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  1. And on this one, it looks like they moved Jake over to the right side of Schraeder with a stacked line. Jake's the one that missed the block, unless they're counting on Julio to block the DE...
  2. PMF...not that it matters at this point, but is Schraeder being held by Suh on this play? The angle is bad, but I did read in one of the threads on here that he had been held, leading to the sack...
  3. So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you this evening and will be in my prayers....
  4. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/29450/third-down-turnovers-deep-ball-areas-of-emphasis-for-matt-ryan With a quarter of the season in the books, Falcons QB Matt Ryan identifies his team's goals moving forward. FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Naturally, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan wants to clean up the turnovers after committing six already. But there's another area of emphasis for Ryan as the team returns to action off the bye. "One, I think we can be better on third downs, myself included," Ryan said. "When we have opportunities to keep drives going, especially in that third-and-6-to-10 range, we can be better than we've been. I can be better than I've been up until this point. That's probably the No. 1 thing of all the things that we look at that can help us win games right away. "So if we can be a little bit better there, if I can be a little bit better in that part of the game, I think that's going to help us." Going into Sunday's matchup with the Miami Dolphins (2-2), the Falcons (3-1) actually rank No. 8 of the 32 teams in third-down offense, converting 43.2 percent, which is one percent better than they finished last season. But on third-and-6 or longer, the Falcons are converting 28 percent, just below the league average of 28.3 percent. Ryan, on third-and-6 or longer, has completed 13-of-21 passes for 154 yards with no touchdowns, an interception, three sacks taken, and a passer rating of 64.4. Four of those third-and-long pass plays have occurred in the red zone, and only one has led to a conversion and touchdown: a third-and-16 to Devonta Freeman for 18 yards against Detroit that resulted in Ryan's four-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Sanu. Of course, success on first and second down can set up shorter third-down situations. The Falcons have converted 70.6 percent of opportunities on third-and-4 or shorter, which ranks seventh. The league average is 58.6 percent. As for the turnovers, Ryan said after a loss to the Buffalo Bills that he planned to clean those up after the bye. Not all were his fault, however, with some tipped and dropped balls. Whatever the case, the Falcons have six giveaways and just two takeaways, giving them a minus-4 turnover ratio that ranks tied for 28th in the league along with NFC South front-runner Carolina. "It's one of those things, sometimes it happens," Ryan said of the turnovers. "That's part of playing the game. Sometimes you have tipped balls. Sometimes you have some plays that don't go your way. But it's about being resilient. "It's about being mentally tough and continuing to stay aggressive; doing the things that we've done to be at our best and trusting that that process and the routine and deal that we have is the right one. And I really believe it is. I think it will start to go our way. We just have to keep working at it." Ryan said the Falcons have to keep working on hitting the deep balls. On passes he's thrown of 30-plus air yards, he has completed 2 of 10 for 127 yards with a touchdown, an interception and a passer rating of 72.9. Last season he was 10 of 22 on such passes for 496 yards, five touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 131.6. One of those completions was a ball thrown 36 yards to wide-open tight end Austin Hooper, who stiff-armed the rest of the way for an 88-yard touchdown in Chicago. The other completion was thrown 32 yards to running back Tevin Coleman for a 39-yard pickup. Ryan is 0 of 8 when targeting his primary deep threats, Julio Jones and Taylor Gabriel, on balls thrown 30-plus yards. Some of that might have to do with not getting a lot of time to work with them leading into the season, as Jones recovering from foot surgery and Gabriel from a lower leg injury. "It's definitely an area we can be better," Ryan said of taking those shots. "We've been close. We just haven't hit them. We've got to keep taking our shots when they're there. And when they're not there, making good decisions with the football." Getting Jones back totally healthy from a hip flexor injury will be key in connecting on those long balls. Ryan hopes the Falcons can find other ways to create explosive plays as well, like giving Jones, Gabriel, Coleman, and Freeman the ball in space to go make plays. Ryan also might have more opportunities to create big plays with better protection, and right tackle Ryan Schraeder is to return to the lineup after missing two games with a concussion. The Falcons certainly will be challenged this week by a strong Dolphins defensive line, led by Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake.
  5. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/29404/to-falcons-bryant-young-son-who-lost-cancer-battle-was-his-superhero Good read, but heartbreaking...especially as a father. ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons defensive line coach Bryant Young often thinks about the joyful times he had with his son Colby, a kid who had a passion for football and a knack for cooking. He also remembers the sadness that overwhelmed him when he uttered his last words to his teenage superhero. "I told him just how much I appreciated his courage and his resilience," Young said as his voice cracked. "And I told him I love him. I told him how much I was proud of him, for the young man to go through something like that." Bryant Colby Young died of pediatric cancer at age 15 on Oct. 11, 2016. Bryant Young knew every day without his son would be difficult, but especially days such as Colby's birthday on Aug. 19 and the anniversary of Colby's death. "Every day has its own challenge," Young said, "but when you're going through the first of everything -- the first birthday, the first year of him passing -- and actually the day before, too, just anticipating what the day would be like. I definitely always want to remember him in a special way." Colby was known as a delightful, vibrant young man. His family never imagined a day of throbbing pain would result in sorrow for years to come. Unexpected news It was 2014, and Colby was an eighth-grader playing football in Charlotte, North Carolina. He came home one day complaining of a headache. Young, a Hall of Fame nominee who played 14 seasons on the San Francisco 49ers' defensive line, figured he knew what the issue was with his son. "I thought he got dinged," Young said. "But he was like, 'No dad, I didn't get dinged.'" Young saw that something was off when Colby woke up on a Wednesday morning in excruciating pain with no desire to eat. There was a middle school retreat the same day, one Colby eagerly packed for the night before, but the pain drained him of his enthusiasm. He couldn't sit up at the dining room table, so Young's wife, Kristin, took Colby to the pediatrician. "The doctor looked at him and thought at the time, he was 13 and was going through puberty, and that's pretty common for a kid that age to possibly have migraines, as growing pains," Young said. "So she prescribed him medication for migraines." The pain never subsided throughout the remainder of the day. Colby began to vomit. The pain intensified by the next morning. "He was bald at the time, but he was trying to pull his hair out of his head, so we knew it was something more serious," Young said. The Youngs returned to the pediatrician. The prescription for the migraine changed. But before leaving this time, Colby underwent a CAT scan, which finally revealed the cause of his painful episodes: a mass on his brain. "Hearing the news, he was scared. My wife was scared," Young said. "They diagnosed it as a pineal tumor. It was about the size of a golf ball in his pineal gland region [vertebrae brain]." Colby needed surgery. The surgeon performing it had completed the "risky" procedure in the past. "He felt pretty confident that with what he had seen before and had removed that it was going to be OK because it wasn't growing out and was contained," Young said. "He said he wouldn't know if it was non-cancerous until sampling the tissue and removing it. We thought we caught it." The surgery dragged on for four hours, which seemed like an eternity. Bryant and Kristin continued to cling to the doctor's words about it being an "operable" process. Then the surgeon emerged bearing news. "Just the look on his face, I didn't like it," Young said. "I just had this eerie feeling about it being bad news. So he gets us into a conference room and tells us that it was cancerous. It was an even bigger blow just to hear that." There were never any signs of Colby being sick while growing up. He played football and basketball without issue. After the surgery, which occurred on a Tuesday, Colby was back in school Wednesday of the following week. But he still had to endure chemotherapy once he recovered from the surgery. "Just what radiation and chemo do to you, it wrecks the body and makes you feel a certain way, and it was just hard seeing him go through that," Young said. "But throughout the whole process, he was strong. He had great support around him. "You hear about others going through stuff like that, and you support others that are going through it. But it's a tough deal when you're in the fire yourself." Coping with reality Young admired Colby's spirit during the bout with cancer and how determined he was to live life to the fullest. But during treatments at the MGH Francis H. Burr Proton Beam Therapy Center in Boston, Colby received more bad news. "He was emotional when he heard about cancer," Young said, "but I think even it hurt him, even more, when the doctor told him, 'Because of the radiation, the muscles in your neck will atrophy, and we highly recommend that you don't play football anymore.' That crushed him." Colby was a cover corner in football and also played outside linebacker. Now he could be only a spectator as he went through radiation treatment from October to the beginning of December 2014. "He was mature in a way that it hurt him, and it was a blow to his spirit, but he didn't let that keep him down," Young said. "So then he really focused on basketball once he went through radiation and recovered from that." Colby started chemotherapy at Duke University in January 2015. It was a four-month process. He relapsed, so the Youngs found a clinical trial at the University of Florida Shands Hospital that entailed immunotherapy, a process that involves using the individual's immune system to try to fight cancer. It wasn't enough to help Colby recover, though the family remained hopeful throughout the various forms of treatment. Kristin documented her son's grueling journey through her blog, chronicling how Colby's cancer grew and how the Christian-based family relied on God's will. The Youngs' other five children -- three daughters and two sons -- came up with T-shirts to support their ill brother, bearing a Superman-themed logo with a large "C" in the middle to represent Colby. Some of Young's former San Francisco teammates wore the shirts to a 49ers-Buccaneers game in October during the NFL's breast cancer awareness month. Young was grateful to have support from the entire 49ers organization and former team owner and NFL Hall of Famer Ed DeBartolo. "Bryant is a one-of-a-kind man with a wonderful and caring family," DeBartolo said. "They suffered so much with Colby all those years but never, ever wavered. I believe if you're lucky enough to be blessed with the ability to help, you have to do whatever you can. I would do anything for Bryant, Kristin or his family -- like a younger brother." The Youngs always emphasized to their children how important it is to give rather than receive. Colby took the message to heart with his "Change for Change" campaign. He wanted to collect $2,000 to donate to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation by placing change buckets around his town. Colby raised more than $50,000 thanks in large part to the help of his high school, Charlotte Christian. "He was going through it, and he came up with the idea of how he can bring awareness and have people be a part of something that affects so many kids and families," Young said. "It was incredible in terms of what he did." The Youngs also had a short documentary produced by a friend that captured some of Colby's fight as well as his living life to the fullest, including preparing meals such as steak and chicken stir-fry for the family. "Little did we know that we would use that video at his service, not knowing how things were going to turn out," Young said. "Part of what compelled us to share that was our story is not to be our own. We need to share that and allow people to understand the pains while sharing our faith through the process. "It was therapy for us, too, as a family, to be able to tell our story. To do that in the way we did it, I think, was a blessing for us and hopefully for others." After spending most of the last four months of his life in hospice care, Colby died at home on Oct. 11, 2016. "I tried to prepare emotionally for his moment of death, but there really is nothing that can prepare you for it," Kristin said. "Mixed in with the deep waves of grief and sadness on the day he passed away was also insurmountable joy and peace that his sweet soul was free again in heaven." In memory of Before every game, Young quizzes his defensive linemen on a variety of topics related to that week's opponent. Fifteen questions, to be exact. The players weren't aware, but there is a reason Young came up with that number. "Colby was 15 when he passed, so that's my way of just kind of intertwining him in all of that," Young said. "Colby loved football so much that he's a part of what I do with my job. He would be the biggest cheerleader of what we're doing here." Falcons coach Dan Quinn was the defensive line coach in San Francisco in 2003-04, when Young played for the team. Quinn remembers when a 2- or 3-year-old Colby would walk around with a No. 97 49ers jersey that read "My Dad" on the back. Quinn understands the pain the Youngs are going through still today. "I don't know if I helped them, but just being there," Quinn said. "We want to be up there to let Kristin and B.Y. know that, 'Hey, man, this is as tough as it gets. And we'll stand by you, stand next to you.' There are no words of encouragement to give during those moments. It's just, 'I love you, man,' and support." Young stepped away from coaching in 2013, the year before Colby's cancer surfaced. He was the defensive line coach at Florida -- brought there when Quinn was the Gators' defensive coordinator -- and at that time, he wanted to focus more on his family. Colby's health then became the top priority. Young had a coaching internship with the Falcons two seasons ago. Then he replaced Bryan Cox as the defensive line coach in February, following the Falcons' Super Bowl appearance. Returning to full-time coaching after his son's death wasn't a difficult decision. "It was time," Young said. "I wanted to get back. I kind of missed it in that way. We had been through so much. Time allowed that to happen. As things settled down, we took time to heal. And we'll continue to heal. I think football has been a distraction in a lot of ways to help me continue to move forward and live life." This Sunday's game against the Dolphins has been designated as the Falcons' "Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer" campaign game, part of the NFL's initiative to bring more awareness to the fight against all cancers -- not just breast cancer, which was its previous focus. There is no doubt that Young's mind will be on Colby and the courageous, two-year battle fought by his son. "It put things in perspective," said Young, who plans to wear something special on Sunday to honor his son. "We think it's hard out here. We strain, and we grind, physically, to live another day. But to see firsthand and experience somebody's tough battle through a disease, it lets you know life is precious. "This is just football."
  6. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/29315/falcons-ready-to-move-on-to-second-quarter-of-season FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Center Alex Mack paused when asked to reflect on how his 3-1 Atlanta Falcons fared through the first quarter of the season. "It's a good start," Mack said. "You want to win all the games at home, so coming off this loss (at home to Buffalo) is not what you want. Sucks to have that sad feeling all bye week. I think we can turn that into the positive. Every team is hard, and it's going to be a battle every week. With that knowledge going into the last three quarters of the season, it's going to be a grind every day, every week." The Falcons and Carolina Panthers both stand at 3-1 in the NFC South. After this week's bye, the Falcons continue a four-game stretch against AFC East opponents following their loss to Buffalo with games against Miami (1-2), New England (2-2), and the New York Jets (2-2), the latter two on the road. Then division play starts with a Nov. 5 meeting with the Panthers in Charlotte, and coach Dan Quinn always emphasizes winning the division first. "It's in the mind, and it's important that you need to win the division," Mack said. "It's a very real thing. But really, it's about winning each week. You can't control what other teams do. You can't control how everything else shakes out. If you play the best of your ability and you take care of each game each week, you'll put yourself in the best position." The Falcons certainly have some issues to fix once they return from the week off. Here's a look back at how they fared in all areas through the first quarter of the season. OFFENSE: The Falcons averaged a league-best 33.8 points per game a year ago and are currently sixth at 26 points per game while going 8 for 13 in the red zone. Devonta Freeman sits third in the NFL with five touchdowns, Tevin Coleman ranks third at 6.3 yards per rush, and the Falcons average a league-best 6.69 yards per play. Although reigning MVP Matt Ryan ranks in the top 5 at 8.2 yards per pass play, he has five interceptions to go with five touchdowns and has a passer rating of 87.5 -- 22nd among quarterbacks. On passes thrown 20-plus yards down the field, Ryan is 3 of 15 for 161 yards with a touchdown, an interception, and passer rating of 66.3. Julio Jones, though leading the team with 19 catches for 295 yards, doesn't have a touchdown. He is currently banged up along with Mohamed Sanu. Eleven different Falcons have receptions, and nine have at least three or more. The Falcons are 13th in sacks allowed per pass attempt, which could be worse considering starting right tackle Ryan Schraeder (concussion) missed the last two games. Quinn talked about the positives as well as areas in need of improvement with new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. "The part that I like is the ability to utilize guys in different ways," Quinn said of Sarkisian. "I’ve loved seeing the packages where we’ve featured both Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman together, creating opportunities for guys in space to make plays. I’ve been encouraged that we’ve been a really committed running game. "For sure we want to improve on our chances when we can take some shots down the field. Sometimes that comes with a little more time, but to be at our best, that’s where some of the explosive plays happen on some of the play-action plays, so I think that part can come, but I have been impressed by his utilization of the guys." DEFENSE: The Falcons, without reigning NFL sack champ Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring) the last two games, are tied for third in the NFL with 12 sacks, led by Brooks Reed with three. They ranked 13th in total defense in allowing 318.3 yards per game, down from last year's average of 371.2. Opposing teams are scoring 22.3 points per game against the Falcons, though offensive turnovers have contributed to that total. The defense has created just two turnovers, part of the reason they rank 28th in the league in turnover ratio at minus-4, with those five interceptions and a fumble lost on offense. The Falcons are tied for fourth in goal-to-goal defense and tied for 15th in red-zone defense. Missed tackles have been an issue, with rookie linebacker Duke Riley being a primary culprit. But Quinn said Riley is on the same missed-tackle pace Deion Jones had at the start of last season before finishing third in the Defensive Rookie of the Year voting. Jones leads the team with 27 combined tackles, followed by Brian Poole and Keanu Neal with 24 each. Quinn assessed new defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel, who installed some new red-zone defensive coverages this season. "Man, I’ve been impressed by him in game," Quinn said of Manuel. "He’s really clear-headed. The calls are in quickly, and here’s why I called it. Sometimes we’ll talk in between a series and he’s able to have good recall on what happened and here’s what I’d like to do based on that. I’ve been impressed by that so far." SPECIAL TEAMS: Kicker Matt Bryant is 9 for 9 on field goals, with a long of 53 yards, and is 11 for 11 on extra points. He's tied for fifth in the NFL with 38 points. Return man Andre Roberts' 181 kickoff-return yards stands sixth in the league, with a long return of 61 yards against Buffalo. He's averaging 10 yards per punt return. Punter Matt Bosher has a net average of 41.6 yards and has seven fair catches on 12 punts. Fullback Derrick Coleman leads the team in special-teams tackles.
  7. Saints #1 preseason defense showing up today!
  8. LOL! Bad News Bears...
  9. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/29184/falcons-devondre-campbell-sticks-to-plan-d-and-thrives FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Just last week, Atlanta Falcons linebacker De'Vondre Campbell ended practice with an interception, generating a collective roar from his defensive mates. His day wasn't complete. As most players exited toward the locker room, Campbell sought out linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich and lined up across Ulbrich in the far back corner of the practice field. Campbell spent about 10 minutes working on hand drills. "Every single day after practice, he's out there with me working," Campbell said of Ulbrich. "Whether it's pass rush or Plan D stuff, that's extra. That's something that he doesn't have to do. But he's out there doing it with me. It just shows that he believes in me. He knows that I'm right there with him." The "Plan D" Campbell referred to is a concept the Falcons strongly stand by. It's part of a "development" plan coach Dan Quinn brought to the organization when hired in 2015. Although it often involves coaches giving individual instruction to practice-squad players, it encompasses more than just that select group of players. "It’s not just a practice-squad consideration at all," Quinn said. "Often times it’s players that we feel need some real work to take their game to a new spot, and we identify probably between 12 to 18 or 20 players that we’re going to really put the extra work in to see if they can make a big push. "One day, it’s devoted to special teams. Another day is devoted just to your skill work. A third day is devoted to doing some matchups against one another. During that team day, we feel like you can really gain skill development, and that’s where we want to push it really hard. We have a big staff of coaches. Some of their primary roles are before practice or after practice to spend that extra 10 to 15 minutes every day. You keep stacking in minutes and minutes, and before you know it, you’ve had three, four, or five hours of extra skill work to help yourself get really improved." Quinn often talks about how players should make a significant jump between their first and second seasons. Well, Campbell certainly has. The 2016 fourth-round draft pick from Minnesota has stood out through the first three games. He is tied for third on the team with 17 combined tackles, and he has a sack, two quarterback hits and two passes defensed. The 6-foot-3, 234-pound Campbell is seeing the field better after offseason Lasik eye surgery, and he's utilizing his speed and length to his advantage while covering speedy running backs as well as taller tight ends. Campbell credits Plan D, which went into full effect around training camp as Campbell made the transition from weak-side linebacker to strong-side linebacker. "We'd just be out there doing stuff for 10 minutes, and it pays off," Campbell said. "(Ulbrich) is one of my biggest critics. And I feel like if he weren't, then it would show he doesn't really believe in me. So every time he does get on me, I know it's coming from a good place. It might not be what I want to hear sometimes, but it's what I need to hear." Campbell said Ulbrich always preaches sticking to technique when you're tired, and Campbell certainly is spent by the time Plan D sessions start. Working on his get-off always is an emphasis, with the Falcons always developing Campbell's pass-rush skills. Another drill involves Campbell working on either moving in for a strip sack or running after a quarterback who steps up and extends the play -- an element the Falcons will need to be aware of for the third straight week this Sunday with Tyrod Taylor and the Buffalo Bills. Campbell was superb in covering Lions tight end Eric Ebron last week but feel that area still needs to improve through practice and Plan D. He knows he might draw some tough, tight end assignments in upcoming games with the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Jason Witten, Jimmy Graham, and rookie O.J. Howard. "I'm getting better," Campbell said of covering tight ends. "I'm not where I want to be, and I notice that. But that's the reason for being here, to get better. I have really good players to practice against in (Austin) Hooper, (Joshua) Perkins, and (Eric) Saubert. Going against them, it prepares me for anything." Campbell is sure to keep improving in all areas, provided he sticks to the plan.
  10. #BeanTalk
  11. http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/28945/falcons-takk-is-back-on-social-media-in-featured-role Takkarist McKinley is back on social media, and he should have plenty to talk about. The Atlanta Falcons' first-round draft pick from UCLA made the announcement Monday evening with the message, "Takk back. #Rise Up." McKinley deactivated all his social media accounts and changed his number on Sept. 5 because it was becoming a distraction and he wanted to focus on football. It probably got a little boring for him to just scroll through photos. McKinley also is back in a familiar role as a featured pass-rusher after being limited to 14 snaps in his NFL debut against the Chicago Bears. Reigning NFL sack champ Vic Beasley Jr. suffered a hamstring strain in Sunday's win over Green Bay, and coach Dan Quinn ruled Beasley out for Sunday's game at Detroit. The early indication is Beasley will miss at least a month. With Beasley rushing off the left edge in the nickel package, the plan was to have McKinley rush off the opposite edge. But with Beasley sidelined, Quinn said McKinley will be first up rushing off the left edge, with Brooks Reed and Derrick Shelby behind him. Adrian Clayborn is expected to be the primary rusher off the right edge. The Falcons have seven sacks through two games as they prepare for a matchup with one of the league's best quarterbacks, Matthew Stafford. McKinley has two quarterback hits in 58 snaps played through two games, but has yet to record his first career sack. "I'm just trying to go out there and affect the quarterback whenever I have the opportunity," McKinley said. "That's pretty much it." McKinley was drafted high for a reason. He certainly is ready to step into a primary role in place of Beasley after being slowly worked in during the preseason while coming off shoulder surgery. "It's next man up," McKinley said. "I hope for the best for (Beasley). I hope he gets better because he was the NFL sack leader last year. But for us, it's next man up."
  12. Prison rules....
  13. I thought he did well for such a short time on the team and probably limited reps. He appeared to have problems with Matthews speed rush at times, though. And it looked like they sent Hooper to that side for double teams at times. Give him more reps this week and time with the 1st team and we'll survive until Schraeder gets back. Good late pre-season pick up.....