Atlanta Falcons disappoint in another ugly loss
In a game in which the Atlanta Falcons offense finally seemed to get closer to playing up to their potential, the defense decided not to even show up.
Disappointment does not even describe what this Atlanta Falcons defense has brought to the team in 2019. The Falcons were up at half 17-16 and ended up blowing it in the third quarter giving up a whopping 17 points and then another 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Dan Quinn clearly has no idea how to handle or coach this Atlanta Falcons defense, and he seriously needs to find someone else to step in for him while he is still here. I think it is fair to say that at this point in the season, Quinn’s days as head coach are numbered.
Deshaun Watson could basically do whatever he wanted while in the pocket, and when he got out of the pocket he managed to either run the ball for a solid gain or make easy throws while on the run for solid gains.
The Falcons secondary is quite possibly the worst in the league right now, at times looking like they forgot they even had a game to play. They allowed Watson to throw for a ridiculous 28/33 for 426 yards and five touchdowns. They only gave up seven receptions to DeAndre Hopkins and held him to 88 yards, but the result of that was letting Will Fuller basically free to do as he pleased. Fuller ended the game with 14 receptions for 217 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Despite the terrible showing by the Falcons defense, it did appear that the offense finally started to find their groove. Matt Ryan threw for 32/46 with 330 yards and 3 touchdowns and also had one rushing touchdown.
Ryan did throw a late garbage-time interception that was returned for a touchdown, but that happened due to the apparent carelessness of tackling during the return. The game was virtually over at that point anyway. The rushing game was lacking yet again as Devonta Freeman could only manage to muster up 30 yards on 11 carries.
All in all, when a team scores 32 points in a game, you expect them to win. But with a defense as bad as the Falcons, that is not the case. As the Falcons now sit at 1-4 there must be some serious changes in the near future. That goes mainly to Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.