Found February 10, 2014 on Football Nation:
When Mike Smith started the 2013 season, his first game was a last second loss to New Orleans. The rest of the season was downhill.Injuries and a defense that needed help from the start, plus three tackles who went down with injuries did not help.The Falcons resembled a MASH unit more than a football team. While Smith and his coaches could not right the ship. And things now need to be fixed.There is plenty of depth in free agency with good talent to come in and help this team succeed.The Falcons will heal all their wounds, but can the team get over losing Tony Gonzalez, correct a sad pass rush and rejuvenate a running game.Here are five players this team must take a shot at to help this team get back to the playoffs.Eugene MonroeThis was a serious problem last season. Monroe started the season in Jacksonville, was traded to Baltimore and could not help the running game. Look for him to open holes for another team this season, possibly in Atlanta.Hakeem NicksHe is not going to be in ...

Power Rankings: Matt Ryan snubbed on latest list ranking all 32 NFL QBs

With each passing year, no pun intended, the National Football League becomes more and more of a quarterback-driven league. The day and age of teams running the football 40 times per game are a thing of the past, replaced by an era in which quarterbacks throwing 50 passes across four quarters of play is commonplace. Thus, having the right guy under center is more important now than...

Atlanta’s affordable free agent market

Dustin Keller, Tight End Keller first needs to prove he is healthy, but there was no questioning his ability on the field. If the Falcons like what they see I believe they will sign him to a one year “prove it” deal in order to fill the void left by Tony Gonzalez’s retirement. He will provide veteran leadership for the younger tight ends, while becoming an explosive pass...

Atlanta Falcons: How far is Matt Ryan from being elite?

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WCS Salary Cap Series: Atlanta Falcons

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Atlanta Falcons unrestricted free agents

Atlanta Falcons Free Agents 2014 League Year and Free Agency period officially begins at 4:00 p.m. EST. on March 11, 2014 Chase Coffman, TESean Locklear, OLJeremy Trueblood, OLJoe Hawley, OLJonathan Babineaux, DTPeria Jerry, DT Corey Peters, DTOmar Gaither, LBDominique Franks, CB

Osi Umenyiora Hopes To Remain With Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have been making roster moves involving the defensive side of the ball, and speculation is growing that more changes could be coming. Osi Umenyiora is due to count $4.75 million agains the cap in 2014 and the team could save $3.5 million if they cut him before he’s due a roster bonus in mid-March. Umenyiora led the team with 7.5 sacks in 2013, told Vaughn...

Osi Umenyiora hopes to remain with Falcons

There is no doubt where veteran defensive end Osi Umenyiora wants to be next season. He owns a home in the Atlanta area. He feels an allegiance to his Falcons teammates. He has tremendous respect for general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith. "I would love to stay, and I think I am," Umenyiora told "But you really never know what'...

Osi Umenyiora Hoping To Be Back With The Falcons Next Season

Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora made it clear that he wants to be back in Atlanta next season. “I would love to stay, and I think I am,” Umenyiora said, via “But you really never know what’s going to happen.” Umenyiora, 32, signed a two-year deal worth $8.5 million that included $5 million guaranteed last year. In his first year with the team he produced 47 tackles...

Who Stays And Who Goes in Atlanta

I’ve taken a mini vacation from writing about Falcons football. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in trying to erase the 2013 season from my memory. I’ll be back for the next seven to eight weeks to cover the off-season moves for Atlanta. That will be the boom period, where releases and additions will be made. Shockingly enough, Atlanta wasted little time and released two players...

Tony Gonzalez Possible Return

Former tight end of the Atlanta Falcons Tony Gonzalez might be coming out of retirement.  Announcing in April that after the 2013 season he would hang up his cleats, he was quoted saying he would possibly come back to play, maybe just one more time. “Maybe, if the team is hot in November, 9-2 or something, I could come back for the last two months,” Gonzales said after an interview...

Burnett denies insulting Gonzalez

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