June 6, 2012; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) warms up with teammates during organized team activities at the Falcons training facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE
I'm sure I don't need to inform any of you about the lack of attention the Falcons get from the media. Since they haven't won a playoff game with the current regime, everyone writes them off pretty easily. That's why I was shocked to find a rather lengthy article discussing how Atlanta could potentially have the best offense in the NFC going forward.
Bucky Brooks, an analyst on NFL.com, goes into detail about the arrival of Dirk Koetter, and the fact that he can be the one to take things to the next level.
The Atlanta Falcons have been on the verge of title contention over the past few seasons, but an underachieving offense has kept them from getting over the hump. However, the arrival of new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will not only make the unit more explosive, but also could make the Falcons' offense the best in the NFC.
See? He actually said it. I already like this guy. Let's look at the five points he gives to back up his argument, and the validity of those statements.
1) Matt Ryan will raise his level of play under Koetter.
Citing the work Koetter did with David Garrard, Brooks thinks the new OC will hone in on a few areas Ryan excels, like throwing inside the numbers. Here's where Harry Douglas can step up, as we've seen him destroy defenses on seam routes in the past.
If Koetter was able to make something out of Garrard, I'm dying to see what he can do with No. 2.
2) Roddy White and Julio Jones will get the ball on the move.
Jones has shown the ability to play down the field on vertical routes, but he has also flashed spectacular skills as a catch-and-run playmaker.
Remember Julio burning the Colts for an 80-yard touchdown last year? If not, here it is.
I don't know about you, but I'd love to see this more often.
3) Jacquizz Rodgers will become a key contributor as a hybrid player in the backfield.
Quizz has been one player that everyone has agreed will become a major part of the offense in 2012. He made the most of the carries he was given as a rookie, and also showed how good he can be as a receiver. Koetter managed Fred Taylor and MJD well in 2007, so we can expect similar results this year with Turner and Quizz.
4) The screen pass will become a priority in the game plan.
This is no secret to anyone who remotely keeps up with the Falcons. Koetter loved used the screen game in Jacksonville. Nothing new here.
5) The Falcons' offensive line will be tougher in 2012.
His main point here is in regards to Pat Hill, who will definitely help improve one of the biggest areas of need. Brooks talks about how he watched firsthand the way Hill handled his squad at Fresno State, emphasizing "toughness and physicality."
For the Falcons, Hill's mentality and attention to detail will help the offensive line develop the kind of toughness needed to achieve postseason success.
There you have it, five great points to keep in mind as we head into 2012. It's clear the Falcons have a ton of talent on offense, but it's nice to see someone argue how great they can be instead of how they'll ultimately underachieve again.