Atlanta Falcons: Bleacher Report Mailbag for October 27, 2012
The Atlanta Falcons are 6-0, and the team will be taking on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Because of the talent the team has already shown, I've decided to do another mailbag to talk about the Falcons.
This week, we have five questions from Twitter followers. If you want to make it into a future mailbag, just tweet @scar988 with the hashtag #BRFalconsMailbag.
Leading off, Corbin Miles asks about the Falcons wide receiver duo:
@scar988 do you think Roddy and Julio will end up with 1000 yards??— Corbin Miles (@Kor2bin) October 26, 2012
As of now, they are both on pace for over 80 catches, 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. The scary thing is that Tony Gonzalez is also on pace for the same type of numbers. The Falcons have one of the most efficient and effective wide receiver corps in the NFL.
People love to talk about how Julio Jones doesn't look as effective as he did last season. However, at this point last season, he had just 25 catches for 326 yards and hadn't scored a touchdown yet. He is already ahead of this pace and should be able to surpass 1,000 yards easily.
Roddy White is already over halfway to 1,000 and it wouldn't shock me to see him there before December.
Steve asks about tight end coach Chris Scelfo:
@scar988 Does coach Scelfo deserve more credit for Tony G's late career resurgence + M. Palmer's development?— Steve (@SteveInBrooklyn) October 26, 2012
The answer here is no. He doesn't get enough credit at all because Tony Gonzalez is such a tremendous talent as a tight end. However, Scelfo is one of the better coaches in the league at the position and as a former offensive line coach, he teaches his tight ends the best blocking techniques.
Sportfanmex asks about who can beat the Falcons:
@scar988 which teams could be difficult to win this year based on their offensive and defensive systems?— Sportfanmex (@Sportfanmex) October 26, 2012
Up next, the Falcons have one of their toughest matchups scheme-wise in the Eagles. Their West Coast offense and solid run game on offense can be a tough one for the defense to stop. Especially with Corey Peters still not 100 percent.
After them, the toughest matchup is always the Saints. No matter how bad their defense is, their offense has always been tough. The Falcons offense doesn't find many bad matchups on defense outside of the Panthers' again.
@scar988 In your opinion, what are the chances of Brent Grimes being resigned by the Falcons next season versus drafting an early RD CB?.— MoCutter (@1OfAKindaSorta) October 26, 2012
Brent Grimes isn't looking like he will end up back with the Falcons unless he takes a team-friendly deal. An early-round corner doesn't seem likely, though. The Falcons have done well in finding Robert McClain to be the nickelback. He has performed remarkably well and is very cap-friendly.
The next one is about the offensive line:
@scar988 Do you think Konz will take over at center before the season ends and does Sam Baker get an extension?— MoCutter (@1OfAKindaSorta) October 26, 2012
In the eyes of the team, Peter Konz is a right guard. Now, I do think that Joe Hawley will be the starting center and Peter Konz the starting right guard before the end of the season. Especially if there are injuries on the line that force it to happen.
Hawley has performed well for the Falcons in the preseason at center and obviously knows what calls to make. However, they went with McClure for the veteran presence on the line. At right guard, it's only a matter of time before Konz wins out as he was almost equal with Reynolds as a pass-blocker but was a better run-blocker. It's just a matter of when, not if.
As far as Baker goes, it's just too early to tell. He's looked like a tremendous upgrade from what he was. Especially in the passing game. If he can continue to play well, he should definitely get a low level contract from the team.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.
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