Atlanta Falcons: Offense showing 11 personnel often

Roddy White, Julio Jones and Harry Douglas are featured in the Falcons' three-wide receiver set. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Roddy White, Julio Jones and Harry Douglas are featured in the Falcons' three-wide receiver set. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons’ offense is making some not-so-subtle changes under new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

One of the major changes has been the implementation of the three-wide receiver set or “11” personnel — one back and one tight end — as a primary formation.

“That three-wide receiver set, one tight end and one back has been good for us in the past,” quarterback Matt Ryan said. “We’ve got talented guys to fill out those positions. It will probably be something that we use.”

Wide receiver Roddy White has called for more use of more three-wide-receiver sets.

The coaches obliged in the exhibition opener. When the third wide receiver, Harry Douglas, couldn’t play because of a rib injury, they inserted Kerry Meier and stayed with the formation.

Douglas has recovered and is set to play against the Bengals at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Georgia Dome.

“When you only play three series, it’s tough to change up your personnel groupings as much as you normally would throughout a game,” Ryan said. “We didn’t have all of the typical situations that you are going to go through [in a regular-season game].”

When the Falcons go with three wide receivers, the odd position out is the fullback.

“We are looking forward to having a full complement of our starters this week,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said.

Ryan was effective, completing nine of 13 passes for 155 yards against the Ravens, mostly from 11 personnel.

“It was a great start, but that’s all it was because it was one quarter,” Smith said. “But I thought that he was very efficient.”

While the three-wide receiver set was productive, the offense still has some kinks to work out.

“We did some things well, but we made a bunch of mistakes,” Ryan said. “First-string, second-string and third-string, all the way through, guys made some mistakes. Every year, the most improvement is from Game 1 to Game 2. So, I think we’ll be a little more sharp when we come out Thursday night against the Bengals.”

The Falcons are not putting together a game plan for the Bengals.

“It’s fun not planning it,” Ryan said. “Certainly, less preparation that goes into getting ready for the preseason game than there is for regular-season games. But there is more time spent on the practice field.”

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58 comments Add your comment

Jimmy

August 15th, 2012
5:07 am

First! Ha! Beat that Saints Troll!

Marcus

August 15th, 2012
5:12 am

things are sounding good… Hope it all comes together in late January!!!!

DOL, any hint on potential FA LBs to help in case A. Dent’s concussion symptoms becomes more persistent?

Rick

August 15th, 2012
5:14 am

Having Douglas on the field with white, jones and gonzales is gonna be hard to defend ……with Rogers capable of floating off of the screen……gotta love it

dean

August 15th, 2012
5:34 am

With Roddy, Harry and Juilo it almost doesn’t seem fair. Matt WILL get the ball to them.

Big Ray

August 15th, 2012
5:55 am

The use of “11″ personnel is also a hallmark of the no huddle offense. All the idiots that keep talking about our 3rd string personnel are forgetting something – regular season games mean that our 1st team offense will be on the field for the bulk of the game. The whipping you saw us putting on the Ravens first team defense for a quarter can go on for the better part of 4 quarters.

Why? Because what we did with our starters was with a new gameplan and without the full compliment of starters. It’s barely the beginning of what we have in the playbook.

As for second string guys, you might see one or two of them here and there. Get over it. They’ll be fine.

Gary 32

August 15th, 2012
6:47 am

Wow, I miss Mike Mularkey……and his screen package

SeenThisB4

August 15th, 2012
6:50 am

What a bunch of amateurs!

Cleveland Ave. Turk.

August 15th, 2012
7:23 am

Playoff wins!!!!!!…..Thats all i wanna see.

Really?

August 15th, 2012
7:43 am

Geez, from the title I figured, no wonder we don’t win much.. we were playing with 10 men on the field at a time. what a welcome relief to have 11 :-) Sometimes is seems we have only 10 given what some defenses do to us (e.g., Giants in the playoff game last year).

PMC

August 15th, 2012
7:48 am

Really? :) . My first thought too!

Double Zero Eight

August 15th, 2012
7:50 am

The Falcons are not putting together a game plan for the Bengals.

I find the above statement odd. You should have a game plan
for any game, including exhibitions.

BIG CHUCK

August 15th, 2012
8:04 am

Ho hum, wake me up when they beat a good team. When it counts! Otherwise useless chatter…

Riisssee up? As usual, Fall Down!

August 15th, 2012
8:06 am

Delusional FALCLOWN fans….wishing your life away….

Saints > Falcants

Fact….we have a SB ring…ya got nothing

Who dat, we dat….

SeenThis B4

August 15th, 2012
8:07 am

You don’t put in a game plan for exhibition games, especially not the first two games. You might put one in for your own team, but not one to counter your opponent.

The falcan’ts 1st offense ran a no huddle offense last week. How many of you really think the Ravens prepped for that during the week? Better yet, how many of you think the Ravens tried to counter it during the game?

Amateurs!

Exhibitions are for player evaluation, nothing more….well except to squeeze some money out of you.

Gerard

August 15th, 2012
8:35 am

you only got that right cause Manning decided he wanted to throw the ball instead of taking advantage of the 5.1 ypc the taints were giving up on the ground. be real

prepdaa

August 15th, 2012
8:41 am

Mrs haven’t seen nothing of course they did because their offense runs they no huddle also and you see how our 1st unit d handle them. You need to worry about the aints and no head coach no biomass and damn Lofton can’t cover a fullback

SeenThis B4

August 15th, 2012
8:47 am

@prepdaa: The Saints defense will be ranked higher than the falcan’t defense this year. Unless your team pulls off a miracle by finding someway to plug that gaping hole they have in the middle of their defense, the rest of the NFL is going to feast on you.

Mikey

August 15th, 2012
8:54 am

I really like the sound of “3 receiver sets” and “no huddle offense” and “screen pass” and “bubble screen”. Preseason is for getting these guys finely tuned on these important extensions to the vanilla “RUN” game. We have a QB with unique ability to drive this type of system to perfection and we have the depth on all the skill positions to do it a LOT! Oh, and did I mention… we happen to have some of the BEST players in the NFL at the critical positions. Great work TD and coaches! I was very impressed with what I saw in the first pre-season game. I hope that they are continuing to teach the WRs to block on the screen. If Kerry Meir had not missed his block, JJ would have gone for a TD. If Sam Baker had made contact with the downfield safety on that same play, JJ would have gone for a TD. These are relatively easy blocks to make if they players know the technique. It just seems like something that they don’t teach and they don’t practice. I hope they fill that gap and get better at those hot plays coming from the 11 formation. I’m betting that Dirk and team are on that one… GO FALCONS!

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tfalcon

August 15th, 2012
9:24 am

@seenthisB4 spags is OVERRATED u what an see who has the best D this
YR OH yea I got 10,000 for a Bress cart off,

D man

August 15th, 2012
9:30 am

The Falcons have one of the best WR groups in the nfl. It will be tough for our opponents to stop us. Can’t wait to see Julio again this week.

Double Zero Eight

August 15th, 2012
9:33 am

Yau have some type of game plan
if you pre-determione the starters
will play for a quarter, or a half, etc..
You also have some type of game plan
if you want to evaluate undrafted players
in certain situations.

No game plan may be the reason the Falcons
lost all their pre-season games last year, and
did not look ready when the season began.

In order to evaluate your talent effectively, you have to have
some sort of game plan.

Double Zero Eight

August 15th, 2012
9:33 am

Spelled “you” incorrectly on first line of prior post.

Ivan

August 15th, 2012
9:38 am

If the O-line plays well, they can run whatever formation they want.

SeenThis B4

August 15th, 2012
9:41 am

Game plan = stratedgy to beat opposing team. Having a player evaluation plan is a whole other matter.

The falcan’ts had the same group of WRs last year, best way to stop them is to throw to them and let them drop the balls, as they demonstrated so well last year.

SeenThis B4

August 15th, 2012
9:41 am

Game plan = stratedgy to beat opposing team. Having a player evaluation plan is a whole other matter.

The falcan’ts had the same group of WRs last year, best way to stop them is to throw to them and let them drop the balls, as they demonstrated so well last year.

rollo lawson

August 15th, 2012
10:07 am

The Falcon defense will be fine. Especially with Peterson in the middle. He is a two down linebacker, who is at his best on run downs. Only two linebackers will be on the field in the nickel package (Spoon and Nicholas), with Spoon being the lone LB in the dime defense. The NFL is a passing league now. Even a Saints fan should know this!

SeenThis B4

August 15th, 2012
10:24 am

LOL! Funny, I guess that’s why the Saints are carrying four running backs and 2 fullbacks into the season.

prepdaa

August 15th, 2012
10:25 am

Mrs seen your real name has to be Lamont as in big dummy per Fred Samford! When was the last time the aints d was ranked higher than the falcons? You are so off base! You lost a starting cb, best player in vilma and you think you aints will be better?

Logan Walker

August 15th, 2012
10:28 am

I can’t wait to see Matty Ice rack up 400+ yards vs the Saints. Julio will have at least 150 of those.

SirReal

August 15th, 2012
10:30 am

I feel you Cleveland Ave Turk. Thats what I want too…lol….and i think this as our base formation would bode well for us doing that! :)

Welcome back D Led! From one Leo to another, happy belated my friend!

rollo lawson

August 15th, 2012
10:36 am

And those four running backs and 2 fullbacks got you where last year???? The Saints bread and butter is Drew Brees and the passing attack. New Orleans does have a stable of running backs, but don’t get it twist.

Another Rick

August 15th, 2012
10:56 am

So “seen”that you cant say that you dont put in a game plan and then flip back over and say you might put in one for your offense. You my friend continue to show us your smarts. Just shut up and stay the fudge off the Falcobs blog!

jerry

August 15th, 2012
10:58 am

What? Harry Douglas is more of a threat than Ovie was? Mularkey!

Michael M.

August 15th, 2012
11:07 am

Its all about moving the chains…………………………………..moving the chains ! ! !

noah

August 15th, 2012
11:08 am

meier will turn a lot of heads this year. he will get open a lot with coverage going to jj and rw.

SeenThis B4

August 15th, 2012
11:36 am

@rollo lawson: Those four running backs and 2 fullbacks got the Saints the sixth ranked rushing offense to go along with the 1st ranked passing offense. In other words, GET OUT OF THE WAY FALCAN”TS, you’re about to get rolled over, AGAIN!

Michael M.

August 15th, 2012
11:51 am

Seen…………….your guys gonna score kick 2 fieldgoals this week or get 3 fieldgoals on the board and impress us with the high octane fueled offense ? I keep forgetting how great they was last year in this game……………………………………………………………………………………………………..
http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=320114025

to real

August 15th, 2012
12:04 pm

@ seen non of them 4 backs dat u are talking about stay on tha feild maybe darren but he’s not a every down guy oh but dat why u have 3 other guys oh but they havent all been healthy besides we have a top 5 or 6 run def and its yall who has tha weakness in tha middle of dat def with a 2 down player @ middle LB plus ur corners cant cover well with a d-line dat doesnt get much pressure on tha QB tha front and back goes together yall are middle of tha pack on def

Michael M.

August 15th, 2012
12:07 pm

and if you take a peek at those stats in that game last year you will see which team had the beasts as far as running the ball with the pound on the ground offense………………….enough said ?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 15th, 2012
12:28 pm

SirReal — Thanks my friend!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 15th, 2012
12:31 pm

Really — I’ll have to go look at the film, but maybe they did play the Giants with 10 men.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 15th, 2012
12:34 pm

Marcus – Dent is expected to clear the program this weekend. The replacement is already on hand if Dent woes’ continue. His name is Mike Peterson. Also, Pat Schiller and Max Gruder will get some run at MLB vs. the Bengals. As far as I know — and I haven’t checked in a while — they haven’t checked on Brackett or E.J. Henderson. And, as you know, Keith Brooking has signed with Denver.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 15th, 2012
12:34 pm

Jimmy – Way to Rise Up!!!

rollo lawson

August 15th, 2012
1:04 pm

Atlanta’s issues these last few years haven’t been because of lack of talent or injuries. The team’s “Achilles Heal” has been coaching, namely the coordinators. I, along with many others wanted a change after the 2010 season, but the 13-3 record blinded everyone to that fact. They just didn’t have what it took to get us over the top (beat teams in the playoffs). Right now, I am more confident in this staff and the team we’ve assembled. Now if we can better utilize our young talent (Julio, Jacquizz, Douglass, Sidbury, Moore, Weatherspoon), the sky is the limit!!

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hiramsaint

August 15th, 2012
6:20 pm

smitty finally figured out he could have 11 on the field…at once ? WOW

Falcon James

August 15th, 2012
6:21 pm

The Falcons first team looked strong last week. They playes alot better than I expected. Looking forward to seeing them in action on Thursday. Our second and third team looked average, but I expect they will improve as well.