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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Wednesday, Jan. 2

The long offseason begins, and the links endure.

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Monday was a day of departures, as the Atlanta Falcons parted ways with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel, and special teams coach Keith Armstrong. There were more walking papers to be issued, however. Curious? Read on for Wednesday’s edition of Falcoholinks.

Wade Harman gone

The Falcons announced on Tuesday that they would be moving on from tight ends coach Wade Harman. Harman had been with the team since 2014 — first as an assistant offensive line coach — and had helmed the role of tight ends coach since Dan Quinn’s arrival in 2015.

He likely won’t be the last assistant to be let go, but with the growth of Austin Hooper it was a bit of a perplexing firing. Of course, it could have to do with an incoming OC and personnel preferences.

Mock Draft 2.0

Offseason time means mock season time, and The Falcoholic’s Eric Robinson is out with his latest mock draft for the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have nine picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, and Eric’s latest is what the draft class could look like should the team go trench-heavy with their first four picks (and they should). Familiarize yourself with some potential future Falcons right here.

Looking at the big picture

The Atlanta Falcons will do their fair share of tinkering between now and kickoff of the 2019 season, but there are some major moves they need to make in order to keep their Super Bowl dreams alive. Dave Choate runs through the decisions that have to be made on both sides of the ball — from letting Tevin Coleman walk to clearly sorting out the kicker situation.

Keeping the stables stocked

With all of the activity over the past two days, you wouldn’t be blamed if you missed some news about reserve/futures contracts. No worries: We got you.

The Falcons signed nine players to reserve/futures deals, including quarterback Kurt Benkert, offensive lineman Sean Harlow, and tight end Alex Gray.