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Alright TATF…here is a hypothetical for you.  It’s obviously a stupid exercise but the board is too serious today.  So here it goes.  If we could play last week’s game twice, one under Option 1 and the other under Option 2, do you think we score more under Option 2?

 

Option 1:  Sark - everything is status quo and he continues calling what he feels are the right plays.  In his defense, we gain yards.  Tied for #1 in yards per play.  Unfortunately, we are 26th in yards per point scored (17.5 yards per point).  This shows that the offense is a bit inefficient.  We kick field goals, throw INT’s or commit drive killing penalties.  When we do score td’s it’s usually a 70-80 yard drive.  Not many short fields for us this year.  In comparison, last year we not only led the NFL in YPP but also finished #1 in yards per point (12 yards per point).

 

Option 2:  Sarkahan - in this scenario Sark simply pulls up the play-by-play from game 1 against the Panthers last year and calls the exact same plays.  Same personnel, same formation, same pre-snap motion…identical.  Obviously we would be forced off script sometimes…in this case the coaching staff will refer to the Sark Chart.  Based on the defense, the Sark Chart will have the most effective Shanny plays for every down & distance during his time in Atlanta .  Sark simply scrolls down the Sark Chart until he finds the proper play for the down/distance.   Call it in to Ryan and off they go.

 

I am aware this is simplistic and not feasible….defensive schemes are tweaked and player personnel changes, thus effecting which matchups to exploit.  What was an advantage last year may not be so this year. But I wonder how last week would have played out if we called the exact same plays in the same sequence (or as closely as possible based on situation).  Do we score more than 17 points with these plays?. I know Ryan overthrew JJ for an easy td and Julio returned the favor by missing a layup….but don’t take it too seriously.  This is just for fun

 

My pick would be Option 2.  Here is why.. Sark has brought some good things to the offense, especially in the running game.  But in the passing game I have 2 concerns: his refusal to utilize pre-snap motion & his run-first mentality on 1st downs.. KS made Ryan’s job easier with clever use of pre-snap motion.. He also used 1st downs to get chunk plays in the passing game.  Sark knows these things.  He is smart and more knowledgeable about football and WCO then I could ever hope to be.  Which begs a simple question: why isn’t he doing it?. Until he does, I’ll roll with Sarkahan over Sark….and below are the plays Sarkahan would called last week.   Take note of how effective Ryan was throwing on 1st downs.

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1st Series:

o   1st and 10 at ATL 29

(11:25 - 1st) M.Ryan pass short right to J.Jones to CAR 49 for 22 yards (J.Bradberry; C.Jones).

o   1st and 10 at CAR 49

(10:52 - 1st) M.Ryan pass short left to J.Jones to CAR 35 for 14 yards (L.Kuechly).

o   1st and 10 at CAR 35

(10:11 - 1st) M.Ryan pass short right to J.Jones to CAR 20 for 15 yards (C.Jones).

o   1st and 10 at CAR 20

(9:29 - 1st) D.Freeman right guard to CAR 24 for -4 yards (K.Short).

o   2nd and 14 at CAR 24

(8:48 - 1st) (Shotgun) M.Ryan scrambles right end to CAR 9 for 15 yards (K.Coleman).

o   1st and Goal at CAR 9

(8:06 - 1st) M.Ryan pass short middle to D.Freeman to CAR 3 for 6 yards (T.Davis).

o   2nd and Goal at CAR 3

(7:37 - 1st) (Shotgun) D.Freeman right tackle to CAR 4 for -1 yards (L.Kuechly).

o   (7:20 - 1st) Timeout #1 by ATL at 07:20.

o   3rd and Goal at CAR 4

(7:14 - 1st) Jacob Tamme Pass From Matt Ryan for 4 Yrds M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.

 

2nd Series:

o   1st and 10 at ATL 2

(3:43 - 1st) M.Ryan pass short right to T.Coleman to ATL 13 for 11 yards (K.Coleman).

o   1st and 10 at ATL 13

(2:57 - 1st) M.Ryan pass short left to P.DiMarco to ATL 31 for 18 yards (D.Worley) [T.Davis].

o   1st and 10 at ATL 31

(2:17 - 1st) T.Coleman right end to ATL 41 for 10 yards (K.Coleman). PENALTY on ATL-A.Mack, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at ATL 35.

o   1st and 16 at ATL 25

(1:43 - 1st) M.Ryan pass deep right to J.Jones ran ob at CAR 32 for 43 yards (D.Worley).

o   1st and 10 at CAR 32

(1:03 - 1st) D.Freeman right guard ran ob at CAR 13 for 19 yards (B.Benwikere).

o   1st and 10 at CAR 13

(0:17 - 1st) Devonta Freeman 13 Yard Rush M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.

 

3rd Series:

o   1st and 10 at ATL 1

(12:12 - 2nd) M.Ryan pass short right to J.Jones to ATL 6 for 5 yards (B.Benwikere).

o   2nd and 5 at ATL 6

(11:31 - 2nd) Kurt Coleman 8 Yrd Interception Return G.Gano extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-A.Lee.

 

4th Series:

o   (11:31 - 2nd) G.Gano kicks 65 yards from CAR 35 to end zone, Touchback.

o   1st and 10 at ATL 25

(11:27 - 2nd) (Shotgun) T.Coleman right tackle to ATL 26 for 1 yard (K.Short; K.Ealy).

o   2nd and 9 at ATL 26

(10:50 - 2nd) (Shotgun) T.Coleman right guard to ATL 28 for 2 yards (L.Kuechly).

o   3rd and 7 at ATL 28

(10:10 - 2nd) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass short right to T.Gabriel ran ob at ATL 39 for 11 yards.

o   1st and 10 at ATL 39

(9:32 - 2nd) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass incomplete deep right to J.Jones (B.Benwikere).

o   2nd and 10 at ATL 39

(9:27 - 2nd) M.Ryan sacked at ATL 32 for -7 yards (K.Love).

o   3rd and 17 at ATL 32

(8:37 - 2nd) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass deep right to J.Jones to CAR 15 for 53 yards (K.Coleman).

o   1st and 10 at CAR 15

(7:55 - 2nd) M.Ryan pass short middle to T.Coleman to CAR 12 for 3 yards (L.Kuechly).

o   2nd and 7 at CAR 12

(7:19 - 2nd) T.Coleman left guard to CAR 9 for 3 yards (M.Griffin).

o   3rd and 4 at CAR 9

(6:37 - 2nd) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass short middle to J.Tamme to CAR 10 for -1 yards (T.Boston).

o   4th and 5 at CAR 10

(5:56 - 2nd) M.Bryant 28 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.

 

5th Series:

o   1st and 10 at ATL 25

(3:03 - 2nd) (Shotgun) D.Freeman left end ran ob at ATL 26 for 1 yard (S.Thompson). PENALTY on ATL-J.Matthews, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at ATL 25 - No Play.

o   1st and 20 at ATL 15

(2:37 - 2nd) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass short middle to J.Jones to ATL 33 for 18 yards (L.Kuechly).

o   2nd and 2 at ATL 33

(2:00 - 2nd) M.Ryan sacked at ATL 26 for -7 yards (L.Kuechly).

o   (2:00 - 2nd) Two-Minute Warning

o   3rd and 9 at ATL 26

(1:53 - 2nd) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass incomplete short left to J.Jones.

o   4th and 9 at ATL 26

(1:41 - 2nd) M.Bosher punts 56 yards to CAR 18, Center-J.Harris. T.Ginn to CAR 26 for 8 yards (J.Harris).

 

6th Series:

o   1st and 10 at ATL 1

(14:45 - 3rd) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass short left to T.Gabriel to ATL 20 for 19 yards (L.Kuechly).

o   1st and 10 at ATL 20

(14:12 - 3rd) D.Freeman left guard to ATL 27 for 7 yards (D.Worley). PENALTY on ATL-A.Levitre, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at ATL 20 - No Play.

o   1st and 20 at ATL 10

(13:41 - 3rd) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass short left to D.Freeman to ATL 11 for 1 yard (C.Johnson). Penalty on ATL-M.Sanu, Illegal Shift, declined.

o   2nd and 19 at ATL 11

(13:15 - 3rd) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass deep right to T.Gabriel to ATL 30 for 19 yards (T.Boston).

o   1st and 10 at ATL 30

(12:41 - 3rd) M.Ryan pass incomplete short right to L.Toilolo (S.Thompson).

o   2nd and 10 at ATL 30

(12:36 - 3rd) (Shotgun) T.Coleman right tackle to ATL 30 for no gain (S.Thompson; L.Edwards).

o   3rd and 10 at ATL 30

(11:54 - 3rd) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass deep middle to M.Sanu to ATL 48 for 18 yards (K.Coleman). CAR-T.Davis was injured during the play.

o   1st and 10 at ATL 48

(11:19 - 3rd) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass short left to T.Coleman to ATL 48 for no gain (L.Kuechly).

o   2nd and 10 at ATL 48

(10:32 - 3rd) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass short left to J.Jones to CAR 43 for 9 yards (B.Benwikere).

o   3rd and 1 at CAR 43

(9:50 - 3rd) D.Freeman right guard to CAR 42 for 1 yard (P.Soliai).

o   1st and 10 at CAR 42

(9:13 - 3rd) Austin Hooper Pass From Matt Ryan for 42 Yrds M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Boshe

 

7th & 8th Series:

o   1st and 10 at ATL 8

(8:10 - 3rd) T.Coleman left tackle to ATL 15 for 7 yards (T.Davis).

o   2nd and 3 at ATL 15

(7:41 - 3rd) M.Ryan pass incomplete short middle to T.Coleman (L.Kuechly).

o   3rd and 3 at ATL 15

(7:35 - 3rd) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass short left to J.Jones to ATL 20 for 5 yards (L.Kuechly; B.Benwikere).

o   1st and 10 at ATL 20

(6:52 - 3rd) M.Ryan pass incomplete short right to P.DiMarco.

o   2nd and 10 at ATL 20

(6:48 - 3rd) M.Ryan pass incomplete short left to A.Robinson (B.Benwikere).

o   3rd and 10 at ATL 20

(6:41 - 3rd) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass short left to J.Jones to CAR 48 for 32 yards (T.Boston).

o   1st and 10 at CAR 48

(6:01 - 3rd) D.Freeman right guard to CAR 48 for no gain (T.Davis).

o   2nd and 10 at CAR 48

(5:36 - 3rd) M.Ryan pass short left to A.Robinson to CAR 35 for 13 yards (K.Coleman).

o   1st and 10 at CAR 35

(4:57 - 3rd) Aldrick Robinson Pass From Matt Ryan for 35 Yrds M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.

 

o   1st and 10 at ATL 29

(3:29 - 3rd) D.Freeman left end to ATL 41 for 12 yards (M.Griffin; D.Worley).

o   1st and 10 at ATL 41

(2:50 - 3rd) D.Freeman left end to 50 for 9 yards (M.Griffin; D.Worley).

o   2nd and 1 at 50

(2:09 - 3rd) D.Freeman left tackle to CAR 46 for 4 yards (K.Short).

o   1st and 10 at CAR 46

(1:23 - 3rd) D.Freeman left tackle to CAR 46 for no gain (S.Lotulelei).

o   2nd and 10 at CAR 46

(0:38 - 3rd) M.Ryan pass short right to J.Jones to CAR 37 for 9 yards (A.Klein; J.Bradberry).

o   END QUARTER 3

o   3rd and 1 at CAR 37

(14:54 - 4th) (Shotgun) T.Coleman right tackle to CAR 34 for 3 yards (L.Kuechly).

o   1st and 10 at CAR 34

(14:11 - 4th) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass incomplete deep left to M.Sanu.

o   2nd and 10 at CAR 34

(14:06 - 4th) T.Coleman right end to CAR 35 for -1 yards (L.Edwards).

o   3rd and 11 at CAR 35

(13:24 - 4th) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass incomplete short left to J.Jones.

o   4th and 11 at CAR 35

(13:19 - 4th) M.Bryant 53 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.

 

9th & 10th Series:

o   1st and 10 at 50

(11:29 - 4th) D.Freeman right end to ATL 46 for -4 yards (S.Thompson).

o   2nd and 14 at ATL 46

(10:45 - 4th) (Shotgun) M.Ryan pass short right to M.Sanu to 50 for 4 yards (S.Thompson).

o   3rd and 10 at 50

(9:59 - 4th) M.Ryan scrambles right end ran ob at CAR 49 for 1 yard (L.Kuechly).

o   4th and 9 at CAR 49

(9:21 - 4th) M.Bosher punts 43 yards to CAR 6, Center-J.Harris, fair catch by T.Ginn

 

o   1st and 10 at ATL 25

(3:45 - 4th) Julio Jones Pass From Matt Ryan for 75 Yrds M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.

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