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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:59 am 
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Against the Giants, Julio Jones eclipsed the 1,000-yards receiving mark on the season, giving the Falcons a tandem over 1,000 yards. They have another threat in Tony Gonzalez that can make it three.

You already know the Falcons have a pair of 1,000-yard receivers this season and you may know that they're one of four tandems in Falcons franchise history to have 1,000-yard receiving seasons in the same year. Julio Jones and Roddy White are maybe the best duo of receivers in the NFL and they're why the Falcons offense usually explodes against opposing defenses.

But did you know this year's Falcons have a third receiver approaching 1,000 yards, giving them three in a single season? Tony Gonzalez is currently at 880 yards receivng which means he needs 120 yards over the final two games of the season to hit 1,000. The tight end is averaging 62 yards per game this season and a 1,000-yard year will make it the fifth of his Hall of Fame career.

A season with three receivers each reaching 1,000 yards has happened one other time in franchise history. In 1995, Bert Emanuel, Eric Metcalf and Terance Mathis achieved 1,000-yard seasons. The total combined yards of the three receivers that season was 3,267. Through 14 games this year, the trio of Gonzalez, Jones and White has accumulated 3,107.


For Gonzalez, who has accomplished nearly everything possible in his career and has set numerous individual marks for tight ends, would love the chance to finish his career doing something with some teammates that few have ever done.

“It’d be great," Gonzalez said on Wednesday. "I think I’d probably want it more for that reason (to join White and Jones). … Don’t get me wrong, I’d take it, but I’d rather do it for the team goal and do something that hasn’t been done often.”

At first thought a season with two 1,000-yard wide receivers and a 1,000-yard tight end seems like it's never happened before, but a little research shows it's only been done one other time in NFL history. The 1980 San Diego Chargers got 1,000-yard efforts from tight end Kellen Winslow and wide receivers Charlie Joiner and John Jefferson.

Having three 1,000-yard receivers has only happened six times in NFL history.

Running back Michael Turner is currently at 741 rushing yards on the season. Reaching his third straight 1,000-yard season will require him to average 130 yards in each of the final two games of the season. If he hits 1,000 yards, it will be the second time in franchise history the offense has featured four 1,000-yard players. The offense from 1995 also featured a 1,000-yard running back in Craig Heyward.


Fun Gus' note: I know this will get me flamed, but if were ahead by the 3rd this saturday, we pull Tony G, Abe, Ryan and Turner. Possibly Julio and Roddy, too..I know here comes the chorus of 'we will get RUSTY and come out FLAT'. Well, to me that is a direct result of piss poor coaching. If you rest your starters, and they dont come out on fire: you are not doing your job. Better to know that then to see Ryan or Abe going down for the count. :ninja:

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 Post subject: Re: 1000 yards
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:25 am 
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Unless the Falcons blowout the Lions, you won't see anyone getting benched. The team needs to clinch home field, they will be taking the game seriously.

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 Post subject: Re: 1000 yards
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:22 am 
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That 95 team really put up some yards, huh? People give J George a lot of grief but he was actually pretty good. Our D was suspect but then the Run and Shoot or fast paced offenses often put defenses in a bind. One of the primary differences in those days and the open offenses of today was there was not even a TE on the roster, if I am not mistaken.

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 Post subject: Re: 1000 yards
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:15 pm 
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Gus, YES I think we must be way ahead because that home field advantage could prove
to be the difference.

I don't think there are any flames, its just we'll have one more game; and then a full bye
week. I agree its a coaches job to help get the players ready, but in our case I think
with the offensive line, I'd like them to have more success and risk an injury; because they've had long stretches of poor play; and I'd like them to have the confidence that they can play well against everyone and let them feel that its for real; that their getting
better and peaking as a line just at the right time.

I thought last week was perfect, it we're up 24 points with 7 minutes left ok, but injuries are part of the game and lets hope we don't get any. There are many instances where the bye doesn't seem to have helped. Hope is playing really well and I think William Moore is the only one we're waiting to get back. Agreed Abe & Babs and some of the older vets should really be helped with the extra rest the bye week will bring.

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 Post subject: Re: 1000 yards
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:46 pm 
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I think you have to incentivize things, such as if you get up 2 scores with X time left, then you can come off the field. If you score x points this week then i won't push you guys in practice the following week. You're essentially coaching against perfection. I assume the Falcons do that every week, but it becomes even more important at this point in the season when you have so little to play for.

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