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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]

Watch: D. Led – Falcons hit rock bottom in London

  • 3:06 am Monday, October 27th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

LONDON — The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter joins CineSport’s Brian Clark from London to explain the Falcons’ collapse on Sunday, leading to a 22-21 loss at the hands of the Lions.

NEXT UP: The Falcons (2-6) play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-6) at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 in Tampa. The Falcons have a bye for this Sunday while Tampa Bay plays at Cleveland.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

GAME STORY: Lions rally to beat Falcons 22-21

Matt Ryan believes he cost the Falcons the game

Falcons’ quoteboard after 22-21 loss to the Lions

Next for Falcons: Buccaneers on Nov. [More]

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]

Blank frustrated with 2-5 start, optimistic about a turnaround

  • 1:56 pm Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

LONDON – Falcons owner Arthur Blank admitted to being frustrated with the 2-5 start, but remained optimistic that the team could forge a turnaround on the eve the franchise’s first-ever regular-season game played outside of North America.

“I think the coaches and players all know that they have a greater capacity than a 2-5 record,” Blank told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday. “That’s a source of frustration for all of us. We have all of the tools that we need to win tomorrow and put together a winning streak after that.”

The Falcons will host the Detroit Lions (5-2) as the home [More]

COVER 9@9: Falcons must take Edwards’ advice: ‘Play to win the game’

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 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. THE 2002 NEW YORK JETS: The Falcons have to channel the spirit of the 2002 New York Jets in order to save their season.

This was the season that coach Herman Edwards gave his famous “You play to win the game” speech [More]

REPORT CARD: Falcons are regressing as season moves along

  • 6:00 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

BALTIMORE – As the season nears the halfway point, the Falcons are regressing.

The offense has scored 28, 20, 13 and 7 points over their four-game losing streak to Vikings, Giants, Bears and Ravens. They can’t stop the run and continue to make penalties.

As the injuries have started to mount, the offensive line is ineffective again. And we all know they if they can’t protect Matt Ryan, then the Falcons are doomed.

Here are the Falcons’ grades for the 29-7 debacle against the Baltimore Ravens.

GAME BALLS: Defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi and center James Stone. Massaquoi had two quarterback hits, six tackles and [More]

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]