Falcons coaching staff to coach NFC team in Pro Bowl

110115 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons Eric Weems returns a kickoff for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers for a 14-7 lead during 2nd quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011.     Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

110115 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons Eric Weems returns a kickoff for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers for a 14-7 lead during 2nd quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

With the game Pro Bowl being played the week before the Super Bowl, the Falcons coaching staff will coach in the NFC squad in the Pro Bowl in Honolulu.

The Falcons had seven players selected for the game and have two first alternate.

Running back Michael Turner, fullback Ovie Mughelli, quarterback Matt Ryan, tight end Tony Gonzalez, wide receiver Roddy White, defensive end John Abraham and special teamer Eric Weems were all selected for the all-star game.

Also, right tackle Tyson Clabo and kicker Matt Bryant are alternates and could go if players in front of them get injured or reach the Super Bowl.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

Get instant updates on Twitter at AJCFalcons and you can join the Facebook Fan page at AJC Falcons.

135 comments Add your comment

gman

January 16th, 2011
1:03 am

who the hell cares. oh first

D-MAN

January 16th, 2011
1:20 am

I HOPE THEY COACH THEM UP BETTER THAN THEY DID THEIR OWN TEAM IN THE PLAYOFFS. WOW. WHAT A SORRY EXCUSE FOR A PLAYOFF TEAM. SORRY, SORRY, SORRY.

D-MAN

January 16th, 2011
1:20 am

AND SECOND…

D-MAN

January 16th, 2011
1:26 am

I GUESS WHEN ONE THINKS ABOUT IT, NO MATTER WHAT THE OUTCOME OF THE PLAYOFF GAME, MOST OF THE FALCONS ARE MILLIONAIRES. SO WHAT THE HECK IF YOU LOSE THE GAME?? I MEAN, AT LEAST YOU ARE NOT ONE OF THE POOR PEASANTS THAT ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK AND DECIDED TO BELIEVE IN THE “RISING UP” GARBAGE YOU WERE SELLING AND SPEND A COUPLE HUNDRED DOLLARS TO COME TO THE GAME AND WATCH YOU FALL FLAT ON YOUR COLLECTIVE MILLIONAIRE BUTTS. BUT IN THE END, YOU ARE STILL MILLIONAIRES AND WELL, THE REST OF US ARE STILL POOR PEASANTS JUST GETTING BY AND TRYING HARD TO BELIEVE THAT YOU REALLY ARE A GOOD FOOTBALL TEAM. ANYWAY, ENJOY YOUR VACATIONS IN HAWAII AS UNDESERVING AS THEY MAY BE.

Rex D

January 16th, 2011
1:26 am

Third . . . I think we’re all going to take an off night on the comments. Good night!

cheesehead

January 16th, 2011
1:28 am

Rise Up, Falcons Rise Up!

LoL

Go Pack Go!

Green N Gold

January 16th, 2011
1:30 am

Dbag-Man you seem to be singing a different tune than earlier in the week.

GO PACK GO!!!

January 16th, 2011
1:30 am

I personally do not have anything against the Falcons but tonight I did. And my packers rose up to the occasion. Not trying to rub salt in your wounds. BUT… GO PACK GO!!!

one and done

January 16th, 2011
1:38 am

Congrats cheezepackers, love my falcons, but we got our butts handed to us tonight…Good Luck, but I personally don’t think any of the teams left in the NFC will beat the Pats….

FACTS

January 16th, 2011
1:40 am

Hey Dimitroff here’s some names you might want to remember , Nnamdi Asomugha ,Richard Seymour, Vincent Jackson, Ike Taylor, Haloti Ngata & Ray Edwards, because your defense needs a complete overhaul & you are no drafting diamonds in the rough like Belichik! Also you may want to address more speed on offense LoL

Green N Gold

January 16th, 2011
1:44 am

Great game.

The only trash talk I will do is to say, which I will say to anyone in the NFC, is that my quarterback is better than yours. No one in the NFC is better than Rodgers. I still don’t know how “Matty Ice” got his nickname. Is that what he puts on his b*lls after the game, ice? He wasn’t nearly as good as Rodgers and played an awful game. You might talk about his regular season stats, but Matty Ice is 0-2 in the playoffs.

That being said you guys have a great, young team and have a lot to look forward to. Your offensive line is awesome, Matt Ryan is a good maybe great QB, and you have a lot to look forward to. I think in this years draft you should get Ryan a few more playmakers at the WR position and definitely upgrade your defensive backs. I thought a key match up was Rodgers Vs your DBs, and Ryan Vs our DBs. Obviously our DBs and QB play were the difference.

Here in WI there is a new Matty Ice. Matt Flynn, who came in to “Ice” the game for the Packers. He’s the new Matty Ice, when your QB wins something that matters, then talk to me about a cool nickname. On to the NFC Championship for the Green Bay Packers.

Good Game.

one and done

January 16th, 2011
1:49 am

Aaron Rodgers was no good in the playoffs until this year Green n Gold, but I agree he is the better QB right now. I will still take my chances with the QB we drafted over Rodgers and live and die with him, we just happend to die with thim this year. They both will have long great careers and I am sure this is only the first of many meetings in the playoffs…

one and done

January 16th, 2011
1:57 am

Nothin worse than reading messages in all caps…generally showes the education level of the typer…but when you win you get to talk all the trash you want to. You can’t kiss the ring you haven’t won yet you egghead!

Green N Gold

January 16th, 2011
1:58 am

one and done:

It’s all about the playoffs, man. And you’re not that accurate, Rodgers played unreal in his first playoff game, the D just folded to Warner. To say he was no good is inaccurate, he had 400+ yards and 5 total TDs. That’s pretty freaking good. Ryan will go on to have a great career and you guys have a good team, and one of the best coaches in the league. No reason to hang your head, you guys will be tough as nails for the next few years. I am not looking forward to playing you guys in the playoffs the next few years.

Green N Gold

January 16th, 2011
2:01 am

Yep all caps posts are weird. Stop screaming, dude. “Kiss da ring”?, dude we haven’t won anything yet.

one and done

January 16th, 2011
2:06 am

See I like conversing with fans like Green N Gold.. respect for the opposition yet grateful when you win and realize that in the NFL it’s a game of inches and you know any team can win any day. It’s the other 99% on these chatboards that are morons. I didn’t know Rodgers stats down to the T on his playoffs, I just knew last week was his first win. Don’t worry I am not looking forward to the Packers either…the overall talent level position by position on the Pack is just better and I think that does make a huge difference in a game like this. Hopefully that will change soon and we won’t have to rely completely on Ryan and White..Turner only has a few more miles in the tank too.

JSS

January 16th, 2011
2:07 am

In a matter of the most delicious irony in the jinxed sports history of Atlanta athletics… Well, I might actually watch the Pro Bowl to witness 3 of the embarrassing pieces of irony possible that day! Take a guess what those might be?

Oh yeah, just a reminder from a former Falcons fan: 1-9-6-6!!!

saints fan

January 16th, 2011
2:10 am

Are u serious these guys cant coach.Fakeons got #1 seed and didnt do anything with it.Should have let saints get that we would have shown u how we do it.WHO DAT WE DAT THEM SAINTS.

egghead

January 16th, 2011
2:11 am

green N gold , sorry about the caps….but you have to under stand these pricks have been doing the same thing to us……hey the want to play they got to pay….btw…they must bow down and kiss da ring….as far as your team…the way rodgers played tonight, that was a statement….

cheesehead

January 16th, 2011
2:15 am

How do u run out of beer in the 2nd q?????????????

one and done

January 16th, 2011
2:15 am

saints fan…beet the hawks and you would’ve had a chance to keep playing and show us how you do it…but you got beat like us and we are all sitting here watching the rest of the playoffs.

egghead…not all of us are pricks…i dont like the typical thug falcons fan myself..but there are alot of em.

Green N Gold

January 16th, 2011
2:17 am

one and done:

Yeah I completely get it. We happened to be the better team this week. Anything can happen and it was proved the last time we played, we moved the ball up and down, didn’t get points, you won. Really frustrating. Then in this game you return a kick off against us back to the house and I’m all doom and gloom. Rodgers was hot, no way around it. Ryan struggled for whatever reason. It was the Tramon interception returned for 6 at the end of the first half that did it. Packers fans haven’t screamed like that since Matt Hasselbeck said “We want the ball and we’re gonna score”. You guys have a great team. Like I said before upgrade your secondary, Rodgers killed you there.

one and done

January 16th, 2011
2:23 am

Green n Gold that has been a weekness for years…and maybe our new management will fix it. I will say this regime is different in that they are attempting to put a winner on the fiield and from where we were at when the dog killer left us, I think we are doing pretty good. Everyone said it would be a 5 year minimum turnaround from that debacle, so I don’t think we are far from it considering we’ve made the playoffs 2 out of 3 years and had 3 straight winning seasons, we just aren’t ready for primetime yet. BTW, I hate the bears…so hope the Pack takes care of business next week.

Green N Gold

January 16th, 2011
2:25 am

Egghead:

Yes I get it the Falcons fans have been trolling on the Packers blogs before the game. That’s all good fun, but when you lose, lose like a pro and take your medicine. When you win, win like a pro. These guys have a team we will be battling for years to come. No need to rub any faces in dirt. They are an awesome team and it’s not like we beat the VIkings or Bears, that’s when you should get nasty, LOL.

Well, At Least The Falcons FANS Showed Up!

January 16th, 2011
2:30 am

“News from the Blog
Falcons coaching staff to coach NFC team in Pro Bowl”

WOW! Is that someone’s idea of a Sick Joke???

idgafkurt

January 16th, 2011
3:00 am

That coaching staff looked sick tonite! Too bad the best QB in the NFC couldn’t make the pro bowl. Matty Ice is a beast in the playoffs!

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Dan Willems Van Dijk and Jason Wilde, D. Orlando Ledbetter. D. Orlando Ledbetter said: Falcons coaching staff to coach NFC team in Pro Bowl http://bit.ly/fHOOPk [...]

Green N Gold

January 16th, 2011
5:07 am

“Look at the facts:
Falcons 20 Packers 17 Regular Season
Falcons 13&3 Packers 10&6
Falcons #1 Wide Reciever in NFC Roddy White – Packers # 4 Jennings
Falcons #1 Running Back in the NFC Turner – Packers #33 Jackson
Falcons #1 Give/Take (+13) NFC – Packers #3 (+10)
Falcons #2 Points Scored on Offense NFC – Packers #6 in NFC
Falcons Home Wins 7&1 – Packers Road Wins 3&5

Face it, the Falcons are the number 1 seed for a very good reason. They are the best in the NFC and they should beat the Packers again.”

Would you care to recant any of your statements? I didn’t think so. We expect success so it’s nothing new to us, while you act like a jackwagon and say things like that. We can handle it, you obviously can’t. It’s like watching a creakhead finding a $20 bill. You had a little success and don’t know how to handle, go run off and find more crack. Give Matty “Ice” my best, is that what he’s rubbing on his knees? Be sure to watch us in the NFCC game.

Green N Gold

January 16th, 2011
5:14 am

Matt Flynn is the new Matty Ice, he came in to Ice the game. It’s funny when a playoff team brings in their backup QB for a few series. What are we saving him for? Next week, which Dbag-Man doesn’t have.

Tune in for the NFCC game, even if we don’t win, at least we beat your fairweather fans’ a**. Hahahah.

Green N Gold

January 16th, 2011
5:23 am

Sorry that last post ended badly. You guys are a great team and have a good future beating up on the NFC South for many a year.

JSS

January 16th, 2011
5:31 am

I wonder if Ledbetter is still on the DeCoud is ready to be a All-Pro? SMDH!

William

January 16th, 2011
5:35 am

I am proud of the Falcons. 13-3. Lost one lousy game in the playoffs and everyone is ready to burn down the building. It happens. Any given game can go bad. I’m still a Falcon fan, win or lose. Green Bay was better this time. They can get beat next week. Nothing is given in the NFL. This Falcon team played hard all year. One game does not a season make. Good luck next year. They will be back.

Overhaul Due

January 16th, 2011
6:38 am

They can be fixed but Blank will CERTAINLY NOT do what it takes to fix them.
Could the young up and coming NFC Champs need a major overhaul already? YES!!!

1. Either Mularky or Matty Ice (lol) or both need to GO! The ultra-conservative play calling will never get you past the FIRST ROUND of the playoffs.
These plays are called either because the Mularky knows no other way and cannot adapt or because he knows that Ryan is very very iffy on long balls and tough reads.
Given that Mularky HAD a rep for offensive innovation before coming to the Falcons; I would say that he knows Ryan’s limitations and has been trying to prevent the type of interception fest that went on last night.
The third rather intriguing option is that Mularky has been INSTRUCTED by Mike Smith to call the plays that way to protect Ryan, in which case I can’t really blame Mularky.

2.Van Gorder has got to go. It quickly became obvious in this game, as in several recent ones that the only way the birds can stop a high powered O, or a hot QB is to Blitz, Blitz, Blitz! Everyone watching, including the announcers could see that we needed to blitz except BVG. Unless once again he was following Smith’s orders.

3. We obviously need personnel upgrades ALL OVER THE FIELD!

I could go on and on. But without the first two changes, other changes, including player personnel would be futile. Mr. Blank is enamored with his coaching staff and QB due to the moderate success that they have had. So this NEW FALCONS DEBACLE will continue for at least another three years. Then we will start all over again.

Rise Up! Go Birds! Blah, blah…..blah.

FalconUGAFan

January 16th, 2011
7:26 am

Green N Gold..Quality post…Your Packers look awesome..Congrats and good luck!

Falcon Law

January 16th, 2011
7:42 am

Congrats to the Packs, heck of a game and hopefully we’ll learned from the butt whooping. However the one thing that sickens me is how negative people, and especially our fans become when the Falcons lose. It’s freagin sports, your opponent prepares just as much as you do. The 13-3 record wasn’t fluke. The home team just picked a wrong day to play poorly. I still love my team, it was a fun ride this season and I was not ready to get off yet. We will keep rising up. GO FALCONS!

Loserville

January 16th, 2011
7:49 am

That staff could not coach a little league team to a win. Espn, stated they hope not to see your team on national tv again. Every time they show your team in prime time they get exposed. It’s official, Atlanta teams are also known as loserville. Let’s see, Georgia tech, Georgia bulldogs lost their bowl games. The Atlanta hawks lost last night, and so did the Atlanta falcons, the number one seed. You people should be use to this kind of stuff, so don’t act surprised. You know it and so does espn.

Let's go

January 16th, 2011
8:01 am

Green Bay was the better team last night and probably the better team going into the playoffs. Yes the Falcons were 13 and 3 but the that record was a little misleading. 2 of the wins really should have been losses (Saints @ NO and San Fran) and the only dominating wins came against bad teams (Carolina, Arizona & Seattle). They were good enough to win close games but let’s don’t kid ourselves, late in the year teams started exposing the Defense and the O Line started breaking down on almost every pass play. Even with the lost last night I still believe the cup is half full because there were and is more positives with this team going into the off season than last year. The Defense was good against the run and at times could rush the passer but against quality teams that gave their QB time in the pocket it got picked apart. The front office has their hands full this off season:
1. Get the defense Line turned around. Priority.
2. Try to somehow upgrade the O Line.
3. Add depth at CB/S
4. Look at adding another RB in the Draft because next year could be Turners last.

cheesehead

January 16th, 2011
8:09 am

I’m looking forward to a number of these playoff match-ups for years to come. The falcons r a good team/organization, but y’all got schooled by a great team/organization They’ll get a better group of db’s and be back. Keep your heads up falcon fans

Go Pack GO!

Mountain Man

January 16th, 2011
8:38 am

Each Falcon coach and player that have made the “Pro Bowl” should select 1 seat number from the Dome at random, and send their entire family to Hawaii instead.

Instead of coaching and playing in the “Pro Bowl” why don’t the Falcons figure out a way to get pressure on the opposing QB (Oh look, Arron Rogers just threw another TD strike).

True Falcon Fan

January 16th, 2011
8:54 am

WTF: Like I stated, WIN or LOSE — as I promised, I’m here/aqui,,,, CONGRATULATIONS to the GB Packers & Fans— “Good Luck” through-out the rest of the way.
Saludos
TFF

hangman

January 16th, 2011
9:06 am

Disgrace in the house of Blank!!!!! The birds need a 2-ton nose guard, a new DC, a running mate for Turner, better receivers and DB’s. Well shoot, I guess they need a whole new team., The least they could do now is to show Ryan how to throw the long ball (but then you would need someone able to catch it!) and teach defense how to tackle! Pitiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pitiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pitiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pitiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JOHN KINCAID

January 16th, 2011
9:10 am

Is this a good idea, considering those coaches poor performance (game plan) for the Greenbay game! Otherwise, the entire Falcon staff was outstanding this year — luv them, and my family supports you.

Saw John Kincaid on t.v. the other night; he is SO unattractive. How much weight did he lose — he’s got 3 or 4 double chins. He needs to lose more. And, yes, I am a female. John Kincaid is SO unattractive — don’t put him on t.v. any more.

ATLBadger

January 16th, 2011
9:31 am

Falcon’s will be alright, you guys have good organizational leadership in place now and a solid enough team to continue building around. The turnaround from the 2007 season has been impressive to watch, and I’m a Packer fan currently living in Atlanta. The team just seemed to have too much unearned swagger going into this matchup. Regular season wins do not equal playoff wins, especially when a team isn’t used to winning big. Hey, it happened for NO last year, might even happen for ATL someday…

That being said, GO PACK GO! Rodgers was unreal! Bring the Lombardi Trophy back home to Green Bay!

Wavefan82

January 16th, 2011
9:35 am

Congrats on having a good season with a young team Falcons. Speaking as a Saints fan I’m looking forward to many great battles between our teams for the NFC for years to come

BRAT STUFFING KRAUT CHICK FROM MILWAUKEE

January 16th, 2011
9:36 am

Never been one to rub it in after a win especially because it could now be the Bears in Soldiers field — Awesome NFC Championship Game if it works out that way– and the Bears Defense is a whole lot tougher than the past two teams. All I will say about last night was you people in Atlanta need to get out more. When you’re drunk and getting your butts kicked you turn your anger on the opposing fans and NOT each other. We had three fights around us and they were all Falcon fans on Falcon fans. If we do have to go Chicago next week, instead of home, that’s not how it will work.

FALCLOWNS are ABL (ALWAYS BE LOSERS)

January 16th, 2011
9:38 am

Sleep well, last night, FAILCANT Fans? Feel good now talking smack about the SAINTS! Karma is a bi***, right? How does it feel to be an EPIC FAILURE? HOW does it feel to NOT have a ring and no chance to win one ever? How does it feel to be a fraud? How does it feel to be a SAINTS fan this morning – GRRREEAATTT! We have depth, identity and talent as an organization….you got NOTHING but a house of cards team! Profootballtalk.com sums it up best:

It was the kind of spanking that the top seed in a division-round game is supposed to periodically administer to the visiting team. Instead, it was the worst loss by the NFC’s top seed in the division round since 1987, when the Vikings shocked the 49ers in San Francisco, 36-24.

We’ve got a strange feeling that the Falcons, in a division that features the potent Saints and the up-and-coming Bucs, won’t get another shot at holding serve as the top seed any time soon.

FALCLOWNS are ABL (ALWAYS BE LOSERS)

January 16th, 2011
9:40 am

chirp, chirp…oh, roddy ‘thug’ white, where are your tweets now? loser from nowhere, al has gone quiet…how predictable…Who Dat! You Ain’t Dat! Kiss the Ring….

Brian F.

January 16th, 2011
9:43 am

THIS SUXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX !!!!!!!!

FALCLOWNS are ABL (ALWAYS BE LOSERS)

January 16th, 2011
9:46 am

Best video ever….enjoy FAILCANTS…..LMAO…FALCLOWNS = EPIC FAILURE!

http://www.youtube.com/user/dejuanptv#p/a/u/0/31ydzkbjTrY

JoJo

January 16th, 2011
9:49 am

First, Ryan will never be a great QB, he doesnt have it in him.
Has our D-cord ever heard of blitz, how painful to watch Rodgers sitting
back and having lunch while our 3 man d-line couldn’t man up.
Keep Smith, fire the D and O co-ord dummys