Brewcrew got a reaction from PokerSteve in Will Arthur Smith be in the same league as Sean McVay, Kyle Shanahan and Matt Lefleur when it comes to creativity and brilliant offensive minds?
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Brewcrew reacted to run_vick_run in The only bad thing about this message board
You guys are great giving information and insights when it comes to the falcons, some not so good. but you guys are too quick and childish when it comes to a negative point of view about something related to the team. Why will you just give downgrades when somebody points a flag about the team? So you all look foolish having big praises on the team and then we finish 3-14. Y got 30 downgrades for asking what will be your 2nd team if we don't make the playoffs. I don't take anything to the heart that could be said but you guys look like kids supporting the team
Brewcrew got a reaction from PokerSteve in How much do starters play during the preseason
I assume they are using the last game as dress rehearsal because now there is a full two weeks after that before the first game of the season. They used to use game 3, but back then the first game would usually be the following week after preseason game 4.
Brewcrew reacted to Snafu in How concerned are you about the Falcons offensive line after the Titans game?
From what I saw out of Andrews, we may as well just start Dalman at LG and let him take his lumps early.
That or make a move for a legit guy.
Brewcrew reacted to Tim Mazetti in Chris Williamson CB
A surprise name in training camp thus far has been a former seventh-round pick of the Giants — Chris Williamson. The second-year corner spent most of last season on the New York practice squad before joining the Falcons, but that hasn’t stopped him from turning heads in Flowery Branch.
Williamson intercepted A.J. McCarron on a throwback screen that was thrown too high, and it would’ve been a pick-six. A few plays later, he closed in on Ryan Becker after he caught a pass in the flats, punched the ball out, and recovered his own forced fumble. Arthur Smith said unprompted during his Sunday press conference of Williamson that he “keeps showing up.”
With your head coach repeatedly praising your performance in practice, Williamson has to feel optimistic about making the 53-man roster. He has good size at 6-foot and 205-pounds, but there would have to be a coordinating personnel move for Williamson to make the roster. The first names that come to most people’s minds are Isaiah Oliver and Kendall Sheffield after fans have been conditioned to expect poor play from the pair. The former is likely to make the roster after improved play occurred when he moved inside instead of consistently getting beat on the boundaries. So the latter of which, Sheffield, could be battling for a roster spot.
I believe Avery Williams’ special teams pedigree guarantees him a roster spot, which means Williamson will be competing with Sheffield for that last cornerback spot. Arthur Smith has remained adamant about competing at every position regardless of where the players are at on the depth chart, so this position battle is much more up in the air than it would’ve been with the previous regime. Williamson should be a fun watch for the rest of training camp.
Brewcrew reacted to Pa_Falcon_Fan in Why moving Foye Oluokun to the MIKE is good for the defense - Falcoholic
Why moving Foye Oluokun to the MIKE is good for the defense
Foye Oluokun, a sixth round pick out of Yale in the 2018 draft, has shown vast improvement and has expanded his role progressively on the defense since his rookie year. Last season was his best season yet, as he put up 77 solo tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 interceptions, and has proven to be a very athletic, sideline to sideline player. The fact that he’s a good tackler and very intelligent when it comes to making proper reads on the field makes him an asset to this defense.
I write all that to make it clear that it’s no surprise to me that new defensive coordinator Dean Pees and head coach Arthur Smith are entrusting Oluokun to take over the MIKE role and assume those important responsibilities. The MIKE linebacker, the “signal caller” of the defense, is the most important role on the defense from a leadership standpoint that can also make plays in the run game and in coverage. That being stated, what does this move mean for the defense?
Oluokun and the team benefit
This, in my opinion, is one of the best moves for the team for multiple reasons. Giving Foye this responsibility is not a knock on Deion Jones, who has handled these duties in the past, by any means. Jones has actually played effectively at the MIKE when given the responsibility. However, this move actually benefits both players.
Oluokun has proven to be a solid tackler and coverage LB, but even the previous staff stated that he catches on incredibly fast, is very intelligent (as you’d expect from a Yale graduate) and hardly ever makes the same mistake twice. Due to those factors and his athleticism, in my opinion, he’s better suited for the MIKE. For Debo, given his ball skills, speed, coverage skills, playmaking ability and his ability as a blitzing LB, putting him at the WILL without the leadership responsibility and just letting him wreak havoc should bring his play to another level. He did quite a bit of damage last year as a pass rusher and can do more with increased opportunities.
Dean Pees and his defensive staff have certainly been making some personnel and player responsibility changes since being here, and they all certainly make sense. This linebacker corps has the capability to be a very solid one, certainly. Coach Pees is obviously seeing the same kind of talent in Oluokun that some of us have and fully has faith that he can take on this responsibility. Of course time will tell on whether this move completely pans out on the field, but in my eyes, it certainly fits what the team needs and what Oluokun offers, and is a step in the right direction for the defense.
I think this makes a whole lot of sense. Let Foye process and direct things on D and unleash Debo to be Debo. I see this as a win and agree with the author of this article.
Brewcrew reacted to Goober Pyle in Falcons training camp takeaways: Richie Grant doesn’t want to make rookie mistakes - The Athletic
by Tori McElhaney
Monday’s practice was a big day for the Falcons. It included old faces and flashy plays. Let’s waste no time:
The Falcons made a number of pre-practice roster moves that included:
• Signing running back D’Onta Foreman
• Activating Willie Wright (reserve/COVID-19) and Kaleb McGary(physically unable to perform/PUP list)
• Releasing defensive back Tyler Hall and waiving/injured defensive lineman Deadrin Senat
Monday was the first day back at practice and in pads for McGary and Dante Fowler. Jacob Tuioti-Mariner and Qadree Ollison were back as well after sitting out Saturday’s open practice. However, Ollison was limited on Monday and wore a yellow jersey to signify rep limitations.
Keith Smith and Kendall Sheffield were not in attendance. Coach Arthur Smith said after practice that it was “nothing serious” for either but he does expect to see Smith back out at practice quicker than Sheffield, though he wasn’t specific on a timeline for their return.
This is the last thing Richie Grant wants to hear from the veterans around him. He’s working to make sure he doesn’t hear it when it matters most.
“I’ve got a lot of older vets out there and I don’t want to let them down,” Grant said “… When the game is on the line, I don’t want to be the one they’re looking at like, ‘C’mon rook!’ I can’t let that be me.”
This is a mentality Grant took on early in his years at UCF, when in his second year he was thrust into a starting role. Grant didn’t want to be the young guy who messed up. He’s carried that mentality with him to Atlanta into a position group that has brought in the likes of Erik Harris and Duron Harmon.
Smith has said before that Harris and Harmon are good for Grant, and the rookie would be the first to agree with that. Grant said he listens to anything and everything they tell him, joking that if Harmon told him to eat his food differently, he’d do it.
“I’d be like, ‘Listen, you’ve been in the league a long time doing the same thing,'” Grant said, “so whatever he do, I try to mock that.”
Grant has chipped away at breaking into the top rotations of the secondary. Starting out with the third team at the onset of training camp, Grant has recently worked his way up the ladder over the previous week. He’s primarily running with the twos, even more so now that T.J. Green is getting more and more work outside in Sheffield’s absence. This has arguably opened the door for more reps for Grant at safety. The second-team group on Monday consisted of Green and Chris Williamson at cornerback, and Jaylinn Hawkins and Grant at safety.
Grant said he’s working to slow the game down. He noted the biggest adjustment for him has been the speed in which he processes pre-snap movements, formations and personnel. This is where film study with Harmon has come in handy. Grant and Harmon are roommates, so when Harmon stays at the dorm, the two will break down film together. Grant said he’s emulating Harmon’s film-watching habits, and that’s what they’re focusing on when they’re going through it: reading the offensive formations and receiver tendencies.
“I’ve always been a guy who’s bit off more than I can chew, but not in a negative sense, just keep challenging myself,” Grant said. “That’s how you grow. I learned that an early age that you can’t grow unless you’re put in an uncomfortable spot to get better.”
That’s some serious attention
In case anyone was wondering how seriously this coaching staff is taking the development of top pick Kyle Pitts, here’s an illustration:
Smith, Pitts, offensive coordinator Dave Ragone, tight ends coach Justin Peelle and quarterback Matt Ryan all huddle up discussing the route they want the tight end to run at the goal line. All other receivers and defensive backs have been released to work on special teams, but Pitts is asked to stay behind to work on a corner route. Smith sets up opposite Pitts with Ragone and Peelle role-playing as the receiver and defensive back beside him. They run through it once, twice, Ryan tossing the ball to Pitts each time. Then, Smith switches with Pitts to show him what he wants in the goal line route. The three coaches and their rookie tight end circle up to discuss the route again. Then the coaches run off as the team breaks for water, and as Pitts trots to the sideline, Ryan is right beside him, adding his two cents, too.
Attention. Pitts is getting a lot of it.
Isaiah Oliver tips a pass into the waiting arms of Fabian Moreau. A.J. Terrell perfectly jumps a route to get his hands on a pass from Ryan. Hawkins tips the ball to Mykal Walker who dives to catch it just before it hits the ground. Later, Oliver makes the play of practice: stretching vertical to intercept another pass.
It would be easy to get overly excited about seeing these plays one after the other, but according to Smith, those plays can be a bit misleading.
The coach has said before that those tipped passes and 50/50 balls the defense ends up with are impressive feats and exciting moments, but he’s not overly worried about it at all. Smith understands the context of those plays, not the resulting flash of them. And he wants others to understand that context, too.
“There are things we are asking the quarterbacks to do that are pushing them,” Smith said. “In certain drills and parameters that we’re working on, we have to push the limits to see what we can do.”
Practice is the time to work out the kinks of the passing game. Sometimes plans work, other times they don’t. So, a high number of tips and interceptions during practice isn’t a marker of a lack of success offensively. Smith is trying to test the boundaries of what Ryan and company can do, and what schematic changes work for them.
The last thing Smith wants to see is “a bunch of easy check-downs.” So, understand that tipped balls or interceptions you see in the preseason are not always what they seem to be. None of those plays in Monday’s practice — regardless of flash — are going to keep Smith up at night.
Reasonable expectations for McGary and Fowler
Smith said he won’t ask McGary or Fowler to go zero-to-100 on their first day back in pads. On Monday, Fowler ran with the ones more than McGary did, but they both were in and out of the first- and second-team rotations. One gets the sense both will have an acclimation and evaluation period over the next few weeks.
Neither have had much practice time, and they need to condition themselves back to where the coaching staff wants them.
“And I’m not just talking about cardiovascular,” Smith added. “You have to get through these reps, and some of these football movements.”
Smith said their circumstances are different. McGary will “probably” be held out of Friday’s preseason game against Tennessee. But Smith is having to hold Fowler back a little bit. Smith said Saturday that Fowler wanted to put the pads on for the open practice, but Smith said no. Fowler was itching to do more Monday, too, but his limited practice time prior to Monday has Smith and coaches keeping his reps in check. Smith said that’s really not a bad problem to have.
“You like the guys who want to go,” Smith said, “and he wants to do more.”
Brewcrew reacted to Killing Floor in Trading Julio Jones
I like him. 14 minutes and No BS T-Shirt Slogans. He tells you what he wants to be released and doesn't make gaffs and he knows how to give an interview without giving away the wheel. I can't wait to see how him and AS sort it all out. Beat the Aints. Beat the Bucs. Beat the Panthers. Let's Go!
Brewcrew reacted to Falcons Fan MVP in Any chance Filepe Franks will be the Falcons future QB?
That's true. However the football God's owe the Atlanta Falcons the next Tom Brady and Bill Bellicheck on a silver platter all we've been through. LoL
Brewcrew got a reaction from Falcons Fan MVP in Any chance Filepe Franks will be the Falcons future QB?
The failure rate for late round QBs, let alone UDFAs, is probably 99+%. I’m going to have to see something really special on the field before I get even a tiny modicum of hope that he can fill Matt Ryan’s shoes when he decides to hang them up.
Brewcrew reacted to AUTiger7222 in Terry Fontenot: "Rebuilding Really Isn't In Our Vocabulary"
All the tankers and "get rid of Matt Ryan" folks ain't gonna be happy hearing this!! All the "Falcons won't win 4 games this year" folks ain't gonna be happy to hear this..
Brewcrew reacted to ya_boi_j in Building blocks: Chris Lindstrom
The Falcons entered the 2019 NFL Draft set on reshaping their offensive line. They took two in the first round, including a guard far higher than guards normally go.
Chris Lindstrom was well worth the lofty pick. The No. 14 overall selection has thrived on the right side, living up to sky-high expectations coming out of Boston College. He's a road grader in the run game and a steady pass protector. He's a vocal leader and a tone setter with tough, physical play on the inside.
He played 1,122 offensive snaps in 2020 and allowed just 29 total quarterback pressures, per analytics site Pro Football Focus, including four sacks. He operated well in both zone and power/gap run schemes last season, with the Falcons averaging 4.5 yards per carry between him and the center and 4.2 between him and the right tackle. He's also adept in blocking space, with solid agility for someone his size.
Last season offered the first glimpse of how good Lindstrom could be after his rookie year was sapped by a foot injury. The best remains ahead for someone who should be a consistent presence along the offensive front for years to come. He'll be under contract through 2023 if his fifth-year option gets picked up and is the type a team should build around up front.
He'll continue to grow working next to fellow 2019 first-round pick and starting right tackle Kaleb McGary, who hasn't been as strong to this point. McGary has graded out well at times but PFF stats suggest he needs to be more consistent in pass protection.
Guard is a historically underrated position, though that's starting to change these days. We're seeing top guards getting paid handsomely, with several recognized for work most casual fans ignore or don't fully understand. New head coach Arthur Smith certainly respects interior efforts after playing the position at North Carolina. He knows he has a good one in Lindstrom.
Having a quality player and staple working on a rookie deal will allow the Falcons to focus resources on other spots in their attempts to solidify the offensive front and a run game that needs overall improvement. His leadership role should expand with experience, especially if he performs as well in 2021 as he did last season. Lindstrom as the personality for it and has clearly garnered respect in the Falcons locker room.
He has lived up to the No. 14 overall pick two years back and could lead a youth movement up front if McGary improves, Matt Hennessy performs well at center after being Alex Mack's understudy and rookie Jalen Mayfield can eventually take hold at left guard or another spot along the line. Veteran left tackle Jake Matthews will be around for a while longer and is a staple at his position, but Lindstrom should be there to take the baton and lead the line into the future. The offense will have different personnel in a few seasons, so the Falcons need Lindstrom to continually improve and provide stability at a spot too often taken for granted.
Falcons Building Blocks: Chris Lindstrom a stabilizing force along offensive line (atlantafalcons.com)
Brewcrew reacted to Knight of God in Silver lining of not drafting Justin Fields
I remember, a couple years ago. Someone asked the question. If a FB was the best player in the draft, like led his team in receptions and YAC, led the league in Short Yardage 1st downs, led the team in all around TDs, and was blocking like a OL and all from the FB position...just the proven all around BPD and then at the combine shows up at 6' 245lbs 35" vert, BR of 37, runs the 40 in 4.55 seconds but leads everyone else in broad jump, 3 cone, just everything. Would you let him slide past you because he's a FB?
Yeah, they would and someone would have a 1st round player in the 3rd or 4th. NFL logic. Pitts should have been the first overall. You don't have to like him, but it goes back to position prejudice and not knowing value from system to system. Pitts is NOT a traditional TE. He's Shannon Sharpe type talent. By next season, he is likely to be the most dangerous player on the team. This fanbase cries about wanting a Kelce or Kittle type, well you got one.