Weatherspoon out; Robinson likely to miss Bengals game, too

Falcons wide receiver Michael Jenkins (12) pushes off Eagles defender Ellis Hobbs (31). AP

Falcons wide receiver Michael Jenkins (12) pushes off Eagles defender Ellis Hobbs (31). AP

FLOWERY BRANCH –Rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who suffered a right knee sprain against Cleveland,  will not play this week against the Cincinnati Bengals, Falcons coach Mike Smith said.

“He’s not responding as quickly as we thought,” Smith said. “We are going to rule him out for this week and hopefully get him back after the bye week.”

Cornerback Dunta Robinson, who suffered a concussion on the big hit he put on Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson on Sunday,  will not likely be cleared in time to play against Cincinnati.

Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson on Monday, March 8, 2010. D. Orlando Ledbetter, dledbetter@ajc.com

Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson on Monday, March 8, 2010. D. Orlando Ledbetter, dledbetter@ajc.com

“Right now, Dunta is in the league concussion protocol,” Smith said. “He will have to go through it this week and we’ll have to wait and see if he’s cleared by an independent doctor. That’s where we are with  him physically.”

Smith went on to address the play.

“I think that we all know Dunta, he’s been in this league a long time,” Smith said. “He’s a guy that plays the game very, very hard. That was a bang-bang play in terms of the contact. From my vantage point, it looked like there was no helmet-to-helmet contact. But it was a bang-bang play. I’m glad that both of those guys are going to be all right. It was a big time hit.”

Smith is not sure how the league will interpret Robinson’s hit. He could be facing a fine or a suspension. He was called for a personal foul on the play.

“It’s a very complicated rule,” Smith said. “It’s not just head to head contact. It’s contact with the shoulder pads or the arm or any part of the body with the helmet or neck area. Again, a defenseless player, I’m not exactly 100 percent sure how they want to say a guy is defenseless. But again, it was a bang-bang play and I’m glad those guys are going to be all right.”

Smith was careful and picked his words carefully when talking about the play.

“That was two guys moving very fast, going for the same thing and that was the ball,” Smith said. “It was a very, very explosive play. I dunta robinson, eaglesknow that the rules are for the players’ safety.”

Here are some of the other subjects that Smith touched on Monday during his press conference with the local media.

ON HOW THE EAGLES TARGETTED THEIR TOP 3 RECEIVERS 13 TIMES AND COMPLETED 13 PASSES FOR 255 YARDS AND THREE TOUCHDOWNS: “They were using a lot of max protection. When you are using seven-man and six-man protections, the players who are going to be targeted are going to be the wide receivers. They threw the ball effectively.  We had a plan that we hoped to execute more effectively and we did not execute. . . they wanted to make sure they protected the quarterback and that’s why the balls went to the wide receivers in the game yesterday.”

ON THE THIRD QUARTER REDZONE TRIP THAT COULD HAVE MADE IT 21-14 IF THE FALCONS DIDN’T HAVE TO

SETTLE FOR A FIELD GOAL: “On one of the plays, one of our receivers got tripped up. He was probably going to be open, but he got tripped up.  On the second pass play we had down there, there was a blitz and we had to throw it hot and we ended up being short from getting the first down. Again, we’ve got to continue to address this. . . We know that this is something that we have to get better at in terms of red-zone efficiency. It’s not where it needs to be right now.”

ON GETTING MICHAEL JENKINS BACK: “It was good to have Michael back. Michael made a big play there early in the game. He caught the skinny post and got the ball down into the red-zone. . . He played approximately 40 snaps in the ball game yesterday. ”

ON SLOW STARTS THIS SEASON: “We’ve got to start faster. Historically, since we’ve been here, we’ve started fast and have out-scored our opponents significantly in the first quarter. We are not doing it right now and it’s a thing that we have to continue to work

Head coach Mike Smith was not happy with the pass protection against the Eagles. Quarterback Matt Ryan (2) is hit by Eagles defensive end Trent Cole (58).  Associated Press

Head coach Mike Smith was not happy with the pass protection against the Eagles. Quarterback Matt Ryan (2) is hit by Eagles defensive end Trent Cole (58). Associated Press

on. It’s not just the players. It’s the coaching staff. We have got to make sure we put our guys in the best opportunity to be successful and right now, we are not getting that done.”

ON ALL OF PHILLY’S MIS-DIRECTION PLAYS: “We have to be more sound in that area. It was not a good start to the ball game defensively, when on the second play of the game they run the ball for a touchdown on a reverse. It’s something we knew they were going to do. They were going to run reverses.”

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219 comments Add your comment

Scoop

October 18th, 2010
5:37 pm

Savannah Fan

October 18th, 2010
5:47 pm

It is a must win this week or this will spiral out of control

Ueeediot

October 18th, 2010
5:49 pm

I would still like someone to explain to me how the play with Duanta was ruled as Unsportsman like for hitting a defenseless player. How are you a defenseless player if you have the dam ball?

I even heard that jerk Mike Perria say that it was dirty because it was an incomplete pass.
The ONLY reason that was incomplete was because of the contact.

SO we have already put a dress on the QBs. Now they aim to put a dress on the WRs and TEs?
What next? Shall we just start playing flag football? Or maybe we should rule out the run after catch?

It was DISGUSTING to listen to the whiny crying of Daryl Johnston commentating yesterday about how this part of the game needs to be removed. If you dont want to be hit, get off the field or learn to play defense.
Johnston also showed who he was rooting for (besides declaring his undying love for Philadelphia and the Phillies) when he claimed that DeCoud “got away with a dirty hit” on the eagles WR after a ball was tipped (and subsequently intercepted).
I suppose they call him Moose, because he is as intelligent as a Moose.

Wash in ATL

October 18th, 2010
5:50 pm

Falcons so predictable on Defense & Offense. First two plays of game up the gut with Turner haha. On D let Jackson run a reverse sweep for first score & get deep on second TD. Philly looked like B-More against them clowns now T.O. gets to go against that midget Grimes lol !~!!!~!~!!!

Iron Head

October 18th, 2010
5:54 pm

Two words for Coach Smith SCREEN PASS. Learn it Live it DO it………..

Reid Adair

October 18th, 2010
6:00 pm

I think keeping Sean Weatherspoon out for Cincinnati is a good idea. That gives him two weeks to get ready (counting the bye).

Dunta Robinson’s hit was not helmet to helmet; there shouldn’t be a fine or a suspension.

RichNHilda

October 18th, 2010
6:00 pm

The offense played as it has all year, poorly. Against now 1-5 SF the Falcons offense scored 1 TD. Against now 1-5 Cleveland the offense scored 1 TD, the other was a defenseive score. It was only a matter of time before the defense started giving up big plays. Going into this game I think the defense had given up 12 plays over 20yds. The first 2 plays of this time were for over 20yds. If they do not get it straighten out this week look for Cinn to have a field day. Cinn has had 2 weeks to get ready for our very middle of the road, bend but don’t break defense. Cinn has been struggling and they are looking for a big break game for Owens and Johnson.

MV77777!11

October 18th, 2010
6:00 pm

YOU KNOW WHAT????????????????????
SOME OF THE FANS IN ATLANTA & THE TV FANS & BLOGGERS DONT UNDERSTAND. THEY ARE HURTING THIS FALCON TEAM WITH ALL THIS BULLSH#T….. REDNECK BULLSH#T….HATERS. MR.AUTHUR BLANK YOU ARE CRAZY AS HELL TO LET THESE FANS TELL YOU IN SO MANY WORDS HOW TO RUN YOUR TEAM. (FU#K THEMMMM) SHOP AT LOWES!!!!!! AT THE RATE THIS SH#T IS GOING MR. BLANK YOUR GOING TO LOSE ALL YOUR GOOD PLAYERS BECAUSE NO ONE WANTS TO PLAY FOR REDNECKS. FROM MCKAY ON DOWN BUDDY!!!!!…ITS ALMOST TO LATE FOR YOU MR .BLANK.(HOMEDEPOT OR THE FALCONS) THATS WHY 25,000 OF YOUR OLD FANBASE AN MYSELF SUPPORT MICHAEL VICK (EAGLES). BE A MAN !!!!! A OWNER LIKE JERRY JONES… WITH SOME BALLS…..

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fedup

October 18th, 2010
6:03 pm

\smith , ryan there is no hope larkey and gorder all needs the boot , or come up with plays for the strength of our talented guys and i use that loosely…………..game plan every game is played the same……just like watching a d…… rerun C’mon man…………..lets get some reverses oh well not team to slow to develop that one and to them that trickery, oh well…………..here’s a thought maybe a trick or 2 will do …..seeing it close to halloween ………………….lol

SawThat1nce

October 18th, 2010
6:05 pm

The Falcons were outcoached.
I hope that Sterile Johnson and Tony Slobogoosey do not announce anymore of the Falcon’s games.

Whopper Dawg

October 18th, 2010
6:05 pm

Glad to hear Robinson plays hards and hits hard. That is good because he can’t cover squat. I don’t think we will miss him in pass coverage, Spoon we will miss everywhere.

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

October 18th, 2010
6:06 pm

30-40 years ago, that hit would be receiving praise but now the NFL is trying to turn the league into some kind of “girly-ball”.

This Gets Old!

October 18th, 2010
6:07 pm

Don’t take the bait guys, it’s what he wants

SawThat1nce

October 18th, 2010
6:09 pm

The Falcons will comeback this week with a win.

Ueeediot

October 18th, 2010
6:10 pm

have to agree with you fedup. There is no “game plan” week to week. It is a simple “ball control offense” which means, we are going to be in 2nd and 8 and 3rd and long all day long.

I watch Playbook on NFL Network and I have been watching a couple Eagles games this year because they have been on nationally. Against the Falcons was the first time the Eagles have played defense like this. Normally, they are in quarters or cover 2/tampa 2 and they have safety help. Not against Atlanta. Knowing the “ball control offense” the Eagles moved both Safties to almost LB positions.
All 31 other teams know that Ryan WILL NOT throw the ball deep. When he does, they will take their chances.

Mularkey…down by 21 points. 1st down at your own 40. Hey Matt, lets run the ball in the middle. Brilliant.

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Ueeediot

October 18th, 2010
6:14 pm

How do you run a screen pass when you are in max protection all day because #72 on the left side couldnt block a paper bag.

Great Falconi

October 18th, 2010
6:17 pm

We really miss Norwood. We just don’t have a quick back with the kind of quick acceleration and explosiveness out of the backfield that we need in order to be an effective screen or misdirection team. Getting Jenkins back was important. Whatever we think of him, the man has been a fairly steady contributor over the last few seasons. He’ll open up the field up more for Tony and HD. He’ll also help in the run game.

As bad as yesterday’s game was (and it was bad), I think the team will be fine next week. Losing Dunta hurts, but getting pressure on the QB will combat his loss. Smith and VanGorder have to do a better job of preparation this week. They both got their a**es out-coached by a mile on Sunday. Our guys didn’t execute well, but some of the defenses we were in had almost no chance of success.

Jake

October 18th, 2010
6:18 pm

Let matt ryan call his own plays!!!!!!!

Wash in ATL

October 18th, 2010
6:18 pm

Your GM is over hyped , your supposedly strong offense has only had one solid game. He will never duplicate what he had in New England with this rag tag bunch. What a joke, get a haircut you scrub !!!

Great Falconi

October 18th, 2010
6:20 pm

I’d run the no-huddle more. We have a full complement of receivers now. It’s time to take advantage of that.

alanfalcon

October 18th, 2010
6:22 pm

MV77777!11, you are crazy as h*!!, must be something you are drinking, the Falcons are at least interested in keeping criminals out of the organization but I guess thats what you want.

Dan in Augusta

October 18th, 2010
6:22 pm

The coach has all the RIGHT answers today but in the game yesterday the TEAM had no answers. The Falcons remind me of a computer that is infected with a virus. Sure it will get you to the websites you are serching for but there are many corrupted files.
In other words, this team has some serious flaws. Offense,Defense,Special Teams,and last but not least the Coaching staff.
It may be after the season but the only remedy is to clean out the corrupted files through personnel moves, both the roster and the coaching staff.

mountain_jim

October 18th, 2010
6:25 pm

Reid outcoached Mularkey and exposed him. Glad Smith admits the coaches are also responsible, and I think he’s looking at Mularkey when he said it. Abe said everything Philly did was not what they prepared for. Reid adapted a great game plan for our crappy predictable ball-control offense, and Mularkey had zip for an in-game response. Reid adapted a great game plan on defense, and our DC failed to adjust.

I hope Smith realizes he better fix his OC and DC or someday he will end up like Mora, who could not cut loose his good friend and terrible OC Take-a-Knapp, and paid for his loyalty in the face of incompetence.

Smith needs to realize Mularkey’s current offense is predictable and defensible, and force some changes to spread the field and attach down the field.

alanfalcon

October 18th, 2010
6:26 pm

Now that I have answered that A-hole lets get back to football, Matt is able to function alot better when he calls or changes the plays himself, Malarkey needs to help during the week and go home on the weekend, I am very dissappointed with his lack of what needs to be done regarding the competitions moves during the game and his not being able to counter them.

Ueeediot

October 18th, 2010
6:26 pm

Id like to make a prediction.
Sunday a little after 1pm, on 1st down, the Falcons will run the ball up the middle.

david brown

October 18th, 2010
6:28 pm

SawThat1nce

October 18th, 2010
6:31 pm

I read all of DLed’s blogs last week, and a lot of the people on his blog’s since the loss, never made a comment during that time.
I guess a lot of people, just like to complain.
But, I have to agree with some of these comments, I doubt that there is anyone, who doesn’t know that the Falcons are going to run the ball, on every 1st down, and almost every 2nd down.
Andy Reid sure did know it.

VICK LOVES PHILLY

October 18th, 2010
6:34 pm

1993 PHILLIES BEAT BRAVES NCLS——– 2004 EAGLES OVER FALCONS NFC CONFERENCE CHAHAMPS———2008 PHILS WORLD CHAMPS—- 2010 PHILLIES COME BACK FROM BRAVES 7 AND HALF GAMES BACK TO WIN DIV——- SUNDAY EAGLES CRUSH FALCONS BY 2 TOUCHDOWNS!!!!!
PHILLY RULES,ATLANTA DRULLS===

SawThat1nce

October 18th, 2010
6:36 pm

I’ve been to Philly and Philly Sux.

VICK LOVES PHILLY

October 18th, 2010
6:37 pm

IT MUST SUUUUUUUUUCK TO BE A ATLANTA FAN——————————

SawThat1nce

October 18th, 2010
6:38 pm

The Big One.

VICK LOVES PHILLY

October 18th, 2010
6:38 pm

I LIVE IN CA, SO I HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, E-A-G-L-E-S

Wash in ATL

October 18th, 2010
6:39 pm

Whatever with the excuses, Matty Ice looked thawed out, he is over-hyped. Flacco & Sanchez are moving the ball every Sunday. This clown is going to be a journey man, QB I said it when you idiots first picked him. Philly’s O-line is banged up, as well as the D. You fools had all your starters available in the trenches on both sides & got Manhandled.” Rise What ” Mike Smith needs to stop crying about being outcoached out west we called it getting ” Stomped “

SawThat1nce

October 18th, 2010
6:40 pm

The Falcons will win the NFC South.
The Eagles will not win the NFC East, and if they were in the NFC South, they would not win it either.

PHILLY FAN IN TEMECULA CA

October 18th, 2010
6:42 pm

I LOVE ALL PHILLY TEAMS ALSO, GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SawThat1nce

October 18th, 2010
6:42 pm

Now, be gone, Eagle’s trash.
Go pollute a Phillies or Eagles blog.

PHILLY FAN IN TEMECULA CA

October 18th, 2010
6:44 pm

AND IF THE PHILLIES WERE NOT IN THE BRAVES DIV THEY WOULD NOT WIN DIV, OH TOO LATE PHILLIES ALREADY DID THAT HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA LOL

SeenThisB4

October 18th, 2010
6:45 pm

Just a matter of time before the Saints reclaim their rightful place atop of the NFC South Divsion. The falcan’t streak of luck has ended, and they are sinking to their level of mediocrity. The eagles exposed the falcan’t achilles’s heel and the bengals are going to exploit it.

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

Wash in ATL

October 18th, 2010
6:48 pm

Mike Smith looks & sounds like Wade Phillips, not a dang clue, this team should be 1-5 straight up. A game behind the Cowgirls. When will a real NFL coach admit when his team got their @sses whipped, no excuses. I moved here a 5 years ago to ATL, all I hear is WAH WAH WAH !

PHILLY FAN IN TEMECULA CA

October 18th, 2010
6:49 pm

BURNER TURNER RUSHES FOR 45 YARDS IN YESTERDAYS GAME, BOY HE IS A HOF, HAHHAHAHAHAHAHHA LOL————————————–

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

October 18th, 2010
6:51 pm

Ueeediot, I agree.

10-years ago, the talk woulda been about what a great hit it was. Remember when it used to be standard procedure to intimidate receivers with vicious hits? It was openly discussed, and accepted, as a legit part of football.

Football is evolving into a different sport than the one I’ve loved since childhood.

Football ain’t soccer, it’s SUPPOSED to be WAR.

THIS JUST IN: No truth to rumors that NASCAR, in 2011, will force drivers to pilot Red Rider Wagons, in lieu of cars, for safety reasons.

UPDATE: UFC fighters will not, as it turns out, be required to use only pinkie-toes and tongues in future bouts.

SawThat1nce

October 18th, 2010
6:54 pm

The saints beat up the Bucs, so now they are back to being great? ha-ha.

I always thought that a person with nothing better to do, than to come on another teams blog, and talk trash, is pathetic, especially someone like SeenB4, whose team lost.
Eagles fans, your team might have won, but you guys on this blog are real losers.
E

P. Bull Terrier

October 18th, 2010
6:54 pm

Did anyone else watch the replays of the Robinson hit and focus on the ball instead of the players’ heads? It looked to me like Jackson caught the ball up high, controlled it with both hands for a moment, tucked it to his side, then was hit by Robinson and the ball came out. I’ll admit that in real time everything happened so fast that it was hard to tell anything, but I think you can make the case that the officials blew the call on a catch and fumble just as easily as you can make the case that Robinson hit a “defenselsss” receiver.

PHILLY FAN IN TEMECULA CA

October 18th, 2010
6:56 pm

WELL OFF TO WATCH THE BASEBALL GAME OH IM SORRY THAT MUST BE A SORE SUBJECT FOR BRAVES FANS GOTTA LOVE BROOKS CONRAD, LOL

PHILLY FAN IN TEMECULA CA

October 18th, 2010
6:59 pm

PHILLIES SOON TO BE 2010 WORLD SERIES CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

October 18th, 2010
7:04 pm

All that’s left for me to say is, GREAT HIT DUNTA!

SeenThisB4

October 18th, 2010
7:05 pm

The Saints have finally gotten their offense in sync, much to the chagrin of SawThat1nce. Chris Ivory had his breakout game yesterday, and other teams are now going to have to focus on yet another Saints offensive weapon. We may also be getting Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas back this week as well, as well as some of other key defensive players. And to boot, this week, they get Sharper and Ingram back from the PUP list and the Saints can have 3 weeks before they have to activate either of them. Oh yeah, things are good in New Orleans!

Oh yeah, the falcan’ts are running scared right now, the inevitable train they call the City of New Orleans is bearing down on them!

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

October 18th, 2010
7:09 pm

“the inevitable train they call the City of New Orleans”

Bet you can smell it coming from a mile away, if it’s anything like its namesake..

Samuel

October 18th, 2010
7:18 pm

We have to find a way to beat the think tank organizations like the Patriots, Eagles and Pittsburg Steelers. If you look at the game yesterday- we were clearly out coached. These teams seem to find a way to win no matter what the circumstances.