Q&A: Smith’s bye-week state of the team address

"Rodney" White celebrates with Tony Gonzalez after catching a 18-yard touchdown pass against the Lions.  AP

"Rodney" White celebrates with Tony Gonzalez after catching a 18-yard touchdown pass against the Lions. AP

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons coach Mike Smith chatted with the local media on Monday.

He also noted on his radio show today on NFL Sirius radio that Matt Ryan had an MRI on Monday and everything – his ankle and knee – checked out fine.

Here are some excerpts from the press conference:

 OPENING STATEMENT: Sunday, I thought was a good day for our football team. We needed to start a streak. We’ve kind of been on a yo-yo in terms of wins and losses. We wanted to start a streak and we were able to get that accomplished by getting a victory on the road. There were a couple of other things that we needed to try to improve on. One was our third down efficiency and I thought that our guys

Falcons RB Michael Turner tries to break through the tackle of Lions DB Amari Spievey. (Associated Press)

Falcons RB Michael Turner tries to break through the tackle of Lions DB Amari Spievey. (Associated Press)

responded very well to the challenge that we put before them this week as a staff and especially the defensive staff. It was a hard-fought, physical football game. We knew it was going to be that way. Detroit is a really good football team. They’re well-coached and we were very fortunate to go up there and get the win.

 ON THE DEFENSE’S PROGRESSION THIS SEASON: It’s week-to-week in this league, but I really like the way that our guys have played defensively and I think that it’s been a steady climb for the most part. The arrow’s going up, although sometimes it statistically doesn’t necessarily look like that. But I really like the pressure that we put on the quarterback in the game yesterday. One of the things that we talked about was that we wanted to make it hectic and chaotic. We weren’t talking about sacks. We were talking about making it hectic and chaotic around the throwing spot and the launch point and I thought that our guys did a really good job yesterday in doing that, especially early on. We were able to record those two sacks after the turnover that they started with the ball in our red zone. They have progressed well. We gave up some explosive plays. They were really probably because of missed tackles and missed leverage, but for the most part, the arrow I think is going up with our defense. I think this is going to be a big week for us, in terms of getting some guys healthier. We’ve got some guys that have missed time, especially on our defensive line, that should get healthier. We feel that our guys have a much better understanding from day one to where we are right now

Ryan passed for one touchdown and ran for another in the team's 23-16 victory.  (Associated Press)

Ryan passed for one touchdown and ran for another in the team's 23-16 victory. (Associated Press)

 in terms of what we’re trying to do schematically and I think that had a lot to do with the success that we had on third down in the ball game yesterday. 

 ON THE DEFENSIVE LINE: We really believe that you have to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football and when you talk about the passing game, it starts with your pass rush and not necessarily the number of sacks that you can record. It’s the pressure that you can get on the quarterback and they have done a nice job. We had a string there where we might not have necessarily gotten the sack production, but I still think that we put pressure on the quarterback. We have faced some quarterbacks through these first seven games that have very good mobility in Josh Freeman, Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers. . . But it all starts up front and our philosophy from the very beginning when we got here is that we wanted to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football. 


ON CREATING TURNOVERS IN 26 STRAIGHT GAMES: I think it’s something that we stress. Special teams lent a hand yesterday for us on the kickoff to keep that streak alive. We had two opportunities that we felt were missed opportunities that were fairly simple catches that we weren’t able to complete. But I really think that it has a lot to do with the mindset of how we coach our guys to attack the football. We know that if we attack the football and we try to get as many people and as many pads as we can on a ball carrier that there’s an opportunity that the ball’s going to come out. It’s something that, philosophically, our defensive staff from the very beginning states, ‘This is how we’re going to do things,’ and the guys really buy into it.

Falcons defensive lineman Corey Peters fights off a block while attempting to tackle Lions RB Maurice Morris. AP

Falcons defensive lineman Corey Peters fights off a block while attempting to tackle Lions RB Maurice Morris. AP

ON CORNERBACK BRENT GRIMES:  Brent, I thought, had a very good game. I thought our secondary, especially our corners with the challenges that they had yesterday with regards to Calvin Johnson. Brent Grimes had a very big play on a deep ball on a double cut. Again, you know going into those games that you’re going to have to try to slow those guys down; you’re not always going to stop them and I think we’ve been able to do that over the last two weeks. Brent, again, just like he played last year, he’s playing very, very good football for us at the corner position. 


ON THE INJURIES SUFFERED AGAINST DETROIT: This week, we are going radio silence for the bye week. You guys won’t see me very long this week. We’re going to give the guys some time off and we’re going to give some coaches time off as well. We’re going to kind of let it lay low and we’ll report to you guys next week. I will give it to you guys before it comes out on the wire. 

ON GIVING THE PLAYERS THE WEEK OFF: We have been working extremely hard. This has been a tough stretch, in terms of our opponents. Again, we got together July 28th or 29th and we knew we were actually going to start on July 25th, so it has been a hectic 10 weeks to this point and we feel that the rest is very important, not only for the players, but for the coaches as well. Players will have a lot

The NFL's No. 2 all-time leading receiver Tony Gonzalez smiles as he runs off the field following the 23-16 victory over Detroit. AP

The NFL's No. 2 all-time leading receiver Tony Gonzalez smiles as he runs off the field following the 23-16 victory over Detroit. AP

 more time off than the coaches, but we’re going to get some down time as we get towards the weekend. I think it’s very important. We’ll have guys that are injured in here getting treatment and I’ve got a hunch that we’ll see a lot of guys even though they’re ‘off’ that are going to be in the building this week. I just have that feeling. 

 ON WHAT WENT INTO THE DECISION: It was a decision that I made last week, and when I say last week I’m talking about Thursday and Friday of last week. I had made the decision in my mind based on the outcome of the game on how we were going to proceed through the bye week. It’s something that the guys will tell you I’m very anal about calendars and making sure everybody knows when and where we’re going to do things. It was not something that was a whim there just in the locker room. It was something that was well thought out on Thursday and Friday, looking at the different possibilities of how we could do things based on the outcome of the game. 

ON USING TIME OFF AS A MOTIVATION TOOL: It was, but I did not dangle that. That’s not something that I believe in doing. I know different people have different styles and ways of trying to motivate guys. In terms of the way we try to do it, we try to go out and be as even-keeled as we possibly can, prepare like we always do and go out and try to accomplish the goals and we were able to do that. That was a

Falcons lineman Sam Baker blocks Carolina's Charles Johnson, giving Matt Ryan time to pass. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons lineman Sam Baker blocks Carolina's Charles Johnson, giving Matt Ryan time to pass. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

good football team that we played yesterday there in Detroit. 

ON THE REPORT OF THE LIONS TAUNTING MATT RYAN:  There’s a lot of things said between the sidelines and I know this: that was a physical, tough football game against two, I think, very aggressive teams. [It was] probably the most physical game that we’ve played to this point.


ON WHAT HE WAS THINKING WHEN RYAN WAS ON THE GROUND: It looked a lot worse than it actually turned out to be, I can assure you that. The first thing that goes through my mind is, ‘okay, what plays did Chris Redman practice during the week so what’s our inventory’ and trying to go through the mindset of how do we continue to play with our backup quarterback knowing that he didn’t have the snaps that your starter has. When I walked out on the field, you could see that Matt was in some pain but I got a pretty good feel when I was out there that he was going to be alright. I didn’t know if he was going to be alright for this ball game, but it was comforting to see how he was feeling. He was in a lot of pain but he indicated that he thought he was going to be alright. We got him in and let the doctors look at him and the trainers. Probably the best thing about it was, he got back out there quick enough that we had a third down and eight. As he was on the sideline back there, I was kind of running behind the bench and asking if we could get him out there and he said, ‘Let me try to take a drop,’ and by God, it was one fell swoop. He just started his drop and he ran right out into the huddle. He got out there and completed a [49-yard] completion. I don’t think there was any doubt when we came back on the sideline that he was going to be out there and we needed him there on that third down and he was able to produce with the completion to Harry Douglas.


ON TACKLE WILL SVITEK, WHO STARTED FOR SAM BAKER: Will had a tough draw yesterday, but I thought he really competed. . . He played with a lot of energy in the ball game. I thought he held his own. Those are two outstanding defensive ends and he was matched up against (Kyle) Vanden Bosch for the most part and it was fun to watch it on tape this morning and last night on the plane ride. Those two guys got after it. [Svitek held Vanden Bosch sackles.]

 ON RYAN’S TOUGHNESS: I think it’s very important. Without a doubt, Matt Ryan is a leader of our football team and to see him be able to get up from some of the unfortunate hits that he’s had to take throughout the year, I think it not only energizes the offense, but it energizes the defense and our entire football team. Really, when any of our guys are down and they get back up and we know that we can have them back out on the playing field, I think it helps, whether it’s an offensive lineman, a starter that gets nicked and gets back in there. I think we feel a lot more confident with those guys in the mix than we do with our backups.

ON HIS PLANS FOR THE BYE WEEK: The first part of the week, we have got a lot of things that we have to do like we would normally do, finishing up our work on Detroit. Then here this evening, instead of moving forward to a new opponent, we’re going to take a couple of days and do some intensive evaluation and self-scouting ourselves. When I say ourselves, that starts with the coaching staff. The number one conversation tomorrow morning when we start our day will be about evaluating our practice schedule, in terms of how we may want to adjust it. I’ve got some ideas that I want to discuss with the staff in terms of as we get further in the season, we always

Falcons head coach Mike Smith and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton greet each other at mid-field during pregame warmups. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons head coach Mike Smith and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton greet each other at mid-field during pregame warmups. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

adjust our schedule a little bit. It’s something that I want to discuss with the offensive, defensive and special teams staffs and then we’ll move on to try to do some drilling down in some of the areas, even though we’ve been doing it, for example, our third down efficiency, our red zone efficiency, some of the areas that we’ve fallen short on, we want to take a good evaluation of that. At the end of the week, we will take some time off as a coaching staff. We need to re-energize our batteries just like the players are and get ready for the second-half run. I know when the guys come back in here on Monday, players and coaches, we’ll be ready to roll and start our preparation for Indianapolis.

ON  JASON SNELLING TAKING OVER FOR FULLBACK OVIE MUGHELLI IF NECESSARY: I think Jason did a very good job. Jason’s had to do this before. Last year, we missed Ovie when he was injured in the San Francisco game. He stepped right in and our offense didn’t miss a beat. Jason stepped in yesterday into a no-huddle situation where he was playing fullback and we were running our no-huddle offense and we didn’t miss a beat out of our 21-personnel [2 backs, 1 tight.] Jason has done it in the past and he’s very familiar. That’s one of the reasons we have him on our roster because he gives us flexibility to play both the fullback and the halfback.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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61 comments Add your comment

JayCool 4DABirds

October 25th, 2011
10:02 am

1st again!! I hope we get everybody healthy in the bye week so we can finish this season strong. No practice is a good call.


October 25th, 2011
10:15 am

Sounds like the Falcons, I know. Great job everyone and best of luck this season. Everyone seems to be contributing and it doesn’t seem to be the same team that lost those three games.

It’s great to be a Falcon fan and know that this team seems to be coming together and jelling ! Best of luck against Indy!

Graet job, Great job and Graet job !

Joycee Banicheck

October 25th, 2011
10:22 am

Sure would like to know how Ovie’s injury is turning out…


October 25th, 2011
10:24 am

Rest up guys, you deserve it!


October 25th, 2011
10:24 am

Joycee – did you see his twitter? Sounded optimistic.

Drizzy Swagghard

October 25th, 2011
10:25 am

I’m very pleased to see our D coming together. The corners are starting to play better. Our linebackers are hitting people (Spoon is playing off the charts). The safeties are not out of position like they were early in the season. The D line is definately making strides in terms of pressure. I love it. If our offense can start to live up to the hype, I see some special things happening. GO FALCONS!

Joycee Banicheck

October 25th, 2011
10:25 am

No, I don’t Twit or read them. Good stuff though, dude’s a beast…


October 25th, 2011
10:40 am

Brent grimes shut down corner period


October 25th, 2011
10:48 am

Anal, seems to be an accurate adjective for Coach Smith, but that kind of focus separates the great from the really good.

Overall an ugly game for both offenses, but the defenses had a lot to do with that. When Turner has good vision in a game, he always has a big gainer or two. There is usually a cut-back lane on almost every run play….sometimes he just closes his eyes and bulls forward.

On the taunting by Detroit players…..Somebody should have handled it on the field. A little cut block here, a little kick there…..catch a mouthy guy not looking and run through his ear hole…..that’s the way to settle the disputes and exact the proper amount of retribution. And if there are fines handed out, take up a collection, pay them and move on.

Now, move over and let the BIG Bird eat!


October 25th, 2011
10:59 am

It seems to me that as the running game has progressed, Matt Ryan gets into more of a comfort zone. Yes I know that’s being a bit too obvious, but it will be interesting to see what happens when Julio comes back for Indy.

Atlanta can’t get into this mode of trying to outscore everyone but by doing what they do best, control the clock and get the ball to their receivers when the situation calls for it.

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October 25th, 2011
11:28 am

It looks like Svitek has earned the starting Left Tackle job. Move Sam Baker to right gaurd because G.Reynolds has struggled all year. Reynolds is playing out of position and would be better suited to take Svitek’s job as the swing tackle.

Let’s be honest, our formula to win starts with the power running game, not slinging the ball all over the field (ala’ “The Greatest Show on Turf). Mike Smith please focus on what we do best. Run the ball, control the clock, and play mistake free football.

old qb

October 25th, 2011
11:33 am

I’m glad Julio is on the team, but they play more balanced when he’s out. Still better to have him onthe field, but White, Gonzalez and Douglas should be targeted more often when Julio is on the field.
Love Matty Ice, but he is terrible at trying to throw deep. His completion percentage on his deep throws with some air under it has to be less than 5%. Somebody either teach him that throw or get rid of that play. It’s a matter of confidence. The only time he’s completed a deep throw Julio had to slow down to catch it which prevented an easy touchdown. He seems afraid his deep passes will be intercepted so he overthrows.
But matty has guts and that can’t b e taught. Great game.

True Falcon Fan

October 25th, 2011
11:37 am

Where are you now CGD, with your BS now

St Simons - we're on Island time

October 25th, 2011
11:39 am

Can we borrow the Jags defense for the rest of the season?

Detroiter Tout-Jour;

October 25th, 2011
11:50 am

Knowing oneself is most important Atl played like thet know how , now When Julio gets back,adding on what you have doesn’t mean changing who you’re just more options to work with.

Ram Hiram

October 25th, 2011
11:55 am

CGD has lefted the building!!!!!!!!!!! Thank goodness. Maybe he go back to his Ain’t blog.

joe white

October 25th, 2011
11:59 am

diry swagghard you right our defense is playing lights out, offense needs to match them now.


October 25th, 2011
12:03 pm

It will interesting to see if Svitek has won the LT job for a while. Many scouts have said Baker would be a better guard than a tackle, so maybe we’ll see him at RG or at LG with Blalock moving to right (which might be the best answer).

The other big adjustments to look for are how they reintegrate Julio into the game plan without messing up the continuity that’s developing on offense, and if they keep the mix of blitzes and zones they ran against Detroit.

Over the last two weeks the Falcons have been playing their game. When they do that they can go head to head with anyone.


October 25th, 2011
12:05 pm

And how great is it to see Brent Grimes turn into a premier corner in front of our eyes?? Dude shut down Calvin Johnson about as well as anyone can (that TD was on Decoud taking a bad angle).

e' dirty birds

October 25th, 2011
12:16 pm

@old qb You are exactly right. Ryan throws the worst deep ball in the NFL.


October 25th, 2011
12:38 pm

It’s so great to see the tides change from year to year, game to game. Brent Grimes is a midget etc, can’t compete with the 6′4″ receivers etc.. but he has and does most of the time. Then there is the ‘Matt can’t throw deep, he’s got a noodle arm etc’. He can throw deep… he overthrew as noted. Accuracy deep, that’s a problem.. really.

matty ice

October 25th, 2011
1:18 pm

@e’ dirty birds Matt Ryan is quite capable of good deep passes, but I think last year’s playoff took away some of his confidence http://youtu.be/ZP8suTpHMwk

Falcon James

October 25th, 2011
1:30 pm

First let me say that the falcon need to use this time to work. they in no position to take any time off. ryan need to work on his arm strength and accuracy throwing the ball. jones need to get back on the field and excercise so he dont get injured again. rodney need to work on catching the ball and while trying keep his mouth shut. turner need to try to run past the line of scrimage before he fall down. abe need to work on his pass rush. dunta need to figure out to cover somebody or give the money back. witherspoon need to work on his tackling ability. grimes need to eat more so he grow up big and strong. the way I sees it, the only player who deserve time off is bryant.


October 25th, 2011
1:46 pm

D-Led, There is a download you can get on NFL.com. I think it is called “Playbook”. A buddy of mine downloaded it and took a long time looking at it. I would love to see you ask Coach Smith about some of the tendancies next week. I don’t mean this in a “gotcha” sort of a way. But if an arm chair fan can run these stats then I bet the opposing teams coaches do it much better. Here are the “ruts” we are in:

My numbers are not exact because I don’t have the stats in front of me but I am within 5% here.

Okay, on first down, when we are in a two back set, we run like 85% of the time. What is more, we run to the right most of those times. Close to 75% we run to the right. Our runs on first down are for 2,2,2,4,2,-2,-2,4,-1,2 yards per carry. So we only have two succesful runs from that formation. That CONSTANTLY puts us in 2nd and Long.

The next thing, many of us fans want to see Jacquizz get more carries from the 3rd down spread formation. We have only run out of that formation twice. Other teams do a draw out of that all the time. Heck Georgia does it way too often. As productive as Jacquizz has been I think he could really make some plays for us on 1st and 2nd down. I am not saying sit Turner. I am just saying mix it up a bit more.

Everybody in the stadium knows we are going to run to the right for little or no gain. That is if we are in a two back set of first down.

Everybody in the stadium knows that when we go to a spread formation with Jacquizz that we are going to pass. We do it almost every time.

This has to be a rut that other staff’s have caught up on.


Thanks. Only you have the access to ask this stuff.

St Simons - we're on Island time

October 25th, 2011
2:45 pm

Screens & hot-read slants.
Get him more time
Then the wheel routes & double-move routes open up.
a lottt o touchdowns on wheel routes in NFL

Easy strategy. Why don’t they do it? Ask em, DLed


October 25th, 2011
3:02 pm

I think the inefficient offense with Julio in the game was because we forgot that we added him to be an alternative to our primary game, running and short to mid-term passes. We did not get him to change our offense into the pass happy Packers. We live and die with balance. Last year we got away with being unbalanced until the Packers fudged us. Now that we have played 2 without him, we can reset the plan for using him to be the change up to our core, and not the primary objective to get him the ball. It will pay dividends in the long run to have him there even if he does not catch 100 balls or have 1000 yards.


October 25th, 2011
3:14 pm

Prey Dawg, if what you cite is correct that is very telling information. I know the retort will be that even if it does not net good yards those first and second quarter runs will benefit us in the fourth quarter when the D is run down. But if you dont score points you dont get the advantage of this strategy. Teams today are throwing early to score so they can run late. We are running early in hopes of shortening the game, only when we fall behind it means we run out of time.


October 25th, 2011
3:15 pm

Is Paria Jerry still on the time or did Jamal Anderson take him to Indy?


October 25th, 2011
3:26 pm

Hey Y’all.

ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY !! ONE HEARTBEAT!!. Our Falcons are playing “ONE GAME AT A TIME” have regained their “ONE HEARTBEAT!!” SWAG.






……………………..……..”ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!!!…………………………………….


October 25th, 2011
4:04 pm

I dont believe we tried to change our identity. I think the run game was struggling so bad the first few games that they had to try and win baby…. All this talk about the falcons figuring out who they are is nonsence…All three phases of our game were not clicking so they tried to get back in games… it didnt work… we knew our identity…Now its starting to click…When julio gets back we will be dangerooooouuuusssss.. lol


October 25th, 2011
4:22 pm

Thank goodness we were able to rehire Snelling on the cheap. If anyone had offered better he would have been gone,

I also would like to see Svitek get the start nod for now, and move Reynolds to the bench. Could be a big improvement overall.

I would also like to see more screens and draws using Snelling and JaQuizz. I really think that’s what the offense is really missing. Then dial up a bomb or 2 to Julio.

IF the arrow is moving up for the defense, for the offense it’s mired, not moving at all.


October 25th, 2011
4:55 pm

I am surprised there are so many out of work coaches posting on the AJC message boards…


October 25th, 2011
6:57 pm

All the Falcons need to do is remain in the mix until December and then hit their stride.Sorry to hear about Ovie, though. Rest up. Rise Up. Go Falcons.


October 25th, 2011
7:06 pm

smitty calls this a streak? 2 wins!. oh how it must stink to support a team where mediocrity is celebrated. heres another smitty streak-ZERO playoff wins! celebrate that!

Michael M.

October 25th, 2011
8:29 pm

I dont know why the stupid other Teams fans try to stink up our Falcons Blogs but one thing is for sure The Caints are the Aints and the Birds will show em up when they play em in a couple of more weeks. I think The Birds will kick their Tails back to New Orleans!


October 25th, 2011
9:38 pm

The true state of the falcan’ts is: Third Place.

G E A U X S A I N T S!!!


October 25th, 2011
10:03 pm

@ hiramsaint — The “Aints” are only one win better than us, dude, and you doin’ all this trash talkin’?

Wait ’til “The Predator” & Co. gets through with your team on Nov. 13th in The Dome, and see who’s doing the trash talking then…..Boo Brees won’t know what hit him!!! Haha!

Of course, then you’ll do your “disappearing act, as usual….


October 25th, 2011
10:13 pm

SeenThisB4 — Are you and HiramSaint husband and husband? Haha! You sound so much alike.
And we’ll see who’s in 3rd place in about 3 weeks. We’re coming for you, dude…

Falclowns are a 3rd place team

October 25th, 2011
10:30 pm

What a joke….2 win streak and these clowns think they are SB contenders….they will always be RINGLESS in ATL and envious of the Saints…fact…until YOU win a ring, stfu….You have done NOTHING…your smack talk about the Caints and the Aints and whatever is nothing but jealousy and despair on your part….must be miserable to be a delusional FAILCANT fan….FACT…stay classy, dirty turdz…

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

October 26th, 2011
10:25 am

I give props to the Saints for winning the Super Bowl (with a lot of assistance from the officials) but the NO fans act as if the Saints have been a powerhouse football team for years. Please just go back and review your teams overall record. If you were in Green Bay talking all of that smack, then it would possibly make sense……but NEW ORLEANS……PLEASE!!!!!!

Rather than spending so much time on the Falcons blogs why not go back down to NO and help clean up that cesspool of a city starting with the politics, the trash and the unemployed and underemployed; and especially those panhandlers and muggers/robbers in the French Quarter….do something more constructive with you time PLEASE!!!!!


October 26th, 2011
11:35 am

Falclowns are a 3rd place team – “stay classy, dirty turdz…”

hmm, maybe u ought to take ur own advice.


October 26th, 2011
1:13 pm

New Orleans and classy in the same sentence? SERIOUSLY?? Hate it that Fat Head(OVIE) is out for the season. Love that dude and the run game has been ROLLING! Snells is a lil better catching the ball but we will miss Ovie hammering on the LBs.The talent is much better when Julio is in but the play calling gets away from our strengths. Rest up Dirty Birds! Spoon and Peters, stay on fire bros!


October 26th, 2011
1:13 pm

RISE UP!!!!!


October 26th, 2011
2:27 pm

Any word on #11?


October 26th, 2011
3:16 pm

Our Falcons are a great bunch of professionals and men who our children can look up to as role models. With hard work and perserverance, they continue to improve each and every week and are playing at a very high level by this point in the season. I am elated with the coaching staff and the continued improvement is testament to their hard work and success. This is the kind of team that will continue to improve, especially with our support and appreciation. I’m very sorry to hear about Ovie M. and know we will miss him immensely. A probowl player and a great guy… my best wishes to him in his recovery. It is nice to see this quality of football and sportsmanship in Atlanta. It’s looking like we just need to be a little bit better than the Packers by the end of the season… GO FALCONS!


October 26th, 2011
4:01 pm

really? yeah i want my kids to be just like babs and rodney white . i want them to knock up trashy chicks from reality tv shows. i want them to play ball and take swings at other teams players like smitty. i want them to be totally incompetent at their job like mularkey and van goiter. i want them running around looking like thugs in dreadlocks and talkin trash when they;ve never done anything. yes mikey-our children can look up to them -RETARD


October 26th, 2011
4:42 pm

Hiram shut your mouth….Falcons are one game behind the Ain’ts and when yoa come to town you will get exposed no noe is afraind of ya no more…….


October 26th, 2011
4:46 pm

wah wah wah- 3rd place is along way from 1st


October 26th, 2011
5:31 pm

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired…….I travel to both Atlanta and New Orleans often, and New Orleans certainly has more than its share of problems, but don’t underestimate the problems that Atlanta has. Atlanta had a rockin’ nightlife for many decades until the city changed the rules in the middle of the game. Atlanta now rolls the streets up like Mayberry. Atlanta has two of the most dangerous zip codes in the country, and New Jersey gangs are setting up shop as they please. On a recent weekend night out at supposedly one of Atlanta’s premier nightclubs, I was trying to figure out how I wound up in either the middle east or somewhere in asia. The AJC has had front page pics of welfare lines that looked two miles long and the city’s crime rates aren’t far behind those of New Orleans. New Orleans is a heck of a lot more fun for a getaway weekend than Atlanta is because most folks don’t need the city government to tell them that it’s bed time at 2:30 am. Yes, the city of New Orleans has problems, but sweeping around your own porch first might be a good idea!