An Embarrassing Display in Philly

Just a Bad Game or Questions to the Core?

 This game post won’t be long because you can say “embarrassment” and “joke” in only so many ways. Awful, pathetic, choke…take your pick. If nothing else than the “big game” in Philadelphia was a complete effort in that the entire team was awful, from Head Coach Smith all the way down to the training staff. Yes, every team has bad games and gets beat in the NFL. But the effort that the Falcons showed was downright embarrassing and humiliating to Atlanta Falcons fans. The big question now is whether it was just a bad game or if the foundation of “the process” has been shaken to the core. Care to read if you choose………..

1) Self-Destruction or Redemption?

Many fans were talking before the game about how the Falcons almost always show up ready to play and rarely get blown out. Hah. Thanks to a collapse on all fronts, the Falcons were quickly in a hole 21-0 and they seemed completely unable to respond, which is totally out of character for a Mike Smith led team. The Falcons were 4-1 last year and went to Dallas and got destroyed (albeit the game was much closer than the Philly debacle). That set off a streak of the Falcons losing the next 6 out of 8 games, needing a 3 game winning streak to end the never-back-to-back finish. A loss is one thing, but a blowout has a tendency to shake some fans to the core. Which road will the Falcons take?

2) How Long Will Mike Smith Rationalize the Offense?

Underachievers (AP)

There’s simply no way to sugarcoat it anymore. The Falcons have severely underachieved since the preseason and the Cardinals and Saints game were obviously aberrations. Offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey is definitely to blame because he can’t adjust and has managed to take an amazingly talented offense and make it predictable, stale, and anemic. Hard to imagine the Falcons making a change if they get it corrected and make the playoffs, but that misses the larger point. Simply no more excuses. Even though the offensive line is well below average, to put it mildly, this offense is loaded with playmakers including Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, Michael Turner, Michael Jenkins, Harry Douglas, Matt Ryan, and Jason Snelling. This offense has gotten progressively worse since 2008 and the ship is leaving the harbor on Mularkey. The focus is now shifting to Mike Smith the head coach. How long will Smith tolerate mediocrity, underachieving, and regression from the offense? Better not be too long or all the goodwill he’s built up will quickly evaporate.

3) Coaching in Question?

The coaching staff gets the major benefit of the doubt because they are the only coaching staff to lead this franchise to back-to-back winning seasons in its history, but they seemed stuck in concrete on Sunday. They got outcoached, outplanned, and outprepared by a staff that knows how to win on a consistent basis. Brian Van Gorder ran the same defense even after giving up two quick touchdowns. Mike Mularkey, well you know the deal. And Mike Smith seemed to never exhibit any urgency about getting back in the game after being whipped early and often. They have all the confidence from the fans right now, but if they see any more of those embarrassing displays than that will fade pretty quick.

4) This Offense IS NOT a Power Running Team

Philly Just Scored Again (AP)

Sorry, but you can’t call yourself a “power running team” or a “run first team” when you can destroy weak defenses and than get completely shut down by a good to great defense. You also can’t call yourself a “power running team” when you can’t get 1 or 2 yards or even inches on the goalline or the redzone when it counts most. The offensive line has always been known as overachievers, but that’s kind of a nice way to say the talent just isn’t there. Mularkey and Smith have plenty of time to turn this offense around, but they start taking advantage of the talent they have and admit what they are and can be. The Falcons offense has multiple playmakers at its disposal that can take advantage of Matt Ryan’s talents as a QB. Even though not the mad bomber (thanks SW), Ryan had no fear of slinging the ball around at Boston College. Mularkey’s offense has handcuffed him and made the QB entirely too tentative. He has a serious arsenal of weapons at his disposal in Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, Harry Douglas, Tony Gonzalez, Justin Peele, Michael Palmer, Eric Weems, Brian Finneran, Michael Turner, and Jason Snelling. The Falcons need creativity, deep threats, and attack to their offense. It can happen, but that first requires Mularkey and Smith to be honest with what this team is….because it’s not a power running team.

5) Aberration on Defense or Time to Panic?

Unlike the offense, the defense has been getting better since Mike Smith and Brian Van Gorder took over in 2008. They definitely have taken their lumps and had some awful displays. But overall they have improved, gotten more aggressive, and definitely are creating more turnovers. That’s what was so surprising on Sunday. Five minutes had barely ticked off and the Falcons were down 14-0. Van Gorder usually adjusts well, and he did seem to have them doing somewhat better before the “backbreaker” 83 yard touchdown pass just as the Falcons were clawing back in the game. No excuses on allowing Kevin Kolb to bake a cake, do his taxes, and wash the car while standing in the pocket. Fans at least know that Van Gorder will be yelling his tail off this week. Perhaps the defense was exposed or perhaps it was a one time deal. We’ll soon see with Ochocinco, T.O., Flacco, Rice, Boldin, Freeman, and Rodgers coming to town soon.

6) A Ray of Hope?

The Falcons are 4-2, tied for the NFC South lead, and even tied for the NFC lead after only playing 2 of their first 6 games at home in the Georgia Dome where they have only lost 3 games under Coach Mike Smith.

Your Turn

-What’s your thoughts on the Philly debacle?

-Time to panic or one game aberration?

-Which way will the Falcons go: 2009 or new path?

-How bad is this offense?

-Just mediocre or epitome of underachievement?

-Are the Falcons REALLY a power running team?

-What should Falcons do on offense? Give your gameplan

-Are you worried about this coaching staff?

-A bit too critical since Falcons play next 3 games at home?

487 comments Add your comment

Sarah B

October 19th, 2010
9:51 pm

It seems like it’s always a bad day against Philly!!!! We must change this!

UGABugKiller

October 19th, 2010
9:54 pm

D3… congrats on being the ONLY voice at the AJC to correctly call out Mike Mularkey for what he is, what he’s doing to Matt Ryan’s growth as a QB, and what he is doing to this offense.

Now, if you can only work on DOL, Bradley, and Schultz, we might get some movement on this extremely important issue.

woodie

October 19th, 2010
10:02 pm

Bring in Bill Cowher before Carolina does.

UGABugKiller

October 19th, 2010
10:02 pm

I written numerous times about about Mike Mularkey. I wrote about him BEFORE the season started. I wrote about him during the preseason. I wrote about him even with the Falcons winning games.

WHEN is someone going to take a look at the damage that Mike Mularkey is doing to the Falcons offense, and even more importantly, to Matt Ryan’s growth as a QB?

Mularkey REFUSES to adapt. He has a Plan A, and if that isn’t working, there’s nothing else. He refuses to evolve with the changing NFL rules that favor the passing game.

His playcalls are repetitive and unoriginal. He refuses to call screens to help Ryan combat the rush. He refuses to let Ryan run the No Huddle more, which is the only way the offense seems to score points. He refuses to spread the field, four or five wide, to negate LB blitzes (like against Philly). He refuses to call shotgun formations to help Ryan overcome a poor pass-blocking o-line.

He is holding the offense back, and he’s doing serious damage to Ryan’s development as a QB.

Mularkey HAS TO GO.

BT

October 19th, 2010
10:03 pm

Aberration, good word that aberration.

dbird1

October 19th, 2010
10:09 pm

I still am confident that they can snap out of this funk. but to to Philly in such a way! discusting

dbird1

October 19th, 2010
10:09 pm

sorry disgusting

Sarah B

October 19th, 2010
10:10 pm

Sarah Palin this is a football blog. Move along now…

dbird1

October 19th, 2010
10:10 pm

i heard that if we had T.O we would be undefeated right now

Sarah B

October 19th, 2010
10:12 pm

Go back to looking at Russia from your house.

LRD

October 19th, 2010
10:12 pm

D3. Nice, very nice.
3 home games coming. Dunta out(likely), Spoon out for Cinci…. Our D is a bit down. Now is the time for the O to step up and carry the team into the Bye. Use the Bye to get this O humming, Tampa to test drive it, Baltimore to put the pedal down…and giving us the momentum to the end of season.

BT

October 19th, 2010
10:19 pm

Can they admit and do something about the failure of Sam Baker experiment?
If not, expect MM to re-implement the roll out right boot leg option pass play.

Lesa

October 19th, 2010
10:28 pm

“How long will Smith tolerate mediocrity, underachieving, and regression from the offense?” I’m wondering the same thing. The offense was better in 2008 than it is now; it’s been going downhill the past two seasons. In the preseason and early regular season, I kept hearing how this offense is “poised to explode and take it to the next level any time now.” The only “explosive” scoring games we’ve had were against mediocre defenses. Nobody’s even mentioning the “poised to explode” stuff anymore. Guess the local writers have given up on that pipe dream. I hate seeing all the offensive talent we have wasted by Mularky.

ymmotretsof

October 19th, 2010
10:30 pm

When I was growing up people used to say your full of mularky instead off your full of s..it. I think the Falcons are now full of Mularky. I agree the the power running isn’t working. I have seen him change up a little then all to soon go right back to his normal way of doing things. Why not try the no huddle for a while and see how it works. Ryan seems to come alive in it.There is plenty of time to run when you have a lead that you can work with. And if you do get a lead why back off put up more points.Good night bloggers where ever you are.

SOMEBODY NEED TOO TELL THE TRUTH

October 19th, 2010
10:31 pm

Sarah B, I see you’re partaking in the insults also. I have a couple of suggestions for you. Iron my shirt, when you’re done, knit me a quilt.

Sarah B

October 19th, 2010
10:42 pm

What insults? I see you changed the extra B for a D but still all CAPS. I gave constructive critcism. Not insults.

Sarah B

October 19th, 2010
10:43 pm

And take out the trash and kill some bugs will you.

Sarah B

October 19th, 2010
10:43 pm

Don’t fight with me you will not win.

Reid Adair

October 19th, 2010
10:49 pm

I lean toward just a bad game. Andy Reid pulled all the tricks out of his hat (150 yards on the three scoring plays, including a reverse and a fake-reverse pass).

Sarah B

October 19th, 2010
10:49 pm

Somebody did you see my NHL VS NFL post? If not I’ll copy and paste over here.

Tim

October 19th, 2010
10:51 pm

I’ve been worried but we kept pulling them out with just enough when we needed more there wasn’t any o, the d will be fine

BigLou

October 19th, 2010
10:56 pm

Great post D3. My thoughts: This loss is not as bad as it looks. They will bounce back. I feel this loss was necessary to humble them, think of it as an opportunity to fine tune some things. Coaches do understand that they were completely outplayed and hopefully they will make the right adjustments. Let us remember that we are building a dynasty. These things take time. One game aberration. I blame the defense more then our offense. We are going a new path… 2009 was injuries. We will be fine. The offense is potentially great, the play calling is adequate, I feel they screwed up by abandoning the run. Falcons are a power running team… We have two great backs. Just need to spread the defense with better play calling. If they loose the lead early… Mix it up. NY giants used this type of offense to win against the undefeated patriots. Defense needs to step the heck up! Only worried abought the defensive coach, horrible execution by the players. We are being too critical. 3 home games, we will be fine. Start getting worried if the Bengals beat us.

BigLou

October 19th, 2010
10:58 pm

Wildebeast

October 19th, 2010
11:04 pm

I don’t know about the offensive schemes. I just pray to God above that Moose and Goose don’t get any more of our games. Goose, with his insipid, mindless, bloated, uninsightful and hackneyed analysis of a football game, the outcome of which I care about deeply, makes me want to pull my eyeballs out of my scull!! Gawd, he makes Brian Baldinger look like Edward R. Morrow.What a complete Massengill.

Mike

October 19th, 2010
11:40 pm

After the beatdown we took in Philly, I am hoping to see a hungry well prepared team come into the dome on Sunday. It is gut check time for these players and this coaching staff. I believe talent wise we match up with any team in the NFC right now. Sure we have our weaknesses, but it is the job of this coaching staff to create gameplans that plays to our strengths and exploits our opponents weaknesses. I believe in this team. Even when we were down 21-0 I felt like we were going to comeback. I do not think it really hit me until midway through the third when we had Philly on the ropes, and let them take back over the game. I am really hoping we are not going to have a flash back of last year, after starting 4-1 and losing 4 of our next 5. Last year I was happy with the 9-7 and felt given the circumstances, and the fact we got the monkey off of our back. This year 9-7 would be a huge disappointment. The good thing right nopw is we are 4-2, after starting wiht 4 of our fist 6 games on the road, and already playing our 3 toughest road games of the year. Tampa, Carolina, St Louis, and Seattle are not near as scary on the road as Pitt, New Orleans, and Philly.

Mac

October 20th, 2010
12:24 am

lets see..coach??smith0-3 vs eagles wonder boy?ryan 0-3 vs eagles coach Reid of the eagles vs atl 8-1 where do i place my bet?? look boys and girls..don’t get your panties all in a wad now..but our falcons are nothing more than a mediocre 8-8 team this year..at BEST. why?? well here’s why in a nut shell..we are out coached every week..the other teams have “figured us out” on both sides of the ball..wanna beat the falcons?? pressure-blitz Ryan the whole game! our offense is at least 4 -6 players short of a full deck..but hey..were “fast”!! give me grady jackson pluging the middle over 4-6 guys we have now! the other teams “mix Up” their offense to confuse our defense..Hey..it worked 2 times so far..guess what..it will work more down the road. we have a defenseive minded coach?? run first by god come hell or high water..guess what..you take what the defense gives you!!
Its been this way since day 1 and it will always be that way..until we get a TOP TIER coaching staff
with an offensive mind..this team will never be much more than mediocre fodder..the team will make you cry at times and make you want to kick your dog at times..it will win 2-3 in a row and lose 2-3 in a row..too much dead wood on the team..guys over their prime..underacheiving guys..rookies..bad coaches..the list goes on..wonder what arthur blank is thinking right about now?? hmmmm

Great Falconi

October 20th, 2010
12:40 am

Gotta open up the passing game going forward. We have too many weapons in it to hold back. Whatever you think of Jenkins, the guy is a proven pro. He has size and can get down the field from time to time. HD and Tony should have things open up for them. Well, if Mularkey will pull the damn trigger.

Mike

October 20th, 2010
1:07 am

D3…agreed on every point. I am worried about this MM issue. I am concerned because I don’t see it getting fixed until the off season, yet as you said, if we make the play-offs then they may not change a thing, and that would not be good to the long term goals of this team.

Who in the NFL has a true power running offense anymore?

This Gets Old!

October 20th, 2010
1:31 am

When so much emotion is involved it’s difficult to get a read on what is really going on. Truth is it’s hard to blame Malarkey when it was Mike Smith who said after the Pitt loss that “You take what the defense gives you” Not very aggressive but look at the teams Smith has won with – Balt and Jax. Hardly risk takers on offense nor defense. He’s a defensive guy (though one wonders why the defense isn’t better)

If you have the backs then it’s easier to run than to pass. When Ryan said after the Jax preseason game that there were “some things we need to work on more in practice” it was a tip off that the “O” simply spends more time working on the run game. You can’t just all of a sudden decide “O.K. this week we’re going deep” Smith wants few mistakes on offense and stop the run on defense. He can over-rule Mularkey’s calls. Did the Eagles do ANYTHING on offense or defense that we haven’t seen before?

Falcons are 7-2 in their last nine reg. season games and in first place. It just doesn’t feel like they are. Matt Ryan CAN make all of the throws. But he’s turning the ball over now. Are they truly a team that can beat Seattle and St. Louis on the road bearing in mind how they’ve played the last two road games? If there were ever a time for a big home win it’s this week.

We might as well get used to all of the “Flacco is better than Ryan” talk now because Ryan will be under the gun in that game. Using one might be the only chance he has to survive that game. It’s not the end of the world but man – Philly played a Sunday Night game all the way across the country. How did they come out faster and tougher than Atlanta?

From Parts Unknown

October 20th, 2010
3:31 am

Agree Bugkiller,Offensive game plan is futile when the high dollar free agent RB ain’t breaking loose on first down.If you force your qb to run for his life against every 3/4 defense he faces,well,where’s that “nasty disposition” O line every scribe allowed into the “Flowery Branch”, has been slobbering over? Is it just me,or has Mularkey been watching Falcon home videos from ALL THE PAST REGIMES? Why,why,why,does he keep doing the same things expecting different results? Back the train up.Whisenhut would have been the better choice in the long term.Three winning seasons in a row? Likely, NFC,SB, potential? Not.

Falcons, Class of the NFC?

October 20th, 2010
3:56 am

Sunday was a bad dream. Let’s wake up for the Bengals.

Brither John

October 20th, 2010
5:44 am

Malarkey is the bad dream. But, one must remember, who hired him. Why Blank and TD are putting up with this crap is one for the books. Maybe to cover their own mistakes?? Andy Reid would have this team scoring 40 points a game without breaking a sweat! So would Charlie Weiss and about ten other coaches I can think of. The weapons are there. They are not being used. Hire an offensively minded head coach. Make Mike Smith the defensive coordinator — which seems to be the only thing he’s capable of understanding. Fire Malarkey. Now. Yesterday. Not next week! The dude is 40 years behind the times. Send Van Gorder back to Statesboro where he belongs. He is so in over his head it is painful to watch. Fire Keith Armstrong. What a joke he is. Does he have pictures of someone or something? Hire anybody else you can think of. Grandma Moses could do a better job for crying out loud. The list could go on and on, but it starts with the people who hired these cronies/morons.If I may quote Bobby Kennedy. “Some people see things as they are, and ask why? I see things that never were, and ask, why not?” That can actually apply to a supposedly professional football team, too, Mr. Blank. Dream big. Think outside the box. God knows you’ve stock piled tons of talented players. How about stock piling some “creative genius” to lead us to the Promised Land?????

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Zoomie

October 20th, 2010
7:49 am

Philly Debacle: Falcons got kicked in the teeth early and had no response. They seemed to stubbornly stick to the ground-pounding, clock-eating strategy even though it should’ve been tossed out after the first five minutes. This led to 21 points hung on the birds in an embarrassing manner. A most egregious failure of the coaching staff.

Panic Time? Why panic? The weaknesses exploited by the Eagles have been evident since the first game (and have been written about here in this blog) and haven’t been corrected. What we saw is what we got. This loss was inevitable. Again, a lot of this falls on the coaching staff.

Repeat of 2009? No, I don’t think so. There is a lot of mediocrity and downright incompetence in the NFC in 2010. I still believe the Falcons can go 10-6 and make the playoffs. If another mediocre team stumbles into the playoffs, the birds might even make it through the first round, but as soon as Atlanta plays a good team, they’ll have their butts handed to them.

Bad offense? Yep. And it all starts with a line that is mediocre in the run and poor in pass protection. The situation is exacerbated by an OC that simply won’t accept what he has. He’s intent on forcing the O-line to play in schemes where they’re constantly beat. As already pointed out, the Falcons have serious top-level offensive talent, but they have an OC that cannot find a way to use that talent effectively.

Just a mediocre team. Top of the heap in talent, middle of the pack in execution. That’s what we’ve seen in the first six games and I’m losing hope that we’ll see anything different for the rest of the season. The only thing that makes Atlanta look better is that much of the NFC is in worse shape.

Power running team? Heck no. The O-line is woefully insufficient to power a consistent run game.

Gameplan: accept the fact that the O-line can’t carry the current strategy. Develop plays to counter the blitz, because after Philly, defenses are going to open up on the Falcons. Screens, sweeps, blitz routes by the receivers, etc. Teach Matt Ryan how to properly execute a play-action pass.

Coaching staff: Mularkey isn’t going to cut it. He doesn’t seem to be in the same century with the rest of the NFL when it comes to developing an offense. I think BVG will be fine if Smitty tells him to get more aggressive — which of course, means Smitty has to accept what he’s got and concede a less conservative, more aggressive defense.

Too critical? Definitely not. Again, the Eagles staff saw the same things posters here have pointed out for weeks now. They developed a game plan to exploit every one of those weaknesses. If concerted efforts had been made to correct some of these glaring deficiencies prior to Sunday, there would’ve been a different outcome. So, either the coaches are not making the corrections, or the players can’t execute at the NFL level. Too critical? Hopefully the coaches and players will be more critical than the bloggers . . .

One additional point: D3, you could do a stand-alone blog on the horrendous execution of special teams thus far in the season. Unbelievable that this hasn’t been shored up by week 6.

florida falcon

October 20th, 2010
8:34 am

This was by far the best blog to date. Great job, now I hope the coaching staff is reading it. i know we are a bunch of armchair quaterbacks, however when I am telling my wife (who doesn’t know a thing about football) what plays are coming up next, and they do. She thinks I am a genious and should go become a coach! That cannot be happening from a guy whos only football experience was playing in the neighborhood parking lots! IF I can see what is coming next, surely the opponents can see it too. As fair weathered fans as we have in Atlanta, we are sick of this false hope happening year after year! Especially after those crummy Saints won the s-bowl! C’mon Birds, rise up! and we’ll rise with you! You can tell from the blogs that the fans hate losing to Filth-ladelphia more than any other team. We ALWAYS get embarrased, not just lose to those A holes!

chelf

October 20th, 2010
9:27 am

not surprised that it took you several days to muster up the energy to blog about that one. I do feel the need to mention the number of checkdowns ryan made in the game, rather than going downfield to some of the open receivers that even the bums ion the broadcast booth were able to point out. Is Ryan just bad at making the right reads, or has he been neutered to the point of being scared to exhibit any of the gunslinger mentality that makes for exciting offensive football?

Your power running point is well taken. Between UGA and these falcons, this has not been a year to enjoy fine offensive line play for me. And these problems are really obvious everytime we get into the red zone and either stall or begin moving backwards. Hopefully we can fight through some of these issues and have a fine year, but maybe next years draft will be the draft of the big uglies? I dont need glamour picks here, just some grunts who can move a pile when we need them to, and maybe give Matt Ryan more than a nanosecond to make a read before getting crushed.

And finally, the special teams. If there is a bigger misnomer out there, I’m not sure I know what it is. Can we get some starters on special teams coverage or something, because blocking and tackling seem to elude us there.

All that said, we are still 4-2, with a tough loss, and one big one. Hopefully this one drives the players to work their asses off and rebound next week. I still like our chances of winning 11 games. But gotta beat those bungles first.

and one last note- $50,000!? Yikes.

Chuck

October 20th, 2010
9:30 am

Seems to me the offense, led by an overrated Matt Ryan is just one problem. One of the others is Thomas Dimitrov is overrated because he came from the Patriots, duh? Ever notice how one of the former Patriot coaches or officials move on to other teams, and falter after being touted as one of the reasons the Patriots succeed? Bill Belichek is a control freak that does every thing, so…The current Broncos coach was called a genius, Mangini was a genius….Romeo Crennel….fat Charlie Weis at Notre Dame….I think better personnel system is the key. Now, I have at times been critical of Matt Ryan’s status, however, I do believe he can be a pretty good QB with a proper supporting cast, starting with a sound offensive line. I believe the offensive line troubles go back to the Superbowl against the Broncos-the Falcons were manhandled. Then, the Vick era was mired by a poor line; Vick was able to run for his life. And now, when the game is on the line, Ryan will have to force throws due to no time or run the clock down against a quality, LEGITIMATE, playoff team.

Sarah B

October 20th, 2010
9:35 am

Chelf – Yikes! is right to you and me. That would be a years pay. But DR got what $56 Million to ba a Falcon? I hate thinking about that. But I loves me some football!

Richard Dawson

October 20th, 2010
9:39 am

I felt we were flat outcoached, period. Philly obviously prepared very well and adjusted their tendencies and gameplan. We prepared for the old Philly and never seemed to make adjustments. They run a reverse for huge yards, and two quarters later, fake the reverse for huge pass yards. That’s textbook deception, and we were caught like a JV team. That’s being outcoached.

That said, I still have confidence in Smith and company, but it will take more hours and better preparation to take us to the next level.

Richard Dawson

October 20th, 2010
9:41 am

2.5 seasons in now, I think we know what Matt Ryan will do. A QB rating of 85, a solid B QB, will not lose too many games and won’t keep you from a championship, but won’t be the reason for the championship either. Will have 1 or 2 great seasons and a bunch of solid seasons. I like him. Good leader. We just can’t expect him to carry us on his shoulders. Need a strong D and running game around him.

chelf

October 20th, 2010
10:03 am

Sarah B- tis true that its more like a steep speeding ticket for him. But I hate paying those too. And don’t we want aggressive defense? I’m sure van gorder does. I’m thinking a 25 large fine might have been a little more appropriate for the first offense as the nfl cracks down. Just because there were several of these hits in one week, the nfl shouldnt all of a sudden impose outrageous fines and suspensions. By saying they will add suspensions, they are equating a big hit on the field with some big hits in a domestic situation? The nfl and its rules and code of conduct baffle me.

chelf

October 20th, 2010
10:05 am

Richard Dawson- I think your point about Matt Ryan is spot on. Hopefully he can get better though and maybe work his way to a B+ or A- one of these days.

also, your role in The Running Man was epic. fine work.

Sarah B

October 20th, 2010
10:17 am

chelf – LOL on the Running Man!

uga_b

October 20th, 2010
10:55 am

I can take the lack of Defensive adjustments with a grain of salt. Philly threw tons of looks at us and you can’t play ‘em all without giving up something else. We definitely had some scheme issues but better to get those ironed out midseason.

Offensively, sometimes I think we play for the three and out, but without taking a shot. I would be happier with three and outs where we threw on 1st and 2nd down as opposed to running twice for 3 yards. Really, the power running game needs to show either power or running.

Lastly, the Dunta Robinson fine is ridiculous and will hopefully be overturned in appeal. Meriweather’s hit was a cheap shot and in no way similar to Dunta’s. Dunta’s was as fine a football hit as you will see and an incredible, clean play. Perhaps they should fine offensive and return men 50k for every TD over 25 yrds since those are similar to defensive big plays.

uga_b

October 20th, 2010
10:58 am

Is this blog called the CAGE because that is where the blog monster stores all our posts?

blord

October 20th, 2010
11:32 am

UGABugKiller,

Consider me officially on board with you. I have given MM the benefit of the doubt to this point because Ryan had such an unexpected rookie year. I often think OC’s take a lot of unjust criticism but I have all but given up on our offensive creativity. This is now a pass first league which goes against the traditional grain. There isn’t any run first teams anymore that win. We as a unit must adjust to this or we will just keep beating our heads against a wall.

LRD

October 20th, 2010
11:45 am

Ryan vs Flacco: Looking at stats at NFL.com..Flacco has started/played 38 games Ryan 36 games….
Totals up to today:
Completions F= 696 R = 660
Attempts F = 1132 R= 1104
PCT Complete F = 61.5 R = 59.9
Yds F = 7985 R = 7771
Avg F = 7.1 R = 7.0
TD F = 42 R = 47
INT F = 30 R = 29
Rating F = 84.0 R = 84.5
So looking at the 2 and everyone is always saying Flacco by far the better of the 2.. when looking at the stats.. there is not much difference actually between them.
Over the past 3 years I would say the difference is Flacco had by far the better Defense.

Stop excusing RYAN

October 20th, 2010
11:57 am

LRD, stats are only for fantasy football geeks and blind people. The stats can’t tell you how a game was played – it won’t tell you which throws were in crunch time and which one were in garbage time. Stats won’t tell you if the QB was leading his team down the field and making smart decisions or if it was the first 5 minutes of the game before they got into a groove. Stats just dont tell you everything.

waynester

October 20th, 2010
12:21 pm

LRD
Thanks for pointing out the obvious to the Flaccoites on this blog. Joe went to a team that was already BUILT (unlike Ryan) and with the best “D” in the league, to boot…..
D3
Too much negativism by far. We have holes and problem areas to be sure, but all of a sudden ALL of our FO, coaches and players–even the waterboy–are incompetent losers? Because of one bad loss? Granted, if the team can’t bounce back from said loss,the naysayers might be onto something, but until that happens, how ’bout a little more faith in this organization…..
PS
The knee-jerk reaction by the sports media and the league is beyond ridiculous. Dunta got swept up in the fervor to “look tough” by the NFL. Bogus fine–totally bogus….

waynester

October 20th, 2010
12:40 pm

D3
WAY too critical for this early in the season. All our deficiencies are correctable. If they continue uncorrected, all the criticism will be warranted, but not yet. One loss and suddenly everybody from the Owner, FO, coaches,players,waterboy, even the girl who totes the headphones completely suck? Laughable…and I hate Philly worse than most….
LRD
Thanks for again pointing out the obvious, but the Flaccoites have made up their mind and won’t be swayed by facts…..