Mike Mularkey dusting off his Inspector Gadget material?

Falcons offensive coordiantor Mike Mularkey and quarterback Matt Ryan are ready to expand the use of the no-huddle attack and maybe throw in some gadget plays.  (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC).

Falcons offensive coordiantor Mike Mularkey and quarterback Matt Ryan are ready to expand the use of the no-huddle attack and maybe throw in some gadget plays. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC).

BIRDLAND – They called Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey “Inspector Gadget” for his creative play calling in previous NFL stops.

He’d be the first to admit that he’s had to hold his cards close to his vest while the team has been developing young quarterback Matt Ryan, implementing his system and still winning 20 of 32 regular season games.

As the Mularkey and Ryan are about to enter their third season together, we should see more creativity in Mularkey’s

Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey.

Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey.

play-calling and Ryan’s play.

“Obviously, we’re light years ahead of where we were when we got here three years ago,” Mularkey told the AJC’S Ken Sugiura after the last open OTA practice. “We can experiment a little more with things because of these guys’ experience with the offense. It’s been fun. It’s gotten very productive.”

Mularkey has been spending time on the board, drawing up new formations. He’s been moving parts around like he’s playing chess and adding new wrinkles to existing plays.

“Our guys just adjusted immediately and made it easy to do,” Mularkey said.

So should the fans be expecting to see Inspector Gadget at the Georgia Dome this season?

“That reputation and the players that I was with in Pittsburgh were capable of doing the stuff we were doing,” Mularkey said. “That’s one of the things we try to do offensively is play to the players’ strength. We’re not doing anything different here.

Tight ends Justin Peelle and Leroy Banks signing autographs after a recent minicamp practice.  (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

Tight ends Justin Peelle and Leroy Banks signing autographs after a recent minicamp practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

“It’s just a different personnel group. We don’t have the same type of guys. It doesn’t mean I don’t like that. I think it keeps defenses off-balance, but it’s hard to do if you don’t have a specific-type player.”

MULARKEY ON THE O-LINE: “The O line has been absolutely a blast to be around with the way they approach everything. Very positive. (They) bust their ass as well as any group I’ve been around. I think they’re just hitting their stride. Their communication is far ahead of where we’ve been.”

ON TIGHT END JUSTIN PEELE: “Justin Peelle, I think every team wants a Justin Peelle.”

ON THE RUNNING BACKS: “In the back, it’s been good to have Mike (Turner) back and Ovie (Mughelli’s) been here. Having everybody here has allowed us to take maybe a step ahead in the offseason compared to where we’ve been.”

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Jim

June 24th, 2010
7:10 am

I won`t say it

Willy

June 24th, 2010
7:14 am

But you were first, dude…

Felix

June 24th, 2010
7:17 am

It takes a real man not to say it! Way to go Jim!!

Felix

June 24th, 2010
7:18 am

Willy You spoiled it.

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 24th, 2010
7:28 am

That’s strong Jim. Very strong!

Fish2774

June 24th, 2010
7:52 am

The Falcons are a receiver away from being a elite offense. Vincent Jackson would be a nice addition. We still haven’t made a big splash this offseason, So now maybe the time.

FalconTransplant

June 24th, 2010
7:59 am

How much longer do you think Redman has before we replace/retire him?

SiReal

June 24th, 2010
8:00 am

@Fish I also thought Vincent Jackson would be the best fit. Ship Jenkins or demote him. D Led I hope those gadget plays translate into TDs!lol

FalconTransplant

June 24th, 2010
8:07 am

I agree, VJax would be a HUGE upgrade over Jenkins. Then myabe Jekins…change of scenary…yatta yatta…

FalconTransplant

June 24th, 2010
8:09 am

Imagine White, VJax, HD, TD, and Turner in the back field.
Then we can talk more about offense on these blogs instead of Who’s hurt or back yet on Def.

One reciever away from being an elite OFF

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 24th, 2010
8:09 am

FalconsTransplant — Redman, 32, signed a two year contract. He really impressed the coaching staff with his showing in the second game against New Orleans.

SirReal – They are great when they world. When the don’t, folks tend to get upset.

Fish2774
— I guess spending $57.5 million on a cornerback is not a big splash? They just gave Jenkins a four-year contract extension. So, he’s not going any places. It’s just year two on that contract. What would you give up to get Jackson? (draft picks or players)

FalconTransplant

June 24th, 2010
8:10 am

FalconTransplant

June 24th, 2010
8:14 am

Dled I totally agree with you that Redman showed he’s still got it.
BUT
You said he’s 32, He may have a year or two left, but we’re gonna need a young guy with some potential behind Ryan.

JPW and DJ are career 3rd stringers at best.
Shouldn’t we have a guy in there learning the system NOW?

Let’s say Redman stays till his contract is up.
One of our 3rd stringers is gone this year and I’d bet the other is gone by next year.
We should have a legit 2nd QB as our 3rd stringer now to learn behind Ryan and redman

IMHO

FalconTransplant

June 24th, 2010
8:17 am

For VJAX I’d give up Jenkins and a 3rd or 4th conditional. Plus maybe cash to cover a portion of the contract in SD

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

June 24th, 2010
8:34 am

I don’t think the falcons will give up anything to get a receiver , I believe they think a healthy Douglas is the answer , I just hope he is healthy and explosive.
I am also one of the few that is in Jenkins corner . I’m thinking he will have a good year also .

Mike Jay

June 24th, 2010
8:52 am

Falcons drafted/signed a ton of WR’s this offseason. Not sure they would give up anything to get VJ. I too think Jenkins will have a bounce back year…he can;t be worse can he? I also think one of the young guys will turn out to be a gem. They drafted some super productive, smart possesion type recievers. No household names but I still think one of those will turn out to be a very good pro. My money is on Wolf or Meier. I think Meier in particular has some serious upside.

Mike Jay

June 24th, 2010
8:54 am

Oh and watch out for Buckly out of Alcorn State. I believe he will get in on some of those tricky plays mentioned in this article as he was a QB in college and a helluva good athlete. Of course he needs to make the team first and there will be some serious competition at the WR postiion.

TMoney

June 24th, 2010
9:02 am

I’m really looking forward to watching the Falcons O this season. I think this will be the season that the entire playbook will be open to Ryan. I think this will be the year Ryan will get to go no huddle 50% of the time and call the plays himself. I think this will be the season the Falcons O puts up better than 6000 yards. I think this will be the season the Falcons will put up at least 26 points per game.

I think this season will be fun.

Larry

June 24th, 2010
9:21 am

Will you guys please knock off! We have a franchise QB just entering his third year with a serviceable #2 and #3 QB and there’s all this hot air about the need to find a number 2! Good Grief!

What we need to focus our time, energy and resources on is, in order:

1. A down field speed burner at wide receiver. This will open up everything in our passing attack.
2. A DE to get to Drew Brees!
3. A franchise RT like we once had with Mike Kenn to protect the rail thin and physically vulnerable Matt Ryan. This guy is gifted but one blindside blow from a season ending injury.
4. The next great Falcon’s running back needs to be discovered and developed, especially if Turner shows up at training camp again at 260 lbs!
5. A dominant MLB to compliment several quality but physically unimposing group of linebackers. Add a Ray Lewis type of LB to this group and they all get infinitely better.

TONE

June 24th, 2010
9:24 am

Curiously, in the upcoming NFL season, most of the experts do not have the Falcons picked as an elite team. We may beat more than we lose though. We do have incumbents Ryan ,Turner , and White returning , and they will affect the oppositions defensive policy. So if the D can cut down on the opponents running unopposed and the O can matriculate the ball down field we may very well see the falcons in the Nations capitol after the super bowl this year.

Larry

June 24th, 2010
9:27 am

Tone,

Where did those same “experts” have the Falcons picked entering the 2008 season? I agree with you that our ultimate destiny will be in the hands our defence as I think Mr. Ryan will have a breakout 3rd season.

Mah Jong

June 24th, 2010
9:34 am

Jim, the early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Morrus...Moron

June 24th, 2010
9:36 am

This is a sports blog, not a political blog. Please take that crap elsewhere.

kthxbai

FalconsTransplant

June 24th, 2010
9:36 am

Larry,
The LB corp (although wit hunproven 56) is set and productive.
I agree the next RB needs to be developed, but just like the WR group there are some up side to the guys on the roster there.
Our DE corp is also seemly unproven behind #55, but again has upside.
The LT spot is a concern and that is why I’ve brought up the QB#2 spot.
Yes Redman is proven, but for how much longer?
When we had #7 on the roster we still had a pretty decent backup in Schaub. Which is my point. Why not have another YOUNG B/U on the roster that isn’t seemly happy just to make the pratice squad after training camp

vafalconfan

June 24th, 2010
9:54 am

Please, please can the drive halting gadget plays and let your playmakers be playmekers. This is no place for ego playcalling. This offense needs to get into a rhythm. Double reverses on your 20 yard line are not the answer..

Voice of Reason

June 24th, 2010
9:58 am

Lets stop second guessing the staff and stop complaining about what players we have or do not have! After years of an owner who would not allow the staff to have full autonomy, we have a GREAT owner. After years of a GM – coach combo who had flaws of various natures, we now have a GREAT GM and a GREAT head coach (and coaching staff) who work together and have a solid plan. Our player personnel has gotten better each step of the way under the current owner – GM – coach group. There will undoubtably be very productive players to come out of this year’s draft. And, we picked up THE CB of free agency! This is a team on the RISE!!! Just sit back and enjoy the ride!

Mike Jay

June 24th, 2010
10:10 am

Larry,

Ryan is right handed not Left so you have his blind side confused.
Also, what do you have against lofton? He seems pretty dominant to me and is on the cusp of being a pro bowler at MLB.

To the rest…
Redman is a quality #2 in league wwere some teams do not have a #1. Nto sure what you guys are wanting in a #2 but they can’t all be Matt Shcuabs.

rekingball

June 24th, 2010
10:14 am

All the Falcons need to do is keep improving the Oline and the pass rush. And, perhaps a little more depth at RB.

Oh yeah, Morrus is a…….

rekingball

June 24th, 2010
10:18 am

………..lost politician, on the wrong blog.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 24th, 2010
10:25 am

Yeah, I’m going to delete Morrus today.

ASHCAN.

June 24th, 2010
10:26 am

Smart man D led for cutting off the other posts,it was bloggers on there that was not color blind if you know what i mean.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 24th, 2010
10:32 am

FalconTransplant — Perhaps they think JPW can develop into a No. 2. Shockley will need to jump past JPW this year if he’s going to stick in the league.

Mike Jay — I’m not getting worked up about these receivers running around in shorts and helmets. Laurent Robinson was the best “shorts and helmets” receiver ever!!! He couldn’t make the plays when the pads went on. Buckley, Harvey, Meier all of them, let’s see if they hold up when the hitting starts.

TMoney

June 24th, 2010
10:37 am

I like our receiving corps, especially with Douglas back. Maybe it’s just me, but I think Ryan having the choice of White, Jenkins, Douglas, and Gonzalez will be huge this season. Add to that Weems, Meier, Buckley, and Bergeron and Ryan should have a plethora of targets to throw the ball to.

FalconsFan284

June 24th, 2010
10:46 am

Dled—–Is Adewale Ogunleye still a free agent? I think he could provide some value to the Falcons.

CapBuster

June 24th, 2010
11:27 am

Barring injury to key personnel we are done in free agency, so quit worrying about who’s available.

The reason we were weak at DE last season was because we were soft in the middle after Jerry went down. With Jerry back and the depth aquired, expect Biermann to turn it up a notch and Abe to have a turnaround year. I expect Sidbury to be where Biermann was last year.

I believe the linebackers and DB’s are going to be solid. I also believe we will have a top 15 defense.

People need to lay off of Jenkins. With no serviceable slot receiver last year to help stretch the defense there were a lot of short underneath throws. Assuming Douglas comes back strong and one of the rookies turns out to be good, problem solved. Mike Jenkins will have a good year.

Other than that, the offense is set. We will definitely challenge NO for the NFC South title. They can’t possibly be that lucky two years in a row!

My dream is that we beat the Cowboys in the NFC title game knocking them out of the Dallas Super Bowl. We’ll be like Jesse Owens in Berlin!

Ken Strickland

June 24th, 2010
11:35 am

I don’t know why people keep trying to make an issue of MJenkins. 50 receptions as the #3 receiving option on a run oriented OFF aint bad at all, especially when he’s recognized as our best blocker among our WR’s. You might not like or have the ability to recognize what he contributes, but his new contract proves our coaches and front office does.

The most exciting aspect of the upcoming season for me, especially on OFF, is OC MMularkey’s decision to be less conservative and expand the OFF. Our OFF could be unstoppable if we used more play action on 1st and 2nd downs, and used our RB’s more as receiving options, rather than blockers. I just can’t emphasize enough that a RB is far more of a threat to the DEF as a pass receiver, especially as an option in the flat, then as a blocker.

If we were playing the Saints, would you rather deal with RBush as a blocker for QB DBrees, or a receiving option? Do you think DEF’s would rather deal with JNorwood and MTurner as blockers for MRyan, or as receiving options? I’d much rather see LB’s trying to cover our RB’s in the open field than having our RB’s trying to block them.

Northern Bird

June 24th, 2010
12:16 pm

No doubt – Jenkins not a clear #2, but Harry working the slot this season, along with TG inside, Roddy outside, and Turner busting between the tackles > we will have a very strong O.
All this talk about Jenkins. Gimme a break, our concerns should be on the D. We have to stop 3rd conversions!
The one concern I have with the O is at the line. We need to bring down the sack numbers from last season. Other then that > let’s play ball.

TROTTINGHOME

June 24th, 2010
12:17 pm

Sports is politics…just ask Bud Seilg

dean

June 24th, 2010
12:38 pm

I like Michael Jenkins, but if I were the QB, I’d look for different receivers when the catch Must Be Made. Remember the Braves’ Rafael Ramirez? He was very good. But at clutch time, that ball was going to go through is legs. It’s that kind of thing.

DJ Sniper

June 24th, 2010
12:39 pm

Count me as one fan who was definitely frustrated with Mike Mularkey’s play calling last season. I do realize that our options were limited with the injuries that we had, especially to Harry Douglas, but still. This season should definitely be different. Douglas will be back, and we have a lot more depth at WR than we did last year. Kerry Meier and either Ryan Wolfe or Brandyn Harvey will probably make the team, and I look forward to them making contributions. I also expect Mularkey to take the shackles off of Matt Ryan and allowing him to unleash hell on opposing defenses. If he can get the RB’s involved in the passing game, then great things will happen.

I also expect the defense to step up a few notches. I like the depth we have at DT this season. Even if Peria Jerry is slow to recover from his injury, we still have other options. I think Corey Peters is going to step in and contribute. Anybody who had the same position coach as Warren Sapp has to know a thing or two. Vance Walker impressed the coaching staff last season, so I expect him to be part of the rotation as well. I’m not sure if Thomas Johnson will still be with the team, but he did play well for a guy who was out of football for 3 years. The one player I’m really interested to see is Trey Lewis. He’s our biggest DT (6’3” 325) and he was developing quite nicely before his two knee injuries. He is more than a year removed from those injuries, and I do believe he will start to regain what he lost. I look for him to command double teams, which should open up things for our edge rushers.

Mike Jay

June 24th, 2010
12:40 pm

Dled,

Laurent Robinson was off to a fine start fro the Rams last year before he went down. he was their leading reciever in catches,yards and TD’s through 3 games. Of course that is the Rams but still. If he could just stay on the field he would be solid imo.

Reagrding shorts and helmets….

None of the young WR should look good in those. They are almost all possesion type guys so they shouldn’t be jumping out at you. No super athletic burners in that group. We shall see we really only need one of them to turn into a legit player as we ’should’ have plenty of other weapons.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 24th, 2010
12:53 pm

Mike Jay – You made my point on Robinson. He hasn’t been able to stay on the field. The Harvey kid is on the all “shorts and helmet” team right down. He looks good.

Ken Strickland
– Good point, as always. He doesn’t drop much, but I’d like see some more aggression in his route running. He’s almost too smooth with it.

FalconsFan284 — He’s getting close to returning to the Rams.

Mike Jay

June 24th, 2010
1:01 pm

Dled,

What can I do to get on the all Shorts and Helmets team? I’m wearing shorts right now and I have a mini UGA helmet on my desk I could tape to my noggin. Wife says I’ve got a fine papir of legs too. I’ve had 4 concussions in my 34 years so I think I have hit all the criteria!

Mike Jay

June 24th, 2010
1:04 pm

All kidding aside I think an article on the all time Falcon’s shorts and helmets team might be in order. I nominate Will Overstreet as my first selection.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

June 24th, 2010
1:18 pm

shawn collins of the frankfurt galaxy has to be on that shorts and helmets list.

Waffle House Fight Club

June 24th, 2010
1:27 pm

MALARKEY IS 2 PREDICABLE WITH HIS OFFENCE HE AWLAYS RUN ON FIST DOWN AND THE OTER TEAM DEFENCE NO IT AND R READY 4 IT THIS TEAM GO NO WERE UNTIL MALRKAY IS GONE

NUFF SAID!

Formul8or

June 24th, 2010
1:33 pm

These gadget plays never work.

Flea flickers have failed every single time.

End around and double reverses have worked about 5% of the time.

Terrell

June 24th, 2010
1:34 pm

FalconTransplant,

Do you really think Jenkins and a 3rd or 4th is going to get Jackson away from the Chargers? If I remember correctly he was offered the highest tender which is a 1st and a 3rd. Then if we get him he’s going to want to be paid like a #1 and he’s good but he’s not that good.

Terrell

June 24th, 2010
1:39 pm

Northern Bird,
We gave up 27 sacks last year as an O-line. I agree we can improve on that but that was 8th best in the league