Abe’s absence will help young D-linemen

John Abraham shaking owner Arthur Blank's hand at mini-camp. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

John Abraham shaking owner Arthur Blank's hand at the recent mini-camp. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

BACK TO OTA TOWN — The Falcons returned to Organized Team Activities on Tuesday.

The rain pushed them inside, according to a tweet from their Web site writer J. Michael Moore. (The “media” isn’t allowed at all of the practices.)

We’ll have to update everyone tomorrow if defensive end John Abraham, tight end Tony Gonzalez and cornerback Chris Owens are participating.

Gonzalez is expected to do some of the workouts. Owens has to wait until his class graduates from San Jose State.

Abraham is likely just doing his offseason core maintenance program. He’s found a workout plan that works for him and is sticking to it. He knows what he’s doing by now and problem doesn’t really need the OTA activities.

Also, with Abe missing OTAs action, the Falcons can give more snaps to Jamaal Anderson, Kroy Biermann, Chauncey Davis and fourth-round draft pick Lawrence Sidbury.

“John is one of the smartest guys in the league,” defensive line coach Ray Hamilton said. “We are just going to hold John. We drafted a guy in the fourth round. We just want to look at some of these young guys.”

Hamilton is pleased with the offseason work of defensive tackle Jonthan Babineaux.

“We have to be sudden with all of our moves and Babineaux is one of the quickest guys in the league,” Hamilton said. “He has very quick feet and hands. He’s started to get more violent also. I hate to say violent and good in the same tense, but he has a pretty good violent side. That’s a big part of being a defensive lineman.”

Hamilton is stressing versatility.

“We coach guys on every position,” Hamilton said. “They have to know all of the positions. We do drills were they have to know what the end does, what the tackle does, As a defensive lineman, besides being violent, quick, nasty and all of that stuff, how smart you are the better off you are going to be.”

Also, first-round pick Peria Jerry was not practicing with the team last week after suffering a mild knee sprain in mini-camp. Hamilton can’t want to get him on the field.

“We saw an aggressive player,” Hamilton said. “A quick and disruptive player. In our scheme, that’s how we play. That’s what we need. . . . We saw a good combination of run (stopper) and a good pass rusher. We saw all of that in him. We were very happy that he was there when we got our chance to pick.”

IN THE COMMUNITY . . .

Ryan pumping some offseason iron. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

Ryan pumping some offseason iron. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

LEARN HOW TO THROW LIKE MATTY ICE: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is holding a young football clinic on Saturday, June 6 at Centennial High School in Roswell.

He’s bringing along guard Justin Blalock and tackle Sam Baker for the event which is sponsored by Topps.

The non-contact clinic is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 14 and will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

There is a $99 cost. Additional information and registration is available online or call 513-793-CAMP.

BLANK FAMILY OF BUSINESSES AND PARK PRIDE TEAM UP: Falcons owner Arthur Blank and Mayor Shirley Franklin will attend the grand opening ceremony for Vine City Park on Friday.

More than 100 volunteers from the Blank Family of Businesses and Park Pride will move to three area parks for a day of community service. Throughout the morning, the volunteers will provide a helping hand to revitalize and beautify nearby Vine City Park, Washington Park and Cleopas Johnson Park.

Among the volunteers, Falcons head coach Mike Smith and president Rich McKay will lead their team in renovations to Cleopas Johnson Park (Fair St. and Northside Dr.), and Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff will work at at Washington Park (Ollie St. at Lena St. NW). The renovation projects at all three parks will begin at 9:15 a.m. and end at approximately 12:30 p.m.

So let’s get back to some Falcons football. Is Babineaux ready to turn in a monster year? Happy that Abe is working on his core in the offseason? How about the Sidbury kid, is it a good thing that he’s getting extra reps? Worried about Jerry’s injury?

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Stirg d'Nahsif

May 27th, 2009
2:44 pm

Oh! I get it. Do less work and complain more about my injuries, I can get time off. If I do more work, like play more downs, I need to attend mini-camps and OTA’s so I can gel more with my teammates. Its becoming clearer to me now.

They asked Mike Peterson about the infamous “Over 30 Club” (players over thirty are more excusable from team activities). Peterson eloguently answered “I’m not ‘over thirty’”. Now that’s leadership. And you know what else? He’s the only player on the team with six years experience under Smitty’s system.

Hamad Meander

May 27th, 2009
2:44 pm

Again, the subject of size has come onto the board. Yes, I see Biermann is 241 or so, and Sidbury is 266. DON’T place value on a playere at a position based on what he tips the scales. There are plenty of 300 lb offensive lineman that play lighter as there are many defensive linemen who play stronger than their weight suggests.

Also, in the 4-3 defense, you don’t want 300 lb ends. You need disruptive, quick, pass rushers that force the action for the linebackers to clean up. In a 3-4, you want heavier ends and a big ol’ nose tackle to occupy the offensive line and set the linebackers up to make plays. It is to the Falcons advantage, as they don’t have 4 dynamic linebackers, to play the 4-3 and to play with 266 lb. ends that are fast and mean.

D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER

May 27th, 2009
2:47 pm

Chris Owens got his degree and was at practice. Check out this YouTube video of Owens working out at Speed City in San Diego.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3burKrNAaI

WR

May 27th, 2009
2:48 pm

FalconDevil, I agree on Andersen, I also believe that if he starts to really pile up sacks and continue to be strong against the run he could make alot of the so-called experts and fans alike eat their words. Definitely with you on the DL, no matter who starts with a rotation of Babs,Jerry,Lewis,Walker this line could reak havoc on the NFL. Then you consider we have Abe,Andersen,Davis,Biermann,and Sid at the defensive end spots and some LB in the 3-4, the added speed,power,nastiness,and in your face pressure will make our below average secondary look like stars. Speaking of the secondary, I expect big things from Houston, Coleman is a solid veteran safety, Jackson looked good in the nickel and could look better at the LCB with added help from the front seven, and I eventually expect Moore to overtake Decoud,with Owens,Grimes,Hutchinson,and Middleton who people have forgot, battling for the nickel and dime corner spots. This defense will be young from the onset, but they get battle tested early which could lead to some excellent play later.

WR

May 27th, 2009
3:12 pm

Going by the standard of not calling people out, someone made the comment about Mike Peterson being a leader because he said he’s not over thirty although he is,let’s see, I’m over 40 for the sake of argument, Im in a partnership/marriage so to speak with someone who doesnt want me or I don’t want,wow, a new understanding,cohesive,and attractive partner comes along,I think I get reinvigorated,I feel fresh and new,I’m more willing to listen,understand,commit,and I want that new partner to get the best of me to show my appreciation, to show that I am still not only a catch but an asset,kind of sounds like Mike Peterson and kind of sounds like most people in America when they have been thrown to the wolves just for someone else to pick them up as trash because they think they could be diamonds. Last I checked that was called life, yesterdays trash is someones treasure today, another persons leftovers is someones main coarse. The people who appreciate that are successful, the ones who see it as deserved are the ones who continue to fell. Peterson appreciates the opportunity and he is going to make the most of it, Abraham has made the most of the opportunity and the team appreciates him for it.

richbrave

May 27th, 2009
3:14 pm

D Led:

Have you seen the OTA’s? How’s my man LAWRENCE doing?

Unca' Bob

May 27th, 2009
3:25 pm

D-Led,

I don’t know where you dug up the link for C. Owens, but I enjoyed it. It was fun to put a face and voice to what had before been only a number on a roster. Thanx

long time falcon

May 27th, 2009
3:28 pm

May 27th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment Rookie William Middleton “tweaked” a hamstring in Wednesday’s OTA workout, according to Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith.

Middleton was selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Furman. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound cornerback played at Marist High School in Atlanta and recorded 95 tackles, five sacks, four interceptions and nine pass breakups as a college senior.

Smith said Middleton pulled the hamstring in pass coverage drills.

“William has done very well,” Smith said. “We’ve been cross-training (him). He’s been playing a number of positions, not just the corner position. Today he tweaked his hamstring. Hopefully that’s something that’s not going to set him back for long.”

In other OTA news…

… Tight end Tony Gonzalez worked out with the team on Wednesday, catching passes and getting some work in the new offense in front of the media.

“I thought Tony had a good practice,” Smith said. “I thought he made a couple of really nice catches. Like all of our guys, he work extremely hard. The next three weeks are going to be crucial to setting the foundation as we head into training camp.”

… The Falcons will practice again Thursday before wrapping a second week of organized team activities.

… A handful of players were absent from Wednesday’s workout but, like last week, Smith said all were accounted for and made contact with the coaching staff.

… The team changed the pace and order of Wednesday’s practice. Smith said the workout was similar to a training camp practice to acclimate rookies and first-year players.

… Like mini camp, cornerback Brent Grimes got some time with the first team on Wednesday. More to come on Grimes and his third year with the team on Thursday but, first, a word from the head coach:

“He’s a more confident player,” Smith said. “Brent, without a doubt, is the most athletic player on our team. He has got a lot more confidence this season knowing the system and having been around Brian (Van Gorder), Emmitt (Thomas) and the defensive coaching staff.”

Here is some news for the die hards that I found on atlfalcons.com. Later in the week there will be some more feature stories on individual players. I think their going to do one on brent grimes. stay tuned.

Sarah B

May 27th, 2009
3:29 pm

Stirg, your motto must be “Walk softly and carry a big spoon” as much as you like to stir the pot.

Stirg d'Nahsif

May 27th, 2009
3:32 pm

“Going by the standard of not calling people out”, what does being married to someone you don’t want have anything to do with Ms. Abraham being the only player (and veteran) to not show up for OTA’s?

Face it, before anyone else decides to submit an argument that’s irrelebant to this subject, the fact is that Abraham didn’t show up, again. If you guys are okay with that, then I can argue until I’m black and blue. It won’t change your attitudes about John Abraham. To have your entire roster to show up for a non-mandatory TEAM activity, says volumes. Roddy, Michael, Jerious, Mike, Jamaal, Babs, Todd and the rest of the entire team (especially Gonzo and Owens), I tip my hat and raise my buur to you, for making an effort to show up. It demonstrates a lot for all of you to be present.

jason

May 27th, 2009
3:38 pm

hanks for the news. I really like both Owens, and Middleton. Couple them with Houston and Jackson….There are going to be some tough decisions to be made. You have to figure Grimes is a keeper.That’s 5 DBs there. Who will get the last spot? Hutchins, Sharpe and Irons will have to fight it out for the remaining spot. I see only 4 safeties. Moore, DeCoud, Coleman, and Harris.

The DE rotation will be curious. Will Davis rotate off both spots, or will Biermann get even more playing time. That will be curious to see, and also how will Sidbury work into the rotation? Will he play both spots, or back up Abe?

Stirg d'Nahsif

May 27th, 2009
3:38 pm

Sarah, that’s ’bout the second undercover comment you’ve made, that I’ve been trying to avoid a response to. I’ve been kind; but don’t push me.

jason

May 27th, 2009
3:41 pm

The DTs will make Anderson and the ends more dangerous. Right now, I have Babineaux, and Lewis starting with Jerry and Walker rotating frequently.

Falcon Devil

May 27th, 2009
3:56 pm

Babs and Jason Elam weren’t at OTA’s…. Should we be calling them Ms. Babs and Ms. Elam now?

Stirg d'Nahsif

May 27th, 2009
4:04 pm

At least they made the effort and made mini-camp.

Stirg d'Nahsif

May 27th, 2009
4:06 pm

Matter of fact, both Babs and Elam participated at mini-camp. I’ll give you Elam. He’s the kicker.

Sarah B

May 27th, 2009
4:12 pm

Sorry Stirg, I was just playing… you had prevously said you like to heckle. I was just heckling back.

Stirg d'Nahsif

May 27th, 2009
4:14 pm

Everything everything, Sarah. You still my shawty.

Stirg d'Nahsif

May 27th, 2009
4:24 pm

All I’m trying to demonstrate, bretheren, is the effort taken to show up for work, says volumes. If I’m a business owner and I tell my employees “since we did good in 2008, you guys don’t have to come in on Saturdays any more. Matter for fact, Abe, you don’t have to come because you generated the most production. Now, we have plenty of work to do, that’s for sure; but, as an incentive, you dn’t have to come, if you don’t want to.”

Now, when I open my business on Saturday and some employees showed up for work, anyway…guess who I am going to call upon to lead my team of workers?

Cage, don’t get me wrong. I absolutely adore Mr. John Abraham; but right now, he’s acting like he sits down to pee. Get up and show these rookies how to play some ball. Show them, by doing, how to show up for work and the proper way of preparing.

Jack G.

May 27th, 2009
4:47 pm

I asked my Physical Thearpist for his take on all the pulled Hammy’s—–and he said todays atheletes are so strong that they pull their Hammy’s because the dont warm up properly. he said take time to warm up properly and the pulled Hammy’s go away

cutter

May 27th, 2009
4:48 pm

WR- Well said my man.

Stirg- Do they sell fish and grits in Detroit? I thought we covered the Abe issue already. Stop hating.

Stirg d'Nahsif

May 27th, 2009
4:57 pm

Very observant, cutter; very observant. No, I think I introduced Detroit to fish and grits. Smart.

Big Ray

May 27th, 2009
5:09 pm

Stirg,

I get your point. However, is not your criticism of John Abraham something that will wash onto the coaching staff, and rest of the organization? I feel that Mike Smith, his staff, Dimitroff, and the rest of the professionals at work here have built, and are maintaining a high level of professionalism and accountability.

I think that if Abraham deserves to be ridden as hard as you think he does, nobody will ride him as hard as his coaches and teammates. Remember, these guys had no issues with letting Milloy, Boley, Brooking, and others go. No issues whatsoever, all emotions aside. If Abraham becomes a problem, he will be dealt with, is what I believe. I don’t think he’s the unprofessional that you seem to want to make him out to be. I said “seem” as I don’t want to take anything you say out of context, or misrepresent your opinion. Lord knows I hate it when people do that to me.

No, if all you are really doing is “stirring the pot”, as Sara B says, then so be it. It’s always fun to get something going, at least until people begin to truly fight about it.

Having said that, where has Mike Smith or any of his staff come out and said, “We’ll excuse anything Abraham does, because he has produced so much already”? I don’t see a coach letting a player get away with any old thing. I see a coach who knows some things that we don’t (most likely about his health and what not) his player, appreciates and VALUES the level of talent of said player, and has no problem publicly defending his player.

Now, if you can’t dig that, then you might want a guy like Bobby Petrino back.

Again, I believe that scalding Abraham can’t be done without throwing some of that boiling water on the head coach and his staff as well, who are responsible for holding these guys accountable. All we hear from these guys is “urgency.” I doubt they say that out of one side of the mouth, while whispering soothing words to a teacher’s pet out of the other.

If John Abraham knows what he’s doing (and we know he does) out on the field, and he and the coaching staff feel it’s more prudent to keep him out for a while longer (most likely related to health issues), then I’m cool with that. If Abraham is doggin’ it and letting his teammates/coaches down, then it will come to light and be dealt with, I am certain. Smith does not strike me as somebody who will suffer fools, lazy men, or outright idiots, no matter how talented, or what they’ve done great on the field, in the past. And this defense is NOT being built around ONE player.

Again, if I’m reading you wrong, correct me. It won’t hurt my feelings. I understand your point of view. My opinion isn’t better, self-righteous, or anything else. It’s just different.

Obama hates Cheney's bald head the most

May 27th, 2009
5:13 pm

nunyabizness

WR

May 27th, 2009
5:16 pm

Funny to me how the people who run the so-called business’s seem to have so much time for golf and all kinds of business meetings that aren’t really business meetings, but hay I have a mule that will show up regardless of whether its healthy or not, lets put it to work. Look, here comes that horse that needed some time off, amazing how its tripling the work of the mule, well I guess I should have told the mule to take a few days off, because I know the mule is willing to do the work and that healthy mule can show these flamboyant,young stallion horses how to do it the right way. I wonder what the parable about the turtle and rabbit was really about, you have a young fast hare and a slow smart turtle and all they have to do is get to the finish line, who wins, who teaches whom. Abe was at the minicamp,he taught and helped the young players as he was suppose to as a older player, but the fact that he wasn’t out there trying to make the name for himself that he has already made,which the younger players haven’t, makes him wrong. Even using the logic of a business person, you won’t find not one business professional questioning an experienced,excelled,established,business professional unless the aforementioned professional screws up. Just trying to get the members in the cage to understand that sometimes you need to move on, especially when you have no ground to stand on.

WR

May 27th, 2009
5:20 pm

What does a marriage have to do with it, anyone that has played any kind of team sport understands that its a marriage. Its committing yourself not only to what you have to do, but commiting yourself to whats best for the team, In some cases you may want to practice with the team just to show your commitment, but whats best for the team is that you don’t practice because it puts the team at risk.

Terrell

May 27th, 2009
5:21 pm

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Big Ray

May 27th, 2009
5:43 pm

WR,

At risk of sounding like I’m ganging up on Stirg (which I am NOT), I tend to agree with the theme you present. Wrong or right, that was the interpretation of Abraham’s absence that I chose to make.

As I recall, Mike Smith said they really wanted to get some of the young guys in there and work them out, see what THEY could do. Resource management, if you ask me. As I say, all is revealed at some point. Dead weight doesn’t last long around here these days, no matter what form it takes.

WR

May 27th, 2009
5:46 pm

Big Ray, my point exactly, now honestly my comments may be a little less tactful but the point is made. When you have someone throwing Jerry Rice in the equation without even be around Jerry Rice you get comments like even Rice attended OTAs, but when you have someone that knows better, they understand that Jerry Rice attended activities that helped build chemistry with his QBs only, the rest of the time Rice had his own workout regime which was more intense then what was offered at any OTA in that time period. As a matter of fact coaches during that time period excused players who were working out with Rice just because it was common knowledge of the commitment and work that was put in his workout regime.

WR

May 27th, 2009
5:49 pm

Big Ray just read your second post, I can pretty much assure you that Stirg doesn’t take it as ganging up, this Abraham talk goes way back and for the most part he keeps it real as far as his feelings go, unless you say something without saying it, which someone did earlier, its always a good debate that no one takes personally.

JJ

May 27th, 2009
5:57 pm

Wow, just got home and stirg’s comments are the center of this blog this afternoon. Come on guys/gal, I’ve been on this blog for several yrs and everyone has their quirks about the falcons. I have/had one with houston but coach ken gave me insight. This is stirgs little quirk with ms. abraham and it’s really not a big deal. Stirg has provided excellent blogs on here and he just has a thing about this issue, no biggie. Yes sarah, he does love to banter, but thats the charm in this forum.

You go stirg, let it out, I know come sunday’s you will be screaming the loudest for mrs. abraham when he sacks and demolish our opp. qb.

ps. – love the fever and everyone’s being cool, gotta date, cia kids! go falcons!!!

D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER

May 27th, 2009
6:12 pm

William Middleton injured his hamstring at practice today.
RB Thomas Brown looked very good. Certainly hasn’t lost any speed.
TE Tony Gonzalez was in the house also.

http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/falcons/stories/2009/05/27/falcons_middleton_injury.html

The team practiced indoors again.

WR

May 27th, 2009
6:15 pm

JJ, its not as serious as you might think, its all in good fun, its just that every now and then someone makes an underhanded commment thats uncalled for but for the most part its just good Falcon fun. Stirg is my man, we going to continue to agree to disagree and if he,Big Ray and myself could get together at a game we would be the loudest in the bunch.

John Waynesworld

May 27th, 2009
6:17 pm

Thanks DOL for that bit of news on my man T. Brown. I am glad he is doing well.

D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER

May 27th, 2009
6:18 pm

RICHBRAVE: Sidbury looks good flashing his speed on coverage drills. Can’t tell much about lineman with no contact. But the athlete part is obviously there.

UNCA’ B: Should have credited J. Mike for tweeting that to us. Think he got it from someplace called FalconsLIFE.

JJ

May 27th, 2009
6:31 pm

WR treis bien my friend, treis bien! Stirg is the man, but he’s also stuck in YANKEE land, so we need to give him some slack for that alone! I have a tricked out black dodge 5.9l, 1500 quad, 4×4 truck that has uga tags on front and 88 on back. So stirg, I’m doing my part to buy usa (it’s a ‘98, paid off but a beauty). Not really a fan of the flow-masters it came with because it sounds like a harley!

Coach Ken. Big Ray, Cutter, anyone: we talked a few months ago about the def. seconday we played last yr. was because of our front line (lack of pressure). I beleive we played a version of tampa cover 2, how does our new personnel change our cover scheme this yr?

More man on man or zone? This area (besides D3 calender) I want to research and know about it)! Thanks

WR

May 27th, 2009
6:34 pm

D-Led, sounds like you put a emphasis on T.Brown looking good, hes a tough hardnosed runner that makes quick cuts so he should be a change of pace from Turner,Norwood and Snelling. Glad to hear about Sid also, but, and Im considering their not in pads,how’s Lewis running around out there, I know training camp will tell the true tale but it would be nice to know if hes running around okay.

richbrave

May 27th, 2009
6:42 pm

D Led:

Thanks. It’s great to have an AJC blogmeister that takes the time to answer a question.

D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER

May 27th, 2009
6:44 pm

WR: Yeah, I’ve wrote a story on him. Waiting for digital to post it. They have some stuff up on the Falcons page about somebody’s Dad talking about somebody who’ll never play for the Falcons again.

D3

May 27th, 2009
6:49 pm

Great Hump-Day Evening ‘Cagers! Great to see everyone back from a long holiday weekend break. So much to cover, so little time; so to Falcons and Football…….

JJ – agree on TBrown AND Snelling. I think there’s a huge possibility that we keep both. More on that later in my RB#3 Roster Spot Analysis.

Unca’ Bob – yep, underestimated the time it takes to record the predictions and my little bugger is taking up the time. But its tons of fun.

Big Ray & Falcon Devil – great to have you brothers back in the ‘Cage!

Stirg – good to see you back in the ‘Cage as well after a little of a break (I needed one as well). I’ll be the first to say you were right on track with the division analysis. I had tons of time when I first took off with my lil’ guy, but it seems we have enough information on our Falcons, OTA’s, and Roster Spot Analysis to keep us juiced through the break. Knew Ms. Abraham would draw you back in.

jason – great article pick-ups from around the league. You are da’ man on sourcing information from other spots. How’d I guess you would go with TBrown winning the RB#3 spot? You can guess which way I’m going as well.

Ken Strick – great to have the excellent analysis from the Coach! Yeah, I was shocked to see that garbage from Vegas. EIGHT WINS? What a JOKE! They’re going to lose A LOT of money on that one. Interesting point on our light DL. Definitely not what Smitty had in Jax.

JohnWayne – great visual with Abe showing up at camp. Stirg my jump the fence himself after Abe.

Greg – good point on Biermann. At that weight we could be seeing him move to SAM LB in the future, but he started in Abe’s spot at Mini-Camp. Very interesting. On a funny side note, you’ll have no idea who else was 6′3, 241 to the pound……..Lawrence Taylor. Just had some fun with Google on that one.

DOL – you da’ man for the updates.

WR & Stirg – looks like we got the Stirg vs Ms. Abraham argument up alive and kicking. Love the ‘Cage with a little ferocity.

Alright guys, mucho-mucho more to come later. Gotta run some errands and do the fam thing, but love to see the Bird-Cage rockin’ strong. Up to almost 100 posts in a day and haven’t even delved into our Hated NE Patriots Weekly Opponent Match-Up.

Later……..

jason

May 27th, 2009
6:55 pm

JJ, I am going to say both man and Tampa 2. ATL has the personel to do so. If they play more man, Houston is oing to go off this year. I think it will also depend on how Owens and middleton keep developing. I like man with safety help over the top. Cole man is really going to have to be the leader over the DB backfield. I thik he’s up to it.

The only thing I am going to say on the Abe situation is this: If Smitty’s cool; then I am with it. Even without pads, the more work for Biermann, Sidbury, and even Anderson the better for them. This may be a blessing in disguise, if Sidbury developes faster than we think.

jason

May 27th, 2009
7:03 pm

A point on Biermann. Biermann played DE in Collage. I know it was a small school, but he played it well. I am curious to see how he holds up against the run. I see Biermann as a speed rusher off the edge. Kind of in the mold of (get ready D3, you’re gonna love this) David Pollack.
Not necessarily fast, not gifted. Just a high strung motor and relentless. Come to think of it… Pollack was moved to OLB. HHmmmm.

D3, You knew I was going with Brown, huh? Why’s that? (lol) You did notice that I think they will cut Haynes. Tough, Hate to see a Damn good DAWG cut. I also think they will keep also, call it a tie for #3 RB if you will. If ATL carries 5 RBs (counting Mughelli) how will that affect the roster?

jason

May 27th, 2009
7:17 pm

Falcons’ weakness: Defense

May 27, 2009 9:30 AM

Posted by Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson

Obviously, this is a very broad “weakness,” but it is also a reflection of just how high I am on the Falcons’ offense this year. I do admit I am not completely sold on Atlanta’s offensive line, but there is some young talent there and it should continue to get better. Plus, the Falcons are stacked everywhere else on that side of the ball.

Atlanta defensive lineman John Abraham is one of just a few bright spots on the Falcons defense.
This probably is not the first time you have heard this, but Matt Ryan is on the cusp of being an elite quarterback — one of the very best in the game — in just his second year. The weapons he has to throw to are superb, and although tight end Tony Gonzalez may not duplicate his extraordinary numbers from a year ago in Kansas City, he will be an extremely welcomed addition who will open up more room for Roddy White and the Falcons’ other wideouts. White is also a star. There are very few holes in his game and his effectiveness should only increase.

But, remember, this is a run-first offense. The Falcons attempted 560 rushes last year — most of them with the bruising, yet explosive Michael Turner. But do not discount what Jerious Norwood brings to the table. Turner logged a ton of carries last season, and the Falcons should give Norwood more touches for the betterment of all. Turner can pound defenses into submission and both runners are a big play waiting to happen. This excellent run game also forces extra defenders into the box and enhances the chances of excellent coverage matchups for Ryan to exploit.

But the topic of this piece is Atlanta’s defense, which is far from superb. However, from what was stated above, it doesn’t need to be. In fact, ideally, this is a defense that should be playing with plenty of leads. It also plays home games on a fast track in a dome and its divisional matchups are all in warm weather locales.

So, what am I getting at? Even though general manager Tom Dimitroff comes from the Patriots’ organization, this sounds eerily similar to the Colts’ model of success since Peyton Manning arrived in the league.

John Abraham is perfect for this philosophy. He is a dominant edge-rusher. Actually, Jonathan Babineaux and first-rounder Peria Jerry are also upfield penetrating defensive tackles who can be a real handful when the Falcons have a substantial lead and their opponent is forced to throw.

But, outside of this group, the Falcons fall a little short on the defensive side of the ball. Certainly it is understandable, as Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith took over a truly desolate football team, but playmakers are still in short supply. Also, in a tough, grind-it-out type of football game, I can’t say I am overly confident that the Falcons’ defense can slug it out.

But, as I said up top, the Falcons are going to be a very difficult team to play against in 2009. Atlanta is one defensive end and probably two more back-seven playmakers away from being a truly elite team.

For the props this guy is giving ATL’s offense, it’s safe to say he will be pretty darn suprised at the Defense this year.

jason

May 27th, 2009
7:45 pm

Unca’ Bob, I figured I would try and post that article for you. It was a good read.

Unca' Bob

May 27th, 2009
7:57 pm

JJ,

You made mention of naming the blog monster. From what I have been looking at today, we may need to name it, Jason. He seems to have learned to copy and paste. I think we may have created our very own “blog monster”. LOL

Unca' Bob

May 27th, 2009
8:07 pm

jason,

Thank you. I liked it myself. Some times it seems like the bigger the post, the more problems one has to make it to screening.

Big Ray,

Your 5:09 post rocked. Really good stuff. Well thought out as well as presented. Prop’s to ya’.

Unca' Bob

May 27th, 2009
8:24 pm

Strig,

Ya’ out there?

WR

May 27th, 2009
8:42 pm

The great thing about the Falcons defense is that it is young,fast,and talented and it has a Superior offense to give it a chance to grow. Look at the hated Saints, there offense has been off the charts and they have been in most games because of it, problem is they weren’t building a defense to compliment their offense, now the light has turned on but it seems they are looking for quick fixes instead of actually building a defense. The Falcons on the other hand have what may be a great offense which along will turn games into a shootout, giving the defense room for youthful mistakes. At the same time unlike the Saints the Falcons offense is built around a grind it out style of play which is the best offense for any defense, especially a young defense. If your defense is young and talented but with little experience the best thing you can do is play grind it out between the tackle ball, it keeps the defense off the field while allowing them time to grow.

Max Maximus

May 27th, 2009
9:06 pm

Why is anyone stirring up a stink wether Abe does or does not participate in OTA’s. Here is why he’s excused by coaches:
1. He had 15 sacks last season
2. He is over 32 and injury prone
3. Why risk an injury that might carry over and jeopardize the season
4. OTA’s are NOT MANDATORY they are VOLUNTARY.
5. Coaches know their players and frankly we are a blog of amateurs

Looks like Stirg has lot of time on his hands to be constantly trying to impose his will and opinions on others on this blog. Stigs needs a life and, frankly comes of as a bully and control freak as well as appointing himself the Know All Grand Pubah of this blog. Stirg needs to chill and quit busting balls of others that disagree with his views and opinions. Frankly Stirg…. I think you come on this blog with the pure intent on showing others how slick and knowledgeable you are. But it is easy to see that in reality you are not only and under achiever but, one who in my estimation could never be taken seriously at school or life in general. Furthermore I would be willing to bet, you did not get laid until were well into your mid twenties, even then you were probably done in about 2 minutes. Quit being such a prick and coming off as a total azzwhole who deserves respect and adoration.

JJ

May 27th, 2009
9:24 pm

you guys/gal rock. SOS for coach ken and defensive backfield skeams? Thanks jason your right on, but I’m curious about coach ken takes on our def. scheme with new talent.

Good night kids, cia on the flip…530am…hahalolol, i’ll trade?!!!oh yea, good date! loves mt cooking!!!lol…step away from the keyboard–ok stirg, damn!