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  1. Great game. I don't care if the Bronco's O-line was leaky and the there was a rookie QB. This is the NFL. When you get 3.5 sacks in a game you've done something. That being said, yesterday was a great example of him flashing the talent he has. Now he just needs to show he can do it consistently. He doesn't have to have 3+ sacks a game. Just be a consistent force week in and week out. When that happens (and it's the last thing that happens for a young player), he'll be a stud.
  2. Shanahan is definitely a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In the first half last year he looked like a genius and was being mentioned as a hot HC candidate. Then his offense faceplanted in the second half, he and Ryan clearly weren't on the same page, and the play calling was often baffling. It was so bad that Quinn had to come out and give him a vote of confidence after the season and confirm he wasn't going to be fired. Now, with the exception of the Bucs game, he's calling brilliant games again. I don't get it. I've never seen an OC swing to such extremes. I'm hoping what's happened is that he and Ryan are finally on the same page and the offense is taking off as a result. Unlike last year's first half, the Falcons have beat some quality opponents in their 4-1 start this year.
  3. The defense looked better last night even if they did give up a lot of yards and points. I saw more pressure on Brees than I expected with Beasley actually affecting some plays (even though he never actually got to Brees). That being said there's still a ton of room for improvement. The scheme is still way too stiff. There needs to be more creativity. I know we can't do that CB blitz every play but we need more aggressive thinking like that. Getting beat consistently by the tight end down the middle of the field was annoying. It seems the Falcons were the only ones who didn't know when that play was coming. Still, it was nice to see the defense trying to seize the initiative and not play from their heels.
  4. There's no easy fix with the pass rush. Right now I'm seeing issues both with personnel and with schemes. No amount of scheming will create a consistent pass rush when your personnel are consistently losing their battles. Conversely, great talent can be wasted when it isn't being used correctly. I'm seeing our guys consistently losing their battles with O-linemen and I'm not seeing any creativity with the scheme to get our guys better opportunities. The pass rush could continue to be a problem for a couple more years at least.
  5. I'm worried people are expecting too much from him too quickly. Odds are he's going to need a good bit of time to adjust to the league. He was drafted to fit Quinn's defense, not because he was the most NFL ready safety in the draft.
  6. I expected this to be a solid loss so I'm pleasantly surprised. Before yesterday I figured we'd have a 4 win season. Now I'm thinking we might be able to pull off 7 wins. That should be enough to get Quinn a third year.
  7. This is a big year for Beasley. Players usually experience their biggest improvement from their first to second year. Seeing raw tools with flashes of good play was enough as a rookie. That wont cut it this year. This year we need to see him turn that talent and those flashes into production. He doesn't have to rack up 15 sacks this year, getting 8 or 9 while showing he can be a consistently disruptive force in the backfield would be a great success. I was a big fan of drafting Beasley. I'm a UGA homer and love Gurley but spending a top 10 pick on a RB is a luxury we couldn't afford. Pass rush was a bigger need. That being said, he's got to play better than he did Sunday. You can look for bright spots all you want but the bottom line is that his play was unacceptable. If he doesn't step up this year then you have to start considering other options.
  8. Peyton ran the no huddle a lot in his career. Not sure any QB has ever been better calling plays at the line. The Pats use the no huddle as a weapon, not a change of pace. As you say, they'll use it when they identify a weakness and then chew up the field lightning fast. But in the end it's a legitimate weapon for them. Quinn was dismissive of the no huddle. When he said they're using as a change of pace I'm thinking he he meant they're going to use it like they did last week. Just pull it out for a drive every now and again to showcase it. All I'm saying is that I'd like to see the team consider using something our QB is so good at running as more than just a novelty.
  9. First of all, I think a lot of proponents of using the no huddle more aren't saying we should run it as much as Chip Kelly. There's a big difference between running the no huddle once a game as a change of pace and using it as a legitimate component of your offense. Next, relying more on the no huddle doesn't mean you've got a bad team. IIRC, the Broncos ran the no huddle a lot last year with Peyton and it worked out okay for them. The Patriots incorporate the no huddle a good bit too. The no huddle needs to be something we see more. We don't have to run it 60% of the time like Chip Kelley but we need to use if more than as a novelty. Ryan runs it extremely well. Use it as a weapon, not as a change of pace.
  10. Same can be said for you. The fact that your example of Shanahan going to the no huddle was when his team was behind and staring 0-4 in the face isn't a great argument against the idea that Shanahan doesn't like using the no huddle. If he was more willing to incorporate it you'd see him running it as a first option and not last resort.
  11. So, Shanahan will run the no huddle but only when he's exhausted all other options? That tells me he doesn't like running it. Coordinators fall in love with their own schemes. It's a problem that affects probably 9 out of every 10 coordinators in the NFL. Shanahan loves his scheme and thinks the no huddle takes away from it. Instead of modifying his scheme to take greater advantage of the fact that Ryan runs the no huddle as well as almost anyone, he marginalizes the no huddle in his scheme. This is just another example of a coach trying to twist his team to fit his system instead of his system to fit his team. Happens all the time all over the league.
  12. He's saying that they'll use it as a change of pace, which tells me it's not going to be a major part of the offense. It would be like a pitcher with a great curve saying he only likes throwing it a couple times a game as a change of pace. I don't like seeing a coaching staff saying they're not big fans of running the kind of offense their QB is best at. I don't buy the stuff about not having the personnel to run it more often than once or twice a game.
  13. Quinn's mouth is moving, Shanahan's words are coming out. Shanahan doesn't like the no huddle. I suspect he doesn't like handing the offense over to Ryan but it might simply be that Shanahan is just so in love with his own scheme he doesn't want to make any changes. Whatever the reason, I firmly believe Quinn is just parroting what Shanahan has told him about the no huddle. While the no huddle isn't a magic bullet, it is a very nice weapon and using it more would improve the offense. The idea that we have a coaching staff so married to their scheme that they're willing to neglect a huge tool they could be using is a problem. It's that kind of thinking that gets coaching staffs fired. Quinn has yet to learn everything it takes to be a head coach. One of the most important lessons is that no one member of your staff is more important than the organization. It's why you don't put your friends in positions of great responsibility. Quinn is incredibly loyal to Shanahan. When we hired Quinn he let it be known that he and Shanahan were a package deal. All of this has be concerned that Quinn is blinded by his loyalty to Shanahan. Quinn refuses to even admit that changes need to be made to the scheme. When your OC refuses to use a weapon you have because he doesn't like it or it's not part of his scheme, you have a problem. When your HC is so loyal to the OC that he backs him up, you have a bigger problem.
  14. The problem is that Beasley wasn't all that impressive last year, didn't show anything in the preseason, and then started off 2016 completely invisible. We've by no means reached the point of panic with Beasley but we have reached the point where we can look at him and say he needs to step up and show something. His rookie year is behind him. He's now being counted on to be the guy. It's time for him to show that he's capable of being that guy. I think a lot of the talk about Quinn and others is still tentative. You're having people saying things like "If this continues the rest of the year..." and "If Beasley can't step up...". The jury is still out on a lot of stuff right now but so far the results have not been overly impressive and there's no real indication that things will change. So it's completely reasonable to start considering what should be done if things don't change. Plan for the worst, hope for the best. As for the no huddle, I'm not saying to run the no huddle exclusively. However, if you have the right guy under center you can rely heavily on the no huddle and be very, very dangerous. Guys like Manning and Brady are masters of it. I think Ryan has what it takes to run such an offense. He's never more in command than when running the hurry up. However, right now I'd be happy if Shanahan would swallow his pride and run the no huddle more often than one series a game outside of two minute drills. It's way too easy to blame the offensive struggles on execution. The fact is this team has maybe the best receiver in the game, a good number 2 receiver, two solid RBs, and a very good QB. If you're blaming execution then you have to consider whether you're asking the players to do things that don't fit them. The main problem I have is the fact that I was hoping to see something different this year and the first game was like the second half of last season distilled down into 60 minutes. It's not time to rush to judgment but dissatisfaction is natural.
  15. Of course he doesn't care. If he did care that would be another concern. All I'm saying is that it's not too early to start having concerns about Quinn and to watch and see if those concerns are founded or not.
  16. I'm not saying Beasley is looking worse. However the lack of progress is concerning and something to watch as the season goes along. If he has stalled out then the team is definitely headed the wrong direction. When you're relying on a guy to be a cornerstone of your defense and he busts, that's a step backward. Not saying this has happened yet, just saying it's something to watch. KS went to the no huddle, the offense came alive, and he instantly went away from it. Matt Ryan runs the no huddle as well as any QB in the game but it's such a small part of our offense and I don't understand why. The only explanation I can come up with is that KS just doesn't like the no huddle, it isn't a big part of his system, and he's too married to his system to change (this is true of many OCs). KS, like any OC, will call some brilliant plays. He's especially good at getting RBs in space. But at the end of the day you watch the offense and it reminds you of a car that keeps misfiring. The offense is disjointed, klunky. KS has proven incapable of using Matt Ryan to his full ability and that's a huge problem. All told, I'm not at all saying we should fire Quinn now. I'm saying that if the team that played Sunday is indicative of how 2016 is going to go, then we have real issues with Quinn. There's still plenty of time for Quinn to turn this around. Beasley could step up, Neal could come in and be a revelation, tackling could get better, KS could get fired or, less likely, actually get the offense humming. It's not time to judge Quinn yet. But it is a perfect time to start voicing concerns and seeing if Quinn can put them to rest or if they end up having legs.
  17. I think a lot of the frustration with Quinn isn't coming from the fact the organization isn't magically a playoff team, the frustration comes from the fact that we're looking at this team and seeing it go backwards. We spent a top 10 pick on Beasley and he just keeps looking worse. The team has had problems tackling since Quinn got here and Sunday demonstrated some of the worst tackling I've ever seen. Then there's the fact that it's clear to everyone on Earth except Dan Quinn that Kyle Shanahan is not going to be successful here but Quinn thinks Shanahan is the best coordinator ever to call a play. What I wanted to see by now was cause for hope. See some things improving. I'd like to see the start of a pass rush. I'd like to see the defense becoming more sound overall as Quinn's system takes root. I'd like to see an OC learning the offense's strengths and adjusting accordingly (why is Shanahan so resistant to using the no huddle?!?!). We're seeing none of that. Instead, things seem to be eroding. Ultimately, Quinn simply hasn't given any reason for there to be a shred of confidence in him.
  18. A brand new, just hired coach could add some more excitement which is a good thing from a business standpoint. So that will be a consideration.
  19. Normally I'm all for giving a head coach three years to show what he's capable of but this situation isn't really normal. If we finish the season 5-11 then Quinn will have a career record of 13-19 with 2017 being the first year at the new stadium. So the question that Blank will ask himself is whether he wants to open a new stadium with Quinn as his head coach. Quinn would be very much on the hot seat if we keep him so would having a coach with that record with all the drama of him being on the hotseat really be what you want when you're opening your grand, new stadium? This is why I go back to making the evaluation on what the team looks like and not necessarily the record. You have to see if it looks like Quinn has what it takes or not. If this team is still missing tackles, getting no pressure on the QB, and running a dysfunctional offense with little reason to expect improvement, you have to go ahead and fire Quinn. You don't want to limp into your new stadium. You could argue that firing Shanahan is what needs to happen but honestly the time for doing that was this past offseason. He clearly wasn't working out and no one would have batted an eye if he had gotten fired but Quinn doubled down on him. If you fire Shanahan after a 5-11 season, you're going to struggle to find anyone worthwhile to take the job. Who wants to be the OC under a head coach on the hot seat? The best option for Quinn would be to fire Shanhan during the bye week and hang the whole season around his neck. If you play it right you might be able to buy two more seasons as HC.
  20. This is where I'm at. A lot depends on how this team looks. If this team goes 5-11, doesn't really show many flashes of brilliance, Shanahan continues to fail, Beasley struggles to get to the QB, and Neal doesn't look like a first rounder, I think Quinn could very well be gone. If the team goes 3-13 or 2-14, then there might be no saving Quinn.
  21. Considering how this team looked yesterday and looking ahead to the schedule the rest of the way, there isn't a single game on the schedule I'd pencil in as a win. While I'm not saying I think we'll go 0-16, we do have a brutal schedule the rest of the way. Of our remaining 15 games, I think we have to expect losses in 7 (Panthers (2), Broncos, Seahawks, Packers, Cardinals, Chiefs) In three more, we're probably looking at an uphill battle (Raiders, at Bucs, and Rams) That leaves 5 games where I see us being in an even fight or having the advantage (Saints (2), Chargers, Eagles, 49ers) I could see us pulling off an upset or two but I can also see us losing at least two against the group of Saints, Chargers, Eagles, and 49ers. I can realistically see us ending this season 5-11. It could be as bad as 3-13 but I'd be hard pressed to see a scenario where we're better than 7-9. Anyone more optimistic than I am? More pessimistic? Also, if this team goes 5-11, does Quinn survive? What if they go 3-13?
  22. This reminds me so much of when we picked Peria Jerry over Clay Matthews. Dimitroff got so into picking a player that filled a need and fit our system that he was blinded. He ignored the fact that Jerry was old for a draft prospect and very injury prone. He just had to have a DT that could get upfield and forgot that there was a far better player on the board. I was screaming at the TV to pick Matthews when we selected Jerry. I get the same feel now. We got so into being clever and trying to get the right fit for our system that we ignored far superior players sitting on the board. You don't win championships by reaching for guys because they fit your system. You win championships by getting dominant players that you then tweak your system to fit. I think Neal will be an average NFL SS. He'll make some amazing plays and give some highlight reel tackles. He'll also make a lot of mistakes and get beat way too much. He would have been a fine second rounder but is an enormous reach at 17.
  23. There are some people who don't like either Koetter or Shanahan. Koetter ran a very bland, unimaginative offense. I like what I saw from Shanahan early because it seemed much more inventive than Koetter. Unfortunately Shanahan struggled to make adjustments on the fly. I don't want either of them back. Get us someone who isn't afraid to go no huddle heavy. Someone who will give you different looks and try to build the offense around the assets we have. Koetter may have been better than Shanahan but that doesn't mean he was great.
  24. Never was a fan of Koetter with his bland offense. I think he just looks good when compared to Shanahan.
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