Atlanta Falcons Deserve to Lose @ Dolphins

Ridiculous Collapse Sees Falcons Go Under .500

Good D Effort Wasted (AJC)

They dominated every single part of the game but found a way to lose the game. The Atlanta Falcons look really pathetic overall as they literally find a way to lose instead of finding a way to close out the game and win. They had a great run game in Steven Jackson’s absence. Julio Jones and Matt Ryan had another good game. They got really good pressure against the Dolphins, but its sickening on how the Falcons allowed their opponent yet again to climb back in the game and find a way to win. They have the talent to win any game, and maybe it can’t be put solely on coaching, but this team’s idea of hoping for a Super Bowl berth or Lombardi seems as good as the latest joke you might see. This is one of the more terrible losses in the Smith Era. There’s no reason whatsoever you lose a game like this, as the announcers mentioned many times, but by goodness, they find a way to lose. Just inexcusable. If you’re averse to feelings that border on extreme pessimism, this post may not be the best to get involved in.

Finding a Way to Lose

Juio, a Lone Bright Spot on Offense (AP)

If the 2012 Atlanta Falcons were labeled as finding any way to win, this 2013 squad should be get the label of finding any way to lose. The Falcons have had 5 straight games where they’ve jumped out to big leads and needed a last second drive to win just one of those games (Seattle in playoffs). They also nearly blew a huge lead to the Rams last week as well. Something’s got to give and there’s no one to blame more than the head person in charge of the team on gameday and that man is head coach Mike Smith. These are the types of games the Falcons would find a way to win under Smith, and now they are finding ways to lose. They already have two-thirds of the losses they had in all of 2012 and it’s only week 3. It’s still early, but if the Falcons operate like this the rest of the way, a true collapse could be on the horizon.

Quizz and Snelling Show Up

Has this Coaching Regime Gone Stale? (AP)

One of the very nice bright spots that was wasted in such a bad loss was the running game of Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling. Losing both Steven Jackson and Bradie Ewing was a big blow and most felt that the running game would be even more non-existent that it’s been the first two weeks (even though seemingly impossible). Rodgers and Snelling both ran very well both on the outside and between the tackles. They also were quite productive in the screen / shovel pass game, even though it became overkill in the second half. Both running backs stepped in and stepped up in a big way, combining for 146 yards rushing and the Falcons somehow found a way to lose with that rushing total (see above). The RB position seems to be proving to be plenty deep in case of losses to frontline starters.

Has the Team Peaked Under Smith?

Big Game for Osi (AP)

It’s an uncomfortable question to ask and there will likely be no definitive evidence for the near future, but the Falcons seem to be getting worse, not better, from their previous year. Each year of major success (2008, 2010, 2012) has been followed by an extremely lackluster season to say the least. 2009 could be chalked up to Matt Ryan missing games and the team still being very young. Even though they didn’t make the playoffs, they beat the improbable odds of winning their final 3 games, two of them on the road, to rid the Falcons of that gosh forsaken curse. There really wasn’t one thing to point to in 2011, but just a bunch of bad losses, and 3 assistant coaches were given the axe (OL coach Boudreau) or “allowed to find other jobs” (OC Mularkey, DC Van Gorder). They may have been the fall guys and Smith had some major say in who came next with both Dirk Koetter and Mike Nolan. Both very accomplished in their own right, but also two coaches with whom he had worked with before (sound familiar?).

No Caption Needed (AP)

Last year was the breakout that many had hoped for, but ultimately they couldn’t get it done at home, both games having been up by double digits. There are no more excuses, no more fall guys, and no more exterior forces to blame. Perhaps it’s only a few bad games, but this is an ugly trend that has developed over a 6 year period, but more acutely the end of last season and this season, including the playoffs and preseason of this year. The Falcons were 7-2 in games decided by 6 points or less and, as Pro Football Focus pointed out, that simply is not sustainable from year to year. Maybe they can turn it around and it’s obviously still early, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find many fans that Smith can change as needed, particularly with a brutal schedule to come. New Cage Member MG3 mentioned if this team needs a culture change, because it has either soured, stalled, or become stale. This team is regressing, plain and simple.

The Makeshift OL Held Up Well

Snelling Showed Up (AP)

It was doom and gloom seeing that the Falcons would start Lamar Holmes at left tackle in Sam Baker’s place and recently signed vet Jeremy Trueblood in Holmes old RT spot. The Dolphins had one of the pass rushes in the NFL and it spelled disaster. The fact is, though not nearly perfect, they did pretty darn well. They didn’t allow a sack and formed a very good pocket in the first half and helped pave the way in rushing for almost 150 yards with backups Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling carrying the load. Again, this OL should never be confused with perennial Pro Bowlers, but they mostly did their job against a very good defense.

Field Goal Falcons

Major credit to Cage Member Knew Money for coining the phrase the “Atlanta Field Goals,” because that’s what they should be renamed. As will be mentioned below, this Falcons offense is downright horrific in the red zone. They might as well just start kicking field goals on 1st down, just in case it gets blocked. How can a team with so many weapons across the board (Julio, Roddy, HD, Tony G, Snelling, Quizz, SJax when healthy, Coffman, and now Levine Toilolo) be so terrible in the red zone?

Field Goal Falcons! (AP)

The preseason was an ominous prelude to what was coming. Time and time again, the Falcons found ways to bog down and refuse to get 7 points. It may just be terrible play-calling or it could be something much deeper. In all three games, two of them losses, the Falcons have had a chance to put the ball in the endzone, only to kick field goals and lose twice. The Falcons get a huge stop on 4th down in their own territory vs. the Saints, settle for field goal, go on to lose.

Amazingly Terrible Redzone Offense (AP)

With a lead of 21-3 at home and very close to the redzone with plenty of time and a timeout vs. the Rams, the Falcons don’t even try to close out the deal with a TD. They settle for a field goal and barely hang on to win. After having a great drive for a TD, Falcons get a huge 3 and out, get the ball back, and drive right down the field again. With a chance to go up 14-0 on the road and really put pressure on the Dolphins, they settle for a FG……….again. The Dolphins come right back down and score a TD, making it 10-7. Falcons follow suit and drive down again themselves with a chance to go up as much as 21-7 or at least 17-7. FG again. There’s so many field goals and field goal attempts that this could fill up a 500 page novel, but the final straw was trying a field goal with 2 minutes that only would have put us up even if we make it. And like clockwork, Dolphins drive down field and score game-winning touchdown. Even just one TD instead of FG puts the game essentially out of reach. Unbelievable.

Great Pass Rush

Ryan Seems to Have Adopted Smith's Philosophy (AP)

Another sadly wasted effort was the excellent defense the Falcons played for most of the game. After coming in with only 2 total sacks, the Falcons amassed 5 sacks and pressured QB Ryan Tannehill all day long, including two turnovers. They gave the offense chance after chance, including a golden 3 and out following the Falcons very first touchdown. Osi Umenyiora had a huge game, as did Jonathan Massaquoi, Peria Jerry, Joplo Bartu, and Akeem Dent had a sack that looked as every bit good as a Patrick Willis heat seeking missile. It was very nice to see some sort of life on defense in terms of getting after the passer. Sadly, it was a masterful effort in a really terrible loss.

“Just Weather the Falcons Early Storm”……..They’ll Fold

What's Left to Say (AP)

You can just imagine what head coaches of opposing teams say to their respective teams as they prepare for the Falcons, during the game, and especially at halftime: just hang in there until after halftime and we have this one in the bag. Heck, even one of the announcers, Tim Ryan, kept repeating over and over that all the Dolphins need to do is “weather the early storm,” and they would be OK. Interesting how correct he ended up being. The second half collapse, 3rd quarter lull, and any other demeaning moniker you want to heap on this team is well-deserved and that starts with one person: Mike Smith. Even though not perfect in their own right, neither Thomas Dimitroff nor Arthur Blank have anything to do with the late game meltdowns. The stats bare it out. Taking the Falcons first 3 games of 2013 and the final two playoff games vs. Seattle and San Francisco, the Falcons have been outscored an eye-gouging 90 to 34 in the second half. They’ve been whipped on almost a 3 to 1 score ratio in the 2nd half. There’s really not much else to say, and if you think this is only limited to the last two years, you haven’t been paying attention.

Very Un-Special Teams

Find a Way to Settle for FG (AP)

Usually known for being one of the better special teams units, the Falcons picked a bad time to have a special teams letdown. Harry Douglas’ terrible wave-off, change-mind-to-catch, and subsequent game-changing fumble is the most noted and sadly makes fans reminisce of the Fair Catch Franks days. With a chance to at least pretend to put some distance between themselves and their opponent (c’mon at a maximum just another field goal), HD bobbled away the ball to the Dolphins after a big stop and of course the Dolphins score immediately. That wasn’t the only special teams goof-up. Matt Bryant misses a field goal and Josh Vaughan is called for a block in the back on another critical punt return. Also, ironically, the Dolphins were so bold that they refused to even cover the gunners on a late Falcons punt because they absolutely knew the Falcons wouldn’t try a fake and were going after the block. Generally, they’re at least solid, but not Sunday and it hurt.

Solid LB Play

Should it be this easy Smitty? (AP)

The Falcons extremely young LB corps stepped up in a pretty big way in the absence of Sean Weatherspoon and occasional LB Kroy Biermann. Nicholas didn’t seem to play much until the end when he gave up the game-winning TD. On the good news, though, the young guns played very well overall. Joplo Bartu had a good game, as did Paul Worrilow when he got a chance to play and those two should only get better and better. Akeem Dent may not have had a complete game, but he really showed some fans something on that blitz where he absolutely demolished the Dolphins QB. Gives fans a little hope going forward, even without Weatherspoon for the foreseeable future.

Battery Powered Offense

Pick your poison. Greatest show on turf. Unstoppable offense. There were a ton of labels thrown around when the Falcons acquired Steven Jackson. And so far, this offense doesn’t look much better than the inaugural one in 2008 with Mike Smith and Matt Ryan both being rookies. Save the occasional pass to Julio Jones, this offense looks pretty good between the 20’s and shrinks like a violet in the redzone. Roddy White is not 100% and just isn’t the same. Even a solid running game, the play-action was either never tried and surely not successful. After a few decent games, Harry Douglas goes back to his dropsy ways and WR’s Drew Davis and Kevin Cone are firmly entrenched in the WPP. Could practice squad player Darius Johnson do much worse? Finally, Gonzalez still gets his catches but father time is definitely catching up with him. He still catches anything close, but he’s having a much harder time getting separation the way he used to in games. And what about Chase Coffman? He must have gotten in the doghouse somehow. And do the Falcons have to go from no screens to 25 a game?

Playing Not to Lose

Playing Not to Lose = Lost (AP)

Unfortunately, it can only be said so many ways and has already been mentioned in this post, but this Falcons team plays not to lose. They get out to good leads, are unable or unwilling to put games away, and find ways to lose (mentioned earlier). Above all, teams take on the role and mentality of their head coach and this team plays with an inherent fear of losing, and sure enough, they’ve found themselves mired in it early on in 2013. Here’s to hoping they get it turned around, but surely won’t be begrudged for not believing so.

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Big Ray

September 22nd, 2013
7:14 pm

Questions for the Offensive game plan:

1) What happened to the quick passes?

2) Why abandon the run and/or dump-offs to the RBs in redzone situations?

3) TG looked good early on. Never went to him after that. Why?

And that is just for starters.

D3

September 22nd, 2013
7:14 pm

JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike Smith Must Go

September 22nd, 2013
7:15 pm

tyler

September 22nd, 2013
7:15 pm

Tough Tough loss. But I will let the Haters enjoy their moment. Blame it on Matt. Blame it on Coach Smith. Blame it on Harry D if you really want to be real. But I’ll let the haters bask in their glory, I’ll see you guys in a couple weeks when the Falcons are 3-2.

Mike Smith Must Go

September 22nd, 2013
7:17 pm

i don’t wanna hear anything about injuries…

his job shouldn’t be safe because we’re depleted.

if anything, this should make firing him easier.

because it just means that when you’re in position to get to the Superbowl the way we were last season, you have to capitalize on your chance…

and this guy has failed time after time after time.

so he doesn’t get a pass because of injuries.

FG kickin’ softy…

Big Ray

September 22nd, 2013
7:18 pm

I’ve seen our O-line man up when needed most. They didn’t do that today. Ryan’s arm hit as he throws = easy INT for the defense, and any fool who can’t see that simply doesn’t WANT to see it.

We can’t mount comebacks like the many we had last season for one reason – no protection.

Not one sack on Ryan today, but if you watched, you know Ryan was hit A LOT. The one time it can’t happen is on a late-game drive.

Letting that much time run off the clock is Smitty getting outcoached with his own so-called strategy.

We dominated Miami’s defense for so long, but couldn’t punch in points. I don’t get those red zone play calls at all. We had two good ones in the first quarter/half. After that….we kept trying plays that take 3-5 seconds to develop…WHY???

Big Ray

September 22nd, 2013
7:20 pm

You could tell by the play calls that we were just fine with getting FGs at the end of drives.

We totally lack aggression.

I know the penalties hurt. HD turning it over hurt. But we had ONE TURNOVER, folks. JUST ONE. That was not a game killer against an inferior team.

Once again, we play down to the competition and get beaten by it.

F14

September 22nd, 2013
7:22 pm

As it was said the changes are coming. The trend is too obvious for everybody including AB. But we don’t know how soon. And it hurts.

Mike Smith Must Go

September 22nd, 2013
7:23 pm

how many years have we been hearing superbowl or bust for this team?

roddy white has been putting it out there for a few years now…

so this season is it, he wins the superbowl, or he’s gone…

i don’t care what our record is at the end of the year, and i don’t care how many injuries we suffer from…

superbowl or bust, period.

Chop Buster

September 22nd, 2013
7:23 pm

Smitty is in over his head. I’m just an observer but it doesn’t take a lot to see we were not attacking Miami’s secondary at all. Smitty was determined to run, run, run, run, run and milk the clock ALL day. Well it caught up with him today and his offensive philosophy got EXPOSED. The Dolphins…REALLY?

Big Ray

September 22nd, 2013
7:26 pm

Oh, and here’s a good one for ya –

We won the time of possession with 37 minutes to Miami’s 22 minutes. That is a Smitty staple.

This is what happens when you play to “not lose” as opposed to playing to win. And now we’re not healthy enough and not effective enough to win close games.

We won probably 5 or 6 games last season, not including our first playoff win in the TD/Smitty era….on the strength of Ryan’s brains and arm.

Why won’t we win that many this season the same way? Simple. Ryan has to have the protection and THIS season, he doesn’t have it.

Right now, Eli Manning is feeling a similar pain, though actually worse.

You simply MUST give your game-winner time to actually win the game. Or you lose when you play “close score” football.

We can’t keep playing this way. We just can’t. Or we’ll be staring at 8-8….at best.

Seriously. Think about every close game we won last season, then take away the pass protection. What you end up with is losses. We’ll be seeing those this season, instead of wins, if we can’t get the protection right.

Because we absolutely cannot count on overcoming this through coaching. Unfortunately, the only way to prove that is for Mike Smith to be out with some malady, forcing somebody else to step up and coach the team….a la the Saints. We saw what coaching meant to them.

Superbowl Bound

September 22nd, 2013
7:26 pm

All this team needs is a new tax-payer funded stadium and they’ll win the Superbowl!!!!!!1!!!!!!!1!!!!

Chop Buster

September 22nd, 2013
7:27 pm

D3 the monster got me. Can you set it free?

F14

September 22nd, 2013
7:27 pm

Last year was our best chance to go to SB. The window has been probably closed.

Big Ray

September 22nd, 2013
7:28 pm

Now I’ll get to hear it all week from people who don’t know football from a hole in their a$$ how Ryan just can’t come through in the clutch.

Whoever said that each village only had ONE idiot….

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH

September 22nd, 2013
7:29 pm

The way we’re getting out the gate here in the regular season, has everything to do with the off season. First, signing Tony Gonzales, letting him get his beach time in, while other players were working hard in camp, turns out, Tony is a mere shell of himself, he can’t get separation, missing tackles…holding penaties, we could of used the money we’re paying him to strengthen other roster positions. IMO, The aforementioned set the tone for the season.

TD, and Smith must go!

E43

September 22nd, 2013
7:29 pm

I saw Darry Douglas fumble. Enough said. See you next week

Seminole Warrior

September 22nd, 2013
7:31 pm

Modified…..

Sittin’ in the morning sun
I’ll be sittin’ when the evening comes
Watching the chances roll in
Then I watch ‘em roll away again, yeah
I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Watching the games roll away
Ooh, I’m just sittin’ on the dock of the bay wastin’ time

I left my home in Georgia
Headed for the Biscayne Bay
‘Will I have something to cheer for
Or will another disappointment come my way
So I’m just gonna sit on the dock of the bay
Watching the chances roll away
Ooh, I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay wastin’ time

Look like nothing’s gonna change
Everything still remains the same
I can’t sense what my team needs to do
So I guess I’ll remain the same, listen

Sittin’ here resting my bones
And this confusion won’t leave me alone, listen
For almost 40 years I’ve roamed
Wishing a Lombardi would follow my team home
Now I’m just gonna sit at the dock of the bay
Watching the chances roll away
Ooh wee, I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay wastin’ time

Mike Franklin

September 22nd, 2013
7:32 pm

This loss is the result of a long lone of unfortunate events.
One, we did poorly in the draft.
Two, we did poorly in F/A.
The combination left us weaker in critical areas than last year and then with the injuries, it just capped it all off.
This will be Mike Smith’s last season.
I don’t say any of this because I dislike Coach Smith… but you can’t go to the NFC Championship one year and then fail like we did today without a price top be paid.

falcon 1

September 22nd, 2013
7:32 pm

8 and 8 is best for this bunch. Hey, I’ve been a season ticket holder for 17 years……. Mike Smith
has got to go….. what a bunch of bums…. anybody want to buy Sec 117 seats for Patriots?

E43

September 22nd, 2013
7:36 pm

Any fumble on a punt return anywhere inside the 20 yard line is a killer. An turnover past own 45 is survivable. You tell your teammates to peter because you don’t know exactly how the ball will bounce. Trying to catch the ball on the bounce is the dumbest decision Douglas has ever made. It works but that doesn’t make it any smarter.

Big Ray

September 22nd, 2013
7:37 pm

I’d give anything to have a good reason to share in some folks’ boundless enthusiam. But I just can’t. There’s no way we beat an actual “good” team like the Patriots, the way we’re playing. Then there’s the Jets, who managed 27 points against a Bills team that took down the Panthers the week before.

My point isn’t that the Jets are a good team. They’re not. My point is that we are playing in such a way that we can be beaten by ANY team in the League right now, despite what we have on our roster. EVERY week is a question mark and EVERY second half is stomach-churning, teeth-gnashing, heart-stopping uncertainty.

This team is showing signs of not knowing whether or not they can win. Early signs, but signs all the same. Beating Miami would have been a confidence builder. It would have solidified the fact that though hurting, the Falcons are a superior team. Instead, it throws a shadow of doubt that the Falcons can win if they don’t execute their game plan to utter perfection….which by the way….is NOT usually how ANY game goes in the NFL. Mistakes are ALWAYS made. Turnovers happen EVERY SUNDAY.

So if your game plan is to execute perfectly on every play – expect to lose, because you will not have what it takes to win a game that only YOU have made tight.

But that is where Mike Smith puts this team. EVERY. SINGLE. SUNDAY.

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH

September 22nd, 2013
7:37 pm

The goal from year to year for good organizations, is to get better in the off-fseason, whether adding/changing key player personnel, or coaching (Head Coach).

Can anyone honestly say we got better?!?! IMO, we got worst, (injuries notwithstanding)

TD, and Smith must go!!!!!!!!!!

AlanFalcon

September 22nd, 2013
7:37 pm

This lost is on the Head coach, his staff and the players, the next man up theroy has not worked and there are some starters that don’t even deserve to be on the team, I’ll name two, Nicholas and DeCoud, re watch the game and see how badley they played, one other thing, for the better part of the last three years we have been attempting to solve the scoreing problem in the RED ZONE, guess what , we haven’t.

DavidGilmour

September 22nd, 2013
7:39 pm

I love Mike Smith. He has done as much for this team as any Falcons coach in recent history. He will be great in his next role. We can’t contniue to play for 30 minutes one way and another 30 in such a differnt manner? How do we have this much talent and routinely come up short?

Big Ray

September 22nd, 2013
7:40 pm

But hey. Smitty is known for not losing back to back games as a HC. That alone is good for a win against the Pats, right? And if we follow that formula, we get beat by the Jets, then go 8-8 on the season.

Yeah. It’s early in the season. Sure hope my guess was right, and that the OL gets it together by Week 5 at the latest. We’ll need perfect blocking. Can’t count on anything else.

Big Ray

September 22nd, 2013
7:42 pm

Decoud makes last year’s Pro Bowl selection a bad joke. A very bad one.

Nicholas looks like he doesn’t belong on the field. I know he’s not fully healthy. Which makes me wonder why he was even in the game, much less on critical downs/plays.

Can’t give Nolan a free pass on that one, even if it does look like a Smitty move. Nolan’s still the DC….

stendec

September 22nd, 2013
7:42 pm

Dawson please free up my post. Thanks. Stendec.

Big Ray

September 22nd, 2013
7:43 pm

Dent look awful early on, then came on strong. Gotta give credit where its due.

Meanwhile, a 2nd year HC with a 2nd year QB made us look silly in the 4th quarter. How is that anything but coaching.

stendec

September 22nd, 2013
7:43 pm

One of em anyway…

Big Ray

September 22nd, 2013
7:44 pm

Stendec ,

Oh, I think we can imagine what it says already….not that I’d blame you.

SW ,

I’d laugh…except I have no sense of humor at the moment.

bobong

September 22nd, 2013
7:44 pm

Glad to see the Falcons lose. With 680 million dollars of corporate welfare secured for the stadium they ought to be building themselves, I hope they lose every week. To hell with the Falcons.

Big Ray

September 22nd, 2013
7:45 pm

Anyway, I’m out for now.

Leave the master-baiter to himself. After all, master-baiting is self-entertainment, is it not?

78dawg

September 22nd, 2013
7:45 pm

I put this one on Soft Smitty and dufous DeCoud.

stendec

September 22nd, 2013
7:46 pm

Why are posts not being published Dawson? Help…

F14

September 22nd, 2013
7:46 pm

Good running game at last. But receivers … Only JJ is our joker. RW is sick or else, TG is old or not in shape, HD is not good and too fragile. Questionable play-calling. MR did not have too many options and his mistakes were forced. This game is definitely NOT on MR. Every coach in NFL knows how to defeat out-of-luck Smitty.

Coop

September 22nd, 2013
7:46 pm

As I said on the last podcast, there will never be an easy game under Smith from now on. Every game will be a nail-biter. As crappy as Smith is, that’s the worst clock management I’ve ever seen from him. Completely and utterly not capable of winning a championship.

We will lose next week to Pats and be 1-3 going into Monday Night Football.

Mike Smith is an assclown joke.

Wings

September 22nd, 2013
7:48 pm

The “previous cellar dweller” COLTS defeated the SF Niners 27-7 today. I remember when the Falcons beat the crap out of the Colts a few years ago. How could the Colts rise so quickly and the Falcons stay the same.

dawg tired

September 22nd, 2013
7:49 pm

Too many holding penalties, missed field goal, Douglas’ wave off then “getting his world rocked” fumble, and settling for field goals instead of TD’s made for a rotten Sunday.

I hope the toilet was broken and the flight was bumpy on the way home for these stiffs.

Superbowl Bound

September 22nd, 2013
7:49 pm

The only way this team is going to get any better is if they get a new taxpayer funded stadium for their billionaire owner.

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH

September 22nd, 2013
7:50 pm

Red-zone woes dating back 3 years, Smiths been trying to fix them to date, he’s failed miserably at that…time to get someone that can diagnose…and remedy the problems.

Wings

September 22nd, 2013
7:50 pm

F14 I like this: “out-of-luck Smitty.”

Mike Smith Must Go

September 22nd, 2013
7:50 pm

The HD turnover did hurt…

But, if i recall, the dolphins started the 2nd half turning the ball over, which we capitalized on (thanks to a penalty in the endzone).

Point being, Mike Smith is right to demand a clean football game. But, the problem is, when we find ourselves playing sloppier than we’d like, it doesn’t excuse Mike Smith. The players are at fault, no one is excusing the mistakes they make. But, truth is, they don’t always hold all the blame. Whenever this team falls short, it’s always a couple of things Mike Smith will point to [penalties, turnovers, etc.]. He doesn’t ever point to himself, and even if he does, he doesn’t make any adjustments to his style of coaching.

Mike Smith plays games to not lose. How many of these games do we have to see before we can point the finger at Mike Smith? How many times do we have to jump out to fast starts and then find ourselves in nail-biting games at the end before we can identify Mike Smith as the problem?

Dude has to go. He’s done good things for this team. But, he’ll never win a Superbowl with this team. And truth is, this team is too talented and the window is closing way to fast for us to keep waiting for Mike Smith to get them over the hump.

Eric C.

September 22nd, 2013
7:51 pm

Well, this was one of those swing games when you looked at the schedule. I said before if they aren’t at least 3-2 after the Jets game, then the season is in serious trouble. This next game is just about a must-win.

Going back, really wishing the Falcons had gone for the TD from the 1 late in the 2nd quarter…for reasons I stated previously, the risk-reward balance favored “reward” heavily in that situation.

Mike Franklin

September 22nd, 2013
7:51 pm

I think we need to do right by Tony G and release him from his contract so he doesn’t spend his final year playing for nothing or getting injured.

Alpha23

September 22nd, 2013
7:51 pm

The falcons biggest problem is not the injuries! It’s the lack of pass coverage on long, important drives, when they couldn’t stop a runny nose! No one on that defense can defend a pass! Get some pass coverage people back there in the next few years if you can!

Alpha23

September 22nd, 2013
7:54 pm

The defense kept us in the game!!! Really?? Which game did you watch?

Mike Smith Must Go

September 22nd, 2013
7:55 pm

how can anybody point to the defense and excuse an offense that’s loaded with weapons?

bryant attempted 4 FG’s…

the only TD’s we scored was on the opening drive and then that gift after the Dolphins fumbled on their opening drive in the 2nd half…

don’t get why anybody would point to this defense.

this team is built offensively.

they have the best weapons in the league.

23 points against a Miami defense that was without 2 of their best D-Linemen…

Inexcusable.

Mike Smith Must Go

September 22nd, 2013
7:57 pm

the defense had 5 sacks and 2 takeaways…

7 of the Dolphins points came off the HD turnover…

the defense is not why we lost this game…

scoring 23 points against an average Dolphins defense with the caliber of weapons we have, that’s why we lost this game…

Wings

September 22nd, 2013
7:58 pm

BL – “But, if i recall, the dolphins started the 2nd half turning the ball over, which we capitalized on (thanks to a penalty in the endzone).”

… which is the only reason the Falcons scored a touchdown in the second half.