Top 10 Falcons since 2004: Final Five

   Link to #10-6 #5: Center,  Todd McClure (2000-2012) As great as Tyson Clabo was for the Falcons’ there is little doubt in my mind that McClure is the best Falcons’ offensive lineman over the past 10 years. McClure was the heart, soul and mind of a Falcons’ line whose mid-2000′s rushing attack dominated the league and lead the league from ’04 to ’06. While Vick...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons Continue To Beef Up Lines With Round 1 Pick

Prior to the 2013 season, the Atlanta Falcons released starting RT Tyson Clabo and practically forced C Todd McClure into retirement. The team felt they had a good offensive line with Sam Bake, Justin Blalock, Peter Konz, Garrett Reynolds, and Mike Johnson. However injuries took Baker and Johnson out of the mix, and ineffective play […] The post Atlanta Falcons Continue To Beef...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons fire offensive, defensive line coaches

The Falcons, who struggled mightily in the trenches during the 2013 season, have fired offensive line coaches Paul Dunn and Pat Hill and defensive line coach Ray Hamilton, according to the team. “We didn’t win the line of scrimmage in most football games,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “I thought that was a factor.” The Falcons attempted to replace center Todd McClure...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Source: Falcons contacted McClure

The Atlanta Falcons recently considered bringing center Todd McClure out of retirement to bolster their offensive line, a source told FOX Sports. The Falcons approached McClure about the possibility of returning during the team's bye week in mid-October. McClure, 36, was willing, but the Falcons ultimately decided against making the move. McClure retired after the 2012 season...
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November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

New Falcons OL bracing for first test from Saints

It's no secret that the new starters on Atlanta's offensive line, especially right tackle Lamar Holmes, will get a lot of attention from the Saints in Sunday's opening game. The new-look line must adjust to the departures of center Todd McClure, who retired, and right tackle Tyson Clabo, who was not re-signed. Holmes, who has played in only one game, was rushed into...
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September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Team Previews: Atlanta Falcons

Key Additions RB Steven Jackson, DE Osi Umenyiora, CB Desmond Trufant (draft), CB Robert Alford (draft), DE Malliciah Goodman (draft), TE Levine Toiolo (draft), DE Stansly Maponga (draft) Key Losses RB Michael Turner, FB Mike Cox, OT Tyson Clabo, OT Will Sviek, C Todd McClure, DE John Abraham, DE Lawrence Sidbury, DT Vance Walker, CB Brent Grimes, CB Dunta Robinson...
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August 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons' running game has room to improve

The Atlanta Falcons gave running back Steven Jackson a three-year, $12 million contract in the offseason to firm up a soft spot in their offense. After one preseason game, questions remain about the running game. Jackson carried five times for just 8 yards and the Falcons rushed for 92 overall in Thursday's 34-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Atlanta's offensive line...
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August 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Peter Konz steps into big role as Falcons' center

Peter Konz had his proverbial baptism by fire as a rookie when he started 12 games at right guard for the Atlanta Falcons. Now that he's the starting center following the retirement of Todd McClure, Konz should be grateful for the experience when Atlanta opens the regular season Sept. 8 at New Orleans. There's still much to learn, particularly in making the right calls...
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July 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Players to Watch NFC South

Our players to watch segment now takes a look at the NFC South Atlanta Falcons: Peter Konz C- This will be Konz first season as the full time center as he replaces veteran Todd McClure. The second rounder was the Falcons first pick in 2012 and started 10 games at right guard last year. In his starts he showed flashes of that great technique that Wisconsin Offensive Lineman are known...
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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

State of the Falcons: Defensive Tackles

When we left off, we finished up our offensive look at the 2013 Falcons as compared to the 2012 squad. We went through the RBs, QBs, WR/TE and offensive line. The biggest jump in talent is at the RB position with the addition of Steven Jackson and the biggest concern is on the OL with the departure of Tyson Clabo and Todd McClure. Now let's start our defensive look by focusing...
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May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

State of the Falcons: WR/TE

Yesterday we started out our "State of the Falcons" series going position group by position group and seeing where we feel the Falcons roster is at now versus the 2012 roster. On paper, with the loss of Tyson Clabo and Todd McClure, the offensive line looks worse than it was in 2012. Now let's take a look at the wide receivers and tight ends. The main players...
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May 08, 2013  |  Discuss

McClure retires after 14 seasons

Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Monday that retiring center Todd McClure will have a new home in the team's Ring of Honor. McClure, the Falcons' longtime center, officially announced his retirement in a ceremony attended by quarterback Matt Ryan and offensive linemen Tyson Clabo, Sam Baker and Justin Blalock. Blank said McClure's career merits him joining former stars...
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March 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons' McClure to join team's 'Ring of Honor'

ATLANTA -- For the last two years, Atlanta Falcons right tackle Tyson Clabo has organized a campaign, replete with baseball caps and backed by social media, to try and get the teams center Todd McClure voted to the Pro Bowl. The sentiment was partly playful, but mostly sincere. When Clabo made the Pro Bowl himself for the 2010 season, his comments were mostly about how he felt McClure...
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March 25, 2013  |  Discuss

McClure retiring after 14 seasons

Center Todd McClure will officially announce his retirement at a news conference Monday after spending his entire 14-year career with the Atlanta Falcons. The 36-year-old McClure said on Twitter, ''Hope I can get through it with out getting (too) choked up.'' He added a hashtag with ''falcon4life.'' While McClure had hoped to play another year or...
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March 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcon 4 Life: McClure retiring after 14 seasons

Center Todd McClure will officially announce his retirement at a news conference Monday after spending his entire 14-year career with the Atlanta Falcons. The 36-year-old McClure said on Twitter, ''Hope I can get through it with out getting (too) choked up.'' He added a hashtag with ''falcon4life.'' While McClure had hoped to play another year or...
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March 25, 2013  |  Discuss

2012 Performance-Based Pay Distributions

The NFL announced the performance-based pay distributions for last season on Wednesday. You can read more about the league’s methodology for these distribution by visiting their NFL Labor site.   Player Team Position Distribution 1. Vontaze Burfict CIN LB $299,465 2. Dallas Reynolds PHI G $294,844 3. Brain de la Puente NO C ...
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March 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Todd McClure Will Retire a Falcon After 14 Seasons

After 14 great seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Todd McClure has decided to hang 'em up. As is the case with most offensive linemen, McClure was vastly under-appreciated by most casual Falcons fans and will likely leave in the same manner. After all, with all the excitement surrounding free agency, the recent release of three key starters and the return of Tony...
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March 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Could Falcons' Abraham, Turner become cap casualties?

With reports that the Atlanta Falcons are projected to have only about $1.7 million in salary cap space this offseason, some are envisioning a scenario where both veterans DE John Abraham and RB Michael Turner could be released in order to create an estimated $10.4 million in cap space. That's a tough decision that lies ahead, but one head coach Mike Smith reluctantly acknowledges.
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February 05, 2013  |  3 Comments

McClure rarely noticed but in middle of everything

When Todd McClure was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, the team had just made it to the Super Bowl for the first time. He figured it would be easy to get back again. Well, he's still waiting. Fourteen years later. McClure is the longest-serving member of the Falcons, a center who's always right in the middle of things but rarely gets noticed. He was a big help early on...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons eager to end playoff drought vs Seahawks

The Atlanta Falcons know what it takes to win in the regular season. When it comes to the playoffs, that's another matter. Perhaps no team faced a greater burden going into this postseason than the Falcons, the NFC's top-seeded team for the second time in three years. They've yet to win a playoff game under the trio of quarterback Matt Ryan, coach Mike Smith and general...
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January 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Looking Into the Falcons Future

As the NFL’s regular season draws to an end many teams are already starting to make changes for the future of their franchises. Seven Head Coaches and several General Managers were fired on what is now known as Black Monday in the NFL. The Atlanta Falcons aren’t among those teams as they finished up the regular season with a 13-3 record and home-field-advantage in the play-offs...
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January 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons Week 17 preview vs. Bucs

Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Where: Georgia Dome Time: 1 p.m. Records: Falcons (13-2, 3-2 in NFC South); Buccaneers (6-9, 2-3). Point Spread (Danny Sheridans odds as published in USA Today): Atlanta is favored by 3 with an over of 46. Key Offensive Matchup Any time an opponent has the worst pass defense in the NFL, as Tampa Bay does, thats something a team should look to exploit...
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December 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons in Detroit: Three Position Battles

It seems like only last October Atlanta walloped the Lions in Detroit.  While the box score was only 23-16 Atlanta easily outperformed a powerful NFC North opponent. The most memorable part was Roddy White and Todd McClure claiming Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril taunted our quarterback after he was briefly injured.   Anyways, Atlanta is not playing the red hot 5-1 Lions. Atlanta...
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December 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Atlanta seeks to keep Detroit's Suh away from Ryan

The Atlanta Falcons have a simple goal this week against Ndamukong Suh. They want to keep Detroit's high-strung defensive tackle from touching quarterback Matt Ryan. Each team complained about the other following Atlanta's seven-point victory last year in Detroit. Falcons center Todd McClure and receiver Roddy White said that Suh and left end Cliff Avril were taunting...
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December 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Week 15 NFL Power Rankings (#4)

Last week: 4 (+0) Record: 11-2 Net points per drive: 0.54 (7th) DVOA: 5.2% (11th) Weighted DVOA: 0.6% (14th) It’s not so much concerning that the Falcons lost in Carolina than it is that no one was really surprised. The Patriots lost to the Cardinals. The 49ers lost to the Rams. The Giants lost to the Redskins twice last season. But it wasn’t surprising because they’ve been...
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December 13, 2012  |  Discuss
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