Atlanta Improves to 6-1
Sorry for lack of posts. Will try to get some routines in near future. That said, WOULD LOVE SOME HELP in writing if any of you are up for it. They don’t have to be essays, but rather short posts that can be 500 words or less. Anyway………..
The Falcons improved to 6-1 in an ugly win that continued the Falcons “squeaking by” and looking less than stellar the last 3 games. A win’s a win’s a win and they are really hard to come by in the NFL, but most feel that when they run up against good teams, they’ll buckle.
What is Wrong with Matt Ryan?
He’s looked downright bad the last several games. Unsure of himself, forcing throws, and generally erratic the last 3 games. He’s throwing multiple picks and just is OFF. He said there’s no injury to blame and since we’re a third through the season, can we keep blaming the new offensive scheme? Maybe it’s phase, maybe Shanahan needs to find a way for Ryan to get going, but bottom line is that he has to get better if the Falcons want to be legitimate contender.
Are Falcons Simply a Product of Easy Schedule?
I’d have to say maybe a little, but fans only need to zoom back a year ago when the Falcons were finding ways to LOSE these type of games. They have benefited from an easy schedule, but credit Dan Quinn and his mentality of finishing and finding ways to win. The season is a marathon and the positive is that the Falcons are finding ways to win when playing bad. That only goes so far, though, as they have to start gaining some mojo here soon.
WR Corps: Strength to Weakness?
What has long been a core strength of the Atlanta Falcons appears on the verge of becoming a weakness. Julio Jones is banged up (and frankly will be the rest of the year based on his playing style), Roddy White is quickly declining, Leonard Hankerson has been racking up the drops after a fast start, Devin Hester is on short term IR, and Nick Williams has had a few drops himself. 4th round pick Justin Hardy hasn’t even dressed for a game yet. This was always going to be a rebuilding project at some point, but many are surprised how rapidly it’s declined.
Pass Rush / Defense Much Better?
Not much. But no one expected it to be light-switch quick. It’s a process and the Falcons have shown some promise, but they simply don’t have much of their needed arsenal in play to move towards dominant. Remember, even in Seattle, it took several years of great draft picks and good free agents to move to elite. Many players are on one years contracts (Schofield, Clayborn, etc), DQ is milking as much as he can from the leftovers (Biermann, Jackson), and the rookies are going to be rookies (Beasley, Jarrett). It will take time, but he’s definitely moving the needle forward.