Tony Gonzalez likes the move to pickup Julio Jones

Falcons head coach Mike Smith congratulates tight end Tony Gonzalez on his 4-yard touchdown catch that gave the Falcons a 10-3 lead before the half. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons head coach Mike Smith congratulates tight end Tony Gonzalez on his 4-yard touchdown catch that gave the Falcons a 10-3 lead before the half. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH –  Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White was moved to make a video after the trade to pick up Julio Jones.

General manager Thomas Dimitroff reported that quarterback Matt Ryan is absolutely ecstatic about the deal.

Now, tight end Tony Gonzalez has checked in.

“Just finished watching a highlight film of Julio Jones. If he can carry that over to the NFL….SCARY,” Gonzalez tweeted on Wednesday.

The Falcons passing attack was compressed last season.

With Jones, the Falcons plan to open up the offense with more throws down the field.

Some numbers compiled by the good folks over at Pro Football Focus illustrate that the Falcons were evolving into a “dink and dunk” offense.

A whopping 92 percent of the Falcons passes last season were thrown less than 20 yards down the field.

  • – 8% of pass attempts were 20+ yards down field (32nd of quarterbacks with at least 150 attempts.)
  • – 29% of pass attempts were 10-19 yards down field (2).
  • – 54% of pass attempts were 0-9 yards down field (5).
  • – 9% of pass attempts were thrown behind the line of scrimmage (33).

The Falcons are hoping the addition of Jones will help them stretch the field and give them more explosive plays in the passing and run games. The Falcons had just 44 plays of 20 yards or more, which was tied for last in the league.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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91 comments Add your comment

GState08

May 5th, 2011
5:10 am

First!! Hopefully Tony can show him a thing or two before he retires.

Larry

May 5th, 2011
6:12 am

The whiners, the “Eeyors,” the sad sacks, the depressants that haven’t had their Prozac this morning, and all others whom forever see the glass as empty even when half full will be here in 5…4…3…2…1…

Marcus

May 5th, 2011
6:16 am

yup. Now hopefully we have flexibility on offense to pound the rock or drop bombs. Still need to shore up that DE spot.

TampaDawg

May 5th, 2011
6:20 am

It was a good pick up. Nothing wrong with having 2 receivers that have #1 receiver talent, how long did Harrison and Wayne do it for the Colts. Plus when Roddy slows down, Julio will still be in his mid 20’s. Just fix the DE situation whenever free agency hits.

robert

May 5th, 2011
6:26 am

larry, a glass is half full when you are pouring liquid into it, it is half empty when you remove that liquid. i always hatted that analogy. jones was a good pick no matter how you look at it. i just hope there is a DE and nickle CB worth a crap in FA.

tjhook

May 5th, 2011
6:41 am

Tony likes the pick because he believes FINALLY he will win a playoff game.

The Real Falcon

May 5th, 2011
6:56 am

No one to replace Gonzo. Gave up too
much for one guy.

falCants4ever

May 5th, 2011
7:28 am

The Falcons passing attack was compressed last season……and why was that?…do you think it was because the falcants receivers can’t run downfield?…or because Matty Melt can’t THROW downfield?..bet it’s the latter…it’s because the ‘dink and dunk’ best fits Matty Melts arm strength…smart guy, but NO arm…falcants….

GEORGIA97

May 5th, 2011
7:31 am

Hopefully the Predator, er……I mean Julio can help us have more of a deep threat. Dude is a tad scary lookin’ to me.

rudy

May 5th, 2011
7:39 am

lets see…………

UGASlobberknocker

May 5th, 2011
7:55 am

What’s not to like? We needed him this yr..to heck with the draft choices. Ill take a bird in the hand and ignore the whiners and the doomsday bloggers..

Harvin

May 5th, 2011
8:00 am

F-105 Thunderchief

May 5th, 2011
8:01 am

Roddy needs some communications classes.

F-105 Thunderchief

May 5th, 2011
8:04 am

No one to replace Gonzo? He’s still here isn’t he? Besides Justin Peele is good enough to start on many teams … that don’t have Tony Gonzalez, that is.

Terry

May 5th, 2011
8:06 am

Go Falcons !

McNasty

May 5th, 2011
8:06 am

Julio wil be rookie of the year in 2011. You heard it here first

slawdawg

May 5th, 2011
8:07 am

I believe the glass is half full…..just enough to drown me.

German Shepherd Dawg

May 5th, 2011
8:25 am

Arguably the best corner in the NFL will be a free agent; he’s from the Raiders.

If we can get him, we only need a decent DE because receivers will be blanketed.

SawThat1nce

May 5th, 2011
8:27 am

The Falcons need to keep a strong O-line intact, to make this all come true.

SawThat1nce

May 5th, 2011
8:30 am

They need to get their pass rush, about a half to one second quicker.

SawThat1nce

May 5th, 2011
8:32 am

And work on, holding on to the opposing QB, or knocking him down, when they get to him.

oneofeach4me

May 5th, 2011
8:34 am

Alright. I am ready. Where and when can I get my #11 jersey. Preferably in a woman’s fit ;-)

On another note, I like Jones. Great guy with great speed and agility. I wouldn’t have minded seeing Green as a Falcon, but I have a feeling he would be a little too divaish for our current group.

Chubbyboy

May 5th, 2011
8:34 am

The move to get Julio is great only if we pick up a DE in free agancy…If there was no lockout, the Falcons would have already addressed their free agent shopping list (DE & OL)…We have to hope the Falcons staff will address the above once the lockout is lifted…

I hope we give some consideration to signing Darvin Adams from Auburn to a free agent contract…He was considered to be a 5th round pick…He could challenge Harry Douglas in the slot..Go Falcons

Todd

May 5th, 2011
8:58 am

I think the birds will either pick up Edwards of the Vikes or Johnson of Carolina when all this crap is over. Will there be a rookie pay scale? If not, it’s possible Jones will be the highest paid WR on the team, this will not appease the diva Roddy White, look for him to hold out if this is the case, and really can you blame him? Clabo looks like a goner for sure, let’s hope Reynolds can fill in.

FalconFanatic

May 5th, 2011
9:07 am

Whoever said Matt Ryan doesn’t have arm strength, I want you to go to youtube and watch some of his highlights and tell me if he has armstrength or not. He can carry this team, he just hasn’t been allowed to. See the Ravens game where he passed for over 300 yards and threw 3 TDs and no picks against a top 5 defense. He can do it. He’s a great QB and will even get better in just his 4th season.

Falconidae

May 5th, 2011
9:07 am

Ryan’s arm is fine. Ryan was top ten in 20+ yard and 40+ yard passes in 08. On passes that travel 40+ yards IN THE AIR Ryan has a career QB rating of 104, 4 TDs and 1INT [ from espn splits].

Last two years, Falcon have played dink and dunk to keep their D off the field. Also, since 08, HD/Norwood haven’t been around to provide explosiveness.

This year, the D should be better because all the youngsters will be healthy and have another year of experience. There’ll be less need to cover up the D with time of possession.
Then with HD two years from his knee injury, Jones and Rogers, Falcons will have the pieces to have explosive plays again.

Falcon O will be a nightmare for opposing teams this year.

dean

May 5th, 2011
9:19 am

Robert @ 0626. The question is, if someone walks into the kitchen and see a glass that is half full or half empty, which is it? (I too believe it is half full.)

Yeah, FA needs to produce a stud. But I’m really, really hoping an undrafted FA comes in a makes some noise. Last week I read that in this past pro bowl there were 25 undrafted FA’s there. Not bad.

jj

May 5th, 2011
9:46 am

rodgers just threw another td pass…no wait that was matt ryan throwing to tramon williams again…go away falcons…ur not winning a superbowl

JONESBORO SLIM

May 5th, 2011
9:52 am

Don’t be surprize to see the Falcons go after Oaklands CB Nnamdi Asomugha and Minnesota’s DE’s Ray Edwards, Green Bay’s Cullin Jenkins…”See you on the hill”

Honky Talkin'

May 5th, 2011
9:53 am

I have faith in Blank, Dimitroff, McKay and Smith. They will get the pass rusher from free agency and we will go to the NFC title game.

wdwj

May 5th, 2011
9:53 am

Do you fans think the Falcons GM is so stupid he wont go out and get a DE and Corner help…give me a break! Dimitroff knows what we need and will bust his azzz to get it.
Jones was a great pick. Love the move..kid can play plus he’s smart. USA- USA……

Lovedabirds

May 5th, 2011
10:09 am

I guess we are looking to have a scoring battle every week. We need help on defense bad! Our secondary and pass rush is not good at all. With Drew Brees in the schedule twice it’s something to be considered. Get another CB and S who can help us!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 5th, 2011
10:10 am

Jonesboro Slim — Nnamdi costs too much. They just signed Dunta for $57.5 million and put a first-round tender on Grimes. Ray Edwards is the target. I love Cullen Jenkins but I don’t think he’s a scheme fit.

You Cheap Dime Store Hood

May 5th, 2011
10:12 am

Tremendous move by the Falcons. There was no one worth taking at 26 or 27 that would have been the kind of difference-maker that Julio will be. He’s the complete package at WR, and now gives us two #1 WRs to go with a Pro Bowl QB, TE and RB. May or may not translate to playoff wins and championships … bc it ain’t like anything’s given to you in this league … but at least there can’t be any excuses as to why the offense doesn’t go.

Jacques Strappe

May 5th, 2011
10:12 am

Even tho there is a lockout of players, I believe I am correct in saying that team organizations can still communicate with each other. Doesn’t this delay in free agency also give us a better opportunity to negotiate, on a team level, for getting a FA DE that would make those of you who are impatient happy?

D man

May 5th, 2011
10:15 am

Julio is a beast. He will be a great addition to the offense. Now if we can get a good CB in FA and hold on to what we got, we are set.

You Cheap Dime Store Hood

May 5th, 2011
10:26 am

Lovedabirds – the name of the game is scoring. The Falcons were 5th in the whole league last year in scoring defense. That’s pretty good. We held N.O. to their season avg (24) in our win down there and 17 in the loss at home, despite picking him off twice and not scoring by fumbling on the goal line going in. How’d we lose that one? On OFFENSE, against the Saints’ average defense, we managed one offensive TD.

JONESBORO SLIM

May 5th, 2011
10:27 am

D O Ledbetter

You’re most likely right..but keep in mind that many players want to come to Atlanta because the Falcons organization is a great company to work for…am I right or wrong?

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & TIred

May 5th, 2011
10:42 am

Part of the “dink and dunk” offensive scheme is Mularkey. He has yet to totally utilize the skills and talents of the players on the team. As an example……when Norword was healthy, he was running in the same offensive plays designed for Turner (up the middle or off tackle).

I was so hoping that some team would have taken Mularkey as their head coach during the off season so that the Falcons would have acquired a new offensive coordinator this year……NO SUCH LUCK!!!!! D#@$#@T (you get the point)

RobbE33

May 5th, 2011
10:43 am

I’m more concerned about the co-coordinators evolving than I am the player personnel.

Flo=Ri-Duh

May 5th, 2011
10:43 am

Should have picked up future all-pro, Dez Bryant, last year when he was still available when the Falcon’s picked WitheredSpoon. Dez is a REAL deep threat. Julio drops to many easy balls. They blew it this time.

Professor

May 5th, 2011
10:51 am

I’ve been hoping that you’d finally try and get some self-respect and proof your articles before posting them. I guess I was hoping for to much.

1) “video after the trade” – you only linked part of it. You didn’t bother to link the “v” – that’s just sloppy.
2) “The Falcons passing attack” should be “The Falcons’ passing attack”

SirRob

May 5th, 2011
10:54 am

The move for Julio was definatly a good one. We are a good team that is missing a few key parts to get over the hill. At the draft our promary needs were DE, CB, and WR. At the 6th pick there was no DE that could come in and be immediatly effective, a case could have been made for Prince Amukamara, the CB, but it is unlikely that a rookie could be a shut down CB. Julio will have every opportunity to suceed as Roddy will draw more double coverages, and he already has an NFL body. I am sure that the plan all along is to aquire established defensive play makers in free agency, with Asomugha being the key target.

goodness gracious

May 5th, 2011
10:55 am

We got at Rodgers. He had the game of the century in my opinion and got away from the tacklers. The pass rush is not BAD! We gave him pressure and he torched us. IF we get Nnamdi Asomugha that would be Awesome, but we are not bad. Either him or and a great DE would be awesome. Or Maybe another DT. So a dynamic offense is Ideal in my mind to put us over the edge. Grimes has come along way and played his ass off.

waynester

May 5th, 2011
10:57 am

DLed
Do you have a source for the Edwards statement? I’ve seen others report the same but they never cite a source…
Since we drafted Dent to get Biermann off STs does it make sense to spend big $$$ on a FA DE this year or wait ’til next season and go after Mario Williams from HOU? That leaves us free to gauge Biermann’s ability to hold up down the stretch and focus our FA $$$ on CB this year IF we’re even contemplating a FA DB at all. Grimes has done nothing but improve every year and Dunta should be back Psychologically from his knee injury….

denverfalcon

May 5th, 2011
11:00 am

Hopefully we can get a deal done soon and we don’t revert back to 2010 league rules. If we do revert back to the ‘10 rules, we will be going into the season with the same DEs as last year. No Ray Edwards bc free agents will need 6 years of service to be unrestricted and both Mr. Edwards and the guy from Carolina only have five. So we better hope and pray that an actual deal gets done or that Sidbury and Bierman transform into beasts this off season.

UGABugKiller

May 5th, 2011
11:02 am

People clamoring for Nnamdi really don’t understand a damn thing about football.

The Falcons (and fans) would see the SAME problems with Nnamdi that we saw last year with Dunta.

Dunta and Nnamdi are prototypical (and very good) COVER CORNERS. They excel playing “on” the receiver. They have quick feet and hips, they’re great at bump and run and sticking like glue to receivers.

What we found out last year is Dunta is NOT a zone corner. He does not have the quickness to close the gap with the receiver he’s playing “off.” Brent Grimes has this quickness and those anticipation skills.

The Falcons under Mike Smith, as I’ve said over and over again, are a play not to lose football team. I personally find this philosophy cowardly and grating to watch. I hate bend don’t break defense, but that is what Smith wants, so that is what the team plays.

The Falcons pretty much never play man to man coverage in the secondary. They play “off,” zone.

Putting a guy like Dunta in a scheme where he asked to do none of the things he’s really good at doing and asking him to do many things he’s not, or incapable of doing, like anticipating or close the distance like the agile Brent Grimes or Ronde Barder are able to do so well, is just stupid.

So, you people who complain about Dunta all year now want to sign Nnamdi and ask him to come into the Falcons where he will be told not to do the things he’s best at to fit into Smith’s scheme?

What are y’all… stupid or something?

The Falcons scheme is their scheme, and they’re not going to change it no matter how much they should as long as Smith is the coach.

They’re NOT going to be creative and aggressive, like the Steelers or Packers or Jets or Giants or Titans or Ravens. They’re NOT going to play man.

They’re going to be vanilla and they’re going to play not to lose, bending and hopefully not breaking, letting teams rack up tons of yards but hopefully not many points.

And that’s fine, because the Colts proved you can actually win a Super Bowl if you do that. The only problem is, Tony Dungy allowed his OFFENSE to be creative and aggressive, knowing that the team would, on occasion, have to score a ton of points when his defense WOULD break.

And that’s the disconnect with Mike Smith. He wants both sides of the ball to play not to lose, to be unaggressive and ultra-vanilla.

I have doubts if the offense will actually open up much, if he’ll actually let Matt Ryan off the leash, because so far, that hasn’t been his M.O.

I hope I’m wrong. I’m hoping this change was mandated to him by Blank and Dimitroff.

Otherwise, the Falcons are doomed. You CANNOT win by playing not to lose on BOTH sides of the ball.

When you do that, it’s called Martyball, and last I checked, Marty Schottenheimer never won a damn thing that mattered, getting embarrassed in the playoffs over and over again, particularly as a number 1 seed.

Sound familiar?

phil

May 5th, 2011
11:10 am

Question – Can Jones put pressure on the opposing QB from the defensive side of the ball?

Answer – No, he can’t.

What will happen….again – We can’t win when it matters with an overmatched defense that’s another year older in key spots and another year no better in others (code for DB and DT).

Buck

May 5th, 2011
11:11 am

Ryan’s arm is strong enough. It’s his slow wind-up that kills them. His ball always gets there at the same time as the defender (=no YAC) because his delivery is a split-split-split second late.

phil

May 5th, 2011
11:13 am

Goodness Gracious – You must not have watched the same game I watched. Rodgers was awesome but we certainly did not get at him, in either game against them last year. We couldn’t rush a defenseless grandma effectively with no offensive line to protect her….