Atlanta Falcons Wiretap

Falcons Retain Dan Quinn, Thomas Dimitroff For 2020

Dec 27, 2019 10:58 AM

The Atlanta Falcons will retain Dan Quinn as head coach and Thomas Dimitroff as general manager for the 2020 season.

The Falcons began the season 1-7, but are 5-2 over the past seven games and have defeated the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints on the road.

The Falcons announced Friday that Raheem Morris will be the team's defensive coordinator starting next year.

"You have to pick apart the word 'continuity.' Continuity for the sake of continuity is not necessarily a good thing. It depends on what you want to continue,'' Blank said in a video posted by the team. "In our case, we studied really hard the performance of the team during this year. Obviously the first half of the year, 1-7, not where we wanted to be. Horrific by any standard.

"But you look at the second half of the year, we're 5-2. The question really is for me, were the improvements that were made, were they significant enough and did they show enough of a trend line that I feel that there's reason to believe we can carry that kind of record and that kind of performance over to the year 2020?

"And my answer is 'yes' because essentially the players, we didn't come up with Superman the second half of the year. Same number of players, same quality of players, same individuals who were playing just as hard in the first half as the second half. But we put them in better positions to win."

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Lions, Falcons Had Extensive Devonta Freeman Trade Talks

Oct 30, 2019 10:51 AM

The Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons discussed a Devonta Freeman deal at length before the deadline.

The Falcons ultimately decided they wanted to keep Freeman. The Falcons signed Freeman to a five-year extension in 2017.

The Falcons are 1-7 this season while the Lions are 3-3.

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Falcons To Evaluate Dan Quinn Over Bye Week

Oct 28, 2019 9:28 AM

Arthur Blank plans to evaluate Dan Quinn's status over the next few weeks after the Atlanta Falcons' 1-7 start, but also stated he has no immediate plans to make a coaching change.

The Falcons have lost six straight games.

"I would say, much like the coaches said, I'm extraordinarily disappointed in the season,'' Blank said. "Nobody would have anticipated 1-7, and the lack of consistency. Today was a prime example of that. ... So, we'll take the next couple of weeks during this bye period of time and evaluate where we are. Whatever decision we have to make will be made for the right reasons for the long term.

"We certainly have a lot of intelligence on this coaching staff here. Besides Dan, we have [three] other head coaches [Dirk Koetter, Mike Mularkey and Raheem Morris]. We have three general managers in the building beyond Thomas [Dimitroff] -- actually four including Rich McKay. The knowledge base is here, but the performance is not. And this is a performance-driven business. I understand that. And they understand that as well. So we'll continue to look at everything we can and make the right decisions where we have to make them. I'm not bashful about making those decisions. In almost 20 years, I've had to [change coaches four] times, so I understand the responsibility that I have to the fans and to the sponsors and to the players and the coaches to put a winning team on the field. We're still committed to that 1,000 percent, and that's not going to change.''

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Matt Ryan Ruled Out By Falcons For Week 8

Oct 26, 2019 4:14 PM

Matt Ryan has been ruled out for the Atlanta Falcons' Week 8 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Matt Schaub will start in place of Ryan at quarterback.

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Julio Jones Interrupted Dan Quinn To Address Falcons After Loss

Oct 24, 2019 9:04 AM

Julio Jones leads with actions rather than words, but took a different route following the Atlanta Falcons' loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Jones interrupted Dan Quinn following the loss and told his teammates that the coach wasn't to blame for their 1-6 record.

"Everybody just sat there and watched," safety Ricardo Allen said. "He's a guy that when he speaks and he doesn't speak very often, everybody is going to listen. You see him and how much he was hurt, how frustrated and confused he is still, it's just like, that's when you know it's serious. You know that we need it from everybody around. We need it from every 1/11th that's on that field.

"No, everybody is not going to play like Julio. We are all not as talented as him. But you have to give as much feeling, as much emotion, as much passion as you can."

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Patriots Acquire Mohamed Sanu From Falcons For Second-Round Pick

Oct 22, 2019 8:53 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have traded Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots for a second-round draft pick, according to sources.

Sanu, 30, is in his eighth season and has 33 receptions for 313 yards and one touchdown in 2019.

Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett have all been on the injury report in recent weeks.

Sanu is under contract through next season.

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Matt Ryan To Undergo MRI To Determine Extent Of Ankle Injury

Oct 20, 2019 9:37 PM

Matt Ryan will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of his right ankle injury.

Ryan was in a walking boot on his right foot after the game in the locker room. 

Ryan endured five sacks, eight quarterback hits and three forced fumbles before Ryan exited the game.

Ryan left the game having completed 16 of 27 passes for 159 yards and one interception.

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Dan Quinn Has No Plans To Give Up Play-Calling

Oct 10, 2019 9:27 AM

Dan Quinn has no plans to give up defensive play-calling with the Atlanta Falcons.

He took over the responsibility this season in hopes of turning around a defense that was porous last year.

"My job is to fix it," Quinn said. "Moments like this are a reminder of why we coach and play, because we love it so much. But my ego would never be as big as the team. I always do what's best for the team. ... If I felt [giving up the play-calling] was best, trust me, I would have certainly done that. I know what we can do, we can do better. So that's kind of where my mind is.

"I recognize the question, for sure, when you're not achieving the results you have. But trust me on that one: My ego is never as big as the team. I will always do what's best for that. But at this time, I don't think that's where I'm at."

The Falcons currently rank tied for last in the NFL in sacks, 31st in points allowed, 30th in third-down percentage given up, and 23rd in total yards allowed through their 1-4 start to the season.

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Dan Quinn's Job As Head Coach Of Falcons Not In Jeopardy

Oct 6, 2019 8:33 PM

The Atlanta Falcons have begun the 2019 season with a 1-4 start, but Arthur Blank is not considering a coaching change of Dan Quin.

"No,'' Blank told ESPN when asked whether a coaching change is needed. "We've got a lot of football left. This staff has performed before. And my hope is they can fix what needs to be fixed and start winning some games.''

Quinn parted ways with all three coordinators last offseason, took over the defensive playcalling, and hired Dirk Koetter and Ben Kotwica as his offensive and special-teams coordinators, respectively.

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Falcons, Eagles Swap Defensive Players, Draft Picks

Oct 1, 2019 9:24 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have acquired safety Johnathan Cyprien from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for linebacker Duke Riley.

The teams also swapped picks with the Eagles receiving a 2020 sixth-round draft pick and sending out a 2020 seventh-round draft pick to the Falcons.

The Falcons lost their in-the-box safety when Keanu Neal suffered a season-ending left Achilles tear against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Falcons Fear First-Round Pick Chris Lindstrom Has Broken Foot

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Julio Jones Signs Fully Guaranteed Three-Year, $66M Extension

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Arthur Blank Optimistic Julio Jones Will Get New Deal

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Falcons Still Want To Sign Julio Jones To Extension Before Week 1

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Thomas Dimitroff: New Deal For Julio Jones 'Around The Corner'
The Falcons have repeatedly said they intend to pay Julio Jones, but a new deal remains unsigned.

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Julio Jones: 'Might Mess Around And Go' For 3,000 Yards
Calvin Johnson owns the single-season receiving record with 1,964 yards in 2012.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Falcons, DE Allen Bailey Agree Upon Two-Year, $10.5M Deal
Allen Bailey's contract will pay him $6 million this season, including $3.5 million guaranteed.

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Julio Jones Reports To Training Camp
Despite not having a long-term contract extension, Julio Jones reported to training camp with the Falcons.

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Falcons, Deion Jones Agree Upon Four-Year, $57M Extension
The Falcons and Deion Jones have reached an agreement on a four-year, $57 million extension that runs through the 2023 season.

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Falcons Looking For Austin Hooper To Go To 'Another Level'
Austin Hooper is coming off a Pro Bowl season, but the Falcons are hoping for even more from the tight end.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Grady Jarrett, Falcons Agree To Four-Year, $68M Extension
Grady Jarrett initially received the $15.209 million franchise tag from the Falcons.

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Julio Jones Won't Hold Out For New Deal
Julio Jones trusts Falcons owner Arthur Blank and says he won't sit out as he awaits a new contract.

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Falcons Confident Of Signing Julio Jones To Extension Before Camp
Julio Jones has two seasons remaining on his current contract with the Falcons.

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Patriots, Saints, Falcons, Bengals, Colts Interested In Gerald McCoy
Gerald McCoy and the Buccaneers parted ways this week.

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Scott Pioli Resigns As Falcons' Assistant GM
Scott Pioli did not specify which opportunities he plans to pursue.

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2019 NFL Draft First-Round Results
Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams kicked off the first round, but the Raiders started a trend of unpredictability by taking Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick.

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2019 NFL Mock Draft, Final Version
After months of film work and sourcing, Jeff Risdon's final mock draft for the 2019 NFL Draft is here.

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Grady Jarrett Signs $15.2M Franchise Tag With Falcons
The Falcons placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jarrett in March, just a few days before the 2015 fifth-round pick would have hit free agency.

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Falcons, Julio Jones Continues To Discuss Long-Term Deal
The Raiders have reset the market for wide receivers with their new deal for Antonio Brown.

D. Orlando Ledbetter/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

49ers Sign Tevin Coleman To Two-Year, $10M Deal
Coleman had 167 carries for 800 yards last season and also was widely featured as a receiver out of the backfield.

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