So for the Atlanta Falcons currently residing at 1-2, with such high expectations before the season started the question is where will they go from here? Of course I love to take the pulse of the city after each game, in particular caller and social media reaction on Sports Radio 92.9 The Game within the various shows. Naturally after a Falcons loss the “fandom” of the city that desperately wants the team to win is in panic mode, especially with the record falling to under .500. Personally, I understand some of the criticism but separate fact from the overreaction. The Falcons lost the football game 27-23 to the Miami Dolphins in the final minutes of the game, which served as an extra “kick in the gut” because the “Dirty Birds” had the lead and could not hold on. Considering the fact that the team was short some key players including Kroy Biermann, Steven Jackson, Sam Baker and countless others, some were surprised that the Falcons were even in contention.
Reactionary Monday is always eventful but all perspectives must be told and regardless of the outcome one must remain temperate; it is neither all bad, nor is everything perfect. What you saw from the Miami game offensively from the Falcons was the continued inability to protect Quarterback Matt Ryan on a consistent basis and obvious “Red Zone” deficiencies. What you also saw was an inconsistent pass rush and poor tackling defensively. Finally, you saw an Atlanta Falcons’ Football Team with the inability to close out opponents having the lead. Analyzing the game, the actual X’s and O’s, it was not all bad. The Offensive Line despite being reshuffled played fairly well. By going deep in the offensive line depth chart as a necessity, will prove to be beneficial going forward. Also, despite the injury to Runningback Steven Jackson, Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers set the tone in the running game and as a tandem played very well. I do not believe that the “sky is falling” for this team but they must show improvement especially with the New England Patriots coming to the Georgia Dome on Sunday night at 8:30 for a nationally televised game. Check out my Atlanta Falcons’ Weekly Focus on Thursday as I preview the game against the Pats.
Jamie Walker is a Weekend Producer and the Atlanta Falcons Blogger for Sports Radio 92.9 The Game. Follow him on Twitter @coachjdub21.