Test Failed – Falcons Take First Loss

Coaching and Offense

If this was the big test and benchmark we could gauge ourselves with, the returning grade is not good. The Falcons took their first loss of the season by allowing the Patriots to put them away in the 4th quarter. The opening drive looked fantastic, but having to settle for a field goal was probably a bad omen. After two above average performance by our Birds, this one will rank as a definite sub-par performance, to say the least. This one ranks high in the missed opportunities and blown chances category, and even though the game was technically within reach until the end, there was a feeling that we wouldn’t win this one. Really tough considering that the Falcons will have to gnaw on this loss for two weeks, never wanting to head into the bye week with a poor showing and a notch in the L column. Many areas for improvement and we hung in there with arguably the best franchise of the decade.

Coaching

There were several questionable calls on both sides of the ball and in general from Coach Smith. The script was laid out for the defensive game-plan by the Jets the previous week: apply pressure early, often, and always on Brady. Coach Van Gorder did none of that, at least that’s the way it appeared on TV. Tom Brady had all day to throw the ball, move around the pocket, and finally get into a rhythm. The future Hall of Fame QB looked plenty shaky all on his own, but it was just a matter of time before he burned the Falcons for a big play. After missing on several long attempts, Brady put nail in the coffin with a long pass to Chris Baker that essentially put the game out of reach. Very few blitzes came from any of the LB’s or DB’s and relied solely on pressure from the front four, which didn’t come. No sacks and very few QB pressures. The defensive players didn’t pull there weight, but the game-plan was pretty weak. Grade – C-

If Van Gorder had a bad day, then Mularkey had a worse one. The first drive looked great, moving the ball down the field at will, but we seriously stalled in the red zone and when they kicked a field goal on that drive it likely was a bad omen for the day. The Falcons continue to go to the air on 3rd and short, which is baffling for a run-heavy oriented offensive philosophy. Tony Gonzalez only caught a pass in the fourth quarter, which was really hard to believe being the MVP over the first two games. Coach Mularkey should have figured out a way to get the future Hall of Famer the ball more often. Although the Falcons were playing from behind, the Falcons seemed to abandon the run entirely too early. Since Turner seemed to be running soft, Snelling should have gotten more chances to run the ball. One of their best players, Vince Wilfork, went out of the game early and we failed to expose that weakness. Who knows if Norwood may have made a difference? Coach Mularkey seemed to call many plays that had only one option, such as calling a rollout on a critical 3rd and 4, which appeared to only have Roddy White as an option, and Ryan had to throw out of bounds when that was snuffed out. The play-calling looked intimidated and under-confident that we could go down the field and put it in the endzone.                                        Grade – D

Coach Smith doesn’t escape in this game either. A rarity for a Coach Smith led team, the Falcons didn’t seem to be prepared for this one and lacked the “sense of urgency” that he and Dimitroff preach. Beyond the first drive, the offense and coaching staff in general, seemed to lack confidence in the offense to convert any 4th downs. It was especially hard to believe when Coach Smith almost seemed to concede by not going for it on 4th down, losing by at least 2 scores. Bye week is coming at a good time to correct a lot of the issues that the Falcons have on offense, defense, and readiness. Hopefully, this loss will serve as a little humble pie for some players who may have read one too many news clippings. Grade – C

Offense

Trouble in the Trenches

The Falcons offensive line had troubles all year, but this game was a particularly rough one. The offensive line only paved way for Michael Turner to gain 56 yards rushing and Jason Snelling chipping another 3 yards as well. Much of the responsibility may reside with Coach Mularkey abandoning the run so early (2 rushes in the 3rd quarter, and 1 rush in the 4th), and Turner seeming to tip-toe to the line, but the offensive line is certainly not the dominant force they were last year in the rushing attack. Although performing well in pass blocking, the offensive line was one of the main reasons for the Falcons success last year, and are not off to a great start so far. Holes just don’t seem to be there for the backs the way they were last season. Penalties have also been a major issue this year with our OL. Even though it was only a false start, Sam Baker picked a really bad time to commit it after a touchdown was nullified when Michael Jenkins was called for offensive pass interference. This created 2nd and long on an extremely critical series. Whatever the problem is with our road-graders, it needs to be fixed to achieve success this year. Grade – C

Turner Struggling

What is going on with our Pro-Bowl running back from last season? He just hasn’t been the same running back so far this year. Save for the second half against Carolina, Turner has seemed to be indecisive and not running with the same speed and burst he had pretty much all of last year. It may not be all of his fault as the offensive line doesn’t seem to creating the holes it did last season, Coach Mularkey seems to abandon the running attack earlier, and teams seem to be dead set on putting 8 in the box, forcing Matt Ryan to beat them. That being said though, Turner shares some of the responsibility in tip-toeing a little bit as he gets to the line of scrimmage. The Falcons had their amazing turnaround and the ensuing high expectations in being the 2nd best rushing team in the NFL. Currently, we’re ranked near the bottom in terms of rushing. This makes two games that Turner has had huge fumbles in the red-zone that turned out to huge miscues, last week a score could have led to putting the Panthers away and this week’s fumble may have been the turning point of the game. The Falcons were tied 10-10 with the Pats and a chance to score right before halftime. The Birds had all the momentum heading into the half, and Turner’s fumble seemed to take the air out of the offense. Jerious Norwood added a nice change of pace last year, but has been hurt the majority of the time this year. Jason Snelling is doing some good things in limited chances, so maybe he needs to get more touches going forward. Grade – D

Tough Call, Drops, and Where’s TG?

The passing attack looked in sync and on point in the first drive and after that…..? The line blocked well for Ryan in the passing attack and he complete over 60% of his passes, but too many drops, miscues, and predictable passing downs led to a pretty inefficient day in the aerial attack. The Patriots were the ones who ate up the clock and played keep away from the Falcons, thus limiting their opportunities in the passing game. No rushing attack or threat led to the Birds having to throw the ball to move the chains and credit the Patriots secondary for covering the receivers well. Michael Jenkins had the best day of the bunch with 78 yards, but the biggest play of the day was the touchdown that was nullified when the refs called offensive pass interference. The call was a pretty weak one since Leigh Bodden was completely turned around and had no idea where the ball was. Technically, it may have been the right call, but there was a holding call on both Brian Finneran and Tony Gonzalez in the endzone that wasn’t called on the first drive. Roddy White had a very forgettable day, dropping several huge passes that could have been first downs and were complete drive killers. White has had his ups and downs, but needs to get going in the vertical passing attack and return to his Pro-Bowl form. A good running attack would help that though. Even though Booker and Finneran are adequate, it would be really nice to have Harry Douglas and his great pass catch and running ability paired with Tony Gonzalez in the middle. Speaking of Gonzalez, what happened today? Coach Smith and Coach Mularkey have got to figure out ways to get this playmaker the ball. He may have been double-covered throughout the game, but you wouldn’t know with the other passing lanes closed. Grade – C

Ryan Didn’t Win or Lose

Matt Ryan finished will almost 200 yards passing and completed over 60% of his passes, but had several times that he simply threw the ball out of bounds. Again, this goes back to play calling, but the schemes that the Patriots had for Ryan evidently confused him quite often. Teams may be dead set in making Matt Ryan beat them, but he has to get some help from the rushing attack. Running almost half the amount of offensive plays as the Patriots and getting half the time of possession, Ryan wasn’t able to get into much of a rhythm at all in this one. He wasn’t helped out by dropped passes, penalties, and fumbles. Ryan never cam close to getting a pass intercepted, but had several passes batted at the line of scrimmage. Grade – C+

Your Turn

-What’s your thoughts on the loss?

-Give your grades on the Coaches, O-Line, Rushers, Receivers, and QB.

-Expected tough performance, or the offense imploded?

-Pass interference on Jenkins on TD, or bad call?

-Good Pats defense or terrible game-plans?

-What’s the deal with Turner and the rushing attack?

-Turner’s fumble the play of the game, or not a big deal?

-Why in the world did Gonzalez only get one catch?

773 comments Add your comment

Boxcarar

September 27th, 2009
10:42 pm

First…
And a copy from end of other post
Just a observation…
The Pat’s non existant running game from weeks past were actaully
Welker’s yardage. I believe Brady read our defenses and called his running plays accordingly. If you look at past games, these yardage totals are close to equal that of rushing and Welker receiving yards. The usage of the numerous running backs must have added to our D’s obvious confuson.

Dawson Devitt (D3)

September 27th, 2009
10:44 pm

Great point Boxcarar. Our defense certainly didn’t look great today, but they at least kept us in the game until the end. If we don’t get our running game fixed, than we’ll be in for a long year.

Boxcarar

September 27th, 2009
10:55 pm

On Offense…
The coaching staff has stated all off-season and preseason that Turner will not have as many carries as last year. Their play calling adjustments have been incorrect. As a rush first team, we must still run the ball, but just give it to another back to rest Turner. Instead, the staff has elected to use passing plays instead of the rushing plays. While TG is a great additional weapon, he does us no good without the proper set up of play action and no one will respect play action until the running game starts to click. The running game should never be abandoned as early as our staff shelved it in this game.

Boxcarar

September 27th, 2009
11:00 pm

D3,
Forgot… You are THE MAN, in taking care of us in the Cage. We thank you for your insights and compassion. I hope that my late night croanies will still be up and give some thoughts.

R

September 27th, 2009
11:10 pm

I am not sure why the Falcons never blitzed all day. I realize the secondary is not great, but it worked in the Miami game and last week the Jets did it all day to Brady. Take a chance! They were around Brady all day, but never hurt him.

Boxcarar

September 27th, 2009
11:11 pm

Others have posted, but I will not go back and retrieve names, that our offense would need to put up 30 plus points for us to win until our defense comes together as a unit. 30 points may have been enough to win today, though Brady shut it down on that last drive.
Additionally, the eight man D line rotation may be counter-productive at this early stage. While fresh can be good and necessary to preserve ABE, working side by side repetitively with the same group let’s people gel as a unit. Let’s let five gel as an effective unit, and then work the others in for rest, as needed. We don’t rotate our O linemen to keep them fresh.

autoprt

September 27th, 2009
11:24 pm

the Falcons has a chance early to win this game because the Pats were horrible the 1st half chemistry wise. Brady was pissed at his receivers and the Falcons didn’t take advantage of the fact they quieted the crowd early. If they were truly a strong team they would have come out with a win on this one.

R

September 27th, 2009
11:25 pm

The O line has almost gotten to be a skill position. You can’t have morons playing the O line, but you may get away with it with D, if he is aggresive with technic. You almost have to rotate the D line as you are getting pushed on every play and it is easy to get gassed. It is also a match up thing. Some D guys are just in there to get blocked to allow someone else to get open in the 3 hole or whatever. Bottom line, you need some bodies for D.

R

September 27th, 2009
11:28 pm

Autoprt, I agree the Falcons should have taken advantage early. It’s not like Brady was on the mark early either. A blitz here or there would have made him feel uneasy. The second half he felt very comfortable back there. He had 6 seconds or more every play. That’s too much.

Ed

September 27th, 2009
11:51 pm

Great breakdown D3 as gloomy as it was. The lack of pressure applied to Brady is astonishing as everyone knew going in that’s what needed to happen. Going out to San Fran is going to be a really tough game as Singletary has turned that franchise around and has them playing inspired football. It took a miracle TD pass from Farve to pull it out today.

autoprt

September 27th, 2009
11:55 pm

this game was not enjoyable to watch. after the fumble you just had the feeling the Falcons weren’t going to win this game. it was like they were stuck in 1st gear and couldn’t get out of it. had they been home the Falcons probably would have won but to be a true winner you have to win away games that are winnable.

DeepDiver

September 28th, 2009
4:14 am

was anyone else appalled that we didn’t go for it on 4th and about 5 after the Jenks offensive interference call? We got backed up to 2nd and 18 and then completed one underneath to set up 4th and intermediate from the Pats’ 40. You’re down 6, have lost all momentum and your defense can’t get them off the field. You likely punt it into the end zone there and trade a potential scoring opportunity for 20 yards of field position. As it was, they fair caught it on the 15 so it was 25 yards field position.

Wouldn’t you know it, the Pats go for it on 4th and short from inside their own 30 to keep their drive alive and end up driving down the field for another score. That, to me, was a microcosm of the game – Bill was playing to win, Mike (both Smith and Mularky) were playing not to lose.

I had to turn the TV off when we punted in the 4th down by two scores. A lot of opportunities left on the field and it definitely felt like we were up against a bad whistle all day.

JJ

September 28th, 2009
7:07 am

D3, nice job!

Unca’Bob: 11 up with only S.Smith in your way for a win. It’s going to be close but I think Sarah B. is destined to be the only 3-0 team in a league of men. Gotta respect them bitches (thats her team name-Sarahs Bitches),

SW, the fat lady is still quiet. Your man Manning got my heart racing last night. I’ve spotted you 27 for tonight but you never no with Romo, doubt he has back to back bad games. My only salvation is your CEO kitty liters, they are pissede and will not go quietly into 0-3. Still, cannot root for them under any circumstances.

BlackTalon

September 28th, 2009
7:34 am

Good job, D3.

Unca' Bob

September 28th, 2009
8:13 am

JJ,

It’s looking grim for the hometeam. I’ll concede to Sarah B and props to her. I need to get ready for WR next week. F Gore went down and scored zero points and that was killer.

Unca' Bob

September 28th, 2009
8:16 am

D3,

Well done. I know you tempered your remarks and thats all good. Honestly, we sucked on all levels.

Ed-Covington

September 28th, 2009
8:27 am

How is a better running attack going to help Roddy White catch the ball? Don’t see any mention of #53: several missed tackles and beaten by BAKER on a TD pass. But let’s blame ALL the coaches?
I also wonder about the lack of passes to TG, but he was being held by the Pats every time I looked. Also, Moss “arms” off DBs every play and it’s never called, unless the DB grabs his arm; then everyone wants a PI on the DB. Jenkins didn’t need to push off on the TD play. All he needed to do was catch the ball. Why risk an OPI when you have a height advantage and the DB is beaten?

Ed-Covington

September 28th, 2009
8:29 am

Don’t forget the two INTs that DeCoud dropped. Players need to make plays. All a coach can do is put them in a position to make them.

Ed-Covington

September 28th, 2009
8:32 am

Lofton was credited with 19 tackles; another great game from him. The key to the game was the Pats running game. Once it was so successful, the play-action passes started working. Saw Nicholas make one play the whole game.

WR

September 28th, 2009
8:40 am

D3, nice job as usual. Defensively the team has to find a way to bring more pressure, last year they at least had Abe, this year apparently they don’t have even that. You would think the D could stop at least one aspect of an opposing teams’ offense, either the passing or the rushing but the Falcons seem not to be able to stop either. We probably got our hopes up to quick after that Miami game because the D seems to have returned to preseason form.

Offensively I said it in an earlier post, teams are stacking the box to stop Turner. If most recall, towards the end of last year thats what teams did and it started to work and now thats the goal of teams which is why I thought the Falcons went after a good tightend. Turner is tipping because theres no holes to hit, this offense is designed around hitting the open hole, but the hole has been none existant. Turner tips in hopes that something will open up, but it never does and defenses collapse on him after that. As for the fumbling, coach Smith took Mark Richt approach and didn’t have the physical training camp that they had last year, as he stated during training camp and minicamps they were focusing on the passing game, now the birds have left us to wonder where that passing game is while at the same time we lost the physical ground game that was the staple of the Falcons last year.

Speaking of the passing game, Pittsburgh has one of the worse offensive lines in football, they didn’t have a running game last year and during the 1st two games of this year but they can pass efficiently with the likes of Hines Ward and the emerging Santonio Holmes and big Ben isn’t even listed above Ryan as a QB. Joe Flacco who was listed well below Ryan doesn’t have probowl receivers at all and he is flourishing, so what gives with our supposedly upgraded passing game. Gonzo was supposed to help open things up, yes Roddy had some horrible drops yesterday but honestly it appeared that no one was ever open. When the Falcons brought in there sub package with Booker and Fin, things got to moving with alot of underneath stuff, but where were the vertical routes, theres no way a team should be able to double both Gonzo and White especially considering they are normally putting eight sometimes nine in the box to stop the run, the Falcons have Jenkins who is 6′4 and Fin who is 6′5 and both are running underneath routes when they are being single covered by 5′10 to 5′11 corners, so offensively I just don’t get it.

WR

September 28th, 2009
8:45 am

Unca’Bob, its not over until its over, but its looking bad for me this week unless Felix Jones breaks out tonight against a poor injury riddled Carolina defense. On the flip side, Dallas has the best running team in football so hopefully Davis can get alot of tackles but thats only hopes. As for getting ready for my team, you don’t have to work to hard, especially if my guys go in the tank next week like they did this week. So far there has been no consistency with my teams, like I said last night, back to the drawing board, my team is really starting to resemble Tech go figure.

WR

September 28th, 2009
8:50 am

On a side note and to get away from this depressing week brought on by our birds, did any get a chance to catch old man Farve looking like the Farve of old, he shredded a pretty good 49ers D that dared him to do so and he did.

John Wayneworld

September 28th, 2009
9:01 am

D3, good article.

I really can’t say too much about this loss except that it was difficult to watch. However, since I already put this on my Bird Cage preseason list as a loss, I can’t say I didn’t expect this outcome. Our guys will learn from this and we’ll be fine.

gdg73

September 28th, 2009
9:03 am

You hit the nail on the head when you assessed the coaching staff. The defensive and offensive game plans sucked!!! Plain and Simple. Why didn’t they use the Jets gameplan as a blueprint to beat the Pats. You could tell that Brady was gun shy early. He was bracing for hits that never came. After he realized our defensive line was a joke, he started hitting his receivers and put the game away. Also, don’t let the numbers fool you. Matt Ryan did not play well today. Bellichek and staff had him confused after the first drive. Our coordinators need to get more imaginative with the play-calling. BVG should have worked on zone blitzing all week in practice last week. Mularkey has weapons at every skill position and evidently has not figured out how to best use them. This loss sits squarely at the feet of the coaching staff.

DandyD

September 28th, 2009
9:03 am

What if the Falcons put some nuts on the table two weeks from now and started to play with “URGENCY?” You would probably find:

Sidbury getting some play.
Anderson getting some bench.
Norwood getting more runs AND passes.
TG getting his customary 7 per.
Snelling getting a bigger sniff.
The wideouts stretching the field.
MM opening his playbook to the “downfield passing attack” section.
VG in the NFL shop buying a package of blitzes.

And then you might be called a contender.

gdg73

September 28th, 2009
9:08 am

I agree 100% WR!! How in the world can you double both Gonzalez and White and still stack the box to stop Turner?

WR

September 28th, 2009
9:20 am

gdg73, your guess is as good as mine, for as much as we talk about the offense and defense stinking, the coaching staff acted like they were the ones worrying about getting hit, speaking of, do you have any eggs, I’m not sure their plane has landed yet, I know I can get to the airport and trust me my first couple of eggs are not going to be aimed at any players.

DandyD, sounds good to me, as a matter of fact why not ask the coaching staff to put there nuts on the table chances are they left them in Atlanta anyway.

Wesley Wallace

September 28th, 2009
9:38 am

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ET

September 28th, 2009
9:40 am

It was dissapointing knowing that the game plan was play not to lose, not play to win. Ryan has looked more like a rookie this year than last, could be pressure from more being asked and expected. He better shake it off because teams aren’t going to let Turner gash them like last year. The lack of aggression by Van Gorder I thought was an issue last year and rears its head again yesterday. Not one to be overly concerned but you enter the bye on a sour note. The schedule coming out of the bye is extremely challenging to say the least but the bye should allow for some adjustments and mend any early season wounds for a rough stretch in the schedule. Ryan has got to step up his game, ala Flacco!

Wesley Wallace

September 28th, 2009
9:43 am

Woops, sorry about that. I think Jenkins put his forearm into the DB’s neck, because he did not want to get tackled when he came down with the ball, which means he is playing scared. The Falcons looked a little overwhelmed at the beginning of the game, but it was probably the refs and not NE that made them realize that they were not going to be able to win that game.

John Wayneworld

September 28th, 2009
9:46 am

WR, save your eggs for rush hour traffic idiots. There is enough blame to go around, and, MAYBE, we can give the Patriots their props for a well coached, well played game. Their plan was to keep the ball away from our offense and they did a great job. A couple of plays or calls go our way and we have a close 4th quarter game.

Besides, WR, you were only two points away from predicting the spread in your preseason prediction and you did say the Pats were going to win handily.

gdg73

September 28th, 2009
9:47 am

We punt on 4th down and New England goes for it on their 25 yard line. No respect! That should have made the whole team mad. But just like the Falcons of old, they laid down and did nothing. I will give credit to Coach Smith for tryig to light a fire under the dline. He might need to cut somebody to get their attention (Anderson????).

gdg73

September 28th, 2009
9:47 am

I would definitely bench Jamal Anderson soon. Maybe that would be a wake up call to him.

CBrass

September 28th, 2009
9:58 am

D3,

As always great break down. You’re doing an outstanding job. I’m pretty sure that was to tough to write considering how bad our Birds played.

-What’s your thoughts on the loss?
As I think about it more we knew that the D was the weak part of the team but to only give up 26 pts to the Pats is really not that bad in my option(I know I’m going to catch some heat for that). The reason I say that is Brady had all day to throw and for him to only have 1 TD pass is pretty good for our D. He could have picked the D apart but when you think about it he didn’t. I’m not saying that the D should just settle with their performance because they have alot of work to do. Oh yea why the hell was Grimes on Moss?!?!
As for the offense I’m just at a loss. With names like Gonzo, White, Turner, Jenkins, and Ryan I expect to see more than 10 pts for an entire game. Turner looked really slow in getting to the line. As you stated D3 I do not see the burst that he had last year. Yea the OL is not giving him much to work with but he’s not getting to the line as quick as he was last year. For someone who held out for more money Mr. While is not playing like he’s an elite receiver. He had some key drops and if he wants people to consider him an elite receiver he can’t drop passes that hit him directly in the hands!! As for Gonzo he can’t catch what is not thrown his way. For the sake of God why did he only get one ball thrown his way(feel free to correct me if I’m wrong)? When he was shown he was one on one or wide open!!

-Give your grades on the Coaches, O-Line, Rushers, Receivers, and QB.
Coaches– C- (Mad Mike has to get his play makers the ball…Gonzo)
O-Line– C- (no sacks on Ryan is great but not give Turner anything to work with is not good to say the least)
Rushers– D-(can’t have turnovers during such critical times)
Receivers– C+ (only because Jenkins had a decent day)
QB– C+ he can’t help the drop passes

-Expected tough performance, or the offense imploded? The offense imploded simply put!!!

-Pass interference on Jenkins on TD, or bad call? I can see why they called it but as you pointed out the defender pulled a Chris Houston and had his back to ball and had no idea when it was coming.

-Good Pats defense or terrible game-plans? They stuffed the run so we have to give them correct there. As far as the play calling goes just horrible. Mad Mike had an off day( a Mike Bobo type of day which is not good not even average). I wish Smitty would have gone on that critical 4th down especially when the Pats go for it on 4th and inches when they are on their own 24!!! With the weapons that our O has picking up 2 or 3 yards should come with ease!!!

-What’s the deal with Turner and the rushing attack? I’m just stuck on this one. The OL is great proving Ryan protection but as far as Turner goes nothing can get going. It would help if Turner would run like he’s capable of!! Am I wrong in suggesting that he should pass to open up the run?

-Turner’s fumble the play of the game, or not a big deal? Very big deal. It was no doubt the turning point of the game. After the replay it showed that Turner was protecting the ball very well with a hit right on the ball jarring it lose, but he has to hang on do it.

-Why in the world did Gonzalez only get one catch? If anyone figure this one out please let me know!!

WR

September 28th, 2009
10:07 am

JohnWayneWorld, I’m not overly upset, hated to see the birds lose, but overly upset no. I think the game will benefit the players in the long run, I just don’t want to see any more of this playing not to lose play calling. Trust me I don’t take anything away from NE and even though I picked them to win I expected more urgency out of the birds and it just wasn’t there. Two weeks is a long time for the team to stew in their lack of effort, planning, strategy, and overall play hopefully this all will benefit the entire organization.

Coop

September 28th, 2009
10:25 am

D3 – Nice breakdown. Agree with most of your grades. I’d give the coaches an F. I agree that players amke the plays, but the whole punting on 4th while they go for it on 4th in their own territory made me want to through my TV out the window. That’s coaching by a bunch of school girls! I’m sick of this teams being the same ol’ sorry @ss Falcons. Not good enough.

I made my thoughts clear on the O versus the D yesterday. The O deserves plenty of blame, but this will be the result in EVERY game that the O struggles. The D needs to be part of the team and carry the DAMN load from time to time. They played weak, scared, and flat in the front. I’m disgusted by this D. Yes, the O needs to ctach the ball, establish the run, and milk the clock. But for GOD’s sake, could we please hold a team’s 3rd down conversion rate under 90%? Could we please stop getting gashed by screens and draws on 3rd and long? Could we please make a F!#$KING tackle and get the ball back to the O. When another team converts 3 4th downs on you, then you quit.

Finally, yes we got crewed on the Jenkins TD. Yes we got screwed on the Grimes stripping the ball from Moss going out of bounds. Unfortunately for us, the refs called a football game. They are usually played by men. There was only one team of men who showed up yesterday… and they got ALL the calls.

Coop

September 28th, 2009
10:30 am

Sorry. I forgot something in my rant. Not good enough. Just not good enough. For those who may bash me for getting on the team, I say, “NOT GOOD ENOUGH”! I don’t want back-to-back winning seasons. I don’t want 10 wins. I don’t want one and done in the playoffs. I want Superbowls and championships. Now, I don’t expect to go 16 – 0. I don’t expect to make the Superbowl this year. What I do expect is to fight and be tough in EVERY single contest. I picked us to lose this game. But we didn’t show up! NOT GOOD ENOUGH! I will not settle for that kind of performance and be happy.

BTW, my Dawgs… NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

I need an aspirin… maybe a bloody mary…

Dawgs

September 28th, 2009
10:35 am

Enter your comments here We just got out coached. We lost faith in what we do and then limited our options on the roll outs. This loss lies in the hands of the poor coaching and lack of preparation.

cutter

September 28th, 2009
11:01 am

Look for Houston to get benched as soon as Tye Hill gets up to speed.

uga_b

September 28th, 2009
11:18 am

I am going to go positive. I thought Decoud played well. I know he missed 2 chances for interceptions, but the truth is: he was in position to make those plays. He had a few really nice solo tackles. Long term, this bodes well for covering up some of Houston’s inabilities.

I really think not going for it on 4th down early really set the tone for the game.

DandyD

September 28th, 2009
11:23 am

Coop, couldn’t agree with you more. I didn’t think the Falcons would win this one either, but after the first two games I thought they’d cowboy the f up and make it a contest. It’s all about consistency and quality and it was lacking. The entire team – coaching staff included – looked clueless. What about the timeout the O had to call after they JUST HAD FIVE MINUTES worth of downtime following what – a booth review – or something? What was that about? ANyway, two weeks, SF. Will the real Falcons please stand up.

CBrass

September 28th, 2009
11:30 am

uga-b,

Going to have agree with you. DeCoud did play well yesterday!!! He’s looking really good along with Coleman. B. Williams also had a great pass break up on a deep ball thrown to Moss. He saved a TD right there.

cutter,
Is it me or does CH23 just look lost at times. On one route he go completely turned around!!!

Dawson Devitt (D3)

September 28th, 2009
11:36 am

Great Mon(dane) Hangover Loss Day Cagers! As many of you have said, that was a brutal game to watch yesterday. Although we were technically in the game until the end, it appeared as though we were intimidated all day long, from the soft rushing attack, dropped passes, and really weak coaching calls. What was the deal with not going for it on several 4th downs in the end? They just conceded for godsake. We better get some issues fixed in a hurry, because San Francisco is for real this year, and if we lose games like the 49ers, than it will be a LONG year.

JA#98 – The Jamaal Anderson experiment is over. Time to either move him inside to add weight and move him inside to DTackle permanently, or bench him. He is a bust at D-End, plain and simple. He may be of some value to us this year at DT, but not at DE. Its now time to get El Sid in the game and rotate with Biermann at one End, and have Chauncey backup Abe.

TD’s Draft No Help – Time may ultimately tell a different story, but TD’s 2009 draft is of absolutely no help at this point. Peria Jerry was working out nicely, but now he’s gone for the year. While you can never predict injuries, Jerry had a long list of an injury history, couple with that he’s 25 and will be 26 next year and you have to say that it’s no help. William Moore has contributed once since he’s been a Falcon. He didn’t have the same injury history, but regardless he’s no help at this point either. What’s the deal with Chris Owens? After drawing rave reviews in camp, he can’t even beat out Brent Grimes to play in the Nickel? Chevis Jackson played great in the nickel last year, and can’t beat out Grimes either? Sidbury looks like he may be the only one that helps this year. Again, time may tell a different story, but right now it’s looking pretty bad.

CBrass

September 28th, 2009
11:55 am

D3,

I’ve been saying that all along about JA98. It’s good to see someone with more football knowledge say the same thing. As of right now the Jerry injury is looming big. I think we will be fine just have to be more aggressive on the defensive side of the ball.

Coop

September 28th, 2009
12:01 pm

D3 – Spot on. Is this the beggining of the downturn? Remember how we all thought Mora was a genius after his first year? then as things slowly imploded we kept saying he deserved time based on the one good year. TD’s draft last year was great. But I don’t see anything in this year’s draft to be excited about.

As for JA98, just cut him. Take the hit and let hm go for the message it sends.

CBrass

September 28th, 2009
12:07 pm

Coop,

I do not think this is the beginning of a downturn. We just played really bad yesterday. I wouldn’t trade TD and Smitty for anyone.

JT

September 28th, 2009
12:12 pm

Quit Frankly, we’re lucky the game was as close at it was. Brady missed several open receivers early that would have been good for 6. If Brady was himself, it would have been seomthing like 28-10 at the half. Where I’m going with this is that the D actually played worse than the stats show IMHO.

I actually thought the offense moved the ball well in the 1st half. Turner’s fumble was huge. Something’s going on with Turner and the coaching staff knows it- that’s why we are throwing the ball so much.

Coop

September 28th, 2009
12:12 pm

CBrass – I know you’re probably right and I certainly hope so. I am just so frustrated by what I saw. That lack of effort was the Falcosn of old. I really thought TD and Smitty were bringing something new. But yesterday was very bad. Losing is one thing, but pathetic effort I can’t abide. I would like to see us come out and crush SF. That would show me something. There has to be a response to yesterday or my faith in the two will wane quickly.

JT

September 28th, 2009
12:14 pm

Quite Frankly, we’re lucky the game was as close at it was. Brady missed several open receivers early that would have been good for 6. If Brady was himself, it would have been seomthing like 28-10 at the half. Where I’m going with this is that the D actually played worse than the stats show IMHO. With or with Jerry, teams are running on us and that’s a huge problem going forward if they can’t find a way to stop it.

I actually thought the offense moved the ball well in the 1st half. Turner’s fumble was huge. Something’s going on with Turner and the coaching staff knows it- and I think that’s why we are throwing the ball so much.

John Waynesworld

September 28th, 2009
12:15 pm

D3, right on, except I saw JA98 on the interior line yesterday doing his best impersonation of a swinging door (or a door lying on the ground) several times. There is just no drive or manufactured anger in the man.