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Matt Schaub Expected to be Back with the Falcons in 2020

The Falcons are expected to pick up the $2 million 2020 option on veteran quarterback Matt Schaub according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Schaub started one game in 2019, throwing for 460 yards against the Seahawks. Unfortunately, it took 52 attempts to do so and the Falcons trailed 24-0 at halftime. It was Schaub’s first start since 2015. The veteran will turn 39 years old in June and cannot be counted on as a realistic option for contention if Matt Ryan misses time.

The Falcons seem to be an organization that values continuity above all else, as seen in the surprising decision of owner Arthur Blank to bring head coach Dan Quinn back for yet another season. It would nevertheless not be a surprise if the team decided a late-round draft pick to fortify their QB room.

Devonta Freeman’s Future with the Falcons Up in the Air

Devonta Freeman’s future in Atlanta is in doubt, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports.

Once a rock-solid marriage, it appears as if the running back’s union with the Falcons may be nearing its end. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday the Falcons are considering parting ways with Freeman less than halfway through his five-year contract extension.

Financial impact is the main reason for such a move, as Freeman is now through the three seasons with the highest dead cap numbers. That figure drops from $12.75 million to $6 million in 2020, making that type of release and resulting financial burden easier to bear. Conversely, Freeman’s cap hit (if he’s kept on the team) rises from $6.75 million to $9.5 million in 2020. This contract was designed for such a parting of ways when it was signed in 2017.

Back then, Freeman was an integral part of Atlanta’s offense, which had reached Super Bowl LI with Kyle Shanahan calling the offensive shots and returned to the Divisional Round of the playoffs in 2017. Freeman and teammate Tevin Coleman made up the backfield duo that served as Atlanta’s offensive foundation under Shanahan and his replacement, Steve Sarkisian. Freeman had rushed for exactly 3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns from 2015-2017. He was worth the money.

Since then, Freeman has played in just 16 games over two seasons, rushing for 724 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 433 receiving yards and four receiving scores. Coleman is in San Francisco, where his team just fell painfully short in Super Bowl LIV. A lot has changed.

Freeman’s 3.9 yards per carry in 2019 were a career low, but it’s not all on the running back. Atlanta was generally abysmal for a large portion of 2019, and Freeman was returning from a groin injury that landed him on injured reserve after just two games in 2018.

Falcons TE Austin Hooper Says He’s Not Gotten an Offer From the Team

Falcons tight end Austin Hooper, who’s set to play in the Pro Bowl as a alternate, updated his contract situation in an interview with 92.9 The Game in Orlando on Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“If the organization wants me, they’ll offer me,” Hooper told Caleb Johnson of 92.9 The Game. “I still haven’t received an offer from them. … As of now, I’m enjoying what could be my last game as a Falcon at the Pro Bowl.”

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the talks with Hooper were “trudging along” while in Mobile on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl.

Hooper is set to become a free agent in March, but the Falcons could slap him with the franchise tag.

Video: Falcons Close Out 2019 with a NFC South Battle with the Buccaneers

The Falcons are on the road Sunday in their 2019 finale as they take on the rival Buccaneers.

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Falcons Announce Coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff to Return in 2020

The Falcons on Friday announced that Dan Quinn will return as head coach in 2020 and secondary coach Raheem Morris will be promoted to defensive coordinator according to atlantafalcons.com.

GM Thomas Dimitroff will also be retained and both Quinn and Dimitroff will now report directly to Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay.

Quinn had been serving as both head coach and defensive coordinator this season but, given that the team has played much better defensively since Morris was switched to the defensive side of the ball during the bye week, will cede coordinator duties at the end of 2019.

The Falcons have recovered from a miserable 1-7 start by winning five of their last seven and saved Quinn’s job for the second consecutive year.

Quinn survived this year by the skin of his teeth but if the Falcons fail to improve on their sluggish 2019, the 49-year-old’s sixth season in Atlanta could-and should-be his final one.

It’s been a whirlwind season for Morris, who began the year as Atlanta’s wide receivers coach.

There is no denying that the defense has played much better since Morris switched positions, moving from the 31st-ranked unit in the league in scoring defense to a top-10 unit in most statistical categories.

A long-time position coach (he also served as Jon Gruden’s successor in Tampa Bay), this will be Morris’ first stint as an NFL defensive coordinator.

Video: Falcons Build Early Lead, Top Jaguars at Home 24-12

The Falcons built an early lead, but did more than enough to hold on as they topped the Jags 24-12 on Sunday at home.

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NFL Week 16 Inactives – Jaguars at Falcons

Here’s today’s inactives for the Jags and Falcons week 16 battle.

Jaguars: WR C.J. Board, LB Preston Brown, QB Josh Dobbs, TE Charles Jones, DT Dontavius Russell, OL Tyler Gauthier, DT Carl Davis

Falcons: WR Brandon Powell, CB Jordan Miller, DE Austin Larkin, G Jamon Brown, OG Sean Harlow, OT John Wetzel, DL Deadrin Senat

Video: Falcons Travel to Jacksonville for Week 16 Meeting with Jaguars

The 5-9 Falcons are on the road in week 16, as they travel to Jacksonville to take on the same record 5-9 Jaguars.

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