When I watched the Falcons - Broncos on MNF last week, what I noticed play after play is that Matt Ryan doesn't stand in the pocket. He has quick reads every pass play. Even on the play action when his back is to the WR's, as soon as he pulls that ball back in, he is turning and firing almost in one motion to the spot where he knows his WR will be.
Maybe this is to offset his supposed weak arm for the deep ball, but a defense without a pass rush against a dink and dunk style passing attack with slants and short crossing routes, it feels like we could run into the same buzz saw as last Thursday night.
I would be interested to know what our defensive game plan will focus on.
Panther fans and media are dissecting this to the n'th degree.
Meanwhile, Cam and Smith have most likely moved past this and are focused on righting the ship for our next game. These guys are professionals, and I'm sure Smith has already done his own version of damage control with Cam now that this is getting so much attention.
These guys have a good relationship and I believe they will be fine. I don't expect Cam to skip passes to Smith off the turf next week.
When I try to be optimistic, I can say this. We are off the national stage for quite some time. String some wins together, and the next thing you know, this loss will be overshadowed by how the team turned around.
We have the talent for God's sake, can we just find the scheme and the match-ups that will start giving us a consistent edge game to game. Here's to hoping so.
Last night's game wasn't just a loss; I can live with a loss. And if this team lost but played a good game, they could still have confidence in their scheme and game planning. But what I saw last night was an embarrassment and humiliation for the whole world to see on NFL Network. All three phases of the game were miserable failures. Those kinds of losses set teams back , they don't propel teams forward with any positive take-aways for the next game.
It's one thing to lose, but another to look like you didn't prepare or compete.
Oh well, just told him and the wife. Wife is pissed, kid is semi-OK with it since we got to go this past Sunday. Now he gets to go to his first middle school dance tomorrow night so I guess it is what it is. I'll be yelling so loud they will here me from Shelby but I'm still in disbelief that this happened. What are you going to do?
I'm just as bothered as you are - I was banking on your extra ticket.