Flogging the Falcons

Posted: January 06, 2003

Here is a jaded look at Atlantas NFL team.

Public Enemy No. 1. Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is trying to unseat Donovan McNabb as the NFLs Mr. Excitement. Vick is good, but did he play nearly a whole game on a broken ankle like you-know-who?

Call them fans? On Dec. 1, 1974, a record 40,202 no-shows stayed home, wisely it turned out, for the Falcons 30-7 loss to the Rams.

Brett who? The Falcons traded Brett Favre to the Packers for the 17th overall choice in the 1992 draft. It brought them running back Tony Smith, who will not get into the Hall of Fame.

Keep the ball. On Dec. 17, 1972, Dave Hampton became the first Falcons running back to rack up 1,000 rushing yards. The game was stopped and the football was given to Hampton. Then Hampton was tackled for a loss and finished the season with 995 yards.

Too little, too late. The late Norman Van Brocklin was a heroic figure when he carried the Eagles to the 1960 NFL championship. But as the Falcons head coach from 1968 through 1974, he compiled a 37-49-3 record and only one winning season.

Bad trade, by George. In 1994, the Falcons traded their No. 1 and 3 draft choices to the Colts for quarterback Jeff George. George went on to trash his Falcons career in a loss to the Eagles by having a sideline shouting match with head coach June Jones.

Run 'n' Lose. In 1990, the Falcons hired Jerry Glanville as their ninth head coach, thus ushering in the infamous, "Run n Shoot" offense to the NFL. No one runs that offense anymore.

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