Atlanta Falcons NFL team blog by the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter

A closer look at the Falcons pass rush

12:09 pm Jun. 9, 2016

FLOWERY BRANCH – The top offseason priority for the Falcons has been to figure out how to generate a ferocious pass rush.

The coaches will point out that pass rush isn’t all about sacks. You also

A closer look at the Falcons’ defensive line rotation

10:00 am Oct. 1, 2015

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons have played nine defensive linemen in two of the three games.

Defensive end Malliciah Goodman didn’t play against the Giants because of a triceps injury.

“We are trying to roll them through,”

For grillmaster Paul Soliai, bonding over bar-b-cue is vital

7:41 am Jul. 28, 2014

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons defensive tackle/nose guard Paul Soliai, the team’s major acquisition this offseason, is attempting to anchor the defense on and off the field.

After Soliai became become comfortable in his new

surroundings, he invited the

Countdown to camp: Day 6 — Defensive line

6:00 am Jul. 20, 2014

FLOWERY BRANCH — The countdown can kick into overdrive this weekend.

Coach Mike Smith, who’s been out in Montana, and general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who’s been out cycling with Lance Armstrong, will be back in the office Monday.


Countdown to camp: Day 10 – New coaches

6:00 am Jul. 16, 2014

FLOWERY BRANCH — The start of the Falcons training camp is 10 days away.

We’ll start our countdown by looking at the new assistant coaches. Mike Tice, Wade Harman and Bryan Cox were added to the

UPDATE: Falcons are $10.1 million under the salary cap

1:51 am Mar. 14, 2014

[protected-iframe id=”e83eb28b5e6ec90b6ac1ac4bb9ed52cb-58441833-57875119″ info=”Watch video; width=”600″ height=”364″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”] After the recent $80.5 million free agency spending spree, the Falcons are $11.6 million under the $133 million salary cap, according to NFLPA documents.

UPDATED SUNDAY AT 8:40 AM: The NFLPA documents have been updated to include Joe Hawley’s contract. The Falcons have $10,194,447.00 million (top 51) under the cap for 2014, according to NFLPA documents.


Current Contracts:58

TR Share:$353,718,750.00

Adjusted Cap: $135,743,934.00

Benefit Share: $33,250,000.00

Team Cap:

Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

6:33 pm Mar. 12, 2014

Falcons defensive Tyson Jackson, who was the No. 3 overall pick of the 2009 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, signed a five-year, $25 million contract after becoming an unrestricted free agent. A total

VIDEO: Reaction to Falcons free agent moves

4:10 pm Mar. 12, 2014

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The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and Jeff Schultz join CineSport’s Noah Coslov to review the Falcons’ signings on the first day of free agency and to discuss where the team still has needs.