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Posted by Josh Alper on June 14, 2015, 11:55 AM EDT

The Falcons have a new offensive coordinator in Kyle Shanahan and one of the players on the unit provided a hint about how they’ll be trying to move the ball this season.

According to wide receiver Roddy White, the offense won’t be as reliant as throwing the ball as they were last season. The Falcons were third in the league with 39.5 attempts per game last season and White expects that number to drop significantly in 2015.

“We’re not going to be passing 35-40 times a game,” White said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

That may well be the plan, but the Falcons are going to have to be a lot more effective running the ball than they were last year if they are going to cut down on the size of the roles that White, Julio Jones and Matt Ryan play in the offense. Their ability to do that will rely heavily on Devonta Freeman and rookie Tevin Coleman in the backfield as well as the play of an offensive line that didn’t make too many significant changes in personnel from last season.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/14/roddy-white-we-wont-be-throwing-the-ball-35-40-times-a-game/related/

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Again...this works in theory. All NFL teams look away from the run game if there losing by a wide margin. Hope the defense steps it up to keep this type of balanced offense.

We weren't losing by a wide margin for most of our games. Just the second Panthers and Packers really, that I can remember.

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This was already obvious to me personally. This will help the pass game be more efficient, as well as help the defense out tremendously. Last year I believe our defense came in at tenth place with a total of 1,038 defensive snaps played. Teams like the Seahawks, cowboys, and Steelers all ranked toward the bottom of the league in this category. As you can probably tell this wasn't a direct reflection of defensive talent as much as it was a reflection on the team's commitment to run the ball.

The front office has been preaching balance for years. We started out run heavy without much explosion, then went to the opposite end of the spectrum and over used the pass game. This is our first real attempt at a true philosophical balance in a very very long time. It WILL pay dividends.

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Under Koetter the Falcons were a pass first, second, and third down team..... There was no balance in the offense so the teams knew exactly what they were going to do.... If the offense is balanced Ryan should be able to put up better numbers with fewer passes....

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Again...this works in theory. All NFL teams look away from the run game if there losing by a wide margin. Hope the defense steps it up to keep this type of balanced offense.

I just watched the first Steelers/Browns game from last year...they were down 27 still running the ball when the run game wasn't effective in the first half. They came back and lost by a last second field goal. You don't give up on the run under any circumstances.

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I suppose this all makes sense if you actually have a run game, but for that you need a reliable group of run blockers up front, a bellcow back, and at least one competent sub. What part of that did the Falcons have last year? You folks seem to think Koetter wanted to abandon the run. That's a bad case of believing what you want to believe.

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Wondering who we pick in the Top 5 of next years draft?

I think we ought to go OL.

Our Running backs sucks

Our OL SUCKS and we have one of the top passing teams in the NFL.

great news, not

If the plan was to run the ball,

the Falcons should have drafted Rb Gurley with the top pick ,

not a non-probowler DE from ****** Clemson.

I guess we have to wait until next year when UGA Rb Chubb comes out.

This year,

TD better quit riding his bike on Sat. when Chubb's UGA comes on.

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Wondering who we pick in the Top 5 of next years draft?

I think we ought to go OL.

Our Running backs sucks

Our OL SUCKS and we have one of the top passing teams in the NFL.

great news, not

Highly doubt we pick in the top 5

But hopefully BPA, within reason of course (no QB)

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I suppose this all makes sense if you actually have a run game, but for that you need a reliable group of run blockers up front, a bellcow back, and at least one competent sub. What part of that did the Falcons have last year? You folks seem to think Koetter wanted to abandon the run. That's a bad case of believing what you want to believe.

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If you aren't running the ball, then yes you want to abandon the running game. Nobody put a gun to Koetter's head and told him to stop running the ball. It doesn't matter how well the run game is doing, you can't just stop running.

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