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Pete Carroll Clarifies Bruce Irvin's Atlanta Comments

Stephen Brashear/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- After rumors surfaced of a potential draft day trade and comments of a potential exit from Seattle, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll clarified the situation surrounding defender Bruce Irvin.

After Irvin commented to that "I'm going to be in Atlanta next season," at an Atlanta Hawks playoff game, many assumed that the Seahawks linebacker would reunite with former defensive coordinator Dan Quinn who assumed the head coaching position this season with the Falcons.

"I'm really glad you asked me that, because he didn't say that," Carroll said. "We've been talking all along. He has been working out in Atlanta for these three weeks, and he said (that) in response to the question 'Do you want to come back home?' He said everybody likes to come back home, and it's a dream to come back home. It wasn't in reference to leaving us and coming back (to the Falcons). He was really adamant about it, and I asked him to leave it and not go at it anymore."

The Seahawks recently declined Irvin's fifth-year option on his rookie contract, which would allow him to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season.

"Anybody can put those messages out, and they have a life to them," Carroll said. "Our guys are getting better at understanding that, and Bruce has learned again from this lesson."

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Falcons Owner Arthur Blank Supports Robert Kraft

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(ATLANTA) -- After receiving the largest fine in NFL history, the New England Patriots and owner Robert Kraft have the support of another owner, who was recently fined too.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank threw his support behind Kraft in light of the punishment levied against the franchise for the Deflategate scandal.

The Patriots were penalized in the form of a $1 million fine and a loss of two draft picks. Quarterback Tom Brady also received a four game suspension.

"I’m not in the league office and so I don’t consider judgment," Blank said, speaking of the Patriots’ penalty. "I think the process that (the NFL) went through was very thoughtful. Mr. (Ted) Wells is a highly regarded independent investigator. I read the report ... I read the appendix. I read the independent reports done by the 'experts,' if you will."

"What he’s going through has nothing to do with my respect for him," Blank said of Kraft. "My respect for him is well earned over my 14 years of working with him as an owner. He’s one of the owners that when he stands up and talks in the room, everybody listens, and the reason is Robert has earned the reputation of thinking about the league first; not about my club first. He takes care of his club as well, but the league first.

"I’m confident that Robert will work through this," he continued. "Obviously, he’s not happy about it. He shouldn’t be happy, just like I was not happy about what happened to our own franchise. The league is not happy about having to be put in a position where they’re dealing with fines, suspensions and things of that nature. It’s painful for them as well. There’s no joy in the league office when they’ve got to make those kinds of decisions."

Blank and the Falcons were punished by the League for artificially pumping noise into the Georgia Dome during home games. Atlanta lost their fifth-round pick for the 2016 season and was fined $350,000.

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Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin Says He'll Be Playing in Atlanta in 2016

Stephen Brashear/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin says he will be playing for the Atlanta Falcons come the 2016 NFL season.

"I'm going to be in Atlanta next season," Irvin told while attending the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals in Atlanta on Wednesday night. "I'm ready."

The Seahawks did not pick up the fifth-year option on Irvin's contract, which would have cost the team $7.8 million in 2016.  Irvin will be making $1.6 million in 2015.

Irvin is from Atlanta, and he's interested in joining former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who is now the head coach of the Falcons.

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Falcons Fined $350K & Lose NFL Draft Selection

Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League fined the Atlanta Falcons $350,000 on Monday for piping in crowd noise during home games at the Georgia Dome over the past two seasons.

The Falcons will also have their fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft taken away. If they have multiple picks in that round, the league will dock the highest selection.

“What took place was wrong and nowhere near the standards by which we run our business,” Falcons owner and chairman Arthur Blank said in a statement. “Anytime there are actions that compromise the integrity of the NFL or threaten the culture of our franchise, as this issue did, they will be dealt with swiftly and strongly.”

The NFL also suspended Falcons president Rich McKay from the league’s competition committee from April 1 through at least June 30.

“The Falcons and all of our other businesses are built upon a foundation of values that drive our decision making,” said Blank. “The issue was a clear failure in that regard. I apologize for any embarrassment this situation has caused the NFL, our fans and our Falcons players and associates.”

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RB Steven Jackson Released by Falcons

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Atlanta Falcons released the NFL's active leader in rushing yards (11,388) running back Steven Jackson on Thursday.

The 31-year-old Jackson still had one year left on the three-year contract he signed with the team. The move saves the Falcons $3.75 million against the salary cap.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Jackson originally was selected with the 24th overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He played nine seasons in St. Louis before playing the last two in Atlanta. During that time he's carried the ball 2,743 times, averaging 4.2 yards per touch while scoring 68 touchdowns. He also caught 460 balls for 3,663 yards and nine touchdowns. Jackson had 190 carries for 707 yards and six touchdowns last season.

With Jackson gone, the Falcons are left with youngster Devonta Freeman as their only signed running back. Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith are about to become free agents.

The Falcons ranked 24th in the NFL with 93.6 rushing yards per game last season.

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Falcons Name Dan Quinn Head Coach

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has been hired as the team's new head coach.

According to ESPN, it's a five-year deal. The Falcons will have a press conference to introduce Quinn on Tuesday.

“This is an exciting day for the Atlanta Falcons franchise and our fans,” Falcons Owner Arthur Blank said. “Dan is a talented football coach who has a deep and diverse history in the game, which will serve us well. As we got to know Dan during the interview process, it became clear that he has a definitive plan for our football team and what it will take to win on a consistent basis. He also has a proven ability to develop players by maximizing their individual strengths. For these and many other reasons, Dan became our top pick, and I’m confident our players, staff, fans and community will be proud to have him represent the Falcons."

Quinn becomes the 16th head coach in Falcons history, taking over for Mike Smith, who finished his career in Atlanta as the franchise's winningest coach.

The 44-year-old Quinn spent the past two seasons as the Seahawks defensive coordinator. In both seasons, the 'Hawks defense led the NFL in fewest points and yards allowed.

“I am grateful for this opportunity, and I am excited to be the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons,” Quinn said. “This felt like the right fit from the beginning, and I want to thank Mr. Blank for his resolve as this was an extended and complicated process. My goal is to build upon the foundation that has been laid here and to play a physical brand of football as we build a championship caliber team.”

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Report: Atlanta Falcons Investigated For "Fake" Crowd Noise

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA, Ga.) -- While national attention has been drawn to the New England Patriots and underinflated footballs, another NFL team is being investigated for cheating.

The Atlanta Falcons are accused of projecting artificial crowd noise into the Georgia Dome over the past two seasons, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"We were informed during the season that the league office is looking into crowd noise during our games," a Falcons team spokesman said. "We have cooperated fully with them, and we're awaiting the outcome."

The Falcons are alleged to have played phony crowd noise while the opposing team huddled to call its play. 

In a similar fashion to deflated footballs, some question how much of an advantage was gained. Many teams now utilize a silent count by which the offense begins their play based on when the center snaps the ball, rather than the quarterback starting the play with an audible sound.

The Falcons are 6-10 the past two seasons at home. 

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Report: Dan Quinn to Be Named Falcons Head Coach

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(ATLANTA, Ga.) -- Once the Super Bowl has concluded, the Atlanta Falcons are expected to name Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as their head coach, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Quinn, 44, has served as defensive coordinator of the Seahawks defense for the past two seasons after replacing Gus Bradley, who took the head job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Falcons have already named Kyle Shanahan as the team’s offensive coordinator, though it has been rumored that his hiring is contingent on Quinn being hired.

Raheem Morris, a former player of Quinn at Hofstra in the late 1990's, will likely join the Falcons as defensive coordinator.  Morris was previously head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-2011.

Quinn has been in a bit of a tricky situation because of NFL rules. As a member of a coaching staff that is actively in the postseason, Quinn was only available to interview during the Seahawks bye weeks -- the wild card round and this week leading up to the Super Bowl.  No team was able to hire him until the Seahawks season concluded.

He will replace Mike Smith, who served as Falcons head coach for the past seven seasons. 

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Falcons Fire Head Coach Mike Smith

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After seven seasons on the job, the Atlanta Falcons have fired head coach Mike Smith.

Despite heading into Sunday's game at 6-9, they had a chance to win the NFC South against the Carolina Panthers. They wound up losing 34-4, and that was the final straw for Smith in Atlanta.

"Smitty's contributions to our club, team and city over the last seven years are numerous," team owner Arthur Blank said in a release. "His accomplishments on the field made him the most successful coach in the 49-year history of the Falcons, and we are grateful for the foundation he has laid for us for the future."

Smith won double-digit games in four of his first five seasons in Atlanta, including a 13-3 record in 2012.

The team experienced little playoff success despite the team going 66-46 under Smith. Atlanta made the playoffs four times under Smith, but went just 1-4 in the postseason.

Smith is the Falcons' all-time coaching wins leader.

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Panthers Crush Falcons to Win NFC South

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Tre Boston and Roman Harper both had pick-6s, and Cam Newton ran and threw for a touchdown as the Carolina Panthers humiliated the Atlanta Falcons 34-3 Sunday to win the NFC South.

The Panthers (7-8-1) become the first team since 2010 to make the playoffs with a losing record.

"The beautiful thing -- record doesn't matter," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. "That's the best part."

The Panthers hurried Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan throughout the game, pressuring him on 21 of his passes and sacking him six times.

The Falcons (6-10) would have made the playoffs with a win but couldn't get anything going offensively.  Star receiver Julio Jones only had four catches for 58 yards.

Carolina returns to the playoffs for the second straight season and improves its record in December to 15-3 under coach Rivera.

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