Atlanta Falcons News and Notes

Posted Sep 21, 2005

FLOWERY BRANCH - News and notes from Atlanta's practice.

NEXT UP: Buffalo, which finished No. 2 in total defense in 2003 and '04, is coming off a 19-3 loss at Tampa Bay in which the Buccaneers rushed for 191 yards and converted seven of 14 third-down attempts.

Quarterback J.P. Losman, a first-year starter, was just 12 of 29 passing for 113 yards. Willis McGahee rushed 13 times for 34 yards.

Mike Mularkey, the former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator who took charge as head coach of the Bills last season, led the team to a 9-2 stretch that ended in Week 16 and put Buffalo in playoff contention.

Unfortunately, the Bills' 0-4 start was too much to overcome.

"I wouldn't recommend going the route we went last year," Mularkey said. "To me, the critical point was every game we played after that. I don't know, I can probably answer that question better this year, now that we are off to a little bit better start. We are really focusing on a fast start."

DID YOU KNOW? Mularkey was a candidate for the Atlanta job after Dan Reeves was fired in December 2003. ... Sam Wyche, the former Tampa Bay head coach who led the Cincinnati Bengals to a Super Bowl loss against San Francisco to conclude the 1988 season, is Buffalo's quarterbacks coach.

ACHES AND PAINS: Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, receiver Dez White and cornerback Allen Rossum all missed practice Wednesday with sore hamstrings. Head coach Jim Mora listed them as questionable.

If Vick can't run effectively, Matt Schaub will make his second career start. Brian Finneran is likely to replace White in the lineup. ...

Mularkey listed three starters, linebacker London Fletcher (hamstring), strong safety Lawyer Milloy (thumb) and right tackle Mike Williams (ankle) as questionable. Buffalo will play without rookie receiver Roscoe Parrish, a second-round draft choice who has an injured wrist. Second-string tight end Tim Euhus (shoulder) is doubtful.

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