The Falcons plan to focus on their red-zone execution after they were bad in that area last season, but this summer Sarkisian said he also wants more explosive scoring plays. Play-action can help with that, too. Writes Knowles: "Play-action passing is more effective (than straight drop backs) on passes of a given distance (as measured by yards per play) starting on throws that travel more than 10 yards down the field, and appears to be more effective at all further distances."
I suspect the Falcons will play at a faster tempo in 2018 than 2017. Sarkisian’s college teams embraced a speedy pace and Falcons coach Dan Quinn also is a proponent. The decreased tempo may be related to what Sarkisian described as the “growing pains” for a first-year NFL coordinator joining a successful team.
I’m less certain that Sarkisian will embrace play-action passes, another aspect that made the 2017 Falcons so good.