theProf Posted January 10, 2012 Share Posted January 10, 2012 Latest Falcons RapidReports Jan. 10, 2012 11:57 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Mularkey to be named Jaguars head coach, team saysOffensive coordinator Mike Mularkey has left the Falcons to take the head coaching job in Jacksonville with the Jaguars, according to a Jaguars release. Mularkey will be announced in Jacksonville Wednesday at a press conference. Jaguars RapidReports Jan. 10, 2012 11:46 a.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Falcons RapidReports MVPs: Newcomer WR Julio Jones. Five times in his rookie campaign, Jones tallied 100 yards receiving or more. He caught multiple touchdowns in three games and set franchise records for a rookie in receiving yards (959) and touchdown receptions (8). He did all this despite missing three entire games because of injury. Falcons RapidReports Jan. 10, 2012 11:44 a.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Falcons RapidReports MVPs: Special Teams K Matt Bryant. Bryant set a franchise record in 2011 when he connected on his 27th-consecutive field goal attempt. He drove the record up to 30-straight before he missed, which he only did twice this season. His 93.1 percent (27 for 29) success rate led the NFL. Falcons RapidReports Jan. 10, 2012 11:43 a.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Falcons RapidReports MVPs: Defense LB Sean Weatherspoon. Both Weatherspoon and LB Curtis Lofton were worthy of this superlative, but in the end Weatherspoon’s four sacks and his ability to disrupt opposing quarterbacks swayed this decision. Falcons RapidReports Jan. 10, 2012 11:43 a.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Falcons RapidReports MVPs: Offense RB Michael Turner. Turner averaged 4.5 yards per carry and finished the season ranked No. 3 in the NFL with 1,340 yards. When Atlanta established Turner in the run game, the Falcons usually fared well. In Atlanta’s 10 wins, Turner averaged 98.5 yards per game; in its six losses, 59.2 ypg. Falcons RapidReports Jan. 10, 2012 11:34 a.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Grading the 2011 Falcons: Coaching Grade: C-minus. Coach Mike Smith took heat for a fourth-and-inches call during the season that many believe cost Atlanta the game. OC Mike Mularkey was often criticized for under-utilizing weapons available on offense. Atlanta was outshined regularly in the third quarter, hinting that proper adjustments weren’t being made at halftime. Falcons RapidReports Jan. 10, 2012 11:33 a.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Grading the 2011 Falcons: Special Teams Grade: A-minus. Nobody had a better field-goal percentage than K Matt Bryant, who went 27 for 29 in 2011. While the season started slowly for rookie P Matt Bosher, he improved and opponents averaged a league-worst 4.8 yards per return. WR Eric Weems didn’t shine as a return man. Falcons RapidReports Jan. 10, 2012 11:24 a.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Grading the 2011 Falcons: Defense Grade: B-minus. Atlanta’s run defense was one of the NFL’s top units for the better part of 2011, but faltered towards the end. The linebackers were solid but not special, and the secondary was a weak point all year. The absence of an effective pass rush was an Achilles heel. Falcons RapidReports Jan. 10, 2012 11:21 a.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Grading the 2011 Falcons: Offense Grade: C-minus. Atlanta’s offense featured weapons galore: WR’s Roddy White and Julio Jones, RB Michael Turner, TE Tony Gonzalez and QB Matt Ryan. But the unit endured an identity crisis to begin the season and underperformed throughout. You can’t have these playmakers and score 16 points or less six times. Falcons RapidReports Jan. 10, 2012 9:59 a.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Report: Mularkey interviewing for Jags' head job Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey will interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday for their vacant head coaching position, according to the Florida Times-Union. Mularkey has been Atlanta's offensive coordinator since 2008, and was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2004 to 2005. Falcons RapidReports Jan. 09, 2012 6:45 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Falcons took a step back this season, Smith says Coach Mike Smith said when evaluating a team you either are “getting better or you’re going backwards.” When asked if Atlanta took a step back, Smith answered affirmatively. “Well, obviously, I said we didn’t get better so that would definitely be the case.” Falcons RapidReports Jan. 09, 2012 3:07 p.m. - by Knox Bardeen - Falcons' defensive coordinator takes same job at Auburn Defensive Coordinator Brian VanGorder has accepted a job at Auburn University to become the new defensive coordinator for the Tigers, according to head coach Mike Smith. Falcons RapidReports Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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