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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Falcons’ Neal added to Pro Bowl roster
 Falcons safety Keanu Neal was named to the Pro Bowl roster as a replacement for the Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins will play in Super Bowl LII as the Eagles face the Patriots on Feb. 4. Neal joins teammates wide receiver Julio Jones, center Alex Mack and linebacker Deion Jones as Pro Bowlers. Jones, who will not participate in the...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Falcons safety Keanu Neal was named to the Pro Bowl roster as a replacement for the Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins will play in Super Bowl LII as the Eagles face the Patriots on Feb. 4. Neal joins teammates wide receiver Julio Jones, center Alex Mack and linebacker Deion Jones as Pro Bowlers. Jones, who will not participate in the...
Falcons want to re-sign Poe, Clayborn and Bryant 
 Normally, in general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s regime, the Falcons have tried to re-sign their players late in the regular season in order to keep them from becoming unrestricted free agents. Defensive tackle Dontari Poe and defensive end Adrian Clayborn are set to become unrestricted free agents if the Falcons can’t reach new...

Posted: 7 hours ago

Normally, in general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s regime, the Falcons have tried to re-sign their players late in the regular season in order to keep them from becoming unrestricted free agents. Defensive tackle Dontari Poe and defensive end Adrian Clayborn are set to become unrestricted free agents if the Falcons can’t reach new...
Q&A: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff discusses the team’s offseason plans  
 After the Falcons’ end-of-season press conference last week, general manager Thomas Dimitroff discussed the team’s offseason plan with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Here’s what Dimitroff had to say:  Q. With the Senior Bowl coming up and then free agency, what are the Falcons’ offseason plans other than extending...

Posted: 7 hours ago

After the Falcons’ end-of-season press conference last week, general manager Thomas Dimitroff discussed the team’s offseason plan with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Here’s what Dimitroff had to say:  Q. With the Senior Bowl coming up and then free agency, what are the Falcons’ offseason plans other than extending...
Knapp named new Falcons’ quarterback coach 
 Former Falcons offensive coordinator Greg Knapp was officially named the team’s quarterbacks coach on Monday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the hiring 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 at quarterback...

Posted: 9 hours ago

Former Falcons offensive coordinator Greg Knapp was officially named the team’s quarterbacks coach on Monday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the hiring 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 at quarterback...
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...

Posted: a day ago

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...

Posted: a day ago

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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...