Milloy, Crumpler, Hall among Falcons camp fighters

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Milloy, Crumpler, Hall among Falcons camp fighters

Postby BirdBrain » Tue Aug 15, 2006 3:14 am

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The broiling tedium of training camp finally made the Atlanta Falcons snap.

Veteran Lawyer Milloy was among several players to lose his temper in the oppressive August heat Monday morning. DeAngelo Hall, Matt Lehr, Adam Jennings and Alge Crumpler were seething, too.

"This is football, and as long as it don't translate into the things in the locker room, everything will be fine," Milloy said. "In my 11 years, this has been one of the toughest, if not the toughest, training camp in my career. You have to expect tempers to flare."

Milloy's fight with Lehr escalated so quickly at the end of an 11-on-11 drill that the 32-year-old strong safety quickly found himself lying face-up on the bottom of a huge pile of players.

"This is the part of camp where things start to wear on you," Milloy said. "In the end, though, you've just got to remember what color jersey the other guy's wearing."

The Milloy-Lehr matchup served as an undercard of sorts for Hall's insult-laden shoving match with Crumpler. Off the field, the two players have maintained a friendship, but several teammates and coaches twice had to restrain Hall, a Pro Bowl cornerback, and Crumpler, a three-time Pro Bowl tight end.

Hall only ended what he started earlier in the 90-minute workout. Frustrated by Jennings during a 7-on-7 drill, Hall punched the rookie receiver so hard that Jennings' helmet flew off his head.

"Didn't mean to tangle with him, but you've got to be aggressive sometimes," Jennings said. "He's an aggressive guy, but he's my teammate, and I have a lot of respect for him."

Nobody was hurt from the incidents, though Hall didn't participate in the night session with his left wrist wrapped in a bandage. Coach Jim Mora long ago established a precedent of giving his starters and important reserves extra time off during camp.

According to Milloy, who signed a three-year deal five months ago with $3 million in guaranteed bonuses, Mora challenged everybody during a team-wide meeting that preceded the morning session.

Mora sidestepped the specifics of his message, mostly because he wants the team's energy to flow first from high-profile veterans Milloy, Hall and Crumpler.

During a segment in which three offensive linemen faced off against two defensive linemen and a linebacker, however, Mora and assistants Chris Beake and Clancy Barone yelled louder and more frequently than they had at any point since camp opened July 27.

"We had what we call a three-part pod drill to get the pads cracking early in practice with the up-front guys," Mora said. "I think it's a sign of their maturity and leadership that they came out like that."

The Falcons are coming off an 8-8 season in which they finished 2-6 and missed the playoffs. Despite beating New England 26-23 in the preseason opener last week, Mora hated seeing the Patriots' first-team offense hammer Atlanta's run defense so easily.

Monday was the last day of camp that Mora planned to hold two practices in pads. The Falcons have two sessions planned for Wednesday, but coaches expect to install an abbreviated game plan for a preseason game at Green Bay on Saturday night.

"Obviously, we don't want to allow [82] yards on 11 carries," Milloy said concerning the first-quarter production of Laurence Maroney and Corey Dillon last week. "That's definitely a situation that has to be corrected. That's why you saw a more physical practice today. It's preseason, so you have to work on things when you can."

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Postby backnblack » Tue Aug 15, 2006 8:53 am

There is an article that Bob Whitfield is showcased in in this week's SI talking about training camps and so forth. He mentions that the old Glanville ones were the toughest and most grueling and that they had more fun back then. Who knows what the physicality will mean once the games get rolling but it is good to see them ratchet up and for Milloy to be in the thick of things. The team needs gusy who lead by their actions as well as their words and you just cannot understate what a guy who has won a couple SB rings with the Pats D brings to the table.

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Postby widetrak21 » Tue Aug 15, 2006 10:19 am

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2549794

Here's the story link, but the cool part is it's got the video of DeLo and Jennings battling. Love DeLo's physicality and Jennings not backing down. Chad Johnson might wanna watch that video.
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Postby BirdBrain » Tue Aug 15, 2006 10:27 am

widetrak21 wrote:http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2549794

Here's the story link, but the cool part is it's got the video of DeLo and Jennings battling. Love DeLo's physicality and Jennings not backing down. Chad Johnson might wanna watch that video.


There has been a serious problem with Hall not understanding the limits on the field however, when it comes to showing up the other team. He has received quite a few penalties the past few years that have cost us field position, and ultimately points. I love his game, but he has to know his limits as well. Penalties killed us last year, and don't forget he has to mentor J-Will. another firecracker who has to watch his temper.

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Postby MarylandFalcon1 » Tue Aug 15, 2006 10:48 am

It was funny to see Deion in that last frame talking to Hall. That fight was very similar to the fight between Deion of Rison when they played opposite each other for the first time when Deion went to the 49ers. Anyone remember that slap fest?

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Postby Steve-O » Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:28 pm

D Hall got flagged for unsportsman maybe once last season...there were a couple times he should of got flagged and didn't, but it's not that big of a problem.

I like them angry and mean. I'm glad to see everyone is on edge and ready to take someone's head off. One of our biggest problems last season was we weren't physical, hopefully this is a sign that our players will be bringing the heat a little more this season

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Postby BirdBrain » Tue Aug 15, 2006 2:05 pm

Steve-O wrote:D Hall got flagged for unsportsman maybe once last season...there were a couple times he should of got flagged and didn't, but it's not that big of a problem.

I like them angry and mean. I'm glad to see everyone is on edge and ready to take someone's head off. One of our biggest problems last season was we weren't physical, hopefully this is a sign that our players will be bringing the heat a little more this season


It isn't a big problem yet..but it is a problem... As an athlete you must learn to control your emotions, as it affects your game more than just a few penalties. I love mean, nasty players as well, but Hall has shown that he isn't in control at times.I hate silly penalties, we can't afford them. As he matures he will continue to grow emotionally..but his behavior does have an effect on the younger players who can benefit from him setting an example.

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Postby Pudge » Tue Aug 15, 2006 2:53 pm

I don't think you can discount his ejection from a preseason game last summer. Sure, the results don't count, but that is a very telling sign of the potential magnitude of Hall's "issues."

Hall's mercurial nature I think is something we're just going to have to live. I don't like it. But it's just the way he approaches the game. He's ultra-competitive in all aspects of his life. If he learns to temper himself, it will probably be at the cost of some of his ability.
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Postby Steve-O » Tue Aug 15, 2006 4:28 pm

I like Hall's temper and fire...until it is a problem I'm not going to worry about it

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Postby PB21 » Tue Aug 15, 2006 7:11 pm

Chuck Smith and Roman Fortin,...1997,...this isn't tiddly winks we're into guys.

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