Falcons being investigated by the NFL

Here are a few notes as we get closer to the day the Falcons will announce their new head coach.

Reports surfaced Sunday the Falcons may be in trouble with the NFL. The team has been investigated for allegedly piping in fake crowd noise into the Georgia Dome during games, increasing the volume when the opposing team had the ball.

If the allegations prove true, the Falcons could be fined and even possibly lose a draft pick. That is something the Falcons can ill afford to lose considering the tremendous needs the team has moving forward this season.

This is rather embarrassing, and the Falcons should fire whomever came up with this idea. This is common sense, right? You probably don’t even need to look at the rule book to know the NFL would not like this at all.


* Fox Sports reported Saturday that Atlanta Falcons defensive backs coach Tim Lewis will not be part of new coach Dan Quinn’s staff. Instead, Lewis will leave the Falcons and become the San Francisco 49ers new defensive backs coach replacing Ed Donatell, who left to join John Fox with the Bears.

* So we are now a day away from the Falcons being able to name Dan Quinn as the new head coach. It’s now February. The Falcons have waited a long time to replace Mike Smith, who was fired after seven years on the job. The announcement should come Monday with a press conference likely on Tuesday.

* Falcons team owner Arthur Blank told the AJC’s Jeff Schultz that the team will answer more questions at the coach’s press conference about the front office structure. Blank was still vague about what Thomas Dimitroff and Scott Pioli will do, saying the “process” is the most important part of the equation. Not sure what that means, but we’ll find out hopefully at the press conference.

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