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The other great thing is even if we ball out, our play caller won't be leaving for a HC gig.

This will be only the 2nd high quality OC Ryan has had in his career, Shanny being the first. So excited to get a brain in here at OC+HC that can play in a chess match with the other masters. In the p

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This will be only the 2nd high quality OC Ryan has had in his career, Shanny being the first. So excited to get a brain in here at OC+HC that can play in a chess match with the other masters. In the playoffs and division games this is critical. And we draft Pitts it will automatically take some heat off the OL now that we have a 220lb RB. 

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5 minutes ago, gazoo said:

This will be only the 2nd high quality OC Ryan has had in his career, Shanny being the first. So excited to get a brain in here at OC+HC that can play in a chess match with the other masters. In the playoffs and division games this is critical. And we draft Pitts it will automatically take some heat off the OL now that we have a 220lb RB. 

The other great thing is even if we ball out, our play caller won't be leaving for a HC gig.

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Schultz: Watching film with Falcons coach Arthur Smith makes his plan to fix them clear

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By Jeff Schultz Apr 2, 2021comment-icon.png 22

ATLANTA — Arthur Smith clicks on the good stuff. The formations at the start of a game that the opponent didn’t see coming. The bunch of three receivers at the top of the screen and the pre-snap motion that had a cornerback so confused he turned the wrong way and left a receiver wide open. The touchdown run out of the wildcat formation on third down in overtime when everybody was thinking pass. He’s clicking through play caller nirvana, narrating and getting giddy all over again.

“It’s about creating conflict,” he said. “We want to constantly put stress on the defense.”

Smith is less than three months into his job as the Falcons’ coach. Terry Fontenot, the new general manager, has been entrusted to fix the roster. But the coach is the true leader of any football team. Smith, only 38 and three years removed from being a tight ends coach in Tennessee, must set the tone and repair the psyche of a team that too often melted down in games last season and went 18-30 the past three years. He also will reinstall a wide-zone offensive scheme and call plays for an offense that drastically underachieved under former offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who ranked as Dan Quinn’s worst mistake.

“The thing you can say is this, because I don’t want to be critical of people who were here,” Smith said. “You’re going to learn a lot about someone in tight football games. When you call plays in a tight football game, your personality is going to show. Are you going to be risk-averse? I’m sitting here in a room with you right now, and you’re saying, ‘Show me your philosophy’ So I’ll show the jump pass to Derrick Henry or something that we had never shown before. I’ll show you the overtime at Houston this year when it’s third down, and they’re playing for the pass. You never want to get to the point of, ‘OK, it’s first-and-10 after a run. They’re going to pass.’ Everybody’s looking for an edge.”

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Smith agreed to let me watch film with him. My hope was to get a feel for his personality and philosophy as a coach, with the hope of gaining some insight into why he succeeded as the Titans’ offensive coordinator the past two years while the Falcons failed miserably. The last time I did something like this was the Falcons’ offseason between 2015 and 2016.

Quarterback Matt Ryan was coming off a subpar season in the first year with Kyle Shanahan as the OC. Ryan showed me mistakes that he made in Shanahan’s scheme and why he struggled and specific areas where he needed to get better. They were as basic as turning and getting his eyes upfield faster after dropping with his back turned.

In the season that followed that film session, the Falcons went to the Super Bowl. I mentioned that to Smith, who laughed at my joking insinuation that this day could be a possible foreshadowing for 2021.

“I’m not good at predictions,” he said. Good call.

Smith first learned how to watch film as an offensive lineman during his freshman year at North Carolina, where he played and later broke into coaching as a grad assistant under John Bunting. Smith remembers, somewhat fondly now, “getting my *** ripped” by line coaches during film sessions.

“That’s the best thing about an O-lineman,” he said. “You get called fat, dumb and stupid so many times that after a while it doesn’t matter what happens out there. It prepares you for the job. All of these quarterbacks, they get sensitive. They get a little bit of criticism from you or someone on the internet, and they want to go and cry.”

(I think I like this guy.)

Most media members who’ve been in NFL locker rooms know offensive linemen are generally the best players to talk to for insightful and plain-language analysis. They also have the humility that accompanies playing such a grunt position.

“Maybe it’s because we’re the kind of person who’s willing to put their hand on the ground and get into a car wreck 60 times a game and try to beat the **** out of somebody and enjoy it,” he said. “You don’t really want any credit, and it’s fun. They’re also usually the best guys to hang out with and socialize. They may not be the best-looking guys, but if you want to go out to party, you’re going to have the best time.”

Smith’s dream of playing professional football never materialized. But he wanted to remain in the sport, and his love for coaching grew at least in part out of his love for looking at film and finding ways to improve as a player and exploit an opponent’s weaknesses.

He agreed to the interview and film session but preferred not to critique Falcons games because he didn’t want to put himself in a position of criticizing current or former Atlanta players or even past coaches. But we looked at enough clips of his time at Tennessee and spoke in generalities about what leads to success or failure that it’s clear he’s going to take the Falcons in a different direction.

It’s also clear that one of his primary objectives will be getting this team to perform better under pressure, which would be diametric to so many late-game implosions of a year ago.

“Clearly it didn’t work, maybe for multiple reasons,” Smith said. “Maybe something was broken. Maybe there was a lack of confidence late in games. Why is that? I don’t know. But these games are going to come down to the last possession more times than not. In 75 percent of our games, a team is in striking distance in the fourth quarter, which is the way the league wants it.”

What generally causes late-game breakdowns?

“For whatever reason, doubt crept in, like they were waiting for something bad to happen,” he said. “I’ve been on bad football teams that were not confident. But (at Tennessee) when we got into one-score games, we thought we were going to win. We did. That was our mentality. It comes down to guys being confident situationally and trusting each other. It’s just a mentality.”

Smith runs an outside-zone scheme, like Shanahan, but the importance of the scheme can be overstated. No scheme is designed to fail. The problem is when play callers become stale and predictable. When Smith says he strives for balance, “It doesn’t mean we have to have 50 percent runs and 50 percent pass plays. It just means you want to keep defenses off balance. You don’t want to become obvious. Yeah, we’re going to run the football, and we’re going to throw play action at you. But if you’re sitting up there (in the box) and you know what’s coming, then shame on us.”

It’s what Shanahan excelled at in 2016. Opposing defenses had no idea what play was being run out of what formation, run or pass, weak side or strong side, what receiver was Ryan’s primary target.

“I love creating the conflict — constantly changing personnel and throwing motions at the defense,” Smith said. “And we pride ourselves at our core the way we’re going to play up front — with effort and finish and speed off the football.”

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Smith navigates on a computer to one of his favorite games in 2020, a 45-26 win at Indianapolis. The Titans had been slapped by the Colts in the season’s first meeting, 34-17, and were held to fewer than 300 yards in offense. The teams are AFC South Division opponents and know each other well so Smith acknowledged he had to try something new in the rematch. So he changed personnel groupings and formations. He moved fullback Khari Blasingame to an offset position instead of behind quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Titans even came out in the shotgun.

“We still did a lot of outside zone; we just did it in ways they hadn’t seen,” Smith said. “They wouldn’t expect us to run it out of the gun.”

Tennessee rushed for 229 yards and finished with 449 yards in total offense. Derrick Henry rushed for 178 and scored three touchdowns. (Important disclaimer: Henry did not accompany Smith to Atlanta.)

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“We’re in 11 personnel now (one running back, one tight end),” he said. “Here, we bunched three (receivers) up top and A.J. (Brown) motions down. We went back to back with this some motions.” (Tannehill throws to a wide-open Corey Davis when the cornerback turns the wrong way and appears to be playing the wrong defense.)

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Smith shows a play with 12 personnel (one back, two tight ends). Two receivers are to the right, but one runs in jet motion in front of the quarterback as if he’s going to take a handoff on a reverse. Instead, Tannehill hands the ball to Henry. But the Colts defense didn’t bite. Smith: “We got an ugly 3 (yards), but I’m fine. We’re moving.”

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Houston leads Tennessee 36-29 lead with 1:50 left. The Texans surprisingly attempted a two-point conversion after a touchdown in hopes of taking a nine-point lead instead of just kicking for the point that would’ve made it 37-29. The two-point attempt fails, leaving the deficit at seven. Smith is thrilled. The Titans are primed for these late-game, pressure situations.

Tannehill had a pedestrian career in Miami, but he threw 55 touchdowns with only 13 interceptions in two seasons under Smith. Tannehill calmly moves the Titans down the field against the Texans. With 1:45 remaining, nobody feels stressed. Tannehill throws five straight completions before Tennessee uses its final timeout. On first down from the Texans’ 16, Tannehill connects with Jeremy McNichols — the team’s seventh-leading receiver — for 9 yards to the 7. The clock is running inside 10 seconds.

“They’re expecting us to clock it,” Smith said. “But we don’t let them get set up. I told them ‘9-1-1.’ That’s our all-go.”

A television analyst can be heard saying, “You got to clock it. You got to clock it.” But instead of having Tannehill throw into the ground to stop the clock, the Titans run a play. Brown lines up to the left and gets a slight step on a defender to the corner of the end zone, and Tannehill throws a perfect back-shoulder toss for the tying touchdown.

It only gets better in overtime, when Tennessee wins the toss and drives 77 yards in five plays to the Texans’ 5. It’s third-and-goal and most are expecting a pass. Smith knows this. He’s not risk-averse. So he drops Tannehill down low to … receiver?

“We came with a random personnel group and went wildcat,” he said. “You’re thinking, ‘They’re not going to be ready for it,’ and they weren’t.”

He points to the computer screen. “Look at them scrambling to get down there to get to Tannehill. You’ve got a lot of conflict, a misfit, and now here comes the freight train (Henry) running downhill. Game over.”

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One hoped-for area of improvement by the Falcons under Smith: red zone. It helps to have a great running back like Henry. But the Titans ranked first in red-zone touchdown percentage in 2019 (77.36) and second in 2020 (74.24). The Falcons ranked 25th (51.67) and 26th (53.45) in those years.

Predictability is a four-letter word in football. Smith will tell you there’s no excuse for it. Coaches have been breaking down film and trying to find ways to exploit weaknesses for decades, long before those in other sports did. The successful ones are those who don’t fall into ruts and become married to their patterns.

“Football has done a crappy job branding itself,” Smith said. “People are talking about analytics, but in football, we’ve been breaking down games for the last 60 years. The sport just has a very primitive, cave-like element to it. But there was no Billy Beane who wrote about it. Paul Brown did it. Pepper (Rodgers) told me a story, and I don’t know if they got in trouble for it, but they put a radio in the quarterback’s helmet in the ’60s. Those guys were always looking for edges, sneaking into the stadium to watch Georgia practice.”

The conversation turns to the Falcons. He has tried to analyze the players he has inherited with objectivity, not knowing injuries or other circumstances that could have affected performances in games. So he has tried to focus on an individual’s skill set.

“I’m trying to get a feel for who they are instead of passing judgment or thinking, ‘This is what I would’ve done,'” he said. “I’ve had a pretty neutral mindset.”

As for improving the mindset of players, he said, “It’s a constant education that will start in the spring. You have to know what you’re doing in critical spots. As we got it going in Tennessee, there was a belief, and (Tannehill) had it in the end of games, and we had it defensively. We were prepared. We were not trying to make things up in critical situations.”

(Photo: Courtesy of Atlanta Falcons)

What a fantastic article. If all that Schultz claims is true with his ASmith quotes, then I'm giddy thinking about the offense this year.

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47 minutes ago, BAMF said:

If we end up picking at 4, I wonder who we would "pitt" against opposing defenses to create the most stress?

😁

Lol yeah, Smith's comments in this article pushed me more towards the belief that we are taking Pitts if he is there.

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1 hour ago, hollywood said:

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Schultz: Watching film with Falcons coach Arthur Smith makes his plan to fix them clear

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By Jeff Schultz Apr 2, 2021comment-icon.png 22

ATLANTA — Arthur Smith clicks on the good stuff. The formations at the start of a game that the opponent didn’t see coming. The bunch of three receivers at the top of the screen and the pre-snap motion that had a cornerback so confused he turned the wrong way and left a receiver wide open. The touchdown run out of the wildcat formation on third down in overtime when everybody was thinking pass. He’s clicking through play caller nirvana, narrating and getting giddy all over again.

“It’s about creating conflict,” he said. “We want to constantly put stress on the defense.”

Smith is less than three months into his job as the Falcons’ coach. Terry Fontenot, the new general manager, has been entrusted to fix the roster. But the coach is the true leader of any football team. Smith, only 38 and three years removed from being a tight ends coach in Tennessee, must set the tone and repair the psyche of a team that too often melted down in games last season and went 18-30 the past three years. He also will reinstall a wide-zone offensive scheme and call plays for an offense that drastically underachieved under former offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who ranked as Dan Quinn’s worst mistake.

“The thing you can say is this, because I don’t want to be critical of people who were here,” Smith said. “You’re going to learn a lot about someone in tight football games. When you call plays in a tight football game, your personality is going to show. Are you going to be risk-averse? I’m sitting here in a room with you right now, and you’re saying, ‘Show me your philosophy’ So I’ll show the jump pass to Derrick Henry or something that we had never shown before. I’ll show you the overtime at Houston this year when it’s third down, and they’re playing for the pass. You never want to get to the point of, ‘OK, it’s first-and-10 after a run. They’re going to pass.’ Everybody’s looking for an edge.”

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Smith agreed to let me watch film with him. My hope was to get a feel for his personality and philosophy as a coach, with the hope of gaining some insight into why he succeeded as the Titans’ offensive coordinator the past two years while the Falcons failed miserably. The last time I did something like this was the Falcons’ offseason between 2015 and 2016.

Quarterback Matt Ryan was coming off a subpar season in the first year with Kyle Shanahan as the OC. Ryan showed me mistakes that he made in Shanahan’s scheme and why he struggled and specific areas where he needed to get better. They were as basic as turning and getting his eyes upfield faster after dropping with his back turned.

In the season that followed that film session, the Falcons went to the Super Bowl. I mentioned that to Smith, who laughed at my joking insinuation that this day could be a possible foreshadowing for 2021.

“I’m not good at predictions,” he said. Good call.

Smith first learned how to watch film as an offensive lineman during his freshman year at North Carolina, where he played and later broke into coaching as a grad assistant under John Bunting. Smith remembers, somewhat fondly now, “getting my *** ripped” by line coaches during film sessions.

“That’s the best thing about an O-lineman,” he said. “You get called fat, dumb and stupid so many times that after a while it doesn’t matter what happens out there. It prepares you for the job. All of these quarterbacks, they get sensitive. They get a little bit of criticism from you or someone on the internet, and they want to go and cry.”

(I think I like this guy.)

Most media members who’ve been in NFL locker rooms know offensive linemen are generally the best players to talk to for insightful and plain-language analysis. They also have the humility that accompanies playing such a grunt position.

“Maybe it’s because we’re the kind of person who’s willing to put their hand on the ground and get into a car wreck 60 times a game and try to beat the **** out of somebody and enjoy it,” he said. “You don’t really want any credit, and it’s fun. They’re also usually the best guys to hang out with and socialize. They may not be the best-looking guys, but if you want to go out to party, you’re going to have the best time.”

Smith’s dream of playing professional football never materialized. But he wanted to remain in the sport, and his love for coaching grew at least in part out of his love for looking at film and finding ways to improve as a player and exploit an opponent’s weaknesses.

He agreed to the interview and film session but preferred not to critique Falcons games because he didn’t want to put himself in a position of criticizing current or former Atlanta players or even past coaches. But we looked at enough clips of his time at Tennessee and spoke in generalities about what leads to success or failure that it’s clear he’s going to take the Falcons in a different direction.

It’s also clear that one of his primary objectives will be getting this team to perform better under pressure, which would be diametric to so many late-game implosions of a year ago.

“Clearly it didn’t work, maybe for multiple reasons,” Smith said. “Maybe something was broken. Maybe there was a lack of confidence late in games. Why is that? I don’t know. But these games are going to come down to the last possession more times than not. In 75 percent of our games, a team is in striking distance in the fourth quarter, which is the way the league wants it.”

What generally causes late-game breakdowns?

“For whatever reason, doubt crept in, like they were waiting for something bad to happen,” he said. “I’ve been on bad football teams that were not confident. But (at Tennessee) when we got into one-score games, we thought we were going to win. We did. That was our mentality. It comes down to guys being confident situationally and trusting each other. It’s just a mentality.”

Smith runs an outside-zone scheme, like Shanahan, but the importance of the scheme can be overstated. No scheme is designed to fail. The problem is when play callers become stale and predictable. When Smith says he strives for balance, “It doesn’t mean we have to have 50 percent runs and 50 percent pass plays. It just means you want to keep defenses off balance. You don’t want to become obvious. Yeah, we’re going to run the football, and we’re going to throw play action at you. But if you’re sitting up there (in the box) and you know what’s coming, then shame on us.”

It’s what Shanahan excelled at in 2016. Opposing defenses had no idea what play was being run out of what formation, run or pass, weak side or strong side, what receiver was Ryan’s primary target.

“I love creating the conflict — constantly changing personnel and throwing motions at the defense,” Smith said. “And we pride ourselves at our core the way we’re going to play up front — with effort and finish and speed off the football.”

Click …

Smith navigates on a computer to one of his favorite games in 2020, a 45-26 win at Indianapolis. The Titans had been slapped by the Colts in the season’s first meeting, 34-17, and were held to fewer than 300 yards in offense. The teams are AFC South Division opponents and know each other well so Smith acknowledged he had to try something new in the rematch. So he changed personnel groupings and formations. He moved fullback Khari Blasingame to an offset position instead of behind quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Titans even came out in the shotgun.

“We still did a lot of outside zone; we just did it in ways they hadn’t seen,” Smith said. “They wouldn’t expect us to run it out of the gun.”

Tennessee rushed for 229 yards and finished with 449 yards in total offense. Derrick Henry rushed for 178 and scored three touchdowns. (Important disclaimer: Henry did not accompany Smith to Atlanta.)

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“We’re in 11 personnel now (one running back, one tight end),” he said. “Here, we bunched three (receivers) up top and A.J. (Brown) motions down. We went back to back with this some motions.” (Tannehill throws to a wide-open Corey Davis when the cornerback turns the wrong way and appears to be playing the wrong defense.)

Click …

Smith shows a play with 12 personnel (one back, two tight ends). Two receivers are to the right, but one runs in jet motion in front of the quarterback as if he’s going to take a handoff on a reverse. Instead, Tannehill hands the ball to Henry. But the Colts defense didn’t bite. Smith: “We got an ugly 3 (yards), but I’m fine. We’re moving.”

Click …

Houston leads Tennessee 36-29 lead with 1:50 left. The Texans surprisingly attempted a two-point conversion after a touchdown in hopes of taking a nine-point lead instead of just kicking for the point that would’ve made it 37-29. The two-point attempt fails, leaving the deficit at seven. Smith is thrilled. The Titans are primed for these late-game, pressure situations.

Tannehill had a pedestrian career in Miami, but he threw 55 touchdowns with only 13 interceptions in two seasons under Smith. Tannehill calmly moves the Titans down the field against the Texans. With 1:45 remaining, nobody feels stressed. Tannehill throws five straight completions before Tennessee uses its final timeout. On first down from the Texans’ 16, Tannehill connects with Jeremy McNichols — the team’s seventh-leading receiver — for 9 yards to the 7. The clock is running inside 10 seconds.

“They’re expecting us to clock it,” Smith said. “But we don’t let them get set up. I told them ‘9-1-1.’ That’s our all-go.”

A television analyst can be heard saying, “You got to clock it. You got to clock it.” But instead of having Tannehill throw into the ground to stop the clock, the Titans run a play. Brown lines up to the left and gets a slight step on a defender to the corner of the end zone, and Tannehill throws a perfect back-shoulder toss for the tying touchdown.

It only gets better in overtime, when Tennessee wins the toss and drives 77 yards in five plays to the Texans’ 5. It’s third-and-goal and most are expecting a pass. Smith knows this. He’s not risk-averse. So he drops Tannehill down low to … receiver?

“We came with a random personnel group and went wildcat,” he said. “You’re thinking, ‘They’re not going to be ready for it,’ and they weren’t.”

He points to the computer screen. “Look at them scrambling to get down there to get to Tannehill. You’ve got a lot of conflict, a misfit, and now here comes the freight train (Henry) running downhill. Game over.”

(Enjoy.)

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One hoped-for area of improvement by the Falcons under Smith: red zone. It helps to have a great running back like Henry. But the Titans ranked first in red-zone touchdown percentage in 2019 (77.36) and second in 2020 (74.24). The Falcons ranked 25th (51.67) and 26th (53.45) in those years.

Predictability is a four-letter word in football. Smith will tell you there’s no excuse for it. Coaches have been breaking down film and trying to find ways to exploit weaknesses for decades, long before those in other sports did. The successful ones are those who don’t fall into ruts and become married to their patterns.

“Football has done a crappy job branding itself,” Smith said. “People are talking about analytics, but in football, we’ve been breaking down games for the last 60 years. The sport just has a very primitive, cave-like element to it. But there was no Billy Beane who wrote about it. Paul Brown did it. Pepper (Rodgers) told me a story, and I don’t know if they got in trouble for it, but they put a radio in the quarterback’s helmet in the ’60s. Those guys were always looking for edges, sneaking into the stadium to watch Georgia practice.”

The conversation turns to the Falcons. He has tried to analyze the players he has inherited with objectivity, not knowing injuries or other circumstances that could have affected performances in games. So he has tried to focus on an individual’s skill set.

“I’m trying to get a feel for who they are instead of passing judgment or thinking, ‘This is what I would’ve done,'” he said. “I’ve had a pretty neutral mindset.”

As for improving the mindset of players, he said, “It’s a constant education that will start in the spring. You have to know what you’re doing in critical spots. As we got it going in Tennessee, there was a belief, and (Tannehill) had it in the end of games, and we had it defensively. We were prepared. We were not trying to make things up in critical situations.”

(Photo: Courtesy of Atlanta Falcons)

Not all heroes wear capes..

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57 minutes ago, AlabamaFalconFan said:

The other great thing is even if we ball out, our play caller won't be leaving for a HC gig.

 

34 minutes ago, gazoo said:

I was thinking same, he cant be poached by another team just after everyone finds out how good he is!  Ryan deserves some consistency for once in his career.

Exact reason I wanted an offense HC for once. OCs we’re getting promoted at a 4-1 ratio.  If you even had dinner once with McVay or Shanny you got an interview it seemed.  

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59 minutes ago, AlabamaFalconFan said:

The other great thing is even if we ball out, our play caller won't be leaving for a HC gig.

 

37 minutes ago, gazoo said:

I was thinking same, he cant be poached by another team just after everyone finds out how good he is!  Ryan deserves some consistency for once in his career.

 

1 minute ago, Rings said:

Exact reason I wanted an offense HC for once. OCs we’re getting promoted at a 4-1 ratio.  If you even had dinner once with McVay or Shanny you got an interview it seemed.  

THIS.

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1 hour ago, AlabamaFalconFan said:

Great read, thanks OP!  Excited for the new coach and what he brings to this team.

So easy to understand this guy. Quinn on the other hand rambled and babbled incoherently, then threw in the slogan of the week a few times and that was the entire interview.

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1 hour ago, Jesus said:

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Schultz was the man. Loved him. Hard to believe that show came out in 1965...20 years from the defeat of Germany and the death of Hitler. For perspective that’s the same length of time from 9/11 until now. Can you imagine a successful comedy tv show starting now and dealing with Osama bin Laden? 

Another interesting tidbit....every German character on that show was Jewish in real life. Klink, Schultz, Burkhalter, Hochstedter were all Jewish.  Lebeau was held in a WW2 POW camp. Burkhalter served in the US Army. Klink was a classically trained violinist. Hogan was a drummer and his real life philandering likely got him beaten to death...a murder that has never been fully solved. 
 

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4 minutes ago, marvinthemartian said:

Schultz was the man. Loved him. Hard to believe that show came out in 1965...20 years from the defeat of Germany and the death of Hitler. For perspective that’s the same length of time from 9/11 until now. Can you imagine a successful comedy tv show starting now and dealing with Osama bin Laden? 

Another interesting tidbit....every German character on that show was Jewish in real life. Klink, Schultz, Burkhalter, Hochstedter were all Jewish.  Lebeau was held in a WW2 POW camp. Burkhalter served in the US Army. Klink was a classically trained violinist. Hogan was a drummer and his real life philandering likely got him beaten to death...a murder that has never been fully solved. 
 

Cool facts. Those WW2 guys were something else. I couldn’t imagine fighting in that kind of combat. I met a pilot that was shot down and captured during D day. It was cool talking to him. 

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