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Jeff Schultz

AJC columnist

Jeff Schultz is a general sports columnist and blogger who isn't afraid to share his opinion, which may not necessarily jibe with yours. Also has been known to make a joke or two. Honored by Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE), National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) and others.

Latest from Jeff Schultz

Georgia’s Roquan Smith doing right thing for himself going to NFL
 Georgia fans wanted a repeat of the moment last year when four players -- Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy -- all announced they would return for their senior seasons. But when Roquan Smith declared for the NFL draft Monday, it was the right decision for him. Smith released a three-paragraph statement through Georgia...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Georgia fans wanted a repeat of the moment last year when four players -- Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy -- all announced they would return for their senior seasons. But when Roquan Smith declared for the NFL draft Monday, it was the right decision for him. Smith released a three-paragraph statement through Georgia...
Georgia’s Roquan Smith doing right thing for himself going to NFL
 Georgia fans wanted a repeat of the moment last year when four players — Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Lorenzo Carter and Davin
                  Bellamy — all announced they would return for their senior seasons. But when Roquan Smith declared for the NFL draft Monday,
                  it was the right decision for him.
        ...

Posted: a day ago

Georgia fans wanted a repeat of the moment last year when four players — Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy — all announced they would return for their senior seasons. But when Roquan Smith declared for the NFL draft Monday, it was the right decision for him. ...
Offseason decisions (not just Sarkisian) led to Falcons’ problems
 The Falcons’ grew tired of critics continually measuring their offensive success this season against the Super Bowl team of 2016 -- and to be fair, nobody should have expected Matt Ryan would replicate his MVP season or the Falcons would average nearly 34 points per game again. But the problem wasn’t that the Falcons didn&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

The Falcons’ grew tired of critics continually measuring their offensive success this season against the Super Bowl team of 2016 -- and to be fair, nobody should have expected Matt Ryan would replicate his MVP season or the Falcons would average nearly 34 points per game again. But the problem wasn’t that the Falcons didn&rsquo...
Falcons out of playoffs because offense failed them too often
 If there was even a trace of justification for the late-game unraveling and the manner in which the Falcons’ season ended a year ago, it’s that they lost to arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history, and a coach and a franchise that have become associated with all-time-best arguments. But this wasn’t Tom Brady. It...

Posted: 2 days ago

If there was even a trace of justification for the late-game unraveling and the manner in which the Falcons’ season ended a year ago, it’s that they lost to arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history, and a coach and a franchise that have become associated with all-time-best arguments. But this wasn’t Tom Brady. It...
Former Alabama star WR Julio Jones slept through Monday’s title game
 ATLANTA — Julio Jones didn’t see most of the game the other night. But he obviously knows who won, and he has been displaying
            only a subtle Alabama brag since. He’s not parading around the Atlanta Falcons’ practice facility this week dressed out in Crimson Tide swag, nor is he handing
            out little...

Posted: 3 days ago

ATLANTA — Julio Jones didn’t see most of the game the other night. But he obviously knows who won, and he has been displaying only a subtle Alabama brag since. He’s not parading around the Atlanta Falcons’ practice facility this week dressed out in Crimson Tide swag, nor is he handing out little...
Julio Jones slept through Bama win but pumped for Falcons’ playoffs
 So let’s get this out of the way. Julio Jones didn’t see most of the game the other night. But he obviously knows who won and he has been displaying only a subtle Alabama brag since. He’s not parading around the Falcons’ practice facility this week dressed out in Crimson Tide swag, nor is he handing out little elephant...

Posted: 4 days ago

So let’s get this out of the way. Julio Jones didn’t see most of the game the other night. But he obviously knows who won and he has been displaying only a subtle Alabama brag since. He’s not parading around the Falcons’ practice facility this week dressed out in Crimson Tide swag, nor is he handing out little elephant...
Matching wit(s) with Philly columnist on Falcons-Eagles playoff
 As we look ahead to Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff game between the Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, I was contacted this week by pal and long-time Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bob Ford for my thoughts on the game. So he sends me an email, and I send him an email, and it continues, and the next thing you know we’ve got this...

Posted: 5 days ago

As we look ahead to Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff game between the Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, I was contacted this week by pal and long-time Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bob Ford for my thoughts on the game. So he sends me an email, and I send him an email, and it continues, and the next thing you know we’ve got this...
Georgia’s future looks bright with Smart but these chances are rare
 In his attempt to summarize and disseminate his secret to long-term success, Nick Saban the other day sounded less like a football coach than the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, which he kind of is. “Success is not a continuum, it's momentary,” the Alabama coach said. “It's human nature to get satisfied and get a little complacent...

Posted: 6 days ago

In his attempt to summarize and disseminate his secret to long-term success, Nick Saban the other day sounded less like a football coach than the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, which he kind of is. “Success is not a continuum, it's momentary,” the Alabama coach said. “It's human nature to get satisfied and get a little complacent...
Georgia comes close to title but falls to Alabama -- it’s Atlanta’s curse
 One day, if Kirby Smart continues to work wonders with Georgia’s football program, there may be more SEC championship banners to hang. Maybe there even will be a national title or two to celebrate, assuming  the sports gods get tired of plunging pins into their Atlanta voodoo doll. But that’s not now. Because all that happened...

Posted: 7 days ago

One day, if Kirby Smart continues to work wonders with Georgia’s football program, there may be more SEC championship banners to hang. Maybe there even will be a national title or two to celebrate, assuming  the sports gods get tired of plunging pins into their Atlanta voodoo doll. But that’s not now. Because all that happened...
Falcons remind us again they have Super Bowl potential
 This is the time to put away everything you thought about the Falcons before this weekend. Forget about that early three-game losing streak. (Especially the one at home to Jay Cutler and Miami. You may need to pre-soak the stain). Forget about more humiliation at New England, and the flat performances against Carolina, Minnesota and ...

Posted: 8 days ago

This is the time to put away everything you thought about the Falcons before this weekend. Forget about that early three-game losing streak. (Especially the one at home to Jay Cutler and Miami. You may need to pre-soak the stain). Forget about more humiliation at New England, and the flat performances against Carolina, Minnesota and ...
Falcons open playoffs with upset -- and now it’s about defense
 A year ago, we watched for the offense. The Falcons dazzled us with X’s and O’s that short-circuited scoreboards, blinded opposing defenses and made Atlanta sports fans stop and think, “Wait. Is this our team? Is this a trick?” Then the season-long euphoria ended in a way that could only be reserved for Atlanta&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

A year ago, we watched for the offense. The Falcons dazzled us with X’s and O’s that short-circuited scoreboards, blinded opposing defenses and made Atlanta sports fans stop and think, “Wait. Is this our team? Is this a trick?” Then the season-long euphoria ended in a way that could only be reserved for Atlanta&rsquo...