Terrible Night, Good Days Ahead

The game was terrible. It was the worst of the entire season. The Falcons failed in all aspects of the game. To single any one person out would take too long. The coaches had an awful gameplan and the Falcons just weren’t prepared. The defense couldn’t stop the Packers to save their life. The offense was conservative and predictable. All the things that had been festering throughout the year came pouring out like one atrocious, gushing dam burst.

The Bird Cage will obviously be back to talk some more about the game last night, but the simple truth is that the Falcons got whipped in all aspects of the game. This is just a setback for what should be a very bright future for this franchise. While no knee-jerk decisions will be made, some serious aspects need to be examined on this team. Coach Smith and both the coordinators were beyond awful last night.

The Green Bay Packers deserve all the credit in the world. They had a magnificent gameplan and executed it flawlessly.

The loss stings as bad as any since Coach Smith arrived. For all intents and  purposes, the game was over by halftime. As an old coach used to say “the sun will rise tomorrow” and that’s about the only solace we can take right now. It’s not easy to see it right now, but this franchise has accomplished a ton in the last three years and very bright days lay ahead. It’s tough and painful, but fans have no reason to believe they won’t be in the mix for a long while now.

Respectful and fun football talk. Mudslinging and personal attacks will not be tolerated.

Your Turn

-Go ahead and rip the bandaid off: how terrible do you feel?

-What was the biggest reasons for the butt-whipping?

-Who’s the most to blame? We know it’ll take awhile.

-Serious reasons for concern or just one really awful game?

593 comments Add your comment

Theseus

January 16th, 2011
9:47 am

The Falcons are going places, even being a Packer fan in enemy territory last night, I never felt scared for my life like last week in Philly. You’re a young team, and the Packers/Falcons will be battling for the NFC for the next several years. Thanks again Atlanta for showing us a good time.

JJ

January 16th, 2011
9:54 am

Congrats Green Bay, you kicked our butts pretty good.

That was the worst game I’ve seen of our beloved falcons. From Smitty to MM to BVG, just a pathetic game plan. TG did not get his first catch until the 3rd qt, wtf? The defensive scheme and collapse by the players has to be my biggest disappointment.

Love my team, always will but the blame starts with the head coach and flows down hill from there. Allot of us would love to replace MM and BVG, but thats not going to happen when our team just went 13-3.

D3, tks for taking out the trash this morning. Gotta love those aints on our blog. My only slight joy this am was seeing Marshall Lynch replay. Greatest post season run in HISTORY against my beloved aints. Tks to all the packers bloggers who came on after the game in support. Y’all are a class act compared to our lovely aints.

SlyDog

January 16th, 2011
9:56 am

The sun will indeed shine tomorrow. The Falcons have a good core of young, talented players, a great leadership in Dimitroff and Coach Smith. These are rebuilding times. If many other teams had become unravelled like Atlanta did after the problems of the previous years (Vick’s problems, crazy coach leaving before the season ended) they would take years, if not a decade to rebuild. The team will continue to progress, and all fans should take that into account. RISE UP is not over!

DW

January 16th, 2011
9:58 am

D3, I think you hit the nail on the head. Well Done.

DJB Houston

January 16th, 2011
10:00 am

The term is ” intents an purposes” not “intensive purposes.” I sure hope you’re a member of the public and not a sports writer Mr. Devitt.

Grits

January 16th, 2011
10:00 am

Falcons are solid team, that doesn’t change in losing to the Packers. I am sure the Falcons will be favorites to reach the playoffs again next season. The only thing I would suggest to Coach Smith is the Packers taught you a valuable lesson on being a dynamic offense that can score from anywhere on the field. Ball Control is great but you have to have the ability to score and you have to have the ability to come from behind and the Falcons have neither. You need some speed burners and you need to be a threat to score anytime. And play to win, don’t be conservative.

DJB Houston

January 16th, 2011
10:01 am

I meant intents and purposes. Stupid sexy IPad.

Advesity Overcome

January 16th, 2011
10:03 am

I am a Packer fan. For many years the ball hasn’t been bouncing our way. ($th and 26 against the Eagles , 2007 NFC Farve interception, Arizona loss/Rodgers fumble &facemask in OT last year to name a few)Tonight not only did we play well but every almost every bounce went our way. You have a good football team with many bright days ahead. The pain will diminish as you begin the journey again next year. This Packer team has fought through much adversity this year. Injuries have been frequent. Excuses for not performing well in light of these injuries have not been tolerated. Hang in their Falcon Fans!

Falco

January 16th, 2011
10:04 am

What a horrible, embarrassing performance. My “blame” goes to the entire coaching staff. As I mentioned before the game, we were totally “over-matched” at almost every position, but I expected a better game from the birds.

We’re only a couple of years away from a playoff victory…..if we’re prepared ahead of time.

Adversity Overcome

January 16th, 2011
10:04 am

I need to check my spelling before pushing submit…

Bangkapi Ajarn

January 16th, 2011
10:06 am

Congrats Green Bay, heck of a job out there, Rogers was about as pin point perfect as I have ever seen from a QB.

Ryan on the other hand, seemed , for lack of a better term, off – starting with his first pass into the ground far from any potential receivers.

Finn had his usual professional game, and his play on the onside kick, albeit a few inches too soon, was the kind of effort and expertise that I wanted to see from everyone. Ditto Weems, I am really eating crow on him, he did the job, he and Grimes provided the Adrenalin filled plays for the Falcons last night.

The fragility of our D was exposed when our starting nickle back was out, and his backup was used and abused. Once we get injuries and need to did into the reserves, we are exposed, just not deep on the D.

Our run first O seemed to be well defensed last night, (haven’t looked at any numbers yet the wound is too fresh and I need to go out today for a B’day lunch) – lack of a scatback makes containing Turner/Snelling a doable task with good LB’s – and those dudes are GOOD!

That Raji dude was good as well, he seems to fancy himself the next refrigerator Perry.
AAUGGGHHH.

Once again, congratulations to our fellow football fans that support the Pack, good luck next week.

Jeff and the Camaros

January 16th, 2011
10:13 am

Well I guess we’ll be drafting and trading for defense this off season. Tough loss, good season, but what an awful way to end it.

Grove City Falcon

January 16th, 2011
10:19 am

I was not the happiest person here in Central Ohio last night, but after sleeping on it, I feel very happy about the direction this team is going. We have a great core group and I just hope that Tony G comes back next season. A bad gameplan all around, but we were still 13-3 on the season. Keep those heads held high ATL, we will return!

FL Packer Backer

January 16th, 2011
10:22 am

Falcons had a great year. If you’d have played the Pack like they played them earlier in the year, perhaps the outcome would have been different. After watching this game, I thought your WRs might lack a little speed. I think that Matt is great and Turner is very good, but your draft should include a couple of WRs. I think that you have an excellent coach. Overall, the Falcons are a very “complete” team, with very few holes. It’s very hard to sustain excellence, without having a cluncker every now and then. The Pack has had a few of those, too. Congratulations on a great year. After the way last year ended for the Pack, Packer fans know exactly how you folks feel.

drmondo

January 16th, 2011
10:25 am

What a heartbreak. Smitty and crew have to realise the fan base will have a tendency to slip back into the old mold of “like but don’t trust” our team again. A win followed by a close loss in the next round would have kept us hopeful. This ugly game just makes me think “here we go again”. Please give us back hope and optimism about our Falcons, TD, MS and AB. I haven’t felt this bad about a game since the ’80’s. Even the horrible loss in the SB after Robinson’s little screw up didn’t leave me feeling this bad.

Ken in VA Beach

January 16th, 2011
10:26 am

There will be some house cleaning this offseason. With Abraham’s age, if we let him go, we are a couple of big NT’s away from a 3-4. We need some serious help.

WR

January 16th, 2011
10:30 am

D3, I commend you on your post, you can tell the burn is still there and it probably will be for some time, as it will for most Falcons fans. I tried to post something last night that was repeatedly eaten by the blog monster so I’ll try again, this is in reference to the overall direction of the franchise and where the birds are headed.

In my opinion, the birds need to take a deep look within to establish who they are. Maybe overall talent is missing, but my thoughts about the team simmer around the scheme. When I say to establish who they are I’m referring to the offensive and defensive side of the ball. My first point of reference is this, can anyone name one team that has won in the playoffs much less a Superbowl with a conservative offense and conservative defense. It has never happened, you can be a ball control offense but you better be at least an aggressive defense, you can have a bend but don’t break defense but you better have an explosive offense. Now you can have an aggressive defense and explosive offense and be just fine, but you cannot be conservative on both sides of the ball and that my friends should be the Falcons first order of business during the offseason, decide who they want to be.

Again I will say I believe the organization is in good hands, this is only a third year GM and third year HC, with a third year QB as the face of the franchise. I like the communication ability between Smitty and TD, together hopefully they will sit down and realize conservatism has turned around this once doomed franchise, now the fans believe, now there’s a culture of winning around the Falcons, the conservatism now has to go, at least on one side of the ball if not both.

EJ in Johns Creek

January 16th, 2011
10:32 am

From where I sit, it was the offensive play calling. That lone efficient drive in the second half contained the types of passes that had them winning game after game during the season.

They abandoned those plays against the Saints, and again against the Packers. This left an ineffective defense with even more pressure because we were not moving the ball on offense.

When you play a different game than what gets you there, the outcome is not going to be good.

cheshire

January 16th, 2011
10:32 am

good days ahead? Maybe, but I don’t know… I’m just so tired of trying to convince myself that an Atlanta team is on the cusp of going somewhere. It’s starting to feel like the boy who cried wolf.

“Wait until next year” is a phrase that is just worn out around here.

FL Packer Backer

January 16th, 2011
10:32 am

Ken, I agree with you. The change that the Pack made to the 3-4 is one of the biggest reasons why their defense has improved to elite status.

D3

January 16th, 2011
10:34 am

Just awful all the way around. As my brother said, it must’ve been the “Ghost of Willie Martinez” last night. Green Bay does get all the credit in the world, but we had a really, REALLY terrible game. I would have to say this one was worse than the Philly game. Great timing, huh?

Win they say a total team win, well, this was a total team loss. All the fears we all had all season came pouring out in one gigantic rush of awfulness. Some points from the game…..

-Ryan had a terrible night. His pick before halftime turned the tide.
-You’re telling me not one player could run down Williams after he intercepted the ball?
-The offensive line were turnstiles.
-There was never a painfully more obvious need for a complement speed back than last night.
-Once again, when Turner doesn’t run for at least 50+ yards, we lose.
-Completely incapable of adjusting in the game.
-Still say we need to upgrade our WR corps.
-Compare our WR corps to the Saints and Packers
-The conservative, ball-control gameplan is great when it works, but wretched when you run up against a high-powered offense.
-For all the talk of having a chip on the shoulder, the Packers were the ones playing like it…..not the Falcons.
-Just goes to show you that momentum and peaking at the right time is no joke.
-Sadly, we were playing our worst football towards the end of the season.
-So much hope for Chris Owens and at one point we thought he may even start. Should he even make his way on the field? Wow, did Brian Williams mean that much.
-The DE experiment is over. Abe is aging and Biermann/Davis/Anderson is not the answer. Outside of Sidbury Jr being the next Julius Peppers, it may be time to venture into the FA pool (if any are out there)
-DT is solid and should only get better. One area where we’re A-OK
-Peterson is great, but we have to add another LB at some point or finally go with Spoon/Lofton/Nicholas
-Is DeCoud a long-term answer at FS?
-Do we really want to re-up all our OL after all?
-For all the magic in his rookie season, serious doubts remain on whether HD is a legit slot.
-Green Bay’s WRs: Jennings, Driver, Jones, Nelson and now compare that to ours…….
-Snelling is awesome, but he’s too similar to Turner and we need a true change of pace back
-Weems is an undisputed champ of this team. Use him in the passing game for Godsake
-I think MM just obliterated his chances of getting a head job.
-Brian Van Gorder or Willie Martinez last night?
-Enough of the bend-but-don’t-break mess. Look no further than the Packs defense if you want to see a great and aggressive D.
-Sure hope that Spoon has his breakout year next year, since I have his jersey and all
-Looking like a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
-Still one of the best and most gracious fanbases I’ve witnessed and as such, I’ll be pulling for Pack from here on out.
-If Coach Smith gets the opportunity again, he might want to channel Sean Payton in the playoffs. The Saints lost their last 3 games, had a bye, and absolutely steamrolled to the Super Bowl.
-Love to have Gonzo back, but we’ll have to groom his replacement sooner rather than later.
-So we’ll get the #24 pick next year? Can we trade that pick for a couple new coordinators? Joking, but serious issues need to be resolved.
-Did anyone remember the Ravens-Falcons game? Let Ryan imitate Rodgers for a change.

Keep your heads up Cage Family! The Ravens season ended yesterday, 2 more will end today, and 2 more will end next week. We’ve come a long, LONG way in just 3 years. Just wasn’t our year to grab it all in the end. No wholesale changes, but Smith needs to take a long-hard look at his philosophy and coordinators and TD has some serious issues to address.

SlyDog

January 16th, 2011
10:38 am

Hey West Bank… So NO fans support their team through good and bad? Ya’ still got that paper bag with the holes in in it?

Toby

January 16th, 2011
10:48 am

Thanks Falcons for a fun year.

Eric C.

January 16th, 2011
10:48 am

D3, you stated “The loss stings as bad as any since Coach Smith arrived.”

How about, this loss stings as much as any in Falcons history. I’ve followed the Falcons since the late 70s and have endured many humiliating defeats, but this one is right at the top. It is right up there with 1980 and 1998. To have such a great season, such promise for the playoffs, the #1 seed and a bye…then have it flushed away on a disastrous pick 6 (let’s be honest, the game ended on that play) and by one of the worst defensive performances ever – it will leave a long-lasting mark on this team that will take a long time to recover from.

We will talk about this defeat in the same light as the heart-breaking defeat to Danny White in the 1980 div round, and the Eugene Robinson fiasco prior to the SB, for many years to come. This was a special regular season, but the worst possible outcome was reallized in the playoffs. For the most part, the Falcons of the past have held their own or over-achieved when in the playoffs and pulled out a win or two every now and then…most recently, there was the 1991 win vs the favored Saints, wins vs SF and Vikings for SB appearance, win at GB after 2002 season, demolition of STL in 2004…in all of those playoff seasons, the Falcons at least met their expectations as they ultimately ended their runs against teams favored to win. However, the 1980 team and this version stand out as the big failures given the expectations and the way they lost.

All we can do is be optimistic for the next season, but this season will be remembered as one of the biggest disappointments in Falcons history. I really appreciate your perpsective and great commentaries…keep up the great work.

Btw, congrats to the Packers…they are the better team.

West Bank NOLA

January 16th, 2011
10:49 am

Yeah SlyDog. We had the bags. But we were still there. Still waiting for the tweets…

Prime Time

January 16th, 2011
10:49 am

I wonder what kind of psychological effect this game will have on the team and the fans. Even if they go 16-0 and beat every one by 20 points or more, at least as a fan I won’t believe in the hype, unless they win their first playoff game under this regime. Is Mike Smith the new Marty Schottenheimer of this generation and Matty Ice the new Elvis Grbac? So good in the regular season and out the first/second round of the playoffs.

Bangkapi Ajarn

January 16th, 2011
10:50 am

D3 –

1) 24 pick? is that confirmed?

2) Does this mean you joining us in the scatback buggy for April – assuming there is a draft?

3) Horrors upon horrors – what if this needs to last us for 2 years? Possibility of no season, after all, next year. What a bitter taste.

4) Total sign-on on the coaching failure, THIS is the best they can come up with after 2 weeks??? Note to Smitty – same-o, same-o doesn’t cut it in the playoffs.

5) Anyone still think the Falcons were playing vanilla towards the end, saving the “special” plays for the playoffs? All I saw from inspector gadget was a kamakazie blade. Josh McDaniels still out there?

6) We are THIN on D, no depth to compete with multiple injuries like the pack did this year, they seem to be built to function in adverse circumstances. Kinna like the Kalashnikov vs. the M16, it just works – mud, rain, broke, it still works, gets the job done.

d-man

January 16th, 2011
10:54 am

What a terrible night to have a terrible night. This was truly a TEAM loss, from the coaching staff on down. Really disappointed in the defense. How many times did Rodgers get away from a potential tackler and make a play downfield? These guys get paid lots of money to PUT HIM ON THE GROUND. Ryan had probably his worst game as a pro, certainly his worst in a game that really meant something. However I don’t think it would have made much difference how well the offense played if the defense had no clue how to stop the Packers. Receivers were running free all night it seems. Anyway, the Falcons have plenty to work on before next season and I am confident that can get it fixed.

Theseus

January 16th, 2011
11:01 am

And I thought Vikings fans were awful. You have a GREAT team, the Falcons lost one game, and we will be seeing a lot of each other for the next several years. The future of the NFC is the Packers and the Falcons.

Theseus

January 16th, 2011
11:05 am

By no means was I saying Falcons fans were awful, that part of my post was directed at Saints fans.

armchairquarterback

January 16th, 2011
11:06 am

To all you coaching geniuses out there who blame the coaches and their game plan. I could guarantee that you have no clue what their game plan was or the time and detail that was put in it. I did not see van gorder miss any tackles or obvious sack opportunities. I did not see mike smith or mularky throw any interceptions or miss any blocks. Bottom line is the Packers played perfect and the Falcons did not play very well and their mistakes were really magnified because they turned into easy points for the Packers at crucial times. I love the Falcons and their staff, hat goes off to packers, we’ll be back with a bitter taste in our mouth next season!

karl

January 16th, 2011
11:08 am

I’ve been hearing the same crap for 40 years. Being an Atlanta sports fan just sucks, plain and simple.

Mike

January 16th, 2011
11:08 am

Do not mention Matt Ryan with the elite QB’s. He is more than a game manager, but he is not Manning, Brady, Brees or Rodgers. Yet. He might be someday, but he is not close right now. The loss is not all on Ryan, but you saw 2 QB’s last night at different statges in their career…one looked like the lights were a little too bright for him, and the other put the team on his back and flat out refused to lose. I like Matt Ryan a lot and think he is quite good and will get better. He lacks the arm strength of Manning/Rodgers, but so does Brees and he seems to have done OK. Falcons will be good for a long time, but they will not win the big games until Matt Ryan takes the next step.

Disgusted

January 16th, 2011
11:10 am

RE: Hey West Bank… So NO fans support their team through good and bad? Ya’ still got that paper bag with the holes in in it?

I do. It’s better than walking out of a crucial game at halftime. At least Saints fans are THERE.

armchairquarterback

January 16th, 2011
11:10 am

My comment was also for you Dawson Devitt. You’ve probably never coached anything in your life, so how would you know what a game plan is unless the announcers talked about it.

DePlane

January 16th, 2011
11:11 am

You know, at the end of the day, I’m not going to complain about a 13-3 season and a playoff appearance. Despite the total annihilation of the Falcon’s by the Packers offense…and the inability of our offense to keep the D off the field, the sloppy execution, and MR picks, I’m optimistic this will be huge learning experience for our team.

We all had high hopes and expectations for this group, but Green Bay had our number and did a great job of executing and taking advantage of the turnovers.

This loss stings, no doubt about it. But I’m looking at 3 years of effort that it took to get to this point, and every year AB, TD, CMS and crew make the right moves. Last night MR2 made some big mistakes under the glare of the white hot lights. He will learn from this and use it as motivation to continue to get better. But the limitations this offensive scheme put’s on him will hold him back. We need to get some receivers besides Roddy who can get seperation down the field and catch the ball. Playmakers. The OC needs to take Matt to the next level…he is ready, but do we think that will happen based on what we’ve seen from MM? And we need that multi-purpose scat back.

Sorry, but Christopher Owens was a huge liability with terrible coverage and even worse tackling. He was personally responsible for giving up almost an entire drive on his own. Coach is gonna be beside himself when he watches the tape of Owens.

Congrats to the Falcons on a fine regular season. If we are fortunate enough to get back to this position, let’s hope next time we’ll have the playmakers and coaching we need to get the job done.

Packer Fans: Congrats to you and the Pack. Your team played a great ball game and steamrolled through here like a freight train. Your QB is awesome and your defense is strong. Good luck in the rest of the playoffs. Now go to your own blogs ; )

Terry

January 16th, 2011
11:14 am

I could not believe what i saw last night at the Georgia Dome. Practically the whole stadium emtying out in the third quarter! This really made the city of Atlanta look very bad. What a terrible way to represent your city and your Team! I cant imagine how the players and owners feel this morning. To me the fans were worse than the team!

Eric C.

January 16th, 2011
11:14 am

D3

- Brian Williams was missed, but there is a huge problem if it makes THAT big of a difference

- The blown play on the first play from scrimmage was a bad sign…you have two weeks to prepare and this is the best you can do, really?

- Yes, Norwood loss was huge…he is the speedy change of pace back and needs to be replaced due to his injury problems. Snelling and Turner look like they run in mud sometimes and that is ok against bottom-feeder defenses, but not in the playoffs

- Must upgrade # 3 WR…Jenkins is solid though

- I’m torn on whether the Falcons needed to blitz more as Rodgers was #1 against blitz in the NFL this season, but when you can’t stop em with the bend-but-dont break…why not take some chances?

- And really, does it surprise anyone that the defender jumped the route on that pick 6? Everyone in the building new what the Falcons wanted on that play…what a freaking DA decision. Bryant was nailing FGs from 55 yds in warm-ups…they had 10 secs, take a shot into the endzone and if it is not there go for the FG. What a devastating mistake, and all for the sake of getting 5 yds?

- The Falcons history is full of weak pass rush from their base defense…will the Falcons ever get a premiere front 4? The DTs are getting there, but some serious work will be need on the ends once Abraham goes downhill…and that could be soon at his age and with his groin issues.

- Yes, I like the FA route for DL…remember when the Packers picked up Reggie White? There is not that option right now, but that was the difference maker for the Packers in the 90s!

West Bank NOLA

January 16th, 2011
11:17 am

Still waiting…

DePlane

January 16th, 2011
11:24 am

And by coaching I mean MM. Either he doesn’t have the players he needs to open it up, or his offensive scheme is just not capable, or Smitty won’t let him, or who knows but that has got to change. Why when the “power” running game isn’t working we go dink and dunk more than downfield. When your down by two or three scores and time is of the essence and don’t go downfield with your playcalling how do you expect to score any points? Taking what the defense gives you works when your not down by 21. If your going 3 and out anyway or forcing it short into an INT then why not take more shots downfield!

Hat’s off to Eric Weems who proved last night that he is a playmaker. Should have played him more at WR.

Despite our expectations and the 13-3 season, most of us here in the Cage know we are missing some major pieces and AB, TD and Smitty have a lot of work to do. I’m confident they will do what it takes.

Un-fair weather fan

January 16th, 2011
11:26 am

All of the worst fears about Atlanta sports franchises not being able to cut it at crunch time and on the big stage come roaring back with a vengeance.

I think, more than anything, what comes out from last night’s whipping is the franchise’s lack of big-time game experience overall, which obviously is a simple result of the lack of experience playing big games, no more and no less. This is most evident in the coaching and preparation for these big games. In the past, when the Falcons would have a huge season and post-season humbling like this the normal patter was for them to collapse back into obscurity – into mediocrity at best – the next season and then not return to competitiveness for a few more years. In that way a tradition of mediocrity and losing takes hold, and once it does it’s very hard to break. I think last-night’s beatdown was in large part – if not entirely – an index of that tradition of not being able to overcome a tradition of losing. The Falcons have already taken the biggest step they need to take in breaking out of this cycle by not only putting together their first consecutive winning seasons in franchise history last but then by repeating the feat with their 3rd straight one this year. If they can continue this then they’ll move to the next level, at which point they’ll have to confront the next syndrome that’s been established for Atlanta sports, which is the Braves syndrome – which consists of a long winning tradition in regular season play but an inability to continue that success into the post-season. The Falcons may already be at that stage – but the ghosts of Losersville hang thick and are very hard to exorcise.

West Bank NOLA

January 16th, 2011
11:27 am

Theseus is a very amusing guy. We are awful? Did we walk out on our team when times got tough? The Black and Gold Patrol will continue to roll!

SeminoleWarrior

January 16th, 2011
11:31 am

D3, another season has come and past, much sooner than we would have loved to see it end. You, as always, did an excellent job with the post.

The team as a unit failed. Coaches, defense, offense. Totally embarassing. As I stated in the prior post in the previous blog, if that was the best we had after two weeks to prepare, we deserved to get our butts handed to us.

We accomplished a lot this season. Three consecutive winning seasons now, a NFC South title, outstanding fan support, and yes, there was some noticeable progress on the field. I’m not very happy with this team but I can say that there will need to be some serious soul searching in the offseason by many.

For all the hype that went with the hiring of Tim Lewis in the secondary, I see a lot of the same miscues that I saw last season. Too many missed tackles, too many people oout of position on the defense. A lost look from the coordinator; let me be clear. I’m not attacking him for the offense was just as lost.

What hurt the most is that we had five weeks to get ready for this. We had the week before the Saints game. We HAD to know that pass defense would be a critical facet for us in the playoffs. Vick/Kolb, Brees, and Rodgers were all going to have to be dealt with. We KNEW this and failed this test immensely. I’ve seen some horrid defensive play but that was one of the top FIVE worst that I have ever seen from my Falcons. And I have seen a lot of poor Falcons’ performances in years’ past.

13-4. NFC South title. Back-to-back-to-back winning seasons. The offseason will be interesting to watch. Philly just fired their DC; given what we saw on defense, could we be inclined to do the same? Is Mad Mike on the block? Does Smitty need to call the defensive plays himself?

Questions…questions. One thing is for sure. This is STILL my team and that will never change.

On the weekend that we honor the Dreamer, I still share my dream of a Lombardi parade in my ATL. It was not meant to be this season but the dream and all us dreamers will not let go.

Breaking right…

WR

January 16th, 2011
11:31 am

Armchairquarterback, it doesn’t take a genius to realize most on here are not coaches, but it doesn’t take a genius to realize an element of scheme or planning as you would call it was missing. Players miss tackles every game, interceptions are thrown, you hope to avoid all of this but it happens and you are forced to overcome this. That being said I asked a question earier so I’ll ask you the same so as not to be a shoulda woulda coulda candidate as the ones you seem to want to call out:

Has there ever been a conservative offense with a conservative defense that has been successful in the playoffs much less the Superbowl. If you can answer that question I’ll say your completely right with your approach to fans questioning the team.

DePlane

January 16th, 2011
11:32 am

Tery, yes it is a shame. But you have to understand that this City has been burned over and over by most of our sports franchises. They are jaded and callous from years of losers and rare glimpses of the championship victory they so desperately need to give their sports franchises center stage in their busy lives. The disappointment is too much to bear and they cannot face reaching the precipice only to have their hopes dashed once again. They don’t know how.

Add to that the huge population of fans that came here from somewhere else and you have a diluted fan base, as evidenced by 10,000 packer fans shouting Khuuuun last night.

Big Moon

January 16th, 2011
11:39 am

If you look back at the season the falcons won games that they should have lost. 3 or 4 at least. With no deep threats on the field its hard to win playoff games. Its the same thing its always been in Atlanta~nothing good when it comes to sports. The falcons are noy that good and wont be until they get some deep threats on offensive side of the ball.

DePlane

January 16th, 2011
11:41 am

SW…agree with your statements about the preparation…they didn’t look even close to ready in the secondary. BW going down hurt, but they leaked everywhere. Back to the drawing board.

DePlane

January 16th, 2011
11:44 am

NOLA…what are you waiting for? My guess is next year, just like the rest of us.

SeminoleWarrior

January 16th, 2011
11:44 am

Let me be clear on one thing though…

For those that are being critical of some of us here, calling a fair weather or criticizing us for being critical of our team, I would only say that you too are entitled to an opinion.

I know that the tears I shed last night were tears of deep disappointment. I expected better from my team. I damned sure was not the only one that expected better. I take nothing from the Packers; they played a hell of a good game. They played like they WANTED to be champions. We did not.
But I do know this. For the 40+ plus year that I can recall being a Falcon fan, I have stayed true. If I had not changed teams in my youth, when at times, I was the ONLY Falcon fan in my class, in my neighborhood, and sometimes, in my own family, why would I jump ship now.

The Falcons will never have it better than Arthur Blank, Mike Smith, and Thomas Dimitrioff. Why?
These men will not rest until the ship is righted. That is where my peace is this morning. I know that TD will be relentless in addressing our needs.

My Falcons….our Falcons. We were knocked down last night but we shall get back into the mix.
Falcons are birds of prey; we shall heal our wounds and be back in the mix next season.

My Falcons…I leave you with words from the late Edward Kennedy:

” ….the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

ONE NATION…FALCON NATION!!

J.BeeWeldd

January 16th, 2011
11:48 am

As a Packer fan it was a great game, but Atlanta fans don’t get too down,
things will get better the pain begin to ebb and flow away, we have seen many horrors
in the playoff (san fran TO) (4th @ 26) and on and on.. you have a bright
future and there is no doubt some epic games coming your way. You had
a great season! You have many of the pieces in place, way, way more than most teams,
hang in there, it stings but try and keep your chin up, you will be back!
(btw Can’t stand those black helmets, bring back the red ones!)