Greetings, Falcoholics, welcome to the fourth edition of The Falcoholic’s Staff Spotlight. This series is similar to the “Fan Spotlight” articles, however, instead we profile a current staff member of The Falcoholic. You’ve read their articles, now get to know them a little bit more. This week’s “Staff Spotlight” is on The Falcoholic’s Cory Woodroof.
Hello! I’m Cory Woodroof, one of the scribes here at The Falcoholic. You probably know me from by patented terrible takes and penchant for dropping movie references into my columns. I’m a sports journalist and college adjunct professor in Nashville and love to intersplice my life with working with all the fine folks here at The Falcoholic.
I asked Cory some questions, so let’s get started.
How did you become an Atlanta Falcons fan and start writing for The Falcoholic?
Becoming a Falcons fan is something I wish made an ounce of sense. I was in sixth grade and needed an NFL shirt for some sort of school activity I believe. I went to Sears with my mom, and the Atlanta Falcons shirt was cheaper than the hometown Tennessee Titans shirt, so here I am! Well, it was also right in that 2004 NFC Championship berth season with Michael Vick, so Atlanta was a big deal in a way. I latched on, played with Vick on Madden 2004 sometime after, and the rest was history. What a mistake I’ve made.
No, but it’s fun. I got involved with The Falcoholic after writing and podcasting for Rise Up Reader with my dear friend Michael Aprile. We both came over after Matt reached out and looped Dave in, and they put our Falcon-y brains to work. I’ve been doing this for about two years now, which is hard to believe. It’ll be my third season with the site. Covering a game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium with Mike is one of my professional and personal highlights.
What are your thoughts on the Falcons 2019 offseason?
I’m cool with it to an extent! They threw all the hats into the offensive line group, which will be a good move we all appreciate more when the season gets going. I thought they hemmed and amended the roster appropriately and enjoyed the draft class, though I’d have preferred more game-ready talent as opposed to the traditional “draft-and-develop” prospects they like. We’ll see if the decisions on the defensive line move the needle; that’ll be key. I hope it does! If it doesn’t, it’ll be a missed opportunity for growth there, considering the draft and free agent pool.
What’s your favorite movie, and if you had to remake it, which Falcons players would you choose to play the roles?
My second-favorite movie is The Dark Knight, and I’d love to cast Falcons in that. Julio Jones would be Batman/Bruce Wayne, Thomas Dimitroff would be the Joker, Arthur Blank would be Commissioner Gordon and Matt Ryan would be Harvey Dent/Two-Face. And just for fun, Dan Quinn would be Bane in the third of these movies.
You attended the 2019 NFL Draft. Can you tell us about that experience?
I can! I went for my day job, primarily to track how it was all going in Nashville, how it would impact local athletes at all levels and just any fun, anecdotal stories. It was an awesome thing to be a part of. I didn’t get the chance to talk to any Falcons, which was kind of funny, since they picked twice in the first round, and neither guy came to town to attend the festivities. Next time!
What’s your outlook/prediction on the upcoming season?
I think it could go a lot of ways. I’m optimistic that they’ll be a playoff team in what I think will be a not-quite-as-competitive-as-usual NFC, and if they play to their potential, could make noise. It’s just hard to really wrap your head around what the ceiling is, and what the floor is. I think another 8-8 or less season would be unacceptable, considering the talent on the roster and in the coaches’ room. But I don’t think that’s where we’re headed. I think it’ll be a 10-6/11-5/12-4 type of season, with the team’s fate up to how it wants to play and scheme. That’s cliché, but it’s accurate. The Falcons’ biggest enemies are themselves, and always will be.
Is there anything you want to say to The Falcoholic readers?
You can follow me on Twitter at @CoryWoodroof47 and follow my work here on The Falcoholic. Thanks so much to all of you for reading my articles and listening to my podcast work; it’s always a nice thought to think you spend time with what I do, and it’s greatly appreciated. Rise up!
Well folks, that wraps up another edition of The Falcoholic’s Staff Spotlight. I’m very thankful for my friend Cory sharing his thoughts and experiences with us. Cory is a fantastic writer and film critic – but he’s an even better person. A few years he gave me my start writing about the Falcons, and it’s something I’ll never forget. Make sure to give him a follow at @CoryWoodroof47.
Additionally, you can find me on Twitter @EvanBirchfield. If you missed any of the past editions of The Falcoholic’s Staff Spotlight, you can view them by clicking the links below. Thanks for reading, Falcoholics!