Archive for the ‘Atlanta Falcons’ Category

NFL owners mull cut of regular-season overtime to 10 minutes (The Associated Press)

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
''That is a significant change to our current replay rule and it is something that will be on the floor and will be debated next week,'' NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino said. The powerful competition committee, of which Vincent and Blandino are members, believed it's a player safety issue, noting that number of snaps for games going to OT - especially deep into the overtime - is excessive.

Greg Cosell's NFL Draft Preview: Christian McCaffrey has a great skill set, but what's his NFL fit? (Shutdown Corner)

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
My sense is that Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey will be polarizing in NFL draft rooms, but not necessarily because of his skill set.

Falcons sign team president Rich McKay to 5-year extension (The Associated Press)

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
The Atlanta Falcons announced a five-year contract extension with team president Rich McKay on Tuesday. McKay will remain with the team at least through June 2022, serving as president and chief executive officer of the Falcons as well as president of owner Arthur Blank's AMB Sports & Entertainment. McKay was hired by the Falcons in 2004 and served as general manager for four seasons.

Patriots star Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey found in Mexico (Reuters)

Monday, March 20th, 2017
The New England Patriots jersey that vanished after quarterback Tom Brady wore it in the team's fifth Super Bowl victory last month has been found in Mexico, officials said on Monday. The jersey and a second one Brady wore in a championship victory two years earlier were taken by a former Mexican media executive who had been credentialed to cover the February game in Houston, according to the National Football League and law enforcement officials. Mexican authorities found the missing jersey at the home of Martin Mauricio Ortega, a former director of Mexico's La Prensa newspaper, in a raid following a Federal Bureau of Investigation request, a government source told Reuters.

Patriots star Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey found in Mexico (Reuters)

Monday, March 20th, 2017
(Updates with Mexican newspaper saying former executive is suspect) BOSTON, March 20 (Reuters) - The New England Patriots jersey that vanished after quarterback Tom Brady wore it in the team's fifth Super Bowl victory last month has been found in Mexico, officials said on Monday. The jersey and a second one Brady wore in a championship victory two years earlier were taken by a former Mexican media executive who had been credentialed to cover the February game in Houston, according to the National Football League and law enforcement officials. A Mexican newspaper group said on Monday a former staffer was involved in the theft, following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Houston Police Department and league security.

NFL competition committee considers shorter overtimes (AFP)

Monday, March 20th, 2017
A proposal to shorten overtime periods in NFL games from 15 minutes to 10 will be considered next week when the NFL's Competition Committee gathers during annual league meetings in Phoenix. A report on the NFL's website said the committee will propose trimming one-third of the total time teams have to avoid a draw in pre-season and regular season contests. The new shorter time period would not apply to playoff games, where the 15-minute time frame -- the same as a normal quarter in an NFL game -- would remain.

Brady's stolen NFL Super Bowl jerseys recovered (AFP)

Monday, March 20th, 2017
The jersey stolen from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after last month's Super Bowl has been found, authorities confirmed Monday, pointing the finger of blame at a journalist from a Mexican newspaper for the theft. The NFL said in statement Brady's jersey -- worth an estimated $500,000 -- and a second jersey worn by the quarterback at the 2015 Super Bowl were recovered in Mexico following an FBI-led probe. A helmet believed to belong to Von Miller, the Most Valuable Player at the 2016 Super Bowl won by the Denver Broncos, was also recovered, according to US reports.

Patriots star Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey found in Mexico (Reuters)

Monday, March 20th, 2017
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The New England Patriots jersey that vanished after quarterback Tom Brady wore it in the team's fifth Super Bowl victory last month has been found in Mexico, officials said on Monday. The jersey and a second one Brady wore in a championship victory two years earlier were taken by a former Mexican media executive who had been credentialed to cover the February game in Houston, according to the National Football League and law enforcement officials. A Mexican newspaper group said on Monday a former staffer was involved in the theft, following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Houston Police Department and league security.

Dontari Poe signs with Falcons, strengthening defensive line (Shutdown Corner)

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Dontari Poe, the most statistically successful quarterback in the history of the NFL, has signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Poe’s a former first-round draft pick and two-time Pro Bowler who spends most of his time on the defensive side of the ball. Poe, a DT, will add heft and depth to a defense that played championship-level football for three-quarters of Super Bowl LI.

U.S. judge upholds NHL defenseman's shortened ban, in defeat for Bettman (Reuters)

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday rejected National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman's bid to restore Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman's 20-game suspension for hitting a linesman, and instead upheld an arbitrator's decision to shorten the ban to 10 games. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan said the NHL failed to show that the arbitrator, Georgetown University law professor James Oldham, exceeded his authority under the league's collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the NHL Players' Association (NHLPA) in halving the suspension.