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Why Tom Coughlin’s job with the New York Giants is extremely secure

In the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, when he was preparing his Broncos to take on Seattle, do you think John Fox could see himself coaching another team in less than a year? What about Mike Smith, as his Falcons jumped out to a 17-0 first half lead over San Francisco in the NFC Championship game on January 20, 2013? Atlanta looked primed for an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII—only...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Throwback Thursday: Looking at potential Raiders DC Mike Smith

As reports swirl that the Oakland Raiders will be interviewing Mike Smith as a potential candidate to fill the vacant position of defensive coordinator, Raider Nation wonders if his past coaching experience is enough to bring the Raiders defense back to a place where the Raiders are viewed as intimidating. Smith has ties to Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio as he served as Del Rio’s...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL News: Black Monday Team Grades

We knew it was coming. The Monday following the last Sunday of the NFL regular season, more affectionately known as “Black Monday,” is famous for being the day that most NFL franchises cut ties with their head coaches if said coach is not going to survive the hot seat. While there have been a multitude of coaches to get the axe year-in and year-out, this Monday felt a bit less...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Black Monday preview: Which NFL coaches are on the outs?

There have been darker clouds forming prior to previous Black Mondays. On what is the traditional day for the firing of NFL head coaches once the regular season has ended, only four such moves are considered either likely or imminent. Jim Harbaugh's announced departure from San Francisco was long in the making. Rex Ryan has reportedly cleared out his office with the New York Jets...
Via Fox Sports
December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons Week 13 showdown announced as top NFL game to watch?

It’s hard to believe that calendar has already reached Thanksgiving, with only five weeks left in the NFL regular season. That means it’s stretch time, as every game takes on added implications. It also means that the NFL landscape looks different than most people would have predicted. Just one week before December, there are a slew of big games involving teams that have playoff...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Baltimore Ravens HC John Harbaugh is safe, but these 10 coaches could be fired

If the NFL season ended right now, with most teams having played 10 games, the playoff match-ups would be interesting. Some of the usual suspects (New England and Denver) would be taking part, while some preseason contenders (Seattle and San Francisco) would be on the outside looking in. Some surprise teams (Detroit and Kansas City) would be playing, while others (Miami and Buffalo...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Who Could Replace Mike Smith As Coach in Atlanta

The weather in Atlanta is getting cooler. The leaves are changing, chimneys are burning wood and the smell of the seasons are changing. For the Falcons, especially had coach Mike Smith, the days may be getting warmer as his team cannot find the reverse button and change five losses in a row to at least one victory. The 22-21 loss in London was the icing on the cake as the offense...
Via Football Nation
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Baltimore Ravens fans must see these five bold predictions for Week 8

Anyone can pick games. Whether selecting winners or making guesses against the spread, it’s essentially an exercise in flipping a coin. But providing some specifics about what’s going to happen in a game, detailing how things are going to play out, takes some thought, imagination and guts. And it actually provides some insight into what’s going to transpire on Sunday and Monday...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Routed 29-7 by Ravens

Mike Smith’s tenure as head coach in Atlanta is coming to an end. (Gail Burton) Matt Bryant’s 57-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter bounced off the crossbar with a doink as if to signify the end of the Atlanta Falcons’ 2014 season. The Falcons extended their losing streak to four after coming up short 29-7 to the Baltimore Ravens. Atlanta is now 2-5 with an 0...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens out-prepare Falcons, 29-7…

The national media will summarize this game as a “defensive domination” by the Ravens over the Atlanta Falcons. That is a factual truth— but I would go an extra layer beyond the obvious and theorize that the Falcons were simply unprepared to play on Sunday. In other words, the Ravens were not as “dominant” as they thought, because the Falcons were dead ducks in the water...
Via Ravens Football Machine
October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Continues to Face Pressure, Injury Issues

The challenges continue to Atlanta, as they travel to Baltimore and play against one of the top AFC teams left. A physically imposing unit has been beneficial from remaining healthy for the most part. Terrell Suggs looks rejuvenated, while Elvis Dumervil has been consistent throughout the year. With so many questions in Atlanta, they will be focused in salvaging something significant...
Via Pro Football Spot
October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons-Ravens Capsule

ATLANTA (2-4) at BALTIMORE (4-2) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX OPENING LINE - Ravens by 7 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Atlanta 2-4, Baltimore 4-2 SERIES RECORD - Series tied 2-2 LAST MEETING - Falcons beat Ravens 26-21, Nov. 11, 2010 LAST WEEK - Falcons lost to Bears 27-13; Ravens beat Buccaneers 48-17 AP PRO32 RANKING - Falcons No. 24, Ravens No. 12 FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (21), PASS...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Getting a feeling for how the Atlanta Falcons will match up with the Ravens…

Who are these Atlanta Falcons circa 2014? I’m not sure even the Falcons and their fans have the answer for that identity question yet. The Falcons at 2-4 are struggling. They don’t dominate home games at the Georgia Dome anymore like they used to. Now they come to Baltimore to begin a stretch of four “away” games (technically they’re “home in a game in London on October...
Via Ravens Football Machine
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons-Ravens Preview

The Baltimore Ravens easily dispatched one struggling NFC South team last week and will get to face another in their return home. The Ravens try to send Atlanta to a fourth consecutive defeat Sunday as the Falcons begin the longest stretch without a true home game in franchise history. Baltimore (4-2) led 38-0 at halftime last Sunday at Tampa Bay en route to a 48-17 victory. Joe...
Via AP on Fox
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Cracks Continue to Chow in the Mike Smith-Thomas Dimitroff Regime

Due to Microsoft Word crashing on me yesterday, I lost my 1500 word recap of the Falcons loss to the Bears. This will be a bit different from my usual recap. Since many Falcon fans have read analysis from Sunday’s debacle, this will be mostly breaking down the internal problems within the team. I apologize for the tardiness of this article.It was a lethargic performance for the...
Via Pro Football Spot
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons in big trouble after 3rd straight loss

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have put themselves in quite a bind. Now, even though coach Mike Smith says nothing is off the table, don't look for a bunch of major changes. This isn't baseball, where a struggling team might make a blockbuster trade to shake things up. The Falcons (2-4) are pretty much stuck with the guys they've got - and they're not getting the job...
Via AP on Fox
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons face must-win vs. Bears in rare home game

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons are back in familiar surroundings for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. Better not get used to it. It will be nearly Thanksgiving before the Falcons play another game at the Georgia Dome, a stretch that will likely determine if they're a playoff contender or headed toward another dismal season. With that daunting run looming, Atlanta...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons: 'Hard Knocks' Episode 1 in quotes

The first scenes of the HBO documentary "Hard Knocks" told a story that the Atlanta Falcons want to get out to everyone around the NFL. Last season's 4-12 performance was an anomaly. In reality, the Oklahoma drill the Falcons were running on TV didn't happen until July 28, the fourth training camp session of the season. On "Hard Knocks," it was one of the first things viewers saw...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 32: What If Michael Vick Hadn't Committed Criminal Acts?

Starting on February 14, 2014, Sam Quinn and The Sports Post have decided to run down the 52 Greatest What Ifs in NFL History, one per week, for the next year. For a list of published What Ifs, as well as the introductory piece, click here. Michael Vick's criminal history is well known. He missed the entire 2007 and 2008 seasons due to legal issues, which eventually caused the...
Via The Sports Post
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Get Ready for Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons

Announced by the National Football League today, HBO and NFL Films will co-produce the latest edition of Hard Knocks. It will feature the Atlanta Falcons and will premiere on Tuesday, August 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The season will air over a five week period and end on Tuesday, September 2. The NFL made the announcement via Twitter.   And here’s the joint HBO-NFL announcement. HBO...
Via Fang's Bites
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons will be featured on 'Hard Knocks'

The NFL has confirmed that the Atlanta Falcons will be the subject of this year’s edition of Hard Knocks on HBO. The behind-the-scenes look at training camp, which is co-produced by NFL Films, kicks off a five-episode ninth season on Aug. 5. This year, for the first time, the league approved a policy that would have enabled it to force a team to participate in the series if it...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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