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4 changes that should help the Falcons defense bounce back in 2019

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2 hours ago, GeorgiaBoyz said:

We’re missing until proven otherwise by Hageman, Senat, Davidson or whomever a DT that’s good at stuffing the run & pushing the pocket like Poe did in 2017 . 

I’m pulling big time for Hageman.  Hope he’s done a 180z

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4 hours ago, athell said:

I *think* the reason is because he came back last year whereas Neal and Rico did not.

It's a good piece, and some valid points.  I still question whether or not Quinn is the guy for the job, but we are about to find out!

lmao at least one person on TATF's brain is on today. Apparently my muscles have been just doing whatever without any guidance from my nervous system whatsoever today.

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3 hours ago, athell said:

Yup.  My only real question right now is the DL.  Specifically pass rush.  If we have no pass rush, the rest is useless.

One thing about DQ is that he isn’t afraid to run stunts and cornet blitz’s.  Check the latter games and playoff games of 2016 where he had taken over the d play calling.  

Against 2 mobile QB’s (Aaron Rogers and Wilson), he left them dazed and confused with dr de stunts, corner blitzes and LB blitzes.  

MM seemed to mostly just run straight up stuff as if he was saying ‘just rush the passer’. The results were not good as we know.

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14 hours ago, athell said:

Davison will stuff the run, not so much push the pocket.  Senat looked like Grady at times, so hopefully he can.  I'm not expecting anything from Hags...

I agree. If Hageman produces that’s like unexpectedly getting an UDFA stud

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If this defense balls out because of Quinn, I will be simultaneously happy that the defense is playing well and upset that he didn't do that last year. 

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2 hours ago, falconidae said:

If this defense balls out because of Quinn, I will be simultaneously happy that the defense is playing well and upset that he didn't do that last year. 

Defense was plenty good in 17’.  I don’t believe Quinn could have salvaged 18’ with the middle of his defense gutted

There is no reason to think the Falcons are not a top-10 rock hard unit in 19’

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22 hours ago, GeorgiaBoyz said:

We’re missing until proven otherwise by Hageman, Senat, Davidson or whomever a DT that’s good at stuffing the run & pushing the pocket like Poe did in 2017 . 

GDLB

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21 hours ago, athell said:

I'm actually really excited about our offense.  If we can get that legit top 10 defense paired with this offense and a healthy season?  Whooooooo boy!

I'm extremely interested in how this defense performs this season. In his interviews Quinn has hinted his defense is going to evolve to match up better against today's more wide-open, high-scoring schemes.

He's spent probably almost every waking moment dissecting what, who, where, why and how this defense went into the toilet and coming up with some changes that will turn things around. It's going to be fun to see what DQ is going to pull out of his, er,... hat when the season starts. :lol:

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23 hours ago, GeorgiaBoyz said:

We’re missing until proven otherwise by Hageman, Senat, Davidson or whomever a DT that’s good at stuffing the run & pushing the pocket like Poe did in 2017 . 

How long has GeeorgiaDiddledLittleBoyz?

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3 minutes ago, Yo_Lover said:

@GeorgiaBoyz

Don't even reply bro. 12 is just on his backup account. He can say what he wants without being banned, he just wants to get you banned.

Lmfaooo .. The Feds gotta come alot harder than that . I’ll never set myself up for failure like *inserts name so they got their work cut out for them . Tehehehe . :lol::lol:

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4 minutes ago, Monoxide said:

Aaaand that’s a ban

Just to let you know that's @Falconsin2012's "wife's" account.

In my opinion it's just him using a second account so he can take a ban without damaging his main but I could be wrong.

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21 hours ago, HouseofEuphoria said:

I think if we sign any late camp spots it'll be safety.

Agreed. We've already signed a few.

21 hours ago, Godzilla1985 said:

I’m pulling big time for Hageman.  Hope he’s done a 180z

It would go a long way to helping this defense.

8 hours ago, Osiruz said:

One under the radar move is the rookies who will now be seasoned like Oloukon, and senat. 

Man I'm excited for Foye. I hope he has a big year.

 

 

Just trying to get this thread back on track.

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16 hours ago, Yo_Lover said:

Agreed. We've already signed a few.

It would go a long way to helping this defense.

Man I'm excited for Foye. I hope he has a big year.

 

 

Just trying to get this thread back on track.

“You are the worst poster on here.  Go back in your hole.”

Your words, not mine.

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I'm worried about Rico because his injury is an achilles tendon tear. Even if he comes back I doubt he will ever be quite the same. I'm hoping his rehab is going well, but I will have to see him play on it. Hoping the best for him because he's such a smart player.

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On 7/3/2019 at 0:52 PM, birdz4i said:

By: Tim Weaver | July 2, 2019 8:00 am

 

The Falcons had a top-10 defense as recently as the 2017 season. Getting back there won’t be easy, but there have been a number of positive developments this offseason.

Here’s four key changes that will help Atlanta’s defense bounce back from a disappointing 2018 campaign.

1. Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator

Dan Quinn

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Competing in the NFL is all about coaching. If you need proof, just witness the stunning turnaround that the Rams have undergone the last couple of years after moving on from Jeff Fisher and replacing him with Sean McVay. LA went from having the worst offense in the league to perhaps the best overnight, and it was mostly with the same players.

The one factor that will decide where Atlanta finishes in the standings most may be how head coach Dan Quinn does as the team’s de facto defensive coordinator. Quinn came up as a defensive line coach and earned his current job by helping mold the Seahawks into the most dominant defense of our time.

This current Falcons team can’t compare with the awesome amount of firepower that Seattle had defensively from 2013-2014, but they have enough talent to field an above-average unit at the very least.

One key for Quinn will be making adjustments to a cover 3 scheme that looked stale and predictable at times last year. In particular, Freddie Kitchens and Baker Mayfield put on a clinic in how to beat the system in the crushing defeat against Cleveland Week 10.

We won’t know until September how Quinn will change things up compared to Marquand Manuel, but there are some early indications that he has plans to do some serious tinkering. From Keanu Neal taking reps with the defensive linemen to Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley working on new pass rush techniques, we might see a lot of tactical tweaks.

If Quinn mixes things up well enough schematically, it should make scoring on Atlanta much more difficult this season.

 

2. Adrian Clayborn’s return to the edge rotation

Adrian Clayborn

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Quinn can make all the tweaks and wrinkles and adjustments he wants – if the Falcons don’t improve their pass rush it’s going to be extremely hard to win the NFC South this year.

Last season Atlanta’s pressure rate left a lot to be desired. The good news is that Adrian Clayborn’s return to the edge rotation will help a lot.

Clayborn was of course the Falcons’ leading pass rusher in 2017 when he led the team with 9.5 sacks. While a lot of those came in one game against a backup left tackle, Clayborn is one of the league’s most consistent edge rushers when it comes to getting pressure.

In fact, last season with the Patriots Clayborn had the highest pressure rate of any defensive end in the NFL. Getting him back for just $2 million might be the best move that general manager Thomas Dimitroff makes all year.

 

3. Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen back in the lineup

Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen

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Having a strong pass rush is critical for modern NFL defenses, but the Falcons got a harsh reminder last season what happens when you’re shorthanded on the back end.

The season-ending injuries to starting safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen proved to be too devastating for Atlanta to overcome, even with a new rising star in the secondary rising to the challenge.

When healthy, Neal is one of the top defensive backs in the league and his return should be a game changer for the Falcons defense. Allen probably won’t make the Pro Bowl in his career, but he’s underrated and also a critical piece for Atlanta’s secondary.

Getting both of them back on the field should give a massive boost to a unit that looked overwhelmed more often than not last season. It will also allow Quinn to put what may be his most promising defensive weapon to use in new and interesting ways…

 

4. Damontae Kazee’s move to nickel corner

Damontae Kazee

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With Neal and Allen out for the year, the Falcons desperately needed somebody to step up and hold things down in the defensive backfield. Second-year DB Kazee answered the call and went a whole lot further, too.

Kazee played a fearless and fast brand of football last year that exemplifies the way Quinn wants his defenders to operate. In addition to leading the NFL in interceptions, Kazee showed awesome range and speed on film, which should give him every opportunity to be successful at his new position.

With Brian Poole moving on to the Jets in free agency, Atlanta will be sliding Kazee over to his old spot at nickel corner. He has previous experience at the position in college and his skill-set should make it a relatively seamless transition.

Unless Kazee has a major injury of his own, there’s a strong chance this Falcons secondary could be the most improved unit in football this year.

 

 

https://thefalconswire.usatoday.com/2019/07/02/falcons-defense-2019-changes-dan-quinn-damontae-kazee-adrian-clayborn/4/

 

Thanks for posting. Happy Birthday man

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58 minutes ago, JD dirtybird21 said:

Thanks for posting. Happy Birthday man

 

thank you, sir.

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Some of you are underselling the additions of Clayborn, Davidson and Hageman. They make is better by making us deeper by default. These arent just bodies though.....they will keep our studs cleaner and the rotation will be fresher. 

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2 hours ago, Stryka said:

Some of you are underselling the additions of Clayborn, Davidson and Hageman. They make is better by making us deeper by default. These arent just bodies though.....they will keep our studs cleaner and the rotation will be fresher. 

Agreed! Imagine being able to replace McClain or a struggling DE last year at will.

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