That was ugly. That was embarrassing. Worst of all, that was the kind of loss that should result in immediate regime change. Instead, Arthur Blank has seemingly made up his mind that he will give Quinn some indeterminate leeway, frustrating and confounding the Falcohol-sipping masses.
As much as I’d like to lament the latest embarrassing thing the Falcons did, you’re hear to read about injuries. And let me tell you, as the best possible accoutrement to the embarassing perfomance we were forced to endure last night, there were injuries! Let’s break them down.
Julio Jones has been dealing with a nagging hamstring injury since before the season ever began. That said, Julio is tough, and he’s usually willing to play through whatever, knowing that his mere presence on the field will help the Falcons win football games. But that wasn’t the case Monday night, because by halftime, that hamstring injury had flared up so bad that Julio was ruled out for the second half.
Perhaps the biggest injury of the day was suffered by defensive back Damontae Kazee. Kazee suffered a non-contact achilles injury and had to be carted off the field. He missed the remainder of the game, and in his post-game presser, Dan Quinn sounded less than optimistic about Kazee’s prognosis.
Dan Quinn says Damontae Kazee suffered a "serious injury" tonight.— William McFadden (@willmcfadden) October 6, 2020
Because Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen were ruled out ahead of tonight’s game, rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins was in line for significant playing time. But shortly after Kazee was ruled out, Hawkins left the game and had to be evaluated for a head injury.
It’s worth noting that Calvin Ridley was atypically inefficient tonight. Some of that falls on Matt Ryan, but notwithstanding his 5 targets tonight, Ridley came away with 0 receptions. He clearly was not feeling his best, even if the Falcons decided to let him play through his ankle injury.
Your thoughts, Falcoholics?