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Atlanta Falcons: Coordinators talk about their head coaching in…

Atlanta Falcons: Coordinators talk about their head coaching interviews

ajc.com Updated Jan 8, 2013
Mike Nolan, Mike Smith and Dirk Koetter (Curtis ) FLOWERY BRANCH - All of the Falcons’ coordinators have had interviews for head coaching positions. Special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong had interviews with Chicago, Kansas City and Philadelphia. K
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  • Atlanta Falcons: Russell Wilson’s game has the respect of Smith…

    Atlanta Falcons: Russell Wilson’s game has the respect of Smith, Nolan

    ajc.com Jan 8, 2013
    FLOWERY BRANCH - First, in order to give the Falcons’ defense a really good scouting look, quarterback Dominique Davis has to shrink four inches. The Falcons’ third-string quarterback is 6-foot-3, but he will impersonate the 5-11 Russell Wilson this
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  • Pekovic, Kirilenko lead Wolves over Hawks

    Pekovic, Kirilenko lead Wolves over Hawks

    ESPN.com nba.com Jan 8, 2013
    Nikola Pekovic had 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, Andrei Kirilenko added 21 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Atlanta Hawks, 108-103, on Tuesday night.
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  • Ricky Rubio’s Behind the Back Pass Leads to Three-Pointer

    Ricky Rubio’s Behind the Back Pass Leads to Three-Pointer

    dimemag.com Jan 8, 2013
    One of the NBA’s finest passers, Ricky Rubio, had an amazing behind the back dime to Derrick Williams who knocked down the three-point jumper in tonight’s matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks.
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  • Jaguars select Falcons' Caldwell as new GM

    Jaguars select Falcons' Caldwell as new GM

    The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to hire Atlanta director of player personnel Dave Caldwell as general manager, charging him with turning around one of the league's worst teams.
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  • Atlanta Falcons: David Caldwell named Jacksonville’s general ma…

    Atlanta Falcons: David Caldwell named Jacksonville’s general manager

    FLOWERY BRANCH - David Caldwell, the Falcons’ director of player personnel, accepted the position of general manager with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday. David Caldwell “Dave is a very bright, adept and organized talent evaluator,” Falcons ge
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  • Don't Bury Mike Shanahan At Wounded Knee

    Don't Bury Mike Shanahan At Wounded Knee

    deadspin.com Jan 8, 2013
    Three months ago, the head coach of a professional football team made a terrible, terrible decision. On Sept. 30, up by a point with less than two minutes to go, Carolina's Ron Rivera decided to punt the ball away to the Atlanta Falcons, even though it …
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  • Wizards owner says Wall might return Saturday

    Wizards owner says Wall might return Saturday

    CNNSI.com nba.com Jan 8, 2013
    WASHINGTON (AP) - John Wall could be making his season debut Saturday for the Washington Wizards after months of rehabbing his injured left knee.
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  • Asante Samuel at his best in postseason

    Asante Samuel at his best in postseason

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    One of the reasons the Atlanta Falcons traded for Asante Samuel back in the spring was because the veteran cornerback knows how to win. Samuel has been on two Super Bowl championship teams with New England and also spent time with Philadelphia. Samuel h…
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  • Playoff matchup: Falcons’ pass offense vs. Seahawks’ pass defen…

    Playoff matchup: Falcons’ pass offense vs. Seahawks’ pass defense

    ajc.com ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    eattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman (25) talks with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 24-23. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) FLOWERY BRANCH - Here is a look at how the Falc
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  • Suspended Rondo: Contact with ref incidental

    Suspended Rondo: Contact with ref incidental

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo said Tuesday he was simply making a joke with referee Rodney Mott when he bumped him in Saturday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.
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  • Atlanta Falcons playoffs rewind: Steve Bartkowski

    Atlanta Falcons playoffs rewind: Steve Bartkowski

    ajc.com Jan 8, 2013
    (Photo: Atlanta Falcons) Who: Falcons quarterback Steve Bartkowski What: NFC wild card playoff game, Eagles vs. Falcons When: Dec. 24, 1978 Where: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium Score: Falcons 14, Eagles 13 What happened: In their 13th season as an expan…
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  • The NBA Fined Danny Ferry $15,000 For Snitching On Rajon Rondo

    The NBA Fined Danny Ferry $15,000 For Snitching On Rajon Rondo

    deadspin.com Jan 8, 2013
    Rajon Rondo served a one-game suspension last night, because that's what Rajon Rondo does. The incident happened in the third quarter Saturday's win over Atlanta, when referee Rodney Mott whistled Rondo for a charge. Rondo freaked out a bit and approach…
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  • Around the NFC South

    Around the NFC South

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    Let's take a quick tour of the top headlines from around the division: ATLANTA FALCONS The Falcons may have a little edge on the Seahawks when it comes to preparation. The Falcons were off all last week and the coaching staff used that time to prepare f…
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  • Good omen for Falcons?

    Good omen for Falcons?

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    Here are some numbers that should be very encouraging for fans of the Atlanta Falcons. Quarterback Matt Ryan completed a league-best 68.6 percent of his passes in the 2012 season. That’s the 13th best completion percentage in history for quarterbacks th
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  • Atlanta Falcons: View from Seattle: Seahawks busting myths?

    Atlanta Falcons: View from Seattle: Seahawks busting myths?

    ajc.com Jan 8, 2013
    Did Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks bust some myths at Washington? (Mark Slocum/AP) The Seahawks won 24-14 at Washington on Sunday and, according to Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times, busted three “tired, outdated or just flat-out wrong” myths in th
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  • Video - Jaguars Name Falcons Director Of Player Personnel New GM 03:26

    Jaguars Name Falcons Director Of Player Personnel New GM

    Jan 8
    Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell has reached agreement on a deal to become the Jacksonville Jaguars' new general manager.
  • Video - Will Atlanta Falcons stop Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch? 01:18

    Will Atlanta Falcons stop Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch?

    Jan 8
    Will the Atlanta Falcons find a way to stop Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch? Heath Evans explains why the Falcons defense has a tough task ahead of them.
  • Video - Can Seahawks give Falcons WRs trouble? 02:21

    Can Seahawks give Falcons WRs trouble?

    Jan 8
    The dangerous receiving corps of the Atlanta Falcons will take on the big and physical secondary of the Seattle Seahawks. So which side of the ball will prevail? Solomon Wilcots and Charley Casserly give their answers.
  • Video - NFC Road Team With Best Chance To Win 02:34

    NFC Road Team With Best Chance To Win

    Jan 8
    Mark Schlereth, Herm Edwards and Eric Mangini discuss which NFC road team has the best chance to win this weekend.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Marrone appears to have right pedigree to turn around Bills; m…

    Jan 8
    I don't know if Doug Marrone will win in Buffalo. No one does. He probably needs a new quarterback. He has to figure out why a defense that should have been top 10 in the NFL this year let everyone down and finished 22nd in yards allowed and a mind-bogg…
  • Don Banks: My best and worst preseason NFL predictions

    Jan 8
    When it comes to NFL predictions, I have a favorite credo that I trot out from time to time to remind myself what we're up against in this business: It's the NFL, nobody knows anything, and if they say they do, they're lying. I would imagine the coachin…
  • Coast to Coast - Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics issues

    Jan 8
    We discuss two storied franchises having disappointing seasons.