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Founder, EIC of Rise Up Reader.

Falcons Podcast Episode 22: Patriots Preview with Charles McDonald

Hello, fellow Atlanta Falcons fans in mourning.

We’re here once again with another Rise Up Reader Podcast, and we’ve got your preview for the marquee regular season game of 2017.

Mike and Cory are joined by The Falcoholic and Football Outsiders analyst Charles McDonald to discuss the Falcons’ upcoming Super Bowl rematch against the New England Patriots and the Birds’ recent struggles on offense and defense. Continue reading

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Falcons Podcast Episode 21: Dolphins Preview with Aaron Freeman

Ahoy, fellow Atlanta Falcons mateys!

We’ve got another nautical Falcons podcast for you, courtesy of your landlubbing Rise Up Reader Podcast hosts Mike and Cory. This week, the guys welcome Mr. FalcFans himself, Aaron Freeman, back to the show to talk about the Falcons’ upcoming game against the Miami Dolphins.  Continue reading

Desmond Trufant

Losing a Game Would Be Good for the Falcons

By Michael Aprile

The 2017 Falcons are 2-0, unbeaten, unscathed. As thrilling as the last-minute win against the Bears and public shaming of the Packers were, what are the long-term implications on the psychology of the team by winning these games? We all remember how 2015 went—a 5-0 start followed by the most uninspired football a Dan Quinn-led team has ever played.

Stay with me here—it would be a good thing for the Falcons to lose a game, and soon.

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Falcons Podcast Episode 17: Packers Preview with Justis Mosqueda

What’s going on, Falcons friends?

Mike and Cory are back in action with another episode of the Rise Up Reader Podcast.

The guys are joined by Setting the Edge‘s Justis Mosqueda, a well-respected NFL defensive end analyst and co-host of the Setting the Edge Podcast (with RUR friend Charles McDonald), to break down the upcoming Falcons’ game against the Green Bay Packers to “officially” open Mercedes-Benz Stadium and shed some insight into Atlanta’s season-opening win over the Bears.  Continue reading

Dan Quinn

The Unappreciated Genius of Dan Quinn

By: Peter Thomas

Just two and a half years ago, the Falcons were a mess. They were coming off back-to-back horrific seasons, with a coaching staff departing in its wake. The cupboard of player talent was horribly bare. And the GM was holding onto his job by a thread, in jeopardy of losing his job by being “promoted”, that most British and apparently Arthur Blank-ian way of firing a GM.

Today, the Falcons are coming off their greatest season. They have a young, hungry, talented roster ranked no. 1 by ESPN. They have perhaps the highest functioning GM-HC relationship in football. They’ve created a team-first spirit, more akin to that of a high school or college football team.

A Falcon fan could be excused for asking, “How on Earth did we end up here?”

Like with almost every question, the answer is multifactorial. But, the answer does primarily rest with one person: Dan Quinn.

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Falcons Podcast Episode 15: Jaguars Recap, Final Roster, and Poké-raps

What’s happening, Atlanta Falcons faithful!

Mike and Cory are here, and there’s no need to fear, we’ve got your Falcons 2017 roster talk at the ready!

The guys talk about the pressing questions about the final roster for the 2017 season and give out a full 53-man rundown of who they think makes the final cut. They also recap the preseason finale against those pesky Jacksonville Jaguars.  Continue reading

Falcons Cardinals Preseason

Falcons Lay Preseason Egg; Should We Be Concerned?

By: Peter Thomas

Yes, it was a “meaningless” game in August. And, yes, we can try to ignore the bad juju of our first pass in our new stadium being intercepted.

But, this was preseason game three, the one that mattered the most. It’s the game that gives the best feel of where the team is, heading into the regular season. And, this preseason had a valuable extra element; it was against the no. 2 defense last year, whose team is a real sleeper to win the NFC this year (recall all those expert predictions for Arizona to win the NFC last year). This game would be a genuine assessment of where the team, and especially the offense, currently stands.

Bottom line, the team was found wanting in multiple ways.

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Matt Ryan

Madden 18: Simulating the Falcons’ Season

By Michael Aprile

Every year, a new Madden game comes out. And every year, it’s fun to simulate the entire Madden season to see what kind of crazy things happen. This year, there was a lot of crazy.

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Deion Jones

Film Room: The Explosive Deion Jones

By Michael Aprile

Deion Jones was under a lot of pressure after being drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. An undersized, inexperienced player learning a new position couldn’t possibly make a year-one impact, right?


What Deion Jones did last season was nothing short of incredible.

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