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Vikings DE credits Falcons for providing blueprint on stopping Saints

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Matt Urben 
 
January 5, 2020 7:30 pm

The Atlanta Falcons missed the postseason for the second year in a row, but they still affected the outcome of one NFC Wild-card matchup.

After the Vikings’ 26-20 victory over the Saints on Sunday afternoon, defensive end Danielle Hunter credited the Falcons for showing Minnesota how to slow down New Orleans’ high-powered offense.

Hunter said the Vikings chose to attack the interior of the Saints’ offensive line after watching film of Atlanta, per Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune:

 

#Vikings watched how Falcons slowed Drew Brees and Saints, according to Danielle Hunter, and they decided to attack interior OL because of strength of both Saints tackles.

 
 
 
 

 

The Falcons won six of their final eight games, but it all began with the team’s 26-9 Week 10 victory over the Saints.

While Atlanta’s success was too little, too late for the 2019 season, the drastic second-half turnaround was what ultimately saved the jobs of head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

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1 hour ago, FalconBlood23 said:

I love it!

https://thefalconswire.usatoday.com/2020/01/05/atlanta-falcons-minnesota-vikings-danielle-hunter-new-orleans-saints-nfl/

Vikings DE credits Falcons for providing blueprint on stopping Saints

usatsi_13651043.jpg?w=1000&h=600&crop=1
Matt Urben 
 
January 5, 2020 7:30 pm

The Atlanta Falcons missed the postseason for the second year in a row, but they still affected the outcome of one NFC Wild-card matchup.

After the Vikings’ 26-20 victory over the Saints on Sunday afternoon, defensive end Danielle Hunter credited the Falcons for showing Minnesota how to slow down New Orleans’ high-powered offense.

Hunter said the Vikings chose to attack the interior of the Saints’ offensive line after watching film of Atlanta, per Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune:

 

#Vikings watched how Falcons slowed Drew Brees and Saints, according to Danielle Hunter, and they decided to attack interior OL because of strength of both Saints tackles.

 
 
 
 

 

The Falcons won six of their final eight games, but it all began with the team’s 26-9 Week 10 victory over the Saints.

While Atlanta’s success was too little, too late for the 2019 season, the drastic second-half turnaround was what ultimately saved the jobs of head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

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44 minutes ago, The Don™ said:

Ive said it multiple times this season and during playoff thread today, Saints are very beatable if Brees has some pressure in his face. He can't handle it like he did before. Sack Brees a couple times and he'll fold. 

When you watched them play....they never seemed like a 13-3 team.....more like a 9-7 team.

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50 minutes ago, 2_legit_2_legit_2_quit said:

Quinn wasn’t calling the plays at that point.

We should have def fired Quinn and next season will prove it.

People are still confusing gameplans with playcalling. Does Pete Carroll suck since he doesn't call plays? Bill Belichik? Pretty much every defensive HC? Please.

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12 hours ago, Francis York Morgan said:

People are still confusing gameplans with playcalling. Does Pete Carroll suck since he doesn't call plays? Bill Belichik? Pretty much every defensive HC? Please.

Yep.

People are missing these details.

Guess who could work more with the DL after they made official moves on playcalling distribution being changed?

^DQ still had influence on the turnaround on D.

It’s all about proper resource allocation. Quinn managing his staff amidst coordinator moves has been one of his biggest offseason/off field shortcomings as a head coach.

Gotta hope the player overturn won’t stop it from becoming a consistently good unit next year and moving forward.

^That’s part of the plan sticking with Quinn. He can certainly lead a team. We do great on the road and in the division. What we need is restoring HFA somehow and that’s by balling out. Truth is if you win the people will come out, but ya PSLs etc don’t help when it’s 1-7 bad.

Oh, and we don’t discuss the AFC...

All of that said, it’s either glass half full or half empty. I have way less faith in Dirk getting it all together but fine...may as well see year 2.

If they get a run game and a defense? I’m confident this team can make playoffs.

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Pressure up the middle has been the way to unsettle Brees for his entire time in N.O.  The Saints entire offensive scheme is predicated on the OTs taking outside rushers deep on the arc while the IOL hold ground/redirect laterally in order to give Brees the ability to step up or to leak out laterally into a throwing lane. Saints perfected it a LONG time ago. Every time a team brings the heat in the middle with some reasonable success the Saints struggle. It ain't a "new thing."

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When I saw this yesterday, I was a little disappointed they didnt discuss the contributions on the offensive side of the ball as well. 

I don't think its a coincidence that the Saints' rush defense (5th in rush defense DVOA) struggled with teams running more "Shanahan" concepts....a weakness that was exploited by this staff in our win over the Saints earlier this year. The Vikings made an awful lot of profit on those concepts yesterday. 

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