FILM REVIEW: Smith shares highlights, lowlights

 

We understand that the offensive line didn't have a pleasant film review session. Quarterback Matt Ryan was under pressure against Jacksonville on Friday. (Associated Press)

We understand that the offensive line didn't have a pleasant film review session. Quarterback Matt Ryan was under pressure against Jacksonville on Friday. (Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH – After most games, coaches are in a tough spot.

You want to get detail explanations of plays and they will invariably tell you “I have to look at the film.”

So, I like to try get some highlights of the film review for you all.

Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of head coach Mike Smith’s film review of the 15-13 loss to Jacksonville:

SMITH: “Like all preseason games, there were some good things and some bad things that stood out. On the plus side, we were able to create some turnovers. I thought that was a big positive for us. We had the two takeaways on the plus side of the 50.

“On the negative side. . . it was real evident that we weren’t very good in third-and-long. You work your tail off to get guys in third-and-long and we had 10 situations where we were in third-and-8-plus and we weren’t as efficient as we needed to be for a number of reasons.

“It wasn’t just one area. Again, we are not game-planning for these games and we were looking at certain defenses that we wanted to run. We ran those defenses in those situations. If we were game planning, it would have been a different deal.

“On the offensive side, we weren’t good in third-and-4 or less. When you have an advantage to get in those situations, you’ve got to convert. We weren’t as efficient there. I think we had five times where we were in third-and-4 or less and we did not convert in those situations. Those are the two things that really stood out from the film evaluations.

“We got to look at a lot of guys. Some guys we wanted to really stretch them in terms of the number of snaps that they’ve ever been exposed to. We felt like that we got a good evaluation in that area.”

ON ANY OTHER POSITIVES, OTHER THAN HARRY DOUGLAS AND JACQUIZZ RODGERS: “I thought that one of our offensive linemen Andrew “The President” Jackson improved from week one to week two. That was a positive. That was a big thing that we were looking for, individual improvement across the board from week one to week two.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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30 comments Add your comment

Sly Ty

August 21st, 2011
1:42 pm

The Falcons are good enough to beat the Bears in week 1 in Chicago. Everyone just calm down.

Falcons Will Win

August 21st, 2011
1:43 pm

I’m ready for practice to be over

BC

August 21st, 2011
1:43 pm

I agree about the offensive side, I think the D, will be fine when you get your starters in.

Sly Ty

August 21st, 2011
1:46 pm

Smitty forgot to mention that his Defense only gave up 19 yards rushing in the 1st Half when he had his starters playing. How can that not be a positive.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 21st, 2011
2:08 pm

Sly Ty — He just focused on the third downs. Defense did a great job stopping the run.

The Real Falcon

August 21st, 2011
2:35 pm

I am so glad they are called preseaon for a reason.

colin says

August 21st, 2011
2:36 pm

DOL – when is Edwards going to play? I am starting to worry about whether he is damaged goods or not.

The Real Falcon

August 21st, 2011
2:37 pm

Stopping the run on first and second does not mean much when you can’t get the other team
off the field on third

falcfvr

August 21st, 2011
3:27 pm

JACQUIZZ RODGERS is going to be one heck of a player. Very fun to watch.

Danny

August 21st, 2011
3:44 pm

That game the other night scared me. I do not care about the score or whether we win or lose in the preseason but we didn’t look good friday night.Ryan looked shaky. Turner looked S L O W. And the defense……I dont want to hear about how good we stopped the run when MJD didnt play. The Jags moved all over us. Our pass rush looked just like it did against the Pack…..we ALMOST got them. I’m just glad we have 2 more preseason games.

Ray

August 21st, 2011
4:34 pm

From what I got out of first two games, we still lack quality nickelback and backup corner. Our reserves are worst than other team’s reserves. Mularky still calls bad plays. Bosher will kill us this year with short punts and line drive kick offs.

bama falcon fan

August 21st, 2011
5:18 pm

Said this when lockout was over, Falcons should have targeted free agent Left Tackle. They didnlt and we will pay for the fact that Sam Baker is a average left tackle and we needed a very good or great LT.

Don't feed Aints trolls (It isn't 2009 anymore)

August 21st, 2011
9:35 pm

While Baker isn’t an all pro LT, he would have been far and above the best LT in FA. There are plenty of teams that would love to have Baker.

Mr. Panic Button

August 21st, 2011
9:48 pm

Same song and dance we hear year in and year out. When are we going to put a fundamentally sound defense on the field (no game planning required)? When will we learn to tackle when we reach the QB? When will be learn to block for Turner so he isn’t dancing in the backfield? When will Ryan learn to step up in the pocket (like the top QBs) and deliver the ball? Too many questions that are unanswered.

Chandler goes Deep..

August 21st, 2011
10:22 pm

Chandler>PattyMelt

Chandler goes Deep..

August 21st, 2011
10:24 pm

Turner= cement blocks

Chandler goes Deep..

August 21st, 2011
10:55 pm

Study this Nimrod: Executive order 11,110….

Chandler goes Deep..

August 21st, 2011
10:56 pm

maybe you’ll learn something pee wee

caw0726

August 22nd, 2011
12:02 am

Can anyone spell NICKEL???
OMG! Dominique Franks got juked on 2 plays in the same series!!! I replayed them both on my DVR and kept saying..” We are in serious trouble there,,,serious!!”

GHunt

August 22nd, 2011
1:49 am

DLed, please give us an up-to-date injury report. I am particularly interested in the status of rookie DE Cliff Matthews.

D man

August 22nd, 2011
8:30 am

I am ready for the season to start. preseason games are boring after the starters exit…

Felix

August 22nd, 2011
8:49 am

get ready for a 9-7 season!!!!

PMC

August 22nd, 2011
9:36 am

Preseason folks, when the regular season comes around then you worry.

If the defense is still generating turnovers like this they are going to be just fine.

Don't feed Aints trolls (It isn't 2009 anymore)

August 22nd, 2011
10:14 am

I love how every preseason people say Turner is done and every regular season he leads the NFC in yards. Some of you people need meds.

G

August 22nd, 2011
10:32 am

Everyone is over-reacting to these games. The same things were said last year (remember the NE preseason game). We couldn’t even get a first down in the preseason last year and we did just fine during the season. The only important thing to look at in a preseason game is the INJURY REPORT. So far I think we are having a good preseason.

falconfan4ever

August 22nd, 2011
10:54 am

We will be fine. No reason to hit the panic button. I can’t wait to see De-Edwards in pads. I think he will be difference maker on the defense. That where we are going to see the improvement in the Defensive backfield. with Edwards on one side and Abraham on the other an awesome duo.

Step

August 22nd, 2011
12:37 pm

“Chandler goes Deep”, you make a good point concerning “Turner the burner”. He does have cement blocks for feet. He can’t move unless the line opens up a hole big enough for a 747 to fly through. Jacquizz Rogers is a thinker, he sees the hole closed, then he adjust and make another 10 yards. Where is the adjustment in “Turner the burner”???? I guess it hard to adjust 265 lbs.

FAlcons24

August 22nd, 2011
12:40 pm

I agree falconfan4ever. We just need to get Ray Edwards in the line-up and it will force everyone else to stay in their lanes. With that, no QB will be able to step-up in the pocket and deliver. Our secondary will be fine with the front seven doing their job. Everyone know that we do not have any good reserves right now, but I much rather have Franks than Owens. Franks slipped on one play and the ball went past, but he was in position to make the play. Chris Owens is forever running behind the receiver. We certainly need to learn how to wrap up though, because we give up an extra 5-10 yards for not tackling properly. I think that we will be fine providing no one gets injured. To me personally, I think that the starting defense (without two projected starters) looks better than the starting offense right now. We need to convert on some of these third down plays (long and short). My biggest concern is if Dunta Robinson will stay healthy

honest_abe

August 22nd, 2011
2:17 pm

less turner more snelling and quizz.

h. douglas looked lights out.

tony g & turner will be almost irrelevant this year.

Yeahsure

August 22nd, 2011
4:27 pm

Our Potent Offense will do nothing if the line doesn’t step up their game. They were not getting any lanes open and they were giving Ryan maybe 2 seconds to throw before scrambling.

I thought we got a new secondary coach last year. Teach these guys how to TACKLE!!!

Also, it’d be interesting to get a post-camp interview with the new QBs coach.