John Kincade: Random Thoughts

FALCONS ON A ROLL AFTER HUGE WIN IN DENVER

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.

GEORGIA AIN’T PERFECT, BUT IT SHOULD BE ENOUGH

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.

MCDOWELL WAS NEVER A PROBLEM

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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.

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