Found July 14, 2012 on Grits Blitz:

Let's take another look around the web at some of the more interesting links about the Falcons from the past few days. First let's bask in the awesomeness that is Julio Jones, then check out the links.




NFC South Preview from (I knew there was a reason I hated U2):

I’m not a big fan of what Atlanta has done (or should we say, hasn’t done) this offseason to make things any better. The roster, for the most part, is exactly the same as it was in 2011. Asante Samuel was added, but he’s old and past his prime. The loss of middle linebacker Curtis Lofton, who was the heart and soul of this defense, to the division rival Saints is a big blow, as well.........Prediction: 8-8, 3rd place, NFC South


Mike Nolan sees Sean Weatherspoon's vast potential

Mike Nolan hasn’t called one play yet for the Falcons’ defense but he’s seen enough out of Sean Weatherspoon to know that the linebacker has a bright future.

“He’s a good player now, but he could be a lot better than he is,” Nolan told the Falcons’ official website. “And he will be.”


Could Jake Long Become a Falcon in 2013?

I cannot stop obsessing on the Atlanta Falcons offensive line situation, the Left tackle position in particular. I recently read this article talking about how the Atlanta Falcons could possible snatch up Pro-Bowl left tackle and Miami Dolphin Jake Long in the 2013 free-agency period. I wouldn’t have come up with this idea all on my own, but the writer says a lot of things that make a lot of sense.


Pass Rush May Be Key to Cahmpionship

In four of Nolan’s six defensive coordinator jobs since 1992 before accepting the Atlanta job this offseason, he helped engineer an improvement in sack totals for the team from the previous season. In 1993 he took the Giants from 25 sacks to 41, in 1997 the Redskins from 34 to 36, in 2000 the Jets from 26 to 40 and in 2008 the Broncos from 25 to 39.



White defends Paterno, Penn St.

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White took to Twitter to express his thoughts on what was contained in the Freeh Report and now is facing a bit of a backlash.

Falcons’ Brent Grimes likely won’t get an extension until after the season

Getty Images According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, everything’s been quiet when it comes to cornerback Brent Grimes getting a long-term extension done with the Falcons. Ledbetter pointed out that the Falcons don’t have enough cap room to get a deal done before next offseason.  So Grimes will have to play the 2012 season under the franchise tag...

Falcons, Brent Grimes working on extension ahead of deadline

Though there has been little to no activity between the two sides since Brent Grimes signed his 10.281 million dollar tender in April,’s Paul Yasinskas says that he wouldn’t “rule out” an extension for Brent Grimes from the Falcons before next Monday’s deadline for franchise players to sign long term deals. Grimes was one of the league’s top cornerbacks last...

Falcons Links: Julio Jones, Rushing the Passer and Playoffs

Falcons training camp opens July 26th but it feels like that date will never get here. The first pre-season game is Thursday August 9th as the Falcons host the Baltimore Ravens but there is a scrimmage before that date that might interest some of the Falcons fans. On Friday August 3rd, the Falcons will once again take their game to a high school at their "Friday Night Lights...

Camp Battles 2012: Tight EndsCamp Battles 2012: Tight Ends

The tight end position should feature some heavy competition throughout training camp for the Falcons, as the team looks to expand its depth behind long-time starter Tony Gonzalez. The team made the decision to bring Gonzalez back for one more year last January, a smart decision considering his future Hall of Fame status. But one of the weaknesses of the Falcons position is that...

Jerry Rice praises Falcons’ Julio Jones

While he was on Sportscenter today, Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice named Julio Jones as the receiver who will have a breakout year this season. Normally, things like this are not newsworthy, but if you’re a receiver, there isn’t anyone’s praise you want more than Jerry Rice’s. Jones has unlimited athletic talent and caught 54 passes for 959 yards and 8 touchdowns last...

Falcons Links: Red Zone, Brees Contract, Cap Space

Before we get into the links let's take a look at why the Predator is one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL.     Koetter striving to find end zone 60% of the time In the NFL...when you get in the red zone, offensively your goal is to get 60 percent touchdowns inside the red zone. If you do that, you’re going to be top 5 in the NFL in touchdown scoring ...

Jerry Rice predicts breakout season for Julio Jones

As it’s quickly become a predominantly passing league, the NFL is stockpiled with young, talented receivers who are ready to take their game to the next level. One in particular has caught the eye of a former legend. During an appearance on SportsCenter Wednesday, Jerry Rice gushed over Julio Jones, predicting a breakout year for the 23-year-old Falcons wideout. “I love this...

Jerry Rice believes Julio Jones will have a breakout year

Getty Images Former NFL great Jerry Rice believes that Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio jones is poised for a breakout year in 2012. “I love this kid,” said Rice on SportsCenter, per “He’s awesome. He’s big, he’s fast. … I think he’s gonna have a breakout season this coming year.” Jones had a nice rookie year in 2011, but in order for him...
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