Falcons festive after win over Redskins

Falcons running back # 33 Michael Turner breaks away for a 58 yard touchdown and a 31-17 lead over the Redskins during 4th quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009. The Falcons defeated the Redskins 31-17.   Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons running back # 33 Michael Turner breaks away for a 58 yard touchdown and a 31-17 lead over the Redskins during 4th quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009. The Falcons defeated the Redskins 31-17. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

THE BRANCH – The Falcons’ locker room was quite festive after the 31-17 thumping of the Washington Redskins.

Here’s what some of the players had to say:

DON’T RELAX: Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton thought the defense relaxed after the Falcons got that 24-3 lead against the Redskins.

“We have to keep the same intensity,” Lofton said. “They came out and played ball. We just have to come out and pick

Former Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall, now with the Washington Redskins, gets a warm welcome from Falcons assistant head coach Emmitt Thomas as he returns to the Georgia Dome as a rival during pregame warmups. Things would get messing later.  Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Former Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall, now with the Washington Redskins, gets a warm welcome from Falcons assistant head coach Emmitt Thomas as he returns to the Georgia Dome as a rival during pregame warmups. Things would get messing later. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

up the intensity. We came out relaxed coming out of the first half. We just have to continue to play hard.”

STOPPING THE STREAK: Linebacker Mike Peterson and Lofton were credited with the key fourth-and-1 stop of Mike Sellers.

Part of the team’s motivation was that they didn’t want a three-game losing streak.

“We definitely didn’t want to lose three games in this league,” Peterson said.

The defense still wants to put together an entire game.

“We are getting ready to enter the third quarter of the season,” Peterson said.  ”We had a little good and a little bad. You earn everything you get in this league. We are 5-3 and we know that we can get better.

SUSTAINING DRIVES: After opening with a touchdown drive for the third week in a row, the offense got bogged down again.

“It’s just a little bit of inconsistency,” Pro Bowler Roddy White said. “Getting penalties and stuff like that is hurting us.”

The biggest was a Tyson Clabo holding call that wiped away a 37-yard run by Michael Turner. He would have rushed for 203 yards with that run.

SURVIVING HAYNESWORTH: Left guard Justin Blalock had to scuffle with Washington’s Albert Haynesworth for most of the day.

“He’s a great player,” Blalock said. “Their defense is full of great players. No one over there is lacking.”

SVITEK STEPPED IN FOR BAKER: Left tackle Sam Baker left the game after a quarter. He was listed on the injury report with a (left) ankle injury. Will Svitek replaced Baker at the start of the second quarter.

091108  Atlanta - DOUBLE TAPPED - Washington Redskins quarterback # 17 Jason Campbell is hit from both sides as he is sacked by Atlanta Falcons defensive end # 55 John Abraham, left, and defensive tackle # 95 Jonathan Babineaux, right, for a sack during 2nd quarter action knocking him out of the game on the play at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009.  Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Washington Redskins quarterback # 17 Jason Campbell is hit from both sides as he is sacked by Atlanta Falcons defensive end # 55 John Abraham, left, and defensive tackle # 95 Jonathan Babineaux, right, for a sack during 2nd quarter action knocking him out of the game on the play at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

“When you are swing tackle, you have to be ready, no matter what,” Svitek said. “You have to prepare yourself like you are a starter. It was good to get out there and play football again.”

DAHL DAILING IN: Right guard Harvey Dahl thinks having the running game rolling also helps the linemen in pass protection.

“It slows them down in the pass rush,” Dahl said. “It was good to play our style of football.”

He’s has some thoughts on being 5-3 at the halfway mark.

“I think it’s maybe not exactly where we need to be, but it’s positive,” Dahl said. “There is a lot to build on. . . We are not in any bad position. We are in a good position and we just have to finish out the season.”

82 comments Add your comment

Eric P.

November 9th, 2009
10:26 am

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 9th, 2009
10:34 am

Falcons better play a better offensive game if they plan on going to the playoffs. Back to back winning season is in trouble with this offense.

SHOULD HAVE DRAFTED FLACCO!!!

CLK Falcon

November 9th, 2009
10:38 am

Maybe the Ravens should’ve drafted some defense. They are loooking quite old!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

November 9th, 2009
10:39 am

Michael Turner ran for 203 yards (37 yarder, got wiped out on Clabo holding call). That’s offensive fire power. I think Flacco lost yesterday to the Bengals.

CLK Falcon

November 9th, 2009
10:39 am

No stats to back you up this game, choke. Here’s one though, ATL -WIN BAL-LOSE.

chucktown birdfan

November 9th, 2009
10:40 am

You mean the Flacco that got spanked by the Bengals yesterday?

The G

November 9th, 2009
10:44 am

5-3 at the midpoint, following an 11-5 season which followed the disastrous 2007 season; I think we’re doing pretty darn well.

DawgNDallas

November 9th, 2009
10:46 am

That picture at the top of this blog great. Especially the reeling DeAngelo Hall in Turner’s wake. Too funny.

gdg73

November 9th, 2009
10:46 am

Why can’t we get the ball down the field? With Turner running wild like he has been lately, stretching the field should be much easier. I really don’t think Ryan is looking down field as much as he did last year. He is too reliant on Tony Gonzalez and the “safe pass”. He just doesn’t look the same. Also, he doesn’t look as nimble as last year. At the first sign of pressure, he appears to be inclined to just ball up and take the sack instead of running.

Matt

November 9th, 2009
10:47 am

Man, “Choke” it must really S#CK to be you this morning. Your golden boy “Flabby” lost to the Bungles with an absolutely horrendous statistical day and your buddy M. “Con” Vick had an “awesome” game againt the Cowboys last night with ONE carry for TWO yards!! (What a game changer) Which meaningless statistic or player will you now hang your hat on??

FalconUGAFan

November 9th, 2009
11:00 am

Correct me if I’m wrong here, but did the play calling get a little conservative later in the game? Ryan is clearly tighter than last year. I know Turner has roared back but yesterday would have been the perfect time to let Ryan air it out a bit. Of course, we didn’t have the ball a lot in the second half if memory serves me.

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 9th, 2009
11:11 am

Don’t blame the messenger. The truth hurts you Falcon fans.

Matt is a BUST AND WE ALL KNOW IT!!

mountain_jim

November 9th, 2009
11:17 am

Ryan’s field vision was terrible on the interception. Roddy was open deep for TD, Jenkins wide open also. So he tried to force it into Gonzo (I think, not sure) covered by 3 guys and turnover time. Where is last year’s Ryan?

Falconsforlife

November 9th, 2009
11:32 am

The Ryan critics are getting pretty old and tired. The kid is going to be fine. Even FLACCO has had some awful games this year and his team is doing worse than our team with a comparable talent level (and a better defense).

Matt will be fine. Declaring someone a bust when his team is 5-3 at the midpoint of the season is hilarious. If we would’ve had ANYONE Matt “Choke” Ryan would have wanted us to have we would be 3-5 right now AT BEST. Ryan is the leader of this team, and just like Burner before him, and his o-line, AND receivers, is going through a bit of a slump right now.

All that matters is that we are clicking going down the stretch, and we still have a chance to make that happen.

MATT “CHOKE” RYAN IS AN OBVIOUS TROLL WHO DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE ATLANTA FALCONS TEAM. I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY A PERSON WOULD IGNORE WINS AND LOSSES AND CONTINUE TO HARP ON SOEMTHING SO HILARIOUS AS MATT BEING A BUST. WHY DONT YOU FOLLOW YOUR HERO TO PHILLY? I HEAR HE IS DOING WONDERFUL UP THERE. FAT, SLOW, OLD, AND NOT THE SAME HE USED TO BE HAHAHAHA

Ken Strickland

November 9th, 2009
11:35 am

The RAVENS are 4-4 and have lost 4 of their last 5gms. Their DEF is ranked 12th, FALCONS 23rd, and their schedule is ranked 23rd, one of the NFL’s easiest, while the FALCONS schedule is ranked #4, one of the NFL’s toughest.

YET, WE HAVE THIS COMPLETELY BRAIN DEAD MORON SAYING WE SHOULD HAVE TAKEN FLACCO, WHO’S TEAM IS FALLING APART EVEN WITH ALL OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADVANTAGES HE HAS. MRYAN’S TEAM IS DOING FAR BETTER WITHOUT ALL OF THE OBVIOUS ADVANTAGES FLACCO HAS? WHO, BUT AN ANAL MINDED MORON, WOULD THINK FLACCO COULD DO MORE WITH LESS WHEN HE’S CURRENTLY DOING SO MUCH LESS WITH MORE? AND WHY WOULD ANYONE THINK THE FALCONS COULD DO MORE WITH LESS(FLACCO)AS WELL?

I GUESS WHEN YOU’RE AS STUPID AS THIS MORON OBVIOUSLY IS, YOU JUST DON’T HAVE THE SENSE TO KNOW WHEN TO KEEP YOUR STUPID MOUTH SHUT.

WHEN CERTAIN FOOLS AND IDIOTS MAKE CERTAIN STATEMENTS, YOU JUST HAVE TO CONSIDER THE SOURCE.

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 9th, 2009
11:36 am

I AM NOT A TROLL! I am a Falcon fan who wants his team to win! With Matt Ryan at QB we will never be a winning team. It’s not my fault no one else sees this.

WHY AM I THE ONLY ONE?!?!?! WHY…………………….

Bobby

November 9th, 2009
11:45 am

Why are you the only one who sees this? Because when I look at the scoreboard, I see us winning.

Just sayin.

Growin Old

November 9th, 2009
11:47 am

Someone really should look into banning “Choke’s” IP.
It is really becoming a bore and reading thru the troll posts to find real fan imput is becoming not worth the effort.
He/she is:
either kin to MV
MV himself
or some troll the paper pays to stirr fecal matter and look ignorant.
On a side note;
I think the defense is coming around and JA has found a home in the line.

Falconsforlife

November 9th, 2009
11:47 am

QB’S HAVE UPS AND DOWNS. THATS HOW THE LEAGUE GOES. BAILING ON A 2ND YEAR QB AT THE MIDPOINT OF THIS SEASON WHEN HIS TEAM IS 5-3 WITH THE SCHEDULE WE HAVE HAD IS HILARIOUS. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO SUPPORT THIS TEAM AND ITS PLAYERS THEN PLEASE FOLLOW A DIFFERENT TEAM.

SAYING WE SHOULD HAVE DRAFTED FLACCO WHO IN NO WAY WOULD HAVE DONE WHAT MATTY DID LAST YEAR WITH THIS TEAM, AND IN NO POSSIBLE WAY WOULD HAVE AN EQUAL RECORD THIS YEAR IS JUST INSANE.

THE RAVENS D IS HILARIOUSLY BETTER THAN OUR D AND THEY HAVE PLAYED A MUCH WEAKER SCHEDULE. IF WE HAD THE RAVENS SCHEDULE WE’D PROBABLY BE 6-2 RITGHT NOW. WHAT A HILARIOUS TROLL

HOW MANY TIMES WAS VICK PUT IN THE GAME LAST NIGHT? 3 TIMES? HE RAN ONCE FOR 2 YARDS? HAHAHAHA HOW BAD DOES HE LOOK RIGHT NOW THE GAME HAS PASSED HIM BY!!!! MAYBE MCNABB WILL LET HIM WATCH HIS DOGS WHEN PHILLY CUTS HIM AND NO OTHER TEAM TAKES THE CHANCE!!!

chipperdawg

November 9th, 2009
11:55 am

“Choke”, do you realize this kid is only in his second season and he’s 16-8 as a starting QB in the NFL?!! 24 starts; 8 losses. But yet, you say “… we will never be a winning team.” Dude… we ARE a winning team with Matt Ryan! And the sky is the limit with this guy!! I’m loving it… its great to be a Falcons fan (I’ve never been able to say that two years in a row- thanks to THIS team and staff, that changes in 2009)!!!

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 9th, 2009
11:58 am

NEVER MIND I’M OUTTA HERE!! GOOD LUCK WATCHING THE FALCONS BLOW IT WITH MATT “CHOKE” RYAN!!! BYE BYE YOU SCUMS!!!!

FalconUGAFan

November 9th, 2009
12:04 pm

@Choke Ok you asked a reasonable question AS A FAN and I will give you my take. This is the first time you admittred you are a fan (to my knowledge). Most of us haven’t anointed Matt Ryan as the second coming of anything, it is simply that we support our QB. Vick isn’t our qb, Flacco, Shockley, Manning, no one is our qb except Ryan. Most of feel (hope) that Ryan will be our qb with a great deal of success for a long time. Ripping him won’t do any good. No one with any authority in the Falcons organization cares what we think, so the only people hearing you is us. Question him, but don’t constantly rip on him. If you are truly a fan and you care about the Falcons, you wouldn’t try to tear him down after every success. If he doesn’t turn out to be a good qb, he will be replaced. IF you are a Falcons fan, show it by supporting EVERY player on the team.

Ben

November 9th, 2009
12:46 pm

Here Here FalconUGAFan. Support who’s here and in the uniform, not who you “think” is better. If the fans could pull it together, maybe the stadium would be a little louder and help out a Defense who is doing the best they can. I challenge every fan at the game each week to be the 12th Man!

Rev Blake

November 9th, 2009
12:46 pm

Choke, I really hope you are leaving. My guess is you’ll show up with another name soon. Extremely revealing that you could not offer any valid answer to either Ken Strickland or chipperdawg. You are simply another sore Vick fan who refuses to move on and accept the reality that the Falcons are a much, much better team without him.

Great game by the Falcons. I think Lofton was proving to be a true pro in sharing the blame (something Vick never did, btw) for the second half defensive meltdown. You’re a good man and team player. Oh, Go Falcons!!!!

now tha't funny

November 9th, 2009
12:50 pm

I like our defense. If Tye Hill can be this years Foxworth, we could actually finish 11-5 again. All we need to do is get in the playoffs. I love our coaching staff. It is really good to be a Falcons fan.

IceFan

November 9th, 2009
1:04 pm

Why are you people trying to reason with an idiot incapable of reason? No matter what Ryan does or how many games the Falcons win, this idiot will always saturate these blogs with his ignorance. Just let Matty Ice and the Falcons succeed and then he will have nothing left to say. By the way “Choke” what was Flacco’s passer rating yesterday, and did they win? Thought so, now go play in traffic.

As for the game, it’s great to get a win. As my username suggests Matt Ryan is my favorite player in football, but I am a little concerned. I want to emphasize “a little” because I believe he is just going through growing pains. As long as he is 16-9 (including playoffs) while he is learning I say let the process unfold.

The Burner looks awesome right now and the rest of the offense will catch up. We are 5-3 and not even playing that well. When things begin to click and they put it all together this will be a team to truly fear going into the playoffs.

The defense continues to do the best with what is has. I am very pleased with how they keep doing enough to win.

I hate that this team stalls in the second half. Protecting a lead is one thing, but they need to believe they can get a stop, or put together a scoring drive at any point in the game. There will definitely be some games where we need to come back in the 4th to win.

Last but not least, I just want to thank D. Hall for being D. Hall. The decision to let him go is 100% cemented as a good one.

Cedric

November 9th, 2009
1:05 pm

gdg73 is right on with Ryan having a chance to stretch the field a little more now that Turner is running wild of late. He is under a little more pressure from the defense of late but I think the O-line is getting back to blockin better and soon #2 will have that chance to throw down field a lot more often. That pic he thru early yesterday he didn’t look to his right where he had more room to operate vs man-man coverage but he had some big boys in his grill so he just got rid of it a bit too soon. All in all our D-line looked ok vs Skins beat up lineman. Peterson looked a bit slower yesterday but I think he got matched up vs slot receivers and rbs a little quicker than he is used to covering. Beerman looked good comin off that edge yesterday as well. We got thru the game with nothing major to deal with going into next weekend game so Go Falcons in Charlotte.

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 9th, 2009
1:07 pm

Like I said I won’t be back!

Sherman to the sea

November 9th, 2009
1:19 pm

It seems Matt Ryan has a case of happy feet. I think his recent uptick in interceptions has him looking to get rid of the ball quickly which results in the short seemingly safe passes. He just needs to get some confidence going and throw the deep ball some more. Throw it to a spot where the receiver is supposed to be deep and quit waiting for him to come open. It’s a timing issue and comes with experience and confidence. Coaches need to call these plays. We are going to have to stretch the field the rest of the way to be successful. Have got to slow down Carolina’s running game next week. They are a lot like us in that they have to be able to run to enable the passing game. Should be a good game. I see us going 10 & 6 and anything is possible in the playoffs.

Field General

November 9th, 2009
1:30 pm

One HUGE aspect of being a quality QB in the NFL is “football” intelligence–that is getting the players in the correct formations, recognizing defensive schemes and bluffs and other intangibles such as selling fakes, altering snap cadences etc. Ryan has a very high football IQ much higher than MV ever hoped of achieving. MV never mastered the playbook much less recognizing defensive nuances. That is why we had to keep bringing in consultants like Steve Young to work with him. An example of a Ryan contribution yesterday that has not yet been mentioned here, is that he audibled to the running play that Burner broke for the 58 yard TD. The Flacco lovers need a history lesson regarding raw physical talent vs. intellectual talent. The Indianapolis Colts could have fallen in love with Ryan Leaf’s physical skills, that were superior to Peyton Manning’s, and drafted him instead. PM’s a first ballot Hall-of-Famer and Leaf resides in the “where are they now file” next to Wang Chung and the Ginsu.

DJ

November 9th, 2009
1:33 pm

After further review it appears Mr. Ryan, of late causing much wringing of the hands of Falcon’s fans, may be taking it to the next level.

Among all the Monday morning drivel sits a nugget where Coach Mike “I’ll kick your a**” Smith credits Mr. Ryan with 2 audibles resulting in 2 touchdowns and the bulk of Mr. Turner’s work for the day.

I hope, in the “process”, Mr. Dimitroff is accounting for the eventual loss of Mr. Mularkey. I am already curious as to the continued progress of Mr. Ryan after Mr. Mularky leaves for his own gig.

I trust Mr. Dimtroff has all issues under control.

Big Skee

November 9th, 2009
1:40 pm

YAY!! Chokes leaving! Finally we just might have a blog AND comments that help this team and make us all feel good after what we’ve been through with this team. We weathered all the Vick supporters, and we will eventually cast out the undesirables. I think we can win every game left on our schedule. Two years with Matty Ice equals two straight years of playoffs. I’m happy

gdg73

November 9th, 2009
1:44 pm

Let’s put away the annointing oil and let the guy’s career play out. With that being said, he has not looked comfortable the last couple of games. I hope it is something that can be attributed simply to “growing pains” and nothing else. From what I see, however, he has gotten a little gun shy. He pays to much attention to the rush instead of looking down the field. If you noticed, Jason Campbell was doing the same thing, but to a much greater degree. Has Ryan lost trust in the pass blocking abilities of his offensive line?

1966 Falcons

November 9th, 2009
2:04 pm

Come on guys: can’t you see “CHOKE” is a joke? He just said that to get everyone riled up here on the discussion board. He succeeded. Now just ignore him and move on to more intelligent matters concerning the Falcons.

Brooking kicked your booty

November 9th, 2009
2:10 pm

Will anyone explain to me how Deangelo Hall has made 1 penny as a football player? I have never seen anyone wuss out on tackles like he has.

gdg73

November 9th, 2009
2:20 pm

Will anyone explain to me how Deangelo Hall has made 1 penny as a football player? I have never seen anyone wuss out on tackles like he has.

To answer your question, refer to the first word in your screen name.

Braves Fan Since 1961

November 9th, 2009
2:30 pm

Great article, D-Led. Keep them coming!

cdog

November 9th, 2009
2:42 pm

cmon deangelo hall, take your loss like a man. noone did anything to you. thats your way of pouting because the falcons kicked your butts. you are not going to spoil the falcons victory with your childish ways. had the redskins won he would not be saying anything. the falcons secondary need to get pride about themselves and start to believe in themselves. when you let a 275 pound te beat you, it shows lack of heart and character. cmon, you have more talent than most other secondaries in the league. stop showing respect for recievers and get tough with them

Remember When 8 and 8 Sounded Great?

November 9th, 2009
2:47 pm

Yeah, that’s right: this past off-season. Falcons have played up to their projections at this point. Only difference is, the D is better than expected, while the O is less potent than originally projected. Then again, the offense has been short-handed, first with the loss of Harry Douglas, then Jerious Norwood, Ovie Mughelli and Jason Snelling. Considering the fact that Ovie has been used as a blocking back, it’s no wonder that the pocket keeps collapsing around Ryan. Get Ovie back up to speed, and I think the O will follow.

cdog

November 9th, 2009
2:48 pm

the falcons make a sweep of the cats. the panthers will get drilled by the falcons. matt ryan will have a field day. the defense will shut the carolina offense down to a tee.. this will be the panthers last stand for the season

Lil Larry

November 9th, 2009
3:36 pm

This team is absolutely pitiful! One week we play the Saints all out defensively and the following week we play one of the worse offensive teams in the league and they run through our defense like we’re not even there. When is this team ever going to develop some consistency? Matt Ryan is still taking a knee when the defense jumps off side. What is up with that? This guy has done a complete 360 degree turn around and looks like he is playing scared every game. I know we’re playing better defenses who are exposing this piecemeal offensive line, but man up, step up in the hole and deliver the dang ball–and not to a receiver that’s covered by two guys. Seems as though Ryan is breaking the huddle intent on throwing to a particular receiver whether he’s covered or not. This is too much up and down from week to week. It wouldn’t surprise me if this team loses to the Bucs–they are that flaky.

Mike Smith could be my wing man

November 9th, 2009
3:41 pm

If The NFL does deside to Fine Mike Smith the fans should take up a collection to pay it. He was only doing what he should do protect his players from a thug like D-Hall

Falcons Minority Owner

November 9th, 2009
3:51 pm

Did they beat the Steelers? LOL…naw, this was the deadskins. Festive? LOL, that’s hilarious.

The truth

November 9th, 2009
4:06 pm

Coach Smith said that Matt changing the play at the line of scrimage when he saw what the defense was giving him resulted in Turner running those two touchdowns.

So please idiot fans stop the bashing of Matt. He still is a work in progress and doing a good job at it. Some of you bandwagon fans who never was a fan til last year are the ones I’m talking to. All of a sudden you know everything about football and the Falcons. Please…..

jack

November 9th, 2009
4:21 pm

Steve Young (All Pro Forty-Niner QB) said Ryan was the best rookie QB in history. His stats last year say Steve Young is right.

Falcons are 11-1 at home with Ryan at QB. Give him time. He will get better.

The Falcons are fun to watch now. This offense is much better than people realize. Notice how they dominate in their opening drives. This is a good solid football team.

Ken Strickland

November 9th, 2009
4:36 pm

Has anyone else noticed that when our OL was unable to open holes for RB MTurner, they were able to do a good job of protecting QB MRyan. However, as soon as they started opening holes for RB MTurner, they’ve suddenly started having trouble protecting QB MRyan?

The key to protecting MRyan isn’t necessarily having Turner rush of 155 or 166yds, but having him gain 5-6yds on 1st and/or 2nd down(s). MRyan is unstoppable when he’s allowed to operate in 2nd and 3 or 3rd and 1yd situations using playaction. In these situations, DEF’s have to react immediately to playaction because of the threat of a run by MTurner, which makes TE TGonzalez and WR’s RWhite and MJenkins 10 times more dangerous.

Not getting at least 5yds on 1st down puts us 2nd and long situations, which has been a problem even with RB MTurner gaining so many total yds. Of course, some of the blame rests with QB MRyan. A replay of MRyan’s last INT showed RWhite and MJenkins were streaking down both sidelines wide open, yet MRyan chose to throw over the middle into tight double/triple coverage to TE TGonzalez. Like former Falcon QB MVick, Ryan has developed the habit of focusing too much on his TE, particularly in critical passing situations, and teams are aware of this. I think we are now starting to see the importance of having the threat of JNorwood in our OFF package, especially 3rd down packages. His speed and quickness forced teams to remove a LB and use an extra DB to cover him. Removing that LB made it easier for MTurner to run inside.

All I'm Saying Is...

November 9th, 2009
4:38 pm

Unless he has an injury that he is hiding, Ryan will be fine once Mularkey convinces him to stop focusing on Gonzalez as his first option and instead has him
a) throw three-step drop slants to his wide receivers, or
b) throw three-step drop out patterns to his wide receivers, or
c) remembers that a swing pass to Michael Turner is a good option too.

With enough of those plays thrown into the mix, the pass rush heat he’s been getting will subside and he will be able to pump fake and go deep with Roddy White like last year.

We knew the defense was going to be an issue coming into the season and they have actually played better than expected. No other team before the Falcons had shown any ability to slow down the New Orleans offense and while they gave up 14 points in the second half to the Redskins they only gave up 3 points when it mattered most which was the first half.

Going forward, hopefully we’ll get some players back and/or back to full speed on offense such as Norwood and Mughelli [sp.] as the offense is what needs to improve and maintain some consistency starting with the quarterback. And its up to the offensive coordinator to remember what Ryan does well and call more of those type plays while drilling into him that he can’t just lock in on Tony G.

LET’S GO FALCONS!

gdg73

November 9th, 2009
4:55 pm

good post, K. Strickland. I think Jenkins needs to be more involved in the game plan.

Falcons Are good - not great

November 9th, 2009
4:57 pm

Name is not a reflection of my enthusiasm for the Birds…..go Falcons…post game on TV Terrence Moore was on and my 12-gauge accidently went off at the TV…glad he got a promotion to AOL Sports (huh – never heard of that)…oh well……seriously, Turner has excelled…think it is the 3-4 teams they are playing vs. the 4-3 teams….but accolades to him and the o-line….Matt will be fine, not great as mentioned earlier, happy feet, not comfy….maybe trying to do too much?….experience and maturity will heal all….go birds in carolina!

Barry

November 9th, 2009
4:59 pm

Hey Y’all:

I said in the past, that after the 6th game we will start seeing how this Falcon team has jelled on offense, defense, and special teams. Well, we are after the 6th game and now the season begins in “ONE HEARTBEAT!! The players are “in sinc” with one another on all cylinders: MENTALLY,PHYSICALLY, AND EMOTIONALLY. The new players now understand the Falcon “T” in “TEAM.” You come after “ONE”, you come after “US” all, and “WE” will respond in “ONE HEARTBEAT!!” I loved seeing “Meangelo” running his dusty butt, in fear, from the FALCON sidelines after coming over there like he is still has a “say” on our team and can maintiain the order. THE MAN HAS LOST HIS MIND!! Our FALCON COACHES, PLAYERS, and TRAINERS did what they had to do and that is to get his “RAGGEDY BUTT”" off of our sideline, especially after on of the Redskins took a “CHEAP SHOT” on the sideline at our quarterback, Matt Ryan. Our Falcons responded accordingly and that is to “RAISE HELL” with any Redskin coming over to our sideline looking for trouble after that incident. These are not the same FALCON or coach that “Meangelo” confronted or controlled when Bobby Petrino was here. He could holler and fuss with that coach and players , but not this ONE!!! CAOACH MIKE SMITH is not going to have it. The “TEAM” did not stand for it and ran his “SCARY ASS” back to the field. Now he has the ordasity to cry to the commissioner. WHAT A “CRY BABY”!! He has really shown his colors. He needs to go to his mother and cry on her lap as to what the “BIG, BAD, FALCONS” has done to her little boy. We as FALCON fans must remember his childish antics last year when he was in Oakland. THIS IS NOTHING NEW. His childish antics is not for professional football. He coild get a lot of people hurt. MAYBE LITTLE LEAGUE THIS WILL FLY BUT NOT IN THE NFL.

OUR FALCONS ARE NOW READY FOR THE SEASONS. WE HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED!!!!!! NOW IT IS TIME TO REALLY KICK SOME BUTT. I REALLY FEEL SORRY FOR OUR OPPONENTS. THE NEW GUYS AND THE “YOUNG GUNS” HAVE NOW GROWN UP!!! THEY HAVE GROWN UP IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!!!!” CAN YOU HAER THEM GROWING?? THUMP! THEY ARE GROWING LOUDER: THUMP!!!THUMP!!! THUMP!!!!……………………..

NOW, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!?????

GO FALCONS!! KICK SOM BUTT!!!!! WE AIN’T PLAYING!!!!

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This is a SECRET from a FALCON FAN. TELL EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

…………………………”ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!!!!…………….