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Falcons Get Tougher; Sign RG Asamoah, DE Jackson, NT Soliai

Beefing up the lines is exactly what the Falcons needed to do. (Kevin Liles)

Beefing up the lines is exactly what the Falcons needed to do. (Kevin Liles)

The Atlanta Falcons knew they had to get tougher, beginning with both the offensive and defensive lines.

And with free agency officially underway, getting tougher is exactly what the Falcons did.

They agreed to terms with right guard Jon Asamoah and defensive end Tyson Jackson, both former members of the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s safe to say assistant general manager (and former general manager of the Chiefs) Scott Pioli had some say in the two signings.

Atlanta also agreed to terms with nose tackle Paul Soliai.

Asamoah will be an immediate starter and a significant upgrade at the right guard position. He’s a polished pass blocker and will provide Matt Ryan with much-needed protection.

The signings of Jackson and Soliai show the Falcons are moving toward a 3-4 look – defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s specialty.

It’s early, but it looks like the Falcons are headed back in the right direction.

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Falcons Hire Scott Pioli as Assistant GM

(Joe Mahoney)

(Joe Mahoney)

The Atlanta Falcons have hired Scott Pioli, formerly the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, as their assistant manager.

Pioli is close friends with general manager Thomas Dimitroff; the two last worked together with the New England Patriots for six seasons.

After going 2-14 with the Chiefs in 2012, Pioli was fired and spent 2013 as an analyst at NBC Sports.

What Pioli brings, at the very least, is a fresh set of eyes to the scouting table, particularly both the offensive and defensive lines.

As has been stated before, it shows the Falcons are being brutally honest with themselves in their evaluations after the 4-12 season.

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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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Atlanta Falcons Vs. Denver Broncos Preview

In what is sure to be a barnbuner in Week 2, the Atlanta Falcons (1-0) play host in their home opener to the Denver Broncos (1-0) on Monday Night Football.

After traveling to Kansas City and taking care of the Chiefs decidedly, Matt Ryan and the Falcons look to keep the momentum going behind the Georgia Dome crowd. However, Peyton Manning’s Broncos are riding high as well after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers at Mile High.

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Brent Grimes Out for Year with Torn Achilles

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes is out for the year with a torn Achilles. He will be placed on injured reserve.

Grimes left Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs late in the fourth quarter with what looked to be a calf injury at the time. The severity of the injury was unknown at the time.

Grimes signed a $10.3 million franchise tender in April, so he isn’t signed beyond this year. It’s unclear as to whether or not the Falcons will attempt to re-sign him.

The nickelback job will be between Dominique Franks and Christopher Owens. Samuel is likely to take over the left cornerback spot.

This is a huge blow. The Falcons’ secondary that was supposed to consist of Grimes, Dunta Robinson, and Asante Samuel is over after just a single game. The Falcons’ decisive victory yesterday has been dampened with the loss of Grimes.

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Matt Ryan Shines in Falcons’ 40-24 Rout of Chiefs

Matt Ryan operated the Atlanta Falcons’ offense with masterful precision en route to crushing the Kansas City Chiefs, 40-24.

It was the third consecutive time the Falcons opened the season on the road. They were 0-2 prior to today, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010 and the Chicago Bears in 2011.

Ryan completed 23 of 31 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed three times for 25 yards, including a three-yard touchdown.

Julio Jones had six receptions for 109 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Roddy White caught six balls as well, gaining 87 yards.

Jacquizz Rodgers had a 77-yard kickoff return that resulted in a Falcons field goal.

For Tony Gonzalez, it was the first time playing in Arrowhead Stadium since being traded to the Falcons in 2009. His return was largely successful: he had five receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown. However, after Gonzalez did his trademark touchdown celebration of slam dunking the football, he was booed heavily by the Chiefs fans. Gonzalez’s touchdown increased the deficit to 16 (33-17), so that fact may have had something to do with the boos.

Ryan led the Falcons on eight straight scoring drives. The Falcons opened the game with a 12-play drive that went for 80 yards and ended with an eight-yard touchdown to Jones. The Falcons offense took full advantage of the Chiefs’ wounded defense; Pro Bowl linebacker Tamba Hali was suspended for one game for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Cornerback Brandon Flowers, free safety Kendrick Lewis, and nose tackle Anthony Toribio all sat out with injuries.

It looked as though the game would be a back-and-forth affair; neither team punted once in the first half. In fact, the Falcons didn’t punt until well into fourth quarter when the game was clearly out of reach.

The first half ended with the Falcons up 20-17. After allowing those 17 points, the Falcons’ defense made the necessary adjustments and shut down the Chiefs in the second half. The Chiefs’ lone second half touchdown came in garbage time with two seconds left on the clock.

Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel went 21/33 yards for 258 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. He was also strip-sacked by John Abraham, and the Falcons recovered the fumble.

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles returned successfully to regular season action after tearing his ACL in Week 2 last year. He rushed 16 yards for 87 yards, his longest rush going for 46 yards.

Stephen Nicholas and William Moore both had interceptions. Sean Weatherspoon and Jonathan Babineaux, along with Abraham, notched a sack apiece.

Matt Bryant was perfect on the day, nailing all four of his field goals (34, 21, 30, 41) and his four extra point attempts.

Brent Grimes left the game late in the fourth quarter with an apparent calf injury. Hopefully, it’s not serious.

It was great to see the Falcons finally make halftime adjustments. Over the past four years under the former coordinators, it seemed as though making adjustments was a foreign concept.

Next week, the Falcons play host to the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football (September 17).

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Atlanta Falcons at Kansas City Chiefs Preview

The Atlanta Falcons open the 2012 NFL season traveling to Kansas City to face the Chiefs. It’s the third consecutive year the Falcons will open the season on the road.

It’s the beginning of redemption for a regime that has put together the best four-year stretch in Falcons history. Since 2008 when Thomas Dimitroff was brought in from New England to be the general manager, Mike Smith was plucked from Jacksonville to be the head coach, and Matt Ryan was drafted out of Boston College, the Falcons have won 43 games and only lost 21.

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Falcons 2012 Schedule Analysis

The NFL has officially released the regular season schedule for the 2012 season.

The Falcons have notched four primetime games. They have two matchups on Monday Night Football. The first matchup comes in Week 2, as the Falcons play host to the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos. Their second MNF appearance is actually on Saturday night in a Week 16 road matchup against the Detroit Lions. The Dallas Cowboys visit the Georgia Dome in Week 9 for Sunday Night Football. In Week 13, the Falcons host the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football.

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NFL Schedule to be Released Today

The schedule will be released at 7 p.m. ET on both the NFL Network and NFL.com. We’re getting a treat this year, seeing as last year’s schedule was released in May.

The Falcons host  Arizona, Dallas, Denver, New York Giants, Oakland and the rest of the NFC South. The Falcons go on the road to face DetroitKansas CityPhiladelphia, San DiegoWashington, and the rest of the NFC South.

Just from looking at the opponents, I think the games versus Carolina, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, New York, New Orleans, and Philadelphia, are primetime candidates. The Falcons will certainly have at least one primetime game.

Once the schedule is released, I’ll provide my projection for the season.

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Please, Falcons, Don’t Go On HBO’s Hard Knocks

The Falcons have been offered the spot for this year’s Hard Knocks, but they do not fit the mold of the series. At all.

Hard Knocks is an NFL reality sports documentary series that followed a select team throughout training camp. Ultimately, it gives insight as to how the NFL operates, mainly focusing on rookies and players on the fringe of making the team’s roster.

This will be the series’ seventh season. Previously featured were the Baltimore Ravens (2001), Dallas Cowboys (2002, 2008), Kansas City Chiefs (2007), Cincinnati Bengals (2009), and most recently, the New York Jets (2010).

Those teams all had some sort of drama, whether it was the many stories that always revolve around Jerry Jones and America’s Team, Chad Ochocinco’s antics with the Bengals, or Rex Ryan’s many profanity-laden tirades with the Jets.

The Falcons are, for all intents and purposes, boring. And I mean really boring. They aren’t shrouded in any scandals; they do things by the book, and it all comes from their head coach, Mike Smith.

Smith is the epitome of boring; he says the right things and doesn’t make for a “juicy” interview.

Other than Roddy White, the Falcons shy away from controversy. Naturally, when you have guys like Tony Gonzalez, Matt Ryan, and John Abraham in the locker room, the team’s going to be held in check. These veterans understand what it means to have class.

There’s no way the team would provide the “entertainment” the show usually provides. Of course, there’ll be a few quips from White, and Sean Weatherspoon will undoubtedly provide hilarious trash-talk, but that’s about it.

Lastly, the Falcons absolutely do not need the distraction the show brings.

Don’t do it, Falcons.

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