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Normally I think coaching is important from just the perspective of getting a team prepared and having a good scheme..........but this week, the actual coaching done on game day was the Falcons undoing.

1) Early on, it was obvious that Patriots could run on Falcons "at will" and they were dominating the line of scrimmage. BVG and Falcons defense made no adjustment..........Grade: "F-"

2) Falcons offense was in a nice groove in the first half but a couple of penalties put the Falcons at 2nd and very long distance. Falcons got it all the way back to about 4th and 3 from the Patriots 43 and Matt Ryan was hot. Falcons were down 16-10. Mike Smith elects to punt the ball from the Patriots 38 - you have got to be FREAKING KIDDIN' ME!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grow some NADS, Mike.....Result of punt was 24 yard gain in field position - whoopty-freakin-doo!..................Grade: "F-"

3) Falcons had the ball about 2 minutes in the entire 3rd quarter and were getting dominated in time of possession. In 4th quarter we were down 19-10 with less than 10 minutes left and we never went for it on 4th down. Can someone explain this to me?????? So what if we don't get it? We were already down two scores and everytime the Patriots get the ball they hold it for 10 minutes?.......Grade: "F-"

Look, I love Mike Smith and our coaching staff but the unwillingness to go for it on 4th down showed weakness and a lack of confidence. Even the players knew they were not going to have "three and outs" and they needed strength from this coaching staff and they did not get that today.

Falcons cannot stop the run......Memo to Mike Smith and BVG: you have a bye week so two weeks to get this run defense game fixed......please do so or it will be a long season.

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Normally I think coaching is important from just the perspective of getting a team prepared and having a good scheme..........but this week, the actual coaching done on game day was the Falcons undoing.

1) Early on, it was obvious that Patriots could run on Falcons "at will" and they were dominating the line of scrimmage. BVG and Falcons defense made no adjustment..........Grade: "F-"

2) Falcons offense was in a nice groove in the first half but a couple of penalties put the Falcons at 2nd and very long distance. Falcons got it all the way back to about 4th and 3 from the Patriots 43 and Matt Ryan was hot. Falcons were down 16-10. Mike Smith elects to punt the ball from the Patriots 38 - you have got to be FREAKING KIDDIN' ME!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grow some NADS, Mike.....Result of punt was 24 yard gain in field position - whoopty-freakin-doo!..................Grade: "F-"

3) Falcons had the ball about 2 minutes in the entire 3rd quarter and were getting dominated in time of possession. In 4th quarter we were down 19-10 with less than 10 minutes left and we never went for it on 4th down. Can someone explain this to me?????? So what if we don't get it? We were already down two scores and everytime the Patriots get the ball they hold it for 10 minutes?.......Grade: "F-"

Look, I love Mike Smith and our coaching staff but the unwillingness to go for it on 4th down showed weakness and a lack of confidence. Even the players knew they were not going to have "three and outs" and they needed strength from this coaching staff and they did not get that today.

Falcons cannot stop the run......Memo to Mike Smith and BVG: you have a bye week so two weeks to get this run defense game fixed......please do so or it will be a long season.

I agree 100%

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Normally I think coaching is important from just the perspective of getting a team prepared and having a good scheme..........but this week, the actual coaching done on game day was the Falcons undoing.

1) Early on, it was obvious that Patriots could run on Falcons "at will" and they were dominating the line of scrimmage. BVG and Falcons defense made no adjustment..........Grade: "F-"

2) Falcons offense was in a nice groove in the first half but a couple of penalties put the Falcons at 2nd and very long distance. Falcons got it all the way back to about 4th and 3 from the Patriots 43 and Matt Ryan was hot. Falcons were down 16-10. Mike Smith elects to punt the ball from the Patriots 38 - you have got to be FREAKING KIDDIN' ME!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grow some NADS, Mike.....Result of punt was 24 yard gain in field position - whoopty-freakin-doo!..................Grade: "F-"

3) Falcons had the ball about 2 minutes in the entire 3rd quarter and were getting dominated in time of possession. In 4th quarter we were down 19-10 with less than 10 minutes left and we never went for it on 4th down. Can someone explain this to me?????? So what if we don't get it? We were already down two scores and everytime the Patriots get the ball they hold it for 10 minutes?.......Grade: "F-"

Look, I love Mike Smith and our coaching staff but the unwillingness to go for it on 4th down showed weakness and a lack of confidence. Even the players knew they were not going to have "three and outs" and they needed strength from this coaching staff and they did not get that today.

Falcons cannot stop the run......Memo to Mike Smith and BVG: you have a bye week so two weeks to get this run defense game fixed......please do so or it will be a long season.

I agree with you whole heartly. How you not blitz on a quarterback that have shown you that he wasn't accurate throwing the ball? That what piss me off about the entire game. BVG sent four, at one time he sent three. WTH!

Bottom line this was a winnable ball game. New England didn't beat us, we beat ourselves.

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Yes, the saddest part about the loss was - this was a day when the Patriots could have "been had".....Falcons got to play Brady when Brady not only did not play brilliantly, heck Brady did not even play as good as "the Bad Brady - Brady Quinn".......

Vince Wilfork.....out with injury in 1st half

Jerrod Mayo.......out

Richard Seymour...traded

Wes Welker........injured

Tom Brady.........while he played, he looked AWFUL

Q: How can all those things happen and Falcons still get throttled?

A: Coaching

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I do think that Smith could have went for it on some of those 4th downs, and i do believe that if he was at home then he would have 4 sure. I also feel like the Offense played better last year than it is play now, even though Ryan is playing better and making better decisions. I think that i saw an article earlier that indicated that Mularkey removed some plays from the playbook to make these basic. I think that we need to go back and retrieve some of those plays, because the offensive playcalling is very vanilla, especially in the run game. YOu have weapons Mularkey open up the playbook and stop play hatin. :D

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Normally I think coaching is important from just the perspective of getting a team prepared and having a good scheme..........but this week, the actual coaching done on game day was the Falcons undoing.

1) Early on, it was obvious that Patriots could run on Falcons "at will" and they were dominating the line of scrimmage. BVG and Falcons defense made no adjustment..........Grade: "F-"

2) Falcons offense was in a nice groove in the first half but a couple of penalties put the Falcons at 2nd and very long distance. Falcons got it all the way back to about 4th and 3 from the Patriots 43 and Matt Ryan was hot. Falcons were down 16-10. Mike Smith elects to punt the ball from the Patriots 38 - you have got to be FREAKING KIDDIN' ME!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grow some NADS, Mike.....Result of punt was 24 yard gain in field position - whoopty-freakin-doo!..................Grade: "F-"

3) Falcons had the ball about 2 minutes in the entire 3rd quarter and were getting dominated in time of possession. In 4th quarter we were down 19-10 with less than 10 minutes left and we never went for it on 4th down. Can someone explain this to me?????? So what if we don't get it? We were already down two scores and everytime the Patriots get the ball they hold it for 10 minutes?.......Grade: "F-"

Look, I love Mike Smith and our coaching staff but the unwillingness to go for it on 4th down showed weakness and a lack of confidence. Even the players knew they were not going to have "three and outs" and they needed strength from this coaching staff and they did not get that today.

Falcons cannot stop the run......Memo to Mike Smith and BVG: you have a bye week so two weeks to get this run defense game fixed......please do so or it will be a long season.

Great post g-dawg and I 100% agree.

The coaches should watch film on themselves and evaluate their play calling.

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just made the points in my topic here on 790thezone on a call-in to Nick/Chris - I was "Phillip from Villa Rica"....they agreed 100% with my assessment and Chris Dimino(while rejecting the premise) said he was suprised nobody had brought up the "Lane Kiffin Analogy" in that it looked like Mike Smith was coaching not trying to win.....but trying to coach not to lose by too much......while not true, it did look like it.

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I do think that Smith could have went for it on some of those 4th downs, and i do believe that if he was at home then he would have 4 sure. I also feel like the Offense played better last year than it is play now, even though Ryan is playing better and making better decisions. I think that i saw an article earlier that indicated that Mularkey removed some plays from the playbook to make these basic. I think that we need to go back and retrieve some of those plays, because the offensive playcalling is very vanilla, especially in the run game. YOu have weapons Mularkey open up the playbook and stop play hatin. :D

:lol::lol:

Why is Mularkey here? What body of work did he have? I only remember his abysmal head coaching...??? anyone???

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[2] reasons our defense was on the field so much:

[1] Losing Jerry Peria (lol - tell me you guys get this) was tough in the middle and they ran right up the gut on us.

[2] I think we were so concerned about Moss going deep that we didn't push the envelope on blitzing. Our DBs actually played pretty well considering they had to run around with the receivers for 6+ seconds. At that point - we should've started blitzing the heck out of the Golden Boy.

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I totally agree. The Offense play calling was horrible, we looked like a joke on the field. Our offensive did a very very bad job moving the ball. All pre-season and the 1st two games we were using Tony, now he is almost invisible. Roddy back to his old self dropping balls and why in god's earth Turner isn't getting holes to run through.

As fans we can sit back and pick this game apart so I sure hope the coaches can do the same.

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I absolutely agree!

Just a question, was I the only one to see Mike Smith poppin pills on the sideline?

Believe me, I understand. BUT...Reason I ask is his play callin was like he was under the influence of something!

I saw that, but I'm pretty sure it was Excedrin Migraine. :lol: Either that, or blood pressure medication. Can't blame him -- I did the same, just watching the game.

Like the other posters here, I love coach Smith... but yesterday was his worst game so far. At least he was fired up and yelling at the defensive line (to no avail), but they're not the only ones who played poorly yesterday.

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Have to agree G-dawg... I was steamed when we didn't go for it on 4th and 3 with about 10 mins left in the game down by 9.

The coaches deserve most of the blame for the way we played. Even though the defensive line played HORRIBLE I still think BVG could have done something more with the calling. We saw from the Pats 1st 2 games that the way to beat them is to get pressure on Brady and we hardly blitzed all game. He had all freakin day to pass the ball.

Losing this game is not the end of the world and I would not even be upset had we played the 2nd half remotely close to how we played the 1st half. Oh btw.. that Turner fumble seemed to take the life out of the whole team.

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I think all around the Falcons coaching staff is too conservative.

I guess this is what happens when you have a defensive minded head coach who's forte is zone coverage.

At some point he'll realize the strength of this team relies on offense and you have to let them attack. The bunch set the Falcons run was unstoppable yesterday.

The punt on 4th down in NE territory was a clear sign of weakness. Smith wants his team to be aggressive, but refuses to coach aggressively.

How can you be a physical team when your scheme is based on zone principals and a bend but dont break

He needs to go yell at himself.

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