Well lets look at it this way. Last year you guys rushed for a total of 329 yards on us in two games. We rushed for 327 yards in two games with Turner out for 1/2 of the second game. He got hurt in the second quarter and had already put up 111 yards on 9 carries. A 12.3 yard average. And our #1 DT was out of the second game. We got everybody coming back. You guys are down 3 starters on the D-line this year. My "CONFIDENCE" should be much higher than yours. It will be all over by the time our first game rolls around any way.
Okay let's get something straight while we're talking DTs: we were down our starting NT in Kemoeautu on opening day. Our opening day DTs against the Eagles if I remember correctly were Damione Lewis and Nick Hayden-not like it mattered because Jake Delhomme was under center. The point is, we were starting what should have been a strictly rotational guy on day one, so spare me your bitching about losing starters and your implication that that's why we rushed so effectively on you. I know it's inconceivable that the Panthers could have any talent or be effective in any aspect of the game, let alone against the mighty Atlanta Falcons, but bear with me.
That said, let's fast forward to week two: Louis Leonard and Damione Lewis are the starters against the Falcons. That tackle combo held Michael Turner to something like 105 yards on 28 carries-pretty weak for a back of his caliber. Leonard was injured on one of the last snaps of the game and subsequently put on IR. I think by the second game our starting DTs were Hollis Thomas and Damione Lewis and yes, we got gashed. Good thing Golden Boy Matt "Son of God" Ryan was chucking ugly ass picks into double coverage all day. Anyway, that tackle combo would later hold Adrian Peterson to 35 yards on 12 carries, so take what you will from that. I say good coaching helped average/weak talent overachieve.
Look, I completely understand that we're going to give up some rushing yards in 2010. We certainly did in 2009 but the impact was mitigated by a ton of turnovers (top five in both FFs and INTs) which is one of the main aspects of how the Tampa 2 is actually supposed to work. Nobody in this fanbase is misguidedly expecting a Super Bowl run like the Falcons are, but we're definitely going to enjoy laughing at you when an offseason of hopes and dreams has a head on collision with reality.
Boy someone is mad today. You sure do like to just come up with poo sometimes.
Well at least the only other Falcons fan who posts here likes you.
Edited by london67, 20 July 2010 - 08:45 AM.