The Aftermath: What the players were saying . . .

An official separates Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens (21) and Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. AP

An official separates Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens (21) and Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. AP

PHILADELPHIA – Free safety Thomas DeCoud is a stand up guy.

He took the blame for the 83-yard touchdown. He was suppose to get over the top of Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin, but he heard his teammates yelling “reverse” and his instincts took over.

He took a peak and Maclin took off. (You love it when the players face the media music. Baseball players love to go hide in the lounge area  when they don’t want to talk. DeCoud stood tall in the pocket. The Cal grad was articulate in explaining what happened to the Falcons defense. He gets a media gameball.)

Here’s what he and other players had to say to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the game:

THOMAS DECOUD, safety.

ON THE MACLIN PLAY: “I read my key on the play and that was to read No. 1 (receiver). I was going over the top of him. Then I heard the rest of the team yelling ‘reverse.’ I looked back and he took off. It was just one of those things where I have to be more disciplined in my half. I’ll take the blame on that one.

“I tried to whip my head and give pursuit as fast as I could. They made the play on that one and I’ll take the blame on it.

ON THE BIG PLAYS: “We came into this game knowing that they are a team that tries to trick you with misdirection. You think you’re going one way and then bring you back the other. Maybe we didn’t execute it as well as we could have in that regard.”

ON ROBINSON GOING DOWN: “C.O. (Christopher Owens) and Brian (Williams) came in and did a great job.”

JOHN ABRAHAM, defensive end

ON EAGLES QB KEVIN KOLB: “We didn’t do anything to hinder him from getting the ball out or anything to make him feel uneasy.”

ON THE SCORE RIGHT BEFORE HALFTIME: “We never felt we were out of the game. We didn’t come to play on either said of the ball. As a team, we didn’t play well at all. We usually pick each other up on both sides of the ball. But we didn’t play like we usually play.”

Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson (right) and Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (left) are helped after a hit. AP

Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson (right) and Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (left) are helped after a hit. AP

MIKE PETERSON, linebackers

ON THE MISDIRECTION ACTION OF THE EAGLES: “That’s usually what you get when you are playing fast; a lot of misdirection, a lot of reverses and screens. What we have to do is prepare ourselves for that each week. We have to self check ourselves.”

MATT RYAN, quarterback

ON TOUGH LOSS: “Every week is tough. In this league, every week is a battle. It doesn’t matter what your opponent’s record is, you know it’s going to be a tough physical game. Every week it’s going to come down to making a few plays here and there and today we didn’t make them.”

ON HIS FUMBLE: “It’s tough to say. Those calls are always difficult. It’s tough to say. As a player you always think you’re in the right.

WILLIAM MOORE, safety

Philadelphia's Jeremy Maclin (18) catches a touchdown pass in front of Atlanta defender Brent Grimes (20). AP

Philadelphia's Jeremy Maclin (18) catches a touchdown pass in front of Atlanta defender Brent Grimes (20). AP

ON DUNTA ROBINSON: “We talked to him in the locker room. He was doing (well). You don’t want that to happen to anybody.  Hopefully, he’ll feel better and we’ll get him back this week. I’m sure he’ll be all right.”

CHRISTOPHER OWENS, cornerback

ON GOING OUTSIDE AFTER ROBINSON WAS HURT: “You just have to be ready.

ON THE EAGLES PASSING FOR 326 YARDS: “We give all the credit to Kevin Kolb and his receiving corps. They played well. There are some things that we could have done better, but we give them all of the credit.”

TONY GONZALEZ, tight end

ON FALCONS BEING STOPPED ON THIRD DOWNS: “A lot of blitzing. Maybe we pick up the blitz or throw it hot and we weren’t able to make the play.

CURTIS LOFTON, middle linebacker

ON THE GAME: “They did a lot of mis-direction, reverses, passes and some off the wall stuff. We have to have good eyes and be ready for that stuff.”

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117 comments Add your comment

Trainwreck

October 17th, 2010
9:47 pm

Today was hard to watch

Poppa Falcon

October 17th, 2010
9:51 pm

Very hard, indeed. Unexcusable in some areas. Absolutely WAYYYYYYYY to many big plays given up on defense.

****News Flash*** frm Rupe in DC

October 17th, 2010
9:53 pm

GREAT NEWS EVERYONE! I just got off the phone with Special Agent Bennett of the FBI. I placed a call earlier today to the FBI and GBI, alerting them that a plane load of larcenist were headed to the Atlanta Airport. They were impersonating NFL players and coaches and they planned to steal checks this week. Agent Bennett informed me that the suspects were apprehended without incident. They were unarmed, not dangerous, put up no fight, and posed no type of flight risk. Atlanta…. your streets are safe now from those criminals!!!!

****News Flash*** frm Rupe in DC

October 17th, 2010
9:54 pm

The suspects are being transported to Flowery Branch, GA where they will be immediately enrolled in rehab courses. They will undergo extensive retraining on offensive and defensive basics, in hopes that they commit no further heinous crimes such as those committed today.

The citizens of Atlanta will be asked to have mercy on them for today’s larceny.

Mack1124

October 17th, 2010
9:56 pm

I repeat very hard to watch. Rough game, not throwing in the towel, yet. Would like to see more consistency on both sides of the ball and a better offensive plan.

Ron-NS-Fan

October 17th, 2010
9:58 pm

Some games expose your back side…Then every other team copies that…expect more of this..we really should be 2-4…it is catching up to us. Offense is offensive…defense smoke an mirrors..Special teams..just look at the tapes

Hahaha wheeww hahahaha

October 17th, 2010
9:59 pm

Well what happen to mattie lice? No Dice? Falcons could have had Vick!!

KOLB LMFAO beats RYAN…

We should have keep Vick!

Hahaha wheeww hahahaha

October 17th, 2010
10:00 pm

Trainwreck

October 17th, 2010
9:47 pm

Today was hard to watch

NOT FOR ME!@!

DTYBRDZ

October 17th, 2010
10:15 pm

BVG & Mularkey are playing for the enemy!!! We need to get rid of these morons!

Wat Wat Wat

October 17th, 2010
10:26 pm

With fans like this, who would want to play in atlanta. I am sick of the fairweather fans who come into this blog screaming for blood.

You don’t deserve a good team. Not that it matters, because the people who come to these blogs aren’t going to any games.

It was a bad game. it happens. The Defense is young and we are a run first offense. the D got tricked and burned. They will learn. Ryan looks fine. We need some speed in the RB position, and the left side of the oline needs to step up. But dang this reaction is shocking to me. We are still building this team, and they are very young. Deal with it.

Falcons 2010

October 17th, 2010
10:27 pm

I think Ryan left out something in his comments, I’ll edit it in to see if it looks better

“It’s tough to say. Those calls are always difficult. It’s tough to say. As a player you always think you’re in the right. It’s tough to say that it’s tough to say”

ok yeah, that looks right! But where are the comments that are supposed to throw Mike “5 yards or less!” Mularkey right under that on coming bus? Maybe Ryan really can’t do the deep ball but how the heck are we suppose to figure that out if you only do it like twice a game????

loyal falcon

October 17th, 2010
10:33 pm

@ Wat Wat Wat
I agree with you 100%. As a season ticket holder, I like what I’m paying for. We’re a young team and we’ll learn from our mistakes and get better. As for all these fair weather fans, they can kiss where the sun don’t shine. Who needs them anyway! I knkow and have faith that coach smith and the guys will get things corrected. On a side note(2 things) 1.) I think Mike Mularkey needs to get more creative or we may have to seriously consider a new OC at the end of the season. I’d hate to see us break up the coaching staff, but we have to find ways to utilize the weapons we have. (2) Is it me or is DeCoud making a lot of mental errors this season? He was lights out last season. He needs to get it together.

BigLou

October 17th, 2010
10:36 pm

@ Loyal Falcon. Couldn’t have said it better!

waynelaster

October 17th, 2010
10:36 pm

Yea the Falcons were out coached & out played. But I still believe, we will bounce back 4 sure. Duanta hit was legal, I think he led with his shoulder. I pray that Jackson is ok.

Rupe in DC

October 17th, 2010
10:40 pm

@ Wat Wat Wat – Are you kidding?! I fly down to the ATL for 3 games a year and I always make the Carolina games in Charlotte. Started to drive 2 hours up to Philly today, but had things to do at 5. So I have every right to call the team out.

@ loyal falcon – who said there was no faith from a fan that calls out poor performance?!

The bottom line is … there is no way that the organization should be proud of today’s lack of performance. High achievement starts with high expectations and proper performance. I stand by my analysis that checks were stolen today!!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 17th, 2010
10:43 pm

Waynelaster — It was not a legal hit, thus the penalty. Went too high and you can no longer “launch.” Form tackle would have been better.

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Rupe in DC

October 17th, 2010
10:46 pm

@ Waynelaster – hit was illegal, because he launched and it ended up with a head to head collision. Tough hit, but good call by refs (under the current rules).

Big Daddy

October 17th, 2010
10:47 pm

Although none of the players will say it, the Falcons just got outcoached today. The Eagles coaches had great plays called at specific times that produced the desired results. There is no way that a team who is supposed to be an elite team lets the other team come all the way down the field in 2 plays and scores a touchdown like the Eagles did. You can’t keep spotting the other team with 14 – 17 – 21 points and expect to come back and win.

Last, but not least, who are the Falcons using to scout these games and how are they not picking up on some of the plays and tendencies of these opposing team that they are getting the jump on us at the beginning of games week after week?

Guys, I would really like to think we are better than that and that our win over the Super Bowl Champs on their home turf was no fluke. We should have maintained that momentum and taken it into subsequent games. We did not.

Chucktown

October 17th, 2010
10:56 pm

The falcons players didn’t come to play today and the coaching staff was out coached. This game shows why the falcons still need speed at WR. The Phili D was stacking the box all day with 8 to 9 players, zero respect for our WR’s. Our D looked like a D I played on in Pee Wees years ago.I don’t understand how Pa players were so wild open all day.Ryan didn’t show me much today either, he continues to lock onto one WR and teams know this, try looking around for a change.

scottbravesfan

October 17th, 2010
11:03 pm

D. Orlando,

What the hell are you talking about when you say baseball players go hide instead of facing the music? Brooks Conrad made three errors in a playoff game in front of 53,000 people and stood there like a man and answered every question from the legions of national writers that were at the game following it. Football players skip out on their interviews just like every other sport only certain players will actually step up and answer the tough questions, no matter what the sport is. So I’m not sure why you tried to take a swipe at baseball.

But about the Falcons they played like crap today and the game itself was absolutely boring to watch. After watching several really good college games yesterday today’s Falcons game, and most of the NFL games were an absolute bore. I’m starting to understand why most of you guys from the south prefer college ball over the pros.

Chucktown

October 17th, 2010
11:04 pm

This beating as been comming for a while, you can not play close games with the Browns etc and not see this comming. Look I love the Falcons but I really don’t think they are as good as people make them out to be. Media and fan hype. We will win games this year but we can not beat teams with speed unless we play perfect football and that is not going to happen all the time.We got beat up by 3rd sting O linemen are you kidding me. That show a lack of heart to me. Smitty alway talks about the process, well process this you need speed on the O. Simple as that. The falcons will never be elite until they get it.

Chucktown

October 17th, 2010
11:13 pm

Wat Wat Wat I have been a fan for over 30 years and I deserve better than today. Us long time fans have suffered through Ranken Smith and it still looks like the same old crap he put on the field year after year. Ryan doesn’t throw the deep ball because Roddy can’t beat double teams deep and other WR’s can’t run past anyone and I don’t think Ryan can throw for more than about 45 to 50 yard. I never see him steping into a ball when throwen. Some times it looks like a little girl thowing the ball

FHZ

October 17th, 2010
11:33 pm

They’re going to be giving credit to a lot of other teams int he next few games, and finishing the season 9-7 if they do not change, and focus..

techengineer

October 17th, 2010
11:51 pm

3 Words. Fire Mike Mularky!
Eagles had an 0ffense. Falcons had what Marion Campbell, Lehman Bennet, Dan Reaves ran 100 yrs ago.. Where’s the creativity? Misdirection? screens? Do the Falcons even know how to throw a damn screen? They are about the only team I”ve ever seen that can’t throw a screen or hit a back out of the backfield.. Horrible! Fire Mularky! We are too close.

techengineer

October 17th, 2010
11:55 pm

I feel you Chucktown.. Your anaylsis is dead on.. I always brag about how the Falcons play hard and hustle since Smith got there but they were about as flat and unmotivated as I’ve ever seen them today. No fight whatsoever, no heart, flat footed like they had concrete in their shoes all game.. About as bad as I’ve seen them play since Smith has been there.

RealBirdFan

October 18th, 2010
12:02 am

Blah Blah Blah! Some of you people are not Falcon fans and I don’t know why you come to these blogs.

I agree we got out coached, we also got beat in the trenches. We need help on the O-Line Period! Secondary is hit or miss. All in all this was a wake up call.

Lets get it together and take it out on the BUNGLES!!!!

GO BIRDZ!

Techbuzz

October 18th, 2010
12:15 am

Fair weather fans, get the hell out of here. The Eagles are in the Falcons psyche and have been for years. They kept us out of the Super Bowl in ‘02 and ‘04. And every time we play them, there is just a mental block we can’t get past.

Bottom line regarding today; the O-Line lost it for us. They couldn’t block ANYBODY!!! Ryan had absolutely NO TIME to set and throw. Today’s O-Line reminded me of our mid to late 80’s O-lines. Just ask Steve Bartkowski and Chris Miller.

Plus, the defense fell for the SAME DEEP PASS PLAY three times!!! I hate seeing my teams fall for the same play so many times in a game. Plus, we fell for the screen about 7 or 8 times.

I knew we were going to have a game like this sooner or later. We have the talent, but we need more consistency. The only biotch about this game is that at the end of the season, if several teams in the NFC have the same records, we lose tie breakers like this one. We STILL have a lot to play for and we are STILL leading the division by half a game over the Saints, so were in good shape still, but the Falcons have GOT to come to play every Sunday, God knows they get paid WAY TOO MUCH not too.

DR. FALCON

October 18th, 2010
12:20 am

HEY CHUCKTOWN! IVE ALSO BEEN A FAN FOR OVER 30YRS! SINCE BARTKOWSKIS ROOKIE YEAR. 1975! IVE SUFFERED ALSO. BUT, THIS IS A DIFFERENT TEAM! PATIENCE! THE SEASON SIS STILL YOUNG WEVE GOT 3 STRAIGHT HOME GAMES COMING UP. IF WE BEAT CINCY AT THE HOUSE, WE WILL BE 5-2! I WILL TAKE LEMTHAT. AS FAR AS BEATIN TEAMS WITH SPEED, WE BEAT THE WORLD CHAMPS ON THE ROAD! THE MATT RYAN CAN THROW DEEP WITH ANYONE! HE NEEDS TIME! IS IT MATTS FAULT THAT SAM BAKER GAVE UP 2 SACKS TO TRENT COLE? BAKER GAVE UP 2 SACKS TO HARRISON IN THE STEELER GAME! IS THAT RYANS FAULT TOO? TO ME, OUR LEFT TACKLE SI THE PROBLEM! HELL, I CAN PROBABLY GET 2 SACKS MYSELF AGAINST BAKER. LETS RESERVE JUDGEMENT UNTIL WEEK 11. IF WE ARE 9-2 OR 8-3, WE WILL BE FINE!

Big Ray

October 18th, 2010
12:55 am

This team is NOTHING like the ones the Smith family used to trot out onto the field.

We got outcoached, alright. Our defensive coordinator, who has been doing a good job, got outfoxed this time. It happens. However, our offensive coordinator gets outcoached far more often.

In the meantime, we failed to execute on a number of things. We completely lost the battle at the line of scrimmage, whether it was on offense or defense.

We have speed on offense at the wideout spots. But we don’t know how to use it. Why? Because we keep wanting to say that we’re a power running team (which you cannot be unless you have a punishing offensive line, which we DO NOT HAVE). Where we lack speed is in the backfield, because Jerious Norwood can never seem to stick around.

If the Eagles can run reverses and tosses with DeSean Jackson, why don’t we do the same with Harry Douglas? Because that is not the Mularkey way.

Mr. Blank

October 18th, 2010
2:15 am

I think I am turning into Rankin Smith. It must be the curse. That team we played today looked like the BEST team in the history of NFL football. But that is only because they played us. We make every body look better than they are. Why, Rankin? Talk to me, man. I don’t want to become a much hated, alcoholic owner of this cursed franchise. I want to be loved and cherished by the people. I only wanted to be loved and cherished by my players. I’m not feeling the millions of dollars of love I’ve been trying to buy. It hurts me. It really hurts. “Yeah, Jack Black double, on the rocks…”

Falconian

October 18th, 2010
4:41 am

I think the Falcons practiced for Cleveland again last week. We need another offensive coord. Where are the quick slants and screens to combat the blitz? If fans sitting at home can see exactly what changes would work then why cant bull mularchy see it?? Teams have been blitzing forever and there are ways to beat it, but it looked like Matt Ryan and the offense had never seen it before!

rob1988

October 18th, 2010
7:33 am

I am also a season ticket holder, 127, but, today reminded me of people showing up for work to get a paycheck, but no work was performed. We have alsways made every team look like world beaters, I watched Philly play a couple of weeks ago, no offensive plays beyond 4 yerds, but wait play the falcons average play 15 yards. Yep, same ole falcons, 8 and 8 maybe.

RobbE33

October 18th, 2010
7:47 am

This loss is on Smitty & his staff for being way too predictable and unable to adjust on the fly. It reminds me of the days when Gruden’s Bucs had our number. Can the Falcons learn and grow from this. I certainly hope so.

Dean

October 18th, 2010
8:01 am

Blah blah blah blah. The Falcons got their asses handed to them yesterday. Get over it. They’re going to be fine.

Real Talk

October 18th, 2010
8:03 am

I figured that this would happen the blame game when vick was here it was always his fault but now the defence and Mike Mularke is to blame for the falcons fall hell Ryan left 14 points on the fild when tony was wide open in the end zone twice. yall kill me with always pointing the finger at Mike Mularky

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 18th, 2010
8:07 am

truth

October 18th, 2010
8:34 am

Something we all should have known going into this game…..the Eagles own the Falcons, always have. I was not at all surprised. Not jumping ship but really, what have we EVER done against the Eagles. Must be something with Atlanta teams playing Philly teams. The Phillies own the Braves too.

Atleast the aints showed that the bucs are who we thought they were. LOL!

Blackbird

October 18th, 2010
8:35 am

Mr. Blank
Please have your GM fire the OC, that had to be the worst set of play calling I’ve ever seen. (2) Have you ever wondered why the Eagles beat the breaks off of the falcons every year? (3) We are what our record say we are, we barely beat teams we are suppose to beat, but when we play solid playoff caliber teams we get drugged in the dirt. (4) This team is not that good. (5) The QB is not special, just average so stop fooling yourself. (6) Mike Smith appears to be a very nice guy, but he has to surround himself with some innovative coaches that can transform this team to a team of the 21st century. (7) I’m a Falcon fan who stuck with the team through all the ruff years, but my patients is getting thin. If you are serious about winning championships, due what the team that win do. (Look at their rosters, look at them, they have star players, not just the old build a solid team through the draft). How many stars do you have on your teams that are recognized as stars outside of Atlanta? Who on your team gets bragged on every week on sports shows and radio? You need play makers! (8) Read the eagle comments before the game that they gave Atlanta. No respect. They didn’t say Atlanta D was good, they said they were ok and Atlanta had small corners. They said Atlanta Offence was alright but we’re prepared for them (with a back up offensive line) it want be a problem. Something to think about, when was the last time we beat a solid top ranked playoff caliber team?

Zoomie

October 18th, 2010
8:41 am

What the Players Were Saying During the Game:

The Defensive Backs: “Did you see that green and white streak whiz by me? What was that?

The Defensive End: “Wow! Clean rush to the inside; I’m gonna get me some . . . whoa, was that an end-around that just flew by me?”

The Offensive Line: “Okay, one step at a time: next play, I’m only going to let him push me two yards into the back field.”

The Quarterback: “One mississippi — nope, Gonzo ain’t open. Two mississippi — nope, Roddy ain’t open. Three mississippi, nope, HD ain’t . . . aarrgh! Uugh! Owwie . . .”

The Defensive Coordinator: “Trust me, guys. The soft zone and four-man rush will work. Just give it a chance. If we blitz and go man-to-man, we’ll surely get burned for an 83-yard touchdown.”

The Offensive Coordinator: “Okay, I’ve run all four of my plays repeatedly and nothing seems to work. Any new ideas out there? Anyone? Buehler? Anyone?”

Blackbird

October 18th, 2010
8:44 am

Great post Zoomie, LMAO…..because it’s so true.

truth

October 18th, 2010
8:45 am

The Eagles knew going in come hell or high water we were going to run the ball. I wish we would have gone into to the game passing from the get go to open up the run. We did exactly what they were expecting and we failed. Oh well live and learn…………..I hope?

GO FALCONS!!!

alanfalcon

October 18th, 2010
8:58 am

SOS, this was one pathetic performance, I think that the team and the coaching staff needs to apologize to the Falcon fans !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Scott

October 18th, 2010
9:06 am

Preparation for a game start with the coaches and it trickle down to the players . I didn’t see any real preparation from the Falcons to play that game they look like a bunch of high school footballer out there .The Falcons have the talent and i hate to continue to beat this drum but Coach Smith and the rest of his underachiever coaching staff should be run out of Atlanta . Atlanta having another wining season is no longer enough,this isn’t the Braves there is to much money riding on these players and the fans and Blank deserve a championship .

Joe Tess Fish House

October 18th, 2010
9:14 am

I hate to say I told U so, but this team will finish with a loosing record.

Tired

October 18th, 2010
9:14 am

“Attention, attention…John Parker Wilson, report to the office please—John Parker Wilson, report to the office please.

truth

October 18th, 2010
9:17 am

Scott, you do realize this team has acheived the most it ever has in a 2 1/2 year span than any other staff we’ve seen? It’s not time to set the field on fire. However, Smith needs to set a fire on Mularky’s butt and make him open things up on offense. Upto this game the defense was light out. Maybe the team just went in to over confident…who knows. No one thought we truly would go 15-1 this season. 12-4 still very likely. That was my personal hopes at the beginning of the season.

PMC

October 18th, 2010
9:18 am

This was a good learning experience for our young defense. Hopefully they won’t make these same mistakes again. I’m concerned about the health of Curtis Lofton and Robinson.

This happens every year at least once where our teams just play lousy in every facit. Unfortunately it happens when we play Philly more often than not.

Tough matchup again next week but it’s at home and the team coming in likes to throw the ball to the other team. Time to Refocus, get Spoon back and get back to winning.

It doesn’t matter how you win them or lose them come playoff time… just that you have accumulated enough wins to get in the tournament. Let’s get in the Tournament. GO FALCONS!!

BirdDirty

October 18th, 2010
9:19 am

Now will you continue to defend Mike Mularkey and his playcalling Ledbetter?

truth

October 18th, 2010
9:19 am

Yes tired, we should set the QB with the best winning percentage in franchise history for JPW. LOL! Please…