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SteelerBravesDawg
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re: Official: Falcons name former Titans OC Arthur Smith as HC
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You can but the dead money and cap hit makes it very difficult.

Exactly.

They will both be here next season IMO.

People need to deal in reality, not fantasy/Madden scenarios.


bulldawger
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re: Official: Falcons name former Titans OC Arthur Smith as HC
Just coincidence with Fontenot & Brady?

Or is this a thing?

If you hire Fontenot, he wants Brady?


Thoughts.


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re: Official: Falcons name former Titans OC Arthur Smith as HC
Blank was on record yesterday saying the GM and HC will need to see things the same way.

Also, Falcons interviewing Packers QB coach Nathaniel Hackett.


SteelerBravesDawg
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re: Official: Falcons name former Titans OC Arthur Smith as HC
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Blank was on record yesterday saying the GM and HC will need to see things the same way.

Also, Falcons interviewing Packers QB coach Nathaniel Hackett.


Just saw this:

Albert Breer
@AlbertBreer
Mentioned back two weeks ago the potential for a Terry Fontenot/Nathaniel Hackett pairing in Atlanta. Fontenot's in good shape there, and Hackett interviews today.

Breer has really good sources around the league.
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VADawg
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re: Official: Falcons name former Titans OC Arthur Smith as HC
What is the appeal with Hackett? His offenses in Jacksonville sucked and he doesn't call plays in Green Bay.


SteelerBravesDawg
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re: Official: Falcons name former Titans OC Arthur Smith as HC
Actually he had a top-10 unit in Jacksonville, and that was w/minimal talent.

Reid never called plays before he got to Philly, either. He was a QB coach. And Hackett is out of that same Walsh/Reid WCO tree.

And Aaron Rodgers raves about him, and he doesn't like anybody.


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Champagne
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re: Official: Falcons name former Titans OC Arthur Smith as HC
I agree with you that Terry Fontenot would be a strong hire.


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re: Official: Falcons name former Titans OC Arthur Smith as HC
Both LaFleur and Discount Double Check endorse Nathaniel Hackett for the Falcons HC job....

Green Bay offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett interviewed with the Falcons on Thursday, Packers coach Matt LaFleur confirmed.

The Falcons’ interest in Hackett was first reported by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports on Nov. 1. Hackett’s interview was completed Thursday evening. NFL Media, which is in part owned by the Falcons, first reported/announced the interview Thursday.

“That’s really exciting,” LaFleur told the Wisconsin Media. “He’s earned it. I think he’d do a helluva job. Just everything that he’s added, the value that he’s brought here, it’s hard to quantify that.”

LaFleur couldn’t stop praising Hackett.

“And he does a great job with our entire offense, a great job with leading our offensive staff, and so I’m excited for him to get his opportunity. I have a lot of confidence that there’s no doubt he’s fully capable of doing a great job and somebody would be lucky to have a guy like him.”

Hackett, 41, has been with the Packers since 2019 on LaFleur’s staff. LaFleur was on the Falcons’ staff under Dan Quinn and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. LaFleur was passed over for the coordinator position when Shanahan left for San Francisco after Super Bowl LI.

Hackett, who has worked with Aaron Rodgers for two seasons, could bring back Shanahan’s offense that helped Matt Ryan become the franchise’s first MVP.

“I have talked with him,” Rodgers said told Wisconsin media Thursday. “I think one of the prerequisite to being a good head coach is presence in front of the room. You have to have an innate, (inaudible) ability to captivate your audience, and part of that captivation is in the way you talk, your cadence, your inflection, your storytelling ability. I think those are underrated qualities that a coach can have, and Nate has all those things.”



Hackett is in charge of red-zone offense, and the Packers, who have one of the league’s top offensive lines, have dominated defenses in the red zone. The Packers rank first in the NFL with a 78.6 touchdown percentage, 91.1 scoring percentage.

Also, Hackett changed the name of the red zone to the gold zone because he’s a big fan of Austin Powers and James Bond (Goldfinger). He’s a character and comes up with all these offbeat terms and funny sayings and talks a mile a minute.

“All these jobs, they’re hard to come by,” LaFleur said. “I think every place might have its own unique set of challenges and a lot of its dependent on where you are roster-wise, but my experience in Atlanta was very special.”

LaFleur has been pushing the Falcons.

“There’s a lot of great people there, starting off with Mr. (Arthur) Blank,” LaFleur said. “He’s an exceptional person, an exceptional owner, obviously a very successful man. And he was great to work for.

“I think having (Falcons president) Rich McKay there, he’s another guy I have a lot of respect for, so I think that just all in all that organization is top-notch. I had a great experience there.”

He also was able to share information about the roster with Hackett.

“And not to mention, the players that are still on that roster, that when I was there, Matt Ryan, Julio (Jones), Alex Mack, there’s a bunch of guys there still that I have a lot of respect for,” LaFleur said. “Ricardo Allen is another guy that comes to mind, Grady Jarrett. There’s a lot of pieces there as well. And I know a lot of the coaches that are still there and some of those guys are some of my closest friends as well.”

Hackett’s first job in the NFL was as a quality-control assistant with Tampa Bay in 2006, where he stayed through 2007. He was a quality-control assistant with Buffalo (2008-09) before going back to the college ranks to coach at Syracuse (2010-13).

He’s a disciple of Doug Marrone and was with him at Syracuse, Buffalo and Jacksonville. Marrone was recently fired by Jacksonville and is available to join Hackett’s staff, if he lands the job.

Hackett was Buffalo’s offensive coordinator from 2013-14. For Jacksonville he was quarterbacks coach (2015-16) and offensive coordinator (2016-18).

He’s the son of former NFL and college head coach Paul Hackett, who has deep ties to USC, as does McKay.

“He’s been around football for a long time,” Rodgers said. “His dad, obviously, one of the legendary coaches of this profession. So he has the pedigree, but his presence. He brings such a great, positive energy to a room, and I think any team would be lucky to have him leading their squad.”

Hackett was asked Wednesday if he was ready to be a head coach.

“(I’m) definitely ready,” he said to the Wisconsin media. “I think it’s something you’re thinking about the minute you get into this profession.”

Hackett pointed to his background.

“Looking at the past and all the things I’ve been through, and all the learning moments I’ve had, things to do, things not to do, it’s just been incredible turning back and looking at all those things and becoming the person I am from growing up in this profession to all the different experiences to now being with coach LaFleur in this great organization,” Hackett said.

Working with Rodgers is a nice star on his resume.

“I think being with a great quarterback, great players, great people, you take so much from all those people and you just continually learn from all that and grow from that,” Hackett said. “At this point in my life I love exactly where I am. This is an amazing place.”

“A lot of people talk about it, and it’s an amazing place, you see that on Sundays when you go out and play. For the future you never know. It’s such a great opportunity to have this chance, to be in the playoffs, to have a first-round bye, and have (video cuts out and interview ends).”


VADawg
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re: Official: Falcons name former Titans OC Arthur Smith as HC
Saw a tidbit today that said Bieniemy is supposedly a terrible interviewer and it seems like the Falcons aren't very interested because of it.


SteelerBravesDawg
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Saw a tidbit today that said Bieniemy is supposedly a terrible interviewer and it seems like the Falcons aren't very interested because of it.


I just read that article. That's the reason the Texans haven't talked to him yet.

Good. I didn't want Bienemy here, anyway. Hackett or Arthur Smith for me.


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VinegarStrokes
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re: Official: Falcons name former Titans OC Arthur Smith as HC
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People need to deal in reality, not fantasy/Madden scenarios.


I was fricking around with Madden 21 earlier this week and did some dumb things just to see how it would play out. I did “force win” for every Falcons opponent in 2020 and traded Ryan at the deadline knowing the cap penalty. Then did a bunch of unrealistic trades to accumulate 2 additional first round picks. Drafted Fields, Najee, and the Oregon OL but ultimately couldn’t sign any free agents due to being about -$40 million in cap space lol. Didn’t have a kicker and only had 52 players in the organization, so no ability to cover for injuries.

All that to say...even Madden thinks it is dumb to trade Ryan and Julio this off-season LOL


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NorthGwinnettTiger
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re: Official: Falcons name former Titans OC Arthur Smith as HC
If LaFleur trusted him, so do I.


SteelerBravesDawg
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re: Official: Falcons name former Titans OC Arthur Smith as HC
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What is the appeal with Hackett? His offenses in Jacksonville sucked


Actually, they didn't:

The 2017 Jags offense was 5th in PPG, 6th in YPG, 1st in rushing yards, 5th in TOP.

And that was with Blake freaking Bortles at QB.

I'm starting to favor him over Arthur Smith. I don't think you can really go wrong w/either IMO.
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SteelerBravesDawg
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If LaFleur trusted him, so do I.

Hell Rodgers raves about him, and that cantankerous bastard doesn't like anybody.


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FirstCityDawg
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re: Official: Falcons name former Titans OC Arthur Smith as HC
Maybe his connection with Matt LaFleur will draw Mike LaFleur to be OC?


SteelerBravesDawg
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Maybe his connection with Matt LaFleur will draw Mike LaFleur to be OC?

You'd have to pry him away from Kyle out in S.F.

Not a bad idea, though.


VADawg
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re: Official: Falcons name former Titans OC Arthur Smith as HC
Yahoo sportswriter says what we've all been thinking

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It’s weird to put Atlanta in this last spot, considering that the team still has a talented quarterback in Matt Ryan and All-Pro wideout Julio Jones — not to mention a relatively new stadium, valuable fourth overall draft pick and some draft ammunition. But there are cracks here and candidates can see them. The cap situation is not good. Ryan is going into the winter of his career. Jones is making more money than I think some in the organization were comfortable with before everyone in power got blown out.


Julio's contract is a problem. I've thought this since the day he signed it.

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The biggest issue here is Arthur Blank. He’s an involved team owner and I think that screwed up parts of how this club operated at times. Rich McKay was removed as GM but remained in the building and heavily involved in a lot of things and I think that created serious tension and suspicion in the front office before Thomas Dimitroff was fired. Blank gave the 53-man control to Dan Quinn when he was hired as head coach, which again seemed to muddle the structure and relationships. Before Scott Pioli departed, he wasn’t always a welcome fit inside the team when you spoke to some people in personnel.
After the Super Bowl loss, the Falcons seemed to get a lot more dysfunctional. It was very much a crabs in a barrel feel, especially as the losing set in and everyone was staring at their feet and doing a slow burn about how the organization was set up and who was empowered to do what. Blank’s involvement in a lot of things wore on people over the years. I’ve heard that going all the way back to the Mike Smith head coaching era and it has never really gone away. As one source in the organization said, Blank was a team owner who needed to be tended to on a weekly basis — and most coaching candidates aren’t big fans of owners who need to be watered a lot.



Blank's need go be Jerry Jones lite is a major problem.


SteelerBravesDawg
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re: Official: Falcons name former Titans OC Arthur Smith as HC
Yahoo Sports...


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SteelerBravesDawg
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re: Official: Falcons name former Titans OC Arthur Smith as HC
Hot takes, hot takes everywhere!

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Blank's need go be Jerry Jones lite is a major problem.



Who's more meddelsome as an owner? Shad Khan or Arthur?

Who's more meddlesome as an owner? Dan Snyder or Arthur?

Who's more meddlesome as an owner? Jimmy Haslam or Arthur?

I'll wait for your response.


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SteelerBravesDawg
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re: Official: Falcons name former Titans OC Arthur Smith as HC
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Blank's need go be Jerry Jones lite is a major problem.



There is also this:
Michael DiRocco

@ESPNdirocco

Jaguars owner Shad Khan said he had roster control in 2020 and will make sure GM coming in knows he will keep that control for now, at least.

10:50 AM · Jan 4, 2021

But somehow the Falcons job is worse according to some hot take artist who works for Yahoo? Here is concrete proof that Khan is doing a Jerry Jones impression .

I have let Arthur have it on numerous occasions for several reasons, but being a Jerry Jones meddler has never been one of them. And if you really think that then I really question your football knowledge.


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