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The Falcoholic Live: Bucs vs Saints Playoff Watch Party

The Falcoholic Live: Bucs vs Saints Playoff Watch Party

Join the crew of The Falcoholic Live for a playoff watch party at 6:30 PM ET as two NFC South rivals in the Bucs and Saints clash in the divisional round. We’ll be chatting with viewers and answering your questions about the Falcons offseason and hiring of Arthur Smith. Watch the stream below or on YouTube beginning at 6:30 PM ET Fellow Falcoholics, welcome to The Falcoholic Live’s Divisional Round Playoff Watch Party! Two NFC South rivals—the Bucs and Saints—clash on Sunday in what should hopefully be a better game than what we were subjected to last week. There are...
8 hours ago
Watch NFL Divisional Sunday and root against the Saints

Watch NFL Divisional Sunday and root against the Saints

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via It’s Chiefs-Browns and Buccaneers-Saints day. Yesterday, the Bills rolled past the Ravens and the Packers dispatched the Rams, setting those two teams up for their respective conference championship games. The Packers have been here in the recent past, but for Buffalo, it’s the first time since 1994. Now we wait to see who they’ll be playing. Today, the Chiefs face the Browns in the early game starting at 3:05, setting up either Kansas City’s second straight AFC Championship berth or Cleveland’s first ever. The late...
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The NFC South will be a very different division in 2021

The NFC South will be a very different division in 2021

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ The Bucs are no longer guaranteed basement dwellers, and every other team in the division is undergoing significant change. The NFC South has been one of the most competitive divisions in football for a long time now, even if it has just two titles in the past 20 years. The Falcons and Saints have had long stretches of winning, the Panthers have had stellar highs, and the Buccaneers...well, they’re good this year! A lot of that excellence came from stability, especially over the last decade. With Matt Ryan, Cam Newton and Drew Brees ensconced...
15 hours ago
Falcons fans are cautiously optimistic about the Arthur Smith hire

Falcons fans are cautiously optimistic about the Arthur Smith hire

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports Fact: Arthur Smith brushes his teeth six times a day Falcons fans have endured a lot over the past five seasons: unprecedented highs and unimaginable lows. But here we are, looking forward to a better future, one where we don’t get Tom Brady’d on the reg. The future of the franchise is up in the air right now. Whether we’re in for a quick resurgence or a lengthy rebuild remains to be seen. But the decision to hire former Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith as the next head coach makes sense. He did wonders with the...
Jan 16, 2021
Watch NFL Divisional Round Saturday for two intriguing matchups

Watch NFL Divisional Round Saturday for two intriguing matchups

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports It’s Rams-Packers and Bills-Ravens in what should be two great games. We have to wait until tomorrow to see if the Buccaneers can bump off the Saints and allow the Falcons to make their hiring of new general manager Terry Fontenot official, but that doesn’t mean that Divisional Round Saturday lacks for intrigue. First up in about a half and hour, we’ll be looking at Packers versus Rams. Green Bay has gone from a struggling, listless team under Mike McCarthy to a juggernaut under Matt LaFleur, who has gone from hyped assistant on Kyle...
Jan 16, 2021
Falcons rumored to be considering Dean Pees for defensive role on Arthur Smith’s staff

Falcons rumored to be considering Dean Pees for defensive role on Arthur Smith’s staff

Pees is a tremendous coach, and this would be a top-shelf addition to a new coaching staff. The rumors about who will be joining the Falcons’ new coaching staff are coming in hot and heavy here shortly after Arthur Smith was hired, which means he’s likely moving fast to fill his staff. Yesterday, we heard from insider Adam Caplan that Chicago Bears passing game coordinator Dave Ragone might be the offensive coordinator under Smith, and today we’re hearing something new for the defensive side of the ball. Where Ragone is a relatively unproven coach who hopefully will mesh...
Jan 16, 2021
Titans free agents Arthur Smith might want on the Falcons

Titans free agents Arthur Smith might want on the Falcons

Photo by Wesley Hitt/ From Jadeveon Clowney to D’Onta Foreman, there are options if Smith wants to bring some of his beloved Titans with him. We don’t know who will be on Arthur Smith’s coaching staff yet, but we do know who will be hitting free agency for the Tennessee Titans this spring. The simple fact that those players played for or at least on the same team Smith coached means speculation about an influx of ex-Titans to Atlanta is a very reasonable thing to speculate about. Let’s do so today. A tip of my cap to my old friend Aaron Freeman, who saved me...
Jan 16, 2021
How Arthur Smith’s 2020 TItans offense ranked against the Falcons and the rest of the NFL

How Arthur Smith’s 2020 TItans offense ranked against the Falcons and the rest of the NFL

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports It’s all about efficiency and balance for Smith, but can he bring that to Atlanta? The Falcons are hoping Arthur Smith winds up coaching the Falcons well enough to get them back into the playoff picture and eventually a Lombardi Trophy. They would not have hired him if they didn’t think he could do that, but whether he can actually do that is very much an open question. Much will depend on whether Smith’s offensive acumen translates over to the Falcons. This is a league where great offense can carry you a long way, and...
Jan 16, 2021
Falcoholic Reacts: How are fans feeling about the postseason?

Falcoholic Reacts: How are fans feeling about the postseason?

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ You know, the one the Falcons are spending looking for a new front office and coaching staff. Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Atlanta Falcons fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. The NFL is headed into the divisional round of the playoffs. Sadly, the Falcons are not in it and we’re immersing ourselves in a coaching and general manager search, but hundreds of Atlanta fans are still weighing in via our weekly Reacts survey and they are...
Jan 16, 2021
NFL Scouting Combine reportedly will look very different in 2021

NFL Scouting Combine reportedly will look very different in 2021

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The league is still figuring things out, but new Falcons GM Terry Fontenot and his front office will be stepping into a new world of Combining. Traditionally, the NFL Scouting Combine is a place where players have been able to impact their draft stock with impressive interviews and standout drills in front of every NFL team. That will still be the case in 2021, but it won’t be because hundreds of people gathered in Indianapolis. Per Albert Breer at Sports Illustrated, Indy won’t be the central location and the event will likely be all...
Jan 15, 2021
Falcons reportedly may add Bears passing game coordinator Dave Ragone to Arthur Smith’s staff

Falcons reportedly may add Bears passing game coordinator Dave Ragone to Arthur Smith’s staff

Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports He’ll take on an offensive coordinator or passing game coordinator role in Atlanta. Dave Ragone is probably not a household name in your particular household unless you were a big fan of NFL Europe, where he was the Offensive MVP for the Berlin Thunder back in 2005. Ragone didn’t have much of an NFL career as a player after those lofty heights, but he has now put together a decade-long coaching career there, and that experience and being on the same staff as new Falcons coach Arthur Smith might wind up leading him to Atlanta. Per...
Jan 15, 2021
Poll: How do you feel about the Arthur Smith hire?

Poll: How do you feel about the Arthur Smith hire?

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports Good, upset, or indifferent? Arthur Smith is the new head coach of the Falcons. He’s the first offensively-inclined head coach in a long time, and he’ll be tasked with getting the Falcons back to being one of the league’s most effective offenses. Smith was hired because of the work he did with Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry, as both took off while he was the offensive coordinator with the Titans. His offenses the past two years were noteworthy for their efficiency—especially in the passing game—and red zone...
Jan 15, 2021
Breaking down candidates for Arthur Smith’s Falcons coaching staff

Breaking down candidates for Arthur Smith’s Falcons coaching staff

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports Smith’s long tenure in Tennessee means he’s overlapped with some experienced coaches he may want on his staff. Now that Arthur Smith is the next head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, there are many questions swirling about what his offense is going to look like, who the team is going to be looking to add this offseason, and of course just how effective Smith will be in that role. All of that is in the future, of course, particularly that last bit, which is the part that’s terrifying. One of the determining factors in his...
Jan 15, 2021
Falcons hire Arthur Smith as new head coach: The Falcoholic Live

Falcons hire Arthur Smith as new head coach: The Falcoholic Live

After an exhaustive search, the Falcons have finally chosen a new head coach: Titans OC Arthur Smith. Join the crew of The Falcoholic Live as they break down the hire of Smith and reported agreement to hire Saints executive Terry Fontenot at GM. Watch the stream below or on YouTube beginning at 5:00 PM ET It’s an exciting time to be a Falcons fan, as the team has announced that Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith has been hired as the next head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. The crew of The Falcoholic Live is here to break down the hiring of Smith at HC along with the...
Jan 15, 2021
Falcons hire Arthur Smith as new head coach

Falcons hire Arthur Smith as new head coach

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Atlanta looks to a young, offensive mind to lead their franchise going forward. After Arthur Blank fired former head coach Dan Quinn after just 5 games into the 2020 season, Falcons fans have wondered just what the team would do at head coach. After finishing 4-12, would the team keep Raheem Morris in the position he fulfilled through the remaining 11 games? Well, it looks like they have decided to move in a brand new direction while also getting younger in the process. It appears the team is ready to hire Tennessee Titans offensive...