Mike Smith thanks fans for “Dome Field” advantage

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) tries to get around the tackle of Baltimore Ravens cornerback Josh Wilson (37) in the first half of their game at the Georgia Dome. Jason Getz jgetz@ajc.com

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) tries to get around the tackle of Baltimore Ravens cornerback Josh Wilson (37) in the first half of their game at the Georgia Dome. Jason Getz jgetz@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons coach Mike Smith enjoyed the atmosphere at the Georgia Dome during their 26-21 victory over Baltimore.

“It was electric,” Smith said. “It was the best crowd that we’ve had in the three years we’ve been here. My ears are still ringing from the game last night.”

Smith also thinks the Georgia Dome crowd is knowledgeable.

“Those fans know how to cheer,” Smith said. “They know when to get loud and they know when to get quiet. I think our players feed off of that. It’s really positive energy. I think it helps, it really does.”

The Falcons are 5-0 at home this season. The team is 18-3 in the Dome under Smith.

“In our three years here we are really started to establish a home field advantage,” Smith said.

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64 comments Add your comment

TomDAWG

November 12th, 2010
5:50 pm

Heck yeah! At least I can be first on someones blog. :-)

TomDAWG

November 12th, 2010
5:52 pm

Seriously, the Dome was rocking last night. Just wish I could have been there. Had to keep it down here at home, lol, 3 kids had school in the morning. I may have had an outburst or two directed at my tv, but I don’t think I woke anyone.

RobbE33

November 12th, 2010
5:53 pm

Having seen the Ryan-Flacco game, I must say that the prospects of Peyton-Carson , Tom-Ben, Brett-Jay, Michael-Donovan, et. al., have paled by comparison. They’ll have their work laid out for them this weekend but I don’t see any of them matching the drama and craft as demonstrated in Thursday’s matchup. Shoot, we won’t even have Rivers to lean on this weekend. Oh well, the 21st isn’t that far away. Nice work, Falcons, but there’s lot’s more to chop.

BW

November 12th, 2010
5:55 pm

I was there and TV does it no justice at all….the crowd was electric especially during the clinching touchdown

TomDAWG

November 12th, 2010
5:57 pm

D-Led, any chance that the Falcons could make the red helmets a permanent fixture? I think it helps Matt Ryan see his relievers better. They look better in my humble opinion.

TomDAWG

November 12th, 2010
6:00 pm

Receivers not relievers, stupid spell check, lol.

JBFALCON

November 12th, 2010
6:16 pm

Blog is still backwards and too much trouble to read, No Comment.

FrontRow

November 12th, 2010
6:48 pm

It’s about time! Probably no more that 15K empty seats at the kickoff.

Way to RISE UP ATLANTA!

alanfalcon

November 12th, 2010
6:50 pm

I agree with

TomDAWG,
the Red helments are easier to see and add alot of electricity to the team. GO FALCONS AND GO SOUTHERN RUSH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dave

November 12th, 2010
7:52 pm

I like the next order of the posts. Its is Biblical prophecy come true :)
Matthew 20:16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

JASon

November 12th, 2010
8:17 pm

You would think that someone would have done a study as to why Atlanta sports teams are so successful at home despite being known for having less passionate fans. Thats fine with us, though, we don’t want any other teams trying to mimic us to give themselves that kind of advantage.

Big Dog 98

November 12th, 2010
8:47 pm

The Falcon are on a roll!

Jimmy Carter

November 12th, 2010
8:49 pm

YoungerThan ThatNow

November 12th, 2010
9:02 pm

Coach Smith… you and all of the Falcons have given us something to cheer about! This is a super exciting team with many big play makers on both sides of the ball and on special teams. The crowd at the Dome last night was electrified and ready to see some WINNING FALCONS FOOTBALL!! Many thanks for a great night to Coach Smith and all the players… not to mention our humble leader and biggest cheerleader… Mr. Arthur Blank!!

Smiling Jack

November 12th, 2010
9:06 pm

The Falcons give 100% effort, are talented, well managed and execute consistently. They are fun to watch and really when you must even to listen to while driving. Go Falcons!

Falcon Jim

November 12th, 2010
9:13 pm

For all those that just can’t enjoy 7 – 2, there will be a meeting of the Atlanta Pessimist Club
on Friday the 13th. It is at 1313 Lucky Street at 13::00.

Bring your grumpy dispositions, your bag of gripes and your list of complaints.
Sour grapes and sauerkraut will be served for lunch.

DollarDawg43

November 12th, 2010
9:27 pm

Well Coach Smith the fans appreciate having you here just as much.

After so many years of futility we finally have a football man running the sidelines who is on the same page with an excellent personnel man in the front office. Here’s hoping Coach Smith and the fans are really liking each other for a really long time.

waynester

November 12th, 2010
9:27 pm

Falcons 4-0 in classic uniform….

DollarDawg43

November 12th, 2010
9:31 pm

Oh yeah, please keep the red helmets and throw in the old red jerseys from time to time too. I know that connects us to a time that wasn’t always so great but that is still one awesome loking uniform.

As a compromise, how about the current logo on a solid red helmet with a black facemask? Now that would be sweet! As for the jerseys, go with the red. Always the red!!

Woodman

November 12th, 2010
9:38 pm

We were rolling last night. The crowd at the dome was so much fun. We screamed our heads off every time flacco stepped under center. I won’t be able to talk for a week.

Ray Lewis hits like a girl

November 12th, 2010
11:29 pm

I feel sorry for all the morons that left before the game was over. Stay until the game is completely over, no excuses!!

Chuck

November 12th, 2010
11:37 pm

They always play better in the red helmets and black jerseys… or at least they LOOK better,

Ollie

November 12th, 2010
11:38 pm

#74 Michael (”Blind Side”) Oher looked pathetic last night.

byrdofprey

November 12th, 2010
11:59 pm

Last night was by far the most electrifying Falcons game in the dome…if not the most exciting – evah!

This team rocks – they get it – they’re playing as a well oiled machine…AS A TEAM!!! You guys make this city proud!

Thanks Mike Smith, coaching staff, Thomas Demitroff, Arthur Blank and the entire Falcons organization…especially the atheletes….

A PROUD FALCONS FAN

Falcons Chic

November 13th, 2010
12:03 am

Rest up and keep those wins coming guys. GB is just around the corner. We want home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

todd

November 13th, 2010
12:59 am

That was the best Falcon’s game I have ever seen. The crowd was electric. What’s up with cutting off beer at halftime??? That blows! It was a great scene! Would’ve been louder with a few more pops!

DR. FALCON

November 13th, 2010
1:08 am

WHERE ARE YOU NAYSAYERS NOW? AFTER LOSING TO PHILLY, SOME OF YOU SO=CALLED FANS WNTED TO BLOW OUT THE COACHING STAFF AND SEND MATT RYAN ON THE 1ST BUS OUT OF TOWN! IT THAT IME, I PREACHED PATIENCE! ITS A LONG SEASON. KUDOS TO MIKE MULARKEY TO START THE GAME IN THE SHOTGUN AND 2 MINUTE OFFENSE! WE WERE AGGRESIVE, BECAUS HE KNEW THAT A RUSHING ATTACK WOULD BE TOUGH SLEDDING! AS FOR YOU BANDWAGON FANS, STAY POSITIVE, OR GET OFF THE BUS!

Jamal Robertson

November 13th, 2010
2:08 am

I’m from Atlanta but out here in Seachicken (Hawks) country without DIRECTV so this was the first live game that I have had a chance to watch since last season. Overall I was impressed… it’s hard to say that the Falcons are the best team in the NFC as power shifts from week to week in the NFL, but I must admit that is team has the ability to get 12 wins and get a first round bye. There just need to be a few changes. Now mind you these are tweaks and some might say that I am splitting hairs but the bottom line is that changes or upgrades need to be made if we want to start talking about hosting the NFC’s final game of the year. Number one the offense has to stop taking its foot off the gas. A falcon is a bird of prey and goes for the kill every time. Our Falcons don’t have a killer instinct and it is frustrating other than the Arizona game at home and the Saints game on the road I have not seen this team play a completely every series. Most if not all Super Bowl champions dominate and take the heart away from their opponent. A champion in any sport can tell you exactly what they are going to do and you just can’t stop them because they beat you into submission and take your heart. This team takes the heart of an opponent and then for some reason does quick replacement surgery to give them a second life. What did the win over the Bucs prove to the Bucs? It proved that shorthanded and playing a team at home coming off a bye week that it took a goal line stand to beat them. When they play us again in their house do you think they are going to doubt that they can beat us? The Falcons could have put them away early in that game but they don’t know how to finish and surely they don’t know how to play with a lead a pile on the points. They get complacent offensively and lazy on defense, and to often they settle for 3 when they need to get six. Now granted I know scoring TD’s is the red zone is harder but a Super Bowl caliber team better figure out away to get it done. They try the same plays down there too often with the same result… a fade to Brian Finneran that is always over thrown. TD’s take the heart of a team and FG give the opposition new life. Number two Dunta Robinson and Harry Douglas need to step up big time. I am willing to give HD a little more grace because he is still a kid and is coming off knee surgery but DR needs to do better… a lot better. I don’t expect him to be Deion, but right now he isn’t worth what he is earning. Sure he can tackle and hit, but what about breaking up a pass or being a ball hawk and getting a few picks. He seems to wait until the ball is caught before he makes a break on the ball and we need him to be more aggressive in the passing game and make people not want to throw near him. Brent Grimes is ok most of the time and occasional really good but to be a Super Bowl champ you have to have two and maybe three corners that play at a high level. The D line and O line are getting it done and our Wideouts and safeties are doing well but the corners need to get better quickly. I use to call for Michael Jenkins to be cut mainly because he played like the ball had nails in it, but this year he has really impressed me. He has taken his game to a level that I didn’t know he could reach and I am thrilled with his maturation. Roddy and Tony are rubbing off on him. Thirdly Mike Mularkey has to call plays like the Falcons are down by seven points with 3 mins to go in the game with all of their time outs. I say 3 mins and not two because with 3 mins you can still throw in between the hashes and run the ball. Mainly he just needs to be more aggressive and a little bit unpredictable. For example the WR screens with Roddy are a bad idea. If you want to do WR screens use a bunch formation with Roddy split out to one side and the bunch on the opposite side and have TG and MJ blocking for HD. Having RW split out on the other side of the formation makes the other teams best corner have to cover him either 1:1 or they can use their #2 CB and then they’d have to roll a safety over top of him leaving the bunch formation easy for Matt to kill the defense on the other side. Both TG and MJ are very good blockers and HD is very elusive. I see him as a young Wes Welker if he can catch the football. They have to stop using him on go routes because he gets jammed to easily and can’t get to the spot where the ball is thrown. I’m not a genius but he is super quick and can make people miss but his gifts are not being utilized. Maybe a reverse or lining him up in the backfield and take on a LB and just out run him. We are 7-2 and close to having home field… again it time to play like somebody slapped your mom and with a bit of swagger. With 10 mins left against the Ravens the game should have been over, but again we forget how to score. Yes it was a wonderful game to watch only because the Falcons let the game stay close. Take a team’s heart away and never give it back… I’m out

Ron Hyatt

November 13th, 2010
2:30 am

NO to a new stadium unless Blanky boy is going to pull out a BlanK check and pay for it himself.

WingMan

November 13th, 2010
5:15 am

My 35 year old son and I talked about a preseason prediction. I was saying that the Falcons would split with NO, beat TB and Carolina twice and the Falcons would win the division with a 12 – 4 record. He thought I was nuts. This old bird is starting to look better every week. This front office and coaching staff is one of the best or the best in football. They no how to pick players and get the best out of them. They pick men with a great attitude, a willingness to learn, and a respect for the game and their opportunity.
This next draft should be very interesting. 1st we drafted offence, the next 2 we drafted defense. Now what?

Old White Man

November 13th, 2010
6:24 am

GO FALCONS !!!

getbuzzed

November 13th, 2010
8:03 am

Wingman, I have been thinking that we need to draft a stud WR or RB with our first pick next year. Then we start looking a best available for DE and OL. We are now getting to the point of being able to be “picky” shoppers. This organization is doing a GREAT job.

Mr. Mustard

November 13th, 2010
8:31 am

I would focus on the offensive and defensive lines in the next draft. Center to replace McClure, and/or another linemen to rush the Q.B.

We also need a speedster in the backfield to replace Norwood. Hopefully Kerry Meier will return from his injury and contribute in the slot receiver position, because we need that too. Finneran cannot last forever and is limited, so we need a receiver or two.

But keep getting the lines beefed up. As you all know, the better the linemen the better the running backs and corner backs suddenly become.

Yeah, this next draft will be fun to watch and see Dimitroff’s strategy. That is almost as much fun as the games themselves.

St. Louis in their home. I say we win again. I think we are on a roll and hopefully Weatherspoon is back. That young man was all over the field.

Go Falcons.

Falcon James

November 13th, 2010
9:30 am

i just got to say that thersday was exciting to watch. the falcon look like a pretty good team except the secondary and the defencive backs. we still got a problem with covering the ball deep. white was not in probowl form and dropped some passes that moss would have caught easily. ryan arm is still week and he cant through the deep ball. abe just looked so so against oher. for the most part oher got the best of him. i think the raven were better on both side of the ball expecially on offence and defence. our punter probably did the best job and kept us in the game.

George

November 13th, 2010
9:53 am

Well said, Jamal Robertson. I echo every point you made in your post. As well as my team is playing, they can do so much more by being more aggressive after they get a lead. They let teams hang around too long. Mike Smith and some of the players like to say “They have good players too and are going to score also” but that’s a excuse, not a reason.

The way they keep getting their leads is by being unpredictable and daring. One they get a lead, they become complacent and predictable and we keep having sweaty palms and high heart rates in the 4th quarter. So far, it’s mostly worked out but one can’t think it will work forever especially when the playoffs begin.

Our offense is incredible right now. A solid running game, a deadly passing attack (that is being run by a very smart QB) and a offensive coordinator that appears to be opening up the playbook a little more each week. Our defense is playing very well also.

We are witnessing NFL magic right now folks. How deep they go in the playoffs depends entirely on whether they learn how to keep their foot on the gas or keep hitting the brakes when they get a lead.

Go Falcons!

rajun cajun

November 13th, 2010
12:13 pm

Falcants are frauds, cheaters (RODDY WHITE) and thugs. Pathetic fan base. Ghetto team – Dirty Bird name is so appropriate. Saints are peaking and will SPOIL the redneck thinking that the Falcants can sustain any momentum and make it to a SB. A joke. You don’t have the overall talent – you have luck. All of your comments above are as comical as your crazy coach. Reminds me of a white-haired Nick Saban, complainer, whiner, etc. Enjoy your 5 mins of fame. BTW, our SB ring and trophy displayed in CHAMPIONS SQUARE is NICE! Too bad you will never experience a championship….Stay classy, Rednecks….

FrontRow

November 13th, 2010
12:24 pm

rajuncajun – Falcons made it to the Super Bowl a full decade before the NFL annointed the Taints. It’s not a ring but the NFC championship is a championship the Taints couldn’t sniff until the NFL decided to try and save the toilet city you call home.

Of course I am sure your feeble brain can’t remember anything older than a decade. That’s what happens when you call mud bugs “gourmet food”.

$howme

November 13th, 2010
1:38 pm

@ Frontrow: You are spot on with your comment to rajuncajun. I believe the NFL had a hand in trying to revive New Orleans, the city that is. But rajuncajun has a lot of nerve to call us frauds, cheaters and thugs. I can recall many questionable calls that have gone the Saints way the last couple of years. Who was that Saints lineman I believe that got into all that trouble in some country town in Georgia? As for the rest of them, they either haven’t been caught yet or are paying out hush money. No one is perfect.

I am willing to bet rajuncajun lives here too. If I was from New Orleans I wouldn’t be too quick to call Atlanta a ghetto. Funny thing is, is that the powers that be deliberately destroyed New Orleans by blowing up those levies. Now New Orleans’ low life has relocated here and won’t go back home. Why? Because New Orleans after all these years is REALLY a ghetto as if it weren’t before! They still haven’t cleaned it all up yet. They don’t want you back rajuncajun and it has nothing to do with football.

Hey Frontrow! We know that the Saints were the Aint’s up until Sean Peyton and Drew Brees came. They have had what, 3 years of success? Now they are going back to their rightful place. Sure we remember those years, decades really when the Falcons weren’t too good. But as bad as we were, we knew of two games a year we would be sure to win and those were the Aint’s games. Remember those bags the fans used to wear at their games?

RockyMtnFalcon

November 13th, 2010
2:34 pm

I almost woke my 5 year old daughter Thursday night after Roddy’s final score. My wife who was sitting on the couch had dozed off during the latter part of the game. The final touchdown…I woke her up with my yelling. I got a very dirty look.

Ivan

November 13th, 2010
4:08 pm

I’m sure this has already been mentioned, but it needs mentioning again.

It’s the fans that should be thanking Mike Smith for turning this team into a contender since he first stepped foot in Atlanta.

Thank you, Mike Smith.

falconfan

November 13th, 2010
4:28 pm

42nd…Woohooo!!!!

Maurice

November 13th, 2010
11:52 pm

Thank you, Mike Smith

Falcon Jim

November 14th, 2010
9:01 am

Showme,

Are those “powers that be” the sames ones that blew up the twin towers?

Unbelievable.

FrontRow

November 14th, 2010
10:40 am

FJ – those would be the “powers that be” (zebras) that can’t keep up with a run & shoot offense. Now that the league has a couple of years of tape to review, the questionable calls (and non-calls) are decreasing.

You don’t have to believe me or anyone else. If you watch the Taints at all, check out who’s downfield on their variety of screen passes.

FalconsFan284

November 14th, 2010
12:17 pm

Rajun Cajun—–I hate to break this to you but you shouldn’t want your team to peek in the middle of the season. No, like most fans, you should want your team to slow build, over the course of the season, and then peek in the playoffs. So, you whinning about the Falcons being cheaters and thugs and having a stupid fan base only shows your lack of knowledge.
I can go up and down the roster and pick your team apart. I can tell you why they’ve struggled this year and have been so inconsistent. Hell, I can even tell you about your team’s tendencies. But it wouldn’t do me or anyone else any good. Like the typical Saints fan you are caught in the vacuum of last season, where the Saints got all the breaks. I hate to tell you this buddy but a team that loses to the Cardinals and Browns is probably not going to the Superbowl. So, you go back to thinking that beating only one good team, Pittsburgh, and having five other wins against pretenders is how the Saints are peeking and I’ll go on thinking that the Saints just don’t look all that impressive right now.
By the way, didn’t the Falcons defeat the Saints, in New Orleans, and still have a game lead in the division? And, yet, you’re here touting the supperiority of the typical Saints fan. Now that is funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Especially when great representatives like you, hiram and Seenthis are here and proving the opposite to be true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bob 66

November 14th, 2010
1:04 pm

Never heard from Ray-Ray, after Turner put that hit on him. wonder what happened to him.

REAL FALCON DAWG FAN

November 14th, 2010
5:47 pm

thank you coach mike smith and all of the assistans coaches and THE 2010 ATLANTA FALCON’S! YOU ARE A CLASSY STAFF AND TEAM. YOU ALSO HAVE THE VERY BEST RECORD IN THE NFL.THANK ALL OF YOU!

jojatek

November 14th, 2010
8:55 pm

Great to be 7-2, and even better to have a quarterback and a coach who know how to act like they belong there…

Winning with character, commitment, and humble confidence… I love it!!

Don’t let up, boyz… don’t let up…

Go Falcons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DR. FALCON

November 15th, 2010
12:16 am

WE ARE MONEY AT THE HOUSE BABY! THIS YEAR IS GOING TO BE ONE TO REMEMBER! THERE IS ONLY 2 OTHER SEASONS THAT I CCAN RECALL THIS KIND OF EXCITEMENT OVER THE BIRDS. THE 1980 SEASON LED BY STEVE BARTKOWSKI, AND THE SUPERBOWL SEASON IN 1998 WHEN WE WENT 14-2. THAT TEAMWAS LED BY CHRIS CHANDLER AND JAMAAL ANDERSON. THIS CURRENT TEAM HAS THAT “IT” FACTOR! RODDY WHITE MVP?