Reporting Jamie Walker
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Some blogs are motivated by certain events or experiences. I was actually looking at the replay of the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos Preseason Game on the NFL Network. The final score of that game was Denver 10, San Francisco 6. Now from the outside looking in, one would think that the game did not indicate much but looking deeper the contest gave a great deal of information. The 49ers offensively were efficient and Quarterback Colin Kaepernick looked in mid-season form and it was truly obvious that they could still rush the passer on defense. The coaching staff for the 49ers found that out in the first series, the starters had a short night, but they lost the game.
So now that the sky has finished falling in Atlanta due to the loss by the Falcons on this past Thursday to the Cincinnati Bengals maybe fans can put the 34-10 lob-sided defeat in its proper context. Consider that it was the 1st preseason game against an opponent that you have been practicing against all week. Also consider that the Falcons were down a starting wide receiver in Julio Jones, starting tight end in Tony Gonzalez, and Mike Johnson the projected starting right tackle was just injured throwing backup Lamar Holmes in the “fire” early. There were a lot of reasons why the Atlanta Falcons may have not looked their best however there are some things that the team must address early;
1. The Falcons must solidify the Right Tackle position. Lamar Holmes may be ready by the end of the preseason but if he is not the franchise must be prepared to go get someone experienced in this league if they intend to accomplish the goals set early by all involved.
2. Linebacker depth must be established. Being down starting Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was impactful but developing quality personnel behind the starter is paramount. Paul Worrilow, the rookie out of Delaware had an outstanding game but it is preseason and in three or sometimes four linebacker defensive sets, the Falcons will need more than one other player to provide depth.
3. Using one game as a litmus test is not always good to crown someone anything but I recall this time last season when Dominique Davis played in the preseason. After a few snaps and some awesome plays especially through the air, there were fans that actually wanted him to start….OH REALLY. So after this last preseason game do you now want him to sit?? Now that we are back to reality you can see that Davis, although talented does have a lot of work to do. I believe that he can run this Dirk Koetter offense but I believe that it must be curtailed to his strengths. He looked better in no huddle, especially in the shotgun than the standard offense. If Davis continues to struggle in the preseason, look for the Atlanta Falcons to possibly make a move to ensure the backup quarterback situation is not a problem.
Overall, it is still very early in this process of finalizing this team. However, if some issues are not taken care of early it may derail the plans for the 2013-2014 Atlanta Falcons. They are set to battle the defending SuperBowl Champion Baltimore Ravens in the Charm City on Thursday. I look to see much more improvement in offensive efficiency on Thursday and with Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil coming off the edge for the Baltimore Defense, look to see will Lamar Holmes be able to solidify the position at Right Tackle.
Jamie Walker is a Producer and Atlanta Falcons Blogger for Sports Radio 92.9 The Game. Follow him on Twitter @coachjdub21.