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The Atlanta Falcons came up 10 yards short of the Super Bowl.
Now, they head into an offseason filled with difficult questions.
Coach Mike Smith isn't ready to address those issues just yet, saying Monday that the pain from a 28-24 loss to San Francisco in the NFC championship game is still too fresh in everyone's mind.
But it's clear the Falcons will have several holes to fill on the defensive side, especially when it comes to getting more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. John Abraham has been the only effective pass rusher, and he's 34 and prone to injuries. Offensively, Atlanta will likely have to deal with the planned retirement of Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez.
Smith says he's still clinging to the 5 percent chance that Gonzalez returns.
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Future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez has played out what he has stated is his most likely his final NFL contract.
The perennial Pro Bowler stated at the start of the 2012-13 season that this one was win, lose or draw his ride into the sunset.
Bom-Bah-Dee-Dah. Happy trails to you.
He reemphasized that point in comments to the Atlanta Journal Constitution after Sunday’s...
Tony Gonzalez has been saying that he is highly likely to retire after the season, but the 36-year-old tight end seemed to hedge on those plans after the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.
The Atlanta Falcons blew a 17-0 lead and lost 28-24 to the San Francisco 49ers to fall a game short of the Super Bowl. Gonzalez caught all 8 passes thrown his way for 78 yards and a touchdown. Anyone...
After the Atlanta Falcons recorded their first playoff win under head coach Mike Smith last week, veteran TE Tony Gonzalez reportedly told a teammate that he was 97% certain that when this season ended, he was going to retire. Gonzalez wouldn’t confirm his plans last night after the Falcons loss, but his comments to reporters suggest that he will be hanging the cleats up this offseason...
Falcons head coach Mike Smith mentioned that he expects to sit down with TE Tony Gonzalez regarding the topic of retirement.
Gonzalez has remained adamant throughout the season that he intends to retire, but left a very small chance that he could be back next season.
“I’m hoping for the 5 percent,” Smith said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “…Tony and I will...
Atlanta Falcons' tight end Tony Gonzalez said that Sunday's game was probably his last.Fantasy Spin:It's a shame to lose a great tight end like Gonzalez. He's been at or near the top at his position since 1999. We can always hope he misses it next summer and changes his mind because after a 93-catch, 930-yard, 8 TD season he appears to still be capable of giving fantasy...
After today’s playoff loss to the 49ers, Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez wouldn’t give a complete comment on whether he’s going to retire now. He only said this was “probably” his final game, per Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.
Last week a teammate of Gonzalez’s said there’s a 97 percent chance he’ll retire.
I’m sure Gonzalez will let things settle...
It may have been Tony Gonzalez’s final game. If so the tight-end went out with a fine performance catching 8 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons 28-24 loss to the 49ers in the NFC Championship game.
“I’ve been very blessed I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me,” Gonzalez said at his locker. “I’ve had a great ride, an unbelievable ride. … I have...
Maybe Tony Gonzalez will change his mind. Maybe he'll get bored in a few months' time. Maybe he'll pull a Brett Favre and return to the game of football only after he's dodged the physical pain and stress of training camp and the preseason. But one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history insists that he's "probably" retiring after the Atlanta Falcons...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Kyle Rudolph's breakthrough season has earned him a trip to the Pro Bowl.
Rudolph, the Minnesota Vikings' second-year tight end, was named to the NFC team Tuesday, replacing the Atlanta Falcons' Tony Gonzalez, who won't play due to injury.
Rudolph was Minnesota's second-round pick in 2011 and developed into one of the top receiving options for...