51) during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)
Atlanta Falcons Offense (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)

The Falcons took the weekend off after a huge beat down of the Buccaneers on Thursday night. Sunday wasn’t the best as the Saints (4-4) and Panthers (3-5) refused to cooperate with loses. Yet the news for the Falcons was really good. The Vikings fell for the third straight week to (5-3) and the Packers were upset at home by the Colts to fall to (4-4). That allowed the Falcons to move into the two seed.

Sitting in the two seed gives the Falcons a tremendous reason to focus going into their work week facing the Eagles in Philly. The two seed and the three seed provide completely different paths to a Super Bowl. Having to win one home game after a bye week is a fantastic advantage. The Falcons need to lock down this opportunity. Beware! The Eagles have been amazing at home…Just ask the Steelers and the Vikings.


2000px-Auburn_University_Athletics_logoGrow over the course of a season and stop making the same mistakes. That is the goal for a team struggling at 4-4. If the Dawgs had not locked down win number 5 at Kentucky, a .500 season and bowl eligibility was in danger. Great job by the Dawgs in finding a way to get it done. The comeback was solid and the execution on offense when they needed it most was outstanding.

Trying to beat Auburn is another story, but the Dawgs still don’t have that signature win. This would be a great time to set yourself up for a winning season.


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Atlanta Falcons fans cheer as teams warm up before the first of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Atlanta Falcons fans…cheer up! (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

I guaranteed a Falcons victory last week on the show. I liked the matchup with the Packers and knew that this was an opponent who has been losing big games for a while now. It’s not 2010. I thought it would be a more comfortable victory, but I’ll take it.

What floors me is the way some Falcons fans reacted all day yesterday. The Falcons fell behind in the game and the emails started, 22 of them in total! I’m not even counting the people who were tweeting me about it. Even my peers in sports talk radio started with the “same old Falcons” “it’s 2015 all over again” garbage. Last years team is NOT this years. The Falcons now have a roster that is still evolving, but full of potential upside. The defense is not good enough, but the offense has been special.

Before the season, Matt Ryan speculated this could be a 30 point per game offense and I scoffed. I believed that averaging 26 points would be an optimistic goal. Good for them, at 5-3 they have navigated a difficult schedule and set themselves up for success. It’s not over if they beat Tampa on Thursday, but it will be close.

My request to some of the Falcons faithful, instead of trying to troll me because YOU don’t believe in YOUR team just enjoy the games!


Georgia head coach Kirby Smart (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Unlike others, you know my rule about coaches in football. I’m not going to judge them on their first season. It’s not a total gimme season, but I try not to over react. This freshman year for Kirby Smart is certainly testing my patience.

The talent is very thin in the senior and junior classes. The losses and the way they have come about is quickly becoming unacceptable. Fans are growing restless. This week vs Kentucky now becomes a scary proposition. If the Dawgs lose this one, they have to beat Auburn or Georgia Tech to be 6-6. The heat will REALLY be on if they lose. If there was ever a must win, this is it.


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John Kincade – Falcons and Kirby…Opposite Directions?


Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, right, and Earl Thomas (obscured) break up a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Seattle. The Seahawks beat the Falcons 26-24. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, right, and Earl Thomas (obscured) break up a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

If you have listened to me over the years, you know I do not believe in moral victories. If I ever was going to even consider one, last Sunday in Seattle might sway my opinion. If I take into consideration everything that the team displayed under duress, I find myself more impressed today than I was last week.

I know, that is a lot of ifs. I also know what I saw with my own two eyes. Crushed in the first half it would have been predictable for a team to sleep walk to a loss. That has happened in the past but the exact opposite occurred. This team played with a ferocity of efficiency we haven’t seen before. The third quarter on Sunday was the best I have ever seen Matt Ryan play. He was poised, confident and led his team to a 21-0 quarter that has never happened before under Pete Carroll in Seattle.

The Falcons have teased you in the past. I am not thinking this is a tease at all. At 4-w Atlanta is a legitimate threat in the NFC. There is a long way to go, but I don’t see any warning signs to suggest a repeat of the collapse of 2015. Great job by everyone around the Falcons on surviving and thriving in the hardest part of the schedule.


Georgia head coach Kirby Smart (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

I consider myself a Kirby Smart supporter, but I won’t be an apologist. His first year as a Head Coach is teetering on disastrous. He is being asked to play with a short deck of talent, but he is not getting the most out of what he has to play with.

Vanderbilt lost by 31 to Georgia Tech. The Dawgs could not beat them at home. Celebrating your defense “shutting down” Vandy on offense truly rings hollow. They are an SEC bottom feeder and they ruined Homecoming for you. The lackluster wins that preceded this debacle should have been a warning sign. I’m sorry I missed it.

It takes time to build a championship program. It requires buy in from the fan base to succeed. This has not been the way to garner such support.


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John Kincade: Random Thoughts


screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-2-02-41-pmAfter an opening weekend loss to the Buccaneers at home, there was no reason to expect this drastic turnaround. (4-1) is still a game behind the perfect (5-0) pace of 2015, but this bunch certainly seems different.

The Falcons are playing with great balance and confidence. For the first time in 2016 the defense was better than expected and made plays when they needed to seal the victory. The offense was a dual threat confusion fest for one of the NFL’s best defenses. Matt Ryan a poised leader who did enough.

This road trip is already a huge success. Now you go to Seattle playing with house money. Think about it. In 8 days the Falcons have beaten both participants in last years Super Bowl. It is OK to dream a bit tonight if this team could find its way to Houston. The NFC is not great, so play on and keep racking up the wins.


screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-2-03-34-pmI am not a die hard Georgia fan, though I do find myself rooting for them every week. I’m a well documented all aboard the Kirby train guy. Earlier this year I said that there were only two things that I wanted in 2016 to call this first year a success.

  1. I wanted to see the development of Jacob Eason. I was looking for some reason to think that the QB position would be solved for 2017 and 2018.
  2. I wanted Kirby Smart to win every game that he was supposed to. If Georgia was favored, I wanted a win. Pull off an upset along the way? Great! Lose a game you are not supposed to lose? Same old Richt era stuff!

So far, so good. Win a lackluster afternoon against an over matched South Carolina team and move on to Vanderbilt. (4-2) at the halfway point is good, not great. There is obviously a lot of work to be done. Take care of business against an inferior opponent and then prepare for the first Kirby-era Cocktail Party. I can’t wait to see this evolve. So far, it’s been a struggle but nothing I did not expect.


AJ Pierzynski & Roger McDowell (AP Photo David Goldman)

Roger did not get the results he always wanted, but it was probably time for both parties to part ways. 11 years was a great run, but the success never came to the level either side wanted. He was always a class act to our show and I appreciate him for it.

Oh yeah, I’m still TEAM SNIT. The Braves had the best kind of interview process they ever could and he was exceptional. Give him a two year deal and hope that the momentum gained continues.

Kincade’s Survivor Pool Update

surviver-pool-logoIt’s been absolute carnage on Corona’s Survivor Pool Island!

cardinals-desktopThe Arizona Cardinals wiped out 45 of our island mates in a tidal wave of agony on Sunday night! Those poor souls will never get their finger sized by the Solomon Brothers for that Championship Ring!

There are only 114 of us left, yes that includes the man who invited you to visit the island in the first place! Do not let yourself forget to place your selection for Week 5.

Do it today so there are no slip ups! Good news! I have no need to consider any road block games at this point. I’m going to see how October plays out!

My guess is very few inhabitants will exit the contest this weekend!

Good Luck!