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Hot Routes 6.21.11: ATL to outscore everybody?

Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 4:43 pm
 


Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • Wideout Roddy White says the Falcons are "[G]oing to outscore everybody … Green Bay’s got, what, four or five guys out there who can make plays? We’re going to be Green Bay South.”
  • You know the lockout has dragged on for far too long when the NFL Network will air two CFL games a week. If this doesn't motivate NFL owners and players, then we're in deep trouble.
  • For three months, we've only heard about the downside of a lockout. For older players like Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams, there's an upside, too -- namely, the length of the labor impasse likely means Williams won't get cut.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:17 am
 

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Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.21.11: ATL to outscore everybody?

I agree with you about Matt Ryan... to an extent. I think he has clearly shown himself to be an elite quarterback, solid leader, and a good locker room guy by all accounts. His time will come. Playoff wins definitely don't grow on trees, and that 0-2 postseason record Matt Ryan has just so happens to be courtesy of a couple of NFC champions. Of course I'm talking about the 2008 Cardinals and last year's Packers. So technically Matt Ryan's Falcons have had to play the best the NFC has to offer both times they made the playoffs. Both opponents Atlanta was defeated by eventually went on to play in the Super Bowl, with Green Bay winning and Arizona losing on a late game touchdown. That's top notch competition.


All that said, Ryan has probably gotten too much credit for Atlanta's turnaround. Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff successfully rebuilt the Falcons by using the blueprint of a RUN FIRST offense. Ryan gets all the credit, but in reality his success is based off of Michael Turner's ground game. When the Falcons can't run, and those times haven't been frequent over the last three years, the offense grows stagnant. Contrary to what Clark Judge or Pete Prisco or any other NFL "analyst" will tell you, Michael Turner is the key to the Atlanta offense.


Opposing teams that have the personnel to stymie Michael Turner's bruising interior running style, like Chris Hoke and the Steelers or Isaac Sopoaga and the 49ers, are usually able to contain Matt Ryan's passing also. Or the Falcons might simply fall into an early deficit, and out of neccesity are forced to abandon the run game: opposing teams usually contain Matt Ryan in those cases too. The latter scenario is what happened against Green Bay in the playoffs, and it definitely proved that Michael Turner is the most important guy for Atlanta's offense. The passing game is not yet at the point where you can say, "Ryan holds the keys to the offense". That's a shallow and untrue statement. Fortunately Atlanta has one of the league's best front offices, and they have already moved towards addressing the flaws of their passing attack. The Julio Jones pick makes sense when you think about it this way. More receiving weapons=increased effectiveness for Ryan's passing game.






Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.21.11: ATL to outscore everybody?

The Falcons aren't really a scoring team.  The problem that most people don't want to admit is...Matt Ryan is not elite level.  He's one of those above average good to very good players, but there will probably be questions if he can win it all his entire career.  He didn't exactly distinguish himself in the playoffs.


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