(01-05-2013 07:41 AM)FullMetalFalcon23 Wrote: I saw an article calling Sherman the best corner in the NFL. There are at least 2 corners on Atlanta's roster who would dispute that. A guy in recovery in New York who would dispute that a fellow by the name of Peterson and a guy in Chicago who would all place higher than him.
If we do get the Hawks. I know at some point his ass is gonna get burned by either both Julio and Roddy or one of them.
Why Roddy is a former state wrestling champion x2 he's used that throughs his career and also he is a savvy veteran who often beats deep coverage not with pure speed but the savvy to vary his route running and set you up to get scorched eg Chris Houston.
Julio, do you let him catch it in front of you because if he does and he makes you miss Sherman isn't fast enough to run that guy down. But on the flipside of that Sherman is a physical guy who will want to get into that chest and lock you up. Julio showed what happens when you miss that contact and he gets around you. Nnamdi got scorched on a deep ball and he didn't stand chance at the line after Julio got into that shoulder. A guy like Roddy slightly slower with less explosion in a situation like that Sherman might have the chance to get on that hip and bat down or pick off the pass if it isn't in the right place. But Matt has shown tremendous deep ball touch. And if a situation like that happens with Julio that ball is getting thrown for Julio to run onto in stride and keep going. Sherman isn't all that fluid and those corners will have a hard time dealing with a receiving group that can attack you on all levels of the field. It's a lot of work because our route tree unlike previous years goes all over the field. I don't think Seattle has come up against a group of receivers like this before in this season. Two true number ones. A tight end who could be a number one receiver in another teams offense. That's basically three franchise calibre targets. Plus a good supporting cast. That's a lot of work for a team to handle so that pass rush has to be the key for them. And I think that strength for them if we get our rhythm going early is going to be their undoing.
If we get up 14 on them. I think that pass rush will intensify and become too aggressive. They might get to Matt but I think we will burn then with the screen. Not to the house so much as for a big play that is going to make them dial it back again. We went through this in Detroit. They were all out blitzing and Koetter refused to go Max protect. Matt stood in there took a hit but let one go and it straight away backed the defense off. Their pressure died off after that.
The way we have played against elite competition this year in the most pivotal of moments. In those so called statement games in those games where we'll finally be exposed leaves me with the confidence. Not cockiness that this team runs so deep in so many facets of football that I just feel they genuinely have the best of both worlds for match ups in the playoffs. Shit if we kept Tony next year and have a more creative lead back and sounder run blocking we really would be the offense I think we should be. Consistent explosive passing, consistent run game. It doesn't need to be explosive. Just give me 4 yards or 3.5 consistently not . . Boom . . Bust and this offense keeps ticking over.
Keep Nolan and get a more disruptive pass rush from the front 4 and that secondary will look even better.
This is the best falcons team I have had the pleasure to watch. Last years team was a step backwards and this year has surpassed 2010 2013 falcons needs to be the sum of both 2010 and 2012, that is what an NFL offense should look like to me.
I don't think Grimes is anywhere near as good as Sherman. Hell, Brandon Browner may even be a better option than Grimes. They are closely similar in coverage abilities but they have the size of an NFL wide receiver so they can go to battle with them. That's why they are better. They get burned from time to time like any other NFL corners, but they have both been top 10, maybe top 5 options in the NFL this year.
Falcons/Seahawks will provide a great matchup to show what both teams can do, but I think that we should be real worried about facing them. Let's be honest, while we can all hold out hope that the Falcons come out and dominate in the playoffs, they haven't exactly looked too great on offense the 2nd half of the season (Other than the Giants game) and that should worry everyone.
It's nearly pathetic when I'm more concerned about the offense in Atlanta than I am with our defense.