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wiesengrund

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Vivid Falcons fan in Vienna, Austria. (Yes, in Europe.)

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Three 790 The Zone hosts make fun of Steve Gleason, get fired

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In my very subjective opinion, this is an remarkable display of insanity. It's disgusting, not funny and shows incredibly poor judgment. I really hope no other Atlanta fans think and talk like that, cause we ain't the franchise (and the fanbase) to go to these lows usually. What were they thinking? Now we're gonna have a heated up week 1 for sure, all because of those idiots.

Robert McClain - Elite CB?

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At least FOs game charting project, which looks at every pass a CB spent in coverage in a given season, indicates so. McClain lead all CBs with 4.7 Yards/Pass allowed and ranked third in succes rate. Amazing numbers for our newly discovered gem.

Falcons were the most pass heavy team in 2012

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Using their concept of Game Scripts - which accounts for score at any given moment of all 16 games - PFR presented the numbers for the 2012 season looking at how much of passing identity each team had. The Falcons, despite what conventional stats tell us, were actually the most pass happy offense last year: "The Falcons come in as the most pass-happy team of 2012, once you account for situation. Atlanta was a 13-win team last year, so ranking 8th in pass attempts and 26th in rush attempts despite that record requires a significant devotion to the passing game. Of course with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez, that makes perfect sense." Indeed, it does.

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A First Look at Malliciah Goodman

By now we now the breathtaking measurables of Malliciah Goodman: His wingspan will cause trouble for most tackles, and he is a well rounded prospect in terms of athleticism, size and strength....

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A First Look at Robert Alford

After taking a look at his tape, I really like this pick. A true outside guy that plays zone and off man extremely well, which fits to Nolan's D. He is versatile enough to play everywhere, though....

Brady, Manning, Young, Elway... Ryan!

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In this Grantland piece Bill Barnwell takes a look at Flacco's wins adjusted for the points his defense allows. Turns out, Falcco's value for the Ravens wins is debatable cause their D is great. But who actually does help his team win? Here's the answer... After Brady and Manning are the likes of Steve Young and John Elway, but just behind them is a surprising candidate: Matt Ryan. Like Flacco, Ryan had a reputation as the guy who handed the ball off to a successful running game during his rookie season, but he appears to have grown into a more complete quarterback than Flacco by now, playoff performance (and win totals) aside. Ryan's won a bunch more games than you might think. In 61 starts (excluding a three-pass outing against the Bucs), Ryan has won 42 games. An average passer with Ryan's same points allowed would have won just 33.3 games, giving Ryan a difference of 8.7 wins, or 2.3 wins above expectation per 16 games.

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Words, baby, words! (Part 2)

A while ago, some of you might remember it, we realized that most of Mularkey's problems were based on language, or his ... let's say... interpretation of it. Well, maybe it is not. Maybe the...

Spoon makes Footbal Outsiders All-Pro Team

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It is an ESPN Insider piece, and they had this to say about Spoon: OLB: Sean Weatherspoon, Falcons Weatherspoon was involved in 16 percent of Atlanta's total defensive plays, third among outside linebackers. He was particularly strong when it came to stopping the run, and made his average tackle on run plays after a gain of just 2.0 yards, which ranked second among 4-3 outside linebackers. Weatherspoon was also part of a Falcons linebacker group that played excellent pass defense. The Falcons ranked first in the league in DVOA against tight ends and seventh in DVOA against running backs as receivers.

Falcons Have Had a Winning Strategy for Fitness

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A great read on how Jeff Fish has established a unique and progressive culture of conditioning and athletic performance. The Falcons have been among the "luckiest" teams when it comes to injuries in the last few years. Well, it turns out it's not all about luck.

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The 2011 Falcons: A Model of Consistency

I wrote this as a comment in the thread over there, but I thought it's better to repost it as a FanPost, since the topic seems to be a season-defining one and was recently discussed here. I thought...

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To Roddy or not to Roddy

In the thread over there I took some time to check how Ryan's numbers looked like when you split them between throws to Roddy, and throws to other players. I did the numbers for the Titans game and...

The grass is always greener than ESPN wants us to believe

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In his article for today's matchup John Clayton reiterates what Pat Yasinskas first stated in his QB Watch: The misconception that Matty Ice has never thrown a 80+ Rating outdoors on grass. Apparently, ESPN has forgotten his 130+ performances in San Diego and Oakland. And Cleveland, Candelstick and Lambeau too.

Passion

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Also considering Miko's extravaganza, you gotta love the passion the 2011 Falcons are evoking in people...

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Never lose against losers

I just realized something. And I couldn't believe it, so I checked it.The new regime has never lost a game to a team that finished that particular season with a losing record.There were a handful...

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Words, baby, words!

I know we are all a bit skeptical regarding our dear OC Mularkey, but scheme or scream, today I am just disappointed in his use of language: The field, he’s seeing things. It’s getting bigger to...

Falcons are among the most efficient teams when playing 4 or 5 WR sets

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Good ol' Football Outsiders split up their DVOA Stats according to the number of WRs used. Atlanta was okay with run-oriented formations with one or zero WRs, as well as with 3 WR sets. They were pretty good when throwing to 2 WRs. But when lining up with four or five wideouts, Atlanta's DVOA was a staggering 45.1 %, ahead of the usual "versatile passing offense"-trademarks like Green Bay and New Orleans, and good for fourth place in the NFL. Of course, a look at the frequency shows us, that we used those sets in only 6% of our snaps. This can be interpreted as "We used our best formations the least! Fire Mularkey!", but also as "Those formations were so effective because they were not used so often/had an element of surprise to them/weren't scouted or gameplanned against so much." Either way, those numbers are one more reason to look forward to Julio Jones. Even without him, we looked good when spreading the field. The Coaches maybe realized how good Matt Ryan is, when he has many options to throw to, and plan to expand the playbook accordingly.

Falcons Defense is one of the most complicated ones in the NFL

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Football Outsiders' Mike Tanier takes a quick and dirty look at which Defenses were at the top and bottom of the so called Simplicity Score, measuring the amount of zone-blitzes, three-, five- and six-man rushes. The Falcons - and some might find that surprising - rank among the most complex Ds out there, with Tanier mentioning that they "may not be as daring as the Jets or Ravens, but their system has a lot of subtlety." You can and should also read his article on least and most complicated Offenses (where the Falcons didn't make either top five list). Both articles follow the general idea that the lockout is preventing the more complicated playbooks from being installed properly.

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Pass Defense when leading

The new ESPN Stats & Info Blog has this to say about our beloved pass defense: Atlanta's pass defense has done a much better job of protecting leads in 2010. Last year when leading in games, the F...

Matt Ryan to pen the next installment of Peter King's MMQB

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Over the summer King's already had Nnamdi Asomugha, Maurice Jones-Drew and Eric Winston filling in for his SI-column, now it's Matty's turn. Keep an eye on sportsillustrated.cnn.com next Monday.

A detailed look at the Falcons No Huddle offense in '09

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Remember how the Falcons plan to up the no huddle usage in 2010? D. Orlando Ledbetter went through the 2009 play-by-play data: "An analysis of last season’s play-by-play gamebooks, reveals that the Falcons went into the no-huddle offense 16 times in five different games. They scored seven touchdowns and two field goals while in the no-huddle." Seems like Mularkey was using the no huddle very effectively when trailing. That, obviously, means that we're going to have a perfect season this year.

Turner would be okay with three-back system

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Is this the first mention of such a possibility? "One thing is for sure: The camaraderie between Turner, Norwood and Snelling is unique and each one wants the best for the others. Turner even admitted that he wouldn't be opposed to running in a three-back system. 'If you want to use me, Snelling and Norwood,' he said, 'I'm not against it at all.'" Of course, it doesn't mean anything at all at this point, but we know Turner's workload was to be reduced for the upcoming season, and a three-back system would be a way to accomplish this. (And even if it's just mere throwing caps over the windmills, the team spirit expressed here is very well good to hear.)

Quinn Ojinnaka suspended for one game

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He's out for the Pittsburgh opener for violating the personal conduct policy after being charged with battery: "Police in suburban Gwinnett County said Ojinnaka was arrested in May 2009 on a simple battery charge after his wife confronted him over his contact with a female friend on the social networking site Facebook. He was accused of tossing her down some stairs and throwing her out of the house." Mike Florio reasons that this"move implies strongly that Ojinnaka eventually pleaded guilty or no contest to the charges".

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Tim Lewis

I am firmly rooted in the "TD and Smith know what they're doing"-camp, but I was never really on board with the hire of Tim Lewis as the new secondary coach. As always with this new Falcons-...

2010 Preseason schedule

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The Falcons will warm up vs. the Chiefs, vs. the Patriots (nationally televised), at the Dolphins and at the Jaguars.

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