From the locker room . . . .

 

110812 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner gets past Miami Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby for a first down during 1st quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 12, 2011.      Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

110812 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner gets past Miami Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby for a first down during 1st quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 12, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Quotes from the players:

JULIO JONES

ON HIS PLAY: I was very pleased. Me and Matt, we connected very well.  That’s what we have been doing in training camp. He throws me balls and I try to make plays. Everybody can make plays.

ON BEING ANXIOUS: I wasn’t anxious because I’ve got a lot of veteran guys around me. They kind of calmed me down. Tony Gonzalez talked to me. He said, ‘Just do what you’ve been doing. Come out here and play football.’ I had a little talk with him. I talked with Matt Ryan as well.  He just said play football, too. They calmed me down.

MATT RYAN

ON THE OFFENSE: I thought we did a good job offensively. The first drive I don’t think we executed the way we wanted to, but after we knocked off some of that rust.  .  . I thought we did a great job of capitalizing on the short field. On the third drive, I felt that we were into a little bit of a rhythm.

DID JULIO PASS HIS FIRST NFL TEST?: Yeah, I thought he did a good job tonight. I think he had two catches. I thought he was on top of the game plan. The condensed game plan that we had. He was on top of that and didn’t make any mental errors. He ran some good routes. I thought, all in all, he did a nice job.  He did a nice job on that reverse, being a ball carrier. If he continues to progress, he’s going to do a great job for us.

ON HARRY DOUGLAS’ TD CATCH: Harry ran a great route. That was kind of the key there. He kept his speed up and broke toward the post.  He really made a good catch in between two guys. . . That’s a good sign for us.

ON ERIC WEEMS’ 17-YARD CATCH: He ran another good route. They had a two-high coverage and he kind of got in there behind the backers and in front of the safeties and made a nice catch in traffic. He got the ball down. He got hit quick. It wasn’t really a great throw, but he made a really good catch. That’s going to be big for us if the fourth and fifth guys can come up with some of those plays throughout the year. It’s going to make our offense all the better.

DOMINIQUE FRANKS

ON HIS DAY: I think it went pretty good for it to be the first real live action that we’ve had. I was so excited to get out there and just to be able to play against somebody different.

ON HIS PUNT RETURNS: Great blocking. Those guys were holding them up at the line of scrimmage and were giving me a free chance to catch the ball. I just set up the blocks. I have to credit the blocking. It’s more than just me out there.

HARRY DOUGLAS

ON HIS TD  CATCH: It was a great throw by Matt. He put it right in there between the two defenders. Once I saw the coverage they were playing, I knew he was coming to me. I just wanted to make sure that I made the play.

ON THE SAFETY: He bite up a little bit. Once I saw him do that, I knew Matt was coming to me. He threw it like a missile. He did thread the needle and that allowed me to make a play.   

ON THE EXPLOSIVE PLAYS: It’s really big. You notice that the great teams in the NFL make a lot of explosive plays. It doesn’t necessarily have to be bombs down the field. It could be runs where we block down the field that become big plays. I know Julio had a big play. He a 4- or 5-yard drag route and turned it up field for a big play. There are a lot of different ways that you can become explosive. It’s one thing we’ve been preaching all offseason and one thing that we will get better with.

 COREY PETERS

ON THE FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE: We did pretty good. We wanted to get off to fast start and I think we did a good job both offensively and defensively.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Ball Ground falcon

August 13th, 2011
12:35 am

Ball Ground falcon

August 13th, 2011
12:36 am

Julio looked good and so did the first string of both sides of the ball but if we have a cb or safety go down we are in trouble.. I wish there was some magic pill to give ownes but wow he got burnt bad.

jrock

August 13th, 2011
12:45 am

Owens should not make the team. Julio is a beast! There should be another position battle. Sam baker vs. Jose valdez. Can’t wait to see Ray edwards with abe

Dominic Hughes

August 13th, 2011
12:48 am

Love hearing several players giving credit to their teammates and deflecting praise rather than crowing about their own achievements. That shows the strength and character of the Falcons locker room these days. Guys crediting blockers, receivers crediting the QB, the QB crediting receivers. Nobody whooping it up too much over something they did in a pre-season game. D-Led, when you get a chance, I’d like to hear a little about how Garrett Reynolds did starting in place of the departed Dahl. And do you think Franks might be overtaking Owens for the nickel CB job? And where does Walls fit into that puzzle?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 13th, 2011
2:57 am

Dominic — I think that first big run by Turner was right in behind Reynolds. I need to watch the DVR to confirm though

Falcons4Eva

August 13th, 2011
3:52 am

Its no contest between Owens and Franks – CUT OWENS NOW – He’s terrible. Not just looking at this preseason game, but look back at last year – Green Bay destroyed him . Even Smith was hesitant to use this idiot against GB last year, but had no choice.

Look on the waiver wire. Gees Us.

nes

August 13th, 2011
6:16 am

I have to go along with the crowd on this one, Owens needs to be traded to another team. He is still snake bit from last year’s Green Bay game. It is a must for CB’s to be able to block it out and move on, Owens plays not to screw up and ends up doing just that. Owens being traded for a middle round draft pick is the best answer at this point. i see we have the real deal now in uniform 98! that Matthews DE is going to be so much better than Anderson! Who knows, he may be our answer to replace Abe at DE in a year or two, and probably will get some reps during the regular season if he continues to shine! By the way did any team sign up Anderson? what a first round bust!
Yea, i have to re-think about A.C. Green being rookie of the year, he doesn’t have a QB to get him the ball in Cincy, the Bengals better ease off the hard talk with Carson Palmer and get him in to camp, sweet talking to him and treating him like a real person goes a long way. He should come back and play and pad his numbers by passing to Green, if for no other reason. We all know how it is to be a dysfunctional franchise when the Smiths ran the Falcons. Only reason i am blogging this is that i am for all Dog and Tech players.

SimpleDawg

August 13th, 2011
8:43 am

28 Points. That’s a lot of points to give up to a struggling team like the Dolphins. A couple of cast-off QBs throw 3 TD passes. We obviously have some guys in camp that shouldn’t be in the NFL……including some players from last year’s team.

First team offense looked good. Will get better.

Defense needs depth.

Don't feed Aints trolls (It isn't 2009 anymore)

August 13th, 2011
9:17 am

I think we need depth in the secondary, but we are pretty deep on the d line and at LB. So much so, that we might have to cut some good players. Biggest surprises of the night

Emmanuel Stephens and Bear Woods.

Woods lead the team in tackles and seemed to be all over the field

Stephens was a surprise. He constantly applied pressure all night and ended the night with 5 tackles and a sack.

Colorado Bird

August 13th, 2011
9:26 am

Pre-season, first game, who really cares ? Now if we are in the 3rd pre-season game with the team not getting it done then I’ll be interested and concerned.
My favorite teams are off to a slow start this season (Atlanta and Denver). But what the hell at least my expectations are in check, especially after seeing neither of them really being aggressive for a number of quality free agents.

If Philadelphia can be unbelievable active in free agency what happened to Atlanta and Denver? It’s not as though they have an abundance of quality players especially on the 2nd and 3rd strings.

I still have too believe in TD and Smitty… but I must admit, I’m really nervous about this season. Just look at what Tampa Bay and New Orleans did to up-grade their teams. It’s not like Atlanta dominated either one of them. And Denver.. who knows what’s going on there?

Well let the season begin!

Bob Lee "The General"

August 13th, 2011
9:36 am

Watch out for tampa bay. When we play them it may be the best games of the year.

Don't feed Aints trolls (It isn't 2009 anymore)

August 13th, 2011
9:47 am

Agreed. Tampa was firing on all cylinders last night.

I still don’t get you guys saying we got off to a slow start. Um, the team that takes the field dominated both sides of the ball. ATL’s starting defense held MIA to 7 plays for 5 net yds, had 2 INTs & gave up no 1st downs. The Falcons 1st team offense was up on the 1st team Miami defense 17-0 when they left the game. Ryan had a 122 QB rating. Turner averaged 5.3 yards per carry. Most of our receivers averaged over 15 yards per catch. Jones averaged 21.5 yards per catch and 12 yards per carry. I would say that was a pretty fast start. Everything after that was Smith evaluating players who are on the bubble. Notice we went straight to the third string guys.

The Nature Boy

August 13th, 2011
10:13 am

I predict a 3rd place finish behind NO and Tampa Bay. Our secondary is laughable. This years GB will be 48-28 instead of 48-21 due to the upgrades on O. Sheesh.

rm

August 13th, 2011
10:20 am

The starters looked good on both sides of the ball IMO. The backups/reserves? Not so much…

Jim

August 13th, 2011
10:45 am

Orlando,
I think I saw Peria Jerry playing deep into the 4th quarter. The coaches must think his knee is OK and he needs reps like Reynolds? How did he look to you? Did he rotate with the 1st string in the 1st quarter?

SeenThisB4

August 13th, 2011
11:39 am

waynester

August 13th, 2011
11:48 am

B4
Just like your inane observations….

Sly Ty

August 13th, 2011
11:53 am

@don’t feed the aints troll, you make a great observation the falcons did go straight to the 3rd string QB. I have to admit I am concerned over Christopher Owens future with this team. His situation is very similar to Chaveous Jackson’s situation last Pre-season. Personally, I like Dominique Franks and Rafael Bush.

good old joe

August 13th, 2011
12:04 pm

I THINK FOR THE 1st GAME FALCON LOOKED GOOD JONES PLAYED GOOD , HE COST A LOT BUT I BELEAVE HE IS GOING TO BE WORTH THE PRICE. MATT LOOK VERRY SHARP ALSO I LIKE THE PLAY OF 0F QB JOHN PARKER WILSON FOR NO #2.DEFENANCE LOOKTO BE BETTER THE LAST YEAR.

Don't feed Aints trolls (It isn't 2009 anymore)

August 13th, 2011
12:09 pm

Thanks Sly. Yes, I agree that we would be much better off signing a 3rd CB off waivers. I just don’t know how we are on the cap. I am good with Grimes (who is proving that despite his size, he is one of the better DB in the league) and Robinson (who didn’t get a lot of INTs last year but played the pass well). They aren’t flashy, but they are more than solid. I would feel better about having a proven nickle DB, but I also think that having Edwards on the line is going to take some pressure off Owens and Franks. I would take Franks over Owens simply because Franks helps you in the return game as well and Owens isn’t much better if at all in coverage.

Sly Ty

August 13th, 2011
12:12 pm

Enter your comments here

Sly Ty

August 13th, 2011
12:29 pm

Good point DFAT

hiramsaint

August 13th, 2011
12:43 pm

your backups were truly incredible last night. they were able to put up a whole 6 pts. and only letting the dolphins score a scant 28. the rest of the nfl is surely quaking in their boots at that field of depth and talent

Sid

August 13th, 2011
1:41 pm

No mention of Kerry Meier who was 2nd in avg yards per completion………….great go up and get it catch.

Steve Largent in the making, just a little taller and faster. You might want to get on this bandwagon DOL or you’ll be hanging on to my coattails…………….lol…..!!!

Sid

August 13th, 2011
1:42 pm

waynester

August 13th, 2011
11:48 am
B4
Just like your inane observations….
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Excellence in simplicity waynester, I love it!

hiramsaint

August 13th, 2011
2:08 pm

sid – it still doesn’t change the fact of “no depth”

DEE-ROME

August 13th, 2011
2:14 pm

All you guys need to learn football the preseason is so we can find dept, behind the starters and back-ups we are fine calm down this is first preseason game.

where the true fans at

August 13th, 2011
2:25 pm

I was liking the play of number 17, Harven was it,(sorry bad with names). He made a good catch at the side line and almost got to the td by Parker. He seems to have good potental.

Sid

August 13th, 2011
2:25 pm

hiramsaint

August 13th, 2011
2:08 pm
sid – it still doesn’t change the fact of “no depth”
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Hey waynester, isn’t this where I say to hiramhick “just like your inane comments”

hiramsaint

August 13th, 2011
2:41 pm

sid – you have to ask waynester what to say? that aps is really something isn’t it?

Sid

August 13th, 2011
2:42 pm

The Falcons were brilliant in looking at all personnel, they played almost twice as many personnel as did Miami, especially UFA’s. Maybe Miami felt like they needed the win for their program confidence.

RobbE33

August 13th, 2011
2:43 pm

I agree with Dominic. As much as I hate the vanilla schemes without result preseason, it was good to hear Smith’s team re-directing praise and generally behaving like the class act that they’ve become. Nice too to see them celebrating with each other rather than prancing around the end zone like self centered clowns. Smith is making the Falcons into a respectable organization, though I do wonder if Owens is one of those practice perfect players whose game breaks down under pressure. Come to think of it, Christopher didn’t do very well when pressured by his girlfriend earlier this year…

Sid

August 13th, 2011
2:43 pm

hiramhick, did you see a question mark anywhere…………..

Sid

August 13th, 2011
2:46 pm

hiramhick, you need to quit riding on STB4’s coattails, think for yourself man.

hiramsaint

August 13th, 2011
3:53 pm

same to you about riding waynesters coattails. hers a question mark …? … so the answer would be yes!

Ken Strickland

August 13th, 2011
5:09 pm

It’s amazing how someone can claim a team that won their division with a 13-3 record, and finished ahead of the 2nd place AINTS, lacks depth. When you consider how AINT FANS have been whining and crying about how they were side tracked by injuries last yr, it would appear they are the ones lacking depth.

They finished the season and went into the playoffs dragging their collective butts, which resulted in the monumental, record setting humilation of a loss to the SeaHawks. We’re talking about the NFL’s 4th ranked DEF giving up 41pts to the NFL’s 25th ranked OFF, and losing to the worst, and 1st playoff team in NFL history with a losing record That embarrassment ranks right up there with their other NFL record in futility, which is going 25 consecutive yrs without a winning season.

These AINT FANS are prime candidates to appear on that ESPN commercial, if it ever appears again, where people who don’t have a clue about what they’re talking about are shown talking out of their rear ends. However, we also have some Falcon fans doing the same thing.

Dilla

August 13th, 2011
6:06 pm

You forgot to quote Owens “Was that my man” and “Was I suppose to checking him”.

C-note/trufalconsfan

August 13th, 2011
6:30 pm

If any of you truly understood football you would know that pre-season is just for the process of finding depth. i bet half of you never played football.

Loyal Falcon

August 13th, 2011
7:36 pm

I said it before and I’ll say it again…cliff Matthews was a steal for us in the 7th round. This guy knows how to get after the passer. He reminds me of a young Abe coming out of USC. I certainly hope Sam baker gets it together before the season starts. He wasn’t bad, but needs to tighten up some. Keepers so far: walls,bush,priest,woods,Matthews,Jackson,Stephens,fenaroli,Tripp,harvey

seenthisb4needsagirlfriendbadorallhopewillbelost

August 13th, 2011
7:38 pm

my name says it all

yo mama

August 13th, 2011
7:56 pm

hey nes, knock off the crack man, it’s AJ Green, and not ac green. the other was a laker, stoopid!

Van Brocklin

August 13th, 2011
8:29 pm

Pre – Season games are such a yawn.
Will A.J. Green finally get that signature 1,000 yard season?

Selhow

August 13th, 2011
8:59 pm

Falcons will be nice this year. Check out my NFL team rankings.
http://wp.me/1E3tD

Redneck Bill from Trailerville

August 13th, 2011
9:07 pm

Well, great to see the Falcons have some guys with strong, flexible necks. A lot of them looked like their heads were on a swivel as they watched Dolphin players dash past them. If even one of our starters gets hurt, we won’t win another game. Those 2nd and 3rd string Miami QBs looked like Bart Starr reincarnated.

5 star

August 13th, 2011
11:08 pm

attention all you know it alls, sports agents, ajc sportswriters and uga dog poops…guess who was the bills leading rusher tonight? Spiller? nope

try Nesbitt who averaged 10 yards per carry

Why??

August 14th, 2011
12:38 am

Michael Cunningham’s Blog is closed again…

Eagles 47, Falcants 18

what we really want to talk about

August 14th, 2011
1:28 am

Mich–ael Vi–ck

what we really want to talk about

August 14th, 2011
1:30 am

Michael Cunningham’s Blog is closed again… Why?

Answer: Grandad and Troll Drmaryb

nes

August 14th, 2011
1:37 am

YO MAMA, wow i am sorry about not remembering it is AJ Green, accept my apology for not being perfect, i am getting up in age is the only answer i can give you! have a nice weekend!

Jack

August 14th, 2011
7:21 am

I didn’t see anyone get to Miami’s QB like the bell ringer that John Parker got.