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Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Atlanta Falcons [full archive here].
Season Recap: The Atlanta Falcons approached last offseason with the anticipation of making a serious run at the Super Bowl. They traded up to the number six overall pick to acquire another weapon for Matt Ryan in Julio Jones. Jones showed he was worthy of the selection, but nothing else seemed to pan out for the Falcons. Without many high draft picks, Atlanta needs their returning players to bounce back from a disappointing 2011 season.
1. Defensive End: The most important position in football is the Quarterback. In today’s league, teams have to have excellent pass rushers in order to disrupt opposing team’s QB. The Falcons need to find a pass rusher that an offense fears. John Abraham used to be that player, but is on the downside of his career. Ray Edwards was signed last offseason, but only posted 3.5 sacks in 16 starts. A player like Vinny Curry in the second round would be a good addition.
2. Left Tackle: Former first round pick, Sam Baker was benched during the season after poor play. If Baker can come back strong, then this is not a need for Atlanta, but the Falcons can’t take a risk at not giving Matt Ryan the best protection possible. With no first round pick, Atlanta better hope Baker can handle the job, because it will be hard to find a capable starter in the second or third round
3. Tight End: Tony Gonzalez had another solid season, but at 36 it is time to begin looking for his replacement. If a player like Dwayne Allen or Coby Fleener slips in the second round, Atlanta may be smart enough to grab one of them.
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At the NFL meeting, Falcons coach Mike Smith reiterated his position that he made at the NFL Scouting Combine about the team being committed to Sam Baker as the left tackle.
The offensive line was hurt significantly by back and elbow injuries to Baker last season.
Smith believes the unit will be stronger if Baker, who had back surgery during the season, can return healthy. Will...
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Atlanta Falcons defensive Tackle Corey Peters will be joining me on my BlogTalkRadio show, "The Sports Craze". We'll be talking to Corey about the NFL documentary film "Late Rounders" which he is featured in.
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Earlier today, AJC beat writer D Orlando Ledbetter told us that the Falcons have emerged as the leader to be featured on the HBO series "Hard Knocks". He later updated that to say that the Falcons have an offer and are considering doing the show. Matt has already touched a bit on this on the blog but I thought I would add a little to the conversation. I've never seen...
The Falcons may be headed for a television channel too expensive for your average blogger, potentially showing up on HBO's Hard Knocks. If you have not seen the show, you should remedy that situation immediately. Not only is it very well done, but it has given the world sweet gems like this:
More after the jump, where we may or may not get a goddamn snack.
So if you follow Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams), the lovable Digital Content Manager for the Atlanta Falcons, you would have seen this tweet earlier today.
Nope. I only work on projects that can happen. RT @Syngenetic: @FalconsJAdams are you still working on getting Matt Ryan a twitter account?
— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) April 11, 2012
Well, it appears Matt Ryan was...
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Up until last week's car crash, most people had forgotten about how Bobby Petrino left the Atlanta Falcons unceremoniously following just 13 games with the team back in 2007. The recent revelations that Petrino was having an illicit affair with a 25-year-old assistant caused every Falcons fan (like myself) to have the same reaction... "I'm not suprised, Petrino is a...