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Falcons think being physical the way to stop Kaepernick


The Falcons didn’t do a great job of putting hands on Russell Wilson last weekend, but they’re vowing to make sure 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick doesn’t treat them the same way.

If you get the opportunity to blow up somebody and make a statement, that’s what you want to do,” safety William Moore said, via Jim Corbett of USA Today. “They’re a physical team, too. Their receivers block down the field.

“We’re going to go out there well-prepared. Keeping the quarterback in the pocket, we have to go in there and keep contain on him.”

While using a phrase like “blow up somebody,” sounds inflammatory, the Falcons would need to tighten up defensively to avoid a repeat of the show Kaepernick put on against the Packers, which including 181 rushing yards.

And they apparently think being physical with the 49ers is the way to do that.

“You definitely want to set the tone and send a message if he’s a guy that likes to run the ball: ‘We’re going to be here.’ You want to put some tags on him if he keeps the ball in his hands,” safety Thomas DeCoud said. “With a quarterback of this caliber who can tote the rock like he can, you always have to be accounted for — have somebody account for him in the rush or in the back end. Somebody has to have eyes on him to make sure we keep him in the pocket.”

Considering Wilson combined for 445 combined yards last week, and Kaepernick is probably more of a runner, that’s easier said than done.

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  1. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 16, 2013 6:11 PM

    Stopping Kaepernick should be easy. Look at the tape of the Packers scheme, and then choose something radically different.

  2. brazy44 says: Jan 16, 2013 6:15 PM

    outside contain is how you stop that style. DE keep your outside contain and you win. Assignment football. DT/NT got dive, DE got QB, LB’s scrape. Parcells confirming on espn. Coach it up and it’s dead in the water. We’ll see on Sunday.

  3. mastermind2514 says: Jan 16, 2013 6:20 PM

    Keeping him in the pocket? What’s that going to do.. buy him more time to find the open man?

  4. bunkerhillbob says: Jan 16, 2013 6:22 PM

    They have the right idea, but can they do it?

  5. bigjim50010 says: Jan 16, 2013 6:23 PM

    I am a Packer homer, best of luck to the Falcons with their new innovative way to defense CK. It will not matter.

  6. kinguga says: Jan 16, 2013 6:28 PM

    They’re right, though. If you hit a running QB hard enough (the Packers barely touched him), he won’t run as much.

  7. hartcarluncarlun says: Jan 16, 2013 6:31 PM

    Blow him up!!!! Rise up!!!!!

  8. cags777 says: Jan 16, 2013 6:32 PM

    I wonder if Jonathan Vilma is consulting the Falcons on how to “win” the NFC Championship?

  9. dhnf says: Jan 16, 2013 6:33 PM

    Good luck with that.

  10. itsnotforme says: Jan 16, 2013 6:33 PM

    I’m not a 49er or Falcon fan, but I believe the Falcons will be so busy trying to contain Kaepernick from running that he will torch their weak secondary for about 400 yards passing. Don’t see the Falcons being more physical than the 49ers.

  11. woodsidegil says: Jan 16, 2013 6:36 PM

    So they’re going to be physical with Kaepernick, instead of what? Play tag football? Silly statement.

    The fact that they are paying so much attention to him tells me they likely haven’t figured out a way to stop him.

    Should be an interesting game.

  12. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jan 16, 2013 6:37 PM

    Falcons are one and done.

  13. illinininer says: Jan 16, 2013 6:38 PM

    Bring it.

  14. jikkle49 says: Jan 16, 2013 6:39 PM

    It’s easier said than done is right.

    CK is pretty good at avoiding taking too many hits because his speed allows him to get out of bounds quickly and when he can’t get out of bounds he’s pretty good at giving up on the play and sliding when he can’t really get any more meaningful yards.

  15. ebrownwareagle says: Jan 16, 2013 6:46 PM

    Yep same thang they said about RG3 before he went to sleep… We use to it now.. Eli and Peyton, Cam,Brees,Vick,Romo, and Russ Wilson!! BEAT THEM ALL!! NEXT!

  16. pftisterrible says: Jan 16, 2013 6:48 PM

    The Falcons did a great job of containing Wilson. His yards came on scrambles, but Atlanta took away all designed option runs, which is how Kaepernick gets his. Did you watch the game, or just look at the box score?

  17. JackAcid says: Jan 16, 2013 6:48 PM

    Knowing Harbaugh, they will run very little read option this week.

  18. eazyian says: Jan 16, 2013 6:51 PM

    “I’m not a 49er or Falcon fan, but I believe the Falcons will be so busy trying to contain Kaepernick from running that he will torch their weak secondary for about 400 yards passing. Don’t see the Falcons being more physical than the 49ers.”

    Weak secondary? You obviously know nothing about the falcons. Our secondary is very good.

  19. supremekingz says: Jan 16, 2013 6:52 PM

    LOL@ Dome team talking about being “physical” with the 49ers. Way to go Falcons. You’ll really beat the 49ers by being more physical than them!

  20. JackAcid says: Jan 16, 2013 6:59 PM

    eazyian says:
    Jan 16, 2013 6:51 PM
    “I’m not a 49er or Falcon fan, but I believe the Falcons will be so busy trying to contain Kaepernick from running that he will torch their weak secondary for about 400 yards passing. Don’t see the Falcons being more physical than the 49ers.”

    Weak secondary? You obviously know nothing about the falcons. Our secondary is very good.


    With Grimes, yes. Without? Middle of the road. Samuel can’t tackle to save his life.

  21. stuartscottslazyeyeball says: Jan 16, 2013 7:05 PM

    Falcons are lucky they’re in a dome, if this game was outside in the cold they would get blown out.

  22. hendeeze says: Jan 16, 2013 7:09 PM

    The Saints thought they were able to do the same to the Niners last year. Plus in order to hit Kaepernick, you have to get near him first!

  23. 49ersandshivabowl says: Jan 16, 2013 7:12 PM

    You couldn’t stop Cam Newton in 2 games and he’s in your own division. You couldn’t stop Wilson and particularly alarming it should be because he scrambled because he wanted to pass first. Abraham, let’s be honest, won’t make the end of the 1st quarter and will be a non-factor. The fact is it’s likely CK7’s *running* won’t be a factor……but his passing will which is what everyone seems to think he can’t do but those who know….know.

    The Falcons are a plateau team; they’re not a 4 quarters team and will not go punch for punch.

  24. pizzon says: Jan 16, 2013 7:22 PM

    you have to catch him before you can blow him up and this cat IMO is a bigger and faster version of Russell Wilson good luck!

  25. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 16, 2013 7:25 PM

    Those legs Kaepernick runs on look awfully skinny to me. Wouldn’t take much to break one.

  26. mrwright313 says: Jan 16, 2013 7:30 PM

    The team with the softest front 7 in the entire playoff field is going to get physical? LOL!

    How did ATL stop Wilson again? He was outside the pocket, outside contain and making big plays down the middle of the field by making their LBs honor the run, to the tune of 300+ yards in the second half alone.

  27. mikeinsanfran says: Jan 16, 2013 7:48 PM

    Everyone said kaep would meet his match in Foxborough when Bill Billicheck would throw his crazy genius schemes at him. Bill kept him in the pocket and Kaep blew out the Patriots throwing 4 TD’s.

  28. ripster65 says: Jan 16, 2013 8:02 PM

    Kaep had 178 of his rushing yards before contact. I still can’t get over that.

  29. chattanola says: Jan 16, 2013 8:05 PM

    “…You want to put some tags on him if he keeps the ball in his hands,” safety Thomas DeCoud said.

    Targeting your opponent’s weapons is a good strategy but Kaepernik is only one guy. Who’s gonna look after Gore, Crabtree, Moss & Co. ?

    Good luck Atlanta, at least you’ll be at home whatever happens.

  30. offthelows says: Jan 16, 2013 8:26 PM

    Kaep and Wilson both ran 4.5’s at the combine. Their speed is similar, but the Packers played horrific defense.

  31. 4d9erdynasty says: Jan 16, 2013 8:26 PM

    Goldson and whitner are salivating at these comments.

  32. raiderapologist says: Jan 16, 2013 8:32 PM

    Atlanta needs to keep Kaepernick off the field.

  33. aces79 says: Jan 16, 2013 8:36 PM

    There are many weapons on the Niners offence so just dont put all your attention to Kap

  34. jackericsson says: Jan 16, 2013 8:36 PM

    Worked for the Saints a couple years back.

  35. judsonjr says: Jan 16, 2013 8:42 PM

    Atlanta needs to be saying “We need to have gap and rush discipline”.

    I honestly have no clue what the Packers though on some of those plays. On one play they have Clay Matthews taking the Arctic Circle route to the right versus a double team. You then have the interior lineman rushing to the left.

    This is a bad play against ANY QB. Tom Brady could have ripped off 15 yards against them on that play.

  36. cootschaos says: Jan 16, 2013 9:03 PM

    RISE UP!

  37. southpaw79 says: Jan 16, 2013 9:04 PM

    TE Zack Miller went off for 140 yards on Atlanta last week, what do you think Vernon Davis is going to do? The Falcons can focus all they want on Kaep’s runs, while it will be his arm that causes the most damage. The Niners are not going to be able to keep Atlanta out of the endzone either, this will be a shoot out. Having a bigger and more physical front 7 on both sides of the ball and all the emotional energy the Falcons expended last Sunday will pave the way for a strong 4 quarter for the Niners and a trip to the Superbowl.

  38. goldrush94 says: Jan 16, 2013 9:29 PM

    Yeah, good luck with that.

  39. steviaquinn says: Jan 16, 2013 9:44 PM

    Stories like this about Atlanta’s D having trouble stopping mobile QBs is a product of ingnorance and the cherry picking of stats.

    They conveniently forget about shutting down RG3 ( 91 yards- no TDs) and Mike Vick. If you cherry pick you can justify anything.

    The real story is the Falcons are a top 5 D in points scored against, they just beat a Superior version of the niners ( that blew the niners out 3 short weeks ago), and that the Niners cant play on turf ( vikings, Rams)

  40. skinsfaninnebraska says: Jan 16, 2013 10:07 PM

    Atlanta should be saying, “We need to keep our offense on the field for long stretches, score lots of points, and keep Kaep & Co on the sidelines for most of the game.”

    They’re not going to find it easy to get “physical” with Kaepernick because they’ll have to catch him first.

  41. albinorhino49 says: Jan 16, 2013 10:11 PM

    Niners will be the hammer and the failcons will be the nail. Just about every game is a bar fight with these dudes, most physical team in the NFL. By him saying that assures me that he is scared, Kap prolly hits harder than him anyway.

  42. doe22us says: Jan 16, 2013 10:35 PM

    The Falcons the softest D wants to put a hat on Kap, ok good luck trying to get to him. A) he is damn fast B)he has an arm, and C) Have you seen that massive offensive line of his coming at you, i want no part of that. 49ers should take this pretty easily.

  43. rainponcho87 says: Jan 16, 2013 10:51 PM

    Roman/Harbaugh like to come up with new schemes each week and be unpredictable, even when doing the same thing that was successful before would work. I haven no idea what they will try this week.

    If I were Atlanta, I would try to contain CK as much as possible and force him to throw to beat me. He has been pretty accurate with deep balls so I don’t think that strategy will likely work, but those passes have a lot of moving parts, the throw, the receiver, the defender, so things can go wrong. Leaving huge running lanes open for CK would be a disaster. Running with the ball in the situation is a lot more of a sure thing than consistently connecting in the passing game.

  44. seenoland54 says: Jan 16, 2013 10:54 PM

    You 49er fans haven’t been here all year. We,ve heard all the exact same trash talk fourteen times this year and fourteen times sent teams home losers. You look at all the “yard”stats but the real tale is the Falcons bend but don’t break. The Falcon D has given up fewer passing TD’s than any team in the NFL and with all the reasons you give they are weak doesn’t hide the fact that fourteen times they came out on top…only New England can say that too. Atlanta beat the Hawks, who blew you out and crushed the Giants 34-0 who also blew you out. Then there’s the Twelfth Man, come on in the Dome and meet 72,000 screaming Falcons fans and try and match that from 3000 miles away, if a 49er fan yells at his TV from 3000 miles away does he still make a sound?

    Look for all the excuses you want, we all know you are just whistling past the graveyard and it doesn’t bother us, we’ve heard it all year. Like Matty Ice said “We’re all we’ve go,t and that’s all we need”

  45. 4hrchubby says: Jan 16, 2013 11:10 PM

    Great, keep containment…that is what the 49ers would prefer…with the linebacker keeping ‘containment’…he can’t tackle gore who will gladly take the rock.

  46. jfoxbebb says: Jan 16, 2013 11:47 PM

    Kaepernick is an athlete playing quarterback. Until he develops as a passer and stops throwing 100 mph every throw, running or the threat of running is his only weapon.

    If I were the Falcons, I would play him as they did Russell Wilson and force him to beat them with his arm, as Wilson, a better passer and less superior runner, almost did.

  47. mjkelly77 says: Jan 16, 2013 11:51 PM

    Just bust his aSS hard a couple of times and he won’t feel like running anymore.

  48. mjkelly77 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:03 AM

    I can’t wait. The second that Kaepernick gets hit hard while running out of the pocket, Hairbough’s head is going to explode from the crying he’ll do to the referees.

  49. myosin10 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:04 AM

    Well damn someone should have told GB to play physical! I guess they didn’t think of that. Or maybe being physical is new to the Falcons? Dumb statement!

  50. myosin10 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:24 AM

    To all you who think Kaep isn’t a strong passer, watch the games before you make those comments. The guy has a great arm and ability to hit the WR! I hope Kaep doesn’t go off running like crazy in this game so everyone will shut up and watch what a great passer he is.

  51. throw46 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:43 AM

    Sorry but I don’t like kaep’s mechanics…..drops his arm, throws too hard, and looks frantic in the pocket….bolts too quickly.
    And yes I’ve watched him since h.s.

  52. donjuan2oo6 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:57 AM

    cootschaos says:
    Jan 16, 2013 9:03 PM
    RISE UP!

    SIT DOWN!!! Falcons ain’t ready.. They ain’t ready for the bright lights!!

  53. forever9ers says: Jan 17, 2013 4:46 AM

    Kaepernick practices against the most physical defense every day.
    Force him to beat you as a pocket passer, watch how he shredded the Patriots & Bears with 6 TD passes.

  54. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 17, 2013 8:23 AM

    “I said the same thing about stopping RG3 and look what happened to me.” Sincerely, Rob Ryan former Cowboys defensive coordinator.

  55. surran70065 says: Jan 17, 2013 8:38 AM

    “If you get the opportunity to blow up somebody and make a statement, that’s what you want to do,” safety William Moore said.

    Boy, that sound’s like bounty talk to me. Someone call Goodell.

  56. jacktheraven says: Jan 17, 2013 1:05 PM

    Falcons can stop kaepernick and win. They won’t let some 8 start QB beat them. I’m rooting for M. Ryan too. Being a Ravens fan, I tired of the media not giving credit where it’s due. Ryan & Flacco led their teams to victories.

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