Hey! You! Enjoy some Falcons content to start your week off right. Here’s Monday’s edition of Falcoholinks.
Dirk Koetter, past and present
To form a possible template of what to expect from the offense with Dirk Koetter’s return, Falcoholic EIC Dave Choate took a look back at 2012, Koetter’s best year as a coordinator in Atlanta.
The passing attack should continue to be the spearhead of the offense, but with the addition of running backs like Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith in the mix, the game on the ground should thrive, as well.
A caveat on that last note, however: Koetter’s 2012 offense was woefully inefficient on third down, particularly because of the lack of rushing attempts. When you practically telegraph your disinterest in churning out yards on the ground on third down, other teams will naturally adjust to shut down the pass. That’s been an enduring knock on Koetter’s offenses, and Dave notes that it’s a pretty glaring red flag in his return.
Afolabi Laguda waived
The Falcons brought in free agent safety Afolabi Laguda in April, signing him to a two-year deal. That contract would not come to fruition, as the team elected to waive Laguda on Saturday.
This means that the primary battle for backup spots will take place between J.J. Wilcox, Sharrod Neasman, and Chris Cooper.
Beasley plans to attend mandatory minicamp
Vic Beasley has been noticeably absent from voluntary OTAs, creating quite spirited debates on his lack of attendance.
Yes, it’s that time again. Time for you to to take the first step to avenge last year’s awful fantasy performance, one that left you with a regrettable tattoo, and get going on fantasy football research. Luckily The Falcoholic’s fantasy guru Evan Birchfield has got you covered with his recent 32 sleepers piece. Please, if you win money, send it to me.