Falcons Weekly Round-Up 6/10

Recapping news and headlines involving the Falcons from the week of June 5…

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Apple iPad

Falcons ahead on technology curve

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post writes that the Falcons are among a few teams that are now using iPads instead of conventional means of paper. He mentions Falcons head coach Mike Smith was seen using an iPad during the team’s pre-draft interviews that including a checklist of questions for each paper. Pompei also mentions that the Baltimore Ravens are giving their players their playbooks on iPads. (Source: Dan Pompei, National Football Post)

NCAA avoiding scheduling issues

A scheduling conflict between the Falcons and Georgia State has been resolved.  Both teams play their home games in the Georgia Dome. Originally, the Georgia State Panthers had claimed the September 1 date back in February, hosting their season opener against Clark Atlanta, another local school. But when the NFL announced their schedules in April, the date was used for the Falcon’s final preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. But the matter has been cleared up with the Falcons holding the September 1 date, and the Panthers moving their game to September 2. Georgia State begins its second season for their new football program, having gone 6-5 in its inaugural season. (Source: Georgia State Sports)

There was no such scheduling conflict from other college football entities, when the BCS tentative scheduled secondary dates for the Sugar Bowl and BCS Championship Game in January due to the NFL lockout. The Falcons face the Saints in the Superdome on December 26 (a Monday Night), according to the current NFL schedule in Week 16. But it’s possible that games could be pushed back a week or two to avoid missing games. So the Sugar Bowl, which is tentatively scheduled for either Monday, January 2 or Tuesday, January 3. The title game is currently slate for Monday, January 9, but could be moved up to Saturday, January 7 or back to Tuesday, January 10 to get around. (Source: Brett Martel, Associated Press)

VanGorder among up and coming assistants

Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder makes Pete Prisco’s list of ten assistant coaches that could be strong candidates to have head coaching jobs come 2012. Writes Prisco:

The Falcons made some nice strides on defense last season. They went from 14th in points in 2009 to fifth last season. VanGorder is a big reason why. He makes the defensive calls, even though coach Mike Smith is a defense-oriented head coach. VanGorder brings a high-energy level to his style of coaching. He is loud, passionate and can be heard from across the practice field. If the Falcons can continue to improve on defense, and they make a Super Bowl run, VanGorder will get a look next year. He was a college head coach at Georgia Southern for a year, which will help.

Prisco also lists three former Falcons assistants, including Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, who served in that same capacity for the Falcons from 1998 to 2006; Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who spent the last four seasons as the Falcons quarterback coach before taking the offer from Minnesota earlier this off-season; and Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, who was the Falcons defensive coordinator prior to VanGorder in 2007. (Source: Pete Prisco, CBS Sports)

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