Archive for August, 2012

TV, Radio: Falcons at Dolphins, 7:30 p.m. Friday

790TheZone has a nice truck. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

790TheZone has a nice truck. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Here’s the TV and Radio info for the Falcons’ exhibition game against the Miami Dolphins  at 7:30 p.m.

Friday night at Sun Life Stadium

RADIO COVERAGE – Star 94 (94.1 FM/790 AM): Play-by-play: Wes Durham, Color Analyst: Dave Archer, and Sideline: John Michaels.

TV COVERAGE BY CBS ATLANTA: Play-by-play: Tim Brant, Color Analyst: Charles Davis,  and Sideline: Laura Okmin.

LIVE STREAMING: NFL PreseasonLive, NFL Red Zone and NFL Audio Pass. (There is a fee involved).

SATELLITE RADIO: SiriusXM

THE LATEST NEWS

5 things to look for from the starters vs. the Dolphins

Should the Falcons trade with Jax/London Jags for MJD?

Falcons third-round pick Lamar Holmes set to make his debut vs. Dolphins

Coordinators hand out their exhibition mid-term reports; backups need to step it up

Running back Michael Turner still a weapon

Falcons thin at left tackle after Will Svitek goes down; out for season

Falcons finally …

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Atlanta Falcons: Shann Schillinger out with foot injury

Atlanta Falcons rookie defensive back Shann Schillinger runs after intercepting Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle in the third quarter. Schillinger is a native of Baker, Mont., and played college football at the University of Montana. (Photo by Jimmy Cribb, Atlantafalcons.com)

Atlanta Falcons rookie defensive back Shann Schillinger runs after intercepting Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle in the third quarter. Schillinger is a native of Baker, Mont., and played college football at the University of Montana. (Photo by Jimmy Cribb, Atlantafalcons.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons safety Shann Schillinger suffered a foot injury and will not play against the Miami Dolphins on Friday, according to coach Mike Smith.

Schillinger, a sixth-round draft pick from Montana in 2010, has been one of the teams core special teams players. He’s in a battle to retain his roster spot.

The Falcons have kept four safeties under Smith on their 53-man roster. Behind starters Thomas DeCoud and William Moore, they signed veteran Chris Hope and drafted Charles Mitchell in the sixth-round of the 2012 draft.

Schillinger, who has played in 31 games, finished third on the team with 11 special teams tackles last season.

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5 things to look for from the starters vs. Dolphins

Stephen Nicholas (right) joins fellow linebackers Sean Weatherspoon and Akeem Dent during a training camp practice. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Stephen Nicholas (right) joins fellow linebackers Sean Weatherspoon and Akeem Dent during a training camp practice. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons middle linebacker Akeem Dent will return to the lineup for the team’s important third exhibition game against the Miami Dolphins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sun Life Stadium.

Dent suffered a concussion in the exhibition opener against the Ravens while playing on the punt coverage team. He was in the league’s concussion protocol program and did not play in the second game against the Bengals.

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Third-round pick Lamar Holmes (76) is set to make his debut against the Dolphins. (Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

The second-year linebacker from Georgia and Douglass High missed some valuable time as he attempts to replace Curtis Lofton, the team’s leading tackler last season who left to join the New Orleans Saints during free agency.

Here are five things to look for when the starters play into the third quarter …

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Should the Falcons trade with Jax/London Jags for MJD?

 

 

Falcons running back Michael Turner emerges from the smoke and fire to take on the Ravens in Atlanta. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons running back Michael Turner emerges from the smoke and fire to take on the Ravens in Atlanta. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

 

 

FLOWERY BRANCH – It’s admission time.

Those recent tweets have been ignored because they don’t make good football sense.

But with the Maurice Jones-Drew and Shad Khan standoff boiling over in Jacksonville, posing the question is in order.

Turner doesn’t want a drastic cut in his carries.
Should the Falcons and the Jaguars swap out running backs? To some of you all, a Michael Turner-for- Jones-Drew trade makes some sense.

I received this tweet to @AJCFalcons from ‏@Andrewtuce:

“@AJCFalcons don’t u have to try and get Mjd if u r the falcons? We aren’t winning anything with broken m turner”

I received this tweet to @DorlandoLed from @EliotLehrman:

@DOrlandoLED Do YOU think we should trade for MJD? Let’s make some noise! MJD to ATL! #WWMJD We want MJD! #Falcons “

Jones-Drew has two years remaining on his contract with …

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Atlanta Falcons: Lamar Holmes ready to make his debut

051112 FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons offensive lineman Lamar Holmes stands on the sidelines with a boot on his foot the first day of practice with the team in Flowery Branch, Friday, May 11, 2012.   CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

051112 FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons offensive lineman Lamar Holmes stands on the sidelines with a boot on his foot the first day of practice with the team in Flowery Branch, Friday, May 11, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH — Shortly after being drafted by the Falcons, left tackle Lamar Holmes made a bold statement.

“I’ve got to go in there and take somebody’s spot,” Holmes said. “I’ve got to earn a job. I’ve got to be on the field. I’m not here to make friends.”

Then he went out and broke a toe in his foot. He missed all of the offseason workouts and parts of training camp. Holmes has recovered and will take his first steps toward earning an NFL job against the Miami Dolphins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sun Life Stadium.

“He’ll get a lot of reps against Miami and that will be good for him,” said offensive line coach Pat Hill. “Those will be his first real live [plays.]”

The Falcons took a gamble on Holmes in the third round of the NFL …

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What if the Falcons were on HBO’s Hard Knocks?

Ryan and Lauren Tannehill pose at the NFL draft in New York. (Associated Press)

Ryan and Lauren Tannehill pose at the NFL draft in New York. (Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH – I couldn’t wait to get home last night to watch HBO’s Hard Knocks. It’s usually a highlight of the exhibition season after a long day at the Branch.

After leaving the Branch, I had to swing by the youth football field to fulfill my volunteer duties as the Smyrna Spartans Division II/Instructional coordinator. (I’ve got all three of my coaches hired, got background checks rolling on the assistants and I need to get all of the kids birth certificates collected for certification on Sunday). I got home with three minutes to spare.

Last night’s episode was tough. They had to follow up the Chad Johnson show, which was a ratings bonanza. Unfortunately, they didn’t have enough shots of Ryan Tannehill’s wife, Mrs. Lauren.

The show featured Reggie Bush, Karlos Dansby and Jake Long leading a meek protest of Johnson’s release. It stopped short of “We want Chad Back! We …

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Atlanta Falcons: Nolan calls his plays from coaches’ booth

 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

FLOWERY BRANCH — Former defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder called the game from the sidelines. Nolan prefers to work from the coaches’ booth upstairs.

“Mike is a guy that feels more comfortable in the press box,” Smith said. “So we’ve had to re-work the communications process from Mike calling it up the box to relaying it through the sideline.”

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Falcons finally get fiesty in practice; a couple of …

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Atlanta Falcons: Coordinators give mid-term reports

Mike Nolan, Mike Smith and Dirk Koetter (Curtis Compton/CCompton@ajc.com)

Mike Nolan, Mike Smith and Dirk Koetter (Curtis Compton/CCompton@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Halfway through the exhibition season, the Falcons’ new coordinators, Mike Nolan and Dirk Koetter, gave an update on the progress on the implementation of their new schemes.

“We still have a lot of work to do because you want to detail things out,” Nolan said. “There is a big difference between our first group and our backups. Some guys need to step up as far as the backups go.”

The starting offense has played well while working heavily on the passing attack.

“We are definitely improving,” Koetter said. “You want to get better each time you go out there. But there is still plenty of stuff that we need to work on. I think we’re on the right track and making progress.”

The starters have handed the reserves a lead in both exhibition games, but the backups haven’t been able to hold the fort. The Falcons’ seven-game losing mark in exhibition games is the longest …

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Atlanta Falcons: Turner still a weapon in passing league

 

Falcons running back Michael Turner emerges from the smoke and fire to take on the Ravens in Atlanta. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons running back Michael Turner emerges from the smoke and fire to take on the Ravens in Atlanta. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Vivlamore reporting from Flowery Branch.

The Falcons have stockpiled an arsenal of aerial weapons. Quarterback Matt Ryan has the likes of Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White, Julio Jones and Harry Douglas at his disposal. He has made good use of them after two exhibition games throwing for 329 yards, fifth best in the NFL’s preseason, and two touchdowns in limited action.

But don’t forget about Michael Turner.

Although the running back has just 14 yards on eight carries in exhibition games against the Ravens and Bengals, Turner and coaches insist there is no reason to panic. Relax. It’s the preseason, they said.

“It’s just a matter of getting reps,” Turner said Tuesday. “It’s just a glorified practice. You just want to get out there, get the looks and make the corrections from the game tape like you do for any other practice. You …

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Video: Atlanta Falcons Take on Miami Dolphins

The Falcons take on the Dolphins Friday, with Atlanta’s starters playing 3 quarters. CineSport’s Noah Coslov & The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter discuss this and how Atlanta’s secondary will line up.

THE LATEST NEWS

Coordinators hand out their exhibition mid-term reports; backups need to step it up

Running back Michael Turner still a weapon

Falcons thin at left tackle after Will Svitek goes down; out for season

Falcons finally get fiesty in practice; a couple of fights breakout

Akeem Dent returns to practice; will play against Miami

OTHER NEWS

Dominique Davis in hunt for No. 2 quarterback position

GAME STORY: Bengals 24, Falcons 19

SIDEBAR: Matt Ryan won’t call himself an elte QB after completed 18 of 21

Asante Samuel admits to relaxing on A.J. Green’s touchdown catch

A.J. Green and Julio Jones shine in exhibition game

VIDEO: Matt Ryan, Lousaka Polite featured after loss to Bengals

VIDEO: Post game presser with head coach Mike Smith

Get instant …

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