Posted: 7:05 pm Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Smith ready for pads to start popping 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Mike Smith is looking forward to the team’s first padded practice on Monday.

The team spent major resources on revamping both the offensive and defensive lines this offseason. Smith believes that his staff can get a much better evaluation in full football equipment.

He plans to take full advantage of all of the padded practices allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.

“We’re going to be on the same schedule that we’ve used in the past,” Smith said after Saturday’s practice. “Some of our drills that we are doing during those practices has changed, but in terms of the padded practices it will be very similar to what we did last year.”

Smith will use between 11 and 13 padded practices.

“It depends on if you want to count shells as a padded practice or not,” Smith said. “We’ll be able to get a lot of work done.”

The revamped offensive line will be under the most scrutiny. Quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked 44 times and the offense finished ranked 29th in rushing in 2013.

“The message has been real clear that we wanted to get bigger and stronger in the lines,” Smith said. “We’ve accomplished that in number of ways. First with the returning players, they’ve gotten bigger and stronger in the weight room. We’ve added through free agency and our first two draft picks.”

Now, they’ll get to assess some fundamental football issues of blocking and tackling.

“They’ve got to have their pads on to really get evaluated,” Smith said.

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16 comments
RabidFalconFan
RabidFalconFan

@SeenThatB4 Are you like Zorro? Has this name of yours been handed to you after a "nastiness" tryout (in which you smoked the competition)? Regardless of whether you are the same or a different person, your rants should stay in NO-leeuns, where I guarantee your nastiness will be appreciated. A real LIFE, among your own kind, you should get. I'm anxious to see if you show yourself here on Monday, Sept.8th, after the AINTs get blown away in the DOME. "RepeatThatB4", get a new script... cause you won't know what hitcha. 

FalconJames
FalconJames

I wonder if Smith will take some of the advice that JSSN has been giving all off season? Smith didn't even have to work during the draft because JSSN already had  it all figured out. I am sure JSSN is working on the game plans right now.

RangeRover
RangeRover

What an utter failure we've had on both lines...we couldn't sack a QB nor protect a QB.

Looking forward to witnessing vast improvement this season...

zuzu331
zuzu331

JSS will be on hand to edit everyone's termpapers,argue with any and all comers over the fabled Seabiscuit-War Admiral rivalry and lurk in the Mens Room. They dont call him Ol' Sugar Smack for nothin'...

tyger
tyger


2014 HBCU Classic Sports

Pre-Season All-Americans

Offense 
QB Greg Mcghee, Howard
QB Michael German, Tenn St.
QB Jerry Lovelocke, Prairie View
QB Rudy Johnson, WSSU
QB Frank Rivers, Tenn St.

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DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

Plus we want Mike Smith to be a better coach than previous seasons. He's drop the ball in his decision making the last couple of years. They were too enamored with the offensive side of the ball and the  defensive side of the ball suffered. Hence Mike Nolan had to use Super Glue to try and keep the unit together.....

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

BUT.....and this is a big BUT: WHO is doing the evaluating? Cause that's where the biggest flaw resides at FLAWery branch! He,he,he,he.

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

@RabidFalconFan Rabid is the right description I'm sure you'll be here Monday Sept 8. denouncing  the team you're rabid for. 

JSSN
JSSN

@FalconJames

Game plan with that bunch? Ha ha, thanks for the laugh! Scheme till they turn blue, Smith...Game plan, whew that's rich!!! "Me run pick play!" "Me max protect!" "Me run stretch dive!" "Me line people up at line in undefined position and confuse them!" Me say: process and this preseason not different than any other!" 

Only thing I'm working on using FFmiles before Delta changes over their plan. You _ _ _ _! 

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

Wow, what a social perversion side you have, bathroom lurking huh? You've got to be on the TSA watch list. Still stuck on impressing the types trying to stare and linger in the gym shower? The old saying is true, those who tell homophobic jokes and use such slurs are generally your closet Mengele's or Ted Haggard's! 

DedicationTo98Falcons
DedicationTo98Falcons

Come to the branch for a up close and personal evaluation as a test dummy then come back on here and let us know

RangeRover
RangeRover

@JSSN

What would it take for you to become a Falcons Fan again?  Is it possible?

JSSN
JSSN

@RangeRover

The current fan base of the Falcons, the one that they pander to, to the detriment of the average citizen of the City of Atlanta and the surrounding areas would be an afterthought instead of the end all. The only concession that Arthur Blank has made is keeping the team in edge of the Center City region. Everything else is at cost to the average citizen.And that your willing to subsidize a billionaire, that is unfathomable. Ask the people of Buffalo who have been as loyal as any how that worked out for them.

JSSN
JSSN

@RangeRover

Arthur Blank is not owning the team, the next stadium is privately financed and the bond money is returned to State treasury. New front office, sports performance support team, and coaching staff is hired. Oh, and to be 29 again, none of that is happening.

I've told you before, I enjoy being a pro football fan (that is not exclusively NFL). There is much to detest about the shield, but it is the only thing we have in the US. It will either destroy itself, or it will find its way. The same goes for the Falcons.