Falcons Run Defense Surprises

November 25th, 2012

It was a down day for Doug Martin

Doug Martin ran hard today against the Falcons, no evidence of any kind of “rookie wall” in his leg drive, but Martin couldn’t get much going.

The Falcons’ run defense was ranked 26th in the NFL entering the game, likely the Falcons’ biggest weakness, yet Martin was stymied for 50 yards on 21 carries and never broke one long. LeGarrette Blount and D.J. Ware were denied carries.

So what happened?

Joe talked to Erik Lorig after the game and Lorig said he had no insight without watching film. Nothing stood out as a problem, Lorig said.

Maybe Martin’s vision wasn’t sharp? Joe’s reaching here. It was just uncommon to see Martin have a tough day.

Perhaps Martin could have used more work? Following Martin’s best rush of the game, 10 yards to end the third quarter, Martin took a handoff on the next snap and gave the Bucs a 19-17 lead with a one-yard TD run. Then leading 20-17 after E.J. Biggers’ sack/forced fumble, the Bucs recovered the ball on the Falcons’ 36 yard line with 11:23 left in the game. It seemed like the perfect time to pound Martin and see if he could stay hot, and eat some clock and try to grind out a long touchdown drive. But the Bucs didn’t run the ball on that possession and settled for a field goal.

Joe’s just hoping Martin and the offensive line aren’t starting a downward spiral. Sizzling Denver’s run defense, which the Bucs will see next Sunday, is far more stout than the Falcons’.

5 Responses to “Falcons Run Defense Surprises”

  1. lurker Says:

    this is a 2 back league. why are we not using 2 for a change of pace/different look? i thought blount was gonna get the ball at some point.

  2. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    There is something about Blount that the NSO does not like. The NSO keeps saying that Blount will get touches, but its just not happening. Actions speak louder than words.

  3. bucfanjeff Says:

    It’s all about individual matchups. We may match up poorly against a bad run defense and struggle and may match up great against a good run defense and do very well.

    The Falcons were playing well against the run – it happens.

  4. rrsrq Says:

    after the turnover, I said that this is Martin or Blount time, move the chains and run time off the clock, it’s only conservative when you don’t have a home run hitter as a running back and I believe we have two. Coaching relapse IMO.

  5. 1976Buc Says:

    Schiano obviously has his bell cow. The question remains is this a bell cow league? Didn’t we draft another back? If he isn’t going to use Blount why not put in Smith as a change of pace? What is the status of Smith? Lots of questions on this one.