How would you rate the Falcons’ performance?

Time for the report card on the Falcons’ effort Sunday against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J. Rate the team on the following four categories: offense, defense, special teams and coaching.

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Barkin'Dog

December 20th, 2009
4:10 pm

Great game due to the outcome. But it was rough to sit through. Thank Saint Nick for blogs. The time wouldn’t pass – I was anxious for the ending game-winning drive. Way to go Falcons!

Lil Larry

December 20th, 2009
4:11 pm

Mike Mularkey wastes too many plays with the gimmick calls. Let’s keep it simple…run the ball and pass the ball for positive yards. We waste so much time on this crap and it doesn’t fool anyone.

We also need to stop calling the same plays over and over again during games. We need more playmakers on both sides of the ball. The defensive line is a must fix this offseason with a pass rushing DE and a DT/NT who can push the middle. We also need faster LBs to replace Peterson and Nicholas…these guys cannot cover. I don’t know what we have in the rookie Strong Safety, but Coleman is not the answer. He’s a good backup at best. Get another big, speedy 6′5″ receiver to replace Finneran and Jenkins. We need PLAYMAKERS on both sides of the ball on this team.

Mularkey is Dan Reeves reincarnated. Two TEs, blocking FB, blocking WRs, etc. etc. Gimmicky play calling. This team and coaching staff isn’t giving us too much to look forward to that’s for sure.

Barkin'Dog

December 20th, 2009
4:11 pm

WoW! First! Ain’t never been.

Atl Resident

December 20th, 2009
4:18 pm

Great effort, just too bad it doesn’t matter at this point of season. If only Ryan would have tried to play the previous two weeks like Turner. Players won this game, damn offense and defense coordinators are garbage for the play calling. Falcons some got talent if only coaches knew how to utilize them.

The Cat's Meow

December 20th, 2009
4:25 pm

Fifth!!!!!!!!!!!!

FalconDawg

December 20th, 2009
4:28 pm

I don’t know if the Jets offense was just sorry or if our defense was dead on but our pass rush finally showed itself which helped the d-backs. There’s still a chance for back to back!!

littlebird

December 20th, 2009
4:35 pm

What has happened to the no-huddle offense that Ryan ran so well last year? I think it needs to be re-inserted into the game plan. As it now stands, all the passes go to either RW or TG so the defense just doubles those two and Ryan still tries to go to these two guys just the same! Why??? Can he not find any other guy or is he just too dependent on TG/RW??? Get rid of that injury prone #32 Norwood . . . he gets hurt every time he touches the ball. How many games has he missed in his career with Atlanta? How many plays has he played??? Mularkey needs to get back to what he did last year. Sucks trying to run the ball up the middle all the time with the offensive line we have. And as far as the defense, something is bad wrong when you can’t get pressure on the QB. Time for some fresh new blood . . . corner backs? The smallest guy is the best you have . . . he leads the team in interceptions! Pathetic is what the rest are!

dan

December 20th, 2009
4:36 pm

Good win for the Birds. It’s been frusterating the last few weeks with the injuries, bad play calling, and bad breaks. But the Falcons played through it today and pulled out a win. One thing I’ll say about this team is that they come to play and battle every week. Minus the Philadelphia game, the Birds have lost 3 games by a field goal and 2 of those have been with backups in. If the Falcons play hard the next 2 weeks, 9-7 is a possibility: especially against the Buccaneers and the Bills.

And on another note: Mark Sanchez sucks. The Jets defense is stout but their not going to win too many game when their QB of the future craps away games like that. Maybe the now the National Media will quit sucking USC’s balls. Carson Palmer has been the only QB under Pete Carroll to perform well in the pros.

Lil Larry

December 20th, 2009
4:41 pm

That call to throw to Norwood on the move in the flat is exactly how he should be used. He’s not a run between the tackles RB and against the faster defenses he can’t get around the corner either. The offense needs to use him more for screens and passes out of the backfield. Much of how the Eagles used Westbrook for years.

Dawg Beater

December 20th, 2009
5:00 pm

A boring game on all sides of the ball. I was beginning to think that merely taking the field was an exercise in futility. You know the Jets’ offense has to be in the pits when the best they can do is put up 7 on the Falcons. Except for the last two minutes of the game, I would have been more entertained if I had watched paint dry.

myra

December 20th, 2009
5:09 pm

We are lucky “sanchise” and co. played so poorly. Still, it feels GREAT to get the win.
Proud for Falcons.

dekalbdawg

December 20th, 2009
5:46 pm

The Offense Needs some get up and GO!!!! What happened to the NO Huddle part of the Offense! CMM please get rid of the pitch out to Jason Snail play! He’s to slow and No one is fooled on Defense. I hope Chris Houston doesnt come back! I like B Grimes and C Owens as our Corners! at least they can turn and spot the ball in the Air!

Falcon Fever

December 20th, 2009
5:54 pm

Great win today foe the flacons see you at the tailgate nxt weekend…i’ll be there let’s get to 9-7 and post our first back to back winning seasons GO FALCONS…Brent Grimes definitly is the man and has the heart of a true champ!!!

jroc

December 20th, 2009
6:01 pm

I think we should stop sleeping on Brent Grimes. Not saying that he is the next Deon or anything but, he is a lot better than what we are giving him credit for. He is a very good solid backup corner and maybe ( after a bit of refining ) a decent starting corner.

Falcon Fever

December 20th, 2009
6:12 pm

TRUE THAT..BRENT GRIMES IS DEFINITELY STEPPED HIS GAME UP AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOLID, THE MORE HE PLAY’S THE BETTER HE WILL GET, I ALSO LIKE CHRIS OWENS I THINK HE’S GOING TO BE GOOD TOO….CHRIS HOUSTON CAN GET TRADED…

PappyHappy

December 20th, 2009
6:40 pm

The team is beat up due to injuries, but they still got a win — which is a heck of a lot better than previous years at this time of the season. Too frequently in the past, the team would give up. The defense never quit today, and should get the game ball!!

tom

December 20th, 2009
6:48 pm

I was pacing around those last few minutes. Great win. Have to give this team credit for fighting to the end. How many times in the years have we seen the birds lay down and quit like road kill, but not these guys. This win goes to the D, but Ryans pass at the end was on the money. Another 4th and goal for the win. Great game by Grimes he has gotten alot of bad press here, but a good day today. Go Falcons, kill Buffalo butt.

WinterMan

December 20th, 2009
7:35 pm

With the schedule they’ve had ( incl. facing 5 teams coming off the bye), the injuries to the O, (incl. last year’s playmaker Turner), w/ a defence w/ not enough depth and marginal experience overall, a 2nd year ‘rookie’ QB, (c’mon we all know that like NBA centers they don’t start hittin’ their stride till year 4 or so) this team has somehing no other Falc team has had – a future. I think Grimes is gReat to watch BTW -anyone know his vertical leap stat?

J

December 20th, 2009
8:05 pm

Since when were defensive games not entertaining?

Pete

December 20th, 2009
9:14 pm

The Falcon coaching seems vanilla……………bland.
Especially on defense.

I’ve seen high schools with more imagination.

simply hamp

December 20th, 2009
10:56 pm

Schultz don’t go defending Mike mularkey this week he was on full display

Old Gator

December 21st, 2009
6:44 am

Just when you think Norwood should not be included on next years roster, he had a good game. Still stays hurt too much. You do have to be proud that the Falcons didn’t quit.

T.C

December 21st, 2009
9:23 am

BOOOOOOOOOO!!! PUNK FALCONS.

jim

December 21st, 2009
9:51 am

Nice win. This is the type of game we need to win. And do not sell the Jets short. Best defense in NFL this year. To beat them says something. Go Falcons,

PlanB

December 21st, 2009
12:00 pm

Schedule, teams coming off byes and injuries have made this a hard year but I see something I like. That’s a team that doesn’t quit.
I see this as a good building year. We know some people we need to get rid of, some that will make good backups and some starters that have played good. We have gotton some good experience thru backups having to fill in for starters.
We have got to get a better pass rush, better corners and better play calling. Things to work on thru the draft and FA.
Remember before the season started we talked about the tough schedule and didn’t know about the injuries we would have and said we would be lucky to be 9-7. With the exception of a few missed fieldgoals, we could be 9-5 now, but that’s the way the ball bounces.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!

tom

December 23rd, 2009
11:32 am

A disappointing season.

Benny

December 24th, 2009
5:56 pm

Last year, the offense was the best defense, in that the ball-control style kept the defense off the field. This year, the defense has been exposed. No threat of a pass rush. B Grimes is really a pretty good cover guy, but without pressure on the QB, cannot cover all day. Draft should empasize more offensive and defensive line, as when you have depth and physical presence in those positions, it is easier to fill in needs further away from the lines. Southeastern Conference players could fill the bill, as they are used to week-in/week-out physical play.

george Holman

December 26th, 2009
10:42 am

Hey, it has been a year of injuries, and no one can coach that. Sure we need help at cornerback and linebacker, and our place kicking this year left something to be desired, but for the first time this team is professionally managed and coached, and for that I am grateful. We are on the right track!