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

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Five Takeaways from the Falcons Week One Win over the Bears

By Cory Woodroof

*finishes hyperventilating*

Oh, hey, everyone, are you still alive?

After the hate-eternal gut punch of Super Bowl 51, the Atlanta Falcons got back at it in the Windy City against a stout Chicago Bears squad. The team didn’t bring the fireworks on offense like we got accustomed to seeing last season, but they did more than enough to secure a win, though it was the defense who sealed the deal. Continue reading

‘Twas the Night Before Football – A 2017 Atlanta Falcons Poem

 By Cory Woodroof

‘Twas the night before football, when all through the land.

Not a Falcon was being fast or physical; not even Coach Dan.

Dirty Bird hopes were up high, there joy to a twee,

Surely this would be the season they’d stop the joking about 28-3. Continue reading

Falcons Cardinals

We Rise Again

By Peter Thomas

For many long-time Southerners and Atlantans, Super Bowl LI wasn’t simply crushing in its revival of words like “choke” and “soft” to describe Atlanta sports teams.

The larger hurt was to re-open that wound of insecurity that we as Southerners all share: that we are not quite winners on the professional football field, that our destiny is to be second-class fans in a second-tier city. Continue reading

Dr. StrangeBird, Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Live with 28-3

By Cory Woodroof

There’s no use in trying to talk about it, trying to make sense with it, trying to come to peace with it, trying to banish it away like an otherworldly monster terrorizing your small town.

The Atlanta Falcons, yes, our guys, blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl to the most hated sports franchise of all time, in front of everybody, and there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it. Continue reading

Rise Up Reader Falcons/Bears Week One Preview

By Cory Woodroof

On Sunday, the Falcons will begin their march back up the Super Bowl hill in the Windy City against the Chicago Bears, a team looking to prove they’re more than their shaky roster and warm-seated coaching staff, for their season opener Sunday. Continue reading

Atlanta Falcons 2017 Roster Rundown

By Cory Woodroof

The Atlanta Falcons have finalized their 2017 roster, as deep a group as we’ve seen in quite some time. Here’s a breakdown of what’s in store.  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 2017 Final Roster Updates

By Cory Woodroof

Follow along this weekend as we update you on the goings on of the Atlanta Falcons 2017 roster.  Continue reading

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