Aug 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons fullback Lousaka Polite (45) makes a touchdown catch while being defended by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Manny Lawson (99) during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

The Down-Field Pass


 

While watching the preseason game Thursday, I couldn’t help but feel a tad bit of frustration every time Michael Turner received a dump off pass from Ryan. A few times is fine, as you do feel pressure, but Turner had 3 of them. May I remind you that they only played one and a half quarters. I expect about 4-5 in a full game, but 3 in 1.5 quarters is ridiculous in my opinion, especially with a RB who isn’t meant to have break away speed. What Atlanta needs to realize is that Turner isn’t fast enough to do dump-downs. If you are going to use the dump- down, put in Jacquizz. He HAS the break away speed, and the hands, to be a great RB for the dump-down pass.

The reason for the dump-down passes was not Ryan’s. There is one true source of this madness. The offensive line. We all know that the Offensive Line has been the Falcon’s weakness, and while we have been trying to improve it, it still hasn’t been good enough.

While the dump pass frustrates me, another thing that frustrates me is the small slants and screens we run. Again, we have to run those plays, and they are beneficial, but there is a point when you do it too often. I felt like they ran them a tad too often. It is only the post season, so maybe they reduce the amount they had. The proof? Matt Ryan completed 18 passes, and only had 174 yards and 1 TD. When you complete than many passes, you should be in the 200 yards.

So the most frustrating thing is the lack of down-field passes they had. When you have Julio Jones lined up, you should be thinking big play often. But the Falcons don’t. While watching the game, we all saw the beautiful play where Andy Dalton hooked up with AJ Green for a TD. When I saw that, I had to think that Matt and Julio could do that just as well. That was the frustrating thing, is that they don’t even try.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons Dirk Koetter Julio Jones Matt Ryan

  • Mike Jones

    It’s just the preseason, we threw deep against the Ravens successfully. The coaches know what the offense is capable of, the rest of the teams don’t need to know. We need to focus on gelling the o line and keeping as many players as we can healthy

  • Greg Huseth

    I would love to see the deep pass more often also Cam, but I think we will see more of the downfield pass during the regular season. Mike Jones is right I believe, we were very successful with the deep ball against the Ravens. And Ryan didn’t hesitate to throw and complete passes in small windows to Julio Jones. I think we will see the deep pass being effective during the regular season, we don’t want to tip our hand too much during the preseason