Weatherspoon likes hearing voices inside of his helmet




FLOWERY BRANCH — When Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon first received his new helmet in the preseason, he rubbed the green dot on the back and started smiling.

With the departure of Curtis Lofton, Weatherspoon was elevated to the role of defensive signal-caller and his helmet was equipped with the communications device — hence the identifying green dot — to receive the play calls from defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

Weatherspoon is set to lead the defense against the unflappable Eli Manning and the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants in a pivotal NFC showdown on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

With a win, the Falcons (11-2) would move closer to earning a first-round playoff bye and the NFC’s top seed while dealing the Giants (8-5) a blow in their quest to wrap up the NFC East title.

It’s been a few months, but Weatherspoon still really likes his new helmet.

“It’s cool,” he said. “It takes a little bit out of you because you have to communicate so much. It’s something that I like doing. I love being able to hear coach in the huddle.”

With Nolan’s multiple calls that require disguised fronts and sometimes “dummy” looks, Weatherspoon has to make sure the entire unit is tuned in. There was one notorious blown coverage against Washington, but for the most part Weatherspoon has had the unit the same page this year.

“I look forward to it every week, going out there and trying to lead the guys and put the guys in position,” Weatherspoon said.

The defense started to gain confidence in Nolan’s schemes on Sept. 17, when they led to Denver quarterback Peyton Manning’s throwing three interceptions in the first quarter of the second game of the season.

The unit has at least two interceptions in three games, including five pick-offs against New Orleans on Nov. 29. The Falcons are the only team in the NFL with two safeties with four-plus interceptions. Thomas DeCoud has five and William Moore has four.

By all accounts, Weatherspoon grown into his role as the defense’s quarterback.

“It’s something that you earn,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “Sean has definitely become the leader of our defense. He, by far, has the most responsibility because he’s got to get the signals in and he’s got to get people lined up. I think he’s adjusted to it well.”

Weatherspoon missed three games because of an ankle injury. Second-year linebacker Akeem Dent put on the special helmet for games against Dallas, New Orleans and Arizona.

“We missed him early in the season and I think he’s really started to get back in stride,” Smith said.

The move was a natural progression for Weatherspoon, who was selected in the first round (19th overall) of the 2010 draft. He became a starter right away, but had to become accustomed to playing a critical position in the pro game.

“I’m getting more comfortable in that role,” Weatherspoon said. “I just have to continue to get better, continue to work, continue to lead and continue to prepare. We are going in the right direction.”

He believes that the unit is buying what he’s selling. On the field, he’s part tactician and part hype man.

“He’s good,” defensive end Kroy Biermann said. “He’s a great leader. He’s a real high-energy guy. He gets guys amped. He knows offenses and studies them well throughout the week. He does a real good job.”

Defensive tackle Corey Peters said: “He’s definitely somebody that has earned his respect in the locker room over the last three years. I think he’s done a good job for us.”

Weatherspoon might even mix in a joke with the call, but will also play the role of motivator, should the need arise.

“He’s good,” Peters insists. “He always has something to say at the right time. I think he’s always been a leader going back to college and high school. I don’t think it’s very difficult for him. It’s not forced.”
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Elvis is Alive

December 14th, 2012
7:04 am

Answer This

December 14th, 2012
7:26 am

Darn second! But hey Spoon….can you be first to sack Eli on Sunday?

Elvis is Alive

December 14th, 2012
7:34 am

Eli Manning is not known as a “mobile QB”.
Not as likely to run as RG3 or Breezie.
Giants like the slot man over the middle. We have continually been weak in the zone between D-line and the LB’s, When that area is covered, QB for G-men will throw long or play action to running back.
More likely to throw every down.He doesn’t like gettting hit in the backfield.
Solution to winning this game on Sunday?
I could say repeaterly sack Manning!
I could say rush 6-7-8 men!
I could say.play like you are as tough as you would like the public to believe!
What I will say is anything less than a WIN will only prove to me that the Falcons are paper tigers.
Pin this on the bulletin board!
Giants 40- Falcons 17.
Prove me wrong!.
.

Samuel

December 14th, 2012
7:51 am

Weatherspoon can ball, that defensive line needs to step-up and makes some plays.

teamguy

December 14th, 2012
8:19 am

I think I liked Elvis better when he was still dead.

Esquire

December 14th, 2012
8:30 am

Going from hand signals to radio transmissions doesn’t change anything regarding execution, something that the linemen and linebackers are still sorely lacking this year. If we are going to win this week, Weatherspoon and his D have to stop Eli and the Giants and our offense needs to get more than just field goal attempts against their defense.

okeetee

December 14th, 2012
9:41 am

I don’t care what sounds he’s got in his head……he better just guest right more often than last week, when it seemed the Falcon defense played pass when the Panthers had run……and run when the Panthers called pass! They gouged us on the ground for 200 yards again…..and if the Giants duplicate that this Sunday, we are TOAST! I’m guessing the Falcons can’t possibly play as bad as they did last week on either side of the ball. But if they do, we’ll drop in the power rankings faster than the outside temperatures in Duluth, Minnesota!

falconfanriseup

December 14th, 2012
9:56 am

@Elivs is alive you are an idoit.
The Falcons don’t lose at home. What are you talking about? The Giants won’t get close Falcons win big Falcons 30-Giants 14

Section 322- 11 Years

December 14th, 2012
9:57 am

Please win the Super Bowl! Because when these Personal Seat Licenses are issued I won’t be able to afford my tickets anymore. Thanks to NFL Billionaires

D man

December 14th, 2012
10:11 am

Weather spoon is on the verge of being great. Take it to the next level Spoon. Get in the backfield and put a whoopen on Eli….

coleski

December 14th, 2012
10:20 am

SORRY MEN. GIANT BUTT KICKING IS COMING UP SUNDAY. BY THE GIANTS.
As the Falcons usually do they can talk the talk but they can’t walk the walk. Talk is easy
backing up the talk is a different matter. I believe if players concentrated as much on playing the
game as they do celebrating a play finally made. They would play a whole lot better ball.

Esquire is in the HOUSE

December 14th, 2012
11:41 am

I can’t wait for the Personal Seat Licenses to be issued, because it will definitely eliminate a lot of the rift-raft fans that currently go to the games. The PSLs will financially block the trailer park denizen from the games and significantly improve the quality of the game experience for the rest of us.

5-6-7-8
Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS, MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

Section 236

December 14th, 2012
11:49 am

“Please win the Super Bowl! Because when these Personal Seat Licenses are issued I won’t be able to afford my tickets anymore. Thanks to NFL Billionaires”

For your section, it’ll be $500-1000 per seat. If you can’t afford that over the span of 2 years (typical time to pay for a PSL), then you shouldn’t be buying season tickets to begin with.

Esquire

December 14th, 2012
11:56 am

Esquire is in the HOUSE
December 14th, 2012
11:41 am

***************************************************

WE ARE THE MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!!!

ROFLMAO……………………………

I’m everywhere SEEN……………….but mostly I am in your head………….

Is that Scene impersonator still over on NOLA…………..?? Hope not cause he makes you look foolish.

There have been reports you have been renting booths over at Binky’s? That’s sick man.

SceneThisB4

December 14th, 2012
11:58 am

Bounty pounty……..I’m a brokeback Mountie…..
Coach Joe ya gotta know the embarrassment, my tranny women made me pitch a tent, I feel like I wanna die, I got a roughneck by my side, I’m so tired of the stench, my team needs a serious wrench, It’s my man Brees, got me on my knees, throwing a pick six, now I gotta wait on a quick fix.

Esquire

December 14th, 2012
11:59 am

THE HIGHER WE SOAR THE SMALLER WE APPEAR TO THOSE THAT CANNOT FLY!!!!

5-6-7-8
Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS, MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

Esquire

December 14th, 2012
12:00 pm

Esquire OUT………………………….

Three Dog Night

December 14th, 2012
12:03 pm

Eli’s Coming

Eli’s comin’
Eli’s comin’ (Eli’s a-comin’)
Well you better hide your heart, your loving heart
Eli’s a-comin’ and the cards say… a broken heart

Eli’s comin’, hide your heart, girl
Eli’s comin’, hide your heart, girl
Girl, Eli’s a-comin’, you better hide
Girl, Eli’s a-comin’, you better hide
Girl, Eli’s a-comin’, you better hide
Girl, Eli’s comin’, hide your heart, girl (hide it)
You better, better hide your heart
Eli’s comin’, better walk

Walk but you’ll never get away
No, you’ll never get away from the burnin’ a-heartache
I walked to Apollo by the bay
Everywhere I go though, Eli’s a-comin’ (she walked but she never got
away)
Eli’s a-comin’ (she walked but she never got away)
Eli’s a-comin’ and he’s comin’ to git ya (she walked but… she walked
but…)
Get down on your knees (she walked but she never got away)

Eli’s comin’ (hide it, hide it, hide it)
Girl, Eli’s a-comin’, you better hide
Girl, Eli’s a-comin’, you better hide
Girl, Eli’s a-comin’, you better hide
Girl, Eli’s comin’, hide your heart, girl (hide it)
You better, better hide your heart
Eli’s comin’, better walk

Walk but you’ll never get away
No, you’ll never get away from the burnin’ a-heartache
I walked to Apollo by the bay
Everywhere I go though, Eli’s a-comin’ (she walked but she’ll never get
away)
Eli’s a-comin’ (she walked but she’ll never get away)
Eli’s a-comin’ and he’s comin’ to git ya (she walked but… she walked
but…)
Get down on your knees (she walked but she’ll never get away)
Get down on your knees

No-no, no-no
Lord, I said no-no, no-no, no-no

(hide it) She can
(hide it) hide it
(hide it) You better
(hide it) Somebody
(hide it) You got t’
(hide it) Oh, my
(hide it) Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

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BK

December 14th, 2012
2:14 pm

ATL-23 GAINTS-17

BK

December 14th, 2012
2:21 pm

THIS IS A TRUE TEST THIS SUNDAY, WE NEED EITHER 1 OR 2 SEED IN PLAYOFFS TO GET THAT BYE…MAY THE BEST TEAM RISE UP!!!!!!!!!LETS GO DIRTY BIRDS!!!!! ATL 4-LIFE!!!!!!IF YOUR AT THE GAME RISE UP MAKE IT LOUD AND SEND THEM GAINTS HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LDawg

December 14th, 2012
5:08 pm

No bye week for the Falcons. They ALWAYS come off flat after a too-long break. Look at what happened after 4 days off with CAROLINA.

Esquire

December 15th, 2012
12:35 am

Esquire IN

5-6-7-8
Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS, MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

5-6-7-8 WHO DO WE APPRECIATE???? GOOOOO FALCONS!!!!!!

WHERE’S MIKE’S COX????? I NEED IT BAD TONIGHT!!!! Please???

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Mikey

December 15th, 2012
9:49 am

I hope the defense is reviewing the first two quarters of last year’s game against the Giants. The defense was dominant agains New York. I’ll never understand why they changed tactics at half time unless they felt sorry for their opponent. I hope to see some of the same for the whole game this year. Spoon is healthy and I hope Samuels is ready to go. GO FALCONS! YOU ARE RISING UP!

NFC South Champs

December 15th, 2012
7:46 pm

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