Pro Football Talk "The Pro Football Hall of Fame cleared the decks of a number of finalists who had been debated for years, as they ushered in an eight-man class to Canton Saturday night. First-year eligible linebacker Junior Seau was elected to the Hall of Fame, along with running back Jerome Bettis, defensive..." January 31
Pro Football Talk "The worst-kept secret in the NFL will no longer be a secret in a few days. Per multiple sources, the Falcons currently plan to name Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn the new head coach in Atlanta. Quinn, 44, succeeded Gus Bradley in 2013. He came from the University of Florida, where..." January 31
SB Nation "The league is still considering reducing the width of the goal post and will review the "Calvin Johnson Rule" this offseason. The NFL competition committee will examine reducing the width of the goal post uprights this offseason, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Each year the..." January 30
USA Today "For the first time, the NFL Players Association plans to issue its own projections for the 2015 salary cap to counter what it perceives as deflated league projections that can impact teams' budgeting and, in turn, hold down spending. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith made the..." January 30
Tampa Tribune "Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris will soon be game-planning against his former team twice a year. Morris, who led the Bucs from 2009 to 2011, has accepted an offer to be the assistant head coach/passing defense coach with the Atlanta Falcons, according to NFL.com. The..." January 28
Pro Football Talk "Boy, to listen to Seattle players talk about defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, it’s almost like he already has a job or something. Oh, wait, he does, it just hasn’t been announced. The wink-nod reality that Quinn is going to be the new boss in Atlanta (though he technically can’t agree to a..." January 26
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Former Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris is set to accept a position with the Atlanta Falcons, according to the Washington Post. Morris, 38, currently Washington’s defensive backs coach, is scheduled to interview with the Falcons for a hybrid assistant-defensive coordinator position under new..." January 26
Pro Football Talk "The Falcons are believed to be waiting for the Seahawks to finish the Super Bowl so that they can go ahead and hire Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as their next head coach, but that hasn’t stopped them from moving forward with other coaching moves. They’ve decided on Kyle Shanahan as..." January 25
Source says Falcons are interested in Raheem Morris and have requested to interview him.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Kyle Shanahan has agreed to become offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, according to several media reports including Mary Kay Cabot’s of The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com. Shanahan, 35, the son of former long-time NFL head coach Mike Shanahan, resigned as offensive..." January 20
Pro Football Talk "A Boston College product will replace New England’s star passer in the Pro Bowl. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been added to the Pro Bowl roster, the club said Monday night. He takes the place of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who will not play in Sunday’s all-star game with New England..." January 19
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Even if the Falcons have to wait two weeks to officially hire their next head coach, it doesn’t mean they really have to wait two weeks to … well, unofficially hire their next head coach. Seattle’s improbable, 28-22 come-from-behind overtime win over Green Bay in the NFC championship Sunday..." January 19
Pro Football Talk "With five coaching vacancies filled and a sixth one pegged for Gary Kubiak, one remains open: The Falcons. It may not be open for long. If the Packers upset the Seahawks on Sunday, Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn could have the job by the middle of the week. Even if the Seahawks win,..." January 18
Nice score for the Raiders: Mike Tice coming over from Falcons to coach o line...
The Falcoholic "league source has confirmed to me that Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who has been identified in recent days as one of the Falcons' top targets to fill their head coach vacancy, is likely to be the Falcons' new coach whenever the Seattle Seahawks' playoff run ends. Don't expect the..." January 16
If Jack Del Rio gets hired as #Raiders coach, fired Falcons head coach Mike Smith is Del Rio's top choice as defensive coordinator.
Dan Quinn wants Falcons head coaching job per source. Now, can Atlanta wait?
Pro Football Talk "The Atlanta Falcons had appeared to be zeroing in on a pair of candidates for their head coaching vacancy. Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn were two candidates that seemed to be high on Atlanta’s list. The Falcons can cross..." January 14
SB Nation "With McDaniels and Rex Ryan off the table, Atlanta has reportedly set its sights on the Cardinals defensive coordinator. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is expected to stay put in New England, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. McDaniels has..." January 13
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who’s has moved to the forefront of the Atlanta Falcons’ coaching search, has a second interview with the team scheduled for Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the search. Bowles interviewed with the Falcons on Saturday and is now..." January 12
Pro Football Talk "At a time when it was widely believed that Rex Ryans’ first choice was the Falcons, it turned out that Ryan wanted to make a choice before the Falcons were ready to make a decision. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Rex was in a rush to get his situation resolved. And that..." January 12
ESPN.com "Atlanta Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews, who came on strong to end his rookie season, is recovering from a Lisfranc foot injury, according to multiple sources. Matthews suffered the injury in the team's 34-3 season-ending loss to the Carolina Panthers. He played 61 offensive snaps in that..." January 10
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons are set to interview Todd Bowles, one of the leading candidates to replace head coach Mike Smith, today. His interview was pushed after the death and funeral for Molly Blank, the mother of Falcons owner Arthur Blank. However, he’s been on the team’s radar from the outset of the..." January 10
The #Falcons plan on bringing in finalists for another round of interviews, and my understanding is Rex Ryan will be among them.
NFL.com "The Atlanta Falcons today announced a restructuring of its player personnel department, which is effective today. The changes are designed to provide a more intense focus on pro and college scouting efforts, play on the strengths of individuals in the two departments, and ensure the highest..." January 07
Seattle DC Dan Quinn will interview with the Bills and Falcons today. That will be 5 interviews total (every opening except OAK)
Bengals off. coordinator Hue Jackson expected to be head coaching candidate for Bills, maybe Falcons, source says. Can interview next week.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is interviewing with the Falcons today, and will interview with the 49ers tomorrow, per source
Pro Football Talk "Via USA Today and NFL.com, here is the first-team All-Pro squad as announced by The Associated Press on Friday. Fifty NFL writers compose the AP’s voting panel: OFFENSE Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay. Running back: DeMarco Murray, Dallas; Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh. Fullback: John..." January 02
Fox Sports "Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is expected to interview for the same position this weekend with Tampa Bay, a source told FOX Sports. Koetter is considered a strong candidate to replace Jeff Tedford, who left the Buccaneers to become head coach of the CFL's B.C. Lions...." January 01
Broncos OC Adam Gase is scheduled to interview Friday and Saturday for HC jobs with the 49ers, Falcons and Bears, per league source.
Those two teams that the Rex Ryan is interviewing with next week: 49ers and Falcons, per sources. #nyj
NESN "Josh McDaniels has a busy week in front of him. On top of self-scouting the New England Patriots and getting his offense ready for an unknown playoff opponent, McDaniels has agreed to interview with the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons for their open head-coaching positions, CBS Sports’..." December 31
Falcons have requested to interview Lions DC Teryl Austin, Broncos OC Adam Gase, Pats OC Josh McDaniels, Seahawks DC Dan Quinn, per source.
Falcons and 49ers requested permission to interview Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, per league source.
Cat Scratch Reader "The Carolina Panthers 2014 season has been one for the books. It has been as up-and-down as Kelvin Benjamin’s catching ability. As dramatic as Josh Norman’s turnaround. As shocking as the offensive lines and defensive lines’ comeback. And as miraculous as Cam Newton’s healing after a..." December 29
The Falcons will also speak to Detroit DC Teryl Austin when that becomes possible. Add him to the list of know candidates
Pro Football Talk "And then there were four. With the Raiders, 49ers, and Jets jobs open, add Atlanta to the mix. The Falcons have announced that coach Mike Smith has been released from his contract. “Smitty’s contributions to our club, team and city over the last seven years are numerous,” owner Arthur Blank..." December 29
Pro Football Talk "With the NFC South on the line, the Falcons will be at full strength at wide receiver today against the Panthers. But the Falcons’ running game will be at less than full strength. Falcons receiver Julio Jones will play today, but running back Steven Jackson will not, Albert Breer of NFL Network..." December 28
ESPN.com "Running back DeAngelo Williams is listed as probable for Sunday's NFC South showdown against the Atlanta Falcons, but the Carolina Panthers will start Jonathan Stewart for the fourth straight game. If Williams plays after missing the past three games with a fractured right hand, it will be the..." December 26
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Rookie running back Devonta Freeman believes he’s ready to take over the rushing load if Steven Jackson does not play against the Carolina Panthers. “I definitely feel comfortable because I practice every day,” Freeman said. “I try to practice as if I’m the starter every day even though I’m not..." December 26
Expect Jacquizz Rodgers to start at RB for Falcons, depending on formation, of course. Already reported Steven Jackson (quad) not playing.
Philly.com "NEEDLESS TO SAY, the Eagles' starting defensive secondary next September will look very different from the one that lined up against Washington last week. There's a good possibility safety Malcolm Jenkins will be the only returnee from a not-so-fab four that has given up the league's..." December 26