Buffalo has not reached the postseason in 11 years, and in that time had a succession of headmasters -- Gregg Williams, Mike Mularkey, Dick Jauron -- who coached as though terrified of their own shadows.
This is EXACTLY how Mularkey calls an offensive game. It all makes sense now. Thanks TMQ!
It turns out that three of the Falcons' big-name veterans are stepping up their games in unheralded ways, along with an unsung candidate for defensive player of the year.
That is a big statement to make, but Brent Grimes is backing it up with terrific coverage numbers. Grimes had more than solid metrics last season, as his 6.7 yards per attempt (YPA) mark ranked him in the upper third of the league in that category, but he has taken it up a notch this year.
He has allowed only 124 completion/penalty yards on 27 pass attempts. That equates to a 4.6 YPA, which is only a yard per attempt more than Darrelle Revis posted last year in his coverage season for the ages. Atlanta has been in dire need of a true No. 1 cornerback for a long time and Grimes has provided that.
"He’s a gutless b------. Quote that. I don’t give a s---."
Relax. The Falcons are legit — the debacle in Philadelphia notwithstanding. Atlanta entered Monday night ranked eighth in points allowed and 11th in scoring; that’s a solid formula for success. It also was seventh in rushing and eighth at stopping the run; again, a proven recipe for success. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Falcons were favored in three of their next four at home, the exception being the Ravens. They definitely have the means to beat the Bengals and Bucs, and who knows what the injury-depleted Packers will look like when they arrive in town on Nov. 28. So, again: Relax, Falcons fans.
Obviously, today was a tough afternoon for our football team in all three phases," said Falcons head coach Mike Smith. "We gave up way too many explosive plays. We’ve got a whole lot of work to do, obviously, as a football team. It was a very tough day for the Falcons.
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"Hell, no. I wasn't coming out (of the game). I just told (the coaches and the doctors) I've got one eye. I'm not coming out. I'm OK," said Abraham, much calmer in the locker room. He played with double vision after he was poked in his right eye at some point doing the see-saw drama, and his defiance was symbolic of the Falcons in general.
Linebacker Bear Woods was released Saturday by the Falcons, according to his agent.