Report Card vs. Seahawks

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Posted Sep 21, 2005


FLOWERY BRANCH - A look back at Atlanta's loss to Seattle.

PASSING OFFENSE: C-minus -- Michael Jenkins' dropped ball in the second quarter ruined a chance to force a 7-7 tie. He had one catch, a 22-yard post pattern on the opening drive, but no more production the rest of the day. The team waited two quarters before Michael Vick finally started to look for tight end Alge Crumpler. Protection was awful.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B-minus -- One of three scenarios, none of them good, could explain whey the Seahawks so effectively crowded the box to stop Warrick Dunn. Either the game plan had no means to hold off Seattle's run blitz, or the offense didn't execute, or a combination of both.

PASS DEFENSE: D-plus -- Starting right end Brady Smith was inactive with a tight quadriceps, but even his absence shouldn't have caused Rod Coleman to disappear. Without Coleman destroying the bottom of the pocket and his teammates putting little pressure on Matt Hasselbeck, Atlanta cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Jason Webster were often worn down, and receivers had abundant chances to get open for big gains.

RUSH DEFENSE: D -- No way to sugarcoat allowing 144 yards to any running back, even one as potentially dominant as Shaun Alexander, who had 90 in the first half. Though the Falcons were more aggressive in beating blocks in the second half, Alexander fittingly sealed the game with an 11-yard run that allowed Hasselbeck to kneel down for the last two snaps.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-plus -- Allen Rossum was inactive with a sore hamstring, but the punt return tandem of DeAngelo Hall and Brian Finneran made no mistakes in his absence. Rookie Romby Bryant was adequate on kickoff returns. Another rookie, punter Michael Koenen, netted 41.7 yards on seven attempts, and Todd Peterson knocked in his first field-goal attempt of the season. The coverage units were excellent.

COACHING: C-minus -- It took offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and defensive coordinator Ed Donatell too long to alter their schemes and find an appropriate response to Seattle's dominant second quarter. Head coach Jim Mora blamed himself for allowing his players to come out flat and essentially waste the first half.


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