The Atlanta Falcons began OTAs last week, "Phase Three" of their offseason program. It's a good opportunity to get players on the field, doing meaningful work before mini-camp in June and training camp in July. Today was of course no exception, as the Falcons started week two of four.
Dan Quinn and his merry band of coaches are focusing in on certain core themes during OTAs. One such them is 2 minute drills. Put differently, they badly want the team to get better in end of half scenarios. In fact, they want it so bad that they committed almost an entire day to it today.
"We made a big emphasis today on the end of the half," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. "We did everything under a minute. It was an area where we want to just keep working on." In the coach's end of season review, the situation came up repeatedly. "It happened almost 30 times in terms of two-minutes at the end of the half or at the end of the games," Quinn said. "We are going to continue to nail that and keep working. We do it a lot."
Quinn is right to focus on improving this particular part of the Falcons' approach. Historically Matt Ryan has thrived in a hurry up offense, and if Quinn can get that part of his game back in order, it will pay huge dividends. Your thoughts?