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With the end of the NFL regular season, coaches who have failed to live up to expectations often find themselves looking for a new job. So far seven NFL teams need a new head coach. With the recent success of the Falcons, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is a candidate for several of those coaching vacancies.
Anyone who has paid attention to Mike Smith during his tenure in Atlanta knows that unless he is under a mandate from the NFL, he’s not going to released any injury information. So for those wanting new updates on the players, you’ll just have to wait until next week.
With an extra week off before their next game, the Falcons need to remember the positives when a teammate is injured. With Dunta Robinson and John Abraham injured in Week 17, the training staff has good news for Falcons Nation about their return.
Specifically, the secondary of Atlanta will be the most shallow. With two starting secondary players, this may be the game where Atlanta seed how deep their defense truly is.
Everyone knows Atlanta has a great passing attack. Everyone knows Atlanta has a bad rushing attack. With one final regular season game, will Atlanta stick to its status quo or figure out how to fix problems?
The last time the Falcons had a 13-3 season, they sent nine players to the Pro Bowl. Even though Atlanta could end up with a better record than that, it isn’t showing up as far as Pro Bowl selections.
Setting a new NFL record is always a rare and special moment because it rarely happens. However, the Falcons seem to insist on some of the most recent records only being broken when they’re the opposition.
The requirements for a good defensive end in football are tricky. You need to be strong enough to overpower (or at least power through) a 300-pound offensive lineman when attempting to sack the quarterback. With the pass-happy NFL, nowadays a good defensive end also needs quick and nimble enough to bat down pass attempts by the quarterback or chase down a running back heading for the sidelines.
The Atlanta Falcons are the number one seed in the NFC as the playoffs approach, but their history shows that really doesn’t matter. This year’s Falcons’ team believes that won’t happen and this year is going to be “different”
Two big stories came out of the Falcons/Lions Saturday Night game. The first is who gets the top NFC Playoff seed. The other is the end of the “Madden Curse.”