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  1. Well done videos breaking by down the zone read and play action over the past two years. opinion: Ryan will thrive in this system. (Or new QB 🤪) We will also need a really good RB too. will be interesting to see who the new OC will be. The Titans o line is tough we will need excellent OG/C play in this scheme. TEs will need to block and catch. Hurst will thrive. take it all in pals. Thoughts?
  2. While a lot of people around here are saying Quinn will be calling the shots on defense, and he likely will most of the time - I think our DC committee will have a great deal of input, and wanted to see people's opinions on them. I feel like I understand Raheem Morris' angle pretty well. Good defensive mind from what I heard, had a good season as HC of the Bucs (10-6 I believe) and that HC experience, even if its a losing record, is invaluable. Not too familiar with the 'Skins secondary or defense or what he has put on the field. Richard Smith, I'm clueless on. I never kept up with Denver's LBs or his history. I know Von Miller was a beast, but thats obvious. What do yall think of these 2?
  3. If anyone is to blame for the conservative play in halftime it is Dirk Koetter. He is our OC and he is calling the plays. Smitty haters please understand how a football organization works.
  4. Week 4 DNP Chris Owens Michael Palmer (officially out for game) Lousaka Polite Antone Smith Limited Jonathan Babineaux Tyson Clabo Julio Jones Stephen Nicholas Mike Peterson Nic seemed a bit slower last week (after being listed on the report) - hopefully he's healing. Hopefully Polite can go otherwise Snelling will see lots of FB reps (as we are down a TE anyway) Babs is new but Roddy, Spoon and Abe have all dropped off from last week.
  5. Some might say the 2008 off season and the 08/09 regular season would be the most important one under the current regime under TD, Smith, and Ryan, because they turned the franchise around from the Petrino/Vick fiasco. In the off season Blank had to find a GM, HC, and attempt to find a franchise QB in order to get the franchise on the right path for the future. But now the same regime that got the Falcons to 4 winning seasons in a row(3 playoff appearances), is under fire. People call for TDs head for signing players everyone wanted him to go sign during the off seasons, Smith for not having the team ready for big games, and Ryan for playing poorly on the big stages. So I ask you what off season/regular season was/is more important? The 2008/2009 or 2012/2013?
  6. The problem that I have with Mike Smith is plain and simple... He coaches this team the same way now as he did when he took over the position in 2008. Yes I know four years ago the Falcons franchise was a PR disaster and basically the laughing stock of the NFL. But that is long gone. I know it's still fresh in a lot of people's minds but it really is gone. Last decade gone! It's time to stop playing the PC(politically correct) game, and start coaching. This regime keeps saying they've taken the training wheels off and have higher expectations than just making the playoffs... but they don't act like it. It's time for Smith to stop worrying about losing games and start going out there and trying to be the more aggressive team. I can't stand that they play not to lose by calling the most conservative game plans ever... On both sides of the ball! It won't work with the way the NFL is set up now. I'm glad BVG is gone because his defense really couldn't stop anybody offense with a top 15 QB.MM is the next to go.We all know his contract isn't being picked up and they haven't let him go yet, because if he's fired he'll never get another shot at being a HC.(I feel so sorry for any team that may take him to be the HC) TD and Smith need to go get to coordinators that call both sides of ball aggressively. They can't afford to keep blowing shots in the playoffs, because this is going to be year 5 for Ryan and they have nothing to show but a winning record that consist of mostly beating teams with losing records.
  7. 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.
  8. Would you all like some grey poupon with that crow?
  9. Since Smith's been here all I've heard is this is a process.... The Falcons win this is part of the process... the Falcons lose it's part of the process... We're 3/4 into the 4th year of this TD, Smith, and Ryan regime, and I'm not seeing improvement. This team has regressed since 2009 when Ryan was a rookie.... The offense is more predictable now than when Ryan was a rookie, when they could catch teams off guard with a rookie and a relatively unknown running back. Turner is putting up good numbers but he looks nothing like he did in 2009. He's put on weight again and lost his break away speed that made him a lethal combination of power and speed a couple years ago. Ryan has shown that he has the ability to make clutch plays and put drives together when he calls the shots. But when sticking to MM's predictable play calling he's pretty much hand cuffed. The run, run, and hope for Tony or Roddy to make play on 3 and 5 is a thing of the past... ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ROLL OUT AND TAKE HALF THE FIELD AWAY ON 3RD DOWN. The O line which was once a strength has pretty much disintegrated over the past 2 years. They drafted scrubs and hoped to just plug them in as they let Dahl walk away in FA. The defense has a few bright spots in Grimes, Lofton, Peters, and Spoooon. We thought the run defense was legit but that looks like it was more a product of playing sub par teams and back up running backs rather than a true run stuffing defense. The secondary is horrible and filled with draft bust that the GM that made his living scouting DBs put together. If it wasn't for NE and Indy cutting Sanders and Hayden this pass defense would probably bethe worst in the NFL. 2 out of 3 years their big FA signings(Robinson and Edwards) have been less than stellar to say the least. Tony G being the exception. We were promised that this "process" would be built on a foundation of strong draft choices that would come in and have an impact on the team. Instead we've gotten Owens, Franks, Baker, and Jerry. I'm trying to keep the faith and think that those are the exception because the same guy that drafted them also gave us Ryan, Lofton, Spoon, and Peters. But it gets harder and harder to do so when I'm sitting here watching the "big play/game breaking" wide receiver that they gave up 4 draft picks for sit on the sidelines due to injuries and when he's on the field make 4 CRITICAL MISTAKES on a possible game winning drive. Including a final TD pass that he hit him right in the hands and he flat out drops in the end zone. I'm a loyal fan I'll ride and die with this team till the end... but it's hard to sit by and watch as the team constantly looks unprepared, uncreative, shows a lack of discipline, and at the same time finds away to hang around and come back in a game just enough to break your heart and faith at the end... Part of me thinks that it's gotten hard for me as a fan to support the Falcons since I've moved to Pittsburgh, because there is such a winning culture around the Steelers franchise. If the Steelers were to be collapsing and regressing like the Falcons... People in the Burgh would flat out not allow it... MM and BVG wouldn't dare leave there houses and Mike Smith would've been on the hot seat after the 1st 4 or 5 games this season. It's not time to hit the do over button on the whole franchise yet. But I think the OC and DC have to go to send a message to the team and the fan base that a lack of production is unacceptable... If that doesn't work than it's time to move onto the HC and possibly Ryan. You know it's bad when you question whether or not you want your team to make the playoffs(I hope they do by the way) just so that if they don't heads will roll. But at the same time can I really watch them go up against a team like GB again and get slaughtered and embarrassed on national TV?
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