The week feels like such a long time until Sunday, particularly until you get to at least Thursday, which is the unofficial start to the weekend. With that in mind, a few mid-week quick hits to make the rest of the week not too terrible, and its already the mid-week.
Missing in Action Corners – One of the most puzzling things so far concerning the Falcons at the 1st quarter point is several cornerbacks missing in action after the bye week. The CB’s who played against the Niners all had good days, save Brent Grimes dish-rag tackles, allowing Josh Morgan to rush almost 65 yards to a near touchdown. The big puzzle is why Falcons fans haven’t seen Chevis Jackson, Chris Owens, and Tye Hill. Chris Owens was drafted in the third round and showed flashes during preseason, but has been reduced to special teams duties, of which he has performed well, but no action in the defensive backfield. Some fans thought that Owens may even be starting by some point in the season, which seems highly unlikely at this point. Is this the normal progression for a 3rd year rookie cornerback, or is there something else? Chevis Jackson did get some plays against Niners in dime packages, but this is very interesting coming from a player who starred in the nickel last year, even leading some to believe he may steal the open cornerback spot opposite of Chris Houston. Is Brent Grimes really that much better than last year’s nickel back, or is something else afoot? The most intriguing of quandaries involve Tye Hill. The Falcons promptly traded away a 7th round pick to the Rams for the former first round draft pick. Hill was said to be recovering from an injury and it was a given that it would take some time to learn the defense, but the Falcons are one-quarter into the season, including a bye week, which makes over six weeks since he’s been in red and black. Several believed that Dimitroff may have worked his magic again with Hill, the same way he did with Dominique Foxworth, who subsequently signed a big $7 million a year deal with the Ravens. Even though the Birds only gave a 7th rounder for Hill, many hoped he may come in and possibly become the Falcons future at CB.
Long Day of Tailgating – Sunday Night Football allows for some serious tailgating readying for the big game, which doesn’t start until 8:20. Heading down to tailgate early in the lots? Or are you hitting Marta and hit the local Sports Bars (Taco Mac @ Phillips, Dantana’s, or STATs) for many hours? Enjoy the day and game, and find a way, any way, to either be out for work or at least late. Make sure you get rowdy and rockin’ for the electric atmosphere to ensue on Sunday Night.
-What’s your take on the Jamaal Anderson move?
-One-time deal, this year only, or does Anderson have a legit future at DT?
-What’s the deal with the missing in action cornerbacks?
-Any explanations for Jackson or Owens absence?
-Still believe Jackson or Owens could be our starting CB’s?
-Will Hill contribute at all this year?
-Who’s your most hated fans?
-What’s your tailgating plan for the long day before the game?
-Any other topics or quick hits you’d like to discuss? If so, throw ‘em out there.
Sunday’s another day closer