DEPTH CHART: DeCoud still listed as the starter

 

 

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) fumbles the ball, stripped by Falcons defensive end John Abraham (not pictured) as linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56) hits Vick. Jason Getz / jgetz@ajc.com

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) fumbles the ball, stripped by Falcons defensive end John Abraham (not pictured) as linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56) hits Vick. Jason Getz / jgetz@ajc.com

 

 

FLOWERY BRANCH — Despite starting and playing almost 90 percent of the snaps at free safety against the Eagles, James Sanders is still listed as the backup on the Falcons “unofficial” depth chart released by the team for the NFC South opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

Thomas DeCoud is still listed as the starter. 

Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder said the two are basically in a weekly competition for the starting spot.

“I think we have to keep evaluating new players like the both of them (Sanders and Kelvin Hayden),” VanGorder said. “I think for a safety, his first game against an offense like Philadelphia was a tough chore. Especially with all of the different personnel [groupings] and the calls that we make, but I thought James handled it well.”

Sanders had three tackles and was in coverage on Jason Avant’s 29-yard gain, one of the nine explosive plays the Falcons’ defense yielded. 

“We’ll keep the ideal of him and Thomas competing for the free safety position,” VanGorder said. “I think it’s a good situation to have. They’ll both come in here and work hard. We’ll wait until the end of the week, make a decision and go.”

Hayden also started against the Eagles when the Falcons opened the game in their nickel package. He left the game with a hamstring injury. Christopher Owens took over and was strong in relief.

“Kelvin had a good game,” VanGorder said. “There were a couple of situations that were new to him. But he came up with an interception.”

The Falcons gave up 312 yards passing to Jay Culter in Week One and 314 yards to Michael Vick and Mike Kafka.  They are hoping that Sanders and Hayden will help improve their pass defense over the long haul.

“Both of those guys are good pros,” VanGorder said. “It’s important to them. They want to win and they are going to help us.”

OFFENSE

WR 11 Julio Jones 83 Harry Douglas 14 Eric Weems

LT 72 Sam Baker 74 Will Svitek

LG 63 Justin Blalock

C 62 Todd McClure 61 Joe Hawley 66 Brett Romberg

RG 75 Garrett Reynolds 79 Mike Johnson

RT 77 Tyson Clabo 74 Will Svitek

TE 88 Tony Gonzalez 89 Reggie Kelly 81 Michael Palmer

WR 84 Roddy White 80 Kerry Meier

QB 2 Matt Ryan 8 Chris Redman

RB 33 Michael Turner 44 Jason Snelling 22 Jacquizz Rodgers 35 Antone Smith

FB 34 Ovie Mughelli

DEFENSE

RE 55 John Abraham 90 Lawrence Sidbury 98 Cliff Matthews

DT 91 Corey Peters 99 Vance Walker 97 Carlton Powell

DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux 94 Peria Jerry

LE 93 Ray Edwards 71 Kroy Biermann

OLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon 59 Spencer Adkins

MLB 50 Curtis Lofton 52 Akeem Dent

OLB 54 Stephen Nicholas 53 Mike Peterson

RCB 23 Dunta Robinson 21 Chris Owens 26 Kelvin Hayden

LCB 20 Brent Grimes 24 Dominique Franks 29 Darrin Walls

S 25 William Moore 36 James Sanders

S 28 Thomas DeCoud 39 Shann Schillinger

SPECIALISTS

K 3 Matt Bryant

KO 5 Matt Bosher

P 5 Matt Bosher

KR 14 Eric Weems 24 Dominique Franks

PR 14 Eric Weems 24 Dominique Franks

LS 82 Joe Zelenka

H 5 Matt Bosher 80 Kerry Meier

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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90 comments Add your comment

R Brown

September 21st, 2011
5:20 am

Boshers so good he takes up 3 spots on the depth chart. Yeah, Superbowl, here we come.

falcon

September 21st, 2011
6:07 am

Bosher has not impressed thus far. 36.8 average ain’t looking too good.

Steve

September 21st, 2011
6:18 am

I know Bosher is a rookie but “C’MON MAN!!!” We’ll never get to the playoffs if we can’t control oppnents field postition. Kicking the ball to the 2 just plain stinks!

Keeping it Real

September 21st, 2011
6:24 am

Since we are talking about Bosher, it would seem to me that there must be someone out there that can punt and get the ball at least 5 yards deep in the end zone most of the time. It would be awful to lose a game because of the punter as it could mean the difference between going to the playoffs and staying home.

R Brown

September 21st, 2011
6:29 am

And there’s the rub.

Sly Boarders

September 21st, 2011
6:32 am

I thought Bab’s was out for longer than one week – and didn’t Peters get hurt against the Eagles? My response to this line up might be best summed up by the Tommy Boy Line:

“You want me to take a _____________ in a box and slap guarantee on it, I can. I’ve got spare time.”

R Brown

September 21st, 2011
6:39 am

There was a time when the Falcons could attempt a 50+ yard field goal to steal some points going into halftime or to win a game, at least they could in a domed stadium. What now?? When kicking off to the Hesters and the Macklins of the world, not only do we kick it directly to them, we kick it 2 yards short of the end zone. He’s got one more game to prove he’s capable or Dimitroff’s got to make a move.

Marcus

September 21st, 2011
6:51 am

yeeesh. We are giving it yards like a fire sale, and KOs are barely reaching the goal line . The Eagles starting field position seemed like the 25 or better, while we always either had a touchback or barely got back to the 20 after deep KOs.

Bilbo

September 21st, 2011
6:58 am

This depth chart don’t mean squat. Is Romberg still on the team? I thought he was cut?

Hayden with a hammy already? Are players at this level supposed to get a hammy? Thought that was a case of warming up properly.

Bosher’s leg don’t look strong to me. Plus…you can’t shank when kicking out of the end zone. That’s when the team needs you most dude.

Bilbo

September 21st, 2011
7:00 am

Dled did you sleep last night? 5am post dude…your rockin’ it!

DC Dirty Bird

September 21st, 2011
7:14 am

Our kick-offs were far better than the preseason. I thought we did well in coverage on kickoffs for the most part with a few drives starting in the -20 portion of the field. The punts are of more concern. You can’t shank a 15 yarder at a critical juncture in the game. You earn your money kicking out of your endzone and from our 40 to the opponents 40. I’m hoping he gets stronger as the season matures.

where is the kicker

September 21st, 2011
7:14 am

Bosher is terrible. How in the world did we let MK go to Tampa? He was a weapon. One that we sorely miss.

RP

September 21st, 2011
7:17 am

Does that mean Babineaux is expected back for TB?

TechNut

September 21st, 2011
7:17 am

yep our old punter michael khoenen (sp) is with Tampa now! Damn!

Samuel

September 21st, 2011
7:23 am

I think it’s a league where there is no dominate defense. That’s why your seeing all these big offensive passing numbers. It could be also that the defense hasn’t caught up yet. But what’s important is that the defense, makes plays when it has to down the stretch of a football game. Decoud has had every opportunity to rise up and make plays. In my opinion,he lacks the anticipatory skills to get the interceptions. Can anybody say Ed Reed.

R Brown

September 21st, 2011
7:30 am

Boshers got one more game to prove himself. If he doesn’t I think it’s curtains for him.

FL Falcon

September 21st, 2011
7:35 am

14th….. and hoping for a good week against the Bucs!

Gumbo

September 21st, 2011
7:59 am

You’re kdding, right? Decoud over Sanders? DeCoud has done NOTHING since his rookie year. He is almost as bad as Crispy Owens…..Crispy did make one play the other night, to be fair.

SCFalcon

September 21st, 2011
8:05 am

Sam Baker is still a starter? Did we not learn anything on Sunday night?

Season Ticker Holder

September 21st, 2011
8:16 am

The Falcons need to hold tryouts for a new kicker. Matt Bosher kickoffs are not reaching the end zone and the 20 yard punt against Philly should have been the final straw. Bosher’s poor kicking will cost the Falcons to give up points on special teams.

The Real Falcon

September 21st, 2011
8:25 am

What I learned again is that Baker cannot handle talented DL’s. He will need
help from a TE or RB with the chip.
Sad…

The Real Falcon

September 21st, 2011
8:25 am

And we have no one who can replace him

i saw brent grimes

September 21st, 2011
8:26 am

sam baker may not be the best OT in the game, but he is above average. i couldn’t believe they didn’t help him out at all sunday night agianst one of the best DE’s in the game. no double? no TE to chip? c’mon man. that just ain’t fair to the guy.

also, matty ice has gotta get rid of that ball sooner. OR he’s gotta be green lighted to turn into peyton manning anytime he wants. thats where he shines. running set lists of plays is where he’s average. i think he’s proved how good he is in the 2 min drill. might as well make it a 48 min drill if you ask me.

i saw brent grimes

September 21st, 2011
8:27 am

sam baker may not be the best OT in the game, but he is above average. i couldn’t believe they didn’t help him out at all sunday night agianst one of the best DE’s in the game. no double? no TE to chip? c’mon man. that just ain’t fair to the guy.

also, matty ice has gotta get rid of that ball sooner. OR he’s gotta be green lighted to turn into peyton manning anytime he wants. thats where he shines. running set lists of plays is where he’s average. i think he’s proved how good he is in the 2 min drill. might as well make it a 48 min drill if you ask me!

SCFalcon

September 21st, 2011
8:33 am

R. Falcon,

We seriously need to sign a left tackle via free agency. I’d rather live with an occasional false start from Flozelle Adams, than risk losing Ryan for the year due to Baker….I agree, sad..

Queensbridge

September 21st, 2011
8:47 am

Seems to me that Bosher has the weakest leg in the league. Why are the coaches so high on this guy? Don’t think we will see DeCoud in the starting lineup anymore

KD

September 21st, 2011
8:53 am

How is it that you guys know more about this team than coaches that spend hours watching film, practicing with players and working on technique? Simply amazing.
And why are guys that are currently free agents (which means NOBODY wants them) better than who we have? Really? Is it really that simple?
And why do we keep insulting Owens (who made a huge play on the screen to Maclin late in the game), who is a young player that is still developing. And don’t say he was beat on the slant that Maclin dropped because replays clearly show he was in zone coverage and Maclin was behind him.
At what point is there any depth to thought on this board? It reminds me of all the people on here that wanted to cut TG because he was “too old” and “too slow”. Yeah, that would have worked out….
And do you realize how much money TB gave Koenen? I get that Bosher is struggling, but he is a rookie. Let him develop. By that logic, Roddy would have been cut years ago.
I don’t mind critical, but have some logic to your thoughts.

BOB

September 21st, 2011
8:58 am

Bosher v. Koren was about $. Remember #2’s big bonus payment was due. The looming issue: Where will Turner’s, Gonzalez’s and Baker’s replacements come from with few 2012 draft picks and the salary cap?

KD

September 21st, 2011
9:03 am

BOB- I can agree with those concerns about Turner etc; My guess is TD has a plan. The RB can be found in the 2nd or 3rd. Good RBs are found late all the time. Same with the TE. I would imagine we would go Free Agency for the LT.
We do have a 2nd and 3rd next year. We can get a starter at TE and RB. The Salary Cap will be fine because those guys are making somewhere around $16 million combined. My bigger concern is a Lofton extension getting done, and what happens with Grimes.. My guess is Turner and TG return for at least one more year.

joe white

September 21st, 2011
9:21 am

Please do something with out kicking and punting game, quickly, glad to see decould seat his non playing azz down but he did play special teams. Great win all the way around, this win should help us build for a good season and the line will get better mcclure out and joe had a better game. Yes baker got his butt beat, but when it counted he held his own vs cole.

PMC

September 21st, 2011
9:24 am

There’s no reason to remove Decoud as the starter currently. Sanders played a lot but not particularly any better than Decoud so they are still kind of battling for it I guess. Decoud just needs to spend about 3 hours on the juggs gun.

Konehead

September 21st, 2011
9:25 am

Until we get some secondary help we will be just an average team. Our Seconday can’t cover anyone in a paper bag. We paid all that money to Robinson and he may be as bad as Owens. I would look to trade him or dump him as soon as possible. Maybe he’s better at bump and run…but i know he’s terrible in zone coverage. He made on good break up in which the ball was thrown late in my opinion.
TD made some good moves in free agency in the past but I think he has missed the boat on our secondary. I’m not sure if they play different at practice than they do gametime. That must be the case becasue gametime there is no doubt we need help back there. And to sit on out thumbs and let Joseph Samuels and other credible DB’s sit without going after them is just mind boggling to me.

Yes, bake look helpless Sunday. Almost felt sorry for him…smh. But this is the NFL, either you got it or you don’t.

PMC

September 21st, 2011
9:26 am

It’s important to remember that this is not Bosher vs. Koenan. This is Koenan’s paycheck vs any other punter.

Whomever scouted Bosher just flat out blew it putting any kind of draftable grade on the guy. There have to be better punters in the world than Matt Bosher. There are only 32 NFL punting jobs in the world. Matt Bosher is simply not good enough to have this one period.

PMC

September 21st, 2011
9:32 am

I’m thinking Sam Baker will be redeeming himself to an extent this week. Loved the tackle Chris Owens made on that 3rd down. That one and the Steven Nicholas open field special teams tackle on Jackson were terrific. They obvioulsly worked on and fixed some issues from last week to this one. I think they will fix some stuff with the OL too. What they can anyway. We do have one of the best OL coaches in the league here.

ATL Fan

September 21st, 2011
9:34 am

Chas Henry was an undrafted free agent out of Florida. He was rated higher on the draft boards I saw before the draft. I think that the reason Bosher was chosen was because of his kicking and punting combination was supposed to be better than the kicking and punting combination of Henry.

Scott

September 21st, 2011
9:36 am

Any idea on when McClure will be back in the game?

ATL Fan

September 21st, 2011
9:37 am

“We do have one of the best OL coaches in the league here.”

PMC,
I don’t know if that is (or is not) true, but how do you defend the lack of help given to Baker against the Eagles? Wouldn’t “one of the best” coaches given him some sort of help?

Falcon James

September 21st, 2011
9:41 am

At least we still have Bryant.

Dee

September 21st, 2011
9:56 am

I agree with KD. Some of you really need to, as Deion puts it, “slow your role.”

SirReal

September 21st, 2011
9:57 am

Yeah, I see some guys also think baker is the one that should be lower on the depth chart after getting man handled, yes man handled for 2 straight weeks. I agree that MM should have given him help. He could see from the box that guy was getting straight up abused. That LT position is TOO important to keep ignoring. If they want Ryan to make it through the year, this absolutely HAS to be addressed. Oh yeah, DeCoud sucks and probably wont get back in the starting line up for too long. As soon as Sanders really adjusts, its a wrap for that guy.

hamp

September 21st, 2011
10:02 am

Bosher is young a positive is he has made a number of tackles when the team didn’t cove well.

AlanFalcon

September 21st, 2011
10:06 am

Just got my daily dose of idiot fever, now some of you need to jump to Little league football and make your comments there.

[...] Thomas DeCoud is still a starter in Atlanta. [...]

PMC

September 21st, 2011
10:35 am

ATL Fan, they stuck to the plan. I can’t defend Baker not getting any help (but I’m of the camp that says Baker is not a left tackle and should not be in this position in the first place.)

The personnel they have doesn’t lend itself to pass blocking period. They could have left someone in to chip, but my guess is they felt speeding up the play like they did in the 4th quarter was a better way to combat Trent Cole blowing through Baker so quickly.

hollywoodWurm

September 21st, 2011
10:42 am

Flozelle Adams is available…… S.Baker sucks he have to be the worse on the league……. No wait a minute C. Owens is …… They both are trash, Decoud is not too far behind…… Who ever thought Dunta Robinson would work in zone coverage needs to be fired. He is a top 5 corner in man coverage …… Hint…..Van Gorder try it sometimes

Nique

September 21st, 2011
10:43 am

Reynolds has looked really bad!!! Wose than Hawley, in fact. I think after two poor performances they should re-consider giving Johnson a crack at the job. I think part of it is his transition & Johnson’s more of a natural guard.

ATL Fan

September 21st, 2011
11:01 am

PMC,
I’m in that Sam-Baker-is-not-a-left-tackle camp too. That being said, right now he is our LT and we need to give him every chance to succeed.

Agreed, the fourth quarter was much better for Baker, and therefore, better for Ryan.

It will be interesting to see what happens against Tampa Bay. I haven’t looked at the stats but I’m pretty sure Ryan’s completion percentage is higher when he is in the vertical position rather than horizontal.

1st and skoal

September 21st, 2011
11:03 am

we can put decoud at LT for baker…move baker to team water girl

Be Honest

September 21st, 2011
11:27 am

DOL – have the falcons not addressed the issue with Bosher at all? Have you/media asked them about this? With the falcons being a running team and not very explosive on offense, field position is critical. It will be tough to win consistenty if they can’t control field position, which will be difficult with Bosher kicking.

Head-Mo-Fo

September 21st, 2011
11:27 am

Sanders #36 seemed slow in coverage and kind of stood around on clear run plays in lieu of attacking.

Sam Baker #72 was being walked back on pass downs as if he were wearing roller skates. I have said it before he’s probably a nice guy but he is a back up tackle playing out of position (move him to guard). His arms are short, he is not aggressive, and has poor footwork.

#23 Duanta Robinson, you seem to wiff on running plays when you could or should make plays behind the line of scrimmage (we teach kids to keep their heads up when they tackle in order that they don’t get hurt and they can see who/what they are hitting). On pass downs you seem lost on 3rd downs. Look for teams to start throwing away from Brent Grimes on 3rd downs and begin targeting you. Tighten your game up, people are starting to think the Texans were right in allowing you to walk.

#5 Bosher, you are going to be under fire until every kickoff is going through the back of the endzone. Welcome to the NFL. I’m sure your a good guy but you are coming in to the league behind a great kicker in Michael Keonen and so far people are not comfortable with your level of output.

#28 Decoud, not sure if you have anything to worry about with #36 Sanders. Sanders appears that he doesn’t want to attack on run downs and he and Daunta Robinson gave up an explosive play on 3rd down to Kafka when everyone in Atlanta knew Philly was going to run play action. Not sure if Sanders is an upgrade but hopefully you got the message that you need to step your game up or lose your spot.