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  1. It was a hot one in Flowery Branch today, and the Falcons were sweating it out in full pads for their second day of scrimmaging. The team essentially simulated a full game over Sunday and Monday. Tomorrow the team will focus on preparing more specifically for the Broncos in advance of the Hall of Fame matchup on Thursday. Wednesday they’ll travel, and Thursday they’ll take the field for the first somewhat real game of the 2019 NFL season. Here’s what you need to know from Monday’s practice. Day 7 notes Russell Gage once again got his fair share of targets with the first team. Kenjon Barner got some first-team reps and made the most of them, breaking a few ankles along the way on one run. The defense clearly came out on top on Monday, winning the two-day scrimmage 23-15. The defense came into Monday with a lead, and they made the offense work for every point and forced plenty of punts. Even though the offense didn’t come out on top, they did get opportunities to work through a lot of situations, like two-point attempts. Giorgio Tavecchio will be taking over kickoff duties. Rookie Jaelin Robinson, an undrafted free agent out of Temple, got some work with the first-team today. Wes Schweitzer has gotten some second team reps at center but it was primarily Chandler Miller, the undrafted free agent out of Tulsa, getting those reps on Monday. Dan Quinn said he’s been impressed with the rookie cornerbacks. Here’s part of the reason that’s the case for Kendall Sheffield. Calvin Ridley was back in pads and a helmet, but spent most of practice working with trainers off to the side. It was a pretty good crowd for a Monday. The Falcons had staff stationed near the foot of the hill to encourage fans to get loud on third downs, just like we’d all like to see happen in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. There’s still no news on Julio Jones’ new deal. Day 7 quotes Dan Quinn: On the scrimmage on Sunday and Monday: “We hit an entire third quarter, fourth quarter, end of the game moments that came up. So over two days, we basically split a game in all ways that you could. We tried to mix in versatility for all players in a lot of spots. Defensively, mix in between some 3-4 principles, some 4-3, where it’s nice to have that versatility when you need it for stand up outside guys, four down guys, and it’s important for us to have the ability to go in and out of some of those looks. I thought it was good offensively, we had some more examples — there was a two-minute to work down, two-point plays. So all those were a big factor for us.” On the plan going forward: “We’re still in camp mode, taking a couple day break to go play, and we’ll come back, we’re going back into a camp mentality, another set of installs, another set of things to work on. So a long way to go, but we made a lot of progress in seven practice days … if we keep getting better and getting closer, those things will play a **** of a lot better together.” On working on multiple defensive looks now: “Big nickel guys, big safeties — two-safety packages to match up. We’ve got corner guys, so sometimes you’ll see four corners out there — three defensive ends as a package at a time. You’ll see — could be some three or four linebackers the way they can run. So little packages — not tons, but little ones that could have an impact. This time of year, you plan big — what are you going to do against this scenario? Against this one? And then now you have it all in, and then you can bring in what you need for that game plan as opposed to putting it in the week of the game.” On the defensive performance during the two-day scrimmage: “I thought it was kind of hit or miss for pass rush. I thought I saw some good — (Allen) Bailey, (Grady) Jarrett, (Vic) Beasley had some. Man, (Takk) McKinley got felt more today. On the other side, I thought (Jack) Crawford was one that felt some. In the secondary, obviously making two big takeaways yesterday, when that doesn’t happen, obviously that’s one of the reasons their team was so ahead. So the takeaways, creating turnovers, being a ball hawk — I didn’t feel the same ballhawking intensity that I saw yesterday from the red team. So creating takeaways, why were they ahead 23-7 at the half? That was a big part of it — good takeaways, good pass rush. So it wasn’t at the same level today in terms of the takeaways, so those are the good ones to learn from.” On the RB depth chart being far from settled: “Today I would say it would be a different kind of shared role, because although I’m not discouraged by any of them at all, I’m more encouraged, where there hasn’t been a separation.” Matt Ryan: On the adjustments the offense is making: “A lot of install at this point, working through a lot of different things, figuring out how guys are going to fit into what we’re doing — we have some new pieces. I think the coaching staff has done a good job with that. As players, our focus is to just go out there and not make the same mistake twice as we’re installing things. If you mess up, that’s fine, but we’ve got to correct it and be better for it, and I think we’ve done a pretty good job of that the first couple of days of camp.” On Thursday being an opportunity for young players: “Yeah, for sure, especially when you have the additional preseason game like we have this year. It’s a really good opportunity for our young guys to get out there with the lights on and showcase what they can do. So I’m looking forward to watching those guys play on this coming Thursday night and seeing their hard work come to fruition out there on the field.” On where the team is after seven days of training camp: “I think we’re in a good spot. We’ve had a lot of install so far, putting a lot of different things in, trying to work on a bunch of different things that we’ll use throughout the course of the year. I think it’s a really good chance to see how young players can take things from the meeting room out onto the practice field. Overall, I think we’ve done a nice job — guys have worked really hard. We’ve got a long way to go, though.” The team will be back on the field for Day 8 Tuesday morning, and then they’re headed to Canton. We’ll have analysis of Tuesday’s practice and all of the Hall of Fame Game content you need right here on The Falcoholic. https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2019/7/30/20746229/falcons-training-camp-notes-and-quotes-recap-day-7
  2. http://www.thefalcoholic.com/2015/8/11/9129861/a-falcoholic-exclusive-roddy-white-on-new-offense-falcons-secondary
  3. The Falcons added tight end Jacob Tamme in free agency to help shore up a questionable position with a steady veteran presence. Tamme started his career in Indianapolis after being selected by the Colts in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and he went to Denver in 2012, accompanying quarterback Peyton Manning. In both Indianapolis and Denver, Tamme has been a part of some very successful teams. In fact, Tamme has only experienced a losing season one year, in 2011, when the Colts went 2-14 with Manning sidelined for the year with a neck injury.Tamme said that the energy on the practice field in Atlanta is some of the best he's experienced in his career. "I think we just had a really good minicamp," Tamme said. "Lots of energy--some of the best energy and tempo that I've been around in the offseason, so I'm really excited."mme, these expectations for the tight end position are the things he enjoys about this role. "That's what I love about the position of tight end--being able to move around, doing multiple things, getting in there and putting your face in the run game, being able to get out wide and catch passes--doing all that different stuff, and a tight end has an ability to do that in this offense," Tamme said. There have been times in Tamme's career when he has really been a huge factor in his team's success. In 2010, Tamme assumed starting duties after Dallas Clark suffered a wrist injury that ended his season, and Tamme finished the year with 631 receiving yards and four touchdowns while also earning a +7.3 grade from Pro Football Focus for his overall performance that season. In 2012, Tamme's 555 receiving yards and two touchdowns helped the Broncos win the division and finish the regular season 13-3. With the new offensive scheme's focus on the tight end position, there's an opportunity for Tamme to contribute significantly for the Falcons this season, and he's looking forward to that. "Me personally, I feel like it's a great opportunity to step up and be ready to make plays for us in any given game, whatever the situation calls for, that's what I'm going to try to be ready to do," Tamme said. Peyton Manning is generally accepted to be one of the greats at the quarterback position, and as Tamme looked toward free agency, he knew his options were limited in terms of finding a team with a comparable quarterback. Matt Ryan has also had a lot of success in his career, and maintained quality statistics even as the team struggled over the past two seasons. His leadership is often praised by teammates and coaches alike. Tamme, who should have some idea of how a winning quarterback operates after so many years spent with Manning, sees those qualities in Ryan. "Hard for me to go anywhere and not feel like I was falling off a cliff, having been around Peyton my whole career so far," Tamme said. "So this is one of the four or five, six places where you could come and not feel like that. You can feel like you're stepping into a guy who not only can throw the ball, but he has all those characteristics you want in a quarterback, from the leadership standpoint, from how guys listen to him when he's talking in the huddle or in the meeting, and that's the kind of stuff that I think winning quarterbacks in this league have, and Matt has that, so that's exciting." The tight end position is a bigger factor in Kyle Shanahan's scheme than it maybe has been in Atlanta in recent memory, in terms of both blocking and receiving. All of the tight ends appear to be catching on, but at the same time, coming into a new system has its challenges, especially when you're also adapting to the chemistry of a new team. Tamme, however, embraces the challenge. Tamme said that the process has been both refreshing and fun. "I don't know about easy. I think it's been really good for me," Tamme said. "It's been refreshing to see some new stuff, learn new concepts, get plugged in different places, and it's fun. It's fun."
  4. Click the link to view the breakdown: http://www.thefalcoholic.com/2015/5/30/8691355/falcfans-breaks-down-new-falcons-offensive-lineman-chris-chester
  5. Love him or hate him, a pretty good artical/innerview with Beer and the new D. http://www.thefalcoholic.com/2015/4/18/8449563/falcoholic-exclusive-kroy-biermann-on-new-defensive-scheme-coaching Falcoholic Exclusive: Kroy Biermann on new defensive scheme, coaching staff and moreBy Jeanna Thomas @jeannathomas on Apr 18, 2015, 9:00a 17 17 Brett Davis-USA TODAY SportsKroy Biermann is partnered with Publix and Procter & Gamble to bring fans some exciting opportunities, and he took the time to speak with us about the new defensive scheme and more. Kroy Biermann is working with Publix ahead of the NFL Draft to show how P&G products such as Tide, Downy and Charmin are the solution for all home needs. For the Falcons on-field needs, he is polling fans to see what position should be addressed at the 2015 NFL Draft. Fans can voice their opinions and enter the P&G Tackle Everything Sweepstakes for a chance to win an exclusive NFL Draft Falcons fan experience, among other prizes. Biermann also took the time to speak with me about the opportunities available to fans through the P&G Tackle Everything Sweepstakes, his take on the new coaching staff, and more. Publix and P&G have partnered with Biermann to bring Falcons fans the opportunity to meet Atlanta's first round draft pick and much more. Today is the last day to register to win this exclusive fan experience and other great prizes. "The program is a way for fans to interact and for Publix to be able to supply our fans with the things they need during the draft with P&G," Biermann said, "and it allows our fans to have a voice, which is always a good thing. And they're able to enroll in the P&G Tackle Everything Sweepstakes, and they can [tweet] who's going to be a big deal for us in this upcoming draft." All indications from Flowery Branch suggest that the team is really embracing the new regime, and Biermann's experience with Dan Quinn and the new defensive coaches has been overwhelmingly positive so far. "I love them. They bring intensity and they bring a fire to the building," Biermann said. "They're focused on the future, which is always an awesome thing, because that's where growth is going to take place [and] change is going to take place. And they came in ready to work and they're instilling that and that trickles down into the players, and so far, everything's been really positive, really productive." As far as the new defensive scheme, although the team is currently very early in the install phase, it's the intensity that stands out to Biermann, and that appeals to the way he views football as a whole. "I think just the intensity. You know, that's the whole reason why I loved playing as a kid growing up and playing in college and played in the NFL," Biermann said. "It's a lot different than the offensive side of the ball, and you get in the attack mode. You're out there to hit guys and tackle them and cause them disruption and do all those things that are fun. To me, that's what football's all about. So they bring that. That's what they pride themselves on. I think that matches a majority of my teammates philosophies as well." Quinn has implemented the use of individual "point-of-attack" tapes with defensive players to illustrate things each player is doing successfully and specific things each player needs to improve upon, and Biermann believes these are effective teaching tools for the defense. "What they're doing is they're breaking down tape and they're showing us examples of what they feel like our defense should look like - what the players on the field should look like playing in that defense," Biermann said, "and again, bringing that intensity and that fire to the defensive side of the ball, which is what defense is all about. And those breakdowns help us get a visual of that." The coaching staff is also breaking down the fundamentals of tackling to help the players get a better grasp of proper technique and effectively stopping offensive players. The Falcons have a big need for improvement in this area, and it's rare for pro coaches to emphasize how to tackle effectively, because these are players who have been tackling for as long as they can remember, and there's an assumption that everyone knows how to do it. The Falcons coaching staff is getting back to basics, teaching players how to tackle well, safely and effectively in any situation. "I think they've got a very good systematic breakdown of showing us how and their vision of tackling. Any defense, if the defense doesn't tackle well, then you're going to break down pretty quickly and it's going to be really hard to win if you can't tackle the offensive players, because they're going to score," Biermann said. Defensive coaches are approaching tackling instruction in a step-by-step way, making it easier for players to absorb and emulate on the field. "They do a very good job of kind of compartmentalizing the different fundamentals that it takes to make a good tackle, and the different kinds of tackles," Biermann said. "Not every tackle's the same, so they understand different ways to make tackles and the different angles ... so they've got a very good systematic approach to breaking it down and giving us visuals and showing us how to do it right." An NFL season is physically demanding, and Biermann said he takes a couple of weeks off when a season concludes to give his body a break, but then he gets right back into his regular routine. "You can't take any time off, because when you do, you fall behind and you're not going to be a productive player or a productive team," Biermann said. Biermann's versatility has always been part of his appeal as an NFL player, and he's not sure how he'll be used this upcoming season, though he is confident that the coaching staff will use each player in ways that best fit their strengths. "I think they're still trying to -- the staff -- feel out players and find out their strengths and where they can utilize the player to the best of his ability," Biermann said. "So I would imagine there's going to be a lot of different guys kind of bouncing around and seeing where they can be most productive at and where they can help the team the most and really contribute. So yeah, I think there's going to be a lot of different guys like that who potentially could be floating around just to kind of see where they feel like that player's going to be the best at that position." Biermann had the opportunity to test the market as a free agent this offseason and ultimately returned to Atlanta. The owner, the front office, and the coaching staff were key factors in his decision to return to the Falcons. "I have the highest regard for our owner and the way that he runs his organization and the men that are below him, and TD and Pioli and the new coaching regiment are all great guys," Biermann said. "I met with them before I did sign, and I felt very, very comfortable with them and both what their philosophy was and what they were going to bring to the field and bring to this team and this organization. I want to surround myself with that kind of mentality and those kind of men." Most people have a pretty good grasp of what draft day is like for players. The process leading up to that day and everything that happens so quickly after the draft, however, are things fans are less familiar with, and Biermann described the experience as a whirlwind. "It was definitely busy. There was a lot going on," Biermann said. "You go from playing your final college season to playing a bowl game, then training for the Combine. Then you have the Combine, you'll be in meetings. So it was definitely kind of a whirlwind experience. Once the draft is done, players jump right into things with their new team, and they don't even have an opportunity to take it all in and reflect on the experience until their rookie season is completed. "Then you get drafted, and then you're right into the workouts with the new team, and you kind of hit the ground running," Biermann said. "So you don't really get a break, and you're going for almost a year, year and a half, two years before you kind of sit down and look back at the experience and you kind of enjoy it. So it's definitely a whirlwind, and it's kind of a baby step to what it takes to be the best of the best." Let Biermann know who you think the Falcons will draft on Twitter, and be sure to enroll in the P&G Tackle Everything Sweepstakes by the end of the day! 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