Grading Atlanta Falcons’ Through 4 Games

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Sep 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith watches as his team plays the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 41-28. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports


Coming into the season with head coach Mike Smith on the hot seat, the Falcons coaching decisions have been pedestrian and predictable. The snap count distribution amongst defensive linemen has been poor, and the staff have shown a stubbornness to stick to the veterans rather than roll the dice with raw but athletic linemen. The RB distribution is also inconsistent, but the Falcons seem to be moving towards a more even share of carries. Positively, the offensive play calling has been varied and damaging, making it difficult for opposing defenses to key in to one aspect or player on the team. A team that is often called too passive with a lead has shown an increased aggression this season, but both Mike Smith and Mike Nolan could find the pressure mounting if they don’t make adjustments for the remainder of the season. Grade: C