Minicamp action to be fast and furious

Dunta Robinson tackling against the Cleveland Browns.

Dunta Robinson tackling against the Cleveland Browns. He will take the field for the first time today in an official team practice.

FLOWERY BRANCH –Falcons coach Mike Smith, who’s in his third year and is the first coach in team history to post back-to-back winning season, doesn’t want the veterans to have a sense of entitlement.

Expect the tempo to be fast and furious when the mini-camp opens today.

“I told the guys when we started the offseason conditioning program, we are familiar with one another and this is year three,” Smith said. “The thing I want to guard against is complacency because we know one another. They know the routine that we do in terms of the offseason and in terms of weightlifting and on the field work. So we are going change some things up and our offseason evaluations and how we do things. It’s not going to be status quo in terms been doing in the first two years.”

He said the changes will be subtle and really just points of emphasis in different areas of the game.

Minicamp schedule

(Saturday’s practices are open to the public)

Friday: Practice — 10:30 a.m. (closed to the public), practice — 4:15 p.m. (closed to the public).

Saturday: Practice — 10:30 a.m. (Practice is open to the public, gates open at 9:30 a.m.). Practice — 4:15 p.m. (Practice is open to the public, gates open at 3:15 p.m.)

Sunday: Practice — 10:30 a.m. (closed to the public).


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D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 7th, 2010
7:38 am

Got to drop the girls off at school, then I’m pushing the batmobile up I-85 and I-985 to Flowery Branch. Going to be posting new items and tweeting heavily throughout the day.

For twitter updates, you can follow me at AJCFalcons on

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 7th, 2010
7:42 am


May 7th, 2010
7:45 am

Awesome! Can’t wait to see the new birds in action!


May 7th, 2010
7:46 am

Drive safely D.Led. Let us know if you see anything worth noting. :)


May 7th, 2010
8:23 am

Can’t wait to get there tomorrow morning


May 7th, 2010
8:27 am

DO Led, will the batmobile be at the Branch tomorrow? Would love just say high and meet the Godfather himself…

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May 7th, 2010
9:01 am

I wish it was Football season for real – Hawks and Braves are a waste of time…


May 7th, 2010
9:02 am

D-Led, I’m curioius about one thing you said in the “5 things” yesterday. Does Smith mean that Abe’s production dropped due to the secondary because WRs were so open that QBs could get rid of the ball too quickly? Usually he has made the point that the DLs got to help the secondary.


May 7th, 2010
10:37 am

d led what about w. moore is he out then?

Cowboys five time champs

May 7th, 2010
11:06 am

sorry a falcons changing the tempo wont help at winning your division

Hindu Elvis Pimp

May 7th, 2010
11:18 am

Any TO sightings? Crop circles? Big foot? UFOs?

Notso Fast

May 7th, 2010
12:06 pm

Who will the surprises be?? Some will be better than expected and some not as good.


May 7th, 2010
12:12 pm

Have fun up there D! Wish I could go but the work monster and the family have other plans for me. I look forward to your updates!

Another injury to Moore, though minor, does concern me….

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May 7th, 2010
12:31 pm

This is getting old.

1) “back-to-back winning season,” – should be “winning seasons”
2) “in terms been doing” – should be “in terms of what we’ve been doing”

What college did you graduate from? I think they need to lose their certification.


May 7th, 2010
12:42 pm

Prof……get a life man.

Bartkowski Fan

May 7th, 2010
12:43 pm

To Prof: Where do you teach? Let me help you.
From which college did you graduate? I think it should lose it’s accreditation.
Keep up the good work D.Orlando!

Sly Ty

May 7th, 2010
12:48 pm

To Prof, if you don’t like our sports verbage on this blog, by all means go and follow the Detroit Lions blog sessions. We only care about our daily bird updates here.

Another View

May 7th, 2010
12:49 pm

Someone who structures a sentence as follows can hardly question the education of another:

“What college did you graduate from?”


May 7th, 2010
12:56 pm

cowboy 5 time chumps- you finally won a playoff game since when? matt ryan will do bigger things with the falcons than tony homo ever dreamed of

Math Teacher

May 7th, 2010
12:59 pm

Prof = douche

Jethro Bodine

May 7th, 2010
1:00 pm

Thanks DO Led. I’ll enjoy the updates, warts and all. Glad Prof was not grading my essays.


May 7th, 2010
1:18 pm

Was mini camp open to the public today? If anyone went, please tell me how the secondary is looking. I am a teacher and could not get off. Thank you.


May 7th, 2010
1:21 pm

Looks like da prof has rund ouwf wit his haed tween his lags.

Freak’n dork.


May 7th, 2010
1:31 pm

When you point 1 finger at someone else you inevitably point four at yourself. Prof, it looks like you’re being taught a thing or two! Keep up the good work D- Led