Falcons admit kicking mistake

It is the weakness of a lot of NFL teams: They rarely acknowledge a mistake.

That's why the Atlanta Falcons deserve credit this week, sort of, for folding their cards and conceding that the experiment to allow second-year veteran Michael Koenen to handle all three kicking chores this season was an abysmal failure.

Actually, the Atlanta brass never really said that it botched the place-kicking component of the game with the inexperienced Koenen, but actions speak louder than words. And when the Falcons reacted to Koenen's four missed field goals in last Sunday's victory over Tampa Bay by signing ageless wonder Morten Andersen on Tuesday evening, it was the equivalent of a concession speech.