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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Dilfer: Falcons can be beaten at home

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Simply from a selfish media standpoint, Trent Dilfer was one of the better players I ever covered. I’m not talking in terms of his ability as a quarterback. I’m talking purely in his value as an interview.

I covered Dilfer when he first came into the league with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was accessible, bright, opinionated and brutally honest, which is pretty much all you can ask for from a media standpoint.

But Dilfer has taken it to a higher level since he’s been working as a television analyst for ESPN. In fact, as the NFC South blogger, I don’t think I could have received a better Christmas gift from Dilfer than his thoughts on the Atlanta Falcons.

Watch and listen to what Dilfer has to say and, then, start firing away in the comments section below.

There are times as a journalist when the best thing you can do is simply get out of the way. That’s exactly what I’m going to do here because Dilfer’s thoughts pretty much speak for themselves.

You’ll see and hear it in the video and I’ll just quickly summarize what Dilfer said. He pretty strongly said the Atlanta Falcons are not the best team in the NFL. He went on to compare them to the 2003 Kansas City Chiefs, who went 13-3 in the regular season, but promptly got bounced in the playoffs. Then, to put the star on the top of the tree, Dilfer went on to say the Falcons are not indestructible at home. As a matter of fact, Dilfer said he thinks the New Orleans Saints can come into the Georgia Dome on Monday night and win, and he wasn’t done there. Dilfer also said the Saints could come back to the Georgia Dome in the playoffs and knock off the Falcons.

Again, I’ll just stay out of the way on this one. Note to Trent: Thanks for the unexpected gift. I’m going to have to run out and get you a present in a hurry and try to overnight it to you.