A lot of talk over the past few days about the consistency the Falcons are enjoying from Year 1 to Year 2 of the Mike Smith-Thomas Dimitroff era.
“Well, we’re ahead of where we were last year, because of the familiarity with one another,” Smith said. “We’re a group of men and when we come together on the practice field, we’re going to work hard. At the same time we want to have a communicative culture. We want guys to feel like they are part of the process, and not only the players, but everybody in the organization. I think when you set that tone and you have that culture in place, then everyone feels like part of the process. I think we’re ahead of last year because these guys are familiar with me and what we’re trying to get done as a coaching staff.”
This is an underrated aspect of NFL success.
Consider for the first time in three years, I and other Falcons staffers can plan around a fixed schedule. This morning off enjoyed today? There was a similar one about this time in last year’s camp. The dozens of players returning from 2008 know the ins, outs and everything in between about a Mike Smith practice.
“He’s going to work you hard but he’s fair,” quarterback Matt Ryan said on the first day of camp. “He’s going to take care of the guys, especially some of the older guys who have been around this for a long time. Smitty does a great job. He works us hard and gets the most out of us but, at the same time, he takes care of us.”
It’s easy to hit a fastball if you know it’s coming.
NFL players have enough to worry about on the field. A little consistency with everything else can go a long way in generating peace of mind and preserving focus.
Russell Falcons Training Camp Info, AF.com
Just one practice today. That’s rare in the midst of training camp. And much appreciated.
Holdout Falcons receiver White working out in Birmingham, CBSSports.com
This is no time of year to fall out of shape. So, wherever players are, good to see they’re taking care of their bodies.
Lofton will test sore hamstring, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Slow and steady wins the race. Smith made it clear on the first day of practice: the goal is to not rush injured players and keep the team healthy for Week 1.
DeCoud, Moore just two in the mix at safety, AF.com
There’s quite the battle shaping up in the secondary. I have to remind myself to watch other positions at practice because this one is so intriguing.
Which Mike Peterson Did Falcons Get?, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Something tells me there will be more added to the list of positives in bringing in Mike Peterson once the season rolls around.
Falcons sign free agent receiver Dicky Lyons, AF.com
Some people have been asking me about additional roster moves. Wanted to clarify there wasn’t any more Tuesday besides the addition of Lyons.
Falcons cheerleaders become model fund-raisers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
I’m not going to be able to make it to the annual cheerleader meet and greet, but I’m sure it’s going to be a great party.
Atlanta Falcons Training Camp Observations, The Falcoholic
A clearing house of news and notes on Falcons camp.
In White’s absence, Douglas gets more reps, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Extra reps never hurt anyone. If anything, the Roddy White holdout gives the Falcons a chance to get an extra look at the other receivers on the roster.
New Falcon Winborn impressed with team, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
As a Vanderbilt football fan, I watched Jamie Winborn in college. One of many talented linebackers to wear Black and Gold over the past 10 years.
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