Falcons’ Freeman feeling strong, says football is fun again

Sports 05/23/19, 16:16

The highlight of the Atlanta Falcons' first week of organized team activities has been Devonta Freeman's return to the field."It's been a long time," said coach Dan Quinn.Freeman looked explosive in Thursday's practice, the first OTAs session open to reporters. Having Freeman again flash his dual-threat skills at running back ...

QB Ryan says thanks after Falcons bolster line in NFL draft

Football 04/27/19, 16:49

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff received a text from Matt Ryan during the NFL draft.The Falcons' quarterback obviously approved of the team's first-round selections of two offensive linemen.Dimitroff said the message from Ryan was brief: "Thanks. Just thanks and wow."Atlanta Falcons NFL football first-round-draft picks Chris Lindstrom, left, of ...

Falcons add speed to secondary with Ohio State’s Sheffield

Football 04/27/19, 13:08

The Atlanta Falcons have bolstered a thin position by moving up in the fourth round to select cornerback Kendall Sheffield from Ohio State in the NFL draft.The Falcons traded a sixth-round pick to Detroit to move up six spots in the fourth round. Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff again moved ...

After tough season, Falcons facing greater urgency in draft

Football 04/18/19, 15:31

The Atlanta Falcons spent the past couple of drafts filling in the pieces on a team with championship aspirations. This time around, they're coming off a hugely disappointing season that turned up the heat on coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. The Falcons have the 14th overall pick in next ...

Atlanta Falcons’ Ben Garland wins Salute To Service Award

Sports 01/30/19, 10:39

Atlanta Falcons guard Ben Garland has won the NFL's Salute to Service Award.Garland was recognized Wednesday by the league and USAA for his exceptional efforts to honor and support members of the military community. He will be recognized on Saturday night during NFL Honors, the prime-time TV show in which ...

Falcons: McKinley with family following mental evaluation

Sports 01/16/19, 13:47

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takk McKinley is with a family member in Oakland after undergoing a mental evaluation prompted by a friend's call to Los Angeles police.Falcons spokesman Brian Cearns told The Associated Press on Wednesday McKinley "is in a good spot" and has been in "constant communication" with the ...

Falcons bring back Koetter, Mularkey as offensive assistants

Football 01/08/19, 19:34

The Atlanta Falcons brought back two familiar names on Tuesday by hiring Dirk Koetter as offensive coordinator and Mike Mularkey to coach tight ends.Koetter and Mularkey are joining coach Dan Quinn's staff following stints as NFL head coaches.Koetter returns to Atlanta following four seasons as Tampa Bay's coach. Mularkey most ...

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 ...

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 ...

Deion Jones has his eyes back on the ball for Atlanta

Football 12/19/18, 20:03

Falcons coach Dan Quinn saves some of his highest compliments for defenders who never take their eyes off the ball. Not surprisingly, Quinn raves often about third-year linebacker Deion Jones. The only problem is that Jones, a Pro Bowl alternate pick last season, missed 10 games with a broken foot, and ...

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 ...

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), ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Falcons consider OL changes to find protection for QB Ryan

Football 11/23/18, 15:50

Changes are being considered on Atlanta's offensive line after Matt Ryan was sacked six times in the latest of the Falcons' three straight losses.Coach Dan Quinn said Friday backup linemen Zane Beadles and Ty Sambrailo could have bigger roles as the Falcons try to find better protection for Ryan and ...

Big 12 breaks out in NFL, can Saints top Chiefs-Rams totals?

Football 11/21/18, 14:05

Now that we've seen Big 12 football break out in the NFL — Rams 54, Chiefs 51 — can we get a college hoops score out of the Saints?The Who-Dats will be rocking the Superdome on Thanksgiving night, with New Orleans facing its archrival, the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints are ...

Cowboys’ Elliott presents tough challenge for Falcons’ D

Football 11/15/18, 16:39

The Atlanta Falcons' defense has one primary goal entering Sunday's game against Dallas: Slow down Ezekiel Elliott and make Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott try to beat them with his arm.The Falcons will need all their resources to corral Elliott, who leads the NFL with 93 runs of 10 or more ...

Falcons miss opportunity to stay close in NFC wild-card hunt

Football 11/12/18, 21:09

The Atlanta Falcons picked a bad time to play their second-worst game of the year.Losing by two touchdowns at Cleveland cost the Falcons (4-5) a chance to move one-half game back in the NFC wild-card race. They enter this week's home game against Dallas (4-5) two games behind Carolina for ...

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