What Will Mohamed Sanu’s Role Be In The Falcons Offense?

After last seasons passing game struggles, we all can agree the Atlanta Falcons REALLY needed a complementary receiver alongside Julio Jones. Jones was the only consistent player in a struggling passing offense. Jones finished with a record 136 catches 1,871 yards and eight touchdowns. Not much went well for the Falcons, so when Sanu became available… The Falcons offered him a five-year, $32.5 million dollar deal.

Many criticised the deal due to Sanu’s lack of numbers. His best year came in 2014 where he had 56 catches for 790 yards. You would expect better numbers from a second receiver, but the Cincinnati Bengals was loaded with talented receivers, AJ Green, Tyler Eifert and Marvin Jones to name a few. So there weren’t many opportunities for Sanu to make an impact. He finished the season with 33 catches 394 yards and zero touchdowns.

What were the Falcons thinking about?

The idea was to give Matt Ryan a solid second option. There were times Jones was double, sometimes triple teamed. With Roddy White’s inability to consistently get open, it led to very poor habits by Matt Ryan. It also allows Justin Hardy to go one one against the oppositions third or forth corner. Falcons are confident Hardy can consistently do that.

To Skeptical Fans

I have news for skeptical fans, do not expect Sanu to be the second coming of Roddy White. That is not his skill set. He was brought in to provide stability and depth to the Falcons offense.

Sanu doesn’t have to be a superstar. Falcons have their share of offensive talent. Running back Devonta Freeman, receiver Justin Hardy, tight end Jacob Tamme, and the drafting of tight end Austin Hooper….leaves the Falcons in much better shape than last.

HOWEVER!!!!

I have one major concern….. KYLE SHANAHAN!

Reporters questioned Shanahan about him not spreading the ball around. Particularly Roddy White. He then stated in a press conference, his only concern was to find ways to get Julio Jones the ball. Something I totally disagree with…

Should this DUMB trend continue or Shanahan’s ego gets the best of him. Falcons may have wasted 32 million dollars. So let’s hope DOOFUS (I mean Kyle) Shanahan has learned from last years struggle and fully utilizes Sanu.

What are your thoughts Falcons Fans? What will Mohamed Sanu’s role be in the Falcons offense?

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What should the Falcons do with the 17th Pick?

With cornerback Jalen Collins being suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2016 season. Falcons are down to 3 cornerbacks who saw action last year. Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford and Akeem King.

Head Coach Dan Quinn said in a statement,

“We are disappointed to hear the news regarding Jalen today,” coach Dan Quinn said in a statement released by the team. “I have already spoken to Jalen about this, and I have no doubt this will be something that he will learn from.”

The Falcons have only 5 picks in this months draft, and are in desperate need of a pass rusher to go along with Vic Beasley. They have other pressing needs including a linebacker that’s capable of covering tight ends. A safety that will take over for former pro bowl safety, now released William Moore.

What will should they do? If the Falcons can find a way to trade the 17th overall pick. Guys like Noah Spence, Emanuel Ogbah, Kevin Dodd, Yannick Ngakoue, and Leonard Floyd (HUGE IF) could be available.

Should the Falcons trade down to get more picks? Or put at 17 and sign a veteran corners like Leon Hall, Antonio Cromartie or Walter Thurmond…

What are your thoughts?

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Is Roddy White Done in Atlanta?

Is Roddy White Retiring A Falcons? Part of me doesn’t want to see Roddy White gone. In reality Sunday’s game against the New Orleans could very well be White’s last game in an Atlanta uniform. Roddy White sent out his morning tweet and this how fans responded.

Check out Andrew Hirsch’s tweets in support of Roddy White.

Take a look at one of Roddy’s big plays of the game.

https://twitter.com/ATLSportsNate/status/68190273151936921

Final Thoughts

Is Nick Williams Ready For A Bigger Role?

With Leonard Hankerson out with a hamstring injury. Falcons wide receiver Nick Williams was called upon against the Tennessee Titans to give his team a lift. He did not disappoint. In fact in his 33 snaps, Williams finished the game with 3 catches and 43 yards receiving. Which leads me to this question, Is Nick Williams ready for a bigger role in Falcons offense?

Coach Dan Quinn had this to say about Nick Williams work ethic in this article http://mobile.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/WR-Williams-Carving-Out-Role-in-Atlanta/c914a217-c8e0-4b90-8372-9402e4bd17fd

“I think it’s just the work and mindset that he has. He’s one of the best competitors we have,” Quinn said. “And that’s really how he played his way on to the team, in terms of, ‘OK, you’re here because of the way you battle and compete.'”

“The times that we target him, he just seems to come up with first down catch after first down catch,” said Quinn. “I think it’s that ability to know that when you go over in his direction, he’s coming down with it. He is a great competitor.”

Mad Mike Thoughts

The NFL is all about results, Coaches want instant results, and that’s exactly what Nick Williams gives you. He doesn’t have blazing speed or amazing agility. But everytime the Falcons have called his number Williams has delivered. With the GREAT Julio Jones drawing double teams (sometimes triple teams), Roddy White not what he once was, Leonard Hankerson’s inconsistency. Falcons need a reliable set of hands and someone they can rely on. Nick Williams IS THAT DUDE. Increase his snaps and watch the Falcons offense pick up.

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Will Thomas Dimitroff sign Ray Rice?

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Falcons Fam Jeff Schultz had the chance to talk to Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff about the possibility of signing potential free agent Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice and recently released 49ers Superstar pass rusher Aldon Smith.

Thomas Dimitroff on signing Ray Rice!!

“We do not (have interest in Rice). … We’re happy with the development of our young guys at running back and we think our chemistry is right with this running back group.”

Possibility of signing Aldon Smith

Hold on, Roddy White Fired from Falcons?

According to ESPN News Falcons fired Wide Receiver Roddy White. I’m Kidding I’m Kidding… In wake of the league investigating Noise Gate. The Atlanta Falcons have decided to fire director of event marketing for the Falcons Roddy White. He was the guy allegedly pumping artificial noise into the crowd. Which cost the organization $350,000 & fifth round pick in 2016 draft. Don’t worry Falcons Fans, the REAL Roddy White will be in uniform this upcoming season.

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Should the Falcons take Todd Gurley?

Latest news story surrounding the Atlanta Falcons is D.Orlando Ledbetter article stating that the Atlanta Falcons should take a risk and select former UGA Bulldogs Running Back Todd Gurley. Quite frankly, I don’t know what to do.

I’m a huge Dawgs fan first and foremost. My heart is saying take a chance on drafting Todd Gurley. I mean we’ve seen what Gurley is capable of when he’s healthy. He led the nation in rushing before his controversial suspension for allegedly signing autographed memorabilia (total bullsh!t). Some scouts thought he could’ve easily been selected as the Top pick in 2015 NFL Draft, Over Florida State Seminoles Jameis Winston. But that’s not going to happen this year. So back to the issue at hand. Falcons taking Gurley at 8th overall pick. A part of me (Logical and cautious side) is saying “Are you sure you want to take a chance on a running back that’s coming off a torn ACL?

Honestly, I don’t know…. I’ll say this, if the Falcons can manage to move back into the first round, without giving up too much of their future picks… I say take a chance. When healthy Todd Gurley is without a doubt the best running back to come out since Adrian Peterson and Ricky Williams. Todd Gurley is a special player, once in a generation running back. Why not take the chance? Falcons have a stacked offense. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Antone Smith and Jake Mathews are all young explosive players that’ll have big impact this season. I also believe the hiring of Dan Quinn instantly improves the defense… His philosophy is simple… play smart and fast. IMO the Falcons don’t need an elite pass rusher (Don’t get me wrong, I want an elite pass rusher), they need to focus on getting a pass rush PERIOD. Former Coach Mike Smith philosophy on pass rushers was ancient and shitty at best.

In closing, I say take a chance and select Todd Gurley. But “only” if you have one of the two options.

1. Trade down no lower than 12 to pick up a late round pick (5 – 7). Take a chance that a team will pass on him and he’ll be available.

2. Negotiate a deal to draft Gurley and trade for his draft rights.

2015 Draft Order

1 Tampa Bay
2 Tennessee
3 Jacksonville
4 Oakland
5 Washington
6 New York Jets
7 Chicago
8 Atlanta
9 New York Giants
10 St. Louis
11 Minnesota
12 Cleveland
13 New Orleans
14 Miami
15 San Francisco
16 Houston
17 San Diego
18 Kansas City
19 Cleveland from Buf
20 Philadelphia
21 Cincinnati
22 Pittsburgh
23 Detroit
24 Arizona
25 Carolina
26 Baltimore
27 Dallas
28 Denver
29 Indianapolis
30 Green Bay
31 New Orleans from Sea
32 New England

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Dezmen Southward Moving To Corner?

Lately Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn has been busy on team evaluation. After reading an article from Atlantafalcons.com I’m thinking Quinn may want to turn safety Dezmen Southward into former Seahawk CB and 2 time Super Bowl champion Brandon Browner type player. Here’s what Head Coach Dan Quinn had to say.

“I love the speed and the length, so we’re going to try that versatility. Is he a safety? Is he a corner? We went back to look at his Senior Bowl tape where he also played corner so, I love the speed, I love the length and he’s an interesting guy for us moving forward to see what unique stuff does he have and then try to put him in the best spot to work his skills.”

Dezmen Southward comment begins at 8 min

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Malcolm Smith Destination Atlanta?

According to several sources SuperBowl MVP Malcolm Smith, an athletic linebacker, who has started 5 games in 2014 with a total of 37 tackles. Will be heavily recruited to help soon to be named Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn implement his system.

Falcons started two undrafted rookie free agents, will definitely have a open battle for the job. Malcolm Smith should definitely have a heads up on competition.

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Should Thomas Dimitroff Be Fired?

There’s a lot of people that say Thomas Dimitroff should’ve been fired along with Mike Smith. He’s had draft picks that didn’t pan out, questionable roster cuts to key contributors John Abraham, and free agent signings that didn’t pan out.

Apparently Arthur Blank felt that the teams problems stemmed from bad coaching, rather than talent acquisitions. I for one agree… There were times when I saw the Defensive line play very well. Players like Jonathan Massaquoi, Stansley Maponga, Osi Umenyoira, Rashede Hageman play well and the next game they would have less than 20 snaps… Players would eventually speak out (Umenyoira & Massaquoi) and they would be benched.

So in my opinion… this is the reason why I believe Dimitroff should not have been fired. This was a classic case of a coach forcing their system on players and not putting the players in a position to succeed.

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