Posted: 2:00 pm Monday, June 30th, 2014

Arians expects Falcons to bounce back; Abraham to keep on ticking 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Arizona head coach Bruce Arians at his charity golf outing on Monday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Arizona head coach Bruce Arians at his charity golf outing on Monday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

GREENSBORO – Arizona coach Bruce Arians believes the Falcons, who dipped to 4-12 last season after going 13-3 in 2012, will bounce back in 2014.

In his first season as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Arians led them to a 10-6 record last season, which included a 27-13 victory over the Falcons on Oct. 27, 2013.

The two teams will meet at the Georgia Dome on Nov. 30.

“I’m not looking forward it,” Arians said on Monday, before playing in his Georgia Celebrity Golf outing at Reynolds Plantation. “I thought (general manager Thomas Dimitroff) and (head coach Mike Smith) did a great job of really securing their lines of scrimmage, which I know was their goal. I know that Matt (Ryan) is going to come back strong. I could see the Falcons bouncing back real big this year.”

One of the reasons the Falcons fell apart is that they didn’t have a pass rush after not re-signing defensive end John Abraham. He signed with the Cardinals and went to start 13 of 16 games and register 11.5 sacks.

Arians is counting on Abraham, who turned 36 in May, to keep getting after quarterbacks.

“He did it last year and there’s no reason to think he’s going to slow down,” Arians said. “He’s one of those freaks of nature. He just keeps getting it done. We are looking forward to another big year out of him.”

Arians and his wife, Christine, through the Arians Family Foundation, hosted the second annual event to help children who’ve suffered from child abuse. Christine Arians worked as a family law attorney for years and served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate to help ensure that children who are involved in the court system, as a result of neglect and abuse by their families, receive help.

TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Date                                                      Practice Times (public availability)

Tuesday, July 22                                Rookies report

Wednesday, July 23                          Veterans report

Friday, July 25                                    Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

Saturday, July 26                              Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

Sunday, July 27                                 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Monday, July 28                               Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Tuesday, July 29                               Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Wednesday, July 30                        Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Thursday, July 31                              Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Friday, August 1                              “Friday Night Lights” at Archer High School (Lawrenceville)

                                                            6:45 – 9:10 p.m. (open to the public)

Saturday, August 2                          Practice 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (open to the public)

Sunday, August 3                             Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Monday, August 4                           Combined Practice w/Tennessee  3-5:30 p.m.                                                (open to the public)

Tuesday, August 5                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Wednesday, August 6                    Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Thursday, August 7                         Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)

Friday, August 8                                Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins

                                                                Georgia Dome

                                                                7:00 p.m. ET – CW69

 Saturday, August 9                          Practice 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. (open to the public)

 Sunday, August 10                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

 Monday, August 11                         Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

 Tuesday, August 12                         Practice 10:00 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. (open to the public)

 Wednesday, August 13                 Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)

Thursday, August 14                       Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)

Friday, August 15                             Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)

Saturday, August 16                        Falcons at Houston Texans

                                                                NRG Stadium

                                                                8:00 p.m. ET – CW69

 Sunday, August 17                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Monday, August 18                         Practice 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (closed to the public)

                                                                Break Camp

MANDATORY MINICAMP REVIEW

Q&A with Falcons QB T.J. Yates

Falcons to practice with Titans, Texans in training camp

Falcons coach Mike Smith will try to rebound from first losing season on Hard Knocks 

Sam Baker is back to help line re-establish its identity

Falcons WR Roddy White: ‘Hard for me to deal with’ death of a brother

How much the Falcons rookies will be paid

Rookies getting advice on NFL life

Open competition in training camp will be good for Undrafted Rookies

 THE LATEST FROM OTAS

Sean Weatherspoon suffers season-ending Achilles injury

What’s next for Sean Weaatherspoon?

What’s next for the Falcons at linebacker?

Javier Arenas gets to watch longtime role model

Falcons cut Szczerba, Yoklic

Falcons minicamp is open to the public

VIDEO CORNER

Sean Weatherspoon to miss 2014 season

Matt Ryan on Harry Douglas’ contribution to the offense

Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox

Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo

Falcons assistant head coach Terry Robiskie on Devin Hester

Falcons coach Mike Smith on OTAs

 

8 comments
syrupmaker
syrupmaker

Its funny how no one was begging Gonzalez to come back for another season. There were whispers from players in the locker room about Gonzalez being given permission to miss training camp, while old reliable Abe was shown the door. Ish like that can tear up a team. And it did, along with injuries, bad coaching, and a lack of talent on both lines.

syrupmaker
syrupmaker

The biggest screw up of the TD era was letting Abe go. He sat on the open market for weeks and he made no attempt to re-sign him, even though we had the cap space. Instead he paid the cancer, Tony Gonzalez $8 million. Now we are still in search of a pass rush. Don't be surprised to see a new gm and head coach in Flowery Branch come next year. My choice for TD's replacement would be someone from the Cincinnati personnel department. Just take a look at that roster. David Shaw from Stanford would be my choice to replace Mike Smith.

ryesouvie
ryesouvie

Put your money where your mouth is seen....

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

Darn we missed the president last year.....Abraham was beasting! However that 11.5 was due to playing on a very good defense! But he was putting up numbers like that playing here in Atlanta...correct..on a sub-par defense?  You messed the bed on that one TD...messed the bed!

Alphaman
Alphaman

If Arthur Blank wants to sell those seat licenses for the new stadium, the falcons better bounce back. 

zuzu331
zuzu331

@syrupmaker Calling Tony Gonzalez a cancer is Idiotic to say the least. Great,high character leader,one of the best TE s to ever play. 

DirtyBird504
DirtyBird504

@syrupmaker 

Half of what you wrote aint worth two dead flies....  But I agree that TD misfired with Ol' ABE..

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