Coach Smith previews the 49ers game

This was "Hat Day" during training camp. Coach Smith is on the left. Yours truly on the right. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

This was "Hat Day" during training camp. Coach Smith is on the left. Yours truly on the right. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

THE BRANCH – The Falcons head coach Mike Smith stops by the blog this week to shed some insights into the game with the San Francisco 49ers.

The reigning Coach of the Year and the rest of  team will leave for San Francisco on Friday around 5 p.m. They’ll land around 10 p.m. and have dinner.

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“Leaving early, will allow the Falcons to go through their regular Saturday routine and then treat Sunday like a normal East Coast 4 p.m. start.

He’s impressed with how they are playing under Coach Mike Singletary. Check on this NFL.Com clip from the 49ers 35-0 pasting of the St. Louis Rams last week. They clearly are not the most talented team, but have played well this season. They are a Brett Favre heave away from being 4-0.

Coach Smith is anticipating a brutally physical matchup.

“Coach Singletary, I know that he preaches physicality and I don’t think that those guys have any doubt that they are going to be ready to play and make it a physical football game,” Smith said.

San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis.

San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis.

WILLIS COULD HAVE BEEN A FALCON: The tone-setter for the 49ers is inside linebacker Patrick Willis. The Falcons passed on him in 2007 with the 8th pick and selected defensive end Jamaal Anderson. Willis went three picks later to the 49ers and appears to be a perennial Pro Bowler.

“Patrick Willis has been in the league two years and has gone to two Pro Bowls,” Smith said.  ”He had a gigantic game last week against St. Louis with the two and half sacks, two tackles for loss, interception returned for a touchdown. For some guys, that’s a season. He had that production in one game.”

FALCONS DON’T WANT TO GET OUT-HIT: The normally quiet John Abraham sent out the call for the defensive line to “Man Up” against the 49ers.

“It’s going to be a big challenge for us,” Smith said. “Not only are they physical on defense, but they are big up front. Their offensive line has some really big guys.”

NOT A ONE-MAN BAND: Willis has plenty of help. Former Auburn star and Augusta native Takeo Spikes plays inside linebacker on running downs. He comes out when the 49ers go to their nickel package.

Outside linebackers Manny Lawson (N.C. State) and Parys Haralson (Tennessee) will go to defensive end in passing situations.

“Both of those guys are very good pass rushers,” Smith said. “They were defensive ends in college in a 4-3 scheme. There is not a whole lot of substitution. Those guys can put their hand in the dirt and rush the passer.”

STOUT AGAINST THE RUN: The 49ers are ranked 4th against the run (73.8 per game) in the league and have

Will running back Michael Turner break loose against the 49ers? (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Will running back Michael Turner break loose against the 49ers? (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

already slowed down Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson.

“They have been very efficient in stopping the run,” Smith said. “One of the teams they played is the Vikings.  .  . They have done a very good job through the first few games. It will be a very big challenge for us.”

SHAUN HILL IS A GAME MANAGER: The 49ers want to run the ball, but will be without their No. 1 running back Frank Gore. Running back Glen Coffee, a third round pick from Alabama, has tried to fill his shoes.

Quarterback Shaun Hill has taken care of the ball in the passing game and has five touchdown passes.

“He has distributed the ball, especially there in the red zone,” Smith said.  “Isaac Bruce has had a good season through the first four games and so has Josh Morgan.”

Morgan, a second-year man from Virginia Tech, is a promising young receiver.

“He’s a very physical receiver,” Smith said. “He has good speed, but he’s also a guy who can body defensive backs. He’s a factor in their run game in terms of mixing it up on their perimeter blocking.”

Will Matt Ryan unleash the deep pass against the 49ers? (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC).

Will Matt Ryan unleash the deep pass against the 49ers? (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC).

TURNOVERS WILL BE KEY: The 49ers have scored touchdowns off an interception and a fumble return. They also have two special teams’ touchdowns.

Against the Rams, linebacker Scott McKillop recovered a muffed punt for a touchdown. Against Minnesota, defensive tackle Ray McDonald blocked a field goal and Nate Clements returned it 59 yards for a touchdown.

“Ball security is going to important,” Smith said. “They are a very physical team. When you have a physical team that’s running to the football, good things happen. That’s what happened to them over these first four games.”

FALCON CONNECTIONS: Former Falcon Allen Rossum (2002-2006) plays for the 49ers. He needs just 13 yards  to reach 15,000 return yards. He could become the second player in NFL history to surpass 15,000 return yards, joining Brian Mitchell (19,013).

–San Francisco’s offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye had two stints with the Falcons as receivers coach from 1980-82 and 1987-89.

–San Francisco’s quarterback coach Mike Johnson was with the Falcons from 2002 to 2005 as wide receiver coach for one season and then quarterback coach.

–Atlanta quarterback coach Bill Musgrave played quarterback for the 49ers from 1991-94.

Well, how do you see the game?

Will the Falcons be able to run the ball against Willis and the 49er defense?

Can the defensive line get some sacks on Hill?

Happy to see Rossum closing in on 15,000 return yards?

Like the hats?

43 comments Add your comment


October 9th, 2009
3:57 am

I dont want Allen Rossom to get 1 yard let alone 13 to reach a 15,000 goal.

Michael Turner is TJ Duckett part II. I dont see him gaining over 50 yards in this one.

Abe will get some sacks. Jamaal will be his usual “almost got ‘em” self.


October 9th, 2009
6:07 am

hat looks a l’il small, brother. LOL.
Falcons better show someithing on Sunday. 2 weeks to prepar and an aire of desperation already before mid October.


October 9th, 2009
7:03 am

Shaun Hill 7-0 at home as a starter.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 9th, 2009
8:38 am

DUB: Allen is a super guy. But Falcons’ coverage units are awesome. He may not get that 13 this week.

MARCUS: Got that Stingy Brim in Nassau from the Straw Market. Schultz had the stat of the week (he just called Elias). Teams coming off byes have wo nearly 60% of the game over the last three seasons.

JERRY: But he’s Shaun Hill. Probably overdue for the L.


October 9th, 2009
8:54 am

DOL, I love how Mike Smith did his best Vince Dooley impression while talking with you, making the 49ers sound like the most talented squad in the NFC. In truth, I can’t disagree with much of what he relayed to you, and was pained to be reminded that we passed on Patrick Willis on ‘07 for JA. (We needed, and still need, D-linemen, unfortunately.)

Coach Smith is right about Willis’ ability, and I actually think a key to this game is going to be the matchup between Gonzales and Willis. If Willis can recognize Gonzales in coverage off of the play-action pass, he has the speed to stay with Tony. That’s what I’m going to be looking for during the game, and honestly think that Matt Ryan’s day may be dictated by that matchup as much as the run game.

Oh, and Shultz’s stat about bye week teams winning 60% of their games is significant indeed, as that statistic holds regardless of whether teams are on the road or at home. Let’s hope it helps the Falcons this week.


October 9th, 2009
9:30 am

Nice Lid, DO. Gotta get me one like Ray Lewis had on last week after their game (black, short-brimmed fedora).

Very worried about our running game. MT has not looked right and these guys can stop the run as well as anybody. Got to get back to what we did well last year. Run the ball, control the game.

Greg from Marietta

October 9th, 2009
10:16 am

The Falcons are 3 point underdogs. I see them covering the 3 points and winning by 6 or more. The Falcons as a team are to well coached and they are coming off a bye. San Fran hasn’t beaten anyone strong and the one good team that they played they lost.


October 9th, 2009
10:24 am

Worried about this game- big time! I like the fact that they are heading west on Friday. Bill Walsh’s teams were known for playing very well on the east coast and one thing they did that not many other teams did was to head east on Friday so that they could have their normal routine on Saturday. I do not think it should be underestimated


October 9th, 2009
10:24 am

Greg from Marietta said, “San Fran hasn’t beaten anyone strong and the one good team that they played they lost.”

The same could be said of Atlanta, I’m afraid.


October 9th, 2009
10:27 am

Another painful reminder of the “Bust” that J. Anderson has been and what we could have had instead. Why keep bringing it up? It hurts.

Anyway, more scoring than expected this week. Falcons 24 / Niners 20


October 9th, 2009
10:30 am

In the first 3 games it seems to have been a “business as usual attitude” for the team and it finally caught up with them at NE. They need to forget last year and develop a new “win at all cost” attitude for this year. > Turner’s not hitting the holes and both lines have been outplayed physically with the exception of the Miami game. I hope to see a different team this Sunday.


October 9th, 2009
10:49 am

D. Orlando Lottie, got more head than he got body.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 9th, 2009
10:52 am

The defense needs to turn in a big effort. The fact that the 49ers gave up four sacks to the Rams is encouraging. The D-Line needs to crank up the heat on Shaun Hill.

JT: Very good point.

ICEFAN: Yeah, that’s a tough one. I thought they’d take Amobi Okoye myself, which would also have been the wrong move.

GLICTHY: Glad you like the brim. Have to check out Ray’s brim. T.O. had on a nice one after the game where he didn’t catch a pass.

GREG FROM MARIETTA: Thanks for the info on the betting lines.

TROUB: Coach Mike shoots it straight. He’s no Dooley or Lou Holtz. He gives up the good info on direct questions.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 9th, 2009
11:13 am

1eyedJack: For sure!!! Big Ol Dome!!!

Steve C

October 9th, 2009
11:38 am


That’s a crazy comparison. TJ Duckett has 2,814 career rushing yards and 44 rushing TD’s in 7 seasons. Turner had 1,699 yards and 17 TD’s in his first full season. I, and any GM in the NFL, would take Turner over Ducket in his prime any day. On what basis do you make your comparison?


October 9th, 2009
11:55 am

falcon 27 49ers 20

Rev Blake

October 9th, 2009
12:29 pm

Well, you look better in a hat than Smitty. He needs to lose that safari brim.

The more I watch the Falcons on replay, the more nervous I get. If the same sluggish Falcons team that has played the last two games arrives in San Francisco, then a losing season is already in the books.

If the D-line does not stop the run and rush the quarterback, we lose. Examining the schedule, this is a must win game.

Niners....6th ranked Defense.....Good luck Falcons :)

October 9th, 2009
12:29 pm

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October 9th, 2009
12:30 pm

I don’t imagine Coach Singletary had anything at all to say about Anderson….. wow that was an awful pick. No workout… no nothing… who the heck lobbied for that guy?

Art Vandelay

October 9th, 2009
12:41 pm

The ultimate indictment of Jamaal Anderson was watching him try to put a late hit on Tom Brady in the Pats game, only to see him literally bounce off Brady’s back and fall over, while Brady stayed on his feet and didn’t even seem to notice that he’d been hit.


October 9th, 2009
1:02 pm

Ryan needs to “light ‘em up”. Why has he been given the Farve treatment and restricted to going downfield? This “get the lead and run the clock” attitude almost backfired on Minnesota like it almost did for us @ Carolina!

I also hope that diva “Craptree” sits on the bench and watches how a real TEAMS play. What a stupid contract! Must have had MasterP work that one!


October 9th, 2009
1:04 pm

This game worries it seems we are all worried about the D
On the O I would like to see Jenkins have a break out game as the focus is still on White and Tony G …and I think Jenkins is overdue for a stellar game. Statistically thus far, he is avg more yards that White..

Standing up every 2nd and 3rd down on defense in sec 340

October 9th, 2009
1:08 pm

I believe the bye has given the staff time to correct are problems on offense.

The defense i believe needs to be more aggressive. Frank Gore is out. Bring the house and put game manager Shaun Hill on his butt. SF has not shown it can pass the ball. Their #1 receiver is Isaac “old as the hills” Bruce.

The best defenses in the league Blitz. Look at NO, they got aggressive and now their defense is making things happen. I would prefer to give up the occasional big play while getting sacks and turnovers, then the slow death, run it up the gut, 5 yards a pop, 7 min. wear out the defense eventual touchdown drives.

Think Minnesota against Green Bay. 8.5 sacks and a safety. True they gave up 384 yards of passing, but that was a great defensive effort.

Bring the heat. if you get burned oh well at least you tried

Matt Ryan is the Truth
In Dimitroff and Smith We Trust
A biased season ticket holder


Go Falcons


October 9th, 2009
1:51 pm

Cult of personality which is real, but pushing that aside, 49ers are a good team and built from the ground up … literally. Is it Burner or our O-Line that is not getting any traction against bigger guys? We can’t have the three-pronged offense if even one of the three is being shut down. Change up the looks, give us some Snelling, & send in the good hands team. Grimes strikes me as the second coming of Hester/Cribbs, as in he will do anything/ suffer any hit to play so there is no need to risk J-Rock on Special Teams. Hoping for a victory!


October 9th, 2009
2:22 pm

Hey Y’all:

THIS IS A “WAKE UP GAME” FOR THE FALCONS AND FANS, ALIKE. This is a game were the Falcons fight to continue re-establish themselves as “CONTENDERS” NOT “PRETENDERS.” I know the guys are really “HYPED” and “ANGRY” about their play against the Patriots, therefore, this is a “LET”S PROVE A POINT” game to “THEMSLVES” and “THE FANS”. This will be a hard fought game that I am looking fprward to. I believe our FALCONS, “THE COACHES” AND “PLAYERS”, will respond positively and win this game, as a “TEAM”, covering for one another and playing as “ONE HEARTBEAT!!”. We as ,FANS”, will be by our T.V.’s at home and in the “sports bar” shouting “ONE HEARTBEAT!!”, “ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!” on every play. WE ARE READY!! DO YOU HEAR ME?!! WE ARE READY FOR THIS!! LET’S DO THIS IN in “ONE HEARTBEAT!!” ONE GAME AT A TIME IN “ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!”.


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

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

The Illness

October 9th, 2009
2:31 pm

The 49ers were 2 seconds away from beating Minnesota on the road, without their best player, Frank Gore. I don’t know. Me thinks Minnesota might qualify as being a good team.

49ers are strong at home and they are a team that will probably get better each week this season. This will be a good game but it will be a quiet flight home for the Falcons.

16-13 49ers.


October 9th, 2009
4:37 pm

This will be a statement game for the Falcons. Coming off a bye week, expect the Birds to be hitting on all cylinders. We are as healthy as we will probably be all season. The offense and the defense will be ready. We are to well coached to have any lingering effects from the Pats game. These are not your Daddy’s Falcons. Last year started the modern era for this franchise.

30-17 Birds fly high

Lifelong Niner Fan in SF

October 9th, 2009
4:42 pm

The Falcons HAVE to take advantage of Gore being out. There is a HUGE HUGE drop off from Gore to Coffee. Not just in running – but equally as important – pass blocking. Gore had been LAYING linebackers out with his blocks. Coffee is whiffing and looks lost (as any rookie would be).

That being said – if the Falcons cannot establish a consistent run – the Niners will win this game. Mark my words – Matt Ryan cannot win this by himself. The Falcons have yet to see a defense as disciplined and as fast as the Niners. And yes – that includes the Patriots.

My guess is that Turner gets things going and the Falcons win by 4. I think Niner/Sing hype has pushed the spread to the Niner side. My money is on the Falcons and I genuinely hope I am wrong.

Go Niners!

Cole frm ATL to Dal. *Go Falcons*

October 9th, 2009
4:57 pm

Did everyone else read this part…………………..
Patrick Willis. The Falcons passed on him in 2007 with the 8th pick and selected defensive end Jamaal Anderson. Willis went three picks later to the 49ers and appears to be a perennial Pro Bowler.


October 9th, 2009
6:23 pm

i have just one plea, TRE LEWIS if you read these blogs.
i know what you can do man, i got, if no one else, belief in you
i know you been hurt. but its time to shake that s–t off.
so pin your ears back, and sho your stuff, you definitely have
what it take. i believed that before the draft. so step up and
reclaim your position.

Rocky Mountian Falcon

October 9th, 2009
6:48 pm

The Falcons will win on Sunday and I will tell you why.
1st, 49ers will attempt to stop the run. In the first quarter they will, but will fail to stop Ryan’s passing attack. End of 1st Qtr, Falcons 10 49ers 3
2nd Qtr, 49ers Defense will again work on stopping the run game, and again, they will get torched in the air.
Without Gore, the 49ers will put too much pressure on the rookie RB, and end up throwing more than they wanted too. This will provide Abraham and Bierman plenty of chances to get to the QB.
Halftime 17-3 Falcons

By the end of the 3rd Qtr., 49ers defense starts to wear down after too many 3 and outs by the 49er offense. This is were the pilot light gets lighted and the Burner starts taking out some big chunks on the field, and the offense starts playing ball control and two red zone field goals. End of 3, Falcons 23-6.

The fourth quarter has the Falcons in full control and Turner rushing for a TD early in the 4th, and one more late to put the final nail in the coffin. 49ers get one TD on a desperation pass but too little too late. Final score 37-13.
Ryan will get most of his passing yards early in the game, while Turners Rushing yards come late. Ryan will have 266 yards passing w/ 2 TD’s. Turner will have 117 yards and 2 TD’s on the day.


October 9th, 2009
7:43 pm

I hope Rocky Mountain Falcon is right…GOOOO FALCONS!!!!!

Ken Strickland

October 9th, 2009
9:18 pm

This is a very important game. After 3 gms, we’ve seen what our weaknesses are, especially on DEF. We’ve had 2 wks to address those issues, and how successful we are at addressing them will determine the outcome for the remainder of the season. Offensively, we have to establish our rushing OFF, and the 49′er DEF will be a good test. Defensively, we have the same major problems we had last yr;
(1)Poor pass rush
(2)Poor DL play against the run
(3)Poor CB play

If the OFF is unable to effectively run the ball, and is forced to move the ball and score by passing, we won’t be able to control the clock and keep the DEF off the field. DE JAbraham recently stated that the DL has to MAN UP. Well, the same goes for the OL as well.

"Charles", The Original

October 9th, 2009
10:26 pm

The Atlanta Falcons had another sub par game against the New England Patriots; but they were doing something right. QB Tom Brady was observed on the sidelines exhibiting signs of frustration with his teammates and the Atlanta Falcons’ defense. But hats off to New England; they refused to accept the test after it had been presented four times. Most teams submit after three. The Patriots held on to the football and didn’t fumble the entire game. But the Atlanta Falcons are persistent. The test will be resubmitted to the Patriots at a later date, February 7, 2010, Dolphin Stadium, Super Bowl XLIV.

The Atlanta Falcons are flying west and touching down as we speak. As you know, their destination is San Francisco and they’ll square off against the 49ers on Sunday. In the first three football games, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, and the New England Patriots, the Atlanta Falcons have been lethargic but they’ve managed to win two games in spite of themselves. The running and passing games have been slow out of the gates. And the defense has been inconsistent. But even under such adversity, NFL teams and commentators can sense the power of the Falcons football team. They’re a cause for concern. They’re like a rumbling volcano on the verge of eruption. Consider this, the average lethargic football team in the NFL has 0 wins and 4 losses and others have 1 win and 3 losses.

Look for the Atlanta Falcons to present the identical examination to the San Francisco 49ers that was given to the New England Patriots. And they’ll advise the 49ers that it’s to their advantage to take the test now rather than later. The 49ers like the New England Patriots must show they can win football games under adverse conditions, four or more turnovers, as the Atlanta Falcons demonstrated last season. So far this season, the Miami Dolphins and the Carolina Panthers took the test and failed. The New England Patriots abstained until a later date. This week, look for the San Francisco 49ers to be tested and have negative results.

Final score: The Atlanta Falcons 41, and the San Francisco 49ers 22.


October 10th, 2009
6:34 pm

I have seen recent articles about people speaking to these issues on the Falcons Forums ( myself included) and we have all been suspended or banned out right. SO first the falcons moderators or administrators are practicing a brnad of censorship–wherein no comments about the “way things are” will be tolerated. My violation, inspite of the postd “Code of Conduct” which says no profanity, remarks to anything etc will be permitted don’t apply equally–thee are all sorts of racial references, persoanl attacks and religions inappropriate symblos like the Nazi symbol, nudies pics etc…in short it is not a forum room (TATF) but a porn-of-sorts room..certainly football is NOT the point of discussion.
Anyone and there are many of us, who attmept to critically analyze the “way things are done” with regards to the Falcon, by their front office, especially the GM–it seems evident–is given ratings I have a -37 on my report card–while the “others” who continu to violate the COC do not have single mark. That’s censorship pure and simple.

next the Falcons have no defense to speak of they have bodies and maybe a couple of defensive player, but its their own fault–the GM let 5 starters go? He didn’t ven sign a single quality player during the Free Agency signing period either. The Falcon drafted 8 players, 7 whom actually had a chance at making the team, none really along the lines of, say, Pat Willis. Larry Foote and a young kid named Josh Magua, LB out of UNR, playd at Harvey Dahl’s alma mater and went t the same high school, is still available. The Falcons didn;t ven look at any one player, choosing, they say, to build through the draft? What? the only startre is now out for the season Peria Jery and he is and was no sure thing with reviuous suspect health isues and size isues for his poistion–the beat gos on.

So what do the falcons do sign Tony G good move but what can he do when he can’t gt into the game? Defense is what they need badly.

Now with one of the toughest shedules to manage they head into this game with a totally different SF team and without Peria Jerry–(injury turned out to be true) I mentioned all this and more and got banned as I am right now.

I follow Harvey Dahl since I coached him when he was a Little Leaguer, he played with my two sons at CCHS) and as I remember the folks in the TATF criticized Dahl and Clabo even with Turner running all-over the place last year. This group was still for Vick and now sing the praises for Ryan–who is adequate but cannot throw conistntly or deep well. he has RWhite who has fumble fingers and bow Truner is losing his grip too.

The opponents stack the box and stunt giving the rightside every angle to manage and the play calling is too predictable. Football is complex to scheme but really its very simple. The bottomline to me is this nobody is hitting and hungry because of their success and sitting back on their laurels of last year.

Every team faces thes things success builds complaceny sometimes bu to ignore this and censor free discusion ona free duscussion forum is wrong and unAmericanas is the nazi sign and discrimnation of every ilk.

The Falcon should welcome constructive critical remarks this rah, rah, rak stuff never works. People need to know when there is a wrong or mistake especially Harvey and company. The Falcons face an uphill season now and its doubtful that theyt’ll repeat last year muh less have a wining season not because the team did anything but becasue of the mistakes up front by those who don;t play the game either.

By the way, AJC and Ledbetter is PUblic enemy # 1 on TaTF too. Me also. Please would like an objectvie response instead of the banter out at TATF. I had enough of those people.

I am a real Falcon fans and I know one of th players from way back when. I see this game with SF: 24, falcons 17 (if their are no turn-overs) If the falcons continue 3 and out and with their no-stop D this thing coulo look like the STL game real fast. They need to hit and hit some more to t=stay in this thing and tghey still will have a tough time winning it not to mention next week they have the BBEARS there, then Dallas, and the beat gos on….


October 10th, 2009
8:07 pm

Not only did the Falcons pass up Pat Willis for Jamaal Anderson, but they also passed on Darelle Revis, possibly the best corner in the game right now.


October 10th, 2009
9:38 pm

Where is the no huddle? It worked great last year and Ryan managed it like an old pro. If Falcons use it more and get the SF D worn out should open things up. Ball control, no turnovers!! D rushing hard. Put Shawn Hill on his butt 4-5 times!!! Bierman where are ya? I think they are rested and ready to roll. Like the positives in most of the blogs today. Putting all my points on the Falcons to win in our office pool this week.
Go Falcons!!!!


October 11th, 2009
11:21 am

If everybody except our coach says we should blitz more…and we don’t blitz more. Then it means the coach is not sure of his secondary and their ability to cover man to man. Which means not much has changed since Dokie Williams burned Bobby Butler at will all over Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. In memory of those efforts we’ve written this song to the tune of “If I only had a brain” from the Wizard of Oz (here we go in the key of C)
Theres a blitz on third and twenty, and help I don’t have any, I’m covering man to mannnnnn. ,, They would never score a touchdown they could barley keep their lunch down If I only had a brain.
I would pick up on the scramble, the passer he would amble, his way across the fieldddd. They would put him on a stretcher from the coach he’d get a lecture, if I only had a brain!!!#%
Just like old times ( sigh) Watch out for Issac Bruce. He’s not still in the league because he plays like he’s eighteen. He’s still there because he doesn’t!!!


October 11th, 2009
4:51 pm

Norwood just slipped and fell down on a run, great play San Fran, Hey Tony Siragusa SHUT UP!!!!!

Phyllis Byers

October 11th, 2009
5:16 pm

I am amazed that with this economy that Arthur Blank has the nerve to talk about a new stadium. First of all there is nothing wrong with the Dome and secondly, this is not the time.


October 11th, 2009
8:09 pm

The Smiths signed a retarded contract with the GA DOME and state, Arthur blank needs a new contract or stadium to compete in the NFL


October 11th, 2009
8:10 pm

I have never seen such biased announcers for a game.


October 12th, 2009
2:10 am

Hey Ledbetter, still wondering about the Falcons hiring Singletary?