Falcons fire 3 top assistant coaches following 7-9 finish

Sports 12/31/18, 14:15

Widespread changes came quickly following the Atlanta Falcons' first losing season since 2014.Changes were expected, and out are offensive coordinator Steve Sarkasian, defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong — all fired on Monday.Coach Dan Quinn announced the firings and said he will take over the defense."All ...

Buccaneers fire coach Dirk Koetter after 3 seasons

Sports 12/30/18, 19:47

Dirk Koetter has been fired as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The team made the announcement Sunday night, a little more than three hours after the Bucs concluded a disappointing season with a 34-32 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.Koetter was promoted from offensive coordinator to his first NFL head coaching ...

Jones disappointed to miss playoffs, likes Falcons’ future

Football 12/27/18, 18:21

Every year Julio Jones puts up big numbers while the Atlanta Falcons fall short of a championship.And every year he puts a positive spin on what went wrong and what looks promising heading into next season.The two-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowl receiver has towed the company line since he ...

Quinn wants Falcons focused on details entering finale

Football 12/24/18, 18:49

Coach Dan Quinn isn't dwelling on how desperate the Atlanta Falcons are to avoid a 6-10 record.It might not sound like much of an accomplishment after winning an NFC title and advancing to the second round of the playoffs in the last two seasons, but Quinn said the Falcons still ...

Ryan, Falcons hand Panthers 7th straight loss, 24-10

Football 12/23/18, 16:19

Matt Ryan threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns, and the Atlanta Falcons handed Carolina Panthers their seventh straight loss and knocked their NFC South rivals out of playoff contention with a 24-10 win on Sunday.Ryan found Calvin Ridley for a 75-yard touchdown strike on the first play of the ...

Rookie RB Ito Smith joining Falcons’ long list on IR

Football 12/17/18, 16:27

The Atlanta Falcons are placing rookie running back Ito Smith on injured reserve with a knee injury, dealing another blow to a position already weakened by the loss of starter Devonta Freeman.Coach Dan Quinn said Monday Smith will have surgery this week. Quinn says it is not an anterior cruciate ...

Julio Jones, Deion Jones pace Falcons’ easy win over Cards

Football 12/16/18, 16:43

Julio Jones made an acrobatic touchdown catch on a pass from Matt Ryan, Deion Jones returned an interception for an early score, and the Atlanta Falcons snapped a five-game losing streak with a 40-14 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.The Falcons (5-9) forced three turnovers and sacked Arizona's Josh ...

Falcons face major task in rebuilding their running game

Football 12/13/18, 17:24

Coach Dan Quinn is not quite ready to look at rebuilding the Atlanta Falcons' running game for next year.He's more concerned with stopping a five-game losing streak that derailed the season and dropped the Falcons (4-9) to the bottom of the NFC South.But heading into Sunday's game against Arizona (3-10), ...

Packers look to keep momentum going under Philbin

Football 12/10/18, 20:02

One week, one win for Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin.Now, the self-effacing, self-deprecating Philbin wants to keep the momentum going from Sunday's win over the Atlanta Falcons to keep alive Green Bay's slim playoff hopes. At the least, there are positive vibes in the locker room as the Packers ...

Falcons’ Quinn ‘evaluating everything’ after another loss

Football 12/10/18, 17:38

A five-game losing streak has assured the Atlanta Falcons of their first losing season since 2014, and the usually upbeat coach Dan Quinn said he's alarmed by the ugly results and looking for fixes.Quinn said all players and coaches are in the spotlight after Sunday's 34-20 loss at Green Bay ...

Mistakes, penalties plague Falcons, ensuring losing record

Football 12/09/18, 18:58

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank watched coach Dan Quinn offer explanations about another defeat. The boss then gave Quinn a hug before he walked out the door of a Lambeau Field media room.Blank still appears to have Quinn's back as the losses keep piling up for Atlanta.In less than two ...

Packers beat sliding Falcons 34-20, 1st win under Philbin

Football 12/09/18, 16:24

Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and set an NFL record for interception-free football, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-20 Sunday to win their first game under interim head coach Joe Philbin.Aaron Jones ran for a 29-yard score in the third quarter. The defense limited quarterback ...

December dud: Falcons and Packers try to avoid losing years

Football 12/06/18, 14:38

How fortunes have changed in less than two years for the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers.The participants in the NFC title game in January 2017 are floundering this season. The Packers have already fired head coach Mike McCarthy.Falcons owner Arthur Blank reaffirmed support for his coach, Dan Quinn, after ...

Packers’ Philbin dusts off offensive play-calling duties

Football 12/05/18, 16:47

Time for Joe Philbin to assume an important new responsibility with the Green Bay Packers, and it's not just the duties that come with taking over as interim head coach.It's been a while since Philbin has called plays."Trying to think. Might have been about 20 years, maybe," Philbin said.Now he ...

Ravens in driver’s seat to end 3-year playoff drought

Football 12/03/18, 16:24

The Baltimore Ravens are still fighting to end a three-year playoff drought even though they are riding their longest winning streak of the season.The Ravens hold a one-game lead for the sixth and final postseason spot in the AFC. Baltimore (7-5) also is within a half-game of the first-place Pittsburgh ...

Falcons’ free-fall continues as offense shut down in loss

Football 12/02/18, 18:49

Matt Ryan could find no easy answers after the Atlanta Falcons' offense hit a new low in their fourth straight loss.Ryan threw for only 131 yards in Sunday's 26-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens , his lowest total of his 11-year career in a game he has started and finished.The ...

Ravens dominate Falcons 26-16 for 3rd straight win

Football 12/02/18, 16:40

Rookie Lamar Jackson ran for a touchdown and Baltimore's defense turned in a dominating performance, leading the Ravens to a 26-16 victory over the feeble Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.Justin Tucker kicked four field goals, Tavon Young scored after scooping up a fumble by Matt Ryan , and Baltimore held the ...

Falcons preparing for new challenge from Ravens QB Jackson

Football 11/29/18, 17:48

The Atlanta Falcons must prepare for two quarterbacks as they await Sunday's visit from the Baltimore Ravens.Of the two, rookie Lamar Jackson is the hot topic of the week in the Falcons' locker room.The Falcons, who face Carolina and Cam Newton in the NFC South twice each season, have prepared ...

Falcons have plenty of trouble spots during 3-game skid

Football 11/26/18, 18:52

Coach Dan Quinn knows the Atlanta Falcons' season is at a tipping point.Riding a three-game losing streak, the Falcons trail five teams for the second NFC wild-card spot. Atlanta (4-7) has almost no margin for error as it prepares to host Baltimore (6-5).Quinn gave his team a primer Monday on ...

Flacco or Jackson? Ravens’ Harbaugh faces tough QB decision

Football 11/26/18, 17:09

The effective play of rookie Lamar Jackson as a starting quarterback has left Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh with a decision to make if veteran Joe Flacco returns this week from a right hip injury.Does Flacco get back the starting job Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons? Or does Harbaugh stick ...

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