Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/10/13
ATLANTA, GA- The Atlanta Falcons (2-7) were methodically crushed in the dome by the Seattle Seahawks (9-1) 33-10 on Sunday. The roster has been gashed by injuries, the defense was exposed early, and the fan base has been demoralized. The return of Roddy White couldn’t revitalize a team that had little to play for, and even less hope to make an impact in the division with the Saints and Panthers playing the way they currently are. Roddy White had only one catch for 20 yards. (Photo Credit: AtlantaFalcons.com) Reactions Mike Smith said that nothing is out of the question when it comes to trying to shake things up. The organization is still holding firm to the mentality of trying to win games now instead of improving the younger players. “We’re going to play every game to win. We owe that to the guys in that locker room, we owe that to our fans, and we owe that to everybody that is associated with our football team. You only get 16 opportunities to go out and compete, and you want to win every single time you go out and play, you want to put your best players out there.” Unfortunately when the organization had basically begged Tony Gonzalez to come out of retirement, the team has an obligation to play the season as if they have a chance to make the post-season every week. Gonzalez piggy-backed off of Smith’s comments by stating, “We still have seven games left, so it’s important that we regroup, understand that we have a long season and make sure we go out there and don’t play like that ever again, not this year.” This week the Falcons had to abandon the run early since the Seahawks could not be stopped in the second quarter scoring 20 out of their 33 points during those 15 minutes. Jackson, however would be completely ineffective with his nine carries that went for 11 yards. Jacquizz Rodgers totaled 31 yards on three carries. Keeping the ball out of the hands of the opposing team is crucial. The offense, since the beginning of the year, has been slowly running out of fuel; and this week the team’s engine finally seized up. After watching this game the effort didn’t look to be there.This play summed up the entire game for the Falcons. (Photo Credit: AtlantaFalcons.com) The players are obviously not buying whatever the coaches are trying to sell. Not saying that all members are giving up but the play looked surprisingly sloppy for the first time this season. For evidence of this, look no further than Thomas Decoud’s defense of the flea-flicker touchdown pass by Russell Wilson. Improving rookies From here on out both fans and the team should treat every week as an evaluation week for spots on next year’s depth chart. The rookies of this team are definitely showing that they belong somewhere, if not starting, on this team. Rookie wide receiver Darius Johnson caught his first career touchdown pass from Matt Ryan 12-yards out in the third quarter. Paul Worrilow has his second straight 19 tackle game. Ten of those being solo tackles and only one tackle for a loss. He now has 38 total tackles in the last two games and he had 21 total tackles in the first seven games. Joplo Bartu finished the game with six tackles, one of which was an eight-yard sack on Wilson. He now ranks second on the team with 3.5 sacks, but leads all undrafted rookie defenders under the same stat line.
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