Falcons trying to figure out source of run game woes

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The Falcons have a number of problems on offense lately, but their lack of balance from their run game is the most recent.

They managed just four rushing attempts in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Panthers, and were never behind by more than 10. Part of that has to do with the Panthers’ top-ranked defense, but the Falcons still had just 18 carries for 53 yards on the day, and were conspicuously bad in short yardage. Devonta Freeman finished with 11 carries for 46 yards, including a 20-yarder. Tevin Coleman rushed five times for 5 yards.

I guess we didn’t click,” Freeman said, via Matt Winkeljohn of the Atlanta Journal-Constutition. “We’ve got to go back to the drawing board, figure out what we need to do to win, and win.”

Again, the Panthers lead the league in total defense and are second against the run, so a degree of that is to be expected. But the Falcons have regressed as well, and are 13th in the league in rushing (114.5 yards per game), and 20th in attempts per game. There was also more of a pass-protection burden on their backfield, as the Panthers are blitzing more than they have in the past.

“I really trust our group,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “We’ve been good in the run game and yesterday it wasn’t the production that we would like.”

That extends to a lot of things with the Falcons this year, as they search for the reasons they’re unable to do the things they did a year ago with the same personnel on the field.

12 responses to “Falcons trying to figure out source of run game woes

  1. Hey…when they figure it out maybe they can tell Andy Reid. He has a defense that can’t stop the run.

  2. Your current OC is running the last OCs offense and doesn’t understand it. What’s so hard to understand about that? They forced the new OC to learn an entirely new offense, to him, because it was effective last year.

    As a consequence he doesn’t understand how to set up the big plays that the Falcons had last year.

  3. Figure it and quick. You have a cowboy team coming that knows how to run the ball. Do not let them come into your house and beat you. How embarrassing that would be. Go Falcons!!!

  4. How about they…run the ball more? I don’t know if it’s really a scheme thing. They just simply chose to throw instead of run. Run. The. Ball.

  5. I’m no expert, but Coleman is a natural and proven receiving back being used as a short yardage back for some reason. Maybe start there.

  6. The more you run the better you run. It not only gets the backs into a rhythm but it wears down a defense. You don’t have to run the Bears style offense but you also don’t want to treat Matt Ryan as if he’s elite when he’s not. Teams would love to have a duo like Freeman and Coleman and the Falcons are squandering them week after week – especially Coleman. If you can’t run, get them the ball in the passing game.

  7. I’m still trying to figure out who thought it a bright idea to bring in a guy who had a spotty college coordinating career if you’re being polite about it and no experience in that capacity on the professional level to take over with your offense. That’s not even getting into his personal problems that might make that not the wisest hire to make for a guy’s first NFL OC job. It was a poor hire any way you look at it.

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