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  1. Going back in time we've been pretty spoiled with great kickers in the ATL. I remember Norm Johnson, Mort, Jay Feely. I've got a picture of Feely with my son and I.
  2. Great blocks or with the ball in his hands? Because I'm only talking about his lead blocker skills.
  3. Yeah I wasn't expecting a whole lot of production from catching the ball but I thought he would have blocked better. With that said I do like Graham the kid from Yale as a pass catcher. I don't know why but he reminds me of Finneran a little bit. Even though he was a WR.
  4. Your right, they came into the season loaded up with all the lineman and brought in Stoker at TE as if we were going to be a smash mouth team but the system and lead blocker told a different story.
  5. I agree with you he is better than Ortiz but he just seems to miss to many blocks IMO. I'm just hoping we can draft a true lead blocker which he doesn't seem to be. DiMarco was a good one here but with the system the Falcons run I'd like to see someone like Ovie Mughelli or Bob sister Christian. Been so long ago with Bob I don't truly remember if he was that devastating lead blocker or just a fan favorite lol.
  6. Just so we are clear, I'm not just saying this after today's game. I've been trying to watch this position all season and it's the same every game.
  7. I'm not talking about his carries or even catches. I'm talking about being a lead blocker. I don't look for him to get touches because that isn't his role here with this system we're running. I'm just saying watch him when he is supposed to block someone. He is either missing the block entirely or blocking a player that would never touch our RB while the guy he should have blocked is dragging down our RB.
  8. I've focused on our fullback on most running plays and he rarely hits his man or even gets in his way enough to stop him from making a play on our ball carrier. If there is a good fullback to be had later in this draft the Falcons need to draft him. I think a good lead blocker might be the difference to give us a decent running game at least. Just my thoughts anyway.
  9. I didn't feel bad for the defense when he played the bears or the bucs or any other team that had a great D back then and just terrorized him the whole game because he couldn't run first. They laid out the blue print to stopping and run first QB. Also throw out there the Ravens D. Vick was useless against those teams. I loved watching him play but was very frustrated watching him get sacked every other play against them.
  10. NFL Scores Schedules Standings Statistics Transactions Injuries Players Message Board NFL en español FEATURES NFL Draft Super Bowl XXXVII Photo gallery Power Rankings NFL Insider CLUBHOUSE Teams Arizona Atlanta Baltimore Buffalo Carolina Chicago Cincinnati Cleveland Dallas Denver Detroit Green Bay Houston Indianapolis Jacksonville Kansas City Miami Minnesota New England New Orleans NY Giants NY Jets Oakland Philadelphia Pittsburgh San Diego San Francisco Seattle St. Louis Tampa Bay Tennessee Washington ESPN MALL TeamStore ESPN Auctions SPORT SECTIONS Thursday, October 17 West Coast influences are everywhere By Steve Young Special to ESPN.com The best way to define the West Coast offense may be to start with what it isn't as opposed to what it is. Timing and choreography, not plays, are what make the West Coast offense. — Steve Young The traditional passing game, which NFL teams ran for years, is based on deep drops, quarterbacks bouncing and waiting for receivers to come open, one-on-one matchups and throwing the ball downfield. In contrast, the West Coast offense as it originated with Bill Walsh in 1979 is any play or set of plays that tie the quarterback's feet to the receiver's route so there is a sense of timing. The offense cannot be taught or run based solely on a playbook. If a coach has no history in the West Coast and wants to teach it based on a playbook, he wouldn't get it. Timing and choreography, not plays, are what make the West Coast offense. Steve Young ran the West Coast offense for 13 seasons in San Francisco. My definition may include a number of teams that aren't generally thought of as West Coast offense teams. In fact, most of the league uses some of the West Coast philosophy and perhaps even the Walsh tree of plays. For the most part, the system and the plays are intersecting, but they don't need to be. The quick slant is considered a staple West Coast play -- dropping three steps, planting and throwing on time and in rhythm with the receiver. But there are tons of ways to design West Coast plays, even if they didn't originate with Walsh. Two weeks ago I visited the Patriots and met with quarterback Tom Brady. When I asked him about his drops and his reads, he said everything is about finding space, zone routes, man-zone reads, short drops and timing. Brady's footwork tells him when to throw the ball. So, while offensive coordinator Charlie Weis has no West Coast history or ties to Walsh and the 49ers system in his coaching background, the Patriots essentially are running the West Coast offense. Meanwhile, based on how Kurt Warner and the other Rams quarterbacks throw the ball, Mike Martz does not run a West Coast offense in St. Louis. He uses a more traditional passing game in which the routes are not tied to the quarterback's feet. Bucs coach Jon Gruden, who worked under Mike Holmgren in Green Bay, will say, "We're not running the West Coast offense. I'm running my offense." Well, that's fine, Jon. And sure, he and other coaches may feel they don't run the West Coast, because they don't run Walsh's plays from 1980. But I disagree. Although Gruden may run different plays and have different names for certain aspects of his offense, his plays are designed with the quarterback's footwork in mind. And that is the West Coast offense. ESPN analyst Steve Young played 15 seasons in the NFL, 13 of them with the 49ers and the West Coast offense.
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