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  1. You make a good point. I think Joe Montana would have been a bench warmer for some coaches. Instead, Bill Walsh analyzed his capabilities and created an offense that turned Joe from a weak armed QB to a strong offensive threat. We need more like Bill Walsh in the NFL. And, yes, BB does the same.
  2. No, I did not assume man coverage. A 7 yard cushion can be given in man, zone, and other schemes. Before the ball starts moving downfield, a db is required to cover a man or area. The coverage responsibility may change as the play develops. In either case, once the ball is in a receivers hands, a db drops his primary responsibility. At that time, he is required to either get to the ball or prevent escape into a specific area of responsibility. If a short slant is thrown, it does not matter what scheme the defense was in. That db who is closest to the receiver is the defender with primary responsibility to get that receiver on the ground. No matter what the coverage is, the defenders position, measured in time or distance, is critical. I did read before posting. You implied the distance is unimportant. You implied the 7 yard cushion cannot be exploited by the offense. Of course, it can. I think you should read your posts before suggesting that others read them.
  3. Here is just a thought for you. Most NFL "running" players can cover 10 yards in about 1 second. Most of them take a little more than 10 seconds to run the length of the field. Obviously, the first 10 yards will take the longest time. Once up to speed, they cover 10 yards in less than a second. Some will slow before completing the 100 yards. A db playing 7 yards off a receiver is going to need to do several things when the ball is snapped. A smart receiver will sell the medium or long pass by bursting off the line and looking downfield. The db must react. If the pass is a slant, he is going the wrong way. The receiver cuts. An athletic db needs only one step to stop his motion and move toward the receiver. He now must accelerate to the receiver. He is an undetermined distance away. Did he maintain the 7 yard cushion or shorten or lengthen it? Any of those could happen based on his belief of what the receiver is trying to do. If he is 7 yards away, he is probably close to 1 second from the receiver. If the route was a slant, the db does have some angle advantage. The throw, including QB adjustment, throw, air time, and securing the ball probably takes around 1 second. Obviously, I cannot validate these times, I am just guessing based on what my eyes tell me. Now, was the receiver hit in stride with the ball coming into his hands or did he need to adjust. If no adjustment was necessary, the db is in trouble unless there is help nearby. If he is quick, he can use the angle advantage created by the slant route to get there in about 1 second. But, that represents a 10 yard gain. The best way to defend the slant is to run right next to the receiver. You do not want to give a 7 yard cushion and then close. You are going the wrong way if the route is not a slant, curl, or sideline. You need to line up close and bump the receiver withing the allowed 5 yards and then turn with him and stick to him like glue. That often requires some illegal tactics that are rarely flagged. So, why give a 7 yard cushion? If you are on a fast receiver you need your teammates and your captain to know that. You need to control the short stuff and work in tandem with other defenders to defend the medium and long routes. Providing a 7 yard cushion allows you to keep the receiver in view and allows you to run to the receiver if he is thrown to. It is not an ideal situation for a defense. So, what is the point? I do not care who on here is a coach, professional, ex-NFL player, wise old fan, or newbie. Announcing you are a coach gets you no credibility with me. I played the game and had good coaches, idiot coaches, alcoholic coaches, temporary coaches, and ever teachers who knew nothing about football but took the vacant coaching position for the money. A 7 yard cushion matters. The laws of physics do work on football fields. So, please drop the "I am a coach" as part of your debate. There are a lot of guys on here who know football. Some are from the wise old fan group who have seen enough to know what they are looking at. And, there are plenty of guys on here who have played and coached and know how this game works. Sorry for the rant. There was something about the "I am a coach" thing that just pizzed me off.
  4. I agree on all points. JD is so mean today he is making puppies cry. That is mean.
  5. The Falcons just need to get this group on the field and then know what is going to work and what has to be scrapped. If we get creative, we could have a dynamic running squad.
  6. Kyle made the offense work by putting players in positions of strength. Taylor Gabriel is a good example. Kyles greatest strength is analyzing defenses week-to-week and creative an offensive strategy and gameplan that puts that defense at a disadvantage.
  7. Uhhhh no. It was bad personnel in the past and interference now, right? Think about it. Any OC coming to Atlanta would transition the offense, not just come in and overturn everything. You have to put in a playbook and offensive gameplan that is suited for the players you have. That is why the Falcons do not immediately look like the Bucs. My problem with Dirk is he does not seem to have the ability gameplan against defenses or create an offensive strategy that utilizes the strengths of our offense. Add to this some of his headscratching play calls and I have to wonder if he can ever be highly successful. No, it is not other coaches messing him up.
  8. So, tell us how Dirk was limited during his previous tenure with the Jags, Falcons and as HC of the Bucs? Maurice Jones Drew made the Jags a powerful offense. The Falcons and the Bucs declined under his watch. Where was the interference then?
  9. I have heard discussions of how good/bad each of these runners are. I think that misses the point. Look at each runners skills: Gurley - Power runner with speed and elusiveness I. Smith - Elusive runner. K. Smith - Power runner Hill - Power runner with some elusiveness Ollison - Power runner Daniel - Unknown Reynolds - Unknown Keith Smith is not the only back who can pair up with another runner. Ollison can perform dual roles. Think of the combinations. Gurley and I. Smith are the only runners who may be limited to running and catching. Here are some intriguing thoughts: Gurley + Ollison - Who is running, blocking, catching? Hill + Ollison - Who is running, blocking, catching? Gurley + Hill - Who is running, blocking, catching? Now, is K. Smith reliable running the ball or catching passes? One of my favorite runners of all time was Walter Payton. Why? With only one back in the backfield, defenses were on their heels. Walter was a powerful runner with great elusiveness. On a single run he could evade linemen, run over a linebacker, and outrun a safety. I saw defenders guessing wrong all the time. A linebacker would get low prepared to hit Sweetness and barely get a finger on him. Next play the defender is on his toes and Payton runs over him. There was only one sweetness. We don't have a runner with these elite skills although Gurley can do some of that. But, we have a running staff that can at least have the defense guessing what they are dealing with for a second after the ball is snapped. This will require planning, testing, and creativity. We do not need great running backs to give defenses fits. We have the rotation and combinations to do this. Can Dirk get it done?
  10. I think the FO accidentally rebuilt the team. I see 3 possibilities. First, these players were carefully analyzed and the reasons for their declines were understood. Further, the Falcons have confidence we can put them in situations where they can live up to their potential. I think this is true with Gurley and Hurst. Second, we were dumbfounded regarding what to do and specifically went after former first rounders. Third, it was a little of both. If we get good production from half of these players, maybe even good production from a third of these players, we will have a strong team. Now, what can we do about Dirk?
  11. Falconsin2012, Koetter is going to need more information. Dirk Koetter, Cushion means the defender is playing off because of Ridley's speed. There are multiple ways to take advantage of that. 1. You can run short routes to make quick, short gains with Calvin. 2. You can run the RB with the ball to the spot where Calvin lined up. There should be space there. (Yes, you can run the ball). 3. You can run medium routes by letting Calvin make multiple cuts until the defender is blindsided and unsure of where he is. 4. You can run long routes and get big yards following steps 1 and 2 a few times. Even with the cushion, the defender will become hesitant or even commit to a short or medium route when he has been disadvantaged with this a few times. That is when you send Calvin on a tear. 5. You can try the above and adjust your gameplan. Gameplan: A sequence of plays based on a stretegy believed to take advantage of a particular defense. These plays and their sequence are selected to either surprise a defense or to take advantage of weaknesses in their alignments, assignments, or ability to defend a player or area of the field. I am not trying to get banned. There is just something about Dirk that makes me a little crazy. OK, maybe more than a little. I apologize. Go Falcons.
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