Another possible embarrassment for Falcons: Fake crowd noise

There’s potentially one more headache for Arthur Blank and Thomas Dimitroff to deal with. (Curtis Compton, AJC)

There's potentially one more headache for Arthur Blank and Thomas Dimitroff to deal with. (Curtis Compton, AJC)

There’s potentially one more headache for Arthur Blank and Thomas Dimitroff to deal with. (Curtis Compton, AJC)

PHOENIX — No worries. Dan Quinn hasn’t changed his mind yet.

The Falcons, set to hire the Seattle defensive coordinator following today’s Super Bowl against New England, are being investigated for possibly piping artificial crowd noise into the Georgia Dome over the last two seasons.

There’s a switch. Here we thought they were just trying to force artificial football on us.

This actually is a serious matter. As our Darryl Ledbetter reports, if the NFL finds this to be true, it can fine the Falcons or, worse, take away a draft pick. The investigation was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Loud crowd noise by home fans can disrupt visiting offenses and force them to go to silent snap counts, but the Falcons obviously haven’t been giving home fans much reason to scream.

Via Ledbetter:

“We were informed during the season that the league office is looking into crowd noise during our games,”  Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts told the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Sunday. “We have cooperated fully with them, and we’re awaiting the outcome.”

Atlanta is accused of piping in the noise while the opposing team was huddling, trying to call its play. The tactics originated from the Falcons’ game operations department.

The game operations department falls under the marketing side of the building, not football operations, so don’t blame general manager Thomas Dimitroff or former coach Mike Smith for this.

Quinn coaches for a team that plays before the loudest crowds in the NFL in Seattle. Artificial enhancements aren’t necessary. That’s not the case in Atlanta. Ironically, however,  Chicago fans in attendance at the Georgia Dome were so loud during the late stages of a Bears’ win over the Falcons that quarterback Matt Ryan had to go to a silent snap count.

In 2007, New England accused Indianapolis of piping fake crowd noise into the stadium. But the league investigated and ultimately/suspiciously attributed the noise to a CBS production problem. After all of the Falcons’ problems in the last two seasons, this is potentially one more embarrassment the team doesn’t need. Welcome to the other side of the NFL, Dan Quinn.

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— AJC: Seattle players say Quinn will be ‘great head coach’ for Falcons
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— MyAJC: Hawks are closest team to rare Atlanta sports title
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— MyAJC: Walsh-Montana still top Belichick-Brady on coach-QB mountain
— AJC: Seattle’s Super Bowl only delays Falcons’ hiring of Dan Quinn
— AJC: Oddsmaker says Braves’ win total will be ‘low 70s’ (with reader poll)
— MyAJC: Braves’ moves carry Coppolella’s fingerprints
— AJC: There goes Evan Gattis as Braves take another big hit
 

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45 comments
GatorDave57
GatorDave57

By the way that's CHEIFS  NOT CHEFS ....LOL

GatorDave57
GatorDave57

fake noise..well I think that the Florida State Football team ...and their band(the marching chefs) have been doing it for years now..... cuz riddle me this?  why?... is it that you can always hear their band (either HOME OR AWAY)) and on TV over everything else ...now  I am not  talking bout the WAR CHANT... that's just their fans..and I  give them credit..but I heard that some of the bands instruments (DRUMS HORNS )are amplified somehow ...just sayin not hating...sooooo the next F S U  football game you see and HEAR!!!!... well you tell me?.....GATORDAVE FT,MYERS FLORIDA. 

HaiL_Trump!
HaiL_Trump!

What worst then a fake crowd noise? No corwad noise cuz no 1 buy tix in the new dome! LOLOLOLO!!!!!

BeastOPS
BeastOPS

What's even more embarrassing (and laughable) is the blasting of "IT'S THIIIRRRD DOWWWNNN!!! 


Tell me again how dominating the defense was on third down (or any down).

HaiL_Trump!
HaiL_Trump!

Pretu shure this is God gettin even 4 not drarftin Johnny Fottball

Pocaroba
Pocaroba

I've lived in Georgia all my life and have been loyal to some awful teams/franchises. The current state of the Falcons are the first time I've seriously considered giving up entirely on the home team. The owner, who I had seen so much promise seems a downgrade to the Smith family nowadays. The unnecessary, tax funded stadium, PSL's, baffling upper management moves, poor head coaching decisions, bad roster management etc. etc.. etc.. Take them to LA or maybe London.  

rockinreel
rockinreel

@Pocaroba You go to LA or London.  And yes, we will have the most expensive and amazing score board in the NFL.  A wrap around jumbotron.

DrPhill
DrPhill

But, hey, we're going to have the biggest score board in the world. Thanks, taxpayers!

BCW1
BCW1

Goes along with the fake players!!

MoreySims
MoreySims

arthur can deflect blame, fire a couple of gofers, pay some chump change fine and get this story buried--no big deal

GT71
GT71

The Clampetts just did another Clampett thing.

Whee doggie!  This is better than a jump into the see-ment pond.


Don't do it, Dan Quinn.  Better opportunities will come. 

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

This team has now sunk so low to a level I have never seen with the Falcons in their history. This front office is a morass of ego, stupidity, and total lack of integrity. Could it possibly get any worse?

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

So here we go again with our classless, egocentric jock- sniffing shady owner.making but one more really stupid move that makes our city look bad! Is there ANYBODY left out there that still thinks Arthur Blank is good for this team or this city???

I am so fed up with this pathetic front office. They fired Mike Smith - the one and only guy that has shown any class in recent months.

GeorgeJetsen
GeorgeJetsen

Lack of crowd noise going to continue being a problem in new stadium with all the corporate owned seats. They're the most likely candidates to buy the PSLs at the reported price points.

Herndawg
Herndawg

So, it really worked for them and its worth a fine or draft pick loss right? Wait, they didn't make the playoffs...guess they need better artificial noise, only ten wins in two years. 

SportsTopFan
SportsTopFan

Say it Loud and Proud  !!!


The Atlanta Falcons will RISE again....

buellerbuellerbueller
buellerbuellerbueller

The NFL has become one giant "investigative" organization.    A little too much like politics

willardkovacs
willardkovacs

Arthur always says "the buck stops with me".

Step up and own this, Artie......OR STOP YOUR LYING YOU שַׁקְרָן/שַׁקְרָנִית ‏!!!!

TampGator1
TampGator1

Atlanta fans are great at doing the wave......especially on 3rd down and goal line plays.  That explains the sudden loud noise in the Dome.  What else could it be?

TampGator1
TampGator1

.......or it could be all those Giants, Saints, Bucs, Panthers fans suddenly showing up and making some noise. 

traderjoe9
traderjoe9

I've wondered about the fan noise. I could swear I heard go Patriots several times. LOL


Deflategate is real. Fan noise...forget about it.

Peachtree Bart
Peachtree Bart

It's not a big deal until the media whips it up into a big deal.  Same as deflate-"gate."  The 24-hour news cycle sure must be hard to fill.  

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

For noise in the new stadium I would suggest several thousand crickets.

ADee
ADee

Its a good thing Arthur Blank isn't trying to sell PSL's at exorbitant prices....awkward. 

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

NOISEGATE                                                      

HaiL_Trump!
HaiL_Trump!

LOLOLOLO!!!!!! Flacons R loosers I tell ya! Now there cheets 2!

Mora-less-Petrino
Mora-less-Petrino

Atlanta is accused of piping in the noise while the opposing team was huddling, trying to call its play. The tactics originated from the Falcons’ game operations department."


 The second sentence reads as if they did indeed do it! Are they simply accused, or is known that this was being done and the team is waiting for the league to make an announcement? 

Oakland
Oakland

Lets see what happens next week in the adventures of the Atlanta Falcons football franchise. Dr. Seuss is looking for new material. How about Arthur hears a Who.

DenverDawg
DenverDawg

that noise might've been all of us season ticket holders suddenly hearing about PSLs...


don't worry, though, we won't be around long now....

MaybeMaybeNot
MaybeMaybeNot

It would be better to lose a draft pick than to get fined. 


At least if the Falcons lose a draft pick, Dumbmitroff can't screw up the pick.

Wilbo
Wilbo

Hmmm.... Fake crowd noise, preening, scheming, dishonest little fool for an owner, limp waisted panicky little pooh-butt for a quarterback, incredibly over-hyped receivers, O-line that couldn't push your mom out of a lawn chair, absent defense, worn out broken down has been and junior college sized running backs, pathetic yahoo writers ----- Oh, hell yeah, man, this team's got it all!!!!

58Supersports
58Supersports

The noise was blank and TD's gas release....

MaybeMaybeNot
MaybeMaybeNot

Any good explanation why Dumbmitroff wasn't fired?


A bunch of looney free agent signings (Ray Edwards and Dunta Robinson anyone?), dumb draft picks (Peria Jerry and Sam Baker anyone?) and this joker still has a job while there are unemployed people getting laid off every day who would love to work. 

Curious_George
Curious_George

How soon will it be before we can read an AJC article, errors in grammar & spelling and all, about Falcons season ticket holders filing a lawsuit (frivolous or otherwise) against Mr. Blank?

 

Curious_George
Curious_George

Will there be any "crowd noise" at Falcons games n the new stadium, fake or otherwise, after Arthur "The Parasite of Bernie Marcus Success"  Blank finishes filtering all the Falcons Fans with his PSL scheme?

 

Curious_George
Curious_George

Since the Falcons have a FAKE owner who has now been exposed through his unveiled PSL scheme and flippant attitude toward loyal, longtime customers and fans, why shouldn't we have FAKE crowd noise, too?

 

SunDropMan
SunDropMan

The big question is where did they get the "fake crowd noise" from?  Couldn't have been from the Braves games, as you could usually hear a pin drop there(and it's about to get worse).  The Hawks had not been that good until recently, so they apparently had to travel to places like Green Bay or Seattle to record it.  Does make you wonder doesn't it?  

OK now I know.  It just hit me !   It's from some of the GA high school football games on Friday nights.  There you go !  Those are usually louder than the Falcons games.

LakeDawg
LakeDawg

The Falcons are circling the drain.

Wayne_stuck_in_AL
Wayne_stuck_in_AL

They should be fined for impersonating an NFL team.

Don Waddell is wondering why he didn't think of this first...

tmc
tmc

Can we blame Roger Goodell for this too? i'll back anything we come up with to pin it on him... (he's got to go)

Back to business, if true... just another black eye for the franchise. Only the Falcons can with 10 games in 2 years and pump fake crowd noise into the stadium. Pathetic.