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

Falcons pass on their biggest need but Calvin Ridley should be nice fit
 There’s a strong case to be made that the Falcons passed on a chance to fill their biggest need in the first round of the NFL draft. But there’s just as strong a case to be made they probably took the better player available. Let the second-guessing begin. Needing to fill a void at defensive tackle and looking at an obvious candidate...

Posted: 34 minutes ago

There’s a strong case to be made that the Falcons passed on a chance to fill their biggest need in the first round of the NFL draft. But there’s just as strong a case to be made they probably took the better player available. Let the second-guessing begin. Needing to fill a void at defensive tackle and looking at an obvious candidate...
Hawks need to find right coach after Mike Budenholzer quit on rebuild
 Nobody looks good when somebody gets fired. Georgia fired Mark Richt because it felt it had hit a ceiling (fine). But athletic director Greg McGarity fumbled the news conference when he refused to take questions (not fine), further irritating a significant segment of the fan base that didn’t like him, anyway. The Braves fired Fredi...

Posted: 9 hours ago

Nobody looks good when somebody gets fired. Georgia fired Mark Richt because it felt it had hit a ceiling (fine). But athletic director Greg McGarity fumbled the news conference when he refused to take questions (not fine), further irritating a significant segment of the fan base that didn’t like him, anyway. The Braves fired Fredi...
Budenholzer’s relationship with Hawks was beyond healing
 The Hawks and Mike Budenholzer are no longer at one. Actually, it’s now clear they haven’t been at one for a while, at least from the coach’s perspective. The team announced late Wednesday night that they have effectively fired Budenholzer, although the press release put it in more delicate language: “mutually...

Posted: a day ago

The Hawks and Mike Budenholzer are no longer at one. Actually, it’s now clear they haven’t been at one for a while, at least from the coach’s perspective. The team announced late Wednesday night that they have effectively fired Budenholzer, although the press release put it in more delicate language: “mutually...
Michael Vick’s career goes down an unexpected path: football coach
 He’s 37 years old now but still looks trim, fit, fast. Maybe Michael Vick isn’t the burner he was in the days when he turned the NFL upside down and inside out, when he changed the way so many viewed the quarterback position and commanded our attention with video-game-like athletic ability. But he was still the obvious centerpiece...

Posted: a day ago

He’s 37 years old now but still looks trim, fit, fast. Maybe Michael Vick isn’t the burner he was in the days when he turned the NFL upside down and inside out, when he changed the way so many viewed the quarterback position and commanded our attention with video-game-like athletic ability. But he was still the obvious centerpiece...
Ronald Acuna arriving at right time for improving, entertaining Braves
 There’s a natural evolution for all teams that choose to tear it down and rebuild. First they become really bad. Then they stay bad longer than expected. Then they improve. Then they get interesting. Then, if all goes well and somebody at the top knows what they’re doing, they get good. It’s too early at this point to conclude...

Posted: 2 days ago

There’s a natural evolution for all teams that choose to tear it down and rebuild. First they become really bad. Then they stay bad longer than expected. Then they improve. Then they get interesting. Then, if all goes well and somebody at the top knows what they’re doing, they get good. It’s too early at this point to conclude...
Look past misdirection: Falcons’ biggest need is on defensive line
 The NFL draft will begin as scheduled Thursday night. This was reaffirmed when the world did not end Tuesday, contrary to the prognostication of numerologist David Meade, who stated an alignment of the sun, moon and Neptune would lead to a disaster of Biblical proportions, something even worse than when Julio Jones pushed reset on his Twitter...

Posted: 2 days ago

The NFL draft will begin as scheduled Thursday night. This was reaffirmed when the world did not end Tuesday, contrary to the prognostication of numerologist David Meade, who stated an alignment of the sun, moon and Neptune would lead to a disaster of Biblical proportions, something even worse than when Julio Jones pushed reset on his Twitter...
Kirby Smart has made even a dull spring game at Georgia a big deal
 Five months after its last home game in Athens (Kentucky, flattened), four months after its first SEC championship in 12 years (Auburn, smothered), three months after the pass-the-paperbags-we’re-hyperventilating carnival ride through the college football playoffs (Oklahoma, tipped. Alabama … DAMN’T!), Georgia played a...

Posted: 5 days ago

Five months after its last home game in Athens (Kentucky, flattened), four months after its first SEC championship in 12 years (Auburn, smothered), three months after the pass-the-paperbags-we’re-hyperventilating carnival ride through the college football playoffs (Oklahoma, tipped. Alabama … DAMN’T!), Georgia played a...
Kirby Smart has made even a dull spring game at Georgia a big deal
 ATHENS — Five months after its last home game in Athens (Kentucky, flattened), four months after its first SEC championship
            in 12 years (Auburn, smothered), three months after the pass-thepaperbags-we’re-hyperventilating carnival ride through the
            college football playoffs (Oklahoma, tipped. Alabama &hellip...

Posted: 5 days ago

ATHENS — Five months after its last home game in Athens (Kentucky, flattened), four months after its first SEC championship in 12 years (Auburn, smothered), three months after the pass-thepaperbags-we’re-hyperventilating carnival ride through the college football playoffs (Oklahoma, tipped. Alabama &hellip...
Remember when Falcons’ Dimitroff was in trouble? Yeah, not anymore
 Before allowing visitors into his Chamber of Secrets, Thomas Dimitroff walked in, closed the door behind him, digitally whitewashed the walls of his office of all depth charts and player rankings, cleaned his desk, turned off his computer screen and flipped the two big screens to a Falcons’ screensaver and, I think, the Food Network...

Posted: 7 days ago

Before allowing visitors into his Chamber of Secrets, Thomas Dimitroff walked in, closed the door behind him, digitally whitewashed the walls of his office of all depth charts and player rankings, cleaned his desk, turned off his computer screen and flipped the two big screens to a Falcons’ screensaver and, I think, the Food Network...
Hawks, Budenholzer both could be making mistakes if they split
 The Hawks have basically told one of the best coaches in franchise history, “If you want to go, go. We’ll even open the door for you.” Mike Budenholzer, who has two years and a reported $13 million remaining on his contract, has basically told the Hawks, “I think I can do better.” In so many ways, this makes...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Hawks have basically told one of the best coaches in franchise history, “If you want to go, go. We’ll even open the door for you.” Mike Budenholzer, who has two years and a reported $13 million remaining on his contract, has basically told the Hawks, “I think I can do better.” In so many ways, this makes...
Dansby Swanson hid frustration in 2017, now has come back strong
 At no point last season did Dansby Swanson fling his helmet across the dugout in disgust, or scream something at the first person who asked, “What’s wrong?” or make an obnoxious technicolor mess of the post-game buffet, even though he, like most mortals, probably had a “little Dansby” on his shoulder saying...

Posted: 9 days ago

At no point last season did Dansby Swanson fling his helmet across the dugout in disgust, or scream something at the first person who asked, “What’s wrong?” or make an obnoxious technicolor mess of the post-game buffet, even though he, like most mortals, probably had a “little Dansby” on his shoulder saying...