5 things every Falcons fan needs to know Friday

FLOWERY BRANCH — Here’s everything you need to know Friday about the Falcons (6-2), who play at San Francisco (2-6) at 4 p.m. Sunday at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

New Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said during Tuesday's introductory press conference in Flowery Branch that he would have a hand in reworking the defense with help from assistant coaches Richard Smith and Raheem Morris, but was unsure whether he would be calling plays.

Here’s Falcons head coach Dan Quinn at his introductory press conference in Flowery Branch. The Falcons are now halfway through his first season and he’s up for a military honor.

  1. PRACTICE: The Falcons will have their last practice of the week at 11:30 a.m. today. It’s usually a brisk one.
  2. GOING BACK TO CALLY: After the open locker room media session, the Falcons will travel out to California. “We’re leaving on a Friday,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “We’ll have our practice here. And we’ll head out there Friday. Then we’ll have no meetings that night. Saturday morning will be like a typical Saturday here. We’ll have our walkthrough together and have our practice film. We love the routine that we go through, so we thought by getting out there a day early it allows us to have a Saturday routine like we like so that was the real decision behind it.”

    Here's Gino Gradkowski at center with the first-team on Thursday. Don't know what that mark is on his head. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

    Here’s Gino Gradkowski at center with the first-team on Thursday. Don’t know what that mark is on his head. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

  3. GRADKOWSKI TO START?: The Falcons appear set to make a move at center. Mike Person returned to practice yesterday, but Gino Gradkowski was snapping with the first-team during warm-ups in the open portion of practice. Person and James Stone have had bad snaps in both of the losses.  Gradkowski started 16 games with Baltimore in 2013.
  4. COLEMAN BACKUP KICKOFF RETURNER: With Devin Hester down (IR) and Nick Williams coming back from a hamstring injury, running back Tevin Coleman was tacking kickoffs behind Eric Weems with the special teams units. At Indiana, he returned 30 kickoffs for 690 yards (23 yard average) and one touchdown.
  5. COACH QUINN NOMINATED FOR MILTARY AWARD: Dan Quinn was announced as the Falcons nominee for the “Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.” The award, presented annual by USAA and the NFL, honors a league member who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community. USAA is the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the NFL. Dan was nominated by the Falcons because of his dedication to providing military members and families with experiences they will cherish for a life time. He’s hosted a number of events that include a Military Appreciation visit at Fort Gordon and a fishing tournament with Wounded Warriors, coaches and players. On August 9, Dan also hosted the first ever Atlanta Falcons Military Day at Training Camp, awarding the first 1,000 guests through the gates with a Military ID with two complimentary Atlanta Falcons tickets. (This is separate from the sponsorship program the team has in the controversy of “paid patriotism.” The U.S. Senate report called “Tackling Paid Patriotism” says Atlanta is ground zero for military tributes bought and paid for with taxpayer funds: the Falcons ($879,000), Braves ($450,000) and Hawks ($225,000) each led their respective leagues in Defense Department contracts that included military tributes.)

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How did the Falcons get to 6-2?

Here’s a look back at the game stories, news and notes from the Falcons’ 23-20 overtime loss to Tampa Bay,  win over the Titans (10-7), the loss to the Saints (31-21) and their victories over the Redskins (25-19 in OT), Texans (48-21), Cowboys (39-28), Giants (24-20) and Eagles (26-24).

TAMPA BAY GAME COVERAGE — Bucs 23, Falcons 20 in OT

5 things we learned in the Falcons’ 23-20 loss to the Bucs

How the Falcons lost to the Bucs in OT

10 comments from Dan Quinn after the loss to the Bucs

Adams disagreed with overtime pass interference call

Matt Ryan’s miscues help to gift the Bucs’ 20 points

QUOTEBOARD: What the Falcons were saying after the 23-20 loss to the Bucs

Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston bests his role model: ‘Mr. Ryan’

Falcons defense holds up, but forces no turnovers

Falcons rallied behind wide receiver Julio Jones

Bucs rookie linebacker Alexander dedicates win to deceased brother

TENNESSEE GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 10, Titans 7

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ 10-7 victory over the Titans

BRADLEY: Falcons do enough to survive

10 comments from Dan Quinn after the Falcons’ 10-7 victory over the Titans

NEW ORLEANS GAME COVERAGE — Saints 31, Falcons 21

5 things we learned in the Falcons’ 31-21 loss to the Saints

Saints hand Falcons their first loss — Quarter by Quarter

Matt Ryan: ‘It was a tough night’

5 comments from Dan Quinn on the Falcons’ loss

What the Falcons had to say after their 31-21 loss to the Saints

Why didn’t the Falcons feed Freeman? — Mike Check

Falcons flash some of their ugly past — Jeff Schultz column

Falcons-Saints by the numbers

Tweetcap: Falcons flop in New Orleans

WASHINGTON GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 25, Redskins 19 in OT

Falcons pull out 25-19 victory over Redskins in OT — Quarter by Quarter

5 things we learned in the Falcons’ 25-19 win over the Redskins

Alford’s 59-yard interception return saves the day

What the Falcons had to say after the 25-19 win

Ryan, offense struggle with turnovers

Mark Bradley column: The Frenetic Falcons: Five-and-oh-my!

Roddy White hears support from the crowd

15 comments from Dan Quinn on the Falcons’ victory

Roddy White: ‘I’ll be a Falcons for life’

Tweetcap: Falcons beat Redskins in OT

TEXANS GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 48, Texans 21

How the Falcons hammered the Texans — Quarter by Quarter

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ 48-21 win over the Texans

Devonta Freeman stars again for the Falcons

What the Falcons had to say after pummeling the Texans

9 comments from Dan Quinn on the Falcons’ victory

Jeff Schult’z column: Devonta Freeman, 7 TDs — who didn’t see that coming

Schraeder, Matthews keep Watt in check

Hankerson turns in a 100-yard receiving day (second of his career)

Houston’s J.J. Watt tips hat to the Falcons

Former Falcons great Jessie Tuggle honored during Texans game

COWBOYS GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 39, Cowboys 28

Falcons 39, Cowboys 28 — Quarter by Quarter

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ 39-28 win over the Cowboys

Mark Bradley’s short takes: Julio, Freeman and the defense

Devonta Freeman is catalyst for Falcons run game

QUOTEBOARD: What the Falcons had to say after beating Dallas

Julio Jones does it again: 12 catches, 164 yards and two touchdowns

Mark Bradley column: A dominant half shows what he Falcons could be

Offensive line cracked the run-game code

Ryan directed second-half fireworks show

Beasley help lead resurgence on defense

Where’s Falcons wide receiver Roddy White?

GIANTS GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 24, Giants 20

Falcons 24, Giants 20 — Quarter by Quarter

5 things we learned from Falcons’ 24-20 win over the Giants

Mark Bradley column — Don’t stop believin’: Dan Quinn’s men are 2-0

A record day for Julio Jones: 13 receptions

Kroy Biermann: ‘We’re a ball-attacking team’

EAGLES GAME COVERAGE — FALCONS 26, EAGLES 24

5 things we learned from Falcons’ upset win over Eagles

Matt Ryan leads Falcons to 26-24 win over the Eagles

Jeff Schultz column: An impressive debut by Quinn’s new Falcons

Mark Bradley column: A new year: The Falcons dig deep and hang on

Julio Jones moves into fifth on Falcons’ all-time receiving list

Tevin Coleman powers new rushing attack

Ricardo Allen seals victory in first start at free safety

4 questions with Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones after the game

Falcons rookies Beasley, Jarrett make impact

Falcons’ revamped offensive line shows positive signs

Falcons quotes after their victory over the Eagles

Falcons-Eagles: By The Numbers

 


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