The Falcons have had a complete franchise turnaround under the triumvirate of GM Thomas Dimitroff, HC Mike Smith and QB Matt Ryan.After having a total of nine winning seasons in over 40 years, they have gone four for four under the new regime. However, they havent had a playoff win yet in their three playoff appearances, though they did lose to the eventual NFC champion all three times and the would-be NFL champion twice.The Falcons will make some changes to get over that hump, and while some of them may not be pleasant for the fans, they are necessary. So in this article, well keep track of all of the changes that go on this offseason.
via Atlanta Falcons Free Agency: Tracking 2012 Signings, Targets and Rumors | Bleacher Report | Bleacher Report.
I know this is not an Atlanta Falcons story about a former Falcon Player, but as a resident of Washington, DC as an Atlanta transplant, I had to post this story about the Hall of Famer Willie Wood. Growing up in Atlanta playing Pop Warner Football and High School Football at Northside High School during the 60’s and 70’s, Willie Wood was a mentor and outstanding NFL Player! This is my tribute to the player and the man, Willie Wood!
Willie Wood, a Hall of Fame safety for the Green Bay Packers, was honored Wednesday when a block in the Northwest neighborhood of his childhood was renamed for him.Friends & Family of Willie Wood, a support group for the 75-year-old Wood, who suffers from dementia and football injuries, lobbied city officials to add Wood’s name to the N Street NW block that meets a corner with First Street NW.
via NW block named for former NFL standout Willie Wood – D.C. Wire – The Washington Post.
Two more players that agree to terms bring Falcons from last season back into the mix for the 2012 season.
With the announcements of their agreements on Tuesday, Chris Redman and Harry Douglas will return to Atlanta and once again wear the Falcons red and black. While certainly not the splashiest of moves, the two play critical roles in the Falcons’ offense.The Falcons announced that free agents Chris Redman and Harry Douglas agreed to terms on new deals Tuesday night.
via Returning Home | Atlanta Falcons.
With starting middle linebacker Curtis Lofton set to hit free agency on March 13th the Atlanta Falcons are apparently making contingency plans in case the four-year veteran departs, signing veteran linebacker Lofa Tatupu to a two-year contract Saturday according to a tweet by NFL reporter Josina Anderson.
Josina Anderson @JosinaAnderson Update: NFL Sources: LB Lofa Tatupu has signed a two-year deal for a maximum value of $5.75 million with the Atlanta Falcons. 10 Mar 12
The 29-year-old Tatupu, who has played his entire career with the Seattle Seahawks, sat out the 2011 season while recovering from two knee surgeries, but the former USC standout has a fairly impressive NFL resume, with three Pro Bowl appearances in his six year career.
via Atlanta Falcons Rumors: Tatupu Signing May Mean Curtis Lofton’s Done in Atlanta | Bleacher Report.
According to his own twitter and Atlanta Falcons.com, Kroy Biermann is coming back to the Falcons. Rumors out there have it as a three-year, $9 million deal. This is excellent value for one of the key components to a defense that can get “10 guys with four sacks” as new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan puts it.Kroy Biermann is one of those intriguing guys because he doesn’t rack up sacks like you would expect him to with his burst off the edge and abnormal strength for a guy his size. However, he makes plays in both the run game and the pass game.
via Kroy Biermann Coming Back to the Falcons. John Abraham to Walk? | Bleacher Report.
Arian Foster signed a huge contract that leads everyone to believe that the Houston Texans are letting Mario Williams walk and go to any team he wants. There will obviously be a bidding war for his services and Mario could command a top dollar contract.Mario Williams is a 27-year-old defensive end and could bring in a youthful pass rusher who is an upgrade over John Abraham, and those are few and far between. However there are three big questions: Cap Space, Scheme Fit and Team personality fit.
via Atlanta Falcons Free Agency: Mario Williams Not Franchised: Is He Atlanta Bound? | Bleacher Report.
After the blockbuster trade for Julio Jones last year, the Atlanta Falcons don’t have that many options in the draft. The team does not select until the second round, and then has picks in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds.
This makes it all the more important that the team makes the best use of their draft picks as possible, and does not make mistakes in the process.
The Falcons have a lot of needs to be filled, and here are some players and value picks who should be at the top of their draft board to do that.
via 2012 NFL Draft: 5 Prospects Falcons Must Focus on.