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Moneyball 2011 – 3rd Quarter Statistics

December 13th, 2011 Comments off

Here are the stat totals for the Falcons according to Moneyball rules through the first 12 games of the 2011 season. You can also check out the stats for the first quarter and first half of the season. Click here to see the glossary. The numbers in the parentheses () indicate the totals accumulated in the last four games.

Matt Ryan61 (21)47 (14)30 (16)7 (2)19 (7)66 (18)12 (3)0.5 (0)$111.50 ($48)
Chris Redman000001 (0)00-$1.00 ($0)

5+ yd
YAC (5+)
Michael Turner38 (8)25 (10)9 (3)6 (3)12 (6)8 (1)3 (1)$128.00 ($41)
Jacquizz Rodgers7 (2)6 (1)4 (2)3 (0)3 (0)00$29.00 ($6)
Matt Ryan3 (0)2 (0)2 (1)4 (2)02 (0)0$17.00 ($3)
Jason Snelling4 (1)1 (1)2 (0)1 (1)5 (2)01 (1)$13.00 ($5)
Julio Jones03 (0)00000$6.00 ($0)
Harry Douglas00001 (1)00$1.00 ($1)
Ovie Mughelli00001 (0)00$1.00 ($0)

Roddy White20 (6)16 (4)10 (5)1 (1)6 (3)5 (2)12 (4)$52.00 ($20)
Tony Gonzalez20 (11)11 (2)7 (2)04 (2)7 (2)5 (3)$51.00 ($18)
Julio Jones9 (2)6 (1)5 (2)4 (0)6 (1)2 (0)6 (3)$32.00 ($3)
Harry Douglas4 (1)8 (4)7 (6)2 (1)7 (5)1 (1)4 (3)$28.00 ($17)
Jason Snelling2 (0)2 (1)1 (1)03 (1)1 (1)2 (0)$8.00 ($5)
Jacquizz Rodgers2 (0)3 (1)004 (1)01 (1)$8.00 ($1)
Michael Palmer01 (0)001 (1)1 (1)0$4.00 ($3)
Michael Turner4 (1)02 (0)02 (0)04 (1)$4.00 ($0)
Ovie Mughelli00001 (0)2 (0)2 (0)$3.00 ($0)
Eric Weems01 (1)00000$1.00 ($1)

KB Run
KB Rec
KB 1st
KB 3rd
KB Pass
Justin Blalock6 (0)03.5 (0.5)1 (1)1 (0)01.5 (0)14 (8)6.5 (2.5)$15.00 ($1.5)
Will Svitek3.5 (1.5)01 (0)01 (1)003 (3)9 (5.5)$9.50 ($4.5)
Todd McClure1 (1)00.5 (0.5)01 (1)00.5 (0)8 (5)1 (1)$8.00 ($4.5)
Tyson Clabo3 (0)01.5 (1)2.5 (1.5)2 (0)04.5 (0)9 (2)9 (3)$6.50 ($6.5)
Tony Gonzalez4.5 (3.5)00.5 (0)000000.5 (0.5)$5.00 ($3.5)
Joe Hawley4 (1)02 (1)0.5 (0.5)004 (2)8.5 (4)1.5 (1)$5.00 ($2.5)
Garrett Reynolds3 (0)004 (0)003.5 (0)6.5 (0)7 (0)$4.00 ($0)
Ovie Mughelli5 (0)01 (0)00003 (0)0$3.00 ($0)
Mike Cox2 (1)02 (1)1 (1)1 (0)003.5 (1)0$2.50 ($2)
Harry Douglas1 (0)001 (0)00000.5 (0.5)$2.00 ($0)
Eric Weems2 (1)01 (0)00001 (1)0$2.00 ($0)
Jason Snelling001 (0)1 (0)00000$2.00 ($0)
Julio Jones002 (1)00001 (1)0$1.00 ($0)
Michael Turner000000002 (1)$0.00 ($0)
Michael Palmer001 (0)01 (0)002 (0)0$0.00 ($0)
Reggie Kelly00000002 (0)1 (0)-$2.00 ($0)
Sam Baker1 (0)0001 (0)02.5 (0)5.5 (0)10 (0)-$3.00 ($0)
Roddy White00000005 (3)0-$5.00 (-$3)

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Smith returns to Atlanta after hospitalization

December 12th, 2011 Comments off

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Mike Smith

It was reported after the Falcons win on Sunday afternoon over the Carolina Panthers, that Falcons head coach Mike Smith experienced chest pains before the team was set to get on their charter flight back to Atlanta. Smith was hospitalized, but the team released a statement that he was not experiencing an emergency matter and that he was not experiencing a heart attack. Smith stayed overnight for tests and was released from the hospital earlier Monday morning and returned to Atlanta, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is expected to be at the team’s facilities today in Flowery Branch and will address the media tonight.

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Falcons Rally to beat Panthers

December 12th, 2011 Comments off
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Jones celebrates with White

The Falcons overcame a 16-point halftime deficit to rally to beat the Carolina Panthers 31-23. It was the biggest halftime deficit overcome by the Falcons since they rallied 17 points to beat the Los Angeles Rams in October of 1987. The Falcons record moves to 8-5 and now they are in the driver’s seat as far as their wildcard hopes go with three games remaining.

Matt Ryan led the team with 320 yards passing, completing 22 of 38 pass attempts with 4 touchdowns. On the ground, Michael Turner led with 76 yards on 21 carries (3.6 avg). Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez both had 7 receptions for 84 and 82 yards, respectively. White also had a touchdown. Julio Jones had 3 catches for 104 yards and 2 scores, while Jacquizz Rodgers had 2 receptions for 39 yards and a score. Matt Bryant connected on a 30-yard field goal, but was wide left on a 46-yard attempt. Matt Bosher punted well with 6 punts for an average of 47.8 yards and 3 placed inside the 20-yard line. Eric Weems averaged 7 yards on a pair of punt returns and 23 yards on his lone kickoff return. The Falcons only generated 117 total yards of offense in the first half, and converted 3 of 9 third downs (33%). But in the second half things picked up with 277 total yards of offense and 5 of 8 on third downs.

Much of the team’s offensive turnaround was faciliated by a pair of turnovers generated by defense, in which the team was able to score 7 points off. The defense did not have much of an answer for the Panthers in the first half, allowing 245 total yards including two touchdowns off big plays. Sean Weatherspoon led the team with 9 tackles, and also had a sack, two tackles for loss, and a pass defended.
John Abraham (3 tackles); Jonathan Babineaux (3 tackles); Ray Edwards (3 tackles, 1 sack); Dominique Franks (2 tackles, 1 pass defended); Curtis Lofton (5 tackles); William Moore (3 tackles, 1 interception); Chris Owens (4 tackles); Corey Peters (3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss); Mike Peterson (1 tackle, 1 interception); and Dunta Robinson (4 tackles, 1 pass defended) had notable games.

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FalcFans Podcast – Ep. 11 “Lot O’ Gripes”

December 9th, 2011 Comments off

Ryan and I are back after a long lay-off to talk about the Atlanta Falcons chances down the stretch as they chase a wildcard spot in the NFC. A lot of frustration has been building in the weeks since we last got together to talk Falcons football, and in this extended episode we vent much of it. Topics of discussion are the recent loss to the Houston Texans as well as some of our expectations for the team’s upcoming game against the Carolina Panthers. Both of us wonder if the Falcons, particularly their offense is ready to take the next step forward. We discuss whether there should be a change at the running position, and whether certain veteran players including an unnamed Pro Bowl wide receiver might potentially be on the trading block after the season.  We also discuss whether the Falcons coaches are doing everything they can to get this team playing their best as the postseason looms. I give my typical anti-Peria Jerry and Reggie Kelly rants, and Ryan voices his displeasure over many of the moves the Falcons have made in recent off-seasons. We both ponder whether the Falcons problems stem from them having too many weapons.

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Moneyball 2011 – Week 13 Review

December 6th, 2011 Comments off

This was potentially one of the most frustrating watches of the year. It was not that shocking to me that the Falcons lost this game. A great deal of people got caught up in the notion that T.J. Yates was the Texans starting quarterback, which was the same mistake that they made when Dennis Dixon was the starting quarterback of the Steelers last season. But in both cases, those people forgot to realize that the strength of both of those teams rested on thei rushing attack and their defense. The Texans defense is not as good as the Steelers defense from a year ago, but still more than good enough to slow the Falcons offense. And slow it, they did.

Matt Ryan got off to a very rocky start. His inability to throw the deep ball effectively has inhibited the Falcons offense all year long, and it was no more apparent than the opening series of this game, where two poor throws to an open White and Jones really did change the face of this game. If the Falcons hit one of those, it’s extremely likely they are touchdowns. And instead of the Falcons being down 10 points midway through the second quarter, they would be up 7 points a minute into the game. Then Ryan’s two interceptions on the ensuing drives kill their momentum, although granted neither of those throws were completely his fault as Turner threw off his timing on the flea-flicker and Jones zigged when he should have zagged on the second one.

But truthfully, besides those initial series, the rest of the game Ryan played fairly well. The Falcons had a ridiculous amount of drops in this game (8). Three consecutive ones occur on the final series of the first half which killed any chance that the Falcons move down the field and at least get three points. Really the only other mistakes Ryan makes are on the pair of delay of game penalties. The second of which was a critical mistake because it comes on a 4th & 1 with 2:35 left in the game that the Falcons actually convert and would have put them in prime scoring position to tie the game. But of course the penalty nullifies the play.

He also saw quite a bit of pressure, as the Texans pass rush was basically able to pin their ears back in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter and the Falcons blockers did not do a great job holding up. Svitek struggled in this game, as did pretty much all of the other blockers in this game. He gave up 2.5 pressures, but had another and a sack-strip negated by defensive penalties. It’s become apparent to me that while Svitek is better than Sam Baker is today, he’s not better than Baker was a year ago, which was considerably less than where Baker was in 2009. It’s fascinating to look at the Falcons left tackle position has gotten considerably worse since 2008. Svitek has done his best to maintain the status quo from a year ago. And it makes you start to realize that since the decline of Bob Whitfield, the Falcons have been fairly middling at that position. But that’s probably a topic worth broaching in the off-season. Joe Hawley also did not have a great game, and it’s clear that if the Falcons actually want to get some serious production from the right guard position they should move on in another direction. Presumably, they are playing Hawley there to get him reps for his eventual move to center. I think Hawley still has a future as the starting center, but the Falcons need to give Kirk Chambers a try at some point. Either as a replacement for Svitek at left tackle or as a right guard. Otherwise, Chambers presence on the roster is a complete and under waste.

The Falcons ground attack was pretty useless. Turner had basically two nice runs, and 9 wasted runs. And one wonders that against the fast Texans defense, that giving Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers more reps would have been smart.

Matt Ryan$7$1$0$0$0-$2$6.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$4$0$0$0$4.00
Jason Snelling$0$4$0$0$0$0$4.00
Michael Turner$0$4$0$0$0$0$4.00
Harry Douglas$0$0$2$0$0$0$2.00
Roddy White$0$0$2$0$0$0$2.00
Antone Smith$0$0$0$0$2$2.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$2$0$0-$1$1.00
Julio Jones$0$0$2$0$0-$1$1.00
Joe Hawley$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Eric Weems$0$0$0$0$0.5$0$0.50
Will Svitek$0$0$0$1$0-$1$0.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$0$0$0$0.00
Mike Cox$0$0$0-$1$0$0-$1.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0-$1$0$0-$1.00

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Falcons slip to Texans

December 4th, 2011 Comments off
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Ryan is taken down

The Falcons struggled on the road against the Houston Texans, finishing with a disappointing 17-10 loss. The Falcons had some opportunities to win late, twice with the ball in Texans territory late in the fourth quarter, but failed to punch it in. They also found themselves with two defensive touchdowns wiped off the board from turnovers due to costly penalties.

Matt Ryan struggled early in this game with two picks on his first six passes. But he managed to finish going 20 of 46 for 267 yards with a touchdown. The running game added little, with Michael Turner rushing 14 times for 44 yards (3.1 avg). In the air, Tony Gonzalez led the team with 7 catches for 100 yards. Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Harry Douglas each had 4 catches for 68, 51, and 43 yards respectively. White had the team’s lone offensive touchdown. On special teams, Matt Bryant connected on a 19-yard field goal, his lone attempt of the day. Matt Bosher punted 4 times for an average of 50.5 yards with 2 of his punts going inside the 20-yard line. Eric Weems averaged 23.5 yards and 11 yards on a pair of kickoffs and punts each, respectively. The offense struggled in the first half, converting only 1 of 6 third downs with only 123 total yards. The Falcons failed to take advantage of their lone redzone opportunity in the first half. Things did pick up in the second half as they were able to convert 5 of 7 third downs, adding 214 total yards, and did score a touchdown on their lone redzone entry.

Defensively the Falcons struggled to stop the run. They gave up a total of 162 rushing yards, 106 of which came in the second half. The Texans were able to convert on half of their 18 third down attempts. Curtis Lofton led defenders with 11 tackles, and also added a sack and a tackle for loss. John Abraham (1 tackle, 1 sack, 1 pass defended); Kroy Biermann (4 tackles); Thomas DeCoud (10 tackles); Dominique Franks (3 tackles); Mike Peterson (10 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 pass defended); Dunta Robinson (3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass defended); James Sanders (10 tackles, 1 fumble recovery); Vance Walker (1 tackle, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble); and Sean Weatherspoon (7 tackles, 1 pass defended) all had noteworthy games. Walker was able to force a fumble early in the game on a strip of T.J. Yates that James Sanders scooped up to run 90 yards for a touchdown. But the score was wiped out by a pair of off-setting illegal substitution penalties on both squads as players had begun to walk onto the field believing that the play was actually an incomplete pass. And at the outset of the fourth quarter, Mike Peterson stepped in front of a Yates pass to return it 31 yards for a pick six, but that play was nullified by a defensive holding call before the interception on the opposite side of the field by Robinson. That score would have given the Falcons a 17-10 lead, but instead the Texans proceeded to drive down the field to take the 17-10 lead, a lead they would hold for the remainder of the game.

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