LB coach Glenn Pires says Spoon is off to good start

00509 Flowery Branch - Atlanta Falcons linebackers coach Greg Pires works with first round draft pick rookie linebacker # 56 Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri, during day 3 of minicamp in Flowery Branch on Sunday, May 9, 2010.   Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

00509 Flowery Branch - Atlanta Falcons linebackers coach Greg Pires works with first round draft pick rookie linebacker # 56 Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri, during day 3 of minicamp in Flowery Branch on Sunday, May 9, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Caught up with Falcons linebacker coach Glenn Pires recently.

Most of the offseason attention has been on the secondary and defensive line, but the Falcons drafted a linebacker in the first round in Missouri’s Sean Weatherspoon.

Special teams maven Coy Wire.

Special teams maven Coy Wire.

He’s been working out at both outside linebacker positions.

Traditionally, the strongside linebacker lined up over the tight end and the weakside linebacker played more in space.

But several times, Falcons coach Mike Smith has said that the positions are now interchangeable.

“The best way to describe it is that offensive formations are always changing,” Pires said. “They go from weak to strong, with motion and shifting. So our outside linebackers on one play might be strong and if they get motion they might be weak. All of the things, you have to play strong and weak because the offenses are always changing formations. We are interchangeable because the offenses are now interchangeable.”

Pires said that Weatherspoon is coming along well. He’s had two minicamps and organized team activities.

Atlanta Falcons' Stephen Nicholas, right, Chauncey Davis, second from right, and Curtis Lofton, left, try to tackle New York Jets' Braylon Edwards during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Atlanta Falcons' Stephen Nicholas, right, Chauncey Davis, second from right, and Curtis Lofton, left, try to tackle New York Jets' Braylon Edwards during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

“He’s in the learning curve right now as all first round draft picks are, all of the rookies are right now,” Pires said. “He’s doing well in terms of learning. He’s doing well with the veterans and using all of his resources to do well. He’s off to a good start.”

Some of you all have asked if the Falcons plan to blitz the linebackers more often.

“I think that’s all a part of who we are playing against,” Pires said. “There are going to be some weeks where that’s going to be a big part (of the package). There are going to be some weeks when it’s not going to be a big part. That’s a true week-to-week thing. When we feel it’s going to be to our advantage we’ll do it. We’re just going to see how that goes.”

Here’s Pires on a few other linebacker related matters:

ON ROBERT JAMES: “He’s coming along well. It’s his third year in our system. We are excited about getting him into the preseason games.”

ON SPENCER ADKINS: “Being in the system and knowing, talking and communicating, then they play faster. Those are two guys (James and Adkins) who I think are starting to play fast.”

BOTH ARE HYBRID OLBs?: “(They) can play both positions and they are good guys who can run.”

ON COY WIRE: “He has a flexibility to do a lot of different things. He’s a leader. He’s smart and he brings all of those qualities.”

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52 comments Add your comment

eric

June 1st, 2010
9:24 am

JJB

June 1st, 2010
9:25 am

Go Falcons! The D should be improved

truth

June 1st, 2010
9:46 am

DU MAUH MAUH MAUNZ!!!!!

Delbert D.

June 1st, 2010
10:18 am

Weatherspoon can’t possibly see where Spires is pointing, can he?

I MUS WRITE

June 1st, 2010
10:23 am

Glad to see the young guys progressing. Now we have adequate replacements when peterson’s 35 year old legs start to wear down…

Go Birds!!!!

AtlantaFalcons

June 1st, 2010
10:47 am

So who’s the odd LB out?
Is James worth a spot on the 53 man?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 1st, 2010
10:50 am

AtlantaFalcons — We have to wait and see. James is a run and hit guy with a lot of speed. He should make a strong roster bid.

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Larry

June 1st, 2010
10:54 am

Just one request…please coach THIS # 56 on 4th and long in the playoffs to not bite on the play fake and cover the tight-end on 4th and long to keep us in the game!

Is this too much to ask?

AtlantaFalcons

June 1st, 2010
10:55 am

And who do you think is our 2nd MLB? cold it be Bear Woods?

AtlantaFalcons

June 1st, 2010
10:58 am

Hasn’t James had 2 years on the practice squad?

PMC

June 1st, 2010
11:02 am

About what you would expect to hear about Spoon at this point really. I like what Coach Pires said about the scheme though… because the depth of the team now is going to allow them to bring the ruckus when they need it and still have the bodies to cover the next down.

Coy Wire is just one of those guys that you are glad he’s playing for your team. Dude is a gamer.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 1st, 2010
11:06 am

Good to hear- now let’s watch those injuries. Hopefully Jerry can come back and make an impact as he did for the first few games last year.

Case Quarter

June 1st, 2010
11:07 am

Where’s Terrance X when we need him? I’m sure there is a Raiders LB we should consider.

Chop Buster

June 1st, 2010
11:38 am

I’m happy to see you put some newsworthy Falcons info up DOL. LOL Keep the camp info coming. Anyway it sounds like we have some young LBs that are going us a longer stronger at this position. I’d like to see what Atkins and James can do in the preseason games myself.

Chop Buster

June 1st, 2010
11:39 am

Oops…mean Adkins.

waynester

June 1st, 2010
12:00 pm

If the 3rd year LBs really do step up this season it would have a tremendous impact on our overall “D”.
If it comes down to Wire or Bear W, I don’t see Coy losing that contest–he’s a savvy competitor. I hope we’ll be able to keep them both. I’m with Dr. Noisewater on the subject of injuries. I’d love more info on the new training/conditioning staff leadership and their philosophy and methodology, not just the MMA stuff they’ve purposefully leaked….

Sebastian

June 1st, 2010
12:08 pm

Watch Adkins. I think he’s gonna be really good.

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

June 1st, 2010
12:18 pm

Two More Months!

Go Falcons!!!

jamie

June 1st, 2010
12:53 pm

just a vote of confidence for spoon. he really helps us out in space, which is exactly what we need. also is a super nice guy. took my son to meet the rookies last wednesday at pga superstore. he took time to shake hands with my son, talk to him and give him an autograph. (which is a lot more than i can say for johnson)

Flowery Branch Man

June 1st, 2010
1:11 pm

The other afternoon the Nfl Live Boys on ESPN said that the Falcons were ok if they took the lead and stayed ahead…true last year…hopefully not for the Offense this year……we all know the Falcons are playoff bound…the question is weather or Weatherspoon or not they have a good enough Defense to keep a lead…hopefully they do because the Offense is still questionable as far as comebacks are concerned…..Hope I am wrong though!

suwaneefalcon

June 1st, 2010
1:20 pm

Good information D.O.L. and Prof…get bent.

GO FALCONS!!!

fanATicaL

June 1st, 2010
1:56 pm

According to the present depth chart SNicholas,CLofton and MPetersen. Are the starting lineup.Then there was CWire,SAdkins and RJames.The new kids are obviously our first round pick SWeatherspoon.With the unresticted free agents of Weston Johnson from Wyoming, and Bear Woods from Troy University.Sean will eat into Stephen and Mikes time on the outside.After the first few camps.Bear seems to have some swell .But to get on the team what an uphill climb.Last year on ESPN . They showed Coy Wires offseason program.I’m not betting he would fall off this year. When James was drafted I thought he would be pushed to safety .Because of his size and ability to cover. But with Moore coming back this year and soooo much depth at safety.Not just at safety but all over the team.The balance of knowing the palybook and athleticism.Helps in showing speed and aggression.All I can see in the upcoming team OTA ’s.Is some great position battles.

Smyrna Jacket

June 1st, 2010
2:03 pm

Uniforms. uuuuugh.

dr.maryb

June 1st, 2010
2:08 pm

I’m excited to see some pre-seasons game! Let’s Go – Falcons!!!!

Barrry

June 1st, 2010
2:12 pm

Hey Y’all:

“THUMP!!”
IT’S GETTING STARTED!!!!

SSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
This is a SECRET from a FALCON FAN. TELL EVERYBODY!!!!

………………….”ONE HEARTBEAT,BABY!!!!!”……………

Hamp

June 1st, 2010
2:14 pm

Spoon mentioned that he would stay in the books. I expect him to excell. I think that the other backers should have shown something by now if they were gonna take the next step this is the third year for james maybe he will. We have the potential to have a very strong and fast LB corps.

Be a fan and not an editor Prof.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

June 1st, 2010
2:44 pm

How long is it until preseason , I can’t wait for the hitting to start
no injuries this year lets go Falcons!!!!!!!!

cheshire

June 1st, 2010
2:48 pm

What’s the story on Nicholas? It seems like he’s kind of a question mark right now. My impression on last season was that he was good but not amazing… any reason to think we’ll see him much improved this year? If he maximizes his potential, an LB corps of Lofton/Nicholas Weatherspoon would be scary.

Football Bat

June 1st, 2010
2:50 pm

Can we have a Barry bypass? I gag every time I see his posts.

truth

June 1st, 2010
3:09 pm

esprit de corps!!!!!!!

DePlane

June 1st, 2010
3:42 pm

I’m really ill you guys….I’m sick of no Falcons Football!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! C’mon training camp!!!

Jason

June 1st, 2010
3:48 pm

What else is the LBs coach to say at this point? “This guy is terrible, why did we draft him?” I’m not saying that Spoon isn’t doing well, but what else should we really expect at this point? This article would be much more sound if you had an outside opinion, or if you had personally observed practices. I guess I’m just saying, “What’s the point of this article other than to fill space?”

Terrance X

June 1st, 2010
4:24 pm

Ted Hendricks Case Quarter, a premier LB with the early 70’s Colts along with (Mike Curtis and Rudy May)and then a mainstay for the mid to late 70’s early 80’s Raiders. In 1 game once saw him have 2 sacks and interception, extra point block and a game saving FG block. he went to the “U” like my Falcon LB sleeper Spencer Adkins.

truth

June 1st, 2010
4:25 pm

Jason, do you know who Weatherspoon is? Did someone pee in your cheerios this morning?

nes

June 1st, 2010
5:28 pm

Everybody keeps saying, when we get DT Jerry back to start off like he did in the first two games. Be for real, he had two tackles in two games, one in each game, that is not an impact player. oh yea, TD and Coach Smith, you are going to regret it big time on passing on Dez Bryant, wait til our defensive backs have to cover him!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 1st, 2010
6:56 pm

nes – The Falcons don’t play the Cowboys this season. Of course, they could meet in the playoffs.

AtlantaFalcons — We need to see Bear in some live NFL action.

Football bat
– We love Barry here. . . One Heartbeat!

HotATL

June 1st, 2010
7:55 pm

One part of that statement bothers me. The part about letting the other team dictate what type of D we will have. I would love to see a nasty bunch that do what they do regardless of who their playing. If it’s going to be one of those lay back and see what they do type D’s then it’s not going be very aggressive, assertive or effective, look to the Ravens they do what they do regardless of the other team.

Chop Buster

June 1st, 2010
10:44 pm

hiramsaint…play nice now. lol

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States Burr

June 2nd, 2010
3:31 am

Just wondering why you are reprinting articles….no new falcon news ??

D.Roberson

June 2nd, 2010
5:07 am

Does anyone know anything about how T.Lewis is coaching the Defensive backs,compared to what Emmit Thomas did?whats going on with Brian Williams, I just don’t see him holding down a corner position all season.We’ll be seeing L.Fitzgerald,S.Smith twice,H.Ward,and O.Cinco,just to name a few.I think Weatherspoon is gonna work out nicely for THE BIRDS!!!

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 2nd, 2010
7:27 am

D. Roberson — Here’s what Thomas DeCoud said about the new secondary coach Tim Lewis.
Q: How has the unit adjusted to the new secondary coach, Tim Lewis?

A: Really well. He’s a teacher. Me, personally, I learn on the board and in practice. He’s a guy who likes to teach on the board and in practice. He’s making things simpler and a lot easier for guys to comprehend and get a hold of.

States Burr — This isn’t a reprint. Actually, they call it “Re Purposing” now days. I had a one-on-one with Coach Glenn last week and saved it for this purpose. I have used this picture before. I just don’t have many of the LB coach. It is the slow season and we only have access once a week. (Which is better than most teams.) It’s going to get real slow later this month and the first couple weeks of July.

FalconTransplant

June 2nd, 2010
8:01 am

Well regardless if it’s a re Purpose or a Reprint…this gives all of us regular readers a chance to ask question albiet repeat questions.

Thanks DOL for keeping us interested.

When do we expect an update on Babs suspension?

When we sign our draft picks who do you think will get the cut before camp starts?
(DOL your opinion?)

What veteran WR you think will get cut by the season to make room for the youth on WR? and will we carry 6 going into the season?

Any trade rumors? (Us to someone else or vice versa)

FalconTransplant

June 2nd, 2010
8:02 am

PS I don’t care if you proof read
I get the draft when i read you

States Burr

June 2nd, 2010
8:44 am

Ok, Gotcha. Well it does prove that I read your column consistently. Just wondering how Reynolds (OT) is coming along…

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JB

June 2nd, 2010
12:05 pm

I agree with Nes. I didn’t see much from Jerry when he was healthy. Lewis showed me more when he was healthy. It would be nice if they could both be impact players. but I don’t count on either of them at this point.

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