Meet the new Falcons: Mike Cox, Kirk Chambers

Kansas City Chiefs' Mike Cox (42) dives into the endzone for a first quarter touchdown against the Denver Broncos in an NFL football game on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, in Denver. (AP Photo/ Ed Andrieski )

Kansas City Chiefs' Mike Cox (42) dives into the endzone for a first quarter touchdown against the Denver Broncos in an NFL football game on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, in Denver. (AP Photo/ Ed Andrieski )

FLOWERY BRANCH  – Fullback Mike Cox, who played at Georgia Tech in 2004-07, has received help from his brother regarding practicing with the Falcons. Lucas Cox, who also attended Tech, was in training camp earlier this year.

“I was on the phone with him last night, with a few questions that I had,” Cox said. “He’s definitely been a huge help. He was looking over the stuff with me when I went home. He’s been a huge help.”

Kirk Chambers was signed to help provide depth along the offensive line with Sam Baker [lower back] injured. Chambers stayed in town after being added to the roster to study film. He likes the nasty attitude of the offensive line.

“I can be a little spiteful on the field,” Chambers said. “I enjoy that style of play. When I watched the film, I did get excited by what I saw.”

Bills Chiefs Football

Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Ron Edwards (95) gets to a fumbled ball before Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Kirk Chambers (73) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in Kansas City, Mo. Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick fumbled the ball. Chiefs took over on the 26-yard line. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)


–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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san juan star

October 31st, 2011
8:28 pm

its 85 and sunny and GT beat clemson so who cares if im first

Blue Fender

October 31st, 2011
8:33 pm

Let’s get them up to speed quick. The injury bug is going around.


October 31st, 2011
8:34 pm

I was hoping they signed a good linebacker to replace Sean Wifferspoon…

Yet another

October 31st, 2011
8:41 pm

Mike Cox > Mike Hunt

King Falcon

October 31st, 2011
8:48 pm

Replace Spoon? You serious? He’s been one of the bright spots on a defense that has improved the last 3 weeks


October 31st, 2011
9:25 pm

What about Mike Mularkeys replacement??? Please????

Dirty Bird Non Believer

October 31st, 2011
9:35 pm

The Falcons need a new offensive coordinator. Mike Mularkey is a terrible offensive coordinator. Now we’re back to the three yards and a cloud of dust offense. We traded all of our draft picks for Julio Jones. I thought we had all of these offensive talent and we’re back to this weak offense. No way can we beat the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers of the world running this simple offense.

futbul specialist

October 31st, 2011
9:43 pm

LeRoy does crack.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 31st, 2011
9:44 pm

M — Mularkey’s offense is 37-18 and you want to replace him?


October 31st, 2011
9:55 pm

Leroy, What game are you watching? Holy crap……Spoon’s been our best player on defense throgh the first half of the season.

DOL – Mularkey is not 37-18. ATL is 37-18. That said, we coiuld do worse…….what bothers most of us is how pedestrian we are with (supposedly) some of the best offensive talent in the league. When you watch a Green Bay, New Orleans or NE offense, do you REALLY think that we are getting the same out of our talent that they are?


October 31st, 2011
10:27 pm

Yes Orlando!!! We could be 55-0 without him. Mularkey is the kind of guy that would get you killed in a war. He would tell the enemy where we are and when we are moving,, say like uuhh,, Football?? In the Red Zone the plays are too open to read, no trick plays at all. I don’t trust him even if we did go to the Superbowl. He would do something stupid, for sure!!!


October 31st, 2011
10:29 pm

I like SPoon at times, but has our defense really improved, time will tell. I would have liked to have gotten another cornerback, but none are really available.


October 31st, 2011
10:33 pm

Orlando, Can’t believe you are proud of that 37-18 record man, Hell I want perfection!! Sounds like I need your Job dude. 55-0 sounds better to me man. Do the Math. 37+18= 55 right??


October 31st, 2011
10:33 pm

We have as much talent as any of the top teams, but malarkey has never known how to use them. However I am somewhat persuaded to believe that this is the way Mike Smith wants it. Tthe Falcon against The lions game, we were third and a half yard for the touch down, Malarkey sent in Rodgers and I believe weams, but Smith called time out and sent in turner who the Lons were expecting to see and they stoped the Falcon cole.A lot of this conservative comes from the way Smith wants to play the game.


October 31st, 2011
10:38 pm

Thats whats wrong with the Falcons Man, I love them and want the “Best” for them. The Falcons had the Packers beat and came out the 2cd half tryin to just hang on and make it happen. You gotta Kick @ss man!!!!!! Im from Atlanta and I want a Trophy “Now” Dammit!!!! This city deserves the “Best!!”" Rise up Man!!!! Rise the Hell on up!!!!!!!!!

Nobis should be in the HOF

October 31st, 2011
10:44 pm

Mularkey reminds me of Bobo over in Athens…they both have so many offensive weapons, and neither has the imagination to use them creatively. So, we get the same plays in the same situations time after time and depend on the athletes to do it without benefit of a creativity

Eddie Long

October 31st, 2011
10:47 pm

These guys aren’t underwear model material IMO.


October 31st, 2011
10:54 pm

For those bashing MM you need to look at Coach Smith and how he wants to run the team. I bet all those passes were the ideas of MM but we are going back to our bread and butter of running the ball, controlling the clock, and doing play action. I bet Coach Smith is holding MM back from really opening up the playbook. Look at the game against the Lions when we first got into the red zone. On a 3rd and inches MM had Rodgers in the game and I bet he had a play designed for him, but Coach Smith called a timeout and want to run with Turner. What did we get? 3 points!!! This isn’t all MM’s fault. You can only do so much with the football. If Turner is getting 25+ carriers a game and Ryan is throwing about 25-30 times a game. That is about 55 plays right there and most of their drives are 10 play drives that last maybe about 6 minutes each. Right there you have about 5 or 6 offensive possessions that take 30-36 minutes of game time. If Turner and play action is working why change it now.

Falcon James

October 31st, 2011
10:58 pm

it come as no surprise that DLED would take a stat like 37-18 and say that the falcon should keep Mikarky around. Truth be known, the falcon won 37 inspite of Mikarky. I would say that better than 50% of the 18 losses were a direct result of Mikarky play calling. The rest of the losses were from the other achillis heal we have. That would be Vangorder and Dunta Robinson.


October 31st, 2011
11:04 pm

Can you draft Robert Griffin III please..
or Russell Wilson
someone with an arm and mobility please….
They maybe available in the second round..


October 31st, 2011
11:24 pm

.SCENE: The Atlanta Falcons are practicing at Flowery Branch. While Offensive Coordinator MIKE MULARKEY stands on the sideline, MATT RYAN, JULIO JONES, JUSTIN BLALOCK AND JACQUIZZ RODGERS are running drills in the scorching heat.

RODGERS: Man, I really feel like I’m picking up this offense. Matt, thanks for giving us the crash course.

JONES: Amen! I’m caught up on the playbook already. It’s so cool that they’ve given you so much control of the offense. It’s almost like you’ve been calling plays for years!

RYAN: Well, it’s nothing. I’m just helping out the team in a humble, unassuming sort of way!

BLALOCK: He’s just being modest. Dude runs more plays than the coaches!

RODGERS: You know, speaking of coaches, I haven’t even gotten to talk to Mike Mularkey yet.

JONES: Yeah, I haven’t heard a word from Coach Mularkey. What gives?

RYAN looks nervously at the sideline. He clears his throat before speaking. BLALOCK crosses himself.

RYAN: Uhh, he’s awfully busy. That’s it. Busy.
BLALOCK: Gosh, you know? So busy.

JONES and RODGERS exchange looks.
RODGERS: That was kind of odd, guys. Almost Cristobal Rojohombre odd.

At that moment, a quarterback wearing a floppy sombrero, a comically large mustache and a “Chris Redman For President” T-shirt walks by, glaring at RYAN.
JONES: Looks to me like Coach Mularkey’s just standing over there, doodling in his playbook. I want to meet him. Let’s go say hey.

RYAN: Wait! I have something cool to show you!

RYAN begins desperately jangling his car keys.
RYAN: See? So shiny!

RODGERS: Really? Car keys?

BLALOCK: Getting happy feet in the pocket, Matty.

JONES strides toward the sideline, with RYAN lunging desperately after him. RODGERS and BLALOCK follow.
JONES: Coach Mularkey, how are you? We haven’t had a chance to meet. I’m Julio…

MULARKEY makes a swift chopping motion toward Jones’ face. A startled Jones steps back and watches as Mularkey points toward the field, where ADAM FROMAN is throwing passes.

MULARKEY: The field, he’s seeing things. It’s getting bigger to him. He can see things that I can see from upstairs, he can already see. Before we can even have a conversation, I know that he’s going to see some things as we go forward.

Everyone is silent for a moment.

JONES: Was that…was that English?

MULARKEY: I’m seeing English. English is the small ninja of the forest. True lies, monsieur.
JONES glances at RYAN, his expression alarmed. BLALOCK swiftly edges away. No one notices MULARKEY sketching a formula for rocket fuel in his notebook.
RODGERS: What the hell was that?

RYAN: I tried to keep you away! But you blew it!

MULARKEY: Blue. Blue 42. Blue cannot be 42. How can colors be numbers? Ruminate. I was 42 in Pittsburgh. Steel is the softest of the space-faring metals, wouldn’t you say? I know he’s going to find the spelunkable cavern of Blue 42. Froman. Fro-man. Fro-yo, man.

Another awkward silence ensues. In the span of seconds, Mularkey draws up a brilliant pass play that would catch even the Jets off-balance. Then he draws a turtle hugging a kitten.
JONES: (Accusingly, to RYAN) So you have been calling the plays this whole time!

RYAN: You don’t understand! I’m doing the best I can to decipher the ravings of a madman! I deserve a goddamn Nobel Prize!

RODGERS: Is this why Turner runs up the middle twenty times a game?

JONES: And why you rolled out in the Green Bay game even though my unborn children knew it was coming?

RYAN: Hey, you try figuring out what he’s calling!

MULARKEY: Too many miss their callings. Ah, Master Ryan. Will you not know more of the knowing when you know the unknowing? Harry Douglas over the middle. Forever.
RYAN: Agh! My brain!

RODGERS: Actually, I kinda got that one.

JONES: Wait, now I’m curious. Coach Mularkey, could you call a play for us?

RYAN swings furiously at JONES, who leaps, catches the punch and scores a touchdown.
MULARKEY: Well very.

Reluctantly, RYAN lines up, holding the ball in front of him. JONES and RODGERS line up next to him. MULARKEY sequences the human genome in his head.
MULARKEY: Sixpence. We shall name of it sixpence. Master Ryan, are you hearing the pass? It makes such an orange whistle in the cortex, does it not? Ah, young Hoo-Leo. Fly to an elevation of more proper height in order to receive Master Ryan’s arm candy. Jacques Quizzteau, your submersible appendages must carry you to the Great Deep, past the clutching tentacles of the Obstacle Octopus. You are the feint, the chaff, the shadow. Total yield: Six yards.

RYAN: Orange whistle?

RODGERS: Octopus?

JONES: What?
MULARKEY: Exclamation!

RYAN: I think…I think he wants us to run Turner up the middle.

RODGERS: Yes! Let’s go…get Mike. Right now.

JONES: Thanks for the, uh, playcall, Coach Mularkey.Great to meet you.

Chancing the occasional nervous look back, JONES, RODGERS and RYAN flee toward the cafeteria, where BLALOCK is praying silently to an inscrutable God. MULARKEY watches them go.
MULARKEY: What was their problem?


October 31st, 2011
11:32 pm

JayCool 4DABirds

October 31st, 2011
11:37 pm

What is this LeRoy guy talking about Weatherspoon and every other Falcon LB has played their behinds off this year. I just hope we have enough cap space to keep them all.


October 31st, 2011
11:52 pm

@M…… Man you are TWISTED sir!!!! But HILARIOUSLY funny….. and tragically CORRECT!!! You gots WAAAYYY too much time on your hands and unfortunately SPOT ON!!! Mularkey is a CANCER to this team, and the Birds have won INSPITE his play callin!!


October 31st, 2011
11:53 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 31st, 2011
9:44 pm

“M — Mularkey’s offense is 37-18 and you want to replace him?”


“We play to win SUPERBOWLS!” unknow


October 31st, 2011
11:54 pm


October 31st, 2011
11:54 pm

M – I’m concerned about you brother.


October 31st, 2011
11:56 pm

Mularkey cant throw it deep but neither can noodle arm..


November 1st, 2011
12:02 am

37-18 regular season record..The best 3.5 year stint in the History of this Historically lousy organization..

But dont get it twisted that is “regular season” record, then comes the mighty playoffs PLAYOFFS and just like on que Coach Clean Shot squad folds like a wet noodle…..

Expect the same…….

Big Ray

November 1st, 2011
1:13 am

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 31st, 2011
9:44 pm
M — Mularkey’s offense is 37-18 and you want to replace him?

What’s Mularkey’s record in the playoffs with the Falcons with that offense?


November 1st, 2011
1:16 am

CGD = “Congenital Gumbo Disease”…..Haha! You better go to the doctor, man… done give it to the whole team.
That must be why the “Aints” got their arsks beat so bad, by the winless Rams.
Seriously dude, that stuff’ll make you go mad. Get off our board and get some help…..QUICK!!! LOL!!!

Dirty Bird Nation

November 1st, 2011
1:30 am

Where are all those AINTS FAN? Loser to Da RAMS? Bag HEAD TIME(Hiram)


November 1st, 2011
9:35 am

M that was great! I even recognized some actual quotes from Mularky about Ryan seeing things on the field. Thats how you make fictional screenplays realistic and sarcastic while still making a point. You should consider creative writing. Let me know if I can help


November 1st, 2011
9:48 am

@M… not that I agree with you completely on Mularkey but your prose is outstanding. I love satire and you can sure do it!


November 1st, 2011
11:38 am

M… That was outstanding. As they say in the Old Milwaukee commercials, “it don’t get no better than this”


November 1st, 2011
11:58 am

Umm guys… that whole “M” thing was from the Falcoholic website a few months ago. That first quote from Mularkey was an ACTUAL QUOTE at the time. Thing is freaking hilarious though. =)


November 1st, 2011
12:36 pm

@LeRoy WTH?? What game are you watching ? Spoon has been having a great year and currently is only a few tackles behind #50Lofton for the team lead in tackles. @ M Dude you have too much time on your hands.I thought the younger Cox deserved a second look but in Smitty/Thomas I still trust. Hope we still pound the rock when Julio gets back in. Glad to see he practiced yesterday but RUN TURNER RUN!


November 1st, 2011
12:59 pm

In two of the 3 L’s this year Matt Ryan attempted more than 40 passes. In 3 of the 4 wins he attempted less than 35. The one game that we won where he attempted 40+ was against the Seahawks and we saw what almost happened. I’m not saying anything against Ryan but Atl is a better team when Turner gets to run the ball 20+ times a game. Everybody wants us to be dynamic and explosive by the way Brees and Rodgers and everybody else functions, but we saw what happend to the Saints against the Rams. The Packers almost lost to the Vikings and Saints by trusting the big play only. I would like to see others more involved, but if the combination that we have is working why change it? Until teams can stop us consistently why change it up? For all we know they could be working on things in practice and just don’t want to give the opponent anything right now. All that matters is that we get in the playoffs right? The other QBs like Brees and Rodgers have a better O-line that allows them to feel comfortable to throw downfield. They have 3-4 WR sets because they trust the O-line to “CONSISTENTLY” block for them.


November 1st, 2011
1:35 pm

How the heck do we go from Cox and Chambers to Mularkey?? Go figure….


November 1st, 2011
1:59 pm

True I did not write the above satire, just copy this and paste it in google and you will see the full story. You guys thought I actually wrote all that crap. There are more in google on him. Check it out. Copy and paste in google.…/mike-mularkeys-communication-problem

Hardy Falcon

November 1st, 2011
2:01 pm

I agree, Spoon is a waste, we could of gotten a lot better player instead of wilterspoon.


November 1st, 2011
2:09 pm

Baker needs a break he’s getting WHIPPED.

Mr. Belichick

November 1st, 2011
2:12 pm

TD needs to be replaced.


November 1st, 2011
2:18 pm

What Spoon are you watching ? He’s everywhere this is really his first year.Didn’t have a off season.The defense in solid they just stay on the field to much.We need to get back to RUNNING that ROCK.Keep the defense fresh.


November 1st, 2011
3:37 pm

i cant tell whether its sarcasm or not.

But yeah, Spoon = Future 8 time Pro Bowler. Guy has energy that this defense needs. Does he celebrate after tackles? YES!!! Anyone who’s played any sport competitively or recreationally knows you need that adrenaline and drive to keep playing hard.

Just saying

November 1st, 2011
4:35 pm

Why don’t all you haters of MM, Coach Smith, TD and Arthur Blank go find yourself another team to bash and hate on…like maybe the Saints? Realistically to win 55 games, that expectation is crazy. You play to win, but the odds are against any team winning them all. Grow up…Go Falcons! Fans love you and appreciate what you do!


November 1st, 2011
4:54 pm

Look at the bright side, at least they didn’t sign BOBBY Cox.

True Falcon Fan

November 1st, 2011
5:00 pm

CGD — Yea when you have “NO” J.O.B. — ya stay up all night dont cha — ya nitwitt Moron!

Go Falcons – Colts Next

True Falcon Fan

November 1st, 2011
5:01 pm

CGD — You awake yet?

Falcons > Everyone

November 1st, 2011
6:17 pm

One thing I noticed is that nobody seemed to talk about Chambers and Cox. I hope they’re ready to play because Sunday will be here before you know it.

I noticed that we’re 37-18 under the current regime. That’s almost a 67% winning percentage, equal to almost 11-5 in a season, which is good for the playoffs every year. I don’t understand why people want to get rid of the coaches or GM when we win that much. How can 18 losses out of 55 games outweigh the 37 wins? Are they THAT agonizing?

I am happy that we can talk about the Falcons as a winning team. Super Bowl-winning? Not today but you never know what will happen when the playoffs start. This COULD be our year, who knows? We just saw the 0-6 Rams beat the 1st-place Saints. Shouldn’t that tell you that anything can happen?