1985 Atlanta Falcons season

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1985 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coach Dan Henning
General manager Tom Braatz
Home field Fulton County Stadium
Results
Record 4–12
Division place 4th NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1984 1986 >

The 1985 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 20th season in the National Football League (NFL). They finished last in the NFC West with a record of four wins and twelve losses.

This season marked the first time since 1972 that the Falcons played the Kansas City Chiefs, and merely the second in team history.[1] The reason for this is that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team’s division were much more influenced by table position during the previous season.[2]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1985 NFL Draft
1985 Atlanta Falcons draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 2 Bill Fralic *  Guard Pittsburgh
2 45 Mike Gann  Defensive end Notre Dame
4 89 Emile Harry  Wide receiver Stanford
6 152 Reggie Pleasant  Defensive back Clemson
8 201 Ashley Lee  Defensive back Virginia Tech
8 215 Ronnie Washington  Linebacker Louisiana–Monroe
9 228 Micah Moon  Linebacker North Carolina
10 257 Brent Martin  Center Stanford
11 284 John Ayres  Defensive back Illinois
12 313 Ken Whisenhunt  Tight end Georgia Tech
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1985 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Running Backs – Sam Elliott
  • Receivers – Bob Harrison
  • Offensive Line – Larry Beightol
  • Tight Ends/H-Backs – Garry Puetz
Defensive coaches
  • Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line – Dan Sekanovich
  • Defensive Coordinator – John Marshall
  • Linebackers – Bobby Jackson
  • Secondary – Jack Stanton
  • Defensive Assistant – Joe Madden

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – George Dostal

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 8, 1985 Detroit Lions L 27–28
37,785
2 September 15, 1985 at San Francisco 49ers L 16–35
58,923
3 September 22, 1985 Denver Broncos L 28–44
37,903
4 September 29, 1985 at Los Angeles Rams L 6–17
49,870
5 October 6, 1985 San Francisco 49ers L 17–38
44,740
6 October 13, 1985 at Seattle Seahawks L 26–30
60,430
7 October 20, 1985 New Orleans Saints W 31–24
44,784
8 October 27, 1985 at Dallas Cowboys L 10–24
57,941
9 November 3, 1985 Washington Redskins L 10–44
42,209
10 November 10, 1985 at Philadelphia Eagles L 17–23
63,694
11 November 17, 1985 Los Angeles Rams W 30–14
29,960
12 November 24, 1985 at Chicago Bears L 0–36
61,769
13 December 1, 1985 Los Angeles Raiders L 24–43
20,858
14 December 8, 1985 at Kansas City Chiefs L 10–38
18,199
15 December 15, 1985 Minnesota Vikings W 14–13
14,167
16 December 22, 1985 at New Orleans Saints W 16–10
37,717

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Los Angeles Rams(2) 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 340 277 L1
San Francisco 49ers(5) 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 411 263 W2
New Orleans Saints 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 294 401 L3
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 .250 3–3 4–8 282 452 W2

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Atlanta Falcons v Kansas City Chiefs
  2. ^ History of the NFL’s Structure and Formats
  3. ^ "1985 Atlanta Falcons Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ 1990 NFL Pro Set Bill Fralic trading card, Card No. 34, Pro Set Properties

External links[edit]