Atlanta Falcons: Smith is 3-1 in pivotal 3rd games

 Falcons head coach Mike Smith (left) and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan (right) will want to see better third down defense against the Dolphins after Cincinnati converted on 8 of 14 (54 percent) on Thursday.  Here they are keeping a close eye on the cornerbacks during drills in Flowery Branch on Saturday, July 28, 2012.      CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Falcons head coach Mike Smith (left) and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan (right) will want to see better third down defense against the Dolphins after Cincinnati converted on 8 of 14 (54 percent) on Thursday. Here they are keeping a close eye on the cornerbacks during drills in Flowery Branch on Saturday, July 28, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

The Falcons will address their pivotal third exhibition game against the Miami Dolphins with a sense of urgency.

They will game-plan and use it as a dress rehearsal for the regular-season opener — at Kansas City on Sept. 9 — when they travel to face Miami at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sun Life Stadium.

The Falcons are 6-12 in exhibition games under fifth-year coach Mike Smith and have dropped seven straight. However, in the important third-games, the Falcons will enter the Miami game 3-1 under Smith.

Pittsburgh beat them 34-16 last season after they posted victories over Miami (16-6) in 2010, San Diego (27-24) in 2009 and Tennessee (17-3) in 2008.

“It will give us an opportunity, the first time as a new staff, offensively and defensively of putting a game plan in,” Smith said.

He is not too concerned with Falcons seven-game losing streak in the exhibition season dating back to the that 16-6 win over the Dolphins on Aug. 27, 2010.

“Every time that we go out, we want to win football games,” Smith said. “There is no doubt about that. But our number one goal in the preseason is to get to the first [regular-season] game as healthy as possible. We’re going to out there and play our tails off to try to win the ball game, but first and foremost we are looking at trying to install our scheme and keep our players healthy. …When we are out there playing for 60 minutes, we are trying to win that dag game.”

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54 comments Add your comment

falcfvr

August 18th, 2012
5:56 am

1st……
JP Wilson has to go. Davis is our 2nd stringer.

Robert

August 18th, 2012
6:54 am

Is Jason Snelling hurt ?

Esquire

August 18th, 2012
7:38 am

Snelling had a calf or thigh injury I think, nothing serious. We are gonna need him healthy,

Rick

August 18th, 2012
7:39 am

It will be interesting to see how they come out for Thursday nights game…..last year they were up for one game and flat the next….I think I saw the same thing the first 2 games of this preseaon ….I hope it was training camp blues this past week….

Esquire

August 18th, 2012
7:51 am

falcfvr

August 18th, 2012
5:56 am
1st……
JP Wilson has to go. Davis is our 2nd stringer.
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Are you forgetting Chris Redman? There’s your 2nd “stringer”, and he will be Ryan’s back up going into the season. Dominique Davis is looking great and I would venture out on a limb that Joe Tom Billy Bob John Parker Wilson will be looking to get on with another team when the roster’s are set. But Redman has too much IQ and experience to drop down to that 3rd slot coming out of camp.

Me Too

August 18th, 2012
7:53 am

Let’s hope the offense doesn’t start out with Micheal Turner up the middle two times in a row, then pass to him, etc. He is not the offense of the team.

Mike Franklin

August 18th, 2012
8:06 am

Preseason games are by no means ‘pivotal’. In other words, they have very little actual meaning aside from the most basic concept of not losing in any contest.

For the fans, any loss is disheartening; we like to see our guys win every time they take the field. But still and all, even if the Falcs lost all four preseaoners… it wouldn’t mean that much.

Now, when the real season begins? All losses are like being mashed in granny’s wringer-washer!! You may apply ‘pivotal’ – as well as a few other choice words – to the lexicon of the gridiron torture chamber, at your leisure, lol.

Brian F.

August 18th, 2012
8:06 am

Preseason- Meaningless !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Esquire

August 18th, 2012
8:11 am

Looks like the aints lost a starting linebacker, Chris Chamberlain. The Jags (without Maurice Jones-Drew) took it to them in their own house. Aints defense couldn’t hang with Jags WR Justin Blackmon. Jags also got 2 sacks. Could be trouble down in the bayou…..!!

JSS

August 18th, 2012
9:41 am

The next two teams are the NFL’s equivalent of playing Western Montana State and Polytechnical University… You better worry about them instead of trying to get blog notches… You can keep losing preseason games, that is if you look competent and progressing towards being “ready” for game one! The Falcons were exposed as a team when the Patriots came down and scrimmaged and took them to the woodshed in the 2010 preseason… They’ve only won one preseason game since that day! They also been whipped more importantly in two straight opening games including once by a third string QB who is not even in the NFL anymore!

Once y’all beat those hapless Dolphins (as bad as the 08 Lions) or the Jaguars (as bad as the 09 Bills), don’t come crowing about being ready for the Super Bowl!

Oh yeah, Dwayne Bowe is back in KC, get your Asante asbestos suits ready…

JSS

August 18th, 2012
9:45 am

“But our number one goal in the preseason is to get to the first [regular-season] game as healthy as possible.”

Well Ledbetter, that is a major fail, what’s that injury list look like again? Please refresh our memories…

True Falcon Fan

August 18th, 2012
11:34 am

ZERO – He can leap tall buildings in one single bound, he’s faster than a speeding locomotive,,,, He’ssss “ZEROman”
August 17th, 2012
2:45 pm

Call your nurse stalker, time for your therapy, they can take off your bed restraint off again and change your bed pan… I know it needs changing because you’ve been spewing crap since you logged on this blog… You are non roster knowing stalker wannabe!

I am still laughing my a$$ off from your above post,, it’s just sometimes you are very funny. Also you are definitely a softball slow pitch/player. Your predictability, honesty & knowledge of senior care nursing expertise sounds like you have hands on spot-on experience. That all being said, you must really be missing LA or was it SF……………
LOLOLOLOLOLOL’s ;)

Go Falcons!!!

SeenThis B4

August 18th, 2012
12:06 pm

@Esquire: It must have been that Mularkey led offense that did us in last night. Think about that for a while, but don’t hurt yourself doing trying that.

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
12:10 pm

Seen…………..did you see your QB get crushed by 270 pound Jeremy Mincey in the Saints lost last night , got up favoring that million’s of dollars throwing arm………………….too many hits like that and it will take a toll on him.

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
12:12 pm

Explain to me why did they have all the poor tackles on the Jags……they let Jacksonville whip them up and down the field.

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SeenThis B4

August 18th, 2012
12:28 pm

@Michael M.: Yeah, I saw Brees get creamed, I also saw him bounce back up and lead the team down the field on the next series. And yeah, as your team knows, too many hits like that will take a toll, didn’t your boy lead the league in hits last year? And I’ll explain our team’s poor tackling after you explain your team’s performance against the bengals.

@Esquire: By the way, did I detect just a hint, or tinge, of glee in your announcement of a Saint’s player injury? Or was it more outright taunting? Patience, your team’s turn is coming…..

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
12:31 pm

Seen….they were whipping your team’s &ss with the first stringers ha ! ha !

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
12:49 pm

Seen………………Don’t get mad at me………Seen ? hahahahaha

Sean

August 18th, 2012
12:50 pm

never cheer for an injury to any player, just shows how pathetic and ignorant some fans can be

SeenThis B4

August 18th, 2012
12:51 pm

@Michael M.: Did you watch our game? What were you doing? Scouting for a new head coach next year?

I’m sure you were astute enough to notice that Vitt was pretty quiet the whole game on the sidelines, right? Did you see that he was basically just watching the game? And did you see what Carmichael was doing? And did you see what Kromer was doing?

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
12:55 pm

Yeah I watched it on the preseason deal and was shocked at how bad your team played at home in the Mercedes Dome……………watching the Carolina-Miami game now………………………………..

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
1:00 pm

The Saints are suppose to be a contender not a pretender………………………………………….was weird ………….a Mularkey led team against a Vitt team

SeenThis B4

August 18th, 2012
1:02 pm

Yeah man, they tried their best to impersonate the falcan’ts, kinda hard though, the Saints blew it when they scored more than 20 points.

SeenThis B4

August 18th, 2012
1:03 pm

I’ll watch the replay later this afternoon, haven;t seen it yet. Be back later. STB4 out.

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
1:07 pm

You need to be in show business cause you would make a good clown………………..what column was your team in at the end…………….the ” W ” or the ” L “………………………no seriously, I was thinking the Saints would blow out the Jags and Saints playing at home?
The Saints definately are misfiring this year……………..I see a huge difference in them than last year

Esquire

August 18th, 2012
1:26 pm

@SeenThis B4
12:28 pm

@Esquire: By the way, did I detect just a hint, or tinge, of glee in your announcement of a Saint’s player injury? Or was it more outright taunting?

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Seriously STB4, have you ever had to guess as to whether I was taunting? I didn’t hint at or take glee in any injury. I stated a fact of which would be of interest to other Falcon and aints fans alike. If one of our teams loses a competitor then that could affect the outcome of our head to head games on the schedule. I would not write whereas to take joy from an injury from any player. Now, tongue in cheek I have written if Brees turned an ankle, slight groin strain, light concussion that would be ok…….but a season ending or even possibly career ending injury………no glee in that no matter who it is. Got that babs!! Good!

Esquire

August 18th, 2012
1:30 pm

@SeenThis B4

August 18th, 2012
12:51 pm
@Michael M.: Did you watch our game? What were you doing? Scouting for a new head coach next year?
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At least we have a coach……………..

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
1:31 pm

D-led…………….according to your article, Smith plans to treat this third game as more like a regular season game ? I’m not drinking none of that Smitty kool-aid like he fed us last year just yet even though the Falcons did play extremely well in that preseason opening quarter against the Ravens………………….it remains to be seen coming up next week against the Dolphins on how much of a difference this year is from last year………………………………………………..

Esquire

August 18th, 2012
1:31 pm

Pivitol is correct. Preseason games are not meaningless, they just don’t count.

Esquire

August 18th, 2012
1:39 pm

@SeenThis B4

August 18th, 2012
1:02 pm
Yeah man, they tried their best to impersonate the falcan’ts,
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No, if they were impersonating the Falcons they would have played like Champions and not played with a $$$ bounty for anybody able to injure a player severely enough to be put out of a game.

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
1:49 pm

I am not going to dwell on it anymore…………it is a done deal and in the past, the Commissioner dealt out the punishment and all that were involved should be men enough to take their punishments and move on from it instead of crying about it and keep an ongoing drama going with it………………… and I am not going to rag the Saints Fans on it no more either………its history and I am forgetting about it from now on…………………………………………………….

D man

August 18th, 2012
1:57 pm

Falcons first teams are looking good. The only negative thing I have to add is we have to get better on 3rd and long defense. I mean dang guys, really? Green smoked you Samual. You’re better than that. Don’t let it happen again…

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
1:58 pm

We can rag them out way much better if and I said if , our Atlanta Falcons , beat the socks out of them in 2012’s two game match-ups……….enough said……………………………………..

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

August 18th, 2012
2:11 pm

PLEASE PEOPLE….lighten up….it is just preseason. Some of y’all need to get a life!!!!!

SeenThis B4

August 18th, 2012
2:15 pm

@Esquire:” if Brees turned an ankle, slight groin strain, light concussion that would be ok…….”
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LOL! So, you would be okay with small bounties? Just take the player out of the game, right?

Can you say “hypocritical”?

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
2:34 pm

Seen, you trying to bait him ?

steven a smith

August 18th, 2012
2:37 pm

New Orlean “Scrubs” will take a “Huge” step back this season as Carolina moves forward to win the division!

SeenThis B4

August 18th, 2012
2:43 pm

Bait him? Nawh, just showing him how misguided he AND YOU are.

All teams treat the third preseason game as a real game, they all game plan for it, and most of the starters will play most of the game, at least 3 quarters….

And We have a symphony of head coaching….and like I said before, after both our match-up games, you all, just like the can’ther fans, will be down on your knees with your heads in your nads, writhering in sorrowful pain. Get ready for it, your dispair is on the horizon, and especially for you can’ther fans, it’s right around the corner..

SeenThis B4

August 18th, 2012
2:44 pm

,,,heads in your hands…

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
2:49 pm

I saved your post……………just in case………it all flops right back in your face Seen, I am not bragging on no Team this year. After all, years of experience of getting the hopes up for despair really makes one weary..ha ! ha !

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
3:00 pm

Making it to the post season is one thing…………but fading away after getting there is another but noticing the Saints too are having a history now of ” fading away “, in the post season, so go figure……………

SeenThis B4

August 18th, 2012
3:09 pm

At least we won our first playoff game last year,….some teams drop out of contention faster than others.

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
3:14 pm

True, just think if Alex Smith was able to be an ” elite” passing quarterback………………..they would have decimated the Saints into oblivion in that game, no doubt……………………………………………………………

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
3:14 pm

that they lost………………….

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
3:15 pm

that your team lost rather

SeenThis B4

August 18th, 2012
3:30 pm

LOL! I think it was our five turnovers on offense that beat us, not Alex Smith. But, you go ahead and believe your twisted version of history….five turnovers, and the Saints still scored 32 points…which was 32 more points than your offense scored in their loss to the wildcard game…to a team we beat by what 48 to 23 just a few weeks earlier?

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
3:50 pm

Those 49er’s can play some defense and have a great running game, now if you had Alex up their on the elite scale of passing quarterbacks I would say that’s the team to beat in 2012……………………..and please don’t remind me of last year’s Falcon failures !

Michael M.

August 18th, 2012
3:59 pm

ohh you guys get to see your team play em in week 12 again………….get ready !

JSS

August 18th, 2012
6:22 pm

My stalker, what recreation time wasted trying to be witty, all it does is give the presiding judge more evidence for extended commitment time for you… Why don’t you try macaroni necklaces like all the other M.I. patients?