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

Watch: D. Led – Falcons hit rock bottom in London

  • 3:06 am Monday, October 27th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

LONDON — The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter joins CineSport’s Brian Clark from London to explain the Falcons’ collapse on Sunday, leading to a 22-21 loss at the hands of the Lions.

NEXT UP: The Falcons (2-6) play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-6) at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 in Tampa. The Falcons have a bye for this Sunday while Tampa Bay plays at Cleveland.


GAME STORY: Lions rally to beat Falcons 22-21

Matt Ryan believes he cost the Falcons the game

Falcons’ quoteboard after 22-21 loss to the Lions

Next for Falcons: Buccaneers on Nov. [More]

REPORT CARD: Blank not happy with Falcons’ collapse in London

  • 9:54 pm Sunday, October 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

LONDON – Since going to the NFC Championship game after the 2012 campaign, the Falcons are 6-18 and spiraling downward.

Owner Arthur Blank is clearly stewing.

The complete second-half collapse was full of blunders in all NINE phases of the game.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Mark Bradley, a real old-head, has been there for most of the Falcons’ games for nearly three decades. He called this “one of the worst-ever Falcons losses.”

Blank concurred.

“You’re up 21-0,” owner Arthur Blank told Bradley after the game. “There’s no way you lose that game — just no way. There’s nothing else I can say.”

The nine phases of [More]

Inactives: Lions vs. Falcons at Wembley Stadium

  • 8:02 am Sunday, October 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

LONDON — Good morning!!!!!

Here’ the inactives for today’s game:


Sean Renfree

Freddie Martino

Javier Arenas

Jonathan Scott

Tyler Starr

Cameron Bradfield

Jonathan Babineaux


Calvin Johnson

Reggie Bush

Eric Ebron

Brandon Pettigrew

Joseph Fauria

LaAdrian Waddle

Kellen Moore


GAME STORY: Relentless Ravens dismantle Ryan, Falcons 29-7

Falcons’ quoteboard after loss to the Ravens

Ryan senses the season is slipping away

Peter Konz carted off with serious knee injury

Offensive line crumbling just like in 2013

Falcons produce trade book on team, city

  • 6:56 am Sunday, October 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

LONDON – As part of the International Series, the Falcons, who are set to play their first regular season game outside of North America, produced a glossy 64-page commemorative book highlighting the team, owner Arthur Blank’s businesses and community initiatives and the history of the city.

The Falcons viewed the trip as part trade mission and wanted to be an Ambassador for the city.

“Big Dreams have always driven this town and they always will,” Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed is quoted on the second page.

The Falcons (2-5) will host the Detroit Lions (5-2) as the home team at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at [More]

Blank frustrated with 2-5 start, optimistic about a turnaround

  • 1:56 pm Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

LONDON – Falcons owner Arthur Blank admitted to being frustrated with the 2-5 start, but remained optimistic that the team could forge a turnaround on the eve the franchise’s first-ever regular-season game played outside of North America.

“I think the coaches and players all know that they have a greater capacity than a 2-5 record,” Blank told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday. “That’s a source of frustration for all of us. We have all of the tools that we need to win tomorrow and put together a winning streak after that.”

The Falcons will host the Detroit Lions (5-2) as the home [More]

Q&A: Roddy White believes Stone is ready to play

  • 11:28 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

LONDON – Falcons wide receiver Roddy White spoke to the media after practice on Friday.

Here’s what he had to say (edited for clarity):

Q: Who won penalty shootout?

A: Kenny, our goalie, did a heckuva job. I think they scored one out of 5, So that’s a pretty good stop ratio, That sounded pretty good to me.

Q: How will the offense perform behind the revamped offensive line?

A: We just got to get the ball out a little quicker because of our offensive line situation. We have to  find a way to do 7 and 8-man protections and push the ball down the [More]

INJURY REPORT: Douglas, Babineaux questionable

  • 11:08 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

LONDON — Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (foot) and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (foot) were listed as questionable on the team’s final injury report of Friday.

Douglas practice for the past two days. He was returning punts with Devin Hester and Robert McClain during the open portion of practice.

Babineaux did not practice and is not expected to play.

Left guard Justin Blalock (back), wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle) and linebacker Prince Shembo (knee) were all limited in practice and listed as probable for the game.


GAME STORY: Relentless Ravens dismantle Ryan, Falcons 29-7

Falcons’ quoteboard after [More]

Q&A: Mike Smith upbeat before facing Lions

  • 10:52 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

LONDON – Falcons coach Mike Smith held his final press conference before the game on Friday.

Here’s what he had to say:

Q: Are you please with how the practice week went over here in London?

A: I think we’ve got a lot accomplished in terms of our game planning. We now have to go out and execute on the field. I think it was a really good week of preparation. We have to finish it up tomorrow.

Q: What was the key to getting James Stone ready to make his first NFL start?

A: James is a guy that works extremely hard. The older [More]

Stone to start at center vs. Lions

  • 7:12 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
Rookie James Stone will start for Falcons at center. (Al Messerschmidt / Getty Images)

LONDON — Undrafted rookie James Stone will start at center for the Falcons against the Lions on Sunday, according to coach Mike Smith

Stone, 6-foot-3, 291 pounds, will become the third starting center this season. He follows Joe Hawley and Peter Konz, who both suffered season-ending knee injuries.

Hawley was injured against Minnesota on Sept. 28.Konz was injured in last week’s lost to the Baltimore Ravens and was placed on injured reserve.

Stone played 45 games at Tennessee and started 39 times. He was named to the Dave Rimington watch list last season.

For the second consecutive season, the Falcons have been ravaged by [More]

COVER 9@9: Falcons must take Edwards’ advice: ‘Play to win the game’

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

(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. THE 2002 NEW YORK JETS: The Falcons have to channel the spirit of the 2002 New York Jets in order to save their season.

This was the season that coach Herman Edwards gave his famous “You play to win the game” speech [More]