Team Needs: Falcons Could Upgrade Special Teams in Return Game
Feb09

Team Needs: Falcons Could Upgrade Special Teams in Return Game

The Atlanta Falcons special teams was perhaps the only aspect of their team that consistently played at a high level in 2013. Thus there won’t be any imperative drive to try to make substantial changes this offseason. Matt Bryant, at age 38, showed he is still kicking strong. He is entering the final year of his contract and thus the only major concern for the Falcons is thinking about his eventual replacement in 2015 and...

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Team Needs: Falcons Will Decide DeCoud’s Future at Safety

The safety position for the Atlanta Falcons is potentially in flux this offseason as the team has a decision to make in determining whether or not to keep starting free safety Thomas DeCoud. That decision will need to be made by March 15, as that is the day in which $2.25 million of his $4.2 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed. If that day comes to fruition, the team will lock in DeCoud for one more season as the starter and...

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Team Needs: Falcons Need Size and Experienced Depth at Cornerback
Feb07

Team Needs: Falcons Need Size and Experienced Depth at Cornerback

The recent release of Asante Samuel has created a hole at cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons when there wasn’t one before. That hole should be filled with a veteran corner that can upgrade the unit with some much-needed size. As the team sits today, only two cornerbacks are under contract: Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, both entering their second seasons. Well, technically Jordan Mabin and Saeed Lee are both also under...

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Falcons Add OL Coach Harman to Staff

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Atlanta Falcons have hired Wade Harman, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, to their coaching staff as the assistant offensive line coach. At the end of the 2013 regular season the Falcons fired both offensive line coaches in Pat Hill and Paul Dunn, and hired Mike Tice to coach the unit. Harman previously served as the Ravens tight end coach for the past 15 years, being an original hire...

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Team Needs: Falcons Need More Athletes at Linebacker
Feb06

Team Needs: Falcons Need More Athletes at Linebacker

The adversity the Atlanta Falcons faced at linebacker in 2013 should benefit the team in 2014. The team was without stalwarts Stephen Nicholas and Sean Weatherspoon for much of last season. Nicholas dealt with injuries in training camp, and ultimately lost his job as the team looked at younger, more athletic options in Joplo Bartu at strong-side linebacker position. Weatherspoon missed most of the regular season with an injury, and it...

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Falcons Release Nicholas and Samuel
Feb05

Falcons Release Nicholas and Samuel

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports cites sources that the Atlanta Falcons have released linebacker Stephen Nicholas and cornerback Asante Samuel today. Marvez’s report was subsequently confirmed by the team. NFL teams were allowed to begin releasing players starting this past Monday, and the release of veterans such as Nicholas and Samuel had long been expected. Nicholas was on the roster bubble since last summer’s training camp,...

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FalcFans Podcast – Ep. 57 “Who Stays, Who Goes?”

This week, Allen has a snow day and I ask Dave Choate of The Falcoholic to fill in. We discuss several Atlanta Falcons players that are on the bubble, as we decide which players we think stay or go this offseason. Among the players discussed are Steven Jackson, Harry Douglas, Osi Umenyiora, Jonathan Babineaux, Asante Samuel and Thomas DeCoud. Afterwards, I give my thoughts on the Falcons cap room, while Dave weighs in on the recent...

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Team Needs: Defensive Tackle A Priority Due to Injuries and Free Agency
Feb04

Team Needs: Defensive Tackle A Priority Due to Injuries and Free Agency

The potential is high for turnover at defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons this offseason. Mainly because the team has all three of its primary players headed towards free agency. It is likely that the Falcons will be able to retain at least one of the guys, with Corey Peters topping the list. Peters suffered a torn Achilles tendon at the end of the season, and while that might put the start of his 2014 in jeopardy, it probably...

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Team Needs: Searching for the Next John Abraham at Defensive End
Feb04

Team Needs: Searching for the Next John Abraham at Defensive End

The pass rush of the Atlanta Falcons has been a problem area for a number of years. Expectations were reasonably high that the Falcons could potentially upgrade their pass rush with the switch from defensive end John Abraham to Osi Umenyiora last year. Unfortunately, Umenyiora’s production wasn’t in the same ballpark as Abraham from the previous year. Falcon fans had to watch as Abraham put together a Pro Bowl season with...

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2014 First Round Mock Draft
Feb03

2014 First Round Mock Draft

Last offseason, I didn’t do nearly as much draft-related homework as I had done in past years, and thus the amount of draft-related content generated by the site was down. I only produced three mock drafts, and the first one didn’t get published until March. This year, I plan on changing those things as I intend to dive head-first into the draft this offseason in what will be a pivotal one for the Atlanta Falcons. And...

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