Atlanta Falcons Positional Review: Guard

In the last two seasons, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been sacked 75 times. That speaks for itself as the franchise's most urgent need heading into the 2015 season. Change was the bold theme on the offensive line with veterans Sam Baker and Justin Blalock now gone and a sea of new additions arriving in Atlanta upon the new era of football under coach Dan Quinn. Both guard positions...
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July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints-Falcons Capsule

NEW ORLEANS (12-6) at ATLANTA (4-12) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox OPENING LINE - Saints by 1 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Saints 9-7-2, Falcons 7-9-0 SERIES RECORD - Falcons lead 47-43 LAST MEETING - Saints beat Falcons 17-13, Nov. 21, 2013 AP PRO32 RANKING - Saints No. 5, Falcons No. 20 SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (25), PASS (2) SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (19), PASS (2) FALCONS...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Predictions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers & NFC South in 2014

1. Atlanta Falcons 11-5   Matt Ryan is a top 10 QB, they get Julio Jones back from injury, and their offensive line will be better with the additions of Jake Matthews, first round selection from Texas A&M, at tackle and Jon Asamoah, formerly of the Chiefs, at guard. Matt Ryan will not be running for his life again. However, they still have a gaping hole at running back. Steven...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Predictions for the Atlanta Falcons & NFC South for 2014

1. Atlanta Falcons 11-5   Matt Ryan is a top 10 QB, they get Julio Jones back from injury, and their offensive line will be better with the additions of Jake Matthews, first round selection from Texas A&M, at tackle and Jon Asamoah, formerly of the Chiefs, at guard. Matt Ryan will not be running for his life again. However, they still have a gaping hole at running back. Steven...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Physicality Will Be Tested for Atlanta Against Houston

The pre-season rolls on into week two, as the battle of last year’s biggest disappointments take place. Both Houston and Atlanta differ greatly in major issues. Houston lacks stability at the quarterback position, while Atlanta is looking to become more physical.While the topic of physicality continues to be a hot topic in Atlanta, I’m still hoping for the cornerbacks to be tested...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons 2014 preview: Rebounding from a four-win anomaly

With football season around the corner, is providing a thorough analysis of all 32 teams heading into training camp. The offseason may have lacked some hard-hitting action, but franchise-altering moves have been made. Parity is excessive as ever. Every team looks great on paper in July. But it's the development and seasoning of a team that will matter in January and...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Recapping Scott Pioli’s Draft Pick History in Kansas City

Scott Pioli was GM of the Chiefs from 2010 to 2012, and in those years, the Chiefs made the playoffs once, and for the most part were a doormat team. Many blamed the Offense for the losses, and many more blamed Pioli. However, lets look at Pioli’s 3 drafts to see if he was really at fault for the Chiefs failures. Also, lets see if his drafts positively or negatively affected the...
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August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Camp Previews: Offensive Line bolsters new stars

Undoubtedly the most scrutinized position on Atlanta’s roster last year, the Falcons’ offensive line couldn’t be described as anything other than a complete failure in 2013. We know the numbers: Matt Ryan was sacked a career-high 44 times last season and was knocked down on countless other occasions. Additionally, the line couldn’t open up any lanes for the Falcons’ running...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 5: Who is poised for a breakout season?

We’ve all heard the hype before. “Player A looks faster than ever this year. Player X has been lighting up training camp.” Many times, Peria Jerry a player looks unstoppable during camp and the preseason, only to disappear when the games start to count. That is not the case with these five players. These are players in a position to make huge strides in 2014, whether it be...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Communication along the offensive line is key for 2014 success

Going into the 2014 season, what is at the top of the list of priorities for Atlanta’s offensive linemen? If “protecting quarterback Matt Ryan was your answer”, you are correct. Keeping Matt Ryan on his feet, instead of on the ground, will be the true key to Atlanta’s success this season. Minicamp is over and the Atlanta Falcons are off for a few weeks before returning to...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Offensive projections for the 2014 NFL season: Atlanta Falcons

This offseason the Falcons spent a majority of their money and draft picks to beef up their offensive and defensive lines. While these transactions aren’t viewed as the “sexy” picks they are the directly effect the production of the skill players. This season the addition of Jake Matthews, Jon Asamoah on top of the return of Sam Baker and Mike Johnson from injuries gives the...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Atlanta Falcons Projected Starters

If you’ve been paying attention to the Atlanta Falcons this off-season, you would have noticed the convoy of new faces now surrounding this team like return man Devin Hester, offensive tackle Jake Matthews, offensive guard Jon Asamoah, etc. There are also plenty of starting jobs that are currently up for grabs on both offense and defense. Here is my outlook on who will lead the...
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May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading the Atlanta Falcons’ Draft Class

The staff here at cover32 has had a few days to gather their thoughts on the NFL Draft. Here are the conclusions from our staff: Shelby Zack It’s hard to fill so many needs in one draft, but after evaluating the Falcon’s draft picks; I would have to give them the grade of a B. Their best picks came with Jake Matthews, the OT drafted in the first round after the Falcons decided...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Review of the Atlanta Falcons’ 2014 NFL Draft

Getting “bigger and tougher” was the offseason’s mantra. (John Bazemore) The Atlanta Falcons had Super Bowl aspirations going into last season but fell well short with a 4-12 record. The primary issues? Injuries, and toughness at the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense Quarterback Matt Ryan was hit a league-high – and career-high – 203 times last season. He was...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Falcons have quite the intriguing NFL Draft status

There is little doubt that Atlanta has improved in all three phases of the game this offseason.  On offense, Atlanta improved an already explosive (when healthy) attack by shoring up the offense line with the signings of projected backup Gabe Carimi and Right Guard Jon Asamoah. In defense, easily the Falcons’ weakness, an entirely revamped defensive line which now features former...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

With the Sixth Pick in the NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons Select...

After coming off a 13-3 season in 2012, many had high expectations for the Atlanta Falcons heading into 2013.  However, Atlanta greatly failed those expectations by playing poor in all areas due to injuries and a poor offensive line and a below average defense.However, while Tony Gonzalez retirement hurts, the Falcons will be getting back a healthy Steven Jackson, Julio Jones, and...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Have the Falcons done enough?

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports After a terrible four win season last year, the Atlanta Falcons look to rebound and solve most if not all of their problems this offseason, but have they done enough? Last year, the offensive line for Atlanta left franchise Quarterback Matt Ryan running for his life, so the first day of free agency, offensive guard Jon Asamoah was signed to the roster...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

An offseason guide on how to reconstruct the offensive line

A lot went wrong for the Falcons last season. More than anything, the biggest weakness was the offensive line. The Falcons allowed 44 sacks last year. That number doesn’t even count the abundant pressures or hurries on the quarterback. Because of the poor pass protection, Matt Ryan was hit more times in 2013 than in any other season. Additionally the running attack suffered from...
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Why the Atlanta Falcons are still not done in Free Agency

Atlanta started off the free agent period strongly by shoring up both the offensive and defensive lines. The addition of Tyson Jackson almost certainly signals the move to a hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense, and Jon Asamoah adds toughness to what was last years 2nd worst offensive line. Despite these  steps in the right direction, it’s hard to call our overall free-agent pick-ups a success...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Falcons Free Agency recap: Where do they turn now?

The free agency period has told us a lot about the Falcons. The team is dealing with many problem areas. But the offseason has been centered around improving the offensive and defensive lines. The actions in free agency are now helping to solve them. They are also providing a picture of what to expect in the April draft. Atlanta has bolstered the offensive line and committed to a...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Should Kansas City Chiefs fans be concerned with lack of free agency moves?

The third full day of the NFL’s free agency period hasn’t even come to a close yet, and already Kansas City Chiefs fans are ready to throw in the towel on the 2014 season. After the spending spree Chiefs general manager John Dorsey engaged in last year, it’s easy to understand the frustration of the Chiefs faithful, but there is some serious overreacting going on. The “Debbie...
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March 13, 2014  |  1 Comment

The what if game; The Atlanta Falcons worst nightmare

When the final draft order was solidified and the Falcons were slotted at number six several things were apparent. The first thing that came to my mind was how close this team could be to the second overall pick. The tipped pass in the final seconds of the win against the Redskins is the difference between picking where we are now and picking four spots sooner. I don’t begrudge...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons' signings signal return to basics

Mike Smith came to the Falcons as a coach who wanted to run the football and defend the run. Coming off a 4-12 season and with the moves the Falcons have made, particularly on the first day of free agency on Tuesday, that again has taken on primacy. Consider that three of the Falcons' signings on Tuesday (one of their own players and two unrestricted free agents) will likely represent...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons news: Falcons sign Asamoah, Jackson and Soliai on opening day of free agency.

The Atlanta Falcons drastically needed to improve both their offensive and defensive lines this off season, they made significant strides to achieving that goal within hours of the free agent market officially opening on Tuesday. Two of three players signed were drafted by Scott Pioli while he was general manager in Kansas City, Pioli is now the Falcons assistant GM in Atlanta...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons make major moves to start free agency

Atlanta Falcons make major moves to start free agencyThe Atlanta Falcons wasted no time in upgrading their roster from last season, using the first day of free agency to add defensive tackle Paul Soliai, guard Jon Asamoah, and defensive end Tyson Jackson, re-up defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux in a three-year deal, and part ways with free safety Thomas DeCoud. Soliai, who just...
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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