Doctor Kildare

NFL.com top 10 offenses, Falcons ranked #3

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Pats 1, Steelers  2, Aints  6, Bucs 10.  I suppose the departure of the young genius weighs heavy in such predictions.

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3) Atlanta Falcons

 

Quarterback: A- | Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, B.J. Daniels

The 2016 MVP closed out last season with a torrid stretch the likes of which the NFL hadn't seen since Brady's magical 2007 season. As spectacular as Ryan was in leading a historically efficient attack, he also benefitted from Kyle Shanahan's masterful scheming and play-calling. How steep is the drop-off from Shanahan to former Alabama coordinator Steve Sarkisian? Perhaps not as steep as the drop-off from Ryan to Schaub in the event of an injury.

Backfield: A | Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Brian Hill, Terron Ward

Freeman and Coleman comprised the league's most dangerous complementary backfield last season, combining for 2,990 yards from scrimmage and 30 touchdowns in 19 games. Can fifth-round rookie Hill emerge as a short-yardage specialist to convert the situations that haunted Atlanta at times last season?

Receiving corps: A | Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Taylor Gabriel, Austin Hooper (TE), Justin Hardy, Andre Roberts, Levine Toilolo (TE), Josh Perkins (TE), Nick Williams

If not for New England's stunning comeback in Super Bowl LI, we would have spent the past few months praising Jones for the most dominant postseason run since Larry Fitzgerald's "fantastic four" in 2008. Gabriel can score from anywhere on the field, Sanu lived up to his high price tag in free agency and Hooper emerged as a big-play threat at tight end. The question is whether Sarkisian can deploy his weapons with the same uncanny effectiveness as Shanahan.

Offensive line: B | Jake Matthews, Andy Levitre, Alex Mack, Ben Garland, Ryan Schraeder, Hugh Thornton, Wes Schweitzer, Sean Harlow

The Falcons are auditioning right guards following Chris Chester's retirement. That looms as a problem area for the only offensive line to start the same five players in every game last season.

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i think that is fair.   Matt has to prove he can play at that new higher level two years in a row.  You could make the argument that we are still #1 - maybe if Shannahan was back it would be an easier argument.

If our defense improves the way we believe it can - I would take the #3 offense and run w/ it.

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Going from Shanahan to Sarkasian will not cause quite as deep a drop as going from Ryan to Schaub?  Jeez...let's hope not...

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WR.....A+ The best in football anywhere.

QB......A+ The MVP. Backups? Falcons don't need no stinking backups! Falcons have an OL that can keep MR2 healthy. I hope they are able to decrease the number of hits on him.

Edited by Tim Mazetti

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4 minutes ago, conalthomas said:

Going from Shanahan to Sarkasian will not cause quite as deep a drop as going from Ryan to Schaub?  Jeez...let's hope not...

Last preseason, many of our fans screamed to bench Ryan and start Shaub. Perhaps those people wouldn't think much of a decline!

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3 minutes ago, Nereek said:

How is Steelers ranked higher than falcons?

Maybe the writer was suffering with a bout of narcolepsy during last year's playoffs.

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6 minutes ago, Doctor Kildare said:

It may be wishful thinking, but I have a feeling that barring critical injuries, the Falcons offense may be even better under an OC who will let Ryan be Ryan. 

right. anybody that has followed the Falcons more than a year will know that even though Shanny's offense was a pretty good fit for Matt, it actually handicapped him by taking away a major strength. Matt has excelled in every offense with every OC we've had, we've always had top 10 offenses

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30 minutes ago, raysnill1 said:

right. anybody that has followed the Falcons more than a year will know that even though Shanny's offense was a pretty good fit for Matt, it actually handicapped him by taking away a major strength. Matt has excelled in every offense with every OC we've had, we've always had top 10 offenses

I actually have to disagree a bit. Shanny schemes to create and then subvert expectations with the defense. 

He plants a concept in their mind one two maybe three times, and then turns it on its head as they begin to anticipate the play.

It is a lot more difficult to create that flow with the defense when the qb can audible out of concept-establishing plays.

Matt should be given that authority in targeted situations, not carte blanche

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14 minutes ago, Ezekiel 25:17 said:

That's the thing that LEAPED off the screen at me! 

WTF!?

 

Martavis Bryant, Antonio Brown will be hard to stop. A lot of people think Le'Veon Bell is the best RB in the game, and Big Ben has 2 rings. Overall though, I would take the Falcons offense.

 

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Why are the Saints rated better than us?

Am I missing something here lol.

We got the best RB tandem and football and the best WRer in the league the MVP at QB uuuummmmmmm..what have they missed.

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1 hour ago, g-dawg said:

i think that is fair.   Matt has to prove he can play at that new higher level two years in a row.  You could make the argument that we are still #1 - maybe if Shannahan was back it would be an easier argument.

If our defense improves the way we believe it can - I would take the #3 offense and run w/ it.

there's a superbowl joke in here..........wait, that's not a joke, never mind  :argh:

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5 minutes ago, kiwifalcon said:

Why are the Saints rated better than us?

Am I missing something here lol.

We got the best RB tandem and football and the best WRer in the league the MVP at QB uuuummmmmmm..what have they missed.

Saints are six. The listing is confusing.

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7 minutes ago, MilleniumFalcon said:

Martavis Bryant, Antonio Brown will be hard to stop. A lot of people think Le'Veon Bell is the best RB in the game, and Big Ben has 2 rings. Overall though, I would take the Falcons offense.

 

With the Consistency and Equally talented players plus at least two more players(JJ, Sanu, Gabriel, Freeman and Coleman{all are capable of taking it to the house}) the Falcons possess over Pittsburgh, I would say we are heads and shoulders above them.

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1 minute ago, FalconAge said:

I actually have to disagree a bit. Shanny schemes to create and then subvert expectations with the defense. 

He plants a concept in their mind one two maybe three times, and then turns it on its head as they begin to anticipate the play.

It is a lot more difficult to create that flow with the defense when the qb can audible out of concept-establishing plays.

Matt should be given that authority in targeted situations, not carte blanche

like how Koetter use to run the bubble screen 2 or 3 times then fake the screen and hit a streaking TE or WR for a big gain. Shanny ain't got a patent on deception. Sark did pretty well in the Championship game considering he only had a few weeks as OC. his RB broke his leg late in the 3rd quarter and he had to abandon the run and put the game in the hands of a true freshman and still almost pulled it off. I'm curious to see what he could do with an MVP caliber QB and All-Pro WR and RB with actual prep time. we all know one of Matt's best games as a Pro came on a short week against one of the league's best defenses when Mularkey gave him control, so it ain't like he isn't capable of making good decisions

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31 minutes ago, raysnill1 said:

like how Koetter use to run the bubble screen 2 or 3 times then fake the screen and hit a streaking TE or WR for a big gain. Shanny ain't got a patent on deception. Sark did pretty well in the Championship game considering he only had a few weeks as OC. his RB broke his leg late in the 3rd quarter and he had to abandon the run and put the game in the hands of a true freshman and still almost pulled it off. I'm curious to see what he could do with an MVP caliber QB and All-Pro WR and RB with actual prep time. we all know one of Matt's best games as a Pro came on a short week against one of the league's best defenses when Mularkey gave him control, so it ain't like he isn't capable of making good decisions

:tiphat: Nice.

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2 hours ago, raysnill1 said:

like how Koetter use to run the bubble screen 2 or 3 times then fake the screen and hit a streaking TE or WR for a big gain. Shanny ain't got a patent on deception. Sark did pretty well in the Championship game considering he only had a few weeks as OC. his RB broke his leg late in the 3rd quarter and he had to abandon the run and put the game in the hands of a true freshman and still almost pulled it off. I'm curious to see what he could do with an MVP caliber QB and All-Pro WR and RB with actual prep time. we all know one of Matt's best games as a Pro came on a short week against one of the league's best defenses when Mularkey gave him control, so it ain't like he isn't capable of making good decisions

I like Sark, but let's not act like Koetter had people as confused as Kyle did. I've never seen so many wide open receivers in my life as last year. That fake Bubble screen happened like, two times his whole career here? 

Like I said, I like Sark, and I have faith in our offense keeping pace, but Koetter? C'mon man.

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8 minutes ago, Lornoth said:

I like Sark, but let's not act like Koetter had people as confused as Kyle did. I've never seen so many wide open receivers in my life as last year. That fake Bubble screen happened like, two times his whole career here? 

Like I said, I like Sark, and I have faith in our offense keeping pace, but Koetter? C'mon man.

ok I was wrong, Kyle was awesome

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