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Falcons’ return home spoiled by Browns in 26-24 defeat

 

Despite the loss, the Falcons are miraculously still in first place in the NFC South. (Brynn Anderson)

Despite the loss, the Falcons are miraculously still in first place in the NFC South. (Brynn Anderson)

I took more time than usual to put this recap together because I couldn’t figure out what to say about this Atlanta Falcons team.

And it’s not as if there’s a shortage of things to say. Any unflattering adjective fits the bill.

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Atlanta Falcons vs Cleveland Browns Preview

Desmond Trufant is expected to shadow Josh Gordon. (Mike McCarn)

Desmond Trufant is expected to shadow Cleveland’s Josh Gordon. (Mike McCarn)

The Atlanta Falcons haven’t played a true home game at the Georgia Dome in six weeks.

But on Sunday, they return home to host the 6-4 Cleveland Browns.

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Terry Robiskie Promoted to Falcons Assistant Head Coach

Terry Robiskie's promotion ensures another team can't steal him away from the Falcons. (Bill Feig)

Terry Robiskie’s promotion ensures another team can’t steal him away from the Falcons. (Bill Feig)

The Atlanta Falcons have announced have promoted wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie to the assistant head coach position.

Prior to coming to Atlanta, Robiskie served as the wide receivers coach for the Miami Dolphins. He was hired by the Falcons in 2008 to fill the same position, and he was instrumental in the development of Roddy White and now third-year receiver Julio Jones. Last season, Jones and White combined for a league-best 2,549 receiving yards on 171 catches. The duo also totaled 17 touchdowns.

Robiskie has been an NFL assistant for 31 years, including interim head coach stints with the Cleveland Browns in 2004 and the Washington Redskins in 2000.

The promotion is undoubtedly deserved for Robiskie.

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Brent Grimes Signs With Dolphins; Falcons in Market for Cornerback

Brent Grimes' departure leaves the Falcons with a need at cornerback. (Scott Cunningham)

Brent Grimes’ departure leaves the Falcons with a need at cornerback. (Scott Cunningham)

Former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes has agreed to a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. The deal is worth $5.5 million, and quite frankly, that’s a nice deal for Grimes.

Grimes will be 30 years old in July and he’s coming off an Achilles injury he suffered in the season opener last year. When healthy, he’s undoubtedly one of the best cornerbacks in the league. However, it’s a risky investment considering his age and injury.

The Falcons likely set an amount they were willing to pay Grimes, and he felt he could get a better deal elsewhere. The amount the Dolphins gave to Grimes was clearly out of the Falcons’ range, especially after the recent signing of defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

Grimes’ departure means the current starters at cornerback are Asante Samuel and Robert McClain. Dunta Robinson was released before free agency began, and Chris Owens signed with the Cleveland Browns. Unless the Falcons believe McClain will play the outside as well as he’s played inside when on the field, the void at cornerback will likely be addressed through the upcoming draft.

Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant is the name I’ve seen often falling to the Falcons in mock drafts. He also visited with the Falcons yesterday, so he’s clearly on their radar.

As a undrafted, undersized free agent out of Shippensburg, Grimes had to prove himself to NFL teams. He got his chance with the Falcons, and it’s good to see him get money he worked hard for. He’ll be a fine addition to the Dolphins’ secondary.

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Falcons Could Lose Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter

The Atlanta Falcons’ decision to hire the former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator was questioned by many. Dirk Koetter’s offense was one of the league’s worst, but that was evidently in large part to the lack of talent.

After turning the Falcons into one of the league’s best offenses and helping Matt Ryan turn in his best season to date, Koetter has become a hot commodity.

The offensive coordinator is reportedly drawing interest from the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, and Philadelphia Eagles. Koetter is set to interview with the Chiefs on Tuesday.

It would be a shame to see Koetter go. With that said, the Falcons have loads of talent on offense, and any decent coordinator should be able to come in and have success.

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Falcons Release Chris Redman, Sign Luke McCown

The Atlanta Falcons have released quarterback Chris Redman and signed quarterback Luke McCown.

Redman was originally selected in the third round (75th overall) by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2000 NFL Draft. He was out of football for four years before the Falcons signed him in 2007. Redman spent five seasons with the Falcons as Matt Ryan’s backup. Over his nine-year career, Redman has completed 286 of 500 passes for 3,179 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.

McCown was selected in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He spent last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars, starting two games. He was cut by the New Orleans Saints on Saturday after being signed as a free agent. McCown has spent eight years in the league, completing 184 of 316 passes for 2,035 yards, nine touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.

The release of Redman gives Dominique Davis a great chance at becoming the immediate backup to Ryan. Davis has been having a great preseason, and he was able to beat out John Parker Wilson for the third string quarterback spot.

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