5 things the Falcons need to fix over the bye week

Pro Bowl Roddy White has been working underneath a lot. Do the Falcons need to send him deep more often? (Brian Williams/AP)

Pro Bowler Roddy White has been working underneath a lot. Do the Falcons need to send him deep more often? (Brian Williams/AP)

IN THE AIR ON THE WAY TO HARTSFIELD-JACKSON — It seems like there is never a good time for the bye week.

But the fourth week of the season is too early.

The Falcons get to stew for two weeks before heading out to San Francisco to face the upstart 49ers.

Here are five things the Falcons need to fix over the bye week. (We’ll get the official list when Coach Mike Smith speaks later today. But for now, we can start with my list!)

1. Find the running game: Pro Bowl running back Michael Turner has rushed for 65, 105 and 56 yards. Miami

Pro Bowler Michael Turner has 65 carries for 220 yards (3.5 per carry). (Brian Williams/AP)

Pro Bowler Michael Turner has 65 carries for 220 yards (3.5 per carry). (Brian Williams/AP)

and Carolina targeted Turner, but New England did a good job of playing keep-away in the third quarter. When the Falcons did get the ball for a second time in the second half, they were down two scores and needed to pass. Don’t know if the holes are not there or if “The Burner” is not hitting the holes fast enough. But that’s something the Falcons need to sync up quickly.

2. Solidify the run defense: After the bye, the Falcons will see Frank Gore, Matt Forte, Felix Jones and Marion Barber over the next three games. They will need to get much stiffer against the run. Trey Lewis had a rough day in his first action since suffering a knee injury in 2007. On Fred Taylor’s 8-yard touchdown run, Lewis didn’t hold the point of attack and was pushed back several yards by New England center Dan Koppen and guard Stephen  Neal.

3. Get the pass rush cranked back up: The defensive line has been shut out in the sack department over the last two games. They need to dial it back up. John Abraham and Kroy Biermann had two sacks in the opener. Linebacker Stephen Nicholas has the only other sack. If they find out the line can’t get home, then blitz more. Safeties Erik Coleman and Thomas DeCoud had good blitzes in each of the last two games. Nicholas can get home, too. Corners would be left in coverage more, but at least they’d be taking the fight to the opposition. .

Cornerback Brian Williams kept a Randy Moss TD off the board here. (Brian Williams/AP).

Cornerback Brian Williams kept a Randy Moss TD off the board here. (Brian Williams/AP).

4. Find out if Tye Hill can help: By the time the Falcons play again, it will have been five weeks since the trade with St. Louis for Tye Hill. That’s plenty of time for him to get acclimated in the “system.” Doesn’t seem like it should be that hard. Although, Chris Houston, Brian Williams and Brent Grimes have been solid, it’s time to find out if Hill can help. If he can cover man-to-man, then the Falcons would be able to unleash more blitzes.

5. Get Roddy White the ball down the field: The Falcons have to take more shots down the field. White has been regulated to underneath possession receiver through three games. A few more shots will get folks out of the box, too. If White and Michael Jenkins are streaking up the sidelines and Tony Gonzalez roaring down the middle seam, one of them will be open. White has seen 26 passes come his way. He’s caught 15 for 119 yards (7.9 yards per catch). His longest catch of the year went for 17 yards.

Got any more fixes?

243 comments Add your comment

FalconUGAFan

September 28th, 2009
9:48 am

Good fixes. The ones that worry me are running game and the pass rush. Turner spoiled me last year. I came into the season thinking we were set with the running game. Agree we gotta fix that in a hurry.

Not sure about the pass rush. Guess we just need to attack like you said. Actually, seems like thats was the issue with the game after the fumble. We seemed to play not to lose rather than win. Maybe Smitty kicked a few trash cans around after the game.

Falconsforlife

September 28th, 2009
10:00 am

I think it’s an ok time for the bye week. Most fans would have been happy with 2-1 at the bye, and every one that I know picked the loss this weekend. That doesn’t make it feel any better though.

I’m confident the coaching staff sees the issues and will focus on fixing them over the next 2 weeks. SF isn’t an easy W like most of us though it would be before the season began. The offense has to start clicking soon. The D has been doing a decent enough job of keeping us in games but the O just isn’t picking up the slack. The Turner fumble and pass interference call on Jenkins on that TD pass really destroyed us yesterday. If those 2 things were actual TD’s the outcome would’ve been completely different.

Let’s learn from this, beat SF and head 3-1 into our big Sunday night game against the stupid Bears.

GO FALCONS

RdHdKid

September 28th, 2009
10:02 am

Fire Brent Grimes. And Houston.

Atlien

September 28th, 2009
10:02 am

The o-line needs to create more wholes for ‘The Burner’. Defense needs to play as a unit sacks turnovers etc. and we need bigger d-linemen to clog the middle Babs is quick but small Johnson and Lewis lack intensity and strength all in all the defense is in trouble!!

An Observation

September 28th, 2009
10:11 am

DOL – I agree with everything you’ve pointed out except for your statement about Houston and Grimes being solid throughout the first three games. After the Turner fumble yesterday, it seemed like the team never regained the momentum they had earlier. Hopefully Hill will be ready after the bye week because the secondary needs all the help they can get.

Also the officiating left a lot to be desired. John Abraham was held all day long. It’s kind of difficult to have a pass rush if the offensive linemen are holding the pass rushers. I don’t remember there being one holding call on the Patriots the entire game.

BillyWhiteShoes

September 28th, 2009
10:24 am

The pass rush is a must. Was I the only one that saw Jamal Anderson hit Brady in his back on a pass play? You would think Brady would have hit the ground. Instead, the hit didn’t even move him an inch. Why is this guy still getting time in the rotation? In 3 years of playing 80% of downs, I would have had more than 2 sacks, and I’m 180 lbs.

midnite

September 28th, 2009
10:27 am

You have to admit we went to Foxboro and played a pi$$ed off Patriots team and they handed us our a$$. The officiating was atrocious, but it all can’t be blamed on that. All the Falcons can do is learn from that game on both sides of the ball. We are still in the “process” and were just deflated after the TD was called back and the fumble.

Bob Murphy

September 28th, 2009
10:30 am

Enter your comments here IBC3 – It seems to me that we are giving up too many yards in the passing game and not putting enough pressure on the QB. What is Jamal Anderson doing? I thought he was drafted in hopes of becoming a great pass rusher. What’s happened?

NIck

September 28th, 2009
10:30 am

Brent Grimes was NOT solid…The only corner that has impressed me is Brian Williams…It is tough for any of our corners to be successful considering we had ZERO pass rush yesterday. Heck, I could have looked like a superstar back there sitting for 7 seconds looking for open receivers!

welikebaseball2

September 28th, 2009
10:35 am

Good stuff DOL. I especially concur regarding the d-line. If we had shutdown corners (or at least one), we could get by with the lack of a pass rush. Actually, even if we did have that shutdown corner, we’d still need the d-line to at least pressure the QB. I love the idea of heavier doses of Bierman but I really love the idea of actually working Sidbury into the mix. As for the run defense, I’m concerned that we just don’t have the personnel. Sad to say, but I can’t think of anyone among the defensive tackle rotation with the makeup to clog the middle. They’re definitely feisty, but run-stuffers they are not. That’s a problem that I don’t see an internal fix for.

#1 Falcon Fan

September 28th, 2009
10:45 am

I agree get the running game going. Also our pass rush really suck, someone besides abraham has got to get sacks. And why in the heck did your hall of fame TE not have a catch until the 2nd half. We didn’t bring Gonzalez here to be a blocker…no excuse for him going an entire half without a catch!

Ted Beck

September 28th, 2009
10:50 am

I agree with your fixes. Unfortunately, I don’t know that our defense can be fixed with the current personnel. They got pushed all over the field yesterday, and really didn’t stop Carolina either. If not for the turnovers in the Miami game, they don’t look so good that game. Turnovers are great, but you can not build sustainable results based on the hope that you will get turnovers each game. On the defensive line, we have one first rounder who is out and one first rounder who has never done much of anything. So we really have 2 subs on the DL in the starting line up. Our LBs are nothing special and our DBs are sub-par. We need to get Tye Hill and the second round draft pick from Missouri (as soon as he is healthy) out there to see what they can do. I still think the weaknesses of this defense can not be hidden. Scheming alone will not do it. We need more good drafts. This next draft is supposed to be very talented……….unfortunately, we gave up our second to KC. Gonzales is a great pick up for 2 or 3 years, but I’m not sure the trade does much for our long term building plans.

Michael Turner has some good qualities, but he is very, very, slow when it comes to hitting the hole. He just doesn’t change gears very fast. I think he is a little over rated. At times, it looks like he is running in molasses.

The play calling needs to improve. When the run is not working, don’t keep using 2 out of 3 downs on it. Don’t run the ball on first, throw short passes on second which are not designed to pick up the first down, and then keep facing third down, do or die situations. Design plays to pick up ten yards before you get to third down!!! Don’t design roll out plays on third down that forces Matt to throw the ball away when he does not see an open receiver immediately. He does not have much mobility and he can not buy time with his feet.

blord

September 28th, 2009
10:55 am

point 1 – I thought Turner ran decent at times Sunday until the fumble. That was a huge play. The thing that I have noticed about him is he looks out of shape. I saw him gasping for air during the Carolina game and he was being rested a good bit. I think he will be fine but he has to hold onto the dang ball. Atl was moving the ball down the field Sunday but that play along with the pass inter. call against Jenkins killed us.

point 2 – this one I agree with and scares me the most because I don’t see a answer for it currently on our roster. Maybe JA98 moving inside? I really don’t think that helps that much in the long run but I guess at this point it’s worth a shot.

point 3 – I agree but I think the run defense makes the coaching staff scared to blitz. Wish we could have gotten to Brady more Sunday.

point 4 – Hope he can help although the secondary has been better then I thought. I have been surprised with DeCoud. He has been playing well. He is there to make the play now he just has to hold onto the ball. Can’t complain to much though because Roddy is having the same problem.

point 5 – Have we even thrown the ball deep since week one? I don’t know if our play calling didn’t call for it – if all our receivers were well covered – or if Ryan just didn’t want to but don’t you at some point just have to take a shot. Bye the way I have much love for Roddy but catch the ball please and he sure does fall down a lot.

point 6 my thoughts- all and all I think we will be ok but our offense is missing a spark at the moment. Wish HD was healthy because I think he is that spark. Maybe Norwood can be it. Isn’t our red zone offense supposed to be better? One game and I still think we have a lot to be excited about in the weeks and years to come. Go Falcons

vafalconfan

September 28th, 2009
10:58 am

We were out-coached period on both side of the ball.

blord

September 28th, 2009
11:03 am

By the way I have Roddy White in Fantasy and I am thinking of sitting him for a few weeks until he learns his lesson:) That will teach him.

blord

September 28th, 2009
11:10 am

I really don’t think we were out coached Sunday vafalconfan. The coaches didn’t fumble and screw up a scoring drive(Turner). The coaches didn’t push off the receiver and get a touchdown called back (Jenkins). The coaches didn’t drop two ints. (DeCoud). The coaches didn’t cause Roddy to drop passes. The coaches didn’t cause Sam Baker to have a false start at a really bad time. I guess you could argue they should have had more calls to throw the ball down the field but maybe they did and because of coverage etc. Ryan didn’t.

Gatorzone

September 28th, 2009
11:10 am

Turner dances too much looking for holes. He should slam the line like a Mack truck, but he appears to be looking for the home run too much.

If our DB’s and WR’s had held onto 1/2 of the drops, the Falcons would have won that game.

We knew NE would be primed and ready after a loss and this would be tough sledding. All in all, one can’t be too disappointed based off of where we were 2 years ago. This was a winnable game, that we should win in the future.

Falcfan

September 28th, 2009
11:16 am

DOL- great blog. However, I must disagree with grimes and Houston looking solid. Grimes has continued to be unimpressive. Houston has had flashes but overall has been just average. I agree that Hill needs to be on the field. I’d like to see Hill and Williams starting with Houston at the nickel. I think Houston has the speed to blitz from the nickel and can bump the slot recievers enough to throw them off. A pash rush is a must though- it doesn’t matter whose in the secondary. Turner’s fumbling is beginning to worry me. And Roddy has to catch the ball- he wanted number one money so now he needs to catch like a number one. But you are absolutely right that he needs to be down the field. The defense was severly outcoached. Where were the in game adjustments? I didn’t see them.

Deborah

September 28th, 2009
11:16 am

This is to all the Grimes haters, get a life

Falcfan

September 28th, 2009
11:18 am

Pass** And blord- great point about DeCoud. Very impressive thus far.

NoleRick

September 28th, 2009
11:19 am

When did Turner start hanging out with TJ Duckett? I swear that was Duckett out there yesterday.

blord

September 28th, 2009
11:22 am

FalcFan – I wonder where Moore fits in now?

DamnGoodDawg

September 28th, 2009
11:27 am

Here’s a thought. Falcons Defense! On each possession, just let the opponent make a first down play to your 20 yard line; then make a stand there and give up a field goal. The same result, except look at how many more times your offense can get the ball during the game and you stay rested…Just a thought, but it seems logical to me in view of your play yesterday.

Gatorzone

September 28th, 2009
11:27 am

Decoud was sharp, just wish he could have held onto an interception.

NoleRick, you hit the nail on the head. Turner looks FAT and SLOW this year!

DamnGoodDawg

September 28th, 2009
11:33 am

And by the way, how is it that you don’t throw to Tony G until 14 minutes in the 4th quarter???? Huh??? How, how, how??? Dipwads!

Darn Good Dawg

September 28th, 2009
11:46 am

Get rid of Matt Ryan. Trade him to Philly for Michael Vick.

Hollywould

September 28th, 2009
11:47 am

I am with you on Duckett. How did he get back on the team? Seriously, Turner tried to break it outside once and a d-end who was knocked down got up and dropped him for no gain. Give snelling some more playing time.

gdg73

September 28th, 2009
11:50 am

I say bring DT Vance Walker off the practice squad and work him into the DT rotation. Also, try moving John Abraham around to create matchup problems. Also, try blitzing a corner or safety from the same side that Abraham is on. When Abe rushes up field, have someone blitzing next too him in the B Gap.

Lil Larry

September 28th, 2009
11:53 am

IMO the coaching staff seems to go in with a game plan and when the other team counter what we’re doing they (the coaches) don’t make the necessary adjustments. We need to do whatever it takes to win, with whoever it will take to win. Turner not working, put Snelling in and run him. Roddy, Gonzalez, White covered then continue to go to Booker. Mularkey is too conservative for my taste. The guy is still calling running plays to Turner in the 4th quarter and he didn’t have success all day. What is that about? The defense need to be rebuilt…period. This is not the Steelers type defensive line Smith said he wanted to build…they’re too small and get push around by the bigger OLs in the league. And why are our LBs getting knocked out of the plays by the opponents’ OL…because we don’t have a Grady to clog the middle and hold up one or two of their blockers. This defense just seems to be a hodge podge of players thrown together.

SWAMI

September 28th, 2009
11:56 am

Where to begin.

I predicted a 8-8 season for the birds. Still looks good to me.

I predicted that Roddy Whites case of the dropsies were just in remmission last year. They are back.

Matty Ice is at best an average long ball thrower, and that aspect of his game will never change.The O line gave him plenty of time. Tony G. was open on many occassions but Matty had his mind made up yo go elsewhere.

If you had told me before the game that the birds would not blitz on every other play, I would have predited a 40 point victory for NE. If the Pats receivers had been half-way decent it would have been a 40 pt victory. BVG is waaaay too conservative and is too stubborn or too dumb to make in-game adjustments. True that our dbacks get torched often in 1-on-1 coverage, but giving Brady all day to throw is just giving the game away.

Mike Mularkey is well aware of Ryan’s shortcomings and calls plays accordingly (very few longballs). Quick screens or reverses to R. White will NEVER work. He is not that kind of a runner. He is OK at full speed but is incapable of making a defender miss in close quarters.

Mike Peterson was exposed as being old and slow. He is still better than that guy on Dallas. Nicholas is young and slow.

We all know about the dbacks…ptooooie

Mike Smith has no cajones. He knows the quality of his team is somewhat lacking and is resigned to a mediocre middle of the road season. He is playing to survive and possibly get lucky, not to win. He is not a risk-taker and never will be. It is not his nature. Playing conservatively will get you exactly what we are getting; hangin in there with mediocre teams with a chance to get lucky and getting beat by goood teams.

It is what it is, EIGHT AND EIGHT!!!!

PS. It seems that the refs are getting worse and worse. There must be MORE and IMMEDIATE accountability for them.

Dawson Devitt (D3)

September 28th, 2009
12:01 pm

DOL – Great post as usual.

TD’s draft is giving us absolutely no help so far this year on defense. Although injuries can’t be predicted, Jerry had a long list of a serious injury history. Moore hasn’t contributed at all since being a Falcon, and what’s the deal with Chris Owens? He’s not getting any PT as a nickel, dime, or quarter D-Back. He drew rave reviews and has disappeared. What’s the deal with Chevis Jackson as well? Played great in the slot last season and loses to Brent Grimes? Not hating on Grimes, but why is he matched up Randy Moss all game? Van Gorder needs to return to his roots at UGA and apply pressure often and always.

Keep It Real

September 28th, 2009
12:05 pm

You missed one. The coaches need to be more aggressive. Play to win ..

Michael P

September 28th, 2009
12:08 pm

Ted Beck, I couldnt have said it better. the play calling was disappointing. When I look at these teams like the Ravens, Indy, Saints,you see a very aggressive offensive gameplan being called. I realize Murlarky likes an offense predicated on run 1st, however why assemble a porshe when you really wanted a bulldozer. Play to our strengths…and at this moment, its Matty and the receivers…Can anyone name a better overall offensive skill set than ours? Jesus Christ take the traning wheels off, like they have done in Baltimore and let matt be who is is supposed to be. And Mark my word,,,,Norwood has a chance to have an incredible year coming out the backfield for the short passes…

SWAMI

September 28th, 2009
12:11 pm

Dled – Has Mike Smith held his press conference yet? If so, where can I find it. If not, when? Will be interesting to see what he has to say (if any reporter has the cajones to ask the right questions).

DMac

September 28th, 2009
12:15 pm

This was what was to be expected. The Falcons have a philosophy of offense and defense, It is successful with most teams. New England will never be beat with a four man pass rush and playing field position. You have to be aggressive on defense and blitz 60 % of the time. You have to go on 4th downs to keep drives alive, especially if your the falcons and try to run bubble screens. Our philosophy is what they feast on. Fortunately most teams don’t have Tom Brady and a smart Defense, so we really dont have to change much. It just won’t work with New England and no matter how much we try to get better, we will never beat them with a 4 man pass rush. Its philosophy not play. They ate the clock and limited our chances in the 2nd half.

Samuel

September 28th, 2009
12:17 pm

we need to get turner not to be the momentum burner,also why can’t snelling get more carries.i see progress in are pass defense.but the d- line is horrible.you can’t get to the big dance with that kind of defense who is real bad against the run…

jack bull

September 28th, 2009
12:17 pm

i’ve always heard the NFL was a copy-cat league…guess not, i didn’t see the Falcons do anything the Jets did against the Pats… i’m assuming BVG didn’t get a copy of the tape, showing what works against the Pats O. just an observation…

NorEaster

September 28th, 2009
12:18 pm

The view from up here is that even with a hurting Moss, no Welker and a lost Galloway (plus a totally out-of-sync Brady) the Pats managed to put up 26 points. Credit their OL with that; they did the run-blocking. It was nice to see Brady under center again for a large portion of the game instead of in shotgun with a bulls-eye on his jersey. Atlanta’s offense looked great at the start, then progressively worse, until they couldn’t move the ball at all toward the end. Not sure what that means; I’d like to think it means the Pats’ totally-revamped defense started to really jell. They haven’t given up 300 yards yet.

Atlanta’s got a shot in their division. I can’t believe NO is as good as they look right now, and Carolina may be in a state of collapse (check again tonight). Tampa is a basket case. I don’t think the Falcs are ready to go toe-to-toe with the real big boys yet though.

Carl

September 28th, 2009
12:24 pm

This game was a disaster in the sense that it is reality that the Falcons are not among the elite teams; heck, they’re not even the team to be in the NFC South; New Orleans has claimed that title without a doubt. Apparently many fans do not understand what just happened up there. It reminds me of when the Falcons went down to N.O. and played on either Monday Night or Sunday Night and totally stunk up the place in the Saint’s first game back in the dome after Katrina. I never thought we would ever get back to that low level of play, but I was wrong. Really depressing stuff.

Bob

September 28th, 2009
12:24 pm

Where is the blitz? I think I have seen one in three games. You give QB’s like Brady enough time and they will take you apart. Definitely have to get the run going too.

Coop

September 28th, 2009
12:25 pm

So, I have one question? Did anyone NOT know that the gameplan we employed wouldn’t work? Weren’t we all saying run the ball, control the clock, send Roddy deep, blitz Brady, and double Moss? What the Hell was that yesterday? Not only did we fail at what we tried, we made no changes. Just keep with this fialing gameplan fellas, it’s sure to work eventually. Here’s a thought. If you are getting manhandled in the second half on D. Try blitzing 2 or 3 guys. Hell, you’re gonna lose anyway. Sit JA98 and give someone else a shot. Don’t just sit there and take it, do SOMETHING , ANYTHING, different.

Randy

September 28th, 2009
12:37 pm

First and foremost we must fix that D-Line. Can’t pressure the QB and can’t stop the run. We won’t be a true contender until that is fixed.

Boo Boo

September 28th, 2009
12:39 pm

The worst thing that could have happened to the Falcons happened last year. They finished 11-5, when everyone would have seen 7-9 a huge success (after the 2007 debacle). With a team worthy of losing to second tier teams half the time, and first tier teams most of the time, they have a schedule of mostly first tier teams. The Falcons have a defense that needs to watch how Indianapolis plays. Their only hope is pressure (ALL GAME LONG) on the quarterback. The running game is no longer in vogue. Notice Mr. NFL (Billy Check) had his qb throw the ball 50+ times. The name of the game is now pass for 350+ yards, and score EVERY possession, so if the defense happens to slip up and stop someone, the points cover up for lack of talent. Ball control is history (ask Miami [0-3 Miami] about how many minutes the Colts had the ball in their loss to them). Turner should be getting no more than 18 carries in a game. Ryan should be passing 50 times a game. If he can’t find a way to reach 350 yards each week, we need to trade for Mike Vick.

Vick Supporter

September 28th, 2009
12:42 pm

Matt “Ice” Ryan can’t stretch the field, which leads to having 8 men in the box to stop the run, which leads to Ryan having to win the game himself, which is proven he can’t do. Its pretty simple.

Roddy’s got his money now, so you’ll see the drops increase. Jemkins still can’t get open, and they are going to “bracket” Gonzales. Make Ryan beat you with his arm, and the other team wins. See how easy that is?

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

September 28th, 2009
12:48 pm

Was waiting for you D-Led…good analysis. Here are a couple of reactions and additional comments:

(1) While we do NOT stink, it seems as if the coaching has been a bit…”pedestrian”, if you will. We rarely dial up strategies that FORCE the game. While we were able to get away with this during our first two games, a trip to NE exposed us.

(2) Turner is not effective, so far. Fumbling, laboring…just get him to hit the hole hard and pick up 4-5 or whatever is there while he works into shape. The fumbles just have to stop though. It killed us on yesterday. Period.

(3) Offensive play calling on yesterday. Ok, so I’m guessing that Tony G. has seen bracket coverage all over the league, every year. THAT HAS NOT STOPPED HIS PRODUCTION. Why we would not throw it to him more than 1 time is beyond me…BUT, you throw R. White a hitch on a critical 2nd down that lost yards (the play loss 5 yards, we punted on a 4th and 5). Poor play selection. Last, on a critical 3rd and 8, you roll Matt Ryan out and basically create a 12th defender for the Pats: THE SIDELINE!!! WHY? Their DBs has not done anything special all day?!?!? Put #2 in the gun, have 4-5 receivers run various patterns and let Ryan hit the open guy. Protection had been solid…why OVERCOACH??? Let the GOLDEN BOY PLAY.

(4) Its obvious that we have not practiced zone blitzing much because we were unable to disguise anything. Everytime we got into a blitz package, Brady called out the corresponding blitzer to his lineman. Study the Steelers…players don’t inch forward before the ball is snapped…they stay put and then TAKE OFF. Brady is too smart to not notice…YOU HAVE TWO WEEKS TO WORK ON THIS.

(5) Anytime I saw #20 on Randy Moss I was flabbergasted. Really…are you KIDDING ME?? That is like saying, “Hey, why don’t we consider Marion Barry for the next mayor of ATL?” or “Why don’t we bring ole Bill Campbell back to serve as Chief Financial Officer for the City?” You are playing a dangerous game Van Gorder and Smith. Use your resources and get Chevis Jackson in the game. He led your team in INTs last year. YOU NEED HIM.

(6) Kudos to Peterson for making the ONLY defensive play(s) of the day for the Birds (I would count DeCoud, but he basically dropped two INTs). Kudos even to Matt Ryan for doing his job, which is to avoid INTs.

I’m glad this spanking came before the break. Maybe they ALL (coaches especially) will reevaulate and put our guys in positions to FORCE the game. We have the personnel and talen on both sides of the ball. Now how we use it is becoming a saga of its own…

FBD

Mike

September 28th, 2009
12:54 pm

To me turner look like he was running well until dat fumble,that was huge,the man jus put helmet on ball n caused 2 fumble,cnt do nothing bout dat.n its a long season,we was 2-1 at dis point last yr,You learn from losses.hopefully they will learn from this and bounce bac wit a good game against 49ers

Bull butter

September 28th, 2009
12:57 pm

The pats are not the pats of old.They have lost to many players on defence.Put the blame for this loss on Smitty & co.The falcons will go 7-9 and keep the string of back to back non winning seasons intack.

AlternateReality

September 28th, 2009
12:58 pm

Agree with Mike about Turner. Also, he had around 50+ yards in the first half, then the Falcons only ran the ball 4 times in the second half because they couldn’t get the ball back. More carries means more yards, and last year Turner had a lot of carries for very little yardage and then would break off 1 or 2 big ones per game.

Bullish-on-the-Falcons

September 28th, 2009
1:03 pm

Falcons look uninspired yesterday, and they played as if they believed they didn’t belong on that field. I hope that doesn’t become a trend.

Williams seems to have been a diamond in the rough. That break-up of a deep throw to Moss was exactly what the Falcons have lacked. I know he made a big mistake on a key 3rd/4th down play, but all-in-all he’s been a great addition, in my opinion.

Decoud has played well, he would have been a star yesterday with two INT’s. He had a great play flying up and taking out a screen pass yesterday when it looked set up to break for big yards.

Roddy needs to stop dropping passes. He is playing commensurate to his salary BEFORE his new contract.

That was a disappointing game to watch. I’d thought the Falcons would be 2-1 headed into the bye week; it just would have been nice to see same intensity against the Pats we saw in the first two weeks.

Finally, how did the officials need to review that incomplete pass that was thrown 5 yards and clearly batted to the ground by a Pats lineman. The officiating was absurd.

San Francisco just became a huge game. We need some swagger back.

MrHughes

September 28th, 2009
1:03 pm

Okay, I think some of y’all are missing the big picture. The Falcons defense played well. They were on the field twice as much as the Falcons offense. Time of posession is the most important stat in football. If it’s 2:1 in the other team’s favor, then you are not going to win. New England’s red zone efficency was 20%. That means the Falcons D stopped them 4 out of 5 times they got into the red zone. The Pats were 0-2 in goal to go! That’s not bad defense. The deficit was only 16… And, you don’t blitz Brady. That’s what he wants because it leaves voids in the secondary. You have to get pressure with your front four. That’s not going to happen when one team is allowed to commit offensive holding all day. For example, during the Baker TD a Pats olineman had two fistfulls of Abe’s jersey outside of the shoulders. That’s the definition of offensive holding folks. In other words, the game’s deciding play should have been called back.

I didn’t see the Jenkins TD as pass interference either. That’s two guys fighting for the ball. It should have been a non call as there was no pronounced pushoff motion. That doesn’t get called at the GaDome. If anything it should have been called illegal contact as the DB was pulling Jenkins hand down as Michael was attempted to catch the ball. That’s why Jenkins ended up catching the ball with one hand.

Turner had a pretty good day running the ball. His average was 3.73 yards per carry and I don’t remember any big runs; (his long was only 7 yards). He only 15 carries. That’s good work from a back on limited touches. We don’t win under those circumstances. He’s a big part of what we do and should have been more of a factor given the conditions. How many three and outs did we have in the second half? The Turner fumble was a fluke play. Both weeks he’s put the ball on the ground he’s had both hands on it. Ball security is not an issue with Michael Turner. Any back would lose the ball under those circumstances (ie: helmet on ball).

Lastly, Matt Ryan can’t throw the deep ball folks. He never hits people in stride. It’s a weakness and New England and other teams have it scouted. The coaches know which is why he’s been passing on people going downfield.