Atlanta Falcons Blown Out by Seahawks

Rise Up = Blow Up!!!!!!

This is becoming a normal deal, but the Falcons were blown out yet again and this time it comes at home. This team is a shell of the team that came close to the Super Bowl and it’s even become fairly painful to follow at this point. Arthur Blank will probably keep the status quo in place in 2014, but good luck getting new season ticket buyers, much less keeping those already there. Unless they’re big fans of slow moving trainwrecks…………

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Wings

November 10th, 2013
7:10 pm

For Unca’Bob

JB Falcon

November 10th, 2013
7:15 pm

Carolina 10, Craponastick 9. Now I’ll go read the post.

Arno

November 10th, 2013
7:20 pm

It’s 16-3 with with 1:03 in 2nd quarter. After a nice punt return Seattle starts at their 40 and swiftly gains our redzone. With eight seconds left, one coach we know would have gone for the field goal, seeing he held the advantage and knowing he would receive, to start the second half. But Carroll goes for the TD shot and makes it with one second to go. Seattle receives the 2nd half kickoff, goes down and gets a field goal. What started as 16-3 is now 26-3. Falcons will now have to score four times. Seahawks were pumping their fists on the sidelines before we even touched the ball in the second half. Game over.

All respect to Seattle. In the years I’ve been following a Mike Smith team, I’ve NEVER seen him do what Carroll accomplished against us today.

And as for you, Arthur Blank, we are not ten yards from a Super Bowl, we are not in the discussion, we are not relevant, and now……….. we aren’t even competitive.

JB Falcon

November 10th, 2013
7:27 pm

A good racing motor starts with a good strong engine block, crankshaft and pistons, (O & D Line). TD & Co kept on adding more fuel and even nitros oxside (JJ and spare parts)) to a motor that couldn’t stand the pressure, and it has blown all to heck.
I really like Greg’s analogy and I’m sure the FO will blame all of this on an “electrical problem”, (another racing analogy) whereas “a piston came through the block when the engine blew up and cut an electrical wire.”

Big Ray

November 10th, 2013
7:42 pm

Greg Mendel definitely called it right on the whole “electrical problem” and the piston going through the engine block.

Big Ray

November 10th, 2013
7:43 pm

Meanwhile Flacco throws two picks and 140 yards and his team wins. Guess he earned his big money, huh….

Hamad Meander

November 10th, 2013
7:45 pm

We are now in position to take the 3rd pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Last time we drafted 3rd, it ended up pretty well. Here’s to hoping we continue to suck in order to get the 3rd pick or better.

Big Ray

November 10th, 2013
7:45 pm

Eagles beat Packers, and why?

Because Nick Foles > MV7. Yup…reduced turnovers are the key. Unless you play for Atlanta. Then you can NOT turn the ball over and still lose….

Big Ray

November 10th, 2013
7:46 pm

The horrible-ass Jags just picked up a win today. Let’s root for them to get one more and keep pace with us. If you can call this a pace, that is.

Big Ray

November 10th, 2013
7:48 pm

Yay Jags. Play better as we play worse…so we can beat you to that #1 pick! And then flub it up by taking a DE or a TE.

Nevermind. There is no hope.

Big Ray

November 10th, 2013
7:50 pm

Giants just passed us with their 3rd win. Suckers. They’re passing us on the way down the draft board! Bwaaaahahahahahahaaaa!

Eli gets 140 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT (he must have been throwing the ball hard or something).

Of course, the defense did record 4 sacks and an INT. Not that this has an impact on the outcome of a game, or anything….

Big Ray

November 10th, 2013
7:52 pm

Oh well, looks like the #3 pick is ours to “lose.” Tampa has a stranglehold on the #1 pick so far.

If we can just get Jacksonville to win 2 more games, they’ll give up that #2 pick.

I say we go get a new franchise QB and do our best to turn him into Blaine Gabbert or Sam Bradford as fast as we can.

Big Ray

November 10th, 2013
7:55 pm

Although really, Bradford is doing pretty good this season. Not throwing the picks, but getting sacked a good bit still.

You can tell their OL improved finally.

LRD

November 10th, 2013
7:55 pm

Wonder what the look was on ABs face when they stands , already not even close to full, emptied out 8 minutes into 3rd qrtr?
At least our handcrafted linebackers and our old man Babs came to play today. No idea what happened to our season secondary.
Sjax shoulda stayed in st Louis
And our O was simply pathetic
At least had fun with my son at the game……

JB Falcon

November 10th, 2013
8:07 pm

BR, we’re only two games out of first pick! I figure a long snapper!

JB Falcon

November 10th, 2013
8:11 pm

“At least had fun with my son at the game……” LRD. And that, my friend is what this whole game of football is all about. You and your son won!

Big Ray

November 10th, 2013
8:16 pm

Hey wait….I think my fantasy team is winning. Oh boy….

Big Ray

November 10th, 2013
8:17 pm

JB ,

LOL….right…

Big Ray

November 10th, 2013
8:20 pm

LRD ,

Glad you and your son had fun at the game.

SJax has to be wondering whether he should even stick around for next season.

JB Falcon

November 10th, 2013
8:26 pm

FFL
BR, are you saying that the management actually controls whether a team wins or not? That’s gotta be pure hogwash! You take over a losing team and do a good job of drafting, etc, and they win? I don’t understand how that could happen!
You should call AB! I’m sure he has no idea of your discovery.

JJ

November 10th, 2013
8:34 pm

***FFL***
BR-143
SW-51

MB

November 10th, 2013
8:37 pm

Ryan did fire one ball today, it was a touch down, just sayin.

LRD

November 10th, 2013
8:42 pm

As much as I hate Dallas hate the saints even more
Hope we break out our throwback jerseys when saints come to town

JB Falcon

November 10th, 2013
9:03 pm

My ratsh!t, homemade, computer F’ed up so I had to re-start with the AJC sports homepage. I listened to part of MS’s excuse and part of MR’s excuse. I will relay it to the cage, word for word,
“Blah, blah blah, BS, and more blah, blah , blah and more BS. Then we got our butts kicked by a superior team that our-drafted, out-planned, and out-coached our team. We need a new owner because he is too stupid to realize that we don’t have any idea what we are doing but he doesn’t care because, as his ex-wife said, all he cares about is money!”
At least, that’s what I got out of it.

TReamon

November 10th, 2013
9:21 pm

The Falcons probably won’t beat Tampa Bay….There may be 2 more wins in this season at best.

Screen Pass

November 10th, 2013
9:27 pm

“I say we go get a new franchise QB and do our best to turn him into Blaine Gabbert or Sam Bradford as fast as we can.” – BR

No QB we get or that has ever lived will do anything behind our O-line. The part of trading Ryan that makes sense is getting a slew of draft picks to try and fix the line. I don’t think TD is capable of it so it would all prolly be a waste but Ryan gets to try things with possibly a real team behind him and maybe AB wakes up to TD being a clown when we have no QB to go with our no lines. We will still have JJ and Trufant…and thats all a team really needs :) .

JB Falcon

November 10th, 2013
9:50 pm

Let me re-phrase my 9:03 post, MS said, “We had an electrical problem”. My interpretation, besides the fact that the motor blew up? The main players that we sacrificed our draft picks for have gotten hurt and we are in deep shi!t but we truly believe that we can convince all of you idiot fans to shell out a large part of your income to come and see how hard we are trying to get the number one pick next year. Really, this is not easy. We have good information that there will be a number one pick next year that will turn this team around and the SB is all but gauranteed. Trust us and buy a PSL when we get our new 1.2 billion dollar stadium.
Honestly, look at the past record of the SB’s TD, MS, and DK have masterminded. Okay, bottom line, I’m making a butt load of money doing something of which I know very little about, so whatever. I need this job and you should support me.

Arno

November 10th, 2013
10:16 pm

The latest excuse is that we must consider the whole body of work. I think Cagers have been fair, and have considered the whole body of work. But they will close ranks at Flowery Branch, protect each other’s butts, smoke and mirrors, slight of hand, and all the rest. Good for them. Would expect nothing less. Fine. So turn it around! Because as it stands, the Falcons are getting worse every week.

MG3

November 10th, 2013
10:32 pm

Is there any chance we see some major changes next year? I know consensus is HCS has earned another year due to his body of work but this team is completely lifeless. I’d like to know what’s really going on in that locker room.

Flo-Ri-Duh

November 10th, 2013
11:03 pm

Don’t think the Falcons will find it necessary to trade up for a good pick in 2014.

Only silver lining to this mess that I see.

F14

November 10th, 2013
11:19 pm

MR2 has money. So he can buy OL for himself.

F14

November 10th, 2013
11:22 pm

Whole body of work is one accidentally won playoff game.

BillyBob

November 10th, 2013
11:44 pm

Been following since 1980 and this brings back memories……… bad memories. If the fans stayed home one Sunday and it was an empty stadium maybe they would get the message. And yes who in their right mind wants to pay for the “premium edition” of this crap?

Big Ray

November 11th, 2013
12:12 am

HAPPY VETERANS DAY , everybody.

I’m proud of those who have served, those who are serving, and those who will serve. I’m glad for those who have sacrificed, those who are sacrificing now, and those who will do so in the future. May that line never be broken, and may we never cease to appreciate those who protect our freedoms.

Never forget. Never.

Flo-Ri-Duh

November 11th, 2013
1:02 am

There is no excuse now for the Falcons not to play all their backups to give them some experience and also to see who can cut it and who is dead wood.

RD #1 OL / DL / LB – best available.

Flo-Ri-Duh

November 11th, 2013
1:11 am

Ryan can’t be traded without his permission. His contract is top heavy but it’s done. If traded he would only bring an additional #1 & #2 anyway and they would still have to draft a QB – probably somewhere between #5 & #10 spot. Therefore it would be like picking up an unproven QB in the 1st and having a #1 & two #2’s to improve the OL and defense. Not gonna happen.

trademark

November 11th, 2013
3:56 am

What I really, really wanted for Christmas this year: A Fantasy for what this year could have been,

- TD and the CFA signed Richard Seymour and John Abraham.
- They also drafted Trufant and an O-Lineman, and let McClure play (like he wanted to.)
- They also insisted no-one dog it though the pre-season, and go out there hungry and hitting like a team ready to kill.
-They let DK redesign the other 80% of the old playbook (OK, maybe he just can’t, but still….), and let MR2 run the No-Huddle like Manning did. Let Pat Hill install his ZBS for the O-Line, you know, the system that gave him success, and therefore, his job…
-And finally let Nolan redesign the conservative D for when we have leads.

But they never did these things. They convinced themselves of their own superiority and super-genius (quoting Wil E. Coyote) intelligence.

And this is the ACME cliff-dive crash that we have as a result.

For those (still) thinking MR2 running the No-Huddle would make no difference: go look at the play-by-play of the latest debacle. The only drive that there was more than ONE No-Huddle play in it (there was a grand total of two….wow…) resulted in a TD. The other one that had one in it got us a FG. So, basically, all of our points.

So there.

D3

November 11th, 2013
6:17 am

Of course, speculation about Smith’s future has become a part of this disastrous season. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff dismissed such talk.

“Mike Smith is a hell of a football coach; he’s the leader of this team,” Dimitroff told ESPN.com on Sunday. “Mike’s going nowhere.”

F–k all of you! They can ship TD’s @ss off too. Done with him also. This entire franchise is a complete joke.

Wings

November 11th, 2013
6:44 am

For Veterans Day and for all who served and especially those who GAVE!

I Drive Your Truck
This is a sincere, touching story and song. It may cause tears.
http://www.leebrice.com/home/item/553-story-behind-the-lyrics-lee-brice-i-drive-your-truck

http://www.cmt.com/videos/lee-brice/861305/i-drive-your-truck.jhtml

Trademark

November 11th, 2013
6:57 am

D3: No worries, that was “corporate speak” from TD…..allow me to translate:

“Mike’s going nowhere.” =

““Mike’s going nowhere-without me. Unless I can somehow manage to save my job, then it was Arthur Blank’s decision. As long as I come away from this blame-free, and with the appearance that I don’t stab my co-workers in the back to make myself look good.”

….not that that makes you feel any better, though, huh?

Nah, I’m with you, ever since the “Debacle in the Dome”, we knew something stunk in Flowery Branch. Now it’s starting to putrify.

Trademark

November 11th, 2013
7:02 am

…and for those STILL thinking it’s the players, and I really, REALLY hope that that’S just the Coaches and managers trying to save their jobs at this point…let me re-emphasize:

THREE drives in the ENTIRE game that had 1 or 2 “No-Huddle” formations in it…i.e. NO CALLS FROM THE “Coaches”…. = 10 points, or our ENTIRE SCORING EFFORT FOR THE DAY. The third was the HD fumble…but I guess that actually can be blamed on the player…ahem….I mean…MATT RYAN! It was ALL MATT RYAN!

….but there will still be those out there that will ignore this stuff, and formulate their own opinions….s’OK, it’s what makes this country great…

just "little ole" me

November 11th, 2013
7:14 am

Happy Veteran’s Day!!! Thank you for all those in the Cage and beyond that have served!!!

E43

November 11th, 2013
8:01 am

I don’t believe a word Thomas Dimitroff says about the job security of Mike Smith. I feel like he would pull the trigger just like he pulled the trigger on Dunn, Crumpler, Hall, and those other vets from the Vick era.

Honestly, I think TD and Mike Smith will return. I think TD will change his approach to the draft. As for Mike Smith, I don’t know how he will be assessed. The Falcons problems have morphed all around the field. I don’t think that this is the same Mike Smith that came on day one as some say. He definitely has changed for better or worse.

I think the Falcons should do a good job of finding about 10 roster openings before the season is over.

Guys like Franks, Davis, Cone, A.Smith, Snelling, Rodgers, Baker, Hawley, Matthews, and Nicholas have reached their maximum potential. They are now no longer impact makers on offense or defense under this coaching staff. Either Rodgers or Snelling has to be gone. Stop the nonsense. This season will be over if they don’t come out of the draft with a RB in the first 3 rounds. Free agency should only be used to fill the roster and not finding starters.

Putting Decoud and Samuels on this list is risky because the top picks should go to the TE, Oline/ Dline and backfield. You don’t want to put a 4th round safety out there. Just put the ones you had last year that know the system. I doubt they can beat out Decoud. Samuels and Alford are the same guy and would benefit from being around each other.

Otherwise, next year should be another year of the youth Revolution. Thankfully, There are at least 3 young starters on the D that will return.

D3

November 11th, 2013
8:34 am

HAPPY VETERANS DAY!!!!

There’s so many of in here to thank that have served our country with dignity and honor. We thank all of you so very much. The best and brightest our country has to offer.

D3

November 11th, 2013
8:39 am

Going back to Dimitroff, where do you get the balls and audacity to act like you’re the one calling the shots? Last time I checked, you don’t own the team, that would be Arthur Blank.

27 more games being coached by this buffoon coaching staff (7 more 2013 regular season games + 4 preseason games in 2014 + 16 regular season games in 2014).

Was talking to my tailgating buddies and he said, “under no scenario would the Falcons get rid of Smith.” He wants to just like we do, but he said it won’t happen. I asked him who would be a scapegoat and he gave a surprising answer: Dirk Koetter.

Nookah

November 11th, 2013
9:10 am

Greetings Cagers!

It’s a new low in recent Falcon history. We all were hoping we would not revisit these kind of days that were so common in the Rankin Smith era, but here we are again. Herein lies the reason why we get no respect from the national media and as usual we have to re-build our image starting from the offseason.

However, what are our chances of re-building with the right pieces? Not very bright huh? With TD and MS still in control, our future is suspect at best. This season has brought to light the house of cards that this roster is built on. We have great #1’s (in some areas) but no depth. Furthermore we made the cardinal error of paying the man before the man delivered. Wrong move and we will pay for it. I’ll be the first to tell you that I had faith in Matt Ryan but he has proven to be overvalued and I will admit I was wrong. Yes I know part of the problem is the O’line but our QB has shown nothing to suggest he is indeed worth $100M, nothing.

Where do we go from here? As I look at the rest of this schedule, the silver lining is we will have a top 5 pick at worst case. We have had the same glaring deficiencies that we had from day 1; anemic pass rush, average lines of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

As I have preached on more than one occasion, MS has taken us where he can take us. It is time for him to seek employment elsewhere and the blame is no less on TD. He is the personnel guy he has to shoulder the blame equally. However, AB will give these guys one more go-around as they will use the injuries as the excuse and miss the elephant in the room.

Oh well! However I will remain a Falcon fan. The TBay game should be interesting. That will be dubbed the “Battle of the Higher Draft Pick 2014″ and I’ll bet we’ll lose that too.

Go MS and TD, and I mean that literally!

Go Falcons!

Nookah

November 11th, 2013
9:12 am

D3, I think our ST coach could be the scapegoat. One thing is for certain, there will be a scapegoat or more than one.

Wings

November 11th, 2013
9:13 am

From Yahoo Sports: What we learned:

The offseason signing of veteran running back Steven Jackson is turning out to be a disaster. After missing the majority of four games with an injury, Jackson is averaging just over two yards per carry. He had nine carries for 11 yards against the Seahawks. The Falcons rank last in rushing yards per game.

What do you think?. Who in the Falcons organization pressed for the signing of Jackson? Furthermore, whose MO does it follow? Would TD initiate the signing of a running back such as Jackson. I want to know so I can place some blame and anger on both Smith and TD or just one of them.

E43

November 11th, 2013
9:19 am

Dirk Koetter is not so surprising. He came in fixed the screen game and that was it. What else has he contributed? It sounds like he is the one that refuses to prepare the team to run Texas. In the past, we at least saw them go in and out of it enough to make a difference. Now, the Falcons are so woeful offensively that people aren’t complaining about not seeing the no huddle. He was the one that talked about the no huddle not always getting points despite the fact that they don’t run it. He even ignored the fact that the no huddle did put them in position to score. Dirk Koetter is new to the team but many of these problems are magnified with him.

O'Brien

November 11th, 2013
9:19 am

imo, the Falcons biggest problem starts with TD, and Mike Smith.

Mike Smith has been a very good regular season coach (5 straight winning seasons). But we have been the #1 seed twice, and still did not get to a SB. Oh btw, he is 1-4 in the playoffs.

From Mark Bradley;

Not that it much mattered, but Smith aided and abetted Seattle: With the Falcons trailing 16-3, he called timeout with 1:21 remaining in the first half. The Falcons were facing third-and-4 at their 36. After Matt Ryan threw incomplete for Tony Gonzalez, the Falcons had to punt. The Seahawks took the ball at their 40 with 1:03 left; Golden Tate caught Russell Wilson’s pass for a touchdown with one second remaining. Smith should have waited to see if his team converted on third down to stop the clock. With three timeouts remaining, the Falcons still would have had enough time. As it was, he left too much for the opponent.

That said, Smith got away with a more grievous error. With the Falcons down 33-10 inside the final two minutes, he sent his first-string offense on the field. “It would have sent a very negative message to not use the guys who gave us the best chance to win,” he said, but really? To win? From 23 points behind? What if Matt Ryan had gotten hurt? Or Tony Gonzalez? Or Roddy White? None of them did, but still: Has the lesson of John Abraham – who was hurt in January in the second half of the meaningless final regular-season game and who did nothing in the playoffs – been lost so soon?” MB.

In addition to the john Abraham decision last season, I remember in the playoffs against Seattle last year, he called a timeout with ~15 seconds left for us to kick a FG. We made it, but there was enough time on the clock for Seattle to run 2 or 3 offensive plays and almost got in FG range. He should have let the clock run down to 3 seconds before calling timeout. Imo, Mike Smith can not handle “the moment”

We know he is a good coach. But do we know if he has what it takes to get a team out of its funk? I cant speak for the players, but I get tired of the non-emotional coach speak after these games. I just have a hard time seeing him rally the troops. And who are the leaders on this team anyway?

Injury has played a big role, but it also shows the lack of depth TD has acquired. And he has missed on a lot of picks and acquisition imo.

I am fine with Smitty getting one more year, but I would seriously consider letting TD go, so that we can have a new set of eyes evaluating these players and Smitty.