Atlanta Falcons: Fullback Polite cut, Mike Cox re-signed

Atlanta Falcons running back Mike Cox comes off the field after cutting his nose during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars,  Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

Atlanta Falcons running back Mike Cox comes off the field after cutting his nose during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

FLOWERY BRANCH — In a move to spruce up their rushing attack, the Falcons have released Lousaka Polite and have re-signed Mike Cox.

The Falcons are 25th in the league in rushing at 98.5 yards per games.

Michael Turner has rushed 128 times for 517 yards and is on pace for another 1,000-yard season.

But the offense is averaging 376.5 yards passing, which is eight in the league. They Falcons are hoping to provide some balance with some better lead blocking.

The Falcons drafted Bradie Ewing with the hopes that he’d win the fullback job. But he is out for the season after suffering a knee injury in the exhibition season opener against Baltimore.

Ewing, a former walk-on at Wisconsin, was a fifth-round (157th overall) pick.

Cox was beat out in training camp by Polite and released.

Ewing was expected to compete with Mike Cox for the starting fullback position. His acquisition led the Falcons to release Pro Bowler Ovie Mughelli.

The fullback position has been problematic for the Falcons this season. When Polite was slowed by a hamstring injury, offensive lineman Joe Hawley played some fullback in two games.

The Falcons said they weren’t about about the run-game when it wasn’t producing in the exhibition season.

“To be honest, I never worry about the running game in preseason,” offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said after the Saturday walk-through pracgtice. “I just don’t see why you want to plow it up in there and get your backs beat up. We know that Michael Turner can run the football.”

The Falcons did try to get Turner a little work against the Bengals, but fullback Mike Cox had a tough day lead-blocking.

“We are trying to get guys evaluated,” Koetter said. “I don’t think we forgot how to run the ball overnight.”

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55 comments Add your comment

Chris Eagle

November 7th, 2012
1:01 pm

Interesting. I hope Cox can open some holes for turner and crew. Polite dropped too many balls anyway.

JuiceJones21

November 7th, 2012
1:01 pm

Chris Eagle

November 7th, 2012
1:02 pm

too bad Juice… And I actually posted an actual comment. :)

JuiceJones21

November 7th, 2012
1:03 pm

Just missed. Not sure if this is the answer but certainly hope it helps.

JuiceJones21

November 7th, 2012
1:06 pm

@ Chris…LOL…show off.

North FLA Falcon

November 7th, 2012
1:13 pm

Cox is tough! Reminds me of Bob Christian from the old days!

Hindu Elvis Pimp

November 7th, 2012
1:13 pm

Why not cut Dunta Robinson? He’s a liability.

Wendell

November 7th, 2012
1:30 pm

Send “C-VIV” to Ottawa, Please.

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Greg

November 7th, 2012
1:33 pm

I know Polite missed that first pass in the flat, when we went 3-and-out, but he must have f–ked up in other ways, too, for them to release him like this. Now that I think about it, I think he also missed a block in pass defense. Did anyone else see any other Polite errors?

Bill Bardamak

November 7th, 2012
1:34 pm

Greg

November 7th, 2012
1:35 pm

Hindu Elvis Pimp: Well said! Dunte really stunk the place up. Just horrible. When I think of the money (what was it, $57 million?) it makes me sick. One of the worst talent-mis-assessments of the TD era.

buckhead benny

November 7th, 2012
1:39 pm

why not play Dunta some at free safety? He seems like he would be the ideal free saftey he can tackle and loves to hit receivers- I think he would be a stud at free safety but I know they need him at corner with grimes down.

Any thoughts on that?

absolut atl

November 7th, 2012
1:40 pm

Why not bring in Ovie and check his tank for any gas? As far as I know he’s sitting at home. Our run game has not been the same since he went down last year. I remember thinking that exact thing in the 1st half vs Dallas when it seemed like it was going to be another game of Turner stutter-stepping in the backfield looking for holes that should/used to be there.

lal909

November 7th, 2012
1:41 pm

Ovie Mughelli

Jacket Fan

November 7th, 2012
1:43 pm

Tell Mike to hit people leaned forward in a slight crouch. He likes to hit people standing straight up, and just bounces off them.

rz up 2012

November 7th, 2012
1:44 pm

He had one bad game… Got game ball a few weeks back. Robinson is having a good year overall get off his back.

Esquire

November 7th, 2012
1:52 pm

Hindu Elvis Pimp
November 7th, 2012
1:13 pm

Why not cut Dunta Robinson? He’s a liability.
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And if Dunta is a liability what is your solution? Dunce Hat, you can’t just say cut somebody without giving us the wisdom of your replacement.

I'm Gumby, Dammit!!

November 7th, 2012
1:58 pm

Hindu Elvis Pimp/Greg, you guys need to either wake up or shut up. Granted, getting beat deep on third and 20 should not happen, but overall Robinson has been playing much better since they’ve gone to more man coverage this year. Plus, his run support has been great. You need a physical corner to make receivers/running backs think twice.

Get a clue.

Loyal Falcon

November 7th, 2012
1:59 pm

TO THE DEFENSIVE LINE….GUYS IF YOU CAN’T GET TO BRESS JUST PUT THOSE BIG PALMS UP! DUDE IS BARELY 6FT…IF THAT. KNOCK THE BALL DOWN. LET’S GO!

Esquire

November 7th, 2012
2:05 pm

Greg
November 7th, 2012
1:33 pm

I know Polite missed that first pass in the flat, when we went 3-and-out, but he must have f–ked up in other ways, too, for them to release him like this. Now that I think about it, I think he also missed a block in pass defense. Did anyone else see any other Polite errors?
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I had posted the other day that I thought Ryan looked ticked off when Polite dropped that pass. I know I was……..lol……

Esquire

November 7th, 2012
2:06 pm

I guess when Matt Ryan says get the F off of my field he means it. C ya Polite!!

lowdownjj

November 7th, 2012
2:15 pm

Enter Ovie signed with St Louis. So unless he was released without me reading about it he is not available.

David

November 7th, 2012
2:15 pm

Hell Turner cant catch the ball either !

KC Falcon

November 7th, 2012
2:20 pm

If the injured rookie from Wisconsin is slowed coming back, or even if he’s still here, go draft FB Braden Wilson from K-State. Some NFL team is going to be very happy with him.

FalconsonTOP

November 7th, 2012
2:27 pm

ovie mughelli is a free agent http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/2235/ovie-mughelli – I wonder why not re-sign him instead?

Paddy

November 7th, 2012
2:31 pm

KC Falcon………Wilson from K-State would be a great mid to late round pick next year. The fullback position is going the way of the buggy whip and the eggman delivery guy, I am afraid. But in the Falcon offense it still holds sway.

LOL at the Aints

November 7th, 2012
2:31 pm

I heard Ovie on that new sports talk station 92.9 Sunday Hosting a show with Bob Neil,, I dont think he’s doing anything.

Man.....

November 7th, 2012
2:49 pm

Why not Ovie?

Great guy, solid player.

absolut atl

November 7th, 2012
2:55 pm

Yeah, Ovie definitely got cut by the Rams. I don’t think he was picked up by anyone and the run game definitely got worse as soon as he was out.

I wonder if they even gave him a call. I would say maybe they didn’t want to go backwards but bringing back Cox is the same thing and he does not seem nearly as good. Ovie’s had another 8 weeks to heal up and knows the team.

I usually just read but...

November 7th, 2012
3:08 pm

Not surprised. One thing MS wants is for players to be consistent. Polite wasn’t. End of story. Cox is at least as good,

warfalcon

November 7th, 2012
3:13 pm

I want to cut all you doubters,get the F off this blog.ONE GAME AT A TIME. LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Booger

November 7th, 2012
3:14 pm

Time to bring Ovie back and see if he’s got anything left…lord knows, he’s better than everything lining up front of Turner now. Heck Turner hasn’t been 1/2 the runner he was when Ovie was plowing the road for him

North FLA Falcon

November 7th, 2012
3:22 pm

If we can have even a decent running game vs the Aints it will give Matt time to make his throws. With our receivers vs one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL we can score some points and keep up with the Drew Brees show. The Aints can still move the ball and they have had our number for the last few years. It is going to be a shootout! Ramp up our Running game + get a few picks vs Breesy and we got this one.

jay

November 7th, 2012
3:28 pm

Dunta is doing alright this year. Let’s not forget he was supposed to be our Nickel CB and was going to spend most of his time coming off the edge at the QB. Grimesy getting hurt really killed that idea though. He let ogletree burn the hell out of him, but i can’t think of any more huge mistakes like that from this year.

Juliooooo

November 7th, 2012
3:32 pm

Ovie wanted too much $ so he was not resigned. I would imagine he still wants more than what the Falcons are prepared to give him.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sic & Tired

November 7th, 2012
3:44 pm

I believe Polite was the player who seriously missed that block that almost got Matt Ryan killed when DeMarcus Ware rushed off the edge during Sunday’s game.

Isn’t Ovie Mughelli supposedly still hurt (not at 100%) which is why he got cut by the Rams in August???? Obviously since no other team signed him after he was cut, why would the Falcons sign him???? He’s still a free agent for a reason!!!!!!

B'Red

November 7th, 2012
3:54 pm

I thinks the defense played the run a lot better with Ray Edwards off the field, and I do believe Dent will get better with more playing time. As for the running game, keep giving the other backs touches and not just stay with Turner. We got to stop handing ball off to Turner on first down, we keep putting the offense in a hole by giving him the ball on first down.

FalconsonTOP

November 7th, 2012
3:55 pm

Wrong if you want to blame someone for leaving WARE open for the sack then blame Quizz. Take a look yourself http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000090403/Ware-leaves-a-mark-on-Ryan

Fact

November 7th, 2012
3:57 pm

Truth be told neither one of these guys is starter quality. Remember guys Polite beat Cox out in training camp and was only on the roster for a week or so. I don’t expect Cox to magically become a better talent than he was when he got cut. Mike Cox is who Mike Smith thought he was and they re-signed him anyway. Lol. But seriously folks, I don’t expect a much better performance from Cox, he’s just healthy and Polite probably has lingering issues with the hamstring. Polite did look terrible in the last game so I’m not surprised he got the ax. Ovie must really be done.

Troupdawg

November 7th, 2012
4:05 pm

Mike Cox was in camp and knows Koetter’s play book, Ovie wasn’t and doesn’t. The fullback need is now and not a good time to bring in someone who doesn’t know the offense.

absolut atl

November 7th, 2012
4:18 pm

Sick & Tired Of Being Sic & Tired – Your comment made me wonder if he is still not ready to play so I googled a little bit and found this, “Rams released FB Ovie Mughelli.
Not far removed from being one of the top lead blockers in the game, Mughelli apparently lost out to Brit Miller. Mughelli missed a large chunk of 2011 with a torn right MCL. He should be one of the first calls for any team looking for a fullback this season. Aug 31 – 3:16 PM” src: http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/2235/ovie-mughelli

Troupdawg – I’m fairly certain that Koetter adapted his playbook to fit what the Falcons were already doing with his own twists. I know that I’ve heard this several times and don’t have a text source that I can provide to validate right now.

absolut atl

November 7th, 2012
4:20 pm

Also, it seems like anyone sitting at home right now would be ready to come in and play for the only undefeated team for league minimum at this point in the season. ESPECIALLY A FB, a position that seems to be going the way of the dodo bird at this point in time.

Esquire

November 7th, 2012
4:44 pm

Loyal Falcon
November 7th, 2012
1:59 pm

TO THE DEFENSIVE LINE….GUYS IF YOU CAN’T GET TO BRESS JUST PUT THOSE BIG PALMS UP! DUDE IS BARELY 6FT…IF THAT. KNOCK THE BALL DOWN. LET’S GO!

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Yeah, and when you are rushing him aim to where he is gonna be, not where he is at. He almost always moves left to duck out of a near sack.

Esquire

November 7th, 2012
4:46 pm

Man, that daylight savings time blog clock keeps freaking me out……………………..

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

November 7th, 2012
4:47 pm

Yes falconstop is correct it was quizz who let ryan get smashed by ware on that play

Mike : The Latest Fuzz

November 7th, 2012
5:01 pm

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DEP

November 7th, 2012
7:04 pm

Bring back Ovie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

technofalconeer

November 7th, 2012
8:58 pm

glad cox is back- run game was better with him- also has good hands- one of those deceiving players where things tend to get done without too much fanfare- kc chiefs now rate him on line as one that got away![see their site] he knows the offense- is healthy-not banged up- falcons brass making push to tweak all positions to enhance chance of SUPER BOWL- all positions still being evaluated per coach ?? good move?? either way– GO FALCONS

JD

November 7th, 2012
9:16 pm

Polite IS the dude that almost got Ryan KO’s for the season. This is a great move Polite had ZERO ainbility and obviously was a mental midget. or little person. Hands of stone and no ability to read the defense,. Ryan yelled his name out really load after getting clobbered. Those that have it Tivoed look it up