Falcons part ways with longtime team trainer Ron Medlin

090426 FLOWERY BRANCH Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff  and head coach Mike Smith introduce their NFL draft pick, Peria Jerry, Ole Miss defensive tackle, during a press conference at their facility in Flowery Branch Sunday morning. KENT D. JOHNSON / kdjohnson@AJC.COM

090426 FLOWERY BRANCH Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith introduce their NFL draft pick, Peria Jerry, Ole Miss defensive tackle, during a press conference at their facility in Flowery Branch last April. KENT D. JOHNSON / kdjohnson@AJC.COM-- The coin toss is set for late next month, but it's never too early to look at what's at stake.


Ron Medlin, who had been with the Falcons for the last 16 seasons as the head athletic trainer, will not return for next season, the team confirmed.

In what was termed by the team as a football decision, Medlin was not retained because of philosophical differences.

Medlin, when reached by phone at his home in Suwanee, did not want to comment only stating that “this is part of the business.”

Last season, several starters missed more than 40 games as the team was beset with injuries. The most significant was a high right ankle sprain to running back Michael Turner, who played in just nine games. He tried to come back twice from the injury, but was knocked out of both of those games.

Also, quarterback Matt Ryan missed two games and most of another with a turf toe injury.

The Falcons are the only team in the league with director of athletic performance. The trainers and doctors report to Jeff Fish, the team’s director of athletic performance.

Medlin was only the third head athletic trainer in team history.

Prior to joining the Falcons, Medlin was the assistant athletic trainer for the Cleveland Browns from 1989-93.

He served an internship with the Falcons for six seasons in the 1980s. He holds a bachelor’s degree from N.C. State and a master’s from Memphis.

EX-FALCON SCHAUB HEADED TO PRO BOWL: Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, who was the first alternate at quarterback in the AFC, was selected to play in the Pro Bowl after New England’s Tom Brady pulled out.

Schuab passed for 4,770 yards last season, the sixth-highest total in league history.

Schaub, Peyton Manning of Indianapolis and Philip Rivers of San Diego are the AFC quarterbacks.

It was Schaub’s third year in Houston, and the Texans have gone 25-23 since he joined the club.

Schaub was drafted in the third round (90th overall) of the 2004 draft by the Falcons. He served as Michael Vick’s backup before being traded to the Texans on March 22, 2007.  They Falcons moved up two spots in the first round and received second round picks in 2007 and 2008 from the Texans.

The timing was horrendous. If they’d held on the Schaub until closer to the draft, they might have hard the rumblings coming out of Virginia.

A little over a month after the trade, on April 25, 2007, police were serving a warrant on Vick’s farm in Surry, Va. The police and animal-control officers stumbled on the Bad Newz Kennel operation.

BIRDLAND — Over the last decade, there have been three Pro Bowlers selected in the 19t h slot and just one in the 20th position.

So the pressure will be on general manager Thomas Dimitroff to win another toss for the team.

The Falcons have to flip with the Houston Texans during the NFL Combine in February. The team’s last coin flip turned out fine, with Dimitroff winning and the Falcons getting the No. 3 pick. They used that selection to take quarterback Matt Ryan.

Marvin Harrison was the 19th pick of the 1996 NFL Draft.

Marvin Harrison was the 19th pick of the 1996 NFL Draft.

Perhaps the best 19th pick of the last 20 years was  wide receiver Marvin Harrison, who was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in 1996. Harrison,  an 8-time Pro Bowler, has some other issues right now.

Also,  tackle Todd Steussie was selected by Minnesota with the 19th pick in 1994. He played for 14 seasons and went to two Pro Bowls.

Historically speaking this has not been an area in the draft where the Falcons have struck football gold.

The Falcons had the 19th pick (from Green Bay in the Brett Favre deal/fleecing) and selected running back Tony Smith from Southern Mississippi in 1992. He played for three seasons, but never developed.

In 1990, the Falcons had the 20th pick and selected running back Steve Broussard from Washington State. He had a nice nine-year career as a backup running back and return man.

Back in 1977, the Falcons selected Wilson Faumuina, a defensive tackle from San Jose State, with the 20th pick. He played five seasons for the Falcons and made 24 starts.


Antonio Cromartie

Antonio Cromartie was the 19th pick in 2006.

2009 – Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia: Had a productive rookie season and appears to be a keeper.

2008 – Jeff Otah, T, Carolina: Was off to a promising start before going on injured reserve last season.

2007 – Michael Griffin, FS, Tennessee: Considered one of the top young defensive backs in the league.

2006 – Antonio Cromartie, CB, San Diego: Made the Pro Bowl  and was first team All-Pro in 2007.

2005 – Alex Barron, T, St. Louis: Has had a rough time with the Rams since coming out of Florida State.

2004 – Vernon Carey, T, Miami: After bouncing around early in his career has settled in at right tackle for the Dolphins.

2003 – Kyle Boller, QB, Baltimore: Was a back-up in St. Louis last season.

Kyle Boller was the 19th pick of the 2003 NFL Draft.

Kyle Boller was the 19th pick of the 2003 NFL Draft.

2002 – Ashley Lelie, WR, Denver: Bounced around the league, including a stop with the Falcons in 2006. Was out of the football last season.

2001 – Casey Hampton, NT, Pittsburgh: A four-time Pro Bowler and anchor of the Steelers defense.

2000 – Shaun Alexander, RB, Seattle: A three-time Pro Bowler, who helped lead the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL in 2006.

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2009 – Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit: Had a fine rookie season going until he suffered a knee injury on Thanksgiving.

2008 – Aqib Talib, CB, Tampa Bay:  Talks too much trash, but is a solid player. He needs to shut up and deal.

2007 – Aaron Ross, CB, New York Giants: Started as a rookie in the Super Bowl. Went on IR late last season

Aqib Talib getting abused by Michael Jenkins.

Aqib Talib getting abused by Michael Jenkin

2006 – Tamba Hali, DE, Kansas City: Has been solid since coming out of Penn State. Has played both defensive end spots.

2005 – Marcus Spears, DE, Dallas: Has started for most of his pro career since coming out of LSU.

2004 – Kenechi Udeze, DE, Minnesota: Played four years with the Vikings before being diagnosed with  Leukemia. He retired last July.

2003 – George Foster, T, Denver: The former University of Georgia Bulldog is out of football after stints in Denver, Detroit and a very brief stop in Cleveland.

2002 – Javon Walker, WR, Green Bay: One-time Pro Bowler out of Florida State.

2001 – Adam Archuleta, SS, St. Louis: Made 86 career starts with the Rams, Redskins and Bears. Is out of the league.

2000 –  Stockar McDougle, T, Detroit: Played for the Lions, Dolphins and Jaguars. Is out of the league.


The expected heavy junior exodus from the college ranks did not happen. A record-tying 53 players entered the draft, but that was well below most expectations . The fear of a rookie pay scale being imposed during the latest rounds of labor negotiations was supposed to drive more players into this draft.

Now, the Falcons were hoping that super large junior turnout would end up pushing a really good player down to them at 19  or 20. That may still happen, but would have been more probable with even more underclassmen entering the draft.

The number of players granted special eligibility for the NFL Draft the past 10 years:

Year   Players Granted Special Eligibility

2010 – 53

2009 – 46

2008 – 53

2007 – 40

2006 – 52

2005 – 51

2004 – 43

2003 – 47

2002 – 38

2001 –35

The players declared eligible are:

Player   Pos.    College

Kevin Basped,  DE ,  Nevada

Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois

Eric Berry,  DB, Tennessee

Jahvid Best, RB, California

Navorro Bowman, LB, Penn State

Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

Dezmon Briscoe, WR,  Kansas

Antonio Brown, WR, Central Michigan

Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

Bryan Bulaga, T, Iowa

Morgan Burnett, DB, Georgia Tech

Bruce Campbell, T, Maryland

Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia

Anthony Davis, T, Rutgers

Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech

Dominique Franks, DB, Oklahoma

Clifton Geathers, DE, South Carolina

Thaddeus Gibson, DE, Ohio State

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

Everson Griffen, DE, Southern California

Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona

Joe Haden, DB, Florida

Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida

Kareem Jackson, DB, Alabama

Chad Jones, DB, Louisiana State

Reshad Jones, DB, Georgia

Linval Joseph, DT, East Carolina

Darius Marshall, RB, Marshall

Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State

Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama

Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

Joe McKnight, RB, Southern California

Shawnbrey McNeal, RB, Southern Methodist

Mitchell, Carlton, WR, South Florida

Joshua Moore, DB, Kansas State

Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

Jerell Norton, DB, Arkansas

Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

Brian Price, DT, UCLA

Dennis Rogan, DB, Tennessee

Jevan Snead, QB, Mississippi

Amari Spievey, DB, Iowa

Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech

Earl Thomas, DB, Texas

Donvan Warren, DB, Michigan

Damian Williams, WR, Southern California

Mike Williams, WR, Syracuse

Jason Worilds, DE, Virginia Tech

Major Wright, DB, Florida

55 comments Add your comment


January 19th, 2010
7:01 pm

This is going to be a great year!

Reid Adair

January 19th, 2010
7:03 pm

There have definitely been some great players at No. 19 and No. 20. I’m confident Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith come up with a great decision.


January 19th, 2010
7:05 pm


January 19th, 2010
7:08 pm

not worried about it im sure with our staff in place they will draft the person we NEED most……..unless an outstanding player theyve had their eyes on is still on the board

DaGhostsOfFalconGreats(wait..are their any?)

January 19th, 2010
7:53 pm

Don’t worry…chances are we will screw this up as well..remember drafting and trading Favre for a 1st round pick in ‘92? Yeah, we drafted a heck of a winner in RB Tony Smith!! How about drafting that dog-fighting thug Vick instead of Tomlinson in ‘01? It’s just one big train wreck if you ask me. From the organization to the coaches to the players to the fans..once a loser…


January 19th, 2010
8:00 pm

Defense is a must. The d-end from usc should be around, patrick robinson the corner from fsu. There should be some good value. 19th or 20th is a good spot for a steal, or someone who drops slightly.

Ken Strickland

January 19th, 2010
8:47 pm

Fortunately, the Falcons are stocked with enough talent at this point, and don’t need an outstanding player, just a productive one. We might discover that our biggest overall team improvement could come from the players we drafted last yr more so than this yr, like safety WMoore, DE LSidbury, DT PJerry, CB COwens, OLB SAdkins and OT GReynolds.


January 19th, 2010
9:04 pm

its just a coin toss as a fan you cant get mad if we loss its 50/50 we will steal pick a good player but the Favre thing was a long time ago so i dont see how you can get mad about that but the Vick over Tomlinson really was a bad choice we would steal have him today with Turner

Ken Strickland

January 19th, 2010
9:37 pm

DAGHOST-you obviouly have a losers mentality because the attitude you are displaying shows you like to dwell in the negatives of the past. What in the devil did BFarve do while he was a Falcon, besides hit the bars of Atlanta and become an alcoholic? He admitted that being traded to the Packers was the best thing that could have happened to his career. He said he didn’t think it would have amounted to much if he had remained in Atlanta. So why continue making his trade an issue?

You act like the Falcons are the only franchise in NFL history that’s drafted a player(s) like RB TSmith. MVick has been charged, convicted, sentenced, served his time and competed his 1st yr back in the NFL. Yet, you’re still harboring all of this pent up animosity for someone that hasn’t done a damned thing to you. Both Federal and State Governments, Peta and the NFL have gotten past the MVick issues, but not you. For you, MVick must be a symbol of a much deeper issue. GET OVER IT!


January 19th, 2010
9:51 pm

Thanks Ghost for your transplants views. Too bad you don’t know your facts. Farve was a drunk and a script drug junkie when he was here. He would tell you that These are new owners and a new regime. Welcome to Georgia- now go home.


January 19th, 2010
10:10 pm

Amen DangerousDan. Farve would have never developed if not being sent to the hinterlands with nothing to do but study the playbook – we did him a favor.

Draft a DE or pass rushing linebacker. The corners are developing nicely and we will have depth in the secondary. We need someone that can hurry the QB and slap some passes down.


January 19th, 2010
10:14 pm

I’m sensing that we may make another FA move and then hunker down in the draft. Maybe it won’t be as flashy (and great!) as October G and her husband. But we need some core guys and some corNERbacks to compete during training camp to push the Falcons higher than 9-7.

Don’t remember the other poster’s name, but I too think we could have been 11-5 with a solid, non-rally-killing kicker through those middle games, Giants & Panties, in particular,

P.S. Browns fan told me that he’s cheering for the Favres because he doesn’t want to, then, be one of only 4 teams to have never been to the Super Bowl (’64 was before the SB era) currently including, NO, DET, JAX, HOU & CLE.

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January 20th, 2010
6:57 am

If Morgan(DE), Haden(CB) or Spiller(RB) are there, sprint to the podium. After them, their are no DE/CB worth the risk in the 1st rd. Most of them projected have injury issues or motivation/work ethic problems. TD cannot take another risk on a kid who has past injury problems. So with those 3 probably being long gone, we need to shore up our OL with Buluga (OT). He could start at LT possibly and move baker to right. The other option is the best rushing OLB available, kindle or spoon have been mentioned. P.Robinson (CB_FSU) is not a 1st rd. CB. Wouldnt mind trading back into the 2nd either. We need to pick up a OC in one of our 3rd rd. pks.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 20th, 2010
8:49 am

Old Fan

January 20th, 2010
9:12 am

I hope the Falcons will give some thought during this draft to their need for reliable kicking and punting–not in the early rounds, to be sure, but much later. The team lost at least two games because of the absence of clutch kicking this year. I keep thinking about the steal the Colts got during the 7th round of last year’s draft by picking Pat McAfee. The guy has averaged 44.3 yards per punt this season, and he’s an experienced field goal kicker, so that in the event the Colts’ kicker goes down, the team doesn’t have to go out and find some retread, as the Falcons have done. Sure, the Falcons’ needs on defense as well as offense are great, but TD shouldn’t throw away a 7th round pick in the event a good punter or kicker or both is on the board.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 20th, 2010
10:00 am

Old Fan: You have issues with Koenen?

Old Fan

January 20th, 2010
10:10 am

Yes, I have issues with Koenen. At best, he’s the 8th or 9th worst punter in the NFL, and I’m not alone in that assessment. See below:


Worse, he’s not really a backup field goal kicker, and we need somebody who can do both in a pinch.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 20th, 2010
10:19 am

Thanks for sharing Old Fan!!! Koenen is a major hang time punter. The FO calculation doesn’t even count hang time. But interested list nonetheless.


January 20th, 2010
10:24 am

If he was there, how can we pass on CJ Spiller as our change of pace running back? Jerious is going to be a free agent and although he’s a playmaker, he’s not on the field enough because of injuries.

I say take Spiller if he’s there, then go defense the rest of the draft. William Moore and Peria Jerry should come back next year healthy. Pick up a CB and Safety in the later rounds and hope to get a steal.

I also think it’s not out of the question to move Baker to RT and look for a better LT.


January 20th, 2010
10:39 am

I remember the 1990 draft well. Altanta took Broussard from across the country knowing he had a history of knee problems and passed on Rodney Hampton from UGA. The NYG took Hampton with the 21st pick and he had a great career with them…I agree, Koenen is a great punter and has done all 3 kicking jobs in the past.


January 20th, 2010
11:02 am

This draft like any other just sooo crazy to predict.Especially,so far back at the 19 spot(if the coin goes our way).This draft so thick at DT and DE.Could wait to 2nd or 3rd rd pick for that position pick.Haven’t seen one mock draft predicting Mount Cody(Ala)going in the 1st rd.Great pick in late 2nd rd.
Okay 1st pick, if Spiller makes it to 19 run.Unlike some people I feel the CB problem maybe fixed.If Owens can play well with Grimes.What happens when you add speed with Tye Hill.He didnt have enough time to absorb the Def.But depth is always better.
Hoping for Brandon Marshall and Julius Peppers in free agency

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 20th, 2010
11:15 am

UPDATE: Matt Schaub named to AFC Pro Bowl squad. He was traded on March 22, 2007. Feds were swarming Vick’s backyard on April 25, 2007. If Falcons would have waited until closer to the draft, Schaub — and maybe even Petrino — would still be here. THOUGHTS?

Michael Foster

January 20th, 2010
11:33 am

Honestly, we don’t need to be worrying about making draft picks. The Falcons most accessible alley for success is getting experienced veterans at the corners. Grimes progressed this year, but he still is a liability because of his size and sloppy cover skills.

We never should have lost Foxworth. We need two corners like Foxworth, maybe Brian Williams being one of he can be healthy again.

As for the draft, I would actually draft offense. Maybe a big and athletic receiver or a utility player–someone to make the offense even more dynamic, this hoping that Jerious can get back to being a serious weapon…which I hope he does! Snelling’s success might have created a dysfunctional battle in the backfield.

Old Fan

January 20th, 2010
11:53 am

Matt Schaub named to AFC Pro Bowl squad. He was traded on March 22, 2007. Feds were swarming Vick’s backyard on April 25, 2007. If Falcons would have waited until closer to the draft, Schaub — and maybe even Petrino — would still be here. THOUGHTS?

Unfortunate timing, but there’s no way to redeem the past. As I recall, Falcons management was looking at the prospect of Shaub’s becoming a free agent in a year or so, and having blown the bank account on Vick, needed to get something for him. The opportunity to get that something was there. No one could have predicted that Vick would sink into such legal trouble. Besides, even if the Falcons had managed to keep Shaub, Petrino’s presence would have been pure poison.

Ken Strickland

January 20th, 2010
11:59 am

ENZ-While I’ve heard your move LT SBaker to RT suggestion before, it’s starting to grow on me. The question is, do we want to put another rookie at a critical OL position? Do we spend the big money it would take to sign a quality FA OLT, or do we feel confident enough in the job OT WSvitek did filling in for SBaker to make him the starting OLT?

RB MTurner is firmly entrenched as our starting RB, and RB JSnelling is definitely his #1 backup. Since our #19 pick is the only pick we’ll have the first 2 rds, it would make absolutely no sense to waste it on a 3rd string RB. It would make more sense to resign someone like former UGA RB TBrown, who’s made the team before, or resign Norwood, for the right price.

As far as DEF is concerned, we have to determine whether DE LSidbury will make the same leap in progress KBiermann made after his rookie yr. If so, there will be no need for us to draft another DE. We’re loaded at DT with PJerry returning from IR, the possible return to form of TLewis, as well as TJohnson, VWalker and JAnderson. We don’t know what will happen with JBabineaux, but something will definitely happen that will make him unavailable for a period of time at least.

The positions of most need, other than OT, are CB and OLB. We’re rather thin at OLB, in talent and experience, and MPeterson isn’t getting any younger. We could use some more depth at CB. CHouston has better than average cover skills, but his ability to make plays on the ball are severely lacking. However, that can be corrected, and the fact it hasn’t been corrected, along with the overall poor play of our CB’s, could be the reason EThomas wasn’t retained.

The 2 major issues and upgrades for the Falcons has to be better OL production, and a better pass rush. Resolving those 2 issues with make all of the other issues go away. The question is, who or what position do we concentrate on in the draft to improve our pass rush. Personally, I think we should do what we did so successfully with DE JAbraham the yr he got 16.5 sacks, which was move him around and have him rush the passer from different positions and sides on the field.

In obvious pass rushing situations, having KBiermann and LSidbury at DE, and rushing JAbraham from a LB position would be very effective, especially if we drop one of our DT back into coverage, like we did successfully last yr with JAnderson. I still think DE JAbraham wore down as the season wore on as a result of the off season surgery he had just before training camp began. That’s why his training camp participation was limited and he waw held out of almost all contact drills.

Keith Brooking is bi-curious

January 20th, 2010
12:02 pm

I’m more surprised by the news that Tom Brady pulled out.


January 20th, 2010
12:39 pm

Pro Bowl? But Terence Moore always told us Schaub would never be more than a backup QB in the NFL. You mean Terence was wrong?

C3 Jim

January 20th, 2010
12:48 pm

Atlanta’s been rated America’s gayest city….i agree! I am happy, ecstatic, pleased and even gayly hopeful now that Dimitrof and Smith are running the draft. We’ll do fine whether we get #19 or #20!
I’m also gayly pleased that we traded Schaub. If we hadn’t, we wouldn’t have Dimitrof, Smith, Ryan, Turner, Gonzalez and HOPE instead of HYPE for our future!

Georgia Peach

January 20th, 2010
1:18 pm

Schaub is an alternate to the ProBowl, the Texans have yet to make the playoffs. He’s a stat stuffer and nothing more.


January 20th, 2010
1:19 pm

Actually the only player mentioned that hurt the franchise really bad was Matt Schuab, and of course the fans are always so smart saying so often how he had no talent. Schaub and the pick for Ryan might have helped this franchise, we’ll never know.

Georgia Peach

January 20th, 2010
1:24 pm

Petrino didnt want to work with Schaub….Petrino was done with the Falcons when he realized he wouldn’t get to work with MV…the man was doing everything in his power to get fired…finally he left in a classic fashion.


January 20th, 2010
2:56 pm

Old Fan,

The dog-killing was just the last in a long list of troubling news about Mr. Low-Life. Didn’t surprise this fan at all.

Kudos to Matt S. Hated to see him go at the time.

The Turd Burglar

January 20th, 2010
5:03 pm

Brady pulled out? Didn’t he and his wife just have a baby? Ohhhhhhhhhh.


January 20th, 2010
10:31 pm

“Schaub is an alternate to the ProBowl, the Texans have yet to make the playoffs. He’s a stat stuffer and nothing more.”

I’m sorry. Do the Falcons play in as tough a division as the AFC South? When you have 3 perennial playoff teams in your division, making the playoffs is a little tougher than beating the Tampa Bay high school team.

Matt Schaub could have been a superstar with the Falcons, just like he’s becoming with the Texans. If he was still here, you would be deifying him, regardless of the team’s playoff record.

Dr. Warren

January 21st, 2010
4:31 am

We would have been better off with Schaub. Period. High-character guy and enormously talented and cool-headed. Just another loopy trade in our long loopy history.


January 21st, 2010
7:37 am

Petrino is not a good fit (college or pro) for any organization that considers having a backbone a necessary part of the coaches resume.


January 21st, 2010
9:16 am

Stop crying about water under the dam. The Falcons future looks bright with Smithy and Dimitrof running the show.

Congrat to Brown in Mass.


January 21st, 2010
10:08 am

You think Ron recommended that Turner try to play with the ankle sprain??? Anyhow, how often do teams change head trainers? I was used to seeing Ron since the early years of following the team.

As far as ET, you think they just want to get younger with the DB coach or go after Clancy Pend.???

As far as the Draft….I see mocks having us pick LBs…really? I see the need at DE and CB as greater, especially with a 1st round pick.

P Fed

January 21st, 2010
10:16 am

I’ve known Ron Medlin for 25 years as a respected Athletic Trainer willing to exhaust all possible reasonable, objective, and justified means to prevent injuries and mitigate time loss following injuries. What allied health professional with proper medical credentials had unrepairable Philosophical Differences with Ron Medlin? Nice move…and of course the organization managed Ron’s compensation and bonus pay over the past 16 years to match his employment volitility. “Every american has the right to be stupid, and you just excercised your right”-famous Nashville, TN physician.


January 21st, 2010
5:12 pm

Wait a second here!! First it was E.T. now Ron Medlin… Chris Houston got E.T. canned bottom line. If the DB’s would have learned to turn around and play the ball, E.T. would still be here. Not to mention we had very little pass rush this year. The organization could have shown some class and kept E.T. in another capacity. He didn’t turn his back on us when Petrino quit on the team. wow..

Now Ron Medlin????? Let me get this straight.. Turner plays weak the first 3 games. He later goes down with an injury. He makes every attempt to come back sooner than he should (probably being pressured by the need to win, doesn’t want to let down his teamates, doesn’t want to be remembered as a one year wonder). Oh, by the way, did I mention Ron Medlin does not perform magic shows in the offseason. What is the guy supposed to do when players are injured. That is a part of the game. That’s why the back ups have to be just as good as your starters. This whole Ron Medlin thing is starting to stink!! Are we saying can the man over injuries and players not being able to heal quickly? Was Norwood Ron’s fault too?? Ron Medlin was a tenured respected trainer, a staple here in Atlanta and I am deeply saddened to hear he will not be retained.

I can’t wait until the truth comes out. Good Luck Ron. You are a class act and we will miss you!


January 21st, 2010
6:34 pm




January 21st, 2010
6:35 pm

As been said already, Ron Medlin has been a staple for the falcons organization. He was the longest tenured NFL employee at the falcons when he was let go. Loosing his experience and expertise will be felt for some time.
As far as having the strength coach (who is not licenced or certified to provide medical services) run the medical department, is another story. I remember several articles that mention this strength coach commenting on how he would be responsible for lowering the injury rate of the players and increasing their performance capabilities…just like he did in Oakland. Really?! just like the Raiders…wow. Well then why is the athletic trainer of 16 years blamed for the sudden increase in players getting hurt on the field? I’m curious as to who clears the players after a concussion? The strength coach? I love the Falcons and always will, but think it is maybe not the best choice to have the strength coach in charge of the medical care of the players. Especially in greivance cases with players where he would be asked to explain to an arbitrator why he directed the team physician and athletic trainer in their aftercare and therapy of the player. All I have to say is good luck with that.


January 21st, 2010
6:52 pm

By the way Ken Strickland…John Abraham had the 16.5 after a year that the AJC reported that he had off-season surgery. Hmmmm…thinking…oh yeah! The medical staff was in charge of his treatment and rehab and there was a different strength coach at the time.(almost forgot about all those AJC stories about the new regime) my bad.


January 21st, 2010
8:45 pm

Something smells fishy and its not Ron Medlin.. I was born and raised in Atlanta and I have been a season ticket holder for seven years. You don’t let people go who have always had your back. Ron Medlin is not a magician. People get hurt and only time can heal them. Not the fans, not the other players, not pixy dust. Only time!!

What do you say to the next guy that comes in? How does the next guy think he has job security after someone who had 16 years with the club is not retained. I thought Arthur said he wanted to keep the coachs and staff together?? This one needs to be better explained by the Falcons.

Something stinks about this one.


January 22nd, 2010
8:11 am

I only have one name for you: Ted Johnson! Rod Medlin, count yourself lucky to out of the Falcons organization. Go find yourself a good teaching position at one of the better sports medicine teaching institutions like Springfield College or UPMC up in Pittsburgh. Maybe you can hook with a solid and professional training staff like the one Steelers… However, count your blessings that your out of “Foxborough South!”

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

January 22nd, 2010
9:31 am

I just love all the folks making negative comments as if THEY know the “REAL” story behind the recent staff changes for the Falcons. Unless you were there at the meetings between these people (and you weren’t) and the Falcons management/head coach, etc. STFU cause you don’t know what you’re talkiing about.


January 22nd, 2010
9:41 am

He’s a freaking team trainer folks…….MOVE ON!!! Stop with the conspiracy theories! “something smells fishy”……oooohhhhh. Grow up and turn off NCIS!


January 22nd, 2010
9:44 am

I’m 100% sure that TD and MS knows what must be done to get this team to where it needs to be and consulting with us is not one of them.


January 22nd, 2010
3:40 pm

Your right we were not in the meetings and don’t have to be in them to understand buisness. Hey, if I guy can’t play then he shouldn’t. Who needs a strength coach that will risk a kids career pretending to be a trainer? Ron Medlin was a trainer. He has always done right by the players and trust me he is well respected amongst them. Ultimately his job was to provide care. Ron Medlin or the Falcons never came under fire the way the Cleveland Browns did with the staff infections and nasty facilities. If you were in the meeting set the record straight, if not, how would you feel as a player if you were being forced to play and knew you were not 100% and it could potentially cost you millions or worse even your career? Just a thought for you Sick and Tired & Truth. Sick and Tired, why are you so angry? Truth, why don’t you seek the truth?