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  1. On 4/30/2019 at 10:20 PM, jidady said:

    How comfortable are you right now with Atlanta's ability to generate a pass rush in 2019?

    To those of you who are uncomfortable, what moves would make you feel better about the situation?

    To those of you who have confidence, which players do you believe are key to our pressure?

    Not comfortable.  But I still do think the reemergence of vic will occur. 

  2. Dirk Koetter was the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator from 2012-14, and was hired to the same position again in 2019 to revitalize the team’s fortunes in the future.

    Koetter inherits a Falcons offense that finished No. 6 overall in the NFL, including a top four ranking when passing the ball, but was just fifth worst in the league in terms of rushing.

    That’s a disparity the new play caller believes has to be solved.


    “I’m going into my 38th year of coaching and I’ve never met a defensive coach who didn’t say the hardest thing to defend is balance,” Koetter said.

    “I believe in that, too. When you’re in a first or second down situation and the defense doesn’t know if you’re going to throw it, run it, play action, bootleg it, whatever you want to do, any defensive coach will tell you that’s the hardest thing to defend.

    “Since balance is the hardest thing to defend, we will shoot to be as balanced as we can. Now, things like time and score and injuries that can affect that, but we’re going to definitely shoot for that.”

    This past season, the Falcons ranked third highest in the NFL after electing to throw the ball on 65 percent of their play calls, an increase from 56 percent the season before.

    The NFL average in the 2018 season was 58 percent.

    Koetter says his collaboration with new tight ends coach Mike Mularkey will be pivotal.

    “Everyone in the NFL runs approximately the same stuff, but how you coach the details of it, that really depends on the coaches that are in that room and the players you have,” he said.

    “So, what we’re doing right now is going through the current system, between Mike and myself we’re giving our thoughts and our ideas of what we’re seeing. Just 30 minutes ago I came out of a meeting and we’re in there going through that playbook and the tape line by line and play by play.

    “And what you’re really doing is your ironing out what is going to be the Falcons offense moving forward. Because when the players get back, it’s the Falcons offense.”

    Koetter says he believes with players like Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, who combined for 18 receiving touchdowns last season, the Falcons can be an elite offense going forward.

    “You can see it on tape, how much talent those guys have,” he said. “[Austin] Hooper has an outstanding year and gets into the Pro Bowl. I saw something that somebody wrote comparing Calvin’s rookie year to some of the greatest receivers in the league right and he was right there. I think Calvin’s got huge upside.”

  3. FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff received a text from Matt Ryan during the NFL draft.

    The Falcons' quarterback obviously approved of the team's first-round selections of two offensive linemen.

    Dimitroff said the message from Ryan was brief: ''Thanks. Just thanks and wow.''


    For Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn, the top priority of the offseason was to build a better line after Ryan was sacked 42 times last season, the second-highest total of his career. He was hit 113 times, the third-most in the league.

    Dimitroff's first pick was guard Chris Lindstrom of Boston College. He then traded away the Falcons' second- and third-round picks to add tackle Kaleb McGary of Washington late in the first round.

    An improved line also would be key to the team's hopes of boosting the running game, which sagged last season.

    ''Make no mistake about it, we knew what we needed to do in this offseason and that was to continue to fortify Matt and the offensive line,'' Dimitroff said


    Lindstrom and McGary could form a new starting tandem on the right side of the Falcons' line. Clearly, they are the key to how this draft will be remembered.

    ''It may not have been shiny but I don't think grit is real shiny,'' Quinn said taking two offensive linemen in the first round. ''I'm real thrilled they'll be part of this group for a long time.''

    Dimitroff went to work on addressing other needs on Saturday's final day of the draft. Cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield of Ohio State and Jordan Miller of Washington, defensive end John Cominsky of Charleston and running back Qadree Ollison of Pittsburgh each were picked to bolster areas of pressing concern.

    The team's last pick, running back Marcus Green of Louisiana-Monroe, may make an immediate contribution as a return specialist. The versatile Green (5-8, 190) was primarily a wide receiver in college, but the Falcons are intrigued by his big-play potential at running back and on returns.

    Cominsky or Green could develop into long-term surprises of the draft class.


    After continuing his streak of making at least one trade in each of his 12 drafts as Atlanta's general manager by adding a second first-round pick, Dimitroff remained inactive on the second day of the draft. Dimitroff traded away his second- and third-round picks but was widely expected to pull off a trade back into the second day. The surprise was he couldn't deal two or more of his Saturday picks to move back into the second or third rounds.


    Atlanta had ample picks to allow Dimitroff the luxury of overhauling the offensive line with two first-round picks. He knew taking a guard so high in the first round would generate some negative reviews, but he and coach Dan Quinn agreed Lindstrom was the right pick. Adding McGary at No. 31 overall meant the Falcons could have two rookies starting on the right side of the line.

    Dimitroff may have gambled on some high-upside picks, including Cominsky, who was an option quarterback in high school before gaining 70 pounds in college. Ollison, a power runner, had inconsistent production at Pittsburgh.

    It will be judged as a successful draft if Lindstrom and McGary win starting jobs, Ollison can be a complementary running back with Devonta Freeman and Sheffield and Cominsky win roster spots and contribute on special teams.


    Dimitroff was successful in filling needs, though there may be room for more help on the defensive line, at linebacker and perhaps at running back from undrafted free agents.

  4. 1 minute ago, TheFatboi said:

    Lol. Thanks Jerry. I’m hoping Justin is brought in. He’s gonna have a camp in statesboro. I’m gonna talk to him if he’s not picked up by anybody to gauge what’s going on. I’ll let you guys know. 

    U meet players?

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