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This is what rivalries are made of: Saints v. Falcons

                                           Derick Hingle/USA TODAY Sports Deuce Windham New Orleans Saints Writer When football fans think of the toughest rivalries in the NFL they generally think of the Bears and the Packers, Browns and Bengals, “Manning vs Brady” and a few more well known rivalries. These are the ones that most commonly get brought up...
Via TopSportsReport
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The five best current GM/head coach tandems in the NFL

Some teams lack the talent to win games. Some teams lack the wins even with talent on the roster. And some teams have trouble consistently winning. Good teams have the necessary front office pieces in place with a head coach that fully maximizes the capabilities of its players. So without further ado... 1.) Bill Belichick/--: I left the GM slot blank because Bill Belichick is his...
Via Football Nation
13 days ago  |  Discuss

In Depth 2014: Atlanta Falcons

Just a year after nearly going to the Super Bowl, the Atlanta Falcons were one of the favorites to again make a deep run in the playoffs. Instead, Atlanta is picking sixth in the NFL draft after one of the most disappointing seasons in recent memory. Was it injuries that set the Falcons astray? Or is this an aging team with salary cap issues on a downward slide? Two bloggers shared...
Via Zone Blitz
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Can new coaches change culture in Atlanta?

Change seemed inevitable for Blank’s Falcons (Photo by Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports) The disappointing 4-12 season that the Atlanta Falcons just endured did not sit well with Falcons owner Arthur Blank; nor should it.  The Falcons were coming off an NFC-best 13 wins, a number one seed in the playoffs, and were a win away from playing in the Super Bowl just a season ago. The 2013...
Via isportsweb.com
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

NFC South Roundup: All quiet in Atlanta early in offseason

While only one NFC South team played in the wild card round of the playoffs, there were still plenty of storylines generated by the division. Only the Atlanta Falcons avoided NFL headlines, making the decision to stay pat on their general manager and head coach. Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff will both be back next season with the team, most believe owner Arthur Blank made the correct...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

NFC South Roundup: Panthers ready to prove elite status

While only one NFC South team played in the wild card round of the playoffs, there were still plenty of storylines generated by the division. Only the Atlanta Falcons avoided NFL headlines, making the decision to stay pat on their general manager and head coach. Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff will both be back next season with the team, most believe owner Arthur Blank made the correct...
Via cover32 - Panthers
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

NFC South Roundup: Saints prove road is passable

While only one NFC South team played in the wild card round of the playoffs, there were still plenty of storylines generated by the division. Only the Atlanta Falcons avoided NFL headlines, making the decision to stay pat on their general manager and head coach. Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff will both be back next season with the team, most believe owner Arthur Blank made the correct...
Via cover32 - Saints
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

NFC South Roundup: Tampa Bay, feeling the Lovie

While only one NFC South team played in the wild card round of the playoffs, there were still plenty of storylines generated by the division. Only the Atlanta Falcons avoided NFL headlines, making the decision to stay pat on their general manager and head coach. Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff will both be back next season with the team, most believe owner Arthur Blank made the correct...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: How Did We Get Here?

We are now six years into the Mike Smith/Matt Ryan/Thomas Dimitroff era in Atlanta, and the team is coming off of its most disappointing, frustrating season under the regime (maybe even the history of the franchise, given the circumstances and expectations). But how did this season, one of such high hopes and expectations, come to be so disappointing? In order to figure this out...
Via The Farm Club
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Smith hopes Atlanta keeps creating turnovers

Falcons coach Mike Smith hopes his defense is finally starting to understand how to create takeaways. Despite being eliminated from playoff contention in a Week 11 home loss to New Orleans, Atlanta has four interceptions and eight fumble recoveries in three games since. Strong safety William Moore, rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant and defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux were...
Via AP on Fox
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons need young players to thrive during stretch run

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. With the straightest of straight faces, Mike Smith decided to crack a joke on Monday. The Falcons head coach, who, in his official business with the media, is mostly as serious as they come, had some fun at the expense of the teams beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution while staring into cameras that would, at some point, carry the news conference...
Via Fox Sports South
December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

The weekend in NFL stupidity

A lot of bad officiating this week, so we'll spend a lot of time ripping the officials and the rules they're obligated to attempt to enforce. Here goes it. The stupidest fourth-down decision This was only slightly stupid, because it wouldn't have looked too bad had the kick been good, but I still don't agree with Mike Smith's decision to attempt a 52-yard...
Via This Given Sunday
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons in danger of first-to-worst finish in NFC

The Falcons have sole claim to the NFC's worst record at 2-9, a dramatic decline for a team which owned the conference's best mark one year ago. Coach Mike Smith said Monday he has no interest in completing a first-to-worst run for the Falcons, even if it brings the top pick in the NFL draft as a reward. Atlanta was 13-3 last season. ''I can assure you this: We...
Via AP on Fox
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Smith snaps at critics, defends Falcons' toughness

The irony could not have been more apparent. About six minutes after New Orleans Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks went unpenalized for a blow to the head on quarterback Matt Ryan in the second quarter, Falcons right tackle Jeremy Trueblood received an unnecessary roughness call for a blow to Hicks' head. The call wiped out a 12-yard gain that would have given the Falcons a...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Fend Off The Falcons, 17-13: Five Things We Learned

The Falcons are now just playing for pride while the Saints are playing to stay alive …It’s hard to expect the Falcons to “rise up” after Thursday’s 17-13 loss against the Saints. Not even Samuel L. Jackson, one of the team’s most prolific fans, could prevent New Orleans from delivering the Falcons their first losing season in the Mike Smith era."I felt like the...
Via Football Nation
November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Smith snaps at critics, defends Falcons' toughness

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. The irony could not have been more apparent. About six minutes after New Orleans Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks went unpenalized for a blow to the head on quarterback Matt Ryan in the second quarter, Falcons right tackle Jeremy Trueblood received an unnecessary roughness call for a blow to Hicks' head. The call wiped out a 12-yard gain that would have...
Via Fox Sports South
November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons failures in loss to Saints typifies ugly season

ATLANTA -- News flash: For the first time in five weeks on Thursday, the Atlanta Falcons were not blown out. Yet for the fifth straight game they lost, this time to arch-rival New Orleans, 17-13, in a game at the Georgia Dome that stood within their grasp on so many different plays -- only the Falcons failed to make those plays, sometimes out of rotten luck and sometimes out of commission...
Via Fox Sports South
November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Blank has assured Mike Smith he'll return in 2014

Last January, at the end of a bipolar Sunday at the Georgia Dome, they were 10 yards away from the Super Bowl. Ten months later, to borrow from the Rolling Stones' abbreviated psychedelic phase, the Atlanta Falcons are 2,000 light years from home. As the reigning NFC South champions prepare to host this year's division leaders, the New Orleans Saints, on "Thursday...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons: 2013 Week 12 NFL Pick

New Orleans Saints (8-2) at Atlanta Falcons (2-8) This line was at 6.5 last week. Now it’s at 9 and the public is still all over the Saints. The Saints are awesome and the Falcons suck. How can the Saints not win by double digits right? Well, that seems to be what the public is thinking as the public is all over the Saints. That alone leads me to think about going with Atlanta...
Via The Football Fan Spot
November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

The Old Man's Picks - Week Twelve

New Orleans Saints (-8) at Atlanta Falcons – Thursday NightThe Falcons now occupy last place in the NFC South after getting roughed up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday. This game should be the lock of the week as the Saints just have too many weapons for the Falcons to stop. Mike Smith will be more like Mike Lafontaine from A Mighty Wind asking “Wha’ Happened” as the...
Via Pro Football Spot
November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons trying to come to terms with dismal season

The music was blaring in the Atlanta Falcons locker room Tuesday, which made it seem like old times. Hardly. The Falcons (2-8) are mired in a four-game losing streak and all but assured of their first losing season since 2007 heading into Thursday's prime-time game against the first-place New Orleans Saints. For players such as quarterback Matt Ryan, these are the strangest...
Via AP on Fox
November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons vs. Saints 2013 Round 2: A Chance for Redemption

There's no denying it. This Atlanta Falcons team is done in terms of making the playoffs in 2013, and probably in terms of even finishing with a non-losing record. Sitting at 2-8 is something that Mike Smith and his team have never experienced, and they don't like it...not one bit. But Thursday night is a chance for redemption. It's the last opportunity this team will...
Via Georgia Sports Craze
November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons must bounce back quickly for Saints clash

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith might have hedged last week when asked if he would go to young players during the teams bitterly disappointing season. But after the club's latest non-competitive loss, major personnel changes as signified late in the game could be on the way. The Falcons don't have much time to regroup before their Thursday home...
Via Fox Sports South
November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Tony Gonzalez and Falcons GM voice support for Mike Smith

The Atlanta Falcons are 2-7 and staring down a period of misery.  Does that mean that head coach Mike Smith is on his way out of town? Smith who took the Falcons job in 2008, has never had a losing season with the franchise, yet seems to be destined for one now. Please click here to read this story.  The post Tony Gonzalez and Falcons GM voice support for support for Mike Smith...
Via Players View
November 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Smith: Candidates Who Could Replace the Falcons' Head Coach

Two months may not seem like a long time but in the NFL it can be an eternity - especially if your team is losing when it should be winning.That best defines the state and condition of the Atlanta Falcons and head coach Mike Smith.At the beginning of the season, Smith appeared poised and ready to help one of the best teams in the NFC and the NFL as well, take the next step to get...
Via Football Nation
October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

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