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D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 20th, 2010
10:29 pm

* Not led, but they have scored first in just 2 of 6 games. Falcons have had the lead at halftime in just one game. –DOL

POLOBOY

October 20th, 2010
10:34 pm

FIRST HOORAY

POLOBOY

October 20th, 2010
10:35 pm

YES THEY ARE D. LED I SAY IF WE DONT WIN ON SUNDAY . GIVE MIKE M. HIS WALKING PAPERS.

pip

October 20th, 2010
10:44 pm

Run, run, pass. Punt. Run, run, pass, punt. Yeah, pretty predictable.

UGABugKiller

October 20th, 2010
10:49 pm

Dude, you’re AWESOME!

You know, it’s all us fans can ask for is to have the question asked. I know we can be emotional or knee-jerk, but if we can see these problems with the conservatism of the offense and the bad playcalling occurring EVERY WEEK, then the only way to make sure that the powers that be know that we the dumb fans can see that they’re maybe not doing as creative or as good a job as they should be, is to ask the question.

So thanks, DOL! Who knows if anything will change (I have no faith in Mularkey), but at least they know that WE know, and that we’re not happy with seeing Atlanta’s vast offensive talent (especially Matt Ryan and Harry Douglas) being wasted in a TOO conservative and uncreative offense.

tyger

October 20th, 2010
10:49 pm

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ajc pariah

October 20th, 2010
10:58 pm

Too predictable? Does a bear Sh%% in the woods?

Michael

October 20th, 2010
11:03 pm

Only been saying that since last year.
Err…what’s new??

Nice “inside story”.

falcon in Memphis

October 20th, 2010
11:33 pm

Pip u are exactly right I couldn’t agree more. That’s our offense in a nutshell. First down RUN for no gain maybe a yard or stuffed in the backfired. Second down RUN again maybe a yard. Third down PASS incomplete. Not to mention its usually 3rd and long. 4th down PUNT!! Do you all agree with that assessment??

knute

October 20th, 2010
11:46 pm

The Falcons are predictably unaggressive. They don’t play to win. They play to not lose! There is a
fear in the coaches to not look bad while playing a safe conservative game plan. The last three games the Falcons have come out looking like they don’t have a clue as to who they are playing.
2nd and one is not a time for Turner up the middle!!!! Sick of seeing the Falcons safety valve consisting of Turner or Snelling sliding off their blocks and curling in behind the defesive line -ALWAYS COVERED!!!!!!!!!! Run a screen pass at least twice a game! Run the hurry up offense the whole game – that way Mularkey won’t be that involved. Ryan still has a lot to learn, but I trust his
pllay calling more than Mularkey’s.

Orlando, dude, I wish the Falcons offense was as unpredictable as that striped bow tie you were wearing. We would razzle-dazzle everybody;)

extremus

October 21st, 2010
12:34 am

I think that it’s becoming painfully obvious that the Atlanta Falcons, despite making some great strides forward the past few years, still have some fundamental issues. The defense was also suspect during the Eagles game, but I’m sick and tired of so many 3-and-outs due to play calling like running on second and long. Why can’t Tony Gonzalez get open for an entire game? Because the Falcons (still) don’t have enough capable receivers out there the prevent him from being double and triple-teamed. White can make an explosive play every now and then but he has the same problem. With Turner you never know whether he’ll break 100-plus yards or manage to make 40. Or even 20. Inconsistent, because it’s become predictable to the point that NFL teams are exploiting it. Want to know why the Eagles came out from the initial kickoff with trick plays that caught the Falcons flat-footed time and time again? Because they saw that very weakness and came prepared to exploit it.

Overall the defense has improved, without a doubt; however Sunday’s game showed in dramatic fashion that the Falcons are too conservative-minded and slow to adjust to changing tactics. The Eagles ate them alive and it was clear they were on their heels the entire time.

I still think we have some good personnel on the field, including Matt Ryan, but it may soon be time for there to be some coaching changes if this team truly is to join the ranks of the NFL elite. A good coach can begin to change things for the better for a team going nowhere, which is what the Falcons were two years ago. But it usually takes a great coach to get them to the next level beyond that. I just don’t think the Falcons have that in Mularkey, and the jury’s out on Smith for me at this point.

A third straight winning season is not enough this year.

wayne in decatur

October 21st, 2010
1:06 am

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Bob in SF

October 21st, 2010
1:10 am

And when they try to mix it up they make strange decisions; how many power run teams go to shotgun on 3rd and 2? Why change up and start throwing all over the place when averaging 5-6 yards a carry like they were against the Browns?
And I completely agree with those who have pointed out they looked flat in early the last 3 weeks. They have looked completely over-matched in the first quarter on offense and defense for almost a month now.

wayne in decatur

October 21st, 2010
1:16 am

Yes,Yes and Yes again the Falcons have become predictable…Mike Mularkey use to be known as the professor in Pittsburgh but these dirty birds are a experiment waiting to happen,,,,Mularkey has too many weapons at his disposal to be so tight fisted with his play calling!…Question..Is it Mike Smith telling him to play it close to the vest?..Be it as it may,something has to be said when the no-huddle works better than our huddle,too many times on first down we run,where is the play action pass and throw it deep,Oh Im sorry that is not trickeration that is basic football.Coach Smith if it’s you telling your OC to be conservative please let Mike Mularkey be like Neo in the Matrix and free his mind..I bet you dollars to donuts your scoring average will go and those missed field goals will go down!

FalconJim

October 21st, 2010
2:26 am

Yes, Falcon in Memphis, I DO agree with that assessment! Who’s to blame?…..our OC!!! If I were the coach of this team, I’d give him through week #8 to get his act together, and draw up some more “inventive” and “creative” plays, and if it still was working, I’d give him his walking papers…..simple as that. I mean, if you and I weren’t doing OUR job well, then more than likely, that’s what would happen to us, right? Get it RIGHT Smitty!

Mitch (the one in Rome)

October 21st, 2010
6:27 am

I know we are all fans and have had some hard seasons and that emotively its hard to watch when things don’t go well, but I do have to say in the NFL these days to be 4-2 with a home stretch coming is not bad coaching or playing. Not sure our OC can block up front for some of our guys. Our DC can’t keep our safety over the top when he is supposed to be. Frankly we were a couple of blown coverages and dropped balls away from being in that Philly game. That is not coaching. It’s youthful errors (except Tony’s dropped ball). I believe we will be fine.

BFALCON

October 21st, 2010
7:00 am

For sure,it is too predictable. The Falcons were exposed in Philly.They were outcoached. How they respond this week will determine the rest of the season.

SeenThisB4

October 21st, 2010
7:16 am

1. Run to the B gap.
2. Run to the outside.
3. Pass to the TE
4. PUNT
5. Run to the A gap.
6. Run to the other outside.
7. Pass to the 1 WR.
8. PUNT.

As predictable as the sun rising on the eastern horizon.

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

Joe Tess Fish House

October 21st, 2010
7:47 am

Can you blame Malurkey? His QB is getting worst after each year. The WR postion is week with only Roddy being the stand out. Had they gone after TO or Moss this would not be a problem. The pasting game sux and Mr Blanks does not seem 2 care.

Falcon Fan

October 21st, 2010
8:33 am

Yes! It is very boring too! Matt Ryan is not as good as we all thought.

BirdDog

October 21st, 2010
8:33 am

Joe Tess, did you miss the school bus again this morning? Boy, you are never going to graduate from the 3rd grade if you keep missing the bus!

RobbE33

October 21st, 2010
8:37 am

Yeah the Falcons are way too conservative, predictable and inflexible. I’m hoping Smith and company are keeping something up their sleeves. I’m not so sure any coach is capable of abandoning their core philosophy mid-term and gutting their staff at this point in the season would be counter-productive.

Angus

October 21st, 2010
8:38 am

While I believe the O is boring and predictable, I’m not sure what can be done about it. We have good talent, but we do not have elite talent anywhere (Roddy may be the exception, but being only 6′-0 limits his abilities compared to other elite receivers).

I’m not sure if he’s up to the task or if Mularky’s capable of pulling it off, but it would seem that Harry Douglas is the one weapon that could gut defenses that over-compensate for the run or double Roddy or TG. I’d like to see HD become our Wes Welker.

Oh and about the OL – all run-first O’s bring more defense closer to the line, which makes pass blocking more difficult. I can’t really say if they’re not that good, or the scheme is the problem. Regardless, Ryan is not getting enough time to stretch the field like we’re all clamoring for.

FSJR

October 21st, 2010
8:50 am

Yes, we are predictable. I understand execution plays a part but we are easy to game plan against placing a very high premium on execution, especially on those first downs. Also, I in-game adjustments are not obvious.

D-Bird

October 21st, 2010
8:52 am

Everyone in the NFL knows what we are going to do on the 1st play of every game. Run, Run, Run! Turner is no longer a Burner!

RobbE33

October 21st, 2010
8:59 am

Agreed, Angus. Less than 2 seconds is not enough time to read progressions or look off defenders. “Run first” also has too many defenders in the box to run slants so it’s up to the coachs to devise counter plays.

Hatfieldgeoff

October 21st, 2010
9:17 am

The offense is very predictable. Quick defenses like Philadelphia dominate when you run those slow developing running plays with Turner. It gives them plenty of time to get into the backfield and snuff the play. The Eagles could stop the run and cover every receiver downfield on 90% of the plays. Are they that good? They weren’t against other teams this year when they gave up plenty of yardage and points. Coach Smith needs to look at the offensive coaching because it is holding back our offense and the team as a whole.

Sid

October 21st, 2010
9:21 am

tyger

October 20th, 2010
10:49 pm
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Dude, that isn’t D. Led’s beat…………………

Is your last name Woods………….?

Sid

October 21st, 2010
9:25 am

I cannot believe it, I agree with Seen…………holy s__t.

All except for that crap at the bottom about that team we beat a few weeks ago…………I think the final score was 27-24…………….!!! Falcons win in their backyard, on their turf, in front of their sackless, hapless fans.

Sid

October 21st, 2010
9:29 am

Look, I can’t pick it up but teams are seeing something that is giving away our offensense. Ryan is lousy at disguising his passing. And have you noticed how it appears some teams are right on Ryan’s snap cadence……….they are not just prediciting the snap, they know it.

Ryan, just once, look the defense away, pump fake……………and maybe a screen pass wouldn’t hurt.

Sid

October 21st, 2010
9:30 am

offensense………………….lol………….it is also giving away our next play………lol

mountain man

October 21st, 2010
9:46 am

FSJR

October 21st, 2010
9:52 am

It’s really hard to read if Mularkey is trying to hide a weak link or if he’s the weak link. Sometimes it seems as if we are forcing ourselves to be a running team. I’ve seen numbers suggesting we are balanced as far as rushing and passing but I like to go by what I see game in and game out. I don’t what the stats say about our rush production on first downs but I know what I see with my own eyes running on first downs…diddley-poo.

Sid

October 21st, 2010
9:55 am

Zero imagination……………….

Just for fun, let’s put Roddy in the wildcat, Ryan out wide……………let the defense dictate where we go next………….how about a good ol screen pass out of that formation, put one TE out wide, another TE on the line, double back set, ends up being a Packer Power sweep……….now that’s fun…..

Falcon Jim

October 21st, 2010
10:05 am

Who is this FalconJim on today? An IMPOSTOR on a Falcons blog? Imagine that.

Since 1966, I have always felt the Falcons offense has been too predictable.(Maybe not when June Jones was O.C.) It could be familiarity with the home team to some degree, but for 44 years, from Norb Hecker to Mularkey, Falcons offense has usually been boring and predictable.

Falcon Jim

October 21st, 2010
10:08 am

Screen Pass? SCREEN PASS?

Huh, duh, what?

Michael

October 21st, 2010
10:10 am

Joe missed the bus along with DOL.

Falcon Jim

October 21st, 2010
10:10 am

RISE UP…………………FREE DUNTA !

RISE UP Sunday at the Dome and walk out during the first series. Have “Free Dunta” written on an undershirt, or your chest, and pull up your shirt and show it to the cameras.

Of course you can come back to your seats after you and your breatheren all RISE UP and walk out.

JSS

October 21st, 2010
10:19 am

Being complimented by BugKiller is like being complimented by Adolph Hitler and Himmler!

Sid

October 21st, 2010
10:23 am

Cincinnati offense
PTS 20.0 (17th)
YDS 351.4 (11th)
PASS YDS 248.0 (7th)
RUSH YDS 103.4 (18th)
Cincinnati defense
PTS 20.4 (16th)
YDS 317.6 (13th)
PASS YDS 206.6 (13th)
RUSH YDS 111.0 (18th)
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Falcons offense
PTS 21.7 (12th)
YDS 357.3 (9th)
PASS YDS 222.5 (17th)
RUSH YDS 134.8 (7th)
Falcons defense
PTS 16.8 (5th)
YDS 337.3 (18th)
PASS YDS 239.5 (25th)
RUSH YDS 97.8 (9th)
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No doubt the Bengals will come at us with a passing attack, we could be in for a long day.
How many spots did we drop in the pass defense category……….10? Thank God we’re home for 3 games, but I tell you, I am worried we could end up 1-2 during the next 4 weeks. Sorry guys but unless we amp up on offense I don’t see us scoring any more than a field goal or two against the Ravens, I have had that marked as a loss for weeks. Tampa Bay is still a dangerous team. But let’s get back to the next game, got to take those Bengals to the shed…………….!!!!

Sid

October 21st, 2010
10:26 am

Falcon Jim, we are saving that screen pass for the last play of the Super Bowl to win the whole damn thing………………..!!!

Falcon Jim

October 21st, 2010
10:35 am

Sid, yea, I think it is time to untie the “rope a dope.”

bird watcher

October 21st, 2010
10:41 am

Sid for the win. This is the NFL, you have to mix it up to be competitive. How bout a play action pass on first down. Lets say you pick up 6 yards. Now maybe try to run the ball with 4 yards to go, better yet how bout a quick pass to the running back off of an “I” formation featuring Mohali and Snelling. The bottom line is this mix it up, and stop being so conservative. Play to put up 70+ point instead of playing not to lose.

Season Ticket Holder

October 21st, 2010
11:17 am

Earlier this year, I was blaming Matt for not throwing the deep ball. Now I think its the offensive coordinator that lack the creativity to move the offense. Defenses are putting 7 and 8 men in the box to stop the Falcons running game. The defensive backs are sitting on the Falcon’s curl routes waiting to make a big play or int. The Falcons offense must stop being predicitable or we are in for a long season.

SawThat1nce

October 21st, 2010
11:31 am

Fisrt play of every game, Turner up the middle. First down of every series of downs, Turner up the middle, second down of almost every series of downs, Turner up the middle.
My little girl knows this, and she hardly pays attention to the Falcons games.

ATL in FLA

October 21st, 2010
11:34 am

I think that definitely the play calling is too conservative… I also think that we are doing an average job at run blocking and a piss poor job a pass blocking… Baker has been letting to many guys thru and every 3rd down play turns into a Grease Fire with ryan scrambling for his life… We need a Meat and Potatoes draft next year… Revamp that O-line … Fire the OC & DC in my opinion

LK

October 21st, 2010
12:24 pm

My 11 year old can predict what Falcons will do on every play. The funnies comment I heard came from Abraham – “they had trick plays we didn’t know about”! DAHHHHHH thats why it was a trick play. Why doen’t Falcons have trick plays? Why don’t the Falcons coaching staff and team watch teams like the Colts, Giants, Texans and Kansas? Even the Eagles Rookie Quarterback out played us. how embarassing! Falcons need trick plays, they need basic football (playbook 101), they need to be more diverse in who they play and when. We already know Turner is going to run the first three plays, even when he only makes 3 or 4 yards a play. We know that Ryan will throw to White 50 times, then give to Turner 30 times, then throw to Gonzaless. Ryan never looks for an open player if the person he is suppose to give the play to is covered. Ryan doesn’t read the field and can’t make a last minute to change a play. You always need Options B, C, and D if A is covered.

LK

October 21st, 2010
12:28 pm

Sawthat1nce. Seems you and I are like lots of Falcon watchers when it comes to knowing the play before it happens!!