Davis to help hold camp before heading to Training Camp

Falcons defensive end Chauncey Davis taking it to Ben Roethlisberger. Will he get a shoot to beat out Jamaal Anderson when Training Camp opens on Aug. 1?

Falcons defensive end Chauncey Davis taking it to Ben Roethlisberger. Will he get a shot to beat out Jamaal Anderson when Training Camp opens on Aug. 1?

Defensive end Chauncey Davis, fullback Ovie Mughelli and Atlanta native and former Baltimore Raven Daniel Wilcox are set to host the Downtown Locker Room (DTLR) and The Athletic Group (TAG) football camp on Saturday at the James R. Hallford Football Stadium located in Clarkston.

The price is right, too. It’s free.

“Instead of sitting in the house watching TV and playing video games, you can be outside doing something active and something positive,” Davis said.

They will go over comprehensive NFL football drills and conditioning for student-athletes ages 12 to 17.

Made to the finish line of the Peachtree Road Race. Sportswriter have to train in the offseason, too.

Made to the finish line of the Peachtree Road Race. Sportswriter have to train in the offseason, too.

“It’s a great chance to give back to the kids of the Atlanta community,” Mughelli said. “So I’m excited to work on this with my teammate Chauncey Davis and my former teammate Daniel Wilcox.”

The Falcons are planning more than just some football drills.

“We’ll also have some workshops to help them with their football skills, self-confidence and help them with things they could use in the future,” Mughelli said. “Give them some advice on how to tackle some of the obstacles that we’ve already been through that will probably be in their future.”

If you have a potential camper, you can register for the online at DTLR.com or on-site from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Steve "Air" McNair,  1973 -- 2009 R.I.P.

Steve "Air" McNair, 1973 -- 2009. R.I.P.

McNAIR MUSINGS: Went to the Circle City Classic in 1991 to see Howard University take on Alcorn State at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.

Had to write for USA Today and the Jackson, Miss. paper. It was either the second or third game of his career with the Braves. Back then he went by Steve “Air II” McNair. His brother, Fred was the original “Air McNair.”

The Bison hung with the Braves early, but McNair, who was tossing deep squares-ins from 40-yards away to eventual NFL player Torrance Smalls was too much to handle. The Braves won 46-27 and his legend continue to grow from there.

Mughelli was a teammate with McNair, who was murdered on Saturday in Nashville, when he played with the Baltimore Ravens in 2006.

“This is incredibly sad,” Mughelli said on Monday. “When I heard it, I couldn’t believe it.”

Mughelli played with the Ravens from 2003 to 2006. After a stellar career with the Houston/Tennessee Titans, McNair played his final two seasons with Baltimore in 2006 and 2007.

Mughelli left the Ravens after the 2006 season, when he signed an $18 million free agent deal with the Falcons.

“He’s a friend of mine,” Mughelli said. “I can remember the exact day when someone told me that the Ravens were going to get Steve McNair. I was giddy like a school girl. I watched him at Tennessee and respected him as a person. To have the chance to play with him was really a treat.”

Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

GONZALEZ CORNER: Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez was recently a guest on the Jim Rhome show.

Our buddy J. Michael wrote a piece for the team website about how Gonzalez will be required to block more. He had some stuff left over from the end of OTA’s from OC Mike Mularkey. Do you think the Falcons gave up a second round pick to add a blocking tight end?

RAMS TO FOLLOW FALCONS PLAN: Chatted with former Falcons linebacker Chris Draft, who’s currently with the St. Louis Rams, recently about the Rookie Symposium. In light of the McNair and Sean Taylor killings, it’s going to be hard to talk players out of securing firearms. But hey, that’s another blog for Second Amendment day.

With Draft, we took the opportunity to see how things were going in St. Louis under first year coach Steve Spagnuolo.

The Rams are hoping to follow the turnaround model the Falcons set down last season.

“Things look really good,” Draft said. “We got a real nice overhaul, very similar to what the Falcons did last year by changing some leadership. I’m really excited about the changes that were made.

“The Miami Dolphins and the Falcons, did they change a huge amount of their teams? Not really. They added some big pieces, especially the Falcons with Matt Ryan and Michael Turner. But the thing that they did was really change around some of the leadership with the head coaching. It created a very focused approach toward what it was going to take to win. They got everybody to buy into that.

“That’s what we have right now. We had pretty much everybody at all of the workouts. It was very close to having 100 percent participation. Everybody has brought in and are committed to getting it down. With Coach Spags, it’s just a huge difference in making sure that we are right of top of understanding the situation with our jobs so that we can really just cut it loose and play together.”

Chillin' with the Cow during the Peachtree Roadrace. Someone yelled, "Dude, get in shape!"

Chillin' with the Cow during the Peachtree Road Race. Someone yelled, "Dude, get in shape!"

TRAINING CAMP WARMUP: Just a couple more weeks until the opening of training camp. Here’s a little chat with the Football Guys (Cecil and Sigmund) on The Audible.

Here are couple of training camp facts:

The Falcons coaching staff has 207 years of NFL coaching experience.

Nine players from Georgia will enter camp on the roster. They are running back Thomas Brown (Tucker), wide receiver Harry Douglas (Jonesboro), linebacker Tony Gilbert (Macon), cornerback David Irons (Dacula), wide receiver Aaron Kelly (Marietta), cornerback William Middleton (Atlanta), long snapper Robert Shiver (Thomasville), quarterback D.J. Shockley (College Park) and cornerback Tony Tiller (Stone Mountain).

Wide receiver Roddy White will be looking to become the second player in team history to post three straight 1,000-yard seasons. He would join Andre Rison (1992 to 1994) in the exclusive club. (SOME YouTube video of Rison and Chris Miller working out of the Red Gun attack.) There’s that small matter of White’s contract extension that could get in the way. White’s camp had to like the three-year, $27 million extension that Greg Jennings signed with Green Bay recently).

352 comments Add your comment

Tim

July 7th, 2009
10:40 pm

I still can’t get over having to wait 2 wks into aug.and sept for a game

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 7th, 2009
11:11 pm

Once we get to August, things will start moving pretty quickly.
Try to enjoy July. I’m going to see the B-52s next week at the Mable House!

Sarah B

July 7th, 2009
11:18 pm

I’m definately up for a fantasy league. Can we do it on Yahoo? That’s the one we use for our work league so I know it well. We have at least 5 so far so 3 more should not be hard. No more than 12 though, last year we had 12 and when you had an injury the waiver wire was empty and it was pot luck.

Sarah B

July 7th, 2009
11:19 pm

That was for you D3 and JJ. Now off to bed. Work tomorrow.

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July 8th, 2009
3:40 am

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rob

July 8th, 2009
5:56 am

Good info Mr D-led..Since most of us are starving for football news, that hit the spot..

Unca' Bob

July 8th, 2009
6:36 am

Free Mike Vick

July 8th, 2009
6:57 am

Funny how everyone turns on McNair because of is “aleged” affair. If this was Matt Ryan? Yeah….I thought so.

FalconFaninMI

July 8th, 2009
7:57 am

Cool picture with the cow. There are no Chick-Fil-A restaurants in Michigan. It’s one of the biggest things I have missed since moving away from Georgia – that & the Falcons.

SPS

July 8th, 2009
10:06 am

DOL: the B-52s are playing August 14th at Mableton. If you’re going there next week, you must be one heck of a fan, and planning to camp out. I’ll wait until next month thanks, but please save me a seat.

[...] extension. Wide out Roddy White is turning into a top 10 wide out in the league, and as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, White is looking for a deal in the range of the Packers Greg Jennings: Falcons WR Roddy White [...]

[...] extension. Wide out Roddy White is turning into a top 10 wide out in the league, and as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, White is looking for a deal in the range of the Packers Greg Jennings: Falcons WR Roddy White [...]

shannonD

July 8th, 2009
1:27 pm

I would love a fantasy league! Lets get this up and running! 10 to 12 teams would be nice!

Lets go Falcons!!!!! I can’t wait to see how the team does this year with such a tuff schedule.

JJ

July 8th, 2009
2:05 pm

I’m in, never played though.

Sarah B

July 8th, 2009
3:24 pm

JJ – it’s like crack but legal, very addictive!

WR

July 8th, 2009
3:28 pm

D3, see we just had to put the idea out there, we are all excited about the upcoming season for the Falcons and when you add the fact that we have been able to comment on just about anything including recipes, a fantasy league is yet another logical choice. I think we will have the people so now I guess we should try to narrow down where we join. Sarah said yahoo, foxsports offers a very good fantasy league and of course the league on espn is good, but I have been looking over the league on NFL network and it seems very interesting also. This is turning out to be a very nice blog, we’ll have the Falcons to go back and forth with add our other unusual and sometimes unpredictable chats, and we can add in some fantasy talk, looks like its going to be a good season in the cage.

D3

July 8th, 2009
3:33 pm

WR & Sarah B. – I’m in for whatever website. I use ESPN and am extremely happy with that, but I’m up for whichever one you want to use.

Who’s In?…..Me, WR, Sarah, JJ, Shannon D & who else? I say we limit it to 10 also, 12 man leagues suck the fun out of it. Just gotta figure out who’s going to be the GM, what website to use, and when would be a time when we could all meet online and do a draft. You all let me know.

Ken Strickland

July 8th, 2009
3:35 pm

I’ve read where some have concerns about DT’s PJerry and TLewis” past injury issues. Well, aren’t those the same issues we’ve had about DE JAbraham, and didn’t he end up having a career yr?

WR

July 8th, 2009
4:14 pm

D3, I say its a matter of finding the right league, we have our GM if you have the time, I mean since day one you have always been fair and impartial, now if it was a college fantasy football league I might rethink the deal, gotta be that dog thing. I’m definitely with you on the ESPN fantasy leagues, but I am open to all locations.

[...] [Falcons] Falcons WR Roddy White Working On Contract Extension Falcons WR Roddy White will be looking to become the second player in team history to post three straight 1,000-yard seasons, joining Andre Rison (1992 to 1994) in the exclusive club. There’s that small matter of White’s contract extension that could get in the way. White’s camp had to like the three-year, $27 million extension that Greg Jennings signed with Green Bay recently). Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution [...]

jason

July 8th, 2009
5:22 pm

D3, SarahB, WR, all you guys. I just saw the post on the fantasy league, And I am in. Just keep me updated.

Sarah B

July 8th, 2009
5:41 pm

I already have a ESPN account as well because me and STH play Pigskin Pick ‘Em there every year. But I have Yahoo’s stattracker. So either one.

Unca' Bob

July 8th, 2009
5:50 pm

The Cage,

I’m like Sgt. Schultz, I know nothing. Fantasy football is brand new to me. If some one will give me a primer or direct me to an educational web site, I’ll throw my hat in also, if y’all don’t mind?

JJ

July 8th, 2009
6:32 pm

FF: WR, SARAH B., D3, JJ, SHANNON D., JASON, UNCA’ BOB = 7

Unca’ Bob: we’re both greenhorns in this, lets start researching…

JJ

July 8th, 2009
6:43 pm

JJ

July 8th, 2009
6:44 pm

Got to love google, if only they had it when I was in college!

JJ

July 8th, 2009
7:00 pm

WR taught me a new phrase this week, so I’m going to try it for the first time…

Sarah B., I’m just keeping it real girl, but I don’t know crack and its addiction, how do you? (just playing and trying out the phrase).

WR: Is that the correct way to use the phrase? Maybee I’m too old, it didn’t feel right.

About 8/1 1st official ‘09 ‘cagers gathering: How do we notice each other? I’ve been giving this allot of thought and my suggestion is to write our moniker “same size as the numbers on jerseys” on both sides of a t-shirt. Long-term: we need to come up with a offical slogan and/or graphic design for shirts. I buy them all the time for my small company but I’m no designer. I bet some of our members who are computer savy could come up with some great designs that we can send to any shop and then order/pay over the phone/internet.

WR

July 8th, 2009
7:28 pm

Unca’ Bob as much as you know football you better be careful before getting involved in fantasy football. Fantasy football is kind of like what we do for the Falcons, you analyze the league and its players, you then decide on the players you want and put them in order of most important, kind of like a draft board for an NFL team. After everyone is set which is decided by a cut off date, a draft takes place and for most leagues its electronically done. For example lets say you have Micheal Turner as your number one rb, followed by Peterson, and Forte. If you are the team picking first in the draft you would get Turner, if not, just like a regular draft, you get the next player available on your list. Its a very strategic game, lets say you have a inside track on Clinton Portis having a big year, you put him first and your team drafts Portis, now everyone else thinks your crazy, but you know something we don’t know and he has a big year, in fantasy thats considered a steal. Thats why Micheal Turner was considered such a big steal in fantasy leagues last year, he basically came out of no where, he was a low round fantasy pick and he provided big returns, kind of like getting Joe Montana and Tom Brady in the sixth round of the draft. Thats why I say with your football knowledge this could be addictive for you Unca’ Bob, but its additive in a good way and it mays you think almost like a coach or GM. I will give more on fantasy football later but I have figured out that if you add too much the blog monster will take it away.

Unca' Bob

July 8th, 2009
7:35 pm

JJ,

Thank you for your research link. At this time I will take my hat back. If y’all can fill out the roster spots, procede. I will continue my process. Should I find the magic that really explains what it’s all about, I’ll get back to you.

falcon21

July 8th, 2009
7:37 pm

D3, whats up man? Got a call from Calhoun today about the kid who is possibly headed to UGA. He says the kid is the real deal and also says he may be the best player ever to come out of Calhoun, better than Durham.

Sarah B

July 8th, 2009
7:39 pm

I bet Stirg would play so he can have John Abraham on his team. You guys use defense right? We do at work. Sacks are worth 2, solo tackles worth 1. We’ve always held a live draft at Barnacles so I’ll have to be educated on the on-line draft.

Sarah B

July 8th, 2009
7:40 pm

JJ don’t know squat about crack – just a saying – as addictive as crack.

WR

July 8th, 2009
7:55 pm

JJ, please tell me your kidding, if your too old to have heard the phrase “keeping it real” I gotta figure you have one foot in the grave and another on a banana peel. You don’t have to be hood to say I’m keeping it real, I think thats a common misunderstanding.

D3, what do you think, starting to look like our league will overflow. I think you based alot of things on the scum that made up past Falcons blogs, but times are changing, the people on here now are committed good football fans. I still remember when I first started and I was about to quit just as soon, but you came back with intelligent football talk and the next thing you know, Seminole, Nookle, Stirg, and Reno911, made me feel right at home with intelligent football talk, minus the hate and vile or racism and bigotry, plus D3, you are from my old stomping ground in clayco, if you can handle that area, you can handle just about anything, also, if you can see the potential in that area, which you have shown that you see, you can believe anything, We’re up to about seven and growing stonger everyday with the idea of a fantasy league, now tell me this year is not going to be strong and exciting in the birdcage, what a family the cage is becoming.

JJ

July 8th, 2009
8:08 pm

Sarah B., WR – I was kidding! I never really knew what it meant until WR explained it. It just doesn’t work for me-wm38holding. I know you dont have to be hood, it’s mainstream and I never understood it until WR analogy…oh well!

Excited about FF–looks like a fun league, I just need to learn a little so I can kick these little bee’s and puppy dogs!!!

jason

July 8th, 2009
8:22 pm

I am sure I can do the fantasy league with success. I just need to know how the draft sets up. How many of us do you think we will play with? 12? We need to decide so we can do our prep for the draft. Since I want be in Georgia this season; this will be a great way to hang with some friends and enjoy some football.

Unca' Bob

July 8th, 2009
8:24 pm

WR,

Thank you for the oversight. I think I get it. Throwin’ my hat back in.

[...] joining Andre Rison (1992 to 1994) in the exclusive club. There’s that small matter of White’s contract extension that could get in the way. White’s camp had to like the three-year, $27 million extension [...]

gdg73

July 8th, 2009
8:37 pm

Steve Wyche reported on the NFLNetwork tonight that John Abraham is possibly unhappy with his contract and wants to get paid like Jared Allen. What’s the word Mr. Beatwriter? Have you heard anything similar to this around Flowery Branch in recent weeks? Give us the low-down.

WR

July 8th, 2009
8:39 pm

Unca’Bob, glad to see your throwing your hat back in, it really is addictive and with your football knowledge I can see you having some serious fun. When you first start its an understanding period, but once you realize that you are basically a coach and GM at the sametime you start to get the hang of things, and thats when the fun starts. Trust me your going to have some fun mixing and matching line ups with the so-called “wet behind their ears” generation.

jason

July 8th, 2009
8:42 pm

WR, I have never done this fantasy league stuff before. It should be fun getting schooled a little bit by some of the most knowledgable football fans I hve ever met. D3, and Unca Bob. All hell will break loose if Coach Ken decides to partake.

Unca' Bob

July 8th, 2009
8:43 pm

D3,

How does the new Falcon blog play out? What is going to change, if anything? If anyone should ramrod this blog, I have to agree, it needs to be you.

falcon21

July 8th, 2009
8:48 pm

JJ, little bee’s ok but puppy dogs. What does that mean? Anyway FF sounds fun but I don’t know anything about it. If you don’t get the 10 or 12 you need then I’ll give it a try.

Unca' Bob

July 8th, 2009
8:59 pm

WR,

I am truely on the learning curve. When I first came to this post, about three months ago, I feel I have learned a great deal from the Cage. My process continues.

[...] extension. Wide out Roddy White is turning into a top 10 wide out in the league, and as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, White is looking for a deal in the range of the Packers Greg Jennings: Falcons WR Roddy White [...]

D3

July 8th, 2009
9:11 pm

What’s Goin’ on My Friends in the ‘Cage! Great to be here in the best social networking place to be. Who the H$LL needs Facebook, when you got good Falcons Football talk in the Bird-Cage. This fantasy football league is getting me jacked. So let’s to it…….

Coach Ken – yeah, that was me about Jerry and Lewis’ injury history. Just playing devil’s advocate, thats all. I think they’ll be fine also, just trying to find some potential pitfalls and be as objective as possible, which is really pretty hard to do with this team.

JJ – getting stoked about the official Bird-Cage meetup. I’ll be donning my old Shockley #3 jersey for the camp and saving my black Matty Ice jersey for the regular season.

falcon21 – yeah, heard nothing but great things from him. I had so much promise and hope in Durham, but too injury-prone to ever really get any footing. I’m counting you in. Its really easy once you get started.

WR – I’m only counting 8 as of right now. Hadn’t heard from any of our original G’s that have gone missing for over a month now. Reno, Nookah, and Seminole haven’t been on in quite some time. Here’s who I got:
D3, Sarah B, WR, JJ, jason, Unca’ Bob, Falcon21, Shannon D; am I leaving someone out? Love teaching the kids in clayco, but the people who run it; well thats another story. It seems to be getting a little better though.

Sarah B. – my leagues have always done IDP (individual defensive players). Makes it more fun, but team D might be easier with so many rooks. You wanna be GM? If not I can, doesn’t matter to me.

Unca’ Bob – I’m still keeping it on the DL until it becomes live. But basically we got our own fan blog called, you guessed it….”The Bird-Cage.” The fan blog will just be a “fan’s experience blog” that will supplement DOL’s. The idea is post on both. A good example is how the UGA beat blog is the main source for news and updates, and Bill King’s Junkyard Blawg is the fan blog that supplements in the spaces. I’ll share more as we get a little closer. Still a couple of weeks out.

More to come later peeps. Great work in the ‘Cage as always!

Unca' Bob

July 8th, 2009
9:11 pm

jason,

I need to agree about Coach Ken. The man knows his football. He is one more reason all of our process continues.

Bad News

July 8th, 2009
9:14 pm

“White & Abraham” wants H U G E contracts – can you say hold out?

Unca' Bob

July 8th, 2009
9:24 pm

D3,

Thank you for the heads up. I am looking forward to it.

JJ

July 8th, 2009
9:30 pm

Bad News: I hope your sources are wrong.

Sarah B.: I was kidding, I doubt anyone does crack and lives to blog on this cage..well maybee vs/vs2. You are the queen of this blog, and I hold that in the highest regard! Why are their not more women who follow sports/ falcons? I know their out there, we just dont hear from them.

WR: I tried the keeping it real and it didn’t work for me. Too old-I doubt it, just diff. times my brother. Regardless, tnx for teaching me the definition, I really never knew.

D3: my man, so you like rescue me too! It’s the bomb and man allot more sex for our main man! Here’s my list:

JJ

July 8th, 2009
9:38 pm

sorry, its non-football–dead season–deal with it/skip it:

TV 2009:
– RESCUE ME
– SUNNY-SIDE PHILLY (? GOT THE NAME WRONG)
– DEADLIEST CATCH
– ICE ROAD TRUCKERS- OHH LISA!
– JAMES IS A DEAD MAN