Falcons are not getting much mid-season love

MID-SEASON AWARDS: Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) had a slow start to the season, althought he's on pace to score 20 touchdowns.  (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

MID-SEASON AWARDS: Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) had a slow start to the season, althought he's on pace to score 20 touchdowns. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

THE BRANCH – It’s mid-season award time and the Falcons are not getting much love.

With NFC South foe New Orleans off to an 8-0 start, they are the mid-season darlings.

Sportingnewstoday has quarterback Drew Brees as the mid-season MVP and safety Darren Sharper as the defensive MVP. Denver’s Josh McDaniels is the coach of the year and they have the Saints beating the Colts in the Super Bowl, 37-17.

Pro Football Weekly has it’s mid-season All-Pro team and there is not one Atlanta Falcon on the list.

Their team is led by Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Reggie Wayne, tight end Dallas Clark and defensive end Dwight Freeney.

PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY’S MID-SEASON ALL-PRO TEAM

OFFENSE

QB Peyton Manning/Colts*

RB Adrian Peterson/Vikings*

RB Chris Johnson/Titans*

WR Reggie Wayne/Colts

WR Andre Johnson/Texans

TE Dallas Clark/Colts

C Nick Mangold/Jets

OG Jahri Evans/Saints

OG Ben Grubbs/Ravens

OT Ryan Clady/Broncos*

OT Michael Roos/Titans

DEFENSE

DE Jared Allen/Vikings

DE Dwight Freeney/Colts

DT Darnell Dockett/Cardinals

DT Haloti Ngata/Ravens

OLB James Harrison/Steelers

OLB Elvis Dumervil/Broncos

ILB Patrick Willis/49ers

CB Darrelle Revis/Jets

CB Charles Woodson/Packers

S Darren Sharper/Saints*

S Brandon Meriweather/Patriots

SPECIALISTS

PK Sebastian Janikowski/Raiders

P Shane Lechler/Raiders

PR Josh Cribbs/Browns*

KR Percy Harvin/Vikings*

HEAD COACH

Josh McDaniels/Broncos

Did they miss boat on the Falcons? Should some of the Falcons be considered for midseason award or do they need to step it up? Is it a good thing that the Falcons are 5-3 and flying under the national radar or at else in the the shadow of the Saints?

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The truth

November 11th, 2009
8:48 am

Who cares………….bring on the Panthers!!!

GO FALCONS!!!!!

MWC

November 11th, 2009
8:48 am

I like being the underdog

Zizzle

November 11th, 2009
8:49 am

They always miss the boat when it come to Atlanta! If the Falcons are going to ever get respect, the need to win a Super Bowl in the next 3 years! The media loves winners and the Falcons don’t have a history of being winners. Hope that all changes under the Mike Smith era! Things look good!!!! Respect will pay for itself!

Marco Miller

November 11th, 2009
8:53 am

I agree with The Truth! Let’s get those Panthers this Sunday! GO FALCONS!

kevin

November 11th, 2009
8:54 am

Yea. No love for the Falcons. I do want to comment on Tony Gonzalez and his wife’s nude photo for PETA……putting down people for wearing fur. Tony is a damn hypocrite….Tony says he doesn’t think people should sacrafice animals for luxury or fashion……….He plays football for a living…..would someone please tell Tony what his football cleats are made from and oh yea, Tony…..guess what the ball you scored all your touchdowns is made from????? Lol…some people freaking amaze me. But his wife is hot……lol.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

November 11th, 2009
9:16 am

KEVIN: That’s hot! Will ask about the PIGSKIN he catches and then dunks for scores.

Truth and Marco: I understand. We’ll get to who’s replacing Thomas Davis, today. Have conference calls with John Fox and linebacker Jon “The Beast” Beason today.

Falcons FAil No More

November 11th, 2009
9:22 am

Kevin, Tony says Fashion or luxury….cleats are neither and the same with the football. It’s a business he plays in, and both are needed. Good try though.

Singletary

November 11th, 2009
9:25 am

I, too, am much more interested in whompin’ some cats this weekend. However, I think it is sacrilege to not look at our franchise player Michael Koenan as the exceptional punter. Do these people not understand hang time?

What about Lofton having the most tackles in the NFL? The man is only in his second year running the D, using the headset, and taking prisoners. If Beirmann continues his production next year, I think we have a lock!

Coach IS Smitty: 2008 stare-down of Antonio Bryant; 2009 take down of D Hall, 2010, hummm got to be an AFC North victim.

mac

November 11th, 2009
9:34 am

Who cares, Tony??? Get a real cause that helps someone. Play ball and enjoy your wife’s nudity in the bedroom. GO FALCONS! Respect earned on the football field is often lost off the field through choices made in real life. GO FALCONS

mac

November 11th, 2009
9:34 am

Who cares, Tony??? Get a real cause that helps someone. Play ball and enjoy your wife’s nudity in the bedroom. GO FALCONS! Respect earned on the football field is often lost off the field through choices made in real life. GO FALCONS

Jeepers

November 11th, 2009
9:38 am

I’m no PETA backer, but Tony’s choice on what to wear and so forth can only go so far. His vote on the type of game ball is 1 against 1,000s. Tony’s no hypocrite just because he has to catch a pigskin ball. I disagree Kevin. I agree that his wife is “hot” though!

It’s probably good that the birds are staying under the radar. Perhaps they will sneak up on a few teams a win an extra game or two that were pre picked as losses. They really need to win at Carolina though.

Boy

November 11th, 2009
9:48 am

will Falcons pick up Larry Johnson to replace NOrwood? why not?

RobbE33

November 11th, 2009
9:49 am

Shhhhhhhhhhhh. The ‘98 Falcons were on the down low until they reached the Super Bowl. That’s fine and the way we like it. It keeps our players hungry with a chip on their shoulders. The only thing that matters is the respect they have for each other in the locker room. The rest will come if they earn it.
Do you have a Finneran update?

Art De

November 11th, 2009
9:50 am

Do you have or is there any indication from the coaching staff of the quality of play of Vance Walker and Trey Lewis?

Art De

November 11th, 2009
9:50 am

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Samuel

November 11th, 2009
9:51 am

Just win baby win!!!

Headmofo

November 11th, 2009
9:58 am

To be completely honest we really haven’t done anything consistently as a Team. The media loves winners. We haven’t won consitently or dominated for any sustained period of time or beat other NFC Teams that also have winning records. Had we have put away the Cowboys we may have been shown a little more love even if we lost to the Saints a week later on Monday Night. It is acutally a plus that we are flying below the radar. When we started pumping up Matt Ryan and the team we began to slide. The only thing hype produced for us this year was a slew of interceptions (not bashing Matt, he’s a heck of a player and a better QB than Vick ever was) that looked horrendous. No matter how much hype we get from the media the game must still be played and won on the field. 5-3 is respectable but 10-6 may have us watching the playoffs from home especially with two of our current three losses from NFC Teams.

I believe that Michael Keonen deserves some love from the media and some consideration as an All-Pro. It is also my belief that Curtis Lofton has played the run very well (kind of a liablilty in the pass game)but is definitely playing the game with intensity and at a very high level. Should he remain healthy I can see him being a Falcon for life. Lofton at least deserves consideration for a All-Pro/Pro Bowl nod.

RE: Tony G and wife...

November 11th, 2009
10:00 am

Bet the car he drives has leather seats!

RE: the topic and under the radar – we are there, deservedly so, due to big egg we laid on national TV against the Cowboys, and then by letting the Redskins back in the game on Sunday. We really are a middle of the road team, thus getting the respect we deserve at this point in the season. Ya gotta admit, 5 – 3 is not a great record, expecially since we have only won 2 in a row against bad teams, while also losing 2 in a row against 1 pretty good team and 1 really good team.

Who Dat

November 11th, 2009
10:00 am

Want love? Try going 8 and 0 and you’ll get it.

tom shoupe

November 11th, 2009
10:02 am

This mid season selection is meaningless. Alot of football to be played. This is a media spectacular that gives somebody something to do other than their normal duties. Who cares! Wasted headlines. The media likes to stir it up. They find someone stupid like the running back from the Chiefs and get to say stupid stuff and he is unemployed. Our media today is quite disgusting in the way they conduct their business

CJ

November 11th, 2009
10:22 am

Curtis Lofton has more tackles than anybody in the NFL right now. At the very least, he should be on the list.

BugKiller

November 11th, 2009
10:23 am

D-Led, you do realize that Mike Florio HATES the Falcons, right?

It started with the Vick thing, which admittedly, he was amazingly prescient about, including figuring out that Poindexter was trying to bury the lead so to speak until the Feds go involved.

But after that, he’s been dogging (pun intended) the Falcons for every move they’ve made.

He was leading the :”Falcons are stupid” bandwagon because they hired Dimitroff after a video conference.

He continued the “Falcons are stupid” bandwagon after they hired Mike Smith and that clown Marcelus Wiley basically called Mike Smith a moron on ESPN.

He continued his crusade when the Falcons picked Matt Ryan in the draft, said it was a horrible pick forced upon the GM by, “Arthur Blank, the Falcons’ ‘meddling’ owner.”

Then, after all the amazing year Matt Ryan had, winning EVERY ROY award except one lame-@$$ Diet Pepsi Award, guess what and who Florio was hyping? Yep, never mentioned Ryan’s crap-load of awards, but was sure to highlight Joe Fluke-O’s worthless Diet Pepsi Award.

Come on D-Led… don’t put any stock into ANYTHING Florio does or doesn’t say about the Falcons. He has an axe to grind because he’s all pissy because he believes he was never given enough credit for the Vick Scandal.

Fat Ryan

November 11th, 2009
10:29 am

D-Led-
Who the crap is Pro Football Weekly and what gives them so much credibility? Sounds like a bunch of tools who have never played football so they decide to “analyze” real players

Reid in EAV

November 11th, 2009
10:34 am

All this does is just make me happy that the NFL settles things on the field, rather than via nonsense like BCS polls. I mean, who thought the “no running game” Cards were going to the Super Bowl last year? So yes, I’m more than happy to sneak up on people and use the underdog card as a locker-room motivator.

As for players, I would love to have seen Gonzalez, Lofton and Koenen on that list… and perhaps Michael Turner at 2nd RB. And Roddy White is just THIS close to being one of the best WRs in the league.

Jamaaliver

November 11th, 2009
10:41 am

Curtis Lofton and Kroy Bierman might be worthy of consideration. But most of our players, individually, have been solid, if not unspectacular.

But a solid, consistent, under-the-radar team is fine by me. Let’s just get to 10 wins and count the votes at year’s end.

Pete

November 11th, 2009
10:42 am

The more the national moronic press ignores the Falcons, the better they play.

GO FALCONS !!!!!!!!!

Bird

November 11th, 2009
10:43 am

Maybe the media is waiting on the Falcons to beat a good team on the road? Go Falcons!

Observe & Report

November 11th, 2009
10:43 am

Falcons are 5-3 midway thru the season. If they go 5-3 in the 2nd half, they will be 10-6 and should be in the playoffs! I am ready for back to back winning seasons, who cares what the rest of the world thinks. Lastly, why were there so many empty seats on Sunday? I was at the game, it was announced a sell-out but there were tons of empties, including 1 entire section. What gives?

washedup

November 11th, 2009
10:50 am

Bugkiller. Florio does Pro Football Talk, not weekly. .but you’re right anyway. .he takes every opportunity to say something negative about the Falcons. He was really ragging on Mike Smith about the dust-up with SheAngelo.

Nativebird

November 11th, 2009
10:52 am

Once again, we’re waiting for national attention and the Atlanta franchise will NEVER gain national respect until they actually WIN a superbowl. There’s just too much 40 year baggage of losing with blips of mediocraty for ANY writer or commentator to walk out on that limb. they’ll get a nice little pat on the back every now and then, but NOBODY ever wants to say this is it, they’re good. too much downside.

Humble Fan

November 11th, 2009
10:54 am

The falcons won’t make the playoffs.The NFC east will get the 2 will cards.the Falcons on the other hand will have a winning season if that means anything.If the falcons don’t make the playoffs having a winning season don’t mean a thing to me.

Humble Fan

November 11th, 2009
10:58 am

That loss to the cowboys pretty much sealed the deal on making the playoffs and were the wild cards would fall.

P Rose

November 11th, 2009
11:09 am

Mike Smith has said all along “it’s a process.” Two years ago we were the most pitiful organization in pro sports, thanks to Vick and Petrino. Then, one year later, we get a new QB and coach and go all the way to the playoffs. The upward trend surely would have continued this year if not for four key injuries: Perry, Williams, Douglas and Norwood. Even without those guys, we’ll finally break the curse of never having had back to back winning seasons. We probably won’t make the playoffs this year, but next year figures to be a good one for the Falcons.

Supes

November 11th, 2009
11:10 am

Who cares about MID-SEASON awards? They don’t give out playoff spots after half a season, so who cares, only media types so they have some “controversial” material to discuss in between weeks of the NFL season.

Show me awards that actually count, like after a complete season.

Players that have a chance to distinguish themselves with the Falcons in 2009 are:

Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White, Michael Turner from the offense

Curtis Lofton, John Abraham, Kroy Biermann, Babs, maybe even Mike Peterson (if he picks it up)

Falcons73

November 11th, 2009
11:16 am

Dude, do you actually get paid to write this crap? Please tell me that you have a little more thought and foresight than this.

David Smith

November 11th, 2009
11:22 am

The only award I’m interested in us winning is the Super Bowl. Nothing else matters.

SOUTH GA BIRD FAN

November 11th, 2009
11:26 am

Under the radar is perfect I figure carolina over the falcons will be a lot of the experts pick for one of the upsets this weekend and carolina will be very tough . Tony G is playing as well as any TE i think have you noticed his blocking not to shabby.

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dwayne

November 11th, 2009
11:28 am

Lets just have a winning season, one jinx at a time. Keep it simple, beat Carolina…..Go Falcons.

The truth

November 11th, 2009
11:33 am

Humble Fan…………are you for real?

Dvill Gent

November 11th, 2009
11:39 am

WOW got to win sunday PLAY HARD and winn!!!!!!!!!!! ok

thedingo

November 11th, 2009
11:46 am

I think the Falcons can be described as ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its’ parts.’

BugKiller

November 11th, 2009
11:50 am

Umm… I know Mike Florio does profootballtalk.com… that wasn’t me who got that wrong.

And yeah, Mike Florio is the ONLY guy outside of DC calling for punishment on Mike Smith and taking MeAngelo Hall’s side of the deal, even though all the video evidence points to the fact that MeAngelo ran to the sideline to instigate a fight.

Florio is a douche bag.

Humble Fan

November 11th, 2009
11:51 am

The Truth—–pinch me i cry.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

November 11th, 2009
11:59 am

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RA

November 11th, 2009
12:01 pm

Here’s the thing about the Saints. Your Superbowel winner needs to be playing their best ball in weeks 13 through to the end. I think the Saints peaked too early this season. Time will tell if I’m right.

SirReal

November 11th, 2009
12:28 pm

Who really cares aboutr whats going on during the 1st half? The true grind is about to start and the only things that matter are which teams are playing come late January. As long as the Birds are there, I could care less about what a website says. We’re playing TEAM BALL. We know we’ve got some really really talented guys…lets continue to slip under the radar and punch teams in the mouth!

Carl

November 11th, 2009
12:28 pm

I just hope Gonzalez’ wife does more PETA ads.

hawesg

November 11th, 2009
12:30 pm

Can you honestly say that there is anyone on the Falcons who is the absolute BEST at his position? Maybe Koenen, but there are better options across the board.

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 11th, 2009
12:38 pm

HA HA The CHOKE not on the list – what a surprise :)

I thought he was Peyton-Like. Strange Peyton is on the list but no CHOKE.

What a BUST :)

washedup

November 11th, 2009
12:43 pm

My bad, Bugkiller. .made an assumption. .what does that make me? But you’re absolutely correct about Florio. .and he’s all over talk radio. I can’t figure that one out. .then there’s Kincade. . .