Found June 27, 2013 on Checkdown Chatter:
PLAYERS: Matt Ryan
TEAMS: Atlanta Falcons
In essence, a piece that recently appeared on suggests that Matt Ryan deserves consideration as a top tier quarterback today; and that his current career arc suggests that greater things are to come as he progresses. Since Ryan entered the league in 2009 things have gone well for the Falcons, with five straight winning seasons including a 13-3 mark and playoff victory last year. The team is well positioned to make another run in 2013, is their quarterback among the elite?...

Church stands in the way of new Falcons stadium

The Atlanta Falcons hopes for building their unique new stadium hit a snag Thursday as a church that sits on the land of the proposed building site isn't budging in selling negotiations. Friendship Baptist Church wants a face-to-face meeting with the Mayor and is looking for more money, reports 11 Alive news in Atlanta. "At the end of the day, it's really not a...

Falcons guard Justin Blalock to play tuba for Atlanta Symphony

Atlanta Falcons guard Justin Blalock will play tuba for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tonight (Credit: While in the sixth grade, Atlanta Falcons guard Justin Blalock decided he wanted to play an instrument. Blalock had to decide which to play and originally wanted to play the drums. “I really wanted to play the drums at first, but I was steered away from that, which...

The Falcons Brian Banks talks about his prison ordeal

Rich Eisen and his guest Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brian Banks had a very powerful conversation today as the two men talked about his amazing adventure to get to the NFL. Banks spoke to Eisen about being a once a highly-touted college recruit, who was falsely accused and convicted of two counts of rape and kidnapping charges by a fellow classmate.The process would take 10 years...

Falcons player advocates for music education

NFL offensive lineman Justin Blalock spends his time on the field protecting runs and passes. Off the field, he's a strong advocate for music education. Blalock, the starting left guard for the Atlanta Falcons, grew up in Texas playing the tuba and continues to play the drums and guitar. Music helps young people develop confidence and experience a sense of accomplishment, skills...

Falcons Camp Preview: Position Battles to Watch

Training camp provides an opportunity every year for coaches to sort out important battles for starting or key roles on the team. In years past we’ve seen players like Robert McClain win their positional battle at training camp and go on to make an impact during the regular season. As training camp approaches this year there are more positional battles to be fought and roles to...

Brian Banks appearance on Rich Eisen's Podcast

We've talked about the Brian Banks story a lot this off-season. He's a guy that we are all rooting for and hoping that he makes the Falcons 2013 squad. This week he went on Rich Eisen's podcast. Usually Rich has two or three guests on each episode but this one was just Brian Banks as he joined Rich in his studio. Here is a link to the podcast (you can also click over...

Super Bowl XLVIII: Can the Dolphins make it to New York?

​Elite quarterbacks and strong defenses define the Super Bowl favorites, with the Patriots, Broncos, Seahawks, and 49ers as the early favorites to play in New York.  The Ravens are trying to reload after winning the Super Bowl last year, but lost many important parts of last year’s team.  Teams like the Giants, Saints, and Steelers are trying to respond from disappointing seasons...
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