Falcons Draft Bay Area Native Takkarist McKinley

With the No. 26 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons moved up from No. 31 to select linebacker Takkarist McKinley out of UCLA. “Fine me later” McKinley shouted during his interview in response to showing heartfelt emotion on stage. Finally, the promise McKinley had made to his late grandmother 30 seconds prior to her taking her final breaths in 2011 came into fruition as he shared that special moment of walking onto the stage to shake the commissioner’s hand with a portrait of her by his side. McKinley was raised by his grandmother Myrtle Collins in Richmond, Calif. after his mother abandoned him at the age of five and father was never in the picture since his birth. Continue reading

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The Pain and Agony One Month After Falcons’ Super Bowl Collapse

Mentally stuck day in and day out, but not quite to the extent of it being permanently and visually impairing as it sits on one’s backside. However, the score speaks for itself as the Falcons blowing away a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter is going to live on forever, including on this man’s tush. The largest comeback and an overtime battle for the Super Bowl. You can’t write this stuff. OK, maybe you can because the Patriots are involved.  Continue reading

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Coaching Changes (Part Two)

Replacing offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan seemed like it would be a tall task for Atlanta, but the team quickly shifted after the Super Bowl as the following week they announced his replacement, Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian will be making his jump to the NFL from the college ranks for the first time since 2004, when he was the quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders.  Continue reading

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Coaching Changes (Part One)

Turnovers happen on the field and off, and part of the process pertains to coaches coming and going. The Falcons have had the good fortune of reaching the Super Bowl in the second year of Dan Quinn’s tenure. Meanwhile, success as a staff can draw attraction from other teams, and the San Francisco 49ers, desperately, kept offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan on their radar after he lead the Falcons to a record-breaking offensive season.  Continue reading

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Four in a Row to End the Show

The Falcons concluded the regular season on a four-game winning streak with wins against the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. During that 4-0 stretch, Atlanta defeated its opponents by an average of 19.7 points while averaging 38.5 points per game.  Continue reading

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Falcons Free Agency Tracker: Week One

Highlighted by the latest addition of defensive tackle Dontari Poe, the Falcons also reached agreements with newcomers Andre Roberts and Jack Crawford. Roberts, a wide receiver and kick returner, last played with the Detroit Lions while linebacker Crawford was with the Dallas Cowboys. Atlanta also resigned six players through the first week of free agency, keeping the “brotherhood” intact for the most part momentarily. Continue reading

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Falcons Upgrade Defensive Line, Sign Free Agent Dontari Poe

A quiet first week to free agency for the Falcons proved to work out well as the patience led to the signing of two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dontari Poe on March 16. The former Kansas City Chief visited with the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins before opting to sign with Atlanta for a reported one-year, $8 million deal.  Continue reading

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