fun gus wrote:
The Falcons commitment to Harry Douglas tells you a lot about the people running this organization.
wait. let me get this straight...
when our genius staff left our shiny hood ornaments out on the field injured, and it was time for HD to 'step up', did he fail?
Yes, I think he did…at least by my standards.
In previous years, I had defended HD saying that he wasn't a great fit in our offense (because it wasn't designed to feature a slot receiver) and 4th fiddle to 3 All-Pros.
But this year, he didn't have those issues really. With Roddy injured the first part of the season, HD was basically the #2 WR (#3 option behind Julio & TG) and rarely stepped up. He had a good game vs. NO, decent vs. STL, and made a couple of plays late vs. NE. But outside those moments, he was terrible vs. MIA and NYJ, and extremely quiet in the first 3 quarters vs. NE.
Then he was the #1, had that big game vs. TB. But so much of his success in both games vs. TB was due to Bucs DBs being out of position, not because he
was the main catalyst in making those plays.
Then he pretty much did not do anything the rest of the year. Thankfully Roddy came back for the final 5 games and played well, and HD's disappearing act was marginalized.
The issue is that HD had the opportunity to be a significant part of the offense. And while he did produce, anybody that watched the games knows that they rarely ever "felt" Douglas' presence. Then you'd open up the box score and see he had 9 catches for 79 yards or 6 catches for 73 yards and you'd be like "Huh?"
As the Mattural said, HD in the past has always struggled beating press coverage and winning in traffic. The question was maybe HD is more skillful than we think, but being buried behind Julio Roddy & Tony means he never gets the opportunity to show those skills.
Well he had that opportunity in 2013, and he showed that he was who we thought he was!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYKIcnj1MJY
And now we should let him off the hook.