Bob McGinn is one of the more plugged-in beat reporters around the nation, and he has access to any number of personnel men around the NFL. He talked to one about the Atlanta Falcons ahead of their matchup with the Green Bay Packers, and what’s striking is that this man watches the same team as any number of other scouts, analysts and fans and comes to some very wrongheaded conclusions about them.
While the content is behind a payroll, the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter was kind enough to pull out some relevant quotes for our consideration. These quotes strongly indicate that the personnel man who is anonymously quoted here is very bad at his job.
Here’s a very brief list of things this man, whoever he he may be, says about Atlanta:
- Atlanta’s secondary—which features Pro Bowl caliber cornerback Desmond Trufant, quality starters Robert Alford and Brian Poole, extremely promising second year safety Keanu Neal and Marquand Manuel favorite Ricardo Allen—is not very good;
- Vic Beasley, who led the NFL in sacks, picked up another sack Sunday, and is one of the NFL’s most promising young edge rushers, isn’t anything special, he just “runs and hits”;
- Ryan Schraeder, a consensus pick as a top NFL right tackle by nearly everyone with two functioning brain hemispheres, is a “typical right tackle.”
He also says that Jake Matthews isn’t a “dominating” (which I think means dominant) tackle, which is a little more fair, and that Wes Schweitzer got “beat like a drum,” which is actually pretty accurate. This anonymous AFC personnel dude also calls this Falcons defense “undersized,” which is technically true at several positions, and implies the way to beat them is to just run the ball at them all day, which has not really worked outside of Chicago’s near-upset in Week 1.
You can’t get too jazzed up about this kind of stuff, but I think it’s a potent illustration of how personnel men in the NFL, who really ought to be the smartest guys in the room, often are not. May the Falcons demolish the Packers and make this whole thing look even more foolish than it already does.