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Thursday, August 9, 2012
Observation deck: Ravens-Falcons

By Pat Yasinskas

You could see the influence of new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan right from the start of Atlanta’s 31-17 preseason loss against Baltimore.

The offense came out looking explosive, which was the buzzword at the start of last season, but ended up backfiring on the Falcons. Instead, there were jokes about how they weren’t explosive at all. Maybe the jokes will end now. Matt Ryan completed his first five passes for 71 yards, including four to Julio Jones for 57 yards and a touchdown. Jones left the game after the first quarter with six catches for 109 yards.

The climate change on defense also was noticeable. The Ravens went three-and-out on their first drive and the Atlanta defense looked more aggressive than it has in recent years. Almost all of Baltimore’s offensive production came long after the starters left the game.

Lots of fans said the Falcons should have done more in acquiring personnel during the offseason. Maybe they did all they needed by adding the two new coordinators.

Some other observations on the Falcons: