With the Falcons roster seemingly set for 2018, now’s as good a time as any to step into the future and examine how this organization plans to keep the machine rolling. By my estimation, Atlanta will have $148.5 million committed to 30 players that I’ve deemed to be safe roster bets in 2019.
Greetings Rise Up Readers, it is I, Evan Birchfield. It is Pro Bowl Week for the NFL, so I’m going to discuss the Falcons who were selected, as well as my experience attending the week-long event last year. Continue reading →
The Atlanta Falcons just made it to the divisional round of the playoffs, and we’re here to pod about it the best we can.
Mike and Cory are back for another edition of the Rise Up Reader Podcast, joined by RUR staff writer Matt Karoly to break down the team’s upcoming matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. Continue reading →
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 →
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.
Welcome to Cory’s Magic Falcons Mailbag – a weekly Falcons mailbag where Rise Up Readers send questions in to Cory, and he answers them with stunning bravado, and also in non-Tweet length. The bag itself was woven by the Falcon Tamers of Valdosta in the caves of the Flowery Branch Mountains and was discovered during the construction of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Continue reading →
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.
Now, I’m not here to tell you the 2017 Falcons defense is going to be an all-time great, but I am here to tell you that the 2017 Falcons defense will be much improved, and one of the most exciting defenses in the league in 2017. Continue reading →