Falcons ready to get on the bus; help Smitty pay the fine

Falcons to ride on charter buses to Charlotte for the game agaisnt Carolina on Sunday.

Falcons to ride on charter buses to Charlotte for the game agaisnt Carolina on Sunday.

CONVOY TO CHARLOTTE – Just emptying the notebook today before Sunday’s kickoff against the Panthers  . . .

GET ON THE BUS: Fullback Ovie Mughelli is taking along his favorite pillow for the bus ride to Charlotte.

“I’ve got to have my pillow,” Mughelli said.

The Falcons are making provisions for the bigger players on the team for what should be a three hour and some change ride from Hall County.

“Coach said  — and I don’t know how he’s going to work this — that we are going to have four seats each,” Mughelli said.

It’s been a while since most of the players have taken a bus trip.

“We flew is college,” Mughelli said. “This bus strip is going to be a throwback. I haven’t had a bus trip since high school.”

By taking the buses, the Falcons should cut their travel time in half.  The three and half hour drive turns into a six to seven hour trip when they drive about an hour to the Airport, unload the buses, go through TSA security, fly to Charlotte, unload again and take buses to the hotel.

HELP SMITTY PAY THE FINE: The fans raising money to help Coach Smith pay his $15,000 fine have raised $1,999.14 through Friday afternoon. Here’s the link.

Steve Smith tackles Chris Houston after his key interception in Week Two. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

Steve Smith tackles Chris Houston after his key interception in Week Two. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

SMITH STILL A FORCE: Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith’s numbers are down dramatically. He only has 34 catches through eight games. He’s averaged 88 catches over the last four seasons.

With Jake Delhomme throwing interceptions by the bushel, the Panthers have reigned in their passing attack.

“We were definitely struggling in the passing game,” Carolina coach John Fox said. “I think in the last couple of weeks, that’s much better now. I’m not saying that we are a well oiled machine by any stretch, but we are definitely improving in that area and hopefully we’ll continue to improve.”

Falcons cornerback Chris Houston, who intercepted Delhomme late to preserve the 28-20 victory in Week Two, hasn’t noticed the change.

“They don’t do anything differently,” Houston said. “Steve Smith is still the go-to-receiver. Running game and Steve Smith. Running game and Steve Smith.”

Houston said don’t pay any attention to Smith’s numbers.

“But in the last game he scored,” Houston said. “He ran a sluggo (slant and go) on a seam. He put up points. He might not have the catches, but he can create explosive plays.”

WALKER SHINING: Defensive tackle Vance Walker, the former Georgia Tech standout, was pressed into duty over the last two games with Thomas Johnson out with a calf injury.

Walker, a seventh round draft pick, was cut then placed on the practice squad. He was moved up to the 53-man roster when first round pick Peria Jerry was lost for the season with a knee injury.

Walker has been stout on the field. He had three tackles and a blocked pass against New Orleans. He had five tackles

Tony Gonzalez doesn't think ex-teammate Larry Johnson would be a good fit in Flowery Branch.

Tony Gonzalez doesn't think ex-teammate Larry Johnson would be a good fit in Flowery Branch.

against the Redskins.

“He’s done well for us,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We think he’ll continue to advance. It’s nice to see a young player step into a role so quickly.”

GONZALEZ ON LJ: Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez noticed as his former teammate Larry Johnson cleared waivers after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs.

“That’s the way it goes,” Gonzalez said. “Hopefully, he picks up the pieces and gets back on the train and finish his career off right.”

He doesn’t think Johnson would be a good fit for the Falcons.

“I don’t think we really need that,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve got a really good running back and some guys that are coming back and will be healthy.”

WHO’S THE STARTER: Left cornerback Tye Hill, who started the last two games, is listed as the starter on the team’s unofficial depth chart. Smith wouldn’t call him a starter earlier in the week. “It doesn’t matter as long as I get a chance to play,” Hill said.

129 comments Add your comment

TMoney

November 13th, 2009
3:04 pm

The Falcons need to double cover Steve Smith all game. It’s looking likely DeAngelo Williams will be out this week (rarely does a Fox player not practice Friday and play Sunday), and Muhsin Muhammad will just be getting back from a knee injury. Even Jonathon Stewart is banged up with a sore Achilles. Long story short, keep at least seven in the box and use two of the remaining 4 on Smith. He’s burned us too many times for my liking.

CLK Falcon

November 13th, 2009
3:06 pm

DOL, thanks for the knowledge as always.

Offense, show some creativity; screens, shovels, etc. Just like the Skins game.

Defense, stop the run, plese. Let’s make Delhomme throw to beat us.

This Falcon’s team is getting good at just the right time.

Singletary

November 13th, 2009
3:06 pm

I’ll donate to the Smith fund. But I’m also very interested to find out why D Hall wasn’t fined. Any one want to start a petition to Goodell? If he isn’t fined, the NFL just gave him carte blanche to stroll on over to every opposing sideline in the league.

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 13th, 2009
3:07 pm

So you guys are happy with the XXXX coach Smith. Let’s take a look at his so called brilliance as a great coach, as “YOU” people have crowned him:

COACH SMITH vs COACH HARBAUGH

- Both Coaches were rookies in 2008

- Coach Smith was 1 and done in the playoffs

- Coach Harbaugh reached the championship game

- Coach Smith won coach of the year

- Coach Harbaugh reached the championship game

- Coach Smith drafted the CHOKE

- Coach Harbaugh drafted Joe Cool

- The CHOKE was 1 and done in the playoffs

- Joe Cool became the 1st rookie ever to win 2 playoff games

- The CHOKE won rookie of the year

- Joe Cool became the 1st rookie ever to win 2 playoff games

- Coach Smith built a bottom 5 defense

- Coach Harbaugh built a top 5 defense

- Coach Smith won coach of the year

- Coach Harbaugh built a top 5 defense

- Coach Smith drafted the CHOKE

- Coach Harbaugh drafted Joe Cool

- The CHOKE is ranked NUMBER 20 in the NFL

- Joe Cool is ranked NUMBER 11 in the NFL

- The CHOKE is ranked 5th in the NFL in Interceptions

- Joe Cool is ranked 14th in the NFL in Interceptions

- The CHOKE has a QB RATING of 82.2

- Joe Cool has a QB RATING of 90.2

LET’S RECAP…………………

- Coach Harbaugh made the championship game as a rookie

- Coach Smith was 1 and done as a rookie

- The CHOKE was 1 and done as a rookie

- Joe Cool made it to the championship game as a rookie

- The CHOKE is having a sophomore slump

- Joe Cool is improving from rookie season

So the bottom line – those that are worshipping Smith are admitting to being BRAIN DEAD and as big a LOSER as he and his BUST QB :)

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 13th, 2009
3:09 pm

Singletary

November 13th, 2009
3:06 pm
I’ll donate to the Smith fund. But I’m also very interested to find out why D Hall wasn’t fined. Any one want to start a petition to Goodell? If he isn’t fined, the NFL just gave him carte blanche to stroll on over to every opposing sideline in the league.

“Give it a rest – the law is the law” and he lost.

If it don’t fit – you must acquit :)

CLK Falcon

November 13th, 2009
3:10 pm

You’re the only one comparing coaches, loser. Your comments are so old. Learn something new or just get a life.

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 13th, 2009
3:11 pm

CLK Falcon

November 13th, 2009
3:10 pm
You’re the only one comparing coaches, loser. Your comments are so old. Learn something new or just get a life.

“Don’t shoot the messenger baby” :)

TMoney

November 13th, 2009
3:13 pm

Ever time I see Choke in a blog, I’m going to ask this question until I get an answer. Will it get annoying, yes. Is it stooping to his level, yes. Do expect him to answer, no. Do I really care what he has to say, no.

Hey Choke, which QB would you prefer the Falcons have?

Stipulations for this question are that the player can’t be an “untouchable” (eg. one of the Mannings, Brady, Brees, Roethlisberger, Rivers, McNabb, etc.).

CLK Falcon

November 13th, 2009
3:13 pm

Pathetic that you have to come here to rile up actual Falcons fans. Go lay down with your Joe Falco doll. Nobody cares about the Unibrow.

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 13th, 2009
3:14 pm

CLK Falcon

November 13th, 2009
3:06 pm
DOL, thanks for the knowledge as always.

Offense, show some creativity; screens, shovels, etc. Just like the Skins game.

Defense, stop the run, plese. Let’s make Delhomme throw to beat us.

This Falcon’s team is getting good at just the right time.

“Yes beating the Redskins is really getting good at the right time” :)

That would not be so idiotic if it wasn’t for the fact that they had lost their prior 2 games and beat a team that has lost to Kansas City & Detroit.

Yep they are getting good at the right time :)

D. Orlando Ledbetter

November 13th, 2009
3:16 pm

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 13th, 2009
3:17 pm

TMoney

November 13th, 2009
3:13 pm
Ever time I see Choke in a blog, I’m going to ask this question until I get an answer. Will it get annoying, yes. Is it stooping to his level, yes. Do expect him to answer, no. Do I really care what he has to say, no.

Hey Choke, which QB would you prefer the Falcons have?

Stipulations for this question are that the player can’t be an “untouchable” (eg. one of the Mannings, Brady, Brees, Roethlisberger, Rivers, McNabb, etc.).

“That is a question for your brilliant GM who drafted the piece of crap” but since he is ranked NUMBER 20 in the league, there are at least 19 other candidates – maybe Joey Harrington :)

D. Orlando Ledbetter

November 13th, 2009
3:18 pm

ENOUGH OF THE THUG COACH SPEAK. GOT TO PUT ON MY MODERATING HAT after just 13 comments . . .

CLK Falcon

November 13th, 2009
3:23 pm

THE RAVENS WANTED MATT RYAN! THEY SETTLED FOR THE UNIBROW!

TMoney

November 13th, 2009
3:23 pm

Matt “Choke” Ryan

November 13th, 2009
3:17 pm

TMoney

November 13th, 2009
3:13 pm
Ever time I see Choke in a blog, I’m going to ask this question until I get an answer. Will it get annoying, yes. Is it stooping to his level, yes. Do expect him to answer, no. Do I really care what he has to say, no.

Hey Choke, which QB would you prefer the Falcons have?

Stipulations for this question are that the player can’t be an “untouchable” (eg. one of the Mannings, Brady, Brees, Roethlisberger, Rivers, McNabb, etc.).

“That is a question for your brilliant GM who drafted the piece of crap” but since he is ranked NUMBER 20 in the league, there are at least 19 other candidates – maybe Joey Harrington :)

And as I expected, you can’t answer a simple question. Not even a hard question. You could have gone with you’re favorite QB Joe Flacco, you could have gone with Chad Henne, Mark Sanchez, Matthew Stafford, but instead you choose to go after the Falcons GM and then name a player that has failed with 4 teams (Lions, Dolphins, Falcons, and Saints). And he was cut from the Saints roster in favor of the 39 year old Mark Brunell. That’s a pretty bad case.

Let me try a few more questions and see how they go: Are you actually a Mike Vick fan that’s angry that he let you down? Are you really a New Orleans Saint, Carolina Panthers, or Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan? Do you actually work for the ajc and are sent in here only to try to rile up conversation?

TMoney

November 13th, 2009
3:24 pm

Thank you DOL, at least one of the ajc blog moderators is willing to do it.

FalconFan

November 13th, 2009
3:26 pm

To Mr. Choke, you are ruining these blogs.

To the AJC, your blog readership is decreasing with every post from this clown. With each blog, I quickly scroll down and see if this person has been posting. If so, I do not read a single blog entry because this idiot makes it a waste of time with his asinine comments.

CLK Falcon

November 13th, 2009
3:27 pm

Baltimore Ravens Draft Preview: Matt Ryan Is Clear Target in First Round by Dylan Waugh
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All signs point towards the Ravens selecting Boston College QB Matt Ryan with the 8th pick in the 1st round, assuming the consensus #1 QB prospect is still on the board.

Possessing off-the-chart intangibles (intangibles inherently can’t be measured with charts anyways though, right?), a solid arm, and All-ACC pedigree, Ryan appears to be the answer to the franchise’s eternal quest to find a franchise quarterback.

Despite his fantastic senior season (59.3% passes completed, 4,507 yards, and 31 touchdowns), some draft experts doubt Ryan’s ability to develop into an elite player.

The most glaring issue is Ryan’s tendency to throw interceptions, as evidenced by the 19 he tossed last season.

The high total is somewhat deceptive, says NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. After studying film of all 19 INTs Mayock declared he was “not even a bit” troubled by the rash of turnovers.

Instead, Mayock fingers Ryan’s suspect receiving corps.

“The reason is he is trying to make a play. He doesn’t have wideouts who can uncover from a decent corner,” Mayock contends.
Baltimore coveted Ryan long before QB Steve McNair’s surprise retirement on April 17, but with other glaring needs and Ryan previously projected to be drafted in the top five, the prospect of the BC signal-caller wearing purple and black seemed unlikely.

Oops, even your GM wanted him. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/19084-baltimore-ravens-draft-preview-matt-ryan-is-clear-target-in-first-round

patrick

November 13th, 2009
3:27 pm

Choke, please find something productive to do with yourself. Man couldn’t you spend this time working at an animal shelter or homeless shelter. Perhaps help clean up your neighborhood or volunteer at a local school and help kids learn math. Really, if you don’t like the team’s coach or quarterback perhaps you should move on to another team.

I hope the team takes this new energy into Charlotte and run Turner all day long.

The truth

November 13th, 2009
3:28 pm

Thank you DLed. I normally don’t mind who post on the blogs but “joke choke” is all over these boards and everywhere he goes no one wants him. Hey……..kinda like Deangelo Hall.

Well birds of feather do flock together.

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 13th, 2009
3:29 pm

man, i got burned. this is not funny, guys. you’re hurting my feelings.

Come one, Ozzie. Seriously? Not the man with one brow?

PMC

November 13th, 2009
3:30 pm

Thanks for the Fund URL DOL. This will be a great Thanksgiving for the Falcons Youth Organization.

We may be a small fanbase, but there are a lot of great people in it.

midnite

November 13th, 2009
3:30 pm

Thanks DOL. We need to stop letting the opposing QB’s from gaining big yards rushing. Its been happening all year. Somebody needs to keep an eye out for that. I never take any of our division rivals lightly, I smell win #6. GO Smith, Go Ryan, GO FALCONS!

SOUTH GA BIRD FAN

November 13th, 2009
3:31 pm

everyone knows that “Choke” is a living breathing blueprint on how to build an idiot if he really believes harbra (mispelled on purpose) built the ravens defense he is truly dumber than a box of rocks. and thats pretty dumb
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CLK Falcon

November 13th, 2009
3:31 pm

Baltimore coveted Ryan long before QB Steve McNair’s surprise retirement on April 17, but with other glaring needs and Ryan previously projected to be drafted in the top five, the prospect of the BC signal-caller wearing purple and black seemed unlikely.

Oops, even your GM wanted him. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

TMoney

November 13th, 2009
3:32 pm

SOUTH GA BIRD FAN

November 13th, 2009
3:31 pm

everyone knows that “Choke” is a living breathing blueprint on how to build an idiot if he really believes harbra (mispelled on purpose) built the ravens defense he is truly dumber than a box of rocks. and thats pretty dumb
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Come one now, there’s no reason to insult a nice box of rocks.

CLK Falcon

November 13th, 2009
3:33 pm

SGA BIRD FAN: we could argue that he is the reason their defense is getting burned on a regular basis now.

Cedric Benson owns the Ravens this year!

CLK Falcon

November 13th, 2009
3:34 pm

Cedric Benson wants to personally thank the Ravens for his next contract! If only they had a franchise qb.

midnite

November 13th, 2009
3:36 pm

Choke is an immature punk who cannot get attention any other way than by being an annoying little pest. He cannot engage in sensible adult conversation hence the BS he belches. Just ignore his juvenile blather he brings nothing to the table…zero. Go away little jerk.

CLK Falcon

November 13th, 2009
3:43 pm

Yes, Choke. Winning is good. This is the NFL. A win is a win. It helps our team get to the playoff.

CLK Falcon

November 13th, 2009
3:43 pm

Yes, Choke. Winning is good. This is the NFL. A win is a win. It helps our team get to the playoffs.

SOUTH GA BIRD FAN

November 13th, 2009
3:43 pm

TMoney

you can breathe easier no rocks were harmed in the typing of my earlier post.
GOOD ONE !

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 13th, 2009
3:51 pm

LAST 4 GAMES:

vs Chicago…..2 ints…… 68 QB RATING

vs Dallas…..2 ints……. 68 QB RATING

vs Saints…..3 ints (1 dropped by Sharper)…. 46 QB RATING

vs Redskins…..1 ints…..81 QB RATING

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

- 1 Interception or more in 4 straight games

- 8 Interceptions in the last 4 games

- 10 Interceptions at half way point

- Only 4 other QBS have more interceptions

- 3 of last 4 games has less than 200 yards passing

- Last game 135 yards

Yes, that’s Peyton like :)

Matt "Choke" Ryan

November 13th, 2009
3:54 pm

I hate reporting the bad news guys – will you still be my friend? :)

On a serious note, this BUST is really making Dimitroff look like a total fool. He just is not NFL material, maybe it’s time to give Redman a shot. He can’t do any worse.

“DUMP THE CHUMP”

An Observation

November 13th, 2009
3:57 pm

Why does anyone even bother to respond to CHOKE’s comments? It is always the SAME OLD #$#@ (STUFF)

CLK Falcon

November 13th, 2009
3:57 pm

The only reason Falco got the starting job is because Troy Smith was out with an illness.

“DUMP THE CHUMP”? I thought DOL did but apparently not ’cause you’re still here.

JT

November 13th, 2009
3:58 pm

Seriously, ya’ll are raising money for someone who makes millions of dollars? Really? With all of the deserving people in the world, you are going to raise money for those who are overpaid to begin with? THis is depressing.

PMC

November 13th, 2009
4:00 pm

The Atlanta Falcons Youth Organization thanks you very much for your charity!

CLK Falcon

November 13th, 2009
4:00 pm

Ryan earned the Falcons starting job.

Falco got handed the job.

midnite

November 13th, 2009
4:05 pm

Choke

It is obvious that you are in man-love with Matt Ryan. You know every detail of his life, every stst, his waist size, his inseam. I bet you are the punk kid in the Air Tran commercial getting a lock of his hair. You are not fooling anyone little man lover. You can’t have Vick, and you can’t have Ryan, they don’t want your little scrawny immature self.
FALCONS 5-3 and play off bound and you can’t stop ‘em little girly baby. BOO-HOO! Now go cry to mommy(if she will pay any attention to you).

CLK Falcon

November 13th, 2009
4:06 pm

Falco: 48.3 QB rating against the Bengals! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

CLK Falcon

November 13th, 2009
4:19 pm

Matt Ryan’s highschool nickname: Matty Ice

Joe Falco’s highschool nickname: MELONHEAD!!!

Pretty sure we got the right quarterback!

Bill Simmons

November 13th, 2009
4:26 pm

Every one of Pat White’s Wildcat cameos is the exact opposite of Michael Vick’s cameos in Philly. With White, anything is possible. With Vick, it’s just depressing. This might be the single worst comeback that didn’t involve a porn star, wrestler, musician or Magic Johnson. Can we all agree that (A) he lost his legs; (B) pre-2007 Vick is gone and not coming back; and (C) it doesn’t matter where he plays next year, since he won’t be good, anyway? You know how you can block people on Twitter? I wish I could block all “Where is Michael Vick going in 2010?” stories from my eyes and ears. Doesn’t matter. We don’t care.

MV7

November 13th, 2009
4:35 pm

Hi, it’s Mike, y’know? You guys lay off “Choke,” y’know? It’s called freedom of speech, y’know? And it’s a good thing it’s free ’cause I’m broke, y’know?

TMoney

November 13th, 2009
4:42 pm

Just did a little research and found some interesting stats on Peyton from his second season:

Through the first 8 games of his 2nd season, Peyton was 166-276 for 2282 yds., 15 TD and 9 INT.
Through the first 8 games of his 2nd season, Ryan is 156-257 for 1784 yds., 13 TD and 10 INT.

The yardage is the only major difference, otherwise the numbers are so close it’s scary.

dshep

November 13th, 2009
4:56 pm

The dude talkin bout Matt Ryan is an idiot.! The Ravens were already a good team w/ a great defense. The Falcons were horrible and needed leadership and got it from Coach Smith. As for your comment on Matt Ryan??? I would take Matt Ryan over 5 Joe Falcos. What a tard! Also, guess which team will be in the playoffs this year and which will not? Please stop comparing apples and oranges and stop trying to get us Falcon Fans bent out of shape for nothing.

JeanE

November 13th, 2009
5:00 pm

Is Finneran playing? Is his knee well enough, haven’t seen anything on it…Oh poor babies, they have to take a luxury bus, boo hoo!

preston

November 13th, 2009
5:11 pm

Have I been banned??????????? where the hec are my comments!!!

Atlanta Peach

November 13th, 2009
5:24 pm

Thank you Orlando ! For putting your foot down about that Matt “Choke” Ryan ! That man does nothing but spill HATE on all of these blogs everyday ! I even thought about canceling my subscription of the paper ! So thank you !!!

Yeah, Its Quicker! (snark)

November 13th, 2009
5:30 pm

So did they move Charlotte closer from the last decade? They just decided it was “faster” to take a bus??

Y’all please buy those falcons lottery tickets! And while you’re raising money for Coach Smith you might want to hold a bake sale for the franchise as a whole. LMAO