Todd McClure feels awful about botched snap

Time runs out for Atlanta Falcons tight end Justin Peelle (left) and center Todd McClure (right) as they fall 17-14 to the Saints at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Time runs out for Atlanta Falcons tight end Justin Peelle (left) and center Todd McClure (right) as they fall 17-14 to the Saints at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons center Todd McClure had a shotgun snap skid back to Matt Ryan.

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma pounced on the ball at the 34-yard line. The Saints converted the turnover into a touchdown.

“The nose of the ball got caught on the turf,” McClure told the AJC’s Steve Hummer. “I feel just awful about it. That has never happened to me before and of all the games for it to happen.  …I put the team in a terrible position. I just felt awful. A terrible feeling.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

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Head-Mo-Fo

December 28th, 2010
1:50 am

Don’t lay in this botched snap issue too long Todd. You have to put it in the past much like a Quarterback would after throwing a pick six. Its not an issue that we see out of you all the time so just move on because we have.

We will run into the Saints and other great teams later on next month. Pack your A’ Game for the rematch and lets get the running game going so your not snapping from the shot gun so often….

Road Dog

December 28th, 2010
1:54 am

I guess if he’s being honest I should feel for the dude, but that was no snap. He literally tried to roll the ball five yards back to Ryan in the shot gun. I’ve never seen that happen in 50 years of watching football — including PeeWee League. To make matters worse, he made absolutely no attempt to recover it. None. Rose up like all was well in the world and began blocking their left tackle. He is from Louisianna is he not? Just wondering…

Road Dog

December 28th, 2010
2:01 am

My point basically is he should have been the first to “know” it was a botched “snap” and would have tried to recover it. Oh well. Maybe he should lose the idiotic Mohawk and perhaps Matty Ice can finally get a haircut. Go Falcons.

Road Dog

December 28th, 2010
2:02 am

Did we trade Tony Gonzales before the game??

T

December 28th, 2010
2:05 am

He may be from Louisiana, if he is lucky. However, he played like a true Falcant. I agree, a botch is a botch, but acting like nothing happen, when playing the WORLD CHAMPIONS. Well, that is the Falcant in him. You got to go for the ball, especially when you are the first one to notice it is rolling around. No excuse for that. But for the botch, just bad luck. You should have begged to try out for the Saints. We could have put you on our developmental squad.

Reid Adair

December 28th, 2010
2:17 am

Got to love Saints “fans” coming on Atlanta forums and talking trash. They’re as excited as their players who were stomping on the Falcons’ logos and taking pictures at midfield after the game. For the mighty “defending Super Bowl champs,” you’d think a wild-card berth and no home playoff games wouldn’t be a big deal.

lowdownjj

December 28th, 2010
2:32 am

I hear ya Reid. Its as if this WAS their Super Bowl. Don’t sweat the snap Mud Duck, first time I’ve heard your name called all year.Two good teams playing hard tonight. Saints played a little better but I was encouraged by our D. WE’LL BE HAPPY TO WELCOME DAT TEAM BACK TO OUR HOUSE AGAIN …IF THEY MAKE IT!

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fanATicaL

December 28th, 2010
6:33 am

I would echo the same sentiment.We loss that game not the aints won it.Great effort on our defense.Thats the pressure we will need not for the aints .But definitely for the feagles when we play them.
Go Falcons

gman

December 28th, 2010
7:23 am

BVG, brought his A game Malarkey stayed at home. we had no offense. it was sick to watch, we can not go into the playoffs with a offense like last night, i aint to mad, it might be best we get this lost out of our system. and get over the were unbeatable in the dome. you gotta play football were ever you at. where were the recievers in this game. why was Snelling not used more. Roddy shut up and play ball. defense great job. defensive line was awesome. pay no attention to these critics about yall just couldnt hang. you were great, the offense just didnt help at all, back to the offense come draft day

GregKennesaw

December 28th, 2010
7:45 am

2 turnovers cost us the game, McClure and Turner. haters can’t blame Ryan for this one.

Great plays by Abraham and Davis. Can I get a little respect for Grimes?

Defense played great, except I wish Williams could have hit Brees more, he kept missing him. And Dunta let that long ball go right through his hands.

Is it me, or is Turner getting fat?

atlfalconfan

December 28th, 2010
7:48 am

Look, 5h17 happens. When it does, just be like anyone else on offense and put it out of your mind and try again.

The Joker...

December 28th, 2010
8:19 am

Ladies and Gentleman, its the game of (American) Football, things happen, some good, some bad, while so many are frustrated, irritated, and ready to punch the first sAINT Fan that they see….I personally look at this as a great lesson for the Falcons (Offense), lets face it, we were probably bound to lose one more game in pursuit of a Super Bowl Victory, this loss to the sAINT’S( who really needed this win a little more) will help the Falcons as they go in to the playoffs with homefield advantage. For example, do you really think Todd McClure and M. Turner would dare to make critical fumbles like the one’s from last night after getting cursed out in film session this upcoming week? Also, the defense look very good, against one of the premiere QB’s in the league, this could be just the boast of confidence that the D needs to get over the hump. Trust me Falcon Fans, this was just one loss, and unfortunately it just occurred to our arch rivals, but the Falcon Nation will prevail, I only pray that we can see this team again in the playoffs… This BATTLE isn’t over yet…….

Ron

December 28th, 2010
8:30 am

Lighten up on McClure and Turner. Mistakes happen.

Mountain Man

December 28th, 2010
8:31 am

Having played O line, the only time anyone sees your number is when you make a mistake. Todd McClure is normally a rock in the middle who gets little credit. It pisses me off when some couch potato opens his pie hole and starts criticizing guys like McClure and Turner (who finally fumbled, like that wasn’t going to happen one day). Take a shot from a 330 pound tackle someday, then you can run your mouth.

Chicken Farmer

December 28th, 2010
8:54 am

I thought the offensive play calling on the series immediately after Abraham batted down and then intercepted the ball to be the worst I saw all night. Not getting a score at this point gave NO the momentum to turn the game around. We had already seen that NO was dead on Turner all night and he wasn’t going to be able to hit the line with his short stubby strides and be able to pick up any yardage. Our receivers couldn’t get open at all as Ryan absolutely had to thread the needle on any completions unlike Brees. He was able to hit wide open guys at will and to me that was the difference in the score.

Barry

December 28th, 2010
8:55 am

Snaps like this are the reason Vegas is so good at setting point spreads…I’m a former center from a large southern school who knows a ‘drag’ when he sees one.

Big Al

December 28th, 2010
8:57 am

Lay off Todd. I have known this guy since we were in high school. He is a dedicated Falcon and a standup guy. I guarantee he feels bad about this , no need to have arm
chair football players/fans who have never played a snap of pro football second guessing his ability. Todd – focus on putting this behind you and get ready for the playoffs !

Todd

December 28th, 2010
8:58 am

Part of me is happy we lost because it bring light to some glaring issues with the team and situational playcallinh by Mularkey (I personally think he is highly overrated). That said I see the Saints fans have forgotten that we beat them in their stadium this season. I keep reading their posts about what the Falcons aren’t but what they are is a 12-3 team that the defending champs barely beat with the game handed to them. McClure’s bad snap an Turner’s fumble were Christmas presents and the Saints only won by 3. I’ll take my chances with this team I. The playoffs regardless of location, I like our squad.

Joe Horn

December 28th, 2010
9:02 am

Wow DOL, I hope you didn’t hurt yourself writing six lines on this topic. As usual, you dig deep in the locker room and give us real in-depth insight to what is going on. He screwed up and feels bad about it. I never would have guessed it. How about getting something from Mularky on why he didn’t use Gonzalez or Roddy White? Or why the “getting plump again” Michael Turner cant make it to the edge? I know somebody might have asked the forth down question, but that was inexcuseable. Smitty’s excuse is not good enough. Three and and out is a three and out wether it is at their 20 or their 40 yard line. If you go for it they may never see the ball again. Wasted opportunity.

stendek

December 28th, 2010
9:17 am

Only long time Falcon followers understand how truly depressing and devastating this defeat at the Georgia Dome was. This setback has far reaching implications. Goes far deeper than simply a tough loss to a decent team. Far deeper…

http://stendek77.wordpress.com/2010/12/28/falcon-offense-no-show-in-home-loss-to-saints/

Fans with the team since 1966 know exactly what I mean. :( :( :( :( STENDEK

alanfalcon

December 28th, 2010
9:25 am

Proud of the effort the team put forth, unhappy with the coaching decisions that the defensive and offensive coordinators made.

The defense used the blitz all night until crunch time and then allowed a Saints team that was not able to solve the blitz to beat us because we dropped the blitz in favor of a conventional defense playing right into Payton and Brees strenghts, result, loss game.

The offense failed to use its most valuable weapon, that is, to let Matty Ice run the hurry up offense, result, loss game.

I am realy proud of the effort that I saw out of the team and yet dissapointed with the coaching decisions, coaches who have all year helped this team win. This just goes to show you that you can’t win by running scared and not using your best tools.

GO FALCONS AND GO SOUTHERN RUSH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

falconfanriseup

December 28th, 2010
9:33 am

It is a lesson that we leard and nobody i mean no body wants to see our defence right now. they are Ballin’ and our offence will get back on track know worries Falcons fans see you in Dallas!!!!!

atl

December 28th, 2010
9:39 am

again the Falcons humiliate and embarass their fans on Monday Night Football. pathetic! but overall this was Mike Mularkey’s loss! the Saints were determined to take Turner away and they did and Mularkey kept running plays that the Saints knew were coming. they want Turner let them have him! do something else, make them stop that, then use Turner. but not bonehead Mularkey, who’s probably a decendent of those that thought Pickett’s charge/s was a good idea. try screen passes, quick slant passes. no, not Mularkey he’s going to attavk that fort at it’s strongest point and when that doesn’t work he’s going to attack that fort at it’s strongest point again. pure stubborness and arrogance on the part of Mularkey who lost this game all by himself! moron!

Jimmy Canen

December 28th, 2010
9:54 am

Every other good team in the NFL, aka NO saints, changes up plays to try to fool the other team. Mularkey was as vanilla last night as you can get. If he does that in the playoffs then we’ll be out in the first game. We didn’t even throw to White the whole second half !! It was hard to watch.

michael

December 28th, 2010
9:57 am

Mularkey’s incompetence cost us the game. This guy is a huge handicap for the Falcons!

Enkinan

December 28th, 2010
10:05 am

It looked terrible, but that isn’t the reason we lost the game. Todd is A-Ok in my book unless that becomes a habit.

GT97

December 28th, 2010
10:12 am

I have been saying it all year. We need some speed in the backfield to test the edges and open up the middle for the run. I was hoping they would have addressed it last year in the draft because we all knew Norwood is not dependable. Our defense played as well as could be expected against the Saints. Offense was a major disappointment. I would have at least expected a few drives with field goals.

Big Dude

December 28th, 2010
10:15 am

This was a tough loss…If we can’t be so predictable, this great year will be wasted. N.O. made the adjustments; we didn’t. It’s that simple.

PaPa Keith

December 28th, 2010
10:18 am

Maybe the Talking Heads are right, the Falcons are a good team but aren’t great.

bama

December 28th, 2010
10:20 am

Two turnovers hurt bad,offensive line need to work harder. Offensive coordinator must create passing situation with tightend or big receiver like Finneran coming out of the backfield. Snelling/Turner open coming out of the backfield, ball is getting to them to late. You got to make other teams linebackers and safeties work with short passes in strive to RB, TE, BIG Wideouts coming off the edge of the offense. In these same plays wideouts must work hard downfield to get open also and Matt Ryan got to think fast. Offensive coordinator must get aggressive, after J. Abraham interception, we played to conservative, I thought Matt Ryan grew up in the Ravens and Green Bay game, we want to win a SUPER BOWL NOW.

GT97

December 28th, 2010
10:22 am

It seemed as if Ryan did not check off plays last night. I wonder if they reined him in. I almost got the feeling that the Falcons were holding back on their game plan just in case they meet them again. Not a bad move because Saints and Falcons will play in the first round of the divisional playoffs. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Regardless who wins the division because Seeds 1 and 5 belong to the NFC South. Seed 5 will beat the 8-8 Rams or 7-9 Seahawks.

PTC

December 28th, 2010
10:24 am

Seemed like we ran half the offensive plays that they did. Turner fumbles on the goaline but we’re on here bashing the bad snap. I wanted the ball in Matt Ryan’s hands at the end of the game, instead, on 4th and 6, we punted it to Brees.

GT97

December 28th, 2010
10:26 am

There is no way Carolina will beat us next week if our defense plays with about 1/3 of the energy they played with last night. John Fox can pull out all the tricks in his hat he wants, but I think the Falcons win by 3 TDs. I would not be a bit surprised if N.O lays an egg in Tampa.

truth

December 28th, 2010
10:27 am

Great game, horrible out come. Oh well, on to next week. GO FALCONS!!!

GT97

December 28th, 2010
10:29 am

I wanted it in Ryan’s hands as well. I thought they should have immediately went play action pass when it was 1st and Goal at the 1. Did you see the bunch formation on the 2 downs. Why in the He!! did Ryan not check out of that at least on 2nd down.

Stu

December 28th, 2010
10:44 am

Why didn’t Matt Ryan dive on the ball? He backed away from it like he was scared of the ball???

Harry Hippy

December 28th, 2010
10:52 am

The Falcons are a good team but they are not a championship team. A championship team look like the Steelers, Patriots, Saints, Eagles. Seldomly said, the offensive line of the Falcons are great as a unit but individually they are not physical. Drew Brees is a winner, he’s more than a QB, he’s a football player. Playing calling for the Saints and the ability for the Saints to make a play was outstanding. Dunta Roberson is overpaid and overrated. He got torched last night. Malarkey is overrated and call they game last night way too conservative. The offensive line cannot out man anybody one one one. They are not a physical bunch.

stendek

December 28th, 2010
11:18 am

Only fans who have been with Falcons since 1966 understand how truly deep this home defeat goes. New fans do not have a clue! First of all the Falcons are the Rodney Dangerfield of NFL. No respect. I must admit that respect has yet to be earned despite misleading overall record. This was a MUST WIN game for FALCONS! It does not matter if Falcons rip Panthers 100-0. Damage has already been done! Saints now KNOW they can defeat Falcons in Georgia Dome. Falcon defense will never play any better! Falcon offense can perform even worse. Does not bode well for possible third meeting in playoffs even at hallowed Dome. Anyone watch movie Replacements? Remember that well. With exception of missed tackles on blizes plus long late Saint drive I have never seen Falcon D perform so gallantly or courageously. Did somebody resurrect the Grits Blitz of Jerry Glanville? Sure looked like it! Offense resembled those of Chris Miller or Jeff George. Three plays then punt! The Saints said well in advance that, “We are coming to your house, slap your mother, beat you up, have our way with your sister then broadcast the entire scenario to the whole world.” THEN THEY DID! Guess Roddy White was too busy texting his greatness to bother catching any passes in most important game in Falcon franchise history. Thanks Roddy! Oh and thanks for that goal line fumble which kept Saints alive Michael Turner. Overrated untalented bum! Do not even get me started on the heartless Falcon center. A team destined for greatness would have kicked the Saints back to the Bayou then wished then well for another similiar treatment in a few weeks. Falcon offense rolled over and died! If Matt Ryan wishes to be considered among elite he MUST win games like this one! Such a defensive performance simply cannot be wasted. The Saints will adjust completely if there is a third meeting. Book on that! This one hurts as much if not more than playoff losses to Cowboys and Cardinals. Those were winnable too! :( :( :( :( STENDEK

Frank Wilson

December 28th, 2010
11:21 am

Stendek,

I have been a fan since ‘66 and I know exactly where you are coming from.
What would set us back for years however……….. the thing that would bring out the “same ole Falcons” crowd……… would be if we fold and lose to the Panthers. THAT would do it.
It won’t happen. These coaches and players have no memory of “losersville” and thank goodness they don’t.
We will KILL Carolina……… believe it!

Randy

December 28th, 2010
11:22 am

Turner never fumbles and McClure never blows a snap. And what was up with that double pass interference call? Yet the Aints had to have all of this to beat us by 3? How many bad punts for the Aints hit just right and rolled in their favor? And then the Aints fans come here to gloat? Sometimes the best team doesn’t win. They will come back here over confident just like their classless fans and not get all those breaks. Then we’ll finally be rid of their trolls.

Randy

December 28th, 2010
11:33 am

Stendek,

on 9/11/66 I was in Atlanta Stadium to watch Randy Johnson, Tommy Nobis et all lose to the LA Rams 19 – 14. I remember the 1980 disaster with the Cowboys. I remember the Grits Blitz. I’ve been with this team since day 1. This is not the Falcon teams under the Smith family. This is a team on the way up. The Saints got an unbelievable amount of breaks. If it had to be I’m glad it was last night. It won’t happen again.

Nick P.

December 28th, 2010
11:41 am

very bizzare fumble, it looked like he never even followed through with the snap, it was like a tenth of a normal motion, or he never even had a grip of the ball or somethin! still though he is our guy, and we love him, and we need him, one fumble in 15 games and countless snaps does not make McClure the villain! i would still take him for what he means to this team over all of the other centers in the league, Todd, be proud, hold your head up high, you are still part of the reason why we have the best record in the NFC, and will have home field all the way through playoffs!

bert

December 28th, 2010
11:47 am

Best team won, period end of story.

SickandTired

December 28th, 2010
11:54 am

No need to be down about this loss. Our mistakes beat us, not the Saints. BVG got his guys in place all night, flying around and in Brees’ face and so many times we just didn’t finish it off by planting his ugly mug in the turf. This team is on the march forward. Those of you that want to gripe and complain move over and get out of the way. This team is still at least a year away from being a totally dominating team and Dimitroff and Smith and this coacing staff will get us where we want to be and that’s the New England of the NFC. We may win it all this year, we may not, but given another off season we’ll be better next year and the year after that. Enjoy the ride, it’s finally here. New Orleans will be a distant memory in two years.

keith

December 28th, 2010
11:55 am

It’s a crime, that a Louisina born boy, just gives the Saints the ball, on a give away. McClure should go home to Baton Rouge, where he was born, and never come back.

SickandTired

December 28th, 2010
11:56 am

Hey Bert, the best team won last night. I guess we’d have to assume the best team won in New Orleans the first time we met. And oh, by the way, enjoy Chicago or Philly. I hear it’s really nice this time of year. And if you can beat them in the ice, bring that arse back down here again and tee it up. We will welcome you back to the ATL. Trash.

The Joker...

December 28th, 2010
11:59 am

bert,

I wouldn’t say best team but perhaps best overall QB, Ryan still needs some work even though I believe he is good enough to get us to the promise land. Both teams seem very evenly matched, Turner seems a little more established as a RB compared to N.O.s Backs but Turner needs to be a little more shiftly, but unfortunately he just isn’t that type of back, he made to pound defenses, not to out run them… this is where Jerious Norwood’s injury begins to really hurt us… Hope to see the Saints in the second round, because without our two fumbles (despite Bree’s two interceptions) the outcome of this game would have been totally different.

Falco

December 28th, 2010
12:03 pm

Best team won, period end of story. – bert

Exactly right.

If we don’t find some offense…..it’s one n’ done in the playoffs. Bank on it.

fromarealfan's perspective

December 28th, 2010
12:11 pm

I have been a season ticket holder for many years. I have never seen an opposing team act as ignorant as the Saints fans did last night. Cursing, racial slurs about Roddy White, talking about Matt Ryan’s Mother, players stomping on our logo and taking pictures, whistling throughout the entire game were enough for me to say that I doubt if I ever go back to another Saints game. Security was called and they did nothing but smile and play with the NO fans. I guess security must be a transplant who happens to work in Atlanta as well. Truly classless for a bunch of SB champs. It was as if I was at a circus………..