Wellcome! Falcons vs Broncos Live: NFL is back! Or at least the preseason version. The league will begin its 100th season on Thursday from the Hall of Fame game between the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons.
The exhibition match will serve as an introduction to all the celebrations in Canton, Ohio, as the Professional Football Hall of Fame will hold its annual inaugural ceremony on Saturday.
Choosing the second round of the Broncos does not start on Thursday – this distinction belongs to Kevin Hogan – but with Joe Flacco sitting on it, Locke should see many representatives in his NFL debut. Just two weeks ago, Vic Fangio said that Locke “was not yet a quarterback – he pitches himself with difficulty, but does not yet know how to break him.”
Welcome to the big leagues, baby. Fangio’s assessment means that Locke is unlikely to succeed at Flacco any time soon. But that makes his pre-season shots all the more important.
The Broncos tried (and failed) to determine the QB franchise to replace Peyton Manning from 2016, driving through such as Trevor Simian, Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch and Case Kinum. Their eggs are now in several baskets after they exchanged for the 34-year-old Flacco and took Locke in the same offseason. In the next few weeks, we could find out if the latter has a higher ceiling and whether it should be considered as the future person of the franchise.
This is not the first time Quinn will call defensive games for Falcons. The five-year-old head coach assumed such responsibilities at the end of the 2016 season, when Atlanta launched its Super Bowl.
But he enters the season of 2019, feeling some heat after the Falcons missed the playoffs last year, while their defense occupied the bottom in almost all major statistical categories. Accordingly, Quinn replaced Marquanda Manuel with himself, noting the first time he won this title since he helped Sihokha lead successive Super Cups.
Quinn does not risk after the franchise for the fourth time in six years did not reach the season. Two of them were not on his watch, but the last time the Falcons did not go to the playoffs in a row, general manager Thomas Dimitroff introduced the coaching shift.
Atlanta, of course, played all or most of the season without key starters Dayon Jones, Ricardo Allen, Keanu Neal and Grady Jarrett. The quartet is now healthy, although don’t expect to see much from them in this game. But it will be a good opportunity to see Treasure 3, filmed exclusively by Quinn.
He worked on it for 40 years. When almost every NFL team is on the market for a new zigzagal coach last winter, the Broncos pounded. 60-year-old Fangio is not only inclined to defense, but also an elderly person. But do not take his age for weakness. The former DC Bears just finished directing one of the best defenses in the NFL, as he usually does. Now he finally gets the opportunity to manage the entire show.
While we wait to figure out what a big role he will take in the attack, keep in mind that the Broncos handed over the reunion with Gary Kubiak in this offseason in favor of Rich Skangarello, who has never been NFL and only did it at lower levels in college. (Incidentally, Skangarello spent a year with the Falcons as a quality control trainer at Quinn).
This step foreshadows Fangio’s desire for more influence, which makes sense when you consider how long it took him to reach this point. There is also a real need to maximize Denver’s veteran talent through the roster. After a disappointing two-year stay, Vance Joseph Fangio is not attracted to recovering one of the most prestigious league franchises. The Broncos constantly exist in the mode “won now.”
The new rules for loopholes are guaranteed to be valid only this season, so each game in 2019 is considered. After passing through several different iterations in the spring, the rules were finalized in June.
Recall that the intervention in the offensive and defensive passage can be considered in the last two minutes by an official replay, while coaches can challenge the intervention in all other parts of the rules. In addition, there will be more stringent criteria for reproducing interference in order to limit excessive stops. Like the standard for all reviews, calls will be canceled only if there is “clear and obvious visual evidence.”
Will this lead to the fact that the teams will get more chances on the field earlier than in the break or at the end of the games? Or even? How will the defenders respond? Will the new rules affect how officials call intervention in real time? Thursday will not show the intensity of the game of the regular season, especially the title game NFC (sorry Saints), but this may be the beginning of a paradigm shift for all participants. A year ago, we saw how a new helmet rule seemed to have been over-punished in the pre-season period, before the market was eventually corrected.