Mid Week Quick-Screen – JA#98, Missing Corners, & Opposing Fans

Is it Sunday Yet?

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.

Jamaal Anderson to DT – This really could turn out to be a great story for the most beleaguered and criticized Falcons player on the roster. Number 98 has the had the target on his back from day one of year one and has failed to live up to expectations in terms of sacks. The coaching staff has shown solid support for Anderson with his run-stuffing ability and skill to put pressure on the quarterback, although not coming up with the big numbers in terms of sacks. In all likelihood, Anderson may have been drafted too high by former GM Rich McKay, and he has been given every chance to “turn the corner” at defensive end, so after he’s struggled again at D-End so far this year, is all hope lost for the former 8th overall draft pick? Maybe there’s a happy ending after all. Many fans and critics alike had suggested that JA#98 be moved inside to help utilize his ability to play the run, while giving others a chance at pass-rushing defensive end. It was a shock to see Anderson line up next to Babineaux, with Biermann and Abraham on the perimeter. It couldn’t have worked any better, at least in this game, for the much maligned player. This has the possibility to be win-win-win on so many fronts. The injury to Peria Jerry created an already huge vacuum at defensive tackle, while also having an odd-man out at defensive end with Abraham, Anderson, Biermann, Davis, and newly drafted rookie Lawrence Sidbury Jr. It’s early and who knows if the coaching staff will make it permanent, but the early returns are good on starting Biermann, utilizing Anderson’s run-stuffing ability, and working in the immense pass-rushing talent of Sidbury. Here’s to hoping the best on Anderson’s new possible position.

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.

Most Irksome Fans – The 3-1 Bears and all their loyal fans will descend on Atlanta and mix it up with all the Falcons fans, also at 3-1, in the Terror-Dome for Sunday Night Football in what looks to be a very raucous environment on the national stage. As with many supporters and their teams, Chicago fans are some of the most passionate in all of sports. Bears fans talked plenty during the game (all in good fun of course) last year, only to be humbled a little with the Falcons last second heroics in one of the wildest finishes in the NFL all of last year. The Bears fans certainly made their presence known last year, rivaled only by Cowboy fans on Saturday night football and Steelers fans from a couple years ago. All in good fun, but which fans get under your skin the most?

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.

Your Turn

-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

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Boxcarar

October 13th, 2009
10:19 pm

I’m number #1.

FALCONS RULE

October 13th, 2009
10:19 pm

FALCONS RULE

October 13th, 2009
10:19 pm

Good job boxcar

Wabe

October 13th, 2009
10:29 pm

Sunday just won’t get here quick enough!

BIG GAME! LETS GO FALCONS!

Boxcarar

October 13th, 2009
10:34 pm

JA98 – Legit if a pay cut is in order.
On CB’s, my big question, as i posted earlier, is what about Hill?
That’s all for the moment.

Boxcarar

October 13th, 2009
10:41 pm

FR
Even a blind squirrel finds his nuts once in a while.

BlackTalon

October 13th, 2009
10:43 pm

What`s the rush on Hill?
If, you remember it was last seasons bye week before Foxworth saw any significant action.

Sliding JA98 inside was a timely and good move.

Da Bears fans?
The last I checked, opposing fans in the dome have never had any effect on the outcome of the game.
Besides, the Bear fans I have hear from are really worried about them facing this Falcons team..and they should be.

Sarah B

October 13th, 2009
10:45 pm

No complaints on this weeks D.

BlackTalon

October 13th, 2009
10:48 pm

Sarah, is that a question or a comment?

Boxcarar

October 13th, 2009
10:51 pm

BT,
If Hill’s on the payroll, let’s get some worth from him. I worry about damaged goods. He doesn’t need to start, but he’s still on the inactive list for almost six weeks? Something is not quite kosher on this. I bow to TD and Smitty’s decisions, but there seems to be a little grey around the details on Hill.

BlackTalon

October 13th, 2009
10:55 pm

Just a quick point on the Bears defense.
Thier passing defence is suspect, they play the Tampa cover two and allow lot of underneath completions.
Matt Ryan and Tony Gonsalaz should have very productive night.

BlackTalon

October 13th, 2009
11:01 pm

Boxcarer, don`t worry about the situation.
They have to go with who gives them the best chance to win on each and every week.
Patience, and besides..the Falcons passer rating defence in in better shape than many think.
I posted an index of passer rating and and defence diffrential, in the old blog.
Go back and give it a glance and see what I am talking about.

Eric P.

October 13th, 2009
11:02 pm

wish the beatwriters would explore Jackson more. Good size, good year last year and nothing this year. What’s the deal?

Boxcarar

October 13th, 2009
11:02 pm

Have any of you FFL folks seen the advertisement for a show about FFL called “The League” on FX channel?

JJ

October 13th, 2009
11:05 pm

BT, before I get into purely fun snack with d3 and ffl, you my friendare wiser than I estimated. Some gave Sarah B. advice on gov. jobs which is good if she can get it, you gave better advise INMO:
I’ll paste it in a minute, sb is on my im ass…

Boxcarar

October 13th, 2009
11:07 pm

BT,
I’m not that worried, but would like some info. All is quiet from the Branch concerning Hill. Uneasy feeling. Read the index.

JJ

October 13th, 2009
11:24 pm

One of the best lines ever, from Mr. BlackTalon:
BlackTalon

October 13th, 2009
10:13 pm
Sarah B,
Often in life, when one door closes.
A new door opens with a new set of challenges and opportunities.

This is one of the keys to life, when one door clooses, another opens!!!

Except for D3, his door closes, and were going to slam it shut!!! little puppy!!!! Afraid of some little bee’s, greenie!!!

Sarah B

October 13th, 2009
11:44 pm

Thanks JJ. Good luck with D3.

Boxcarar

October 13th, 2009
11:52 pm

Sarah B.
Glad to see you. Cutler is better than SHill. I hope that our DB’s are up to the task at hand. My heart can’t take a repeat from last year’s game.

Sarah B

October 13th, 2009
11:58 pm

Boxcar that was the best game last year if you were there. Those Bear fans went running out of there thinking they won only to hear us go ape shiat when we scored. HA HA let’s do it again!

Boxcarar

October 14th, 2009
12:01 am

Sarah B.
I’d rather see a repeat of last week’s whoopin’ on the Bears.

Sarah B

October 14th, 2009
12:14 am

Well me too it was a nailbiter. A friend of mine came and bought a scalper ticket. He sat with us and moved when he had to. There was about 8 min. left and he said well I guess I’ll go. The older black man that sits right behind me said sit down boy, you’re not going anywhere. He sat down and 7 min 45 sec. later he said “That was the best $45 I’ve ever spent”. It was great!!!

Boxcarar

October 14th, 2009
12:23 am

We need to rock Cutler’s world this week.

Boxcarar

October 14th, 2009
12:27 am

Sarah B.
I can’t hang tonight. I’ll see you on the flip.

Sarah B

October 14th, 2009
12:29 am

Sarah B

October 14th, 2009
12:29 am

den

October 14th, 2009
12:33 am

hi all, if we can break the bears spirit early. like we did the niners, should be fun to watch.

Sarah B

October 14th, 2009
12:45 am

den

October 14th, 2009
12:51 am

hi sarah, i am hoping to see this gel with ja98 inside with the beerman and abe on ends, that looks good so far

Sarah B

October 14th, 2009
1:05 am

Yeah that combo whoked last Sunday. Let’s do it again.

Sarah B

October 14th, 2009
1:05 am

den

October 14th, 2009
1:21 am

i like how there is a different star of the game week to week with all the options

Sarah B

October 14th, 2009
1:52 am

me too… Beirman

den

October 14th, 2009
2:09 am

I know i said beer man on purpose

den

October 14th, 2009
2:12 am

i am already excited for sunday night, i hate the waiting.

Sarah B

October 14th, 2009
2:43 am

I know you did

Boxcarar

October 14th, 2009
2:46 am

Girl, you still kickin’?

Boxcarar

October 14th, 2009
2:49 am

Ed

October 14th, 2009
3:13 am

D3 the move of #98 to DT was an excellent one and could pan out better than many people think. Regardless it is the sign the Falcons are moving on and will now align the defensive front accordingly.

The CB situation is so puzzling any suggestion of clarifying it is just a stab in the dark. There has to be an abundance of inside information that we are not privy to that would clarify so many questions.

As far as fans, I have always found the Steeler fans to be the best travelling bunch in the NFL.

Sarah B

October 14th, 2009
3:33 am

Can’t sleep…

Sarah B

October 14th, 2009
3:34 am

Can’t eat either. Tried.

JJ

October 14th, 2009
5:59 am

Morning Unca’Bob, raining again.

D3, Just playin my friend, by the way, do you recommend madden 10 on ps2 or is it about the same as 09?

SW, Have you studied this el nino this yr? When does it end?

Falcons, time for the no-huddle!

Y’all have a great day, the sun will come out! Great football weather this weekend, 58/42! :)

El Bravo

October 14th, 2009
6:48 am

You have to give it a couple of games after the bye week to see if the eadjustments made will work. Grimes seems to be a perfect fit at nickel with his speed and toughness (that one poor tackle not whitstanding). Much will be learned this week about the secondary. They performed well against San Fran but any meltdowns against Da Bears and you have to start considering other options at corner. It would seem to me that Owens would be first in line…

John Waynesworld

October 14th, 2009
7:11 am

Good morning Cage! Thanks WR for the kind words. We are indeed family.

I grew up in Chicago and I still like da Bears when they are playing other teams. Not this week. I want BVG to use his experience coaching against Cutler both last year and in years he was D.C. when the kid was at Vandy. I have heard elsewhere that Cutler doesn’t like to get hit early in a game. So be it. I’m sure BVG know it.

rainman

October 14th, 2009
8:18 am

The good part for Anderson is that he can go on the Grady diet — cheeseburgers and twinkies.

Hill will get a shot when the coaches think he is ready. With Williams and Hill on board, it’s doubtful Owens will get much playing time this year. I too am suprised that Grimes got the nod over Jackson at nickle. I guess he’s just not quick and fast enough to stick to the receivers consistently.

Speaking of the secondary — we’re all waiting to see Moore in action, but just like Hill, the coaches will decide when he is ready. DeCoud seemed a little lost at first, but he has improved. If Moore were to come on strong at SS at some point, where does that leave Coleman? He was our best DB last year and may be this year – even though FS is his best position. Right now, he is probably our best safety – period.

WR

October 14th, 2009
8:20 am

Morning cagers, D3 at the rate your going we’re going to have to petition the AJC to give you a check everyweek. On to the birds, I really liked the move of putting Andersen at DT it could lead to big things in the future for various reasons: 1st by moving him to DT obviously it benefitted the DL he has a quickness advantage over most guards and he has a nice size advantage, not weight wise but he is tall and if he gets his hands up during a pass rush he should be able to knockdown plenty of balls when the QB is throwing from the pocket.

2nd, it might just benefit Jamaal overall, he just didn’t have the technique to succeed as a DE but his technique now is fine for a DT and he will have an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge playing in the trenches that can be used on the outside if he is ever moved back. There has been alot of DE’s in the 3-4 that started out as NT as they progressed they were moved out side and the skills they learned playing inside helped them blossum big time outside.

As far as rowdy fans, Philly has some of the best. Anytime you have fans that will boo santa claus you know those are some outrageous fans, plus we have the added benefit of a certain someone coming to town with them, so that should be a very entertaining game.

WR

October 14th, 2009
8:27 am

Didn’t want to go on with my last post to long, but D3 I second your comment as far as what happened to Chevis Jackson. I know he played the Nickel last year and outside of Foxworth he appeared to be the best corner on the team. I wonder have there been some personal issues, like lack of improvement or work habit during the offseason, maybe he sat on what he showed last year and didn’t really try to improve on his abilities, that will quickly lead you into a coaches doghouse.

Another thought is that maybe last year the team wasn’t expecting much so they were willing to take more of a chance on player development as opposed to this year when they are amongst the hunted so they don’t feel the need to take extra risks. I don’t know but I think its odd that Chris Owens hasn’t seen more time on the field I think its highly unlikely he could do any worse then Chris Houston, hell I couldn’t do any worse then Chris Houston.

Samuel

October 14th, 2009
9:48 am

IF Hill was ready I think they would play him, also Anderson can put on a little weight, so he will not get push around at defensive tackle. Keep in mind that no team goes without injuries. So all the players we are talking about will get an opportunity to play probally sooner than later. GO FALCONS!!!

CBrass

October 14th, 2009
9:59 am

D3,

As always outstanding working. It will be a very interesting and loud game to say the least. I will be making the stop after spending the weekend in Nashville with my Dawgs(let’s hope to God they actually show up to play this week).

-What’s your take on the Jamaal Anderson move? Judging by the game Sunday it looks to be a good move. I know I’ve had my fair share of criticism for Mr. Anderson(and it will not stop) but he simply wasn’t getting it done at DE. I think this past Sunday he spend more time in the back field than he’s has the entire career. As of right now it looks like a great move but let’s wait a couple of more games before we really give his move a whole lot of praise.

-One-time deal, this year only, or does Anderson have a legit future at DT? As I stated before let’s give him a few more games to really see if he can be consistent in getting in the backfield and disrupting plays.

-What’s the deal with the missing in action cornerbacks? I’m with you on this one. Owens showed so much promise in the preseason and for him to not even be given a chance in mob-up duty(like last Sunday’s game) is kind of odd. If you find out why Jackson is not playing please pass the word along. He played really well last season. The only reason that I think Grimes has taken over the nickel spot is because he may be a little faster. I’ve heard that’s the reason why Jackson hasn’t taken over a starting corner position is because of his lack of speed.

-Any explanations for Jackson or Owens absence? Jackson lack of speed and maybe Owens just doesn’t know the system just yet. Those are the only two things that I can think of.

-Still believe Jackson or Owens could be our starting CB’s? I think they could. Anyone is better than Chris “I Can’t Turn My Head” Houston.

-Will Hill contribute at all this year? I hope so. I’m tired of seeing Houston with his back to the ball.

-Who’s your most hated fans? The Bear fans are the only one’s that I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. They weren’t too bad last season. The guy that sat in front of me last season was really nice. However I will say that the Bear fan that sat a section over were mixing it up pretty well with the Falcons fans only to leave the stadium with their heads hanging.

-What’s your tailgating plan for the long day before the game? Probably will not be tailgating. I be coming from Nashville after seeing my Dawgs play.

-Any other topics or quick hits you’d like to discuss? If so, throw ‘em out there. Who’s going to cover this Johnny Knox fella? He’s tall and he’s fast. I hope to God it’s not Chris Houston. Also what type of defense does the Bears run? A 3-4 or 4-3?

BlackTalon

October 14th, 2009
10:03 am

CBrass, the Bears run a 4/3 with cover two.