Moneyball 2011 – Week 6 Review

Michael Turner had a solid game, and looked like the old Michael Turner throughout this game, breaking tackles and getting yards after contact. Ovie Mughelli looked back to be in his old form. Granted, it did come against a horrible Panthers run defense, but it’s still somewhat promising for the rest of the year. The Falcons dominated a run defense that they should have dominated. Despite this however, I think the Falcons still need to get Jacquizz Rodgers more involved on offense.

Matt Ryan had a nice solid game managing the game, although he continues to struggle throwing the ball down the field with 3 of his 4 poor throws being deep passes.

Tyson Clabo’s negative score is the result mainly of Charles Johnson getting the better of him in the second half several times. It was nice to see Harry Douglas have a solid game catching the ball and even contributing as a blocker. If Ryan had hit him with two of those deep passes, we might be saying Who?-lio today (yes, I know a very bad pun).

Mularkey’s play-calling on 1st down needs some tweaks. Throughout the second and third quarters the Falcons force fed Turner the rock on first downs, and it netted almost no positive results. He needs to do a better job keeping this team on schedule on first down and needs to do a better job mixing up his play-calling then. Maybe if he’s that intent on running the ball on first down, that would be an excellent time to switch things up by feeding Rodgers instead? But other than that, the Falcons did an excellent job executing the rest of his game plan and he did make a couple of very good play calls (34-yard catch & run to Douglas on 3rd & 12 was one of them) today, so he deserves some credit. And Mughelli and Michael Palmer also made some plays in the passing game, so they were more involved this week than past games.

Michael Turner$0$22-$1$0$0$0$21.00
Ovie Mughelli$0$1$3$5$0$0$9.00
Matt Ryan$6$3$0$0$0$0$9.00
Harry Douglas$0$0$4$1$0$0$5.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$2$0$0$0$2.00
Michael Palmer$0$0$1$1$0$0$2.00
Jacquizz Rodgers$0$2$0$0$0$0$2.00
Garrett Reynolds$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Jason Snelling$0$1$0$0$0$0$1.00
Roddy White$0$0$2$0$0-$2$0.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0$1$0-$1$0.00
Eric Weems$0$0$0$1$0-$1$0.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0-$2$0$0-$2.00

The Falcons defense was not great, but made plays when it mattered. The bend but don’t break style worked again. Pressure was sporadic early in the game, but picked up as the game wore on. Ray Edwards was able to beat the right tackle a couple of times in the second half when the Falcons lined him up in the wide-9 technique which allowed him to use his speed rush. The Falcons need to use this more in passing situations. Curtis Lofton struggled in this game and I bet he has nightmares about Ryan Kalil, who was dominating him throughout this game on the second level. That was the case last year as well. Corey Peters one-handed catch and stiff arm was solid enough to think that the Falcons should tinker with using him on offense on the goalline as a fullback/tight end. While it’s not reflected in his earnings, Sean Weatherspoon had another solid week and is definitely looking like this team’s defensive MVP. Jonathan Babineaux made some strides in this game, and hopefully that means in the coming games he’ll be back to his old form. The Panthers managed to pick on Kelvin Hayden throughout this game on third downs, and continued the usual trend of most opposing offenses of exposing the Falcons when they are in zone coverage this year.

Matt Bosher had a solid game punting, and if he punts like he did Sunday for the rest of the year, he might be salvageable.

Ray Edwards$4$0$0$4.00
Matt Bosher$0$3$0$3.00
Corey Peters$2$0$0$2.00
Stephen Nicholas$1.5$0$0$1.50
John Abraham$3$0-$2$1.00
William Moore$3$0-$2$1.00
Thomas DeCoud$1$0$0$1.00
Brent Grimes$1$0$0$1.00
Matt Bryant$0$1$0$1.00
Sean Weatherspoon$0$0.5$0$0.50
Shann Schillinger$0$0.5$0$0.50
Jon Babineaux$0$0$0$0.00
Kroy Biermann$0$0$0$0.00
Peria Jerry-$1$0$0-$1.00
Dunta Robinson-$1$0$0-$1.00
Kelvin Hayden-$3$0$0-$3.00
Curtis Lofton-$4.5$0$0-$4.50

Advanced Stats from Week 6:

Poor Throws (4): Ryan
Drops (1): Turner
Key Blocks (14): Mughelli (5), Blalock (2), Gonzalez (2), Baker (1), Clabo (1), Douglas (1), Palmer (1), Weems (1)
Sacks Allowed (1): Clabo
Missed Blocks (6): Clabo (2), Gonzalez (2), Baker (1), Blalock (1)
QB Pressures Allowed (4): Baker, Blalock, Clabo, Reynolds

Tackles for Loss (4): Nicholas (2), Edwards (1), Lofton (1)
QB Sacks (1): Edwards
QB Pressures (5): Abraham (2), Moore (1), Peters (1), Weatherspoon (1)
QB Hits (6): Biermann (2), Abraham (1), Babineaux (1), Edwards (1), Weatherspoon (1)
Passes Defended (4): Moore (2), Lofton (1), Weatherspoon (1)
Blown Coverages (7): Hayden (3), Lofton (1.5), Nicholas (1.5), Moore (1)
Missed Tackles (7): Babineaux, Biermann, DeCoud, Grimes, Lofton, Robinson, Weatherspoon
Key Blocked (8): Lofton (4), Weatherspoon (2), Jerry (1), Peters (1)

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