Schwartz calls Falcons' route combinations 'schoolyard, backyard-type concepts'

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was not very complimentary of the Falcons' high-powered passing attack. 

“The Falcons use a lot of [what] I would call ‘individual routes,'” Schwartz said to the Philadelphia media. "They try to spread the field. It’s a little bit basketballesque, I’d say, in trying to get some isolations. They’re a very disciplined offense when it comes to routes. There’s some — I don’t want to say schoolyard – but some schoolyard, backyard-type concepts to their routes: some ‘get-open type concepts. Some of those aren’t exactly quick passes; some of those take a little bit [of time to develop]. Get in, reverse your field, get back out. Those kinds of thing do give you a little bit of time to get there. Our pass rush, our blitz package or a combination of both, is going to have to affect that timing.”

Schwartz, the former head coach of the Detroit Lions, effusively praised Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones before proceeding to take a thinly veiled shot at the offense. 

Here’s how the Falcons and the Eagles stack up statistically:

2016 Regular Season Statistics Rankings

Falcons                          Eagles

33.9 (1) Points/Game 25.3 (10)

429.2 (2) Total Offense 333.4 (25)

114.2 (10) Net Rushing Yards/Game 107.8 (17)

315.0 (2) Net Passing Yards/Game 225.6 (28)

29:55 (19) Possession Average 31:58 (5)

28.8 (28) Opponent Points/Game 18.1 (6)

381.1 (26) Opponent Total Offense 325.5 (6)

91.6 (7) Opp. Rushing Yards/Game 107.1 (18)

289.6 (31) Opp. Passing Yards/Game 218.4 (6)

+3 (8t) Turnover Differential +6 (5

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D. Orlando Ledbetter
D. Orlando Ledbetter
D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.