The Branch — There has been a different feel to this week’s preparation.
It started on Monday, when red helmets were placed in every player’s locker.
The team will pay homage to the inaugural 1966 team, with a black jersey, white pants and red helmet this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
They will wear them again when Tampa Bay comes to the Georgia Dome on Nov. 29.
The team’s website has gone Throwback, showing all pictures in black and white.
It was suggested that all of the members of the communications department dress in Throwback leisure suits with a Falcons logo emblazoned on the pocket.
They didn’t think it was a good idea. But since the players have to go Throwback, perhaps the rest of the staff should, too. Of course, they want the fans to go Throwback and buy the jerseys.
The original helmets will also have that Georgia Tech gold stripe. They only wore those helmets for one season. (UPDATE: They wore the Gold Stripe on the helmets through the 1970 season, according my man Frank Kleha, the senior director of media relations.) The Smith’s had to add some Georgia Tech flavor to the decidedly University of Georgia looking, red, black and white uniforms.
The Falcons don’t want Jake Delhomme to have a Throwback game. He’s in a funk. But if he flashes back to circa 2003, he might regain his passing touch.
Delhomme, 34, had reconstructive elbow surgery two years ago. The whispers about his lack of arm strength get louder with each interception.
He threw five interceptions and lost a fumble against Arizona in the playoffs last season. Carolina coach John Fox pointed out that the game was “nine months ago” on the conference call with the Atlanta media.
The Eagles got after him in the season opener as the defending NFC South champions were defeated 38-10.
Delhomme was pulled after four more interceptions and a fumble.
This has the makings of a real “Throwback game” as the Panthers might not attempt a forward pass.
“My thing is that I know he’s going to have a good game,” Abraham said. “After a quarterback plays like that he wants to play well. Also, I think they are going to try to run the ball a little bit more. That was their key thing last year with the two good backs they have. They are going to try to run it, I think.”
How are you going to the Throwback game? Watching it in black and white? Getting one of the jerseys (isn’t that what this really about)? Or just going to pull out your modern jersey and go to the game? The team is 8-1 at home under Coach Mike Smith. Are they risking the record by wearing some uniforms that they went 3-11 (1-6 at home) in?