2-0! Falcons Edge Panthers

Birds Over Cats, Part 1

Big Win (CCompton/AJC)

The Scene, Refs, and Offense

Atlanta Falcons broke out the 1966 Throwback jerseys and channeled some of the hard-nosed fight, that studs like Tommy Nobis exemplified back in the day, in picking up their second win of the season and notching a victory over an NFC South enemy foe. The Birds edged out the Panthers in the Terror-Dome, not with a perfect or complete game, but got the job done when it counted most to get the win. 2-0, and that’s all that matters. As they say in sports, a win’s a win’s a win’s a win, regardless of how they come.

The Scene

Throwback Fun (CCompton/AJC)

The Terror-Dome was raucous, loud, and rolling for the Birds when they came out of the tunnel in those sharp throwback uni’s with the cool red helmets. Many fans were overheard wanting to see those as the permanent home jerseys. The fans played the part sporting the “new” throwbacks with the likes of Gonzalez, White, Turner, and Ryan black jerseys. Other fans broke out their old Dirty Bird jerseys and original logo hats and other apparel. Old school flags were distributed to fans as they entered, either in red or white, which fans added to the experience by waving them throughout the game. As has been the case lately, the weather didn’t cooperate for great tailgating weather, but a good time was had by all regardless. Game Ball – Who ever came up with the Throwback Idea

Weak Calls

The refs were active with the flags thrown all day on both teams. Two calls in particular really stuck a bur in the saddle of Falcons fans. The first was a pitiful call where Deangelo Williams caught a flare pass and was lit up either by Peterson or Nicholas and fumbled the ball away. Although it was a bang-bang play, the ref ruled that Williams did not catch the ball, but replay clearly showed that he made a “football move” and fumbled it away. Supposedly, since the ref ruled it an incompletion than it was unchallengeable. That would been a huge momentum swing, instead the Panthers were able to claim a field goal. The second call that irked the fans was when Ryan threw a 3rd down conversion pass to Tony Gonzalez on an out and TG made a great catch on a low ball, was not touched by the defender, and raced in the end zone for a touchdown. The ref called the pass incomplete and whistled the play dead, and even though the play was overturned, the Falcons were robbed by a touchdown. Another call had Roddy White catching an obvious 3rd down conversion, but the play was challenged by Panthers Coach John Fox which said that White never had control of the ball, but it appeared that he caught it and then fumbled it. Game Ball – The Taxi Leaving with that Ref Crew

Offense

5 TDs on the Year (CCompton/AJC)

Matt Ryan looked more on point in the passing attack today, completing 21 out of 27 passes, throwing for 220 yards, 3 touchdowns, and one interception. Ryan was certainly helped out by Tony Gonzalez and some amazing catches throughout the game. Ryan looked on target and had some excellent throws and long conversions. When the running game stalled early again, Ryan had no problem zipping the ball around and spreading the wealth hooking up with Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, Marty Booker, and Brian Finneran. White returned to his old form notching several big catch and runs and a touchdown. Booker showed he’s still got some gas left in the tank with several good, long catches. Ryan had touchdown passes to Gonzalez, White, and Jason Snelling.

Speaking of Snelling, he had fantastic day in limited time. With Jerious Norwood being out, Snelling showed a great catching ability out of the backfield scoring on a nice little inside route. The 3rd running back proved why so many have been high on him for quite some time, earning 37 yards rushing on 6 carries. Burner Turner finished with 105 yards rushing, but they were hard earned in the first half, averaging about 2 to 3 yards a clip. Even though running lanes were huge, Turner also seemed to be running a little tentative in the first half. He got his swagger back in the second half, though, powering through the line and looking to punish defenders past the line of scrimmage. Turner’s uncharacteristic fumble in the red zone was huge in that a touchdown could have virtually put the Panthers away.

140 Yards Rushing on Good DEF (CCompton/AJC)

The Burn Unit, as the Falcons O-Line was dubbed by DOL, had an up and down game. They performed great in their pass blocking, not allowing a single sack on Ryan and giving him plenty of time to make reads and get good throws off. In the running game, however, they looked a little weaker. In the first half they gave Turner very few lanes to run through and seemed to be getting beat at the point of attack several times. Clabo and Dahl, in particular, didn’t have a great day in the rushing attack. Clabo seemed to get beat to the punch several times by Julius Peppers and Tyler Brayton. The O-Line settled down a little more in the second half and it surely helped that Turner ran with more authority. The Falcons finished with over 140 yards rushing, which is extremely good against a stout Panthers D. Entirely too many penalties on the offense in general, but particularly on the offensive line. Put the offense in tons of bad positions. One of the worst was Harvey Dahl drawing a personal foul for extra activity after the play that drew the flag. It looked like a weak call, but that killed an otherwise momentous drive, forcing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and long. Game Ball – (2) Gonzalez earns his second and Matt Ryan gets his first.

Overall a great win, where the offense had some not so great moments, but looked better in the passing attack and stuck with the run long enough to get some breaks in the second half. Entirely too many penalties, but the offense did what they had to do to get the win. Likely could have put up more points if needed, but got very conservative running the ball, milking the clock with a 15 point lead in the fourth quarter.

Coaching, Special Teams, and Defense coming in part two.

Your Turn

-Who gets your game balls for offense?

-Ryan play better in your opinion?

-Is Gonzalez unstoppable?

-Offensive penalties concerning?

-Lack of running in first half worrisome?

-Enjoy the throwbacks? And should they be permanent home jerseys?

-Worried about Norwood’s injury trouble so far this year?

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

264 comments Add your comment

Boxcarar

September 20th, 2009
11:22 pm

Only seen photos, but like the throwbacks.

Boxcarar

September 20th, 2009
11:23 pm

Where are you late night folks?

Boxcarar

September 20th, 2009
11:27 pm

D3,
Can we line up Zinger a couple of times a game and throw him a bone? Is he our heir apparent to TG in a couple of years?

Boxcarar

September 20th, 2009
11:28 pm

It’s awfully lonely out here.

Ed

September 20th, 2009
11:59 pm

Excellent breakdown D3. Overall things are looking up and up but next week will be the real test. Things just don’t appear the same as normal in Foxboro but you can rest assured they’ll be pumped after losing to the Jets.

Gotta give out some props to our Dawgs…what a terrific game Saturday night. Joe C. certainly answered his critics winning the national player of the week.

Boxcarar

September 21st, 2009
12:18 am

Ed,
Now we have to deal with the Defense. PEE YEEWWW The DB’s looked totally lost.

Boxcarar

September 21st, 2009
12:33 am

On a throwback comment, they used the present Falcon logo in the endzone paint, instead of the old logo. I really like the old logo, red helmet. I guess I’m dating myself.

Unca' Bob

September 21st, 2009
5:38 am

Unca' Bob

September 21st, 2009
6:00 am

D3,

Man! I love that Magic Eraser! Memo to self: stay on D3’s good side.

Stirg,

Huge game in our FFL. Props to ya’.

Seminole Warrior,

The perfect case of blind hogs and acorns. I got lucky.

Samuel

September 21st, 2009
6:19 am

I would like to see Ryan get off to an early start against the Patriots up in foxsboro. The last two games he’s had slow starts. I think the falcons got their monies worth for BrianWilliams and Mike Peterson already. they lead by example. It going to be hard to keep Jason Snelling off the field, with his blocking ability and over all skill set. kudos to Chris Houston for finally getting a pick when we needed it. also Decou had a solid game. cut back on silly penalties and we are on our way to being 3-0 go Falcons!!!

John Waynesworld

September 21st, 2009
7:35 am

I’ll be the first to admit that I always liked Snelling. I have always liked his power and balance in the running game, even though being a Dawgs fan I wanted T. Brown to make the team, and it always seemed those two were pitted against each other for one spot on the Falcons’ roster year after year. I really wanted both guys to make the 53, I just leaned on my old ties. Jason Snelling is a beast. He is a tailback, a fullback, a tight end and an offensive lineman rolled into one. If it is just Jason against two defenders standing between him and the goal line, he just bows his head and WHAM! Snelling goes right at them and right through them. Hard nosed running. I am thrilled he is on our team.

Unca' Bob

September 21st, 2009
8:23 am

JWW,

J Snelling also lead the team in ST tackles last year.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2009
8:34 am

Good morning Cage Fam…

An incredible scene yesterday at the Dome. Kudos first to the team for the ENTIRE throwback concept. It was great!! The uniforms looked fine and the place was electric with all the flags flying around. I still think that the Dome and both teams did the Tech band wrong during the halftime show.

Offensively, it took a while but it hit stride when it needed to. D3, an excellent analysis of the right side of the line. Clabo and Dahl did seem to be out of their usual nasty mood yesterday. But the LEFT Side of Blalock and Baker were dominate all game long. Easy fix actions and I am sure that Coach Boudreau will have a talk with C & D; their play is critical to the success of the gameplan.

The Jason Snelling game is no surprise to me. I watched this kid do his thing for three years as Virgina faced FSU during the ACC. In a pro set under Al Groh, he showed all the traits. He dropped surprisingly in the draft because he was not as flashy or dashy as other RBs coming out in 2007. But he is the real deal. Given the injury issues Norwood has and the fact that he is a free agent after this season, the Falcons will do VERY well to keep the big man in tow as the Burner’s saddle mate.

The maturation of Matt Ryan continues in front of our eyes. Faced with a running game that was slow to get it going, he and Mad Mike executed the intermediate passing game to perfection. Remaining cool, very calm, and executing multiple reads, Ryan would use SEVEN different receivers and keep the Falcons in control. Great job. Snelling and Turner did a admirable job of staying patient, taking what they could, until the OL began to impose their will as a unit. Great work by the receivers as well. Good work all around on offense yesterday. Nothing that is a glaring issue..again, Coach B will minimize the mistakes of Clabo and Dahl.

Game Highs: The throwbacks, the sponsors who donated the flags and the crowd energy of the dome Sunday.
Game Lows: The boos the band received at halftime as well as the idiot kickers insulting the poor kids by kicking the damned ball during their performance. We are ATL, not Philadelphia as I said in the prior blog.

Game Balls: Mike Mularkey for an excellent offensive game plan (he is going to be a hot candidate for another HC gig in the offseason). Others on offense getting love are Ryan, Baker, Blalock, McClure, Gonzo, yes, I’m giving Jason Snelling some love to. Great work men…

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2009
8:39 am

UnCa Bob (Semper Fi), congrats on an outstanding win my brother. I told you it would be close but I did not expect to do battle with BOTH the first and second Marine Divisions. Sets up one heck of a rematch later in the season though… That Frank Gore move was classic. That is the way to play FFL. Again, GREAT win. One HELL of a move.

Unca' Bob

September 21st, 2009
9:02 am

SW,

I truly got lucky. Stirg was the bomb. He traded R White to Jason for C Johnson and it paid off big time. Johnson had 49 points to Whites 11, a 38 point swing that took Stirg over the top.

I sent you a tidbit on Hugo.

BamaBirDawg

September 21st, 2009
9:13 am

-Who gets your game balls for offense?
#88 – No doubt

-Ryan play better in your opinion?
Yes and it should be expected as a trend… just as long as the O-line holds up.

-Is Gonzalez unstoppable?
In context with the rest of the offense contributing, yes.

-Offensive penalties concerning?
The zebras are an unpredictable lot and should be considered as an indirect opponent. Avoiding penalties in this league… is impossible.

-Lack of running in first half worrisome?
Nope. Each opposing D will have to be taken as a rule to itself. Some we will do well running against, others not so much.

-Enjoy the throwbacks? And should they be permanent home jerseys?
I’m an old time fan, beginning this affair with the Falcons in 1968. As long as they win, they can wear their PJs and I won’t care.

-Worried about Norwood’s injury trouble so far this year? Maybe. He looks like he make have over-bulked in the off season, adding more muscle mass than his frame is capable of using. He’s a roadrunner, not a bulldozer. he should embrace his gifts and not try to be something he isn’t.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2009
9:13 am

UnCa Bob,

Great piece. Hugo is one of my favorite storms to study. It is the most feared event that could hit the southeast GA/Nrn FL coast. God be with us if it does…

An Observation

September 21st, 2009
9:14 am

Yesterday’s Game Highs: The Falcons overall performance, the fans rocking the Dome and the throw back Sunday with the original Falcons’ players being recognized

Yesterday’s Game Lows: The stupid fans that booed the GA Tech band and the Ref crew

Overall is was a GREAT game yesterday in spite of the Ref crew.
I too was amazed that some of the UGA fans would actually boo the GA Tech band. In today’s environment, ALL college students should be supported and not booed. I showed a lack of CLASS which some of the UGA fans no little about anyway. None of those kids were football players.

I am excited about the Falcons playing the Patriots next week and look forward to a win. Hopefully none of the injuries are too serious.

WR

September 21st, 2009
9:15 am

Morning bird cagers, nice win by our beloved birds as the process continues. As many have already posted a win is a win and the champions usually win even the ugly ones. The game pointed out that it continues to be a process both offensively and defensively for the Falcons. Offensively the Falcons have proven to be unstoppable when focused, mad Mike has to be enjoying the many weapons at his disposal and the players appear to be enjoying spreading the ball around without having to lean on one player specifically.

Defensively, some could say the defense took a step back, for instance, there has been plenty of finger pointing aimed in Houston’s direction, but realistically Steve Smith burns the best, yes he burns some more than others, but thats what makes him one of the best in the league. The true making of a winner is shown with his or their resolve, Houston showed that resolve as he intercepted what could have been a game tying and motivation swinging pass near the goal line. The defense showed the same resolve, the got gashed all day, they had moments of looking like the preseason defense, but in the end they came through with the plays when they needed to. On a final note what can we say about Mike Peterson, what a great addition so far, where Abe was considered the heart of the defense, Mike Peterson has become the image of the defense’s new found attitude. For as much credit as Peterson deserves, how about the play of Thomas Decoud in his first year as a full-time player and better yet a full-time starter. How bout them birds

WR

September 21st, 2009
9:22 am

Unca’Bob, Stirg traded Roddy White for Calvin Johnson, not Chris Johnson, but he did have an extremely great day yesterday. He has trust the Gullah Geeches into the conversation with the likes of the Raptors.

Seminole, after that beating the City took yesterday, did you ask for permission to come into the cage, you should have.LOL

Hey fellow members of the FFL, Sarah B is kicking butt and taking names also, it should be a really good matchup next week as she takes on Unca’Bob. Speaking of Unca’Bob, I smell a rat, for all the talk of not knowing what was going on, not being sure if he would get it, the guy has steam rolled the league, it appears that the Raptors carry a can of “whipazz” in there back pocket everywhere they go.

Ed-Covington

September 21st, 2009
9:22 am

Samuel:

Two points: Ryan threw 3 tds in the first half. Slow start?

Houston’s int. cost 17 yards. It was 4th down, all he had to do was knock the pass down. We learned that in high school. Houston also looked great on the TD run where he had contain and couldn’t make the tackle.

Chip

September 21st, 2009
9:23 am

LOVED the throwbacks. They need to be the new alternates, since I like our home jerseys enough. I don’t like the black pants that the alt. jerseys have, or the red sleeves on the black jersey. Besides, while the current Falcons logo is just fine, the old one really looks cool and intimidating. They should consider making it an alternate, seriously.

Also, it’s nice to see Falcons fans showing up at the Dome. I hope that more people in Georgia will start showing pride in the Falcons than in UGA or Georgia Tech.

Unca' Bob

September 21st, 2009
9:25 am

SW,

You still have P Manning yet to play. It’s not over.

Gotta’ bounce out for a while. Back ASAP.

Mercenary

September 21st, 2009
9:27 am

What about Weems and special teams? Solid two weeks in a row.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2009
9:50 am

WR, UnCa Bob and I did not have a side bet like the one Stirg and I had last week. But again, I have nothing but respect for the moves that my friend and fellow warrior made last week. I saw that the Raptor team would make it closer than what ESPN thought; I commented as such. But damned, those AV8 Harriers dropped some serious bombs on the Vet and the famed Devil Dawgs really opened up the can on us. I will make no excuses; he flat out kicked my ass!!

But trust me, the season is FAR from being over. But rest assured, we will not go gently into that good night. That is not the Process, the Posse Way, or the way of the Nole Nation.

As my mentor General Patton one said, lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of my way. The Posse will be back!! Bet on that!

There is a reason why we called that division a mirror reflection of the SEC East. It’s now coming into focus. It is going to be a war all season long. And I, for one, am in it to win it!!

Bill Polian Jr aka SW

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2009
9:51 am

Weems is emerging well on special teams. It will be great to have him and Douglas in the arsenal for years to come.

Lil'Dave

September 21st, 2009
9:57 am

Good Morning Cage! How bout the DAWGS and Falcons. What a great weekend! Until I tried to fly back into Atlanta and then everything went south. Big time delays for me last night trying to get into the airport. Damn whats up with all this rain?
I did get to catch the Falcons game at a local bar in Miami but I didn’t have any sound. Which is like having cereal with no milk!
Weems did in awesome job I thought and Snelling has always been a beast in my eyes. Houston finally broke the ice for our CB with a nice pick on Steve Smith…think they’ll make a commercial about it in super slow motion and in HD? Or they should have atlest a part 2 to that commercial. But the game low for me had to be seeing Jerry helped off the field..I’ll prey for the big guys speedy recovery.

Jason,
Buddy I got home super late last night, so I haven’t had the chance to get your e-mail yet. Plus here at work the e-mail are a no go. So it’ll be after 5 today before I’ll be able to take over for you. How did we do this weekend? Did you win?

Great win for our Falcons! Who besides me picked them to win next Sunday in New England?

WR

September 21st, 2009
9:58 am

Seminole, goods pts, and to think Stirg has just up the ante in that the division, its going to be brutal over there. Good thing I don’t have to dip out of the ACC unto the latter part of the season, though I do have a date at the Raptors the weekend after next.

WR

September 21st, 2009
10:01 am

LiL Dave, don’t ask about the FFL, the Gullah Geeches apparently still had a bad taste in their mouth after the lost to the City last week, and trust me when I say they took it outtttttttttt on the makers.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2009
10:04 am

Lil Dave, the silence from the Branch on Jerry is disturbing to me. I wish the young man the best. I chronicled his injury history last night in the final inputs into the previous blog. It is reason to be nervous.

But my wishes are for a speedy recovery and return fo Hip Hip.

Ed-Covington

September 21st, 2009
10:09 am

Congrats to all FSU fans, great win for the Seminoles. (and that was real hard for a TECH fan to say!) Also, same to all VaTech fans.
Great work, D3. Great win for the Birds! The J-E-T-S made NE look vulnerable yesterday. I predicted a loss in Foxboro, but I hope I’m wrong. GO BIRDS!! BAT the PATS!!

CBrass

September 21st, 2009
10:13 am

D3,

Great work as always!!!!

SW,

How was the ride home after the game yesterday? LOL

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2009
10:17 am

Ed-Covington, on behalf of the Seminole nation, I thank you kind sir.

CBrass, there was joy in the ride all the way home. She tried to go to sleep but the NFL on Sirius would increase in volume after each score update. I paid the waiter at Joe’s Crab Shack extra to lead the Hey,Hey Good bye chants during and after dinner last evening.

Ohhhhhhh yes, as Ice Cube called it, it WAS a good day.

Ed-Covington

September 21st, 2009
10:25 am

BTW:

MY son called me yesterday morning from Ireland, his plabe had just landed in Shannon from Kuwait. He has been doing convoy escort duty as a Ma Deuce gunner on an MRAP for the past year in Iraq. So proud of him and so happy that the GOOD LORD saw him safely through his duty to his country. He’s on his way back to Hawaii now for a year.
I know that this is too serious a note, and I am the world’s biggest sports fan; but there are times that other things must take priority.
Thanks for your time and patience and God Bless everyone.

Lil'Dave

September 21st, 2009
10:29 am

SW, I forgot about your wife being a Carolina fan…uhmm nothing like a house divided. Dude, I’m overley excited about taking over the Makers. If I had more than just a half a day of vacation left I’d go home right now and gett’em started in the “PROCESS” of the greatest FFL comeback ever!

D3, I also wanted to say great blog as always.

Also being the Bulldogs fan that I am it was a damn shame to hear about the fans booing the Tech band. If anything we should save tha boo for Willy. Even tho I didn’t get to watch but the last 4 mins of the UGA game I heard the D was aweful??

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2009
10:31 am

Ed-Covington, as the father of a warrior and a retired warrior myself, I share your joy. My own little Warrior will be coming home early from his deployment. He is not happy about it; was selected for an advanced training but I thank God that he is well and serving with distinction.

May God bless your warrior, my warrior, ALL warrior, past, PRESENT, and FUTURE. God bless the mightest military machine in the history of man…the armed forces of the United States of America.

Ed-Covington

September 21st, 2009
10:34 am

Thanks for the thought, SW; from a USAF Vietnam Vet.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2009
10:35 am

Lil Dave and CBrass, she is already looking ahead to November when I have to venture into the Litter Box (aka BoA Stadium) for the game there. NOTE: If you have not been there, BoA Stadium is a lovely place to watch a football game so when I call it the Litter Box, I mean NO disrespect…just that I will always call the team the Kittens.

Lil Dave, you will see that the league is already going to be as much of a toss up as the dreaded BCS standings. I love it. Looking forward to your arrival and participation.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2009
10:36 am

USAF retired here….and your son is in which branch?

Coop

September 21st, 2009
10:36 am

Mornin’ from Texas Cage. Pretty good weekend. UGA won another heart attack game, Falcons win inspite of themselves, and the Cowboys lost. If you’ve never been in Texas after a Cowboys’ loss, it’s an experience. Talk about rose-colored glasses. Which brings me back to the Dawgs and Falcons.

I’m thrilled both won their games, but let’s be honest, these teams don’t look that good. The Falcons offense is good, except when they need to run the ball to kill the clock at the end of the game. With the weapons we have, we should be burying teams. The defense looked more like preseason than week one. Jake Delhome is better than Pennigton, but he’s no Brady, Brees, or Manning. If we don’t solve our defensive woes, we will get lit up. Seriously, Houston has got to play better or just go. I’ve always said Grimes is a great special teamer, but that’s it.

The Dawgs defense is embarassing. I really like Richt, but this has to stop or he has to go. Willie Martinez simply cannot coach.

Concerned about Norwood and Jerry’s injuries. I’ll be surprised if Jerry plays another down this year. My money’s on a torn ACL (hope not, but no pressure coming off the field is VERY bad).

So, very happy to get the wins. We beat teams we were supposed to beat. But I have zero confidence that these teams have moved to the next level. Poor execution and some poor coaching (Dawgs) is keeping these teams from being great.

Lil'Dave

September 21st, 2009
10:38 am

Ed-Covington, It’s great your son has been returned safe. I too was in the military for 5 years with the Seabees out of Port Hueneme. And there is no greater feeling then coming home after a deployment to proud parents and friends. That’s what makes this country great in my eye’s is that no matter what our Flag still stands. I still damn near cry everytime I hear the National anthem. And thank you and your son for supporting our great Nation…and thank you fellow Cagers that are prior military.

Coop

September 21st, 2009
10:41 am

Ed-Covington: Congrats on your son coming home, that’s the sweetest plane ride of all. Thanks for his service, your service, and you too SW. From a currently serviving Soldier.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2009
10:41 am

Coop, great breakdown my brother. Is it Hood or Bliss?

Coop

September 21st, 2009
10:44 am

SW – Ft. Sam Houston.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2009
10:44 am

Once service is truly rooted in your blood, you never let it go. And as we all know, there is special bond to all that have served regardless of the color of the uniform. I’m with you Lil Dave. The SSB and Taps work me over every time I hear them. It’s a matter of the soul.

Coop, keep it my brother. Nothing makes us old lions more happy than young lions like you, Ed-C’s son, and my own carrying on the torch into the twilight that is the future.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2009
10:45 am

Be careful Coop…any mention of Richt having to move on will draw fire from CBrass.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2009
10:46 am

Ft Sam Houston…Home of the Army Medical training center. Had a few stops over there that will prevent me from ever running for Congress…LOL.

Flappin' Falcon

September 21st, 2009
10:48 am

-Who gets your game balls for offense?
#2 – Superb understanding of our offense and what the defense throws at him, although would like to see a couple more downfield attempts

-Ryan play better in your opinion?
Yes, we have a lot to be thankful for in Ryan. He works hard and represents this city well. He obviously looks at his job as Atlanta’s QB as a JOB, not a privilege.

-Is Gonzalez unstoppable?
Pretty darn close.

-Offensive penalties concerning?
O-line hitting past the whistle is risky business. That weak personal foul was called due to our reputation alone.

-Lack of running in first half worrisome?
Not in the least. Just like not passing much in the 2nd half. Although a little more aggressive play calling would have been fun to see in the 4th Qtr, I don’t mind the end result. But somewhere down the line we are going to have to get aggressive with the lead. That is the signature of the elite teams.

-Enjoy the throwbacks? And should they be permanent home jerseys?
Loved seeing them but they gave me chills a few times as I reminisced about some of the old Falcon years as a little boy. Those years were riddled with losses. Stick with our present unis please.

-Worried about Norwood’s injury trouble so far this year?
Love Norwood, but he has always been ding prone. Here a hammy, there a knee, everywhere a ding ding. I have posted many times that this will be the reason he will not get the big FA contract and therefore remain a Falcon. Plus Snelling has proven himself every year he has been with the Falcons as powerful runner, smart, prepared and perfectly capable of carrying a Norwoodian load. But still love Norwood, so get healthy quick Wood.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2009
10:51 am

Coop, I want to take up a point about Grimes. I have watched this young man now for two years. There is something special about him. The scrap in his game is something that you can not teach; it’s heart. He is not the biggest fellow but damned if he is not one relentless little guy. He is one to keep and continue to develop, if only for depth and ST play like you suggest.

I will hold off on further defensive analysis because the CEO aka D3 is going to offer a chance to assess in part two of this blog string.

Birdman

September 21st, 2009
10:51 am

Good morning cage

I was impressed with our falcons .They showed they can play under pressure and that game was know, give me, JD and crew knew that they needed a win and our birds just out played them.
MR gets the O game ball .This was his best game I’ve seen. He showed he could come back strong after the interception he threw .
Snelling and Booker show that they are worthy of there spots.I’m glad Houston came threw with the interception he sealed the game.
Looks like Norwwod may have one of those injury , years,just got that feeling, Jerry also. Snelling looks to step up there,
I’m glad that 16 mill Turner got his game on in the 2nd half.But that I think was because of a tired D after our O played off the clock so long .
We are still lookin good on special teams ,My man B Finn looking good ,And our guys pining them deep.
I think the birds can beat the Patriots .They were beat down with the pass rush yesterday and I look for the birds to put pressure on the QB.But also they are gona be looking for a win at home after that loss .I predicted earlier that the birds will win this one tho and I,m gona stick with it

Falcons 28 Patriots 20