How would you rate the Falcons’ performance?

Time for the report card on the Falcons’ effort Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Rate the team on the following four categories: offense, defense, special teams and coaching.

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19 comments Add your comment

WCJ

November 8th, 2009
4:31 pm

The defense needs to step it before next week. carolina is up 14-0 early against the saints.

punk patty melt Ryan

November 8th, 2009
4:33 pm

matt you shoud give turner your pay check they are carrying you. can Rayan bring this team from behine ? right now NO. they had better lead because if not patty melt is not up to the task! look at his numbers play off play off playoff we will see the power of the punk patty melt!!

Something has got to give...

November 8th, 2009
4:49 pm

I do not know if Matty was hit in the head a few weeks ago or what. He has become petrified to throw the ball down the field. When he does, he has zero zip or confidence! I am used to seeing this being an Auburn alum…lol. Back to Matty, if you look at his eyes and feet, you will see that there is no comfort whatsoever. At this time of his 2nd year, I cannot explain. All I do know is that something has to be done in our downfield passing game to go anywhere in the playoffs.

dl

November 8th, 2009
6:34 pm

I JUST READ THAT MEANGELO IS CRYING THE NFL ABOUT HIS SCUFFLE, HE IS TRULY AN IMATURE FELLOW. HE’S GOING TAKE HIS BALL AND GO HOME, WHAT A DOUCHE!

myra

November 8th, 2009
7:40 pm

Coach Smith beats the s**t outta dirt bag/thug deangelo.

Randy_O

November 8th, 2009
7:46 pm

I was at the Dome and saw the scuffle. Ryan was his way out of bounds and then the Skins start getting in the Falcons face on their sideline, How stupid can the skins be? As far as Ryan’s performance I think he did a good job of managing the game and not trying to use the long ball against the NFL’s #2 pass defense. So it made only sense to exploit the running game. However, I must admit I want to see the long ball and the defense stop 3rd and long from becoming first and 10. Five sacks, knocked out C Portis, and the skin’s QB twice!! and the TD shows the defense is not so bad as people think. I remember when 5 and 3 at the mid point was what we prayed for so lets support our team and not take them for granted..GO FALCONS!!

Coop

November 8th, 2009
8:30 pm

Good game against an iferior opponent. Not as polished as I’d like to see, but not bad. If we get it all put together, we can compete with anyone. That step might be next season though.

jimmy

November 8th, 2009
8:32 pm

under past leadership we would have lost be thankful

mgm

November 8th, 2009
8:59 pm

Matt Ryan is becoming a concern. He seems to have lost confidence in the pocket. He gets jittery pretty quick and wants to get out of the pocket or get the ball out quick if he is in there too long. I cant think of a game where he has put the team on his shoulders and carried it. This offense has many weapons but the trend has been that they start quick and stall soon after. For all the talk about how this defense is the achillies heel the real concern is the lack of offense and Matt Ryan’s inability to sustain drives after the first one. Next week should be a good barometer of the team. A game they should win against a middle of the pack team.

Courtney

November 8th, 2009
9:12 pm

People are complaining about beating the Redskins by 20 pts?? These are not your father’s Falcons!

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 8th, 2009
9:25 pm

punk patty melt Ryan I doubt you know what a pay check is!

Franky

November 8th, 2009
10:02 pm

Overall it’s good to get a win. The Falcons still get too content with a lead and seem to lose their edge. The Redskins stink so this is nothing to be happy about we should have won. But right now I’m not impressed with Matt Ryan. This year his play is like that of a rookie. I hope he gets his mojo back soon, cause at some point he will have to win a game for the Birds. Shout out to Turner the Burner, nice to see you running hard again. The defense is improving and playing hard, hopefully that will continue.

MsMagnolia

November 9th, 2009
8:28 am

Go Falcons! We had a great start on yesterday but something seems to happen to you guys in the 3rd quarter? There was no way the Skins should have come back on us. The defense need to step up their game tremendously. I am glad that Turner has started the run game again, they expect us the middle though. The next game against the Panthers will be tough because they are hungry for a win so mistakes on both sides can not be done…. See you in Carolina.

Ddawgdavis

November 9th, 2009
8:28 am

What was disturbing to me was that the first half we dominated both sides of the ball, but coming out of the half-time show, we were terrible on Defense! It took almost the whole 3rd Quarter to get back to the first half speed.

I understand a win is a win, but where was the halftime adjustment? I realize it was the Redskins, but the moral of my complaint is we cannot do this against NO or even in the playoffs. You have to finish the drill. Poor coaching by BVG?

On a positive note, great to see Turner move through a decent defense. Matt, you need to get that calm feeling back. Happy feet can’t move us down the field.

Overall, good win and something to build on!

DGM

November 9th, 2009
9:07 am

Play calling mediocre at best. Two end arounds in first half and neither worked. cmon.. Pass plays taking too long to develop resulting in sacks (ask Bartkowski same ol Falcons) Going away from what works let the skins back in the game..

Manny

November 9th, 2009
9:25 am

The good part of the defense is that Michael Turner got his mojo back. But that’s because that we had an outside running threat to try to fill the gap that Norwood left due to injury. We still need Norwood, though.

But I have to say this: There were only 6 passes to wideouts this game. Matt Ryan is starting to use his TE as a crutch. He needs to spread that ball around better- including taking one or two downfield.

Personally, I think Matt Ryan played a mediocre game, at best. He needs to step his game up or we will lose against a better opponent.

On defense, Babineaux played a strong game on the interior. Our D-line issues are fixed. And Chris Houston played strong, as well. Overall, the defense was pretty good.

But someone needs to call out the Falcons’ Strength and Conditioning Coach. Our defense was gassed. They need more in the tank. If they didn’t get tired, they could have done much better.

An Observation

November 9th, 2009
11:50 am

Can someone please explain to me why the Falcons very rarely throw a slant pass across the middle on third and short? Even the Redskins successfully did it all day long on the Atlanta defense. Jerry Rice and Joe Montana in San Francisco made their living off timed slant pass patterns back in the day. Why not now?????

GO FALCONS!!!!

And OH…by the way…the GA Dome is WAY TOO QUIET THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE GAME. What is it with the Atlanta fans? You only hear them on the third down defensive plays…what about all the other defensive downs?????

Nativebird

November 9th, 2009
2:34 pm

It could be Matty Ice is having the Rookie season he never had…but even so, that is better than most.

Dogbyte

November 10th, 2009
5:07 pm

Gonzalez is going to show his PETA, for a cause. “Matt ‘Choke’ Ryan” shows his azz–time and again– for no particular purpose.