McCown working to learn Falcons offense

Vivlamore reporting from Flowery Branch.

Luke McCown doesn’t see many obstacles in his transition to backup quarterback with the Falcons. McCown spent three seasons in Jacksonville when new Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter was on staff.

It’s been a whirlwind week after McCown was released by the Saints last Monday. He got a call from the Falcons to join the team the next day after they released Chris Redman. He arrived in Atlanta in time to travel to Jacksonville for final exhibition game, although he did not play. McCown got in his first practice Monday.

Luke McCown when he was playing with Jacksonville. (Mel Evans/Associated Press)

Luke McCown when he was playing with Jacksonville. (Mel Evans/Associated Press)

“There are some similarities,” McCown said of the offenses. “A lot of the verbiage that we use is different than we had in Jacksonville. That part of it is transitioning your mind from what you used to call it to what [starter] Matt [Ryan] likes to call it here. That shouldn’t be too much of an obstacle.”

Coach Mike Smith acknowledged that McCown needs to get up to speed with the Falcons playbook. He declined to say whether McCown will be the No. 2 or No. 3 quarterback behind Ryan for Sunday’s season opener at the Chiefs. Dominique Davis, an undrafted rookie free agent, beat out John Parker Wilson for one of the three quarterback spots.

“There are some differences and there are some small nuances that we put in the 2012 Atlanta Falcons playbook, and they’re different than what they’ve done in the past,” Smith said. “We’ve got to get him up to speed as quickly as possible. He’s been spending extra time with[quarterbacks]  coach [Glenn] Thomas and coach Koetter. Most of the players were off [over the weekend], but we had guys that have been in here the last couple of days and I can assure you Luke has been one of them. He’s working to try and get up to speed as quickly as possible.”

McCown said he welcomes the opportunity to offer Ryan another veteran perspective and the chance to mentor Davis.

“This is my ninth year in the league,” McCown said. “I’ve been around a lot of football. I’ve seen a lot. There are some things that I can hopefully bring to the table in the meeting room that will help Matt take it to the next level. In the meantime, Matt and I will team up on the young kid and bring him up to speed.”

The decision to release Redman was not easy, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff. The veteran spent the past five seasons with the Falcons, the last four behind Ryan. In the end, McCown’s familiarity with Koetter and his offense was the determining factor in the roster move.

Still, the release of Redman caught Falcons players by surprise.

“It’s tough,” center Todd McClure said. “He was a guy who was close to a lot of people in here. It’s the toughest part of this business. That’s why my wife said she stopped making friends in the NFL because as soon as she would get close to somebody, they are gone. That was the tough part for her. That is the part that will never change. It will also be tough.

“There always are surprises. We talk about that all the time. You think you’ve got it figured out and you have your mind set on what the roster is going to be and, every year, there is something that throws it off. That’s not our job. Our job is to go out and play. The guys upstairs get paid to make those decisions.”

- Chris Vivlamore

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32 comments Add your comment

Die Hard Falcon

September 4th, 2012
11:38 am

First?

I wonder if the fact that he was on the aints roster came into play at all?
The Jets/Pats do it to each other all the time

Go Falcons!

Falcon James

September 4th, 2012
12:14 pm

McKown will be fine. Hopefully we won’t be hearing from the backup QB at all this year. I am not sure what experience he has that Ryan does not already have as a starter. Whatever…..Is it Sunday yet?

Falcon James

September 4th, 2012
12:14 pm

McKown will be fine. Hopefully we won’t be hearing from the backup QB at all this year. I am not sure what experience he has that Ryan does not already have as a starter. Whatever…..Is it Sunday yet?

Jim

September 4th, 2012
12:33 pm

Luke is with his 5th team, has thrown 9 TD’s since 2004 & currently has a QB rating of 39. He should be realistic about how much help he can be to anybody.

cb795

September 4th, 2012
12:40 pm

He failed in Jacksonville, Oakland and New Orleans!!!! What can he help Matt with in Atlanta? The Saints cut him and how does that make the Falcons better than the Saints when we sign their failed players? It’s about talent and having more talent than the other teams.

Idjit

September 4th, 2012
12:44 pm

Luke…STFU. And don’t ruin the rookie with your BS. You’re luck your here at all.

Jimmy Crack

September 4th, 2012
12:53 pm

A very mediocre backup replaced by an extremely mediocre backup. An upgrade of sorts.

the real rick

September 4th, 2012
1:21 pm

I am wondering from these comments if Ryan is struggling a little with the offense….? Ryan is a sharp guy and I cant imagine he would, but the comment is weird???? Does anyone else feel this way or am I reading too much into it?

steven a smith

September 4th, 2012
1:42 pm

Jimmy Crack

September 4th, 2012
12:53 pm

A very mediocre backup replaced by an extremely mediocre backup. An upgrade of sorts.

The people who are qualified to make these kind of decisions are probably just a little bit better than we are? Don’t you think???

steven a smith

September 4th, 2012
1:42 pm

Jimmy Crack

September 4th, 2012
12:53 pm

A very mediocre backup replaced by an extremely mediocre backup. An upgrade of sorts.

The people who are qualified to make these kind of decisions are probably just a little bit better than we are? Don’t you think???

Seen This B4

September 4th, 2012
1:48 pm

@Die Hard Falcan’t: Yeah right, keep dreaming. McCown wasn’t on the roster long enough to garner anything, he was just a camp body and I don’t even think he ever took a snap in the preseason game.

Seen This B4

September 4th, 2012
1:48 pm

@Die Hard Falcan’t: Yeah right, keep dreaming. McCown wasn’t on the roster long enough to garner anything, he was just a camp body and I don’t even think he ever took a snap in the preseason game.

Seen This B4

September 4th, 2012
1:49 pm

Hey DLed, get your techs working on your double posting problem pronto.

Seen This B4

September 4th, 2012
1:49 pm

Hey DLed, get your techs working on your double posting problem pronto.

FANtastic

September 4th, 2012
1:53 pm

Seriously, how many snaps has McCown played compared to Matty? LOL. I think Matt knows a little more about how the position is played in the NFL.

FANtastic

September 4th, 2012
1:53 pm

Seriously, how many snaps has McCown played compared to Matty? LOL. I think Matt knows a little more about how the position is played in the NFL.

St Simons

September 4th, 2012
2:19 pm

just how much did that Saints playbook cost, anyway?

and how many draft choices did he give up fer it? 6? 8?

I usually just read but...

September 4th, 2012
2:47 pm

This is gonna work. not. In your own work life, when someone comes in from another division, or a competitor, ect… and starts out with, “Now this is the way we did it over at so and so…..”
That works, right?

the real rick

September 4th, 2012
3:05 pm

just read….supervisors, mgrs, presidents, or CEO’s assume roles within a company, they are hired to bring in their systems and talents….assemble their team and make it work……same thing goes with coaches…….teams hire them to put in place what they know will work…some times it does and sometimes it doesnt..it depends on how the staff or players respond….

Mr. Panic Button

September 4th, 2012
3:20 pm

I agree with Idjit. What could McCown possibly teach Ryan after his failing career? This guy’s stats were worst than Redman’s. I guess he has to have something to say during his interview to make himself seem like an ASSet to this team. Dom just needs to perform every opportunity he gets so we can get rid of this waste of a team spot.

Esquire

September 4th, 2012
4:13 pm

Seen This B4

Hey DLed, get your techs working on your double posting problem pronto
_________________________________________
You’re so right SuxThisB4, especially double posting you.

Seen This B4

Hey DLed, get your techs working on your double posting problem pronto
_________________________________________
You’re so right SuxThisB4, especially double posting you.

Ray

September 4th, 2012
4:41 pm

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Hamad Meander

September 4th, 2012
4:46 pm

How far will the Falcons go with Jacksonville’s castoffs? We don’t need McCown on the roster for any reason. If Ryan goes down for a game or the season, will it matter that McCown is on the team?

Royalty1

September 4th, 2012
5:23 pm

D-led thanks for this story; one I have been waiting to hear. However, like many of the fans here have said; How can McCown make Ryan better (even Dominque Davis also) considering that his body of work is worst than Chris Redmans (statisically speaking).

What happen to the open competition that Mike Smith spoke of??? Dominique Davis beat out two guys above him and he still doesn’t get the nod for #2 for the opening game is a smack in the face to the open competition.

If later in the season they put McCown in as #2 and say it is based off practice thats one thing, but to do it from the start would make me question the good character this organization has attempted to promote.

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Whadda Ya Know?

September 4th, 2012
5:45 pm

McClown working to learn the offense? I thought that’s why Koetter brought him here…because he already knew the offense? That was another lie, because the coaching staff knew they changed the plays and the terminology–so how does that make McClown ready to step in this offense? Dude is a busta! Garrard just got released today by Miami…I know he’s better than McClown and he knows the offense as well.

terrell

September 4th, 2012
6:25 pm

Go get Garrard. McCown is str8 garbage,

Larry

September 4th, 2012
6:30 pm

So I show up here and learn there’s a fight over a 2nd or 3rd string backup QB most likely to never take a snap the entire season, barring a rout.

Yep…feels like home!

Larry

September 4th, 2012
6:34 pm

terrell,

When Garrard last started in 2010 he had the lowest Wonderlic (aptitude) score of all NFL starting QB’s at 14 (average intelligence is the average score, a 25 of a possible 5). Paraphrased, he’s as dumb as a box of rocks.

But then, he may be smarter than people that don’t capitalize their name!

Larry

September 4th, 2012
6:47 pm

…25 of a possible 50

Ricky Bobby

September 4th, 2012
6:58 pm

Hey when are we going to get an elite qb again Atlanta? The focus on mediocrity is ridiculous.On the upside, we do have a great weapons on offense AFTER the ball is thrown…

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