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  1. Offense: The Miami offense is a traditional style offense run from a combo of shotgun and under center. Quarterback is average to slightly better than average and will only run when flushed. Against Indy the only no huddle was in 2 minute drill. Running: Unlike the Rams, Miami will use a fullback off and on depending on down and distance and also unlike the Rams, they prefer to stress the outside run using a more lateral O-line blocking scheme. They slant the line much more than the Rams. Running back Miller is much more of a threat especially outside than Richardson was. FB(Clay) #42 is used both as a traditional FB and as a TE. They occasionally will split him wide. He's a very versatile player in their offense. They run far more 2 wide run formations than the Rams and are heavily reliant on the WR's in the passing game. Running game is a big part of the offense so they will not give up on it easily. Will occasionally run an end around to Wallace. Passing: Unlike the Rams they will run plenty of 2 wide sets. They will screen but not more than average and will check at the line to a WR screen or quick in usually to Wallace if they see off coverage. Throw plenty of quick hitches and quick ins to the WR's and they like to cross the WR's behind the LB's on deeper routes. Like most traditional offenses they will run to set up the pass and use play action from running formations. From shotgun, they like to go 3 wide with the FB in the backfield for blocking. If they throw to the back, it is usually the FB. Against Indy neither team had a big lead so no big adjustments had to be made but I suspect they will still use run to set up pass as long as they can. The Oline is much less protective of Tannehill than the Rams Oline was of Bradford. Against Indy they gave up 5 sacks and lots of pressures. Because of this, they leave the back in to block far more. Falcons D-line should be able to get home. They won't beat themselves with penalties. Against Indy in Indy they had 0 penalties.
  2. Here are a few categories in passing and then rushing - and where we stand in the league in those categories: PASSING: 1st in passing completions 2nd in % first downs per attempt 2nd in passing touchdowns 3rd in % first downs when passing on 3rd down 3rd in %completions when inside the opponents 20 3rd in QB rating on the road 4th in QB rating 5th in yards passing 5th in passer completion % 5th in % touchdowns per attempt 7th in %completions when inside the opponents 10 7th in QB rating during the last half of the game 8th in big play passes (>25 yards) 8th in QB rating during the 1st half of the game ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RUSHING: 1st in fumbles lost (least fumbles - this is a great standing) 3rd in yards per carry on carries 11-20 (Proof Turner gets better as the game wears on) 6th in fewest runs stuffed 9th in fewest stuffs per carry 13th in rushing tds 20th in rushing yards on 1st & 10 21st in carries 21st in rushing yards 23rd in big play rushes (>10 yard) 24th in % first downs when rushing on 3rd down 25th in rushing first downs 26th in first downs per carry 26th in % touchdown runs from inside the 3 26th in % rushing plays 27th in yards per carry 31st in Yards per carry on carries 1-10
  3. Thomas Dimitroff has been focusing on turning us from a running team to a passing team and has done a decent job. But as far as making us a top offense and the greatest show on turf 2.0 he has failed. After week two we have a below average offense ranked 21st overall. Despite his only focus being passing we are still only ranked 12th, And between releasing our best blocking offensive and or pro bowl full back we have dropped from having a top 5 running back to being the 26th ranked rushing offense. All three of our running backs average 2.6 yards per carry or less. Keep in mind last year we lost to the Giants because we couldn't run the ball to convert a 3rd and short. This year we have given up completely passing on 3rd and shorts. Dimitroff has had two years to fix this problem and has not brought in a single player to help improve the situation. The Greatest Show on Truf had a 1000+ yard rusher in Marshal Faulk, however if things continue at this rate not only won't we be able to convert 3rd and short Turner will fall short of 1000 yards. Thanks to New Orleans being targeted by the NFL they are no longer a threat this year. So we have a good chance of making the playoffs but not a good chance of winning our first playoff game. Thomas Dimitroff has turned us not into the Greatest Show on Turf but the Colts with Manning who used to be god but took a decade to get a Super Bowl Win. Not to mention or defense falls short of the Colts. Our Defense doesn't have the pass rush that the Colts have had with Freeny and Mathis. Dimitroff also cut are best defensive player and pro bowl line backer i Curtis Loftan, and as he typically does he released him without even having a replacement. Loftan is a constant top ten linebacker in the league. Meanwhile his replacement previous backup Akeem Dent has only one tackle this season. We basically don't even use him just sticking with our outside linebackers. So it;s no surprise we have a below average Defensive this season. So with an average offense and below average defense I don't see how we will be able to match up with the top teams in the playoffs. Assuming we can manage to get there. I think we need to replace Thomas Dimitroff he has caused more harm than good to this team. But, since that won't happen I hope we can make some trades or free agent moves to help our running game, bolster our defense and possibly get a decent number two tight end so our passing offense can move up into the top ten.
  4. Ok, I realize that throwing on the run is a strength of Ryans but it still seems like alot. Do you guys think that A. Its just Dirk Koetter's style (i really dont know) B. Offense playing to Ryan's advantage C. Lack of faith in the Falcons offensive line Thoughts?
  5. Admit it, if you see that the defense jumps offsides when we're on offense you know Matt Ryan's going to throw a "screen" to Roddy White. Usually these plays go for at most 5 yards or so and we end up taking the penalty anyway. I'm asking, no begging, Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Mularkey, Smith, whoever to do what every other team in the league does and run the play. Teams regularly just go deep on these plays be cause they know they're guaranteed 5 yards no matter what (I remember the Seahawks scored a TD on us this year on such a play). I'm all for being conservative when it's necessary but when you literally have nothing to lose and everything to gain, why not? At the least throwing not throwing that quick pass to Roddy won't open him up to an unnecessary hit.
  6. Win or lose tonight's game down in New Orleans is a dry run for the playoffs. The Super Dome is one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL if not they loudest. If this team is going to make any noise in the playoffs they are going to need to do it on the road. Starting in either New York or Dallas. Either way it's going to be LOUD and the offense is going to need to preform in a playoff atmosphere like there will be tonight. Win or lose tonight they can reset and take it as another learning experience, for the playoffs in two weeks.
  7. Ok guys, I have sat and watched and been a pretty active poster for a while here. I took some days off the board, because the lunatic fringe was in full force for a couple of days, after we sheet the bed against the Texans. I don't think it is one player on this team that is to blame. I also don't think ANYONE gets a pass this season. I will say that in my head a good bit of our problems trace to one certain area: NO Offseason: Yes, this was a problem for lots of teams, and yes, the Pack, the 49ers, Saints, Ravens, Steelers etc seem to be unaffected, but I contend that this team was hurt a lot by not having an offseason. We all knew Julio was raw in some spots, and polished in others. With a full offseason, he could have been a lot more prepared. Also, I think the lack of an offseason didn't allow Roddy time to warm up to the idea of having a viable #2. The Offensive Line lost a leader in Dahl, no matter how much we as fans didn't see it, this guy was apparently the glue holding the line together. He's a Ram now, so there is nothing to be done there, but not having a full offseason, didn't allow this unit to gel into a cohesive unit. Also having Baker play LT, and imitating a swinging kitchen door didn't help. Which leads us to: Matt Ryan...he has not had a good season. We have seen some highs (better ball distribution, flashes of hitting guys in stride, and the money accuracy he shows in the 10-15 yard passes)...we have definitely seen some lows (consistently over/underthrowing receivers [if it's a strength thing, I got $5 on pitching in for a Bowflex for the guy...maybe the ShakeWeight] making poor reads due to perceived pressure, whether real or not, and just being OFF), but the man is clearly not in sync. I will not say he "hasn't gotten better since his rookie season" because that is a fallacy, but he has taken a big step back in his progression this year. We all saw his sophomore slump...what is this, a senior year slump? The offseason could have given him time to settle in with the new pieces (Julio, the line, Quizz etc) and perhaps given him time to work on deep balls with the coaches. Mularkey and Van Gorder (the Stache) are both playing schemes that worked when people wore leather helmets, and TV's had no color, but this is a new age. The rules have changed, and you either change with them, or you can go coach at West Texas Christian Polytechnical Universty College. I don't care, as do most of our fans. I think changes are coming in the coaching staff. I don't want Smitty to go, because I believe he is the guy, but I also don't want to be sitting here next year and thinking "just wait until next year". I fear if MM is left in his current role...we will be in the same spot. Not sure if the offseason would have helped this much, because this looks like "08 season, rinse-repeat, 09 season...rinse-repeat, 10 seaspm rinse-repeat" and on and on. I couldn't care less if I get flamed, because I am tired. I am happy we are 7-5. I am happy that we are heading towards 4 seasons in a row of winning, but I was and am a Braves fans. Division titles, playoff appearances are always nice, but nothing compares to the feeling of winning the big one. This team has miles to go before it sleeps to get to a Lombaridi, and hopefully this Sunday can be that first step in that progression. /end rant
  8. https://www.profootb...otebook-week-5/ Green Bay @ Atlanta | 1st Q, 11:13 | 1st & 10 . Outcome: . Julio Jones gains 17 yards to push the Falcons into the Green Bay red zone on their opening scoring drive. . Why it worked: . Well-executed misdirection plays are a sight to behold and when they click they usually lead to big gains, just like this one. End-arounds are designed to get outside and when combined with a fake to the opposite side of the field against an aggressive defense, they are a very powerful tool for an offense. You will often see an end-around work because the backside defender, in this case Erik Walden, crashes hard to the inside opening up the backside of the play. Walden only takes a couple of false steps on this play, but the Falcons are still able to make him pay and get to the edge. . Atlanta runs this play very cleverly, incorporating a fake into the pitch to Jones who runs his end around straight from the trips bunch to the right side of the formation with fullback Ovie Mughelli leading him from the inside of the bunch. Rookie running back Jacquizz Rodgers appears to be headed on a pitch off right end but Jones cuts in front and takes the pitch out to the left instead. With only those two false steps from Walden as he looks to step down and pursue the play right, the left side has opened up and with Roddy White running Tramon Williams off down the field from his left wideout spot, Jones has half the field to himself. From there it’s simply a case of running to space and picking up the yardage that the Packers have surrendered. Much-troubled left tackle Sam Baker doesn’t make a block on Desmond Bishop but his positioning prevents Bishop from taking an angle to have any chance of stopping Jones short of the first down. This play was well-executed and only excellent pursuit in the secondary cut it off from getting in to the endzone. Back in 08 MM offense was full of trick plays like theese. I remember a game vs Tampa, where Ryan faked the handoff to Ovie, faked the pitch to the left to Norwood looked downfield and hit wide open Norwood in the flats (I think for a huge gain)...I was like whooooaaaaa .
  9. Roddy White gets 9 catches for 140 yards and Julio Jones gets 6 catches for 115 yards. In the same game. Thinking back, how many times over the last 5-7 years have we had two receivers in the same game go for over 100 yards receiving? Not very many that I can recall, at all. Although alot of these yards came towards the end of the game, it's still a positive note.
  10. This year it's become increasingly clear that we're in danger of being left behind a large portion of the league in terms of offensive production and scheme. A vocal majority of the board has been very clear about their distaste for Mike Mularkey's offense, however most of those comments are of the "Open it up!!!" nature...criticism that doesn't accomplish anything in terms of actual solutions and, instead, sounds like bellyaching for bellyaching's sake. In reality, there are very clear problems with our offense that amount to more than "opening it up." Specifically, those problems relate to how our coaching staff is actually underutilizing the talent gap we have over most teams in the league. The first two weeks of the season have really hammered home what our problem is. We have failed to adapt to the "modern" NFL be adopting a more spread-esque offensive philosophy that would allow our considerable talent advantage to reap rewards. Instead of approaching offense similar to the way that the more explosive, less talented teams are approaching it, we've opted to continue to same old "grind it out" style that makes us easy to defend and, more destructively, easy to predict. Two teams in particular are laying the blue print for how our offense should look on a more consistent basis: the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills. In 4 combined games, the Pats and Bills have put up 152 point utilizing a variety of spread principles that have left their opponents incapable of slowing their offense. By utilizing 4 and 5 wide formations, these teams are spreading defenses thin and causing mismatches all over the field. Buffalo specifically, is doing this with a fraction of the talent we have on this team. They are the poster children for the new NFL....a pass happy, high yardage NFL seeking explosive passing plays and keeping defenses on their heels. Why aren't we adopting similar strategies? There is very little downside to doing more of this sort of thing. Instead of giving away crucial first downs with the exact same counter that we run on a majority of our first downs, we aren't we seeking to use slants and drags to pick up 3-5 yards at a clip? Why do we feel like Michael Turner's carries will magically become more efficient once he crosses the 18 carry threshold? I understand the value of wearing defenses down, but other running backs with similar or inferior skill sets are being used in a more efficient manner and keeping their legs fresh. These principles (spreading the field, not giving away downs, increased efficiency) were noticeably present in Matt's no huddle attack on Sunday. Obviously, this is our best shot at beating the better teams in the league and reaching the full potential this year has. Matt is a smart enough decision maker and capable enough QB to eliminate the "take what the defense gives us" approach and, instead, adopt an approach more conducive to dictating terms to the defense. Organisms that fail to adapt to changing environment die off, as their tired attributes render them unsuitable to continually compete with innovative entities. If we do not begin to adopt a more up tempo, spread out offensive strategy, we are going to be left in the dust by the Buffalos, the New Englands and the Detroits. The Packers, the Eagles and the Saints. We need to be aggressive, not passive. We need to adapt.
  11. Watching the film from the last game, it seems Matt's second option is to check down to the running back. Shouldn't Matt be checking down to the next reciever or tightend, and the running back last? On several plays Matt looked quickly down field and then right away threw it to the running back. Our offense should be more than look at the #1 reciever and if he's not open check down to running back. Am I seeing this right? Thoughts?
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