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Atlanta’s high-flying offense had its way with every defense it faced in 2016 on the way to the Super Bowl except Jim Schwartz’s unit.

The Philadelphia Eagles shut down the Falcons in a 24-15 victory in Week 10 last season , holding them to a season low in points, first downs (11) and yards (303).

They’ll try to do it again with a berth in the NFC championship game at stake.

When the Falcons (11-6) visit the Eagles (13-3) in a divisional playoff game on Saturday, Schwartz will turn to the blueprint he used last season. But he knows that doesn’t guarantee success again.

”They are a little bit different than last year,” Schwartz said. ”It’s a new season. Playoff games stand on their own.”

Julio Jones had 10 catches for 135 yards, but didn’t score a touchdown against the Eagles in that game. Matt Ryan completed only eight passes to other receivers for 132 yards, including a 76-yard TD to Taylor Gabriel.

Schwartz doesn’t care about allowing Jones to rack up fantasy points. Keeping him out of the end zone is more important.

”If Julio Jones has 350 yards receiving and we win the game, that’s what it took to win the game,” Schwartz said.

”If he has 10 yards receiving for the game-winning touchdown, then that wasn’t enough.

”So I think you have to look at it that way. How do you stop their offense, how do you minimize their scoring and not just concentrate on one player because they do have other players that are threats. It’s not just a one-man team.”

The Eagles blitzed Ryan more than usual and the 2016 NFL MVP had his worst game of the season. He was sacked twice, threw one interception Sheldrick Redwine Jersey , completed only 55 percent of his passes and had a 78.7 passer rating.

Schwartz has more talent on his defense now, including more depth on the defensive line and a revamped secondary.

The Eagles often generate a strong rush without relying on the blitz and they have cornerbacks who can handle receivers one-on-one if Schwartz wants to be aggressive.

”They are a very good offensive protection team as far as picking up blitzes,” Schwartz said.

”Blitz is not a whole lot different than pass rush. You can’t expect to have guys free. If you’re expecting to get guys free, you’re in the wrong business because the only way you can really get a guy free is to bring more than they can block and there’s some risk inherent to that.

”But blitz is really all about guys winning one-on-ones, and when you do that, then your blitz game is going to be effective and I’m not just talking about one-on-ones in pass rush, but I’m talking about one-on-ones in coverage, too. Both of those go hand in hand.”

Under first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who replaced Kyle Shanahan after he left to coach San Francisco, the Falcons had a big drop-off in production. They went from No. 1 in scoring at 33.8 points per game to 15th at 22.1. They fell from second in yards to eighth.

But they still have Ryan, Jones , Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Mohamed Sanu and Austin Hooper.

”They look sharp and they’re playing at a high level,” defensive end Chris Long said. ”We’ll have to bring our `A’ game.”

AP NFL website: FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Joe Douglas stepped to the podium with a big smile — and plenty of pressure.The new general manager of the New York Jets is a burly, bearded symbol of hope for a franchise desperate to find its way back to respectability.The 42-year-old Douglas paid his dues for years as an assistant in the front offices in Baltimore, Chicago and Philadelphia. He’s now the main man for the first time, and he assured Jets fans that he’s more than up to the task.“You’re getting a general manager that is a relentless worker,” Douglas said Tuesday during his introductory news conference at the team’s facility. “Someone that understands a winning culture. Someone that is going to strive to put a product on the field each Sunday that competes for greatness and that I hope will make you proud.”Douglas’ hiring last Friday night marked the end of a tumultuous offseason stretch for the Jets, who stunningly fired Mike Maccagnan last month — only weeks after he oversaw the team’s draft, spent big bucks in free agency and played a key role in hiring Adam Gase as coach to replace Todd Bowles.The timing was odd Trysten Hill Jersey , and the Jets were criticized by some for appearing to lack focus and direction.Now, they have Douglas and Gase, who built what the GM called “a special bond” during a stint with the Bears and can’t wait to turn things around in New York.The Jets haven’t made the playoffs since the 2010 season, when Mike Tannenbaum was the GM and Rex Ryan the coach. New York is now on its third GM and second coach since the franchise finished one win away from getting to the Super Bowl — in which it hasn’t appeared since 1969.“Simply stated, Joe is the right person at the right time who our fan base will get to know and love,” team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson said. “I feel that we now have the right people in charge of our football operations.”Douglas didn’t make any bold proclamations or flashy guarantees, but acknowledged he’s stepping into a unique situation — mainly because he’s already got a franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold leading the way.“There’s a lot of exciting pieces on this roster,” Douglas said, pointing out linebacker C.J. Mosley and running back Le’Veon Bell. “But it starts and stops with quarterbacks. It’s the most important position in all of professional sports.”Darnold is entering his second NFL season and coming off an impressive season-ending stretch during which he threw six touchdown passes and just one interception while completing 64% of his throws in his final four games.“I’ll say this: Building around a young quarterback, there was a sense of urgency in Philadelphia,” Douglas said , referring to the Eagles‘ Carson Wentz. “We had a young quarterback and we wanted to put the pieces around him.“I think there’s going to be that same urgency anywhere, but especially here with a young quarterback like Sam.”Douglas will have control over the 53-man roster, and he and Gase will report directly to Johnson. The coach and GM aren’t concerned about any perceived potential conflicts where they might not be on the same page — something that apparently caused some friction between Gase and Maccagnan, although both insisted that wasn’t the case.“We’re both competitors,” Gase said. “And we hate losing.”Douglas and Gase spent only the 2015 season together in Chicago, but Douglas said he and Gase — then the Bears’ offensive coordinator — clicked instantly and recognized that they shared similar philosophies on building a winning program.“His evaluation skills are unbelievable,” Gase said of Douglas. “Coaches trust him. Like, you don’t hear the squabbles because he does such a great job of evaluating players.”Gase, known for having a high-energy personality on and off the field, thinks there’s already a comfort level between the two.“He’s such an easy guy to connect with,” Gase said. “He probably likes my insanity a little bit.”After Johnson told Gase last Friday night that he decided to hire Douglas Tony Pollard Jersey , the coach quickly reached out to his old buddy — a few times.“It was, ‘When are you coming up? When are you coming up?'” Gase said.Douglas reiterated that he learned collaboration between the front office, scouts and coaches is the way to be successful, first in Baltimore under Ozzie Newsome and then in Philadelphia under Howie Roseman.There were reports that Douglas was going back-and-forth during the interview process, trying to decide whether to stay with the Eagles or join the Jets.“I would say that if there were serious reservations, I wouldn’t be here answering the questions that I’m answering,” Douglas said. “We had the interview (last) Sunday and then had multiple discussions up until Friday night that led to me being here.”Douglas said he would spend the rest of this week getting together with the coaching staff to go over the roster, check out the remaining practices and begin to put his front-office staff together.And then, they’ll prepare for the season.“This is a game of wills,” Douglas said. “And we’re going to try to build a team that can impose its will on other teams.”
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