foshman Rates the Atlanta Falcons





Atlanta Falcons

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Sports:
Football
League:
National Football League
Venue:
Location:
Flowery Branch, GA United States
Conference:
National Football Conference

Season Outlook Analysis

Offense
Position
Quarterbacks
B+
Matt Ryan has proven himself over time to be a near upper echelon guy. He is the clear leader of this team.
Running Backs
B-
Tevin Coleman is gone and Devonta Freeman is alone. He came into camp at 230, which is heavier than normal, but he doesn't play like a 230 lb back, so I'm not sure how that helps him.
Protection & Blocking
C
Clearly Atlanta thought this was an area of weakness a year ago. They spent two first round picks on linemen and are rumored to be in talks with Washington regarding Trent Williams. His signing would immediately upgrade them to a B.
Receiving
A
Jones, Sanu, Ridley and Hooper are one of the best receiving corps in the league.
Skills
Speed
B-
Production
A
Big Play Ability
A
Consistency
B+
Red Zone Success
A
Skills Analysis Notes
Atlanta has been one of the better offensive teams in the league. If Freeman can carry the load full time they will remain one.
Defense
Position
Defensive Line
C+
They need more production and consistency from these guys.
Linebackers
C
meh
Defensive Backs
B+
The best unit on the defense. They'll need to be this year.
Skills
Passing Game Defense
C+
Stopping the Run
C
Controlling Field Position
C
Stopping The Big Play
C-
Causing Turnovers
B-
Skills Analysis Notes
There's plenty of talent here but Beasley and McKinley need to emerge as consistent pass rushing threats or the talent in the secondary won't matter.
Special Teams and Coaching
Special Teams
Place Kicking
C
Punting
C
Kickoff/Punt Returning
C
Kickoff/Punt Coverage
C
Overall Unit Analysis
I expect Atlanta to add a veteran kicker.
Coaching
Effectiveness
B
Preparedness
B
Decision Making
C+
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
Koetter is a former head coach and Quinn has ample experience to handle both the head coaching and defensive coordinator positions.
Overall Team
Analysis
The offense will keep them in games. If their defensive line can generate consistent pressure they'll be in good shape to make the playoffs.
Last season, did the team
meet your expectations?
Met My Expections
Expected Wins
9
Expectations/ Outlook
I look for the Falcons to be competitive but they have a few more question marks than their division rivals.