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  1. Big shout-out to a gifted offensive mind. He was the QB coach under Shanny in Cleveland when the offense was actually good. He has done a wonderful job with Wentz and an even better job getting Foles ready last week. Heck, he even got through to Jamarcus Russell whose only decent season was under DeFilippo. He runs inside and outside zone, but also a heavy dose of man gap scheme. While Sarkisian will not be replaced, DeFilippo would be my ideal replacement as our Offensive Coordinator. Unfortunately, I suspect Pete Carroll is going to hire him as the new Offensive Coordinator. If he does watch out. BTW: fukkk off for referring Sark, Carroll. @PeytonMannings Forehead What are your thoughts on DeFilippo as an offensive mind? Do you think he will do well in Seattle?
  2. After this devastating lost. One way, to overcome this situation. It is moving forward and obviously the next step is hiring to a new offensive coordinator. Who do you think he/she is going to be? What are your preferences? More run, more pass, more time control, more no huddle, ... RISE UP! GO FALCONS!
  3. Shannahan is gone. A year ago I would have been celebrating. I'm probably one of the more optimistic fans around, I was still pulling for Mike Smith vs the final game of his for the Falcons, but even I was ready to get rid of Shannahan. I got caught up in the headlines I suppose. Shannahan has our offense humming at a record pace. We have an elite quarterback with a nice collection of talent but he has shown he can make it work with less in short spurts. All the scheming in the world won't make up for a total lack of talent. It catches up eventually. I guess we will see how he does building his own team. With that being said, do you think we have his scheme down enough to replicate it after he leaves? Or at least continue with some of the same concepts with enough efficiency where there is no drop off? I'm hoping to see Ryan basically become Manning and run the offense
  4. I don't understand why people are hating on Matt Ryan. Sure, he is making some bone-head decisions but at some point, all QBs do. When we were looking for a coach, many people wanted Rex Ryan because he was a strong defensive-minded coach and all we had to do offensively was patch up a few holes on the O-line and we'd be "great". Now a new OC has our offense looking worse than we ever have, our run game is still inconsistent even with a better RB, our play calling is predictable, outright dumb at times and we barely run the no huddle. All of a sudden it's our consistent QB's fault that is usually near top of the list in yardage, completions, TDs and come from behind wins? Our play action is non-existent, our best receiver is dropping passes, or 2nd and 3rd options are crossing routes or not getting the ball because the line can't give Matt enough time...Kyle has Matt Ryan rolling out like he's Russell Wilson.... and can we run a freaking screen once in a while? (not that BS wide receiver screen that never works, either) All those who want Matt Ryan benched/ traded need to sit down somewhere and be quiet cause "that's my quarterback" (in my best T.O. voice)
  5. So with Fox in Chicago now a done deal, and Kubiak to Denver all but a formality, it now appears that we will have our choice of either Austin or Quinn for HC. Personally, I see both as great options, and would not feel bad if we hired either one. So, for a moment, let's assume that the HC hiring process is behind us, especially since nothing's going to happen til at least Monday anyway, and talk about the next phase: Coordinators and position coaches. Obviously, we now have a few holes in our coaching staff. We've already lost our OC, DB coach, and OL coach, will probably not be keeping our current DC, and may even lose a couple more, before all is said and done. So then, I wonder, who will be get? As far as OC goes, there are still a number of big names on the market like Trestman, Shanahan, and Gase. There are also still some good DCs out there like Fangio and Schwartz. Of course, our new HC may choose to just bring in a guy that he has experience with to run his system, but for now it's all up in the air. We'll also need to find a new OL coach after losing Tice, so, basically, in general, who do you think that we should and/or could get?
  6. I always get flamed when I come here because everybody else has a better grip on how the game and the business work. However, nobody has noticed that there is a name missing. I wanted the coaching staff to stay together until the new head man comes in and maybe after. Stability. Navigate the web site: go to 'TEAM' and then 'COACHES' Dirk the Offensive 'mind' is already missing. Since some on the boards had negative things to say about that man, those same ones should be dancing in the streets. Is this one deleted name the result of the REX interviews? Did MR. Blank pull the trigger while you weren't looking? Is Dirk the Offensive mind interviewing elsewhere to be a head man? (small joke)
  7. 55 Atlanta Coby Fleener TE Stanford 6' 6" 248 85 Atlanta Shea McClellin DE Boise State 6' 3" 262 149 Atlanta Mitchell Schwartz OT Cal 6' 5" 310 181 Atlanta Case Keenum QB Houston 6' 2" 210 213 Atlanta William Vlachos OC Alabama 6' 1" 292 http://www.draftsite...mock-draft/2012
  8. First off let me introduce this by welcoming Dirk Koetter, and here's to having a turn around season on offense next year. I understand that many of you are very very angry about this hiring, however the man deserves the benefit of the doubt and here is why. 1.) He never had the personnel to succed in Jacksonville. First let me post a regrade from WalterFootball.com, all the forum members were asked to look back and regrade the 2009 draft, that was Gene Smith's first year in Jacksonville and his first draft. Here's what the Jags fans said about it. Round 1, Pick 8 - Eugene Monroe (OT) A decent starter who's had some strange issues no GM can predict (injuries, showing up to camp in 2011 weighing under 290). Not a failure of a pick, but we now know why he fell to #8 on draft day. Over three years, he hasn't shown much to warrent his top-10 draft status. B- Round 2, Pick 39 - Ebon Britton (OT) Has been a servicable RT, but has dealt with injury issues. Not much to say in terms of evaluation here, and his second round price tag pushes his grade down. Also the reason Guy Whimper started at RT....*shudder*. D Round 3, Pick 72 - Terrance Knighton (DT) Known around Jacksonville as "Potroast", Knighton has been Gene Smith's best draft selection. He may not get to the QB as often as other elite DT's, but Knighton is a big reason why the Jags run D has been so stout over the past 3 years. In a division with Chris Johnson and Arian Foster, one has to be able to stuff the run. If Alualu improves, the Jags could be looking at one of the better DT duo's in the league. A Round 3, Pick 73 - Derek Cox (CB) The 2009 class starts to go wrong around here. The Jags gave up a 2010 pick (I believe it was a 2nd) to get an injury prone, inconsistent CB. The secondary of the Jags, outside of Mathis, has been a joke for years. Cox has not helped, as CB remains one of the Jags most pressing needs on defense. D Round 4, Pick 107 - Mike Thomas (WR) It's depressing to think that a fouth-round slot reciever would be the best reciever on a team, but that's the case with Mike Thomas. He's a decent possesion reciever, but he took a major step back in 2011 after getting a bigger contract. With a true #1 WR, Thomas may do better, but his lazy routes and massive drop in production is a point of major concern. C Round 5, Pick 144 - Jarett Dillard (WR) All Jags recievers not named Mike Thomas would have trouble making a pratice squad, and Dillard is no exception. F Round 6, Pick 180 - Zach Miller (TE) Has not been able to stay healthy, and has been mediocre when starting. D Round 7, Pick 250 - Rashad Jennings (RB) Looking for a late-round fantasy sleeper next year? Look no further than Rashad Jennings! He was a great value in the 7th round. MJD had to handle all the work in 2011 and still gained over 1,600 yards. It'd be interesting to see what Jennings could have done, as he's shown flashes of greatness. He was one of the few players in NFL history to average over 20 yards per carry when the Jags played Oakland in 2010. Jennings has great speed on the edge, which makes him the ideal compliment to MJD's brusing style. B+ Round 7, Pick 253 - Tiquan Underwood (WR) How bad is Tiquan Underwood? He got cut before the 2011 season...from one of the WORST WR groups in NFL history. I'm shocked that the Pats keep picking him up if he wasn't good enough for the Jags. F OVERALL GRADE: C-/D 2009 was the beginning of the horror known as the Gene Smith era. Gene strikes me as the type of guy who wants everyone to think that he's the smartest guy in the room. His affinity towards drafting players from smaller schools has stalled any hopes of rebuilding this team any time soon. Gene wiffed hard on the first two draft picks, and the rest of the draft wasn't much better outside of Knighton. I say this all the time to people who defend Smith: the Jags had the most pressing needs at OT, WR, CB, and DE when he started drafting. Our needs today are RT, WR (x3), CB, and DE. That's all you need to know about how 'well' Gene has been drafting for the past 3 years. They still need a RT, and they still have no clear WR, no QB, and they could also use upgrades at LG and C. Seriously the man only had Marcedes Lewis, Maurice Jones Drew to work with, however Monroe turned it around this year. So they have 3 quality players on offense, and one of them requires a QB to throw the ball too. Koetter took MJD and transformed him into a great back, we have the same type of guy here in JacQuizz. Let's give the man a chance now that he's on a team that actually has a viable recieving threat and a good quarterback. Of course we need to fix the Oline which I presume is our #1 priority. 2.) the 2005 San Francisco 49ers ranked dead last in scoring and total yardage on offense. Anyone want to guess who their OC was? It was MIke McCarthy, and he was hired the following offseason to be the HC of the Packers, who now have one of the best offenses in the NFL. McCarthy was in a lot of the same situations Dirk Koetter was. He had no WRs to work with, He had a rookie QB with very little Oline protection, and only a RB in Gore who was getting the job done. 4 Years later the man has a Superbowl ring and is being praised as a genius. 3.) This interview basically states that Koetter is exactly what we wanted in an OC a man who can provide an explosive passing attack while supplementing with a solid running game http://xandolabs.com/2011/07/dirk-koetter-exclusive-interview/ , and he states multiple times that he wants to be aggressive and attack the middle of the field and go deep. He simply just doesn't have the personnel to do so. He does here, he has Roddy White, Julio Jones, Jacquizz Rodgers, Tony Gonzalez, and hopefully Harry Douglas (If we decide to resign him.) I'm not saying he's going to come in here and completely make us the best O in history, what I am saying is that the man deserves a fair shot before we start calling for his head. As a fanbase we should be happy with this hiring, it's change and it's a man who has stated multiple times that he wants to be aggressive and attack the opposing D. That's exactly what we wanted right?
  9. I'm not a fan of the Jets, but I'm from NY and listen to a whole lot of my friends talk about the Jets and Giants. Schotty's name always comes up with the Jets fans, He's pretty much there scape goat when it comes for the team failing. But a good friend of mine who played for Hofstra and was on the Jets for a little while has convinced me that he isn't the problem. Basically he mostly blames Sanchez and the lack of real talent on the offensive side of the ball. But anyway on to the real discussion. I actually like how Schotty calls the offense it's basically a less conservative version of Mularkey's offense. But he has some good schemes and utilizes a lot of plays that would suit Ryan a lot better than they did Sanchez. He uses a lot of play action which MM would use but it was always the roll out. Schotty runs PA out of the shotgun formation and utilizes his running backs a lot more in the passing game. Screen passes are always present in his drives, and receivers use a lot more double moves. Yeah the Jets struggled but he had way less talent to work with there than he would here... I'm not saying that he's my top choice, but I wouldn't hate it if they went out and got him. Just don't let it be Bratkowski. Just food for thought.
  10. Hue Jackson would make a great DC while he's waiting for a new HC gig... He already has ties to the Falcons from a couple years ago. Mel Tucker has ties to Jack Del Rio who has ties to Mike Smith. Both are aggressive as coordinators and could be had. TD needs to act quick though...
  11. I've seen a lot of people calling Ryan the problem. Calling the coaches the problem, calling TD the problem, but the truth is, this thing is broken. The entire team from top to bottom needs to be reviewed and looked at, to see if we can move forward and finally create a winner that can also transfer that success to the Postseason. For me there is not one place that all the blame falls...it falls on this entire organization. The Falcons are the problem. To listen to Blank's comments after the game, TD and Smith are safe, so those arguments, no matter how valid can be put to rest, but no player, and everyone knows I love Ryan, but NO player is safe now. This team has shown over and over and over (3 overs for the amount of playoff losses) that they cannot compete with teams with playoff teams, and this year, we knew it, but many (like myself), continued to buy this bill of goods that this was a good team that would eventually hit it's stride. It's taken a third consecutive loss in three consecutive ties to realize that this team has hit it's ceiling, as currently constructed. Without changes to coaching and personnel, this team will always be good, but not great. Jim Collins said: "Good is the enemy of great", and thas how I feel about the Falcons today.
  12. Yea so I know 95% of the people on this board want MM to be fired, and I'll admit that I am one of those people. But I came across a post the other day that made me think twice. It was basically saying if MM is fired after this year that Bratkowski wold be the next guy in line for the job. I for one don't know if that is the case. I think if they were to get a new OC I think it would be a guy that would come from the out side from the outside. My choice would be Clarence Shelmon. He is the OC for the Chargers right now. He was brought in after Cam Camron left to coach the Dolphins. Lets face it Norv Turner is gone when the Chargers fail to make the playoffs this year. His coaching staff will be dissolved too. Shelmon has coordinated the Chargers offense that has been ranked in the top 10 for the past 3 years. They run the ball well and have a great passing attack. I think he would be the perfect candidate to replace MM if he leaves for another position or is let go.
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