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  1. 38 points
    Knight of God

    Things I Like About Hawkins

    A first, I was like “meh”. He’s a good back up. I was underwhelmed by his highlights and a few other loose objects here and there. While sitting here recovering, I was on the phone with a buddy of mine and he knows way more than I ever will. He’s telling me we got one of those sleepers. Was a WR coming out of college Runs a sub 4.5 (colleges have field day) Is very physical, hits like Neal Is a film guy, loves the game and loves to study His best trait is his football IQ, second best trait is his incredible range. Possibly top five in this draft as far as range, likely #1 or #2 in football IQ. Lined up at EVERY defensive back position successfully Plays every coverage at every position very well Best suited for Strong safety, but can be a great FS and is compared to Amos. So, I went back and looked at anything I could find. I’ll just say, he may be what I’m looking for. Likely our fastest safety, hits like Neal, has Allen’s work ethic, hawks like Kazee. I’m intrigued. I think we got one.
  2. 34 points
    Hey my Falcons family. Ol' Goober needs your prayers, good thoughts, and just some good, positive vibes....more importantly, Mrs. Goober needs them. Today is the BIG surgery day, her reconstruction. It's a 10-12 hour surgery, with a 3 day hospital stay afterwards...including a night (possibly 2) in the ICU. I know she's in good hands...both the Father's and, by extension, the surgeon's as well. Never hurts to have prayers and positivity flowing your way, though. Thanks in advance! I'll update once I have the info.... Love to all!! Goober
  3. 32 points
  4. 31 points
    Go be a fan of a different team if you don’t like our Franchise QB 😷
  5. 29 points
    It is with great sadness that I tell you today, the man who was in charge of Field Designs for the Georgia Dome has passed away. Charles was responsible for the field work and painted many Falcons logos and endzones. He was also contracted by the NFL to do the endzones and field designs for the superbowl with the one in February being his last. I don't know if this post will be moved/deleted or whatever but I thought it was important that if you are a Falcons fan and if you ever been to the Dome or watched a game that took place their between 1992-2007, you should know the man who was behind all of the graphic designs on the field. His work includes the Georgia Dome and all the events that took place there including Falcon home games, Sec games, monster truck events , Superbowl, Logo work for the PGA in Augusta and he had his own private Field Design Company. He was a life long Falcons fan and even had the pleasure of painting the field for our Falcons when we went to the superbowl. I am apart of his family and I know he always loved... God, family and the Falcons. He leaves behind 2 loving children and grandchildren. RIP Charles, we will miss you!
  6. 29 points

    All In On The Allen’s

    He is above average....and honestly, I’ll gladly support a man who is devoted to his wife and puts in the time/effort to raise his children properly and do so in a healthy & happy environment
  7. 28 points
    Alex Mack elated about Falcons’ return to the outside-zone scheme Falcons 11 hours ago By D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Falcons center Alex Mack, a six-time Pro Bowl player, is relishing the team’s return to the outside-zone running scheme. The Falcons have dabbled in running outside-zone plays over the past three seasons since former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan left for San Francisco, but during a video call with the local media Thursday, Mack confirmed the offseason plans. “I think it’s an emphasis of the whole offense to make sure that’s something that we want to be really good at,” Mack said. “So, in order to run the wide zone, you have to have a full commitment of all of the guys on the field to make that work. It is a really powerful offense. It’s something that we have a lot of experience with.” Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan battled with Shanahan in his first season in 2015, but they smoothed things out by 2016, and Ryan became the first Falcons player to win the Associated Press MVP award and carried the team to Super Bowl LI with a potent attack. “The better we can run that, the more it opens up the field, the more play-action opens up,” Mack said. “Having that weapon really opens up the offense. I know it’s something that I’m excited about. I like hearing that because it means we get to run the ball more. It means we have more play-action passes. “In general, it’s something that I do well. I think if we can get that going, we’ll have a very powerful offense.” Falcons coach Dan Quinn has mentioned running more outside-zone a couple of times over the offseason, while offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter was vague when he was asked about the outside-zone attack. Mack believes that adding running back Todd Gurley will help the offense return to being one of the top units in the NFL. “He’s a really good runner,” Mack said. “I’ve just seen his clips and what he’s been able to do. His first couple of years in the league (were) impressive. Adding that to a wide-zone attack, I think he can be a really good addition to the offense and then a real powerful weapon.” If the Falcons are more powerful running the ball, that will help them in pass protection. The Falcons’ offensive line gave up 50 sacks and 135 quarterback hits in 2019. In addition to having trouble running the ball, the Falcons were behind in several games and forced to pass. If they can run the ball better in the outside zone system, that will keep the opposing defenses off balance. Mack and left tackle Jake Matthews are the stalwarts on the line. There will be an open competition at left guard, while right guard Chris Lindstrom and right tackle Kaleb McGary are expected to make big jumps in their second seasons in the league. “Chris is going to be a really good player,” Mack said. “I know he works very hard and he’s mentally tied into things. He has pretty good vision on the field. “Those things are going to take you a really long way. You add that with his physical ability for how quick and strong that he is, he could be as good as he wants to be. He’s got the work ethic to take him there.” Lindstrom missed 10 games last season with a broken foot he suffered in the season opener. “If he stays healthy, he’s on the field and he’s learning every day, he’s going to be a good player for a really long time,” Mack said. The Falcons drafted Matt Hennessy, who played center at Temple, possibly as Mack’s heir apparent. Mack, 34, is set to enter his 12th season in the league. “They drafted a lineman,” Mack said. “He seems like a great kid. Excited to have him on board and teach him everything that I can. I think he steps up and plays guard this year or he’s the swing guy, backup center or whatever the future is.” So far, Hennessy is fitting into the virtual offseason. “I know I’m happy to have a guy who’s excited to be here,” Mack said. “Who’s really tied in, in meetings. He knows what is going on. It’s really good to have him here and see that he’s excited to be here.” Mack has a year left on his contract. “I’m taking it year-by-year, now,” Mack said. “I know my goal when I showed up in the league was (to play) 10 years. I thought that was a really good, lengthy career. From here on out, I want to do the best I can to make sure I play at the highest level. Play one year at a time. I think I’ve got a lot of juice in the tank. I’m ready to bring it this year.”
  8. 28 points

    Falcons return to the outside-zone scheme

    Never should have gone away from it.
  9. 28 points
    Goober Pyle

    Prayers Requested

    Hey guys! I debated with myself to even start this thread. Y'all know me as Goober here on the boards and a few know me in real life. I'm not one to usually share much of what's going on in my personal life...even with those I know off the boards. And the Lord knows the everyone has SOMETHING going on that affects them or their loved ones each day. With that said, even though I don't know many of you on here, I still feel like this is an online home away from home....almost like the bar in "Cheers". I come here many times during each day, checking for new threads and replies in current ones that I follow. To sum up....I feel welcome here. My family got some bad news a few weeks ago that I didn't share with anyone. My wife has breast cancer. She found a lump in her left breast on a Sunday night and scheduled an appointment with her OB/GYN the very next day. After ultrasounds, 3D mammograms, and a biopsy, we got the news we dreaded. It wasn't completely unexpected as her mother is a breast cancer survivor, but it was still a bit of a shock. My wife is only 46 and we've been together for for 29 years...married for 24. She is without a doubt my very best friend and my soul mate. Now, with that said, it's not all bleak. We caught this very early and we're told that it's the most treatable kind of breast cancer. She goes this Friday to have the port installed and chemo treatments start next week. She will have a total of 6 treatments that take place every 3 weeks. Once the chemo ends, she will have surgery. Through all this, she has been an absolute rock. She refuses to get down and has said repeatedly that a positive attitude is a must. She will beat this. I'm coming to you guys asking for prayers for her and our family. If you don't pray, please send out some good thoughts and vibes our way. I'll still be here. Goob's not going anywhere. Much love to you all and thanks for being here.....
  10. 27 points
    https://www.nfl.com/news/baker-mayfield-will-bounce-back-plus-five-most-improved-units 1. Miami Dolphins secondary: A perfect marriage between personnel and scheme usually produces great results. That's why the Dolphins defense should significantly improve in 2020 with Byron Jones teaming with Xavien Howard on the perimeter. Jones is a sticky bump-and-run corner with the size, length and athleticism to match up with premier No. 1 receivers. With first-round pick Noah Igbinoghene fortifying the secondary as an explosive track athlete with natural bump-and-run skills, the Dolphins have turned a weakness into a strength with a solid set of acquisitions this offseason. 2. Baltimore Ravens defensive line: After receiving a beatdown at the hands of the rugged Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, the Ravens upgraded their defensive line with the additions of Calais Campbell, Derek Wolfe and third-round pick Justin Madubuike. The additional beef along the line will help the Ravens slow down punishing rushing attacks while adding more pop to the pass rush. Campbell, in particular, gives the unit an interior pass-rushing presence that should enable Matt Judon to get more one-on-one opportunities to hunt the quarterback on obvious passing downs. 3. Arizona Cardinals WR corps: Whenever a team can add an All-Pro to a unit that already features a gold-jacket performer still playing at a high level, it should be considered a coup, particularly when it comes from an inexpensive trade that tips in the team's favor. That's exactly what happened in the DeAndre Hopkins deal, giving the Cardinals a five-star playmaker at the WR1 spot while reshuffling the deck to put rest of the WR corps in optimal roles (Larry Fitzgerald at WR2 and Christian Kirk at WR3). For a young quarterback with an Offensive Rookie of the Year award on his mantle, Arizona's upgrade at the position could help Kyler Murray go from good to great in his second season. 4. Cleveland Browns offensive line: As we mentioned earlier in this piece, the Browns needed to upgrade the protection around Baker Mayfield to help him bounce back from a disappointing sophomore season. Enter Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills as the new bookends to help No. 6 feel safe and secure in the pocket. The duo will not only create a fortress around Mayfield but they will secure the edges to help Nick Chubb make another run at the rushing title. If Conklin and Wills settle in as edge blockers early in the season, the Browns' offense could finally become the explosive unit that everyone expected it to be in 2019. 5. Atlanta Falcons defensive line: The Dirty Birds' front line has undergone a massive makeover with free-agent acquisition Dante Fowler and second-round pick Marlon Davidson adding some physicality, toughness and nastiness to the unit. Fowler has come into his own as a pass rusher since leaving the Jaguars for the Rams in a midseason trade in 2018. He has tallied 13.5 sacks and 50 QB pressures over the past 23 games, per Pro Football Reference, while exhibiting a power-based game that overwhelms blockers off the edge. Davidson adds a little pop toa unit that needed a disruptor beside Grady Jarrett on the interior. The rookie flashes a combination of quickness, power and explosiveness with a non-stop motor that could make him a nightmare to deal with between the tackles.
  11. 25 points
    Personally, I’d replace Deion with Roddy. That’s just me though
  12. 25 points
    https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/why-the-lsu-game-endeared-a-j-terrell-to-raheem-morris-the-most One game shouldn't overshadow an entire career, but A.J. Terrell's performance against Ja'Marr Chase in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game had a massive impact on the public's perception of him. It also had a pretty big impact on Falcons defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, who knows a thing or two about coaching cornerbacks at the highest level. But while public opinion soured on Terrell because of his play against LSU, Morris came away with an entirely different reaction. "The things that people didn't like about him was his LSU game that he got beat on a couple of times, but that was what made me like him probably the most," Morris told AtlantaFalcons.com. "In that game, I saw a guy go out there and challenge a guy. Get beat, not be afraid, make a play. Get beat, not be afraid, make a play." It's true that Terrell did get beaten by Chase, who finished his sophomore season with 84 catches for an NCAA-best 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns, in the title game, but practically everyone did in 2019. A mere glance at Chase's stat line from that game – nine catches, 221 yards, two touchdowns – might leave Falcons fans anxious, but there are two important things missing from those raw numbers. The first, Clemson had so much faith in their top corner that they tasked Terrell with shadowing Chase around the field and often asked him to cover him one-on-one. Seeing how Terrell didn't back down from that challenge and seemed to relish it gave Morris even more belief in the player he can become. "That's kind of our game, that's kind of the life we live, especially when you live at corner," Morris said. "People call it an island, but when you have the ability to go out there and play in a big-time game and be competitive that way and not be afraid to lose sometimes, which is going to happen, to be able to come back that next play to really make a play, those are the kind of guys that I love." The second aspect of Terrell's performance against LSU that's important to consider is that he played much better than the stat line reflects. Terrell was in position to make a handful of plays against the nation's leading receiver, who also benefitted from having Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow throwing him the football. On a couple of occasions, Terrell was in the right place at the right time only to have a Burrow dime make the difference. When you're playing in the title game, that's how life is sometimes. However, that performance doesn't change what the Falcons like about their newest first-round corner, namely: his speed, length and competitive attitude. It's not as though Terrell hasn't proven he can play against top competition, either. If he had ended his college career after returning an interception for a touchdown against Alabama in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Terrell would have been riding high heading into draft season. Instead, he enters the NFL coming off that LSU performance, but it might work out in the Falcons' favor. Terrell now has a chip on his shoulder that will motivate him to prove he's more than one game. "You know, I always carry a chip on my shoulder, but that one game definitely gave me a chip on my shoulder," Terrell said after the draft. "… For me, that game was definitely a learning experience of just never being satisfied. I'm just ready to get back to work, get back in the lab." That's the kind of mindset Morris can't wait to work with.
  13. 23 points
  14. 23 points
    https://youtu.be/wbnXxu4ZkUg This is solid work by Alex Rollins. I couldn't agree more with him. Good watch. Edit: I'm old, and I can't remember how to embed a youtube video.
  15. 22 points
  16. 22 points
    I see many are worried about Tom Brady entering the division. I believe the Bucs just paid $25 Mill for a big chunk of fool's gold. Brady had the best situation possible in New England all those years. He had HC Belichick, but he also had an under the radar phenomenal assistant head coach/OL coach Dante Scarnecchia all but two of his seasons (2013/2014) when you'll see the Patriots offenses dominance took a modest dip from the years before and after. Scarnecchia retired this offseason, but this is just as big a loss to Brady and Belichick was. The brilliance of Belichick cannot be understated as far as being able to watch film on an opponent and rattle of each players strengths and weaknesses on both sides of ball as if he was coaching them all year. Then, to take this ability and scheme against the opponent was second to none in the history of the NFL in my opinion. But Scarnecchia helped Brady BIGTIME as well. This help is gone, and I don't think Arians will scheme around Brady's Achilles heel like BB did. Scarnecchia and Belichick knew Brady had to have a clean pocket to dominate, especially in his later years. Scarnecchia taught pass protection technique to where his interior OL would hold and release just before flags were thrown and ball was already in the air. It was very subtle, but extremely effective in keeping the pocket clean for Brady. Brady's Achilles heel that has increased as each year goes by is if you ,dirty his pocket in any way, even with hands or pushing his interoir OL back so he can't step and throw it renders him average. If you watch the film, he has these really long arms, and when he steps up into pocket, he throws in a downward tomahawk chop motion, over the DL and toward the ground where only his diminutive receivers running crossing patterns can catch it. If the ball isn't caught, it hits the ground limiting bobbles and tipped balls being intercepted. This has been the Patriots bread and butter play for years and why Belichick always finds these little slot receivers. You'll also notice Belichick over the past 4 years hasn't invested in speeding long WRs. Fans think this is why Brady's stats as far as yards per pass plummeted, no speed WRs. Its just the opposite actually. Belichick didn't bother investing recources in premium speed WRs Because he knew Brady's arm was losing its strength. I know he went after AB, but that was about it. But let this be known, if Brady cannot step up into his pocket, his great WRs in Tampa will be of little help in Arians deep passing game. Brady's arm is all but shot for the deep ball. Winston could hit deep passes while backing up, but Brady HAS to step into his throw to get it deep downfield. At 43 years old, Brady may come out of the gate slinging it, but as the season wears on his arm will wear down. If you take his pocket away, it will be non-existent. Same with Gronk, he has had some nasty injuries. I never thought he'd come back from that brutal knee injury that bent his knee back at about a 40 degree angle. Then, his nagging back issues. He's lot a big step. We may see his play decline as season wears on as well. He should still be a punishing run blocker. This is where Davidson comes in. You HAVE to get interior push and disruption from the DTs. With Grady and Davidson (and quite possibly Cominsky) , especially the way Davidson uses his hands, Brady is going to have some issues stepping up into his throws. If you get him out of the pocket he gets spooked. If you hit him enough he becomes pedestrian. He HATES getting hit. Davidson is built just like Rod Coleman in his upper body and uses his massive frame, arms and hands same way. Punching, chopping, violent motions that keep OLs hands from getting up under his pads and reach over and through OL. He also gets those arms out to make plays, so he'll have them in the pocket slapping at the ball frustrating Brady. Playing next to Grady he's going to get some chances. Brady no longer has Scarnecchia to help keep defenders off him and to keep defenders out of his pocket. He no longer has Belichick to scheme to protect him. Brady needs to learn a new scheme for first time in his career, and he knows none of the players yet, no offseason to get timing down. shortened preseason if any. He also has Arians vertical offense with a lot of 5 step drops. Unless Arians makes some big adjustments, Brady is going to have trouble later in the year. Once DCs see this Achilles heel, Brady is going to get hit, a lot. His deep weapons won't be near as helpful as the season wears on. Arians doesnt use his TEs much, but if Brady starts favoring Gronk to keep from getting hit those talents WRs on the edge may get upset. This thing might look good on paper to many of you, but they play the game on the field and there are an awful lot of question marks I see if the Bucs are going to be any better than they were last year..
  17. 21 points

    Deone Bucannon signed

  18. 21 points
  19. 20 points
    'Mama, we made it': Falcons draftee Marlon Davidson fulfills NFL promise to his late mother Marlon Davidson stood at his mother's gravesite hours after the defensive lineman was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft and recited those words: "Mama, we made it. We're here now." Amid the chaos of the family celebration, Davidson slipped out of his aunt's home in Greenville, Alabama, hopped in his truck, and drove 20 minutes to the Ridgeville Baptist Church cemetery to honor the person who paved his NFL path. Davidson's mom, Cynthia Carter, died on Feb. 23, 2015 at the age of 47 due to complications from a blood clot in her right leg. She collapsed and hit her head while leaving an immediate care facility, but it was the clot circulating to her heart -- not the fall, as had been reported -- that was the cause of death, according to Davidson's aunt, Debra Moorer. Davidson, a junior in high school at the time of his mother's death, went to live with Moorer. Reflecting on the tragedy makes his voice quiver. After losing my mother I can’t even imagine the distractions, emotions and grief at such a young age. It’s a wound that never heals go big man.
  20. 19 points
    My one & only mock draft in 2012 had us taking Curry in the 2nd round: https://boards.atlantafalcons.com/topic/3942736-mock-10/ Me begging TD to trade for Curry in 2014: https://boards.atlantafalcons.com/topic/3999335-vinny-curry-to-be-traded-bring-him-home-td/ Me still begging TD to trade for Curry in 2015: https://boards.atlantafalcons.com/topic/4023831-vinny-curry-in-the-4-3/ Better late than never???
  21. 19 points

    Was Colin Cowherd right about Matt?

    What a crock. No wonder you bring up cowherd, who has never been right about anything. Ever. Anyone who uses him as a reference has zippo cred with me.
  22. 19 points
  23. 19 points

    Deone Bucannon signed

    Crown Dimitroff. He is blowing away the record for signing free agent 1st round busts in one off-season.
  24. 19 points

    Schedule release video

    I dont care what anyone says, the social media team has a very unique sense of humor
  25. 18 points
    He may have a point, I mean if you take away the six Super Bowls and average his career out then Tom Brady is actually a total schmuck.
  26. 18 points
    If you think Cowturd is right about Ryan than you got issues.
  27. 18 points
    Good to hear they both are working to develop that chemistry Matt had with Hoop. TE is so important to this offense.
  28. 17 points

    Our poor kicker....

    Instagram hates the the falcons. But this is a little funny.
  29. 17 points
    What Takk and Marlon did is a success story alone. How they play has no bearings on what they did when they were drafted. I mean come on now lol
  30. 17 points
    Goober Pyle

    Prayers Requested

    Update Many thanks to all of you for your prayers and good thoughts for my wife. She finished chemo in March and handled it like a champ. Now we’re on to the next step. I’m asking for your prayers and good thoughts for Mrs. Goober today as she has a bilateral mastectomy. She’s in good spirits and knows this is just a speed bump in the road of life. The prognosis is excellent as the chemo completely took care of the lump. Once she is healed from the mastectomy, she’ll have reconstructive surgery. She’s a strong lady, guys and the best person I know. I love her dearly and ask you guys just to remember her today if you don’t mind. I’ll update later after surgery. Love to all. Goober
  31. 16 points
    Not to mention in the 4th quarter, Ryan completed 5 of 7 (71%) for 91 yards... that's a QB rate of 113.69. That's pretty dang great for a guy who "looked lost" in a game that was "too big for him"
  32. 16 points
    Chess? Probably not. Seems more like 'Craps' to me, let's just hope those dice aren't 'loaded'.
  33. 16 points


    We are lucky to have this guy. He’s just a straight up baller. One of the DTs in this league that just doesn’t get enough credit in my eyes. Celebrate 97 we are seeing probably one of thee best players in his position.
  34. 15 points
    Next season vs Carolina. Sorry guys but I’m bored and this **** is funny. ill see myself out now
  35. 15 points

    Asterisk Season Coming

    Its not an asterisk season if all teams have the same rules or no unfair advantage.just my opinion.
  36. 15 points
    If you look at Ryan over the last 4 or 8 years, he ends up being in the top 5 on most advanced stats. Looking at his play under Mularkey 12 years ago isn't very relevant right now.
  37. 15 points

    Deone Bucannon signed

    If you don't know The Dude's drink... you should reevaluate your life choices...
  38. 15 points
    He's going to be a top TE in the NFL for us. The epic drop-off predicted at TE with the loss of Hooper will be found to have been grossly over-estimated.
  39. 15 points
    Mister pudding

    The Franchise

    Just want to say he's great before anyone comments that you could make an entire pasta salad with all of those noodles
  40. 15 points
    JD dirtybird21

    Lattimore versus Terrell

    That’s not really the point of the video though. The point is that people are hating on Terrell even though Lattimore had similar struggles and strengths in college.
  41. 15 points
    So, I remembered that it wasn't long ago that we had the number 1 toughest strength of schedule prior to the beginning of the season and that there was a year where we had home-away-home-away-home-away scheduling - so I went back to look it up - 2012 (4th toughest SOS) - Games were scheduled Away - Home - Away - Home - Away - Home - bye - Away - Home - Away - Home - Away - Home - Away - Home - Away - Home In 2012 - our record was 13-3 and we went to the Conference Championship game - but lost to SF 2016 (Toughest SOS - tied with SF) In 2016 - our record was 11-5 and we won the NFCC game - but lost in the SB So, while the past isn't necessarily an indicator of the current season's success, I'm not going to let strength of schedule or the odd home-away-home scheduling bother me. Just a little tidbit of info for those who are interested.
  42. 14 points
    Let's see how much Falcon-fan self-hate this generates.....
  43. 14 points
    Doesn’t like Matt Ryan cause he is overrated but wants Jordan Love...😂😂😂
  44. 14 points
    This time it was Leonard King, 8 Ball. True Falcon and great man. Many on TATF, or even on the current Falcon staff won't know who he is. Maybe some posters from the old Smith regime. Doubt it. Buddy used to cut our tapes back in the late 70s and early 80s when we were starting to roll. Back when you really had to cut tape. He was one of my pop's best friends. A couple decades ago I told my pop, daddy you're gonna out live most of us. He has. He lost the last of his besties this week. Live on pops. Make it to your 94th birthday next month. Hang in there and hope we get some rest. We're due. Maybe this year. 8 Ball thanks for the good work sir! Send us some heavenly love and a little bit of good luck. We need it. I'll never forget you. Rest easy my friend. 🥇 FFS1970
  45. 14 points
  46. 14 points
    Why do people on here dislike Ryan so much? I mean seriously. What's the problem with having a great QB?
  47. 14 points

    Happy Birthday Matt Ryan!

    But it’s also been by far the best 12 years in Falcons history...he ain’t perfect, but he is pretty dang good
  48. 14 points
  49. 14 points
    Worthles players we dumped: Jamal Carter, Jonathan Cyprien, Devondre Campbell, and Kamal Ishmael. Worthless players we should have dumped: Allen Bailey. He just didn't provided anything as a pass rusher, even his contributions as a run stopper were negligeable. Worthless players we should have never traded for: Jonathan Cyprien cost us Duke Riley and a 6th round pick. Vet players who were puking aweful: Dr Dre Campbell, Trufart, and Freeman. My Offense Notes: Julio needs to learn to high point the ball and make a habit of catching it with his hands. There were too many occasions where he tried to catch the ball with his body, and he dropped a few tds because he didn't aggressively try to hand catch the ball or it even led to an interception (Vikings, eagles). As the best player on this team he needs to do better as this is one of the reasons he has a low TD total. Matt Ryan with Matt Shaubs arm would be a fantastic player. There were a few occasions where Ryan delivered a moon ball, where as a dart would have lead to a TD. He also locks in on Calvin Ridley too much, leading to interceptions. Freeman and Hooper gambled with the ball too much for my liking trying to play hero ball, this lead to fumbles. DQ needs to learn to kick FGs and when to punt the ball. Seriously it pays to be conservative. He lost us at least 2 games trying to play madden ball and be a hero. Its ok to take 3 points in the first 3 quarters as well as to punt on 4th and 4. Young Hoe pretty much cost us the second saints game with 2 missed fgs and 1 extra point. We pretty much hung out rookie McGary to dry one on one vs JJ Watt, wtf? Koetter needs to add some quick passing plays to his play book. We threw too many deep passes, and as a result it lead to high number of TO's. My defense notes: Oliver has not arrived yet, don't buy the front office marketing plan. Oliver is still grabby, bites on PA, gets caught looking in the backfield, and at times gets roasted by faster Wrs. His play did improve from the beginning to the end of the year, but I am not ready to annoint him yet. I would say as of right now our best corner is Kendall Sheffield. Thank God Trufart is gone. For a vet "shut down corner" his season was too inconsistent and inexcusable. The bail artist got some jail house loving by the Titans AJ Brown and lost us that game single handedly. His outings against will fuller, and Michael Thomas were not much better. Trufant struggles vs taller wide outs, and struggles in zone, often allowing his wr to get behind him and a make big plays while he tries to play hero ball. Devondre Campbell has momements where he looks ok, and moments where he looks like a heaping pile of hot dung. He is too inconsistent which is inexcusable for a vet. For instance he'll have a sack or come up with an int or a pd, but then he would crash inside on a run play against indy and lose us the game. Or he would get some Jail house loving by saints TE Cook, or abandon his zone leading to easy TDs. He needed to be gone yesterday and is not a good player considering he had 4 years in the system. opposing OCs were absolutely STOKED when Devondre Campbell, Kemal Ishmael, Oliver, and Oloukon lined up on defense. It was a guaranteed 1st down play almost every time. I am glad we got depth at SS in Hawkins. DQ needs to slip some testosterone to the DBs, and Lbers. The feminine tackling was ugly and it was the theme all season long. Deion Jones, Campbell, Ishmael, Takk, and Oliver were especially bad. DQ allows his players to play undisciplined and freelance too much, which leads to easy plays such as Deion Jones vs Jack Doyle (Indi game). Almost everyone on defense is guilty of this. Whats up with our olbs/DE's having a fetish for crashing inside on run downs? Takk, campbell, and Vic did it the most, but so did bailey and it lead to huge runs. Takk was playing with shoulder injuries all season long. You can tell he was favoring his shoulders because he would miss easy sacks with wimpy tackling or would go down clutching his shoulders or look limp. He could have easily had 8-9 sacks had he wrapped up properly or tackled the QB. He reminds me of a younger clayborn who could be better if he moved inside. He needs to get off the ball better, as he looks sluggish off the snap. He may not have filled the stat sheet but you can tell he is getting pressure because it lead to INTs or incomplete passes. He gave the QB too much time to get rid of the ball or dump it, and it think it has to do with his injuries. Clayborn will be missed as a nickle DT pass rusher, Davidson has big shoes to fill to step into his spot. Kazee stinks as a NCB, but he is a good FS. Tyeler Davison is not amazing as an NT but he gets the job done. Vic Beasley is a very good designated pass rusher, but he is not a 3 down player.
  50. 14 points
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