Sunday’s loss was, in a word, predictable. We knew the Falcons wouldn’t win. We knew the defense would do a number of head-scratching things, causing us to throw large, pointy objects at our expensive televisions.
Because we like to re-live the agony of defeat, let’s take a quick look at some of the best and worst individual performances from Sunday’s loss.
3 Falcons Up
It’s not easy filling in for a franchise quarterback with 150+ consecutive starts, but Schaub did it in style yesterday. He set a record for completed passes by a Falcons quarterback and put up 460 passing yards. I’m not saying he’s the heir apparent to Matt Ryan, because he obviously isn’t. (Seriously, he isn’t, and if you think he is, then I can’t help you.) And he was a little slow getting the ball out on some plays. But as backups go, the Falcons could do far worse.
I’d like a defense featuring 11 Grady Jarretts. Sure, they’d struggle mightily in coverage. And sure, it’d look a little weird. But the effort that man puts into every football game, it’s, well, amazing. Grady had a sack, a tackle for a loss, and 2 quarterback hits today.
Jet is just the epitome of elite. He caught 10 balls today and racked up 152 receiving yards. I suck at math, but I think that means he averaged 15.2 yards/reception. And he did all that with Matt Schaub under center.
Honorable Mention: Isaiah Oliver
Oliver looked much better in coverage today and he managed to make a few plays. He’s had an up and down year, but given his performance today, he deserves a head nod, however small.
3 Falcons Down
It’s tough watching Bryant struggle to find his footing. (See what I did there?!) Bryant missed two field goals yesterday, both from 50+ yards out. Bryant has converted 9 of 14 field goal attempts this season. What’s more, he’s only 2 of 6 from 50+ yards. If this were a different kicker, one without such an established track record, we’d probably look past some of these misses. But something is obviously amiss with Money Matt.
Campbell has had a rough year, and today was just more of the same. On one play that pretty much sums up Campbell’s entire season, he inexplicably lost backside containment and handed Chris Carson a 1-yard touchdown run. I don’t know what’s happened to Campbell or why, but his regression this season has been hard to stomach. Unless something dramatically changes during the second half of the season, we’re probably watching Campbell play his last games as a Falcon.
That game should have been the nail in Quinn’s coffin. Arthur Blank’s confidence in his head coach must be at an all-time low. But Blank has promised to take some time to think about Quinn’s future with the team. Truth be told, he may just want to get this team past the trade deadline before a shake up of this magnitude. Don’t worry, Falcoholics, Quinn is on his way out the door.