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NFL Week 3 insider notes: Something's wrong with Falcons

 
Something is up with the Atlanta Falcons.

For the second time in three weeks they basically failed to show up for the first half of a football game. Their quarterback, he of the $90-plus million in guarantees, keeps turning the ball over. They have 223 yards rushing as a team through three weeks. Their defense cannot get a stop when they need one.

With the coaching staff entering the season under fire, needing to bounce back from a lost 2018 that was attributed to injuries more than anything else, well, it's fair to call September uninspiring at best thus far. Atlanta's defense has been run over in the ground game far too often, they have seemed like the less physical football team too often and they are starting slow to a season once again.

Yes, they had two pristine second-half drives to make a game of it in Indianapolis Sunday, but that was only after Matt Ryan threw his sixth pick of the season and the Colts marched up and down the field and led, 20-3, at halftime. The Falcons couldn't come all the way back, cutting things to three at one point, and the Colts could have scored again late but chose to run out the clock – yet again, with the Falcons needing a stop, none came.

Here's what the Colts offense did to them in the first half on four possessions:

Nine plays for 39 yards and a field goal.
Seven plays for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Fifteen plays for 94 yards and a field goal.
Ten plays for 41 yards and a touchdown.

Yeah, two drives over 90 yards in the first half alone. Jacoby Brissett completed his first 16 passes and barely had to break a sweat doing it. Julio Jones' frustration boiled over at times. And, as I posited several times this offseason, expecting a Dirk Koetter/Matt Ryan reunion to be transformational was folly. We will never see this offense look like it did in the second season Kyle Shanahan called plays there … and it might be quite some time before the Falcons get back to the Super Bowl after blowing it to the Pats in 2017.

They are 17-18 since losing that heartbreaking game, they're on their third offensive coordinator and head coach Dan Quinn already took over the defense. There isn't much more shuffling to do. The cosmetic stuff has already happened. At some point owner Arthur Blank's patience will run out, and if these uneven performances continue then that day is coming in early 2020, at the latest.  

I'd suggest a quick turnaround, because the second half of the season looks like a chore. From Week 7-14 the Falcons face the Rams, Seahawks, then after a bye, play divisional games five weeks in a row, including twice with the Saints and Panthers.

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PURELY DEFENSIVELY:

We suck because Quinns soft-*** defensive scheme sucks.

We suck because we have no pass rushers that can consistently threaten opposing QB's on a 4 man rush

We suck because our DE's are literal dog-**** at setting an edge

We suck because Drevondre Campbell has the reaction time of a sloth

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He needed to attack Brissett today,  but didn’t. Instead they sat back in a zone and challenged the Colts to beat them. Then on the drive they did attack...3 and out -5 yards. Next drive, let them march down the field and put the game away.  Get your head out of your ***, coach.

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2 minutes ago, Jesus said:

He needed to attack Brissett today,  but didn’t. Instead they sat back in a zone and challenged the Colts to beat them. Then on the drive they did attack...3 and out -5 yards. Next drive, let them march down the field and put the game away.  Get your head out of your ***, coach.

I agree....Quinn has no clue and no way to overcome his own ego!  Whats an in game adjustment?   Just spot em a half and we'll get em later!

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Just now, lostnmexico said:

I agree....Quinn has no clue and n way to overcome his own ego!

He’s a much better coach than this game, and these players are much better than their performance. This was another instance of communication and just bad vision by Quinn as to what was going on out there. This happens a lot on D. 

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Just now, Lowndesfalc said:

 

This is a huge problem. One guy had 10 TDs last year the other guy is a tackle with slightly better hands than Jake Matthews. Ridley is getting lost in this offense. Enough with the four verts. Get him in his crossing patterns.

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8 minutes ago, RubberDucky said:

PURELY DEFENSIVELY:

We suck because Quinns soft-*** defensive scheme sucks.

We suck because we have no pass rushers that can consistently threaten opposing QB's on a 4 man rush

We suck because our DE's are literal dog-**** at setting an edge

We suck because Drevondre Campbell has the reaction time of a sloth

you forgot because we have most of our cap invested into the offense and rely on players on rookie contracts and budget skill position players to anchor the defense with little to no veteran presence at all.

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1 minute ago, ⚡Slumerican⚡ said:

Anyone think DK could be sabotaging this season in hopes for getting a chance at the head coach job next year? Idk, something is definitely up

He is already a high paid head coach with FO duties in a great organization with a top shelf stadium and great owner. No one would hire him if what you said was true.

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2 minutes ago, fan since 1968 said:

It's hard to argue with what he says but that guy never has anything good ti say about the Falcons.

Yeah. He said same things in 2016 and pretty much every year.

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