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Post by Sendall » Tue May 29, 2018 3:36 pm

QB Questions in Atlanta (2059)
Veteran journeyman Mercury Lutes provided a serviceable stopgap for the Falcons in 58 as the team recovered from a 3-13 season in 57. Lutes won 8 of the first 9 games setting the Falcons up for a wild-card trip to the playoffs. Whilst Lutes play was uninspiring he threw 19 touchdowns to 6 interceptions allowing offensive rookie of the year Christopher Hudson to dominate. This streak was unfortunately ended in Cincinnati when Lutes suffered a season-ending injury. Lutes has since decided to retire from the game of football in order to pursue a career in cheese making.

However, the loss of Lutes represents a hole for the Atlanta Falcons where many fans can still remember the glory days under Gary Burns. Backup Jay Moseley showed some signs of greatness, including winning the wild card game against the Rams but bad games against New Orleans and Baltimore leave critics questioning his ability to lead the franchise to a super bowl. The former 4th round pick has only ever started 6 games of which 4 have been losses. Coach Craig has expressed his confidence in Mosley but it is suspected that he will have his eye on free agents Crittenden and Garner should they hit the open market.

Whatever the outcome General manager Sendall and Coach Craig are unlikely to have a quiet offseason.

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Post by Sendall » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:38 am

The 2059 Draft Summary
With the Falcons GM weirdly absent due to a family injury Coach Craig and the scouts were responsible for the Falcons draft picks this year. Many fans have had mixed feelings about the draft picks but general manager Sendall has expressed that he has trust in his staff and is confident that they have made some excellent additions.

Here we break down some of the Falcons picks.

1.26 Rick Auterman, Offensive Tackle, Tulane
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With QB Jay Moseley going into his first season as the Atlanta starter the Falcons need to ensure that he is able to stay on his feet. Drafting Auterman is an obvious solution to this problem as the Tulane tackle has shown repeatedly that he can stop the very best pass rushers. He represents a key part of the revamped Atlanta O-line opposite FA signing Noetzell.

3.26 Blaine Dawson, Cornerback, Miami Florida
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Cornerback was a big need for an Atalanta secondary which lacks a true man-to-man corner. Last season saw the Falcons allow opposing QB's to achieve an average QBR of 91.0. Falcons fans are hopeful that Dawson can quickly move into the role as the Falcons No. 1 cornerback with the uninspiring play from Palepoi and Peters the last few seasons.

5.26 Kaleb Herndon, Runningback, Illinois
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Atlanta seems to be doubling down on their run game with this pick. Last year saw rookie RB Christopher Hudson win offensive rookie of the year but neither Colton Lucas nor Malik Lucas really stepped into the role as the 3rd down back. Atlanta seems to hope that Herndon will fill this role but he is untested in the passing game and may not make the team.

6.27 Victor Carmazzi, Quarterback, Tenessee - Martin
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Carmazzi's cannon arm fits the Falcons smash mouth offence but this choice is questionable when the Falcons lack so much depth at other positions and two other untested QB's in Moseley and Bryant. Atlanta possibly sees Carmazzi as a future third string QB as there is lots of talk about them brining in a veteran whilst Moseley develops as the starter. He will likely be engaged in a position battle with Bryant during the preseason for this spot and his future with the team will also be up for grabs.

7.26 Dusty Ficek, Defensive End, Georgia-Tech
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The Georgia Tech DE is likely to be quickly moved to add depth to the linebacker core as he is more suited to a 4-3 defence than Atlanta's 3-4. Ficek has potential to be a starter for the Falcons but his lack of endurance and speed mean he may not see the field outside of certain packages.

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Post by Sendall » Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:56 am

Week One @Saints

The Good
The Defence: Despite giving up 30 points the defence was able to generate sacks and turnovers in ways it struggled to last year. Malik Blair who was acquired from Milwaukee for a 2nd and a 4th proved his worth with 1 sack, 2 hurries and 1 knock generated accounting for half the KB pressure on Saints QB Garner. The front seven was also ferocious holding saints RB's to 2.5 yards-per-carry. Notable contributors include Hutton who saw something of a return to his 2057 all-pro form and sophomore Dehning who contributed to 12 tackles over the course of the game and who may be about to break through as one of the best inside linebackers in the league.

The Bad
The O-Line: This was one area that was supposed to be much improved heading into the current season. Noetzel was acquired during free agency at some expense and Rick Auterman was acquired with a first-round pick. The pass defence was actually ok but the run blocking was atrocious with last years offensive rookie of the year only averaging slightly more than 2 yards-per-carry. Left guard Mel Kaplan who was a stalwart of the O-line last season looked out of his depth and struggled to generate any space for Hudson to dominate like he did last season.

Jay Mosely: There was much speculation during the off-season as to whether the Falcons believed Mosely was truly a future starter in the league. A disappointing start to the season with no touchdowns and a 67.3 QBR, will only cement the concerns of fans that Mosely is not the future of the franchise.

Christopher Hudson: Last years offensive rookie of the year looked defeated after Sunday's performance. 2.17 yards-per-carry and only 2 catches for 9 yards. Yes the O-line was terrible but the front office and fans will be hoping this is not the start of a sophomore slump for the 2058 offensive rookie of the year.

The Ugly
Hugh Boland: On Sunday it looked like the 11-year veteran's career was coming to an end. 4 catches off 10 targets and 3 drops with only 18 yards. He is likely to get another chance but a second bad performance may see Boland's career with the Falcons end sooner rather than later.

The other wide-receivers: Oh dear. What happened here. Last year Atlanta couldn't go wrong when targeting their receivers. This first game shows a serious decline. Many will blame the QB but Andrews and Hancock who will now be competing to take over from Boland looked un-inspiring at best. Collier should also be disappointed with only 66 yards off 7 catches. Without a 1000 yard season, he is unlikely to continue with Atlanta past 2060.

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Post by Sendall » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:33 pm

Week Two Vs Housten

The Good
Boland is Back: The former all-pro wide receiver and 11-year RNFL veteran returned to some kind of form on Sunday. Whilst 5 receptions of 6 targets for a total of 68 yards is nothing to write home about it is a significant improvement after his week one showing against New Orleans. In week one Boland caught only 4 balls off 10 targets for a measly 18 yards. This improvement lends some belief to fans who hope the team can turn around a 0-2 start.

Late Draft Picks: There was a large amount of speculation from fans and critics alike when Atlanta selected Herndon in the 5th round and Dusty Ficek in the 7th. Whilst neither has been exceptional (yet) there have been signs of promise from both. 5th round pick Herndon beat out Lucas Colton in training camp for the spot of 3rd down back and he seems to have grown into the role already converting one of Atlanta's three third-down conversions. On the other side of the ball, 7th round pick, Dusty Ficek has improved tremendously after being moved from DE to ILB after the draft. He looks natural opposite last years first overall pick Jullian Dhening and it is exciting to think what this pair may accomplish in the future.

The Bad
The O-Line: The O-line disappointed again. They seem uncomfortable around each other and whilst they only gave up a single sack the complete failure in the run game can only be attributed to this group. Fans seem to hope that the return of Darnell and Wilkerson will revitalise the unit but as it stands one can only be disappointed.

Jay Mosely: Mosley continues to underperform and is yet to throw a touch down this season. His one interception late in the game also sealed the game for Housten. This is in spite of a poor Housten secondary and good pass blocking from his O-line. If he continues to fail with Boland and Collier to throw to we might see Stan Bryant or Victor Carmazzi make an appearance later in the season.

Christopher Hudson: 2.68 yards-per-carry in another frighteningly unimpressive game from last years offensive rookie of the year.

The Ugly
The Corner Backs: Outside Palepoi who has shown he can be a serviceable CB Atlanta has failed to fix the one glaring issue. If our sources are correct 3rd round pick Dawson is yet to show the coach and the front office that he can play corner in the RNFL and yet he might see the field in the coming weeks as Ted Peters and the undersized Floyd Kobeski fail to show any kind of presence on the field.

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Post by Sendall » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:04 am

Week Three Vs San Francisco

The Good
Christopher Hudson: After a two-week slump last years offensive rookie of the year carried the ball 17 times for a total of 82 yards. At 4.82 ypc, it represents a major return to form for the young running back.

The Kicking Game: Rookie kicker Sam Anthony is keeping this team competitive with his feet. He is routinely called upon to make 40+ yard kicks and so far has seen a good amount of success. If he continues this performance he may be pivotal in preventing a 0-16 season for Atlanta.

The Bad
The QB: Jay Moseley is yet to throw a touch down after three games. Throwing passes further than 10 yards seems to pose a particular problem. Some fans are already calling for him to be benched. For the time being Atlanta seem to be happy with Mosely's performance but further failure will likely see him being benched in favour of Stan Bryant, Manuel Reilly or rookie Victor Carmazzi.

The Ugly
The Corner Backs: Attrocitous cornerback play allowed Dustin Hill from the 49ers throw at will downfield generating big play after big play. With Palepoi injured as well, it does not bode well, for Atlanta.

Injuries: Starting receiver Collier, starting centre Darnell, starting cornerback Palepoi and starting free safety Burke are now all out for at least the next game against Tampa Bay. This will have a significant impact on the game plan and a struggling Atlanta is likely to only struggle more.

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