TheRisen999 Posted December 25, 2022 Share Posted December 25, 2022 I’ve been watching film from the beginning of the season and comparing it to our more recent game’s trying to figure out what happened to our defense and looking to see if there are areas where Ridder clearly out matches Mariota. IMO the biggest difference in our defense from the start of the season to now is the secondary and the level of play between Casey Hayward and whatever JAG we trot out at CB. Sure not having TQ up front hurts us but we were getting run over even with him in the lineup. Not being able to cover WR’s effects every other level of our defense. I know T.F. likes to talk about drafting BPA but there isn’t a doubt in my mind that the ONLY way that can happen is if we bring in a great FA CB before the draft otherwise we HAVE TO draft the best CB on the board in the first or second round. My preference has been for a WR in the second but it has to be justifiable depending on what’s on the board. Either way CB is a must in the off season and even if we do sign someone our draft needs to be mostly defensively oriented… and I think it will be. Offensively I’m thinking Ridder is going to be the guy at QB from here on out. He seems like he’ll only get better as he get more comfortable and has more weapons. Yesterday was the first game that Drake London looked like the player we thought we were drafting and that was due in part to Ridder actually looking for him and giving him a chance to go for those 50/50 balls. I still say had the Ridley situation been able to work out he would have been the perfect complement to London and Pitts.. but what can you do? 🤷🏾 the guy f’d up and didn’t wanna be in ATL. Tyler Allgier is definitely the RB of the future in Atlanta, he’s showing he can carry the load and continue to make explosive extra effort plays and of course we have Pitts coming back. That alone will elevate some of the forced throws to London. I actually like our TE room but there isn’t a top tier option with Pitts out. I look for him to come back with a vengeance now that he has a QB who can get him the ball consistently. If I can see the obvious holes on this team then I know T.F. does for sure and I expect him to make savy moves and patch up most of those deficiencies now having money to spend and a full draft class. Some people are down on the team but we have to remember how they looked before injuries started to creep in.. especially on defense. That only means we need to build depth as well as get some difference makers in here to be able to sustain those blows. Also with our record being what it is we’re likely to have an easier strength of schedule (at least on paper.. we know you never know in the NFL) so that could help. Even if we don’t we can run the ball against anyone and that’s half the battle. I’m looking forward to these last two games and next season. Change is coming. PokerSteve, BigDawgMania, INDFalcon and 8 others 8 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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