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

Q&A: Giants receiver Victor Cruz likes to Salsa dance

  • 4:09 pm Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who does the Salsa dance after he scores touchdowns, talked to the Atlanta media on Wednesday.

Here’s what Cruz, who likely has a future on Dancing With The Stars, had to say:

Q: Can you talk about the new offense and how it appears to be gelling over the past two games?

A: It’s going well for us. It obviously took us a while for us to get into a groove a little bit and get things going. I think the past two games (quarterback) Eli (Manning) has picked it up a little [More]

Q&A: Tom Coughlin gives up the scoop on TE Larry Donnell

  • 3:08 pm Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — New York coach Tom Coughlin has guided the Giants to two Super Bowl victories.

The Giants (2-2) are set to host the Atlanta Falcons (2-2) at 1 p.m. Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

He spoke to the Atlanta media on Wednesday.

Here’s what he had to say:

Q: How will you all try to get some pressure on Matt Ryan and his revamped offensive line?

A: I’m not speaking specifically to Atlanta, but that’s what we always tried to do here. We have some years that were better than others. I don’t think that we necessarily have an abundant number of sacks, [More]

Billick: Falcons have worst defensive talent in NFL

  • 11:13 am Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Former NFL head coach and analyst Brian Billick was blunt in his assessment of the Falcons’ defense on the Morning Show on 92.9 The Game with Marc James and Randy Cross on Wednesday morning.

It was pointed out that the Falcons have given up 472, 472 and 558 yards on defense in three of their first four games this season.

Billick, who is Falcons head coach Mike Smith’s brother-in-law and gave him his break in the NFL in 1999, quickly pointed to the talent on the defense.

He said that defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who coached with him in Baltimore from 2001-04, has [More]

COVER 9@9: Falcons in better shape to withstand injury bug

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, October 1st, 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. -– D. Orlando Ledbetter)

1. THE O-LINE REMIX: The Falcons appear to be in a much better position to withstand this current onslaught of injuries along the offensive line.

Last season, they had to play with Lamar Holmes at left tackle and Jeremy Trueblood at right tackle.

Jake Matthews and Gabe Carimi are clearly upgrades.

Carimi, a former first-round pick and [More]

Falcons release official revised depth chart for Giants’ game

  • 11:00 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Here is the revised “official” depth chart that was released today after all of the injuries and roster moves were announced.

The new offensive line is in place: Matthews-Blalock-Konz-Asamoah-Carimi. Harland Gunn is listed as the backup center

However, Joplo Bartu is still listed as the starter at inside linebacker. Prince Shembo started in his spot against Minnesota.

(The team tries to call the depth unofficial. But since they are releasing it, that makes it pretty official in our blogosphere.)


WR 84 Roddy White, 83 Harry Douglas, 14 Eric Weems

LT 70 Jake Matthews, 73 Ryan Schraeder

LG 63 Justin Blalock, 62 James Stone

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Falcons place Hawley, Holmes, Moore on injured reserve

  • 2:42 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

Few if any teams in the league suffered as many major injuries to key players as the Falcons in 2013 and their injury luck isn’t much better in 2014.

The Falcons took a major hit on Tuesday when center Joe Hawley (knee) and offensive tackle Lamar Holmes (foot) were placed on season-ending injured reserve. Also, starting safety William Moore (shoulder) will miss at least eight weeks after being placed on the short-term injured reserve list.

Falcons coach Mike Smith declined to provide details of those injuries.

Moore will not be eligible to practice for six weeks and can’t play until two weeks after [More]

VIDEO: D. Led — What to make of the 9 straight outdoor losses?

  • 12:03 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and CineSport’s Noah Coslov talk about the Falcons issues stopping the run, the shuffling along the offensive line and their streak of 9 straight losses outdoors.

INJURY UPDATE: The Falcons likely will have some injury news today. Four starters, Justin Blalock (lower back), Joe Hawley (right knee), Lamar Holmes (right foot) and William Moore (shoulder), left the game with injuries and did not return. Also, the coordinators are set to speak later today.

“We had a lot of injuries,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said after the game. “It was the first time that I’ve been in a [More]

White, Ryan contend offense is ready to win shootouts to cover for weak defense

  • 9:05 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

MINNEAPOLIS — The Falcons’ offensive players are ready to win shootouts the rest of the season if the defense doesn’t improve.

“We are going to have to,” Falcons wide receiver Roddy White told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “This team was basically built offensively with all of our players. In games like (the 41-28 loss to Minnesota), we have to find a way to win on offense. Even when it is a shootout and we were able to take the lead, I felt like we need to score another touchdown or two.”

Quarterback Matt Ryan agreed with White.

“Yeah, absolutely we can,” Ryan said after [More]

REPORT CARD: Defense didn’t show up vs. Vikings

  • 12:16 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

MINNEAPOLIS — The Falcons defense stunk up TCF Bank Stadium.

At halftime, owner Arthur Blank was discussing the team’s porous play with general manager Thomas Dimtroff in an animated exchange.

This is clearly not what Blank expected when he allowed the football men to sign defensive tackle Paul Soliai to a five- year, $33 million contract and defensive end Tyson Jackson to a five-year, $25 million contract. The Falcons were supposed to be bigger and better in the trenches against the run.

After four games, they are not. The first quarter of the season is over and the Falcons’ rebuilt defense is not [More]

VIDEO — D. Led: Vikings run past Falcons

  • 11:19 pm Sunday, September 28th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and CineSport’s Brian Clark discuss the Falcons’ inability to stop the run in their 48-21 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday.