Browns Hire Pettine; Koetter stays in Atlanta

The Cleveland Browns announced today that they have hired Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as their new head coach, ending the possibility that Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter would take over that team. Koetter was said to have interviewed with the Browns this week for their vacant head coaching position. The hiring of Pettine fills all the vacancies for head coaching positions in the NFL, likely...

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Tony Gonzalez Will Play for Team Rice in Pro Bowl

It was announced Tuesday that Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez would get the chance to play in the Pro Bowl after his final season in the NFL, as a replacement for San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who pulled out from the contest. Gonzalez will be the lone representative of the Falcons to play in Sunday’s all-star game in Hawaii, after being voted as an alternate. Gonzalez was selected to ‘Team Rice’...

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Falcons hire Scott Pioli as Assistant GM
Jan22

Falcons hire Scott Pioli as Assistant GM

The Atlanta Falcons announced today that former Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli has been hired as the team’s new assistant general manager. Pioli is a long-time friend and associate of Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff due to their shared time with the New England Patriots. Pioli will join Atlanta when his current contract with NBC Sports and Sirius XM Radio expire on February 3. Pioli spent four seasons with the Chiefs...

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Browns Now Looking at Dirk Koetter as Head Coach
Jan21

Browns Now Looking at Dirk Koetter as Head Coach

FOX Sports reports that offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will interview with the Cleveland Browns for their vacant head coaching position

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Lionel Vital Sticking With Falcons

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel Lionel Vital has opted to remain in Atlanta rather than join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their new general manager. Vital was a candidate for that position and interviewed for the vacant job after the Buccaneers dismissed Mark Dominik this offseason. Vital joined the Falcons shortly after the 2008 draft and was promoted...

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Takeaways from Championship Weekend 2013
Jan20

Takeaways from Championship Weekend 2013

This week will be all about the Senior Bowl for the Atlanta Falcons as the team is tasked with coaching the North squad in the prestigious annual college football all-star game. The potential boost coaching the Senior Bowl could give to the team drafting this May could be significant. It is by no means a guarantee that the team will be able to draft well, but it does give Atlanta a potential leg up. They will get to know the many...

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Pudge’s Picks – Conference Championship Weekend
Jan18

Pudge’s Picks – Conference Championship Weekend

Picking winners in the playoffs is easier when compared to the regular season. Thanks to having teams that are bit more consistent at the things they do well, it’s easier to evaluate the matchups. It’s also easier since you have a much larger sample size of previous games to evaluate. Due to that lessened hardship, I had a clean sweep last week with picking all the winners correctly, going 4-0. Did not however get all the...

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2013 Year-End Superlatives: Most Disappointing Player
Jan17

2013 Year-End Superlatives: Most Disappointing Player

After careful consideration, defensive end Osi Umenyiora was selected as the most disappointing player on the Atlanta Falcons in 2013. This was the most difficult of these to decide upon because there were plenty of options. As an entire unit, the Falcons were one of the most disappointing teams in the league in 2013. Midway through the season, I selected center Peter Konz. And one could make a very strong argument why Konz still...

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2013 Year-End Superlatives: Most Improved Player
Jan17

2013 Year-End Superlatives: Most Improved Player

The Atlanta Falcons’ most improved player in 2013 is defensive tackle Corey Peters, who was my choice at the midway point in the season. Not only did his play continue to merit distinction in the second half of 2013, but no other players really emerged. There were potentially other options under consideration, including offensive linemen Joe Hawley and Justin Blalock. Hawley entered this year as a utility backup, but exited it...

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2013 Year-End Superlatives: Top Newcomer
Jan16

2013 Year-End Superlatives: Top Newcomer

This award goes to the best non-rookie that is new to the Atlanta Falcons in 2013, and my choice is running back Steven Jackson. At the midpoint, I gave it to defensive end Osi Umenyiora, thanks largely to Jackson’s early season injury. Umenyiora had some shining moments early in the season, but those became few and far between as the entire year wore on. Jackson’s play down the stretch was somewhat a boost for this...

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