The Falcon Nest

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  1. RyanRain39

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    The Off season was below expectations of any owner in any league. With the Madden glitch, a somewhat hopeful season with veteran players Cam Newton and Randall Cobb on the weaken roster, hope shown through for a brief bit. This wouldn't last long at all, and the Falcons did not pick up a lot in Free Agency. Mike Wallace and Demarco Murray may be the shining pieces from the signings that were keepable, but with Tevin Coleman, Murray is not likely to see a lot of handoffs unless in garbage time. During post draft Free Agency, Matt Cole, Michael Wilhoite, Dwayne Bowe, and Bryce Harris were signed.

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    The draft wasn't great to the Falcons either. Without able to make any trades, we were stuck with a late 1st and 2nd with no 3rd. Aaron Sturdivant was a highly prospected QB to begin the season, and fell to the Falcons in the 2nd round pick 24. Could he be the future of Atlanta?

    Week 1 Aaron Sturdivant made his NFL debut against the Cardinals in what was a defensive showdown until mid 3rd quarter. After going 14 for 31, he and the Falcons dropped to 0-1. Not for lack of effort as a key 3rd and inches, Tevin Coleman powered his way forward for at least a yard. Head Referee did not see it that way, nor did the replay official, and forced a punt. The team never rebounded from that devastating 3rd and inches. 100% momentum shifted to the Cardinals as the Falcons, dejected that authority would take the game from them, gave up on the field.

    Sturivant did not have a lot of help the entire game, as the offensive line held up decently, Elite WR Julio " I Eat Popcorn" Jones was rendered useless by the Cardinal defense. [​IMG] Maybe next time, don't go for the extra butter, Julio.
     
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    Badstreet USA, Would have been more entertaining than the Georgia Dome this season.
    After taking over a dismantled Falcons team, New owner Ryan Rain truly believed the team could have been better, but fell way short, finishing 4-12 (with only one of those wins a user game). User games were not often this season, and created a rift in the offices of the Falcons. With 3 straight CPU games, all 3 losing 6 points or less. Only to play the next user game, playing for the unpredictable, when in fact should have played for the predicable. If not for garbage time, the score reflects an entirely different game. After the Buccaneers game, a new play caller was put on the field for the next 2 games, resulting in the worst loss of the season to the Seahawks, and then followed up with an impressive win over Division leader, Saints. Head play caller Bob Belcher was put back on the field, but would only see the field for one game against a dominating Eagles team. 3 of the last 4 games of the season's play calling would be in the hands of Carl P. Uldrick. Uldrick would Sweep the Panthers, beat the Saints earlier in the season, giving the team 3 wins, added to Belcher's 1 over the Colts. Going into season 7 with an early draft pick, Team owner Rain feels he can really rebuild the Falcons, and hope that some great free agents can be picked up this off season as well. With nearly 60 million in cap free, the Falcons will look to make some huge moves if the right players appear. Offensive Line, and Defense are the 2 main concerns going into the next season.

    Now, let's break down the team's performances this season.

    Quarterback Aaron Sturdivant. The Rookie out of Clemson. The late 2nd Round pick, wasn't projected to do much, but he did what he could. He threw for 4608 yards his rookie season, that included 29 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. It was unclear if Aaron was going to be the future QB for the Falcons, or just a stand in this season while management tried to get solid footing under this team, but it was announced after the Week 17 match up that Strudivant will be the Quarterback next season without question.

    Running Backs: Coleman and Murray. It was not the best season in the backfield for the Falcons' offense. Opposing teams defenses met Coleman and Murray in the backfield as they took the hand off more times than acceptable for a team. With only 13 total rushing touchdowns, Coleman struggled to break 800 yards on the ground. Spiller and Murray together rushed for over 300, while Dimarco and Sturdivant rushed for nearly 50 yards of their own. Thus earning the team 31st in average rushing yards. Coleman will return next season, but it is unclear of Uldrick's signing of Murray will stay, test the free agency, or retire.

    The Receiving Group: Jones, White, and OJ. The Falcons had two 1,000 yard receivers this season in Julio Jones and Dewitt White. White's numbers however took a major hit mid season during Uldrick's coaching time as he went down with an injury that kept him out a few weeks. Julio managed to finish with 88 catches on the season for 1416 yards and 14 Touchdowns. Dewitt white with 67 catches for 1271 yards and 7 Touchdowns. Julius Thomas was a key part of the team, nearing 1,000 yards himself, with 734 yards on 55 catches and only 3 Touchdowns. 11 Players caught a pass this season for the Falcons totaling 4611 yards and 29 Touchdowns. By Falcons standards, this is highly impressive. Of those 29 Touchdowns, 6 different players found their way to the endzone this season, including DeMarco Murray, Kyle Rudolph, and Mike Wallace. Even with the impressive numbers, Julio Jones still fell over 1,000 yards short of the receiving yards leader.

    Offensive Line. Now, while there isn't a lot of stats we can read and go over for the o-line, we can go over the situation right now, and moving forward for the Falcons. With a young left side of the line, the right side is showing some wear and tear as Ryan Schraeder and Jon Asamoah are both 32 at season's end. Making the right side of the line a key target this free agency and draft. Also a lot of talk regarding Center John Urschel. While only 29, Urschel was responsible for more offensive penalties than rest of the offense combined. With his attributes, he may stay, or may become traded. Center position is not looked at as a high priority, but if an opportunity arises after the Key positions are addressed, the front office said it could be possible. Jake Matthews and Jimmy Jacobs will return for another season, at LT and LG.

    Defense coming soon.
     
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    Part 2 of the End Of The Season review, an the focus is on the Defense.
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    The defense this season kept the Falcons in more games than the team had business being in. Finishing in the Top 5 in passing defense, with an average of 237 yards a game, and Rush defense was a roller coaster of sorts. Some weeks, top 5, other weeks, top 20. The Falcons Rush Defense finished 13th, with an average of 110 yards a game. Coach Belcher credits the low ranking due to the high amount of garbage time runs during the season. Falcons allowed more yards in the 4th quarter on the ground than any other time. With a rebuild of sorts, losses were expected, as was garbage time during several games. 166 yards for one running back opening day, is inexcusable owner Ryan Rain says.

    The Defensive Line. The defensive line stepped up and made big plays with their high octane pass rush. With Vic Beasley recording 10 sacks, and Tank Ashley 7 including 7 combined sacks coming from the defensive tackles. The defensive line is also credited with 3 Forced Fumbles on the season. It has been noted that Falcons' officials may look for a late round Defensive Tackle to help out Ra'Shede Hageman in the middle. The defensive line is currently the star of this team during the rebuild.

    Linebackers. The Rookie MLB Vernard Griffin make a slight impact upon his debut, with 51 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 3 interceptions. When Griffin was drafted, officials knew he would be a project player, and need some strong coaching during the training camp and offseason. Outside linebacker, LaRoy Reynolds was a key player for this team's defense. Racking up 46 tackles, and 2 interceptions, Reynolds was sidelined at the end of the season due to injury, but is expected to return next season more determined. On the other side, we have Brooks Reed. Some may say Reed may be looking to wind down his football career and open a brand new car lot in Southern Florida. While this remains to be a rumor at this time, Reed's play was to be average, with only 28 tackles, and 4 sacks. There have also been talks of moving Reed to Defensive Line, but with Ashley and Beasley, no need in Atlanta. Outside Linebacker is said to be one of the in demand positions for the Falcons this offseason.

    Secondary. 4th in average passing yards per game earns this squad a pat on the back. With Desmond Trufant and Ricardo Allen back there, the Falcons had the passing game almost locked down. Trufant would only snag 1 Interception on the season, which stat wise is very poor for a #1 Cornerback. Considering the level of competition Trufant faced, the #1 WRs this season against the Falcons did not have an easy day. Dezmen Southward came up big this season with 1 forced fumble and 1 interception, Southward was around to collect 42 tackles. If the pass wasn't broken up, no yards after catch got past him. Jalen Collins was the hero of the Cornerback position. He recorded 36 tackles and a CB high of 3 Interceptions. The Safeties of the team added so much help for this secondary. Ricardo Allen recorded a team high of 57 tackles, and 6 interceptions, along with 1 forced fumble. Terrell Florence recorded 47 tackles and is said to possibly be on his way out of Atlanta. Officials have noted besides Outside Linebacker and Offensive Line, Safety will be a top prospect. Falcons would like to sign a high caliber player in the free agency to man the secondary with Allen, but have their options open in the draft.

    In closing the Falcons have a lot of work if they hope to be near a NFC South title. With the high possibility of having a top 5 pick, Falcons officials have expressed interest in possibly trading down, to accumulate a couple of extra picks to help build this team back to what it once was. The Falcons do not plan to lose any valuable pieces of the team, a team that made many valiant efforts throughout the season, only to fall short in the end. We did meet our original expectations of winning at least 2 games. We only hope to build on this with the free agency, the rookie draft, and training camp.
     

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