Atlanta Falcons: Offense is focusing on the red zone offense

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FLOWERY BRANCH — When the Falcons travel inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, that’s usually time for their fans to prepare for a touchdown celebration.

Perhaps, that is why so many fans and players seem to have taken the Falcons’ loss to New Orleans so hard when a potential game-winning drive stalled at the 2-yard line.

The Falcons are one of the top teams in the NFL in red-zone touchdown efficiency and scoring.

On six of their red-zone trips against the Saints, they scored five times, including three touchdowns.

On the season, their efficiency rate is 56.4 percent, which ranks 11th in the league.

The top 10 teams are New Orleans (71.4 percent), Denver (68.7), Green Bay (67.8), Tampa Bay (66.6), Baltimore (65.5), New England (65.1), Carolina (62.5), Detroit (61.7), San Francisco (61.5) and Houston (56.4).

The Falcons’ red-zone scoring efficiency (touchdowns and fields goals) is 89.7 percent, and they rank second in red-zone points, with 192.

“We want the touchdown percentage up higher,” running back Michael Turner said. “We need to score touchdowns, especially against these offenses that we are going to play. We have to put up points.”

Over the past three games, the Falcons have scored in the red zone on 42.8 percent of their possessions. For the season, they are scoring 42.8 percent at home and 64 percent on the road.

Arizona’s opponents are scoring in the red zone 45.8 percent of time, which ranks ninth in the league.

HEAD COACH MIKE SMITH ON THE RED ZONE OFFENSE: “(The numbers) are not as good as we need to be. Our red zone efficiency and touchdown efficiency is not what we need to be. We talked about it last week on Wednesday about the team we were facing was number one, and we had to go out and match that because they were going to do a good job. They’ve done a good job. We’ve got to improve. We can’t work and get those empty yards, get down in the red zone and not come away with touchdowns. We want to finish every drive. Our goal is to finish every drive with it ending not in a field goal, but ending with an extra point.”

WIDE RECEIVER RODDY WHITE ON THE RED ZONE OFFENSE: “We’ve just got to get our red zone offense better. For the last two or three weeks we’ve been struggling down there and not going in there and cashing in on touchdowns. That’s been a big concern for us. We’ve got to get a whole lot better in that area of the field. That’s an area where we are supposed to excel.

RIGHT GUARD PETER KONZ ON THE REDZONE OFFENSE: “You read into (the numbers) that you need to improve, it’s plain and simple. I don’t think you have to over complicate things. You just have to get a better push up front. I think as a team, we just have a lot more focus in that particular area since we know were are struggling with it. We’ll do that in practice and we’ll fix it.”
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40 comments Add your comment

4BsihTneeS

November 16th, 2012
11:10 am

falcone

November 16th, 2012
11:20 am

warfalcon

November 16th, 2012
11:30 am

7,14,21,28,32,39—— those are the numbers we want.ONE GAME AT A TIME,LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lowdownjj

November 16th, 2012
11:33 am

Although Denver has some running game with Mcgahee it’s interesting to note the top 3 teams in red zone efficiency are all passing teams. I would have guessed the opposite (Texans and 49ers perhaps). We will not need 30 pts to beat Arizona (17-20 will probably be plenty) But we have to get this cleaned up and corrected before playoff time

Esquire

November 16th, 2012
12:34 pm

5-6-7-8
Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS, MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

Whiznot

November 16th, 2012
12:37 pm

Simple solution. Throw to Gonzalaz high and stationary instead of trying to lead him to lower throws.

Esquire

November 16th, 2012
12:38 pm

WE ARE THE MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!!

jo-ja boi

November 16th, 2012
12:48 pm

Warfalcon,

Seems like the great GA Public School Education is kicking in!! Not sure how we would get to 32 points when scoring touchdowns!! lol Her’s some help 35, 42, 49….etc…

Adogg36

November 16th, 2012
1:03 pm

Dem falcon go make it sack dis week.But I am starting to worry about demTampa bay bucs.Dey r starting heat up down dare.Like I said before Rise but don’t pop!!!!! Falcon for Life!!!!

4BsihTneeS

November 16th, 2012
1:13 pm

Hard to soar with broken wings…

Marcus

November 16th, 2012
1:24 pm

Hard to be a saint w/dirty halos …. Vilma sent help or send the 10,000 bucks to charity.

warfalcon …. ‘A’ for effort, one of those other grades for the math. #tiptoe the other way#

Esquire

November 16th, 2012
1:31 pm

What? The Caints aren’t even .500………………
Travel to Oakland, you know, they could lose this game…………after giving everything they had against the Falcons they are spent. Then the following Sunday they will be pounded by the 49ers, then the following Thursday night, they will be pounded by the MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!! They still won’t be .500.

Esquire

November 16th, 2012
1:46 pm

The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those that cannot fly.

ronhen24

November 16th, 2012
1:49 pm

Jo-ja boi, give Warfalcon a break. He just had two safeties before the last touchdown. LMAO

4BsihTneeS

November 16th, 2012
2:01 pm

Your team got shot down last week Esquire,… exposed,… dominated,… defeated. LOL! Mighty?! Baa ha ha ha! Keep cheering girl!

Man...

November 16th, 2012
2:06 pm

By shot down, you mean 1 yard away from winning right?

Watch the raiders knock your aint’s self off.

Mr. Mustard

November 16th, 2012
2:24 pm

Losing to New Orleans in Superdome happens to a lot of teams, and the Falcons had them on the ropes all game.

Weaknesses showed, but then again we were without Jones, Weatherspoon, Grimes, and still nearly won.

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BillyBob

November 16th, 2012
2:43 pm

Esquire Always make sure you finish your homework each evening. We all want you to get good grades.

The Rev

November 16th, 2012
2:50 pm

Need to give Jaquizz a shot on some 3rd down tries. To me when he’s in the game he’s doing better than Turner. Give him a shot. Sure as heck can’t do any worse than Turner has been doing.

realfalconfan

November 16th, 2012
2:52 pm

I still think that 4BsihTneeS has nothing else to do but stay on our blog. Do you have a job or do you just hang out on our blog all day. I still think you change your blog name it use to be SeenitB4

Athens Tider

November 16th, 2012
3:19 pm

Julio lined up in backfield, then over the top. I’m going to keep saying this until Mike Smith runs it.

Marcus

November 16th, 2012
3:33 pm

Loving this guy:

http://espn.go.com/blog/pac12/post/_/id/49375/stanfords-taylor-steps-into-starring-role

Only debate is which position will the Falcons consider as the 1st round selection: TE, OL, DE, CB or RB.

Roswell Falcon

November 16th, 2012
3:44 pm

This is great because I cringe every time we get a long play that ends at the 2 or 3 yard line. We need to be able to run and Turner up the middle isn’t working right now. So why not try Snelling up the middle? If that doesn’t work try something else, get Quizz loose on the corner or let speedy Antone race for the flag. Let Turner play fullback so the D isn’t sure if he is gonna try to stuff it up the middle or we’re racing for the corner.
Let’s try something, anything other than Turner three times on virtually same play from same formation. It hasn’t worked for quite a while now. C’mon man!
RISE UP!

Buddy Landel

November 16th, 2012
3:53 pm

Falcons were “dominated”?? That game at New Orleans was their Super Bowl, as they won’t sniff the playoffs this year. WC will be either 2 North teams, or Seattle and GB.

RMikel58

November 16th, 2012
4:40 pm

Atlanta doesnt have a running game unless the referee picks the ball up and advances it through a penalty.
Lets face it……Michael Turner after year 1 is an atrocious so called RB. He has no vison of looking for holes and often runs like hes on egg shells. No doubt he is over paid by millions a year. He runs timidly and thinks if he gets 50 yds. a game then theres a real big accomplishment.
If or as long as the Falcons have MT then their running game will be non existent.
Over Paid and Over Played!
MT is a sissy on wheels and square ones at that.
New Orleans kicked our butts last week, our Defense couldnt stop their running or passing game.
Our DB hit like girls as if their afraid to get a hang nail or scratches on their pretty helmets.
They probably never saw a player named Ronny Lott who played for the 49ers.
You DC i cannot believe never put pressure on Drew Brees and when you dont do that well then theres the results.
Falcons finally got to play a team that challenged their Defense and was exposed for really how good their NOT!
If we play another team like Brees at QB then expect more of the same. EXPOSED!
Just be happy that wure have a 3 game lead and hopefully go .500 the rest of the way. Our Division is weak this year which is good for the Falcons but dont expect much beyond winning a division this year because our weak running game and cheerleader DB’s will be exposed wearing not only pink shoes but pink underwear.

Keeping it real

November 16th, 2012
4:48 pm

Hey we couldn’t stop Breez and Graham,that was the turing point in the game.We don’t have anybody big ,or tough enought to stop Graham.

Barry

November 16th, 2012
4:58 pm

The RED ZONE offense will be O. K. I believe this past week was tough for our Birds. They know they are better that that in the RED ZONE running and passing. They will be focused and on it for the rest of the season. It’s time to ‘BUST THE SCOREBOARD” with some points, especially in the “RUNNING GAME” when they are called upon. Let’s do this in “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!”

Now it’s time to get to work and PUNISH some defenders that are in your way RUNNING thru the line. IT’S TIME TO ATTACK!!” on every RUNNING PLAY. NO SLOTCHING . JUST ” BLASTING” THROUGH PEOPLE,. EVEN IF A HOLE IS NOT THERE. MAKE YOUR OWN HOLE WITH YOUR POWER, SPEED, AND STRENGTH. If an offensive lineman is in your way and have not ” MOVED” his man, RUN OVER HIS ASS TOO!!. It’s time to get “NASTY” on offense. And the only way the opposition can know that we are playing “NASTY!!” is through our “SMASH MOUTH, COUNTRY RUNNING GAME. THUMP!!! RUN BACKS , RUN!!! We want y’all to RUN all the way to the SUPER BOWL. Let’s do this!!!! Let’s do this in “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!”. THUMP!!! Can you hear it!!!??? THUMP!!! IT’S GETTING LOUDER!!!!!!! THUMP!!!THUMP!!!…………………….THUMP!!!!!

GO FALCONS!!!!!

The “PROCESS” continues to the SUPER BOWL!!!

“FALCONS, RISE UP!!! We “RISE UP!!” in “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!”

SSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
This is a SECRET from a FALCON FAN!!! TELL EVERYBODY!!!

………………………”ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!!…………………>>

okeetee

November 16th, 2012
6:19 pm

One thing that can kill ya in the red zone is penalties! Off sides, illegal procedure…..and the dreaded “holding” call that will set you back 10 yards! I wonder where the Falcons rank in that category…..penalties on offense in the red zone? I’m sure they keep stats on stuff like that. One thing we don’t want are stupid celebrations when we haven’t even scored yet! How childish and unprofessional can you get?

hiramsaint

November 16th, 2012
8:03 pm

y’all crack me up with this ” we almost won ” garbage. you lost -live in the now ’cause it’s gonna happen a bunch mo’

meme

November 16th, 2012
8:17 pm

realfalcfan your as backward as 4B siht nees seen this B4 though not as stupid I”m sure that boy is just blowin on the brees

Sis-Boom-Bah Humbug

November 16th, 2012
11:55 pm

I do not detect that many fans “have taken the Falcons’ loss to New Orleans so hard”. That statement in itself appears to be just a distraction from the real focus of many informed fans’ concern. Losing the first game of the year is not such a big deal per se – it is HOW the coaching enabled the loss. And worse, what the highly questionable play calling bodes for the Falcons when they face playoff caliber NFL teams – if indeed they persist in the same old predictable/transparent/hapless play calling with respect to Turner.

As to Koetter’s statement that Turner had “no chance” on most of his runs, I suppose that excuse also covers very many similar outcomes last year. To optimize the Falcons’ playoff prospects, the beneficial way to achieve “no chance” in the future is to keep Turner off the field in these short-yardage situations. With some imaginative new options, moreover, there would at least be a reasonable possibility of better outcomes on a more frequent basis.

At long last, some of the younger defensive ends will have far more opportunities to perform on the field this weekend. The same opportunity should also be afforded to several of the “non-featured” running backs starting right now.

Falcon James

November 17th, 2012
3:33 am

You know if I were a Saint fan, which nobody in they right would be….but if I were, I don’t think I would have anything to say about a team who only has one loss, when the team I am a fan of has not won half the games they played and don’t have a snowballs chance in Haiti of making the playoffs. Pathetic.

Falcon James

November 17th, 2012
3:37 am

And for those of you talking crap about Turner….I would like to see you drink a couple of 40’s and see how good your vision is to the see holes. We lucky Turner even know which way to run. I heard he hurt his groin at Magic City.

Mike

November 17th, 2012
11:06 am

I continue to hear the same verbage from the offense when it comes to why the team settles for field goals instead of touchdowns when they get to the red zone, especially when they are inside the 10 yard line. The offense and coaches continue to say we need to get better. We are now 9 games into the season and we have not gotten better why? I do not know the answer do the players and coaches know? It seems they do not because the issue has not been fixed. The Falcons have a very good team and being winnersof 8 games out of 9 is fantastic, but the team needs to correct the red one isue now in order to win the division and win in the playoffs. I want the team to continue to play great and win games, but also to fix the red zone issue.
Good luck to the falcons for the coming 7 weeks and into the playoffs.

yellowfever

November 17th, 2012
11:57 am

you need to have a freakin offense lineman step up on 3rd & 1 and say run the ball behind me because I’m going to blow my man off the line of scrimmage.

FanSinceBartkowski

November 17th, 2012
12:38 pm

Nice to be so close to the top in the league in red-zone efficiency but not so much so with every other team in your division ahead of you.

Esquire

November 17th, 2012
1:51 pm

4BsihTneeS or Peeshwank if you prefer
November 16th, 2012
2:01 pm

Your team got shot down last week Esquire,… exposed,… dominated,… defeated. LOL! Mighty?!
**************************************
exposed? dominated?
Sure sissy, we lost the contest…………seriously, we damn near beat you. So put your Dunce Hat back on and get off of our bandwagon little Peeshwank. .

How you gonna deal with losing to Oakland Sunday…………..you got doubt you can go west and win and there is a very good chance you will come home with another L in the right hand side column.

WE ARE THE MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS…………..!!!

Hey, let’s strike up the band!!!

Esquire

November 17th, 2012
2:14 pm

WE ARE THE MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!!

5-6-7-8
Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS, MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

Loyalfan

November 17th, 2012
7:58 pm

Thats funny, Turner said “we need more red zone touchdowns”.He has no idea he sux.