Falcons to welcome Jaguars, hope to avoid fights

Jacksonville running Maurice Jones-Drew is set to practice against the Falcons on Monday and Tuesday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com

Jacksonville running Maurice Jones-Drew is set to practice against the Falcons on Monday and Tuesday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – For the next two days, the Falcons will host the Jacksonville Jaguars for four practices.

The practices should help the Falcons fine tune some things before the exhibition season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Georgia Dome.

“It is good for us mentally, and it is good for the players to practice against some other guys,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “I think it is good for the evaluation process. That is the biggest thing.”

Counting OTAs, the Falcons have had more than 30 practices against each other. They are ready to see some different colored uniforms.

“They are going to get an opportunity to have to defend different receivers,” Smith said. “They will have to disengage against different blockers, so I think it is really going to be good. I am looking forward to it.”

Smith and Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio talked at length Saturday morning to finalize the plans.

“I think that we are on the same page of trying to make sure that it is a normal practice,” said Smith, who is not calling the practices a scrimmage. “There is not going to be any tackling, and you aren’t really going to see anything different

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio probably will not wear his suit for practice in Flowery Branch.

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio probably will not wear his suit for practice in Flowery Branch.

in terms of the tempo. We are getting the opportunity to work against other opponents.”

All four practices are open to the public. Monday’s practice times are 8:30-10:40 a.m. and from 3:45 to 4:40 p.m.

On Tuesday, they will practice from 8:30 to 10:40 a.m. and 3:45 to 5:50 p.m.

Smith served as Del Rio’s defensive coordinator for five seasons before becoming the Falcons head coach.

Veterans Todd McClure and Brian Finneran were around the last time the Falcons had a training camp practice/scrimmage. They headed over to Nashville to scrimmage the Titans in 2004.

The intensity of practice will pick up.

“It gets pretty feisty,” Finneran said. “When you go twice a day against a team you probably don’t like very much your competitive juices start flowing.”

There was one thing McClure remembers from the Nashville scrimmages.

“Fights,” McClure said. “That’s all it was. We had to stop practice during the nine on seven drills because of fights. Tempers flare. If you can control that some kind of way, you can get some really good work.”

160 comments Add your comment

SeenThisB4

August 9th, 2010
7:07 am

The falcants are hoping to avoid fights, the Saints are meeting with the POTUS.

How appropro.

MWC

August 9th, 2010
7:19 am

Pretty pathetic an aints fan camps out on a falcons blog to be first to spill hate. sad…
Anyway a scrap or two I think is healthy, so long it doesn’t get out of hand like before.
Can’t wait to get started!!

MWC

August 9th, 2010
7:23 am

appropro?? how long did it take you to come up with that? jeez….

Section 108

August 9th, 2010
7:29 am

SeenThisB4

August 9th, 2010
7:29 am

MWC: Camp out? LOL! Not likely. I posted at 7:07, seven minutes after DLed posted his story. Not my fault that the entire city of atlanta and all dirtybird fans worldwide are still sleeping when the game begins. Just like their team.

I guess I should have said: FIRST! But, that’s best left for juvenile falcant fans.

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

MWC

August 9th, 2010
7:34 am

Nice try “appropro” (gay) but everyone here is way too clever. Gotta go to work. I have a life.

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SeenThisB4

August 9th, 2010
7:39 am

Hmmm, I never seen anyone so enamoured by the word “appropro”! It’s a fairly common word among the educated. Perhaps, you’re lacking there.

Stay safe at work!

I gotta go swim a few laps in my pool.

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

Chris

August 9th, 2010
7:45 am

MWC is right. You guys sit in front of your laptops and spank, waiting for DOL’s new blog to gloat.
Go to a aint’s blog and try to be a litte positive instead of instigating something you can’t handle.

Chris

August 9th, 2010
7:48 am

BTW, appropro is pretty gay…

ldnfalcon

August 9th, 2010
8:01 am

It’s actually spelled apropos, but nice try.

Trying to sound smart but finding a way to screw it up is about what I’d expect from someone from NOLA. Please first get your GED before you come on this board spouting nonsense…

GaDawgs7

August 9th, 2010
8:08 am

Swimming a few laps in the your pool? We call that a swamp, so be sure and get all the slime off.
GEAUX take a shower

Paddy

August 9th, 2010
8:16 am

SeenthisB4…should you not be getting ready for school right now little girl? Now, run along.

ATLRoAcH

August 9th, 2010
8:18 am

Why is it that every time I come on here to read about the Falcons and look at the comments SeenThisB4 is on here hating? This was as posted a 7:00 and he had a hate comment on here by 7:07. It doesn’t ever even cross my mind to go onto a rival teams blog and hate and try to piss people off. It takes a certain kind of person I guess. I really hope SeenThisB4 is 12 or 13 years old because if he’s an adult then that is pretty damn pathetic. The Saints won the Super Bowl, why are you on here hating? Go on the Saints blog and talk to other Saints fans. I know that the Falcons are good enough to beat the Saints but are you so threatened that you have jump on every blog post to hate? I really just don’t understand why your on this blog.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 9th, 2010
8:24 am

i say why not have some scraps. it’s healthy and it amps up the players. just as long no one gets injured.

dean

August 9th, 2010
8:25 am

ATL 62
Saints 7

My all time favorite Falcons-Aints games.

Chris

August 9th, 2010
8:26 am

Great post ATLRoAcH. Nothing worse than a sore winner.

SeenThisB4

August 9th, 2010
8:27 am

ATLRoAcH: Hate? Moi? Where? It’s not your place to try to understand why I am here. It’s just your choice to participate in discussion or not. So choose, and stop straining your brain to understand, because you don’t understand and never will.

Idnfalcant: Yup, I misspelled it.

Nike Falcon

August 9th, 2010
8:29 am

SeenThisB4: Man just go away dude, you give the lucky ‘Aints a bad name damn just go on your temas blog every single time I read a blog you are here just spewing garbage. Please just leave man yall won a ring go enjoy that cause yall time is UP!!! So just BEAT IT

SeenThisB4

August 9th, 2010
8:30 am

Kenneth: Enjoy the scraps while you play with the pop warner team from Jacksonville. The Saints will be having a first class meal with the POTUS.

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

Chris

August 9th, 2010
8:37 am

He goes for a swim in the “cement pond” and can’t wait to jump back to our blog.
Dude needs help…

SeenThisB4

August 9th, 2010
8:42 am

Nike Falcant: “Spewing garbage!” Nice syntax. You show a lot of potential with vernacular like that. Now, if you can just find a testosterone booster to keep you from unfurling the white flag so soon!

BigTimeTECHFan

August 9th, 2010
8:43 am

Saints = Fluke

cj

August 9th, 2010
8:46 am

Maybe Seenthisb4 is actually vicksuppoter or is that turd still around here too. Anyway I love fact that other teams fans feel the need to hang out here, I take it as a compliment, it just shows what their really worried about, but thier posts are just douche baggery lol

SeenThisB4

August 9th, 2010
8:46 am

Falcants + BigTimeTECHFan = Failure.

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

Bennie

August 9th, 2010
8:46 am

HA HA the aints QB is on the newest MADDEN cover.
Here that bone crakin yet?
Maybe Brees will get that rats azz on the side of his face cut off while hes on injured reserve.

cursive

August 9th, 2010
8:46 am

Apropos <— Spelled like this, you cajun inbred…

SeenThisB4

August 9th, 2010
8:47 am

Kenneth: Are you working on your next essay?

cj

August 9th, 2010
8:49 am

It only took 43 years before aint fans were able to talk $hit. HAHAHAHAHA

Chris

August 9th, 2010
8:51 am

B4, your getting killed slick…give it up!! ROFLMAO!!!!

GregKennesaw

August 9th, 2010
8:51 am

He’s probably just another Katrina refugee, living in some section 8 housing, got nothing better to do, surprised he’s up this early, after a long night of petty crime.

SeenThisB4

August 9th, 2010
8:52 am

New Orleans is staging a Madden Gras that started this past Friday evening and culminates tomorrow. Whatever evil energy there is in Madden NFL 11, will be harnessed and redirected to the falcants.

cursive: Spelling is not my strong suit. If I misspell a word, so what? I used it in the correct context.

Why would Smith and Del Rio conjure up a practice, with an opposing team, designed without tackling, if they were not worried about the brittle bones, loose ligaments and gutless spirits of their players?

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

SeenThisB4

August 9th, 2010
8:56 am

Chris: I’m holding off the entire falcant fan base, by myself and doing very well, thank you very much.
and GregKennesaw: Don’t you think the entire Katrina thing is getting old? Can’t you do better than relying on something that old and worn? C’mon man, I know it’s only Monday morning, but use your brain!

As always:

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

Joe Tess Fish House

August 9th, 2010
9:01 am

Falcons will get to see how huge a mistake it was not signing TO.

cj

August 9th, 2010
9:01 am

GEAUX SAINTS! ITS ABOUT TIME!!

Chris

August 9th, 2010
9:01 am

Dude, you have NO game,get it? Your getting MURDERED!! Doing very well?? OMG!

DeepDiver

August 9th, 2010
9:03 am

stop feeding the swamp troll

cj

August 9th, 2010
9:08 am

Its not feeding. What he doesn’t understand is “pride always comes before fall”. In 4 months he’ll have a whole new outlook. The aints Hahahahahahahahah

SeenThisB4

August 9th, 2010
9:17 am

cj: What you don’t understand is that the plundering comes after the conquest. Yes, 4 months from now I’ll be targeting the teams that remain for the playoffs. I am quite sure, I won’t be here. Four months from now I’ll leave you guys alone to make your own college draft forecasts.

cj

August 9th, 2010
9:22 am

Dude, chris is right you are lame. I’m outta here, you’re smelling up the joint. 40+ years to talk crap! you’re funny

Blue Fender

August 9th, 2010
9:24 am

I’m sure that B4 is one of those douche bags that go and buy the merchandise of the last Super Bowl or BCS champ and states that they’ve always been my team. It’s called a bandwagon and he’s on it. Next year he’ll have a Falcon hat on his pea-sized head and will be on the Aints blog site stating the same crap.

bat hunter

August 9th, 2010
9:26 am

OH YEAH FRIDAY CAN’T GET HERE SOON ENOUGH!!!!

WHO DAT GONNA BEAT DEM CHIEFS?!?!!

CapBuster

August 9th, 2010
9:33 am

Seen,
To the truly educated, the word is apropos. Geaux back to school.

TrueFalcon

August 9th, 2010
9:39 am

B4 you have way too much time on your hands,waiting up all night for the next post. Your husband or boyfriend must be holding out on you.What you need is a good STIFF one,that will take the edge off.

SeenThisB4

August 9th, 2010
9:40 am

So much hate! LOL!

I guess you guys just can’t see the forest for the trees. You guys are welcoming the jaguars, and hamstringing your practice by disallowing live tackling. Wow! Don’t break a sweat there guys.

On the other hand, the Saints are being welcomed by the POTUS, as I type!

Ahhh, ignorance is truely bliss.

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

Confess_Jesus_Now

August 9th, 2010
9:41 am

SeenThisB4 is a swamp castoff. He’s only here because he knows we pose a threat to his team. The Saints defense ain’t that good buddy, why are you gloating on your team as if we didn’t play em like we did last year?

If anything, you should be on a Saints blog relishing your SB win that you won’t see again for 43 years. I admit, Brees is a Hall Of Fame QB, and Payton is a great coach. But how could anyone ever forget the Dirty Birds? C’mon now man, back to back winning seasons? First time in history? Don’t fool yourselves.

You’re here hating on us, and we didn’t even go to the playoffs last year. And everyone here knows that we didn’t because of injury. I don’t care how much people call it an excuse. If Matt Ryan plays one more game last year, we’d be 10-6 at worst.

Go somewhere and jerk off to a Lombardy trophy instead of spewing hate on all our blogs.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

August 9th, 2010
9:49 am

Ignore the HATERS….they feed off your responses to their comments.
JUST IGNORE THEM ALL!!!!!

SeenThisB4

August 9th, 2010
9:50 am

Confess Jesus Now: You’re like a Southern Baptist in a bar, huh?

If Matt Ryan had played one more game, it’s just as likely the falcants would have been 8-8.

Don’t use “IFs” “IF” Sound even worse than “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.!”

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

now that's funny

August 9th, 2010
9:58 am

Seen this B4 please remove your Mardi Gras mask and start looking at reality. Reality is what is taking place in the present. The Falcons have improved, and if healthy, will blow through Nola like Katrina on HGH. We realize wind and rain scare “you people” to death. Just wait untill Michael Turner starts poundin your weak ass defense. LOOK OUT: WIND

Birdword

August 9th, 2010
10:01 am

Too bad the Saints have a losing record to the Falcons. Sorry.