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.
Rise Up Reader is pleased to introduce Daniel Spencer as our new video contributor.
Spencer, otherwise known as Unintentional Grounding on YouTube and Twitter, will provide Rise Up Reader with video content for the upcoming season, taking a special focus on the 2017 rookie class. Continue reading →
It’s Super Bowl Sunday. Your friends are coming over for the big game, you’ve got the pre-shows on while vacuuming the living room. Pizzas will be arriving soon. Kickoff’s in a little bit.
Of course the Patriots. Bleh, forget those guys. They’re here every year. Went 13-3 in the regular season, Belichick never sounded happy about it, waltzed through the playoffs (well, the Steelers gave them a run for their money in the AFC Championship, but of course, Brady weapon number 145 came down with that one catch they won’t stop playing on ESPN).
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 →
In lieu of draft grades, the Rise Up Reader Falcons 2017 Draft Recap will be updating thoughts on the four (or more, depending on a trade) draft picks the team makes over the three-day stretch of the 2017 NFL Draft.
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By now, most of us have had enough time to try and digest what happened on February 5th, 2017. That day will forever be a scar in Falcons’ history—one that only a Super Bowl victory will be able to help us forget. Now that they’ve reached the cusp of greatness, many will be expecting Atlanta to get back there very soon, as soon as next season.
Thanks to drafting extremely well the past few seasons, signing impact free agents, and intelligently filling out the roster, the Falcons are in a position to get right back to the top, and this time they’ll be equipped to finish the fight. The Falcons don’t have many needs, but we’ll address the most glaring ones here, in no particular order. Continue reading →