Kim Zolciak says: Don’t be tardy for the Throwback Party

Kim Zolciak of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" says, don't be tardy for the Throwback party. ( ELISSA EUBANKS/AJC)

Kim Zolciak of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" says, don't be tardy for the Throwback party. ( ELISSA EUBANKS/AJC)

THE BRANCH –It was “Coordinator Friday” after the Falcons ripped through their final practice before the Carolina game. They will pay tribute to the original team and wear the 1966 uniforms.

The equipment staff was set to put all the stripes on the helmets later.

But we got to chat with Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and defensive coordiantor Brian VanGorder.

Michael Turner was held to 65 yards on 22 carries against Miami, but Mularkey said the Falcons were very close to

John Abraham, Matt Ryan and Michael Turner ready for Throwback game. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC).

John Abraham, Matt Ryan and Michael Turner ready for Throwback game. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC).

popping a few big runs.

“Where we had problems was sustaining the blocks,” Mularkey said on Friday. “We were very close to big runs, a lot of times. In their scheme, that two gap scheme, they shedded blocks. That was the discussion afterwards, ‘what do we have to get better at?’ We need to sustain and get on them. It wasn’t like they had an extra guy that we didn’t get to or block. It was just a matter of us doing a better job up front block and that’s everybody.”

MULARKEY’S KEYS TO THE CAROLINA GAME

1. Turnovers: “That’s a big emphasis, a big focus for us every week. It was last week. That’s how Miami had such success because of their ability to get it and not give it away. That will be no different for us this week offensively.

2. Precision: “One of the things we are trying to do is be a little bit more precise and detailed. So many those 2- and 3-yard runs that we were just missing on making bigger runs are there. We have to focus on the little things. Our spilts. Our depth. All of the little things that made us miss some big plays last week. We need to be a little big more precise with it.”

VANGORDER’S OVERVIEW

Some 1966 fashion statements.

Some 1966 fashion statements.

He was pleased with the play of the defense against Miami. He dropped several nuggets of information:

–On surprise starting cornerback  Brian Williams:” It worked out good. He did a good job. I think we talked about the fact that he’s been in our system a few years. . . I thought he held up well.”

– On the linebackers leading the team in tackles: “I thought our defensive tackle play from Jonathan Babineaux was excellent. (Peria) Jerry had a good first game. Then T.J. (Thomas Johnson) came in. He’s a big, strong guy who protects those linebackers. Not taking anything away from them because their production was good, but I think the defensive line play had a lot to do with that.”

–On free safety Thomas DeCoud’s first NFL start:  “He did well. . .  his responsibility on the field to communicate and get us in the right coverages and such, I thought he did real well.”

–On Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme:  “I think John (Fox) said it best. They had some different looks from Philadelphia. . . . they had some pressure situations. We expect that they’ll be prepared for us and make protection a huge priority.”

VanGorder was asked if he saw a decease in arm strength while watching film of Delhomme.

“I don’t see that. He’s played a lot of good games against us. He’s a good quarterback.”

Going old school for Sunday's game. For you young folks, this is a typewriter.

Going old school for Sunday's game. For you young folks, this is a typewriter.

Time to go out and find a “Throwback” outfit for the game. Looking for a leisure suit and a big ol chain or something. real 60ish or 70ish. Think, I’m going to pack up the old IBM Selectric and take the old typewriter to the game.

Didn’t know this Throwback stuff would be so fun!

Don’t be tardy for the Throwback party!!!

26 comments Add your comment

Steve Carter

September 18th, 2009
3:10 pm

don’t forget the reel to reel tape recorder for the postgame interviews

Brian Hunt

September 18th, 2009
3:39 pm

I got my throw back jersey ready to wear. I’m looking for a Falcon victory.

jerry

September 18th, 2009
4:29 pm

Give the ball to Junior Coffey.

Greg from Marietta

September 18th, 2009
4:34 pm

This throwback thing will be O.K. just as long as the team doesn’t play like they did in 1966. But looking back over the years(and I was there at the very beginning) this team has come a long way since those days and I will have to say that they are in a better situation now than they have ever been in the history of the team. GO FALCONS!

SWAT Native

September 18th, 2009
4:48 pm

The ‘66 jersey is just like what I call the “Jerry Glanville jersey” (which I like). But, this is a perfect opportunity to break out my Billy “Whiteshoes” Johnson thowback – I’m wearing that one to the game.

Wildebeast

September 18th, 2009
5:23 pm

Can we throwback to the day before Fred Kalil and Brian Baldinger began broadcasting their on-air inanities. Where’s Jeff Hullinger when you really need him? Best throwback day ever was spent with the stunningly beautiful and nubile Celeste watching the Falcons beat the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game on a television set at a swim-up bar in the Bahamas in 1999. Yeah, that was good throwback day! Maybe the best day ever.

Huge Falcon Fan

September 18th, 2009
5:24 pm

As a fan since 66, it will bring back a lot of memories of the original players. I can remember poor Randy Johnson running for his life. There has never been as good a middle lineback as Tommy Nobis. It is a shame there is not a single Falcon in the hall of fame. Even with the lean years we have had some very fine players. I saw some real good fights when VanBrocklin was coaching. He stayed on Harmon Wages pretty good. Our original coach, Norb Hecker was from the staff at Green Bay with Lombardi. I remember he came highly recommended. My dad and I went to many home games at Atlanta stadium in the cold and rain, when we knew we had no chance to win. But I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything. Watching the organization now, makes those days seem like such a distant memory. We are finally on the right track I firmly believe. I saw Mr. Blank last year at the open house, and I went up to him and shook his hand and thanked him for what he was doing with the Falcons. I saw coach Smith on the field, and patted him on the back and said make us proud, and he has done just that. Win or lose, I will always be a Falcon fan.

henry

September 18th, 2009
5:50 pm

Don’t forget the 8-Track tapes, you’ll need some tunes.

Edward

September 18th, 2009
6:10 pm

I absolutely love those throw back uniforms that we are wearing on Sunday. They look so good and it’s great to see the team I love so dearly playing so well. Although Carolina will be amped for this game and trying to avoid going 0-2 out of the gate, I think our power running game with Michael Turner will get back to normalcy this week and the pass rush from Abe and Beerman will force some untimely throwing situations for Jake Delhomme. I also think that Peterson, Lofton, and Nicholas will come up big again keeping Jonathan Stewart contained.

DePlane

September 18th, 2009
6:52 pm

It’s not just Stewart we have to worry about.

Throwback day…a fun day at the Dome…can’t wait!

The Birds have come to roost and are sharpening their talons for the Cats!

richbrave

September 18th, 2009
7:34 pm

Article in the TIMES-DISGUST about EL SID. Evidently the home folks here in RICHMOND don’t have much to crow over where his play in ATLANTA is concerned. To paraphrase his quote, “I’ve got a lot to learn.” From the silent response on this blog to my queries about him and AARON KELLY, that’s evidently true. Anybody got anything to say on the subject?

"Charles", The Original

September 18th, 2009
10:06 pm

It’s definitely worth the time to look back, throwback, and honor the tradition of the Atlanta Falcons. Accordingly to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, On June 30, 1965, the Atlanta Falcons were born…The name Falcons was suggested by Julia Elliott (1909–1990) a high school teacher from Griffin, Georgia who won a contest in 1965. Though 40 other contestants had also suggested the name, Elliott wrote in an essay, “The falcon is proud and dignified, with great courage and fight. It never drops its prey. It’s deadly and has a great sporting tradition…”

In week # 13 of the 2008 National Football League, the Atlanta Falcons suffered four turnovers but managed to defeat the San Diego Chargers @ Qualcomm Stadium, 22-16… And in week # 15, the Falcons had four turnovers against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and prevailed in overtime @ the Georgia Dome, 13-10. Coach Mike Smith said the winning percentage of teams with identical turnovers in games over the last eight years in the National Football League is fifteen percent.

The Atlanta Falcons demonstrated in the 2008 NFL season an uncanny ability to win football games with a 15% probability. That is to say that they turned the football over four times but managed to win. And thank goodness the spirit reminded me of last year’s agreement. The turnover parade for the opposition was to begin last year in the playoff game in Arizona. But nevertheless, the 2009 NFL season is the year for opposing teams to show what they are made of. The Miami Dolphins was the first team to take the test and they failed miserably. The next team up is the Carolina Panthers and they are already in a funk after last week’s game. When the test is administered, I see them failing even more miserably than the Dolphins.

Look for Matty Ice Ryan, Hip Hip Peria Jerry, Michael the burner Turner, and Roddy White to compete for the game ball. And for that to occur, the offensive line must do its thing. By the way, has anyone noticed how mature, calm, and collected Roddy White appears to be on the football field this year. After running three flawless routes against the Dolphins’ defense, Matt Ryan missed him twice on two potential touchdown passes and another misfire for twenty yards. Roddy White showed true professionalism after the Ryan miscues. There was absolutely no pouting etc. It was as if nothing happened. And if that’s what I saw, it’s a bad omen for opposing defenses this year.

Give the game ball to Roddy White.

The final score is: The Atlanta Falcons 30 and The Carolina Panthers 17.

Original '66 Fan

September 18th, 2009
11:33 pm

Enter your comments here As a twenty-something, I was working for the Southern Regional YMCA in 1966, and I was lucky to be at the Black Mountain, NC, YMCA facility for a Hi-Y/Tri-Hi-Y conference for teens during most of the FALCONS original training camp. I was working during the week days so didn’t get to watch their practices very much. The FALCONS had their meals before any other lodge guests were fed, so mealtimes were not opportunities to observe the players. But after supper each evening interested fans (like me) devoted their time to watching all those huge football players wandering around the lodge facilities and grounds. One could sit on the huge front porch furnished with dozens of great rocking chairs and watch the sun set over the spectacular mountain scenery while trying to identify the various players who strolled by or were sitting in nearby rockers.

One of the players (I think it was Randy Johnson, but don’t quote me on that) brought his boxer dog with him to training camp.That dog followed his master everywhere and waited quietly and patiently at his side while teens with stars in their eyes requested autographs or practiced their flirting; or while adult fans talked football with him.

There was a lot of hype about the Friday night “Scrimmage” during training camp this year. Well, let me assure you that the very FIRST offensive vs. defensive FALCONS scrimmage happened one Saturday evening at a high school stadium in Black Mountain, NC. Yes, I was there along with a group of other YMCA employees who had the evening off. We had a great time, too, screaming and yelling our heads off. Unfortunately, I don’t remember whether the offense or the defense won that scrimmage.

I remember briefly meeting Coach Norb Hecker, Randy Johnson, Tommy Nobis, and Alex Hawkins that summer, as well as some players who were there for training camp but did not make the final team. Many fans know of Hawkins’ reputation as a “talker,” as well as his propensity for collecting people around him the way a lit candle attracts moths. One of my fondest memories of that summer was watching Hawk “hold court” in the Lodge great room each evening. He would be sitting in the middle of the longest wall of the room and would be surrounded by people of all ages, genders and races, some in chairs others on the floor at his feet, all hanging on his every word. They would talk about football, about politics, about life, about ANYTHING until Hawk had to return to his room in time for the FALCONS players curfew. He always had a difficult time getting away from the fans, but he always did it with supreme grace.

Now I am sixty-something, still a rabid fan, and so very proud of this wonderful FALCONS team, of Coach Smith and his great coaching staff, and of Mr. Blank, the owner who has made it all possible. Thank you!

GO FALCONS!!!

Ben

September 18th, 2009
11:51 pm

Charles, I’m so glad someone else out there is sporting the “Hip Hip Peria” nickname. I’d love to hear that chant from the stands when he gets to record his first sack as a falcon.

Move those chains birds and beat the panthers.

Ed-Covington

September 19th, 2009
1:59 am

I agree that Jake has suffered a “decease” in arm strength.
GO BIRDS!!

Key West Conch '62

September 19th, 2009
7:00 am

I like the handle, ““Hip Hip Peria”! How about “Big Strike Roddy White?”
Falcons will prevail in a Dog Fight! Whoops!
I’m in my seat by 12:50 every home game! How about you? The Dome can be exciting and rocking when we, the twelfth man get it going! So, rock the Dome!
Go Falcon’s

Barry

September 19th, 2009
12:20 pm

Hey Y’all:

“ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!!” “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!” We “FALCON FANS” will be at the Geaorgis Dome, “OUR HOUSE”, in “FORCE”. We want to make Carolina’s visit here misereable. We will be hollering and screaming for our birds. We ar behind these “YOUNG GUNS”, especially on the defensive side of the ball. We are behind you, baby. We are behind you in “ONE HEARTBEAT!!”. Let’s kick some butt “ONE GAME AT A TIME”. The hell with our worrying about Jake Delhomme and how he played bad last game. What, we suppose to feel sorry? Even though we won last week against Miaimi, there are still some things we need to fix on offense and defense. It is time to put up the pressure in “ONE HEARTBEAT!!” style: TOGETHER, COORDINATED, TEAMWORK FASHION in popping off that ball and making the opposition pay. We still owe the teams in this league for our down times. HAVE NO PITY!! Play your game my FAlCONS. We “THE FANS” are down with you. We are part of the team too, and we will do our part. We will be “SCREAMING” so loud on every play and shoutine “ONE HEARTBEAT!!” “ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!”. We will do it tomorrow as “ONE HEARTBEAT!!” with you: “ONE GAME AT A TIME” IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!”

GO FALCONS!!!!! LET’S KICK SOME BUTT!!!!

SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a SECRET from a FALCON FAN. TELL EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

………………………..” ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!!………………

Falconsforlife

September 19th, 2009
1:15 pm

The unis look great, but just win baby!

GO FALCONS!

Pi$$onaDawg

September 19th, 2009
6:05 pm

Why is kim Z in this article? Is her wig from 66? Like the Unis because of memories, but look too much like the uga mutts.

Joe

September 19th, 2009
6:40 pm

What does that wh*re have to do with anything?

She is a blight on humanity.

Sarah B

September 19th, 2009
7:06 pm

I have to agree – Kim Z? Really? DOL you can do better. Just rerun August Gonzelez.

Go Falcons!!!

Sarah B

September 19th, 2009
7:06 pm

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richbrave

September 19th, 2009
10:50 pm

DAMM, that girl can blight my humanity anytime. Thanks DL.

boxcarar

September 20th, 2009
12:24 am

Wildebeast,
100% agreement on the announcing team. These guys must be the scrub team for the network.

Shadetree

September 20th, 2009
12:11 pm

I have never seen the Falcons lowere their heads and hit like they did last sunday. Isn’t it nice to now we are in good hands.

Go Falcons

Birds 34 Panthers 14

My uncle Thornton took me to my first Falcons game in 1969 and this throwback is a nice memory of him.

Dirty Birdies

September 20th, 2009
5:47 pm

Good to see the birds are back…best part about the Saints is that they played a high school team in their first game and a game without the team’s best player this week…anyone remember the Monday night game 3 years ago after Katrina hit New Orleans, when they dominated the Falcons…I don’t even think God could have beaten the Saints that day…Brees is due to get hurt sooner or later