OTAs: Mike Smith is looking for some consistency

Falcons head coach Mike Smith encourages players before the start of organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday in Flowery Branch. Jason Getz/jgetz@ajc.com

Falcons head coach Mike Smith encourages players before the start of organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday in Flowery Branch. Jason Getz/jgetz@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – The coaching theme for the organized team activities is “consistency.”

Falcons head coach Mike Smith doesn’t want players to make one spectacular play and then have a drop off. If you can play at the spectacular level, he wants you to stay there.

Smith is a master of the simple and clear message. Now, he’ll try to get some repetition on the theme and drive his point home.

“It starts out here on the practice field,” Smith said on Wednesday. “We’re really stressing consistency with every member of our team. Not only on the field, but in the class room so that we can make sure that we are hitting on all cylinders.”

The Falcons went through their second OTA session. The team has three sessions a week planned with the final one on June 17th. The team will then break for a few weeks and reconvene for training camp on July 29th.

“I thought that we had two very good work days,” Smith said. “The guys have come out here and have been very energetic. . . You can see that it was a spirited practice and I think the guys are having fun. I think that’s important this time of the year.”

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and tight end Tony Gonzalez get on the same page. Jason Getz/jgetz@ajc.com

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and tight end Tony Gonzalez get on the same page. Jason Getz/jgetz@ajc.com

The major highlight was seeing William Moore, the team’s second round draft pick in 2008, out on the field. He hadn’t taken part in an open practice since October because of knee, hamstring and pectoral injuries.

“I’m feeling excellent,” Moore said. “I was out there running around. I’m feeling better than ever.”

Moore has stayed in the area this offseason.

“I’ve got my plays down, I feel,” Moore said. “I just feel like I’m moving better than ever. I’m getting things done, making plays.”

Moore was placed on the injured reserve on Oct. 27. He only played in two games, but was grateful to get a chance to properly heal.

“That was huge,” Moore said. “I stayed here and got in the film room every single day. I got in the weight room every day in order to just get back on the field. I’m going to take advantage of it.”

Some of the highlights from Wednesday’s session:

  • Defensive end/tackle Jamaal Anderson was out early, getting some one-on-one instruction from defensive line coach Ray Hamilton.

    Dunta Robinson

    Cornerbacks Dunta Robinson (23) and Chevis Jackson get in a laugh while stretching. Jason Getz/jgetz@ajc.com

  • Moore looked good running around at full speed.
  • The quarterbacks were sharp in the 7-on-7 drills, connection on 14 of 15 passes. Matt Ryan was 7 of 8, with a drop by fullback Ovie Mughelli. Chris Redman was 2 of 2, John Parker Wilson was 3 of 3 and D.J. Shockley was 2 of 2.
  • With defensive end John Abraham absent from the voluntary practice, Kroy Biermann lined up with the first team on the right side. He was backed up by Emmanuel Stephens.
  • Defensive end Chauncey Davis (knee), defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder), defensive tackle Peria Jerry (knee), wide receivers Harry Douglas (knee) and Kerry Meier (hamstring) and cornerback Brian Williams (knee) did not practice. Smith is expecting Davis, Meier and Babineaux back in 7 to 10 days. Jerry, Douglas and Williams are expected back during training camp, which starts on July 29th.

21 comments Add your comment


May 26th, 2010
4:39 pm

Was anyone other than Abraham missing


May 26th, 2010
4:41 pm

are OTA’s open to the public?


May 26th, 2010
4:53 pm

How is Brian Williams coming along? Is he going to be back by Sept, and is he going to be the guy we had last year up until the Chicago game? A healthy Williams along with Dunta would be huge for our pass rush.


May 26th, 2010
4:57 pm

I’m stoked for September!


May 26th, 2010
5:10 pm

I hope all these guys heal up soon. We can be a very good team with extra good depth if they do. I want to see more of Meier and hope he is given a chance. I like WR’s that don’t drop the ball.


May 26th, 2010
5:30 pm

William Moore can give our D allot of options… In college Moore played a rover type Safety role (Troy P type role) during his senoir senoir… He covered some slot WR’s and everything

I think Moore can be an Adrian Wilson type SS… A SS that is able to line up as a coverage LB in Nickle situations…

Or we could have Moore and Coleman as the safeties with Decoud as the Nickleback or Dimeback in a Dime situations….

The coaching staff can get real creative….

Chop Buster

May 26th, 2010
5:45 pm

I’m looking for some consistency as well. Mularkey needs to be consistent in his playcalling; meaning if you’re going to be aggressive call aggressive plays. Van Gorder needs to be consistent now that he has some play makers on the defense as well. I’m tired of getting my hopes up only to be let down each year. We have too many offensive weapons not to take advantage of a lot of our opponents. Sean Peyton knows how to call a game…he goes for the throat early and keeps his foot on you until you’re down. Falcons best take note.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

May 26th, 2010
5:55 pm

Thanks DOL, very nice job sir.


May 26th, 2010
6:07 pm

DL— Can you pull a few strings and let me meet Dunta Robinson???

joe white

May 26th, 2010
6:25 pm

Hope we get healthy soon and stay that waY. We must have consistancy across the board from the coaching staff down to the water boy or girl. I am a 15 year season ticket holder and we are on the verge of having a good team that can compete each and every year, We need to get another wr like T.O.

Terrance X

May 26th, 2010
6:52 pm

would have loved to have seen “the Mad Bomber” Daryle Lamonica throw in OTA’s to his group of WR’s. back when my name was Moore I covered those Raiders. you would have to worry about consistency or a deep passing game back then. The Veritical game is what Al Davis calls it.

Sly Ty

May 26th, 2010
6:53 pm

Why was Abraham absent. Is it just that he is being allowed to sit out like last season to preserve his older body?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 26th, 2010
7:12 pm

SGDF — CB Dominique Daniels was missing. Had a death in the family. Those were the only two MIAs.

adelfrsy — They are not open to public.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans — Thank you Sir.

Sly Ty — Abe gets in a lot of core work in the offseason on his own. Not a big deal that he’s missing. He doesn’t have to learn a new defense.

Sly Ty

May 26th, 2010
7:25 pm

Thanks Mr.Ledbetter, Glad Abraham is just conducting his core work routine. Please continue the great coverage from the BRANCH.


May 26th, 2010
7:33 pm

I hope Kroy My Boy will have a break out season this year! Would love to see Moore get the starting job at Safety, if he can finally stay healthy. Smith is right to want consistency from his defense for sure, they MUST get better, cause the offense can only do so much. I want to see a hard hitting secondary who can actually cover properly and the dline start getting close to the QB. Anderson should be cut if he doesn’t get his act together!!

Jon Stewart

May 26th, 2010
8:47 pm

Any word on Arthur Blank’s “Snidely Whiplash” sideline impersonation? I don’t think he needs much more practice to really get it down. That or his hungry old vulture look…


May 26th, 2010
10:50 pm

Be grateful that Arthur has that look or you may not see the progress the Falcons are making.

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May 27th, 2010
9:30 am

What’s wrong eith this coaching staff?!?!?!?!?!? Why can’t they see the worthless piece of crap that J.Anderson is? rolleyes…I’m 100% sure if Smith and TD didn’t see something the team could use in Anderson he would have already been gone. Let them worry about such things. Let’s just say……..GO FALCONS!!!!

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