COLUMBIA, S.C. - Steve Spurrier brought in new leaders to fire up South Carolina's defense and special teams. And the Gamecocks' head ball coach put himself on notice to improve, too.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Owner Arthur Blank has to wonder if the Atlanta Falcons' run of bad news will ever end. Bill Parcells' rejection Wednesday of Blank's offer to oversee football operations capped an embarrassing 10-day stretch for Atlanta.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Warrick Dunn doesn't want his career to end with a whimper. The three-time Pro Bowl running back, who last month became just the 22nd NFL player to rush for 10,000 career yards, has too much pride to leave the Atlanta Falcons in such disrepair.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Atlanta Falcons running back Warrick Dunn has been helping single mothers buy new homes for several years, but Tuesday he chose the first dad for his first "Home for the Holidays" venture in the city where he starred in college. Dunn, who played at Florida State between 1993 and 1996, presented a Tallahassee man and his four children with the keys to a new furnished, fully-stocked ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - One game as interim head coach was all Emmitt Thomas needed to evaluate the Atlanta Falcons.
NEW YORK - Roddy White and four other Atlanta Falcons were fined by the NFL for violating uniform regulations with tributes to Michael Vick during last week's Monday night game.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Bill Cowher has told the Atlanta Falcons that he's not interested in their coaching vacancy.
TAMPA, Fla. - Even as Micheal Spurlock broke into the open and turned up the sideline with a clear path to the end zone, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers couldn't be sure one of the most dubious streaks in NFL history was over.
TAMPA, Fla. - A year removed from finishing with their worst record in more than a decade, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not in a charitable mood when it comes to talking about the Atlanta Falcons.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Arkansas has a new pair of sibling coaches.
ATLANTA - Less than a year ago, the Atlanta Falcons needed less than a week to name Bobby Petrino to replace Jim Mora as the team's coach.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Quarterback Chris Redman might be the only Atlanta Falcons player who supports Bobby Petrino. A day after many of his teammates called the former coach "a coward" for his abrupt resignation, Redman stood by the man who helped him return to the NFL.
RICHMOND, Va. - Michael Vick declared "I am not the bad person or beast I've been made out to be" and asked for leniency in a letter to the federal judge who sentenced him to 23 months in prison for a dogfighting conspiracy. Vick made his handwritten plea from jail as he awaited Monday's sentencing by Judge Henry E. Hudson. His five-page letter and several others from Vick supporters, ...
Atlanta owner Arthur Blank and general manager Rich McKay will to hold a news conference Wednesday to discuss the abrupt departure of coach Bobby Petrino, who has accepted the head coaching job at Arkansas.
BEREA, Ohio - Jamal Lewis once lost his freedom, stripped of life's simplest pleasures by a stupid, youthful mistake. The misstep landed Cleveland's running back in prison and nearly cost him his NFL career.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson says running the ball in the NFL requires patience and commitment.
LONDON - London is getting its first NFL day game, creating a new morning time slot for viewers in the United States.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith knows the value of a strong finish, even in a dismal season such as this one.
TORONTO - Falcons safety William Moore looked into the crowd in Toronto and began wondering whether he was back home in Atlanta.
LONDON - The NFL has announced the dates of its three regular-season games in London next year, with the Dallas Cowboys playing the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 10 on Nov. 9.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Terren Jones said Wednesday it will feel like another preseason game with the Falcons if he plays against the Bills on Sunday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons have sole claim to the NFC's worst record at 2-9, a dramatic decline for a team which owned the conference's best mark one year ago.
NEW YORK - The NFL has switched the Carolina Panthers' game at New Orleans against the Saints on Dec. 8 from early afternoon to an 8:30 ET kickoff on NBC's "Sunday Night Football."
ATLANTA - After four embarrassing weeks, the Atlanta Falcons were finally competitive.
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