TheFalconian Posted August 2, 2015 Share Posted August 2, 2015 So, I know there have been variety of posts about training camp but after attending both sessions this weekend, I felt the need to share my thoughts and observations:General Training Camp Observations:1. If you have never been to the Falcons' training camp, make a point to do so in the future. It is a great atmosphere. Being able to see and interact with the players up close is a great dynamic as a fan. Also, the Falcons organization does a phenomenal job in making the event fan friendly, with activities for the kids and cheap concessions.2. For those of you who attended training camp under the previous staff you know the afternoon sessions were brutally hot. The change to mid morning makes the event even better since we avoid the worst of the heat.3. By now you know Quinn plays music during practice for a variety of reasons I won't go into. But from a fan's perspective having some music makes the event even better.4. Falcon fans thinking of going take heart that you will not be alone. Instead you be joined by 3000 or so other rabid fans. But don't let the crowd dissuade you, I have had great conversations with perfect strangers who share a passion for Falcons football.Team/Player Observations:1. A faster pace. Under Coach Smith previous training camps were slow affairs akin to glorified walkthroughs. Under Quinn they are faster and more competitive.2. Real teaching. Under the new regime, there is an obvious focus on teaching. Problems are addressed immediately with a hands on approach. Even the head coach. He roams the field like a middle linebacker, coaching everything in his path.Instead of trying to provide a comment on every single player I saw, I want to focus on a few that were significant to me.3. First, what you have read about Hageman is true. He looks like a beast. Among the large defensive lineman, he stands out on size alone. While I didn't see any explosive plays I did see him run with the ones on occasion. If he can take advantages of his ability the sky is the limit.4. Justin Hardy. Simply a machine! He catches everything. Even after all the accolades I've read, after watching him you gain a new appreciation. The route running and hands look good, especially for a rookie.5. Fear the Truth. Trufant is in mid season form, making plays all over. Expect a big year from him in this new scheme.6. And about that scheme, I know you've heard how this new scheme will improve our defense. And some you are probably skeptical. Well, the future will tell, but I can tell you during the signing session Worrilow told us this new scheme is much better than what they had. And given his tone, I believe him!7. Run Freeman Run. After watching Freeman for two days, I have to believe he's the starter this season. His running looks good, and his receiving looks even better. Makes me think of Warrick Dunn. Hopefully his blocking improves.8. The Ice Man. Despite the heat, there's an occasional cool breeze thanks to Matty Ice. Despite a couple of poor throws, he looks good. With the balanced attack, he should have a good year.Sure there's more I could add, but this is long enough. I think you can get an idea of the key things to know. In summation, I have faith in what i see the new staff doing, and am optimistic for a rebound year.Go Falcons! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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