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William McFadden

Falcons 2021 rookie review: Safety Richie Grant

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Did the second-round safety show enough to be a key part of the plan moving forward?

Arguably no prospect had more tantalizing appeal in the 2021 NFL Draft than Kyle Pitts, but the qualities second-round pick Richie Grant brought to the table had fans strongly anticipating his first season. Atlanta traded down five spots before taking Grant – ultimately netting the team offensive lineman Drew Dalman – but the UCF prospect fit a clear need and looked...

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Calvin Ridley hints towards a new home with liked Tweet

Falcons fans should take this one well… We are in the dead period for every NFL team that isn’t currently in the playoffs or searching for a head coach and/or general manager.

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Kevin Knight

Senior Bowl preview: Cornerbacks and safeties to watch for the Falcons

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Next up in our Senior Bowl preview is defensive backs. Atlanta got solid play out of their secondary in 2021, but they could stand to upgrade several spots this offseason. There’s a strong class at the Senior Bowl that features a number of top prospects.

It’s officially Draft Season here at The Falcoholic, with the Atlanta Falcons locked into the 8th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Based on the results of the NFL’s divisional round of the...

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Matthew Chambers

Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff have been greeted with opposite receptions in hiring cycle

We are learning a whole lot about league perception in this year’s search for new coaches and general managers.

The Falcons are trying to pull themselves out of a very, very deep hole. The team was put there by, among others, the former duo of Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff. It was a team project, sure, but one of them is more to blame. It has been a fun, chicken-and-the-egg type of argument wondering if Quinn didn’t coach well enough or if Dimitroff didn’t build the roster...

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Hinging on player procurement, Arthur Smith is the “right head coach for the Falcons”

The Falcons’ first season under the new regime was underwhelming, but Arthur Smith and Terry Fontenot’s performances hinge on who you ask. Some people believe they exceeded expectations with a bottom-five roster, while others weren’t impressed with their ability to elevate that personnel.

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Dave Choate

Important, very scientific survey names Falcons fanbase the most attractive in the NFL

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Breaking news: Damn, we look good.

It’s the offseason, and you know what that means: It’s time to talk about how the Atlanta Falcons have the most attractive fanbase in the NFL.

Don’t worry, it’s not just an opinion. Lines.com put what I assume were leading scientists to work to determine this, and through exhaustive study (read: they surveyed 900 NFL fans), it was determined that Falcons fans are as beautiful as they...

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If the Falcons trade Calvin Ridley, what receivers can replace him?

The Falcons could find themselves in the same situation this offseason as they did last spring when Terry Fontenot was forced to trade Julio Jones after the long-time Falcon requested out of Atlanta.

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If the Falcons trade Calvin Ridley, what receivers can replace him?

The Falcons could find themselves in the same situation this offseason as they did last spring when Terry Fontenot was forced to trade Julio Jones after the long-time Falcon requested out of Atlanta.

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Kevin Knight

Falcons free agency & Senior Bowl preview: The Falcoholic Live, Ep174

Join the crew of The Falcoholic Live and special guests Dave Choate and Jake Gordon of Sports Talk ATL as they discuss the Falcons free agency and salary cap situation and preview the upcoming Senior Bowl.

Fellow Falcoholics, welcome to Episode 174 of The Falcoholic Live! On tonight’s show, we’ll be joined by Dave Choate (aka The Falcoholic himself) and Jake Gordon from Sports Talk ATL to cover a few very important topics. First off will be a discussion of the Atlanta Falcons...

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Dave Choate

Falcons 2022 free agent targets: Cornerback

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Atlanta’s more likely to go shopping for a starter than a reserve, and they will have options.

The Falcons have a young secondary I’m actually pretty excited about. A.J. Terrell is a special cornerback, Darren Hall looks like at least a very good reserve at the position, and Richie Grant and Jaylinn Hawkins showed flashes that I’m hopeful they can build on in 2022. That doesn’t mean this team can just dust their hands and move ahead with...

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Falcons Rookie Review: Darren Hall

This is the fourth installment of a series reviewing Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith’s first draft class in Atlanta, which included a total of nine players.

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Dave Choate

Raiders interview Falcons national scout Ruston Webster for GM job

It would be the second general manager role Webster has had in his career, and it would mean the end of a long stint in Atlanta.

Ruston Webster was the Titans general manager from 2012 to 2015, and after being pushed out of that role, he joined the Falcons as a national scout and has been in Atlanta since 2016. Now it appears he may have a shot at becoming a general manager again.

Per Ian Rapoport at NFL Network, the Raiders have interviewed Webster for their general manager...

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The Falcons are a beneficiary of Sean Payton’s departure, could Tom Brady be next?

The Falcons haven’t made a single significant offseason decision yet. The statuses of Matt Ryan, Grady Jarrett, Calvin Ridley, Deion Jones, Foye Oluokun, Cordarrelle Patterson, among others, are the situations to monitor because they will have profound effects on what the team looks like in 2022.

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Evan Birchfield

Falcons position reviews: Tight end

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Reviewing and grading the Falcons’ 2021 tight ends.

The 2021 regular season is in the rear-view mirror as the Atlanta Falcons are shifting into offseason mode. Here at The Falcoholic, we have begun reviewing positions on the roster and grading them for their impact this past season.

Today we’ll be discussing the tight end position, which played a larger role under head coach Arthur Smith. Let’s take a look at each guy and how they contributed to...

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Today in Atlanta Sports: Sean Payton retires, Andruw Jones takes a step forward in Hall of Fame voting

Chase Irle and Alex Lord discuss Sean Payton’s decision to step away from the Saints. Could Tom Brady be next? Do the Falcons actually have a chance to win the division next season?

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Kevin Knight

Senior Bowl preview: Linebackers to watch for the Falcons

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Next up in our Senior Bowl preview is linebacker, where the Falcons have significant question marks going into the 2022 offseason. Luckily, there’s a strong class competing in Mobile, headlined by arguably the top LB in the draft: Utah’s Devin Lloyd.

It’s officially Draft Season here at The Falcoholic, with the Atlanta Falcons locked into the 8th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Based on the results of the NFL’s...

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Falcons Roster Review and Outlook: Offensive Line

This is the fifth of a ten-part series reviewing the Falcons season and taking a look at the future outlook position-by-position. If you missed any other installments, be sure to check them out.

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Dave Choate

The progress of the 2021 draft class is going to be instrumental to Atlanta’s 2022 success

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In Dragon Ball Z, the villain Frieza declares at one point “you fool, this isn’t even my final form” before transforming into something even more powerful. The Falcons aren’t literally hoping that Kyle Pitts and the rest of this 2021 draft class transform into stronger forms—I think—but they are certainly hoping they have dramatic improvement in them.

It’s easy to focus on the additions the Falcons need this offseason,...

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Falcons tight end Lee Smith retires

Smith finished his career with 73 catches for 523 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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Dave Choate

Lee Smith makes retirement official

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The 11-year-veteran is on to the next thing.

Lee Smith flirted with retirement last offseason, but instead he wound up traded away from the Buffalo Bills and playing his final season with the Atlanta Falcons. We had seen social media posts after the final game of the Falcons’ season that indicated that Smith was going to retire for real this offseason, and now he’s made it official.

The 34-year-old caps off an 11 year...

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