Atlanta Falcons Should Fire Dave Ragone Offensive Coordinator – Basic Play Design Is Awful

Atlanta Falcons Should Fire Dave Ragone Offensive Coordinator – Basic Play Design Is Awful

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The Atlanta Falcons debut preseason NFL home game against the Tennessee Titans is not going well for the Falcons Offense, and the reason is not hard to determine.   A poorly-designed offense has so badly linemen out of position that it showed up in the stats: with 2 minutes before the halftime: A.J. McCarron, the QB, 3 of 10 passes for 23 yards, 1 interception, and the Alabama passer was also the leading rusher with 11 yards on 2 carries.

The basic problem is that Offensive Coordinator Dave Ragone does not understand the basic rule: make your lineman get hat-on-hat on running plays and passing plays.  Instead, Ragone has his offensive lineman running what I call “anticipation blocks” on run plays.  So, we see a reach block and the lineman reaches where the defensive line is not.  And someone will say “Well, that’s Zone Blocking” – that’s not how it’s done.  The basic rule should be go and get your assignment and don’t wait for the defender to be somewhere.

And the other problem is that the pass patterns are not properly timed with the blocking.  So, we have a block that takes a second to do, but a play-fake that takes more than a second to do.  What does that mean?  Defensive line gets to rush and possibly sack the quarterback.

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