Elite play-calling and scheming apply to both the Atlanta Falcons offense and the defense.
The last six games of the 2019 season under the scheming of defensive coordinator Raheem Morris was a night and day difference than what we saw in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Despite being in Atlanta for six months, Morris had his pulse on the defense and should have fans excited about what he can do with an entire offseason under his belt. From front to back, the defense made huge leaps in production and it was against several of the league’s best teams.
Offensively, year two of the 2.0 version of Dirk Koetter in Atlanta is going to be very important. If he realizes and utilizes the type of talent he has on offense, 2020 could see the Falcons break all the records they set in 2016.
Tight end Hayden Hurst is a game-changer. Go find his highlight tape from the University of South Carolina – he was a matchup nightmare. Whether you are running bubble screens for him or asking him to win matchups against opposing safeties he brings a lot to the table that will help open up the field for Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Ito Smith, and Todd Gurley.
While the NFL has evolved into a passing league, the run game is just as important as it ever was. It is important to be able to force defenses to stay honest and not simply pin their ears back and get after the quarterback. Using the Todd Gurley, Ito Smith, Qadree Ollison, and Brian Hill appropriately in 2020, will also be vital to the success of the offense under Koetter.