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Aaron Freeman brings you the inside scoop on the Atlanta Falcons and the rest of the NFL with the daily podcast Locked On Falcons is brought to you by the Locked On Podcast network #nfl #falcons #atlanta

Aaron Freeman brings you the inside scoop on the Atlanta Falcons and the rest of the NFL with the daily podcast Locked On Falcons is brought to you by the Locked On Podcast network #nfl #falcons #atlanta
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Aaron Freeman brings you the inside scoop on the Atlanta Falcons and the rest of the NFL with the daily podcast Locked On Falcons is brought to you by the Locked On Podcast network #nfl #falcons #atlanta




Locked on Falcons - 1/24/18 - 2017 Roster Review: WRs and TEs

Aaron reviews the #Falcons roster at the wide receiver and tight end position. He explains why Julio Jones isn’t even worthy of discussion, why Steve Sarkisian’s performance affects these position groups and how the Falcons can maximize the use of both Mohamed Sanu and Justin Hardy next year should Taylor Gabriel depart. He explains why he thinks drops are overrated and why the team should avoid using a high pick at the position. He takes a deeper look at the backlash against Austin Hooper...


Locked on Falcons - 1/23/18 - 2017 Falcons QB and RB Positional Review

Aaron is back to review the quarterback and running back positions from the #Falcons in 2017. Before jumping into that he discusses Keanu Neal’s Pro Bowl big, has a rapid reaction to the Super Bowl matchup between the #Eagles and #Patriots and reviews the hiring of Greg Knapp. Then he jumps into the quarterback position, taking a look at Matt Ryan’s 2017 season in the context of his entire career, his deep passing inaccuracy and his discomfort in Steve Sarkisian’s offense. He then compares...


Locked on Falcons - 1/19/18 - Wrapping Up the 2017 Falcons Season

Aaron wraps up the #Falcons 2017 season by examining some of the comments made by head coach Dan Quinn at the team's year-end press conference. He also discusses some of the candidates for the team's vacancy at assistant quarterbacks coach before taking a look at the offensive decline via the lack of red-zone success, big plays and increased turnovers. Aaron gives what he believes are the "valid" criticisms of Steve Sarkisian and the offense's declining performance in 2017 as well as...


Locked on Falcons - 1/18/18 - Divisional Round Playoff All-22 Review With Q&A

Aaron is back to answer listener questions pertaining to the All-22 from the #Falcons vs. #Eagles divisional round playoff game. Today’s episode hits on the following topics and more: - podcast schedule for the offseason - Matt Ryan playing “soft” - replacing one Falcon player to produce a win - Ryan Schraeder and Julio Jones’ “down” game and season - Ryan missing Toilolo for a TD - The lack of precedent for Sark’s shovel pass to Ward - RPOs and the lack of pass rush from the...


Locked on Falcons - 1/16/18 - Recapping Falcons-Eagles With Turron Davenport

Aaron is joined by Eagles Wire’s Turron Davenport to get a different perspective on the #Falcons Divisional Round loss to the #Eagles. Turron discusses things he learned about the Eagles coaching staff and Nick Foles watching the game and how well the Eagles defense stacks up against past ones he’s covered. He also gives his assessment of Steve Sarkisian’s play calling, breaks down key matchups vs. the #Vikings, and looks at areas the Falcons can improve this offseason. Aaron wraps things...


Locked on Falcons - 1/14/18 - Rapid Reaction to Divisional Playoff Loss to Eagles

Aaron gives his initial take on the #Falcons 15-10 loss to the #Eagles in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. He discusses the team’s lack of possessions and explosiveness against the Eagles as well as throughout the 2017 season. He credits the Eagles defensive line, talks about the Falcons’ third-down struggles, debates how much of their offensive woes in 2017 were due to lack of execution vs. poor play-calling, re-examines the final four-play sequence and discusses the impact of...


Locked on Falcons - 1/12/18 - Another “Fan Talk Friday” With Justin Sandhu

Aaron is joined by Justin Sandhu, a fellow #Falcons fan, who provides insight into his first-hand experience of watching the #Falcons beat the #Rams in Los Angeles. Justin and Aaron discuss Jared Goff’s playoff jitters and how the Falcons defense was able to contain Todd Gurley. Justin then shares if he thinks Steve Sarkisian has improved in the second half of the season and what are some of the causes of Matt Ryan’s perceived discomfort in the offense. They then preview the Falcons...


Locked on Falcons - 1/11/18 - Wildcard All-22 Review With Q&A

Aaron answers listener questions stemming from the #Falcons wildcard win over the #Rams. This week's queries pertain to the lack of respect the Falcons get nationally, Desmond Trufant's performance in coverage and comparison his performance to Robert Alford, Brian Poole's performance and whether a position switch is in his future before Aaron finally breaks down his perception of Vic Beasley's issues as a pass-rusher and how he can improve. He then wraps up by expressing "concerns" about...


Locked on Falcons - 1/10/18 - Divisional Playoff Preview With Locked on Eagles’ Michael Kist and Ben Solak

Aaron is joined by Locked on Eagles co-hosts Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak to preview the #Falcons vs. #Eagles divisional round playoff matchup. They discuss the lack of respect the Eagles are getting, the struggles of the Falcons to retain leads and make adjustments under Steve Sarkisian, Julio Jones’ lack of red-zone targets, confidence in Nick Foles’ game-management skills, Jim Schwartz’s focus this week, impact of linebacker injuries on the Eagles run defense, and what question marks...


Locked on Falcons - 1/9/18 - Recapping Wildcard Win Over Rams With Cory Woodroof

Aaron is joined by Cory Woodroof (Rise Up Reader/The Falcoholic) to recap the #Falcons’ 26-13 wildcard win over the #Rams. They discuss whether the Rams resting their starters hurt them and the strong play of the Falcons defense. Then Cory gives last rites to the 2016 Falcons offense and the duo make amends with Sark’s 2017 offense. They discuss the mental edge Dan Quinn has given the Falcons and their Super Bowl potential before pivoting towards the upcoming #Eagles matchup. They discuss...


Locked on Falcons - 1/7/18 - Rapid Reaction to Wildcard Win Over Rams

Aaron gives his initial reaction to the #Falcons 26-13 win over the #Rams in the wildcard round of the playoffs. He breaks down the early struggles of the offense and the impact of Aaron Donald, their refocused running game, lack of explosiveness and third-down success. He also discusses the positives and negatives from special teams and the ways the Falcons slowed down the Rams offense and showed themselves to be one of the league’s better units. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


Locked on Falcons - 1/5/18 - Another Wildcard Preview vs. Rams With Charles McDonald

Aaron is joined by Charles McDonald (Setting the Edge Podcast/Football Outsiders) to preview the #Falcons wildcard matchup with the #Rams. They discuss Aaron Donald’s greatness and what ways an offense can devise to slow him down. They also discuss slowing down Sean McVay’s offense, attacking the Rams O-line, containing Todd Gurley and whether the Falcons defense has what it takes to control the game. They also discuss their confidence level in Steve Sarkisian’s game planning, how much the...


Locked on Falcons - 1/4/18 - Wildcard Preview With Locked on Rams’ Bear Vader

Aaron is joined by the host of Locked on #Rams, Bear Mader, to preview their upcoming matchup against the #Falcons in the wildcard playoffs. They discuss how injuries could affect the matchup, the Falcons’ reliance on Julio Jones and his matchup vs. Trumaine Johnson, red-zone success, how the Falcons can slow down Todd Gurley, other “X” factors impacting Saturday’s game and make predictions: Bear is on twitter: LA_RAMblingBear. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Locked on Falcons - 1/3/18 - Week 17 All-22 Review With Q&A

Aaron answers listener questions and reviewing the All-22 from the #Falcons' Week 17 win over the #Panthers. First, he discusses the potential impacts of the season-ending injury to Andy Levitre as well as the status of Devonta Freeman for Week 18. This week's questions deal with whether Matt Ryan is poised to turn it on in January, issues of Alex Mack vs. Carolina and what exactly makes him one of the league's #elite centers, how the #Falcons might replace Taylor Gabriel this week and...


Locked on Falcons - 1/2/18 - Recapping Week 17’s Win With Jeanna Thomas

Aaron is joined by SB Nation/The Falcoholic’s Jeanna Thomas to recap the #Falcons playoff-clinching win over the #Panthers in Week 17. They discuss the challenges the Panthers presented, the oddity of not experiencing another Falcons letdown, Steve Sarkisian’s performance this year and his scheming against the Panthers, Matt Bryant’s longevity, the strong finish to 2017 by the Falcons defense and also look ahead to the challenge of blocking Aaron Donald this weekend. Jeanna is on twitter:...


Locked on Falcons - 1/1/18 - Rapid Reaction to Week 17’s Win Over the Panthers

Aaron is reacting to the #Falcons 22-10 win over the #Panthers in Week 17 to clinch their spot in the playoffs. He talks about the team’s issues with execution, adjustments made by Steve Sarkisian, Matt Ryan’s up and down performance, the strong play by the Falcons defense and gives a quick look ahead to their upcoming postseason matchup against the #Rams. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Locked on Falcons - 12/29/17 - Week 17 Preview with Locked on Panthers' Bill Riccette

Aaron is joined by the host of Locked on Panthers, Bill Riccette, for a crossover podcast preview of the #Falcons vs. #Panthers matchup in Week 17. Bill discusses how the Panthers have managed to persevere through a tumultuous season given their front-office shakeup, Week 17 playoff implications, how the Kelvin Benjamin trade may have benefited their offense. Aaron adds how the injuries to the Falcons interior O-line could affect the game, which players need to step up on offense and how...


Locked on Falcons - 12/28/17 - Week 16 All-22 Review With Q&A

Aaron is answering listener questions pertaining to the All-22 from the #Falcons Week 16 loss to the #Saints. He discusses the value of stability at the quarterback position and why moving on from Matt Ryan is a bad idea, Steve Sarkisian’s first-year learning curve, why average starting field position is overrated in determining special teams play, the lack of explosiveness in the Falcons offense, who was truly to blame for the Ted Ginn touchdown catch, how the team can solve their issues...


Locked on Falcons - 12/27/17 - Recapping Week 16’s Loss vs. Saints With Matt Karoly

Aaron is joined by Rise Up Reader’s Matt Karoly to recap the #Falcons’ Week 16 loss to the #Saints. They discuss the improving play of the Falcons defense and whether their success vs. the Saints is due to a favorable matchup and whether they can clean up a few of the hiccups they still seem to have. They also discuss the questionable officiating, the struggles of the offense and Steve Sarkisian’s role in those. They also discuss whether it’s fair to expect significant improvements from...


Locked on Falcons - 12/25/17 - Rapid Reaction to Week 16's Loss to Saints

Aaron is reacting to the #Falcons 23-13 loss to the #Saints in Week 16. He discusses the officiating, struggles of the running game and offensive line ontributing to the Falcons' inability to convert third downs and generate big plays. He also looks at some positives, nearly all of them centering on the team's defensive performance. Merry Christmas! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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