Short takes: 3 thoughts on Falcons’ win over Chiefs

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(I’ll be back with the game column shortly, which will focus on the Falcons’ offense. Until then, here are three quick thoughts’ on the Falcons after their opening game against Kansas City. This is a new feature in the AJC.)

1. Julio Jones is Falcons’ No. 1 weapon: Every receiver can be stopped by some defense or cornerback at some point. But opponents are going to struggle to contain Jones this season, particularly in an offense that has so many options and with a coordinator (Dirk Koetter) who is far less predictable in play-calling than Mike Mularkey. Jones had three receptions and a touchdown before the seats at Arrowhead Stadium got warm. He had six catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns by halftime.

2. Jacquizz Rodgers is no longer MIA: The running back, seldom used in his rookie season, had a 77-yard kickoff return and had eight “touches” on offense (34 combined rushing and receiving yards). Rodgers doesn’t yet show the ability to be an every-down back, but he’ll clearly be in the rotation with Michael Turner and he gives defenses something else to think about.

3. Defense remains an early concern: The Falcons had significant defensive problems in the first half and seldom pressured Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, who picked apart a soft zone defense. It looked disturbingly similar to last season. Things got better in the second half, but that might have been more the product of the Chiefs self destructing. Cassel threw two interceptions (William Moore and Stephen Nicholas). However, John Abraham registered a sack and forced a fumble that the Falcons converted into a touchdown drive. Bottom line: The defense will need to create a better pass rush.

– Jeff Schultz

86 comments Add your comment

dawgnation1

September 9th, 2012
3:56 pm

dawgnation1

September 9th, 2012
3:57 pm

Where is Seen This B4????

September 9th, 2012
3:58 pm

WHERE ARE YOU????

Robbie Red

September 9th, 2012
4:00 pm

MATT RYAN FOUR TOUCHDOWNS, MIKE VICK FOUR INTERCEPTIONS. LOL

GO DAWGS, GO FALCONS, AND IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT: GO F YOURSELF

:)

Suckerfreehaterblog

September 9th, 2012
4:00 pm

No suckers or haters allowed on this blog! That means you JSS,Choke, Seen,Hiram…..etc! Beat it suckers!

JSS

September 9th, 2012
4:01 pm

See, this is hilarious, trying to call folks out… Remember don’t come on crying when they get their chance to tongue lash you later… But you will…

Tojo

September 9th, 2012
4:02 pm

Good Afternoon AJC,

This spot is where I have always gone for the keen insights of your coulmnists HiramSaint, SeenThisB4, and the eloquent JSS. However I have not found their comments on taday’s games thus far; can you tell me, are these no longer employed by your organization?

Thanks,
Tojo

Not So Fast

September 9th, 2012
4:02 pm

Wow the Saints look bad. Things could unravel quickly for them. I think missing their coach and Brees contract situation keeping him from working out in the offseason might come back to hurt them.

JSS

September 9th, 2012
4:02 pm

Rex Grossman = a more talented Jimmy Clausen… Griffin is this year’s Newton…

Go Jackets

September 9th, 2012
4:03 pm

It was a GREAT weekend for the three big boys in Georgia football. Three big roflstomps……like I said earlier, its time for our three football teams (Jackets, Dawgies, and Falcons) to start giving out arse whoopins instead of receiving them.Great weekend!

oldfart

September 9th, 2012
4:05 pm

“The Falcons had significant defensive problems in the first half and seldom pressured Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel…”

There was not a single holding call in the entire game. This worked for both offensive lines but I like it better when refs make them at least semi-comply with the rules of the game.

billyho55

September 9th, 2012
4:06 pm

FALCONS LOOKED GREAT TODAY ON OFFENSE. THANK GOD FOR DIRK KOETTER! DEFENSE LOOKED GOOD, JUST GOTTA SHORE SOME THINGS UP. THESE ARE NOT OUR OLD FALCONS ANYMORE BOYS!!!

ViningDawg

September 9th, 2012
4:07 pm

Julio v. AJGreen… Still wish a UGA Dawg was here, but…. Cannot argue with results.

Where is Seen This B4????

September 9th, 2012
4:08 pm

WHO DAT? WHATEVER, IT’S NOT THE AINTS!!!!!! ha ha ha ha ha ha…

Inquiring Minds Want to Know (aka Go Jackets)

September 9th, 2012
4:08 pm

Are the Saints that bad, or are the new and improved Redskins that good?

RG3

September 9th, 2012
4:14 pm

“See, this is hilarious, trying to call folks out… Remember don’t come on crying when they get their chance to tongue lash you later… But you will…”

Go root for the Eagles, clown.

dawgnation1

September 9th, 2012
4:20 pm

Haha!!!! SWEET!! Brees just threw a terrible pick.

billyho55

September 9th, 2012
4:22 pm

WHO DAT WAS IN THE SUPADOME TODAY!

rico

September 9th, 2012
4:24 pm

“Are the Saints that bad, or are the new and improved Redskins that good?”
Combination of the ‘aint’s being a little in turmoil and the skins being much improved. RGIII is raw, but very talented and the skins have some real talent on D.

JSS

September 9th, 2012
4:29 pm

Why? It is better to watch the whole NFL, but you don’t get that… Don’t you Sideshow Bob?

Where is Seen This B4????

September 9th, 2012
4:29 pm

Go Jackets

September 9th, 2012
4:33 pm

Braves win……CELEBRATE. We dont get many of these weekends much in the ATL.

FalconUGAFan

September 9th, 2012
4:34 pm

Good game Falcons…guys it’s a bit early to call out Seen, don’t ya think….

David

September 9th, 2012
4:37 pm

One thing is for certain: We won’t see any Vick lovers online today talking about how great No. 7 is. The Eagles are going to win this game (Michael Vick somehow wasn’t the worst QB on the field today, thanks in large part to Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brandon Weeden), but about zero percent of that is due in part to the dog killer.

Matt Ryan, here in year 5, is starting to look a lot like a guy drafted No. 3 overall. He’s making crisp decisions, the ball is leaving his hand with a lot more zip now, and this team, if the defense can hold up, might be very, very scary.

Where is Seen This B4????

September 9th, 2012
4:38 pm

NEVER, HE’D BE ON HERE BEFORE THE SOUND OF THE HORN IF THE FALCONS WERE LOSING. SHE CAN GO SUCK EGGS. THAT IS – “SEEN”.

dean

September 9th, 2012
4:41 pm

Thanks Jeff.

Having seen every offense ATL has ever fielded, today was the most efficient I have seen. The bottom line: give Ryan some breathing room and it is game over.

As far as the defense goes, it is nice to see a DC that actually can make adjustments.

As I like to say every season, the first 4 games can be an indicator of how bad you really are but don’t necessarily mean how good you are. But this game was not trickery. It was “Here we come. Stop us.”. It was REFRESHING!

Gotta pressure the great one next week or it us 1 and 1.

By the way, to the phil bashers from the game blog, it was very hard for me to say what i said above. As a Falcon since 66, we are always waiting for the piano to fall out of the sky. We gave valid reasons for that. Today was nice. 12-4 or 11-5 will be great. Just show me when it’s ball check time.

dean

September 9th, 2012
4:43 pm

Dammit. We”have” valid reasons…

Brees Agent

September 9th, 2012
4:50 pm

OK, OK, so he is a little overpaid. How ’bout them Redskins? LOL!!!!!!!!!!

Brees Agent

September 9th, 2012
4:51 pm

Hello, Drew? Yeah, I’m working on a trade for RGIII right now. I’ll get back to you. Love you, mean it.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

September 9th, 2012
4:52 pm

Falcons 1-0 WTG Matty Ice and JJ

Saints 0-1 WTG redskins

Life is good

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

September 9th, 2012
5:03 pm

So they beat a Matt Cassel led team with 3 starters on defense out of the game.

When does the parade start?

I guarantee you that Peyton’s arm won’t give out in the 2nd half and half of their starters won’t skip this game :)

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

September 9th, 2012
5:04 pm

Robbie Red

September 9th, 2012
4:00 pm
MATT RYAN FOUR TOUCHDOWNS, MIKE VICK FOUR INTERCEPTIONS. LOL

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Eagles 1-0
Falcants 1-0

What’s your point? :)

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

September 9th, 2012
5:07 pm

Didn’t take the GREAT Mike Vick to reach the age of 27+ to win a playoff game……

HA HA HA :)

0-3 baby :)

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

September 9th, 2012
5:08 pm

Falcants…………

Pre-Playoff champs :)

Ricky Bobby

September 9th, 2012
5:14 pm

Good Effort Falcons! This ain’t the same pansy cake Ryan I’ve seen in previous seasons who was scared to get hit and wiggle off of hits. Even though this is just the first game against at most an average opponent, I do like his confidence now! His play action could still use improvement, but for now, we’ll focus on the impressive win. Congrats also on Matty’s first rushing TD in his lifetime– AWESOME. We gotta improve before the Saint’s get clicking on all cylinder’s..they were definitely still showing sparks even though they look “unraveled”.

Go ATLanta!

JSS

September 9th, 2012
5:15 pm

Jeff Schultz, check your FB inbox around 10 thanks…

Suckerfreehaterblog

September 9th, 2012
5:29 pm

By the way can you guarantee that D wont give up 40 again? Hehehehehehahahahahahah….against a rookie!

Jeff Schultz

September 9th, 2012
5:29 pm

JSS (real one) — He’s gone. So are the comments (under all aliases).

TrishaDishaWarEagle

September 9th, 2012
5:31 pm

@choke..i mean p-funk , don’t you have a post game pitbull fight to go to or something?

Big O

September 9th, 2012
5:36 pm

According to the NFL.com box scores, MLB Dent did not have a single tackle???? And a lot of KC’s runs were up the middle right over Dent’s lane.

JSS

September 9th, 2012
5:37 pm

Thanks Jeff Schultz, sorry you had to waste the time…

Suckerfreehaterblog

September 9th, 2012
5:37 pm

The point is that the Aints are 0-1, what you got to say about that Choke? I know you got something to say! And they are 0-1 because they looked like swamp poop! Could not stop a pop warner team from scoring! Who cares if they got the bum bounty hunters back! How that work out? Wait here is the real question….i remember you and seen bragging about your new linebacker you got from the Falcons…whats his name not hard to remember we saw his last name all game today as he was getting burned! Lofton right? Hehehehehahahahaha. That was the worst D in the world. Nice opening game for the intern coach. He looked good. Good in a JV game! What can you say? Was it because you played a subpar team with a rookie QB who was able to drop 40? O yea the golden boy Sleeze did not look to good either…..looked really shaky in the pocket. Geaux Saints! Straight to the bottom of the NFC South….somewhere you used to being!

Big Crimson 75

September 9th, 2012
5:46 pm

Good win.
This is the NFL. A win is a win. They had players out — too bad.
We definitely should take the South!
Saints lose & where are the geniuses who said Caolina is better than the Falcons??

DawgNole

September 9th, 2012
5:47 pm

Matt “CHOKE” Ryan
September 9th, 2012
5:03 pm

So they beat a Matt Cassel led team with 3 starters on defense out of the game.

When does the parade start?

I guarantee you that Peyton’s arm won’t give out in the 2nd half and half of their starters won’t skip this game
______________________

So now 3 is half of 11? What a disgusting excuse-maker.

DawgNole

September 9th, 2012
5:49 pm

Jeff Schultz
September 9th, 2012
5:29 pm

JSS (real one) — He’s gone. So are the comments (under all aliases).
___________________

Nice work. Now if you can just squeeze out the r-baiter we’ll be all set.

Big Crimson 75

September 9th, 2012
5:50 pm

Big O — there incorrect.
I saw Dent make at least 1 tackle.
We were running our sub-packages the majority of the game.
Spoon & Nicholas made plenty of stops vs the run.

Jeff Schultz

September 9th, 2012
5:50 pm

I need to get back to column. But if ANYBODY points out a comment that they believe is over the line, race-baiting, etc., I’ll be happy to look at it and take appropriate action. My email is jschultz@ajc.com.

JSS

September 9th, 2012
5:54 pm

DawgNole, we can agree to disagree… I’ve seen the “real” racial side (right Jeff Schultz), there’s a line… Some folks “really” don’t get it… MCR will tell you, we’ve had blog words… But here’s the difference, we settled it like adults (even for a forum like this) and moved on…

I’m telling you to like or respect him… But it is his opinion, and he’s never shied away from it…

JSS

September 9th, 2012
5:57 pm

Side note:
If it was really about race, why didn’t folks (the stereotype view) jump on the Leftweitch and Shockley band wagons? Seriously…

JSS

September 9th, 2012
6:01 pm

Sorry DawgNole left out some words because I dictating in my “parked car.”
“Not” telling you to “like him” that is