Another week, another loss, sure the losses continue to mount, but after sacking their second coordinator this season the team actually made strides. The defense played downhill and made plenty of tackles for loss. The starting linebackers of Barrett Ruud, Geno Hayes and Quincy Black combined for 30 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 4 tackles for loss with Raheem Morris calling plays on defense and reverting back to a one gap scheme for the front four had solid results with 14 tackles, 4 sacks, 4 tackles for loss and 6 quarterback hits.
Josh Freeman – After a horrid week against the Saints, the young rookie rebounded and showed poise, accuracy and leadership in his fourth start completing 20-of-29 passes for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns, he had only one sack and one fumble, but no turnovers. Freeman finished the game with a QBR of 118.5. He completed 68.9 percent of his passes and boosted his overall completion percentage by four points too 55.2% on the season – improved his QBR by nearly thirteen points from 63.8 to 76.5.
Defense – After being the poster children for dysfunctional through the teams first 10 games played, the decision to revert back to the familiar one gap penetrating style of the play that many fans grew accustomed too with the Tampa 2 the defense showed an aggression and a sense of urgency that had been lacking all season holding the Falcons to 75 yards on 26 carries for a 2.88 ypc average and a total of 332 yards on 70 plays for an average gain of 4.74 yards.
3 down and 2 – Olson has become too predictable on 3 and 2, as he has called pass plays 100% of the time, and 99.9% of the time it’s out of a shotgun formation. During the Falcons game the situation came up three times, out of the three 3 and 2 plays all three plays were called pass plays and two were out of the shotgun. Below is Olson’s third down play calling through week 11.
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Ground Game – The lack of conviction to the ground game is puzzling to say the least, but it’s apparent the team lacks confidence in the offensive line and the running backs to grid it out. For the amount of resources that have been spent and used over the last few years to build a competitive and dominant line, it has fallen well short of expectations this season.