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  1. https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2017/6/23/15862360/falcons-trivia-best-and-worst-records-against-nfl-teams Falcons trivia: What teams the Falcons been most and least successful against? 3 The photo is a red herring. by Dave Choate Jun 23, 2017, 3:00pm EDT TWEET SHARE PIN REC Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images The Atlanta Falcons, like any other NFL team, has squads they fare very well against and teams that seem to beat the crap out of them every time they meet. But one team will always be the biggest victim of the team’s strong play, while another team has their number more than any other. So who have the Falcons fared best and worst against all-time? The team the Falcons have fared the best against is in the AFC and has only played Atlanta a total of ten times, but the Falcons boast an .800 winning percentage against them. The second best win percentage is .636, and the third best is .614, against the hated Carolina Panthers. Ah, that’s fun to type. The team the Falcons have fared the worst again is also in the AFC, and the Falcons have gone a putrid 2-14 against them all-time, narrowly edging out the Steelers, who the Falcons have managed to go 2-13-1 against all-time. Give us your best guesses for both.
  2. Kalyn Kahler writes: Site: Atlanta Falcons’ Flowery Branch Headquarters, located northeast of Atlanta. What I Saw: Morning practice, Sunday, Aug. 2. Blue skies on a sunny morning for the Falcons first practice in full pads. Three things you need to know about the Falcons: 1. Almost nothing is the same in 2015. Atlanta has new head coach in former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, and a new offensive coordinator in Kyle Shanahan. “Half the team probably wasn’t even here last year,” veteran tight end and free agent signee Jacob Tamme says. “I have no idea what happened last year. No one cares really.” That attitude is obvious at Flowery Branch and these 2015 Falcons will be an interesting team to follow. Says free agent signee linebacker Brooks Reed: “We’re all excited that we got all new staff. The staff is excited they are on new teams, there’s a lot of energy out here right now.” 2. Kyle Shanahan’s job got a whole lot easier. Finally, Shanahan has a fully groomed quarterback to work with in Matt Ryan. Shanahan’s escape from Cleveland with Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel led him to the promised land with Matt Ryan, a true franchise QB. Shanahan has developed a reputation for adjusting well to personnel — Robert Griffin III, Hoyer and Matt Schaub were all at their best under Shanahan’s tutelage. Just imagine what he can do with an established 3-time Pro Bowler like Ryan. “Kyle has been a chameleon,” Ryan says. “Everywhere he’s gone he’s had different guys to play with him and I think he has shown that he’ll adjust to whatever personnel they add. He’s open to trying to do some things that I like and the combination of the two has been really good.” 3. Running backs will be important again. Atlanta relied heavily on its passing game in previous seasons, but Shanahan will lead a more balanced offensive attack, with more emphasis on the ground game. Last season with the Browns, Shanahan coached Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell to average nearly four yards per carry. This could be the year the Falcons run game rebounds and the starting spot is Devonta Freeman’s to lose. Rookie third round pick Tevin Coleman is in the mix to battle Freeman in the team’s biggest position battle to watch this season. What will determine success or failure for the Falcons: Defense. Quinn In Seattle, Quinn used a simple playbook and he’ll work to remake the NFL’s worst defense in 2014. The Falcons need to improve on a unit that finished last against the pass and 21st against the run last season. Atlanta ranked 30th in the league with just 22 sacks last season. To fortify the pass rush, Falcons drafted Vic Beasley in the first round and added a couple veterans: linebackers Justin Durant and Brooks Reed and defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Tyson Jackson. Last season, Durant started at outside linebacker for the Cowboys and was on his way to the best season of his eight-year career when he tore his right biceps in a Week 8 loss to Washington. Durant led the Cowboys in tackles at the time of his injury, and even though he only played six games, he finished sixth on the team in tackles with 59 for the season. Clayborn comes to Atlanta from Tampa Bay, and he’s also returning from a biceps injury that sidelined him after Week 1 last season. When he’s been able to stay healthy, Clayborn has been effective (7.5 sacks as a rookie in 2011 and 5.5 in 2013). The Falcons will need Beasley to step up as a rookie and Durant to stay healthy to improve upon last year. Player I saw and really liked. Justin Hardy, wide receiver. Hardy, rookie fourth-round pick out of East Carolina University, has been hailed as a potential “secret weapon.” “Justin Hardy has done a great job coming in as a rookie,” Ryan says. “He’s a smart ballplayer. He had a ton of catches in college, so he knows how to get open.” At East Carolina, Hardy broke the FBS record for career receptions (387) and he posted three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons. Hardy’s reliable catches showed during one-on-one drills, when Ryan threw him a deep ball that the rookie caught smoothly in stride down the sideline. Five dot-dot-dot observations about Atlanta. Quinn’s practice was efficient. Practice began at 10 a.m. and ended promptly at 11:46 a.m. Short and to-the-point, the Falcons wasted no time in the heat.. Desmond Trufant will be soon be among the Richard Sherman-type corners of the league. Trufant goes up against elite wideouts Roddy White and Julio Jones in practice everyday. This could be his first Pro Bowl year… Saw some competitive one-on-one battles between two first round draft picks Vic Beasley and Jake Matthews… Sad I couldn’t see Durant practice as he had a scheduled day off Sunday….The team’s slogan, “Rise Up,” seemed to be everywhere. The one name on the roster I’d forgotten about. Jacob Tamme, tight end. Falcons signed the eight-year veteran away from the Broncos, where he played a role in the 2013 record-setting offense. Tamme will battle last year’s starter Levine Toilolo and Tony Moeaki for a starting role as a pass-catching tight end. The thing I will remember about Flowery Branch: While writing this, the walls in the media workroom were vibrating with the loud bass beats of the Falcons hip hop-heavy playlist that blares outside during practice and in between meetings inside. Falcons hired homegrown DJ Jay Envy to bump some extremely loud hip hop music during the entire length of practice. A Pete Carroll tactic that Dan Quinn has carried over to Atlanta, the playlist energizes players and creates a game-like environment to facilitate better on-field communication. “It’s just another part of Quinn’s philosophy, trying to simulate a game-type atmosphere,” Tamme says. Gut feeling as I left camp: It doesn’t take much to win the NFC South, and Quinn’s changes on defense will make a much improved Falcons team. I think the have a good chance to take the NFC South crown.
  3. Falcons FS Thomas DeCoud (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 15 against the Redskins.Seventh-round rookie Zeke Motta will get the start in DeCoud's place, next to SS William Moore. According to Pro Football Focus, DeCoud has been nothing short of terrible in coverage this season, checking in as their No. 83 safety out of 87 qualifiers. Motta is purely a run stopper. http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4820/thomas-decoud
  4. Atlanta Doesn't Have Enough Space to Keep All of Its Talented Linebackers By Scott Carasik(Featured Columnist) on August 11, 2013 Paul Worrilow looked to earn a roster spot with his performance Thursday night. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. And right now, the Falcons have the good problem of having too many talented linebackers and not enough spots to keep all of them. Even if they do decide to keep six linebackers on the 53-man roster and one on the practice squad for the 2013 season, they will still end up losing a pair of talented players for their future and their depth. That's tough for a team who is heading into the 2013 season going after its second Super Bowl appearance. The Falcons want as much depth as possible and want to create the best possible team in doing so. Depth is Excellent Despite Not Having Draft Status When looking at the Falcons linebackers, everyone loves to point to the starting group that will include Sean Weatherspoon, Akeem Dent and either Stephen Nicholas or Kroy Biermann (a battle which we will look at later). However, the Falcons' true strength could be in their depth. The six backups—Nick Clancy, Paul Worrilow, Pat Schiller, Robert James, Joplo Bartu and Brian Banks—all have their own unique story and talents. Lumping them together, Clancy, Worrilow and Bartu are all senior captains from their college teams and tackling machines with solid coverage ability. James and Schiller have spent time on the Falcons practice squad and understand the scheme already. And Banks is a unique story in and of himself. However, outside of James, who was a 2008 fifth-round pick, none of the current Falcons backups were drafted. They are all making a case as to why they should have been—especially guys like Schiller and Worrilow after their performances Thursday night where Worrilow had 12 tackles and Schiller had five. The Falcons have proven that you can find good linebackers regardless of needing to draft them or not. And who knows? Maybe a starter will come out of this crop of talent. The Kroy Biermann/Stephen Nicholas Conundrum At strong-side linebacker this year, the Falcons have Kroy Biermann and Stephen Nicholas competing for the starting job, according to John Manasso of Fox Sports South. In the first preseason game, Biermann played a bunch of snaps both at linebacker and defensive end. Who should start at strong-side linebacker? Kroy Biermann 63.9% Stephen Nicholas 36.1% Total votes: 1,012 The role was very similar to Von Miller's in Denver. He was playing primarily a pass-rushing role. However, he was much better in coverage than Nicholas was during the game. He only got beat once, and it was for just five yards. Nicholas, on the other hand, could be easily cut to save a ton of cap space—$2.5 million in 2013, $2.0 million in 2014 and $5.5 million in 2015. He's also replaceable by a combination of Biermann and giving Robert James more playing time. The Falcons could also look to give one of the rookie undrafted free agents like Paul Worrilow more playing time because he has stood out to help replace the declining Nicholas. At this point, Nicholas looks like he is replaceable with current personnel. The Brian Banks Question Brian Banks has spent the last 10 years in some sort of legal trouble despite being 100 percent innocent. However, that means he hasn't been playing football over the past 10 years, and because of that he showed notable rust against the Bengals. Will Brian Banks make the roster? No. He's just too far behind. No, but he will make the practice squad. Yes. He's going to drastically improve. Submit Vote vote to see results Will Brian Banks make the roster? No. He's just too far behind. 14.9% No, but he will make the practice squad. 61.3% Yes. He's going to drastically improve. 23.8% Total votes: 1,305 However, despite his lack of experience over the past 10 years, Banks has size that can't be taught at 6'2", 250 pounds, and he looks the part of an NFL linebacker on the field. He needs much more experience than he has. And due to that, it would not shock to see him cut at the first cut downs to 75 players per roster. On the bright side, if he can make it through to final cuts, the Falcons will be able to get him enough snaps to get a proper evaluation. But Banks just needs more time to get used to the NFL lifestyle and playing against pro athletes. And honestly, he should have seen if he could have gone to college for a season or two once he got exonerated. Final Predicton Last season the Falcons went with five linebackers on the 53-man roster to go along with one on the practice squad. This season, there will be six linebackers on the 53-man roster. One of the six will also be playing defensive end, but because of scheme versatility, he will hold more value than the starter he will be replacing while also saving a roster spot. There will also be one practice squad linebacker, and out of the current Falcons depth, it wouldn't be surprising as to who it will end up being. The linebacker who doesn't make the 53-man roster but showed enough to earn a spot will be the one who takes the practice squad role. Sean Weatherspoon Weatherspoon is guaranteed a roster spot and starting spot. He's the one linebacker who the Falcons have invested the most in, and he's the true leader of the defense. The Falcons love their defensive captain, and Weatherspoon is a top three 4-3 outside linebacker today. Akeem Dent Last year's starting middle linebacker should be back in the same role he was in. He could also end up taking more snaps on third downs as he looks much improved in coverage this season. If Atlanta cuts Stephen Nicholas as expected, then he will be the new three-down linebacker. Kroy Biermann Say hello to the reason why Stephen Nicholas could be completely replaced. Biermann can provide more pass rush or coverage than Nicholas has in the past few years. Biermann also does better against the run on the edge, and that could be the biggest reason why Biermann wins the starting spot. Pat Schiller After spending a year on the practice squad, Schiller looks like he has earned the roster spot vacated by Mike Peterson's retirement. Schiller can play inside or outside linebacker and is an excellent special teams player. He's also got leadership among a young group. Robert James Robert James can play inside or outside as well, and the versatility to play multiple spots in the duplicitous scheme will earn him points with the coaching staff. Combine that with his team lead in special teams tackles in 2012, and he's all but locked up a roster spot. Paul Worrilow The former Delaware standout was excellent in the first preseason game registering 12 tackles, showing excellent coverage and also providing special teams talent. He played both inside and outside for Delaware and will be able to develop into a three-down linebacker in the Falcons' scheme. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1732764-atlanta-doesnt-have-enough-space-to-keep-all-of-their-talented-linebackers
  5. Are the Falcons the team to beat in the NFC? By Jeff Fedotin | National Football Post – 3 hours ago The 49ers and Seahawks engaged in an offseason arms race, loading up two already stacked rosters with free agents and draft picks. But could the Falcons be flying be under the radar and poised to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl? “I still believe this team — the Atlanta Falcons — has a lot of talent on this roster,” said free-agent acquisition, running back Steven Jackson. “They have the experience of now having been in the playoffs some years in a row. I believe falling short in the championship game will bring them back even hungrier.” The Falcons, who fell four points short in the NFC Championship Game after leading the 49ers 17-0, addressed their major offseason needs — a better pass rush and running game. The addition of Jackson should provide an immediate boost to the league's 29th ranked rushing attack. Despite going 13-3 to earn home-field advantage last season, Atlanta had a pass defense, which ranked just 23rd in the league. That statistic had much to do with a poor rush, which totaled 29 sacks (28th in the league). The signing of defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who has 26.5 sacks in the last three years, a total which does not include his sack of Matt Ryan during the playoffs two seasons ago, should improve that area. “This a team that I feel needs or could use a player like myself,” Umenyiora said. Umenyiora, who lives in Cleveland, Ga., should serve as an upgrade over John Abraham. Umenyiora (31) is four years younger than the unsigned Abraham — who while effective for the Falcons — played limited snaps to preserve his oft-injured body. The Falcons could further bolster their defensive line by adding another local veteran. Rumors have swirled that they might sign defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who went to Georgia and is training in Atlanta. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has connections with the 33-year-old Seymour from their days together with the Patriots. On offense the Falcons have improved a running game, which was in desperate need of it, by signing Jackson. Last year’s rush game ranked just 29th in NFL with 87.3 yards per game. As a whole the unit averaged a measly 3.7 yards per carry. Jackson, who will turn 30 during this summer, is not the player he once was. But with passing weapons like Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez at Ryan’s disposal, the Falcons don’t need a bell cow back. They just need someone who can prevent defenses from keying on the pass and who can grind out the clock to protect a fourth-quarter lead. The Falcons led the 49ers 24-14 at halftime and 24-21 going into the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game, but they only amassed 81 rushing yards (a 3.5 average) during the contest. The running game stalled behind Michael Turner. The former bruising back seems to have worn down after carrying the ball 1,189 times from 2008 to 2011. Known for his powerful legs, Turner looked as if he was running through mud last year and averaged just 3.6 yards a carry on his 800 rushing yards. Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowler, may have slowed, too, but the bulldozing, 240-pounder has a lot more left in his tank than Turner. He averaged 79.8 yards a game during the last half of the 2012 season. Jackson ran for 1,041 yards in all, averaging 4.1 a carry. “(I have) breakaway speed,” Jackson said, “and a tenacity to never say, ‘quit.’” His rugged running style will serve as a nice complement to the shifty 5-6, 196-pound Jacquizz Rodgers. Jackson has been friends with his fellow Oregon State Beaver since ‘Quizz was a teenager. The Falcons’ offensive arsenal also will have one of the best weapons in NFL history, Gonzalez, who had previously said he was “95 percent” sure he would retire after the 2012 season. Umenyiora racked up 26.5 sacks with the Giants over the last three seasons. The return of last year’s 93-catch, 930-yard, eight-touchdown star further enticed Jackson to sign with the Falcons. “It definitely made the decision a little easier,” Jackson said. Even with these additions, questions remain particularly in the Atlanta secondary, which was another reason for the NFL’s 23rd-ranked pass defense. Cornerback Dunta Robinson moved on to the Chiefs, and Brent Grimes, though an Achilles tendon injury limited the team’s best cover corner to one game last season, signed with the Dolphins. Rookie draft picks Desmond Trufant (first round, 22nd overall) and Robert Alford (second round, 60th overall) will have to make an immediate impact if Atlanta wants to make a deep postseason run. By winning their first playoff game last year, Gonzalez, Ryan and coach Mike Smith have that monkey off their back. Now they want the jewelry of Umenyiora, who earned two Super Bowl rings with the Giants. Despite playing on the 2011 and 2007champions, he made a bold statement about the 2013 Falcons. “This team is the most talented team I’ve seen in my life probably,” Umenyiora said. Seahawks and 49ers, beware
  6. I really, REALLY don't like this move. Clabo's next team April, 4, 2013 Apr 4 9:44 AM ET In order to provide themselves with some additional cap space (possibly to work out a new deal with QB Matt Ryan), the Atlanta Falcons are releasing starting RT Tyson Clabo, according to his agent Chad Speck. So where will he play next? The market for other RTs this offseason hasn't been that brisk. Sebastian Vollmer re-signed with the Patriots, Phil Loadholt is back with the Vikings and Andre Smith is in the process of re-signing with the Bengals. Meanwhile, Eric Winston has yet to find a new team. Gosder Cherilus is the lone exception, having landed a five-year, $34.5 million deal with the Colts. There are a number of teams that could use the upgrade that Clabo would provide. Adam Caplan of the Sideline View argues that nine clubs -- Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Arizona, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Oakland and Philadelphia -- are all in the process of examining the position on their roster. As for Atlanta, this decision means that we could see them using a draft pick at OT, unless they're comfortable with Lamar Holmes or Mike Johnson filling in.
  7. I believe this is due to contract money and that's all. I'm sure they're not going to announce to the world that they want Babin. Maybe they really don't want him or maybe it's a ploy to get other teams to believe they're not interested so he can clear waivers. Either way here is the link to an NFLNetwork report. http://bleacherreport.com/tb/d92My?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=atlanta-falcons
  8. http://www.insidesocal.com/tomhoffarth/archives/2012/07/erin-andrews-an-1.html But man the pictures of her in this story are awesome especially the 3rd one. Her first FOX assignment is the ASG.
  9. Blank: Mike Smith not on hot seat March, 16, 2012 Mar 16 12:30 PM ET By Pat Yasinskas Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has given a ringing endorsement of coach Mike Smith. There’s been some talk in league circles that Smith could be on the hot seat because he’s failed to win a playoff game despite having a winning record in each of his first four seasons. Blank strongly shot down that talk in a conversation with Pete Prisco. "I think if you tell me Mike Smith is on the hot seat, then find a hot seat on the North Pole," Blank said. "That's as hot a seat as he's on. That perception is about as far from the truth as you can get." Some of the speculation out there has included suggestions that Smith could be out of a job if he doesn’t win a playoff game in the 2012 season. But Blank told Prisco that Smith is safe, no matter what happens next season. "Absolutely," Blank said. "He will be fine. He will be here for a very long time." I think Blank sincerely believes that and he should because Smith is the best coach in franchise history. In a position where many have mercurial personalities, Smith is an exception. He’s a steady hand and I think that’s why his team has been a consistent winner in the regular season. But I also think part of the reason Blank believes Smith will be around is because the owner firmly believes the coach and the Falcons are gong to take the next step next season. Right after their playoff loss to the Giants last season, Blank publicly said that simply getting to the postseason isn’t acceptable. Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff know that and I’m pretty sure they feel the same way. They’re both competitive guys and they don’t like coming up short in the postseason any more than Blank does. There’s a good foundation in Atlanta and Blank doesn’t need to put pressure on Smith and Dimitroff to take the next step. They’ve put that pressure on themselves. The Falcons already have changed offensive and defensive coordinators and made other switches on the coaching staff. They’ve been quiet in free agency so far, but I expect Smith and Dimitroff to make a couple of calculated strikes at some point. Despite the ugly loss to the Giants and some inconsistency in the regular season, I still view the Falcons as a team with the arrow pointing up. There will be some tweaks -- for the better -- in the offensive and defensive schemes. There will be some personnel added in free agency and the draft. There also have been lessons learned in each of the four seasons that came up short of the ultimate goal. Smith and Dimitroff are sharp guys. They’re also very analytical. Fans can say the Falcons haven’t done anything this offseason and that’s true from a personnel standpoint. But Smith and Dimitroff haven’t been sitting still. I’m sure they’ve used the past few months figuring out how they can take the next step.
  10. The booth review and subsequent overturn of the 3rd down conversion to Mike Cox in OT was atrocious. How they saw irrefutable video evidence that he lost control prior to reaching the 30, I have no clue. Awful. Speaking of terrible calls, the offensive pass interference on Roddy, are you serious? The next play we throw an INT that leads to New Orleans points. Roddy White is hurting the team more than he is helping now a days. You must take a long, hard look at yourself when you’re a net liability. The decision to go for the 4th and inches was the right one. Is there any doubt that the Saints would have scored had we punted? The playcall, however, was pretty bad. You either sneak it or you run a fake FB dive and pitch it out to the RB. The pitch would work well with Turner at FB and Snellz at HB. The decision to go with an onside kick was a great call as well. You cant kick it deep and give NO the whole field to work with and bleed the clock. We put NO on a short field which makes the Saints use LESS time and gives us the ball back with a chance to do something so long as you keep them out of the endzone. This loss was on the players for the most part. I give Smith some blame because they 4th and Inches play call had to be approved by him. Its hard to blame BVG when he had players in position to make plays and they whiffed. i.e. DeCoud on Meecham's td catch. Matt Ryan has an issue with his mechanics. Yes I said it. I am a huge Ryan supporter, however this issue must be fixed. When he drops his back shoulder and collapses his back leg before throwing, his throws are high and off target. When he stands tall and throws downhill, he makes throws like the TD pass to Gonzo. Can someone explain why we keep running empty backfield, shotgun passes when we need 2 yards or less for a first down? We aren’t a good enough passing team to do this. When the Saints watch back the film, they will see how easily Lance Moore abused D. Robinson on consecutive plays. They will surely go after D. Rob when we travel to NO. Also, D. Rob looked to be the culprit of the blown coverage on the TD pass to Graham in the first half. Eric Weems has made so many mistakes this year. Its time to let this cat go. Multiple times he has let punts hit the ground and roll a while. Today he had two bad penalties. When you have a specialty role and you make this many mistakes, you’re easy to replace. We have put ourselves in a bad way as far as the playoffs are concerned. This was the biggest game of the season and we came out on the wrong end. I am consistently disappointed with our playcalling and by now, I give this blame to Mike Smith. It’s his job to make sure the coordinators are utilizing the strengths of the team. If he didn’t want us in empty backfield every time its 3rd and 2, then we wouldn’t happen. It consistently happens, so he must approve of it. For the reason, I disapprove of Mike Smith right now.
  11. I see why he'd be angry, but i dont think causing that stir is the way to deal with it. My main problem was when he decided to start ranting to anyone who could listen (wtf?). So he finds b-mac (as hes desperately trying to get out of Franklin's grip) and says "thats not how my guys do it". Isnt he the same guy giving the thumbs up to Logan Thomas on the sideline and making excuses about it afterwards... If I were ever able to focus ANY attention on vanderbilt, Id really hate them after this week.
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