Sep 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) calls an audible in the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Who Are The Atlanta Falcons?

With the game now hours away here is a look at my iPad exclusive Miami Dolphins Preview GuideWho Are The Atlanta Falcons?”  Page 32 of the guide.  The free guide is available on iTunes here.


Who are the Atlanta Falcons?

Head Coach – Mike Smith

GM – Tom Dimitroff

Owner – Rich McKay

Mike Smith entered the NFL as a head coach the same year Miami hired Tony Sparano.  Sparano was the 2nd runner up to Coach of the Year losing to Mike Smith.  The Atlanta Falcons were close to hiring Bill Parcells to run their operation before then owner Wayne Huizenga swooped in and dropped a ton of guaranteed money on Parcell’s door step.  There was a rumor at the time that had Parcells signed with the Falcons, Miami would have hired Dimitroff as the GM.  If that had been the case there is a good chance that QB Matt Ryan would have been Miami’s top draft pick over LT Jake Long.


The Dolphins lead the all-time series 7-4.  This is the 12 meeting between the two teams.  The last meeting was in 2009 a loss by the Dolphins.


The Atlanta Falcons advanced to the NFC Championship game for the first time under Smith and Ryan losing to San Francisco.  They are expected to advance deep into the playoffs in 2013 but a 1-2 start could stymie those expectations.

The Dolphins will face Matt Ryan and next week Drew Brees followed by Joe Flacco.  Last week they faced Andrew Luck.  All four QB’s were voted to the Pro-Bowl last season of course Joe Flacco did not play due to the Super Bowl.

2013 Draft

CB Desmond Trufant – Washington

CB Robert Alford – S. Western Louisiana

DE Mallicaiah Goodman – Clemson

TE Levine Toilolo – Stanford

DE Stansley Maponga – Texas Christian

S Kemal Ishmael – South Florida

S – Zeke Motta – Notre Dame

QB – Sean Renfree – Duke


Brent Grimes will face his former team for the first time.

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