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Sarkisian knows Falcons’ offense needs more than just ‘more chances’

Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian and quarterback Matt Ryan acknowledge the offense needs to be better than it has through five games. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) It’s the week coming off a collapse in the season coming off a collapse. So naturally, many are seeking a scapegoat. Matt Ryan, the NFL’s best quarterback and MVP in 2016, already has almost as...



Weekend Predictions: Because it makes no sense, Falcons beat Pats

Weekend Predictions: Because it makes no sense, Falcons beat Pats

Hello and welcome back to Weekend Predictions, where we always stand for the national anthem but we’re big on the First Amendment, which is so important that it’s FIRST(!), and we’re thankful for not living in the Cobb County district of Sheriff Neil Warren and state Rep(rehensible) Earl Earhart, who right about the time of National Free-Thought Day, and...
At 40, Tom Brady still a menace to NFL defenses

At 40, Tom Brady still a menace to NFL defenses

At age 40, New England quarterback is going after his sixth Super Bowl ring. Despite moving on in age when his knees should be starting to ache, his powerful passing arm should be getting tired and when a slide should bring on unthinkable pain, he’s still playing at an elite level a little over eight months after he ripped the heart out of the Falcons and earned his fifth Super Bowl ring. ...
Falcons add Tripp to injury report, Sanu and Upshaw progressing

Falcons add Tripp to injury report, Sanu and Upshaw progressing

The Falcons have added linebacker Jordan Tripp to their injury report after he entered the NFL’s concussion protocol. Head coach Dan Quinn said that all other players on the report are progressing ahead of Sunday’s game at the Patriots. Tripp, a fourth-year veteran signed on Sept. 5, has seen action on special teams in three games. Starting wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) returned...
Arthur Blank: Goodell extension is not done, making progress

Arthur Blank: Goodell extension is not done, making progress

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said although NFL owners have not finalized their contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell, the owners are confident the deal will get done, according to a report by the Washington Post. The chairman of the owners’ compensation committee that controls Goodell’s contract negotiations, Blank told the Washington Post after the NFL owners meeting...
Road closings set for Georgia Dome implosion

Road closings set for Georgia Dome implosion

Road closings have been announced for next month’s implosion of the Georgia Dome. Beginning Friday, traffic message signs will advise motorists of surrounding road closures that will be in effect on the morning of Nov. 20, the scheduled implosion date: • Andrew Young International Blvd from Philips Drive to Centennial Pkwy NW  • Phillips Drive from Centennial Pkwy NW...
Where to watch, listen to Falcons at Patriots 

Where to watch, listen to Falcons at Patriots 

The Atlanta Falcons (3-2) are set to play the New England Patriots (4-2) at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. in a matchup of the Super Bowl LI teams. TV: NBC — Play-by-play: Al Michaels; Color: Cris Collinsworth; Sideline: Michele Tafoya LOCAL RADIO: 92.9 The Game — Play-by-Play: Wes Durham; Color Analyst: Dave Archer;  Sideline: John Michael; Producer...
Analytics: Tom Brady the No. 1-rated quarterback in the NFL

Analytics: Tom Brady the No. 1-rated quarterback in the NFL

New England quarterback Tom Brady, at the age of 40, is still playing at an elite level. He ranked first among starting quarterbacks in the NFL, according to analytics website Football Outsiders. They evaulate quarterbacks according to a defense-adjusted yards-above-replacement (DYAR) measure, and Brady has a 651 rating, which ranks first in the league. They also rank the quarterbacks according...
On the hot seat: Falcons tight end Austin Hooper 

On the hot seat: Falcons tight end Austin Hooper 

Falcons tight end Austin Hooper was distraught after he was stripped of a ball in the red zone on a potential game-winning drive against Miami on Sunday. He’s pulled himself back together in time to face the New England Patriots.  Hooper has 22 catches for 242 yards and one touchdown and is the 10th-rated tight end in the NFL by Football Outsiders.com. He has a very strong 77 percent catch...
LEADOFF: Collinsworth says Super Bowl rematch ‘not just another game’ for Falcons

LEADOFF: Collinsworth says Super Bowl rematch ‘not just another game’ for Falcons

Cris Collinsworth, who was on the losing side in two Super Bowls as a Cincinnati Bengals receiver in the 1980s, will be in the broadcast booth Sunday night for the Falcons-Patriots rematch.  The NBC “Sunday Night Football” analyst discussed dealing with a Super Bowl loss, especially one as cruel as the Falcons’ loss after leading the Patriots 28-3 last February, on a conference...
X-factor: Can the Falcons stop tight end Rob Gronkowski? 

X-factor: Can the Falcons stop tight end Rob Gronkowski? 

New England tight end Rob Gronkowski will be the X-factor against the Falcons on Sunday. The Falcons have spent a lot of resources on players who they hoped could help cover tight ends better.  The Falcons were doing a good job against tight ends until Buffalo’s Charles Clay broke loose for 112 yards on five catches, including a 44-yard pass play, on Oct. 1. They held Green Bay’s...
What Matt Ryan had to say about the Patriots 

What Matt Ryan had to say about the Patriots 

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say before returning to the Boston area to face the Patriots: On the Falcons’ offense: “We’re close. We’re not clicking on all cylinders, but we’re close.” On the Patriots’ 32nd-ranked defense: “When you watch them, they are giving up some big plays for sure, but they’ve done a lot of really...
3 key matchups: Falcons at Patriots 

3 key matchups: Falcons at Patriots 

Here are three key matches to watch when the Falcons play the Patriots:  Falcons RB Devonta Freeman vs. Patriots LBs: Freeman, who failed to pick up a blitz on a key play in the Super Bowl, has been chipping and blocking well this season. He'll be ready to atone for his Super Bowl mistake against the Patriots, who like to send their linebackers, especially Dont'a Hightower, off the edge. Falcons...
Falcons ready for the great Gronkowski challenge 

Falcons ready for the great Gronkowski challenge 

The Falcons didn’t have to deal with New England tight end Rob Gronkowski in Super Bowl LI. He was out after undergoing back surgery, and Martellus Bennett started his spot. Gronkowski, a four-time Pro Bowler, has returned from surgery and is off to a fast start with the Patriots, who are set to host the Falcons at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.  Gronkowski has...
Falcons re-living Super Bowl for professional reasons, not psychological

Falcons re-living Super Bowl for professional reasons, not psychological

The Falcons don’t much like talking about the last Super Bowl, where they lost 34-28 in overtime to New England, but they haven’t burned videotapes of the game. Instead, they are watching repeatedly this week while preparing to play the Patriots again. It wouldn’t be right to say that Atlanta players and coaches could learn more for this Sunday’s game in New England from watching...
What Falcons head coach Dan Quinn had to say Wednesday

What Falcons head coach Dan Quinn had to say Wednesday

Falcons head coach spoke with media before Wednesday’s practice, the first in preparation for the team’s Super Bowl rematch against the Patriots in New England. Here’s what he had to say [edited for length]: “We had a good meeting and we talked about consistency, and [Houston Astros pitcher] Justin Verlander was one of the examples we showed the guys. That kind of consistency...
Falcons owner Arthur Blank comments on meeting with NFL players, owners

Falcons owner Arthur Blank comments on meeting with NFL players, owners

In a brief interview on ESPN’s “NFL Live” on Wednesday afternoon, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank discussed his thoughts on Tuesday’s meeting with the NFL, players and select owners. Blank was one of several owners to meet with players during this week’s NFL owners meeting to promote discussion about why players are protesting and what the NFL can do.  Owners...
So here we go again: What’s the deal with Matt Ryan?

So here we go again: What’s the deal with Matt Ryan?

“We lost to Miami. How is that possible?” (Curtis Compton/AJC) Today we offer the 10th annual installment in that Atlanta-based series, “What’s Wrong with Matt Ryan?” Most every year, the answer has been: Nothing much. It might well be the same this time, meaning that in six days or six weeks we’ll feel, yet again, silly for having said anything...
Falcons’ run defense drops two spots in the NFL rankings 

Falcons’ run defense drops two spots in the NFL rankings 

Falcons dropped two spots in the run defense rankings after giving up a season-high 138 yards rushing against the Miami Dolphins.  The Dolphins became the second consecutive team to rush for more than 100 yards against the Falcons. The Bills rushed for 117 yards.  The Falcons are giving up 102 yards a game, which ranks 13th in the league. Before the Miami game, they were giving up 93 yards...
What Bill Belichick had to say about the Falcons 

What Bill Belichick had to say about the Falcons 

Here’s what New England coach Bill Belichick had to say about the Falcons during a conference call with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday:  BELICHICK: “I think they are a very impressive group. They have a lot of talent. They are strong at every position. The offensive line is good. The quarterback is good. The running backs are good. Tight ends, receivers, they have a...
Do Falcons linemen want to run ball in short-yardage situations? 

Do Falcons linemen want to run ball in short-yardage situations? 

The Falcons ran the football while trailing 7-3 late in the second quarter on first-and-goal from the one-yard line against the Bills two weeks ago. Yep, in a short-yardage situation, running back Devonta Freeman took a handoff from Matt Ryan and got in behind left guard Andy Levitre and center Alex Mack and scored a touchdown. Later in the Bills game and early against the Dolphins last week, the...
Evander Holyfield to be honored with statue in Atlanta

Evander Holyfield to be honored with statue in Atlanta

Evander Holyfield, here giving his speech at the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony in Canastota, N.Y., on June 11, will soon have a statue in his honor in Atlanta. (Kyle Mennig/Oneida Daily Dispatch) Atlanta’s history of championship parades is brief. So is the city’s list of sport heroes, and it follows that few have been iconic enough...
Cover 9@9: Patriots have undergone a makeover since Super Bowl LI

Cover 9@9: Patriots have undergone a makeover since Super Bowl LI

FEBRUARY 5, 2017 HOUSTON TX – Falcons center Alex Mack (51) was playing with a fractured leg. The Atlanta Falcons lost to the New England Patriots in overtime, 34-28, in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX, Sunday, February 5, 2017. Bob Andres/AJC Good morning! Welcome to The...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons can’t back down 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons can’t back down 

Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley and linebacker DeVondre Campbell can’t back down against New England quarterback Tom Brady and his potent offense. Campbell is looking forward to checking tight end Rob Gronkowski in this rematch of Super Bowl LI here in the 16th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast. (Music by the late great Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers -- I won’t back down.)...
LEADOFF: How far have Falcons fallen in NFL power rankings?

LEADOFF: How far have Falcons fallen in NFL power rankings?

Consecutive home losses to the Bills and Dolphins have sent the Falcons tumbling in various versions of NFL power rankings.  The Falcons’ biggest drop this week was in NFL.com’s rankings, which dropped Atlanta eight spots to No. 12 with this assessment: “Maybe the Falcons aren’t that solid. Julio Jones was out there against Miami on Sunday, and Matt Ryan is the...
A quick look at the New England Patriots 

A quick look at the New England Patriots 

New England quarterback Tom Brady is still doing his thing at age 40. There hasn’t been a noticeable drop off in his play as the Patriots (4-2) are set to host the Falcons at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. in a rematch of Super Bowl LI.   Brady, who tormented the Falcons and led the unprecedented Super Bowl comeback from a 28-3 deficit, has carried his team...
Falcons make roster moves to practice squad

Falcons make roster moves to practice squad

The Falcons made several roster moves involving the practice squad Tuesday. Running back Brian Hill, quarterback Garrett Grayson and defensive lineman Joey Ivie were signed. Grayson and Ivie are new to the team. To make room, the Falcons released kicker Mike Meyer and placed quarterback Trevor Knight on the practice squad-injured list. Grayson played collegiately at Colorado State and threw for 9...
Falcons release official depth chart for Patriots game  

Falcons release official depth chart for Patriots game  

Marvin Hall is listed third wide receiver behind Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel on the Falcons official depth chart released by the team Tuesday. The Falcons play at the Patriots on Sunday. Hall, who had a 40-yard touchdown catch against the Dolphins last Sunday, is listed ahead of Nick Williams. The Falcons added running back Brian Hill, defensive lineman Joey Ivie and quarterback Garrett Grayson...
Five things to know about the Falcons on Tuesday 

Five things to know about the Falcons on Tuesday 

Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Tuesday:  1. Woody Hayes rule -- Run the ball.  Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman ran the ball 12 times for 82 yards in the first half against the Dolphins. They ran it only six times for 18 yards in the second half. Jeff Saturday (old Shamrock High) and the guys on ESPN’s NFL Primetime show ripped the Falcons for...
Falcons dispute ‘choker’ label but late-game fizzles are concerning

Falcons dispute ‘choker’ label but late-game fizzles are concerning

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has seen his team lose consecutive home games that it was expected to win, including Sunday’s 20-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) FLOWERY BRANCH – Welcome to electro-shock therapy week. The days leading up to the Falcons’ game against New England was going to be difficult regardless of how their first five ...
Falcons’ Super Bowl hangover is toxic and real 

Falcons’ Super Bowl hangover is toxic and real 

The Falcons don’t want to call it a Super Bowl hangover.  One simply can call it getting outscored in the second half. By a lot. The Falcons have been outscored 72-40 in the second half of their five games this season, including 20 unanswered points by the Dolphins in a 20-17 loss at home on Sunday to drop to 3-2. Falcons coach Dan Quinn can’t explain the trouble putting away teams...
Tweetcap of Dan Quinn’s Monday press conference

Tweetcap of Dan Quinn’s Monday press conference

Falcons coach Dan Quinn speaking to the media on Monday after the 20-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com) FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Dan Quinn spoke to the media on Monday. It was somber 17 minute review of the 20-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Some of the highlights included Quinn discussing how tight end Austin Hooper...
Falcons’ streak of 19 games with a sack snapped 

Falcons’ streak of 19 games with a sack snapped 

With the return of defensive end/linebacker Vic Beasley, the Falcons figured to extend their streak of 19 straight games with a sack. But the streak was snapped in the 20-17 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.  The Falcons had five quarterback hits and batted down seven passes from Jay Cutler, who was throwing a lot of quick passes. The Falcons did a good job of timing their jumps and clogging up...
Schweitzer’s play improving after rough start

Schweitzer’s play improving after rough start

Falcons right guard Wes Schweitzer continues to play well after that shaky debut in the season-opener at Chicago. Over 57 offensive snaps against Miami on Sunday, a 20-17 loss, Schweitzer didn’t’ allow a pressure in 39 pass blocking snaps and finished with his highest game grade (83.3) of the season from profootballfocus.com.  He has now graded as a top-10 guard in two consecutive...
Schraeder struggled in his return to action 

Schraeder struggled in his return to action 

Falcons right tackle Ryan Schraeder knew he didn’t have a good game against Miami. “It was a tough game,” Schraeder said just before leaving the locker room on Sunday after a 20-17 defeat. He missed the Detroit and Buffalo games and most of the Green Bay game with a concussion. The former Valdosta State standout wasn’t happy his performance in his return.  “I did...
6 reasons the Falcons should be glad – yes! – they’re playing the Patriots

6 reasons the Falcons should be glad – yes! – they’re playing the Patriots

The moment it all went wrong. (Hyosub Shin/AJC) Having just blown a 17-point lead to Jay Freakin’ Cutler , the Atlanta Falcons are bound for New England, where insufferable New Englanders are still chortling over another lost lead. No team had ever thought to etch a partial score showing a 25-point deficit in its championship rings &ndash...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Dolphins 20, Falcons 17

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Dolphins 20, Falcons 17

Despite the repeated denials of the existence of a Super Bowl Hangover, the Falcons continue to blow leads. They have been outscored 72-40 in the second halves of five games this season, including 20-0 in the second half against Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Left tackle Jake Matthews and wide receiver Julio Jones stop by the 15th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast to discuss...
Overreaction Monday: Book therapy for ‘Brotherhood,’ parade for Dogs

Overreaction Monday: Book therapy for ‘Brotherhood,’ parade for Dogs

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan appears stunned on the sidelines after throwing a interception in the final minute of the game against Miami. The Falcons blew a 17-0 lead and lost 20-17. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The Falcons like to talk about their, “Brotherhood.” The “Brotherhood” needs group therapy. No team, let alone a very good team, should blow a...
My Take: Sarkisian got out-foxed in second half 

My Take: Sarkisian got out-foxed in second half 

The Falcons’ offense was out-foxed in the second half against the Dolphins. Miami defensive coordinator Matt Burke got the best of Atlanta offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who was calling the game from above in the coaches’ box. Everything that worked in the first half offensively was taken away in the second half as the Dolphins made the Falcons’ one dimensional. Then they...
Ricardo Allen said the defense was ‘flat’ late in loss 

Ricardo Allen said the defense was ‘flat’ late in loss 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn wanted more emotion. He didn’t get it. Quinn cited not playing with enough emotion as one reason why the Falcons loss to Bills two weeks ago, right before the bye week. “We have to be ready to fight,” safety Ricardo Allen said. “At the end of the game when it’s 14-17 (Falcons winning), we were flat.” Allen felt, clinging to a three-point...
Falcons’ run defense gets shredded for season-high 138 yards 

Falcons’ run defense gets shredded for season-high 138 yards 

The Falcons’ run defense, which was giving up 93 yards per game and ranked 11th in the league, was shredded by the Dolphins Sunday.  The Falcons gave up a season-high 138 yards rushing as Miami averaged 4.5 yards per carry and ran some valuable time off the clock in the second half.  Dolphins running backs Jay Ajayi and Damien Williams had some success running to the weak side of...
Jarrett on his late-hit on Cutler: ‘I hurt my team’  

Jarrett on his late-hit on Cutler: ‘I hurt my team’  

It took Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett a while to compose himself after the 20-17 home loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. Jarrett had a key roughing the passer penalty in the third quarter that negated a spectacular interception by linebacker Deion Jones, who was spying Miami quarterback Jay Cutler. The Falcons were up 17-7 at the time and would have had the ball back. Instead, the play infused...
Falcons’ Hooper distraught after getting stripped 

Falcons’ Hooper distraught after getting stripped 

Second-year tight end Austin Hooper was distraught after being stripped of a key pass in the red zone late in the Falcons’ 20-17 loss to the Dolphins Sunday. With the Falcons down 20-17 and driving for a possible game-winning touchdown, quarterback Matt Ryan tossed a pass to Hooper that was on target. Miami cornerback Cordrea Tankersley ripped the ball loose and safety Reshad Jones made the...
What the Falcons had to say after the 20-17 loss to the Dolphins 

What the Falcons had to say after the 20-17 loss to the Dolphins 

Here’s the Falcons had to say after the 20-17 loss in a disgruntled locker room. JULIO JONES, wide receiver On moving past the loss: “We know that we have to continue to keep working. Just get back to work. We have to look at the film and see what we could have done better. Things like that. We had the lead in the first half. We have to find a way to finish games.”  On the offense...
What Matt Ryan had to say after 20-17 loss to Dolphins

What Matt Ryan had to say after 20-17 loss to Dolphins

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say after the 20-17 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday:  On the Dolphins comeback: “Well, I don’t go that far back in terms of thinking, but you know, that was the case today. Seventeen-point lead at the half, and to come away without a win is disappointing. Just a pretty inconsistent game for us. I felt like we did some good things...
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: The Falcons just blew a big lead

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: The Falcons just blew a big lead

The Falcons’ final fling proves futile. (Curtis Compton/AJC) That offseason happy talk has been revealed as just talk. The Falcons’ raging offense has indeed regressed under Steve Sarkisian. Their fast ‘n’ furious defense remains a mediocrity. They’re 3-2 after five games, and that record flatters them. If not for a dropped pass in Chicago and...
What Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say after the 20-17 loss to the Dolphins

What Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say after the 20-17 loss to the Dolphins

Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after the 20-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday:  Opening Statement: “We had a tale of two halves. Coming off of our bye, I was pleased with the preparation heading in, and we were hoping to see more energy from our team. I thought we had opportunities today in all three phases, and in the second half we did not own those. This one hurts...
Report card: Dolphins 20, Falcons 17 

Report card: Dolphins 20, Falcons 17 

Here are the grades for the Falcons from their 20-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins before a crowd of 70,593 (tickets distributed) at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Sunday. The Falcons, with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian calling plays from above in the coaching box, jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead. They would score no more. The Falcons dropped to 3-2. The Dolphins improve to 3-2 and got a late interception...
Falcons, Rally Foundation to honor childhood cancer survivors

Falcons, Rally Foundation to honor childhood cancer survivors

Performing the national anthem before today’s Falcons-Dolphins game will be Mary Tankersley, a 15-year-old cancer survivor. In partnership with the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, Tankersley and eighth-grader Matthew McMahon will be a part of the Falcons’ pregame festivities. Tankersley will sing the national anthem and McMahon will run out of the tunnel with the Falcons...
Inactives: Dolphins at Falcons

Inactives: Dolphins at Falcons

Falcons inactives for today’s game against the Miami Dolphins include: Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, defensive tackle Courtney Upshaw, linebacker Jermaine Grace, offensive guard Sean Harlow, offensive tackle Austin Pasztor, wide receiver and Nick Williams, cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson.  Dolphins inactives: Wide receiver DeVante Parker, safety Maurice Smith, cornerback Tory McTyer, cornerback...
Five things to know before today’s Dolphins at Falcons kickoff 

Five things to know before today’s Dolphins at Falcons kickoff 

Here are five things to know before today’s Dolphins at Falcons kickoff at 1 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:  UPDATE: Falcons signed wide receiver Marvin Hall to the 53-man roster and released running back Brian Hill on Saturday.  1. Allen, Schraeder back. Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen and right tackle Ryan Schraeder will be back in the lineup after a stint in the concussion protocol...
Georgia Tech, Johnson let another one slip away in loss to Miami, Richt

Georgia Tech, Johnson let another one slip away in loss to Miami, Richt

Georgia Tech A-back J.J. Green scores a touchdown during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium Saturday in Miami Gardens. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – What started as another rendition of the “Paul Johnson leaves another grease mark on Mark Richt’s driveway” storyline turned into something else Saturday. A Georgia...
D. Led’s daily rant: Falcons should not play Vic Beasley vs. Dolphins

D. Led’s daily rant: Falcons should not play Vic Beasley vs. Dolphins

September 11, 2016 ATLANTA: Falcons Vic Beasley Jr., who did not have a stat on the sheet from the game, lines up to rush in the second half against the Buccaneers in an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com Here’s  my daily rant: The Falcons should not play Vic Beasley, who said he’s not...
Falcons add wide receiver, release running back 

Falcons add wide receiver, release running back 

The Falcons, thin at wide receiver, signed Marvin Hall from their practice squad and placed running back Brian Hill, a fifth-round draft pick from Wyoming, on waivers Saturday. Veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has a hamstring injury and was declared out Friday for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins.  Hall, who’s 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds, played at Washington. He led the Falcons...
Bryant expected to kick against Dolphins 

Bryant expected to kick against Dolphins 

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant usually kicks about 12 balls from various distances and hash marks on a routine Friday practice. He’s been out of practice all week with a back injury , but had a strong kicking session Friday inside the team’s practice barn, according to coach Dan Quin. He’s listed as questionable on the injury report, but is expected to play against the Dolphins at 1...
Beasley set to return against Dolphins 

Beasley set to return against Dolphins 

Falcons All-Pro edge rusher Vic Beasley is set to return to action against the Miami Dolphins at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Beasley, who’s recovering from a pulled hamstring injury, is listed as probable on the injury report. He suffered the injury in the second game of the season against Green Bay on Sep. 17.  “I feel like this is an injury, something that I can play...
Our outraged President has left the NFL in a no-win position

Our outraged President has left the NFL in a no-win position

Sept. 25, 2017: Jerry Jones and the Cowboys. (AP Photo/Matt York) The press box is usually a placid place during any rendering of our national anthem. We all stop typing. We stand. We look around whatever stadium/arena we happen to be in. We start to get antsy if the performance drags – Paul Zimmerman, the legendary football maven known as Dr. Z, would time it with a...
Austin Hooper ready for bigger role in Falcons offense 

Austin Hooper ready for bigger role in Falcons offense 

Falcons tight end Austin Hooper made a big splash in the season opener Sept. 10. He had two catches for 128 yards and a touchdown and tossed around Chicago Bears with a vicious stiff-arm.  Things calmed down for him in the next two games, before he caught five of seven targeted passes against Buffalo before the bye week, the team’s most recent game. With the Falcons wide receiver Mohamed...
Matt Bryant to test his back injury and kick today 

Matt Bryant to test his back injury and kick today 

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant usually kicks about 12 balls from various distances and hash marks on Friday. He’s been out of practice all week with a back injury all week and is scheduled to kick today. Mike Meyer, who was with the team in training camp, was signed to the practice squad. If Bryant can’t play against the Dolphins at 1 p.m. Sunday, the Falcons can bring up Meyer.  Bryant...
Football Outsiders: The Falcons are the NFL’s 13th-best team

Football Outsiders: The Falcons are the NFL’s 13th-best team

That page in his hand? It’s a printout from Football Outsiders. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Last week, these fallible fingers typed a little something regarding the 2017 Atlanta Falcons, the gist of which was that the owner of said fingers could find no great failing in the team through four games , the most recent being a sobering loss to Buffalo...
Five things to know about the Falcons on Friday 

Five things to know about the Falcons on Friday 

Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Friday:   1. Matt Bryant watch. The team’s 42-year-old kicker has rested his back all week. He’ll kick today to see if he’s ready for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game against the Dolphins at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Falcons coach Dan Quinn was optimistic, but signed Mike Meyer to the practice squad as insurance. 2. Jones is ready...
Falcons players who had concussions are aware of CTE concerns  

Falcons players who had concussions are aware of CTE concerns  

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has become an expert on the NFL’s concussion protocol. Running back Devonta Freeman, right tackle Ryan Schraeder and free safety Ricardo Allen have gone through the system this season and missed a total of six games (three exhibitions) and perhaps as much as 41 days. Freeman went into the program Aug. 13 and was cleared Aug. 30.  Schraeder went into the program Sept...
What Julio Jones said on Thursday  

What Julio Jones said on Thursday  

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones spoke with the media on Thursday in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Here’s some of what he had to say:   On his limited status for practice: “I feel great. We have a plan. I’ve been doing it the whole year. So, limited really means nothing.”  On the Dolphins: “We just have to go out there...
Schraeder back in the fold with Falcons, and he didn’t rush to get there

Schraeder back in the fold with Falcons, and he didn’t rush to get there

Ryan Schraeder is new to football again, and the Falcons’ right tackle is kind of low-keying his second shot at the game much like he laid low in his absence. On one hand, he said, “Sunday can’t get here soon enough,” yet Schraeder also makes it clear that he did nothing to rush his return to action for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins after he sustained a concussion...
Road to Atlanta: Officials mapping plans for college football title game

Road to Atlanta: Officials mapping plans for college football title game

With less than three weeks to go until the College Football Playoff selection committee’s first rankings of the season, and less than three months until the national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, playoff officials convened in Atlanta this week for a series of planning meetings.  They covered a range of topics over three days, including public safety, stadium operations, credentialing...
Injury report:  Upshaw, Bryant and Sanu out Thursday

Injury report:  Upshaw, Bryant and Sanu out Thursday

Defensive tackle Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee), wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) and kicker Matt Bryant (back) will not practice for the Falcons on Thursday, according to coach Dan Quinn. Also, wide receiver Julio Jones (hip) and defensive end/linebacker Vic Beasley (hamstring) will be limited in practice. Wide receiver Justin Hardy, who missed practice Wednesday because of an illness, will fully...
What Ndamukong Suh had to say about the Falcons 

What Ndamukong Suh had to say about the Falcons 

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh went to four Pro Bowls with Detroit, but hasn’t played at that level since signing his six-year $114 million mega-contract with the Dolphins in 2015. Also, back in 2011, when he was with the Lions, then Falcons Todd McClure and Roddy White accused Suh and Cliff Avril of taunting Matt Ryan after a play.  Well, a more mature Suh spoke to the Miami media Wednesday...
Hot seat: Can the newfound pass rush get to Jay Cutler?

Hot seat: Can the newfound pass rush get to Jay Cutler?

The Falcons’ defense has started a nice little streak. The pass-rushing committee has recorded a sack in 19 consecutive games and will put that streak on the line against Miami at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In their most recent outing, against Buffalo, the Falcons had three sacks and two quarterback hits. It was the eighth consecutive game that the defense had two or more sacks...
X-factor: Falcons must create turnovers 

X-factor: Falcons must create turnovers 

The Falcons are 3-1, just as they were at this point last season, yet there’s something demonstrably different about this team, and coach Dan Quinn is suitably miffed about the issue. On the way to the Super Bowl last season, the Falcons were plus-11 in turnover margin, which ranked No. 5 in the NFL, and this season the Falcons are minus-4, 29th in the League.  The Falcons want to do something...
3 key matchups: Dolphins at Falcons 

3 key matchups: Dolphins at Falcons 

Here are three key matchups when the Dolphins (2-2) face the Falcons (3-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:  Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi vs. Falcons MLB Deion Jones: Ajayi surpassed 200 yards rushing in three games last season to help power the Dolphins to the playoffs with 1,272 yards rushing overall. He rushed for 122 yards on 28 carries in the season opener against the Chargers this...
Analytics: Jay Cutler 31st best quarterback in the NFL 

Analytics: Jay Cutler 31st best quarterback in the NFL 

Miami quarterback Jay Culter ranks near the bottom of the list of starting quarterbacks in the NFL, according to analytics website Football Outsiders.  They evaluate quarterbacks according to a defense-adjusted yards-above-replacement (DYAR) measure, and Cutler has a minus-192, which ranks 31st in the league, ahead of only Cleveland Browns rookie Deshone Kizer. They also rank the quarterbacks...
What Matt Ryan had to say about the Dolphins 

What Matt Ryan had to say about the Dolphins 

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say about the Miami Dolphins: On the Dolphins as a whole: “Certainly, they do a good job on the defensive side of the ball. They have an excellent front four that doesn’t really give you a ton of time to hang in the pocket. When we get our chances, we’ve got to make plays when we get those opportunities.” On whether Dolphins...
QB Corner: Matt Ryan breaks down issues with the offense 

QB Corner: Matt Ryan breaks down issues with the offense 

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is his own harshest critic.  He won’t point to a rash of tipped and mishandled passes that have led to a shoddy interception total and porous (minus-4, 29th in the NFL) turnover margin. Even if he did, all of the team’s six turnovers are credited to the league’s reigning MVP. In addition, there’s a poor completion rate on deep passes, and...
Falcons aim to flip messy turnover script

Falcons aim to flip messy turnover script

The Falcons are 3-1, just as they were at this point last season, yet there’s something demonstrably different about this team, and coach Dan Quinn is suitably miffed about the issue. On the way to the Super Bowl last season, the Falcons were plus-11 in turnover margin, which ranked No. 5 in the NFL, and this season the Falcons are minus-4, 29th in the League.  The Falcons want to do something...
What the Falcons had to say on Wednesday 

What the Falcons had to say on Wednesday 

Here’s what some of the Falcons had to say on Wednesday during the open locker room period in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins: On Jay Cutler: “Man, you just want to come out and start fast because initially you don’t want to let anybody stay around. A quarterback like Jay Cutler has won games before. You don’t want to keep giving him a chance to score...
Newest Falcon worked construction, after-school program with NFL dream on hold

Newest Falcon worked construction, after-school program with NFL dream on hold

Taniela Tupou had to get a regular job. The Falcons defensive tackle had his dream of playing pro football put on hold after getting cut by the Seahawks last season. “I was doing demolition in construction,” Tupou said on Wednesday, the day after being added to the Falcons’ 53-man roster from the practice squad. “I was doing that and also working part-time at my wife&rsquo...
Robert Alford breaks down Dolphins receiving corps 

Robert Alford breaks down Dolphins receiving corps 

Miami's trio of wide receivers - Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker - are talented. “We don’t under estimate them,” Falcons cornerback Robert Alford said Wednesday about preparation for Sunday’s game. “Every receiver is in this league for a reason. I mean, they have a very good group out there. You have to go out there, play your solid ball and be discipline...
Falcons sign Woodard to practice squad, Perkins injured 

Falcons sign Woodard to practice squad, Perkins injured 

The Falcons signed defensive end Jonathan Woodard to the practice squad on Wednesday. Tight end Joshua Perkins was placed on the practice squad injured list.  Woodard, 6-foot-6 and 287 pounds, played at Central Arkansas and was a seventh-round pick of the Jaguars in 2016. He worked out with the Falcons on Oct. 2.  He spent last season on the physically unable to perform list after suffering...
Matt Bryant has back injury, Mike Meyer signed to practice squad

Matt Bryant has back injury, Mike Meyer signed to practice squad

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant has a back injury and did not practice on Wednesday. Bryant had not previously been listed on an injury report. Mike Meyer, who was with the team in training camp, was signed to the practice squad. If Bryant can’t play against the Dolphins at 1 p.m. Sunday, the Falcons can bring up Meyer.  Bryant, 42, has made all nine of his field goal attempts and all 11 of...
What Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say Wednesday

What Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say Wednesday

Falcons head coach spoke with media before Wednesday’s practice, the second since the team’s bye week, and first where players and coaches focused on the Dolphins, who will visit Mercedes-Benz Stadium Sunday. Here’s what he had to say: “We’re pumped to get back in terms of the preparation when we spoke Monday . . . so much emphasis was on the things that we really wanted...
What Dolphins coach Adam Gase had to say about Falcons 

What Dolphins coach Adam Gase had to say about Falcons 

Miami coach Adam Gase talked to the Atlanta media via conference call on Wednesday. Here’s what Gase had to say about the Falcons ahead of Sunday’s matchup:  On the Falcons defense: “Well, it’s a typical Dan Quinn defense. Flying around. Penetration up front. Doing a good job of getting guys down to the ground with their tackling. Getting guys around the ball. Making...
Cover 9@9: A closer look at the Falcons’ pass rush by committee

Cover 9@9: A closer look at the Falcons’ pass rush by committee

9/17/17 – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn hits Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as he throws. Atlanta Falcons vs Green Bay Packers. The Falcons opened the roof for the Falcons season opener at Mecedes-Benz Stadium. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM ...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: A look at the traveling road show called the Miami Dolphins 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: A look at the traveling road show called the Miami Dolphins 

Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen stops by to discuss his recent concussion and the concerns about CTE before we take a look at the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins (2-2) have had a bizarre start to the season and are set to face the Falcons at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Cornerback Desmond Trufant helps out with the breakdown of the Dolphins in the 14th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast...
Falcons promote Taniela Tupou to 53-man roster 

Falcons promote Taniela Tupou to 53-man roster 

The Falcons promoted defensive tackle Taniela Tupou to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Tuesday. The Falcons placed defensive end Jack Crawford on injured reserve due to a bicep injury, ending the season of the defensive lineman, last Tuesday. The promotion of Tupou is the corresponding roster move following the team’s bye week. Tupou, 24, is listed at 6-foot-1 and 284 pounds. He...
A quick look at Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins 

A quick look at Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins 

The Dolphins hitched their wagon to Jay Cutler. And just look at them now. The Dolphins bring the lowest-ranked offense in the NFL to Atlanta when they face the Falcons on Sunday.  After starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered a season-ending left knee injury in August, the Dolphins signed the enigmatic Cutler to a $10 million contract despite a losing record (68-71) after stints with the...
Leadoff: Will Mercedes-Benz Stadium roof work by next season?

Leadoff: Will Mercedes-Benz Stadium roof work by next season?

Friday’s news that Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s retractable roof won’t be open for any more Falcons games this year means the Roof Question will extend at least into the stadium’s second season.  So: What is the organization’s current level of confidence that the roof will work as intended by the start of the 2018 Atlanta United and Falcons seasons?  In a response...
Five things to know about the Falcons on Tuesday

Five things to know about the Falcons on Tuesday

Here are five things to know about the Falcons today:  1. Concussion protocol. Falcons starting right tackle Ryan Schraeder and free safety Ricardo Allen are out of the league’s concussion protocol. 2. Julio Jones upate. Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, who suffered a hip flexor injury against Buffalo, practiced on Monday. He is a fast healer. 3. Mohamed Sanu update...
Falcons could be near full-strength for Dolphins 

Falcons could be near full-strength for Dolphins 

The healing powers of the bye week. Several Falcons starters returned to practice on Monday and only one of the 22 opening-day starters, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, appears to be a long shot to face the Dolphins on Sunday.  Starting right tackle Ryan Schraeder and free safety Ricardo Allen are out of the concussion protocol and practiced Monday in the team’s first day back following a week...
What Dan Quinn said about the bye week self-scout 

What Dan Quinn said about the bye week self-scout 

Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say about his staff’s self-scout of the team’s first four games on Monday:  DAN QUINN  OPENING STATEMENT: “We love this day coming off the bye, at the beginning of the season, we call it a ‘Bonus Monday.’ The thing that I was probably as impressed about today was the speed of the team at practice. We talked about...
Ryan Schraeder, Ricardo Allen out of concussion protocol; Julio Jones practicing

Ryan Schraeder, Ricardo Allen out of concussion protocol; Julio Jones practicing

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Dan Quinn was hoping to get healthy over the bye week and from the first practice back, the team achieved that goal. Starting right tackle Ryan Schraeder and free safety Ricardo Allen are out of the concussion protocol and were practicing on Monday. Also, wide receiver Julio Jones (hip flexor) and defensive end Vic Beasley (hamstring) were...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons needed some rest after 3-1 start 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons needed some rest after 3-1 start 

The defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons return to practice after their bye week. The big issue is how healthy were they able to get with the rest and are they ready for the remaining 12 regular season games now that they know they are going to get everybody’s best shot.  Episode 13. 
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