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Atlanta Falcons blog by the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons inactives

  • 11:41 am Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

BALTIMORE – The Falcons inactives: quarterback Sean Renfree, cornerback Javier Arenas, linebacker Tyler Starr, tackle Cam Bradfield, and guard Harland Gunn and wide receiver Harry Douglas and defensive tackle Cliff Matthews.

Watch: Falcons WR Julio Jones on drops: ‘I’m supposed to catch everything’

  • 12:26 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

FLOWERY BRANCH–Julio Jones talks about his dropped passes against the Bears and how teams have made adjustments to defend him.

COVER 9@9: Secondary to have hands full with Steve Smith, Torrey Smith

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and CineSport’s Brian Clark discuss the causes of the Falcons’ three-game losing streak, and whether Atlanta can end the skid in Baltimore.

(Welcome all! With the NFL becoming more of a passing league, the “Cover 9@9” blog will become all of the rage. You can read it here every Wednesday at 9 a.m. throughout the season. We’ll try to get to everything about the Atlanta Falcons from the Hometown Huddle to who blew that coverage against the Bears. -– D. Orlando Ledbetter)

1. STOPPING THE SMITHS: The Falcons young secondary, which had a tough time with Chicago’s Brandon [More]

FILM REVIEW: Blown coverage on the 74-yard bomb

  • 3:23 pm Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – After Falcons coach Mike Smith ripped the media for not knowing the coverage call on the 74-yard pass play, we decided to take a closer look at the play.

“Miscommunication, a mental error, missed leverage or missed tackle lead to explosive plays,” Smith said. “There is a design to every defensive call. Everybody has to be seeing it the same way.

“We were not as nearly as clean as we needed to be. I don’t want to talk about specific plays, nor will I talk about specific players. What you see on tape, unless you know what the play [More]

Playtime chart: Biermann’s snaps are decreasing

  • 11:03 am Monday, October 13th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons running back Antone Smith’s playing time increased by five percent against the Bears.

He played 11 of 56 snaps (20 percent). He played 11 of 72 of the offensive snaps (15 percent) against the Giants.

Prince Shembo, who started the two previous games, didn’t play from scrimmage. Apparently, the Falcons thought Joplo Bartu was a better matchup against Chicago running back Matt Forte.

The Falcons have started to cut Kroy Biermann’s snaps. He played 42 of 73 snaps (58 percent) against the Bears. He played 68 percent against the Giants and 75 percent against the Vikings.

Justin Blalock returned after missing a game [More]

VIDEO: D. Led — Falcons beaten at bome by Bears

  • 10:23 am Monday, October 13th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons’ offense struggled again as they fell to the Chicago Bears 27-13 on Sunday. The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter reports from the Georgia Dome.

NEXT UP: The Falcons (2-4) play the Baltimore Ravens (4-2) at 1 p.m. Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.


GAME STORY: Jay Cutler’s aerial attack leads Bears over Falcons, 27-13

COLUMN: Mark Bradley — The 2-4 Falcons stand revealed as a house of cards

Cutler makes Falcons pay, especially on third down

Another big-play touchdown for Falcons RB Antone Smith

Falcons big-name offense misfires amid seven dropped passes

PHOTO GALLERY: Chicago Bears [More]

10 longest plays — Bears repeatedly gashed Falcons

  • 10:19 am Monday, October 13th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Ten Longest Plays for Chicago Bears vs the Atlanta Falcons

Here’s the 10-longest plays chart for the Bears against the Falcons defense.


74 yards –   3rd QT –  2 down-10 yards-CHI 20 (6:14)  —       J.Cutler pass deep right to A.Jeffery to ATL 6 for 74 yards (K.Ishmael).

47 yards –   2 – 3-6-50 (7:04) (Shotgun) J.Cutler pass deep left to B.Marshall to ATL 3 for 47 yards (R.Alford).

26 yards – 2 –1-10-CHI 7 (4:06) E.Britton reported in as eligible. J.Cutler pass deep right to A.Jeffery pushed ob at CHI 33 for 26 yards [More]

REPORT CARD: Falcons’ offense is broken, defense is confused

  • 9:57 am Monday, October 13th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons turned in an absolutely pitiful performance and appear headed for another losing season.

“Our young players, our old players have all contributed to this, and we have to get it fixed, and nothing is off the table in regards to what we have to do to be better,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said.

The Falcons dropped to 2-4 after they couldn’t move the ball against a middle-of-the-pack Chicago defense that was playing without its starting linebackers. There were no Wilbur Marshall or Fridge Perry sightings at the Dome.

The offense is fractured and the defense continued to hemorrhage yards as they [More]