NFL Notes: Rule Changes, Buccaneers, Falcons, & Patriots

Rule Changes The NFL announced released the list of changes the NFL competition committee is considering for next year. Modifying what is reviewable under instant replay Exploring processes and procedures of how a medical timeout would work Discussing banning the chop block Ensuring that the review process covers what was called on the field and does not create new fouls Refining...
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Atlanta Falcons soar in the latest Power Rankings

The offseason is only unofficially upon us, as teams have made coaching and front office changes, released players to create cap space, made decisions on their own pending free agents, and started evaluating draft prospects. As a result, teams look slightly different now than they did when the regular season ended. And that means it’s time to once again grade each franchise in...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Has linebacker Sean Weatherspoon played his last game for the Atlanta Falcons?

Anxiety in NFL locker rooms after a big turnover in the front office is only natural, but this next story comes as a bit of a surprise… AROUND COVER32 Five Things: How to improve the NFL Scouting Combine Draft Preview: The top 10 tight ends available in 2015 Long-time Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon shared an interesting post on Instagram over the weekend, which...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 5 Falcons Free Agents “Who’s Saying and Who’s Going”

In this article I will pick the Atlanta Falcons top five free agents and tell you which ones will stay and who will go. First let’s list the top five free agents. Without knowing exactly how Dan Quinn plans to operate as the Falcons head coach I am basing this on the teams perceived needs from this past season. The top five free agents are: Matt Bryant, Sean Weatherspoon, Corey...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons Interested In Re-Signing LB Sean Weatherspoon

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff make it clear on Tuesday that they plan to re-sign free agent LB Sean Weatherspoon this offseason. “Sean Weatherspoon is going to be an important part of building this defense and building this team,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said, via Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He has that side of him and that leadership that we need across...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints Preview

Sunday’s matchup against the Saints is poised to be a shootout. (Marc Serota) It’s a must-win game for the Atlanta Falcons as they head into New Orleans to take on the Saints this Sunday. And there’s already been a bit of trash talk between the two bitter rivals. Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis started the week off with this quotable: “Hopefully we come in this week and...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons injured LB Sean Weatherspoon tweets to Saints fans

Check out what Sean Weatherspoon had to say before the game this week. Man, I love #FalconsHateWeek. This just fuels it. The Aints are way too sorry to have our names in their mouth! Our team will be bringing a broom to the bayou! — Sean Weatherspoon (@SeanWSpoon56) December 18, 2014 They won’t let me talk to the media but they don’t know my Twitter password! Been apart...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Sean Weatherspoon talks trash on Twitter, says Falcons won’t let him talk to media

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is confident his team is going to beat the New Orleans Saints on Sunday to remain in the hunt for the NFC South division crown. Weatherspoon has not played this season after he suffered a torn Achilles over the summer, but he’s still willing to take on trash-talking Saints fans...Read More
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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Scouting the Saints Week 1 opponent: Atlanta Falcons

Week 1 is here and you guys know what that means: Falcons hate weak has arrived!!! The New Orleans Saints will be visiting their division rival and ‘little brothers’ the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday to kick off the 2014 season. I am tempted to engage in a great deal of hyperbole outlining exactly how terrible this Falcons team has the potential to be. However, as much amusement...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Mailbag: most important New Orleans Saints player in Week 1

Nick, it’s finally here! Only a few more days to wait before the Saints’ regular season kicks off, and I was wondering who you think will be the single most important player in this Sunday’s game in Atlanta? – Who Dat Willy, Westlake Willy, that’s a tough question. Since 22 players (at least) have an impact on each game, narrowing it down to just one person that will be...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

3 reasons the Atlanta Falcons will pound the Saints on Sunday

The Saints are a good team, like, really good. Many people have them ranked in amoung the upper echelon in the NFC, along with the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. They have a dynamic and an explosive offense and a defense that shocked the world last year as they vaulted from worst defense in NFL history to #4 in the league. As for Atlanta, well the world isn’t really...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons: Three observations from 'Hard Knocks' Episode 2

Tuesday's second installment of HBO's "Hard Knocks" was much different than the season premier. Sure there was fighting, but less. Yes, there was cursing, but the expletives were fewer in frequency, which means instead of every other word, it was seemingly every third word. Also still in the show--hard work, and tons of physical torture. But the players and coaches were shown during...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons: Episode 2 Recap

Rookie linebacker Prince Shembo looks primed to contribute this season. (John Bazemore) The second episode of Hard Knocks opens with a cut: undrafted rookie fullback Roosevelt Nix-Jones is released from the team. Cuts are probably the worst part of being a coach. Before the joint practice with the Tennessee Titans, Mike Smith warns anyone who fights will be thrown out. We’re then...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Signing Veteran LB Nick Barnett Still An Option For Falcons

Vaughn McClure of reports that free agent LB Nick Barnett is still on the Falcons’ radar and could be signed to a contract depending on how their linebackers play in training camp. The Falcons actually brought in Barnett for a workout back in June after they unfortunately lost LB Sean Weatherspoon for the season due to a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. Atlanta recently...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

What the signing of Pat Angerer possibly means for the Falcons

After the season-ending injury to Sean Weatherspoon, the Atlanta Falcons have been looking around for options as a potential replacement. Weatherspoon was supposed to be the anchor for their revamped 3-4 defense, alongside Paul Worrilow. Unfortunately the injuries continue to hinder his career, as he’s already missed 28 out of his last 48 games.Now the Falcons are scrambling to...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Indianapolis Colts linebacker signs one-year deal with Atlanta Falcons

Pat Angerer spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts before becoming a free agent this past March. He finished the 2013 season on IR, and has had a history of injuries, forcing the Colts to not bring him back. The Atlanta Falcons are in need of depth at linebacker after losing Sean Weatherspoon for the year with an Achilles injury. Today, the Falcons singed...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Camp Preview: Can the Falcons survive being thin at Linebacker?

If you’re a Falcons fan, you’ve probably had the following nightmare: it’s third and long, the Birds up by a field goal. All Atlanta has to do is stop the New Orleans Saints on third down, grab the punt, and run out the clock. Simple, simple football. Brees goes under center and makes his call. The Falcons defense is jumping around, trying to get in his head. Brees takes the...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Twitter Tuesday: Steven Jackson’s second career kicks off

Steven Jackson’s promising art career finally gets its debut! 11-year NFL veteran Steven Jackson feels like a rookie again as he preps for his first art show. @Atlanta_Falcons — NFLPlayerEngagement (@NFLPlayerEngage) July 15, 2014   Sean Weatherspoon is not letting the grief get the best of him These hard times testing but they’ll never break me/ What...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank ranked top-10 in the NFL

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...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

How Sean Weatherspoon can still help the Atlanta Falcons

By now, everyone in the world of sports knows that Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon suffered an injury to his Achilles heel and will be out for all of the 2014 season. The biggest concern most have mentioned, is that the Falcons have lost a key leader on defense. This leaves fellow linebackers Paul Worrilow and Joplo Bartu suddenly grabbing hold of the leadership reigns...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Two position battles not to miss at training camp

ATLANTA, GA- With Falcon’s training camp less than two weeks away; the Flowery Branch training facility is poised to become a battlefield to all the newcomers that wish to continue to wear the Atlanta colors at the beginning of September. The Falcons selected nine payers during this year’s draft but the Falcons also signed a whopping 20 undrafted free agents on May 12, 2014....
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Falcons that you would want to be friends with

This offseason, a lot of time has been spent analyzing, reporting, and speculating everything that’s been going on with the Atlanta Falcons. We spend so much time thinking about and discussing what the Dirty Birds can do on the field that we almost forget that they are normal people, just like us. The Falcons have a lot of guys on the roster with great personalities. With that...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Projecting the 2014 All NFC-South team, Atlanta Falcons have four guys

The offseason is essentially complete, as teams wind down between now and the start of training camp, it’s possible to assess what each team has on their roster; things are essentially set, especially in terms of starting lineups. That being the case, it’s also time to start looking at how teams stack up within their division. One of the best ways to do that is to select the...
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July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Top five ways to spend the 4th of July

It is America’s birthday today, and we at cover32 would love to know how you are spending the day: View poll on FanMob Whether or not you are hitting the lake or cooking out, have a safe weekend, and RISE UP! You may also be interested in:Top five ways to spend the 4th of JulyI hate that Sean Weatherspoon will be lost for the seasonAre the Atlanta Falcons a “contender” in danger...
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July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

I hate that Sean Weatherspoon will be lost for the season

Coming in to his contract year, Falcons fans were expecting Sean Weatherspoon to have a standout season. However, his torn Achilles came as a devastating blow to the Falcons’ defense. Many are skeptical at the Falcons’ ability to replace such a vocal player on this defense, and rightfully so. Sure, Spoon never really lived up to his potential, but it is hard to do that when you...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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