D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons beat writer

D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was one of the lead writers in the notorious Michael Vick dog-fighting federal case. He has also covered the SEC/ACC and high schools in Gwinnett for the AJC. He's a three-time APSE award winner. AJC Atlanta Falcons blog

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Players from around state set for Senior Bowl 
 Georgia will be well-represented when players arrive for the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Monday. All 32 NFL teams will be on hand for the practices that start on Tuesday. The all-star exhibition college football game, which has some of the top draft prospects, will be played at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. “Our focus...

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Georgia will be well-represented when players arrive for the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Monday. All 32 NFL teams will be on hand for the practices that start on Tuesday. The all-star exhibition college football game, which has some of the top draft prospects, will be played at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. “Our focus...
Greg Knapp to be named Falcons’ QB coach
 Former Falcons offensive coordinator Greg Knapp is set to be named the team’s quarterbacks coach, a person familiar with the search told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday. Knapp, 54, a longtime NFL assistant, was the Falcons offensive coordinator from 2004-06. He helped the Falcons get to the NFC title game with Michael Vick...

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Former Falcons offensive coordinator Greg Knapp is set to be named the team’s quarterbacks coach, a person familiar with the search told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday. Knapp, 54, a longtime NFL assistant, was the Falcons offensive coordinator from 2004-06. He helped the Falcons get to the NFC title game with Michael Vick...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons reflect on coming up short of the Super Bowl 
 Falcons coach Dan Quinn and free safety Ricardo Allen stop by the 41st episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast. Quinn finally compares the 2017 offense to the historically good offense in 2016, which ranked first in the league in scoring. The Falcons, under first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, dipped to 15th in the league and...

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn and free safety Ricardo Allen stop by the 41st episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast. Quinn finally compares the 2017 offense to the historically good offense in 2016, which ranked first in the league in scoring. The Falcons, under first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, dipped to 15th in the league and...
Position-by-position analysis of Falcons’ 2017 offense 
 Falcons coach Dan Quinn is sticking with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian after a porous first season in his position. “I have no interest in making change just for the sake of change,” Quinn said Thursday. In Quinn’s eyes, there was plenty of blame to be spread around for the offense’s drastic drop in several...

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn is sticking with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian after a porous first season in his position. “I have no interest in making change just for the sake of change,” Quinn said Thursday. In Quinn’s eyes, there was plenty of blame to be spread around for the offense’s drastic drop in several...
Dan Quinn: Steve Sarkisian ‘is coming back in 2018’
 Dan Quinn didn’t wince. He didn’t stutter. He didn’t hesitate.  The Falcons’ head coach was very clear about one important issue with regard to the future of first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian during his end-of-season news conference Thursday. “I know your first question, and I’m not...

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Dan Quinn didn’t wince. He didn’t stutter. He didn’t hesitate.  The Falcons’ head coach was very clear about one important issue with regard to the future of first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian during his end-of-season news conference Thursday. “I know your first question, and I’m not...
Vic Beasley moving back to defensive end -- permanently 
 Vic Beasley, whose sack total fell from an NFL-leading 15.5 to five last season, is headed back to defensive end. Falcons coach Dan Quinn told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after his season-ending news conference Thursday that the third-year player will move from linebacker.  “I have re-assessed it,” Quinn said. &ldquo...

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Vic Beasley, whose sack total fell from an NFL-leading 15.5 to five last season, is headed back to defensive end. Falcons coach Dan Quinn told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after his season-ending news conference Thursday that the third-year player will move from linebacker.  “I have re-assessed it,” Quinn said. &ldquo...
Falcons to interview Ken Dorsey, Darrell Bevell for QB coach position
 Falcons coach Dan Quinn plans to take his time with the search for a new quarterback coach and doesn’t plan to consult starter Matt Ryan. “He won’t have any influence or impact on that decision,” Quinn said of Ryan. “Matt trusts us, and he knows that, and that’s actually the term he used, ‘Man...

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn plans to take his time with the search for a new quarterback coach and doesn’t plan to consult starter Matt Ryan. “He won’t have any influence or impact on that decision,” Quinn said of Ryan. “Matt trusts us, and he knows that, and that’s actually the term he used, ‘Man...
Keith Armstrong set for second interview with Cardinals
 Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, who is a candidate to replace Bruce Arians as Arizona’s head coach, is scheduled for a second interview with the team, according to a person familiar with the situation. Armstrong, 54, played for Arians at Temple and has coached in the NFL for the past 24 years. “It’s a...

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Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, who is a candidate to replace Bruce Arians as Arizona’s head coach, is scheduled for a second interview with the team, according to a person familiar with the situation. Armstrong, 54, played for Arians at Temple and has coached in the NFL for the past 24 years. “It’s a...
Charlie Weis Jr. leaving Falcons for Florida Atlantic 
 Charlie Weis Jr., who served one season as an offensive assistant with the Falcons, is leaving to become Florida Atlantic’s offensive coordinator. Weis came to the Falcons from Alabama, where he was an offensive analyst from 2015-16. He is the son of former NFL and college football coach Charlie Weis. 

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Charlie Weis Jr., who served one season as an offensive assistant with the Falcons, is leaving to become Florida Atlantic’s offensive coordinator. Weis came to the Falcons from Alabama, where he was an offensive analyst from 2015-16. He is the son of former NFL and college football coach Charlie Weis. 
Report: Falcons to interview Greg Knapp for open QB coach spot 
 Former Falcons offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, who was on Jim Mora’s staff, is set to interview for the team’s vacant quarterback coaching position, according to Alex Marvez of The Sporting News. Knapp, 54, a longtime NFL assistant, was the Falcons offensive coordinator from 2004-2006. He helped the Falcons get to the NFC title...

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Former Falcons offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, who was on Jim Mora’s staff, is set to interview for the team’s vacant quarterback coaching position, according to Alex Marvez of The Sporting News. Knapp, 54, a longtime NFL assistant, was the Falcons offensive coordinator from 2004-2006. He helped the Falcons get to the NFC title...
Falcons’ Deion Jones added to Pro Bowl
 The Falcons have another Pro Bowler. Linebacker Deion Jones was named to the Pro Bowl team Tuesday, the NFL announced. Jones will replace Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, who is unable to participate because of injury. Jones was an alternate when the Pro Bowl teams  originally were announced. This is his first Pro Bowl selection. Jones,...

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The Falcons have another Pro Bowler. Linebacker Deion Jones was named to the Pro Bowl team Tuesday, the NFL announced. Jones will replace Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, who is unable to participate because of injury. Jones was an alternate when the Pro Bowl teams originally were announced. This is his first Pro Bowl selection. Jones,...