Good morning, Atlanta Falcons fans. It’s Sunday, and today is the Wimbledon final for any of you interested in tennis. You know it’s the football ‘dead zone’ when I bring up tennis, right? Today on Blogging Dirty, we will be continuing our countdown to fantasy football with a look at the top 20 quarterbacks. Oh, and NFL Sundays are now just nine weeks away. Let’s get started.
Falcons depth chart breakdown & analysis: Linebacker — Scott Carasik of Bleacher Report
"In 2014, linebacker could have been considered the weakest part of the Atlanta Falcons defense. They had just one quality linebacker starting while the likes of Joplo Bartu and Prince Shembo saw a bunch of playing time that they shouldn’t have been seeing."
Why Paul Soliai will be quietly counted on in 2015 — Dave Choate of The Falcoholic
"Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai were much-maligned after 2014, and with good reason. Both were well paid, and despite their presence in the middle of theFalcons’ defensive line, Atlanta still had one of the worst run defenses in football. While Jackson’s 2015 prospects with the Falcons are certainly up for debate, Soliai’s are not."
Why Atlanta Falcons can reach the Super Bowl — Alessandro Miglio of Bleacher Report
"The Falcons have gone 10-22 over the past couple of seasons, dooming Smith even though they were one game shy of capturing the NFC South crown last season. It also paved the way for new head coach Dan Quinn to bring some of that sweet Seahawks success down from the Pacific Northwest."
Which Falcons FAs are heading for extensions? — Dave Choate of The Falcoholic
"You’ll recall that we took a mid-May look at the Falcons’ expiring contracts for 2016 and concluded there were several players who would be worth watching this year given their impending free agency. Today, I’d like to consider how many of those players might be heading for extensions, either in-season or just after the season wraps up."
NFL Festivus Airing of Grievances for each NFL team — Joe Soriano of NFL Spin Zone
"Same boat as Texans fans. If only Roddy White, Sam Baker, and Julio Jones were healthy for the entire season. If only Matt Ryan didn’t have to do everything due to a dysfunctional offensive line and defense. If only John Abraham were willing to stay. If only Tony Gonzalez could stay for another year."