What We Learned: Falcons vs. Saints A gritty rivalry between two NFC South teams resulted in an overtime loss for the Falcons. Here is what we learned from the annual matchup with the Saints. The rivalry between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints goes way beyond the football. There’s pure hatred and very little respect between the respective cities and fan bases. When these two teams meet on the gridiron Atlanta Falcons T-Shirt
, there is a sure bet for fireworks to occur. This edition of the rivalry was no exception. The 43-37 loss is a bitter one, and in the midst of the game, the Falcons lost an underrated piece of their defense in safety Ricardo Allen to a season-ending Achilles injury (thanks Adam Caplan). They also unquestionably showed why the losses of Deion Jones and Keanu Neal were monumental in their own right. I know some fans may not want to hear it either, but the tackling by the Falcons defense was an eyesore, and I’m being nice. The arrival of a special receiver was also the talk of the game here as rookie Calvin Ridley introduced himself to the Saints and the rivalry with seven catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns Atlanta Falcons Hats
, including a beautiful 75-yard touchdown reception. Play calling from offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was excellent, and for the second week in a row, the second-year assistant drew fewer and fewer critics. Jason Getz-USA TODAY SportsI refuse to jump the gun here, but the way the offense has played after their flat display against Philadelphia in Week 1 is a very welcome sight. This is without the services of their No. 1 running back and now their starting left guard, who is on injured reserve for the rest of the season. But this was a game that had an equal share of good and bad. The “bad” in this matchup was evident in all four quarters Atlanta Falcons Hoodie
, and it is something that you don’t expect to see from a team that is a full season removed from a Super Bowl appearance. The amount of injuries on this team is enough to make any team or any head coach considerably worried. Ironically, it was a team that had a machine on offense and a so-so defensive unit that won 11 games in 2016 and found themselves Super Bowl bound. History could repeat itself with this team. However, the odds are not reliable. Not only will the players on the field have to step up, but more is being called for from the coaching staff. As we saw in this game against New Orleans, decision making Youth Customized Atlanta Falcons Jerseys
, even in the early stages of the game, can prove to be critical in a one-score loss. The season is far from lost for the Falcons. It’s not even the end of the opening month of the season. However, circumstances such as this will be a real test for the entire franchise. From top to bottom. The Atlanta Falcons have moved pretty quickly to fill their open coaching positions this offseason, signing a new offensive coordinator and special teams coach in under 10 days from firing their old coaches. The expectation was the early firings were the end of the staff turnover. We were wrong.Per Jason Butt of The Athletic, the team is still shaking up the staff and football operations. Todd Nielson was apparently the advanced statistics guy for the Seattle Seahawks years ago www.falconsauthorizedshops.com
, per this very interesting article from 2012. Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff have long been criticized for seemingly ignoring analytics, most often seen during in-game decisions. If you recall, Quinn made what SB Nation called the worst coaching decision ever in that unforgettable loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Quinn went with his gut and kicked a field goal with limited game time remaining, a move that analytics suggested would drop the team’s win probability. (A field goal miss would have given them a better chance to win but Matt Bryant doesn’t miss.)As far as Nielson’s day-to-day tasks with the Falcons or when he was hired, that information is apparently not available online. It’s an odd move to fire their stats guy as Quinn said he’s moving some decisions to a game management coach who should be able to rely on this type of data.Charlie Jackson has previously worked as a defensive coach and college scout Womens Jake Matthews Jersey
, and served as a defensive assistant for the team since February 2017. There’s not too much info on Jackson either, who is apparently out along with Marquand Manuel. We generally expect a few more moves before everything is said and done.