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Examining Arthur Smith’s offensive rankings

Fans are split on Arthur Smith’s hiring, and for the most part — nobody here (myself included) is qualified to make that decision anyways. Just because you watched a few LSU or Chiefs game doesn’t mean you know a guy will be a good Head Coach.

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Washington Football Team requests to interview executive Nick Polk

According to Ian Rappaport, the Washington Football Team has requested to interview the Falcons’ director of football operations — Nick Polk. This might not be a name that either fan bases recognize immediately, but Nick Polk is an integral part of the Falcons.

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Falcons making morning push to hire Titans OC Arthur Smith as head coach

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He’s reportedly the leading candidate, and the Falcons are trying to get him signed before he leaves Atlanta.

We’ve heard, at different points in this hiring cycle, that Eric Bieniemy and Joe Brady were strong candidates in Atlanta, and that Brady liked his chances of getting the Falcons job. With the dust close to settling with Terry Fontenot expected to be the next Falcons general manager, it’s a third candidate drawing all the...

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The Falcons have shied away from offensive-minded head coaches over the last three decades

Fact: Dan Reeves can eat several hundred carrot sticks a day

The Falcons have zeroed in on and interviewed several head coach candidates with offensive backgrounds since the season wrapped earlier this month. They promised their search for a new head coach wasn’t about offense or defense—it was just about finding the best candidate. But that hasn’t been their focus lately. In fact, Titans offensive coordinator is the current frontrunner for Dan Quinn’s old job and it appears he may...

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Falcons offer Arthur Smith the head coaching job

It’s been rumored for a couple of days that Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith is the man for the head coaching job in Atlanta. Now, it is official… the Falcons have an offer on the table.

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Falcons Rumors: Titans OC Arthur Smith Offered Head Coaching Job

The Atlanta Falcons have reportedly offered their head coaching job to Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. ESPN's

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Falcons post-2020 roster review: Tackle edition

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Jake Matthews remained an anchor while Kaleb McGary improved in 2020.

The Falcons came into the 2020 season with questions that had to be answered along the offensive line.

There isn’t a single position group on this team that has had more draft capital invested into its starters than the tackles — Jake Matthews was the 6th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft and Kaleb McGary was a first rounder himself, in the 2019 NFL Draft, for whom the Falcons also...

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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Friday, Jan. 15

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Lots of movement on the general manager and head coach search. We cover that and more Falcons news and notes in Friday’s Falcoholinks.

Terry Fontenot reported as the favorite for GM job

The Falcons may soon have their vacant general manager position filled. Numerous reports have emerged that Saints VP/Assistant GM for Pro Personnel Terry Fontenot is the favorite to land Atlanta’s general manager gig.

With the Lions hiring Brad Holmes, another...

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There is a good chance Dante Fowler Jr. is back in 2021

Recent reports suggest the Falcons are narrowing in on Terry Fontenot to be the next general manager, but it wouldn’t matter who was brought in; Dante Fowler will be on this team next year.

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Washington requests GM interview with Falcons football ops director Nick Polk

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Could Polk be on his way out?

With all the news in the air about the Atlanta Falcons on the verge of hiring New Orleans Saints executive Terry Fontenot, it’s easy to forget about the staff already in place.

One name, Nick Polk, has been running the football operations side of things for 11 years. NFL’s Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday he’s getting a look for the Washington Football Team general manager vacancy.


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2021 Falcons Offseason Mock Draft 2.0: Trade Down (5 Rounds)

Lots of fans (myself included) are very eager to trade down. This team has a lot of holes, and while a quarterback of the future would be nice — he won’t make Atlanta a competitive team overnight.

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Falcons 2021 Mock Draft: Offseason 1.0 Edition

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The Falcons are now locked in to the 4th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft after finishing the season with a 4-12 record. Atlanta has often been linked with a QB at the top, but what if the Falcons were to trade down instead? We take a closer look at that potential scenario.

The Falcons did it, folks. They managed to not screw up their draft positioning in the final weeks of the season, a la 2018-2019, and finished at a very disappointing 4-12 on the year....

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What does the future in Atlanta look like for Kaleb McGary?

Kaleb McGary had a stellar first half of 2020 but teetered off towards the end of the season. Jake wrote about how McGary had been playing so well before an MCL sprain, and perhaps the injury can be partially attributed to his decline in performance.

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What does the future hold for the Falcons and Julio Jones?

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Will one of the greatest wide receivers of all time finish his career in Atlanta?

We previously asked this same question about franchise QB Matt Ryan and now it’s time to consider the greatest receiver to ever put on a Falcons jersey: Julio Jones. He turns 32 this year and for the first time since his third year in the league, Julio was unable to play in 14 or more games. His 9 games in 2020 was his second lowest total since the 5...

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Falcons expected to hire Saints' Terry Fontenot as GM

To date, Fontenot has spent his entire 18-year career with the Saints.

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Reports point to Arthur Smith, but will Joe Brady be the next Head Coach?

From Ian Rapoport, Saints VP/Assistant General Manager for Pro Personnel Terry Fontenot is the favorite to be named the next General Manager of the Atlanta Falcons, so the hiring of a Head Coach could also happen in the coming days.

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Evan Birchfield

Foye Oluokun plays for respect, not Pro Bowl selections

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The young Falcons linebacker has the right mindset.

The 2020 seasons was rough for the Atlanta Falcons. This was a season in which the team started 0-5 before firing their head coach and general manager, only to then finish 4-12. In season’s where there a team struggles, is does provide an opportunity to see which players step up and prove they belong on the team before any inevitable changes are made in the offseason.

One of the few...

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Report: Terry Fontenot is the favorite to become the Falcons next GM

Over the last few days, the favorites for both the head coach and general manager positions have emerged. Yesterday, it was reported that Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith is the frontrunner to become the Falcons next head coach.

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Falcons Rumors: Saints VP Terry Fontenot Favored to Land GM Role

New Orleans Saints vice president, assistant general manager and director of pro scouting Terry Fontenot is reportedly the favorite to become the next general manager of the Atlanta Falcons ...

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The state of the NFL-wide search for GMs and HCs

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Let’s catch up on what’s going on across the league.

The general manager and coaching search for the Falcons has been busy, to say nothing of what’s going on across the league. Given that, I thought it might be nice to put together a quick rolling list of who has been hired with a few notes. You’ll find that below.

What’s striking so far is that for all the buzz about imminent hirings, only a small handful of spots have been filled. That will...

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