Atlanta Falcons Find a Way to Lose in Green Bay

Another Game, Another Loss

Falcons Fumble Another One Away (AP)

It looked the Falcons of old for a half. The offense was moving well and the defense came up with some turnovers and the Falcons looked like the team that had done so well the past 5 years. And then the second half started. The Falcons ugly habit of blowing leads, regardless of how big or small, continued yet again on Sunday. Atlanta’s team seemed to be in a good position to win their 4th game of the year vs. an Aaron Rodgers-less Packer team, until halftime at least.

Second Half Collapse

Must Have Been 1st Half (AP)

Fans are sick of this. The argument can be drilled down to why a thousand times over, but the simple fact is this: Mike Smith the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons Football team. He is the person charged with fixing things that need improving on the field. The Falcons have been a disaster coming out of halftime since he has been head coach and there is literally no improvement. If anything, it’s getting worse. And there is no one else to blame except for the head coach. He is either unwilling or unable to fix it, and that alone should call in his long-term sustainability. There is no lead big enough for Smith and the Falcons to find a way to squander. Not only are fans not surprised when it happens, they’ve come to expect it. The Falcons held a 21-10 lead at halftime and came out with 4 offensive series that went punt, punt, punt, fumble. And some of them were 3 and outs. But not having injuries next year will cure all this, right?

Offensive Line Plays Better……in 1st Half

One of the most beleaguered units in all of football showed some signs of life in a frigid Green Bay on Sunday. The Falcons offensive line has been one of the worst overall units in the entire NFL this season, but they looked decent for parts of the game vs. the Packers. They’ve had tons of different lineup changes, but may have found one that’s not terrible, settling on Lamar Holmes at LT, Justin Blalock at LG, Joe Hawley at C, Peter Konz at RG, and undrafted free agent rookie Ryan Schaefer at RT. Ryan seemed to have more time in the pocket and many more holes seem to be open much more than the past.

Defense Did their Part (AP)

But then the Falcons OL remembered who they were. It wasn’t entirely their fault this time with a ton of key drops and hyper-conservative play-calling, but they allowed pressure as they’ve done all year long to get to Ryan in the second half and they had no rushing attack the way they did in the first half. This offensive line needs a miracle this off-season to fix all the problems that exist.

Undrafted Free Agent Gold

Thomas Dimitroff has gotten a lot of flack from fans with his abysmal failure on the construction of the Falcons weak offensive and defensive lines, and rightly so. However, in complete objectivity, he should get credit for his excellent haul in the undrafted free agent market. Paul Worrilow has virtually cemented himself as a surefire starter and difference maker going forward. In fact, only one of other Falcons linebacker has ever had two games with 15+ tackles in one season. That would be Ring of Honor LB Jessie “The Hammer” Tuggle. Joplo Bartu has also had a good year, racking up 3.5 sacks in limited playing time. That’s as many sacks by a Falcons linebacker in the last 6 years.

Spoon w/ First TD (AP)

Other UDFA’s are having some really good years as well. Darius Johnson has had a very good year, with an exceptional one vs. the Saints. He has big play potential and really has seemed to lock himself as a fixture of the Falcons receiving corps going forward. Ryan Schraeder got his first start at right tackle and seemed to have a pretty good game, at least in the first half or so. That’s coming on the heels of another good game Considering most undrafted free agents are lucky to even make the practice squad, Dimitroff’s draft looks pretty good when you can get that much out of one UDFA class. Too bad he’s missed on so many actual draft picks.

Antone Smith = Zero Touches

Another infuriating fact about the Falcons head coach is his stubborn refusal to give certain players playing time and touches, at least that’s the way it seems to fans. This is no more represented than with running back Antone Smith. Here’s the stat line on Smith before today’s game in Green Bay: 5 carries, 145 yards, 2 touchdowns, 29 per carry average. And today? Smith gets not one single touch. There’s a pretty good probability that he didn’t even get one offensive snap. This just defies logic in so many ways and just one of many reasons fans want a change, even though one isn’t forthcoming. The season has long been lost, what is there to lose? Just mind-numbing.

Massaquoi Taking the Step?

Mass Taking "the Step?" (AP)

Could it really be? The Falcons have been beyond miserable at developing any pass-rusher in the Smith / Dimitroff Era. Fans just assume that it will never happen. But it could very well be happening. Jonathan Massaquoi was a 5th round pick and came in with high hopes. He of course didn’t see the field as a rookie due to Smith’s Witness Protection Program. He’s proving to be the Falcons best rusher so far and seems to only be getting better. He had a good game vs. Buffalo and an even better one in Green Bay. Unofficially, Massaquoi had 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and was in the backfield all day long. To be sure, he’s no Mario Williams just yet and anything can happen under this coaching staff, but he’s the most promise the Falcons have had in 6 years.

“Ingredients” There for a Good Defense

One of the only positives coming out of this season has been seeing some youth, talent, and development on the defensive side of the ball. Make no mistake, this Falcons D has a long, long ways to go. Considering they are next to or dead last in almost every category, they have nowhere to go but up. But there are some signs the Falcons could develop something special down the road. William Moore, Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford, and Robert McClain (assuming he’s re-signed) all form a young and athletic secondary that have already shown growth in a down year. Paul Worrilow has developed into a stud MLB, and looks to pair nicely with Weatherspoon (who seems to be getting his game back a bit) and maybe even Joplo Bartu.

Worrilow = Beast (AP)

As mentioned earlier, Jonathan Massaquoi seems to be taking a step towards a legitimate pass-rushing threat. Corey Peters is getting back to his 2011 form at DT. And there’s hope that Malliciah Goodman can develop as well. Finally, Zeke Motta showed some promise taking over for an injured Thomas DeCoud as well. Again, there’s a very long way to go, but with a few key pieces through the draft and free agency, this defense may finally at least become respectable. Of course there’s the whole issue of development, playing time, and all the rest that the head coach controls.

Crucial Drops

The Falcons have had a tough time with catching the ball at critical times on both sides of the ball in 2013. The last few games the defensive backs and linebackers have had chances to pull the ball in for an interception that could have killed drives, but couldn’t get it done. The offense have done their part of dropping lately as well. There were several crucial drops when the Falcons were trying to beat the Packers with late drives. Steven Jackson had at least 2 to 3 drops in the game. Tony Gonzalez dropped a sure first down on 4th and 5, and Harry Douglas dropped a pass that hit him dead center in the chest that could have given the Falcons a chance at a game-winning field goal. The drops are symptoms of a larger disease of being insanely undisciplined. Whether it’s stupid penalties, missed tackles, blown assignments, or dropped passes / interceptions, it’s been the story of the 2013 Atlanta Falcons.

More to come soon………..

596 comments Add your comment

Wings

December 8th, 2013
7:59 pm

For Unca’Bob

PoolerSpirit

December 8th, 2013
8:03 pm

From the last post, and this one… read on another blog that Antone Smith injured a knee on the first kick coverage for the Falcons… but I think we all agree that when he’s healthy, he could at least run it back to the 19, 20 or 21 yard line a tad quicker than Quizz does…

JB Falcon

December 8th, 2013
8:15 pm

PS, where’d you read about Antone being hurt? I watched two different pre-game shows and the entire NFL mouthpieces are asking, where is Antone? I surely hope the FO is not trying to BS everyone with some made up crap.

Arno

December 8th, 2013
8:15 pm

Sounds reasonable, Pooler Spirit. Otherwise…

“My mindset isn’t going to change whether it’s one carry, two carries, three carries or no carries. I’m going to have the same approach every week, preparing like I’m the guy but just going out and doing my job. You paying Jax a lot of money.” –Antone Smith

‘Or no carries.’ Hmm. This quote, as reported by Vaughn McClure, has a couple of notes of biting, uncomfortable truth to it. I wonder if it got back to the coaches and they didn’t like it. Clearly Quizz was less effective in the second half. There is no reason Antone should have been held out of this one unless he was hurt.

BOB

December 8th, 2013
8:16 pm

Atl need a strong head coach,, and O coordinater. Plus lines, O and D. Last chance saloon for M smith and matty mediocrity,,,what a waste of money. Remember last seasons championship game,,,could we not just score 1 Touchdown??? How many pts today in 2nd half,,,i rest my case

Flo-Ri-Duh

December 8th, 2013
8:23 pm

Looking forward to the Carolina / Aint’s game tonight. Pulling for Carolina to kick the Aint’s arses. Charles Johnson has been out with an injury due to an illegal leg whip put on him but hop he is back to put the hurt on Brees.

Go Panthers!

Falcons gave a decent effort considering the weather, etc and winning really wouldn’t benefit them in the draft so not that sad over it.

Besides if they get the 1st or 2nd pick maybe they can trade back a bit and pick up a 2nd round pick in this draft.

falcon21

December 8th, 2013
8:37 pm

Yeah, another good first half, only to fall apart in the second half. How many times have we said that under Mike Smith? Too many times to count. And then the trolls come out like BOB and blame Matt Ryan.

Sunni2012

December 8th, 2013
8:47 pm

Matt Ryan is NOT a FRANCHISE QT. Why Arthur Blank extended Ryan contract is beyond me…not to mention he’s getting ZERO return for his money. Mike Smith needs to be FIRED point blank.

Ken Strickland

December 8th, 2013
9:03 pm

After watching safety Motta’s superb run & pass DEF, after replacing injured FS DeCoud, it’s safe to say he’ll most likely be our starting FS next yr. His tackling & cover ability alone will help improve our overall DEF. The Falcons’ biggest DEF need is a DL upgrade, especially at DT. It looks like there’ll be 2-3 quality pass rushing DTs available in rounds 2&3.

JB Falcon

December 8th, 2013
9:07 pm

21, after every new post by D3 the ‘tards slip in but they lose interest quickly. Looks like Bob and Sunni are on the same page and am beginning to wonder about Duh. I cannot conceive any player giving up their pride for a draft pick and anyone wishing for a loss, for any reason, simply is not a fan.

falcon21

December 8th, 2013
9:11 pm

SG

December 8th, 2013
9:50 pm

Watching the Saints surgical offensive game plan against a great D makes me realize just how very far we have to go.

Paula

December 8th, 2013
10:02 pm

Falcons Stink.

falcon21

December 8th, 2013
10:14 pm

You are one smart cookie Paula, we would have never known if you had not told us. Later Cagers!

phbatl

December 8th, 2013
10:41 pm

The defense was impressive today. Especially when Decoud went out. Motta looked way better out there. Hope he gets more playing time. The offense on the other hand once again left a lot to be desired. HD and Gonzalez need to be called out for the drops. No excuse. Why is it nobody on offense is stepping up to make clutch plays? Other teams do it. Their coaches can coach them up. The Falcons coaches not so much. At the end of the season the Falcons need to say good bye to the DL, OL, LB and WR coaches. Don’t care if the WR coach is the Asset HC. Our receivers do not run good routes and can’t make the catch when it counts. Can somebody with more football knowledge explain to me why Matt is not looking at photos when the offense is on the sidelines? Doesn’t that help to understand defenses better? I am a diehard fan but totally frustrated same old stuff over and over. One thing I have noticed is MS little notebook is on hiatus. Haven’t seen it for 2 weeks..Hmmm

Ken Strickland

December 8th, 2013
11:06 pm

I’m certain I’m in the minority with my opinion that OG, not OT, is our biggest OL need. We also need to get stronger at OC as well. GReynolds has been a disaster at RG. Either draft a RG & play him at RG, or play MJohnson at RG where he belongs, assuming he’s healthy. Solidify, or upgrade, the interior of our OL & watch the improvement in our OT play with Schraeder & Holmes.

PoolerSpirit

December 8th, 2013
11:07 pm

Just FYI… the knee injury to Antone Smith was from a couple of posts on the Atlanta Falcons Boards site… Can’t find anything to back it up on the Falcons official site yet… did anybody here listen to the radio broadcast? Maybe it was mentioned on there?

Pastormackdaddy

December 8th, 2013
11:43 pm

Wonder if falcons will make an offer to Gary Kubiak to become OC next year?…..he had good track record as OC in Denver….certainly an upgrade from our current OC

Screen Pass

December 9th, 2013
12:13 am

“Just FYI… the knee injury to Antone Smith was from a couple of posts on the Atlanta Falcons Boards site… Can’t find anything to back it up on the Falcons official site yet… did anybody here listen to the radio broadcast? Maybe it was mentioned on there?” – Pooler

He will be undergoing a knee MRI it seems…from Vaughn McClure Tweet – ( https://twitter.com/vxmcclure23 )

Flo-Ri-Duh

December 9th, 2013
12:16 am

JFalcon (9:07 pm) – I’ve been a Falcons fan since 1966 and am STILL waiting for them to win a Super Bowl.. I wanted the Falcons to go all the way to the Super Bowl but knew after they let much of their vet leadership go in a fire sale to make cap that they would lose close games this year. I said so before the season began. They will likely let another group of vet leaders go this year for salary cap reasons. I love MR as a person and QB but he can’t win without a quality OL and picking up OL from the Salvation Army is going to get MR killed. Best thing is to have a high 1st round pick and go LOT before Ryan gets decapitated. That’s the facts….maybe you can’t handle the TRUTH. Falcons aren’t going to the playoffs – obvious. Not accusing them of trying to lose as that would cost them their jobs. Rebuild the OL in this draft… the DL and the LB’s in the next and go back to the top. Just common sense. Of course they have to find someone that can actually judge talent 1st and coach them up…. not a strong suit so far.

Flo-Ri-Duh

December 9th, 2013
12:20 am

Aint’s manhandled the Panthers tonight. Panthers have a solid DL and LB/s but still have needs at DB and on the OL as well as WR. Newton had a poor game throwing missing two deep balls but the OL didn’t help him any and the WR’s didn’t make plays.

NFL Stats

December 9th, 2013
12:30 am

Ken Strickland — Several NFL Analysts are agreeing with you that OG needs to be the #1 OL priority. Two road graders from Mississippi State and Baylor are discussed most often. Also I’m hearing that with his movie not doing well at the box office, that Thor could be available for LT.

waynester

December 9th, 2013
6:19 am

The Voluminous Volstagg @ OG and the Mighty Thor at OLT!!! Have at Thee…..
good stuff, Stats….

Based on our current record and the various “big boards”on draft sites, We’d have a shot at OT Jake Matthews in rd1 and the BIG OG from Baylor in rd 2….legit prospects to make the team as rookies…..

woeismesince66

December 9th, 2013
8:06 am

ign s

Draft an OLT. Sign free agent O-linemen. Draft a DT. Sign a few d-linemen free agents and the
falcons will have a decent team next year. If things don’t change, send M Smith and Dimitroff
down the road.

Flo-Ri-Duh

December 9th, 2013
8:50 am

THOR @ LOT…. you know that means Falcons would have to run the table with all “L’s” ’cause THOR is going top 3. Must keep in mind also that King Kong (DT) and Godzilla (DE) are jr.s but may decide to turn pro. Looks like this:

#1 Godzilla (DE) – 97 sacks on the year & holds the edge well
#2 King Kong (DT) – big butt run stuffer with good push up the middle – ideal 3/4 NT
#3 THOR (LOT) – Excellent quickness and lateral movement – 200+ pancake blocks in 2013

D3

December 9th, 2013
9:15 am

Another Loss Monday Greetings Cage

You know, I’d grown to accept it that the next year will suck with Smith as our Incompetent In Chief, but seeing games like yesterday just pisses me off all over again. It makes me irate to think that we are in store for another year like this when there is no need at all to do so. The truly great ones understand that the PAST has no bearing whatsoever on future success. And the best also learn as much from their wins (especially all those skin of the teeth ones we’ve had) as the losses. Not us. We simply continue the same formula we’ve had since Smith has been here.

Saw on another board a great comment………..

Same Formula
-Get a lead in first half
-Blow lead in second half
-Ask Ryan to save us in last minute win — leonw92

That sums it up about perfectly right there. Nothing will change, because Smith is incapable of change. If he’s shown he can do nothing whatsoever in 6 years, how the hell could he in year 7? And for all those hoping for a “Tom Coughlin Moment” of dramatic turnaround, don’t hold your breath.

At least stupid SCam got beat last night. Yes, I hate the sAINTS, but I’ve grown to hate the SCam Thugs even more lately.

SG

December 9th, 2013
9:33 am

I confess I was glad the day we set Turner, Robinson and Abraham loose – but due to need, I was sure we’d pick Abs back up. So who’s John Clayton’s Defensive Player of the Week: “Cardinals DE John Abraham had three sacks, three quarterback hits and six tackles in a 30-10 victory over St. Louis. Abraham has 11 sacks for the season and passed Lawrence Taylor on the all-time sacks list.”

As Big Ray pointed out last week, the Cards are mostly (and wisely) using him in their scheme as a LB. Had he stayed here, who knows? But having experienced depth for a comparative amount of $mall change is never a bad thing.

paddy O

December 9th, 2013
9:48 am

hate to say it BUT, glad we lost. However, even in this situation, good to see the old 2nd half choke Falcons are still going strong. AGAIN, saw multiple STUPID plays. 3 & 2, and we try a bomb to Johnson? How many carry’s did A. Smith get???? Smitty – the best BSer in the NFL.

paddy O

December 9th, 2013
9:50 am

I hate to say it but, Jerry played a pretty nice game. Cory Peters had a terrific play. Spoon does NOT cover TE really very well, hate to say too.

paddy O

December 9th, 2013
9:51 am

as you can see, 2013 hate it.

paddy O

December 9th, 2013
9:55 am

FYI: Thor weighs 660 lbs and benches 225 16 million times. At that point, the 24 hour bench clock runs out. But, if he was a rookie, he won’t play for the first 3 years.

Wings

December 9th, 2013
10:16 am

SG – “Had he stayed here, who knows?”

That is the million dollar question. I don’t think the Falcons’ coaching staff is capable of using the talents of any player. If we all of a sudden got Clay Matthews, I doubt he would be an impact player.

jv

December 9th, 2013
10:39 am

mighty birds, just wait til next year.

Hamad Meander

December 9th, 2013
10:50 am

Ken’s “After watching safety Motta’s superb run & pass DEF, after replacing injured FS DeCoud, it’s safe to say he’ll most likely be our starting FS next yr”

Are you positive that it is safe to say that with the head coach we have now? Is it safe to say that if we find a guy that gains 29 yards per rush that we’ll keep him on the bench? Is it safe to say that we will continue to play Sam Baker next season at left tackle as he gives up sacks and pressures? Is it safe to say we will continue to pay Chase Coffman to sit on the bench and not see what we have in tight ends for next season? I am dang glad that we’ve been able to see Worrilow and Bartu this season or else we would never know what they were capable of.

I do agree with you on the need for DT and RG. If we had only drafted Larry Warford…………

John Waynesworld

December 9th, 2013
10:58 am

Enter your disparaging comments here

Coop

December 9th, 2013
11:08 am

D3 – Great write up as usual. There are only about 4 or 5 personnel changes that this team needs to win a SuperBowl next year:

1. A space-eating DT. We have the back 7 (not a huge fan of Spoon, but he’s good enough with still more upside) and the DEs to play good D. We need a push in the middle and watch the rest of the D play elevate.
2. A LT. Move Holmes to RT and let Schrader be a back up. Draft the best LT in the first round and let Sam Baker go.
3. A bon fide RG. I like Konz and thought he’d be a great C. Maybe he still can. But let him and Hawley rotate and bring in a road grader at RG to open some holes for the running game.
4. Finally, A NEW FREAKING HEAD COACH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Weepin Jeebuz, Mike Smith is an absolute idiot. This D and this O, even with it’s problems, could win games if that moron had any idea how to coach. When he goes conservative on either side of the ball, they FAIL!

Further, my daughter can manage the clock better than him.

HOW IN THE HOLY HELL CAN ARTHUR NOT SEE THIS FAILURE OF A COACH?!?!?!?!?

FIRE MIKE SMITH!!!

FIRE DIMITROFF FOR NOT FIRING SMITH!!!!

FIRE BLANK FOR NOT FIRING BOTH!!!

JB Falcon

December 9th, 2013
11:10 am

I’ve grown accustomed to reading all about the Falcon wins, article after article, even though I watched the game. Now, my habit is losing it’s appeal. Reading even one article about a loss is plenty enough reading for me. Same ole Shudda’, Cudda’, Didn’t.

THEfalconfan

December 9th, 2013
11:53 am

No Zeke Motta staring next year…..Dimitroff paid our backup caliber Decoud a big contract???? No sense trying to trade him …..plenty of backups already avaliable for way less money .

darrell starks

December 9th, 2013
11:55 am

Hey I do believe Me and Big Brother Ray was screaming for Falcons 2 draft Larry Warford for 2 months before the draft, who is now making Reggie Bush look like OJ SIMPSON, how can the naked eye fool u, TD have no truth of judgment on drafting players on DL or OL.

TD have been drafting for now 6year and have not drafted not one good solid player on DL OR OL this ridiculous for GM 2 make so many error, TD is not doing the job very well when it come 2 scouting talent in the trenches.

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

Flo-Ri-Duh

December 9th, 2013
11:59 am

If you want an OG – projected early 2nd round

Gabe Jackson 6′4″ 335 lbs (Miss State)
Xavier Su’a Fil -O 6′3″ 304 lbs (UCLA)
David Yankey 6′5″ 311 lbs (Stanford) from the state of Georgia
Cyril Richardson 6′5″ 3o5 lbs. (Baylor)

OT’s projected early to mid 1st round

Jake Matthews 6′5″ 305 lbs. (Texas A&M)
Cyrus Kouandjio 6′5″ 322 lbs (Alabama)
Taylor Lewan 6′8″ 308 lbs. (Michigan)

THEfalconfan

December 9th, 2013
11:59 am

Heres a headliner for Dimitroff….John Abraham had 3 sacks on Sunday for Arizona , he has 11 on the season . How many does Osi have all this season???? GREAT business move Atlanta Falcons . Should have paid Abe his due money and left Steven “stonehands” Jackson on the market . No wonder why our defense sucks , 90% of our pass rush left with Abraham . Hope Clowney is worth the hype because I am not sold on a top 5 pick for him .

darrell starks

December 9th, 2013
12:02 pm

Me and Big Brother Ray was screaming for Larry Warford 3months before the draft.

Larry is now opening holes for Reggie Bush making him look like O.J Simpsons, he is dominating up front, TD just have no clue at all, Six years have not drafted one good solid player on DL or OL something wrong with that pic.

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

darrell starks

December 9th, 2013
12:05 pm

Mike Smith is same way, the season over now.

Where is Josh Vaughn

Play Josh Vaughn.

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

Flo-Ri-Duh

December 9th, 2013
12:15 pm

Pat Narduzzi DC Michigan State – Top 10 defense for last 5 years. YES he’s a college DC now but he’s ready for the NFL.

Narduzzi is intelligent, an excellent judge of talent a leader. Time for a change at DC.

Flo-Ri-Duh

December 9th, 2013
12:19 pm

I also picked Warford in the 2013 MOCK 2nd round and caught an amazing amount of flack for it. Do me a favor and don’t bring up O.J. Simpson on here. How about Walter Payton, Barry Sanders or the great Gayle Sayers – all good men of character and haven’t murdered anyone lately. Thank you.

D3

December 9th, 2013
12:21 pm

Flo — Given the choice, I’d rather get a new OC, to be honest. If nothing else, Nolan has the track record (and they’ve played decent at times with no help from the offense) and Koetter’s resume including him being butt-buddies with Smith and the worst ranking offense in the NFL, even with one of the best running backs in the NFL (MJD) and pretty decent TE (Marcedes Lewis).

I ultimately think that taking LT’s Matthews or Koundijo would be the best and safest choice, and really the best in my opinion. But I’ll just go ahead and tell you, if Clowney is sitting there at #3 (assuming things stay the same), the Falcons WILL NOT pass on him, and to be completely honest and objective, I can’t blame them. Some talent is just too good to pass up, warts and all. And he proved he can dominate in the best conference in college football (sorry SW).

darrell starks

December 9th, 2013
12:21 pm

If you put Clowney on this team, he will be best player on defense.

You line up Clowney against Jake Matthews eat him up like Spaghetti.

If Clowney is there and Falcons pass on him, hmmmmmmmmmm
continue 2 make dum moves.

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

darrell starks

December 9th, 2013
12:25 pm

Falcons need some studs on defense.

Clowney

Spoon

Trufant

You can build this defense around them, Spoon stay injured a lot he need more off season training 2 stay healthy during the seasosn.

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

Chop Buster

December 9th, 2013
12:26 pm

D3, you could have used this title for just about every game the Falcons have played this year: “Atlanta Falcons Find a Way to Lose in (insert team here).”

Same sad song…play decent first half and disappear in the second half. Like you said, this has been Smitty’s M.O. since his arrival. Cannot make second half or in-game adjustments to save his life. I swear that 4th and 5 looked like he was giving up the game without the appearance of giving up the game. Smitty’s had numerous 4th and 1 or 2 (had one in this game) and didn’t go for it. Looked really strange and out of character for Smitty.

THEfalconfan

December 9th, 2013
12:27 pm

I hope the Falcons at the very least replace our offensive coordinator !!!! I havent seen any impressively called games since Cookie Koeter arrived in ATL . We need a OC with a proven record .for confusing defenses . Our current offensive coordinator only confuses us fans . He obviously doesent know what to do with a offense with plenty of talent. A good offensive coordinator can compensate for weak offensive lines . I see it every week with other teams . I have criticized Koeter from the start , even when we were winning .