Falcons Rumors & News

  • Falcons have focused on “trying to limit the soft souls” on roster

    Pro Football Talk "When the Falcons had a run of success under then-coach Mike Smith early in quarterback Matt Ryan’s career, one of the knocks on the team was that they weren’t tough enough to navigate a path to a championship. Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff didn’t disagree with that critique and felt..." January 17

  • 49ers plan to offer Kyle Shanahan head coaching job

    Larry Brown Sports "Only one team of the six NFL franchises with vacancies has not yet made a head coaching hire, and that is because they reportedly are waiting on one in particular. The San Francisco 49ers want to offer Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan their head coaching job and are willing to wait..." January 17

  • Roger Goodell will visit Atlanta for second straight week, avoid Foxboro

    Larry Brown Sports "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is still not ready to face New England Patriots fans in the wake of the Deflategate disaster. A league spokesman revealed on Tuesday that Goodell is planning to be in attendance for the NFC Championship Game between the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta..." January 17

  • Julio Jones may be limited, but will be “ready to rock”

    Pro Football Talk "It may not be “no concern,” but the Falcons are apparently confident wide receiver Julio Jones is OK. Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters that Jones might be limited in practice this week, but would be “ready to rock,” in time to play Sunday against the Packers." January 16

  • Jordy Nelson better, but “no guarantees” for Atlanta

    Pro Football Talk "The absence of wide receiver Jordy Nelson didn’t stop the Packers from coming back to beat the Giants in the Wild Card round and it didn’t stop them from taking down the Cowboys 34-31 on Sunday, so the team knows they can win if Nelson’s injured ribs keep him out of the lineup against the..." January 16

  • Future: Being on Falcons sideline had nothing to do with Russell Wilson

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Falcons had some special guests on their sideline before their playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, and there is some speculation that they were there to distract Russell Wilson. Rapper Future says that was not the case. A source close to Future, who used to date Wilson’s wife..." January 16

  • 49ers 'honing in' on Shanahan with McDaniels out

    CSN Bay Area "One day after interviewing Seattle assistant Tom Cable for the head coach job, the 49ers on Monday are turning their attention to the Seahawks’ front office. Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner is scheduled to interview with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe,..." January 16

  • Falcons have “no concern” over Julio Jones’ foot

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons are moving on to the NFC Championship Game and they don’t expect to be sweating about whether wide receiver Julio Jones is going to be in the lineup. Jones left before Saturday’s 36-20 win over the Seahawks was complete due to an aggravation of the foot/toe injury that Jones has..." January 15

  • Falcons' Clayborn out for playoffs with torn bicep

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Veteran Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn will miss the remainder of the playoffs after suffering a torn biceps, his agent confirmed in a Twitter post on Sunday. Clayborn suffered the injury during the Falcons’ 36-20 victory over the Seahawks in an NFC divisional playoff game on..." January 15

  • Ryan's aerial attack fuels Falcons past Seahawks

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan may be 0-4 in the playoffs against all other teams, but he is 2-0 versus the Seattle Seahawks. Ryan, building off a spectacular regular season, threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns and the Falcons lived up to their billing as the..." January 14

  • C.J. Prosise questionable; Seahawks, Falcons otherwise healthy

    Pro Football Talk "The injury report for Saturday’s game between the Seahawks and Falcons is a brief one. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said on Thursday that running back C.J. Prosise will be a game-time decision this weekend as he tries to get the green light to return from a fractured scapula. As a result, it was..." January 13

  • Healthy Falcons ‘full speed’ for Seahawks

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "It appears the bye week paid off for the Falcons in terms of their health. Falcons coach Dan Quinn no players would be limited by injury during Wednesday’s practice in preparation for Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff game against the Seahawks. The Falcons closed the season with four..." January 12

  • Falcons' Julio Jones won't shy away from alerting refs vs. Seahawks

    ESPN "Falcons receiver Julio Jones, who appeared to be held by Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman on a controversial late no-call back in Week 6, has no plans to "cry" for penalties but won't hesitate to alert officials to foul play in Saturday's divisional playoff rematch. The previous controversy..." January 12

  • The NFL's Drug of Choice

    Bleacher Report "They didn't ask questions. If something hurt, NFL players simply stepped in line behind dozens of others waiting for the same drug. One by one, for years, players have taken a shot of Toradol to the rear or swallowed the drug in pill form to play football on Sunday. The game-day ritual was..." January 11

  • Pacific Pro Football League for non-NFL-eligible players to debut

    ESPN "A new pro football league announced Wednesday it plans to begin hiring players in winter 2017 and staging games in summer 2018. The Pacific Pro Football League is for players who have graduated from high school but aren't in college and haven't been out for three years in order to make..." January 11

  • Super Bowl ad spending for first 51 years totals almost $5 billion

    Awful Announcing "The Super Bowl is an event where the ads are almost as important as the game. Over the years, attention to the commercials has grown to the point where you can preview them on YouTube and other sites before the Big Game. Because the Super Bowl draws the year’s biggest television audience, it’s no..." January 11

  • Falcons on If They Plan to Play Future Songs to Try to Rattle Russell Wilson

    Black Sports Online "In my opinion all is fair in love and war, so I would be blasting March Madness every Seahawks possession, but alas the Falcons have decided to take the high road. Twitter had a few reactions… " January 10

  • Rams trying to reschedule Kyle Shanahan interview after weather postponement

    Pro Football Talk "The Rams hit the road this weekend to interview head coaching candidates that work for teams with first-round byes in the playoffs, but they weren’t able to talk to everyone they wanted to on Saturday. The Rams were in the Boston area to meet with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels..." January 08

  • Ed Werder apologizes for comment to Sherman overlooking Falcons

    Pro Football Talk "Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and ESPN reporter Ed Werder have a close relationship: When Sherman announced last week that he was boycotting the media, he said Werder would be the one and only exception. For Werder, that means exclusive access to one of the NFL’s most colorful characters,..." January 08

  • Toub finishes head coach interview with Broncos; Shanahan next

    NBC News 9 Colorado "The process of making the most important decision of the Denver Broncos’ immediate future had moved to the Westin Hotel at Crown Center in downtown Kansas City. It was Kansas City Chiefs’ special teams coordinator Dave Toub interviewing with five members of the Broncos’ hierarchy: Team..." January 07

  • Denver Broncos begin their coaching search with these three candidates

    Fox Sports "One year after winning the Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos are looking for a new coach — their third in six seasons. Coach Gary Kubiak retired this week citing health concerns, so John Elway is hitting the road this week to interview candidates for what most NFL insiders consider the best..." January 07

  • Chris Berman stepping down from ESPN NFL studio role

    Larry Brown Sports "Sundays are going to look and feel a lot different at ESPN next fall, as longtime broadcaster Chris Berman is stepping down from his current in the network’s NFL studio. ESPN announced on Thursday that Berman will no longer be hosting ESPN’s NFL studio programming following the playoffs. He..." January 05

  • Kyle Shanahan “definitely” feels ready to be a head coach

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has been one of the most popular coaching candidates during this year’s spin of the head coaching carousel and he’ll be a busy man the next two days as a result. Shanahan is scheduled for interviews with the Rams, 49ers, Jaguars and Broncos while the..." January 05

  • NFL TV viewership dropped an average of 8 percent this season

    ESPN "Broadcasters of NFL games saw television viewership drop by an average of 8 percent for the 2016 regular season, as a typical game was watched by 1.4 million fewer people than last season (16.5 million versus 17.9 million), according to league data obtained by ESPN. Prime-time broadcasts were..." January 05

  • It's no joke: A barista and a farmer walk into a Vegas sportsbook, and come out with $1.2 million

    Covers.com "So, a barista and a farmer walk into the Las Vegas Superbook… It sounds like the setup for a great joke, right? Well, it’s no joke, although the barista and the farmer are now laughing all the way to the bank. That’s because the two finished No. 1-2 in the prestigious SuperContest, the..." January 05

  • Kyle Shanahan thinks Denver is the best job opening

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is a candidate for most of the NFL’s six head-coaching vacancies, but there’s reportedly one he prefers over the others, and that’s the one his dad once had. The Denver job is the one Shanahan has his eyes on, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL..." January 05

  • Agent's Take: 10 NFL stars who could be in different uniforms in 2017

    CBS Sports "A player getting released because his performance doesn't justify his salary is a way of life in the NFL, where contracts aren't fully guaranteed. When a player is released or traded, the remaining proration of the salary components that are treated like signing bonus immediately accelerate into..." January 04

  • Matt Ryan: Putting more pressure on is a waste of time

    NFL.com "It's almost time for the Falcons to play in the postseason, which means it's also time to ask quarterback Matt Ryan about an irrelevant statistic that has nothing to do with their January 14 matchup against either the Seahawks (if they win Saturday) or the winner of the Giants-Packers matchup..." January 04

  • Finalists for 2017 Hall of Fame class include LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Brian Dawkins

    ESPN "First-year eligibles LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Brian Dawkins are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also making the finals are Morten Andersen, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin..." January 04

  • Falcons' Beasley to undergo MRI on shoulder Monday

    CBS Sports "Beasley (shoulder) is scheduled for an MRI on Monday, ESPN reports. Beasley briefly exited Sunday's game against the Saints with a left shoulder injury but returned promptly after receiving treatment on the sidelines." January 02

  • Broncos request interview with Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan

    ESPN "With Gary Kubiak’s departure, Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway will begin his third search for a head coach. Kubiak told players after Sunday's 24-6 victory over the Oakland Raiders that he will retire after two seasons as head coach...." January 02

  • Rams request to interview Lynn, Shanahan

    Pro Football Talk "The Rams have formally requested permission to interview both Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn and Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for their vacant head coaching position, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday. PFT reported Sunday night that the Rams would have interest in..." January 02

  • Jaguars scheduled to interview Falcons' Shanahan for HC job

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is scheduled to interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars for their vacant head coaching position on Friday. Under Shanahan, who’s in his second season with the Falcons, the offense led the league in scoring with 540 points. Falcons quarterback Matt..." January 02

  • Ryan bolsters MVP case as Falcons down Saints

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons go into the NFC playoffs with a first-round bye and their standing as the top offense in the NFL intact. The Falcons scored touchdowns on all five of their first-half possession and defeated the New Orleans Saints 38-32 to lock up the NFC's No. 2 seed on Sunday..." January 01

  • Vic Beasley welcomes playing in the Pro Bowl — if he’s not getting ready for the Super Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "At a time when it makes little business sense for players who are healthy enough to participate in the meaningless late-January exhibition contest known as the Pro Bowl, Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley welcomes the assignment. But he prefers to not be available for it. “I hope to be playing..." December 31

  • Petitioners Still Mad At Michael Vick Don’t Want Him Honored At Saints-Falcons Game

    Black Sports Online "It’s been almost 10 years since Michael Vick was convicted for illegal dog fighting that he ran on his property. The ex-NFL quarterback served his time and even came back to play football again. Now, a petition wants to keep him away from being honored at Sunday’s Falcons-Saints game. These..." December 31

  • Dan Quinn: Julio Jones looked ‘explosive’

    The Sports Daily "Head coach Dan Quinn and the Atlanta Falcons are no longer worried about Julio Jones’ sprained toe. According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN, Quinn said Jones looked “good” and “explosive” at practice this week. “He looked good over the last couple of days, so I’m not going to monitor him,” Quinn..." December 31

  • Von Miller won't be upset if 'little brother' Vic Beasley wins sack title

    ESPN "Von Miller certainly wants to finish atop the league in sacks, but the Denver Broncos pass-rusher said Friday he wouldn’t be upset if one particular player beats him out: Vic Beasley Jr. The Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker leads the league with 14.5 sacks, one more than the reigning Super..." December 31

  • Taylor Gabriel out for Sunday’s game

    Pro Football Talk "Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel won’t be helping the Falcons’ attempt to nail down the second seed in the NFC this Sunday. Gabriel has been ruled out of the matchup with the Saints due to a foot injury. Gabriel returned for a limited practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday’s session, but..." December 30

  • Former NFL safety, Baltimore native Keion Carpenter passes away

    Fox Baltimore "A family spokesperson has confirmed the death of Keion Carpenter, a former NFL safety who hailed from Baltimore and frequently visited his hometown to give back. Carpenter passed away at 6:47 a.m. Thursday morning in Miami. The day before, Carpenter’s family said he had been hospitalized and..." December 29

  • Hall of Fame game moved to Thursday night to start preseason

    ESPN "The Hall of Fame game will be played on Aug. 3 -- a Thursday night -- next summer, two days before the inductions into the pro football shrine. On Wednesday, the hall announced the change in schedule. Previously, the game was played on a Sunday, one night after the inductions. Participants..." December 28

  • Ryan throws two TDs as Falcons rout Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Atlanta Falcons are finding rewards for a strong season coming all at once. With a chance to be NFC South Division champions, they didn't miss a beat in a 33-16 thrashing of the Carolina Panthers on Saturday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium. "We wanted to the..." December 24

  • New Spring League isn’t an NFL production

    Pro Football Talk "Yes, there’s a new spring football league coming. No, it’s not an NFL production. A series of tweets from SiriusXM NFL Radio declares that “[t]he NFL will have a spring league starting in the spring of 2017, structured around four squads of veteran free agent players.” Per a source with..." December 22

  • Report: NFL to debut spring league in 2017

    Sportsnaut "In unprecedented news Thursday, the NFL announced plans to start a “spring league,” using four teams comprised of veteran NFL free agents. Seemingly a take on the FXFL that ran for two seasons in 2014 and 2015, as well as the veteran free agent combine that was a magnificent bust last year, the..." December 22

  • NFL vows to apply Rooney Rule informally to some coordinator openings

    Washington Post "The NFL has vowed to apply a new best practice to the hiring process for some coordinator jobs based upon its minority interviewing standard known as the Rooney Rule, according to the diversity group that works with the league on its hiring practices. The change, which will not constitute a..." December 22

  • Jamal Anderson jailed for violating probation with gas station incident

    Larry Brown Sports "Former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson may have been fortunate to avoid criminal charges when he allegedly exposed himself at a gas station earlier this month, but that was not enough to keep him out of jail. TMZ reports that Anderson was taken into custody earlier this week after..." December 22

  • Falcons' Julio Jones to play vs. Panthers

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will play against the Carolina Panthers on Saturday after missing the last two games with a sprained toe, coach Dan Quinn said. Jones, who suffered the injury in a Dec. 4 loss to Kansas City, returned to practice this week. Although he was limited on..." December 22

  • Julio Jones says toe is fine: 'Nothing needs to hold me back'

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones said he feels good coming off a sprained toe, but that he'll let coach Dan Quinn decide his status for Saturday's matchup with the Carolina Panthers. Jones missed the past two games as a result of the injury. He returned to practice Tuesday and was..." December 21

  • The odds of legalized sports betting in Trump's America

    Covers.com "The surprise election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president was one of the biggest betting upsets in recent years, with the Republican nominee cashing in as big as a 200/1 long shot this past November. That underdog run to the White House has now sparked hope for another political long..." December 21

  • Why Deion Sanders won’t write about the NFL’s dirty secrets

    Page Six "NFL great Deion Sanders says he could “write a book” about all the off-field antics he witnessed from the league’s most controversial characters during his playing days — but don’t expect a tell-all. “There was always controversy and polarizing figures in the NFL,” the former Falcons and..." December 21