Mike Smith, Mike Mularkey lauded by The Sporting News

Mike Smith addressing the media after the 31-10 victory over Carolina. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Mike Smith addressing the media after the 31-10 victory over Carolina. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Mike Smith was selected for the second time in three years as NFL coach of the year by Sporting News. Also, offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey was selected as coordinator of the year.

“For Mike I think it’s a well-deserved award,” Smith said. “He’s done a great job of getting our offense prepared each and every week.

Smith was flattered, but passed the credit on to his players.

“Coaching is really about the players and how they perform each and every week,” Smith said. “It’s an honor for me, but

Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey.

Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey.

I really believe there were a half-dozen coaches who had great years. A number of them are still playing right now.”

The magazine surveyed 617 NFL players, coaches and executives to determine the awards and their all-pro team.

Wide receiver Roddy White and defensive end John Abraham were selected to their all-pro team.

Also, Kansas City safety Eric Berry, of Creekside High, was named to the all-rookie team.

Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick was named the comeback player of the year.

ALL-PRO TEAM

Offense

QB Tom Brady, Patriots

RB Arian Foster, Texans

RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars

WR Roddy White, Falcons

WR Andre Johnson, Texans

TE Jason Witten, Cowboys

OT Joe Thomas, Browns

G Jahri Evans, Saints

C Nick Mangold, Jets

G Chris Snee, Giants

OT Jake Long, Dolphins

K David Akers, Eagles

KR Leon Washington, Seahawks

Defense

DE Julius Peppers, Beart

DT Haloti Ngata, Ravens

DT Ndamukong Suh, Lions

DE John Abraham, Falcons

LB Clay Matthews, Packers

LB James Harrison, Steelers

LB Cameron Wake, Dolphins

CB Asante Samuel, Eagles

CB Devin McCourty, Patriots

SS Troy Polamalu, Steelers

FS Ed Reed, Ravens

P Shane Lechler, Raiders

PR Devin Hester, Bears

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Offense

QB Sam Bradford, Rams

RB LeGarrette Blount, Bucs

RB Chris Ivory, Saints

WR Mike Williams, Bucs

WR Dez Bryant, Cowboys

TE Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

OT Rodger Saffold, Rams

G Zane Beadles, Broncos

C Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers

G Mike Iupati, 49ers

OT Jared Veldheer, Raiders

Defense

DE Carlos Dunlap, Bengals

DT Tyson Alualu, Jaguars

DT Ndamukong Suh, Lions

DE Lamarr Houston, Raiders

OLB Pat Angerer, Colts

MLB Rolando McClain, Raiders

OLB Koa Misi, Dolphins

CB Devin McCourty, Patriots

CB Joe Haden, Browns

SS Eric Berry, Chiefs

FS Earl Thomas, Seahawks

SPECIALISTS

K Clint Stitser, Bengals

P Zoltan Mesko, Patriots

PR/KR Marc Mariani, Titans

2010 SN NFL awards votes

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

1. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots   274

2. Michael Vick, QB, Eagles  245

3. Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons    18

4. Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers    12

5. Arian Foster, RB, Texans  10

(Note: 609 NFL players, head coaches and executives voted for this award.)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

1. Clay Matthews, OLB, Packers    188

2. Troy Polamalu, S, Steelers         148

3. Cameron Wake, OLB, Dolphins    64

4. James Harrison, OLB, Steelers  45

5. Julius Peppers, DE, Bears      44

(Note: 609 NFL players, head coaches and executives voted for this award.)

COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

1. Michael Vick, QB, Eagles  431

2. Mike Williams, WR, Seahawks    28

3. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots  23

4. E.J. Henderson, MLB, Vikings   20

5. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Jets  20

(Note: 591 NFL players, head coaches and executives voted for this award.)

COACH OF THE YEAR

1. Mike Smith, Falcons  23

2. Bill Belichick, Patriots  14

3. Andy Reid, Eagles    3

4. Todd Haley, Chiefs   2

Raheem Morris, Bucs  2

Mike Tomlin, Steelers     2

(Note: 50 NFL head coaches and executives voted for this award.)

COORDINATOR OF THE YEAR

1. Mike Mularkey, Falcons offense 8

2. Dick LeBeau, Steelers defense  7

Marty Mornhinweg, Eagles offense   7

4. Perry Fewell, Giants defense   5

5. Rod Marinelli, Bears defense   4

(Note: 48 NFL head coaches and executives voted for this award.)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

1. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Lions  260

2. Sam Bradford, QB, Rams    221

3. Devin McCourty, CB, Patriots   49

4. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys   20

5. Mike Williams, WR, Bucs   10

(Note: 617 NFL players, head coaches and executives voted for this award.)

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

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44 comments Add your comment

Bird Droppings II

January 12th, 2011
6:43 pm

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

January 12th, 2011
6:44 pm

CONGRATULATIONS to the coaches. Hopefully this will not be the last award that they will receive this year.

enz

January 12th, 2011
6:47 pm

We’ll wait to celebrate these awards until we win the big one!

Covers Dixie like the Dew

January 12th, 2011
7:28 pm

`
Coach Mike Smith is good.

Packers S-U-C-K!

January 12th, 2011
7:31 pm

And the Taints bleaux.

Falcon James

January 12th, 2011
8:05 pm

It amazing that the falcon fan didn’t see what a great coach Mike Mularkey. All we read all season from the bloggers and bloggetts is how he so predictable and conservative. Seem to me that most of the fan posting on the falcon blog don’t know they mouth for a hole in the ground. I be the only one all season who give him credit for doing such a good job. Now because of the fan, he probably going somewhere else to coach. I bet most of them wish he back next season.

As for Coach Smith, he deserves it. He is the reason the falcon do so good this year. Roddy White should have gotten the Big Mouth of the Year Award, Matt Ryan should have gotten the Weak Arm of the Year Award, Mike Turner should have gotten the I Can’t Hold the Ball When We is in the Red Zone Award of the Year, Tony Gonzalez should get the Drop Every Third Down Conversion Pass of the Year Award, and Dunte Robinson should get the “I fooled the Falcon because I Can’t Cover Anybody and Get Overpaid for Doing it of the Year Award, and Matt Bryant should get the “I Won Most of the Games with my Leg” Man of the Year Award for being the best player on the falcon team.

Unca' Bob

January 12th, 2011
8:24 pm

Falcon James,

Perhaps you should get “The worst grammar of the year on any post” award. Congrats to Coach Smith, Coach Mularky, WR Roddy White, and DE John Abraham for putting together a season to remember. As a fan, I’m thankful.

dawg day afternoon

January 12th, 2011
8:49 pm

Expect the Falcons fans to be loud, and expect the Packers fans to be fat and obnoxious. At least their women love football. Hell, most women from Green Bay were offensive linemen in college, at least before they got fat and loud.

fabulous flying patrinos

January 12th, 2011
8:50 pm

enz…sorry but that over rated crap team of yours will get the’re azz handed to them this weekend….go pack….no ring again…sorry but life’s not fair sometimes losers!!!!

cheese and whine

January 12th, 2011
8:57 pm

That overrated crap team is 13-3. It’s not fair!

bdd

January 12th, 2011
9:14 pm

haha!! cheese and WHINE? what an appropriate name for that post!

Brett Favre was once a Falcon

January 12th, 2011
9:52 pm

I thought I deserved most of those awards.

Joey M

January 12th, 2011
9:55 pm

These guys and several more were so deserving. The sad thing is if Terrence Moore wrote this piece, it would be how some black coach was robbed and how racist the voting is in the NFL.

The awards are won but we still have 3 more games to win. BRING US A CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

Frozen Rope

January 12th, 2011
11:09 pm

@unca’ Bob

Sorry,, worst grammer goes to Joe Tess Fish House..

Dwayne C

January 13th, 2011
2:14 am

It’d be nice for the Falcons if they had more than one player on defense make All-Pro. let’s see if the Falcons can continue to work on improving their defense in the off season, which begins for Atlanta after their loss to the GB Packers this weekend, 27-24. lol

Big Daddy

January 13th, 2011
5:44 am

Great recognition and accolades for our coaches and players. It was well deserved. Although I too have complained at times about the lack of creativity in the offense or the lack of a vertical game, I have noticed in the 2nd half of the season how that has improved. Matt has been allowed to take deep shots down the field, some misdirection plays have sprung Burner for good yardage and the defense has blitzed more. So kudos to Coach Smith for making the adjustments and hopefully we will have a few tricks in our bag on Saturday. GO FALCONS!!!!!

time for timer

January 13th, 2011
6:42 am

i got a hankering for a hunka, a slice, a slab. a chunka, i got a hankering for a hunk of cheese

hjones

January 13th, 2011
6:51 am

Falcon James, most of the sports people who praise and have selected Mike Mularkey as Coordinator of the Year probably have only seen highlight plays from a Falcon’s game. They depend on the statistics of the games to make choices. Some of the writers who have paid more attention have said Micheal Turner has gained many of his yards after the games have been decided. I am one of many fans who believe MM calls play sequences that are too predictable. I don’t think we have used all of our power, and if we loose it will be because of this pattern. I believe our three losses were because MM would not accept the run-first philosophy was not working and no adjustments were made during the games. We have the players to beat any team! The number of points on the scoreboard decides the winner not yards and time of possession. We seem to play “not to loose” as many people on the blog have suggested. I have watched every minute of all games, and it doesn’t take a genius to see the predictability of the play calling. Certainly, the coaches of the other teams see the tendencies. Take for reference the two identical Michael Turner runs into the brick wall in the Saints game. The Saints knew what we would do, and they stopped us. Also, I refer to the many times that Michael Turner has been stopped for 0, -1, -2, … -5 yards on first and second down. Then Matt Ryan is forced to make up the difference on third and long. Matt Ryan is put into an almost impossible situation and one that makes him prone for hits/injury. This offensive philosophy worked well in regular season games because there was always “next week” to make changes to the offensive plan. In the playoffs, one loss and you’re done! In the Packers game, it you see the Michael Turner 0, -1, -2, … -5 pattern early in the game, it is a bad omen!

Willy

January 13th, 2011
6:54 am

The Falcons have won 12 of 14 and ALL I hear is “Green Bay is HOT.”

Willy's Son

January 13th, 2011
6:55 am

We have Michael Turner and ALL I hear is “Green Bay discovered their RU

Willy's Son

January 13th, 2011
6:56 am

NNING GAME” with some jabony they signed off a practice squad two weeks ago.”

Willy's momma

January 13th, 2011
6:57 am

Ya’ll shush and eat ya breakfast or yuse gonna miss the bus…

KevinM

January 13th, 2011
7:01 am

Green Bay has overstayed their time in the limelight. They are even more predictable than the Falcons. Stop Rodgers and the Packers will be packing for the frozen tundra of empty Lambeau Field.
Falcons take care of business this week, 23-17.

Old White Haired Man

January 13th, 2011
7:06 am

Congratulations to Coach Smith, Coach Mularkey and the rest of the NFC South Champions. We are proud of our Atlanta Falcons…

Mr Zizzle

January 13th, 2011
7:26 am

Great Job Guys! Make me proud, beat GREEN BAY. By the way, for all the Saints or Aints fans that still hang around this site: Two words: Marshawn Lynch! Boo-yeah!

Slim

January 13th, 2011
7:53 am

Well for Falcon James If it wasn’t for Dunta Robinson Brent Grimes wouldn’t have 5 ints nor William Moore . Or the Falcons Defense wouldn’t be in the top 5 for turnovers His Impact isn’t shown on stats its shown on the tape sacks pressures n turnovers have gone up . And why are u worried about how much The falcons paid him its not coming out your pocket stop bitchin . Dunta Robinson could’ve has been the best Cornerback I seen n years with Atl Do u all want back Crisp Houston we have a problem the problem with our defense is Curtis Lifting and Steve Nicholas can cover we need 2 more linebackers with speed n dat can cover in our cover 2 scheme and another pass rusher.

Wishing Atlanta Stayed Confederate

January 13th, 2011
7:55 am

Doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. These awards are given based on regular season performance. This Saturday though, Clay Matthews will get the game ball as he tackles Turner behind the line 3 times and melts the Iceman with 17 sacs.

dean

January 13th, 2011
8:09 am

Wishing Atlanta….

So do we.

Larry

January 13th, 2011
8:12 am

Frozen Rope,

Sorry, but the “The worst grammar of the year on any post” award goes to “FALCONS SORRY” hands down!

Larry

January 13th, 2011
8:21 am

hjones,

A paragraph is a beautiful thing! To wit:

“Falcon James,

Most of the sports people who praise and have selected Mike Mularkey as Coordinator of the Year probably have only seen highlight plays from a Falcon’s game. They depend on the statistics of the games to make choices. Some of the writers who have paid more attention have said Micheal Turner has gained many of his yards after the games have been decided.

I am one of many fans who believe MM calls play sequences that are too predictable. I don’t think we have used all of our power, and if we loose it will be because of this pattern. I believe our three losses were because MM would not accept the run-first philosophy was not working and no adjustments were made during the games. We have the players to beat any team! The number of points on the scoreboard decides the winner not yards and time of possession. We seem to play “not to loose” as many people on the blog have suggested.

I have watched every minute of all games, and it dozen’t take a genius to see the predictability of the play calling. Certainly, the coaches of the other teams see the tendencies. Take for reference the two identical Michael Turner runs into the brick wall in the Saints game. The Saints knew what we would do, and they stopped us.

Also, I refer to the many times that Michael Turner has been stopped for 0, -1, -2, … -5 yards on first and second down. Then Matt Ryan is forced to make up the difference on third and long. Matt Ryan is put into an almost impossible situation and one that makes him prone for hits/injury.

This offensive philosophy worked well in regular season games because there was always “next week” to make changes to the offensive plan. In the playoffs, one loss and you’re done! In the Packers game, it you see the Michael Turner 0, -1, -2, … -5 pattern early in the game, it is a bad omen!”

Now, you tell me which is the easiest to read?

@ Dean

January 13th, 2011
9:00 am

Speak for yourself!!!!

@ Joey M

January 13th, 2011
9:02 am

You get “The Redneck of the Blog” award.

willdave

January 13th, 2011
9:13 am

Congratulations to Coach Smith and Mike Mularkey.

I can remember a time when whether the Falcons should retain their head coach would be a yearly debate. That’s been nothing but a bad memory since Smitty arrived here. And winning Coach of the Year two times in his first three years? Absolutely amazing.

While I celebrate Mularkey’s win as Coordinator of the Year, it probably just guarantees that he will be the head coach of another team next year. Still, I will always appreciate him for what he has done to help convert the Falcons into a legitimate winning franchise.

Mike is back

January 13th, 2011
10:28 am

DLed, Really Great Stuff, CONGRADULATION to Mike Smith AND Mike Mularkey…first off cuz they Mikes…just kidding…CONDGRADS FOR GUIDING THIS FALCON TEAM BACK TO PROMINENCE!!

I would also like to congratulate the entire FALCON ORGANIZATION…WHAT A CLASS ACT.

GO BIRDS…NOW IT’S OUR TIME…GO IT…GO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bucky44

January 13th, 2011
12:02 pm

If the Packers establish a running game, this game won’t even be close. Enjoy this award now because after Saturday night you guys are gonna be crying in your kool-aid!

Ivan

January 13th, 2011
12:24 pm

LOL. David Akers…..lol

ILoveBrentGrimes

January 13th, 2011
12:26 pm

I have a huge crush on Coach Smith! I think it’s that snow white hair…sexay!

Delbert D.

January 13th, 2011
12:34 pm

Frank

January 13th, 2011
12:58 pm

One good thing about Atlanta is the loose women.

PlanB

January 13th, 2011
1:09 pm

Falcon James-1-12-2011 – 8:05PM If your football intellect is equal to your writing skills, I still feel comfortable in saying I don’t like MM’s play calling. sssssssssssssss Here are some s’s. I noticed you must be out of them or at least running low.

Lesa

January 13th, 2011
1:35 pm

Here’s a link to a great article on Coach Smith. Can’t believe Jason Cole from yahoo sports actually wrote something worth reading:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=jc-preparedmikesmith011111

PlanB

January 13th, 2011
1:37 pm

@ hjones – I just read your post and agree completely.

Falcon James

January 13th, 2011
2:13 pm

@PlanB. I can sees you is a Buc or Packer fan.

dean

January 13th, 2011
2:15 pm

@ Dean.

You must not be from ’round here.