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    xSICKxWITHxITx reacted to BLM in Silver lining of not drafting Justin Fields   
    Predraft some had speculated that the Falcons may draft a quarterback.  Post draft, it actually may have been wise for the Falcons to not draft one.  Looking at the coaching staff, the team definitely is not suited to develop a QB.
     
    Sure Arthur Smith was credited with turning Ryan Tannehills career around, but do realize that Tannehill was a long time veteran before he became a Titan, which is a much different ball game than coaching up a rookie.  Not saying Smith can't develop a rookie QB, but there is no track record of doing so.  Smith, also has an extensive background coaching TEs, and did a great job with making Delanie Walker a threat.  Walker reached 1000 yards under Smith one year in just 15 games, while hitting over 800 yards in various others.  Which makes the Pitts pick make sense.
     
    Had the Falcons drafted a QB the bulk of the work would fall into the hands Charles London (QB coach) and Dave Ragone (OC) and boy are we in trouble if these two guys had to develop a rookie QB.
     
    First off, London is RB coach by trade not a QB coach.  In fact he has never worked with QBs (prior to the Bears he was RB coach for the Texans). He couldn't get Jordan Howard, a pro bowler to work for the Bears and so the Bears had to ship him off.  Howard had the lowest YPC of 3.7 of his career under London.  Bears ended up spending a third round pic on David Montgomery, who was ineffective his first year under London also averaging 3.7 YPC.
    And don't get me started on Dave Ragone.  Ragone was the QB coach for the Bears and ended the careers of 3 QBs.  Mike Glennon (signed a 3yr 45M contract), Nick Foles (a Superbowl MVP) and Mitch Trubisky (a second overall pick).  That's a hat trick on ending careers and now he's our OC.  Trubisky looked horrible out there and having Ragone definitely did not help.
     
    While Arthur Smith may be a good coach, the staff he assembled is VERY substandard.  We have a lackluster RB coach as our QB coach and we have a terrible QB coach as our Offensive Coordinator.  Both OC and QB coach are very important to the team more so than other coaches except for DC.
    Had we drafted Fields or another rookie QB, it almost certain we will run him to the ground.
    This team will live and die by Smith, we can only hope he's as good as advertised.  The rest of the coaching staff are just sideline bodies.
     
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    xSICKxWITHxITx reacted to JD dirtybird21 in Terry Fontenot: "Rebuilding Really Isn't In Our Vocabulary"   
    I’m almost positive that’s The Dirty Word from here 
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    xSICKxWITHxITx reacted to AUTiger7222 in Terry Fontenot: "Rebuilding Really Isn't In Our Vocabulary"   
    Unless you live in fantasy land like this dude on Twitter.
     
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    xSICKxWITHxITx reacted to JD dirtybird21 in Terry Fontenot: "Rebuilding Really Isn't In Our Vocabulary"   
    When you have a quarterback, you don’t need to rebuild. Plain and simple 
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    xSICKxWITHxITx 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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    xSICKxWITHxITx got a reaction from ATLskinjob in 6 reasons the Falcons will make the playoffs   
    We are not as bad as a lot of fans and others think. I am not saying we are the best either. We have lost to many games by doing stupid stuff. It has not been the talent for the most part. It has been a lot of bad coaching, scheme issues and some talent over the last 2-4 years. With a few tweaks we would have won several more games I believe. 
    At worst I think we win 7 games and that is with a lot going wrong. I could see us easily winning closer to 12 if things get going right rather quickly. We are probable somewhere in the middle though around 9 or 10.
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    xSICKxWITHxITx got a reaction from Herr Doktor in 6 reasons the Falcons will make the playoffs   
    We are not as bad as a lot of fans and others think. I am not saying we are the best either. We have lost to many games by doing stupid stuff. It has not been the talent for the most part. It has been a lot of bad coaching, scheme issues and some talent over the last 2-4 years. With a few tweaks we would have won several more games I believe. 
    At worst I think we win 7 games and that is with a lot going wrong. I could see us easily winning closer to 12 if things get going right rather quickly. We are probable somewhere in the middle though around 9 or 10.
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    xSICKxWITHxITx got a reaction from PokerSteve in 6 reasons the Falcons will make the playoffs   
    We are not as bad as a lot of fans and others think. I am not saying we are the best either. We have lost to many games by doing stupid stuff. It has not been the talent for the most part. It has been a lot of bad coaching, scheme issues and some talent over the last 2-4 years. With a few tweaks we would have won several more games I believe. 
    At worst I think we win 7 games and that is with a lot going wrong. I could see us easily winning closer to 12 if things get going right rather quickly. We are probable somewhere in the middle though around 9 or 10.
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    xSICKxWITHxITx got a reaction from Rev_Hal in This place is still here? Any old timers still around?   
    Whats up man, its been a while. I don't post to much, but I lurk when I get some free time.
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    xSICKxWITHxITx got a reaction from rtbsmgsmf in This place is still here? Any old timers still around?   
    Where is your boy Swift lol.
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    xSICKxWITHxITx reacted to ya_boi_j in This place is still here? Any old timers still around?   
    In a short period of time, I've quickly learned there is no making people happy. I quickly became okay with that. 
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    xSICKxWITHxITx reacted to Rev_Hal in This place is still here? Any old timers still around?   
    Wow, I had no idea these boards were still up and running. I was a Mod here for over a decade.  Any old timers here?
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    xSICKxWITHxITx 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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    xSICKxWITHxITx reacted to Lornoth in Get in here before this thread gets locked!!   
    Idk he didn't elude the police very well.
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    xSICKxWITHxITx reacted to g-dawg in Chris Lindstrom named in PFF's top 25 players under 25   
    this list cannot be right - couldn't find Dexter Lawrence on here and I have been told repeatedly that he is the messiah and much better than Chris Lindstrom.
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    xSICKxWITHxITx reacted to Precyse in Pitts with Hurst will change this offense   
    Which NFL rookie tight ends will be most productive in 2021? My analytics-based top-five rankings
    Cynthia Frelund NFL Network Analytics Expert
          Which NFL rookie tight ends will be most productive in 2021? My analytics-based top-five rankings
    Which NFL rookie running backs will thrive in 2021? My analytics-based top-five rankings
        Draft season might seem like a distant memory at this point, but don't forget that history was made at the tight end position this year. Kyle Pitts became the highest-picked TE in draft history when the Falcons selected him fourth overall. The former Florida star is obviously the cream of the crop, but he's certainly not the only intriguing NFL newbie at the position this season. So, just what can we expect from this crew in Year 1?
    As I did last week with rookie running backs, I've used contextualized data and my computer-vision models to project which rookie tight ends will be the most productive in 2021.
    Rank 1 Kyle Pitts Florida Atlanta Falcons Draft pick: Round 1, No. 4 overall   First, some background info to set the table, via Next Gen Stats. Last season as the Titans' offensive coordinator, Falcons head coach Arthur Smith used 12 personnel (one running back and two tight ends) on 32.7 percent of snaps, the second-highest rate in the NFL behind only Philadelphia. The Falcons used it on just 13.9 percent of snaps in 2020 (ninth-lowest rate in the NFL). So, you might expect to see Pitts and his fellow Falcons tight end, Hayden Hurst, on the field at the same time a lot. Context matters a ton here, though, because not only did the presence (and departure) of Julio Jones matter to this projection, but Pitts does not forecast to be a traditional tight end, which you know after watching all of our draft coverage. Pitts lined up wide on over 35 percent of his snaps for Florida last season, and his wingspan is ridiculous (83 3/8 inches). So, I measured something new for you in this exercise because the impact of such a massive catch radius is an interesting thing to explore with him. Pitts caught passes thrown more than four feet away from his body at the highest rate of any pass catcher (including wide receivers) from the past two draft classes in their final collegiate season. Of the pass catchers selected in the first three rounds over the past two drafts, the average catch rate on such passes was 14.8 percent (15.3% for first-rounders only). Pitts' rate? 23.5 percent! My normal draft predictor model (which doesn't include the catch radius metric) ranked Pitts as the most likely future All-Pro from the 2021 draft class. I'm glad the new stat backs that projection up even more.
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    xSICKxWITHxITx reacted to Knight of God in The Falcons need to sign a veteran corner and a veteran safety.   
    Harmon is a legit name and impact safety. Harris is good. Grant is good. I'm not sure what else we are supposed to do. Harmon is flashy and good, it's just the majority was so far up Allen's butt and knew little about the position, y'all didn't know of anyone else. 
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    xSICKxWITHxITx reacted to Falcons Fan MVP in The Falcons need to sign a veteran corner and a veteran safety.   
    I'm very concerned about the Falcons secondary. They have the Falcons ranked at 32 going into 2021. We need to sign a veteran corner and a veteran safety. The Falcons secondary is one injury away from being a disaster.
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    xSICKxWITHxITx reacted to run_vick_run in My profesional observation to atlanta fans   
    It looks like the falcons will have the same chances to win a súper bowl as the hawks have as winning the championship. Maybe less. And will have the same chances to win a first round then that of the hawks beeting the sixers. We might have the same chances starting the season you had for the hawks making the playoff. So fingers cross we make the playoff since we have the 3rd easiest schedule comparing 2019 win porcentege win ratio. But we play the súper bowl winner twice. Good luck to all
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    xSICKxWITHxITx reacted to Falcons Fan MVP in The Falcons could make a deep playoff run in 2021.   
    The Rams were 4-12 in 2016 and brought in an offensive minded head coach and were a playoff team in 2017 with an explosive offense. The Jaguars were 3-13 in 2016 and made the AFC championship game in 2017. Probably should have won that game. The Packers to were bad in 2018 and brought in a new offensive minded creative head coach and they made the nfc championship game with offense looking explosive.
    I wouldn't be surprised one bit if the Falcons offense was explosive in 2021 and we made some noise in the playoffs. In fact it I expect it because of Arthur Smith and Dean Pees.
     
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    xSICKxWITHxITx reacted to youngbloodz in Kyle Pitts said   
    Back when Dirk’s route combinations was impressive. Once the NFL evolved, seem like Dirk didn’t. Because these past two years his route combinations sucked. And he made no in game adjustments from my eye
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