Vick latest Ex-Falcon to make life miserable for franchise

LAST ONE AT THE DOME – Haven’t checked all of the remaining rosters, but I think the Falcons are done with the

Former Falcons QB Michael Vick talks with Falcons owner Arthur Blank prior to the Falcons playing the Philadelphia Eagles at the Georgia Dome Sunday, December 6th, 2009. It was Vick's first time back at the Georgia Dome since his conviction on dogfighting charges. Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

Former Falcons QB Michael Vick talks with Falcons owner Arthur Blank prior to the Falcons playing the Philadelphia Eagles at the Georgia Dome Sunday, December 6th, 2009. It was Vick's first time back at the Georgia Dome since his conviction on dogfighting charges. Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

2009 Reunion/Alumni Tour.

They were 3-1 in games against former Falcons this season and none of them turned out well.

It all started with the Dallas game. The Falcons lost and Keith Brooking celebrated like he’d won the lottery.

Then there was the Washington Redskins game. The Falcons won that one, but former cornerback DeAngelo Hall got into a scuffle on the Falcons’ sidelines. Coach Mike Smith and Director of Athletic Performance Jeff Fish ended up getting fined by the league. Hall was not fined.

On to the New York Gaints and Michael Boley. He’s a real quiet guy, but even he spoke up during the week leading up to the game. He didn’t like the way the coaching staff handled his

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) is stopped by Atlanta Falcons' Kroy Biermann, and Jamaal Anderson after rushing for a short gain in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 in Atlanta. The game was Vick's first in Atlanta since serving a prison sentence for dogfighting. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) is stopped by Atlanta Falcons' Kroy Biermann, and Jamaal Anderson after rushing for a short gain in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 in Atlanta. The game was Vick's first in Atlanta since serving a prison sentence for dogfighting. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

demotion late last season and seemed to be miffed that the Falcons didn’t want to re-sign him.

Michael Vick’s return will be remembered for the chants of “We Want Vick, We Want Vick” in the fourth quarter.

“It felt great to hear the crowds reaction in the fourth quarter,” Vick said. “It was 50-50 reaction in the beginning of the game. It was awesome to have chance to go out and make some plays today.”

At least Vick didn’t do a Jeff George victory lap or proclaim “This is my House” like Deion Sanders did on their Reunion games with the Falcons.

“We were beat on all levels and it is an embarrassment to the organization and our team,” defensive end Jamaal Anderson said. “We never imagined that this would happen. With Michael (Vick) coming back, they came into this game with a lot of emotion, and we weren’t ready for what they brought to the field. We have to move forward because we have another big game next week.”

On to the Saints and that vaunted offense.

327 comments Add your comment

NCFalconFan

December 6th, 2009
9:13 pm

FIRST?????!!! Beginning to believe this franchise is cursed?

JSS

December 6th, 2009
9:18 pm

Second that even though I generally disagree with you NCFalconFan…

JSS

December 6th, 2009
9:20 pm

By the way, Minnesota is playing with 3 O-linemen missing… No more excuses…

TB

December 6th, 2009
9:21 pm

This game was painful to watch. I beleive this is the 2nd time in 2 years that Vick beat us since the last time would have been the whole “Bobby Petrino disaster” that cost us the whole season since he had to go to jail. I don’t remember feeing this embarressed watching a game in the dome since Warren Sapp scored a touchdown and danced on the Falcon logo. Speaking of Petrino, who let him into camp to come up with this game plan, it sure reminded me of one his finest. Though, maybe the biggest problem is the problems and not the coaches. No, it’s probably both. The only thing I can think of his Jim Mora’s old quote “Playoffs! Playoffs! Are you kidding me, Playoffs! I just hope we hope we win another game” That was how bad we looked. I really can’t imagine next week being much better except no more former players to gloat over beating us. Wonder if we can get our hands on some of the brown bags Saints fans had to wear so many years? I think we may need them. Get ready for another blowout next week!

Meanwhile...Vick's side trip

December 6th, 2009
9:28 pm

DLed, surprised you didn’t report on Vick’s side trip before the game. Apparently he went to Athens and borrowed a hobnail boot from Larry Munson.

Vick State of Mind

December 6th, 2009
9:29 pm

The Falcons were doing the same thing they did when he was here, which was standing by watching him instead of playing football. I am embarrassed to be a Falcons fan right now and they better get it right! I’m tired of sitting by watching other teams sign playmakers and we act like we are too good to sign one. I remember the Falcons saying something like they arent signing anyone unless they are a future hall of famer, who are we to make a statement like that? We keep trotting out all these bums on defense and expect the outcome to be different? Give me a freakin break!

poppa falcon

December 6th, 2009
9:30 pm

Falcons rolled over today. Very EMBARRASSING lost.

Vick State of Mind

December 6th, 2009
9:30 pm

I don’t know what’s worse, continuing the streak of back to back winless seasons, or having to wait another two years to break it.

Really

December 6th, 2009
9:34 pm

How low on the food chain are you when your hero is a sociopath?

Back 2 Reality

December 6th, 2009
9:35 pm

You know it’s pathetic that on all the other blogs that these falcon fans are complaining & moaning about the cheering for Vick & all the Vick jerseys that was in the dome today.

These clowns are not mentioning ALL of the interceptions that the insurance salesman of a quarterback they have threw. What a bunch of LOSERS!!! Already there’s the talk of wait til next year!!1 Bunch of clowns!!!

Booger

December 6th, 2009
9:37 pm

so Vick has bumped Tiger off the front page as the fallen millionaire athlete of the day? so maybe there’s hope for Tiger. We want Tiger. We want Tiger. C’mon man. This is called reality sports.

Back 2 Reality

December 6th, 2009
9:41 pm

William Shakesphere couldn’t have written a better drama than that game today! I knew when me & my friends didn’t renew our season tickets, that this team was doomed!

Next time Arthur Blank try not to listen to all the “experts” at ESPN , on which quarterback to get & keep, “hint hint”.

Good job today Vick, may you have continued success!!!!

Falcon 8211

December 6th, 2009
9:45 pm

I would have to say this is the worst loss by mike smiths team since he has been here. smitty u better get it turned around quick the saints are next. i hope we can @ least keep it close. today we got our offical beat down. this loss makes me sick. owens did look like he has a upside. babs and lofton should only be the ones paid this week. everyone else must have called in sick because nobody else showed up.

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

December 6th, 2009
9:45 pm

Many people act as though the team is a wash. It is not. This team is an improvement over the Bobby Petrino Team. We had a tougher schedule this year than last, we have players injured who were healthy last year and last year, Matt Ryan was new and none of the opponents had had a chance to figure him out.

Come off it people. Sure, our players played as if the weren’t motivated today, but with the number of things that have gone wrong lately, I am not surprised. I am looking for OUR team to snap out of it next week and get rolling again. Til then, I remain a fan for life.

GO FALCONS!!!

TB

December 6th, 2009
9:53 pm

You know, looking at the biggest weaknesses from a football standpoint and leaving Vick out of it for a moment: I think the loss of Jenkins was (I’m as surprised as anyone to say this since he hasn’t been as sure handed this year) HUGE. I don’t think Booker, Finneran, or Weems were adequate replacements, as they were utilized today anyway. If you take out White and Gonzalez, where can Redman go? Remember, he threw a lot to Jenkins last week to free up the other guys. Also, the back-ups on O-line not up to the play of the starters obviously. How did Sidbury get his first start today without any fanfare? And his first NFL start, he got more sacks than the whole defense!!?? The biggest question on defense is why other players were not brought in more readily when starters went down? We started the year as being very thin on defense as it was and forcing 2nd and 3rd stringers into starting roles has not worked this season. We all may need to keep our eyes closed next week.

TCCB

December 6th, 2009
10:03 pm

ORLANDO, THIS WAS A GOOD ONE. YOU HAVE BEEN REAL HARD ON VICK. BUT TODAY THE ATLANTA FALCON FANS LET THE WORLD KNOW HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT VICK. THE ONE THING THAT THE ANTI-VICK / PETA PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THEY FORCED THE HAND OF AURTHOR BLANK AND HE MADE THE WRONG MOVE . HE HAS TO PAY VICK MILLIONS OF DOLLARD AND VICK DOES NOT PLAY ON HIS TEAM. VICK “DOES NOT ” AND I REPEAT DOES NOT NEED THE ATLANTA FALCONS. HE WILL FILL SEATS WHERE EVER HE GOES BUT THE FALCONS NEED VICK!!!!!! AND IF THEY DID NOT KNOW IT BEFORE TODAY THEY KNOW IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

gman

December 6th, 2009
10:10 pm

ok blank, time to put the foot down. i know td trying to win with less money
but look we need some playmakers. pull out the checkbook next year, because
this one might as well is in the books. spend some money and get us some help
big time teams take big time players. and you have to pay to play in the big game.
big time free agent help. the draft is for the future. we need the now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rob Vinson

December 6th, 2009
10:10 pm

Substandard….with 5 starters out, we didn’t have a chance. Clearly we have no depth on the second string a.k.a. (B team) and it won’t get better until the starters are back. The “aints” found a way to win today in DC and man are they on a roll…Hopefully the team can finish above .500 this year and work on getting some defensive players for next year. Maybe get some players who aren’t hurt all of the time ???

Hawksfan

December 6th, 2009
10:10 pm

This franchise is so dead, dont even have a decent fan base

gman

December 6th, 2009
10:15 pm

most injuries come from a player doing to much. teams where every one is accountable and do there job. less players get hurt trying to compensate, for someone elses job.

Massdawg

December 6th, 2009
10:23 pm

How come we never hear anyone talking about what a great football mind Thomas Dimtroff is anymor? I can tell you why because he is a stiff just like the rest of the Falcons front office personel. Look at that defense and tell me how anyone thought this team could be competitive this year.

tyger

December 6th, 2009
10:25 pm

Top 5 Points of Disgust

1. Chris Redman was putrid. He demoralized the team from the beginning.
2. Mike Mularkey called a horrible game.
3. Why did we cut DJ Shockley? He would at least put up a fight.
4. This Dimitroff boy genius sht has run its course.
5. Mike Smith is looking like a very good assistant coach right now.
6. Arthur Blank is looking real stupid right now! Again.

Back 2 Reality

December 6th, 2009
10:26 pm

Hey TCCB@10:03 pm, I couldn’t have said it better!!!

TB

December 6th, 2009
10:27 pm

To Calvin G. Sims, Sr.: I didn’t mean to imply this team is as bad the Bobby Petrino team. (though many players are still here that were on that team). I just meant that we know this team is a better team than that one and that we have better coaches, but today they sure played like Bobby Petrino’s Falcons. Actually, Petrino’s Falcons were SuperBowl worthy compared to today’s performance. That is what is so frustrating. They did not play up to their potential. Injures are a valid excuse, but what happened to the players that did suit up?

On a side note, next week will be our 2nd straight week of playing a team that just squeaked by the Redskins. We saw what it did to the Eagles. Regardless, I will be there screaming for them to beat the Saints as I always do.

Back 2 Reality

December 6th, 2009
10:28 pm

Hey Tyger@10:25 pm, Great post!!!

Back 2 Reality

December 6th, 2009
10:31 pm

Where are all the “In Dimitrioff & Smith We Trust” nimrods?! I couldn’t read 3 lines without one of them spewing that garbage!!

theanswer251

December 6th, 2009
10:31 pm

Way to go Vick!! I aint got nothing but love for you. Your future is truly bright.

cdog

December 6th, 2009
10:46 pm

to mike hunt, the boss, and fair and balanced, i love you all.i pray that before you leave this earth, that you will repent of your sins of hatred toward your fellow man. i also pray that JESUS WILL INTRODUCE HIMSELF TO YOU AND SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT INTO YOUR LIVES AND THEN YOU WILL KNOW TRUE LOVE AND HAPPINESS. GOD WILL JUDGE MICHAEL VICK AND ALL OF US WHEN QE SIN BUT WE CAN’T BE JUDGES. WE HAVE TO LOVE OUR FELLOW MAN LIKE WE LOVE OURSELVES.VICK HAS BEEN DEALT WITH.DON’T CONDEMN YOURSELVES BECAUSE OF HATRED TOWARD HIM OR ANY OF YOUR FELLOW MAN.I WILL PRAY FOR YOU ALL THAT YOU LEARN TO KNOW OUR HEAVENLY FATHER AND OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS.VICK HASN’T DONE ANYTHING TO ANY OF YOU ALL.

Stupid

December 6th, 2009
10:52 pm

If Vick was white no one would care.

Disgruntled Falcons Fan

December 6th, 2009
10:53 pm

Hard earned money lost to supporting a bum team. Now I know what the Cubs fan must feel like. Not renewing my season tickets next year, maybe if we all stop supporting a horrible product on the field Thomas dimtrioff will get his act together and sign some talent, Cubs continue to stink due to “loyal” fans, we shouldn’t make the same mistake with the falcons.

Stupid

December 6th, 2009
10:54 pm

All the thugs showed up for Vick today.

gt 97

December 6th, 2009
10:55 pm

I was questioning the OC’s play calling mid way through last year. The 1st string O-line would not have done any better. Anyway, I am use to this, so don’t get too upset people. I have been watching this for 30 years. At least we are getting back to normal such that I can quit watching the game at halftime or not watch it all. It feels good to actually do something productive on a Sunday and catch the beat down score later.

Disgruntled Falcons Fan

December 6th, 2009
10:58 pm

Yeah, definitely noticed the “racial” divide with the cheering for Vick. Only people that have family who are ex-convicts can relate and cheer for a man like Vick that not only murdered innocent animals, but destroyed an organization which people followed and invested a lot of time and money. Only idiots can cheer for a man like that.

immigrant

December 6th, 2009
10:59 pm

This team is destined for MEDIOCRITY, mark my words. I have seen this team and stuck by it for over an decade and what do they provide .. DAMN LOUSY STUPID FOOTBALL. They aint’ going anywhere.. SAINTS will rule for next 2-3 years and then Panthers and Buccaneers in that order. Falcons are low down in the food chain. Just go away from Atlanta PLEAAAAAAAAAAASEE.

Vick Supporter

December 6th, 2009
11:06 pm

“We Want Vick, We Want Vick”

LMAO!!!!!!!!!! This town is Loserville and it always will be. Vick did the best he could with this snakebitten franchise.

There had to be more than 50,000 Vick jerseys at the game,lol……hardly any #2’s,lol

I told you people that Vick would shine again. He will continue to do it. i knew this would be his breakout game….i’ve been saying it on here for the last 2 weeks.

“The Great Mike Vick Has Returned”

Stupid

December 6th, 2009
11:09 pm

He was real good. A 1 yard run and a 5 yard pass.

crabapplejoe

December 6th, 2009
11:12 pm

Man o Man….if we could just turn back the clock and never have drafted Vick this city and franchise would be so much better off. The racial divide in this city has been highlighted this week with the return of MV7 and the mayor’s race voting….its Atlanta…we’ll just have to live with it.

JSS

December 6th, 2009
11:22 pm

Crapapple…
Instead of trying to hide from the things that are divisive in our society; why not recognize and address them with honesty and a effort to change? Nothing is more tiring than listening to people who don’t lift to make the world different but can always see the problem… That is not personal, it just being honest…

Dodge Carithers

December 6th, 2009
11:26 pm

Arthur-please do the right thing go and get Vick back in a Falcons uniform-They looked like clowns today with Redmond as the QB-they were so predictable, so out of place, so slow and soooooooooo sorry and soooooooooooooooooo piteful-the league should fine you and your organization for impersonation as an NFL team. That is what you wanted since you listen to some bonehead to let Vick go.

TCCB

December 6th, 2009
11:26 pm

@ DISGRUNTLED FALCON FAN: IN THE WORDS OF ” DANIEL CARVER ” WAKE UP WHITE PEOPLE!!! IT IS WHAT IT IS VICK MADE SOME MISTAKES BUT AURTHOR BLANK HAS AND IS STILL MAKING MISTAKES HE HAS LET PEOPLE LIKE YOU TALK CRAZY AND CLOUD HIS JUDGMENT!!! HE NEED TO FIND THE ANSWER OR HE IS GOING TO GO BROKE WITH THIS SORRY TEAM ALL OF HIS PRIDE, YOUR DOG LOVING, AND PETA WILL BE THE DEMISE OF THE FALCONS. AND BY THE WAY ARE YOU RELATED TO “BULL CONNER” HE LOVED DOGS AND WATER BUT LOOK WHAT HE AND HIS DOGS DID TO PEOPLE!!!! ALL OF YOU WHITE SO CALLED FALCON FAN ARE JUST ALIKE STUPID!!!! JUST PLAIN STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jim Ragan

December 6th, 2009
11:28 pm

Yes-I still remember that infamous victory lap that Jeff George did back in ‘97 after beating the Falcons as a Raider. What was funnier was that evening on ESPN, one of the commentators, in response to George’s lap, wondered why a quarterback with a 36% winning percentage as a starting QB (George) would take a victory lap in any dome.

Rick

December 6th, 2009
11:29 pm

I want to rant a bit about the Falcon ‘fans’.

To the 2/3 of the stadium who, like a viscous dog, turned against their team, shouting “We Want VICK” until he came out, greeted with gusto roars of approval; TURN IN YOUR SEASON TICKETS.

But you couldn’t stop there, could you ‘fans’? NOt only did you root for Vick, you started rooting for the Eagles! People, in Vick jerseys of both green and red, some waving Falcon flags, CHEERING the Eagles on every play, Vick or not.

The defense was looking around in total bewilderment at the crowd reaction, staggering in shock as if literally pulling the daggers out of their backs. It was the lowest of low moments with this team, and if any of the defense reads these words, know you were not alone. It was the strangest energy I ever felt from a crowd. How can a stadium 60% full of Falcon swag wearing season ticket holders, and a smattering of Eagle fans turn this into homefield advantage for the visiting birds?

It was obvious that most of the true Falcon fans had already left by the 3rd quarter (thanks to impotent football by the said Home Team). What was unfortunate, was those few REAL fans left, to the horror of myself and said real fans, had to endure an almost magical 180 turn against our Falcons.

Interesting that probably 90% of those cheering Vick and booing their team were of a particular race. But we won’t go there, will we? I witnessed at least 1 ‘blacks on whites’ fight at the game, and it was not on the field.

I left after the two minute warning. Even I could not take any more. The Falcons scored their only touchdown of the game when I left. I wonder if anyone cheered?

It was the most Bizarro World thing I have ever witnessed.
et tu, bro?

Jim Ragan

December 6th, 2009
11:32 pm

Next Sunday, the Georgia Dome should be nicknamed “Superdome East” with all of the Gold and Black from the Saints fans that will be all over the stands.

J-MAN

December 6th, 2009
11:38 pm

Look I’m a fan of both Vick and Ryan and I like to keep this objective. Vick has not really played this season and its unfair to call him one thing or another. Matt Ryan was Great early and now has hit a wall and now will determine if he will be a Franchise QB or just servicable (He aint bad either) and I think the White Biggots need to realize the talent that Vick Had and probably still has and the Black Biggots need to realize that Matt Ryan is a pretty good 2ND year QB and show them both respect. Now what Vick did was wrong no doubt but also in my opinion he got off easy compared to Plaxico Burress Who basically shot himself in the foot and gets put away for that. The only one he hurt was himself but he gets 3 years Vicks kills dogs and gets 2 years and Donte Stallworth KILLS A MAN WHILE DRUNK DRIVING and gets 30 DAYS!!!!! so many issues but from all of these posts there are still a lot of people that don’t have a clue on both sides. My point being if youre a Falcon Fan cheer for this team and support them and if your a vick Fan support him and RELIZE that there a bunch of people that support Matt Ryan and Michael Vick like me. And I hope Ryan gets well soon and finishes the season off good and I hope Vick gets another chance and becomes a positive story.

PMC

December 6th, 2009
11:46 pm

It looks like 7 is making the best of his 7th chance so I’m happy for him. I think he’s matured so good luck to him. My issue is not with him. It’s with how awful a sports town this is. It’s just garbage. We have bad teams and people who glom on to 1 or 2 stars every 25 years.

This is an area of 9 million people that acts like a minor league baseball town. Atlanta is a freaking dump of a city.

Capt Kirk

December 6th, 2009
11:48 pm

Wow has MV stirred up a hornest nest. After 33 yrs in ATL, I moved to rural AR a yr ago…and yeah the racial divide with respect to the Vick issue is just so apparent.. We dont get Falcons games here, just the scores during other games, but it was apparent from the brief updates that the MV jerseys were out in force…It just reinforces the fact that half of Atlanta thinks its OK for thugs to falunt their own rules..thats one of the reasons we moved from our burgeoning 3rd world ATL neighborhood…illegals, hip hop jungle music noise at 3am on n on, and the continued minority political cronyism that ran the city into the ground..as in the EPA sewers n fines circus that couldve been properly addressed prior to millions of $$$$ in fines decdes ago if the race card had been properly ignored….
Thats Atlanta, and I have little hair left after pullin it out for 32 yrs watchin serial Falcon “organizations” serially screw up…only to have MV arrive as the “savior”, then pee away the biggest contract in histoi..and for what..a 2K bet on dogs for the homies>>>>and half of Atlanta still thinks hes the Pope…. This is prime evidence why this way of thinking never ever advances in life…..And as for the rest of the folks n fans..you have to live with this nonsense..or move away……

Perhaps some day, if the race issues ever disappears or accomplished politicians are elected, the city will be able to move on to better things..and better franchises…..

Im 8– miles away and I KNEW that todays dynamics would re appear with MV’s arrival….

I wasnt disappointed

Dee Dee

December 6th, 2009
11:49 pm

I disaGREE with those who have written comments complaining about the fans. The fans were loyal to the Falcons and their quarterback Mike Vick. Now that Vick is no longer a Falcon, many fans still remember the joy and excitement that he once brought. I was hoping that the Falcons would win, but that Vick would have a good game. Unfortunately, Vick came with his game face and the Falcons didn’t. When I gave up my Falcons season tickets, they were close to $100 bucks a game. When you pay that kind of money for even one game, you can cheer whomever the heck you wish.

crabapplejoe

December 6th, 2009
11:49 pm

@JSS: What exactly am I trying to “hide from”…I’m simply pointing out the racial divide in this city and the fact that MV7 has brought it to the surface in a nasty way. All you gotta do is go down a couple of posts and read “TCCB’s” post and see what I mean. I think the white folks in this city are finally waking up to the reality of what they are dealing with after the mayor’s race and the return of the “second coming”. MV7 destroyed the Falcon fan base in this city…its that simple….we are a house divided

crabapplejoe

December 6th, 2009
11:52 pm

@Capt Kirk: Great post.

PMC

December 6th, 2009
11:55 pm

It’s just cultural differences that tear us apart really.

The man served his time. He was exciting when he was here…. and Atlanta may never have exciting playoff games again….ever.