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  1. 1)More aggressive offensive play calling and better distribution to guys like HD/Weems/Meir-when he's healthy(This falls on Ryan improving deep throw accuracy and distribution as much as on MM opening it up and running more receivers in his sets) 2)DE with 10 sack potential (A guy who pulls at least some attention from Abe) 3)SLB with coverage and playmaking ability(I like Nicholas but he's fairly average in terms of playmaking a good choice may be the panthers James Anderson in FA he is always around the ball) 4)OL issues (Baker must improve on LT or slide over to RT and be replaced, return our guards who had an excellent season last year but our both pending FAs, and finally have a plan in case McClure comes from no where and decides its time to hang it up even though at this point that seems unlikely but potentially use a 3rd-4th rounder on a C to be prepped for next year) 5)NB with experience and high end coverage skills(Dunta and Grimes were fantastic as a duo last year but Williams is getting older and suffers frequent injuries when he's off the field we get torched from the slot time to go a new direction) 6)Franks to 4th CB with some more playing time(He showed excellent raw talent in rare chances last year and with more NFL teams like GB, IND or NE who love to spread the field with lots of receivers no reason not to use 4 CB sets on occasion when you have the talent to do it) 7)A big play reciever to match with Roddy(I feel like next year Finn will be retired sadly but more also Jenkins will slide to the slot leaving an opening for someone to come in and become the guy to compliment Roddy) 8)A speed back for some explosive carries to pair with Turner and Snellings grinding.(Need more big plays on offense and some more catches out of the backfield) 9)Punter could be upgraded (Koenon played poorly last year and unless he has a camp similar to when he first arrived in ATL I expect him to be gone) 10)Future TE (This is further up on a lot of boards however TG will be here next year and Peele has shown he is at least a decent threat at the number 2 TE with both of these guys back we can wait one more year on this if absolutely necessary) -Sorry know you said top 3 but I got motivated this morning
  2. I'm so sorry for your loss. Try and stay strong and condolences to your entire family
  3. This is a message board get your facts, statistics and legitimate insight out of here the only thing that matters is the opinion of our whiniest fans who are bitter about a loss. Clearly having another corner will allow our LBs to cover better and our other Defensive linemen besides Abe to get pressure and our young safeties to learn the advanced pass patterns of the NFL despite their minimal playing experience. Yes Aso will change this despite the fact that it was neither of our starting CBs who were targeted in that game so we have to bench the only two players on the field who did their job that night because the gaps in between their zones being covered by other players were open. There is no such thing as a CB who has to play off so that argument is invalid.
  4. The anger, depression, and bargaining with God happened starting on that first int and carried through the entire game. Then denial kicked in Saturday night as I dreamed we had actually committed the greatest postseason comeback in history and had an NFC championship game coming. Then after that it was acceptance of our faults and a good pat on the back to GB. Also began thinking what this years off season mock would look like.
  5. I haven't heard this either but he has a connection to the area so it would kind of make sense. Would do us no good with this pass rush he can't cover the guy forever. On another note small CBs can play press to say size forces us to play off is stupid. In fact being so small it makes sense we would want to push a little then turn and run with the receiver and keep the ball away from him instead of giving ground and allowing them to get the momentum necessary to break the tackle before the CB even makes it to the WR.
  6. Plan for improved Falcons 2011 1. Improve Tackling technique this should be first and foremost this was a pitiful display mobile QBs kill us because we use a poor technique once we get there on the blitz. Take outside position grab the QBs throwing arm so he has to pull it down and then wrap-up. That is the fundamental of pass rush and we absolutely do not do it. 2. Offensive Coordinator-A guy willing to open up the field the one time we tried to get the ball to Finn last night he made a play/Jenks made some plays(minus the drop)/Roddy made plays/HD was never even looked for/TG had no targets till the third quarter. The offense is great at running and we do not want to lose that identity but no QB can make big plays when the receivers all run 5 yard routes every play. Weems does not even get to play offense which is the most egregious error. Bring in Meir next year and these six guys can make plays just let them do it. Get a guy who spreads the field and for those of you thinking we need to upgrade receivers and have all manner of superstar I ask how many of you knew about Colston/Henderson before Brees and Payton got there. 3a. OT-Pass rush killed this team last night we need better blocking hopefully we find a tackle in the draft capable of both run and pass blocking. Our interior line played well last night for the most part. The problem on the twist stunts was Dahl got a block and let the stunt man twist back inside where all the other linemen had already engaged blocks. 3b. DE-We are going to need another elite pass rusher across from Abe to run the 4-3. Kroy is a great guy but he lacked explosiveness this year and we need a guy who can get home off the edge consistently. I'm thinking Sid could be that guy so he better learn special teams and get out on that field quick. We have a nice rotation with Davis/an improved JA98/Kroy but what we really need is another guy across from Abe who makes OCs and OTs scared to see him walk out on that field. Sid has explosion so he needs to get out on the field and use it his speed and strength could make him the perfect number two guy quickly. Remember we aren't asking for him to be a 15 sack a year guy we have Abe we just need him to provide 7-8 on the other side and force Offensive lines to feel the fear of rush from both sides. 4. FS-The one spot in the secondary where we seem to have problems Decoud makes up for a lot of his mistakes on pure athleticism but his lack of field awareness can't be covered entirely. He is supposed to be the guy back in the secondary who covers the most turf and protects everyone else but he lacks ideal understanding of the game and pass routes making him fairly average for the position and kind of demanding a replacement. 5. OLB with coverage ability-Spoon was a first rounder last year so obviously more time for him to develop is important but Nicholas either needs to improve his coverage skills mightily by next year or he will make the transition back to a two-down LB and we will have to find a coverage specialist for his side of the field a guy who really gets coverages and breaks well on the ball. Other Areas of Need in no particular order: -A young TE who can replace TG(unless they believe Palmer is the answer). TG will come back next year but long term he will not hold up forever so getting in a capable pass catcher behind him. -A New punter it appears that Koenon may have lost his confidence along the way. Punting is a weakness that this team has not had in the past Koenon can't be on this team making bad punts and especially with the lack of hang time this year. -Ryan needs to work on his deep ball accuracy for next season so we can make bigger plays down field. He missed a whole lot of passes down the field this season. If we want to take the next step offensively we need to sure up the long passing game. -A shifty back who can use his speed to open things up for Turner and Snelling to plow a bit more in the middle. I don't necessarily agree that this is vital but it is always nice to have many options to utilize on offense. -Utilize the RBs even when we are behind our play action means nothing if we give up on the run so easily. Only 7 points behind and we completely abandoned it on that drive in the second quarter. We had a full 6 minutes to use in order to score and we abandoned the run. -NB If Brian Williams is done find a solid veteran replacement and we also need to prepare Franks for next year because Owens is not the answer he is not doing his job. We should manipulate offenses by showing the 4 CB set on occasion just to give another look. I do not even like having Owens out their as the fourth target after last night when he was abused by just about every receiver on the packers roster. Falsehoods of this board: -3/4 is somehow inherently better this is just absurd good defenses run the 4/3 including CHI/NYG. Neither is definitely better it's about knowing how to run it. 4/3 involves a lot of zone so you need two DEs who get steady pressure and push inside for the rush and LBs who can cover well. We have two of those things Babs/Peters push well inside and Abe tends to get solid pressure throughout. Bierman is a nice piece but much like Chauncey he is just that a piece you need a stand out who gets you 7-8 sacks as the number two pass rusher. I expect Jeria/Peters to be a much improved tandem across from Babs next year with full health and a year of experience. I expect Spoon to develop into a great rush/coverage LB and I think Lofton is already one but we need another guy who is capable in coverage. That means Nicholas either steps up or gets a replacement. If we do these things we will be able to run a 4-3 that shuts other offenses down as we will be able to take more risks on the backside do to our improved rush. -We need another WR this is completely ridiculous our receivers made plays last night despite only running basic routes and then late in the half Jenkins got loose deep and Ryan through it late with to much air and it came up way short. People complain about Jenks falling down but it only happened because he had to pull up short and stop on a dime. People complain about HD but he has been open deep a few times but once used and remember he is coming of an ACL injury. Meir/Jenks/Finn/Peele/TG are all excellent route runners and can be used to work across the middle while Weems could have been used to go deep, screens, and reverses but never was. Roddy is not utilized properly because we almost never let him loose and deep. He's fast give him a chance to go down field. The WR play is not reflective of them but more of our overly conservative offense.
  7. I think we need to go no huddle early and then grind it out a little. A play to watch out for Weems end around or Weems WR screen pass around the 3rd quarter. Using his toughness and shiftiness to our advantage. HD up the seam could also be a good way to attack the Packers because I think the top 3 CBs will be on Roddy/Jenks/Finn and Gonzo covered by Collins. This means Weems/HD/Peele/Palmer/Ovie/Snelling will be able to have big games if utilized properly in the passing game. Snelling and Turner should be able to run over this Packers front because they are fast, but they can be pushed around. Once the safeties move up hit some PA and put the pack down.
  8. 34-28 ATL with lots of Bayless/Dilfer tears along the way
  9. I want to see the reverse pass at least once Weems on the reverse say in the divisional round to show him on the reverse. Then in the NFC championship or superbowl pull out a WR reverse pass and try and hit Roddy deep. Weems speed will draw in the safeties on a reverse and allow Roddy one on one if the corner he's locked up with is very disciplined more likely though he would be running free and the pass would not really have to be accurate. If you run this play however it should be done on first down or second and short were it is unlikely you will see the two deep zone defense. Mix in a few HB screens and put Finn in the slot outside the redzone. I know Finn does not have blazing speed but in the open field he's kind of like defending an extra tight end with his size. He is a major match-up problem for a lot of defenses.
  10. IS your life so truly pathetic that you had to jump on the Katrina bandwagon and join the former bagheads and then join this board just to troll us about this victory despite the fact this same team has beaten you once this season and without two uncharacteristic fumbles would have swept you. You get one win and you join another teams board just to talk crap but your 16 posts tells me you were way to scared to talk before you won. You have no pride or self-respect and your truly pathetic. If we win next week I can assure you I won't be joining any panthers boards and no matter how many times we beat your boys I won't go to your board to gloat either, because unlike you I was raised with the slightest degree of class. Go join a Saints message board were someone actually cares what you have to say troll.
  11. In this scenario we would get the Packers if they win or the winner of St. Louis/Buccs. As the one seed we get the weakest opponent that survives the first playoff weekend.
  12. The real killer was that play that Turner broke that they stopped after he passed everyone and called back on a delayed false-start. I nearly cried and the advantage of playing on the other side of the LOS helped the Cards D.
  13. I agree and I bumped you back even when I saw someone neg you. Their is a way to stop the TD celebration and it's called play some D when DEs get a sack they dance or when a LB lights someone up they fire off so when the offense scores expect that retaliation. If you do not want the embarrassment or the arrogance do not get toasted for 91 yards. This is nothing like the Jets situation that was a coach trying to hurt someone to even compare the two situations is completely illogical and totally ignorant. The coach was attacking someone defenseless Desean was letting the D know he got them good hardly comparable situations. You guys with your hate are a bit ridiculous sometimes. I can't stand the eagles but to hate Jackson because he gives his QB praise and has a cocky attitude that is really ignorant. Desean is not classless he is having fun while playing a game football is a game let the man have his fun while playing it.
  14. It just can not be so we could not have outscored the Saints they are better than us Trent Dilweed and Skip Brainless say so. It just can not be true if not it could mean that neither one of them is a competent sports writer.
  15. Ryan 19-1 at home should speak for itself or nearly beating the team that would become champions with Chris Redman at QB. You would think the homefield advantage and our fans would get some credit. However Bayless admits we are probably going to have home field ,but he actually thinks someone is coming into our house to beat us before the Super Bowl. He actually has it in his head that the Saints are going to come to the GA dome and win or that the Packers will do it. This clown pretty much just sold the entire home field advantage we have short as a thing of luck. As fans I think this is the most egregious error yet. He must have forgot last year without Turner and Ryan we nearly beat the champs in our place. Let's take care of business the next two weeks on the road. Then we need to be out in full force in three weeks on Monday Night we need to be so loud that Brees can't even get the plays called. Maybe then Skip will understand what our home field advantage really is. If your gonna be in the stands with me that night come and be the loudest you've ever been at any game. Are you guys with me? We will show them what it means to have the greatest homefield advantage in the NFL.
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