Author Archives: Matt Karoly

About Matt Karoly

In addition to being a die hard Atlanta Falcons fan, Matt is also an avid Villanova University men's basketball fan. Matt did not, however, attend the university as he is a graduate of Bloomsburg University (PA) where he earned a bachelor's and master's degree in Accounting. Matt currently works as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) at a local CPA firm in the Lehigh Valley (about an hour north of Philadelphia).

What We Learned From The Falcons’ 2020 Draft

By Matt Karoly

The Atlanta Falcons entered the 2020 NFL Draft with very obvious holes to fill at cornerback, interior pass rusher, backup center, and linebacker. By the time their fifth pick came around, Atlanta had addressed all four needs.

Here were the main takeaways from the Falcons’ sixth draft under Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff.

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Isaiah Simmons

Atlanta Falcons 2020 Mock Draft 2.0: What We Think Will Happen

By Michael Aprile, Matt Karoly, and Cory Woodroof

We made it to another NFL Draft, and it’s fair to say this is the most important one yet for Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff. As linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich put it on an episode of the Bird Noises podcast, “we absolutely have to nail free agency.”

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Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray

Atlanta Falcons 2020 Mock Draft: WWMD—What Would Mike & Matt Do as GM

By Michael Aprile and Matt Karoly

The 2020 NFL Draft could not have come at a better time. As many of us are staying home to stay safe and healthy, the extended absence of sports is making most of us a bit stir-crazy. We still have a couple of weeks until draft day, but for now, mock drafts are all we’ve got.

In this mock draft, Michael Aprile and Matt Karoly put on their GM hats to draft a full seven-rounds for the Falcons with a few house rules:

  1. This draft is what we would do if we were the Falcons’ GM.
  2. We limited ourselves to a single trade, using the trade value chart for reference.
  3. We used the same instance of The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Simulator (no refreshes).
  4. We couldn’t pick the same players.

And with that, we’re off!

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Falcon Eye Toward the Future – Part One: Who Could Be the Falcons Next Head Coach?

By Matt Karoly

You are what your record says you are in the National Football League. And Dan’s Quinn 39-37 regular season record as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons says one of two things:

It says either the Falcons are a mediocre football team or Dan Quinn is a mediocre head coach. The truth often lies somewhere in the middle. However, given the Pro Bowl caliber talent the team has invested at quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, running back, defensive tackle, linebacker, and in the secondary, coaching deserves the lion’s share of the blame.

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Examining the Falcons Future Following the Grady Jarrett, Deion Jones, and Julio Jones Contract Extensions

By Matt Karoly

Heading into the 2019 offseason, the Atlanta Falcons had three priorities. They accomplished all three when they locked up Grady Jarrett, Deion Jones, and Julio Jones for the next three seasons, at which point the Falcons have an out in their contracts.

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Atlanta Falcons Final 53-Man Roster Projection

By Matt Karoly

The Atlanta Falcons enter the 2019 season with one burning question to answer and that’s whether or not they can return to prominence following an injury-riddled 2018 campaign. Outsiders are quick to forget that this team was one quarter away from hoisting the Lombardi trophy and a Julio Jones catch from returning to a second consecutive NFC championship game in the previous two years.

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Remembering A Hall of Famer: Tony Gonzalez’s Top Five Falcons Moments

By Matt Karoly

On Saturday evening, former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez will reach the pinnacle of his profession as he is officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

And while Gonzalez played 12 of his 17 seasons in Kansas City, Dirty Bird Nation proudly calls the greatest tight end one of their own and for good reason. Gonzo ranks first in receptions (409), third in yards behind Jim Mitchell and Alge Crumpler (4,187), and tied for first in touchdowns (35) by a tight end in Falcons history. All of this despite Gonzalez playing in 55 and 28 fewer games than Mitchell and Crumpler, respectively, in his Falcons career.

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A Tribute to Roddy White: The Falcons Newest Ring of Honor Member

By Matt Karoly

Regrettably, Roddy White’s career did not intersect with my time covering the Atlanta Falcons. White decided, or perhaps more appropriately Father Time decided, that 2015 would be his final season in the NFL.

Shortly thereafter, I began covering the team for Fansided’s Blogging Dirty during their run to the Super Bowl in 2016. And while that season certainly left a bad taste in the mouths of Falcons fans, it must have hurt Roddy White even more.

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Five Falcons on the Roster Bubble

By Matt Karoly

In less than two months, the Atlanta Falcons will embark on their fifth training camp under the guidance of Dan Quinn. That means camp battles take center stage in Flowery Branch, Georgia as the Brotherhood seeks the best 53 members for its return to playoff glory.

But despite being a group strengthened by competition, there are admittedly very few spots up for grabs given the current state of the Falcons roster. The team fortified the offensive line, secondary, and backfield in the draft.

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