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    I thought he didn’t score TDs? 6th straight game with a TD, you navel-gazers! Yeah, let’s trade him!
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    Man... Is the season over? I didn't know football seasons were decided after one game. Yes, we just witnessed arguably the single worst regular season game in the DQ era. This team was healthy, fully loaded, and laid a massive egg. No way around it. But if you think this is going to continue for 15 more games, then don't even bother reading the rest of this. You're mind is made up after one game. Move on and accept you're going to root for a miserable team until January. As for the rest of us, let's carry on. If you've ever done anything worth doing in life, you've laid an egg doing it. Period. Public speaking. Sports. Anything with any level of effort, you've dropped the ball despite being prepared. Shlt happens. You get your a** handed to you. Either you stay down or you bounce back. You let it define you or you rewrite the script. For some, that scares the crap out of you. The unknown. You want somebody to tell you it's going to be ok. That's not this. The Falcons have to stand in their shlt right now. That's exactly what they've been doing. They've accepted just how terrible they looked. We all know that's now who they are, that's why everybody is so pissed. I mean come on: When's the last time Julio plain ole played bad? Against the Eagles, Julio averages 7 catches, 120 yards, and 1 TD. Coming off a bad game, when he's had less than 50 yards, every single time he's bounced back with a massive game since DQ has been here. He's not one man who stays on the turf. Matt Ryan: I told yall on Tuesday, since DQ has been here, Matt has averaged a 113.1 passer rating with a 7:2 TD/INT ratio in week two compared to 94.1 passer rating and a 5:3 split in week one. Again, you think Matt isn't pissed? You think he's going to keep making poor decisions? Lol stupid. He hasn't done that since 2017. Matt has been mediocre in week one games for years now. He's bounced back every single time. Jake Matthews: When's the last time Jake had a game this embarrassing? Name it. Not since he was a rookie. Jake looked like Sam Baker. But is that Jake Matthews? You think he ain't bouncing back? Lol ok We all knew how much talent was on this roster going into the season. That didn't disappear after one game. This isn't Space Jam and they all lost their powers or some childish shlt. They lost. Bad. The Steelers just got held to 3 points. You think they're only going to score 48 points all year? That's stupid. The Saints let the Bucs score 48 points in the Superdump last year and only gave up over 28 points at home once more (vs LA). Week one lies. But if you want to believe it, go ahead. I bet you believe Julio is washed, Jake is trash, Matt needs to be traded, etc. Don't turn the game on. Don't post anything. Don't even speak on shlt. Just go somewhere and cry in your cheerios. This is football. You'll lose. You'll look bad. The infamous "We're on to Cincinnati" meme was after the Patriots were destroyed 41-14 on MNF. Brady was washed and the dynasty was over. Except they got the f*ck off the mat and kept destroying teams. If you don't think the Falcons can do that, I feel bad for you. It was one game. One game doesn't make a season. Never does. Especially not week one. Rise Up. Or Get Gone. Period.
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    We started 6-1 in 2015 and finished 8-8. The only people that are soft and broken are the fans.
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    Rico Allen has been something of polarizing topic around these parts for quite some time. I'll admit there were even times when I felt we could take him or leave him, but when you are running a single high defense, you NEED to have a free safety out there who can cover up the defense's shortcomings and the problem with evaluating a free safety is most of the time, what they do doesn't show up on the stat sheet, and there can be entire games where he'll do his job perfectly, but it'll look to the casual view like he didn't do anything because no action came his way. That has long been the quandary of Rico Allen. He's never been the ballhawk of say Earl Thomas, who is the gold standard, but he's a cerebral player. @TheFatboi was one of the early ones I can remember who harped on the importance of Rico. Well we got a chance to see what it looked like last year when he went down. The secondary was a mess -- even with Kazee back there ballhawking, and it was the little things that were missing. Last night he was a warrior god. Play#1 - second quarter. Philly has us backed up, and decides to attack our Cover-3 with an old staple, Seams. Philly has two underneath routes, and a flat route just in case, but it's the dual seams they are trying to get to. They're creating a 2 on 1 and the safety can't get to both of them. Cover-3 - Trufant and Oliver playing deep thirds, Rico back single high closing the middle of the field. Hook drops for our two linebacker Campbell and Jones. And the two curl-flat defenders to either side underneath. Key thing here on 1st and 10 is we aren't just spot-dropping to landmarks, we're pattern reading the release of the receivers. At the snap, and this is beautiful quarterback play by Wentz. He's staring to his left trying to move Rico. Underneath our coverage is doing its thing. Campbell is reading #2 to #1. The curl/flat defender to the bottom of the screen is matching that route. We don't worry about the back leaking to the flat until the ball is thrown. Carson snaps his head around, just as his receiver clears into the seam as Devondre passes his off to Tru and looks to pic up that hook route. Not a great pic, but Tru pics the route up beautifully and Rico comes screaming over. Carson can't lead him up the field because Rico is coming to close that window, so he has to put it on the receiver's back shoulder. Beautiful football. Another half a step, and Rico has a pick, but it's a huge play nonetheless. He's processing information and playing so fast there is no window there.
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    Saints fans preparing lawsuits against Aaron Donald as we speak.
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    WELCOME TO THE 2019 NFL SEASON LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! We have survived the hardest part of the year and are back to kick this thing off again. With that, I wanted to start something new this year, a weekly thread of opponent specific scouting articles, Twitter threads, videos, etc. that we keep current during the week as one common place for what the Falcons are getting themselves into each week. I think it would help keep the boards cleaner and spur football discussion. Naturally, we can kick it off with the Minnesota Vikings : Head Coach: Mike Zimmer Offensive Style: Outside Zone Running with Play Action Defensive Style: Aggressive, attacking 4-3 defense 2018 Record: 8-7-1 The Way I See It: The Vikings are going to be a tough out. They are led by their defense, which has been one of the best units in the NFL the past few years, finishing no worse than #8 in DVOA since 2016. It is a unit that has grown together, with very few weaknesses. They stop the run well. They rush the passer well. They cover well. They are smart and disciplined and led by one of the best defensive coaches in the NFL in Mike Zimmer. It's going to be tough sledding. Their offense is pretty well equipped, with one of the best 1-2 punches at WR in Diggs/Thielen, Dalvin Cook being healthy and looking lethal, and Kyle Rudolph being a legit Pro Bowl TE. With the offensive scheme changes, resembling the Shanahan style we've come used to in Atlanta, it will be interesting to see how their new offense looks. The OC is Kevin Stefanski, but is buoyed by Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennison, a triumvirate of offensive minds similar to our current set up. How We Match Up: Overall, this is a very equal match. Both teams have very strong, deep rosters. Going into week one, there are no major injuries to speak of. This is a true tilt of playoff caliber teams out of the gate. It will be a very good test of the OC changes on both sides and DQ taking over as DC on his side. When the Falcons are on Offense: This is going to be the match up you pay money for. Our offense is threatening at every spot. Truly threatening. The Vikings have enough talent to match up though, which is something not every team will be able to do this year. They have the LBs to keep up with Hooper and Freeman out of the backfield, the CBs to deploy a nickel look and not be intimidated, the cerebral safety that can give Matt fits, and the pass rush to tie it all together. It's going to take top notch communication along the OL (thanks Jets) to navigate this front to give Matt and the weapons time. If Sark were the OC, I would not be excited about this matchup. But with Koetter and Gang, they will be able to devise some looks that will get this group going. Thankfully, Money Matt is back because we may be settling for FGs more than we care to this week. The interesting development to watch during the week? Right tackle? Do they roll with Sambrailo or Gono? I don't think McGary gets the call this week. This is going to be a 60 minute tilt and if he was winded vs the Jags in the preseason, this isn't the time to trot him out there. Whoever it is, they will have their hands full trying to handle Griffen/Hunter on the edges. You know Zimmer will look to exploit this match up so watch out! This group will have some tough sledding, so don't be discouraged if they don't pop off a 30 point week one special to get your juices flowing. When the Falcons are on Defense: This is where the Falcons need to make up the difference. Our defense has the talent to mimic the Vikings unit. The question is execution. Are Vic and Takk ready to get after QBs? Is Debo ready to play? Rico and Neal? A lot of questions that can be answered with 60 minutes of football on Sunday. Optimistically, I think this group is ready. They showed very well in preseason. Again, it's preseason but that was our first glimpse. Outside of some initial first drive jitters/excitement, this unit showed up time and time again. There was consistent pressure, consistent run defense, and solid pass coverage. It was nice to see. What makes it tough is that week one, new OCs and scheme, you aren't scheming against the opponent just yet, but the players you are playing against and their weaknesses. Which there are more than enough on the Vikings offense. Kirk Cousins to begin with. He is a very inconsistent QB. You don't know which version you are getting, the highly accurate "YOU LIKE THAT?!" Kirk Cousins or the "I can't hit a five yard drag" Kirk Cousins. We saw this inconsistency in the preseason already. With a much more aggressive scheme and the talent to contest every throw, there is an opportunity for Kirk to get frazzled. It's going to be paramount to keep him in third and long situations and put the game in his hands more often than not. That comes down to stopping the run and controlling the LOS. Which again we have the horses to do that for a chance. The Vikings OL is very average. Pat Elflein is the clearest weak link, grading out at 43.5 per PFF last year (worst OL in the league). He's at LG. He hasn't looked much better through preseason either. On the other side, Josh Kline has been pretty mediocre himself as of late, having just given up 38 pressures last year and landed as the 53rd rated OG per PFF. Maybe a change of scenery could be beneficial, as he wasn't always a bad OL. Between them is rookie Garrett Bradbury, who I was a fan of during the draft season. I think he's a perfect fit in their offense, but DQ will be smart to repeatedly challenge the interior of this group, as there are clear weak links and none of them are above 305lbs. Force Bradbury to be cerebral and he's going to have to help Eflein, which will stress Kline. When you come equipped with a Grady Jarrett off the bus, this is the biggest opportunity to exploit, clogging lanes on run downs to prevent movement there and sending blitzes and stunts galore at this group on long down and distance situations. If they can take advantage of the Vikings OL (am I really thinking this is possible?), the Falcons defense can cause some chaos and with the luck of a turnover or two, can really put the offense in position to stretch their wings a little bit. It's going to come down to winning the LOS repeatedly. Vegas Line: Vegas has the Vikings as a 4 point favorite, with the o/u set at 47.5. Take it for what you will. Prediction: The two times we've played the Vikings under DQ, neither team has scored 3 TDs, we've lost both, with the most recent loss being a 14-9 close call with a banged up secondary. This time, fully healthy, I think the Falcons grow up a little bit in week one and show the rest of the NFL that an injury riddled 2018 isn't an indictment on who they are as a team. Just one year removed from being the only back to back postseason NFC team, this Falcons team is pissed off and looking to prove a point. I think they can do that here, scraping out a tough 24-17 victory, rightfully putting the game just out of reach with a Matt Bryant field goal.
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    Ricardo Allen was a beast last night. I loved the hit in the end zone that broke up the pass. He knew it was a possibility and he backed it up saying he'd be there. He was also a coach all over the field last night. Making pre snap reads and communicating to the linebackers. He was a field general. But best of all I actually saw him take a few more risks and play VERY physical. I've been one of his biggest critics in the last few years. But I'll give him his credit for last nights game. He balled out.
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    Thank you Carpenter, Brown and McGary, you guys made a significant difference in our OL pass protection. I’ve not seen Ryan face that kind of pass rush intensity an entire game only to get sacked once, and that was on a blitz. Furthermore, Ryan was hardly hit all game. Typically, that’s the kind of game Ryan gets pounded with several nasty hits throughout the game. You guys are making a big difference up front and will only get better with time. Ryan often had plenty of time to find a target. Great Job Tonight! The rebuilt OL and DLs are already paying dividends. Our DL was beastly and played nasty all game. It’s been years since I saw our DL play that physical, and we would have lost had they not been that physical. Bailey is powerful, Davison is a non stop powerful stud and beastly Grady is better playing next to him. They make Takk and Beasley better. Our team identity was established tonight by the rebuilt lines. We are now a tough nosed, gritty, never quit physical team.
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    Kaleb looked really good tonight. I understand it was against 2nd/3rd string players and he is playing his way into shape McGary is gonna be a good one. I believe!
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    This is the case because it stirs a reaction amongst it's readership, which in turn makes the media money whether said reaction is good or bad. Plus, the media is used in an age old game called divide and conquer. Their puppet masters tell them to post subjects to keep us arguing about stuff that dont matter so we dont pay attention about stuff that does. Take the NFL for instance. There are constantly stories posted detailing how many millions this player got in his new contract. This stirs up the fanbase of that team(Julio), some of which end up in frothing hate. This stirs up the fanbases of other teams thinking their guy is better, or if they lose a player because of money. Then there are the haters out there who just cannot stand to see anyone else succeed in life because theirs sucks. Meanwhile, no one pays attention to the fact that the same media that posted said story made more money on that player than the player did. How many times you been at the water cooler on a Monday morning and heard Joe Blowe say "OMFG the CEO of Fox got a 10 million dollar bonus"? Meanwhile yet another "I think we should pay our military the same as football players make" meme is posted on facebook. I am a veteran. Aint no amount of money worth dying or killing over. Not to me. Anyway, I get your point, a point I might add that has been dragged through the mud here more than a fat girl at a mudbog. Dimi has been here since 2008. Over 10 years. NOT ONCE has money or the cap been an issue. Dimi has more than proved, to me anyway, that he has this cap thing down pat. What more does he have to do to ease the fans mind on this subject?
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    Would much rather watch a rookie take his lumps over a veteran taking those same lumps
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    That hit Rico put on Agholor in the end zone...……..Wheeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwww wee
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    Greetings all. It's been too long my friends. I was meaning to do one of these last week, but after the opening weekend dumpster fire, I couldn't bring myself to look at that game against the Vikings again without feeling to need to vomit. Mercifully, this week was different. Don't you just love a victory Monday? You don't feel like kicking the dog, annoying kids seem cute, food taste better. Life is just a little better coming off a W. With all that out the way, I wasn't in love with everything I saw last night from Dirk and offense, and I'm still angling to try to see what we hang our hat on on that side of the ball. No worries though -- it's just week 2 and we opened up against two teams that are built to give us problems no matter how together we are, so I have confidence that the offensive cohesion will come (fingers crossed). But I did see some interesting wrinkles last night and I thought they were worth discussing. RPO - or Run Pass Option where a run play is called in the huddle and the quarterback has a built in pass play to get to based on the read of a key defender. You remember a couple years ago when the Eagles tore through the playoffs and the RPO was all the rage and some around here got to asking why we didn't run them? Well we did... and we do. We've always run RPO's going back to the days of Mularkey. We just ran them from under center and they often looked like quick slants. There's one wrinkle that separates these from play-action passes, which commentators often confuse them for. The run and pass are completely independent of one another. On a play action pass, the offensive line, even though they are firing out to show run, are still blocking for pass. In and RPO, they are strictly run blocking. They have no idea if the QB is picking it up and throwing or handing off. They are just doing their job. Even the running back doesn't know if it's run or pass. The pass option is strictly between the QB and the receiver. Everyone else is executing a run play. PLAY #1 - from the opening drive. We are in a a strong-I formation. STRONG denoting that the fullback in the "I" is set to the the tight end side instead of a dotted "I" directly behind the QB, for anyone who is wondering. Julio is in a reduced, or "Nasty" split in West Coast Offensive lingo. Now there are all sorts of cool strategic reasons you put Julio in a nasty split that's worthy of it's own topic. We can get to that another time. Sanu is out wide at the top of the screen. The run call is an inside zone weak to the boundary, with Sanu running a smoke route to the back side of the play. The read Matt is making is the linebackers. This is where the QB earns his money, in the pre-snap reads. He sees them packed in and just creeping for an all out blitz. I can't see the coverage to see if it's a Cover-0, but it is not a favorable run look, even with the Wide-9 alignment the Eagles are in. Also, Matt sees the corner playing off, past the sticks, so it's an easy decision. If that guy was pressed, Matt doesn't throw it out there. Matt picks the ball up and gives it to Sanu right now... And Sanu is just out there being a football player on 2nd and 4. This is more of what I want to see. You don't have to be clever to get the most out of this offense. We don't have to try to drop bombs on people all game. Defense wants to blitz you and leave OUR WEAPONS one on one, let 'em. Get the ball out quick and we'll take our guys one-on-one every time.
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    This game was legit! It was a pugilists dream! Hard hit after hard hit. Guys were dropping like flies on both sides, but both teams kept coming. Eagles were blitzing, and the Falcons were hitting like a whole new team. I have not always been the biggest DQ fan, and I had grown tired of all the rah, rah talk, but this team brought it last night! Were there some negatives? Of course, but that is to be expected when you play a team of the Eagles caliber. Ryan wasn't completely sharp, and we gave up some chunks on defense in the second half, but overall, VERY IMPRESSIVE win! DQ and his staff deserves all the credit for picking up the mindset of this team after last week's stinker. We asked for a "Little less talk, and a lot more action!", and I believe we got it last night. My hat's off to DQ!
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    Probably because he's always played on the right side and switching to the left isn't as easy as a position change on madden.
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    Is Taco the guy Dallas took when we jumped them for Takk in the draft? Folks ding TD for moving up in the draft, but if this is the case you see why TD does it.
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    Play #2 - end of the half. We're in Cover-3 again. Eagles are gonna attack up the seams again, this time Carson's gonna try to get to the receiver in the slot to the top of the screen on a little stutter go. Well it wasn't a real stutter, but he tried to chop is feet to get that curl flat defender to open the gate and let him by. This is the play Rico sniffed out that Collinsworth was giving him kudos over. Once again, Carson tries to move Rico to the left. Good drops to the bottom of the screen. Now this is where Rico saves the day. I don't normally like to ding my man Deion, because I love me some Deion, but he almost screwed the pooch here. That receiver is breaking inside that corner. But the corner is positioned properly to the outside. Deion has to get deeper on his drop as that hook defender. The goal of that hook defender is to get to that 10-12 yard depth to shrink that throwing window between the second and third level and help out the safety. Here he's too shallow. And there's nothing there in front of him to threaten him so he should be getting depth. You can see it right here. Looks like and easy touchdown. Now imagine what it would look like if Deion was two yards deeper. Even he knows he's not deep enough because he's on his horse right now trying to get back. Sometimes you get a little greedy in zone. Everything is in front of you and you want to make a play, but you have to play your responsibility. Wide open... Rico comes over to save the day. Here's another view. You can see Rico moving with his Wentz's eyes and reacting instantly when his head snaps around. This is an All-Pro type of play right here and it's points off the board. These are the type of plays that win you games, but don't always jump off on stat sheets.
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    Read the screen pass flawlessly and blew the play up. Provided pressure on multiple plays against an elite right tackle. Sacked Wentz on an excellent coverage play when it looked like Vic was out of the play altogether. His motor looked great tonight and he showed some moves beyond just his speed. A lot of players looked great tonight, and I couldn’t be more happy. Just gotta give Vic his dues!
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    That's how you bounce back! I knew all week this group was too talented to not bounce back. That was the team we expected to see to start the season. The Dome was rocking and the players made it worth it. The defense made a big statement Sunday night, shutting down the Eagles running game and knocking Wentz around to the point Josh McCown had to actually come in the game. When's the last time you could say that about a Falcons pass rush? The run defense was legit, with Davison and Bailey showing exactly why they were brought here to run with Grady. Folks thought that Eagles OL was going to bully us, but forgot to look at who the Falcons were bringing to the game as well. Same with our OL. They showed up big. Schwartz had to send his kitchen sink and his mom's to get pressure on Matt. Think about that. With Lindstrom out and McGary going down, they still needed to blitz. He got some wins, but in the grand scheme of things, all that blitzing only netted 1 sack and 6 hits. That's a win for the OL. Hat off to Jamon Brown as well. The Big Fella showed what 340lbs of mass on the OL can do for you. Cox was neutralized repeatedly and even dumped on his back for a pancake. You never saw that with Cox against this OL before. This was just a physical, sixty minute fight, and the Falcons were the ones bringing it this time. DQ also showed he's not some push over coach like some fans think. He was pissed and got that team right in a week's time. Give him his credit. We are 1-1 and I love it. Getting one win out of two versus Minnesota and Philadelphia is big. This may be a tie breaker for playoff implications, but for now, it's just a big win, at home, on primetime TV to avoid an 0-2 hole in a wide open NFC South race! On to Indianapolis: (Disclaimer: This is the Baltimore Colts logo, but I like it more than the plain horseshoe.) Head Coach: Frank Reich Offensive Style: Classic West Coast Style Defensive Style: 4-3 defense (Cover 2/3) 2018 Record: 10-6 Falcons All Time Record: 2-14 (!) The Way I See It: The Colts are a solid team. Losing Luck does not help their cause. At all. Brissett is fine, but he's not Luck. No matter what anybody tries to say or convince you otherwise, one is a four time Pro Bowler and the other was a career back up that was thrust into action when Luck was hurt in 2017. That's a massive difference. They've suffered some other injuries/losses, so it makes it a little tough to figure them out. There will be no Jabaal Sheard, no Devin Funchess, and potentially no Pierre Desir, Darius Leonard, or Kemoko Turay. Those last three guys are major parts of the Colts defense, with Leonard being the biggest potential loss. This is an opportunity to show the Falcons are a class above the Colts in their current form. Don't hang around with lesser teams or take them lightly. We saw this group get ran out of Cleveland last year because "it was the Browns". Show you take every game seriously and start re-staking your claim in the top tier of the NFL. How We Match Up: With or without the injuries, I liked this match up coming into the year. No, the Falcons don't have a great record against the Colts. But that doesn't matter to me. It's 2019 and right now, I think the 2019 Falcons have more talent than the 2019 Colts. Especially without Luck and the current slate of injuries. Brissett is a career check down QB. He's not going to throw it deep. That means team speed, tackling, and discipline is how you stop this offense. DQ is going to make his money again. Their defense was a very conservative bunch last year. A ton of soft zones to keep things in front of them. They ran zone the most in the league last year. They are trying to run more man this year so they don't just get picked apart. They improved their CB talent on the outside, but I don't think it matches up yet. To get 10 wins on the season, you are required to win on the road. This match up should favor the Falcons doing that. When the Falcons are on Offense: Welp. Matt just had back to back games with multiple INTs for the first time since 2017. That's also his worst week two game under DQ in terms of rating. But he did what he needed to do to win that game. That's all that matters. We know he's not going to keep throwing multiple INTs. We also know he won't keep missing open TDs like he has three times in two games now. We saw first hand why Koetter is one of the best OCs in the league. He was attacking all night, but was also baiting Schwartz into making a fatal mistake and timed it perfectly. That's NFL level coaching. He got the offense on track and kept it wide open for Matt to work through it. I know there are complaints about the lack of running, but when you have a QB like Matt, you give him the latitude to exploit the defense how he sees fit. Matt was 6-6 on RPOs, called runs that Matt saw the pass being the better option and he was right. This game, I expect to see the running game get going. No Leonard is going to hurt if he can't go. He's their Debo and we saw just how different our defense was with and without a star LB roaming the middle. If the OL continues to gel and find their groove, they can handle this front. It's not of the caliber of the Eagles. The Chargers ran for 6.0 YPC and the Titans ran for 5.4 behind Henry. There should be a steady dose of rushing attack this week to show Freeman still has it and Ito is a good complement. Beyond that, we continue to see nobody can guard Julio. They had trouble with Keenan Allen. The Falcons offense is trotting out Julio, Ridley, Sanu, Hooper, Freeman on any given play. I just don't think the Colts are equipped for that fight. Especially not banged up. Not if Matt plays clean football for the first time this season. When the Falcons are on Defense: Get to Brissett. He's a very safe and conservative thrower. He's averaged 6.6 YPA for his short career. In 2017, Football Outsiders rated him the #1 deep ball thrower, classifying deep balls as anything beyond 15 yards. When you dig in, you see he only threw 60 of such passers, completing only 22 of such passes. He threw deep 8.7% of the time in 2017. It's not his game. In any way. Yes, he's "accurate" but he's not threatening. There is a difference. Long pass in two games is 25 yards. He's averaging under 4 air yards per pass. He's not a mobile neither like Wentz. So if they can collapse the pockets some, he'll get rid of it. The offense is based around safe, high completion throws to get the ball out of his hands fast and into the playmakers hands. The problem is they don't have many playmakers that teams are scared of. Hilton is a dog. But beyond that... Ebron's had a resurgence. Their strength is their OL. Nelson is going to body somebody. We know that. But Grady should be able to dominate Glowinski like he's done everybody else so far. The Colts are going to have to lean on their running game, which we are equipped to defend now. They've run the ball more than they've thrown it. That's what they'll look to do here. They've broken some big ones, so they Falcons will have to be disciplined. This will be a game to see not only if Davison, Grady, and Bailey can remain consistent in shutting down running games, but Vic, Takk, and Clayborn are consistent in their run fits. They do that and put this game in Brissett's hands, it should be fun to watch their defensive performance. I'm confident in this group after Sunday. Vegas Line: Vegas has the Colts as a 2.5 point home favorite, with the o/u set at 47. Take it for what you will. Prediction: I said last week this Falcons team had to show me who they were Sunday night and I'd believe it. Well, they showed their muscles, hitting hard, flying around, and making a clear statement that they aren't to be trifled with. Now, Matt Ryan is the last piece holding this offense back from glory. If him and the running game get back on track this week like I expect, I think they win handily. They should have hung 30+ on the Eagles. They Colts only gave up 30 points twice last year, so I don't see that happening Sunday. But if this defense steps up again, they should hold this offense under 20 points. If they allow over 200 yards passing, I'll be disappointed. This is a game set up for them to show off their team speed on defense, consistently clamping down on short passes and making the Colts frustrated. Play disciplined and physical in the run game and hold this Colts team for ransom. Also, it'll be my birthday on Sunday so they better bring home a W! RISE UP!!
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    The refs have enough goodwill around here for their work vs.the Saints that they can have this one.
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    So apparently Dan Quinn really does know what he’s doing with this defensive line s***.
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    Same here. I'll also give Tru his due. Grady as well
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    Threads like these should be required to provide film evidence to back up their assertions and why they feel this way. I'm so tired of people just yelling at the sky because it sounds good and makes it seem like they know what they're talking about. It's annoying. Somehow, one play is going to be indicative of the entire season. Somehow, what's happening in scrimmage games is going to be the cause of problems in December/January. Make it make sense. This happens every single year. Bunch of idiots. Plainly. And I'm not mincing my words.
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    Well, I mean, the D probably would've performed better had the O not turned the ball over 4 times and twice on the Falcons' 30.
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    The Falcons allowed 172 yards on the ground in their season-opening loss to the Minnesota Vikings. That is far too high a number for a defense with playoff aspirations, and the Vikings’ ability to get explosive plays through their run game allowed them to dictate much of the action. And yet, although the Falcons’ run defense was far below the team’s standard, the interior of the defensive line was quite possibly the top-performing group for Atlanta on Sunday. When people think about the success or failure of a defense against the run, they most often think about the big defenders up front. That wasn’t the problem for the Falcons against the Vikings. Atlanta did have issues stopping interior runs last season, and the team made some quiet moves this offseason that appear to be paying off in a big way. Just from looking at the stat sheet, however, you might not realize it. Let’s start with Grady Jarrett, who looked like the best player on the field for the Falcons on Sunday. Jarrett has always been effective as both a pass rusher and a run defender, but he seemed to be operating at an even higher level than usual against the Vikings. “We've known about Grady, but to see him take another step this off-season and where he's starting this season, I think that goes a lot to the work that he put in even when he wasn't here; the unseen grind,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. Jarrett finished with five tackles against the Vikings – tied with Deion Jones and Foye Oluokun for third-most on the team – and he also had the Falcons’ only sack and forced fumble. Early in the second quarter, Jarrett derailed a Minnesota drive by blowing past left guard Pat Elflein in the blink of an eye to drop Vikings running back Alexander Mattison for a 4-yard loss. On the Vikings’ next drive, Jarrett again beats Elflein with a swim move to stop Dalvin Cook for no gain. This was often the result when the Vikings decided to test the middle of Atlanta’s defensive line. Minnesota ran the ball up the middle 12 times on Sunday and it averaged only 2.6 yards per carry when it did so, compared to the 10.7 yards per carry the Vikings averaged on runs off the left and right ends. That inability to find space was largely due to the interior players winning their one-on-one matchups as Jarrett did against Elflein. Jarrett very nearly swings the entire feel of the game on the second play of the second half when he flies into the backfield to strip the ball from quarterback Kirk Cousins. Had the Falcons recovered the ball, the offense would have been set up right around the 20-yard line with a good opportunity to score their first points of the game. The success of the defensive line’s interior may have been led by Jarrett, but the contributions of Allen Bailey and Tyeler Davison – two new faces within the unit – were crucial. After allowing two early touchdowns, Atlanta’s defense settled in and began to play better, and both Bailey and Davison had roles in making that happen. Davison led all Falcons defenders with eight tackles, including one tackle for a loss. And Bailey earned three tackles, including one for a loss, in his debut for Atlanta. During his time with the New Orleans Saints, Davison earned a reputation as a solid run defender, and he delivered on that reputation against Minnesota. The Falcons appeared to be operating out of more of a 3-4 look up front as both Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley were standing edge defenders throughout the game. This meant that Davison was often used as a true nose tackle while Jarrett and Bailey worked against Minnesota’s guards. As the anchor of the defensive line, Davison was very active and showed off some surprising quickness. “Inside I was pleased,” Quinn said. “I think you guys saw what I had been talking about, about how strong and stout Ty [Davison] was.” Bailey didn’t have as many plays as Davison, but he was no less important for Atlanta on the inside. The Vikings ran a lot of outside zone plays, requiring the Falcons to either make plays in the backfield before Minnesota’s backs could stretch the defense or pursue down the line of scrimmage to make the tackle. While Jarrett and Davison showed their prowess in knifing into the backfield, Bailey was really good at following the play and making the tackle before the backs to get to the second level. Was Atlanta’s run defense acceptable on Sunday? Not at all. But the overall performance of the group shouldn’t necessarily overshadow what was the clear improvement of a problem area for the Falcons last season. When discussing what the Falcons need to clean up against the run, start with setting the edge and plays like this: The Falcons have enough athletes on their defense to contain the outside plays that decimated them in Week 1. What should have fans excited moving forward is that Atlanta appears to have improved its run defense between the tackles, which was an issue in 2018 and will be very important on Sunday against a Philadelphia Eagles offense that is very good at the line of scrimmage. https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/after-further-review-falcons-poor-run-defense-overshadowed-something-important
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    When He returns, I wonder if the league will provide a donkey for Him to ride into the stadium on, and palm leaves for His tired feet.
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    We did get blown out. Our defense played atrocious against the run (at least in the first half) and our offense had a ton of mistakes. It's true that most of our issues were in the first couple quarters, and three turnovers yielding 21 points is near insurmountable, and we can potentially still do well this year. But this game was a ****show and anyone saying it was anything else is deluded.
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    Dear Pro Football Hall of Fame voters and football fans everywhere, I’m writing you today because it is time to do the right thing. It is time to rightfully acknowledge, appreciate, and celebrate one of the greatest to ever play the game: the late Tommy Nobis. We can – we should – do that by immortalizing Nobis with a bronze bust at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. And here is why I feel so strongly about it. For the past 30-plus years, Nobis was affectionately known as “Mr. Falcon” because he was the first player ever selected by the Atlanta Falcons when they made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1966 NFL Draft and, as importantly, because of everything he brought to the organization on and off the field. From the minute Nobis stepped onto the field at the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, he was a difference-maker. Teams may not have feared the Falcons, but they surely feared playing against Tommy. After stockpiling a mind-boggling 294 combined tackles during his first season – a mark that still stands as the Falcons’ all-time single-season record and is unofficially the most tackles ever credited to one player in NFL history – Nobis was voted Rookie of the Year and selected to the first of five Pro Bowls in his career. That’s right, Tommy was selected to the Pro Bowl five of his 11-year career while playing on a non-competitive team. He went on to lead the Falcons in tackles in nine of his 11 seasons and was named All-Pro twice (first team in 1967 and second team in 1968). Nobis was later named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1960s. That team, for whatever it’s worth, was selected by Pro Football Hall of Fame voters at the end of the decade. The Falcons came into the league as an expansion team when Nobis began his career and they achieved at a level that the NFL expansion rules were designed to – they were not competitive for many, many years. How bad were they? In the 11 seasons Nobis played in Atlanta, the Falcons had just two winning seasons – in 1971 and 1973. They never made the playoffs. They played in a baseball stadium. They were almost never on national TV. In short, not a whole lot of people saw Nobis and the often overlooked and easily forgettable Falcons play. He was hardly a household name. I grew up in Los Angeles and barely noticed that the Falcons were in the same division as the Rams back then – and I certainly couldn’t tell you much about Nobis’s career as a Falcon, not until I came to Atlanta and felt his impact on the franchise. It certainly didn’t help that Nobis played during a time when another linebacker and future Hall of Famer named **** Butkus was starring in Chicago for the Bears. My NFL life began in 1976 when my Dad, John McKay, came to Tampa to coach the expansion Buccaneers. From that experience, I know how hard it was to succeed with the then NFL expansion rules that the Falcons and Tommy had faced in 1966. "I'd rather play against **** Butkus than Nobis." – Larry Csonka, former Miami Dolphin and Hall of Famer Nobis didn’t always play in obscurity; he was the top selection in ’66 – one pick ahead of Michigan guard and future Hall of Famer Tom Mack – for a reason. A two-way star playing both linebacker and guard at Texas, Nobis is the only college player ever to win both the Outland Trophy (top interior lineman) and Maxwell Trophy (best all-around player) in 1965. Despite finishing seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting that same year, he still managed to garner more votes than Bob Griese and Steve Spurrier. At a time when college football was more popular than pro football, Nobis was the premiere player on one of the best teams in the land. How good were those Nobis-led Longhorns? They won the 1963 national championship over Roger Staubach and Navy. And in 1964, then they toppled Joe Namath and Alabama in the Orange Bowl. Those were two pretty good quarterbacks. And during a time when the internet, cell phones and social media didn’t even exist, Sports Illustrated declared Nobis “The Best Defender in College Football” on its cover on Oct. 18, 1965. LIFE magazine also featured Nobis on its Dec. 10, 1965, cover story about the NFL and the former AFL competing for college stars calling him the “nation’s best defensive college player.” Nobis didn’t always play in obscurity; he was the top selection in ’66 – one pick ahead of Michigan guard and future Hall of Famer Tom Mack – for a reason. A two-way star playing both linebacker and guard at Texas, Nobis is the only college player ever to win both the Outland Trophy (top interior lineman) and Maxwell Trophy (best all-around player) in 1965. Despite finishing seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting that same year, he still managed to garner more votes than Bob Griese and Steve Spurrier. At a time when college football was more popular than pro football, Nobis was the premiere player on one of the best teams in the land. – Dan Dierdorf, former St. Louis Cardinal and Hall of Famer He was a pretty big deal. And when he got to Atlanta, he more than lived up to all of the lofty expectations. I know, I know – the Pro Football Hall of Fame is about his pro career. The same was true with my Dad’s first pick in Tampa Bay, Lee Roy Selmon in 1976. Lee Roy only played nine years (1976-1984) in the league, but his impact on and off the field in Tampa was enormous. For that, Lee Roy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. So, let’s make sure we fully appreciate what Tommy accomplished in those 11 years. The thing is, unless you played with Nobis or against him, you couldn’t truly appreciate his greatness. I haven’t even mentioned the incredible contributions Nobis had off the field with his foundation – The Tommy Nobis Center – that was founded in 1977 to support the community of people with disabilities in the Atlanta area. It started with just three employees and has now helped more than 25,000 people across 24 states. More than 40 years later, the Tommy Nobis Center continues to provide education, training to support those with barriers to find real jobs. Nobis was an amazing football player and even better human being. Nobis, whose No. 60 was never worn by another Falcons player and eventually retired by the team, was an inaugural member of the 2004 Falcons Ring of Honor. Not surprisingly, he's also a member of many more honorary teams and hall of fames: College Football Hall of Fame Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame Georgia Sports Hall of Fame San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame State of Texas Hall of Fame Sports Illustrated’s College Football All-Century Team Tommy Nobis earned the moniker Mr. Falcon. He played every game with everything he had at the highest level. It’s time to do the right thing. It’s time to put Tommy Nobis into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sincerely, Rich McKay President and CEO of the Atlanta Falcons
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    This is the first year that I have not wanted us to bring in someone from another teams purge. Looking around the league I don't see anyone that is an obvious upgrade to anyone on our 53. That's a real testament to just how well the F.O. has addressed the depth issue from last season.
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    For any Tru haters out there: Dude has produced a 0.0 QB passer rating in the first two weeks of the season. That hasn't happened since Ronde Barber in 2010
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    Here's a mind blowing stat for all you folks that think great QB's just grow on trees and don't truly appreciate how blessed the Falcons have been to have Matt Ryan for 11 going on 12 years now.
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    Throws harder and farther than most NFL QBs. Can kick FGs. Recovers fumbles. Gets tough yardage after the catch to keep the chains moving. Blocks on run downs. And knows when Julio is gonna take it to the house on national TV. Hope we can work out some kind of agreement to keep him in the future. I just like his come to work and do what it takes to win mentality.
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    The throw was good, the READ is what made all the difference (and that Matthews block)
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    I think we’ve played 2 very physical defenses that are stingy as hell on the running game
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    When Bob Sutton was hired, fans moaned and groaned at the thought of the former DC from the horrendous Chiefs defense being involved in any capacity of coaching defense in Atlanta. With the thought of DQ taking over the defense finally, the last thing fans wanted to hear was any kind of weight holding this group back any longer. Then it was announced that Sutton's official title is Senior Assistant. Homebase quotes "Sutton's responsibilities will include assisting with in-game strategy, clock management, time-out usage, and replay review." As anyone who has ever had a job knows, what your job description says and what you end up doing are two totaling different things. And it's usually in the form of "more". While I was doing some digging on the Vikings defensive scheme/philosophy/etc. that I typically do during the week, I came across this: The last thing I would have ever expected to see was a Kansas City Chiefs pro-defense section in this kind of article. Yes, it's Bleacher Report, so it's subjective. But still, it takes noticing. But I want to key in on some parts, which I bolded. It took me back to a board discussion we were having some time ago (TDLover, Fatboi, Vandy, PMF, etc.) regarding our favorite defensive formations and why. It stemmed from the various looks we've seen from DQ and the defense so far through pre-season and how we are seeing some large scale changes with the scheme. I kept digging, trying to see where this Bob Sutton philosophy comes from. Through all of the sludge of hate thrown his way given the way things ended with him in KC, I found this excerpt: Variety. Multiple. Different alignments between the first two levels to confuse offenses. Man-heavy scheme. Just for kicks, I looked up Sutton's history and one stop made my eyes light up: The New York Jets Bob Sutton was with the Jets for a long time. He began in 2000 as a Linebackers coach, was the DC from '06-'08, then to Senior Defensive Assistant & LBs coach '09-'11, and Assistant Head Coach & LBs Coach in 2012, before the Chiefs poached him for a DC position. During that time, he learned a lot of football, but one period is the magic point: 2006-2008. During this time, he met one Dan Quinn. DQ was the DL coach when Sutton was the DC. Under Sutton, the Jets improved from 27th in DVOA to 14th, before he was replaced by Rex Ryan, but kept on staff in a large role shaping the defense. Sutton likes running multiple, varied, high pressure schemes with man coverage behind them. He did it before he was with Rex Ryan, he learned it more in depth under Rex, and then branched out and did it on his own with the Chiefs. In 2013, Sutton's first year leading the Chiefs defense, they were 9th in DVOA compared to 30th the year before. They finished 6th in 2015. Dropped to 14th in 2016 before fully falling off a cliff. But at the same time, the Chiefs started to hemorrhage defensive talent. During 2017-2018, the two seasons that got Sutton fired, they lost Hali, Berry, Peters, Poe, and Derrick Johnson. Between those five players, they lost 18 Pro Bowls and 5 All Pro nods. You saw what happened to our defense when we just lost Debo, Rico, and Neal. They lost that AND some. So it's no surprise that the Chiefs defense no longer looked the same. Doesn't make Sutton a bad coach. But if nobody valued the wealth of knowledge Sutton brought to the table, there was one man who did. Dan Quinn. We keep looking at the trio we have on offense with Koetter, Mularkey, and Knapp and are happy to have various minds putting this together, but we have yet to stop and do the same for DQ. We may be overestimating DQ handling all of the duties of HC and DC. Where a guy like Sutton comes in is as a position he's already held before: Senior Defensive Assistant. Just, he's not focused on the defense, but a general Senior Assistant. I'd be willing to bet every dollar in my bank account Sutton has been tied to DQ's hip reshaping this scheme. Remember, DQ came up in this scheme. So if there is anybody who would have blind spots, it's him. What better than to have a guy you know and coached under to be your #1 guy, who has a long history in multiple defensive fronts, a wealth of knowledge in what went right and what went wrong with each, etc. He's not asking Sutton to call plays or draw up gameplans or anything of the such. That's still going to be DQ. But where Sutton brings a ton of value is in his long running knowledge of schemes and trends that have come and gone in this league and various ways to deploy confusing looks at offenses. I think Sutton being a constant sound board for DQ to make the tweaks he has may prove to be beneficial in the long run.
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    What makes Vaughn think Julio won’t play without a new deal when he’s been practicing? Did I miss something?
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    Graham coming on made this one a no brainer...