DVR alert: Matt Ryan to be featured on ESPN’s Soundtracks

Matt Ryan, who should be getting more Pro Bowl votes on NFL.com/probowl from the fans, launching a pass against the Rams. (Associated Press)

Matt Ryan, who should be getting more Pro Bowl votes on NFL.com/probowl from the fans, launching a pass against the Rams. (Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Now, that I finally know how to use my DVR, I think it’s the greatest invention since the electric football set.

Here’s a DVR alert for the folks who’ll be at the stadium tailgating.

Despite having the best record in the league, the national media has been slow to shine their bright lights on the Atlanta Falcons.

That will change a little bit on Sunday when quarterback Matt Ryan will be featured on ESPN’S Sunday NFL Countdown show during the “Soundtracks” feature. The show airs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The feature will have sound from Ryan, who’s thrown 18 touchdowns passes and just five interceptions, in the huddle and on the sideline.

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falconfan

November 26th, 2010
7:21 am

Ryan is becoming one of the elite QBs in the NFL as a result of his intelligence, coolness under pressure and ability to rally the team in the fourth quarter. 18-1@ home. GO FALCONS!

gabeaux

November 26th, 2010
7:40 am

I know their record speaks for itself but I would prefer them off the national radar.

Barkin'Dog

November 26th, 2010
8:19 am

I expect this to be recordings of one of the more intellectual, coherent and knowledgeable players in the game. ‘Bout time ESPN recognized a winner in the ATL for a change. Thanks for the heads up DOL. I’ll be tuned in, too.

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Sid

November 26th, 2010
8:57 am

Thanks Roy, way to hold on to the football.

Yo Vince

November 26th, 2010
9:09 am

Sunday’s game will be, by far, the biggest of the season. The Cowgirls did us No favor yesterday with Roy’s All-goat fumble. Greenbay is real contender for the NFC, and all of the talking heads are picking them. Matty will seperate himself from Aaron “the fudge Packer” with the win. GO FALCONS

dean

November 26th, 2010
9:21 am

I wish there was a channel that had no commentators-just live sound; as if you were standing on the sideline. Looking forward to watching the Ryan piece. ATL 34 GB 24.

dodirtybird

November 26th, 2010
10:13 am

@Dean I heard the NFL Network was doing a game like that this weekend

Falcon Jim

November 26th, 2010
10:58 am

The no-commentator concept was done as an experiment a few years ago. I don’t remember the details. Apparently, it didn’t go over real big.

Falcon Jim

November 26th, 2010
11:00 am

NEW YORK (Aug. 11, 2004) — In one of its most ambitious projects to date, NFL Network will take a pro football telecast (Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills on Aug. 15) and turn it into an event featuring no announcers — instead relying solely on the audio captured on the field, sidelines and locker room.

NFL Network will put wireless microphones on 16 players and coaches — the most ever in one NFL game — during the Broncos/Bills preseason game Aug. 15 and air an announcer-free, one-hour program titled Special Edition Game of the Week: Sounds of the Game at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 22 exclusively on NFL Network.

“NFL Network is committed to innovative programming that brings our game closer to the fans,” NFL vice president of programming Charles Coplin said. “Some of these ideas may be extended to our other broadcast partners in the future.”

Instead of letting announcers guide the flow of the game, the story and drama will emanates from the heart of the contest: the players and coaches who will be equipped with tiny microphones.

Twelve players, the two head coaches and two coordinators will be wired for the game.

“Wiring 12 players in one game and airing the contents a week later is a feat that has never been attempted in NFL history,” said Bill Graff, executive in charge of studio and remote production at NFL Films. “We will use 10 cameras to shoot this game and believe this program will bring fans inside NFL action like never before and will forever change the way they view pro football.”

Among the participants wearing wires will be quarterback Jake Plummer as well as Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan and Bills head coach Mike Mularkey in his coaching debut. Additional players wired will be decided as the game approaches.

There is a precedent for airing an NFL game without the use of broadcasters. On Dec. 20, 1980, NBC aired the New York Jets at the Miami Dolphins. The Jets were 3-12 entering the game and the Dolphins were 8-7. (Jets won 24-17). Since the game had no playoff implications, NBC decided to let the sounds from the stands and the PA announcer serve as the sole audio. No players were miked. Dick Enberg set the scene for viewers at the beginning of each quarter and then viewers were taken to the stadium.

Though the NBC game was first to air without announcers, NFL Network’s version will be the first to air featuring sounds captured from the players and coaches only — something that was not part of the 1980 Jets-Dolphins contest.

Special Edition Game of the Week: Sounds of the Game is an extension of one of NFL Network’s most successful and critically acclaimed programs from last season.

yo mama

November 26th, 2010
11:19 am

thanks falconJim, but actually the first announcer-less game was back in the late 70’s-early 80’s regular season game featuring the Jets at the Dolphins. A game won on a last second fg by uwe von shamman(spelling?). it was a late season saturday NBC telecast. that preseason game just what it was a preseason game. one that didnt count, or mattered, with so many players being used that never made the team.

oh yeah, you want to defend Clay Matthews, and his blitzes? Throw at Gonzales, right at Matthews and his starting point. that will fix him for sure.

Chucktown

November 26th, 2010
11:35 am

The world needs to know there are other teams other than what the national media pimps!

jason

November 26th, 2010
11:59 am

yo mama must not be able to read, because Falcon Jim’s post did mention the 1980 Jets-Dolphins game…

Falcon Jim

November 26th, 2010
12:09 pm

n words of the now, presumed, “BAND” SeebB4, the Taints were LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY.

(”BAND” = banned in Joe Tess speak.)

Iron Head

November 26th, 2010
12:13 pm

Great job Ryan.

Dr. Warren

November 26th, 2010
12:20 pm

With the Internet media cycle, who really is the “national” media? And as an Atlantan who has been living in Asia for 5 years, and keeping up through the Web, I don’t really see any bias or lack of attention towards the Falcons. Globalization has opened things up, folks. Don’t act so small-time and worry about what the folks in NY do or don’t do. It’s a bigger world out there than you think, and Atlanta is a very well-known city.

SawThat1nce

November 26th, 2010
12:37 pm

Ed

November 26th, 2010
12:45 pm

Matt Ryan is becoming more and more like Manning and Brady as he gets more and more experience. He runs the no huddle so well and has proven time and time again that he can make that tough throw in a clutch situation to win a game. As for Sunday to hear ESPN tell it you`d think that the Packers were the only team playing in this game. Prediction: Falcons 28 Packers 21

Ueeediot

November 26th, 2010
12:48 pm

@ Dean

The networks actually at one point thought that having no commentators would also be good. I mean, no one at the stadium has commentators….right?
SO they did *one* game that way in the (i think) late 60s or early 70s. They received so many complaints, the next week the commentators were back.

This week you get Thom Brenneman and Brian Billick.

I bet when you tune into Matt Ryan being mic’d up, you’ll find a strong leader directing that offense.

Samuel

November 26th, 2010
12:48 pm

I suspect we haven’t seen the best of Matt Ryan yet.

Ueeediot

November 26th, 2010
12:54 pm

@ Dr Warren
When I go to foxsports.com, espn.com, CNNSI.com and NONE of these pages have a single story about the team with the best record in the NFC on the front page, but 2 about the 2-9 Cowboys….and 3 about the 2-9 Vikings….that is being ignored by the national media.
What it tells me is that to the ‘national media’ there are only a few teams they want to talk about and they are going to talk about them come hell or high water. If youre in KC or ATL or JAX and your team is leading their division or their conference, you must be a flash in the pan and they dont care about you.
I want to see the Falcons go to the playoffs for a few years, win some playoff games, and see how long it takes for this to change.

Ueeediot

November 26th, 2010
1:01 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Most_wins_by_a_starting_quarterback_%28NFL%29

Well…if Matt keeps up the current pace @ (.700) then we will have a lot of attention here soon.

nard34

November 26th, 2010
2:07 pm

RYAN IS THE BEST DON’T COMPARE HIM to da CHOKE ARTIST PEYTON WHO ALWAYS GETS A PASS……….

MyView

November 26th, 2010
2:41 pm

In the last few weeks my confidence has grown in Ryan. When the season started, I felt that the Falcons could not win consistently without a running game. Latley I see Matt Ryan directing the offense better. Last season he seemed hesitant to pass downfield. Now we are taking a shot or two every game. If he continues to improve, then this team can be very good for a while. And that feels good to say…

'SeenThisB4'

November 26th, 2010
4:10 pm

Tony Hayward: Lucky eh? I got “Lucky” 4 u right here: Nate Clemens. Now THAT was a sorry football team getting LUCKY, again!!!

Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick,tick……..

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

Falcon Jim

November 26th, 2010
4:27 pm

Katrina, I thought Ledbetter might have “BAND” you.

Glad your back !

Rico as in Puerto

November 26th, 2010
4:45 pm

Wow Roy Williams sure gifted the game last night to the Aints! Lucky is the word!

'SeenThisB4'

November 26th, 2010
4:47 pm

He did ban me. That’s why my name is in quotes.

We had those cowboy turkeys by the giblets yesterday! And then we let them out the deep fryer!!

And yeah the wishbone snapped our way, but we make our own luck!

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

Can’t stay, going to the mall.

Falcon Jim

November 26th, 2010
4:49 pm

Kat, THE MALL? eeewwwwww…………………

bass stringerfish

November 26th, 2010
4:52 pm

Beat Green Bay and you can bet the spot light will be on us.

'SeenThisB4'

November 26th, 2010
4:54 pm

Yeah, well I’m not looting it! Just shopping this time! LOL!

Luck to the falcan’ts Sunday! (The Roy Williams kind!)

GEAUX SAINTS OUR TIME!!

Falcon Jim

November 26th, 2010
4:55 pm

Kat, THAT was funny ! ! !

This Gets Old!

November 26th, 2010
5:28 pm

1. Did the “national media” pick Atlanta to be 8-2 after ten games? 11-2 last 12 regular season games? If they said that we were the best team since the ‘72 Dolphins, would that make it true?

The best team is decided the first weekend in February and until then nothing else matters. Quit all of the “boot licking” it’s demeaning. They don’t have to give the Falcons scat, the record speaks for itself!

Falcon Jim

November 26th, 2010
7:26 pm

This gets Old,

I don’t even want ANY recognition until we win…………….a lot.

(A long suffering Falcon fan.)

Dennis

November 26th, 2010
8:28 pm

I watch in silence most games. It’s amazing how anti-ATL those dorks cann be.

The days of unbiased announcers are a thing of the past.

JBFALCON

November 26th, 2010
8:34 pm

DOL, I thought you were going to stop blundering idiots like Turner is a Douchebag. They’re only here to spray meangless crap without any reason. I agree with This Gets Old! Who cares what ESPN or anyone else says. Our performance will speak for itself, good or bad. Falcon Jim, all of us fans are in the same boat and I have eliminated “wait until next year” from my vocabulary. Now is the time and now is the place, bring it on!

Falcon Jim

November 26th, 2010
8:42 pm

JBFALCON…………right on! I am patient through all seasons. They can turn either way. But we are at the point, now.

RISE UP !

GO FALCONS ! ! !

The Dogkiller Returns

November 26th, 2010
8:45 pm

College football is amusing, but how much longer until the big boys play? Can’t wait to beat the Packers, so we can focus on shutting the Bucs up in their own house. Seriously, screw those guys.

SAINTS LSU

November 26th, 2010
8:49 pm

So I Gest the falcons did’t get lucky with the 49ers

Falcon Jim

November 26th, 2010
10:11 pm

SAINTS LSU,

As lucky as you got with Rue Paul.

Bob

November 27th, 2010
12:07 am

Forget the national media. When the Falcons win on Sunday the headlines will still read “Green Bay screws up”.

Atlanta never wins, it’s always the other guys that lose. But who cares? The road to Dallas goes through the NFC south this year.

Jen

November 27th, 2010
3:05 am

Bob….well said.

JOHN TISDALE NJ

November 27th, 2010
9:35 am

IM A STRONG, SUCCESSFU, EDUATED L BLACK MAN AND I LISTEN!

old qb

November 27th, 2010
10:15 am

This will be a wild game played well most of the time interspersed with dynamic turnovers. There will be interceptions in this game–several. Fortunately, most will be in favor of the Falcons.
Falcons win, but Chris Collinsworth will again pick against them next week and the week after. Of course, consider the source–he’s a Bengal which says it all.

Falcon Jim

November 27th, 2010
10:41 am

Chris Collinsworth is the worst.

Sid

November 27th, 2010
12:52 pm

I listen to the game on the radio instead of the tv.

pritdapit

November 27th, 2010
2:29 pm

http://www.nfl.com/videos/atlanta-falcons/09000d5d81c5fb47/Week-12-Packers-vs-Falcons-Preview good il preview match up. and just from this gb’s d has been very abusive… against old man farve and the lions…

SawThat1nce

November 27th, 2010
6:26 pm

Collinsworth is pretty bad.

Clay Matthews

November 27th, 2010
7:43 pm

Matty Ice elite? How can you be elite with a career losing record on the road?

I will expose Matty Ice for the game manager that he is.

Andy Reid

November 27th, 2010
7:45 pm