Dear Falcons Fans,
Just about a year ago, at a small podium at the 2008 Scouting Combine, I stood in front of new Atlanta head coach Mike Smith as he talked about his opportunity to turn the Falcons around after a disastrous season.
"It's been a good couple of days," Smith said at the time. "It's been an exciting time for me to be here, getting started with our staff and having the opportunity to work with [GM] Thomas Dimitroff. I'm real excited about the opportunity to be the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. This has been a good process for us."
Little did we know that Smith and Dimitroff would engineer one of the best drafts in franchise history and use that as the catalyst for one of the NFL's greatest single-season turnaround stories. Matt Ryan, Sam Baker, Curtis Lofton, Harry Douglas and others contributed to Atlanta's improbable 11-5 run.
And now, as the team goes forward to new greatness, FalconInsider.com has a major change to announce, as well. The site now has a new writing staff, consisting of the following people:
1. I'll be adding my administration of FalconInsider.com content to a list of work that includes writing for Football Outsiders, The Washington Post, ESPN.com, and others;
2. Scott Eklund, who will headline our pre-draft and draft coverage, Scott has written for Scout.com at the high school, junior college, college, and NFL levels. Few are more tuned in to the prospect scene;
3. Brian McIntyre, our resident Football Outsiders game charter and media gadfly. Brian will be providing news, notes, and analysis, as well as some special in-season surprises.
We're going to be doing this all day, every day, and it's our goal to being you the best Falcons coverage anywhere. We also respect the message board community that's already been created here, and the current mod staff will remain intact. We also want to hear from you - feel free to sound off about what you'd like to see either on our message boards or by e-mailing me directly at doug-at-marsbonfire-dot-com.
It's a great time to get in on the ground floor by signing up for a monthly or annual Total Access Pass. Go to https://secure.scout.com/a.z?s=122&p=12 and check out what you'll be getting:
- Unlimited access to the entire Scout.com Network
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- The most in-depth free agency and draft rankings anywhere
- Complete coverage of NFL Draft and Free Agency
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- 2009 Scout.com NFL Season Preview (mailed in June)
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Right now, we're just moving in; we'll be back to you soon with more news and a few more exciting announcements.