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Arizona Visits Atlanta: Five Things to Know

The Falcons are still in the playoffs.If the season ended today, Atlanta would win the NFC South and host a playoff game. It would be the strangest thing to happen to the NFL in quite some time.The fans that fill the Georgia Dome on a weekly basis may get excited, but the ride may be a short one. And of course, some team with a winning record, or two for that matter, may be left...
Via Football Nation
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Soliai, Jackson bring size to Atlanta's D-line

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The mandate came from the top of the Atlanta Falcons' chain of command when the offseason began. Owner Arthur Blank, echoing what coach Mike Smith said the day after Atlanta wrapped up a 4-12 record, demanded that the team get stronger and stouter on both sides of the line of scrimmage. For the defensive line, that meant acting quickly in free agency to...
Via AP on Fox
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Team Previews: Atlanta Falcons

Key AdditionsQB T.J. Yates, TE Bear Pascoe, G Jon Asamoah, G/T Gabe Carimi, DE/DT Tyson Jackson, DT Paul Soliai, CB Josh Wilson, CB Javier Arenas, S Dwight Lowery, KR Devin Hester, OT Jake Matthews (drafT), DE/DT Ra'Shede Hageman (draft), RB Devonta Freeman (draft), DE/OLB Prince Shembo (draft)Key LossesRB Jason Snelling, TE Tony Gonzalez, G Garrett Reynolds, OLB Stephen Nicholas...
Via Heff's Sports Blog
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Training camp preview: Position battles facing the Falcons

ATLANTA -- When the NFL closed up on-the-field action with Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, millions of households began counting down to the start of the 2014 season. Sure, the combine, pro days, and the draft help whet appetites, but nothing's like getting back to work in the NFL. The Atlanta Falcons hit the field for training camp on Friday. It's a happy day in NFL circles. After...
Via Fox Sports South
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Camp Preview: Defensive Line begins camp under the microscope

One of the Falcons stated goals this off-season was to add toughness and resume control of the line of scrimmage. As Michael Aprile detailed in his Offensive Line report, the pick of Jake Matthews along with the signing of Jon Asomoah signaled their commitment to keep the offensive side of the line well protected, but what about the defensive side of the line? View poll on FanMob...
Via cover32 - Falcons
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Three Bold Predictions For Training Camp

It isn’t a great feeling when it seems the bully on the schoolyard continues to beat you up week after week. That is exactly happened to the Atlanta Falcons last year. The defensive line was getting pushed around, giving up an eye-opening 4.8 yards per carry last year. So to combat that, the team with a defensive-minded coach in Mike Smith did the only thing it could do – it...
Via Football Nation
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons Season Preview: never too early

With the NFL, there’s always a demand for discussion. In America the NFL slaughters everything, with college football a distant number two. And everything else below that is a niche sport So let’s get this party started. We continue the never too early season preview series with the Atlanta Falcons.   Overview:  As Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris say ,”Welcome to Atlanta”...
Via The Sports Bank
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons bringing rookie Hageman along slowly

Ra'Shede Hageman said learning the Falcons' defense is not like learning astronomy, his final class at the University of Minnesota. By that, the defensive lineman, the Falcons' second-round pick, meant that it's doable but that it will nonetheless require some time. "It's football," Hageman said of coordinator Mike Nolan's fairly complex defense. "It's what I love to do. So the fact...
Via Fox Sports South
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading the Draft: Atlanta Falcons edition

Sports Ruckus writer Jessie Peel has graded the entire NFC South, and while some Dirty Bird fans might not like his grading, he has some very valid points.  Let’s see what the Falcons finished with. Atlanta Falcons Draft Needs: DE, OT, S, TE, WR Key Additions: DT Paul Soliai (five years, $32 million), DE Tyson Jackson (five years, $25 […] The post Grading the Draft: Atlanta...
Via NFL Draft Diamonds
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Who is backing up Matty Ice; Grading Hester’s potential; and could Soliai the missing key?

Here are the top columns from the previous week in case you missed them! A look into the potential back-up situation for Matt Ryan Grading out Devin Hester’s potential impact Can Paul Soliai be the key to Atlanta’s defense? You may also be interested in:Weekly Rewind: Who is backing up Matty Ice; Grading Hester’s potential; and could Soliai the missing key?Devin Hester looking...
Via cover32 - Falcons
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

No Atlanta Falcons offensive tackles named top-10 in the NFL… yet

Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro. Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important...
Via cover32 - Falcons
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Paul Soliai: could he fix the Atlanta Falcons’ defensive woes?

So there’s actually less than 96 days until the Atlanta Falcons football (preseason)  kicks off, but let’s be honest, most people are really looking forward to the September 7th Sunday afternoon showdown between the Dirty Birds and that team from New Orleans. They shall remain nameless. With that said, let’s take a brief look at the man who sports jersey No. 96.   A few...
Via cover32 - Falcons
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Review of the Atlanta Falcons’ 2014 NFL Draft

Getting “bigger and tougher” was the offseason’s mantra. (John Bazemore) The Atlanta Falcons had Super Bowl aspirations going into last season but fell well short with a 4-12 record. The primary issues? Injuries, and toughness at the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense Quarterback Matt Ryan was hit a league-high – and career-high – 203 times last season. He was...
Via In The Neutral Zone
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins' new D-tackle Mitchell primed for new role

BY SEAN DONOVANFor the first time in four-plus seasons, the interior of the Miami Dolphins' defensive line won't feature the indomitable Paul Soliai, who left for more lucrative waters this offseason.The guy they pegged to replace him will be seeing some significant changes himself in 2014.Defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, whom Miami signed to a four-year, $16 million contract on the...
Via AFC East Daily
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Why the Atlanta Falcons should trade up in the first round

With the upcoming NFL Draft less than a month away, there are plenty of story-lines to analyze and various situations that could happen as teams are trying to better their rosters through this year’s draft class.  Many questions have surrounded what are arguably two of the most exciting players to play college football in Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney, and where they will...
Via isportsweb.com
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Falcons have quite the intriguing NFL Draft status

There is little doubt that Atlanta has improved in all three phases of the game this offseason.  On offense, Atlanta improved an already explosive (when healthy) attack by shoring up the offense line with the signings of projected backup Gabe Carimi and Right Guard Jon Asamoah. In defense, easily the Falcons’ weakness, an entirely revamped defensive line which now features former...
Via cover32 - Falcons
April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The strong case for re-signing Brent Grimes and Paul Soliai

In what has long been a question that has been placed on the virtual back burner, the Dolphins have to decide who over their 20 free agents to bring back.   It's highly possible that the position of cornerback  one year ago was the most crucial last season after the departure of Sean Smith in free agency and the pre-season trade sending Vontae Davis for picks.  However, despite...
Via Phins Phocus
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins free agency plan

The Miami Dolphins got off to a good start to the offseason with the signing of cornerback Brent Grimes to a 4 year, $32 million deal. The structure of the contract also allows the Dolphins to cut ties with Grimes if his production diminishes after the second year, when he will be 33 years of age.  While locking up Grimes was an important first move, GM Dennis Hickey will be busy...
Via Phins Phocus
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins free agency maneuvering is puzzling

They say you can't win a Super Bowl in the offseason.  Surely awards aren't handed out for winning the offseason. When it came to free agency, the Miami Dolphins chose conservatism rather than flashy names.  The Dolphins chose to spend frugally rather than wastefully.   What's so puzzling about the Dolphins dive into free-agency is that after signing one book end left tackle...
Via Phins Phocus
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts on 2014 Miami Dolphins Free Agency as of March 22nd

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Moments after the 2014 period began the Dolphins signed what should amount to their biggest addition of the year in Brandon Albert. He’ll hopefully man the LT position for at least 2-3 seasons, of his 5 year 47 million dollar contract. Kudu’s to Hickey, and Philbin for getting their man. – Grade A+ They overpaid, but had little choice. I won’t...
Via TopSportsReport
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agency head scratchers

Early in this offseason Falcons owner Arthur Blank said that he didn’t want any “splash” free agent moves, and it appears that the front office is taking his words to heart. When Paul Soliai , Tyson Jackson, and John Asamoah came in it hardly moved needle on the national buzz-meter. Which makes sense, those guys are all “bricks and mortar” type players who fill some of...
Via cover32 - Falcons
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading Dolphins' Early FA Signings

While the start of the 2014 regular season is roughly six months away, the beginning of the free agency period has been very kind to the Miami Dolphins. Though Miami has parted ways with starters from last season such as cornerbacks Dmitri Patterson and Nolan Carroll, embattled tackle Jonathan Martin and run-stuffing defensive tackle Paul Soliai, the Dolphins have made key additions...
Via Pro Football Spot
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins free agency maneuvering is puzzling

They say you can't win a Super Bowl in the offseason.  Surely awards aren't handed out for winning the offseason. When it came to free agency, the Miam Dolphins chose conservatism rather than flashy names.  The Dolphins chose to spend frugally rather than wastefully.   What's so puzzling about the Dolphins dive into free-agency is that after signing one book end left tackle...
Via Phins Phocus
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Run defense a main issue in free agency period

The first day of free agency in the National Football League brought many surprises. Many keynote, prominent players were released by their teams. Players such as Lance Moore and Darren Sproles were released by the Saints and the Cowboys released seven-time pro bowl defensive end Demarcus Ware to name a few. Nevertheless, with releasing of players comes the opportunity to improve...
Via isportsweb.com
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Falcons Free Agency recap: Where do they turn now?

The free agency period has told us a lot about the Falcons. The team is dealing with many problem areas. But the offseason has been centered around improving the offensive and defensive lines. The actions in free agency are now helping to solve them. They are also providing a picture of what to expect in the April draft. Atlanta has bolstered the offensive line and committed to a...
Via cover32 - Falcons
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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