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Atlanta Falcons Fans, Let Us Appreciate June Jones

The theme of the summer for SB Nation's college blogs has been boldness. The excellent Football Study Hall takes a moment to enjoy the consistent peculiarity that is former Atlanta Falcons coach June Jones.

The Falcons weren't excellent as a team during Jones' three years, though they did post a rare playoff appearance in 1995. He modified his run and shoot scheme for the NFL, cranking out two top-10 offenses and three straight top-six passing attacks. His was also the first in NFL history to produce four 1,000-yard players in one season.

Jeff George and Bobby Hebert produced out-of-sight interception totals during Jones' time in Atlanta, but actually threw picks at at a lower rate than they did when not in Jones' pass-happy, power-running offense. Jones and George had their famous blowup on the sideline, which helped to torpedo the 1996 follow-up and thus the coach's time in Atlanta, but Falcons fans shouldn't look back on the job Jones did here with ill feelings.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.