What do you want? Kick Off or Receive First?

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  • Kick off. Give our D a chance to start hitting those receivers. Plus, get the ball to start the 2nd half.
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  • D. Knock them in the mouth AND we get the ball after half time.
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  • I want to kick off, always. Let your defense set the tone earlier. A three-and-out is a huge mental advantage. Even if they fail to stop them from scoring on the opening drive, we still get the ball first in the second half, which is always, always a good thing.
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  • Agree with everyone, we are a great second half adjusting team.
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  • I always want the ball to start the 2nd half. In case things go to sh*t in the 1st half, it's a great opportunity to change the momentum coming out of the gates in the 2nd half.
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  • I want the ball and I want to score.

    On the road in the playoffs, for me, the biggest battle is containing early home crowd momentum. Just look what happened last week in DC. This Atlanta crowd wants to party as fast as possible. Delay that as long as you can and take the lead on them first, and all their worries about another playoff choke will creep right to the forefront. The Hawks are going to have to put up points to win this game. Might as well get a quick start on it.
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  • I ALWAYS want to kickoff. Except in this game. RECEIVE.
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  • I'd like to receive the ball first. Early games can prove troublesome if you don't start fast. I would rather take it to them with Lynch as soon as possible. I have faith in the D, but again, those early games, seems like teams just come out flat often times. If Atlanta were to score on the first possession, could get ugly.
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  • bestfightstory wrote:I ALWAYS want to kickoff. Except in this game. RECEIVE.


    I'm leaning exactly this way. While I almost always want to defer to the second half, I think a fast start against the Falcons makes all the difference in the world.
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  • Normally I would say kick to them first. In this game however I think it would be the ultimate punch in the mouth to get the ball first, and sustain about a 9 minute drive and run the ball down their throat!
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  • Aros wrote:I want to kick off, always. Let your defense set the tone earlier. A three-and-out is a huge mental advantage. Even if they fail to stop them from scoring on the opening drive, we still get the ball first in the second half, which is always, always a good thing.


    I agree with this whole heartedly. It means if we can go through the first half and keep the game close or tied (like the Washington game) it gives us a chance to set the tone to finish by starting off the second half. Pete is all about finishing and I fully endorse taking the ball first for the second half.
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  • Receiving. Falcons have been great all year in opening drives.
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  • Kick. We kick the majority of time why change it now. Defense needs to start strong unlike last week, so this is a statement for them.
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  • Dirty Bird wrote:Receiving. Falcons have been great all year in opening drives.


    Works for us. If you're team likes the ball to start the game and we like it to start the 2nd half, we don't even need a coin toss :)
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  • Kick-off so that the offense can come on the field already up 7-0.........
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  • dbsn2420 wrote:Normally I would say kick to them first. In this game however I think it would be the ultimate punch in the mouth to get the ball first, and sustain about a 9 minute drive and run the ball down their throat!



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  • And what if you go three and out on your first drive in a hostile environment. Now, you didn't score, they have HUGE momentum, and you don't get the ball to start the next half.

    Kicking off was the right choice last week and it will be again. It is much easier to know what's working on offense after you've had a half to make adjustments.

    Possessions later in games are always worth more than possessions earlier in games.
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  • kidhawk wrote:
    Dirty Bird wrote:Receiving. Falcons have been great all year in opening drives.


    Works for us. If you're team likes the ball to start the game and we like it to start the 2nd half, we don't even need a coin toss :)

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    bestfightstory wrote:I ALWAYS want to kickoff. Except in this game. RECEIVE.


    I'm leaning exactly this way. While I almost always want to defer to the second half, I think a fast start against the Falcons makes all the difference in the world.


    I want a blowout. I want it early. I want the parking lot near empty when the game is over.
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  • Kick Off -- better to get the ball in the 2nd half in my opinion.
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  • I always want to kick. We make great half-time adjustments, an extra offensive possession in the 2nd half helps our overall game.
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  • Softy and Hugh Millen were just talking about this. They both agreed that if we receive and score then we can play with a lead and when playing with a lead against the falcons, doubt will soon start to creep into their minds. Tons of pressure on the falcons. Maybe receiving and scoring on a long opening drive wouldn't be so bad.
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  • RolandDeschain wrote:I always want to kick. We make great half-time adjustments, an extra offensive possession in the 2nd half helps our overall game.


    what if the adjustments are needed on the defensive side and not the offensive side?..........
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  • mikeak wrote:
    RolandDeschain wrote:I always want to kick. We make great half-time adjustments, an extra offensive possession in the 2nd half helps our overall game.


    what if the adjustments are needed on the defensive side and not the offensive side?..........

    Doesn't matter. Like he said, more possessions in the 2nd half is never a bad thing.
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  • mikeak wrote:
    RolandDeschain wrote:I always want to kick. We make great half-time adjustments, an extra offensive possession in the 2nd half helps our overall game.


    what if the adjustments are needed on the defensive side and not the offensive side?..........


    Wouldn't an extra offensive possession in the 2nd half also help the defense?
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  • kidhawk wrote:Wouldn't an extra offensive possession in the 2nd half also help the defense?


    Yep.

    It's win-win for us. We're not a team that needs a strong start to win games.
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  • Seahawk Sailor wrote:
    bestfightstory wrote:I ALWAYS want to kickoff. Except in this game. RECEIVE.


    I'm leaning exactly this way. While I almost always want to defer to the second half, I think a fast start against the Falcons makes all the difference in the world.


    This is the way I am leaning too. However, I certainly wouldn't be upset if we kicked first.
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  • Honestly, I think the first team with the ball is going to score.

    I would like that to be us. If we take the lead into the locker room, I don't see us relinquishing it.
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  • Kick off.

    If we don't there is always the chance that the Falcons score to end the first half and then score to begin the 2nd half. A potential 14 point swing without even touching the ball.
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  • formido wrote:And what if you go three and out on your first drive in a hostile environment. Now, you didn't score, they have HUGE momentum, and you don't get the ball to start the next half.

    Kicking off was the right choice last week and it will be again. It is much easier to know what's working on offense after you've had a half to make adjustments.

    Possessions later in games are always worth more than possessions earlier in games.


    This man is speaking the truth. You should praise him whole heartily. Any other option is false and should defer to this response quoted above.
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  • Hawkfan77 wrote:Softy and Hugh Millen were just talking about this.


    How can Millen be talking with his mouth full of microphone?
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  • Receive. I want to set the tone of them playing from behind
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  • I want us to kick to them because I need to see our D set the tone early. We hold them and it makes a huge statement early, sets up field position and gives us the ball first in the second half. Even if they score first it will give Pete & Gus something to look at right away. I think that plan has worked best for us so far, no?
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  • Kick it! To three and out ATL on their opening drive and then score would put the crowd on Mute instantly.
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  • kidhawk wrote:
    mikeak wrote:
    RolandDeschain wrote:I always want to kick. We make great half-time adjustments, an extra offensive possession in the 2nd half helps our overall game.


    what if the adjustments are needed on the defensive side and not the offensive side?..........


    Wouldn't an extra offensive possession in the 2nd half also help the defense?


    If your defense is behind in the first half and need halftime adjustments then you would want to minimize the opponents possessions right?

    In my book we have made more halftime adjustments for defense compared to offense...
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  • A lot of great points for both options. Normally I would say kick. Based on the fact that the Falcons have lost the last three and have all the pressure, our team seems loose, and everyone says if we get up on them they may start to pack it in I say receive. Sure our offense could come out and go three and out, if they do it's another lesson for DangeRuss and he will learn from it. If we score though and run it down their throat like the Skins did to us does anyone here think the Falcons are as mentally tough as we are and will feel like they can come back and make adjustments? The reward for us could be huge esp with all the self doubt this team already has.

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  • I would normally say kick off first but not with the Falcons. I want to receive first. If we get up on the Falcons early they will wilt. It will force them out of their game plan early and the pressure will mount as the crowd grows quiet.
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  • Aros wrote:I want to kick off, always. Let your defense set the tone earlier. A three-and-out is a huge mental advantage. Even if they fail to stop them from scoring on the opening drive, we still get the ball first in the second half, which is always, always a good thing.



    Agreed. Especially on the road in a noisy house.
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