ENORMOUS WIN – Falcons Beat Saints!

Five Film Reviews from the Statement Win

Simply Put: HUGE! (AP)

 The Falcons did it. I repeat, the Falcons did it! They took the step that so many fans wanted to see after coming “close” several times to getting a huge win that could lead to much bigger and better things. The last second comeback against the Chicago Bears in 2008 was its own big win and breaking the curse once and for all against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was also one of the best in franchise history. But beating the defending Super Bowl Champion Saints in their home, one of the toughest places to play in the NFL, was one that could reveal a huge opportunity to lead to much higher goals. A dose of reality is definitely needed here: no titles, trophies, or rings are handed out in the 3rd week. And if the Falcons go on to lose games that they definitely should win, than this win is all for not. Having said that however, this one has the potential to instill a confidence and belief in this young team that they can, and should, win every game they play no matter when or where. Five film reviews from the huge win……..

1) Turner-Snelling Is a Powerful Tandem

Turner-Snelling = Thunder-Boom! (AP)

It’s not the traditional tailback tandem in that Michael Turner and Jason Snelling aren’t complementary in terms of one being a power back and one being a change of pace back, but these two power backs might be one of the best running back tandems in the NFL. With Jerious Norwood being lost for the year, all carries now are being divided solely between #33 and #44. The power pair combined for over 170 total yards rushing. Turner has his moments of looking a little slow, but he had drives where he looked like the Turner of old. Snelling runs hard and hits the hold with intensity. He also gives a little more flexibility in the pass game as well. The new muscle pair’s strength showed how they can wear down a defense when they ran the ball right down the Saints throat for the winning drive in overtime. Who needs thunder and lightning when you have “Thunder and Boom!”

2) Ryan Took a Major Step

The Falcons driving in overtime after getting the ball back. A timeout is called and the camera peers over to the Falcons sidelines. The head coach looks as though he’s about to say something and tell the offense a few words of wisdom, but he can’t because someone else is in his way. That would be quarterback Matt Ryan yelling at his offense and firing them up for the game winning drive. Coach Smith simply waited. After all the talk about not having a strong enough arm, throwing too many picks, regressing, or not being the real deal, pretty much all questions should cease regarding this franchise quarterback. He didn’t throw for 400 yards or 5 touchdowns, but he led drive after drive to answer the Saints counterpunch for punch in the great game. He converted many huge third and longs and many 4th enormous third downs as well. He’s still missing Harry Douglas on some long balls, but if he does make that connection than really watch out. Ryan took a major step against the Saints in New Orleans.

3) The Falcons Defense Created the Turnovers

Another Great Pick by Grimes (AP)

One of the biggest reasons why the Saints hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl 44 was due to the fact that they had one of the most opportunistic defenses in terms of turnovers. They were never know for completely shutting down teams in the mold of Baltimore or Pittsburgh, but rather of getting enormous turnovers at exactly the right time. While the Falcons were the ones protecting the ball, the Birds defense was the one that created the turnovers. Brent Grimes read a flea-flicker perfectly and leaped to grab the first pick, Thomas DeCoud nabbed another win with Brees acting like Brett Favre, and Mike Peterson laid the wood to rookie Chris Ivory that caused a fumble on a huge 3rd down. Now, the Falcons have some serious work to do on defense because they gave up over 400 yards of offense. That’s not good at all, but they came up with huge stops and turnovers when they were needed. Thankfully, they weren’t remembered as losing the game by letting the Saints march down the field in OT or driving to tie the game at the end of regulation. But give credit where its due in that they helped beat the defending Super Bowl Champions.

4) Special Teams Need Some Serious Work

One of the most surprising developments so far is the normally excellent and consistent special teams not living up to par this year. The Falcons kickoff and punt coverage in particular has been pretty bad. The Falcons go three and out on their first possession and the ensuing punt coverage allowed Lance Moore to bolt 72 yards inside the five yard line. 3 plays later the Saints had jumped on the Falcons 7-0 and the Superdome was crazy. Thankfully the Falcons offense took answered right back to even the score and level the game. Kickoff coverage has been poor as well. And we can’t forget the Pittsburgh overtime meltdown as well which included a holding penalty from Ovie Mughelli and a really terrible punt by Michael Koenen, who gets a break because it was one of his only bad punts. The punt that hit Thomas DeCoud’s foot was a fluke play, but that could have been a chance for the Falcons to ice the game. Special teams coach Keith Armstrong is one of the best in the business and there have been a few bright spots such as Shann Schillinger and Matt Bryant locking in as cool as a cucumber, but the normally consistent special teams must find a way to get back to their previous form.

5) Good Days by Coordinators, But……..

Beautiful Call on Roddy TD (AP)

Brian Van Gorder and Mike Mularkey both called good games and had good designs for the Saints that resulted in a huge win. Van Gorder has transformed the Falcons defense from bend-but-don’t-break to an aggressive, pressuring defense. Even though the D only registered two sacks, they were getting pressure on Brees throughout the game and obviously have made huge strides in creating turnovers. The previously maligned Mike Mularkey called another good game that resulted in a balanced attack. He used the power tandem of Turner and Snelling to wear down the Saints defense and allowed Matt Ryan to flourish with a combination of short dump-offs, intermediate routes, and deep shots. The game-winning drive was masterful in ramming the ball down the Saints throat to win the notch the win. All that being said, Van Gorder allowed the Saints to thoroughly gash the defense to a tune of over 400 yards and seemingly couldn’t find an answer for Lance Moore impersonating Jerry Rice. The Saints destroyed the Falcons D with screen after screen. Mularkey almost lost the game at the end of regulation by going way too conservative. Even though the running game looked good in the final total, he kept calling the same inside running play with Turner to little success. He also took Snelling out when he seemed to have the hot hand. Finally, Mularkey had a chance to ice the game before overtime and failed to by going way too conservative, which than allowed the Saints to march down and tie the game. Definitely nit-picking because both were good gameplans and the Falcons beat the defending Super Bowl Champs at home, but there is some room for improvement.

Bonus Review

Falcons being ignored in the national media? Vince Young had a better day than Matt Ryan? The Falcons got lucky and didn’t deserve to win at all? Not sure if there’s anything intentional, but reference these jokers to what they are: clown shoes.

Your Turn

-How big was this win: signature win or too early?

-Is Turner-Snelling a lethal combination?

-Does the backfield need a speed threat?

-Give your nickname for the Turner-Snelling combo.

-Has Matt Ryan finally arrived?

-How’d you like the fire emanating from #2?

-Overall impressions of the defense?

-Like the turnovers or way too many yards?

-Happy with the defensive pressure or need more?

-What’s the deal with special teams?

-Is special teams way below par this year or just a few games?

-Overall thoughts on coordinators gameplans?

-What the H with the clown shoe haters on the Falcons?

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238 comments Add your comment

Sarah B

September 28th, 2010
9:40 pm

Here we go!!! Bring on the 9′rs!

Sarah B

September 28th, 2010
9:44 pm

ST definatley needs addressing.

LRD

September 28th, 2010
9:51 pm

Ryan seemed to finally assumed the role of Leader. I am sitting here (yes pathetic) watching the replay of the game. Ryan is out there taking control. Listening to Gonzo on the Radio today stating that he came to ATL because they can and will be winners and he also stated Ryan is the real deal. I will take the follow the lead of a Hall of Famer on that one too.

The Vent had one yesterday ” Turner and Snelling is like Thunder and even MORE Thunder”. No knock against Norwood, but the way we ran the rock down NO’s throat, the way we used the ground game to churn yards and the clock,, the way the ground game just wore out NO.. well, what more is there to say?

D: All I have to say, we are tied for 1st with interceptions this year. Now how many in the Cage would have predicted that? That is an awesome stat to have. And after we in the cage picked apart our DB’s all last year,this is quite a turn of events.. And of course, w/out pressure from our front, would we have as many picks?

Bonus: I am kinda glad we are not on the national radar. Granted I would love to read more about our team in the national press, but in the same token I am glad we are not on everyone’s radar…. yet.. nice to be an underdog

Sarah B

September 28th, 2010
9:58 pm

Loved the turnovers! I too thought the media was ignoting us until the power rankings came out today, we jumped about 8 spots on most. That’s not being ignored if you ask me.

Sarah B

September 28th, 2010
10:05 pm

In fact they can go back to ignoring us… better that way.

Reid Adair

September 28th, 2010
10:12 pm

I believe it was a signature win. It was the biggest test of the year, in my opinion, for both the offense and the defense. Where the defense is now, compared to the end of last year, is a major improvement. I can’t say enough about Matt Ryan’s performance, either. Other quarterbacks may have had bigger numbers, but Ryan ran a smart, efficient game.

As for the national media, I’m with Sarah B. I really don’t care if they ignore the Falcons.

poppa falcon

September 28th, 2010
10:19 pm

Never too early for a statement victory. Very gutsy performance by the Falcons. Matt Ryan took this game PERSONALLY & it SHOWED as he commanded leadership in the huddle. And when it was time to eat up some clock, Turner & Snelling aka ‘SHOCK & AWE’ simply took over by running the ball DOWN THEIR THROATS! We MUST tighten up on special teams however, but overall it was a great win for the Dirty Birds in the Big Easy.

poppa falcon

September 28th, 2010
10:22 pm

I also agree with Sarah & Reid and that’s I could give a flip about getting any love from the media.

Sarah B

September 28th, 2010
10:24 pm

Damn Poppa – “Shock & Awe” excellent! I’ve been pouring over names and you just blew all of them out of the water! You win!

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waynester

September 28th, 2010
10:33 pm

D3/Cage
Evening, ya’ll!
I thought John Abraham summed up the mood of not only the team but the fans when he said “we’re tired of ‘moral victories’”… Couldn’t agree more. Looks like we may be getting over the hump and winning those close games that in the past went the other way. That’s what great teams do and that’s what we aspire to be. Of all the developments coming out of the NO game, I see Matt’s fiery attitude and his seizing the reins late in the game as the most positive developments for our long-term success. Love it!

dawgforlife

September 28th, 2010
10:36 pm

Matt Ryan has grown so much as a quarterback. The running game is overpowering, and inventive. While everyone else is searching for a change of pace, the Falcons just grind you with two big guys. As for the defense, this was Brees. He gets his yards against everyone. But, they relied on a punt return, a broken coverage, and a fluke Special Teams play to get into the endzone. I was impressed with all aspects except Special Teams.

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DL

September 28th, 2010
10:50 pm

Possible nickname for Turner/Snelling:

Hans and Franz (you know, from SNL)

Screen Pass

September 28th, 2010
11:06 pm

Lol, I have never done one in this format so in honor of our “lucky” win over the Saints here goes;

How big was this win: signature win or too early?
Too early. This game showed how far some have come and how far some have to go.

-Is Turner-Snelling a lethal combination?
No. Snelling is lethal like bad blow fish…Turner a slow lingering stomach ache.

-Does the backfield need a speed threat?
Not necessarily, if the new pickup G. Johnson has even a little burst and elusiveness he would be an upgrade over Turner. Turner’s yard total seems ok because of long runs that were earned by the O-line..not Turner. In fact Turner’s only value so far has been “ball control” running…as in it would take a full quarter for him to score even he is untouched to the endzone. A speedthreat coupled with an OC smart enough to call screens and outlet routes would be lethal for opponents..still waiting.

-Give your nickname for the Turner-Snelling combo.
The tortoise and the hairy buffalo.

-Has Matt Ryan finally arrived?
No. He has been here awhile…where were you?

-How’d you like the fire emanating from #2?
Better if it could relight the fire in Turners engineroom.

-Overall impressions of the defense?
Easy like Sunday morning. Alot of mental mistakes overcome with sheer athleticism.

-Like the turnovers or way too many yards?
Love the turnovers but they must improve coverage.

-Happy with the defensive pressure or need more?
Not bad. A harried QB causes turnovers…a sacked QB causes turnover on downs. More turnovers please!

-What’s the deal with special teams?
They looked…like a special ed team. Get them thicker helmets, bibs for the limping and drooling, and a nice shiny new short bus. They don’t deserve to ride with the big kids.

-Is special teams way below par this year or just a few games?
They are so far below par Tyger Woods is begging for lessons.

-Overall thoughts on coordinators gameplans?
I only have one thought at the moment which coincidentally is the same number our OC “Bull” Mularkey has during whole games. Needs improvement AND improvisation.

-What the H with the clown shoe haters on the Falcons?
Let em hang out and interview our special ed teams players on their new bus.

DL

September 28th, 2010
11:30 pm

On second thought, RB tandems with nicknames usually don’t fare too well in postseason (if they got there at all)

Wabe

September 28th, 2010
11:52 pm

Gotta chance to re-watch the game tonight, and I gotta comment on some of the good things I saw pertaining to scheme on the defensive side of the ball.

BVG sent a few LB blitzes that really gave our defense a chance to get some hits on Brees. They may not have come away with sacks, but watching how fast our LB’s really are and watching them come free on more than one occasion is a credit to both T.D. – for getting the speed on this side of the ball – and BVG – for utilizing the talent. I was one of the biggest BVG critics last season, but up until now, I’ll say I’ve liked where he’s taking this side of the ball.

I’d still like to see us disguise our looks a bit more. A little more movement up front to give the opposing offense a bit more to think about. But, it’s a work in progress. Look forward to seeing how far this side of the ball can get this season.

denny

September 29th, 2010
12:15 am

How can the chiefs beat the niners like they did and the falcons beat to superbowl champs the saints and only be favored by 7 in their home dome????

pritdapit

September 29th, 2010
12:23 am

i need more comments to read

Screen Pass

September 29th, 2010
12:55 am

“i need to make more comments for all of us to read” – pritdapit

There, fixed that for you.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
12:58 am

How big was this win? Every win the the Not For Long is a big win. Division wins are even bigger. but interns of making a statement, not so much. To many as you said “nit-picking” things that need major improvement were displayed. Beat N.O. 35-17 like we should have, and then you’re making a statement.

Is Turner-Snelling a lethal combination? Everybody bailing on the burner take a chill pill. Nobody runs real well against 8 men in the box. Snelling is getting more base looks and not having to deal with the clog at the line of scrimmage. Do we ever pull a guard or run a counter? Maybe audible to make them pay for jamming safeties in the middle of the line? Both our RB’s are the truth, and neither of them is really going to run away from anyone but your slower LB.. But at the end of games they will have defenders coughing up blood from being run over so many times.

Does the backfield need a speed threat? Every backfield needs a speed threat. And I ain’t talking about Harry Douglass on a cockamamie end around. Let’s move on.

-Nickname for the Turner-Snelling combo. The Bruise Brothers

Has Matt Ryan finally arrived? Nope, but I believe the plane may be on final approach. He still ahs to win a few more road games, find some touch on that deep ball, read and react better and faster. and win a playoff game (not just participate in a win, I mean win one), The problem is too many are anointing him too quickly.

How’d you like the fire emanating from #2? I hope he was telling Baker you better keep that man off my butt or it’s gonna be your butt. I think I actually saw Smitty smile at Matt’s antics like it was an unexpected surprise. Which it shouldn’t be. You are a multi-millionaire twenty something playing a great game for a living. You should be fired up all day every damn day.

Overall impressions of the defense? Faster and harder hitting than I’ve seen. We’ve had it on one level or another, but now we seem to have it at all three levels of the defense. Van Gorder needs to release these hounds, and let that athleticism save them from themselves more often. they seem to play slower when they have to think too much, as is common with young players. Until they catch on, might as well let them terrorize the other team constantly. We can blitz everybody but Grimes effectively, so mix it up and somebody ought to be coming most of the time, the rest of the guys are good enough to cover with 7.

Like the turnovers or way too many yards? If we were giving up the yards because we gambled and lost I wouldn’t mind so much. But we’re having major lapses in coverage and technique, and they need to get beyond that. This can be one of the best takeaway defenses in the league, with ball hawks all over the field. Keep em coming.

Happy with the defensive pressure or need more? Both. Get one more man involved in the rush and watch the sack and turnover numbers skyrocket. That’s why Pitt is the number one defense in the league.

What’s the deal with special teams? They got lazy cause Koenan was getting so many touchbacks and fair catches. Those cats need a hard week of practice, like running the bleachers, or up and downs to get their minds right.

Is special teams way below par this year or just a few games? Better just be a few games. Part of the reason we are winning the time of possession battle is because we are losing the field position battle. shorter field means shorter drives.

Overall thoughts on coordinators gameplans? Neither one is aggressive enough. But what fan doesn’t have that complaint. You hear a lot about game planning, and I realize you need to know a team tendencies. But when you have as much talent as the Falcons have, you need to exploit that. We used to say we didn’t have the personnel to do this or that. Now we have the personnel, let’s git er done!

What the H with the clown shoe haters on the Falcons? last thing we need is for national media to start gushing over Ryan, White, or Turner (or anyone other than Tony G, who can take it in stride cause he KNOWS he’s the truth) and they start reading and believing their press. I’m not gonna say that’s what happened last year, but guys came back this year like they had something to prove. I far prefer that mindset.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
1:00 am

Blog monster ate my dissertation. But I saved it and will keep trying manana.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
1:01 am

How big was this win? Every win the the Not For Long is a big win. Division wins are even bigger. but interns of making a statement, not so much. To many as you said “nit-picking” things that need major improvement were displayed. Beat N.O. 35-17 like we should have, and then you’re making a statement.

Is Turner-Snelling a lethal combination? Everybody bailing on the burner take a chill pill. Nobody runs real well against 8 men in the box. Snelling is getting more base looks and not having to deal with the clog at the line of scrimmage. Do we ever pull a guard or run a counter? Maybe audible to make them pay for jamming safeties in the middle of the line? Both our RB’s are the truth, and neither of them is really going to run away from anyone but your slower LB.. But at the end of games they will have defenders coughing up blood from being run over so many times.

Does the backfield need a speed threat? Every backfield needs a speed threat. And I ain’t talking about Harry Douglass on a cockamamie end around. Let’s move on.

-Nickname for the Turner-Snelling combo. The Bruise Brothers

Has Matt Ryan finally arrived? Nope, but I believe the plane may be on final approach. He still ahs to win a few more road games, find some touch on that deep ball, read and react better and faster. and win a playoff game (not just participate in a win, I mean win one), The problem is too many are anointing him too quickly.

How’d you like the fire emanating from #2? I hope he was telling Baker you better keep that man off my butt or it’s gonna be your butt. I think I actually saw Smitty smile at Matt’s antics like it was an unexpected surprise. Which it shouldn’t be. You are a multi-millionaire twenty something playing a great game for a living. You should be fired up all day every damn day.

Overall impressions of the defense? Faster and harder hitting than I’ve seen. We’ve had it on one level or another, but now we seem to have it at all three levels of the defense. Van Gorder needs to release these hounds, and let that athleticism save them from themselves more often. they seem to play slower when they have to think too much, as is common with young players. Until they catch on, might as well let them terrorize the other team constantly. We can blitz everybody but Grimes effectively, so mix it up and somebody ought to be coming most of the time, the rest of the guys are good enough to cover with 7.

Like the turnovers or way too many yards? If we were giving up the yards because we gambled and lost I wouldn’t mind so much. But we’re having major lapses in coverage and technique, and they need to get beyond that. This can be one of the best takeaway defenses in the league, with ball hawks all over the field. Keep em coming.

Happy with the defensive pressure or need more? Both. Get one more man involved in the rush and watch the sack and turnover numbers skyrocket. That’s why Pitt is the number one defense in the league.

What’s the deal with special teams? They got lazy cause Koenan was getting so many touchbacks and fair catches. Those cats need a hard week of practice, like running the bleachers, or up and downs to get their minds right.

Is special teams way below par this year or just a few games? Better just be a few games. Part of the reason we are winning the time of possession battle is because we are losing the field position battle. shorter field means shorter drives.

Overall thoughts on coordinators gameplans? Neither one is aggressive enough. But what fan doesn’t have that complaint. You hear a lot about game planning, and I realize you need to know a team tendencies. But when you have as much talent as the Falcons have, you need to exploit that. We used to say we didn’t have the personnel to do this or that. Now we have the personnel, let’s git er done!

You Need Your Haters. last thing we need is for national media to start gushing over Ryan, White, or Turner (or anyone other than Tony G, who can take it in stride cause he KNOWS he’s the truth) and they start reading and believing their press. I’m not gonna say that’s what happened last year, but guys came back this year like they had something to prove. I far prefer that mindset.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
1:03 am

maybe try a little bit of it at a time.

How big was this win? Every win the the Not For Long is a big win. Division wins are even bigger. but interns of making a statement, not so much. To many as you said “nit-picking” things that need major improvement were displayed. Beat N.O. 35-17 like we should have, and then you’re making a statement.

Is Turner-Snelling a lethal combination? Everybody bailing on the burner take a chill pill. Nobody runs real well against 8 men in the box. Snelling is getting more base looks and not having to deal with the clog at the line of scrimmage. Do we ever pull a guard or run a counter? Maybe audible to make them pay for jamming safeties in the middle of the line? Both our RB’s are the truth, and neither of them is really going to run away from anyone but your slower LB.. But at the end of games they will have defenders coughing up blood from being run over so many times.

Does the backfield need a speed threat? Every backfield needs a speed threat. And I ain’t talking about Harry Douglass on a cockamamie end around. Let’s move on.

-Nickname for the Turner-Snelling combo. The Bruise Brothers

jason

September 29th, 2010
2:58 am

Greetings from Afghanastan. Great win in a huge game. First off, The T.O.P is most important. As we all know shutting the Saints O down is not going to happen. The key to the game was ATL running 80 plays to N.O. 54. That will get ATL to the Suoer Bowl as it did their only other time. Second, Norwood is done as as Falcon. D3 you know I have been saying this as he is severely injury prone. He can’t help but to get hurt. People talk crap about Matty Ice apparrently have never heard of a Soph slump. With all the injuries ATL had last year it really limited what Ryan could actually do. ATL needs to play ball control and have an oppurtunistic D. That will get them to the play offs and on the road to the SB.

Ed

September 29th, 2010
4:33 am

Super work and enjoyed your takes D3. One point I would like to make is (as you mentioned) MM was woeful at the end, but also, very predictable throughout. It’s not a stretch to say the Falcons won in spite of him. He will still prove to be a liability…

FrontRow

September 29th, 2010
7:26 am

Not much to comment on except I like the “Thunder and more Thunder” moniker.

D3 you always have a “your turn” segment. Seems that most like what they saw on TV last week. Your turn – how about we show some appreciation by being at your seat on kickoff.

Sadly, most of these Falcons have never seen a full stadium at kickoff. 20,000 empty seats is an embarrassment and the team has earned it.

No excuses. NOLA has traffic, slow turnstiles, etc, etc, etc. Get there on time and show the team we are behind them 100%

WR

September 29th, 2010
7:55 am

D3, great article, I like the game more for the confidence it gives these young players, for the most part the NO games have been close for years, some years the Falcons roll off alot of victories, other years its the Saints, this year the difference was that they were Superbowl champions, but for the most part the Falcons have never shown the Saints any respect and likewise the Saints toward the Falcons, its a brawl no matter the record or who you are. I’m looking for a statement game against Bal or GB and those games are far enough away to allow the young Lions to continue to grow. More to come

falcon21

September 29th, 2010
7:58 am

Beware 49er’s, the Falcons BAM BAM backfield are going to rock you!!!

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
8:02 am

How big was this win? Every win the the Not For Long is a big win. Division wins are even bigger. but interns of making a statement, not so much. To many as you said “nit-picking” things that need major improvement were displayed. Beat N.O. 35-17 like we should have, and then you’re making a statement.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
8:02 am

Is Turner-Snelling a lethal combination? Everybody bailing on the burner take a chill pill. Nobody runs real well against 8 men in the box. Snelling is getting more base looks and not having to deal with the clog at the line of scrimmage. Do we ever pull a guard or run a counter? Maybe audible to make them pay for jamming safeties in the middle of the line? Both our RB’s are the truth, and neither of them is really going to run away from anyone but your slower LB.. But at the end of games they will have defenders coughing up blood from being run over so many times.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
8:03 am

Does the backfield need a speed threat? Every backfield needs a speed threat. And I ain’t talking about Harry Douglass on a cockamamie end around. Let’s move on.

-Nickname for the Turner-Snelling combo. The Bruise Brothers

Has Matt Ryan finally arrived? Nope, but I believe the plane may be on final approach. He still ahs to win a few more road games, find some touch on that deep ball, read and react better and faster. and win a playoff game (not just participate in a win, I mean win one), The problem is too many are anointing him too quickly.

WR

September 29th, 2010
8:04 am

Still working on nicknames so far I have the Skidsteer(Turner) and the Motorgrader (Snelling). As for the playcalling I was impressed on both sides and something that hasn’t been mentioned much because of Turner and Snelling the Falcons used an offensive Package with Antone Smith also, using him against the Saints tells me they plan on getting him involved soon. I wouldn’t blame any of the D’s shortcomings against the Saints and specifically Moore on BVG. There are going to be breakdowns on a very young defense, when studing films youngsters don’t see Moore all over the place so they don’t pay as much attention to him, but seeing it on the field will teach them to not take any NFL player likely their on the team for a reason. Plus going from playing very vanilla teams’ offensively in Pittsburgh and Arizona to playing the Saints would trip up the best of young teams.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
8:04 am

Does the backfield need a speed threat? Every backfield needs a speed threat. And I ain’t talking about Harry Douglass on a cockamamie end around. Let’s move on.

Nickname for the Turner-Snelling combo. The Bruise Brothers

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
8:06 am

Does the backfield need a speed threat? Every backfield needs a speed threat. And I ain’t talking about Harry Douglass on an end around. Let’s move on.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
8:08 am

Nickname for the Turner-Snelling combo. The Bruise Brothers. Coming soon to Bruise a few defenders lungs at a dome near you.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
8:09 am

Has Matt Ryan finally arrived? Nope, but I believe the plane may be on final approach. He still ahs to win a few more road games, find some touch on that deep ball, read and react better and faster. and win a playoff game (not just participate in a win, I mean win one), The problem is too many are anointing him too quickly. He’s part of the process too.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
8:10 am

How’d I like the fire emanating from #2? I hope he was telling Baker, you better keep that man off my butt or it’s gonna be your butt. I think I actually saw Smitty smile at Matt’s antics like it was an unexpected surprise. Which it shouldn’t be. You are a multi-millionaire twenty something playing a great game for a living. You should be fired up all day every damn day.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
8:11 am

Overall impressions of the defense? Faster and harder hitting than I’ve seen. We’ve had it on one level or another, but now we seem to have it at all three levels of the defense. Van Gorder needs to release these hounds, and let that athleticism save them from themselves more often. they seem to play slower when they have to think too much, as is common with young players. Until they catch on, might as well let them terrorize the other team constantly. We can blitz everybody but Grimes effectively, so mix it up and somebody ought to be coming most of the time, the rest of the guys are good enough to cover with 7.

WR

September 29th, 2010
8:12 am

I was very impressed with Ryan, we have argued in the past that he’s not a gunslinger, but and although he didn’t have to, he looked ready for the part as he was distributing the ball all over the field. First time in a while where you saw a defense take White out but instead of focusing solely on Gonzo,who did have a big game, Ryan was throwing check downs to RBs, he was throwing slants, and he was taking shots deep, and if he wasn’t getting enough time he was all over his line, and actually when he was getting enough time he was all over his line, personally I saw a leader decide to stand up in league his confidence was so much higher and the troops were following him for the first time in my opinion.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
8:12 am

Like the turnovers or way too many yards? If we were giving up the yards because we gambled and lost I wouldn’t mind so much. But we’re having major lapses in coverage and technique, and they need to get beyond that. This can be one of the best takeaway defenses in the league, with ball hawks all over the field. Keep em coming.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
8:13 am

Happy with the defensive pressure or need more? Both. Get one more man involved in the rush and watch the sack and turnover numbers skyrocket. That’s why Pitt is the number one defense in the league.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
8:14 am

What’s the deal with special teams? They got lazy cause Koenan was getting so many touchbacks and fair catches. Those cats need a hard week of practice, like running the bleachers, or up and downs to get their minds right.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
8:15 am

Is special teams way below par this year or just a few games? Better just be a few games. Part of the reason we are winning the time of possession battle is because we are losing the field position battle. shorter field means shorter drives.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
8:16 am

Overall thoughts on coordinators gameplans? Neither one is aggressive enough. But what fan doesn’t have that complaint. You hear a lot about game planning, and I realize you need to know a team tendencies. But when you have as much talent as the Falcons have, you need to exploit that. We used to say we didn’t have the personnel to do this or that. Now we have the personnel, let’s git ‘er done!

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
8:17 am

You Need Your Haters. Last thing we need is for national media to start gushing over Ryan, White, or Turner (or anyone other than Tony G, who can take it in stride cause he KNOWS he’s the truth) and they start reading and believing their press. I’m not gonna say that’s what happened last year, but guys came back this year like they had something to prove. I far prefer that mindset.

WR

September 29th, 2010
8:17 am

The bad, special teams were horrible, and its was an element of the game that could have cost the Falcons the game, it must be dealt with immediately. On another note, although he didn’t get a chance to make any real big impact plays, Douglas is looking pretty good, once Jenkins is back and Douglas gets to go back to his slot position and with Smith being eased into the lineup with the punishment that Turner and Snelling will be dishing out we could be looking at one of the best offenses in the league and thats with all the smack talk about the Boys, Saints, Colts, and Packers.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
8:18 am

The blog monster does not like the word cockamamie.

WR

September 29th, 2010
8:22 am

As for the yardage, its game three you basically have rookies starting at every level of the D, new starters at every level of the D but your keeping teams out of the endzone except for busted plays. Thats why its a season sport, its not time for the team to peek yet, its still a time of growth and maturity. Teams build up to make the push, and they usually hit there peak after midseason, you don’t want to peak early so I’m good with where they are at this point of the season.

DHunt

September 29th, 2010
8:22 am

I just figured out the blog monster does not like a word that sounds like rockamamie, but starts with a “C”. Like does’t the AJC have access to an online dictionary, so real words can be used in blog posts?