Falcons still struggling to win on road

...2013 season.Strong wins at home have kept the Falcons (2-2) tied for first in the unimpressive NFC South. Coach Mike Smith isn't deceived. He said he knows his team can't expect to make the playoffs without a turnaround on the road...

Falcons lose three linemen in defeat

...injury-wise," Toilolo said. "That's unfortunate that we're in that situation. But at the same time, coach (Mike) Smith always talks about being ready and next guy up trying to step in without having any drop-off."Almost as concerning...

Falcons' defense prepares for Vikings rookie quarterback

...made his debut in Sunday's 20-9 loss to the Saints after starter Matt Cassel broke his left foot.Falcons coach Mike Smith said his game plan for the Vikings changed with Cassel's injury."We've got a challenge in my mind with an athletic...

Union plans to appeal Ray Rice's suspension

...he's expecting to play against Tampa Bay on Thursday night.He was a limited participate in practice Monday. Coach Mike Smith said he expects Matthews to fully participate in practice today. REDSKINS: Coach Jay Gruden is optimistic Robert Griffin...

Atlanta Falcons haven't pressured quarterbacks

...whether through the draft or in free agency. They haven't ranked in the top half of the league in sacks since 2008 ? Mike Smith's first season as coach ? and there's no sign of anything changing this year.At times, Smith has gotten defensive...

Ga. woman's body found by rural road

...Georgia Highway 22 in Oglethorpe County has been sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy, Oglethorpe County Sheriff Mike Smith said.The woman, identified as Ashley Leanne Watson, 31, of Crawford, Ga., was found about 5:35 p.m. by family...

Atlanta Falcons will stick to alternating backs in Week 2

...Jackson and his backups combined for 123 yards rushing, 72 yards receiving and two touchdowns on 27 touches.Coach Mike Smith wants his backfield to give opponents different looks all season."That group is very unselfish," Smith said. "Probably...

Devin Hester proves ability to thrive on Falcons offense

...against the New Orleans Saints.The Falcons won 37-34 in overtime."It was not the least bit surprising," coach Mike Smith insisted Monday.Then again, there was plenty of skepticism after the Falcons doled out big money to sign Hester as...

One-sided rivalry has Falcons wanting a good start to new season

...coach, the Saints are 73-39 with two division titles, five playoff appearances and a Super Bowl championship. Since Mike Smith took over as Falcons coach in 2008, Atlanta is 60-36 with two division titles and four trips to the playoffs.Diplomatically...

Falcons, Jaguars trying to finalize offensive line spots

...preseason games with an ankle injury."It's going to be an important night for a lot of players," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "It's going to be an important night for our organization. We've got some tough decisions to make."