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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:30:41 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers was stopped on a fourth-and-1 run during the team's third preseason game, and heading into the preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, head coach Mike Smith said he wants to emphasize being able to run the ball effectively in obvious running situations.
Fantasy Tip: If Smith sticks to that plan during the year, it could lead to more chances for Steven Jackson around the goal line. Jackson is a risky pick because of all his recent injury issues, but if healthy, he will have a big role in the offense and RB2 upside. Consider scooping him up as a third running back if the injury concerns cause him to slide in your draft.
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:14:07 -0700
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians thinks the Atlanta Falcons will bounce back this year, and he is not looking forward to playing them in 2014. "I'm not looking forward it," Arians said. "I thought (general manager Thomas Dimitroff) and (head coach Mike Smith) did a great job of really securing their lines of scrimmage, which I know was their goal. I know that Matt (Ryan) is going to come back strong. I could see the Falcons bouncing back real big this year."
Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:58:35 -0700
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said LB Tim Dobbins may have to pick up some of the slack from players that have left the team. "He's going to have to pick up some of the slack that we lost with a guy that's leaving our team," Smith said. "Akeem (Dent) was a central part on special teams. Dobbins has been a good special teams player. He's probably played more special teams snaps than he has defensive snaps. He has a track record, both as a first, second and third-down player and as a fourth-down player."
Sun, 18 May 2014 07:54:18 -0700
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said WR Julio Jones (knee) would not be doing much during the offseason and the goal is to have him ready for training camp.
Fantasy Tip: It is wise for the team to take it slow with Jones at this point in the year. Barring a setback, Jones should be good to go in training camp.
Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:47:31 -0800
The Atlanta Falcons extended the contracts of president and chief executive officer Rich McKay, general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith Monday, Jan. 27. McKay signed a four-year deal that will run through May of 2019, while Dimitroff and Smith each signed one-year contracts. Financial terms of the deals weren't disclosed.
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:55:51 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said FS Thomas DeCoud (concussion) will practice Wednesday, Dec. 18, without contact. He is expected to play in Week 16.
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:51:18 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said he expects LB Sean Weatherspoon (knee) to practice at some point this week.
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:53:30 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said the team is preparing as if Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) will play Week 14.
Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:08:06 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff have been told by owner Arthur Blank that they will be back with the team next season.
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:27:04 -0800
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has expressed confidence in general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith despite the team's 2-8 record this season. "We love our head coach and we love our general manager," Blank said. "It's up to them to candidly look at everybody -- candidly, honestly, critically -- and see what we have to do. There should be nobody that escapes that critique. That's their job, and I have confidence they'll do it. And they are doing it. And they will do it."
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