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

FILM REVIEW: Kemal Ishmael’s big play

  • 1:28 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons reserve safety Kemal Ishmael was on the field against Tampa Bay in the first quarter when it was third down-and-10 from the Bucs 11.

The Falcons had a dime defense with three safeties (William Moore, Dwight Lowery and Ishmael), three cornerbacks (Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford and Robert McClain), four lineman (Corey Peters, Osi Umenyiora, Kroy Biermann and Jonathan Babineaux) and one linebacker (Paul Worrilow).

At the snap, the Falcons presented seven men along the line of scrimmage and four back in coverage.

At the snap, Biermann and Lowery dropped into coverage. McClain, Peters, Umenyiora, Worrlow and Babineaux rushed the [More]

VIDEO: D. Led – What Falcons Can Prove vs. Vikings

  • 12:10 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and CineSport’s Noah Coslov talk about the Atlanta Falcons game plan against the Minnesota Vikings rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater and what the team can prove on Sunday in Minneapolis.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

GAME STORY: Falcons rebound by routing hapless Bucs, 56-14

Deion Sanders gladly passes his record to Devin Hester

After whirlwind start, Falcons get a chance to exhale

Matt Ryan sets completion percentage record

Julio Jones leads league in receiving yards

Falcons hope to end struggles against rookie quarterbacks when they face Teddy Bridgewater

Playtime Percentage: Falcons cleared the bench vs. Bucs

  • 12:52 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Here’s breakdown of how the snaps were distributed against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. All of the active players participated in the 56-14 victory on Thursday night at the Georgia Dome.

OFFENSE    

NAME       OFFENSE     SPECIAL TEAM    

J Blalock     100%   67   9   27%     G

J Asamoah   99%   66   9   27%   G

L Holmes       85%   57   9   27%   T

L Toilolo         85%   57   4   12%     TE

J Matthews   75%   50     9   27%   T

M Ryan         75%   50                     QB

J Hawley       75%   50                     C

J Jones         72%   48     1   2%     WR

E Weems       49%   33   21 64%   WR

P DiMarco     49%   33   20   61%     FB

H Douglas     46%   31                   WR

G Carimi       43%   29   1   3%     T

D Hester       [More]

VIDEO: Falcons on scoring 56 points

  • 3:08 am Friday, September 19th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Some notes from the 56-14 win over the Bucs:

–The Falcons scored the second-most points in a single game in franchise history. Atlanta’s 56 points was the most in a game since scoring 51 points against the Carolina Panthers in 1998. The Falcons’ club record of 62 points came against the New Orleans Saints in 1973.

–WR Devin Hester broke Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Atlanta Falcon CB Deion Sanders’ NFL record for return touchdowns with a 62-yard punt return touchdown in the second quarter. Hester has returned 14 punts, five kickoffs, and one blocked field goal for touchdowns. His [More]

Q&A: CBS analyst Tony Gonzalez’ interview with Falcons QB Matt Ryan

  • 8:32 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Former Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, who works for CBS now, sat down with his former teammate, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

Here’s what Ryan had to say:

On how he has developed throughout his career:

“I’m set in my ways, I’m stubborn, I like things done a certain way, and I’ve realized that my way isn’t always the best way. Sometimes other people have really good perspective on how things should be done. Six-plus years into my career, I’ve got a better pulse on what works for other guys and what’s the best [More]

Roddy White inactive for tonight’s game

  • 6:53 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White. (Associated Press).

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who did not practice all week with hamstring injury, was listed on the official injury report as questionable for the Tampa Bay game, which is set for 8:25 p.m. Thursday at the Georgia Dome.

White, 32, a four-time Pro Bowler, was declared out for the game and will be on the inactive list.

Wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle), linebacker Prince Shembo (knee) and left tackle Jake Matthews (ankle) were listed on the injury report as probable and are active.

White didn’t miss a game in his first eight NFL seasons.

Last season he [More]

Q&A Falcons DC Mike Nolan searching for play makers

  • 6:00 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Normally, we get the coordinators for you all on Tuesdays, but with the short week they were not made available until late Wednesday.

We’ll have to check with the league and try to make sure we get them earlier in the week next year when the Falcons play on a Thursday night.

Since the coordinators are so good on their topic areas it’s important to share their insight about their units.

Sorry that it’s coming just hours before kickoff, but here’s what defensive coordinator Mike Nolan had to say:

WHAT WAS COACH SMITH TALKING ABOUT WHEN HE MENTIONED THE ‘I’VE GOT MINE’S’ MENTALITY: For [More]

Q&A: Falcons OC Dirk Koetter on tempo, Roddy and Jake

  • 4:46 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Normally, we get the coordinators for you all on Tuesdays, but with the short week they were not made available until Wednesday.

We’ll have to check with the league and try to make sure we get them earlier in the week next year if the Falcons play on a Thursday.

Since the coordinators are so good on their topic areas, it’s important to share their insight about their units.

Sorry, it’s coming just hours before kickoff.

But here’s what offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter had to say:

ON PASS PROTECTION AND JOE HAWLEY TAKING THE BLAME FOR COMMUNICATION ISSUES: The main issue last week was that [More]

Cover 9@9: Falcons, Bucs in key early NFC South showdown

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, September 17th, 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. The Falcons have to stop the run better before they can use the Cover 9! -– D. Orlando Ledbetter)  

1. NFC SOUTH SHOWDOWN: This is a big early season NFC South showdown between the Falcons (1-1) and Buccaneers (0-2) at 8:25 p.m. Thursday at the Georgia Dome.

The loser goes into a deep hole with Carolina off to [More]

Q&A: Bucs coach Lovie Smith not looking forward to facing Devin Hester

  • 3:20 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith is off to a 0-2 start with his new team.

The Falcons host the Bucs at 8:25 p.m. Thursday night at the Georgia Dome.

Here’s what he had to say on Tuesday.

Q: Can you give us an update on Gerald McCoy’s injury situation?

A: He hurt his hand in the game. It’s not looking good for this week. That’s about all that we have.

Q: What do you attribute the 0-2 start to? Not being able to pull out close games?

A: That’s how we are looking at it. You have to crawl before you walk. [More]