Moneyball 2013 – Week 10 Review

Another frustrating watch after another weak offensive performance for the Falcons.

Matt Ryan had another lackluster game. Part of that was due to the amount of pressure he faced throughout this game, as the Seahawks had no problem collapsing the pocket and bullying around all five of the Falcons blockers.

For the third week in a row, the Falcons seemed to tentative to take shots down the field. One of the few plays I noticed where it looked like the design was to attack downfield, was a play-action early in the second quarter, but Peter Konz gave up a hurry, and Ryan was forced to check it down. I felt like I was watching an offense that was helmed by a first-year starter at quarterback with how vanilla the offense looked.

I’m trying to figure out what I can say that I noticed on tape that is interesting, compelling, or noteworthy, and I’m drawing a blank. I’m starting to believe that just like a year ago, the Falcons offense is better when Jacquizz Rodgers and/or Jason Snelling is on the field. When the team is throwing to or handing it off to Steven Jackson, much like Michael Turner a year ago, the offense seems to stall. I just don’t see any reason on tape why Jackson is getting the majority of the touches. The past three weeks, Jackson has received a combined 47 touches when you factor in carries and targets. Quizz has received 28 in that span, and Snelling has had a combined 5 the past two weeks. With 80 combined touches for running backs the past three weeks, that breakdown should be more like 30 for Quizz, 25 for Snelling, and 25 for Jackson. I like Jackson, but there is nothing on tape that indicates he’s the best running back on the roster. Which is the exact same observation that you could make about Turner last year. It’s clear that the Falcons made another lateral move this off-season when they cut Turner for Jackson, which was the fear that I think everyone like myself had when Jackson was signed.

Matt Ryan$7$4$0$0$0-$1$10.00
Jacquizz Rodgers$0$4$2$0$0$0$6.00
Jason Snelling$0$1$3$0$0$0$4.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$2$0$0$0$2.00
Lamar Holmes$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Darius Johnson$0$0$2$0$0$0$2.00
Jeremy Trueblood$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Steven Jackson$0$1$0$0$0$0$1.00
Peter Konz$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Roddy White$0$0$1$0$0$0$1.00
Garrett Reynolds$0$0$0$0$0$0$0.00
Harry Douglas$0$0$2$0$0-$2$0.00

Defensively, Marshawn Lynch’s ability to break tackles really hurt a lot of earnings. A lot of missed tackles that led to first downs. Paul Worrilow had a productive 19-tackle game, and while he had a number of impact tackles with 3 stops, the majority of those tackles are coming downfield. He also got key blocked a number of times. There were several times where he was able to get off blocks and make good plays, but there were just as many when an offensive lineman was able to get at him on the second level and spring Lynch or another runner for a big gain. But it’s very clear that despite the fact that there are still kinks to be worked out with Worrilow, he should be the starting middle linebacker over Akeem Dent.

Jonathan Massaquoi had a nice game against the run, as did Jonathan Babineaux, who was very disruptive. The pass rush was again non-existent for the most part. Joplo Bartu’s lone sack was a coverage sack, and it seems like the majority of the Falcons sacks this year have been those types.

Desmond Trufant and Asante Samuel got beat a few times, although Samuel’s bad plays was really only that early big catch given up to Golden Tate. I also don’t put Trufant too much at fault for the touchdown thrown to Tate, and he did also break up a pair of passes to somewhat make up for it and continue his streak of breaking up a pass in every game this season. Safeties Thomas DeCoud and William Moore also did not have good games.

The Falcons almost had a punt blocked, where Josh Harris got beat by Kellen Davis.

Jonathan Babineaux$4.5$0$0$4.50
Jonathan Massaquoi$3.5$0$0$3.50
Matt Bosher$0$3$0$3.00
Osi Umenyiora$2$0$0$2.00
Matt Bryant$0$2$0$2.00
Stansly Maponga$1$0$0$1.00
Peria Jerry$0.5$0$0$0.50
Joplo Bartu-$0.5$0$0-$0.50
Malliciah Goodman-$0.5$0$0-$0.50
Robert Alford$0$0-$1-$1.00
Corey Peters-$1$0$0-$1.00
Paul Worrilow-$1$0$0-$1.00
Akeem Dent-$1.5$0$0-$1.50
Asante Samuel-$2.5$0$0-$2.50
Desmond Trufant-$3$0$0-$3.00
William Moore-$1.5$0-$2-$3.50
Thomas DeCoud-$4$0$0-$4.00

Advanced Stats from Week 10:

Poor Throws (4): Ryan
Drops (2): Douglas, Rodgers
Key Blocks (1): Trueblood
Missed Blocks (1): Konz
Sacks Allowed (1): Reynolds
Pressures Allowed (4): Trueblood (3), Rodgers (1)
Hurries Allowed (6): Reynolds (2.5), Konz (1.5), Holmes (1), Blalock (0.5), Trueblood (0.5)

Tackles for Loss (4): Babineaux (2), Moore (1), Worrilow (1)
QB Sacks (1): Bartu
QB Pressures (0)
QB Hits (2): Maponga, Umenyiora
QB Hurries (2): Babineaux, Jerry
Passes Defended (3): Trufant (2), Umenyiora (1)
Blown Coverages (7): Trufant (4), Samuel (2), DeCoud (1)
Missed Tackles (8): Worrilow (2), Moore (1.5), DeCoud (1), Dent (1), Peters (1), Samuel (1), Goodman (0.5)
Key Blocked (8): Worrilow (3), Bartu (2), DeCoud (1), Dent (1), Moore (1)
Stops (11): Massaquoi (3.5), Worrilow (3), Babineaux (2.5), Bartu (0.5), Dent (0.5), Jerry (0.5), Samuel (0.5)

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