Overreaction Monday: Are things as they seem with Falcons, Dogs, Jackets?

Smile, Matt Ryan: You and the Atlanta Falcons are 2-0, and not many expected that. (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Smile, Matt Ryan: You and the Atlanta Falcons are 2-0, and not many expected that. (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Smile, Matt Ryan: You and the Atlanta Falcons are 2-0, and not many expected that. (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Welcome to another Overreaction Monday, which seems to happen every Monday during the football season. So I thought to myself: “Hey. Dummy. Blog idea.”

Team: Falcons

Overreaction narrative: The Falcons’ are 2-0! Their big problems are fixed!

Reality check: Opening the season with wins over Philadelphia and New York is impressive, especially Sunday’s game, which came on the road against a desperate Giants’ team. But there was a period of at least two quarters (second and third) when the Giants’ offensive and defensive lines dominated. Not won, dominated. The Falcons couldn’t protect Matt Ryan. They couldn’t get any pressure on Eli Manning. It was 2013 and 2014 on replay. The Falcons have shown a strong no-quit attitude, which enabled them to come back in the fourth quarter and win both games. That’s a trait they didn’t show in the last two seasons. Something like that doesn’t happen because of “better talent” — it’s all attitude. It’s better coaching. So credit to coach Dan Quinn and his staff. The Falcons play at Dallas this week before the schedule gets easier. But don’t be fooled. This team’s margin for error remains slim and line play needs to get stronger and more consistent or there will be problems down the road.

Greyson Lambert had a career-best game against South Carolina, but was that the quarterback Georgia will see the rest of the season? (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Greyson Lambert had a career-best game against South Carolina, but was that the quarterback Georgia will see the rest of the season? (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Team: Georgia

Overreaction narrative: This is the Greyson Lambert we can expect the rest of the season!

Reality check: It was an amazing performance by Lambert in Saturday’s 52-20 dismembering of South Carolina. I covered the San Francisco 49ers when Joe Montana had a consecutive completion streak of 22 passes and Lambert looked Montana-esque, going 24-for-25 with 20 straight completions before he was taken out of the game. Lambert actually could’ve had a perfect night: His only miss was a smart overthrow in the direction of a covered Jeb Blazevich in the first quarter (before a Dogs’ field goal). Richt pointed out Sunday that Malcolm Mitchell was open on a check-down crossing over the middle and “he probably would have walked in and scored.” Hah! Slacker. Truth: If that’s going to be Lambert’s only mistake in a game, Georgia will be fine. But the reality is he still will have much to prove against Alabama in two weeks and in road games against Tennessee, Florida and Auburn. Not all defenses will wilt and collapse like South Carolina’s did. (Kentucky scored 26 points, including three touchdowns, at South Carolina, then only nine points, all field goals, at home against Florida Saturday.) Was this really the quarterback who lost his starting job at Virginia? But if Lambert’s pocket awareness and accuracy against South Carolina was not a complete aberration, Georgia will have a special season.

Coach Paul Johnson and quarterback Justin Thomas got smacked when Georgia Tech stepped up in competition at Notre Dame. (AP photo)

Coach Paul Johnson and quarterback Justin Thomas got smacked when Georgia Tech stepped up in competition at Notre Dame. (AP photo)

Team: Georgia Tech

Overreaction narrative: See! Georgia Tech stinks and their offense is a relic!

Reality check: Let’s start with the option offense: It produced only one touchdown until the fourth quarter in a not-really-that-close 30-22 loss at Notre Dame. But the option is like ANY offense: It works if it’s blocked correctly and Notre Dame was blocked. The Irish simply punched the Jackets in the mouth, dominating physically. The most concerning thing was seeing Tech’s veteran players, particularly Justin Thomas, not doing a better job of handling a tough atmosphere in South Bend. But don’t the Jackets have at least one of these ugly losses every season … and then everybody stops paying attention to them … and then they reel off a few wins in a row and people think, “Where did they come from?” Tech should beat Duke and North Carolina in the next two weeks, but those are two teams they lost to a year ago – and you can bet every coach will be looking at the Notre Dame’s game tape to see how the Irish smothered the option. If the Jackets win the next two, their next big test is Oct. 10 at Clemson. But I wouldn’t bury the Jackets just yet. It’s a really good team that played a really bad game at the worst time — on a national stage.

Recent ramblings
Dawgnation: Georgia chases away Spurrier demons with dominating performance
Dawgnation: Short takes: Lambert says, ‘I just had to go through a rough patch’
Dawgnation: Georgia can’t blow game, Tech can’t blow chance
AJC: Weekend Predictions: Tech over Irish, Georgia over South Carolina (but not by 17)
Dawgnation: Tech has something Georgia would like — comfort at quarterback position
MyAJC: An impressive opening by Dan Quinn’s new Falcons
AJC: Short takes: Gruden praises Falcons’ defense after win
Dawgnation: Georgia looks like a shaky 2-0 with its passing game
Dawgnation: Short takes: Another Georgia win but QB issues continue
AJC: Weekend Predictions: I can’t block this Falcons’ upset from my brain
AJC: Poll: I say 9 wins for Falcons, national media mixed, what say you?
MyAJC: Falcons’ late roster scramble not a good sign
AJC: Fredi Gonzalez needs to make more of his losing hand
Dawgnation: Lambert good but didn’t do enough to cement starting job
Dawgnation: Lambert, lightning and the joy of Keith Marshall
MyAJC: Kennesaw State’s little startup off to a dazzling start
AJC: Weekend Predictions: Dogs, Jackets roll, Spurrier escapes, Petrino goes down
AJC: Falcons won Julio Jones trade but would like to forget 2012 draft
Dawgnation: Greyson Lambert’s big test won’t come in opener, it will be later
AJC: Hello, football: Thoughts on UGA, Tech, Kennesaw, both GSUs
Dawgnation: It’s Lambert over Ramsey for now, but assume nothing for future at Georgia
AJC: Falcons were never going to let Julio Jones get away
 

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RickinWarnerRobins
RickinWarnerRobins

UGA still hasn't played a decent team, so don't get too excited Dawgie fans.  When they play a ranked team, you'll see the real team and it won't be pretty.  As for the Falcons, they've lucked into two victories...won only because the Giants and Eagles self-destructed and handed the games to the Falcons.  The Falcons still have no offensive line, no pass rush, and no secondary.  Dallas, even without Romo, has too many weapons for the Falcons to hang with them.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

It appears that the Arkansas coach has gotten back on twitter again.  Now he is ripping the coach at TT who just kicked his butt.  The guy is unbelievable.  HE REALLY NEEDS SOME HELP. 

Wreck13
Wreck13

@Quackmeyer it seems he is trying to get fired now so the fans can't blame him for how the season turns out. 

Bogan
Bogan

Why SHOULD Tech beat UNC?  UNC beat Tech last year and despite loss to Scar where UNC dominated the game but threw three no-brain interceptions, UNC is better this year than last year and Tech might not be as good as they were last year.  Tech may when, but SHOULD win....."not so fast my friend".

GTBob
GTBob

@Bogan You do realize that almost beating South Carolina isn't really a positive this year, right?

ChuckinAlpharetta
ChuckinAlpharetta

@GTBob


You're right - just because a team beats you once, it doesn't mean too much in the grand scheme of things. It's a single data point among many.


I hear what you are saying, and we are in full agreement :)

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

We need more push from the defensive line of the Falcons, guys need to step up especially are high draft picks.

Guyon
Guyon

For Tech, it's back to normal. Hopefully, we can win the usual seven games with the two cupcakes to start the season. 

Tuckerite
Tuckerite

Georgia State played #12 Oregon Saturday. Oregon won 61-28 after leading 47-28 to start the 4th quarter. Georgia State got 22 first downs to 29 for Oregon. Georgia State gained 431 yards to 539 for Oregon. Georgia State gained 5.7 yards per offensive play to 6.4 for Oregon. Georgia State ran 76 plays to 84 for Oregon. Georgia State had 7 points off turnovers to 24 for Oregon. Georgia State did not appear to be unfit to be on the same field as some had predicted.

Eric_C
Eric_C

Coach BVG knows how to stop a triple option...he scrapped it at Ga Southern when he took over there.


Anyone could see that Lambert was starting to show poise in the 2nd half at Vanderbilt...it was no aberration vs SC.


Next  Falcons game reminds me of game vs Texans when Schaub was out,  hopefully Dallas' D doesn't take over.





Eric_C
Eric_C

@Quackmeyer @bobbyross1990  yeah, it was an ugly season...the triple option returned a few seasons later I think

John Ellis
John Ellis

Hmmm, Yea the got dominated period. Won, for the 2nd week in a row on luck, pure luck in games they actually lost. Lets see how far luck is going to take us, Tech isnt ever going to win with that moron there, period and they did get exposed. The dogs just suck period, because they just suck. Yall too damn stuck on that team when this state has many that are actually worth talking about, but hey, this is the AJC rag so why not keep it going

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@John Ellis  What other teams could you possibly be talking about?  You said the Dawgs suck but you didn't give us your opinion of why.  Strange post young lady.

Southwired
Southwired

As far as Tech goes, Van Gorder has had Paul Johnson's number as as far back as we can remember. Does that make BVG a Triple Option defensive genius? Hardly, but it does mean he can defense against a high school playbook.  Hate or Love em but Bierman started the down hill slide of Manning on Sunday when he touched him up. The first time I saw that corner end zone pass from Lambert at the ULM game my fears at QB were placated.... However, didn't know he was going to bend the OBC over like that.... Go Dawgs.

Wreck13
Wreck13

@Southwired How many times has BVG faced Paul Johnson? I really need you to give some FACTS. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Wreck13 @Southwired 

How many times has BVG faced Paul Johnson?  If you don't include Saturday, the answer would be ZERO

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

@Southwired "Van Gorder has had Paul Johnson's number as fas back as we remember". I guess everyone only remembers two days ago because that was the first time they played against each other. Nice try mutt.

kevkat
kevkat

damned if you do and damned if you don't...you Atlanta sports writers kill me....

DawginLex
DawginLex

Ohio State looked like crap.


Georgia hid the playbook until SOS came to Athens.


I like where things are headed

OH:IO
OH:IO

@DawginLex


Written a check yet for the IPF?


Ohio State holds the hardware and is ranked #1. MSU is ranked #2


Get in the car and drive to Belks. There's a winter coat sale going on. 

Wreck13
Wreck13

@DawginLex are you SURE? You have PROOF the playbook was half closed until this game?

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@Wreck13 @DawginLex Based on the play calling I would have to agree the book wasn't in full effect.  I don't know if it was HBC or just trying to used to the new QB, either way there was a greater variety of play calling on Saturday.

mscc
mscc

#2is gonna get Julio killed!! Julio saved a pick 6. Matt also threw into double coverage with the touchdown to Hankerson. The Falcons win despite #2.

DumbandDumber
DumbandDumber

" The Falcons play at Dallas this week before the schedule gets easier."


C'mon, can it be any easier than the first two weeks? They've just played two of the worst teams in the league to date, with Philly fighting real hard for the cellar position

CedricM
CedricM

tech shouild play real teams in the early games to get ready for good teams instead of those 2 creampuffs they like to schedule.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@SlackTown  Easy there pal, it is not like we took on all comers.  Plus we play Southern this week, whomever they are.  Southern what, New Hampshire, Conn. Utah don't believe it is Southern Cal?

Wreck13
Wreck13

@Quackmeyer Southern is 1-3 in their last 4 against Alcorn St that Tech played to start the season. 

FlatTire
FlatTire

Has the  Dawgnation blog thats been up for almost 2 months now had even a total of 199 blog posts for all of its articles combined?

FlatTire
FlatTire

@ChuckinAlpharetta  you are going to get more web hits by a blog that has as many blog posts as this article does than you are with the current format


the same number of people reading the new blog is the same as the old one; there is nothing different that is getting more people to come click on the new blog


I find it funny how this new blog has been promoted over the radio; that ought to tell you something

GTBob
GTBob

@ChuckinAlpharetta What makes you sure of that? Why would a blog generate more traffic without comments?

FlatTire
FlatTire

@GTBob  exactly the point I was trying to convey just better written

FlatTire
FlatTire

@GTBob  Bob I agree; 


I would like for someone to explain to me how a revamped webpage that has garnered far less blog posts that has the same style of articles is somehow an overwhelming success

GTBob
GTBob

@ChuckinAlpharetta That makes no sense. Every time someone reads a blog and comes back a few more times later to partake in discussion about the blog, those are blog hits. With the new format, they are basically eliminating discussion that would drive return hits.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@dawg fan  When they can get more than 30 posts an article I might join in; 3 games into the season and still mostly less than 7 posts an article is laughable;


it is hilarious really that they have continued with the new format but Ive come to expect that from those who promote winning 10 games as the pinnacle of football success.


And I agree; I really don't care about some recruits trip to the local gas station or what decision he made on what he was going to eat for lunch

ChuckinAlpharetta
ChuckinAlpharetta

@GTBob


Actually, banner-blindness is never higher than it is now. Advertisers pay best for content that confirms interest - sheer number of clicks and click-through are growing less and less relevant to online advertising.


The longer a visitor goes between clicks the higher value for the advertiser - so an article that many viewers actually read and perhaps never revisit carries as much advertising clout as one that is revisited by the same people several times at very brief intervals.

Wreck13
Wreck13

@FlatTire @GTBob the LAST DN post I looked at on B had 1.2K looks but only 8 comments and 23 likes. 

UGa having 92k ticket holders and not sure how many readers the AJC has 1.2 thousand looks doesn't seem like a big deal to me. 

dawg fan
dawg fan

@FlatTire They've got too many reporters.  Its quantity over quality.  Now they've got like 5 or 6 reporters covering UGA football by my count they're having to dream up crap to write about.     Not that long ago it was one guy covering UGA football.  I'm talking as recently as 10 years ago.  Schlabah and then Carter Strickland.  Those were the days.  They'd give us some practice reports and injury notes because that's all they had time for and that was about it.  That's really all we needed.  Now it's a bunch of human interest type crap about how Jordan Jenkins pumps himself up for games or how Malcom Mitchell writes children's books.  You used to get a little bit of that stuff in the old days too but it seems like that's all we get now.  You have to really look hard to find substance. 

GTBob
GTBob

@ChuckinAlpharetta Thats nice and all but you are assuming that the AJC raised advertising rates for dwagnation and used a facebook commenting section as justification. That just seems a little unlikely. The content on the pages is exactly the same, just with no user interaction. Plus you are leaving out the fact that a site that promotes discussion is likely to have more visitors in general than a site with the same content that doesn't.

DawginLex
DawginLex

@FlatTire @dawg fan  No what is hilarious dawg fan(fraud boy)is your football knowledge


Tell us again about how sorry Schotty, Lambert and Richt are?


We are laughing at you, not with you

Wreck13
Wreck13

@FlatTire most Dwag fans that are on FB don't comment because they are high school/GED grads and they can type.

ChuckinAlpharetta
ChuckinAlpharetta

@FlatTire @GTBob


The number of posts under an article has nothing to do with the number of times it has been read.


I guarantee there are plenty of lunatics that read those pieces and rage at their parents' floorboards that they can't spam-troll it.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@DawginLex Huh?  I have never said one negative word about Schotty or Lambert.  You are making stuff up and lying.  I predicted that Lambert would be the starter in August.  I've never expressed any opinion on Schotty one way or the other.  I don't think he makes much of a difference because Richt is still our coach.


Richt will find a way to screw this season up.  Just watch and see.  It's as predictable as clock work. 

ChuckinAlpharetta
ChuckinAlpharetta

@Wreck13


You guys can spout all the bile you want on the stories there, you'll just have to do it through less anonymous means.

ChuckinAlpharetta
ChuckinAlpharetta

@GTBob


So you're suggesting that they had a higher revenue model and dropped it for a lower one?

dawg fan
dawg fan

@FlatTire  I don't even go there anymore.  It's not journalism.  It's a Disney Dawg fan site. And my God why do we need so many stories on recruiting?  Good grief I could care less.  You have to wade through a bunch of stories on the comings and goings of teenagers to find something to read about a real actual football game.  It's unbelievable.