Falcons Rumors & News

  • Falcons Expected To Remake Defensive Line

    Pro Football Rumors "Having already fired defensive coordinator Richard Smith and defensive line coach Bryan Cox, the Falcons are expected to use free agency and the draft in order to bolster their defensive line, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. Free agent defensive lineman Earl Mitchell is expected to..." February 22

  • Kyle Shanahan may bring Jacob Tamme with him to San Francisco

    Pro Football Talk "Jacob Tamme hits free agency after a disappointing 2016 season in Atlanta, in which he caught just 22 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns before spending the second half of the season on injured reserve. But that doesn’t mean the soon-to-be 32-year-old tight end won’t have teams vying for..." February 19

  • Charlie Weis Jr., Kyle Flood among new Falcons coaches

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons coaching staff lost both coordinators and several other assistants in the wake of their Super Bowl loss and they moved quickly to fill the most prominent openings. They’ve now filled out the lower rungs of Dan Quinn’s staff as well and the team announced the completion of their..." February 17

  • Kyle Shanahan has become a scapegoat for Falcons’ Super Bowl collapse

    Fox Sports "Former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had a prolific year in Atlanta, orchestrating an offense that put up historic scoring numbers in the 2016 season - but in the span of one game, he became one of the least popular people in Atlanta after the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in..." February 16

  • NFL sets cap percentages for franchise tags

    Pro Football Talk "The franchise-tag crop report has arrived. Sort of. Prior to 2011, the non-exclusive franchise tenders were determined by averaging the five highest cap numbers at each position from the prior year. Starting in 2011, the tenders are determined by the aggregate sum of the salary cap for the five..." February 15

  • Roddy White says Kyle Shanahan 'destroyed a dream' for Atlanta in Super Bowl

    Sporting News "Former Falcons receiver Roddy White blew $100,000 in Las Vegas over Super Bowl weekend, and it still didn't hurt as much as watching his Falcons suffer a historic meltdown in Super Bowl 51. White on Tuesday blasted former Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for his overly aggressive..." February 15

  • Falcons hire Georgia high school coaching legend to help with line

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons have had plenty of coaching turnover since their Super Bowl loss, and are apparently dipping into the high school ranks to fill one vacancy. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons are hiring Jess Simpson (not that one) to become their..." February 14

  • NFL Would Boost TV Ratings, Ad Revenue If US Ban On Sports Betting Lifted, New Report Says

    Legal Sports Report "MoffettNathanson Research released a report called NFL Season Recap – It’s All Over But the Crying (paywall), looking back at 2016-17. Part of the analysis focused on sports betting, and opportunities missed by the NFL to generate more interest and revenue. The NFL has generally tried to..." February 14

  • Restricted free-agent Taylor Gabriel wants to be a 'Falcon forever'

    ESPN "Taylor Gabriel wants to continue his career with the Atlanta Falcons. The feeling from the team is mutual. The wide receiver is a restricted free agent, meaning the Falcons have the upper hand with him even if another team has the intent to sign him to an offer sheet. However, it seems unlikely..." February 14

  • Atlanta zoo names cockroach after Tom Brady

    Sporting News "Atlanta fans are still bitter about their devastating Super Bowl loss. With the Patriots' comeback win over the Falcons in Super Bowl 51, Zoo Atlanta lost a bet with Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I., and had to name one of its newest baby animals after Tom Brady. Zoo Atlanta held..." February 14

  • Some late-season Thursday Night Football games could move to Saturday

    Awful Announcing "With the 2016-17 NFL season, it’s time for the league’s TV’s partners to look ahead for the next season and what teams they’ll lobby for. Due to the Dallas Cowboys’ effect on the ratings in the second half of last season, there’s no doubt that all of the networks will want to maximize the number..." February 14

  • 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan almost lost $30,000 in Super Bowl tickets

    CBS Sports "As we continue to look back at Super Bowl LI, it's probably safe to say at this point that no one had a worse Super Bowl week than former Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan's week got off to an ugly start at Opening Night when he lost his backpack. At the time, Shanahan..." February 14

  • Sean Weatherspoon wants to stay with the Falcons after rehab

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons have a young and fast group of linebackers. But an older one who may not be as fast any more wants to stay part of the mix. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, veteran linebacker Sean Weatherspoon wants to stay in Atlanta after he recovers from..." February 13

  • Patriots locate game-winning touchdown ball

    Pro Football Talk "Fifty percent of the missing memorabilia from Super Bowl LI has been recovered. The Patriots have announced, via their Hall of Fame Twitter account, that the game-winning football from the overtime classic has been located. Running back James White, who scored the touchdown on a sweep from the..." February 13

  • Matt Schaub wants ‘an opportunity to start in the NFL once again’

    Sportsnaut "At the age of 36 heading free agency, former Houston Texans starting quarterback Matt Schaub is looking for one more opportunity to start in the NFL. “Schaub told me last week he wants an opportunity to start in the NFL once again,” writes ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. “The chances of him doing so..." February 13

  • Falcons’ focus in free agency will be locking up their own players

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons’ roster was good enough to get to the Super Bowl last season, so they see no reason to make any major additions this offseason. Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that with $29.2 million in cap space available for 2017, the key will be working out..." February 12

  • 5 things Falcons need to get back to the Super Bowl

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Falcons were minutes away from defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI to bring home the franchise’s very first Lombardi Trophy. They had it in the bag. But then, in what felt like the blink of an eye, the wheels came off and the Falcons were left in shattered pieces on the..." February 11

  • Falcons to name Marquand Manuel defensive coordinator

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons secondary coach/senior defensive assistant Marquand Manuel will be named the team's defensive coordinator, a source told ESPN. Manuel was considered the front-runner after the Falcons decided not to keep Richard Smith in that role. Smith could remain on staff in an advisory..." February 10

  • Kyle Shanahan: We played Super Bowl the way we played the entire year

    Pro Football Talk "Kyle Shanahan was introduced as the new head coach of the 49ers at a press conference on Thursday and a lot of the answers were familiar to anyone who has been at introductory press conferences in the past. Shanahan is looking for the best possible players and assured the media that he feels..." February 10

  • Falcons CB Robert Alford boasts about pick-six on Twitter despite loss

    Larry Brown Sports "Atlanta Falcons CB Robert Alford is being questioned about his priorities after sending a boneheaded tweet on Wednesday night. Alford, who had a strong game for the Falcons in the Super Bowl, posted a tweet boasting about his pick-six on Sunday of Tom Brady. Alford certainly had a huge play..." February 10

  • Falcons tweak Raheem Morris’ title, name Doug Mallory DB coach

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons made Marquand Manuel’s promotion to defensive coordinator official on Friday afternoon and they also announced a few other moves as they reset their coaching staff in the wake of departures and expected departures. One of the tweaks came to the responsibilities of Raheem Morris, who..." February 10

  • Yes, the NFL reviewed James White's Super Bowl-ending TD

    CBS Sports "Lost in the mayhem of the Patriots' miraculous 25-point comeback to win Super Bowl LI 34-28 was whether running back James White scored on the final play. Television replays did not clearly depict if his knee was down before the ball broke the plane of the end zone, nor was it clear if the NFL..." February 10

  • Sarkisian refuses to be defined by alcoholism

    ESPN "Newly hired Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said he remains in treatment to battle alcoholism, and he expressed gratitude toward the organization for giving him an opportunity. "Everybody has issues that they have to deal with -- some physical, some mental," Sarkisian said..." February 10

  • Steve Sarkisian: I’m an aggressive play caller

    Pro Football Talk "Just about everyone in the world thought the Falcons got a bit too aggressive with their play calls when they got into field goal range in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI with an eight-point lead. The guy who was calling the plays is now the head coach of the 49ers, but Kyle Shanahan’s..." February 09

  • Kyle Shanahan: Super Bowl meltdown ‘as hard as anything I’ve had to go through’

    Sportsnaut "New San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was introduced as such in a press conference. During the press conference, he addressed the Super Bowl meltdown that saw the Atlanta Falcons blow a 25-point lead to the New England Patriots. Showing some vulnerability and honesty, Shanahan said..." February 09

  • Details on How Much DirecTV is Raising The NFL Sunday Ticket Package in 2017

    Black Sports Online "The 2016 campaign ended in epic fashion, as the New England Patriots came back from down 25 points against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. As football fans wait several months until the game returns, they’ll have to get ready for prices rising for the Sunday Ticket package on..." February 09

  • Richard Smith no longer Falcons’ DC; Bryan Cox dismissed

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Falcons have made some changes to their defensive coaching staff in the days following their Super Bowl LI collapse against the New England Patriots. Sporting News NFL reporter Alex Marvez reported on Tuesday night that Richard Smith is no longer the Falcons’ defensive coordinator,..." February 08

  • Falcons already failing first post Super Bowl test?

    Sportsnaut "The Atlanta Falcons’ organization and their fans are still reeling from an embarrassing meltdown against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. The team blew a 28-3 third quarter lead, ultimately losing by the score of 34-28 in overtime. It’s a game that put Tom Brady and the Pats in the..." February 08

  • Falcons considering Marquand Manuel for defensive coordinator position

    ESPN "The Atlanta Falcons are strongly considering secondary coach Marquand Manuel to become their next defensive coordinator, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. The Falcons confirmed on Wednesday that they would not retain defensive coordinator Richard Smith or defensive line coach Bryan Cox. The team..." February 08

  • Worst NFL free-agent pool ever won't stop desperate teams from diving in wallets first

    CBS Sports "NFL free agency is fool's gold. Always has been. Always will be. Now more than ever. Forever and forever. Amen. I've been singing this chorus and preaching this sermon for roughly a decade now, and nothing has changed. Except, well, the free-agency classes grow shallower and shallower...." February 08

  • DIRECTV raising Sunday Ticket prices for 2017 season

    Sportsnaut "It’s all about supply and demand. And despite what was a perceived regression in terms of television ratings during the 2016 NFL season, the demand is surely still there. It’s the most popular sport in North American. That’s not even up for debate at this point. So leave it to cable and..." February 08

  • Quinn: Wait-and-see situation with Julio Jones' injury

    NFL.com "The medical jury is still out on Julio Jones' nagging toe injury. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said as much on Tuesday, telling reporters it's a wait-and-see situation with Jones, who finished with four catches for 87 yards in the Super Bowl LI loss to New England." February 08

  • Chip Kelly Could Be Candidate to Replace Kyle Shanahan as Falcons OC

    Black Sports Online "If you thought the Falcons defense was on the field a lot during the Super Bowl, get ready, because that could become the norm. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Chip Kelly is a candidate to replace Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator in Atlanta. That vacancy comes as Shanahan..." February 07

  • Falcons expected to hire Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator

    Pro Football Talk "No one was surprised when the 49ers hired Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to be their next head coach. Everyone will be surprised by the identity of the Falcons’ next offensive coordinator. Steve Sarkisian is poised to get the offensive coordinator job in Atlanta, according to..." February 07

  • Falcons Plan To Get Long-Term Extension In Place For CB Desmond Trufant “Very Soon”

    NFL Trade Rumors "Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff told reporters (per Andrew Hirsh) on Tuesday that they plan to get a long-term extension done with CB Desmond Trufant “very soon.” Trufant has developed into one of the better young cornerbacks in the game, so it’s not surprising to hear that he’ll be an offseason..." February 07

  • Falcons' Alex Mack: Will not require offseason surgery

    CBS Sports "Mack (fibula) will not require offseason surgery, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. It was originally thought that Mack would require surgery on the chip fracture in his left fibula, but Falcons head coach Dan Quinn stated at his season-closing press conference..." February 07

  • Dan Quinn says he doesn’t regret calls made down stretch in Super Bowl LI

    Sportsnaut "Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn was in command of the biggest Super Bowl meltdown in history, but he remains convinced he made the right calls down the stretch. “Dan Quinn said he doesn’t regret the calls after reviewing the Super Bowl film. He regrets the outcome of those plays,” ESPN’s..." February 07

  • Falcons coaches finding out about Steve Sarkisian hire via the media

    Sportsnaut "In this age of instant information, it seems players and coaches need to get used to finding out about big moves via the media, rather than in house with their teams. This appears to be the case for Atlanta Falcons coaches, who are learning through the media, rather than their own team, that Steve..." February 07

  • Falcons hire Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Falcons have a huge hole to fill with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan leaving to become the next head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Surprisingly, Atlanta went outside the NFL to hire former USC coach and Alabama offensive assistant Steve Sarkisian as the team’s next offensive..." February 07

  • Ravens reportedly tried to trade entire draft class to get Matt Ryan in 2008

    CBS Sports "In 2007, the Ravens went 5-11 and that, coupled with the lack of development from 2003 first-round pick Kyle Boller, had a lot to do with the team's decision to fire Brian Billick. In Atlanta, first-year coach Bobby Petrino quit after 13 games and the Falcons limped to a 4-12 record. Joey..." February 07

  • Top 10 biggest boom or bust players in 2017 NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "Heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, there are a few players who find themselves in the “no doubt about it” category. Texas A&M EDGE defender Myles Garrett comes to mind when discussing that type of player. Other prospects quality as flyers and potential steals. There’s a whole other category,..." February 07

  • Falcons’ search begins as Shanahan named 49ers’ head coach

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Kyle Shanahan, who helped to guide the Falcons to the Super Bowl, was named the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers on Monday evening, the team announced. Shanahan, a contributor to the Falcons’ collapse against New England on Sunday with some late questionable pass-play selections when the..." February 07

  • Robert Alford: I couldn’t believe Julian Edelman caught it

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots receiver Julian Edelman made one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history when he reeled in a pass that was initially tipped by Falcons cornerback Robert Alford in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI. After the game, Alford was still shocked. “I couldn’t believe that he caught..." February 06

  • Tevin Coleman goes in for X-rays after suffering ankle injury

    Larry Brown Sports "Tevin Coleman went into the locker room during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI on Sunday to have his ankle examined after suffering an injury. Coleman took a handoff for the Atlanta Falcons on a second and two play from the Falcons 35 midway through the fourth. His legs got pinched together..." February 06

  • Logan Ryan: Falcons ‘might have been afraid of losing’ as Patriots came back

    Larry Brown Sports "New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan thinks the Atlanta Falcons may have gotten tight. Ryan said after the Patriots’ 34-28 overtime win in Super Bowl LI that at no points were the Patriots scared to lose the game – but Atlanta might have been. Atlanta’s defense looked very tired, but..." February 06

  • Dwight Freeney calls loss to Patriots 'mind-boggling'

    NFL.com "For the better part of three quarters, NFL legend Dwight Freeney was a big part of the beat down. His spin move pass rushes were helping knock Tom Brady to the ground and fluster the mechanical Patriots offense. But at the end of the night as New England topped Atlanta 34-28 in OT, the..." February 06

  • Falcons' Campbell: D 'lost a little bit of our aggression'

    NFL.com "The Atlanta Falcons squandered a 25-point lead to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. After holding the Pats to three first-half points, Dan Quinn's defense surrendered 31 in the second half and overtime. Rookie linebacker De'Vondre Campbell said the Falcons' D lost a..." February 06

  • Patriots' Slater: 'One of best games in history of NFL'

    NFL.com "Matthew Slater doesn't get the attention of Tom Brady or Bill Belichick, but the Patriots special teams ace has seen it all during his time in New England. Maybe that's why Sunday's record-setting comeback in a 34-28 overtime win against the Falcons didn't catch him by surprise. "It seems..." February 06

  • Kyle Shanahan headed to 49ers with plenty of questions

    Pro Football Talk "The 49ers are going to have a new coach soon, one who will be defending his play-calling after last night’s game. Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who was sealed before the Super Bowl and now can be signed and delivered to San Francisco, will be the focus of plenty of second..." February 06

  • Here's why the Falcons' defense was so tired at the end of Super Bowl LI

    CBS Sports "You may have noticed that the Atlanta Falcons' defense wore down as Super Bowl LI went on. The Falcons were flying all over the field in the first half, holding the Patriots to just three points while mostly shutting down Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, and the rest of New England's weapons. The..." February 06