Falcons want fans to ‘Rock the Pro Bowl vote’

Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) breaks through the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line for a 5-yard touchdown run during the first quarter. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2008. AP

Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) breaks through the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line for a 5-yard touchdown run during the first quarter. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2008. AP

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Roddy White and tight end Tony Gonzalez continue to lead in the Pro Bowl voting with 346,225 and 273,821 votes, respectively.

The Falcons have started a “Rock the Vote” campaign for the Pro Bowl fan voting.

The team is encouraging fans to support their players by voting for the NFL’s all-star game, which will be played Jan. 30 in Hawaii. Fans can vote on NFL.com/ProBowl.

Fan voting concludes Dec. 20.

In the weekly press release, the Falcons are touting White, Gonzalez, defensive John Abraham, quarterback Matt Ryan, running back Michael Turner, kicker Matt Bryant and linebacker Curtis Lofton.

Fullback Ovie Mughelli and Eric Weems likely will be added to the campaign and possibly defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux.  Veteran Todd McClure should get some consideration, too. If the skill guys get in, they need to fly the linemen out there, too.

White believes Weems should be getting some consideration for the Pro Bowl as the top special-teams player in the NFC.

“He’s done a terrific job of just going down there and making plays,” White said.

Here’s the case for the other players:

DE John Abraham

Through 11 games DE John Abraham has already surpassed the number of sacks he posted during the 2009 season. In Week 11, Abraham collared one sack for a loss of three yards bringing his total to nine and forced one fumble. Abraham now has 98.5 career sacks. His nine

Quarterback Matt Ryan's streak of 185 passes without an interception was broken. He had two interceptions against Tampa Bay. (Associated Press)

Quarterback Matt Ryan's streak of 185 passes without an interception was broken. He had two interceptions against Tampa Bay. (Associated Press)

sacks this season have totaled 61 negative yards for opponents. He has also posted 29 total tackles (26 solo).

QB Matt Ryan

In his third season, QB Matt Ryan has put up impressive numbers through his first 12 games. Ryan has thrown 21 touchdown passes against five interceptions this season. He has completed 280 of 441 pass attempts for a 63.4 completion percentage. Ryan posted a career-high 85.7 completion percentage in Week 11 against the Green Bay Packers. He has thrown for an impressive 2,920 yards and has posted a 91.8 passer rating thus far.

TE Tony Gonzalez

The future Hall of Fame Tight End has made a case for another Pro Bowl nod through the first 12 games of the season. Gonzalez has racked up a total of 537 yards on 54 receptions. He has also notched four touchdowns through the first 13 weeks of 2010. His best performance came in the Week 3 win over Division rival New Orleans. Gonzalez posted 110 yards on eight receptions. He also had a season-high with two touchdown receptions in a Week 6 loss at Philadelphia.

RB Michael Turner

Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli (34) celebrates with teammate Sam Baker (72) after his second quarter touchdown against Tampa Bay. AP

Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli (34) celebrates with teammate Sam Baker (72) after his second quarter touchdown against Tampa Bay. AP

In his third season in the Falcons offense, RB Michael Turner has found his rhythm once again. Turner has rushed for 1,062 yards on 247 carries with eight touchdowns. His best performance of the season came in a Week 5 victory over the Cleveland Browns as Turner racked up a 140 yards. Turner has recorded six 100-yard rushing games in 2010, including four of his last six games.

LB Curtis Lofton

LB Curtis Lofton has made a lasting impression in the first 12 games of his third season. Lofton has collared a team- high 114 total tackles (84 solo). The middle linebacker has also notched two sacks for a total loss of 16 yards. He recorded his first career interception and one sack in a Week 4 win over the 49ers. Lofton also has also forced three fumbles this season.

K Matt Bryant

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (3) kicks the game winning field goal that defeated the 49ers 16-14 on Sunday, Oct 3, 2010 inside the Georgia Dome. Johnny Crawford / jcrawford@ajc.com

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (3) kicks the game winning field goal that defeated the 49ers 16-14 on Sunday, Oct 3, 2010 inside the Georgia Dome. Johnny Crawford / jcrawford@ajc.com

Falcons K Matt Bryant has been calm under pressure in 2010. Bryant has kicked three game-winning field goals through the first 13 weeks, including a 47-yarder in Atlanta’s Week 12 win over the Packers. Bryant has made 24 of 27 field goal attempts, which is tied for second in the League and his 102 points rank second in the NFL. Additionally, Bryant is a perfect nine of nine from 29-yards or less.

WR Roddy White

WR Roddy White has put together a Pro Bowl worthy performance through 12 games in 2010. The sixth-year wideout leads the League in receptions and sits atop the NFC in receiving yards. He has hauled in a career-high 91 receptions for 1,142 yards and seven touchdowns, and is averaging 12.5 yards per catch. White has had five 100-plus-yard receiving games so far in 2010 and three games with 10-or-more receptions. White became the 12threceiver in NFL history to post four consecutive seasons with at least 80 catches and 1,000 yards. He is also onpace to break his own franchise record of 1,382 receiving yards, which he set 2008.

RYAN’S PROJECTED TOTALS

Cmp.     Att.    Yds.    TDs

373      588    3,893    28

GONZALEZ’S PROJECTED TOTALS

Rec.      Avg.     Yds.    TDs

72          9.9          716      5

TURNER’S PROJECTED TOTALS

Att.      Avg.      Yds.     TDs

Green Bay Packers linebacker Matt Wilhelm is called for a face mask penalty as he takes down Atlanta Falcons Eric Weems on a kickoff return during 4th quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Matt Wilhelm is called for a face mask penalty as he takes down Atlanta Falcons Eric Weems on a kickoff return during 4th quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010.

329       4.3      1,416      11

WHITE’s PROJECTED TOTALS

Rec.       Avg.      Yds.      TDs

121       12.6         1,520     9

BRYANT’S PROJECTED TOTALS

FGM    FGA    XPM    PTS

32         36        40      136

ABRAHAM’S PROJECTED TOTALS

Tkl      Sks     TFL     PD

39        12         14      4

LOFTON’S PROJECTED TOTALS

Tkl.          Sks     TFL    FF

152           3          5         4

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

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36 comments Add your comment

E-Roll

December 9th, 2010
10:12 am

Let’s get to voting Falcon fans; the team needs you NOW!!!!

E-Roll

December 9th, 2010
10:13 am

Also thanks for the link D.O.L. it removes all excuses for anyone that reads this blog.

devildawg

December 9th, 2010
10:15 am

First! haha.

devildawg

December 9th, 2010
10:15 am

Oh, no, second.

The Dogkiller Returns

December 9th, 2010
10:42 am

This town is notoriously bad at All-Star/Pro Bowl voting. We don’t have any sexy players, so it’s difficult getting general fans to vote for our guys. I hope the Falcons will be satisfied with a win in the Superbowl, which thankfully isn’t decided by votes.

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Mave2124

December 9th, 2010
11:18 am

Who is the leading vote getter at FB? Ovie deserves it. Babs dserves it too, but I am not sure if he can beat out Suh…

Ueeediot

December 9th, 2010
11:19 am

So if Matt Ryan is one of the three or four candidates for MVP and 2 of those candidates are in the AFC, how in the world can Matt *not* get a ticket to Hawaii.

Oh, and big kudos to the NFL for figuring out that the Pro Bowl belongs in Hawaii. Too bad they still havent figured out it should be returned to the week AFTER the season.

Hopefully, none of our players get to play in the game.

ml

December 9th, 2010
11:43 am

it’s now time for this team to totally accept the media snub. from now on no one on this team should give anyone from the sports media the time of day.

SteveC

December 9th, 2010
12:39 pm

According to Pro Football Focus, both Harvey Dahl and Tyson Clabo are deserving as well – give the O-line some love!!!

North FLA Falcon

December 9th, 2010
12:54 pm

If the Falcons are in the Super Bowl I hope none of our players play in the Pro Bowl so they can rest up!

Tia

December 9th, 2010
1:03 pm

The Falcons will be in the Super Bowl and therefore won’t be able to go to Hawaii.

The Dogkiller Returns

December 9th, 2010
1:17 pm

When the Falcons win the Superbowl, will ESPN immediately switch coverage to the Boston Celtics or the NY Yankees pre-pre-season?

dodirtybird

December 9th, 2010
2:48 pm

Im voting for Grimmy to get a ticket

denverfalcon

December 9th, 2010
3:11 pm

This is why I feel fans shouldn’t have a voice in the pro bowl selection. It typically isn’t anything more than a popularity contest (confirmed by our newspaper asking us to vote for all falcons). Cities in large media markets tend to get more votes for the players from their city since the fans are voting for their team as opposed to the best players at the position. Do we honestly and unbiasedly believe that Abraham and company are the best at their respective positions? White, maybe. Gonzalez, maybe. As for the others, they are good hard-nosed players who I hope will soon be great, but I don’t believe they are the best in the NFC. Let pro bowlers be voted in by their peers, not the fans. That way it’s less biased, and it would probably mean more to those voted in knowing that the people they play against week after week were the ones who felt they should be there.

Dr. Warren

December 9th, 2010
4:00 pm

Harvey Dahl should get some votes, too.

inkspot

December 9th, 2010
4:15 pm

Roddy White for NFC Offensive Player of the year.
These Atlanta Falcons are a great team. Great players, great coaching, great management.

fish2774

December 9th, 2010
4:56 pm

I’ve voted for those guys but think the NFL should let the voting go on between the players and coaches for the pro bowl.

Falcon James

December 9th, 2010
5:15 pm

First of all. Ryan dont need to be in pro bowl. They is better QB’s that can play. Unless we want to see a lot of dropped passes, don’t vote for Tony G. If want to see some jawing from a over rated wide receiver, put White in. But Randy Moss and TO are both better atheletes. What has Abe done this year? He be quiet as a mouse. The only players we got who can represent is Bryant and Weems. The rest are just so so at best.

The Dogkiller Returns

December 9th, 2010
5:57 pm

Let’s see a show of hands:

How many of you Falcons fans would be heartbroken if none of the Falcons got to the Pro Bowl, but they brought the Lombardi Trophy to Atlanta?

Anyone?

Bueller???

The Dogkiller Returns

December 9th, 2010
5:57 pm

Let’s see a show of hands:

How many of you Falcons fans would be heartbroken if none of the Falcons got to the Pro Bowl, but they brought the Lombardi Trophy to Atlanta?

Anyone?

Bueller???

FrontRow

December 9th, 2010
6:42 pm

I would be happy to get the Lombardi over Falcons in the Pro Bowl. So would the Falcons players.

However, the selection mean alot to the players. D’led correct me if I am wrong but I believe the fan voting is only 1/3 of the final voting. The players and coaches get a say in this.

Ovie really deserves it. Next time the Falcons play, try, if you can, to keep an eye on what he is doing. I know, the ball is going the other way but that is usually because his man is going the opposite way of the ball.

my2cents

December 10th, 2010
12:08 am

I second dodirtybird’s vote for Grimes.

DR. FALCON

December 10th, 2010
1:15 am

LEDBETTER, HOW CAN YOU FORGET ABOUT HARVEY DAHL OR JUSTIN BLALOCK? THESE 2 MEN HAVE BEEN GOING AGAINST SOME BIG TIME DT’s! HALOTI NGATA, JOLLY OF THE PACKERS, GERALD MCCOY, ETC. SOMONE UP FRONT IS OPENING HOLES FOR TURNER AND PROTECTING RYAN! HELL, DAHL IS THE CLOSEST THING TO BILL FRALIC I’VE SEEN! IM FOR OUR OL! DAMN!

jarvis

December 10th, 2010
2:48 am

FORGET THE PRO BOWL FALCONS HAVE BETTER THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT LIKE WINNING THE DIVISION !!!!! BE MORE EXPLOSIVE IN THE PLAYOFFS AND TRY TO BRING THAT TROPHY HOME!!!!!

falconfan 24-7

December 10th, 2010
8:36 am

Roddy White for president.

Mr. Mustard

December 10th, 2010
9:09 am

Give Ovie some love.

RockyMtnFalcon

December 10th, 2010
10:11 am

I voted again. And yes, I gave Ovie some love.

papadawg

December 10th, 2010
10:46 am

Sorry I won’t vote for Roddy White until he starts showing a lot better class on the field. Get rid of that mouthy punk attitude

yeahsure

December 10th, 2010
11:41 am

Lets make sure Gonzo isn’t snubbed this year. Ovie, Bryant, and Babs should be up there too, but i doubt many outside ATL know of them.

Voted once, will vote many more times.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 10th, 2010
2:24 pm

CHICAGO RULES apply — You can vote early and often.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

December 10th, 2010
5:23 pm

The fan voting for the Pro Bowl has always been a popularity contest based on name recognition……that has not changed….so I agree….Chicago style voting applies here…….vote early and often!!!! GO FALCONS!!!!

CJ

December 10th, 2010
9:43 pm

Did anyone notice Sam Baker holding the Buc’s D-Lineman in the picture at the top of the article. lol

Mr. CJM

December 13th, 2010
8:27 am

Yes… almost every skilled player on the Falcons needs to be recongized. Obviously we want our players to be nationally recongizable, and if you say you don’t then your lying. If you say I voted for Eric Weems to go to the Pro Bowl, most people would say “Who is that?”, doesn’t that kinda tick you off?

In order who should make the Pro Bowl:
1. Michael Turner
2. Matt Ryan
3. Roddy White
4. John Abraham
5. Matt Byrant
6. Ovie Mughelli
7. Eric Weems

JB Robinson

December 13th, 2010
11:48 pm

The skilled players are great. But without the O-Line opening up those holes, they couldn’t do their thing! Show some love to Justin Blalock. A lot of Michael Turner’s runs are over the left side or behind him as he’s pulling or knocking somebody down!

I love the big guys!!

Mikefalcon63

December 15th, 2010
8:09 am

If Mclure, Clabo, and Dahl are not given pro bowl consideration, something is wrong. While the left side of the line has been weak, in my opinion, the right side has been a force all year long.