Podcast: Dimitroff, Quinn on roster moves, 2019 and more
General manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn join Matt Tabeek on Falcons Audible podcast to discuss what goes into building the 2019 Falcons – from roster cutdowns, offseason moves to preseason evaluations – and share their expectations for the coming season.
Physicality, competition and surprises at AT&T Training Camp | Falcons Audible Podcast
Dave and DJ are joined by Atlanta Falcons Digital Managing Editor, Scott Bair, for a special podcast episode during AT&T Training Camp. Join the team as they talk Training Camp surprises, the run game, and discuss physicality and competition.
Check out Scott Bair on the Falcons Final Whistle podcasts, available wherever you listen to your podcasts.
Kyle Pitts, A.J. Terrell, Drake London and other training camp standouts | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott, Tori and new Falcons digital reporter Ashton Edmunds break down the early portions of training camp, including top standouts, updates on position battles and, of course, how quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Desmond Ridder have done over the first stretch of camp practices. We also discuss the Falcons' desire to prove expectations wrong as they work to usher in a period of sustained success
(00:00:20): Introducing Ashton Edmunds, our new Falcons features reporter!!
(00:06:20): Kyle Pitts, A.J. Terrell and other camp standouts
(00:13:20): Updating position battles along Falcons offensive line
(00:19:26): Competition driving intensity up in Falcons camp
(00:26:12): First impressions of Marcus Mariota, Desmond Ridder in camp
Football is back at AT&T Training Camp | Falcons Audible Podcast
Derek, Dave and DJ are excited to be back at AT&T Training Camp. Join the team as they discuss camp happenings, reflect on their training camp experiences and prepare for what's to come this season.
Previewing Falcons 2022 training camp battles, storylines | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott Bair and Tori McElhaney break down major storylines and position battles to keep an eye on once training camp begins this week. That includes position battles along the offensive and defensive line, the development of a new-look pass rush and, of course, the quarterback spot with Marcus Mariota as Desmond Ridder as options under center. We take a look at all that and more in this 2022 training camp preview
(00:00:00): Intro; setting up Falcons training camp storylines
(00:03:25): How lines of scrimmage might shape up
(00:07:23): Can new players improve Falcons pass rush?
(00:13:43): Will QB turn out to be a real competition?
(00:17:33): Marcus Mariota's rare opportunity
Pees in a Pod: Dean Pees shares stories from two decades coaching in the NFL | Episode 2
In the second episode of the two-episode series, Dean Pees and Tori McElhaney continue their conversation about his coaching career. In the early 2000s, Bill Belichick hired Pees to join his Patriots staff. After a couple Super Bowls wins, one that included a blackout in New Orleans, four teams, two retirements and two decades in the league, Pees reflects on all the lessons learned and memories made along the way.
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.
Ranking position battles heading into training camp | Falcons Final Whistle Podcast
Scott and Tori break down the most intriguing Falcons training camp battles, which will determine key contributors to the 2022 campaign. We take a deep dive into the offensive line, edge rushers, linebackers and quarterbacks, determining who will fight for significant roles on this depth chart.
(00:00:00): Intro; ranking Falcons camp battles
(00:04:17): Offensive line jobs up in the air
(00:10:32): Arnold Ebiketie, Ade Ogundeji and Falcons edge rushers
(00:19:00): Deion Jones, Mykal Walker and the inside linebackers
(00:27:05): Marcus Mariota vs. Desmond Ridder
Deion Jones, Desmond Ridder and other lingering pre-camp questions | Falcons Final Whistle Podcast
Scott and Tori break down what they learned during the Falcons offseason program and what's left unresolved heading into training camp. They discuss Deion Jones, Marcus Mariota and Desmond Ridder, and which rookies could realistically make an instant impact during the 2022 campaign.
Offseason program observations on Marcus Mariota, Desmond Ridder, Kyle Pitts and others | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott and Tori discuss what they learned during the Falcons offseason program, which concluded with a mandatory minicamp. That includes how Marcus Mariota and Desmond Ridder looked, Cordarrelle Patterson's individual offseason program, Kyle Pitts, A.J. Terrell and practice news and notes Falcons fans need to know.
(00:00:00): Intro; Erik Harris calls Scott out
(00:03:14): Overall minicamp observations
(00:12:12): What we saw from Falcons quarterbacks
(00:19:00): Thoughts on Cordarrelle Patterson ramping up individually
(00:20:50): Thoughts on secondary, receiver groups
(00:26:05): Kyle Pitts and A.J. Terrell
A.J. Terrell joins a live episode at Mercedes-Benz Stadium | Falcons Final Whistle Podcast
Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell joined Scott and Tori to talk about playing NFL football in his hometown, playing with Casey Hayward and why he's optimistic that the Falcons are headed in the right direction during a special episode recorded LIVE after an OTA conducted in front of fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Marcus Mariota, Desmond Ridder and what to expect from OTAs | Falcons Final Whistle
Tori and Scott break down what to expect from Falcons OTAs and minicamp, including storylines to follow during this practice-heavy portion of the offseason program. Drake London, Kyle Pitts and Casey Hayward, among others, will be top of mind for players to keep a close eye on as we move forward. But, as always, the primary focus will be on quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Desmond Ridder.
Breaking down Falcons 2022 NFL Schedule release | Falcons Final Whistle Podcast
Scott, Kris and Tori discuss every aspect of the Falcons 2022 schedule, including key matchups, dates and times of the most important games, including those at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. They break down the tough stretches and easy roads, identifying whether the Falcons can exceed expectations while navigating a tough slate.
Breaking down Drake London, Desmond Ridder NFL Draft picks, Grady Jarrett extension | Falcons Final Whistle
NFL Network senior writer/reporter and Falcons contributor Steve Wyche joins the Scott, Tori and Kris to break down Atlanta's NFL Draft from every angle, including the selections of Drake London and Desmond Ridder. We also react to the Grady Jarrett extension news, which broke as we were recording, and then provided a big-picture analysis of where the Falcons stand after the draft.
(00:00:00): Intro; Steve Wyche joins the pod!!!
(00:07:40): Why the Falcons went with Drake London at No. 8
(00:16:15): What it means landing QB Desmond Ridder at No. 74
(00:25:38): Reaction to Grady Jarrett extension news (which broke while we were recording!!)
(00:31:10): National perception of what Terry Fontenot, Arthur Smith are doing with Falcons roster
Reactions to 2022 NFL Draft pick Drake London and what this means for Day 2 of the Draft | Falcons Audible Podcast
Derek and Dave discuss the Atlanta Falcons' No. 8 pick, WR Drake London and how his selection could impact the picks in the following days.
What Terry Fontenot, Arthur Smith can do on first two days of NFL Draft | Falcons Final Whistle Podcast
Kris, Tori and Scott discuss how the Falcons can use five selections in the top 82 overall to improve their roster, by trading up or down in the draft or simply five possible impact players. We take it a step further and break down which positions should be prioritized, and whether the Falcons should target a quarterback to challenge Marcus Mariota and possibly succeed Matt Ryan as franchise quarterback.
Who are the Falcons picking at the 2022 NFL Draft? | Falcons Audible Podcast
Derek, Dave and DJ discuss their picks for the 2022 NFL Draft, identify key areas the Atlanta Falcons will focus, and dive into what Free Agency and 'Sleeper Picks' will do to this year's roster.
How Falcons can fix edge rusher, receiver spots in 2022 NFL Draft and beyond -- Falcons Final Whistle
Scott, Tori and Kris evaluate the state of the Falcons edge rushers and receivers, and how Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith can strengthen those position groups in the 2022 NFL Draft and beyond. That includes the possibility of using the No. 8 overall pick, or a trade down in the first round on one of those two spots. It also looks at helping those positions over the long haul, as opposed to reaching for a quick fix.
(00:05:05): Edge rusher or receiver with No. 8 overall pick?
(00:09:46): Considering Jermaine Johnson, Chris Olave as trade-down targets
(00:14:16): Assessing how to fix edge rusher position in NFL Draft and beyond
(00:24:20): Assessing how to fix receiver position in NFL Draft, free agency, trades
Does Calvin Ridley suspension change Falcons offseason plan? | Falcons Final Whistle
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?
What Terry Fontenot, Arthur Smith must address at NFL Combine, before free agency | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott Bair, Tori McElhaney and Kris Rhim break down what Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith said during their press conferences at the NFL Scouting Combine, including Matt Ryan, Calvin Ridley and possibilities of freeing up salary-cap space before free agency begins on March 16. We set you up for a busy stretch of the offseason, where we'll see the Falcons make big moves to set themselves up for the 2022 season.
(00:02:27): Addressing what Arthur Smith, Terry Fontenot said about Matt Ryan and Calvin Ridley
(00:09:49): Addressing Terry Fontenot's 'elephants in the room'
(00:14:38): Falcons approach to free agency, Fontenot's sales pitch
(00:21:16): Why Falcons freeing up cap space is so complicated
Debating the biggest needs Terry Fontenot, Arthur Smith must address | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott, Tori and Kris break down the Falcons biggest needs, including which position takes the top spot, in the latest episode of the Falcons Final Whistle podcast. While edge rusher is the obvious choice, we debate other spots that simply must be addressed this offseason, and why this priority list shouldn't influence what the Falcons do at No. 8 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft.
(00:00:00): Intro, Tori explains how all positions are needs
(00:06:31): Where is the Falcons biggest roster need?
(00:17:37): Which players of need would be best fits for the Falcons??
(00:25:07): How should Falcons address the offensive line?
(00:27:30): Drafting best player over need
What Falcons can learn from Bengals quick ascent with Joe Burrow | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott Bair, Tori McElhaney and Kris Rhim take a look at the Cincinnati Bengals' rise from worst to first in the AFC during a run to the Super Bowl and whether the Falcons can emulate that quick ascent to prominence while Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith work to usher in a period of sustained success.
(00:00:00): Intro, initial thoughts on Bengals Super Bowl run
(00:07:39): Outside Joe Burrow, what keyed the Bengals rise from worst to first?
(00:17:28): How Joe Burrow factored into this Bengals surge
(00:23:50): How Falcons can emulate Bengals ascent (in their own way)
Assessing Cordarrelle Patterson's value, Falcons future | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott, Tori and Kris discuss Cordarrelle Patterson's future with the Falcons, just weeks away from him hitting the open market in unrestricted free agency. He unlocked true potential during his first season with Arthur Smith and the Falcons, saying that city of Atlanta changed his life and that he'd like to retire a Falcon. Will that happen? We break it all down on Falcons Final Whistle in our latest question of the week.
(00:00:00): Intro, initial thoughts on Cordarrelle Patterson's value
(00:08:10): How should Falcons prioritize Patterson compared to other pending free agents
(00:13:15): How much should, or could the Falcons pay for a new deal?
(00:18:30): Thoughts on Patterson's social media campaign to stay in Atlanta
(00:24:10): What needs to happen for Falcons to re-sign Patterson, and will he be back?
How Sean Payton, Tom Brady leaving NFC South impacts Falcons | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott, Tori and Kris discuss major NFC South news and how the Falcons are impacted by Tom Brady's retirement and Sean Payton stepping away at Saints head coach. How will the divisional race change and should the Falcons do anything different with the division coming back to them? We discuss all that and more in this episode of Falcons Final Whistle. As a listener note, we recorded this episode before Brady made his retirement official, so there is some now outdated discussion of whether he'll return for one more season.
(00:00:41): Intro, initial thoughts on NFC South news
(00:07:37): How Falcons will react to Payton/Brady leaving the division
(00:10:44): How Bucs could be impacted by Brady retirement
(00:13:18): Why losing Sean Payton is a big blow to Saints
(00:15:15): Should these departures change the Falcons' approach to this offseason?
What do Falcons do with Matt Ryan in 2022 and beyond? | Falcons Final Whistle
Scott, Tori and Kris open the first offseason episode of Falcons Final Whistle with a discussion quarterback Matt Ryan's performance in 2021, whether he should be back in 2022 (and beyond) and how the Falcons could execute a succession plan at quarterback after having Ryan calling signals for so long.
(00:00:00): Intro to the offseason version of Falcons Final Whistle
(00:05:31): Evaluating Matt Ryan's 2021 campaign
(00:08:57): Impact of Matt Ryan's contract on decisions about his future
(00:13:32): Will Matt Ryan be Falcons starting quarterback in 2022?
(00:18:03): How should the Falcons execute a succession plan at quarterback?