FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have an advantage over most teams that have the No. 6 pick in the NFL draft. The Falcons already have their franchise quarterback.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Just two days into Atlanta's offseason workout program, Falcons coach Mike Smith is calling for major improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
ALPHARETTA - Deanna Kathumbi-Jackson feels better about letting her young sons play tackle football.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons began a major overhaul Tuesday after a dismal season, signing three linemen at the start of free agency, re-signing defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, and cutting former Pro Bowl safety Thomas DeCoud.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons hired Scott Pioli as assistant general manager on Wednesday, reuniting him with GM Thomas Dimitroff.
ATLANTA - Falcons owner Arthur Blank fully supports coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff and believes they'll lead his team back to the playoffs in 2014.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez is having a harder time saying goodbye to the NFL than he imagined.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are finishing the season with 11 players on injured reserve, including two additions this week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two teams separated by just a few plays and all of four points for a berth to the Super Bowl last February now find themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum and standings.
ATLANTA - When he first looked at Atlanta's 2013 schedule, Tony Gonzalez was thrilled to see a late December rematch with the San Francisco 49ers.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The ugliest low points of a miserable season for Matt Ryan and the Falcons have come on the road.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons coach Mike Smith hopes his defense is finally starting to understand how to create takeaways.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Redskins, awash in chaos and controversy, may find comfort in the reminder they're not alone in their first-to-worst misery.
ATLANTA - In the midst of two losing seasons, the Atlanta Falcons tried to pump up the noise.
The Falcons' financially conservative approach to this year's free-agent signings may have been influenced by hopes of keeping star wide receiver Julio Jones from leaving next year.
Jacob Tamme found the bigger offensive role he was looking for in Atlanta, where the Falcons were seeking a veteran tight end a year after the retirement of Tony Gonzalez.
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