Falcons Smash Cardinals

Five Film Reviews as Birds Rebound

Falcons running back Jason Snelling (right) gets into the end zone past Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson for this 3rd touchdown of the day and a 41-7 lead in the 4th quarter.

Snelling the Man! (C.Compton/AJC)

 After the hangover of the Falcons loss in Pittsburgh wore off somewhat, fans were ready to have it expunged from their memory with a turnaround performance against the visiting Arizona Cardinals. No one will mistake the 2010 Cardinals with the ones who were seconds from a Super Bowl title, but they still have some talent and a good coach. The Falcons came out and destroyed the Cardinals from the opening kick in pretty much all aspects of the game. Coach Mike Smith even had the offense take a knee in the red zone with several minutes remaining. Granted the Cardinals aren’t the class of the league, but the Falcons showed they have some of the juice that many raved about during the off-season. The long-awaited test comes in 6 days against you-know-who, but let’s enjoy the great win for a little while. Five film reviews from the beatdown on Sunday….

1) Like Most Already Knew, Snelling’s Legit

Even though Michael Turner got off to a good start and was running hard himself, the MVP of this game was one #44 – Mr. Jason Snelling. The superb running back from the final 3 games of last season had a career day gaining 180 total yards (129 rushing, 57 receiving) and 3 touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 receiving). There was often a discussion of who the Falcons would keep in their long-term plans between Jerious Norwood and Snelling. Some believed that Snelling was too similar to Turner’s running style and he might be the one to not get re-signed. On a day that Norwood was injured yet again and Turner also went to the sidelines, the answer seems pretty crystal clear. Not to start a running back controversy, but Snelling adds an element in the passing game that Turner just doesn’t have. Either way, its great to have #44.

2) Weatherspoon’s the Real Deal

A Great Game to Cheer (C.Comptpn/AJC)

Yes it was a lesser opponent and it was only one game, but first round draft pick Sean Weatherspoon looks to be the real deal as he adds another element of speed, athleticism, and toughness to the newly revamped defense. He notched his first sack and by far and away led the team in tackles at 8, with the next closest leading tackler being Curtis Lofton at 3 tackles. Once considered somewhat of a weakness, the linebacker corps with Lofton, Nicholas, Peterson, and now Weatherspoon is absolutely one of the strengths of the team. Some doubted that Spoon could be a legitimate pass-rushing threat when he came out of Missouri. Guess those doubters have been proven wrong, at least for now.

3) Kudos to Coach Smith

Maybe it was the fans reaction. Maybe it was the press clippings. Most likely it was neither, but Coach Mike Smith certainly looked a different coach yesterday throwing caution to the wind and going for touchdowns instead of field goals. After coming up short in Pittsburgh and being faintly criticized for being entirely too timid, the Falcons coach reminded everyone why he’s so well-liked and will be here for a long time when he went for the 6 points instead of the 3. The Falcons also have had a tendency to start fast and let their foot off the gas once the Falcons get comfortable. Fans thought they may be in store for another lapse when Tim Hightower burned the defense for an 80 yard touchdown. But to the Falcons and the coaches credit, the Birds took back control of the game and never let up until they were taking a knee in the Cards red zone with only a few minutes remaining. Kudos to Coach Smith on having his team extremely well-prepared and having a fantastic game.

4) A Nice Glimpse at the Young and Fast Defense

Defense Looked Tough and Fast (C.Compton/AJC)

The Falcons held Larry Fitzgerald to under 100 yards receiving with no touchdowns, picked off 3 interceptions and could have had more, notched 2 sacks, and pressured QB Derek Anderson often throughout the game. The young and fast secondary looked particularly impressive with Christopher Owens and William Moore both nabbing interceptions. Dunta Robinson also looked good in coverage with several passes defensed and solid run support. Jonathan Babineaux picked up where he left off in 2009 with another sack. John Abraham and Kroy Biermann didn’t nab sacks, but had good pressure. Sean Weatherspoon, Curtis Lofton, Stephen Nicholas, and Mike Peterson also had good games. With William Moore pairing with Thomas DeCoud in the secondary, it sure was very nice to get a great glimpse of this defenses potential and what may come of the very talented and very fast defense constructed by General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. The next test is the toughest of the season of course.

5) A Crow Eating Salute to Mike Mularkey

The Bird Cage has been one Mike Mularkey’s absolute toughest critics, even asking the question if the offense had flat-lined under him. The Cage and its author gladly eats some serious crow because Mularkey called a fantastic game. Fans had been begging him to eat the aggressive defenses up by calling screens. Check. Jason Snelling looked great in the passing game with several screens that caught Arizona’s defense totally off-guard. Deep passes were desperately wanted for the offense. Check. Although the connections weren’t made on deep routes to Harry Douglas, that’s something that Ryan can work on and improve as he goes along. Douglas and Finneran were both worked into the game along with Gonzalez. Mularkey kept the Arizona defense guessing and once again proved that when the running game is clicking, he’s absolutely one of the best in the business. Throw in the fact that the Steelers defense held the NFL’s best running back, Chris Johnson, under 40 yards rushing and you get an awesome sense of relief that Mularkey does still have the skill. The Bird Cage happily eats crow for being too hard on the OC.

Your Turn

-What’s your film reviews from the game?

-Agree with these five or have your own?

-Great showing or just a weak opponent?

-How awesome is Snelling?

-Could there be a running back controversy?

-Is Spoon the real deal or way too early?

-How would you grade Coach Smith and coaches performance?

-How high can this defense climb?

-Great defensive effort or weak opponent?

-How would you grade Mularkey’s performance

 

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265 comments Add your comment

DTYBRDZ

September 20th, 2010
10:46 pm

We will find out next week @ NO. Like our chances if we can take some risks throwing down field & limiting holding calls. #Rise Up

SARAH

September 20th, 2010
10:51 pm

Sarah B

September 20th, 2010
10:52 pm

JJ

September 20th, 2010
10:52 pm

Sarah B

September 20th, 2010
10:53 pm

Saints are looking very beatable tonight. Play like we did Sunday and we are good to go.

JJ

September 20th, 2010
10:54 pm

damn, missed it by 5 min!!!, g’night!

D3, glad to hear little wr is doing better!

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Sarah B

September 20th, 2010
11:03 pm

BA in case you missed it here is my last post: Sarah B

September 20th, 2010
10:25 pm
BA – Nope my job is in Tucker off L’Ville Hwy which is not far from Lilburn I learned today. Had to LOL at your stray Aircraft comment… you know where I live 85 on the South side @ Shallowford Road. I was Damn glad he went for the interstate rather than try for PDK as that would have put him right over my house. It would have sucked to come to a plane on my house or in my yard.

This game tonight is, so far, giving me hope for Sunday. Bring it up the middle and you can control The Brees – so far.

Anyway I get off at 5:30 at L’Ville Hwy and N Royal Atl Dr. in Tucker. Gat a favorite Thai or Mexican Rest. in Lilburn I can meet you there just tell me when and where. Really – where like side of the street… shopping center and I can find you.

Carlos

September 20th, 2010
11:18 pm

I will hold praises/judgments until we beat a quality opponent…This coming Sunday will be a good test…

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waynester

September 20th, 2010
11:25 pm

If Reggie Bush can’t go next weekend we’ll at least have parity with Norwood out….

DHunt

September 21st, 2010
12:16 am

My first live game in a while, I’ve been out of town, or I would have been to many more. The dome wasn’t rocking the way it has in the past but the warm fuzzy feeling started early and stayed around all game. The tailgating is even more festive than I remembered. Maybe people party to hard b4 they come in the game.

Film review, I agree with your five and I’ll raise you one. Matt Ryan had a 117+ QB rating and he could have played better. If that sounds like a criticism it really isn’t. I’m sincerely hoping he can take it to the next level. Just has to calm down in that pocket a little bit more.

If the Cards go out and smash some team next week will we come back and re-evaluate the Falcons effort on both sides of the ball? The Cards are still an NFL team, and the Falcons handled them all over the field. Just because the Steelers put it on the Titans and Chris Johnson this week doesn’t mean the Falcons gave it their best shot against the Steelers. I stand by all the critical notes from last week, and I say give them full props for correcting their mistakes this week.

How awesome is Snelling? If he had a second gear he would be really good. As it is we still need a speed back. The Burner seems to have lost a step from back when he earned that nickname. Since the stayed with Smith on the practice squad I believe it’s time to bring him on up the the show. Controversy? Not as long as Turner is healthy. And if he isn’t I can live with a tandem of Snelling and Smith if the line keeps making holes like the did yesterday.

Is Spoon the real deal or way too early? Two straight weeks, Two good games. He’s a rookie, but he is the hardest hitting linebacker we have. Lofton is the most consistent tackler, and has a better nose for the ball, but Spoon is bringing the wood! And William Moore is the hardest hitting safety we’ve had since Scott Case. Please Lord, let that young man stay healthy.

How would you grade Coach Smith and coaches performance? No coaching snafus, which should be expected from any decent coaching staff when your team plays this well. What was pleasantly surprising was how the kept their foot on the gas the whole game, and how well they managed having only one healthy tailback. Defensively and offensively, the coaching impressed.

How high can this defense climb? I think it’s time for Vangorder to dial it up a notch. There is talent in all 11 spots on the defense and depth at levels. IF they can play hard and fast for 60 minutes every week, and the defensive line step up, this can be a top five defense. They hold the Aints to under 14 at home next week.

How would you grade Mularkey’s performance? Couldn’t have gotten much worse. Son’t know if it was all him, or if there were some execution issues on the field making him look bad. I do wish he would stop bootlegging Ryan to the right. The man is too slow to be on a naked bootleg, and the play never works. He gets an “A” though, because we won, and put up 41 points.

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 21st, 2010
12:19 am

The Cards without a decent QB stink….. another type of animal coming up.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

September 21st, 2010
12:30 am

I am not totally ready to eat crow for my comments about Mularkey’s lack of abilities as the Falcons’ OC. Once he sustains the momentum that was shown on Sunday against Arizona, then I will gladly eat crow.

We finally saw slants over the middle, screen passes, etc. ……AGAIN….FINALLY…..let’s see what he does in calling plays against the Saints this coming Sunday before we call off the critics.

BTW….Just finished watching the Monday Night Football Game and the Saints can DEFINITELY BE BEAT!!!! GO FALCONS!!!!!

Dayum Cards Need A QB!

September 21st, 2010
12:35 am

Bidwell’s need to spend that $$$$ and try to make a deal for Vick! We need something to happen quick!

Big Ray

September 21st, 2010
1:19 am

D3 ,

Great blog as usual. My only mild disagreement is similar to Sick and Tired….

I only eat my crow well done. If this offense continues to be tough to deal with, then please give me my portion. I want to see some consistency when it comes to keeping a defense guessing and on it’s heels. Also, when it comes to spreading the ball around and exploiting defensive holes or habits, not just “taking what’s given” in a passive manner. Pittsburgh did indeed prove that their defense is still top notch. But getting stone-walled like that was still something the great teams have to get past. As long as we stay past it….give me a whole crow pie.

The Saints are the defending Super Bowl champions, and they’re 2-0. They are never to be taken lightly, or taken as anything but the defending champs.

Having said that, their narrow win over the 49ers is telling. A couple of observations and some added opinions –

_ Drew Brees is human. He’s damn good, but he’s not Brady, nor Manning. Even if he was, so what? This is the NFL. Play or get out. Brees was efficient, but not untouchable against the 49ers. He’ll be facing a healthy, quick defense this coming Sunday. OUR defense.

Brees has faced some defenses with some moxie so far. But he’s not been much more than efficient and effective. A world beater? Not really. He has a wonderful completion percentage of 75%, and his QB rating is better than Ryan’s (101 to 88). But beyond that, there are some interesting facts that can be found on NFL.com:

1) Brees has 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Ryan has 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.

2) Brees is averaging 8.9 yards per pass to Ryan’s 6.6 (after averaging 10.7 against Arizona).

3) Brees has 491 total yards on a team that passes far more than it runs. Ryan has 477 total yards on a team that relies on the run.

4) Brees has thrown 5 passes of more than 20 yards. Ryan has thrown 3.

The comparison goes on…Brees should be respected, but he’s hardly unbeatable.

2) Run offense vs. Run defense. Frank Gore rolled up 112 yards on the Saints at a clip of more than 5 yards per carry. The week before, Adrian Peterson had fewer yards (87), but had a 4.6 yard per carry average. Synopsis: You can run on the Saints if you have a decent line and RB. After all, Gore is good (but not the best), and Peterson is past his prime. How will the Saints deal with a tandem of Turner and Snelling?

3) The Saints don’t run much. And to add to that, they may have lost Reggie Bush for week 3 (and possibly longer). That means they will find themselves in a position that we found ourselves against the Cardinals – with one healthy RB. Pierre Thomas has some skill, but he’s not Jason Snelling: Advantage, Falcons.

4)Defense vs Defense. Again, these guys are not to be taken lightly EVER. And we can argue about who has faced whom (we’ve faced Dixon and Anderson, they’ve faced a very washed up Favre and Alex Smith). The fact is, the Saints defense failed them in San Fran. They’ve given up points and yards (the 49ers burned them for 417 yards total). So they’re no Steeler defense. They can be burned. We need to burn them. And avoid stupid mistakes.

In week one, Ryan made a single costly mistake with a perennial Pro Bowl safety (Polamalu). In week two, he kept another top safety from impacting the game nearly as much (Wilson). The Saints defense is less stiff, and more opportunistic. The key is to not give them the opportunities. Their charmed life must end sometime. Why not in week 3?

5) Airing it out. One more time, stop being scared of Brees and his fleet of receivers.

We just faced down Larry Fitzgerald. We can contain Marques Colston. Jeremy Shockey will be a tough one to deal with, and he will be a challenge for our LBs and DBs. However, he will get to meet Mr. Spoon, and probably Mr. Moore. He won’t like either guy. :twisted:

Brees dumped off 8 passes to Pierre Thomas. Expect him to do that again against us, especially if Grimes, Owens, and Robinson make it hard for him to go deep with Colston.

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JJ

September 21st, 2010
6:50 am

SW, good morning.

JJ

September 21st, 2010
6:56 am

Saints are beatable, esp. w/ out Bush. Turnovers will be the diff.!!!

Cane Pole

September 21st, 2010
6:58 am

The Cards are not the Saints .And we are not in our house this weekend .If we were at home I would feel better but the Birds can win if they bring there game.
D3 I hope the little d is better man. Thanks for the article and a good one it is .

GregKennesaw

September 21st, 2010
8:30 am

Looks like the aints also lost their nickle back (Gay) with a concussion. Bress doesn’t like pressure up the middle, hopefully Babs, Jerry, and Peters can create some pressure. Gore put a pounding on the aints, the falcons better be ready when we play the 49ers.

Mike from London

September 21st, 2010
8:37 am

Hey there bird cage, Mike from London hear. Is it me or did we actually use a screen pass during the Cardinals game? I think Turner is great but Snelling gives us a better option when we are getting blitzed. Suday’s game showed that we can use running backs and full backs in the passing game.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2010
8:42 am

Good morning Cage Fam…

D3, I hope that the little man is well on his way to a full recovery.

Not much to add to this great post. The Falcons clicked on all cylinders this past weekend. The Process continues to move right along at a realistic pace. We beat the hell out of the teams we are supposed to beat. This week, the task is a taller order. But, in the words of Dennis Green, we will find out who we REALLY are. Simply put, if we play the game with the intensity and urgency we put on display this past weekend, we will beat the Saints. The Saints were not all that in their two games thus far. They will only go as far as Saint Drew can take them. The Champs are vulnerable and we can take them down. We will take them down.

The Falcons are in great shape for the next three games. We can pull the “upset” in the Crescent City, the 49ers will not be an issue in the Dome, and we will take care of Cleveland on the road. So a 4-1 start is definately in the eyes of this fan. The aggressive, attacking defense is working well; we are seeing the emergence of several potential stars (Spoon, Moore, Owens). We have to shore up the interior presence but I have faith that will come as well.

DHunt, to answer your question about my young lion, trust what you see. He (Spoon) and Moore are legit. The best is yet to come from them both. They will definately make you smile many a day in the future.

WR

September 21st, 2010
8:57 am

Morning all, last nights Saints game just showed one of the major reasons why competiting for championships, much less repeating as one is rather difficult. Notice last year the Saints avoided the injury bug for the most part, one game in Sharper is still out and they might have just loss Bush for the season if not quite a few weeks. In my opinion, last year’s Falcons weren’t that far off, but the injury bug jumped all down their throat. This year with more and better depth at key positions as long as Ryan stays upright the Falcons should have a chance against any team. Lastly, of great note, notice the offseason superbowl predictions favored a team that lost its starting RB last week, trust me without Grant GB is not as strong, remember last year things fell into place for the Saints, thats always a good formula to winning the Lombardi. I’m not so much as calling the Saints vulnerable, I just believe the Falcons have a better team that their taking to NO in comparison to the one the took last year.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2010
9:07 am

WR, not so fast on the Green Bay funeral march. I have a feeling that once Nance is up to speed, the running attack will be improved. True, they will miss Grant. But Nance gives them options once he is fully integrated into their mix. Going to interesting to watch.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2010
9:09 am

The Saints will only go as far as they can ride the Saint Drew Express. Without him, they are not a factor. They can not run the rock as effectively as we can. And as WR stated, this year’s depth is much better.

WR

September 21st, 2010
9:23 am

SW, no means am I saying that GB is not a favorite if not the favorite in the NFC, my point is that the bug plays a huge factor in any SB run. As for Nance, I do see him adding that running dimension, but that was the least of what Grant provided, Grant was excellent in blitz pickups, and as a receiver out of the backfield, he completely understood the offense as well as what defenses were trying to do to the team. Nance may get there, we saw the talent, but for a rookie to pickup all the intangibles of that style of offense is very unlikely this year, but he will add some talent.

I honestly believe with the speed defensively that the Falcons can offer, Breezy will be under diress this week and with Mike Bell now off in a far, far away land, and Bush out, its going to put alot of pressure on Pierre Thomas and even more on Breezy.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2010
9:38 am

WR, I can extremely confident that the Falcons will go to the Crescent City and send a message. We will emerge with a win. The Process is moving on to the next level.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2010
9:39 am

Oops…I am extremely confident……etc

WR

September 21st, 2010
9:47 am

SW, I agree, especially with Bush out. Bush forced teams to use their best playmaking backs to somewhat shadow him, at times his presence also made teams put an extra DB on the field which hurt teams trying to stop the run. Now the Falcons are actually in pretty good position to either man up on Colston and occasionally use bracket coverage, while also single covering the other WRs who have failed to step up, but will now be forced into a position to do so. The Falcons should be able to bring a variety of blitzes and should be in position to force some turnovers because of the speed of their backers and the improved speed and aggression of their safeties Decoud and Moore.

WR

September 21st, 2010
9:49 am

Wow, I just thought about something after my last post, I was completely discussing the advantages of the D over their O without mentioning the Falcons offense, what a difference a year makes.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2010
9:52 am

WR, it is wonderful to be in the postion to do that. Got to give credit to CBrass, D3, and others. They told us to be patient with BVG as he got his guys. And now, the tree is bearing strong signs of a potential bumper crop.

Falcon 52

September 21st, 2010
10:11 am

i think the falcons will take it too the saints . all you have too do is shut down breezy with preessure and stop the run.now they lost their nickel back in gay with a conncusion and bush is out so i like our chances :)

SuperBird

September 21st, 2010
10:13 am

D3,Good to hear the littleone is feeling better. GOD Bless you and your Family.

SuperBird

Wabe

September 21st, 2010
10:22 am

Hate to play the would’ve, could’ve, should’ve game, but really, we could’ve and probably should’ve beat the Saints last year in the Superdome. It was one of the better games of the season – even though we lost. I still remember that Grimes pick – remarkable.

But, onto this week. I think if these Birds can avoid some of the mistakes they made last season in the Superdome, they’re more than capable. Truthfully, the Saints might be as good as they were, but I don’t buy that they’re better. As many of you have already mentioned, they’re a bit beat up right now and they’ve lost a few peices here and there that definitely played roles last season. I’d argue we’ve definitely had a boost in more than one area.

The Falcons have the talent to win these tough games on the road. They’re capable. But, do they have the mental resolve? We were close twice last season in New Orleans – so I’m not sure why fans would think we don’t stand a chance against them when we’ve got more talent this year as opposed to last.

I’m confident.
We’ve gotta take that step eventually.
2-1…not 1-2.
Get it done Falcons.

uga_b

September 21st, 2010
10:55 am

-What’s your film reviews from the game?
Offense spread the ball around some more and got the running game going. Defense was flying around. Don’t really think any other observations are really that important with those two in place.

-Agree with these five or have your own?
With Norwood out and the almost kick-off return will Special Teams cost us the playoffs this year? Note: we missed a FG that wouldve won the 1st game.

-Great showing or just a weak opponent?
Both. Sometimes it is hard to show well against a weak opponent and as I noted beforehand we had many favorable matchups. The urgency of the defense was exemplerific of the showingness. (take that english language)

-How awesome is Snelling?
I will say it: he is the best back on the team. He showed an extra gear on one run in particular that he hasn’t shown before, so maybe he is ready to take the next step. Somehow he is also more physical and urgent to the hole compared to Turner. I am leaning towards this being Turner’s last year and us drafting an RB 1st round. I even convinced BA somewhat. Turner looked much better and will still have a solid year but I am thinking more like 800-1,000 yards.

-Could there be a running back controversy?
See above.

-Is Spoon the real deal or way too early?
Yes then No. He showed the same thing in the preseason and the biggest ? would be the ability to learn because the talent is clearly there. He has gotten better each game so he can learn from his mistakes. We could have perennial LB probowlers for 5 years soon.

-How would you grade Coach Smith and coaches performance?
A-. Offense A+. Defense A. Special Teams B-.

-How high can this defense climb?
Top 15 but I still think we need to develop our DEs because we are thin. Moore staying healthy will have a big impact.

-Great defensive effort or weak opponent?
I will describe Derek Anderson with the following expression:
If brains were leather, he wouldn’t have enough to saddle a junebug.

-How would you grade Mularkey’s performance
A+. He scored 41 points with his number 2 WR out and a 3rd String RB against a team that had Darnell Dockett, DRC, and Adrian Wilson. He wasn’t perfect but I will grade on the correctness of the answer as opposed to showing his work.

Unca' Bob

September 21st, 2010
11:12 am

uga-b,

The urgency of the defense was exemplerific of the showingness. (take that english language) I give you 4 style points and a 10 for originality(lol). D Webster you are not, but thanks for the chuckle.

I really loved the intensity our D played with. They are what I have been looking for. Should they come to play like that Sunday, I like our chances.

truth

September 21st, 2010
11:13 am

Falcons 17

aints 14

uga_b

September 21st, 2010
11:37 am

RESUSCITIZE ATLANTA!

Gamer

September 21st, 2010
11:54 am

Snellings be jammin, slammin and jellin. He moves smoothly through defensive tacklers as if they’re water. I never seen one tackler bring him down, except from behind.

Turner the Burner look to be back running hard and fast between tacklers and spinning off tacklers for extra yards.

With Turner the Burner, Norwood and Snellings the Falcons got three very good RB’s…

Next week Brees&Company get a chance to battle-test the Falcons newly constructed secondary and front seven. I think it’s going to be a interesting game defensively.

After watching the Saints struggle to a late come from behind victory over the Niners last night, the Falcons chances of stealing one in the Super Dome just got brighter…

A Falcons win in Norleans, it can happen…

waynester

September 21st, 2010
12:00 pm

Told ya’ll we should’ve swiped that RB off of NO’s practice squad–just imagine if we had and the jam the Saints would be in this morning–oh well. Let’s go down there and slap the taste outtta their mouths!

Coop

September 21st, 2010
12:06 pm

D3 – Nice job as usual.

Feel very good about the win. I believe if we had played like that in Pitt, we’d be 2-0. So, I’m looking for consistency. Play hard, play disciplined, be creative, and play to win each and every week. If this team does that, they could win 12 or 13 games and play in the Super Bowl now.

My concern is that they won’t. We saw let downs last year and I think the Pitt game was a miss3ed opportunity. So I still say 9-7. HOWEVER, this is the week for the Birds to prove me wrong. Consistency has to start somewhere… hopefully it begins in NO.

We can absolutely beat this team. The test is not our O. I believe we will run on them effectively and as long as Matt is smart and MM continues to mix it up, we’ll pass effectively. Watch for the blitz pick ups and the games that their DBs like to play. Actually, this is the perfect week to play games with their DBs. They love to bait Matt into bad throws that they can pick. We should take advantage with more pump fakes, PA, AND draws.

Anyway, the game will rest on the D. SF pressured the hell out of Brees. We need to do that. Pressure him and cover the TE and RBs. Do that and we’ll be fine. Let him sit in the pocket with 4 seconds to find his WRs and we may be in trouble. Make him check down, and then make his TEs and RBs pay for the catch (enter Will Mo, Spoon, Lofton, and Decoud). Lay the wood boys.

Don’t be afraid Smitty and BVG. If you lose, lose attacking the hell out of them. Go in there with the mentality of they may burn us, but we’re gonna beat them to a pulp. Get physical, nasty, and aggressive. They’re a precision offense, not a grinding one.

waynester

September 21st, 2010
12:17 pm

coop
Love your last paragraph and couldn’t agree more! That’s what we’ve been wanting to see from our “D” since the Gritz days and it obviously worked against Brees last night…..

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2010
12:20 pm

Coop, I definately think that Smitty and BVG are already developing that attack scheme for the battle Sunday. This one will not get away…I feel it deep within my soul.

DHunt

September 21st, 2010
12:26 pm

Not really my question SeminoleWarrior, it was one of the questions D3 asked. I may not have made it clear, but I agree wholeheartedly with you. Spoon and Willie Mo are the Truth. The young defense can only get better, and they are pretty damn good right now. Saints O struggled against two defenses, that are far less talented than the Falcons D. Time for the Falcons to step up and claim the NFC South, on national television, in hostile territory.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2010
12:28 pm

Amen, DHunt. And I think that they will do just that. Smitty is a vastly underrated leader. He will have this team ready to go into the Superdome and do battle. He knows the significance of this next stage in the Process. And he will not let it pass.

Coop

September 21st, 2010
12:52 pm

DHunt and SW – I really like where our D is going, but I’m not ready to say they’re as good as Minnesota or SF. I may be wrong, but I’m gonna let time answer that one.

I like our young core. I think Bier Truck, Willy Mo, Owens, Lofton, Spoon, and Decoud are for real and will only get better with time. I like Nicholas, DRob, and Jerry, but I’m not sure they’ll be great or just solid. I’ll give DRob a pass cause it’s two games into a new system. Jerry’s still young too.

Abe and Babs are proven but getting older. I still worry that we didn’t get a Mountain instead of rJerry. I think a monstrous Wilfork/Hampton type would have helped Babs and Abe.

Love Grimes. Every week he makes me eat my words for questioning his spot on the field. However, I would start Owens and move Grimes to Nickel immediately. Owens has much higher upside and is out performing Grimes now.

Don’t love every player, but overall, very solide, with depth and some budding playmakers. We gotta get to Brees. Gotta shake him.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2010
12:58 pm

I concur with your statement, Coop.

Coop

September 21st, 2010
1:20 pm

Oh, and on MM… I’m not eating crow. I never said he couldn’t do it, I said he wasn’t doing it. Had he called that game against the Steelers, we’re 2-0. Call that game against Dallas last year and we make the playoffs. Let me see him be creative and unpredictable for the entire season before I let him off the hook.

SeminoleWarrior

September 21st, 2010
1:52 pm

Breaking right….night beat calls for the Warrior.

Continue to trust in the Process. It is working folks; just believe.

See you all on the other side….God bless!!