Atlanta Falcons: Team trying to move on after porous showing





CHARLOTTE — The Falcons were trying to move on from their 30-20 loss to Carolina as quickly as possible.

They face the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

The Giants knocked the Falcons out of the playoffs in the wild-card round last season.

“We have to come out against a real tough football team in the Giants and get this thing rolling,” tight end Tony Gonzalez said. “It’s only three games left to try to go out there and hit our stride. We can and we will.”

The Falcons stormed out of the gates this season. They were 8-0 before dropping their first game to New Orleans on Nov. 11. They then won three more games before facing the Panthers.

The Falcons know that good teams play well in December and January. In the December standings, they are 0-1.

“That’s something that Smitty always talks about; you want to play your best football in December,” center Todd McClure said of head coach Mike Smith. “Nobody remembers how you played in September and October. It’s how you play in December and January that people remember.”

The Falcons can even up their December mark with a win over the Giants, who beat them 24-2 at MetLife Stadium on their way to the Super Bowl title last season.

“It’s the next one on the schedule,” McClure said. “The last time we played them, it didn’t turn out the way we wanted. They are coming into our place.”

Ryan stopped: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had won six straight games against the Panthers before Sunday.

In the previous four meetings, Ryan had a passer rating of 100 or more.

He completed 34 of 49 passes for 342 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on Sunday. He finished with a passer rating of 94.1.

Hope starts: Chris Hope started at strong safety for William Moore (hamstring). Moore finished the game against New Orleans, but showed up on the injury report last Wednesday. The severity of his hamstring injury is unknown.

Hope, from nearby Rock Hill, S.C., made his first start with the Falcons. After playing for Pittsburgh and Tennessee, the former Pro Bowler and 10-year veteran was signed by the Falcons in June.

“It was a good opportunity, but it didn’t end the way I wanted it to end,” said Hope, who finished with two tackles.

Moore was declared inactive along with quarterback Dominique Davis, wide receiver Tim Toone, guard Phillipkeith Manley, guard Harland Gunn, defensive end Lawrence Sidbury and defensive tackle Travian Robertson.

Cornerback Asante Samuel, running back Michael Turner and defensive tackle Peria Jerry were active after being listed as questionable for the game. Samuel did not play.

Turner milestone: Michael Turner was held to 14 yards rushing on seven carries. He now has 5,970 rushing since joining the Falcons.

He trials Gerald Riggs (6,631), William Andrews (5,986) and Warrick Dunn (5,981) on the team’s all-time rushing list.

Etc.: The Falcons wore a patch on their jerseys commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame… Right tackle Tyson Clabo, defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, defensive end Kroy Biermann, wide receiver Julio Jones and cornerback Robert McClain were the captains… .Defense tackle Jonathan Babineaux left the game with under 8 minutes to play in the second quarter after taking a helmet shot to his left arm. It was announced as a rib injury. He returned to the game.

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61 comments Add your comment

Scott Case's leggs

December 9th, 2012
8:54 pm

Esquire

December 9th, 2012
8:57 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 YEEAHHur comments here

5-6-7-8 WHO DO WE APPRECIATE??? GO FALCONS!!!!

Obsurd

December 9th, 2012
8:59 pm

Donate $300M to Blank now (thats $300,000,000) wonder how many teachers that be. Team owners are in need. Open your wallets.

TWO GOOD DOGS

December 9th, 2012
9:08 pm

THINGS HAVE SIMPLY GOT TO CHANGE………………………………………………………………………..’
THE EARLY PLAY CALLING /THE SCRIPTED PLAYCALLING / THRU SEVERAL SERIES
TEAMS ARE READING OUR TENDENCIES, AND WE ARE NOT MAKING ADJUSTMENTS. IN THE GAME PLAN .IT’S SO OBVIOUS WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN’T. DESPITE POOR BLOCKING. THE SET UPS ARE POOR.
WE HAVE EVERYTHING TO MOVE THE BALL WHEREVER WE WANT. DESIGN AN OFFENSE AROUND RODGERS.NO MORE DANCING FEET AND INDECISION. JUST LIKE SPROLES. BREAK IT OPEN WITH OUR GREAT RECEIVERS.
RYAN IS NOT THE BEST. FIND A WAY TO MAKE HIM ADEQUATE.
THE DEFENSE WILL GET BETTER. PLAYER BY PLAYER,SEASON BY SEASON. IT TAKES TIME.

NumberOneDirtyBird

December 9th, 2012
9:36 pm

Trying to move on? How about get the issues corrected! 4 plus weeks of suspect offense! How about put up 35 points!
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Falcants are frauds...

December 9th, 2012
9:39 pm

Explains why you never won a SB….lmao…

Roswell bob

December 9th, 2012
10:13 pm

Where was Arthur today? Didn’t show his sorry butt anywhere. He is the problem. No new stadium

Why is Opie Taylor Wearing a Falcons Helmet?

December 9th, 2012
10:39 pm

ANYONE HAS AN ANSWER????

WTF#33

December 9th, 2012
10:40 pm

Ok I will admit, Ryan had me on the bandwagon for him being a MVP candidate earlier in the season. Well I feel like an idiot because he is starting to look like the Ryan of old. Yeah he passed for 342 yards but that was mostly garbage time and CAR was playing prevent defense at the end. He has reverted back to the dink and dunker, I really don’t see anything differ about our offense when it was under Mularkey. Ok, so a screen pass once a game is a little better. Where are the deep shots down the field, where is the creativity to put the defense on its heels, where is H Douglas winning the one on ones in the slot. It’s the same stale offense from last year, we take too long driving down the field and if we have one hiccup on a play then the drive stalls. No explosive touchdowns once again, same ol crap.

WTF#33

December 9th, 2012
10:52 pm

Oh and by the way, why do all these analyst continue to praise M Nolan for improving the defense. The defense can’t even get within arms reach of the QB. What happened to the defense that the players were so excited about playing and claimed that it would allow them to blitz from anywhere on the field. We continue to rush four and it doesn’t get the job done. Cam was just standing in the pocket and picking us apart. It was painful to watch and down right embarrassing to see the defense continuously get pushed around. What happened to the defense we used against one of the greatest QBs of all time in P Manning. Guys were moving around and the offense had no clue who was rushing or dropping into coverage. That was the last time I was excited watching our defense, now it is back to the same soft defense from the past.

meme

December 9th, 2012
11:12 pm

Rise up against a new stadium! Mr. Blank I feel no appreciation for your fans! just greed,

okeetee

December 9th, 2012
11:17 pm

WTF#33 ….you have made some very good points! We are back to being way too predictable both on offense and defense! We need to pass on 1st and 2nd down more. If we run and end up 2nd and 9 then 3rd and 7…it’s 3 plays and a punt! The rules were changed for a passing team! We used 4 draft choices to get Jones to team with White. Why is it only one of them has a good game at a time? Are they not getting open or is Ryan just missing them? Set up the run with the pass!!! This is a Southern team not a conservative Mid Western team! We need to be MORE CREATIVE!

meme

December 9th, 2012
11:33 pm

PLAYOFFS! PLAYOFFS!..PSL’s! PSL’s

meme

December 9th, 2012
11:48 pm

personal seating license’s are just ugly wrong! (disgruntled) WE WERE THE MIGHTY FALCON’S FANS (help me out here Esq!)

Samuel

December 10th, 2012
6:02 am

The two sacks in the game were Matt Ryans fought, he simply held on to the ball too long. Sometimes when Matt sees everybody covered, he needs to take off running. At times he just doesn’t have good pocket presence especially under pressure. I don’t want to be too critical, let’s see how Smitty prepares his team for next week. Down the stretch you can’t keep making excuses and say we are going to fix the problems. I’ll tell you what the problem is, we still have a bend don’t break defense and the team is way too soft at times. The offense lately is not consistent and too tolerant of that dancing around that Turner does. I saw Antone Smith in the game on a screen play, it was unfortunate that Matt couldn’t get the ball to him. Let’s hope they try that again.

Felix

December 10th, 2012
6:12 am

I think what we saw sunday was the first round of the play offs. the offensive line is terrible and Matt was the same, two games in a row. Don’t buy second round tickets you want need them.

same ole same ole

December 10th, 2012
6:32 am

Moving on to an 0-4 playoff record with the 3 stooges

south ga fan

December 10th, 2012
6:47 am

MIKE SMITH IS THE BOBBY COX OF FOOTBALL. WILL HAVE A WINNING RECORD FOR SEASON GET TO PLAYOFFS. THEN GO HOME..
DEFENSE IS MIKE SMITHS DOING. HE LET MIKE NOLAN RUN DEFENSE UNTIL WE HAD WON DIVISION. NOW WE BACK TOO SMITHS BEND AND DON’T BREAK. THAT HAS BEEN HIS MO FROM JACKSONVILLE JAG DAYS. NO SUPERBOWL. WITH HIM AS HEAD COACH.
DIRK KOETTER IS NOT EVEN AS GOOD OF OFFENE COACH AS MM. WE COULD UNDER MM USE UP CLOCK AND CONTROL GAME. HE COULD RUN FOOTBALL. DIRK SHOWS WHY JAGS WERE THIRTY SECOND IN OFENSE LAST YEAR.
TD NEEDS TO STOP TRYING TOO SHOW HE IS SMARTER THAN ALL THE NFL BY TAKING PLAYERS TO HIGH AND SET THEM ON BENCH . I CAN NAME FIVE O=LINEMEN HE HAS DID THIS WITH. HE GETS LUCKY WITH A MCCLAIN ONCE IN A WHILE. THE BIG O-LINE YOU NEED TO WIN AND CONTROL LINE IS FIRST AND SECOND ROUND PICKS. NOT A SEVENTH ROUND PICK THAT HE REACHES AND GETS IN THIRD ROUND. EXAMPLE(HAWLEY, JOHNSON, HOLMES) WHERE HAS HE IMPROVE LINE?

Tommy Maddox

December 10th, 2012
7:25 am

It seemed that every time Steve Smith caught a ball, you could spot Dunta five or six paces behind trying to play catch up. Beyond that, it is a toss-up as to who is worse – Turner or the offensive line.

Not good.

Statick

December 10th, 2012
7:45 am

Man, this team baffles me sometimes.

Gary 32

December 10th, 2012
7:46 am

Everytime Rodgers would come in and run for decent yardage…he was immediately pulled out of the game…what does this team see in Turner that we don’t. The Panthers seemed to know everything we were doing on offense…Matt audibled at the line they would change their defensive formation…they knew what was coming…I blame this on Koetter.

coleski

December 10th, 2012
8:55 am

The Falcons are’nt as good as their record indicates. They have been very lucky. Luck will only
carry you so far. It’s time to poop or get off the pot. Teams that can play show their stuff when things get tough. The Falcons are showing how good they are and I am afraid that they not very good.
And how about you defensive players quit putting on a show over one play when you’ve had your
but kicked for 5 or 6 plays in a row. Looks like the same old Falcons to me.

observer

December 10th, 2012
8:56 am

Simple case of clinching the division last week and players deciding to take the week off this week. Coaches didn’t show up either. There was no pass rush other than some effort from Vance Walker. Abraham gave zero effort all day…Babineaux was a no-show. Dent spent most of the day on his backside after being blocked..talk about an empty uniform. Every down with Turner getting the ball is a wasted down. If you watch other NFL teams they actually have RB’s with some speed. Falcons have none. Receivers were terrible, 1st half..they were being easily covered one-on-one. It is going to be hard for this team to turn it back on…looks like another one and done year.

John Ellison

December 10th, 2012
8:57 am

Michael Turner is built like a bulldozer, but falls down as soon as he is hit.

Mikey

December 10th, 2012
9:23 am

Tough day for our birds. It was pretty much a team loss. Just didn’t see the fire anywhere until the two drives where the birds scored. Cam Newton can make it tough on many a defense. I give him credit and he made the difference in earning this win. The constant three-and-out performances by the Falcons offense made a big hole to dig out of. I actually feel that they will find what needs to be done to avoid those situations. I do like the hurry up offense and wonder what would happen if they let Ryan call the plays at the line for most of the game. It just seems like a totally synchronized rhythm when they are in the hurry up.

Goliath

December 10th, 2012
9:49 am

The BEST news this season is the DEMISE of the gutless, cheating Aints. Their pathetic “fans” will be watching the playoffs from home with bags on their heads.

NoleRick

December 10th, 2012
9:58 am

I hope this team is just not showing its whole playbook and reserving some for the playoffs. This offense has become very predictable. I had a bad feeling about this game anyway.

Bandwagon fans, the door is open, you may leave. I still think this team has something special going this year.

OH Well.......

December 10th, 2012
10:04 am

Very Baffling. Pass rush would help. O line needs to give Ryan a little more time in the pocket. Sketchy run defense. The guys may have been holding back because they have a playoff spot clinched. Not allowing any film for NY. You watch. They are going to get it together and Win next week. As long as they beat the Aints…last week…this was easier to take.

Go Falcons..!!!!

To Mike Smith

December 10th, 2012
10:06 am

Is it true that they eat fried chicken on this road trips? Jim Mora’s teams had buckets of Popeye’s they would take on road trips, and they played lousy. they had better let Tony G, plan their menus.

NYFalcon

December 10th, 2012
10:22 am

Just get your stomachs ready for another shelackink and early exit in first rd of playoffs. This team is highly overrated and have been blessed with some luck and a favorable schedule. Same crap last 5 years…time for a coaching and QB change

Whadda Ya Know?

December 10th, 2012
10:37 am

“That’s something that Smitty always talks about; you want to play your best football in December,” center Todd McClure said of head coach Mike Smith. The why is Smitty still doing the same lame things (running Turner and not putting your best playmakers on the field) and expecting different results? We brought in two new coordinators and don’t look much different than years prior. BVG and Mularkey were good enough to get regular season wins. I haven’t seen anything that gives me the confidence this team will win in the playoffs.

“Nobody remembers how you played in September and October. It’s how you play in December and January that people remember.” Well we’re sure starting strong in December huh? We sure showed those Panthers yesterday how to fold like a soft pretzel. This team isn’t made to bust teams in the mouth week in and week out. Finesse teams get bust in the mouth against the better teams in the league. Prove me wrong.

True Falcon Fan

December 10th, 2012
10:42 am

UGLY game!

So really who cares:

1) On the road, we really didn’t need the win.
2) A division foe with excellent defense (front four)
3) If i’m not mistaken we had 2 starters on our defense out most of the game
4) We were flat out of the gate – didn’t really ever wake-up and get a rhythm going at all
5) The coaches could have prepared the team better
6) You can say all the BS about # 1— you/me included — “That kid is good”! If he ever gets his head (between his ears) right, he will be a big winner soon.
7) Anybody on this blog really care what “The Zero/JSS etc.,etc., what those ASHE CANS think, NOT ME.

Ok glad we got that out —- now let’s move-on!

BY: Esquire
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 YEEAHHur comments here

5-6-7-8 WHO DO WE APPRECIATE??? GO FALCONS!!!!

G-men next – very big statement game coming this next Sunday. Plus it would be perfect game to start a pecking move……….

Go Falcons — G-men next

Rupe in DC

December 10th, 2012
10:55 am

No respect given..cause none has been demanded by this team. Quote from Ron Jaworski on this morning’s sports center….”The Giants will go into Atlanta and smash the Falcons”.

Sad part is…this team has not given the die hard fans like me a reason to believe otherwise. Ready to see some nastiness and physicality from this squad.

GT97

December 10th, 2012
10:56 am

I have defended Smith up to now, and I think he is a heck of coach. I am not ready to through in the towel, and this game does not mean much in the overall scheme of things. However, in the long run, the Falcons might have already reached their potential with Smith at the reins. We just might need another coach to take us to the next level. Also, we’ll have to be careful for what we wish for. Coaches run their course after so long.

Creaky

December 10th, 2012
11:08 am

As long as they keep trying to give Turner the ball and ruining the rythm of the offense things ike this will continue to happen. I’m not saying don’t attempt to run the ball, just don’t try it with Turner, his time has passed. I think it’s too many “Miller not so Lite’s”.

Elvis is Alive (but not feeling to good my friend)

December 10th, 2012
11:23 am

3 first downs from 19 attempts for the last two games.
Coach says we’re a proud team. MR2 says we have to improve. TG says we have to turn it around.
None of these comments show me any humility.
“Proud” of being soundly beaten in all three phases of the game.
“Improve” over the past few weeks..well..duh
“Turn it around” without a doubt TG
No comments about game planning, play selection, or failure to catch and run back punts.
How about saying our game plan was wrong, we didn’t tackle because we went for the ‘Showboat” pick 6. We really don’t have a run back specialist.
And how about acknowledging that this”Team” is not really as good as we all would hope..
Releasing Ray Edwards was meant as a signal. To whom? The fans?
Or to take the heat off the coaching staff for being a complacent,unimaginative group of almost winners trying to fool the owner and the public.
Showing a spine when it comes to making personnel decisions about the first string should be a priority at this point in the season. First string, not the 25th player.
Because someone used to be the No. 1 does not guarantee future Pro Bowl appearances.
Any player, for whatever reason, may falter and when that happens they have to be demoted or released.
Feelings, empathy and favortism aside, this is the NFL, not a High School program where the coaches favorites play regardless of the statistics.
Winning is an attitude and a process. Losing may build character and an individuals desire to improve.
Winners never quit and Quitters never Win!
The storybook of the Falcons this season fits the dynamic of the Little Engine that could,”I think I can ,I think I can”..
A losing team effort is not one player or even two players, and from what I have seen we are in deep trouble.
Our future story appears to be ,”I thought we could”, if only we had this defense or this player playing better. Or better play calling or a myriad of excuses.
The last two games were absurd efforts from our professional football athletes

nobodyyouknow

December 10th, 2012
11:34 am

I guess Matt Ryan and the team got intimidated by that loud mouth. Referring to Ryans comment in the last meeting between the two. If thats so, no super bowl this season. N.Y. Giants look better anyway.

True Falcon Fan

December 10th, 2012
11:45 am

@Rupe in DC
December 10th, 2012
10:55 am

Curious what was you assumption of the Falcons win over RG3/Skins in DC back Oct 7th ??

Go Falcons — G-men next

WhiteShoes

December 10th, 2012
11:56 am

We cannot shake off the playoff demons without a loss like yesterday. We were bound to lose, and I am sure we will lose another before the end of the year, but this is how you gain the mettle to overcome, rise up and hone in to what is at stake. 11-1 can breed complacency whether you are aware of it while it’s happening at the time, or not. This is a very crucial moment in our Birds season. Wins are not handed out, losses educate blind faith. These Falcons know what is at stake, and their humility in knowing that will only make them grow stronger. Sunday @ home vs. the G-Men is that next step toward that. Believe, people. Don’t just Rise up, STAND UP…this is your team and they have done everything they’ve needed to do to gain our respect. The pages to this years storybook are turning.

Who Me?

December 10th, 2012
11:56 am

Bring on the Gi’nts. We’ll know after this weekend just how big a pair this team has.

baytown

December 10th, 2012
11:56 am

no worries–the ATL was just flat and overconfident for this game—they’ll pick it up big next week and beat NY easily in the dome—book it! The ATL is heading to the super bowl!!!

Nowwehaveasecondary!

December 10th, 2012
12:04 pm

I was angered and ashamed of what I saw out of the Falcons yesterday. The whole team took the entire first half off. I want to know when the coaches involved with the offense will stop willfully meeting Einstein’s definition of insanity. How many times do they have to watch Michael Turner run the football for plus or minus one yard before they learn he is not what he was when he first came here? The amount of pressure this continued incompetence with Michael Turner places on the arm of Matt Ryan is galactically stupid.

Going into the game the talk was of how compromised the Carolina secondary was going to be with the young inexperienced players they were forced to play. Their play was vastly superior to our
secondary.

I agree with some of the earlier comments about our pass rush – for the most part there was no pass rush. DC Nolan needs to create some packages to manufacture a meaningful pass rush. A meaningful pass rush means:

1. The QB is sacked.
2. The QB is hit while throwing, and the result is an incompletion or interception.
3. The QB is forced to throw the ball away to avoid a sack.

A meaningful pass rush does not mean a QB is forced to move in the pocket or outside the pocket and then complete the pass anyway.

I was encouraged for about a nanosecond when I saw the attempted screen pass to Antone Smith. I was extremely disappointed when there was no effort to make use of his extreme speed and elusiveness again in the game. He is the fasted running back on the team. Speed kills in the NFL when it is imaginatively and properly used. I have wondered why this team has been content to simply relegate the fastest and shiftiest running back on the team to nothing more than special teams. The team needs to immediately make more use of Jacquizz Rodgers, Jason Snelling and Antone Smith, and immediately make less use of Michael Turner. I do not say this lightly as no player is more responsible for the turn around of the Falcons since 2008 than Michael Turner.

This game is was a wake-up call. You can continue to voluntarily try the same things hoping for a different outcome and remain insane, or you can innovate and unleash the wealth of explosive talent this team possesses on offense.

WhiteShoes

December 10th, 2012
12:10 pm

I agree. It’s that ‘protect’ mentality. It’s as if failure is always looming so let’s grind out the run and set up woeful play action like last year and not cause a ripple. That’s why yesterday was good…you cannot tip toe through the playoffs. We need to assess our strengths and exploit them. Time to just face the truth, air it out and stretch out the field. WE CANNOT RUN THE BALL TO THE SUPER BOWL.

Nowwehaveasecondary!

December 10th, 2012
12:28 pm

Unless something changes I am very concerned we will lose our first play-off game again. The offense is stuck in a rut. I hope the team is self scouting and comes up with some innovative effective answers.

mike

December 10th, 2012
1:13 pm

Actually I think the Falcons did pretty good Sunday. They beat all the other teams who have a losing record. Maybe they were resting up for the playoffs?

MAC DADDY

December 10th, 2012
1:42 pm

What is wrong with our QB?? He is supposed to be the leader of this team and he’s th biggest problem. Too slow in the pocket and can’t hit his receivers when they are wide open. Other good QB’s in this league can hit their wide outs falling on their backs. CAM hit allmost every pass in the first half. How could anyone expect our defense to perform in the 2nd half when they were on the field the whole 1st half. QB getting worst every game and the media keeps praising him. JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND!!

SirReal

December 10th, 2012
2:40 pm

I know the cirticism comes when we lose but some points here people have made haev been valid ALL year. 1) Ryan started hot and has cooled down completely. The Hardy guy said Ryan holds on to the ball TOO long and after what I saw yesterday, it confirmed it. He was doing well when he was releasing the ball quickly….(guys wonder why we arent as “uptempo” anymore. There is your answer.) 2) Is it Pat Hill? How did the line become such garbage at something they used to do quite well? 3) Cant blame the D when they are out there for more than half the entire game. They were GASED when Williams ran the TD off that screen. Thats on our offense. 4) I thought our offense was supposed to be a strength. They look lost out there at times man. To me, the D has kept us in MANY games this year. This offense isnt “explosive” Looks more implosive by the week. I’m serious Birdland. I’m tired of the rhetoric, tired of the new faces and same results. Makes you wonder if its Smitty for real. A team takes on the personality of its coach. I have been loyal…defended the team even when we deserved the flack…etc…but if they lay down again in the playoffs this year, I’m seriously done. Have better things to do than hope for a team to do better when they have the talent and cant seem to put it all together consistently. Instead of constant whining, I’d rather just be done with them altogether. 25 years of the same is enough for me.

BobbyDawg

December 10th, 2012
3:01 pm

Mac Daddy — I know a lot of people who are asking the same question. What is wrong with Matt Ryan??? If you watched the game yesterday you saw that he has absoultly no time at all. The reason for this is that our offensive line is being exploited to the hilt also for some reason or another they have him taking the snap from under the center instead of the shotgun so consequently he has to step back with defensive players breathing down his throat, Does he have time to throw accurately? NO. Does he have time to look for open receivers? NO. Does he have time to save his own skin? BARELY. Watch some of the teams that have top tier quarterbacks. Their O line gives them all day. The team owners and coaches know the value of a QB of this caliber and they have built O lines to protect them. If they want to know what’s wrong they need to look in the mirror at the person who recruited a great QB but forgot to build an O line to protect him. Since Koetter came on board we don’t go with the no huddle offense as much and have just about abandoned the shotgun and it’s just now starting to show up on the scoreboard and if they don’t make some changes it’s going to get worse. Matt Ryan can’t do it all. That’s why we have 11 players on the field. GO FALCONS

Gamer

December 10th, 2012
3:35 pm

Falcons took a good whupping…….Falcons need to shake up the offense by replacing HD with Drew Davis at slot receiver….

HD is too undersize to run routes into the teeth of defense……..Drew Davis need to be given a real chance at starting slot receiver…..

I don’t put much stock into Falcons lost to Panthers……Falcons playing without Wi Moore and Asante………

Falcons on three, DOMINATE

toccoa

December 10th, 2012
5:56 pm

If by some chance we make it to the super bowl, Tom Brady will slice us apart.