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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Friday, Feb. 5

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The Super Bowl is on Sunday, and since the Falcons are not participating, we figured we’d set you up with some fresh Falcoholinks as a consolation.

Matt Ryan speaks on the draft

It’s no secret that the Falcons could very likely select Matt Ryan’s eventual replacement in the 2021 NFL Draft, but what we haven’t known is what Ryan thinks about that possibility.

The Falcons’ franchise quarterback finally spoke on the subject in an interview with 680 The Fan on Wednesday.

As for Matt Ryan’s future with the team, for what it’s worth, the Falcons have not had any discussions about moving either of them this offseason and it remains unlikely.

Coaching staff hires

A flurry of new coaching hires this week, as the Falcons brought in Thomas Stallworth as the new strength and conditioning coach, as well as Brian Griffin as director of coaching ops.

The team also hired Dwaune Jones as its new assistant director of college scouting, and assistant OL coach Chandler Henley, who coached alongside Arthur Smith in Tennessee.

Bears free agents?

The Falcons named former Chicago quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone as their new offensive coordinator, so it begs the question: Could he lure some Bears free agents to Atlanta?

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Our Kevin Knight dropped his latest mock draft this week, and in this iteration the Falcons select their quarterback of the future by standing pat at No. 4 on the board.

And with us looking forward to the 2021 NFL Draft, it’s critical to look back on the Dimitroff/Quinn regime and their draft work, and how the strategy may shift under Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith.

Roster review: Special teams and safeties

Younghoe Koo had a coming-out-party kicking for the Falcons in 2020, but how did the rest of the unit look — and more importantly, how does it look moving forward? In any event, Atlanta should have a returner battle worth watching this offseason.

The safety spot is where we could see some significant turnover, as the Falcons will likely move on from Ricardo Allen, and Keanu Neal’s impressive 2020 season could push his price tag outside Atlanta’s comfort zone.

The Falcoholic Live Episode 132

Miss out on the crew from The Falcoholic Live discussing the new coaching additions as well as some Senior Bowl takeaways? Catch the full episode right here.

CEO Steve Cannon: Good guy!

On Wednesday, Atlanta Falcons CEO Steve Cannon was named the recipient of the NFL’s Salute to Service Award after being a finalist for the last two years. The award celebrates the efforts to honor military members and their families.

Cannon spoke to The Falcoholic about his passions that led to the award, and also took some time to discuss the new regime and the process that brought Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith to town.