4:27 pm November 22, 2009, by AJC Sports
Time for the report card on the Falcons’ effort Sunday against the N.Y. Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Rate the team on the following four categories: offense, defense, special teams and coaching.
What grade would you give the Falcons' offense?
What grade would you give the Falcons' defense?
What grade would you give the Falcons' special teams?
What grade would you give the Falcons' coaches?
November 22nd, 20094:59 pm
tough loss liked the way the falcons came back to tie the game . Hate nfl overtime ruls
KEEP IT 100
November 22nd, 20095:06 pm
THE FALCONS NEED A WHOLE NEW SECONDARY!!!!!! POINT BLANK!!!!! BIGGER TALLER PHYSICAL SECONDARY GUYS!!! WHEN IT COMES TO OTHER POSITIONS THEY GET BIG GUYS BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE SECONDARY THE FALCONS SHOW LOVE TO PICK THE SHORT GUYS!!! GET A WHOLE NEW SECONDARY AUTHOR BLANK!!!! NOW THIS WAS A TOUGH LOST I HAD THEM GOING 12-4 THIS YEAR BUT WELL TAKE 11-5 AGAIN, THEY FOUGHT BACK , THEY WENT DOWN SWINGING AND YOU GOTTA GIVE EM CREDIT THEY’LL JUST COME BACK NEXT WEEK AND WIN IT
November 22nd, 20095:08 pm
Bali–Totally agree with you on the NFL OT Rules, but at the end of the day, if Elam had done his job, then OT would not have been necessary. And let’s not even get started on the failure of our secondary.
November 22nd, 20095:19 pm
It’s time to get rid of the corners and the field goal kicker. Today’s loss is all on them. I’ve never seen corner played so poorly.
November 22nd, 20095:25 pm
Why is Jason Elam on this team? It’s obvious to everyone but our front office that he needs to go. After the Dolphins game he didn’t look the same as last season. After the Saints game he should’ve been cut, but he wasn’t. After last week against the Panthers he should’ve been cut, but he wasn’t. After today’s game, he should be cut, but he probably won’t.
The secondary is one of the worst in the NFL. You have two below average corners in Grimes and Houston (Play the Ball, Not the receiver). Coleman and DeCoud are average safeties at best. Darren Sharper was out there but we didn’t sign him. This offseason better have a big focus on the secondary. Not young guys, but bring in veteran free agents that can help right away. Two new corners and a safety is needed.
Where’s John Abraham? He’s supposed to be our stud DE but after Peria Jerry went down, Abraham is nowhere to be found. Maybe he’s getting old or just needs Jerry next to him to take the double teams.
The offense was decent but Mularkey needs to open things up more. Where are the downfield passes? Let’s get a bit more creative in the offense. And Michael Jenkins is garbage, he should be a #4 WR, not a #2. He drops way too many passes that hits him right in the hands. I would look into getting a replacement for Jenkins, Chris Chambers was available but too bad the Chiefs got him.
November 22nd, 20095:34 pm
The Falcons aren’t ever going anywhere as long as BVG is the the DC.
Going into today’s game the defense was 25th (total), 25th (rushing), 28th (passing). They probably sank lower after today’s performance.
It’s not talent that’s keeping the Falcons defense so far down, their talent is better than 25th. As always with BVG, it’s tactics and strategy. He failed miserably at UGA when he had some of the most talented defenses ever to take a college gridiron. Opposing OC’s must salivate at the opportunity to play the Falcons. There’s almost no pressure, no fear, nothing except savoring the opportunity to match wits with the witless BVG. He’s as predictable as the sun rising every morning, plays prevent as a base, and on the rare occasions he tries to bring pressure not only are opponents expecting it, his defenses give it away every time. His players don’t have a clue how to play zone blitz, which will blow up in your face every time if you don’t have a clue how to properly scheme it, which BVG obviously doesn’t.
Just about anyone except his protege Willie Martinez would be a huge upgrade. Get rid of that loser BVG, and the Falcons might have a chance to advance.
November 22nd, 20095:36 pm
Elam = Greg Norton
November 22nd, 20095:37 pm
OldDawg, BVG isn’t the smartest DC in the world but you can’t do much when you have one of the most porous secondaries in the NFL. It’s hard to Blitz and apply pressure when you’re afraid your secondary will give up a 40 yard passing play downfield. That’s why having an elite secondary should be key. It just makes everyone better and we can be a more blitz happy / aggressive / attacking type defense.
November 22nd, 20095:42 pm
Dear Falcons, please take a look at Graham Gano. He was stellar at FSU last year and has been very solid in the UFL. Thanks.
Felix the Cat
November 22nd, 20095:48 pm
agree with u totally bali smith
Both Jabari Greer and Darren Sharper were available, both are having Pro Bowl type seasons and both were signed by the… Saints. Saints went out and addressed their issues through Free Agency. We didn’t really do that, we just drafted a injury proned safety in Moore and signed Brian Williams at the last second (patch work). Falcons need to be aggressive this offseason in the secondary through Free Agency.
November 22nd, 20095:49 pm
ditto ripped again
November 22nd, 20095:51 pm
I am thrilled about the losses the Falcons have been experiencing. I love it when the other teams put pressure on Matt Ryan.
November 22nd, 20096:00 pm
Is that Jack Elam or Jason Elam kicking field goals? my god how long do i have
to live to see the falcons have a secondary that could cover their grandmas.
coaches …. teach them to take a look back every now and then.
November 22nd, 20096:01 pm
I agree with REF on all fronts;
Elam, secondary, jenkins….
November 22nd, 20096:02 pm
ELAM NEEDS TO GO!!!!! Had he made the earlier field goal he had missed we would have had the win instead of the tie at the end of the game!!!! ELAM SUCKS!!! It’s like REF Said before…..
“After the Dolphins game he didn’t look the same as last season. After the Saints game he should’ve been cut, but he wasn’t. After last week against the Panthers he should’ve been cut, but he wasn’t. After today’s game, he should be cut, but he probably won’t.”
FIRE HIS ASS AND GET US A NEW KICKER!!!!!
November 22nd, 20096:09 pm
If a head coach can get fired mid-season, Elams’ azz needs to be packing his locker right now…in fact, don’t worry about packing, we’ll send it to you! How can you, the kicker, miss the FG and look to the place kicker like he did something wrong and then Jenkins drops the TD pass IN THE ENDZONE….IN THE ENDZONE!!! I’m at a loss….meanwhile, the Saints keep on winning…can’t hate, it must just be their year!
Carl M Aven
November 22nd, 20096:11 pm
The above comments are excellent…but Falcon coaching staff remains oblivious to them all …I can not believe a coach would let their QB remain in a pocket that is never there….what are we not seeing
Carl M aven
November 22nd, 20096:12 pm
I agree with EVERYBODY here! The Falcon’s secondary IS AN EMBARRASSMENT. All of ‘em absolutley SUCK!!! They don’t have any semblance of coverage skills. They don’t turn to look at the ball. The get caught in between man-to-man and zone schemes. Man, the ATLANTA FALCONS SECONDARY was the reason they lost that game. And throw in BVG too. Van Gorder’s gotta go. Any NFL coach that would allow his CB’s to not even put their freakin heads on a swivel and play the BALL – NOT THE RCVR- after ten games into the regular season. Dude, he’s gotta be sacked. I’ve seen enough of Jamaal Anderson dropping off into pass coverage. I’ve seen enough of Houston, Grimes and Jackson getting torched while looking at the receiver. I’ve seen enough bad defensive schemes. Let me one of the first to say it here. If the Falcons are going to better nbext year than the 8-8 they’ll probably wind up with this year – then BVG has gotta go. And while you send him packing. You might want to saend the following packing as well:
All the damn CB’s they have
Michael (I forgot how to catch) Jenkins
Jason (I forgot how to kick) Elam
Send the secondary coach packing too…he obviously SUCKS at his job too!
November 22nd, 20096:14 pm
The birds never fail to disappoint. Elam should change his name to E-lame. All he has to do all week is practice kicking the football and yet he can’t even make field goals that are chip shots for college players. The DB’s have to learn that what it is, is football. Find the ball and play it, not the receiver. Several receptions today could have been picks if they had only a thimble full of an idea where the ball was.
November 22nd, 20096:15 pm
falcon’s secondary = the embarrassment of the NFL.
November 22nd, 20096:17 pm
November 22nd, 20096:23 pm
The secondary is young and will get better; Elam is old and over the hill.
November 22nd, 20096:29 pm
The Falcons secondary WILL NOT get better as things stand now. They don’t have basic cover skills you learn in HS and in college. This is the NFL where you’re supposed to be refining your skills. Not learning them. The Falcons need competency at Defensive Coach, secondary coach and in the secondary. They don’t have competency anywhere on those three counts. The sendary will only get beeter without ALL of the principals who are masquerading as NFL professionals now.
November 22nd, 20096:32 pm
Highly disappointed in how the Secondary is playing I had high hopes for the season.
November 22nd, 20096:41 pm
The sad part about this season is that we knew last year I secondary was worthless and no big time upgrades this year. I believe I saw one pass knocked down the entire game. Our defensive backs has been playing the recievers the entire season and the coaches haven’t made any adjustments. Defense win championships and until we find someone that’s going to step up its going to be a long season. Matt ryan played well enough to have won today.
November 22nd, 20096:52 pm
bvg is awesome… he is still building HIS defense… they will only get better… if elam would have done his job OR if jenkins could catch a ball, then the falcons leave with a win… HOUSTON we have a problem… yes the secondary got torn apart, but with the injuries to jerry, we could not put any pressure on eli and he ate us up… again though, we faced a good team and if the kick goes through or the receiver could catch a ball, we walk out with a win and everyone is a hero… GO FALCONS!!!
November 22nd, 20096:59 pm
GOOD TEAMS ARE TAKING GREAT ADVANTAGE OF ALL OUR DEFENSE WEAKNESSES ESPECIALLY THE SECONDARY-ANY FALCON FOLLOWER SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON-CANN’T FIX EVERYTHING OVERNITE-INJURIES ARE ALSO TAKING IT’S TOLL..
November 22nd, 20097:10 pm
Please sign an NFL kicker. It’s not too late.
November 22nd, 20097:15 pm
I am sorry but mike smith needs to get the f outta here if he is going to continue to play grimes at corner……grimes cant cover, tackle or anything……
November 22nd, 20097:20 pm
Mecca your a complete idiot if the field goal kicker would have done his job and Jenkins would have caught that ball in the endzone we would have won by 7 points and also many of the deep passes were completed on Chris Houston so you need to learn what your talking about
November 22nd, 20097:22 pm
A few weeks ago, Falcon fans were ready to make the Falcons Super Bowl champs. What happen? When we everyone learn in the end it’s the same old falcons. LOSERS. Every year there is big hype that the falcons are great and will win it all. You get teased every year and then you shake your heads. The falcons will always be the same old Falcons. Better luck next year, AGAIN.
November 22nd, 20098:06 pm
Please remember CB Brian Williams is out for the season. We did pretty well with our B-team secondary playing. We are most likely going to take the best CB available in the first round of next year’s draft to shore up this problem. Everyone knew at the beginning of the season that this was our Achilles heel.
November 22nd, 20098:11 pm
I think we are once again returning to the error is not paying Domonique Foxworth to stay. Good CBs are very hard to get.
November 22nd, 20098:12 pm
Woops, that should be “error in” not “error is.”
November 22nd, 20098:30 pm
Many things attributed to this loss.
I think that the offensive play calling in the first half at then at times in the second seemed a little redundant. They insisted upon rolling Ryan out to the right too often. It was not until Ryan rolled to the left once in a while and then also threw down the middle that the offense opened up. I hope that the offensive staff learned something today and will become a little more versatile in coming games.
It is clear that Jenkins has forgotten how to hold onto a ball. I think that others teams have seen this for a while and are capitalizing on it by being able ot cover White and Gonzalez with their better people and at the same time being able to double team them without having to worry about Jenkins beating them. It appears that Ryan (and probably the play calling) is avoiding having to go to Jenkins which of course limits the options. I would bench Jenkins and go with anyone else.
The defense at times put some decent pressure on Manning and forced some bad and or rushed throws. At the same time, whenever Manning had the time, he was able to find receivers wide open. 7 passes of 20 yards or more in a game is just not acceptable. And, while I have seen some finger pointing on this board, it seems to me that there was bad play across the board in the secondary. It does seem that Houston get’s picked on more often than most so maybe there is something to that. I could tell by replays and comments on TV that there are some obvious technical problems with the secondary. Maybe this is why the defense plays so much zone coverage which other teams seem to be able to pick apart.
I also think that the line backing crew while decent gainst the run, is suspect at best against the pass. Again, this may be due to the horrid skills of the secondary ?
For whatever reason, Elam has gone from being one of the better kickers in the game to the worst. Even though he says it, I can see little problem with the hold. I am hoping that the Falcons either find a replacment for him…ASAP or he quickly finds his way back to being the kicker he was.
There is hope for the offense of the Falcons but I am afraid that the defense will not be better without some new faces which of course means us fans are going to have to wait another year for the Falcons to become a force in the NFL.
November 22nd, 20099:04 pm
I know it hurts as a fan to watch the Falcons at times but until Author and the rest of the front office realizes that you can not produce Championships out of Sh**t (coaches, Jenkins, the entire secondary, Elam). Who are these players screwing to hold thier positions week and and week out with the way they play.
November 22nd, 20099:12 pm
Sadly, the Falcon’s performance is not out of accord with their long history. No doubt there were improvements last year but there are glaring weaknesses on the team that unless addressed will hinder their ability to become a contender instead of the pretender. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Hopefully whoever is in charge of player selection will make some moves this year to address the weaknesses that will keep the “Boids” out of the hunt.
November 22nd, 20099:46 pm
Agreeing with everyone one’s comments, but my couple cents about all this is
1)Elam is darn awful, and he blames his holder for him missing, seriously man up its your old leg that sucks, Falcons need to can him, I am sure our front office can hold tryouts and find better Kicker talent then as my friend above said E-Lame has
2) Our secondary has talent of what I would like to call the 3 S’s, they are the slowest, shortest, and slackest NFL secondary out there. They are not coached well when they get beat off the line, play on the receiver instead of finding the ball, they might gotten an inception or two today if they would turn their heads around instead they catch those Yellow Flags in their face. Do we have to pull another Defensive draft again. 7 out of 8 picks in the 2009 draft were defensive players and we still have a below average defensive.
a)Not to bash this guy, But does Abraham still play for the Falcons, havent herd his name in a while, has he gone soft with all the money we pay him, he use to be a mean machine in previous years
In Closing I wish to pledge to our FRONT OFFICE that they need to find us a new kicker and improve are secondary with taller, faster, more experienced guys
November 22nd, 20099:48 pm
Just think if Elam’s Feeble!!! attempts at those field goals in the last two games were good both of those games could have been possible wins. Especially today game against the Giants. 3 point lead no overtime.
I hate Falcon Hater
STFU you nappy headed foo. Falcon Hater eat my $hit you punc a$$ foo.
November 22nd, 20099:49 pm
The damn o-line don’t give Qb time to throw………..block damn it.
Rud is a Dud
November 22nd, 20099:50 pm
“(coaches, Jenkins, the entire secondary, Elam).”
I think Rud is GD fool.
November 22nd, 200910:01 pm
If you are not going to win anyway why not let some young field goal kicker and some corners over 6 feet tall at least try. It couldn’t be any worse than it has been. At least you would be showing you cared and were trying when your bob sledding toward a loss.
November 22nd, 200910:16 pm
Is it just me or do Jason Elam miss every week? His leg alone has cost us 2 victories…..like A.I. in the NBA his time has passed.
November 22nd, 200910:30 pm
Bring back Morton Anderson. He’d probably work for cheap, and he can hit from 40 and closer.
November 22nd, 200910:47 pm
How about these Fal-can’ts. I’m thinking about calling in their HR, ask them if they are hiring, go to practice and show these how to catch and tackle hard like we used to. Better yet, show the coaches too how to showcase talent better cause this is sickening to watch.
November 23rd, 20095:55 am
It is a 50/50 proposition when you flip for the playoff and if you lose the toss, it is 100% certain your secondary can’t stop anyone. What are the odds that if you go for 2 after the last touchdown you win the game? Should be better than 50/50. Falcons should have gone for it.
November 23rd, 20096:10 am
Regardless of who you bring in the secondarily, if the front line don’t put pressure on the QB you are going to get touched. Falcons wish list for Christmas should be defensive line and corner backs.
November 23rd, 20097:23 am
Who in the heck coaches (?) the secondary…basic, I mean basic techniques seem to be foreign to the present players. Get rid of the coach and/or the players. Every team we’ve played this year has scorched the secondary…MAN UP!!!!
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