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    Someone posted this on Facebook -cracked me up - thought I'd share it.
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    Yet some people continue to hate the guy. One of the very few, but incredible of examples of a guy who actually rehabbed in our joke of a prison system and came out truly, a much better human being.
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    Good evening to all. Hope everyone's had a productive week. Been busy, it's been a while since I had the time to post one of these, but I felt a little inspired by last Sunday's game vs. the Cowboys. I wanted to take a look at a few plays from that game that highlighted the continued evolution of the offense. The Cowboys run a relatively simple defens (so does our next opponent, too, btw). You kind of know exactly where they are going to be down in and down out, even though Marineli runs a slightly more aggressive and multiple version of the Tampa 2. Now the advantage to running a simple defense is this -- yeah, the opposing offense is going to generally know where you're going to be down in and down out, but guess, what... we know too. We know where we're weak at. We know what route combinations beat us, so we're know where you're going to be, too. As long as we are communicating, and on the same page, we can keep you in front of us. That brings us to the theme of this thread: motion. There are a lot of reason offenses motion -- yes, it can key the coverage, but it can also shift the strength of your offense, and a defense can't operate unless they designate the strength of the offese. It's kind of their version when the offensive line sets the blocking scheme by designating the Mike. Motions can screw all that up with the simple movement of one player. Suddenly, you see a corner and linebacker and a safety looking at each other and pointing and boom the ball is snapped before they can get eveything checked. This was one of the hallmarks of Kyle Shanahan's offense and part of the reason why you saw so many red jerseys running free through secondary's last year. PLAY #1 - is from the second quarter right before the 2 minute warning. Down by 4 2e are in a key 3rd down that we gotta have. Just not interested in kicking another field goal. First, Dallas's defense. They are in a zone pressure from a 3 man line with two linebackers mugging the A-gap. I can't see the other safety, but they're bringing 5, with Jaylon Smith running a game, and the secondary in a 3-deep match zone. As you can see the Falcons are in a sort of doubles formation with two receivers to either side. Hooper is flexed out wide. Both Sanu and Julio are in the slot positions. With Coleman in the backfield to Matt's left, and the tight end on that side, that is where the strength is designated by the defense. And then this happens. Sanu motions. #31 doesn't follow which signals to Matt that it's a zone. Matt can play it cool because he knows he's got 6 blockers for 5 rushers and it's not going to be a kamakazee type cover-0 blitz so he doesn't have to throw hot. Sanu settles and now the Falcons are in a bunch formation with the strength now to the defense's left. They are in trouble and they know it. They should check out of this blitz and have one of the backers drop, but they don't. The route design here is very well done. You've got Hooper getting vertical. To the bunch side you've got Julio attacking the middle of the field with drag route. If a defender drops to the low hole, he keeps running. If no one shows up, he's going to sit it down right there in the middle at the sticks. Gabriel runs a corner route. His and Hooper's route aren't really active here. Gabriel's job is to occupy the corner to his side so that he can't break on Sanu running that dig route. He's got to run that corner at a 100 mph even though he isn't getting the ball. That's part of the careful choreopgrapy here. Everyone has a job. Sanu's is to show vertical then break on that dig. And this is what happens at the snap, the defensive back playing the low hole pops out and picks up Julio on the drag. Gabriel runs right at Scandrick. Because if this, Scandrick has to wait for Gabriel to clear to pick up Sanu. He's doing his job; exactly what he's supposed to do, but... Scandrick doesn't have a chance. As soon as Gabriel clears, Sanu has Scandrick in perfect position on his outside hip. All he has to do is make that inside move. Matt gets good protection here. 6 on 5 there's no pressure. Matt double clutches for some reason, but it's a clean play. 1st down. The design beat the defense. Drive ends in the touchdown.
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    Not too many people come back from what Vick went through (of his own doing of course) and pay their debt to society and a massive financial debt ike that also. Props to you Vick. __________ Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick made the final $1.5 million payment to creditors on Thursday, meaning he paid back $17.4 million of the $17.6 million that he owed when he filed for bankruptcy in July 2008. The payment and final payouts were confirmed by Joseph Luzinski, a senior vice president at Development Specialists Inc., a management consultancy firm and the liquidating trustee in Vick's bankruptcy. "Paying 99 cents on the dollar, which he did, is remarkable," Luzinski said. "It happens in, maybe, one out of 100 cases." Vick elected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy instead of Chapter 7, which would have allowed him to liquidate his assets and not owe any more. Vick, who served 548 days in jail for taking part in an illegal dogfighting ring, took the rare step of kicking in future income to pay off his creditors. In the five-year period from 2010 to 2014 in which he agreed to go on a restrictive budget to pay back his creditors, Vick earned nearly $50 million during four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the New York Jets. Vick played his final games in 2015 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and now works for Fox Sports as a studio analyst for its NFL coverage. All the creditors were made almost completely whole by Vick, although the Atlanta Falcons, which gave him a retirement ceremony this year, lost out on their big bet. The Falcons were owed $6.5 million from Vick in a salary settlement negotiated in 2009. Less than two years later, the Falcons sold that liability to Fortress Capital, the investment firm co-founded by Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wesley Edens. What Fortress paid in hopes of getting the $6.5 million back is unclear, as the documentation of the transaction submitted to the court doesn't disclose the amount. But Luzinski said it is assumed they bought it at a significant discount. "That was like playing the lottery," Vick told ESPN three years ago, when he had paid off 85 percent of the debt. "They didn't know if I was going to fully come back, and if you were to ask me, I would have done the same thing. But that's just how God worked in this situation." http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21447070/michael-vick-makes-final-payment-clear-more-17-million-debt
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    PLAY #2 - 3rd quarter. Another 3rd and 6. This time the Cowboys are in straight man coverage. Falcons come out in a bunch this time. Hooper motions and we go from a bunch, to a snug formation with two receivers to each side stacked close together. #31 follows Hooper. Matt knows it's man all the way. Now being in man coverage, it doesn't cause as much havoc as zone. Here are the routes. Julio runs a kind of zig route. Sanu releases behind him and runs an out. Hooper runs what looks like a hook at the sticks. Gabriel runs and dig in behind him. Coleman has a check-release. He looks for a blitzer then releases into the pattern. Looks like Matt looked at Julio first, but the DB is all over him. The safety #31 on Hooper was playing way off, looks like that was Matt's next look. But 31 is just sitting there waiting at the sticks to break on that ball. By this time Lawrence is whipping Schraeder on the right. Matt just pushed up in the pocket... ...And keeps on pushing up in the pocket. By this time, he sees Gabriel breaking open on that dig. Now let me digress for a moment. Going back to that first picture, I'm not even sure Gabriel was part of the read. Being man, Matt took his pre-snap read and decided he wanted to attack the side of the field with Jones and Sanu -- wise choice, but the Cowboys had that defended well. Gabriel's man had inside position. I'll post the gif in a sec, but he shouldn't have been open. He shouldn't even have gotten a look, but Matt steps up to buy time -- something I was told by some folks around here that he doesn't do -- and he gets to Gabriel, who I'm sure was his 4th read on the play. Great ball placement by Matt. He saw the back of the defender's helmet and put it right on Gabriel, nice and high, and 18 came down with it. Defender has good position. Not perfect, but you want that corner inside to defend and inside-breaking route. Gabriel just beats him. And this is just a gorgeous route. First the move to get off the line, and then the shake at the top... woo...
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    Play #3 - now this is the downside of so much motions and shifts. Sure you can put the defense in a bind, but you can also put yourself in one, too, because if the time it takes to do them, you often don't really have time to change a play when a defense disguises their defense and shows something different late in the playclock. This play was from a little earlier in the game. Falcons come out in a good old fashioned I-formation. When I think football, the I is where my mind goes. Just a very versatile look. At any rate, this is one of those old Kyle specials. The Falcons move multiple men here, completely changing the alignment. First Toilolo step off the LOS and motions from the bottom of the screen to the top. Then #17 steps off the LOS and motions all the way across the formation into a twin stacked alignment. The Cowboys don't sit static, though. They bring the safety down. Now I'm not sure this was a check. I think it was the call all along and they just held the disguise. But the safety comes down late and shows blitz. Now because of all the motion and this formation, I venture to guess there isn't a lot that Matt can get too. Yes, believe it or not, audibles are limited by formation and plays. Some plays and some of the motions that go with them, you just gotta let them roll. At any rate, they've got enough bodies to pick up the extra man. The problem here may have been that they didn't re-Mike the protection. Gabriel runs the deep over. #17 runs the comeback. Derrick Colemen releases on the checkdown and Tevin has the block off the play-action. At the snap, everything is looking good. The defensive end on Schraeder peels and drops into a zone while the safety to the other side comes. This is where it starts to fall apart and something I saw a little too much of Sunday, even though there was only one sack. Schweitzer just gets manhandled. I mean it's not even close. And Tevin, who looks like he was scanning from the other side doesn't even looks like he sees the safety who comes free. This is unacceptable... Matt gets crushed... And can't make the throw to the wide open receiver, but you see it was there. Another well designed play killed by poor execution. Gabriel's deep over cleared out the coverage over the top and the play-action sucked up the second level defenders, leaving all this open grass to the sideline... But even if he had made the throw, there was a flag for illegal formation so... ... that's what you get sometimes with all those moving pieces...
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    Anybody can fall down, what matters is how you pick yourself back up. Keep up the good work Mike , we're pulling for you.
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    Man i miss Turner.. And Mughelli.. now THAT WAS A FB, probably my favorite falcon And Snelling was awesome too. FB, RB, whatever you needed that dude got it done.
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    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-concussions-cte-confirmed-in-living-person-20171115-story.html You should all read this, it could be pretty big news for the world of football. Here are just a few snippets: The scans indicated the presence of tau, a protein that builds up over damaged brain cells. But the scientists cautioned that the results needed to be confirmed, because CTE, a dementia-like disease linked to repetitive head trauma, can be definitively diagnosed only by examining brain tissue after a person’s death. In a paper published last week in the journal Neurosurgery, Bailes and other researchers reported that one of the former players who underwent a scan had his brain examined after he died — and sure enough, the tissue revealed he had been suffering from CTE. More research is needed to corroborate the result, but if it holds up, Bailes said it could be a pivotal step in finding a way to help people with the condition. It also goes into a story about a former NFL player, Fred McNeil, and the sad story that is the end of his life. I don't know if this is the be all end all just yet, but scientists are getting closer and closer and I am curious what impact that has on the league going forward. If a player exists with a concussion, or heck even if he doesn't, I wonder if these guys start getting tested and if they are showing signs of CTE they call it quits? How far down the rabbit hole does this go? Will they test for this in high school? College? Combine? etc. With Free and his concussions, it makes you wonder. CTE is a scary thing. This research could also do huge things for Alzheimer's which is also a nasty, horrible disease. Anyway, I found this interesting and thought maybe some would as well. Happy Friday TATF!
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    That’s because you’re looking for splash plays. What you have to look for is how the ENTIRE defense plays with him ha without him. Just like I said in a thread earlier two of the staff said the same thing. Our worst defensive performance was without him in the air. Like I told you playing safety in THIS system is more than just making splash plays. He has to be the cleaner or the eraser. So if anybody makes a mistake it’s up to Allen to stop the bleeding or clean it up. He does that so well that YOU can’t tell or don’t see it like you said. And because he gets everybody in the right spots we don’t get beat deep. You seem to dismiss that like that’s not important to not give up huge chunk plays to a defense. One it makes you tired. Two you start to play timid. Three you start getting out of position. I can guarantee you we ain’t a top 10 defense without what Allen does cause a safety without his IQ is not gonna get Tru and Alford set right or tell the linebackers to slide or call out what side the play is going. Yea those are the things he does that you don’t see. Allen is a DIRECT reason Alford plays like the beast he is cause he’s never in a wrong position. Thanks to Allen.
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    Or Beasley the year before. Or Tru sucks and should be cut. Or Alf sucks and should be cut. Or Poe sucks and was a bad signing. Or Jarrett sucks and should be cut. Or Julio is overrated. Or Devonta is overrated. Or Matt sucks and isn't a franchise an. Or ... I could go on forever. Per some on the boards literally everyone sucks at some point and should be cut or traded.
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    You shouldn't have given him 5/1 odds. 11-5 teams have missed the Playoffs. We are in a tough division. I think you'll win the bet, but you gave him too much. You could've won more against Vegas making that same bet.
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    Looks right... Looks left... Psssst Larry.. Coast is clear guys
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    Laura Ingraham spoke out on it on Fox. Fox is our new president.
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    Proof that god exists as Matt should be dead
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    I'd be confident to run too if I was 50% heart and 50% Silly Putty.
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    That picture was extremely inappropriate for a sitting US senator and champion of civil and gender rights. Period
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    But will the playmaker run the secondary and get guys in position the way Allen does. You gotta have both.
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    Never, ever....EVER bet on a Falcons game.
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    The ******* DNC and Soros put Ivana in Trumps life to get impregnated and eventually give birth to Ivanka. She's a plant. It's so obvious. #followthewhiterabbit #Qanon # mdrakeisagod****edmoron #pleasehelpme #I'mtooinvestedtoberationalanymore
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    Imagine the weird place you have to be in to readily believe the Texas church massacre was a false flag and Trump was annoited by the anti illuminati to fight corruption but "I'm just not seeing enough evidence to make an objective assertion that Roy Moore creeped on young girls"
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    Somewhere...on the Clemson 247 boards...Corey Fravel is making BS excuses to Clemson fans about how this means nothing, and they still have a great shot at him.
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    and the idea that it was probably a political fishing expedition isn't mutually exclusive to whether or not its harassment. For the record I think most of the Trump women and the ladder half of the Moore accusers were brought forth by calculative political elements. Doesn't mean they ain't 150% legit.
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    I don't think Matt has ever been afraid to pull the ball down and run with it, however, after the crap oline years where he was getting pummeled I feel like he has been doing it more...especially moving around in the pocket. It is an underappreciated value that he has because when he does pull it down and go he seems to almost always move the sticks.
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    So true bro. All we get is injury reports but not the problems or issues the players have. It’s sad. The last time I talked to Abe I felt very afraid for his life. He wasn’t in good shape and barely remembered me. He actually walked passed me and then did a slow turn around. He was drunk out of his mind.
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    Why would he have learned? He has yet to have to pay any kind of consequences for his actions.
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    He had a decent staff at Oregon, but Kelly for the most part slid into a great situation created by Mike Bellotti. Several of the coaches from that staff have moved on to head coaching jobs, but Oregon’s success was a combination of Bellotti’s work (and Nike money to pay for everything), Chip’s offense and the PAC-12 not being very deep. Stanford was the only other very good team and they routinely stifled Oregon. I have no doubt Chip Kelly would fail at UF. His personality doesn’t fit at all, he will be a liability in recruiting and he absolutely will not compete with the major regional teams like FSU, Miami, UGA, Auburn, Bama for recruits. He will compete with UCF and USF for recruits. Hed be a much better fit at UCLA where there is tons of nearby talent and his weirdness and ego will be more accepted.
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    They could have easily. One blocked FG and a really dumb roughing the passer penalty on Atlanta really changed that whole game.
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    If you mean that he looks like a smaller stocky guy in a Michael Turner costume, then yes...
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    Thanks PMF been missing these brother. My hopes are that we keep doing this because it truly makes this offense unstoppable.
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    This is problem people like Vicious and Roy Moore's wife can't wrap their heads around. They think out loud "well we never would have found out if he hadn't been running a campaign" (duh) cause they think that somehow excuses it
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    There has been an impressive display of lack of self awareness in this thread.....it is glorious
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    Or my pet peeve , only show up to say nasty things when we lose , but nowhere to be found while we;re winning .
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    Agreed 56. Poe is doing alot of necessary ‘dirty work’ that the average fan or journalist fails to recognize.
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    Rico was SO close to a pick (possibly a pick 6) against Dallas if not for Debo deflecting the pass
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    Much like this we all had some unrealistic expectations including think duke was gonna be Debo clone and come in and set the world on fire..he is a rookie yall regardless of whatever outlandish expectation you put on him..not every rook we get is gonna be a keanu Neal or deion jones...case In point everyone was screaming how campbell sucked and wasn't as good has Jones but look at him now..just saying some stuff takes time.let him work special teams and if DQ wants him out there on defense then so be it...he's got to learn some time.
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    And it's more of the team losing. Funny how every playoff loss by him has come in the hands of a team that has gone onto the Super Bowl.