Author Archives: Mike Lederle

Covering the Falcons: Like Father, Like Son

By Mike Lederle

To quote Judge Smails in Caddy Shack, “Weeeell, we’re waiting”.  To say the offseason has its lulls is an understatement.  Long days which only get interesting when there is some free agency chatter linked to Falcons, or a potential prospect visit.   Continue reading

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Atlanta Falcons’ Redemption Tour Put On Hold, For Now

by Mike Lederle

The final series for the Atlanta Falcons pretty much summed up their 2017 season. Four chances within the ten-yard line to take the lead on Philadelphia. The dreaded “red zone”. Some teams are at their best when so close to pay dirt, but throughout this season, that area was a cause for concern week in, and week out.

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Falcons Ram Los Angeles, Prepare for Philly

By Mike Lederle

There was a Hollywood premier on Saturday night, and the Falcons defense had the paparazzi snapping pictures worthy of headline news. A Takk McKinley sack dance, Brian Poole with spot on open field tackling, Deion Jones with his continued high level of play leading the Falcons defense. Continue reading

Falcons Prepare for West Coast Playoff Brawl

By Mike Lederle

Oops, we did it again! No need to apologize, Dirty Birds. In fact, take a bow! All of the lazy narratives from writers, and t.v. personalities about Super Bowl hangovers have been put to rest. The Atlanta Falcons are the only NFC team to return to the playoffs in 2017 compared to the ’16 playoffs. Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 Falcons

By Mike Lederle

Can we get a Christmas do-over? Falcon fans awoke Christmas morning, digging out from the wrapping, and dirty dishes. The feeling of emptiness set in. But, fear not, Falcon fans.

No need to wait a year for that playoff spot we had hoped to find under the Christmas tree. We only have to wait a little while longer! Continue reading

Falcons Could Unwrap Playoff Ticket Come Christmas Eve

by Mike Lederle

Yes, I’ll have the combo meal please—a team of pirates, with a side of Koetter/Smith. Ate that W real good. Some slight indigestion, but nothing a little antacid can’t cure. Best thing to come out of the Bucs game was a solid running game, which could be big come the postseason.

Time to move on from Tampa Bay, there’s a bigger fish to fry. Or should I say, bigger opponents down on Bourbon Street.

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Falcons must rebound quickly with first-place Saints up next

by Mike Lederle

Facing the Vikings, I felt like the Falcons had to be close to perfect to come out with the victory. Coming in short handed defensively minus Desmond Trufant and Brian Poole would make for a tough afternoon, right? Seemingly the easy answer is yes, but the Falcons defense held its own for the majority of the afternoon. Continue reading

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Falcons, Julio Jones, reintroduce themselves to the rest of the NFL

by Mike Lederle

My name is Julio! Or Beast, or G.O.A.T., or Jet—whatever you prefer. For those fans that forgot, Julio reminded them exactly who is the best wide receiver in the NFL. Other fanbases like to think their wide receiver is better, but it’s “fake news”, as they say.

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After Falcons’ Seattle Win, the Buc Stops Here

By Mike Lederle

The Atlanta Falcons were able to put a stop to the Seahawks and Russell Wilson’s undefeated streak on Monday Night Football with a 34-31 road victory this week.

Seattle’s Legend of Boom light had a tough time containing a Falcons offense that continues to get better week to week, and the Falcons defense continued to be opportunistic with a key Desmond Trufant interception, as well as a Takk McKinley sack/fumble that results in an Adrian Clayborn scoop-up touchdown. Continue reading