LAST ONE AT THE DOME – They have scrubbed the Falcons logo off of the Georgia Dome floor and are hanging some black curtains on the field.
It looks like they are setting up for some graduation. But they could be because the Falcons playoffs hopes are dead.
We have been getting a lot of Tweets about the two play calls by offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey. It seems that there is a little uprising over the reverse on first down that resulted in a 12-yard loss and the check-down by Chris Redman to Jason Snelling, who wasn’t able to pick up the first down on fourth-and-2.
“We had an opportunity to possess the ball twice in the fourth quarter,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We had the interception where we made a bad read. But Chris played an outstanding game.”
The fourth down play had been working all game. Redman probably needed to wait for Snelling to clear and get past
Saint linebacker Jonathan Vilma. (Haven’t watch the tape yet, so don’t know if he had time to wait.)
“Unfortunately, the fourth down completion didn’t give us enough yards to keep the drive going,” Smith said.
COVER-NINE: The Falcons dropped deep in coverage for most of the day. On one play they had nine players in coverage.
Out of a three man front, Lawrence Sidbury was at left end and he dropped into the flat, but Reggie Bush still game up with the third down catch between Sidbury and Stephen Nicholas.
“There was not as many explosive plays in the ball game today,” Smith said. “I thought that rookie Christopher Owens had an explosive play on the third-and-4 over on their sideline. I thought that he did some really good things. I thought that Brent (Grimes) held up well without Chris Houston in the ball game. I felt like we kept it in front of us for the most part.”
REDMAN ON HIS 50-YARD BOMB: Redman and Mike Jenkins should have had two long touchdowns. It appeared Jenkins, bad ankle and all, could have stretched out for a slightly overthrown ball early in the game.
He did stretch on his 50-yarder and ran away from Saints’ safety Darren Sharper.
“They brought some pressure from the outside,” Redman said. “We saw that nobody was deep and I thought Jenkins
made a great play. I thought a lot of guys stepped up. Michael Jenkins, Jason Snelling, Eric Weems, everybody stepped up and played a good ball game. It was good to see those guys step in and fill roles and play very hard. We are proud of everybody.”
SECONDARY CORNER: On Grimes’ first pass interference, he clearly hand his left arm around the receiver. On the second one, he should have had an interception. He had just as much right to go for the ball and the contact appeared incidental.
By the time Smith and Redman spoke, Grimes was dressed and gone. So we got DeCoud for you all.
“We matched the challenge,” safety Thomas DeCoud said. “They are the best offense in the league. We stepped up and played well against them.”
What was the key to slowing them down?
“Just making sure that all of our techniques were right,” DeCoud said. “We’ve played them twice a year, so we know what they are going to do. We had to see it and react to.”
Grimes and Owens tackled well.
“Everybody knows that we are a young defense so we try to show that (resolve) to fight and stay in games against good offenses,” DeCoud said. “It was tight and we played well. It’s something to build off of. We don’t want moral victories, but we have what it takes to play well late in games.”
Owens did get beat on a 42-yarder by Robert Meachem, but had an overall strong game.
“We wanted to contain those receivers the best we could,” Owens said. “We know that they thrive off the big plays. We tried to contain that as best we could. We just kept fighting. When the fourth quarter came, even at halftime we knew that we were still in it. We had our chances at the end.”
WEEMS WAS CLOSE TO BREAKING IT: Kick off returner Eric Weems was pretty close to breaking that last kickoff return. The Dome would have went crazy!
“The guys up front gave me some room,” Weems said. “My mindset is that should have went ahead and scored that.”
So did you like the play calls? You like the Cover-Nine? Do you think Weems is going to break one over the last three games?