Roddy White not in denial: ‘I just have to get better’

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White acknowedges he needs to be better. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White admits he needs to play better. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons wore their throwback uniforms last Sunday against New Orleans, and some unfortunate symmetry that day was we witnessed a throwback version of Roddy White.

Until two catches in the team’s next to-last possession of the fourth quarter, White had two catches, two drops and two 15-yard penalties. It was a reminder of the young and immature White who looked like a draft mistake for two seasons, not the player who evolved into a three-time Pro Bowler and a difference-maker who commanded a $48 million contract.

White has not had a great season. He openly admits it. There’s something to be said for that, especially given he plays a position that breeds prima donnas. But if the Falcons’ wide receiver doesn’t start resembling something closer to the player who caught 28 touchdown passes in his previous three seasons and had a career-high 115 receptions last year, there is little chance this Falcons’ season will turn into anything special.

When asked if he needs to perform better, White didn’t hesitate: “Absolutely. I have to make significant plays and game-changing plays for us to win.”

It’s a really nice story that Harry Douglas was targeted 14 times and made eight catches against the Saints. But if Douglas is leaving White (seven targets, four catches) in the dust on the stat sheet, something is wrong.

Roddy White said he welcomed the team's addition of Julio Jones, disputing conjecture that he is "pouting." (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Roddy White said he welcomed the team's addition of Julio Jones, disputing conjecture that he is "pouting." (Curtis Compton/AJC)

There are several theories about why White’s production is down. One involves Julio Jones. There is this theory espoused by White’s critics that when the Falcons invested heavily to draft the Alabama wide receiver, it was a shot to White’s ego and he has been pouting ever since. Honestly, I haven’t seen any evidence to support this, but I felt obliged to ask White, anyway. This all goes back to the wide receivers-can-be-high-maintenance theory.

“I’ve never pouted or cried about the situation,” White said. “Julio makes us more explosive. He’s a great player and he’s going to be a great player for a long time. But I look at my stats and it’s not where I want them to be. I’ve had chances to makes plays. I’ve dropped too many balls this year. I just have to get better. I have to find ways to help our team.”

White has 15 catches in the last four games (3.75 per). He had 32 in the first five (6.4). His nine-game totals — 47 catches for 563 yards and three touchdowns – project to 84 catches, 1001 yards and 5 TDs. The reception total, while down from last year, is right at his career average. But the projected yardage and touchdowns would be his worst since his second season in 2006.

There are several potential reasons for the decline. One is obvious: White just needs to be better. He can’t lose his temper every time something goes wrong. Last Sunday, he jumped a New Orleans player who he felt was “mushing [Douglas's] head into the ground after a play” and was flagged for a personal foul.

White gets into trouble when he lets his lack of production lead to a blown fuse. Quoting: “Sometimes you get frustrated when you’ve had success in this league and suddenly things aren’t going your way.”

The other issue is more big picture: design and play-calling. An offense with White, Jones, Douglas, Matt Ryan, Tony Gonzalez, Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers should rank higher than 12th in yardage and 16th in scoring.

That’s on offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, who seemingly is struggling to blend Jones and Rodgers into the offense. White said the offense lacks “chemistry.”

“I feel like we’re really far away from where we need to be,” he said. “We have to figure this thing out. … Last year everything went right for us. We could do no wrong. This year it’s been a whole lot different. Defensive coordinators have found ways to know some of the things we’re doing and they’re dialing up the right coverages for it. … We have to do a better job mixing things up, maybe spread guys out and going to four- and five-wide receiver sets and see what we can do.”

But White knows every scheme requires a playmaker. That’s where he comes in.

By Jeff Schultz

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159 comments Add your comment

MatthewH

November 15th, 2011
3:07 pm

Talk is cheap (like this comment) Let’s see it on the field, Roddy!

A pile of sh!t has a 1,000 eyes!

November 15th, 2011
3:14 pm

Second! Just like the Falcons in the South! Let’s go guys – pick it up!

MattRyansBrain

November 15th, 2011
3:17 pm

Mike Mularkey + explosive players = Sum is less than the parts…..

Please dear God and Mike Smith ——–> FIRE MIKE MULARKEY!!

Paul

November 15th, 2011
3:19 pm

Can’t underestimate the value of Finneran and Jenkins on this team as it pertains to White’s maturity.

DurrtyDogg

November 15th, 2011
3:20 pm

Regardless of what he says, drafting Julio did bother him. I mean thats obvious. We know how sensitive he is to begin with so its nothing knew. The problem is simple. Matt Ryan has a weak arm and is terrible with the deep passes. The defensive line is terrible and doesn’t get any push at all. Mike Murlarkey sucks and I truly believe letting Musgrave go really hurt us more than we would admit. He made Matt Ryan. So what do we do now? Nothing. I didn’t believe the Falcons would do anything special because I know during the lockout, they were not doing the things they needed to do. Atlanta is a city that can engulf you if you don’t have your head on right. Think about all the stars that left Atlanta to become great somewhere else. You have to be a man here. Someone who don’t have to be in the night or strip clubs to feel relevant. Until we get those type of athletes, we will always be second, or third best.

oldmike

November 15th, 2011
3:22 pm

The play calling lacks the imagination that defines the great offensive teams. And overlooked in all the rush to judge Ryan as not so hot is the lack of protection he is getting. A significant number of his throws were just before being hit. Brees was able to complete all his progressions and then some. I don’t see him as having that much more escapability than Ryan. With a fraction of a second more time the throws that are just a bit off become right in stride and at the right spot. Maybe that would help us move up statistically?

Matt from MN

November 15th, 2011
3:23 pm

Woe unto us, who are saddled with Mike “Dud, not explosive” Mularkey as our OC.

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

November 15th, 2011
3:24 pm

Its more than obvious that Mularkey is out of his league. The Steelers found this out…why we stick with this guy is beyond me. He is probably a great QB coach, but 4th and inches, with the game on the line, in OT and you…you dial the play that requires a pulling guard??? Remember Dan Reeves’s final year, when he just seemed over his head? Mularkey is calling plays for situations in the 90s. You need a quick pitch to #22, quick dive to #44, or quick QB sneak. SOMETHING OTHER THAN TURNER UP THE GUT!!!!

Norv Turner will be available for the role he was made for in the off season: Offensive Coordinator. Go get him and watch Matt Ryan come alive with these tools. TD, please do something.

FBD

DJ Sniper

November 15th, 2011
3:24 pm

I was actually starting to give Mike Mularkey credit for the way we performed over the the past 3 games, but then he went back into his conservative shell for the Saints game. When will Smitty get it through his skull that this offense will never be top notch with MM calling the shots?

Michael M.

November 15th, 2011
3:25 pm

I been on that guy today earlier on Ledbetter’s blog………….somebody read my mind ! a $48 million contract and Ill get out there and catch the darn ball !

Still think they messed up letting go of Brian Finneran and Michael Jenkins

PMC

November 15th, 2011
3:26 pm

Love Roddy’s passion and desire to win and have fun doing it. I hope he can get his mind right and start playing like he’s capable the rest of the year.

oldfart

November 15th, 2011
3:27 pm

The penalties hurt but I’m more concerned with the drops. How can you expect a QB to look your way when you let them go through your hands, one for an interception. This should only be a rare thing from an “elite” receiver much like TG.

The ultimate difference I saw in the passing games this past Sunday however were how many times Ryan was picking himself up after the pass and how seldom, extremely seldom you saw Brees getting a hand laid on him. Unfortunately for the Falcons’ passing game this year that has been a more common occurrence than last year. They should have given some of that Julio money to Harvey Dahl if not more offensive linemen.

Jimmy Crack

November 15th, 2011
3:29 pm

Get yer nose in the game, Roddy! STOP WITH THE TEXTING/TWITTERING/TWEETING WHATEVER!!

Mularkey’s thinking…”Well, they THINK we’re going to sneak it, but last time we ran it, but they may think we may call a fake and pass, but maybe they’re gonna play the sneak and we normally don’t run it twice, but we are a running team, soooooooooo…

I’LL RUN MY SLOWEST GUY UP THE MIDDLE FROM 5 YARDS BACK!

What a genius.

DJ Sniper

November 15th, 2011
3:29 pm

Bailey, I didn’t even think about Norv Turner. Right now, we don’t know for sure if the Chargers will let him go after this season (although I couldn’t disagree with them if they did), but I agree with you that he works much better as an OC than a HC. Another name to possibly think about is Smitty’s BIL, Brian Billick. Even though his Ravens teams were known for defense, people forget that he put together some pretty nice offenses with the Vikings.

oldfart

November 15th, 2011
3:31 pm

Enter your comments here

WitStream

November 15th, 2011
3:32 pm

Hopefully we’ll get a similar admission from whoever thought a bunched-up off tackle run was a better idea than spreading the field and running a simple QB sneak. Its just bewildering to think lifetime football men are too dense to make that elementary call.

This coaching coupled with being married to a QB who can’t throw deep or create anything when a play breaks down means this team is going nowhere notable any time soon. It’s almost a good thing the Packers appear unbeatable anyway, to help lessen the disappointment.

Tom D: if you have a pair, you trade Ryan for a nice number of draft picks and try again. Thanks.

PMC

November 15th, 2011
3:35 pm

I like that he sticks up for his teammates too but on that, he’s got to keep his head walk back to the huddle and let Joe Hawley or Todd McClure know that 54 needs to get clipped on the next play. If there’s anything that we owe the saints….. they should be bleeding and broken after the december game.

PMC

November 15th, 2011
3:36 pm

If we’re getting 15 yard penalties, they should be late hits on Brees

DJ Sniper

November 15th, 2011
3:41 pm

I don’t agree with the school of thought that Matt Ryan should be traded. Is he perfect? Not at all. Does his deep ball need work? Absolutely. I don’t disagree with that one bit. Still, this is a QB driven league, and he has had more success than just about anybody who has been under center for this franchise.

As far as arm strenght goes, can anybody tell me if QB’s are able to improve on that over time? If I recall correctly, Tom Brady wasn’t regarded as having the strongest arm when he was drafted, and now he seems to do just fine.

SeenThisB4

November 15th, 2011
3:42 pm

“Late hit on Brees.” LOL! Hell, even the Rams got hits on Brees, sacked him like 5 times! THE RAMS! I’m glad we don’t have to play them twice a year!

Fish Bisch

November 15th, 2011
3:47 pm

Julio is from a big time college footbal factory in Alabama and White is from cupcake UAB. Just sayin’

Richard

November 15th, 2011
3:52 pm

Pass protection and play calling. I caught a bit of the Patriots game the other day and he has FOREVER in the pocket to find an open guy. Matt Ryan would have been sacked 3 times in the amount of time Brady has in the pocket almost every play. It really affects his accuacy on the deep passes because he has to get rid of the ball early.

Play calling is pathetic. Never a trick play to keep the safeties back. It’s always Turner up the middle or a short pass. No one can make the claim that White, Douglas, and Jones can’t catch a deep ball with a straight face. MM needs to go.

DJ Sniper

November 15th, 2011
3:58 pm

The pass protection has improved ever since Will Svitek and Joe Hawley took over at LT and RG respectively, but overall, there’s still room to grow and get better.

tp

November 15th, 2011
4:00 pm

A three or four receiver look is what I would have liked to see on that blown 4th down in overtime.

I hurts me to state this, because Matt Ryan seems to be the epitome of class as a player and person, but he just can’t throw a ball consistently well past 20-25 yards. I really don’t think it’s a question of arm strength; I think it’s a question of confidence. Just throw it out there on a line, Matt, and see what happens!

Jim R.

November 15th, 2011
4:03 pm

Brian Billick as head coach would be a superb hire, with Norv Turner as Offensive Coordinator.

jlperry

November 15th, 2011
4:04 pm

Roddy you are going thought a wide receiver slump get more foucs and throw more block and keep your head and play the game i do not care if you did come from UAB. just play the game .Rember you are not the only wide to go thought a slump T.O. had slump to and so did many other.

Jim R.

November 15th, 2011
4:05 pm

In addition, Brian Billick, as an offensive coordinator at Minnesota, was the big reason for their 15-1 regular season in 1998.

PMC

November 15th, 2011
4:08 pm

The Rams, probably have a better pass rush than we do, no joke.

Connie Lingous

November 15th, 2011
4:09 pm

Everyone, here’s the deal – Smitty’s premature onside kick in the 4th and the insane 4th down attempt in OT were sort of a function of the fact the whole organization is playing and coaching very tight this season (got a better explanation for Roddy’s dropped passes, anyone?).

Basically, what I am hearing from a man who’d know is that Art is on a rampage at the Branch – has been since his marriage broke up in late August (announced publicly in mid-Sept) – he’s taking it out on the NFLer’s, knows he’d get hit with lawsuits if he acted that way in his business office in Buckhead – grown men hiding under desks to avoid his wrath doesn’t leave a lot of time for film study and crafting solid gameplans (can you say regression?). Smitty is said to dread speaking to the man and spoonfeeding him the constant football 101 lessons, TD has been seen biking hard from the complex even middays with Art standing in the doorway shouting after him.

Until this whole thing with Art’s personal life clears up, we’re going to underachieve on the field, gang.

Please don’t shoot the messenger – I am telling you all what I’m hearing from a man who’d know.

mark

November 15th, 2011
4:09 pm

the OC NEED TO GO its seem everybody heres knows that even the saints fans who write in this block, BAD PLAY CALLING BAD PLAY SELECTION, I HAVE A LOT OF FAITH IN THE TEAM, BUT MULARKLEY IS KILLING US EVEN THE PLAYBOOK FROM MADDEN ITS BETTER THAN WHAT THIS GUY RUNS A RUN TO THE MIDDEL WITH THE SLOWEST NO 1 RB IN THE LEAGUE WHY YO DONT CALLA QB SNEAK WHEN YOU QB IS 6″5 I JUST DONT GET IT MAYBE THAT HOLD VS GRIMES WASNT AS GOOD AS WE THOUGHT IT WAS, THEN RODDY DROPS THE GAME WINNING TD! ONE AFTER ANOTHER MISTAKE I CANT BELIVE WE HAVENT SWITCH FROM WEEMS TO FRANKS TO RETURN THE KICKS AND THE PUNTS, WAY TOO MANY MISTAKES AND SPOON WITH THAT CELEBRATION! WHAT IS THAT!!!!

mark

November 15th, 2011
4:12 pm

Connie Lingous

IT SEEM ALL YOU SAY IS RIGHT, MAYBE ART SHOULD GO INTO RAMPAGE MODE AN FIRED MULARKLEY BECAUSE HE SUCKS MAN HE CALLS PLAYS LIKE ITS 1987 AND WE ARE PLAYING IN SNOW

Look At Green Bay

November 15th, 2011
4:14 pm

Aaron Rodgers has no problem spreading the ball to Driver,Jennings,Jones,J.Nelson,etc. in Green Bay’s offense. The problem has to be Matt Ryan if its “chemistry”.

SirReal

November 15th, 2011
4:17 pm

I dont know whats wrong with this offense. Roddy said it best. They seem to lack chemistry and dont really have an identity. I wonder how much of a difference it would make to have a new OC. Smitty’s bro-ini law Billick’s always clamoring about Ryan. Maybe he could design an offense that would work around his noodle arm and one that uses personnel a lot better. HOWEVER, if the players do what they have to do, MM doesnt look so bad now does he? Still too conservative for my taste…but Mularkey’s still one of the higher echelon OCs in the league. I’d take him over half of the others.

mark

November 15th, 2011
4:18 pm

HELL WE NEED THAT GB OC LIKE OUR HC THAT DEFINITLY WIN SOME GAMES FOR US

Look At Green Bay

November 15th, 2011
4:19 pm

If you watch Eli Manning throw a deep ball he puts it on the money 99 % of the time. I watched Matt Ryan miss 6 straight deep passes against the Saints.

mark

November 15th, 2011
4:20 pm

SirReal

IT SEEM WE ALL KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM IS THE THING IS THE HC AND THE GM DOSENT KNOW HE HAVE WAY TOO MANY WEAPONS TO PLAY LIKE WE ARE PLAYING I WANT TO KNOW WHAT RODGERS COULD DO WITH ALL THE WEAPONS RYAN HAS

Jmoore

November 15th, 2011
4:23 pm

Roddy is setting his self up for trade bait…Maybe we can get our drafts picks back and with douglas coming on he will make good one two punch with jones. Watch games close and you will see who gets double coverage, let me give you guys a hint its not 84….

Whizz

November 15th, 2011
4:31 pm

Don’t we beat the Bucs and the Saints if White catches the two TD balls that hit him in the hands? Isn’t that the biggest, simplest reason we are 5-4 instead of 7-2?

Seen (Sean Payton) This (take painkillers) B4 (so he can be on the sideline)

November 15th, 2011
4:33 pm

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the forthcoming holiday season, let us all, Saints and Falcons fans alike, reflect on two of the greatest players who have worn both uniforms: Morten Anderson and Bobby Hebert. Who will ever forget Morton’s OT kick vs. the Vikings? Or Hebert’s gutsy play, especially in that game vs. the 49ers in ‘95 in relief of Jeff George, that got us into the playoffs?

Look At Green Bay

November 15th, 2011
4:42 pm

Michael Turner has had some big runs but too many times he runs up the middle into clogged linemen for no gain. I know what I’ve seen.

Look At Green Bay

November 15th, 2011
4:43 pm

No doubt Roddy dropped the winning td against the Saints. Tony Gonzalez is not used nearly enough.

jerry

November 15th, 2011
4:44 pm

Ryan threw 2 incompletions from the NO 13 yard line—field goal.
Ryan threw 2 incompletions from the NO 9 yard line– field goal.

Look At Green Bay

November 15th, 2011
4:45 pm

Bobby Hebert was a career backup. Nothing more.

JSS

November 15th, 2011
4:48 pm

All of you great football minds said that people (teams) were no longer going to be able to double cover Roddy and Gonzalez… Ha ha, even when Julio is on the field, they run bracket coverages on the weapons… Ryan’s arm beyond 30 yards doesn’t scare anyone to force them to cover the long routes. The Falcons pass blocking certainly doesn’t scare anyone that they’ll keep anyone off him till someone can run thru the secondary and he can actually deliver the ball… Roddy White is just the victim of his own success. Last year he had at least 18 catches where willed himself to the ball and bailed out Ryan. This team must get real about who they are… They are ball control… They 3 receivers at the most in sets… They can not fool people, Mularkey is not the problem, the fact the league is on to their limitations is their problem… Point-blank-period!!!

mountain_jim

November 15th, 2011
4:51 pm

Great column Jeff. Appreciate you asking Roddy these things.

He might have got another interference call or 2 go his way, including the TD drop that could have won, if he had not already totally alienated the officials by that point by being an ass.

Thanks also for calling out Mularkey for not utilizing his talent worth a flip, and scheme design and play-calling are the reasons.

Matt makes up 10 points in 5 minutes when he calls the plays, Mularkey/Smith calls the same stupid dive up the middle that they used on an earlier 4th down, after a timeout, with NO expecting it, with their big line package in and jumping the snap.

That was the time for creativity, like a fake on the dive and a pitch to Rodgers, which probably would have gone for a TD. At least try and get them to jump offsides as they were jumping the snap count.

And if it’s Smith thats forcing the conservative play that was already used, he needs to get a clue as well. The other teams are totally onto our plays – it’s only due to talent that the Falcons are above 500, its sure not offensive coaching quality.
Matt needs to fix his deep ball problems – twice HD was open deep for a TD but Matt throws short and wide and can’t complete it. Elite QBs make those plays at a higher percentage, or at least throw close enough to get a PI call.

mountain_jim

November 15th, 2011
4:53 pm

Matt’s arm seemed stronger his first year – by now he should have strengthened it a bunch, like Brady did after a few offseasons to work on it.

Look At Green Bay

November 15th, 2011
4:57 pm

Accuracy after 30 yards is impossible for Matt Ryan. He cannot time his throws to hit receivers in stride. Brees,E.Manning,P.Manning,Favre,Marino,Brady,A.Rodgers,etc. all can/could do this with EASE.

Matty

November 15th, 2011
5:02 pm

I don’t know if you’ll noticed but you can blame roddy white nad the entire coaching staff all you want and im not excluding that but if Matt Ryan became an all around qb which means he needs to get his deep ball accuracy in check we would have this offense rolling, just go back and look at the fim vs saints… he missed a deep to harry and OT that would have ended the game.

Matty

November 15th, 2011
5:04 pm

Thank you green bay, if matty could have that in his arsenal like every elte qb he would be eilte, but he is not yet…. HD was wide open in OT but matt overthrew him, and he ALWAYS overthrows Jones… ITs Ridiculus..

Matty

November 15th, 2011
5:07 pm

He needs to strengthen his lower body and core, legs etc… to give more power

bucky

November 15th, 2011
5:09 pm

Trade White & go bring back Megatron “Calvin Johnson” to Atlanta

Matty

November 15th, 2011
5:11 pm

bucky- you are an idiot why would you do that?????

Green Bay Day

November 15th, 2011
5:11 pm

Exactly. He underthrew H.Douglas by 10 yards on one deep throw.
Also Abraham & R.Edwards got zero sacks or pressure on Brees.

ScottBravesFan

November 15th, 2011
5:12 pm

I don’t understand how Mike Mularkey still has a job. Even last year when the offense was going good it was really bland. He never puts more than three wide outs out there and usually it’s just two. Really predictive offense.

Green Bay Day

November 15th, 2011
5:14 pm

Schultz, why no mention of the lack of pressure put on Brees ?

bucky

November 15th, 2011
5:15 pm

Johnson is the REAL DEAL whereas White is a HEAD CASE with the DROPS!

#84 "THE" DIVA

November 15th, 2011
5:15 pm

What an unprofessional FOOL for ALL to see sunday!!! Not only has this BIG WHINEY BABY let his game slip HE shows his fanny ALL game long by RUNNING HIS BIG FAT MOUTH & LETTING HIS TEAMMATES & FANS DOWN BY MAKING ERROR UPON ERROR BY MISSING IMPORTANT BLOCKS THAT COULD HAVE PROVIDED BIG RUN & PASS PLAYS!!! TRUTH BE TOLD #11 HAS GOT INTO HIS HEAD B/C HE HAS TO SHARE THE BALL & HES NOT “THE” MAN!!! SMITTY………..BEST GET THIS CAT ON BOARD OR YOU’LL BE IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE NEXT!!! REMEMBER WHAT GLANVILLE SAID……THIS IS THE NFL WHICH STANDS FOR,NOT FOR LONG,IF THIS CRAP CONTINUES!!!!

SeenThisBFalcon

November 15th, 2011
5:17 pm

It’s quite obvious that the FALCONS as a whole are not playing up to their potential. We can play with any team in the league but when it comes down to making a statement we haven’t this year. The Falcon players don’t seem to want it like the Green Bay’s and New Orleans teams. The Falcons have played asleep all year when they wake up hopefully we will start winning. There is no reason we shouldn’t win 6 out of the 7 last games…

Matty

November 15th, 2011
5:17 pm

Green Bay Day- are we the only two that notices that, the game was over he didnt underthrow him….

Green Bay Day

November 15th, 2011
5:18 pm

Johnson ? You mean Julio Jones ?

Green Bay Day

November 15th, 2011
5:22 pm

The culprits Sunday were Roddy,Ryan,Abraham,& Edwards. Drew Brees jersey was unstained all game.

Gamer

November 15th, 2011
5:24 pm

YES IT FACTUAL TO SAY THAT RODDY WHITE ISN’T HAVING A PRO BOWLER’S SEASON SO FAR…..BUT RODDY IS STILL ON PACE FOR A 1000 YARD SEASON..

RODDY DEFINITELY REMAINS ONE OF THE BEST RECEIVERS IN THE LEAGUE…HE JUST NEED TO PLAY MORE PHYSICAL TO THE BALL BECAUSE HIS DEFENDERS AREATTACKING HIM OR THE BALL FIERCELY.

SO RODDY JUST NEED TO CONCENTRATE AND PLAY MORE AGGRESSIVE TO THE BALL ON EVERY DOWN THEN MORE PASS INTERFERENCE CALLS WILL BE CALL IN HIS FAVOR…HE CAN’T LET UP BECAUSE DEFENDERS ARE PLAYING VERY PHYSICAL ON HIM.

RODDY WHITE IS A STRONG PHYSICAL AND MENTALLY TOUGH RECEIVER WITH GREAT ROUTE RUNNING CAPABILITIES..

EVENTUALLY RODDY WILL TURN ON HIS TURBOS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON…

FALCONS RE-FOCUS..START ANOTHER WIN STREAK.

[...] Will Mularkey figure out how to get the offense in sync before it’s too late? I thought Roddy White’s quote in Tuesday’s edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was awfully telling about the direction [...]

Matty

November 15th, 2011
5:39 pm

Bucky- but when hes on point and in beast mode you praise him, you are rediculous… you’re not a true fan.

Matty

November 15th, 2011
5:45 pm

You so called falcons fans are ridiculous, you all are not true Dirty Birds… Are you all blind to the fact that roddy white is the best receiver EVER to come to us, wheres the loyalty… and you throw under the bus because hes been off as of late, You make me sick….

crackertroy

November 15th, 2011
6:00 pm

I remember telling my buddy on that fourth down call, this is a bad idea. Our defense could have stopped NO. BUT the mistake was well before the fourth down call. The New Orleans defense was gassed out. They could hardly stand up. We should have run Turner up the middle all the way to the touchdown during the first OT drive. The birds gave the game to the Saints after a remarkable 4th quarter comeback. Painful to watch.

Eric C.

November 15th, 2011
6:06 pm

Matty, I’m right there with you…the underthrow to Douglas in OT was the game. Ryan’s mechanics on the play were flawless and it was a beautiful throw…just couldn’t get enough on it. Dimitroff needs to put more weight on arm strength in the future.

Andrew

November 15th, 2011
6:30 pm

Amazing video of a high school player from Columbia TN who kicks the ball dead straight 75-80 yards in the air. He was successful on 54 of 54 attempts this season….100%. Now he needs a college team.

Watch for yourself…it is unreal!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_JKwgwFY3g

Seattle Falcons Fan

November 15th, 2011
6:46 pm

All can be forgiven with a trip to the playoffs and a playoff win. This time last year Green Bay wasn’t even making the playoffs.

Atlanta fan

November 15th, 2011
6:51 pm

I wish the Falcons, Braves and Hawks would just do us a favor and LEAVE TEAM. YOU ALL SUCK!

danny

November 15th, 2011
6:57 pm

I, also, am starting to wonder about Matt Ryan. It’s up to the QB to target the wide receivers. Ryan has a weak and inaccurate arm. When he throws a ball further than 20 yards, he has no idea where it’s going. Of course your offense will struggle when you have to bottle up the field for your QB. Not taking all the blame off of Mularkey but can you imagine calling plays against an NFL defense knowing you CANNOT dial one up for longer than 20 yards?

YellowJacket

November 15th, 2011
7:02 pm

Unlike Roddy White, Steve Smith would have made that catch in the endzone that would have would won the Falcons game. That’s pathetic. Roddy’s a whiner, he has to go.

Michael M.

November 15th, 2011
7:06 pm

Mike Smith going for it on a fourth-and-1 in overtime from his own 29-yard-line was the single dumbest, lowest percentage call I’ve ever seen from a coach. It wasn’t like the New Orleans Saints were putting on an offensive clinic. Atlanta made some stops in the fourth quarter. If you fail, you lose, putting the Saints in automatic field-goal range. The Falcons failed. The Falcons lost. It was totally ridiculous and unacceptable.

This is floating around out there…..

#84 "THE" DIVA

November 15th, 2011
7:19 pm

@ Gamer,once upon a time he was ALL THAT,THIS PAST SUNDAY THAT GUY YOU DISCRIBE WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND!!!!

Mikey

November 15th, 2011
7:25 pm

Wow! I’m glad I never had to play for this bunch of “fans”. All is not lost! There were mistakes made but there were also so many great plays that the Falcons almost won that game. I don’t know whether anyone noticed but the score was so close that they had to go into overtime to determine the outcome. I don’t fault Smitty for taking a shot on fourth and inches but I sure did not like the play nor the amount of time it took to get it off. Had it worked, and had the Falcons won, Smitty and any of those who made mistakes would have been heros. I saw a lot to be proud of in that game and the few mistakes that we saw are all relatively easy to fix. I was very sorry to see the re-emergence of the bonehead penalties again and they sure hurt as they always do. Roddy did serious damage to the team with his big penalties. I know he is better than that and I hope he learns from this. They will get a chance to fix it on every game between now and their next meeting with the Saints. All they have to do is continue to progress and get better every week, winning one week at a time.

Larry

November 15th, 2011
7:30 pm

“The other issue is more big picture: design and play-calling. An offense with White, Jones, Douglas, Matt Ryan, Tony Gonzalez, Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers should rank higher than 12th in yardage and 16th in scoring.

That’s on offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, who seemingly is struggling to blend Jones and Rodgers into the offense. White said the offense lacks “chemistry.”

Bingo!

Notice how effective Ryan and the offense was during the last 5 minutes of regulation when Ryan was calling the shots? And notice how ineffective the first 55 minutes of regulation and overtime when Mularkey was sending in the plays?

As Greg Knapp inhibited the effectiveness and limited the skill of Vick, Mularkey has done the same with Ryan…this isn’t rocket science, you know!

SeenThisB4

November 15th, 2011
7:40 pm

As a Thanksgiving gesture and your viewing pleasure, I just want to let y’all know that NFL Network will be replaying the Saints/falcan’ts game on NFL Replay tomorrow night at 8:00pm eastern, 7:00pm Central. Enjoy!

PappyHappy

November 15th, 2011
7:42 pm

Will say this for Roddy. He is not making excuses. He will get better.

take it from me.

November 15th, 2011
7:45 pm

That saints game was the defining moment in this lost season.Tell Roddy and all his freinds,its over!7-9. playoffs, who said playoffs!

Death Watch for UGA IX

November 15th, 2011
7:54 pm

I can’t remember why we signed Ray Edwards. Oh yeah, now I remember. To give us a 2 prong rushing attack. I wonder what ever happened with that.

boby

November 15th, 2011
7:56 pm

MICHEAL H THE FALCONS HAD TO GET RID OF MICHEAL JENKINS HE WAS NOT GETTING THE JOB DONE THE GUY DID NOT HAVE ONE 100 YARD GAME IN HIS CAREER.

Boggs

November 15th, 2011
8:01 pm

How about something on edwards. 2 sacks? Wow might as well line me up and I will work for just 500k a year instread of his 5 million.

whodat70816

November 15th, 2011
8:06 pm

@crockertroy….I love when Falcon fans like yourself say the Falcons just gave the game to the Saints….Well, the Saints defense handed the Falcons their great 4th Quarter comback. Trust me Matty Ice and Douglas aren’t that good.

The Falcons had a choice to go for it on 4th and inches or punt. They chose to go for it and the Saints Defense stuffed them to take that game away from them.

Was it a bad choice or bad play to call….either way the Falcons made their decision and the Saints Defense stood up! or did the RISE UP?

Occupy Losers

November 15th, 2011
8:07 pm

Fannie and Freddie ceo’s set to receive millions in bonuses. Over the past 2 years, they’ve paid out over 100 million. But the occupy idiots only want to go after the private sector. Why? Because they want the feds to distribute more money to them. In other words, they want to reward lazyness and losers. Unless things are changed, we will be greece in 3 years.

falcon fan 24/7

November 15th, 2011
8:16 pm

A win on this Sunday will cure all ailments. Go Falcons.

falcon fan 24/7

November 15th, 2011
8:19 pm

Aint fans get lost. Isn’t your team editor smart enough to design your own blog!

lester

November 15th, 2011
8:39 pm

Roddy is jealous of all the julio talk/He was the main man last year/He thinks we have forgotten him/Please roddy quit the high school behavior/U are still the man

West Coast Falcons Fan

November 15th, 2011
8:57 pm

Am I the only one that’s concerned with Julio pulling both hamstrings a few weeks apart? He needs to train with a track coach or somebody who can strengthen them! I have a feeling that was Mike Smith’s call on the fourth and inches play in overtime. You remember the Lions game when Quizz was out there on a third and goal play from the one and Smith called timeout and took Quizz out. He put Turner in and ran him up the middle and the Lions stopped him and we had to settle for a field goal. I believe Coach Smith overrides Mularkey on some occasions when he tries to get creative. Maybe Coach Smith needs to take the handcuffs of Mularkey and let him be a little creative with all the offensive weapons we have. Just a thought! Go Falcons!!!!!!

Great article on the Falcons

November 15th, 2011
9:08 pm

NOT! The Saints have now won 9 of 11 games in the series against the FAILCANTS under Payton, including five of six at the Georgia Dome. Payton’s Saints now own the Falcons and the GA DOME!!!!

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA….WHO DAT! WE DAT WITH THE SMARTER COACH!!!!

Roddy White is just a thug from nowhere, AL

November 15th, 2011
9:09 pm

Saints > FALCLOWNS

November 15th, 2011
9:10 pm

FACT! don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got a ring….man, it must su.ck to not have a SB Championship and to know you nevah will…..rise up….fall down…lmao….

Samuel L. Jackson

November 15th, 2011
9:34 pm

WHAT DO FALCONS DO?????!!!!! LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY EGGS!!!!!

Michael M.

November 15th, 2011
9:38 pm

Tomorrow night at 8 we can watch a replay of that dumb run call that cost the Falcons the Win,,,,,,,,,,
Stupid call,,,,,run straight up the middle,grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr !
Some I heard say we need to get Terrell Owens, some I heard say we need to get Randy Moss…………….maybe we can get Bret Favre also in a deal !

We got our own T. O. ( White) , Moss ( Jones) and Favre ( Ryan) . What we need is some level-headed coaching on all sides of the Team and you would see results !

Michael M.

November 15th, 2011
9:42 pm

I left this out of that

They even let the Saints call a time out to get set up for that stupid run up the middle with their run prevent.
Good call though…..no guts,no glory on going for it on 4th.

Michael M.

November 15th, 2011
10:02 pm

Speak of the Devil………..new webpage site out fellas, about Houston
check it out
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/942584-why-the-houston-texans-should-give-brett-favre-a-call

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

November 15th, 2011
10:03 pm

Face Realily – 2004 will be the last playoff win until the new regime takes over :)

Dan

November 16th, 2011
12:16 am

Roddy grow up sad to say that someone who has been in the league this long actually needs to look up to Julio Jones and see how to be mature and act. I mean yea your a good player but man your costing the Falcons with your baby attitude. How many weeks now is it that your getting penalties because the cornerback said something about your mommy. Ok look your job is a WR and a WR job is to catch the ball? Why is there suppose to be a big production and act over I caught the ball for something that you are paid to do. There is also a result with your actions first is we can lose the game, not make the playoffs, cost a coach a job, not have home field advanatage which cost hotels, food places, rent a cars, Delta flights for customers because Roddy has to get up after catching the ball and let everyone know he did it? I didn see Roddy jawing when he dropped the ball twice once costing us a TD to beat the Saints. Roddy F’n grow up! I really dont undertand why this behavior is excepted now in the NFL? All I know if Vince Lombardi was our coach Roddy and Vince would be in the hospital for same operation. They would have to remove Vince’s foot from Roddy’s Ass.

TheAntiMe

November 16th, 2011
1:43 am

Dan pretty much touched on a key part of what I had to say as to Roddy and his knack this season for committing big penalties at the worst times – he can really start helping the team if he would stop hurting the team with his well-intentioned but totally foolish penalties. They have been killers for the Falcons this year and no doubt his boss has let him know about it.

Also, we can live with some dropped passes here and there. Lord knows, we survived the Michael Jenkins years but another problem with Roddy – and maybe it is just part of an overall offensive problem – but Roddy has always been a very good blocker on plays that are designed for another player to either go outside or upfield and he just isn’t executing his blocks as effectively as he had been doing for the past few seasons. It was more noticeable during the Saints game this week but I think Roddy would tell you himself that he could be doing a better job this season of executing on plays that are designed for him to block as well as the plays where he is an option at receiver.

Mr Charlie

November 16th, 2011
1:54 am

Choke! There ya are….Did you mean to post that on the Philly blog?

trademark

November 16th, 2011
3:30 am

Thanks Jeff, great column. I have been dying all week to hear something tangible regarding the situation with White, the crap coming out of Mike Smith’s mouth was intolerable, it sounded like Jim Mora Jr….or maybe it was “suggested” for him to say from A Blank. I dunno, it seems the only link to me. At White…thank you for manning up. You are a great competitor of Pro-Bowl caliber. Not everyone can do what you do, let alone at this level. And the fact that you realize that there is something somewhere to be fixed is a very positive step in the right direction. Probably this is the best thing I’ve heard from the whole team this year. No excuses, just moving forward. Thank you Roddy, you will get there.
On the rest of the situation, I hate to say it, but it has a very “LA Dodgers” feel to it. Remember what happened there? A divorce, a battle, the owner goes bat-sh§(`” crazy, and the mangers, coaches and team suffers. A Blank, go home and sulk, you might be the owner of the team, but damn, man, you of all people should understand to treat an investment like this better than this. Heavy handed management is never a good idea, especially in the NFL. The people that YOU selected to run this team CAN do it. LET THEM and take your personal anger somewhere else, please, for the sake of the team.
And at everyone that has the same dumb-a$§( comment about Ryan’s arm….read the news. The only people questioning it is a bunch of morons, every expert and analyst on the planet has dismissed this as unfounded. You are just still pissed that the Falcons did so well in finding a replacement for Vick. Admit it, move on and get a life.

Samuel

November 16th, 2011
6:02 am

I don’t think Roddy White has thick skin and that’s the problem. Yeah, Things went their way, but that was last year. He talks a good game saying all the right things, but I like a guy who can perform under adversity. He hasn’t this year. Mike Smith and Vangorder are spinning a story for Ray Edwards saying he might not know all the plays, he’s getting pressure on the quarterback, and he had knee surgery. Why did they bring him in?, to be sack productive and that has not happen. The staff has to look each other in the eye and admit that some of these players on this roster are not productive week in and week out. C,mon, do we need to sign Decoud and Robinson Jerry to new contracts I think not. And that’s to name a few. If Mike Smith doesn’t get control of these penalties they are going no where fast.

Greg

November 16th, 2011
6:40 am

People keep complaining about Ryan’s arm on deep throws. They’re right! But let’s not overlook his spotty accuracy in the SHORT throwing game. How many passes are too high or behind the receiver? Oh, and you can add a few that are short and practically in the dirt. The truth is that, with respect to accuracy, he is a below-average NFL QB. I agree with the criticism of Mularkey’s play-calling, and the last play with Turner getting stuffed was just the latest example of stupidity. But the biggest problem of all on Sunday was, with the exception of about two plays, the ZERO pressure of Brees. We just don’t have the personnel to compete with the best teams. And we surely don’t have the coaching to compete.

falcon

November 16th, 2011
6:49 am

I won’t be renewing my tickets if Mularkey is still calling the plays next year.

Old Dawg Fan

November 16th, 2011
7:09 am

From what I saw in White’s playing Sunday-he really played terrible and obviously can’t control these “personal files” he continues to deliver. It could be said he was a very big part of them losing the game.

DC Dirty Bird

November 16th, 2011
7:32 am

We have a lot of issues, but with the talent that’s on this roster, Roddy White’s drops shouldn’t be magnified like they are. Our team is playing tight because of the expectations placed on them and the minimal margin of error due to our coordinators. I love Mike Smith as a leader, but he’s got to realize that we don’t have SB level coordinators. Talent without scheme is killing us.

SimpleDawg

November 16th, 2011
7:47 am

He’s a whiny, over-paid moron.

Someone must be greasing his gloves……

Maybe he should try putting some stickum on his facemask.

Dawg

November 16th, 2011
7:53 am

Cmon R White is average at best. He gets lazy on routes, drops balls and doesn’t have the deep speed. Another year of experience and Jones will be the go to guy

Mid Town Joe

November 16th, 2011
7:57 am

I got closer to Brees through my Vizio than the Falcon’s D line did.

Statick

November 16th, 2011
8:04 am

Hey, Roddy! You know what’ll help you? Shutting your big, fat mouth, stop acting like a little kid on the field and concentrate on your job. That’ll go a long way to helping you get better. Shut the hell up and play.

David

November 16th, 2011
8:09 am

You’ve got to catch the ball when it’s thrown to you Roddy. Gotta catch the ball. Plain and simple. That’s what cost us the game against the Saints. Dropped damn passes.

Crabkilla

November 16th, 2011
8:23 am

I go to sleep everynight and dream of Brian Finneran making third down receptions for first downs. Those were the days.

Nativebird

November 16th, 2011
8:25 am

Three words: Mu – Lark – Key.

TROTTINGHOME

November 16th, 2011
8:37 am

Roddy lost that game for us…had nothing to do with our OC

Juan

November 16th, 2011
8:42 am

White needs to worry about catching the ball! Everytime he dropped a pass he looked to the ref to throw a flag…what a whimpe!

SirReal

November 16th, 2011
8:52 am

Its not like we’re going to the Super Bowl anyway….QB: Middle of the road. Nothing special regardless of how the media keeps giving him unearned props. Win a big one and come talk to me then. RB: Turner=OVERutilized, Rogers=UNDERutilized (a la 4th down in OT) WR: HD is our best one right now and the idiots will probably let him walk in free agency. If he stays, he should demand more of a role in the offense b/c they really don’t seem to see how EXPLOSIVE (isnt that what we gave up a 1000 picks for and had it right here the whole time?) he can be. Jones is gonna be great guys. Give him some slack. He’s still a rookie and he didnt ask for the Birds to reach that high for him. Those hammys can be sensitive. If Ryan could throw better, he wouldnt have to stride so damn far for his inaccurate passes. Roddy just straight up needs to get himself together. He doesnt seem right this season. Bad vibes for some reason TE: The man can still get it done. He’s lost a step but still a step ahead of many in the game now. OC: Oh how this guy frustrates me. But now I wonder if its him, or if Smitty keeps overruling any plays that give us a new look. Ryan also seems better running hurry up…maybe they should let them do it all game…wait…Smith wants to grind the clock, boring vanilla…blah blah…time management….blah..blah. I wont even get started on the D. They’ve at least tried to step it up as of late and our LBs are both in top 10 in tackles in the whole league. I still hate the swiss cheese soft zones, etc though. I just dont think we have a DC with enough talent to pull the pass defense out of the basement its been in the past FOUR seasons. Run D is great though. Now after analyzing all this, do you really see a team ready to hoist the trophy? Didnt think so. Still 7 games left and we’ll see but from this vantage point, it doesnt look pretty.

"HERE COMES THE JUDGE"

November 16th, 2011
9:12 am

I have appointed myself the judge to represent the fans: JUDGE: Mr White, why in the heck are you letting your opponents get in your head and causing those rediculous penalties? RODDY: I’m the greatest, I am the savior of the Falcons’ nation, I am Roddy. JUDGE: Well, sonny listen to this…if you’re proclaiming yourself all those things I highly suggest you start acting like a leader of this team and not like you’re trying to control the kindergarden sandbox…show some maturity! RODDY: I know, I know…those darn dropped pases, those untimed penalties…I know I can do better…but that boy from Alabama showed up and messed up my stardom…shoot, darn, shucks!! JUDGE: I hereby sentence you to tape your mouth prior to each game, take a sedative to calm your nerves and carry a football all doing the week so you’ll know how it feels to hold one for more than a milisecond…if I ever see you back in my courtroom again, I’ll sentence you to be traded to the Colts…GET OUTTA HERE!

P Rose

November 16th, 2011
9:14 am

The Falcons can’t catch the Saints now with this team, and they sure as hell can’t beat the Packers even if they make the playoffs; so they’d be better off losing a lot more games this year, get a high position in the draft and DRAFT SOME BIG LINEMEN. Both the offensive and defensive lines SUCK. This is why Drew Brees has 5 seconds to find a target against the Falcons, while Matt Ryan has only about 2 seconds. Therein lies the problem.

mike

November 16th, 2011
9:19 am

You all weren’t crying last year about ryan. How about roddy white do what he’s paid so richly for ! catch the damn ball !

ATL

November 16th, 2011
9:35 am

When asked if he needs to perform better, White didn’t hesitate: “Absolutely. I have to make significant plays and game-changing plays for us to win.”

What kind of question is that, of course he needs to play better!!!!! The whole team does. I think it all boils down to Mike Smith. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Mularkey considered a masterful play caller at Pittsburg. Smith is too conservative on both offense and defense. His attitude toward both is just boring. We can’t open things up if he’s holding both OC and DC back. Heck, he’s even boring to listen to. Like Charlie Browns teacher, WA WA WA WA WA WA WA!!!!!!!

just sayin'

November 16th, 2011
9:35 am

even the locals are beginning to realize…or at least admit… melt has a weak, inaccurate arm…has never been able to throw the long ball and is now missing the dinks and dunks..the media is the only group that gives him props…good guy make over from vi_ck’s days..rodney is a pouter…lazy and gives up on his routes..will play the same way against tenn…juliet needs to work on his legs…making more money than he did at alabama now and thinks he doesn’t have to WORK anymore….

SC04

November 16th, 2011
9:36 am

Look Brad Johnson went from Journeyman to SB winning QB and he had a noodle arm. The difference. . . SCHEME. Gruden made a great scheme that worked for his personell. We need an OC that can do that. And I agree Norv Turner or Brian Billick might be our best options.

ATL

November 16th, 2011
9:36 am

P Rose

I guess you forgot. We don’t have a first rounder this year!!!

rollo lawson

November 16th, 2011
9:36 am

Neither Mularkey nor Van Gorder know how to scheme and utilize the talent given to them by Thomas Dimitroff. Yes, it comes a time when players need to make plays (Roddy drops). However, there is no excuse for the vanilla defensive schemes and conservative offensive play calling we have seen over the past three years. We have seen Roddy be a beast before and more than likely he will correct his errors. I don’t have that same confidence in our coaching staff, Mike Smith included.

The real deal...

November 16th, 2011
9:36 am

Have you ever wondered WHY we alway’s proclaim how tough a game will be BEFORE the Falcons put on the pads to play? Yes, history shows us this, but how much of our pre-game planning is about living down to our projections or “going with the flow?”…I say plan for an assualt on the opposition, change up your game plans, do something different for gawds sake…get out of the mindset that we must plan for a long protracted ground assault and come out in the fashion of gingas khan and pillage the opponent…don’t we know how to do this?? Are we incapable, don’t want to? Or, just content to play it tough, win or lose by 3, and call it a day and move on…Frankly I for one am sick of this, knowing we can do better and avoid o/t losses by 3 pts…reDICKless.

rollo lawson

November 16th, 2011
9:38 am

Mike Smith will go down with his coordinators, a la Mora with Knapp and Donatell.

DAWG FAN

November 16th, 2011
9:41 am

fire mike smith and mularkey. trade Roddy, ryan, turner, and Gonzalez they all suck. bring back Vick and Jim mora at least they won a playoff game. falcons should draft Aron murray. I should be the GM since I cheer for UGA. I know everything about running a nfl organization. you people are idiots this blog is terrible.

Cannonball Butler

November 16th, 2011
9:43 am

Roddy’s dropped passes and stupid penalties cost the Falcons the game. Step up and admit it Roddy, and then FIX IT!
Stop acting like a rookie-you’re not!

Say It Aint So

November 16th, 2011
9:44 am

As I stated in many other post, it is too easy to get into Roddy’s head. Couple that with the bone headed play calling and the Falcons are looking at not making the playoffs and starting another streak of non back to back winning seasons. Why is it so damn hard to be a sports fan in this city. We can never win the big game no matter the sport.

gcs

November 16th, 2011
9:58 am

Roddy is a baby.
His first two seasons, he screwed around because he was too immature.
Finally, he becomes the number one receiver by default and he is great.
Then, the Falcons bring in Julio to compliment him. Instead of embracing the fact that he’ll stop being double-covered so much, he turns into a jealous little wuss.
TIME TO GROW UP, RODDY!

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Bring back Spud & Cak'

November 16th, 2011
10:07 am

Roddy WILL TURN IT AROUND. I think some of the Onus Has to Be on JONES. Get open, take some pressure off, catch catchable balls as well. UR the 6 OVERALL PICK in the Draft, U should be running passed guys & requiring double coverage, I don’t care if u r a rookie. Look at A.J. Green, look at what Fitz did his rookie season.
Trading 2 years draft, for a #6 pick WR should make the Offense BETTER not take it back, Irregardless of Mularkey’s shortcomings. Take away the Colts game (a team that’s TRYING TO LOSE EVERY GAME ‘to suck for Luck’), & Julio has been a TOTAL disappointment.
Ryan’s = a proven winner (didn’t pull it off this week, but how many times over the last 3 years, HAS he brought us back from deficits)
Roddy’s = 2 PRO Bowl season’s back to back
T. Gonzalez = Hall of famer, best receiving TE to ever grace the field, still beats his man often & sure handed
H. Douglass = Quality, get’s open, fast, few drops

I believe the Falcons can STILL catch fire, but we definitely Blew it trading 2 year’s draft for an AVERAGE wr in Jones – who has NOT helped the Offense much & all of a sudden chemistry’s off?!

GET EM’ RODDY, UR A BEAST – Stay the K_C_U*F out of strip clubs though man

tim

November 16th, 2011
10:15 am

“I’ve never pouted or cried about the situation”…..that means he wants to pout and cry. What he should of said was “Hulio makes me want to work harder every day”

Not a fan of “Roddy” White.

North FLA Falcon

November 16th, 2011
10:15 am

Now that we have Julio, Roddy is often in single coverage. He is a very physical receiver so he bumps and grinds and talks smack, and basically p*sses guys off. After every play I saw of him on Sunday, he was looking around for a flag! He’s become a bit of a diva. Knock it off and catch the ball.

FALCONS IN MY BLOOD

November 16th, 2011
10:16 am

I’M SO VERY TIRED OF WAITING FOR THE FALCONS TO GET THINGS RIGHT. NEVER HAVE I WITNESSED SUCH BAD PLAY CALLING/ POOR PLAY BY A GREAT TEAM. WE HAVE ALL THE TOOL TO BE SUCCESSFUL, BUT WHATS THE PROBLEM? GET RID OF THE OC AND IF A PLAYER OR PLAYERS DONT PERFORM AT THE N.F.L. LEVEL, MAKE CHANGES!!!! SIMPLE AS THAT!!!

Joycee Banicheck

November 16th, 2011
10:16 am

Dear Roddy, try this on for size. SHUT YOUR YAP and play ball, you are way better than what you are reverting back to.

tim

November 16th, 2011
10:18 am

And…Roddy can’t block and is a hot head. Time for some soal seaching from Roddy himself and the coaches.

3rdand10

November 16th, 2011
10:19 am

We are now seeing the value of having a tall (6′5″+) receiver who can get open, catch the ball, and sustain drives. Not keeping Finneran on the team was a huge mistake. Who did first Vick, then Ryan go to on 3rd and long? The veteran Finneran was not only a leader on the field, (especially with White), but also valuable on our special teams. Apparently the WR we drafted from Kansas does not fill this need.The ability to get separation and catch the ball (ala Tony G.) is as valuable , if not more so, in a wide receiver as speed..

kevin

November 16th, 2011
10:24 am

Mularkey is not the problem. Mularkey cannot throw passes, block, catch the ball, etc–execution has been the problem all year for The Falcons. Roddy White is looking like the Roddy White of his 1st 2 seasons. Blocking has been an intermittent issue all year (though admittedly better in the last 4 or so games). Penalties have been an issue. Matt Ryan has been inconsistent all year. And, as others have pointed out, he simply cannot throw the deep ball. It’s a serious issue and one he has never been able to fix. I am convinced that as long as Matt Ryan is QB, The Falcons will be a good, but not great team. If lucky, he will lead us to the playoffs and get beat (again).

zbulldawg

November 16th, 2011
10:26 am

Roddy just get off the ME and get with the TEAM !!! OR maybe you would fit better with the EAGLES !!!

Bless-U-Boys

November 16th, 2011
11:03 am

DECEMBER 26TH-WE CAN’T WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN-WHO-DAT!!!

Falcons ON TOP

November 16th, 2011
11:04 am

12-4 here we come.

NO will drop either NYG or DET

ATL will win @ NO

NO will go 11-5

ATL will go 12-4

Falcons on top! Falcons gonna win it!

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

November 16th, 2011
11:39 am

Anyone else other than Mike Mularkey would have the offense clicking as a cohesive unit. The plays caled by the offensive coordinator STINK!!!! It is obvious to everyone watching the games that the offense functions better when Ryan is calling the plays in their hurry up offense.

Hopefully some team will come calling for Mularkey during the off season and end our pain!!!!!

DW

November 16th, 2011
11:51 am

Maybe some of that time Matt Ryan is spending studying the play book should be spent on strength and conditioning. It’s no use knowing the play book in and out if your’re not physically capable of executing the plays.

PlanB

November 16th, 2011
11:53 am

I understand Ryan puts in alot of time studing film and things along this line to make him a better QB. He’s had 3 1/2 years for that. Now I think he needs to put that time in gaining passing strength. Remember shooting free throws as a 7 or 8 year old? Tough to get it to the hoop. Eight years later it’s easy and accuracy improves exponentially. Only due to strength. You don’t need explosive receivers like RW, JJ, HD, TG and JR and have a QB that has no accuracy or a OC with no imagination. I watch many games and say, why don’t we have that play. Another Ryan problem is illusiveness. Watch Rodgers & Brees. OL pushes DL to outside & past. QB steps up for another 1/2 second look then moves left or right for another 1/2 second. If nothing, dumps to the back for 4 or 5 yds. Matt drops back, if nothing is there, he gets nervous. Not helpful.
I don’t disagree with going for it on 4th & inches but I do disagree with the play called as I have many times on many other plays. Game should have been won before OT. Something has got to chang here. Too much wasted talent.
On D, too little blitzing. Grimes had INTs against Brees while keeping him on the run in games last year. They may not get him but they decreased his effectiveness by hurrying him. Why go back to the 4 man rush most of the time?

PlanB

November 16th, 2011
11:56 am

@ DW – Seems we agree.

Ivan

November 16th, 2011
12:47 pm

The players are to blame more than the coordinator. The coordinator puts them in position to make plays. He can’t go out on the field and throw / catch the ball FOR them.

Falcons ON TOP

November 16th, 2011
12:48 pm

12-4

12-4

12-4

12-4

12-4

12-4

2011 NFC SOUTH CHAMPS.

breakyourheart

November 16th, 2011
1:21 pm

Exciting teams do exciting things..Mediocre teams do mediocre things..Problem with the birds?

Has always been..too many “hotdogs”..If they spent as much time on their play execution as they do
on their ’stupid-ass” dancing,tweeting,partying and “blowing” about their off field activities..we would have a better overall team.

Birds have never been able to “step-up” their game and eliminate the stupid ass mistakes..they have never been one to “take the game” when opportunity presents itself..

Hell, they are nothing more than average at best..they might win 8 games this year..whoop de doo!!

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November 16th, 2011
1:54 pm

2 Questions, Is Julio’s injury new or the same hamstring injury he was nursing?When will he be able to play again? If someone can answer those questions, I would appreciate it.

Sid

November 16th, 2011
2:26 pm

ATL Observer

November 16th, 2011
3:16 pm

Roddy actually has to dial his intensity DOWN. He gets a little too emotional and his mistakes are usually a reflection of that (i.e. drops where he’s already thinking of running before he’s caught it). I don’t think it’s a good problem, per se, but it’s a better problem than an apathetic player.

I think he can turn it around! But I have to concur with posters above…Mularkey continues to frustrate…

dan

November 16th, 2011
3:33 pm

This team is just lacking something mentally. I don’t know what it is. I was worried that subconsciously, that blowout loss to Green Bay last year might have a lay over effect into this year; and I kind of think that is what is happening with this team a bit. To have your face shattered like that in such a public way does things to your psyche, and it can make you gun shy. Those games against Green Bay and New Orleans this year were very winnable, but I could just tell the focus wasn’t there. Its almost like these guys don’t believe that they DESERVE to win, whereas last year they did.It feels like this team is in a mental fog and doesn’t know how to get out of it.

It’s too bad, because athletically the Birds can match up with most teams in this league, they really can. I think the first thing they need to do it just get back to fundamentals. Often times the best way to get out of a slump is to go back to what made you successful. I think the Falcons have a good locker room of guys that are capable of overcoming adversity. The focus needs to be on what each player can do individually. This team isn’t going to go 13-3. But who cares as long as they make the playoffs? Worse teams than this one have gotten hot at the right moment and rode that momentum to the Super Bowl. Despite last week’s win, I haven’t been particularly blown away by the Saints: they’re a good team but not a dominant one. And the Bucs have shown a lot of immaturity in some of their losses. The Falcons have their work cut out for them, but that’s not always a bad thing. The playoffs as well as the division is still there for the taking at this point.

Kno

November 16th, 2011
3:58 pm

Oh, hey look — it’s a bunch of cornball Vick fans calling for Matt Ryan’s head and licking Aaron Rodger’s chode. This seems to be a weekly theme here in Atlanta…kill yourselves. You are the sole reason this fanbase is ridiculed incessantly throughout the league.

Tom Pridemore

November 16th, 2011
4:07 pm

Lets face Matt Ryan is just not an accurate passer. Yeah, yeah I know he is completing 60% of his passes but look at the effort our receivers have to make just to catch the ball. Matt doesn’t hit our guy in stride. I think Matt’s arm is strong enough. I think he’s capable of throwing the ball about 60yds and that’s plenty. I think Matt’s biggest problem is the timing of his throws. Matt has the timing of a qb that can throw it 75yds. If you don’t believe me just go back and watch all of the games this year.

Oh and for those that will say the receivers drop too many balls, the Falcons have 12 drop passes as a team in 328 pass attempts. White leads the league with 7 drop passes.

Matt work on getting rid of the ball quicker and letting your receivers run under the ball. Also, work on throwing the screen ball too.

Frank Taylor

November 16th, 2011
5:06 pm

a comment in letting Finneran and Jenkins go, I felt that they could have used Finneran As a corner back as he played with the kick off unit and is 6′5″. He is probably a step or two slow, but his height would make up for the difference. I played QB for a sandlot team against a man who was 6”4. and was never able to get it over him because he could jump very well, and he never tried to intercept the ball all the time. but he just tried to knock the ball down if he could not intercept it. The Falcon conerbacks have not always tried to do this. For example, Brent Grimes got beat by GB last year in the end zone when he was up against a GB wide receiver who was 6′4″. He should have tried just to knock the ball down. I realize that he has tried more of this in 2011. It does take a lot of smarts to figure this out..

showmebetr

November 16th, 2011
9:45 pm

Roddy you are letting this team down. For whatever reason with dropped passes, missed blocking assignments were we could have gained good yardage..it’s pathetic.. it was a mistake to let Finneran go. Julio has got to stay healthy..what kinda trainers are this team using don’t they have conditioning or what? TG, HD, JS all class acts… Get your head in the game Roddy or you need to go..

Big Mike

November 17th, 2011
10:09 am

White needs to look at Jerry Rice , Harrison and other great receivers who understood their job as play makers not linebackers .

LawDawg

November 17th, 2011
10:22 am

The only thing I have learned about the NFL the last three weeks is that there is basically a 0% chance of an NFL South team being in the conference championship. I have no idea how three teams have all regressed so badly (though TB was expected due to youth and a tougher schedule, but they are also getting blown out like D-II college programs), but they have.

CAD

November 18th, 2011
2:58 pm

Get rid of the quarterback coach. Get rid of the offensive coordinator. Get Matt to focus on ACCURACY. Be the Falcons. Quit trying to be Green Bay or New England. Get coaches who can implement a type of West Coast Offense. That way Matt doesn’t have to worry about being accurate beyond 25-30 yards. We already have big enough receivers who can get YAC. Falcon fans gonna have to be patient though. Tony, McClure, John Abraham and even White are getting older. Replacing any of those guys is going to be down right tough. So Get It done NOW Falcons.

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