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Ranking NFL rosters from 1 to 32:

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2. Atlanta Falcons

Biggest strength: Only two offensive players have received overall grades of 90.0 or higher in each of the past four seasons -- Tom Brady and Julio Jones. Jones ended the 2018 campaign with 113 catches for 1,677 receiving yards from 573 snaps in-route. His average of 2.93 yards per route run ranked first among receivers with at least 200 routes run, and it's also the fourth-highest such mark since 2015. In fact, the only marks ahead are Jones' performances each season from 2015-17. He is among the best to ever play the position, and there's nothing to suggest that he won't be at the top once again in 2019.

2019 NFL OFFSEASON COVERAGE

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Biggest weakness: Atlanta has one of the NFL's best young interior pass-rushers in Grady Jarrett, as only Chris JonesFletcher Cox and Aaron Donaldhad a higher pass-rush win rate last year than Jarrett's 16.6%. But outside of him, this pass rush leaves a lot to be desired. Over the previous two seasons, neither Takkarist McKinley nor Vic Beasley Jr. have recorded a pass-rush grade above 70.0. The team's edge rushers combined to produce pressure on just 19.0% of their pass-rush snaps last season, which ranked 25th among edge groups.

X factor for 2019: Deion Jones. If the 2018 season showed us anything, it was just how important Jones is to the Falcons' defense. In 2017, Jones and the rest of the Falcons linebackers combined to allow a passer rating of just 92.4 on throws into their coverage, and 32.8% of those targets resulted in either a forced incompletion or a defensive stop. With Jones out in 2018, the Falcons' linebackers allowed a passer rating of 124.3, and only 25.0% of their targets resulted in a forced incompletion or a defensive stop. There is no question that Jones is one of the league's best coverage linebackers, and his ability to buoy this defense shouldn't be overlooked


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24. San Francisco 49ers

Biggest strength: The San Francisco defensive line is as stacked as any in the league. Dee Ford led the league with 84 QB pressures with Kansas City in 2018, and Nick Bosa's college pass-rush grade almost mirrors that of his brother, Joey. But their pass-rush will need to get home early and often with a suspect coverage unit behind them.

Biggest weakness: The league's lowest-graded coverage unit last year didn't improve much this offseason. Richard Sherman allowed a career-high 100.7 passer rating on throws into his coverage, and K'Waun Williams allowed a catch on 73.3% of his targets. Collectively, the 49ers' secondary forced an incompletion on just 9.7% of their targeted passes in 2018, the fifth-lowest rate among NFL secondaries.

X factor for 2019: George Kittle not only led the league in yards after the catch, his 873 such yards were also 213 more than the next closest pass-catcher (JuJu Smith-Schuster, 660). Kittle averaged a ridiculous 9.9 yards after the catch per reception, which also led the NFL.

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Just now, RightInTwo said:

Kyle Shanahan just beat Matt Lafleur in the NFC Championship Game.

And we have Dan Quinn. That might be funny if it wasn’t so **** sad.

Let me tell you something....You....You.....You

 

:yikes:

 

You're right..

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8 minutes ago, FalconsIn2012 said:

I can handle Quinn and our staff on defense.

Kut-turd & Co. on offense is a different matter altogether.  

I'm really hoping that Mularky leaving means Dirk will switch to more of what we saw vs the Jags.  It is a stupidly optimistic view that has about 2% chance of being a reality, but it's all I have to look forward to.

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5 minutes ago, kiwifalcon said:

Bill Walsh Bill Belichick you want to know why these teams were dynasties in the league.

You know who is drastically underrated: George Seiffert.  He put up better numbers over 8 years in SF than Walsh.  Had  he never come out of retirement to coach the dumpster fire Panthers he would have the highest career win%

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4 minutes ago, FalconsIn2012 said:

You know who is drastically underrated: George Seiffert.  He put up better numbers over 8 years in SF than Walsh.  Had  he never come out of retirement to coach the dumpster fire Panthers he would have the highest career win%

Seiffert was a Walsh disciple.

Walsh laid the ground work for most of the success there. 

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7 minutes ago, kiwifalcon said:

Seiffert was a Walsh disciple.

Walsh laid the ground work for most of the success there. 

Sure, but Seiffert won more with the players.  Also, Walsh used Seiffert’s defense.  He was a genius DC and had incredible eye for coaching talent.  
 

He hired Shannahan to run his offense and Carroll to run his defense.  Just a very underrated coach

Seiffert Defenses: between 1983 and 1997, only once were his units ranked lower than 8th in points allowed

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28 minutes ago, FalconsIn2012 said:

I can handle Quinn and our staff on defense.

Kut-turd & Co. on offense is a different matter altogether.  

13th in points and 5th in yards on offense

23rd in points and 20th in yards on defense.

Makes sense.

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8 minutes ago, Ovie_Lover said:

13th in points and 5th in yards on offense

23rd in points and 20th in yards on defense.

Makes sense.

Now take into consideration the talent he had.  13th in points with the best offensive personnel is simply not good.  
 

Were you honestly encouraged by what you saw on offense last year?

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27 minutes ago, kiwifalcon said:

Seiffert was a Walsh disciple.

Walsh laid the ground work for most of the success there. 

Offensively. Seifert was a great DC. Very few remember the defensive players on that Niners dynasty, but they routinely finished in the top 10, top 5 in the league.

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shanahan is long gone, only hope is that quinn can carry this momentum into next season, and seasons after.

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22 minutes ago, FalconsIn2012 said:

Now take into consideration the talent he had.  13th in points with the best offensive personnel is simply not good.  
 

Were you honestly encouraged by what you saw on offense last year?

The best personell? That's on the cheifs.

Quinn is the problem more than Koetter. Let Koetter run his scheme not 4 schemes. 

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3 minutes ago, Ovie_Lover said:

The best personell? That's on the cheifs.

Quinn is the problem more than Koetter. Let Koetter run his scheme not 4 schemes. 

Chiefs might have better personnel, but it’s debatable.  And the fact it’s debatable tells you how badly we underperformed.

Honestly, this year looked the same as most of DK’s offenses...but I agree, let him run what he knows

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9 minutes ago, FalconsIn2012 said:

Chiefs might have better personnel, but it’s debatable.  And the fact it’s debatable tells you how badly we underperformed.

Honestly, this year looked the same as most of DK’s offenses...but I agree, let him run what he knows

Debatle? Lol ok 

Mahomes

Kelce

Their RB's

Their oline

All better

I'd take our top 2 WR that's it

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1 hour ago, RightInTwo said:

Kyle Shanahan just beat Matt Lafleur in the NFC Championship Game.

And we have Dan Quinn. That might be funny if it wasn’t so **** sad.

#continuitybro

KS has only gotten better.. Quinn and Lafleur have only gotten worse.. Just reality 

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24 minutes ago, Ovie_Lover said:

The best personell? That's on the cheifs.

Quinn is the problem more than Koetter. Let Koetter run his scheme not 4 schemes. 

Agree, this patchwork KS offense forced upon him makes no sense.. KS is the best man to run the original offense, hes gone.. Time to move on

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The personnel ain't special on defense, period. When's the last time you heard of people destroying other teams with Falcons castoffs? Brian Poole and Corey Peters carved a niche and that's literally it. 

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2 hours ago, Ovie_Lover said:

The best personell? That's on the cheifs.

Quinn is the problem more than Koetter. Let Koetter run his scheme not 4 schemes. 

His scheme that had had a bottom 20 rushing offense on average for 10 years?  That lacks creativity?  That exposes weaknesses?  You know why KC and SF are so good on offense?  The play calling.  You put that same personnel with Dirk calling plays and it isn’t even a top ten offense.  You act like Dirk has blown it up anywhere else he has been.  He has always been meh to bad at every stop, and the longer he is around and doesn’t adapt, it only gets worse.

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