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The Falcoholic

Dave Choate

The Falcons varied their personnel packages more often as the year went on

This may be a reflection of Steve Sarkisian’s increasing comfort with the offense, but it didn’t result in a ton more points.

The Falcons’ 2017 offense was, in almost every way, worse than it was during that historic 2016 season. We’ve covered the myriad reasons for that throughout the last few months, so I’m not going to beat that particular horse to death today. I am going to share some stats courtesy of Aaron Freeman at FalcFans that help make it clear how the team chose to use...

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The Falcons varied their personnel packages more often as the year went on

This may be a reflection of Steve Sarkisian’s increasing comfort with the offense, but it didn’t result in a ton more points. The Falcons’ 2017 offense was, in almost every way, worse than it was during that historic 2016 season. We’ve covered the myriad reasons for that throughout the last few months, so I’m not going to beat that particular horse to death today. I am going to share some stats courtesy of Aaron Freeman at FalcFans that help make it clear how the team chose to use...

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The case for and against the Falcons bringing back Derrick Coleman in 2018

This is going to open a larger discussion about the fullback position in Atlanta. Interesting but true: From 2007-2016, the Falcons had exactly four fullbacks starting multiple games per season. In 2012, they split duties between Mike Cox, Lousaka Polite, and sometimes Jason Snelling, but from 2007-2011 it was Ovie Mughelli’s job, and from 2013-2016 that gig belonged to Patrick DiMarco. That means that stability has been the norm, not the exception, at the fullback position. And that...

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Questions about NFL Draft, Takk's future, what Falcons will do in free agency, more

You've got questions about the Falcons and we've got answers -- Straight from the 'Beek

Atlanta Falcons

Matthew Tabeek

Questions about NFL Draft, Takk's future, what Falcons will do in free agency, more

You've got questions about the Falcons and we've got answers -- Straight from the 'Beek

The Falcoholic

Dave Choate

The case for and against the Falcons bringing back Derrick Coleman in 2018

This is going to open a larger discussion about the fullback position in Atlanta.

Interesting but true: From 2007-2016, the Falcons had exactly four fullbacks starting multiple games per season. In 2012, they split duties between Mike Cox, Lousaka Polite, and sometimes Jason Snelling, but from 2007-2011 it was Ovie Mughelli’s job, and from 2013-2016 that gig belonged to Patrick DiMarco.

That means that stability has been the norm, not the exception, at the fullback position. And that...

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'Turbo' Taylor Gabriel believes he has plenty of explosive plays left

Gabriel is set to be a free agent, and while he speaks highly of the Falcons, the wide receiver should generate some free-agent interest.

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James Rael

Atlanta Falcons DT Grady Jarrett had third most run tackles for no gain or a loss in 2017

Fact: Grady Jarrett is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett is the football equivalent of a brick wall. He was almost named Super Bowl MVP in 2017; then Kyle Shanahan happened. In 2017 he earned a Pro Football Focus grade of 87.1, 14th among interior defensive linemen. (That makes him “high quality,” according to their metrics, one step down from “elite” and one step up from “above-average.”) He also racked up 39 QB pressure, 15th best...

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Atlanta Falcons DT Grady Jarrett had third most run tackles for no gain or a loss in 2017

Fact: Grady Jarrett is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett is the football equivalent of a brick wall. He was almost named Super Bowl MVP in 2017; then Kyle Shanahan happened. In 2017 he earned a Pro Football Focus grade of 87.1, 14th among interior defensive linemen. (That makes him “high quality,” according to their metrics, one step down from “elite” and one step up from “above-average.”) He also racked up 39 QB pressure, 15th best...

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PFF gives the Falcons one player they must resign and one dream free agent

The offseason looks easy if the Falcons have only a few moves to make. There are few places that take a deeper dive into the NFL than Pro Football Focus. There’s also few places I routinely criticize more than PFF for some absurd grades, but a lot of what they suggest is very notable. They give the Atlanta Falcons a few moves and a few potential players for this offseason, and their needs stack up pretty closely to where we see them. Who do the Falcons need to resign? Ricardo Allen, S,...

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Matthew Chambers

PFF gives the Falcons one player they must resign and one dream free agent

The offseason looks easy if the Falcons have only a few moves to make.

There are few places that take a deeper dive into the NFL than Pro Football Focus. There’s also few places I routinely criticize more than PFF for some absurd grades, but a lot of what they suggest is very notable. They give the Atlanta Falcons a few moves and a few potential players for this offseason, and their needs stack up pretty closely to where we see them.

Who do the Falcons need to resign?

Ricardo Allen, S,...

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The case for and against the Falcons bringing back Austin Pasztor in 2018

This is one of the easier entries of this series. When the Falcons first signed Austin Pasztor, I assumed he would be the team’s swing tackle for the 2017 season. The pieces certainly fit, as Pasztor was a player with starting experience at tackle who was still young and had some upside, and the team had trotted out worse players as their backups in the past. Then Pasztor was dealing with an injury, the Falcons traded for Ty Sambrailo, and that was basically that. Pasztor rarely was even...

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Atlanta Falcons 2017 Roster Review: Edge defender

The EDGE group is headlined by two dynamic young defenders, but what will the Falcons do about the high-priced veterans that are filling out the depth chart? The Falcoholic’s Atlanta Falcons 2017 Roster Review continues to roll, and today’s entry is a particularly interesting one: edge defender. If you missed any of the previous articles in the series, you can find them all below: CCBLBDTGTTEWRRB & FBQB This position group is headlined by two dynamic young defenders in Vic Beasley and...

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Kevin Knight

Atlanta Falcons 2017 Roster Review: Edge defender

The EDGE group is headlined by two dynamic young defenders, but what will the Falcons do about the high-priced veterans that are filling out the depth chart?

The Falcoholic’s Atlanta Falcons 2017 Roster Review continues to roll, and today’s entry is a particularly interesting one: edge defender. If you missed any of the previous articles in the series, you can find them all below:

C
CB
LB
DT
G
T
TE
WR
RB & FB
QB

This position group is headlined by two dynamic young defenders in Vic Beasley and...

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Dave Choate

True or false: Steve Sarkisian will be the offensive coordinator in 2019

Will Sark thrive and survive the year?

Dave Choate

True. The Falcons would love to have the kind of stability that defines great teams and great coaching staffs more or less across the NFL, and so they’d obviously like to keep Sark around if he can deliver. I think there are many reasons to think greater success for this offense is in the offing, from sheer talent to the likelihood that Sarkisian’s second year will give him more understanding of how he needs to use personnel and attack...

The Falcoholic

Dave Choate

The case for and against the Falcons bringing back Austin Pasztor in 2018

This is one of the easier entries of this series.

When the Falcons first signed Austin Pasztor, I assumed he would be the team’s swing tackle for the 2017 season. The pieces certainly fit, as Pasztor was a player with starting experience at tackle who was still young and had some upside, and the team had trotted out worse players as their backups in the past.

Then Pasztor was dealing with an injury, the Falcons traded for Ty Sambrailo, and that was basically that. Pasztor rarely was even...

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Atlanta Falcons talk: Who is your favorite under-the-radar free agent

As free agency looms most loomingly, our heads are full of potential additions for this Falcons team. While the big names will dominate the early going, it’s quite often the case that the smaller, quieter signings in March, April, or even later have major roles to play. In 2017, that was so-so fullback and core special teamer Derrick Coleman, and for better or worse, kick returner and punt returner Andre Roberts. In 2016, Aldrick Robinson, Courtney Upshaw, and LaRoy Reynolds all chipped...

The Falcoholic

Dave Choate

Atlanta Falcons talk: Who is your favorite under-the-radar free agent

As free agency looms most loomingly, our heads are full of potential additions for this Falcons team. While the big names will dominate the early going, it’s quite often the case that the smaller, quieter signings in March, April, or even later have major roles to play.

In 2017, that was so-so fullback and core special teamer Derrick Coleman, and for better or worse, kick returner and punt returner Andre Roberts. In 2016, Aldrick Robinson, Courtney Upshaw, and LaRoy Reynolds all chipped...

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Carter Breazeale

Forgotten Falcon: Could Devin Fuller be in the special teams mix in 2018?

If healthy, Fuller could factor into Atlanta’s plans as a returner.

Wide receiver Devin Fuller has never seen an NFL field. Blessed with whip-crack speed, the 2016 seventh-round draft pick out of UCLA has endured consecutive season-ending injuries, leaving his Atlanta — and NFL — career in limbo. With the Falcons presumably cutting ties with kick returner and inopportune fair catch-enthusiast Andre Roberts this offseason, Atlanta has an opening on special teams. That’s good news for...

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Forgotten Falcon: Could Devin Fuller be in the special teams mix in 2018?

If healthy, Fuller could factor into Atlanta’s plans as a returner. Wide receiver Devin Fuller has never seen an NFL field. Blessed with whip-crack speed, the 2016 seventh-round draft pick out of UCLA has endured consecutive season-ending injuries, leaving his Atlanta — and NFL — career in limbo. With the Falcons presumably cutting ties with kick returner and inopportune fair catch-enthusiast Andre Roberts this offseason, Atlanta has an opening on special teams. That’s good news for...

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