Well-Oiled Machine: Falcons-Rams Offensive Analysis

Model of Efficiency by Starting Offense 

The Falcons allayed many fears Friday night when they came out with a sense of urgency and fire that seemed to be missing in the first contest against Lions. Just as you can’t get too worried about a bad preseason performance, you can’t get too excited about a solid one either. However, the offense came out and showed why it can be considered to have a lethal, explosive potential as a unit that can put up points, eat up the clock, and convert third downs. The defense came out with an intensity and fire that was certainly missing in Detroit. Many of the missed assignments seemed to be corrected and the defensive players were much more in the mold of the fast and striking defenders we had hoped for talking about in the off-season.

Matty Ice came out was on point, sharp, and in full command of all his loaded arsenal on offense. Ryan looked precise and accurate completing passes to his favorite target of last year Roddy White, a great new relationship with Michael Jenkins, and his new favorite person in Tony Gonzalez. Ryan completed back-to-back 70+ touchdown scoring drives converting several third downs, only missing a pass deep to Roddy White down the sidelines. The new addition of Tony Gonzalez was on full display on the second drive when Ryan hit the new tight end on a beautiful 14 yard strike in the end zone, putting it high where he likes it.

Missed Opportunity (Chris Compton/AJC)

Missed Opportunity? (Chris Compton/AJC)

DJ Shockley had his big chance playing with the first team offensive line and having a pretty bad night overall. Shockley continues to be haunted by inconsistency and never being able to put a string of good drives or performances together. His teammates certainly didn’t do him any favors. Marty Booker bobbled a pass that should’ve been caught for a first down, but was instead tipped and intercepted. Brian Finneran also dropped a wide open pass later in the game that would’ve been an easy first down. Still, Shockley deserves much of the blame because he did have numerous opportunities to do good things and prove once and for all that he deserves the backup spot. Unless the coaches saw the game differently, Shockley is making it real hard for the coaches to justify letting Chris Redman go, who has proven he can start in the NFL and do well. Redman looks to have a big chance of his own against the Chargers on Saturday to prove he deserves to stay. DJ continues to force throws and not ever get into a good rhythm. Seemingly, Coach Smith and Coach Mularkey would want to use his abilities more in a wildcat type, dual threat potential, but none of that was seen. John Parker Wilson has certainly shown that he is capable of being a long term project in the 3rd backup role, leading the Falcons right down the field and looking extremely comfortable in the Falcons offense. The battle now looks to be between Shockley and Redman for the number 2 spot, like many of us imagined. What did you think of Matt Ryan’s second performance: great as usual or a weak Rams defense? Right now who do you keep: Shockley or Redman? Will the hometown hero Shockley and Falcons part ways? Parker Wilson a lock for the 3rd spot at this point?

Running Backs

A Great Night (Chris Lee/St.Louis Post-Dispatch)

A Great Night (Chris Lee/St.Louis Post-Dispatch)

Michael Turner continues to impress and prove why he’s considered one of the best running backs in the league, busting out a 43 yard run on the first possession and finishing with 65 yards on 7 carries and a touchdown in only one series. Pretty impressive start to the preseason so far, showing the burst, power, and superb ability of breaking tackles and rumbling for more yards. Norwood entered on the second series and had a better outing than Detroit, rushing 8 times for 36 yards, averaging out to 4.5 yards a carry. Norwood looks to have many opportunities to have a huge year, which he wants to make the most of in his contract year and prove he can be an every down back. Jason Snelling had a great night in the fight to be the 3rd option at running back, rushing for 61 yards on 12 attempts averaging over 5 yards and showing a quickness that many felt he may lack. Fairly or not, if Thomas Brown can’t prove he can stay healthy, than he will make it tough for the coaches to keep him on the roster. Potential only goes so far if he can’t stay on the field.

Wide Receiver/Tight Ends

Save for a couple of drops and bobbles, the wide receivers had a good night in St. Louis. Roddy White continues to show no ill effects from the missing time, hauling in 3 passes for 38 yards and converting several first downs. Michael Jenkins added a nice pass for 11 yards on a first down conversion as well. The Tony Gonzalez-Matt Ryan connection looks to be picking up more and more steam as the Birds head toward the regular season, showing his excellent ability to move the chains and being that red-zone threat the Falcons sorely missed last year. TG made an amazing leaping touchdown catch over several defenders for the second score. Finneran started again in the slot and had not catches, but did drop an easy throw by Shockley. Several receivers had a couple of nice catches as well with Troy Bergeron on a 17 yard haul, Marty Booker had 2 catches for 20 yards, and Verron Haynes added 2 catch and runs for 34 yards out of the backfield. The fight for the remaining backup spots continues to be one of the most heated battles on the roster. Keith Zinger even showed some nice hands catching a nice 15 yard pass from Parker Wilson. After Roddy, Jenks, and BFinn, who takes the remaining 2-3 spots? Weems a lock to make roster? Should Falcons go with vets Ferguson and Booker or youngsters Bergeron and Kelly?

Offensive Line
The O-Line looked great as they have so far this preseason. The line cleared the way for Turner to rush for 65 yards on 7 carries on the first possession alone. Even though Norwood didn’t have a fantastic day, the line assisted him on averaging almost 5 yards a carry. Jason Snelling had an excellent day with the O-Lines help. The entire offensive line, first and second string, combined to only allow one sack, which Shockley shares some of the blame for by not being able to feel the rush from the outside. The Falcons only carried 9 offensive lineman last year, so someone looks to be the odd man out after the starting five. Free agent pickups Brett Romberg and Will Svitek look to be safe as experienced backups and rookie Garrett Reynolds has had an excellent start to the year, so the battle for the remaining one or two spots looks to be between Ben Wilkerson, Quinn Ojinnaka, and rookies undrafted free agents Jose Valdez and Ryan Stanchek. How’s the O-Line looked so far to you? Who makes up the backup line? Should the Falcons carry 9 or 10 offensive linemen on the roster?

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Sarah B

August 23rd, 2009
11:12 pm

Will read in the morning. Just blocking the “first” post again! HA!

Sarah B

August 23rd, 2009
11:13 pm

Night all…


August 23rd, 2009
11:19 pm

It’s just the preseason people & and against a 2-14 team. Wow!


August 23rd, 2009
11:28 pm

Sarah, does D3 give you a goodnight call with the post time? LOL

Aaron McCargo, Jr.

August 23rd, 2009
11:32 pm

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August 23rd, 2009
11:43 pm

1. Let’s see how Redman performs in week 3. He will probaly fare better since this week will have an actual game plan.
2. Snelling may have locked up his spot. TBrown needs a break out game or he will be gone.
3. I say keep Ferguson and another youngster (your pick)
4. OLine looks good. I say keep 10. If the defense faulters, an OLine injury could disrupt our stellar offense. Keep Matt feeling fat and happy.
5. On a defensive lark, let’s start the entire group of those second on depth chart and see which one’s really step up. It is all about competition.

sarah has to be first

August 23rd, 2009
11:56 pm

so sarah your 1st huh making it a goal to keep that cherished 1st spot


August 23rd, 2009
11:58 pm

Sure looked a lot better than they did last week against an 0-16 team. Shockley threw into coverage too many times, telegraphed his throws and didn’t see some open receivers. I hate to say it, because I really wanted DJ to break out and prove himself, but he has performed about equally with Wilson, who is an undrafted free agent. Unless Redman falls on his face this week he has the #2 job sewn up. The Falcons will feel that DJ has not learned the system well and has not improved over the last two years and release him. They will hope that Wilson will improve in the future, even if they feel that he is the equal to DJ now.


August 24th, 2009
12:12 am

9 on line, tbrown better prove his worth quick, shock better pray 4 shot of redemption, hope we cut red just 4 money purposes but if shock dont step up we keepin him,i like booker over ferg simply bc on 3rd down tg and marty = two very realiable hands but we also have rw n mj so lol but guess between ferg n mb gonna come down to who’s getting the play book down best and if marty can block decently. i prefer booker but either be good in my opinion. also just belive this defense gonna be top 15 this year and thats gonna be all we need for this offense, really cant wait for season so close to being here. go falconsssssssssss and dawgsssssssssssssss


August 24th, 2009
12:13 am

n what mean in tbrown proving worth is can go 2 weeks without injury like him but if hes a liabilty hes a liabilty gotta let him go


August 24th, 2009
1:19 am

Boy did that Matt Ryan to Gonzalez TD pass look good. This is one time I think a big acquisition is going to live up to the hype.

In addition to Turner being fast and elusive; no way one man is bringing him down. I think the other running backs will be Norwood, Snelling, Ovie, and Haynes. T Brown might catch on with another team but he is not the football player Snelling is.

I still think Booker would be a great backup and come in handy during a long season. Weems looks like he will make the team, and I hope they keep Ferguson as well. Douglass will be back next year and we can also draft new young receivers. I say go with the veterans this year.

The Real Falcon

August 24th, 2009
8:27 am

Shockley shoud be toast.

Ethan Solomon

August 24th, 2009
9:01 am

Haha, when I saw you had a daily tailgate recipe section I went to http://dailytailgate.com for more — and it’s not that :)


August 24th, 2009
9:18 am

Apparently I missed alot in my absence, Strig resurfaced, Falcon21 and BT returned, CBrass has gotten to be a a stellar member of the cage and D3 has just took the cage to a whole new level. I’m officially back in the fold, and its good to be back. Quickly on a side note, Seminole call off the search party, I just needed some quick hibernation time but now let the pollenation begin. JJ, my good buddy JJ, my old friend JJ, what would the birdcage and this fantasy season be without JJ, missed ya buddy and don’t worry I brought back some candy and a long list of treats for you, trust me when I say, you didn’t go unnoticed. Nookah thanks for the shout out, the cameo appearances are over I’m back where I belong.

D3 has had so much going on in the cage that catching up with the readings and postings are exciting but there’s no point in me going back because of the excellent post and analysis of the boss and his comrads in the cage, so I will just pick up from this point as if I never left. I saw a very redemptive game from our birds this 2nd preseason game. Its only preseason but the sense of urgency was much improved and what shadows were cast during the first preseason game quickly have begin to disappear. I expect many more ups and downs even during the regular season, but this second preseason game really got the itch for the upcoming season burning again. Most of you know I’m a Jacket, but I had high hopes for DJ because he’s home grown, but DJ might have put himself into a bit of a pinch. He has looked good against second in third teamers over the years but with an opportunity to perform with the first teamers he faltered badly. I hope it was just nerves and he can redeem himself the next time out but it does not look good at this point. Jason Snelling looked really good and the play of the OL was excellent throughout. Defensively what a big difference from preseason game 1 to game 2, and this week I here there’s a chance William Moore will return, I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do. Well thats all for now change, more to come later, gotta take baby steps to get back into the fold or else I could go on all day, once again glad to be back.

Unca' Bob

August 24th, 2009
9:26 am


Good to have you back on board! Where ever you were, it did not hurt your mad typing skills(LOL). Again, welcome home.


August 24th, 2009
10:29 am

Good morning cagers

Looks like a good day comein.Shock did’nt look to good with the # 1 O.But he looked as if he didn’t have a lot of help.I got to wtch the whole game last night .The O looked very good on those fist two drives.I think there ready.Snelling looked good to me also .I think the O i as ready and good enough to take on any team..
Shockley may have sunk his ship but maybe he will have chnce to redeam himself before its all over ,if not may the best man win, I like Shock but its time the # 2 slot was filled anb he may not get it..
I still wonder if we might pick up some other players before the reg games begin ?I see that down south ,you think the D will end up in the top 15 ,That would be good with this good O to stay in the hunt.I sill think we will win 10 games if we stay healthy.The big key to that will be the first two games on the win side.That will bring a confadnce to our players they need and it may also give them eough edge to go in and win # 3 game.The way I see it is if they were to win that third game then the NFL had better look out because here come the birds and anything could be posible from that point on.Man I look foword to this season .Bring it on





August 24th, 2009
10:36 am

I think we need to wait until the Charger’s game before anyone annoints Redman with the #2 job. Chris looked absolutely horrible against Detroit and the subsequent wide open invitation for D.J. to perform in Friday night’s contest might to have put a little “Sergio” into Shockley’s mental game plan. Regardless, who’s to say that Redman doesn’t come back with a similarly unimpressive outing as he had against Detroit and once again give D.J. another chance.

Also, JPW is giving D.J. great reason to worry about #3. If a player in the NFL is given time to assess and doesn’t progress, they usually change their address.


August 24th, 2009
10:49 am

I’m really surprised you didn’t mention V Haynes in your RB recap. He had two nice catch/runs. Its the reason he’s likely to make the team over T Brown. Haynes has always been a good receiver out of the backfield.

If we can find a place for him on special teams, he’ll be a better 3rd down receiver than Ovie.


August 24th, 2009
11:05 am

Hello guys and gals. I’m back after visiting the family and celebrating my little-big brothers 23rd bday. Had a great time!


Nice work once again. The O looked great. I’m not going to get too excited because the Rams looks like that may struggle on D this season. I will say that the first two drives by the first team was damn near flawless. They have great chemistry working. Matty and the receivers looked to be on the same page. The O-Line proved great protection and paved the way for Turner to break off that nice run. That facial Matty took scared the hell outta me glad to see that he was ok.
The D looked so much better kinda put some of may fears to rest. M. Peterson looked so much faster when he was out there as well as the rest of the D. I’m going to reframe from putting my foot up JAnderson’s a$$ right now!!! My patience is really running out with him. Shock didn’t really help his case. He tried to force things. Yes the receivers really didn’t help him but like someone said before he telegraphed his passes and just didn’t make good decisions. To me it looks like he was nervous and was trying to hard. Snelling had a great outing. He ran hard and took some minds and bodies with him when he did. That’s all for now more a little later.

Sarah B,

Was catching up on the post from the weekend and I saw that you recommended that us southerns get up and see that Great Lakes and I’ll have to agree with you. My mother is originally from Detroit and we went up there a couple of years ago and the lake are a thing of beauty.


Glad to see that you’re back you were sorely missed.

Unca’ Bob,

How’s my mentor doing?


August 24th, 2009
11:36 am

Also I noticed that McClure went out. Was it because of an injury or was it so that the back-up could get some work?


August 24th, 2009
11:41 am

Based on what we’ve seen in two games here’s my rundown:

1. QB – CR #2, JPW #3
2. RB – Keep Snelling; Haynes and T Brown go
3. WR – I like Ferg and Booker, but with our 3 vets (RW, MJ, and BFinn), why not just keep Weems and one of the best of the other young guys (Chandler, Berg, Kelly). You only need Ferg or Book if you have an injury to the top 3. If that’s your worry, then I say Ferg (like him on special teams).
4. OL – Keep 9. I’d rather keep more DL. If you can do both, then keep 10. I do want to see the OL we drafted. Gotta groom for the future.

As a Dawg, I want to see DJ and TBrown make the squad, but I just can’t back them with their play so far. The biggest thing I came away from the game was God help us if Ryan goes down. I might rather have JPW under center than CR or DJ. Regardless, it doesn’t look like we have a decent option at #2.


August 24th, 2009
11:47 am

Greetings Cagers!!!!

Well, well, well, it’s so good to see my friend back in the place. WR good to have you back and you have hit the ground running!!!

I was encouraged by the improved performance of the defense. However, one swallow does not a summer make and furthermore it’s preseason. I am still looking forward to our performance vs. the Chargers and the Ravens so we can get a truer picture of who will make the roster, especially on the defensive side of the ball. As far as the WR’s go, I would give the edge to Ferguson as he has shown some flashes of brilliance and toughness on ST’s and our coaching staff loves versatility.

As far as the QB position is concerned, DJ may be running out of time. I know Redman is rather expensive but we have to make sure our most experienced backup QB is available just in case something goes wrong with MR (God forbid). DJ has not done himself any justice and JPW has certainly seized the opportunity to get some attention from the coaching staff.

The backup RB position is steadily being lost by TB. Unfortunately for him, he has been unable to stay on the field and that’s really bad for him. I really hope TB can turn it around in the next 2 games left in the preseason. JSnelling has made a statement and we know Norwood will be there. There seems to be a definite effort on the part of the coaching staff to allow Norwood to run more between the tackles this year. Although I know this is preseason, he still has not convinced me that he is comfortable with this style, thus his increased number of carries this offseason. The staff is giving him as many looks as possible to try to make him more comfortable. This is evidence that our coaching staff is making a concerted effort to reduce the load of The Burner this season.

As far as the OL is concerned I think we’ll carry 9. Ojinnaka may squeeze in and make the roster.

After all is said and done, I am pumped for the new season and can’t wait for that Miami game. So sorry I can’t make it to the game but I’ll be watching it from somewhere.

Go Falcons!!!!

Nuff respect everytime!!!

Dawson Devitt (D3)

August 24th, 2009
11:58 am

Great Mon(dane) Afternoon Cagers! Quick hit while I’m on break:

Curious – I’ve made the point many times about it being preseason. Can’t read too much into it either way, good or bad.

Boxcarar – No night call, she’s just a nite owl like me when I post. Great points all around. I really hate to say it, but it looks as though DJ might finally have run out of chances to prove himself. They will HAVE to re-negotiate Redman’s contract though, b/c there’s no way we pay 4.5 million for a backup when we have to resign Dahl, Clabo, and maybe Norwood. Thomas Brown just can’t stay healthy.

Ed-Covington – I know, I was hoping for a great game, but regardless of situations, DJ just can’t create any consistency. I do fault Smith and Mularkey a touch for not using his running skills a little more.

downsouth – Excellent points all around. I hope we keep 10 OL, because you can never have enough. If Redman weren’t making 4.5 mill, I think the decision would already be over. I would rather have Ferguson simply for age, Booker(33) and Ferguson(29), but Booker has had more catches so we’ll see. Maybe we keep both in hopes that Ferguson might be a long-term 4th or 5th option.

Real Falcon – I hate to see this day come, but DJ can only get so many chances.

Ethan – Yeah, I like to throw a some good food recipes out there.

WR – MY MAN & LONG LOST FRIEND!!!! We sent out a couple of search and rescues for you. Great to have you back.

nhe – Meant to put Haynes in with RB’s but put him with WR’s by accident.


August 24th, 2009
12:04 pm

Coop, I like your breakdown, good job. However, I think you underestimate Redman. He can be a pretty serviceable and useful backup if needed. Remember he has proved that he can win with this team. He is not Matty Ice but he can stand in. He is 3-3 as a starter, not great but as I said serviceable.

Go Falcons!!!!


August 24th, 2009
12:09 pm

Mornin cagers

Looks like were gona get Redman for the # 2 spot.Shock did’nt look to good this week but he did’nt get a lot of help.Yet it ant on paper but it don’t look good for him.I got to watch the whole game last night and our # 1 O looked dang great.Our D looked a lot better also .Down south if we have a 15 ranked D or better the NFL had better look out.
I think if we win the first two games in the reguler season it will build a confdince with our players that could even get a # 3 game win and if that happens then watch out its know holds bared.Also I think if those first two games go in th win side we will win 10 games,as long as we stay healhy.And if we win that third game then lookout NFL here comes the Birds.You never know what the outcome will be.Snelling looked good to me also.
Man I look forward to this season its gona be an exciting one .Its now time for the falcons to start there rise to be a part of the NFL’s elite teams.And I look farword to it.




August 24th, 2009
12:15 pm

THANKS D3 for all your hard work .YOU THE MAN. !


August 24th, 2009
12:37 pm


How’s your mother in law doing?


August 24th, 2009
1:18 pm


August 24th, 2009
1:20 pm

They moved her in a room yesterday.She has good coler and seems to be doing a lot better.They will get the lab work back on her limp noads.They think they got all the cancer but not sure yet.The Doc said her liver looked good while he was inside.She had rectoral cancer and they took out her complete rectom now she is on the bag.She is a tough one and right now she’s doin good .I will be going back around 4 to find ou more visit her.
I’m so thankful for all your prayers and concern.
May God Bless and be with you all.

Truly Thanks


August 24th, 2009
1:44 pm


August 24th, 2009
1:47 pm

Sorry bout the testing.My pc ant doing right so I’m trying something and now its ok


August 24th, 2009
2:20 pm




Unca' Bob

August 24th, 2009
3:55 pm


I’m having a nice day. Glad to see your home safely fom your visit. Family should always be priority one.

Lady Brass, having read your 11:05 post, today is graduation day. You have snatched the pebble from my hand, Grasshopper. It is time for you to leave.

Bonehead play of the day…DJS, sorry homers, came to the line and set it. There were two Ram defenders on his right, left unguarded. Why doesn’t he check down prior to setting the line? He continues the snap count, and when the ball was snapped, he did not seem to notice the pass rush. Why didn’t he take a timeout before the snap? Instead he takes a sack and fumbles. What was he thinking??

Unca' Bob

August 24th, 2009
3:58 pm

Sorry, I forgot to mention he had an empty backfield.


August 24th, 2009
4:10 pm

Unca’ Bob,

I still have a lot to learn. Judging by yours and many others comments I’ve learned alot but there is so much more to learn. You’re right about DJ even I knew he should have changed plays or called a time out. I was yelling at the tv “they’re coming they’re coming” but he didn’t do anything to help himself in that situation. I’m probably the biggest DJ fan in here and want to see him succeed but he has to make an adjustment during those type of plays. Those are the type of mental lapses that will quickly cause a coach to lose patience with a player.


August 24th, 2009
4:40 pm

UB, If I am thinking of the same play (has to be unless he fumbled more than once), I think there was a TE that ran off the right side of the line and let both blitzer by without even a chuck. I remember thinking it looked like a very poorly executed TE screen (especially since DJ looked to his left). Either way, I agree with you and CBrass. He needs to recognize the D and adjust.


August 24th, 2009
4:58 pm

Ok where has Barry been?? I read you guys daily at work but I only manage to get maybe one or two post in a week. So my question is where’s the “ONE HEARTBEAT” speech?? Barry was great at that but I havnt seen him in the cage?

Also with our first 3 games of the season.. New England doesn’t scare me. I think the Panther’s and Dolphin’s will play us tougher. Panther’s because they have a good run game and the Dolphin’s you can just never really tell. But New England they have no LB’s and there secondary is just as bad as ours. Thomas hasn’t panned out for them and Vrabel is gone..the kid from Tenn’s is a stud but so is Lofton. I feel great about our chance’s starting the season 2-1 or 3-0 but I feel Carolina will be the biggest game of the first three. We HAVE to come out and pop this division in the mouth and not have to prove ourself’s in the second divison games with them or the Aint’s.

I could type on forever but I leave in 4 mins from work so you guys and gal’s in the cage have a great day.. I have my Madden 10 coming in the mail, let’s see how many people laugh at me this year when I pick the Falcons :)


August 24th, 2009
6:05 pm

Great showing by the Birds on Friday night. Most of the weaknesses seen in the first preseason game seemed to have been corrected. Can’t say enough about the offense.
Shock is pressing too much. I really hope he does well this week.
What really impresses me is the way this coaching staff and team put together a real game plan each. Hope this is not a mirage.


August 24th, 2009
6:24 pm

Lil’ Dave,

As far as Carolina is concerned Beason has a MCL sprain and I think Stewart has some type of nagging injury that has kept him sidelined most of training camp/preseason and my spill over into the season. They’re going to play us tough well…because it’s always a tough game with them. We’ll just have to wait and see. Also I didn’t know that NE was in should bad shape on D. That will be interesting to see.


August 24th, 2009
6:44 pm

It is an easy decision at the backup Q.B. spot. Cut Shockley and keep Redman and Wilson. Go FALCONS!!!


August 24th, 2009
7:14 pm

posting just to block a “first” comment is waaaaay more rediculous than actually posting “first.” I never understand y people get so bent out of shape about it…

NEWAY… I was very excited to see the first team offense moving steadily down the field and using the hurry up also. WRs looked pretty good, O-Line looked good, Turner looked good… so I’m happy. True it’s just the preseason but I’d rather look good in the preseason than bad. And yes it was the Rams, but you have to play who is on the schedule. Looking forward to continuing to develop into a dominant, well-rounded offense


August 24th, 2009
7:46 pm

What’s up Cage..

Back in the TeePee after having to deal with a little family emergency. All is well and the TeePee is blessed. Birdman, my prayers are with your family as you deal with your situation.

My ACC brother, WR, welcome back. I see that the Ramblin Wreck made it back!! Glad that you are back and ready to rock brother.

Outstanding effort this past weekend by the offense. I loved it and can not wait to shout like a school girl on Saturday night when we handle the Chargers.

Back in a few to discuss other points and check in on the Cage fam!!


August 24th, 2009
7:58 pm

Are you ready for some football?

The Ravens and The Jets on Monday Night.

And oh yeah, hope all is well within the Cage and The Falcons O looked good.

Dawson Devitt (D3)

August 24th, 2009
8:02 pm

Great Mon(dane) Evening Fellow Cagers! Hope everyone’s having an excellent start to the week, with a fantastic ending including the opening of the 2009 Atlanta Falcons Season, albeit preseason. It’s a huge matchup against a top-tier team in San Diego and its THE game of the preseason where all teams treat it like the real deal.

JWW – I do agree with that fact about giving DJ, and really more importantly Redman a chance for him to prove himself as well. Many are forgetting that DJ outperformed Redman in Detroit. Redman also has to justify his HUGE salary to sit on the bench. I have a really hard time seeing us spending $4.5 million on a backup. I could see it if we were ready for a serious Super Bowl run, but I don’t think we’re there just yet. The biggest question mark to date.

CBrass – Great points as always. Peterson did look much, much better as the whole defense did overall. I, and many other fans I believe feel the exact same way with JA#98. How many rookies drafted much later does it take to come in and show up an 8th overall draft pick?

Coop – Excellent post my man. As a fellow Dawg, I have hoped and pulled for DJ and TBrown to make the team as they are some of my favorite UGA players of all time, but DJ just can’t seem to put it all together and TBrown just can’t stay healthy for anything, so I have to agree with you. We may keep 10 OL, since it now looks like TBrown may not make the squad. Great call on the WRs as well. I say we keep Ferguson as well, younger and could be a long term 4th or 5th option after BFinn retires.

Nookah – How’s it going my rasta brother from the North? Agreed on Ferguson. He’s younger and could be a long-term option for us as a 4th or 5th receiver. Booker has played OK, but he’s dropped a few balls and he’s 33. True competition has seen DJ not make the most of it and JPW has. Right on point with TBrown. Potential can only go so far, I know he may not can help it with injuries, but Snelling has already made the team IMO, its just a matter of whether or not they decide to carry 5 RBs or not. Maybe not, since we might carry 10 OL, 5 DTs, 5 DEs, and possible 6 WRS. Thats almost half the roster.

BIRDMAN – Thanks my brother. Great to have you in here as a regular now.

Lil’ Dave – So nice to have you in the Cage when you can pop in from work. I’m holding off on Madden10 until some of the boredom sets in, maybe around January. Between preseason NFL, College coming, regular NFL season, and Fantasy football, just too much going on to squeeze in Madden right now. Let me know how our Falcons are.

Krebs – Looks like our UGA boys DJ and TBrown might be on their way out. Hate to see it, but DJ has always seemed to “press” since he’s been up in the pros. TBrown is just always friggin’ hurt. Support for homers only goes so far.

ATL.BIRDS – Certainly starting to look that way.


August 24th, 2009
8:12 pm


Watching the game also. Our OL is going to be key when we play the Ravens. Have to keep them out of the back field. Well with Gonzo paroling the middle they may not be able to blitz that much…right? That’s any team for that matter.

Dawson Devitt (D3)

August 24th, 2009
9:34 pm

Our Birds certainly look to get a more real test in the final two preseason games. Sure is nice that both are in the Terror-Dome.

Sarah B

August 24th, 2009
9:49 pm

Ahhh yes, our 1st (sort of) home game!!!


August 24th, 2009
11:25 pm

I’m stuck in AR. Please sound off on how many Cagers will attend the final two preseason games.
An awful lot of haters on the DOL blog. One even gave you some props, D3. Stated that you are killing, compared to the DOL blog. Can’t a filter stop the madness? Why can’t the AJC set up a non fan blog and let Falcon Sorry moderate? LOL!! Sorry, took the bait.


August 25th, 2009
4:46 am

D3, the Dawgs have a huge game coming up and I truly believe they are going to be better than last year.

The Falcons D will definitely be tested by Rivers and the Chargers. If we can hold our own on defense against San Diego everything will be fine. Whatever weaknesses we have will most likely be exposed and give TD and Smitty a real idea of which way they have to go.


August 25th, 2009
6:32 am


Welcome back buddy! Hope you’ve been doing your homework! (FFL)