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3 hours ago, falconsd56 said:

That actually is not true at all.

We did alot of things to try and slow Mack down. We used TE's, we used 2 tight ends,.we chipped him some.

To say that we just let him go one on one all game is just wrong.

True but at the same time it’s frustrating to force throws down weapons vs a good D with guys like Mack; playing afraid to just commit to run clock down.

After it starts failing at all; for any reason, and you leave more time, then we keep seeing this horrid DQ defense and the fear of blown leads become reality. Maybe it’s all for the best...DQ has shown he hasn’t really learned from SB. But then again maybe it’s the players...yet if a win condition has the clock in your favor it’s just weird thinking the optimal play relies on risking the clock going back in their favor.

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So we didn't run it because we didn't trust a 16 point lead to be enough to focus on trying to run the ball to protect the lead? So once again, it all comes back to the defense. Koetter is afraid of t

A day later and neither Quinn nor Koetter have a problem with all the passes called in the 4th.  That is troubling

They don't get it and that's why this whole thing needs to be blown up.

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6 hours ago, falconsd56 said:

That actually is not true at all.

We did alot of things to try and slow Mack down. We used TE's, we used 2 tight ends,.we chipped him some.

To say that we just let him go one on one all game is just wrong.

Not enough we didn't. Trust me, I was watching and getting increasingly furious. lol

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On 9/28/2020 at 7:51 PM, Goober Pyle said:

by Jason Butt for the AJC

 

Although the Falcons led the Bears by double digits in the fourth quarter, there wasn’t much of a discussion to slow the game down and try to bleed some clock.

With the way the first half of the fourth quarter transpired, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said he remain aggressive to get another score to put the game away. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the offense, which led by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter and held a 10-point lead with 6:15 remaining in the game, was unable to produce that extra touchdown to put the Bears away.

“Because we were struggling in all areas, our focus was more on we need to try to flip the field here and score another time,” Koetter said. “Not necessarily running out the clock because if you look at the time when you had the ball, there was still too much time and they had all their timeouts. We weren’t really in our four-minute offense mode at that point.”

Koetter was then asked if he remained aggressive because he felt he needed one more touchdown to feel secure about the game.

“Absolutely,” he said.

Much of the fourth quarter’s focus, at least on offense, centered around the offense’s decision to throw the ball on five of six plays on consecutive three-and-outs. The first possession started with 6:15 to go in the game, with Todd Gurley kicking the drive off with a 1-yard run. The next two plays were incomplete passes. After a Bears touchdown cut the Falcons' lead to 26-23, the Falcons took over with 4:21 to go in the game, with quarterback Matt Ryan throwing three incomplete passes before a punt.

In total, including the punt plays, the Falcons worked only 1:17 off the clock on those two drives. In the moment, there was some wonder as to why the Falcons weren’t trying to run off more time in that situation.

Meanwhile, the Bears offense reached the red zone twice and scored one touchdown and had another reversed on fourth down after replay showed receiver Anthony Miller dropped the ball. Chicago also added touchdown passes of 37 and 28 yards. With the Bears' offense catching fire late, it is now apparent Koetter didn’t feel the 16- and 10-point leads the Falcons held in the fourth quarter were safe.

Koetter’s revelation that the team wasn’t attempting to burn any clock explains the aggressive approach. The execution, however, resulted in a worst-case type of scenario. On second-and-9 of the drive that began with 6:15 left in the game, Ryan threw an inaccurate ball to receiver Calvin Ridley on second down. On the next play, his short throw to tight end Hayden Hurst was knocked away but wouldn’t have picked up the first down anyway.

On their next offensive series, with the Falcons leading by three, Ryan’s short pass to running back Brian Hill nosedived into the ground on first down. On second down, after running back Ito Smith split out wide, Ryan threw a screen pass that was off target and with more pace than Smith expected. After a false start on the next play, Ryan threw the ball deep to receiver Olamide Zaccheaus, who was breaking open. But Ryan’s pass sailed past Zaccheaus, bringing up another fourth down.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn had no problem with how that sequence of the game was called and faulted the execution of those plays.

“On those ones you regret the result, not necessarily the call,” Quinn said. "You complete the screen to Ito, you move it up the field for a first down. Having those chances to make a catch and move the ball up the field -- we certainly trust Matt and the guys. Why wouldn’t you? Make sure you nail them (because) when you don’t, yeah, you don’t like the result.

“We always want to choose the best plays in those spaces. And you want to take the clock off. The catch is, you want to have a good play and a good design that when this play is going to come up, we’re going to nail it. When you don’t, the consequences are big.”

While Ryan was only sacked twice by the Bears, he did take eight quarterback hits. Koetter thinks this Chicago’s pressure led to some of Ryan’s errant throws late in the game.

“We’ve done a pretty good job of protecting Matt so far this year but he did take some hits,” Koetter said. “I think that did affect him a little bit. He still made some really nice throws in the game. But there are some plays -- the screen is an example where the ball had a lot of heat on it, maybe a little more juice on it than Ito was expecting. But those are plays that we expect to get a completion and get ahead of the chains.”

In the fourth quarter, Koetter said the Bears switched their defensive personnel grouping. For three quarters, they ran a defensive front with four linemen. Beginning with the first play of the fourth quarter, Chicago went with what Koetter called a “nickel 51” defense, which features five defensive linemen, one linebacker and five defensive backs. The objective of this defense, Koetter said, was to take away the Falcons' rushing attack.

That defense worked, with the Falcons totaling nine rushing yards in the fourth quarter.

Although Koetter wanted to remain aggressive in that situation, he was asked if he would have preferred to run the ball more in those situations, especially with the benefit of hindsight.

“When a play doesn’t work for any reason, whether it’s the fault of the call, the fault of the execution or a good play by the defense, of course it’s human nature that you’re going to (ask), ‘What if we did something else?’” he said. “But we didn’t.”

 

With such poor game management, Koetter will never be a head coach again. It is not like he was playing a team with Brady, Brees, Wilson, or Rogers. Sixteen points is a lot!!!

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On 9/28/2020 at 9:03 PM, WhenFalconsWin said:

BS excuses. We had 145 yards rushing against them and that is only with 4 carries in the last 4 drives. So we were running efficiently and could've eaten some clock. I'm sick and tired of these coaches covering each other's *****. 

Yardage in the first three quarters is worthless info.  They were playing the pass then and not stacking the box.  We rushed four times in the fourth quarter for 9 yards.  It’s much more complex then just “run three times to run the clock and punt the ball and you win the game”.  Us being aggressive and playing to win and not playing to lose was the right call, our play calling was garbage in the fourth quarter however and that is the bigger issue.

Passing the ball is fine if they are high percentage plays.  We stopped with play action halfway through the 4th (while Chicago should be expecting run), we didn’t setup any screens (high completion %, negates pass rush and keeps the clock running), 11/16 4th quarter snaps Ryan were in shotgun...where we notoriously pass the ball under Dirk.  

The problem isn’t being aggressive, the problem isn’t passing the ball...it’s how Dirks play calling changes and gets away from what has worked all game.  When I say changes, I mean regressed, it isn’t adapting.  If he was adapting he would put a second body on Khalil Mack, by regressing I mean going back to 2019 form.  He panicked and it showed. Any casual fan saw Ryan getting happy feet, protect him for a series so he can get his confidence back.  

Nope, not Dirk.

Ryan clean pocket: 16/27, 59% comp, 82 passer rating, 218 yards, 8.1 YPA.

Ryan under pressure: 3/11, 27% comp, 40 passer rating, 20 yards, 1.8 yards per attempt.

Koetter left Ryan and the offense out to dry in the 4th.  It wasn’t that we should have just run the ball, that’s the lazy answer, it’s that we were predictable, regressed and didn’t adapt for the second straight week.

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7 hours ago, Dukeduke211 said:

If we had run the ball and the clock out and lost.... People would say so predictable....i wish our coaching staff had balls....

 

How would you know this our offensive coaching staff never commit to it so how can they be predictable doing it.

All I know is that this team is farked until offensively they realise how important the run actually is and commit to it.Until this fantasy unveils itself forget about this season on the real.

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6 hours ago, Ergo Proxy said:

 

Lol don’t worry Mack’s only one of thee best pass rushers in the NFL unblocked it’s ok nothing to see here.Hey look shotgun for a change **** we are really going to run the ball here 😂 

Its just painful watching crap like this I mean how the fark can we be serious when you leave Ryan in the gun which means pass and leave one of thee best pass rushers in the NFL unblocked yet offense isn’t a problem.

If anyone tells me offense isn’t a problem with the Falcons I’ll say it now Get outta here.

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5 hours ago, Rings said:

Yardage in the first three quarters is worthless info.  They were playing the pass then and not stacking the box.  We rushed four times in the fourth quarter for 9 yards.  It’s much more complex then just “run three times to run the clock and punt the ball and you win the game”.  Us being aggressive and playing to win and not playing to lose was the right call, our play calling was garbage in the fourth quarter however and that is the bigger issue.

Passing the ball is fine if they are high percentage plays.  We stopped with play action halfway through the 4th (while Chicago should be expecting run), we didn’t setup any screens (high completion %, negates pass rush and keeps the clock running), 11/16 4th quarter snaps Ryan were in shotgun...where we notoriously pass the ball under Dirk.  

The problem isn’t being aggressive, the problem isn’t passing the ball...it’s how Dirks play calling changes and gets away from what has worked all game.  When I say changes, I mean regressed, it isn’t adapting.  If he was adapting he would put a second body on Khalil Mack, by regressing I mean going back to 2019 form.  He panicked and it showed. Any casual fan saw Ryan getting happy feet, protect him for a series so he can get his confidence back.  

Nope, not Dirk.

Ryan clean pocket: 16/27, 59% comp, 82 passer rating, 218 yards, 8.1 YPA.

Ryan under pressure: 3/11, 27% comp, 40 passer rating, 20 yards, 1.8 yards per attempt.

Koetter left Ryan and the offense out to dry in the 4th.  It wasn’t that we should have just run the ball, that’s the lazy answer, it’s that we were predictable, regressed and didn’t adapt for the second straight week.

This team is not built to hold leads. Passing and throwing incompletes when the other team needs possessions twice late in the 4th in under 2 minutes each possession is asinine. They better learn to power run when they need to, and any team that can do that wouldn't have blown the most double digit leads (as Quinn has) since 2015.

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And there you have it. This is a man who does not believe you can be aggressive in the run game. Despite the fact that we were averaging over 6 yards per carry.

Curious that the Bears did NOT give up on the run game in the 4th quarter, despite being down by 2 TDs and 2 two-point conversions. 
 

Nothing will change until this proven loser (everywhere he has been) is out of here.

 

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On 9/28/2020 at 10:01 PM, FalconFanSince1970 said:

Bears started clamping down on the next three drives. In the 4th when yall are saying we should have pounded it the Bears were geared to stop the run. This OLine is not built for ground and pound in known running situations. That's part of the problem too.

Maybe not, but they ARE geared for outside zone and how many of those did we see? Not many. It looked like June Jones designed our run game. Straight up the middle or turn and hand off a draw.

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3 hours ago, WhenFalconsWin said:

This team is not built to hold leads. Passing and throwing incompletes when the other team needs possessions twice late in the 4th in under 2 minutes each possession is asinine. They better learn to power run when they need to, and any team that can do that wouldn't have blown the most double digit leads (as Quinn has) since 2015.

Our line, nor backs, are built for that.  It isn’t just “they need to learn it”  the reason those runs were so bad were because they attempted power run instead of outside zone, which is what they are built for.  Again, passing is fine if it’s a high probability.  If they are stacking 9 in the box, take advantage of that, just don’t go for the kill shot on third down over and over.  

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11 hours ago, Ergo Proxy said:

 

I have seen this happen way too many times to start the season. Jamal Adams rushed from that same side and had a lot of success. Too many plays are getting blown up because we let a free rusher loose.

My thoughts reading these comments is that we do not have a clear plan of how we want to close games out. It is like we are searching for answers and hoping that the game clock runs out. The philosophy late in games should be simple. Run the ball until they sell out to stop the run. Then, sprinkle in some pass plays to keep them honest.

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7 minutes ago, Rings said:

Our line, nor backs, are built for that.  It isn’t just “they need to learn it”  the reason those runs were so bad were because they attempted power run instead of outside zone, which is what they are built for.  Again, passing is fine if it’s a high probability.  If they are stacking 9 in the box, take advantage of that, just don’t go for the kill shot on third down over and over.  

I hope our next regime thinks about building a "run when the other team knows you're going to run first" mentality because we need to get back on the TOP to hold leads. 

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On 9/30/2020 at 9:01 AM, WhenFalconsWin said:

I hope our next regime thinks about building a "run when the other team knows you're going to run first" mentality because we need to get back on the TOP to hold leads. 

Just need a creative run scheme.  Even Titans had some amazing blocks with guards swinging outside to pop huge holes for Henry last year.  Dirk just wants everyone to beat their guys and hope for the best between the tackles, and that’s not going to ever work with athletic olinemen.

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