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Talkin' Birdy

Talkin' Birdy

By Chase Irle
Matt Karoly and the SportsTalk ATL Team, along with special guests, come together to cover every aspect of the Atlanta Falcons.
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Can Arthur Smith get the Falcons to the playoffs in Year 1?

Talkin' Birdy

Pre-Combine & Senior Day Draft Breakdown with Adam Holloway & Hunter Thompson
Jake Gordon and Alex Lord are joined by draft experts Adam Holloway & Hunter Thompson to take an early look at the 2022 NFL Draft. 
January 19, 2022
Can Arthur Smith get the Falcons to the playoffs in Year 1?
The gang is back as Matt Karoly, Jake Gordon, and Alex Lord recap the last three weeks of Falcons action before getting into their all-important matchup with the 49ers. A win, and the playoffs look like a real possibility, but with a loss, it would be just about time to start looking towards the draft. Can Arthur Smith get the job done in Year 1? The gang discusses that and more in the 29th episode of Talkin' Birdy. 
December 15, 2021
Falcons vs. Cowboys: Week 10 Preview
After a week off, Talkin' Birdy is back to discuss the Falcons surprising win over the Saints, Matt Ryan and AJ Terrell's elite play, the cut of JTM, playoffs? And of course, Atlanta's upcoming showdown with the Dallas Cowboys 
November 10, 2021
Falcons vs. Panthers: Week 8 Preview
Matt Karoly and Jake Gordon return to discuss the Falcons current winning ways and the opportunity to go above .500 for the first time all season against the Panthers. They also talk about the current playoff picture and the upcoming trade season. 
October 26, 2021
Falcons vs. Dolphins: Week 7 Preview and Mailbag 2.0
Matt Karoly and Jake Gordon return this week to break down the Falcons matchup with the Dolphins following the bye week. The two then answer some of your questions as part of their second mailbag of the season. 
October 20, 2021
Falcons Bye Week Round Table
Episode 24 of Talkin' Birdy is a special one. Jake Gordon and Matt Karoly are joined by a bevy of Falcons writers to discuss everything that's gone on to this point of the season as the team enters their bye week. Have expectations been met thus far? Who are the early season MVPs? What has Arthur Smith done good and what has he not? And much more. 
October 13, 2021
Falcons vs. Jets: Week 5 Preview
Matt Karoly, Jake Gordon, and Alex Lord break down a miserable Falcons loss to the Washington Football Team. They discuss the injury to Isaiah Oliver and Cordarrelle Patterson's breakout campaign before getting into Atlanta's Week 5 matchup with the Jets in London. 
October 06, 2021
Falcons vs. Washington Football Team: Week 4 Preview
Matt Karoly, Jake Gordon, and Alex Lord are back to celebrate the Falcons first win of the season over the Giants. They go over the good, bad, and the ugly versus New York before previewing Atlanta's upcoming showdown with the Washington Football Team. 
September 29, 2021
Falcons vs Giants: Week 3 Preview
On episode 21 of Talkin' Birdy, Matt Karoly, Alex Lord, and Jake Gordon discuss what they liked and disliked from the Falcons Week 2 loss to the Bucs. They then turn their focus to Week 3, as Atlanta matches up with another winless team -- the New York Giants. 
September 23, 2021
Falcons vs. Buccaneers: Week 2 Preview with Pewter Report's JC Allen
Matt Karoly, Jake Gordon, and Alex Lord are joined by JC Allen, a Buccaneers beat writer for @PewterReport. Together, they preview the first divisional matchup of the year as the Falcons head to Tampa as 12.5-point underdogs. JC talks about Tampa's weaknesses, notably the loss of Sean Murphy-Bunting, whether Antonio Brown is back or not, and the running back situation with Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette. We also highlighted specific matchups like Vita Vea vs. Matt Hennessy and Jalen Mayfield, Kyle Pitts vs. Lavonte David, and more! After JC exits, the guys review the Eagles game and talk about all the negatives and the few positives, specifically Cordarrelle Patterson
September 16, 2021
Falcons vs. Eagles: Week 1 Preview
Matt Karoly, Jake Gordon, and Alex Lord have a conversation about everything you need to know for the upcoming Eagles game. Specifically, Jalen Mayfield starting at left guard against a difficult defensive front, what Wayne Gallman has to offer, and the first official depth chart. The trio of hosts dive deep into the key matchups between Atlanta and Philadelphia -- Jalen Hurts vs. Dean Pees; Kyle Pitts vs. PHI linebackers; trench play. 
September 08, 2021
Breaking Down The Falcons 53-Man Roster
Matt Karoly, Alex Lord, and Jake Gordon break down the recently released initial 53-man roster. The hosts go over the surprise cuts, potential waiver wire adds, and also talk about the new "On The Rise" video series.
September 01, 2021
Recapping Preseason Position Battles with ESPN's Mike Rothstein
In one of the final episodes of Talkin' Birdy before the regular season begins, Mike Rothstein of ESPN joins Matt Karoly, Jake Gordon and Alex Lord to discuss the roster battles that are beginning to wrap up. Who will win the job at left guard and right tackle? Could Frank Darby end up being cut before ever playing a game for the Falcons? And of course, they give their thoughts on the newly signed Josh Rosen. 
August 25, 2021
Preseason Game 1 Takeaways and a Look Ahead to Game 2
Matt and Alex discuss their thoughts on the Falcons first preseason game against the Titans while previewing what is to come in Week 2 of the preseason. Is there reason for optimism regarding the Falcons defense, who will be the backup quarterback, what's going on with Kaleb McGary, and much more. 
August 20, 2021
Falcons Week 2 Training Camp Recap W/ David Walker
Matt Karoly, Jake Gordon, and Alex Lord are joined this week by David Walker of The Falcoholic to breakdown the second week of Falcons training camp. They discuss whether it is time to panic over the right tackle situation, the release of the Falcons first depth chart, Week 1 of the preseason, and much more. Make sure to like and subscribe!
August 11, 2021
Falcons Week 1 Training Camp Recap W/ Scott Bair
Matt Karoly, Jake Gordon, and Alex Lord are joined by the new Atlanta Falcons Digital Managing Editor Scott Bair to discuss what has gone on during the first week of training camp. The four of them cover an array of topics from Kyle Pitts, Arthur Smith, the absence of Kaleb McGary, and much more in Episode 14 of Talkin' Birdy. 
August 04, 2021
Atlanta Falcons Training Camp Preview
The 13th episode of SportsTalkATL's Falcons podcast Talkin' Birdy with Matt Karoly, Alex Lord, and Jake Gordon is here. The trio of hosts discuss a bevy of topics surrounding the Falcons training camp, including the recent COVID-19 list of John Atkins, Dante Fowler, Lee Smith, Kobe Jones, and Willie Wright. The episode also includes Matt, Jake, and Alex debating multiple position battles up and down the depth chart, including the edge defender opposite Dante Fowler, the cornerback opposite A.J. Terrell, the starting safety jobs, the starting left guard and the third wide receiver behind Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage. The guys finished up the episode with an updated 53-man roster projection.
July 29, 2021
NFC South Breakdown 3.0: New Orleans Saints w/ John Hendrix
Matt Karoly, Alex Lord, and Jake Gordon are joined John Hendrix, who covers the Saints for Sports Illustrated. Together, they break down the Falcons arch rivals from all angles and also discuss Terry Fontenot, who came over from New Orleans to take the Falcons GM position. 
July 22, 2021
NFC South Breakdown 2.0: Tampa Bay Buccaneers w/ Trevor Sikkema
Matt Karoly, Alex Lord, and Jake Gordon are joined by Trevor Sikkema -- a Sr. Draft Analyst for The Draft Network -- to discuss the defending Super Bowl Champions. The four discuss what led to Tampa Bay's 2020 turnaround, whether it will be sustainable in 2021, the rise of Devin White, and much more. 
July 14, 2021
NFC South Breakdown 1.0: Carolina Panthers w/ Billy Marshall
In our 10th episode of Talkin' Birdy, Billy Marshall -- the co-host of The Roar podcast, part of the Blue Wire podcast network -- joins Matt Karoly, Jake Gordon, and Alex Lord to break down what the Falcons can expect from the Panthers this season. Can Sam Darnold revive Carolina? is Joe Brady the next offensive genius to emerge in the NFL? All of that and more in our NFC South breakdown 1.0. 
July 06, 2021
Falcons Offseason Therapy Session with The Falcoholic Himself Dave Choate
In Episode 9 of Talkin' Birdy, Matt Karoly and Jake Gordon are joined by The Falcoholic himself Dave Choate to recap what has been a memorable offseason for the Atlanta Falcons 
June 23, 2021
Recapping Mini Camp, Arthur Smith, and Taking a Look at the Preseason Schedule
Matt Karoly, Jake Gordon, and Alex Lord return for Episode 8 of Talkin' Birdy. The three go over all the hot topics at mini camp and discuss Arthur Smith's no-nonsense personality as well as the recently released preseason schedule. 
June 16, 2021
Closing the Book on the Julio Jones Era in Atlanta
Aaron Freeman of the Locked on Falcons Podcast joins Matt Karoly, Jake Gordon, and Alex Lord to discuss the end of the Julio Jones era in Atlanta and what's next for the Falcons 
June 10, 2021
Talkin' Birdy Mailbag
The guys cover the latest on the Julio Jones rumors then answer your questions in the first of many Talkin' Birdy Mailbags
June 02, 2021
Where did it all go wrong with Julio Jones?
Matt Karoly, Alex Lord, and Chase Irle break down the Julio Jones drama from all angles. Where did it all go wrong between him and the Falcons? Who is to blame? What can the Falcons get in a potential trade? and more! 
May 27, 2021
Breaking Down the Falcons 2021 Schedule
In the 4th episode of the Talkin' Birdy podcast, the guys break down the Falcons newly released schedule, talk about rookie minicamp, and provide some bold predictions for the rookies in their first season. 
May 19, 2021
Breaking down the Falcons defensive draft selections
We're back for Episode 3 of the Talkin' Birdy Podcast. This week, Matt Karoly and Alex Lord break down the defensive prospects the Falcons selected in draft. They also discuss popular undrafted free agents on that side of the ball and the potential Falcons depth chart. As a cherry on top, the guys give a brief breakdown of Atlanta's Week 1 matchup versus Philadelphia. 
May 13, 2021
Evaluating the offensive side of the ball following the NFL Draft
Matt Karoly, Jake Gordon, and Alex Lord are back with Episode 2 of the Talkin' Birdy podcast. In this episode, they break down the offensive prospects the Falcons added through the draft and what the depth chart might look like on that side of the ball as we approach the season. 
May 05, 2021
How will the Falcons approach the NFL Draft?
Matt Karoly, Jake Gordon, and Alex Lord provide their insight and give their predictions on how the Falcons will approach April 29th's potentially franchise altering NFL Draft. 
April 28, 2021