Inspired Effort, Another Loss

Falcons Upset Bid Falls Short to Saints

Upset Bid Comes Up Just Short (Curtis Compton/AJC)

The Falcons played inspired football against the NFL’s best team and nearly pulled off the improbable upset, but fell short with a couple of miscues towards the end of the game combined with some bad play calls. The playoffs are done, but the Birds showed that they still have a lot of fight left in them and likely will take pride in the final three games. The Falcons went toe-to-toe with the Saints and fought back several times but came up just short. Chris Redman rebounded with a good game and only made one critical mistake throughout the contest against a very good Saints defense. Jason Snelling had a tough running game and Michael Jenkins scored his first touchdown of the year after dropping a potential game-changing TD earlier in the game. The defense had its ups and downs, but held the NFL’s best offense under 30 points and kept the Falcons in the game and gave them a chance to win at the end. There are some good things to take away from the loss, but none other than this team has tons of fight left in them and that bodes well for a season where the breaks fall their way.

Storylines from the Saints Loss

1) Redman Settles Down and Steps Up

After an absolutely atrocious game against he Eagles last week, Chris Redman came out and looked sharp from the opening drive. The play-calling certainly assisted Redman’s improvement in letting him hit some shorter passes and get into rhythm early in the game. Redman threw for over 300 yards and played mistake free football, except for a costly interception at the end of the game. That one wasn’t completely on him either since he was given the task of starting 2nd and 22 after an unbelievably poor play call with the game in the balance. Redman had some big throws down the field and came away with some critical first down conversions throughout the game. After making Falcons fans wonder about their future at the backup QB position, Redman showed he has the talent and skill to compete on this level. Whether or not he’ll get a chance to start somewhere or if he’ll be a Falcon next year are other questions altogether since his contract is up this year.

2) Snelling is Officially the #2 Running Back

Another Solid Day (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Jason Snelling had another big day in the Falcons backfield going over 100 total yards (37 rush, 65 receiving) and one touchdown. Jerious Norwood chipped in another 30+ yards, but the torch of the number two running back seems to have been passed to Snelling behind Michael Turner. Norwood’s speed was thought to be the perfect complement to Michael Turner’s hard running style, but Norwood’s injury issues may have had an effect on his ability to get into a rhythm. Norwood certainly has the burst he’s always had, but Snelling is getting more touches and appears to be more in the Falcons future than Norwood, especially since #32’s contract is up after this year. Will the Birds elect to try and resign Norwood, or will they look to draft a running back in the draft since Snelling has shown he’s capable of handling the #2 duties.

3) Better Called Offensive Game Except…………………

Coach Mularkey and Coach Van Gorder had a better called game except for a few bad choices at really poor times. Coach Mularkey seemed to have one of the better games of the year against one of the NFL’s best and most aggressive defenses. He allowed Redman to get into rhythm and brought out some of the trickery that made him famous. He set up a couple of big plays to Michael Jenkins, one that was caught for a TD and another one that should’ve been. He did a very good job of compensating for not having his starting quarterback, starting running back, and starting left guard. He had a nice mix of calls and kept the aggressive Saints fairly off balance. Unfortunately, two of the last calls of the game were the worst. Potentially, the play of the game came with the Falcons getting the ball back after holding the Saints to a field goal with a little under 5 minutes remaining in the game. Mularkey broke out the wildcat formation with Norwood at QB and made the ill-fated decision to call a reverse to Eric Weems, who was promptly dropped for a 12 yard loss. Predictably, the next play was Redman trying to overcompensate and threw an interception. The defense somehow gave the Falcons another chance to win it with less than 2 minutes, but by all accounts that was a game-changing call. The Falcons appeared to be driving down the field for either a game-winning TD or tying field goal but completely stalled out on the last series. Redman got it to a 4th and 2 and the last play was the ballgame. It may have been Redman’s decision to checkdown, Snelling’s failure to move deeper, or Mularkey’s overall call, but the short dump off was way too short and officially ended the Falcons upset hopes.

4) Better Defensive Game Except……………..

3rd and 19 TD Inexcusable (Curtis Compton/AJC)

After allowing an avalanche of points against the Eagles at home the week before, the Falcons stepped up and played much better overall defensive football against the leagues top-scoring offense. The Saints still drove up and down the field, but their usual big plays were kept to a minimum and had to earn every yard. Drew Brees threw for almost 300 yards and 3 TDs, but that’s just “average” for him. They kept the Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush combination under 100 yards in their rushing attack, but were obliterated in the passing game to the running backs. Although they held the Saints big plays to a minimum, the Saints still found there way in the passing game with rather ease. How many times can Marques Colston be wide open on an intermediate dig route? Brent Grimes filled in pretty nicely for injured Chris Houston (and got hosed on a couple of pass interference calls), Chris Owens looks to be the real deal for the future, and Chevis Jackson had another good game in the nickel. The Falcons didn’t get much pressure on Brees, and that has been a serious issue all year, but the Saints QB is one of the best in the biz in feeling and avoiding pressure. Although a source of strength in the running game, the linebackers are quickly becoming a liability in the passing game. The failure to get off the field on third downs has been a major problem all year, and is simply inexcusable in allowing teams to get multiple third and longs. The all-out blitz with 3rd and 19 was played like a fiddle and allowed the Saints to moonwalk in the endzone. Van Gorder shows promise and surely deserves some room, but the third down failures have to stop.

5) Questionable Call

Weak Call (Curtis Compton/AJC)

You never want to play the poor officiating game, but the call on Brent Grimes where he made an interception was a really horrible call. Granted, the Saints had more calls (6) against them than the Falcons did (4), but there were several pass interference calls that were made on Grimes, but the interception was a really bad one. The replay showed that both players were jostling for position and Grimes certainly didn’t interfere. It was a 3rd and 10 anyway, but the taking away the interception was killer. The next series allowed the Saints to score a touchdown to move the score to 23 to 9 and all but out of reach, even though they did fight back like mad. The other pass interferences could be understandable, but that one was weak. Coach Smith also was mad enough to slam his headset to the ground when there was a “no-call” made on the screen pass for a TD.

6) Can/Will the Falcons Win Out?

Even though the Falcons aren’t statistically eliminated from the postseason, they need a complete meltdown by the Cowboys and Giants, and its unlikely that either team will lose the rest of their games. How much is that Carolina loss a playoff-killer right about now? But the fact is that this very young team has seen its fair share of bad breaks and then some. One of the hardest schedules in the NFL combined with a multitude of injuries. The Falcons have three very winnable games left on the docket taking on the Jets in New York, the Bills at home, and finishing the year at the 1-12 Bucs in Tampa Bay. The Birds should take nothing for granted, but these next three games can be a great learning and building experience for next year. Given all the tough spots this year, the Falcons were in every single game in the fourth quarter except for one. They had a chance in New England, could’ve won in Dallas, took the Giants to overtime, and took the NFL’s best teams to the wire both times. That’s certainly a lot of excuse-making, but the as silly as it sounds, the next three games are pretty critical for this young team to show they will be around for years to come and to break some certain ridiculous “curse” that’s hovered over the franchise for “a little while.”

Game Balls

Offense – Chris Redman – After a really bad performance against the Eagles, Redman threw for over 300 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

Entire Falcons Team – Even though it was a loss, the team fought hard and never gave up after a really embarrasing defeat that could have spiraled the locker room and the season

Convo Starter

Is Jenkins a Legit Number 2? (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Hard to argue against an 82 yard, 1 TD day receiving, but is Michael Jenkins a legit number 2 wide receiver to complement Roddy White? Jenkins has shown an ability to redeem himself in games he makes mistakes, but dropping big catches in games is hard to watch. With Harry Douglas returning from injury and Brian Finneran having injury issues again, should the Falcons target a receiver in the draft?

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

Your Turn

-Disappointed with yet another loss or pleased with effort?

-Any prayer for Falcons in the postseason?

-Is Chris Owens the real deal at CB in the future?

-What would you do to the cornerback situation in the off-season?

-Should Mularkey or Van Gorder either be on the hot seat?

-Will the Falcons resign Jerious Norwood with Snelling’s emergence?

-Were their some bad calls against the Birds, or pretty fair called game?

-Can/Will the Falcons sweep the last three games?

-Is Michael Jenkins a legit number 2?

398 comments Add your comment

stendec

December 13th, 2009
10:25 pm

If old fart is still up watching ballet or some other type of shet on PBS this one is still for him…Hey Nincancoop. I did not ask you a damn thing! So drop dead. Then go straight to Hell! That enough hate for you? I have earned these rants after over four decades of this shet! Dumba$$ SOB. ++STENDEC++

Sarah B

December 13th, 2009
10:30 pm

Nice Stendec… keep it up, you are making friends right and left.

Wabe

December 13th, 2009
10:36 pm

Again, T.D. knows much better about talent than me. He knows what direction he wants to take this football team. With that said, I like Cody. He’d be a great fit here. His big body would shore up the middle of that line. He’d command double teams and ultimately make it much easier for everybody on our line to attack the QB.

Wouldn’t mind if they took another route. But, I’m kinda with you about the DB’s BT, just don’t know about DB’s with a first round pick. I’d rather shore up the front 7. Work on that D-Line or get some playmaking LB’s.

Former Falcons 365 Employee

December 13th, 2009
10:39 pm

Naw, no prayer for the Falcons in the postseason…they will be cleaning out lockers when the wildcard games roll around.

Box

December 13th, 2009
10:39 pm

D3,
In reference to Jenkins as a number 2, a number 2 receiver doesn’t get his first TD in the 13th game of the season. IMHO

Wabe

December 13th, 2009
10:42 pm

True Box. Good point.

I like Jenkins, but we’ve just seen too many critical drops at critical times. He had a tough drop in our first game against the Saints too.

Box

December 13th, 2009
10:44 pm

I know you cap gurus are out there. This talk of trading up for Mount Cody would be great, but can the team afford to, with having to re-sign some of our OL and the rest of a new draft class? I know our old QB comes off of the books, but there are a lot of RFA and FA coming up after this season. Your input is always wanted and appreciated.

Sarah B

December 13th, 2009
10:47 pm

No Box he doesn’t…

Wabe

December 13th, 2009
10:48 pm

Don’t think T.D. would trade up Box. He seems like the kinda guy that’d trade his first pick back and stock-pile. Don’t know where Cody ranks in terms of the draft stock. Last time I checked (and this was before the SEC CHAMPIONSHIP), Cody ranked either 4 or 5 in terms of DT’s. I know it’s still WAY TOO EARLY, but he was projected to be a late first to early 2nd round pick. I’m pretty sure his draft stock has risen since I read that though.

Sarah B

December 13th, 2009
10:49 pm

Jints just took the lead… BOOOOO

Wabe

December 13th, 2009
10:49 pm

Damn, the Eagles and Giants are in a shootout.

Box

December 13th, 2009
10:50 pm

Wabe,
Jenkins drops passes in the first half and then catches a few in the second half. This seems to be a pattern. Can we live with this Jeckle-Hyde from a number two? Maybe from a number 4, but not a number 2. For the cap money, definitely not. Dez Bryant would be a great addition for a receiver, a real play maker. Imagine Roddy, a healthy Harry Douglas, and Dez Bryant. This is what dreams are made of.

Wabe

December 13th, 2009
10:51 pm

Wowzers.

Giants/Eagles game is ridiculous.

Wabe

December 13th, 2009
10:52 pm

DeSean Jackson is a BEAST!

Sarah B

December 13th, 2009
10:52 pm

Jackson just made the catch Jenkins should have made in our game.

stendec

December 13th, 2009
10:54 pm

Are you the same Sara that loves all those close Thrasher losses? You sure sound like her. Fans of Falcons, as a general rule of thumb, are no damn friends of mine. Most are ignorant racist bestards. Thanks for note anyway. ++STENDEC++

Wabe

December 13th, 2009
10:55 pm

I like where you’re going with that Box. That’d be a hell of a pickup through the draft. I’m not sure what Bryant’s draft stock will look like considering the guy hasn’t played in a game after his Deion Sanders episode.

But I’m not sure if T.D. will be willing to spare the offense any picks through the draft because the focus will be on this defense. There’s just so many holes, I don’t know what T.D. will be thinking come draft time.

Can’t wait till April!!!

Sarah B

December 13th, 2009
10:55 pm

Nope not me azzhole.

Wabe

December 13th, 2009
10:57 pm

There’s plenty of WR’s that will be available through FA. But again, I don’t think T.D. will be willing to dish out big bucks to shore up the receiver position when the defense is in a state of disarray.

We’ve got Harry Douglas to look forward to. Really missed that guy this season.

Box

December 13th, 2009
11:04 pm

Wabe,
I know the only picks for offense would be to protect Matt. I was just daydreaming. Oh, but what a dream.

D3

December 13th, 2009
11:11 pm

Hey guys and gals, to the talk of getting Mount Cody, don’t see it happening. He will be gone in the first 5 picks if I were to guess. He will be the hottest commodities with all the teams moving to the 3-4. TD will not trade up for him, nor should he IMO, because we have WAY too many holes to be giving up draft picks. Remember, we gave up two (2nd and 7th), but expect to get 3 compensatory picks. I would look to see TD draft a big body DT somewhere around 4th or 5th. I want the coaching staff to either keep JA#98 at DE or move him to DT permanently, tired of this back and forth crap. I would think we draft EITHER a DT or a DE, but not both. Here’s a look at our current DE/DT situation:

DE
Abraham – signed through 2011
Anderson – signed through 2011
Biermann & Sidbury – The Future
Davis – Backup

DT
Babs – Legal Trouble
Jerry – Injury History
Vance Walker – Been Playing a Lot More Lately
Trey Lewis – Not return back to form & Injury History
Anderson – Is he a permanent DT?
Thomas Johnson – Doubt he’ll be back next year

I’d say we’re good at DE with Abe, Biermann, Sid, and Davis for now. Maybe 2011 draft for a DE, but not this one. We need a big body DT, because it appears Lewis isn’t returning to his rookie form.

Keep an eye on these big boys…………….

Dan Williams Tennessee 6-3 327 5.20
DeMarcus Granger Oklahoma 6-2 327 5.10
Cam Thomas North Carolina 6-3 330 5.10……..and these are all just the seniors.

Box

December 13th, 2009
11:30 pm

It is a little bit depressing to be talking draft before the regular season is over. But the spirited off season convos from last year are what brought about the formation of the Cage, and the faithful direction from our fearless leader, that has led us down a non-hater, intelligent path to the formation of a caring Falcon family group.

Sarah B

December 13th, 2009
11:34 pm

Yes Box, you are correct. But it does suck that we are already heading that way. It was not supposed to be this way.

Box

December 13th, 2009
11:38 pm

Sarah,
I got the game out here today, so I saw it first hand. I was really glad that we fought the good fight, but it still su@ked that we lost.

D3

December 13th, 2009
11:40 pm

Box – As a last post and forcing myself to go to bed, I don’t think it should be depressing talking a little draft, just because our team is on the way up and I think we need a couple of pieces here and there. I;m actually really looking forward to these last 3 games to see if we can finish on a strong note. And we also have to remember that we’ll get back Jerry, Moore, and Douglas back to this roster. Ryan will be exponentially better with a full array of weapons (hope a new WR and RB). We should have 8 draft picks, with the compensatory coming in. I want to see CB, DT, OLB, OL, WR, and RB addressed. My question is this: how many corners do we keep? I’d say Owens, Jackson, and Grimes, but I’m sure we’ll keep Hill since we spent a draft pick on him. I would like to see us draft a CB AND add one via free agency, but we’ll see. Marcus Trufant will be available.

Alright Cagers, tough loss but great hope to see the fight is still there in our Birds and credit goes to this team and coaching staff for fighting back like crazy. Have an excellent night and see you on the flip :twisted: !

Box

December 13th, 2009
11:49 pm

D3,
I think that we need to go in a different direction in regards to the DB issue. Don’t draft until late rounds, buy two proven entities in FA with the old QB cap money. Use earliest, first round pick on either DT or OT. Need the depth.

Wabe

December 14th, 2009
12:01 am

Good info D3.

Guess I’m just dreaming about Mount Cody in a Falcons uniform. Didn’t know he’d be a top 5, but don’t doubt it one bit. Highly unlikely we’d trade up to get any players, and I’m kinda with you in terms of stock-piling picks.

We’ll see what the draft board is looking like come a little closer to April.

Sarah B

December 14th, 2009
12:52 am

Stirg, I know you are in town. Let’s get a beer and get together. Good FFL win SW, hats off to you.

Ed

December 14th, 2009
3:02 am

Good work as always D3. From all the mock drafts I have seen Cody is going no where close to top five. I agree with you that he should, but many mocks have him available when the Falcons are projected to draft. It is going to be a very deep and loaded draft due to all the juniors coming out this year with the NFL looking at a new CBA changing rookie salaries dramatically. Of cousre looking at projections this early precludes the draft combine where things can really change for better or worse. With the Falcons having so many need areas taking the best player available in the first round will definitely apply here.

Marcus

December 14th, 2009
6:46 am

D3,
I guess now that we are sliding towarads non-contention for the playoffs, we can start talking about 2010 draft (LOL> Guess I was just too early for folks …
My wish list (in no certain order and highly improbable given draft position and no 2nd round pick)
RB – C.J. Spiller (backfill for Norwood) or LeGarrett Blount (Turner clone). As a fallback, maybe Stanfords Toby Gerhart.
CB – not sure. From TD interview on ajc.com sounds like he has some guys he likes, but as for me, I don’t see a definite 1st rounder. FL State Patrick Robinson or UVA might be OK. Once again, not sure if either are 1st round talents and may be a reach, but considering we don’t have a 2nd round pick (Gonzalez trade), we have to do something. The clear talents of Eric Berry and Taylor Mays more fit for FS or SS, and we have plenty.

DT – With folks coming back from injury and/or playing up to form (Trey Lewis, Peria Jerry) this may not be a need area.

DE – Not sure if there is a clear 1st round superstud to make a difference as a rookie, but clearly we need help. Thhis could be the default 1st round pick if there are no stud CBs who present themselves via great combine or post-season all-star performance.

TE – Much as we love Gonzalez (and photo-ops of him and his wife), he wont last forever. My fav (since Oklahoma Jermaine Gresham got hurt) is probably UF TE Aaron Hernandez. After that, maybe the TE from Arizona (forgot name).

OL – Definitely need depth, but I am only a quasi-draft junkie, so I can’t rattle off names of potential OL from various programs.

Marcus

December 14th, 2009
6:53 am

Ras-I Dowling is the name of the UVA CB I was thinking of. He is 6-2/200 .. maybe a good choice if he is around when we pick. Still not sure if he is a 1st round reach or if his performance will wilt under the scrutiny of the combine and all-star games. The other 2102 top DBs are shorties like C. Houston/B. Grimes (’bama Javier Arenas and one kid out of Cal), so they dont address the size/stature deficiency in our defensive backfield.
As far as WRs .. not sure what we need, either a speedy slot (if Harry Douglass doesn’t come back to form) or a big No. 2 to push Mike Jenkins or replace Finneran.

Unca' Bob

December 14th, 2009
7:13 am

Listed at #5 in some projections, Tyson Alualu-6-3, 295, DT, Cal. High motor, overachiever, and team captain.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/559518

BT

December 14th, 2009
7:24 am

Good morning, Unca Bob.
Jason/Lil Daves`s Makers gave the Raptors about all they wanted this weekend..Congrats though, you survived.

Ironfalcon

December 14th, 2009
7:34 am

I am proud of the Falcons. They stepped up yesterday and played a great game with limited resources. They have heart and that is the most element of any professional team. Years of the past they would roll over this time of year. As for the future, my predictions are they will trade down in the draft and try to pick up 2 second round pick for a first. They need help in the defensive back field. They are only a couple of players away, I would expect free agency. But remember, 2010 may be a lock out year by the owners so it may be a long off season.

Unca' Bob

December 14th, 2009
7:58 am

BT,

I’m not sure I survived. He has two to play tonight, so it looks pretty glum for the hometeam. I’ve made my Golf tee times for my impending off- season(lol).

Birdman

December 14th, 2009
8:09 am

Morning cage
Great game . Great post D3
We now look forward to next year .But thats OK .Next year they should be a team t o be worthy of . HD kinda scares me tho with his injuries I hope he is not in that mode for the following seasons.
Redman looked good yesterday and I think he has secured him a spot as the # 2 QB .
Maybe the Birds will win out and at least get there back to back but it ant gonna be easy.
If they play like they did Sunday they will do it . Let them not play MR and MT unless they are fully healthy any more this year.
Its been an OK ride this year considering the injuries and missed F Goals. What is strange tho is our D is a Jeckle and Hyde D .you never know witch will show up.
Thanks D3 for all your hard work this year. I hope you and yours the best of luck and wishes .
CAGERS Thank you all for putting up with a green horn like me this year .
SW , LADY BRASS , UB, JASON, SARAH .FALCON21 , BT and many others , Thanks for all your knowledge and input on this sport. You guys and gals are the bomb .
Remember Keep it coming .. and support our team.
God Bless you all ……….GO FALCONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Poppa Falcon

December 14th, 2009
8:15 am

Don’t see the need to stockpile picks in this yrs draft. 90% of the ‘09 draft class didn’t play this yr at all. This is will be an EXCELLENT oppurtunity to package some picks and go grab some MAJOR blue chippers.

JJ

December 14th, 2009
8:20 am

Thank you Desean, you may have saved us in the 1st rd. playoffs, especially with mighty Randy Moss and his whopping ONE point.

Stirg, hope your Warner has a huge night with my Boldin!

D3, great blog buddy. Noticed choke crying over on Jeff’s blog about this strict blog. Keep up the great work, nice to have a moderator who keeps the riftraft out. Now what to do with senile grandpa? lol

JeanE

December 14th, 2009
8:23 am

I am really enjoying your columns, much improved over last year’s. No, Mr. 50/50 is not a legit #2 receiver. He makes as many as he drops, always has. Finn will be fine, he doesn’t have injury issues and he made an excellent 3rd down conversion catch on the sideline. Not to mention, he’s an awesome blocker! We’ll be fine next year with Harry D. back. I am proud of this team but a loss is a loss. You’re right, we were in so many games this year. We are 1 good cornerback away and a pass rusher from being more competitive. I just love Brent Grimes and the hardnosed tough way he plays. I wasn’t mad at hime at all for those interference calls, he put himself in position to make those plays. Houston would’ve just been hosed. Reserving judgement on Owens but Chevis Jackson looks like a player. Chris Redman, way to go dude! You totally redeemed yourself from last week’s debacle and I don’t blame you for that pick. That is all on that bozo of an offensive coordinator the aptly named Mularkey. Who in their right mind calls that play in a close crucial game? Are you kidding me? And I have been so happy at all of the screen passes that they were successfully running up to that point. Then, you pull out a trick play? He should be fired for that alone. Dimitroff can cry injuries all he wants but it was his job to put more depth on this roster, he gambled with the CB’s and lost and he drafted an apparently injury prone Jerry out of college. We can’t afford to make mistakes on this team and Mularkey’s call was the biggest of the game. Period. Your fired. Go Birds.

Da Who Dat Nation

December 14th, 2009
9:09 am

I see you guys believe in moral victors. I read all of these articles saying what you guys did better than the Saints.But what you fail to realize is Good teams find ways to Win even when they’re not on there “A”game. That’s what make us so much better. When we could play a “C” game and still Win ,

WR

December 14th, 2009
9:14 am

D3, great post, and I agree with the comment you made last night about the draft. Its not like talking about the draft this year is as bad as years past. We at least have some hope, we believe the Falcons are a couple of pieces away unlike in the past being miles away from being anything consistent. Speaking of the draft Unca’Bob I have caught a couple of games of the DT from Cal, in some ways he reminds me of Jerry which isn’t a bad thing, but he may not be the beef the Falcons need to add up front on the DL, plus the Falcons already have a combination of players his size in Jerry, Walker, Babs, but you never know.

Going forward, I like the coachin staff even BVG at least right now, but most of that is determined by having the coaches come out with an aggressive killer instinct. It could be me but it appears that every game the Falcons entered as complete underdogs, they came out with a killer instinct and an aggressive approach, except for the Philly game. Missed opportunities cost them in alot of games when this happened, in games where they were the clear favorite, the scheme was lackadaisical and the players gave the same kind of effort. Yesterdays game against the Saints was a perfect example, the Falcons played some of everybody, put them in many different positions while remaining aggressive. One play stood out when referring to this form of scheming, the Falcons had Sid dropping into coverage on Pierre Thomas, yes the play failed but I liked the attempt. First because its a good move, but Sid is young and he will get better at it, when the Falcons try the same with Abe its a waste, he’s to old and settled, in his hay day maybe but now, just let the guy rush the passer and defend against the run. I would like to see the Falcons take more advantage of their athletic defensive line especially with zone blitzes, blitz more from all angles, for example, drop Babs into a zone and send a LB. Babs is athletic enough to do it, plus it throws off the OL which can only benefit the DL as the game goes alone. Great effort yesterday both from the coaching staff in the players, as Seminole would say the process continues.

CBrass

December 14th, 2009
9:16 am

D3,

As always great post. Since the discussion is leaning towards draft talk I ran across this and thought I’d post it. It’s a video of SEC juniors who is thinking about leaving early for the draft.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/7279/video-juniors-leaving-early-for-nfl

darrell starks

December 14th, 2009
9:25 am

THIS YEAR I HOPE TD LISTEN 2 ME COME DRAFT DAY.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!

gdg73

December 14th, 2009
9:37 am

That first long pass to Jenkins was an overthrow plain and simple. You know QBs are guilty of that from time to time. As a receiver, Jenkins did the right thing. He just kept running and stretched towards the end. Jenkins TDs numbers are down because of Tony Gonzalez. Jenkins was always a red zone threat before Tony, but not anymore. He is probably the third read now. Jenkins has had some drops this year, but you can’t blame him for that one.

darrell starks

December 14th, 2009
9:39 am

Now that we are 6-7 we must starte playing other player at corner, lets starte owens and jackson from here on out, and please once again why is grimes out there at corner anough is anough we must rebuild our DB and grime is not the future.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!

LRD

December 14th, 2009
9:42 am

Morning Cagers. D3 nice post as always.
As a Jenkins fan ( yes, I admit it, kinda hard but true), I would say with Douglas back next year, and dependent on how much Douglas is truly back, would determine really if #2 or #3.
You all are right on, he drops the big one, and then his hands turn into velcro. Said in jest somewhat but maybe pre game, throw some deep balls on finger trips and get the dropsys out before the game?
But you could see yesterday how bad we need that #3 WR. You could see that the Saints D respected Roddy and Gonzo way more that Jenkins.. but if we had that reliable #3 to come in and spread the D just a bit more, it would just open up so much more. However, that lack of respect for Jenkins allowed him to be open several times and for the 2 long balls too.
AND last defense of Jenkins, but he looked the fastest he has all year in this game. It sounds speculative, I know, but he just seemed like he was really charging through his routes this past game. BUT, little late to try and salvage your personal season now. \

I wont say our DB’s had a great game, but they did not get totally utterly destroyed like everyone thought they would. I cannot say for a fact, but it sure seemed like Bree’s had avg 3 seconds + on every pass…and you all know if we give any QB that much time and more, then our DB’s will get picked apart.

Oh, last gripe….. I hate the fact that the “highlight” of the game the chatterbock is showing is the screen pass for TD… brutal!

darrell starks

December 14th, 2009
9:43 am

Lawerence sidbury should starte from here on out lets see what the guy can do.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!

darrell starks

December 14th, 2009
9:47 am

THREE NEW STARTE COME SUNDAY ON DEFENSE SIDBURY, OWENS, JACKSON, THE FUTURE IS NOW.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!

darrell starks

December 14th, 2009
9:58 am

We must get a number 2 reciever next year period, jenkins is not the answer.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!

darrell starks

December 14th, 2009
10:02 am

I LIKE THE ICE MAN BUT MY BIGGEST CONCERN IS CAN MATT THROW THE BALL 50YARDS?
GO FALCONS!!!!!