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.
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.
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.
The 2007 season was arguably the darkest in Atlanta Falcons history. Franchise quarterback Michael Vick’s dog fighting and head coach Bobby Petrino walking out before the end of the season left the team in an interesting position.
While his reputation had undoubtedly taken a hit and his NFL future was uncertain, Vick put the Falcons on the map. His unmatched athleticism and highlight reel plays were the reason why many started following the team. But rookie general manager/head coach team of Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith decided to hit restart and on April 26, 2008, the road to recovery started.
Allow me to be the first to say it. It’s time to start looking ahead to 2019. After three straight losses, following three straight wins which only served to give us false hope, the Atlanta Falcons are seemingly dead in the water in the NFC playoff picture at 4-7.
The Falcons essentially have to run the table, plus get some help from around the league, in order to make the playoffs at 9-7. And with tough games still remaining such as a home date with Baltimore and road games in Green Bay (where the Packers have not lost this season) and Carolina, that proposition seems futile.
Therefore, this article serves as the jumping off point into the offseason discussion of how Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff retool the Brotherhood in 2019. So without further ado, here is part one of a three-part series which will run through who the Falcons could cut, sign, and draft in 2019.
It’s just another Mattlanta Monday. I wish it was Falcons Sunday. ‘Cause that’s my fun day. My I don’t have to run day. It’s just another Mattlanta Monday.
Greetings, Falcons fans near and far! I am back for another installment of the Mattlanta Monday Mailbag where I answer your Atlanta Falcons questions and even answer a few of my own that I’ve thrown out to the Falcons Twitter-verse.
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 →
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 →