Monthly Archives: July 2012

Falcons Release Guard Manuwai

The Falcons have released guard Vince Manuwai.

After sitting out the entire 2011-12 football season with an injury, Manuwai signed with the Falcons in March. He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He started 105 of the 111 games he played in.

It looks as though rookie Peter Konz is definitely the favorite to win the right guard position.

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Falcons Release Lofa Tatupu

The Falcons have released linebacker Lofa Tatupu after his season-ending pectoral injury.

This move had to be done; the Falcons would’ve owed Tatupu an additional $750,000 had he remained on the roster.

It’s unfortunate for Tatupu after he tried to make a comeback after sitting out last year. The injury not only ends Tatupu’s season, but it could mean the end for his career as well.

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Linebacker Lofa Tatupu Out For Season

The Falcons have announced middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu is out for the season after suffering a pectoral injury in the weight room last week.

After sitting out last season, Tatupu considered retirement before the Falcons signed him to a two-year, $3.6 million deal in March. He was to compete with Akeem Dent for the open middle linebacker spot vacated by Curtis Lofton.

The Falcons brought back veteran linebacker Mike Peterson to offset the loss of Tatupu.

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Falcons Bring Back Linebacker Mike Peterson

The Falcons have signed veteran linebacker Mike Peterson.

After Lofa Tatupu’s pectoral injury, Peterson was the likely free agent for the Falcons to sign. Like last year, Peterson will be in a reserve role; he will serve as the backup middle linebacker to Akeem Dent.

In 2011, Peterson appeared in 15 games and started five. He notched 27 tackles and an interception. Over his 13-year career, Peterson has amassed 1,611 tackles, 21.5 sacks, 19 interceptions, nine forced fumbles, and nine fumble recoveries.

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Lofa Tatupu Suffers Pectoral Injury, Likely to Miss Start of Camp

Falcons middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu suffered a serious pectoral injury in the weight room this past Thursday. The Falcons start training camp this upcoming Thursday; barring a miracle, Tatupu is unlikely to participate.

Tatupu was expected to compete with second-year player Akeem Dent for the starting middle linebacker job, a spot left open after Curtis Lofton signed with the New Orleans Saints in free agency. The Falcons signed Tatupu to a two-year, $3.6 million contract after Tatupu was out of football last year.

The Falcons may look to sign another linebacker.

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Did Vick Cost Falcons a Super Bowl Title?

Former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has been appearing on several media outlets to discuss his new book, Finally Free. 

Yesterday, Vick was on NFL Network’s Total Access. While on the show, he admitted he cost the Falcons a Super Bowl because he didn’t take the time to study film.

I understand what Vick is trying to say, but I don’t necessarily think he cost the Falcons a Super Bowl. Granted, I fully believe the Falcons could have very well notched back-to-back winning seasons long ago if Vick had actually taken the time to study, but I don’t think a Super Bowl title was certain.

The Falcons squads during the Vick era really weren’t that great. The number one receiver on the depth chart was Peerless Price – a massive trade bust. The leading receiver each year was tight end Alge Crumpler, a very good tight end at the time. The most dangerous part of the offense was the three-headed monster of Warrick Dunn, Vick, and T.J. Duckett. However, what happens when the opposing defense is able to shut down the run game? See: 2004 NFC Championship Game.

It’s a little disheartening to think about what Vick could’ve been in Atlanta, but his mistakes and ultimately his conviction allowed the Falcons to be in a much better position than they’ve ever been in at any point during the franchise’s history.

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Roddy White Defends Penn State

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is at it again.

A few months ago, I highlighted a few of White’s Twitter battles. Now, after we learned everyone at Penn State is without morals, White decided to weigh in:

@roddywhiteTV A lot of stuff get swept under the rug at university’s don’t understand why penn state had to tell the media we got a coach rapping kids

@roddywhiteTV You know that’s gone hurt the university you can’t control a grown man I just think they should’ve got him arrested and that’s the end

@roddywhiteTV Joe pa told the people he was suppose to tell he is a football coach he coaches 100 student athletes the head people should’ve done more

@roddywhiteTV I would send my kid there if he wanted to go he wasn’t rappin football players that’s a great program that joe pa ran

@roddywhiteTV Y’all are crazy for thinking I’m saying it was ok for penn state to hide the incident but to blame joe pa when he told the people is bad

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why the Falcons still allow White to use Twitter.

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Jaws’ QB Countdown: Ryan Ranked 11

For a couple of weeks now, ESPN’s Ron Jaworksi (Jaws) has been ranking the top 30 quarterbacks in the NFL (Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are excluded because they’re rookies).

Jaws ranked Atlanta’s Matt Ryan as the 11th-best quarterback in the NFL.

Ryan’s uncomfortability in a “muddied pocket” is Jaws’ primary reason for putting Ryan outside the top 10. As a person who isn’t a huge fan of Jaws, this analysis is pretty accurate.

When Ryan has a clean pocket and has time to deliver the ball, he’s as good as any quarterback. However, when protection breaks down, Ryan is likely to get “happy feet.” He’ll begin to panic a tad bit quicker than he should until he feels the pocket is clean again.

Granted, every quarterback is worse when the pocket breaks down, but admittedly, Ryan sometimes shows he’s extremely uncomfortable. In the first three games of last season (at Chicago, vs. Philadelphia, and at Tampa Bay), the offensive line had trouble keeping Ryan upright; you could definitely see Ryan sensing the pressure and panicking at times.

Jaws does note Ryan’s 95 touchdowns to only 46 interceptions and his 43-19 record as the Falcons’ starting quarterback since 2008. Jaws also likes Ryan’s command in the huddle.

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