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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons’ offense is predicated on the ability to run the ball and it’s one of the areas offensively head coach Dan Quinn wants to see improved after six games.

Atlanta, which currently ranks 29th in the league in rushing yards per game, is averaging 86 yards on the ground. Against the Bucs, the Falcons were held to 70 rushing yards.

“We’re going to stick to it,” Quinn said. “We know we have the right scheme, we know we have the right guys to fit into it. But we’ve got work to do. That part needs extra attention and we’re certainly going to devote the time to it.”

The Falcons’ offense ranks 9th in points per game despite not being able to run the ball as well as Quinn would like.

In order for the Falcons to continue to be successful on offense, running the ball effectively will be key. Not only does it set up the play-action, it gives the Falcons a more balanced attack.

“In the run game, it adds to the toughness of our team, and it carries over on to third-and-short yardage,” Quinn said. “It carries over into four-minute opportunities. It carries over into our play-action. So there will be some games when we won't get as many long runs, but they're very important to get the explosive passes. So it's part of our balance of what we do. We just so happen that we love our runners and how we get going. That's more touches for them to have a chance for an explosive play. So it's really important what we do. We have high standards for us in the run game.”

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All facets of the running continue to struggle. I think blame can be applied to all aspects of our running game. Our offensive line is consistently being driven back on running plays allowing their linebackers to flow to the ball. Fullbacks and tight ends have been inconsistent in the running game. Even when we do have a hole, our running backs are often missing that lane. 

I do think getting Freeman back will help the running game, but we need everyone to start playing better.

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8 minutes ago, Vandy said:

He won’t say it, but biggest issue in running game is missing freeman. 

Freeman is not the Freeman of old.  He got his contract and has lost that fight in him.  He used to run with passion and aggression, but now he runs because he is under contract.  Freeman is done and will never be the same again.

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I like Dan Quinn but his stubbornness is veering over toward self-delusion. 

We can't pick up two yards when we need to.  

Our offensive line is lightweight and weak, and the opponents know they can beat that wimpy blocking scheme with simple stunts.  They do it almost every snap. 

It's not scheme.  It's talent, and we lack it all along the line.  Even Alex Mack has degraded noticeably.

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If we want to keep cracking the edge and run there,Matthews and Schraeder and whoever is playing TE need to really focus in on these DEs to stop them from crashing down into our backfield.

Thats what kills zone blocking runs is opposing DEs appearing in the backfield and culling the ability for our RBs to get a read off of that outside tackles block.If those OTs can hold those DEs up it's a 2 way go for the RB outside or a cutback run.

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49 minutes ago, Falcon You said:

Freeman is not the Freeman of old.  He got his contract and has lost that fight in him.  He used to run with passion and aggression, but now he runs because he is under contract.  Freeman is done and will never be the same again.

The statistics do not back up your argument.  Freeman has been superior as a runner to Coleman, Ward, or Smith when healthy.

The concern should not be that he's lost his "aggression", but that his body has begun to break down and he may never be consistently healthy again.

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I support this 100%. Even when you're not getting yardage, KEEP DOING IT. Don't be afraid to run a quick hitting draw or a backside trap or counter on 3rd and medium. Teams love to pressure Ryan. If you can get Coleman through the LOS, with the receivers downfield in man and the DBs turned the other way, he could make one cut and head to the house.

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11 minutes ago, ki46dinah said:

I hate the called plays....the toss plays have been terrible for the last 2 seasons here, yet we continue to run them.

Its honestly fine once or twice a game to test the edge and keep defensive ends honest....but its simply not working right now.

We need more attack up the middle. Traps and draws. Coleman can split a seam if we give him one. As long as no one touches his shoelaces lol.

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14 minutes ago, virginiafalcon said:

The statistics do not back up your argument.  Freeman has been superior as a runner to Coleman, Ward, or Smith when healthy.

The concern should not be that he's lost his "aggression", but that his body has begun to break down and he may never be consistently healthy again.

His body breaking down is possible the cause, but I just haven't seen him run the same as when he wanted that contract.  Remember, he started all that contract crap during super bowl week.  I think the contract is more important to him than working on his body.  Some backs have played for a long time, but they worked on their body.  Have you seen the video of how much Steven Jackson worked on his body during the week.  Of course, he didn't do much for us when he was here, but he was still in good shape and had Oline been decent he would have a decent year.  

Alot of people relax after getting that contract.  Another example is Flacco.  He hasn't done anything since getting that contract.  Some people get them money and just don't put in 100% anymore.

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You cant keep expecting Ryan to throw 500 yards . 3 TDs every game. Ryan is being tasked to put up HOF stats every game now just to keep up the scoring because we have no Defense. We MUST RUN MORE (and not that dang toss sweep play) to slow the clock and game down. We have the worst OG ever, and until they learn how to block up the middle then our Run game is going to be limited to those toss plays

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3 minutes ago, falcons007 said:

I don’t care if it’s run or a short pass. Balance it with quick passes and don’t force rushing and lose downs putting more pressure on passing attack.

Yep definitely have to have multiple ways to go about it.

If a team takes onething away hit em with another.

I think that has a bit to do with the OC and how he chooses to go about it a need to evolve it the mentioned above is taken away.

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As much as we like Sark improvement in the offense with play calling and formations, I agree with the concern that in the running game he still lacking. He keeps calling toss plays, etc...he may be the reason why Freeman has not really flourished since his new contract aside from the fact that he is injured a lot lately. The passing game results have been elevated aside from thew blocking issues with the OL (not Sark's fault) but in the running game, he needs help. 

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