Falcons Meltdown to Packers……Again

Has This Coaching Staff Peaked?

What You Got Smitty? (C.Compton/AJC)

The Falcons were up 14-0 and there were thoughts that this might be the game to get this team and coaching staff back on track. Nope. Only more fuel has been added to the fire that this coaching staff simply aren’t getting it done.

You can talk about talent or rosters or schedules or tough opponents all you want, but the simple fact is that this Falcons coaching staff is losing fan confidence like a sinking boat. Sure there are some holes here and there on the roster, but the point becomes clearer and clearer every week that this coaching staff may not be the ones.

Many will point to Mike Mularkey’s ridiculously conservative offense as a reason for the current implosion. Others will say that because Matt Ryan doesn’t possess a Jeff George like arm that its time to start looking for a replacement at QB. Some will say that it’s Brian Van Gorders jumbo jet soft zone that has helped continue the slide.

This is from 3rd Quarter, Right? (C.Compton/AJC)

The painful truth is that it might just go a little higher up. Mike Smith has done wonders for this franchise and will surely get plenty of time to correct his mistakes, but fans are begrudgingly starting to wonder whether this is the farthest the Falcons will climb under Smith. It’s really early, but the Falcons have shown an unbelievable way to “find a way to lose” as opposed to finding a way to win. Truth be told, hardly any fans in the Georgia Dome last night thought for second that the Falcons could or would hold their 14 point lead against the defending Super Bowl Champs.

The Falcons fanbase are beginning to have a serious crisis of confidence in this coaching staff and the ire and angst are not stopping with the coordinators. Smith and Co. are showing that they are incapable or unwilling to fix some of the problems they have had since they took over. They are a hyper-conservative football team that plays not to lose as opposed to playing to win.

Matt Ryan has regressed as a quarterback, plain and simple. He has gone from a rookie who wasn’t afraid of hardly anyone to being a gunshy, panicky, and paranoid signal-caller who is terrified of making a mistake. Coaching staffs are supposed to help their talented young quarterbacks become more comfortable and progress, not the opposite.  The Falcons defense have had severe issues getting off the field on 3rd down (even though they played pretty darn well against the best team in the NFL).

The team seems tight and afraid and appear to be entering into a possible self-destruct mode. But of all the issues that plague this team, there’s no more of a damning assessment than how poorly they come out to play in the second half and actually play worse after getting supposed adjustments.

And if you’re counting, the Falcons are now 1 – 5 in their last 6 games against elite/contending teams (beat Eagles ((who are now 1-4)); lost to Saints, Packers, Bears, Bucs, and Packers).

Let’s just open it up to The Bird Cage Family Members……

What Is Your Confidence Level in this Coaching Staff?

Do they have a legitimate chance to turn it around or has this staff, particularly Head Coach Mike Smith, peaked?

Are the Falcons only a coordinator or two away from being elite or are the best days behind them with Smith as the head guy?

Fire away………..

420 comments Add your comment

JB FALCON

October 10th, 2011
4:14 pm

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D3

October 10th, 2011
4:22 pm

Thought this kind of funny (really depressing more than anything). Here’s the most recent titles of the blog posts:

1) Falcons Meltdown to Packers……Again
2) Less than Stellar in Seattle – Falcons Barely Hang On
3) Falcons Reel in Sloppy Loss to Bucs
4) Collapse in Chicago – Falcons Play Wretched Football

Something’s wrong here, folks!

JB FALCON

October 10th, 2011
4:28 pm

Those are pretty tough questions. If the coaches have peaked they should be at least on course for another 13-3 season. There’s no way we can win all of remaining games. Maybe it’s the coaches but why can’t we at least play a full game? MR blew up totally last night after the first half. Maybe he is overcoached to try to be something he’s not? Same thing with the CB’s. I think, player for player, we should match up with any team. It can’t be anything other than the way the players are being forced to play.
I sometimes relate this situation to an overbearing Dad trying to make his 200 lb ten year old be a quarterback, even though the son would be a better tackle and would rather be a tackle. That’s the best I can do trying to describe this wacky season.

Nookah

October 10th, 2011
4:36 pm

Let’s be real here. All the evidence points to the fact that this coaching staff has reached its ceiling. We need to move on from MS. He has done a great job in putting this franchise back on the NFL map especially where and when he took over this franchise.

I posted a few blogs ago that you cancompare this situation to a real life situation. You have CEO’s who can take an organization from the red (losses), turn them to black (profitability) and then unable to move them to the next level. What you do next is pay him a handsome package, a golden handshake and bring in a new CEO that can move you to the next level.

This is where our franchise has reached and i am sure that discussion is going on with AB and TD are having right now. If we want to move to the next level we need a new CEO. Thank you MS and have a nice day.

Go Falcons!!

Hud

October 10th, 2011
4:36 pm

this is the team that the fans believed was the second coming with
Matty Ice aka cold water when melted.

mountain_jim

October 10th, 2011
4:38 pm

All those great new plays in the first 2 drives and none of them were every used again in the game.

I still think if that long play to HD had not been called back for the penalty, the game might have played out differently.

Bottom line – 3rd quarter stats for year finger the coaches as either losing the team at the half (or more likely) not being willing or able to adjust to the other team’s adjustments.

But it’s also time for TD to get called out for overspending on Dunta and for draft picks like Baker, Peria, and Owens not panning out worth their position.

Ryan’s arm really seems weaker and less accurate on any throw down the field since his earlier seasons.

chuck

October 10th, 2011
4:42 pm

matt ryan is a show-off. comes to the line of scrimmage and starts pointing over there and over here, and screaming something to change the play that was sent i guess, but they seldom work. he seems to be more concerned about showing what he knows rather than making the play work. trying to be peyton manning i guess, but he has a long way to go. i think he is not what he thinks he is. mularky and van gorder need to go and not to sure about mr. smith. i could tell in the preseason that the falcons were not going to do much this year.

honest_abe

October 10th, 2011
4:49 pm

let’s start by having a clearer idea of what kind of team the general manager wants/expects. the rest follow from that. are we going to be a pass happy squad that spreads the field and takes advantage of matchups? because if we are the falcons need a coordinator that is known for his passing schemes. then they need a qb with a stronger arm. then they need to improve the offensive line. then they need several more slot receivers and a feature back that can catch the ball out of the backfield. figure out what kind of team the falcons are going to be then make the necessary adjustments.

assembling a team that is made to control the clock and a coaching staff that is known to run and for the short passing game then expecting them to be the “greatest show on turf” is not only unrealistic it’s laughable.

teamguy

October 10th, 2011
4:51 pm

D3, you nailed it again. Mike Smith bristled at the question about the play calling in the second half, but even a casual fan can see that we run cetain plays, have success, then never call them again. I always thought you run it until they stop it. . .which Green Bay never did last night. Running M Turner into the middle is not very smart. .he just doesn’t run with much violence to be as big as he is. And Quiz has like one play from scrimmage, good success, never to be heard from again. You may be right about this coaching staff.

ryan

October 10th, 2011
4:58 pm

What do you guys think problem is it seems like this not the same team we saw last year lost the swagger or is it coaching game preparation drafting players IMO its coaching yes we have back to back winning seasons under Mike Smith but no playoffs wins to show for it that were it counts not regular wins if we don’t get rid Smith BVG and MM has to go if things don’t turn around .

Wabe

October 10th, 2011
5:00 pm

Wabe

October 10th, 2011
5:01 pm

Bits from Pat Y’s article posted above:

Smith was asked if the offensive play-calling was a problem.

“No, I don’t think so,’’ Smith said. “We’ve got to execute better.’’

Wabe

October 10th, 2011
5:02 pm

Better yet, here you go.

By Pat Yasinskas
ATLANTA – For one of the few times since he’s been the coach of the Falcons, Mike Smith was put on the hot seat as he addressed the media after Sunday night’s 25-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Actually, it came in the wee hours of Monday morning, after Smith’s team jumped out to a 14-0 lead. After that, the offense did almost nothing, which brought up a very legitimate question.

Smith was asked if the offensive play-calling was a problem.

“No, I don’t think so,’’ Smith said. “We’ve got to execute better.’’

Mike Mularkey is the offensive coordinator and he calls the plays. Smith went on to explain that he ultimately is responsible for all the play calls on offense and defense. Although Smith comes from a defensive background, he said offensive plays have to go through him and refused to put any blame for the offensive woes on Mularkey.

“I’ll take full responsibility for that,’’ Smith said in the firmest voice I’ve ever heard him use. “No one else.’’

Great Falconi

October 10th, 2011
5:03 pm

It’s the same crap every week. One team makes adjustments as the game goes on; the other doesn’t. The one that doesn’t is the team we’re cheering for. Sucks to be us.

The first two drives included successful plays that Falcon fans rarely see. I don’t know if Mularkey planned on calling the same kind of plays in the second half or not. If so, the Packers completely blew his plans to hell. If not, he’s a moron.

The bottom line from last night is this:

We gave up 25 points, including three FGs on the first three Pack scoring drives. If someone had told me beforehand that we’d hold the Pack to 25 points, I would have liked our chances. I wasn’t impressed by the D in the second half. They gave up too many third-down conversions. However, the offense did nothing to take any heat off of those guys. The offense gets the blame for the loss last night.

One last thing. Bosher. The one where he kicked it 35 yards with no hangtime out of the end zone? That won’t get it done. The one where he kicked it 24 yards from the Pack 40? Unacceptable. He had one or two decent punts. I don’t care too much about the kickoffs. After all, it’s not like we’re scoring much. We are punting a lot, so…yeah.

DJ Sniper

October 10th, 2011
5:06 pm

D3, I have been angry blogging all day about this game. Once again, we jump out to a 14-0 lead, and instead of building on it, we sit on it and let the other team battle their way back into the game. Once again, we have success with certain plays and we never use them again. I actually saw a screen pass go for a first down last night, but we never went back to it. Once again, Quizz Rogers comes in for a few plays in the first half and never sees the field in the second half. Once again, we wait until the game is damn near over before we run the no huddle.

Mike Smith is trying to deflect the criticism of Mike Mularkey’s play calling, but if it’s true that Smitty is ultimately responsible for the the play that gets run, then he’s as much to blame as MM.

Paddy O

October 10th, 2011
5:13 pm

D3- you recognized it last year that our 13-3 was a lucky record – but a nice one. So, this year is a bit of a fall back to earth. I think we need to stop the crucifixon of Smith & his staff. They lost a bad game to Chicago; almost lost to Seattle – an obviously inferior team – and lost to a better GB team after the OC stopped trying in the 2nd half – the fact that we just took a knee at the end of the 1st half is what really bugs the crap out of me. This coaching staff has a definitive lack of a killer instinct. We let the opposition off the matt time & time again, and then wonder why we are to tired after a close game. Our D played a darn good game – stupid blitz by Grimes, and weak LB stunts in the 2nd half are pretty much the only negatives. Our offense though has serious identity problems, and I think Darrell stated last post. We underutilize Quizz & SNelling, our WR route running it BAD, our WR options are brittle (no Meier), no dynamic offense – and we try to run Turner between the tackles regardless of what the D is showing. If Smith wants to help himself, he needs to immediately tell Ryan to audible out of that dumb crap if the box is stacked, and let Turner – who has caught more so far this year – to become a chip blocker & then a receiver.

El Bravo

October 10th, 2011
5:13 pm

D3, to be honest, I thought the Falcons would be 3-2 after the first five before the season so, record-wise, we are not far from expectations. I think the next 2 games will be very telling about the future of this team. We win those two very winnable games before the bye week (Carolina, at Detroit) and we will be looking at the soft part of our schedule after the week off (only the Saints look like a formidable opponent the rest of the way). I’m not ready to sound off the alarm yet. The Falcons keep showing signs every week of being either really mediocre or really, really good and I will give them until the the bye week to get it going. I still think we are a 10 to 11 win team and that should be enough to make the playoffs as a Wild Card in the NFC.

ryan

October 10th, 2011
5:15 pm

That what i respect about the Packers is that they are well oiled machine that why they won a Super Bowl not afraid taking risk that what Champions do this Falcons team needs a change like a Gruden. A lot teams passed on Rodgers now he is one of top 5 QBs in the league .

Paddy O

October 10th, 2011
5:17 pm

However, our LACK OF & FAILURE to make in-game adjustments, at least on the offense, is a definate FAIL on this team. Don’t know if we don’t know how, or a just too stubborn.

JB FALCON

October 10th, 2011
5:26 pm

Paddy O, read my post on the overbearing Dad. Stubborn or stupid? Screw the kid, this is what I want!

Wabe

October 10th, 2011
5:26 pm

“Smith went on to explain that he ultimately is responsible for all the play calls on offense and defense. Although Smith comes from a defensive background, he said offensive plays have to go through him and refused to put any blame for the offensive woes on Mularkey.”

SOMEBODY NEED TOO TELL THE TRUTH

October 10th, 2011
5:29 pm

Hitting the proverbial nail on the head as usual D3… Matt Ryan has definitely regressed, he played the quarterback position alot differently in his rookie year, he played carefree and not affraid of making mistakes. He has become a student of the game now (as some would say),,,therein lies much of the problem for Matt Ryan…he’s forgot how to have fun and how to shake off a bad series or quarter of football, someone needs too tell him the game is played on the field, not in the film room, or on paper.

With the addition of Julio Jones, this kid has revealed some unintended things about our coaching staff and quarterback… The offensive brain trust ( or the lack there of) has know clue on how to use him, TD signed Julio with the intent of competing, beating the top teams in the NFC… But he has revealed how inept the coaching staff is, they can’t design routes to his strenghts and we have a quarterback that can’t get him the ball on a consistant basis. The addition of Julio just confirmed what many have been saying for a while now… the offensive scheme and coordinator suxs and Ryan can’t throw on a rope and struggles something awful throwing the deep pass.

The addition of Jones will force TD to make some changes that he might of otherwise thought twice about, he mortgaged the future of this Franchise for some years with the Jones pick, I don’t think he is prepared to be the laughing stock of the league, or have his credentials questioned..Transactions that he made to move up to get Julio, will make him or break him in the GM circles…

TD will make changes much sooner than later…his career path will be forever tied to Julio Jones…Just Sayin

Nookah

October 10th, 2011
5:29 pm

Another thing we must not lose sight of. TD cannot be exempt from blame here. He has missed on a few picks and he has to be held accountable. He missed on Sam Baker, Dunta has been a strikeout and that has been a substantial investment in cash and draft picks (we moved up to get Baker). I will say even at this early stage Julio is the real deal. Decoud is a bust in my opinion (3rd round 2008)

We tend to give TD a free pass but it’s time to look deeper and assess all our executives in an objective manner. I think when we assess them we tend to have in the back of our minds the tatters we were in, in 2008. However, 2008 is history and our window of opportunity is closing with this group of players.

As far as MR2 goes, I think it’s time for us to draft a backup and not just a bench-warmer but a possible succession to Ryan. I am very concerned about the progression or lack thereof. It could have a direct corelation to coaching but the evidence is pointing to drafting a sucessor.

For what it’s worth I looked up Peyton Manning’s 4th year stats:

16 GS went 6-10; 343/547 – 62.7%; 4,131 yds; 26TD’s/23INT’s; 258.2 yds/game; 84.1 QB rating; 29 sacks.

I was not satisfied so I looked up Tom Brady’s stats;

16 GS, went 14-2; 317/527 – 60.2%; 3,620 yds; 23TD’s/12INT’s; 85.9 QB rating; 32 sacks

Any hope? Perhaps.

clockwork

October 10th, 2011
5:32 pm

You lose to a team in January by lots of points…..don’t even make them punt. They are on your schedule six months later. So what do you do in April? Give up five drafts picks to get a WR, and play the same team six months later with essentially the same defense. And then everyone comes on here and acts shocked, shocked that the Falcons lost last night……too funny.

ryan

October 10th, 2011
5:33 pm

Another thing that is a concern is we had the Packers 3rd and long and we allowed them to make the first down pathetic 397 yards threw air was embarrassing defense by the Falcons .

Coop

October 10th, 2011
5:35 pm

D3 – Love the work brother. Thanks.

Sigh… I just can’t invest anymore time in this team. The talent is there, but I’ve given up on the coaching. Smitty seems like a great guy and I will always revere him for what he did to turn this team around. But for the life of me, I don’t understand how a grown man can look at what’s going on and not see that change is needed. It is blindingly obvious to nearly everyone. Same issue with Mark Richt for last three years.

Frankly, I’m to the point of questioning TD and Blank. They won’t and shouldn’t make a change in mid-season, but my fear is they won’t make a change for multiple seasons. Just like UGA, we’ll waste years trying to figure this out, when the Cage can see the issue. Smitty has to change or we may never see the playoffs again. It’s no longer a talent issue. We could be better in spots (LT), but there is plenty of talent here to beat anybody on any Sunday.

Anger has faded. I’m simply ambivalent now. I’ll watch hoping for them to win, but knowing they’ll likely lose. I just can’t invest anymore.

ryan

October 10th, 2011
5:39 pm

I know a lot people don’t like UGA on here but you have to admit dawgs defense right now is better than than Falcons .

Saybyn

October 10th, 2011
5:41 pm

You gotta give the Falcons credit, they are consistent. 5 games, 5 mediocre performances (we had to rally late to win against the Eagles remember? and The Seahawks lost on an ill-advised FG attempt). We have a 1, maybe 2 quarter squad that can’t seem to find which way is up. This isn’t an identity crisis, they are just not that good. Could it be we are only reacting this way because of some preconceived notion of grandeur from this team based off LAST years performances (in which 5 of those 13 wins could have gone either way)?

It hurts, I KNOW it does, and it borders on the excusable, but maybe, JUST MAYBE, we pull the dirty bird out of the oven maybe…2years early? I dunno. Just seems these eggs this team keeps laying need to incubate a tad more.

Ryan looks as inaccurate as he did in the 09′ opener and in a league where the elite teams are ‘usually’ lead by a rather accurate QB this might prove fatal down the line if we don’t develop a real system to utilize what talent this kid has. I’ve seen worse QBs lead teams to Superbowl victories.

This teams offense flows through its running game? Really? I didn’t notice since the last two weeks its meant little to nothing in the failing minutes of the game. Oh sure MT gets a burst here in there a few weeks back, but where has it been since?

These are signs of immaturity. To go up 14-0 to start only to fall 25-14 shows two things, character, and coaching. Coaches call the plays that maintain the flow of the offense of defense, so a savvy eye and a ‘feel’ for things is almost a plus. Considering you’re NOT on the field (and usually not very athletic at all) that ability to recognize what you’ve got happening on the field and then the wherewithal to make adjustments for good or ill is the staple of the NFL coach. Some are better at it than others.

That said, players are STILL on the field and have to make plays. A coach can draw up a trillion plays of god-like savvy, but if the player, for whatever reason, can’t execute than it’s all moot. I found the Falcons some drives to be almost unwatchable. Especially after watching the rest of the games throughout the day, man, it really brings things into perspective.

I’m starting to think maybe I got ahead of myself a bit and the Falcons just are what they are. They are a middle of the road team that has dreams of being a big boy someday, tasted success, but not quite sure how to hold on just yet. This transcends players alone, as well as coaches, but effects everyone ultimately. There is no quick fix, only a methodical and surgical assessment of the ‘readiness’ of this thing. Ins and outs. Ups and downs. We are a long way away folks.

Mike

October 10th, 2011
5:44 pm

D3 you felt the energy just leave the dome last night when the Pack took the lead late in the 3rd qtr. Fact was there was still better than a quarter to go, and we were only down one…but it felt like a last second TD pass to James Jones. Fans tried to dig deep and rally the team, but it just did not feel authentic. Last year in the Baltimore game after leading most of the game, Baltimore took the lead late in the 4th, however it seemed like there was no doubt that we were going to come right back. The fact that this team is unable to put together 4 qtrs of quality football points to the coaching staff. On 680 the fan today, they were quick to point out that a couple of penalties were killers…however that points to the coaching staff. Ryan looked very uncomfortable throughout the 2nd half. I did not see Green Bay doing a lot to make him uncomfortable. I do not think the sideline routes play to his strength. It seems to me, and I would really have to pay more attention to be sure, that the only person that goes across the middle is TG. I do not blame the defense as much last night. It was unreasonable for anyone to think that Green Bay was not going to break a big play or two. The penalty on the HD pass that brought us back, and then one that took us out of field goal range on the third drive were pretty big. However good teams overcome set backs. I know after they came out after the half, and went three and out it seemed like that was the time to come out and really put them away.

honest_abe there is a way with the receivers this team has and Matt Ryan to be an efficeint passing team. No Ryan is not going to air it out 50-60 yards down the field. But he can hit the intermediate passes 10-15 yards with a runner in stride. They could also use Quizz like Sproles is used in the screen game. Brees does not have a cannon, however Payton has implemented an offensive scheme in New Orleans that fits Brees very well. I think our whole game plan on both sides of the ball is very passive. I am not sure if that is the coaching staffs mentality being reflected by the players. It just seems to me that this team lacks a winning mentality, and plays more not to lose. That is just my opinion based on what I have observed on the field so far.

gman

October 10th, 2011
5:56 pm

Did BVG run this same crap at UGA and GSU? This soft zone garbage is killing us. Don’t know if it’s actually BVG or MS but it’s got to go. I heard a report last night stating that Green Bay had used zone in the first half and changed to bump and run man 2 man in the 2nd. Wow, It worked. Why can’t we do that?

I am also on the band wagon about Dunta but I understand he is a m2m corner not a zone corner. If that’s the case why are we NOT trying it?
It would slow the receivers, give the Dline an extra second to get in and maybe, just maybe get us a few more sacks.

Stats

October 10th, 2011
6:24 pm

Aside from the fact that not much has gone according to plan in the NFL thus far, i.e. Eagles, Lions, Bills, (beating the Pats????, c’mon), Titans, 49ers, Jets, and oh yeh, who am I forgetting? Let’s see, is it? Oh yeh, the Falcons. The Falcons, regardless of ownership, coaching, personnel, (heh we had Dione and Co. right? ), are still the sorry axxxx Falcons. 3 consecutive winning seasons? Really? Isn’t that a low bar for achievement for a supposed top-drawer org.

darrell starks

October 10th, 2011
6:37 pm

OC/DC DINOSAURS pull up a stats on the Falcons and there first down.
Run 17 times and gain only 38 yards and AVG 2.1 yards a carry on first down.
Pass 10 times and gain 67 yards and AVG 6.7 yards a pass on first down
So how in the world is running the ball is better for the Falcons when Greenbay is loading the line ?
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

uga_b

October 10th, 2011
6:45 pm

Honestly, to me it is real simple. Matt Ryan has been one of the best third and long QBs. So we run Turner for no gain and put ourselves in third and long. Well, last night, Ryan was making really bad throws and not bailing us out as usual. Offense stalls; defense get tired; we lose.

We criticize (fairly) Matt Ryan for being so timid but he has to be perfect because we seem to only let him pass on the tough downs with the tough distance.

Turner IS NOT going to put us into 3rd and 3 more often than he puts us in 3rd and 8. It is what it is.

darrell starks

October 10th, 2011
6:49 pm

Running is good but passing game open up the run, this running the ball stuff is so overated to me, if running the football was so easy to do then every team in the NFL would do it, so why are the top teams in the NFL are passing teams PACKERS, PATRIOTS, unless you have a good solid defense like the Steelers 70’s offense will work.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!

falcon21

October 10th, 2011
7:05 pm

Agree uga_b, we depend on Ryan to get us out of a jam way too often and when he is not on his game and he clearly wasn’t last night we are all over him, myself included. I gave the man hell all day while at work but not on the blog. I started to write a negative comment him but then I read your comment which was dead on. Ryan has been beat to death this season and although the o-line did a pretty good job last night I’m sure Ryan has lost some confidence.

Unca' Bob

October 10th, 2011
7:06 pm

http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-blog/2011/10/10/the-aftermath-smith-on-the-offenses-woes/?cxntfid=blogs_atlanta_falcons_blog

Please read this. We were not beaten. We shot ourselves in the foot time and time again. If you watched the game you will know how true this rings. Execution, and we had none.

falcon21

October 10th, 2011
7:06 pm

Dean 21

October 10th, 2011
7:22 pm

D3,
You were right on about the coaching staff being the reason for the failure for this team to produce quality football. It’s more than a tradegy to watch a talented team that cannot play 4 quarters of football!!

I think right now, the league is in mourning because the parity is finally catching up and thanks to the new CBA, several teams will see more failure. When you play football in the NFL, you have to play real football and now with the new rules; even the the way teams can practice during the week is now showing on the field. We are now beginning to see more injuries due to non-conditioning, poor tackling due to lack of live hitting at practices….etc.

The Falcons are in search of their new 2011 identity right now, and the fans are suffering until they find it. If this new unfound identity produces less than 10 wins; then last years draft and this 2011 season will be a total FAILURE!

5-0 Joe

October 10th, 2011
7:35 pm

unca’ bob call it what you want…..package it dress it up do whatever the heck makes you feel better …if you feel you were not beaten if that floats your boat so what…..the pack has a 5-0 record and the birds are 2-3…. get over it

SeminoleWarrior

October 10th, 2011
7:36 pm

D3, great post and a very pointed question….

Personally, I do not think this coaching staff has peaked. What it has done though is not live up to its potential. Given the considerable experience and extensive wealth of knowledge on this staff, it has regressed this year into a state of confusion and sometimes, chaos.

There are supposedly no egos on this staff. They are supposed to be fine teachers and accessible to their players. Year after year, we hear about the careful attention to detail and study that has gone into our FA moves, our drafting, and our training/OTAs. Well here we are in year four and what we came to know as the PROCESS seems to be in partial REGRESS.

History is the greatest teacher. And history has shown that the Falcons are at their best when they establish and commit to the run, execute an intermediate passing game, and play aggressive defense. We have not had a stellar defense in years but a consistent effort would go a long way.
Offensively, the talent is in place to be one of the league’s best. So what must we do?

Part two follows…..

Unca' Bob

October 10th, 2011
7:39 pm

Pretty much what I would expect from an idiot like you.

Unca' Bob

October 10th, 2011
7:41 pm

SW,

Not from you my friend. Though, the jury is still out(lol).

Arno

October 10th, 2011
7:44 pm

I had them at 2-3 at this point, and then going on a tear. I thought it would take time for Julio’s and Peterson’s contributions to jell. But this is horrible. About as fun as a paper cut. Still some hope… the Panthers game will tell.

5-0 Joe

October 10th, 2011
7:44 pm

yep bob you whine and and complain but the birds need a lot more work and maybe new coaches to climb to the next level …oh and by the way it takes one to know one….

bobwhite

October 10th, 2011
7:47 pm

I agree with the coaching change..Really, we have Mike Shula as a Qb coach I believe..You know he learned from his dad don shula..has all those wonderful plays tucked away in his laptop..I say demote Mularkey and let Shula finish out the year as Offensive coach..What have they got to loose? I just think Smitty is of the mindset ” you win with me and my team or you lose with me & my team” I just don’t think he has the balls to make a move against one of his own. I think there is a code of sorts within the coaching rank which says: you watch my back & I got your back!!
Ryan has continued too fall off since his rookie year..like another poster stated..he just needs to have fun with the game & trust his instincts, instead of all that book learning..maybe he’s priming himself for his next job as a QB coach??
The falcons have been over rated and over hyped for the past 3 years..that’s whats wrong with this team today..EVERYBODY bought in to all that b/s!! Now reality is setting in..that’s why they haven’t Won but 2 games since last December..They have yet to play a FULL game of football..
Lets be real folks..We have an average coach + average gm+average players= average year which translates to a 8-8 team.
Don’t want to bust any bubbles here..BUT..They will also lose to Carolina and Detroit and Indy..
so, at the half-way point they will be 2-6..remember..you heard it here 1st!

SeminoleWarrior

October 10th, 2011
7:48 pm

Mike Smith says he has the final say so over all aspects of the game. I can understand and appreciate that. I will hit the offense in a few but if that is the case, as HC, he is just coming to understand his role as the facilitator of all. If he is just beginning to see that the defense, for instance, is inconsistent, what has he been doing for the last three years?

How can a team with THREE current and former defensive coordinators on staff be struggling to find a consistent defensive identity. Why would a defensive minded coach bring on board, as his FIRST hire, a offensive coordinator who is known for running the ball and trick plays.

This team has been managed for the past three years. In that time, yes we have seen a lot of things move in a nice direction. We have seen a sense of continuity, a process as they called it, that gave us hope for a foundation long term. But somewhere, the continuity is taking a hit. Patriot Way is not to let the dirt get into the media. I have a feeling that there is more of Patriot Way in the Branch than what most are thinking.

Unca' Bob

October 10th, 2011
7:50 pm

Joe,

Yep. you nailed me. Strange , I feel no kin-ship with you. You Irish?

SeminoleWarrior

October 10th, 2011
7:52 pm

My favorite Gunny, like the classic line from the Christopher Cross classic, “Ride Like the Wind”

I have been accused and tried, told to hang; I was nowhere in sight when the church bells rang; never was the type to do as I was told, going to ride like the wind…before I get old. It is the night, my body is weak – no time to run, no time to sleep. I got to ride, ride like the wind to be free again.”
I’ve got such a long way to go…to make to the border with Mexico, but I ride, I ride just like the wind.

LOL….back to football.

Unca' Bob

October 10th, 2011
7:54 pm

SW,

You never could carry a tune(lol).

JB FALCON

October 10th, 2011
8:01 pm

Unca Bob, thanks for the link. I haven’t bothered to read all of the sports pages just to hear how crappy we were. MS’s statement was on point. The loss ticked me, and a lot of us, off, especially after we came out looking so good. So far I am convinced that we have the players to do the job. I once had a very fast car that I built and raced. I once lost a race because I missed third gear. My first reaction was to blame it on the clutch, transmission and every other part I could name. Bottom line is “I” missed the gear. Sounds like MS is willing to take the blame and has confidence in the team.
So, I started this year with an 18-0 SB year prediction. We’re down to 16-3 so far. I am dead set on using GB’s trip to the SB last year as an example. They were down 8-6 and squeaked in with a wild card. Everyone knows the rest of the story. It all came together for them at just the right time. I think we can, and will, do the same thing. This V8 will outrun the fear of God when it hits on all 8 cylinders! And it will.