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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]

Q&A: Roddy White believes Stone is ready to play

  • 11:28 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

LONDON – Falcons wide receiver Roddy White spoke to the media after practice on Friday.

Here’s what he had to say (edited for clarity):

Q: Who won penalty shootout?

A: Kenny, our goalie, did a heckuva job. I think they scored one out of 5, So that’s a pretty good stop ratio, That sounded pretty good to me.

Q: How will the offense perform behind the revamped offensive line?

A: We just got to get the ball out a little quicker because of our offensive line situation. We have to  find a way to do 7 and 8-man protections and push the ball down the [More]

Playtime chart: Roddy White caught franchise-record 58th TD pass

  • 10:13 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

BALTIMORE – Falcons wide receiver Roddy White broke Terance Mathis’ (57) franchise-record for career touchdown receptions with a four-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter to avert the shut out in the 29-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

White has caught 58 career touchdowns since being drafted by Atlanta in 2005. He also owns franchise records for receptions (713), receiving yards (9,789), 100-yard receiving games (38), and 10-catch games (11).

Center James Stone played 56 of the 66 offensive snaps (85 percent) after Peter Konz went down with a serious knee injury.

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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]

White, Ryan contend offense is ready to win shootouts to cover for weak defense

  • 9:05 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

MINNEAPOLIS — The Falcons’ offensive players are ready to win shootouts the rest of the season if the defense doesn’t improve.

“We are going to have to,” Falcons wide receiver Roddy White told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “This team was basically built offensively with all of our players. In games like (the 41-28 loss to Minnesota), we have to find a way to win on offense. Even when it is a shootout and we were able to take the lead, I felt like we need to score another touchdown or two.”

Quarterback Matt Ryan agreed with White.

“Yeah, absolutely we can,” Ryan said after [More]

Roddy White inactive for tonight’s game

  • 6:53 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White. (Associated Press).

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who did not practice all week with hamstring injury, was listed on the official injury report as questionable for the Tampa Bay game, which is set for 8:25 p.m. Thursday at the Georgia Dome.

White, 32, a four-time Pro Bowler, was declared out for the game and will be on the inactive list.

Wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle), linebacker Prince Shembo (knee) and left tackle Jake Matthews (ankle) were listed on the injury report as probable and are active.

White didn’t miss a game in his first eight NFL seasons.

Last season he [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 Roddy White on Saints: ‘They’ve got to stop us’

  • 12:04 pm Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

Roddy White said facing hated division rival New Orleans motivates the Falcons to be sharper in practice.

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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