Atlanta Falcons Wiretap

Falcons Foresee More Red Zone Targets For Julio Jones

Mar 6, 2017 8:17 AM

While speaking about the NFL combine, Dan Quinn said that he foresees Julio Jones getting more attention in the red zone next season.

The Falcons were very efficient on offense in 2016, but some minor tweaks may be made.

"Certainly, when players have unique stuff, they sometimes get a lot of attention, and the red zone is one of those ways," Quinn said of Jones. "As long as the production is where we'd like it to be. Every play that's going to Julio is generally a pretty good play, in my opinion."

"But when there's opportunities based on the coverage going a certain way for other guys who are singled to get open, I'm comfortable with that, too. As we go through the offseason, for sure, that's going to be a spot to say, 'Can he become even more involved in what we do?' Fortunately for us, we've got some weapons at a number of different spots: at tight end, running back, the other spots at receivers (who can) attack."

Jones received 11 red zone targets last season, according to NFL Savant. 77 players received more looks in the red zone.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Misc Rumor

Negotiations Between Falcons, Desmond Trufant Gaining Momentum

Mar 6, 2017 7:59 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have made signing Desmond Trufant to a contract extension a priority and they have been spending time negotiating towards one.

The Falcons negotiated with Trufant's representatives in Indianapolis during the combine.

"Our next major move is going to be Desmond [Trufant]," Thomas Dimitroff said. "Once we get that done, we have the next tier of guys that we are going to get finalized. Then we'll keep our eyes open in free agency."

Trufant's working on the fifth-year option of his rookie deal, but they want to extend him now.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Julio Jones Reportedly May Have Foot Surgery

Mar 3, 2017 4:21 PM

Julio Jones is set to meet with Dr. Robert Anderson on Monday to evaluate the foot/toe injury he dealt with during the 2016 season.

Dr. Anderson is a foot specialist based in Charlotte.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Jones will be having a minor surgery, while ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports that no decision on a procedure has been made.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Injury, Misc Rumor

Kyle Shanahan May Bring Jacob Tamme To San Francisco

Feb 20, 2017 7:46 AM

After catching 22 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns with the Atlanta Falcons, Jacob Tamme is a free agent.

There is a strong possibility Tamme will follow Kyle Shanahan to the San Francisco 49ers.

"I love being a Falcon, love my teammates, love what we have going on here in this organization," Tamme said. "I'm interested to see what the future holds."


Tags: Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Falcons Considering Marquand Manuel As Defensive Coordinator

Feb 8, 2017 9:07 AM

The Atlanta Falcons are considering secondary coach Marquand Manuel as their next defensive coordinator, according to sources.

The team has confirmed that they would not retain defensive coordinator Richard Smith or defensive line coach Bryan Cox.

Manuel, who played eight seasons at strong safety, has been praised by Dan Quinn for his hands-on approach in developing the secondary.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Misc Rumor

Rams To Hire Matt LaFleur As Offensive Coordinator

Feb 7, 2017 12:55 PM

Matt LaFleur is expected to leave the Atlanta Falcons to become offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams.

LaFleur had been quarterbacks coach but Steve Sarkisian will replace Kyle Shanahan as the Falcons' offensive coordinator.

LaFleur previously worked with Sean McVay with Washington.

McVay views LaFleur as capable of helping him implement his offense and teaching former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff how to excel in the NFL game.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor

Steve Sarkisian Hired By Falcons As Offensive Coordinator

Feb 7, 2017 11:46 AM

Steve Sarkisian will replace Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons.

Sarkisian was previously a head coach at Washington and USC before he was fired amid alcohol issues.

Sarkisian was hired last season by Alabama.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Misc Rumor

Chip Kelly Could Be Candidate For Falcons' OC Job

Feb 7, 2017 8:15 AM

With Kyle Shanahan leaving to become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, the Atlanta Falcons are in need of a new offensive coordinator.

Chip Kelly could be a candidate to lead Atlanta's offense, according to a report.

Kelly reportedly would have to agree to retain the system Shanahan ran as the Falcons won the NFC Championship and set franchise records on offense.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Misc Rumor

Super Bowl LI Sets Betting Records In Nevada

Feb 7, 2017 8:02 AM

More money was bet on Super Bowl LI at Nevada sportsbooks than any other Super Bowl in history.

The state's gaming control board revealed on Monday that books won $10.93 million off of a record $138.48 million in wagers.

The $138.48 million wagered beats last year's record mark of $132.54 million. The books held 7.9 percent of the amount wagered and recorded their seventh-most lucrative Super Bowl ever.

The New England Patriots covered as 3-point favorites, and the game went over the consensus closing total of 57.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, Misc Rumor

Kyle Shanahan Hired As Head Coach Of 49ers

Feb 6, 2017 9:47 PM

Kyle Shanahan has accepted the San Francisco 49ers' head coaching job.

“This is a very exciting day for the San Francisco 49ers and our fans,” said 49ers CEO Jed York. “Throughout this process, we learned many things about Kyle that convinced us he is the perfect coach to lead this team. Over the years, he has proven to be one of the brightest minds in the game of football and his recent success speaks for itself. Kyle’s leadership has brought the best out of his players at every phase of his career and we look forward to watching him build a talented staff to accomplish the same with our players.

“Kyle and John (Lynch) are top-tier, football men with outstanding pedigrees who join the organization with a tremendous amount of respect for each other. The future of this franchise will be constructed from their vision, and we look forward to watching them work together for years to come as they instill the culture necessary to consistently compete for championships.”

“It is truly an honor to be named head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, one of the marquee franchises in all of sports,” said Shanahan. “I must thank Jed and the York family for entrusting me with this great privilege and tremendous opportunity. I would also like to express my gratitude to Arthur Blank, Dan Quinn and the Atlanta Falcons organization for their support and the experience of a lifetime.

“As a young man, I had the unique benefit of being exposed to the storied history of the San Francisco 49ers firsthand. From that exposure, I developed great respect for those who created a world-class, championship standard. As this team begins the task of reestablishing that standard, I could not ask for a better partner than John Lynch. He is a man who certainly has personal knowledge of what championship organizations look like. John and I look forward to establishing a strong culture that will serve as our foundation for constructing this team.

“I am very excited to dedicate myself to the process that lies ahead. The first step in that process is identifying talented individuals who love the game of football as much as John and I do – coaches, players and staff. We are looking for individuals who work hard and are dedicated to doing things the right way, always in the best interest of the team. Most importantly, we want to give our fans a team they can be proud of on and off the field.”

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

Kyle Shanahan To Accept 49ers' Head Coaching Job
Kyle Shanahan was not able to accept a contract offer from the 49ers until after the Falcons' postseason run concluded.

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Dan Quinn Believes Falcons 'Ran Out Of Gas'
The Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to win 34-28 in overtime.

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Patriots Win Super Bowl LI Erasing 25-Point Deficit
Tom Brady, who was named MVP, went 43-for-62 for 466 yards and two touchdowns.

RealGM Staff Report

Matt Ryan Beats Out Tom Brady To Win 2016 NFL MVP
Matt Ryan received 25 votes for MVP while Tom Brady finished second with 10.

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Matt Ryan Named 2016 AP Offensive Player Of The Year
Matt Ryan drew 15 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members, beating out Aaron Rodgers.


Michael Vick Officially Retires From NFL
Michael Vick didn't play during the 2016 season.

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Patriots Have Two Receivers Playing Julio Jones Role On Scout Team
The Patriots have placed such a high priority on stopping Julio Jones in the Super Bowl that they have two receivers playing his role on the scout team.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

NFL Continues To Sanitize Super Bowl Transcripts
Reporters asked members of the Patriots and the Falcons a number of questions about Donald Trump and Roger Goodell during Monday's media availability.

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Matt Ryan Sought Out Advice From Peyton And Eli Manning
Matt Ryan spoke with Peyton Manning last week about how to prepare for Super Bowl week.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Reporter Accidentally Takes Kyle Shanahan's Playbook
After Kyle Shanahan's Super Bowl media night session on Monday, the Falcons offensive coordinator had his backpack accidentally taken by a reporter.

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Agent: Devonta Freeman Should Be Paid Like Elite RB
Devonta Freeman has been selected to the Pro Bowl each of the past two seasons.


Dimitroff Has Implemented Some 'Patriot Way' Elements With Falcons
Thomas Dimitroff was the Patriots' director of college scouting (2003-2007).

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Kyle Shanahan: Patriots Have Best Defense Falcons Have Seen
Kyle Shanahan built the NFL's top-scoring offense in Atlanta this season, but says the Super Bowl will bring a challenge unlike the Falcons have seen.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Arthur Blank Plans To Send All Falcons Employees To Super Bowl
The Falcons employ about 500 people.

Michael Cunningham/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kyle Shanahan To Have Second Meeting With 49ers On Saturday
Kyle Shanahan will meet with the 49ers to discuss their head coaching vacancy for the second time on Saturday.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tom Brady, Matt Ryan Communicate Regularly Via Text Message
Tom Brady and Matt Ryan, who will face off in Super Bowl LI, communicate regularly with each other.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Patriots Open As 3-Point Favorites Against Falcons
The Patriots are favored to win Super Bowl LI against the Falcons.

David Purdum/ESPN

49ers To Offer Head Coaching Job To Kyle Shanahan
Kyle Shanahan is in his second year as offensive coordinator with the Falcons.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Roger Goodell Continues To Avoid Gillette Stadium
Roger Goodell hasn't attended a game in New England since the 2014 playoffs and the subsequent multi-year Deflategate battle.

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49ers 'Honing In' On Kyle Shanahan As Josh McDaniels Withdraws Name
Kyle Shanahan is currently offensive coordinator of the Falcons.

Adam Schefter/ESPN