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At safety, teams think outside the box

To counter the league's offensive explosion, teams need athletes, not intimidators

Originally Published: October 6, 2011
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan called the play and broke the huddle with the confidence of a man certain that big things were on the horizon. When the snap came, he glanced to his left and pumped his right arm quickly, a move that suggested a bubble screen was about to develop. The Falcons had run this play so often that they expected New York Jets safety Jim Leonhard to race upfield for a tackle. Once he did that, Ryan would loft a pass right over his head for an ...

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