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Donate old phones to help victims of Domestic Violence today

  • 11:00 am Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Fans attending today’s game against the Chicago Bears can help Georgia’s domestic violence victims by donating their old wireless phones to Verizon’s Hopleline program at the Falcons Landing outside of the Georgia Dome starting at 2:25 p.m.

Verizon Wireless volunteers will be at the Hopeline Tent on Falcons Landing collecting used phones before the game.

This is the 11th consecutive year Verizon Wireless is teaming up with the Falcons’ to support victims of domestic violence.

All phones collected during the drive will be used to support Georgia-based DV organizations and survivors.

Through HopeLine, no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories [More]

Q&A: Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman

  • 5:40 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman has the team off to a 2-3 record this season.

They lost to Buffalo, Green Bay and Carolina. They have victories, both on the road, over San Francisco and the New York Jets. The Falcons (2-3) host the Bears at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

He spoke with the Atlanta media via conference call on Wednesday.

Here’s what Trestman had to say:

Q: How did you all drop the game in Charlotte after building a 21-7 lead?

A: There are a lot of different ways to lose and we’ve moved on to Atlanta. [More]

Q&A: Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

  • 4:49 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has the team off to a 2-3 record this season.

He’s completing 68.1 percent of his passes and has thrown 12 touchdown passes and six interceptions.

He spoke with the Atlanta media via conference call on Wednesday.

Here’s what Cutler had to say:

Q: How has the Chicago Bears’ offense been performing this season?

A: We’ve been a little bit up and down. We just have to play with a little more consistency. We’ve had a lot of turnovers and penalties. That really hurt us in the Carolina game.

Q: What was the turning point in the Carolina [More]

Cover 9@9: We have some football drama in the Branch

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, October 8th, 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. WHO’S ON THE HOT SEAT?: Although HBO’s Hard Knocks cameras have left, it appears that we have some real football drama in Flowery Branch.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnists Mark Bradley and Jeff Schultz have both  discussed the job security of head coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff in the wake of the team’s [More]

Falcons DC Nolan bites tongue on Mike Smith’s fourth-down decision at Giants

  • 8:24 pm Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

FLOWERY BRANCH–Offered a chance to give his feelings on coach Mike Smith’s decision to go for it on fourth down late in the loss at the Giants on Sunday, Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan punted.

“That question is, it really needs to be the head coach to answer it,” Nolan said during his media availability Tuesday. “All I would do is divide. I don’t want to. . . there’s s no good answer for me on that one, all right?”

Smith decided to try for a first down with the Falcons trailing 27-20 with 4:48 to play, holding three timeouts, and facing [More]

VIDEO: D. Led — Falcons’ offensive shuffle

  • 11:33 am Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter & CineSport’s Brian Clark discuss Antone Smith’s role in the Falcons’ offense and Devin Hester’s emotions as

he prepares to face his former team on Sunday.

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Playtime chart: Antone Smith played 15 percent of snaps

  • 6:02 am Monday, October 6th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Falcons running back Antone Smith played 11 of 72 of the offensive snaps (15 percent).

Offensive lineman James Stone played 3 of 72 snaps (4 percent) .

Also, rookie safety Dezmen Southward played 10 of 68 of the defensive snaps (15 percent).

He played in the team’s 4-2-5 big nickel package, which featured three safeties. He finished with three tackles.

“I felt good to get out there,” Southward said. “I felt like I made a couple of plays. I was pretty solid when I was out there, but at the same time playing this game is about winning and we [More]

REPORT CARD: Falcons offense misfires vs. Giants

  • 10:43 pm Sunday, October 5th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Falcons offense misfired in the redzone in the first half and the revamped offensive line and secondary collapsed in the second half.

All of that and the Falcons still had a double-digit lead with a little over 17 minutes to play.

The defense, after giving up 558 yards, held the Giants to 317 yards.

Here are the Falcons’ grades for the 30-20 lost to the New York Giants.

GAME BALLS: Julio Jones, who had 11 catches for 105 yards. Also, last go back to the Minnesota game and give tight end Levine Toilolo a game ball for sliding down [More]

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