Aug 24, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Atlanta Falcons tackle Lamar Holmes (76) on the sideline during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. Tennessee won 27-16. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons Play Leaves Fans Worrying

Last night’s performance against the less than stellar Tennessee Titans has some of us a little shaken.  Some are shouting, “The seasons over!”, while others are simply stating, “It’s just preseason.”  One thing is for sure, there is cause for concern.

The offensive line showcased their worst play so far in 3 games, and the Right Tackle position in particular is raising questions.  Lamar Holmes shown glimpses of starting ability, but for the majority of the game he was seen watching our 100 million dollar Quarterback getting thrown to the ground.  Is he really the man to protect the face of the franchise?  A few weeks ago he was losing the RT battle to now injured Mike Johnson.  Either Lamar’s play improves, or Dimitroff will be opening up that emergency fund of ours.

Our rookie corners didn’t impress either.  Alford was abused the whole 60 minutes, and allowed a handful of touchdowns in the process.  Trufant played much better than Alford, but was often beat by Titan receivers.  The learning curve has taken a toll, but Desmond should be ready by Week 1.  Alford on the other hand, is not ready to start in an already crowded Falcons secondary.

Kroy Biermann shined this week, but aside from a few sacks, pass rush was once again a non-factor.  Locker and Fitzpatrick had all day to throw, which resulted in big plays for the Two-Tone-Blue.  Osi drew doubles for most of the game, and didn’t really see the backfield at all.  Youngsters Malliciah Goodman and Jonathan Massaquoi have shown skill so far, but consistency is still an issue.

Hopefully this is just offseason rust, and the real Dirty Birds come to play on September 8th.

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  • SportingGuy

    I think that your concern about the RT position is valid Jake. While it would have been nice to get Abraham back or sign Seymour for the pass rush component, the emergency fund is something we need to use sooner than later. We have some nice pieces young pieces out there to trade and partnered with cash, could go towards finding a suitable tackle.

    With so much riding on this season, it appears that the team is playing tight and not “free-wheeling” as much as they need to in order to be successful. Alford was dismal and likely a result of the additional snaps where he has to learn to focus for every snap, not just a handful of reps. He is a backup and a work in progress but there are teams out there who could start him on Sunday based on their own problems and depth.

    The only light that I see during this entire preseason is the reduced playbook being used on both sides of the ball. Last year, things were more wide open and I like this conservative approach. Who needs to go 4-0 right now? Not the Falcons. They know that they have the weapons and tools to dictate what a defense can or can not do.

    “Rise Up and Fix Our Offensive and Defensive Line!” should be the battle cry of Dirty Bird Fans everywhere.

    • Jake Bennett

      Yep. Hopefully we were just testing new schemes and plays/players. I’ve heard that Smitty doesn’t gameplan for preseason as well. My huge concern is still RT though.