falcndave Posted December 21, 2022 Share Posted December 21, 2022 Bullet point summary is two posts below. First Possession 1st and 10—Called play. They told him to throw it no matter what. The receiver never threatened to get past the one-on-one defender, so Ridder’s only hope would have been a back shoulder throw. Verdict: It was a scripted play. He didn’t see the opportunity to make it work (back shoulder). Certainly not his fault, just not a play he made happen. 3rd and 9—Tucked the ball before he had to, felt pressure way before it was there and assumed the standing fetal position. The hit never came so he moved out to his right. Verdict: Heard footsteps in the pocket and added a poor decision to attempt a completion, the defender was the only player with a shot at the catch. Second Possession 2nd and 2—This showed we need more playmakers. When the play is a designed rollout, the receiver must win because the QB is only working with half the field. OZ didn’t win, but he was bailed out to a PI call that had little to do with the incompletion. Verdict: We’ll need to add skill for any QB we put back there. 2nd and 11 (H49)—Shanny style PA, QB’s back to the defense. Good set, decision, and throw on the deep ball. OZ didn’t come close to winning although he was a half-step past the defender when Ridder released the ball. Verdict: The throw and decision were fine, but the receiver let the defender run past him and cut him off from the throw. Need speed! 3rd and 11 (H49)—Ugly pass on an attempt to check down to CP. Verdict: CP sat down, and Ridder expected him to keep moving, but the pass was not going to be completed anyway. Summary of first two drives: We are trailing 14-0 and look lost in the passing game. There is plenty of blame to spread around, but no encouraging signs from Ridder. Third Possession 2nd and 12 (V37)—Pistol with Shanny style PA action to a designed middle screen. This is a “Let’s get him a completion” call. Verdict: Nice job selling the deep play action and good timing and touch on the screen. Easy peasy, but he got it done. 3rd and 6 (V42)—Shotgun snap, London found the soft spot in the middle between the two LBs and Ridder hit him in stride with a well-timed throw. Verdict: Well executed by everyone. 1st and 10 (H46)—Traditional PA, deep drop, no seemed to check two receivers and then pulled the ball and ran for 7. Looking at the all-22, there were three receivers I could see in patterns and none of them had any separation. 3rd and 3 (H39)—Shotgun snap, nice dump across the LOS to Drake in tight coverage. Verdict: Well thrown ball. 2nd and 6 (H23)—Shot gun RPO look. Pulled the ball back from CP, rolled right and found London who snared the ball with one hand and pulled it in despite tight coverage. Verdict: Ball was out in front, but the coverage with tight, so I’m calling it good placement. 1st and 10 (H14)—Shotgun snap. Simple dump off to CP. He’ll only get half a point here, as this is a lateral and little more than an extended handoff for seven yards. I wonder if they messed up and scored it a completion? It was clearly backwards almost a full yard. 2nd and 3 (H7)—Pistol formation, almost a 98-yard pick 6. Verdict. Telegraphed the throw to OZ from the snap and never saw the lurking DB. 3rd and 3 (H7)—Shotgun formation. The Falcons basically run the same action on both sides of the field. Ridder’s first read is left. Nothing there, he tucks and runs. Had he looked right, he had both OZ on the same middle dump he had hit London on twice and #25 breaking free into the flat. Verdict: He did have time for a second read, but he got nervous and took off. Summary of 3rd possession: Compared to the first two possessions, it was a work of art. However, the realist would have to annoyingly point out there were no throws deeper than seven yards, one of the positive plays was mostly on London, and there was a turnover worthy play that could have taken our 3 off the board and added an extra 6 for NO. That didn’t happen. Therefore, nice drive for Ridder. I felt like this was also a coaching adjustment. The first two drives we simply were going to throw deep off play action. With NO showing tight coverage on the outside and neither receiver coming close to winning, the calls shifted to more of a WCO, ball possession, approach. The first two drives were Kyle Shanahan. The 3rd drive was George Seifert. Fourth Possession 2nd and 6 (V19)—PA pass, targets London perfectly on a crossing pattern 11 yard downfield. Defender breaks it up as ball arrives. Verdict: Good throw, better defense. 3rd and 6 (V19)—Multiple WR formation, pressure arrives quickly and chases Ridder out of the pocket. He scrambles right for a few yards. Verdict: Need to check all-22 to see if he had anything or not. Fifth Possession (3:18 remaining 2nd quarter, starting at V2!) 2nd and 3 (V21)—Play action pass deep over the middle. Ill-advised throw. For the second time, Taylor drops an INT that was delivered to his palms. Verdict: Clearly a turnover worthy decision and throw. 1st and 10 (V28)—Screen pass to Allgeier on the left side. The defender simply sheds the OL block and drops Allgeier for a loss of a few. Verdict: Poorly blocked and well read by the D. 2nd and 13 (V25)—Ridder took the shot gun snap, set to throw, then just took off up the middle. Hard to tell if this was a designed delayed QB draw, or if Ridder just saw something that made him abandon the pocket early. Verdict: Need to see the all-22. 1st and 10 (V40)—Quick WR screen to London out wide. 8-yard gain. Verdict: This may have been an “automatic” check due to the off coverage, but it worked. Every NFL QB and backup makes this throw. 2nd and 2 (V48)—4WR set (1 was a TE in the slot), all were running short verticals/hooks, and all were well covered. Ridder took the dump off to the RB leaking out into the flat for 5 yards. Verdict: Every NFL QB and backup makes this throw, so no problem but not a plus play. 1st and 10 (H47)—Shotgun snap. Ridder pumps but holds the ball, then gets chased out of the pocket to the left. Verdict: Need to watch the all-22. 2nd and 10 (H47)—Shotgun snap. Ridder had some time, but no WR won quickly. He eventually tries a throw deep to the left sideline. OZ was well covered, and the throw was high and off his hands. Verdict: Not a great throw in terms of accuracy, but he did show the arm strength to throw the deep out breaking routes or comebacks. 3rd and 10 (H47)—Shotgun snap. Ridder didn’t appear to have much open. He hung in the collapsing pocket and tried to hit Firkser, but his arm was hit as he delivered, and the ball fluttered a bit high and off TE’s hands. It would have been short of the line to gain. Verdict: Pressure was the biggest problem on the play. Summary of Fifth Possession: Ridder gets high marks from me on the intangibles of leading the team off its own goal line in the closing stages of the half. However, the annoying realist in me must report that is the end of the good news. He got the ultimate support from the run game as his team took over at their 2, but he didn’t have to drop back to pass until Allgeier had smashed the ball out to the 21 on three straight runs. His short possession throws were completed in a situation where NO was playing soft. However, all his deeper throws (past the LOS) that challenged the coverage were incomplete. Once ATL approached mid-field, NO changed to more of a pressure package and the drive came to a screeching halt. Not Ridder’s fault he was pressured, but he was…and it worked. Sixth Possession (Start of 3rd Quarter) 1st and 10 (v25)—PA fake and boot to the right. His target was London, but he was bracketed high and low. Ridder tried to force the ball in. Taylor again fails to catch a ball targeted at his palms. Verdict: Third turnover worthy decision and throw. Third time Taylor showed why he is a DB and not a WR. Summary of Sixth Possession: It was the Tyler Allgeier show. No QB required. After the throw to London, it was a hold lot of Allgeier and CP. I’m noticing a trend to keep the ball out of Ridder’s hands in the red zones (both his own and the opponents) so far in this game. Seventh Possession (3:30 left 3rd Quarter. Drive starting at V14. Note: I omitted a couple of drop backs that turned into scrambles instead of throws.) 2nd and 7 (V17)—Deep shot to London on the left sideline. As has been the pattern, none of our WRs are beating Taylor on the deep sideline routes. I can forgive London, as speed isn’t his calling card. Verdict: A perfect through could have led to a completion as London did have Taylor at least on his back hip (with no separation). The ball fell about two yards beyond a diving London. I like that he is taking shots, and this is the first deep pass where accuracy was at least half responsible for the incompletion. 2nd and 7 (V4)—Ridder hangs in the pocket nicely to allow London to break open over the middle. Nice strike about eight yards downfield with a defender bearing down on him at release. One of Ridder’s deeper completions so far. Verdict: Probably Ridders best individual effort of the day so far. He timed the throw perfectly and stood in the pocket like a champ. It wouldn’t call this a “flash,” but it is the closest thing to a flash I’ve seen from him today. 2nd and 15 (V47)—Screen pass to CP that was just all kinds of dead from the start. Loss of a few. Verdict: Not much to evaluate Ridder on. The defense just blew this play up. 3rd and 15 (V47)—Shotgun snap. Same exact call and formation as the 2nd and 2 (V48) play in the Fifth Possession section above. This time Ridder targets the TE and gets nothing but a defender swatting the ball down. The best choice would have been the same as before, check it down to Allgeier leaking out into the flat. Verdict: This was a bad call that gave Ridder no options to gain a first down. All 4 receivers went 7 yards and sat down in front of defenders. Ridder did miss the best of the bad options, the checkdown to the RB. Further Rant: This play was not designed to make the line to gain. If you are not going to try for it, why not just hand off the ball? That deflection could have gone anywhere and completing it gains you nothing. Summary of Seventh Possession: Ridder made his best throw of the game on 2nd and 7. AS makes his worst play call of the season on 3rd and 15. I have a great idea guys. Its 3rd and 15 here. Lets space out four receivers evenly across the field, and have all four of them go out seven yards and sit down. Yeah, that should work. Eight Possession: (11:07 to go in the 4th Quarter starting a H32!) Summary of Eight Possession: Only one pass play was called on this short TD drive. It was a designed rollout and Ridder scrambled for a few. Ridder did convert a 3rd and 2 on a designed QB run (Read Option). The trend of keeping the ball out of Ridder’s hand in the redzone continues. I am pretty sure they just were not going to let the rookie make a mistake he’ll think about too much in game 1. Ninth Possession (around 6 to go in the fourth. Falcons start at their own 10 (V10)) 2nd and 7 (V13)—Quick throw to Avery a few yards downfield. The Safety closed quickly and stopped him about 2 yards short of a first down. Verdict: Ordinary throw and catch. They did let Ridder throw in his own redzone. Things are looking up. 1st and 10 (V20)—Patterson runs a slant or in-breaking route and Ridder hits him 11 yards down field and in the middle of the field. All or Ridders successful throws more than five yards have been to the middle of the field as best I can recall. Verdict: Well-timed throw and well-placed ball. Nothing extraordinary, but I’ve seen others miss this throw. 1st and 10 (V45)—Pistol formation, PA pass 15 yards deep over the middle. It seemed to be targeting London, but it was nowhere close to anyone. Verdict: Inaccurate throw. Ridder was upset about something, but the all-22 doesn’t really show that any of the receivers sat down on him or anything. 3rd and 5 (50)—Shotgun formation, empty backfield, Ridder tried to hit Firkser about 15 yard down field on an in-breaking route. It is possible the ball was touched at the LOS and the TE was well covered. Verdict: Tough throw to complete and lots of arms in the middle of the field where most of Ridder’s balls are heading. I didn’t see any better options on the all-22. 4th and 5 (50)—Everyone knows this play. Ridder makes a great throw in traffic and hits London in stride. London later fumbles it away. The play would have set the Falcons up in FG position and a chance to tie or win. Verdict: One of two very nice throws that Ridder had on the day, and in a money situation. This play was the only “flash” I saw in the whole game, but it just wasn’t to be. Summary of Ninth Possession: This drive was very much like the last drive of the first half. It started off with promise but fizzled out before that promise could be realized. None of us know what would have happened if London held on to the ball on 4th down. Most likely we run for another first down and kick a FG to send it to OT. It would have been fun to find out. A Dog Named Brian, VTCrunkler, FalconJim and 9 others 6 5 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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