Atlanta Falcons Squeak By Lowly Redskins

Another Weak Showing

Needed Tipped Pass to Win (AJC)

It’s a win. That’s about all fans can say after this one. If ugly wins are still wins, than this has to be one of the ugliest the Falcons have played in a long time. As will be mentioned in the post, the Falcons had 7 takeaways and needed a last second tipped pass on a failed two point conversion to win the game. The Falcons found a team that was as bad or worse than them and barely managed to beat them. Problem is, one of the teams had it’s backup quarterback and the other did not. The Falcons sit at 4-10 and have two more games before this season comes to it’s merciful end. A look at the bad game that was.

How is this Play Justified?

Happened a Few Times (AJC)

Injuries, injuries, injuries. That’s why the Falcons are playing so bad right now, correct? It’s true that the Falcons have had their share of injuries throughout the year, but trying to chalk up the entire season’s collapse to a handful of injuries is just a flat lie. The Falcons have gradually been getting back players to health and they’re playing worse by the game. The offense is atrocious and the defense yields yards by the mile and makes any rookie, backup, or even third string quarterback look as though they’re destined for an enshrinement in Canton. Yes, they won. But this team is showing no signs of of the one that came so close to the Super Bowl. In fact, they’re literally one of the worst teams in the NFL and barely beat a team in turmoil absent it’s best player and a head coach likely on the way out the door.

Also, there doesn’t seem to be much of hope of the Falcons getting their winning ways back regardless of how many players they get back to full health. It feels as though this coaching team, their philosophy, and strategies have been figured out and there’s nothing left in the well. Arthur Blank made the statement a while ago that Mike Smith would return and injuries were a large part of it. Judging by the half-empty Georgia Dome and the mostly empty tailgating parking lots, that’s a little bit of a risk in 2014. As will be discussed in the post, there’s so much wrong with this team that it’s becoming more and more pessimistic that a high draft pick and a few off-season moves can fix what ails these Falcons. Maybe they can get right back to their winning ways, but that seems like a high mountain to climb at this point in time.

Half-Empty Dome / Sparse Tailgating

Jackson a Bit Better (AJC)

Much of it can be attributed to a really bad season and not the best weather in the world on Sunday (biting wind and really cold conditions), but have fans lost confidence in their Falcons? Many fans in the Dome obviously aren’t happy, but there always seemed to be a steady hope that things would get better. Finding those fans full of optimism are pretty few and far between at this point in time. The Georgia Dome was half full during the peak time of the game and the Redskins fans were heard over most of the Falcons fans throughout the game. Much of the feeling inside felt more like attending the game was more of a chore or having to finish a really bad movie, more so than it being a fun-filled event. As mentioned earlier, maybe the confidence, enjoyment, and attendance will return in 2014 with the dawn of a new season, but Atlanta’s known for having some fickle fans at times.

Pitiful Red Zone

Field Goal Falcons (AJC)

The Falcons have to be the worst in the NFL in the red zone. They cannot get into the endzone to save their lives. They seem as though they’re just going through the motions of pretending to get into the endzone so they can do what they really want, which is settle for a field goal. They failed on 4th and 1 and multiple 3rd and goals. This has been an issue all year long and there seems to be no improvement in sight. The only creativity they have is to bring in an extra offensive linemen and hope that it helps. There’s not much imagination or creativity at all in the red zone. Of all the issues the Falcons have, this ranks as one of the worst.

Falcons Have So Many Problems

Fans are expecting changes in the off-season, but the fear at this point is that there’s simply too many issues to fix in one draft and one off-season. Their defense hemorrhages yards and points to any offense they face, regardless of how talented they are. The offense has become so stale that it has seemed to run out of ideas. Where and how will the Falcons go about fixing the offensive line? Justin Blalock is the only player that seems set at any of the five positions, and all the rest are completely unsettled. The Falcons can’t stop the run. They can’t run the ball. They often have a hard time defending the pass and of course the pass rush is close to non-existent (it’s a new problem for sure). They can’t close out games. They can’t hold leads. They are undisciplined with tons of penalties, blown assignments, and mental mistakes. This could be a self-reinforcing sense of doom and gloom that has gotten blown out of proportion with a really terrible year, but it doesn’t feel that way right now.

331 comments Add your comment

JB Falcon

December 15th, 2013
6:22 pm

falconugafan

December 15th, 2013
6:51 pm

While I get your point about a backup (and believe me the Birds played pretty poorly) but it is quite possible the backup is better than their starter. Well at least at this pint in time. Just saying.

falconugafan

December 15th, 2013
6:53 pm

Should be point not pint…but yes I will take another pint please.

Wings

December 15th, 2013
6:56 pm

Headline in AJC:
Falcons force season-high seven turnovers to beat Redskins

Did anyone see any force that was used?

JJ

December 15th, 2013
6:57 pm

Did we really want to win this game???
Im all for player morale but a loss would have ben more advantegeous toward next yr. It helps Smitty keep his overwelming under-qualified job and cost us another draft slot.

With no disrespect to my high esteem colleage in SC , YEA
Uncle , this win sukked!!!

Birdman

December 15th, 2013
7:00 pm

JJ agreed it sucked

JB Falcon

December 15th, 2013
7:05 pm

NC 30, NYJ 20, final! NO is losing with 8 min to go.

Ken Strickland

December 15th, 2013
7:08 pm

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1878420-2014-atlanta-falcons-offensive-line-shake-up-may-not-dig-as-deep-as-fans-want

Here’s an informative article that supports everything I’ve been saying about what the Falcons need to do to solve our OL problems, other than getting rid of Smitty of course. You can have the NFLs best OTs, but it won’t matter much if you’re weak up the middle at OC & OG. We can get the best OG in the upcoming draft in the 2nd round, since no OGs are projected to be drafted in the 1st rd.

Don’t forget, LG JBlalock was an OT until we drafted him. Smitty has to accept that GReynolds is never going to be a starting caliber OG. He could be a lot better at OT, were he played before being cross trained.

Wings

December 15th, 2013
7:22 pm

KS a good find. The article also is an indictment of HC Smith and his perception that competition has been occurring.

JB Falcon

December 15th, 2013
7:36 pm

Awwww! NO got their butt whooped and the Panthers won. That don’t mean jack for us and I don’t like either team but I would rather see the Panthers win than the Skants.

D3

December 15th, 2013
8:40 pm

Post has been updated………….

How is this Play Justified?

Happened a Few Times (AJC)

Injuries, injuries, injuries. That’s why the Falcons are playing so bad right now, correct? It’s true that the Falcons have had their share of injuries throughout the year, but trying to chalk up the entire season’s collapse to a handful of injuries is just a flat lie. The Falcons have gradually been getting back players to health and they’re playing worse by the game. The offense is atrocious and the defense yields yards by the mile and makes any rookie, backup, or even third string quarterback look as though they’re destined for an enshrinement in Canton. Yes, they won. But this team is showing no signs of of the one that came so close to the Super Bowl. In fact, they’re literally one of the worst teams in the NFL and barely beat a team in turmoil absent it’s best player and a head coach likely on the way out the door.

Also, there doesn’t seem to be much of hope of the Falcons getting their winning ways back regardless of how many players they get back to full health. It feels as though this coaching team, their philosophy, and strategies have been figured out and there’s nothing left in the well. Arthur Blank made the statement a while ago that Mike Smith would return and injuries were a large part of it. Judging by the half-empty Georgia Dome and the mostly empty tailgating parking lots, that’s a little bit of a risk in 2014. As will be discussed in the post, there’s so much wrong with this team that it’s becoming more and more pessimistic that a high draft pick and a few off-season moves can fix what ails these Falcons. Maybe they can get right back to their winning ways, but that seems like a high mountain to climb at this point in time.

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falcon21

December 15th, 2013
9:39 pm

This team is a joke, at least Taylor Smith brought in a man that knew football with Dan Reeves, I wish they would bring him back to run the team. TD has no clue and Mike Smith is no HC. Sorry UB but Smith should be coaching Rec. football.

Wabe

December 15th, 2013
10:05 pm

Thomas Dimitroff loaded up on the skill positions. Even going back to this past draft, rather than focus on the lines, he used both of his draft picks in rounds 1 and 2 to draft corners. Throughout his tenure here, he’s shown more emphasis on skill positions than building on the lines. Well, when you allocate that much money on skill positions, your lines are gonna suffer, and that’s what’s caught up with us. Both lines are atrocious. This offseason, the emphasis needs to be on the fronts of both sides of the ball. I don’t want to see anymore skill positions addressed until both fronts are respectable.

JB Falcon

December 15th, 2013
10:12 pm

Wabe, don’t hold your breath.

waynester

December 15th, 2013
10:28 pm

I am SO shouting “amen” to Wabe on building our lines. It’s self-evident….it NEEDS to happen….

Hamad Meander

December 15th, 2013
11:26 pm

Well, the Falcons are successfully reducing their ability to make a big impact in the draft next year. Winning this sason is securing the top pick in the draft. I believe it is mathematically impossible for them to do this now. We need Jake Matthews and about 6 other starters.

JJ

December 16th, 2013
12:44 am

WR ,

What up buddy???

marko

December 16th, 2013
5:47 am

I liked Shultz’s comment that it would scientist decades to figure out exactly what happened at the dome yesterday. Both teams looked fifty shades of pathetic. What’s really funny is that both teams were in the playoffs last year. In the NFL, it might seem like a long way from the top to the bottom, but it’s really just a few short steps off the side of a cliff.

Speaking of cliffs, please step back D3. We Falcon fans are a resilient lot. Didn’t we survive the Marion Campbell era twice? Guys we’re just having a recurring nightmare. We’ll wake up soon, and it’ll all be over. Then we can do what we do best. Debate how we’re going to fix the birds.

waynester

December 16th, 2013
6:01 am

Hamad
Losing to WASH may have cost us Matthews– If we’re targeting him. STL gets WASH’s pick and they need a new OLT. Just like us to win a meaningless game when winning actually HURTS us…..

Sis-Boom-Bah Humbug

December 16th, 2013
7:42 am

This was about as sorry a game as anyone will ever see. What makes it so pathetic is that apparently both teams were actually TRYING to perform. Accordingly, everyone can be grateful for the Redskin’s attempt at a two-point conversion. It would have been beyond cruel and unusual punishment to inflict an overtime period on the fans, not to mention a rip-off of the sponsors paying for the TV commercials. Hey, maybe the advertisers pulled the plug?

Game ball goes to Mike Shanahan, along with a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for his humane decision. He probably couldn’t bear to watch anymore himself.

To put matters in perspective though, with about 50 more net turnovers in the Falcons favor this season, they might have backed into the playoffs again. Mercifully, they aren’t – and ALL football fans can be grateful.

Will Arthur Blank resist the compelling need to make wholesale changes that can enable a credible NFL operation? Yes, in all he probability will go forward with the present cast of imposters. Arthur seems to be personally ego-invested in this ongoing fiasco.

No need for concern over yesterday’s setback in the Falcons 2014 drafting order. If given the opportunity, Dimitroff-Smith would screw that up anyway – say an injury-beset skill position prospect. Best-case scenario: this dysfunctional duo will be long gone by the draft.

Now we can watch the Falcon’s 2014 season tickets sales go through the sub-basement. As an indicator of sorts, note the dramatic fall-off in comments on this blog. Fans can & will find better things to do.

woeismesince66

December 16th, 2013
8:30 am

Why not free agent O-line and D-line players? Surely there are enough to stock both lines. BUT,
still the Falcons would need someone that can evaluate talent. Since no one with the Falcons
is able to do so, they would need to bring someone from outside the organization. And if they do
a good job, send everyone else down the road. Surely 2 or 3 linemen could be found.

WR

December 16th, 2013
8:44 am

Congrats on your win BR, my team is quickly becoming the 90’s Braves version of the FFL.

ws falcon

December 16th, 2013
9:04 am

First I would like to say I read blog and love the and comments I read about falcons. This is my first post. I can not write and put things into works as a lot of you can. But here in my thoughts. Thanks

How can Blanks stay with TD= dumb, MS=dumber, DK= dumbest, Pat Hill, no clue.
Our line coach Smith blamed for losing and replaced with Pat Hill. I watched him coaching the Rams and they were kicking the Ain’ts butt. Line play by falcons with Hill is a joke!!!! worst in NFL
Blanks fired Dan Reeves, best football man and coach falcons ever had. But he is going to stay with these nuts too take falcons to SUPERBOW!. What a joke.
Matt Ryan, I have always been a Ryan fan. As of late I can not say he needs too stay. He is out played by second and third string QB’s. I think he has become a Dave Carr. Scare to run, over throws receivers that are wide open. Yes he has a high percentage of completions. Yes, he should, when he never throws ball more than five yards plus or minus of line of scrimmage
I have been a fan from day one. I see this team(13) worst than the one that began with castoffs(66).
As I see this team, it is weaker now than when TD and Smith took over. Hue Jackson and Zimmerman team of 07 that finished out season looked better than present team.
Think back to 07 team, and players that were cut after(08), which were better than ones TD has replaced them with. Ryan fell in his lap, Lofton good but let go, Decoud a bust, Baker should never have been drafted. Most of player he drafts have or injured and can’t stay on field. TD was a scout for Bellicheck. Bellicheck was one drafting players. Its funny how everyone hires from Pats. Don’t they know Bellicheck is the brains. When they are hired by other teams and get fired, Bellicheck takes them back. I do not have enough time to name all coaches that have been hired my others teams and fired and back with Pats!
Mckay, as I recall was ran out of town by Tampa. Glazers brought in Gruden and won a superbowl. After superbowl, they were in trouble with salary cap. Had to cut a lot of vets .Sapp was one along with others. My point is, does this sound like falcons salary cap? They cut Abe, Robinson, Dahl, Clabo and Grimes to name a few. Mckay handles contracts.
I would like to see all of coaches , except Nolan, along with TD and McKay fired. I believe Nolan has done a good job with defense, for what he had to work with and Mike Smith’s hand in what he can do!

PlanB

December 16th, 2013
9:45 am

If AB keeps MS & TD, I will have lost all respect for him and believe he doesn’t understand what it takes to keep improving. As someone said, MS is a good cellar dweller coach. Capable of getting a team out of the bottom but no further. TD has been awful. Six years, no OL or DL. They get pushed around like rag dolls. Last yr we needed OL & DL so we get rid of D Rob, Grimes & C Owens and get 2 CB’s with our first 3 picks. The only decent OL left on this team is the only one TD didn’t draft, Blalock.

JB Falcon

December 16th, 2013
10:05 am

“As an indicator of sorts, note the dramatic fall-off in comments on this blog. Fans can & will find better things to do.” – SBBH

Point taken.

LRD

December 16th, 2013
10:11 am

Well.. personally I enjoyed yesterdays game, it was actually fun game to watch ( such as Othello is fun to watch too).
But the game had drama, turn overs, bad officiating, a hostile crowd ( for both teams mind you), and we did have Tony G getting even further accolades (and a good game). Was there with my 7yr old and one of his friends and they were wrapped up in the entire game, screaming, booing, yelling, etc.. AND we scored in the 3rd qrtr! So to me, very enjoyable game

And dont worry, we will lose the next 2 games in style..

Th

December 16th, 2013
10:31 am

Stop writing that TD has neglected the lines. His first year he drafted Baker in the first round. His second year he drafted Peria Jerry in the first round. His third year he drafted Johnson and Peters in the third round and Hawley in the fourth. He skipped the lines in the fourth year and then drafted Konz in the second round and Holmes in the third. He also paid big bucks for super-stud pass rushers, Ray Edwards and Osi. The problem isn’t that he hasn’t used high draft picks and free agency to stock his lines, it’s that TD wouldn’t recognize a good lineman if they fell on him. And there is no reason at all to believe he will do better this year. He had one good year and that was his first. That was a long time ago.

Chop Buster

December 16th, 2013
10:43 am

IMO, Arthur is trying to run this team like he did at Home Depot…like a family. You can take care of your employees and care about their well-being, but when it affects your bottom line then there needs to be changes made. Business is business and should never be taken personally when tough decisions have to be made. Arthur is unwilling to make tough decisions. Firing your GM (McKay) and then promoting him to President/CEO of your organization is a cop out. Keeping your mediocre GM and HC because they’ve had winning regular seasons and only won 1 out of 4 playoff games is a cop out. Arthur handed over this team to McKay to run and shows me he doesn’t want to be involved in making football decisions any longer. It all starts from the top and Arthur is an absentee owner. Sure he (Arthur) stands on the football field and pats everyone on the back, but in reality he needs to take ownership of his team back from these clowns (McKay, TD & Smitty). We will never become a true SB contender year in and year out with the current regime. Wake up Arthur!

PlanB

December 16th, 2013
10:55 am

Someone said let M Ryan go. (MS, TD & DK also need to go to make this work) I’ve posted this before and would like to hear the pros & cons from others.This also depends on, can we get a taker for MR.
We made the playoffs with Matt as a rookie. He is now a good QB but a handicap due to the $20 mil/yr salary. We could draft a QB with our good #1 pick. Get a pick for Matt. Use the difference in rookie QB pay and the $20 mil to get 2 or 3 top notch FA OL. Use the better placement (3rd-6th not 24th-29th) draft picks on NT, DE’s and LB’s.We also have TG’s money to use in FA’s or JJ will be nearing contract negotiations soon. We have the recievers to help a young QB get off to a good start as long as we have a good OL. Get rid of Baker ASAP. Four poor years, 1 decent contract yr and TD gives the guy over 6 mil/yr. showing TD doesn’t know what he is doing. I hope AB can see this.

Arno

December 16th, 2013
11:15 am

Thankfully, our last two games are important to the teams we face. 49ers and Panthers are securing their playoff positions. We have the honor of playing the 49rs last game in Candlestick. The Panthers are squirming to get out from under the thumb of NO. They will not mess around like Washington did. Our last two games will give us the best argument on where we really stand, and will be the perfect introduction to our offseason.

PlanB

December 16th, 2013
11:17 am

Th – TD’s best draft year, his first. He had the 3rd pick in all his rounds. He had 2 #1’s, a #2, 3 #3’s, 2 #5’s and a #6. That’s 9 picks. They were, rd 1 Matt Ryan, salary too high, rd 1 Sam Baker taking TD for a ride, rd 2, Curtis Lofton playing for NO, rd 3 Chevis Jackson, gone, rd 3, Harry Douglas, #3 reciever, rd 3, Thomas DeCoud, some say questionable, rd 5, Robert James, gone, rd 5, Kroy Biermann, ok but injured & rd 6 Thomas Brown, gone. and this is his best yr. Also remember AB lets TD use up to the cap where many other GM’s don’t have that priviledge.

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH

December 16th, 2013
11:57 am

Sean WeatherSpoons career going forward as a Falcon should be a topic of serious discussion, IMO. This is his 4th year in the league, of which, he’s only completed one full season of play, that would be 2011 season.

As of right now, his games played are 47 out of 62 regular season games, chances are, he’ll probably miss the remaining 2, That’ll put him 47 out of 64 regular season games played, that amounts to one full season missed due to injury. When healthy (rare), he’s not the impact player most thought he’d be, including me. He’s still playing on his rookie contract, we’re strapped as it relates to the cap, a definitive, prudent decision to release, and/or trade Spoon would be a wise one, IMO. I wouldn’t say he’s been a disappointment, but when a UDFA Rookie (Worrilow) plays along side him…and exposes Spoons deficiencies, I just think we can get the same production, with a lost zeros behind the dollar $ign. I just think his talents coming out of Missouri were over exazaggerated…

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH

December 16th, 2013
11:59 am

*with less zeros behind dollar $ign.

BillyBob

December 16th, 2013
12:04 pm

I live in Dallas and all my friends are Cowboy fans. I don’t get to watch many full games of Atlanta but it doesn’t matter, watching the Cowboys is just like watching the Falcons. Totally inept organizations, clueless in preparation and have perfected the art of blowing leads. Only difference Falcon fan realize how pitiful they are, Cowboy fans still believe the star on the helmet means something. Jerry will never go until he dies but Blank does have the ability to send Smith packing. The sooner the better.

Ken Strickland

December 16th, 2013
12:13 pm

Building our OL is a very good idea, but we have to consider what we’re building? What good does it do to build a top flight OL with players that are skilled in the ZBS if we insist on using the PBS? Why hire an OL coach & OC that’s skilled in the ZBS if we continue to use the PBS?

Case in point. OT Mathews is considered the upcoming drafts best OT in the upcoming draft, & most of our fans what us to make him our top draft pick. But what’s not mentioned is the type of blocking scheme he played in. We could very well end up making the same mistake when we drafted PKonz. Despite him being the best center in his draft, he was the product of the ZBS, & being forced to function in Smitty’s PBS has caused him to be a failure to this point.

Everything from hiring an OLine coach & OC, to drafting & signing OLinemen that are primarily experienced and/or skilled in the ZBS, says we would be far better off using the ZBS rather than the PBS. Not to mention the documented & consistent long standing failures we’ve had with the PBS. Case in point. OC DKoetter’s Jaguar blocking scheme(ZBS), rushing OFF & OFF playbook produced a top tier rushing OFF & the NFLs leading rusher. Yet Smitty chose ignore these facts & stick with his inconsistent & inefficient PBS & playbook, which has definitely handicap the OC, the OL & the OFF.

Yes, we do have OFF & DEF problems, especially along both lines, but I believe our OL problems are far easier to resolve. All that’s needed to resolve our OL issues is to draft another HDahl type RG & switch to the ZBS. Our DL problems can be resolved in the same manner. Just like a blocking scheme change will help resolve our OL issues, a DL scheme change from 4-3 to 3-4 will help resolve our DL issues.

We also need to draft a solid 3-4 NT to anchor that 3-4 DEF. We already have the LBs & DEs needed to make it work. Look at how switching to the 3-4 & drafting UGAs NT JJenkins turned the worst DEF in NFL history(Saints) into a solid & respectable DEF. Smitty is a staunch 4-3 man, but things have got to change, & it all starts with HC Mike Smith.

Paddy O

December 16th, 2013
12:13 pm

comments have fallen off due to an allergy to beating a dead zebra. this was actually a bad win; however you slice it. selah.

SG

December 16th, 2013
12:14 pm

For NFL GMs, the margin for error is smaller than ever.

TD mentioned along w/ others.

http://nfl.si.com/2013/12/11/nfl-gms-bill-polian-ryan-grigson-ted-thompson/

Paddy O

December 16th, 2013
12:15 pm

and, the cowboy DO royally suck – Romo is the best choker in the NFL and Jason Garrett is most likely THE stupidest coach. Jerry Jones is a biggest blow hard. It will be a joyful day when Jerry Jones finally croaks.

D3

December 16th, 2013
12:29 pm

Monday Greetings Cage — Did we win yesterday? Didn’t feel like it. Felt more like a chore going to the game yesterday than something fun to do. Just a really crap-sandwich of a season. We’ve dropped to #6 in the draft order after win yesterday. Not saying I want us to lose at all. It will be very interesting what occurs this off-season. Haven’t seen the Dome like that since the days of the 2007 season when I went to see the Falcons-Seahawks regular season finale.

marko — I just can’t will myself to be positive or step back from the cliff when there’s nothing to be positive about. Mainly, since no major changes are coming (namely someone with the initials of MS, RM, or TD). I’m sure I’ll come around soon enough once the off-season is upon us, but I’m just ready for this season to be over. I simply don’t enjoy watching this product on the field. Simple as that. And what changes will occur to restore that faith? OL, LB, DL coach? New food manager or towel washer?

wsfalcon, falconugafan, BillyBob — Welcome fellas.

Somebody — Welcome back! Totally agree on Spoon. Can’t tell you how disappointed I’ve been with him (and I have a Spoon jersey). There should be some very major and difficult decisions considered this off-season (even if that means a bunch of dead money in 2014), but for some reason I don’t think it will happen.

THEfalconfan

December 16th, 2013
12:37 pm

Another year of Smitty at the helm and all of us life long Falcons fans will be in the same boat we were in for all the years before . Back to the old birds!!!!

D3

December 16th, 2013
12:42 pm

Starting to see a handful of mock drafts have us taking OLB Anthony Barr. He looks like the real deal, but have we not learned anything from this year’s debacle? You can have the best LB’s and WR’’s in the NFL, but if they don’t have time to get into their routes (WRs) or are getting blocked every play by multiple OL (LBs) how would this be any different? We should know a decent amount by what Dimitroff plans to do in free agency (if anything). Saw another mock with us taking Jake Matthews at #6. I know some in here feel that we don’t need tackles, but I can’t say this enough: you build skyscrapers with a deep foundation, and franchise LT with a right handed QB is the absolute best place to start. This idea that all our OT’s need (Baker, Holmes, Schraeder) is a few tweaks is beyond ludicrous. I’ll agree that RG is our biggest issue, but you can’t tell me we’re a Right Guard away from being dominant. Everything is SO much easier when you have a franchise LT. Matthews or Kouandijo would be perfectly fine with me. Not sure with Taylor Lewan, but above all, it’s an extremely SAFE pick. After all the draft excitement TD’s given us over the years, I’ll happily go with some conservative safety for a change.

Hamad Meander

December 16th, 2013
1:15 pm

WS Falcon – great first post and welcome to the Bird Cage! Plan B – no way in the world I let Matt Ryan go and his contract is not the Falcon’s problem. He is getting paid market value and his contract will look like a bargain a few years from now. Quarterbacks are not a dime a dozen and your 1st round bust rate on QBs is over 50%. That’s too much a gamble for me when we know we have a darn good QB (whose QB rating places him 13th in the league right now for regular starters). Factor in a decent offensive line and a healthy Julio Jones this season and Matt might be top 3.

O'Brien

December 16th, 2013
1:21 pm

Glad the Falcons won, but very disappointed the Falcons won.

Houston and Washington have the #1 and #2 pick currently, but there are 5 teams at 4-10, so we could easily fall to #7 in the draft (although we have 2 tough games left with teams fighting for playoff spots).

I would much rather see us lose out and finish in top 5 draft pick. Plus I think beating these bad teams may give TD and staff a false sense of where the Falcons really need help.

Screen Pass

December 16th, 2013
2:06 pm

C.mon guys, feeding the trolls is a bad idea. You should know their M.O. by now.

Hamad Meander

December 16th, 2013
2:10 pm

I don’t think Anthony Barr is the answer to the question we are asking. I’m ok with our LB corp as is. They need help up front, mostly in the middle. If we draft Barr, would he play exclusively at DE? Is he big enough to play that position every down? Can we stop trying to find the perfect DE without providing the push up the middle to cause double teams and mismatches?

Screen Pass

December 16th, 2013
2:16 pm

“For NFL GMs, the margin for error is smaller than ever.

TD mentioned along w/ others.” – SG

Thanks for the link SG, that was a great article. Here’s a quote for those that don’t do links;

“But like the Falcons, the Texans have had trouble finding dominant edge rushers, and strange selections have affected the overall quality of their offensive line. Such issues can take years to correct, and this is not an era for patience.” – SI Guy

Strange selections indeed. Today the trolls and idiots seem to be overflowing, thank you SG, D3 and the others that can still talk football without being a fktard.

Screen Pass

December 16th, 2013
2:21 pm

“After all the draft excitement TD’s given us over the years, I’ll happily go with some conservative safety for a change.” – D3

I gotta do some errands so can’t really get into a long response to this other than to say we screwed ourselves badly winning these last 2 games. We might not even get to choose an OT at this point as it is very realistic we fall to drafting at the 8 – 13 spot. No trade backs at that point and the best picks will be gone. We fail at failing, the team this year is an embarrassment on so many levels.

JB Falcon

December 16th, 2013
2:27 pm

‘Jones has developed into a dominant player when healthy, but he’s been out since early October with a fractured foot — and between his absence and the absences of the players the Falcons could have selected with those picks, Atlanta has plummeted to 3-10 on the season.”

Copied from the link SG posted at 12:14 pm. A good read.

JB Falcon

December 16th, 2013
2:36 pm

5. Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

The thought of nabbing Anthony Barr to bolster a crummy pass rush would be pretty appealing. That said, the Falcons are built around Matt Ryan and their offense, so leaving Ryan unprotected behind a suspect line does not make a ton of sense. The Falcons also learned the hard way this season how badly they need at least some balance from the run game, and their current line isn’t capable of providing that.

Mock from SI regarding Barr or Matthews.