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The Falcoholic 19 hours ago
One big question for the safety position: What will Ron Parker’s role be?

One big question for the safety position: What will Ron Parker’s role be?

The veteran safety is good enough to start, but he won’t. So where will he end up? When Dan Quinn first arrived in Atlanta back in 2015, Ron Parker was one of the rumored apples of his eye. Parker emerged early on as a potential free agent target for Atlanta, which at the time was quietly planning to break in Ricardo Allen at safety and had William Moore at the other safety spot, and it was a mild surprise when they didn’t end up landing him. Fast forward three seasons and Quinn is established as one of the better Falcons coaches ever, having helped pilot Atlanta to just its second...

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The Falcoholic 2 hours ago
One big question for special teams: Will the Falcons have quality returners?

One big question for special teams: Will the Falcons have quality returners?

There are a lot of options, but none of them are proven. It’s fair to say that the return game is one of Atlanta’s bigger question marks heading into 2018, even though the return game is significantly less vital than it used to be. Eric Weems and Andre Roberts both did good things during their times as returners for the Falcons, but neither exactly blew fans away with their respective abilities. Weems had an excellent 2015 with 26.9 yards per kick return and 11.6 yards per punt return and followed that up with a less inspiring 23.0 Y/PKR and 11.4 Y/PPR in 2016, but his decision-making...
Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Quarterbacks

Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Quarterbacks

Editor’s note: This is the sixth of a 10-part, position-by-position series analyzing the Falcons’ roster before the start of training camp.
The Falcoholic Jul 15, 2018
Falcons must prepare for a Green Bay winter

Falcons must prepare for a Green Bay winter

No team threatens Atlanta’s chance for redemption like the Cheeseheads. Heed this warning, Falcons fans near and far. Winter is coming. And, this time, it’s cheesy. This doesn’t mean you can celebrate Christmas in July, where we sit now, awaiting training camp, not the hoped-for playoff push the Falcons may embark on late in the season. However, begin to imagine a certain green-and-yellow tundra cracking back open in a big way, and that storied team being Atlanta’s most difficult challenge outside of their own locker room next season to get back to the Super Bowl. The NFC is...
The Falcoholic Jul 14, 2018
One big question for the cornerback position: Will Isaiah Oliver hit the ground running?

One big question for the cornerback position: Will Isaiah Oliver hit the ground running?

If the rookie shines, things are about to get scary for opposing offenses. The Falcons had one of the better secondaries in the NFL a year ago, when they had Desmond Trufant coming back from injury, Robert Alford, and Brian Poole atop their depth chart. Now they have Trufant a full year removed from injury, Alford and Poole, and second round rookie draft pick Isaiah Oliver. That’s potentially extremely unfair. With so much depth and such talent, cornerback is another one of those positions with very few big picture questions. Here’s one, though: Will Isaiah Oliver be an immediate...
The Falcoholic Jul 14, 2018
The Falcons are always looking for an innovative edge

The Falcons are always looking for an innovative edge

The latest tidbit, about Scott Pioli and a high school football coach, certainly resonates. Under Mike Smith, the Falcons were notable chiefly for their adherence to the things that have historically worked well for football teams. They had a compelling passing game buoyed by a strong ground game (at least until Michael Turner aged), they focused on stopping the run on defense, and they placed a lot of value and faith in special teams. They were about the fundamentals, in other words, and the rare glimpses we got of creativity and daring were pretty thrilling. That was the most successful...
The Falcoholic Jul 14, 2018
The Falcons have the best offensive line in the NFC South, per Pro Football Focus

The Falcons have the best offensive line in the NFC South, per Pro Football Focus

And the third-best in the NFL. The other day, we noted that ESPN thought the Falcons had the third-best arsenal of offensive weapons of any team in the NFL. Today, we’re seeing the Falcons rank #3 for something on offense again, though this time it’s that underrated offensive line. Per Pro Football Focus, Atlanta’s relative strength at tackle, the sustained excellence of Alex Mack, and the addition of Brandon Fusco are all reasons to believe this line will be one of the best in the NFL. I’d say that given Andy Levitre’s 2017 injury I’m probably slightly less optimistic than...
The Falcoholic Jul 13, 2018
One big question for the Falcons linebacker position: Is Duke Riley ready?

One big question for the Falcons linebacker position: Is Duke Riley ready?

The second-year linebacker is already at a career crossroads. The Falcons have assembled a talented, pretty deep group of linebackers. Deion Jones is one of the best in football, period, and De’Vondre Campbell is a physical, underrated starter. With Kemal Ishmael serving as a useful, physical backup and special teamer and Foye Olukun promising to provide athleticism at least in his first year. The question mark, then, is Duke Riley. The Falcons play enough nickel that third linebacker isn’t the most critical position on the roster, but Riley’s in line for plenty of playing time when...
The Falcoholic Jul 13, 2018
The Falcons have the 3rd-best set of offensive weapons in the NFL, per ESPN

The Falcons have the 3rd-best set of offensive weapons in the NFL, per ESPN

It’s a fair ranking, we think, though we might in our homerism go a spot or two higher. The Atlanta Falcons absolutely have one of the best group of position players in the NFL on offense. I know that you, you know that, the aliens living on the dark side of the moon are even aware of that. The only question is where they rank, and this being the offseason, rankings are forthcoming. ESPN’s Bill Barnwell took a look at every arsenal in the NFL and came to the conclusion that the Falcons belong third on the list. The two teams ahead of them are not necessarily who you would suspect, but...
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Friday Cheese Curds: Can the Packers finally beat the Falcons?

Friday Cheese Curds: Can the Packers finally beat the Falcons?

Getting Atlanta at Lambeau could be a just what the doctor ordered The Packers’ last three games against the Atlanta Falcons have not gone so well, ranging from late game heartbreak to full game heartbreak with a little prime time embarrassment thrown in for good measure. The common element in each of those games (other than Packers losses) is the location: each was played in Atlanta. This year, the Packers get the Falcons at Lambeau, and that could be a recipe for change. Plus, Vince Biegel is bulking up, Burt Gustafson is dunking on Dan Devine, you can meet Lynn Dickey, and a certain...

Falcons’ defense, special teams look to improve in 2018

Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel had a strong first season. The unit showed improvement.
The Falcoholic Jul 13, 2018
There are 14 days until Falcons training camp, so here are 14 battles to watch

There are 14 days until Falcons training camp, so here are 14 battles to watch

It should be a lively summer, even with most roster battles already settled. We’re nearly to training camp. As of today, we’re just two weeks away from July 26, when the Falcons open up their summer of practices and position battles in the sweltering sun. As you know, this roster is pretty settled, with the team returning something along the lines of 19 out of 22 starters from the 2017 squad. That doesn’t mean that the remaining battles for starting jobs will be boring, or that players bitterly fighting (not literally) for roster spots won’t provide some intrigue. With that in...
Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Special teams

Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Special teams

Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a 10-part, position-by-position series analyzing the Falcons’ roster after their offseason program.
The Falcoholic Jul 12, 2018
The Falcoholic Live: Ep43 - 2018 Training Camp Preview

The Falcoholic Live: Ep43 - 2018 Training Camp Preview

Join the crew at 8:10pm ET as they preview the Falcons’ 2018 Training Camp, including the most intriguing roster battles, preseason opponents, and questions from the audience. Watch the broadcast below beginning at 8:10pm ET Welcome, fellow Falcoholics, to Episode 43 of The Falcoholic Live! On tonight’s show, the crew will be previewing the Falcons’ 2018 Training Camp, which is now almost exactly two weeks away. Topics will include the most interesting roster battles, how the addition of S Ron Parker changes things, and Atlanta’s preseason opponents. Maybe we’ll talk a little...
Deion Jones among linebackers with highest coverage grades in 2017

Deion Jones among linebackers with highest coverage grades in 2017

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones was the highest graded coverage linebacker in 2017, according to Pro Football Focus.

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