Meier to appeal fine from NFL

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons wide receiver Kerry Meier will appeal the $20,000 fined from the NFL for his hit on Vikings long snapper Cullen Loeffler. The hearing will be held Tuesday.

Meier was fined for an illegal blindside block to the head area in the game Nov. 27 during a Falcons’ punt return. Loeffler broke a bone in his lower back on the hit in the second quarter and is out for the season. No penalty was called on the play.

“The big thing about it, first and foremost, it’s never my intention to go out and hurt somebody,” Meier said. “Sometimes in the violent sport we play, things like this happen. It’s wasn’t my intent. I was just executing my job. I went out and happened to get a shot to make a block and it turned out to be something that escalated into something I didn’t expect. I’m sorry to the man, but we have to move forward.”

The appeal will be heard via conference call with the league.

Meier said he was surprised to hear from the league.

“Initially when the play happened I had a good feeling about it,” Meier said. “It was my first big block of the season. My adrenaline was pumping. I felt pretty good about myself. The next day I came in and watched the film and my coaches thought it was a clean hit, I thought it was a clean hit, all my teammates thought it was a clean hit. The league thinks otherwise right now. Hopefully we can put a good appeal together and hopefully get this thing settled.”

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tmc

December 8th, 2011
2:38 pm

good luck, but you are at the mercy of no logic and floating rules… no matter how clean it was.

Einstein

December 8th, 2011
2:57 pm

I think we’ll finish with the 5th seed and we’ll travel to the winner of the NFC East for the 1st round of the playoffs. We’ll beat Carolina on Sunday because let’s face it, the Panthers haven’t beaten a team with a winning record all season, we don’t lose back to back games, and we’re just the better team. If we stop shooting ourselves in the foot, we’d be a great team. We just can’t seem to make the plays when they’re there for us to make. There were TWO defensive touchdowns called back last week vs. Houston. TWO. Not to mention the drops by our receivers. If we can play smart football, no reason we can’t at least finish 10-6 and with the schedule that Detroit and Chicago still have to play, no reason we can’t get the 5th seed.

Einstein

December 8th, 2011
3:00 pm

With an Atlanta win over Carolina, and a Chicago loss to the Broncos @ Denver, that would give us the 5th seed if the season ended Sunday. That would leave Chicago sitting at 7-6, and we’d be 8-5 which would give us the 5th seed at the moment. Detroit plays Minnesota and we know Minnesota can give teams a scare so you never know. But if we hold the tiebreaker over Detroit because we beat them head to head. Basically we are trying to fight off Chicago because they beat us. If we win out, and Detroit wins out, we’d still make the playoffs because we beat them. Our main competitor for a playoff spot is Chicago, and with them not having Cutler or Forte, doesn’t look like it’s going to be a pretty finish for them. They couldn’t beat Kansas City in their own house, so I’ll take Denver to beat Chicago in Denver and we’ll beat the Panthers.

Falcon Fan

December 8th, 2011
3:01 pm

u at the mercy of a group of fools…good luck!

SimpleDawg

December 8th, 2011
3:02 pm

The rules are as sketchy as the Falcons’ play is right now. Can’t make sense of either.

Einstein

December 8th, 2011
3:03 pm

Our remaining schedule:

@ Carolina
vs. Jacksonville
@ New Orleans
vs. Tampa Bay

No reason not to finish at least 10-6. We should win 3 out of 4 of those and maybe luck up and play our best game and beat the Saints. Remember, every time the Falcons and Saints face off, it’s a bloodbath. It’s not going to be a blowout because they know each other so well. I think it’ll be another close game that’ll come down to a few plays and inches (like last time.) remember though, we beat them in their house last season, no reason why we can’t do it again. The Falcons are so much better than their record states, but we just gotta go out and prove it. The only team that “beat” us is Chicago. Other than that, you look at the losses and can easily point out reasons that the Falcons beat themselves.

Einstein

December 8th, 2011
3:07 pm

For instance, the loss to Tampa Bay (16-13)…we were a few Roddy White drops away from winning that one….the loss to Green Bay, we were up 14-0 and still had the momentum until there were some holding calls that stalled our drives, the loss to the Saints, we had lots of opportunities to win that one as well, (stalling in the redzone, kicking too many FGs), etc…and we came up a few inches short in the loss, beat ourselves again, the loss to Houston is the one that stings the most however…we all know we shot ourselves in that one. No way the Falcons should have lost that game. Two defensive touchdowns called back by penalties, countless drops by receivers, etc. I mean, that game should have been the Falcons’. But too many mistakes costed us. Hopefully we clean that up, and finish strong.

MR. ATL

December 8th, 2011
3:18 pm

Einstein is the smartest guy on this blog.

SawThat1nce

December 8th, 2011
3:28 pm

White dropped a sure TD pass in the saints game, that would have ended the game with a Falcons win in regulation time, at the very end of reg. time.

The Dirty Bird

December 8th, 2011
3:32 pm

Ditto that Mr. ATL Einstein, I completely agree with what you’re saying. And on the subject of Meier: Wasn’t this guy supposed to be a good receiver for us?

PMC

December 8th, 2011
3:58 pm

Careful Kerry, a punter might get mad at you and rip you on his twitter.

fan

December 8th, 2011
3:59 pm

We will never win three out of four remaining games. Maybe Jacksonville. I am not sure about that game. Falcons have away of playing down to competitions level.We will be lucky to finsh 8-8 for season. That will make the falcon nation proud of Smith and Company.To be and elite team, coaching change has to be made. Offense and defense.

old qb

December 8th, 2011
4:07 pm

Hey Einstein, have you forgotten we have to beat the Saints at New Orleans? That might be termed a mighty task, even if we do get Grimes back for that game.
All this talk about the playoffs. The Falcons have two enormous weaknesses should they get to the playoffs. There is zero pass rush. I’m tired of the Falcons PR types stating Edwards is very good against the run. If the Falcons have the other team at beyond third and seven a first down is just about automatic. And fourth and seventeen is a sure touchdown.
The second problem is matt Ryan can not accurately throw a deep ball. Heck, that’s no secret. He does have all the other throws although he didn’t need to learn to throw the screen as it’s never called (well, almost never).
We definitely should take a defensive end with our first round draft pick–whoops, we don’t have one of those.
I love the Falcons, but they just don’t have the horses to beat the cream of this year’s NFC.

Die Hard Falcon

December 8th, 2011
4:15 pm

@fan
I notice you didn’t say who you’re a fan of, obviously not the Falcons, you’re delusional if you think we go 1-3 during these last 4, maybe if MR2 goes down or something crazy like that. Otherwise, we have a legitimate shot at 4-0, and 3-1 is also extremely likely. I won’t count my chickens until they hatch, I don’t put anything past this panther team, they’ve been playing tough, but if we can’t run on a team that just put it’s 2 starting DT’s on IR and was already w/o it’s top LB’s, then that’s sick. We will get the run going and keep scam off the field, so even if he’s playing well, it won’t be enough, he’ll make a mistake or 2 and we’ll pull away, it won’t be a massacre, b/c the Falcons never seem to really take it to anyone, but it will be a victory and Jacksonville is in total dissaray, we will win there as well, and the Bucs are looking horrid and seem to be falling apart, I agree and made the same observation as Einstein, 10-6 at worst and the 5th seed against either the G-men or the cowgirls, both of whom we’re capable of beating.

Go Falcons!!!!

panic fan

December 8th, 2011
4:35 pm

hope the appeal works out 4 him he will be our next finn hope to see him used in wes welker style plays when we get him fully back from his knee injury next year.Just happy we have a wide out not scared to knock someones head off when blocking good job.

hiramsaint

December 8th, 2011
4:39 pm

playoffs- wow y’all are really itching to go 0-3 with the 3 stooges. maybe forget the playoffs and arty will give you your wish with a coaching staff. if you had one of those , you might be relevant today

teamguy

December 8th, 2011
4:43 pm

hiramsaint. .speaking of stooges, go back to listening to the two live stooges. .about your speed.

C

December 8th, 2011
4:48 pm

@PMC-You never can be too careful of those punters on last place teams. They will sneak up and get you on Twitter.

yeahsure

December 8th, 2011
5:37 pm

Nerf Football League.
Think how much $20,000 is to the 5th WR on the team. NFL is going too far. Kluwe will get this next time we play them so his crying.

Take it from me

December 8th, 2011
5:48 pm

Make no mistake about it,Scam will be hard to bring down,and the Falcons don’t play running QBs very well,but its time we put him in his place!

Michael M.

December 8th, 2011
6:15 pm

@ hiramsaint…………..Your mommy still letting you play with her laptop, making mischief on the Falcons Blog ?

julio down by the school yard

December 8th, 2011
6:23 pm

Hi, my name is julio jones. Please throw the ball to me 10 times so I can catch 5 of them

cdog

December 8th, 2011
6:26 pm

in a couple of years i will probably not be watching the NFL. by then, the league will have outlawed tackling. they will be playing two-hand touch football.it’s ridicoulous how the league has become a sissy league.penalties for someone throwing up their hands to celebrate a touchdown and penalties for hitting recievers helmet to helmet, i guess it’s going to soon be you have to let them catch the ball then touch them.i remember the big hitters such as george atkinson, ronnie lott,jack tatum,frank nunally, jack lambert, dave duerson, and jack ham. you would have never probably heard of these greats with these stupid sissy rules that they have now.

Einstein

December 8th, 2011
6:41 pm

This is my prediction on how the NFC playoff picture will look come January:

1st seed: Green Bay
2nd seed: San Francisco
3rd seed: New Orleans
4th seed: Dallas
5th seed: Atlanta
6th seed: Detroit

1st round match-ups: Atlanta @ Dallas; Detroit @ New Orleans
WINNERS: Atlanta, New Orleans

2nd round match-ups: Atlanta @ Green Bay; New Orleans @ San Francisco
WINNERS: Green Bay, San Francisco

NFC Championship Game: Green Bay vs. San Francisco

NFC CHAMPION: Green Bay Packers

I hate to say it, but we’re not going to win the NFC even if we make the playoffs. Never know, but it’s hard to see us going to Lambeau in January to win a playoff game vs. Aaron Rodgers and company. It’s just hard for me to see that. Not just us, not anyone is going to do it. Green Bay will have home field advantage, a first round bye, etc. To get to the Super Bowl from the NFC, you’ll have to knock off GB in Lambeau in January, and I don’t see anyone being able to do it.

SeenThisB4

December 8th, 2011
7:05 pm

I see somebody knocking off Green Bay, in Lambeau, in January. I see it, crystal clear. And so do a few of my friends.

hiramsaint

December 8th, 2011
7:11 pm

i’m seeing it too! i’m also seeing the failclowns having to double up and kiss our two rings in feb. !

TNScott

December 8th, 2011
7:34 pm

Not “germans”(Buford T. Justice) to the subject, but Julio Jones will make Falcon’s fans forget Aundray Bruce as the worst Atlanta draft day bust ever. Hear me now. Believe me later.

Michael M.

December 8th, 2011
7:51 pm

cdog, I totally agree with your post on it becoming a sissy league
Einstein.. you may have it all square on your post also
SeenThisB4 and hiramsaint… I agree with what you say also cause I have been seeing the same strange thing you two are seeing but it is showing up in a red jersey with a black helment and the Falcon’s logo on it.

curse of roddy white

December 8th, 2011
7:58 pm

this team is cursed by one player, roddy white. the curse is with him and your team. hc,owner and players…. u will see u all will see

hiramsaint

December 8th, 2011
7:58 pm

that would be called a hallucination-don’t be confused

Michael M.

December 8th, 2011
8:14 pm

mmm……must have been some of those new drugs they have on the market making you hallucinate cause mine came to me in a dream .

hiramsaint

December 8th, 2011
8:20 pm

that explains it. we saw our vision in a crystal ball from a voodoo lady on bourbon street

Michael M.

December 8th, 2011
8:25 pm

must have been from the nut 4 post up from mine then they you saw and your bud saw it at then..lmao

later taters

Einstein

December 8th, 2011
9:48 pm

SEENTHISB4 & HIRAMSAINT….Get your cajun lookin azzes outta here.

Einstein

December 8th, 2011
9:50 pm

Atlanta will win out. Beating the Ain’ts in the process. Atlanta is a good team. Not great yet. To be great, we need at least one change to our coaching staff whether it’s on offense or defense. I don’t know which one needs fixing the most. My guess is offense. We have too many weapons not to be explosive and dominant on offense. Our defense is actually not playing bad, we just need more oomph to our pass rush and we’ll be fine. I hope Mularkey gets the job in Jacksonville.

Einstein

December 8th, 2011
9:53 pm

@ Carolina, vs. Jacksonville, @ New Orleans, vs. Tampa Bay

No reason we can’t win out. Carolina has no defense, Jacksonville is more lethargic on offense than we are, New Orleans is good, but can be beat, (Lions would have had them if not for all those dumb penalties), and Tampa Bay is falling apart. We shall finish 11-5 and clinch the 5th seed. But something, just something inside me hopes to get the 6th seed so we can go to New Orleans for the 1st round of the playoffs. Nothing would feel better than knocking them out of the playoffs. Even an orgasm wouldn’t feel that great. :)

hiramsaint

December 8th, 2011
10:08 pm

how would you know?—-BAM

Falcon James

December 8th, 2011
11:06 pm

I hate it for Kerry. I went back and watched the hit and it seemed clean to me. Our laziest dirty player Dunta has taken more cheap shots than that and didn’t get fined.

As far as the crack smoking falcon fan who think we have a chance to make the playoffs, my suggestion is you stop smoking crack because you are brain dead. The falcon season ended at the beginning of preseason when we couldn’t score a point. We need to start playing our back ups and practice squad and getting them ready for next season.

bobwhite

December 8th, 2011
11:48 pm

einstein..what drugs are you blowing these days??

bobwhite

December 8th, 2011
11:50 pm

why does this rag let the same poster ..who knows not about football..keep making asinine post?

DR. FALCON

December 9th, 2011
12:50 am

IT’S HARD, MY FELLOW FALCON FANS! I KNOW JULIO JONES IS A ROOKIE, BUT, AS THE 6TH PICK IN THE DRAFT, THESE DROPPED PASSES ARE GETTING OLD! I’M SICK OF HIS HAMSTRING PROBLEMS, AND HIS BUTTERFINGERS, FOR HANDS! IT’S MAGNIFIED, BECAUSE THE GUY UP IN CINNCINNATI, A.J. GREEN, IS CATCHING EVERYTHING IN SIGHT! I’VE YET TO SEE GREEN DROP ANYTHING THIS YEAR! FAIR OR NOT, THE COMPARISONS WITH GREEN, AND JONES, WILL ALWAYS BE THERE! STEP IT UP, JULIO!!!!!!!!

Ckgator

December 9th, 2011
1:24 am

Roddy White’s paternity suit…. how is this my business?

andy

December 9th, 2011
7:31 am

bobwhite why does this rag let the same poster ..who knows not about football..keep making asinine post?

I agree. Why do we have to keep reading HiramSaint and Seenthisb4 posts since both are delusional.

Michael M.

December 9th, 2011
7:32 am

no wonder he isn’t worth a crap this year……….need to get rid of the bum for some peeps to place in the secondary on defense !

Michael M.

December 9th, 2011
7:35 am

The Trolls just try to intimidate us because they are so scared the Aint’s Team will get knocked off by the Falcons and it will be bye bye Superbowl Run for them.

Michael M.

December 9th, 2011
7:37 am

They are the ones that are delusional and having the hallucinations!

later taters

coleski

December 9th, 2011
7:58 am

The Falcons won’t do anygood if they do get a playoff berth. It’ll just another disaster. They just do enough to tease. It’ll be another humilating episode in the Falcon history book.

TEY DON’T DESERVE A PLAYOOF GAME.

clockwork

December 9th, 2011
8:17 am

Some of us knew that the Julio Jones trade was a disaster in the making……and talked about it on this forum…..reality is a b@ich

True Falcon Fan

December 9th, 2011
8:48 am

The Kerry Meier – Hit or block is exactly that – “A CLEAN HIT/BLOCK” in reviewing the film Kerry did not lead with the helmet, his play was clean in my opinion of which doesn’t mean a hill of beans. D-led keep us posted on how Kerry’s appeal goes. BS on the fine!

Keep “PLAYING HARD KERRY” — may be these will begin to see the talent you are??????

Go Falcons – “Superman” next

C'mon man

December 9th, 2011
11:33 am

The difference between winning and losing for this team comes down to execution. If they play their game and don’t make mistakes (mental OR physical), they CAN beat anyone. Problem is, they make too many mistakes. Penalty here, interception there. Haven’t really been shut down by anyone, just not performed to their potential too often.