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2001 Atlanta Falcons season
Head Coach Dan Reeves
Home Field Georgia Dome
Results
Record 7–9
Place 3rd NFC West
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 2001 Atlanta Falcons season was the Falcons 36th season. The Falcons obtained the first pick overall in the 2001 NFL Draft. With the pick, the Falcons drafted Michael Vick.[1]

OffseasonEdit

Vick was selected in the 2001 NFL Draft as the first overall pick and first African American quarterback taken number 1 in the NFL Draft. The San Diego Chargers had the number one selection spot in the draft that year but traded the rights to the first overall choice to the Atlanta Falcons a day before the draft, for which they received the Falcons' first round pick (5th overall) and third round pick in 2001 (used to draft CB Tay Cody), a second round pick in 2002 (used to draft WR Reche Caldwell) and WR/KR Tim Dwight.[2] With the Chargers' downgraded spot (the 5th overall), they selected Texas Christian University running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who went on to become league MVP in 2006.[3] Although Vick has never become league MVP, he finished second in voting in 2004.[4] In this way, Tomlinson and Vick are linked as having been "traded" for each other, although the transaction was actually the result of traded draft picks and contract negotiations.

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 1 Michael Vick Quarterback Virginia Tech
2 35 Alge Crumpler Tight End North Carolina
4 99 Roberto Garza Center Texas AM Kingsville
4 102 Matt Stewart Linebacker Vanderbilt
5 136 Vinny Sutherland Wide Receiver Purdue
6 167 Randy Garner Defensive End Arkansas
7 215 Corey Hall Defensive Back Appalachian State
7 219 Kynan Forney Tackle Hawaii
7 226 Ronald Flemons Defensive End Texas A & M
7 236 Quentin McCord Wide Receiver Kentucky
[5]

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

2001 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office
  • President – Taylor Smith
  • General Manager – Harold Richardson
  • Vice President of Football Operations – Ron Hill
  • Director of Player Personnel/College – Reed Johnson
  • Director of Player Personnel/Pro – Les Snead
  • Assistant to Head Coach/Pro Personnel – Marvin Bass

Head coaches

  • Executive Vice President of Football Operations/Head Coach – Dan Reeves

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Don Blackmon
  • Defensive Line – Bill Johnson
  • Linebackers – Billy Davis
  • Secondary – Greg Brown
  • Defensive Quality Control – Thom Kaumeyer

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Al Miller
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Rocky Colburn

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Results
Final score Team record
1 September 9 at San Francisco 49ers L 13–16 (OT) 0–1
2 September 23 Carolina Panthers W 24–16 1–1
3 September 30 at Arizona Cardinals W 34–14 2–1
4 October 7 Chicago Bears L 3–31 2–2
5 October 14 San Francisco 49ers L 31–37 (OT) 2–3
6 October 21 at New Orleans Saints W 20–13 3–3
7 Bye
8 November 4 New England Patriots L 10–24 3–4
9 November 11 Dallas Cowboys W 20–13 4–4
10 November 18 at Green Bay Packers W 23–20 5–4
11 November 25 at Carolina Panthers W 10–7 6–4
12 December 2 St. Louis Rams L 6–35 6–5
13 December 9 New Orleans Saints L 10–28 6–6
14 December 16 at Indianapolis Colts L 27–41 6–7
15 December 23 Buffalo Bills W 33–30 7–7
16 December 30 at Miami Dolphins L 14–21 7–8
17 January 6 at St. Louis Rams L 13–31 7–9

StandingsEdit

NFC West
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA
St. Louis Rams 14 2 0 .875 503 273
San Francisco 49ers 12 4 0 .750 409 282
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 333 409
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 291 377
Carolina Panthers 1 15 0 .063 253 410

Awards and recordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 392
  2. ESPN - Chargers big winner in different draft-day deal - NFL
  3. NFL Most Valuable Players - NFL MVP Player of the Year
  4. Barry Wilner (2005-01-11). "Manning NFL MVP again: 49 TDs, passing rating of 121.1 make Colts QB near-unanimous pick". The Decatur Daily. http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/sports/050111/nfl.shtml. Retrieved 2007-05-23.
  5. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 99
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