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    niels petersen reacted to athell in Rams pushed hard to get the Falcons to trade for Gurley   
    Take the L and move on.
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    niels petersen reacted to Goober Pyle in Why Grady Jarrett is the way he is and why Falcons need more like him   
    https://theathletic.com/1978973/2020/08/06/schultz-why-grady-jarrett-is-the-way-he-is-and-why-falcons-need-more-like-him/
     
    Before anybody knew really who Grady Jarrett was, before he helped elevate a floundering college football program to a national force and an NFL team to near Super Bowl champion, he was off the grid. Major college scouts never ventured out to Conyers because Rockdale County High School wasn’t a Georgia program known to produce high-level talent. The program had one winning season in Jarrett’s four years. Nobody was going to come to watch him. So he went to them.
    “We had a camp. I think it was before his senior year,” Dan Brooks said.
    An invitational camp?
    “No. It was open,” Brooks said. “If it was an invitation deal, we might not have invited him. We didn’t know a lot about him before he came in, other than he could run, and he was a great high school wrestler. People thought he was too short.”
    This was early in June of 2010, early in Dabo Swinney’s tenure at Clemson. Brooks was the Tigers’ defensive line coach. He watched Jarrett take on bigger linemen in drills and, “He ripped everybody there. I kept telling Coach Swinney, ‘Come here and watch push rush drills.’ We picked the best offensive linemen we had in camp to go against him, and I don’t think Grady lost one (drill) the whole time. I said, ‘We gotta take this guy.’ They said, ‘He’s too short.’ I said, ‘No, he’s not too short!’ I don’t care how tall they are if they play like that.”
    Brooks won the debate. Swinney made an offer. Jarrett committed to Clemson. Scouting services listed him as a “two-star” or a “three-star.” They also listed him at 6-foot-2, which stretched the truth, which is just what Jarrett wanted. Not that it mattered. He soon proved to everybody what he could do on a football field.
    I bring this story up now because the Falcons are coming off two miserable and underachieving seasons. Jarrett fits into the category of players who probably is taking this the hardest. He plays beyond what the measurables suggest he should, just as he played beyond what recruiting services thought and what NFL scouts projected, as evidenced by the fact he lasted until the fifth round in 2015. There were 136 players taken before him. The Falcons’ first two picks in that first draft with Dan Quinn as coach: Vic Beasley and Jalen Collins, two players whose physical talents proved to far outweigh their desire and determination. The Falcons always liked Jarrett, but even they never projected he would become a fixture in their starting lineup, a leader of their defense, a Pro Bowler and an “undersized” defensive tackle who sacked Tom Brady three times in the Super Bowl.
    Jarrett so far outplayed his modest rookie contract that general manager Thomas Dimitroff would not have been surprised if the player complained about his salary and nudged him for a new deal. It never happened.
    “I’ve never met a player who was more mature in the contract process than Grady Jarrett,” Dimitroff said. “I don’t think I’ll admire anybody more in that setting, He handled it, head-on, no moaning, no agitation. I don’t know how many people would’ve navigated that the way he did. All the times he and I spoke about the team and leadership, he never once pulled me aside to talk about his contract — not that he couldn’t have.”
    The Falcons rewarded Jarrett before the 2019 season with a four-year, $68 million contract. He was universally recognized as not only a player of NFL caliber but one you build a defense around. But there wasn’t joy in the season that followed.
    The only thing that frustrates Jarrett more than losing is seeing teammates underachieve. He never would publicly throw anybody under the bus. But the truth is the Falcons had too many players who went south after the 2016 Super Bowl season. They either were not as dedicated as him or were worried more about their paycheck than leading teammates and winning games. Look at some of the players who were let go after the past two seasons, including Beasley. Look at Devonta Freeman, whose then-agent spoke out about his contract during Super Bowl week and never consistently played at the same level after he got the big contract.
    The losing ate at Jarrett last season, just as it ate at him at Rockdale County. Having varied experiences, from high school to four double-digit-win seasons at Clemson to extreme highs and lows with the Falcons has helped him process things. But it’s not easy.
    “On a personal level, no matter how good or bad things are going, I’ll always try to be my best and prepare in a way to where I can put my best foot forward no matter how it is,” he said. “Whether things are going good or bad, you always have to try to lead your teammates and encourage them. You can always be better and things could always be worse. So you’ve got to be thankful for where you are. I just want to be that consistent player to try to help us reach the postseason every year and to never give up, no matter the circumstances.”
    As for the frustrations of consecutive 7-9 seasons, including last year’s 1-7 start against the backdrop of high expectations, Jarrett said, “As a competitor, you always want to play for the championship. You want to win a lot of games. But I wouldn’t compare past success and making it like a frustration point for me. It’s just a point of motivation to try to get better and to try to get back to where I know we can be.”
    It’s the week-to-week, year-to-year focus great athletes have. But last season’s losing and constantly being one of the few stand-up guys in the locker room after games weren’t easy. After a 37-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Julio Jones had a fiery postgame speech to teammates and said players were at fault for the 1-6 start, not Quinn. It was notable that Jones, Jarrett and Ricardo Allen, three team leaders, left the stadium without speaking to the media, effectively requiring other players to come out.
    It clearly bothers Jarrett when others don’t get the most out of their talent because that’s not the way he’s wired.
    “I don’t want to speak for him,” Dimitroff said. “But given his drive, his personality, his grit, his whole makeup, I’m sure people like that really struggle because they know how good this football team can be. It takes more than just pure talent. It takes being on the front foot and pushing through for everyone. That I’m sure would be agitating for someone like Grady, given his makeup.”
    Brooks is now retired. He last spoke to Jarrett at a Clemson football function in March, but the two frequently text each other, and Brooks said early on at Clemson he spoke to Jarrett about the frustrations of playing on a losing team.
    “He and I had a lot of long talks about him trying to motivate teammates to be better,” Brooks said. “Rockdale County didn’t have a run of great success. But he was successful in wrestling, an individual thing, which was something he could control. He was under-recruited because they didn’t have other players, they hadn’t had success, and he had to overcome those things.”
    Brooks also believes the past two seasons frustrated Jarrett.
    “He really tries to be a leader but it’s in a real positive way,” Brooks said. “I’ve never been in that locker room. But (at Clemson) he could challenge guys to be their best in my little segment group, in my room or on defense. If he’s talking to a linebacker, it’s, ‘I’ve got this gap, you’re supposed to have that one.’ He could challenge guys to be better. So I’m sure it’s worn on him.”
    The player nobody wanted, the player Georgia and Georgia Tech didn’t notice until it was too late, went on to become an All-ACC pick and team captain at Clemson. The Tigers, who went 6-7 in Swinney’s second full season as coach in 2010, had an aggregate record of 42-11 with two Orange Bowl appearances in Jarrett’s four seasons. His tenacity, his “motor,” reminded many of his father, Jessie Tuggle, the former Falcons’ linebacker who similarly played beyond his dimensions and expectations.
    Jarrett had “everything you were looking for,” in a defensive lineman, Brooks said.
    “Everything except the height,” Brooks said. “But he helped us get that program to where it is today.”
    In college, Jarrett told anybody who would listen that he was 6-2. Brooks told him he was 6-0. They would go back and forth.
    “I had a conversation with him once. I said, ‘Grady, when you go to the combine, and you back your butt up against the wall, and they make you take your socks and shoes and everything else off and put a clipboard on top of your head, they’re going to call out 72,” Brooks said. “Do you know what that is?’ He said, ‘Coach. I know what that is. But I’m 6-2.’”
    Jarrett went to the combine. He officially measured at 72.75 inches. So, 6-1-ish.
    “Being a quote/unquote undersized guy, I always kept a chip on my shoulder,” Jarrett said. “As I got better and better and started having success, (the chip) never left. So I never got complacent.”
    He was asked if he had any concerns about the NFL season unfolding despite COVID-19. His response was like a page torn out of his book of daily meditations.
    “‘I have confidence, and I have faith, not fear, in everything in my life,” he said. “So I’m going to prepare to have a full season. At the end of the day, what’s going to happen is going to happen. I’m going to focus on being in the league that I’m in and that we are going to have success.”
    The Falcons need more like him.
     
     
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    niels petersen reacted to Rings in Running the ball in the 1st half does not make 2nd half rushes more likely to be valuable in a significant way.   
    Establishing the run is one of the biggest farces in the game.  Keeping the defense honest and on their heels and not knowing what is coming at them is way more important, and if that means running when the box is light, then do it all day.  But don’t run just to run if the odds and defensive front is stacked against you.  A handful of OCs are creative enough to use misdirection and make multiple plays look the same pre snap to throw teams off to counter that, but we don’t have that luxury.
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    niels petersen reacted to Ergo Proxy in Battle Lines Drawn - Thomas Better Than Julio Per CBS Sports   
    Sigh...
    my daily quota has now been reached.
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    niels petersen reacted to KRUNKuno in Hooker for a 3rd   
    Ohh man you’re setting yourself up for failure with this one 
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    niels petersen reacted to ramonezy in Debo   
    The humour of post draft grades... We only produced 3 Pro Bowlers 
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    niels petersen got a reaction from AUTiger7222 in Would you have rather drafted Lloyd Cushenberry with our pick 78?   
    Maybe. Both are great players IMO. But I think Hen is a better scheme fit and this FO has shown they are willing to take players who fit the system even though they might be ranked a bit lower, and that has worked out pretty good so far.
    Hennessy was basically studying Mack already, so it just makes so much sense to make him the pick, so he can pick it all up in person from Mack. I think there is an extra motivational dimension with Hennessy, given he can learn from Mack.
    Very very happy with the Hennessy pick!
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    niels petersen got a reaction from Falcons Fan MVP in Would you have rather drafted Lloyd Cushenberry with our pick 78?   
    Maybe. Both are great players IMO. But I think Hen is a better scheme fit and this FO has shown they are willing to take players who fit the system even though they might be ranked a bit lower, and that has worked out pretty good so far.
    Hennessy was basically studying Mack already, so it just makes so much sense to make him the pick, so he can pick it all up in person from Mack. I think there is an extra motivational dimension with Hennessy, given he can learn from Mack.
    Very very happy with the Hennessy pick!
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    niels petersen reacted to ya_boi_j in I love the Davidson pick even more   
    If yall dont love the potential oh well. Just please keep the whining and who you wanted to yourself
     
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    niels petersen reacted to Monolith2001 in How well do you think A.J. Terrell will do in Atlanta?   
    I think there will be three camps for Terrell
    Those who watched his film thoroughly and realized this kid plays like the Falcons like their corners to play.  I am in this category and why I had him high on my board.  I only wish we could have traded back a few spots, got a bit more capital but I suspect TD got word that he was high on another board and bailed on the risk. People who read the headlines or watched the LSU game and called it a day. People who simply hoped for a different and more exciting pick.
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    niels petersen reacted to Goober Pyle in What happens when an angry football fan emails an NFL general manager?   
    https://theathletic.com/1765337/2020/04/22/what-happens-when-an-angry-football-fan-emails-an-nfl-general-manager/
     
    Kai Hall wasn’t happy.
    An otherwise positive person by nature, Hall, a longtime fan of the Falcons, was angry, in fact. Having rooted for the franchise since childhood, Hall felt he was at a breaking point after Atlanta lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018. Atlanta already had suffered three tough one-score losses with significant injuries to Ricardo Allen, Keanu Neal and Deion Jones.
    As a fan, Hall wanted to see something, such as a free-agent acquisition or two, that signaled Atlanta had a plan to replenish these losses. Instead, the Falcons’ plan was to promote from within. At that precise moment, Hall had enough.
    Done with venting his frustrations on Twitter, he eventually decided to go directly to the source he thought was the cause of all the problems. He figured out Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s email address and fired off a lengthy message detailing his thoughts.
    Never in a million years did Hall expect a response.
    Twenty minutes passed by.
    “Thanks for the email,” Dimitroff wrote back. “Send me your cell and we can talk.”
    For more than 20 years, Hall has been a die-hard fan of the Falcons. Born in Hawaii, he moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., when he was 4 years old. A few years later, he and his mother moved across the Georgia-Tennessee border to Chickamauga. As a kid, Hall’s connection to the Falcons bloomed thanks to family friend Rich Miano, an NFL defensive back who happened to play the final season of his 10-year career with the franchise in 1995. That season, Hall’s mother and stepfather took him to a game, which ended with a visit to the postgame locker room to meet some of the Falcons’ players.
    One of Hall’s childhood keepsakes is a photo his mother took — well two, snapped consecutively — of Hall getting an autograph from linebacker Jessie Tuggle. That season cemented Hall’s Falcons fandom. When his mother could afford it, she would take him to Falcons games, which helped further forge their own relationship. Over time, Hall cheered through plenty of down seasons. He was ecstatic during the 1998 season, which resulted in Atlanta reaching Super Bowl XXXIII. Like most Atlanta fans, he was amazed at what Michael Vick could do and devastated in the aftermath of his dogfighting arrest. Hall continued to cheer for the Falcons as they went from a laughingstock in 2007 to a team that established yearly playoff expectations. And in 2009, after moving to Los Angeles to take a job in the nonprofit sector, Hall continued to cheer for the Falcons from afar.
     

     
    Entering the 2018 season, expectations were high for Atlanta. But after the Steelers loss, which dropped the Falcons to 1-4, Hall decided he was done with the Falcons. It wasn’t the losing that drove him to this point. It was that he felt the team was at a crossroads personnel-wise. The Falcons chose not to sign street free agents or make any trades, opting for the next man up philosophy, and Hall said he felt like the team was acting without a sense of urgency.
    Hall made the decision to root for another team. Living in Los Angeles, he asked his wife, Naomi, who they should cheer for instead. He wanted to go with the Chargers but she wanted the Rams. Naturally, Naomi won, so the two chose the Rams. But Hall didn’t want to be just any bandwagon fan. In his mind, if he was truly to switch teams, he wanted to receive a formal invitation of some sort. Therefore, he sent an email to Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff a day after Atlanta’s loss to Pittsburgh and explained his situation.
    Hall didn’t write anything negative about the Falcons. He simply wrote it was time for a change since the Rams were the hometown team.
    “Would you have us?” Hall wrote.
    Later the same day, Demoff wrote back with what he considered to be an official invite to become a fan of the Rams. Demoff then offered to send the Halls some “welcome goodies.” Within two days, three boxes of Rams apparel arrived at the Halls’ doorstep.
    With the Halls leaving the Falcons for the Rams, there was one final piece of business to take care of. On Oct. 9, 2018, a day after corresponding with Demoff, Hall decided he would reach out to Dimitroff, the general manager he blamed for Atlanta’s early season mishaps, to explain why he wanted to change teams.
    Here’s what Hall wrote:
    Hi Thomas,
    My name is Kai and I live in Los Angeles with my wife.
    In 1995, a family friend (Rich Miano) played for the Falcons. As a result, I became a Falcons fan. I have photos of me as a kid rooting the team on from the stands, meeting players after games, and showing off my Falcons gear. That fandom continued on into my adult years. And over the years, I have spent thousands of dollars and given countless hours in support of the team.
    Now, I am worn down and feel as though I cannot give anything more as a fan.
    Falcons football is more than a game for me. Growing up without my dad, Falcons football was a way for my mother and to bond over sports. I’ve traveled the Country to support this team. I was there in-person for Matt Ryan’s first playoff game. I was there on Thanksgiving in the Dome when the Falcons lost to Manning’s Colts. My wife and I were in Chicago last season for the team’s first game after that devastating Super Bowl loss.
    Point of this email is to say that Kevin Demoff of the Rams has extended an official offer to us to become Rams fans here in Los Angeles. It’s incredibly difficult, but we’d like to accept his offer. My wife and I had bought tickets to Sunday’s game against the Bucs, but we sold them and cancelled our travel reservations.
    I was able to get past the blow out loss against Denver. I made it through the tough times after Vick. I was able to get past the Super Bowl 51 loss and I held hope despite last season’s loss to the Eagles. But it seems like the current team’s philosophy regarding replacing injured players (i.e. next man up) is not working. And it appears the season is all but over, but it’s only October. My heart can only take so much, because I know this team can become so much more.
    I’ll always love the Falcons, but as a fan it’s so hard to accept the outcome when you have absolutely no control and are completely dependent on the leadership to make the right choices.
    I want to leave you with a few photos. One is of me as a kid meeting Jessie Tuggle. Which by the way, nearly 22 years later his son Grady gave me a pair of game worn gloves. The other photo is of me and my wife cheering on the Falcons last season at the playoff game here in Los Angeles.
    Thank you for all the great memories Atlanta Falcons,
    Kai
    Dimitroff doesn’t come across as the type to respond to fan emails. Then again, he couldn’t recall if one ever reached him before during his time as Atlanta’s GM. He joked that once this story is published that it “might open Pandora’s Box.”
    But something about Hall’s email touched him. Perhaps it was the photo with Tuggle. Maybe it was that he could see there was a deep personal connection with the team that Hall developed from childhood. Whatever the case may be, Dimitroff extended the invitation to talk. And two days later, he called.
    Prior to the call, Dimitroff admitted he wanted to put Hall in his place.
    “After reading that and hearing that, I thought, ‘You know what? Screw this,’” Dimitroff said. “I’m going to call this guy, and I’m going to show him that we’re good people here, adept people, and it’s worth the time. So that’s what happened. That was the initial (interaction). I was a little agitated myself. I’m sitting there like, ‘Wait a minute. No, no, no, no. Let me have my chance to voice my own opinion.’”
    Dimitroff figured the conversation could go three ways.
    • Hall could answer angrily and tee off on Dimitroff without putting much thought into the conversation.
    • They could both talk through some points but ultimately hang up upset after only a few minutes.
    • The conversation could be cordial with the two finding common ground.
    Lo and behold, option No. 3 turned out to be the outcome. The two talked for roughly 45 minutes, going into Dimitroff’s background and philosophy. Hall learned that two of Dimitroff’s influences, as it pertains to leadership and culture, aren’t from football mentors, but from R.C. Buford, the CEO and former general manager of the San Antonio Spurs, and David Brailsford, the cycling coach of Team Ineos who used to lead Team Sky. Dimitroff also explained his reasoning for not making an in-season move after all the injuries that took place in early 2018.
    “I was able to address my concerns head-on,” Hall said. “Literally, ‘Thomas, why haven’t you gone out and picked up a free agent?’ I was literally asking these questions. Bit by bit he went through and addressed my concerns. That was the coolest thing in the world for me.”
    Said Dimitroff: “I basically expounded on elements of what we were doing in our approach (in 2018). It wasn’t as easy as just looking at it in black and white. There were so many layers to putting together a football team and a sports franchise. It’s not just on the surface as you may see. I dug into some things that I probably would never have dug into with a fan before. I was appropriate about it, but I believe that was eye-opening for him.”
    Toward the end of the conversation, Hall said he was convinced to remain a Falcons fan. He asked Dimitroff if he and Naomi made it out to a Falcons game later in the 2018 season, if they could somehow get on the sideline? Dimitroff said that wouldn’t be a problem. The Halls ended up getting tickets to Atlanta’s 2018 game against the Baltimore Ravens. As the game approached, Hall emailed Dimitroff to let him know he would be attending. A week later, Dimitroff called Hall and set him up with sideline passes. The Halls flew to Atlanta and brought along a Los Angeles cycling jersey, with a design featuring palm trees and a sunset, as a thank you gift, with the hope they would run into Dimitroff on the sideline.
    Sure enough, as Kai and Naomi stood on the visitors’ sideline near the kicking net, Kai received a call from an unknown number. It turned out to be Dimitroff’s assistant at the time, who told them the Falcons’ GM wanted to meet them. The assistant linked up with the Halls and directed them toward Dimitroff. Dimitroff embraced the couple as if they were long lost pals.
    “It felt like we’ve known him for a long time,” Naomi said. “He treated us like we were friends and family. He gave us a hug. It didn’t feel like we were meeting him for the first time. It was like we were friends catching up.”
    When Dimitroff walked away, this easily could have marked the end of any future correspondence.
    Instead, Hall and Dimitroff continued to email back and forth. Then they started texting. They’ll occasionally chat on the phone. Conversations veer well outside of football. Around May of 2019, the Halls found out Naomi was pregnant, which brought joy to Dimitroff when he heard the news. They started sharing personal stories, such as Hall’s on-and-off relationship with his father. Shortly after Hall got a job at a Fortune 500 company he long wanted to work for, Dimitroff offered advice on how to confront certain on-the-job anxieties that were arising.
    Hall was hopeful his favorite team would bounce back from the 7-9 season in 2018. Of course, a rough 1-7 start ended Atlanta’s playoff hopes before the Falcons ever got off the ground. But in a year’s worth of time, Hall was no longer active, and angry, on Twitter. Sure, he hated it when the team lost. But there was a newfound perspective learned when it came to watching the game. Regardless of a game’s outcome, Hall would text Dimitroff something positive. Seven of the first eight games were rough. During the final eight, the two could celebrate via text after each of the six wins.
    But one particular game stands out for Hall, especially because he couldn’t watch it. On Dec. 8, 2019, which happened to be Atlanta’s second game against the Carolina Panthers, Naomi went into labor. After their daughter Emilia’s birth, and after Hall saw that the Falcons won 40-20, he congratulated Dimitroff on the win and shared a photo of his baby daughter. Dimitroff was ecstatic and peppered Hall with questions about how Naomi and Emilia were doing, telling the new father how beautiful his new daughter is.
    Dimitroff’s friendship was much needed in recent weeks. As the NFL operates its business, many citizens around the country have lost their jobs — temporarily or permanently — during the COVID-19 pandemic that has plagued the world. Hall fell into this category. On April 9, Hall received a call that he was being laid off due to the economic impact of the virus. Later that day, he texted Dimitroff about it. Dimitroff vowed to call when he had a free moment.
    That came two days later, on April 11, shortly after he recorded a podcast with sports reporter Peter King. Dimitroff FaceTimed Hall, to check in and see how he was doing. Sitting with his wife and daughter at their home, Hall was surprised to see a FaceTime request from Dimitroff pop up on his phone. Even though he was let go from his job, Hall has been in good spirits — saying it has allowed him to spend extra time he otherwise wouldn’t have with Emilia. But he felt even better after Dimitroff spoke to him. Dimitroff brought up the attributes he has learned about Hall since meeting him, painting a vivid picture of what his future will be.
    “When the opportunity was pulled from him I was thinking how difficult it would be to be without a job and compensation during this very precarious time,” Dimitroff said. “Believe me, my focus has been mainly on the draft and building this team. But every once in a while when I have pockets of time to be contemplative, situations like this enter my mind. I am confident that he will not be without a job for long. He’s too bright and intuitive.”
    On Thursday, Hall will tune into the NFL Draft and hope the Falcons strike gold with their first-round pick. While Dimitroff hasn’t delved into trade secrets regarding the direction they may take, Hall has told him repeatedly who he wants the team to take in the first round. Asked who that prospect is, Hall declined to say, stating he would rather keep that a secret between them. And as it pertains to draft information, Hall certainly pries. Rarely does he receive.
    Oh yeah — as for the Rams swag Demoff sent the Halls a year-and-a-half ago? Those items were taken to a Goodwill somewhere in the Los Angeles area. What’s crazy to think about, however, is that if Dimitroff never responded, those items would still be in the Hall household.
    But as things would unfold, Hall’s direct and honest approach struck a chord with Dimitroff. And that chord produced an unlikely friendship that neither could have ever expected.
    “Through this experience, I decided to remain a fan of my favorite team since the early ’90s,” Hall said. “Also through this experience, and more importantly to my family and I, we forged a friendship and connection with someone who has added tremendous value to our lives, just through the past year or two. To me, that’s invaluable. For that I’m grateful. I developed a friendship with someone who has opened up about their life, and as a result it’s impacted mine. I’ve developed a friendship with someone who has offered mentorship and guidance as it pertains to my profession. My family has gained a genuine friend. When you have a friend you want them to succeed and you’re going to stand by them no matter what.”
     
     
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    niels petersen reacted to Doug Carlton in My "1 Week to go" Mock with Trades   
    Trade 16 overall to Miami for 26 & 56
    Trade 26 to Green Bay for 30 & 94
     
     
    with the 30th pick overall, the Atlanta Falcons Select:
    JEFF GLADNEY CB TCU
     
    With the 47th pick the Atlanta Falcons Select:
    CURTIS WEAVER DE BOISE STATE
     
    With the 56th pick the Atlanta Falcons Select:
    ZACK BAUN LB WISCONSIN
     
    With the 78th pick the Atlanta Falcons Select :
    Lloyd Cushenberry C LSU
     
    WIth the 94th pick the Atlanta Falcons Select:
    RASHARD LAWRENCE DT LSU
     
    With the 119th pick the Atlanta Falcons select:
    Kenny Willikes DE Michigan State
     
    With the 143rd pick the Atlanta Falcons Select:
    Jonah Jackson G Ohio STate
    With the 228th pick the Atlanta Falcons select:
    Bryce Huff OLB Memphis
     
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    niels petersen reacted to g-dawg in Dimitroff is a boss. He is making his last stand...   
    Da choppahs!!!! 
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    niels petersen reacted to Smiler11 in Let's Play a Game: "Do You Remember?" Draft Edition.   
    The Snelling shovel pass - what a weapon that was for a couple of years.
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    niels petersen got a reaction from Francis York Morgan in FYM Final Mock: Judgment Day   
    Very interesting mock. Well thought out!
    I would love having a WR corps including names like Cephus and Zaccheus
    I'm not against picking Love. I get the reasoning. But I don't see why the Pats would make that trade considering they have a lot of picks this year.
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    niels petersen got a reaction from KRUNKuno in K'Lavon Chaisson   
    I think Chaisson is exactly the type of player DQ likes and wants to coach up. 
    I bet DQ is sure he can teach Chaisson better hand technique and pass rush moves. And if he can, look out.
    Chaisson plays the run well, is pretty ferocious in his pass rush and is an extremely competitive player and a leader already at 21. He can even cover. 
    Sure he might have to be coached up, but that's what coaches are for. I think he is a great fit here!
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    niels petersen reacted to kiwifalcon in K'Lavon Chaisson   
    Chaisson like just about every rusher not named Chase Young has growing and work to do to refine his technique.Ceiling is higher than almost anyone else not named above.For me then you have to have a look at his off field work ethic and investigate his ability to learn.If they match up to that ability to hit this ceiling it’s a no brainer in my eyes.
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    niels petersen got a reaction from Doug Carlton in My "1 Week to go" Mock with Trades   
    One word: magnificent!
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    niels petersen reacted to FalconsFanSC in PFF Mock Draft Simulator   
    This will never happen but this is a fun website.    I would have prefered - as I think Quinn will also - one of the bigger safety's Dugger or Burgess but they were gone and I didn't think Winfield would make it to 47.   With all of the extra picks gained from trades -  Hurts at 47 was the ultimate luxury pick.    And now Atlanta would have a valuable trade piece for later and at worse a great backup that would allow Schaub to be released.
    The one name on here that I'm not seeing talked about much is Alton Robinson.   I would rather have him than another 1sr round risk player like Chaisson.
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    niels petersen reacted to Knight of God in Secondary play   
    One day in the future, we are going to talk. This is not wrong, but it’s also not right. Football is not an exact science, one size fits all, or everything will always work “x” way.
    Sometimes I come on and say things that make people believe that I’m trying to make out that I’m either a “know it all” or a “football savant”. Truth is, I look at systems. I don’t care what your roster says until I see a system. Not all systems function the same. 
     
    If we didn’t rotate so much, I’d say we need a DT before secondary. Thing is we rotate enough to make that moot. Right now it’s all to be taken in fun. Strangely I’m not enjoying it. Mainly because we have drafted and signed in a way that has no reason or rhyme to me, so it screws with my actual head. I do have some issues. Probably due to years of football, boxing, and MMA. Who knows.
    Now, I understand what you’re saying and I like it. I can show you a way to get more faster. If you’re interested.
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    niels petersen reacted to vel in Falcons brought an expanded group of analytic folks to the combine this year.   
    I disagree. You can negate good pass rushers. Like Rings said, you can point to the Niners DL, but that's a massive outlier. Unless we can add three top ten picks on rookie contracts to a DL, you aren't building that kind of DL consistently. So most DLs have one or two main guys and a bunch of role players. Given that, most offenses know who to scheme to negate. Take the Rams playoff game from 2017. Aaron Donald had half a sack and one QB hit. That's it. Good offenses and QBs know how to navigate a pass rush. How many times have we seen Matt get lit up all game just to lead us to late game heroics? That's another example. Pass rush is still heavily valued because of the history of the game. Yes, early on, QBs sucked and offenses were bland and most DL could just take over. That's not the same game being played anymore, yet the thought process hasn't updated. 
    I can chip DEs with a TE and RB to make them work through three men before they get to the QB. This benefits the defense more because now they're covering less people, giving them the numbers advantage to double/bracket weapons, making the QB hold the ball longer. The longer the QB holds the ball, the more prone to sacks he is because the pass rush has time to get there. Without time, a pass rush is nothing. Just look at the Falcons this past year. They were allowing the most catches by a mile under 2.5 seconds. You can't scheme good coverage and you can't scheme against good coverage. That means you have to have players who can actually cover and a scheme that maximizes their ability. We had players who could cover much better than they were last year but a scheme that wasn't maximizing them. Like Rings pointed out, and something I agree with wholeheartedly, the best defenses have great secondaries. 
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    niels petersen got a reaction from FA91 in Ross Blacklock at 16 overall   
    I'd rather trade down.
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    niels petersen reacted to g-dawg in Todd Gurley and Julio in new uniform   
    It’s really not too big.  I know the majority is agreeing with you on the thread but I disagree.  If the ATL was smaller, then it wouldn’t be very noticeable and then might as well not have it on their as well.
    Also, it should be noted that the Falcons logo on the helmet is like 20-30% bigger and believe the numbers and ATL logo on jersey are as well to keep everything proportional.
    It might look odd if the numbers and ATL logo stayed small with bird on the helmet larger.
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    niels petersen reacted to Goober Pyle in Dan Quinn: A big-picture guy who’s making alternate plans   
    https://www.ajc.com/blog/mark-bradley/dan-quinn-big-picture-guy-who-making-alternate-plans/RDsA9vWUBjgbmPYoZJWLUJ/
     
    Dan Quinn might just be the right coach at … well, nobody would call this the right time. But if you’re looking for someone who can embrace enforced change and still find reasons to be cheerful, Dan’s your man. 
    The Falcons’ coach held a 30-minute video call via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday. He seemed in his element, and not just because he was displayed at a desk beneath a mantel lined with football helmets. He was in his element because – unlike other football coaches (Dabo Swinney, Mike Gundy) who’ve spoken recently – he sees the whole field. John Prine died Tuesday night. Boris Johnson is in ICU. Our world is reeling.
    Quinn opened by conceding that there’s something going on that’s “way bigger” than football. Then he struck this grace note: 
    “I know there’s a lot of uncertainty outside, but I would like to start with some things that I am totally certain about. I am certain about my appreciation and gratitude and thankfulness for all the doctors and nurses and first responders; people who work in our grocery stores and pharmacies and are helping us get through this. 
    “I know sports personalities can be seen as heroes, and I think what this time has shown is that people are stepping up, not just here in Atlanta but all over the country and all over the world. It’s one of the coolest things to watch from afar. To know that people have that kind of grittiness and toughness and love, it’s really cool to see.” 
    Then: “Instead of ‘social distancing,’ I wish we had called it ‘physical distancing.’ Because socially, we so need to be connected. That’s one of the most difficult spots here, that feeling of isolation. We’ve gone for it pretty hard in terms of things we wanted to do to stay connected – through phone calls and FaceTime and video conferencing. The ability to be present with somebody – it’s a big deal. I’ve enjoyed visiting with players, coaches, draft prospects. At times, it’s felt like I’m on ‘The Jetsons’ here: I’m a football coach learning how to online-teach. There have been a lot of things over the last month that have been challenging in ways that help you grow and get better.” 
    He turned to football. He talked about the draft, about Dante Fowler, about Todd Gurley. He said what you’d expect. He also upbraided, gently, those reporters who hadn’t activated their cameras, meaning he couldn’t see his questioner. 
    “That’s like cheating. You’ve got to be on screen if you’re on a conference call. I’ve found with the players that they’re more present on a video conference call than a phone call. You can be on a phone call and writing something down or doing something else, but on these calls it’s been good to stay connected with people, especially during this time when we’re not getting as much face time as we normally do.” 
    Football coaches tend to hate that which they cannot control. Quinn has such a lively mind that, instead of raging against grim reality, he has taken this moment to try to make himself a better coach/communicator. (For the record, he has always been a top-shelf guy.) 
    “I missed the locker room like ****, seeing everybody and talking to everybody … (But) one of the silver linings in being away is that, in some cases, the relationships have gotten better. The first thing we’re talking about often times isn’t the football side. You come into the building, and it’s, ‘Hey, what’s up? All right, let’s get started – this is Cover 3; that’s what we’re playing.’ Right now it’s a deeper check-in. It’s, ‘Tell me about your family. Is everybody OK? Is your grandmother able to get the medication?’ 
    “When you start talking about the family piece first, there’s been some connections that might’ve not normally happened had we all just met at the complex and gotten going. I definitely miss seeing everybody on a regular basis, but trying to do it this way has helped. That kind of connection – it’s been important, for sure.” 
    Then, asked about alternate plans that could be needed for OTAs and the like: “What we’ve really learned a lot and grown a lot on is, ‘How do we teach online?’ How do we teach when we share a screen and we watch tapes and we try a voice-over? What the coaches have been doing is practicing teaching each other. Is it best to have a call with one person, two people? How do you do it when there’s a group of O-linemen? Is it best to have smaller groups? How do you have a team meeting? Hopefully we won’t have to use much of that, but we’re planning that way. We can throw a **** of a virtual offseason, if that’s possible. 
    “You can get a lot done with technology. … We’re finding better ways to teach when you’re not in the same room and you don’t have the same eye contact. We’re digging into as many resources as we can – from other sports, college professors. I’ve contacted people in the military. We’ve been on with basketball people who are right in the middle of their sport: ‘How are you staying connected?’ I’ve reached out to my former roommate who’s a college professor: ‘Tell me about these online classes, man.’ Those are fun things that we’ve grown on, and that’s how we’re practicing coach-to-coach.” 
    At the end, someone wondered what exactly would have to happen for there to be a football season. Said Quinn: “It feels a little tricky even to have this conversation. I would say the medical people I would trust more than anything else. The safety part of it, for me, is where it’s at. If we had ways of establishing safety for fans and players, that would be some part of the discussion. Fortunately for me, I don’t have to (decide); I follow along like everyone else. There are so many different things out there, I just don’t have a good answer for you – other than player and fan safety. That would be at the top.” 
    That’s really the only answer there is. Dan Quinn nailed that, too. Nobody could possibly have seen this coming, but the Falcons should be glad they’ve got this guy to guide them through it.
     
     
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