Found May 24, 2012 on Football Nation:
If nothing else, 2011 brought a massive power shift in the NFC. Just last offseason, the Saints were sure-fire favorites… and the San Francisco 49ers? Come on. Now the NFC, with exception given to those 49ers, is full of question marks. Many even question the New York Giants' (reigning Super Bowl champion) chances come next fall. The Atlanta Falcons have been a competitive squad since drafting star quarterback Matt Ryan in 2008; they are looking to make the jump to supremacy in 2012. Considering the teams that have already made the leap, this is prime time for Atlanta to take center stage. Of the seven teams that won a playoff game in 2011, three had top 10 offenses (yards per game). Five were ranked in the top 15. The other two are Denver and San Francisco; teams that often left games in the hands of their defense. Atlanta was ranked in the top 10 in virtually every offensive category;10thin yards per game,  7th in scoring offense,  6th in third-down efficiency and 6th ...

Atlanta Falcons Best Players in 2012: #10 Tyson Clabo

Listmania has been running a little wild around the NFL lately so I figured it was time for us to get into the action. We put our collective heads together and have come up with the top ten players on the Atlanta Falcons roster according to the Grits Blitz Blog. Number ten is actually somebody that we featured earlier this year in our "Favorite Falcons" series. Clabo preparing...

Falcons paying close attention to stadium deals

The stadium playing field is shifting. The Falcons are closely watching as the Vikings and 49ers close in on new stadiums and the Steelers and Packers work on renovationsexpansions. The Falcons and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority have been in negotiations for about two years on a new stadium. The parties last month vacated their talks about an open-air stadium, which...

The Friday Blitz: Ten Falcons That Need to Step Up in 2012

Another Friday is here, and for this week I want to propose a list of the ten players that need to improve before the start of the season. These guys are on the roster, but all are at risk to ride the bench. The Falcons brass will have their eyes on these guys #1 Joe Hawley- Here is a guard who a lot of people expected to make a impact in Atlanta. He is young and with a unproven...

Ovie Mughelli visiting the Rams

Former Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl fullback Ovie Mughelli is visiting the St. Louis Rams today, he announced on his Twitter account. Mughelli has previously met with the Miami Dolphins since being cut by the Falcons. Mughelli signed a six-year, $18 million contract with the Falcons in 2007 that included a $5 million signing bonus. He started 38 games for Atlanta in five seasons.

NFL passes new pad rules for players

ATLANTA (AP) The NFL made thigh and knee pads mandatory equipment for the 2013 season, something the players' union was not pleased with. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, chairman of the competition committee, said Tuesday at an owners meeting that because this is a playing rule, the league can apply it unilaterally. "We have a vote of the membership and can implement...

An Interview with Matt Stigall of ATL Wants MLS

After the 3rd round of the US Open Cup, several teams made deals to give up their home games in exchange for cash considerations. Probably the biggest of these deals involved NASL side Atlanta Silverbacks and 3-time reigning USOC champions Seattle Sounders. In the aftermath of the deal, I decided to talk to Matt Stigall of ATL Wants MLS to get a feel from a fan’s perspective on...
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