PokerSteve Posted March 14, 2014 Share Posted March 14, 2014 We've done very well so far this off-season to put the nightmarish trainwreck of 2013 behind us. Gone are Nichols, Samuels, Reynolds, DeCoud, Snelling among the notable departures and there will likely be more. We picked up Jackson, Asamoah and Soliai so far in FA and all represent significant upgrades at their respect positions. We stand to pick up at least one more starter, possibly CB or FS in FA, and further upgrades at DE, DT and OLB in the draft. These additions will make the Falcons a better team athletically, in toughness and youthfulness. The possibilities are mind-boggling if the Falcons were to find themselves with both the ability to stop the run as well as run the football themselves, and then also find they can rush the passer, defend the pass in the secondary and also mount a dominant passing attack themselves, thanks to better protection for Ryan?There has been a lot of talk in here about when ~ and what ~ we would see if Nolan were ever to finally get all the players to fit his schemes, if he were to finally be given the Green Light from Smith to put in the complex, aggressive, ball-hawking defense he would prefer to run? Would a dominant defense finally make the throw-back gridiorn dinosaur we know as 'Smittyball' a viable, game-winning strategy beyond racking up impressive win totals against bottom-feeder teams in regular-season games? Would we finally see the true power, the real unstoppable, brutal simplicity of being so good at eating up the clock on offense the other team is slowly suffocated and beaten because our defense never lets the other offense get going? Or, will we find that Smittyball is still its own worst enemy; its predictability and passiveness, its penchant for sitting on, then losing leads and hoping for last-second FG's, it's lack of flair and creativity, all basically doom it to failure, no matter how good the new players turn out to be, no matter how good the revamped defense is, or how well Matt Ryan is protected? Can the Falcons now thrive playing Smittyball, or must Smith be replaced before this upgraded roster can realize its full potential? Will more talent and a better defense make Smittyball a Super Bowl Contender in Atlanta, or will that talent and better defense be cancelled out by Smittyball's philosophy of low-scoring, ball-control contests in this era of wide-open passing offenses and high scoring? What say you, TATF? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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