Today at Flowery Branch, the Atlanta Falcons have launched their preparations for quarterback Derek Carr, wide receiver Amari Cooper, running back Latavious Murray and the Oakland Raiders. Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn is aware of the young talent the Silver and Black possesses.
“Number one, the explosiveness that you saw I believe it was with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree,” said Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn. “It’s got to be over 200 yards in terms of those guys combined well over. They had a very explosive day. Both teams did, so that totally jumped out. He’s more mobile than you would think, and he’s able to pull it down and not just run for first downs, but create it on the move. I guess that’s part of the thing that totally jumps out. Third downs that get converted to first downs. Within the two minute situations you see him on the move, but they have some featured guys both at receiver and at tight end that are matchups for sure. Very big offensive line that tries to move the pile for sure.”
Meanwhile, the Raiders defense is powered by the Mr. Everything defensive end/outside linebacker Khalil Mack. Mack didn’t register a sack last week against the New Orleans Saints, however Quinn believes one game doesn’t make a season.
“He’s a factor, and it’s really how hard that he comes and he brings it. When one of those guys is there you know you have to be accounted for. Like most good players, they know how to deal with a chip plan and how to go through some things. We certainly have our attention where he is. I think the thing that jumps out the most is how hard he goes. It might not be the initial move that got him, but the relentless pursuit is oftentimes what he’s the biggest factor in.”
Another major focus of conversation is the Falcons’ alleged resistance to the No-Huddle Offense. Fans inundated the sports talk shows Monday and Tuesday demanding offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to run the hurry up offense because of Matt Ryan’s improved stats. However, Quinn said it won’t be reminiscent of the No-Huddle or the Sugar Huddle that the Oregon Ducks or the Auburn Tigers utilize.
“We don’t see it as a featured way where every play we’re no huddle at that,” Quinn said. “We wouldn’t be able to play in a style that would best suit our guys. But that said, we do like going in and out of that speed. That stresses a defense a lot. We did that some last week and that’ll continue to be something that we like to do. It’s sometimes harder for you to see because we may not start that way but within the drive, man they’re rolling and we like urgency, do we keep going? Yeah we do, and oftentimes we do.”
Meanwhile, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Mohamed Sanu and Dwight Freeney were limited in practice today, however each player is expected to be ready for Sunday’s game in Oakland.
The Falcons will travel to play the Oakland Raiders at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum this Sunday, with kickoff scheduled for 4:25pm EDT. The game will be televised on CBS with Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon providing the play-by-play and commentary. Clete Blakeman and his crew will officiate the game.