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Latest Stories Don Banks: History littered with QBs who have turned backup rags into richesupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 12:09:00

It's unlikely helicopters will be involved in the news coverage of where fourth-year Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn lands in free agency, but that doesn't mean the pursuit of the second most sought-after passer in this year's market will lack for significance or intrigue. Kerry J. Byrne: Costly Jones trade came back to bite Falcons in playoffsupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 15:53:00

The Giants pounded the testosterone out of the Falcons Sunday, with a dominant 24-2 victory that left no doubt about who were the men and who were the boys in this NFC battle. Don Banks: Falcons offense no-shows in latest Ryan playoff loss; more Snapsupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 05:55:00

DENVER -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we digest a wild-card weekend in the NFL that obviously saved the best for last, Denver's stunning Tebow-led overtime upset of Pittsburgh at a delirious Sports Authority Field... Matt Gagne: Giants dial up old championship formula in rout over Falconsupdated: Sun Jan 08 2012 22:24:00

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.-- Described by teammates as an assassin in the run-up to Sunday's playoff game, Eli Manning delivered the kill shot early in the fourth quarter of the Giants' 24-2 drubbing of the Falcons at MetLife Stadium. Kerry J. Byrne: Wild-Card Grades: Falcons-Giantsupdated: Sun Jan 08 2012 22:14:00

Grading out the performances from the New York Giants' dominant 24-2 win over Atlanta Sunday in NFC wild-card action. Chris Burke: Playoff preview: Falcons at Giantsupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 15:14:00

1. Which team will find its playoff mojo? Don Banks: Tebow's disappearing act coming at the worst time; more Snapsupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 00:23:00

Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a Week 17 that gave us playoff-scenario drama, record-breaking performances and the close of another unpredictable regular season in the NFL... Don Banks: Brees' historic night steals show in Saints rout of Falconsupdated: Tue Dec 27 2011 12:35:00

NEW ORLEANS -- On a night when he stood taller than any other NFL quarterback ever, at least in one very historic sense, it's ironic that Drew Brees couldn't see much of the record-breaking feat he had just wrought.

Atlanta Falcons head coach in hospital after comeback winupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 04:44:00

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith was transported to a North Carolina hospital on Sunday, hours after leading his team to a come-from-behind win, the team said. Don Banks: With four weeks left, expect what we know of playoff race to changeupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 12:55:00

Four weeks remain in the regular season, and this is the time of year when we begin to convince ourselves that we see the 12-team playoff field taking shape in great clarity. But there are almost always developments and postseason drives that we didn't anticipate, and assumptions that get proven false as the final weeks of results roll in and upsets play havoc with our preconceived notions. Don Banks: Broncos go old-school on offense to beat Chiefs; more Snapsupdated: Sun Nov 13 2011 23:06:00

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight on a second consecutive NFL Sunday ruled by the road teams.... Chris Harry: Saints-Falcons renewing rivalry with plenty at stake once againupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 13:23:00

New Orleans Saints (6-3) at Atlanta Falcons (5-3) Don Banks: The 2011 All-Underachieving Team from season's first halfupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 15:29:00

Seven weeks into the NFL's regular season doesn't begin to tell the whole story, but it's plenty long enough to spot the trends of underachievement surfacing in 2011. This week's Indianapolis at Tennessee game throws a spotlight of sorts on the not-getting-it-done set, what with this year's poster child of underachievement -- Titans running back Chris Johnson -- being on one sideline, and Team Underachievement, aka the winless Colts, occupying the other. Peter King: After slow start, Week 7 got very interesting very fastupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 13:28:00

Week 7 stories I love: Plaxico Burress, Matt Ryan, Tim Tebow and DeMarco Murray. Chris Harry: Falcons look to slow red-hot Packers in playoff rematchupdated: Fri Oct 07 2011 10:42:00

Green Bay Packers (4-0) at Atlanta Falcons (2-2) Don Banks: A pair of playoff rematches this weekend boast interesting parallelsupdated: Thu Oct 06 2011 13:01:00

Every once in a while, we're reminded that maybe the NFL schedule makers really do know what they're doing after all. Week 5 provides us with ample evidence. Chris Harry: Bucs have finally learned their offense runs on Blount forceupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 12:46:00

TAMPA, Fla. -- The play is called "19 Weak." It's the signature of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' running game and there's nothing complicated about it. Just weakside isolation and a beastly 250-pound tailback running downhill. Jim Trotter: Falcons hunting big plays as new offense begins to take formupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 20:11:00

ATLANTA -- Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan greets visitors with a smile and a handshake. He looks them in their eyes, asks how they're doing and waits for the answer before speaking again. If there is an impolite bone in his body, it doesn't show up in X-rays, which is why everyone in the interview room after Sunday's roller-coaster 35-31 victory over Eagles knew there was no chance of him stirring the pot when asked about the team's play-calling. Peter King: All eyes on Vick as he returns to Atlanta as the Eagles starting quarterbackupdated: Sat Sep 17 2011 17:37:00

There are times in a life, and in football, when a person is ready to do things differently. The Patriots got rebel-without-a-cause Albert Haynesworth at the right time this year; whether he ends up a great player, the one thing we do know is he's working at it, in part because he feels he's finally taking orders from a smart coach. Don Banks: 2011 Division Preview: NFC Southupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 12:52:00 is previewing all eight divisions throughout the week in anticipation of the 2011 season kicking off. (Send comments to Peter King: Postcard from camp: Falconsupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 09:47:00 has dispatched writers to report on NFL training camps across the country. Here's what Peter King had to say about Falcons camp in Flowery Branch, Ga., which he visited on July 30. For an archive of all camp postcards, click here. Don Banks: The fab four QBs, Atlanta's big haul for Julio, more Round 1 Snapsupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 10:57:00

NEW YORK -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a quarterback-happy first round of the 2011 NFL Draft at a crowded and rowdy Radio City Music Hall ... Richard Deitsch: Falcons, Jags ignite draft trade flurry with Jones, Gabbertupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 02:06:00

So dizzying was the trading action at last year's NFL Draft that the 24th overall pick went from Philadelphia to Denver to New England to Dallas in the span of about an hour. In the end, the Cowboys used it to take the most enigmatic player in that draft -- Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant. Don Banks: Seventeen NFL games to watch forupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 22:11:00

The NFL rolled out the 2011 schedule with its usual amount of prime-time fanfare on Tuesday, and yet what do we make of a regular season that has the potential to be anything but regular? John P. Lopez: Ryan, Turner fall flat in Falcons' home meltdown against Packupdated: Sun Jan 16 2011 02:52:00

Grading out the performances from the Packers' 48-21 victory over the Falcons in the NFC Divisional Playoffs ... Don Banks: Saints gain psychological edge in gritty win over Falconsupdated: Tue Dec 28 2010 02:11:00

Things we learned from watching the Saints' riveting defeat of the Falcons in the Georgia Dome Monday night ... Jay Clemons: The forgotten studs, tiers of a clown, last-minute adviceupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 22:28:00

I must be crazy to be part of 13 real fantasy leagues this fall. That's 13 leagues of last-minute lineup changes in September, 13 leagues of stressful wheeling-and-dealing before the November trade deadlines and 13 leagues of agonizing over RB/WR-flex options during the playoff weeks of December. Don Banks: Packers' playoff hopes take a hit, the thrill-a-minute Jags, more Snapsupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 10:23:00

CHICAGO -- Musings, observations and the occasional Week 14 insight as we take in the wild winter carnival between the cold-weather Patriots and the cold-weather Bears at the big snow globe known as Solider Field ... Andrew Perloff: Packers playoff hopes take hit, more early-game analysisupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 08:11:00

Quick-hitting insight from today's 1 p.m. games ... John P. Lopez: Falcons-Bucs leads bevy of intriguing games, Week 13 storylinesupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 20:53:00

The night games may grab the biggest headlines, but start-to-finish this could be the best weekend of intriguing matchups, bitter rivalries and fortune-changing games the NFL has yet seen. Don Banks: The Bears get serious, the Falcons' dome invincibility, more Snapsupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 00:14:00

Musings, observations and the occasional Week 12 insight as we thankfully get treated to another eventful Sunday of NFL action ... Andrew Perloff: First and 10: Falcons clutch at home in NFC showdown, Vikes step upupdated: Sun Nov 28 2010 17:05:00

Quick-hitting insights on today's 1 p.m. games ... Bill Trocchi: Thursday heroics just another leap forward for Falcons' Ryan, Whiteupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 09:14:00

ATLANTA -- Here are five things we learned from the Falcons' pulsating 26-21 win over the Ravens at the Georgia Dome. Don Banks: The Vikings and Cowboys save face, more Snap Judgmentsupdated: Sun Sep 26 2010 20:43:00

KANSAS CITY -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a Week 3 that was quite friendly to the road teams on this NFL Sunday ... Kerry J. Byrne: Saints-Falcons is NFL game of the weekupdated: Fri Sep 24 2010 18:32:00 breaks down Sunday's Atlanta at New Orleans game (1 p.m. ET, Fox). Thomas Lake: For many Atlantans, it's hard to let go of Michael Vickupdated: Fri Sep 24 2010 17:14:00

ATLANTA -- There was a massacre here last December, on the carpet in the Georgia Dome. You could almost smell the burning feathers. Three of the best Falcons were injured, and they started a quarterback who hadn't started a game in two years. My brother John and I paid more than $100 per ticket for the privilege of sharing an upper-level section with loathsome buffoons in Eagles jerseys. No surprise there: Atlanta fans are often forced to cohabitate with carpetbaggers from the North. But today we felt a new kind of shame. A throng of fans in Falcons colors wore the name and number of the backup quarterback for the other team. His name, of course, was Michael Vick. Don Banks: 2010 NFC South Division Previewupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 11:23:00

This week, is rolling out previews for all eight NFL divisions. Today, we tackle the NFC South and AFC South, following up Tuesday's breakdowns of the AFC East and NFC East. The AFC North and NFC North follow Thursday and the AFC West and NFC West conclude things Friday. Andrew Lawrence: Postcard from Jaguars campupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 17:56:00 has dispatched writers to report on the 32 NFL training camps across the country. Here's what Andrew Lawrence had to say about Jaguars camp. For an archive of all camp postcards, click here. Peter King: Atlanta Falcons camp postcardupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 19:59:00 has dispatched writers to report on the 32 NFL training camps across the country. Here's what Peter King had to say about the Falcons camp in Flowery Branch, Ga. For an archive of all camp postcards, click here. Matt Ryan: How to become a better NFL quarterbackupdated: Mon Jul 12 2010 12:40:00

With Peter King on vacation until July 26, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan took time away from his off-season vacation to write today's Monday Morning Quarterback Column. Ryan, the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2008, has compiled a 20-10 record in two seasons as a starter, the second-best mark among NFC quarterbacks with at least 30 starts. Jim Trotter: Falcons' Turner hungry to prove he isn't one-hit wonderupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 11:33:00

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Falcons running back Michael Turner thinks back to last offseason and shakes his head. Then he laughs. It's not that kind of down-in-the-belly guffaw that comes from remembering something funny. It's the nervous, uncomfortable chuckle that rises when confronted with an embarrassing moment from your past. Jim Trotter: Ryan ready to rise to challenge of leading Falconsupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 11:59:00

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons' slogan for the 2010 season is "RISE UP." You see the words on highway billboards and window placards, often superimposed over a game image of quarterback Matt Ryan. That's fitting because the team is asking its franchise player to raise his game this year by taking ownership of the offense. Ross Tucker: Breaking down the best and worst of each team's draft classupdated: Sun Apr 25 2010 19:22:00

Breaking down the best and worst of each team's selections from the 2010 NFL draft. ... Don Banks: Steelers' season won't be ruined with Roethlisberger outupdated: Wed Apr 21 2010 16:20:00

The Steelers without a suspended Ben Roethlisberger early in the 2010 season will be an obviously weakened team, but they are not the 2007 Falcons sent reeling by an incarcerated Michael Vick or even the equivalent of a Colts or Saints team if they were to face a daunting extended absence by star quarterbacks Peyton Manning or Drew Brees. Don Banks: Kubiak must go, the amazing Colts, coaching blundersupdated: Mon Nov 30 2009 08:08:00

Musings, observations and the occasional insight in a rather lackluster Week 12 that clearly will save its best for last: Patriots at Saints, where I'll be Monday night in a jacked-to-the-gills Superdome in New Orleans ... Don Banks: High-powered Saints have realistic shot at 16-0updated: Tue Nov 03 2009 09:10:00

Things we learned from the Saints' 35-27 win over the Falcons Monday night at the Superdome ... Ross Tucker: NFL Week 8 Viewer's Guideupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 12:27:00

My weekly look at key matchups and storylines to watch in one game at each time slot. (All times Eastern). Don Banks: Falcons show victory mettle when not playing their bestupdated: Mon Oct 19 2009 03:20:00

Things we learned from the Falcons' 21-14 conquest of the Bears Sunday night at the Georgia Dome ... Ross Tucker: Week 6 Viewer's Guide, mailbagupdated: Fri Oct 16 2009 23:45:00

My weekly look at key matchups and storylines to watch in one game at each time slot. (All times Eastern). Don Banks: What we know 1 month into seasonupdated: Fri Oct 09 2009 12:34:00

Things we know (or at least think we do) one month into the NFL's regular season.... Andrew Lawrence: Postcard from Atlanta Falcons campupdated: Wed Aug 19 2009 13:34:00 has dispatched writers to report on the 32 NFL training camps across the country. Here's what Andrew Lawrence had to say about the Falcons' camp in Flowery Branch, Ga. For an archive of all the camp postcards, click here. Ross Tucker: Eagles, Pats, Falcons produce best offseasons of 2009updated: Thu Jul 02 2009 14:51:00

The vast majority of team rosters are set barring an unforeseen injury early in camp. Though there are still some "name" free agents available, like one-time Colts teammates Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James, most of those players are past their prime and still on the market for a reason. Here's my look at the best and worst offseasons for NFL franchises: Don Banks: NFL Coach of the Year breaks down gamesupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 13:54:00

Falcons rookie head coach Mike Smith collected the NFL's Coach of the Year award from the Associated Press this season for the remarkable turnaround that he helped author in Atlanta. The Falcons went 11-5 and made the playoffs as an NFC wild-card entry after enduring the misery of 2007's 4-12 finish. Jim Trotter: Cardinals live to play another weekupdated: Sun Jan 04 2009 00:25:00

While driving to work early Thursday morning, Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett felt tears welling in his eyes as he peered through the tinted windows of his Mercedes sedan. Ross Tucker: Bucs' late-season collapse tops list of surprisesupdated: Mon Dec 29 2008 13:10:00

Every Monday,'s Ross Tucker will hand out letter grades to deserving NFL parties... Peter King: The best 16 minutes of the seasonupdated: Mon Dec 29 2008 12:27:00

NEW YORK -- Take a bow, Howard Katz. This was your schedule. The other day, Roger Goodell told Katz, the NFL's schedule-meister, that if he had to take the public slings and arrows when the slate for the week was a clunker, "you should take a bow now.'' Peter King: Falcons can thank its non-stars for playoff lifeupdated: Tue Dec 23 2008 17:36:00

If the Falcons make the playoffs -- and they'll need help even if they win their final two games to finish 11-5 -- they'll be able to look back and thank Justin Blalock for making the biggest play in the biggest game of the season. Steve Aschburner: Vikings fumble away loss to Falconsupdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 15:16:00

Five things we learned from the Falcons' 24-17 victory over the whoops-a-daisy Vikings ... Ross Tucker: Week 16 Gradesupdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 14:55:00

Every Monday,'s Ross Tucker will hand out letter grades to deserving NFL parties... Don Banks: Another Meadowlands miracle bails out Jetsupdated: Mon Dec 15 2008 01:41:00

Musings, observations and the occasional insight while watching the strange doings of a Week 15 that from start to finish I just didn't understand ... Peter King: Expect rule to change after Eagles-Falcons callupdated: Wed Oct 29 2008 04:23:00

You have bombarded me with questions about the seemingly unfair way (and I'm sure Mike Smith, Rich McKay and Arthur Blank would not include the words "seemingly'' there) the Atlanta-Philadelphia game ended, and so I've scrapped plans to write about the new Dallas stadium 'til next week. Instead, let's examine the play, and the game situation, that I can guarantee you will be reviewed after the season by the National Football League. I'll start with one of the most cogent letters, from John Hyman, of Chicago: Bucky Brooks: Fletchers enters Defensive POY discussionupdated: Tue Oct 21 2008 16:27:00

Who says that size matters? That phrase certainly doesn't apply to Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, who has been one of the NFL's top tacklers throughout his 11-year career. Don Banks: Snap Judgments for Week 6updated: Sun Oct 12 2008 20:48:00

Musings, observations and the occasional insight while a Week 6 that was flush with fantastic finishes unfolds before our eyes ... Joe Posnanski: The remarkable saga of Dave Hamptonupdated: Tue Sep 23 2008 11:16:00

One of my favorite things to do is research old sports stories. This is because I'm crazy. In any case, Sunday before the farce that was the Chiefs-Falcons football game, I was sitting next to Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson and I asked him if he had ever played in Atlanta. He said: "Sure, I was there for the Dave Hampton game." I had only vaguely heard the story about the Dave Hampton game, so I went back to look it up. Turns out, the story was more amazing than Lenny made it sound ... more amazing, really, than I could have imagined. Jay Clemons: Five things from Falcons-Lions openerupdated: Tue Sep 09 2008 02:56:00

ATLANTA -- What we learned from the Falcons' thrill-a-minute 34-21 victory over the Lions at the newly renovated Georgia Dome, aka The House That Hebert Built. Don Banks: Snap Judgments for Week 1updated: Sun Sep 07 2008 21:40:00

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we were witnessing the winning, but at times sloppy beginning of the Jets' Brett Favre era. Don Banks: Turner set to break out in Atlantaupdated: Tue Aug 19 2008 08:13:00

Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we arrive at the midway point of the NFL's fake-game schedule, putting us (thankfully) just 17 days away from when they start keeping score for real. ... Don Banks: Falcons lean toward starting rookie Ryanupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 15:15:00

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight gleaned from a day at the Atlanta Falcons training camp last week, where all things new -- be it a head coach, a general manager, a first-round quarterback, a lead running back or a kicker -- are positively the rage.... Lisa Altobelli: Falcons training camp postcardupdated: Fri Aug 01 2008 12:52:00 has dispatched 10 writers to report on the 32 NFL training camps across the country. For the complete schedule of postcards, click here. Falcons sign Ryan to $72M deal with $34.75M bonusupdated: Tue May 20 2008 22:29:00

Soon after the Atlanta Falcons informed Matt Ryan's agent, Tom Condon, that they were going to take him with their first pick on NFL draft weekend, Falcons president Rich McKay said to the veteran agent, "You know where we are. Can you do this early?" Peter King: It Starts With Mattupdated: Tue Apr 29 2008 17:14:00

The text message arrived on Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff's cellphone around noon last Saturday, three hours before the start of the 2008 NFL draft: trust your instincts. you have been training for this all your life. It came from Patriots vice president Scott Pioli, Dimitroff's close friend, former boss and mentor, and he took the encouraging words to heart. This was the first draft that Dimitroff, 42, would run, and the job ahead of him was monumental. Atlanta held six of the first 98 picks and had 10 holes in its starting lineup to fill, including quarterback. "This draft will be a milestone in the history of the Falcons," team owner Arthur Blank had said on Friday. "We're not starting a new chapter here. We're starting a new book." Peter King: Monday Morning QB Mailbagupdated: Tue Apr 29 2008 15:29:00

One of my very good friends, Corey Bowdre, is also one of the biggest Falcons fans I know. He knew I was in Atlanta for the draft and sent me this text message Monday: "Not very impressed.'' Don Banks: Five teams with most riding on draftupdated: Fri Apr 11 2008 16:04:00

Thanks to its wheeling and dealing ways, Cleveland essentially won't have a draft this year. San Diego's roster is so well stocked it doesn't really need one. But those are the exceptions, not the rule. Don Banks: NFL Mock Draft, Version 5.0updated: Thu Apr 10 2008 11:31:00

Just 17 days out from the 2008 NFL draft, we hold these "truths" to be self-evident: Don Banks: The five most-improved NFL teamsupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 16:41:00

In terms of getting better quickly, nobody in the NFL improved more dramatically in 2007 than Cleveland (six more wins than 2006), Green Bay and Tampa Bay (five each). With the league's offseason re-distribution of talent in full swing, and the draft still six weeks away, here are the five teams I think have done the most to better their lot in the NFL: Don Banks: Why Falcons glad to see Favre goupdated: Thu Mar 06 2008 11:52:00

Strangely enough, the screaming headline news of Brett Favre's retirement led my thoughts in an unexpected direction: to the lowly Falcons, and some reflection on how different the fate of two franchises might have been had the Packers never wrested Favre away from Atlanta in their memorable February 1992 trade. Crumpler signs two-year deal with Titansupdated: Mon Mar 03 2008 18:41:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans agreed to a two-year contract with former Atlanta tight end Alge Crumpler, one of many veterans released last month by the Falcons. Turner, Falcons agree to 6-year dealupdated: Mon Mar 03 2008 00:07:00

ATLANTA (AP) -- Michael Turner says he was won over by the Atlanta Falcons' aggressive efforts when he agreed to a six-year deal Sunday. Don Banks: Falcons get good news in Turner signingupdated: Sun Mar 02 2008 21:44:00

Not much has gone to plan for the Atlanta Falcons since the final month of the 2006 season or so, but you can't fault their execution in the pursuit and acquisition of free-agent running back Michael Turner this weekend. Falcons RB Dunn requests release from teamupdated: Sun Mar 02 2008 20:41:00

The Atlanta Falcons added one running back Sunday, but will lose another in the near future. Peter King: Atlanta finally gets break on coin flip; more thoughtsupdated: Fri Feb 22 2008 17:54:00

INDIANAPOLIS -- Finally, something went right for the Falcons. Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff, pitted against the Oakland Raiders for the third pick in the draft, called tails in a Westin Hotel conference room when a league official flipped a coin Friday morning, and it came up tails. That broke the logjam for the third pick in the draft between Atlanta, Oakland and Kansas City. The order at the top is now official: Don Banks: Teams hope to duplicate Giants' '07 draft, more notesupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 15:37:00

Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we count down to the start of the annual meat market that is the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis ... Don Banks: NFL looks beyond experience for its new crop of coachesupdated: Tue Feb 12 2008 13:59:00

Now that Washington's bizarrely conducted coaching search has concluded with perhaps the fastest promotion in the history of the NFL -- Jim Zorn went from newly hired Redskins offensive coordinator to head coach in a couple weeks -- the theme behind this year's crop of coaching hires is: The cleaner the better. Jack Wilkinson: Blank turns to friends to help in rebuilding Falconsupdated: Wed Jan 23 2008 22:24:00

ATLANTA -- He'd seemingly become the billionaire owner who now couldn't even buy a break. Ross Tucker: Coaching changes tough for players, tooupdated: Wed Jan 23 2008 12:30:00

Preparing to play in the Super Bowl sounds stressful enough, but if you ask me, the players on the Giants and Patriots have it easy. Try being a member of, say, the Atlanta Falcons or Miami Dolphins, two teams that didn't come close to making the playoffs and surely will undergo wholesale roster changes as they welcome their third new coach in as many years. Don Banks: Garrett denial highlights flaws with Falcons, Ravens coaching searchupdated: Thu Jan 17 2008 16:04:00

They say that birds of a feather flock together, but I don't think this is the company that the Falcons and Ravens really want to be keeping these days. With the not-so-surprising news that Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has told both teams that he's no longer interested in becoming their next head coach, I'm guessing the reality is starting to set in in Atlanta and Baltimore: Jim Trotter: Caldwell talking to Falcons, Ravensupdated: Thu Jan 03 2008 13:32:00

His name is not on the lips of casual football fans, but Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell definitely is on the minds of officials looking to fill head-coaching vacancies. Jim Trotter: Schottenheimer in no hurry to make NFL returnupdated: Fri Dec 21 2007 19:54:00

If the Atlanta Falcons are interested in Marty Schottenheimer as their next head coach, it's news to Schottenheimer. Don Banks: Snow may chill Pats offense, but not tension vs. Jetsupdated: Sat Dec 15 2007 01:57:00

Thoughts on the upcoming Jets-Patriots game, a.k.a. The Payback Bowl, and other NFL Week 15 topics ... Peter King: Petrino resigns from Falconsupdated: Wed Dec 12 2007 00:20:00

The star-crossed season of the Atlanta Falcons continued, stunningly, Tuesday afternoon when coach Bobby Petrino told owner Arthur Blank he wanted out as head coach. Dom Bonvissuto: Five Things We Learnedupdated: Tue Dec 11 2007 01:09:00

What we learned on a night when Monday Night Football came here to see the 3-10 Falcons for the third time (including one preseason game) this season, exactly three more than they've visited Lambeau Field to see the 11-2 Packers. Bucky Brooks: Strategic keys to three holiday showdownsupdated: Wed Nov 21 2007 15:42:00

MORE GAME PLANS: Jets-Cowboys | Colts-Falcons George Dohrmann and Farrell Evans: The Road to Bad Newzupdated: Tue Nov 20 2007 11:11:00

In August 2002, Andrew Young, a former ambassador to the United Nations and onetime aide to Martin Luther King Jr., met with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. The meeting was not scheduled or scripted, and it lasted only a few minutes. Vick was coming off the field after a training-camp practice at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and Young pulled him aside. Bucky Brooks: Each team's strategy to pick up the win in Week 9updated: Fri Nov 02 2007 11:46:00

More Game Plans: Cincinnati-Buffalo | Denver-Detroit | San Francisco-Atlanta | Green Bay-Kansas City | San Diego-Minnesota | Carolina-Tennessee | Arizona-Tampa Bay | Jacksonville-New Orleans | Washington-N.Y. Jets | Seattle-Cleveland | Houston-Oakland | Dallas-Philadelphia Bucky Brooks: Breaking down strategic keys for each Week 7 gameupdated: Fri Oct 19 2007 15:21:00

MORE GAME PLANS: Atlanta-New Orleans | Tennessee-Houston | Arizona-Washington | New England-Miami | Baltimore-Buffalo | San Francisco-New York Giants | Kansas City-Oakland | New York Jets-Cincinnati | St. Louis-Seattle | Chicago-Philadelphia | Pittsburgh-Denver | Minnesota-Dallas Dom Bonvissuto: 5 Things We've Learnedupdated: Tue Oct 16 2007 01:32:00

Want to know how un-obsessed Atlantans are with the Michael Vick story now? Witness the local ESPN radio affiliate in the hours leading up to Monday night's game between the Falcons and the Giants. The hosts spent a 10-minute segment making fun of the male producer, who had spent part of his weekend getting a manicure, pedicure and his eyebrows waxed. "Nothing wrong with taking care of yourself," the producer argued. "It's time we put the 'man' back in manicure." Don Banks: Petrino may be losing locker room in Atlantaupdated: Wed Oct 10 2007 19:11:00

Somewhat unexpectedly, Tuesday turned out to be a pretty good day for the Atlanta Falcons, who learned that an arbitrator had ruled in their favor regarding their quest to recoup almost $20 million in bonus money from disgraced quarterback Michael Vick. The grateful Falcons will take any victory they can get, even if it shows up only in a financial ledger. Because in almost every other quantifiable category, the losses keep piling up in the first year of the Bobby Petrino coaching era in Atlanta.

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