Found February 20, 2012 on
The Bird Cage:
Time for Quizz to Get a Large Role? (AJC)
The Atlanta Falcons and their fans enter a very intriguing off-season. On one hand, this regime is by far the most productive in franchise history, making the playoffs 3 of the last 4 years. However, they are also 0-3 in the postseason, with the last two being embarrassing blowouts. Add to that the issue of 17 players set to become free agents, and this is by far the most unpredictable off-season in recent memory.
GM Thomas Dimitroff could decide that only a few tweaks are in order to get over the playoff hump, or he could take this opportunity to dramatically remake the Falcons roster for the forseeable future. In other words, Dimitroff could decide to “play it safe” or “take some risks” in regards to several positions on the roster.
This ones still a year or two away from making an assessment. Although the majority of fans still believe Matt Ryan is the franchise QB, there are some who think all that ails the Falcons is
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The age curve for NFL running backs is a brutal thing, and at the age of 30, is it finally catching up with Michael Turner?
Matt Ryan is carrying more and more of the offensive load, partly by design and partly by necessity as Turner rapidly disappears from the game plan. In Ryan's rookie year, the Falcons' running plays outnumbered their passing plays by 126. Last year...
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Falcons are in the early stages of talks regarding a possible long-term contract extension for CB Brent Grimes but admits that the team is reluctant to use their franchise tag on him. The move would cost the team $10.6 million for the upcoming season and the team is already close to the cap with 17 soon...
Since coming out of Oklahoma, linebacker Curtis Lofton has been a tackling machine for the Falcons.
As a rookie, he played on running downs. In his second season, he did not come off the field.
Lofton has registered 577 tackles, including 387 solo tackles. He has three career interceptions and returned one for a touchdown last season, but is viewed as a liability in pass coverage...
Should we take a chance on Marcus McNeil?
Free agency starts March 13th, so why not go ahead and track and list some potential free agent targets for Atlanta. For the most part I would expect us to go after the trenches and try to sign a man at LT, RG, DE, and DT. There's also a good chance that we could be in the market for a cornerback after the recent events that transpired...
Which players will be roaming the Dome this season?
As a guy who is big into the draft and loves to follow the combine, pro days, Senior Bowl, and other draft features. I also do my own mock drafts, the difference is with mine I mock Free Agency and the Draft as opposed to just the draft. To give you an idea I'll start off by stating to keep or let go of Atlanta's FAs...
Stephen Garcia was dismissed from the South Carolina team last season. (Associated Press)
Stephen Garcia, the disgraced quarterback formerly of South Carolina, is trying to make the leap to the NFL has talked to a scout from the Falcons, according to a report from Aaron Wilson of scout.com.
Garcia was dismissed from the South Carolina football program last season for drinking after...