Simplifying the NFL: Atlanta Falcons Edition

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Simplifying the NFL: Atlanta Falcons Edition
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Simplifying the NFL is a little project I am working on. What I'm going to do is quite simple. I am going to basically be making a cheat sheet for every team that I can possibly do. 

I decided to start with the Falcons, because, well, they are truly what I know. I hope you enjoy.

Head Coach: Mike Smith

Key Offensive Players: Matt Ryan—Quarterback, Michael Turner—Running Back, and Roddy White—Wide Receiver

Key Defensive Players: John Abraham—Defensive End, Curtis Loftin—Middle Linebacker, and Erik Coleman—Free Safety

Other Important Players: Jerious Norwood—Running Back/Kick Returner and Michael Koenen—Punter and Kick Off Specialist

Young Talent: Matt Ryan—Quarterback, Curtis Loftin—Middle Linebacker, and Chevis Jackson—Cornerback 

Players that are not back: Keith Brooking—Outside Linebacker, Michael Boley—Outside Linebacker, and Grady Jackson

New Faces: Tony Gonzalez—Tight End, Peria Jerry—Defensive Tackle (Draft), and Mike Peterson—Outside Linebacker (Free Agency). 

Goal on Offense: To run Turner as many times as possible to open up the passing lanes for Ryan and White to attack the offense down field. 

Strength on Offense: A Running Back who can carry the ball 30 times in a game as well as a complete wide receiving core. 

Weakness on Offense: The age of the center and depth on the offensive line

Goal on Defense: To contain the opposing team's offense and rushing the passer with four down linemen. 

Strength on Defense: John Abraham and Erick Coleman Thats it. 

Weakness on Defense: The cornerbacks are all extremely young and inexperienced. 

Offseason Methods: To get what the team needs. The goal is to only patch the roster up with free agency. The goal in the draft is to fill the biggest need that is evaluated by the team. 

Rivals (Official): Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, and Carolina Panthers

Rivals (Unofficial): Philadelphia Eagles (pending on this year's Bears game, the Bears could join this list)

Best Moment Last Season: Last second miraculous win over the Chicago Bears

Last Season Ended: First Round in the NFC Playoffs to the NFC Champion Cardinals

This Season Starts: Against the Miami Dolphins

Hope you enjoyed this little simplification of the Atlanta Falcons Tell me what you thought. Seriously, I need feedback on this project. 

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