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  1. https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2019/5/18/18627770/the-falcons-have-only-had-two-top-10-defenses-since-1998 The Falcons have only had two top 10 defenses since 1998 Expecting the Falcons to take a leap this year? Beware history. By Dave Choate May 18, 2019, 3:00pm EDT Having a good Saturday? Well, time to talk about the Falcons defense! There has been a lot of discussion about this Falcons defense and what we might reasonably expect from it. With better health and some key additions like Adrian Clayborn, Tyeler Davison, and depth in the secondary, it seems reasonable to expect it will not be a massive liability the way it was throughout much of the first half of the 2018 season, but can it be the (at least on paper) top ten unit it was in 2017? The chief reason to be skeptical (and I am) hinges on history. Here is the complete list of defenses that have been top ten in points and yards allowed since 1998. 2017: Points: 8, Yards: 9 1998: Points: 4, Yards: 8 Here’s the complete list of Falcons defenses that have been top ten in either points or yards allowed since 1998. 2012: Points: 5, Yards: 24 2010: Points: 5, Yards: 16 2002: Points: 8, Yards: 19 That’s it! That’s the list. This tells a pretty somber story, but not one that is going to surprise the bulk of Falcons fans. This team has had some superlative talent on defense over the years, but rarely enough to push them into being what we would consider a good defense. The 1998 Super Bowl team boasted a phenomenal unit, that 2017 team was stingy and dangerous and nearly smothered the Eagles in the playoffs, and the team was opportunistic enough to hold teams in check in 2010 and 2012. But that really has been about it, and any chance of the team repeating their success in 2017 was destroyed by the cumulative loss of Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen, and Deion Jones, plus injuries and ineffectiveness for key players like Robert Alford and Vic Beasley. This is why the Falcons, despite their evident talent and Dan Quinn’s hands-onedness, shouldn’t be counted on to take a major leap on that side of the ball in 2019. I’m confident they’ll be much better than they were a year ago, and I’m equally confident that being top ten in points and yards isn’t the end-all, be-all story for a defense. But I’m also pretty hard-pressed to be confident that the team will reach those lofty heights given that they’ve done so just twice in 1998, and they’ve only been top ten in points five times and yards just the two times in that span. With the offense in place, even modest improvement will do the trick, but the grandest surprise would be one of the league’s best rankings for a unit that could do it despite the weight of history.
  2. This is my first ever video of anything related to sports. I've been wanting to do this for awhile. I know I'm late for this, and I know I have a lot to work on. I went detailed into every team on our schedule. Tell me what you think.
  3. Three years ago this grand of an overhaul for one position in a single offseason wouldn'thave worked for the Falcons. Let me explain.... Not because I didn't think we needed a better OL Not because I didn't think we needed to protect Matt Ryan at all cost. But because in all my love for Matt Ryan he would have moments of inconsistency that would let me know we needed a more complete team around him to win a SB. But since 2016, Matt Ryan has been the most consistent and dialed in that I've ever seen him. This has without a doubt been his best 3 consecutive seasons ever and that's been with or without an OL that can protect him. I personally think last year was his best year yet and for me now looking back that makes it easier to say "Matt take us to the promise land." As always it takes a team to win and defense wins championships, but now more than anytime in his career Matt can put the team on his shoulders (whatever that means ) with the best of them. And giving him an OL that can keep him upright and allow him to do it is our quickest path to success. Go Falcons! What do you guys think? Do you think Matt could have lifted us up prior to 2016? Do you think these are Matt's best 3 seasons in his career? Do you think this is the mindset of the Falcons? Did 2018 prove this to us above all of Maty Ryan's years?
  4. When reading the comments and the reaction of the fans, one couldn’t help seeing tthe shortsightedness of the fans. The Falcons had a pool of players to go after and this based on their research and resources. This process starts weeks before the draft starts—this is not like an overnight and on the go process. The fans are always dramatic and want the big names that get hyped up by the media and within NFL circles. Some of this hype is well-deserved based on the talent, but many times it is like steroids for hype and national attention. When you peel the process, the best teams go for pragmatic solutions. You invest in players that fit your style and believes. The Falcons KPI (Kep Performance Index/marketing world will know what I mean) or benchmarks are based on this: Character Athletism Data/Analytics Agility Smartness Expert Take-Scouting Coaches After using your benchmarks, you come up with a pool of players that fits those KPI’s or benchmarks. The Falcons selected those players based on data, analytics, and scouting take. This has nothing to do with TD making the decision over DQ or DQ taking the lead. The decisions are based on a cumulative basis. The Falcons knew that rhe OL was a major obstacle for the team. What is your biggest investment and your most important asset? It is Matt Ryan and protecting him was the main priority. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that if you protect Matty Ice, you will get an offense that is going to be deadly and scoring points. The Falcons running game was affected by the shortfalls within the OL trenches. Finally, I bet Arthur Blank advised TD and DQ to make the OL a priority based on his take. The Falcons decided that protecting Matt Ryan and the running game needed a major facelift. The Falcons added two smart big guys to help that cause. Strategically, this makes sense in the long run. If you have a great offense, you can win many games with an average defense. The Falcons don’t need to be a Top 10 defense to win the Super Bowl, but a Top 15 will suffice. The fans need to realize that the Falcons added two major pieces to the offense that will be cost-effective and with the option of a 5-year contract. Tom Brady always excelled because it was hard to get to him and he had a great pocket protection. Matt Ryan needs pocket protection to be a great QB. The Falcons don’t have that many holes and some of the fans exaggerate the situation. The Defense will improve dramatically with DQ on the helm. He is going to push players like VIC and Tak. We will add couple of more pieces to the defense via the draft to solidify the team. In summary, The Falcons got bigger and beefy in the trenches which is something we haven’t seen in a longtime. The OL should become one of the Falcons most improved unit and it will help the Offense to be a Top 5 offense with weapons like MR, Julio, Freeman, Sani, Hooper and Calvin. We need to believe in the process by logic and not emotions. The Falcons are primed to be one of the best team in the NFC next year and a team that is one of the most talented. Keep the faith and #RiseUp...
  5. I've contended with people I know that Matt Ryan’s 2016 was one of the 5 or 6 best passing seasons of all time, but according to this metric it may be THE best of all time.
  6. I had no idea that out of the top 5 richest QBs NONE of them will be in the playoffs this year! Minnesota Qb ranked #6 could possibly make it in. Drew Brees ranked 7th highest paid is definitely in. So basically every time Ryan is re-signed to another top deal we have to wait another 2-3 years for the cap to catch up. This is crazy and it's hard to not imagine bringing in a young QB to come and compete. This franchise doesn't seem to project future success very well outside of signings and future cap rises. Any opinions/facts on this? https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/sports/2018/12/17/nfls-highest-paid-quarterbacks-will-be-watching-some-cheapest-playoffs/?noredirect=on
  7. Matt Ryan will be joining the NFL Live team today. I'll try to take notes and give you guys a summary.
  8. Okay, been meaning to get this one for a while. About a month or so ago after our first game I made a thread pointing out how Matt missed a couple of gimmies that could have changed the outcome by not going through his pre-snap reads and I think what I was saying might have went over a few folks' head. Well as I suspected, he quickly got the problem ironed out and has been playing light's out the past few games. And when I say "lights out", I mean he's putting up another MVP caliber season that I fear is going to waste. But that's neither here nor there today. I wanna talk about the good. PRE-SNAP READ (PSR): first off, what is a pre-snap read? Glad you asked. It's exactly what it sounds like. The QB steps to the line and he's going to get a read on the defense before the ball is snapped. He's looking for every little clue that's going to if not completely give away the exact coverage, narrow it down to one or two possibilities. Now every QB, every system has its own "ritual" if you will, but generall speaking QB breaks the huddle, ideally with around 16-15 seconds on the playclock. He's wants to get everyone lined up so he can take his time looking over the defensive alignment. He's looking at the safeties. This is a big one because corners can lie, linebackers can lie but safeties will tell you the truth. Their alignment will usually give away the coverage. Are there two high safeties, or one high? Two high, it's cover-2, man under, or quarters. One high, it's cover-1, or cover-3. Are there two high safeties but they are both sitting really shallow, like under 10 yards? That's an oh **** moment. That's cover-0. You know the defense is bringing the house and the ball's gotta come out quick. What's the depth of the safeties and width? If there are two safeties sitting at around 10-12 yards and they are split kind of wide of the hash, then that's some sort of Cover-2. Are there two safeties sitting a little more shallow, say around 10 yards and they're tucked in a little tighter than normal, sort of hovering over the #2 receiver, that's quarters. Then you move to your corners. Are they pressed or playing off? Are they looking at the QB or the receiver -- that's a big clue man or zone. If they're looking at the QB almost 100% zone. Is one pressed and the other playing off? That's a clue that you're gonna get some sort of split field coverage like Cover-6. If you are in a 3 receiver set what's the slot corner doing? Is he directly over the slot receiver or is he cheating over close to the LOS? If he is and the safety to that side is sitting shallow and playing closer to the LOS than normal, that's a slot corner blitz. What's the linebacker's doing? Are they aligned over their normal gaps or are they maybe stepped over kind of funny? That could tip a blitz, etc. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Every single snap of the game the QB is taking seconds right before the snap to gather as much information as possible. And that information is going to tell him where his first look is on the play. Every play has a progression, 1 to 2, to 3. But who the first look is on the play is determined by the PSR. That's the point I think a few people were missing on the thread I'm referring to. Now I want to first take a look at what it looks like when it's done wrong. This play right here the Eagles are in Cover-0. No doubt about it, the alignment of the safeties gives it away. Instead of taking Sanu right there in the slot who was uncovered, Matt forces the ball to Julio on a 7 route. Wrong read. This is the stuff that keeps points off the board and gets you beat. The PSR should have taken him to Sanu as the first look. Now here's what it looks like when it's done right. I'm gonna throw up a couple of plays... not all in order but (I think) but bear with me. Play #1 - 1st quarter, we're looking at 2nd and 4. You can't see it from the tv copy but it looks like the Bucs were in 3-Cloud (could have also been Cover-6) with a safety over the top to help the underneath corner on Julio to the top of the screen. Good anticipation on this call because we aren't even gonna keep Julio on that side and make it easy for the D. Julio motions across the formation, turning it from a trips look to a trey y-flex. As you can see, the corner does not follow Julio, confirming that this is zone. And here's our new formation. Now what have we learned that we can add to our PSR info? Corner stayed to the top of the screen and didn't follow Julio so we know it's zone. Julio is uncovered in that #3 position and the safety to his side of the formation is still sitting at 12 plus yards so a pressure is unlikely. So we've narrowed the defense down to a zone, most likely a split field coverage based off the corner and safety. Matt pretty much knows right now what side of the field he's going to read first. Quick look at the routes we got Julio running sticks, Sanu clearing out the underneath stuff on a vertical, Ridley a speed out. To the top of the screen Hooper running a hook, Coleman leaking out to the flat. And here we go. Safetys bail and the flat defender follows Coleman, which makes it look to me like the may have checked the coverage to Mable, but whatever the case that's curl/flat concept to that side of the field. Bucs have no chance. As soon as the flat defender follows Coleman the ball comes out right now to Hooper. Hooper didn't quite get deep enough so it's 3rd and 1, but you can see the principles at work. 2nd and 4 just gone get the easy throw. Pass rush has no chance. Matt stays clean.
  9. I will update this comment in a second and bring up more numbers. What's up with our offense playing much more efficient and better with Coleman getting most of the snaps (+ Ward or Ito Smith) vs. our offense playing so horrible with Freeman and Coleman starting lately? Is this a Sarkisian problem or is it Freeman not being the same as he was in 2015 & 2016 when he had spectacular 1000+ yard rushing seasons? It seems like ever since Tevin Coleman got injured in the Super Bowl and Freeman came in and missed that block on Donta Hightower which led to the Patriots comeback, he hasn't been the same ever since. I have to say, maybe the poor 2017 offense wasn't completely on Sarkisian this whole time like I originally thought, because it seems to me that Freeman has been causing the offense to stall lately here, but Coleman getting most of the snaps when Freeman was out due to injury or concussion has made our offense similar to 2016 again or close to it. The numbers say it y'all.
  10. In 2016 off-season I remember tweaking his mechanics by doing some type of baseball training or something like that...but my point is that year Matt had by far the nicest deep ball of anyone that year and was just wondering if anyone has read or know if Matt is still doing that type of training?
  11. Is this the week he finally strings a few together? We sure as heck could use it. With a limited run game and depleted defense, we need points through the air!!!
  12. ATLANTA FALCONS Matt Ryan May Be Boring, but It's Foolish to Overlook the Former NFL MVP MIKE TANIERAUGUST 23, 2018 Adam Hunger/Associated Press Did you hear what Matt Ryan said on the Dan Patrick Show in response to Jalen Ramsey's "overrated" remarks in GQ? Buckle up, football fans, because these remarks are about to get bumpy: "You know what? I've played for 11 years. So I've heard my fair share of trash-talking from a lot of different people. And if this stuff kept me up at night, I probably wouldn't be doing what I'm doing. So I don't pay too much mind to it. I'm about winning games, and I'm about being the absolute best player that I can be." Holy beef battles. And it gets better! Ryan met with the media on Tuesday, and he doubled down on the drama: "As I said before, having played as long as I did in this league, I've heard comments from everybody, both good and bad at different times. So I don't worry too much about it. My responsibility is to go out there and play the best football that I can, and I feel like I've done a pretty good job of that throughout my career." Savage! Staple that stuff to the Jaguars bulletin board! Ryan was breathing fire! Breathing fire by Matt Ryan standards, anyway. Falcons reporters prodded him on Tuesday to open up a little about trash talk, gamesmanship or anything, really. It was like trying to train a cat to fetch a stick. You have to hand it to Ryan. In a league where Eli Manning can muster a wry "Who?" wisecrack in response to Ramsey's strafing of veteran quarterbacks, where even dreary Joe Flacco gets to be Mr. Chip-on-His-Shoulder these days, Ryan still dares to be dull. And consistently dull: His remarks to Patrick were so bland that you probably missed them during all the Ramsey chatter last week, so he boringly referred back to those boring comments this week so you could overlook them again. No wonder huge swaths of NFL fandom nodded in agreement at Ramsey's assessment of Ryan, the former NFL MVP who came within a teamwide fourth-quarter server crash of winning the Super Bowl two years ago. Being consistently dull like Ryan is, well, consistently dull. Fans and chest-pounding young cornerbacks alike prefer the new, the bold and the promising—not the quarterback equivalent of dad slacks. Matt Ryan appeared to be in regular-season form in completing 5-of-7 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in a preseason game against the Chiefs.John Bazemore/Associated Press Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz are new and now, which placed them among the few quarterbacks Ramsey singled out for praise. So is Jimmy Garoppolo, with his 12 combined career touchdowns, eight fewer than Ryan has thrown in playoff games. Ramsey is also new and now, which is why he was profiled in GQ and not Prevention. Ryan? He's going into his 11th season, and he's about winning games, and he's done a pretty good job of that throughout his career. And he looks ready to keep doing a pretty good job of it this year, too. Ryan was razor-sharp last Friday night in his first significant preseason action. He threw on the run, flung some passes downfield and easily moved the Falcons offense in what became a 28-14 loss to the Chiefs after the starters left and silliness ensued. Few noticed Ryan's hot preseason start, because few watch Falcons preseason games (if Ryan bores you, you should see his backups), and veteran quarterbacks are supposed to look crisp in preseason cameos. But Ryan looked a lot like 2016 MVP Ryan—albeit in just two drives—during a weekend when Kirk Cousins looked flat, Cam Newton was under siege, Nick Folesnarrowly escaped an injury scare, and Drew Brees and Jared Goff enjoyed their extended summers. Ryan's problem isn't that he's overrated. He's overlooked, taken for granted as a perennial playoff quarterback in a league where storylines always get more attention than stability. Ryan has started 168 NFL games, including the playoffs. He's thrown for 41,796 yards and 260 touchdowns, 16th and 18th on the all-time leaderboards. Kyle Shanahan is one of a handful of former Ryan coordinators to leave the Falcons only to eventually become a head coach.John Bazemore/Associated Press Yes, those all-time passing lists are crawling with contemporary quarterbacks because of the increased passing rates of the last 20 years, so pointing out that Ryan has thrown for more touchdowns than Dan Fouts or more yards than Joe Montana is a misleading, unconvincing argument. But Ryan has thrown for more yards than Aaron Rodgers. And he's thrown 60 more touchdowns than Flacco, a dozen more than Tony Romo and three more than Newton and Cousins combined. Ryan has a 95-63 record as a starter. Yes, quarterback win-loss records trigger nerd rage among serious quarterback evaluators, for excellent reasons. But Ryan's Falcons amassed that record through two different coaching regimes, with offenses that finished among the top 10 in yards six times but among the top 10 defenses in yards allowed just once. So Ryan's win-loss record can't be written off as a product of his surroundings. In fact, Ryan-led offenses have been so reliably productive that three of Ryan's offensive coordinators (Mike Mularkey, Dirk Koetter and Kyle Shanahan) became head coaches, even though some of the most memorable moments of Ryan's career have been terrible crunch-time play calls with his team in scoring position, from the fourth-down playoff sneaks against the Giants in 2012 to whatever Shanahan was thinking late in the Super Bowl to last year's goal-line travesty against the Eagles. Last year was an "off" year for Ryan. He finished seventh in the NFL in passing, according to Football Outsiders' DYAR metric. He captained the Falcons to a convincing road playoff win against the Rams. He then led the Falcons down the field to the 2-yard line on a final drive on an icy, windy night against the Eagles before coordinator Steve Sarkisian called a play so obvious that Eagles defenders recognized it the moment the Falcons lined up. Some off year. In other words, Ryan has been playing football for a long time, and he's done a pretty good job moving his team up and down the field throughout his career. And this is the guy we snicker about being overrated? Ryan isn't flashy, but he has been effective, leading the Falcons to the playoffs in six of his 10 seasons in the NFL.Bill Kostroun/Associated Press/Associated Press There are no consensus "ratings" for quarterbacks, just a million contradictory, contrarian opinions. And in the NFL, like in many high-profile industries, "overrated" often means that a quarterback (pitcher, recording artist, whatever) has been around long enough for everyone to see his shortcomings, unlike the still-perfect-in-our-imaginations Garoppolo types. In that way, "overrated" is an unintended compliment. The secret to success in the NFL is that no news is good news, and that consistently dull equals good. Coaches love insomnia-curing press conferences and hate fashion magazines, so they love quarterbacks like Ryan. The same fans who applaud Ramsey's candor will tsk-tsk if Odell Beckham Jr. torches him in the opener. Survival in the NFL isn't about trash talk or trending topics but about being prepared for the highs and lows of a grueling season. And Ryan has seen both MVP highs and catastrophic Super Bowl lows. Ryan gets a rematch with the Eagles in the season opener, and then his team will host the Panthers and Saints. It's a good thing Ryan looks healthy and sharp and his Falcons look hungry and a little smarter than last year: There will be no easing into this season. Ryan, for his part, looks ready on the field, and his non-quotable quote game is in playoff form. It doesn't really matter whether what opponents thinks of him. The smart ones aren't going to underestimate him