Spoon chats up Tim Tebow at NFL rookie symposium

Elwanda Weatherspoon and her son, Sean, the Falcons unsigned first round draft pick. (Brant Sutherlin/AJC)

Elwanda Weatherspoon and her son, Sean, the Falcons unsigned first round draft pick. (Brant Sutherlin/AJC)

BIRDLAND – We’re going to have a Michael Vick free zone today. (I’m deleting all Vick related comments on the Falcons’ blog!)

Falcons rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon interviewed Denver quarterback Tim Tebow, chatted up former Big 12 competitor Trent Williams (Washington) and former UC Bearcat Mardy Gilyard (St. Louis) in his final installment from the rookie symposium.

Also, Georgia defensive tackle Jeff Owens (Philadelphia) is in the video singing around the piano.

Tim Tebow talking to NFL Network after first Senior Bowl practice.

Tim Tebow talking to NFL Network after first Senior Bowl practice.

After some travel delays, Weatherspoon finally made it home after flying into Houston last night and pronounced himself ready for training camp.

Weatherspoon and fifth round pick Kerry Meier are the only unsigned rookies for the Falcons. Negotiations for Weatherspoon’s contract will start in earnest when President Rich McKay returns from vacation. Not sure what the holdup is with Meier’s deal.

Weatherspoon’s contract should be a five-year deal, while Meier is looking at a four-year deal.

The Falcons coaching staff has been very strategic is planning Weatherspoon’s entry in the NFL. They’ve taught him both outside linebacker positions after calling him a weakside linebacker on draft day.

They don’t want to upset a quality veteran like Mike Peterson.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning had his best game of the season, passing for almost 400 yards against the Falcons. (Associated Press).

Giants quarterback Eli Manning had his best game of the season, passing for almost 400 yards against the Falcons. (Associated Press).

Also, they don’t want to stunt the growth of strongside linebacker Stephen Nicholas.

They even said that the weakside and strongside positions are interchangeable.

One thing is certain, Weatherspoon is going to get on the field. The general manager doesn’t call a draftee a “four down”

player if doesn’t expect to see him on the field.

Special teams is a given. He’ll be on most of those units.

Look for the coaching staff to ease Weatherspoon into the linebacking corps much like they did Curtis Lofton in 2008.

As a rookie, Lofton played on running downs and came out when they went to the nickel. Weatherspoon’s best chance to get on the field early might be in nickel. The Falcons struggled in pass coverage last season and Weatherspoon comes out of the Big 12 accomplished in dropping into pass coverage.

How do you all see the linebacking corps shaking out? With Tony Gilbert gone, who’s going to backup Lofton in the middle?

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SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

July 1st, 2010
8:05 am

could i be on a roll ?

samoore57

July 1st, 2010
8:10 am

I’m Ready for some Football!!!

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

July 1st, 2010
8:10 am

maybe Weatherspoon can get to Tebow one day like My Dawgs rarely did !
Spoon may see time all over the field

Not Good!

July 1st, 2010
8:16 am

This is still a bad pick.

Joe Hawley

July 1st, 2010
8:29 am

DOL…..Thanks for the Birdland Free Zone, and I would like to suggest that you keep the Zone up permanently(or at least six days a week, let the former QBs remaining fans have Tues. or Weds. to vent).
It sounds like a good situation to have that much depth at a defensive position.
I am curious to know exactly why Meier has not signed, yet.
I think that we are going to have an awesome team this season.

Oh yeah, I am going to KNOCK OUT the next guy that tells me that I look like the fat guy in THE HANGOVER!

GO FALCONS!!!!!!

Sid

July 1st, 2010
8:33 am

@Not Good!

How ’bout backing up your statement with what you believe to be the facts of why you make such a statement. I don’t know if you are talking about ‘Spoon, Tebow, or both. I guess it doesn’t matter because I would disagree with you on either.

Tebow will succeed in the NFL if for no other reason than the guy is a gifted athlete and he is out to prove his doubters wrong.
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Note to D.Orlando: Good call on the certain person free zone today, could go for more of those.

Sid

July 1st, 2010
8:35 am

Hey Joe Hawley, you look just like the fat guy in THE HANGOVER…………!!!

Sid

July 1st, 2010
8:36 am

Couldn’t resist………………….

Sid

July 1st, 2010
8:38 am

30 days and counting!

Russell Falcons Training Camp Dates and Times

Friday, July 30
Practice 8:30 – 10:10 a.m. (open to the public)
Practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (open to the public)

Saturday, July 31
Practice 8:30 – 10:10 a.m. (open to the public)
Practice 3:45 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

Sunday, August 1
Practice 9:35 – 10:30 a.m. (open to the public)
Practice 3:45 – 5:55 p.m. (open to the public)

Monday, August 2
Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public)
Practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public)

Tuesday, August 3
Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public)
Practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public)

Wednesday, August 4
Practice 1:30 – 3:40 p.m. (open to the public)

Thursday, August 5
Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public)
Practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public)

Friday, August 6
Practice 10:15 – 11:55 a.m. (open to the public)
Falcons Allstate All-Access “Friday Night Lights” Team Scrimmage at North Gwinnett High School – 7:30 p.m.
(open to the public)

Saturday, August 7
Mock Game at Flowery Branch – 12:00 p.m.
(open to the public)

Sunday, August 8
No Practice

Monday, August 9
Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. – combined with Jacksonville (open to the public)
Practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. – combined with Jacksonville (open to the public)

Tuesday, August 10
Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. – combined with Jacksonville (open to the public)
Practice 3:45 – 5:50 p.m. – combined with Jacksonville (open to the public)

Wednesday, August 11
Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (closed to the public)
Practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public)

Thursday, August 12
Practice 8:50 – 10:55 a.m. (closed to the public)
Practice 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. (closed to the public)

Friday, August 13
Preseason Week 1 vs. Kansas City 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 14
No Practice

Sunday, August 15
Practice 9:30 – 11:35 a.m. (open to the public)
Practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (open to the public)

Monday, August 16
Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (closed to the public)
Practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public)

Tuesday, August 17
Practice 8:30 – 10:55 a.m. – combined with New England (open to the public)
Practice 3:45 – 5:35 p.m. – combined with New England (open to the public)

Wednesday, August 18
Practice 10:15 – 11:35 a.m. (closed to public)

Thursday, August 19
Preseason Week 2 vs. New England 8 p.m.

Friday, August 20
No Practice

Saturday, August 21
9:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. (closed to the public)
3:45 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public)

Sunday, August 22
9:35 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (closed to the public)

Joe Hawley

July 1st, 2010
8:39 am

I would also like to know why NOT GOOD thinks that Witherspoon is a bad pick.

Maybe he should join the rest of the want-a-be Falcon GMs and travel to his nearest Home Depot, and fill out an application for the job.

Joe Hawley

July 1st, 2010
8:41 am

I’ll knock you out!

BKJ

July 1st, 2010
8:47 am

I love Weatherspoon’s energy. He just seems to love life. Combine that enthusiasm with an on-the-field mean streak and I think he could bring the pain. Can’t wait to see him in the preseason.

TMoney

July 1st, 2010
8:47 am

I’m starting to get that football itch. Come on fall!

suwaneefalcon

July 1st, 2010
8:50 am

People who say that this is a bad pick are entitled to their opinion. They are are totally misinformed but, they can state what they want.

Lotrimin Ultra

July 1st, 2010
8:52 am

Got you covered TMoney.

PK

July 1st, 2010
8:54 am

@Sid – Whenever I read people saying that Tebow will succeed because he’s gifted athlete and out to prove the doubters wrong, I just think of the hundreds of players they’re insulting with that comment.

Every year there are literally hundreds of gifted athletes who work their butt’s off to make it at the NFL level and fail.

Joe Hawley

July 1st, 2010
8:59 am

And the people that disagree, with the people that say Witherspoon is a bad pick, have the right to disagree with them.

Not Good!

July 1st, 2010
8:59 am

Spoon is a bad pick!! Atl could have taken Bryant or Thomas at WR or even Jackson at DB. Saints and Colts both put all the weapons they can around there star QB. Atl needs to do the same.

Joe Hawley

July 1st, 2010
9:00 am

I think they call it free speech.

Tom

July 1st, 2010
9:03 am

Good read – thanks, D. Led.

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July 1st, 2010
9:05 am

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Joe Hawley

July 1st, 2010
9:14 am

Not Good!@859am…. I disagree. The Falcons don’t need any WRs, they just bought a DB, free-agent.
The Falcons need to PROTECT their QB and open the running lanes for their running backs. They already have plenty of weapons on the offense.

If DOL’s man Pouncey, the bad-butt center, had not been picked right before the Falcons first pick, I would have liked to have seen them get him.
But Witherspoon was a very good pick, in my opinion.
And according to suwaneefalcon, I do have the right to an opinion just like you have a right to your misinformed(according to suwaneefalcon) one.

Mike Jay

July 1st, 2010
9:15 am

Spoon man! He seems like he is gooing to be a winner; in life and on the football field.

As far as the resto fthe LB corps I still think we could have used another veteran to round them out. I’m not sold on Stephan Nichols yet. I think he is ok but he is entering his 4th year so how much higher is his ceiling?

DOL,
what can you tell us about some of the other young LB’s? Spenceer Adkins and James? Any chance they can turn into anything but special teamers? Oh and add Bear Woods to that. He seems like a big LB but can he play or is he a shorts and helmet all star? Love his name, there is a joke there somewhere about a bear, the woods and poop but i can’t quite figure it out.

dap01

July 1st, 2010
9:17 am

We are ATL fans, not Tebow fans.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 1st, 2010
9:20 am

GOOD JOB!!!! I’m so proud of everybody!!!!

SGDF — Congrats. You’re on a roll!

Joe Hawley — You’re welcome. BTW you do look like my man from The Hangover.

TOM
– Thank you.

NOT GOOD! — Needs to explain himself. I understand Bryant being a top 10 talent with issues. The Falcons are not doing “issues” guys anymore. Otherwise, they would have taken Vontae Davis last year.

OG Falcon Fan

July 1st, 2010
9:24 am

I am also eagerly awaiting the new season. The stars are aligned for us. We need to do it this year. Just keep that injury bug away from us.

Not Good!

July 1st, 2010
9:26 am

Ok if not Bryant then Thomas…”They already have plenty of weapons on the offense”PLEASE EXPLAIN…White is the ONLY WR the Falcons have…..

Not Good!

July 1st, 2010
9:28 am

If Ryan is the QB of the future you must put all the weapons around him you can…Saints, Colts, Pats.

Joe Hawley

July 1st, 2010
9:37 am

For the record, Zach Galifianankis, that fat guy from THE HANGOVER, is nowhere near as good looking, as I am.

TMoney

July 1st, 2010
9:42 am

Not Good, more teams have won the Super Bowl with a Great D than a Great O. See the Steel Curtain, The Bears, The Ravens, The Raiders (they actually used to be good), etc. O may get the attention and it might even get you to the show, but once there, the better D almost always wins (As has been the case the last 3 seasons).

TMoney

July 1st, 2010
9:44 am

Hey Joe, you remind me of someone, but I can’t think of who. Can you put on this shirt for me?

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Mike Jay

July 1st, 2010
9:46 am

Falcons have weapons…

A pro Bowl reciever
Hall of Fame TE
pro bowl RB
expolsive slot reciever
adaquete big target (jenkins) he has had 50+ catches the last 3 seasons he just needs more TD’s (Tony G took some of his last season in the red zone imo)
plenty of young WR’s that you hope at least 1-2 will step up.

That’s a lot more weapons than most teams have and plenty enough to win it all if everyone plays to their level.

Joe Hawley

July 1st, 2010
9:51 am

The Falcons have White, Jenkins, and Douglas as their top 3 WRs, as you know. I don’t underestimate Jenkin’s ablility, as so many do, but that is my opinion.
Protect the QB against the rush, and give him more time. It will give the WRs more opportunities to make the plays.

Not Good!

July 1st, 2010
9:52 am

True about great D winning super bowl, but the NFL right now is all about the O. The league has set the rules against DB’S…. Jenkins??? Give me a freakin break!!

rekingball

July 1st, 2010
10:09 am

Not Good!@928am……The Pats, Colts, and Saints(eversince Katrina, but they will lose this advantage this season) have seven weapons, that almost all the other NFL teams don’t have.
The seven weapons are the referee, head lineman, line judge, umpire, back judge, side judge, and field judge, commanly known as the referees.
When you have the officials on the field making almost all the calls in your favor and not calling penalties when you commit them, it is a lot easier to be a chammpionship team.

Blue Fender

July 1st, 2010
10:15 am

Not Good!, it’s true that Spoon may be raw, but he’s not untalented. In his case, you can fix raw. In your case, you can’t fix stupid.

truth

July 1st, 2010
10:22 am

Spoons attitude reminds me of W.Sapp. He’ll be your frend off the field and make jokes and have fun but will hit you square in the mouth come game day.

GO FALCONS!!!

Infamous

July 1st, 2010
10:22 am

@No Good: I would like to understand exactly how much talent do you think the Saints surrounded Brees with. Most of those guys are late round picks or undrafted guys. We have the same just this year trying to make the team. Carefully selected players that fill specific roles in our offense.

IMO. The Saints were very fortunate because the uncapped year prevented many of their late and undrafted picks from getting higher salaries and spoiling the cap.

truth

July 1st, 2010
10:25 am

reckingball………..you just invited all the aints weird’os and I love it. Can’t agree with you more.

Hamp

July 1st, 2010
10:25 am

I think you don’t mess with nichols let him continue to develop. Since peterson slowed around mid season. You start spoon then I think petersons’ contract is up after this year so yeah start spoon mid season. In the mean time I think you bring spoon in on nickel situations or third down on both sides at times.

rekingball

July 1st, 2010
10:27 am

I hope that Witherspoon will not be a cheap shot artist, or show his
behind when things don’t go his way, like W. Cheapshot Sapp.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 1st, 2010
10:31 am

Not Good – Taking Thomas would be admitting that extending Michael Jenkins was a mistake. If you wanted to add offensive weapons, then Jermaine Gresham would have been the one to take.

Hamp – That makes sense. There didn’t appear to be any slippage against the run of Peterson.

rekingball
— You have to give it to Aints coach Sean Payton for the onsides kick call. That was absolutely masterful in stealing a possession away from Peyton Manning.

Mike Jay

July 1st, 2010
10:31 am

Not Good,

Do you think the Falcons brass is dumb? If you do not than it is reasonable to think that they find Jenkins to be a solid #2 reciever as they signed him to along extension recently. 50 receptions by a #2 reciever is about avg. Plus jenkins is a helluva good blocker on the edge for a wideout. How do you think turner breaks all thos long runs….down field blocking. You have to be able to that in a run oriented offense, which the Falcons deploy.

Mike Jay

July 1st, 2010
10:35 am

Infamous is right. The Saints did not surround Brees. He throws the ball a ton and is one of the most accurate passers in the league. He makes avg wideouts look good. Take that group of wideouts and put them on a different team and watch the decline in ’stats’. Hell just look at Roddy White pre and post Matt Ryan for a great example.

Paddy

July 1st, 2010
10:41 am

NOT GOOD, I must side with Falcon mgt on player decisions. They have made alot of Falcon fans happy the last few years. No reason to doubt them now!

dean

July 1st, 2010
10:44 am

Samoore57 @810 says it for me.

rekingball

July 1st, 2010
10:51 am

DOL….I will give Peyton his due for the on-side kick, he is a gambler and he made the right bet, but he was lucky Kendra’s husband fumbled the ball.
But, the saints had a lot of help from the NFL officials in getting to the SB, in my opinion.
One example, is the pick-six they got against the Falcons in the first game. Roddy White was fouled on that play in clear view, right in front of an official, standing less than five yards away from the infraction, and no penalty was called.
And that was one of many, many instances against the Falcons and other teams the saints played.

Matt the Brave

July 1st, 2010
10:57 am

If I can’t say his name, can I say Ron Mexico? ;D

Ok, for real, it sounds like Spoon is going to be a great pickup for us this coming season. I just hope he keeps saying the right things and stays out of any sort of trouble that some rookies get into. Wonder what’ll happen the first time he jacks some of the big guys up in practice…:D

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IceFan

July 1st, 2010
11:08 am

SPOON IS HEADED FOR STARDOM HERE IN THE ATL!!!!!!!!!!