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The Atlanta Falcons are not a team with a rich playoff history. As a matter of fact, up until this year the team had never made the playoffs in consecutive years but in past seasons when the Falcons did make the playoffs they usually made it count. That didn’t occur very often though. The Falcons have only been to the playoffs eight times since the strike-shortened season of 1982 and three of those post season appearances have come in the past four years under Head Coach Mike Smith. Smith has been more successful getting the Falcons to the playoffs than any coach in the past 30 years but he only has an 0-3 playoff record to show for it. Adding to the Falcons’ playoff ineptitude, all three opponents that beat the Falcons have gone on to play in the Super Bowl. Before Smith took over, the Falcons had won at least one playoff game in four of their previous five playoff appearances. The first of those coming back in 1991 when the Falcons beat the New Orleans Saints on the road with a 27-20 Wild Card win. They would lose the next week to the eventual Super Bowl winners, the [...]
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There’s no question that cornerback Dunta Robinson has been a free agent bust for the Atlanta Falcons. Since he was brought in during the 2010 offseason, he’s been anything but a shutdown corner.
I’m sure the Falcons would love to cut bait and move on from Robinson, but the problem is that Robinson will make a base salary of $6 million for the 2012 season. Of the $6...
Harry Douglas The Falcons will have to make a decision on whether to keep or let Harry Douglas go in free agency. And you could make the case for either happening. The Falcons are expected to install a vertical offense under Dirk Koetter. And playing the vertical game is really not a strength of Douglas. He’ll make the occasional play down the field, but his bread and butter is...
This is the 2nd post in the State of The Franchise that will run over the next few weeks. I reviewed the Falcons corners a week or so ago, in light of the news that Brent Grimes could be deemed expendable by the organisation. Today is the turn of the QB position.
Obviously this conversion begins by discussing current starter Matt Ryan. Despite having a lot of regular season success...
As has been the case in past years, we’ll be looking at which players have reportedly talked to the Atlanta Falcons during the week of practices for the Senior Bowl, a collegiate all-star game that will be played on Saturday, January 28, 2012.
Sources for this information, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Twitter.
CB Brandon Boykin, Georgia
TE Ladarius Green, Louisiana...
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Not Even a Debate on Lofton (AP)
As the Atlanta Falcons approach the 2012 off-season, one of the most interesting points to follow is how much the Birds roster, which has been extremely stable the last four year, will change. Those very few changes made a lot of sense when the Falcons were believed to be “right on the cusp of greatness.” But going...
Is Ovie done in Atlanta? To be honest, when I wrote up the free agent focus article on the running back position, I completely ignored the fullback position. It was an error on my part because it’s a position that is often overlooked, but in the case of the Falcons it certainly will be worth watching this off-season.
New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter by many accounts prefers...
UGA's Brandon Boykin taking a break during Monday's practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)
– Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin had a strong first practice for the South team. He drew praise for Redskins defensive back coach Raheem Morris after breaking up one pass.
“Nice job Boykin, way to get down hill,” Morris said.
Boykin has interviewed...