1. Why was the pass coverage so bad?
Sep 7, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) catches a touchdown pass in front of New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis (28) during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
All preseason-long we have been fawning over newly-acquired safety Jairus Byrd from Buffalo, the play of safety Kenny Vaccaro, and “should have been Pro Bowl” defensive back Keenan Lewis.
I think Lewis actually did a decent job against the Falcons as far as defending passes. The rest of the defense was a different story. Byrd played very deep coverage and left huge gaps in the second level of the defense for Matt Ryan to throw into.
This was most likely a scheme issue, because Byrd seemed to always be three steps away from making a play after a receiver brought in the ball. I understand you don’t want Julio Jones to beat you deep, but they ended up getting burned by Harry Douglas and Devin Hester instead.
It was clear that Patrick Robinson just could not keep up. Saints fans had to cringe when they saw Robinson lined up against Julio Jones.