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The two players that will benefit most from Arthur Smith


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New Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith brings a successful brand of offense to town.

The Atlanta Falcons finally decided to bring in Arthur Smith to be the head coach for the team. While he isn’t the sexy hire that many were hoping for, he could very well be the man for the job.

The Falcons have one of, if not, the best receiving duo in the league in Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley – Jones is one of the best receivers the league has seen.

Ridley is coming off a career year himself and seems to be finally coming into his own.

New head coach Arthur Smith knows a thing or two about dynamic receiving duos.

He had one of the better ones during his time as offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans. AJ Brown and Corey Davisare two of the better young receivers in this game. They were both able to make a big impact on the offense.

Brown is coming off a season in which he recorded 70 catches, 1075 yards, and 11 touchdowns in 14 games. Davis had the best season of his young career with 65 catches, 984 yards, and five touchdowns.

While those numbers might not pop out to the casual fan, the numbers that these two guys put up are amazing since Derrick Henry rushed for over 2,000 yards last season. That’s the key for the Falcons next season.

If Arthur Smith can get at least 60-70 percent of the production on the ground that Henry produced, it will do wonders for Jones and Ridley who have been devoid of any type of running game.

There’s no doubt that Jones and Ridley will continue to put up numbers no matter who the head coach is. Arthur Smith puts this duo in the best position to put up even better numbers as long as they have that running game to take the attention off of them.

Who knows, maybe Jones might be able to reach double-digit touchdowns next season, a wish that Falcons fans are waiting to come true.

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22 minutes ago, Herr Doktor said:

In all honesty, and if history holds true, AS will benefit the whole offense.

Then there's the history that says we are awful in the first year of a different system. Like when people were calling for Kyle Shanahan to be fired after his first 8-8 year here. It is all relative though. That would be a major improvement over our current 4-12.

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2 minutes ago, Dirtier Bird said:

Then there's the history that says we are awful in the first year of a different system. Like when people were calling for Kyle Shanahan to be fired after his first 8-8 year here. It is all relative though. That would be a major improvement over our current 4-12.

Not saying this is different, but maybe it is.  Arthur impressed me with his attitude of shaping the offense to play to the strengths of his players, not force the players you have into a system not really made for them.

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It’s so hard to pick two spots.  Ryan will benefit having more time to throw, defense won’t be able to pin their ears back because of misdirection and play action, RBs will be involved in passing game and have an offensive line playing to their strengths, receivers will be schemed open.  I’m just excited for us as fans to not have to watch a game on Sunday that is not only predictable, boring and frustrating on offense, but also a team that can play to their potential again.

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I sooo hope that AS will get a pre-season to get the offense some actual game time in the new system that he will be running. Without a pre-season, I'm afraid the offense will have trouble most of the season. They may have the system by week 12 or so, and I don't know if Pees' defense can carry the team through the first 12 weeks. If we do have a pre-season, then by week 8 or so the offense should have the new system going good. I think Pees' defense might be able to carry the team to split those first 8 games, and have a record of 5-3, 4-4, or 3-5 after 8 weeks. If the offense is humming along nicely by then, we could finish anywhere from 11-5 to 9-7 which may lead to a playoff birth. If we are in the playoffs, with the offense humming and the defense playing well...anything is possible. 

Realistic expectations: Anyone's guess is as good as mine right now, since FA hasn't started, draft hasn't happened, and we don't even know what the salary cap is going to be yet. I'm trying to stay positive...

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4 hours ago, Alomar said:

I sooo hope that AS will get a pre-season to get the offense some actual game time in the new system that he will be running. Without a pre-season, I'm afraid the offense will have trouble most of the season. They may have the system by week 12 or so, and I don't know if Pees' defense can carry the team through the first 12 weeks. If we do have a pre-season, then by week 8 or so the offense should have the new system going good. I think Pees' defense might be able to carry the team to split those first 8 games, and have a record of 5-3, 4-4, or 3-5 after 8 weeks. If the offense is humming along nicely by then, we could finish anywhere from 11-5 to 9-7 which may lead to a playoff birth. If we are in the playoffs, with the offense humming and the defense playing well...anything is possible. 

Realistic expectations: Anyone's guess is as good as mine right now, since FA hasn't started, draft hasn't happened, and we don't even know what the salary cap is going to be yet. I'm trying to stay positive...

If Stefanski can role out a new offense from the garbage they had been running under Kitchens in Cleveland over Zoom calls, Smith can figure it out too.

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There’s no doubt we have ridiculously good WR crew. Even Gage brings a lot. I think we play Hurst or other TE just a little more often, so it’s harder to predict, mix him up in short blocks and short route passes and before you know it OCs won’t be sending doubles on Rid and Jones. And if they do there’s a close option to make them pay. Gonna be a better season. 

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7 hours ago, marvinthemartian said:

I concur Herr Doktor!

 

4 hours ago, RING OF HONOR said:

That sounds like some medieval ****

That was borderline "Hive Sop Dap" territory! I had to read it twice & check usernames too. Haha

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On 2/4/2021 at 4:22 PM, Jesus said:

Trade em.

From what I understand by reading this site is that any rookie can produce at a pro bowl level.

What are we getting next year from a 33 year old Jones? Seriously, are we to totally write off 2020 and what he was as a football player to fit the agenda? Was Jones a pro-bowl level in 2020, just asking for a friend. Even when "healthy" the separation was not there like years in th past. He was dropping balls all year long with that bomb that hut him in the hands being the most blatent.

This is the reason people hated the Julio holdout/extension. Had nothing to do with Julio the person, but the amount of money he is owed while his body ages and skill deteriorate was an terrible decision(paying a 34 year old receiver 20+ is a joke). I would argue that he was not remotely close to what he was paid in 2020, you think that is going to change in 2021?

Falcons for life.

Ryan at least goes out there every single week and would probably get up and try to play with a broken leg. Jones plays 1-2 downs a series and then spends plays in between streching on the sideline(often in HUGE play situations!!!)..it is not getting better because we have a new coach.

 

 

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