Does Calvin Ridley suspension change Falcons offseason plan?
Scott Bair, Tori McElhaney and Kris Rhim react to news that Calvin Ridley has been suspended for at least the 2022 season for violating the NFL's gambling policy, breaking down how it impacts the Falcons offseason, including the importance of re-signing Russell Gage and whether this changes the odds the Falcons take a receiver at No. 8 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft.
(00:00:00): Intro, initial thoughts on Ridley news
(00:02:57): How Ridley suspension impacts Falcons salary-cap space
(00:07:22): How loss of Ridley as a player or trade asset impacts Falcons offseason plan
(00:15:34): Is it more important to re-sign Russell Gage?
(00:21:16): Should Falcons now take WR at No. 8 overall?
Jeff Okudah discusses overcoming adversity on and off the field | Falcons in Focus Podcast
New Falcons cornerback Jeff Okudah joins Tori McElhaney and Scott Bair to discuss life as a five-star recruit playing Texas high school football, embracing his heritage and overcoming adversity both on and off the field.
Mike Hughes discusses life as a first-round pick, getting healthy and realizing potential | Falcons in Focus Podcast
New Falcons cornerback Mike Hughes joins Scott and Tori to discuss his career arc, entering the NFL as a first-round pick, dealing with injury and being poised and ready to capitalize on his Falcons opportunity. We also go back to some if his greatest plays, including one where he saved Central Florida's unbeaten season.
Taylor Heinicke talks returning home to join QB room in Atlanta | Falcons in Focus Podcast
Having grown up just 25 minutes from the Falcons facility in Flowery Branch, Ga., quarterback Taylor Heinicke details his excitement to return home to play for his hometown team. Heinicke also shares stories from his Collins Hill High School days as well as his unconventional journey as a backup quarterback through the league.
Breaking down 2023 Falcons schedule | Falcons Final Whistle Podcast
Scott Bair and Tori McElhaney identify themes, important sections of the 2023 schedule and how the Falcons can navigate it while competing to win a wide-open NFC South.
Grading the Atlanta Falcons' 2023 NFL Draft | Falcons Audible Podcast
Derek, Dave and DJ dive into the Atlanta Falcons 2023 NFL Draft, discuss the new draftees in depth, as well as examine the current state of the NFC South.
Falcons select Bijan Robinson | Falcons Final Whistle Podcast
Scott Bair and Tori McElhaney react to the Atlanta Falcons drafting running back Bijon Robinson eighth overall in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Steve Wyche discusses Falcons' 2023 NFL Draft prospects | Falcon Final Whistle Podcast
NFL Network chief national reporter Steve Wyche joins the program to discuss what the Falcons might do in this year's NFL draft. He reviews what Arthur Smith and Terry Fontenot accomplished in free agency and what those moves tell us about how they might use the No. 8 overall pick.
Desmond Ridder shares stories from his upbringing, unique rise to NFL | Falcons in Focus Podcast
Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder joins Scott Bair and Tori McElhaney to detail how he turned one of two scholarship offers into a role as Falcons starting quarterback. He detailed the hilarious way he got a scholarship offer to Cincinnati, who taught him to throw a perfect spiral -- the answer will surprise you -- his bond with Drake London and how having a young daughter has changed his life for the better.
Son of Luther Elliss, Kaden Elliss talks growing up in an NFL household | Falcons in Focus Podcast
Inside linebacker Kaden Elliss joins the Falcons in Focus podcast to recall memories of growing up as the oldest of 11 siblings, as well as his father Luther Elliss' influence on him. Kaden was born mere months after Luther was drafted in 1995. Life as an NFL player is one Kaden knew well, even before he became a professional in his own right.
David Onyemata details his journey from Africa to Canada to the NFL | Falcons in Focus Podcast
New Falcons defensive tackle joins Scott Bair and Tori McElhaney to discuss a unique journey from his native Nigeria to Canada, where he was first introduced to the game of football and forged a path to the NFL.
Jessie Bates credits the influence of his mother in realizing NFL passion | Falcons in Focus Podcast
Safety Jessie Bates III joins Scott Bair and Tori McElhaney in Ticketmaster Studios to take a look back on his journey to Atlanta. Bates talks his mother's influence on his creation of the JB3 Single Mother's Initiative, the goal of signing his second contract and connecting with fellow Falcons defensive backs A.J. Terrell and Casey Hayward. Bates also makes a pledge to single mothers and organizations in Atlanta.
How Jonnu Smith overcame adversity to realize NFL dream | Falcons in Focus Podcast
New Falcons tight end Jonnu Smith joins Scott Bair and Tori McElhaney to discuss his difficult upbringing in Philadelphia and his mother's role in helping him realize his dream. He moved from Philly to Florida, where his football career took off put him on a path to the NFL, allowing him to give back to those who helped him along the way.
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What national media has to say about the future of the Atlanta Falcons | Falcons Final Whistle Podcast
Scott and Tori attend the 2023 NFL Combine and ask other national media members their thoughts on the Atlanta Falcons. Listen in as Ben Solak, Chris Simms, Albert Breer, Robert Mays, and Charles Davis share their views on Free Agency, the NFL Draft and beyond.
Michael Vick's impact on Atlanta culture felt years after his playing days | NextGen Storytellers
Zoria Mcclerklin, a junior Education Studies major at Spelman College and Caleb Tsegaye, a junior Journalism Major with a concentration in Sports at Morehouse College, worked with the Atlanta Falcons and interviewed journalists, students, and Georgia natives to ask how they feel about the Falcons, Michael Vick, and how they have impacted the community. We hope you enjoy the project as much as we enjoyed making it!
What can be learned from Eagles, Chiefs and their Super Bowl runs | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott Bair, Tori McElhaney and Ashton Edmunds analyzed the Super Bowl combatants in relation to the Falcons and what they must do next. The Chiefs and Eagles built their championship rosters in different ways, and there's plenty to for Atlanta to take from how those teams were successful. We identify three pillars of success, including dominance on both offensive and defensive lines and under center. We break down ways the Falcons can make strides in those areas, through upgrades or developing players already on the roster. We also discuss the possibility that the Falcons can surge into playoff contention in the NFC South if they make the right moves.
Evaluating Ryan Nielsen, Jerry Gray hires | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott Bair and Tori McElhaney kick off the offseason version of Falcons Final Whistle – Ashton Edmunds was in Las Vegas on assignment – with a discussion of the Ryan Nielsen and Jerry Gray hires and how they can impact this Falcons defense following Dean Pees retirement. They discuss what Nielsen brings to the table – his history with a 4-3 base isn't a big deal – and how he can help the Falcons and what's left to find out about what the new defensive coordinator has planned.
(00:00:00): Intro, initial reactions to Ryan Nielsen, Jerry Gray hires
(00:03:50): What we've found out about Ryan Nielsen
(00:07:15): Discussing Nielsen's history in a 4-3 base formation
(00:11:17): Does this hire change the Falcons' needs?
(00:15:24): Why Ryan Nielsen seems like an Arthur Smith guy; Jerry Gray's fit
(21:40): Could we expect Falcons to bring in players their staff has a history with?
Greg Beadles details his 28-year journey from intern to team president | Falcons in Focus Podcast
Greg Beadles joins Scott and Tori for the Falcons in Focus season finale to break down his journey from intern to team president, with great stories from 28 years spent rising through the organization. Beadles also details life as the son of a coach and athletic director, what it took to get Mercedes-Benz Stadium built and why his new role is a dream job for someone who grew up a huge Falcons fan.
What's next for Atlanta Falcons, Dean Pees' retirement, and more | Falcons Audible Podcast
Derek, Dave and D.J. discuss ending the season on a win, and what is next for the Atlanta Falcons. The guys also reflect on Dean Pees' retirement and legacy, as well as dive into Arthur Smith and Terry Fontenot's end of season press conference.
What comes next for Terry Fontenot, Arthur Smith after 2022 season | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott, Tori and Ashton discuss what should be a fascinating offseason for the Falcons franchise, with the 2022 season officially in the rearview. We evaluate quarterback Desmond Ridder's four NFL starts and why he deserves the right to compete for the starting gig. We also preview the offseason and identify pressing needs that must be filled in free agency and the NFL Draft, which players to re-sign and which players they should extend now that the Falcons have tons of salary-cap space and quality draft capital.
(00:00:15): Intro, what happens next after 2022 season comes to a close
(00:09:25): A four-game evaluation of Desmond Ridder and the Falcons QB situation moving forward
(00:18:49): Most pressing positional needs: skill player vs. pass rusher
(00:24:27): Which players on expiring contracts Falcons should re-sign
Mike Ford on getting to know his late father, buying his mom a house and living out his NFL dream | Falcons in Focus
Falcons cornerback and special teams ace Mike Ford joins Scott and Tori for an in-depth discussion about his journey to the NFL, his quest to learn about his father, who died when he was six months old. He also details how buying his mother a house realized a dream, and how he established himself in the NFL after starting as an undrafted free agent with a small signing bonus.
How Falcons can finish season with a win over Buccaneers | Falcons Audible Podcast
Derek, Dave and D.J. discuss the Atlanta Falcons win over the Arizona Cardinals and the keys to finishing out the season with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Evaluating Desmond Ridder's comeback drive, Tyler Allgeier and Cordarrelle Patterson | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott, Ashton and Tori break down a New Year's Day victory over the Arizona Cardinals, which ended with a game-winning field goal by Younghoe Koo. We dissect Desmond Ridder's role in the victory, how Tyler Allgeier's emergence is helping Cordarrelle Patterson and why the team's young foundation is expanding with a stellar rookie class
(00:00:15): Intro, difference between victory and four-game losing streak
(00:06:02): A deep dive into Desmond Ridder's game-winning drive
(00:09:30): Desmond Ridder's overall development
(00:13:33): Desmond Ridder vs. other available quarterbacks
(00:17:00): Tyler Allgeier and Cordarrelle Patterson working in tandem, how CP is used
(00:23:44): Evaluating Falcons expanding young foundation
Chris Lindstrom on his first Pro Bowl, Man of the Year nomination and more | Falcons in Focus Podcast
Star Falcons guard Chris Lindstrom joins Scott Bair and Tori McElhaney to discuss his whirlwind month of December, when he was named the Falcons' Walter Payton Man of the Year and then received his first Pro Bowl honor a few weeks later. We dive into the time and effort he's pouring into the Atlanta community and his primary motivations for it, plus what life was life growing up in a big football family full of offensive linemen.
Keys to beating the Arizona Cardinals, Ridder's improvement & why we play football | Falcons Audible Podcast
Dave and D.J. discuss the Atlanta Falcons loss to the Baltimore Ravens and break down Desmond Ridder's and the Falcons' performance and how they could beat the Arizona Cardinals. They also dive into why these two last games carry a lot of importance for the Atlanta Falcons.
Desmond Ridder, Drake London and how Falcons move forward after Ravens loss | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott, Tori and Ashton take a look at what the Falcons must do over their last two games, and how to evaluate players and their progress while compiling an offseason priority list. We talk extensively about Desmond Ridder and the quarterback position moving forward, about adding depth at the skill spots and finding intimidators throughout the defensive front.
(00:00:15): Intro, what Ravens game said about offseason priorities
(00:06:40): Evaluating Desmond Ridder's performance, and offseason QB needs
(00:14:05): Drake London and WR/TE evaluation
(00:22:00): Evaluating Falcons defense, including Grady Jarrett's stellar season
(00:25:15): Discussing the need for additions on DL, edge rusher