Armstrong to interview in KC and Chicago

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports tweets that Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong is set to interview for head coaching vacancies with the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears. Armstrong joined the Falcons in 2008 after seven seasons coaching the special teams of the Miami Dolphins. He also coached with the Bears for four years (1997-00) prior to his stint with the Dolphins. Football Outsiders rates special teams play with their DVOA...

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Koetter set to interview with 3 teams this week

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has three interviews lined up this week, while the Falcons have a first round bye in the playoffs. Koetter is set to interview for the vacant head coaching positions with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, and Philadelphia Eagles. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Koetter will interview tomorrow with the Chiefs. Koetter joined the Falcons...

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Caldwell contacted by the Browns

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that according to a source, the Cleveland Browns have already contacted Falcons Director of Player Personnel David Caldwell about the now vacant general manager position, following the dismissal of Tom Heckert. Caldwell’s name has been mentioned in connection to a number of potential front office vacancies around the league. Steve Wyche of NFL.com indicates that...

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Falcons’ Second Season Begins

It is called the postseason or second season in many circles, because the month of January kicks off a brand new season in the NFL. It is one where who or what you were in the regular season is meaningless and trivial, a small footnote. Teams will be tested purely off their own merit, not their regular season achievements. Whether you finished with a 9-7 record or 13-3, you’re all the same when the second season begins: 0-0. The...

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Falcons lose in finale against Bucs
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Falcons lose in finale against Bucs

The Falcons looked sluggish in a season finale loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 22-17. The Falcons opted to play the majority of their starters, but the offense stagnated early. While the Falcons were able to score some points late to make the game interesting, they could not overcome the early lead the Bucs built up. The Falcons finish the 2012 regular season with a 13-3 record, an NFC South title, and the No. 1 seed in...

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David Caldwell a candidate for multiple GM jobs

SI.com’s Don Banks and the National Football Post report separate instances where Falcons Director of College Scouting David Caldwell is a candidate for a potentially open GM position. Banks intimates that Caldwell could be a candidate in Cleveland, Buffalo, and Jacksonville. While the NFP report indicates that he will be high on the short list of candidates for the Carolina Panthers. The latter report expects that he will...

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Three Falcons are going to the Pro Bowl

The NFL announced the Pro Bowl rosters today, among them included three Falcons players: quarterback Matt Ryan, wide receiver Julio Jones, and tight end Tony Gonzalez. The trio ties the Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, and Washington Redskins as the fifth most among NFC teams. The San Francisco 49ers paced the conference with nine players voted to the squad. Alongside the 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, the Falcons sent three offensive...

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Moneyball 2012 – Week 16 Review

The Falcons offense looked sharp because of the explosive scoring plays they were able to generate against a weak Lions secondary. Matt Ryan had a solid game, but despite a very high earning his individual play was nothing special. But he gets credit for only have 2 poor throws, which is a fairly low total for him in the second half of the season. The offense stagnated a bit in the second half because the Lions were able to dial up...

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Smitty makes right call in ‘playing to win’

Jay Adams of Atlanta Falcons.com wrote on Sunday about Falcons head coach Mike Smith’s comments following Saturday night’s win against the Detroit Lions. In those comments, Smith talked about the Falcons intention to “play to win” in their Week 17 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Smith said: “We’re going to play the game to win. That’s how we’re going to approach it. It’s an important game because it’s...

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Falcons place Cone on IR as Hawley returns

The Falcons announced earlier today that wide receiver Kevin Cone will go on injured reserve to make room for offensive lineman Joe Hawley, who is coming off a four-game suspension. The team indicated no word on the exact nature of Cone’s injury that merits his placement on the season-ending reserve list. Although in past years it has been regular for the team to place players on injured reserve prior to the season finale. They...

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