Mid Week Quick Hit – Defense, Jerry, and Game Flags

Permanent Uni's? (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Just a quick hit in the middle of the week to get you to the weekend and spur some good conversations and debate as we roll towards the Fight in Foxboro.

D-Line

Huge Interception (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Didn’t have quite as good a day as against Miami, but faced an overall tougher and deeper line in Carolina. Abraham and Babineaux had 2 tackles a piece, Davis finished with 1, and Biermann and Thomas Johnson only got an assist. Even though the running back tandem and line were arguably better than the ‘Fins, they gashed the Birds several times for big gainers. In particular, Williams and Stewart torched the Falcons on draws right up the middle. Several pressures and hurries, but no sacks from the defensive line. Biermann was certainly held in check, Abraham got close a couple of times, but Jamaal Anderson was unseen in the backfield again. Peria Jerry had a pretty good game until his season ending injury. We have more quickness this year, but we certainly don’t have a lot beef up front with big, road-grading guards. Where is Trey Lewis? Thomas Johnson had a fair game as well playing often, even before the Jerry injury. Gotta get more pressure with our front four to have a chance vs. New England. Grade: C+

Linebackers

Peterson continued his great start to the season, finishing with 9 tackles again, and a big forced fumble again. MP was again flying all over the field, bringing the helmet on each hit, and had a huge 3rd down pass defense in the second half. Any arguments on athletic improvement at the WLB position are being put to rest early this year. Lofton had some big hits as usual, collaring 6 tackles and 2 assists and laying some crushing hits. Nicholas had a good game as well, especially on some blitzes and getting his first sack of the year. Delhomme was much more on his game and got rid of the ball quickly, and maybe there were more to be had. The underneath pass, slants, and particularly the flare passes were killers all day long. How many 3rd down and longs were converted by dumping the pass out to Deangelo Williams and letting him run? Grade: B-

Secondary

Coleman Settling in at SS Nicely (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Erik Coleman had an excellent day in run support, popping out a fumble and sliding up with some big hits. Thomas DeCoud is looking to form a good, young tandem with Coleman as the free safety and strong safety. DeCoud is playing good in keeping everything in front, but came up really soft and tried the “Willie Martinez Shoulder Bump” that failed to bring down Williams and Stewart a couple of times. Chris Houston had that huge interception on fourth down and it was great to see him get a nice play at the end of the game after being beleaguered so often. Steve Smith is one of the best in the game and he had his way with both Chris Houston and Brian Williams pretty much all day. There were several times where Williams and Houston were in position, but Smith made nice catches on corner routes towards the sidelines. Brent Grimes found a little redemption in having a few pass defenses as well. Will we see Tye Hill or Chris Owens at any point this year? After playing a great role in the nickel last year, Chevis Jackson seems to have lost out to Grimes in this year. Cornerback and secondary play in general has to tighten up if we want to get where we want. Grade: C

Special Teams

Continued great coverage on special teams. Excellent kick and punt coverage, as we’ve come to expect from Coach Armstrong’s unit. Particularly nice coverage on that huge punt when we gave it back to the Panthers with a minute left to get down the field. Eric Weems seems to filling into the kickoff and punt returner role very well. Norwood had a blistering return to open up the Falcons offensive series, but is he an injury issue this year? Grade: A

Peria Jerry

Painful Loss (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Awful to see any player befall an injury and be out for the year, but this one especially hurts because Jerry seemed to be getting up to the game speed in the NFL and settling in to a very nice rotation with Thomas Johnson. One of Peria Jerry’s strengths is his work ethic, so have no fear that he will come back stronger and better next year. In the meantime, Thomas Dimitroff hedged his bets very well in knowing of Jerry and Trey Lewis’ injury history. TD brought in Thomas Johnson, who not only earned a roster spot, but also had arguably the best preseason of any D-Lineman. The fail-safe was the drafting of Vance Walker in the seventh round. Luckily, Walker was kept on the practice squad and has huge upside to get into a rotation and develop under one of the best in Sugar Bear Hamilton. TD surely had to know all this as well when he re-upped with Chauncey Davis and even signed Lawrence Sidbury in this year’s draft. Jamaal Anderson may not be living up to his draft position at D-End, but he is very good against the run and this might be his chance to get some solid work at DT. Chauncey Davis also got some action at defensive tackle. Versatility and stockpiling defensive lineman was a good move. Even if Davis or Anderson move to DT, that would still give us a 4 man D-End rotation. What is the issue with Trey Lewis? He hasn’t been active the last two games after having a very good preseason. Now would be the time for Lewis to prove he’s up to the task.

Flags – Great idea and nice treat getting the old-school flags for fans on their way in. It certainly helped add to the raucous and jovial environment in the Terror-Dome. Could giving out smaller, cheaper flags become an every game tradition? Sure would be nice.

Marta & Line Wait – The game experience was much improved from many fans perspective as they rolled into the Terror-Dome. There was no wait at all heading into the Lower C Gate, could’ve been the rain, but they seemed faster and more organized this time. Also major props to Marta, police, and all officials for ensuring fast trips with the mass influx of fans due to the close nature of the game until the end. Atlanta Falcons organization is officially encouraging fans to take Marta if they don’t own a parking permit. Also, upon calling season ticket representative parking permits are no longer available. Those hundreds of empty spaces must be reserved for ghosts.

Your Turn

-What’s your thoughts on the D-Line’s effort?

-Worried on lack of defensive pressure?

-Is Biermann ready for a breakout, or was the Fins game an exception?

-Is Peterson headed for an All-Pro year?

-Long passes and third down conversions with ease troublesome?

-Cornerbacks improving or in serious trouble?

-How bad is the Peria Jerry loss? Who will step up and in for Jerry?

-What would you think of an every game tradition such as flags?

-Should old school uni’s be our permanent jerseys?

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430 comments Add your comment

Boxcarar

September 22nd, 2009
10:32 pm

Boxcarar

September 22nd, 2009
10:33 pm

Do I silence the Cage with my posts?

Boxcarar

September 22nd, 2009
10:46 pm

D Line effort. 5.1 yards per carry. 6th worst in the league. Not a promising statistic.

dean21

September 22nd, 2009
10:46 pm

Boxcarar,
No, not at all…it’s just the changing of the guards and most cagers are day shift folks…there are very few of us night shift owls..I know Big Ray chimes in every now & then on the night shift…

dean21

September 22nd, 2009
10:49 pm

The key to Sundays game is not to listen to the critics & reporters on ESPN for certain…they cannot believe the hype! The Falcons are just as good as any team in the NFL and we are a talented team. Once the Offense and Defensive unit gels. look out!!!
We just need to minimize our mistakes and play a solid football game.

Boxcarar

September 22nd, 2009
10:51 pm

Dean21,
Thanks. Did you see my post from other blog?

Sarah B

September 22nd, 2009
11:06 pm

Hey guys I’m still up too.

Boxcarar

September 22nd, 2009
11:09 pm

Sarah,
I thought you were an early girl.

Boxcarar

September 22nd, 2009
11:10 pm

Meaning early to bed, early to rise.

dean21

September 22nd, 2009
11:11 pm

Boxcarar,
Which one? I did see one of them..can you repost it>?

Hello Sarah B!!!!

dean21

September 22nd, 2009
11:13 pm

Sarah B,
I heard you were under the weather? Hopefully you are feeling better!!
Did you get into the game early on Sunday? I was on the field right after the drumline appeared. They introduced some of the season ticket holders and I was introduced as well…that was awesome and I got my 15 secs of fame…lol

dean21

September 22nd, 2009
11:14 pm

No Boxcarar,
Sarah B normally comes on at night to get a few posts in….every now ans then, CBrass comes on as well…

I assume most cagers are drying out from the frequent down pours!

Boxcarar

September 22nd, 2009
11:14 pm

Boxcarar

September 22nd, 2009
8:25 pm
Dean21,
I was mainly concerned with 5.1 yards when we he was playing. TLewis still hasn’t shown total recovery. If all are healthy, then we should be OK.

Link Report this comment Boxcarar

September 22nd, 2009
8:32 pm
Dean21,
I only have seen

dean21

September 22nd, 2009
11:15 pm

Has anybody heard anything about Wes Welker? Will he be playing this week or not?

dean21

September 22nd, 2009
11:18 pm

Boxcarar,
okay, yeah I read that one and I agree! TLewis must show his worth now or risk being benched and eventually cut. We have to stop the running game of New England, but be ready for the dip & dunk show of Brady. I think Vance will be a nice back up to Johnson, but then stranger things have happened. TD could be looking for a replacement as we speak…

Boxcarar

September 22nd, 2009
11:18 pm

Dean21,
I only have seen replay of the first quarter so far, but Beirmann was lining up a lot on the left side with ABe on the right. I had seen earlier postings that said that Beirmann wasn’t accustomed to play on the left. Has his game stepped up that much in a week? Just promoting discussion

dean21

September 22nd, 2009
11:22 pm

I was at the game and noticed that myself! What I saw the most and of course wasn’t called by those terrible refs was that KB71, JA98 and Abe55 were being held by the Panthers Olinemen all day, but was not called for it. KB71 is just a beast on the field and watching him live is a wonderful sight!

dean21

September 22nd, 2009
11:23 pm

I see KB71 starting soon…

Birdman

September 22nd, 2009
11:25 pm

FALCONS 28 PATRIOTS 20

Maybe not this score but its the one that popped in my head.Probably be more points for each team.

GREAT POST D3

COME ON SUNDAY !!! GO FALCONS !!!

Sarah B

September 22nd, 2009
11:29 pm

I usually check in at night when I don’t have to worry about getting busted at work. NE doesn’t have much of a running game.

Sarah B

September 22nd, 2009
11:30 pm

But now I’m out tonight, need to get some sleep.

dean21

September 22nd, 2009
11:47 pm

Dean 21

September 22nd, 2009
9:31 pm
D3,
We don’t play again at Home until October 18, a sunday night game, so it may be wise to wait until our next home day game for the meet?

I do know that we have 2 tough road games and we need to win them both or at least one of them.

Great job as well D3, you have not told me about your pay grade..lol
so, I will assume that the AJC is taking care of you very good!!

Keep up the good work bro!!

NOTE:
If some of you early cagers get this post, maybe we can talk later about a meet at the Landing before the Bears game…

D3,Sarah B, JJ, SW, etc what about a 7PM meet at the Landing on Oct.18?

Birdman

September 22nd, 2009
11:54 pm

I hope Biermann has a break out again this week D3. PETE could have an all pro season if he stays healthy .The Falcons may be what he needed .
I like what I see so far with the CBs but I think we might get a better look this weak ,depends on how much pressure we put on Brady.But remember Brady is as good as it gets when he has time.
I like the old school unis .

E43

September 22nd, 2009
11:56 pm

its premature to grade now but the grades are dead on. road games are different as we know with most atl teams but with the falcons, its not unheard of to play well on the road n the pats will be a great test for us..

Birdman

September 23rd, 2009
12:02 am

Thanks for the post D3
Boxcarar,Sarah,dean21 and all the falcons nation ya’ll have a good one

God bless

dean21

September 23rd, 2009
12:06 am

Per D3………

What’s your thoughts on the D-Line’s effort?
I think they will be fine, just need for the other 2 guys to step up now that Jerry is lost for the year!

-Worried on lack of defensive pressure?
I would say yes as of now, we need to showcase more blitz packages..

-Is Biermann ready for a breakout, or was the Fins game an exception?
I think from time to time, KB71 will get caught up with some beef studs on the OL of our opponents and because of his quickness, the refs are not seeing the holding against him..overall KB71 is getting better!
-Is Peterson headed for an All-Pro year?

-Long passes and third down conversions with ease troublesome?
This is a problem, but the Falcons has this bend but don’t break defense, so it will pretty be the norm. Again, I would like to see them blitz more and tackle better!

-Cornerbacks improving or in serious trouble?
I thought BWilliams had a good game against the fins, but ran up against a monster receiver in S.Smith. This guy cannot be left alone with one man and have received double teams 90% of the game. They will need to double Randy Moss as well or it will be a long day!

-How bad is the Peria Jerry loss? Who will step up and in for Jerry?
I think loosing any starter is not good…but with the depth, it should work out okay for the birds….all 3 must step up to keep the rotation going strong. If not, look for TD to make some moves right away!

-What would you think of an every game tradition such as flags?
Maybe some flags or towels…our own version of the terrible towels, but more like the “terror-dome towels”

-Should old school uni’s be our permanent jerseys?
I think they should be our perm home jerseys!!

dean21

September 23rd, 2009
12:07 am

okay Birdman, see you on the flip side..I’m out as well.

Wabe

September 23rd, 2009
12:35 am

Can’t wait till this Sunday rolls around. I’m siked about this one. I think the gameplan on offense this week will involve a heavy dose of Michael Turner. Regardless of what we’ve seen out of the Patriot’s offense these past of couple weeks, I think it’s safe to assume that they have the capability to go out and score a lot of points, and therefore we should prepare for that. I think you’ll see the Falcons try to really control the clock, and keep Brady and company on the sidelines with long 10-15 play drives. Turner will be key, and I’m assuming he’ll get close to 30 carries. Let’s hope he comes through for us this Sunday.

My prediction – if we can run the football effectively, we win. I honestly don’t think much of the Patriot’s defense at this point. Jerrod Mayo will be out. So, I don’t think we’ll have a problem scoring, but can we stop NE? I’ll be honest, I don’t think so. Which is why I think long drives w/Turner + short passing game will help pick up the slack on defense.

LETS GO FALCONS! GETTEM!

Samuel

September 23rd, 2009
1:19 am

GOT TO GET ABE AND BIERMANN AROUND BRADY’S LEGS. KNOCK HIM AROUND AND GET HIM THINKING ABOUT HIS KNEE. ANDERSON NEEDS TO STEP UP,I LIKE JASON SNELLING THIS WEEK. ALSO LOOK FOR MARTY BOOKER AND RODDY WHITE TO HAVE A SOLID GAME.

Ed-Covington

September 23rd, 2009
2:35 am

Heard on the radio today that Welker will play.

Great info as usual, D3; but I have to question your assertion that JA is strong against the run. Several times Sunday he had contain, but allowed the TE to move him inside. I look to see BVG move him inside more, especially with Jerry’s unfortunate injury. I am worried about the DT depth. We are expecting either Trey, who has yet to be activated for a game; or Walker, from the PS to step into a starting rotation. Neither had been activated for a reason. We might be better served to move JA inside and rotate Abe, Bierman and Sidbury at DE. Of course, with a spot on the 53 or PS to fill, TD may come up with someone like he did with Johnson; mabe one of the DLs we cut.

Ed-Covington

September 23rd, 2009
2:48 am

A couple of more points:

Houston’s “great interception” cost the Birds nearly 20 yards of field position. It’s fouth down, just knock the ball down. As I said in a previous post, we were taught that as HS DBs. Instead of having the ball between the 20 & 30 yard line, the offense was stuck inside the 5. This severely limited the play calling and led directly to the Birds having to punt back to the Panthers. Admittedly, I’m glad Houston got to the ball; I just wish he would have knocked it down instead of intercepting it. He also lost contain and missed a critical tackle on one of the Carolina TDs.

Maybe it’s simplistic to blame draw plays on the DL. When I was playing draws were the MLB’s responsibility. Or maybe I’m being simplistic considering the complexity of the defenses & offenses called today.

Think Jax regrets letting MP and Brian Williams go? This is Del Rio’s last year there. I once thought he was a good coach. He was Fox’s DC in Carolina before taking the Jax job. Followed him since he was a Blue Chip recruit to USC.

Ed-Covington

September 23rd, 2009
2:49 am

OH YEAH !! GO BIRDS!! BAT the PATS!!

Ed-Covington

September 23rd, 2009
2:50 am

Just me and my shadow?

Ed-Covington

September 23rd, 2009
3:00 am

The last two weeks have shown the Pats are vulnerable. They should be 0-2. I’m sure that Mike Smith is intently watching film of Ryan’s J_E_T_S’s defensive schemes against Brady & Moss. The Pats miss Mayo & Seymour. They may prove soft up the middle for Turner & our OL. I picked the Pats in this game but I hope now I am wrong. I saw them losing only 2 games this year, and the Pats & Gmen away looked like the ones.

Ed-Covington

September 23rd, 2009
3:01 am

WOW; I hate to keep posting to myself!

Ed-Covington

September 23rd, 2009
5:25 am

Gots to say”Good-Bye”! GO BIRDS!

Ed

September 23rd, 2009
5:37 am

Very nice work on game breakdown DD. There’s one other very well known b ball writer with those initials and that would be the great David DuPree. If your budding career in sports journalism suddenly takes off, Old Dbl D would be a great role model.

Really liked the throwback jerseys…they have some real attitude in their scheme.

I am concerned that our first two draft picks combined have seen very little time on the field due to injuries

I am concerned that we are going into the proverbial bear cage and the bear;s wounded. Mad as hell.

Losing Richard Seymour has hurt New England almost as it has helped transform the Raiders D

Unquestionably the question of the day will be how much pressure we can get on Brady w/o having to totally sell out.

Ryan should have time to pass and that means gong down field further and spreading things out. This in turn will loosen up the running game to hammer things home.

Birdman

September 23rd, 2009
7:18 am

Falcons are going to win .I feel it one more time .A few sacks and a strong hold on the D early in the game will tell the story.

GO BIRDS !

Morning cage ! ! !

Birdman

September 23rd, 2009
7:27 am

Somebody get in here and give me something good to read.

KEEP IT COMING !

Birdman

September 23rd, 2009
7:48 am

I agree Ed about the bear cage .I know we didn’t go into that cage last weak are did we ? It might have been our house but I think the panthers were out for blood after there loss to the eagles as well.But as my dad use to say a dog always fights better in his own yard .
The birds can beat the Brady Bunch I think.
Like I said this may be an easer game than others coming up.

3 & 0

Unca' Bob

September 23rd, 2009
7:48 am

JJ,

Thanks for the consideration, but I will take a pass on our trade. Maybe we can work something out down the line.

Unca' Bob

September 23rd, 2009
8:01 am

Birdman

September 23rd, 2009
8:01 am

Good morning Unca’ Bob

How are you doing and how do you feel about this weeks match up ?

Birdman

September 23rd, 2009
8:06 am

Do you think he will help us.Good article by the way.

John Waynesworld

September 23rd, 2009
8:36 am

Good morning all! Getting psyched for the big tilt in Foxboro. Man, I wish it was snowing up there this time of year. I would love to see Turner plowing through the Patriot’s DE who is replacing Richard Seymour (big mistake on their part) and running to the ice house!
I think the loss, or release, of Seymour will prove devastating to the Big Brain (Belichick) and the Patriot’s playoff hopes.

D3, you are the lighthouse to our passing ships. I have to take exception to your choice of words concerning our defense getting “torched”. After watching highlights around the NFL of running backs including AP, Tennessee’s Chris Johnson and SF’s Al Frank Gore absolutely gashing leagues defenses, I wouldn’t say we got torched by any means. In fact, I would say, considering it is GAME 2 of the season AND we have a lot of young newcomers, that we are doing pretty darn good.

Birdman

September 23rd, 2009
8:41 am

Most believe that the birds will get hit hard this weak .From what I read on NFL blogs.
I hope not and I don’t think its going to be that easy.

GO BIRDS !!

Ed-Covington

September 23rd, 2009
8:43 am

Important that we run the ball and keep Brady & Moss & Welker off the field.
Ed. I agree about pressuring Brady. We all were apprehensive about the injury histories of Jerry and Moore when they were drafted. That’s why other teams shied away from them. After getting significant contributions from nearly every draftee last year, it seems that this year’s draft crop may not be much help. Middleton is gone, Jerry & Moore are hurt, Walker is just coming off the PS. None of them are starters. Compare to Ryan, Baker, Lofton, Jackson etc.
I sure like next year’s #2, though!

GO BIRDS!!

John Waynesworld

September 23rd, 2009
8:48 am

I want to add that in the Carolina game, our defense only allowed 4 plays of 20 yards or more in both rushing AND receiving (no TD’s) with the longest play coming from their tight end (32 yards). We allowed no 100 yard rusher and Steve Smith, one of the best PLAYERS in the league, to zero touchdowns. Awesome.

ddawgdavis

September 23rd, 2009
9:09 am

Carolina’s O-line deserves a lot of credit last week. They watched film from the Miami game and saw how Jake Long and his overrated line got abused by us. Wharton, Gross, Otah, etc. are underrated and really was the key to keeping Carolina competitive last week.

But that was last week…………..

We still won.

Now this overrated NE team is next, did anyone watch Buffalo Vs. them on Monday night a couple of weeks ago? Buffalo almost and should have beat them. Their pass rush is less than ours and their Defense is a notch below ours.

I can’t type or scream it enough, pressure Brady! He’s never been injured and had to come back expected to be a champion, he can’t handle it this early. Van Gorder pull a LB in on a Blitz and keep him nervous. Don’t let the ball touch Galloway, Moss, or Welker.

Falcons 34- Patriots 10

BlackTalon

September 23rd, 2009
9:31 am

I concur, with ya dawg.

Atlanta Falcons add Clark to practice squad

With the moves made on Monday, the Atlanta Falcons had an open spot on the practice squad, filling it on Tuesday with defensive tackle Jeremly Clark.

The 6′3″, 309 pound tackle spent last season with the New York Giants as a member of the practice squad, before rising to the 53-man roster in November. He played in four games, registering three tackles and a half of a sack.

He spent 2007 with the Philadelphia Eagles on their practice squad. The Eagles signed him as an undrafted free agent in May, 2007.

Clark played his college football as the University of Alabama.