Atlanta Falcons Play Terrible, Chump to Patriots

Sept. 29, 2013

Another Sad Scene (AJC)

The Atlanta Falcons continued their tour of crap on Sunday Night Football and they looked every bit as terrible as those old Falcons, pretty pitiful overall, in their attempt to beat a quality opponent that was severely handicapped. This team is now 1-3, reeling, and looking like the end of an Era because this team looks as lifeless as a dead jellyfish. Half the stadium was empty in the 4th quarter of a nationally televised game. More to come on the garbage that was, but for now, give your take if you can hold the vomit at bay……….

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Big Ray

September 30th, 2013
12:39 am

Calling it now. Lost season. The way we play, I’m not sure we’ll make it to 8-8, and I’m dead serious about that. 10-6 for a wild card berth looks like a miracle, but I hate to use that word in connection with this team because I don’t think we deserve a miracle (and certain people in the organization definitely don’t).

The Patriots beat us with no-name guys at WR.

Our OL stinks. Our DL is better than the OL, but not necessarily significantly so.

Our coach is a moron.

Our offense can’t get out of it’s own way.

We’re going to be fighting the Panthers for second best loser in the NFC South only because Schiano is more of a dumbass than Smitty is. Believe it or not.

And yeah – Ryan contributed to the loss with some bad throws. Not by far the reason we lost, however.

gman

September 30th, 2013
12:41 am

Pathetic. MS is being out coached every game. Even by the new guys. MR2 must have peaked last year because he’s definitelt regressing and where did the heart go? Nobody with the exception of maybe Bartu, and Babs is playiong with ANY heart.

Big Ray

September 30th, 2013
12:44 am

Patriots – ran the ball 31 times, 132 yards, 1 TD.

Falcons – ran the ball 15 times, 58 yards, 0 TDs.

After watching SJax get the ball only 11 times on runs in a game earlier this season, clearly the issue isn’t about who we have at RB.

You can’t tell by the stats, but Julio got his ass whipped by Talib for much of the game. Hope he learned from it.

Ryan has to get in sync with his WRs. I don’t know wtf that was on the missed pass to Roddy in the endzone. Of course, that gives his detractors all kinds of fuel. He has to make those plays somehow. It may be the only chance he gets.

There were some PI calls that didn’t get called, and that was disgusting, but it happens.

Why in the hell were we rushing 3 and not more on some of those 3rd down plays? Worse yet was the soft coverage.

We’ve been seeing soft coverage for years. It ain’t the CBs or Safeties, clearly. It’s coaching.

Big Ray

September 30th, 2013
12:46 am

Worst thing I heard all night from the commentators:

“There’s Bill Belichick with the look of ‘checkmate’ on his face. And on Talib’s face too.”

That’s right. Even THEY knew.

Big Ray

September 30th, 2013
12:48 am

Well we have extra time to prepare for the hapless Jets, who have to be licking their chops at an opportunity to get a win against a team that has a suddenly budding reputation for beating itself this season.

1-3. Long way to 10-6, much less something better. I would love to slap the word “resiliency” right out of Smitty’s mouth.

Big Ray

September 30th, 2013
12:48 am

Blog monster got me already….

Big Ray

September 30th, 2013
12:50 am

Not seeing much heart in this team right now.

I hope Arthur Blank feels like I do right now.

gman

September 30th, 2013
12:50 am

I’m afraid Smitty has lost the team.

Mr. Blank we need help in the trenches not on the roof.

JJ

September 30th, 2013
12:51 am

BR, Ditto…nightynight…5am calling.

JJ

September 30th, 2013
12:53 am

ps- LOVIE SMITH!!!!

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH

September 30th, 2013
1:02 am

First thing TD/SMITH did when they first arrived in ATL, was get rid of Patrick Kerney. They (SMITH/TD) Know how to dismantle a defense…but they sure as hell don’t know how to build one….

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH

September 30th, 2013
1:04 am

Falcons just kicked another field goal…

stendek

September 30th, 2013
1:07 am

You are my hero man! Greatest column you have EVER written. I agree 1000 percent! That giveup debacle may be new Falcon low. Hard to top some of really terrible previous ones though. Where is Bob Berry? No talent perhaps but plenty of heart. Where is Gritz Blitz? Hell. Where is ANY defense? Stay well friend. Who needs playoffs anyway? Really hurt for Tony Gonzalez. Guy does not deserve this!

Michael

September 30th, 2013
1:08 am

Mike Smith should be forced by law to wear a sign around his neck stating, “I am the dumbest coach in the history of the NFL. I can plan (with 6 days notice) but I cannot adjust in-game. Please kick me now!”

Ryan was terrible. A 100 million dollar QB has to hit his targets. You didn’t. The O-line was a little better…but only because the Pats 1st and 2nd string DT’s both got knocked out of the game

Oh well, I guess its not a contract year so we’re back to the old Sam Baker.

Note to Matt Ryan and Dirk Koetter: If you want to see a high powered octane offense, see the Denver Broncos…then promptly hand in your resignations because there is no way their top 4 receivers are better than Atlanta’s, which magnifies the problem that with better talent, you are doing less.

Another note to Akeem Dent and Mike Nolan: The defense is supposed to make stops, not watch the game. Dent is a wash out. He gets blocked too easily at the line and looks lost most plays. Middle linebackers in the NFL should be leading tacklers. If they aren’t, whose to blame?

I disagree with this team’s lack of heart and they disagree with my stomach. Shameful!

Michael

September 30th, 2013
1:09 am

Amen J.J. At least his defenses played with heart.

Hamad Meander

September 30th, 2013
1:22 am

Again, you guys shouldn’t give up on this team. I want the municipal golf course empty on Sunday afternoons……

Very disappointed in the Falcoons. This was a must win, and they didn’t win. I’m not sure what we are playing for the rest of the season, because we are going to have to be really really bad to get the kind of draft pick that would transform this team. I am sure that a new coach would do wonders for this team. I’m going with Nolan head coach and Koetter assistant head coach. Chop this team off at the head and build from there.

stendek

September 30th, 2013
1:29 am

Give an elite QB the lead late in game after a 17 point deficit is sliced to seven. Only elite QB in Georgia Dome Sunday night was wearing Patriot uniform. So very sad. Sorry Dawson. Attempted NOT to throw up but…

stendek

September 30th, 2013
1:31 am

Patriots did one very Falcon like thing. Failed to move the chains on key third and fourth down and inches plays. There similarity ends…

stendek

September 30th, 2013
1:46 am

Too disgusted to sleep. Sorry. All any QB wants is to have the ball at the end with an opportunity to win. What happens then defines legacies. One Matthew Ryan has done well in such situations in the past. The heart and desire to excel have abandoned him. Not sure why. Just certain he lacks intestional fortitude he once possessed. Cases in point. Chance to win opener in Louisiana at end. Fail. Chance to win against Dolphins in Florida. Fail. Chance to claim desperately needed home win over quality team. Epic fail. Outdueled by nobody in Miami. Drew Brees and Tom Brady showed loser Matt Ryan who true multi million dollar QBs were at crunch time. Where is Bob Berry? Hell, dig up Chris Miller or even Jeff George. I am sure those two will return for a fraction of MR money!

E43

September 30th, 2013
1:47 am

Michael Turner was the real deal when he came to Atlanta. The offense worked because they could do cutbacks and power up the middle equally well.

The biggest problem i had with that team was that they were forcing norwood to tun between the tackles. He did the same damage through the air but not so much on the ground.

Fastforward to today. Im sure theyre trying to make Antone Smith run between the tackles at practice. What they need to understand is that Rodgers is an agility guy and Snelling is a bruiser. I was confident in Jacksons abilities when i saw him play.

This team only knows how to taylor a passing game around individual tallent as all our rbs are catching a stunning amount of passes. The ground game is what has been a huge failure. ITs tailored after a young Turner the Burner. Once again. Norwood ran much better behind the same broken down oline that dunn had. Speed kills. Put Antone Smith in there and actually run some zone blocking schemes or stretch plays for him.

Just dont force him up the middle like Norwood.

stendek

September 30th, 2013
1:51 am

Hi Big Ray. Dawgs used to aggravate me over same thing. Whip nobodies but trip against quality foes. Wins over SC and LSU monster. Now Falcons losing to everybody. Probably should be winless instead of 1-3. What were Rams thinking?

E43

September 30th, 2013
1:52 am

Big Ray- I dont agree with your assesment on the coverage. There was a record breaking amount of bump and run by the Falcons today. All three corners is unheard of. Could have been some soft coverage here and there. This game however was the most bump and run the Falcons have EVER played in the Smith era.

stendek

September 30th, 2013
1:57 am

Saints are back.

Panthers have dynamic QB.

Bucs are Bucs.

Falcons in decline.

Sad state of affairs.

Sorry Tony.

Should have remained retired.

@paulkurt

September 30th, 2013
2:11 am

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@bostonpatriots

September 30th, 2013
2:13 am

Good game Falcant’s……Patriots, we do this is our sleep. Dirty Bird, what is that. A 1-3 team it seems.

Mike from London

September 30th, 2013
2:16 am

As my name suggests I am from London and have supported the Falcons for over ten years and stayed up till 4am watching the game. I will always be a falcons supporter but enough is enough. Even I know that if Sam Baker is not 100% it is not worth putting him out their hence the penalty calls and I know players play hurt all the time but by putting a skill players like Roddy White out their when he is clearly not ready he no longer becomes a threat but a liability because teams know that they can double Julio, why even bother putting other WR’s on the roster if they are never to been seen Mike Smith clearly doesn’t like change he sticks to his methods and forces it on others. These methods worked when we had a decent running game but we have not had that for 2-3 years and now it shows. This league is about keeping up with the times and Mike Smith either cant or wont do this.

John from outwest

September 30th, 2013
2:39 am

Hard to have much of a running game when you only call the run 15 times. Even then Quizz was averaging 4.5 plus yards (plus Quizz was six receptions for six targets and a 9.3 yard average). Last week the team put a real plan and effort into the running game and it produced (although other parts of the game fall apart). This week just a play here and there, penalties at absolutely the wrong moments, and too many missed and predictable passes. Had a real chance to tie it up and somehow the will to finish, creative plays to finish, just weren’t there. Now we get to see what the team is really made of with their backs way up against the wall.

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trademark

September 30th, 2013
4:43 am

Wow, I mean….

Wow.

Smitty, are you reading my posts….let me clear something up…..

The Game Plan that I proposed for Ryan putting up the pass 50+ times was against MIAMI….a team that we could have exploited greatly in that regard, because they were vulnerable to the big plays (i.e:Touchdowns, in case you forgot what THOSE were….).

That game plan would NOT (and DID NOT) work against a team like New England, who you HAVE to win the time of possesion war against and out-muscle and run against, etc., etc., because, well, Bellicheck coached teams (with Talib playing at CB), do NOT GIVE UP BIG PLAYS THAT RESULT IN TOUCHDOWNS.

*sigh* And why am I explaining this to a professional NFL coach? I mean, really, you literally called the game plan for Miami in the New England game, and the game plan for Miami in the New England game.

Both ‘L”S, BTW, and please no crap about “furious comebacks” and “Chances to win”…when the result is ALWAYS THE SAME, BUT YOU ARE EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS…wel, you know how the rest of that saying goes, right?

Sounds like piling on on Smith? Well, he IS the Head Coach, and the buck stops there and all that. And blaming execution can only run you so far, last I looked, the Falcons have been in the Red Zone 18 times in this still young season, and due to bad play calling (I mean, 3rd and goal at the 1 in N.O. with the game on the line and TWO CONSECUTIVE PASSES….really? REALLY?) we have practically nothing to show for it.

Oh, except a 1-3 record. Don’t forget that. Plus the fact that you just signed Ryan to 100 mil, and this is Gonzalez’s and Jackson’s last year playing in the NFL….and they came back to get a chance to play for a RING…..

Shame on you.

And don’t tell me it ain’t the play-calls, people, really, really don’t stir me up on that. The only actually stat that stands out as a “wow” factor in this thing is the 421 that Ryan put up. Interesting, stat also, over 200 of those came in the 4th quarter. (Plus 38 in a PI penalty, but that doesn’t show up in the stats). That means that over half of his production came out of 1 Quarter, while the coaches were NOT calling the plays….oh WAIT…they called a play on that first drive in the 4th…which one was that…let’s see, they were running no huddle, the drove to New England’s 18, then got a call from the SUPER INTELLIGENT sideline, shotgun….SACKED. Result…FG. OK, ok, brush it off, call a “dynamic…er…EXPLOSIVE play the next time we get the ball…that’ll get ‘em….um….INT, yeah, like Bellicheck didn’t see that coming….I was sitting on my knees begging them not to throw it deep at that point, because even I knew that was the sort of stupid, stubborn play calling that has sadly become Mike Smith’s stamp. Oh, and the thrid Falcons drive that also resulted in a FG? New England called a timeout on third down just after the No Huddle had the Falcons in the Red Zone again. SMART COACHING EXAMPLE….well, because Bellicheck just knew they would call a bone-headed, non-successful play again, and it worked. Predictably.

BTW, we also scored 13 (of our whopping 23) points in that quarter. Would’ve, should’ve, could’ve been more.

Hope that’s OK for you, all Falcons faithful, because that’s all we’re going to get this year, and technically, for the last 4 years of Smitty coaching, Mr. “10 yards from the Super Bowl” himself.

Would’ve, could’ve, should’ve. Expectation not reaching results. Time for a revolt. Might as well, we ain’t winning.

trademark

September 30th, 2013
4:47 am

PS…Sorry for the grammatical errors, kinda heated. One important edit:

“*sigh* And why am I explaining this to a professional NFL coach? I mean, really, you literally called the game plan for Miami in the New England game, and the game plan for New England in the Miami game.”

darrell starks

September 30th, 2013
5:05 am

Stop blaming the OL for every thing, Ice Man just stink when it count, every time the Falcons get inside the 20yard line for some stupid reason this guy like 2 role right or left and throw of the back of his feet, step up inside the pocket and throw quick pass.

STOP BLAMING THE OL FOR ICE MAN FLAWES.

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

September 30th, 2013
5:16 am

I have said this from the beginning of the season 2 sign Richard Seymore, now it’s 2 late Falcons will not make the playoffs this year with this defense not getting pressure up the middle.

You have 7mill under the cap and you not address this defense line, this team will finish almost dead last in sacks, like I said before Seymore alone will give you atleast 5 sacks or more collapsing the pocket up middle forcing your DE 2 make plays.

0 SACKS LAST NIGHT, SMH

WITH NO PRESSURE ON QB SPECIALLY UP MIDDLE OUR DB WILL STRUGGLE.

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wings

September 30th, 2013
7:14 am

From ESPN article:
A week after head coach Mike Smith repeatedly preached about the need to be more effective in the red zone, the Falcons responded with a 1-for-6 showing inside the 20. Those six trips inside the 20 were the most in a game by any NFL team this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

PREACHING instead of COACHING!

Robert Murphy

September 30th, 2013
7:36 am

Falcons have never had what it takes to win the big games ,they might as well just not have a team . how many years and no super bowl! They really are bad!

SG

September 30th, 2013
7:43 am

Smitty has lost this team.

reality Lee

September 30th, 2013
7:48 am

Stop your crying you hate my Saints so much instead focusing on your own problem. You had been drinking all the kool-aid before the season about how good you are…Well it is time to watch real the deal Team in this division who got no respect from all talking head. Now can do is watch from theetter out side. I hope your team get better but for now drink your poison.

Big Ray

September 30th, 2013
8:12 am

E43 ,

There wasn’t enough of it. Where was it on that infamous 3rd down and 19, when Brady destroyed us with another no-name WR? The fact that we played more press than usual doesn’t mean we played enough press when it mattered.

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH

September 30th, 2013
8:17 am

darrell starks@5:05am

Stop blaming the OL for every thing, Ice Man just stink when it count, every time the Falcons get inside the 20yard line for some stupid reason this guy like 2 role right or left and throw of the back of his feet, step up inside the pocket and throw quick pass.

STOP BLAMING THE OL FOR ICE MAN FLAWES.

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You guys can ridicule me all you want, but SOMEBODY WILL TELL THE TRUTH. Time for Smiths departure has really come, reading that article that wings put up is stating the obvious, in the PROCESS of firing Smith, take a hard look at TD as well, his time has come too, to be shown the door.

Now, let’s get back to darrells starks post, which I agree with wholeheartedly. Smith has his share of blame in the redzone deficiencies, but I truly believe Matt Ryan shares equal, or more blame. Ryan can play with the best of them between the 20’s, I don’t know what it is when he gets in the redzone? the ice that’s supposedly in Ryans veins, seem to thaw something serious

and…another interesting thing (stat) about Ryan to chew on. He’s only once since he’s been in ATL, led the team on a game winning touch down drive, If I’m not mistaken? It came against the Ravens in 2010-11? that touch down winning drive should have an asterisk by it, because to tell the truth, Roddy pushed off to make the catch…and RUN for the touch down. IMO, Matt Ryan has to look himself in the mirror, he’s right dab, square in the middle of our redzone woes.

Big Ray

September 30th, 2013
8:21 am

The problem with working night shift is that you don’t get to go to bed and sleep this stuff off. Instead, you get to simmer and marinate.

Patriots couldn’t run the ball until yesterday.

They passed 31 times, ran 31 times.

We passed 54 times, ran 15 times. That tells me we know nothing about offensive balance, got ourselves in a hole in the 2nd half, and don’t know how to run even when the opportunity is there.

Quizz had 7 carries and got 32 yards out of it. He had a 4.6 ypc average with a long run of 6 yards. That means his 4.6 ypc was LEGIT, not something based on one long run and several fails. Yet we abandoned the run game.

When you’re playing against a team and a QB like New England and Brady, you best…no your ONLY defense is to keep him off the field.

You can only do that by staying on the field and scoring (ahem…TDs). DAmmit, they weren’t even clicking on all cylinders and we still couldn’t show them anything.

OH, and one more thing….

It is abundantly clear to me who cares about developing their young WRs to be..um…you know….WIDE RECEIVERS.

vs.

Who cares about taking their WRs and making sure they’re good little special teamers.

The day is coming where the salary cap and age will take Roddy White away. Meanwhile we have WRs programmed to be gunners on ST and nothing else, and two big pass-catching TEs who sit on the bench (and is it just me or is Coffman suddenly in the doghouse while Toilolo gets the playing time?).

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH

September 30th, 2013
8:25 am

*Touch down winning drive, with touch down pass.

Big Ray

September 30th, 2013
8:25 am

Somebody ,

There’s no sense in ridiculing you OR that post. There are enough holes in it for Michael “Magic City” Turner to run through after he’s hit the buffet for four hours straight.

Big Ray

September 30th, 2013
8:26 am

And with that, I’m out til this evening when I wake up.

Somebody else can have fun arguing with Jerry’s Kids.

trademark

September 30th, 2013
8:48 am

@Big Ray…. I and you and the entire world could list the comeback wins by Ryan in his 6 years here, state in big., bold letters, that NO OTHER QB IN HISTORY has as many in his first 6, but what’S the point?

As I showed before, too, once the No Huddle got rolling, he racked up over half of his total yards in the 4th quarter, and only stalled when the plays came in from the sideline.

But again, what’s the point? People are going to find excuses to blame someone if they have a personal bias against them. Period.

Matt had a 91.something passer rating for yesterday, 2 TDs and over 400 yards. Any other day, that’s more than enough for ANY team to win.

The bad, he missed some very key throws and seemed nervous even when there was no pressure on him. I get that. If I saw that Line in front of me, I’D be checking my insurance policy also.

Again, though, what’s the point?

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH

September 30th, 2013
8:49 am

You know, when someone brings TRUTH/facts to a debate, and someone doesn’t agree, atleast disagree with class…and not insults.

John Waynesworld

September 30th, 2013
8:57 am

58 yards rushing? I saw Josh Vaughn was listed as “active”. I was wondering, why did they not give Vaughn a chance?

I now know why…this team has a Head Coach wearing a GM’s cologne.

Why are we using a 5th round RB and an aging RB and not trying to use Josh Vaughn with Jackson down? Because of money in a contract.

Why did we run Turner after his wheels fell off? Because of money in a contract.

Why are we using the same sh*tty offensive and defensive linemen for YEARS? Because of money in a contract.

Why? Because…

Smitty is a company man.
Smitty is a good team guy.
Smitty is a good player’s coach.
And what else?

Smitty is NOT a good HC.

But even that doesn’t matter because this isn’t Smitty’s team, it’s Dimitroff’s, and he’s coerced Smith into playing contracted players according to: 1) The $ amount of the contract, 2) How many years are left on the contract, and 3) How it makes TD’s business decisions look to the team owner.

Arthur Blank has to stop this and get a new Head Coach AND a new GM or else his new trillion dollar stadium WILL BE EMPTY!!!!

JJ

September 30th, 2013
8:58 am

Truth, Dont have time to look it up but Im pretty sure MR has double digit come fom behind winning drives.

waynester

September 30th, 2013
8:59 am

Everyone’s disgusted and rightfully so. I’ve been among the defenders of HCMS but after all this time, it’s apparent that it’s just been wishful thinking on my part. He does a terrific job PREPARING the team to play but not so good when it’s actually TIME to play. He’s so focused on keeping things on an even keel that we can’t handle it when things start to vary…. we seem unable to handle EITHER success or adversity–something that great teams do with regularity in a parity-driven league.
As for our QB, after he got mauled in that 1st game(including the late-hit) he’s been totally Snake-bit. He knows our line can’t be counted on and he’s gun-shy–a normal reaction, but he’s got to get over it….

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH

September 30th, 2013
9:13 am

JJ, I’m not talking about drives that’s led the team to wins on the backs (legs) of Morten Anderson, Matt Bryant, or even a running back running for a game winning TD. Matt Ryan, since becoming a Falcon, has only led this team once (Ravens game) with a game winning touch down pass. Check me if I’m wrong…I’ll gladly stand down.

snacktastic

September 30th, 2013
9:26 am

I’m at a loss for words on this one. Maybe later this week I’ll have some input, but for now, I just have to hope the Dolphins knock off the Saints.

MG3

September 30th, 2013
9:27 am

Ryan deserves some blame too but who do his detractors want to see back there? The big difference last night is one of the QB’s was standing behind a world class O-line that has protected him year after year. Anyone ever seen what Brady looks like when pressured?

Ryans 2013 ranks:
Passes completed – 3rd in NFL
Pass attempts – 13th in NFL
Pass yards – 2nd in NFL
Pass TD’s – 3rd in NFL
Passer Rating – 6th in NFL