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

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.



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]

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]

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:


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]

VIDEO: D. Led – What to expect as Falcons try to rebound

  • 12:57 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter & CineSport’s Noah Coslov preview Thursday night’s Falcons-Bucs game by talking about Atlanta’s offensive & defensive lines, plus the team’s injuries.


GAME STORY: Falcons manhandled by Bengals in 24-10 loss

 JEFF SCHULTZ: Falcons let everybody see their ugly side

Alford, Falcons get burned by big gamble

Falcons quoteboard from Bengals’ loss

Julio Jones returned after tweaking is foot

Two Bengals who have something to play for

Giovani Bernard set career marks for Bengals

REPORT CARD: Ryan had one of his worst games

  • 7:05 am Monday, September 15th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

CINCINNATI — Falcons coach Mike Smith was correct this week when he concluded that his team was beat in all phases of the game, including coaching.

The Bengals, with their average quarterback, mauled the Falcons with a ferocious running game and an unrelenting defense.

It was like the old days in Cincinnati back in 1988 when running back James Brooks (981 yards, 8 TDs) provided the lightning and Ickey Woods (1,066 yards, 15 TDs) the thunder.

Giovani Bernard handled the lightning and Jeremy Hill, the former LSU standout, was the thunder back as the Bengals grinded their way to 170 yard on 45 [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]

Falcons’ official depth chart released for Bengals game

  • 6:07 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

OFFICIAL DEPTH CHART: Here’s the official depth chart released by the Falcons for their road game against the Cincinnati Bengals at 1 p.m. Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

Falcons cornerback Robert McClain, after his big interception against the Saints, was listed as the No. 1 nickel back. Last week, Josh Wilson was listed as the No. 1 nickel back.


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, [More]

REPORT CARD: Ryan carries the Falcons to victory

  • 8:00 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons rallied from a double-digit deficit (13-0 and 20-7) twice and won 37-34 when Matt Ryan tossed the team on his back and carried them to victory against the New Orleans Saints.

Ryan was simply dazzling as he dodged defenders, slipped out of the side of the pocket and continued to find his receivers. He completed 31 of 43 passes (72.1 percent), while connecting with nine different receivers.

The Falcons amassed 568 total net yards in the win, the highest single-game yardage total in franchise history. Atlanta topped the previous mark of 563 yards set against the Rams in 1980.

Matt Ryan [More]

VIDEO: D. Led: Falcons top Saints in opener

  • 10:53 pm Sunday, September 7th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Matt Ryan threw for a franchise-record 448 yards, but Matt Bryant’s field goal on the final play of regulation lifted the Falcons over the Saints. The AJC’s D, Orlando Ledbetter reports.

Here are some other highlights from the victory:

–The Falcons amassed 568 total net yards in the win, the highest single-game yardage total in franchise history. Atlanta topped the previous mark of 563 yards set against the Rams in 1980.

–Matt Ryan became the Falcons all-time leader in touchdown passes (156) while also setting the franchise record for total passing yards in a single game with 448. Ryan topped QB Chris Chandler’s [More]