Atlanta Falcons Hold on for Win Over Bucs

**Due to personal issues, Seminole Warrior will be doing a guest post for the win over the Bucs.

Falcons Get a W

Until then, talk about the game that was. A much needed win if the Falcons want to have any shot of getting back in the shuffle for the postseason.

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Seminole Warrior

October 20th, 2013
9:14 pm

The Bird Cage

A Win is a Win…Unless

Special Guest Writer: Seminole Warrior

The lovely Toni Braxton would refer to it as another sad love song. More precisely, she would say and I quote; “It’s just another sad love song racking my brain like crazy; guess I’m all torn up – be it fast or slow, it doesn’t let go or shake me; and it’s all because of you”.

Such is life as the home stretch run of the season is underway. For the struggling Falcons, losers of three straight, this was clearly a must win situation and the Tampa Bay Bucs seemed to be just the team we needed to get a little confidence boast back in our souls. It would be very interesting to see how this team would react after the bye for after a bye week, all Falcon nation carefully and astutely, would be very interested to see what changes, if any, would be made.

Well, it is now early evening in the Peach State and the questions STILL remain about this team. Sure, they won. The Falcons defeated the Bucs by a final score of 31-23. But did you REALLY look at the game? Did you pay very close attention to the flow of the game? Certainly, the three game losing stretch is over but….let’s take a closer look.

They Were Who We Thought They Were….

Where was the urgency? The Tenacity? The Killer Instinct? Or the Finish Gene? How about the need or the desire to make a statement coming off the bye and after three losses? All of these were MIA as usual.

There they were; our Falcons jumping out to a nice 14-0 early lead. But again, let’s look at it. The first quarter was nothing exciting at all; the lone score was a defensive touchdown. As the second set unfolded, we saw, in clear evidence, the dysfunctional nature of the Tampa Bay team on display. Penalties and poor play, lack of assignment discipline, and a pathetic effort, allowed the Falcons to score another quick ten points. This lead to a 24 point first half but the Bucs also scored ten points of their own.

Thank God for the Ice Man….

92.4%. If your child brought that home as a test score on a major exam, you would be very pleased. And you would have every reason to be for those results are reflective of a student who is focused and in touch with the subject content.

HOWEVER, if that same grade was indicative of your quarterbacks’ contribution to the TOTAL offensive production of your team, would you be as happy?

That’s what MR2’s 274 yards represented in the contest. And mind you, he did this with 50% LESS time of possession than the Bucs had in this game!! Couple that with his three touchdown passes and it is CLEAR who the MVP of this team is, now and long term.

Offensive Explosion….NOT!!

By EVERY statistical measure except two, total passing yards and the final score, the Bucs outplayed the Falcons. Surprised? The Falcons failed to establish balance on offense and we extensively reliant on the passing game. Eighteen, YES, eighteen, yards rushing on EIGHTEEN carries. The teams had ONE yard per attempt amongst three primary rushers.

But stop the presses!! Those eighteen carries represented 40.9% of our offensive plays from the line of scrimmage. Yes, friends, nearly 41% of our offensive output accounted for EIGHTEEN yards.

And that comes after two weeks worth of adjustments or as the Branch calls it, “self-scouting”.

Discipline and Fundamentals…Where Did It Go?

Again, we knew that Tampa’s issues were well documented. So it was not surprising to see them with a high number of penalties and penalty yardage in this contest. But apparently, Atlanta did not want to be outperformed in that area. In very uncharacteristic form, we matched Tampa penalty for penalty. And there were times when again, basic football fundamentals were lacking.

Toni’s Love Song Appears Again.

The team entered the second half and we fans witnessed the return of that classic shutdown approach to the game. The Falcons were outscored 13-7 in the second half and had it not been for the aforementioned dysfunctional nature of the Bucs, we may have been looking at a different result.

Defense….Defense…Where is a Consistency on Defense?

Oh, how sweet it is!! The brilliant minds in the Cage that saw a star in the making in Joplo Bartu, the same Bartu that would STILL be buried in witness protection, that little phenom exploded for 10 tackles and a half sack today. The porious secondary still gave up yardage in chunks while giving us yet another hit fest from William Moore and his supporting cast. An anemic Tampa rushing attack still averaged 4.0 yards per carry against an ATL defensive front that could only muster one sack and three tackles for lost against a problematic, injury riddled, penalty-laden Bucs offensive line.

Falcons Youth Movement; Not By Choice.

A fresh breeze blows across the plains. But it took a tsumani to get us to this point. Worrilow, Bartu, Goodman, Gaither, Johnson, and Davis all saw extensive time today. It reminds me of the good old days of pre-season. D3 asked the question a few weeks backs; Is the infamous Falcons WPP dead at last? I would not bet on it. Desperate times call for desperate measures. And despite the untapped talent of these players, they all will return to the pine sooner rather than later.

Gut Feeling: The More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same.

A bye week came and went. Inept offense, questionable game approaches at times, and too close for comfort finishing, still are staples for this team. Sure, the starring cast has experienced a makeover. But the script and the overall movie is still the same one that has been running at the dollar theater for the past twelve shows. The transition is truly in full effect. And it appears that the injuries and the youth movement will be the first phase of the excuses.

So…..

What did we REALLY achieve in the game against the Bucs?

Is this a TRUE win for the Falcons or a reflection of Tampa’s dysfunctional state?

Why is the offense STILL so unbalanced?

Do you see this defense showing steady signs of improvement?

Can Matt Ryan continue to sustain 90% of our offensive production?

Is the status quo approach acceptable to the Falcon Nation?

Based on what you observed today, is this still a playoff worthy team?

Ken Strickland

October 20th, 2013
9:33 pm

D3-Whatever your personal issues are, I hope they’re not beyond your ability to resolve them. Isn’t it amazing how productive our backup WRs were, especially in crucial situations? Isn’t it a damned shame that it took our medical staff to force our coaching staff to finally bench our injured & under performing starting WRs?

What good does it do to acquire talent & depth if we refuse to utilize it in any capacity other than special teams? It’s going to be very interesting to see where TD & Smitty places their 1st rd emphasis when it comes to next yrs draft. Will it be OT or DT.

Seminole Warrior

October 20th, 2013
9:43 pm

****REMINDER*****

The format will look a tad different for the next week or so as the leader is away. I will do my very best to keep the flow solid during his absence.

Respectfully, I ask that if you intend to troll while the Boss is away, that you do it elsewhere. We will not have the time or energy to address it.

We, the Cage Family, real and extended, will press on with our dedication to all things Falcons but we will also pause, as needed, to reflect with and be supportive of, our brother, D3, at this tough time.

FF1979

October 20th, 2013
9:54 pm

SW excellent fill-in for D3. My condolences to him and his family. I’m happy with the win. But, a dysfunctional Tampa Bay team still gave me pause. After jumping out to a 24-7 lead, their lack of a killer instinct squandered the lead to seven well into the third quarter. Arizona will be a tougher test on the road next week. We shall see then if this team is turning the season around.

JJ

October 20th, 2013
9:55 pm

Roddy, Nice job and tks my friend!

LRD

October 20th, 2013
9:55 pm

SW. Nice write up. Just glad for win w our no name offense. Ryan haters will hate but good game with no online

Seminole Warrior

October 20th, 2013
10:04 pm

Guys

Thanks for the support. My (our) friend needs time to himself and his family so it was the least I could do in stepping in and doing a little something. He was there for me during my darkness and I promise you, as I know each of you feel the same way, we will be here for him in ANY way he needs us.

Seminole Warrior

October 20th, 2013
10:08 pm

My intent was to do something short and focused on the subject matter I heard on the radio as I returned home. After I arrived, I did a recap of the game via ESPN and the NFL website.

Statistically, it did not appear that we changed much and that we were significantly reliant on the arm of MR2 to carry the day. That is not the way to get this team to where it needs to be. And I do not mean that as a shot at MR2. He is a proven commodity that is secure in the ATL long term.

But with this “stay of execution” from the WPP, the team MUST maximize the talent and see what we really have on this roster. When you can not rush for 50 yards in a game, that is deeply disturbing. It is even more disturbing when you KNOW that you have a rental that is on the down side of a very deserving career and as I see it right now, can not be entrusted to be a centerpiece of an offensive blitzkrieg.

Seminole Warrior

October 20th, 2013
10:12 pm

FF1979

I totally agree. And that continuance is deeply troubling to me considering we had TWO weeks to make needed adjustments in our overall “strategies”.

I heard that the media made big points of Nolan being on the sidelines today. So? When the Tampa team has possession of the ball for nearly 38 or so minutes, that is too much time on the field for a defensive unit? And when that offense out performs yours in every stat except the final score, that is disturbing.

The difference in this game was again a lucky break…a fumble recovery returned for a TD. Take that break away (and trust me, I understand the value of breaks), and where are we?

After two weeks of “self-scouting”, we are STILL relying on breaks? That does not sit well with me.

Seminole Warrior

October 20th, 2013
10:14 pm

LRD

If there are any remaining Ryan haters out there, and I know that they are there, then I simply do not know what it will take for them to see the light.

When a man directly is a MAJOR component in 92% plus of your total offensive production, then what more can you ask of him to do? And anyone that can not appreciate that it is MR2 that make the CFA the “successful one” is simply not being real with him or her self.

Big Ray

October 20th, 2013
10:39 pm

Great stuff, SW .

I’ll be on later or tomorrow for more commentary.

Brightest stars were exactly who you said they were – Ryan and Bartu.

That said, major props to Harry Douglas for getting the job done at WR, WillyMo for bringing the pain…how about DJ doing his job as well?

Anybody thinking the Falcons braintrust looks incredibly stupid for keeping DJ on the PS and bringing in Robiskie’s boy, who couldn’t catch a cold in the sick bay?

Mike from London

October 21st, 2013
2:34 am

Big Ray agreed,

I said it yesterday morning the move to get Robiskie in made no sense what so ever. How is it that we can see flashes from guys Johnson Bartu and others in pre season but the guys who get paid to evaluate talent cant. I bet that some of the players said to the coaches, you got to get DJ on the field rather than it being soley the coaches decision, reminds me of a young Harry Douglas when he had a great rookie season with Matt Ryan, its early days with DJ but he is showing some promise.

Seminole Warrior

October 21st, 2013
6:22 am

Good Morning Cage Family

Mike from London….excellent observation. DJ does remind me of HD during his days at Louisville. There was promise there as an excellent slot receiver. And when asked to showcase, HD did it well.

As it relates to HD83, someone stated a few months back that he feels or seems to feel better on the outside than he does working the intermediate or crossing routes. If that is the case, and the end result clearly suggests that he may have better upside there, why not move RW84 inside to the slot and go with HD83 outside. What do we have to lose?

One of them is a cap casualty next spring anyways and I’m betting, due to the economics and his more quiet tone, it may not be HD83.

Seminole Warrior

October 21st, 2013
6:25 am

Said it once, will say it again, the Rob move was an act of desperation. He brings nothing to the table that we did not have on the practice squad.

The Johnson promotion was also one of fear given that the Cage and the Godfather, DO Led, with support from other media, had put Falcon Nation and the football world at large on notice that ATL players were not being developed and/or effectively given a shot in the WPP.

Seminole Warrior

October 21st, 2013
6:31 am

BR

Thanks. I just want things to be smooth while the Boss is away.

And with the same issues still in play, I decided to keep it simple. We got the win and that was needed from all angles. I love them but I just do not see the heartbeat of a champion in this team this year.

I just don’t. There will certainly be those that call me a hater or suggest that I have given up on the Falcons for the year. Neither is true and I know that in my heart. What I do know is that I do not see the pulse of a team that is capable of contending for a championship. And the reasons are plentiful as to why.

But they are and will remain my team. I loved them then, love them now, and will love them always.
Painfully cautious is where I am.

waynester

October 21st, 2013
7:27 am

D3
you’re in my prayers, friend….
SW
Thanks for standing in the gap…..
I saw something I REALLY liked in this game. Not a flashy stat or amazing play but something that I believe is vital for our franchise going forward. I saw a LOOK in Matt Ryan’s eye–a change in demeanor–that could be a career-defining happening. I noticed a fire in his eye–a commanding presence that was missing with all the early success he’s enjoyed as a pro. Sailing relatively effortlessly through the calmer seas of his first few seasons hasn’t adequately prepared him for the storms we’ve faced this season…but I saw the FIRE yesterday. He was already a leader but yesterday, I began to see something more–COMMAND. Not just showing the way but moving the squad through force of WILL…pushing guys to reach higher and go further by example….the things Manning and Brady and Brees all do so well that elevates them above the pack of QBs. I even saw him faking guys out and looking them off instead of just getting the ball out faster to avoid the rush. Growth often only comes amid adversity. I hope to God that’s what we’re seeing now…..

MG3

October 21st, 2013
8:19 am

With all the injuries on Offense, and the obvious problems with our O-line, it remains to be the Defense that is letting this team down. We put up 31 points with our second string. The offense has scored enough to win every game this season.

I’m glad Nolan was on the field and I hope he’s been put on notice. If this is truly his defense and not CMS then accountability is needed. We look no different from the days of BVG in my opinion, and teams move the ball on us at will.

Wings

October 21st, 2013
8:40 am

The Falcons need a new head coach. Mike Smith has done all he can do. He does not emphasize a winning attitude. It’s a “what you did wrong” approach. He does not know how to make decisions or develop players. Changes that occur are done at Jurassic park speed. It about playing a certain conservative way with an outdated playbook. Things will never change for the better.

The Falcons have a quarterback similar to Luck and Manning that we saw last night, but the team will never play to its potential which was the fact in the “lost” years of 2010 and 2012. One of those years should have ended in a Super Bowl win or loss.

Doesn’t it make you mad when you look at teams like the Colts, Chiefs, Saints, etc. and their improvement. Doesn’t it make you mad when you see the players on the offensive and defensive lines that these teams have drafted.

The Colts actually played our castoff Jamaal Anderson for one year (2011) and still have managed to advance beyond the play of the Falcons. The Falcons defeated an 0-8 Colts team 31 to 7 in 2011. The Colts finished the season with a 2-14 record.

The change needs to occur sooner rather than later. As I have said for the previous three years:

Leopards never change their spots.

It will always be Smittyball on offense and defense. Where is the passion on the Falcons team?

O'Brien

October 21st, 2013
8:42 am

Good Stuff Seminole Warrior.

It wasn’t pretty, but I am happy for the win. We still have some things to clean up, but hopefully this will give the young guys some confidence, and they can build on it for next week’s game.

Some other comments; I think bringing in Robiskie might have been a favor to our WR coach (to bring his son in). And I agree with Ken. We should have rested Roddy the first 2 games, and who knows if things would have played out differently.

Good game by Matt Ryan, Quizz and HD on offense. And gotta love the Missouri hammer (William Moore).

Wings

October 21st, 2013
8:52 am

ESPN Tidbits:
Falcons head coach Mike Smith hinted some changes would be made coming off the bye week although he remained coy about what those adjustments would be. The one that might have had the biggest impact on Sunday’s game was moving defensive coordinator Mike Nolan from the coaching box down to the field. It’s a concept the Falcons used in the past, but it obviously injected some life into the defense.
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Now put the Offensive Coordinator on the side line. If it works for the DC, then it should work for the OC. I have advocated this move for two years. I really believe HC Smith ordered that they stay in the press box because it gives him more “sideline control” on game day. The players need to see and feel their coaches on both sides of the ball.

HC Smith need to go. He is trully an HC Dinosaur.

More ESPN:
The Rams’ 30-15 loss to Carolina Panthers was bad enough, but it could have cost them Bradford, who was hit along the sidelines and suffered a knee injury. He’ll get an MRI Monday. The game got out of control. Defensive end Chris Long was ejected. Rams guard Harvey Dahl went after Carolina safety Mike Mitchell, who made the sideline hit on Bradford.

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It’s good to see Harvey Dahl is who the Cage thought he was.

Paddy O

October 21st, 2013
9:30 am

folks need to understand that this offense is chronically under utilized. Ryan could pass to anyone – he is excellent at reading the defense and getting the ball out quick. We win another 3 in a row, and we are back in contention.

lamac66

October 21st, 2013
9:36 am

how many more games with teams with losing records? that’s what the falcons really need….that’s going back to last season

woeismesince66

October 21st, 2013
9:42 am

Not a very good game. MR played well HD also. Rookies had a fair day. The Falcons are in for a long sad season. I’ve seen many seasons like this. It is always so frustrating to see these sort of things happen. The blame lies with the whole team. Players, coaches front office, the whole organization. Not surprising, I’ve seen it all before.

lamac66

October 21st, 2013
9:46 am

how many teams with losing records on the falcons schedule?

John Waynesworld

October 21st, 2013
9:57 am

SW, good job, sir. D3, still thinking about you.

I agree with much you said. Ryan showed his worth to this team, ten fold.

Coop

October 21st, 2013
10:19 am

Dawson – My thouhts and prayers are with you brother.

Rod – Great writeup and thanks you for the sub.

As for my comments on the game:

1. Our OL is the only thing wrong with the TALENT on offense; however,
2. Even with poor OL, the coaching of Mike Smith is the only reason we don’t score 50 a game.
3. The Defense is young and athletic, but needs to conitnue to grow
4. The older talent on DL and at LB need to go.
5. The soft zone dictating of Mike Smith is the main issue with the D.
6. Fortunately for Mike Smith and UNFORTUNATELY for this franchise, Winning hides many ills.

Hamad Meander

October 21st, 2013
10:24 am

I would hate to be Mike Mitchell. Can we trade/sign for Harvey Dahl in the offseason? Sometimes, when evaluating a player, height, weight, speed, etc don’t matter as much as attitude.

Matty Bicep

October 21st, 2013
10:30 am

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH

October 21st, 2013
10:34 am

Quietly …Steven Jackson has missed 6 weeks, what’s going on with this dude?!?! It’s reported he has a hamstring injury, is it torn? I don’t claim to be a medical expert on hamstrings…or anything else medically related for that much, but one has to wonder, what’s really going on with him? Smith can’t accurately predict when he’ll return, something just don’t spell right bout the whole thing here…

I’m not questioning Jacksons toughness, or ethics…but could he be coasting alittle, have looked inside the organization (team) this year, and determined that we will be mediocre…and has decided the best thing for him will be to heal up, remain marketable to join another team 2014???

I don’t know the answers, just seems to be som thing not right about whole thing…

Arno

October 21st, 2013
10:39 am

In the post game Q&A Smith said Nolan was no different in playcalling, but was on the sideline to “look players in the eyes” between series.

Quizz gets a bunch of credit in my book. He is a workhorse, and made the lack of a running game manageable.

SW– Nice job, hitting every point of concern. Will Smith learn from adversity or simply push harder with his usual methods? His Q&A sessions are harder than the Berlin wall, so it is next to impossible for us outsiders to see any adaptations from him. Successful people tend to push harder when meeting adversity. Successful LEADERS, learn and adapt. Based on what we see on Sundays, the leader who is growing and adapting is Matt Ryan.

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LRD

October 21st, 2013
12:54 pm

SJAX. Talking to dude yesterday, and the rumor is that he ripped part of his hamstring, and waiting for the muscle to grow back over the rip.

Yesterday… glimmer of hope of what he future could be. Nolan needs to be on the sideline as i helps AB evaluate which coach is going to be the sacrifice if we end up with a losing season.

JB Falcon

October 21st, 2013
1:37 pm

After reading over the league injury reports I’m glad we didn’t have any more season ending ones yesterday. Next man up for a lot of teams.

After watching the highlights of the game, I was most amazed at the short pass to Quizz in a crowd. My better half, who is 5′3″ and loves Quizz, says shortness has it’s advantages. I agree.
Watch this play at 2:32 of this tape.
http://www.atlantafalcons.com/media-lounge/videos/Falcons-Dispatch-Winless-Bucs/31f76c82-5a12-4ed8-a216-6b6b1b3578a3

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH

October 21st, 2013
2:18 pm

LRD@12:54PM

“Yesterday… glimmer of hope of what he future could be. Nolan needs to be on the sideline as i helps AB evaluate which coach is going to be the sacrifice if we end up with a losing season.”

Very interesting observation LRD. Did Smith move Nolan out the coaches box, onto the sidelines? did TD have something to do with it? or did Blank ask for it to happen? LRD, you’re definitely on to something, this move screams of something the GM would do, the President (McKay) or the owner would request.

Arthur Blank, whatever you might think of him, is a very smart businessman, he’s had to evaluate executives…employees in very high positions before, could he’d asked TD/Smith to move Nolan on the sidelines, so he could see if the defense played harder with his (Nolan) presence felt, compared to Smiths individual presence?

I don’t know, maybe I’m grasping at straws…

Nolan on the sidelines, was a very interesting move…

BillyBob

October 21st, 2013
2:27 pm

From NFL.COM
There are reports that Steven Jackson (hamstring) has suffered a setback, so there’s no telling when he’ll be back on the field. That means a continued rise in value for Rodgers, who scored a pair of touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Oregon State product has now scored a combined 36 fantasy points in his last two games — that’s an impressive total.

sinisin59

October 21st, 2013
3:33 pm

Hey Cagers, life continues to keep me away from all things fun, including this blog, but I wanted to pop in to share the joy of victory with all of you, and upon seeing the heading, also say:

D3, whatever your “personal matters” may be, you’re in my thoughts, and I hope everything turns out all right for you.

& SW, I’m sure you will do a fine job standing in.

sinisin59

October 21st, 2013
3:37 pm

And finally, a little something to chew on, as when I last left this blog, there was some ongoing discussion about the poor choices made, involving the release of some of our former linemen:

“The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero reports the Dolphins plan to bench, trade, or release RT Tyson Clabo.

This news comes one day after OL coach Jim Turner claimed Clabo “played a great football game” in Sunday’s Week 7 loss to Buffalo, despite getting manhandled by Bills LE Mario Williams. Clabo has been the NFL’s single worst offensive tackle through six games, according to Pro Football Focus’ grades. He’s been exposed as just another blunder amid GM Jeff Ireland’s sputtering master plan to build an NFL team through free agency.”

Greg Mendel

October 21st, 2013
3:39 pm

JB: Regarding Quizz’s shortness, a strange scenario popped into my mind during yesterday’s game. It was the thought of Quizz and Toilolo converging on a pass. Pass high, pass low. One of ‘em gets it.

Birdman

October 21st, 2013
5:31 pm

Great write up Warrior

The penalties really hurt us in the 2nd half of the game . That and a D that let them convert time after time on 3rd D and 4th downs.

Yea maybe some of this new talent will really shine in the offence. So we will have some good depth next year or even trade up power for a good pass rusher ‘ RB ‘ LB ‘ TE or OT .

The D has got it but ant got it . They seem to tire quick or get confused

Yea gotta hand it to him he was doing all he could to score points . The Ice Man is no doubt the best player the Falcons have .

darrell starks

October 21st, 2013
5:47 pm

SW – Good post

Great game by Falcons, Defense has 2 get better though still not enough pressure on QB.

Running game have get better to take more pressure of the Ice Man.

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

darrell starks

October 21st, 2013
5:50 pm

The Beast is back so let see the running game emphasize lot more in this week game.

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

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH

October 21st, 2013
5:52 pm

…and I see Koetter has been admiring Sean Paytons playbook. He tried, and I might add, very successful (rendered 2 TD’s) in attempting to use Quizz in similar fashion as the Saints use Darren Sproles, even lining him up as a wideout…

I aint mad at’cha Dirk, Whatever works…whatever works Dirk…

Seminole Warrior

October 21st, 2013
5:58 pm

What’s Happening Cage

Again, thanks for all the kind words and comments. Just as I am sure everyone else is also, my thoughts and prayers remain with the Boss and his family. Stay strong brother; we have your back!!

I have nothing but respect for what SJ 39 has accomplished in the NFL. But if I knew his acquisition was risky in nature, how did that little nugget get past the Branch?

For years, SJ 39 has had intermittent issues with his hamstrings and his groin. To date, none of it had been “serious” but it resulted in significant loss of practice time and many “game-day” decisions.

The Tee Pee prides itself on being open and honest as much as we can. I will warn Falcons Nation not to get “super” excited about the return of SJ39. We all know that the CFA will want to run the ball extensively which simply will put him (SJ3) at a higher risk of a re-occurrence of the injury.

Since we are talking about running backs, many are singing the praises of the performance of JR32 yesterday. It was a very defining moment for the young back BUT it again shows the glaring and troubling lack of innovation in this offensive playbook. And given that 80% of the playbook was in place when we hired DK, again, it comes back to the CFA.

How in the blue grasses of Kentucky can you not get JR32 more actively involved in the passing attack with screens and intermediate routes?

Seminole Warrior

October 21st, 2013
6:01 pm

Truth,

DK has that type of innovative capacity. I am not going to say he is Payton’s equal but if we could simply rid ourselves of the restrictor plates that are the hands of the CFA, I think this offense could be even more diverse and dynamic.

JR32 is a weapon that definitely could be MUCH MORE valuable if used more extensively.

Paddy O

October 21st, 2013
6:13 pm

for those still ignoring the Falcons KGB regarding player injuries, I stated when Jax hurt his leg, it resembled another Jackson, Bo – it ended his career. I was 98% sure he would not be back as quick as was being promised. Just cast back 4 weeks prior to that – RW84 was stated to have an ankle injury THAT WAS NOT a high ankle sprain, and he would be fully ready for the start of the regular season. TD, MS are leopards who can not change their spots. Moving Nolan down reflects what?

Seminole Warrior

October 21st, 2013
6:18 pm

“And gotta love the Missouri hammer (William Moore)….O’Brien.

And the church said Amen, Amen, and Amen.

This is the William Moore that I scouted when he was coming out of Mizzou. In his junior year, this is what we saw and he was all Big 12. His senior year was injury plagued causing him to drop in the draft. His counterpart, Sean Weatherspoon, was equally impressive.

If we can EVER get them both healthy and in a real effective defensive scheme, they could really be tremendous assets. MIZZOU is a very solid producer of defensive talent.

Seminole Warrior

October 21st, 2013
6:20 pm

Paddy O, you nailed it and I do recall your statements. Even with a AARP card that is a tad over a month old, I’m still good. LOL.

Moving Nolan to the field level means absolutely nothing in my opinion. It is cosmetic at best.

DePlane

October 21st, 2013
7:08 pm

SW nice job while the boss is away. Thank you….

I’ll take a win any day. Hats off to MR2 and his stellar 20/26 3 TD day.

Penalties have to be stopped. We cannot afford to make ANY mistakes. HD83 balled out. Props to him; he looked speedy running his routes…I like him outside.

The Robiskie thing must be about nepotism. I’m not seeing the value but I’ll reserve judgement for a little longer to confirm my suspicion that its a waste of time. I’ll glady eat crow if proven otherwise.

What is the deal with Kevin Cone? He must suck, since they won’t play him….or maybe he has an attitude? I don’t know, but I expected to see him play WR with Davis and HD. WPP?

DJ showed up and made a nice catch to keep a drive alive. Somebody said get him off the PS and poof he was in the game. I would LOVE to know who/how/what/when went on to make that happen, just because we don’t see it very often. Maybe at 1-4 Smitty is being forced to loosen up…. at somebody’s insistence?

It was the Buc’s, so I’m not getting too excited. They need to keep it going and get a W in AZ. There is no time to pat themselves on the back and act like W’s are routine. They are not. Coach Genius needs to tone down, go into bunker mode and organize the troops for a reconnoiter of AZ, Carson Palmer and the rest of them. They are not world beaters but a diligent study of the enemy reveals no gimme.

DePlane

October 21st, 2013
7:14 pm

Blog monster ate my dinner post. Oh well!

I’ll say it again…nice job SW filling in for the boss! We’re thinking of D3, and prayers are going out in support.

SG

October 21st, 2013
7:21 pm

D3 – Wishing you nothing but the best through this time.
SW – truly superb job in your “Cover 2″ ;~)

waynester @7:27
“I saw a LOOK in Matt Ryan’s eye–a change in demeanor–that could be a career-defining happening.” Dude, I’ve been waiting for that for a couple of years – lose the timidity, stand up and take the team.
It’s been my only knock against him. But in truth, all the great ones have taken the necessary time in ’scanning the field’ to understanding the true lay of the professional land.

He had his best ever QBR yesterday. Can I say it again? He had his best ever QBR yesterday.
Im – f’in -pressive!!!

In addition to his change, WM, HD, JB, kudos to the max.