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Falcons legend Matt Ryan retires

Falcons legend Matt Ryan retires

The greatest quarterback in Falcons history rides off into the sunset.

The Atlanta Falcons of 2007 were bereft, rudderless, and in rough shape. With no franchise quarterback after Michael Vick’s legal troubles and a carousel of Byron Leftwich, Joey Harrington, and Chris Redman in 2007, the team needed hope and direction. They needed to land a player who could lead them to better days.

The choice was Matt Ryan. The Boston College product was not immediately embraced by many fans, including yours truly, and certainly there were quarters of the Falcons fanbase who always held him at arm’s length. Yet...

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Falcons expected to see significant penalty for Kirk Cousins tampering, per Adam Schefter

Falcons expected to see significant penalty for Kirk Cousins tampering, per Adam Schefter

In a new story from ESPN, it’s indicated that we should brace for the team to lose draft compensation.

When Kirk Cousins seemingly admitted to the Atlanta Falcons having direct contact with him prior to the official start of free agency, it kicked off a league investigation into the team. That investigation appears to be close to wrapping up, and per ESPN insider Adam Schefter, it does not look like it will deliver good news for the Falcons.

It appears that the league found wrongdoing on Atlanta’s part—again, Cousins’ out-loud admission probably doomed them—and Schefter expects Atlanta’s punishment to involve...

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Falcons Draft Roundtable: Dissecting potential defensive diamonds

Falcons Draft Roundtable: Dissecting potential defensive diamonds

After years of making splashes to get skill position players and recently going all-out to sign the top quarterback on the market, all eyes are set on who Atlanta can add to an intriguing defense.

The long-awaited week is here as the stage is set for the Falcons to maximize another great opportunity to add talent and build potential franchise cornerstones. A top-ten pick always has to be cherished, especially for a team that will likely go in the opposite direction of most other franchises. This is expected to be an offensive-heavy first round where many top prospects are offensive...

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Favorite Falcons draft prospects and trade scenarios ft. Thor Nystrom

Favorite Falcons draft prospects and trade scenarios ft. Thor Nystrom

With less than a week to go until the 2024 NFL Draft, host Kevin Knight is joined by NFL Draft analyst Thor Nystrom to discuss favorite prospect fits for the Falcons and potential trade scenarios involving the 8th pick.

Fellow Falcoholics, welcome to another episode of the Dirty Birds and Brews podcast! With less than a week to go until the 2024 NFL Draft, host Kevin Knight is joined by NFL Draft analyst Thor Nystrom (Fantasy Pros) to discuss favorite prospect fits for the Atlanta Falcons and potential trade scenarios involving the eighth pick.

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Would the Falcons take Bijan Robinson again in a 2023 redraft?

Would the Falcons take Bijan Robinson again in a 2023 redraft?

The Athletic, at least, says yes.

One year later, three years later, a decade down the line. Regardless of the timeframe, it’s beyond tempting to re-visit drafts of yesteryear and try to imagine what your favorite team might have done differently if they knew what we wise men and women of the future know now.

Naturally, that’s already happening with the 2023 NFL Draft, where the Atlanta Falcons snapped up Bijan Robinson to be the final piece of a dynamic, unstoppable offense. The offense ultimately proved to be anything put, fueled by a nightmare season from Desmond Ridder and Taylor...

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Offseason Mailbag: High-ceiling vs. high-floor debates & a new Falcons draft connection

Offseason Mailbag: High-ceiling vs. high-floor debates & a new Falcons draft connection

You asked. We answered.

The draft rumors are flying at full tilt with less than a week remaining until the first round kicks off on April 25. The newest connection for the Falcons is Texas defensive tackle Byron Murphy. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah, who is as plugged in on the draft as virtually anyone, tossed Murphy’s name out as a surprise Top-10 candidate during his media call recently.

“It’s a league that’s placed an ever-more premium on defensive tackles,” Jeremiah said. “I was talking to a general manager this morning and I said when you look around the league...

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Texas DL Byron Murphy may be a top 10 pick, Falcons a possibility, per Daniel Jeremiah

Texas DL Byron Murphy may be a top 10 pick, Falcons a possibility, per Daniel Jeremiah

Well-respected draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes he’s a potential top 10 pick.

For weeks, perhaps months, the course for the Falcons has felt pretty clear at pick No. 8. If you’re truly married to getting the best player available, perhaps you consider a top tier wide receiver, but there figures to be a high-end pass rusher or cornerback at that pick and the means to get that player. There’s a reason Dallas Turner has been a popular mock draft selection for a long time now; the team’s needs and his ability align.

But for all that smooth pre-draft narrative to...

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Falcons trade down and select Laiatu Latu at 19 in the SB Nation Mock Draft

Falcons trade down and select Laiatu Latu at 19 in the SB Nation Mock Draft

The Falcons received a strong offer from the Rams to trade down in this year’s SB Nation Mock Draft, and the gamble paid off in a big way with top edge rusher Laiatu Latu remaining on the board at pick 19.

The Atlanta Falcons had to wait a bit longer than expected in SB Nation’s Writers Mock Draft—where the picks are handled by a representative from each of our team sites—because I was busy orchestrating a trade down to 19 with the Los Angeles Rams. Trust me, this one was worth the wait!

Atlanta took a big risk for a...

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Will the Falcons change their draft strategy under Raheem Morris? The Falcoholic Live, Ep283

Will the Falcons change their draft strategy under Raheem Morris? The Falcoholic Live, Ep283

We’re a week away from the NFL Draft! Hosts Kevin Knight and Adnan Ikic are here to examine the latest Falcons news and rumors along with a discussion about how Atlanta’s draft strategy could (or could not) change under new head coach Raheem Morris.

Fellow Falcoholics, welcome to episode 283 of The Falcoholic Live! We’re a week away from the NFL Draft! Hosts Kevin Knight and Adnan Ikic are here to examine the latest Atlanta Falcons news and rumors heading into the final week of Draft Season, along with a discussion about how the team’s draft strategy could (or could...

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Deion Sanders has Falcons on shortlist of teams for sons, Travis Hunter to play for

Deion Sanders has Falcons on shortlist of teams for sons, Travis Hunter to play for

Will it happen though?

Former NFL star and current head coach of the Colorado University football team Deion Sanders has made headlines once again. This time, it’s not for his on-field heroics or coaching career, but for a decision that could potentially impact the future of the Atlanta Falcons, and a few other teams.

In a recent appearance on the Million Dollar Worth of Game podcast, Sanders discussed the future of some of his key players and where he wants them to play when they inevitably end up in the NFL.

“Top four,” Sanders said when asked about where he...

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New ESPN story goes deep into why Falcons didn’t hire Bill Belichick

New ESPN story goes deep into why Falcons didn’t hire Bill Belichick

The story manages to fill in some of the blanks about Atlanta’s process.

For a brief moment, Bill Belichick to the Atlanta Falcons felt inevitable. And then, just as suddenly, it was impossible.

The Falcons’ coaching search feels like it happened a small lifetime ago, but in reality it was just a few short months ago. The feverish reporting that the Falcons were interested in Belichick and Blank was enamored with him gave way to a Raheem Morris hire, and one of the greatest living coaches in NFL history wound up without a job in this hiring cycle.

You’re probably...

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Here we go again: The Falcons have weakest strength of schedule in NFL heading into 2024

Here we go again: The Falcons have weakest strength of schedule in NFL heading into 2024

Much will depend on what happens between now and the end of the summer, naturally.

Draft season can feel overly familiar. The fights over prospects, the swirling rumors, and the boundless possibility suggested by general managers plays out every year in slightly different formats. I see a lot of comments about pre-draft fatigue here, and it’s hard to blame anyone for that.

So let’s talk about another familiar story line, one that looks a bit further out, but also one that will spark some inevitable memories of last year. I’m referring to the Atlanta Falcons having one of the easiest...

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