Quick hit reactions from the Atlanta Falcons first game against the Chicago Bears just ahead of their Week 2 matchup and home debut against Green Bay
I already like return man Andre Roberts more than Eric Weems for the Atlanta Falcons. He may not contribute on coverage units like Weems did, but he’s faster, more explosive, and more elusive. He also makes better decisions.
Penalties overall need to get cleaned up, but especially on special teams.
Derrick Coleman was underwhelming as a fullback, but he made his presence felt on the special teams coverage units.
Tackling was particularly bad against the Chicago Bears. Too many players going for big hits instead of wrapping up.
Discipline defensively was also an issue. The Bears were able to take advantage of Atlanta’s speed and aggressiveness defensively, especially on Tarik Cohen’s big run. They’re going to need to be far more under control against a much more potent Packer offense Sunday night.
Guard Wes Schweitzer was the clear weak link on offense. Still, it was his first NFL regular season game, and he drew a huge (literally and figuratively) assignment in defensive lineman Akiem Hicks. I though Schweitzer did play better in the second half. There will be growing pains, but I think 71 will be all right.
The Falcons got lucky early in the game – there’s no way that Mohamed Sanu catch was for a first down.
I actually didn’t have an issue with the play calling from either offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian or defensive coordinator Marquan Manuel. The execution of the plays called wasn’t always spectacular, but I never found myself thinking, ‘Why in the…
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