FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith likes to call quarterback Matt Ryan "one tough Irishman."
By CHARLES ODUM
By CHARLES ODUM
FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez refuses to boast about himself as he moves closer to becoming the NFL's No. 2 career leader in receptions.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Ray Edwards is finding his place in the Falcons' defense just in time for a visit to one of his favorite NFL settings.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Turner kept running the ball. Matt Ryan worked in some short passes. It wasn't exactly stretching the field, but it sure worked for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan is supposed to be one of the NFL's rising stars at quarterback.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta coach Mike Smith painstakingly went over every possession the Falcons had in their latest loss, pointing out each little mistake, each little miscue.
FLOWERY BRANCH - After getting embarrassed by Green Bay in the playoffs last season, the Atlanta Falcons knew quarterback Matt Ryan needed another big weapon at his disposal.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are still trying to find their groove.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons center Todd McClure hopes he doesn't have to offer another apology to quarterback Matt Ryan.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons, who usually stress their running game, all but gave up on Michael Turner in the second half of last week's loss at Tampa Bay.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons spent Thursday afternoon trying to compensate for a growing list of injured starters.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons didn't have much to be proud of Monday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Heading into the opener Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons are drawing plenty of attention for that high-powered offense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons won't be easing their way into this season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a four-year extension with receiver Roddy White on the eve of training camp on Thursday.