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    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
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    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.  
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    Brewcrew reacted to The Great American in eplayerj is in the house!!!!!   
    I remember the name ... I just can't remember if I liked him or not.  I think I did!  
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    Brewcrew reacted to 408Falcon in Radio   
    I thought this was another Raheem Morris thread! But then I realized FalconsFanMVP didn't post it! 
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    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..
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    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)
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    Brewcrew reacted to JD dirtybird21 in I am not excited for this season for some reason   
    I find this upcoming season far more interesting than either of the last 2. 
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    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. 
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    Brewcrew got a reaction from NCFalconfan in This place is still here? Any old timers still around?   
    It's the Hotel California man... Of course we're all still here! 
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    Brewcrew got a reaction from HASHBROWN3 in This place is still here? Any old timers still around?   
    It's the Hotel California man... Of course we're all still here! 
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    Brewcrew got a reaction from PokerSteve in This place is still here? Any old timers still around?   
    It's the Hotel California man... Of course we're all still here! 
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    Brewcrew got a reaction from thanat0s in This place is still here? Any old timers still around?   
    It's the Hotel California man... Of course we're all still here! 
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    Brewcrew got a reaction from Herr Doktor in This place is still here? Any old timers still around?   
    It's the Hotel California man... Of course we're all still here! 
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    Brewcrew reacted to Goober Pyle in ‘Sometimes different is better’: How the 2011 lockout helped Arthur Smith build his Falcons staff - The Athletic   
    by Tori McElhaney
    When Arthur Smith put his coaching staff together as a first-time head coach in Atlanta, some trends started to emerge with every name announced. One of the most obvious trends was Smith wanting people he trusted but not people who would bow to his every whim. He wanted connection, not devotion.
    To find that, he looked to connections he made over the years, which is how the Falcons came to hire individuals like offensive coordinator Dave Ragone, quarterbacks coach Charles London and linebackers coach Frank Bush. This trio was with Smith when he was a defensive quality control coach for the Tennessee Titans in 2011.
    If you know anything about the 2011 offseason, you know it played out like a story on the stage. There was a conflict and resolution, humor and butting heads, uncertainty and a great deal of patience. But through it, Smith found a handful of coaches he could connect with, and later, hire. In many ways, that 2011 season is a foundation of what Smith is building with the Falcons a full decade later.
    The starring roles 
    Arthur Smith: Defensive assistant/quality control | Dave Ragone: Wide receivers coach | Charles London: Offensive assistant/quality control | Frank Bush: Linebackers coach
    Ragone always knew he wanted to be a part of a coaching staff with Smith again. Even in 2011, when the two were coaching on different sides of the ball and Smith was merely a quality control specialist, Ragone could see a future he hoped one day would connect the two. London and Bush believed the same. So, this is where these three future Atlanta assistants would meet the future Falcons head coach, and each other, too.
    “In this profession, there are people you gravitate towards and you want to work with,” Ragone said. “If you’ve worked with them previously, you want to work with them again, in any capacity. … It started with being somewhere, working with someone that you have an admiration for on a professional and personal level.”
    That “somewhere” was Nashville. That “someone” for Ragone, was Smith.
    The setting 
    A closet in Tennessee
    It’s hard to call Smith and London’s office in Tennessee an office. London said it was a glorified broom closet. The two assistants sat back-to-back. And for nine months in that tiny space, they planned, they chatted and they argued.
    “He’s a UNC grad,” London said of Smith. 
    “I am a Duke grad,” he said of himself. 
    Their discussions became quite heated at times.
    “Gosh, that was 10 years ago,” London said with a laugh. 
    Both graduated from the broom closet just as quickly as they entered it, but they cherished that time, even if they never could quite get away from each other. And even if they didn’t know how long they would be there …
    The conflict
    The NFL lockout
    Bush remembers the anticipation of 2011 the most. Head coach Mike Munchak had spent the offseason putting together his staff at Tennessee. And just as Bush and the rest of the assistants were getting their feet under them in Nashville, things came to a boiling point in the collective bargaining discussions with owners and players across the league.
    Bush said this Tennessee staff was ramped up, ready to dive headfirst into new roles with a new team.
    “And then, all of a sudden, there was nothing,” Bush recalled.
    Team owners and the National Football League Players Association could not come to a consensus regarding the new collective bargaining agreement. So, the owners locked out the players from team facilities. The league’s operation came to a screeching halt. For 18 weeks and four days, there was — as Bush put it — “nothing to do.”
    There was no free agency, no OTAs, no training camp. Players couldn’t work out or even enter the team facilities. They could not communicate with coaches. This was a new staff’s worst nightmare, not unlike the pandemic’s effects on the league in 2020.
    “At that point, I was probably our best linebacker on the team,” Bush joked, “because we just didn’t get a chance to see those kids.”
    The resolution
    Lasting connection
    The lockout didn’t end until the first week of August, when players finally reported to their respected team facilities. Before then, all coaches could do was sit and wait for negotiations to cease and a new CBA to be put in place. For Ragone, he said not knowing how any of this would shake out and having no knowledge of when players would arrive actually allowed the Tennessee staff to become really close in ways some staffs can’t.
    “We were going out after work,” Ragone said, “and getting to know each other on a personal level.”
    He and London used the same turn of phrase when thinking back to that time: That this staff went deeper in their relationships, “more than the Xs and Os,” both said.
    “I think that is what that year provided for us because there were no players around until the first week in August,” London noted. “So, it really was just football (talk), but it was also getting to know each other.”
    Even though this staff would part ways not long after the 2011 season — Munchak was dismissed after the 2013 season — there are discussions and memories Bush still carries with him from the lockout period.
    “We learned a lot of football,” Bush said, “because everything I thought I knew, somebody knew something different. Sometimes different is better.”
    This is a philosophy Smith has carried with him to this day. In his first press conference as Falcons head coach in January, Smith said he didn’t want to be surrounded by “yes men.” He wanted heated discussions and different ideas. He didn’t want to agree. He wanted contention. Looking back, it’s something these assistants can see started in the uncertainty of the lockout.
    Ragone said they challenged each other during this time. It wasn’t always beers after work. Or late-night dinners. Football philosophies clashed and came back together. Challenges were discussed and worked through. A new, deeper degree of collaboration was born out of this time because this staff had the time and “mutual respect” to allow it to flourish.
    “Not just always agreeing with what each other thought but asking thought-provoking questions,” Ragone continued. 
    And through it all…
    “There were a lot of relationships and bonds formed there during that 2011 season that still carry forth to today,” London said.
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    Brewcrew got a reaction from Rev_Hal in This place is still here? Any old timers still around?   
    It's the Hotel California man... Of course we're all still here! 
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    Brewcrew got a reaction from PokerSteve in The Falcons defense should be slightly above average under Dean Pees.   
    In 12-years as a DC on 3 different teams he's only had 1 year where he wasn't top half in scoring defense, and only 2 where he wasn't top half in yards.  That said, while I know our personnel is better than our previous record, this might be the weakest personnel he's had compared to those 12-years.   Some of those New England and Baltimore defenses he had were stacked.    
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    Brewcrew reacted to HASHBROWN3 in Falcons HC Arthur Smith on why he drafted Kyle Pitts   
    Anyone who knows Chris Collinsworth understands that he’s never really been a supporter of our club.  Plenty of CC game coverage examples of his sheer unwillingness to be objective while calling our games.  To the point that it’s not unfair to admit that he didn’t seem to care much about making a case for the Falcons on the air.  
    To his credit in this interview, he definitely sharpened his harpoon & got right after the two most vulnerable Atlanta Falcon transactions.  Almost as though his view was the opposite & he was going to hit AS respectfully between the eyes with it & challenge him with it.  CC, imho,  is a pompous, politically correct & arrogant media prop whose rarely ever challenged by his colleagues.  As a Falcons fan, I have reached a point at times while he’s covering our games, where I literally have had to turn the volume off in order to keep my blood pressure down.  
    I say all that only to say this… The more I watch AS, the more I realize just how incredibly articulate & careful he is.  We’ve desperately needed a man of his stature here for some time.  It was masterful how he diffused those loaded questions from CC.  They were dripping with contempt IMO. And yet AS outmaneuvered Collinsworth like a champ.
    Collinsworth would like nothing more than to eat our lunch in hindsight, hoping our strategy fails.  But AS crafted his remarks so well that it sort of diffused the pointed nature of why we didn’t go & do what the media *** clowns needed us to do.
    Great job AS.  That was impressive sir.  Go screw yourself Chris.  You were respectful but we know who you really are bro. 
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    Brewcrew reacted to athell in NFL 2 Helmet Rule Back in 2022   
    Best helmet/uni/logo combo in the league don't @ me 😤
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    Brewcrew got a reaction from duckhoa in The Falcons defense should be slightly above average under Dean Pees.   
    In 12-years as a DC on 3 different teams he's only had 1 year where he wasn't top half in scoring defense, and only 2 where he wasn't top half in yards.  That said, while I know our personnel is better than our previous record, this might be the weakest personnel he's had compared to those 12-years.   Some of those New England and Baltimore defenses he had were stacked.    
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    Brewcrew got a reaction from Falcons Fan MVP in The Falcons defense should be slightly above average under Dean Pees.   
    In 12-years as a DC on 3 different teams he's only had 1 year where he wasn't top half in scoring defense, and only 2 where he wasn't top half in yards.  That said, while I know our personnel is better than our previous record, this might be the weakest personnel he's had compared to those 12-years.   Some of those New England and Baltimore defenses he had were stacked.    
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    Brewcrew reacted to Jesus in Isaiah Oliver moving to Free Safety   
    Coaching, you say.
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    Brewcrew reacted to Sergeant in Isaiah Oliver moving to Free Safety   
    Atlanta Falcons seemingly move Isaiah Oliver to free safety
    by Grayson Freestone 16 hours ago Follow @grayfreeFalcons What evidently has come out of nowhere, the Atlanta Falcons have moved cornerback Isaiah Oliver to the free safety position, at least for now. On the Atlanta Falcons website, they posted a series of photos from minicamp of the players. If you look at pictures 66 and 67 it says “Atlanta Falcons free safety Isaiah Oliver #26.”
    It remains to be seen if this is a permanent transition or if the Falcons are just trying to test him up top to make him more versatile. It is no secret that Dan Quinn was the driving force for drafting Isaiah Oliver in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft. He loved corners that are tall and long, which is exactly what Isaiah Oliver is.
    He has been repeatedly burned by the opposition when playing the position he was drafted to play, outside cornerback.
    Two plays that stick out from the 2020 season were during the first few weeks. Seahawks receiver D.K. Metcalf was able to run right past him on a fourth down and caught it for a long touchdown.
    The second was against the Bears when Allen Robinson caught a comeback route, and Isaiah Oliver totally whiffed on the tackled, resulting in a long touchdown.
    News of the Atlanta Falcons moving Isaiah Oliver to safety comes after coaches praised Oliver for his work as a slot corner last season.
    Later in the season, the Atlanta Falcons decided to play Isaiah Oliver almost exclusively at slot corner. This seemingly a result of Raheem Morris taking over as the head coach of the team.
    This ended up improving the play Oliver a lot.
    During the whole 2020 season, Oliver played 110 more snaps at slot than the outside. About 200 of his 300 snaps on the outside came within the first four weeks of the season. It is apparent just from those stats as to how disappointing he really was.
    Atlanta Falcons have coaches praised him during this offseason for what they saw on film of Oliver on the inside.
    If the Falcons did in fact move Oliver to free safety, this makes it even weirder.
    Why would they praise his play at one position, just to move him to another?
    The answer to this is probably more complicated than that. He will most likely be used all over the defense. The Falcons coaches want to get him ready to play where ever they need him. Perhaps they will play him over top in base packages, and then he will come down as the nickel corner when need be.
    Watch out for him to play like Kenny Vaccaro did for the Tennessee Titans and Dean Pees a couple years back.
    The Atlanta Falcons certainly have talent amongst the defense. Perhaps this will change the trajectory of Oliver’s career. It will certainly be an interesting subject to keep an eye out for as the offseason activities continue.
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    Brewcrew reacted to Goober Pyle in Falcons OTAs: Lots of Matt Ryan to Kyle Pitts, O-line questions remain in final open session - The Athletic   
    by Tori McElhaney
    The Falcons are still in the early phases of setting up what the Arthur Smith era will look like in Atlanta. Throughout OTAs and mandatory minicamp last week, the emphasis was still on the install process. Smith said on Monday he’s pleased with how things are progressing, noting that the ones who have been there, in Atlanta, have done a nice job of working hard to understand the schematics of what he and defensive coordinator Dean Pees are working to install.
    Smith added, though, that the process is a two-way street.
    “It obviously goes both ways,” Smith said. “We’re trying to understand how they operate as players, how they learn, their work habits. Just looking for them to continue to improve and know the expectation that when we come back for (training) camp we have to be ready to roll.”
    The new Falcons head coach has stuck to the same narrative since his hire: that any person – regardless of experience or age – can be replaced if they are not performing. This was something he brought up again on Monday to set up what the expectation will be for the Falcons when they return at the end of July.
    “I don’t think it’s a reach to say that Jake Matthews is going to be our left tackle, but there’s going to be competition just about everywhere, and if Jake is not performing, you have to play the best player,” Smith said as an example. “I really hope it’s a competitive camp (in August) and they understand that every job is open.”
    Until August gets here, though, there is one more open OTA to put in the books. So, here’s a quick look into one of the final practices before the Falcons break for the summer.
    Roll call
    The Falcons have had relatively solid participation throughout OTAs, but with voluntary workouts starting back up again Monday, numbers were down amongst veterans. It was easier to name who was at practice Monday than who wasn’t. Outside of rookies, some notable veteran attendees were quarterback Matt Ryan, receivers Olamide Zaccheas, Chris Rowland, Christian Blake, running back Qadree Ollison and much of the offensive linemen core: Matthews, Chris Lindstrom, Josh Andrews and Matt Hennessy. For the defense, volunteer veterans were down further, with linebackers Deion Jones, Foye Oluokun and Mykal Walker in attendance, as well as defensive lineman John Cominsky, cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield and Isaiah Oliver as well as safeties Duron Harmon, Erik Harris and Jaylinn Hawkins.
    Kyle Pitts update
    With so many would-be starting offensive weapons not present for Monday’s practice, it gave Ryan and tight end Kyle Pitts an ample amount of time to work together through various drills and situations. Smith said in his pre-practice press conference to expect a day of heavy passing situations, and that absolutely included a lot of Ryan-to-Pitts action.
    And it’s quite obvious there may be no use in trying to pinpoint precisely how Pitts will be used in Arthur Smith’s scheme just yet. Pitts will be the swiss army knife the Falcons need him to be in this scheme. During mandatory minicamp last week, The Athletic’s Jeff Schultz said it best when he tweeted that he wasn’t sure if he had seen the same set nor had he seen Pitts line up in the same place twice. It’s been a consistent rotation of movement for Pitts throughout his rookie OTAs. The unexpected at this point is to see Pitts as a stagnant piece of this offense. And we can be sure that won’t happen.
    Offensive line roll out
    There are three big questions regarding the offensive line that could hold out until the start of training camp, and maybe even into the first few weeks of the season:
    Who will be the starting left guard? For the time being, it looks as though the spot belongs to Andrews, who the Falcons acquired on a one-year deal in free agency. This revelation makes sense for the Falcons offensive line, which outside of Matthews is still a bit on the younger side. If the plan is for Jalen Mayfield to one day become the long term answer at left guard, it seems like the safe choice to put Andrews there for one year as Mayfield adjusts to the league. Andrews has experience at both guard and center, and the spot seems to be his for the taking at the end of OTAs. It is still a position to monitor, though, when camp does arrive. How will Hennessy fill Alex Mack’s shoes at center? Ever since Hennessy was drafted, this was going to be the question he’d one day face. And with Mack having left in free agency to rejoin Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco, that day has arrived. Even through OTAs, one can see that Hennessy is evolving in his second year in the league. With more responsibility, Matthews said Hennessy has found his voice and comfort, even in a new scheme. Smith noted at the beginning of workouts that the staff is pleased with Hennessy’s continued development and what they’ve seen from him early. Time (and more live reps) will tell just how big of a jump the young center can make from Year 1 to Year 2. What will be the progression of Mayfield? It was interesting to see Mayfield line up at right tackle on Monday. A spot normally held by Kaleb McGary for the last two years, seeing Mayfield beside Lindstrom was quite the intriguing sight. He did well at tackle, which tracks considering his experience at the spot in college. The switch from tackle to guard has been something Mayfield has discussed on multiple occasions, but could the Falcons see him being added competition to push McGary and not Andrews? It’s quite possible, and something we saw as a possibility first hand on Monday in McGary’s absence. Secondary shuffle
    With Ricardo Allen, Keanu Neal and Damontae Kazee well on their way to new ventures across the league, the Falcons secondary couldn’t look more different. Outside of AJ Terrell at corner, the entire secondary has been shaken up, with new players distributed throughout.
    It’ll be interesting to see what the 2021 season holds for this group. It’s a secondary comprised of a number of veteran players on one-year deals (Harmon, Harris and Fabian Moreau), players who have a need to prove themselves (Sheffield and Oliver) and a young core group (Terrell, Hawkins and Richie Grant). What’s important to note about this group even now is that it will be in fluctuation for another year. The secondary the Falcons fielded in 2020 isn’t the one they will field in 2021. And the group that will run out there in 2022 won’t look much like the one running out there now in OTAs.
    There are a lot of questions surrounding this secondary and how disruptive it can be with so much turnover. It’s an answer we may not have until there isn’t as much turnover as there will be over the course of this three-year time period.
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    Brewcrew reacted to Sui_Generis in What we learned from third day of Falcons minicamp   
    I am really digging AS. No nonsense Xs and Os coach.
    Also shout out to Scott Bair who has done a real nice job as of late on these recaps. 
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