SHAZAM -- They could be calling for a reach block by the frontside or backside guard. They could be calling for a combo block by either guard and the center. Of they could be calling from a wham block from a tight end on a sweep. Plenty of options on how to attack the middle linebacker.
Ron Wolf once told me that GMs are doing a good job if they are hitting on 30 percent of their picks and hope to get lucky in the 5,6 and 7th rounds. He wasn't afraid to cut his mistakes. With TD being a first-time GM he might be holding on to some mistakes too long. He's not going to hit on 100 percent of his moves.
Word is that things down in Tampa are pretty messy right now. Lots of ego tripping for College Coach and you have the MRSA safetie issues with three players being infected.
The NFL passing rating in the slot of 158.1 by Bobby Mac is the highest in the league of slot coverage corners.
18 rated slot coverage corner: Robert McClain ATL 143 snaps, 22 targets, 17 catches, 296 yards, 169 yards after catch, 3 TD, 0 Int, 158.1 NFL passer rating.
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NATE -- I'm going to ask Coach that after practice. He's been targetted quite a bit. He's given up 2 of the 10 -- 3rd and-long conversions.
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KATE HARDY -- With so many players injured and or out for the season, why aren't there plays being called for Matt Ryan to run the ball? This is the NFL and not Flag Football! As a fan I see this over and over again where as Matt Ryan will NOT run for even 1 yard. He will stand back there and run backwards trying to throw a pass for 1 yard when ALL of the players are covered by the opposing team!!! It happens over and over and as a FAN I am sick of watching it!!! This NOT what I expected to see in my home team this season!!! LOSING games they should have WON!!!! Well I guess Arthur Blanks is getting what he PAID for!!!! NO DEFENSE!!!!
LEDBETTER – I don’t think you really want Matt running the ball.
TONY ¬-- When will the falcons address coaching issues? This has gone on too long. Poor
substitutions, Horrible play calling, Poor decisions (passing up points early in the game).
LEDBETTER – Coach Smith has said that coaching has been a problem this season. He hasn’t dodged any responsibility for this 1-4 start.
KT -- "When will Steven Jackson produce?
So, far it has been a total waste of salary.
My friends and I are starting to question his commitment to actually contribute to Falcons. I never thought I would say it but we may have been better off with Turner."
LEDBETTER – Steven is a professional and I believe deserves the courtesy of your respect. He wants to be 100 percent healthy when he returns. It’s not like he doesn’t want to play. Now, I love Turner, too. I thought he could still help in the red zone, but you just can’t keep a red-zone only back anymore.
SOUTHSIDE LADY -- DLed, Is it possible that all of the injuries to the Falcons this year has something to do with the Conditioning coach? Not trying to point any fingers here, but it seems as though the number of injuries are extremely high on our team and I am just wondering if the guys are not being conditioned properly. Thanks
LEDBETTER – Hey there Southside Lady! I did a story on the change in training. Team said most of the injuries are football related. They went from functional motion movement training to more power lifting, which should have made them stronger.
BIG PLAY RAY – How come the GM is giving injury updates on his radio show? Thought only Smitty spoke to that?
LEDBETTER – I think Smitty fined him that, flattend the tires on his bike and kicked him out of practice (except for the league-mandated 30 minutes).
PHILLIP NORWOOD -- As a season ticket holder, I'm a bit disappointed to say the least about this season yet still optimistic. Looking back and presently we haven't addressed the same issues that have plagued us each season. Protecting Matt Ryan and pressuring the opposing QB. Why haven't the Falcons addressed these needs whether FA or in the Draft. Our 2 greatest needs on offense and defense, and we only look for mediocre players in the 3-7 round in the draft. Our FA signings at DE usually work, but they come with no help or support. It doesn't appear that coaching up those young players is working. When will the organization make the tough decisions to bring in better coaching or better players that require less coaching? We have to make those tough decisions if we plan to be successful or else this will be the same team the Smith family put on the field years ago. I don't think Blank/TD/MS are in the business to be good enough to fill the stadium people. As a fan we need a Championship. We're tired of the same old disappointment and excuses. We want to say we have a ring. We want to speak with confidence and pride about our team without any doubt of the common goal which is to WIN!!! That is all. Thank you for taking my question.
LEDBETTER – They have attempted to address both lines in the recent drafts (Johnson, Holmes, Konz Matthews, Maponga, Massaquoi, Goodman et al) and in free agency (Ray Edwards, Osi Umenyiora). They are still growing together, according GM Thomas Dimitroff. I think you’re off base on coaching. This one of the best staffs in the league with 5 or 6 HC.
Sounds like you’ve forgotten about those glorious pre-2008 years.
JON -- At what point do the Falcons start trading people to get better draft picks down the road?
LEDBETTER – I think never. That’s not a sound strategy to give all of your talent away for untested college players who may or may not be very good.
KEN GILBERT -- Question...when there are two guys in front of Gonzales. Why don't they put him in motion to help combat that?
LEDBETTER – They will follow him? But I will ask Dirk about that. They could hide him in the backfield, too.
CONCERNED FEMALE FAN -- "Why want our $100 million quarterback run with the football? Is he scared or what. If I paid someone a $100 million the person was have to be tough and do everything. Man up Matt Ryan. Most young and older quarterbacks are running. Peyton Manning ran one the ball for touchdown.
Why is it that the Falcons passing game is better than their running game?
Stop being so predictable Falcons, I'm a woman and I call better plays then the coaches. Do some unpredictable plays. Please pull some tricks out the bags. You know a lot people are saying the Falcons are curse."
LEDBETTER – He’s a passing quarterback. Not a running quarterback. You can’t win with those guys over the long haul. Also, he’d get killed because he’s not very fast.
They are a passing team and not a running team. Running teams are a thing of the past.
All fans think they can call plays. Ridiculous. All of the plays are designed to work, sometimes even when the team knows they are coming. The players have to win their battled.
I don’t believe in curses. That’s foolishness.
ZEKE -- why are josh vaughn and antone smith not being given a shot at ALL since our running game is beyond horrible?
LEDBETTER – They are backups. Snelling and Quizz are holding it down. Antone did get a carry in the last game.
KELVIN -- "Is the heat on Thomas Dimitroff, his draft picks over the past few years have been suspect at best, the offensive line is weak and they allowed Tyson Clabo and Harvey Dahl to leave. Dahl played with a nasty streak, this offensive line is weak as wet paper towels. So much promise this year has quickly become a nightmare.
LEDBETTER – No!!!!!. He turned around a moribund franchise and made it relevant for a half of decade. All they’ve done is win, win and win. No, GM is going hit on 100 percent of his moves. In baseball, 30 percent is pretty good. He’s batting way over 80 percent, so ya’ll need to stop all that foolish talk. How many Pro Bowls have Clabo and Harvey Dahl been to? None. They were good guys, but you can’t blame them for trying to upgrade. I agree that the “upgrades” has been suspect thus far.
CHRIS GWIN -- "In your opinion, What is the Falcons' greatest need heading into the draft next year? "
LEDBETTER – Linemen.
SAINTS FAN -- When is everyone going to realize the falcons made a million dollar mistake?
LEDBETTER – On what? Ray Edwards was a multi-million mistake.
HERTON -- Atlanta Falcons Would Be Wise to Trade for Giants WR Hakeem Nicks
LEDBETTER – He would be a rent-a-receiver.
They were counting on the coaching up the oline and protecting them with screens, draws and quick passes to Steven Jackson. Babes, Peters and Osi have played well enough to win with. Losing Biermann hurt. One of the young guys needs to step forward. CBs are young.
I haven't seen Lil' Hammer play. So, I don't know.
Yeah, I think they've done that.