NFL quarterbacks spend a lot of time during the off-season dissecting every aspect of their performance. We analyze, critique, and obsess over things that went right and try to figure out the things that went wrong.
We do this in an effort for personal self improvement and for the overall improvement for our respective teams.
So it should come as no surprise that days after we finished the 2009 season by recording back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in the 44-year history of the franchise, I was back in our quarterbacks room at the Falcons complex analyzing how I played during the season. And after reviewing the tapes of our 9-7 season, I decided I would spend the early part of the off-season studying the high-scoring offenses in the NFL that had personnel similar to ours here in Atlanta.
I went to see our video guys and requested game tape of the Colts, Cowboys, Patriots, Chargers, Packers, and Saints to see what those teams were doing and whether there were things the Falcons could incorporate.
While analyzing and studying those six offenses, I closely watched the quarterbacks --
I learned several things about the game and about my own game during my film work, but I was mostly impressed with the patience under fire exhibited by Manning and Brady.
Both of those guys consistently take the underneath routes when they are given to them and don't ever think about going to another route until the defense takes the underneath route away. It amazes me how precise and accurate with the football all six of those guys are, and I can tell you that this was a really beneficial exercise that I feel will make me a better player as my career progresses.
NFL tight ends are a critically important component for any team's offensive success in today's NFL. So it was great to see that NFL Network analyst
Charles Davis' Top Five Tight Ends
1. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
The Falcons traded a second-round pick for Tony just before the 2009 draft, and I can't tell you the positive impact he has had not only on me, but our entire team. To wit: Tony is a 10-time Pro Bowler and has been named first or second-team All-Pro by T
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2. I think I won't pay any attention to the annoying chatter out there about the Saints fighting through a Super Bowl hangover. I've read that the Saints have had some off-season distractions and need to fill some holes on their roster. Every team in the NFL has distractions of some kind during the off-season, so I'm not buying it. I think the NFC South is the toughest division in football and there isn't a player or coach in our locker room who thinks the Saints won't be what they always are twice a year every year -- well-prepared, physical and ready to play.
3. I think I don't track all the off-season moves of most teams, but I like what the Jets have done acquiring WR
4. I think Titans RB
5. I think the rapid development of my teammates, linebacker
6. I think my alma mater -- the Eagles of Boston College -- are going to surprise a lot of people this season in college football. I think the defense should be really good this year and the inspirational return of linebacker
7. I think, and I realize I'm going out on a limb here, Tony Gonzalez will become the first tight end in NFL history to record 1,000 receptions. He enters 2010 with 999.
8. I think, having been a pitcher in high school and a baseball fan my entire life, it's amazing that we've already seen four no-hitters and two perfect games.
9. I think one of my favorite golf tournaments is the British Open, which begins Thursday. I'd normally root for a fellow Nike guy -- like, say,
10. I think Peter King is a prince of man for allowing me the opportunity to share my thoughts in his work space. Thanks a million, Peter. I will see you later in the summer at camp.
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