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Patriots’ approach surprised Falcons’ defense

By By Tim Casey

Mass. — The Falcons spent dozens of hours preparing for Tom Brady, watching film and analyzing the quarterback’s tendencies. In the Patriots’ first two games, they had thrown on 70 percent of their offensive plays.

The Falcons’ defensive linemen were determined to pressure Brady on Sunday afternoon, make him rush his throws and not feel comfortable in the pocket. Instead, too often, Brady had plenty of time to find open receivers.

For the second consecutive game, the Falcons’ front four didn’t record a sack. The Patriots emphasized rushing more than usual, gaining 168 yards on 39 carries, led by 12-year veteran Fred Taylor’s 105 yards. Entering Sunday, the team had only 43 rushes for 156 yards, which ranked 26th in the NFL.

In particular, several Atlanta players said New England’s reliance on a play-action passing attack surprised them. Because the Falcons had to respect the Patriots’ running game, they couldn’t rush Brady as aggressively as they’d like.

“They kind of did a little mind games on us. That’s all it was,” defensive end John Abraham said. “They did a good job. I’ve got to credit them with how they played. We watched a lot of tape, and they didn’t do as much play action before.”

One year after setting a franchise record and personal best 16.5 sacks, Abraham had two sacks in the season-opening 19-7 victory over the Miami Dolphins. But the Patriots’ offensive line did a nice job containing the 6-foot-4, 263-pound Abraham and the rest of the Falcons’ line.

Making matters even more difficult, the Falcons played without rookie defensive tackle Peria Jerry, a first-round selection. Jerry had a season-ending knee injury in last Sunday’s victory over the Carolina Panthers. Thomas Johnson, who was out of the NFL the past two seasons, replaced Jerry.

“We’ve got to pass rush better,” Johnson said. “They kept a lot of guys in to protect [brady] as well. They executed their game plan. I expected them to keep more guys in. We just didn’t get it done today.”

With a bye next week, the Falcons said they will re-examine how they defend against the pass. Abraham was adamant that unless the Falcons apply more pressure, it could be a recurring problem.

“We’ve got to put it on us, the D-line, because we’ve got to get off our blocks and pressure [brady],” Abraham said. “A couple times I got pressure on him, and he threw the ball kind of errant. But then, a lot of times, we didn’t get to him, and he was completing to receivers that were open.

“I mean, you give a guy 4-5 seconds in the pocket, he’s got a lot of time. Three seconds is the most you can give you somebody. We gave him a lot more time than that.”

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So Falcons didn't practice for Run.. LOL what did they expect after giving 5.1 yds per carry.. Even we knew that They might come and run the ball

Its not like Bill Bellicheck has never been tricky before. :P I just can't believe coaches didn't think, they might RUN THE BALL? DUH 70% is kind of unbalanced. :unsure:

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There is another game last season where it was stated that the Falcons didn't practice the run and the team ran on us.. I think it was the Saints game in NO where Mike Smith said he was expecting the pass and the Saints ran on us with success.

Fans are always wrong no? There were a few of us who were concerned about the run game, not sure why the FO was not.

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Fans are always wrong no? There were a few of us who were concerned about the run game, not sure why the FO was not.

With a defense like ours our coaches should always be concerned with the run.. Poor rushing teams have had too many good days against us. Saints, Denver, Cardinals and now the Pats.. All teams that struggled to run the ball until they played us. Stopping the run should be the first and foremost thing on EVERY game plan. Letting a team get a running game going and become balanced is the absolute worst thing that you can let a opposing team do.

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With a defense like ours our coaches should always be concerned with the run.. Poor rushing teams have had too many good days against us. Saints, Denver, Cardinals and now the Pats.. All teams that struggled to run the ball until they played us. Stopping the run should be the first and foremost thing on EVERY game plan. Letting a team get a running game going and become balanced is the absolute worst thing that you can let a opposing team do.

I agree the No. 1 thing the defense should do is STOP THE RUN. DID BVG have the brain FART? ;)

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There is another game last season where it was stated that the Falcons didn't practice the run and the team ran on us.. I think it was the Saints game in NO where Mike Smith said he was expecting the pass and the Saints ran on us with success.

It was the Denver game. I expected Denver to try and run then and I expected NE to try and run against us. Great coaches know exactly how to beat our Smith. Shannahan(spl) and Belicheck(spl) both knew we were going to key in on the pass and they killed us. I don't know how Abraham or anyone else got fooled by the play action. If a team is getting 6-7 yards a carry, the play action pass is sure to come and come frequently.

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