Falcons Rumors & News

  • Goodell says extra point rule made the NFL more exciting in 2015

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Year One of the new extra point rule was a success, and more rules tweaks are on the way. Goodell said the new rule, which moved extra point kicks back 13 yards, is an example of the kinds of changes the league will continue to consider. “From a..." February 10

  • Falcons Owner Arthur Blank: I Have Cancer ... I'm Fighting Like Hell

    TMZ "Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has just revealed he's been diagnosed with prostate cancer -- but says he's battling like hell ... and vows to defeat it. 73-year-old Blank says he was diagnosed in December -- and has since visited with several doctors and hospitals to come up with the best..." February 09

  • Falcons drop Justin Durant, William Moore

    Pro Football Talk "On Monday, teams can begin cutting players. The Falcons have dumped a pair of them. Gone are linebacker Justin Durant (pictured) and safety William Moore. The team announced the moves on Monday. “We want to thank both of these guys for their commitment and work ethic,” coach Dan Quinn said...." February 08

  • Falcons leaning toward keeping Roddy White

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn appear to be leaning toward retaining wide receiver Roddy White, who has two years left on his contract. White, who was drafted in the first round of the 2005 draft, had averaged 88.2 catches per season over the previous eight..." February 08

  • Falcons owner Arthur Blank: I love Roddy White

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank wants Roddy White to finish his career with the team but said the decision ultimately will come down to coach Dan Quinn. The 34-year-old White just completed his 11th NFL season and has two years left on his contract. His salary cap number is $6,043,750 next..." February 06

  • Roger Goodell Speaks Out on Concussions, 'Rooney Rule' for Women

    ABC News "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says there is a “culture change” in the NFL when it comes to concussions and, if he had a son, would have no problem allowing him to play the sport. “The number of concussions went up this year and they're going to go up and they're going to go down in any given..." February 06

  • NFL to establish Rooney rule for women

    ESPN "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday the league is going to institute a Rooney rule for women when it comes to all NFL executive positions. He announced the decision in opening remarks at NFL Women's Summit, where roughly 250 men and women associated with the league are gathered to..." February 04

  • NFL to consider putting video on sideline tablets

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s embrace of tablet technology has been limited, to date. Soon, the bright blue Microsoft Surface devices that show up on sidelines could do more than simply show images of pre-snap formations. At a Tuesday press conference, NFL executive V.P. Brian Rolapp said that the league will..." February 02

  • Radio analyst Eugene Robinson to team: Don’t mess up like I did at Super Bowl

    Charlotte Observer "Panthers color analyst Eugene Robinson addressed the team before the Panthers left Charlotte on Sunday, warning players of the pitfalls and temptations that can ruin Super Bowl week. Robinson knows the subject all too well. Robinson was arrested the night before Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami..." February 02

  • Survey: NFL Players Don't Trust That Team Doctors Have Their Best Interests At Heart

    Deadspin "The Associated Press just released a big report on the relationship between NFL players’ health and the training and medical care they get from their teams. There’s a whole lot of insight into the pervasiveness of injuries and the inadequacies NFL training staffs have with addressing them. Let’s..." February 02

  • Super Bowl 50 to draw an estimated $4.2 billion in bets — most of them illegal

    Los Angeles Times "It's the one day when many Americans gladly take a gamble: Super Bowl Sunday. As the Denver Broncos meet the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, millions of people will place some type of bet on the game even if they don't care about football. A minority will gamble legally at..." February 01

  • Pro Bowl TV ratings down, again

    Pro Football Talk "The Pro Bowl was on ESPN Sunday night, and people were watching. But not as many people who watched in the past. The Pro Bowl drew a 5.0 overnight rating. That’s down from 5.6 last year and significantly down from the 6.7 rating the Pro Bowl got in 2014 when it was on NBC. Per Austin Karp of..." February 01

  • NFL VP of Officiating says catch rule 'is in a good place right now'

    CBS Sports "Can we all agree that no one knows what a catch is? Dez Bryant still doesn't, more than a year after his infamous non-catch sent the Cowboys home in a playoff game against the Packers. You don't. I don't. The average fan sure doesn't. And yet NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino said on Sunday..." February 01

  • Dan Quinn: How far away are Falcons from the Super Bowl?

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons coach Dan Quinn, after coaching in the past two Super Bowls, has mentioned more than a few times how tough it’s been to watch the playoffs this season. He clearly wants to get the Falcons back into the playoffs and eventually into the Super Bowl to play for the Vince Lombardi..." February 01

  • NFL should add a skills competition at the Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "As interest in the Pro Bowl flags, there’s an easy addition to Pro Bowl weekend that the NFL could use to spice things up: A skills competition. The other major sports all include a skills competition as part of their All-Star festivities. Baseball has the Home Run Derby. The NBA has the slam..." January 31

  • No decision yet on Roddy White’s future

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has not made a decision on releasing or retaining wide receiver Roddy White, the franchise’s all-time leading receiver who had a dramatic statistical drop off last season. “Roddy is still under contract here,” Dimitroff said. The Falcons are scouting..." January 29

  • New York's attorney general reportedly going after NFL ticket market's 'fixed game'

    Sporting News "Need two? If you're in New York, those tickets are going to cost you. So much so that state attorney general Eric Schneiderman's office is conducting an antitrust investigation of the NFL and its price-floor practices on tickets, CNBC.com reported, citing unidentified sources. It's unclear..." January 28

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Falcons announced they hired former Bears' GM Phil Emery and former Titans' GM Ruston Webster as national scouts.

  • Vic Beasley won’t have shoulder surgery

    Pro Football Talk "Late in the season, Falcons rookie defensive end Vic Beasley said that he’d been playing with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He won’t be having surgery to correct the problem this offseason, though. Coach Dan Quinn said Monday, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, that Beasley is expected to..." January 25

  • Falcons' Beasley won't require offseason surgery on torn labrum

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley, who played last season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, will not have offseason surgery, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said on Monday. “It came back, we went to the docs, it was kind like we went through the whole season,” Quinn said. “He did a good job. He..." January 25

  • The 15 Best Twitter Jokes About Mike Carey After He Blew It Again

    Huffington Post "Another game, another whiffed analysis from CBS “officiating expert” Mike Carey. Carey, who was an NFL referee in another life, has warmed the hearts of Internet trolls everywhere this year by continually blowing calls on big-time broadcasts, making predictions day in and day out that prove..." January 25

  • Falcons hire Jerome Henderson, move Raheem Morris to offense

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons are making some changes on their coaching staff. Jerome Henderson, who has spent the last four seasons as the Cowboys’ defensive backs coach, will join the Falcons as a passing game coordinator on defense, NFL Media reports. Henderson’s contract with the Cowboys was up, so he..." January 24

  • Falcons to interview Henderson for defensive coordinator post

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons haven’t made an announcement about Richard Smith being dismissed or retiring, but they are set to interview former Dallas Cowboys coach Jerome Henderson for their defensive coordinator position, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram “Cowboys secondary coach..." January 22

  • Roddy White: 'I'm a Falcon Forever & Ever, Amen'

    TMZ "Roddy White just went all Randy Travis when describing his future in the NFL -- telling TMZ Sports, "I'm a Falcon forever and ever, amen." The ATL wide receiver was at LAX recently when we brought up that his contract with the team ends at the end of the 2017 season ... and where he sees his..." January 20

  • NFL health officials confronted NIH about researcher selection

    ESPN "Three of the NFL's top health and safety officers confronted the National Institutes of Health last June after the NIH selected a Boston University researcher to lead a major study on football and brain disease, Outside the Lines has learned. The new information contradicts denials by the NFL..." January 20

  • Clete Blakeman to call Super Bowl 50

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL is really not holding the whole flip-or-no-flip thing against Clete Blakeman. According to FootballZebras.com, Blakeman has been tabbed to referee Super Bowl 50, his first shot to officiate the final football game of the year. Blakeman just worked the divisional round game between..." January 20

  • Devin Hester faces 3-to-6 month recovery time after latest surgery

    The Falcoholic "Devin Hester turned in some very memorable returns and big plays during his debut 2014 season in Atlanta, and regardless of what happens from here in his career, he'll go down as one of the greatest kick and punt returners in NFL history. I preface what's to come with those glowing words because I..." January 19

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    ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk

    Falcons parting ways with director of player personnel Lionel Vital, per source. Post coming at PFT.

  • Mike Smith named Buccaneers defensive coordinator

    NFL.com "Mike Smith was unable to land another head-coaching job this month, but he'll settle for the next best thing. Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter announced Friday that Smith will be the team's new defensive coordinator. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Smith had several options..." January 15

  • White NFL Asst Coaches Twice as Likely to Be Promoted Than Black Asst Coaches

    Black Sports Online "I understand the people who do these studies put many hours, days, weeks and years into their work. I am not trying to put down what they do, but you don’t need a study to know there is systematic prejudice not just in the NFL, but almost every industry in America. I do like that they worked..." January 12

  • Donald Trump Thinks All These Personal Foul Penalties Have Made Football ‘Soft’

    Uproxx "Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore. Why? Because according to what he told a crowd of 2,000 supporters in Reno, Nevada on Sunday, the cherished national pastime of American Football has gone too soft — just like the great country of..." January 11

  • Raiders' Khalil Mack makes history, named All-Pro at two positions

    CBS Sports "People outside Oakland who didn't know about Khalil Mack got their introduction to his talents when he sacked Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler five times in Week 14. On Friday, Mack made history when the Associated Press named him an All-Pro at two positions -- linebacker and defensive..." January 09

  • NFL plans to stream London games in 2016, Apple and Google in talks to buy rights

    New York Daily News "The National Football League is planning to live-stream all three games scheduled to be played in London next season, and Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc subsidiary Google are among the technology companies in talks to buy the rights to conduct the streams, said two sources familiar with the..." January 08

  • Jaguars interviewing Marquand Manuel for defensive coordinator

    Pro Football Talk "Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley has said he’d consider taking a more active role in calling the defense. That apparently gives him some latitude in terms of the experience he’s looking for in a new coordinator. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Jaguars are interviewing Falcons..." January 08

  • Falcons GM to Return for 2016

    NFL.com "This is a statement from Falcons owner and chairman Arthur Blank: My commitment to our fans is to put the best possible product on the field each year. No one is satisfied with an 8-8 record, but I am very pleased with the direction of our team under the leadership of Dan Quinn and confident in..." January 08

  • Beyonce Will Join Coldplay for Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

    ET Online "Coldplay will have a very high-profile guest star at the Super Bowl. Sources confirm to Entertainment Tonight that Queen Bey herself, Beyonce, will join the band on-stage during their halftime performance at Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7. Presumably, the group will deliver a live rendition of "Hymn..." January 08

  • Major NFL Agent Ben Dogra Banned 3 Years by NFLPA

    The Big Lead "Early Wednesday, per Rand Getlin of NFL Network, the NFL Players Association revoked the operating license of high-profile agent Ben Dogra and fined him $200,000. 38 counts? Yikes. While the players union did not cite any specifics re: the reason for the suspension and fine, the NFLPA did..." January 07

  • Dean Blandino: Veteran WRs helping clarify 'catch rule'

    NFL.com "The NFL is working hard to remedy one of the league's most pressing competitive issues and has sought out veterans and legends for advice. Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino told NFL Network's Dan Hellie on Tuesday that the league has reached out to former wide receivers for input and..." January 06

  • Top 20 picks in draft order set, Titans are on the clock

    Pro Football Talk "Twelve teams have games to prepare for this morning. But for the other 20, the 2016 NFL Draft looms, and with the playoff field set, we know the order of the first 20 picks. The Titans earned the top pick in the draft with yesterday’s loss to the Colts, since they lost to an even worse..." January 04

  • Julio Jones passes Jerry Rice for 2nd in all-time single-season receiving yards

    The Score "Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones passed the legendary Jerry Rice on the NFL's single-season receiving yardage list. Entering the final game of the season, Jones was 126 yards behind Rice's mark of 1,848 yards set in 1995." January 03

  • New Orleans Saints top Atlanta Falcons 20-17 in season finale

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints defense forced two turnovers in the fourth quarter to beat the Atlanta Falcons 20-17 on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. Saints safety Jamarca Sanford made a diving interception of Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan with under two minutes to play, setting up Kai Forbath's 30-yard..." January 03

  • Kyle Shanahan excited to get to work on next season

    Pro Football Talk "Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s first season with the Falcons has been anything but an overwhelming success. The Falcons have gone 2-8 since starting the year 5-0 behind an offense that has gained yards far more easily than they’ve scored points. Atlanta ranks 21st in the league in..." January 01

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    vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23

    Roddy White (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday after being held out Wednesday. Full practice for Matt Ryan (hip) again

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    D. Orlando Ledbetter @DOrlandoAJC

    #Falcons RB Tevin Coleman remains in the concussion protocol. WR Eric Weems is back at practice.

  • Julio Jones has a chance to break these two huge NFL records

    CBS Sports "The Falcons might not have much to play for when they host New Orleans this week, but Julio Jones does. With a huge game against the Saints on Sunday, Jones could break two of the NFL's most hallowed receiving records. Jones is currently the NFL's leading receiver for 2015 with 1,722 yards and..." December 30

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    D. Orlando Ledbetter @DOrlandoAJC

    #Falcons Promote TE D.J. Tialavea to the 53-Man Roster and Place NT Paul Soliai on IR

  • Cam Newton: 'We got our ass kicked today'

    NFL.com "For the first time all season, Panthers players and coaches are left contemplating defeat. Coming out of Sunday's stunning 20-13 loss to the up-and-down Falcons, it's not a feeling quarterback Cam Newton wants to revisit. "There's no magic words that need to be said. You're not going hear me..." December 28

  • O'Brien Schofield says Panthers were sore losers: 'I was dabbing'

    ESPN "Falcons outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield didn't bite his tongue in lashing out at the Panthers after Atlanta's 20-13 victory Sunday ended Carolina's bid for an undefeated season. Schofield said Panthers quarterback Cam Newton exited the field without say anything to anyone except for..." December 28

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    D. Orlando Ledbetter @DOrlandoAJC

    #Falcons DT Paul Soliai (calf) and WR Eric Weems (concussion) are OUT for the game.

  • Tevin Coleman in concussion protocol after slipping in shower

    Pro Football Talk "Football might be bad for your health, but so is personal hygiene, apparently. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons running back Tevin Coleman missed practice Wednesday and is in the concussion protocol. But he didn’t take a shot in a game or..." December 24