Found March 26, 2013 on Thacover2:
The Atlanta Falcons were gashed by the read option several times last season.  Cam Newton had two of his best games last season in the offense. The 49ers and Colin Kaepernick stormed back against the Falcons in the NFC Championship game using the offense.  The Falcons are tired of being dominated by the offense, and have chosen to do something about it. The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that the Falcons staff traveled to Clemson to visit with head coach Dabo Swinney.  The agenda was simple, help us figure out how to stop the read option. “[The Falcons] are trying to learn more about what we do and how we defend what we do,” Swinney told the media on Monday. “Yet, we were able to take a lot from them as well. I’d be surprised if there’s an NFL team that hasn’t gone and spent time with college coaches this offseason.” Head coach Mike Smith guaranteed that the Falcons coaching staff would spend an enormous amount of time figuring out how to stop the lethal offense. I know t...

Falcons' McClure to join team's 'Ring of Honor'

ATLANTA -- For the last two years, Atlanta Falcons right tackle Tyson Clabo has organized a campaign, replete with baseball caps and backed by social media, to try and get the teams center Todd McClure voted to the Pro Bowl. The sentiment was partly playful, but mostly sincere. When Clabo made the Pro Bowl himself for the 2010 season, his comments were mostly about how he felt McClure...

McClure retires after 14 seasons

Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Monday that retiring center Todd McClure will have a new home in the team's Ring of Honor. McClure, the Falcons' longtime center, officially announced his retirement in a ceremony attended by quarterback Matt Ryan and offensive linemen Tyson Clabo, Sam Baker and Justin Blalock. Blank said McClure's career merits him joining former stars...

McClure retiring after 14 seasons

Center Todd McClure will officially announce his retirement at a news conference Monday after spending his entire 14-year career with the Atlanta Falcons. The 36-year-old McClure said on Twitter, ''Hope I can get through it with out getting (too) choked up.'' He added a hashtag with ''falcon4life.'' While McClure had hoped to play another year or...

Michael Turner, not the burner anymore

Michael Turner’s time in Atlanta had a purpose. Coming from the San Diego Chargers the Falcons needed someone they could rely on. Totaling more than 10 touchdowns in the past five seasons he was a steady contributor and a solid fantasy player. He was not the flashiest, and most certainly was not the “burner”, but he got the job done. By the end of the season he usually was...

49ers bringing in Pat White for a work out

According to USA TODAY Sports, the San Francisco 49ers will give quarterback Pat White a chance at showing him that he deserves another shot at playing in the NFL after leaving the Dolphins to pursue a baseball career a few years ago. 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh ended up calling White. Harbaugh called the former record-setting University of West Virginia star to set up a workout...

2013 Season Outlook: NFC South

It is time to take a look at the outlook for the 2013 season for the NFC South division teams. This is the 2nd part in an 8-part series that will comprise all 8 divisions. The NFC North 2013 season outlook was posted on Sunday. Atlanta Falcons Before the signing of Steven Jackson it would have been an easy call to say that convincing Tony Gonzalez back for another year was the most...

Falcons agree to 2-year deal with Osi Umenyiora

The Atlanta Falcons found a replacement for John Abraham on Wednesday by reaching an agreement with free-agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora on a two-year, $8.5 million contract. The Falcons released the 34-year-old Abraham, the team leader with 10 sacks in 2012, on March 1, the same day they also released running back Michael Turner and cornerback Dunta Robinson. The team replaced...

Falcons’ Defensive Staff Went to Clemson to Learn to Stop Read-Option Offense

During the offseason, many NFL players will go back to college to earn their degrees if they skipped out of school early to enter the league. This winter, the Falcons’ defensive staff went to Clemson University for a different reason — and no, they didn’t go streaking to the quad like Will Ferrell in Old School. With quarterbacks like Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton, Colin...
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