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  1. This is unrelated and I don’t want to derail the thread but when I saw all the injuries from Thursday, I thought about your thread about starting the war. Back on topic, I think the issue has been execution more than play design. For example, if Julio catches that slant in the first quarter against MIN, he’s still running right now.
  2. That's how Shanahan beat Denver and nullified Von Miller last year.
  3. If he can beat those double A-gap blitzes.
  4. I said it in another thread, but it’s still true here: if some of us were as upset about systemic and institutionalized racism as we are about the perceived disrespect of a symbol, there would be significantly less to discuss and the conversation would undoubtedly be easier.
  5. There’d also be too many to list.
  6. @PeytonMannings Forehead Can you do a thread on Poe (apologies if you have already & I’m forgetting) just to shut asinine arguments like this up?
  7. For those people you’re addressing, “freedom” only applies if you agree with them.
  8. You mean like Tamir Rice, the 12 year old who basically got shot by the police via drive by for standing in the park? Or Philando Castille, who was literally shot in front of his girlfriend and her child for talking calmly to an officer? Or John Crawford, who was shot in Walmart for having a toy gun in an open carry state? Or Terence Crutcher, who was shot for literally having his hands in the air? And these are only a few examples, unfortunately. The issue isn’t compliance; it’s being a perceived threat because of skin color, being killed accordingly, often with little to no repercussion from the legal system. But yeah, you go with the mantra that everyone shot by police deserves it and further the need for the protest.
  9. This thread will likely get locked soon. But if folks were half as outraged about systemic racism, injustice, & police brutality as they are about perceived disrespect of a symbol, we’d likely not need to have such a lengthy, terse, and tense discussion. That said, folks are gonna do what they wanna do when the anthem plays.
  10. Nope. These are the best iteration of the current uniform. The black pants look better than the white ones. And the all-Black complements the modernized version and gives it a clean look.
  11. I’m still partial to this one.
  12. I read somewhere a couple years ago that TeCo's stride is actually what makes (or made) Free better in the run scheme. The argument was that because Teco makes larger steps, he has shorter time to decide which hole to hit and it could come across like he lacks the patience Free has.
  13. I think a lot of mistrust is centered around the Smitty era & how he would doggedly stick with mediocre-at-best players just because they were vets. Because of this, the fans started to say, "Can't we upgrade X player at Y position with Z player from the preseason?" And then it evolved and just never went away.
  14. When you find out, please let me know.
  15. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/27885/falcons-jalen-collins-depth-chart-drop-aint-nothing-to-be-down-about FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- No one expected Jalen Collins to retain his starting job from the end of last season, not with one-time Pro Bowler Desmond Trufant back from a pectoral injury. But many believed Collins, a 2015 second-round draft pick from LSU, would remain in a backup cornerback role for the Atlanta Falcons going into 2017, considering he started the Super Bowl in place of Trufant. Such hasn't been the case through the first five practices of training camp, and it's somewhat mysterious. During Tuesday's padded practice, Collins found himself on the field opposite undrafted rookie cornerback Jarnor Jones and lined up to cover undrafted rookie receiver Reginald Davis III. Collins was running with the third-string defense in this particular 11-on-11 drill, going against an offense directed by fourth-string quarterback and undrafted rookie Alek Torgersen. And to think, Collins was on the field contending with Tom Brady about six months ago. "Of course, it sucks," Collins told ESPN regarding his drop down the depth chart. "Everyone wants to be out there flying around and competing and stuff. But at the same time, it's not all about me. It's about my brothers and just trying to help those guys. "It ain't nothing to be down about. ... I don't feel like it's a situation where they don't believe in me or don't trust me or anything like that. They're just trying to give everybody else some extra reps; guys that haven't been in situations like that." Collins' defensive reps have been limited to start camp, and his reps with the bottom of the roster players have been definitely noticeable. Trufant and Robert Alford are the starters, and C.J. Goodwin and Deji Olatoye have been the two typically running with the second team. Akeem King, who was injured last season, has shown up more than Collins. And even starting nickelback Brian Poole has seen more reps outside at corner than Collins on certain days. So what exactly is going on with Collins? Is he in the doghouse with the coaches for some reason? "He's not getting as many [reps], and that's just from a coaching decision," coach Dan Quinn said. "There might be days when he gets more. So for me, we've got [18] guys back there. We're trying to work it all the way through. For me, tomorrow, it could be different." Is Collins being disciplined for violating team or NFL rules? Remember, he came to the Falcons with some red flags after failing three drug tests at LSU. Once with the team, Collins was suspended without pay for the first four games of his second season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Teams don't talk about whether a player failed a drug test, at least not publicly. The NFL office sends out news releases announcing suspensions related to such violations. "It's nothing like that," Collins said, insisting no such trouble has led to his demotion. "It's strictly just trying to get guys with a little less experience, trying to get those guys their reps." Collins mentioned multiple times, "I've been in this situation before." He was heavily criticized after starting just two games as a rookie despite talk of him having first-round talent. The Falcons raved about the 6-foot-1, 203-pound Collins' length and overall playmaking ability, but it didn't show up during his disappointing first year. Then last year, Collins showed signs of promise after Trufant went down nine games into the season. Collins started six games during the regular season and had two interceptions. Then he started all three playoff games, although he regressed in a 34-28 overtime Super Bowl loss to New England. There have been no whispers about the Falcons giving up on Collins or seeking to trade him. The preseason games might give him a chance to work his way back up the depth chart, whether that means making a splash play on defense or excelling on special teams. Collins was asked if he expects to be on the 53-man roster to start the regular season. "Yeah," he said. "I know everybody's out here trying to get better, and I know Coach has the team's best interest at hand. I'm just out here trying to help as much as I can.'' Quinn talked about where Collins needs to improve moving forward. "From Jalen, we're always going to challenge him and play him outside quite a bit," Quinn said, "and so playing at the line of scrimmage and playing really aggressive there. And then finding his role on [special] teams, where he's a gunner. ... He's off to a good start. We're not down on him."