Atlanta Falcons fall to 1-5 after another terrible game plan by defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
Despite much-needed team bonding and a week away from, the Atlanta Falcons defense showed why it is among the worst in football as the Arizona Cardinals scored on their first five drives of the afternoon.
A week after giving up almost 600 yards to Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans, the Falcons and Dan Quinn’s defense gave up almost 450 yards and 34 points to rookie head coach Kliff Kingsbury and Heisman trophy winner Kyler Murray.
Matt Ryan and Falcons offense was able to score on their opening drive for the first time since last December against Carolina but didn’t get much going after that until the third quarter. Matt Ryan was spectacular again going 30/36 for four touchdowns, no interceptions and a rating of 144.9 against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals and rookie quarterback Kyler Murray were able to score on six of their eight drives against the Falcons defense. Isaiah Oliver proved yet again that he is not ready to be an NFL starter as he got burnt despite being 7-12 yards off the ball on most snaps.
Dan Quinn stated during this week that the Falcons had to go back to basics this week in Arizona. Despite the refresher, the Falcons missed more than a dozen tackles and repeatedly took awful angles that allowed Cardinal playmakers to roam free the entire afternoon.
Once again, Grady Jarrett was one of the few bright spots for the Falcons defense. He repeatedly blew past double teams and whatever else the Cardinals attempted to block him with, however, he got no help from any of his linemates. For the third straight week, the Falcons didn’t record one sack.
At this point, Takk McKinley and Vic Beasley are on milk cartons and the Falcons record as such. Dan Quinn was supposed to make Beasley his personal project and just like the nonsensical schemes he is employing on defense, it’s not working.
There is a lot to breakdown from tonight’s performance in Arizona, but not a lot of good can be taken from this performance on the defensive side of the ball.
One thing is perfectly clear, Dan Quinn and the defense are not working and the Rams and Seahawks are on the horizon. It is going to get worse before it gets better.