FLOWERY BRANCH – The long-suffering Detroit fans, like my uncles Gerald Sr. and Fred (we just call him Uncle Skippy), have turned Ford Field into the “Seattle of the Midwest,” according to Falcons coach Mike Smith.
Over the last two games, the fans have made it difficult for the opposing offenses to hear the snap count with a high noise level. Smith credits the Detroit fans with causing 14 procedural penalties.
“We’re going to have to really work on our communication,” Smith said. “We’ll have the noise rolling all practice long this week.”
When the Falcons played Seattle earlier this season they did not commit any procedural penalties. They took the crowd out of the game by going up 27-7 before holding on for a 30-28 victory.
The Falcons will practice this week with noise from jet engines piped through huge speakers and they’ll be prepared to trot out their hand signals if they can’t communicate verbally.
There are no major changes on the team’s “unoffcial depth chart”, although it might be wise to pencil Harry Douglas in at the “X” receiver spot for another week. There’s no need to rush rookie Julio Jones back from his hamstring when you have the bye week and he can get closer to 100 percent.
WR 11 Julio Jones 83 Harry Douglas 14 Eric Weems
LT 72 Sam Baker 74 Will Svitek
LG 63 Justin Blalock
C 62 Todd McClure 61 Joe Hawley 66 Brett Romberg
RG 75 Garrett Reynolds 79 Mike Johnson
RT 77 Tyson Clabo 74 Will Svitek
TE 88 Tony Gonzalez 89 Reggie Kelly 81 Michael Palmer
WR 84 Roddy White 80 Kerry Meier
QB 2 Matt Ryan 8 Chris Redman
RB 33 Michael Turner 44 Jason Snelling 22 Jacquizz Rodgers 35 Antone Smith
FB 34 Ovie Mughelli
RE 55 John Abraham 90 Lawrence Sidbury 98 Cliff Matthews
DT 91 Corey Peters 99 Vance Walker 97 Carlton Powell
DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux 94 Peria Jerry
LE 93 Ray Edwards 71 Kroy Biermann
OLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon 59 Spencer Adkins
MLB 50 Curtis Lofton 52 Akeem Dent
OLB 54 Stephen Nicholas 53 Mike Peterson
RCB 23 Dunta Robinson 21 Chris Owens 26 Kelvin Hayden
LCB 20 Brent Grimes 24 Dominique Franks 29 Darrin Walls
S 25 William Moore 36 James Sanders
S 28 Thomas DeCoud 39 Shann Schillinger
K 3 Matt Bryant
KO 5 Matt Bosher
P 5 Matt Bosher
KR 14 Eric Weems 24 Dominique Franks
PR 14 Eric Weems 24 Dominique Franks
LS 82 Joe Zelenka
H 5 Matt Bosher 80 Kerry Meier
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog