Thankfully Marty Hurney landed Cam Newton, Greg Olsen, Ryan Kalil, Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, and Josh Norman. They are carrying this team this season and last. Without them this team would be a dumpster fire with the rest of the squandered talent from the current administration.
The Falcons are a turnover machine. Missing FGs a lot. There is a reason they have had to comeback in 4 of their 5 games. They could easily be 1-4 right now. Nothing has changed. It is the same Matt Ryan led Falcons offense. They need the big plays at the end of the game to win, and a defense that allows it.
It was never Steve Smith who held Cam back. It was the coaches inability to let Cam run the game on the field and change up plays. This is the first season he has been able to control the offense over the coaches. 12-4 with Smith and Cam to Smith was the only TD in the playoffs that year. This garbage about Steve Smith not helping young WRs is crap. He was only paired with 3 young WRs; Dwayne Jarrett, Brandon LaFell, and David Gettis. LaFell and Gettis were successful as #2. Gettis had injuries that limited him. Jarrett could never grasp the playbook and he was a waste of time. No one could help Jarrett. “After my first season, me and Smitty were having a conversation, and he was like ‘We’re gonna go get a No. 2 receiver. We might go get a No. 2 receiver,’” LaFell recalled Wednesday at the Patriots’ team hotel. “And that lit a fire underneath me, like ‘Smitty doesn’t think I’m a No. 2? I’m about to go work my butt off.’ I kinda think in the back of my head, he said it to light that fire in me.” - NESN.com NESN.com article of LaFell praising Steve Smith. Josh Norman is no better than Steve Smith as a personality. Do you want to dump Norman too?
Gary Barnidge has always been a good pass catching TE. Just never used him. He was lucky to get 5 targets in a season from the Panthers under Rivera. He had 250 yards on 20 targets in 2009 (Olsen averages 140 yards for every 20 targets). He got lost in 2010 during the Clausen debacle. In 2011, he was buried under Olsen and Shockey. In 2012, he was only targeted 6 times and caught them all (1 for a TD). 2013 and 2014 he was #2 to Jordan Cameron. They let Cameron walk because they knew they had Barnidge. Remember Josh McCown and Gary Barnidge played with each other as reserves for the Panthers in 2008 and 2009. The Panthers are bad for letting talent walk. Steve Smith, Julius Peppers, Evan Mathis, DeAngelo Williams, Jon Beason, Mackenzy Bernadeau, Geoff Schwartz, Nick Hayden, Gary Barnidge, Greg Hardy, and Brandon LaFell. All are starters in the NFL and making game changing plays for their teams. Meanwhile the Panthers struggle with DE, WR, #2 TE, and OL. The answers were on the team.
What makes this even worse is it should have been ruled a safety for the Lions and then flagged for intentional batting. The safety is a scoring play and should have been reviewed in the final 2 minutes. In case anyone is not familiar with the rules of a safety here is the rule. "It is a safety if the offense commits a foul in its own end zone; or when an impetus by a team sends the ball behind its own goal line, and the ball is dead in the end zone in its possession or the ball is out of bounds behind the goal line." This has nothing to do with offense or defense. If a team team's player causes the ball to cross their goal line then there are only 2 outcomes. Safety or Touchdown in favor of the team that did not force the ball into the end zone. If the ball were fumbled and laying motionless at the 1 yard line and a defender were to slide and hit it into the end zone and then recover it in the end zone, then the defensive team would give up a safety. Whoever creates the impetus of the ball going into the end zone is the team charged with a safety. Calvin Johnson did not fumble the ball into the end zone, the fumble occurred at the 1-yard line and the force driving the ball into the end zone was created by Kam. That make it even worse by the officials and the crew responsible for reviewing plays in the last 2 minutes. They screwed up twice on one play at the end of the game that determined the outcome.
Here is to hoping for some 53 defensive sets you can easily change to a 46 with: CJ - KK - Star - Ealy - Allen Shaq - Luke - TD Norman - Harper - Tillman All the LBs can cover so you could do a lot with this on field combo. This would be great in the red zone and goal line.
What you are witnessing is not over pursuit. He is setting the edge and forcing the player to come at him for a tackle or be pushed into the DL, LB, and S coming down hill. The fact that he has the range and speed to beat the offensive player outside to set the edge is very impressive and shows discipline.
A 30% receiving rate is not developing normally for a rookie. 2015 Draft Class > Funchess ranks 18th of 20 rookie receivers who have been targeted at least 1 time. We will see how this progresses through the season, but he is on pace to be among the worst of the rookie WRs. Rookie WRs over the past decade > Funchess ranks 191st of 195 rookie receivers with 10+ targets in their rookie season. Let's hope for a dramatic turn around.
This is a statement on Ealy not showing up more than anything else. If CJ or Alexander were healthy, this trade is never done. This is directly related to Ealy not getting the job done. So, whatever the Panthers give up for Allen will be attributed to the cost of attaining Ealy. Allen and Addison as the DEs. Ealy is going back on the shelf.
Defenses are sitting on the running game and challenging Cam Newton to beat them. Cam now has the keys to the offense and is changing plays up a lot to get out of running plays. As soon as defenses start playing Cam Newton breaking the pocket, doubling Olsen over the middle, and making sure they have a safety over the top with Cam's deep ball, then the running game will start gashing defenses. Teams are putting 8 in the box and at times sneaking a 9th in the box. If Cam keeps taking the top off of the defenses and making them respect the deep ball, then defenses are in trouble with Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert.
Atlanta gives up 24+ points a game. Atlanta needs to play defenses they can blow up with the passing game in the 4th quarter to come back and win. Julio Jones must have a big game and not be shut down. The Falcons must not fumble the ball at all to stay in the game. The Falcons defense is garbage. Matt Ryan is a turnover machine and we know it. Julio Jones must win the game and Rivera/McDermott know how to shut him down. When it comes to match-ups the Panthers have a tremendous advantage against the Falcons. To beat the Falcons offense you sit on the big play which Ryan always wants and physically beat on Julio Jones at the LoS. Make them dink and dunk while pushing the pocket in on Ryan, and Ryan always makes mistakes. If the Falcons play the Panthers like they did their first 3 games of the season, the Falcons can kiss any chance of coming back late in the 4th quarter goodbye.