NFL

The Windshield is Bigger than the Rearview

Isiah Oliver makes a tackle against the New Orleans Saints

It’s no secret that the NFL is entering a youth movement league-wide. And it’s also no secret that the Atlanta Falcons coaching and management staff is under the microscope. No matter where you stand on hires and fires, we don’t know what’s going to happen. Owner Arthur Blank addressed the media regarding some of this. We won’t really benefit right now by diving into what Mr. Blank said or any hidden messages tangled in his words. What I do know is a significant portion of our players, which also consists of talented youth, will be here next season.

As frustrating as our team has been leading into the bye week, it is important to the future of the Atlanta Falcons, and I encourage fans to share the excitement of player progress.

We have many guys to get loud for in their continued growth! Caleb McGary and Chris Lindstrom are going to be key pieces for years to come on our offensive line. Grace cracked the roster from his preseason performance.

John Cominsky has been given more and more snaps. Foyesade Oluokun showed last season he can be a valuable linebacker to Atlanta. Ridley has proven he can be our number 2 receiver. Gage stepped right form Mohamed Sanu this weekend. And Austin Hooper, Oh man Oh my…need I say more?

Two other players id like to talk about a little more in-depth are Kendall Sheffield and Isaiah Oliver.

Kendall and Isaiah are playing great ball. Oliver has had some tough Sunday’s but remember he’s a first-year starter in a new scheme. With the absence of Desmond Trufant, they held their own over the last two weeks. I’ve said before I think a man to man defense is our ticket opposed to a zone defense, and it was proven against Seattle. We played significantly more man coverage, and Sheffield and Oliver shined. Oliver is a long, physical corner who can succeed in man schemes. Sheffield, a rookie, had his miscues but fought hard.

Tussling one on one with Seattle’s shifty and talented Tyler Lockette is a tall order for any defensive back. In fact, it was for the entire Falcons Defense Kendalls speed that allows him to make up for his miss-steps in this learning period. It’s incredibly difficult to develop corners, and it takes time. A higher percentage of man coverages over the zone is what we need to be as a defensive unit, in my opinion.

 There is a reason your windshield is bigger than your rearview. Where we’re headed is more important than what is behind us. In brotherhood

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