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Video: The 1-7 Falcons Look to Take Down the 7-1 Saints in New Orleans

It’s a tale of two teams at the opposite end on Sunday when the 1-7 Falcons take on the 7-1 Saints in New Orleans.

Here’s a preview of the Sunday NFC South showdown from CBS Sports.

Falcons Place RB Ito Smith on IR; Promote OL Sean Harlow to Active Roster

As the Falcons get set for a NFC South showdown with the Saints on Sunday, they were busy on Saturday making some roster moves.

The team announced that they have inked offensive linemen Sean Harlow from the practice squad to the active roster, and have placed second-year running back Ito Smith on injured reserve.

Harlow was a fourth-round draft choice of the Falcons in the 2017 NFL Draft. He has been on the team’s practice squad, and the move comes one day after the Falcons declared reserve offensive lineman Wes Schweitzer out for Sunday’s game due to a concussion.

As for Smith, he was second on the team’s depth chart entering the year, and overall has 106 yards rushing with a score on 22 carries.

He suffered a concussion against the Rams and hasn’t taken the field since. With Smith on IR, you can expect to see more of Brian Hill getting chances on the team’s offense.

Ryan Allen Signed by the Falcons to Take Over the Punting Duties

Ryan Allen, who will be the Falcon’s fifth punter of the season, was signed by the team on Monday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Allen, 29, spent the past six seasons with the Patriots and played in every game from 2013-18. He averaged 45.3 yards per punt over 409 punts with the Patriots.

The Falcons replaced punter Kasey Redfern, who was released last week.

Video: Falcons Fight Back Only to Fall to the Seahawks 27-20 to Drop to 1-7

The Falcons got behind big early, and while they rallied back to make it a game, they still fell short losing to Seattle 27-20 to drop to 1-7 on the year.

The Falcons Defense Continues to be the Downfall of the 2019 Campaign

At 1-5 this season the Atlanta Falcons have already allowed 186 points this season, which by the way is one over the next worst team in the division, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

If you look at this website or others, you will see there are many theories as to why this team has yet to produce on defense which was supposed to be a huge deal this offseason, but the good news is that there is still time to turn it around.

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The pass defense has stunk, the secondary has allowed too many big plays, and overall this is a team that simply has not been able to get off the field in crunch time.

With the seat of head coach Dan Quinn as hot as ever, the team had better come up with some ways to be better on defense, or someone isn’t going to have a job much longer.

“We started last week looking at all of the stats part of it, something you don’t want to do,” Quinn said via the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

“We went back through all of the games and said which issues are we having that we can get coached and get corrected to go.”

The Falcons have not had a defense that has made plays in a few seasons, and a lot of that blame has to go on Quinn and the coaching staff.

If they can’t get this turned around, a 1-5 record is the last thing that this team is going to have to worry about.

There were some positives in the loss to the Arizona Cardinals last week, but overall the effort and consistency was just not there for this team to be competitive on weekly basis.

“Although there were two or three explosive plays that were in the zones, there were actually a number of techniques that were actually played quite a bit better,” Quinn said.

“We are going to push on that again (Wednesday).”

The play of the team’s defense is just one of the many issues that this team has had since they blew the lead of all leads in the Super Bowl a few years back.

The start of the defense has to come from inside, and they have to make sure to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks and bring them down when they get the chance.

Missing chances on defense has been the story line of 2019 to date. As the team sits allowing 271.2 yards passing per game, which ranks 27th of 32 teams in the NFL, there’s no where to go but up it seems.

But it had better happen sooner than later.

Report: Falcons Won’t Move Fast in a Decision Regarding Dan Quinn

The Falcons are off to another slow start this season, and many are pointing the finger at head coach Dan Quinn and calling for a change at the top spot.

Not so fast.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that despite the teams’ latest slow start, the the Falcons are not in any huge hurry to make a change and fire their head coach, despite what the numbers look like.

The coach said he won’t give up play-calling duties on defense, this after a week where DeShaun Watson and the Texans offense put up a massive amount of points and yards in a win.

Here’s what Rapoport wrote early Sunday about the coaching situation with the Falcons.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank maintained an optimistic tone this week about his football operation and head coach Dan Quinn despite last week’s blowout loss to the Houston Texans.

According to people familiar with Blank’s thinking, the owner wants to see progress over the next three weeks before the Week 9 bye or changes could come, with Quinn among them.

Traditionally, Blank does not embrace midseason coaching changes. Despite the slow start to this season, the philosophy of judging at the end of the season is still the preferred approach.

With the team struggling, you have to wonder how much of ‘an optimistic tone’ Blank will keep if Quinn and the team continues to struggle.

Dan Quinn Says He’ll Stick with Calling the Falcons Defense Despite 1-4 Start

The seat of Falcons head coach Dan Quinn appears to be getting hotter by the day, and with the team sitting at 1-4, there’s questions about how long he’ll be able to hang on if the team continues to struggle.

CBS Sports reports that Quinn, despite the issues after five games, is not ready to give up the play-calling duties on defense, which might be a good idea so be can focus in on coaching the team.

Here’s the latest on the play-calling and Quinn:

The Falcons finished just 7-9 last season following that whimper of a start and aren’t on track at the moment to finish any better this time around, and a key reason is, well, nearly everything. Their offense has a former league MVP in Matt Ryan, a perennial All-Pro wideout in Julio Jones and one of the best young receivers in the league in Calvin Ridley, and yet they’re averaging only 20.4 points per game — good enough to be just 20th in the NFL in that category.

They’re much worse defensively, currently allowing the second-most points per game by opponents this season (30.4), behind only the winless and hapless Miami Dolphins.

“My job is to fix it,” Quinn said as the team looks to change their path this week against the Arizona Cardinals, via ESPN. “Moments like this are a reminder of why we coach and play, because we love it so much. But my ego would never be as big as the team. I always do what’s best for the team.”

What’s best for the Falcons right now, Quinn believes, is to leave defensive play-calling duties right where they are — with him.

Titans at Falcons NFL Week Four Inactives

Here’s your inactives for today’s matchup between the Titans and Falcons.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Inactives: OT Aaron Stinnie, OG Kevin Pamphile, TE Anthony Firkser, LB Sharif Finch, CB Tye Smith, LB David Long Jr. and DE Matt Dickerson

ATLANTA FALCONS

Inactives: RB Kenjon Barner, DT Deadrin Senat, OT John Wetzel, CB Jordan Miller, OL Matt Gono, WR Olamide Zaccheaus and RB Qadree Ollison

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