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Jeff Schuttz, Ajc: The Falcons Have A Problem, And Surprisingly It Is Their Quarterback


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"I went to a Falcons’ game and spent most of my time writing Georgia columns, the last of which you can find by clicking here.

But I saw enough. I’ve seen it before.

Nobody should be surprised that the Falcons are having some problems. We knew there were recent draft mistakes and personnel deficiencies that can’t be fixed in one offseason in a partly new regime. However, this was a combination few saw coming: The defense is much better and Matt Ryan is much worse.

The Falcons lost another game Sunday. They lost again because of Ryan, who in theory is their best player but lately hasn’t been remotely close to that.

Yes, Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings’ 20-10 win at the Georgia Dome. But if the Falcons didn’t have three turnovers on the Minnesota side of the field, and if Ryan didn’t throw two interceptions, including one in the end zone, they likely come away with points in all of those situations and the game plays out differently. Minnesota would’ve been forced to put more of its offense in the hands of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and that’s not something the Vikings want to do.

The Ryan situation began as only a slight concern early because the team was having so much success, starting 5-0 and 6-1. But it’s now a major concern, not just among the fanbase but within the organization. Unless everybody is lying, Ryan is not injured and he is not confused by the team’s new offense under Kyle Shanahan. This is merely the result of him making bad throws and bad decisions.

Ryan’s two interceptions Sunday give him 12 for the season, including five in the last two games and eight in the last five. The Falcons (6-5) have lost four straight and fallen five games behind undefeated Carolina (11-0). They’re only one game out of last place New Orleans (4-7) in the NFC South.

Back to Ryan. Late in the second quarter, with the Falcons trailing 7-4, they had the ball second-and-three at the Minnesota 43-yard line when Ryan tried to hit slot receiver Nick Williams at the 27. But he threw late and short, and veteran Captain Munnerlyn read Williams’ route, the quarterback’s eyes and made the interception.

Munnerlyn: “I knew if I was getting leverage on the outside, they run inside routes. If I’m inside, they run outside routes. I just kind of anticipated the routes since I had outside leverage and I read (Ryan’s) eyes and I read the play.”

Munnerlyn said after studying tape of the Falcons during the week, “There’s different tendencies that I read with this team. I just felt like (Williams) was going inside and I jumped the route.”

The Falcons drove on their opening possession of the second half to the Vikings’ 1. A Tevin Coleman touchdown run was nullified by a clipping penalty. Later, on third and goal from the 14, Ryan tried to force a pass to tight end Jacob Tamme in the end zone. But in scrambling left to elude the pass rush and threw back across his body, which is never a good idea, got little zip on the ball and the pass was intercepted by Terence Newman.

Newman: “I tried to bait him (Ryan) a little bit. I knew I only had the tight end back there so I let him get a step on me, knowing I could come back. And when I saw Ryan go left, I knew he had to throw across his body. Then I undercut him. It worked out.”

Falcons coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff publicly maintain confidence in Ryan. They have no choice. He’s less than two years into a five-year, $103.75 million contract extension that runs through 2018. It’s not like the team is in a position to cut him. But there is concern about Ryan making mistakes he should not be making in the eighth season of his career. They are mistakes that are losing games.

The Falcons’ defense has significantly improved under Quinn and defensive coordinator Richard Smith. The defense is not losing games for this team, which wasn’t the case in the past. But it’s not like the Falcons are the 1985 Bears or the 2000 Baltimore Ravens — they can’t win games on their defense alone. It’s still up to Ryan and the offense to win games, and that’s not happening.

“It starts with me,” Ryan said. “I’ve got to be better, in terms of decision-making and knowing when to just throw the ball away, cut our losses and kick a field goal. … I know I can play better. I’ve done it before and I will do it again, but it’s gotta start this week.”

The problem: He has had similar comments after the previous three losses.

At this point, assume nothing."

http://jeffschultz.blog.myajc.com/2015/11/29/falcons-have-a-problem-and-surprisingly-its-their-quarterback/

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You had to know Shultz would be pouring gasoline on a current controversy becuase that's what he does. Shameful reporting designed to get clicks over informing the fans.

Any idiot can see this entire offense is making mistakes including the game planning, clock management and playcalling. Terrible mistakes are being made across the board on offense.

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You had to know Shultz would be pouring gasoline on a current controversy becuase that's what he does. Shameful reporting designed to get clicks over informing the fans.

Any idiot can see this entire offense is making mistakes including the game planning, clock management and playcalling. Terrible mistakes are being made across the board on offense.

This is what I think of when I think of Schultz...

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The Falcons (6-5) have lost four straight and fallen five games behind undefeated Carolina (11-0). They’re only one game out of last place New Orleans (4-7) in the NFC South.

The hack says we're only one game out of first place...:lol:

He also said we were trailing 7-4. I missed those two safeties...

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“It starts with me,” Ryan said. “I’ve got to be better, in terms of decision-making and knowing when to just throw the ball away, cut our losses and kick a field goal. … I know I can play better. I’ve done it before and I will do it again, but it’s gotta start this week.”

Exactly ^

If he doesn't throw those picks or even if he would just throw the ball away, half these people wouldn't be crying about Shanahan.

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This right here is a serious problem, and I hope it's not overlooked by just reading the headline. This goes directly to the design of the offense.

Munnerlyn: “I knew if I was getting leverage on the outside, they run inside routes. If I’m inside, they run outside routes. I just kind of anticipated the routes since I had outside leverage and I read (Ryan’s) eyes and I read the play.”

Munnerlyn said after studying tape of the Falcons during the week, “There’s different tendencies that I read with this team. I just felt like (Williams) was going inside and I jumped the route.”

As I suspected the problems, and reason Matt as looked so off is because the routes are tagged. The receiver read and makes his break on the route based on what the coverage does. It's great in concept but in practice, as you can see here, the defense can dictate what you do and make you wrong whatever you do.

This has got to change.

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This right here is a serious problem, and I hope it's not overlooked by just reading the headline. This goes directly to the design of the offense.

As I suspected the problems, and reason Matt as looked so off is because the routes are tagged. The receiver read and makes his break on the route based on what the coverage does. It's great in concept but in practice, as you can see here, the defense can dictate what you do and make you wrong whatever you do.

This has got to change.

Other defenses have mentioned they know what we are doing before we do it from watching tape.
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I suppose the fact that defenses are watching film knowing what plays we are running prior to snap, knowing exactly when to jump certain routes to get picks, means this is 100% on Ryan and has nothing to do with Shanny.

I suppose Shanny stating we intentionally force balls in this scheme means it's 100% Matt Ryan's fault when he forces a ball and it gets picked.

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Other defenses have mentioned they know what we are doing before we do it from watching tape.

This is the thing, though, with all the film study in the NFL, there really aren't too many secrets going on. By the first quarter of the season, you can get tendencies locked down. A defense can look at a formation and pretty much know what plays are coming out of it. That's nothing shocking.

What is different here is the ability of a defense to actually dictate what route a receiver is going to run, which will in turn dictate everything to the quarterback. That's a problem.

Tagging routes isn't anything revolutionary. Every offense, even at the college level has some of it in their offense, but if what Munnerlyn is saying is what's going down then it's got to change or this offense will never get on track.

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Sick of this lame excuse and repetitive answers. I'm getting real depressed now.

I know in my heart That I will never see a Super Bowl victory from the team I've loved and defended all my life.

I was reading something about Mr. Blank saying he believes in Matt Ryan.

If you do Mr. Blank............please give us an OLINE that is the best in the NFL!

I'm a poor dude and aint got nothing to lose to say this. Trust me, an oline from ****, another WR, a different scheme on offense and shed any dead weight on this team to beef that oline up.

I have admired you as our Owner! Get us back on track buddy! I believe in you and you are the key to soo many old time fans.

Seriously you are my only hope now.

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Munnerlyn: “I knew if I was getting leverage on the outside, they run inside routes. If I’m inside, they run outside routes. I just kind of anticipated the routes since I had outside leverage and I read (Ryan’s) eyes and I read the play.”

Munnerlyn said after studying tape of the Falcons during the week, “There’s different tendencies that I read with this team. I just felt like (Williams) was going inside and I jumped the route.”

Newman: “I tried to bait him (Ryan) a little bit. I knew I only had the tight end back there so I let him get a step on me, knowing I could come back. And when I saw Ryan go left, I knew he had to throw across his body. Then I undercut him. It worked out.”

Straight from the defenders mouth

Ryan staring his receivers down. Throwing across his body. And getting baited in by a DB. When all he has to do is throw the ball away if the WR is covered.

And people still wanna blame it all on the OC. Mind = blown

Lol if people don't realize that EVERY defender watches tape and EVERY team has certain tendencies. That doesn't mean you have to make an inaccurate throw or stare down a receiver or get baited by a DB.

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Straight from the defenders mouth

Ryan staring his receivers down. Throwing across his body. And getting baited in by a DB. When all he has to do is throw the ball away if the WR is covered.

And people still wanna blame it all on the OC. Mind = blown

Lol if people don't realize that EVERY defender watches tape and EVERY team has certain tendencies. That doesn't mean you have to make an inaccurate throw or stare down a receiver or get baited by a DB.

When the route combinations are already known by defenses doesnt that make it easier?
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This isn't about the Oline. This is about running the same plays that the defenses expect because we never try anything new. The two red zone TDs and the one this week were plays we never ran before. Yet when we need plays today we run the same things over and over again. Do we need another 5 yard crossing pattern to Julio on 3rd and 7?

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