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 Post subject: Re: Random Thoughts™ on the Falcons game
 Post Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:00 pm 
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jkitsune wrote:
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"My only criticism was Seattle not taking an intentional grounding on the final play of the first half."

Isn't there an 10-second runoff if you ground the ball in that situation? That would have ended the half anyway.


Except there were about 20 seconds left on the clock and it would've been enough time to line up while they were making the call.


17 seconds. And 20 is not a sure thing. See 2011 Bengals game.


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 Post subject: Re: Random Thoughts™ on the Falcons game
 Post Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:06 pm 
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Flipping the page and breaking out the shopping list for the offseason, the needs on this team (from what I can see) are:

1) Defensive End/Line (Pass Rusher/Run Stuffer Combo ideally)
2) A young LB to succeed Leroy Hill (sorry man, but it's time) -- can we clone Aldon Smith or Novorro Bowman?
3) Another CB to help compete with Jeremy Lane for the Nickel spot and a guy who could start if need be.
4) Another WR with speed who can really stretch the field and put pressure on defenses.
5) Offensive Line depth (maybe some more of those later round nuggets with starting potential).

To me, the first 2 things are priorities 1A and 1B. Absolutely, positively have GOT to find a way to improve the pass rush and improve against the run. If that means in doing so that Red Bryant moves in to more of a rotational role than he's been in -- I'm fine with that. We saw the benefit of what you can do if you can generate pressure with just the Front 4 in the last Rams game. I'm looking for absolute stud DE and/or LB's who can really "tilt the room" in this upcoming draft. On the flip side, that Front 4 of the Rams really highlighted to me the real need to improve the Offensive Line. The Rams aren't going anywhere, as they have the youngest corps in the game and under Jeff Fisher are only going to get better.

If we beef things up a bit this offseason (which I know John Schneider is going to do) ... the prospects look bright for next season, given that Russell Wilson and the offense will have an entire training camp together from Day 1 (instead of having to do this 3 QB rotation and figure out who's going to win the job). If we don't blow winable games by playing stupid ... there's no reason that this team can't be 12-4 ... or 13-3 next season and get Home Field Advantage in the playoffs. If I had to bet the farm, I'd bank on that happening next season. Now we got to sit back and watch the Falcons get smoked by the 49ers next week. Can't wait for the offseason and for the roster tweaking to begin.



Top 10 Wants/Needs
1. Pass Rush DT (Upgrade J.Jones)
2. 3 Down DE (Upgrade Big Red/replace Clemons)
3. Big/Fast WR (Upgrade Tate on the opposite of Rice)
4. Pass Catching TE (Upgrade Mccoy)
5. OLB (Upgrade Hill/Smith)
6. OT (Backup for Okung, can he stay healthy another full season)
7. K (upgrade Hauska)
8. CB (Competition for Lane/Maxwell depth to let Tru retire)
9. OG (competition for Moffit/Sweezey/Carpenter)
10. MLB (more LB depth)

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 Post subject: Re: Random Thoughts™ on the Falcons game
 Post Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:23 pm 
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Wenhawk wrote:
Top 10 Wants/Needs
1. Pass Rush DT (Upgrade J.Jones)
2. 3 Down DE (Upgrade Big Red/replace Clemons)
3. Big/Fast WR (Upgrade Tate on the opposite of Rice)
4. Pass Catching TE (Upgrade Mccoy)
5. OLB (Upgrade Hill/Smith)
6. OT (Backup for Okung, can he stay healthy another full season)
7. K (upgrade Hauska)
8. CB (Competition for Lane/Maxwell depth to let Tru retire)
9. OG (competition for Moffit/Sweezey/Carpenter)
10. MLB (more LB depth)


Hell, if we simply had Jason Jones OR Clemons available for this game, we probably win. Just improving the depth of our pass rushing capability would do it. One well timed sack to stall a Falcons drive, and we are on our way to SF for the NFC title game. We don't have to get a J.J. Watt to make the difference, just a Jason Jones or Chris Clemons equivalent who is on the field would do, and yeah, a Red Bryant replacement who can rush the passer.
Even just another couple of PC/JS's 5th or 7th round gems addressing DL needs would put us over the top. Not saying we can't be greedy, just that the margin of improvement we need is so small.
Hell, if we win one more game, Miami or Arizona opener, or Detroit, that translates into a win in this playoff game, because it's in Seattle at the Clink instead of at the Georgia done. Everything else the same, we easily win this game at the CLink.


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 Post subject: Re: Random Thoughts™ on the Falcons game
 Post Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:36 pm 
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Great stuff Kearly.

Our number one need is pass rushing DT. And what I wouldn't give to get DeAndre Hopkins, that kid is a stud.

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 Post subject: Re: Random Thoughts™ on the Falcons game
 Post Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:22 am 
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Wenhawk wrote:
Hawkscanner wrote:


Flipping the page and breaking out the shopping list for the offseason, the needs on this team (from what I can see) are:

1) Defensive End/Line (Pass Rusher/Run Stuffer Combo ideally)
2) A young LB to succeed Leroy Hill (sorry man, but it's time) -- can we clone Aldon Smith or Novorro Bowman?
3) Another CB to help compete with Jeremy Lane for the Nickel spot and a guy who could start if need be.
4) Another WR with speed who can really stretch the field and put pressure on defenses.
5) Offensive Line depth (maybe some more of those later round nuggets with starting potential).

To me, the first 2 things are priorities 1A and 1B. Absolutely, positively have GOT to find a way to improve the pass rush and improve against the run. If that means in doing so that Red Bryant moves in to more of a rotational role than he's been in -- I'm fine with that. We saw the benefit of what you can do if you can generate pressure with just the Front 4 in the last Rams game. I'm looking for absolute stud DE and/or LB's who can really "tilt the room" in this upcoming draft. On the flip side, that Front 4 of the Rams really highlighted to me the real need to improve the Offensive Line. The Rams aren't going anywhere, as they have the youngest corps in the game and under Jeff Fisher are only going to get better.

If we beef things up a bit this offseason (which I know John Schneider is going to do) ... the prospects look bright for next season, given that Russell Wilson and the offense will have an entire training camp together from Day 1 (instead of having to do this 3 QB rotation and figure out who's going to win the job). If we don't blow winable games by playing stupid ... there's no reason that this team can't be 12-4 ... or 13-3 next season and get Home Field Advantage in the playoffs. If I had to bet the farm, I'd bank on that happening next season. Now we got to sit back and watch the Falcons get smoked by the 49ers next week. Can't wait for the offseason and for the roster tweaking to begin.



Top 10 Wants/Needs
1. Pass Rush DT (Upgrade J.Jones)
2. 3 Down DE (Upgrade Big Red/replace Clemons)
3. Big/Fast WR (Upgrade Tate on the opposite of Rice)
4. Pass Catching TE (Upgrade Mccoy)
5. OLB (Upgrade Hill/Smith)
6. OT (Backup for Okung, can he stay healthy another full season)
7. K (upgrade Hauska)
8. CB (Competition for Lane/Maxwell depth to let Tru retire)
9. OG (competition for Moffit/Sweezey/Carpenter)
10. MLB (more LB depth)


Now that the season is over I feel confident saying that Tate had a better season than Rice


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 Post subject: Re: Random Thoughts™ on the Falcons game
 Post Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:52 am 
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It seemed obvious to me that our WR's were not getting open most of the year. Neither Tate or Rice have blazing speed and although Tate won many jump balls it would be more than just a luxury to have a Fast but bigger and physical WR on this team. WR maybe not be a weakness but I would not consider it a strength either.

If we get a big pass catching TE that can split out wide then that would be big time. Zach Ertz or Tyler Effert could cause a ton of matchup problems and still bring power to our run game.

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 Post subject: Re: Random Thoughts™ on the Falcons game
 Post Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:42 am 
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I actually said during the warmups for the NE/Houston game that I would "literally give up next years entire draft for a JJ Watt clone."

A guy like that would make a ridiculous difference on this defense. We could keep big Red out there and still have a monster pass rush.

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 Post subject: Re: Random Thoughts™ on the Falcons game
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vin.couve12 wrote:
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-You kind of knew 31 seconds was enough time.


This. And it speaks volumes about our defense.

Well, I kind of knew that Gus was going to go prevent. I had hoped not, but indeed that's what he did. I don't care to deviate from the norm in that situation. Many coaches go ultra conservative in that situation and many end up regretting it.


Bradley DID NOT go to a PREVENT defense. WE blitzed On BOTH plays. that's not prevent defense. Matt Ryan just beat up on the blitz.


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 Post subject: Re: Random Thoughts™ on the Falcons game
 Post Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:31 pm 
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Wish the lynch fumble was reversed since you can't advance a fumble under 2minutes looked like I was recovered on the 1 inch line to me and we would of had to run one or more plays to get it in and take more time off the clock ...cause 6 seconds came off during their return .....only if right.....o well.....go hawks

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