HUGE WIN! Falcons Roll Dolphins!

Falcons Dominate

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Unbelievable Defensive Start (CCompton/AJC)

Atlanta Falcons beat the Miami Dolphins 19 – 7, and we’re 1 – 0 BABY! Just a quick hit after the game on Sunday with tons more to come later throughout the week. What a way to start the season Falcons Fans, beating a top-tier opponent pretty soundly in the opening weekend of the season.  The Terror-Dome was packed, loud, and the fans made it a true home-field advantage.

Offense

Welcome to the ATL! (Bob Andres/AJC)

Welcome to the ATL! (Bob Andres/AJC)

Michael Turner was bottled up all day, mostly because the Dolphins were determined to not allow him to beat them.  They did a great job of shutting down the run and making Matt Ryan beat them through the air. It certainly wasn’t due to a lack of effort, with Coach Mularkey calling Turner’s number 22 times, but averaging less than 3 yards an attempt. Know for breaking long runs, Turner’s longest from scrimmage was 12 yards. Norwood had even less success only netting 7 yards. Matt Ryan looked a little shaky at times, particularly early and in the especially in the vertical passing attack, but settled down and had an overall very good day against a very good defense completing 22 passes in 36 attempts, 229 yards, and 2 touchdowns.  Even though he missed on a few throws, he didn’t make any mistakes.  Jerious, Roddy, and Jenks all had 40 yards receiving and many excellent 3rd conversions, but no touchdowns. But the receiver of the day title is reserved for our new Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez! What a day by the consummate All-Pro. It was special watching #88 convert tons of huge 3rd downs, making magnificent catches, and showing he’s still got some moves after dish-ragging a Dolphins defender and taking it 20 yards to the house. Gonzalez proved how difficult it will be to stop the entire Falcons arsenal. Pick your poison in other words.

Game Ball: Tony Gonzalez. Welcome to the ATL Gonzo!

Defense

Huge Day by Kroy (CCompton/AJC)

Huge Day by Kroy (CCompton/AJC)

In a word: WOW! I’ll be the first to eat some humble pie after witnessing that great display of attack, ferocity, toughness, and dominance.  The new look defense was flying around the field all day, bringing the helmets on every play, causing turnovers, and giving a glimpse of what’s in store.  Kudos to Coach Smith, Coach Van Gorder, and all the defensive players after a magnificent performance.  It would really be impossible to pick a player of the game on defense because there were so many.  John Abraham picked up right where he left off from last year collaring two sacks and three tackles.  Curtis Lofton continued his ascent as one of the best young middle linebackers in the NFL, flying all over the field and bringing the thunder with each powerful hit.  Lofton helped to set the tone with his ferocious hits.  Mike Peterson with the defensive plays of the day putting a bone-crushing hit on TE Anthony Fasano, jarring loose a fumble, which newly acquired vet CB Brian Williams returned.  Peterson also had another magnificent play later when he picked off Pennington and raced down the sidelines. All totaled, Peterson came away with 7 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble.  The breakout player of the day was by far and away Kroy Biermann. That guy was a beast today with his amped up high motor collaring two sacks, smashing hits on special teams, and even forcing a fumble. Although Chauncey Davis and Jamaal Anderson also played pretty well, I think we now know who our defensive end of the present and future might be. Overall an amazing effort for a defense that has been harangued to pieces about their ineptness. Job greatly done!

Game Ball: Mike Peterson. The newly acquired vet had 7 tackles, an interception and return, and a forced fumble

 

Special Teams

Kickoff and punt teams were amazing. Antoine Harris, Chris Owens, Lawrence Sidbury, and Kroy Biermann were flying down the field, busting up wedges and pinning the Dolphins back around the 10 and 15 yard line all day. Coach Armstrong has assembled another great unit thus far and it is apparent that special teams again is a big priority.  Jason Elam missing a potentially critical extra point and two easy field goals was troubling, but he bounced back later in the game to hit a 50 yarder.  Eric Weems had a couple of nice punt returns and didn’t bobble any balls, like Adam Jennings did on a frequent basis last year.

Game Ball: Kroy Biermann

 

Coaching

Overall, masterful gameplan, preparation, and execution from coaching staff, top to bottom. The Falcons were ready to play and came out with a sense of urgency and fire. The offense regrouped from several misfires to get the job done, and took what was available. Defense played phenomenally and proved that this group should never be overlooked. Special teams were on point.  Only curious calls were going to the passing game on several 3rd and shorts (3rd and 1, 3rd and 2).

Game Ball: Coach Van Gorder

 

Tailgating Corkscrew

I’ll let all other season ticket holders and game attendees fill in their experiences, but everything leading up to the game was a complete nightmare and overall insulting showing by the Atlanta Falcons organization in getting this one structured. 

Some of it was my own fault for not getting there earlier and not purchasing a season parking pass (because money is so readily available to all of us these days), but there basically was only one public parking lot and if you weren’t lucky enough to get one, then you either had to fork over $40 for an independent lot or you were basically screwed.  The yellow lot was full, so we tried the blue lot which was public sometimes and it was completely empty, but we got the “sorry, passes only” and when I asked for a recommendation on where to park, the attendant suggested the orange lots and red deck.  So upon trying those we find out that, yep, also passes only, including the red deck which had thousands of spaces available.

A completely pitiful display for helping fans out by the Falcons organization.  Many of us bust our ass to just to be able to afford these tickets, and to get the corkscrew on tailgating is insulting.  It would be understandable if parking was just not available, but it was apparent that there were hundreds and even thousands of spaces on hand for fans. They at least need to be honest with fans and say that if you don’t buy a season parking pass than either pay a ridiculous cost the day of the game or don’t bother tailgating. It was actually easier for my wife and I to turn around at the Dome after spending an hour trying to get a spot, and go and park downtown, hit Marta and get back that way, which took a tenth of the time.  The line at Upper Gate C was terrible.  I counted and we waited for 25 minutes to get into the Dome, which many of us subsequently missed the kickoff and several series.  Granted, it was the first game and some of it was my own fault, but the experience pretty much sucked until we got into the Dome, and then it was all good of course. Note to self: take Marta from now on.  

-What’s your thoughts on the opening win?

-Who gets your game balls on offense? Defense? Special Teams

-Surprised at defense domination, or you expected it?

-Concerned about lack of running game?

-Matt Ryan good enough, or should be better?

-How was your tailgating experience?

-Issue with parking, or am I way off base?

 

1 – 0, GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

573 comments Add your comment

Falcon Fever

September 13th, 2009
10:26 pm

The Birds are back folks! Not since ‘80 and the gritz blitz have I seen a more defensive butt-kicking effort. GO FALCONS! SMITTY AND VAN GORDER RULE!

Chip

September 13th, 2009
10:38 pm

This game was absolutely spellbinding! Nothing could have possibly gotten me more pumped for game 2 than a win like this, in which we dominated on the defensive end. Tony G. really showed how great of an acquisition he is. Now lets bring on the Panthers!

jason

September 13th, 2009
10:38 pm

What was I telling you all about BVG? UGA misses him so…

LittleBird

September 13th, 2009
10:42 pm

The coaches did a heck of a job making everyone think the defense was hopelessly the weak link . . . we all were shocked to see such a powerful display against an explosive offense like Miami and the utterly surprised Dolphins were not on the same level. Their defense was good also, but not a dominating one like the Birds. Way to play football Guys! Keep that mentality all year and you’ll be in the Super Bowl.

dean21

September 13th, 2009
10:54 pm

I will also be the first to give CH23 his props today, dude came to play and WOW, did he play! JA98 has a good game also. I noticed that BWilliams started in place of grimes….I was surrounded by a few Dolphins today and they came in talking smack, even heard one say this is our house! Yeah, lol…your house alright, you were damn near shut out and you got smack in the mouth on almost all plays on D!!!!!! Again, that D was crazy good today and if they keep playing like this, WOW…scary!!

On a sour note, Matt was off today, he was not in sync at all…missed a couple of sure touchdown passes..but I’m sure it was first game gitters…he will rebound fine!

What the heck was wrong with Jason Elam? Dude blew 7 points alone…
but overall it was a great game even though we should have won 30-0!

I’m pround that the terror dome was rockin!! Section 128 brought the noise today!

Ed

September 13th, 2009
11:24 pm

Excellent work D3. Ryan was out of sync but that will change to the point where it may be the pass this year that setups the run. Don’t think anyone on here expected the type of defensive performance we got but it bodes well for the future and once again reaffirms TD & Smitty’s brilliance.

Boxcarar

September 13th, 2009
11:27 pm

D3,
1. Surprised it wasn’t higher scoring. Glad with outcome.
2. D – Biermann, O – Gonzalez, ST – Biermann
3. Totally surprised , but happliy surprised
4. A little concerned, but believe will come around.
5. Good enough and will be better
6. N\A in Arkansas
7. N\A in Arkansas

KJinCton

September 13th, 2009
11:27 pm

As for tailgating woes….you just said you got to the game late….could this not have been the primary reason you couldn’t find a parking place? Any time I arrive late for tailgating, it’s a nightmare. I’m usually coming in with 4 of us total and we’ll park just off of the Marta station and pay $30-$40….that’s the going rate. There are plenty of cheaper locations farther out, but you’ve got to get there on time.

Sounds like you had a very frustrating morning and I respect that…i’ve been there. But don’t throw the whole tailgating experience under the bus when more than likely your tardiness created the majority of the issue.

Ed-Covington

September 13th, 2009
11:29 pm

Great post as usual D3!!
Read on another post that MS said that they tried players on D during the preseason with no help to see what their limitations were, knowing they would be able to provide coverage during the season. (For instance, having a CB play M2M with no safety help). That is why the D seemed to perform so poorly during the “exhibition” season.
BTW, don’t know if it is relevant, but when the Dome was first built, the lack of parking was noted. The city said it wanted to limit parking around the Dome in order to encourage people to use MARTA to relieve the traffic congestion in the city, especially during weekday events.
GO BIRDS!!! CLAW CAROL(INA)!!!

tyler

September 13th, 2009
11:30 pm

Great win today for Atlanta. I, along with everyone was pleasantly surprised with our defensive effort. Nice to see the coaching staff starting Bierman over Anderson. Boy did that pay off. Mike Petersen played an incredible game, very physical. He talks about loving to run and hit, he certainly did that today. I also was impressed that Williams was able to come in today to start at corner and contribute, another great pickup from TD.

Tony G is going to have a big year. He has really changed our dynamic on offense. I though M. Ryan did not have a very good game, but he avoided TO’s and got the win, so no complaints. I’m sure he will rebound.

Ed-Covington

September 13th, 2009
11:35 pm

We all know that part of MikeM’s plan is to throw several long, low-percentage passes downfield to keep the safeties honest. Matt was off on these passes, but I certainly don’t think that anyone can really complain about any aspect of the WIN today. Only the kicking game was off, and I think that Elam’s history shows that that was a fluke.

Ed-Covington

September 13th, 2009
11:37 pm

Let’s see if Cutler is worth all the hype now!!

Flappin' Falcon

September 13th, 2009
11:41 pm

Beautiful! Nice 1st game. We dominated for the most part but still have much to improve. Defense was terrific. Hats off to Kroy Biermann from 1-AA Montana and TD for finding this kid. Look forward to dismantling Carolina next week!

Ed-Covington

September 13th, 2009
11:44 pm

CUTLER THROWS A PICK!!

Ed-Covington

September 13th, 2009
11:44 pm

THAT’S 4 IN THIS GAME ALONE!!

downsouthdirtybird

September 13th, 2009
11:57 pm

downsouthdirtybird

September 14th, 2009
12:05 am

loved every second of that cept the 3:22 mark in the forth haha thought defense played lights out! before season started said think this d gonna be a top 15 but keep this up man maybe a top 8 and thats very scary if your not an atlanta falcon! ryan was a lil off but truly think that was first game jitters n was it just me or did oline not perform up to expectation letting heavy pressure hit ryan? hopefully just 1st game jitters also but overall give team an A overall a+ for defense a for special teams and a b- for offense now thats pretty funny d carrying o but I LOVE IT go falconsssssssssssssssssss just hurt them lil kitty’s next week

Ed-Covington

September 14th, 2009
12:05 am

downsouth:
GB wins, forgot the score, like 18-12 I think.

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Ed-Covington

September 14th, 2009
12:27 am

How in the world could SD let Brees just walk away and get nothing in return? I know about the arm surgery and all, but still……nothing? You couldn’t carry a guy for a month or so to see if his arm was OK? Would they rather have Brees now than Rivers?
BTW, who did the Falcons draft with the pick they got from the Texans for Schaub? He looked awful today, AGAIN!!
Speaking of Rivers and Brees, in reference to Tebow. Remember the HATERS who said Rivers’ throwing motion wouldn’t work in the NFL and that Brees was too short and they probably wouldn’t even be drafted?(Well. Brees did last ’til the 2nd round) yadyadayada? Guess what? They were wrong!! I literally do not like the Gators, (except when they beat the pups) but I predict that Tebow will succeed in the NFL. as much for the lack of QBs in general as for his own talents and leadership.
About the lack of QB talent: there are NO 5-star QBs coming out of HS this year according to both Rivals and Scout.

Ed-Covington

September 14th, 2009
12:57 am

BTW:
Birds beat a good team today; this wasn’t the Lions like last year. The ‘Fins didn’t suddenly become a bad team.
Still, I can’t help myself!!
WILDCAT????
PAT WHITE?????
JASON TAYLOR?????
JOEY PORTER??????
RICKY WILLIAMS????
RONNIE BROWN?????
CHAD PENNINGTON????
TED GINN JR.??????
FREQUENTLY FUMBLIN’ FASANO?????
‘FINS FANS??????
WHERE WERE ALL OF YOU TODAY AND TONIGHT????

dean21

September 14th, 2009
2:35 am

D3, I understand your pain on the parking and let me just say this…arriving at the dome at 11AM should be plenty enough time to find a quaity parking space..geez, it’s 2 hours before kick-off.

I was meeting friends there at 11AM so I arrived around 11:05AM and only to run into crazy traffic around the dome. THe policmend did a very poor job of directing traffic, causing delays all over the dome. As I was looking for parking, I noticed the orange & K lots were basically full & blocked off..folks this is around 11AM!

I guess arriving 3 hours before the game is the way to go…anyway, my wife and I saw a independent lot for $40 parking and almost passed out, no wonder the Falcons were trying to get me to buy parking passes, but I just couldn’t do it for the price they were asking. I had just paid a mortgage payment for season tickets.

To me, parking at the dome is a freakin racket & not to mention…a rip off!!! Why should anyone have to pay $40 to park for a football game??? So after passing on a few $40 dollar lots, I finally found an independent lot near Marta for $25 and although it was not the $10 I was expecting to pay, but at least it was very close to the dome…..

I also agree that the Falcons have allowed this to get out of hand because most of the parking spaces were filled by tail-gaters who were NOT attending the game, they had their tv’s at the tents & vehicles making it harder for us season ticket holders who were actually attending the game. I’m not hating on the tailgaters, but we season ticket folks should be allowed to park also. I will voice my opinion to my falcons account rep and I suggest all of you unhappy parking cagers do the same!

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dean21

September 14th, 2009
3:10 am

I GUESS IT’S SMARTER TO RIDE MARTA!

dean21

September 14th, 2009
3:17 am

What’s your thoughts on the opening win? – great win, but must correct mistakes

-Who gets your game balls on offense? Defense? Special Teams – Tony G. of course……Mike P….special teams = Kroy B.

-Surprised at defense domination, or you expected it? – surprised

-Concerned about lack of running game? – no, not at all…this is coming from a year of film on us, so we have to switch things up a little.

-Matt Ryan good enough, or should be better? – good enough, but arm strength is stilla question, it showed today that he needs to continue improving.

-How was your tailgating experience? – parking=horiffic! Tailgating, not bad, but not good…could only visit for 15 mins due to not finding a parking space..and now that topic for me is closed.

-Issue with parking, or am I way off base? – it’s valid and sad for the parking prices.

Boxcarar

September 14th, 2009
3:20 am

Ed-Cov,
Why updating Cutler stats on the Cage???

dean21

September 14th, 2009
3:30 am

D3, I understand your pain on the parking and let me just say this…arriving at the dome at 11AM should be plenty enough time to find a quaity parking space..geez, it’s 2 hours before kick-off.

I was meeting friends there at 11AM so I arrived around 11:05AM and only to run into crazy traffic around the dome. The policmen did a very poor job of directing traffic, causing delays all over the dome. As I was looking for parking, I noticed the Orange & K lots were basically full & blocked off..folks this was around 11AM!

I guess arriving 3 hours before the game is the way to go…anyway, my wife and I saw a independent lot for $40 parking and almost passed out, no wonder the Falcons were trying to get me to buy parking passes, but I just couldn’t do it for the price they were asking. I had just paid a mortgage payment for season tickets.

To me, parking at the dome is a freakin racket & not to mention…a rip off!!! Why should anyone have to pay $40 to park for a football game??? So after passing on a few $40 dollar lots, I finally found an independent lot near Marta for $25 and although it was not the $10 I was expecting to pay, but at least it was very close to the dome…..

I also agree that the Falcons have allowed this to get out of hand because most of the parking spaces were filled by tail-gaters who were NOT attending the game, they had their tv’s at the tents & vehicles making it harder for us season ticket holders who were actually attending the game. I’m not hating on the tailgaters, but we season ticket folks should be allowed to park also. I will voice my opinion to my falcons account rep and I suggest all of you unhappy parking cagers do the same!

Ed-Covington

September 14th, 2009
6:19 am

Boxcarar:

Only a few of us were posting then, I was watching the game; just thought someone else might be interested. downsouth was.
Sorry if it upset you.

NY Falcon

September 14th, 2009
6:57 am

Stephen Nicholas has got to get some love. Dude was flying all over the place. He and Peterson were making all those plays that we needed Brooking and Boley to make last year. Major upgrade at LB!

Krebs

September 14th, 2009
8:15 am

Beyond expectations! Great defense performance. No surprises on offense, except for Gonzales. Performed better than I ever expected.

Welcome to the real NFL rookies. Stafford and the rest of the rookies found out that the preseason is mostly fantasy land. The ‘blender’ is on liquify now!

jason

September 14th, 2009
8:16 am

I am going to rain on the parade a little here. Give Houston Kudos for a good game, but remember this: Miami’s WRs are samll in stature and a little average. They are not going to blow your doors off. Also, it is not like Pennington can throw the deep ball. He is a dink and dunk QB throwing alot of underneath stuff. He doesn’t have the ability to stretch the field and keep both CBs and Safties honest. I will give him a good job done, but hold high praise until after the Carolina game and Snisth and Muhammaad. I mean this for all the DBs, not just Houston.

jason

September 14th, 2009
8:24 am

Where’s the love for Lofton? I couldn’t watch the game, but i tracked it on line. Lofton had 11 tkls, 10 solo. I thought the LB play was exceptional. He also forced an important fumble. Lofton had his coming out party. Hope he maintains consistencey. Peterson brought something that KB was lacking. Intimidation, and velocity at the point of attack.

Biermann needs some mad love. He should be our new starting LDE. Put JAnderson on STs. You can’t keep a man on the bench when he is playing like that.

ED, Tebow will not make it as a QB in the NFL. Watch his passes and see how many ducks he throws. He has absolutely no zip on the ball. Think Wuerfell (?) form Spurrire’s days at UF. I watched the UF/Troy game SAT, and every pass was wabbling down the field. If he could just throw a spiral, he would be the #1 player drafted next draft.

Ed C...

September 14th, 2009
8:25 am

..you need to get a life – up posting on a blog at midnight, and then again on the same blog at 6am – or maybe, get a job…..

jason

September 14th, 2009
8:26 am

Krebs, I think Sanchez is still in preseason mode. I watched that game SUN and he looked like a 10 year vet.

SeminoleWarrior

September 14th, 2009
8:32 am

Good morning My Cage Fam…

A weekend in which the old heart muscles were truly tested. Glad that the Noles won, CBrass got her B-day present in the form of a UGA win, and the Falcons looked great!!

First, like our esteemed CEO, I have to eat some crow. I have been critical of BVG at times in this blog, questioning his abilities. I AM SORRY COACH. That was one hell of a game plan you called on Sunday. TD, is a genuius. Peterson and Williams made IMMEDIATE impacts on the D. Like Sarah said, if you were there, you saw that Babs was a terror on the inside of the line. He BLEW UP Ronnie Brown on one play for a huge plss behind the line of scrimmage that I loved. Biermann (Sarah is going to retire her Kerney jersey now) looked great. Abe, bum knee and all, looked great.

Back to the LB corps. When it matter, duded were making the plays. Nicholas, Lofton, and Peterson looked outstanding. Effort, hustle, and a hell of lot of intensity. I loved it.

The front seven was so impressive that I had to check my program and binoculars at times just to make sure that DeCoud and Coleman were on the field.

Second, the offense looked a little out of sync early, but hey, when it needed to click, it did. Elam had a bad day but I am not worried at all. When it will matter most, dude will come through!!

D3 and Dean 21, I did the parking pass thing in my second year as a STO. I was frustrated like D3 on three occasions in that season and personally said the hell with it. I park at Lakewood/Ft McPherson (I come up from the south) and ride MARTA into the city. After that, I just mingle among the folks over on the fountain side of the GWCC. I would suggest unless you just have an absolute TG Jones, try MARTA. Works well for me.

CBrass and Sarah, REMEMBER, I’m on the night beat this week so I will not have computer access at work due to security issues. Stirg MUST ge permission from myself, CBrass, or Sarah before he can put ANY comments into the blog!!!

jason

September 14th, 2009
8:38 am

SW, where’s my Maker love? Dude I told you what BVG was gonna bring. UGA misses him so. Didn’t Elam struggle in his first game last year. I am thinking he did, and then proceeded to go on and have one of his best ever. What did TLewis do? Also D3, any word on Jerry and his injury.

long time falcon

September 14th, 2009
8:43 am

Dean 21, you said JA98 had a good game. I watched the entire game and used DVR to watch it again last night. JA98 didn’t record one single defensive stat in the game. I watched Biermann beat their right tackle all day and as usual JA98 was locked up with him. Opposing tackles all ways get him locked down every time. Other than a tip pass I didn’t see much of nothing from JA98. The Dolphins only score of the game came when JA98 came in the game to give Biermann a breather. Pennington rolled out to the side of JA98 and of course there was no pressure. It was the most time Pennington had to throw all day. Just curious as to watch you saw that would make you say he had a good game?

SeminoleWarrior

September 14th, 2009
8:48 am

jaosn, I’m still crying over that one. But the ‘Maker nation rose up and played with that pride we are accustomed to down there along US84. You should be proud of that young team that Cairo is fielding. They will grow as the season progresses. They may not make a deep playoff run this season but they are loaded for the future. Great game. The Pilcher is safe in Grady County for another year.

And I will give you and D3 all the credit. You guys kept up the defense of BVG and educated me when I was doubting him. Again Coach, I ask your forgiveness. Dude called a damned good game yesterday and he had his defense playing with an aggression that I have not seen in ATL in a long, long time. Someone compared it to the great Grits Blitz of the past; don’t know if I will go that far but it was DAMNED impressive.

jason

September 14th, 2009
8:49 am

long time falcon, maye it was because JAnderson went unnoticed is why he had a good game. JAnderson had a good game by occupying the bench so Biermann could go make plays out on the field.

jason

September 14th, 2009
8:52 am

SW, I thought Cairo was going 0-3. Man we needed that win. BVG is known for all out aggressive approach to defense. His defense will blitz, and will also vring the lumber in the open field.

jason

September 14th, 2009
8:53 am

I say right now as our DL is concerned, you have to have Biermann starting oppisite Abe. Let JAnderson back up Biermann and Davis back up Abe.

SeminoleWarrior

September 14th, 2009
8:56 am

I’m done with the JA98 comments. He is a depth player only and as soon as his cap implications are resolved via hook or crook, he is done.

Sherman to the sea

September 14th, 2009
9:02 am

We need to get on Jake next week like the Eagles did. At least 4 sacks by Philly and lots of pressure. May want to try some of those Green Bay blitzes they put on Cutler last night. Great way to open the season.

SeminoleWarrior

September 14th, 2009
9:08 am

It is incredible what improved play in the linebacker corps can do for a team. Take a look as this line Cage fam:

Season opener last year vs. Detroit: Boley 7, Brooking 3, Lofton 4, Nicholas 1. No interceptions, no fumbles recovered or forced.

Yesterday: Lofton 10 tackles, 1 FF, Peterson 7 tackles, 1 Int, 1 FF, Nicholas 6 tackles.

Abe had three sacks last year in the opener and they accounted for all the sacks in the game. Abe AND Biermann had 2 each on Sunday with Koy adding a FF.

LOVE IT!!! For the third time, I admit my wrongs. Sorry, Coach BVG. One hell of a job.

SeminoleWarrior

September 14th, 2009
9:11 am

You know you had a damned good defensive day when your safeties are not leading the team in tackles. YES!!!

CBrass

September 14th, 2009
10:11 am

D3,

Outstanding job once again. Sorry to hear that you had a terrible time leading up to the game.

jason,

I had the same thoughts about Houston. He should have been flagged for interference when that dude made that awesome catch. I just didn’t see where his awesome play came from. In that case we have to give Kudos to all of the CB’s. Honestly all of the DB’s had a day off with the outstanding play of the DL and the LB’s. We’re really going to see what our secondary is made of next week when Steve Smith comes to town and the following week when we go up against Mr. Brady, Wes Welker and Randy Moss that’s when were going see what our D is made of. I’m not trying to put a damper on things but as Jason stated Miami’s receivers is just average and Pennington with is noodle arm we really can’t get a grade on what the secondary is made up just yet.

I have to give it up to Ovie. I didn’t know that was his first touchdown since he left Baltimore. Turner just didn’t have anywhere to go until the end of the game when he had a couple of nice runs. When they hit him they hit him and wrapped up. He didn’t have any yards after contact. Ryan was just off at first but he put the ball where it needed to go when he had to make a play. Gonzo…I mean what can you say? The guy took those defenders to school on his TD run. Loved when he just tossed that guy to the side…LOL That catch that he laid out far was beautiful!!! Norwood is just dangerous when he touches the ball. Everything that was thrown to White was either under or behind him at times. Once Matty get’s going the offense will be just fine.

Biermann played his butt off. Jason if I’m not mistaken he did start opposite Abe. Abe was his usually self. That bull-rush he put on Jake Long was a thing of beauty. As far as JA98 goes I’m not going to waste my time. To not even make a tackle is a new low for him. He need to refund ABlanks his money right away. Pete, Lofton, and Nicholas played lights out. I give Pete alot of heat during the preseason and he made me eat my words with his play yesterday and I have no problem admitting that I was wrong. That hit he put on that TE is must bone crushing and who knew had range like that to snag that INT and to return it a good distance.

I hope that we’re able to keep up this outstanding defensive play. I’m not worried about Elam. I watch his interview yesterday and he say that he will get things corrected.

CBrass

September 14th, 2009
10:18 am

Wow I didn’t realize I was so long winded in my last post. My apologizes.

SeminoleWarrior

September 14th, 2009
10:29 am

CBrass, no need to apologize….well stated points on all fronts.

Are you and/or Sarah ready to control Stirg for the next three days?

SeminoleWarrior

September 14th, 2009
10:40 am

CBrass, I’m not as worried about Steve Smith as I was this time last year. First, IMPORVED LB play will result in a more aggressive pass defense scheme over last season. We are faster and MORE AGGRESSIVE at the WLB position than we were last year. Second, turnovers lead to a quick advantage for Carolina last season when we lost that first game in Charlotte. We were not built to facilitate a sustained passing game in the comeback mode. Weapons are more abundant this year.

Third, CB play was also MUCH improved in the second meeting with the Panthers. Foxworth held Muhammed in check wth far fewer yards thanhe had in the first game against the young Grimes. Smith was Smith.

Play aggresive, stay consistent in the playing of the game, and add in a sack or two from the DT position…that should be more than enough to handle a Panther game that will be looking to make a statement against a division rival on Sunday. They can still run, they still have Smith, and we can not look past them.

One game at a time…or as Herm Edwards would say, we play to win the game.

SeminoleWarrior

September 14th, 2009
10:46 am

Oops…one correction. I did not mean to say turnovers. I meant to say quick strikes by Carolina lead to the advantage. Big pass plays to Muhammend and Smith and poor support from the LBs and the DL.

My bad…corrected on the spot.

I do not see a repeat of that from this year’s DL and LB sets.