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Think the Falcons Should Stop Relying on Play Action Passes? Think Again!

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Fact: Burner doesn't like when you pretend to hand him the ball - it makes him sad
Fact: Burner doesn't like when you pretend to hand him the ball - it makes him sad

Disagree? That's what this article suggests. Give it a read. Digest it. Print it off and send it to your pen pal. Or don't. Could be creepy and/or illegal.

According to the number crunchers over at Football Outsiders, the play action thing is working for the Falcons. Or rather, it worked in 2011.

We ran play action passes on a fairly regular basis in 2011. 17 percent of our offensive snaps to be exact. And we were pretty efficient when running them. 60 percent better than league average to be exact. Forty five percent more efficient than when we didn't run play action passes. Confused? Then read this paragraph again. Still confused? Then close your computer and go to bed.

By all accounts, we're going to stretch the field and screen pass more often this year. Does that mean we're going to play action pass less often? One would think so.

What do you think? Discuss!

Note: what you just read is a second draft of this post. I royally screwed up the first draft. Hence the confused commentary below.