Thursday, December 29, 2005

Falcons Fold Against Bucs

Our game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came down to the final minutes of overtime and ended in a Bucs victory. Both Matt Bryant of the Bucs and kicker Todd Peterson of the Atlanta Falcons missed field goals in overtime and finally Bryant pulled of a 41-yard kick that ended the extra minutes. DeAngelo Hall had a career high return of 65 yards in the game and our offense looked strong. We just couldn’t outscore the Bucs and the game stayed too close for comfort. I have seen a great number of NFL games go into overtime and get decided by field goals this season. When it happened to us we folded, missing the field goal and allowing the Bucs to advance into scoring range.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Winter Weather Steals Falcons Fire

We had a great first quarter against the Chicago Bears. After that beautiful defensive showing the Atlanta Falcons got fully dominated by the dangerous Bears defense. They hurried and hassled Michael Vick for the rest of the game and held us to 117 yards passing for the game. The final score was Falcons 3 and the Bears 16. It was the fifth coldest Soldier Field game ever with a game temperature of eight degrees above zero. For the players on the field it was the wind chill of five below that really made the game interesting. Can our Georgia boys really be held responsible for falling to winters bitter bite?

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Falcons to Face Bears

Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons has said he will be playing on Sunday against the Bears despite his bruised ribs. This is a welcome surprise after the Saints game in which he was injured. The Falcons looked pretty quiet for the first half of the game, allowing 17 Saints points without an answer. They came out fired up in true Falcons fashion for the second half. The Falcons prevented the Saints from scoring any more points and from converting on third downs for the rest of the game. This team can definitely beat the Bears on Sunday and hopefully the win will bolster the team’s confidence for our second match up with the Carolina Panthers in two weeks.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Panthers Strike in Atlanta

The Atlanta Falcons performed pretty poorly in their unfortunate loss to the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers managed to hold us to under 300 yards offensively and were brutal on the pass rush. Michael Vick was sacked by the Panthers defense five times and he threw two interceptions, adding to the many mistakes of the game. We just couldn’t stop their offense from scoring and their running game was pretty successful, gaining over 140 yards. This game like many this season came down to the final minutes and we lost to the clock without scoring one touchdown. This is the only game of the regular season in which we did not score at least one touchdown.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Falcons Stomp Lions 27-7

The Atlanta Falcons are on their way to Charlotte to play the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. After our win over the Lions and with a 7-4 record the future is looking up. Our schedule only gets more difficult from here and we are going to face Tampa Bay again before the end. But if we can win over the Panthers we have a good chance of pulling off the conference and going to the playoffs. I don’t think it is too early to talk about that, especially with some of the superior performances we have had. Warrick Dunn got over 100 yards rushing and has now gone over 1,000 yards this season. Michael Vick racked up over 200 yards on offense in this Thanksgiving stomping of the Lions.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Turnovers Do It Again

The Falcons are going to play their first ever Thanksgiving game and first game against the Detroit Lions this season on Thursday. The game at Ford Field will be the Atlanta Falcons chance to get even with the Lions for last years defeat. Last weeks loss to Tampa Bay is still fresh in our minds, but with a 6-4 record we need to be worrying about the next few games not a 3 point loss in which we played pretty well. Michael Vick threw for 306 yards, a season high, and we converted very well on downs. Our defense and offense were well executed and proved that we could have a better record if we would stop all the devastating turnovers that turn into rival points.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Something I Noticed

When you look at the Atlanta Falcons offensive line, there are two names that come to mind. There is right tackle Todd Wiener and left tackle Kevin Shaffer, who paved the way for the number one rushing attack in the league last season.

But after looking through some taped games I noticed something.

To my knowledge the run is supposed to set up the pass. Right? It wasn’t like Michael Vick didn’t put up decent passing numbers but they weren’t the type of numbers one would expect from a team with a great ground attack. I noticed that both offensive tackles need much more improvement in the pass protection.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Not Good

My sympathy goes out to Peerless Price. I feel sorry for the guy. He might be forced to call his career off very prematurely, because of a retinal condition that was thought to be treatable but just seems to be getting worse.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Pass Catching

The Atlanta Falcons have a running back in Warrick Dunn. Dunn got most of the carries in the 2004 season and had over a 1,000 yards rushing. The Falcons also have Michael Vick who acts like a running back as well, Vick himself almost had a 1,000 yards rushing last season as well.

So the question I guess is what to do with T.J. Duckett. He was mostly used in short yardage situation but only caught three passes the entire season last year. I am almost positive that Duckett will have a new role as a pass catching RB out of the back field this coming season.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Just a Thought

So how many of you crazy cats in Atlanta are real die hard Falcon fans? I was noticing that a lot of people wear a Falcons jersey (number 7). I am curious to know how many of you fans jumped on the band wagon just because first year head coach Jim Mora Jr. took his team to the NFC Championship game. How did you guys become Falcon fans and why?

Monday, May 23, 2005

Defensive Strides

Despite outside linebacker Keith Brooking having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in early April, he seem to move around well in practice. During team activities, Brooking showed now sign of pain and showed no negative effects from the actually operation. The operation cleared loose cartilage from the joint, so hopefully now we can have a healthy Brooking who dominate with his speed at his position.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

A tight Situation

from Foxsports.com
TE Eric Beverly wants to prove he give the offense an extra receiver so the team would have a legitimate alternative if Alge Crumpler is hurt. Beverly arrived last year with expectations of starting at left guard. Instead, the retirement of Hunter Goodwin before the start of camp forced the team to move Beverly to a position he hadn't played in nine years. He has few troubles executing pass protections or taking on linebackers he must block on run plays, but Beverly runs deficient routes and drops too many passes in practice. Those problems must be solved before the season starts.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Is it that Secondary

from Foxsports.com
Uncertainty at right corner and both safety positions will affect his performance, but LCB DeAngelo Hall has all the tools needed to become an elite player. With 4.31 speed and a 41-inch vertical leap, Hall is an exceptional athlete whose interception total could be hindered by the team's zone scheme. Jason Webster, the right-side starter, and Kevin Mathis, who effectively filled in at both positions last year, have upside as long-time veterans, but both have a history of injuries. If Hall had more man-to-man assignments, his interceptions would increase. Unfortunately, neither safety position is settled, and coordinator Ed Donatell likes to limit the risk of a big play with lots of nickel calls and zone coverage in base schemes.

Monday, April 25, 2005

The Aftermath

G.M. Rich McKay views the draft as a means of adding depth and allowing the newcomers to learn positions they'll start in in a year or two. WR Roddy White, DT Jonathan Babineaux, LB Jordan Beck and DE Chauncey Davis will join rotations and contribute on special teams. WRs Peerless Price, Dez White and Brian Finneran have watched the team use first-round picks in 2005 on Roddy White and in 2004 on WR Michael Jenkins.

That serves notice to all three that they must improve route running and separation. Davis should back up LE Patrick Kerney and RE Brady Smith as the No. 3 end. Davis played primarily the left side at Florida State and won't spend much time at the other position because Kerney moves to the right side when Smith leaves a game.<

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Targeting

From Foxsports.com
The team likely will target the best player available with its first pick, which could be Michigan WR Braylon Edwards or one of two quarterbacks: Cal's Aaron Rodgers or Utah's Alex Smith. Though the Dolphins have a good group of receivers, new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan emphasizes throwing downfield. Getting Edwards would give Miami exceptional depth at receiver and allow it to run the three-receiver alignments Linehan prefers. Smith is a favorite of Linehan, who recruited him in college, but has to learn to play under center rather than in the shotgun. The Dolphins also have scouted former Florida State QB Adrian McPherson, who put on a show at his workout but is dogged by gambling allegations from his college days and will be a mid- to late-round pick.

If the Dolphins don't take a running back in the first round, Cal's J.J. Arrington or Florida's Ciatrick Fason could be options at No. 70. Through the rest of the draft, look for the Dolphins to rebuild an aging defense with an emphasis on linebacker, safety and tackle. Saban would like to get a linebacker/end similar to the Patriots' Mike Vrabel who would allow the team to switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Falcons bleed red and Gold?

The acquisitions of Ronnie Heard and Todd Peterson make me wonder about how player acquisitions work in the NFL. I guess that certain player could not just stay away from Jim Mora Jr. The Falcons went to the NFC champions this past season. In doing it was Mora’s first season as a head coach and it was a successful one at that.

One can only assume Mora has a good idea of what he is doing. Taking a young team as far as he did and turning some into pro bowlers. Bet you the Niners are scratching there head’s and why they didn’t give the job to Mora two years ago.

Dirty Birds!

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Cap Status

from Foxsports.com
The team is about $4.5 million under the cap. Because the team still doesn't know the retirement status of NT Ed Jasper, it will wait until early next month to file paperwork with the NFL management council regarding QB Michael Vick, who received a $7.5 million bonus when he signed a new contract last month and is due a $22.5 million bonus in March. Language in Vick's contract lets the team decide if it will prorate those bonuses over five or seven years.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Eye for an Eye

There have always been questions about wide receiver Peerless Price and why he has not produced the ways the Falcons would like him to, they the fans would like him to. So wondering about this dilemma figured what his problem was.

Apparently Price has a retinal disorder that affects his sight which indirectly and directly affects his play. It is a problem that was diagnosed by an ophthalmologist before the pre-season started in ‘04.

He held off surgery for the sake of not missing the majority of the season and wore a protective shield. He wore the shield on doctors’ recommendations so he wouldn’t loose his eye sight if he ever got hit there.

Now the season is over and Price is schedule sometime in February to go ahead with the surgery in order to have plenty of time to recover for next season.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

"Dirty Birds"

What a season for the Falcons.

It was just that last game that leaves a bitter taste. After all, Vick went 11-of-24, with four sacks, and threw a key interception in a 27-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

That was Vick's first NFC Title game, and 24-year-old Vick is in a great position for only getting better. In his third season and only second full season of play, Vick is making his 2nd pro-bowl appearance.

Well that is just dirty, as in good. Vick also singed the most expensive contract in NFL this year. Personally I think they need to spend more money on wide outs.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Falcons to the NFC title game

Here are some reasons why the Falcons will be playing in the NFC title game.

from the official home page of the Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons established club postseason records with 327 rushing yards (previous 192 at G.B. 1-4-03) and total points scored (previous 30 at Minnesota 1-17-99).

The Falcons 8.18-yard per-carry average was the third-highest per-carry average in NFL postseason history: The Falcons actually broke the record in the first half of the game when they amassed an astonishing 239 yards.

1) 9.94 San Diego vs. Boston, 1963 AFC Divisional Playoff (32-318)
2) 9.29 Green Bay vs. Dallas, 1982 NFC Divisional Playoff (17-158)
3) 8.18 Atlanta vs. St. Louis, 2004 NFC Divisional Playoff (40-327)

The Falcons scored touchdowns on the first three offensive series of the game, drives consisting of 22 plays and amassing 241 yards.

PR Allen Rossum established an NFL postseason record with 152 punt return yards on three returns (previously held by Anthony Carter vs. N.O. 1987).

Rossum set an Atlanta postseason record with a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter (previous record held by Tim Dwight for 36 yards vs. S.F. 1-9-99).

Rossum became the first Falcon and the 17th player in NFL postseason history to return a punt for a touchdown.

QB Michael Vick's 119 yards rushing were the most ever for a quarterback in NFL postseason history (Donavan McNabb, 107 yards vs. Green Bay, 1/11/04).

RB Warrick Dunn established a club record for most rushing yards in a playoff game after a 142-yard effort on the ground. Dunn's 142 rushing yards broke former Falcons
RB Jamal Anderson's single-game postseason record (113 vs. S.F. 1-9-99). Dunn had 106 yards rushing in the first quarter alone.

Dunn also established an Atlanta record for the longest postseason rush after a 62-yard touchdown run on the Falcons second drive that resulted in Atlanta taking a 14-7 lead.

The Falcons 28-point first half performance set a franchise record for most postseason points in a half (previous was 24 points at G.B. 1-4-03).

The 45 combined first-half points marked the second-highest total in Division Playoff history.

Tonight's game marked the first time that three touchdowns of at least 50 yards occurred in a Divisional Playoff game since 1-6-90 (Cleveland-Buffalo).

DE Brady Smith tied the NFL postseason record for most safeties in a game (1) following his fourth quarter sack and safety of Rams' QB Marc Bulger (last Javon Kearse vs. Buffalo 1999).

DB DeAngelo Hall's third quarter six-yard reception was the first of his career.

QB Marc Bulger's 57-yard touchdown pass to WR Kevin Curtis on the Rams first drive marked the first time that Atlanta had allowed a touchdown in the first quarter at home this season.

The Falcons registered their first safety in their playoff history early in the fourth quarter when Brady Smith crushed Rams QB Marc Bulger in the Rams' end zone.