Atlanta Falcons

NFC South

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    NO @ ATL


    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    ATL @ CIN


    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    TB @ ATL


    8:30 pm

  • Week 4

    ATL @ MIN


    4:30 pm

  • Week 5

    ATL @ NYG


    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    CHI @ ATL


    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    ATL @ BAL


    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    DET @ ATL


    9:30 am

  • Week 9


  • Week 10

    ATL @ TB


    1:00 pm

  • Week 11

    ATL @ CAR


    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    CLE @ ATL


    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    ARI @ ATL


    4:00 pm

  • Week 14

    ATL @ GB


    8:30 pm

  • Week 15

    PIT @ ATL


    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    ATL @ NO


    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    CAR @ ATL


    1:00 pm

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The Dirty Birds

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There have not been that many great teams in the history of the Atlanta Falcons, but the best team had to be The Dirty Birds.  The Dirty Birds were the 1998 Atlanta Falcons who were coached by Dan Reeves.  The Falcons had gone 7-9 in 1997 and were looking for their identity and an edge in 1998.  The answer to both came in the form of Jamal Anderson.   

Jamal Anderson had his best season in 1998.  Anderson rushed the ball 410 times for 1,846 yards with 14 TD’s.  He also added 27 receptions for 319 yards and 2 more TD’s.  Anderson was the glue that held that team together and is also credited for starting the Dirty Bird dance.  He would bounce back and forth pump his arm up and sideways and them flap his wings like a bird, with all his teammates around him joining in the celebration. 

The Falcons also had Chris Chandler, who was known for not being able to finish most seasons, but played in 14 games and went 13-1 as a starter that year.  The other dynamic part of the offense was the M&M boys of Tony Martin and Terance Mathis.  Martin and Mathis were deep threat receivers and thrived in the play action with the running of Anderson.  All of these players would do their version of the Dirty Bird when they scored, whether at home or on the road.  The team finished 14-2 and would advance to Super Bowl XXXIII where they would lose to the Denver Broncos.  The biggest win of the year came in the NFC Championship game over the Minnesota Vikings, who went 15-1 during the regular season. 

The Falcons were double digit underdogs to the Vikings, but they just kept fighting the whole game.  The Falcons scored first, but the Vikings responded with 20 straight points and had the ball with a 27-20 lead in the 4th quarter and Gary Anderson looking to kick the game clinching field goal.  Gary Anderson had not missed a FG attempt all year…until his attempt to ice the game.  The Falcons responded and drove down the field and scored a TD to tie the game at 27-27 and send it to Overtime.  In the OT Morton Anderson the Falcons kicker kicked a 38 yard FG to win the game and shock the world as the Dirty Birds upset the Minnesota Vikings. 



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The Grits Blitz

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There have been many great defenses in the history of the NFL like the Steel Curtain, Purple People Eaters, Monsters of the Midway, the No-Name Defense and the Doomsday Defense.  When the greatest defenses of all time are discussed there is always one that seems to get left of the list, but the Grits Blitz of the 1977 Atlanta Falcons was one of the greatest defenses of all time. 

In 1976 the Atlanta Falcons were coming off a 4-10 season and decided to clean house.  The Falcons brought in Leeman Bennett, who was an assistant under Chuck Knox with the Rams.  At 39 he was the youngest coach in the NFL.  The other major change in the coaching staff was that Bennett brought along Jerry Glanville who provided the spark the team needed on defense.   

The year before the Falcons best stat on defense was turnovers where they were ranked 7th in the league with 38.  Bennett and Glanville knew that they did not have the talent on the defense, as they had basically the same players as the year before, so they would need a new scheme in order to create an advantage for themselves.  The idea behind the defense was to blitz, blitz and keep blitzing.  The other key to the defense was that you were not blitzing one or two guys in most cases the Falcons were bringing 8 or 9 guys with regularity.  In many ways the Grits Blitz was the precursor to the Bears 46 Defense. 

The defense was so confounding to opposing offenses that the defense became the best defense in the game that year.  The Falcons lead the league in: First Downs Allowed (192), Passing Yards Allowed (1384), Turnovers Forced (48), Turnover Ratio (+23), Rushing TD’s Allowed (5) and the least amount of points given up in a season in the NFL at 129 points. 

Then when you see all these stats that the defense had you have to ask why this team is not mentioned in the greatest defenses of all time.  The answer to that is because they had absolutely no help from their offense.  The offense ranked 26th out of 28 teams and shot the defense in the foot all season long.  When you consider that the team only gave up 129 points during the season and the team finished 7-7 should give only more strength to the argument for the Grits Blitz.  If that defense had an offense that could control the clock and score points there is a good chance the Grits Blitz would be mentioned with the Steel Curtain and the Bears 46 defense.



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Michael Vick's Dog Fighting Scandal

Mike Vick has two areas where he will forever be remembered by fans of the Falcons.  The first was how he resurrected the franchise after poor performances following the 1998 Super Bowl loss and second for the dog fighting scandal that Vick was involved in and spent 21 months in prison for.  The latter is the one that will stick in the minds of Falcons fans. 

Vick had his best season as a Falcon in 2004 when he led the team to a 11-4 record when he was the starter.  The following 2 years leading up to his incarceration he was 16-16 as a starter.  I am not going to go into the details of the case, but Vick bred dogs to fight on his property for money and was involved in executing dogs that lost or were injured. 
Vick was celebrated in Atlanta before this happened and was the face of the city.  Around the country there were positives feelings everywhere for Vick as an amazing athlete, even if some questioned his skill as a true elite quarterback.  Vick let so many people down with his actions: the Atlanta Falcons, the Falcons fans, the NFL, the city of Atlanta and all of his fans around the world.  This is the legacy that he left and will remain, no matter what he does in the future. 

The Falcons were able to rebound as a franchise when they drafted Matt Ryan and the city was quick to rally around him and the franchise to distance them from Vick.  Mike Vick had everything going for him, but he thought he was above things and made a real poor decision that hurt his personal life, but he also let down all the people who looked up to him, another reason why sports figures don’t make the best role models.  His legacy in Atlanta will always be connected to the dog fighting scandal and a reminder to Vick for the rest of his life what could have been if he had thought first.

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Eugene Robinson, Hoe's before Bros

Eugene Robinson at Super Bowl

Eugene Robinson was a long time veteran in the NFL before he signed on with the Falcons before the 1998 season.  Eugene Robinson was in his 14th season and was named to his third Pro-Bowl while playing for the Super Bowl bound Dirty Bird Falcons in 1998.  Everything was going right for Robinson going into the Super Bowl, including receiving the Bart Starr Award for leadership in home, on the field and in the community.  All of this came crashing down for Robinson the night before Super Bowl XXXIII.

Robinson was arrested after he tried to solicit sex from an undercover officer in an area north of downtown that was frequented by prostitutes.  Apparently Robinson was not the only one who was heading to that area.  ''Guys had been going there all week,'' a Falcon starter said. ''It's just that Eugene was the only one who got caught.''  It was estimated that at least 5 other players, some of which were starters, had been going there during the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

The next day the Falcons got worked over by the Broncos and it might be fair to say that this incident had a major impact on the game.  Unfortunately, for a player who had a nice career and found glory at the end of his career will be remembered for his biggest blunder over a $40 blow job.  His quote after the game did not help his cause either.  "I really believe I will be found innocent," Robinson said after the game. "However, I am not righteous in the deal.”

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Rankin M. Smith

The Atlanta Falcons, and moreover the entire southeast of the United States owes a debt of gratitude to Rankin M. Smith who founded the Atlanta Falcons and brought the NFL to the South.   This was a bold move for a young insurance executive. 

Smith all along wanted to bring the major sports to Atlanta and the NFL was his #1 target.  Smith and his partners formed “Major Sports, Inc.” with the intentions of bringing professional sports franchises to Atlanta.  They were responsible for getting Atlanta Stadium built in 1965, which was more remembered as Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.  That same year Smith made a deal with NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to bring a franchise to Atlanta, for $8.5 Million which was the highest price ever paid for a franchise, at the time. 

The Falcons, despite their poor record drew a ton of fans to see their games.  The South was ecstatic to have a pro team.  The success of the team in the early years led to the expansion to Florida.  Rankin M. Smith was not content with just the Falcons and had some other major accomplishments.  He was responsible for helping to get the Georgia Dome built to host its first Super Bowl in 1994 and also for getting the Olympics to Atlanta in 1996.   Smith left a large footprint in the sports scene in the Atlanta area and will always be remembered fondly in Atlanta. 

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Julia Elliot names the Falcons

When the Atlanta Falcons were founded in 1965 they were not known as the Falcons.  The team owner Rankin M. Smith held a contest for fans to suggest the name for the team.  The winning entry was submitted by Julia Elliott, who was a high school teacher from Griffin Georgia.  There were 40 other contestants who also submitted the name of the Falcons, but as only a high school teacher would she also wrote an essay about the name.  The selling point in the essay was her description of the falcon.  “The falcon is proud and dignified, with great courage and fight.  It never drops its prey.  It’s deadly and has a great sporting tradition.”  That sure sounds like a winner to me.    

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Roddy White hates preseason games

The Falcons had a long night in Houston, losing 32-7 to the Texans and possibly losing left tackle Sam Baker for the entire season.

So what does receiver Roddy White takeaway from that or any other preseason game?

“Nothing,” White told reporters after the game. “You get nothing out of exhibition games except for a lot of peoples conditioning, what shape they are in, and if they are able to go 60 plays or not. You learn how far your young guys have to go, grasping concepts and things you want them to do, but other than that the veterans go out and play. Everybody just tries to get through this thing and try to stay healthy as possible and make it to game one. Like today, our left tackle got hurt and we don’t know if he is going to be ready for the season or not. It’s stuff like that, that tells you a lot about these games. I know you can get hurt at practice but playing unmeaningful games and getting your left tackle hurt, I just don’t know. I don’t know what you judge from these preseason games. I’m not a fan about them, but we have to play them.”

Pyro's take: Well said Roddy. Here's to hoping the NFL and NFLPA can get together on a deal that works out best for all of us.

08/17/14, 08:09 PM CDT by Houdini

Jackson injured again

Head coach Mike Smith announced that tidbit after Tuesday's session, during which Jackson was noticeably absent. Smith said Jackson injured his left hamstring during Monday's practice, which was the first session in pads.

Smith said he doesn't believe the injury is significant and said that the running back is expected to be ready for the Falcons' Week 1 regular season matchup against the Saints at the Georgia Dome on Sept. 7.

Pyro's take: Jackson missed five weeks last season with a hamstring injury, and this is a very inauspicious start to 2014. I hate hamstring injuries, because you can never be 100% sure that they player is not going to re-aggrevate it. This moves SJAX down my tiers.

07/29/14, 08:01 PM CDT by Houdini

Julio is on the field for the first day of camp

(Head Coach Mike Smith's Press conference)

On WR Julio Jones:

“I thought it was very good. You guys saw it. He was running routes very well. I thought the timing between he and Matt [Ryan] were good. You know we have a plan or prescription that we’re going to try and stay by for the first couple weeks and make an evaluation after that. It was great to see Julio back on the field and when you looked on the other side and saw 84 [WR Roddy White] out there, I know not only me, but I think the quarterback and the whole coaching staff was excited about seeing both those guys.”

Pyro's take: Julio is coming back off of a horrible foot injury, and the Falcons have said they are going to take it easy on him early. That prospect could be an issue for fantasy owners who are thinking about drafting him as a top three receiver. The fact that he is on the field on day one is encouraging. Julio is dynamic, but the health of his foot is worth monitoring.

07/26/14, 02:00 PM CDT by Houdini

Four more years!

Before the 4-year $30 million dollar extension, White was set to make a $5 million base salary for the upcoming season.

Before the deal, 10 receivers around the league had higher average per year salaries:

Calvin Johnson, Lions, $16.2 mil
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals, $16.1 mil
Percy Harvin, Seahawks, $12.8 mil
Mike Wallace, Dolphins, $12 mil
Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs, $11.2 mil
Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers, $11.1 mil
Brandon Marshall, Bears, $10 mil
Andre Johnson, Texans, $9.6 mil
Greg Jennings, Vikings, $9 mil
Victor Cruz, Giants, $8.60 mil
Roddy White, Falcons, $8.5 mil

Pyro's take: The guy deserves it, and will slip big time in fantasy drafts this season. I have a good feeling about his productivity with his health back (he was top 5 down the stretch once he healed up) and Gonzo retiring.

Don't sleep on Roddy!

07/24/14, 07:04 PM CDT by d-Rx

Jackson seems at peace in Atlanta

From Steven Jackson's website:

Having a year under my belt here in Atlanta helps tremendously. My teammates and the coaching staff know what it's like to go through a season with me. They trust me to be where I need to be and to be the leader that I am, and they know what they're going to get out of me on a consistent basis.

For me, it helps to not have to learn a new offense, new personalities, and to understand the way things work around here. That allows for all the anxiety to move to the side, and for football to be the focus. I can come in and be confident in what I'm doing, and that itself allows me to be more patient and more trusting.

Personally, I've spent these last four weeks working on timing. A lot of times when you have the offseason to mull over what has possibly gone wrong or what you can do better, you can become a little antsy, so I've focused on doing the reverse of that. I've tried to become a little more patient.

That starts with trusting my offensive linemen, trusting the scheme and trusting that they're going to do their job, which will allow me to do my job. That's a big thing. When things fall apart, you tend to press more and stress out over things when sometimes all you need to do is take a step back and relax, and allow for the trust factor to come back in.

That way, the offensive line will trust in me, and I will trust in them as well.

Pyro's take: I was quite impressed reading Steven Jackson, and he really seems to have a good sense of what is coming this year. He is embracing his role as a team leader, and veteran in the locker room. There is no doubt his first season in Atlanta was a disaster, but the added competition of Davonte Freeman should help his growth as well. He wants to help the rookie and be that leader.

He is going to fall in fantasy drafts, but he could be a good value. There is so much talent on this team, that he should be able to find a lot of open holes. Last season everything that could go wrong did, if all goes right this season, he will be a steal on draft day.

06/30/14, 10:58 PM CDT by Houdini

Freeman the Future

According to ESPN-Vaughn McClure Devonta Freeman is the back of the future, and may garner some touches playing behind Steven Jackson. Jackson is 31, Mr. McClure went on to say about the future of Freeman "They drafted Devonta Freeman in the fourth round with thoughts of grooming him as the three-down back of the future. If he looks as good in pads as he did in shorts, Jackson might have a battle on his hands."

Pyro's take: Steven Jackson has been banged up ever since he wore a Rams jersey, and being 31 drives the question, how much longer can Jackson make an impact? Devonta Freeman has turned the heads of many people in camp, and of he continues to make strides he can be a factor sooner than later, in an Atlanta offense that can be explosive.

06/28/14, 05:42 PM CDT by Vaaal verde

Ryan and Julio

October 7, 2013 was the last throw and catch between Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Julio since, has been recovering from foot surgery, which has eliminated any on-field routine they may have.

Since they cant be on the field together what they have done is look-over mounds of tape, and ingest the playbook to familiarize each other with how they want to attack the opposing defenses.

"Julio's been in this building pretty much every day this off-season and, while he hasn't been able to be out on the practice field with us yet, we've communicated a lot," Ryan said Tuesday. "We've talked a lot — certainly, (we) have watched film together and tried to work on things in the classroom so that, when we do get the opportunity to be out on the field, we can hit the ground running."

Pyro's take: Ryan and Julio must be in sync with their relationship on the field. When time passes staying on the same page gets harder, and both Matt and Julio will need to get acquainted once again. The good news is that it wont take long. Look forward to the pre-season, as both will be involved in a lot of action to speed up the cohesiveness. If Julio Jones and Matt Ryan can stay healthy, the fantasy world will be a much better place for their owners.

06/16/14, 07:59 PM CDT by Vaaal verde

White arrested for tinted windows

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was arrested in Gwinnett County early Tuesday on a failure to appear warrant, jail records show.

White, whose full name is Sharod Lamar White, was arrested by Gwinnett County police and booked into the Gwinnett County Jail just before 4:30 a.m. He was released about 90 minutes later on $168 bond, according to jail records.

White allegedly failed to appear in court on a traffic charge. The Gwinnett sheriff’s website shows an outstanding warrant for White on a charge of “non-transparent material on windows.”

Pyro's take: This is not the start to the off-season Roddy was looking for. The good news is he is already being targeted in 2014. I also think it would be wise for White to take a lesson from RUN-DMC's "It's Tricky".

"Tinted windows don't mean nothin' (we) know who's inside." -Rev Run

02/18/14, 08:43 PM CST by Houdini

Julio Jones is on target with his recovery

"He's well on his way," Mike Smith said of Jones following Monday's Senior Bowl practices. "He's met all the marks that they've set for him in terms of the timetable. So we're pleased with what he's done up to this point.

"He's been spending a lot of time back in Atlanta and in Flowery Branch through the middle parts of the week with our athletic performance department. And he is on schedule to be back in the spring."

Pyro's take: Julio is my favorite player in the league, and it was a crushing blow when he went down in week 5 of last season (especially given the catch he made at the time of the injury). He was on fire, 2nd for WRs in targets (Cecil Shorts III has 62 to JJ's 60), while leading WRs in catches, yards and fantasy points at the time of his injury.

F!! It's great to hear that he is on target, but Julio is a risk moving forward, his broken foot happened because of a screw that he had inserted into his foot before the NFL draft in 2011... if this happens again, it could be career threatening.

I'm sending positive vibes The Sphinx's way, heaven knows I want that guy to have a long and fruitful career. We as NFL fans, deserve a guy like him playing 16 regular season games per year.

01/27/14, 01:38 PM CST by d-Rx

We owe Tony many thanks!

Gonzalez was emphatic that he would remain retired after 17 years in the league, the last five with the Falcons.

“At this point, I am totally at peace with my decision,” Gonzalez said. “I’m looking forward to it, seeing the next chapter in life. I’m excited about it.”

Pyro's take: The first basketball turned TE, ushered in a new Golden Era of Tight Ends. Tony changed a position like few before him have, Lawrence Taylor comes to mind, but his contributions to the changing guard of the NFL are huge. Always a class act that put up numbers consistently at the tight end position that hadn't been seen before.

When you look at his career season stat logs, you aren't blown away - but he produced every season. He had 4 1,000 yard season for Chiefs, and surpirsingly none while playing for the Falcons. But, #88 had 800 yards receiving or more 13 times in his 17 NFL season, which no other tight end even comes close to that type of continued type of production.

Anyway, I'm sure he'll be on TV next season, and giving his Hall of Fame speech 5 Augusts from now... thanks Tony, you are an inspiration to many and a Legend of the game.

01/27/14, 01:21 PM CST by d-Rx

Gonzo has three games left to make memories

After saying last season would be his final year, Gonzalez changed his mind in the offseason and came back for a 17th season and continues to post stats that find their way into the record books. This season, he has 65 catches for 678 yards and a team-leading six touchdowns. His three-catch game last week against the Packers extends his consecutive games with a catch streak to 208, the second longest in NFL history.

While everyone in Falcons nation would love to see Gonzalez return for another season, he’s made it clear that’s very unlikely. As he winds down this season and plays in his final three games, he will continue to remember every minute he can from his days as a Falcon and an NFL player.

“I’m really just taking every experience with the fellas on the team, sitting in the meeting rooms trying to enjoy them as much as I can,” he said. “As much as I hate them, I’m trying to enjoy them. That’s what you’ve got to do, I think. It’s the NFL, Not For Long, and I’ve been able to play 17 years so nobody ever needs to feel sorry for me. I’ve gotten everything I’ve wanted out of this league, but it’s that time of the year for me and I’m going to enjoy it.”

Pyro's take: Gonzo has a chance to make some nice memories in this game, as the Redskins rank 30th against tight ends on the season. The reemergence of Roddy White and the improved play of Harry Douglas should free Gonzalez up in this game.

The future Hall-of-Fame tight end has caught a touchdown in each of his last two games, although he has only topped 100-yards once this season back in week 4. Since the Falcons are out it I expect Ryan to make this game a Gonzo game. Get him in your lineup.

12/14/13, 06:34 PM CST by Houdini

White has banged up knee, but ready to roll

Roddy White, who has battled injuries all season, seemed unconcerned after a knee issue surfaced this week.

White said he simply bruised his left knee in last Sunday's 22-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers. It caused him to be limited in practice this week.

"I fell the other day. Well, I didn't fall … I got pushed out of bounds and I landed right on it," White explained. "And it swelled up a little bit. But I'm good to go. I'm fine."

White said the knee shouldn't hold him back as he prepares to face the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

"No, no, it's not going to," White said. "Yeah, I'll be able to play (fast). No doubt about it."

Pyro's take: White has a tasty match-up with the Redskins this week, and I expect him to take advantage of it.

Over the past two weeks Roddy has begun to look more like his old self with 24 targets for 18 catches and 217 yards. He will be just fine this week, and has a good chance to find the endzone for the first time in four weeks.

12/13/13, 05:47 PM CST by Houdini

SJAX unimpressive in return

Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who was returning from a hamstring injury, was held in check in the 27-13 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

Jackson, the leading active rusher in the NFL, was held to six yards on 11 carries.

“It was some tough sledding today,” Jackson said. “The Arizona defense came out there and did a really good job against the run. It was definitely not the production that I wanted to see out of myself.”

Pyro's take: We saw this poor outing coming a mile away. When asked last week if he was 100% Jackson had said he was as good as he was going to be. That was the first tip off that he was not 100%, but going to give it a go anyway. Then there was the fact that the Cardinals are one stout defense against the run.

Jackson should be able to find more openings next week against the Panthers, but he would greatly benefit from Roddy White making his return, but there is no guarantee that will be any time soon.

10/28/13, 05:36 PM CDT by Houdini

Jackson to return this week

Falcons running back Steven Jackson met with the media today for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury on Sept. 15.

He returned to practice on Wednesday and plans to play against Arizona on Sunday.

Here’s what he had to say:

ON HOW HE FEELS: “Good. Going to get out there this afternoon and see how it feels and just go from there, being mindful that the game is Sunday and now Wednesday.. Looking forward to it.”

ENCOURAGED: “The leg is feeling a lot better. I've seen the doctor more times than I'd like to and finally he and I are on the same page. It's been encouraging enough, the progress that I've made, to give it a go.”

HOW CLOSE TO 100 PERCENT: “I don't think any time after Week 1 you are 100 percent. But I feeling up to this point well enough to give it a go and be out there and be effective like Day One.”

Pyro's take: Hooray, finally SJAX is going to get back on the field. Those of you who have been holding onto him will finally get to reap some rewards with him back in your lineup.

There is no doubt that with Julio Jones gone for the season, and Roddy White still unable to return, Jackson is going to play a prominent role in the Falcons offense. Get him in your lineup.

10/23/13, 06:03 PM CDT by Houdini

Tony G saying he is happy in Atlanta...yeah right

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said he’s not asked for a trade and doesn’t play to “jump ship” as the team has gotten off to a 1-4 start.

“This is what I signed up for,” said Gonzalez on Thursday. “I don’t have any regrets. I’m still as happy as I can be to be a Falcon. I saw the trade rumors out there.

“I didn’t ask for a trade. That wasn’t me. I signed up and this is the team that I came back to play with these guys on this team. I’m enjoying myself, win, lose or draw. Obviously, I’d rather win. That makes it a lot more fun.

“There is no way that I would think about jumping ship because I love playing for this team and I love playing for this city. Like I said, we still have a chance. If I start thinking like that, that means I don’t think we have chance. We’re not there yet. Not, even close.”

Pyro's take: Tony G is saying all the right things while he is still in Atlanta. If the Falcons drop another game it would be in the best interest of the organization to shop Gonzalez around to see if they can get a windfall for the future Hall-of-Famer.

The fact is that Gonzo came back to win a Super Bowl, and no matter what he says, it is not going to happen for him if he stays in Atlanta. The NFL did a smart thing by moving the trade deadline back to week 8, but trades (like that of Trent Richardson this season) of big time players are a rarity. The difference here is that this is likely the last season, maybe one more, for Gonzalez and there are definitely teams out there that could use his services to make a Super Bowl run.

10/17/13, 06:26 PM CDT by Houdini

Roddy could miss extended time

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (ankle, hamstring) was injured in the fourth quarter of the team's loss to the New York Jets on Monday Night Football in Week 5. The Falcons have a bye in Week 6, but it is possible that White could miss games in the weeks after that, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Pyro's take: The best way to describe what is happening in Atlanta right now would be in the words of Col. Sanders from Spaceballs: "She has gone from suck to blow!"

Julio Jones is out for the season and now Roddy White has injured himself again, and now could miss the next few games following their bye this week. So what does this mean in terms of fantasy? It means OY VEY!!!

Matt Ryan has just lost 2 pro bowl receivers on the same day. So when the Falcons do hit the field again it will be Harry Douglas lining up as the #1 and Drew Davis lining up as the #2. Needless to say Ryan is not going to give owners the points they need with his top 2 weapons gone.

This could be good news for Steven Jackson, if he ever returns, as the Falcons should try to lean on the running game while White is out.

10/09/13, 06:53 PM CDT by Houdini

Julio Jones IS out for the rest of the season

According to Chris Mortensen Julio Jones is now confirmed out for the year. The news came through his twitter account @mortreport stating "Julio Jones will have surgery next week after Dr. Robert Anderson confirmed his fractured foot."

Pyro's take: This is the same foot Jones had surgery on in 2011, by Dr. Anderson. Harry Douglas should be considered in all leagues as he will be filling in for Julio Jones.


10/09/13, 05:27 PM CDT by Houdini

The Sphinx is hurt.

“Julio injured his foot last night. He saw our doctors this morning. He is going to have a second opinion tomorrow over in Charlotte, North Carolina. The first reports were not encouraging, but we will wait to see what the second opinion comes back as.” -Coach Mike Smith

Pyro's take: First off... F!!!

Second off... I hate that new turf these stadiums are using now (both indoor and outdoor), it's killing these players feet.

Third off... F!!!

I have him in all 4 of my leagues, and he's been a beast. It's an impossible void to fill, but like any owners out there, ya can't sulk - ya gotta figure it out.

This should help Roddy White and Harry Douglas bigtime fantasy points wise, as Julio has more catches than any other WR and is 2nd only to Jimmy Graham. I hope he can make it back this year, and it's nothing too serious. Love Julio as a person and a player.

10/08/13, 07:11 PM CDT by d-Rx

Steven Jackson out for week 5

Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson has been ruled out for Monday's game against the New York Jets because of a hamstring injury, coach Mike Smith said Saturday.

Smith held out hope that Jackson might recover in time to suit up. But the veteran running back was simply an observer at practice throughout the entire week.

Pyro's take: Well now it looks like you can peg week 7 after the Falcons bye for Jackson's return. This will give Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers another week to split the carries. Jackson had better come back with a vengeance when he returns to help ease the pain he has caused fantasy owners this season.

10/05/13, 01:29 PM CDT by Houdini

Roddy White still not 100%

In his quest to become 100 percent healthy from a high right ankle sprain, Falcons wide receiver Roddy White suffered a set back after playing extensively against New England.

He played his most action of the season against New England. He played 74 of 76 (97 percent) of the offensive snaps.

“Yeah, and I learned a very valuable lesson from that,” White said. “I ain’t where I need to be yet.”

Asked if he was 100 percent, White said, “I don’t know. I’ll tell you after the bye week.”

Pyro's take: This is troubling news for White owners as they would rather him just miss a game or two and come back 100%, instead of gutting it out and hurting his fantasy production. It looks like this may be another tough week for Roddy and that is just not the news we were looking for.

10/05/13, 12:49 PM CDT by Houdini


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