Atlanta Falcons: Veteran safety Chris Hope helping out on special teams





FLOWERY BRANCH — Veteran safety Chris Hope, a former Pro Bowler, is the leading special-teams tackler with nine.

“After being a starter for 10 years of my 11 years, it’s hard to be patient and sit back and just wait for an opportunity to contribute more,” said Hope, who was signed on June 29. “One thing that makes a good team great or successful in this league is that you have to have guys that are willing and able to play roles.”

Hope, a former standout at Florida State, played at Pittsburgh and Tennessee.

“Everyone is not going to be excited about their roles all of the time,” Hope said. “But you have to play your role and you have to excel at it. That’s one thing that I’ve learned since I’ve been a rookie and I’ve kept that with me. It’s OK not to like role, but you have to be able to accept it and excel at it.”

With the rash of missed tackles by the safeties, Hope could be an option if the problems persist.

“Roles change all of the time,” Hope said. “It might happen in week one or it might be week one of the playoffs. You have to be professional and stay ready.”

Hope takes pride in his special teams work.

“I think it’s an eye-opener, showing that I still can play,” Hope said. “I can run and still do some things that . . . special teams are in most cases a thing for younger guys to go out and showcase their talent.

“For me to be out there and competing, running around and chasing those young guys and making plays, it shows that I still can run and can still play at a high level. In my opinion, special teams is one of the most difficult things of the game. It’s hard to explain, but I think playing special teams sometimes is even more difficult than defense or offense.”

Special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong loves having a veteran with Hope’s approach to special teams.

“It’s a testament to his character,” Armstrong said. “We all have a role on the team and that could change. It varies from week to week. He’s done a nice job of accepting his role.”

17 comments Add your comment

4BsihTneeS

November 22nd, 2012
10:56 am

Go bucks! Beat the turkeys fal can’ts!

Samuel

November 22nd, 2012
11:08 am

If a saftey goes down from injuries Hope can come in an play. Being that he’s been a pro bowler he want be overwelmed when it comes time to play.

dbird1

November 22nd, 2012
12:53 pm

just cant get of enough of the Falcons can you Seen. alway the first to sign in. you must watch this site endlessly. glad to have you aboard

chuck

November 22nd, 2012
2:21 pm

Does New Orleans not have a newspaper? Are they still under water?

dbird1

November 22nd, 2012
4:43 pm

seen, i didnt realize they have wifi at the soup kitchen. enjoy your thanksgiving dinner on us.

Trish

November 22nd, 2012
7:53 pm

It’s Thanksgiving yet Seen is the first one on a Falcon page and he’s a Saint fan. That’s sad.

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My trailers got a 7 ft.x 5ft screen & projector

November 23rd, 2012
6:37 am

hiramsaint
November 22nd, 2012
7:42 pm

happy thanksgiving atlanta !
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4BsihTneeS

November 23rd, 2012
6:45 am

We must break Matt Ryan’s body!

Fan since 66

November 23rd, 2012
10:18 am

Once again, a blog about the Falcons becomes a gutter for inane slams about our team. They come on and light a fire, you respond, as if throwing gas on the fire, and they sit back a laugh. Just ignore them. Can’t we just keep the discussion on the Falcons?
Now with that off my chest… D,Led, any mutterings that you hear about the other end of the Special Teams spectrum, specifically our inability to have any sort of return game on punts? It is atrocious at best that Franks seems to have no idea when to call for a FC or let the ball bounce. I’m no coach or expert, by any means, but is it a good thing to continually catch a punt on the 5-10 yard line, and then let a ball bounce on the 20 and get downed inside the 10? Maybe Hope could stand in for Franks and see what happens. Just sayin’!
Go Falcons!

lanier

November 23rd, 2012
11:34 am

cut Joe Hawley now

Mr. Hankey (Pankey.)

November 23rd, 2012
12:00 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, one and all. Except for Seen. Seen enough of Seen. They letting you sit at the big boys table today?

Choke On My Grits

November 23rd, 2012
11:19 pm

@4BsihTneeS…Ha Ha Ha…still needing attention I see….”break Matt Ryan’s body”,must be some sort of reference to your teams bounty huntin’ defense….they learned from that moron…you’d be wise to follow suit…

Choke On My Grits

November 23rd, 2012
11:22 pm

Mikey

November 24th, 2012
8:06 am

Chris Hope might be getting in the groove and that would be wonderful. We may need him soon given any more injuries to the secondary. I don’t think of him as a big tackler though. As a matter of fact, in one of our earlier games, I saw him duck a head-on tackle with a running back at about the six yard line to give up a touchdown. I’m not sure where this reluctance to tackle comes from but it seems quite pervasive. At first I thought that perhaps it was a result of reduced contact in practice stemming from the new NFL Player’s Agreement. However, I don’t see it occurring on other teams so it must be something specific to the Falcons. It’s lingered quite a while with this team but seems to be improving week by week. Curing that rash of tackling wiffs will elevate this defense to a very high level. In spite of the poor tackling, this defense has been quite effective. I anticipate that Spoon’s return to the lineup will help too. He doesn’t mess around with tackles and sets a high standard with his on-field leadership. In spite of a couple of sloppy games, we are seeing more dominance emerge in all three phases of the game… GO FALCONS! YOU ARE RISING UP!

You're a Joke

November 25th, 2012
12:29 am

4BsihTneeS
November 23rd, 2012
6:45 am

We must break Matt Ryan’s body!
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Are you going to cry when your daddy leaves for Dallas…….lololol !!!!

You're a Joke

November 25th, 2012
12:32 am

This will be your sorry teams last year as you know it and you’re to dumb to realize it !!! hahahaha fool !!