Tag:Atlanta Falcons
Posted on: August 5, 2010 6:39 pm
 

Dunta Robinson might be out for 1st exhibition

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Atlanta CB Dunta Robinson, who missed his fourth-straight practice today with a hamstring injury, might not play in the Falcons first exhibition game of the season Aug. 13 vs. the Chiefs.

That’s the word from Atlanta coach Mike Smith, as brought to you by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution .

“I think any time you’re dealing with soft tissue, the precursor to pulling a muscle is that there is usually tightness in there,” Smith said. “We just want to make sure that he’s ready to go . . . He’s our starting corner. I don’t know if he’s our left corner, right corner or our match corner, but he is our starting corner. We just need to make sure that he’s ready to go.”

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 5:35 pm
 

Falcons suffer a major blow for Week 1

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux will be suspended one game for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Babineaux was arrested during a December traffic stop and charged with three misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession. (The original charges of felony possession with intent to deliver were reduced.)J. Babineaux (US Presswire)

Babineaux recently pleaded no contest to the misdemeanors. Now, he’ll miss the Week 1 contest against Pittsburgh.

Babineaux is one of the underrated one-gap penetrators in the NFL. The Falcons have iffy depth behind the sixth-year pro.  Peria Jerry is coming off a knee injury. Trey Lewis tore his ACL in 2007 and has not been the same since. Third-round rookie Corey Peters will be playing his first meaningful pro game. Thomas Johnson is healthy and somewhat experienced, but he struggles getting off blocks.

--Andy Benoit 

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 5:19 pm
 

Sean Weatherspoon, Falcons agree to 5-year deal

Sean Weatherspoon is the latest first-round domino to fall, agreeing a five-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday.

Financials of the deal haven't been disclosed, but the AJC 's D. Orlando Ledbetter says a "big push" on Thursday really helped move the negotiations to a close.

“There hasn’t really been a lot of action throughout the first and second rounds,” [HC Mike] Smith said. “But of course, the closer that you get to the reporting date, you’ll start to see more and more guys sign.”

The Falcons now have their entire draft class inked.

Worth noting as well from Ledbetter's piece: Smith and Thomas Dimitroff have done an excellent job of getting their early-rounders into camp on time, with Sam Baker in 2008 being the only first-rounder not in training camp on time ... and he was only an hour or so late.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 3:00 pm
 

Mughelli gets a different view

Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli penned an opinion piece today for the Atlanta Journal Constitution , writing about his visit to the Gulf Coast to see the BP oil spill devastation with his own eyes.

He was shocked when he landed in that oil-soaked region.

From his well-written piece:

If we’re all supposed to be responsible citizens — athletes or whatever your profession may be — we are not doing our job right now.
We are destroying our planet and hurting our children’s future through our addiction to fossil fuels.

That thought crossed my mind again and again as I took a boat tour of the Gulf Coast last week with other athletes from the NHL and NFL.

I saw oil-soaked pelicans trying to fly, Dolphins surfacing in oil-covered water, and wetlands with several inches of sticky, tarry oil all over.
I talked to fishermen whose livelihoods are now gone because of the BP oil disaster.


Mughelli admits that he, once upon a time, didn’t think much about his environment in those terms. He didn’t ponder how to keep the planet healthy. It wasn’t until he had a daughter of his own that those thoughts began to trickle into his mind. Now, he calls upon the president to help fix our nation’s dependency on oil.

If you follow the news and have the slightest bit of interest in environmental issues, Mughelli isn’t really breaking any new ground here. But for an athlete to be aware of issues – and to actually use his platform to try to help – that’s a pretty decent start.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 1:41 pm
 

Belichick has an interesting explanation

Wading through the Bill Belichick news conference transcript, and I found a couple of interesting comments. Belichick doesn’t seem like the kind of coach who wants to share any information with anybody outside the Patriots organization. Media, obviously, but also, other teams as well.

That’s why it’s a little surprising – at least, to me – that New England will practice against other teams during training camp. Belichick was asked about the thought process about holding dual workouts with the Saints and the Falcons.

“I think it starts with just having a real good relationship with both organizations,” Belichick said. “We’ve talked about that from time to time, not just this year, but it just worked out. We’re playing them early in the preseason, and right away we talked about it as something we would want to do that would be beneficial. I think that’s the most important thing – the logistics and then having a good working relationship with the team. Not that we didn’t have good working relationships with Andy (Reid) in Philly or John (Harbaugh) at Baltimore – teams we’ve opened up with in the past – it just didn’t logistically work as well for both of us, but maybe that’s something in the future we could do.

And how does this help from a competitive standpoint? Does this add a little bit of excitement to an otherwise monotonous training camp?

“I think there is definitely an element of that,” he said. “I also think that it gives you a different look at their plays that they run that we don’t run. There are looks that New Orleans and Atlanta will give us that we will see in the preseason games, but we’ll also have a chance to practice against them and I think that is healthy too. You get to evaluate your players against not just your own players, but against other players at a high level and see how you (match up). It’s not always just ability; it’s how a certain player matches up against a player or type of player. I think that’s valuable.

“The other thing that’s always a problem is trying to get your team ready for the first preseason game. You’ve got 75, 70 guys – however many are going to play in the game – and trying to get them practice reps where they are really prepared to play. It’s a lot easier if you can just practice against the team. That is the scouting report; that is the preparation. And then let them go out there and play and the same thing for their team. Rather than us trying to simulate you guys, we’ll be us, you be you, and we’ll let them go out and play in the preseason.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 9:28 pm
 

Samuel L. Jackson appears in a Falcons commercial

"RISE UP." That's the theme for the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

It's spokesperson? SAMUEL L. JACKSON .

And no, it doesn't have anything to do with Jackson's fear that he hadn't appeared in enough movies. Turns out, Jackson is a Falcons fan and he's excited about the 2010 season.
"It's time we all rise up," Jackson says in the video. "We've been knocking on the door. Now it's time to blow it up." The video, which features Jackson talking and a soulful choir singing "Rise up!" with Falcons highlights behind them, and will begin airing as a commercial on local Atlanta channels starting Monday. (You can watch it here if you're so inclined .)

And it's actually pretty cool, when you consider that it's created by the team itself; usually those efforts end poorly for everyone involved.

Added bonus: if the Falcons' cornerbacks can ever break up a pass, they can scream "DID I BREAK YOUR CONCENTRATION?" at receivers. Or something.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 12, 2010 7:11 pm
 

Matt Ryan the writer

Atlanta QB Matt Ryan fills in for Peter King in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column on SI.com , and he makes some fascinating comments about how he prepares in the offseason.

Basically, after reviewing film of his entire 2009 season, he requested video of six teams that have similar personnel to the Falcons – the Patriots, Colts, Cowboys, Saints, Packers and Chargers. Then, he studied each of the quarterbacks to see how they ran their offense so effectively.

Writes Ryan: “I learned several things about the game and about my own game during my film work, but I was mostly impressed with the patience under fire exhibited by (Peyton) Manning and (Tom) Brady.

“Both of those guys consistently take the underneath routes when they are given to them and don't ever think about going to another route until the defense takes the underneath route away. It amazes me how precise and accurate with the football all six of those guys are, and I can tell you that this was a really beneficial exercise that I feel will make me a better player as my career progresses.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 6:36 pm
 

LB Robert James suspended for 4 games

If you like reading about late-round linebacker draft picks who spend their rookie season on injured reserve and then play just one game in their second year, only to get suspended for the first four games their third season, then I have just the story for you.

The NFL announced today that Falcons LB Robert James will miss the first quarter of the 2010 regular season for violating the policy on performance enhancing substances. He can return to the Falcons active roster Monday, Oct. 4, and he can participate in preseason training camp and exhibition games.

--Josh Katzowitz

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