FLOWERY BRANCH - As a defensive coordinator and head coach, Mike Nolan has just one victory in seven tries against quarterback Peyton Manning.
By GEORGE HENRY
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Now that's more like it.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Tony Gonzalez's phone blew up as soon as the NFL schedule came out.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Entering his eighth NFL season, Roddy White believes this Atlanta Falcons team is the best he's seen.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - When undrafted receiver Kevin Elliott arrived in Jacksonville, he had as much confidence as a seasoned veteran.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons have made a habit of reaching the playoffs.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - John Abraham usually doesn't mind publicly critiquing his teammates on the Atlanta Falcons' defensive line.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Brent Grimes tears off from one practice field to the next, leaping over a tackling pad that's about as tall as he is along the way.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Once again, Dominique Davis is the new quarterback in camp, marveling at the work of established starter Matt Ryan.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Roddy White doesn't shy away from the diva tendencies of many successful receivers.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - As he prepares for his fifth season as starting quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan is grateful for all the rest he can get.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is having a tough time keeping his starting middle linebacker healthy.
ATLANTA - Mike Smith isn't thinking about the opponent as his Falcons enter their preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens.
DALTON, Ga. - The rule for the Falcons-Titans combined practice was no tackling to the ground.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons haven't backed up their offseason promise to be more physical and limit mistakes.
BALTIMORE - With each passing week, the Atlanta Falcons - and their offense in particular - have become progressively worse.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Finishing strong is the ultimate goal for any football player.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have put themselves in quite a bind. Now, even though coach Mike Smith says nothing is off the table, don't look for a bunch of major changes.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are back in familiar surroundings for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have improved their red zone efficiency, statistically speaking, from last year.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Coach Mike Smith says the Atlanta Falcons aren't concerned about the injuries that have reshuffled their offensive line.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Osi Umenyiora still goes online to play video games against his buddy Victor Cruz.
MINNEAPOLIS - Teddy Bridgewater playing with calm and poise beyond his years. Jerick McKinnon running hard between the tackles. Anthony Barr coming up with a big sack in the fourth quarter.
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