I think this was a very poorly managed game by our coaching staff. So many mistakes, easy to point out in hindsight yes, and that's something I don't like to do, but some of it is things that we here have said on this board leading up to this game, and it just seems that the coaching staff didn't get it tonight. If they had made these changes, would it have meant the Falcons would have won the game? Maybe, maybe not. Lemme first say I didn't expect the Falcosn to win, but I expected it to be close, but it was not.
1. Why are we so conservative defensively. Why wasn't DOnatell blitzing Orton/Grossman every down. There is no way I'm not going to bring the heat with 7 or 8 pass rushers every down if I'm Donatell. If I'm the Falcons DC, I see very little in Orton that makes me believe that with his past performances and the weather situation he is going to make me pay for blitzing. Not to mention that our CBs PROVED just as most of us suspected that they could lock down the Bears receivers when allowed to be aggressive and actually play them man to man. The Bears only managed to move the ball in the air it seems when our corners played off. To me, our team has just too poor a job tackling for all this off coverage. Let Hall and Webster do what they do best and gamble. Make some plays. This team has been at the point for the past few weeks that they can't hold anything back. I've been extremely frustrated with Donatell these past few games.
2. I know I'm in the small minority, but I don't think the Jenkins/fumble/INT was a bad call by the refs. I don't think there was enough evidence to say it was a ground caused fumble or whatever.
3. Why is Justin Griffith returning kicks? For the life of me, I don't understand this. You have DeAndra Cobb on the roster, and he's not returning kicks? I've been a long-time believer that if you have a player on your active roster, there has to be some niche for him. Don't just keep him there just because you like having 3 RBs in practice. If you're going to deactivate a player every game, he shouldn't be on the roster. The 53 guys on your roster should be set up every week so that it is very difficult for the coach to decide which 7 players to sit besides the #3 QB. I can understand perfectly if DeCamillis/Mora are concerned with Cobb's abilities on ST coverage or to hold onto the football on returns. But if that's the case, why isn't he on the practice squad? Why can't we fill his roster spot with something that you aren't AFRAID to play???!!!
4. Great call by Greg Knapp to give the ball to Duckett on that 4th and 1. Does that sort of brilliance just come naturally?
5. Benching Bryan Scott I understand, but lining up Antuan Edwards over slot receivers instead of Scott to me is just being thick-headed. Edwards is a run stopping safety. What makes the coaching staff believe he has the ability to cover WRs like a cornerback? Maybe Scott is no better when it gets down to it, but I'd trust his abilities more since he has 2 years of playing CB at a major college and 0.5 years in the NFL. What does Edwards have? ZERO.
I'm extremely frustrated with this loss. It's not to say I blame it on the coaching staff exclusively. Everybody needed to make plays, and for the most part none of them did (I would exclude Dunn and Koenen from that statement). But I think the coaching staff did a terrible job executing what I believed was a weak gameplan and some poor coaching decisions leading up to this week and past weeks.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.