Finding the Fit: Offensive Guard
Feb20

Finding the Fit: Offensive Guard

The Falcons need to add depth at guard, because relatively speaking the Falcons interior line is the weakest part of their front five. Left guard Justin Blalock has yet to live up to the high expectations he came in with as a second round pick in 2007. And right guard Harvey Dahl is a nasty guy, but his blocking ability isn’t exactly stellar. It behooves the Falcons to at the very least add players that can push these guys. Dahl...

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Finding the Fit: Offensive Tackle
Feb19

Finding the Fit: Offensive Tackle

Last year, the Falcons looked at replacing veteran Todd Weiner with a guy that could potentially work as a swing tackle. They wound up with Garrett Reynolds. He didn’t contribute a lot as a rookie, but showed some ability to play both inside and outside, and could push for more playing time this summer. But the Falcons should be back at it again this draft. Sam Baker is a solid left tackle, that if he can ever stay healthy,...

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Finding the Fit: Tight End
Feb18

Finding the Fit: Tight End

At the end of the season Tony Gonzalez said he would be coming back for at least one more year in Atlanta. But Gonzalez left the door wide open for him to hang it up after this season. I saw an interview on Jim Rome is Burning last month that indicated that Gonzalez before he left Kansas City had envisioned 2010 being his last year as a pro. With this in mind, it makes a lot of sense for the Falcons to be looking hard at tight end...

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Finding the Fit: Wide Receiver
Feb17

Finding the Fit: Wide Receiver

Most say that the Falcons can use some help at the wide receiver position. Michael Jenkins was very disappointing this year. One could certainly make an easy argument that his dropped passes in the red zone possibly cost us two wins this year. He simply isn’t a playmaker and if the Falcons could get someone that can create more headaches for defense, it would make Matt Ryan’s job a lot easier, as well as the other options....

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Finding the Fit: Fullback
Feb16

Finding the Fit: Fullback

I’d make the case that Mughelli has assumed the title as best lead blocker in the league, a mantle that was vacated by Lorenzo Neal since he left San Diego two years ago. So really there isn’t any room for improvement in that regard at this position. As I explained in the running back assessment, I think going forward this position is going to become less and less significant, as well as morph from wanting a blocker-first...

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Falcons FA Options: Defensive Tackle
Feb16

Falcons FA Options: Defensive Tackle

I think the defensive tackle may be going under the radar in terms of need for the Falcons because we used a high pick on Peria Jerry. But the Falcons have been suspiciously mum about the extent of Jerry’s injury. To the point that I think Jerry’s injury could be much more severe than they are letting on (we still don’t know which if any ligaments he messed up in his knee), to the point that the Falcons could be...

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Musgrave promoted to assistant head coach

The Falcons announced today that quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave will add assistant head coach to his title. The move likely stems from the significant interest in Musgrave this off-season to become another team or organization’s offensive coordinator. He was a candidate for that position with the Houston Texans as well as the University of Virginia. Musgrave has been the Falcons quarterbacks coach since...

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Finding the Fit: Running Back
Feb16

Finding the Fit: Running Back

One could certainly say the Falcons sported a MASH unit last year at running back. I think there was only two or three games last year where all three backs: Michael Turner, Jason Snelling, and Jerious Norwood were healthy. Becuase of this, there is a potential need for the Falcons to add more depth at the position. Between the three, the Falcons are solid. But if one or more are missing (which was often the case last year), then it...

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Finding the Fit: Quarterback
Feb15

Finding the Fit: Quarterback

I’ll be trying to evaluate position-by-position which traits and skills that the Falcons will likely look for in prospects in this year’s upcoming draft. Kicking things off will be quarterback. Now quarterback isn’t a need for the Falcons at this point in time. They currently have four players on the roster, and since Jon Gruden is not our coach, then the Falcons won’t carry anymore than that number into camp....

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Falcons FA Options: Defensive End
Feb15

Falcons FA Options: Defensive End

The Falcons pass rush was a major blemish on the defense last year. Mike Smith’s defenses have historically had their most success when they can get consistent pressure with the front four only. But about a month into the season, the Falcons had to switch to a blitz-heavy scheme, and were reliant on that blitz to get pressure in critical situations. It wound up leaving the secondary hung out to dry too often in coverage and led...

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