Archive for December, 2010

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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Q&A: Sharper tells how they shut down the Falcons

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Falcons running back Michael Turner (right) gets stopped for no gain by New Orleans Saints Jo-Lonn Dunbar (left) in the first half. Jason Getz / jgetz@ajc.com

Falcons running back Michael Turner (right) gets stopped for no gain by New Orleans Saints Jo-Lonn Dunbar (left) in the first half. Jason Getz / jgetz@ajc.com

Saints safety Darren Sharper played a key role in shutting down the Falcons offense on Monday night.

He played over the top of Roddy White and helped hold him to three catches for 42 yards.

Here’s what he had to say about the Falcons’ offense after the game.

Q: What was the key to shutting down the Falcons passing attack?
A: The main thing is that we knew who they were going to try to get the ball to. We keyed on certain players. But I think the main thing overall was that we had good coverage overall as a secondary. We have guys that can cover. That’s our strength as a team. They kind of played into our hands.

Q: How did you all stop the run after giving up 208 yards last week?

A: “That was one of our goals. We knew if we didn’t tackle well. It was our goal this week to not allow them to rush the ball. We …

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Pregame Video: 3 keys vs. Saints

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Video: Really hyped Falcons’ Rise Up song

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THE MASTER PLAN: Slowing down Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) rallies teammates in a huddle before taking on the Atlanta Falcons in an NFL football game in Atlanta, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. (Associated Press Photo/John Amis)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) rallies teammates in a huddle before taking on the Atlanta Falcons in an NFL football game in Atlanta, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. (Associated Press Photo/John Amis)

FLOWERY BRANCH – New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is still pretty dangerous, but his play has dipped some this season.

His passer rating of 93.5 is well below the 109.5 he had last season while guiding the Saints to the Super Bowl.

His touchdown percentage of 5.4 is below the 6.6 mark he had last season.

Safety Thomas DeCoud "congradtulating" Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Monday Night Football on Nov. 2. The hit led to a Falcons touchdown.

Safety Thomas DeCoud "congradtulating" Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Monday Night Football on Nov. 2. The hit led to a Falcons touchdown.

Brees has also thrown a career-high 19 interceptions and has been sacked 21 times. He was sacked just 20 times last season.

While there are signs that  Brees is not invincible this season, the Falcons are still high on him and consider the reigning Super Bowl MVP in the top echelon of quarterbacks.

“His completion …

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Who has the best cheer squad: Falcons or Saints?

Falcons cheerleaders are ready for nationall television expsoure.

Falcons cheerleaders are ready for nationall television expsoure.

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons cheer director Ms. Chato B. Waters, who cheered from 1998 to 2003, and the rest of the cheer intelligentsia have spent a lot of time and resources on the 2010 cheer squad.

Ms. Chato Waters

Ms. Chato Waters

What has the most talented cheer squad?

  • The Atlanta Falcons
  • The New Orleans Saints
  • Can’t decide, both squads work hard for their team

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Hopefully, the Monday Night Football television crew will give the ladies more than the token flash time on national television during the showdown with the Saints.

By all accounts they have been doing a great job this season and their calendar has been a huge success. (I’m sure some of you all got one under your tree on Christmas).

Just a quick question for you all, who has the better cheer squad, the Falcons or the Saints. You can do more research on  the Falcons here and the Saintsations  here.

A New Orleans Saints cheerleader performs as San Diego Chargers tight end Randy McMichael (81, UGA) watches in the first quarter of their preseason NFL football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans Friday, Aug. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

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INJURY REPORT: Falcons are healthy for NFC South showdown

Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham is set to chase around Saint QB Drew Brees on Monday night  at the Georgia Dome. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham is set to chase around Saint QB Drew Brees on Monday night at the Georgia Dome. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons will be near full strength health-wise when they face the New Orleans Saints at 8:30 p.m. Monday night at the Georgia Dome.

All of the players on the injury report participated in practice on Christmas and were listed as questionable  for the NFC South showdown.

With a victory, the Falcons (12-2) can clinch the NFC South title and the No. 1 seed for the playoffs for the time since 1980.

Defensive end John Abraham (groin), defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder), linebacker Curtis Lofton (questionable), fullback Ovie Mughelli (shoulder), wide receiver Eric Weems (knee) and wide receiver Roddy White (knee)  were listed on the injury report.

Out  = definitely will not play

Doubtful  = at least 75% chance will not play

Questionable = 50-50 chance will not play

Probable = …

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Mayor Reed calls for “Rise Up” rally on Monday

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and teh city council has declared Monday as "Atlanta Falcons Day."

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the city council has declared Monday as "Atlanta Falcons Day."

FLOWERY BRANCH – Mayor Kasim Reed was at practice on Thursday, drumming up support for a pep rally the City of Atlanta will host at 12 noon Monday in the Atrium of City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue, S.W.

The event is being billed as the “Rise Up Game Day Pep Rally.”

The Falcons will take on the Saints at 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Georgia Dome.

Atlanta City Councilman Ivory Lee Young will serve as the host of the rally.

The Atlanta City Council has also proclaimed Dec. 27th as “Atlanta Falcons Day.”

They are asking folks to attend the rally and wear black and red in support of the Falcons.

“The Atlanta Falcons football organization is far more than football,” said Councilman Young. “On the 27th of December, let us all “RISE UP” and show the world how committed Atlanta fans are. Join us at city hall to celebrate our heroes, the Atlanta Falcons.

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Falcons have their early draft board stacked

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff  and head coach Mike Smith introduce their first round NFL draft pick, Peria Jerry, Ole Miss defensive tackle, in 2009. Who will be the top pick in 2011?  KENT D. JOHNSON / kdjohnson@AJC.COM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith introduce their first round NFL draft pick, Peria Jerry, Ole Miss defensive tackle, in 2009. Who will be the top pick in 2011? KENT D. JOHNSON / kdjohnson@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH – The month of December is always a busy time for Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and the rest of the team’s personnel staff.

At the completion of the college regular season, all of the scouts return to office for meetings.

“We just completed our December meetings,” Dimitroff said. “Which we affectionately refer to as ‘Needs’ meetings. We determine what we need going forward into the all-star season and bowl season on certain players around the country.”

It’s the first big step toward getting ready for the 2011 NFL Draft. The team ends up with what it considers an early draft board by position.

“We discuss players at length with the area scouts, the regional scouts and the national scouts,” Dimitroff said. “It’s a

Defensive Kroy Biermann has won the respect of Hines Ward.

Defensive Kroy …

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Video: Check out Roddy White’s apology to New Orleans

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