Saints Nation’s 10 Worst Plays of 2014: #6 Colston’s fumble at Falcons

The season started off with such promise as the Saints raced to an early lead in Atlanta while Jairus Byrd quickly created his first takeaway. But Matt Ryan would end up throwing for a career high in yards, the Falcons would march down in the final seconds to send the game to overtime with a 50+ yard field goal, and then Marques Colston would cough up the game with this fumble which...
Via The Saints Nation
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating DeMarco Murray's fantasy football value heading into 2015

At this time, one of the biggest names on the free agent market year this year is going to be DeMarco Murray.  Dallas is going to have a hard time signing their number one priority in Dez Bryant, getting more help on defense, AND signing Murray.  Murray, who is 26, is coming off his best season in the NFL where he totaled over 2200 yards and 13 touchdowns following up a strong...
Via PhinManiacs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The best game from each week of the 2014 NFL season

The 2014 NFL regular season may have had its fair share of drama off the field, but it was also a pretty exciting few months on the field. From the Philadelphia Eagles coming back against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2 to a season-ending Sunday Night Football Matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals to decide the AFC North, there were some tremendous games...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons placekicker Matt Bryant weights in on deflate gate controversy

In case you’ve been out of the loop over the last few days, the New England Patriots have been accused of deflating their footballs during their win in the AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts. Now everybody has an opinion on the subject, including Atlanta Falcons placekicker Matt Bryant, who weighed in on Twitter this afternoon: Funny about the football controversy...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

QB Ratings: Ranking the starting NFL QBs who were selected to the Pro Bowl

Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s starting quarterbacks. This week, with no game on the horizon, the list had to take on a different twist. As a result, it was decided to look at the quarterback who will be playing in the Pro Bowl this weekend, including the multiple signal callers who have backed...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan will take Tom Brady’s place at the Pro Bowl

Tom Brady was scheduled to play in the Pro Bowl this weekend, but as it turns out he has bigger birds to fry. That’s good news for the Atlanta Falcons, because it means that Matt Ryan will take his place, according to Jay Adams: Falcons QB Matt Ryan will replace Tom Brady at the 2015 Pro Bowl. #RiseUp — Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) January 20, 2015 This will be Ryan’s third...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons zero in on their next head coach

The Atlanta Falcons coaching search has gone on for weeks now, and the dust is finally clearing as to who it may be. Unlike most years, the NFL coaching carousel this offseason has been spinning rather slowly. Normally, once we see that six coaches have been fired, were used to seeing a hiring frenzy within a week at most due to the desire to have a coach in place and give the organization...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Austin Emerges As Top Atlanta Falcons Candidate

If the Atlanta Falcons wanted some idea of what kind of coaching staff potential head coach Teryl Austin would want for the team, the current Detroit Lions defensive coordinator could not have made more of a splash with his answer.Adam Gase, come on down.According to a story on, a source indicated that part of Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin's pitch to become...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: 2014 Final Report Card With Grades

How do you put grades on a team that had a losing record but still managed to fight for a playoff spot, only to see the head coach shown the door at the end of 2014?It’s a hard learning curve to try to breakdown and analyze when it comes to the Atlanta Falcons, a team that did win two more games than last season, but could only manage six wins, overall, and could not escape huge...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

'14 Year-End Awards for a Roller-Coaster Falcons Season

With the head coaching search rather unclear, it allows me one more opportunity to look back on the 2014 season. There is no denying that it was a disappointing roller coaster ride for the Atlanta Falcons. What can’t be forgotten was the standout players that contributed towards a near bizarre playoff berth. The players that disappointed were also documented in my year-end awards...
Via Pro Football Spot
13 days ago  |  Discuss

My 7 hot takes on Rex Ryan being named head coach of the Bills

DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 24: New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan watches the action during the fourth quarter of the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field on November 24, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bills defeated the Jets 38-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) 1) BILLIEVE Its been the single word  the folks at One Bills Drive have beaten into our eardrums since I was...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Rex to Bills Makes No Sense

Rex Ryan is headed to Buffalo to coach the Bills, and the move makes little to no sense for both sides. Let’s face it, Rex Ryan is a flawed HEAD coach at this moment in time. He doesn’t care about offense or special teams, and doesn’t trust his quarterback to win him a game. It’s for this reason going immediately back into coaching makes no sense for Rex if he plans on being...
Via Standing O Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Should Jets Fans be Worried about Rex Ryan?

So, Rex Ryan is the new head coach of the Bills. I have to admit, I didn’t see that coming. I was confident that Ryan would end up coaching the Atlanta Falcons, a team that, on paper, seemed like a perfect fit for him. Instead, Ryan heads to Buffalo, whose roster is basically a better version of the Jets roster. Now the big questions for Jets fans is, should we be worried?Obviously...
Via Pro Football Spot
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Taking a Look at the NFL Coaching Vacancies: Atlanta Falcons

2014 Record: 6-10 3rd in NFC SouthGeneral Manager: Thomas DimitroffLast Winning Season: 2012Last Playoff Birth: 2012 13-3 NFC South ChampionsLast Head Coach: Mike SmithSuper Bowl Record: 0-1Quarterback(s): Matt RyanTop Building Blocks: Julio Jones WR, Jake Matthews OT, Paul Worrilow ILB, Desmond Trufant CB2015 Notable Free Agents: Jacquizz Rodgers RB, Antone Smith RB, Gabe Carimi...
Via Football Nation
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Rex Ryan to Atlanta Falcons looking likelier and likelier

The most compelling story this NFL offseason is the landing place of Rex Ryan. We know it won’t be Chicago. No  Head Coach in Chicago, since Mike Ditka, has been allowed to be interesting or have a personality. Ryan is very colorful and entertaining, so the Bears’ boring, buttoned-up corporate culture precludes him from leading the Monsters of the Midway. What about ESPN? Ryan...
Via The Sports Bank
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Mike Smith gone, what’s next?

Hours before the NFC South title game on Sunday, a piece of news went public that made Atlanta Falcons fans a little uneasy. No team wants any added distractions when preparing for a game of this caliber, and Falcons owner Arthur Blank provided a large distraction on Sunday Morning. It was made known that the organization had hired a search firm known as Korn Ferry to identify coaching...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Ideal Fit for Each NFL Head Coaching Vacancy

As much as a half dozen teams will be looking to fill head coaching vacancies around the NFL in the coming weeks. And the rumor season has already started to get going just mere days after some former coaches were handed their pink slips on Monday. Instead of focusing on the rumors that have been swirling around and interviews set to take place, we thought it made sense to give you...
Via Sportsnaut
25 days ago  |  Discuss

End of an Era for the Atlanta Falcons

The morning after an embarrassing 34-3 to the Carolina Panthers in Week 17, the Atlanta Falcons did what many expected them to do and fired head coach Mike Smith.Although Smith holds the franchise record for wins, I do believe it was time to move on. As his inability to effectively manage the clock effectively and fix the defensive issues had plagued the team for years.If you want...
Via Pro Football Spot
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons fire head coach Mike Smith

The Atlanta Falcons made it official early on “Black Monday”, announcing that the team had parted ways with head coach Mike Smith one day after the team finished the season with a 6-10 record. Smith leaves Atlanta with an overall record of 66-46 Smith, who took on the Falcons job when the franchise was in shambles back in 2008, came to Atlanta from the Jacksonville Jaguars...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons Fire Head Coach Mike Smith After Second Straight Losing Season

ATLANTA — Mike Smith was fired as the Atlanta Falcons’ coach Monday, one day after the end of his second straight losing season and a 34-3 rout by the Carolina Panthers before booing fans at the Georgia Dome. The team scheduled a morning news conference. Atlanta had a 66-46 regular-season record with Smith and won two NFC South titles. But this season ended at 6-10. “Smitty’s...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons fire coach Mike Smith

The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that head coach Mike Smith was released from his contract. “Smitty’s contributions to our club, team and city over the last seven years are numerous,” owner Arthur Blank said.  “His accomplishments on the field made him the most successful coach in the 49-year history of the Falcons, and we are grateful for the foundation he has laid...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan Does His Best Matt Schaub Impersonation in Season Finale

Thanks to his last season in Houston Matt Schaub will forever be known as the master of the Pick-6. It doesn't matter that he was pretty darn good at slinging the rock around for years prior to that, but once you do something bad it tends to follow you until you give folks a reason to change their minds (which he hasn't).Or if you are really lucky another person will come along and...
Via FatManWriting
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Lopsided Loss a Fitting End to the Mike Smith Era

It’s hard to put together the proper context of the ending of the Atlanta Falcons season. While it was a definitive ending, was it expected? Did people actually think a mediocre Carolina team that seemed dead in the water a month ago would actually win? What happened to the strong home field advantage that the Falcons once had? There are plenty of questions that can’t be answered...
Via Pro Football Spot
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons must brace for sweeping change after wretched loss

ATLANTA -- As the 2014 season waned, the Atlanta Falcons, time and time again, dodged what felt like an inevitable result of mediocrity. With each week that a playoff spot was up for grabs -- even with a losing record -- there was hope this team could turn things around in time. Sunday was a day for Atlanta to take a hard look at what was, and is, real. It was a day for everyone...
Via Fox Sports South
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Flawed, but surging Panthers can be major spoilers in the playoffs

When the Carolina Panthers were humiliated against the Minnesota Vikings on the final day of November, the season was essentially over. They were guaranteed a losing record and making the playoffs wasn't even a topic of discussion, despite being members of the lowly NFC South. And that came before the club would deal with a harrowing car accident involving their franchise quarterback...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
28 days ago  |  Discuss
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