Former Falcons / Texans QB Matt Schaub on the Falcons Offense in 2024

FILE – Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Schaub (8) warms up before the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The Atlanta Falcons are in for some changes this year on the offensive side of the ball. Besides their new QB Kirk Cousins, Schaub is also expecting big things from WR Drake London and an offense that looks as if it was schemed by Kyle Shannahan.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London (5) during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Any player you want to look at over the course of history, anyone that wants to talk about him, you’re gonna automatically cause it’s clickbait. Everyone wants to find something that you can’t do and tell you something you’re limited at or what you’re not capable of doing. All I know is from what I’ve seen from Drake London, he can be a top 10 receiver in this league, no doubt about it. Because he has a work ethic, the demeanor, he’s team first he’s willing to do whatever it takes. And when you give him a chance, he makes the play. And you find yourself in a position where you give him more chances. He’s going to make more plays and I just think he the…the sky is the limit for him. He runs good routes for a big target. I’ve been around plenty of bigger guys that if you can come in and out of cuts and you can create separation and you have the catch radius that he has, you know, there’s no reason to not see 1400, 1500 yards out of him and you know, double digit touchdowns year in, year out, the guy is super special that that it just doesn’t hasn’t come out on a consistent basis just with the way the team was built and how things were organized and run offensive. 

But you know, there’s no reason why he can’t be that. I mean, speed. Is that great when you see someone in Jim shorts and a and a t-shirt run a four-three. Yeah, it’s great. But how does that translate on the football field? That’s the big thing and… and Drake has plenty of speed when it comes to, you know, between the white lines.

Stressful, you know, it…it was great because you knew he was doing the work to put you in a position to be successful. He was doing the extra time. he was spending long hours. he was watching every cut up from every game the opposing team had played, so he knows the ins and outs and he knows why it’s going to be successful and he sold you on why this place like this is the play and this is why it’s going to work because they do these two things 80% of the time and if we get one of those two, this is where the ball is going. 

We need you receiver to be in this spot or this is how we’re going to block it up front and then it hits for a big gain. Right? So he’s proven himself that way. Now. Why I say it’s stressful is because sometimes those play calls were about 37 words long, and they might have three options on them. So you get to the line of scrimmage with one play. You can go to two different plays based on what the rotation of the safeties or a blitz look or whatever the case may be. 

Now, It’s going to work because you’re going to put yourself in an advantageous situation, but just the gymnastics of having to call the play in the huddle can be a little cumbersome at times. But I mean, at the end of the day, it was great to play for him because you knew that you could trust that he wasn’t just throwing things against the wall and hope it stuck to the play. Well, he was doing the work and there was a reason plays were in the plan. 

I think they’re gonna. There’s only so many ways you can draw lines on paper, right? And there’s the things are gonna look similar, right? It’s you’re gonna see bootlegs. You’re gonna see play action. You’re gonna see explosives off of that. You’re gonna see a run game. Like a zone run scheme. Similar to the what, you know, Kyle called and similar. LA Ran that too, probably with a little bit of the gaps games and pulling lineman, but that’s the way the offensive line currently is built right now in in Atlantia for the zone scheme, so I don’t see it deviating too much from that, but you’re going to see some big plays from the, the the play action in the boots and things like that getting Kirk out in space and good protection and let the receivers get downfield. And if they’re not open, guess what? You’re dumping it down to Tyler. You’re dumping down to Kyle or you’re dumping it to Bichon and let them go to work underneath to create an explosive gain from a three-yard pass. 
And I think it’s going to be fun to watch. You stay on schedule and then you convert in the red zone. I think it’s going to be good, I think. Yeah. Zach’s first time calling plays, but he’s been around the game. He played the position and so he knows how a quarterback thinks and and understands what’s important when you’re going through the week. 

And Raheem, you know I’m excited for him to get another opportunity as a head coach. It’s been a long time coming and you know he deserves it. Rightfully so. And he’s learned a ton, you know, from the time he was a head coach in Tampa to getting this opportunity, you know, he’s been on offense, he’s been on defense. He’s been a D coordinator. He’s been at wide receiver. 

He’s been an assistant head coach, so he has learned so much this in my conversations with him being prepared for this opportunity. 

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