A fascinating Falcons-Packers preview from Milwaukee’s McGinn

From the last time these teams met. (Mike Roemer/Getty Images)

From the last time these teams met. (Mike Roemer/Getty Images)

There’s a reason Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is considered the best NFL writer in the business. The guy knows/hears everything. (Full disclosure: I’ve never met McGinn. I just love reading his work.) He covers the Packers for the MJS, and he has written a lengthy preview of Green Bay’s game with the Atlanta Falcons. It’s great.

To share every nugget would be hoggish, so I’ll limit myself to three and advise you to read the entire thing. Here are my three:

1. Every NFL source interviewed by McGinn — meaning, if I’m counting accurately, four — believes the Falcons will win Sunday.

2. The Falcons’ coaches did not want to draft cornerback Jalen Collins last year but were overruled by Thomas Dimitroff and Scott Pioli.

3. Matt Ryan apparently had the same Wonderlic score (28) as rookie linebacker Deion Jones.

OK, I lied. One more McGinn-ism: Dan Quinn needs to be calling defensive signals, the way Mike Zimmer does in Minnesota. Now click and read.

(Just for fun, here’s what McGinn wrote before the Falcons-Packers playoff game of January 2011. It didn’t predict that Green Bay would win 48-21 but was pretty darn prescient.)

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ajcAliasNbr21
ajcAliasNbr21

The Falcon's defense always struggles against elite QB's.


Here are the elite QB's in the NFL: Brady, Rodgers, Brees, Rivers, Roethlisberger.



DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

I like to see the defense play focused and aggressive football for four quarters. If we get a big lead no prevent defense....

Gman84
Gman84

The Chargers game undid all the goodwill they built in Denver and Seattle.

No faith that they win Sunday. Guessing they will lose another late lead as Ryan throws yet another pick in Q4 and Rodgers shreds the D in the 2 minute drill to revive the Packers season and ruin the Falcons season.

cspecial
cspecial

THE BIG PROBLEM CURRENTLY FACING THE FALCONS IS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR RICHARD SMITH.HE SHOWS TOO MUCH RESPECT FOR QBS.PHILLIP RIVERS IS AN ABOVE AVERAGE QB BUT WHY BLITZ HIM AND PLAY YOUR SECONDARY SO DEEP?THE FALCONS NEVER MADE THE AVERAGE CHARGER RECIEVERS WORK.THEY NEVER MADE ADJUSTMENTS.ONE TIME, HE HAD HIS CORNERBACKS 15-20 YARDS OFF THE RECIEVERS. THEN HES CALLING FOR BLITZES.RIVERS BEING A VETERAN, CONSTANTLY THREW TO HIS UNDERNEATH ROUTES AND PICK THE FALCONS TO DEATH.A DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR SHOULD BE AGGRESSIVE.SMITH IS NOT.HE PLAYS SCARED AND RESPECTS OPPOSING TEAMS TOO MUCH.JUST LIKE COACH RYAN OF THE BILLS DID, QUINN SHOULD TAKE OVER THE DEFENSE.I THINK WE WOULD GET AN INSTANT IMPROVEMENT.THE FALCONS HAS A CHANCE TO WIN THE DIVISION AND GO TO THE SUPERBOWL.THEY HAVE EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE RIGHT DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR.YOU CAN"T EXPECT TO WIN WITH JUST AN OFFENSE.THEY PUT UP 30 POINTS.THAT SHOULD WIN GAMES.THE DEFENSE IS WHAT IS KILLING THEM.THEY NEED TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS NOW.YOU CAN"T KEEP GIVING TEAMS FIRST DOWNS ON 3RD AND 11S.THE OPPOSING TIGHTENDS NEVER HAVE TO WORK TO GET OFF THE LINE.NO FALCON DEFENSIVE PLAYERS EVEN ATTEMPTS KNOCK THEM AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE.IF THIS IS NOT CORRECTED ITS GOING BE ANOTHER DISSAPOINTING FINISH

Birdfanforlife
Birdfanforlife

@cspecial I agree with you that the problem is clearly coaching and scheme. I don't alike the all caps way you said it (hard to read) but I agree with you. Birds have speedy players dumb rookies who need to do better.