COFFEE RUN: 8 nuggets from Mike Smith

Falcons coach Mike Smith has been busy filling out his new staff.

Upon returning from Mobile, he shot this little video with the team’s website.
If you can’t watch the entire 9:08, here are some of the highlights:

1. The Falcons have nearly completed their new offensive playbook.

2. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan with utilize a “multiplicity” of defenses. (Will sprinkle in some 3-4 principles.)

3. The coaches are set to do their specific position-by-position evaluations.

4. They have to concentrate on the top juniors who have applied for the draft between now and the combine.

5. They are getting ready for the combine testing. They will stress mental, physical and psychological testing. He’s looking forward to getting the medical grades from the doctors.

6. To get ready for Free Agency, which starts March 13, the coaching staff is set to get their assignments from the personnel staff of the players they will evaluate. Smith noted that every free agent will not be evaluated.

7. Now that the coaching staff has been revamped, it’s on to revamping the roster. The Falcons will look to returning players, new players via the draft, adding through free agent and possibly trading for players.

8. He brought one large coffee (for himself), chicken bisquits and several Egg McMuffin’s for the morning staff meeting.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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113 comments Add your comment

hiramsaint

January 31st, 2012
5:19 am

what a new a different way to do things !

Marcus

January 31st, 2012
5:41 am

DOL, thanks for the early news.

Its been a while since I have been to the crib, but Coach Smith could pick up some better fare for breakfast. Did Mrs. Winners go out of business?

Greg

January 31st, 2012
6:02 am

John

January 31st, 2012
6:07 am

New Approach….. Better Results. Mrs. Winners did make some good chicken biscuits but alast we will never taste of her fair bird again.

Samuel

January 31st, 2012
6:26 am

If he doesn’t win a play-off game, he won’t be bringing food to work period. I want to see pressure on Smith similar to what Tom Coughlin has on him every year from the Giant organization.

robertussen

January 31st, 2012
6:33 am

why would you want that samuel, do you really want to go back to being a crappy team. they will get there dude. we only get 16 games a year. the falcons win most of them. 20 other teams get left out of the playoffs, we lose smith we are one of the 20.

Markmjtx

January 31st, 2012
6:51 am

DOL, is there any news on the QB coach?

Atlanta Native

January 31st, 2012
6:53 am

I’m glad to hear words like “new”, “revamped” and “multiplicity” coming from MS. I have been reading as much as possible about the new coordinators and am liking what I’ve read. So far, a good off season for the Birds. Let’s hope TD and MS can work some more magic with the few picks we have and FA.

Mark

January 31st, 2012
6:55 am

Interesting little tid bits. Especially the new offensive playbook, and what Nolan plans on doing. Hey Greg how bout not even adding your childish comments. Have you always been the classroom smart ass?

Tom

January 31st, 2012
7:27 am

robertussen hit the nail on the head. Quit b–ching about what MS hasn’t done and understand what he HAS done. He’s taken the Falcons to a level of success they have never had — ever. This franchise was so bad for so long we should all pray Smith and TD are around for a long time. The playoff wins will come.

Matt

January 31st, 2012
7:41 am

Mike Smith’s health isn’t fit for McDonalds. He better have a Subway breakfast during his next video!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 31st, 2012
7:43 am

Markmjtx — Glenn Thomas expected to be named QB coach soon.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 31st, 2012
7:45 am

Marcus — McDonalds does have good coffee. Not sure about Mrs. Winners.

birddroppings

January 31st, 2012
8:03 am

I sure hope they had a bon fire for all the last play books, offense and defense

I couldn't help but to post this time!!!

January 31st, 2012
8:07 am

Mr. Ledbetter, who can we talk to about getting a uniform change to the all Black uniform (Helmet, Jersey and pants) for home games?

falcfvr

January 31st, 2012
8:15 am

Agree…….. All black uni’s– Let’s play with more attitude and look good while doing so.

Felix

January 31st, 2012
8:16 am

I totally agree with you (robertussen)

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 31st, 2012
8:28 am

Falcfvr — Rich McKay. Also, I got invited to the Nike receptions on Thursday and Friday at the Super Bowl. I will speak to their reps about their plans for the Falcons.

tgueboy

January 31st, 2012
8:31 am

lets go and get Michael Griffin and also trade for asante samuels

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 31st, 2012
8:32 am

birddroppings — Hope I didn’t miss the marshmallow roast.

Mark

January 31st, 2012
8:37 am

tgueboy I’d rather have Laron Landry at safety because he is more consistent than Griffen. At Corner back you got Cortland Finnegan as a free agent. He is a pretty good cover corner. Samuels would be nice, but I don’t think the Eagles would be willing to part with him.

Dan

January 31st, 2012
8:38 am

Hey, DOL, way to go with this spot. Thanks for the update. Like this staff. They’ll never be faoulted for not being well enough prepared. By the way, no spelling errors. Congrats!

mountain_jim

January 31st, 2012
8:38 am

Thanks D Led! I appreciated this summary, particularly about the O playbook and defense scheme news.

rollo lawson

January 31st, 2012
8:41 am

Hope we see some bump and run, man coverage from our corners. I think that would suit Robinson, Franks, Walls, and Owens. Not so much Brent Grimes. I got a feeling he won’t be back.

rollo lawson

January 31st, 2012
8:42 am

Finnegan would bring some attitude to this defense. Just keep Andre Johnson away from him, lol!!!

Dan

January 31st, 2012
8:43 am

Marcus, years ago when I first moved to ATL from the North I was introduced to Ms. Winner’s…wow! They did it right. Couldn’t get enough. Then over the years something wonderful evolved in to something not so good. I am speaking of their bisquits. They used to be thin, flaky and always hot. I used to make my fried chicken decision based on the bisquits there, but now because of their metamorphosis in to dry, hard lumps that resemble hockey pucks I hardly can ever eat what is no called bisquits in ATL. Guess people have forgotten what the real deal should be.

Big Crimson 75

January 31st, 2012
8:56 am

I’m all for 1 Good way to do things.
Let’s start there before we try a “multiplicity” of ways!

IndyFan

January 31st, 2012
8:59 am

D.Led. On the unis, I’d vote to return to the red helmets. I live in Indy, can I come with you to talk to the Nike execs? I wish Atlanta was here for the SB. The town is rockin’ and Indy is putting on one of the best Super Bowls EVER!!!

Doc Dawg

January 31st, 2012
9:04 am

How do you complete the playbook without having first having done your player evaluations?!? Unless its a gigantic one-size-fits-all playbook that’s trimmed down based on the skill set your players have. Let’s take the often debated screen pass. Mularkey publicly said that the o-line didn’t have the skill set to run screen passes. So, are you going to get guys who can do it, or take it out of the playbook? DLed… ask some questions man….

Big Dude

January 31st, 2012
9:06 am

I believe Coach Smith has learned from the old adage,”experience is the best teacher”. He had some first time ideas when he became a first time head coach, but now with some experience under his belt and some “prodding” from Arthur, he’s going to put together one fine team. Looking forward to next season!

Trainwreck

January 31st, 2012
9:14 am

Doc Dawg…good point about the playbook being done before rosters are finished but get off of D-Led. He gave us a good run down of what Smitty had to say

Eric

January 31st, 2012
9:15 am

D Led?? Anynews on getting compensation picks for the 3 free agents we lost last year?? We sure could use as many as we can get!!!

TD has no clue!

January 31st, 2012
9:16 am

New Approach….. Same Results. TD and I’m beginning to think Smith has no clue.

Doc Dawg

January 31st, 2012
9:20 am

D-Led, didn’t mean for my comment to sound critical of you. Appreciate your work.

Big Crimson 75

January 31st, 2012
9:26 am

Never really understood how those comp. picks work themselves out, but I don’t think we get any per we signed Edwards – Sanders – Hayden…….
Although, Dahl & Koenon were given hefty salaries & we only gave Edwards a big contract.

Die Hard Falcon

January 31st, 2012
9:31 am

All black uniforms would be nice. Are we talking about the black jerseys & helmets from the 1990’s or from 2000’s? Either way, I’d be for it, maybe we could bring in Jerry Glanville in all black w/ a black cowboy hat to boot (pun intended), not to coach, just to stand on the sidelines like a second mascot to Freddie?

I am excited about the prospects of a new aggressive D, Nolan has been solid everywhere he’s been, if we can get to the QB, we might not dread holding teams to 3rd and longs, we might actually get off the field!

Go Falcons!

PreyDawg

January 31st, 2012
9:35 am

McDonalds Coffee is the best kept secret in the food business. It is far cheaper and far better tasting that the overpriced and overhyped Starbucks. Here are my coffee rankings:

1) Dunkin Donuts (just wish we had more in Kentucky)
2) McDonalds
3) Starbucks

Honorable Mention- my Gevalia Breakfast Blend that I make at home in my Bunn.

Ken

January 31st, 2012
9:37 am

Hey Doc Dawg and Trainwreck!! You are giving Murlarkey too much credit if Murlarkey said the O-line could not run the screen pass that is on the coach man all these guys are playing in the NFL!! Murlarkey could not design a good screen pass with Julio and Roddy the bubble screen should have been used a lot more.

The coach has his playbook of plays he wants in his offense that is first step.
Step 2 evaluate on tape of players the team has and the players the team would like to acquire in the draft or free agency. Step 3 would be getting players in free agency or the draft that can do what you want. Step 4 after getting players in camp evaluate talent and make adjustments to the playbook if necesarry. Step 5 OTA’s and training camp to get all the wrinkles out and make it work.
Step 6 Make fans like Trainwreck and DocDawg stop talking and sound smarter!!

PreyDawg

January 31st, 2012
9:41 am

@ Dan- I saw a documentary ( I am not kidding) called, “The Southern Biscuit”. It was awesome. I couldn’t believe how interested I was in it. They ranked a resturaunt in Atlanta as one of the top three places for biscuits in the nation. Cannot recall the name of the place but it was privately owned…not a chain.

A real cute part. They had some interview time with this little grandma from Atlanta. She was probably 90 but as bright and articulate as she could be. They were asking her about different buscuit recipies she used. She talked alot about the lost art of “tea biscuits”. They were smaller versions of what we are used to.

So they bring in this biscuit to her from one of the chain resturants and it was huge. May have been Bob Evans. They have pretty big biscuits.

Well this little lady just covered her mouth like they had shown her pornography and she smiled a little mischevious smile and said, “Oh my, my, I don’t think it would be ladylike to serve a biscuit THAT large.”

Very cute.

I couldn't help but to post this time!!!

January 31st, 2012
10:04 am

Come on everybody, we need to get this all BLACK UNI idea going full steam. I’m a season ticket holder and I would love to see blackouts at the Dome…SN,@Die Hard Falcon I like the Jerry Glanville sideline reference…

SimpleDawg

January 31st, 2012
10:04 am

NO ALL BLACK UNIFORMS……..enough, please.

Go back to the RED Helmets and Silver Pants, with alternating Red and Black jerseys.

Drop the “black is beautiful” crap.

I couldn't help but to post this time!!!

January 31st, 2012
10:16 am

@Simple Dawg, with all do respect Simple Dawg, I would not call a comment on here from you or anyone else crap. I know you are apologizing to me in your heart and I forgive you even if you will not do it in this comment section. I’m sure you have an allegiance to the Dogs as well as I, however the all Black is something the falcon fan base would get behind. So, let’s respect DOL page and keep it respectful…

Tell it like it is

January 31st, 2012
10:18 am

Im with simpledawg…go back to the UGA look!

Dan

January 31st, 2012
10:37 am

Keep the helmets bring back the red 70’s jerseys and silver pants

SawThat1nce

January 31st, 2012
10:42 am

If TD and MS can build a good solid OLine and DLine, the FAlcons can go all the way to the SB.
They also need to revamp the running game, with some different options, other than just Turner going right, left, and up the middle.

SawThat1nce

January 31st, 2012
10:44 am

I like the red uniforms.

FalconJim

January 31st, 2012
10:59 am

I actually watched the video, but thanks anyway, DLed. I’m liking the coaching changes so far, as long as we keep winning, don’t have a “let-down”, and can get over the “hump” with these new guys.

And about the unis – my vote is keep ‘em like they are…

Ken

January 31st, 2012
11:08 am

It would be nice to have the Falcons in all BLACK at home I really think most fans would like this idea!! Arthur are you listening?? All BLACK Unis for one home game!!

Sid

January 31st, 2012
11:19 am

If things don’t go well right away I can hear it now, “Well, both our offense and defense have had to learn a new system, new verbage. These things don’t just meld overnight.”

waynester

January 31st, 2012
11:23 am

Only on “throwback” weekend–please……