Atlanta Falcons: Business with pleasure

Birds having fun. (Photo: Michael Cunningham)

Fresh and fun. (Photo: Michael Cunningham)

By Michael Cunningham

The picture above should give you an indication of the atmosphere in the Falcons locker room.

Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud was about to head to meetings before taking the practice field today but he still found some time to show off his “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” Halloween costume. He presumably was all business just a few minutes later.

Falcons coach Mike Smith said he likes that this group keeps the mood light when appropriate.

“I’ve said it many times and I’m going to say it again: I know it’s about winning on Sunday, but you win first in the locker room,” Smith said. “You’ve got to have a good locker room. You’ve got to have a good team. You’ve got to have guys that like to have fun. Because if you don’t have fun in a long day–and there’s a lot of long days–it gets tough. These guys know when to snap in and when to snap out. When it’s time to go to work they go to work.

“For some of the things we do and how much fun we have, you might question our maturity, but I don’t have any doubt how mature we are. When it’s time to play football and that ball is snapped and that ball is kicked off we’re ready to go.”

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29 comments Add your comment

Sausage King of Chicago

October 31st, 2012
3:04 pm

Sausage King of Chicago

October 31st, 2012
3:05 pm

Dled, what are you wearing for Halloween??

ParanoidAndroid

October 31st, 2012
3:13 pm

Awesome. DeCoud is meow becoming one of my favorite players on D.

Smellyalater!

October 31st, 2012
3:21 pm

Is Babineaux gonna be Uncle Phil??

jJoel Holtzman

October 31st, 2012
3:28 pm

I really like how the Falcons are going about business. Are the Falcons getting any respect off the field – NO. Are the Falcons getting respect on the field – YES. Are the Falcons just going about business on and off the field – YES. Keep it up Men! Keep looking at the goal – your next game.

RobbE33

October 31st, 2012
3:28 pm

ParanoidAndroid’s comment is just a good as DeCoud. It’s good to have maturity and discipline with players that know when to snap in and out when they need to. Winning cures many things and what a difference coordinators make!

the silverman

October 31st, 2012
3:41 pm

If Decoud is the Fresh Prince is William Moore Carlton?

All I'm Saying Is....

October 31st, 2012
3:43 pm

DeCoud is da’ man. LOL!

LET’S GO FALCONS!

Yorker

October 31st, 2012
3:50 pm

needs to learn how to wear his hat like someone with some sence not a thug, look at me I look dumb.

Falconbikerdude

October 31st, 2012
3:51 pm

I love Fresh Prince of Bel Air! Keep it real and keep it tight.. Just keep it real tight! Go FALCONS!! I love what you’re doing on the field!

Yorker

October 31st, 2012
3:52 pm

needs to learn how to wear his hat like someone with some sense not a thug, look at me I look dumb

Falconbikerdude

October 31st, 2012
3:54 pm

Hey Yorker.. It’s a costume.. Look who is dumb now.. c’mon man!

All I'm Saying Is....

October 31st, 2012
4:02 pm

Its a Halloween costume, Yorker. Get a clue, You numb nut.

lowdownjj

October 31st, 2012
4:05 pm

Dled- WHAT’S THE STATUS OF SPOON#56?Its a costume Yorker…seriously man?

Answer This

October 31st, 2012
4:20 pm

Hey Yorker take your hidden racist pig remarks and go find a short pier and take a long walk!

BamaFaninGa

October 31st, 2012
4:20 pm

I agree with CMS: let them have all the fun they want off the field, as long as they keep playing like they did against Philly. Rise up, Falcon’s.

Answer This

October 31st, 2012
4:21 pm

And only thugs like you cant spell! SENCE? Really! Go back to school ANGUSMUNCH!

6-0

October 31st, 2012
4:25 pm

@ yorker it’s a costume dumb @$$

Alex

October 31st, 2012
4:26 pm

Is ParanoidAndroid going as a Super Trooper for halloween with his clever use of the word meow. Also with that boombox someone should of gone as Radio Raheem.

kenneth

October 31st, 2012
5:06 pm

They will be fine,they have to just stay focused on one game at a time,minimum missed tackles and don’t get beside themselves. Now is not the time,this is their year and they need to know this on the field and off. One thing for sure the running game has got to get better and dont woorry about being respected right now,get it on the field.Go Falcons,i am with you 100 %.

1eyedJack

October 31st, 2012
5:23 pm

Watch it guys. I’m going to have to throw the flag for piling on a doofey.

Whiznot

October 31st, 2012
5:49 pm

Coach Smith is a winner and a great guy. I would not trade him for any other NFL coach.

DirtyBirdinCali

October 31st, 2012
7:33 pm

I’m guessing CMS is dressing up like Uncle Phil then.

Th

October 31st, 2012
8:00 pm

Let’s hear it for the new coordinators who are making a bunch of these potential high-draft busts look good. Peria Jerry, Sam Baker, William Moore, Chris Owens. And made some bargain bin guys look like all-pro – Biermann, Walker, Snelling. Nothing like good coaching

Yorker U Dummy

October 31st, 2012
9:02 pm

Thanks to all who corrected Yorker…..All the vibes and comments were positive and then somebody like Yorker adds his 1 cent racist comment to mess up the flow. He and others needs to stop sitting behind a computer making negative comments and just grow the f**k up. I am enjoying the Falcons and how they are representing. …..so to Yorker ——–Look in the mirror at yourself before you judge others —–I guarantee you will see the world differently!! Lastly……learn how to spell!!

Falcons Chic

October 31st, 2012
9:31 pm

DeCoud is my favorite Falcon. RU ATL

BirdDawg

October 31st, 2012
9:41 pm

DeCoud is DaCool!

I usually just read but...

November 1st, 2012
7:51 am

Not a Fresh Prince fan but that’s very funny. The pressure on these guys to win every week grows with every week they win. Smith is right, keep it lite, have fun. We are in the catbird seat.

Nick

November 1st, 2012
10:50 am

Um this was supposed to be an article about Soriano leaving the yankees. Nice one AJC!