Players give their take on the game

100813 Atlanta - Falcons head coach Mike Smith, left, and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder react as the defense stops the Chiefs on a second half drive in the exhibition season opener at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 13, 2010.     Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

100813 Atlanta - Falcons head coach Mike Smith, left, and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder react as the defense stops the Chiefs on a second half drive in the exhibition season opener at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 13, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Here’s what some of the players had to say after the 20-10 victory over the Chiefs.

MICHAEL TURNER

On the running game:

“We kind of wanted to go out there and set the tone early. I thought we had a couple of big runs. I thought the O-line had a great push at the beginning. We just didn’t come out with a touchdown.”

On how he felt playing again:

“It felt good. It seems like It’d been forever since I’d been out there.”

100813 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) bulls his way to a first down through a host of Chiefs in the exhibition season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 13, 2010.     Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

100813 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) bulls his way to a first down through a host of Chiefs in the exhibition season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 13, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

THOMAS DeCOUD

On playing the entire first half:

“I think we did well today. We played the whole first half. We played a little more than we were expecting to, which is no big deal. It’s part of the game. We’re going to have to play three or four quarters anyway, so we might as well get used to it now.”

ERIK COLEMAN

On the Chiefs game:

“I think we played well. We obviously have a lot of stuff to improve on, but that’s what the preseason’s for. It’s our first time getting out there live, tackling and them keeping score.

JOHN ABRAHAM

On the pressure they put on the Chiefs quarterbacks:

100813 Atlanta - GONZALEZ FIRST DOWN - Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) makes a first down catch as he is brought down by Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr (39) during 1st quarter action in the exhibition season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 13, 2010.     Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

100813 Atlanta - GONZALEZ FIRST DOWN - Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) makes a first down catch as he is brought down by Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr (39) during 1st quarter action in the exhibition season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 13, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

“Kroy has really stepped his game up, he’s playing well and I think it’s showing today. As a defense, we seem to be playing a lot better. I think it’s just coming into (the) maturity of the defense. being in the defense three years now, I think a lot more of the guys understand their role and understand the concept of the defense we play.”

SEAN WEATHERSPOON

On his NFL debut:

“It was fun. It was definitely a little bit more intense than training camp. Getting another team out there. those guys are hunger out there and ready to make plays.

As a defensive unit, I felt like we played pretty well. We went out there and we got the work that we needed to get.

On making his first tackle:

“That was definitely an exciting play for me; to get a tackle on that second play. Once you get that first hit out of the way, you feel like you can go out there and play.”

TONY GONZALEZ

On playing the Chiefs:

“I didn’t want to make too big of  a deal about it. It was special just to see the old guys from the team and some of the fans up there. I think I even saw an “88″ jersey up in the stands. It was pretty cool.”

TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

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. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:35 p.m. (open to the public). COMBINED PRACTICES WITH NEW ENGLAND.

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)

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54 comments Add your comment

D. Orlando Bedwetter

August 14th, 2010
3:40 pm

FIRST FIRST FIRST! ME ME ME!

Can we please stop playing this game already?

Don

August 14th, 2010
4:06 pm

Good job, D-led.

osama

August 14th, 2010
4:14 pm

I didn’t like the pass pro from the first unit w/ Matt Ryan in the game. That needs to improve.

David

August 14th, 2010
4:15 pm

Never been this high up. Way to go falcons!

Savannah Fan

August 14th, 2010
4:20 pm

Bear Woods #45 a keeper

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Winston

August 14th, 2010
5:15 pm

Wow Ledbetter rhymes with Bedwetter. Very original and cool. Anyway, good post D Led.

Arthur Blank

August 14th, 2010
5:21 pm

I thougt Weathersppon, Nicholas, and Lofton looked good. Word is that Weatherspoon might take Nicolas’s job but I like him to take peterson’s spot. We didn’t get tested in the secondary much so im going to be really interested on how we fair next week against the patriots. Lastly, is it just me or has the falcons website taken a big step backwards??? I get way more info from here than on their website and it use to be a whole lot better. Want to get some other opinions before i fire some folks. AB

Falconite

August 14th, 2010
6:06 pm

Its not just you AB, the best guy they had writing over there moved on to other things during the off-season.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

August 14th, 2010
6:26 pm

I totally agree, the Falcons’ website definitely took several steps backwards. Whoever decided on the new format should be fired!!!! NO JOKE….It looks like something that an elementary school kid would have put together as a web project.

I too was a little disappointed that the 1st team offense wasn’t able to score a touchdown on either of their possessions. Last year the team settled for way too many field goals so I am hoping that they can get that turned around this year. I’m just ready for the regular season to begin…..GO FALCONS!!!!!

JASon

August 14th, 2010
7:21 pm

Athletes’ comments are always so inane and meaningless. Public figures can’t have real thoughts or judgments, or else they will get criticized. So this is what we’re left with.

willie g hates liberty media

August 14th, 2010
8:05 pm

the falcons will not win 9 games this year the offense is bad , FIELD GOALS , WILL NOT WIN WITH FIELD GOALS.

willie g hates liberty media

August 14th, 2010
8:07 pm

THE PATRIOTS WILL WIN NEXT WEEK. BAR NONE, THE FALCONS ARE MEDIOCRE.

Vince Burchfield

August 14th, 2010
8:22 pm

Willie, turn the lights out in your momma’s basement. I love the way the D played. They will get better and shock the world.

ken chalker

August 14th, 2010
9:28 pm

I bought a 5 game season pack. The tickets arrived in a plain white envelope with a form letter from the falcons. They have my e-mail address but have not contacted me at all. I would think that I would have been receiving all kinds of e-mails trying to upsale me somehow. At least they should be thanking me more for my $800.00 purchase in this economy which was a strain for me. They should come up with a way to make me feel part of the team. Very satisfied with the defense last night. Verdict is still out on the offense. AB tell your folks to show us 1/2 season ticket holders some more love. Looks like a bunch of amateurs running that department. Rise Up season ticket reps.

RomeDawg

August 14th, 2010
9:44 pm

Our pass protection struggled with the first unit but the Chiefs have some major talent on that D-line. We CANNOT settle for field goals this year! Our linebackers are fast and furious. The Chiefs may surprise a team or three in the AFC this year.

Samuel

August 14th, 2010
10:01 pm

Well I’m cautiously optimistic about are season, If we can take out Pittsburg, on the road-now that’s a step in the right direction. It will be crucial in terms of who gets cut ,and who stays…..

Mave

August 14th, 2010
10:03 pm

New website does indeed stink…all the stupid tags and what not. KISS…Keep It Simple Stupid was how it was before…now, I can’t find anything…quickly anyway. They don’t even have a print button on the article pages. I find it interesting the girl from the off season contest (who didn’t win) is writing for the site along with D.Cox and the new guy. As far as the team…they look better…Pats will be better test.

Brian F.

August 14th, 2010
10:47 pm

New Falcons Website = PATHETIC. It is not user friendly at all. They need to get a new guy to create and manage the site. Shame on Arthur if this is not fixed SOON !!

Reid Adair

August 14th, 2010
10:51 pm

I was pleased with the defensive performance for the first pre-season game.

D.S.G.B.

August 14th, 2010
10:52 pm

i really miss the old website. this new one is horrible. its not user friendly and watching videos is just torcher. i miss just goin to a media lounge and seeing all the latest videos. now i have to go to several different links to see new videos, plus it takes forever to load

thunderbull56

August 14th, 2010
11:13 pm

Du uhhh did you ask a coach? My worst game was better than anyone else’s best game.Blog on , but get real.Even I am a legend in my own mind,FOOL!

Lesa

August 14th, 2010
11:16 pm

I agree with “Arthur Blank”. The Falcons’ website has taken a big step backwards. It’s difficult to navigate and the videos don’t seem to be nearly as comprehensive as they were. It gets a big thumbs down from me.

RB

August 14th, 2010
11:56 pm

Bear Woods is a keeper. I totally agree with the comments about the website. It is awful and should be changed ASAP!

Big O

August 14th, 2010
11:57 pm

I agree that the new website is not as good for the fans. There is not as much detail of the training camp practices. We used to see fairly detailed notes from each practice on how the players, especially the rookies performed including standout plays. Detail! My fan relationship is not all about the Falcons winning. It’s also about the human interest story of each players persistence and getting the best out of their athletic ability. And whether each player has been able to carry all his hard work and dedication to the NFL. I don’t root for Ryan, White, or Turner as much as I do for Biermann, JA98, Adkins, Nance, Franks, Strickland, etc. Details of each practice is all we have, but the new website reduced this info.

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CaliDirtyBird

August 15th, 2010
5:08 am

I’d been thinking the same things about the AF website. Glad to know it’s not just me… Hope someone in the AF organization reads this blog and passes the comments along.

CaliDirtyBird

August 15th, 2010
5:13 am

Loved see the d-line getting pressure and the good tackling and impact plays by the rookies. I think this team is very deep and there may be some hard decisions, resulting in a few surprising roster cuts. Bear Woods and D. Nance are definately competing for roster spots…

Stebo72

August 15th, 2010
5:32 am

I agree. I found myself looking for the old website but as it turns out it is the website i’m looking for but the format changed. I just couldn’t believe that was what represented our Hotlanta Dirty Birrds. I would give them a chance to do a better one but jobs are on death row.

Stebo72

August 15th, 2010
5:40 am

Shhhh!!! Be vwery vwery quiet. We hunting Patriots. Go Falcons!

carl

August 15th, 2010
6:14 am

I agree with Big O, the new falcon web site should give details on the plays during practice. Orlando, please pass these concerns about the new falcon website to falcon management. Thanks

Sid

August 15th, 2010
7:56 am

New Falcons Web Site…………….. Did someone actually get paid to come up with this malfunction conjunction…………………???

Sid

August 15th, 2010
8:00 am

CaliDirtyBird August 15th, 2010 5:08 am
I’d been thinking the same things about the AF website. Glad to know it’s not just me… Hope someone in the AF organization reads this blog and passes the comments along.
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Paddy

August 15th, 2010
8:10 am

Guys you are correct. Web site not very friendly.

Sid

August 15th, 2010
8:34 am

This is what I just sent to the Falcons………….

Guys, your new website is seriously objectionable. You should want to customize and target your site to your users. Think “one-to-one” ……..I am fairly computer literate and find your new website extremely difficult to navigate. Why try to be Twitter? The recent website design was very functional, the new one leaves me lost in translation.

A) I want the schedule on the home page (not a link, the actual schedule)

B) I want the home page to display when I click your link. Don’t make your link send me to where I have to “Click here to return to the Falcons Home Page”.

C) I want to navigate to stats easily.

D) Are you serious? You click schedule under the Content section, you don’t even get the schedule………….??????

E) Get rid of the Twitter look, it makes you look cheap and is a serious lack of imagination.

F) Did Arthur actually look at this before the website was changed?

falcon

August 15th, 2010
8:35 am

with Norwood out of the lineup the offense lacks speed. Snelling was not at all impressive running the ball. Maybe Antone Smith can pick up the slack. Defense looked pretty good with the exception of letting the Chief’s RB turn the corner. Bierman looks like he’s worked hard to bulk up to where he needs to be. All in all a pretty good preseason opener.

Scott Anderson

August 15th, 2010
10:00 am

Overall a good start for the Falcons on both sides of the ball.

Nance, Smith, look like some good additions to the running game. And that Kerjo guy blocking is huge and a good blocker. Cant wait to see Norwood in his first game going out with a hamstring injury.

Bear Woods played strong as did Witherspoon. Liked what I saw from Meier
and Slesinger with his interception.

Good attitude on sidelines as whole team seems interested.

Bring on the NE patriots

Go Falcons

Jborodawg

August 15th, 2010
10:15 am

I thought Roddy White stunk up the joint. What, 2 dropped passes? Then clowns around on the sidelines the rest of the game. You’ll never see Tony G. act like that; he’s a professional. White should watch and emulate Tony G.

rekingball

August 15th, 2010
10:46 am

It is a pre-season game.

torgo

August 15th, 2010
3:26 pm

The new web site can’t even get the roster right. Gabe Derricks was released when Robbie Agnone was signed. They finally removed him from their roster list this weekend – after the game. But they still haven’t added Daylan Walker (who was signed right after minicamp) to the list. (Hint: he’s # 40, and he played on Friday.)

Several players are still missing weights or ages, and Justin Peelle’s position is still blank. Plus, all the rookies are listed as “1″ under experience, same as all the guys entering their second season. So they have Sean Weatherspoon, Kerry Meier, Bear Woods, etc listed as having the same amount of experience as Chris Owens, Lawrence Sidbury, John Parker Wilson, etc.

I felt kinda bad before about jumping all over the new web guy, mainly because he’s new and it was still a work in progress. But a month down the road, the team’s official web site STILL can’t even list the team’s own players correctly??

That’s just pathetic.

david smith

August 15th, 2010
3:30 pm

ditto the neg revue on the new falcons website….stinks…not manageable at all

Chop Buster

August 15th, 2010
3:33 pm

The comments from these players mean absolutely nothing. It’s not like they’re going to really tell us they failed in a number of areas Friday night. My observations are: Matt Ryan didn’t look as sharp as I hoped, KC couldn’t stop our running game (yet when we get to the goal line we get cute with a pass to Snelling–you failed Mularkey), the defense was getting torn up by McCluster, the middle of the field was open once again and we were getting gashed, Spoon looked like a typical rookie trying to tackle with his hands and shoulder (wrap up son). JPW had the sharpest looking throws (velocity and accuracy). I would love to see him run with the 2nd team next week. Biermann and Sidbury are definitely getting better. JA98 has improved greatly in the DT position and I see him causing all kind of havoc this year; as well as the rookie Peters. The RBs Turner, Snelling and Nance all looked good. Our WRs are still missing that aggressiveness to attack the ball (Roddy included). At this point I don’t see this being the dominate team that everyone is expecting this year. I know it’s early but I hope we look better all around (especially the first team offense and defense) against the Patriots. Finally, stop hijacking this blog with your crying about the new website. Sure it’s a step 10 years back, but go write to the webmaster and the Public Relations department and voice your dissatisfaction with it. This isn’t the forum.

Arthur Blank

August 15th, 2010
5:02 pm

Don;t busting our chops dude. It was just an observaiton and this is the perfect place for it.

AB

Chop Buster

August 15th, 2010
5:37 pm

Arthur Blank you’re busting my chops! What is the topic of this blog? Does it ask anyone for their opinion of the Falcons’ new website? Just sayin’…keep on topic.

D Hall

August 15th, 2010
7:06 pm

I thought it was me, but the new web site leaves something to be desired. What was wrong with the old format, it had more info, please change it back. What was wrong with the old format?

torgo

August 15th, 2010
9:24 pm

One other note on the inaccurate roster on the web site… they finally removed Gabe Derricks from the roster list today. Ironically, the team re-signed him today (releasing Colin Peek and kicker Steven Hauschka). So they had to put him right back on the roster tonight.

But they STILL didn’t bother to add # 40, who has been with the team since minicamp. A first class organization should have better than a Three Stooges caliber web operation.

BADWEBSITE

August 16th, 2010
9:20 am

I think the Falcons a few years ago won the best web site award, I think they would come in last today, what happened? Did the budget get cut or something that is a sad site. Cannot find any locker room video after game what is that i always looked forward to the press conferences maybe it is on there somewhere but cannot find it.

Hamp

August 16th, 2010
12:29 pm

Since we don’t have a blog dedicated to the pi$$ poor new website we’ll vent it here.

Man that is a horrible new falcons site LOL!

Hamp

August 16th, 2010
12:30 pm

I’ll take bad website for 200 Bob!

waynester

August 16th, 2010
12:47 pm

Dadgummit– I’ve got to say “Amen” to Hamp and others bemoaning the changes on the team’s website. The previous incarnation was the best in the league and that’s what makes the changes so pathetic. It used to be easy to navigate and find the info you were seeking now it’s glitchy, difficult to use and downright ugly. It wasn’t broke–why did they have to try and “fix” it?