Player News - Falcons

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the team needs to improve its turnover margin to reach the playoffs.

"Until we get our football right, in terms of our turnover margin and the way we want to ballhawk it and take care of it offensively," said Quinn, "We won’t be as good as we can get." Atlanta's 2015 defense did a decent job forcing turnovers, but Matt Ryan threw 16 interceptions and the offense turned the ball over 30 times en route to a -7 turnover differential. The Seahawks were always near the top of turnover margin when Quinn was in Seattle, mostly because the offense limited giveaways.
Feb 1 - 12:08 PM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff gave Roddy White a tepid endorsement at Thursday's presser.

"White is under contract," Dimitroff accurately pointed out. "We've made no final decisions on anyone as far as moving on from people or redoing contracts." In other words, White will have to take a major pay-cut to save his roster spot, and even that might not be enough. White has already said he won't slash his $4.25 million salary despite the fact that he's coming off three down seasons in a row. A divorce is quite possible, if not probable.
Jan 28 - 3:50 PM

Profootballtalk reports ex-Titans GM Ruston Webster is joining the Falcons' front office.

As is ex-Bears GM Phil Emery. They're being hired as "national scouts." The Titans let Webster's contract expire at the end of the season. Webster appeared completely out of his depth during his four years in Tennessee, but was dealing with a bizarre ownership situation. Webster has over 25 years of personnel experience. The Falcons are trying to restock one of the league's barest cupboards, and have five GMs/ex-GMs on the job, with Thomas Dimitroff, Scott Pioli and Billy Devaney joining Webster and Emery.
Jan 26 - 1:54 PM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Falcons have added ex-Bears GM Phil Emery to their scouting and personnel department.

It's a return to Atlanta for Emery, who was the Falcons' director of college scouting from 2004-08. The Falcons suddenly have a lot of cooks in the front office kitchen. Emery was doomed in Chicago by striking out on most of his big decisions.
Jan 26 - 1:30 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn praised Roddy White as a "competitor and leader."

Quinn went on to say White's veteran presence could help new WRs coach Raheem Morris transition from defense to offense. "Can you learn from players? I think you definitely can," Quinn said. "I think the learning, it never stops, man. And I think that's why Roddy's so fired up to roll, too. And he's so jacked to make his mark on the position as well." There has been speculation White and his $6.1 million cap hit will not be back with the Falcons, but these comments make it seem like he is in the team's plans even if Quinn was quick to add the evaluation process is ongoing. White has said he will not accept a pay cut to stay in Atlanta.
Source: ESPN
Jan 26 - 10:03 AM

Falcons RE Vic Beasley will not need surgery on the torn labrum in his shoulder.

Beasley says he played through the injury his entire rookie season, but it'll presumably heal with rest. The No. 8 overall pick in last April's draft, Beasley was easily Atlanta's top pass rusher as a rookie despite managing only four sacks in 16 starts. He did force two fumbles and earned PFF's No. 14 overall pass-rushing grade among 48 qualified 4-3 defensive ends. The Falcons will be looking for Beasley to take a big second-year leap.
Jan 25 - 3:58 PM

Falcons have shifted DBs coach Raheem Morris to wide receivers coach.

The move clears the way for ex-Cowboys assistant Jerome Henderson to coach defensive backs. Technically, Henderson's title will be "passing game coordinator on defense." The ex-coach of the Bucs, Morris has never coached offense in his 18-year career. That includes college. It's an odd move.
Jan 24 - 5:05 PM

Marquand Manuel will stay on as the Falcons DBs coach next season.

Manuel was interviewed for the Jaguars' defensive coordinator position and was ultimately offered a passing-game coordinator job with the team, but he decided to stay in Atlanta. Having coached up Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, Manuel should be on the short list for coordinator jobs in the next cycle.
Jan 23 - 10:42 AM

Updating a previous item, the Falcons announced Cowboys DBs coach Jerome Henderson is not interviewing for their defensive-coordinator job, but a different position on the staff.

Atlanta additionally announced DC Richard Smith will remain the defensive coordinator. Henderson is likely interviewing for the DBs coach job and possibly a promotion that comes with the assistant head coach title added to it.
Jan 22 - 11:41 AM

The Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reports Cowboys DBs coach Jerome Henderson will interview for the Falcons' defensive-coordinator job on Friday.

The Falcons are apparently open to replacing DC Richard Smith, though they've yet to fire or reassign him. Coach Dan Quinn is the overseer of the defense, but Smith's unit was 16th in total defense, 18th against the pass, and 14th against the run. If we dive deeper, however, Atlanta gave up the most rushing touchdowns and recorded the fewest sacks. Quinn and Henderson worked together with the Jets.
Jan 22 - 10:54 AM

Cowboys DBs coach Jerome Henderson will interview for the Jaguars' defensive coordinator job.

Henderson previously interviewed for the Browns' head coaching job but was passed over in favor of Hue Jackson. The Jags have been searching for a replacement for Bob Babich, who was fired after the season. Jim Schwartz interviewed with Jacksonville on Monday but isn't an option anymore after accepting the Eagles' defensive coordinator position.
Jan 19 - 3:44 PM

Falcons KR/WR Devin Hester will be sidelined 3-6 months after undergoing toe surgery last week.

He should be ready for training camp, but the toe gave Hester fits all season long. He missed the first 11 games with turf toe before being activated off short-term I.R. in December. Hester's surgery repaired a broken sesamoid bone. At age 33, Hester is a release candidate at his $3.5 million salary.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 19 - 1:43 AM

Falcons fired director of player personnel Lionel Vital.

Vital was bandied about as a GM candidate a few offseasons back, but nothing ever materialized. He lost out in a power struggle after Scott Pioli joined forces with Thomas Dimitroff under Arthur Blank.
Jan 17 - 5:21 PM

Falcons DBs coach Marquand Manuel will interview for the Jaguars defensive coordinator vacancy.

Jacksonville fired Bob Babich last week. Manuel played safety for eight seasons in the NFL before joining the coaching ranks in 2012. Manuel coached with Jags coach Gus Bradley for a year in Seattle and has been in the same defensive system his entire coaching career. With Bradley expected to take on a bigger role on defense next season, he can afford to hire a less experienced coordinator like Manuel.
Jan 9 - 12:26 PM

Falcons owner Arthur Blank said the team will retain GM Thomas Dimitroff.

"There is very good alignment between [coach Dan Quinn] and Thomas on the direction we need to go to improve our team," Blank said in a statement, "and I believe maintaining the continuity of that relationship, with [assistant GM] Scott Pioli continuing to assist Thomas, is the right way forward." Blank added there will be a "number of changes" to the personnel department. Dimitroff had many of his duties stripped last season, but he, Quinn and Pioli seem to have a good working relationship. Dimitroff has been with the Falcons since 2008.
Jan 8 - 10:22 AM


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