PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons passes against the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 17 2010 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Open question for your consideration tonight.
If you're running the Falcons offense—put yourself in Mike Mularkey's shoes, if you dare—how do you attack the Eagles' passing defense. They'll be blitzing Matt Ryan frequently, they have a great group of cornerbacks and you have to expect they'll be scoring enough to try and key in on the pass. So you need to figure out how to beat them, which is probably easier said than done.
If I'm the Falcons, I start out with short passes, complemented by Michael Turner on the ground. I look toward Tony Gonzalez constantly, since he'll be covered by a distinctly average group of Eagles linebackers. If all goes well and things are opened up underneath, I start looking to get Harry Douglas and Julio Jones downfield. Once you achieve that kind of balance, you've got a good shot of tearing through their D.
So that's how I'd do it. Do you concur?