Pees in a Pod: Dean Pees reflects on the start of his coaching career 50 years later | Episode 1
In the first of a two-episode podcast series, Dean Pees sits down with Tori McElhaney in the Falcons podcast studio to discuss the reasons he got into coaching in the 70s, his start at the high school level, coaching with Nick Saban at the college level and how Dave Ragone changed his approach to recruiting.
Marcus Mariota, Desmond Ridder and how Falcons can rebound from Steelers loss | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott, Tori and Ashton break down the Falcons' latest loss to the Steelers and how they can rebound well enough to capitalize on unique opportunity to win the NFC South despite recent struggles. Head coach Arthur Smith said changes will be made during the bye week, and left the door open to a change at quarterback. We evaluate Marcus Mariota's performance over the past few games and whether Desmond Ridder could provide a spark in crucial moments.
(00:00:15): Intro, thoughts on loss to Steelers
(00:05:28): Discussing Mariota, Ridder and possibility of making change at quarterback
(00:15:30): Could Desmond Ridder provide a spark? Can he prove a long-term solution?
(00:18:27): Pros and cons of making QB change, sticking with Mariota
(00:22:05): Can Falcons make right changes, rebound and win NFC South?
Jake Matthews discusses the birth of his son on a game day, coming from football royalty | Falcons in Focus
Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews joins Scott Bair and Tori McElhaney to detail the wild journey to be present for the birth of his son and the Falcons game at Carolina on the same day, explaining how it all happened and how special the day was for him and his wife, Meggi. Then we go back in time to discuss being part of football royalty in the Matthews clan, including what his father Bruce Matthews' advice has meant to him as a kid and throughout a long and prosperous career.
Keys to beating the Pittsburgh Steelers | Falcons Audible Podcast
Derek, Dave and D.J. discuss the Atlanta Falcons loss to the Washington Commanders and break down how the Falcons can find success vs the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Marcus Mariota, Falcons final drive vs. Commanders, state of NFC South | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott Bair, Tori McElhaney and Ashton Edmunds break down a difficult loss to the Washington Commanders, including a detailed look at the decisive drive where the Falcons fell just short after a Marcus Mariota pass was batted and intercepted in the end zone. We look at this game in detail and where the Falcons sit in the NFC South, which is still ripe for the picking.
(00:00:10): Intro, takeaways on Washington loss, state of NFC South
(00:03:50): Falcons must finish better to end season right
(00:06:46): Breaking down final Falcons drive that fell just short
(00:13:20): What to make of defensive effort, the good, bad and the clutch performance at the then
(00:15:08): How Falcons fared without Kyle Pitts
(00:18:24): Why Bucs loss doesn't change perception of Falcons loss
What Falcons win over Bears means for Commanders & Patterson sets new record | Falcons Audible Podcast
Derek, Dave and D.J. discuss the Atlanta Falcons win over the Chicago Bears and break down how the Falcons can find continued success vs the Washington Commanders. They also dive into Cordarrelle Patterson's record-setting return touchdown, as well as how injuries may cause adjustments among the Falcons team.
Recapping Cordarrelle Patterson's record-breaking performance, defensive stand in win over Chicago Bears | Falcons Final Whistle Podcast
Tori McElhaney and Ashton Edmunds take a look back at the Falcons 27-24 win against the Chicago Bears. They break down Cordarrelle Patterson's 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown - a play that broke an NFL record - as well as one of the best defensive performances the Falcons have had to date.
Rashaan Evans on chasing horses, "outdoor lifestyle" and his big (college) reveal | Falcons in Focus Podcast
Rashaan Evans joins Scott Bair and Tori McElhaney on Falcons in Focus to discuss growing up on a ranch, chasing horses with his brother, why he Dean Pees think the same way and how he chose Alabama despite having a family full of distinguished Auburn alumni.
Atlanta Falcons face Chicago Bears, Quarterback talk, and what can be learned from the Carolina Panthers game | Falcons Audible Podcast
Derek, Dave and D.J. discuss the Atlanta Falcons loss to the Carolina Panthers and break down how the Falcons can rebound against the Chicago Bears. They also dive into the talk surrounding the quarterback position, and what players have been outstanding thus far this season.
Evaluating Marcus Mariota, run game, how to fix troubling trends from Panthers loss | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott Bair and Tori McElhaney break down what went wrong against the Carolina Panthers, who seemed to beat the Falcons at their own game. They look at the team's run defense, its rushing attack and the performance of Marcus Mariota, Kyle Pitts and the Falcons passing game. Arthur Smith also addressed Desmond Ridder so Scott and Tori do, too, and why it's time to focus more on the Falcons stacking wins and less on NFC South standings after winning just one game in the last four.
(00:00:10): Intro, takeaways from a tough loss at Carolina, troublesome 1-3 stretch
(00:06:19): How Panthers beat Falcons at their own game
(00:08:17): Why wasn't Falcons offense "clicking"?
(00:13:20): Did Panthers defense find formula that works vs. Falcons?
(00:18:04): Evaluating Marcus Mariota, what Arthur Smith, QB said about Thursday performance
(00:22:40): Thoughts on putting Desmond Ridder in at quarterback
(00:29:15): Why stacking wins is more important than division standings
How the Atlanta Falcons can beat the Carolina Panthers on the road | Falcons Audible Podcast
Derek, Dave and D.J. discuss the Atlanta Falcons loss to the Los Angeles Chargers and break down how the Falcons can rebound while on the road playing the Carolina Panthers.
How Marcus Mariota, Cordarrelle Patterson, Falcons let opportunity slip away vs. Chargers | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott Bair, Tori McElhaney and Ashton Edmunds look a last-second loss to the L.A. Chargers under a microscope and from a big-picture perspective, identifying where things went wrong and how it impacts the Falcons position in the NFC South. We break down why the Falcons ran well behind Tyler Allgeier and Cordarrelle Patterson, why Marcus Mariota struggled finding sync in passing game and what Ta'Quon Graham, Arthur Smith said about pivotal fumble.
(00:00:10): Intro, thoughts on how winnable game slipped away
(00:04:36): Impact of Falcons passing seemingly out of sync
(00:08:32): Falcons run game is not the issue, working through heavy boxes
(00:11:20): Issues with second, fourth quarters; causes for Falcons inconsistency
(00:15:47): Breaking down the Austin Ekeler, Ta'Quon Graham fumbles
(00:21:43): How loss impacts NFC South positioning
(00:24:40): Looking ahead to massive game in Carolina
Troy Andersen details life on a cattle ranch, journey from Montana to NFL | Falcons in Focus Podcast
Falcons linebacker Troy Andersen sits down with Scott Bair and Tori McElhaney to discuss life growing up on a Montana cattle ranch, his love for the Big Sky state and his improbable journey going a from a small school to the NFL.
Falcons take lead in NFC South & what it means vs LA Chargers | Falcons Audible Podcast
Derek, Dave and D.J. discuss the Atlanta Falcons dramatic win over the Carolina Panthers and break down how the Atlanta Falcons can find continued success playing the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 9.
How Marcus Mariota, Younghoe Koo, Falcons beat Panthers, rose atop NFC South | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott Bair, Tori McElhaney and Ashton Edmunds break down what went right, what went wrong and how the Falcons emerged victorious from Sunday's weird, wild overtime win over the Carolina Panthers. They go over that furious finish where the lead kept changing hands, plus things the Falcons simply have to fix if they're going to stay atop the NFC South. They also hone in on the value of Younghoe Koo, Marcus Mariota's big moments and how much they missed A.J. Terrell.
(00:00:10): Intro, making sense of that wild, wacky finish
(00:05:49): Finding a way to win, fight through late mistakes
(00:07:48): The value of Younghoe Koo on display
(00:11:00): Identifying issues to be fixed from Panthers game
(00:19:07): Evaluating Marcus Mariota's performance, press conference
(00:22:54): How Falcons can stay atop NFC South
Avery Williams on growing up on TV sets, his college days and the "walk-on mentality" | Falcons in Focus Podcast
Falcons return man, running back and defensive back Avery Williams joins Scott Bair and Tori McElhaney for a candid conversation about life growing up on TV sets, with a mom who was a prominent TV producer and showrunner. He also talks about his time at Boise State, the mentality of a punt returner and what it means to have a "walk-on mentality."
How Falcons can rebound vs Panthers | Falcons Audible Podcast
Derek, Dave and D.J. discuss the Atlanta Falcons loss vs the Cincinnati Bengals and break down how the Atlanta Falcons can find success playing the Carolina Panthers in Week 8.
Analyzing Falcons loss, position in NFC South, and where they go from here | Falcons Final Whistle
Was the Falcons loss to the Bengals loss bad matchup or something more? Scott, Tori and Ashton discuss what went wrong against Cincinnati, what to make of it and where the Falcons stand in an NFC South division that's completely up for grabs. We also focus on the state of the Atlanta secondary, which operated most of the game without Casey Hayward and A.J. Terrell.
(00:00:10): Intro, where things went wrong vs. Bengals
(00:04:38): Was loss to Bengals a matchup problem or a sign of bigger issues?
(00:08:35): Impact of A.J. Terrell loss
(00:10:03): Impact of Falcons second quarter flurry and a pivotal, game-changing sequence
(00:14:06): Are there issues with Falcons offensive imbalance?
(00:18:48): What is the Falcons winning formula?
(00:20:46): Where Falcons stand in wide-open NFC South after loss
Arnold Ebiketie's journey from Cameroon to the NFL | Falcons in Focus Podcast
Falcons rookie OLB Arnold Ebiketie sits down with Scott Bair and Tori McElhaney for the Falcons in Focus podcast to share his story. Ebiketie came to the United States when he was 13 years old. Throughout the podcast, he thinks back to that time, recalling stories of his childhood in Cameroon and how sports helped him connect with people in a new country. Ebiketie (self-proclaimed "Doctor of pass rush") also discloses Arthur Smith's nickname for him.
How 3 phase football resulted in big win over 49ers | Falcons Audible Podcast
Derek, Dave and D.J. discuss the Atlanta Falcons win against the San Francisco 49ers, and break down how the Atlanta Falcons can continue to find success playing the Cincinnati Bengals on the road in Week 7.
How Arthur Smith, Marcus Mariota helped put complete game together beating 49ers | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott, Ashton and Tori break down a dominant Falcons victory where they beat the 49ers in every phase of the game. They discuss Marcus Mariota's big day and what it meant on his road to redemption, the run game's efficiency, replacing Cordarrelle Patterson and what the defense has done to get big takeaways and shut opponents down in the second half.
Kaleb McGary talks about life on and off the grid | Falcons in Focus
Falcons right tackle Kaleb McGary joins Scott and Tori to discuss life growing up the Pacific Northwest, about hunting and fishing and his prized possession, a giant broadsword he occasionally carries while walking his dog. McGary also talks about scoring big-man touchdowns, when how being in the NFL has changed life for his family.
Controversial calls, trades & turning points for Atlanta Falcons | Falcons Audible Podcast
Derek, Dave and Scott discuss the Atlanta Falcons loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and break down how the Atlanta Falcons can find success playing the 49ers in Week 6.
On Deion Jones trade, Grady Jarrett penalty, close loss to Tom Brady, Bucs | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott, Ashton and Tori analyze the reported Deion Jones trade, where the Falcons moved the veteran inside linebacker to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night. We break down the details of the deal and how it benefits the Falcons, plus we go over Deion Jones career in Atlanta. Then we get to the big moment of the day, a 21-15 loss to Tampa Bay, and the roughing-the-passer penalty that proved costly to the Falcons comeback hopes. We also talk about the Falcons issues early in the game, and how improving them can save Atlanta from dire straits late in the game.
(00:01:16): Breaking down reported Deion Jones trade to Cleveland and what it means
(00:07:45): State of Falcons ILBs after Deion Jones trade
(00:09:13): Putting a bow on Deion Jones' time in Atlanta
(00:11:15): Breaking down Grady Jarrett roughing-the-passer-penalty, what was said about it
(00:22:28): How Falcons doing better early can avoid problems late in game
(00:26:00): Playing without Kyle Pitts, Cordarrelle Patterson
(00:28:49): What Falcons must improve moving forward
A story of family: Mykal Walker discusses the joys of fatherhood
Inside linebacker Mykal Walker joins Tori McElhaney for the fourth episode of the Falcons in Focus podcast. Walker dives into the joys of fatherhood, friendship with Foye Oluokun and growing up with a twin brother. He also discusses whether or not he actually believes in twin telepathy as a twin himself.