Did any Atlanta Falcons get named as one of the top draft busts of all time?

The Atlanta Falcons have had their hits and misses in terms of the NFL Draft. The Falcons hit the jackpot on players such as Deion Sanders, Mike Vick, and Matt Ryan. However, the Falcons have also made serious errors in drafting in the first round. Just hearing the names: Jamal Anderson, Aundray Bruce, and Chris Miller cause Falcon fans to shake their heads in agony. Do any former...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

How can the Falcons bounce back this season?

It’s hard to tell exactly how far the Falcons will rebound next season. Free Agency has been good to the Falcons, shoring up the depth and adding beef to the interior of both lines. But the draft is a month away, and having the 6th pick all but guarantees Thomas Dimitroff will do big things to bring in top tier players. So until the draft we won’t know the full picture. The Dirty...
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Matt Ryan Says He’s Glad Falcons Owner Has His Back

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is appreciate of his owner having his back, even when his teammates allegedly didn’t.   An angry and agitated Blank ripped his team for not retaliating after Saints rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro blasted Ryan while he was sliding to the ground. Ryan appeared on 680 The Fan radio’s “Front Row” show Friday morning in Atlanta and thanked his...
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Matt Ryan Says He’s Glad Falcons Owner Has His Back

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is appreciate of his owner having his back, even when his teammates allegedly didn’t.   An angry and agitated Blank ripped his team for not retaliating after Saints rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro blasted Ryan while he was sliding to the ground. Ryan appeared on 680 The Fan radio’s “Front Row” show Friday morning in Atlanta and thanked his owner...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Way Too Early 2014 Vikings Previews: Vs Atlanta

My way-too-early 2014 Vikings schedule preview series returns, with a look at the first of five non-divisional "home" games. The NFL schedule typically is released for the upcoming season in mid-to-late April each year (be on the look out!), but the opponents and locations have been out for quite some time yet. Without further ado, let's take a look at how the Atlanta...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Quarterback Rankings Recap

Now that we have unleashed The Fake Football’s 2014 Quarterback Rankings, we can take a step back, exhale, and have a little discussion about the state of our rankings. I cannot speak for the Chetster (I tried that once and the subsequent caning was not fun), but there were a few players I personally found notable as I scanned through my own 2014 quarterback projections and began...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Texans Preseason Schedule released

The NFL has officially released the preseason schedule, which will run from August 3rd to August 28th. To view the full list, go here. The Houston Texans will visit Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals in the first preseason game of the season, which should give fans a good look at the new rookies the Texans draft. The Texans will then host Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Flacco, Stafford, Ryan: Would you build, buy or cut?

After kicking around an idea, it started to catch on here at TPF. Name three NFL players, all of the same caliber, and explain what you would do if you were a GM of a team. For example Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons, Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens and Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions; would you build around them, buy them for a one-year contract to win, or cut them?…
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Falcons owner wanted team to stand up for Matt Ryan

One of the Falcons' main priorities this offseason was to get tougher in the trenches, a change in mentality that could be pinpointed to the 2013 season opener against the Saints. In that game, New Orleans safety Kenny Vaccaro applied an illegal hit on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Although Vaccaro was penalized and later fined $7,785, Atlanta's offensive line failed...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: To steal a Saint; The “elite” debate; CJ2k; and fooling around

From signing away rival players to the classic Matty Ice debate, cover32 Atlanta was not lacking in variety this week! Here is a look at what was occurring around Atlanta Falcons camp this week: Breaking News:Falcons steal away the enemy? : By Mike Byers   Column:How Close is Matt Ryan to “elite” : By Shauyan Saki   Column:CJ2K verses Steven Jackson : By Branden Rowe   Column...
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11 days ago  |  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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12 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Seems Teddy Fell Under the Bridge

It's been over a month since I made my projections as to who will go to which team in what spot during this years NFL draft.  Those are a lot of questions in one sentence.  It's impossible to predict the draft.  It's harder than winning the lottery and having a perfect NCAA Tournament sheet combined.  Not even the other prophet Nostradamus could ever figure out what...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Throwback Thursday: OT Mike Kenn

Spring is a busy time for professional sports in America. Baseball has officially started and basketball and hockey are entering their post seasons; however with the impending 2014 NFL draft, all the attention will shift to football. Teams are already keeping an eye out for the next star to add on the roster. With the sixth pick, the Atlanta Falcons were rumored to trade up in prospects...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Power Rankings: Who’s the biggest fool in Atlanta Falcons franchise history?

Last week, we rated every team’s GOAT – the greatest of all-time. This time around, it’s a different type of goat; the kind who will live in infamy in the franchise’s annals. These are the players, coaches, administrators or other random people connected with a team who did something that will forever be remembered, but for all the wrong reasons. They brought shame on themselves...
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How close is Matt Ryan to the “elite” status?

ESPN Analyst and former Colts GM Bill Polian had some choice words to say about Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan this weekend. “I think he’s a Super Bowl away from being elite,’’ Polian said. “He’s very close.” Polian’s comments on Ryan are nothing new, fans and supporters of Ryan constantly refer to him as ‘Matty Ice’ for his clutch performance in the regular season...
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Defining Kenny Vaccaro’s role makes the New Orleans Saints a top-tier defense

Saints fans fell in love with last year’s first round draft pick Kenny Vaccaro in his very first game. Against the Atlanta Falcons in Week One, on fourth and goal with the game on the line, Vaccaro lined up on Tony Gonzalez in the slot with New Orleans in an amoeba defense. Vaccaro chipped Gonzalez at the line and broke up Matt Ryan’s pass to him in the middle of the field, deflecting...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Roddy White follows through on Twitter bet, throws in Super Bowl tickets

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White made a bet last week with a Twitter follower that No. 3 Duke would beat No. 14 Mercer in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. @DHoyt77 if mercer beat duke I will give you season tickets 50 yard line first row — Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) March 18, 2014 The Mercer Bears pulled off the upset and beat Duke 78-71. After the game,...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Ryan leads Falcons past Bucs 31-23

The Falcons moved to 2-4 on Sunday with a 31-23 victory over the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Playing without Julio Jones and Roddy White, Matt Ryan stepped up his game with a very efficient performance. Ryan went 20 of 26 for 273 yards and 3 TDs with 0 INT.  The defense did it's part early by scoring on a Thomas DeCoud fumble return and the Falcons held on late despite...
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20 days ago  |  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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25 days ago  |  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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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Devin Hester to sign three-year deal with Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons announced Thursday that they have signed former Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester. Welcome to Atlanta, @D_Hest23! The Falcons have agreed to terms with WR and returner Devin Hester. #RiseUp — Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) March 20, 2014 According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Hester will sign a three-year deal with the Falcons...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Ryan: Pro-files

Drafted from Boston College in 2008, Matt Ryan grew up athletically talented and a clutch performer in all of the sports that he played. He earned his nickname because of his cool demeanor under pressure.  His high-school teammate’s stated that it was as if he had ice-water pumping through his veins during sticky situations, they would eventually deem him “Matty-Ice.” The...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons interested in Champ Bailey?

The Atlanta Falcons were the most disappointing team in the NFL last season, and they are looking to make moves this offseason to fix the issues that they had. One of their pressing concerns heading into this offseason is adding some more help in the secondary. According to reports coming out of Atlanta, the Falcons could very well look into signing former Denver Broncos cornerback...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The Interior Line: a further analysis

The interior offensive line this year was a mixed bag-leaning well towards the negative side of things. On one hand, Justin Blalock played better than average and proved to be our best offensive lineman. However, having a slightly above average guard acting as the cornerstone of the interior isn’t going to keep Matt Ryan on his feet, or create holes for Jacquizz Rodgers or Steven...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

2008 NFL Draft: Which Team Had the Best Overall Draft?

The NFL Combine has just passed which means it's officially OK to dive deep into the NFL Draft season and gush over prospects and their 40 times and bench press reps. As general managers and coaches look to find the pieces that will put their team over the top, let's take a look back at the 2008 NFL Draft. There were some big names to come out in the draft including Matt...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

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