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Sept. 19, 2011 6:54 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Film sessions showed Falcons how to exploit Eagles D

Head Coach Mike Smith said the coaching staff, through film studies, saw an opening to exploit TE Tony Gonzalez against the Philadelphia defense: “That’s what we try to do. We try to look and see what kind of matchups we’re going to get and if we get those matchups we’re going to get positive plays” Falcons RapidReports


Sept. 19, 2011 6:52 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Falcons want P Bosher to step up in touch situations.

Two of rookie P Matt Bosher ’s seven punts Sunday put the Falcons in a tough situation, according to head coach Mike Smith: “We know that when you have a young player and especially one of the specialists, they’re going to have some rookie moments and I think we had some of those yesterday." Falcons RapidReports


Sept. 19, 2011 6:48 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Falcons search for ways to cut down on sacks

The Falcons have given up nine sacks and head coach Mike Smith said the coaching staff was looking into ways to help the offensive line improve in protection: “We’ve got to make sure schematically that we put our guys in the best situations and we’ve got to win our one-on-one matchups.” Falcons RapidReports


Sept. 19, 2011 6:47 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Smith: Falcons better against Eagles this time

Coach Mike Smith said that Atlanta’s defense gave up nine explosive plays Sunday against the Eagles, but that was an improvement from recent years: “That’s a very explosive offense, probably more so than we played in the first week. In the three years prior playing those guys, we’ve probably given up more explosive plays.” Falcons RapidReports


Sept. 19, 2011 6:45 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Coach Smith praises Ryan's gutsy play

Coach Mike Smith said that QB Matt Ryan's come-from-behind work in the fourth quarter was some of the best he’s seen from Ryan: “That is probably (the best) that I have seen Matt play in those circumstances and Matt has had a number of plays that were in those situations.” Redskins RapidReports


Sept. 19, 2011 6:21 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Falcons to use no-huddle sparingly

The Falcons scored twice late in Sunday’s game using the no-huddle offense. But head coach Mike Smith said the team won’t always use the no-huddle: “Through our time here, we’ve been very effective with the no-huddle. We use it as a change of pace. We don’t always use it full time.” Falcons RapidReports


Sept. 19, 2011 6:19 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Smith backs Robinson's hit but NFL responds with $40K fine

Coach Mike Smith said he felt CB Dunta Robinson's hit on Philadelphia WR Jeremy Maclin on Sunday was legal. He reiterated his feelings at his Monday afternoon press conference after he watched film. The NFL didn’t agree and fined Robinson $40,000 for a violation of player safety rules Monday. Falcons RapidReports


Sept. 19, 2011 10:07 a.m. - by Knox Bardeen - CB Robinson doesn't expect punishment for hit on Maclin

CB Dunta Robinson on his hit on Philadelphia WR Jeremy Maclin: "I felt it was a legal hit, even though I was penalized. I do not expect to hear from Commissioner Goodell." Falcons RapidReports


Sept. 19, 2011 12:56 a.m. - by Knox Bardeen - TE Gonzalez has another field day against Falcons

The Eagles had trouble containing Atlanta TE Tony Gonzalez, who caught two touchdown passes and had seven receptions for 83 yards. The last time Gonzalez caught two touchdown passes in a game was last season – against the Eagles. Eagles RapidReports

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Sept. 19, 2011 6:21 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Falcons to use no-huddle sparingly

The Falcons scored twice late in Sunday’s game using the no-huddle offense. But head coach Mike Smith said the team won’t always use the no-huddle: “Through our time here, we’ve been very effective with the no-huddle. We use it as a change of pace. We don’t always use it full time.” Falcons RapidReports

I really don't understand why they don't use the no huddle more. Smitty even says they have been very effective with it. They don't have to run it all the time, but at least more than they have been.

Sept. 19, 2011 6:48 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Falcons search for ways to cut down on sacks

The Falcons have given up nine sacks and head coach Mike Smith said the coaching staff was looking into ways to help the offensive line improve in protection: “We’ve got to make sure schematically that we put our guys in the best situations and we’ve got to win our one-on-one matchups.” Falcons RapidReports

Why are they not bringing Svitek in as an extra blocker? Last season the OL was not protecting and after so many games they started using Svitek and it helped. I don't know why they haven't used him.

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Sept. 19, 2011 6:21 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Falcons to use no-huddle sparingly

The Falcons scored twice late in Sunday’s game using the no-huddle offense. But head coach Mike Smith said the team won’t always use the no-huddle: “Through our time here, we’ve been very effective with the no-huddle. We use it as a change of pace. We don’t always use it full time.” Falcons RapidReports

I really don't understand why they don't use the no huddle more. Smitty even says they have been very effective with it. They don't have to run it all the time, but at least more than they have been.

I agree. If something works, ie the no-huddle, why not use it more than something that doesn't work nearly as well. Atlanta used the no-huddle virtually the entire game last season against the Ravens with very good results. Therefore, the Falcons no-huddle can still be very effective when used extensively, rather than just occasionally. The no-huddle appears to keep a lot of the defensive pressure off of Ryan, and thus the passing game is more effective. You can still get effective running plays from the no-huddle, such as, Turner's 61-yard run in the Eagles game. I would much rather have Ryan calling the plays instead of Mularkey.

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The no huddle is our equalizer. We use it to gain control and throw our opponents off guard. I like how we pull it out in certain situations. If a team has too much film on it they can game plan for it. Matt is at the point where he can effectively run it at any moment.

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nothing that was said gives me any indication that things are gonna change.

It won't...unless TD or AB speaks up.

why are we holding Kerry Meier on the bench? dude could be another option with Gonzalez (and a faster one at that) in the middle of the field.

Good question...but they nursed PJ(maybe similar)?

we got too much talent on both sides of the ball to not be dominating

On "O" we should be better. Hurry back TM and more no huddle

On "D" opportunistic(t/o) will be the m/o of the defense...not dominate.

Our "O" should keep them off the field and capitalize on the defensive turnovers.

We have to be patient and let the team gel a bit more...TB will be a good test.

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I have to give props to the ATL coaching staff for getting back to what exploits the Eagle "D". The Eagles give up the middle of the field on "D" and the Falcons "O" is stronger there. MT and TG abused PHI.

More no huddle is the key...on "O". Especially if MT has born again hands...added dimension.

Actually, against the Eagles, the key was keeping them out of the nickel defense. The Eagles' linebackers are a major problem. Keeping DRC off the field was big.

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