Depth Chart for Saints: Babineaux earned bragging rights

The Falcons' Jonathan Babineaux (left) and his younger brother, Seattle Seahawks' Jordan Babineaux (27), meet after their game, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, in Seattle. (Associated Press)

The Falcons' Jonathan Babineaux (left) and his younger brother, Seattle Seahawks' Jordan Babineaux (27), meet after their game, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, in Seattle. (Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH –  When the Babineaux Brothers hit the golf course this offseason, Jonathan will have bragging rights over his brother Jordan.

Mom, Barbara Babineaux, who has a book coming out, got plenty of air time with her two-sided jersey.

“I gave her one of my jerseys and he gave her one,” Jonathan said on Tuesday. “Somehow, someway she put it together. It came out fantastic. I think she really enjoyed herself.”

The Falcons run defense which was 6th in the league before they slipped all the way down to 20th after Tampa Bay and Carolina had some success running the ball.

After stopping Seattle, they moved back up to 12th in the league and are giving up 106.1 yards per game.

“Guys were just determined to be better,” Babineaux said. “I think our run fits weren’t good and (the Seattle week) we emphasized it a lot more and were able to capitalize on it. We shut a great running back down and had a great day.”

The Falcons want to stop the run against the Saints.

“I think they use the run more as a change up,” Babineaux said. “They are an excellent passing team. Drew Brees loves to throw that ball around and he tries to get his guys to make plays for them.”

Here’s the depth chart the team released for the Saints game:

OFFENSE

WR 12 Michael Jenkins 83 Harry Douglas 14 Eric Weems

LT 72 Sam Baker 74 Will Svitek

LG 63 Justin Blalock 79 Mike Johnson

C 62 Todd McClure 61 Joe Hawley

RG 73 Harvey Dahl 79 Mike Johnson

RT 77 Tyson Clabo 75 Garrett Reynolds

TE 88 Tony Gonzalez 87 Justin Peelle 81 Michael Palmer

WR 84 Roddy White 86 Brian Finneran

QB 2 Matt Ryan 8 Chris Redman 4 John Parker Wilson

RB 33 Michael Turner 44 Jason Snelling 35 Antone Smith 27 Gartrell Johnson

FB 34 Ovie Mughelli

DEFENSE

RDE 55 John Abraham 90 Lawrence Sidbury

DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux 99 Vance Walker 97 Trey Lewis

DT 91 Corey Peters 94 Peria Jerry

LDE 71 Kroy Biermann 98 Jamaal Anderson 92 Chauncey Davis

SLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon 54 Stephen Nicholas

MLB 50 Curtis Lofton 52 Coy Wire

WLB 53 Mike Peterson 59 Spencer Adkins

RCB 23 Dunta Robinson 21 Christopher Owens 24 Dominique Franks

LCB 20 Brent Grimes 29 Brian Williams

SS 25 William Moore 26 Erik Coleman

FS 28 Thomas DeCoud 39 Shann Schillinger

SPECIALISTS

K 3 Matt Bryant

KO 9 Michael Koenen 3 Matt Bryant

P 9 Michael Koenen

KR 14 Eric Weems 24 Dominique Franks

PR 14 Eric Weems 83 Harry Douglas

LS 82 Joe Zelenka

H 9 Michael Koenen

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

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69 comments Add your comment

'SeenThisB4'

December 22nd, 2010
7:03 am

First!

In the National Football League, falcan’t playoff berths are considered especially heinous. In the City of New Orleans, the dedicated professionals who hunt down and avenge these offenses are members of an elite squad called the New Orleans Saints….these are their stories.”

(Doink, Doink)

Georgia Dome
Monday Night Football on ESPN
December 27, 2010
4th Quarter, @ 2:00 warning
Saints 31 – falcan’ts 14

Sean Payton transmitting to Drew Brees on the field: “Drew, can you hear me?”
On the field, Brees: Nods.
Payton: “Look, I know that the smart play is to take the knee, but we’re not, you with me?”
Brees: Nods.
Payton: “Give me Colston, on thirty-three revenge, and make sure that Colston gives Dumbta a good push to the ground!”
Brees: Nods, steps into huddle.

23 seconds later, ESPN announcer Mike Tirico: Touchdown Saints! Marques Colston 28-yard reception!

falcant fans: Booing (want flag on offensive interference, knock down of Dunta Robinson.)

ESPN play by play Tirico: Wow, lots of contact there between Colston and falcan’t defender…no flags though.

Referee Jeff Triplette: Shaking head, as he sets ball on 2 yard line for extra point attempt.

ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski: Boy the fans, what’s left of them, sure aren’t happy!

ESPN announcer Jon Gruden: You know Jaws, they weren’t booing a few weeks back on virtually an identical no-call in their favor. Karma!

(Doink! Doink!)

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

florida falcon

December 22nd, 2010
7:33 am

The Taints Bleaux!

florida falcon

December 22nd, 2010
7:36 am

C’mon, Sween this, you clowns were given every call in the book last year. How you conveniently forget the non pass interference call you got on our second meeting. That gave you the ballgame. It goes both ways, so get back in line! You are holding the other bums at the homeless shelter. Happy holidays.

AF1976

December 22nd, 2010
7:42 am

Dear “SeenThisB4″
You must really be a closet Falcon fan because I seem to see you on our site all the time. If you are afraid to admit it, we can help you. Just start showing up at the game and you’ll get the fever right. Yes, the NO Aints did get their day in the sun last year but not this one. We’ll see what happens after Monday Night’s game. And we’ll also see if you show back up on our site. And please pay close attention to the “florida falcon”, he has a lot of truth to his comments, too.

nes

December 22nd, 2010
8:00 am

We have made the playoffs as expected this year, great job by the coaches and the players. Offensive Coordinator Mularky finally opened up the offense the last few weeks after Coach Smith wanted quicker starts to games! Anyway, we sure need ‘Spoon to fully recover before the playoffs start, we need his speed to cover running backs and tight ends. ‘Spoon also was starting to come off the edge on blitzes which shows he is very tough to block and disrupts the quarterbacks just sitting back there to pass.
Is tight end Palmer injured? why hasn’t he been playing in passing situations like he was earlier this season? Pelle is good blocker but drops some passes where Palmer is sure handed catching the ball. Falcons in another tough game against the Saints, i say a field goal settles this game again!

Chop Buster

December 22nd, 2010
8:12 am

SeenThisB4, you were hiding for weeks. Now you come out in hopes that your Aints will prevail Monday night–NOT! Come Tuesday you will disappear back into your miserable corner in shock that your Aints got swept by the Falcons. Additionally, you must really hate the fact that the Monday night game really has no bearing on the Falcons winning the NFC South and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, don’t you? We’re gonna beat Brees like he stole something. He thought the Ravens had him on the run…he’ll get frustrated and start slamming the ball down as usual. Geaux Falcons…Our Time. LMAO!!!

Mitch (the one in Rome)

December 22nd, 2010
8:13 am

It’s great to have a game be this relevant this late in the season. I like having those butterflies as a fan knowing home field advantage rides on this win.

nes, Palmer won’t play much as long as Peele is healthy, and he is still learning the ropes.

31-27, Falcons

Furman Bitcher

December 22nd, 2010
8:15 am

Hey Dumbarse,

Too bad they play these games for real and not in your feeble mind. LOL

Season Ticket Holder

December 22nd, 2010
8:21 am

Hey, SeenThisB4, The Falcons exposed the Aints lack of run defense in the first meeting. Then the Ravens proved that the Aints can’t stop the run. Aints, get ready for a big dose of Turner. GO FALCONS!

Damage Inc.

December 22nd, 2010
8:25 am

SB4- long time, no hear you troll. Or has it been that long? I think not. What handle are you going to use Tuesday? Saints1fan? You’re a sheep in wolves clothing.

gman

December 22nd, 2010
8:30 am

3 straight wins on the road. next 4 wins in the dome. and off to dallas. aints fans aints going

truth

December 22nd, 2010
8:32 am

I’m not sure you are the real SeenThisB4. He never put the commas before and after his sig. So I’m sckeptical. But just in case, that was lame. Must be hard to be creative after getting home from your third shift M’ds job. And no I don’t want an apple pie to go with that.

take it from me.

December 22nd, 2010
8:37 am

The Saints are has beens.Its time for the falcons to rise up and take down the saints again!

SeenThisB4

December 22nd, 2010
8:42 am

Ledbetter has had me blocked for weeks, go ahead, ask him. He’ll tell ya. I guess he blocked me cause I was single handedly distrupting his blog and bringing all you falcan’t fools to your knees! LOL! I put the apostrphes (that’s what they are called truth) around my sig to get around his block, worked once. You know truth, that manuver is sort of like the “Chuck and Duck” routine you bellyached about all the time! And my posts aren’t there for your approval!

You all enjoy your Christmas Holiday losers, spend some time with your family and loved ones, cause you’re going to need all that support to keep you from going into a deep trauma after Monday night.

I’m out of here!

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

james

December 22nd, 2010
8:43 am

I agree. Clearly, SeenThisB4 really needs to get a life, I actually feel sorry for the guy. I’m sure he still lives with his parents and is used to asking, “would you like to supersize that?” LOLOLOL

gadome

December 22nd, 2010
8:46 am

The Aints time is up no reason to believe Falcons can’t win out the rest of the season. The Aints will play a wild card game with the Rams if they win then they draw the Bears. Don’t believe they will get past the Rams they’re done for this year.

Damage Inc.

December 22nd, 2010
8:48 am

He’s gonna order a whaaaaburger with frenchcries

Zoomie

December 22nd, 2010
8:48 am

I know it’s tough, SeenThisB4, being an aints fan and knowing that your destiny lies firmly within the hands of the Atlanta Falcons; that no matter what your team does, they cannot win the NFC South. The misery of waiting — desperately needing — all season for the Falcons to falter so the aints would have a chance, then getting to week 15 and having to accept that your dream is lost. Even if your highly-talented, well-coached team pulls off the victory Monday night, the best you’ll get out of it is bragging rights that your team split with the Falcons in 2010 as the Falcons forge ahead and wrap up the division in the final week of the regular season. The gnawing, deep-seated discomfort of watching the aints take the road beatings and wondering what will be the toll on your team in the event the aints do get a return trip to the Georgia Dome. The angst of watching the Falcons lock down home-field advantage and knowing that your battered team will have to return to the Falcons’ house if the aints happen to survive the brutal road gauntlet. It’s gotta be tough to be a fan of a dynasty such as the aints, with their single year of excellence, and watch helplessly as their arch-rival toys with the aints destiny. I would even have a certain measure of sympathy if you had the integrity to spout your crybaby garbage within the confines of your own team’s blogs.

But alas, you don’t, so I don’t.

Geaux aints! Geaux to your rightful place in line in the NFC South Division: behind the Altlanta Falcons!

When you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes, does it SeenThisB4?

Enjoy the view.

Prof

December 22nd, 2010
8:49 am

Ledbetter – WHY HAVEN’T YOU INVESTIGATED THE PUNCH BY ONE OF THE PANTHERS TO OUR FALCONS PLAYER ON THE SIDELINE DURING THE PUNT RETURN?

Isn’t that your job to find out about these things? Or is actual reporting beneath you and all you do is blog? Look at the clip, talk to some Falcons and the NFL and see what’s going on.

The NFL is disrespecting the Falcons by being hush-hush on this.

The NFL is covering up a cheap-shot against the Falcons.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5936050

Season Ticket Holder

December 22nd, 2010
8:49 am

All flights to Dallas must come through ATL. The Aints flight has been canceled! GO FALCONS!

Editor

December 22nd, 2010
8:54 am

Seriously? You still don’t know how to edit your work?

“The Falcons run defense which was 6th in the league before they slipped all the way down to 20th after Tampa Bay and Carolina had some success running the ball.” So, the Falcons run defense is now running the ball? Huh? Doesn’t the Falcons offense do that? You should have said that the Falcons run defense had some success STOPPING THE SEAHAWKS FROM RUNNING THE BALL.

DK

December 22nd, 2010
9:04 am

@SeenThisB4 – Great game you losers played last week. Looks like your time has passed. Don’t worry, you losers will not see another AFC team again this year. Enjoy your wildcard game!

Chop Buster

December 22nd, 2010
9:11 am

Zoomie…that’s REAL good! I like that.

yojimbot

December 22nd, 2010
9:17 am

@Editor – It was Tampa and Carolina who had success running the ball. Certainly, the sentence is not without its grammatical errors, but perhaps you should polish up on your reading comprehension skills before you start flapping your gums.

DK

December 22nd, 2010
9:18 am

@SeenThisB4 – I meant to say, enjoy your wildcard game – if you get one.

collegedude

December 22nd, 2010
9:18 am

lol @ seenthisb4. Nice imagination you’ve got there, too bad it won’t help you in the real world. Falcons went to nawlins and exposed the taints for what they are, just a team given a gift by the NFL last year. That’s right, a gift in exchange for Tom Benson not moving the team from nawlins in the aftermath of Katrina, which he was hours from signing the agreement with San Antonio to do. Tagliabue forced Benson to keep the taint in nawlins (which he was not happy about), but he got financial compensation along with a guarantee that the NFL would see to it that the team won a superbowl & make him look like a hero. It took several years of biased officiating and watching the taints stumble over their own feet anyway, but the NFL finally lived up to their end of the bargain. As we’ve seen this year, without the NFL’s help, the taints are back to an average team again, unable to even beat lowly teams such as the Cardinals & Browns.

Reid Adair

December 22nd, 2010
9:20 am

Jonathan Babineaux definitely earned the bragging rights. I was also pleased to see the improved performance against the run. Coach Smith and the players said it would get better – and it did. Shutting down the running game for the Saints will be critical.

Prof

December 22nd, 2010
9:34 am

@yojimbot – Um, no. You need to learn to read. I was using his quote (see the little ” mark?). Re-read it and try to learn.

collegedude

December 22nd, 2010
9:49 am

@yojimbot – Um, no. You need to learn to read. I was using his quote (see the little ” mark?). Re-read it and try to learn.

Soooo, Prof & Editor are the same person. OOPS!!

And Prof/Editor, you totally misread what was being said. The blog is talking about the run defense’s ability to stop the run and because of the success of Tampa & Carolina running the ball against our D, our D’s ranking in stopping the run dropped. Then, next paragraph, he says that the D’s ranking improved in stopping the run after playing well in Seattle.

How the hell did you get that it was saying our defense was rushing the ball?

yojimbot

December 22nd, 2010
9:49 am

@Prof – I can read. You need to learn to comprehend. Unless you see some commas I don’t, Tampa and Carolina had success running the ball. The problem with the sentence isn’t that DOL doesn’t know if the offense or defense runs the ball. The problem is an extra “which” that doesn’t belong.

“The Falcons run defense was 6th in the league before they slipped all the way down to 20th after Tampa Bay and Carolina had some success running the ball.”

Anyways, back to more important matters.

@SeenThisB4 – Why Falcan’ts? That’s really not very clever. Failcons would be much more apropos given current internet trends. In any event, what can’t the Falcons do, exactly? Beat the Saints? Nope, did that. Clinch a playoff berth? Nope, did that, too. What I find exciting is that if the Saints lose to the Falcons (for the second time) on Monday night, it would most likely make week 17’s game against Tampa a loser-stays-home contest. But the Saints can handle the Bucs, right? It’s not like they’re the Cardinals or even the Browns. Oh, wait..

FalconsFan284

December 22nd, 2010
10:04 am

SeenThis—-Missed ya buddy. I just want to know some things, how many straight games has Brees thrown an interception and what team started that streak? As I recall, their first meeting, the Falcons had Mr. Brees running for his life. That O-line of the Saints hasn’t changed any. Just look at the pressure the Ravens put on him last week. Good luck with your wishful thinking, that the Saints can beat a good team, but the rest of us will live in reality.

Maurice

December 22nd, 2010
10:12 am

Stop talking to that imp!

Arnie West

December 22nd, 2010
10:38 am

F the falcons ticket office. F Ticketmaster. F Ticket Exchange. A friend and I had 5, yes FIVE computers going and at 10 sharp, the second TM posted the sale page, we were off. It took maybe 2 seconds to reach the verification page. 3 seconds there. Then get the “no tickets for this event” page. Oh, but let me guess… Ticket Exchange has them for inflated prices, huh?

I don’t mind anyone making as much money as they can. But don’t piss on my leg telling me tickets are on sale and available when they arent.

in la la land

December 22nd, 2010
10:47 am

that was quite a story stb4. the part about payton being classless isn’t imagined though so good job there.

Kirk

December 22nd, 2010
11:03 am

On the first post this turkey obviously cant spell or punctuate. Perhaps this handicap evolved via careful nurturing in the NO exceptional post- katrina school system.

Aints need this win, Birds dont……

Falcons 21..Aints 17……..Doo Beez sacked 4 times, picked twice by Grimes

JOeDirt

December 22nd, 2010
11:09 am

Dannnnnng, SOB4 life, why are you talking out of your A$$? you are stinking up the whole holiday season, did the Faints pay you to do that? well, here is a dollar, spend it carefully.

JONESBORO SLIM

December 22nd, 2010
11:22 am

Boy I must say you Falcons Fans are defending the Falcons like a bunch of crazed dogs ripping every Saints fan that comes on our private property (blog) …so I’ll say it again “we Falcons Fans will be there to welcome you Saints fans to the ICE HOUSE and we also be there to comfort you in your painful lost”….LOLOLOLO

waynester

December 22nd, 2010
11:24 am

Prof DID raise one interesting point regarding the disparity between the punishments handed down to the Panthers’ player and the Jet’s coach. The foul against the Falcons was just as deliberate and premeditated as the one committed by NY, yet the guy from CAR got off much,much lighter.
Collegedude’s assertion that the “fix” was in for the Saints last year may have some merit in light of the painkiller thefts being dealt with almost completely out of sight. I certainly don’t doubt for a second that the League tries to manipulate certain outcomes–especially for weaker teams in shaky markets like JX,NO,TB,DT,ATL(rise up/play 60 campaigns) that need wins to maintain fan interest. The League’s system for regulating it’s referees/game officials is also highly questionable with no transparent mechanism for preventing external influence on individual officials. An errant call(intentional or not) can easily swing point spreads/game outcomes. With the ranks of game officials being filled with individuals for whom gameday officiating is merely a lucrative hobby, the system is highly vulnerable to external influence by coercion/corruption of individual officials. The league needs to do more to insure integrity and assure investors and fans of unbiased refereeing….

Joel

December 22nd, 2010
11:33 am

Who dat? Who dat gonna beat them sAINTS twice this season! Sorry sAINTS, you had one magical season and now Matt Ryan and the gang are going to top the NFC South for years and years to come. Merry Christmas!

chipontheroad birdsrus

December 22nd, 2010
11:41 am

seen remember cardiac kids? remember earlier this year?you’ve seen it before recka-nize birds 33 saints-11

falconfiend

December 22nd, 2010
11:42 am

Atlanta Falcons NFC SOUTH CHAMPIONS after monday night. You get what you earned. COACH SMITH. Did not need the eagles to beat the giants or patriots to beat the packers. FALCONS GOT WHAT THEY EARNED 8 WINS IN A ROW. NOW MAKE IT 9.

Johnny Fever

December 22nd, 2010
11:44 am

Where ar all the other saint idiots on here that talk about the future of their saints? Like,” The saints will beat the falcons twice”. Only to be counting last year and the future meetings. I think you guys need to replace your batteries in your crystal balls! Fantasyland is a fun place to be. Grow up peter pan, count chocaula! The falcons are going to earn our lombardi trophy. From the words of Samuel L Jackson. ” Rise up, MF!

chipontheroad birdsrus

December 22nd, 2010
11:44 am

birds 4 td 1 fg 1 s saints 1 td 1 ep 1 fg

Bless U Boys

December 22nd, 2010
11:57 am

From the WHO-DAT NATION: We have not done it right until we have done it twice-TWO-DAT!!

JONESBORO SLIM

December 22nd, 2010
12:04 pm

@ All Falcon Fans

As dedicated fans we’re PEAKING right-on time….RISE UP!!!!

GregKennesaw

December 22nd, 2010
12:17 pm

B4,

27-24 shank it to left! hahah. whose 12-2, whose 10-4, this game doesn’t matter, we still win the NFC South! Go Falcons our time!

Bless U Boys

December 22nd, 2010
12:39 pm

From the WHO-DAT NATION: Ok Falcon fans, underneath it all, we know where all this negative sentiment is coming from. Lets start with envy,jealousy and down right disrepectfulness because we have the Lombardi and you don’t, or is it because we got it first? Call us aints, lucky, fairy tail or what ever, we know who we are and so does the rest of the league. We are the defending Super bowl Champs. We beat three Hall of Fame quarterbacks to get it and we have been to two NFC Championship games in the past four years. We handle our business and you can have the NFC Sout title for we play for Lombardis. TWO-DAT!!

ATLFalconFister

December 22nd, 2010
1:22 pm

Wow seen how long have you been planning and rehearsing that one?

ATLFalconFister

December 22nd, 2010
1:23 pm

I actually think that you couldve come up with something alot better than that. Thats honestly kinda disappointing.

D-Saints

December 22nd, 2010
1:55 pm

The Falcons haven’t, can’t and won’t win the big show anytime soon, We all know that. We know the Saints can and have a better chance in the big dance. F the Dirty Birds.
Roddy White will always be a punk thug.