Chattin’ with Bradley: The Falcons play by the Bay post-bye

When last I saw the Falcons, they were soggy and sad. It was two weeks ago in Foxborough, and nothing much had gone right. The Patriots had run the ball and thrown the ball and hogged the ball, and the Falcons had done none of the above.

But now, two given Sundays later, the Birds are about to play again. They’re in San Francisco, and I’m at home in Vinings Estates. But, through the magic of the ol’ cathode-ray tube, I plan to monitor all developments and comment thereupon. And I welcome you to join the fun, such as it might be.

I’m thinking the Falcons win. I’m thinking they’ll put both the lessons learned in New England and the subsequent bye week to good use. I’m thinking the 49ers might well be 3-1, but they’re not really in the Falcons’ league. (I’m speaking competitively; as we know, both clubs hold franchises in something called the NFL.) I’m thinking it’ll be 24-17 Birds.

But I have, as we know, been wrong before, and I confess up top that I’m not in tiptop shape. Team AJC arrived back at the Courtyard Inn in Tifton, Ga., at 3:56 a.m. this morning after the epic saga in Tallahassee, and I’m working on maybe 5 1/2 hours sleep. (This counts a short nap after arrival back at Vinings Estates.) So if I say Bobby Bowden when I mean Mike Smith, cut me some sleep-deprived slack.

And you are, as ever, welcome to join me as I attempt again to make sense of something. I know I failed miserably in last night’s live chat. I’ll endeavor to do better today, but I make no promises.

1,003 comments Add your comment

ToccoaDawg

October 11th, 2009
3:56 pm

Mark I’m looking for a much better team than the one who played in NE. I hope Norwood runs like the runner before the headache.

Mark Bradley

October 11th, 2009
4:01 pm

Speaking of New England: Just watched the Red Sox blow Game 3 against the Angels. Baseball can be a cruel thing, huh?

Reality Check

October 11th, 2009
4:02 pm

LET THE BEATINGS BEGIN!

NOODLE ARM lets see what you got :)

Mark Bradley

October 11th, 2009
4:06 pm

Nice start. Niners kick off out of bounds.

Reality Check

October 11th, 2009
4:06 pm

Outstanding 1st pass :)

Mark Bradley

October 11th, 2009
4:07 pm

Tony Siragusa already ripping the Falcons. One play in.

La Jolla Dawg

October 11th, 2009
4:07 pm

Tony Siragusa is annoying me already, going to be a long game in that regard.

Mark Bradley

October 11th, 2009
4:08 pm

Am I the only one who thought Booker caught the ball?

La Jolla Dawg

October 11th, 2009
4:08 pm

Mark–you read my mind!

go Falcons610

October 11th, 2009
4:08 pm

Booker has to hold onto the ball

Reality Check

October 11th, 2009
4:09 pm

3 and out………..SOUNDS FAMILIAR :)

go Falcons610

October 11th, 2009
4:09 pm

Mark Bradley

October 11th, 2009
4:09 pm

Babineaux makes a play.

go Falcons610

October 11th, 2009
4:09 pm

Need the Falcon’s receivers to catch the ball

Reality Check

October 11th, 2009
4:10 pm

MARK

Stop whining and read the rule books :)

go Falcons610

October 11th, 2009
4:10 pm

Need a stop here

Mark Bradley

October 11th, 2009
4:10 pm

Glen Coffee. Didn’t he gain about 300 yards in Athens a year ago?

Mitch (the one in Rome)

October 11th, 2009
4:10 pm

Need to hold here.

go Falcons610

October 11th, 2009
4:10 pm

Mark can you ban this guy

Mitch (the one in Rome)

October 11th, 2009
4:10 pm

Mark Bradley

October 11th, 2009
4:10 pm

Peterson tipped it. Williams intercepted.

go Falcons610

October 11th, 2009
4:10 pm

Mitch (the one in Rome)

October 11th, 2009
4:10 pm

We got some pressure!!!

Cuz

October 11th, 2009
4:11 pm

Mark, what are you doing. Training for the Ironman competition?

go Falcons610

October 11th, 2009
4:11 pm

Reality Check

October 11th, 2009
4:11 pm

Now it’s up to the qb to play like a MAN.

Mark Bradley

October 11th, 2009
4:11 pm

I’ll be training for the Sleep Olympics in about five hours, Cuz.

Reality Check

October 11th, 2009
4:12 pm

NOODLE ARM can you stop throwing the ball behind Tony :)

go Falcons610

October 11th, 2009
4:12 pm

Go MATT ICE!

Mark Bradley

October 11th, 2009
4:13 pm

Look at that Noodle Arm!

Mitch (the one in Rome)

October 11th, 2009
4:13 pm

Dang!!! Let’s hang it on SF boys!!

Reality Check

October 11th, 2009
4:13 pm

Great 12 YARD BOMB :)

Cuz

October 11th, 2009
4:13 pm

I enjoyed your Tech blog last night. It reminded me of the days when I used to listen to Revoloution number 9 over and over trying to figure it out.

ToccoaDawg

October 11th, 2009
4:13 pm

go Falcons610

October 11th, 2009
4:13 pm

Mark Bradley

October 11th, 2009
4:13 pm

Knocked over the umpire and scored anyway. That’s football!

Cuz

October 11th, 2009
4:13 pm

Scoreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

La Jolla Dawg

October 11th, 2009
4:14 pm

Siragusa suddenly has nothing to say…

Mitch (the one in Rome)

October 11th, 2009
4:14 pm

We just ran on that swarming and stiff against the run SF defense.

ToccoaDawg

October 11th, 2009
4:14 pm

Go Falcons 7-0

Nathan

October 11th, 2009
4:14 pm

Hey SAN FRAN, Shhhhhhhhhhhhh!!

Mark Bradley

October 11th, 2009
4:14 pm

Did Jamaal Anderson just get another penalty? On the PAT?

Mitch (the one in Rome)

October 11th, 2009
4:16 pm

Hey Reality Check, that is how QB’s keep their receivers from getting the crap knocked out of them. It was behind him on purpose. It was just too far behind him. Know what the hell you are talking about before you comment just to be annoying. By the way, you are annoying. Shut up.

"Chef" Tim Dix

October 11th, 2009
4:16 pm

O line looks crisp.

Mark Bradley

October 11th, 2009
4:16 pm

This would seem the time to mention it. The Falcons could have had Patrick Willis in the 2007 draft. They took Jamaal Anderson.

GT Falcon

October 11th, 2009
4:16 pm

Hey Mark,

How bout the Jacket’s while at the break. WHEW that was game!

IslandDawg

October 11th, 2009
4:16 pm

That ex-Jag connection of Peterson/Williams has been money for us so far this year on D!!

Mark Bradley

October 11th, 2009
4:16 pm

I’ve never seen a game quite like that one, GT Falcon.

ToccoaDawg

October 11th, 2009
4:16 pm

Good start but lets not forget we are playing another great coach as good as ours.

GT Falcon

October 11th, 2009
4:18 pm

Me either, Mark. Nesbitt on that take away non-fumble last night was amazing. He is a warrior.

Now back to the Falcon’s. Looking much better today. So far…..remains to be really seen.