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Who's more at fault for our anemic offense?  

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  1. 1. Who's more at fault for our anemic offense?

    • Malarkey
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    • Lack of Talent
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Many theories have been put forth as to why our offense has been so anemic. However, the culprit seems to fall under two categories.

  1. A lack of talent on offense.
  2. A lack of coaching talent.

The AJC seems to place blame on the coaching staff: Link. But, the fans seem to think it's because the Falcons lack talent on offense. This is a very reasonable argument because outside of Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez, who do we have that can catch the ball? The coaching staff may just be playing conservative ball to 'hide' our weaknesses.

Although the lack of talent argument has some merit, it's important to note that a lack of talent is a direct result of the coaching staff's decisions. Players don't magically end up on the roster - the coach puts them there. Now, while it makes sense that we may not have a vertical passing game because we don't have a deep threat WR, and the reason we don't have a deep threat WR is because we haven't had the chance to draft one, there is absolutely no excuse as to why we can't be more dynamic even in the short passing game. Our starting running back has 12 receptions on the year. Imagine another starting RB that has less than 1 catch per game in today's NFL. Imagine a running back not getting one check down pass or screen pass a game. Is this even imaginable?

Falcons fans may explain this off as a lack of talent. While it is true that Michael Turner is one-dimensional, this still does not give our coaching staff an excuse. Running backs that can catch are not hard to find. There are a plenty of UDFAs or FAs floating around that are either not good enough to start, or were once good enough to start but are now just too old. Every offseason players like Julius Jones, Sammy Morris, Fred Taylor, Chester Taylor, Maurice Morris float around. These guys may not be able to start and carry the load, but they can sure catch a screen pass or check down pass. Heck, they can even run a stretch play or toss play. Besides these veterans, there are also players like Pierre Thomas, Ryan Torain who can make an impact on a team. If Mike Shanahan can find runningback after runningback to start, Malarkey can find a runningback to catch a screen pass or check down pass.

But we haven't and we won't. Even when Norwood went down, we refused to find a replacement. We are just to stubborn - and that makes our anemic offense the coaches fault.

Nicknames have often been created for schemes that are unique to a specific coach. For example, the 'Air Coryell' offense was named after Don Coryell, who was an innovator in opening up the passing game. Coryell is often referred to as the father of the vertical passing game. And, on the opposite end of the spectrum is 'Marty Ball,' named after Marty Schottenheimer. He is famous for his run, run, pass, punt offense. With the 'success' the Falcons are having on offense, Mike Malarkey's offense may soon have its own unique moniker. We may soon be simply calling his offense, 'Malarkey'.

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horrible coordinators great head coach though and michael turner cant catch cant break a big run he is like a fullback and all are recivers either catch and run like 5 yards and tackled or they drop the ball none of them can catch it run like 20 yards to get in the endzone to slow.tightends well you know slow because tg is 35 so he really cant do much so we need fast young playmakers to help us out though(on a nother note great fullback olive mughelli)

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Where is the lack of execution option?

On the offense and on all of your MM hatin threads.

The problem with the concept of 'lack of execution' is that it can be open to interpretation. Is it the players fault for being lazy, slipping up and losing concentration? Or is it the coaches fault for not mentally preparing the players and running enough reps in practice?

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If the patriots can make their offense that great with a lack of talent just by good coaching. Imagine what our offense would be like if we had better coaching. BTW our defense too, I don't harbor any anger against MM but BVG is a legitimate ******. He wears a mustache like Childress to hide the fact that he is incapable of coaching.

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If the patriots can make their offense that great with a lack of talent just by good coaching. Imagine what our offense would be like if we had better coaching. BTW our defense too, I don't harbor any anger against MM but BVG is a legitimate ******. He wears a mustache like Childress to hide the fact that he is incapable of coaching.

The Patriots offense shut down in the playoffs even worse than the Falcons offense, so that might be a bad example.

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If the patriots can make their offense that great with a lack of talent just by good coaching. Imagine what our offense would be like if we had better coaching. BTW our defense too, I don't harbor any anger against MM but BVG is a legitimate ******. He wears a mustache like Childress to hide the fact that he is incapable of coaching.

It's very possible on defense we lack talent but on offense, it's mainly Malarkey's fault.

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I voted Mularkey. We were successful in '08 when our offense was freh and no one predicted it. The O-line played far better in all areas and the play-calling, yet same as now, was less predictable. We also threw deeper more frequently that year than we have since.

As our play-calling stayed the same, and defenses began to predict our plays, the offense has stalled. It has been that way for 2 seasons now. We had a heck of better season this year than we did last but when it mattered most the opponents knew what we were going to call, when were going to call it, and how we were going to execute it.

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I voted Mularkey. We were successful in '08 when our offense was freh and no one predicted it. The O-line played far better in all areas and the play-calling, yet same as now, was less predictable. We also threw deeper more frequently that year than we have since.

As our play-calling stayed the same, and defenses began to predict our plays, the offense has stalled. It has been that way for 2 seasons now. We had a heck of better season this year than we did last but when it mattered most the opponents knew what we were going to call, when were going to call it, and how we were going to execute it.

Good post. And this doesn't bode will for next year. We've already heard news that Malarkey will be keeping the same running backs. Does anyone think we may run a different offense with Turner as our feature back? He's in decline and we won't have screen passes or check downs. Yes Norwood may come in here or there, but it would be mostly for KRs until he gets injured. Depending on if we pick up a WR this offseason, we will very likely see a Falcons team do worse than expected.

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I voted Mularkey. We were successful in '08 when our offense was freh and no one predicted it. The O-line played far better in all areas and the play-calling, yet same as now, was less predictable. We also threw deeper more frequently that year than we have since.As our play-calling stayed the same, and defenses began to predict our plays, the offense has stalled. It has been that way for 2 seasons now. We had a heck of better season this year than we did last but when it mattered most the opponents knew what we were going to call, when were going to call it, and how we were going to execute it.

Did you see the slate of sorry as defenses we played in 2008? I don't think so.

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Both players and coaches come to mind.

We can point out Multiple plays that were to blame

on play calling and execution of plays.

We all know Mularkey's play calling.

We all know that Ryan is still developing.

We all have seen tons of missed asignments by every offensive player.

But the overall progression of this team has been fantastic.

The one thing to keep in mind, is that NO TEAM is solid at every

position.

You simply identify the area of weakness and draft or sign the right

personnel that supports any given weakness.

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