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  1. Good pass rushes aren't built on 1-2 guys but more about roster depth. You can have an elite DE and an elite DT and still have a bad pass rush if the rest isn't up to snuff. What I was arguing for wasn't a path for the Falcons to have an elite pass rush, but make the move to being decent/average (which is about the best they can do). The depth we have at pass rusher is pretty bad. Let me make this clear, even if the Falcons hit and hit hard on a pass rusher at 1.16 and both Fowler/Jarrett play at an elite level in 2020 - the pass rush could still be terrible for the reasons that I mentioned. Don't forget, secondary is a huge liability for Atlanta now that we've let Trufant go (unless you suddenly think that Isiah Oliver is suddenly going to stop being trash). Even great pass rushes can get murdered if the secondary can't hold up since QBs can just do easy dump-offs since corners aren't holding up on routes. This whole set of moves from the Falcons just screams throwing darts at the wall and seeing what will stick. There doesn't seem to be much of a consistent plan or ideology here.
  2. Run defense was the one area on defense the Falcons didn't need help with.
  3. I don't think Dan Quinn is a particularly effective evaluator of talent - if this signing or other moves haven't made that clear enough anyway. I agree with you, but he thinks he's probably smart enough to get away with this, when he's not.
  4. Well of course I hope it works out but knowing the Falcons history... this one is going to look pretty bad in a few years. What the Falcons should have done is kept Trufant on the roster, dug up some bargain bin pass rushers who can at least be bodies that you can rotate in and out of (they aren't going to be amazing players but with a rotational pass rush you won't be horrible) and then double down on drafting the best pass rusher at 1.16. The Falcons still wouldn't have had an elite pass rush but you could go from being bad to being average that way. Now that Trufant is gone, I think this signals to possibly pivoting to a CB at 1.16 because they have essentially no depth at that position and their starters are unproven commodities.
  5. Okay yeah, the Falcons basically blew their load. Well it was nice knowing Dan and TD. Time to look at 2021 Head Coach and General Manager candidates I guess. We have Grady Jarrett who has been very disruptive, but that's it. I think this is more about signaling to the fanbase that they care about the defense. IE "we fixed the pass rush now guys!". Even though the pass rush still needs another 3-4 bodies to fill. The Falcons grossly overpaid on this move. Matt's basically got to play at a top 3 level in 2020 if we want to even just sniff a wildcard.
  6. Don't like it. A single pass rusher isn't going to change the Falcons fortunes on defense (they need quantity more than anything else), and I suspect that we grossly overpaid for Fowler. I've never been impressed with Fowler's work, and I expect him to be mediocre in his time in Atlanta. I would legitimately rather have Trufant on the roster than Fowler. I'll be a bit more optimistic if they got Fowler on the cheap, but I expect that the Falcons basically blew their load so they can say to the fans "look, we fixed the pass rush!" and then go on to have a mediocre draft before being fired.
  7. Falcons plan to release CB Trufant

    Oliver looked nice in 2018 in limited snaps. He was legitimately one of the worst corners in the NFL until we started playing a bunch of terrible QBs. Sheffield was nice in some limited play, but you seriously trust him to take on the CB2 role? We played a bunch of trash QBs in the 2nd half of the year (Kyle Allenx2, Minshew, etc.) - it didn't help the that the good QBs we played had some truly horrific performances against us that were more aided by Grady Jarrett being a complete animal. I don't think that's replicable. I don't think the 2nd half improvement was really due to a miraculous change in the x's and o's of the Falcons. I think the team just lacks a lot of talent on defense - and when they did look good it was because the pass rush played far above their station (Grady Jarrett being amazing and other guys picking up the slack, basically). Look at the 1st game against Tampa Bay - the pass rush had been dominant for two straight weeks... and they basically got shut out against Tampa. What happened? The entire defense was getting torched. I don't think that game was an aberration either, I think it was a very clear and serious red flag about how the Falcons defense is constructed. What that game told me was: if the Falcons don't have an elite pass rush, they can't even put up a replacement level defense. Making the secondary worse on paper to me is only going to make that problem even worse. If you really trust Oliver to be CB1 and Sheffield to be CB2, you've got a lot more faith than I do. I think 2020 will be very difficult for the both of them.
  8. Falcons plan to release CB Trufant

    I really hate this move because I do not trust the young corners we have on the roster. I've seen nothing from them that would indicate that they would make the step into being anything more than replacement level dudes. I'm mentally prepared for the Falcons have a complete disaster of a defense in 2020.
  9. Baltimore trades TE Hayden Hurst to Atlanta

    Go back and watch the Texans/Falcons game and tell me that with a straight face.
  10. Baltimore trades TE Hayden Hurst to Atlanta

    That's true for most teams. That's not true for the Atlanta Falcons.
  11. Baltimore trades TE Hayden Hurst to Atlanta

    Neal is coming off significant injury and you expecting him to play at even replacement level in 2020 is wishful thinking. Realistically, his play will probably be mediocre given his injury history. Kazee is awful. Kazee literally can't tackle to save his life. Allen did an okay job in 2019 and is generally above average but you can improve upon him. Acting like Safety isn't a pretty significant need will lead to a lot of shockedpikachu.jpg moments in 2020 when the entire secondary is getting roasted by pretty average WRs.
  12. Baltimore trades TE Hayden Hurst to Atlanta

    I don't hate getting a Tight End. I hate that it's a 2nd round pick. That pick should have been a Safety or a Corner, not a Tight End. The Falcons had one of the worst defenses in the NFL last season (The 2nd half improvement was a fluke, as far as I'm concerned and that won't be replicated) - you badly needed to upgrade a lot of pieces on your defense. Here's to the Falcons again having a bottom 5 defense in 2020.
  13. How much job security does Mike Tomlin have?

    The only way Mike Tomlin is being removed as the head coach of the steelers is in retirement.
  14. Haskins Traded Like Rosen?

    My personal feelings on Haskins are skeptical going forward, but the hot takes to me seem motivated by... external factors. We simply haven't seen enough of the dude to even compare him to Rosen yet.
  15. Everything Free Agency (Rumors, notes and news)

    Winston isn't a good QB, however the QBs available that can be relied upon to run a Bruce Arians scheme... they generally don't grow on trees. Bruce Arians loves his deep 30+ yard routes. There's a reason everyone says that Bruce Arians hates the Tight End position. Jameis isn't a good QB, but he's got the arm strength/arm talent to play that kind of offense, and he isn't the kind of guy to just add a bunch of easy checkdowns for a veteran QB. If you're playing for Bruce, you're going to sling the rock about 45 times a game, every game. There's always the possibility that the Bucs do move on from Winston, but if they do that, it's because the Bucs are going to trade up to get the QB of their choosing in the draft - there isn't a FA QB available that's really equipped to run a Bruce Arians offense.
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