Enemy Battle – Falcons vs. Panthers Preview

NFC South Showdown

Will Defense Continue Pressure? (CCompton/AJC)

One of the biggest battles of the season awaits the Falcons, when the Carolina Panthers roll into town on Sunday in the Terror-Dome @ 1pm. Any game in the NFL is a huge match, but this one “really” counts since it’s an NFC Enemy-Rival Game. Sunday’s match-up pits the top two NFC South teams from last year in the 2008 Champ Panthers and runner-up Falcons. Both teams met a quick demise in the playoff with the Falcons falling short in Phoenix, and the Panthers having one of the more memorable playoff meltdowns at home in recent memory. The Falcons run into a Panther’s team that is cornered and likely embarrassed after a thrashing by the Philadelphia Eagles in their home opener in Charlotte. Although the Birds are coming off a huge opening victory, the coaches and players are hopefully taking this game as serious as ever, knowing they’ll probably get the Panthers best shot. A look at the rivalry game match-ups:

2009 Record

Falcons: 1-0

Panthers: 0 -1

Falcons Defense vs. Panthers Offense

Falcons Defense

(Total DEF–9th,Run DEF–21st,Pass DEF-8th)

Carolina Offense

(Total OFF – 32nd, Rush OFF – 15th, Pass OFF – 31st)

Falcons D-Line vs. Panthers O-Line

DE – John Abraham vs. LT – Jordan Gross;

DT – Peria Jerry/Thomas Johnson vs. LG – Travelle Wharton;

DT–Jonathan Babineaux vs. C–Ryan Kalil/RG–Keydrick Vincent

DE – Kroy Biermann/Jamaal Anderson vs. Jeff Otah

Another Multiple Sack Day? (CCompton/AJC)

On paper, Carolina’s offensive line should be one of strength as they have Pro-Bowler Jordan Gross anchoring the left tackle spot, 1st round draft pick Jeff Otah at right tackle, and solid Ryan Kalil at center. Wharton and Vincent add big, road grading bodies at guard that can help pave the way for one of the best running back tandems in the league in Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. On the field though, the offensive line gave up a league high 5 sacks on Jake Delhomme, some of which may have been his fault for holding the ball too long, but giving up five sacks in two games is bad, let alone 2. Williams and Stewart only mustered a combined 86 yards, an extremely low number for one of the best RB tandems in a run-first offense. The Birds D-Line played lights out in the opener, with Abraham and Biermann collaring 2 sacks a piece and holding another excellent RB tandem in Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams under 100 yards. 1st round draft pick Peria Jerry had a great start, rotating in with Thomas Johnson. Babineaux also had a solid game disrupting plays by getting good penetration. The Falcons look to replicate their defensive stout start against the Panthers. Trey Lewis would be a nice, run-stuffing addition to the run-heavy Panthers. The Birds D-Line not take this line lightly, as they’re likely to bounce back with a better performance. Advantage: Birds

Falcons Linebackers vs. Panthers Running Backs/Tight Ends

SLB – Stephen Nicholas vs. TE – Jeff King

MLB – Curtis Lofton vs. FB – Brad Hoover

LB–Mike Peterson vs. RB–Deangelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart

The surprise of the game against the Dolphins certainly had to be with the amazing play of the Falcons linebackers. Curtis Lofton displayed his amazing skill and the reason why he’s considered one of the best young linebackers in the NFL, as he was flying all over the field making big hits and setting the tone. Stephen Nicholas looked great against the ‘Fins as well with his speed, solid tackling, and vastly improved pass coverage. The player of the game was reserved for Mike Peterson with a 7 tackle, 1 interception and return, and forced fumble outing. Peterson showed the ferocity and leadership that characterized him throughout his career. They all will have their collective hands full with one of the best running back tandems in the league in Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Williams became one of the best backs in the NFL last year with his tough running and speed. The perfect complement became Stewarts between the tackles, punishing style of play. Tight End Jeff King doesn’t strike fear into any defense yet. This one should be fun to watch. Advantage: Tie

Falcons Secondary vs. Panthers Receivers/Quarterback

CB – Chris Houston vs. WR – Steve Smith

CB – Brian Williams vs. WR – Muhsin Muhammed

Nickel – Brent Grimes vs. Slot – Dwayne Jarrett

FS –Thomas DeCoud/SS – Erik Coleman vs. QB – Jake Delhomme

The secondary played lights out against the Dolphins wide receiving threats. The pass defense gave up a few big passes, but not too many. They were certainly helped out by great pressure from the D-Line and good coverage by the linebackers, but the secondary held up their part as well. It was a nice test to pass against the extremely accurate Chad Pennington in the short passing game. Coleman provided excellent run support and DeCoud kept everything in front of him and showed why he was switched to the more pass-centric free safety. Brian Williams quickly got in the mix and eventually took over the CB spot, with the much-beleaguered Chris Houston had a good game as well. Steve Smith and Muhsin Muhammed aren’t Ted Ginn Jr. and Davone Bess though. Smith is one of the best in the league and he loves showing out against the Falcons. Muhammed manhandled Grimes in Charlotte last year. Based purely on experience, the Cats receivers are a step ahead here. Delhomme’s travails are well-documented, throwing copious amounts of really bad interceptions. Delhomme, however, is no quitter and expect the Panthers QB to come with a full force and attack.          Advantage: Cats

Falcons Offense vs. Panthers Defense

Falcons Offense

(Total OFF – 19th, Rushing OFF – 26th, Passing OFF – 18th)

Panthers Defense

(Total DEF – 10th, Rushing DEF – 29th, Passing DEF – 1st)

Falcons O-Line vs. Panthers D-Line

LT – Sam Baker vs. DE – Julius Peppers

LG – Justin Blaylock vs. DT – Damione Lewis

C- Todd McClure/ RG – Harvey Dahl vs. DT – Nick Hayden

RT – Tyson Clabo vs. DE – Tyler Brayton

Time to Get Back on Track (CCompton/AJC)

The Falcons offensive line had a good enough game, but not by their standards. The offensive line only helped Pro-Bowl RB Michael Turner to just over 80 yards, in which all were hard earned. Known for breaking long runs, the Burner only got loose for a long of 12 yards, grinding out the rest against a stout Dolphins defense. The usually solid pass blocking crew also gave up 2 sacks on Matt Ryan as well. Considering they had to deal with two potential Hall of Famers in Jason Taylor and Joey Porter, they did a considerable job. The Panthers are less than full strength with starting D-Tackle Maake Kemeoatu being out for the year. Peppers still is one of the best in the business, but their defensive tackles don’t strike fear in Blalock and Dahl. Brayton is solid, but not spectacular on the other end spot. Look for the Burn Unit to get back on track in this one. Advantage: Birds

Falcons Running Backs/Tight Ends vs. Panthers Linebackers

RB – Michael Turner/Jerious Norwood vs. OLB – Thomas Davis

FB – Ovie Mughelli vs. MLB – Jon Beason

TE – Tony Gonzalez vs. OLB – Na’ill Diggs

Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood had a long day against the Dolphins, as their defense were determined not to let the running back tandem get on track. Turner ended up with 65 yards on 22 attempts and every touch and yard was hard earned. Norwood was extremely effective out of the backfield in the passing game, but neither back had a chance to get into a rhythm and get anything going. This may be a preview of what’s to come, but the Falcons must find a way to get the running game going, even if they have to set up the run with the pass. Speaking of loading the box, the Falcons new weapon was on full display when the Falcons running game stalled. Future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez had some huge third downs and showed why the Birds will be hard to stop in every asset of the offense. The Panthers linebacker corps is one of the fastest and most physical in the league. Jon Beason is one of the best middle linebackers and sure tacklers in the league and former UGA product Thomas Davis is one of the fiercest hitters in the NFL. Na’ill Diggs is veteran who can still run and hit. After drawing Taylor and Porter, the running game doesn’t get any easier. Advantage: Cats

Falcons Wide Receivers vs. Panthers Secondary

WR – Roddy White vs. CB – Chris Gamble

WR – Michael Jenkins vs. CB – Richard Marshall

Slot – Brian Finneran vs. Nickel – Sherrod Martin

QB – Matt Ryan vs. FS – Charles Godfrey/SS – Chris Harris

Matt Ryan and the boys did enough to win the game against the Dolphins, but they certainly didn’t look spectacular in the passing attack. Roddy and Jenks both had over 40 yards, but Ryan missed several big plays. Ryan looked a little rusty early on, but settled down to have a decent day going over 200 yards with 2 touchdowns. Ryan showed much maturity in not making mistakes and, with his work ethic, expect Ryan to get the issues corrected from the first game. Gamble is one of the best cover corners in the league and Charles Godfrey is a good roaming free safety, but Chris Harris, Richard Marshall, and rookie Sherrod Martin aren’t yet household names. After a solid first performance, expect Ice and the passing game to tune-up. Advantage: Birds

Nothing more needs to be said than NFC South Rivalry Game. Every NFL game is huge, but this one will set the tone for the entire season. After a great opening win, the Falcons must come prepared and ready to play against a cornered Panthers team. The Birds must protect the Terror-Dome in an extremely tough NFC South conference. Getting this one can go a long way towards cementing a great start and getting ready for the big showdown up in Foxboro against the class of the league Patriots. Better not dare overlook this one or take this NFC South Enemy lightly. Time to get down to the Terror-Dome, get revved up, and get loud and cheer on the Falcons in this tough fight. Make the Dome one of the most hostile places in the NFL and pull our Birds through another win!

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

((((((((Season Prediction Competition Update))))))))))

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DW, Boxcarar, Jonathan, MRyan, JWW, Joseph R., Sarah B., Lil’ Dave, Russ, BlackTalon, Seminole, WR, Nookah, Birdman, FalconsforLife, downsouthdirtybird, Dean21, Brian Hunt, JJ, Chris, A.Dylan Thomas, sportaree, Ed-Covington, Warbucks

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D3, CBrass

Please let me know of any errors………………

696 comments Add your comment

Boxcarar

September 17th, 2009
11:49 pm

Boxcarar

September 17th, 2009
11:51 pm

D3,
Was anybody close on the tie breaker score?

downsouthdirtybird

September 17th, 2009
11:58 pm

i wasnt 35-17 i think

Boxcarar

September 18th, 2009
12:00 am

Do you relly think that our backs and TE don’t measure up to their LB’s?

CBrass

September 18th, 2009
12:01 am

D3,

I had us beating the Dolphins by a score of 24-17.

See you guys tomorrow!!! God Bless!!

Boxcarar

September 18th, 2009
12:09 am

Sorry that the Bees took one on the chin. I was hoping that they might crack the top 10.

tyler

September 18th, 2009
12:31 am

D3, thanks for the post, I’ve really enjoyed your writing. I did post a season prediction on your original competition blog, maybe you could check on it for me. It is all the way at the end.

I dont see any way Atlanta takes this game lightly. Carolina is the defending NFC South champs and everybody on our team knows it. That being said, the Falcons have been dominant at home and I look for that to continue. I still cant get a real feel for this team yet, the game could be close or Atlanta could potentially win by 2 or 3 touchdowns.

S. Smith could be a problem, as well as thier running game. I would not be surprised if the Panthers score 28 points. I do expect Turner to have a better game, as well as Ryan, with the offense scoring enough points for a home win.

This game is going to be exciting and I cant wait.

Boxcarar

September 18th, 2009
1:11 am

Tyler
I agree that we can’t get a feel for the team without another week of performance. I was happily shocked by our defense, compared to the showing of the defense during preseason. But Smitty and TD knew what we didn’t. A gel process is under way. Any hiccups could happen until we get a few more games under our belt.

Ed

September 18th, 2009
1:17 am

Terrific work as always D3. You must not have gotten my stab at the Falcons schedule as I didn’t see my name.

The Falcons have to hit Jake early and often to keep his confidence down where it is now. If Delhomme starts clicking with those 2 receivers the game will be totally different. If we can keep him in check early it may start to wear on Jake and we could see another week 1 performance.

Matty Ice should eat the Panthers secondary alive. The Falcons should be able to put up a good number on the scoreboard so if our defense is anywhere close to week 1 it shouldn’t be close.

Ed-Covington

September 18th, 2009
1:38 am

WOW! TECH looked pathetic tonight! Hope CPJ knows how to motivate this bunch for NC!

Had to get that out of the way, I know this is a BIRD blog.

D3: Excellent job, as usual. Sorry you can’t do it more often.
tyler:

Agree with every point you made.

Boxacrar:

Excellent question; I agree the BIRDS should get a plus there.

Big question this week is Jake the Fake. I think Pennington is the better QB, but he and his WRs have made us look bad in the past. I think the new “D” stops the run and pressures JDH into aturnover or two. Score should be similar to Miami game: 27-7; maybe 28-14 with no turnovers by the cats.
GO BIRDS!! BTW: the Pats can be had! (but playing THERE will be bad.)

A. Dylan Thomas

September 18th, 2009
2:07 am

If the falcons D is as good as they were in the first game then my predictions are gonna be off pretty badly the rest of the way through. I think the falcons are catching a break in getting the panthers right now before they bench delhomme I think what little value that guy had at one point in time is gone.I think with extra attention paid to abraham will lead to either another big game by bierman or a peria jerry sighting. I loove the intensity and big hits from last game I rewatched film and the linebackers were laying some hits on people.

BlackTalon

September 18th, 2009
6:04 am

Good Job, D3.

This game will be won or lost in the trenches.
I like the Falcons interior D-line much better than what the Panthers have, right there is the glaring difference.
This will be one of those games where Turner will get over 25 carries for over 100 yds.
Meanwhile, the Birds front nine rotation and LB`s should have a reasonably good day slowing the Panthers running game, while applying consistent QB pressure.
You have to like the Birds chances when that happens.

Wabe

September 18th, 2009
7:27 am

I think if the Falcons can shut down what the Panthers do best, which would be running the ball, you’ll see another successful outing from this defense. Truthfully, I don’t think Jake Delhomme has either the confidence or the ability to pick apart many defenses right now. I think the D-Line rotation the Falcons have going for them keeps fresh legs in the game throughout the game which really assures that Delhomme gets no breaks. I think it’s important to fluster him early and often.

Basically, if the Panthers are able to run the football effectively, then the Falcons might have problems. This would put the Falcons D on their heels, and it would ultimately set Delhomme up for some big plays to Smith and company. Keep Williams/Stewart bottled up and you’ll see a similar result to what we saw vs. Miami.

I honestly see both Carolina and Miami’s offenses to be EXTREMELY SIMILAR, but I think it’s safe to say Carolina’s offense has a slight edge. I wouldn’t consider Delhomme any kind of upgrade at QB from what we saw last week in Pennington, but I would say Carolina has the advantage when it comes to their receiving corp and I’ll take Williams/Stewart over most other RB tandems in the league (except for Turner the Burner/Norwood of course). Therefore, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Falcons implemented a similar strategy on D this week. Hopefully, we should get the same result.

LOCK ^ THE RUN!!!
FORCE MR 9 PICKS IN 2 GAMES TO BEAT US!!!

GETTEM FALCONS! I SEE 2-0 BABY!

oldbird

September 18th, 2009
7:27 am

Do we still have Jamal Anderson on the roster? Didn’t the “Beer Man” equal JA’s career sack totals with last week’s double sack outing against Miami? I hate seeing Anderson walking off the field, laughing and joking around with his line mates…it bugs me that he just doesn’t seem to play with any intensity…kinda just going through the motions. Unless something changes, he’s definitely on the way out of town.

ddawgdavis

September 18th, 2009
8:53 am

Good article, love the match-up “predictions” for lack of a better term. Doesn’t Abe get the better of Wharton and Gross during every game?? I am worried about the Pete on RBs, great last week against a lesser RB pair. We will need a collective effort against these guys.

Worst match-up will be the Houston on Steve Smith. Smith eats us up! Safeties need to step up and gets some more film in their bellies. Saving grace will be Biermann and Abe in the backfield on almost every down. Van Gorder keep Abe on that “pitch-count”!

SeminoleWarrior

September 18th, 2009
8:58 am

Morning Cage fam..

Another great post by our CEO who,l ike Ole Man River, keeps rolling along. Not much to add to his excellent breakdown.

First, for my sanity sake, the Birds MUST win this game. I’ve dealt with Steve Smith, Julius Peppers, and Jon Beason all week long here in the TeePee all week long. I’m sick, hear me, sick of it!! Damned Kittens!! I even awoke this morning to the sight of a pair of Panther scrubs (nursing attire) that she was taking to work today. That’s one reform that President Obama needs to implement now!!

Seriously though, this is going to be a battle of wills. The Falcons are on the rise; the Panthers are pround and cornered. There is a sense of urgency in this for both squads. The battle in the trenches, on both sides, will be absolutely CRITICAL. The Big Nasties on both side will bring an intense interior battle into play as each team attempts to establish their respective dominating running attacks.

Babs, Biermann, and Abe had great games last week and will need to do it again this week. Hip Hip Perry was okay in his first start; he did not allow anything big and held his own against a solid Miami OL.

JA98 and CDavis, do me a big favor please. Make a DAMNED tackle okay!!For the amount of time you each have on the field during a game, it is absolute SILLY for you to have zero to two darn tackles a game. Start running towards the offensive line now…you may be in play by Sunday.

The LBs will have to play with the EXACT same intensity they had last week. Anything less will result in significant issues as that will mean either Mighty Mouse (aka Steve Smith) is at it again or the running game is having its way.

DB play will be crucial. Look for a possible appearance by Tye Hill this week. He is a quick study and I would not be surprise to see him in a few schemes. Brian Williams has the dubious honor of handling either the Mountain (Mushin M.) or the Mouse. He is up to the task. Houston and Grimes had better have their A games on. Coleman and DeCoud are ready in the deep zone.

Keep a close eye on Jason Elam. He had an issue with his hammie this week. That may have been in play last week. His kicking abilities may be crucial in this battle. I’m trusting in Smitty when he states that Jason is ready to rock for I think he will hit at least three this weekend.

Closer than most think but we get the win…Falcons 30, Panthers 24.

Birdman

September 18th, 2009
8:58 am

GOOD MORNING CAGE

If I remember right the birds beat the panthers at the late part of the season by about 2 touch downs.
But the birds did not have all the weapons they have now.Gonzo being the new addition will be the extra on this game .
I look for it to be a tough game tho .A tougher game for our birds than last week because 1 its a div game 2 our running game is a lot alike 3 the panthers have not a win and for them to go 0 & 2 at the start is just hard to Imagen but not to say it want happen .I think the Falcons will get the win in a lot more pounding game . Elam had better be on this week .He could decide the game .

FALCONS 24 – PANTHERS 17 …..Thanks D3 for another great topic

GO ……PLAY OFF BOUND BIRDS…..!!!!

Coop

September 18th, 2009
9:01 am

Mornin’ Cage. Been out a bit lately. Gotta love the Army. Anyway, great win last week. It’s always good to get off to a nice start. I think we had some issues here and there, but even with them, we handled the Fins in relative ease. I’d like to see a bit more polish this week against the Cats. With our tough schedule, it’s these division matchups that are gonna go a long way to deciding our playoff fate.

Go Falcons!

SeminoleWarrior

September 18th, 2009
9:07 am

Does anyone have the telephone number for the trauma unit at Grady? I’m sure that WR is there this morning. I’m not going to hammer him; I had to take an extra day off after the ‘Canes knocked off my Noles on my B-day. WR, I feel your pain.

SeminoleWarrior

September 18th, 2009
9:09 am

Welcome back Coop…Army Strong. Good to have you back.

SeminoleWarrior

September 18th, 2009
9:12 am

On second thought WR, reserve me a bed in the trauma center. I just remembered we are at pass happy BYU this weekend. Can I watch the Falcons on TV from the trauma center?

WR

September 18th, 2009
9:13 am

Well after the the wreck which was Georgia Tech last night I’m really looking forward to a game with the kittens of Carolina. Most see the game from a bounce back perspective for the Panthers after they were shell-shocked last week, but another motivator is that they don’t want to start the season two games in the hole and fall 2 games behind the Falcons in the NFC south, plus if they lose against the birds they will be 0-2 in the NFC which is a major tie-breaker at the end of the season. But on that note here’s what I see as the keys and strategy for this game:

Any NFL coach with some sort of brain knows to expect a bounce back game from a starting QB that imploded during the season opener which happened to be at home. Smitty expects it and has made that clear but at the same time a coach knows that football is a very mental sport and once someone, especially a QB, starts to lose some confidence you want hard to make sure they don’t get it back, at least not against your team. So I agree with Wabe, I believe the birds come out primarily trying to stuff the run, make Carolina one-dimensional and force the game into Delhomme’s hands. Expect exotic blitzes early to create turnovers, and continue Delhomme’s mental breakdown, kind of like a shark smelling blood in the water. If the birds get the early turnovers they will roll especially behind their home crowd, but if they don’t:

If the Falcons can’t force Jake into early turnovers expect a tough physical game, Jake definitely is mental right now, but if he can get through a couple of quarters without making major mistakes it will allow him to get some of his confidence back, and with a running back tandem like the Panthers possess and Steve(falcon burner)Smith, the hated cats could be hard to stop, which could expose some of the youth on the birds defense. If Erik Coleman and DeCoud are making the majority of the tackles the defense is in trouble, which I know thats obvious.

Prediction: Jake somewhat recovers from his two game funk, but not enough to stop a very potent offensive attack by the Falcons, expect a big game from Gonzo and Ryan as the birds take this one 31-17

WR

September 18th, 2009
9:21 am

Seminole, yeah it was a thorough beating and left me question the triple option. So far every team the Jackets have faced with decent defensive tackles have squashed the team. I mean imagine being a option team and only managing 95 yards rushing. I saw it last year even though Tech had a good year but if the Jackets can’t find a way to open up at least an adequate passing attack, I expect more of the same results as the Miami game. Not to spare the defense and though Miami is potent offensively, for the second game in a role a team played pitch and catch against the Jackets. The defense looked completely defenseless and this team is starting to show many flaws. The Jackets only lost three defensive players from last years team, all were linemen, so I can see a team rushing against the Jackets effectively but even with a decent rush the secondary is being toasted.

By the way I have my own room reserved at Grady for this season, I figured I better get it ready because it looks like I’ll being hanging out in there alot this season.

SeminoleWarrior

September 18th, 2009
9:31 am

As long as there are a couple of sweet looking nurses in the cardio unit, we will be okay.

SeminoleWarrior

September 18th, 2009
9:33 am

Looks like Hip Hip has a rib issue. But according to Smitty, he is ready to rock. We will have to watch that as well.

Nookah

September 18th, 2009
9:37 am

Greetings Cagers!!!

Falcons 30-17. Jason Elam 3 FG’s, Matty Ice, a well managed game – no mistakes, again!!!!

SW, I agree with you with regards to the strategy. Shut the run down and force Jake “Don’tcomehome” to beat us. That confidence has got to be shot. Our D will have to contribute very early to perpetuating this hangover (lack of confidence) Jake must have. In short, hit him early and often. If you can’t hit him, hurry and pressure him. Our secondary will have to be on their game and get very physical (legally of course) with these receivers.

Falcons 2-0

Go Falcons!!!!

Nuff respect everytime!!!!

CBrass

September 18th, 2009
9:38 am

oldbird,

I’ve said that I wasn’t going to give JA98 another thought but you took the words right away from my fingers. I thought I was the only one bother by the fact that he runs off celebrating when he can’t even get in the back field 99.9% of the time.

D3,

I really do not know what to say anymore. You out do yourself every time. I love the match-up section. It really helps me learn how things really works. I think we will be ok with all of the match up except Houston on Smith. As we all know Smith brings is A+++++++ game when he plays us and if he gets going he will make Houston look stupid(which is really not that hard to do).

SeminoleWarrior

September 18th, 2009
9:55 am

Good morning CB…I concur. That is why I would not be surprise if we see a glimpse of Tye Hill this week. Or maybe even Grimes on Smith. After all, it was Mush and the height advantage that killed Grimes on those damned slants and post patterns last year in Charlotte. Ohhhhh, the pain of recalling it. But in his defense, Grimes still played with an incredible resolve and led the team with 9 tackles in that game. Houston, torched equally by Smith, had only two.

CBrass

September 18th, 2009
9:58 am

WR,

I can’t believe I’m about to say this but I started to feel bad for Tech last night. They were exposed during the Clemson game and the U really shut things down for them. I’m sure every team out there will be watching what the U did last night and it may be a long season for the Bees. Nesbitt is not the best passer in the world and if they can’t get that going things may not be looking to good for you guys. It may be too earlier to tell but the U looks like they may be on their way back. Their QB is looking really good and they have the one thing that you can’t coach…SPEED!!! IMO that’s what really beat the Bees last night. Plus they look really tired and gassed by the second quarter. Is it me or did Dwyer put on a lot of weight during the off season. He doesn’t look at fast as last season. Not having a bye week until the end of the season may hurt you guys!!!

SW,

How are you doing my friend?

SeminoleWarrior

September 18th, 2009
10:00 am

Nookah, I’m with on the big kicking day from Elam. But we have got to keep an eye on that left hammie. That could be big.

SeminoleWarrior

September 18th, 2009
10:03 am

Cool as the other side of the pillow and as tranquil as D3’s little one in the crib, CB…all is well here in the TeePee.

WR

September 18th, 2009
10:12 am

CBrass, I definitely agree, its not so much that the triple option is outdated, but the game has changed so much that you have to have some diversity, which Tech just does not have. Teams are loading up against the dive and playing assignment football verses the toss sweep and option left or right. In Miami’s first two games though, they have looked like the U again, strong, fast, and cocky. But the telling sign is that their QB gets all day to through and that was the same way against FSU, so you combine speedy receivers with a QB that can grill some burgers, eat the burgers and then pass and you get some really bad results. I’m actually looking forward to the U against Oklahoma and V-Tech, if they take those games the East Coast USC is back.

WR

September 18th, 2009
10:13 am

through should be throw

WR

September 18th, 2009
10:13 am

Blog monster is at it again

CBrass

September 18th, 2009
10:19 am

SW,

That’s very good to hear.

WR,

It got me like 4 times yesterday!!!

SeminoleWarrior

September 18th, 2009
10:25 am

CB, how many sacks will Biermann give you this weekend?

CBrass

September 18th, 2009
10:28 am

SW,

I’ll say about 1 1/2. That’s going to come off of his high motor play.

Why is it that we never hear of JA98 working with Abe? I mean Biermann and Sid works with him and it shows. That’s one thing that I’ve always wondered about!!!

SeminoleWarrior

September 18th, 2009
10:33 am

Very good question CB. I wonder about that as well. And is it a matter of heart and personal intensity? Someone said during the preseason that maybe we should consider re-training him back to his original position, tight end. I’m for that because the experiment is nearly over at DE. Abe can play the left side..I say let Biermann stay on the field and continue to evolve. Thus far, he is TD’s ultimate steal in the draft process.

CBrass

September 18th, 2009
10:40 am

SW,

Exactly!! Many people have said that you have to have a certain mind set to play defense and JA98 may not have what it. If he did Biermann wouldn’t have matched his career sack totals in one game!! The bust status is about to be put in permanent ink as for as Mr. Anderson is concerned.

Sarah B

September 18th, 2009
10:57 am

Morning all, 50 hours until kickoff!!!! And here we go. Pull ahead in our division and don’t look back I say!!!

Coop

September 18th, 2009
11:17 am

I like the idea of JA98 playing TE. He’d be a great blocker. He certainly stays engaged in them a lot as a DE. I really hate this. I have been pulling for him so much. Sometimes it seems like he is so close, but just can’t get the QB. It’s like he is thinking too much and not just attacking like a predator on his prey. Maybe too cute in his route to the QB. He does get in the backfield occassionaly. Watching the Fins’ 3-4, I wondered how he’d do in a 3-4. Maybe he’d be better at OLB in a 3-4??? He has the athletic skills, he just doesn’t seemed to know the best way to get there.

Oh well, just read an article on ESPN Page two about how Jake will come back and beat us next week. Not grounded in a ton of logic, but I am concerned that we give the Cats any reason for hope. Need to come out, step on them early, and crush their hearts.

CBrass

September 18th, 2009
11:25 am

Coop,

Good to have you back may friend. Question is does he have the speed to play OLB in a 3-4?

Coop

September 18th, 2009
11:31 am

CBrass – Not sure. I’m certainly no expert on D formations, but it seems he is quick enough, but has a hard time shedding the blocker. Maybe he’d be better in space? I’m not suggesting we witch to a 3-4 (especially with our undersized DTs), just trying to think outside the box. I think JA has skills, he just lacks that explosion and agreesion to beat the block. Evan the two sacks he had last year were cases where the QB held the ball too long. We’ve never seen him do what Abe did last week and blow up a OT.

CBrass

September 18th, 2009
11:35 am

Coop,

I’m with you I have no idea about formations either but we will never see him run through a pro bowl OT. I talk alot of crap about him but I really want him to be successful but it just look like it’s not going to come at DE and it sucks that he’s getting played all of this money to clog lanes.

Coop

September 18th, 2009
11:59 am

CBrass – Agreed. I think that’s why we are all pulling for him so much. We wanted to see the Return on Investment for the #8 pick and all the money.

DePlane

September 18th, 2009
12:00 pm

Hi Cagers!

Coach is preparing the team for a JD bounce back. As everyone has pointed out, stop the run and keep Smith on ice and JD will have a tough day at the office. I’m confident we will stop the run.

Why we calling Peria Hip Hip? Is that like Hip Hip Hooray, but Hip Hip Peria instead? Just curious. I like PJ better…but I’ll go with concensus :) . I’d rather call him Hip Hop then Hip Hip…SW help me out!

Love this blog, read it every day. You folks are great! Reading some of the insightful posts and excellent coverage from D3 keeps me fed with a strong dose of Falcon Fever between the games.

I’m not thrilled with JA98 body language either, or his lack of production. Is the way he appears on the outside the way he feels on the inside? Wouldn’t you think he wants to perform and show greater intensity? We really don’t need another tight end.

Bierman on the other hand, is a terror going back to his high school days. The play which he came around and knocked the ball out of Pennington’s hand…is what he has been doing since high school. He knows if he can’t get all the way there just getting a piece of the QB could be a game changer. Never see JA98 do that…or much of anything else. Coach may feel he’s stuck with having to play someone since they are paying him a lot of money. Or he may know something about JA98 that we can’t see from where we sit. Time will tell.

Peace out….

John Waynesworld

September 18th, 2009
12:27 pm

Good late morning/afternoon cagers! Thanks for the info-food, D3. The usual great new topic. I think this weekend is, to reuse an old ’90s theme, HAMMER TIME. Yes, the Carolina Poodies are wounded. Good. If nobody else wants to remember, I remember how the Poodie Tats put it to us a number of times recently, especially when we were down. So now they’re down, a little worried with their QB going Jekyll and Hyde on them. Great. That means it is time…Time for a real everydoghashisday, whatgoesaroundcomesaround, paybackisabitch BUTT WHOOPING!!!

I’ll be the first to put it out…42-10. And it might not even be that close!

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John Waynesworld

September 18th, 2009
12:45 pm

SeminoleWarrior

September 18th, 2009
1:02 pm

DePlane, the Hip Hip Peria nickname came from fellow cage brother Stirg. I love it and use it each chance I can.

SeminoleWarrior

September 18th, 2009
1:05 pm

LOL JWW, the Poodie Tats. I love that. 42-10….wow. I’m not going to go there with you brother but if it happens, you and the Birds will make me one VERY happy dude! I would treasure the drive from the Dome back to the TeePee with my Kitten-loving CEO in mourning. I think it will be closer but I just want the victory now and in November there.