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What Is The Problem?

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Man this team has talent what it doesn't have is an adequate coaching staff. This game bothers me tremendously because defensively we couldn't stop anything and we didn't adjust. We got 41 points put on us by an inferior team. Discuss?

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Defense sucks, plain and simple. They are the reason I have a never take an opponent lightly attitude. Offense can score all the points in the world but if the defense can't make at minimum 2 stops, what good is it. Also doesn't help that you don't have any true consistency on the offensive side of the ball. They gotta get better fast

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Yep it just makes no sense to me at all. I mean is it coaching or players just suck but they have to fix this sh1t or I'm sure AB is going to make a change at HC.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Rapid Reaction: Atlanta Falcons

By Vaughn McClure

MINNEAPOLIS -- A few thoughts on the Atlanta Falcons' 41-28 loss to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium:

What it means: The Falcons, now 2-2, have now lost four straight on the road dating back to last season, showing they just can't get it done on the road. The best thing going for the Falcons is they're still 2-0 in the NFC South over wins against New Orleans and Tampa Bay, but their next two division games are on the road against the Buccaneers (Nov. 9) and the Panthers (Nov. 16).

Stock Watch: The stock of the defense plummeted to maybe an all-time low. Playing against a rookie quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater and facing a Vikings team without star running back Adrian Peterson, the Falcons allowed 351 yards in the first half and finished by yielding 558 total yards. The run defense was pathetic as unproven Vikings running back Matt Asiata had three rushing touchdowns. And Bridgewater looked like a season vet, completing 19 of 30 passes for 317 yards without an interception before exiting with an ankle injury.

Injury update: Injuries to starting center Joe Hawley (knee), starting left guard Justin Blalock (back), and starting right tackle Lamar Holmes (foot) left the Falcons extremely shorthanded along the offensive line to end the game. In fact, 6-foot-8-inch, 265-pound tight end Levine Toilolo had to line up at right tackle at the end of the game with no other able bodies to play the position. Outside of the losses along the offensive line, the Falcons also lost starting strong safety William Moore with a shoulder injury. It's unclear how Moore got injured, but his leadership on defense is key, particularly with Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles) already out for the season. Kemal Ishmael stepped in for Moore, and Ishmael banged his right knee late but remained in the game.

Game ball: Hard not to acknowledge the efforts of running back Antone Smith, who scored on a 48-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. It was Smith's third touchdown on the season on just 13 touchdowns. He showed great explosion once again, although he's been battling a hamstring injury since preseason. To put it simply, the Falcons have to find a way to get Smith more involved instead of just talking about how he deserves more touches.

This game was just turrible, SMH!!!

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Having zero pass rush is gonna kill this team. Having corners that can't catch interceptions, EASY interceptions will kill us. I can probably keep going but it's not even worth the energy

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Yep and you wonder who is to blame for scheme and personnel now. I think we have some guys and then we have guys that shouldn't be seeing the field. Oh well on to next week in NY.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Not much optimism about William Moore

By Vaughn McClure

Observed and heard in the locker room after the Atlanta Falcons' 41-28 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium:

Strong safety William Moore, who left Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, was nowhere to be seen in the locker room after the game. There wasn't too much optimism expressed about Moore's status. In fact, one teammate said Moore "might be out" in referring the rest of the season. Free safety Dwight Lowery said the Falcons simply have to move forward. "It's the NFL and the team we just played didn't have there best player (Adrian Peterson)," Lowery said. "They obviously adjusted and did what they had to do. That's kind of what happens. Nobody ever wants to see that happen, especially to Will. But it's the NFL."

Starting center Joe Hawley and starting right tackle Lamar Holmes both left the locker room on crutches following significant injuries. Hawley had his right knee in a brace and he guided himself out the exit, while Holmes wore a walking boot on his left foot. Those are scenes the Falcons didn't want to see, particularly after they've already lost Sam Baker to a season-ending knee injury. There was no sign of left guard Justin Blalock, who also exited the game with a back injury.

Julio Jones would like to think the offense can put enough points on the board to outscore anyone. Such wasn't the case Sunday. "We're put in different situations every week. This is the NFL, and it's hard to score on people," Jones said. "We do have a high-powered offense. We just have to make plays when they present themselves. We've got the play better team ball."

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We had one of the worst defensive rosters a year ago added a couple guys Miami and KC didn't want and added a couple projects in the draft...what were y'all expecting?

Nolan wants to out think his opponent instead of out hitting 'em.

Coaching and players are the only problems lol

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Film Don't Lie: Falcons

By Vaughn McClure

A weekly look at what the Atlanta Falcons must fix:

The lack of a pass rush continues to be a problem for the 2-3 Falcons as they prepare to face the 2-3 Chicago Bears on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

During Sunday's 30-20 loss to the New York Giants, the Falcons managed just one sack: by veteran designated pass-rusher Osi Umenyiora. But even Umenyiora would admit it was a gimme, considering Giants offensive tackle Will Beatty slipped to the ground, allowing Umenyiora to get to Eli Manning.

There are too many instances in which the Falcons are getting somewhat close to the quarterback, but not finishing the play. They had just six quarterback hurries in the game, and at times, Manning had all day to scan the field. There were other times when he simply got the ball out quickly.

Now, the Falcons will face a quarterback in Jay Cutler who gets rattled by pressure and forces throws. In a loss at Carolina, Cutler was 1-for-5 with two interceptions on passes thrown 15-plus yards down the field, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Before Sunday's loss, he had a 24 percent completion rate on such throws, which ranked 31st out of 33 qualifying quarterbacks.

Unfortunately for the Falcons, they really haven't generated enough pressure to knock any quarterback off his game, other than Tampa Bay's Josh McCown. The Falcons still rank second to last in the league in sacks per pass play and take just four total sacks into Sunday's contest.

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