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Can the Falcons fix what ails them before it’s too late?

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Can the Falcons fix what ails them before it’s too late?

On paper, the problem is simple: They’re not playing well and they need to play better. Actually getting there is a different story.

 I cut my recap a bit shorter this week because there simply isn’t much to say about individual performances at this point. There are your typical suspects underperforming (Isaiah Oliver comes to mind with his extremely up-and-down 2019), but it is impossible to hang this on any one player. The truth is that the Falcons seem utterly lost as a team, with coaches and players alike unable to offer up much in the way of reassuring diagnoses or solutions for what ails Atlanta. That shows in the postgame pressers, sure, but more than that it shows on the field.

Take the Titans. The Falcons had just got done playing a Colts team with a solid-but-unspectacular offense and a pretty good defense, and that team took them for a first half ride before the Falcons managed to catch up. The Titans and Colts are not remotely similar football teams in many respects, but putting the brakes on their ground game, keeping a so-so passing attack in check, and passing the ball effectively figured to be key for both games. The Falcons were a bit more disciplined and did a nice job of putting a vise on Derrick Henry, but otherwise they lost this game much the same way they lost to the Colts: By playing sloppy, uninspired football, missing tackles, surrendering the middle of the field on defense, and failing to make big plays when they needed to. Considering they were at home and managed just 10 points against the Titans, this loss was probably much worse.

The question for everyone from Arthur Blank to Jeff Schultz is whether the Falcons knowhow to fix this, and how quickly they can get it turned around. As Schultz noted in his most recent column, the answers have not been forthcoming, and the losses have been maddening considering the talent on hand.

But regardless of what anybody thinks of the Falcons’ personnel, there’s no question it’s better than this.

In Game 1 at Minnesota, the Falcons allowed a sack on the first play and a blocked punt on the first series and gave up four touchdowns on three turnovers and the block. In Game 3 at Indianapolis, they committed a head-spinning 16 penalties. In Game 4, they fell behind a 24-7 to a less-than-average opponent and managed just one touchdown in a 24-10 loss.

The truth is that on paper, the Falcons do have time. The Panthers and Buccaneersboth won on Sunday—the Saints hadn’t wrapped things up by the time I finished this—but they have yet to play any divisional games and are still technically in this thing with 12 full games to go. The problem, as we’ve learned when comparing the talent the Falcons have on paper with what they’re putting on the field, is that reality does not always meet parchment in the way we like.

 

 

The reality is that the Falcons have two straight road games—the Texans and Cardinals, with the former likely to be yet another nasty AFC game—and then have back-to-back-to-back-to-back games against the RamsSeahawks, Panthers, and Saints Playing this brand of football, they’ll be lucky to come out of that stretch with a win against the Cardinals, and frankly Quinn might be gone before they ever get into that early November tilt against the Saints.

The truth is that the solution is deceptively simple: Stop making mistakes, and take concrete steps to tighten up coverage. The Falcons are getting absolutely killed on short passes over the middle of the field, as was the case with the absolutely crushing A.J. Brown touchdown yesterday that saw Brown with tons of room, followed by some of the weakest tracking and tackling attempts you can imagine. The Falcons have been wrecked on the sidelines at times, too, but the truth is their willingness to surrender short passes only works if they’re truly short passes, and if they can arrive in fast and physical fashion when the ball is caught. They’ve done none of that.

The mistakes on defense might be fixed with better coaching and better execution, both of which should be within reach for this team. But there are ongoing issues with penalties that are bedeviling this team, including the sort of unbelievable sight of the great Alex Mack ruining a productive drive by dropping an elbow on a helpless defender, prompting an equally unbelievable live mic rebuke from a ref. These are the kinds of weird, avoidable penalties that continue to kill any momentum the Falcons gin up between their other mistakes.

The Falcons are 2-2 or even 3-1 right now if they significantly cut down on their penalties, missed tackles, and other crucial errors along the way, given that the Titans won by two scores on a day where Atlanta had broken coverage and drives killed by just those kinds of mistakes. But it’s equally true that the Falcons, aside from one surreal triumph against the Eagles, have shown no sign of ironing out those issues for any length of time. If anything, minus the dizzying number of penalties against the Colts, the Falcons were much worse against Tennessee than they were against Indy.

Let’s not sugarcoat it, then: There’s simply no reason to think they suddenly will improve dramatically, at least not before this hole gets any deeper.

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Laughable!!!! I think we all should fasten in on being dead last in the south this season. When you look at the larger picture simply there is just too much to correct. If Quinn was the Cheatriots head coach level, I’d say maybe it can be all cleaned up.

The Falcons just suck on too many levels... This  garbage will take roster changes and time to correct. I am not a hater, just honest. We are the laughing stock. Just look at the Sucaneers with their new coach and Mr. Crab Legs Or look at the Taints with extra average Teddy B.

Edited by SoldMySoul

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The Ultimate Dilemma -

When Do the Long Term Risks of Leaving Quinn Around outweigh the Slight Chance of Quinn Turning Around 2019?

 

Does keeping Quinn around possibly increase the likelihood of injuries to players like Julio, Grady, Debo, Ridley, etc.?

Does playing in the schemes of Koetter/Quinn destroy the NFL skills of young players like Ito, Takk, Hooper, etc.?

When do we cut the cord?

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No Sir.  Dimitroff & Quinn need to go immeadiately.

Julio Jones is far too expensive andneeds to be traded.

He cost us 5 picks on draft day and every year his salary prohibits us from signing good defensive players.

 

End of Season,,,,,,,,,,,,All Coaches  BUH BYE!

 

Go Bears

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13 minutes ago, KRUNKuno said:

Said it after 6-2 to 8-8

Said it after 28-3

Said it last week and got laughed at

Dan Quinn cannot lead a team out of a tailspin

Yep... The more I think about this, the more I believe the problem is on the leadership side. The Falcons have too much talent to be playing this poorly. So if the players are this talented and cant perform, who is at fauilt? The players have to execute. I get it. But when they have the talent to execute and they still dont.... That's directly on the leadership. I know the Falcons wanted to keep all this talent, but signing these HUGE contracts have put us in the position of having our cap space locked out for years to come. I said when we went to the SB and didnt win, that we had about a four year window to go back. That window may well have closed and a full rebuild may be necessary to get this team rolling again.

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54 minutes ago, falcons007 said:

if the blogger thinks it is about stop making mistakes, he must not be watching the games. The team got outcoached from the first game and is unprepared. 

Not to mention the talent is not really elite anyway. Even if we were well coached we aren't a top tier team from a talent standpoint. 

Edited by Dr Long Shot

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No, they cannot.  This season is over.  I had held up hope, but I have thrown in the towel.  I feel we've circled the drain, and it's time for a major shake-up...

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6 minutes ago, Dr Long Shot said:

Not to mention the talent is not really elite anyway. Even if we were well coached we aren't a top tier team from a talent standpoint. 

I don’t disagree but it’s hard to judge talent when players are not put in good spot to succeed. 

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I don't think so this group is just undisciplined and not that good even though the talent level says otherwise. Fixing Penalties is all we heard about last week, and what happens more penalties :( Direct reflection of the coach -Quin has mantras Quin has slogans Quin doesn't have the ability to motivate these guys to play at a high level. His message is getting stale. That Aj Brown TD at 11:57 took the wind out of my sail I knew the game was over at that point. Not all on Quinn Ryan has been playing terrible cant hit receivers overthrowing guys the same thing we say every year-Franchise QB's are hard to come by but Ryan is killing us right now.

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Can and Will are two very different conversations.

Ofcourse they CAN fix it....anyone who says that they can't is stupid and needs to play in traffic.

 

Will they fix it??? That is a valid question.....I tend to think that they will but the fact that we are seeing the same issues is discouraging

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1 hour ago, KRUNKuno said:

Said it after 6-2 to 8-8

Said it after 28-3

Said it last week and got laughed at

Dan Quinn cannot lead a team out of a tailspin

After 28-3 the Falcons made the playoffs and beat a good rams team in LA and was a play away from beating the eagles in philly to go to nfc championship.

 

So yea you deserved to be laughed at because you were wrong

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More embarrassing is that the Falcons are gonna get smoked by the Swamp critters. I was planning on going to the Thanksgiving game. Thinking about selling my tickets now.

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1 hour ago, falconsd56 said:

After 28-3 the Falcons made the playoffs and beat a good rams team in LA and was a play away from beating the eagles in philly to go to nfc championship.

 

So yea you deserved to be laughed at because you were wrong

After 28-3 the falcons lost a super bowl

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