ATLANTA - Joey Harrington was sixth in the NFC in completion percentage and had led the Atlanta Falcons to two straight wins when he was benched by coach Bobby Petrino for the start of Sunday's 31-7 loss to Tampa Bay.
ATLANTA - Tampa Bay seized control of the weak NFC South with one of its trademark defensive showings. As for the Atlanta Falcons, it's back to the drawing board at quarterback in the post-Michael Vick era.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons face a short practice week before playing host to Indianapolis on Thursday night, and that leaves little time for coach Bobby Petrino to pick a starting quarterback.
ATLANTA - Take that, all those folks who thought Warrick Dunn was too small to play in the NFL, who figured he would last no more than a year or two before they ran him out of the league - probably on a stretcher.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Laurent Robinson wishes it weren't the case, but he knows every rookie makes mistakes.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino still doesn't know if Byron Leftwich or Joey Harrington will start at quarterback against Tampa Bay. Leftwich and Harrington split the number of practice snaps taken by the No. 1 offense Thursday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Even though Joey Harrington led Atlanta to two straight victories, Byron Leftwich remains the No. 1 quarterback for the Falcons. Coach Bobby Petrino made it clear Wednesday that Leftwich will reclaim the starting spot as soon as he's healthy - a stand that caught Harrington off guard. "That message has not been conveyed to me," Harrington said after working with the first team at ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - Through seven games, it appeared the Atlanta Falcons were bound for one of the worst seasons in franchise history, and loud complaints were coming from players and fans.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Joey Harrington was briefly knocked out of the game, completed a pass to himself and was face down on the winning score. Vinny Testaverde limped around, unable to will his soon-to-be 44-year-old body to a touchdown drive. In an ugly day of football in the weak NFC South, Harrington's will to stay in the pocket was the difference. Just before he was drilled to ...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mike Rucker's alarm will go off at 7 a.m. today. An hour later, the Carolina Panthers' defensive end will eat some spaghetti with chicken. He'll then drive to the stadium and arrive exactly three hours before kickoff. Convinced that consistency is important, Rucker's gameday schedule hasn't changed for years. Everything is timed to the minute, from when he puts on his pads to his pregame workout. ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - Jerious Norwood practiced Friday for the first time this week, but the Atlanta Falcons are unsure if the second-year running back will play at Carolina.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Michael Boley has bigger concerns than his next contract. As one of the NFL's best young linebackers in his third year with the Atlanta Falcons, Boley seems destined for a lucrative deal.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Before breaking out with his first 100-yard rushing game in more than a year last week, Warrick Dunn appeared on the verge of yielding first-string honors in Atlanta to Jerious Norwood. Instead, Dunn solidified his starting status with 27 carries for 100 yards in a win over San Francisco. He also moved closer to 10,000 yards for his career. Dunn didn't have to be reminded Wednesday ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - Jonathan Babineaux expressed relief on Wednesday after he was cleared of a felony animal cruelty charge that could have sent the Atlanta Falcons' defensive tackle to prison. "I'm just happy the whole situation is over with," Babineaux said. "It's been a long process. I've been waiting it out and it's finally over." Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Wednesday he dismissed the charges ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - Coach Bobby Petrino cracked a slight grin when asked about the Atlanta Falcons' first NFC victory.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have signed four NFL draft picks, including defensive ends Malliciah Goodman and Stansly Maponga.
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