Posted by Will Brinson
I'm a spork man myself, but that's mainly a result of growing up on a healthy (not in the actual sense of the word) diet of dirty rice and BoBerry biscuits from Bojangles.
Still, when it comes to fave utensils in Atlanta, you'd be hard pressed to find one more popular than "the 'Spoon" right now. Or, as my lengthily drawn-out and likely shoddy analogy may have indicated, Sean Weatherspoon, the rookie linebacker who's drawing rave reviews out of Falcons camp.
The kid's already speaking like a leader, as judging from his quote following the Falcons' 16-6 win over Miami on Friday night.
“I felt as a defensive unit we went out with that attitude that we weren’t going to take anything," Weatherspoon said, "we were going to shut down the running game and we did a good job of that."
That's certainly a justified statement following the Falcons shutting down the 'Fins rushing attack -- they held Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown to 14 yards rushing on 12 carries combined, and the rest of the four Dolphins' "rushers" included Pat White and Chad Pennington and they still only totaled an extra 32 yards.
Jim Corbett of USA Today paints a solid profile of the impression that Weatherspoon's made thus far in his rookie season, telling the story of a kid who, when signed, cost Mike Smith $200 for checking his cell phone during a team meeting and then quickly repaid it with a note that said "I got your back, coach."
He's also a kid who's drawn "raves" from Tony Gonzalez and Matt Ryan and endeared his teammates to the "bravado and playmaking" he pulls off on the field.
"I've never seen a rookie defensive guy come in like Spoon," Gonzalez says. "Just his whole swagger, it's going to help us a lot."
"He understands the game well beyond his years," [Thomas] DeCoud says. "We're on our way to being one of the elite defenses. We have a chip on our shoulders."
And it seems pretty clear that 'Spoon is one of the primary reasons Atlanta can, ummm, feed the fuel to the fire.
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