Harry Douglas steps in with Julio Jones out

 

 

 

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) can't make the catch as New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer (33) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) can't make the catch as New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer (33) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

 

 

By Chris Vivlamore

Don’t forget about Harry Douglas.

The Falcons wide receiver has not played a significant role in the offense this season. On Sunday, it was the Saints defense that lost track of Douglas. The oversight nearly cost them the game.

Douglas, subbing for an injured Julio Jones, caught eight passes for 133 yards in the Falcons’ 26-23 overtime loss to the Saints. One reception, for 46 yards, came in the first half. The rest of the production came in the second half after Jones left with an injured right hamstring.

Douglas had three catches for 66 yards on the Falcons’ final drive of the fourth quarter that resulted in the game-tying field goal.

“Same mindset I have everyday, when I approach practice, when I approach meetings, when I approach games,” Douglas said. “My mindset doesn’t change. I just know I’m going to have to make more plays, that’s all. I practice throughout the week at all [wide receiver] positions. I run routes at all positions. If one person goes down, I know I have to step up.”

The Falcons trailed by three points with 1:55 remaining in the fourth quarter and took over on their own 6-yard line. Quarterback Matt Ryan found Douglas for 23-yard gains on the first two plays of the drive. He would catch another for 20 yards that moved the Falcons into Saints territory and set up the game-tying field goal to force overtime.

Douglas said the Saints simply failed to cover him during the two-minute offense.

“That’s something we always preach and one thing that we’ve done in the past is step it up in two-minute situations and go down and score,” Douglas said. “We did it. I think they busted a couple of coverages a couple of times that allowed me to get open down the middle. Me and Matt were on the same page and he hit me.”

Douglas said the Saints linebackers were on the wrong side and pushed their coverage away from him. Linebacker Scott Shanle said at least one of the completions to Douglas in the final quarter was a blown coverage.

“Harry made some great catches on that last drive, that 94 yards where we kicked the field goal to tie the game,” coach Mike Smith said. “He made some big plays in that drive.”

In the eight previous games, Douglas had a total of 17 catches for 199 yards. He nearly doubled his season-long production Sunday. Douglas joined Roddy White and Jones as the third Falcon receiver with a 100-yard game this season.

Ryan finished with 351 yards passing, with 38 percent of his yardage going to Douglas. Ryan completed passes to nine different receivers.

Douglas said his performance was gratifying but noted, “Winning the game is more important than individual things. If we would have won the game, it would have been even greater.”

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CGD...........

November 13th, 2011
9:42 pm

1st again!

Wish the Falcons were too…..Douglas is a stud!! What round was he drafted in again?

CGD...........

November 13th, 2011
9:45 pm

“Ryan finished with 351 yards passing, with 38 percent of his yardage going to Douglas. Ryan completed passes to nine different receivers.”

But he came up long with the winning potential touchdown late in the 4th quarter…

The difference between a Champion QB in the NFL or not is inches!! Think about that one GRASSHOPPER?

Michael M.

November 13th, 2011
9:46 pm

Congrats Harry D.
They should sit Roddy White and make Harry be the top receiver on one side and Julio on the other side! Roddy just isn’t ” Geting er done ”
I’m outta here for tonight !

phil

November 13th, 2011
9:55 pm

NS from Kennesaw

November 13th, 2011
10:11 pm

It was a really close game. I wish the Falcons could have won. I am no football pro here, but I observe this year that:

1. #84 is not the same as last year, not even close in terms of catching ability. On the other hand, he seemed to get a lot of flags. I am not sure if this is because other team double / tripple cover him more or whether he has an injury ?

2. Our offensive play calling is inconsistent. The last 2 drives in 4th QTR exposed key holes of the Saints defense. Yet in OT, we went away from it. As for running game, first half was quite good in terms of running. Finally MM called for #33 to run toward the edge and that proved to be successful. I don’t know why he did not stick to this until the Saints showed that they can defend this. Certainly, on the last play, I did not have a problem to go for it. But why have #33 going through the middle like that?

Sam

November 13th, 2011
10:18 pm

Roddy needs to shut up and plAy. Another stupid personal foul. Another dropped pass turned into int. I really wish the falcons will get rid of mm after the season. His game calling drives me nuts

MeToo

November 14th, 2011
6:33 am

Why didn’t we pass to Douglas early in the game instead of running MTurner into the middle of the line?

Real Talk

November 14th, 2011
7:00 am

Dougles was killing em he was the X factor the falcons needed but to bad we could get the ball to him over the top.

Say It Aint So

November 14th, 2011
7:03 am

Recipe for shutting down Falcons passing game, 1st get into the head of Roddy White. Not the veteran rw the Falcons thought he would be. The penalties and dropped passes were awful.

Say It Aint So

November 14th, 2011
7:05 am

On the botched 4th down play, everyone and their mother knew the fire hydrant was gonna get the ball four yds deep in the backfield. Terrible call. I guess the qb sneak is not in the play book.

SeenThisB4

November 14th, 2011
7:16 am

Another beautiful Monday morning! And once again, I survey the NFL landscape and find that the Saints are still at their rightful place atop of the NFC South, in complete domination of their divisional rivals. All’s right with the world: Coffee, bacon and eggs, Fourth Down Stops when the game is on the line. Yes, life is good!

Let me take a sip of some hot coffee,….ahhhh!. Time for a small respite, some time off for rest and relaxation. Got a bit of an extra spring in my stride this morn! You all enjoy your week!

Oh, by the way, before I forget: Told ya!

GEAUX SAINTS!

Michael M.

November 14th, 2011
7:17 am

The Blogs here are so bad some like to cheat and use other folks names to write crap in here……probably the Toad Trolls doing it trying to be cute after we let em off the hook so easy with the win,,,,,,,,,,,,,but you know after it was all over and said and done with all the remarks that have been made on this or that I have not seen one remark that I can recall that really said what the real reason why Atlanta lost the game.
So here it is for all of you and after this comment I am outta here for a few days.

If Atlanta had put touchdowns on the board instead of those two field goals at the the first half of the game they would have been up 14 – 3 over the Aints and we probably never would have had to worry about them catching back up with the way it was going anyway. You know Atlanta was one of the top teams in red zone offense and Saints were one of the worst at stopping it.

Congrats to the Saints on their Overtime gimmmie victory, Santy Klaus gave you a gift yesterday but can you win the rest of your games now and keep it ?
I’m outta here ……………………………………

GMAN

November 14th, 2011
7:21 am

Lets just let Roddy go Hollywood, cause he aint playing football, up all night on twitter, and RoddyWhiteTv.
forget about his check, put somebody on the field thats not going to hurt the team.

SeenThisB4

November 14th, 2011
7:22 am

Yeah, but Mike that was the Saints scheme on Sunday, let you guys score FGs, while they scored TDs. Almost backfired, but over the stretch, it was good enough. Don’t believe me, look at yesterday’s stories in the NOLA.com. Have a good week Michael.. We’ll talk again for the rematch in the Mercedes Benz Super Dome.

SirReal

November 14th, 2011
8:15 am

Saints showed up in OT. Gotta give credit where it’s due. Good win. It was a good game. Intense on both sides. I look forward to the game in the Superdome. Should also be a good one! Hopefully, we can still clinch a wildcard berth but it doesnt look good. I said 9-7, 10-6 at the beginning of the season and I stick to that.
This year has REALLY shown us that COACHING has absolutely played a factor in every single loss. It’s been BVG and MM, now you gotta wonder a bit more b/c I’m starting to hear coach with “its all on me” too many times. I saw MM in the booth early in the game and his body language suggested that his calls were being shut down for something else. If this doesnt show us that our beloved head coach needs to stop overanalyzing everything, nothing will. This WHOLE team has this nervous mentality of Coach Smith. I like him but the whole valiant “Its all on me” thing is wearing thin once you start hearing it too consistently.

oldmike

November 14th, 2011
8:25 am

Have Payton coaching this team and what would happen? I imagine we would be pretty dynamic offensively. Plenty of horses on both sides of the ball. Not so much copaching wise. No pressure on Brees. Too much Turner off tackle. Yawn.

Samuel L. Jackson

November 14th, 2011
9:19 am

WHAT DO FALCONS DO????!!!!!!! LAAAAAAAAAAAAAY EGGS!!!!

CGD...........

November 14th, 2011
9:37 am

Ryan should have won it in regulation but his miss throws again across the middle near the end zone to his open Tight End sealed this teams fate in OT……

Got to start looking for another QB in the off season to compete and take this dudes staring role…

This is about as far as you can go with his arm…..Zero playoff wins… And Roddy just stfu!!!!!!!!!!!

DJ Sniper

November 14th, 2011
10:04 am

People, we are not drafting a new QB next season. Matt Ryan has his flaws, but overall, I think he’s a good QB. His deep ball accuracy definitely needs work, but he’s had more success than just about any other QB who has come through here.

I still think coaching is the issue. Over the past 3 games, I actually thought that Mike Mularkey was starting to turn the corner, but yesterday, he had plenty of stretches where he retreated back into his conservative, predictable shell. You give Ryan an OC who really knows how to draw up plays for this offense, and it will be a different story.

BTW, is there any update on Julio and his hamstring injury?

Gamer

November 14th, 2011
10:20 am

HOORAY TO HD PERFORMANCE…ALTHOUGH HD DROP A BIG THIRD DOWN CATCH THAT WOULD HAVE EASILY CONVERTED INTO FIRST DOWN AT CRUCIAL MOMENT OF THE GAME…

ALSO HD RAN A GOOD ENOUGH ROUTE TO GAIN A FIRST DOWN IN A THIRD DOWN SITUATION ONLY TO CATCH BALL AND BACKPEDAL FROM FIRST DOWN MARKER AT ANOTHER CRITICAL MOMENT IN THE GAME…

FALCONS RECEIVER MADE TOO MANY DROPS AND BAD DECISIONS..ESPECIALLY RODDY WHITE..

RODDY WHITE! WHERE ARE YOU?

AND JULIO WHY DO YOU DRESS TO PLAY WHEN YOU CAN’T FINISH THE GAME…ESPECIALLY A VITAL GAME AGAINST THE SAINTS BATTLING FOR TOPS IN THE NFC SOUTH…

JULIO, YOU BETTER LEARN REALLY FAST THAT IN THE NFL YOU CAN GO FROM HERO TO ZERO; FROM A STRONG LION TO BAD GOAT, QUICKLY.

YOU CLAIMED THAT YOU WERE READY TO PLAY THE GAME BEFORE THE COLTS…YOU CLAIM THAT YOU WERE HEALED FROM YOUR HAMSTRING INJURY….WHEN YOU SHOULD HAVE REST YOUR HAMMIES UNTIL TO THE SAINTS GAME…

COM’ON MAN, GET YOUR STORY STRAIGHT!!!! FALCONS NEED YOU TO PLAY AGAINST TOP OFFENSIVE TEAMS AS THE SAINTS,,,NOT AGAINST LOW SCORING TEAMS LIKE THE COLTS…

JULIO, DON’T GET SOFT IN BIG GAMES!!!!

MATT RYAN, NEED TO START STRENGTHENING HIS UPPER BODY, ESPECIALLY HIS THROWING ARM….HE HAS NO ZIP ON THE BALL…NONE!!!

FALCONS REFOCUS..START ANOTHER WIN STREAK….

RODDY STOP TWEETING..STOP WHINING IN GAMES AND PLAY HARD AND CATCH THE PASSES…

FALCONS REFOCUS….CATCH THE SAINTS SLEEPING OR OVER-CELEBRATING AT THE SUPERDOME AND STEAL A WIN FROM WHODAT NATION!!!

PMC

November 14th, 2011
10:22 am

To bad it hasn’t been Roddy with the hamstring. Julio is killing them with his injuries, Roddy is killing them in every other possible way.

PMC

November 14th, 2011
10:24 am

The next time we need 4 inches though and there’s any call other than QB sneak. doors to the coaches box should be opened, and Mularkey should be drug out of the stadium on a rail. My God, never has a coach who has been in one place so long, not understand the talent he has to use or how to use it.

Pam

November 14th, 2011
10:39 am

All those drop balls and penalties must stop. Matt need to practice more on long throws, cause he have a good arm his aim is just off. I want the rookie Matt back who could hit the man on the number, but that don’t matter if they drop the ball. I was surprise Gonzalez dropped some balls. But of course your secret man in the whole is Harry Douglas, if you keep him out there with White, and Jones you got a good group, because I notice he can block and make some things happen. The other secret weapon is Rodgers, if that man get loose, its over. The line protected Matt good but Matt act like he scared, his throwing was off. If we had not messed up on some key plays we would not have gone into overtime we would have won. Shake it off and lets win the rest, look at the tape discuss it and lets go win some games. Good game, we didnt win but it was still a good game.

DocDawg

November 14th, 2011
10:40 am

For all the criticism of Matt Ryan, he only hit Roddy in the hands in the end zone in OT. That’s the drop that lost the game.

WHO DAT GIRL

November 14th, 2011
10:41 am

I’m a SAINTS fan that was at the game yesterday and to me the crowd dictated to go for it on 4th down.It seemed that the coaches were gonna punt, but the crowd started crying for them to go for it.Look we gave yall chances to win in yall house. We had a lot of dropped balls,penalties, and missed interception in the endzone. We just wanted it more!! GEAUX SAINTS!!!!!

Keeping it Real

November 14th, 2011
10:49 am

Hard to believe that the comments are so negative, epecially about Roddy. This guy has given everything he has and plays every game despite injuries. It was a very disappointing loss, but the Falcons can play. Mattie, please keep working on the long pass. When you do master it, you will be top 5 in the NFL.

tidog

November 14th, 2011
10:52 am

A solid team misses on 4th and inches, nothing else to be said. The matter was either convert and keep the drive alive or loose. Coach showed the O line that he had faith in them and I ain’t mad at him. On to next week Falcon fans.

Cal

November 14th, 2011
10:53 am

Mr. Author Blank…….Please FIRE Coach Smith and hire Herman Edwards. This coaching staff is not able to take the next step, and if Thomas Demitrioff thinks they can then FIRE him too.

PMC

November 14th, 2011
10:56 am

Ryan threw the ball behind Roddy on that play, Ryan has been inaccurate….all year long. He’s still not playing well after 9 games. He deserves to get crap. He’s earning 70 million freaking dollars to be average.

Roddy has been wrong all year. He’s sulking over the Julio trade and he’s absolutely KILLING the team with his penalties and jawing with the other team. If he would shut up and go back to making catches, no one would be on him for his horrible play.

PMC

November 14th, 2011
10:57 am

Herm Edwards????? what’s he won?

Keeping it Real

November 14th, 2011
11:02 am

Last 4 years about 5,000 yards and top 3 in NFL. Not as good this year, but turning on him makes me sick.

Cal

November 14th, 2011
11:03 am

It’s not so much what he won, its how did he do with what he had. If you know football, it’s not always the head coach; it’s his OC and DC. The team takes on the coach’s temperament and personality, his fits Atlanta.

Cal

November 14th, 2011
11:07 am

PMC,
Who is Bill Belichick??????? What’s he won…That’s what they said when he left Cleveland. Now he has a lot of hardware on his hand in New England.

pat

November 14th, 2011
11:37 am

I like the call, I just think they should have done a QB sneak…I mean it wasn’t 4rth and inches it was one inch. I think a sneak would have worked….Well it was a great game.

pat

November 14th, 2011
11:42 am

Fire Mike Smith? F@#$ NO! No risk, no reward. Every decision you make can either make you look like a genius or an idiot depending on the results.
Not a single person there wanted a punt. I question running Turner instead of the QB sneak, but I don’t question the decision to go for it.
Brees had our defense pegged for the most part and he could have easily drive the ball 30 -40 yards to get in the FG range. He did it all game. The best decision was to keep the ball out of his hands. It didn’t work, but it was the right move.

Gamer

November 14th, 2011
12:36 pm

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER TO HAVE BREES GO THE LENGTH OF THE FIELD…IF POSSIBLE?…THEN TO HAVE HIM ON FALCONS 30 YARDLINE…

NO FACADE!!!SMITTY MADE A IGNOMINIOUS DECISION AS HEAD COACH!!!PERIOD, NO EXCEPTION…

HOPEFULLY COACH SMITTY LEARN FROM THAT BONEHEAD DECISION TO START MAKING GREAT COACHING DECISIONS GOING FORWARD..

COACH SMITTY HAVE COACHED THE FALCONS TO PRODUCTIVE SEASONS SO FAR IN HIS TENURE…

MAN! DID ANYONE NOTICE HOW COACH SMITTY GRAB AND SNATCH ERIC WEEMS AFTER HIS WEEMS BONEHEAD HIT ON SAINTS PLAYER DURING SPECIAL TEAMS PLAY..I THOUGHT SMITTY WAS GOING TO SNATCH A BONE OUT OF WEEMS…

WEEMS SPECIAL TEAM PLAYS HAVE BEEN HURTING THE FALCONS THIS YEAR..WEEMS NEED TO GET IT TOGETHER BEFORE HE GET GONE!!!!

FALCONS RE-FOCUS..START ANOTHER WIN STREAK,,,CATCH SAINTS SLEEPING OR OVER-CELEBRATING AT SUPERDOME..

FalconFANatic

November 14th, 2011
12:41 pm

SeenThisB4- The Falcons outgained the Saints in every aspect of the game except for turnovers and Yards per completion…Looks like the game on DEC. 26th just got soooo much bigger…Saints D is a joke as well…how do they allow Harry Douglas to run down the middle of the field wide open 3 out of 4 plays…Don’t tell me they were trying to cover the outside because there was nobody out there…The Falcons have just shown that they can play with the Aints, even without their highly touted rookie, Julio Jones! Rise Up and Believe! Go Falcons!!!

SeenThisB4

November 14th, 2011
2:13 pm

Yeah? Well the Saints have shown they can beat the falcan’ts without running the ball, without their All Pro Middle Linebacker JVilma, without their starting DE TMcBride. Drew Brees’ QB rating compared to Matt Ryan’s was also a stat you overlooked.

Saint’s D is a joke? Your team couldn’t stop a team that put up 41 rushing yards. Who’s really laughing?

WHO DAT GIRL

November 14th, 2011
2:14 pm

@Falconfanatic if our d is so a joke how we stopped yall on 3rd down several times yesterday.I WAS IN THE FALCLOWN DOME!!!! Then we stopped yall on the down that counted stopping BUBBLE BUTT TURNER!!!!Who cares about Douglas he got the passes because we were not focusing on him. Julio didn’t leave until 3rd quater and he had maybe 7 yards. BREES threw for 2 TDS on yall defense wide open plays.Look at your D before worrying about ours. REMEMBER WE HAVE BEATEN YALL THE LAST 9 OUT OF 11 TIMES, 3 IN YALL HOUSE IN THE LAST 3 YEARS!!!stop hating take the beating!!! WE WILL SEE YALL IN THE MBSD

Noneya

November 14th, 2011
2:19 pm

We are talking Falcons Football every Tuesday night at 9. Join us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqP0NFLEAYk

Samuel

November 14th, 2011
2:30 pm

I think Douglas is going to be a hell of a reciever, he stepped up big.Roddy White is having problems adjusting to not being the guy all the time. He makes too many bonehead mistakes. I think we needed Julio Jones more in the Saints game than playing him in Indianapolis. I don’t think Mike Smith will make a call like that again. I do like the Falcons not being conservative and being aggressive throughout the game. It didn’t work this time, but it will pay huge dividends down the stretch. Our pass defense is still a work in progress. Matt didn’t play bad- but a couple of those passes got away from him, and could of been interceptions. Also Mike Smith might have to cut a guy to get control of those stupid penalties. Something needs to happen to let the players know he means business. Was that a great run by Snelling to get to the endzone? He should of been rewarded with a minimum of five more plays.

byhensr

November 14th, 2011
2:31 pm

SeenThisB4 – I’m constantly reading negative comments from you about the Falcons. Why is it the Saints seem to always lose to inferior teams like the Rams and Seahawks. Yes you have a very good football team, but they have some major flaws as does every team in the league. They always say you should follow your first mind and Coach Smiths first mind told him to punt, but he second guessed himself. If the Falcons had punted would the Saints have won, we’ll never know, though I doubt it. Personally I disagreed with the call, it was too much of a gamble on your own 30 yard line, but whats done is done. Congrats. to the Saints and all their fans, but dont get too excited yet, theres still plenty of season left.

Gonzalez

November 14th, 2011
2:37 pm

Please stop writing in Caps!!!

No one is reading that sh$t you are giving us a headache!!!!

Chandler Going Deep...

November 14th, 2011
3:20 pm

ICE MELT PLAYED AVERAGE!!!!!!!!

He’s 1-4 against the winners……..Disaster thus far……8th seed…..

That is all…

Chris

November 14th, 2011
3:25 pm

I had to burn my #84 jersey yesterday. I am not turning on him. This bs started last year. His head got big, then his mouth. Now he get’s us our weekley Personal Foul, and that doesn’t include the fact that he probably leads the leage in false starts from the receiver position (the worst penalty in the NFL). Everybody makes mistakes, he dropped a pass that got intercepted, and a td that would have won the game. Both passes hit him in the hands, but knock off the penalties that set us back every week. He has become a liability on the football field, not an asset.

FalconFANatic

November 14th, 2011
3:26 pm

WHO DAT GIRL— First, are you aware that you keyboard has a capslock button, Right? Second, our defense held your so called vaunted passing offense to 23 points without creating constant pressure on Brees OR getting a turnover. Third, the Falcons will not lose again (that includes beating your New Orleans Queefs in the benz on DEC. 26th) so the Saints better get up for every game and not lose to a defeated team because the Falcons are coming baby doll, and lastly, the Falcons will Win the division for a second year in a row over your beloved Aints regardless of them beating the Falcons 9 of the 11 previous games….Go Falcons!

catlady

November 14th, 2011
3:40 pm

Hey, ya’ll, I made 4 dozens pints of applebutter at the cannery Thursday. Very good on biscuits. MJG, I will bring you some when I see you again!

Circle R

November 14th, 2011
4:04 pm

Quarter. Back. Sneak. That would have made for a different outcome. Why on earth did we run Turner up the middle on 4th and an inch? Just shaking my head on this one. Props to my homeboy Harry D, though (U of L!) for making it exciting in the final minutes. Good game, just too many penalties and coaching gaffes to get it done. And yes, Roddy is fast becoming more of a liability than an asset. Let’s put this one behind us, learn from it, and win out from here…RISE UP!!!

SeenThisB4

November 14th, 2011
4:15 pm

byhensr: The Saints seem to always lose to inferior teams, because they only seem to be inferior teams. Any team in the NFL can beat another on a given day.

I agree with you, I thought that Mike Smith’s initial call to punt was the right one, and he out-thought himself. Sean Payton would have punted in that situation, in fact, he had just punted the previous series.

Drew Brees said that he thought that Mike Smith had to have steel nuts to make that call in that position. But I thought it was foolish. I thought maybe they would try to draw the Saints off sides, take a delay of game penalty if they had to, but punt it. Everyone in that stadium, and everybody watching on television KNEW that Turner was going to get the ball, EVERYBODY. So, I agree with some of your fans here that it was a stupid call, he should have thrown a quick pass to the FB, or TE or taken a QB sneak, but what they did surprise no one.

WHO DAT GIRL

November 14th, 2011
4:22 pm

@FALCONFANATC!!!! I know when and when not to use CAPLOCK!!!If I want to make a point I will use CAPS all day. We will take care of ours. What you need to worry about is the FALCLOWNS schedule. First yall want beat the TEXANS IN HOUSTON!! Second yall want beat the SAINTS IN NO!!!!I The rest of your schedule questionable. If we are what you stated how come we beat yall 3 YEARS IN A ROW IN YALL HOUSE!!!enough said I’m out if yall want us come and get Dec 26th