Falcons fire two defensive coaches

Feb 9, 2017

Falcons fire two defensive coaches

After squandering a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl, the Atlanta Falcons are shaking up their defensive staff. The team said Wednesday that coach Dan Quinn has dismissed coordinator Richard Smith and defensive line coach Bryan Cox, though there’s a chance Smith could stay ...

Falcons begin process of getting over Super Bowl loss

Feb 8, 2017

Falcons begin process of getting over Super Bowl loss

Sean Weatherspoon walked through the Atlanta Falcons locker room, shouting out to no one in particular. “Hey, y’all don’t forget about the good times!” he yelled, managing a big smile. There were a few chuckles, but it wasn’t enough to change the mood. The ...

Falcons hire Sarkisian as new offensive coordinator

Feb 8, 2017

Falcons hire Sarkisian as new offensive coordinator

After only one game as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian is heading to the NFL. To work with MVP quarterback Matt Ryan and the league’s highest-scoring offense, no less. Less than 24 hours after Kyle Shanahan left to become head coach of the San ...

Feb 7, 2017

Boston Globe early editions say Patriots lost Super Bowl

It wasn’t exactly “Dewey Defeats Truman,” but some Florida readers of The Boston Globe learned a different Super Bowl outcome than most on Monday morning. Early editions of New England’s largest newspaper ran a front page suggesting the Patriots lost to the Atlanta Falcons ...

Ryan, Quinn reflect on agonizing defeat

Feb 6, 2017

Ryan, Quinn reflect on agonizing defeat

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan admitted his team was struggling to come to terms with its shattering Super Bowl loss on Sunday after the New England Patriots’ remarkable comeback victory. The Falcons appeared to be surging to their first Super Bowl win after leading ...

Falcons quarterback Ryan named NFL MVP

Feb 5, 2017

Falcons quarterback Ryan named NFL MVP

Matt Ryan and the Dallas Cowboys were big winners Saturday night. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback was voted The Associated Press 2016 NFL’s Most Valuable Player and top offensive player. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott took Offensive Rookie of the Year and Jason Garrett was selected ...

Feb 4, 2017

Quarterback Vick says he's retiring

Michael Vick, who rose to stardom with the Atlanta Falcons before he was sent to prison for running a dogfighting operation, told ESPN he is retiring from the NFL. The 36-year-old Vick, a dynamic dual threat with his speedy legs and powerful left arm, ...

Patriots favored to win 5th title

Feb 4, 2017

Patriots favored to win 5th title

An NFL season that began with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension ends with him in the Super Bowl, where his New England Patriots take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The oddsmakers have Brady and the Patriots three-point favorites, which ...

Falcons' Freeney has chance to go out on top

Feb 1, 2017

Falcons' Freeney has chance to go out on top

Dwight Freeney is coming up on that time of year when he has to answer some hard questions. How does his body feel? Can he still be effective at what he does? Is the motivation to succeed as strong as ever? Once he completes ...

Super Bowl opening night tamer than usual

Jan 31, 2017

Super Bowl opening night tamer than usual

A man traipsing around Monday’s Super Bowl opening night in a full-length gown declaring himself “The Empress of Austria, Elizabeth I” was the most outrageous guest at what was a rather tame media night compared to the circus this event has been in the ...

Patriots get to work preparing to face Falcons in Super Bowl

Jan 25, 2017

Patriots get to work preparing to face Falcons in Super Bowl

Bill Belichick is on to the Atlanta Falcons. After taking a day to review and recharge following his team’s AFC championship game win over Pittsburgh, the New England coach said Tuesday that the coaching staff’s preparations are fully under way for the Super Bowl. ...