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Atlanta Falcons: Where do they rank on Pro Football Focus?

by Freddie Boston 12h ago

Statistics dont tell the full story, but they can help us tell which players contributed and who didnt. Pro Football Focus is a great place to look for grades and stats for individual players after each game, and at the end of the season. How did the Atlanta Falcons players rank against the rest of the NFL?

The defense struggled in 2014, but did every player have a poor season? Or were they let down by their teammates? Looking at these grades wont tell us the full story, but it can give us an idea.

Lets take a look at the Pro Football Focus grades for the Atlanta Falcons.

Matt Ryan 5th of 39 (+20.3 grade)

It was another strong season for Matt Ryan, who ranked behind Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady. Ryans is graded higher than Tony Romo, Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning. With more balance expected on offense with the run game next season, can Ryan finish as high again? Hes entering the prime of his career, and will have every chance of doing just that.

Julio Jones 6th of 110 (+17 grade)

Again, this one is hardly surprising. It was a great season for Julio Jones, who caught 104 passes for 1,593 yards and six touchdowns. For the Falcons, their priority is to extend his contract, as he is set to hit free agency after the 2015 season. He will once again be the standout receiver for the Falcons, and he will be looking for another superstar season.

Devin Hester ranked 77th with a minus-4.3 grade. Roddy White was tied for 107th with a minus-10.4 grade.

Jacob Tamme 27th of 67 (-0.6 grade)

Tamme was a member of the Denver Broncos last year, and could find himself with a bigger role in Atlanta. He only had 14 receptions, which went for 109 yards and two touchdowns. He graded minus-2.5 in the pass game, but earned a plus-1.1 in pass blocking.

Levine Toilolo ranked 64th of 67 with a minus-23 grade.

Jon Asamoah 24th of 78 (+4.4 grade)

Jon Asamoah ranks 24th, which is decent. He allowed just two sacks in 2014 and his pass blocking received a plus-4.3 grade. His run blocking earned a plus-0.8 grade, but his screen blocking was graded minus-0.5.

Ryan Schraeder 22nd of 84 (+7.1 grade)

The offensive line as a whole disappointed in 2014, but Ryan Schraeder did a decent job, allowing just three sacks, two quarterback hits and 13 hurries. He graded a plus-8.2 in pass blocking as well as a plus-2.0 in screen blocking, but his run blocking let him down with a minus-2.7 grade.

Jake Matthews 84th of 84 (-36.8 grade)

Jake Matthews finished dead last with a minus-36.8 grade, after being tied for sixth in most sacks allowed (seven). New Falcon Tyler Polumbus ranked 62nd with a minus-12.6 grade.

http://bloggingdirty.com/2015/05/16/atlanta-falcons-where-do-they-rank-on-pro-football-focus/

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And Hester above Roddy? I know they both struggled but you knew darn well Roddy was the better receiver.

Roddy is better overall but he had a case of the drops all last season. On top of that Hester had some huge play that he took to the house for TDs. Hester did great for his limited role
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PFF loses any and all credibility with me for their Matthews ranking. He wasnt the best. But he was far from the worst.

You need to go back and watch the tapes. It started in preseason. Long before the injury. He was racking up penalties and getting Ryan blown up in the back field. He struggled just like his HoF daddy said he would. Yall got too caught up in the blood line bush it. If he doesn't straighten it out in the next two years he could end up in the bust line.

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Roddy is better overall but he had a case of the drops all last season. On top of that Hester had some huge play that he took to the house for TDs. Hester did great for his limited role

He only scored 3 times on offense last year. You type as if he scored 5+
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I've watched the tapes. Multiple times each game. Specifically watching Matthews. I actually posted a play-by-play analysis of him against Baltimore. A game that PFF said he was the worst at. The result? He was objectively solid, holding Terrell Suggs effectively.

To even bring up the possibility of a bust label is absurd, and further proof that you truly may be losing it. The Gurley trolling I can laugh at, but good grief.

Did you watch all of his run plays? What about his penalties? Screen blocking? Hurries allowed? Overall PFF scores are based on more than just sacks allowed. I will try to watch that game again and give my eye test account.

If he only gets marginally better, or heaven forbid worse in the next two seasons, he will be a bust of epic proportion as a sixth overall pick.

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Did you watch all of his run plays? What about his penalties? Screen blocking? Hurries allowed? Overall PFF scores are based on more than just sacks allowed. I will try to watch that game again and give my eye test account.

If he only gets marginally better, or heaven forbid worse in the next two seasons, he will be a bust of epic proportion as a sixth overall pick.

Not a chance he'll be a bust IMO and he certainly wasn't the worst tackle in the league last year, not buying that one at all nor the $4.99/mo subscription that PFF wants now...

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It's hard for me to post anything about PFF without raising my blood pressure. A crackpot website started by scam artists releasing half-assed nonsense in an attempt to swindle clueless fans. It should be illegal to get away with this type of charlatan scum.

I saw a bit one time on their methodology. Their scoring is done by people overseas (India, if I remember correctly) who have never watched American football and don't really understand what they are watching.

Complete crap, just like the people who spout their nonsense like it is holy writ from on high. People like:

Did you watch all of his run plays? What about his penalties? Screen blocking? Hurries allowed? Overall PFF scores are based on more than just sacks allowed. I will try to watch that game again and give my eye test account.

If he only gets marginally better, or heaven forbid worse in the next two seasons, he will be a bust of epic proportion as a sixth overall pick.

I absolutely laugh at the idea of you watching any "tape" other than the "Mr. Ed" collection on VHS. There is no more glaring example of some empty know-nothing windbag spewing the loudest verbal farts and using idiotic and wildly inaccurate PFF as "proof".

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Still think Jake Matthews > Aaron Donald

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Without a doubt. Jake will be one of the best tackles in the league for a long time. We traded up in rd 5 this year and got the interior pass rusher. Does that mean Jarrett has to get 9 sacks? No, it means we would not have gotten a franchise LT in rd 5 this year. A lot of people wanted Donald at 8 myself included if Matthews was gone. We got the best player in the entire draft for our needs two years in a row now with Beasley. Jarrett is going to be a revelation. Quinn wanted him from the beginning of the draft process.

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Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

OK Mono I just took a quick look. With my objective hat on. I think he started out OK but completely fell apart in the fourth. I counted at least twenty bad plays. Here's what I saw:

Penalties - had two false starts. Probably should have gotten two holding penalties that weren't called

Screen blocking - had some decent blocks but also had a few whiffs

Run blocking - had some decent blocks on middle runs that likely got negated on runs left

Pass blocking - got blasted on our last two drives with a sack, safety and a few hurries. Looked tired and ready to quit

If yall think Jake was solid in this game then heaven help us.

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My notes:

First Quarter

14:55 - quick drop. could have been called for holding
14:50 - run play. good block on the second level. no gain
14:12 - quick drop. play to other side
11:47 - run play. decent block. 4 yard gain
11:12 - run play. good block on first and second level
10:33 - pass to other side. decent block
8:51 - swing pass to other side. decent block
8:16 - screen left. good sell
7:36 - run left. dam good block
6:58 - run left. got stood up. let his man get too much penetration
6:31 - bubble left. whiffed on his block
5:56 - run right. kinda whiffed on Suggs but play to opposite side
5:22 - run left. decent block. holding on Carimi
4:57 - bubble right. not involved
4:52 - bubble right. not involved
4:23 - pass play. good block. Coverage sack by Puddin. Ryan fumbles. turnover
Second Quarter
14:53 - run left. dam good block
14:22 - quick pass right. whiff cut block. play to opposite side
13:45 - false start
13:24 - run middle. good double with Blalock
12:45 - pass right. good block
12:11 - pass left. good block
8:59 - run middle. decent block
8:23 - pass right. dam good block
7:43 - passed off the wrong man. Ryan sacked. Blalock probably charged with sack
2:31 - screen right. decent block
2:00 - short pass middle. good block
1:19 - gave up hurry. incomplete pass
00:19 - jail break. Carimi and Free get ryan sacked
00:54 - pass left. decent block
00:49 - ravens stunt and hit ryan. jake not involved
Third Quarter
11:28 - pass right. dam good block on double team
10:16 - gave up hurry on short pass
9:34 - pass middle. good block
8:58 - run left. good kick block
8:17 - run left. good kick block
7:45 - short pass right. not involved
7:36 - coverage sack. not involved
3:23 - pass right. good block
2:42 - blocked wrong man. ryan hit
2:39 - pass left. good block
2:06 - run left. missed block. his man makes the tackle
1:26 - pass right. good block
00:49 - run left. dam good block
00:10 - short pass right. good block
Fourth Quarter
9:57 - pass middle. good block
9:24 - pass middle. good block
9:16 - pass middle. good block
8:50 - pass left. got pushed down. gave up hurry
8:45 - pass right. good block
8:20 - pass right. good block
8:15 - pass deep right. good block
8:10 - pass deep middle good block
7:43 - pass left. good block
7:18 - pass right. TD. good block
3:52 - false start
3:52 - pass right - whiff cut block
3:49 - pass right. beat by Suggs
3:44 - beat by Suggs. Sack and safety
1:40 - bubble left. not involved
1:19 - pass left. bull rushed into ryan. gave up hurry
1:16 - pass right. lost his man. may have gotten a hurry here
1:12 - pass left. bull rushed a little. may have gotten a hurry. looks tired
00:49 - pass left. gave up hurry
00:26 - pass left. looks ready to quit
00:10 - lost his man again. definitely looks ready to quit. ryan scrambled right
00:02 - draw left. mercy play. not involved.
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I will never understand why people put any stock in anything this website says.

They hugely overblow penalties, for one, which I believe is why Jake is rated so low. He had a lot of penalties in between mostly shutting down the other team's #1 passrusher, on a bum leg, during his rookie season, all season.

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You need to go back and watch the tapes. It started in preseason. Long before the injury. He was racking up penalties and getting Ryan blown up in the back field. He struggled just like his HoF daddy said he would. Yall got too caught up in the blood line bush it. If he doesn't straighten it out in the next two years he could end up in the bust line.

This might b the least condescending thing you've ever said! Nice!
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As a side note, I think people really do underrate the fact that he was a rookie, playing one of the hardest positions to transition from college to pro, while also Playing A Different Position Through Most Of The Preseason. People talking about bust at all... I just don't get it. He did as well or better than anyone else would have in that situation.

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As a side note, I think people really do underrate the fact that he was a rookie, playing one of the hardest positions to transition from college to pro, while also Playing A Different Position Through Most Of The Preseason. People talking about bust at all... I just don't get it. He did as well or better than anyone else would have in that situation.

The only one I see making a stink is RamsFanSince2015. But I agree with you. Going through his rookie camp at RT, getting thrown to LT because Sackmaker sprained his left earlobe or something, then having to play with a Lis Franc injury?

I'm amazed he was able to play at all. Most dudes with a Lis Franc go straight to IR. It's even shortened some careers. I'll defend Jake's rookie season every time, against brainless trolls.

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The only one I see making a stink is RamsFanSince2015. But I agree with you. Going through his rookie camp at RT, getting thrown to LT because Sackmaker sprained his left earlobe or something, then having to play with a Lis Franc injury?

I'm amazed he was able to play at all. Most dudes with a Lis Franc go straight to IR. It's even shortened some careers. I'll defend Jake's rookie season every time, against brainless trolls.

There are a few others, though they aren't as adamant about it as 1970. But I agree that attacking his (really anyone's, but especially his) rookie season is kind of... futile.

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As you see on the previous page, I broke down every single offensive play (67) while watching multiple times as objectively as I could. He wasn't Jonathan Ogden, but he did more than enough to slow down Terrell Suggs/Elvis Dumervil as well as Haloti Ngata at times. We are both going to have our biases, but I defy you to tell me where I am wrong or mistaken regarding my breakdown. The Ravens game is one of 3 or 4 I did of Matthews. All equaled out to above average play regardless of an ankle injury that absolutely should have sidelined him for the season.

I can be harshly critical of the team's decisions when I think they merit criticism. But RamsFanSince2015 sees only negative. He seems to think that every decision is wrong, and that he is the only hope for saving the franchise.

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