ATLANTA - When Rich McKay put the finishing touches on his first draft class with the Atlanta Falcons, he had the makings of a Super Bowl contender. Four years later, the Falcons are in shambles - and McKay, the general manager once coveted by owner Arthur Blank, will no longer decide who's on the roster. "He will continue to work as our team president and help us ...
RICHMOND, Va. - Twenty-two of the 47 surviving pit bulls seized from suspended NFL star Michael Vick's dogfighting operation left Virginia on Wednesday for a new home in Utah. The animals took off from Richmond International Airport Wednesday morning on board a private chartered plane en route to Best Friends Animal Society, a no-kill sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Wednesday's move completes the process of relocating the 47 ...
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons began training camp with Michael Vick's federal indictment for dogfighting hanging over their heads.
ATLANTA - Atlanta Falcons tight end Alge Crumpler wants to visit imprisoned quarterback Michael Vick soon.
ATLANTA - The Seattle Seahawks are expected to be watching the scoreboard as they wait to see if they'll host Washington, Minnesota or New Orleans in the playoffs. The Atlanta Falcons may be more interested in paying attention to the traffic reports, eager to leave town quickly following the end of a disastrous season packed with equal doses of losses and controversy. But what's the motivation for ...
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons proved that a season of hard knocks didn't break their will, while the Seattle Seahawks say a meaningless loss won't dim their hopes for a successful postseason. Chris Redman threw four touchdown passes, including two to Alge Crumpler, and the Falcons rode three fourth-quarter touchdowns to a 44-41 victory over the playoff-bound Seahawks on Sunday. Seattle coach Mike Holmgren rested quarterback Matt ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - Joey Harrington and Byron Leftwich both think they have a bright future in Atlanta.
ATLANTA - Mike Singletary would not elaborate Friday on his interest in pursuing the Atlanta Falcons head coach position for a second straight year. One year ago, Singletary - the San Francisco 49ers' assistant head coach - was a finalist in the Falcons' coach search. The Falcons instead hired Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, who this year quit after only 13 games to take the job at ...
FLOWERY BRANCH- Todd McClure spent the last three years feeling good about his job. The Atlanta Falcons' ninth-year center was the leader of an offensive line that blocked for the NFL's No. 1 rushing attack.
ATLANTA - A loss is surely not the way the Atlanta Falcons want to end their disappointing season. But if Seattle beats them at the Georgia Dome on Sunday, the Falcons could get a consolation prize: a higher position in the next NFL draft.
ATLANTA - Whether it's a close game or blowout, the Atlanta Falcons can't find a way to win. The latest setback, losing in overtime at Arizona, was the Falcons' sixth straight defeat. Players are so beaten down emotionally and physically that interim coach Emmitt Thomas gave them Monday off. Promoted to replace Bobby Petrino two weeks ago, Thomas told the team to focus on what went right ...
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Arizona Cardinals blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. Boos echoed through the stadium.
GLENDALE, Ariz. - This disjointed, dysfunctional season can't end fast enough for the Atlanta Falcons. The Arizona Cardinals at least have a goal of finishing .500 if they beat the Falcons on Sunday and follow that up with a season-ending win at home over St. Louis. Atlanta, on the other hand, is like some battered prize fighter going down for the count. No wonder. The ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - If owner Arthur Blank hires a coach whose personality is directly opposite from Bobby Petrino's, DeAngelo Hall wants to return to the Atlanta Falcons next year.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Bill Parcells will not be joining the Atlanta Falcons as head of football operations. Parcells turned down the position, Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Wednesday in a statement. Blank said the team had an agreement in principle with Parcells, but after he told the Falcons he was considering an offer from the Miami Dolphins, negotiations fell through. "We gave it our best shot, and ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons don't know if they'll be facing Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday.
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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