Falcon post-game notes:
Overall, a very poor performance; the Stiller 1st and 2nd units went down 13-0 leaving it to the 3rd and 4th strings to pull out an utterly meaningless victory.�� Breaking this game into the following well-known categories:
Kendrell Bell:� Very clearly, an impact player who can rush passer, play sideline to sideline and is stout at the POA.� Last night, Bell was the best defender on the field.� IMO, the Mike Jones Era is over; Bell should be the starter ASAP.
Tommy Maddox: After enduring Stewart and Graham re-run the hapless futility of the 2000 season, it was a pleasure to see Maddox come in and immediately focus the offense.� Tommy looked crisp throwing the ball; he seemed to have excellent chemistry with Spike and he demonstrated good ball-handling ability.�� On a toss left for 22 yards, Maddox set up Amoz with a convincing dive fake right and a nice backhand pitch.� When Maddox went in, the ball went downfield; when the ball went downfield, running room developed.
Spike, Tim Baker and Demetrious Brown:� The Stiller�s (3) big WR all looked fairly polished.� Spike made two downfield grabs; Brown worked the sideline effectively and, when Baker came across the middle, he looked like he�d been there before.
Tee Martin:� Drove to the winning score showing the same leadership he last displayed in Mexico City.� Reputably scatter-armed, Martin was accurate enough last night.
Jason Simmons:� I�ve been heavily down on this player but, last night, he showed heart and decent ability at CB.� Well done.
Honorable mention:� Joey Porter and Earl Holmes were the only D-side starters who earned their pay.� Casey Hampton generally locked up two OL but then seldom got much push; an exception was on Bailey�s sack where this man launched a determined bull rush, put two OL on the ground so creating room for Bailey to close the deal.� Justin Kurpeikis came free on a couple rushes late but didn�t flash much closing speed.� Kris Brown got a KO to the end zone.
Kendrick Clancy:� Repeatedly moved out during Atlanta�s first drive.� Very poor, Clancy is not a quality starting NT.
DE:� Smith and KvO did nothing in limited duty.� Combs spent his time wandering around like a cow in pasture.� Bailey did collect a sack (thanks to Hampton) but looked pathetically slow chasing Vick.� Chris Hoke had a nice play in the 4th shedding some future Walmart warehouse worker to make a play.
Jason Gildon:� Evidently has yet to study film from Jax 2 last year.� Repeatedly out of position defending the inevitable cut-back, very poor.
Roger Knight:� Feature play was a laughable effort at run support; Knight went down onto his back so fast that the lead blocker got tangled so delaying the play for Bell to come over and make a solid stick.� Knight is slow off the edge, slow in the open field and functioned best as speed bump at the POA.
Mike Logan:� Nearly made a couple plays; in fact, made none.� Gave nice over the top help in the second quarter but dropped a tough INT.� Was involved in the punt fumble scrum down near the Falcons goal late.� These are plays winning players make.
Kordell Stewart:� 2/7 and, last night, gave no glimmer of better things to come.� Threw into coverage, threw inaccurately, generally led a listless group in a listless performance.
Bobby Shaw:� By my count, got his hands on (5) balls but caught only (1).
Jerame Tumane:� Just awful; no catches and very little effort on Brookings� sack.
Offensive scheme:� What new scheme?� Line plunges, curls and third down screens were features in the first half.� The passing game opened up when Maddox came in but, under Stew and Graham, it was same old, same old.
D-side:� Speed?� The new swift Stillers were as susceptible to cut-backs and underneath routes as were the 2000 slow, fat Stillers.