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Deion Jones on Dante Fowler: Love his 'dog mentality' on the edge

When Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones was asked what his first impressions of Dante Fowler have been, he quickly answered with a big smile on his face.

Although the two players have yet to take the practice fields together or sit in a meeting room with one another, Fowler is well on his way to winning his teammates over.

"I think Dante is going to be a great addition to the team," Jones said. "He brings a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm. I love his dog mentality on the edge. Just having him on the team, having the energy and juice on the defense, I can't wait to see him out there with his hair out having fun."

After finishing the 2019 season with just 28 sacks, the Falcons signed Fowler in free agency in hopes to improve their pass rush.

Fowler, 25, is coming off his best season to date after recording 11.5 sacks with the Los Angeles Rams. The former first-round pick said he expects to put up double-digit sacks with the Falcons.

"In order to be the best edge rusher in the league, you have to put up double-digits [sacks] every year," Fowler said. "That's my job, that's my goal to be consistent every year come out with double digits."

Jones and Fowler's production in the upcoming season will play a huge role in Atlanta's success on defense.

The Falcons hope to build off the strides the defensive unit made in the final eight games of the 2019 season.

After starting the season 1-7, Falcons coach Dan Quinn made a few changes on his coaching staff. Quinn moved Raheem Morris from wide receivers coach to the defensive side of the ball to work primarily with the defensive backs. The Falcons won six of their last eight games and finished 7-9 on the year.

Morris and linebackers and assistant head coach, Jeff Ulbrich, split play-calling duties. Ulbrich was responsible for play-calling duties on first and second down and Morris called third down and red zone defense and was promoted to defensive coordinator following the season.

To put the magnitude of the turnaround into perspective, here's a few key stats from the last eight games of the season:
Third-down conversion percentage: No. 1 (38%)

  •  Points allowed per game: No. 5 (16.9)
  • Total QB rating: No. 5 (78.7)
  • Red zone touchdown percentage: No. 5 (38%)
  • Total takeaways: No. 7 (13)

Here's where the Falcons ranked in these five categories in the first eight games:

  • Third-down conversion percentage: No. 32 (53%)
  • Points allowed per game: No. 31 (29.6)
  • Total QB rating: No. 31 (117.3)
  • Red zone touchdown percentage: No. 32 (66%)
  • Total takeaways: No. 32 (2)

 

 

 

 

I like the dog and the none stop motor Fowler brings to the team.....Dude is a good DE but for him to become a great topish DE I think his next step is getting a main go to rush move and getting his pressures to 50 plus a year...... The guy is 25 years old.... Im looking forward to see what him and this D can do this year

 

 

 

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18 minutes ago, Pacific_Falcon said:

Yep. Only one person to hand the blindfold and cigarette to if the team falls on its face.

And some people will say that person is Matt Ryan even if he throws for 5,000 yards and 40 TDs. But clearly this falls 100% on DQ win, lose or draw. 

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6 hours ago, atljbo said:

I like the dog and the none stop motor Fowler brings to the team.....Dude is a good DE but for him to become a great topish DE I think his next step is getting a main go to rush move and getting his pressures to 50 plus a year...... The guy is 25 years old.... Im looking forward to see what him and this D can do this year

Exactly what I was thinking. 🤔

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I like the Fowler Signing too. To me, he has the making of an Elite DE.  Quick Enough, Big Enough, Long Enough.  He just needs to put it all together to get there, which at his age is worth the contract.  What I liked from the tape I saw was that he got to the QB in different ways and got consistent pressure, as opposed to Beasley who was a one trick pony.  

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22 hours ago, marvinthemartian said:

And some people will say that person is Matt Ryan even if he throws for 5,000 yards and 40 TDs. But clearly this falls 100% on DQ win, lose or draw. 

What about tom Brady and Brees we got the toughest division in nfl

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1 hour ago, FalconsIn2012 said:

Yeah, this sounds like conjecture rather than something Takk said.  
 

Vic was the reigning NFL sack leader four months  before Takk was drafted.  Takk would have been blasted if he said this

I don’t recall takk ever saying that 

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On 6/8/2020 at 3:56 PM, direwolf said:

Excited about the signing, but I still can't get over the drastic turnaround by the defense. Boggles the mind that they went from the absolute worst defensive unit in the league to legit top 5-10 unit. 

Yeah, crazy turn around. The article give DQ credit for the moves to make the turn around. All he did was put remove himself from the D and put the WR coach on D where he Always belonged

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On ‎06‎/‎08‎/‎2020 at 1:35 PM, atljbo said:

did i miss something... when did takk say this

It was an interview, it wasn't his direct words but he pretty much implied it. He was saying Vic was laid back and non chalant, can't find the interview unfortunately. 

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9 hours ago, Tim Mazetti said:

I didn't think that would be a move given the changes on the performance after the HC turned over the D play calling.

If a man who was hired as head coach based on his defensive acumen can't be trusted with any part of the defense, what good is he? What does he bring to the table?

  • Discipline? No.
  • A sound basis of fundamentals? No
  • Brilliant adjustments? No.
  • Masterful in-game management? No
  • Basic game clock management? No.
  • Peerless leadership? No.
  • Insightful and rigorous preparation? No.

So what is it then? What exactly is Cowardly Clueless Quinn providing for us? If anything, last season's turnaround should have given impetus to firing CCQ and hiring Raheem Morris or Dan Ulbricht: the real and actual reasons behind the pointless (yet enjoyable) surge.

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10 hours ago, Roanoke Falcon said:

If a man who was hired as head coach based on his defensive acumen can't be trusted with any part of the defense, what good is he? What does he bring to the table?

  • Discipline? No.
  • A sound basis of fundamentals? No
  • Brilliant adjustments? No.
  • Masterful in-game management? No
  • Basic game clock management? No.
  • Peerless leadership? No.
  • Insightful and rigorous preparation? No.

So what is it then? What exactly is Cowardly Clueless Quinn providing for us? If anything, last season's turnaround should have given impetus to firing CCQ and hiring Raheem Morris or Dan Ulbricht: the real and actual reasons behind the pointless (yet enjoyable) surge.

I’m not a Quinn fan these days either....frankly haven’t been since he choked in not overruling his OC’s poor situational play calling in those fateful last few minutes SB 51 after The Julio catch.....

but with that being said, these players never quit on him, no matter how bad a season is going. And that’s an element of leadership not seen in pro sports or anywhere else these days. So I Disagree he’s not a good leader.  

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