Cover 9@9: Super Bowl to cost taxpayers $26 million

March 18, 2016 Atlanta - Construction workers continued work at The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, new home of the Atlanta Falcons, on Friday afternoon, March 18, 2016. If Georgia chooses to turn the "religious liberty" bill into law, be prepared: Atlanta may not get a Super Bowl. That was the suggestion from the NFL on Friday when the league released a statement in response to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's question about whether the league had any position on Georgia House Bill 757. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

March 18, 2016 Atlanta – Construction workers continued work at The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, new home of the Atlanta Falcons, on Friday afternoon, March 18, 2016. If Georgia chooses to turn the “religious liberty” bill into law, be prepared: Atlanta may not get a Super Bowl. That was the suggestion from the NFL on Friday when the league released a statement in response to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s question about whether the league had any position on Georgia House Bill 757. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

1. Taxpayers will contribute $26 million. The good new is that Atlanta is throwing a big Super Bowl party.

The bad news is that taxpayers are helping to pay for it to the tune of $26 million. Our fine corporate citizens are expected to toss in another $20 million.

The bid to win Super Bowl LIII was titled “Atlanta Transformed.”

It stressed all of the new attractions that are downtown now that were not here when the city hosted the Super Bowl in 2000.

In addition to the new venue, the Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola and the National Civil Rights Museum were highlighted.

Also, several members of Atlanta’s bid committee said they presented the NFL owners with a “fully funded” bid that estimated the cost of hosting the game at $46 million, according to Tim Tucker’s article from Charlotte. He was in Charlotte to cover the announcement.

Of that total, $10 million will come from a sales-tax exemption on Super Bowl tickets passed by the Georgia Legislature this year, $16 million from a portion of the Atlanta hotel-motel tax designated for major events and $20 million from corporate donations, bid committee members said.

2. Past Super Bowls. Here’s a look back at the past Super Bowls played in Atlanta, Super Bowl XXVIII and Super Bowl XXXIV, which may be the greatest Super Bowl ever played. The Tennessee Titans came up one  yard short of scoring the potential game-tying scoring as time expired. Both games were also notable for notorious reasons, too. The first one was O.J. Simpson’s last game as a broadcaster and the second Super Bowl had the Ice Storm and two post-game murders in Buckhead that were linked to Ray Lewis.

Steve Hummer is promising that this will be the best Super Bowl ever.

3. Film session. Falcons coach Dan Quinn is having a film session with the media today to discuss rule changes and tackling. The Vikings recently did this with their local media.

In the old days (1980s and 90s), it was common for assistant coaches to help out the media with understanding the nuances of the game. That was before Bill Parcells and his disciplines got all paranoid and started intentionally misreading the media relations rules and acting like a diagram of the power sweep was some war formation.

But I digress. …

Looking forward to the session.

4. Collins ready to move on. Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins admitted to his “mistake” that led to his suspension.

He’s now focused on trying to get on the field after he serves his four-game sentence.

“Every day, I’m just trying to refine the techniques and learn the little details here and there,” Collins said. “Just learn as much as I can with the defense.”

After getting drafting in the second round last season, Collins missed most of the offseason after undergoing foot surgery.

“It was pretty tough just not having that extra time before OTAs to come in and move around with the other guys and get that kind of chemistry and communication right to where it needed to be,” Collins said. “Just not having my body where I needed it to be. I kind of had to jump in there with no preparation. It’s going a lot better this year.”

5. Batted down passes. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had 19 passes batted down last season, which was the third most in the league, according to profootballfocus.com. Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles had 20 and New York Jets’ Ryan Fitzpatrick had 19. Philadelphia’s Sam Bradford had 14 passes batted down.

6. The digital catch-up plan. Falcons rookie tight end Austin Hooper, the team’s third-round draft pick,  can not attend OTAs because Stanford is still in school.

But the Falcons have a plan to keep him up to speed.

“That’s the beauty of technology, so for them not being here, (we may) film a meeting to make sure they can get access to the information being taught,” Quinn said. “There’s nothing like being here and being out on the grass, but those are the guidelines and we all have to abide by them. There’s timelines where we can have phone conversations in the evening after their class schedule and studying’s done so we’re going to max that time out, too.”

7. Injury update.   Returner Devin Hester (ankle/foot), right guard Chris Chester (shoulder) and center James Stone (knee) are not expected to participate in OTAs or the minicamp.

“He has an ACL from last year,” Quinn said of Stone. “He’ll be out the entire spring practices and then back for training camp.”

With Stone out, guard Ben Garland was the second-team center and undrafted rookie Jake Reed was the third-team center.

Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (tendonitis knee), defensive end Adrian Clayborn (strained pectoral) and wide receiver Devin Fuller (hamstring) were also limited.

The Falcons have high hopes for Jarrett this season.

“He has some tendonitis that’s crept up in his knee, so we’ll hold him out this week,” Quinn said. “He’s doing treatment and he’s wanting to be out there, but not able to at this point.”

8. Second string QB. Veteran quarterback Matt Schaub took the snaps with the second string offense on Monday.

9. Updated depth chart. Here’s  an updated  look at the projected Atlanta Falcons depth chart after watching how most of the units lined up during OTAs on Monday.

OFFENSE

WR 11 Julio Jones, 16 Justin Hardy, 17 Devin Hester, 87 Devin Fuller, 18 Jordan Leslie

LT 70 Jake Matthews, 76 Tom Compton

LG 67 Andy Levitre, 71 Wes Schweitzer, 79 Shabaz Ahmed

C   51 Alex Mack, 63 Ben Garland, 69 Jake Reed, 62 James Stone (injured)

RG 68 Mike Person, 64 Collin Rahrig, 65 Chris Chester (injured)

RT 73 Ryan Schraeder, 72 Bryce Harris, 66 Laurence Gibson

TE 83 Jacob Tamme, 80 Levine Toilolo, 81 Austin Hooper, 86 D.J. Tialavea, 82 Joshua Perkins

WR Mohamed Sanu, 14 Eric Weems, 15 Nick Williams, 19 Aldrick Robinson, 85 J.D. McKissic, 89 Daje Johnson, 7 David Glidden

QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 Matt Schaub, 12 Sean Renfree, 1 Matt Simms

RB 24 Devonta Freeman, 26 Tevin Coleman, 28 Terron Ward, 35 Gus Johnson, 20 Brandon Wills

FB 42 Patrick DiMarco, 39 Will Ratelle

NICKEL DEFENSE (60 PERCENT)

RDE  99 Adrian Clayborn, 50 Brooks Reed, 91 Courtney Upshaw, 94 Tyson Jackson, 71 Brandon Williams

DT 97 Grady Jarrett, 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 98 Cory Johnson

DT 90 Derrick Shelby, 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 92 Joey Mbu, 74 Chris Mayes

LDE 44 Vic Beasley Jr., 93 Malliciah Goodman, 52 Tyler Starr

LB 56 Sean Weatherspoon,  41 Philip Wheeler, 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 46 Torrey Green

LB 55 Paul Worrilow, 45 Deion Jones, 53 LaRoy Reynolds, 54 Josh Dawson, 48 Ivan McLennan

RCB 25 Akeem King, 32 Jalen Collins, 29 C.J. Goodwin, 33 Devonte Johnson, 38 David Mims II

NCB 23 Robert Alford, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke, 34 Brian Poole

LCB 21 Desmond Trufant, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke, 39 Jordan Sefon

FS 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie, 20 Sharrod Neaseman

SS 22 Keanu Neal, 30 Charles Godfrey, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 40 Damian Parms

4-3 – UNDER

RDE  94 Tyson Jackson, 99 Adrian Clayborn, 91 Courtney Upshaw, 71 Brandon Williams

DT  77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 98 Cory Johnson

NT 97 Grady Jarrett, 92 Joey Mbu, 74 Chris Mayes

LDE  90 Derrick Shelby, 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 93 Malliciah Goodman, 52 Tyler Starr

WLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon, 41 Philip Wheeler, 46 Torrey Green, 48 Ivan McLennan

MLB 55 Paul Worrilow, 45 Deion Jones, 53 LaRoy Reynolds

SLB 44 Vic Beasley, 50 Brooks Reed, 91 Courtney Upshaw, 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 54 Josh Dawson

RCB 25 Akeem King, 32 Jalen Collins, 23 Robert Alford, 29 C.J. Goodwin, 33 Devonte Johnson, 38 David Mims II

LCB 21 Desmond Trufant, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke, 39 Jordan Sefon, 34 Brian Poole

FS 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie, 20 Sharrod Neaseman

SS 22 Keanu Neal, 30 Charles Godfrey, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 40 Damian Parms

SPECIALISTS

K 3 Matt Bryant, 1 Nick Rose

KO 5 Matt Bosher

P 5 Matt Bosher

KR 17 Devin Hester, 14 Eric Weems, 16 Justin Hardy, 7 David Glidden, 85 J.D. McKissic

PR 17 Devin Hester, 14 Eric Weems, 16 Justin Hardy, 7 David Glidden, 85 J.D. McKissic

LS 47 Josh Harris

H 5 Matt Bosher

The AJC’s Mark Bradley and Noah Coslov chat about what hosting a Super Bowl means for Atlanta and given its history of hosting events, does the Super Bowl really matter that much?

FALCONS’ OFFSEASON SPOTLIGHTS

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: OG Wes Schweizter, sixth round pick

Falcons offseason spotlight: LB De’Vondre Campbell, fourth round pick

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: TE Austin Hooper, third round pick

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: LB Deion Jones, second round pick

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: SS Keanu Neal, first round pick

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: DE/SLB Vic Beasley

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: DT Grady Jarrett

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: FS Robenson Therezie

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: CB Jhttp://bcove.me/yjq6zv74alen Collins

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: RB Tevin Coleman

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: WR Justin Hardy

 

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