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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...
Via The Sports Post
11 days ago  |  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...
Via Awful Announcing
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Texas Tech assistant turned down Cleveland Browns’ job offer to remain at alma mater

One of the more notable National Signing Day interviews at Texas Tech came from outside linebackers coach Mike Smith who only received one new player since depth at his positions is adequate for at least the next two years. Smith revealed he was approached by good friend and former colleague Mike Pettine, the new Cleveland Browns head coach and a former defensive coordinator with...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons' Mike Smith pleased with offense

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said after practice Saturday that he was pleased about the team's offense getting untracked Thursday night a 27-23 preseason loss at Baltimore, and just as happy about what - or who - is coming next. Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez is expected to participate Sunday morning in the Falcons' final training camp practice, and play next week...
Via Fox Sports
August 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Reports: Falcons' White suffers low ankle sprain

ATLANTA -- One day after the Falcons 27-23 preseason loss to Baltimore, the status of wide receiver Roddy Whites injured right ankle remains somewhat cloudy. NFL Networks Ian Rapoport reported that White had a low-ankle sprain and that he would miss some time, citing the fact that training camp affords him the luxury to sit out and heal, but if it were the regular season and a game...
Via Fox Sports South
August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Reports: Falcons' White sprains ankle, out for preseason

ATLANTA -- One day after the Falcons 27-23 preseason loss to Baltimore, the status of wide receiver Roddy Whites injured right ankle remains somewhat cloudy. The NFL Networks Ian Rapoport reported that White had a low-ankle sprain and that he would miss some time, citing the fact that training camp affords him the luxury to sit out and heal, but if it were the regular season and...
Via Fox Sports South
August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

TOJ – “What If” Series, Episode 1: New York Jets Don’t Trade Up For QB Mark Sanchez

Missing on a first round quarterback, especially one drafted by a rookie Head Coach to be “the man” for your franchise going forward, is probably the quickest way to get fired. John Harbaugh and Mike Smith attached their coaching careers to Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan respectively, and have had varying degrees of success with Flacco leading the Ravens to a Super Bowl this past year...
Via Turn On The Jets
August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Five things to watch in Falcons' second preseason game

Coming off their 34-10 drubbing by Cincinnati in their preseason opener at the Georgia Dome, the Falcons travel to Baltimore to play the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens. Head coach Mike Smith ruled out four players for the game because of injury: running back Jason Snelling, linebackers Robert James and Sean Weatherspoon and fullback Bradie Ewing. For the other players who...
Via Fox Sports South
August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Five things to watch in Falcons' second preseason game

Coming off their 34-10 drubbing by Cincinnati in their preseason opener at the Georgia Dome, the Falcons travel to Baltimore to play the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens. Head coach Mike Smith ruled out four players for the game because of injury: running back Jason Snelling, linebackers Robert James and Sean Weatherspoon and fullback Bradie Ewing. For the other players who...
Via Fox Sports South
August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons notebook: Gonzalez exempt for first week of camp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- For the second year in a row -- each of which seemed like the final season of his NFL career -- Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez will be excused from mandatory minicamp next week, head coach Mike Smith said Friday. Last year, Gonzalez, who said that he was 95 percent certain at training camp that the 2012 season would be his last, was excused because of a...
Via Fox Sports South
June 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Four added to competition committee

The NFL has added four coaches to its subcommittee for the influential Competition Committee, which discusses and recommends rules changes. Commissioner Roger Goodell chose Minnesota's Leslie Frazier, Miami's Joe Philbin, Carolina's Ron Rivera and Atlanta's Mike Smith for the subcommittee, which is chaired by Hall of Fame coach John Madden. The coaches' group...
Via Fox Sports
April 15, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL adds 4 coaches to competition subcommittee

The NFL has added four coaches to its subcommittee for the influential Competition Committee, which discusses and recommends rules changes. Commissioner Roger Goodell chose Minnesota's Leslie Frazier, Miami's Joe Philbin, Carolina's Ron Rivera and Atlanta's Mike Smith for the subcommittee, which is chaired by Hall of Fame coach John Madden. The coaches' group...
Via Fox Sports
April 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Determined To Make A Super Bowl Run In 2013

The Atlanta Falcons and QB Matt Ryan have experienced great regular season success the last couple of years but they seem to lose when it matters the most and that’s in the playoffs. This has been a great concern in the state of Georgia, but Coach Mike Smith is determined to change this perception of the team as well keep his players hungry, confident, and together as one.Matt...
Via Football Nation
February 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons maul Giants, 34-0

ATLANTA -- Frauds, pretenders: The Atlanta Falcons have been called both, and worse, this season. They undoubtedly changed some of those perceptions Sunday, with a convincing beat down of the defending Super Bowl champions that had to impress even their biggest doubters. Matt Ryan passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns, and the Falcons' defense dominated from the opening...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 17, 2012  |  Discuss

New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons: 5 Things We Learned

"Get the BLEEP off my field!!!" Those words were uttered by QB Matt Ryan in an earlier Atlanta Falcons win this season over the Carolina Panthers in the Georgia Dome.  "Matty Ice" would have been well within his rights to utter that same statement again Sunday afternoon after the 34-0 beat-down they handed Eli Manning and the New York Giants. The Giants now...
Via Football Nation
December 17, 2012  |  Discuss

NFL Rumors: NFL Players Vote Texans Coach Gary Kubiak And Falcons Coach Mike Smith Most Underrated NFL Coach

As it was reported on The Pigskin Report earlier this morning, the Sporting News conducted a survey of 103 NFL players from 27 different teams and asked them to rank the NFL coaches as far as overrated and underrated. Rex Ryan of the New York Jets was voted by the players as the most overrated NFL coach at this point. In terms of the most underrated NFL coach, the players produced...
Via thepigskinreport.com
November 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons' Smith's road from obscurity to top of his craft

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. For 12 years Mike Smith toiled in a place that would seem to embody the NFL coaching wilderness: Cookeville, Tenn., and Tennessee Tech, first as an assistant and, eventually, defensive coordinator. But, in a way, that period ended up underscoring the saying by Seneca, the ancient Roman philosopher and politician (a saying that Smith, whose parents were teachers...
Via Fox Sports South
October 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons' Smith's road from obscurity to top of his craft

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. For 12 years Mike Smith toiled in a place that would seem to embody the NFL coaching wilderness: Cookeville, Tenn., and Tennessee Tech, first as an assistant and, eventually, defensive coordinator. But, in a way, that period ended up underscoring the saying by Seneca, the ancient Roman philosopher and politician (a saying that Smith, whose parents were teachers...
Via Fox Sports South
October 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons a perfect 5-0 on west coast under Smith

Mike Smith credits the Falcons' success on the west coast to the performance of his players, not his travel schedule. Even so, Smith isn't about to mess with a winning formula. That means Friday was a travel day for the Falcons. Smith led a light practice, packed up his team and headed to the Atlanta airport for an afternoon flight to San Diego - two days before Sunday...
Via Fox Sports
September 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Pre-Season Game #3: What To Watch for Against the Phins

After falling just short against the Bengals in the second preseason game, the Falcons will leave the confines of the Georgia Dome and take their talents to South Beach to face off against the Miami Dolphins in their penultimate preseason match-up. This will be the homecoming for former Miami Dolphins DC Mike Nolan who now holds the same position within the Falcons organization....
Via Grits Blitz
August 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons Links: Calvin Cut, Second String QB Up for Grabs

Dominique Davis in Hunt for #2 QB Gig “Whoever the best backup guy is, whether if he’s a 10-year vet or a rookie, is going to be our backup quarterback,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said after practice on Saturday. “I think you have to go out there and let the play on the field [decide]. … It’s a matter of who plays the best.” Redman and Wilson have not played well...
Via Grits Blitz
August 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons rookie FB Ewing out for season

Atlanta Falcons' rookie fullback Bradie Ewing is out for the season after sustaining a knee injury during the team's exhibition game against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday. NFL.com reported that Falcons coach Mike Smith made the announcement Friday. Ewing will be placed on injured reserve on Saturday. Ewing was injured on a special teams play during the first half.
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons vs. Ravens: Five observations

It's telling that after the Falcons' 31-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in their preseason opener on Thursday that the head coaches of both teams were displeased with their respective teams' performances. Maybe that's just the nature of the preseason. Falcons head coach Mike Smith concentrated his postgame remarks mostly on why his team didn't win, as if it...
Via Fox Sports South
August 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons' green corners could get quality time

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. With the Falcons' two starting cornerbacks banged up and each sitting out at times in practice this week, head coach Mike Smith said on Tuesday that he had not made a determination yet as to whether they, along with a few others, would play in the team's first preseason game on Thursday at the Georgia Dome against Baltimore. The Falcons did not hold...
Via Fox Sports South
August 08, 2012  |  Discuss
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