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  1. If the Falcons had position group meetings today, the quarterbacks meeting room would be a gathering of two people. Quarterbacks coach Charles London and the lone player, Matt Ryan. With free agency and the draft approaching, the new regime cleared out the room and set the stage for an overhaul with an eye toward to the future. With the release of Kurt Benkert and the retirement of Matt Schaub, Ryan is the only quarterback on the roster. The Falcons will sign at least two and maybe three either through free a
  2. By D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Signing guard Jamon Brown to a three-year, $18.75 million contract was an expensive mistake for the Falcons, who released him Monday. “Just the fact that we met with him and said that at this point it was hard to work all of the guys through the competition,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Wednesday. “Plus, it was a chance to get him started somewhere else. We wanted to give him the opportunity to do that.” Bro
  3. The Falcons worked on their low and high red zone offensive attack and special teams on Sunday. Here are some observations and notes from the practice: --Defensive end Takk McKinley was limited in practice. He took part in the individual drills, but did not take part in the 11-on-11 part of practice. He’s coming back from offseason shoulder surgery . --Offensive guard Jamon Brown, who was in the concussion protocol, was on the field and is in the final stages of working his way back. --Running back Qadree Ollison d
  4. https://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/as-roles-increase-falcons-assistant-jeff-ulbrich-remains-in-the-moment/GTOWB2GUQFHZBGJHVCX2IK5I6E/ By Jason Butt Jeff Ulbrich’s progression has placed him on a path where he could become a defensive coordinator or a head coach in the coming seasons. That is if he wants to pursue that route. Entering his sixth season as the Falcons’ linebackers coach, he added an assistant head coach title to his resume this offseason. Having played linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers from 2000-09, Ulbrich i
  5. https://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/defaults-on-falcons-psls-near-43-million/ZGV6LF4WO5BGVOXB55EASF4TFM/ That raised the total amount of defaults on seat licenses in Mercedes-Benz Stadium to $42.9 million since 2016. The figures, provided by the Falcons to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority and obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through an open-records request to the GWCCA, represent the remaining amount that was owed when PSL holders quit making payments on thousands of seats. The PSLs are fees, often paid in installments over multiple years, for the
  6. https://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/falcons-hofrichter-shines-in-second-scrimmage/ZCDAQI6WR5BFBCLDPM4S4YSZ6U/ The Falcons emphasized the run game and the special teams Monday in their second scrimmage of training camp. Punter Sterling Hofrichter, a seventh-round pick from Syracuse, put on a clinic, while kicker Younghoe Koo, was 2-of-3 on his field-goal attempts. The offense, which had big runs from Todd Gurley, Ito Smith and Brian Hill, continued to struggle with timing in the passing game. Backup quarterback Matt Schaub was intercepted in the end zone by corne
  7. Glad to see Jason back on the Falcons beat....even if it is with the AJC https://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/how-russell-gage-emerged-as-falcons-top-slot-option/4V5UYSEWK5GOZCTDX56BGQ26P4/ Russell Gage didn’t have the luxury of being invited to the Senior Bowl. He wasn’t asked to attend the NFL scouting combine. But upon looking at his statistics at LSU, it’s understandable to see why he was passed over, as the numbers didn’t add up to much. After moving from cornerback to receiver in 2016, Gage accrued 347 receiving yards, 232 rushing yards and five total tou
  8. It's a DLed artical, so take it for what's it worth.... https://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/dimitroff-dealing-upside-down-2021-salary-cap/5BNKBRP6QFA45D4OT6PPE3VAQQ/ The NFLPA (the player’s union) and the NFL reached an agreement recently to set the salary cap floor at $175 million for next season. The salary cap is at 198.2 million for the 2020 season and was projected to reach $210 million in 2021. However, because of the pandemic, each NFL team is projected to lose at least $130 million in revenue this season, according to NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smit
  9. https://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/grady-jarrett-furthers-his-focus-i-think-it-might-even-help-me-be-a-better-player/RHU5PBQHHBESREGQV73SSJUNAY/ He won’t have a choice this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced much of the U.S. either to work from home or take extra precautions when forced to go into an office. That also has been the case for the NFL. And when it comes to the Falcons, coach Dan Quinn already advised the players to be responsible once they leave the team facility. For Jarrett, being asked to stay home by his boss isn’t a problem at all. He now has
  10. https://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/ridleys-healthy-aiming-for-elusive-1000-yard-season/MDHSBKTJ7FGTJLPDN73SVFWTD4/ “I’m 100%,” Ridley said Tuesday. “I was pretty much 100% close to the last game. I’m 100%. I have no problems right now. I’m ready to go.” Ridley will enter the 2020 season as the Falcons’ unquestioned No. 2 receiver. “Well, I guess my first year I guess I was the three,” Ridley said. “Last year, we had Mohamed Sanu and Julio. Now, I’m coming in, it’s me and Julio. I think there should be some extras balls flying and some extra yards. It should probab
  11. https://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/falcons-mcgary-has-better-idea-what-to-expect-physically-and-mentally/COWXF2SY25ADLNFAL4WY55LMYY/ Click on the link to give Jason some traffic. Butr yea.. This is a good article...McGary has alllll the tools to be a really good RT.. from strength to athleticism to mauler attitude... Im glad to hear he has that attitude right and has worked on that technique....... Im extra excited to see what the bash brothers can do on that right side in the run game.
  12. https://www.ajc.com/sports/football/where-are-they-now-bryan-cox-former-falcons-defensive-line-coach/jST1VUIxSAswKeReHSix4I/ Interesting tidbits in here. Editor’s note: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution catches up with former Atlanta sports figures in this occasional series. Today: Bryan Cox Former Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox has been doing a lot of soul-searching since he was fired three days after the team’s historic collapse in Super Bowl LI. Cox, 52, who wants to get back into coaching, is still waiting for his phone to ring. Cox was credited with helpi
  13. https://www.ajc.com/blog/mark-bradley/dan-quinn-big-picture-guy-who-making-alternate-plans/RDsA9vWUBjgbmPYoZJWLUJ/ Dan Quinn might just be the right coach at … well, nobody would call this the right time. But if you’re looking for someone who can embrace enforced change and still find reasons to be cheerful, Dan’s your man. The Falcons’ coach held a 30-minute video call via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday. He seemed in his element, and not just because he was displayed at a desk beneath a mantel lined with football helmets. He was in his element because – unlike other footb
  14. https://www.ajc.com/blog/mike-check/falcons-right-let-hooper-seek-payday-elsewhere/pgzKTvj0I3DQNq8Kak2vjP/ Austin Hooper is a very good tight end who had a career season in 2019. The Falcons still decided they won’t offer Hooper a contract before he becomes a free agent next month. Salary-cap restraints may have forced their hand but, either way, the Falcons are making the right move to let Hooper reach the market. Hooper has been a very productive player for the Falcons but he’s more possession pass-catcher than big-play producer. Hooper had 75 catches for 787 yards and six
  15. One NFL Beat Reporter Had The Worst Mason Rudolph-Myles Garrett Take: TRAINA THOUGHTS BY JIMMY TRAINA , NOV 15, 2019 1. We now live in a world where it's completely routine for people to tell you that you didn't see something that you actually saw with your own two eyes. What happened last night was as simple and as straight-forward as it gets. Myles Garrett took a football helmet and tried to slam it on top of Mason Rudolph's head. Nothing else needs to be explained. Nothing else needs to be said. Nothing else matters.
  16. https://www.ajc.com/sports/football/mack-looks-help-falcons-get-back-track/6EAirS1PMCacPDRne4moVP/ FLOWERY BRANCH — Alex Mack has played in more NFL games than every Falcon other than Matt Ryan and lived more losses than most could stomach, but even with all that, the center hasn’t enough knowledge to offer post-graduate level advice for teammates carrying a six-game losing streak to New Orleans. That’s because when you’re on a 1-7 team that kicked off with high expectations, all the losing is so confusing. The Saints (7-1) will greet a team dropping from a cloud of ques
  17. https://www.ajc.com/blog/further-review/falcons-sink-further-their-owner-says-changes-coming-for-now/jUDGLiKXPpJ98vAadq0PQL/ The Falcons’ Arthur Blank had just experienced his second-worst-ever moment here inside NRG Stadium. And when the team you own just had more points scored on it than in any game since 2004, when the defense “coordinated” by your head coach couldn’t have stopped a grandfather clock this day much less Deshaun Watson, that says something about just how miserable the No. 1 ordeal was. But we’ll not dredge up that 2017 Super Bowl again. That’s unnecessarily rou
  18. Interesting article in the local "rag" today by Sierra Webster. I knew that our short yardage offense wasn't stout the last 3 seasons, but I didn't realize that the Falcons couldn't convert on 3rd and 1 seven times in Super Bowl LI. Forgive me for saying that things might have been different if we had converted just 1 of those! Hopefully, it's now fixed. GO FALCONS!!!!
  19. If DOL put it in print, it's got to be true. Seriously though, what DQ says here makes sense, but it's probably not the total truth. I'm not sure we'll see the "true" Falcons defense until we play Minnesota Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the defense is not switching to a 3-4 alignment. There has been a lot of conjecture in cyberspace – from the self-anointed Twitter coordinators – that the team is switching to a 3-4 because Quinn has been experimenting with standing up the defensive ends. When asked if he was switching to the 3-4 on Thursday, Quin
  20. https://www.ajc.com/sports/falcons-ring-honor-bartkowski-resets-very-good-life-montana/brfAxs7JWIC1qR7ZTlTh5N/ The Big Hole River wends 150 miles through southwest Montana without a single dam to stop it. Left purely to its own imagination, it cleaves the land whimsically, in random twists and bends, as if its course were drawn in finger paint at the pre-K stage of creation. It is one of the world’s great water features, its banks giving way to copses of willow and cottonwood, wispy fields of wild grass, rocky outcrops that appear almost in ambush around the next
  21. @Vandy This regarding our conversation earlier. I feel you. And the more I read about Oliver and Q. Williams....well. A look at Dimitroff’s draft-day trading record 2008, Round 1, Pick 3: Matt Ryan, quarterback, became the starter as a rookie and has set franchise marks for yards and touchdowns. Where is he now? In 2018, Ryan became the first NFL player to earn $30 million per year. Ryan - who hasn't missed a start since December 2009 - is the only remaining member of Dimitroff's first draft class still on the active roster. Falcons March 22, 2019
  22. Falcons are $6.7 million under salary cap with free agency set to start 17h ago With free agency set to start Wednesday, the Falcons are $6.7 million under the $188.2 million salary cap and will not be major players. Falcons backup quarterback Matt Schaub signed his two-year, $3.780 million contract extension Tuesday, according to NFLPA documents. Schaub received a $750,000 signing bonus and has a base salary of $1.030 million for 2019. His salary-cap number is $1.405 for 2019. The team can exercise the option for 2020 which calls for a $2 million base salary with a
  23. https://www.ajc.com/blog/mark-bradley/this-not-just-matt-ryan-top-shelf-quarterback/ZsYTDXVP6f7vrtGfiE7jGK/ This NOT just in: Matt Ryan is a top-shelf quarterback Nov 16, 2018 By Mark Bradley, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Nov 16, 2018 The odds are against the Falcons making the playoffs, but let’s say they do. (They’ll need to beat Dallas here Sunday; let’s say they do that, too.) Should they qualify, it would mark their third consecutive postseason appearance. Know how many times in their history they’ve done that? Once – fr
  24. https://www.ajc.com/blog/mike-check/falcons-not-half-bad-defense-and-getting-better/vHQhGn6nkqrHO8I7PHZXwI/ Falcons not half bad on defense, and getting better 1 hour ago By Michael Cunningham FLOWERY BRANCH — Halfway through the season the Falcons aren’t half bad on defense. If that seems like faint praise, you should have seen them before. Defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel warned us after two Pro Bowl starters from last season, linebacker Deion Jones and safety Keanu Neal, went to injure
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