MC Day 2: Q&A with coach Mike Smith

Falcons coach Mike Smith used a message from former David Lipscomb coach Don Meyer in his talk to the team Thursday night practice. He noted that there were three things that you can never work too hard on: 1. Attitude. 2. Effort. 3. Technique. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Falcons coach Mike Smith used a message from former David Lipscomb coach Don Meyer in his talk to the team Thursday night. He noted that there were three things that you can never work too hard on: 1. Attitude. 2. Effort. 3. Technique. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Mike Smith was upbeat after Saturday morning’s practice.

He spent part of the practice discussing matters with general manager Thomas Dimitroff. He also payed close attention to new secondary coach Tim Lewis working with the defensive backs during the installation period.

Here’s his  media briefing after practice.

Q: How did things go for you this morning?

A: It went very well. The weather cooperated. We got a nice front come through and the weather was nice. We had a spirited practice and I thought the guys learned from some of the mistakes they made on day one. Especially some of the rookies. We definitely saw already, them progressing in the direction that we want them to go.

Q: Any of them jump out at you?

A: I don’t want to single any of them out just through three practices, but I jus think as an entire group the guys have really done a nice job. They have been exposed to quite a bit of verbiage, information and terminology. I thought that they’ve done a very nice job.

Q: How about the Brandyn Harvey kid from Villanova. Several members of the media believes his play is standing out? Has he caught your eye?

A: Yeah, he has. He has very good length and height. He’s done some nice things catching the football.

Q: A lot has been made of your defensive ends. How has that group of Beirmann, Sidbury and Jamaal looking opposite of Abraham so far in your offseason workouts and minicamp?

A: Biermann and Sidbury are both guys that we think are going to continue to develop. I think that Kroy has done a nice job, being a fifth round draft pick to have the production that he’s had his first two years. We really anticipate that Lawrence will take a big step here this season in year two. Jamaal will probably spend more time playing defensive tackle in our sub package and play defensive end in our base package.

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FEAR THE TALON

May 8th, 2010
2:16 pm

FEAR THE TALON

May 8th, 2010
2:17 pm

D-LED GIVE US MORE INFO ON THE HARVEY KID PLEASE!!

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 8th, 2010
3:08 pm

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 8th, 2010
3:23 pm

Looks like Harvey was on the field when Villanova beat Montana for the Championship. If the falcons were there scouting Schollinger, they may have seen something they like in Harvery.

runs a 4.55.
http://cdsdraft.com/profile.php?id=4005

ESPN lists him as 6′3.25″,200lbs,
http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft/player?id=25308&_slug_=brandyn-harvey&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnfl%2fdraft%2fplayer%3fid%3d25308%26_slug_%3dbrandyn-harvey

Same school as Brian Finneran

“Harvey’s leadership and fiery play was never more evident than we he made the ‘Play’ of the game in Villanova’s national championship contest December 18, 2009. Early in the second half, he nearly decapitated a Montana player in pursuit on a ‘crackback’ block that defines his clutch play. Thought of an energy sparkplug for the team, they went on to dominate the second half and win convincingly going away.”
http://draftnasty.com/football/conferences/fcs-div2-div3/brandyn-harvey/

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 8th, 2010
3:26 pm

Harvey also returns punts, here is some vid:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkW6JIR1QqA

Reid Adair

May 8th, 2010
3:29 pm

I like Brandon Harvey. It will be interesting to see how the receiving corps shapes up with Harvey and Kerry Meier.

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 8th, 2010
3:34 pm

Don’t overlook another FA receiver, Ryan Wolfe. DOL, has he stood out at all?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wplH8cl3zg

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 8th, 2010
4:41 pm

BA — Wolfe has caught some balls. Ran a real choppy double-move route against Dominique Daniels. He got open, but it wasn’t pretty.

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 8th, 2010
5:03 pm

DOL, thanks for the Wolfe update. I know he broke his foot at the end of the season, hoping he would be stellar again. Maybe rust, maybe slowed down to the point he can’t make the team. Worth following, I reakon. It’s all good

Rod

May 8th, 2010
5:06 pm

How is Rafael Bush and Dominique Franks looking in the Secondary? I heard Bush is a THUMPER. I would love to see him on the field when we play the Saints. If you want to shut down a ariel attack….lay some HITS!!!

Dwight

May 9th, 2010
8:59 am

How about the tight end Peek from Alabama?

The Grinch

May 9th, 2010
9:59 am

I’m as excited and information starved as anyone, but it’s hilarious looking at these comments…shows how sad the Braves and Hawks are.

chris taylor

May 9th, 2010
3:53 pm

Tell me bout it, if the Hawks resign JJ i’ll be disappointed. They need a real scorer. JJ has always been a great regular season guy but defines the word “choke” in the playoffs. They should try for Bosh or Wade and give J Smith some red-bull, kid needs some more hustle. Sad when our best player comes off the bench. Either way…..we just want more football!

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