5:17 pm January 18, 2011, by D. Orlando Ledbetter
January 18th, 20115:36 pm
I agree D. Led., we must get better at stretching the field with deep balls. Go get another #1 WR to compliment Roddy. We need better production from the secondary. That means go get a true CB to play in our nickel package. Last but not least we have to get pressure from our front 4 on defense. We did improve and with a couple of tweaks we will be back in the SuperBowl hunt next year. Continue to build for the future Falcons, I’m proud of you guys.
January 18th, 20115:42 pm
The best way to improve the team is to open up the offense and take advantage of the NFL rules that favor the passing game.
The running game that was supposed to be the “strength” of this team were DECEIVING. The Falcons didn’t run the ball well, they just ran it a lot. There’s a difference.
Once again, DOL, Martyball proves that it CANNOT win in the playoffs, where it matters most.
It’s time to open up the offense. 3 and 4 WR sets, throwing the ball to set up the run. Pittsburgh, Green Bay, NE, the Chargers, Saints, Colts… all these teams in the playoffs and winning Super Bowls throw to set up the run.
It’s time for Mike Smith to stop COACHING SCARED.
It’s time to stop coaching 20th century football. It’s the 21st century. Time to EVOLVE.
EVOLVE… or die. And that’s double-true for the defense. Enough of this soft zone bulls–t. Let BVG coach the defense like he did at UGA, like Greg Williams did in New Orleans last season.
Enough with Mike Smith micro-managing the offense and defense down to the point where all is left is VANILLA.
It’s actually that simple.
January 18th, 20115:49 pm
We need receiver(s) that can run after the catch to maximize Ryans intermediate passing skills. The Defensive line needs more than a few tweaks, because John Abraham historically has a good year followed by a mediocre one, so going by his career trends and his age, he’s due to come back to earth next year, so we need to be looking for his successor as well. The interior line needs some help as well and it goes without saying that we need secondary help, but if the line can be tweaked it would help that out as well.
January 18th, 20115:51 pm
D. Led, you are coming close to what I am talking about but I’ll just say it. Somehow we have to back off of Matt Ryan’s annointing and begin to coach him according to his actual ability at this point. I believe he has potential for greatness but is not there yet. We put too much pressure on him at this point. Your observations about the defense are certainly on point EXCEPT if you don’t get any gut pressure then the ends will just be made to look silly by a smart/gutsy QB and the DB’s can’t cover forever. I think our starting corners are certainly serviceable when we get some pressure on the QB. As to having only a choice of having #21 out there-isn’t that an administration problem?
January 18th, 20116:04 pm
Also, you people who keep saying Ryan doesn’t have any arm strength do a lot to prove that you know NOTHING about football.
The Falcons don’t throw it deep, but it isn’t because Ryan can’t, it’s because Mike Smith is obsessed with micro-managing the offense to the point that there are the least amount of risks possible. He coaches not to lose, he coaches scared. He’s obviously a Marty Schottenheimer Disciple, and this Martyball BS is dooming this team from being dominant.
What the Falcons DO do, that PROVE that Ryan has a strong an arm as you’ll need in the NFL is that they throw the 20-yard Deep Out more than ANY team in football.
Not many QBs, even in starting QBs, can throw the 20-yard Deep Out like Ryan does, with zip and pinpoint precision.
No, Ryan doesn’t have a cannon like Rodgers or Cutler or Favre or Elway.
But Ryan has an arm that is just as strong as say, Montana or Aikman.
You ignorant fools really have no clue when it comes to football. So keep on claiming Ryan doesn’t have a strong arm, continuing to prove without a doubt YOUR stupidity.
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GA ALL DA WAY
January 18th, 20117:41 pm
DL- What are the chances on Nomdi? And who do you like for the Pass rush that your were passionate about in your video clip? Also, do you think that the linebacking core will be together next season? Thanks DL!
January 18th, 20118:36 pm
UGABugKiller obviously you don’t know football!! To say Ryan arm is comparable to Troy Aikman is laughable. What games are you looking at? I do agree tha Mike Smith Micro Manages the Offense and Defense.
Matt Ryan is a good man but he has limitations all quarterbacks due, I do not think Team Management is helping his development by having those two 5th stringers behind him, he has no competition to push him because he is fragile and Management are afraid to bring in a true back up or former starter because they know the fans will call for the back up when he screws up. Redmon and the Alabama kid are a joke around the league.
January 18th, 20119:29 pm
The entire falcan’t team is fragile.
January 18th, 20119:35 pm
The falcan’t offense is vanilla because their key starters can’t comprehend or retain a complex playbook.
January 18th, 20119:54 pm
and your saints couldnt get past seattle,B4, your boys didnt do any better, i dont see them playing this weekend.
take it from me.
January 18th, 201110:07 pm
Seen thisB4–it don’t matter how bad ,or good we get,we will allways be better than the ants!
January 18th, 201110:33 pm
Thanks Falcons for a good year. Have some well deserved time off and we look forward to seeing you next later this year. Hopefully there will be a season and not a strike.
Roll Tide - Falcon
January 18th, 201110:44 pm
1) DE or CB
2) Change of pace RB or catching TE
3) Fastest WR possible
January 18th, 201110:57 pm
@ BirdDawg24 the saints won a superbowl the falcons jest like a cake rise up & fall
January 19th, 201112:32 am
There are several areas in need of improvement on the team. To prioritize them is difficult, as each area is critical to success in this league. Here’s my attempt:
1. Wide Receiver: Mike Jenkins is a good wide receiver and would make a great 3rd or 4th; however, he is NOT what we need at the #2 WR position. We need a proven veteran player with ability to separate and stretch the field.
2. Linebacker: Why are people in denial? Beyond Lofton, we are weak at LB. Weatherspoon needs to be on the field long enough to properly evaluate his potential. Peterson is over the hill, Nicholas is a high quality backup player, and Wire is a career journeyman and best suited for ST and backup MLB. We need an OLB that is going to scare defenses and create an quandary on who to defend on the weakside.
3. Tight End: Gonzales is not going to be around much longer. Peele is a solid #2, everyone else are just serviceable journeymen. We need a big receiving threat that also blocks. This would be a good place to spend that 1st round pick.
4. Cornerback: Grimes has developed nicely despite what others think. Robinson is very good in coverage and a hell of a run defender. Beyond that…YIKES!!! Owens looked like a deer in the headlights. He and Dominique Franks have developmental potential, but they are WAY off from being starters, which is what you need from a #3 CB.
5. Runningback: Mughelli is awesome and Turner and Snelling are great RBs. Norwood can’t stay healthy. We need a viable speed guy that can hit the corners and be gone. I love Norwood, but…
I can continue, but that would be selfish.
January 19th, 20111:24 am
Surely wish Authur Blank can somehow someway go after the raiders CB spend the money Authur
January 19th, 20112:06 am
oh wow a jump to 22nd. The falcons have more areas to improve than three. focus on highlights of teams still in in playoffs. Need to be able to stretch the field on offense, offensive line at times can’t get push and open holes, for Turner,(I believe we need to draft a speed back), get a speedy wide receiver, and another tackle and guard for depth. Been saying on de- whats’ needed.
January 19th, 20114:57 am
The team is fine,….had they shown up for the BIGGEST game of the year. Rather they had dilusions of grandure and were caught looking at themselves in the mirror, marveling at their handsome while Greenbay got busy whopping their butts.
They didn’t show up for the game.
January 19th, 20115:31 am
Change of pace running back. secondary help, pass rusher and a speedy wideout. Don’t worry about Ryan’s arm. Can we say Kenny the Snake Stabler. Use your brain- don’t be an emotional idiot.
January 19th, 20115:42 am
The game of football is very complexed. Let’s see how good Aaron Rodgers is against the Bears defense and there familiarity with each other. Coupled with inclement weather. Remember Brett Farve’s game he had when his father died. Every now and then a Quarterback can have a game that’s off the chain. There are few quarterbacks in the league who could of made our sorry defense look awful..
January 19th, 20117:12 am
Your falcan’ts had a week off, were 100% completely healthy, were playing against the 6th seed, at home in front of a sold out crowd but for all intents and purposes, got sodomized in front of a national tv audience. The Saints may have lost to the 4th seed, but they didn’t have a week off, didn’t have their running backs, and didn’t play at home, and didn’t lose by 4 touchdowns. Yeah, I’d say your team got really exposed for what they are, a soft defense, and limited offensive ability.
It’s going to take a lot of effort and revamping of both sides of the ball to get the falcan’t ready to be able to take the next step.
January 19th, 20117:24 am
UGABugKiller is RIGHT!!! The Falcons could sign 22 new Pro Bowl starters and the outcome would be the same. Until the Falcons offensive philosophy changes, the results will be the same. Until the Falcons defensive philosophy changes, the results will be the same.
Matt Ryan has no practice throwing down field because Mike Mularkey NEVER calls down field plays. Can anyone name one time this year when Matt Ryan attempted a long pass on first down in any game? The objective must be changed to scoring points not maximizing time of possession and yards gained by Michael Turner. Points win games, period!!
The two statistics that say it all about how anemic the offense is are: 1) LAST in the NFL in the number of ALL PLAYS of 20 yards or more and 2) NEXT TO LAST in the NFL in PASS PLAYS of 20 yards or more.
It doesn’t take a genius to see that the other teams only need to defense about 30 yards of the field in front of the Falcons offensive formations.
January 19th, 20118:33 am
At least you don’t have the Texans, remember it could always be worse so be thankful!
January 19th, 201110:38 am
Coach Smith is correct that pressuring the quaterback is almost as important as sacks. Obviously that wasn’t true vs. Green Bay, but generally when you hurry a QB to throw B4 he is ready it benefits the defense. We do need more sacks, but we need more hurrys too. What we don’t need are more blitzes that result in a mobile QB buying time to complete a pass downfield.
January 19th, 201111:05 am
Would be really nice to have a Pierre Garcon or Jeremy Maclin type at #2.
They need a lot more ability on that side. We don’t do enough to put pressure on defenses.
January 19th, 201111:06 am
The offensive philosphy can’t change unless you get better talent at Left Tackle and the interior of the line can block stunts.
It’s still going to take a while to amass all that talent.
January 19th, 20112:37 pm
The Falcons did not show up. They were very poorly prepared for Green Bay. Rodgers did not beat us with the long ball. He avoided many sacks and threw mainly short passes to backs behind the line of scrimmage or coming out of the backfield. He also threw alot to #87 when the sacks were missed tackles and he was scrambling and had all day to pass. We could use better nickel coverage, pass rush and linebacker play. Remember you lose games when you turn the ball over. We still have a good team. We beat Green Bay earlier in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated. And to the Saints fans giving us a hard time remember how close our games were and do not forget you really lost to the 6th seed not the 4th. Seattle is not that good. Green Bay may win the Super Bowl.
January 19th, 20114:16 pm
Looks like we lost Musgrave according to NFL.com
January 19th, 20114:43 pm
The falcons will have to get better at free safety and corners. The offensive explosion from GB exposed the lack of defensive back speed. The explosive offenses like the Packers and the Saints will be back next year as well as other teams that have finally figured out this is the way you win Championships. Unless there are injuries to GB in the NFC championship game they will be the Super Bowl XLV Champion. So with the Saints and Packers as the current and last year’s winners, you should look no further than the powerful offenses that got them there. Can atlanta defend against that type of offense next year. Not unless they go out and get DBs that are quick and smart. As far as their offense goes, they will need to concentrate on WRs that are fast and more importantly that have great hands. Check out the Saints. They have Colston, Lance Moore, Henderson, and Meechum. Some of the best WRs in the league. Besides them they have TEs that are very good receivers who can get seperation from LBs after their WRs burn the field to open up their lanes. falcons don’t have it now and will have to give up some folks currently on the roster in order to afford players like the one’s I’ve mentioned. Good luck atlanta in trying to compete with the Big Boys like the Saints and the Packers. I don’t see it happening any time soon. The second season is big. You won’t amount to a champion until you can play that second sesaon, not get blown out at home as a #1 seed.
January 19th, 20115:44 pm
January 18th, 2011
“Also, you people who keep saying Ryan doesn’t have any arm strength do a lot to prove that you know NOTHING about football.”
The pot and kettle just ran out of the room like in one of those Disney animated movies!
January 19th, 20115:51 pm
January 18th, 2011
“UGABugKiller obviously you don’t know football!! To say Ryan arm is comparable to Troy Aikman is laughable.”
It just keeps getting better!!!
Alvin Harper is still laughing at his assertion…
January 19th, 20115:55 pm
Y’all can go back to being “Snarky Central” now and enduring those attacks from Saints and other NFL fans who are extracting their two pounds of flesh from those of you who have hidden over here most of the season… See ya after the lockout! LOL!
January 19th, 20116:51 pm
“NO..NO.. you need SACKS!”
co-sign… preach. blame coaching all you want.. players didnt make plays. lets get some play makers in here and stop being afraid of personalities.. these choir boys arent going to cut it..
January 20th, 20118:20 am
I will keep it simple, I can live with the offense. Future replacement for 88, not for sure what the deal is with 83, but a speedy receiver and change of pace back would be nice. Flipside how long have we had a below average/average defense. It seems like every year since the 80’s we close our eyes and pray when the offense comes off the field. I dont know if its scheme or what, I am fan so I like the Falcon players alot, but I would love to see another big DT, pass rushing DE, out of control LB, and another CB that could move Grimes to the slot. O well maybe next year.
I don't know Treme,
January 20th, 20114:55 pm
but shorty threw a lot of ints this year and the aints just aren’t very good.
No hope now
January 21st, 201110:13 am
Led I disagree with you and go with Smitty on the “not needing sacks” argument. SEE, when you have an opinion, your opinion can be proven right but you just haven’t proved it to yourself yet. THE JETS ARE PROVEN IT, smitty proved it with the jags as d-coordinator. YOU REALLY DON’T NEED A LOT OF SACKS. THe steelers are one of the most defense who get sacks, THEY ALSO GIVE UP SOME OF THE MOST YARDAGE IN THE PASSING GAME AS WELL. The key isn’t the sack, its the incompletion and rushing the QB. THe thing is not most teams are capable of that. THE JETS CAN DO IT, because of a shutdown CB in revis. Jets don’t get alot of sacks, but they’re top on passing yards. Patriots game is a pure example, BRADY HAD ALL DAY MOST OF THE NIGHT TO THROW, reason they lost and he couldn’t get off was because OF COVERAGE.
Something BVG tried to do against rodgers BUT WE AREN’T THERE YET. Its not like its not a good stragety, jets are proving it. Personnel isn’t built for it yet. I understand what Smitty feels about not getting a lot of sacks but getting QB pressure.
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