Tag:Mike Smith
Posted on: January 26, 2011 1:05 pm

Hot Routes 01.26.11: Fairley certain Cats want DT

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Marty Hurney told Joseph Pearson of the Charlotte Observer on Monday that the Carolina Panthers top two needs are quarterback and defensive tackle. Hurney also mentioned that Jimmy Clausen has the tools to succeed. Oh, and he drafted him. So, provided Nick Fairley doesn't do anything ridiculous between now and April, there's a good chance he's the top pick.
Posted on: January 12, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 12:47 pm

Hot Routes 1.12.11 coaches fighting SNOW!?

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Former Bengals bust Peter Warrick is joining Cincinnati Commandos, an indoor football club where, we believe, all the players eschew underwear.

The unattractive Seahawks-Bears matchup (unattractive by divisional round playoff standards) is hurting ticket brokers in Chicago.

In his introductory press conference, Ron Rivera said the Panthers defense would remain a 4-3. (Rivera ran a 3-4 in San Diego but a 4-3 in Chicago.)

Bucs special teams coach Rich Bisaccia is jumping ship to San Diego. The Bucs replaced him with former fringe journeyman Dwayne Stukes.

Because of the snow in Atlanta, Mike Smith and some of his colleagues have turned the Falcons’ Flowery Branch headquarters into their personal residence.

Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter touted his head coaching experience during his interview with the Broncos. (The former Boise State head coach is obviously familiar with leading a Broncos team.)

Aaron Rodgers, who notched his first playoff win this past Sunday, said there never was a monkey on his back.

The Raiders are holding one of their near-annual head coaching searches.

After Drew Brees won it last year, Matt Hasselbeck is looking to take the “Best Postgame Celebration Photo With Your Kid” title for 2011.

Vernon Davis would love for Donovan McNabb to be a 49er.

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Posted on: January 4, 2011 7:49 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 8:17 pm

Hot Routes 01.04.11: Is Todd Haley a 'fraud'?

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • In case you didn't read it, Jason Whitlock of FOX Sports called Todd Haley "the biggest fraud in football." Well, "quite possibly the biggest fraud in football" anyway. That's a bold statement from a guy who knows KC pretty well. 

Posted on: December 28, 2010 9:07 am

To punt or not to punt

D. Brees and J. Graham celebrate a New Orleans win (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

ATLANTA – In the immediate aftermath of the Falcons 17-14 loss to the Saints on Monday night, an interesting debate arose about coach Mike Smith’s decision to punt on fourth and six from the Atlanta 43 with 2:52 to play, his team holding two timeouts and losing by three points.

Personally, I liked the decision. The Falcons defense had been whipping the Saints offensive line for most of the game and Drew Brees hadn’t played extraordinarily well. Atlanta fans seemed upset at the move, but I didn’t mind it all.

That’s not how Brian Burke of the NY Times saw it. This morning, he wrote that, stastically, it made sense for the Falcons to take their chances and go for the first down.

From the Times:

The conversion attempt would have been the percentage play, by a margin of 0.23 to 0.15 (in Win Probability). One way to think of it is that the Falcons’ decision to punt lopped between a third and a half off their chance of winning. …

I also think game-specific considerations would tend to favor going for the conversion and keeping the ball out of Drew Brees’s hands. Normally offenses ahead in that situation are very reluctant to do anything but run straight ahead, making them predictable and easy to stop. But the Saints trust Brees to make completions.

He makes a good point about Brees’ ability. The Saints ended up converting two first downs and running out the clock, and in part, that was because Brees completed seven-yard passes to TE Jimmy Graham and RB Pierre Thomas that gave New Orleans second-and-short and third-and-short situations in which Thomas could run for the first down with ease.

Smith, though, thought he made the right call.

“Definitely thought it was the right thing to do,” Smith said. “On fourth and six, we felt like the way we’d been playing defensively, and we had two timeouts and we hopefully could wrap one around the two-minute warning. Unfortunately, we didn’t get it done there at the end.”

The problem, I think, was that the Falcons defense seemed to tire a little, because suddenly, the New Orleans offensive line began picking up the Atlanta front four with relative ease.

“I think it was a little bit of that (fatigue),” DE Jamaal Anderson said. “But they’re the Super Bowl champions. They know what to do in those situations. They rally.”

And though I don’t think Smith made a bad decision, the Saints took advantage of a conservative play-call that might have cost his team a chance to win the game. Thus, he opens himself up to the easy second-gues.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 10:24 pm

Singletary apologizes for poor sportsmanship

Posted by Andy Benoit

Last Sunday in Atlanta, the 49ers suffered about as tough a loss as a team can suffer. Consequently, head coach Mike Singletary was in no mood to shake hands with Falcons head coach Mike Smith after the game. So, he didn’t.

Wednesday, Singletary apologized. "It was poor sportsmanship on my behalf," he said. "That's all it was."

Matt Barrow of the Sacramento Bee asked the coach if he was “in a daze” after the game (those of you who saw Singletary’s postgame behavior know that Barrow’s question, while perhaps harshly worded, wasn’t unfair).

"I don't know if any of you guys ever get ticked," Singletary said. "I'd be the first to tell my kids, 'That's wrong.' I should've gone over and shook his hand. ... "I chose not to for a number of reasons. But nothing else was on my mind. But I was disappointed and that was a very honest feeling after the game."

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 11:00 pm

Falcons have no plans to add WRs

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Two WRs are lost for the season, but the Atlanta Falcons aren’t going to troll the free agent market looking for replacements. So writes the Atlanta Journal Constitution .

Fifth-round pick Kerry Meier is lost for the season with a knee injury, and Michael Jenkins is out for the time being with a shoulder. But the Falcons opened camp with 11 players and now are down to nine for the final two preseason games.

I guess they feel that’s enough.

"Michael is going to be back around the opening of the season," said Falcons coach Mike Smith after Saturday's morning practice. "We feel good about our guys. Harry [Douglas] is back. So I don't anticipate that we need to do anything in terms of our roster."

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Posted on: August 8, 2010 9:45 pm

Michael Jenkins out 4-6 weeks

Michael Jenkins will miss 4-6 weeks, the team announced Sunday night. Jenkins injured his shoulder on Friday night's scrimmage.

"You are always concerned anytime any of your players goes down with an injury," said Falcons head coach Mike Smith. "One thing I am certain of is that Michael will work very hard with our athletic performance staff and our training staff to get back out on the field as soon as possible."

It's a blow to the Falcons, but nothing too tremendous -- they have plenty of weapons on the offensive end even if Jenkins misses even more time.

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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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