October 2019 - Atlanta Falcons Wiretap

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.

RealGM Staff Report

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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."

D. Orlando Ledbetter/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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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.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

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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.

D. Orlando Ledbetter/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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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.

Kevin Patra/NFL

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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.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

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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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