Pro Bowl: Shots of Smitty and Ryan from Honolulu

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Ware, left, listens as Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith, right, gives instructions during the NFC football squad's NFL Pro Bowl practice held at Kapolei High School, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Ware, left, listens as Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith, right, gives instructions during the NFC football squad's NFL Pro Bowl practice held at Kapolei High School, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

Just some random Pro Bowl shots and notes.

MATT Ryan at Pro Bowl

Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during practice on January 26, 2011 in Kapolei, Hawaii. (Aaron M. Sprecher/NFL)

I wonder if the players will get some time to tour the Pearl Harbor memorial site and see the USS Arizona site. I’ve been to Hawaii twice (to cover a basketball game and honeymoon) and that was an extremely moving experience.

The Dole Plantation tour is also pretty neat.

  • The AFC team will feature two 4,700-yard passers in San Diego’s Philip Rivers and Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning.
  • Last season’s Pro Bowl was the third highest scoring game in history with 75 points. The two teams score 82 points in 2000 and 107 points in 2004.  The AFC won last year 41-34.
  • Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is tied for the all-time Pro Bowl record with five touchdowns. If he scores on Sunday he would surpass Jimmy Smith and Marvin Harrison for sole possession of the record. (I found out
    Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during practice on January 26, 2011 in Kapolei, Hawaii. (Aaron M. Sprecher/NFL)

    Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during practice on January 26, 2011 in Kapolei, Hawaii. (Aaron M. Sprecher/NFL)

    this season that Gonzalez likes breaking records and considers it an honor. He’ll be happy to get this one if he scores.)

  • Two other 2011 Pro Bowlers,  Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson and Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald have three career Pro Bowl touchdowns and can move up the chart this weekend.
  • Gonzalez, Manning and linebacker Ray Lewis have all been selected to 11 Pro Bowl.
  • The U is well represented with 10 players. Ten players named to the 2011 Pro Bowl roster played collegiately at the University of Miami, more than any other college program. The group includes Baltimore safety Ed Reed, New England safety Brandon Meriweather, Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson, Indianapolis wide receiver Reggie Wayne, Chicago kick returner Devin Hester, New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma, New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle and Carolina linebacker Jon Beason.

    Ryan 3 at Pro Bowl

    Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during practice on January 26, 2011 in Kapolei, Hawaii. (Aaron M. Sprecher/NFL)

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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52 comments Add your comment

D man

January 27th, 2011
10:15 am

D man

January 27th, 2011
10:16 am

I had to get a break from “Packerbacker”. He is a hater…

D man

January 27th, 2011
10:16 am

Cool pics of our guys… :)

kaminari

January 27th, 2011
10:26 am

It will be nice to see some of our guys play one last time. Gonna be a long summer. I’m rooting for the Pack cause I’d hate to see our loss in vain. If it helped pave a yellow brick road to the Lombard, oh well. We’ll start the journey again next year and hopefully pave that road over in red and black.

JRS

January 27th, 2011
10:30 am

Well, we didn’t make it to the Super Bowl or NFC Championship, but at least we’ll be well represented in the Pro Bowl! The Falcons are going to be a force for years to come. Once they build up the defense, we’re going to go further into the playoffs.

JRS

January 27th, 2011
10:32 am

I got to talk to Rich McKay yesterday and he said their focus in the draft and free agency will be getting better pass rushing. That will certainly help!

schmeckdawg

January 27th, 2011
10:37 am

I’d much rather see shots of “Smitty and Ryan,” from Dallas!

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Yo Vince

January 27th, 2011
10:40 am

I still love my Birds. 9 guys on the Pro Bowl roster aint too shabby. Pass rusher, skat back, tall fast wideout will help. Go Steelers. I hate cheeseheads forever

Sid

January 27th, 2011
11:12 am

REPOST

………………..I tell you …. they all better get nasty after that team egg they laid against Green Bay. My friends from Wisconsin said “Hmmm, nothing but cheese left in the stands at the end of the game.” When they came out of the tunnel I could tell they had no fire but fear in their hearts.
You don’t get out played in each and every phase of the game without pointing a finger at the coaches. Well Smith, one of my digits is pointing at you.

waynester

January 27th, 2011
11:54 am

Wow–wish we could see Smitty coaching Ware in red/black–there’s a guy that can get to the QB! If you’re a FA DE Dimitroff should have ALREADY talked to your agent!
JRS
I sure hope he’s not just blowin’ smoke as we need a dominant DE in the worst way…doubt we’ll find one in the draft, either….

Larry

January 27th, 2011
4:14 pm

Matt’s helmet looks about 3 sizes too large! :-)

falcons fan

January 27th, 2011
7:00 pm

More pics of Smitty!! He is such a stud!

David

January 27th, 2011
7:27 pm

Maybe Smitty can find us a DB while he’s there.

Hobbler

January 27th, 2011
10:13 pm

Should have signed Peppers in FA, Clay Mathews over Peria Jerry last year and Dez Bryant over Weatherspoon this year. Weatherspoon looks lost and didn’t get a good hit on anybody all year. Pulls up so won’t have to hit and waits for Moore to come up and lay the wood. Need more hitters like Moore – now he’s a good pick. TD, don’t let McKay anywhere near the draft room this year please (or ask McKay which one he would pick and then pick the opposite one). Our $3.5M year DE JA98 McKay vested our 1 pick and future on is averaging 1 sack a year and got pancaked by the running back when Aaron Rogers walked in for the easy touchdown. Need I remind you that former no turnaround Chris Houston was drafted along with JA98? At least a good move was made there. Owens looks like a midget with peg legs out there two steps behind every one he is suppose to cover. We knew that was going to happen on draft day selection, how can NFL people not know? We could be unbeatable if not for a few of these blunders and keep playing them just because of not wanting to admit mistakes or egos or just determined to play the $ players no matter how bad they perform.

O'Brien

January 27th, 2011
10:14 pm

DOL,

A lot of fans (me included) were on you last off-season when you suggested the hawks take Pouncey with their pick. We laughed, and said no way we should take a center in the first round.

Well, Pittsburgh drafted Pouncey before we could. And then Pouncey started all 16 games, made it to the Pro-Bowl, and was named second team All-Pro, while helping his team to the SB.

Our draft pick, Sean Witherspoon has been injured, and did not get the chance to make the impact we hoped.

I wonder if the Falcons would have drafted Pouncey if he was there when we picked.

Techbuzz

January 27th, 2011
10:15 pm

Well, as a Falcons fan, I will say this with ALL sincerity; I’d MUCH rather have 53 guys playing in the Super Bowl than 7 playing in a meaningless, stupid Pro Bowl. If the Falcons NEVER, EVER have another Pro Bowler, yet we start going to the Super Bowl or at least the NFC Championship games consistently, THAT’S what I would prefer to see and that would be all that matters.

The Pro Bowl tag is nothing more than a player’s leverage to demand more money.

bp

January 27th, 2011
10:17 pm

Jeff Fisher for DC?

fanATicaL

January 27th, 2011
11:46 pm

I wonder how many FA in the pro bowl ? I hope that Smitty and co. are promoting the team .Isn’t that one of the perks ?

tom

January 28th, 2011
2:50 am

Buck B. 680 the Fan earlier this week made one of the most stupid statements-He said the Falcons had a major weakness behind Michael Turner and the Falcons need to find someone to fill that slot. DUH? Number 44 did quite well last season when Turner was hurt. This season he did not get many touches and was injured for a couple of games. He is a solid backup. If it were not for one very famous touchdown pass for Georgia, he would not be on the radio talking his talk.

Samuel

January 28th, 2011
6:35 am

We can’t keep Mike peterson and Brian Williams any longer. Also Jamaal Anderson and Eric Coleman need to go. You can’t look me in the eye and tell me, we can’t get better production in the draft or free agency.

Mark

January 28th, 2011
8:02 am

Woodley, Rudd, and Greenway are all free agents this year!! Would love to see any of them in a Falcons jersey!

D man

January 28th, 2011
8:42 am

I wish we had the BCS system in the NFL. If we did, the Falcons would be playing the Patriots in the Superbowl and the Packers would be playing the Steelers in the Rose Bowl… ;)

D man

January 28th, 2011
8:45 am

Our offense is fine as it is. We were 5th overall In points scored this season. We need help on Defense. Get a free agent CB and DE and we will go all the way next year…

deandrums

January 28th, 2011
1:10 pm

good mention from Hobbler he nailed!

E's Dirty Birds

January 28th, 2011
1:20 pm

Does anyone kind of feel like the offense is getting a “pass”? I think they shoulder a lot more blame than they are getting!

E's Dirty Birds

January 28th, 2011
1:23 pm

We lack playmakers accross the board. Even Roddy White is more of a possession receiver than a playmaker. I bet, if I took the time to look it up, that we were the worst team in the NFL for YAC. We need playmakers NOW!

bali smith

January 28th, 2011
2:18 pm

you went to the pearl harbor memorial during your honeymoon…bet your wife loved that

RobbE33

January 28th, 2011
2:51 pm

I hope The Burner is relating his own personal post Pro Bowl cautionary tale to any Falcons team mate that will listen.

Ted

January 28th, 2011
5:00 pm

Nobody cares about the Pro Bowl.

JuneBaby

January 29th, 2011
12:21 am

Are there any elite qbs for the nfc in the pro bowl, other than you know who???? Elite, elite, elite! Since gb players won’t be playing, who will come up with 3 ints? I think the birds should try to get Newton! He might help mend those broken wings the dirty birds were flapping around in the last game that caused them to flop in the playoffs. Again!!

No hope now

January 29th, 2011
4:32 pm

@ D Man OUR OFFENSE IS NOT FINE AS IT IS….are you kidding me? 5th in overall points?? Do some real research and stop being bias on one side of the ball. DO you not know where we ranked in points ALLOWED on DEFENSE??? Hint: You just said it. WE RANKED 5TH IN POINTS ALLOWED ON DEFENSE!!! So what you saying? We shouldn’t worry about the offense but about the defense, WHEN BOTH FINISHED IN THE SAME NUMBERS??? The funny thing and irony is that BVG doesn’t have 6 PRO BOWLERS on his side of the ball. Get the GB game out of your head, better yet, no come to think of it THE OFFENSE DIDN’T LOOK TO SHABBY EITHER IN THE GB GAME. Both sides played pathetic, don’t just call out the defense. You threw out numbers to prove a point that was contradictory. Defense finished in the same fashion as the offense, but the offense is the side of the ball with the VETERANS, SIX PRO BOWLERS, AND OVERALL BETTER TALENT. Offense is the problem IMO

Doc Dawg

January 29th, 2011
6:35 pm

The cool thing about the Dole plantation tour is that the water fountains flow with pineapple juice. Anyway, hope coach Smith comes home with a stud free agent defender.

hbcuclassics

January 29th, 2011
7:43 pm

Dejuan Fulghum, LB, SWAC 2010 Defensive Player of the Year
http://www.hbcuclassics.com/hbcu_showcase

Reid Adair

January 29th, 2011
9:12 pm

Nice shots, D-Led. Too bad with nine guys over there that the AJC didn’t send you to give us some extra coverage.

cwltank

January 30th, 2011
3:26 pm

We are a few players away from playing in the Super Bowl. Van had to blitz because our front four could not get pressure.I’m happy to be a Falcons fan.

siryournot

January 30th, 2011
4:36 pm

Nobody gives a damn about making the pro bowl. Win a playoff game why don’t ya.

ATL FAN

January 30th, 2011
7:52 pm

OVIEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Falcons Fan

January 30th, 2011
8:08 pm

Hell yeah Grimes

Falcons Fan

January 30th, 2011
8:09 pm

Nice pass to Roddy too Ryan

Falcons Fan

January 30th, 2011
8:10 pm

steve smith

January 30th, 2011
8:18 pm

is this the Ex and Current Atlanta Falcon Bowl or what?? Yeah!!!

Innocent Bystander

January 30th, 2011
8:28 pm

Falcons are showing up in the Pro Bowl!

Falcon Fan

January 30th, 2011
8:32 pm

I just got back into town and got online looking for a Falcon Pro Bowl chat. Since there isn’t one available I love that you guys started commenting at the end of this article!

Najeh Davenpoop

January 30th, 2011
8:38 pm

I wonder how Bill Belichick feels about losing 42-0 in the 2nd quarter.

Greg Mendel

January 30th, 2011
8:51 pm

This Pro Bowl is an exciting game. I don’t think I’ve seen this kind of intensity since the international chess competition between Bobby Fischer and Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1975. Kalashnikov had all the tools, played 110%, was a chess beast. The cheerleaders loved him. Before the match, they hurled their bras, panties, hair-buns, and Coke-bottle-thick glasses at him in ecstatic adoration. But when the wily Russian attempted a Queen’s Gambit in the 14th minute, Fischer, employing a King’s Indian Defense, suddenly finachettoed right and intercepted, running Kalashnikov’s Queen into the endzone for a checkmate. It was fantastic! Fischer’s play had whipped the spectators into a coma!

Kalashnikov, humiliated, retired from chess and invented the AK-47.

ChunkyMonkey

January 30th, 2011
9:08 pm

42-7 — at the half!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks like Coach Smith came to coach, and the Falcons came to play!!

WOW!! DOUBLE WOW!!!!

Diehard

January 30th, 2011
9:25 pm

Since there’s no where else to put this – can someone please tell me where MLK III is getting the money to try and buy the Mets? Did Momma leave him all the money the US taxpayers paid them for Dr. King’s papers?

Real American

January 30th, 2011
10:09 pm

Did Belichek only play Peyton for one series?

Real American

January 30th, 2011
10:33 pm

DHall is the 2011 Pro Bowl MVP.