The Falcons have a new offensive coordinator in Kyle Shanahan and one of the players on the unit provided a hint about how they’ll be trying to move the ball this season.
According to wide receiver Roddy White, the offense won’t be as reliant as throwing the ball as they were last season. The Falcons were third in the league with 39.5 attempts per game last season and White expects that number to drop significantly in 2015.
“We’re not going to be passing 35-40 times a game,” White said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
That may well be the plan, but the Falcons are going to have to be a lot more effective running the ball than they were last year if they are going to cut down on the size of the roles that White, Julio Jones and Matt Ryan play in the offense. Their ability to do that will rely heavily on Devonta Freeman and rookie Tevin Coleman in the backfield as well as the play of an offensive line that didn’t make too many significant changes in personnel from last season.