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Measuring Sticks for Dan Quinn's Falcons in 2015

Dan Quinn is “fired up” to be the new head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Similarly, Falcons fans are just as excited to have Quinn in Atlanta and are anxious to see how much success he can bring to the team.However, for Quinn’s first season, what should Falcons fans use a measuring stick to determine whether or not the Falcons have a successful 2015 campaign?There are two coaches...
Via Pro Football Spot
20 days ago  |  Discuss

NFC South Off-Season grades: Falcons

Since we are now approaching training camp I figure it’s time I get off my butt and start taking a look into the 2015-16 season. The first thing I want to do is to take a look at all of the teams from the NFC South and I’m going to grade their off-seasons. Now to be clear this isn’t necessarily a grade on the team overall, that will come later when I scout them, its just how...
Via The Saints Nation
June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Defense improvement is still the focus for the Atlanta Falcons

The one thing former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith was supposed to do was give the team one of the best defenses in the NFL. Over the course of his final two seasons in the Peach State, he failed to deliver, despite injuries to the franchise, and was shown the door for his troubles. It was only three short years ago that the Falcons were at home in the NFC Title game and...
Via cover32
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

The Good, Bad and Ugly of the Atlanta Falcons’ 2014 Season

Now that we all have had a few days to digest the bitter end to the season, I think it's time to look at it as a whole. There were some good times, some bad times and some downright ugly times.While there may have, in fact, been far more bad and ugly experiences than good this season--that doesn’t mean this year wasn’t without the positives, even if they were few and far between...
Via Pro Football Spot
January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Smith, Dimitroff disagreed regarding how Falcons should build defense

ATLANTA -- Monday's press conference to formally announce that Mike Smith had been released from his contract wasn't all about the Atlanta Falcons parting ways with the most successful coach in franchise history. Stuck away toward the end of the meeting, team owner Arthur Blank and general manager Thomas Dimitroff discussed the failures of this team over the past few years to get...
Via Fox Sports South
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Smith, Dimitroff disagreed regarding how Falcons should build defense

ATLANTA -- Monday's press conference to formally announce that Mike Smith had been released from his contract wasn't all about the Atlanta Falcons parting ways with the most successful coach in franchise history. Stuck away toward the end of the meeting, team owner Arthur Blank and general manager Thomas Dimitroff discussed the failures of this team over the past few years to get...
Via Fox Sports South
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 takeaways from NFL Black Monday

McDaniels, AKA The Hot New Guy10) You'd think that with all of the times the Jets have ran off a coach, they would have the procedure down pat9) Now that the Niners have ran off Jim Harbaugh, Colin Kaepernick will finally feel secure enough in his manhood to get rid of those tatoos8) There's something a little unseemly about Jay Cutler still having work, while the coach he killed...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Black Monday: Coaches Fired and Their Potential Replacements

Black Monday wouldn’t be Black Monday without some controversy or guess as to what happens next for the franchises that make changes with their head coaches.Four coaches got the news that they would not be retained and another left his post amicably. Now, the watch is on to see who will not only replace the teams’ head men, but can they turn fledgling franchises around.Here are...
Via Football Nation
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons QB Matt Ryan pushing to win for coach Mike Smith

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Quarterback Matt Ryan is hoping to spend another few years with Mike Smith as coach of the Atlanta Falcons. As Ryan sees it, why not? With a victory Sunday over Carolina (6-8-1), Smith will have led Atlanta (6-9) to three NFC South titles and five playoff appearances since Ryan was drafted third overall in 2008. ''Smitty's been awesome,'' Ryan told The Associated...
Via AP on Fox
December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Hoping For Some Late Season Luck

One more game. The Atlanta Falcons took care of business on Sunday afternoon when they beat the New Orleans Saints on the road. Now, they must take care of business again, playing their final game of the regular season at home against the Carolina Panthers.Win and they are in. Lose and they are home for the new year.Sunday showed the Falcons have more grit and game than some might...
Via Football Nation
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Will an NFC South Title Save Mike Smith's Job?

For much of the last year there has been two camps among the Falcons fan base. One has been the fire Mike Smith camp and then there’s the keep Mike Smith around camp. Going into this season it seemed to be rather split between the two camps. But as the season played out and the Falcons blew leads, struggled on the road and at times just flat out didn’t look good the fire Mike...
Via Pro Football Spot
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pass rush, active defense push Falcons one win from NFC South crown

The first step in Atlanta's win-or-go-home final two-game stretch of the season was a resounding success. The Falcons took apart the New Orleans Saints 30-14 on Sunday to set up a winner-takes-all NFC South showdown with the Carolina Panthers next week. A playoff trip will be rewarded to whichever team wins the Week 17 matchup between the 6-9 Falcons and the 6-8-1 Panthers. It will...
Via Fox Sports South
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta at New Orleans: The Season Hangs in the Balance

The writing is clearly on the wall for the Atlanta Falcons when they travel to New Orleans this weekend.Win and they still have a chance at the playoffs. Lose and their hopes are all but over.A loss could also spell the end for head coach Mike Smith and his staff.Maybe the greatest part of this contest will be the receiving corps for both teams as Matt Ryan and Drew Brees figure...
Via Football Nation
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons vs. Saints by the Numbers

92- Sunday's game will be the 92nd time the Falcons and Saints have battled during an NFL season--this number includes the one and only playoff game between them in 1991. The very first meeting took place on November 20, 1967 ( Saints won 27-24). The Falcons lead the all time series 48-43.11- Head coaches, Sean Payton and Mike Smith have faced off 11 times. Mike Smith claimed victory...
Via Pro Football Spot
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints: 2014 Week 16 NFL Pick

Atlanta Falcons (5-9) at New Orleans Saints (6-8) The Saints recently won 20 straight home games with Sean Payton and Drew Brees, covering in almost all of them (18-1-1 ATS), but they’ve since lost 4 straight games at home, all as favorites. On the season, they are just 2-5 ATS at home and oddly enough they are 4-3 ATS on the road. The Saints certainly aren’t the auto-bet at...
Via The Football Fan Spot
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Behind Enemy Lines: Atlanta Falcons Edition

In this week's edition of Behind Enemy Lines, I talked with Atlanta Falcons team journalist Allen Strk on the eve of this weekend's showdown in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. (You can find our other interview centered on the Saints' outlook of this matchup here.)Allen, welcome to our forum! Let's get started.First off, on July 23rd, Matt Ryan signed a 6yr, $113.75 million contract...
Via Pro Football Spot
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta at New Orleans: 5 Things to Know

With everything on the line on Sunday for the game in New Orleans, the Atlanta Falcons hope having already beat the Saints once this season will be a good luck charm in helping to decide the NFC South. The team is also hoping stud wide receiver Julio Jones will be available when Atlanta faces the Saints defense.Here are five things to know about this game.BIGGER, BETTER, MORESo much...
Via Football Nation
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Plenty at Stake When Falcons Travel to New Orleans

Three teams. Two games. One playoff spot.If you didn’t think the next two weeks of the NFL season were HUGE, think again.There is nothing like late season playoff drama in the NFL, especially if one team in the NFC could have a losing record and could knock out a team with a better record. But I will go on record as saying the team that wins the NFC South should have nothing to...
Via Football Nation
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons coach Smith facing an uncertain future

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Coach Mike Smith keeps searching for ways to fix the Atlanta Falcons, and nothing seems to work. Since finishing 10 yards shy of the Super Bowl two years ago, the Falcons have been a model of dysfunction on the field. They are 9-21 over the last two years and have lost three of five entering Sunday's game at New Orleans. ''Every time we go out there, we...
Via AP on Fox
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Loss to Steelers shows Falcons have yet to answer playoff urgency bell

ATLANTA -- No matter what Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said, this season in the NFC South has been absolutely bonkers. After the Falcons lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers at home on Sunday, Smith was asked how he felt about the way this season has played out, and the fact that if Atlanta handles its business in its final two games it will win the division. "Nothing is odd...
Via Fox Sports South
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers Looks to Ground Falcons: 5 Things To Know

The Falcons beat the Arizona Cardinals before falling in a comeback heart breaker to the Green Bay Packers. Now, the team clinging to the NFC South lead at 5-8 have another mountain to climb as the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town. Can Atlanta, who can only make the post season by winning the division, give the Steelers defense a jolt like it did to the Packers last Monday night...
Via Football Nation
December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons still control their fate in 'crazy' NFC South

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) It's possible 5-8 never looked so good. The Atlanta Falcons have played just well enough to control their fate in the much-ridiculed NFC South, even though they can't finish the regular season with a winning record. Atlanta, which plays the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, is coming off a Monday night loss at Green Bay. Despite the loss, the Falcons still...
Via AP on Fox
December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons hoping hip injury won't sideline Jones

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Falcons coach Mike Smith said Tuesday the ''intention'' is for wide receiver Julio Jones to play this week against Pittsburgh after hurting his hip in Monday night's loss at Green Bay. Jones had 11 catches for a team-record 259 yards with one touchdown in the 43-37 loss to the Packers. He watched from the sideline after leaving the game in the fourth quarter...
Via AP on Fox
December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons vs. Packers: Saturday (Sunday) Scoop

The Green Bay Packers finally get an appearance on Monday Night Football this season as they host the Atlanta Falcons to kick off the December portion of their schedule.  The Packers are 6-0 at home and are playing some inspiring football over the past month.  With big wins over the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, the Packers must be taken seriously and especially...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

After beating Cards, Falcons face mighty Packers

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons are two games below .500. The Green Bay Packers might be playing as well as anyone in the league. But, as Falcons coach Mike Smith pointed out Monday, both teams are in identical spots in the standings heading to the final month of the regular season. ''They're playing for the same thing we're playing for,'' Smith said. ''They're in first...
Via AP on Fox
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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