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Quarterback Matt Ryan likes the feel of Falcons new offense

...addressed it and tried to improve. We're getting there."After going 10-22 during the past two seasons under coach Mike Smith, Ryan sees no reason why the Falcons can't build a foundation to return to the playoffs after a two-year absence...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2015-06-16/quarterback-matt-ryan-likes-f
Vic Beasley eager to prove Falcons made right call in draft

...a dormant Falcons pass rush that had just 83 sacks over the last three years, fewest in the NFL, under former coach Mike Smith and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.In four years at Clemson, Beasley had 33 sacks, broke up nine passes, forced...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2015-06-18/vic-beasley-eager-prove-falco
Thomas Smith

...of Atlanta; his daughters Maggie Smith of Washington D.C. and Millie Smith of Augusta, GA; his brothers Bill and Mike Smith; and his nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Teresa...

http://www.legacy.com/Link.asp?I=LS000175126902
Falcons take Clemson's Vic Beasley with No. 8 pick

...to be honest," Beasley said.The pass rush was a weakness for the Falcons the last two seasons under former coach Mike Smith. The Falcons struggled to replace defensive end John Abraham, who was cut after leading the team with 10 sacks in 2012...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-04-30/falcons-take-clemsons-vic-be
Falcons appearing willing to trade up or down from No. 8 pick

...back, among other areas, have the No. 8 overall pick. That was because of a 6-10 finish in 2014 that cost coach Mike Smith his job. Dimitroff said he is excited about the potential "to move up and back" from the No. 8 spot."There's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2015-04-28/falcons-appearing-willing-tra
Dortmund has slight edge over American Pharoah in Kentucky Derby

...Star, Louisiana Derby wins. ... Next start: Kentucky Derby. ... Odds: 17-1.8. Far Right (Ron Moquett, Mike Smith): Finished strong to gain distant second in Arkansas Derby and earn needed points. ... Next start: Kentucky Derby...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2015-04-14/dortmund-has-slight-
Dortmund still No. 1 in AP's Run to the Roses ranking

...Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds. ... Next start: Kentucky Derby. ... Odds: 17-1.8. Far Right (Ron Moquett, Mike Smith): With 22 points, horse needs to finish in money in Arkansas Derby to gain spot for Kentucky Derby. ... Next start...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2015-04-07/dortmund-still-no-1-
American Pharoah favorite in Kentucky Derby

...is listed at 20-1.Far Right will have the most ground to make up out of the far outside No. 20 post under jockey Mike Smith."I thought, 'I'll take the outside because I didn't want the one spot with everyone crashing down on top of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-04-29/american-pharoah-favorite-ke
Falcons will open season on Monday Night Football against Philadelphia

...After two losing seasons, Quinn, the former defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks, was hired to replace Mike Smith, the winningest coach in franchise history, on Feb. 2.The first-time head coach will take center stage, with the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2015-04-21/falcons-will-open-season-mond
New Falcons coach Dan Quinn lays out specific plan for each player

...tapes, showing each player what he does well in technique and what part of his game needs extra work.Since replacing Mike Smith on Feb. 2, Quinn has looked forward to the first meeting, and he says it met expectations.Quinn says player turnout...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2015-04-09/new-falcons-coach-dan-quinn-l