FalcFans Podcast – Ep. 53 “Harry Douglas Ruins Dreams”

Allen and I are joined by another Falcoholic contributor, the ever-optimistic Jeanna Thomas, to discuss the Atlanta Falcons last two games of the year against the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers in Weeks 16 and 17. Topics we hit include the battle between Steven Jackson and Donte Whitner, the problems that plague the offensive line, the refusal to play Antone Smith, and the outlook of some young players: Peter Konz, Desmond...

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Falcons Dismiss Three Assistant Line Coaches

The Atlanta Falcons announced yesterday that three assistant coaches will not return in 2014: offensive line coaches Pat Hill and Paul Dunn, and defensive line coach Ray Hamilton. Hill was hired by the team in 2012 after the team dismissed offensive line coach Paul Boudreau. Prior to his arrival in Atlanta, Hill was last an offensive line coach when he served as an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens in 1996. Between 1997-2011, he was...

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Mike Nolan to Return to Falcons With Extension
Dec30

Mike Nolan to Return to Falcons With Extension

Last night, FOX Sports Insider Jay Glazer reported that Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s contract would be extended, indicating that he would return to the Falcons for at least one more season. This morning, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reported that Nolan’s extension is for two more years per his agent. Nolan’s contract was set to expire after the 2013 season. Nolan is a well-respected defensive...

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Takeaways from Week 17
Dec30

Takeaways from Week 17

The 2013 season is over for the Atlanta Falcons and what a disappointing season it was. The Falcons finish the year with a 4-12 record, when most (including myself) were expected a record that was closer to 12-4 after their trip to the NFC Championship Game in 2012. What is the narrative for the year that was 2013 in Atlanta? First off, injuries were a factor, particularly the two injuries to wide receivers Roddy White and Julio...

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Gonzalez Bids Farewell in Falcons 21-20 Loss to Panthers
Dec29

Gonzalez Bids Farewell in Falcons 21-20 Loss to Panthers

The Atlanta Falcons finished a disappointing 2013 season with a disappointing 21-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers at home. The Falcons record fell to 4-12, their first losing record under head coach Mike Smith in six seasons. The home loss also marked the farewell game of tight end Tony Gonzalez, who heads to retirement after 17 Hall of Fame-worthy seasons in the NFL. Gonzalez played his last five here in Atlanta after a dozen in...

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Pudge’s Picks – Week 17
Dec28

Pudge’s Picks – Week 17

As I predicted last week, I had a disappointing week. I finished 7-9 picking against the spread, indicating that I need to get to 10-6 this week if I want to end the year at .500. A tall proposition given that I haven’t hit that benchmark very often this year. I was 8-8 picking games straight up, making my season total at 150-90. This week, I noticed I’m predominantly picking the home teams to win straight up, with home teams...

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Moneyball 2013 – Week 16 Review

The delay in posting this was partially due to the holidays preventing me from looking at the All-22 earlier in the week, and then technical issues involving access to the internet later in the week. In reviewing the game, the offense had their typical game in terms of what we’ve grown accustomed to seeing over the years. One that starts promising, then sputters in the third quarter, but then is able to turn it on in the fourth...

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Weatherspoon, Rodgers Out vs. Panthers

The Atlanta Falcons announced their injury report earlier today with linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and running back Jacquizz Rodgers being listed as out with knee and concussion injuries, respectively. Neither player will suit up this weekend to face the Carolina Panthers in the team’s 2013 regular season finale. Weatherspoon missed his second week of practice with the same knee injury, having missed last week’s loss...

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Peters and Motta headed to injured reserve
Dec24

Peters and Motta headed to injured reserve

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Atlanta Falcons will place defensive tackle Corey Peters and rookie safety Zeke Motta on injured reserve. Peters suffered an Achilles injury in Monday night’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The injury will likely limit Peters during the upcoming offseason where he is set to become an unrestricted free agent. Motta suffered a fracture in his C1 vertebrae during...

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49ers Survive Falcons With Game-Winning Pick-Six
Dec24

49ers Survive Falcons With Game-Winning Pick-Six

The Atlanta Falcons lost another tough one with a 34-24 defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. The game marked the final regular season contest played by the 49ers in Candlestick Park. The Falcons got off to an early lead, pulling ahead by a score of 10-3 at halftime. But the 49ers then scored 17 unanswered points before the Falcons got get back on the scoreboard. Ultimately the Falcons were in position to pull ahead, having...

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