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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]

Q&A: Mike Smith upbeat before facing Lions

  • 10:52 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

LONDON – Falcons coach Mike Smith held his final press conference before the game on Friday.

Here’s what he had to say:

Q: Are you please with how the practice week went over here in London?

A: I think we’ve got a lot accomplished in terms of our game planning. We now have to go out and execute on the field. I think it was a really good week of preparation. We have to finish it up tomorrow.

Q: What was the key to getting James Stone ready to make his first NFL start?

A: James is a guy that works extremely hard. The older [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]

FILM REVIEW: Blown coverage on the 74-yard bomb

  • 3:23 pm Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – After Falcons coach Mike Smith ripped the media for not knowing the coverage call on the 74-yard pass play, we decided to take a closer look at the play.

“Miscommunication, a mental error, missed leverage or missed tackle lead to explosive plays,” Smith said. “There is a design to every defensive call. Everybody has to be seeing it the same way.

“We were not as nearly as clean as we needed to be. I don’t want to talk about specific plays, nor will I talk about specific players. What you see on tape, unless you know what the play [More]

Cover 9@9: We have some football drama in the Branch

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, October 8th, 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. -– D. Orlando Ledbetter)

1. WHO’S ON THE HOT SEAT?: Although HBO’s Hard Knocks cameras have left, it appears that we have some real football drama in Flowery Branch.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnists Mark Bradley and Jeff Schultz have both  discussed the job security of head coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff in the wake of the team’s [More]