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Falcons 3rd Down Pass Defense: Dunta Robinson Edition

Dunta Robinson’s season of 2011 can be best described by one word : "inconsistency". Dunta had a disastrous start to the season, in the first 5 games he gave up more than 50% of his total season yards,season first down conversions and 75%(6/8) of his season 3rd down conversions. Its no surprise, as one common sighting in the first few games was Dunta throwing up arms in despair.

Before jumping in to detailed stats about third down and first down conversions,here are few of the interesting tidbits.

1. Dunta had bad games against the Quarter backs like Tavaris Jackson,Josh Freeman,Jay Cutler, Mike Kafka,Drew Brees(2nd game) and Cam Newton(2nd game). He had good games against Aaron Rodgers,Drew Brees (NO 1st game),Eli Manning(playoffs), Matthew Stafford,Cam Newton(CAR 1st game) and other QB from IND,MIN and HOU.Go figure this one.

2. Dunta gave up 15 or less yards/game in total of 7 games. He gave up 75% of his total season yards in 4 games. Dunta for most part of the season except 3 or 4 games was either boom or bust.

3. 65% of the completions allowed by Dunta went for first downs. This is some thing he needs to improve on, it could be also because of Robinson standing 10 feet away from the receivers.

4. Dunta gave up only 2 TD in 2011 compared to 5 TD in 2010 including play off games.

Dunta Robinson Pass Coverage stats for 2011

Name

Snaps

TA

Rec

% Ct

Yd

TD

3rd Stop

3rd Conv.

3rd Stop %

1st Downs

1st Downs/TA

1st Downs in Scoring Drives

Forced to Punt

Forced to FG

Dunta Robinson

997

71

38

53.5%

633

2

6

8

42.5%

25

35.2%

18

5

1

Dunta Robinson (play offs)

68

3

2

66%

15

0

1

0

100%

0

0

0

1

0


Third Down Stop %(Higher the Better):

Dunta Robinson took a step back from 2010 in third down stop %. Last year he had a stop rate of more than 66% on 3rd downs, in 2011 he gave up 8 conversions to 6 stops. However, continuing the trend from last year he had the highest 3rd down stop % among all the Corner Backs in 2011. Grimes had a stop rate of just 36% on third downs, similar to 2010 season, the opposing teams in 2011 did pick on Brent Grimes in 3rd down situations.

Dunta had a good playoff game with a 3rd down stop rate of 100% (forced a punt) and didn't allow a single first down conversion.

Forced to Punt(Higher the Better).

Dunta Robinson forced 5 punts in regular season and 1 punt in the playoffs last year. The 5 punts were good enough for distant second after Sean Weatherspoons 13 forced punts. This shows how well Weatherspoon played last year on 3rd downs.

Forced FG(Higher the Better).

Dunta forced the opposing team to 1 FG after a third down stop.

1st Downs/TA%(Lower the Better):

Dunta 1st Downs/TA% of 35% went up in 2011 compared to the 32% in 2010 season. Robinson gave up 25 first down conversions, next only to Lofton’s 28 first down conversions allowed.

Last season it was almost like 2 ghosts of Dunta Robinson playing in different games, Against good QB he did well and against average or not so good ones he really struggled.This could be fixable by Nolan, but to step up and play like a top Corner Dunta needs to be more consistent and not struggle against the average QB/WR.

<em>This FanPost was written by one of The Falcoholic's talented readers. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The Falcoholic.</em>

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