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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]

Watch: Falcons WR Julio Jones on drops: ‘I’m supposed to catch everything’

  • 12:26 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

FLOWERY BRANCH–Julio Jones talks about his dropped passes against the Bears and how teams have made adjustments to defend him.

REPORT CARD: Falcons’ offense is broken, defense is confused

  • 9:57 am Monday, October 13th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons turned in an absolutely pitiful performance and appear headed for another losing season.

“Our young players, our old players have all contributed to this, and we have to get it fixed, and nothing is off the table in regards to what we have to do to be better,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said.

The Falcons dropped to 2-4 after they couldn’t move the ball against a middle-of-the-pack Chicago defense that was playing without its starting linebackers. There were no Wilbur Marshall or Fridge Perry sightings at the Dome.

The offense is fractured and the defense continued to hemorrhage yards as they [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]

VIDEO: D. Led: Falcons mauled by Bengals

  • 12:44 am Monday, September 15th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

CINCINNATI — Here are some Falcon notes:

–WR Julio Jones finished with a game-high seven receptions for 88 yards with one touchdown. In 11 career games against AFC opponents, Jones has recorded 61 receptions, 949 yards, and seven touchdowns, while averaging 15.5 yards per catch.

–WR Roddy White caught five passes for 42 yards, improving his franchise record streak of consecutive games with at least one catch to 114. He has pulled down at least five receptions in seven straight games dating back to last season.

–QB Matt Ryan and White have combined for 530 completions which is the most between any quarterback [More]

Watch: Falcons WR Julio Jones says he’s ‘100 percent’ for Saints game

  • 11:55 am Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

Julio Jones says he no longer thinks about his surgically-repaired foot while playing and he’s OK with playing the Saints first so the Falcons can “get a win out of the way.”

Q&A: Saints coach Sean Payton on facing the Falcons

  • 5:53 pm Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton talked about the addition of safety Jairus Byrd, ‘Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ health and facing Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and quarterback Matt Ryan during his conference call with the Atlanta media on Wednesday:

Here are some of the highlights:

Q: How does Jairus Byrd make your defense better?

A: PAYTON: Well, he’s a smart football player. He’s got very good ball skills. His instincts are something that help him tremendous at free safety. He’s very productive with the ball and around the ball whether if it’s fumbles and/or interceptions. It was something that [More]

COVER 9@9: Falcons need to clean up their dirty laundry

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

COVER 9@9

1. SEEING YELLOW: The Falcons must clean up their penalties heading into the regular season if they plan to rebound from last season’s 4-12 mark.

The Falcons committed 39 penalties for 370 yards in the exhibition season. That projects out to 156 penalties over a 16-game season.

Linebacker Tim Dobbins (four), cornerback Robert Alford (four) and left tackle Jake Matthews (four) tied for the team lead.

However, a total of 23 of those 39 penalties (58.9 percent) were committed by players who didn’t make the 53-man roster.

Last season the Falcons had 100 penalties for 788 yards and had 28 first downs nullified.

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Falcons’ official depth chart released for Saints game

  • 5:04 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

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OFFICIAL DEPTH CHART: Here’s the official depth chart released by the Falcons for their season opener against the New Orleans Saints at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

OFFENSE

WR 84 Roddy White 83 Harry Douglas 14 Eric Weems

LT 70 Jake Matthews 73 Ryan Schraeder

LG 63 Justin Blalock 62 James Stone

C 61 Joe Hawley 66 Peter Konz

RG 75 Jon Asamoah 68 Gabe Carimi

RT 76 Lamar Holmes 68 Gabe Carimi

TE 80 Levine Toilolo 86 Bear Pascoe

WR 11 Julio Jones 17 Devin Hester 15 Courtney Roby

QB 2 Matt Ryan 13 TJ Yates

12 Sean Renfree

RB 39 Steven Jackson 32 Jacquizz Rodgers [More]

ROSTER ANALYSIS: Projected 53-man roster for the Falcons

  • 8:28 am Sunday, August 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons are likely to cut down to 75 players today, in plenty of time before for the Tuesday deadline.

There’s no reason to bring back 15 players on Monday, just to cut them on Tuesday, while you’re getting ready for the final exhibition game on Thursday.

“This year has been really interesting coming into camp to see how competitive it is at all levels,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “Not only at our veteran level, but also at the rookie level. Coach Mike Smith has done such a great job of getting the point across that it doesn’t matter where [More]