Atlanta Falcons: Abraham a little behind the curve

Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/

Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/

FLOWERY BRANCH — Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who was John Abraham’s first defensive coordinator with the New York Jets in 2000, noticed that the defensive end is a little behind the rest of the linemen who attended the organized training activities.

“I’ve known him a long time,” Nolan said. “He’s missed some of the OTAs, and we are a little bit at an advance state as far as the language. … Right now, John is kind of going a little bit slower. He’s having to ask more questions because he wasn’t here for those classes. But, nonetheless, John is a good player.”

Nolan said he wasn’t worried about Abraham catching up to the group.

“The problem is that if a guy is thinking too much on the field because of terminology, then he’s not playing fast,” Nolan said. “That’s a lot of what the OTAs and minicamp try to get out of the way. When they come back at training camp, a lot of that is behind them and hopefully, they can just concentrate on trying to be a better player as opposed to ‘what’s that call mean.’ ”

Abraham is pleased to be reunited with Nolan.

“He drafted me,” Abraham said. “That was one of my main reasons for coming back, also. I know what kind of coach he is. I know what kind of guy he is. They do a great job of bringing people around here who have great character and great character coaches. Me and Mike have been friends ever since he drafted me in my rookie year until now. I’m glad to be back with him and glad that we have the opportunity to do some great things together.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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14 comments Add your comment

Falcons to Glory!

June 21st, 2012
6:37 am

First? Never did that before.

just sayin'

June 21st, 2012
6:44 am

does not sound good for abe…sounds like their relationship needs to be kept out of the public and inside the locker room…look for abe to be ‘hurt’ during the pre-season so he can catch up on the terminology….


June 21st, 2012
7:30 am

He’s still got another 10+ weeks, including training camp, to master the new system and terminology. Abe’s a vet and a true professional.

He’ll come ready to play.


June 21st, 2012
8:19 am

agree with Jamaaliver. This is June, not August. Looking forward to the kinks being worked out this year on defense.


June 21st, 2012
9:02 am

Don’t cover Abe’s arse because he is a veteran, fact is he knew that Nolans system would be different than BVG, yet he chose to ignore the opportunity to get a heads up as well as be aroung the rest of the team and rookies–Bad leadership !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Falcon James

June 21st, 2012
9:18 am

This is exactly what bother me about these so called “veteran”. He know he got a new coach, he know the terminology going to change, he know he need to be there to learn it, but he too high and mighty to get into OTA to learn it. Now he behind and he is the only one he can blame.


June 21st, 2012
10:01 am

Agree with Falcon James.

Abe has earned the right to do his offseason thing on his own and he has been justified the last several seasons by coming in with a healthy attitude and in great shape. Coach Smith has given this his blessing in years passed. With that said, with a new coach and system you would think this would be the year he would actually participate in OTAs to get in the groove.

Oh yeah, Saints fans = Turds

Shine on you crazy diamond

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June 21st, 2012
11:34 am

Jeez guys – Abraham plays DE – hardly rocket science stuff – the learning curve will be very short for a veteran player.


June 21st, 2012
11:48 am

This is exactly what (bother’s) me about these so called (“veterans”). He (knows) he got a new coach, he (know’s) the terminology (is)going to change, he (know’s) he (needs) to be there to learn it, but (he’s) too high and mighty to get into (OTA’s) to learn it. Now (he’s) behind and he is the only one he can blame.
Seems like you are a little behind also.

Falcon Red

June 21st, 2012
1:10 pm

Understand your point, Dwayne…but no apostrophe in “know’s”.


June 22nd, 2012
1:41 pm

Exactly Falcon Red. @ Dywane – If your going to correct someone, make sure that your corrections are correct. Therefore, take the apostrophe out of “bother’s” because it is not needed and it is grammatically incorrect.


June 22nd, 2012
1:43 pm



June 24th, 2012
3:37 am

On the plus side, Abe has played 4 Mike before.. he knows mikes terminology.only thing to get ready for our his teammates, speed and wrinkles in the stunts on defence.. Haven`t any of you played 4 the same coach, 2 yrs in a row,, should know this.