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    Captain Falcon reacted to Atl Falcon in Do y’all believe in the brotherhood   
    Let me start by saying I do. I do 100%!!
    Go back to last year, the first half of the season. This team could have laid down, but instead of quitting on the HC after a dismal start, they chose to fight and believe in exactly what DQ implemented when he got here....that same brotherhood that got us to a SB. I’ve never seen a team more focused than the Atlanta Falcons this year. This team is on a mission and this thing about accountability and trusting your brother is real. It will make a difference....do not sell the Falcons DQ DK RM short. 

    I must be drowning in the kool aid🤷‍♂️
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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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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from Atl Falcon 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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    Captain Falcon reacted to ATLFalcon36 in Training Camp Updates 08/28   
    Man our black unis are dope AF.
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from ADAMSVILLE GYM in Madden 21 Falcons vs LA Ram (Falcons & Rams New Uniforms) Exhibition All-Madden Full Game Xbox One X   
    Man our uniforms have grown on me so much. I love them 
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from LightningDawg58 in Training Camp Updates   
    But there was a lot of buzz in camp 😉
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from DirtyBird2 in "Falcons Uniforms look better than expected"   
    Yeah I’ve come to love them. I’m excited 
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from Xero in Atlanta Falcons: Trevor Lawrence is worth a blockbuster trade   
    I love Lawrence but Matty Ice for life!
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    Captain Falcon reacted to Vandy in Training Camp Updates   
    Is that a serious question JD? So only kittle/Kielce highlight reels is what we’re down to evaluating whether a TE is good or not? Screw the lunch pail guys?
     
    As a former TE myself (yeah, 100 years ago ) Hooper “wowed me” with plenty of plays. Not so much athletically, which I guess is your point....but in his ability to find soft spots/open spaces. Ran clean, crisp routes,  was especially dangerous in finding creases against defenders in the seams. Very similar traits to Patriots Julian Edelman as a receiver, a guy who never “wows you” either. That’s a skill set that comes from repetition and studying a lot of film. And just like Edelman did, Hooper can continue to refine and get better. I SMH at those of you who assume he won’t continue to get better at 26, ya’ll are respectfully full of it on that one. Mayfield’s gonna love him, and Stefanski will make him an integral piece in that brown’s offense. 
    I do agree with you in that we had to let him walk, but not because he wasn’t a good player. We needed that money to invest in the defense, which in effect allowed us to go get Dante Fowler. 
     
    But we also gave up a valuable 2nd round pick to get Hurst, a pick the ravens used to draft J.K. Dobbins, a guy who I think is gonna be a stud RB in NFL. That’s not chicken-feed. So filling Hooper’s role came with substantive draft capital costs, for a guy who so far hasn’t lived up to his former 1st round draft status. None of which is a diss of hurst,  like I said earlier, I liked the trade and have always wanted a TE for Matt with his skill set (would have loved seeing Matt carve up opposing D’s with him and hoop together in a mini-patriots version of two-TE sets for a season or two). But as I also pointed out, he’s a year older than Hooper too and needs to prove he’s worth what we paid to get him here, something hooper’s already done exceeding all expectations from the costs of where he was drafted.
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    Captain Falcon reacted to FalconsIn2012 in Best Kept Secret in NFL: Falcons Defense   
    Turnaround of Falcons Defense Key to 2020 Success
      2 weeks ago Screen Shot Courtesy of NFL.com Gamepass
    The Falcons Defense was simply atrocious through the first half of 2019. They allowed 31.3 points per game, went more than 4 straight games without a sack, generated just 4 turnovers, and couldn’t get off the field on 3rd down. It wasn’t just the numbers that were ugly. Atlanta also didn’t pass the eye test, with defenders regularly blowing coverages and giving up big plays. As a unit, they looked lost. The end result was a 1-7 start to the season. With Head Coach Dan Quinn’s job on the line, something had to change. And it did.
    Quinn moved wide receivers coach Raheem Morris to defensive backs coach, and turned play-calling duties over to him on 3rd down. The impact was immediate:

    The most significant turnaround, and possibly the most important, was the improvement on 3rd down. During the first half of the season, opposing quarterbacks played to a 137.1 QB rating on the most important down. For reference, no quarterback has ever finished a season with a rating higher than 122.5. It’s hard to get off the field when you turn every passer into the best quarterback in NFL history.
    With Raheem Morris calling the plays, though, the change was drastic. The Falcons went from the worst 3rd-down defense in the NFL (53.0% conversion rate) to the best (25.8% conversion rate):

    So what was the big change? First, Morris got the Falcons away from their previous tendencies. He increased their use of zone coverage and utilized more 2-deep safety looks:

    The underlying philosophy of increasing the use of 2-deep safety looks was to win with more underneath defenders in coverage. In zone (Cover-2/Tampa-2), that leaves 5 underneath defenders to protect the first down markers instead of just 4 in Cover-3. In man (2-man coverage), it allows defenders to play inside and underneath their receivers, making those shorter completions more difficult to come by for quarterbacks.
    Morris also wanted more bodies in coverage in general. In fact, the Falcons utilized 3-man rushes on 3rd down twice as much under Morris as they did during the first half of the season. Through those first 8 games, opponents converted 87.5% of 3rddown attempts against these 3-man rushes versus just 6.25% in the second half of the season.
    And truthfully, that trend is consistent across the board. The Falcons were better on 3rd down in the second half of the season no matter what coverage they played. They were better in zone, better in man, better in 2-safety coverages, better in 1-safety looks, better when they rushed 4, rushed 3, or blitzed. Coverage mix and the change in tendencies certainly played a significant role in the Falcons’ improvement. The ability to execute was just as critical, if not more. And this was where Morris made the biggestdifference.
    In the second half of the season, Atlanta defenders appeared to have a better understanding of the design and purpose of the coverages they played. They did a better job of playing to each situation. Their communication in the secondary improved as they stopped blowing as many coverages. You can see the contrast on the below plays.
    In Week 5 against the Texans, Houston was facing a 3rd-and-3 and aligned with a stack to the right of the formation. The Falcons played man-free coverage, with cornerback Isaiah Oliver responsible for Will Fuller. To deal with any traffic created by the stack, safety Ricardo Allen would drop down to provide help inside.
    Screen Shot Courtesy of NFL.com Gamepass Fuller went inside initially. Oliver followed aggressively, despite having help inside. When Fuller broke to the outside, Oliver was caught in the traffic, resulting in an easy 36-yard gain.
     

    This was a bad job by Oliver of understanding what the offense 
    This was a bad job by Oliver of understanding what the offense was trying to do and where his help was coming from.
    Fast forward to Week 10 against the Saints, with Morris now coaching the DBs. This was 3rd-and-6. Oliver’s man, Michael Thomas, was again aligned in a stack. This time there was no help inside.
    Screen Shot Courtesy of NFL.com Gamepass The design of the play was for Thomas to run a crossing route with receivers coming from the other side of the field to create traffic and separate him from Oliver. Despite the fact that there was no help inside this time, Oliver initially remained patient and under control (unlike in the previous example) so he could see the field clearly, read the route combination, and then attack.
     

    Playing with patience and control allowed Oliver to process 
    Playing with patience and control allowed Oliver to process what the design of the play was, cleanly avoid traffic, and then make the play. The Saints were forced to punt.
    Now to a couple of zone examples. The below play was a 3rd-and-8 against the Rams in the first half of the season. The Falcons would end up playing 3-deep with 5 men underneath (3-man rush). Keep your eye on defensive end Vic Beasley.
    Screen Shot Courtesy of NFL.com Gamepass He dropped into zone right around the first-down marker. However, instead of hanging in his zone, he jumped the running back, who was 4 yards from the line of scrimmage. On 3rd-and-8. With two other defenders in the area. The result was a vacated zone behind him and a way-to-easy completion for a play where 8 defenders dropped into coverage.

    That’s a poor understanding of the situation and bad execution, something we saw far too often out of the Falcons throughout the first half of the season.
    During the second half of the season, we saw a better job across the board of players understanding both their coverage responsibilities and the situation. On the below 3rd-and-5 against the 49ers in Week 15, the Falcons again rushed 3 and rotated into a Tampa-2 zone (a look we saw a fair amount of in the second half of the season). Focus on cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson.
    Screen Shot Courtesy of NFL.com Gamepass  
    Screen Shot Courtesy of NFL.com Gamepass
    Wreh-Wilson understood the situation and his role in the the 
    Wreh-Wilson understood the situation and his role in the the design of the coverage as an underneath defender. He wasn’t about to allow an easy completion on 3rd-and-5 right at the first-down marker. Instead, he sat in his zone and didn’t even react to the corner route, knowing that his help over the top could take away that route. The rest of the defense played to theirresponsibilities as well. You can also see that there were more defenders in coverage to clog the short-to-intermediate zones in this Tampa-2 look, as we mentioned earlier.
    You may be thinking, big deal. A player did what he was supposed to do. This isn’t earth shattering. And you’re right. But many players throughout the NFL don’t do what they are supposed to. Many coaches struggle to get all 11 players to do their jobs (The Falcons in the first half of the season being the prime example).
    This is where coaching comes in. It’s not just about teaching technique and calling plays. It’s about making sure that players understand the design of the play. It’s about helping them understand the purpose of a coverage. This helps defenders feel comfortable playing to their responsibilities and allows them to trust that their teammates will be in the right place.
    Atlanta should have a very good offense this season, given their talent. But their defense will need to execute with the discipline they played with in the second half of 2019 if they are going to have any chance in a loaded NFC South. Raheem Morris did a tremendous job turning the defense around in 2019, resulting in a well-deserved promotion to Defensive Coordinator. Getting his defense to pick up where it left off, as well as ensuring that the new additions acclimate quickly, will be critical for succeeding in a division with Tom Brady and Drew Brees.
    Like what you read? Follow us on Twitter @FB_FilmRoom (Football Film Room) for more insight and analysis.
     
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    Captain Falcon reacted to VTCrunkler in Training Camp Updates   
    Good post. Especially the last two sentances
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    Captain Falcon reacted to ki46dinah in Training Camp Updates   
    Crump was the man...one of my favorite falcons from that 2002-2006 era. He wasnt a game wrecker, but seemed to have less trouble getting meaningful YAC than Hoop. 
    Hooper had 1 baller YAC game, against the Bears a few years ago when he looked unstoppable in the open field.
    Crump in his 7 seasons here combined had 13.3 yards/reception.
    Hoop averaged 10.5
    Crump had 27 games of 3+ receptions as a Falcon where he averaged over 13 yards/catch.
    Hoop.....5
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    Its also how we used Hoop vs Crump....Crump was often down the seem or on deep curl routes where Vick's rocket arm would crack it in there....Hoop was more of a 6-9 yard curl  or out in the flat kinda guy.
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from Vandy in Training Camp Updates   
    Crumpler was definitely a legit/pretty elite tight end. Vick’s number one target. Actually probably pretty similar to Hoopers athleticism but the difference is that defenses were slower back then so Crumpler could take advantage 
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from VTCrunkler in Training Camp Updates   
    Crumpler was definitely a legit/pretty elite tight end. Vick’s number one target. Actually probably pretty similar to Hoopers athleticism but the difference is that defenses were slower back then so Crumpler could take advantage 
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    Captain Falcon reacted to jetpac in Training Camp Updates   
    2004-2005 literally the ONLY receiving option we had and he constantly put up huge numbers and got open. Defenses had to respect him. 
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    Captain Falcon reacted to NorthGaBoy in Training Camp Updates   
    This is a hard one to judge.  He did nothing spectacular.  Even Gonzales did some highlight worthy plays once in a while.  But, he was very sure handed, ran good routes, and was tough to bring down if he was in full stride.  He was good.  He changed games but did so in small increments.  That resulted in some wins we would not have without him.
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from AUTiger7222 in Larkin released   
    This is disappointing. Loved his potential and high motor. 
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from Peteshweddy in Larkin released   
    This is disappointing. Loved his potential and high motor. 
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from atljbo in Takk?   
    Tak is good... but hasn’t quite lived up to his first round selection, sure. Probably deserving of like an 80 overall in Madden if I had to say. That saying... I think dudes going to ball out this year. Even if this is his last year as a Falcon, I’ll be excited to see him go out with a bang. I’m pulling for him just like all players who sport the Falcons. 
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    Captain Falcon reacted to PokerSteve in sign antonio brown   
    Regardless of head issues, he's not a first-round draft pick, so he doesn't fit our new criteria.
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    Captain Falcon reacted to QuantumFalconz in Matt Ryan - The Alpha   
    One more for the Atlanta G.O.A.T!
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    Captain Falcon reacted to Atl Falcon in ESPN’s QB RANKINGS - 2020   
    Me too....I could care less what they think. 
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    Captain Falcon reacted to ya_boi_j in Never forget   
    Harrington and Leftwich played a major role in Roddy becoming a productive receiver along with Joe Horn. Playing with Vick, Roddy was headed for the door
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from PokerSteve in Never forget   
    Not completely. If people remember correctly, as soon as either would start to get better, Pigtrino would literally bench them for the other guy. It was ridiculous. 
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    Captain Falcon got a reaction from Pacific_Falcon in This may be the best one yet! Now, where's that brick wall?   
    I hate that I agree with this but I kind of do. The Falcons are gonna have to earn the fan hype this year. 
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