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  1. Hello all you #TFF(True Falcons fans). This is going too be a great season, we will win games, and possibly in the playoffs. I'm guessing though, and now I'm huge fan. I just don't think they are ready yet, With all the young players. man I love to watch GJGrady Jarrett, he works so hard with not much help. Not a big fan of Donte Fowler. I hope he does alot better this year, but answer me this Falcons fans. Do you believe Fowler is already washed up, I mean in the Rams he had 11.5 sacks, I wonder was he just being lazy, or the coaches not utilizing in a place too thrive.our secondary is Really young, The best Group being the linebackers . Debo Who is great in coverage and stop the running game. Our offensive line, is going to be good, they have to protect Ryan, I mean the man was sacked 42 times last season. We have really good running back group, Davis is a bit slow but he is big so he can knock people down, also good hands. Now I think we got a hidden gem, with Javien Hawkins. This kid is not big, but so shifty picks the right hole and if that happens,with his speed, and his strength, I believe he depth chart will change. Now it's Mike Davis, Quadrea Ollison, Hawkins, then Cordell he is last on depth chart, but he can be used in pass game. As well as running back, definitely will be our kick returner. So I'm I'm going to say, they win 7. And again not bashing him but next season we will be set!! Also want to mention the best Falcon of all time Julio(jet)Jones. Atlanta Falcons fans should respect this man, after all he did for Falcons. He would just go out play hard, I never seen a man in NFL, who would go and tackle the guy who Matt over threw pass. I have also seen him play safety. Well . Comments are welcome. But no trash talk, and if you are need to be A #TFF(True Falcons fans). Can I get a #Risup
  2. Hi all P4PATL is back with another show. Jimmy and Mike do a breakdown of Atlanta Falcons coaching staff. Gives us your take on this topic as well.
  3. Hi all, J.R. and me have done a show on what we would like to see the Falcons running back group do. And hope that Todd Gurley can get more touchdowns on the ground. Let us know what you think about topic and video?
  4. What up falconsfam? From Pound 4 Pound ATL. I released a song on our YouTube channel. That I believe is a great song and video to get you hype for this 2020 season and those all black home uniforms at the benz. Wanted your brutally honest thoughts. You like it or trash it. Song is called "ATL Blackout". It's not what we usually release on the channel, but wanted to share.
  5. Hi all, I know special teams is not the most sexiest phase of football. But I wanted to share a video I did. On why I believe it could be the glue to what Falcons need. To help propel them back into the playoffs in 2020. Feel free to share your thoughts.
  6. Hi all, we hope Coronavirus doesn't affect the #NFL to much. And that the free agency period is going to begin with the legal tampering period starting tomorrow 3/15/20. Either way. J.R. Clark shares final thoughts.
  7. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/media-lounge/videos/Micd-Up-S-Ricardo-Allen/80b4ffd6-9f54-4de8-9145-421639d69c08
  8. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/2017-super-bowl-falcons-pose-the-ultimate-test-for-mastermind-belichick/ Falcons pose the ultimate test for mastermind Belichick How will Belichick try to solve Atlanta's high-powered attack? History provides clues By halftime of the NFC Championship Game -- the Falcons led the Packers 24-0 on their way to a 44-21 victory -- we wondered to a friend what the line for Super Bowl LI would look like should the Patriots be the opponent. Based on the Falcons' playoff dominance, first over the Seahawks and then the Packers, we guessed they would be four-point favorites in Houston. Part of that is Vegas isn't so much interested in getting the line right in the predictive sense, but in getting the most wagers on both sides. But beyond that, there are reasons to be apprehensive about the Falcons' chances -- it starts with Tom Brady, who remains one of the NFL's best quarterbacks, despite that four-game suspension to start the 2016 season or his advanced age (39). Then there's the truism about giving Bill Belichick an extra week's preparation, which complicates things terribly for every opponent not named the Giants.Our friend, who knows a lot more about gambling than us, laughed. No way -- the Patriots (who stomped the Steelersin the AFC Championship Game) would be favored, probably by three or four points. Turns out, he was right; the line opened at New England -3 and that's where it has remained for 13 straight days. Both are legitimate concerns. And perhaps the image of Belichick, clad in a black lab coat (yes, it comes with a hoodie) retiring to an undisclosed location to devise a scheme to stop the NFL's most potent offense should trouble the Falcons. Of course, Atlanta has the league's most efficient passer by both conventional and advanced metrics, the league's hottest offensive coordinator and a bevy of playmakers who, together, appear capable of overcoming the most masterful of game plans. The good news: There will be an actual game to decide all this! For now, however, we're left to speculate about what might happen and why. And while we feel pretty good about the Falcons' chances, we are also well aware of what the Belichick-Brady Patriots can do on the NFL's biggest stage. With that in mind, here's what New England's defense could try to do to slow Atlanta's offense. Pull it off and the Pats are looking at Lombardi Trophy No. 5. Fail, and the Falcons will have their first title in team history. First, a history lesson In 2001, the Patriots were considered upstarts. Brady was in his first season as the starter and Belichick was in his second as New England's coach. So when the 11-5 Pats were facing the 14-2 Rams -- known as "The Greatest Show on Turf" thanks to Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce -- no one gave them a chance. Vegas had the Patriots as 14-point underdogs, and the only question was how bad the beating would be. "The one thing [Belichick] stressed was to try to keep them guessing," then-Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi toldESPN.com some six months after the upset. "If you get predictable against an offense that's as explosive as that one, they're going to make plays, because they'll pick up on your tendencies as the game goes on. So part of our plan was to have no set tendencies at all. And it worked out pretty well, didn't it?"But with two weeks to prepare, Belichick and the Patriots were ready, and when the dust settled, they eked out a 20-17 victory. So how did it happen? The Patriots defense featured at least five defensive backs on 80 percent of the snaps, an absurd number in an age when base defenses were the norm. Blitzing was minimal, but the Rams' receivers were manhandled at the line of scrimmage, which upset the timing and precision of the routes. Could we see that again Sunday? "I think [Belichick] will try and have everyone just try and tattoo Julio Jones, because I think he's kind of beat up," NFL Network analyst and former Patriots fullback Heath Evans told the Boston Herald recently. NBC Sports analyst and former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison had similar notions on how to slow Jones. "Obviously, Julio's a big guy," Harrison said. "He's been going across the middle the entire year, but there's only been a couple of receivers I've come across, where the more you hit 'em, the tougher they become," Harrison said Thursday. "That was [former Steeler] Hines Ward and [former Panther and Raven] Steve Smith. No matter how hard you hit 'em, those were the only guys you could not truly intimidate. A lot of receivers, the great ones, Marvin Harrison, you could intimidate them, if you hit 'em." Eleven years before Belichick matched wits with Mike Martz -- and won -- he was the Giants' defensive coordinator, tasked with slowing the Bills' K-Gun offense that featured Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed and James Lofton. The Giants played a lot of nickel and dime schemes to slow the Bills' passing game, daring Buffalo to give the ball to Thomas, their Hall of Fame running back. "We're going to let him run for 100 yards," then-Giants linebacker Carl Banks said of Belichick's game plan. The Giants won 20-19 thanks, in part, to disrupting Buffalo's offense, but also because of some good fortune; this was the "wide right" game -- if Scott Norwood hadn't pushed his 47-yard field goal attempt with seconds left, we're not talking about Belichick's genius plan. So what does this mean for Sunday? It's a cliché at this point, but it's also instructive: Expect Belichick to take away the Falcons' two biggest threats. That means scheming to stop Jones and the two-headed backfield monster of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. ESPN analyst and former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen looks to the Steelers-Patriots playoff matchup for some insight into what Belichick might do against Jones. The Falcons have other pass-catching weapons, too. There's Mohamed Sanu (59 receptions, 653 yards, four touchdowns) and Taylor Gabriel (35 receptions, 579 yards, six touchdowns), not to mention the havoc Freeman and Coleman can wreak in the passing game (85 catches, 883 yards, five touchdowns between them). Complicating matters for the Patriots: The Falcons' offensive line has been tremendous this season and Ryan has rarely faced pressure. New England ranked near the bottom of the league in pass-rush efficiency and there's no reason to think the Patriots will suddenly morph into an outfit that can get after the quarterback. But if recent history is any indication, the Patriots will continue to do what they do. Which is to say: They'll get their hands on receivers at the line of scrimmage, make it difficult for them to get into their routes quickly and disrupt the timing of an offense that has displayed otherworldly precision for much of the season. "If the Patriots aren't flagged four or five times for various illegal uses of hands -- be it holding, illegal contact, hands to the face, maybe even pass interference -- they're playing too soft," TheMMQB.com's Andy Benoit wrote last week. More from Benoit: Simply put, this means a lot of man-to-man coverage, which the Patriots are familiar with, and having a hybrid-type player cover the running backs. This is exactly what Belichick did in Super Bowl XXXVI -- outside linebacker Willie McGinest shadowed Faulk, roughing him up even when the ball went elsewhere. Belichick could give McGinest's role to linebacker Dont'a Hightower, or perhaps safety Patrick Chung. Whoever draws the assignment, it's important to remember ... Atlanta is more than just a passing offense The Falcons ranked seventh in the league in rushing, according to Football Outsiders, and an effective ground attack sets up a deadly play-action passing offense. It gets worse if you're tasked with trying to slow this group: This reality is not lost on the Patriots. "With this offense, what they've been able to do, with as much attention that goes into the passing game, rightfully so, it's allowed them to run the ball extremely well," Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said recently. "They do a great job up front blocking. Alex Mack is in the middle there and he kind of controls everything. They do a great job of kind of identifying the fronts and getting the ball run through, I'll call it the space of the defense, and both of these backs have an explosive ability to see the scene, get downhill quickly, get into the defense quickly. It's a one-two punch. "They practice the particular running style, the stretch game that they run. They do a good job of creating separation of the defense both horizontally and vertically, so as those backs take those angles and really get the defense to run kind of in a sideways manner, they open up those holes where these guys, they stick that foot in the ground and they just come downhill and they hit that thing at 100 miles per hour. That's very difficult to defend, especially if the front may be a little bit light, depending on what you've got to put on the coverage aspect of it to handle the passing game." Therein lies the problem if you're the Patriots. Against the Rams in the Super Bowl 15 years ago, it was clear that St. Louis' Martz was going to stick with the passing game regardless. But the Falcons are as balanced an offense as you'll see. They ran the ball on 42 percent of their regular-season snaps and averaged 4.2 yards a carry. The number was 43 percent in two postseason games, though the average YPC dropped to 3.4. In simpler terms: "We can do whatever we want," Freeman told PFT last week. "Pick your poison. ... We've had the game plan. The game plan doesn't change." And you know what? The Patriots might choose that poison; death by 1,000 4-yard carries sounds eminently more palatable than an evening full of Ryan-to-Jones chunk plays. About taking away Julio Jones ... Sometimes, Ryan can fall in love with Jones. This makes perfect sense, and you only need to listen to Patricia to understand why. "... [Jones] is probably just one of the most dynamic players in the league," he said. "I usually don't wind up comparing him to other people; I wind up comparing other people to him just because of his skill set and his ability. The things that he does for them and what he can do is he does a great job of moving around into different positions." But trouble arises for opponents when Ryan is on his game and targeting other receivers. And, frankly, Ryan has been on his game for virtually all of the 2016 season. In fact, in the four games in which Jones was held to fewer than 50 yards, the Falcons went -- wait for it -- 4-0. In Week 3 against the Saints, Jones had one reception for 16 yards. Freeman led the team in both rushing (152 yards) and receiving (55 yards, one touchdown) and the Falcons won 45-32. In Week 5 against the Broncos, Jones had two receptions for 29 yards. Freeman rushed for 88 yards and a score and Coleman led all receivers with 132 yards on four catches, including a touchdown. The Falcons won 23-16. In Week 8 against the Packers, Jones had three receptions for 29 yards. Sanu, Gabriel and tight end Austin Hooper combined for 193 yards and two scores. The Falcons won 33-32. In Week 12 against the Cardinals, Jones had four catches for 35 yards. Freeman rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Sanu, Gabriel and Justin Hardy combined for 187 yards and two scores. The Falcons won 38-19. After that Week 8 game, Jones was asked about his role being minimized. "We need to just keep taking advantage of it," he said at the time. "Defenses are going to try and do that and take me away. The offense is going to be explosive. We just got to find those guys. I don't cry about not getting the ball or are they doubling me. I'm doing my job and taking two guys away." If nothing else, these numbers reinforce the fact that taking away Jones is only the first step in thwarting this Falcons offense. Still, Belichick has every intention of minimizing Jones' impact. The Patriots used two players to play the role of Jones during practice this week -- Michael Floyd and Matthew Slater. "That's such a key guy for us, the routes and all that," Belichick told pool reporter Peter King of TheMMQB.com. "We have two guys doing it so we won't wear one guy out. You've got to know where he is on every play." What do NFL players suggest to stop the Falcons? NFL.com's Conor Orr asked several Pro Bowl players how they would game plan against Atlanta and the responses were ... interesting. "You gotta stop the run and make them one-dimensional," said Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who faces the Falcons twice a season. "Matty Ice is Matty Ice, but if you make it to where he's one-dimensional, where Matt Ryan has to beat you by himself, that's your only shot. But if you give them a run-pass option, you're going to have a long day. You can really open up your playbook on defense when all they can do is pass." Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward's advice sounded more like something we might see from the Pats on Sunday. "You don't have to double [Jones] on every play but you do have to roll your coverage there some," he said. "I think you have to play some man because their backs are so explosive as receivers, they're good out of the backfield." Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. added: "When we played Atlanta, we played a lot of man, Cover 1, Cover 2," he said. "Still, you have to lean that safety over to Julio because you never know what he's going to do. But it's not smart to double Sanu at all. No. But a lot of teams don't have the defensive back depth that we do. So it's hard to game plan for Atlanta. But I wouldn't double-team Sanu." So who ya got? Pete Prisco on why he thinks the Falcons will take down the Patriots: And five of eight CBSSports.com experts are picking the Falcons to beat the Patriots (we're one of those five) in the Super Bowl. Ultimately, this game could come down to experience. Not so much with the Patriots' experience facing top-flight quarterbacks in 2016 -- because there is only one example of that, and it was a home loss to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks ... ... but the experience that Belichick -- and perhaps more importantly, Brady -- brings to Houston.
  9. http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/teamdef http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/teamoff It may be no secret among posters paying attention; and the intent isn't to disrespect Belichick's history of game planning and building a reliable defense to suit his game plans, but quite frankly to simply regurgitate the "Defense Wins Championships" mantra coupled with "No.1 D beats No.1 O" by default it begs to be point out Atlanta is the proven offense inside the numbers this season. Also, they set records while proving themselves. This isn't just a number 1 offense. This is a historically great offense. They have faced the 2nd toughest schedule of defenses while Patriots offense has respectably performed against the 10th toughest defensive schedule. So, this could very well be a shootout in fact. Advantage Atlanta. However, how have the two defenses performed? Common opponents show Atlanta; despite it's obvious growing pains during the season on defense, has performed similarly to the Patriots defense in those games. So, inside the numbers says their run defense is stout before and after DVOA is considered. Their run D is considerably their biggest strength as a defense. However, their pass defense is actually ranked below that of the Falcons (19th and 23rd respectively) over the 2016 regular season. The kicker? They are dead last at 32nd in the difficulty schedule of offenses faced for their defense. Of course, this probably isn't surprising considering the lack of stud QBs they faced all season. They stop the run, make a bad QB throw, win with a reliably great offense ( though not historically great this season). They literally played THE easiest schedule as a defense though. If that isn't a complete negation to the "Defense Wins Championships" mantra you could almost say "It Will Cost Us vs this ATL offense". I can't wait for the Falcons to do their thing this Sunday. This is what they've proven to do while facing a stiffer schedule than the Pats; in particular on defense and it's not even close. The Falcons are literally 1 spot away from having faced THE toughest defensive schedule and the Patriots D ranks dead last in strength of offenses faced using DVOA. In particular, the Pats pass D grades out lower than the Falcons 2016 regular season using this metric. Now that is just sad, we all know how Atlanta was burned in numerous shootouts early in the season and had it's share of a learning curve as a young unit against formidable passing offenses; though rarely tested on the ground against complete offenses. Also, much of Atlanta's pass D stats lately have come from garbage time points as they didn't try to run up scores while ahead most of the season. To me, it's a no-brainer: The Falcons want a shootout if they can't stop the Patriots offense and the Patriots want to play ball-control / keep away to minimize the Falcons damage. The only team that did this to Atlanta during the season was Philly; a MUCH better defense at being equipped to stop the Falcons passing game, put up 200 yards rushing, and was THE worst game of the season for Atlanta just before the bye where the team self-scouted and has not looked back since then in terms of improving defensively and offensively. Also, when Atlanta did have the ball that game it was terrible. How can anyone flat out expect Atlanta to duplicate their worst showing of the year to fit NE's win condition when they are peaking on both sides of the ball well past their lowest point? They have faced stiffer competition as an offense in terms of matchups and grown offensively as well for being tested. I'm not waiting all worried into Sunday as to whether or not Atlanta will be exposed like the media is spewing. I'm eagerly anticipating the Falcons exposing this Patriots defense with their obvious matchup weakness (with all due respect to Belichick and their history that goes without saying but that defensive personnel isn't built to defend the Falcons). I'm more eager to see the Falcons defense play up to it's recent showings and if we slow down Brady and their offense at all it's Atlanta's game to Win. #RiseUp #DVOA *Of course the caveat to this is Belichick relying on a gameplan to win since he can't rely on straight up man to man ala Pats vs Rams 2001, etc. This game is mostly about Atlanta continuing to do what they've done and their own gameplan is being ignored (outside of a bag incident meme). I see no reason this season to believe the Pats can gameplan alone to win this game. They must rely on Atlanta beating itself in hopes of slow down Falcons OR a miraculous DL showing at getting QB pressure quickly. Same challenge to Falcons D vs Brady's quick release, but I like our odds in a shootout.
  10. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/cmon-admit-it-nobodys-really-pumped-up-to-watch-these-falcons-in-the-super-bowl/ C'mon, admit it: Nobody's really pumped up to watch these Falcons in the Super Bowl By Bill Reiter 9h ago • 3 min read HOUSTON -- The Patriots might have Deflategate, Roger Goodell and revenge on their minds as they prepare for Super Bowl LI. But they've hardly cornered the market on bringing a chip on the shoulder to the big game. It might be true that Goodell would rather not see the Patriots here this week. But it's also true almost no one else -- sorry, Atlanta fans -- is burning to have the Falcons up against them. This is not a knock on Atlanta. If anything, it's a knock on me -- and you -- for not seeing earlier, embracing now and getting fired up by Sunday for a Falcons team that is a force on offense and an absolutely worthy contender as the game's best football team. And yet ... I can't. Can you? They sure can't here in Houston. And while the Falcons are clearly aware and channeling that grudge, it still makes them more blasé than captivating. The buzz here for the NFC's champion remains painfully far from robust. At Opening Night, the vibe Monday during the Falcons' session was utterly flat. And the team, following suit, was every bit as boring and low-key as you would expect from a group that all season has been overlooked, underappreciated and -- even now -- mostly an afterthought. There are several reasons for that. The Patriots are an amazing story -- the dynasty implications, the Goodell-Deflategate storyline, Tom Brady trying to win a fifth Super Bowl ring, never done by a quarterback, and even Bill Belichick and his growing mastery over the game. But some of this has to do with a Falcons team that despite its high-powered offense is neither particularly interesting nor widely respected. Quarterback Matt Ryan -- the front-runner for this season's MVP -- perfectly encapsulates all of this. Ryan has been in the league for nine seasons and over that time he has put together a Hall of Fame résumé. He is already 21st all-time in passing yards, 25th all-time in touchdown passes, 11th all-time in passer rating and 12th all-time in game-winning drives. Add a Super Bowl win to that and he's a Hall of Fame player, period. "I feel like he doesn't get enough credit because he hasn't won it yet, and I feel like that's just how it goes," Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce told me Tuesday. "This is his first time in the dance, with the success you get I feel like that's where your QB rankings go." Even this season, as we've obsessed over Dak Prescott and Aaron Rodgers and Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, many of us have missed Ryan's extraordinary season. He had 4,944 passing yards, second to Drew Brees by just 264 yards. But Ryan had 139 fewer attempts -- making him markedly more efficient. He averaged 9.3 yards per attempt, a full yard better than the next closest QB, Brady. He had 39 touchdowns, second only to Rodgers' 40. His 117.1 QB rating was the best in the league, five points better than Rodgers. And yet, at Monday night's televised circus of a media day, they threw this man on the stage with his opponent, Brady, and made him stand there awkwardly as the New England quarterback was asked what advice he had for Ryan. Ugh. "Matt doesn't need my advice," Brady said. "He's doing just fine by himself." Nor, it turns out, does he need our respect. Nobody really wants his team here, but the Falcons couldn't care less. Few saw it coming, yet here they are. Most people think the Patriots are more or less a sure thing -- almost 70 percent of the betting public is putting its money down on the Patriots, even though they're three-point favorites. Matty Ice might be boring, his Falcons not interesting and Atlanta utterly underwhelming here at sports' biggest event. But that might not stop them from winning it all, and from Ryan quietly putting himself into sure-thing Hall of Fame territory.
  11. http://atlantasportspage.org/falcons-vs-packers-preview/ Our score prediction is 30-24 Falcons, what's yours? #RiseUp
  12. http://atlantasportspage.org/how-important-is-dashon-goldson-to-atlanta/ CLICK THE LINK IN BIO TO READ MORE!
  13. http://atlantasportspage.org/preseason-preview-atlanta-falcons-vs-miami-dolphins/ CLICK THE LINK TO READ MORE!
  14. Under-the-radar rookies who can earn significant playing time in 2016 http://atlantasportspage.org/3509-2/
  15. "Atlanta Sports Page Podcast #3 (OFFICIAL)" Wyatt Sikes #spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/user/9042713/atlanta-sports-page-podcast-3-official Please give us some feed back!
  16. http://www.atlantasportspage.org/asp/devondre-campbell-a-starter/
  17. http://atlantasportspage.org/asp/why-the-falcons-offense-will-improve-in-2016/
  18. https://atlantasportspage1.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/paul-soliai-interview/
  19. https://atlantasportspage1.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/5-falcons-with-something-to-prove-in-the-2016-2017-season/ Great article what do you guys think?
  20. https://atlantasportspage1.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/5-falcons-with-something-to-prove-in-the-2016-2017-season/
  21. a graphic I did celebrating the victory over the (s)Aints Sunday.
  22. Here's the link to the Interview: http://www.atlantafa...4f-95454dcca438 Didn't see posted. Reid Ferrin: What are your impressions of the 2014 Atlanta Falcons? John Clayton: Well, I know they're on HBO's Hard Knocks, but I can see hard knocks; it's as simple as that and I think that's the big difference in 2014. They have a bigger defensive line and it's a harder-hitting, more-skilled offensive line from last year. You look at their package, where they have four defensive linemen, it's almost an average of 40 more pounds per player from the starting defensive line from last year, thanks to guys like rookie (Ra'Shede) Hageman at left end, (Paul) Soliai at defensive tackle and (Jonathan) Babineaux at defensive end, that's a big defensive line and you can see it's multiple, whether it's going to be 5-2, whether it's going to be a 3-4. It looks like they have a lot of options, but it was so needed, because I think last year, they lost the battle at the line of scrimmage and this year, they have the better ability to win the battle at the line of scrimmage. RF: How would you describe Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan? JC: He's skilled in the 3-4 and the 4-3 and he's got versatility and so when I think you put that all together, it will give him a chance to do what he does best, be creative. It's not like they're going to sit in the 4-3 and play cover-two, that's not his game; his game is trying to be versatile, trying to come up with fire blitzes and things of that nature. This defense really allows Mike Nolan to be Mike Nolan. RF: How will the additions of Falcons OL coach Mike Tice and Falcons DL coach Bryan Cox impact this team? JC: I go back to the 1970s, covering the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it was so much fun covering George Perles and the defensive line going against Rollie Dotsch and the offensive line; that was one of thrills of watching the Falcons practice (Sunday), Mike Tice, who is a feisty former tight end, who was actually a QB at one point, starts getting on his guys to go a little bit more aggressive, so when they get more aggressive, Bryan Cox comes out and he starts getting on his guys for making mental mistakes and saying, 'Hey, if you're not taking the stuff from the classroom to the field, you're not going to play much.' It's great to see that and you can see both of them gearing up for the competition. You're talking about a feisty offensive guy, who used to play against a feisty defensive player and they make for fun practices, but it also toughens up the lines too and gets better production. RF: How would you evaluate the Falcons offensive line, including rookie Jake Matthews? JC: You have to look at how smooth Matthews is, that's one of the better-looking rookies you're going to see, because number one, he has great technique and great athletic ability, but even if he makes a mistake, technique-wise, he has the athletic ability to catch up to it. He's playing right tackle, so he gets kind of an easier way to get into the league. The key to this draft was getting Matthews, because he really points in the right direction, where this line is going to go. That right side is soild;Jon Asamoah, he's a good guy, with some athletic ability, that can get that punch that you want at right guard and then you have Matthews, who can just as well play as an island out there on the right side. So, if you put all that together, that really helps and what it has allowed is Sam Baker to get bigger and more physical; guys are lifting better and I think it enhances the competition and enhances the offensive line. RF: How can a guy like WR Harry Douglas benefit from the return of WRs Roddy White and Julio Jones JC: He can benefit, because they bracket coverage both Jones and White. Now, it's going to be even better, because if you bracket cover and play off on either one, they're going to kill you, especially with the new emphasis on all the physical contact being eliminated from defensive backs. If you play off in bracket coverage, it's silly, because they can get short passes over to Roddy White, passes over to Julio Jones and if you have bracket coverage, it opens things up for the tight end and opens up single coverage for Douglas. Having Julio out there, he's going to get the first bracket that could get single coverage for Roddy White and that was missing last year. Remember, when Roddy starts with the high-ankle sprain last season, he wasn't the same; it took him to like Week 11 or Week 12 to get into it and Julio was out 11 games, so they never had a chance last year to play together and that's why I was amazed that Matt Ryan completed 66-67% of his passes. You could see 6.9 yards per attempt as he wasn't able to get the big plays and now he can do that to get the offense going, as long as those two outside guys are healthy. Ryan is aiming for 70% completions this year and I think he has a chance to do that, getting the two outside guys back and being able to throw in some more quick passes; I think he has a chance to do that and if that's the case, this team bounces back.
  23. Here's the link to the entire article: http://espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp14/story/_/id/11311542/tennessee-titans-showing-toughness-camp Some good/funny things were said about the Falcon's by the Professor John Clayton. I'm copying and pasting the relevant information about the Falcons below: Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard was infuriated when Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman ran over and through Titans safety George Wilson. The rules of engagement for this dual practice were no fighting, and running backs were not to finish runs. Fortunately, Wilson wasn't hurt, but Pollard considered Freeman's run excessive. For several minutes, Pollard kept verbally jabbing at Falcons offensive players, saying the team was a pretender. He wouldn't stop. O-line could be one of the best: For years, former Titans coach Jeff Fisher had solid offensive lines coached by Hall of Famer Mike Munchak. But inevitably, age and attrition started eating away at the talent and production, leaving left tackle Michael Roos as the only strong survivor. In the past two years, though, general manager Ruston Webster has brought in strong reinforcements. Last year, he signed the top guard in free agency, Andy Levitre, and used a first-round pick on Chance Warmack. In March, he spent $20 million (over four years) for right tackle Michael Oher, and made Taylor Lewan a first-round pick. At center is 318-pound Brian Schwenke, a fourth-round pick in 2013. That overhaul could qualify Webster for one of those house-repair reality shows. As thin as offensive lines are around the NFL, imagine the Titans going into the season with Lewan, a potential star, on the bench. The improvements on the Falcons' defensive line were noticeable in Monday's workout, but what was more apparent is how well the Titans' line handled those rushes. I know it's not much, but it's a slow news day. That first part was pretty funny I thought, and explains why Pollard was going off yesterday. Good for Freeman. I really like what he's saying about our D-Line in that second snippet. He's pretty much calling the Titan's O-Line one of the best, if not THE best, in the league and was saying how noticeable our D-Line improvements were.
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