We don't try, or make many explosive plays. That has ALWAYS been the way that this team has been run under Smith. Before this season, you were all in denial about this fact.
No, it wasn't denial. It was understanding that it was a process
. That you couldn't just draft Julio JOnes and become an explosive offense. It was assuming that the Falcons were working towards being a more explosive offense, so you give the coaches the benefit of the doubt. Did they progress as quickly as hoped? No. But they didn't need
to be explosive in previous years because they won games with their tedious attack. But what was revealed this year in a year where the team needed
to be more explosive in order to field a competitive offense, they got more conservative. That's the problem. That's the reason behind the sudden revelation.
However, the deterioration of our offensive line is the catalyst for why this season has been horrible. The line's inability to run block has put us in bad down/distance situations, and their inability to pass block has affected Ryan's ability to make plays on 3rd down.
How do you figure that? Again, this is people warping the reality to fit their preconceived world view.
You mean the Falcons offense that still ranks 7th in the league in 3rd down conversions? The team converted 42.4% of their 3rd downs WEeks 1-5. They've converted 40.3% since then, which is still above average. Here are some numbers that you guys might find interesting.
Falcons offense on 1st/2nd down in 2012 and 2013:
2012 Rushing: 342 carries, 1315 yards, 3.85 YPC, 9 TDS
2013 Rushing (Weeks 1-5): 92 carries, 370 yards, 4.02 YPC, 3 TDs
2013 Rushing (Weeks 7-15): 164 carries, 597 yards, 3.64 YPC, 5 TDs
2012 Passing: 69.5% completions, 3512 yards, 24 TDs, 8 INTs, 7.8 YPA, 103.0 passer rating
2013 Passing (Weeks 1-5): 74.1% completions, 1236 yards, 7 TDs, 2 INTs, 7.6 YPA, 104.9 passer rating
2013 Passing (Weeks 7-15): 65.2% completions, 1533 yards, 8 TDs, 6 INTs, 6.1 YPA, 82.6 passer rating
It should be noted that the YPC in the early part of 2013 is greatly enhanced by the 50-yard run by Steven Jackson in Week 1. Outside that play, they averaged 3.52 yards per carry.
The point is that the dropoff wasn't significant with the running game from 2012 to 2013 to the point where the Falcons offense has been. The dropoff wasn't significant as far as this team's ability to move the chains.
The dropoff came in the passing game, where this team threw more picks and gained less yards per pass. This offense could sustain itself in 2012 by throwing the ball because they had playmakers at WR and TE that could carry this offense alongside the QB playing his best football.
Then that changed in 2013 when said playmakers were injured, and this offense didn't know how to adjust.
You guys can continue to ignore the evidence, but it's not the OL. If it was, then the fact that the Bills game could occur would be next to impossible. How come our offense played well that week despite the OL having its worst game? Oh, maybe it had somehting to do with the fact that Roddy White played like Roddy White and the Falcons threw the ball downfield more often than they had in the previous 5 games? Neither could the games we played against the Rams and Patriots, where our OL stunk in those games, but they were probably 2 of our next 3 best offensive performances. How come we scored all those points against the Bucs? The evidence shows that it had less to do with our OL having a respectable game and had everything to do with the fact that the Falcons scored because of big plays. Look at the 6 touchdown drives in those 2 Bucs games:
37 yards TD catch by Harry Douglas, 80 yard TD catch by Harry Douglas, 50 yard TD run by Antone Smith. And on the other 3 scoring drives, the Falcons had these plays:
24-yard catch by Drew Davis
26 yard catch by Douglas and 24 yard catch by Tony Gonzalez
38 yard run by Antone Smith
Those plays set up those eventual TDs.
Again, if you want to continue to ignore the link/correlation between this offense generating big plays and scoring TDs, then be my guest, but you're the one that is wallowing in ignorance. Your arguments aren't based off facts. It's commonly believed that the offensive line has improved as the season has progressed, yet how come the offense has gotten worse?
HOw are you guys not getting this? This team had a very good offense in 2012, and that offense was still largely intact in the first 5 weeks, and into the 7th week of the season against the Bucs. Then after that point, they get demonstrably worse, and you guys are stuck on it being the OL as the cause/source of blame?
They're going to go out and get the linemen that we need this year, and nothing is going to change in the way that we do things. We are still going to be conservative as heck, and we're not going to win the Superbowl because we play scared. Matt Ryan will continue to make them look good by pulling things together in the last few minutes of the game. Imagine what Ryan could be doing under capable leadership.Now
I'm starting to believe this too.