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  • My thoughts on last night.

    Mind you I havnt seen the second half yet had to wake up at 5am to go to work but I seen the 1st half. So remember my grades are for the first half only.

    QB-Well Boller isnt the answer, hopefully everyone sees that. He should have had two int's on the same drive. Lucky for him number 20 of the Falcons cant catch. Boller missed wide open wr's several times even when he had time. Bulger had a real off night only half a bag of sunflower seeds and was forced to watch terrible football by his defense. Grade D.

    RB-Jacskon had one 7 yd run and then two 1 yard runs and was done for the night. Gado was given every oppourtunity to take over the reigns as the 2nd string back. I couldnt tell if it was him or the line but it was aweful. At one point he had 12 carries for 10 yds and a fumble. Grade D-.

    OL-Not a lot of good points here. Boller was getting a lot of pressure and they manage to make every defensive co-ordinator look like his blitzes are so exotic that there is no way to block them. They cannot pick up blitzes at all. So I guess since Bulger is supposed to see those coming that Boller obviously has the same problem lol. Smith showed some good and bad but I think he is going to be a good one. It was obvious that without Bell and Barron this ol will be terrible. No penetration on running plays at all. Grade D.

    WR-What can I say Laurant Robinson is a beast and may have the best hands I've ever seen. He is going to be very, very good. Burton did ok didnt get a lot of action. I would like to see Stanley a little more playing wr with the starters. Other than Robinson in the first half no one else really caught my eye. Grade and only because of Robinson B-.

    TE-Well not a lot here Mcmichael was called for a holding penalty and Fells caught one pass that I remember. No stand out point here. Grade C

    DL-Aweful, just dreadful all around. No pressure up the gut at all. No pressure from the ends either, and if there was it was always a step late and after the ball was long gone. We either miss Carriker very badly or we are just not very good. Missed tackles out of position you name it they couldnt do it. Grade F

    LB-Laurinitis is going to be good he gets lost at times but he's a rookie. He did get an int. I thought Witherspoon would be great at olb but he seems to over run or guess on a lot of plays and gets lost behind those big offensive linemen. This could be because our dl isnt doing their job up fron however. I dont know what it is but I like Vabora. He seems to have a nose for the ball. I hope he can stick around. Grade-C

    DB-Its still obvious Tye Hill still has zero ball awareness whatso ever. Gonzales made him look like a fool on the td catch. I know Gonzales is a future HOF'er but come on just one tie know where the ball is. Atogwe and Butler are going to make a good team. There was on play after someone missed a tackle Atogwe was tackling a wr and Butler lit the guy up, i loved it. Our db's will look bad all year if we cant pressure the qb. Bartell dropped a sure int that hit him dead in the hands. I really like Wade, didnt notice what he did in coverage but the guy is a very good tackler against the run. Grade C

    K-This is the best part of our team Jones and Brown are devistating. Grade A.

    Coching-I like what we try to do on defense and what we try to do on offense. The problem is the players just are not executing the calls. We dont have a team of quitters like last year though that is obvious. Grade B

    I'm not panicing but I want to see improvement from week to week. Either the Falcons are world beaters or this team got worse from week one to week 2. Better hope and pray Bulger is ready for week one at Seattle because Boller isnt gonna win us anything. Hope for a more inspired showing next week.
    Last edited by rammiser; -08-22-2009, 08:39 AM.
    Aim high Willis, Aim High!

  • #2
    Re: My thoughts on last night.

    good post,I like your comments on Barron, I think he is alot better than given credit for by some and they did miss him last night,I think he is a must sign after this season,Laurinitis is going to be a very good player,I guess credit should be given to the FO for them bringing in Robinson who has done great and I also agree that we need to see some progress every week,I read don't worry it's only preseason but when you only win 5 games in 2 seasons I think preseason takes on a whole new look,it may not mean as much to the better teams who are just trying to tweak what is already pretty decent but when you are starting over I think showing progress every week is important,if you can't do things right in "practice games" how do you expect them to be done right when the regular season roles around.


    • #3
      Re: My thoughts on last night.

      Like I said, I think Robinson should be our #1 receiver.

      Just plug Smith as a starter on RT. When Bell and Barron get back, our line should look a lot better.

      Our D-line isn't doing much.


      • #4
        Re: My thoughts on last night.

        Not all the Blitz's were the O-Lines fault stop blaming just them.

        1. On some blitz's they sent 8 guys after the QB 4 D-line 2 linebacker and a safety do the math that type of blitz cant be blocked by 5 guys

        2. Same thing as last week running back late to pick up blitz's or totally whiffing on blocks

        3. WR, TE need to see that blitz and change there routes

        4. QB need to get rid of ball if all above things happen, If wr and te are running original routes down the field nowhere to throw the ball.

        Nobody ever said barron could not play, He just doesn't focus on the field alot and tends to jump early and often.

        Lets not forget Chris Chamberlain who was way out of position on the big run play, Dont know exactly why he was in the on that play to begin with but it cost.

        I am really startig to like JL. he got caught inside on the big running play but the rest of the night he looked just fine. He needs to work more on his coverage skills but that will come with time. I think if we can get some maulers in the defense line he we be all over the place.
        Last edited by r8rh8rmike; -08-22-2009, 06:19 PM. Reason: Personal insult deleted.


        • #5
          Re: My thoughts on last night.

          Well said, I am very pleased to see Robinson's output last night, but the D-Line looks like its going to be a big issue with no fix in sight.


          • #6
            Re: My thoughts on last night.

            maxx, let's leave personal insults out of the discussion, shall we.


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