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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from Borat in Duke Riley Named Starter For Eagles: “Prayed For Change While In ATL”   
    That’s awesome. I’m happy for him.  He’s a good dude and effort was never a struggle for him. He always gave his all. 
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from Drew4719 in Duke Riley Named Starter For Eagles: “Prayed For Change While In ATL”   
    That’s awesome. I’m happy for him.  He’s a good dude and effort was never a struggle for him. He always gave his all. 
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from arrogantBEAST in Duke Riley Named Starter For Eagles: “Prayed For Change While In ATL”   
    That’s awesome. I’m happy for him.  He’s a good dude and effort was never a struggle for him. He always gave his all. 
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from TheFatboi in Falcons defensive alignment may be changing in 2020, and here’s a breakdown of what that means   
    Yeah I was at that game. Rico was an absolute beast in the slot. 
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from Boise Falcon Fan in Duke Riley Named Starter For Eagles: “Prayed For Change While In ATL”   
    That’s awesome. I’m happy for him.  He’s a good dude and effort was never a struggle for him. He always gave his all. 
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from dawgsfan426 in Duke Riley Named Starter For Eagles: “Prayed For Change While In ATL”   
    That’s awesome. I’m happy for him.  He’s a good dude and effort was never a struggle for him. He always gave his all. 
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    Captain Falcon reacted to A Pimp Named Slickback™ in Duke Riley Named Starter For Eagles: “Prayed For Change While In ATL”   
    At least he knew he wasn't playing up to what he felt was his potential, and was trying to correct it prior to the trade. Dude really seemed to be amped he was drafted by us, and to play with Debo, so I had high hopes for him on that alone. Hopefully he be comes the player he envisions himself to be.
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from red falcon in Duke Riley Named Starter For Eagles: “Prayed For Change While In ATL”   
    That’s awesome. I’m happy for him.  He’s a good dude and effort was never a struggle for him. He always gave his all. 
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from brando27 in Duke Riley Named Starter For Eagles: “Prayed For Change While In ATL”   
    That’s awesome. I’m happy for him.  He’s a good dude and effort was never a struggle for him. He always gave his all. 
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from FalconsIn2012 in Duke Riley Named Starter For Eagles: “Prayed For Change While In ATL”   
    That’s awesome. I’m happy for him.  He’s a good dude and effort was never a struggle for him. He always gave his all. 
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    Captain Falcon reacted to FalconsIn2012 in Duke Riley Named Starter For Eagles: “Prayed For Change While In ATL”   
    I have to admit, this is a pretty nice story about Duke.  Sometimes a change of scenery is all that’s needed.  Wish him well...
    Also noticed another Falcons castoff, McKissic, named starting RB in Washington
     
    Duke Riley opens up about path from despair in Atlanta to starter in Philly
      uke Riley remembers exactly where he was and what he was doing when Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff called him with news that changed his life.D
    Riley was teaching his son how to play t-ball when his prayers were answered.
    “I was praying for a change because I was caught in a hole,” Riley said last week. “I was digging a hole and felt like I was just digging myself deeper. I was praying. I was literally praying, like, ‘I don’t want to get cut, but I need a change, I need something new.’
    “I promise … a week or two later after praying, they called me."
    The call from Dimitroff was about a trade to Philadelphia. The Eagles were interested in Riley and the Falcons wanted Johnathan Cyprien after safety Keanu Neal went down with an injury. So Riley and a 6th-round pick came to Philly and Cyprien and a 7th went to Atlanta.
    Less than a year later, the 26-year-old Riley is in a completely different position.
    After getting traded last season, Riley eventually became a special teams captain and favorite in the locker room by season’s end. And this year, he’s going to be a starting linebacker with the chance to finally live up to his potential.
    “Unfortunately I was at a low point in my career in Atlanta,” Riley said, “and here I knew it was a fresh start.”
    Until coming to Philadelphia, Riley’s career certainly wasn’t going to plan. The Falcons drafted Riley out of LSU in the 3rd round back in 2017. In his rookie season, Riley tore a meniscus in his knee. In his second season, he tore his groin.
    And the whole time, he was dealing with what he called a “family situation.”
    Riley said this week that it just felt like the more he tried to right his career in Atlanta, the deeper the hole became.
    “I was like, I’m doing everything I can, I’m working harder than I’ve ever worked, I’m putting extra time in, I’m first one in the building, last one to leave,” he said. “I’m doing everything I can and stuff just wasn’t going my way. I never really looked at it as, man, this is almost over. I just looked at it like, I’m going to get out of this; I can’t feel sorry for myself.
    “I cleaned up some off-the-field stuff I had going on with my personal life, family situation, stuff like that. I just started to put all positive stuff around me, positive people. If it wasn’t helping me, then I was just separating myself. Not that I was changing on people, it’s just that in life you’re going through stuff. We’re not just football players. We all have different problems. We all have stuff that’s going on. The type of guy that I am, I try to help everyone. So I kind of had to step back and realized that I needed to help myself first before I had to help other people. That was the main thing. That was really it.”
    Riley arrived in Philadelphia just before Week 5. He knew the way to win over his new coaches and his new teammates was to work hard and prove himself on special teams.
    While Riley played just 29 defensive snaps for the Eagles in 2019, he became a major contributor on Dave Fipp’s special teams units. Despite not arriving in Philadelphia until after a quarter of the season was over, Riley still managed to play 254 special teams snaps, fourth-most on the team. And once Kamu Grugier-Hill was done for the season, Riley was named the Eagles’ special teams captain.
    That’s how quickly he won over everyone in the NovaCare Complex.
    “I just need to take it and go hard every day,” Riley said. “That’s kind of how I earned my respect in the building, by going hard every day. But I was doing the same things that I was doing in Atlanta. That’s why I felt like I was digging a hole.
    “I’ve always been known, you can ask anyone that’s ever played in the locker room with me, that I’m going to work hard and I’m going to go hard for everybody. I think that’s kind of how I pretty much earned my respect, by being the same guy every day, no matter if I’m feeling bad, feeling sick. I built up a standard for myself that I have to upkeep every day and I’m all about that.”
    This season, Riley is going to be one of the Eagles’ three starting linebackers. Nate Gerry is the top ‘backer but then Riley and T.J. Edwards are right after him. There’s a chance Riley will play a ton on defense in 2020.
    And he’s still absolutely one of the favorite players on the team among his teammates.
    At one training camp practice this season, Riley picked off a pass and took it the other way. Normally, when someone picks off a ball, there’s a celebration, maybe a few guys go crazy. When Riley picked off that pass, the entire defense went nuts, guys were screaming, lining up to congratulate him.
    They see how hard he’s worked. And they might not even understand how far he’s come.
    “It just felt right,” Riley said. “It felt right when I walked in the building. It felt like I’m meant to be here.”
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from ATLSlobberKnockers in Falcons defensive alignment may be changing in 2020, and here’s a breakdown of what that means   
    Interesting but I hope Dennard still gets plenty of playing time 
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    Captain Falcon reacted to TheFatboi in Falcons defensive alignment may be changing in 2020, and here’s a breakdown of what that means   
    Rico is a very good slot when need be. He singlehandedly saved a game against the bucs when he had to take over slot. They were killing Poole and making a comeback. Ppl tend to forget Allen was a ballhawk corner out of college. True he hasn’t played the position much since switching to safety but he’s not bad. Not bad enough to the point we’d miss Denard on any given drive. The great thing about this is we can run so many variations. It comes down to matchup. 3 safeties won’t be every game. It depends on the opponent. Mainly depending on if they can run. 
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    Captain Falcon reacted to Dirtybird3 in Means activated; Bucannon released   
    My madden roster says otherwise 
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    Captain Falcon reacted to isproab in NFL nixed Saints/Clowney Deal   
    Yeah, it is what it is.  In college we know his freshman year was a solid start.  He had a great sophomore year followed by a disappointing junior year.  Of his 6 NFL season, 2016 - 2018 were his best.  None of those were double digit sack seasons.
    I have found when dealing with athletes.  Coaches will always give a guy in any sport that looks good getting off the bus and is an athlete (even if they can't play) over a smaller guys that may not have the triangle numbers, but can play.  Not saying Clowney can't play, he can, but he is a great looking athlete and that takes precedence on any level and in any sport.  5 year old, up through high school, college and pro included.
    These guys get 100 chance to prove they don't belong.  Some guys get 2 or 3 chances to prove they do belong.  Coaches always feel they can coach up a guy that has the tools.
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from Sipifalcon in Falcons defensive alignment may be changing in 2020, and here’s a breakdown of what that means   
    Interesting but I hope Dennard still gets plenty of playing time 
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    Captain Falcon reacted to Goober Pyle in Falcons defensive alignment may be changing in 2020, and here’s a breakdown of what that means   
    https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2020/9/8/21426597/falcons-defensive-alignment-breakdown-dan-quinn-damontae-kazee-ricardo-allen-keanu-neal
     
    by Eric J. Robinson for the Falcoholic
     
    Ahead of the Atlanta Falcons week one season opener on Sunday, a hot off the press release of the updated depth chart was released. Sure, may seem a bit mundane to some as a common occurrence from teams, but a more in-depth look at the depth chart shows a unique alignment on defense that exhibits what football nerds have been clamoring for.
    Today, we take a deeper look into the Falcons defensive approach per the depth chart, and what it may all mean once the season commences.
    Same formation, different concept (sort of)
    For those that have been following the Falcons closely during the Dan Quinn era in Atlanta, you are already informed that defensively, the team has been operating out of a 4-2-5/3-4 hybrid scheme with ‘Bear’ fronts. This may be a foreign language to some folks, but as Quinn migrated from the Pacific Northwest to the South, a few remnants of that Seahawks defense came with him, albeit with some tweaks and modifications.
    The nickel coverage look for the Falcons is a true staple of their defense for the most part. According to Football Outsiders, the Falcons defense ranked sixth in the NFL last season in terms of usage of the nickel defense, operating out of the alignment 71% of the time. Saying the nickel configuration is a common theme for the Falcons is an understatement.
    The latest release of the team’s depth chart for week one shows plenty of similarities. Starting on the defensive line is the combination of defensive ends Dante Fowler Jr., and Takkarist McKinley with defensive tackles Grady Jarrett and Tyeler Davison on the interior. No surprise there.
    The expected starters at linebacker play out as such as Deion Jones and Foye Oluokun are manning the middle and weak-side linebacker spots, respectively.
    On the back end of the defense is where things get very, very interesting.
    In past seasons, the Falcons 4-3 Under/4-2-5 scheme was often seen with a slot cornerback as that fifth defensive back. That may still be the case at various times depending on matchup, of course, especially with the Falcons signing Darqueze Dennard. This time around, per the depth chart’s listing of starters, that fifth defensive back that is instead a safety. That likely means the team is looking to deploy Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen, and Damontae Kazee on the field simultaneously.
    I hear the question that is being posed in your mental compartment right now: “What does the three safety look provide for the defense, Eric?” Well, for one, it gives the Falcons a number of options that they have not explored in seasons past. Unique blitz packages can be examined a little more because of Neal’s ability to be effective near the line of scrimmage, something the Falcons could stand to utilize more often.
    Here is a image of what is asked from defenders in the Tampa 2 concept. Safeties are assigned to cover their half of the field, linebackers cover hooks and curls or deeper depending on play diagnosis, corners are assigned to cover flats first or get depth if no route is in their underneath zone.
    Also, instead of the always utilized Cover-3 zone concept, the Falcons can incorporate more Cover-2 looks because of the presence of Kazee and Allen on the back end. Keep in mind that the new defensive coordinator this season is Raheem Morris, who is a “Tampa 2” disciple because of his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he used it extensively.
    Other capabilities and notes
    As I mentioned earlier, the blitz opportunities can also abound in this particular formation. In 2019, the Falcons were 22nd in the NFL in attempted blitzes, sending an extra defender(s) just 24% of the time. A lot of that was a result of the coaching staff wanting to stay true to the concept of generating pressure with their front four on the defensive line. The flexibility of the three-safety look on defense can improve those numbers because of the athleticism and versatility the defense possesses, and the pass rush does need to improve.
    Many are also wondering what does this mean for the slot corners Darqueze Dennard and Kendall Sheffield. Again, the word for the day is ‘versatility’. It’s possible to insert Dennard or Sheffield in the slot while still shuffling the safety trio depending on matchup and game situation. There is also the possibility of sliding Neal at weak-side linebacker while also having five defensive backs on the field, which would provide a modified 4-2-5 or even a 4-1-6 alignment, depending on how much they want to confuse the opposition. Sowing some chaos and getting their best defenders on the field would be a welcome sight.
    Simply put, this particular defensive concept can open up things for the Falcons. It allows them to get a number of athletes on the field and also gives opposing offenses much more to prepare for. It’s an important season for the Falcons, a time to roll back the sleeves and leave it all out on the field, and this new alignment can help.
     
     
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    Captain Falcon reacted to raysnill1 in Fan designed Falcons uniforms ... SO FIRE!!!   
    Dan Snyder doesn't deserve this but this guy also reimaged the Washington football team's uniform with a totally new rebrand and it's amazing!!


     



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    Captain Falcon reacted to FalconsIn2012 in Hurst: “I am going to prove why I was a 1st Round Pick”   
    Love the attitude and hopefully he goes off for us this year
     
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from HASHBROWN3 in A Bad Man!!!   
    So thankful Julio is a Falcon 
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from kschreck in A Bad Man!!!   
    So thankful Julio is a Falcon 
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from blkbigdog35 in A Bad Man!!!   
    So thankful Julio is a Falcon 
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from CaliFalcons in A Bad Man!!!   
    So thankful Julio is a Falcon 
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from Boise Falcon Fan in Training Camp Updates 08/28   
    I remember reading someone say that Hill was the MVP in training camp last year. Didn’t overly translate in games. That saying, I’m absolutely rooting for the guy 
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