Falcons have some training camp issues

Finally, Falcons football season is here!

Pro Bowler Roddy White.

Pro Bowler Roddy White.

Some long days ahead, but hey, I could be hanging roof shingles or operating the old chop saw cutting steel (an old summer job while in college) for a living.

That’s pretty hard work. Speaking of hard work. I must thank my colleague Chris Vivlamore for catching the first two days of camp for me while I get to hit the Family Reunion. (Should be a blast. All of the rowdy Uncles are coming!!! They are getting old, but they are still rowdy.)

Peria Jerry's five-year deal got done late Thursday evening.

Peria Jerry

With the signing of defensive tackle Peria Jerry to a five-year contract, there is only one pressing matter before the Falcons put on the pads and start doing some live hitting.

What affect will the lack of a contract extension for wide receiver Roddy White have on the team? It’s clear the Falcons want to work something out. It appears they are working on their timetable and not White’s, who wanted a deal done before the season started.

One long-time league observer pointed out that the season starts when you put on the pads, not with the first regular-season kickoff.

White could take the high road. Come in, keep grinding away and let the negotiations take their course.

Or White, who held out during his rookie season, could go Rod Tidwell on the

Rod Tidwell was the Arizona Cardinals to "Show him the Money!"

Cuba Godding Jr. as Rod Tidwell.

Falcons and start yelling “Show me the money!” We’ll have to keep track of White’s situation.

Quick review: White is set to make $2.28 million and could be bound to Falcons for two years. His leverage is weak. Top receivers – Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald ($10 million), Tampa Bay’s Antonio Bryant ($9.98 million) and Buffalo’s Lee Evans ($9.3 million) – are making four times as much as White.

Here’s my list of 5 questions that the Falcons will have to answer during training camp.

1. How will offensive coordinator incorporate Tony Gonzalez into the offense?

2. Can quarterback Matt Ryan continue to blossom as an NFL quarterback?

3. Will the offensive line be even nastier this year?

4. What are the Falcons going to do at defensive end opposite of John Abraham?

5. Which undrafted free agent is going to step forward and earn a spot on the roster?

88 comments Add your comment

Marcus

July 31st, 2009
9:20 am

Up early, eh?
Any reason why the Falcons timing and Roddy’s timing aren’t in synch?

But if Roddys contract is the biggest issue coming in camp, compared to past years, I will gladly take it.

bigeasy830

July 31st, 2009
9:25 am

Falcons will be 4-12 in 2009
“Back To Life, Back To Reality”

bigeasy830

July 31st, 2009
9:27 am

I was 5 minutes away from being “First”, oh well will have to serttle for second and in 2009 the Falcons will be third in the NFC south, they should be able to beat Tampa twice so maybe they will be 5-11, but 4-12 just sounds right.

J Dub

July 31st, 2009
9:30 am

D Led, I think if our offensive coordinator can get the right scheme going with Gonzo and Turner we could be San Diego South (06-07 SD) with Ryan playing the part of Rivers, Turner playing the part of former teammate LT, and Gonzo playing the part of Gates. The big difference however is that we have a stud receiver in White and San Diego lacked that when their offense was at its peak. A lot of options, a lot!! We need to get the White deal done. Tell me the last time we had a receiver with his ability. Rison?

J Dub

July 31st, 2009
9:32 am

Bigeasy, you think that leaky New Orleans defense will be able to contain this offense? Come on….

falcons fan

July 31st, 2009
9:34 am

Yo Big easy830, Who you a fan of? The Aints. They aint never done a damn thing. Why too much talent, and no results for them. Who Dat? And I say who not gonna beat them Aints?

ray

July 31st, 2009
9:35 am

Falcons will be 4&12? Any reasoning behind that prediction?Thats what I thought.Even without Roddy this easily a playoff team.Much better all around team then the aints.The Big lazy will not win 5 games this year and the falcons will easily sweep them.That being said I hope that they can work out something with Roddy he is a great addition to this team.GO FALCONS 09!!!!!

bigeasy830

July 31st, 2009
9:35 am

J Dub, I am not a Saints fan, BUT, Greg Williams in the new D Coordinator in the NO and he should make that D-Fense much better than it was last year. But, you wanna talk about leaky defense, who will play corner for the Falcons and are you dependeing on that Rookie to improve that 5 yrds per carry average allowed rush defense. I do like Van Gorder and Smith running your defense but just don’t think your team has the talent to compete on that side of the ball.

Gatorzone

July 31st, 2009
9:37 am

Bigeasy, who will carry the rb load for the Saints? No way they finish better than the Falcons.
Throw Roddy a bone and renegotiate his deal after the season.

bigeasy830

July 31st, 2009
9:40 am

Come on Ray the Falcons could not sweep the Saints in 2008 during your dream season. I say 2009 that dream turns into a nightmare. And now that reggie Bush can concentrate on playing footbal and not on those two hams that were stuck in Kim Kardashina dress, that is what it looks like, don’t it, LOL. He may be able to oactually produce like a real running back this year.

Vaughn T

July 31st, 2009
9:41 am

Its time for the Falcon’s to rise at the end of 09′

ray

July 31st, 2009
9:45 am

2008 was not my dream season but 2009 will be.Can not wait for this season to start .Only good things on the horizon.And reggie Bush?please.If you want to see a real RB watch Turner when he rushes for easy 100+ yards against the aints.The saints are the least of our worries this years.

Unca' Bob

July 31st, 2009
9:46 am

Cagers,

bigeasy830 is a Steeler bandwagon-jumper-on’er. Nuff said!

Ryno

July 31st, 2009
9:47 am

DOL: Have a good time at the reunion!

Sign Roddy now – we haven’t had a deep threat of his caliber since Andre’ Rison!

DARNELL

July 31st, 2009
9:50 am

WHAT THE FALCONS NEED TO DO IS SIGN A CERTAIN FREE AGENT QUARTERBACK THAT WEAR NUMBER 7 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TIME IS TICKING FALCONS !!!!!!!!!!!!

bigeasy830

July 31st, 2009
9:52 am

Vaughn T the falcons will rise at the end of 2009, that is only because that is when their schedule is the easiest, but it will be to late by then, you all willl beat the Jets even if it is in New York iin Dec and should beat the Bills in Atlanta unless TO just goes off and abuse those sorry CBs of yours but he will probably go off on his own teammates by then and not be on the team and you shoukd again beat tampa at home. But, you team will already have 10-11 loses by then. I wouldn’t really call that rising up. It is more like getting up off the ground after you have been knocked down then stomped by the rest of the teams on your schedule. You better get game one or you are looking at a 0-3 start for sure.

Unca' Bob

July 31st, 2009
9:54 am

D-Led,

Please pardon my lack of manners. Do enjoy your Family Reunion, and thank you for the opportunity to talk Falcon Football.

J Dub

July 31st, 2009
9:54 am

BigEasy, first off I do expect Jerry to help with the run defense. If you ever saw him play at ole miss, you would agree that he will help. I also expect Mike Peterson to help as well. I also expect Chevis Jackson to produce this year and we picked up a few DBs in the draft that will surely produce the competition we need to step up the secondary. When you have Abraham, your dbs don’t have to cover long, right?

J Dub

July 31st, 2009
9:56 am

Darnell, we already have a better version of #7 and he is wearing #3. More accuracy, better decision making, and better leader.

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

July 31st, 2009
9:58 am

All night (YEAH!!)
I could not sleep (YEAH!)
Waiting for (YEAH!)
Camp week (HELL YEAH!!)

The Birds are at it again…I have been waiting in earnest since I turned the tube off on #56 as he ended our season with his bone-headed play. Ok, ok…enough about the past, its time for the ‘09 Falcons to go 10-6, win the division and play in the NFC championship game. Team, I will take your lead and pose 5 “additional” QUEstions:

1) How long will it take for DeCoud and Moore to be starting in tandem at both safety spots? Young, gifted, athletic Hard hitters.

2) How much will #19 be missed?

3) Trey Lewis is no punk. Peria Jerry and Lewis (if healthy) make for a nasty interior. Will we see that?

4) How will we finally get a chance to use Norwood (#32)? If used correctly, he, Snelling (#44) and of course The Burner make for the best running back group in the NFC South.

5) Who will get the first BLAST in training camp?? Without Milloy around, I’m putting my money on Nichols (#54) to blow somebody up.

LETS GO BIRDS…!!!!!

Out/Owt.

bigeasy830

July 31st, 2009
9:58 am

Unca Boob, I first jumped on the Steelers bandwagon in 1980 when as a younster I watched my first Super Bowl on TV. i remeber John Stalworth cathcing the ball over his shoulder and Lynn Swann making those great catches and my little league team was called the Steelers, so you are right I am a bandwagon Steeler fan, just been on it longer than you think. How many of you will jump off the Falcons bandwagon by midseason.

J Dub

July 31st, 2009
10:02 am

If I didnt jump off in the billy joe tolliver days, I am not jumping off now big easy.

Mike

July 31st, 2009
10:03 am

“In Dimitroff We Trust” TD will crunch the numbers and get Roddy set up. He strikes me as being a little like Eddie DeBartolo was with the Niners in their heyday – looking out for his guys, and they in turn played their collective hiney’s off for him. Relax.

Oh, and 4-12? Cute.

Rod

July 31st, 2009
10:03 am

You said: “White could take the high road. Come in, keep grinding away and let the negotiations take their course.”

WHAT??? Take the high road and come in? How about coming in since he SIGNED A CONTRACT TO PLAY?

Have you forgotten that he actually has a contract to get millions for playing this year? Not as many million as he wants, but it was a great deal when he signed it.

To many pathetic athletes don’t want to honor their contracts. PATHETIC.

bigeasy830

July 31st, 2009
10:04 am

J Dub, Abraham is not even a every down player anymore. He is a situational pass rusher that wants a raise and when Abraham is unhappy with is contract, remember his past history with the Jets, he will lay down on you. Plus, do you think he will stay healthy this year and what about6 Micheal Turner, he carried a heavy load last year. I think this year so will see some wear from last season. Before you pull Norwood out of your hind parts, He never stay healthy for and entire season. When the team travel to away games, they should put a sticker on Norwood that says fragile.

mars

July 31st, 2009
10:06 am

Nobody knows losing like a Saints fan. Von Hutchins will be back and be healthy. Oh yeah, and #7 is not available. He retired after winning the Super Bowl about 10 years ago, and probably would have done well in the supper bowl also.

J Dub

July 31st, 2009
10:08 am

For your enjoyment Big Easy, let’s discuss the schedule:

Miami – Win
Car – Win
NE – Loss
SF – Win
Chi – Loss
Dal – Win
NOR – Win
Was – Win
Car – Loss
NYG – Loss
Tam – Win
Phi – Loss
Nor – Win
NYJ – Win
Buf – Win
Tam – Win

11-5, I’ll take it

mars

July 31st, 2009
10:09 am

Let’s see, how many games are both starting DE’s for the Aints suspended? Limping out of the gate and dead on the track. Falcons are predators, not scavengers.

pd

July 31st, 2009
10:14 am

The Falcons are a good team, do doubt about it.

The problem they face is in the first three games of the schedule. All three teams we play (Panthers, Dolphins, Patriots) are all also very good teams. If we can win 2 of 3 there, we are play off bound. Lose all 3, season is over. Lose 2 of 3, its a crap shoot.

Anyway, the Falcons need to extend White’s contract. Not a whole lot more money, but more years. That way, he will feel confident about his financial future when he has to go up and get one over the middle with Julius Peppers baring down on him.

bigeasy830

July 31st, 2009
10:15 am

J Dub, so you believe the Falcons will lose to CHI at home but beat DAL on the road, I don’t think so, if anything it will be a win against the Bears and a loss to the Cowboys. I also don’t think your team will sweep the Saints. SF on the the road is tough even when SF is having a down year, an east coast team playing on that west coast after the beat down Tom Brady is going to give you will be tough.

Falcons 4-12 in 2009
“Back To Life, Back To Reality”

Maxwell Snark

July 31st, 2009
10:21 am

Tougher schedule and a lot of young/new guys on defense, but I think they’ll still be alright.

Hey bigeasy830, that Kim Kardashian has some nice luggage, doesn’t she?

bigeasy830

July 31st, 2009
10:25 am

Mars,

The Falcons and the Saints are big rivals because both franchises historically suck. The Falcons know alot about losing as well. Come on now don’t pretend like the Falcons ruled a decade like the SF ruled the 80’s, or the way NE is ruling 2000. Lets keep it real. The Falcons have never, ever, had back to back winning seasons. And, usually when their fans are so excited about the upcoming seasoon like 1999, they suck. Remember that season, Dan Reaves released all those Vets that helped him get to the Super Bowl the prior year. Yes, I see a replay of 1999.
no Brookings, no Lawyer Maloy, no Foxworth, no Grady Jackson and a couple of others mean no winning season for the Falcons in 2009.

bigeasy830

July 31st, 2009
10:27 am

No doubt Maxwell, I was listening to the radio this morning and the gossip is that Kanye West may have carried that luggage for her. That is why Reggie Bush broke up with her.

J Dub

July 31st, 2009
10:28 am

West Coast wasnt a problem last year big easy. Shutout Oakland after losing to Phi and beat San Diego in Cali.

J Dub

July 31st, 2009
10:30 am

No one is saying that Atlanta has ruled for decades. I full well know what our history is. You though are the only person spouting off about a 4-12 record. Come on, be realistic.

bigeasy830

July 31st, 2009
10:31 am

Yes J Dub, but its Oakland, good point though.

Falcondore

July 31st, 2009
10:32 am

Any confirmation on the signing of Jamie Winborn? It was reported yesterday that he agreed to terms, but nothing further has come out. Winborn had 99 tackles last year for the Broncos, and would add some solid depth to the linebacking corps.

Pete

July 31st, 2009
10:34 am

Depth on o-line is my main concern, rather.

Nativebird

July 31st, 2009
10:35 am

Yes we need to sign Roddy, yes we need to incorporate our new HOF tight end, but as always, the KEY will end indeed be (again) Michael Turner, the O-line and running the ball. If they run like the 1st 3/4’s of 2008, then we’re good, if they run like the last few games and playoffs? We’re in trouble.

Falcondore

July 31st, 2009
10:45 am

Nativebird, that’s exactly why Gonzalez will play a huge role. Teams can’t load 8 in the box on obvious running situations now because we have a reliable target to burn them with. I think you’ll see holes opening a plenty for Turner and Norwood to take advantage of.

ghostwriter

July 31st, 2009
10:55 am

Now that the Falcons signed Peria Jerry, I think that they can [and will] focus on getting Roddy White extended. Having him signed long-term prior to this season would be awesome. It would solidify our team that much more.

midnite

July 31st, 2009
11:01 am

Bigreasy380-you gonna come around towards the end of the season to stand behind your prediction?

Falcons4Life

July 31st, 2009
11:02 am

1 Tony G will have opposing Def’s guessing all season, if you rush, tony G will burn you you, if you stay back Turner will burn you
2 I believe Matt Ryan will be in the pro bowl this season
3 The O-line IMO will be very Nasty as long as Harvey Dahl is in the mix I have no concerns about how nasty we will be
4 I honesttly think Lawrence sidbury is going to be a stud, and I will be the first to slam the door on Jamal Anderson
5 I hear John Parker wilson is doing well, if he makes the team he will need to polish up on his clip board holding skills

Playoff Bound

July 31st, 2009
11:03 am

I love those juicy Christmas hams!

As for the Falcons — 10-6 this year and NFC South Champions. Deep playoff run inevitable.

Playoff Bound

July 31st, 2009
11:11 am

The schedule is definitely tougher than last year, but this is a better team than last year. I think we are looking at a potential juggernaut on offense with our Big 4. We will not be nearly as prolific on defense, but if you score 27-30 points per game you are going to win more often than not.

Just like any year you are going to win some games that you shouldn’t and lose some games that you shouldn’t. We may destroy the Pats and get crushed by the Jets. All I know is that the Falcons will be a scary team to play and will be in the playoffs.

Mac

July 31st, 2009
11:12 am

“Matty Ice,” is a nickname for suburban, hockey player wannabes. Me, I’m going old school and calling him Red Ryan.

Just A Fan

July 31st, 2009
11:21 am

SUPERBOWL CHAMPS BABY

you heard it here first

Brian Hunt

July 31st, 2009
11:27 am

I see a lot of hope being placed on Greg Williams, but he didn’t do anything for the Jag’s defense last year and his Redskins’ units were mostly mediocre with one really good season. All of that blitzing doesn’t help if you don’t get to the QB.

Matty Ice

July 31st, 2009
11:32 am

Roddy White needs to be re-signed but he is no Larry Fitzgerald – sorry, he just is not. He also is not on the level of Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson nor Randy Moss. Roddy White is the next level down and the Greg Jennings contract should be the guide. Jennings got a 3 year deal at $27 million – but Jennings is about 2 years younger than Roddy which makes him a little more valuable there as well. I think a 4 year deal at $34 million with $16 million guranteed is fair. Falcons have the leverage since they control Roddy’s rights for the next two years. If Roddy wants a “full market” deal, he needs to have 32 teams vying for his services as an unrestricted free agent – and that is not the case. Even then, Roddy would not get $10 million/year – stand firm Falcons, Roddy will sign for your deal and you hold the cards – not him.

Paul

July 31st, 2009
11:33 am

Rod, It’s not a matter of Roddy not “honoring” his contract, he simply wants to be paid his fair market value, thats how it works in the NFL, deal with it.