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Falcons' new defensive coordinator to keep 4-3 scheme

FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Nolan has no plans to switch the Atlanta Falcons to a 3-4 scheme in his first year as defensive coordinator.

January 18, 2012 | By GEORGE HENRY The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons hire Nolan as defensive coordinator

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons hired former San Francisco head coach Mike Nolan as their defensive coordinator on Wednesday, hoping he can toughen up a unit that has rarely ranked among the NFL elite.

January 17, 2012 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Koetter eager to help Falcons' offense succeed

ATLANTA - Dirk Koetter believes the Atlanta Falcons already have the pieces they need to become an elite offense.

January 16, 2012 | By GEORGE HENRY The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons owner disappointed with his team

ATLANTA - Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Wednesday he is disappointed the team is "not where we need to be," but he said turnover on the coaching staff may help.

January 11, 2012 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' defense could take big hit in free agency

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons are in danger of losing many of their top defensive players as free agents.

January 10, 2012 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons 'didn't get the job done'

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - After another one-and-done in the playoffs, Falcons coach Mike Smith said Monday his team's season can't be called a success.

January 09, 2012 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


NY's momentum vs. ATL's experience

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The New York Giants are only four years removed from their last Super Bowl victory, and they have nothing on the Atlanta Falcons in terms of postseason experience.

January 07, 2012 | By TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons, Giants: Big-play offenses

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Anyone looking for the big play this weekend, the coast-to-coast catch and run, should turn on the NFC wild-card game with the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants.

January 06, 2012 | By TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Linebackers pumped up

FLOWERY BRANCH - Curtis Lofton isn't worried that the Atlanta Falcons have depth issues at linebacker entering the playoffs.

January 06, 2012 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Ryan focused, ready

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan says he's "a lot more mature" than in his first two NFL playoff appearances.

January 04, 2012 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' Smith hopes to learn from losses

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Mike Smith wants his first two playoff losses with the Falcons to be "growing experiences" that will help his team prepare for Sunday's first-round game at the New York Giants.

January 02, 2012 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons beat Bucs, clinch NFC's No. 5 seed

ATLANTA - Michael Turner and the Falcons didn't want to settle for just making the playoffs.

January 02, 2012 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons seek answers

FLOWERY BRANCH - Coach Mike Smith has led the Atlanta Falcons to the playoffs in three of his four seasons.

December 27, 2011 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Brees breaks record, leads Saints over Falcons 45-16

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After Drew Brees broke an NFL passing record that stood for nearly three decades, his teammates called on him to make a speech in the Saints' locker room.

December 27, 2011 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' Grimes returns to practice

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons are closer to having a healthy secondary against Drew Brees and the Saints.

December 20, 2011 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


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Falcons LT Matthews returns

FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons rookie left tackle Jake Matthews has returned to practice after missing last week's loss at Cincinnati with a sprained left ankle.

September 16, 2014 | ASSOCIATED PRESS | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' Carimi may make first career start at LT

FLOWERY BRANCH - One week ago, Gabe Carimi was being groomed to be the Falcons' version of John Havlicek who could play backup roles across the offensive line.

September 11, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Hester shows he's more than just a return man in win

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Before the Atlanta Falcons decided to sign Devin Hester, they wanted to make sure he wasn't content just returning kickoffs and punts.

September 09, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Julio Jones healthy and ready to roll

FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons receiver Julio Jones has waited 11 months to return from a broken right foot and regain his Pro Bowl form.

September 04, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Ryan facing new questions after dismal year in '13

FLOWERY BRANCH - For Matt Ryan, there are none of those annoying questions about his playoff record.

September 03, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Yates states case to be Falcons' backup QB

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is waiting to select a backup quarterback.

August 28, 2014 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons, Jags look to settle O-lines

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars had few, if any, concerns at center for a dozen years.

August 27, 2014 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Jackson returns

FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson practiced on Monday for the first time in almost a month, and Falcons coach Mike Smith said the running back is on schedule to be play in Atlanta's season opener against New Orleans.

August 25, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Sankey's late TD lifts Titans past Falcons 24-17

ATLANTA - A healthy Julio Jones made a big difference for Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons' offense.

August 23, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Hester looking for Falcons to rebound against Titans

ATLANTA - From his vantage point in Chicago, Devin Hester saw the Atlanta Falcons as a consistent playoff contender.

August 22, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Youth leads Falcon defense

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith has put a strong emphasis since the start of training camp on improving the team's run defense.

August 20, 2014 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


Peters back in practice

FLOWERY BRANCH - Corey Peters battled doubts about his future in the NFL after he tore his Achilles tendon late last season.

August 19, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


With Baker out for season, Falcons shift offensive line

FLOWERY BRANCH - When the Atlanta Falcons drafted Jake Matthews, they figured he would take over at left tackle someday.

August 18, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Falcons


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