“We’re not going to be passing 35-40 times a game,” #Falcons WR Roddy White said today.
— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) June 14, 2015
The last two seasons, the Falcons have thrown the third-most pass attempts in the league, with 632 in 2014 and 659 in 2013. Consequently, the last two years they’ve ranked in the bottom six in rushing attempts. However, they’ve had some personnel changes this year. It’s possible the Falcons are looking to adapt a more balanced attack, or more run heavy?
Kyle Shanahan is known for installing a zone blocking run heavy version of the West Coast offense. The elderly Steven Jackson has since departed and they drafted Tevin Coleman in this years draft. Their backfield is projected to be lead by Devonta Freeman and Coleman together. Antone Smith will also be in the mix.
From ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure:
I anticipate a two-back system with equal reps as the Falcons make a concerted effort to bring more offensive balance with a stronger run game. And don’t count out the contribution of explosive Antone Smith, who could be back to his old self once he fully recovers from a broken leg.
Devonta Freeman was first up at running back through the entire day, but rookie Tevin Coleman got plenty of chances to carry the ball and catch out of the backfield while working with the second unit. Coleman had one nifty cut and explosion during teams drills, while Freeman was as impressive as he was this time last year, save for one drop.
This will be an important RB battle to watch throughout the offseason.
It will be interesting to see how Matt Ryan operates with new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. I think it’s hard to project exactly what could happen, but Fantasy Douche goes in depth on how the Shanahan hiring may affect Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense. Mike Braude believes the right two-headed QB approach will win leagues this year, but Matt Ryan isn’t one of them.