SEATTLE OF THE SOUTH - We’re closing in on the record for consecutive days of rain. Five down, 35 to go. Who’s out there getting the Ark ready?
The Falcons post-game locker room was bizarre. I have to attend coach Mike Smith’s interview, but one longtime and legendary national reporter asked me why so many players leave so quickly after the game.
For the guys who were left, all of the talk was about how poorly they played.
No doubt, coach Mike Smith came into the room and likely lit into the team for some downright shiftlessness! The
penalties by Harvey Dahl, Justin Blalock and the offsides by tight end Tony Gonzalez could not have made him happy. There was Michael Turner’s fumble inside the red zone. There was a weak arm tackle attempt by Chris Houston.
“I felt that we battled through a number of things the entire football game,” Smith said. “We had some miscues. We had some good plays.”
But in the end, he didn’t seem too happy with the victory. Guess he knows that in order to beat the very good teams in the league, you can’t make so many minor mistakes.
“We’ve got a lot of things that we can improve on,” Smith said.
Here are five things we learned from the victory:
GONZALEZ IS GREAT: His best catch on Sunday was the one with the linebacker draped all over him. Followed closely be the one that was challenged and ruled a reception at the 10-yard line. He’s a force in the redzone. He got Jason Snelling open for his touchdown when he took two defenders with him into the end zone.
5. POWER BALL: The Falcons couldn’t run the clock out with just 2:37 left after Chris Houston’s big interception. They want to have a running identity. That’s when you need to grind out 10 yards to secure the victory. If the offense powers the ball at the Panthers, then they would not have needed to sweat out the Hail Mary pass.
HERE’S MY FANTASY TEAM: Don’t have time to draft, so got into one of those auto-draft, public leagues on a website. Here’s my team. The Auto-drafter GM did pretty good. Haven’t check, but with Brees, I think I won this week.
QB Drew Brees, New Orleans
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
WR Mark Clayton, Baltimore
WR Percy Harvin, Minnesota
RB Thomas Jones, New York Jets
RB Joseph Addai, Indianapolis
TE Kevin Boss, New York Giants
K Stephen Gostkowski, New England
WR Anthony Gonzalez, Indianapolis (have to cut him, he’s hurt)
WR Braylon Edwards Cleveland
TR Vernon Davis, San Francisco
QB Brady Quinn, Cleveland
RB Willie Parker, Pittsburgh
PK Josh Brown, St. Louis