How would you rate the Falcons’ performance?

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

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Drifter

November 15th, 2009
3:57 pm

This was a game they had to win against a team that has been shaky at best..looks like another year of mediocrity.

RC35

November 15th, 2009
3:59 pm

It’s shocking that after today, both the Jaguars and Falcons have identical records. The Falcons are definitely underachieving and have pulled two disappearing acts against the Cowboys and Panthers.

georgiadawgg

November 15th, 2009
3:59 pm

Matt Ryan is a sack of dog manure.

IAmMe

November 15th, 2009
4:00 pm

Offense: Terrible QB
Special Teams: Terrible kicker. Elam is pure garbage
Coaching: someone should hide that red flag from Mike Smith

Chris

November 15th, 2009
4:00 pm

Matt Ryan never hits receivers in the numbers. It is either caught above their heads or it goes sailing over their heads into the safety’s hands

georgiadawgg

November 15th, 2009
4:02 pm

Matt Ice is a wanna be, and will never be.He has more interceptions than touchdowns.I hope that bus ticket was oneway and they keep going north.The whole team sucks.

georgiadawgg

November 15th, 2009
4:06 pm

Matty boy,you need to go back to Boston or where ever you are from.It looked to me like when the Falcons get a little sweaty they don’t want to play hard.They make me to want to puke.Same old Cons couldn’t win two in a row if there life depended on it.

GROUNDEDFALCON

November 15th, 2009
4:12 pm

MATTY ICE HAS …..MELTED…… TIME TOO LOOK AT OTHER OPTIONS!!!
WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT BACK UP FROM LOUISVILLE?
GET REAL FALCON’S RYAN’S INTERCEPTIONS COST-EM THE GAME.

Falconflyer

November 15th, 2009
4:14 pm

What’s up with Mike Smith and the red flag, a blind person could have seen that Matt didn’t make the first down. As usual the Falcons are going back to their old ways, I see Matt has picked up alot of bad habits from the rest of the team. They are all a bunch of babies. I have never seen the Falcons dig down deep. How about New Orleans they have come together as a team, maybe Atlanta needs to learn from them.

Barrington

November 15th, 2009
4:15 pm

When Matt Ryan was drafted by the Falcons, I was worried because he threw almost 20 interceptions his last season at Boston College. Now my worst fears for the Falcons are coming true. Ryan is not looking smooth in the pocket and he is hurting us right now. What lost the game was the Jason Elam missed kick and the interception by Ryan on the following possession. Ryan has definitely taken a step or two back this season.

jsmuga

November 15th, 2009
4:16 pm

I have always supported Matt Ryan but no more until he deserves it. He lost the game today…………..

I told you so

November 15th, 2009
4:17 pm

Time to get off of the bandwagon. When will falcon fans learn. Different year, coach, players. Same old Falcons. Falcons will NEVER win a Super Bowl. Maybe next year Falcons, AGAIN.

Michael Vick

November 15th, 2009
4:18 pm

Exacly, how much is Matt Ryan making? The whole team is a joke including the coach. So, for the fans that chipped in to pay Mike Smith’s fine, you should have kept your money and paid for a decent quarterback!

Michael Vick

November 15th, 2009
4:19 pm

Matt Ryan needs to stop shooting commercials and go somewhere and PRACTICE!

Mike

November 15th, 2009
4:21 pm

I blame Matt Ryan for everything that went wrong in this game. That’s how this place works, right?

GROUNDEDFALCON

November 15th, 2009
4:22 pm

THE TWO YEAR CURSE LIVES!
ISN’T ELAM A VETERAN KICKER BROUGHT IN TO MAKE THE TOUGH KICKS IN CLUTCH SITUATIONS? WELL! MR. ELAM “YOU HAVE FAILED MISERABLY”
THANKS FOR PUTING THE TEAM ON LIFE SUPPORT!

Barrington

November 15th, 2009
4:25 pm

Another thing, I know we lost Harry Douglas for the season but no one has emerged as a presence in the Falcons slot receiver position. Michael Jenkins is average at best, we need someone other than White and Gonzalez to make plays in the passing game. I still think the Falcons have at least 3 guaranteed wins with Tampa Bay twice and Buffalo in the Dome. We have 4 against the Giants, Jets, Saints, and Eagles. If we don’t win at least 4 of those games, we probably won’t make the playoffs. However, I do see us winning at least 9 games which is a step forward, I guess.

Mike

November 15th, 2009
4:25 pm

You know you can turn the caps lock off, right? Your comments aren’t even witty or funny.

matty ice

November 15th, 2009
4:28 pm

I suck as a qb, I cost us the game today. I had a great rookie yr but am back to the reality now. I’m going to throw a whole of interceptions get use to it.. Thanks Mr Blank for all that money.

Barrington

November 15th, 2009
4:28 pm

I don’t want to here anyone blast the coordinators or coach Smith. I think they gave us a chance to win and mainly, Elam and Ryan didn’t execute. I hope this is just a moderate slump that Ryan’s is going through and not a permanent scarring of his potential.

Up next, the Giants coming off their bye week. Good Luck.

Micheal

November 15th, 2009
4:33 pm

You guys amaze me. Yes the Falcons blew this one. You need to understand that Matt Ryan is still young and this is only his 2nd year….our schedule is a lot tougher this year also. Trust me….I am sure that Steve Smith will rip the Falcons after this game and they will get back on track. Believe that Atlanta have back to back winning seasons. That should be our goal this year. Remember the injuries that we had with our defense this year guys. LIghten up! Go Falcons!

I told you so

November 15th, 2009
4:40 pm

The goal should be to win the Super Bowl, not having a winning season. Last year the Steelers had the toughest schedule and had injuries. They won the Super Bowl. Big Ben also won a Super Bowl in his 2nd year.

carey davis

November 15th, 2009
4:41 pm

The offensive line can’t get one yard on two downs and the defense can’t get a stop on third down and five that was the ball game , just not good enough on either line .

GROUNDEDFALCON

November 15th, 2009
4:44 pm

INJURIES ARE PART OF THE GAME. EVERY TEAM HAS INJURIES.
NO EXCUSES!
ALSO, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE FALCON’S AIR ATTACK, RODDY WHITE AND THE REST?

Bobby Ice

November 15th, 2009
4:45 pm

You dont draft A Quarterback that threw over 20 ints in his senior year in college!!!

BIGGATLDAWG

November 15th, 2009
4:48 pm

MATT RYAN YOU ARE A FRAUD!!!!! You tricked us last year at the end of last year you started to fade. I told my friends and myself that you had never played that many games in one year. MATT RYAN ,you are worst than BRETT FAVRE in one of his worst years. It is time for to do like they did VINCE YOUNG, LET HIM WATCH FROM THE BENCH. TO FIND OUT WHAT MISTAKES HE KEEPS MAKING. IN DALLAS, NEW ORLEANS, AND CAROLINA HIS LATE TURNOVERS HAVE KILLED THE TEAM AND THE FALCONS DEFENSE.

matt choke ryan

November 15th, 2009
4:49 pm

I told you he was no good .. should have drafted flacco

Too Much Hype

November 15th, 2009
4:57 pm

This team is not ready to take on the elite in the NFL. Ryan is playing scared, the play calling has been dismal, Smith needs to take over the defensive playcalling (to get them to the level they played New Orleans), and special teams isn’t special at all. The OL is no good against the better defenses in the league and it’s showing. That’s why Matt is looking like Tony Graziani and Doug Johnson these past three to four games.

Singletary

November 15th, 2009
5:01 pm

If Elam is always going to shank it left, it’s the coach’s responsibility to 1/ move the offense further right on the field to set up the play and 2/ start looking at kickers during the draft. Ohio State has a good one. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s his fifth miss this year.

MR2 was high on every one of his passes today. My spouse is convinced that Ice has Jenkins on his fantasy team…

Ripped Again

November 15th, 2009
5:06 pm

Elam has to go !

AUG24

November 15th, 2009
5:07 pm

Bad day, today. Bad coaching (too aggresive) failed 2 point attempt (too early), red flag challenge (obvious no first down). Poor Special Teams, (Elam has had a terrible year!). Bad QB play (Ryan has looked awful the last 4 games. I haven’t lost faith in him but he needs to step up and be a leader.

AUG24

November 15th, 2009
5:08 pm

We gave Carolina this game. We had so many opportunities!

Lil Larry

November 15th, 2009
5:11 pm

Man I am so pissed about this game it’s not even funny. I guess we should have known the Panthers would play us like it’s the Superbowl…we’re in their division and lately been splitting games with them. With this defense we’re not going anywhere this year. Ryan is a mess and don’t trust his OL.

RB

November 15th, 2009
5:15 pm

The sad thing is, there is a lot of great talent coming out of college at the QB position in the upcoming years. It’s sad because Matt is locked in as the future of the falcons. I don’t think he will ever be a good QB because of his interception problem. It hurt him in college and will continue throughout his career. It is now in his head.

Courtney

November 15th, 2009
5:17 pm

Elam needs to be cut. Ryan needs to do less commercials. He is becoming Eli Manning. All Show and no Go.

lester

November 15th, 2009
5:22 pm

u falcon fans are sorry..im a huge panther fan, and i would take matt ryan over jake delhomme any day..u guys dot a franchise qb…by the way, we had to avenge our lost the falcons..go panthers

NO MORE FALCONS 4 ME!!!

November 15th, 2009
5:23 pm

POST MY COMMENT…STOP SCREENING ALL THE REAL TALK…YOU AFRAID OF REAL TALK!!!….

RYAN EXPOSED

November 15th, 2009
5:25 pm

THIS IS THE FALCONS W/O MICHEAL TURNER INFLUENCE….NOTHING!! SO LAST SEASON SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT MICHEAL TURNER AND NOT MATT RYAN!!!

NO MORE FALCONS 4 ME!!!

November 15th, 2009
5:28 pm

Okay, we all know what happened…the falcons lost….i said it before, Matt Ryan is an average QB (at best) I am so so tired of NFL analyst and falcon fans excusing Matt Ryan for his terrible play…but when Micheal Turner has 2-3 bad games there saying ‘replace’ him…if it wasent for The Burner the falcons would have lost the last 4 games in a row….Turner may have started slow but NO ONE!! should give all the praise to Ryan…

RYAN EXPOSED

November 15th, 2009
5:29 pm

IM LIKE THE OTHER BLOGGER WHO SAID THE NFL (AND ALL U.S SPORTS) IS PRE-DETERMINED LIKE WRESTLING TO KEEP US FROM FOCUSING ON THE ISSUES OF THE ‘REAL WORLD’…im done with this S#%T!!!!

Maryland FalconFan

November 15th, 2009
5:30 pm

This game was lost today because Matt Ryan was not throwing well. The question I have to ask is Matt Ryan OK? He is not planting and throwing like he knows how to. The high passes have been going on for the last three weeks. Matt if you are hurt tell the staff. The games speeds up if you aren’t comfortable and right now he does not look comfortable.

Frank Costanza

November 15th, 2009
5:35 pm

Why did Mike Smith ice his own kicker with the red flag?

BONE

November 15th, 2009
5:44 pm

Just so everybody knows:

In Vicks 2nd year (1st year as a full time starter): he threw 8 ints.

Matty Noodle has 12 ints already.

LMAO so if Vick sucks what does that make Matty Noodle who has way more weapons then Vick had. I’ll wait to hear the excuses LMAOOOOOOO

Ryan

November 15th, 2009
5:53 pm

Matt Ryan sucks, bring back Joey Harrington.

Ron

November 15th, 2009
5:59 pm

Matty ice is killing the falcons. He is not having the year he had last year, and without Turner, it will get worse.

gman

November 15th, 2009
5:59 pm

boy i dont know were to start so ill start at the top. we need a defensive coach
im really tired of the wishy washy defensive play calling. one week we blitz
the next week we dont. exactly who the hell are we. and what do we do. this
has to be confusing to the defensive players. vangore needs to go.
2. we need a kicker elam is washed up, denver had no problem getting rid of him
3. matt ryan looks like garbage, and why is this coaching staff looking over it
if hes playing like garbage its time to let him get more familiar with the bench,
i mean chris redman is very capable. i say bench him and stop making excuses.
fortunately there was an upside to this game and be it for me to say this. i just cant
get over the play of chris houston this week and last week, way to go chis.

Harpie

November 15th, 2009
6:06 pm

Matt Ryan played like crap today, but, for crying out loud, give him a break – he’s only a year out of college. The Falcons are lucky to have him – he’s going to be a great one. Elam showed weeks ago that he’s done -for: get a new field -goal kicker, Falcons! The defense sucked big -time!!!!

Hello

November 15th, 2009
6:14 pm

This is not the time of the year to take a bus trip. It does not work on any level. C/K out Bama TCL-ATL. Next time Fly.

GROUNDEDFALCON

November 15th, 2009
6:17 pm

I agree with “gman” Bench ryan and put in CHRIS REDMOND!!!
Also, Elam’s got to go!!!!!! Gotta be a better kicker out there the team can pick up.

Thomas

November 15th, 2009
6:18 pm

Some people are counting the two games against Tampa as two wins, but I bet those people were counting today’s game as a win also. We could win next week and lose to Tampa and Buffalo because there is no consistently good play from the Quarterback. With the performance today, we may be further off than we thought. We will need 2 Cornerbacks, 1 Left Tackle, not sure we can rely on Sam Baker,1 Running Back,we cannot rely on Norwood he is built too frail, 1 Linebacker to replace Peterson after next season, and the quarterback to grow up.
Vick was not an accurate passer, so I thought Ryannwould be better than Vick was.