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Kevin Knight

The Falcoholic Live: Ep89 - Sanu traded, who’s next?

Join the crew of The Falcoholic Live at 8:10 PM ET as they discuss the trade of Mohamed Sanu to the Patriots, the embarrassing loss to the Rams, and other players we think might have a chance to be traded before the deadline.

Watch the stream below or on YouTube beginning at 8:10 PM ET

Fellow Falcoholics, welcome to Episode 89 of The Falcoholic Live! We’ve got a full show for you this evening, starting off with the news that WR Mohamed Sanu was traded to the Patriots in exchange for a...

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Kevin Knight

How does the Falcons offense change with Sanu gone?

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With Mohamed Sanu headed to New England, the Falcons have a sizable hole to fill on offense. How might Atlanta’s offense change in Sanu’s absence, and who might see a larger role in 2019 and beyond?

The news that the Falcons traded Mohamed Sanu to the Patriots for a second-round pick earlier this week was a little bit shocking. Not the trade itself, necessarily: we’d heard rumors that Sanu was desired on the market in the offseason, and his...

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Dave Choate

Matt Ryan not practicing Wednesday, still hopeful for Seahawks game

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When Matt Ryan went down with an ankle injury against the Rams, it was a little unbelievable. Ryan, after all, has barely missed snaps over the years as the team’s iron man quarterback, having started 125 consecutive games from 2010-2019 thus far. The only two games he’s missed in his career came way back in 2009, but when you’re getting crushed into a fine powder by a team like the Rams, these things happen.

The intrigue now concerns whether Ryan...

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Cory Woodroof

The Falcons need a fresh start to live up to roster’s potential

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It’s time the franchise partially hits the reset button.

When you look at the Atlanta Falcons’ season in a nutshell, it’s just hard not to feel sad about the wasted talent.

In the right hands, this team would be a firestorm booming with thunder, a team that leaves everyone in the league afraid.

Right now, they’re a whimper, a team that anyone can beat, a lost cause.

It’s just not right that players like Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Deion Jones, Grady...

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David J Walker

Falcons promote WR Christian Blake to 53-man roster

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With Mohamed Sanu gone, the team opts to keep 6 receivers on the roster

With the trade of Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots finalized, the Falcons had a spot on the 53-man roster they needed to fill. While it seemed like the team may bring in another pass rusher, having worked out guys like Shane Ray and Nate Orchard, it looks like they’ve decided to stay with 6 receivers on the 53-man roster.

The team has promoted Christian Blake from their...

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Dave Choate

What to know about Falcons - Seahawks in Week 8

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It’s the final game before the bye, and it’s a doozy of a matchup for Atlanta.

The show must go on, and for the Falcons, it’s likely to be an ugly show. Atlanta has one game remaining before their much-needed bye, where they’ll sort through key decisions like keeping Dan Quinn around until the end of the year, bringing Chris Lindstrom back off injured reserve, and how to divvy up playing time for their roster the rest of the way. In between...

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Dave Choate

What Seahawks position group would you add to the Falcons?

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There are many, many good choices, which doesn’t bode well for the matchup ahead.

Like it or not, we’re still going to have nine weeks of Falcons football before this thing is over. Make your peace with it now.

The next matchup is also the final one before the bye, and it’s a home game against a Seahawks team coming off an ugly loss. Russell Wilson has been squarely in the MVP discussion all season long and this team, for all their admitted...

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James Rael

Falcons vs. Seahawks odds: Falcons are once again underdogs at home in Week 8

Fact: Dan Quinn’s head oils itself

The 1-6 Falcons will take on the the 5-2 Seahawks on Sunday in what is likely to be a game we want to forget. I don’t know about you, but I’m finding that these losses get easier to stomach as they accumulate. There’s just something about a 5-game losing streak that takes the pressure off and brings about a state of calmness and zen.

So just out of curiosity, what are the oddsmakers saying about Sunday’s game?

It should come as a shock to no...

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What has gone wrong with the Atlanta Falcons?

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The current state of the Atlanta Falcons is discouraging to say the least. Here is my general outlook on the team after their 1-6 start.

The feeling of disappointment is a difficult one to ignore. In some cases, it is also hard to explain. For the 2019 Atlanta Falcons, that sense of discontent is arrived to from several directions.

The elephant in the room at the moment is a 1-6 record that leaves the Falcons in last place currently in the NFC South and one...

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James Rael

Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Wednesday, Oct.23

Fact: Matt Ryan’s pencils sharpen themselves

Life won’t get any easier for the 1-6 Falcons in the weeks ahead. They are underdogs this weekend, and assuming they can’t get a win, there’s a good chance they’re forced to navigate wholesale coaching changes during the bye week. Put simply, it’s entirely possible that we still haven’t hit rock bottom.

So what’s a Falcons fan to do during these depressing times? Well, start with these links. They go great with a variety of...

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Dave Choate

Falcons - Rams reactions from The Falcoholic staff

Three writers weigh in on yet another disappointment.

Three of our writers weigh in on a game that frankly I think we’re done talking with after this.

There’s no reason to keep any of these coaches

I was a strong supporter of firing Mike Smith back in 2014. For the same reason Steve Sarkisian was eventually fired, it was clear Smith had the wrong mindset to beat the league’s top teams. This showed up in his dismal playoff record. Despite his problem against elite teams, Smith was...

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Dave Choate

Falcons work out pass rushers Shane Ray, Nate Orchard

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The Falcons have an open roster spot and are looking to trade Vic Beasley, so let the speculation begin.

The Falcons are, in all likelihood, going to head into either the Seahawks game or their Week 9 bye without Vic Beasley. They appear to be motivated to move him, and while they’re probably not going to get the return they might have hoped for, I’d be a bit surprised if they didn’t find a taker in the end.

With that in mind—and heck, just...

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Carter Breazeale

Falcons vs. Rams: Hat Tips & Head-Scratchers

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An abomination against the Los Angeles Rams.

I need some time in a sensory deprivation tank after Sunday’s loss to the Rams. The injuries, the ineffectiveness, the fact that this looks like a Pop Warner football team on Sundays. I can’t anger-eat chicken nachos watching the Atlanta Falcons anymore. They’re playing the now 6-1 Saints on Thanksgiving this year, so that’s another meal sure to be ruined.

There wasn’t much of anything to be pleased about...

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Kevin Knight

What should the Falcons do with a top-5 pick?

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The Falcons are currently slated to have the 4th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after a disastrous 1-6 start to the season. We take a closer look at some options for Atlanta at the top of the draft.

Well, it’s Week 8, and the Falcons are 1-6. Only one 1-6 team has ever rallied to make the playoffs, and based on what we’ve seen from Atlanta, I seriously doubt this team will double that number. So instead of talking about competing for a playoff...

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Falcons believe they can re-sign Austin Hooper

The Falcons’ fire sale is underway, but it sounds like Austin Hooper will be staying put. Even though the tight end is bound for unrestricted free agency as the Falcons look to manage salary cap issues, club officials still believe they can re-sign him this offseason, Jeff Schultz of The Athletic tweets. With that in mind, there’s little motivation for the Falcons to trade Hooper, who has been one of the few major bright spots for the Falcons during an otherwise dismal year. To date,...

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David J Walker

Post-game podcast: Falcons offense is dead on arrival against the Rams

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At 1-6, will Arthur Blank finally put Dan Quinn out of our misery?

At 1-6, Falcons fans are nearly unified in their calls for head coach Dan Quinn to be fired. Most want it to be done right now with very few patient enough to wait for the bye week or the end of the season. We may look back at this particular loss as the catalyst for change, and Evan Birchfield and I take a look at the specifics of what happened to cause this blowout loss at home. Topics...

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Matthew Chambers

Report: Julio Jones says team problems are on players, says Dan Quinn “can’t do more for us”

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You have to listen when Julio Jones speaks.

Julio Jones has always been a quiet player. He has avoided the big attitude many top wide receivers have, never complaining when he fails to get a certain number of targets. His team first focus has been on display his entire career.

When Julio does have something to say, it is notable. He and other top players have spent weeks alluding to problems in the locker room, with many wondering about effort and...

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David J Walker

Falcons Podcast: Analysis of the Mohamed Sanu trade to the Patriots

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The trade is the clearest sign yet that the team is looking towards 2020 now.

In a surprising move on Tuesday morning, the Falcons traded wide receiver Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2020 second round pick.

The move was a surprise for many fans who had grown fond of Sanu. When he came here in 2016, he immediately gained the trust of QB Matt Ryan and was clearly someone that was beloved in the locker room.

Source: The #Patriots...

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Report: Julio Jones Delivered Emotional Locker Room Speech Defending Dan Quinn

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones reportedly delivered an emotional speech in support of head coach Dan Quinn in the locker room following Sunday's 37-10 blowout loss to the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium...

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Vic Beasley Trade Rumors: Falcons Still Shopping DE, but Market 'Is Weak'

The Atlanta Falcons are reportedly struggling to generate interest in pass-rushing defensive end Vic Beasley on the trade market...

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