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NFC South Wrap-up: Mike Glennon not the answer in Tampa Bay

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has not been effective in 2013.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has not been effective in 2013.

This week we take a closer look at what’s ailing the Atlanta Falcons, analyze the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback situation, and explore what is different about these New Orleans Saints.

Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have started the season 1-3, but they may not be as far off as one might think. Most of Atlanta’s flaws have been mental mistakes — dropped passes, missed assignments, rushed throws, and bad play calling — by players and coaches who usually do not make many. An NFL game normally comes down to three or four plays, and the Falcons have been on the wrong end of them.

Against the New England Patriots, the Atlanta wide receivers looked sloppy, dropping perfect passes on big third-down conversion attempts, getting flagged for offensive pass interference, and in general, not doing much to help a quarterback under under pressure to get rid of the ball quickly.

Before the game, both Roddy White and Julio Jones boasted that they could not be beat one on one. Apparently, someone forgot to hand that memo to New England cornerback Aqib Talib, who repeatedly beat both of them in man coverage.

Their inability to catch the ball for three quarters seem to stem from a lack of effort. After Atlanta converted the onside kick, suddenly the receivers were making catch after catch, as if they had just decided it was time to play some football.

While Matt Ryan almost had a career day in yards Brady walks away with the win.

While Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan almost had a career day in passing yards, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walked away with the win.

Matt Ryan also made his share of mistakes consistently rushing passes when he was about to get hit. A veteran quarterback should be able handle the pressure and not get flustered.

In the end, Atlanta failed once again to seal the deal in the closing seconds of a game, falling 23-30.

The good

Matt Ryan and tight end Tony Gonzalez put up some great numbers and helped a lot of fantasy football teams win. In coming weeks, Atlanta plays the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, and Carolina Panthers. The opportunity is there to right the ship.

The bad

Lack of execution and effort on the offensive side of the ball killed this team.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!

Tampa Bay has had a chance to win every almost every game this year. Their defense has played good football — for about 55 minutes a week anyway. It’s the penalties and turnovers that are killing the Bucs.

The offense was bad with quarterback Josh Freeman and is even worse with rookie Mike Glennon.

Rookie QB Mike Glennon Stares down a WR

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie quarterbakc Mike Glennon stares down a wide receiver.

In his first NFL start against a great Arizona Cardinals defense, Glennon didn’t seem to have the arm strength to be a starter at this level. He put up some of the worst passes I have ever seen, throws that wobbled like wounded ducks. His mechanics can probably be fixed, but he is nowhere ready to start right now.

Yet again the Bucs held the lead late in this game but made a boneheaded mistake that cost them the win. Cornerback Darrelle Revis seemingly read the route wrong and Arizona wide receiver exploited him for the touchdown that put the Cardinals ahead 13-10.

The good

This defense has the makings of the old-school Bucs who won the Super Bowl.

The bad

Mike Glennon will need a lot of time to develop and the offense will continue to struggle.

New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints are 4-0 and off to a smoking-hot start.

What is so different about this team in 2013? After all, it is fielding essentially the same roster as last year, when they put up the worst defense in NFL history. Is it head coach Sean Payton? Maybe. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan? Could be.

Perhaps it’s just attitude. Last year the Saints had an excuse: the NFL was picking on them for the Bountygate scandal. Coach Payton was suspended and the team had no real leadership, no one to remind quarterback Drew Brees to hand it off on occasion, no one to hold players accountable for their mistakes.

QB Ryan Tannehill gets sacked

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill gets sacked.

So how are the Saints winning now? Balance! They are playing some of the most balanced football in the league, and it is paying off in a huge way.

The defense is forcing turnovers and making the big play when it’s needed. The offense is running the ball well and the play calling has other defenses guessing.

Running back Darren Sproles, who seemed to have lost a step last year, has come back to life. Against the Miami Dolphins he looked as quick and fast as he did three years ago, when he was almost unstoppable coming out of the backfield. Had he been grappling with an injury none of us knew about?

New Orleans forced three interceptions and also caused quarterback Ryan Tannehill to fumble that derailed Miami just as they were starting to roll.

Right now this team is running away with the NFC South and resembles the 2009 Super Bowl champion squad.

The good

Everything!

The bad

Nothing!

It’s a rap!

It’s getting harder to deal
with all these Saints fans,
while Roddy is dropping
another ball that hits him in his hands.
The Saints are hitting on all cylinders
and are starting to roll,
While the Bucs, Falcons and Panthers
are getting buried in a hole.
The season is still young
and a lot can still happen,
but one thing’s for sure:
you can’t stop me from rappin’.

373 comments
rocketman6969
rocketman6969

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Koosh12684
Koosh12684

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natesweet
natesweet moderator

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FalconsFan0125
FalconsFan0125 moderator

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rocketman6969
rocketman6969

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