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Preseason Game 3 vs Cincinnati Bengals Review

September 3rd, 2007

If it wasn’t for such a spotlight on Michael Vick, ESPN’s crew might have actually covered the game. Instead we got a 4 hour long Michael Vick special which included a full hour of Monday Night Countdown. I know the subject had to be covered but how long does it really take to cover a 4 and a half minute apology? At any rate,

Here’s what I saw:

Offense:

Running game: Dunn (6/8), Norwood (9/25), Mughelli (3/9, 1 TD), Snelling (8/26), S. Edwards (1/-1). 2 of Dunn’s runs were for 4 yards or more. Norwood had 5-4 yards or more runs. Snelling had 4-4 yards or more runs. Mughelli had 2 runs of 4 yards or more. The run blocking was not nearly as good as it should have been in this game.

Breakdown of passes:

Harrington: 13/21, 164 yards, 2 TD/0 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 2 bad throws, 4 passes defended, 1 throw away, and 1 drop. The drop was obviously the Roddy White touchdown. The two passes on the sideline that were completed but not inbounds I called defended since they were caught and weren’t necessarily bad throws either. Very good outing for Harrington.

Redman: 8/9, 76 yards, 0 TD/0 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 1 drop. If Vince Marshall would have caught the ball with his hands instead of his body, Redman would have had a perfect night. I really feel better about Redman as a backup after this game.

Bramlet: 1/2, 12 yards, 0 TD/ 0 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 1 drop. Not much of a sampling but had it not been for Milner’s drop, he’d have been 2/2.

Drops (3): R. White 1 (3), Marshall 1 (1), and Milner 1 (3). White and Milner’s concentration problems continue. That may just be a problem that doesn’t go away. Do the first two sentences look familiar? That’s because they were here last week too unfortunately.

Sack responsibility (5): First sack was due to Dunn missing a block. Second sack was on Gandy for getting beat. Third sack was on Blalock. Redman was sacked twice, fourth overall was on Foster who doubled instead of picking up the outside blitz and the final sack was a result of Redman not reacting to the all-out blitz.

Pass blocking: Protection was good in spots but there was a drop-off in this game but not a significant enough drop to warrant worrying about.

YTD Sacks (6):

Wilkerson 0.5
Jordan 0.5
Dunn 1.0
Gandy 1.0
Blalock 1.0
Foster 1.0
Redman 1.0

Note: QB responsible sacks are those that he has at least 3 seconds and either chose to try to scramble or stayed in the pocket when the better decision would be to throw it away. Also includes those rushing attempts that go for 0 or negative yardage that for some reason are counted as a sack.

Defense:

Run defense: Outside of 2 runs, the run defense was fairly solid. Still lacks consistency but that could just be a result of not scheming or holding back so everyone won’t know everything we do.

Pass Defense: Struggled for the most part. Hall got beat, Rossum got beat and the safeties were constantly late or not there at all.

4 sacks: Anderson had 2 sacks, Davis had 1 and Lewis had 1. Great to see the younger guys getting it done!

Special Teams:

Rossum had 1 kickoff return for 59 yards. Kinoshita had 2 returns, 1 for 17 and 1 for 23. McIntyre had 1 for 11 yards.

Rossum had 2 punt returns, 1 for 13 and 1 for 6. Jennings had 3 returns, 1 for 7 , 1 for 3 and 1 for -2.

Rossum had his best game of preseason but obviously not enough.

Koenen had 3 punts: 1-36 yards to the CIN 41. 2-29 yards to the ATL 40. 3-39 yards to CIN 31. Not a good day at all.

Anderson had 1 punt for 47 yards that died on the 3. Very impressive job that hopefully gets him a job opportunity at some point.

Kickoffs: Koenen had 4 kickoffs: 1- to the endzone, returned to the CIN 12. 2- to the endzone, returned to the CIN 17. 3- to the 7, returned to the CIN 18. 4- to the 5, returned to the CIN 27. Very good job of coverage and kicking.

Field Goals: Cundiff hit 1/1. Good from 37. Koenen missed from 54 and 53 and both seemed to be on botched holds from Cundiff. Cundiff pointed to himself on the first heading back to the sidelines and Koenen looked back after the second as if to say, “I can’t believe it happened twice.”

Special Teams coverage: Fantastic, McIntyre really stood out.

Things that really need improvement:

1. White and Milner MUST solve the concentration issue. The drops are something that has to be stopped.
2. Eliminate secondary miscommunication. Safety help over the top has to be there when the corner is expecting it. This has become the defense’s biggest issue.
3. Consistency in run stopping.

Offensive MVP: Joey Harrington/Adam Jennings. Great game by these two.

Defensive MVP: Jamaal Anderson (5 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 QB hurries)

Special Teams MVP: Corey McIntyre (2 tackles)

Goat of the Week: Falcons secondary

Let me know your thoughts and questions otherwise:

Next up: VS Baltimore, August 31st!

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  1. Wease
    September 3rd, 2007 at 12:35 | #1

    On the Sack count, either two people had half a sack or there were 4 sacks.

    Van Note was saying on the radio that Norwood is having problems hitting the hole – too much hesitation and always looking for the cutback rather than hit and get. Your thoughts while watching these games closely? That would seem to be a reason why he has not been good on the short yardage.

    Great update.

  2. Cappy
    September 3rd, 2007 at 13:52 | #2

    Good catch on the sacks, there were 4, thanks!

    I agree that he’s looking for the cut but I also accept that because that’s his game. He’s not one that’s going to “Jerome Bettis” his way through the line. I think that’s exactly why he’s a between the 20′s kind of runner. He also seemed to have a slipping issue in this game (at least twice he slipped trying to cut). Overall, it may be an issue of trying to do too much and being over-eager.

  3. Anonymous
    September 3rd, 2007 at 16:56 | #3

    DOOD, You need to get a job as a flacon commentater cuz yo info is TIGHT!

  4. I40
    September 3rd, 2007 at 17:05 | #4

    This is some great information cap. My wife and I are planning to a trip to Atlanta for at least 1 home game, maybe we can stay at your house?

    Love
    Interstate40

  5. I40
    September 3rd, 2007 at 17:07 | #5

    P.S. I will bring the pizza and Is there a lot nearby where I can park my bus?

    Love
    I40

  6. Cappy
    September 4th, 2007 at 17:31 | #6

    I40:

    Wish I could help but I’m pretty far out from Atlanta. Not sure what’s fairly close around that area but I’m sure there’s a grocery store or something close to the stadium to park a bus.

    Anonymous: Glad you like it.

  7. I40
    September 4th, 2007 at 18:47 | #7

    Will you be on falcons face to face with Shiney and Rev this week?

    Blessings
    I40

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