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

Cover 9@9: Parcells wasn’t comfortable with catering to Atlanta’s African-American fan base

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, October 29th, 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. PARCELLS THE BOOK: With all of the speculation about pending changes in Flowery Branch, it’s a good time to look back at the situation in 2008 that eventually led to the hiring of general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike [More]

COVER 9@9: Secondary to have hands full with Steve Smith, Torrey Smith

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and CineSport’s Brian Clark discuss the causes of the Falcons’ three-game losing streak, and whether Atlanta can end the skid in Baltimore.

(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. STOPPING THE SMITHS: The Falcons young secondary, which had a tough time with Chicago’s Brandon [More]

Marvez picks Falcons to finish 9-7 or 10-6

  • 12:19 pm Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Gil Brandt and Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio concluded their stay at the Falcons training camp on Monday and then headed up the road to Spartanburg, S.C. to visit the Carolina Panthers.

During the wrap-up of their show they shared with their listeners what they thought about the Falcons.

Here are a couple of highlights followed by the transcript:

THE QUICK HITS

–Marvez believes the Falcons are a 9-7, 10-6 team.

–Marvez and Brandt are worried about the secondary.

–Brandt likes Desmond Trufant. He noted that theTrufants — Desmond, Marcus and Isaiah — are tough in part because their father was a boxer.

–Brandt called Matt [More]

Q&A: A pre-training camp chat with Mike Smith

  • 8:00 am Friday, July 25th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Before training camp opens today, we chatted with Falcons coach Mike Smith, the winningest coach in franchise history, who’s determined to rebound from his first losing season.

He was in good spirits during an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He shared some thoughts about the team and gave the fans some key information before things get started today with a closed morning walk-through and an open afternoon practice. 

(Check back later throughout the day as we post stories, notes, blogs and videos on AJC.com from the first day of training camp.)  

Q: How are you all going to make sure [More]

Countdown to camp: Day 8 – Defensive backs

  • 6:00 am Friday, July 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The start of the Falcons training camp is eight days away.

We started our countdown by looking at the new assistant coaches Mike Tice, Wade Harman and Bryan Cox and then the special teams unit.

Today, we will look at the defensive backfield, where they’ll be some fierce competition for the starting nickel back and free safety positions.

Here’s our projected depth chart for the defensive backfield.

RCB 21 Desmond Trufant, 28 Javier Arenas, 37 Ricardo Allen,

NB 26 Josh Wilson, 27 Robert McClain, 28 Javier Arenas, 41 Dezmen Southward

LCB 23 Robert Alford, 24 Jordan Mabin, 43 Devonta Glover-Wright

SS 25 William Moore, 36 Kemal Ishmael, [More]

10 quick observations from Falcons open OTAs

  • 12:33 pm Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – While the Falcons continue to stress that they’ll be a multiple defensive team, the spent a great deal of time working on their 3-4 alignment during the first open OTA session on Wednesday.

Also, cornerback Desmond Trufant has been switched to left cornerback and Robert Alford lined up at right cornerback. Last season, Asante Samuel played left cornerback before Alford finished the season as the starter.

Generally, the defense appeared ahead of the offense, which is normal for this juncture of the offseason.

Here are 10 quick observations from the session:

1. THE 3-4: Left defensive end Tyson Jackson, nose tackle Paul Soliai, right defensive [More]

10 things to watch at Falcons OTAs

  • 9:29 am Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons start phase three of their offseason program when they kick off the organized team activities (OTAs) today.

After going 4-12 last season, the Falcons have been proactive internally, in free agency and in the draft. Now, the coaching staff, which includes new offensive and defensive line coaches, must start pulling all of the pieces together with a goal of being ready for training camp in late July.

Somebody is going to ask, what’s an OTA?
Falcons running back Steven Jackson wants to see a drastically improve run-game in 2014.

How does Bear Pascoe look at tight end? It looks [More]

Falcons sign S Dwight Lowery, CB Josh Wilson

  • 3:37 pm Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons, who released starting free safety Thomas DeCoud and finished the season with two starting rookie cornerbacks, signed some veteran help for their secondary on Tuesday.

The two defenders were signed a day after the Saints matched an offer sheet that safety Rafael Bush had signed with the Falcons.

Safety Dwight Lowery and cornerback Josh Wilson, both unrestricted free agents, were signed Tuesday. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

Lowery, 28, was selected by the New York Jets in the fourth round (114th overall) of the 2008 NFL draft. He played three seasons with the Jets before being traded to Jacksonville on September 3, 2011.

Lowery [More]