Milloy keeping low profile, working with the kids

BUCKHEAD — Former Pro Bowl safety Lawyer Milloy has maintained a low profile since the Falcons elected not to re-sign him during free agency.

We tracked him down at the Walgreens All-Star Football Camp at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School on

Former Falcon Lawyer Milloy signing autographs at a local football camp on Tuesday. (AJC/Ledbetter)

Former Falcon Lawyer Milloy signing autographs at a local football camp on Tuesday. (AJC/Ledbetter)


Milloy, clearly not wanting to burn any bridges, didn’t want to discuss his departure from the Falcons or his plans for next season. He has yet to sign with another team.

We tried to pin him down on his exit from the Falcons and on his plans a few times, but the savvy veteran kept saying he wanted to focus on the kids.

Milloy started 48 of 49 games in three seasons with the Falcons. He helped provide leadership to a young secondary last season.

Milloy broke in with the New England Patriots after being selected in the second round of the 1996 draft. He played seven seasons with the Patriots and three with the Buffalo Bills before signing with the Falcons in 2006.

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Milloy provided some backbone to the unit with his hard-charging style. He was a four-time Pro Bowler and was first team All-Pro in 1999.

After the playoff loss in Arizona, Milloy said he wanted to return to Atlanta. So if he’s ticked about the decision not to offer him a new contract, he’s keeping it to himself.

Milloy, always a straight shooter over his three seasons with the Falcons, did want to talk about the more than 250 kids, ages 8 to 18, attended the fifth annual camp, which is put on by local super agent Todd France’s firm, France’s All Pro Athlete Management.

Former Falcon "Big Chuck" Smith addressing the campers at the Walgreen's All-Star Football Camp. Local agent Todd France and his clients have hosted the camp for the last five summers. (AJC/Ledbetter)

Former Falcon "Big Chuck" Smith addressing the campers at the Walgreen's All-Star Football Camp. Local agent Todd France and his clients have hosted the camp for the last five summers. (AJC/Ledbetter)

“The camp is good,” Milloy said. “We have a good turnout. It was even better yesterday. Anytime that you can have a free camp, that’s important, especially in this economy.”

Milloy was running an agility station. Yelling out instructions to his campers.

“Every thing we do, we stay low,” Milloy told the kids.

Milloy is big on the fitness aspects of the camp.

“It help parents get their kids off the couch and away from their x-boxes and Wii (computer game) systems and stuff like that,” Milloy said. “Just get them out doing some activities. It’s important. Health is important.

Former Falcon "Big Play Ray" Buchanan (R) signing autographs for the campers. (AJC/Ledetter)

Former Falcon Ray Buchanan signing for the campers.

Doing it right with discipline. Those are some of things we are trying to instill in these kids here at the camp.”

Milloy didn’t single out any future Falcons.

“You can definitely tell some of the kids that are better than others, but that’s not what we are out here looking for,” Milloy said. “I’m not a recruiter. My job when I go out to camps is to try to get them better.”

More than 50 current or former NFL players are helping with the camp including former Falcons Chuck Smith and Ray Buchanan. Current Falcons D.J. Shockley and Thomas Brown are also counselors.

Some of the other players include Oakland running back Michael Bush, former Pro Bowler Lomas Brown, Baltimore running back Ray Rice, Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib, San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis and Miami running back Ronnie Brown.

Brown, who got a Super Bowl ring with Tampa Bay after spending most of his career with the Detroit Lions, has been retired since 2002.

Here are some of the campers working through agility drills. (AJC/Ledbetter)

Here are some of the campers working through agility drills. (AJC/Ledbetter)

“Giving back to the kids,” Brown said. “This is my chance to stay connected with the youth and stay connected with football. It’s good to see these kids come out and have a great time with former and current professional players.”

Here’s goes a little video breakdown on the close of OTAs. Thanks to J. Mike for having me on.

Who’s going to take Milloy’s spot, Thomas DeCoud, Jamaal Fudge or William Moore?

212 comments Add your comment

Unca' Bob

June 23rd, 2009
7:02 pm

Still working with, and in the community. What a credit he is to both. A Blank should hire him in a consulting role to not only mentor young Falcon’s players, but to allow him to continue his goodwill toward children. This Man will be sorely missed.


June 23rd, 2009
7:26 pm

Good for him taking the high road. And kudos for continuing to take the time to serve as a role model for a large group of kids.

As good a GM as Dimitroffsems to be, it is a little cold the way he (and Pioli and Belichik) tend to discard expensive veterans at the drop of a hat, regardless of years of service.

I see that lack of loyalty everyday in corporate America, and its just as hard to stomach in the the NFL.

Matty Ice-man

June 23rd, 2009
7:52 pm

Unca Bob, if Mike Smith still wanted Lawyer Milloy in the locker room, he would be there. Its not Arthur’s job to determine who is on the team as a coach, consultant or a player….c’mon man, surely you know that!


June 23rd, 2009
7:59 pm

Good Tuesday(no feel) Bird-Cage Gents and Gals! Nothing like a new blog posting to get our ‘Cage juices flowing, even though it picked up some serious steam with some of us coming back from vacation and getting back in the mix. Lets get to it……………

Standup Milloy – the guy was a great Falcon and continued to be an excellent leader and locker-room guy through all the BS. He was one of the few guys that kept his head down and nose to the grindstone and worked hard everyday. He is a stand-up guy, fantastic leader, and was a helluva player during his peak days. He gave everything he had and, along with Brooking, helped to steer a new beginning here in Atlanta after a disastrous couple of years. We as Falcons Fans owe him an enormous debt of gratitude. He continues to carry himself with dignity and character. Here’s hoping he gets on somewhere. Cheers to Lawyer!

Active Kids – great props for Milloy taking the time and effort to help kids stay active and find ways of enjoying exercise, whether it be in Football or any other sports. Mad props to him for doing this when he certainly isn’t obliged to. Big ups to my UGA homeboys(and favs of all-time) Shockley and Brown for helping out as well. Maybe Vernon Davis can teach his younger brother Vontae on how not to be such a head case.

Unca' Bob

June 23rd, 2009
7:59 pm

Matty Ice-man,

Indeed, I do.

Unca' Bob

June 23rd, 2009
8:09 pm


Glad to see you back and active. Hope you enjoyed your time off.

Sarah B

June 23rd, 2009
8:42 pm

Milloy always the stand up guy. Good role model for those kids.

Dean 21

June 23rd, 2009
8:52 pm

Milloy brought the funk to the game, just a pure hitter in my book. I appreciated his game and though speed is lacking during the last part of his career, he’s still a wise veteran who can teach the young kids coming in the league. It’s always positive to hear about former & current players giving back to the kids & community. Thanks Lawyer for the years in the Atl…Wishing you the best man!

Sarah B, there are a few ideas rollin in my head, which is dangerous at time..anyway, contact me at hotmail when you are ready…justdman

D3, Unca Bob, the cage seems to be slowing down at times, maybe because the freshness of the new blog. What’s on tap heading to the 4th of July?

Unca' Bob

June 23rd, 2009
9:04 pm

Sarah B,

I am not allowed to see very many Falcon’s games because of where I live. There would nothing I would rather see than a sign that states, “Thou shalt not run”. Would this be possible at some point when the Falcon’s play Carolina ?

Sarah B

June 23rd, 2009
9:16 pm

Dean21 I had dinner with my fellow STH tonight and we were talking about the early session on Aug. 1 as well so we may as well stay with that for the 1st official Cager’s meet up.

Unca’ Bob I can do that however my section never gets on TV that I know of – Sec 342 row 6. We don’t get squat up there as I learned after a work colleague gave me Club level seats a couple years ago. A girl I work with couldn’t get ST’s so she got a job at the Dome on the Club level and she was talking about the Lady in the bathroom that gets you stuff one time – I said ‘what lady in the bathroom? We’re lucky to have TP by the 3rd qtr.’ LOL

Dean I’ll hit you on the e-mail it will come from yahoo.

Dean 21

June 23rd, 2009
9:28 pm

Sarah B – sounds good

Sarah B

June 23rd, 2009
9:33 pm

Hey Unca’ Bob let’s hope Shakey Jake has a repeat of the Arizona game as well. Our CB’s would be well fed.

Najeh Davenpoop

June 23rd, 2009
9:43 pm

Hey Unca’ Bob. You forgot an ‘L’.

dorrel lopez

June 23rd, 2009
9:50 pm

Man, do I hope the Birds resign him, a guy like him (a leader) could help out the young players. This guys is a player coach, granted they want speed and youth but you can never have enough veterans. Milloy know he’s at the end of his career, but being the man he is, he would not just collect a check! I feel that not having a guy of his character to remind the new guys about the garbage past (Petrino/Vick) and how to make out of every opportunity.

Stirg d'Nahsif

June 23rd, 2009
10:13 pm

Who’s going to take Milloy’s spot, Thomas DeCoud, Jamaal Fudge or William Moore? That three-headed monster I talked about in the last blog. I think will play the trio/combo of DeCoud, Coleman and Moore so much this year that we’re not going to even notice either one’s absence from play. I think it was D3 that concurred with my proffer and even suggested a 3-3-5 or a 4-2-5 with Moore lurking like a pimp on Stewart Avenue (I meant Metropolitan; haven’t been home in awhile). D3 also reminded me of the personnel on our defensive line that would be ideal for a 3-3-5 (Anderson, Davis, Babs, Jerry and Walker). It’ll also legitimize my A.P.B. chant…


June 23rd, 2009
10:32 pm

It’d be really nice if he signed somewhere. That could really help when compensatory pick time comes…


June 23rd, 2009
10:34 pm

New SS Prognastication – the SS battle will be one of the most heated of Training Camp. DeCoud and Moore will probably eventually become our starting FS and SS way in the future if TD, Smitty, & Co, decide to pass on EColeman’s contract renewal. Even though DeCoud gets the leg up in the competition, WMoore should get every chance to win the job outright, but at a minimum will definitely get in a 3-man safety rotation that Stirg talked about. DeCoud gets the nod simply because he knows the system more and MoCity(his nickname) is fresh out of college and will have to show he can run support AND cover. One of the top training camp battles that will be put on show in roughly 5 weeks.

McKay props – don’t know if you guys read MBradley’s article about Roddy being ranked the 4th most indispensable player in the NFL, but it was quite interesting. He was referring to another article that cam out with the list. I certainly agree with it in part, but the argument that our OFF would completely fall apart without him I have a hard time buying. Since we were a run-heavy team and depended so much on Turner to set the tone, thats somewhat of a hard sell to say that.

Dean21 – what’s up brother? Yeah, the ‘Cage has definitely seen a serious slowdown since the end of mini-camp. We have some spikes here and there for OTA’s and the such, but everyone’s pretty much taking time off until the heat picks back up closer to training camp. Its to be expected since there’s simply NOTHING going on until August 1st. We’ve had some signings and releases, but no dice on new updates. A few of junkies have kept it flowing, but that’s about it.

Stirg – did you just go there with Metropolitan? Wow, hilarious. Great point about seeing multiple looks with MoCity looking to add another element to our DEF. He’s such a hard hitter that I expect to see him on some heat-seeking blitzes this year.

Good to see the ‘Cage has perked up a little.


June 23rd, 2009
11:19 pm

Nobody has signed LawDawg to a FA contract….never saw that coming….he was elected captain of our defense for this year right after he got beat for two touchdowns in the playoff game against the Cardinals…..what’s up with that.


June 23rd, 2009
11:24 pm

Roster Spot Analysis – Interior Offensive Line/Guards and Centers

I was wrong on my initial indication that we carried 9 OL. Even though it is extremely hard to pinpoint an exact 53 Active Roster, I think I’ve discovered that we actually carried 10 OL on our Roster.We carried 10 OL, and 5 of them were interior lineman. 2 Guards(Justin Blaylock, Harvey Dahl) and 3 Centers(Todd McClure, Mike Schneck, Ben Wilkerson). If we in fact carry 10 OL, then that dramatically improves Ojinnaka’s chances of making the Active Roster.

My assumption is that the 2 backup centers (Schneck & Wilkerson) spent some time at guard because they played in 16 and 13 games respectively and maybe even Ojinnaka spent some time at Guard.

Interior Lineman candidates to make the Roster, assuming we’ll carry five interior lineman:


Harvey Dahl – #73
Height: 6-5 Weight: 308 Age: 27
Games Stared – 16, Games Played – 16

Pros – one of the meanest, nastiest OL in the NFL. Fight to the finish, old-school tough as nails, some may even say dirty player. Pairs with Clabo on the right side of the line to form the “Nasty Boys”. Road grading Guard with grit, fight and determination. Performs extremely well in pass protection as well. Gold mine find and development by Smitty and Boudreau, never starting a game until this year and being a big part of the reason Michael Turner finished second in the NFL in rushing. Only 27.

Cons – Is Dahl a true diamond in the rough find or a flash in the pan? Was a complete model of consistency starting all 16 games this year, but only played in 5 games total over his previous 3 years. One of the most penalized OG in the game. Puts offense in extremely difficult areas when not knowing when to pull the plug on his aggressiveness. Can be a drive killer when he gets personal foul penalties. Dahl was fined three times last season for overzealous on-field activities

Justin Blaylock, Todd McClure, Brett Romberg, Ben Wilkerson, Ryan Stanchek, Jose Valdez, & Jeremy Newberry to come. Gotta get some shut-eye for now. See you on the flip side ‘Cagers. And on that note…….


Sarah B

June 24th, 2009
12:10 am

Yeah 38 Days!!! Off to bed!


June 24th, 2009
6:40 am

Good Early A.M. Bird-Cager’s! Hope everyone is doing well as we continue to work our way through the summer (one’s that quickly heating up here in good ol’ GA). Anyway, to our ‘Birds………..

JMar – good point on compensatory. Man, would that be nice to grab an additional pick for TD’s arsenal. I’m counting 4 as of right now (Boley, Brooking, Grady, & Foxworth). From on compensatory picks: “The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents (maximum of four).” So that would mean that since we added Peterson, that would take one of the place, so we’re at 3 right now. But I’m sure since Milloy didn’t sign during the active FA period, the compensatory time has passed.

crabapple – that stings for sure. We hate to have that as his last big memory as a Falcon because he was a stand-up guy who gave all the effort in the world, both on the field and in the locker room. That being said, your argument is the perfect one to those who want to bring him back.

Roster Position Analysis – Interior OL (cont’d)

Justin Blaylock – #63
Height: 6-4 Weight: 333 Age: 25
Games – 16, Games Started – 16

Pros – has become THE model of consistency on the new look OL other than McClure. Started all games last year, and 14 as a true rookie, totaling 30 games in 2 years, averaging 15 games starting in 2 years. Has developed extremely well since being drafted by Dic-trino. Big, road-grading guard with typical size. Shows quick feet and agility for big man. Big reason Sam Baker was able to show some big signs of progression, knowing guy next to him was rock-solid. Has improved in pass protection. Great, young building block for long-term rock-solid OL.

Cons – Coming out of college, was not athletic enough to pull well or often, which won’t endear him to some teams. His footwork occasionally gets him in trouble, taking him out of position to make a block, especially in pass protection.

Rest to come in a few………..


June 24th, 2009
6:49 am

Sarah B…you must be happy that Unca’Bob did not claim FIRST! Whenever we get a new blog, thats my first thought…is someone going to piss off the lady of the cage! lol ’nuff respect!

D3: Did we stop after the chicago game?


June 24th, 2009
8:03 am

Any word on why SIDBURY is yet unsigned?

Unca' Bob

June 24th, 2009
8:13 am


The word on Sidbury is, there is no word. The Falcons can keep a secret.


June 24th, 2009
8:50 am

Jamaaliver –

So what is TD supposed to do… offer him a contract just because he’s a veteran? Word is Milloy is not the best locker room guy and turned the new regime off more than once during the season.

Funny that you wouldn’t want TD to be just like Belicheck… I sure do. Loyalty is a misnomer. The moment you turn down a job that pays more money for the sake of loyalty to your current employer, let us all know.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 24th, 2009
9:05 am

Stirg: Like Big Daddy Kane said, “Pimping Ain’t Easy.” But your line was funny as heck. They ran some 3-3-5 last season with Nicholas as a rush end. I think we have to expect some more of that and maybe even some 4-3, flex/shifting into 3-4 stuff. Smitty’s a defensive whiz. Don’t put anything past him.

Here’s the Bradley link:
(No mention of McKay passing on Willis and taking the other Jamaal Anderson at No. 8 in 2007, but nobody’s perfect.)

RichBrave and Unca’ Bob: Nothing shaking on Sidbury signing. Falcons negotiator (Nick Polk) is out on vacation until July 15th. That’s when we expect the negotiations on the final three deals to pick up.

Waiting on it cool down just a bit so I can use this Six Flags pass that’s burning a hole in my pocket.

Ramblin Rick

June 24th, 2009
9:55 am

He ran his mouth and caused trouble in the locker room, thus he is unemployed. What goes around comes around. To hell with him.

Stirg d'Nahsif

June 24th, 2009
10:09 am

lol…I read it again, D.O., and it had me shaking at my desk too. Pimping ain’t easy but it sure is necessary.

I think that would be a very good description for Moore. With his lurking, he comes out of nowhere and will twist your head around like Ike Turner (”…just eat the cake, Annie Mae; just eat the cake). That sounds like a pimp to me. I mean, I like “Mocity” but that gives me an impression of Detroit (in Atlanta). I think “Pimpin’” is more appropriate for William Moore.

Why is every one so overly concerned about Sidbury being unsigned? Isn’t it common for players, his caliber, to go this far into the off-season and not be signed? In addition to D.O.’s reminder that the negotiator is out, I think its a credit to Sid’s abilities that there is no resolve by now. Perhaps his agent, and everyone else, is aware of the theft we made, when we stole him in the fourth round. Call the police, y’all, that was highway robbery. Some pundits even had Sidbury going in round one, pre-draft. Lets hope that we can afford Sidbury and keep both parties happy. I’m sure the Kid Sid is ready to just play.

Stirg d'Nahsif

June 24th, 2009
10:25 am

Wow! Thanks for that reminder, D.O. I didn’t watch many games last year and I didn’t know those formations were played. I didn’t even think about “flex-shifting”; what a great idea. We certainly have the personnel, now, to fit those type of formations. Again, “Moore Pimpin’” has versatility and will open up some options for us.

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June 24th, 2009
11:58 am

Good Afternoon Fellow ‘Cagers! Good to see the Bird-Cage is showing some signs of life in the Falcons dead-zone. To Falcons and Football…..

El Sid – it’s going to be very interesting to see how El Sid works in this year. On the surface it would seem that we are stacked solid with Abe and JA starting and Biermann/CDavis backing both of them up. Seemingly that would put either Biermann or El Sid on the outside looking in. The credence of us seeing more 3-4 looks would be perfect for Biermann and El Sid. I can totally see some looks as the following in the 3-4: DL(Abe, PJerry or TLewis, JA) Peterson and Lofton or Nicholas in the middle, with Biermann on one side as OLB/Rush End and El Sid on the other side as OLB/Rush End. The options are limitless.

JJ – yeah, took a little vaca’ and haven’t gotten back in the game analysis. I finally got a little time on my hands so I henceforth continue with the Hated Cowboys shortly. What you think of the Open? Huge letdown in my opinion.

chc4 – good point on loyalty. There is a short reservoir of loyalty on both ends. Staffs and front offices who give out new contracts simply because they’re fan favorites are usually the ones that don’t go very far. Its one thing if they still produce, but the burning memory of Milloy getting torched in Arizona is a big image many of us can’t get out of our head.

DOL – good luck on it cooling on off anytime soon. House CEO and I used to go on random days when it first opened, like Tuesday or Wednesday and had some good times. Let me guess which is your favorite ride? I’m still a fan of the old MindBender and FreeFall(do they still have that one?).

Stirg – even though we like it; not sure that WMoore likes a nickname of an illegal activity. We do have history with players in the past. Even hear of a Nickel 1-5-5? I use it on Madden all the time where you have one DT, 5 LBs, and 5 DBs. DT-PJerry; LBs/Standup DEs-Peterson, Lofton, Nicholas, Biermann, Sidbury; DBs-Houston, CJackson, WMoore, DeCoud, & Coleman…..Never Know.

Brian Hunt

June 24th, 2009
1:06 pm

I’d be surprised if Malloy was a locker room problem in Atlanta. How much real indication of that has there been? I don’t think he was resigned because of his age and diminishing speed. Both of your safeties have to have range and coverage ability in today’s NFL. The playoff loss to Arizona exposed all of his weaknesses. There’s no shame in it. Father time catches up to us all. He’s had a good career.

Ken Strickland

June 24th, 2009
1:16 pm

D3-don’t worry about EL Sid. OLedbetter mentioned how OLB SNicholas was often used as an outside pass rusher in certain DEF sets last yr? Well, since he’s all but certain to become the starting SLB, that responsibility would most likely fall to EL Cid, who would be the perfect candidate. KBiermann is not as athletic or physically imposing as El Cid, but he’s a much more polished DE at this point than El Cid, which makes him a better backup candidate to one of our starting DE’s.

JAnderson, assuming he retains a starter, and JAbraham will be our starting DE’s, with CDavis and KBiermann being the primary backups in our DE rotation. I see LSidbury being used in various pass rushing situations, much like DE JAbraham was used last yr. Keep in mind that JAbraham will be saved so he can be fresh to provide his pass rushing magic in the 2nd half, so we won’t sse him used as much on 1st and 2nd downs. Within the next couple of yrs, I can see either KBiermann or LSidbury replacing JAbraham. If both step it up by then, we could see DE JAnderson traded, and our DE roatation could end up being KBiermann, LSidbury, CDavis and WEvans. This move would save a lot of money.


June 24th, 2009
1:56 pm

Exactly, Brian Hunt. I like the guy, but last year made it evident he just couldn’t cover. That’s why he’s gone. I think we can be thankful for the good he did for our team and give him his kudos without bringing him back on board — that would be a big mistake.


June 24th, 2009
2:33 pm

Brian Hunt – good point about Milloy. I never heard of him being anything other than a character leader in the locker room during his tenure as a Falcon. He certainly could have used any number of excuses to want out, but he opted to stay and the new regime owes him a great deal of gratitude for helping them get their rebuilt franchise off to a rockin’ start. Its simply time to move on for both parties; same with Brooking. We are in a rebuilding “process” and want to get younger, more athletic, and hungry. Hope he catches on with someone and can contribute. The market indicated that he may be done as a full-time starter. The market indicated that Brooking has a few more years left, at least Dallas thinks so.

Coach Ken – nice snag with Willie Evans. I had no clue that he was on our roster. I thought I knew everyone on our current roster, but I was wrong. Do you think this guy has some long-term potential?

NFL Active Roster & Practice Squad Rules – I think I finally understand the active roster rules. Here it goes:
-Teams must cut to 53 man rosters one week before opening day
-These 53 players are protected from other teams
-Teams must designate a 45 man active roster for each game
-In addition to the 53-man roster, teams can keep 8 for practice squad
-Teams can claim players off other practice squads at any time,
but they must immediately place them on their 53 man protected roster

Zoomie – agreed. The market has said that Milloy’s days of starting full-time are over, at least in regards to what his agent thinks contract wise.

Stirg d'Nahsif

June 24th, 2009
2:38 pm

Yes, D3, I’m familiar with 1-5-5 defense but I think it only works in Madden fantasy. It is most effective against the pass, than it is against the run and good running teams will exploit its weaknesses. We certainly have the players to pull it off, though; that’s for damn sure.

Do you remember that defense Denver played some years ago, where they loaded everybody on the line, like 9-10 defensive linemen, and one safety? What was that called?


June 24th, 2009
2:50 pm

Stirg, Sounds like a Goal line defensive set.

Stirg d'Nahsif

June 24th, 2009
2:57 pm

I know, row3, that’s what it sounds like; but they would use this formation on First and 10 on the 50 yard line. It had a name…

D Money

June 24th, 2009
3:11 pm

I much prefer to have Milloy on the team as a backup if Moore (starter) gets injured or hit the rookie wall. If something happens we have Fudge?? Plus, a year for Moore to learn as much as he can from Milloy could be great.

Unca' Bob

June 24th, 2009
3:38 pm

J Peppers just signed his one year tender.


June 24th, 2009
4:08 pm

Roster Position Analysis – Offensive Line: Interior Line cont’d

Todd McClure – #62
Height: 6-1 Weight: 301 Age: 32
Games Played – 16, Games Started – 16

Pros – always overlooked “quarterback” of the OL. Mr. Consistency has started every regular season game but one since 2001. That’s is seriously impressive in and of itself, considering all the changes and roller coaster the team’s been on since then. Leader of the line that converted from regular blocking to cut blocking and back to regular blocking schemes with no complaints. Consummate pro and Falcon that helped lead us to #2 Rusher in NFL and #2 overall rushing team in the NFL last year, and 1st in the NFL years 2004 – 2006.

Cons – what’s the deal with his contract situation? No one knows for sure. Has he seriously contemplated retirement? Has been there for all mini-camp and OTA’s, so it would be suggested no. But there continues be a nagging feeling of uncertainty that pops ups from time to time. Still on the top of his game, but is 32. Why did the Falcons go out and sign Romberg and Newberry, who both have starts at center.

If we carry 10 OL with 5 of them being Tackles, and assuming McClure, Dahl, and Blaylock are locks, that leaves 3 spots for the following:

Brett Romberg – #65
Height: 6-2 Weight: 298 Age: 29
Games Started – 6, Games Played – 14

From Len Pasquerelli @ on Romberg – Romberg, 29, is expected to add veteran depth to the offense line. During his career he has lined up mostly at center, where incumbent Todd McClure has become a fixture, but can also play guard. The Falcons have been seeking that kind of versatility in the offseason. He has appeared in 33 games over the past three seasons and has started 18 of them. Chosen as the nation’s best collegiate center in 2002, Romberg is a rugged in-line blocker and his style should fit well with that of Falcons offensive line coach Paul Boudreau.

Jeremy Newberry – #61 – Listed as OL
Height: 6-5 Weight: 315 Age: 33
Games Played – 16, Games Started – 3

From on Newberry: The Atlanta Falcons bought some insurance and a healthy dose of experience on Monday with the acquisition of 12-year veteran center Jeremy Newberry. The 6-5, 315 pound Newberry has competed in 120 games over the breadth of his career, starting 107 of them.
And from Former two-time Pro Bowler Jeremy Newberry, who singed with the Falcons earlier this month, has been working out at guard. “I’m learning guard,” Newberry said. “I’ve been taking reps the last couple of days at guard.”

Ben Wilkerson – #67 – C
Height: 6-4 Weight: 310 Age: 26
Games Played – 13, Games Started – 0

From Dominant young blocker that could thrive in a variety of schemes at the next level. Explosive off the snap, jolts opponents at the point and walls defenders from the action, removing them from the play altogether. Played in 13 games, but started none. Despite missing the last four games of his senior season at LSU, he was the co-recipient of the 2004 Rimington Trophy which is given to the nation’s top college center. Earned first-team All-America honors in 2004 from The Sporting News and the American Football Coaches Association. Earned LSU’s starting center job as a true freshman in 2001 and went on to make 41 starts.

Rest to come in a minute………


June 24th, 2009
4:31 pm

Roster Position Analysis – Offensive Line: Interior Line cont’d

Ryan Stanchek – #68 – G
Height: 6-4 Weight: 300 Age: 23
Rookie – West Virginia

From Overview
Solid starter for the Mountaineers for the past couple of seasons. Ryan was anointed 1st-team all Big East following the 2008 season.
Strengths: Tough. Good punch. Good anchor. Smart.
Weaknesses: Lacks experience playing in a three-point stance. Smallish. Can’t handle speed. On the ground too much. Waist bender.

Jose Valdez – #66 – G
Height – 6′6, Weight – 315
Rookie – Arkansas

From – Strengths
Excellent size and bulk…Very tough and aggressive…A violent initial punch…Has pretty nimble feet…Stout at the point of attack…Uses his hands well…Able to recover when beat…Versatile…Strong work ethic.

Weaknesses – Really needs to hit the weights and get stronger…Has a very thin lower body…Not a natural knee bender…Doesn’t get a great push in the run game…Average athleticism and quickness…Range is relatively limited

Alright, so there you have men, all the candidates on our current training camp roster. Using last year’s template, we kept 10 OL on our 53-man protected roster, with 5 of them being Tackles. Last year we carried 2 Guards and 3 Centers.

Assuming Dahl, Blaylock, and McClure are locks to make the squad, that leaves 2 spots available and we carried 1 G on our 8-man practice squad.

Is it a forgone conclusion that Romberg and Newberry take those two spots?

Is there any way that Valdez or Stanchek shock the world and make the 53-man protected roster, or at least the practice squad?

Is this Ben Wilkerson’s final year in Red & Black?

Does McClure’s contract situation bother you?

Does Dahl’s aggressiveness concern you in regards to drive-killing penalties?

Does Blaylock continue on his extraordinary progress?

Even though we got more experienced, does the Romberg and Newberry signing worry you that we got older on our line?

Is Romberg next year’s replacement of McClure?

Tackle any of the following questions if you choose………

Unca' Bob

June 24th, 2009
4:42 pm


In other OTA news…

… Center Todd McClure told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday afternoon he has no plans to retire. In a previous interview he said he’s ready to enter the season with the comfort of familiar faces along the offensive line.

The Falcons return all five starters from a front five that powered the league’s No. 2 rushing attack in 2008.

“It seems like every year I was playing with somebody different,” McClure said. “To have that continuity and have the same guys come out with a year under their belt only makes you stronger. I can’t say I’ve been more excited for a season in my whole career than I am for this one.”

Unca' Bob

June 24th, 2009
4:51 pm

Dean 21

June 24th, 2009
6:14 pm

Thanks Unca’ Bob – Well, Peppers is back, that’s excuses now for Charlotte.

D3, I spoke with Sarah B last night and being the “lady” that she We have, wait..I meant she has decided on August 1st morning session for the meet…more details to follow..
I’m like others I don’t think our OL will be an issue this year, it’s the DL i’m concerned about. Who will emerge as our run gap stopper?

We all know about the comp at conerback positions including safety..the battle for each of these positions is going to be fun to watch.

I’d for one like to see Jerious off the kickoff return team and share the load more on offense..TBrown needs to handle this alone and not sure on punt returner..I’d like to see TBrown, but my man Harry D has some NFL experience under his belt now.


June 24th, 2009
7:55 pm

What’s up with the “Mike Brown idea”? Are the Falcons signing him?

Shamus Thacker

June 24th, 2009
8:15 pm

Giants Michael Boley out 8-10 weeks. Arthroscopic hip surgery.

Concerning L. M.

June 24th, 2009
10:06 pm

Actually, he has always seemed like a nice, intelligent guy to me but…

September 16, 2008 from espn article:
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Falcons safety Lawyer Milloy was arrested on DUI and speeding charges in suburban Atlanta early Monday, just hours after Atlanta lost to Tampa Bay.

At his Monday news conference, Atlanta coach Mike Smith would not offer details on any potential discipline Milloy could face.

“Any time any of our players are in this type of situation, we are extremely disappointed, myself and our organization,” Smith said. “It’s something that is completely unacceptable.”

Add this incident to the fact that Milloy had lost speed and quickness and the need to maintain the new squeaky clean image, Falcons had no choice but to move on.

Also, Posted: Monday February 23, 2009 12:51AM; Updated: Monday February 23, 2009 9:30PM

MONDAY MORNING QB And Peter King had this to say:
3. I think if you want to know why the Atlanta Falcons whacked safety Lawyer Milloy on Sunday night, all you need to know is this: He was a gigantic pain in the rear end. Clubhouse lawyer, yakker, complainer. Totally not a Mike Smith, one-for-all, all-for-one guy.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. We’re better off with our young, speedy D

diamond dave

June 24th, 2009
11:03 pm

dang ledbetter doesnt the ajc afford a photo for this story. your pics from your camera look so old school and fuzzy