6:56 pm December 28, 2011, by D. Orlando Ledbetter
The Falcons host the Buccaneers on Sunday at 4:15 p.m. in the final week of the regular season. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter reports from practice on Wednesday.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog
December 28th, 20117:05 pm
December 28th, 20117:35 pm
How much was the fine for the hit on Reggie Kelly?
thats gonna have to be one ginormous bounce. they’re still sweepin’ feathers off the streets in new orleans
December 28th, 20117:52 pm
lilky flower heads one and done seahawk feathers
December 28th, 20117:58 pm
very good report d led you are getting good on the video scene thanks for you’re hard work
December 28th, 20118:57 pm
why is it everyone in america except the falcons knows the no huddle the falcon is running don’t work.
why do the falcon keep running mike turner up the middle and then outside it clear to see he’s not turner the burner this year try a faster back if they expect to beat teams like new orleans they got to do something different
December 28th, 20119:33 pm
The Falcons’ season was over at halftime on Monday night
CONE HEAD SHOP
December 28th, 20119:43 pm
Man I thought I flushed the toilet, its hard to get rim of the cesspool boys from Oraleans.
Tell it like it is.
December 28th, 201111:24 pm
I think what we saw monday night,is the real Atlanta Falcons!
raymond big play ray
December 28th, 201111:38 pm
SOFT COACH . MIKE SMITH DID NOTHING WHEN HIS TIGHT END WAS ALMOST BROKE IN HALF BY AN ILLEGAL HIT DUNTAE NEED S TO BE I MAN ON MAN COVERAGE HE DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO ZONE AND THEY DONT KNOW HOW TO DESIGN SOMETHING THAT WORKS FOR HIM PLAYOFF , PLAYOFFS WHAT PLAYOFF FIRST ROUND THEY COME OUT BEATEN BADLY BET YOUR MONEY ON THAT
December 28th, 201111:56 pm
U garbage ATL fans !!! Need to be thankful u made it to the playoffs
f and Matty Melt will be one and done! But u I can’t even say that just done and done in the playoffs !! Garbage ATL FANS !!!
Who dat !!!!!
December 29th, 20116:47 am
BVG and Smith have got to quit acting so scared of the top QBs it not only gets you beat it gets you killed. I knew we were in trouble when I heard him say You cant stop Brees you can only try and slow him down. Thats code for Zone defence. Lets see the Rams stoped him, Seattle stoped him in the playoffs last year. Every 3rd down and more than 3yds Ryan was under heavy pressure, and guess what? We did not go (9 for 9) on 3rd down. Yet every 3rd and long Brees was in,it was rush 3 or 4 and play zone, Smith and BVG are scared to bring pressure on 3rd and long against the top QBs. Guess what?when you get to the playoffs the team you are playing is going to have a top QB. They live for getting zone defences to carve up!!! They Hate getting knocked on there cans against man defence with heavy pressure. Yes they will beat you with a couple of long balls, but hey ill live with that rather than watching Brees or Rogers stand back there for 4 to 8 seconds looking were the next hole in the zone is coming. Could bringing pressure work worse? The other great thing about hitting the QB other than just sacks is fumbles and INTs, look when you get hit a few times you start getting happy feet and good things start happening for the defence. When was the last really Great zone defence. The great DC in the NFL live for 3rd and long, yet we dread it why? Its because 3rd and Long we PLAY SCARED!
December 29th, 20118:29 am
Nice work, Mr. Ledbetter.
One question…where is Steven Nicholas?
December 29th, 20118:36 am
This is to the Blove comment. Evidently your a “Aints” fan. I will make this short and sweet. That which happen on Monday Night wasn’t the real Falcons. We have some personal and coaching changes that we have to do starting with Brian Van Gorde who suxs. But know this “Aints” fan, its hard to beat a team a 3rd time, and you can bet that we will beat you in the playoffs and shock you just like Seattle did in the playoffs last year. Who cares about brees and the record, that game was meaningless since we already clinched. We will beat the Aints in the playoffs guaranteed. !! Rise Up Falcons !!!
December 29th, 20118:43 am
You know what would be a strong, heady move by Coach Mike Smith? Rest your starters! Let’s get back to N.O.and beat them sorry saints.
December 29th, 20119:14 am
i would love to see the falcon play football the line not blocking mike turner running scared. stupid play calling huddle up enough with that no huddle where is it getting them 3 and out.bad play calling mike smith need to man up take control of the team my company not buying another ticket supporting the falcon until they stop playing scared
December 29th, 20119:27 am
In trying to Imulate the Packers, Saints and the Patriots the Falcons have lost their Idenity. Last year the offense most of the time, ran through Michael Turner. This year Passing the ball seems first and running is secondary. Being that said, the Falcons usually tease us with their offensive passing attack. Sometimes it looks explosive and quick to score. Other times it sputters and lacks creativity ecspecially in the red zone. And against elite teams it gets worst. You can’t win games kicking field goals with these explosive teams. Now, none of these teams mentioned have a great defense, but what they do have is the ability to score points on a consistent basis, and a defense who can make some plays as the game progresses. Usually, it leads to them out scoring you- which means the Falcons will lose. The Falcons have to find a way to score points consistently every game. Even against elite teams.
I keep reading comments from falcons fans about that wasn’t falcons football on MNF. Yes it was. You’ve had a very difficult time on prime time for the past few years. You can’t score in the red zone and your defense is not talented enough to stop the top offenses. You really want to play us for the 3rd time this year, but may not get the opportunity. GB will probably beat Detroit and you will probably beat TB. That will put the falcons against the Giants/Cowboys winner. So after you lose on the road in either Dallas or NY, you will be able to enjoy real football for the remainder of the playoffs. Who Dat!!
December 29th, 20119:33 am
Samuel, you’ve made some valid points about the falcons. I’ve always thought the way for the falcons to be effective against the elite teams is to do what they do best and rush the ball and dink and dunk down the field running clock. I thought the Saints were going to have a tough time against atlanta on MNF while the first drive was going on, until they were stopped and had to settle for a FG. That was the difference. Scoring in the red zome is critical to winning against the elite in the NFL. You won’t win with FGs. This is not college. The elite teams will score TDs against you often. You have to be able to match that and run clock in order to keep the ball away from them.
December 29th, 20119:35 am
Manny, you had 11 days to get ready for us last time, didn’t you?
December 29th, 201112:47 pm
To the cesspool aints fans blove & whodat1,don`t forget we have domanted the aints for years,with all of the past coaches,Mike Smith is the only coach who is scared of the aints.Y`all better hope the owner puts up the money to keep no hit brees or you will be back in the cesspool you came from.who leads with the over all record? THE ATLANTA FALCONS.AND WE WILL SEE Y`ALL BACK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CESSPOOL FOOL.
December 29th, 201112:52 pm
Oh I for got don`t for get to bring your bag to cover your face.A.H.
December 29th, 20111:18 pm
UH OH, another nail biter against a loser…Coach Clean Shot will see to it..
Your last hooray for the season Coach Norv Turner Jr. and then prepare to get buried the following week……….
December 29th, 20111:20 pm
Saints 62 Falcons 14
Coach Smith and crew will be jettisoned..
St Simons - we're on Island time
December 29th, 20111:46 pm
Ryan, Chevis Jackson, Sam Baker, Chris Owens, Perrier Jerry,
Juuulio (for 2 years’ draft) Ray Edwards, Dunta, Bosher, Decoud.
These are not top, or even middle level NFL decisions.
Old White Haired Man
December 29th, 20112:13 pm
well, i really wanted to see the falcons do good, but they really dropped a turd on mnf which is very discouraging…
December 29th, 20112:29 pm
A little voice keeps saying, “maybe that was a little rope-a-dope Monday night…maybe they know to beat Brees they have to bring blitzes and take their chances with man coverage, but they didn’t want to show it to them yet, since this game was less important than a future one would be. Maybe they were holding some things back on offense, some looks and plays they haven’t shown ANYONE yet because they learned their lesson from last year…save something different for the playoffs”.
It’s a very small voice, and I’m trying to ignore it.
December 29th, 20112:35 pm
Falcons football=Winning football, if no spotlight is shining on them. MNF=losses. Pay no attention to us football=wins. Gee, I was hoping that the Tampa game this Sunday was kept at 1pm.
December 29th, 20112:45 pm
A little voice keeps saying, “maybe that was a little rope-a-dope Monday night…maybe they know to beat Brees they have to bring blitzes and take their chances with man coverage, but they didn’t want to show it to them yet, since this game was less important than a future one would be.
Now that’s hope, against all hope. Let’s hope it’s true. That being said, let’s see what we got. We got talent, no doubt. The issue is we got no talent in the coaching dept. WWSPD. If we had N.O. head coaching dept with our talent. Then What Would Sean Payton Do? That’s my point. With Atlanta Falcons coaching staff, including Mike Smith-we’ve gone as far as we can go. Who is the leader? Blank? Can he coach? Nope. Therefore, Atlanta Falcons can go only as far as their OC can go, and as far as their DC can go. That’s it. No suprises here. We wete out played and outcoached again and again by good teams with coaches not on Atlanta’s level. Does Mr. Blank recognize this?: If not, maybe he should-and he probably does. We’ll see in a few weeks how this thing will turn out. We’ll see what kind of effort is given, as well. Bad coaching even with all out effort is still futile-and that’s the achilles heal for the Falcons.
December 29th, 20112:58 pm
yeah, falcons were not holding back, they did all they could, which was drop a turd on the field…
Idiot delusional fans
December 29th, 20113:14 pm
It’s a shame some ATL fans are such idiots. What self-respecting NFL franchise would purposely lose on national TV to their mosted hated rival? If I didn’t know better I would think some ATL fans are seriously mentally challenged.
December 29th, 20113:15 pm
In trying to Imulate the Packers, Saints and the Patriots the Falcons have lost their Idenity. Last year the offense most of the time, ran through Michael Turner. This year Passing the ball seems first and running is secondary. Being that said, the Falcons usually tease us with their offensive passing attack.
Right on Point Sir. That in itself is the main problem that isn’t being address. Why? Because there is either something in M. Turners contract that says -no matter what-he needs to have x amount of touches with the football. The Falcons give him touches, but do not utilized his strenghs with those touches. As for M. Turner-himsef, he’s isn’t as effective on his decisions, and I think that has to do with his attitude of really looking at his O-line and what they have not been doing for him. We as fans wonder: are they discussing or have they talked about-what was successful last year in the running game as opposed to this year? Why can’t the O-line block long enough for Turner to go through a hole on any particular play. I know that the good teams have figured this out. But even still, that doesn’t mean that you don’t run plays that would give you the best chance of success in the running game. Jamal Anderson, unlike M. Turner, was the kind of back that punished defenses with his upper and lower body, whereas he didn’t have to have a giant hole to run through like Turner. The Atlanta Falcons at one time, prioritized their offense with power running backs who were exposive. Lack of a running attack is THE one area in a weak offense that is killing the confidence in Atlanta’s ball control and drive sustainability. To not be able to get any amoutt of yardage (within reason)-to offensively control the clock-is a team killer and team confidence killer on both sides of the ball. The key play in the Saints game was when we had them in their territory and it was 4th and short. We were in the red zone with a 4th down and decided to put some puny points (3) on the game clock board. That decision to kick a field goal at that point in the game was major. Why? Because knowing the type of offense you are up against-Dree Brees, should have warranted a different approach to the opponent you are playing. Confidence in the red zone in a mental thing. Although I give credit where credit is due, N.O. didn’t do anything that spectacular play defense. The difference is that when N.O. had the ball-whether it was on those 3rd downs (8 for 8), or whether they were in the red zone (touchdowns)-they know that they are confidant in Drew Brees to generate touchdowns over any human being at any place and time on this earth, period. That’s a swagger that cannot be broken-unless equally matched by an opposing team with that type of backbone; not the backbone of a coach telling the media that he can’t be stopped (even if you believe it). As arrogant as Rex Ryan is as the head coach of the Jets-(I watched the news conference a couple of days ago) he has the one thing the coach Smith doesn’t have. That is (belief) that his team will do what he says they’ll do. You have to admire a man for that. But Mike Smith? He’s too passive of a guy to the point of-just makes me sick. This is football, man! Man up, way what’s on your mind, stand up to Mr. Blank, your OL coach, your DL coach and your ST coaches and assistants and run this show!
Mr. SaintsFan Jr.
December 29th, 20113:17 pm
How any pro teams go into any games not wanting to win? It’s foolish to think the Falcons didn;t want to come into New Orleans on Monday night on national tv and not try to crush the Saints. The Saints as a time as well as our coaching stafs are in the heads on the Falcon players and coaches. You can only gain confidence to beat a team when you play them and you beat them. To go against a team and lose almost everytime you play them can’t be good for confidence. All these players on the Falcons saying we want to play them again aren;t serious its public relations on their part to say we are really scared but we have to say something to stay motivated.
December 29th, 20114:13 pm
Monday night’s game is the 1st time, in a long time, that the saints have stomped the Falcons. Most of the Falcon’s losses to the saints have been by very narrow margins.
At least 2 of the Falcons defeats in the last four years, have come at the hands of their own #1 WR, as he has dropped a game winning TD in each of those games.
The rest are due to one blown play by the Falcons, and a lot of help from the NFL zebras, for the saints.
Even Monday nights game was called in the saint’s favor, as are all of their games throughout the season.
December 29th, 20114:15 pm
If you don’t think that the Falcons can beat the saints, then you are just fooling yourself.
Remember the Seahawks, make that the 7-9 Seahawks.
Tony falcon fan
December 29th, 20114:30 pm
one or maybe two years saints will not have brezzs you will be back to the same old saints fan and not show up go falcons
December 29th, 20114:41 pm
Rest the starters for the Tampa game?? Don’t ya think they need a lesser opponent to get their confidence back………if nothing else they need the practice!
December 29th, 20115:39 pm
Brees has 5 years left.
up jumped the devil
December 29th, 20115:55 pm
Stop putting the blame on the ref’s. Bad calls went both ways
December 29th, 20117:20 pm
Saints running back Thomas has been fined $12,500 for a uniform violation and a touchdown celebration with the bow on the football……………way to go NFL…..stuff doesn’t need to be in the game !
December 29th, 20117:38 pm
You falcons fans are counting the years when Drew is not playing for the Saints. The Saints are an elite organization with one heck of a GM and HC. These guys will keep it going, don’t worry. Their selection of talent since 2006 has been amazing. There will be another Drew Brees ready for us to pick up and put in the model that is very successful and will be for years. Who Dat!!
December 29th, 20117:51 pm
Just looking at Panthers nfl website ..all the players on the Team want a crack at there so called rising Saints……lol…………watch em go down there and put the bend the Daints over and smack their behinds !
December 29th, 20117:58 pm
Usually, after the Falcons suffer a bad loss like last MNF ,they rebound and go on another win streak…hey now..that could get interesting with the playoffs upcoming.
December 29th, 20117:59 pm
is the swelling on that butt starting to go down yet?
December 29th, 20118:01 pm
winning against t.b. and then losing in round 1 can hardly be called a win streak
Michael, We will be watching the scoreboard of the 49ers Rams game. If it is out of control in the favor of the 49ers at half, our starters will sit down. If not, then we play to win.
December 29th, 20118:10 pm
yeahhhh, you guys are right…………..best rest the started if Superman comes to kick butt in your barn and that way you have a good excuse as to why he beat you because the starters weren’t in the game. …………..Good strategy….amazing !
December 29th, 20118:12 pm
the falcons just need to stop trying and play some football this team is full of foolness the reason the saint alway be the falcons is because the falcons watch the saint play instance of playing the saints. they need to watch film on the way they play themself and there on mistaked.The reason they can’t run the ball they don’t have a blocking schem they can’t set the edge off tackle for turner because he done lose a set trying to run a sweep.And the DT play patty cake with the saints OL and the cannot get off block.And our DB cannot cover a bed with a spread no screen plays to slow down pressure for ryan this team is a joke who ever they play in the playoff will go to the next round after they beat the falcons MS and BVG need andto blized more and our need to play more if they can stop letting the elite QB which you are going to face have a party on you, they reciever running though the zone like a mouse running though a kitchen so let get tuff not scare and beat somebody!!!!!!!!
December 29th, 20118:21 pm
yeah most are giving up on the Atlanta Team and saying they play one and done but you can’t say that ,its too easy to say .
December 29th, 20118:27 pm
Michael, You know nothing about football. No need to discuss anything with you. Go clean your room.
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